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first_imgKolkata: Writers, academicians and eminent personalities from the cultural sphere of the city attended the Martyrs’ Day rally at Esplanade on Sunday, to express their solidarity with Trinamool Congress.Trinamool MPs Deb, Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrut Jahan joined the rally, along with a host of other noted celebrities. Eminent folk singer Pratul Chakraborty sang a song which he has composed for the Martyrs’ Day rally. He also sang the evergreen ‘Ami Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanglae gan gai’ tune, which enthralled the audience assembled at the rally. Meanwhile, popular singer Nachiketa also sung a song before the meeting started. Singers Saumitra Roy and Shantanu Roy Chowdhury also attended the rally, along with noted Sanskrit scholar Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri and writer Abul Basar. Celebrities from Tollywood and others from the cultural sphere joined Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee in shouting slogans to cheer up the party workers about the presence of the party throughout the state. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayComing down heavily on BJP, Mamata Banerjee said the party has let loose the Central agencies to harass celebrities. “Satabdi was telling me the other day that Enforcement Directorate had summoned and interrogated her. They have interrogated Prosenjit and Rituparna as well. I got the information that they are creating pressure on a person now in CBI custody to tell the name of a political leader. They had earlier kept Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Tapas Pal in custody for several months,” Banerjee said, adding: “They have been harassed only for their connection with Trinamool Congress.”last_img read more


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first_imgAcrobats face unique challenges when performing in water trapeze acts. The temperature of the water needs to be just right, and gripping the apparatus can be more difficult. (GAVIN YOUNG / POSTMEDIA) Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Twitter It will come as no surprise to fans of Cirque that one or more of the routines in Luzia will involve a trapeze. The trapeze in all its different forms from bars, hoops, ribbons and ropes has been a staple of these Canadian spectacles since day one and of circuses in general for more than 170 years.The trapeze was created in the mid 1800s by a young French acrobat named Jules Leotard. He rigged his apparatus above the family swimming pool so if his practise routines misfired, the water would cushion Leotard’s fall. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Cirque du Soleil’s Grand Chapiteau or Big Top has taken up residence at Stampede Park until Sept. 17.For the next month it will be the home of Luzia, a tribute to Mexican art, culture, traditions, sounds and colours.Luzia, which was created in Montreal in the fall of 2016, is the 38th Cirque creation since 1984 and it is the 17th show to travel in one of the specially created tent theatres.last_img read more


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The UN Development Group (UNDG), which unites the UN funds, programmes, specialized agencies, departments, and offices that play a role in global development, pledged its collaboration with all Member States, rolling out a common approach to eliminate bottlenecks, provide new direction and the necessary coordination. “The transformation of our world for which the 2030 Agenda calls is a tall order,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark told a meeting of the UNDG, which she chairs. “But we all appreciate what it will mean for the well-being of people, including the one billion who continue to live in extreme poverty, on under $1.25 per day and the prospects of the one planet on which we all depend,” she said, of the common approach, called MAPS – for ‘Mainstreaming, Acceleration, and Policy Support.’“Mainstreaming refers to the support we can give governments to incorporate the agenda in national and local strategies, plans, and budgets,” she explained of the 17 individual Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) embodied in the Agenda. “We can contribute to mapping what countries are already doing, and where new areas of emphasis and direction are needed for the SDGs. We can help countries strengthen data systems, and sensitize national stakeholders about the new agenda,” she told the meeting which was convened to kick start the effort to take the aims of the new Agenda ‘from conversation to global action.’On acceleration, she said the past five years of experience gained in speeding up the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the previous 15-year programme adopted at the 2000 UN summit would help identify obstacles and the actions needed for progress on multiple targets at the same time.“On policy support, we can provide co-ordinated and demand-driven advice, drawing on knowledge and programme experience from across the UN,” she added.Also adressing the UNDG, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that implementation is the litmus test of the new agenda. “The message to policy-makers is clear: go beyond business as usual; work for true transformation; provide the conditions that allow us all to be agents of change,” he said.More broadly, the UN chief declared: “Today, we can say to all the people around the world, to those experts from all walks of life who have contributed to this global conversation: we have listened to your views.” “All your governments have heard you. This 2030 Agenda is for you; it is for everyone, everywhere. Claim it, demand that commitments are made and promises kept. Be part of this global call to action,” said Mr. Ban reiterating that preparations across the United Nations system are in full swing to support implementation of the Goals. “Together, we can build a better future for people and planet,” said the Secretary-General. read more


