BJP urges Guv to call Shimla civic polls

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, led by former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, on Saturday submitted a memorandum to Governor Acharya Dev Vrat on the postponement of the Shimla Municipal Corporation elections.Seeking his intervention, the BJP strongly condemned the Virbhadra Singh government and the State Election Commission (SEC) and alleged that the SEC was working under the diktat of the government.The party alleged that the Congress, fearing a defeat, before the Assembly elections, had got the municipal elections postponed.The Congress had recently lost the Bhoranj by-election to the BJP, giving the BJP a huge boost.The civic polls were deferred on the grounds that the revision of electoral rolls had not been completed.The BJP alleged the revision, which was to be completed by May 5, had been deliberately delayed. Now after the special revision it will be over by June 23 and the elections might take place in July, the BJP said.Earlier, the High Court had directed the government to file a reply within two weeks on the delay in completing the election process and its failure to conduct elections before the end of the present civic body’s term.BJP activists had challenged the matter in the court, calling it “highly undemocratic, unconstitutional and in violation of Article 243.”last_img read more

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Lille star Rafael Leao dismisses comparisons with Kylian Mbappe

first_img19-year-old forward Rafael Leao insists he still has a very long way to go before he can become an equal of the “accomplished” Kylian Mbappe.The Portugal U-21 international started out his playing career in his homeland at Sporting Lisbon, where he graduated into the senior team last year and managed two goals with an assist in five games.But a training ground incident last May saw several players and staff members attacked by around 50 fans, which led to Leao and several of his teammates terminating their contracts at Sporting.The U-17 European champion then sealed a free transfer to Lille OSC and has since made a great impression over in France with seven goals in 14 Ligue 1 appearances to help the club move up to second in the standings.Leao’s breakout campaign over in France has led to fans dubbing him the “Portuguese Mbappe”.However, while Leao regards the Paris Saint-Germain forward as a “source of inspiration” for him, the teenage star believes he hasn’t earned the right yet to be compared to Mbappe.“I try not to pay attention,” Leao told Le Parisien. “Mbappe is an accomplished player.“He has already shown everyone his potential and won several big titles. I still have everything to prove, many things to learn to become a great striker like him.“He is a source of inspiration, a model. But I’m not Mbappe. I have my own story and I am my own way.”Despite interest from Manchester City, Leao has no regrets of choosing to join Lille last summer due to being able to enjoy regular football.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“For the young player that I am, it is important to chain the matches in order to progress,” said Leao.“What’s the use of being in a big club if I do not play?“I prefer to play in a team that gives me play time and allows me to grow.“When [Lille sporting director] Luis Campos called me to express his interest, I saw no reason to refuse. He told me about the project and introduced the team he was setting up.“But what pushed me to come here was especially the possibility of having play time.”🤙 @RafaeLeao7, c’est 7 buts dont 6 lors des 7 derniers matchs 🔥Le huitième dès dimanche 🆚 @MontpellierHSC ? 🧐 pic.twitter.com/wRlsQPMFK1— LOSC (@losclive) February 14, 2019last_img read more

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Fresh Start Celebrates 10 Years at Rady Childrens Hospital

first_img Posted: August 6, 2019 August 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Fresh Start Celebrates 10 Years at Rady Children’s Hospitalcenter_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Fresh Start celebrated its 10th year at Rady Children’s Hospital with 600 free-of-cost surgeries provided for kids with physical deformities valued at over $20 million.Fresh Start Surgical Gifts is a local nonprofit that says it’s dedicated to transforming the lives of disadvantaged infants, children and teens with physical deformities through the gift of free reconstructive surgery and other healthcare services.“We’re proud and humbled to have found a home in the heart of the Rady campus,” said Fresh Start CEO Shari Brasher. “Whether we’re treating a local or international patient, we take pride in being able to provide the best care possible at the Fresh Start Clinic. Updated: 3:51 PMlast_img read more

