The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Directorate of Environment, Haryana, to specify the distance from educational institutions within which stone crushers cannot be permitted. Following a plea that sought for a direction to state the distance from educational institutions from which stone crushers will be prohibited, a Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said, “Some States have issued notifications laying down distance from educational institutions within which no stone crusher can be set up… in view of above, we direct Directorate of Environment, Haryana, to take initiative to specify the distance within which a stone crusher is not allowed to operate.” The directions came while the green panel was hearing a plea that said “in the sitting policy of the State of Haryana, for the stone crushers, there is no prohibition against setting up of stone crushers near educational institutions” which contributes to noise pollution. The Bench further observed that according to relevant noise pollution rules, the specified area of 100 metres around educational institutions and hospitals, had been increased to 250 metres by a 2017 notification. “There is also requirement for precautions for protection of forest, water bodies, health treatment units,” the Bench added.
Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. James Yap leaves game vs Phoenix due to groin injury MOST READ The Bolts, however, have been mediocre this conference and another setback came on Sunday in a 93-89 loss to Alaska that dropped them to 3-3.And as great as Lawal has been, Black said his 6-foot-9 big man still has work to do as far as getting his teammates involved and limiting his turnovers are concerned.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Gani’s been productive, let’s not kid ourselves, but at the same time he has to do a better job of making his teammates better because tonight he had one assist and eight turnovers and that’s really been the ratio since he’s been here,” said Bolts head coach Norman Black.Lawal was once again magnificent for the Bolts putting up 27 points and 26 rebounds but the next best scorer for the Bolts was Baser Amer who finished with 11 points. View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Gani Lawal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Meralco has one of the best imports in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup in Gani Lawal, who can dominate games on both ends of the floor.Across the Bolts’ first six games, Lawal is the No. 4 scorer in the league averaging 28.5 points while also sharing the top spot in the rebounders’ list with Blackwater’s Alexander Stepheson with both big men grabbing 22 rebounds a game.ADVERTISEMENT Baser and Lawal were the only players from Meralco who scored in double figures against the Aces and the only other Bolt to come close was Nico Salva, who had nine.Black said that although Lawal is getting his numbers, his big man needs to pass the ball better especially when he gets double-teamed underneath.“While he does he get his points and he does get his rebounds, he also has to focus on how he can make his teammates better,” said Black. “He has to make sure that when he’s double-teamed he gives up the ball efficiently. I think eight turnovers are just way too many.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue
Davis Cup holders Britain edged into a 2-1 lead in Serbia after Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot won Saturday’s doubles.Rain meant only one of Friday’s two scheduled singles were completed but Serbia quickly squared up the quarter-final on day two as Dusan Lajovic thrashed James Ward 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.However, Murray and Inglot were too strong for veteran Nenad Zimonjic and Filip Krajinovic, winning 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-4 to put Britain one rubber away from the semi-finals.Serbia are without world number one Novak Djokovic while Wimbledon champion Andy Murray travelled with his British team mates but will not feature in the tie.In other action Argentina lead Italy 2-1 in Pesaro while Wimbledon doubles champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert won Saturday’s doubles to give France a 2-1 lead over the Czech Republic.The US lead Croatia 2-0 in the other World Group tie.
