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Tushar Arothe resigns as India women’s cricket team coach

first_imgIndian women’s cricket team coach Tushar Arothe on Tuesday resigned from his post after his position became untenable due to alleged differences with some of the star players, who had protested against his training methods.This is the second time during the CoA tenure that a national coach has stepped down after players’ revolt. Last year, men’s team head coach Anil Kumble resigned after his much-publicised differences with captain Virat Kohli.”The BCCI on Tuesday accepted India womens team coach Mr. Tushar Arothes resignation. Mr. Arothe cited personal reasons behind his resignation and thanked the BCCI for giving him an opportunity to work with the Indian womens cricket team,” the BCCI said in a media release.However, a senior BCCI official said that Arothe was forced to resign after a few senior players, with reasonable influence, wanted his immediate ouster.”It was almost final after the last meeting of CoA with the senior players. BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary, GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim and CEO Rahul Johri were also present. There has been adverse reports about his coaching methods from players, selectors and even the team manager,” a senior BCCI official, privy to the development told PTI on the condition of anonymity.When the official was asked whether a couple of senior players had a major role in Arothe’s ouster, he said: “Yes, they were against him.”CoA member Diana Edulji, a former India captain, is currently calling the shots as far as women’s cricket is concerned.While BCCI didn’t divulge names, it has been learnt that ODI captain Mithali Raj and Twenty20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur did not have good things to say about Arothe’s coaching methods when the BCCI bigwigs sought their feedback.advertisementArothe, who was a Baroda stalwart with an experience of 114 first-class games, had guided the team to the 50-over World Cup final in England last year.The Indian team also won ODI and T20 series in South Africa in February this year but things went downhill since then.India had a dismal T20 tri-series against England and Australia and then lost the ODI series against the Southern Stars.However, it was twin defeat against minnows Bangladesh in the Asia Cup including one in the final, that became the last straw.One of the major reason of discontent was Arothe’s training methods. While the coach was keen on having two practice sessions of two and half hours each in morning and afternoon, some of the seniors in their mid 30s were finding it difficult to cope with strenuous schedule.It was because of their protest that the Indian team’s camp from June 15 to 25 was cancelled as BCCI was getting ready to show Arothe the door.”We will again put up an advertisement and interview process will be followed,” said the official.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Africa Cup of Nations roundup: Uganda end 41-year wait with win over DR Congo

first_imgMadagascar football team Share on LinkedIn news Share on Twitter Both goals came from set pieces as Patrick Kaddu headed home a 14th-minute corner and then Emmanuel Okwi got a touch onto a free kick just after half-time.Uganda last won at the finals in 1978 when they beat Nigeria in the semi-finals and finished runners-up to hosts Ghana.Saturday’s surprise win served notice of the potential of a team not given much chance of progressing past the first round.Nigeria needed a late goal from substitute Odion Ighalo to claim a 1-0 win over a brave Burundi side playing their first match at the Africa Cup of Nations. Ighalo, set free by Ola Aina’s clever flicked pass, side-footed the ball past Burundi goalkeeper Jonathan Nahimana in the 77th minute, four minutes after coming on in the opening Group B match.It was tough on Burundi who refused to be overawed and enjoyed slightly the better of the first half, with Frederic Nsabiyumva heading against the crossbar from a set piece.Madagascar marked their Africa Cup of Nations debut with a draw against Group B opponents Guinea in Alexandria. Sory Kaba put Guinea ahead after 34 minutes but goals from Anicet Andrianantenaina and Charles Carolus Andriamatsinoro in six second-half minutes put Madagascar ahead.Francois Kamano’s 66th-minute penalty earned a point for Guinea, after Romain Métanire had fouled Ibrahima Traoré. Nigeria football team Uganda football team Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Nigeria 1-0 Burundi: Africa Cup of Nations – as it happened Burundi football teamcenter_img Africa Cup of Nations Uganda won at the Africa Cup of Nations finals for the first time in more than 40 years as they upset the Democratic Republic of Congo 2-0 in their opening Group A match at the Cairo International Stadium on Saturday. Africa Cup of Nations 2019 The Observer Topics Share on Pinterest DR Congo football team Read more Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Prime Minister Hands Over Keys for Longville Park Phase III