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Kesari box office collection day 3 Akshay Kumars movie crosses first milestone

first_imgKesari box office collectionTwitterKesari starring Akshay Kumar witnessed a growth in its box office collection on Saturday, and conveniently crossed Rs 50 crore mark at the domestic market by the end of its day 3.Kesari has had a brilliant start with a collection of Rs 21.06 crore on its opening day, despite being affected by the festival of Holi. Its earning suffered a fall on its second day for obvious reasons as it collected Rs 16.70 crore on Friday.However, the movie bounced back as the weekend started. Kesari witnessed a good occupancy in the theatres from morning shows, but the footfalls increased manifold towards the evening.With a screen count of 3,600 across India, the war film pulled huge audience on its day 3, and managed to collect Rs 18.75 crore on Saturday, taking its total 3 days collection to over Rs 50 crore at the Indian box office.”#Kesari shows an upward trend on Day 3 [Sat]… Metros pick up, mass circuits good… Big Day 4 [Sun] on the cards… Eyes ₹ 80 cr [+/-] *extended* weekend… Thu 21.06 cr, Fri 16.70 cr, Sat 18.75 cr. Total: ₹ 56.51 cr. India biz,” trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.Directed by Omung Kumar, Kesari is likely to completely dominate the commercial circuits in coming days as there was no other major release this Friday. Based on the historic battle of Saragarhi, Kesari is being widely appreciated by the audience.After positive reviews from the critics, Kesari is being appreciated by the audience. It has already become the highest opening day grossing Bollywood movie of 2019 so far, beating Gully Boy. Considering its pace, Kesari is likely to make many other box office records in coming days.last_img read more

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Pakistan court grants prearrest bail to 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed

first_imgHafiz Saeed, leader of terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.ReutersAn anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore on Monday granted pre-arrest bail to Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and three others in a case pertaining to the banned outfit’s alleged illegal use of land for its seminary.Besides Saeed, interim bail was granted to Hafiz Masood, Ameer Hamza and Malik Zafar, until August 31 against surety bonds of 50,000 Pakistani rupees each, reports Dawn.During the hearing, the legal counsel of the accused insisted that JuD was not using any piece of land illegally and urged the court to accept bail pleas.Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court (LHC) issued notices to the federal government, the Punjab government and the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) regarding a petition filed by Saeed and his seven aides, challenging a case carrying a charge of terror financing lodged by the CTD.A two-member bench of the LHC asked the parties to submit their replies within two weeks.A lawyer for the federal government objected to the notices, arguing that the petition was non-maintainable. The bench, however, dismissed the objection and adjourned proceedings until July 30, Dawn reported.According to the joint petition submitted earlier in July, the JuD leaders submitted that the facts, narrated in the impugned FIR lodged on July 1, illegally described them as members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group and levelled unlawful allegation of terror financing.Prior to this on July 3, top 13 leaders of the banned JuD, including Saeed and Naib Emir Abdul Rehman Makki, were booked in nearly two dozen cases for terror financing and money laundering under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.last_img read more

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Spain nightclub floor collapses 22 hurt

first_img.Twenty-two people were injured, mostly with broken bones and bruises, after part of the floor of a nightclub on Spain’s holiday island of Tenerife collapsed early on Sunday, causing them to plunge into the basement, local officials said.Emergency services rushed to the nightclub in Adeje in southwestern Tenerife at about 2:30am after receiving reports that roughly four square metres (43 square feet) of its floor had collapsed, the regional government of Spain’s Canary Islands said in a statement.”After the floor collapsed, the people who were inside fell to the basement from the height of approximately one floor,” it said.Firefighters evacuated the nightclub, and the 22 injured were taken to hospital, including two of them in serious condition.The injuries included broken legs, ankle sprains and bruises. Two French nationals, a Belgian and a Romanian were among those hurt.Police have launched an investigation into the incident.last_img read more

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Coaching centers to remain closed for one month

first_imgDipu MoniThe government has decided to keep all the coaching centres across the country closed between 27 January and 27 February to prevent leak of question papers during the Secondary School Certificate examinations.This year, the SSC and equivalent examinations will start on 2 February.The decision to keep the coaching centers closed was taken at a meeting of the education ministry on Sunday. There have been widespread allegations of question paper leaks in different public exams in recent years.Newly appointed education minister Dipu Moni on 8 January said that tackling the issue would be her main challenge.No one except the secretary of the exam centre will be able to carry mobile phone in the centre. The secretary can only carry a feature phone during the exam, said the minister after the meeting. Moreover, to curb the leak, Dipu Moni said, the ministry has taken a series of measures, including wrapping up the the question papers by aluminium foil paper prior to sending them to the exam centres and imposing section 144 in the vicinity of the exam centres. The minister said stringent measures will be taken against people spreading rumour over leak of question papers. This year, a total of 213,7307 students will sit for SSC exams, 310,172 will sit for Dakhil exams under Madrasa education board and 126,371 will sit for vocational exam under the Bangladesh Technical Education Board.Deputy education minister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury, secondary and higher education department secretary Md Sohorab Hossain, technical and madrasa education department secretary Md Alamgir, and Dhaka education board chairman Md Ziaul Haque were also present at the meeting.last_img read more