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Ohio State senior forward Sammy Edwards surveys the field during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 7-0 win against Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 14. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 15 Ohio State women’s soccer team (11-2-1, 6-1-0 Big Ten) extended its unbeaten streak to five games with a 1-0 win over Michigan (5-4-6, 2-3-3 Big Ten) Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Senior forward Sammy Edwards led the way for the Buckeyes with five shots and a goal. The Buckeyes had their breakthrough in the 81st minute as senior forward Eleanor Gabriel tore down the right side of the field and crossed the ball in through the penalty area to a streaking Edwards, where the ball was one timed into the back of the net, the lone goal of the game.The rivalry with Michigan delivered another intense game, as physical play dominated the matchup and it was clear neither team would allow any easy goals. “Just knowing it’s Michigan I think everyone is a little more hype,” Edwards said. “I definitely come into this game very pumped up and I know it’s across the board.”Ohio State outshot Michigan 17-4, and Kerr needed to make only one save. The shutout marks Ohio State’s fifth consecutive clean sheet, the longest streak since 2012. The first half provided a slow, tactical pace from both teams, neither giving the other strong chances at the goal. Most of the half was played around the midfield area as both teams battled back and forth with strong defensive plays. “It’s definitely a mental battle,” Edwards said. “A win on a Sunday can be hard. We sometimes come out slow just from having dead legs but instead of coming out slow we came out fast and set the tone for the game.”Possession favored the Buckeyes in the first half, but both teams spent most of the half measuring the defensive style of the other. Ohio State outshot the Wolverines 6-1, despite neither team finding any strong offensive footing. Michigan’s only shot in the first half came close to finding the back of the net as midfielder Sara Stratigakis sliced into the penalty area and fired a strong shot on goal, which was saved by Ohio State goalkeeper Devon Kerr. The best chance of the half for the Buckeyes came in the 33rd minute on a corner from midfielder Nikki Walts. The ball slipped out of the pack of players to Edwards, who connected with a shot that sailed just above the crossbar. The second half began with a much more frantic pace, with Ohio State leading several quick offensive attacks, which resulted in three shots.Michigan’s best opportunity of the half came on a loose ball play in the 61st minute as a defensive error led to an open lane for midfielder Katie Foug, whose close-range shot flew just over the goal. The Buckeyes had a prime chance to score in the 74th minute as a grounded cross rolled through the box to Edwards, whose shot hit the left post. Michigan goalkeeper Sarah Jackson dove for the ball and missed as it rebounded off the post right on the goal line, but all Ohio State players could do was watch as the ball was cleared by a Michigan defender. “We rely on each other,” Edwards said. “You turn to your teammates and realize that you’re not the only tired one, and you’re not alone when you hit the post. We just look to each other when someone messes up, and I think that contributes to our success a lot.”Ohio State maintained an aggressive play style for the rest of the game, not letting Michigan create many attacks and pelting the Michigan keeper with more shots. Michigan continued trying to apply pressure and equalize, but the patient attack and rigid defense of Ohio State proved too much for the Wolverines. Ohio State’s next game is Thursday against Big Ten opponent Maryland. read more


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first_imgCampeones! Because we love to see you all smile. Porque nos gusta veros sonreír. ❤️ #UEL #ForManchester pic.twitter.com/Q4KQ4dSAv7— David De Gea (@D_DeGea) 24 May 2017 pic.twitter.com/Kz89wXt8It— Manchester City (@ManCity) 24 May 2017 Goalscorer Pogba also dedicated the win to the city. He told BT Sport: “We know that things like this are very sad, all over the world: in Manchester, in London and in Paris, too. We had to focus because it was a very important game and we won for them and for the country. Striker Marcus Rashford simply said: “For you Manchester.” Team captain Wayne Rooney posted: “Winners! Please help victims & families of Manchester tragedy by donating” and shared a link to the fundraising appeal for victims and their families. “We played for England, we played for Manchester, and we played for the people who died.”Midfielder Juan Mata added: “Especially after what happened we wanted to win this and we’ll bring the trophy back. This is for you Manchester ❤#MUFC #united pic.twitter.com/FmS8NSh0sn— Marouane Fellaini (@Fellaini) 24 May 2017 Several of the players shared a picture from the changing room of the team holding a banner that read ‘Manchester – A City United #PrayForManchester’. UNITED we did it!!!!! @ManUtd #MUFC #UELFinal pic.twitter.com/TzL2apPWJe— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) 24 May 2017 “It was a very difficult week for a lot of us and for the city of Manchester and we tried to win for all the people who have suffered. This trophy is for them.”Sporting rivalries were put to one side as Manchester City sent out a full-time tweet of a message saying “#ACityUnited”, with ‘City’ written in light blue and ‘United’ in red, while Greater Manchester metro mayor Andy Burnham wrote on Twitter: “Manchester United. Tonight more than ever.” Winners! Please help victims of Manchester tragedy by donating at https://t.co/sWkhEOKYmv or texting ‘CityUnited’ to 70800 donate £5 https://t.co/t8ck0zlCiI— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) 24 May 2017 Manchester United players have dedicated their Europa League win to the city after Monday’s terror attack.The club tweeted “For Manchester” with a photo of the players holding a banner that read: “Manchester a city united #prayformanchester.”They beat AFC Ajax 2-0 in the final in Stockholm to win the European trophy on Wednesday.Midfielder Juan Mata tweeted: “This trophy is for you Manchester.” 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.last_img read more