Port Louis, Nov 29 (AFP) Reggae music, whose chill, lilting grooves won international fame thanks to artists like Bob Marley, on Thursday secured a coveted spot on the United Nations’ list of global cultural treasures.UNESCO, the world body’s cultural and scientific agency, added the genre that originated in Jamaica to its collection of “intangible cultural heritage” deemed worthy of protection and promotion.”This is a historic day. We are very, very happy,” enthused Jamaica’s Culture Minister Olivia Grange, speaking by phone from Mauritius where the listings were announced.”Anywhere you go and say you’re from Jamaica, they answer ‘Bob Marley,'” said Grange, adding that the distinction “underscores the importance of our culture and our music, whose theme and message is ‘one love, togetherness and peace.'”UNESCO noted that while reggae started out as “the voice of the marginalised” it was “now played and embraced by a wide cross-section of society, including various genders, ethnic and religious groups”.Its “contribution to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual,” Paris-based UNESCO added in a statement.Reggae joins a list of cultural traditions that includes the horsemanship of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, a Mongolian camel-coaxing ritual and Czech puppetry, among more than 300 other traditional practices.Jamaica applied for reggae’s inclusion this year at a meeting of the UN agency on the island of Mauritius, where 40 proposals were under consideration.They included Bahamian strawcraft, South Korean wrestling, the Irish sport of hurling and perfume making in the southern French city of Grasse.advertisementReggae emerged in the late 1960s out of Jamaica’s ska and rocksteady styles, also drawing influence from American jazz and blues.It quickly became popular in the United States as well as in Britain, where many Jamaican immigrants had moved in the post-WWII years.The style is often championed as a music of the oppressed, with lyrics addressing sociopolitical issues, imprisonment and inequality.Reggae also became associated with Rastafarianism, which deified the former Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie and promoted the sacramental use of ganja, or marijuana.The 1968 single “Do the Reggay” by Toots and the Maytals was the first popular song to use the name.Marley and his group the Wailers then soared to fame on classic hits such as “No Woman, No Cry” and “Stir It Up”.Peter Tosh, a core member of the Wailers, established a successful solo career with hits including “Legalize It”, while Desmond Dekker also enjoyed international success with the song “Israelites”.Toots and the Maytals rose to prominence with “Pressure Drop” and Jimmy Cliff became an international sensation with “The Harder They Come,” also the title of a 1972 movie he starred in.The reggae sound, with its heavy bass lines and drums, has influenced countless artists and inspired many genres including reggaeton, dub and dancehall.The steady beats and smooth grooves have also proven key to hip-hop: Sister Nancy’s anthem “Bam Bam,” for example, has been heavily sampled by superstars like Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, Chris Brown and Jay-Z.The award will help “normalize reggae” which has always been a little marginalised on the world stage because of its “whiff of cannabis and libertarian revolt,” according to Jerome Levasseur, the director of the Bagnols Reggae festival in southern France.While largely symbolic, inclusion on the UNESCO cultural heritage list can serve to raise the profile of the country and the practice. (AFP) SCYSCY
TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 27: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers talks to quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 before the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)We’ve seen college football stars start to take some pragmatic approaches to their college careers with millions of dollars of NFL Draft value on the line. Since leading Clemson to the national title as a freshman, a number of people have argued that Trevor Lawrence should considering leaving college, either to wait until he is draft eligible in 2021, or to play and get paid in one of the start-up football leagues.That is, of course, a huge leap forward from the moves we’ve seen. Nick Bosa, who had a chance to return from injury for a post-season run for Ohio State this year, shutting things down after his injury was maybe the furthest extent we’ve seen so far. It appears to have worked out, as Bosa is a likely top five pick, and could still be in the mix for No. 1 overall if the Cardinals-Kyler Murray rumors don’t materialize.Numerous other players have sat out bowl games to get ahead of Draft prep, and not risk injuries in exhibition games. Back when guys like Jadeveon Clowney were a year away from draft eligibility, there was plenty of speculation about them sitting out a season.The Lawrence argument takes things to a new level, given his stature as a freshman and his transcendent, NFL-ready talent. It is likely a non-starter though.Trevor Lawrence has shot down any notion of him leaving Clemson before he is draft eligible, and now Dabo Swinney has rejected the idea for his star.After Monday’s practice, the quarterback said none of the speculation was coming from him, and he said he doesn’t think about it.Swinney was asked about the idea in a recent interview with The Rich Eisen Show.Via TigerNet:“I don’t think of it because it is just such a waste of my time,” he said. “That’s the world we live in. My thing is why play at all? It’s great we have basically have a minor league now. I think that’s great. I think that gives people opportunity if you don’t really value the college experience or value the education and all it comes with it. You have another opportunity now. I think that is great. You can go ahead and go to work just like people do in other sports whether it be basketball, or minor league baseball, or whatever. I’ve never worried about stuff that I have zero control over.”It is interesting that Swinney isn’t totally throwing cold water on guys skipping college to play in an AAF or XFL-type league. He doesn’t seem awfully worried about the guys on his roster now though.