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller handed out the first set of keys and certificates of ownership to beneficiaries of the Longville Park Phase III Housing Scheme in Clarendon on Wednesday, February 20.Approximately 882 families will benefit from new housing solutions constructed at a cost of $4.8 billion.Among the beneficiaries were 168 low income earners, who received subsidised rates for their units from the National Housing Trust (NHT), totalling approximately $127 million; 20 young professionals, who fall between the ages of 25 and 40; and a person with a disability.The NHT also approved 165 home grants of $1.2 million each, to help lower income contributors to purchase solutions. These grants were given to persons earning a maximum of $10,000 weekly.The Prime Minister, who has portfolio responsibility for the NHT, outlined that special consideration was given to certain categories of applicants, inparticular, the most vulnerable, in an effort to assist them in becominghomeowners.“The Trust has improved the standards of living for many Jamaican families through this investment.last_img read more

SuperPark Society opens new facility in Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Family SuperPark Society held a Grand Opening ceremony for its new facility in Fort St. John on Saturday.SuperPark Society President Jaandi Roemer said that today’s ceremony was the culmination of over five years of hard work by the Society’s Board of trying to get an inclusive indoor play space built in the Energetic City. Roemer said that the facility, which is located at 8162 100th Ave., is slated to open on September 1st, though she added that some residents have already booked birthday parties at the facility. Roemer explained that the facility already has a large number of toys, books, and other items that children of all ages can use for play, with playground equipment to be constructed this summer before the facility opens. She said that the SuperPark has been built with kids of all ages and abilities in mind, including those with special needs.“People aren’t really aware of all the children and even adults that struggle with special needs, whether it be physically, mentally, or even emotionally,” said Roemer. “A lot of the time, especially as children, they’re seen as having bad behaviour. So, rather than staying to play, they are whisked away, so they don’t get to fully enjoy their day. It is our mission to provide a place that provides that space for that quick calm-down so that they can go back and play. We want to make sure that this is that place, that nobody needs to leave.”Roemer said that the Society is still fundraising for climber equipment that will go inside the indoor play space, which she said will cost roughly $80,000. She said that the Society has gotten roughly $12,000 in donations from companies just this week, and she hopes that the funds will be raised this year.Roemer added that she will also be stepping down as President of the SuperPark Society to take on a new role as the SuperPark’s Operations Manager.For more information about the SuperPark Society, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/npsuperpark/last_img read more

Bowood Energy completes rights offering and changes name

CALGARY — Bowood Energy Inc. said Monday it has completed its previously announced rights offering, moved to change its name change to LGX Oil and Gas Inc. and will consolidate its common shares.Under the rights offering, the Calgary-based company issued 10.6 million shares at five cents per share for gross proceeds of $531,991.Bowood said it filed articles of amendment to change its name as approved by shareholders in July and consolidate share on a 20 to one basis. The consolidated common shares will start trading on the TSX Venture Exchange on Wednesday under the symbol.The company will have a total of nearly 30.3 million common shares outstanding. read more

