19 Nov

Shikhar Dhawan ‘stronger person, sportsman’ after comeback to Team India

first_imgIndian opener Shikhar Dhawan has been in an exceptional form ever since he made a comeback to Team India.Dhawan scored a total of 338 runs in the five matches of the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy which included the best score of 125, while in the ongoing series against West Indies, he has smashed 87 and 63 in two appearances.The left-handed batsman said that he worked hard on himself before making a comeback to the Indian team.”Past months were quite unfortunate for me. That’s why I was out of the team. I went back and worked on myself, and am a stronger person and sportsman now. I knew I have those skills and capabilities to perform at the international level. I have been working hard and I never lost hope,” he said.”When I wasn’t doing well, I knew I will get out of the team. I went back and started enjoying domestic cricket. There was less pressure as compared to the international cricket.”That’s how I relaxed myself and stayed calm. But yes, at the back of my mind, I always knew I had to perform good and make a comeback and serve my country and achieve my goal,” he added.Commenting on the ongoing controversy relating to Anil Kumble’s stepping down as the head coach of Team India, Dhawan said, “I didn’t play much under Anil Kumble, so cannot comment on that. Moreover, I just focus on the game. Everyone has their own individuality and character. Anil Bhai, Dhoni Bhai and Virat, of course all are different.”advertisementMeanwhile, India, now with a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, will play their third ODI against the Caribbean side at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on June 30.last_img read more

17 Nov

World Cup 2018: When Brazilian goalkeeper burst a Swiss balloon on live TV

first_imgSwitzerland, on Monday, displayed a tactical masterclass to completely neutralise the effect of the feared Brazilian quadrat to earn a 1-1 draw in their 2018 FIFA World Cup opener.While Switzerland were always going to be a tough opposition, it was never expected that Brazil would struggle as much as they did in the second half.Switzerland did not only deny Brazil, they stopped, bullied, bruised and frustrated the Samba boys.Neymar became the most fouled player in a World Cup game since 1998 and that is how, Switzerland disintegrated the Brazilian defence.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEAs the match entered the last 10 minutes, Brazil looked completely worn out, devoid of any creative instinct and their goalkeeper Alisson stood at the back, frustratingly watching his team lose their creative flow.In the 84th minute, a red balloon appeared at the ground in the Brazilian penalty area. Alisson jogged towards the balloon looking at the stands and smashed it with his feet.Alisson Becker vs. Balloon pic.twitter.com/m3RLcKCuGBMuharrem Acar (@muharrem_acar) June 17, 2018He looked back at the stands, picked up the pieces and threw them away.The one goal that Alisson let through was a controversial header from point-blank range.Also read – Gabriel Jesus painted Brazil streets in 2014. In 2018, he’s a World CupperSwitzerland had got a corner and Steven Zuber, attempting to jump for the ball, pushed Miranda and stopped him from making a jump alongside.Rest of Brazil’s defence went to sleep as Zuber took the leap and headed home.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018: Lackluster Brazil held to 1-1 draw by SwitzerlandApart from that goal and another save he made, Alisson was hardly required to protect is goal. Switzerland made a total of six attempts compared to Brazil’s 20. Out of those attempts from Switzerland, four were off target and only two were shot at the goal.It was Switzerland’s staunch defending that made them trump the flow of Brazil. They recovered a total of 56 balls, made 17 tackles, blocked seven shots and made 19 clearances — a clear indication of how they earned the draw.Also read – World Cup 2018: Coach Tite says anxiety hit Brazil hard vs SwitzerlandBrazil are one of the favourites in the tournament, given their quality and even Alisson is currently being pursued by top European clubs, including Champions League holders Real Madrid.Brazil will now have to win both their matches, against Serbia and Costa Rica, to guarantee themselves a spot in the Round of 16.last_img read more

