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Gehlot calls Raje’s campaign ‘helicopter yatra’

first_imgAICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot on Monday asked Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje what account of herself was she giving by travelling in a helicopter for her ‘Gaurav Yatra’.“She should apologise to the people for not doing any work in these five years, even though they gave her a massive mandate,” he said. Mr. Gehlot arrived in Jodhpur on Monday, two days ahead of the ‘Sankalp Rally’ of the Congress which will be held in Pachpadra village of Barmer district. Calling Ms. Raje’s campaign a “helicopter yatra”, Mr. Gehlot asked “why was the Chief Minister scared of mingling with the common people of the State”.The former Chief Minister accused Ms. Raje of “spreading terror through her Gaurav Yatra and creating a curfew-like environment in the State by stopping protesters from raising black flags at the campaign venues”. Reportedly, people were barred from staying on roofs and balconies of their houses when Ms. Raje’s meetings were being held in the vicinity. Mr. Gehlot called it a“curfew-like environment”. “People wanted to see her, meet her. Why is she so scared? What kind of democracy is this,” Mr. Gehlot asked. He also held her responsible for “delaying the refinery project for four years in the name of reviewing it” and slammed her for relaying the foundation stone. “Today there is only a wall in the name of refinery construction. Had it not been delayed, the refinery would have taken full shape by now,” Mr. Gehlot said.last_img read more

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Irving, Celtics beat skidding Kings for 6th straight

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) shoots over Sacramento Kings’ George Hill (3). APBOSTON — Jaylen Brown has already figured out he’ll receive a lot less attention from opposing defenses when he’s on the floor with Kyrie Irving. Brown has also realized he’ll get some open shots, too. “This is about where we’re going to be two years from now. I have to look at it in a broader lens on a day-to-day basis.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “Kyrie and (Al) Horford are going to draw so much attention, especially Kyrie,” Brown said. “I’m just licking my chops anytime they double-team Kyrie. I’m just trying to be as ready as possible to take the pressure off them.”Irving also scored 22 for the Celtics, who posted their 11th consecutive win over the Kings in Boston, dating to their last loss on Jan. 19, 2007. Terry Rozier added 12 points, and Daniel Theis had 10 points with 10 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You know what was interesting? I thought that he only took eight shots, but obviously 22 points on eight shots is great,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said about Brown. “I thought that he took all the right ones.”Buddy Hield scored 17 points and Zach Randolph 16 for the Kings, who lost their sixth in a row — the last three by an average of 24 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Warren has career-high 40, Suns rally to beat Wizards QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES “Despite these losses, I think we’re playing better. We’re moving the ball, playing with each other,” Hield said. “It can mentally break you down. We’ve just got to be mentally strong each and every day.”Boston led 58-45 at halftime and took complete control early in the third quarter, pushing it to 66-47 on Irving’s second 3-pointer in the opening two minutes.Brown hit consecutive 3-pointers 27 seconds apart during a 17-2 run that made it 87-56 late in the third. Irving had seven points during the spree, including his third from beyond the arc in the quarter.The Celtics led 89-60 after three.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Kings: Have been held to 100 points or fewer in four of their seven losses. . Sacramento was outrebounded 52-26 and shot only 43 percent. “We just struggle to score,” coach Dave Joerger said. “When you play a team that can score, sometimes that inability lets them be even more free and more loose.”Celtics: F Marcus Morris, who has not played this season due to a sore left knee, worked “really hard” on Wednesday and the team expects to see him play “sooner than later,” Stevens said. Morris is scheduled to go on the upcoming road trip.HAYWARD UPDATEStevens talked about star Gordon Hayward’s progress from a gruesome broken left ankle suffered in the team’s opener at Cleveland.“He’s going to be in a boot for however long,” the coach said. “It’s going to be a while before he’s allowed to put any weight on it.”Stevens said Hayward is in “good spirits” and “has been doing his chair shooting every day.”The injured forward has visited the team’s practice facility a few times.STAY CALMJoerger talked about the need to stay positive before the game despite his team’s rough start.“I try not to hit them over the head every timeout, being negative,” he said, breaking into a smile. “Very rarely have I lost it this season, which I think you can do twice a season — you can go temporarily insane. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brown scored 22 points on 7-of-8 shooting in three quarters, and the Boston Celtics coasted past the skidding Sacramento Kings 113-86 on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) for their sixth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