Judge mulling Nevada bid for recreational pot sales July 1

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Nevada’s marijuana regulators are working furiously to launch recreational sales on July 1, a fast-approaching deadline that could hinge on a judge expected to decide Tuesday whether the liquor industry should be guaranteed a piece of the pot pie before tourists and residents can light up.Lawyers for the liquor industry and the Nevada Department of Taxation are arguing whether the state has the authority to issue marijuana distribution licenses to anyone besides alcohol distributors.Carson City District Judge James Wilson said he had hoped to issue a decision following a daylong hearing on Monday, but he now plans to rule Tuesday.The state says it has the power to temporarily license some existing medical marijuana cultivators and retailers to serve as their own middlemen. It wants to get a head-start on collecting millions of dollars in tax revenue devoted to education before permanent rules are required by Jan. 1, 2018.The liquor lobby sued, saying the state has failed to give it the first shot at distribution licenses as called for in the ballot measure approved by voters in November, the only legal pot state with that arrangement.Wilson has blocked all licensing until the matter is resolved. He refused the state’s request last week to dismiss the lawsuit, a move that could jeopardize the July 1 startup.It has been legal for adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana in Nevada and consume it in private residences since the beginning of this year, but currently only medical dispensaries can sell it.Further delay is “not going to stop the sale or use of (recreational) marijuana in Nevada,” Chief Deputy Attorney General McKean said Monday.“As I walk down the street, there are a lot of people who are using it right now and they’re being supplied by the black market. The difference is the state is not going to get the taxes,” he said.Kevin Benson, a lawyer for the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada who filed the lawsuit, said keeping the temporary injunction in place won’t necessary scuttle the July 1 recreational sales“If they would just issue some licenses to the alcohol distributors, they could get started,” he said.The law says alcohol distributors have exclusive rights to pot distribution licenses, unless the state determines there is not enough interest to meet anticipated demand.The tax department said there was “insufficient interest” among the liquor lobby when it published the proposed regulations in March. It later said that determination would be made after all applications were processed.Benson said the state has never defined what is sufficient or insufficient to meet the anticipated demand, or for that matter, what they expect the demand to be.“The department created a self-fulfilling prophecy and predetermined the alcohol distributors would be insufficient to meet the demand,” he said. “If you don’t know what the demand is, you don’t know what has to be done to meet the demand.”Benson said extending distribution license to existing medical dispensaries for recreational purposes would render any licenses granted to alcohol distributors “worthless.”“There’s not going to be any business left for the alcohol distributors because most of the medical dispensaries are already distributing to themselves. They will have no need for a third-party,” he said.Two wholesale liquor license holders testified Monday they alone have the capacity to serve the entire state.One of them was Allan Nassau, a former tour and production manager for rock bands including the Allman Brothers and INXS who now owns Red Rock Wines — a boutique wine distributor. He testified that his business currently serves more than 300 restaurants in Las Vegas, many on a daily basis. He says delivering pot to more than 100 retailers would be easy compared to that.“I’ve been responsible for the logistics of literally tons of sound and light and stage gear going from city to city around the country,” Nassau said. “This is something I could basically do in my sleep.”Nevada Department of Taxation Deputy Director Anna Thornley testified state regulators have been planning since February to get an “early start” recreational marijuana distribution program running by July to begin bringing in millions of dollars in tax revenue before a permanent system must be adopted on Jan. 1, 2018.“It’s the department’s intention to issue licenses by July 1,” she told the judge.Department spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein said no distributor licenses will be issued to applicants that are not liquor wholesalers as long as the judge’s restraining order is in place but said the department is ready to act when it receives clearance.“We have a ‘war room’ in Vegas where our staff are working long hours to move the applications through the review process,” she said.Klapstein said 93 have been received — five from liquor wholesalers and 88 from existing medical marijuana establishments. FILE- In this March 24, 2017 file photo, Nevada state Sen. Don Gustavson, R-Sparks, smells a sample of marijuana as Christopher Price, a ”budtender” at the Blum medical marijuana dispensary, describes the operation during a brief tour a the store in Reno, Nev. Nevada voters legalized recreational marijuana in November, and officials are trying to put rules in place to start selling it on July 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File) Judge mulling Nevada bid for recreational pot sales July 1 by Scott Sonner, The Associated Press Posted Jun 19, 2017 2:46 am MDT Last Updated Jun 19, 2017 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN agency urges stronger focus on potential of forests to reduce poverty