17 Nov

Why do you need a psychologist? asks Harendra Singh

first_imgMumbai, Sep 7 (PTI) The Indian hockey team’s perennial problem of conceding late goals has raised concerns about nerves but men’s coach Harendra Singh Friday rejected the idea of getting a psychologist on board, saying the word has a “negative vibe” to it. The men’s team fetched a rather disappointing bronze at the recently-concluded Asian Games after losing in a shoot-out to Malaysia in the semifinals. India eventually defeated Pakistan for the bronze in the play-off. The setback didn’t just cost the team a shot at a second successive gold but also direct qualification to the 2020 Olympics. Asked if the side needed help to deal with pressure situations with professional help, Harendra was dismissive. “Why do you need psychologists?” he asked. If gaining confidence is the aim, then you can even consult a commoner and take motivation from him. The word psychologist itself carries a negative vibe and the players feel that they are doing something wrong for which they need to consult a psychologist,” he said on the sidelines of the team’s jersey launch. “I don’t know that word. In any team the biggest psychologist is the coach and you yourself. If I’ll not motivate myself then no one in the world can motivate (me),” said Harendra. He said it is the coach’s job to ensure that the players’ emotional needs are understood and addressed. “…rather than going and getting the help from a psychologist, who has no clue about the team and sports, no clue about how the players behave,” he explained.advertisement As for the team’s overall Asiad performance, Harendra described it as a bad memory and a learning curve. “Look at the positive side, look at the data and then move to the World Cup, Whatever happened at the Asian Games, that’s a big learning curve for the players, coach and the staff,” Harendra said. “…that should not be repeated, that is more important, whatever happened we can erase that bad memory when we do well in the World Cup, Harendra told reporters here referring to the premier tournament in December. The coach and the entire team, along with legends such as Ajit Pal Singh, Ashok Kumar, Dilip Turkey, Dhanraj Pilley and Sandeep Singh, was at the Friday event. “They (the team) have a lot of positive things and if we move forward with that positive mindset. We are mentally and physically capable of turning (things around), the coach said. PTI NRB PM PMlast_img read more

17 Oct

Jagmeet Singh calls on feds to fund basic income pilot project scrapped

first_imgOTTAWA – NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling on the federal government to pick up the tab to continue a basic income pilot project scrapped by Ontario Premier Doug Ford.The $150-million, three-year project was initiated by the province’s previous Liberal government but Ford announced last summer that his Conservative government will end the project in March, a year ahead of schedule.Singh says the premature end of the pilot will make it impossible to amass enough data to determine how effective a basic income program could be in lifting Canadians out of poverty.And he says it leaves in the lurch the 4,000 Ontarians who are involved in the pilot.The pilot project provides payments to low-income people in a number of communities, including Hamilton, Brantford, Thunder Bay and Lindsay.Single individuals receive up to $16,989 a year while couples receive up to $24,027 — with 50 cents clawed back from the benefit for every dollar earned from a job.“I would like to take this opportunity today to call on the federal government to step in and fund the remainder of the basic income pilot project in Ontario,” Singh said Tuesday in a speech to the Council of Canadian Innovators.“Vital data” will be lost if the pilot is not allowed to run its course, he added later.“We can actually have a wholesome data set … and we can look at some of the challenges and some of the benefits that are raised (from a basic income program). We can actually have evidence to make a decision as opposed to just what the Conservative government in Ontario is talking about, just hypotheses or just stereotypes.”More importantly, Singh said it’s “morally very reprehensible” to abandon the 4,000 low-income individuals who signed on for a three-year pilot project.“People make plans, they make life decisions around knowing what’s going to happen and having this project stripped away from those 4,000 low-income recipients I think is the wrong thing to do, I think it’s hurtful.”In the House of Commons later, New Democrat MP Peter Julian repeated the call for the federal government to fund the final year of the pilot project.Liberal MP Adam Vaughan, parliamentary secretary to the social development minister, said Liberals “share the disappointment” over Ford’s decision to scrap the pilot a year early.He called it a “critical experiment” that was “going to produce results all of us could benefit from as we put together government policy” but he did not commit to federal funding for it.last_img read more