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Photos: The Niki Gudex Story.

first_imgAdvertisementNiki Gudex is an Australian professional mountain biker from Sydney. She competes in both downhill and cross country disciplines. In addition to being a professional mountain biker, Gudex is also a model and a graphic designer.In the Australian edition of FHM magazine, she has been listed in the 100 Sexiest Women in the World in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.The mountain biking Australian beauty doesn’t just compete in downhill and cross-country competitions. Advertisementcenter_img She is also a graphic designer and a model.But we figured you could guess that just by looking at this picture. Being a mountain biker has never looked hotter.last_img read more

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Predicting The Outcome Of Every College Football Game This Season

first_imgPredictions for Week 7 of the college football season.We’re officially three months away from college football’s first contest – Cal vs. Hawaii – so it’s time to start making some predictions. No, we don’t just mean for division winners, bowl matchups and the College Football Playoff field. We’re going to make predictions for every game. Every game that involves a Power 5 team, at least.Let’s get started with week one – which features a dozen big-time matchups. Week 1 Highlights:Tennessee looks like the most impressive team in the country, blasting Appalachian State.Stanford takes down Kansas State in an important non-conference matchup.UCLA hands Texas A&M a tough non-conference loss.Oklahoma holds off upstart Houston.LSU handles Wisconsin despite offensive struggles.Alabama crushes USC.Clemson downs Auburn on a last-second touchdown.Notre Dame has no problem with Texas.Florida State surprises Ole Miss with 21 fourth-quarter points.Here are the standings and the College Football Playoff outlook after week one:week 1 goodHere are the scores for every Power 5 game:California 33, Hawaii 7 Utah 43, Southern Utah 10 Minnesota 20, Oregon State 13 Wake Forest 20, Tulane 10 Louisville 45, Charlotte 23 Indiana 42, Florida International 17 NC State 55, William & Mary 10 Tennessee 65, Appalachian State 7 South Carolina 31, Vanderbilt 20 Colorado 31, Colorado State 30 Stanford 17, Kansas State 7 Syracuse 24, Colgate 20 Michigan State 31, Furman 0 Ohio State 31, Bowling Green 17 Penn State 45, Kent State 20 Iowa 20, Miami (OH) 17 Northwestern 24, Western Michigan 3 Purdue 10, Eastern Kentucky 9 Kansas 27, Rhode Island 20 TCU 45, South Dakota State 10 Texas Tech 45, Stephen F Austin 20 BYU 27, Arizona 20 Baylor 35, Northwestern State 10 Iowa State 35, Northern Iowa 31 Arkansas 45, Louisiana Tech 23 UCLA 31, Texas A&M 23 Mississippi State 40, South Alabama 20 West Virginia 45, Missouri 20 Kentucky 34, Southern Miss 31 Arizona State 51, Northern Arizona 13 Oregon 50, UC Davis 7 Washington 54, Rutgers 23 Washington State 34, Eastern Washington 20 Nebraska 40, Fresno State 13 Illinois 19, Murray State 11 Maryland 24, Howard 7 Georgia Tech 23, Boston College 7 Oklahoma 24, Houston 20 Michigan 70, Hawaii 7 Virginia Tech 34, Liberty 10 Pittsburgh 17, Villanova 9 Virginia 17, Richmond 7 LSU 30, Wisconsin 20 Georgia 27, North Carolina 13 Duke 30, NC Central 3 Miami 30, Florida A&M 7 Alabama 31, USC 7 Clemson 35, Auburn 31 Notre Dame 35, Texas 10 Florida State 24, Ole Miss 21 Oklahoma State 48, SE Louisiana 0 Florida 34, UMass 6Next: Week 2 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14last_img read more