“This 2014 edition of SOFO focuses on the socioeconomic benefits derived from forests. It is impressive to see how forests contribute to basic needs and rural livelihoods. They are also a carbon sink, and preserve biodiversity,” said José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).However, the report finds that these socioeconomic benefits are rarely fully recognized in national policies – despite their enormous potential to contribute to their vital role in providing local communities with food, energy and shelter. “Let me say this clearly: we cannot ensure food security or sustainable development without preserving and using forest resources responsibly,” Mr. da Silva maintained.Opening the 22nd Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO), the agency asserted in a press release that a significant proportion of the world’s population relies on forest products to meet basic needs for energy, shelter and some aspects of primary healthcare – often to a very high degree. Yet according to SOFO, clear evidence has been lacking, “Evidence is critical to inform policies on forest management and use, and to ensure that the benefits from forests are recognized in the post-2015 development agenda – not only with respect to the environment but for their contributions to broader social issues as well.”FAO’s new report stresses that providing local communities with access to forests and markets are powerful ways of enhancing their socioeconomic benefits and reducing poverty in rural areas.“Countries should shift their focus, both in data collection and policymaking, from production to benefits – in other words, from trees to people,” said FAO Assistant Director-General for Forests, Eduardo Rojas-Briales. “Policies and programmes, both in the forest sector and beyond, must explicitly address the role of forests in providing food, energy and shelter. A new, holistic concept of forests will make them more attractive to donors and investors and ensure that they benefit all people, especially those most in need,” he adds.The essential role of forests in food security is also often overlooked. For example, policy makers have failed to notice wood as a major source of household energy. In many developing countries, it is often the only accessible and affordable fuel for the majority of people, with one in three households using wood as their main cooking fuel. “Wood provides over half of the total energy supply in 29 countries, including 22 in Africa. In Tanzania, wood fuel accounts for about 90 per cent of total national energy consumption,” notes the report.Much needs to be done to improve wood energy production, make it more sustainable and to reduce the burden on women and children, who collect 85 per cent of all firewood used in homes.The report revealed that at least 1.3 billion people, or 18 per cent of the world’s population, live in houses built of wood. This is particularly important in less-developed countries, where forest products are usually more affordable than other building materials. The production of building materials, wood energy and non-wood forest products employs at least 41 million people in the “informal” sector worldwide, three times the number of people employed in the formal forest sector.In addition, forests perform many essential environmental services, such as erosion control, pollination, natural pest and disease control, and climate-change mitigation, as well as provide numerous social and cultural services and nutrients to local communities all year round. Opening Committee, FAO signed a four-year agreement with AgriCord to collaborate with the Forest and Farm Facility – a partnership between FAO, the International Institute for Environment and Development and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUNCN), which aims to strengthen forest and farm producer organizations.FAO will address these and other important issues at the joint World Health Organization WHO-FAO global intergovernmental conference on nutrition ICN2, to be held in Rome on 19-21 November 2014. read more

La plus froide étoile jamais observée hors du système solaire

first_imgLa plus froide “étoile” jamais observée hors du système solaireDes scientifiques de Pennsylvanie aux Etats-Unis ont annoncé avoir découvert la naine brune la plus froide jamais révélée en dehors de notre système solaire. La température à sa surface pourrait avoisiner celle d’un jour d’été en Arizona ou à Séville en Espagne.C’est une découverte record que viennent de faire les scientifiques du département d’Astronomie et d’Astrophysique de l’université de Pennsylvanie. Non loin de notre système solaire, à un peu plus de 63 années-lumière du Soleil, ces spécialistes ont observé une étoile bien particulière, une naine brune présentant à sa surface les plus basses températures jamais constatées jusqu’ici. Depuis 1995, date de l’observation de la toute première naine brune, les chercheurs se sont lancés un défi : dénicher sans cesse des corps toujours plus froids. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAEn effet, les naines brunes sont des objets trop peu massifs pour être considérés comme des étoiles mais qui se forment tout comme ces dernières, à partir d’un nuage de gaz et de poussière. Cependant, parce que le nuage échoue à accumuler assez de masse à partir du nuage, la réaction thermonucléaire qui “allume” l’étoile ne peut se produire, conduisant à la formation d’une étoile “avortée”. C’est pourquoi les températures à la surface des naines brunes sont très inférieures à celles observées pour les autres étoiles.  Pour ces nouvelles recherches, les scientifiques américains ont utilisé le télescope Spitzer, le plus sensible de tous les télescopes spatiaux, à l’aide duquel ils ont observé près de 600 étoiles situées proches de la Terre et les objets orbitant autour d’elles. C’est ainsi qu’ils ont découvert la naine brune baptisée WD 0806-661 B et décrite dans la revue Astrophysical Journal. Une trouvaille qui leur a permis de placer la barre très haut : d’après leurs estimations, les températures à la surface de cette quasi-étoile s’échelonnent entre 27 et 80 degrés Celsius, très proches donc de celles observées sur la Terre en pleine été dans différentes régions. Par ailleurs, cette naine brune s’est avérée orbiter autour d’un autre objet : une naine blanche, une ancienne étoile qui devait ressembler à notre Soleil avant que ses couches externes ne soient expulsées dans l’espace au cours des dernières phases de sa vie. D’après les observation des chercheurs, les deux naines seraient en revanche 2.500 fois plus éloignées que la Terre et le Soleil. Le 24 octobre 2011 à 16:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