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The inquest was told that Mr Farmer had joined a group of 30 students for a bar crawl around the city centre, in December 2016. He was so drunk by the end of the evening he had to be carried by other students back to another’s house.While there, the first-year students – including Mr Farmer – were expected to complete the initiation by having their heads shaved and crawling into a garage to drink vodka from a pig’s head, Karen Dilks, the coroner, was told.Dr Reuben Saharia, the head of A&E when Mr Farmer was admitted, gave evidence to the inquest, revealing that the young student was brought into hospital with a “shaved head, found to be amusing”.The student, who was taken to hospital at 5.45am on Dec 13 2016, would have likely survived had he been taken for treatment earlier, the inquest was told.A round of 100 triple vodkas had been ordered at one of the pubs on the bar crawl, the Newcastle Coroner’s Court hearing was told.The inquest heard excess alcohol caused cardiac arrest which led to brain damage and his death.Dr Sahere added that there was a spectrum of alcohol poisoning and that cardiac arrest was at the “very end of that scale”. Although Mr Farmer said he did not blame the students involved, nor the university, he claimed nobody had accepted responsibility over his son’s death.  He said: “We knew that the situation was very grave from the outset. I would agree that had he been in hospital prior to cardiac arrest then I would expect the patient to survive.” James Carr, who was the chairman of the university’s agricultural society and a second-year student at the time, told the inquest the night out was staged every year to welcome new arrivals.That was despite “initiation-style” ceremonies having been banned by the university, he said.A pre-inquest hearing into the incident last October was told that his fellow students texted each other “deny, deny deny” as the police began an investigation into the 20-year-old’s death.Mr Farmer said the initiation was “nothing to do with freshers” and added: “It’s a 40-year-old tradition and from our perspective, in cold light of day, it seems a fairly pointless practice.”Ed would not normally drink spirits and he certainly wouldn’t drink that much at his own volition.” “The brain was dead. Our reaction was well, in that case, turn him off. There is no point in keeping him alive.” Jeremy Farmer, whose son Ed died after a university initiation, wants anybody involved in future ceremonies to be expelled from university #r4Today pic.twitter.com/6etFUJgLRz— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) November 29, 2018 Recalling the moment he was informed his boy was in hospital, he said he heard a vehicle pulling onto his drive at 6.40am on a Tuesday morning. When he saw that it was a police car, he knew something had happened to one of his sons.  “With one son in Australia and the other in Newcastle, you sort of go down, open the door, and the name you hear – it’ll be one of them that’s in pretty serious trouble,” he told Today.  “When the police had left the house, I was 99 per cent certain that he would be a cabbage. “Helen, my wife, she was more optimistic, but certainly when we got up to the hospital they did say that he was in a very serious state. “They said they’d done a brain scan and the brain was dead. [So our reaction was] In that case, turn him off, there is no point keeping him alive.” The former pupil at the £31,000-ayear Oakham School in Rutland died the following day, with his parents, Jeremy and Helen Farmer, at his bedside. He was five times over the drinkdriving limit when he died, the inquest into his death at Newcastle Civic Centre heard in October. Students who take part in initiation ceremonies should be expelled from universities, according to a father whose son died after drinking vodka from a pig’s head at a drink-fuelled social event. Economics student Ed Farmer, 20, died after being initiated into Newcastle University’s agriculture society.He was taken by friends to hospital with a shaven head after drinking large amounts of alcohol, and his parents Jeremy and Helen Farmer decided to turn off his life support the following day when they were told their son’s brain was “dead”. Now, Mr Farmer has called for tougher sanctions against those who decide to get involved with the initiation ceremonies, which have largely been banned at universities across the country. Talking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “Let’s draw a line in the sand and from here on in everybody knows initiations are banned and if you step over that line you will be removed from the university.”We don’t want to be killjoys, we don’t want to take away the fun. If you drink of your own volition and kill yourself, so be it. “When you’re being co-erced into drinking by others and doing something you wouldn’t normally do, it should be something that should be looked at.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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first_imgConstruction crews reached a milestone last week when they placed long steel girders across Whipple Creek, nearing the goal of connecting Northeast 10th Avenue with 450-foot long bridge. Yet an amateur roadway historian says it’s just the latest modifications to a crossing site people have relied on since European settlers began moving to the area.“This has come full circle,” said South Point resident Curt Cunningham, referencing the new bridge’s construction. “A hundred years ago, this was the thoroughfare. Now, Vancouver is starting to grow, and this road is needed again. Suburbia has finally met Whipple Creek.”Right now, the area is a construction site; cranes, loaders and dump trucks move along a muddy roadway on either side of a long span of freshly installed rusty girders.Clark County construction engineer Bart Arthur said the concrete bridge deck will likely be installed in early June and the project could be finished entirely in late October.The project is being built on the west side of Interstate 5 on Northeast 10th Avenue between Northeast 154th Street and Northeast 164th Street.The roughly $14.6 million bridge, a 450-foot-long, 48-foot-tall concrete and steel structure, should last for somewhere between 75 and 100 years.County officials say that when it’s all finished, the bridge will bring many benefits to local businesses and residents. By spanning Whipple Creek, it will connect two dead-end stretches of Northeast 10th Avenue, and that in turn will create a secondary access route to the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds and an alternate route for emergency responders. It’s also expected to enhance local land uses by bringing new water and sewer utility lines to the area, which is anticipated to be the site of much future growth and development.last_img read more