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Pacific Basin’s Loss Up Despite Stronger TCE Earnings

first_imgzoom Due to extraordinarily weak dry bulk market conditions seen in the first half of 2016, the Hong Kong-listed dry bulk shipping company Pacific Basin Shipping reported a net loss of USD 60.4 million, against a net loss of USD 15.4 million seen a year earlier, despite its strong TCE earnings premium.“While we were loss-making over this challenging period, our Handysize and Supramax earnings outperformed spot market rates by 56% and 29% respectively and we generated a positive operating cash flow,” Mats Berglund, CEO of Pacific Basin, said.The company’s said that its recent rights issue enhances its ability to navigate the protracted challenging environment, but also the ability to attract cargo and to assess and potentially purchase secondhand vessels at low prices.Average Handysize and Supramax daily earnings of USD 6,080 and USD 5,910 per day outperformed BHSI and BSI spot market indices by 56% and 29%, respectively.The sluggish dry bulk shipping market led to the reduction of the company’s daily Handysize vessel operating costs and shore-side G&A expenses compared to last year as Pacific Basin Shipping operated an average of 129 Handysize and 79 Supramax ships resulting in a 13% reduction and 39% increase in revenue days year on year.Driven primarily by South American agricultural exports, dry bulk rates have improved on increasing activity since the record lows of mid-February, the company said, adding that it is “continuing to manage for a weak market in the medium term, driving further cost savings and conducting our business efficiently and safely while astutely combining ships and cargoes to maximise our margins.”As at 30 June 2016, Pacific Basin Shipping operates 212 dry bulk ships of which 87 are owned and 125 are chartered. A further 12 owned and 5 chartered newbuildings are scheduled to join the company’s core fleet over the next two years.last_img read more

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Ontarios teen royal wedding guest ready with dream dress

first_imgLONDON – Teenage royal wedding guest Faith Dickinson says she’s got her “dream dress” ready for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.The Peterborough, Ont., resident is among the throngs of royal fans who have flooded the town of Windsor west of London to celebrate the union at Windsor Castle on Saturday.But unlike most, the 15-year-old will watch the spectacle from the castle grounds, as one of seven youth associated with the Diana Award to receive a coveted spot outside St. George’s Chapel.Some 200 others from a range of charities are also invited onto the grounds, as well as more than 2,000 members of the public. Tens of thousands of other royal fans are expected to line the historic town’s winding streets.Dickinson expected she’ll have a prime view of the couple’s arrival, as well as their emergence from the ceremony as newlyweds.But her day will start early — she says she’ll have to dress and complete her makeup for an 8:30 a.m. arrival at the castle.With the wedding not set to begin until noon, and the couple’s procession through town not expected until 1 p.m., it’ll make for a long morning spent outside, the teen noted Friday.“But it’s all worth it,” Dickinson said, adding she’ll also get a chance to enter the chapel after the guests leave.“I love them, they’re a perfect couple and they do so much amazing charity work.”It’ll be a whirlwind trip for Dickinson, who arrived in London on Thursday, heads to Scotland on Sunday and returns to Canada on Wednesday.She’s still in school, after all, she points out.The Grade 10 student brought homework to tackle on the train to Edinburgh and back.“I have to get back to school — it’s exam season so I can’t miss too much,” said Dickinson, who brought math, history and science work.Nevertheless, she’s soaking up as much of her fairy tale trip as possible and plans to bring a camera to snap some prime shots of famous guests.And she gushed over her bespoke silk and lace dress by Ottawa designer Nora Pucci of the brand Zarucci, and a matching fascinator by Toronto milliner David Dunkley.“It’s a perfect outfit, my dream,” she said of the dress, in mauve.Dickinson said it was exactly one year ago that she met Prince Harry in London to receive a Diana Award for her charity work. Cuddles for Cancer provides blankets to cancer patients and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.“I would never have imagined that I would be back for his wedding.”last_img read more

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Ban calls for greater efforts to protect children in armed conflict in

In his latest report on the issue, the Secretary-General encourages national and international justice systems to take strong action ending impunity for crimes against children committed within their jurisdictions.Among other recommendations aimed at halting violations committed against the young caught up in war zones and bolstering their protection, the Secretary-General urged the Security Council to put measures into place against repeat offenders.“Accountability for perpetrators will create a sense of justice for the victims and it will also have a deterrence effect,” noted Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict.“Persistent violators have to realize that their crimes will not remain unpunished,” she added.The Secretary-General’s annual report to the Security Council explicitly lists in its annexes 56 parties, both State and non-State, who have committed grave violations against children, including 19 persistent violators who have been listed for more than 4 years. The report covers compliance and progress in ending six grave violations against children caught up in armed conflict: the recruitment and use of children, killing and maiming of children, rape and other grave sexual violence, abductions, attacks on schools and hospitals, and denial of humanitarian access to children.Noting that while progress has been made through plans to release child soldiers in several countries, such as in Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda, children continue to suffer in many conflicts.The report also documents grave violations against children in 20 countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, CAR, Chad, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, Georgia, Haiti, Iraq, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal, Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, the Philippines, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand and Uganda. Ms. Coomaraswamy stressed that the child protection community was waiting for a strong signal from the Security Council on its commitment to tackle the protection of children during armed conflict when it discusses the report on 29 April. 22 April 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Security Council and judicial systems to step up action in the fight to end abuse of children in conflict zones around the world. read more