3 dead 3 missing after small tour planes collide in Alaska

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska — Three people were killed after two sightseeing airplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided in midair Monday near a southeast Alaska town, the Coast Guard said.Three others remaining missing after the collision near Ketchikan, Coast Guard Lt. Brian Dykens said.The floatplanes collided under unknown circumstances, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said in an email to The Associated Press. Floatplanes have pontoons mounted under the fuselage so they can land on water.Eleven people were inside Taquan Air’s single-engine de Havilland Otter DHC-3 when it went down. Ten were taken to a Ketchikan hospital.All patients were in fair or good condition, according to Marty West, a spokeswoman for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.The passengers were off the cruise ship Royal Princess were on sightseeing flights, one which was operated by Taquan Air. A spokeswoman for the flightseeing company said Taquan has suspended operations while federal authorities investigate the deadly crash.last_img read more

Klopp hopes that his players will recharge before the final game

first_imgLiverpool are about to play their final Premier League game against Brighton and Hove Albion today at home and then, they will have almost two weeks to prepare for the Champions League final game.Jürgen Klopp believes that this can be the decisive factor for his team that the squad will be given a short break to recharge the batteries and be fully ready and fit for the most crucial game of the whole season.The German coach spoke about this opportunity as he said, according to Team Talk:divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“The players will not be relaxed really, there will be hopefully moments when the boys can relax which is what they deserve and what they need. Rest is a great thing. For us it is good.”“We will do training, but it’s not a camp. It’s not like we will go there and train twice a day or three times a day. No.”“It’s to recharge the batteries. Then when we come home we have another week to prepare the game. We will prepare the game there [on the trip] as well. We have time together and stuff like that.”last_img read more

Ore terror suspect pleads not guilty

first_imgPORTLAND (AP) — The Somali-born man accused in a car bomb plot at a crowded Christmas tree lighting pleaded not guilty Monday as his lawyer suggested that government agents had groomed the teenager and timed his arrest for publicity.Mohamed Osman Mohamud spoke little during the 15-minute hearing, only answering, “Yes, your honor,” when asked by the judge if he understood his rights. He wore a pale blue shirt and dark pants, and was shackled at the legs.Judge John Acosta said Mohamud would remain in custody, and the judge set a tentative trial date for February.Meanwhile, Mohamud’s lawyer, public defender Stephen Sady, hinted that he would explore a defense based on entrapment. He focused on the FBI’s failed attempt to record a first conversation between Mohamud and an FBI undercover operative that resulted in a months-long sting operation and Mohamud’s arrest on Friday.An FBI affidavit said that Mohamud talked of “putting stuff in a car, parking it by a target, and detonating it” at the July 30 meeting at a downtown Portland hotel. It also said that the undercover agent was equipped with audio recording equipment but it didn’t work, for reasons the affidavit left unexplained.“In the cases involving potential entrapment, it’s the initial meeting that matters,” said Sady.The judge granted a defense request to order the government to preserve whatever devices, storage media or locations might have been used for the meeting.last_img read more

Snow arrives in downtown Vancouver

first_imgConcerned about your commute? If the snow falls and sticks around, causing Wednesday-morning headaches around the county, we’ll host a Web chat with Columbian weather blogger Steve Pierce and offer live coverage beginning about 6 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. If the snow falls, join the conversation at The Columbian.A shot of wintry weather arrived in Clark County late Tuesday, prompting a series of warnings ahead of what could be messy morning travel conditions at high elevations.At 10 p.m. Tuesday, snow was falling and sticking in downtown Vancouver. The National Weather Service then revised its forecast, calling for 1 to 4 inches in Vancouver. A forecaster said the temperature was near freezing, paving the way for snow.Higher elevations could get significant accumulations as moisture collides with a cold air mass over the region.In Clark County, C-Tran planned to have field supervisors out checking road conditions as early as 2 or 3 a.m., said public affairs director Scott Patterson. Officials will then decide how to alter routes or equip the bus fleet. That’s the agency’s normal protocol when there’s a threat of snowy weather, he said.“Everybody kind of knows what their responsibilities are,” Patterson said. “We tend to play it pretty cautious.”The Washington State Department of Transportation issued a statement of its own Tuesday, urging drivers to use caution and plan for hazardous conditions. Several inches of snow were expected to fall in the Seattle area.last_img read more