14 Oct

Laurie Odjick talks about upcoming roundtable on MMIW

first_imgAPTN National NewsFamilies from across Canada are in Ottawa to take part in a gathering of families, the public and politicians to talk about the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.Laurie Odjick’s daughter Maisy disappeard in 2008 along with her friend Shannon Alexander.APTN’s Delaney Windigo talks with Laurie about the gathering and what she’s hoping for.last_img

12 Oct

I don’t react to criticism as I live in my own world: Dhawan

first_imgMohali: Shikhar Dhawan has the knack of bouncing back just when his detractors write him off and the Indian batsman says he manages to stay afloat in the toughest of times by shutting out the criticism that comes with lean patches. Without an international hundred for the past six months, Dhawan announced his comeback with a career-best 143 against Australia, albeit in a losing cause, in the fourth one-dayer here on Sunday. Asked how he reacts to criticism, the happy-go-lucky cricketer said living in his own bubble helps him keep it calm in the mind. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “First of all, I don’t read newspapers and I don’t take information which I don’t want to. So I don’t know what’s happening around me and I live in my own world. So, I decide in which direction my thoughts are going,” said the 33-year-old after the match. The best way to deal with pressure is to keep one’s composure, said Dhawan, who rarely gives away what’s going on in his mind. “I perform best when I am calm. There’s no point in cribbing or being sad,” said Dhawan. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “When I feel hurt, I move on quickly. And I don’t really know what people are writing. I make sure that I am in a positive frame of mind and keep doing my process,” he added. Process is a word that almost every Indian cricketer refers to often and mostly without explaining the specifics. When Dhawan was asked to elaborate his idea of a process, he said: “When I talk to myself, I make sure that I cut down negative thoughts that can creep in. “I accept the reality and move on. I don’t resist something that’s happening. If it’s going good, then it’s good.” For the batsman, who has amassed more than five thousand runs in ODIs, there are three things that are paramount. “If I am doing all my skill work, taking care of my fitness and having the right mindset, then I just sit back and enjoy,” said Dhawan, who has been India’s key player in all the recent multi-nation tournaments. Dhawan offered a sympathetic view on his junior statemate Rishabh Pant, who had a terrible day behind the stumps. The youngster, who replaced Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the last two games, was shoddy with his glovework and also missed an easy stumping chance. “Like any other young bloke, you have to give him time too. I mean Dhoni bhai has played so many games and for how many years. You simply can’t compare. “Yes, had he effected the stumping, may be the game could have changed but then it slipped quickly out of our hands and for that, dew played a big role. That’s what it was,” he signed off.last_img read more

3 Oct

Crude oil prices pop over US50 a barrel for first time since

Crude oil prices pop over US$50 a barrel for first time since late June by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 6, 2016 8:51 am MDT Last Updated Oct 6, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Benchmark oil prices climbed above US$50 per barrel this morning for the first time since late June.Crude prices have been heading steadily upward over the past week but remain much lower than two years ago, prior to a global price collapse that began in November 2014.November contracts for light crude reached US$50.51 per barrel at one point.North American benchmark oil prices haven’t been so high since June 24, when they were falling precipitously towards US$41 per barrel in early August.Low oil prices have had a crushing effect on Canada’s oil-producing provinces, particularly Alberta.A report from BMO Financial Group said early Thursday that the provincial economy will shrink this year by an estimated 2.3 per cent, in addition to last year’s decline of four per cent. read more

