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first_imgSeldom in a nation’s history does a single event simultaneously expose the shallow and cynical vote-seeking machinations of the ruling party as well as its chief opponent. The recent “Vande Mataram” controversy is one such example. Future historians will note with varying degrees of amazement and astonishment that at the end of a month-long ding-dong battle of venom-tipped words between the UPA coalition government (read: Indian National Congress Party) at the Center and the opposition NDA front (read: Bharatiya Janata Party), both political groups stood with their pants around their ankles and egg on their faces as the controversy itself sputtered to a ridiculously anti-climatic end. And all this at a time when dozens of farmer-suicides should shame India’s rulers into rethinking the country’s agricultural policy, and when hundreds of terrorist-blast casualties should stir them into decisive military action against terrorists. But that would be putting humanism over hubris, principles over politics.Here’s what happened over “Vande Mataram.” Mindful that he was beginning to be perceived as anti-Hindu on account of his attempts as Human Resource Development minister to undo the saffronization of Indian history textbooks, Congress honcho Arjun Singh proposed through his ministerial channels to observe Sept. 7, 2006 as the 125th anniversary of the creation of the “Vande Mataram” song. The celebration involved the song’s recitation in schools, with the caveat that it was not binding on anyone and that madrasaas (schools imparting Islamic education) were exempted from the ceremonies.Sniffing an unprecedented golden opportunity offered on a platter, Hindutva rabble-rousers of the BJP jumped into the fray. The Chief Ministers of three BJP-ruled states declared that singing the “Vande Mataram” would be mandatory on that day, leading to strong protests from Muslim leaders and secularists and counter-protests from BJP workers. Fundamentalists revel in an atmosphere of strife and disharmony. The Congress Party – straining to stay “centrist” – found itself marginalized and isolated in the ensuing ruckus.Although Sept. 7 passed with a mixed response to the recitation diktat, but without any major untoward incident, the party could not afford to let the BJP have the advantage of the last say. Sonia Gandhi, by pointedly staying away from the celebrations, had sent a signal to her partymen that she was not interested in aligning herself with what had become Arjun Singh’s faux pas. Worse, her absence had raised the BJP’s fever-pitch. The subtext of the slogan “Agar Is Desh Mein Rehna Hoga, To Vande Mataram Gana Hoga” changed overnight from being anti-Muslim to being anti-Sonia: Look, she ignored the anniversary of our national song! What better proof that the lady from Italy is not really Indian at heart?Desperately seeking a damage-control ploy, the Congress decided to steal the thunder from the BJP’s campaign by pulling the plug on the whole controversy. The party spokesperson made a most ludicrous announcement: the Congress party had in fact got the date all wrong, and so all the noise and fury was – in effect – null and void. A non-descript former Congress parliamentarian was hand-picked as the fall guy, for allegedly slipping on the research. The Indian National Congress, which never fails to pat itself on the back at every available opportunity for its 120-year-old history of pre-Independence liberation struggle and post-Independence governance, gets the date of the creation of the inspirational “Vande Mataram” all wrong! Can you imagine a more ridiculous and shameful denigration of a national song, a song that for long vied with the “Jana Gana Mana” for the status of national anthem? Can you imagine a Democratic or Republican administration in the United States of America goofing up on the origins or timetable of the “Star-Spangled Banner” in a nationwide anniversary campaign?And if there has indeed been a genuine error in researching the date, can we have the correct date now? Sorry, no way. There is no word on the matter any more. Not from the Congress Party. Not even from the BJP, whose rabble-rousers, realizing that the average Indian has refused to be aroused by this transparent exploitation of a national song, have been curiously silent in the aftermath of the controversy. And that silence, as the saying goes, is deafening.It is clear from the very origin of the latest furore over “Vande Mataram” that the Congress Party has woken up to the costs of minority appeasement. Someone high up in the hierarchy of the party think-tank must probably have pointed to the dangers of alienating the Hindu majority while pursuing policies that favor the Muslim minority. If the Indian state is indeed secular (meaning it will neither favor nor discriminate against any religion) then what, one might ask, is the rationale for subsidizing the Haj trips of millions of Indian Muslims and then excluding Indian Hindus on the Amarnath Yatra from a similar subsidy?But if the centrist Congress made a pathetic attempt to score a minor brownie point in the calculus of the country’s electoral politics, the right-wing BJP embarrassed the saner section of its voters by beating an old off-key drum. Arm-twisting a minority community into singing a Sanskritized and religiously oriented – albeit inspirational – song is no way to integrate it into the national mainstream. Worse, to make its mandatory recitation a crude litmus test of Indian nationalism is to vitiate the very concept of a modern and secular nation-state.The parallel that springs most readily to mind is Nazi Germany. (Several leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the BJP’s ideological parent, have been ardent admirers of Adolf Hitler.) Readers who lived in President Reagan’s America will recall a similar attempt to get prayer into U.S. schools. In 1982, Reagan, by then firmly established in presidential office, fulfilled an election campaign promise by proposing an amendment that, in essence, read: “Nothing in the Constitution shall be construed to prohibit individual or group prayer in public schools or other public institutions.” Appealing to the basic American ideal of individual freedom, Reagan had cleverly tried to subvert and bypass the First Amendment’s admonition against legislature making “any law respecting an establishment of religion.” Much like the Hindutva-inspired promise to take India to the Ram-Rajya era, Reagan’s considerable communication skills were focused on “returning” American society to an era of “values and virtue.” It is perhaps a measure of the deep-rooted secular sensitivity of the American polity, dangerously eroded thereafter, that the school-prayer amendment lost in the U.S. Senate.True, the “Vande Mataram” controversy is dead and buried – at least for now. True, the more moderate Indian Muslims prevailed over the extremist fringe by the simple expedient of holding their nerve. Some, who saw nothing really wrong in reciting a national song together with their fellow-citizens, sent their kids to school on Sept. 7. Others, who did, but wanting no trouble nevertheless, advised theirs to absent themselves from school for that day.But what is it about “Vande Mataram” – which is the second most requested song by listeners on BBC’s World Service Radio after an Irish folk song that also served as a call for its national independence – that inflames communal passions like no other ditty?The answer lies in history. The song was written by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee in 1876 as a retort to “God Save The Queen,” whose singing the British made mandatory.  Six years later “Vande Mataram” (“Bande Mataram” for a Bengali) was included in Chatterjee’s novel Anandmath. The novel, depicting the struggle of Hindu subjects against Mughal domination and consequent atrocities, came to be seen as being anti-Muslim. By association, “Vande Mataram” itself became tainted for Muslims. Further, the very concept of bowing before anyone but Allah is anathema and forbidden (haraam) for practising Muslims. And “Saraswati Vandana” or “Vande Mataram” (“Hail Mother”) demands just that. “We cannot equate the country with a goddess,” they assert.For Hindus, as well as many Muslims who fought with them for Indian Independence, “Vande Mataram” was a common rallying cry against the British. Unfortunately however, the line between religion and patriotism was blurred during communal riots: while rioting Muslims in post-Independence India had an “Allah-o-Akbar” on their lips, rioting Hindus countered with “Vande Mataram.” The taint grew darker.In the midst of communal madness and political chicanery, India’s judiciary and its Constitution have so far stood firm and resolute. The latter is unambiguous about the delicate nexus between religion and education. Article 28(1) prohibits religious instruction in any educational institution wholly maintained out of state funds, whereas Article 28(3) states: “No person attending any educational institution recognised by the State or receiving aid out of State funds shall be required to take part in any religious instruction that may be imparted in such institution or to attend any religious worship that may be conducted in such institution or in any premises attached thereto unless such person or, if such person is a minor, his guardian has given his consent thereto.”Reflecting the traditional Indian ethos of tolerance toward all religious faiths, the country’s Supreme Court in a 1987 judgment (Bijoe Emmanuel v State of Kerala) set aside the expulsion from school of children faithful to Jehovah’s Witnesses for not singing the national anthem, “Jana Gana Mana,” because of their conscientious objection based on religious faith, even though they stood respectfully when it was sung by others. The expulsion was held to violate the children’s fundamental rights to freedom of speech and expression and to freedom of religion under Articles 19(1)(a) and 25(1) of the Constitution. The judgment concludes with this observation: “Our tradition teaches tolerance; our philosophy preaches tolerance; our Constitution practices tolerance. Let us not dilute it.Touché. Related Itemslast_img read more