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RED DEER, Alta. – A trial for two men charged in the deaths of a central Alberta couple and their daughter has heard about charred remains discovered inside the family’s farm home and a dead pet dog found nearby.Two members of the Castor Fire Department were the first witnesses to testify at the first-degree murder trial for Jason Klaus and Joshua Frank.They face three counts each of first-degree murder in the deaths of Klaus’s parents, Gordon and Sandra Klaus, and their daughter Monica Klaus.Lee Bagshaw, the fire department’s deputy chief, testified on Wednesday that the house near Castor was engulfed in flames when crews arrived on Dec. 8, 2013.Bagshaw said firefighters set about protecting nearby buildings and a propane tank next to the house, but he soon noticed a dead chocolate-coloured Labrador retriever nearby.Bagshaw told the judge-alone trial in Red Deer that the scene started to look suspicious when he spotted a fuel can — about two-thirds full — sitting about two metres from the home’s door.During cross-examination, defence lawyer Allan Fay asked Bagshaw if the nozzle was out, as if ready to pour, or if it was tucked away. Bagshaw said he noted it was tucked away.Travis Ryan, another fire department member, testified he came across what appeared to be charred remains inside the home.He said the home’s residents were nowhere to be seen, which also led firefighters to think something wasn’t right.Earlier Wednesday, the final video recordings of Frank’s interviews with police in August 2014 were played in court as part of a voir dire to determine the admissibility of the accused man’s statements to police as evidence.Frank told investigators that in the month following the deaths, Klaus paid him between $3,500 and $4,000, which was dispensed in $500 cash instalments.Frank said the money was in exchange for carrying out the murders and for keeping his mouth shut about it.The trial has previously heard that Frank told police he was blackmailed and threatened into killing the family by the couple’s son.He said Klaus was with him stride for stride when they entered the house and that he was told to shoot all three or he would be killed.He also said in the interview that after the shooting he got a can of aviator fuel from a nearby Quonset hut and Klaus used a butane barbecue lighter to set the house ablaze and shot the dog before they both fled.Frank also revealed to investigators that he had had a sexual encounter with Klaus when he was 14. He told police about the co-accused demanding Frank perform sexual acts.“I just tried to pretend it never happened,” he said.(RD News Now)
In an interview for Intelligence Squared, education activist Malala Yousafzai took the stage with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to talk about Sandberg’s book Plan B, and to discuss facing adversity, building resilience and finding joy.Malala is a living example of how this can be achieved. One moment a 15-year-old Malala was riding in her school bus in Pakistan, and the next she was waking up alone in a hospital in England. She had been shot by a Taliban gunman in an attempt to silence her encouragement of education for girls.Malala says that to get through the ordeal, she started by accepting herself for who she was and being thankful for the things she still had – her family and friends. “None of us can escape sadness, loss or life’s disappointments,” she wrote, ” so our best option is to find our option B.”According to Sandberg, gratitude seems to be key in the process of getting from adversity to joy. “Counter intuitively, whenever we face something that’s really hard,” says Sandberg, “and it can be hard and it can be overwhelming, thinking of what could be worse helps us find gratitude for that which we took really for granted before.”Malala found gratitude mostly in her family, which she says has kept her feeling normal. She also has taken to heart the support she received from her friends and from the letters, cards and gifts that she received from strangers around the world.“In return,” she says, “you should show the same love and the same care for others. I think that’s the best way to thank back.”Most of us have heard of post traumatic stress (PTSD), but few recognize the term post traumatic growth even though far more people will experience post traumatic growth than PTSD. Pain is an agent of change. Put simply, says Sandberg, “from the hardest things in our lives, we learn, we grow. Our lives become deeper, more meaningful, we find more purpose, we form deeper relationships, we are more grateful.“We all live some form of option B,” says Sandberg. “Sometimes it’s true trauma, where you lose your country and your life as you know it, like Malala has been through. Sometimes it’s the kind of trauma of losing someone suddenly, or not suddenly, in your life. Sometimes it can be something small. But no one’s life is exactly as they planned it. At some level we all live option B.”You can see the whole talk here.Copyright ©2017Look to the Stars
APTN National NewsFacing explosive allegations of abuse, John Furlong, CEO of the Vancouver Olympic Committee, held a press conference to deny he mistreated First Nations students while a Catholic missionary.Furlong attacked the journalist who wrote the story and claimed he had been approached in the past by someone asking for money to make the allegations go away.