2 Oct

Hockey may shift from midget and other traditional names to age descriptors

Traditional youth hockey age group names — novice, peewee, atom, bantam and, most notably, midget — could soon be revised as at least one provincial hockey organization has kickstarted the process that could eventually create a countrywide adjustment in the sport.At a meeting this week, BC Hockey’s board of directors discussed the topic of division names used by its minor hockey association members. The subject was raised in part due to other sport organizations moving to eliminate the term ‘midget,’ but also because a potential shift to age-specific categories (U15, U17, etc.) may prove to be an easier classification system, an association spokesman said.“The BC Hockey board has directed staff to make recommendations for new names to be implemented within the BC Hockey membership (British Columbia and the Yukon),” BC Hockey CEO Barry Petrachenko said in an email to The Canadian Press. “These recommendations will also be brought forward for consideration to the Hockey Canada membership for implementation nationally.“Work has begun on developing these recommendations and a decision by the BC Hockey board regarding this topic is expected in the new year.”Athletics Canada recently said it would pursue dropping the term “midget” as an age category descriptor, a move that came a few days after the Ontario Basketball Association stated its plans to do the same. The term has been used for decades in a variety of sports but many consider it to be a derogatory slur.Allan Redford, the director of the Dwarf Athletic Association of Canada, applauded the recent developments and hopes others may follow suit.“I’m actually wonderfully encouraged that they’re taking this approach and that it’s getting this much traction,” Redford said Wednesday. “I’m very, very pleased.”Hockey Canada, the sport’s national governing body, has 13 members — essentially provincial/territorial or regional organizations — across the country. On a national level, any adjustments to age categories or divisions require a regulation change brought forward by a member or the Hockey Canada board.That could happen at the next scheduled members’ meeting in May or at Hockey Canada’s annual congress next fall.“What I would perceive based on the publicity associated with the terminology as we’re currently using, is that that would be an entirely likely situation, that it would come before our members and therefore our board,” said Hockey Canada senior vice-president Glen McCurdie, who helps oversee safety and regulations. In email replies, Hockey PEI and Hockey Quebec said they would be reviewing their category setups with their respective memberships. The Saskatchewan Hockey Association and Hockey Manitoba, meanwhile, said they do not have plans to put anything forward to Hockey Canada.There was no immediate response from the other hockey organizations contacted via email by The Canadian Press.The International Ice Hockey Federation currently uses age designators as does USA Hockey, which dropped the use of traditional terms for the 2016-17 season.Hockey Canada classifies the midget category as players who are under 18 as of Dec. 31 of the current season. Bantam is for athletes under 15, with peewee, atom and novice used as classifications for younger players. Some organizations use descriptors like minor midget and major midget as well.The midget category is also used by some youth football organizations across Canada. While age descriptors are used at that sport’s national level, Football Canada executive director Shannon Donovan said the organization would be reviewing the subject with its board and provincial members.Regina Scott of Guelph, Ont., who has a two-year-old son with dwarfism, helped make a change at her local youth basketball association after noticing the term on a banner at a mall earlier this month.The association quickly took steps to make changes and the OBA got on board. Basketball Canada, which already uses age category descriptors, supported the moves.Redford, who’s also president of the Little People of Ontario, said the word’s use as a slur originates from the oppression and exploitation of people with dwarfism in “freak shows” in the mid-1800s. “The line is that it’s not about sensitivity, it’s not about being a snowflake, it’s about awareness, acceptance and respect,” Redford said. “It comes right back to taking control over being and the right of self-identification.”——Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press read more