Champions League: Wolfsburg shock Real Madrid 2-0 in quarterfinal

first_imgReal Madrid’s hopes of an 11th European title were left hanging by a thread as they slumped to a shock 2-0 loss at Germany’s Champions League novices VfL Wolfsburg in their quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.The Germans were celebrating a memorable last-eight debut after Ricardo Rodriguez’s penalty in the 18th minute and Maximilian Arnold’s strike in the 25th stunned the visitors only four days after their ‘Clasico’ win in Spain over Barcelona.Despite making just one change to the lineup that started against Barca, Real coach Zinedine Zidane’s team will now go into the return leg in Madrid next Tuesday with a clear disadvantage.The Germans, last season’s Bundesliga runners-up who had scored only one goal in their last three matches, were more aggressive than the Spaniards and used their chances extremely well.”You have to bring that energy if you want to win,” said Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking. “I was laughed at when I said yesterday that we may have a chance. Real had their opportunities early on and we were a bit lucky.”We pulled together, we found the spaces and played very well. Now we will go to Madrid, knowing that we have a chance to advance.”The Spaniards, who saw Karim Benzema limp off with a foot injury in the 40th minute, enjoyed a strong start but never recovered from the quick two-goal punch and were lucky not to have conceded a third in the second half.”I am very disappointed. We had imagined it completely differently,” said Real midfielder Toni Kroos. “”We started well, had a big chance early on. We did not underestimate them but struggled after those two goals. We had too little movement.”advertisementThe Spaniards needed only 90 seconds to put the ball in the net but Cristiano Ronaldo’s effort was ruled offside.They kept up the pressure and Frenchman Benzema came close minutes later when his shot was blocked by Wolfsburg’s Diego Benaglio.But it was the hosts who struck first after being awarded a penalty when Andre Schuerrle went down in the box in a challenge with Casemiro.Swiss international Rodriguez sent Keylor Navas the wrong way before Wolfsburg struck again seven minutes later with Arnold sliding in to complete a superb passing move that left the Real backline dazed.Things got even worse for the Spanish side as Benzema was taken off minutes before the break and Real struggled to develop any traction in their attacking game in the second half.”I think it was the first half the caused us problems,” said Real coach Zinedine Zidane. “We were not concentrated enough. We did it better in the second half but we did not score.”Champions League top scorer Ronaldo was rarely left without two players marking him and he was also denied by Benaglio in their one-on-one in the 70th as Real grew more desperate, pouring forward in search of a goal.Wolfsburg kept threatening to extend their lead and although Schuerrle twice failed to score despite racing clear, it did not prevent the Germans from condemning Real to their first defeat this season in the competition.last_img read more