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first_imgFormer Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes it would be “impossible” for Los Blancos to replace Cristiano Ronaldo in case the Portuguese actually decides to join Juventus this summer.The former president claimed that Ronaldo’s exit would have serious implications at the Bernabeu.“If Ronaldo were to leave Madrid, he would leave a gap that would be impossible to fill,” Calderon told Tuttomercato.“You can not easily find a champion who, in addition to participating decisively in team play, guarantees more than 50 goals per season, and much more for the past nine years.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Florentino Perez has made excellent decisions for Real over the years, but he has the defect of not picking up the inheritance that is left to him by others. Something similar happened with Iker Casillas and Raul.“It culminated when Ronaldo realised Florentino didn’t value him the way he should. He wanted a better salary, which is normal for the best employee in a company. He was upset when reports said Real were prepared to pay double his salary to Neymar.”Ronaldo assisted Madrid grab third straight Champions League title last season, and has scored a remarkable 450 goals in 438 appearances for the Spanish giants.last_img read more


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first_imgFLORIDA KEYS, Fla. (WSVN) — The Coast Guard has suspended its search, Tuesday night, for a Cuban migrant who was reported missing off the Florida Keys on Monday.The search was suspended at 7:40 p.m., Tuesday, after covering 652 square miles in the Florida Straits, the Coast Guard said.The United States Coast Guard was combing the waters along Big Pine Key. Eleven migrants were found in that area and said one man got separated from their group after they left Cuba by boat.A plane was also brought in to help in the search.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img


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first_imgNewspapers are bleeding red ink, and many magazines are following in their footsteps. Magazine ad pages are down by 9.5 percent so far this year, according to the Publishers Information Bureau, and 3Q ad pages were down almost 13 percent.Like newspapers, should magazines be looking more closely at online as a source of readership and, eventually, revenue? If expenses can be trimmed sharply by cutting down on costly printing and distribution costs, perhaps publishers can get some financial breathing room.I’m not advocating dropping print for the Web. I’m old school—I like to thumb through a paper or a magazine. But my preferences aside, the printed pages of magazines continue to make sense for some product categories. Selling the smooth lines of a new car or the beauty and sexiness of fashion items? It’s hard to beat the rich color of a glossy magazine page. And the Web experts haven’t yet figured out how to sample fragrance online the way scratch & sniff pages in a magazine can.So there’s still a place for printed magazines. Yet online content can draw—and engage—readers that many magazine advertisers crave. Magazines, though, need to do a better online job than most are now doing, where their landing pages are little more than ads for the print editions. Even if the online edition contains all or most of what’s in print, publishers have to give readers a reason to visit frequently, rather than only when the new print edition ships.Newspapers have the advantage of a new edition every day, which can point readers to what’s online in a topical and timely way. The challenge for magazines is to reach out to readers more than once a month, using methods other than links in the monthly print edition. E-mails are a quick and relatively inexpensive way to reach out. Tie-ins with other media—newspapers, TV and radio, and their Web sites—can also bring readers to a magazine site more often. Even advertising unique Web content in other media can work.Building a real online presence will take time and it will require a financial commitment. But magazine publishers must think long-term so they’ll have more to sell once we get through these tough times.last_img read more



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first_imgRohingya refugees walk on the muddy path after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. Reuters file photoRohingyas, now living in Bangladesh, want to see certain positive developments including right to citizenship before returning to their homeland- Myanmar.“A majority of Rohingyas those interviewed indicated that before considering returning to Myanmar they would need to see some positive developments, in particular in relation to citizenship, security, and the possibility for them to enjoy their basic rights,” says the UNHCR on Saturday.Some Rohingyas have also asked for reassurances about UNHCR’s involvement in the process, being familiar with UNHCR’s role and assistance in past efforts to assist refugees to return to Myanmar, according to an ‘operational update’ shared by the UN agency.Some 655,000 people have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh since August 2017.There were more than 2,200 new arrivals between 1 and 26 December last year, a significant decrease in arrival trends compared to November, which saw the arrival of over 12,700 Rohingyas in November.In December, the majority of arrivals (over 1,900) arrived through the Mogpara/Sabrang border point, on the southernmost tip of Bangladesh.UNHCR said it is working with the Bangladesh government and partners to ensure protection and assistance for refugees.UNHCR’s support also aimed at ensuring that local host communities affected by the unprecedented influx are considered and assisted.On 23 November 2017, the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a bilateral ‘arrangement’ on the return of refugees to Myanmar.A Joint Working Group (JWG) consisting of government representatives from Myanmar and Bangladesh was subsequently formed on 19 December.The JWG is tasked to develop a specific instrument on the physical arrangement for the repatriation of returnees.UNHCR said it continues to offer its technical support to both Governments to establish a voluntary repatriation framework in line with international standards, with a view to ensuring that any returns occur in conditions of voluntariness and safety – and in a sustainable manner.The first meeting of the JWG is planned to take place on Monday in Myanmar capital.The two countries are likely to finalize ‘physical arrangements’ in the JWG meeting to start repatriation of Rohingyas.UNHCR offers to help the governments to ensure international standards are contemplated.Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque will lead the Bangladesh delegation at the meeting, an official told UNB.A 14-member Bangladesh is scheduled to leave for Myanmar on Sunday afternoon.UNHCR has been sampling Rohingyas’ views on return.The UNHCR said the biggest challenge to refugee protection is the environment of the camps. UNHCR and partners are working to address the logistical challenges of bringing large amounts of aid.The UN refugee agency said they are concerned about the potential risk of human trafficking and smuggling in the refugee settlements, with some reports from refugees of parents being approached with offers to take their children away and for a better life for women and men through marriage arrangements and jobs.UNHCR said they are developing anti-trafficking awareness materials and working with partners to highlight risks to refugees.In December, UNHCR’s partner Bangladesh National Women Lawyers’ Association (BNLWA) conducted awareness sessions on trafficking for almost 3,000 refugees and 120 community representatives. These efforts will continue in 2018.The UN agency said the significant demands on the humanitarian response for Bangladesh need to be recognised.“The response of the Government and people of Bangladesh has been extraordinarily generous. However, additional support is needed,” it said.UNHCR hoped that the commitment of Bangladesh towards supporting refugees’ immediate needs and finding solutions will continue to be supported by the international community with adequate financial contributions and with other support in 2018.To date, the UN agency said, the support has been encouraging with 85 per cent of UNHCR’s initial appeal for US$ 83.7million received.An inter-agency Joint Response Plan (JRP), covering the period from March to December 2018 is presently being finalised.last_img read more