2 Oct

Ohio State senior Cammi Prantl powers Buckeyes past Rutgers in Big Ten

OSU senior Cammi Prantl (22) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Big Ten tournament got off to a solid start for the Ohio State softball team, as the Buckeyes (33-17-1, 13-9-1) beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (24-33, 8-15) 5-0 in State College, Pennsylvania. After sweeping Rutgers during the regular season, OSU looked in control from the very start of the game. Junior pitcher Lena Springer dominated through all seven innings, giving up only four hits and no walks, as well as earning five strikeouts.Springer now has five wins on the season. Led by senior outfielder and OSU’s all-time hits leader, Cammi Prantl, the Scarlet and Gray figured out Rutgers pitcher Dresden Maddox early. Sophomore utility player Becca Gavin started the scoring in the bottom of the second with an infield single to drive home sophomore infielder Ashley Goodwin, and the Buckeyes never looked back.A home run by redshirt senior Maddy McIntyre gave OSU a 3-0 lead in bottom of the third. The home run gave her six on the year.After earning a team-high .405 batting average, Prantl picked up where she left off in the regular season, providing a majority of the offense for the Buckeyes. She went two-for-three with a pair of RBIs, along with scoring two runs herself.The defense for OSU was solid, committing no errors through all seven innings, while also making nice plays on the ball to limit the Rutgers batters to just four hits, only one of which had extra bases.Looking ahead, the Buckeyes will face Northwestern in State College on Friday. The time of the first pitch has yet to be announced. Last season, OSU held a 1-2 record against the Wildcats. read more

24 Sep

Pioneer Resources starts up Australias first commercial caesium mine

first_imgPerth-based Pioneer Resources has started mining its Sinclair operation in Australia, bringing online the country’s first commercial caesium mine.Extraction of overburden from the upper reaches of the Sinclair stage one pit is underway, which will provide access to the caesium mineral pollucite, located some 40 m below surface.While the company’s primary focus for Sinclair, part of the wider Pioneer Dome project, is the extraction of pollucite, it is also expected to yield a number of other minerals including potassium feldspar (much of which is included in the overburden being mined), lithium and silica.The Sinclair mine is not only a rarity in Australia; it is also one of only three commercial caesium producers in the world, according to Pioneer.Managing Director David Crook said the commencement of operations at Sinclair, two years after the discovery hole was drilled, was a major milestone for the company.“We look forward to an efficient and safe mining operation, which, while modest in size, should provide funds for drilling and further discoveries at the Pioneer Dome and other company projects,” he said.Pioneer said its mining contractor, Hampton Transport Services, recently completed mobilisation to site as well as preliminary site works, which were pre-cursors to the commencement of full-scale mining.Pioneer’s stage one plan for Sinclair would see the company carry out four months of mining activity, with the pollucite sold to Cabot Corp as part of an offtake arrangement. Potassium feldspar and lithium minerals would be stockpiled and marketed as part of this.Stage two, expected to commence in 2019, would see six months of mining activity and a cutback to expose a large potassium feldspar and remaining lithium mineral resource.The company is currently in the process of finalising a maiden potassium feldspar resource estimate for Sinclair, it said.last_img read more

22 Sep

Hotels pubs and shopping centres up for sale in distressed auction

first_imgThere are also a number of pubs on the list, including the Triple Crown in Limerick which is fully licensed and has adjoining accommodation. It has a reserve of €125,000.Brittas Bay pub and holiday accommodation McDaniels is also available in county Wicklow. The price? €625,00.The Watermarque Hotel and apartment complex on O’Connell Street in Cahersiveen comprises a two-storey hotel, leisure complex and chapel.The most extravagant lot is probably Ashroe House in Limerick, a detached period house with outbuildings, stables and a gate lodge on 51 acres of parkland. That will sell for at least €425,000.The last Allsop Space auction took place in March with 112 lots reaching or exceeding their reserve prices, including a Georgian building in Dublin for €640,000 and the Munster Rugby store in Cork City for €295,000.Clare hotel and Dublin Georgian house in distressed property auctionDartmouth Sq and shopping street in Clonmel sell at auction THE DEMISE OF the retail sector in post-boom Ireland is no more obvious than when looking at a brochure for the next distressed property auction.Due to take place in the Shelbourne Hotel on 15 May, the fire sale include two shopping centres, a number of stores, restaurants, pubs and a hotel.A total of 126 lots will go under the hammer in the Allsop Space auction, the latest in a series held by the company in Ireland since the economic bust five years ago.The most expensive property offered is an apartment block in Cavan with a reserve range of €1.5 million to €1.7 million. Twenty-four of the 60 apartments are subject to tenancies, 34 are vacant and two are subject to long leases.Ten units of a shopping centre in Dublin – which is anchored by Dunnes Stores – are being offered for less money as the Finglas West site is valued at €1.2 million.Another shopping centre unit in Kilkenny has a reserve range between €575,000 and €625,000.last_img read more