Dozen Indian boys for NBA camp in China

first_imgMumbai, Jun 15 (PTI) Twelve young Indian hoopsters have been selected to undergo a three-day NBA-conducted training camp for basketball players in the Asia-Pacific region to be held in China later this month.The camp for elite young basketball talent of the region will be held from June 18-21 at Zhejiang Provincial Sports Vocational Technical Institute in China, said a media release today.The 12 youngsters are part of a 73-strong group of boys and girls, belonging to India, Australia, New Zealand, Korea and China.Current NBA players Malik Beasley (Denver Nuggets), Andrew Nicholson (Brooklyn Nets) and Garrett Temple (Sacramento Kings) will join former WNBA player Zheng Haixia (the first Chinese WNBA player) as well as NBA assistant coaches Ryan Bowen (Denver Nuggets), Charles Klask (Detroit Pistons), Bob Thornton (Sacramento Kings) and FIBA coach Ronald Cass to train the 17 and 18-year old campers, who were selected by their respective basketball federations.”We are grateful for the continued support of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), Zhejiang Provincial Sports Vocational Technical Institute and Nike to provide these elite young players with the opportunity to learn from some of the worlds best players and coaches,” said NBA China CEO, David Shoemaker.This is the fourth such camp being held. It had previously been held in Melbourne (Australia, 2011) and Nanjing (China, 2013 and 15).The selected Indian boys are: Robin Banerjee, Vivek Chauhan, Jagshaanbir Jhawar, Sejin Mathew, Shanmugam Murugan, Riyanshu Negi, Suraj Pathak, Preshit Pawar, Prashant Rawat, Parth Sunil Kumar Sharma, Princepal Singh, Manoj Singh Sisodiya. PTI SSR NRB BASadvertisementlast_img read more

Injury Update For Alabama Star Christian Miller

first_imgnick saban and alabama at the orange bowlMIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts against the Oklahoma Sooners during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)The Alabama Crimson Tide got a big injury boost just prior to the National Championship Game against Clemson.According to writer Marq Burnett, Alabama linebacker Christian Miller has been named a starter for tonight’s game.Miller was previously on the injury report with a hamstring injury.Through 14 games this season, Miller has 34 tackles and 11.0 tackles for loss. His 8.0 sacks are tied with Quinnen Williams for second on the team.Christian Miller (hamstring) is listed as a starter on Alabama’s flip card, for what it’s worth.— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) January 7, 2019Miller has not missed a game this season and has had at least one tackle in every game.In the Orange Bowl against Oklahoma, Miller had one sack on Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.Miller is in his senior year with the Crimson Tide, and has set career-highs in all categories this season.Arguably his best performance came in a road game against Mississippi in the regular season.Miller recorded five tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks in the 62-7 win over the Rebels.Alabama and Clemson are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

Rita Ora Helps Launch New Cybersmile Foundation Campaign

first_imgThe Cybersmile Foundation has announced the launch of an exciting new partnership with leading cosmetics brand Rimmel that will be addressing the issues surrounding Beauty Cyberbullying and online abuse.Rita Ora Helps Launch New Cybersmile CampaignThe three-year partnership will involve joint incentives and campaigns supported by online influencers and celebrities around the world who share a pro-active attitude to online abuse and to help young girls and women build resilience to Beauty Cyberbullying.The initiative launched at an event in London, with support from Rita Ora and Cara Delevingne.Rita Ora, Rimmel global brand ambassador, said: “I am really proud to work with Coty and Rimmel on this campaign and support the message that beauty cyberbullying is not okay. I hope that by working with a business the size of Coty, we can get this message out to millions of people worldwide and truly change things for the better.”Cara Delevingne, Rimmel global brand ambassador, added: “Cyberbullying related to beauty choices has a real impact on people long after the incident occurs. The idea that some people make decisions in anticipation or fear of potential bullying is heartbreaking. I look forward to working with Rimmel to try and find a way of addressing this growing issue.”Find out more about the campaign here.last_img read more

Solving Nunavuts suicide crisis not a quick fix says coroner

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut has been trying to deal with its suicide epidemic through a coroner’s inquiry over the last few weeks.The jury for that inquiry made 30 recommendations.APTN’s Kent Driscoll sat down with Nunavut’s coroner.last_img