Rabat – A Moroccan national living in Turin, Italy, helped save a woman who set fire to herself in front of Italy’s National Institute of Social Security on Tuesday, reported press agency ANSA.Casablanca native Anas Sabi was by the door of the building and behind the unemployed woman when he saw her set fire to herself. Sabi rushed to obtain a fire extinguisher and opened it on her to extinguish the flames.Despite the Moroccan’s quick response, burns have covered 70 percent of the woman’s body. Sabi said he thanked God for giving him “the strength to react while remaining calm.” The Moroccan added that he will pray for her, saying she told him that “everything would work out.”The brother of the woman in question told Italian media that he wanted “to thank the man who helped my sister.”
The Supreme Court today postponed the hearing into the Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed by Former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda against moves to arrest him, till 7 March.Karannagoda filed the FR petition in the Supreme Court on Monday. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had said that Karannagoda is to be arrested over the case involving the abduction and disappearance of 11 youth between 2008-2009. The CID had visited his residence in Kirulapone on 21 and 22 February, but Karannagoda was missing at the time, giving rise to speculation that he may be on the run. (Colombo Gazette) Karannagoda, in his petition, has said that there is no evidence to back the allegations raised against him by the CID.
A house fire on the Six Nations reserve is being treated as the latest in a series of arsons, but in this case, fire officials fear someone didn’t make it out alive.The charred remains of a house with a number of unanswered questions. “Based on the area we’re in right now, it is highly suspicious.” said Chief Miller.Six Nations fire chief Matthew Miller says that a man and a woman were inside when the fire started just after 6 this morning. Both got out, but the man, believed to be in his mid thirties, went back in. “At this point until we can confirm that they are not inside the structure we are going under the assumption that they are still inside.”The flames ripped through the back and caused a large section of the roof collapse. It limited access to some areas of the house, and there are also 4 bedrooms in the basement, but no word if they have all been checked.But Chief Miller says that the man did escape but did not stick around. That’s because this house is known to police and they found a lot of paraphernalia inside. The woman who was also there and did get out, has since disappeared. It’s not known what started the fire but Miller is treating this as an arson. Not because of the evidence, but because of recent history.“We’ve had so many suspected arsons within 1000 feet of each other that we can’t help but treat it that way at this point.”5 fires in the past 6 months on this street alone. Some confirmed to be arson, like the one from the summer just a kilometer away. “We had that fire about 2 months ago, then we had 3 other structure fires about 1000 to 1500 feet that also went up in the last 6 months.”In all there have been 18 suspicious fires on the reserve over the past year. The Ontario fire marshalls is assisting in the investigation. The fire department is still trying to confirm exactly who owns the home, but they said that the house is known for various illegal activities.