19 Sep

Swarm of Mayflies Invades Ohio Shows Up on Weather Radar

first_imgNot rain… but MAYFLIES on the radar tonight out near the islands! pic.twitter.com/eZAGqJBTYz— Jason Nicholas (@JasonNweather) June 27, 2019 pic.twitter.com/5VwKHyyhuo— Mel Neeley (@me_neeley) June 24, 2019In May, Florida residents had to deal with their own “bugpocalypse,” when thousands of lovebugs swarmed the state in their annual invasion, splattering their gooey insides on car hoods and windshields, and flying into people’s mouths.More on Geek.com:Photographer Captures ‘Pollen Apocalypse’ in North CarolinaWatch: Florida Man Hilariously Dodges Lovebugs With ‘The Matrix’ MovesMore Than 100 Praying Mantises Hidden in Christmas Tree Infest Woman’s Home Stay on target New Wasps Named After Cookies, ‘Doctor Who’ VillainsWorld’s Largest Bee Rediscovered in Wild center_img Residents of northeastern Ohio are battling a crazy amount of mayflies that are hatching and invading parts of the state.The swarm has been so dense that it has been detected by a National Weather Service weather radar on Wednesday and Thursday as they moved from Lake Erie inland to Cleveland, Sandusky and other Ohio cities.So we may have had a few mayflies show up last night @MILLERBOATLINE. pic.twitter.com/H15LQx2lRr— Stone Laboratory (@stonelab) June 27, 2019People living Catawba have even taken to social media to share wild images of cars and storefronts covered in the insects, which don’t bite but can create hazards for motorists, sometimes closing bridges.The mayflies come from the waters of Lake Erie.According to the Ohio State University, the mayflies begin as eggs burrowing in lake sediment, and after a year or two, they swim to the surface, emerging fully winged.You saw them on radar last night… here’s what they looked like morning. Ummm…. yikes? Mayflies. pic.twitter.com/WTgTroqBKf— Jason Nicholas (@JasonNweather) June 27, 2019Adult mayflies vary in size from a quarter-inch to an inch long.Mayflies have actually been used as a key indicator of environmental health by agencies like the Ohio EPA to assess how Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes are faring over time.They’re heeeereeee …Thanks to this photo from Miller Ferry sent to us by Kevin, we can see that the Mayflies are out in force this summer. Are you seeing them near you? pic.twitter.com/sKjJi9ATa4— WTVG 13abc (@13abc) June 27, 2019“Scientists agree that the inconveniences caused by swarms of mayflies during about a month each summer are more than offset by the potential benefits to the sport and commercial fisheries of the western basin of Lake Erie and parts of the other Great Lakes,” the Ohio Sea Grant research and education program said. Fortunately for those who have an aversion to bugs,  the mayflies won’t be around long. Individual mayflies live up to two days once they come on land. The swarms typically last about a month.These are Mayflies. All the lampposts here are covered in them! Chillin by the water until my next meeting. pic.twitter.com/otpbLLBY1y— Danielle (@DanielleA_) June 27, 2019last_img read more

14 Sep

Soldotna Man Arrested Following Trooper Pursuit Off Gaswell Road

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers arrested a Soldotna man following a vehicle pursuit off Gaswell Road on April 11, at 8:50 p.m. McAdoo was remanded at Wildwood Pretrial Facility and held with no bail pending arraignment. According to the online dispatch, McAdoo failed to stop for troopers and a pursuit ensued.  He was stopped after spike strips were deployed. The outstanding warrant was for fail to appear at arraignment, the original charges being theft 4th and violation of conditions of release.center_img Troopers attempted to stop a black 1999 Volkswagen off Gaswell Road to serve an outstanding arrest warrant on the driver, Dakota Lynn McAdoo, age 25. McAdoo was arrested for Fail to Stop at the Direction of a Peace Officer 1st and Assault 3rd, for placing his passenger in fear of serious physical injury by his reckless driving.last_img read more