Spanish NGO 1000 Moroccans Work As Prostitutes in Melilla

Rabat – While prostitution is illegal in the Spanish enclave of Melilla, approximately 1,000 women,  almost entirely from Morocco, work as there as prostitutes, according to estimates by local NGO Melilla Acoge, which provides medical and other assistance to prostitutes.In the Spanish autonomous city, “almost 100 percent of the prostitutes are from Morocco,” said the president of the organization Maria Jesus Martin Collantes. Since 2002, the NGO has only treated two prostitutes of Spanish nationality.Dressed usually in djellabas, and hard to recognize as prostitutes,” she said,“they not only come from the Rif area, but also from Rabat and Casablanca.” Moroccan prostitutes who cross into Melilla can be  separated into two groups, explained Martín Collantes: those who enter in the morning and return at noon, and those who come in the afternoon to work during the night.Although the majority of women who practice prostitution in Melilla are aged between 18 and 35, there are also some as old as 60.Women are forced into prostitution because of “misery and complicated personal situations,” according to the NGO.  Most prostitutes are widows, divorced, have children to support, or come from families without financial means.“A lot of us think they want to leave,” said the NGO, recognizing that abandoning a life of prostitution is difficult.However, some “have married and have changed their lives,” noted the organization.  If they have children, they can take them to a school reinforcement program developed by Melilla Acoge.To help prostitutes in the city, the NGO distributes contraceptives and organizes a variety of workshops, including classes on sexually transmitted diseases, Spanish language, cooking, hairdressing, and handicrafts.The group has also signed an agreement with a laboratory to perform tests for diseases such as AIDS, syphilis, and gonorrhea.“We have also worked on the individual development, self-esteem and emancipation of these women. Many of them have psychological problems,” concluded the president of Melilla Acoge. read more

3M and Altria tumble while Facebook and Comcast rise

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday:Microsoft Corp., up $4.14 to $129.15The software maker’s efforts to push businesses onto its cloud computing platform fueled better-than-anticipated third quarter results.Facebook Inc., up $10.68 to $193.26Investors shrugged off a hefty charge for a potential regulatory fine as the social media company’s quarterly results beat forecasts.United Parcel Service Inc., down $9.30 to $105.13The package delivery service’s first quarter results fell short of Wall Street forecasts as revenue flat-lined3M Co., down $28.36 to $190.72The maker of Post-it notes, industrial coatings and ceramics reported weak first-quarter results and expects slower growth 2019.Shutterstock Inc., down $3.72 to $42.05The online marketplace for royalty-free images and videos reported weaker-than-anticipated first quarter profit and revenue.World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., down $13.12 to $85.38The professional wrestling events company reported a surprise first quarter loss on a decline in ratings and revenue.Comcast Corp., up $1.08 to $42.93The cable provider kept shedding cable customers and adding home internet customers, beating Wall Street’s profit forecasts for its most recent quarter.Altria Group Inc., down $3.30 to $51.41The nation’s largest cigarette maker reported weak first quarter results on lower sales and a hefty investment in cannabis company Cronos.The Associated Press read more

Former commander of Bosnian Muslim forces acquitted by UN tribunal

The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s has overturned the conviction of a former commander of Bosnian Muslim forces who was found guilty two years ago of failing to prevent the murder and torture of Serb captives in Srebrenica.Naser Oric was acquitted today by the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which is based in The Hague, Netherlands.Mr. Oric had been sentenced in 2006 to two years in prison for failing to take necessary and reasonable measures to prevent the murder and cruel treatment of a number of Bosnian Serbs held at the Srebrenica Police Station and a building behind the Srebrenica municipal building in the period between 27 December 1992 and 20 March 1993.Both the Prosecution and the Defence appealed the judgment.The Appeals Chamber found that the Trial Chamber failed to make all of the findings necessary to convict a person for command responsibility under the Tribunal’s Statute.“Naser Oric’s entire conviction rested on that mode of liability,” the Presiding Judge, Wolfgang Schomburg, said. “These errors therefore invalidate the Trial Chamber’s decision to convict Naser Oric for his failure to prevent his subordinate’s alleged criminal conduct.”The Appeals Chamber underscored that, like the Trial Chamber, it had no doubt that grave crimes were committed against Serbs detained in the two detention facilities in Srebrenica between September 1992 and March 1993.“However, proof that crimes have occurred is not sufficient to sustain a conviction of an individual for these crimes. Criminal proceedings require evidence establishing beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is individually responsible for a crime before a conviction can be entered,” the Appeals Chamber found. 3 July 2008The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s has overturned the conviction of a former commander of Bosnian Muslim forces who was found guilty two years ago of failing to prevent the murder and torture of Serb captives in Srebrenica. read more