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Young immigrants face denials in US

first_imgAerial view of Salvadorean migrants heading in a caravan to the US, crossing the Suchiate River to Mexico, from Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on 2 November, 2018. According to the Salvadorean General Migration Directorate (DGME), over 1,700 Salvadoreans left the country in two caravans and entered Guatemala Wednesday, in an attempt to reach the US. Photo: AFPSome immigrant youth looking to start over in the United States after fleeing abusive homes are seeing their applications for green cards rejected because the Trump administration says they’re too old.A US government program in place since 1990 has let young immigrants subject to abuse, abandonment or neglect by a parent seek a court-appointed guardian and a green card to stay in the country.While applicants must file paperwork before age 21, the Trump administration has said some are too old to qualify once they turn 18, prompting a flurry of denial notices over the past year in New York, Texas and California and additional questions of applicants in New Jersey.Immigrant advocates have filed lawsuits in New York and California and said hundreds of young people could be affected by the change.“This administration is literally going after some of the most vulnerable people trying to seek relief,” said Mary Tanagho Ross, an appellate staff attorney at Los Angeles-based Public Counsel’s immigrant rights project.The Trump administration has been pushing to harden the US border and slash immigration with a series of steps targeting Central American children who arrive on the border alone or with relatives. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions sought to make it tougher for young immigrants fleeing gangs or domestic violence to win asylum — though some guidance he issued on such cases was recently blocked by a federal judge. And the US government has been slower to release immigrant children caught on the border to family in the country.The program is the best chance for many of the thousands of young immigrants arriving on the border to be allowed to stay in the US Under US law, they can apply for green cards once a designated court in the US state where they live assigns them a guardian and declares they are eligible to apply.A now-22-year-old woman in Northern California, who requested anonymity out of fear the U.S. government will retaliate against her for speaking out, fled her Mexican immigrant parents’ home in high school after her father repeatedly beat her.She was taken in by a teacher, who helped her get started in college and took care of her when she was diagnosed with cancer. When a judge formally named the teacher her legal guardian it was a huge relief, she said. But she later learned the US government wouldn’t accept the court’s order for her green card application. She dropped to the floor and sobbed, she said.“I just couldn’t believe I was going to have to try to defend myself again,” she said. “I don’t refer to her by her name or that she’s my guardian — I just call her mom.”More than 50,000 young immigrants have obtained green cards by qualifying for special immigrant juvenile status since 2010. The overwhelming majority of applications have been approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, making the program a safer bet for many immigrant children seeking refuge in the United States than pleading a case before an immigration officer or judge for asylum.Applications to the program have surged in recent years, rising more than three-fold between the 2014 and 2017 fiscal years, federal data shows. During that time, the number of denials also increased, with 2,000 applications rejected over the past two fiscal years — more than all of the previous seven years combined.The change was most notable in the nine months ending in June 2018, when one in five applications that were decided were denied, the data shows. About 7 percent of application decisions in the 2017 fiscal year and 4 percent of decisions in the 2016 fiscal year were denials.The US government started reviewing applications at a centralized location in late 2016 to improve efficiency. The following year, US Citizenship and Immigration Services sought legal guidance from the agency’s Office of Chief Counsel for cases involving immigrant children who turned 18 before their paperwork had been completed and determined that a state court order is only valid if that court has the authority to reunite children with their parents, which many don’t, according to agency officials.As a result, 260 cases were denied, they said, adding that the agency may have previously approved some cases that it should not have.USCIS officials said they could not comment on pending litigation, but said the agency “continues to ensure that children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected receive the humanitarian benefits they are eligible for.”Beth Krause, supervising attorney of the immigrant youth project at Legal Aid in New York, said the federal immigration agency doesn’t have the authority to question state law, which in New York expressly allows courts to issue guardianship orders to cover this age group.“USCIS changed their policy and they changed their policy in a way that is arbitrary and capricious because it doesn’t comport with the federal statute” that says young people have until age 21, said Krause, who is representing young immigrants in the New York filing. “They’re getting it wrong.”In California, a federal judge has blocked the US government from denying the young immigrants’ cases for now. The state enacted a law several years ago expressly allowing probate courts to issue orders for immigrants who are between 18 and 21 so they can apply to participate in the federal program.In response to the Trump administration’s changes, immigrant advocates said they are also changing how they try to help these young applicants. Often, attorneys are looking into alternative ways to get these youth on stable legal footing in the United States, for example, applying for asylum in addition to special immigrant juvenile status, said Priya Konings, deputy director of legal services at Kids in Need of Defense.“It is just creating extra work for us — which is fine —but overburdening an already almost broken system,” Konings said. “It’s incredibly obvious that the administration is targeting immigrants at large, particularly unaccompanied minors, and they’re doing it on every front.”last_img read more