13 Sep

Senate House Working On NDAA Defense Funding This Week

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Senate Armed Services Committee kicked off Capitol Hill’s defense legislative activity Monday afternoon as the Readiness subcommittee began markups of the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act in a closed Monday afternoon session.Tuesday morning the House Appropriations Committee finalizes its defense spending bill, hoping to complete it before the upcoming Memorial Day recess. The House will debate its bill in a public hearing.The Senate Armed Services Committee’s fiscal 2020 NDAA markup and most of its subcommittee activity will be closed except the Personnel panel which will hold a public markup Tuesday afternoon.The House defense appropriations bill and Senate’s NDAA draft are both key to setting fiscal 2020 DOD funding, though final appropriations aren’t expected until next fall. Once approved, the measures will establish defense spending toplines for the GOP-led Senate and Democrat-led House, and will tee up negotiations over the summer.Here is a roundup of the important hearings taking place on Capitol Hill this week:House Transportation Committee hearing with Coast Guard officials testifying on the fiscal 2020 budget, Tuesday, 10 a.m.House Appropriations Committee markup of the defense appropriations bill, Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.House Armed Services Committee/House Veterans’ Affairs Committee joint hearing with DOD and VA experts testifying on preventing veteran suicide, Tuesday, 2 p.m.Senate Armed Services Committee Personnel subcommittee markup of the fiscal 2020 NDAA, Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.Senate Armed Services Committee closed-door markup of the fiscal 2020 NDAA, Wednesday, 9 a.m.House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing on implementation of the VA Mission Act, Wednesday, 10 a.m.House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing with oversight agencies testifying on ideas to improve VA efficiency, Wednesday, 2 p.m.Senate Veteran’s Affairs Committee hearing on a series of VA health and benefits bills, Wednesday, 2:30 p.m.last_img read more

6 Sep

Ministers review steps for smooth Haj travel

first_imgNampally: In order to ensure smooth arrangements in view of the upcoming Haj season, Ministers Mohammed Mahmood Ali and Koppula Eshwar directed the officials from various departments to ensure hitch-free service to the Hajis who will be embarking from Shamshabad Airport. Officials from 22 departments were present in the meeting.During a coordination meeting of All Departments for the arrangements of Haj Operation-2019, which was held at Haj House in Nampally on Monday, TS Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali and Minister for Welfare Koppula Eshwar reviewed the arrangements being made for the Hajis. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us The meeting was attended by Advisor to Government (Minority Welfare) AK Khan, TS Haj Committee Chairman Mohammed Masiullah Khan, Executive Officer B Shafiullah, Director at TS Minority Welfare Department Shahnawaz Qasim, TS Wakf Board Chairman and Member of Haj Committee Mohammed Saleem, TS Haj Committee members Farooq Hussain, MLC Abu Talha Amjad, Dr Aqeel Hashmi, Mohammed Arifuddin and all the head of the departments from the Government of Telangana and several dignitaries and bureaucrats. They also inspected the on-going arrangements for Haj 2019 at Haj House in Nampally. The Karnataka and Maharashtra pilgrims will leave India on July 18 from Hyderabad. The Haj flights of Telangana and AP pilgrims will be from July 26 to August 4.last_img read more

6 Sep

Sitaram Yechury granted permission to visit Jammu and Kashmir

first_imgThe Supreme Court has allowed CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury to visit Srinagar to check on his party colleague Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami. Tarigami was detained in Jammu and Kashmir after the Centre scrapped Article 370. The Supreme Court placed a condition that the permission is only to meet his party colleague Tarigami and not for any other political reason. He has been asked not to raise any issue other than the health and safety of Tarigami. He is required to submit a report on his return to Delhi.last_img read more