Enbridge balks at seizing assets from environmental group to pay legal costs

VANCOUVER — Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) says it has decided not to have sheriffs seize the assets of a Vancouver-based environmental group over unpaid court costs.Karen Mahon of, formerly known as Forest Ethics, said sheriffs arrived at the group’s office Tuesday morning with documents that authorized them to take and sell the organization’s assets to recover money owed to Enbridge.Forest Ethics was ordered to pay Enbridge’s court fees after the environmental group lost a court case against changes to Line 9, a pipeline that runs between Ontario and posted a photo of the documents online that showed the amount owing at about $14,500.The group refused to pay the court fees as a “point of principle” and did not hear from Enbridge before sheriffs arrived at the office, Mahon said.“We were shocked. We’ve had no communication from the company or anyone else that this would be happening,” she said.“In that instant, it’s quite frightening, but now that we’ve had time to take our breath, we realize that this is clearly an act of bullying and we will stand up to a bully. We refuse to be intimidated.”Enbridge spokesman Jesse Semko said in an email the Calgary-based corporation has asked the sheriffs not to seize any assets from and it will not be pursuing the matter further.He declined further comment, saying Enbridge does not publicly discuss legal matters.Mahon said the incident has strengthened the group’s resolve to fight pipeline projects.The court fees were awarded as part of an unsuccessful lawsuit launched by Forest Ethics against the National Energy Board and Enbridge over what it alleged was inadequate consultation around the pipeline expansion project. read more

Randgold shareholders vote in favour of merger with Barrick Gold

TORONTO — Shareholders of Randgold Resources Ltd. have voted in favour of a merger with Barrick Gold Corp.Randgold says just over 95 per cent votes cast were in favour of the deal, representing about 70 per cent of outstanding shares.The proposed combination, announced in September, will add gold mine properties in Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of Congo to Barrick’s portfolio.The deal, which valued Randgold at about $7.9-billion when announced, will also see Randgold chief executive Mark Bristow move to the same role at Barrick.Barrick Gold shareholders voted more than 99 per cent in favour of the deal earlier this week.Last week, Barrick sweetened its offer to Randgold shareholders by boosting the dividend offer for 2018 to US$2.69 per Randgold share from the US$2 initially proposed.Companies in this story: (TSX:ABX) read more

FDA issues warning letters to 3 tobacco companies over additivefree claims

FDA issues warning letters to 3 tobacco companies over “additive-free” claims by The Associated Press Posted Aug 27, 2015 9:44 am MDT Last Updated Aug 27, 2015 at 1:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to the makers of Winston, Natural Spirit and Nat Sherman cigarettes over their “additive-free” and “natural” label claims.The agency issued the warnings to ITG Brands LLC, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc. and Sherman’s 1400 Broadway N.Y.C. Ltd. The issue over the claims is that they may lead consumers to believe the products pose a lower risk. That claim has to be scientifically proven.In a statement, the FDA said it has determined that the products under the warning letter need what is called a “modified risk tobacco product order” before they can be marketed in that way. It has not issued any orders for modified-risk products to the market and this is the first time it is using its authority to take action against “natural” or “additive-free” claims.The companies have 15 days to respond with a plan or dispute the warnings.There was no immediate response from the companies.Imperial Tobacco Group Plc. owns ITG Brands, which also makes Kool cigarettes and USA Gold. Reynolds American Inc. owns Santa Fe Natural Tobacco.The warning comes several days after a large group of anti-tobacco organizations sent the FDA a letter urging the agency to enforce regulations against Santa Fe Natural Tobacco over marketing claims. That letter, sent on Monday, was signed by 29 groups including the American Heart Association, American Legacy Foundation and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.The anti-tobacco group’s letter alleged that Natural American Spirit’s advertising in magazines such as Sports Illustrated and Vanity Fair violated the Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.“The potential for irreparable damage to public health from the marketing of tobacco products with modified risk claims is well illustrated by the industry’s years of deceptive advertising of ‘light’ and ‘low-tar’ cigarettes,” the letter stated. read more