Children who have been pushed into marriage are exposed to violence, including rape, and are often forced from school and into premature parenthood, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).Child marriage is not only a tragedy for the individuals it ensnares – often the most vulnerable, impoverished and marginalized girls – but it also harms communities and societies, as a whole. It locks child brides and their families in a cycle of poverty that can persist across generations.Ending child marriage could generate billions of dollars in earnings and productivity by enabling girls to finish school, delay motherhood, find decent work and fulfil their potential.How many of the five little-known facts about child marriage are you aware of?Child marriage is common. It takes place in every corner of the world. UNFPA Jordan/Sima DiabSyrian refugee Saba, who lives with her mother and siblings in Jordan’s Zaatari camp, speak out against child marriage, encouraging families to educate their daughters instead. Being married at an early age foists both boys and girls into adult responsibilities before they are ready. All children in these precarious circumstances are less able to advocate for themselves, and are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.Yet, girls are more at risk of being harmed than boys.Studies show that child brides are especially at risk of violence – from their spouses, in-laws or even from their own families.New UNFPA figures evaluating data from 82 low- and middle-income countries show that 1-in-25 boys, or 3.8 per cent, marry before age 18.Child marriage is almost universally banned Child marriage is often a precursor to early pregnancy.In developing countries, nine of ten adolescent births take place among girls who are already married.These early pregnancies pose serious health risks to girls whose bodies may not be developed enough for motherhood. Globally, complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among adolescent girls.Early pregnancy also puts girls at risk of being married off. They may be forced to marry the father of their baby – even a rapist – to spare their families the stigma associated with unmarried pregnancy.Empowering girls is critical to ending child marriage Two of the most broadly endorsed human rights agreements in the world, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, prohibit child marriage.Yet around the world, there are national or local laws that enable different interpretations of the agreed principle – many countries permit exceptions with parental consent or under customary law.Even in places where child marriage is clearly illegal, enforcement can be a problem.Child marriage is closely linked to teen pregnancy UNICEF/UN0159775/NyboFarmer Nurul Haque stands near his 13-year-old daughter in Bangladesh, saying he may have to pull her from school and marry her off to an older man because he has few financial options left. Today more than 700 million women and girls were married before their 18th birthday. Because poverty is one of the main driving factors behind child marriage, the phenomenon is most widespread in low- and middle-income countries, where 26.7 per cent of young women were child brides.Rates vary by country and region. West and Central Africa have the highest rate of child marriage, with four-in-10 girls married before age 18, while South Asia is home to the largest total number of child brides.However, child marriage can be found everywhere, even in high-income countries.Boys may be married as children – but the practice is more prevalent with girls UNMISSA human rights community awareness programme conducted by the UN Mission in South Sudan and partners addressed the consequences of harmful traditional practices, including early and forced marriage and early pregnancies. UNICEF/UNI162253/Gordon”Kola nuts are brought to the family when a man wants to marry a girl,” says Martha Bamsuma, a midwife who works at Wale Wale District Hospital in Ghana. UNICEF/UN014189/Sang MoohHalimŽ was married at 14. She never attended school, unlike her brothers, and says child marriage is one of the main causes of poverty in her village in Chad. Young people must also be empowered to stand up for themselves and their rights. This means they be given accurate information about their sexual and reproductive health, and about their human rights.Such information can be life-changing. When vulnerable young people are empowered with this knowledge, they can advocate for themselves, and even persuade their families to cancel or delay engagements.UNFPA works with partners and communities around the world to educate and empower girls, and to raise awareness in communities about the dangers of child marriage.