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first_imgBy BRIAN WITTE, Associated PressANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland became the sixth state in the nation on Thursday to approve a gradual minimum wage increase to $15 an hour.The Maryland General Assembly, which has a supermajority of Democrats, overrode Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 an hour by 2025.Maryland state Sen. Delores Kelley, a Baltimore County Democrat, urges her colleagues to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour by 2025 during a debate on Thursday, March 28, 2019 in Annapolis, Md. The Maryland General Assembly overrode the Republican governor’s veto Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)The first increase will be to $11 in January. The state’s minimum wage will increase by 75 cents a year to $14 in 2024, and then reach $15 in 2025. Businesses with fewer than 14 employees will have until July of 2026 to reach $15.Democrats, who control the legislature, say the increase is needed, because the cost of living has become high for basic needs. Republicans, including Hogan, say it will hurt the state’s economy and drive jobs away.Sen. Delores Kelley, a Democrat who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, argued during debate that the increase will help the economy.“People who get a minimum wage are not people that are going to put this money away in the bank. They aren’t going to buy stocks and bonds with it,” Kelley said. “They’re going to spend it, and in spending it they’re going to make local businesses more vibrant.”But opponents, particularly lawmakers who live near other state borders, say many small businesses only have to travel a short distance to find a more favorable business climate. Sen. Andrew Serafini, a Republican whose district in western Maryland borders Pennsylvania and West Virginia, said he sees that in businesses that he consults with.“I’m not going to take any great delight in a couple of years when I say, ‘I told you so,’ but it’s going to happen,” Serafini said. “And the sad part is many small businesses and the people that work for them are going to lose jobs, and this is just going to add fuel to that fire.”Sen. Cory McCray, a Baltimore Democrat who sponsored the bill, said his thoughts are with the 573,000 people who will benefit from the increase.“When I think about the American Dream, I think about shared prosperity and shared economic prosperity and what does that look like,” McCray said. “I think about when we lift the standards for one worker, we’re actually lifting the standards for all workers.”In his veto letter Wednesday, Hogan noted that Maryland voted in 2014 to raise the minimum wage in stages from $7.25, and the last increase to $10.10 only just happened last year. He noted that small businesses facing a choice of paying a minimum wage of $7.25 in neighboring Virginia or $15 in Maryland could reduce jobs or eliminate operations in Maryland.“Making Maryland’s minimum wage more than double that of Virginia could be too much for our economy to bear,” Hogan wrote.The governor offered a compromise to legislative leaders to raise the minimum wage to $12.10 an hour by 2022, but the proposal went nowhere.“We are obviously disappointed that the legislature completely ignored the governor’s reasonable compromise proposal to protect jobs and small businesses,” said Michael Ricci, Hogan’s spokesman. “So much for olive branches.”California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York also have approved a $15 minimum wage, as has the District of Columbia.last_img read more