What happened to Ohio State quarterback JT Barrett during the 3120 win

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett helped off the field in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan Saturday. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorANN ARBOR, Mich. — Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was not worried about injuries. He had no reason for concern. The game had not begun. Yet, nearing the game’s noon kickoff, he was told his quarterback, redshirt senior J.T. Barrett, was on the ground.“I look on the sideline and he’s down,” Meyer said after his team’s 31-20 win against Michigan Saturday. “And I’m like, ‘What happened?’”One of the hundreds of media members with cameras on the sidelines had hit his quarterback with a camera, knocking his knee, Meyer said with a rarely seen fury.“Somebody just tried to squeeze through I guess just to not get close to our bench which is fine,” Barrett said. “I don’t really care as long as you don’t hit me, and he hit me and my knee kind of just shifted in and, like I said, twisted up on me and we were able to lock it out before the game, but that’s how it was.”Meyer ominously said, with dozens of photographers and videographers in the press conference room, he plans to find out who hurt Barrett. He seemed unable to comprehend how something like that could happen to his star quarterback, muttering “major college football” over and over. “Too many damn people on the sideline,” Meyer said with disdain.Meyer has reason for his anger. He was worried Barrett, who was looking to become the first quarterback in the history of the rivalry to win four games, would not be able to play through the injury. But he sent Barrett into the game, anyway. “He’s so tough, he went out there and played and obviously we didn’t do very well and then we got going and then tied things up at 14,” Meyer said.In nearly three quarters behind center, Barrett completed just 3-of-8 passes for 30 yards. Without much success in the air, Barrett took to the Buckeyes’ ground attack. He had 15 rushes — third-most in any game this season — for 67 yards, including a 21-yard scramble for a touchdown in the second quarter. He led two scoring drives, but Barrett also accumulated minus-three yards combined on his other seven drives as quarterback.Then, with 6:07 remaining in the third quarter and his team down six points, Barrett fell to the ground after a 10-yard rush and the rowdy crowd quieted. Trainers helped Barrett up. But rather than have them look at him on the sideline, Barrett walked back to the locker room. His night was over. He returned to his team on the sideline in the fourth quarter, but did not have his helmet.Meyer said Barrett’s knee “locked up” when the person with the camera hit the quarterback, but the trainers managed to “unlock” it. However, they could not manage to “unlock” it during the third quarter when Barrett reaggravated the injury, Meyer said.“I mean before it happened the second time I looked like, running, cutting, playing, throwing the ball — like all that was fine, so it hasn’t affected me,” Barrett said. “It’s just in those little moments when it happens and then today I wasn’t able to pop it back in so it’s not injured. “I’ll play next week,” Barrett added.This was not the first time Barrett has aggravated his knee injury, he said. Barrett said he dealt with this injury earlier in the season in Ohio State’s 49-21 season-opening win against Indiana.He said he has played with the issue for the entire year. “When it happened in a game, I’d just lock my leg out and it’d pop back in and I’d continue to play,” Barrett said. “I didn’t need to go run into the trainer’s and tell anybody, like I was good and I felt fine running around cutting. Meyer did not offer an update on Barrett’s status following the win against the Wolverines, unlike Barrett.Whether Meyer makes the decision to start Barrett or replace him with Haskins next week, who looked solid in three drives that totalled 10 points, has not been determined. Given Barrett’s experience, it is hard to imagine Meyer would turn to Haskins with the season winding down, especially since Barrett said he will play in the Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin on Saturday. Barrett had not missed any snaps this season due to injury, so how someone with a camera running into him reaggravated the issue remains unclear. Meyer said he’s “going to find out who” injured Barrett and “think about that.” read more

Three closed Garda stations have livein guardians heres why

first_imgTHREE GARDA STATIONS shut down in the last year have tenants who pay as little as €100 a month.The Minister of State for the OPW Brian Hayes revealed in the Dáil at the start of the month that he former stations in Dalkey, Stepaside and Kill of the Grange were being occupied because the telecommunications masts on top of them generated income.The closue of the stations were the subject of severe scrutiny, with Stepaside in particular causing huge controversy.Hayes told the Dáil:“The stations in question have telecommunications masts generating income from licence fees from the mobile phone operators. Accordingly, it has been decided that they will not be placed on the market at this time. The properties in question are considered to be commercially valuable and are not being considered for community use.”The company who organises the guardians, Camelot Property Management, says that the solution is used across Europe and suits all parties.“Camelot have a large client base across Europe, protecting a wide variety of buildings during the period prior to a sale, re-development, regeneration or demolition. Clients include government bodies and local councils, project developers, banks and receivers and estate agents and surveyors.”Under the system, guardians who fill three criteria are allowed to live in the buildings, as long as they maintain them.The criteria are:That they are in full-time employment, Have no children, And have no petsThe guardians are then given a discount, of between 40 and 60 per cent on the rent of the buildings. In this case, the Garda stations all have cells, but also have bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens.Camelot say that the guardians off “a low cost alternative to traditional security and minimise the risk of theft and vandalism”.They point out that the scheme “Keeps the building alive” by reducing the risk of dilapidation and the value of the site maintained.Individuals who want to take up the positions are thoroughly vetted and are told that they may have to leave at short notice. Read: Crowds gather for rally against Garda station closurelast_img read more

Couples who meet online are happier

first_imgCOUPLES WHO MEET online and go on to marry are happier – and slightly less likely to get a divorce – than couples who meet face-to-face, according to new research.The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, studies US couples that married between 2005 and 2012 – more than a third of which had met online.The results indicated that, of the continuing marriages, those in which respondents met their spouses online were rated as “more satisfying” than marriages that began in an offline meeting, said researcher John Cacioppo, a psychologist at the University of Chicago.“Moreover, analyses of breakups indicated that marriages that began in an online meeting were less likely to end in separation or divorce than marriages that began in an offline venue,” Cacioppo added.The survey started in 2005 and involved 19,131 people, with just one of the partners in each marriage taking part. Ninety-two per cent of the couples were still married in 2012, with 7.44 per cent separated/divorced and about 0.5 percent widowed.Just under half (45 per cent) of the couples who met via the internet had done so through dating sites, while 21 per cent met on social networks. The remainder met on blogs, gaming sites, chat rooms, discussion groups or other online communities.Work was the most popular place to find a spouse among those who had met face-to-face(21 per cent), while 19 per cent met through friends and 11 per cent cent in school. Less-frequent meeting places included bars, places of worship, blind dates or growing up together.Researchers found that divorce and separation were slightly higher in those who met offline, with 7.6 per cent of that group partning ways compared with 5.9 percent of those who met online.Cacioppo and his team suggested several possible explanations for the results of their study, including the large pool of potential mates offered in online dating/communication – or the possibility that people open up more online than they do in face-to-face meetings.Read: 14 ways to tell you’re in a long term relationshipColumn: Infidelity is an intimate betrayal and dealing with it is a complex processRead: 14 reasons to believe in life after lovelast_img read more