“The civilian death toll is rising every day as the fighting continues in Idleb and northern Hama”, said Mark Cutts, Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis.Most of the deaths were a result of the “relentless campaign of airstrikes” by the Government and its allies, he explained. He painted a picture of humanitarians and rescue workers risking their lives every day to “to help civilians trapped in this area”, including women and children, along with sick, elderly and disabled people. “They dig people out from under the rubble, rush wounded civilians to hospital, provide medical services and help those fleeing the area”, Mr. Cutts spelled out. “But no one is safe”. On the contrary, those who risk everything to help some of the most vulnerable people in the world are themselves coming under attack. “Yesterday a series of airstrikes in the Ma’arat Humeh area in southern Idleb resulted in the death of two more of our humanitarian colleagues, a paramedic and an ambulance driver”, he elaborated. “Their ambulance was totally destroyed and a rescue worker was also killed”. Wednesday’s attack highlights again the horror of what’s going on in Idleb – the last rebel-controlled part of Syria – and northern Hama, said Mr. Cutts, where three million civilians remain trapped by the fighting, with nowhere else to flee to, and where humanitarians, medical staff and rescue workers continue to pay with their lives in their efforts to help others. Since the end of April, there have been at least 42 attacks on healthcare facilities reported, he added, affecting 36 health facilities and seven ambulances. Of these incidents, 11 were in Hama Governorate, 28 in Idleb and three in Aleppo Governorate. “In total at least 17 health workers and patients have been killed”, he lamented, condemning this latest attack “and all attacks on civilians and civilian objects in the strongest terms”. “I continue to call on all parties to the conflict to respect and protect medical and humanitarian personnel, their means of transport and equipment and property, as well as hospitals and other medical facilities, in accordance with international humanitarian law and in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2286 which relates specifically to the protection of civilians in armed conflict and to the protection of medical and humanitarian personnel in conflict zones” he concluded.Since March 2011, Syria has been in the throes of a conflict that has forced more than half of all Syrians to leave their homes. With 5.6 million Syrian refugees and 6.6 million internally displaced, the crisis, described as the worst humanitarian disaster of modern times, with more than 12 million people in need of assistance.
This is echoed by a Labour member.“It’s a shame because good councillors will lose their positions, but they’re losing them to the left, mainly.”So, why the belief in left-leaning independents and parties?“It’s fairly simple,” says a newly-elected Sinn Féin councillor.“People believe that the people they’re electing are most like them, so they trust them to fix the issues that matter to them.”So, while austerity may have played some part, both Kenny and Eamon Gilmore need to do some soul-searching to establish just why there is a disconnect between their candidates and the community.The only good news is that the next locals are five years away.Read: Who is your new local councillor? Here’s a list of everyone elected so far Claire Cullinane Ind. got elected in #Cobh LEA despite doing no canvassing whatsoever, she just held three public meetings! #LE14— Ken Curtin (@kencurtin) May 25, 2014 Source: Ken Curtin/Twitter As one Fine Gael member, who worked with an unsuccessful candidate, put it at Saturday’s count in the RDS;“The council is very much about the front-line services and people are recognising that. When you’re in the capitalist party of law and order, some people think you won’t make a good councillor.” “It’s frustration and it’s anger, and it’s saying, ‘Show me where the return on my challenge and the sacrifice I have made is’”.WHEN THE TAOISEACH spoke on Saturday night, he was perhaps channeling his inner Jose Mourinho.‘The Special One’ has a habit in the wake of a defeat to give a soundbite that pushes the focus away from his Chelsea team. Blame referees, talk about resources or put it down to the alignment of the stars; as long as the microscope is never put on the failings of his team or, heaven forbid himself.So, when Enda Kenny said that Fine Gael’s performance, which is down on the 2009 local and European elections, is down to austerity, he not only does a disservice to the electorate and the successful candidates, he papers over one of his party’s biggest weaknesses.Because the reality for Fine Gael is this: there are large pockets of the country that don’t see them as a community party.They are trusted with the keys to the car, but nobody wants them changing the oil. In Cork City, three of the six wards didn’t return a single Fine Gael councilor.In Dublin, the large constituencies, which all expanded in these elections, mean that the party is picking up seats, but not at a rate that will put them in control of any local authorities.In working-class areas particularly, the vote flocked from Fine Gael and Labour to candidates the community trusts. Parties and independents that have reputations for hard work with local clubs, organisations and bodies won out.As much as the Labour Party’s vote collapsed, those who wanted what the party traditionally offered at council level still voted for those ideals.In Lucan, two sitting Labour councillors – a former mayor and deputy mayor of South Dublin – lost their seats. In their place were parties that are known for their community work (Sinn Fein, People Before Profit), independents or well-known community activists like Fianna Fáil’s Ed O’Brien.This trend was seen across the board, as single-issue candidates and those with deep ties to communities won out. Source: Aaron/Twitter I tried to vote for individuals rather than parties; it’s such a shame b/c very deserving cllrs have lost seats by party association #le14— A @ R O N ✨ (@BabyMonsterGoon) May 26, 2014