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first_imgNo related posts. Are you having trouble coming up with the perfect Halloween costume? Are you okay offending the incredibly nice people in this incredibly conservative country? Here are our suggestions.A Zip-line Accident Victim: This Halloween, bring the horror of a harness failure to life. Not much is required: a branch protruding here, a dirty bunch of leaves hanging from there, and a whole lot of fake blood everywhere. Bonus: a shredded gardening glove on the left hand for righties, and vice versa.Finless Shark: With 400,000 sharks finned in Costa Rican waters last year, what could be more brutally distasteful than showing up to the party as a gutted shark? Although some will assume that your swimmies are halfway to Hu Jintao’s bowl, they’ll be delighted when the rest of your crew busts in disguised as your bloody amputations.Bag of Urine: Protestors worldwide are known for throwing things. Rocks mostly, or papers with cleverly worded slogans, but here in Costa Rica they’ve raised the bar with the ultimate water balloon of discontent: a bag of urine. Commemorate Costa Rican uniqueness by wearing yellow and wrapping yourself up in plastic, or just skinny jeans and your best angry face, your own pee in hand.Transsexual Hooker: “¡Qué guapo papi!” If you’ve ever ambled along Tranny Alley, an open-air urban brothel and apparent headquarters for the conspicuously incontinent, then you have surely been solicited with a similar catchphrase delivered in the baritone of some six-foot, trick-turning transsexual. Your gear should include heels, an umbrella (a transsexual hooker is always prepared), and a whole lot of attitude.Rambunctious Riptide: You know who you are. You’re the Gringo who routinely gets drunk, picks people up and carries them around. This Halloween, you can actually have a good reason for doing this when you masquerade as Costa Rica’s most terrifying natural phenomena: the Rambunctious Riptide. Dress in blue, pick people up, carry them into the sunset, no questions asked.Gallo Pinto: Satirize the nation’s most popular breakfast by covering yourself in black round balloons (beans) and long white balloons (rice) and force everyone to pretend-eat you at all times.  For extra fun, douse yourself in Lizano Salsa. You’ll be the delicious snack everyone wants a piece of.Yoga Yahoo: No group in Costa Rica is scarier than passionate yogis. Apparently unaware that their exercise of choice should really be called “stretching,” they pay exorbitant sums to breathe heavily and assume inane poses. To portray one of these yahoos, simply don some pants that aren’t quite long enough, carry around a mat that reeks of B.O. and act smug.Gored Gringo: There is nothing more hilarious/horrific than a Costa Rican bullfight, which inevitably ends with an intoxicated Gringo getting a sharp one through the neck. Get drunk, cover yourself in blood and stumble around asking for more beer.Slutty Centenarian: Costa Rica’s Nicoya peninsula is home to one of the world’s five “Blue Zones,” where people routinely live to 100 and beyond. It doesn’t get more terrifying than a wrinkled face that’s endured the horrors of a century … until you imagine that wrinkled face in a bikini. Ooh la la. Someone’s not going home alone tonight.Zombie Tico Times: You thought Tico Times was dead, right? Wrong! We’re still online and technically that qualifies us as a zombie newspaper. To demonstrate your clever wit while serving as a walking advertisement for our undead publication, cover yourself in old Tico Times newspapers and run around muttering about ad sales and/or eating brains. Facebook Commentslast_img read more


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first_imgWARSAW, Poland – U.N. climate talks went into overtime on Friday as rich and poor nations butted heads over who should be doing what to stave off dangerous planet warming.Exhausted negotiators and ministers meeting in Warsaw geared for another late-night struggle to try to forge an ambitious climate pact, which must be signed in Paris by December 2015.Nations remained deeply divided, delegates said. They argued over apportioning carbon emissions curbs that will limit global warming to a safer 2.0 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), and over funding for climate-vulnerable poor countries.“It is indeed one sleepless night in front of us, but we are still hoping to close the meeting as soon as possible,” said Polish Deputy Environment Minister Beata Jaczewska, whose country has hosted the 11-day parlay.Gathering delegates from more than 190 nations, the annual negotiations are meant to lay the groundwork for a historic deal by the end of 2015 that will brake the climate juggernaut.“If we don’t succeed in Paris, the chances of us meeting the goal of limiting global warming to 2.0 degrees Celsius will be limited, or none,” French Development Minister Pascal Canfin told negotiators.With bureaucrats unlikely to reach agreement on the outstanding issues by Friday’s scheduled close, “there’s going to have to be a political package negotiated by ministers sometime tonight or more likely tomorrow morning,” said Alden Meyer of the U.S.-based Union of Concerned Scientists.A major sticking point was the demand by some developing nations like China and India, their growth fuelled by fossil-fuel combustion, for guarantees of less onerous emissions curbs compared to wealthy nations.In hotly disputed language, some want the new deal to impose “commitments” on the West and seek only “actions” from emerging economies.The issue led to Europe and a group of developing economies trading barbs on Friday evening.European climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard accused a group of “like-minded” countries of opposing a “push” towards the 2015 deal by insisting on the rich-poor country firewall.“It is not acceptable to the European Union, but I also think to really many others,” she told journalists.A group calling itself the Like-Minded Developing Countries, which includes China and India as well as Pakistan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, took issue with what they called this “brazen attack.”“The EU chief is responsible for damaging seriously the atmosphere of confidence and trust in this process,” said Venezuelan climate envoy Claudia Salerno, who claimed to speak on the group’s behalf.As emissions has been continuing to grow year after year, developing nations say their developed counterparts must have more responsibility for curbs given their long history of fossil-fuel combustion.The West, though, insists emerging economies must do their fair share, considering that China is now the world’s biggest emitter of CO2, with India in fourth place after the United States and Europe.Funding crunchAnother point of disagreement is finance.Developing nations insist that wealthy nations must show how they intend to keep their promise to ramp up climate aid to $100 billion (74 billion euros) by 2020, up from $10 billion a year from 2010-12.Still struggling with an economic crisis, however, the developed world is wary of unveiling a detailed long-term funding plan at this stage.The funding crunch lies at the heart of another issue bedevilling the talks: demands by developing countries for a mechanism to help them deal with future losses from climate impacts they say are too late to avoid.Rich nations fear this would amount to signing a blank check for never-ending liability.Roadmap to 2015As for a roadmap that the United States, Europe and some others had expected to emerge from Warsaw, U.S. envoy Todd Stern said Friday that countries should ideally submit their initial emissions-cutting offers by about the first quarter of 2015.But a draft negotiating text made no mention of any timeframe.On current emissions trends, scientists warn the Earth could face warming of 4.0 C or higher over pre-industrial levels – a recipe for catastrophic storms, droughts, floods and land-gobbling sea-level rise that would hit poor countries disproportionally hard.On Thursday, environment and developmental observer groups walked out, saying the talks had produced little more than hot air since opening on Nov. 11, and were “on track to deliver virtually nothing.”But there were some positives.Jaczewska announced the U.N.’s Adaptation Fund, which helps poor countries deal with the effects of climate change, had received pledges of $100 million, “more than expected.”Other progress was seen in the design of a programme called REDD+, aimed at encouraging wealthy nations to fund forestation in poor countries. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more