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Brock scribe cooks up a literary hit

Samantha Craggs, Web editor, Marketing and CommunicationsSamantha Craggs is a Brock University communications and news media specialist who decided to try her hand at fiction-writing.She’s off to an excellent start.Craggs, a writer and web editor in University Marketing and Communications department, is one of the top three winners in the Toronto Star 2011 Short Story Contest, the most competitive event of its kind in Canada.She received her award Wednesday (April 27) in a ceremony at the Toronto Reference Library, where she shared the podium with first-place winner Toronto novelist Richelle Kosar, and University of Toronto physicist Erik Martinez, who won second prize.Craggs, a former newspaper reporter who joined Brock’s Communications staff in 2009, won for her submission Drinking in the Basement. Set in Niagara Falls, N.Y., it is the story of a frustrated wife dealing with her husband’s alcoholism.She said she was “stunned” when she was contacted and told she was a finalist.“It still hasn’t really sunk in,” she said after this week’s ceremony. “Fiction writing is a labour of love. It’s a whole lot of rejection, even for the best of them, so to get a ‘yes’ like that was amazing.“I was especially happy to get the chance to mention Brock University.”Now in its 33rd year, the Star’s literary competition is the biggest of its type in Canada and one of the largest in North America.With national prestige and thousands of dollars in prize money on the table, the competition is stiff. This year’s contest drew more than 2,000 entries from writers — including published authors —across Ontario. Stories must be no longer than 2,500 words.The first-place winner gets $5000 plus tuition (worth about $3,000) for the Creative Writing Correspondence Course offered by the Humber School of Writers. Second prize is $2,000 and third prize is $1,000.The winning entries will be published in the Star on three consecutive Sundays, starting May 8.For more on the story, see http://www.thestar.com/news/article/981646–celebrity-drama-wins-star-short-story-contest read more

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Starrcade Highlights: Styles vs. Joe, Rey Mysterio and Rusev team, Ric Flair and Elias

first_img Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy winVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:42/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:38 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte rachel bloom Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy win Alex Trebek returns to ‘Jeopardy!’ Google+ Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Now Playing Up Next WWE posted these highlights from the Starrcade special on the WWE Network.You can check out a full report from the event taped on Saturday in Cincinnati. Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeup Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Felicity Huffman To Be Sentenced In College Admission Scandal Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey Launching ‘Office’ Podcastlast_img read more

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Aubameyang buzzing after derby win

first_imgArsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has thanked the supporters after he scored a brace in their 4-2 victory at home against Tottenham Hotspur.Aubameyang converted a first-half penalty and scored a second-half equalizer as Arsenal came from behind to win 4-2 against Spurs in Sunday’s North London derby.“We had a great first half but after the first goal we conceded, we had a moment where we were a bit down,” Aubameyang told the club’s website.“At half-time we were confident. We spoke and we knew that we could do it in the second half, to come back. We did it. Then we had the fans behind us and we had power, we felt strong. We went for the win.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The victory took Arsenal to fourth place in the table, but Aubameyang insists that their performance is more important.“I think the most important thing right now is the performances. Of course, we want to continue this form and we’re still winning games,” he said.“We’re unbeaten, so it’s great at the moment. We just have to keep going.”last_img read more