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Astronaut Scott Kellys Latest Mission A Book

first_imgAs part of NASA‘s twins study, astronaut Scott Kelly spent a year in space while his twin brother, astronaut Mark Kelly, stayed on Earth. That year on the space station makes Scott Kelly the American record holder for consecutive days in space. To get through that year, he had a routine.Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery.“You kind of do stuff you might do at home, although, you know, we don’t have a shower but you take a sponge bath,” he said. “At breakfast, I’d watch the news, do the planning conference, and then the rest of the day is executing the plan, and the activities you do range from very sophisticated, scientific experiments to fixing the toilet.”Kelly writes about his year in space in his new book, Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery.Interview HighlightsOn what it feels like to be in spaceIt’s a pretty crazy place. I mean it’s — you know, you realize you’re in a vacuum and there’s just the thin layers of a suit protecting you from the next micro-meteoroid or space junk debris strike. The suit you wear is very complicated. It’s difficult to work in, difficult to move in. But all that aside, it’s an incredible experience, you know, one of the highlights of my professional life. It’s not exactly fun. It’s kind of like the type-two kind of fun. Type-one fun is the roller coaster; type-two fun is the thing that’s fun when you’re done.On the necessary mentality of an astronautIt does require a certain level of focus, especially when stuff, you know, starts going wrong or becomes difficult. You know, it’s something I think the military trains us really well for, is focusing on what we can control and ignoring what we can’t, whether that’s, well — in space we can’t control, you know, the fact that we could meet our demise at any time. We can’t control how distracting the Earth looks and how incredibly beautiful it is. We can’t control how everything floats around, and that makes stuff more difficult, so yeah, compartmentalization is very important.On what he misses about the experienceI miss the people that I was there with. Now, all those people are back on Earth, but you know spending 24 hours a day, seven days a week with people is something that, you know, with these folks is something I’ll never do with them again, so I miss them, I miss the work. The work is technically demanding; it’s risky and even though I do some stuff that challenges me now, it doesn’t challenge me in the same way. Writing a book is really hard. It’s a lot harder than I thought, but it doesn’t have the same consequences. You know, if I write a bad sentence people are only going to get angry with me. They’re not going to die.This story was edited for radio by Maddalena Richards and Jacob Conrad, and adapted for the Web by Sydnee Monday and Petra Mayer. Sharelast_img read more

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Bengal MPs to heighten glam factor in LS