Memories of the moon landing

first_img• Apollo 9 launched on March 3, 1969, to test the lunar module in Earth orbit; it returned to Earth on March 13, 1969.• Apollo 10 launched on May 18, 1969, as a dress rehearsal for the first lunar landing; after orbiting the moon, it returned to Earth on May 26, 1969.• Apollo 11 launched on July 16, 1969; it made the first moon landing on July 20, 1969, and returned to Earth on July 24.The last people inside the Apollo 11 lunar module were Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Vancouver resident Jack Atkinson.Armstrong and Aldrin rode the module down to the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969. The 45th anniversary of the first lunar landing was celebrated a couple of weeks ago.As a quality-control engineer, Atkinson made sure the lunar module could handle the trip, and he was the last person in it who wasn’t an astronaut.When archive film of Armstrong and Aldrin on the moon was shown recently, Atkinson didn’t just recognize a milestone in American history. He saw a couple of moon-suited guys he knew.“Armstrong was kind of a practical joker, in a way. With Buzz, you had short conversations, because the second verse was over your head,” he said.After one pre-launch trouble-shooting session, Atkinson admitted, he tried to walk away with Armstrong’s watch.Almost five decades ago, Atkinson was part of the Apollo 9, Apollo 10 and Apollo 11 missions. Atkinson worked for Grumman, the aerospace company that built components for NASA. He also worked on Apollo 12, but was laid off in August 1969, before it was launched.last_img read more

Planes hangars destroyed in Grove Field fire in Camas

first_imgTen hangar bays and several recreational planes were destroyed when a two-alarm fire ripped through a building at Grove Field Airport in Camas on Monday night.Firefighters from East County Fire & Rescue, whose station was a couple hundred of feet from the flames, were the first to respond to the airfield, at 632 N.E. 267th Ave. They were there within minutes of the 911 call that came in at 10:22 p.m. Arriving crews reported that explosions blew out hangar doors and knocked off the roof of the airport’s C Row, and that the flames reached 40 to 50 feet high, East County Fire & Rescue Chief Scott Koehler said. The 10,000-square-foot hangar is made of wood and sheet metal. There are fire walls on each end of the hangar, but only simple partitions separating the hangar bays within the building. That, along with the fact that airplane fuel burns quickly, led to the fast-moving fire, Koehler said. After about 20 minutes of suppression efforts, crews called a second alarm, asking for additional resources from the Vancouver and Camas-Washougal fire departments. Firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to adjacent buildings and knocked the fire down by about 11 p.m. No one was injured.last_img read more

Sybrina Fulton Trayvon Martins mother to run for MiamiDade Commission

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, will be vying for a Miami-Dade County Commission seat against the mayor of Miami Gardens.Fulton, who is expected to make a formal announcement about her run on Monday, is challenging Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert III for District 1, the seat currently held by Commissioner Barbara Jordan.“Our county must continue moving forward so our families are safe from violence, can afford to live in Miami-Dade and have access to good paying jobs,” Fulton said in a press release issued Saturday. “I am ready to take on these issues and many others in county government.”After her son’s fatal shooting at age 17 on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla., Fulton garnered national attention along with the boy’s father, Tracy Martin.In the seven years since the shooting, Fulton has become an activist in the struggle to help bring an end to gun violence.“Since 2012, I have advocated tirelessly to empower our communities and make them safer. But the work is not done,” said Fulton in the press release.Fulton has said she is not anti-gun but is in favor of measures that would add restrictions to background checks and private gun sales. Fulton, who campaigned for Hillary Clinton in 2016, has also co-written a book and helped form the Trayvon Martin Foundation, a nonprofit based in the teen’s hometown of Miami Gardens.According to the press release, the foundation “has launched a number of initiatives to empower families and communities through violence prevention, mental health access and awareness, and educating the community’s children.”District 1 is one of five commission seats up for grabs after Miami-Dade voters approved a two-term limit for the 13-member board back in 2012.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