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first_img Banks BCFP Financial Services Committee House HOUSING Maxine Waters 2018-11-12 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Change Is in the House It’s a week since the midterm elections results were declared and the Democrats took over the House of Representatives. Now, come January 2019, the House Financial Services Committee, which oversees the United States banking system, is also likely to get a new Chair in the form of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California).A vocal critic of the current administration, Waters is expected to get tough on big banks calling for more regulations on financial institutions. Right after the elections, Waters released a statement indicating that she would make it a key priority to ensure “that [the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection] can be allowed to resume its essential role of protecting consumers from harmful practices without interference from the Trump Administration.”This could put her on a course to butt heads with BCFP Acting Director Mulvaney, or his appointed successor, Trump nominee Kathy Kraninger, assuming she is confirmed (which is likely with a Republican-controlled Senate).Waters also said that the House Financial Services Committee would work to protect consumers from fraud and predatory lending. While the BCFP has been working in tandem with the mortgage industry by soliciting input from practitioners and creating an environment where qualified borrowers got a better chance to secure a loan, “a return to more of an ‘enforcement’ mentality could cause the pendulum to swing back once again.According to a report in The Columbian big banks and their executives are also more likely to be called to testify in front of the Congress under Waters’ leadership. Even while legislation related to tightening the controls on banks are not very likely to be turned into law with a Republican-controlled Senate, the article said that it was also “much less likely that any substantial new deregulatory bills get through, either.”For now, all eyes will be trained on how a bluer House acts when it comes to key housing policies and regulation.Read more about how the midterm elections have impacted housing:How the Ballot Was Cast on Housing LegislationCapitol Effectcenter_img November 12, 2018 541 Views Sharelast_img read more


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first_img Chinese fruit store caught falsely labeling dragon … A South African dragon fruit venture that is introducing new varieties into the country is rapidly building momentum and excitement.The first volumes of trademarked varieties marketed under the Amorentia Sweet Dragon Fruit brand were sold on the domestic market this past summer season, and inaugural exports to Europe could take place in the coming months.The project is still in its infancy, with around 20 hectares to have been planted by July. But Amorentia Estate and Nursery owner Howard Blight is confident of a successful future. He says the varieties have fared extremely well in consumer tastings and are performing well in hot and dry areas.Blight has registered 14 U.S.-developed, self-pollinating varieties in the country. These are far superior to the cultivars currently under small-scale production there, he explained. A handful of these have been planted by South African growers and are now starting to come into production.”We recently had a dragon fruit display at a local supermarket, and they sold everything within two hours,” he said. With a good taste and high sugar levels, he said the newer varieties are different to what many consumers are used to.Dragon fruit’s drought resilienceFrom a production perspective, Blight said that the varieties have far exceeded expectations. While he had believed growers should avoid planting in areas where temperatures could exceed 40ºC, he said it has become clear that temperatures in the high 40s are “absolutely acceptable”.In addition, the water requirement is far lower than many other fruit crops.”In one area there were two temperatures that went above 50ºC in the very hot drought we had here,” he said. “But with the right water and properly designed irrigation system, those plants have grown unbelievably.””We’re now confidently saying that you’ll need half the amount of water that you would need for other subtropical crops to grow a successful dragon fruit orchard.”So not only are we able to stretch the suitability into the drier and hotter areas, but you can use considerably less water per hectare. It’s very water efficient. It’s the camel of the plant fraternity.” June 03 , 2019 You might also be interested in Growers utilizing additional lighting at nightThere are plantings in many areas of the country where there is no risk of frost. The hoter, dryer areas of Limpopo province in the north of the country have produced very good production results during the past year. Being a long-day crop, dragon fruit requires ample sunlight and flowers two or three times during the summer. But Blight said additional lighting is being used for a few hours on the plantations from around March to extend the growing season. Growers will harvest and evaluate their first winter crop over the next couple of months.Along with its production-friendly attributes, the new varieties have also shown to have good shelf life. “The shelf life is better than avocados. And they are shipped under the same regime and with similar temperatures to other subtropical crops,” Blight said. They can also make use of the existing infrastructure for subtropical fruit, including packhouses, cold storage facilities and cold trucks for transporting the fruit to port.In addition, he said the last couple of years have proved that the varieties are indeed self-pollinating. They also enter into full production in year four, which is sooner than Blight had expected.Growers and the variety owners have an equal share in the marketing company. What’s more, the chairman of the board – who will have a casting vote – will be chosen by the growers.”This makes a huge difference. It’s a whole new and fair approach toward marketing,” he said.First exports and international expansionBlight explained the first trial exports could take place over the next year. Europe will be the target market, where he expects the Amorentia varieties will be able to compete well with the other cultivars on offer from countries like Israel, Colombia and Ecuador.”There are a number of export companies that are interested in shipping to Europe, thanks to the work we have done with the brand and the claims we have made about the varieties,” he said. “We’re waiting to hear if the prices would support airfreight or if we would send by sea.”Overall, Blight said that the venture has taken a little longer than he had anticipated to get off the ground. But he said it’s important to start off with the correct strategy to create a sustainable and profitable venture.”I would conservatively believe that in the next 12 months we would have another 50 hectares planted, and from there it should rise quite steeply,” he said. Production will likely expand over the coming years to other African countries like Mozambique, Angola and Zimbabwe. “We’re really enjoying the pioneering of a new crop and the collectiveness of it. And we’re getting the support and a good response for it. It’s good fun.”last_img read more