first_imgKolkata: Bengal is set to raise the glam quotient in the upcoming Lok Sabha with a number of celebrity candidates sailing through the bitterly fought elections in the eastern state. Making their debut in the lower house of Parliament are two young Bengali actresses and Trinamool Congress winners — Nusrat Jahan (Basirhat) and Mimi Chakraborty (Jadavpur) — both famed for their oomph factor. Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee’s decision to nominate the two political greenhorns had created quite a sensation, and they even became the butt of distasteful trolls on the social media. When the TMC announced its decision, there was a flurry of memes, jokes and comments. There were reports that several netizens were disgruntled with the development and quoted someone saying that Mamata Banerjee should know that unlike the Indian Premier League, politics does not need cheerleaders. However, the counting of votes has proved otherwise and shown that Tollywood celebrities can not only make the audiences flock to the theatres, but can also get a sweeping victory on the political battlefield. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee’s gamble paid off as both actors defeated their BJP rivals by handsome margins. Chakraborty triumphed by a margin of 2,95,239 votes over Anupam Hazra, while Jahan left her nearest rival Sayantan Basu behind by 3,50,369 votes. Bollywood singer-actor-turned-politician Union minister Babul Supriyo retained his Asansol seat, but his victory robbed Parliament of the presence of yesteryear actress Moon Moon Sen, who lost out in the race. Bengali superstar Deepak Adhikari (Dev) retained the Ghatal seat for Trinamool, humbling BJP nominee and former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh. Deb’s winning margin was 1,07,973 votes. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAll the hard work of BJP’s Locket Chatterjee, who had failed to turn the tables on her opponents during the 2016 Assembly elections, brought cheer to the party as she won the Hooghly seat defeating Trinamool’s sitting MP Ratna De Nag by 73,362 votes. Another yesteryear actress and the Trinamool’s Birbhum candidate, Shatabdi Roy, posted a hat-trick of Lok Sabha wins by getting the better of BJP’s Dudh Kumar Mondal by 88,924 votes. However, theatre personality and Trinamool’s Lok Sabha sitting member Arpita Ghosh fell by the wayside in Balurghat, from where her BJP opponent Sukanta Majumdar won with a 33,293-vote margin.last_img read more

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Saudi Arabia SoftBank Aim to Be Worlds Top Tech Investor With 100

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read Saudi Arabia and Japan’s SoftBank Group will create a technology investment fund that could grow as large as $100 billion, making it one of the world’s largest private equity investors and a potential kingpin in the industry.The move is part of a series of dramatic business initiatives launched by Riyadh this year as Saudi Arabia, its economy hurt by low oil prices, deploys huge financial reserves in an effort to move into non-oil industries.Earlier this year, it invested $3.5 billion in U.S. ride-hailing firm Uber, surprising many.SoftBank, a $68 billion telecommunications and tech investment behemoth, has also been stepping up investment in new areas. It agreed to buy U.K. chip design firm Arm Holdings in July in Japan’s largest ever outbound deal.Saudi Arabia’s top sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), will be the lead investment partner and may invest up to $45 billion over the next five years while SoftBank expects to invest at least $25 billion.Several other large, unnamed investors are in active talks on their participation and could bring the total size of the new fund up to $100 billion, SoftBank said.”Over the next decade, the SoftBank Vision Fund will be the biggest investor in the technology sector,” SoftBank Chairman Masayoshi Son said in a statement.At an annual rate of $20 billion, the new London-based fund could at current levels account for roughly a fifth of global venture capital investment.In the year to September, venture capital-backed companies globally raised $79 billion, according to data from KPMG and CB Insights, with tech start-ups attracting the lion’s share of that cash.”Son is very good at looking for companies with big growth prospects, and that will create fierce competition,” said Hiroyuki Kuroda, secretary general of the Venture Enterprise Center in Japan.The project will be led for SoftBank by Rajeev Misra, the group’s head of strategic finance and who joined the Japanese firm in 2014 from Fortress Investment Group, a private equity and hedge fund group. PIF will engage its own team.Investment powerSaudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, leading an economic reform drive in the kingdom, has revealed a string of high-profile investment plans this year.He aims to expand the PIF, founded in 1971 to finance development projects in the kingdom, from $160 billion to about $2 trillion, making it the world’s largest sovereign fund.In June, the PIF departed from Saudi Arabia’s traditional strategy of low-risk investments and took a step into the tech world with the Uber investment.That deal which illustrated how Riyadh now hopes to use its investments to develop the economy: Uber is a popular form of transport for Saudi women, who are banned from driving, and is creating badly needed non-oil jobs for Saudi citizens.SoftBank, a diverse company with stakes from U.S. carrier Sprint to e-commerce giant Alibaba, is also changing, shifting towards cutting edge tech investments after Son scrapped retirement plans in July and announced plans to reinforce “SoftBank 2.0″. It is still wrestling with a $112 billion debt pile and the turnaround of Sprint.”SoftBank has been looking to invest aggressively in the internet of things, and this fund is part of that wider move,” said Naoki Yokota, analyst at SMBC Friend Research Center Ltd.(Reporting by Andrew Torchia and Tom Wilson; Additional reporting by Sami Aboudi in Jerusalem, Ali Abdelatti in Cairo, William Maclean in Dubai and Eric Auchard in Frankfurt; Writing by Clara Ferreira-Marques; Editing by Edwina Gibbs) This story originally appeared on Reuters October 14, 2016 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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