Thai king updates motorcade rules to ease traffic

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Another new rule: Shopping malls do not have to turn away shoppers if a royal family member appears. “But be careful not to let people get close to royal family members,” the manual says.The new procedures take effect now, and police are being trained on them. The 48-page handbook has photographs of how to close roads and manage crowds and includes palace phone numbers that authorities can call if questions arise.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The palace hopes the changes will end a long-running joke about notorious traffic congestion in the capital of more than 12 million people.“Every time there’s a traffic jam, everyone wonders if there’s a royal motorcade passing by,” palace official Chantanee Thanarak told a police training session at national police headquarters in Bangkok. “The royal family never meant to bother the public.”About a dozen members of Thailand’s extended royal family travel by motorcade, including 84-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the queen, their children and grandchildren. The palace said Bhumibol initiated the changes himself, though he has rarely traveled outside the hospital where he has stayed more than two years.Until now, police halted traffic in both directions and for many blocks far in advance of a royal motorcade. Traffic was also halted on highway overpasses, for security but also to observe protocol that no head should be higher than a royal’s. The measures snarl traffic, require extensive police presence and have been quietly criticized as excessive.The new guidelines permit traffic on overpasses and oncoming traffic on the road opposite a royal motorcade. The stoppages will be briefer and fewer police will be used for royal road closures. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family BANGKOK (AP) – Bangkok’s legendary traffic jams may be getting a bit lighter. Or at least less of a joke.A handbook distributed to police and other authorities Friday updates the guidelines for motorcades and other public appearances by Thailand’s royal family. It overturns practices that quietly irritated the public in a country where open criticism of the royal family is illegal, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.last_img read more

Small Luxury Hotels willing to bear agent commissions

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A With 70 per cent of their business coming from the travel trade community, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) assured they will support the travel agent.Despite an active and loyal member base, SLH chief executive Paul Kerr told reporters at this year’s ITB Asia in Singapore that the travel agent’s place in the luxury market was secure.“The travel agent always has a place in our market given the money and complication involved in a luxury booking,” Mr Kerr said.“They really are more a travel counselor than a travel agent.”To help travel agents make bookings, SLH have launched an information rich travel agent website from which agents can make bookings, create itineraries and get their commission.This comes in spite of SLH’s lowest price guarantee which assures customers the same price regardless of distribution system, meaning the company will bear the cost of agent commissions at no cost to the customer, Mr Kerr said.According to Mr Kerr, 25 per cent of the company’s business comes from their website, 41 per cent of these website bookings made by Club Members.last_img read more

Phoenix Arizona – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgPhoenix, Arizona – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe Arizona Biltmore is staging a summer-long “Hollywood & Wine” Festival – with a calendar overflowing with activities and events – that promises to be a blockbuster hit.“We’re planning nonstop Hollywood-themed fun, Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, with celebrity bands performing in concert, Hollywood professionals revealing their creative secrets, movie screenings, theater productions, celebrity winemakers uncorking their best, special foods and much more,” said General Manager Andrew Stegen.“The Biltmore has an historic connection to Hollywood with the many stars who have frequented the resort over the years, which is why holding Hollywood & Wine here is so apropos,” added Stegen. “The Biltmore is where Clark Gable lost his wedding ring, Marilyn Monroe had her favorite swimming pool, Irving Berlin penned “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” while sitting at the Paradise Pool, and where Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Sammie Davis Jr. gave impromptu concerts in the lobby.”The extensive festival agenda will include: -Celebrity Bands in Concert: Among the celebrity band performances will be the Bacon Brothers kicking off the festival Memorial Day weekend; music legend Miles Mosley, June 18 and 19; members of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra Pops with Fireworks on July 4; and the Fab Faux over Labor Day weekend. -Celebrity Wines: Wines by celebrity winemakers will be featured in wine tastings, wines by the glass and special dinners paired with wines in the resort’s restaurants. Among the celebrity wines will be Dan Akyroyd Wines, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Fess Parker Winery, and Rebel Vinum (by actor/director/screenwriter Doug Barr and Bruce Orosz, founder of major Hollywood production company ACT 1 ). -Top Hollywood Professionals Revealing the Secrets of Their Trade: Make-up artists, set designers, costume designers and other Hollywood pros who have made countless famous films will be giving special presentations giving insights into the art of movie making. Among the presenters will be Mel Cooper, Vice President of the Set Decorators Society of America, whose many credits include the Jerry Seinfeld Show; Sally Stevens, Director of the Hollywood Film Chorale who has worked on more than 1,000 theatrical and television film scores over more than three decades; and Anna Wyckoff, a costume designer and personal stylist whose career spans from Roman Holiday to Legally Blonde. -Dive-In Movies: Hollywood blockbuster films – including many that were made by the Hollywood professionals giving presentations at the festival – shown on a large screen and watched while floating in the Paradise Pool. – “Hollywood – Live On Stage”: A variety of live events will be featured including a classical theater series by Southwest Shakespeare Company. -“Rising Star” Entertainment Series: Arizona Biltmore will stage its own version of “Making of the Band.” -Hollywood-Inspired Foods and Menus: The special foods will range from Hollywood-themed menus in the restaurants to popcorn machines at the pool for the Dive-In Movies, fresh fruit and juice Popsicles, and flavored S’mores.The festival is open to the public, but some activities are for Arizona Biltmore guests only including: wine tastings, the presentations by Hollywood professionals and the Dive-In Movies.www.arizonabiltmorehollywoodandwine.comlast_img read more