Brad Pitt and Jennifer AnistonGetty ImagesBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have parted ways almost three years ago but Jennifer Aniston’s first husband is still single and reportedly not interested in dating anyone.After a decade-long relationship, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie decided to legally part ways in September 2016. Ever since then, Brad’s name has been linked with several stars including Marion Cotillard, Princess Charlotte Casiraghi, Margot Robbie, Neri Oxman, Charlize Theron, and Jennifer Aniston. Things between Jennifer and him ended on the wrong foot but after Brad attended her 50th birthday party, many believed that they will soon start to date each other.However, as we have reported on multiple occasions, there is nothing going on between Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. The actor is currently busy with his work and finalizing his divorce with Angelina Jolie. That being said, an alleged source revealed to Hollywood Life the real reason why Brad Pitt stays single. As per the source, since his split with Angelina, Brad has not really been dating.”He does not have any romantic dates over to his home that he shared with Angelina and the kids, and he is a long way from falling in love again,” the source contends.The source further stated that Brad Pitt has several female friends in and out of the entertainment industry but is not in any serious relationship since his split. As of now, the Fight Club movie star is not rushing into anything and wants to focus on being a good father. [L-R] Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Neri OxmanGetty Images”He does enjoy plenty of platonic relationships with lots of people, including Lena Dunham, who is just a friend, nothing more,” the source added. “He won’t go public with the news or introduce the kids to [her] until he is in a serious relationship, which hasn’t happened for him just yet. And he is in no rush either.”Brad Pitt is currently enjoying his singlehood and trying to work on his movie career rather than thinking about some girl and falling in love with her.Brad Pitt will soon be seen sharing screen space with Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in Quentin Tarantino’s western classic movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Shruti Haasan with monksPR HandoutShruti Haasan, who is currently shooting in Dharamshala, had an opportunity to interact with monks at a monastery close to the shooting location.Shruti, post the shoot, took the opportunity to meet and interact with the monks and had a great time. She spoke to them at length about their life, teaching and other aspects of being a monk.Describing the place and experience as ‘incredible’ the actress says, “I always wanted to visit Dharamshala as its a place rich in beauty and culture. I had a wonderful time shooting near the Norbulinka monastery and interacting with the monks there.”Shruti is currently juggling between her international debut series ‘Treadstone’, an upcoming Tamil film titled ‘Laabam’ opposite Vijay Sethupathi and her International music album. She also did a UK tour where she performed at various prestigious music venues to full houses. With so much on her plate, 2019 is sure to be a year of many firsts for the actress.
Pakistani security personnel and organiser hold a student (C) after he hurled a shoe at former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, during a ceremony in Lahore on 11 March 2018. AFPAn Islamic seminary student hurled a shoe at Pakistan’s former prime minister on Sunday, an act considered a major insult in the Muslim country.Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted last year over graft charges, appeared visibly shocked as the shoe hit his shoulder while he was addressing a gathering at a seminary in Lahore.The incident came a day after an individual hurled ink at Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, a member of the ruling party and a close Sharif aide, while he was speaking at a party rally in eastern Pakistan.The shoe hurling was broadcast live on Pakistani TV channels. In the Muslim world, such a gesture is considered particularly insulting.The perpetrator then jumped on stage where Sharif was standing and began chanting before he was overpowered by the crowd and handed over to the police.According to police officials, the man is a student at the seminary.Minutes later, Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf opposition party and an arch rival of Sharif who has frequently criticised the former prime minister, condemned the incident.“This is not the way to express yourself and I condemn whoever did it,” Khan said.Sharif, a three-time prime minister, was ousted by the judiciary in July 2017 over corruption charges which he is currently facing in Pakistani courts.