3 Sep

Australia imposes sanctions on Myanmar generals for Rohingya atrocities

first_imgRohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village. Photo: ReutersAustralia’s government on Tuesday unveiled sanctions against five officers in Myanmar’s powerful military who are accused of overseeing barbaric violence against members of the Rohingya Muslims.Following similar actions by the United States and the European Union, Australia announced it would freeze the assets of officers including a lieutenant general who commanded a special operations group believed to be behind atrocities.Australian foreign minister Marise Payne said the officers — Aung Kyaw Zaw, Maung Maung Soe, Aung Aung, Than Oo and Khin Maung Soe were “responsible for human rights violations committed by units under their command”.The five, some of whom are since believed to have stepped down from their posts, will also be banned from travelling to Australia.Around 700,000 Rohingya have been driven from their homes in Rakhine state, in southwest Myanmar, since 2016.The campaign has been marked by numerous extrajudicial killings, mass rape and the burning of villages by security forces.last_img read more

15 Aug

ExistingHome Sales Up in January as Prices Fall NAR

first_imgExisting-Home Sales Up in January as Prices Fall: NAR in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Existing-Home Sales Home Prices Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Realtors Processing Service Providers 2012-02-22 Mark Lieberman Existing-home sales rose in January for the third time in the last four months, according to the “”National Association of Realtors””:http://www.realtor.org/ (NAR).[IMAGE]January sales ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô completed transactions ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô were up 4.3 percent from December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.57 million. December’s total was revised downward to 4.38 million from 4.61 million. The January 2012 sales pace was up 0.7 percent from January 2011.The median price of an existing-home was $154,700 in January, down 2.0 percent from January 2011, falling to its lowest level since November 2001. Prices dipped again after appearing to stabilize at low levels in the first half of 2011.According to the NAR, distressed homes ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô foreclosures and short sales which sell at deep discounts ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô accounted for 35 percent of January sales (22 percent were foreclosures and 13 percent were short sales), up from 32 percent in December; they were 37 percent in January 2011. Price recovery depends on a reduction in the number of distressed properties on the market. All cash transactions accounted for 31 percent of sales.[COLUMN_BREAK]Total housing inventory at the end of January fell 0.4 percent to 2.31 million existing homes available for sale, a 6.1-month supply at the current sales pace, down from a 6.4-month supply in December. The month-over-month increase ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô 190,000 ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô was the largest in both numbers and percentage since last August when sales increased 360,000, a jump of 8.9 percent. Despite the month-over-month increase in sales, the January pace was well below the pre-recession sales of 5.06 million existing homes sold and the cyclical peak of 6.49 million in November 2009 when the homebuyer tax credit boosted sales.Total unsold listed inventory has trended down from a record 4.04 million in July 2007, and is 20.6 percent below a year ago.””The uptrend in home sales is in line with all of the underlying fundamentals ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô pent-up household formation, record-low mortgage interest rates, bargain home prices, sustained job creation and rising rents,”” “”Lawrence Yun””:http://www.realtor.org/research/chief_economist_bio, chief economist with NAR, said in a statement.Regionally, existing-home sales in the Northeast rose 3.4 percent to an annual pace of 600,000 in January and are 7.1 percent above a year ago. The median price in the Northeast was $225,700, 4.2 percent below January 2011.Existing-home sales in the Midwest increased 1.0 percent in December to 980,000, 3.2 percent higher than January 2011. The median price in the Midwest was $122,000, down 3.9 percent from a year ago.In the South, existing-home sales rose 3.5 percent to 1.76 million in January, unchanged from a year ago. The median price in the South was $134,800, 0.3 percent below January 2011.Existing-home sales in the West jumped 8.8 percent to an annual pace of 1.23 million in January but are 3.1 percent below a spike in January 2011. The median price in the West was $187,100, down 1.8 percent from a year ago.center_img February 22, 2012 426 Views Sharelast_img read more