PIC Aashka Goradia takes to nude yoga says female form should be

first_imgInstagramIt is no secret that Aashka Goradia and husband Brett Goble love leading a healthy and fit lifestyle with yoga and healing. Aashka recently took to Instagram to share a beautiful photo of herself striking a wonderful yoga pose. Talking about how women should break open from the shackles of body shaming, she wrote, “A new paradigm is shifting in our collective psyche. Stale mentalities are starting to whither and rightfully die. Necessary for an evolving society. . Exhaustingly and hypocritically, we as a society look down at broad displays of the female form as it appears in the moment. On screen, completely accepted (pending the budget of such displays crosses a certain 7-figure total). And the male form, no issue there – the more muscles, the better. But the female form…this angle of the topic is still being strangled to death by the perspectives of generations before us. The old diatribe of “Pura pheno, log kya kehenge?!” [Cover up. What will people say?] is still muttered in every household. . We have the Sari – of the most enchanting styles of garment in the world. The midriff blouse, highlighting the soft curves of a woman’s figure, is revered. It’s traditional! Conservative, you can say! But a bikini – oh no…baring a woman’s legs AND her stomach…”oh no,…too much.” And don’t even think of insinuating toplessness! . Thankfully, this toxic mindset is being swept back to the sea of history like the 5pm high tide. People are catching wise to social codes once accepted without question. “Why did we need to cover up?” Because men get ideas! Because men start thinking dirty thoughts! Because boys only think about one thing! . So I have to stifle my expression, my creativity, my art, because others have a problem. No, enough. I’m done with that. And you should be too. . On the very walls of our beloved Khajuraho Temple, or extremely popular museums, hundreds of graphic sexual scenarios can be seen by young and old. It’s woven into our culture. Yet it’s acceptance goes only as far as the grounds it lays on, charging a nominal fee to catch a glimpse. Then we depart, back to the world of “how a good Indian daughter behaves.” . The female form is the most beautiful of God’s creation. It is the vehicle to create life itself. Its expression should be celebrated. Not covered up.”last_img read more

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first_imgPTMstrainingTravelManagers As part of its ongoing commitment to provide product training to personal travel managers (PTMs) and to facilitate strong supplier-PTM relationships, TravelManagers’ National Partnership Office (NPO) recently held airline training days in both Melbourne and Sydney, along with a river cruise training day in Brisbane.The NPO works hard to provide PTMs with a format that is both informative and fun, balancing relatively fast-paced supplier presentations and a working lunch with networking opportunities before and after the training sessions, to strengthen PTM-supplier relationships in a more casual setting. “These training days were, as always, a big hit, both with suppliers and with our PTMs, as we were able to bring together larger numbers of both in one place,” said TravelManagers Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal.“We design the sessions to fit within a typical PTM’s day so that it’s accessible for as many as possible. We had a total of 76 PTMs attend over the course of the three days, and we put them in touch with twelve major river cruise and airline suppliers.” River Cruise Supplier Day in BrisbaneFrom a supplier point of view, Sharon Hando of Tauck River Cruises says the training days are invaluable. “It’s a great opportunity for us to speak to as many PTMs as possible, update them on our latest product offerings … and then get to know our industry partners better on a more informal basis when the work’s been done.”Training days are part of a calendar of training events that are scheduled by the NPO at the start of each year and includes supplier training days such as these, destination days that are co-hosted by national or regional tourism offices, and fun events that bring together personal travel managers, NPO staff and suppliers in a relaxed environment.“Without giving too much away, our next social event is taking place in five states this month and promises to be both great fun and a great networking event,” Gazal said.TravelManagers’ Erin Ross, representative for Mount Cotton, attended the river cruise training day in Brisbane, and says she enjoyed the opportunity to update her product knowledge whilst catching up with colleagues at the same time.“It’s important to me that I am providing my clients with the best possible advice when they’re planning their next trip: to do that, I need to ensure that my product knowledge is constantly updated. “These days give me direct access to many of the major players, and I really value the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with my colleagues. They’re also a lot of fun.” Venessa Keating, representative for Engadine NSW, said she loved every minute of the Sydney-based airline training day.“I found all of the information that we were given to be extremely useful. At the end of the day I felt energised and motivated, and very grateful to each presenter for the effort they went to in showing how best to sell their product.”MelbourneTrish Clowes, representative for Traralgon VIC says the session length for the airline training days she attended was just right, and she appreciated having material to take home for future reference.“It was a really great day – great to have a variety of airlines covering multiple destinations including Asia and Europe, and the sessions were very interactive,” she explains.TOP IMAGE: Airline training day in Sydneylast_img read more

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