Bangladeshi is sentenced for life term for trafficking girl to DubaiA Dubai court sentenced a Bangladesh national to life in jail for ‘trafficking a teenage girl to Dubai of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and raped her, said Gulf News.The Dubai-based media outlet also said the man will be deported soon as Dubai Court of First Instance gave the verdict on the matter following a hearing on Sunday.It added that the 17-year-old girl, who was allegedly forced to work in a brothel for seven months to support her family, was rescued by Dubai police in September 2018.In an official statement, the victim said she was ‘initiated into prostitution’ in a flat at Al Ghusais area of Dubai, the report added.The Bangladeshi girl, according to the report, arrived in the UAE in February last year on a visit visa.The report also said the 44-year-old man raped the girl before putting her in a brothel with the promise of sending Dh 1,500 per month to her mother and sisters in their home country.On information in September 2018, the Dubai Police arrested the Bangladeshi and rescued the girl from the flat, it added.The alleged trafficker was charged for trafficking a minor girl, forcing her into prostitution and running a brothel.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — Ronnie Floyd, an Arkansas megachurch pastor and former Southern Baptist Convention president, has been elected to head the denomination’s Executive Committee.Meeting in Dallas, Executive Committee trustees approved Floyd’s nomination by a vote of 68-1, according to Baptist Press, the SBC’s official news service.“It’s a great privilege for me to be able to accept the opportunity to become the president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee,” said Floyd in a news conference after his election Tuesday (April 2).Floyd is pastor of Cross Church, a congregation of about 9,000 that has campuses in Arkansas and Missouri. He is also president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.Floyd has filled a number of leadership positions in the SBC, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, including serving as president from 2014 to 2016. He served as chair of the Executive Committee in the mid-1990s.In his new role, Floyd will head the Nashville-based Executive Committee, which acts on behalf of the SBC in between its annual meetings. One of his major tasks will be promoting the SBC’s Cooperative Program, which funds missions, seminary education and other ministries.Cross Church has given more than a million dollars annually to the Cooperative Program since 2015, according to Baptist Press.Floyd said he had much to learn and hopes to spend his early days on the job listening and learning.“I don’t have all the answers,” he said. “Who does but Christ?”During the news conference, Floyd was asked if he would continue as part of an informal group of evangelical advisers to President Trump. Floyd didn’t answer directly but said his involvement with the White House has been minimal since the 2016 election aside from some conference calls and a 2017 visit to the Oval Office, at which he led a prayer for Trump.Floyd said he would go back to the White House if invited by Trump or any other president. “If that would have been Hillary Clinton — if she would have asked me to do that in the Oval Office, I’d be glad to go and meet with any president,” he said.Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, called Floyd “a strong and courageous leader.”“We need new ideas and new leaders at the Executive Committee, and Ronnie will lead the way,” Stetzer said. “His election will bring confidence to Southern Baptists as they know he will take the decisive actions the Executive Committee needs to right itself in this tumultuous time.”Dean Inserra, pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, Fla., also approved of Floyd’s election.“He has a deep love for the SBC and my hope is that he will use this position as a way to model leadership that puts the gospel above all,” he said.Floyd’s nomination comes at a difficult time for the SBC.Recent news reports have detailed alleged abuse at Southern Baptist churches. J.D. Greear, the SBC president, has called on the convention to investigate churches that have covered up abuse.A proposed amendment to the SBC’s constitution that would allow the denomination to remove churches that show clear “indifference to addressing the crime of sexual abuse” will be discussed at the SBC’s annual meeting in June.Bill Leonard, professor of divinity emeritus at Wake Forest University’s divinity school, said Floyd represents a move by the SBC to “solidify its base.”Leonard, a longtime observer of the SBC, said the convention faces a number of challenges, including declining membership, struggles in attracting young people, recent reports of abuse and other issues.Floyd will likely be charged with helping address these challenges.“They need someone who inspires their base and might try to slow the demographic hemorrhaging,” Leonard said.In a Facebook Live address, Floyd said that as president of the Executive Committee he plans to focus on evangelism. 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