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Firefighters knock down 13 acre Ramona wildfire

first_img RAMONA (KUSI) – Fire crews have reached full containment of a wildfire that spread over hilly rural terrain east of Ramona Friday afternoon, officials said.The fire destroyed one back-country home and threatened several more before ground and airborne crews could subdue the flames.The non-injury blaze erupted for unknown reasons about 1 p.m. Friday off the 25000 block of Old Julian Highway, near Cinnamon Rock Road in the Witch Creek area, according to Cal Fire.Within an hour, the flames had scorched about 10 acres and engulfed a house, said Issac Sanchez, a fire captain with the state agency.By 2:15 p.m., crews had halted the spread of the blaze, dubbed the Cinnamon Fire. A more accurate estimate showed the blaze had burned about 13 acres by 7 p.m.Firefighters had the smoldering burn area about 100 percent surrounded by about 9:30 p.m., the fire agency tweeted. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 21, 2018 Updated: 12:23 PMcenter_img Firefighters knock down 13 acre Ramona wildfire July 21, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Police warn of stranger danger near Gaiser Middle School

first_imgLaw enforcement and school officials are warning of possible “stranger danger” near Gaiser Middle School.Three students reported being spoken to by a suspicious man in a pickup truck in the 2200 block of Northeast 94th Street, a few blocks from the school, about 8:20 a.m. Thursday, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The man spoke to a female Gaiser student, but the girl pulled out her cellphone, acted as if she was making a call and kept walking, the sheriff’s office said.A moment later, police said the same man then spoke to a male student, asking him if he wanted candy. The boy began texting and kept walking. Another boy walking behind the first boy also saw the man in the pickup and kept walking.“They did the exact right thing: ignored the suspect adult who was trying to get their attention,” said Sgt. Fred Neiman. He added that while pretending to call someone is a good thing to do, “Don’t be afraid to make a call to 911 if you feel threatened as you’re walking to school.”The suspicious man is described as white, heavy-set, 30 to 50 years old, and with gray hair and a short beard. He was reportedly wearing a blue or tan shirt and smoking a cigarette. His truck was described as white, possibly with gold trim at the bottom, and having a Washington license plate.Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Deputy Jeremy Brown at 360-397-6008 ext. 5461.last_img read more

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Dhaka targets 100000 for first Rohingya repatriation

first_imgThe government wants to send up to 100,000 Rohingya back to Myanmar in the first batch of repatriations of Muslims who fled ethnic violence this year, officials said Friday.Ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said a list of 100,000 names was to be sent to Myanmar authorities on Friday so repatriations could start in late January under an accord between the two governments.More than 655,000 Rohingyas from Myanmar’s Rakhine state have sought refuge in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in late August, fleeing what the US and United Nations have described as ethnic cleansing.That added to more than 300,000 in camps in Bangladesh after fleeing earlier violence in the Buddhist majority state.The two governments signed an agreement in November allowing for repatriations from 23 January. Many aid groups and diplomats doubt that fearful Rohingya will agree to return.The Rohingya have been the target of past pogroms in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, which does not recognise the group as a genuine ethnicity and has stripped them of citizenship.Quader said repatriations would start as soon as a working group of officials from the two countries finalise a list of names.”Based on the decision of the joint working group, a first list of 100,000 Rohingya will be sent to the Myanmar government today for their safe and honourable return,” Quader, road transport minister and deputy leader of the ruling Awami League, told reporters during a visit to Cox’s Bazar where the refugee camps are.”The next meeting of the working group, which will be held in Myanmar, will decide how the repatriation process begins,” Quader added.”This list will be finalised as early as possible. The repatriation process will begin after the list is finalised.”Abul Kalam Azad, the government relief commissioner for Rohingya refugees, said a decision was made Thursday by Bangladeshi members of the repatriation working group to send a list of 100,000 refugees to Myanmar.He told AFP repatriations would begin after Myanmar verifies the list and the authorities in Bangladesh get consent from willing refugees.Most Rohingya refugees approached by AFP in the camps insist they do not want to return, saying Rakhine is not safe enough. Diplomats have expressed doubt about whether Myanmar will allow substantial numbers to return.According to Azad, nearly one million Rohingya live in Bangladesh, many of whom have been there for decades. Myanmar has agreed to take back those refugees who arrived since October 2016, believed to number about 700,000.last_img read more