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first_imgAdventure World Travelcruise Adventure World Travel has launched its exclusive UnCruise Small Ship Expeditions brochure for 2020/21.New for 2020, the 8-day Colombia & Panama: Coral, Jungles and Canal cruise combines the two coastlines where the river ends and the jungle begins for an imperceptible viewing. Among the included highlights is an incredible Indigenous cultural experience where guests can meet the Guna people and visit their Embera village. Travellers also have the opportunity to see howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, white-faced capuchins and sloths along guided walks and hikes.In 2021 UnCruise will have a new 7-night Prince William Sound Adventure Cruise which sees guest traipse to remote and wild areas of Alaska to witness dozens of glaciers including College Fjord, Columbia Glacier and Harriman Glacier. They will also visit, Cordova, a small fishing village and have an insight into the Eyak Native culture, a Native American indigenous group who originated from the Copper River.With increased demand in Hawaii, UnCruise has also recently launched year-round departures to the island for those guests looking to travel anytime of the year. Aboard the 36-guest Safari Explorer, travellers will search for pilot whales and whale sharks or snorkel with green sea turtles and Giant Pacific Manta rays. UnCruise guests will visit explore shorelines rarely visited in winter and hear stories from respected elders to learn about Hawaiian legends and culture.The Zero hidden costs model of UnCruise is immensely popular with Australian travellers as all excursions, hand-prepared cuisine and a wide array of beverage options including alcohol are all complimentary.To celebrate the launch of the new brochure, travel agents can take advantage of a special offer for 2020 sailings which is a saving of up to $900 on select Alaska Fjords & Glaciers on board S.S. Legacy when you book by 13 December 2019.last_img read more


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first_imgCarson Palmer threw a 19-yard touchdown pass on 2nd-and-2 to Fitzgerald with 37 seconds left in overtime, and Arizona held off a now 0-4 San Francisco 49ers team, 18-15.Fitzgerald finished with four catches for 32 yards, giving the Cardinals the edge in a game dominated by the defense, and as a result, by the two kickers.Arizona’s Phil Dawson finished 4-for-4 on his field goal attempts as San Francisco’s Robbie Gould hit all four of his own attempts in regulation. Gould would knock in a field goal to put the 49ers ahead 15-12 with just more than two minutes left in overtime to cap a 17-play drive that lasted 7:36.But Palmer and the Cardinals went 75 yards on seven plays covering 1:52 to follow, setting up Fitzgerald’s leaping grab to seal the Arizona win. – / 40 #AZCardinals game winning drive in overtime and only touchdown of the game. Larry Fitzgerald🏈🖐🖑 TD #BeRedSeeRed #BirdGang #SFvsAZ #AZvsSF pic.twitter.com/qyHGoJPWzP— 🚨 Ronnie Laybold 🐾 (@YotesHereToStay) October 1, 2017In the complex game of football, overthinking happens.Sometimes, it’s just best to go with what’s worked. When the Arizona Cardinals so desperately needed a play for their offense that failed to produce anything other than four field goals through regulation and most of overtime, they called Larry Fitzgerald’s number. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 29 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) runs as San Francisco 49ers cornerback Dontae Johnson (36) and defensive back K’Waun Williams (24) defend during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)last_img read more