The original Dumbo was released in the summer of

first_img The original “Dumbo” was released in the summer of 1941 while Germany was spreading across Europe and war was breaking out in the Pacific. Crafted as a simpler Disney fable after the more extravagant “Fantasia” disappointed at the box office, “Dumbo” — only 64 minutes in length — took flight just as far more chilling creations were taking to the air.Almost eight decades later, “Dumbo” is alight again in Tim Burton’s sombre and sincere live-action remake of the animated classic. Burton has refashioned “Dumbo” as a sepia-toned show-business parable tailored to more animal rights-sensitive times.“Dumbo” is the latest in a circus parade of Disney remakes (“The Lion King” and “Aladdin” are due out later this year) that brings classic characters into seemingly more real worlds with the aid of digital wizardry. None of them will overwhelm anyone by their necessity. Movies, after all, aren’t smart phones that require software updates.That said, Burton’s “Dumbo,” while inevitably lacking much of the magic of the original, has charms and melancholies of its own, starting, naturally, with the elephant in the room. Of all the CGI make-overs, this Dumbo is the most textured, sweetest and most soulful of creatures. Like the original, he doesn’t speak and trips over his floppy ears. Whether cowering at a new height or finding astonishment as he, with a sneeze, is sent airborne, the digitally rendered Dumbo is one precious pachyderm.The film opens in 1919 on the heels of World War I. Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell, who has grown into the most sensitive and consistent of leading men) returns from war, minus an arm, to his two children, Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins). Though Dumbo endures separation from his mother in Burton’s film, the deeper grief in “Dumbo” has been transferred to the humans: The children’s mother died while Holt was away at war from an influenza that, as one character says, “hit like a hurricane.”Other things have changed, too. The travelling circus where the Farriers make their home has fallen on hard times. Settling down in Joplin, Missouri, the camp is half its former size. Its owner, Max Medici (Danny DeVito, spectacular), has sold off the horses that Holt rode in his act. Medici sinks all his remaining money into an elephant that he hopes will revive the circus, only to feel swindled when she produces such a droopy-eared offspring, discovered at birth beneath a heap of hay.Of course, Dumbo’s stock rises once he does, too, and Medici’s suddenly sensational circus quickly attracts the interest of a much more big-league circus impresario, V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton, in a devilishly slick performance), who brings Medici’s whole circus to his Coney Island kingdom as a means, we immediately grasp, of luring Dumbo away and dispensing, like a vulture capitalist, with the rest.It’s a kind of reunion for Burton, Keaton and DeVito, who 27 years ago came together in “Batman Returns.” The film, starring a bird that couldn’t fly in DeVito’s Penguin, was like a wicked version of “Dumbo,” and similarly full of misfits and so-called freaks. “Dumbo” is naturally lighter terrain for Burton but for the first time in years, the director — so long an expert at the proximity of fantasy and horror — seems at home.And he steers “Dumbo,” from a script by Ehren Kruger, toward a grand corporate satire as the big-city conglomerate tries to co-opt the genuine wonder of Dumbo and Medici’s travelling band. Greed and exploitation close in on them as the big-tent gets bigger. That such a story line should come in the biggest big-tent of them all, Disney (whose Disneyland isn’t so dissimilar to Vandevere’s Dreamland) is either an awkward or happy irony, depending on your level of cynicism.But it is wondrous when Dumbo takes flight. Burton’s camera feels genuinely mesmerized at his elephant’s magic act. The filmmaker’s recent films have been well outside his best work; it was his woeful “Alice in Wonderful” that kick-started much of the Disney live-action remakes. But when Dumbo soars, it’s clear that Burton is a believer, still, in the ability of a beautiful oddity to transcend.“Dumbo,” a Walt Disney Co. release, is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for peril/action, some thematic elements, and brief mild language. Running time: 112 minutes. Three stars out of four.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: Coyle, The Associated Press by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Mar 26, 2019 3:14 pm PDT Review: ‘Dumbo’ remake takes flight on its own charms This image released by Disney shows a scene from “Dumbo.” (Disney via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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