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Atheist watchdog drops fight to halt clergy housing allowance

first_img Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw News • Photos of the Week News Share This! Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — The Freedom From Religion Foundation has dropped its long-running fight against the clergy housing allowance permitted by the U.S. government.“We have full confidence in the legal merits of our challenge of the discriminatory pastoral housing allowance privileges,” the Wisconsin-based atheist watchdog announced last week (June 14).“We did not feel the same confidence, however, in how the current Supreme Court would rule in our case, had we appealed. After ‘counting heads,’ we concluded that any decision from the current court would put the kibosh on challenging the housing allowance for several generations.”The FFRF said it hopes its strategy will allow the issue to be reconsidered when the high court has a different makeup.In March, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the allowance was constitutional. A lower court had ruled in FFRF’s favor. But a three-judge circuit panel reversed a Wisconsin judge’s decision.RELATED: Clergy housing allowance is constitutional, appeals court rules“Any financial interaction between religion and government — like taxing a church, or exempting it from tax — entails some degree of entanglement,” wrote Judge Michael Brennan. “But only excessive entanglement violates the Establishment Clause.”He added that the allowance also is not forbidden by the free exercise clause of the First Amendment.Under IRS regulations that date to 1954, clergy do not have to pay taxes on housing that is supplied in a parsonage by their congregation or on the portion of their salary that they use for housing expenses.FFRF also challenged the housing allowance in 2013, winning in a lower court. But an appeals court also overturned that ruling.Becket, a nonprofit law firm that focuses on religious liberty, celebrated the FFRF’s dropping of its legal fight over the parsonage issue. It had represented a Chicago church and religious leaders who supported the allowance.Luke Goodrich, Becket’s vice president and senior counsel, said the tax code exempted ministers as well as members of the military and others in special categories.“The court rightly recognized that providing this kind of equal treatment to churches is perfectly constitutional, and churches should be allowed to serve the neediest members of their communities without the tax man breathing down their neck,” he said. Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Load Comments,Canada’s Drew Marshall, ‘raw and real’ Christian radio host, ends hi … TagsBecket clergy housing allowance court Freedom From Religion Foundation homepage featured lawsuit parsonage allowance Supreme Court Top Story,You may also like Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email New report urges congregations to aid family caregivers Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Share This! Share This! By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstwlast_img read more

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FiveYearOld Sutherland Springs Victim Hopes To Be Released From Hospital In January

first_imgCOURTESY / MCMAHAN FAMILYFive-year-old Ryland Ward was shot five times in Sutherland Springs.A five-year-old boy is one of the last victims from the Sutherland Springs shooting that remains hospitalized. Now family members believe he could be out of San Antonio’s University Hospital in a few weeks.  Ryland Ward, who was shot five times, was one of the 20 injured rushed to hospitals Nov. 5, when a gunman killed more than two dozen others during church service. He suffered wounds to his kidney, bladder, arm and leg. His great-uncle Earl McMahan says Ryland has undergone multiple surgeries over the last six weeks.“Right now he’s got a brace on the outside of his leg — screws and pins through his hip down to his femur. He has his arms wrapped. He’s been having skin grafts on it,” he said. “They’ve done all they can for it. There’s going to be more surgeries later on but we’ll just take it as we go.”CREDIT COURTESY PHOTOChancie McMahan, left, sits with her son Ryland Ward a few weeks after he was shot five times in Sutherland Springs.Ryland does not have a damaged spirit. Last week he made a request for Christmas cards to be sent to him at University Hospital. So far he’s received almost 3,000 cards.“He just loves receiving these cards,” McMahan said. “He just lights up. He’s got such an awesome smile and just to see him smile makes everybody happy.”Ryland lost three family members in the shooting. His step-mother Joanne Ward was killed along with Ryland’s sisters, Brooke Ward and Emily Garcia. Joanne Ward sacrificed her life in hopes of saving her children, McMahon said.“Ryland would not be here if she had not laid on top of him,” he said. “She was a really special person.”The family credits the hospital staff and prayers for helping Ryland in his recovery. “There’s just been so many — just not in Texas and the United States but around the world — that’s been praying for him and the others involved,” McMahon said.Ryand was carried out of First Baptist Church by Rusty Duncan, one of the first responders to the scene.“He’s the one that found Ryland in that place and picked him up,” McMahon said.” (He) carried him outside, put the tourniquets on his arm and his leg. … From what I’ve heard the doctors say, (that) is what saved his life.”CREDIT COURTESYNearly 3,000 Christmas cards have been sent to Sutherland Springs shooting victim Ryland Ward, 5.Ryland still has a few surgeries to go before release but family members hope he can be home sometime around his sixth birthday early next month. Sharelast_img read more

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