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first_imgAssam MP Maulana Badruddin Ajmal on Thursday criticised General Bipin Rawat for undermining his party, the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and urged President Ram Nath Kovind to take note of the Army Chief’s “political statement”.At a seminar on ‘North East Region of India — Bridging Gaps and Securing Borders’ In New Delhi on Wednesday, General Rawat referred to the AIUDF’s growth in Assam as faster than that of the BJP.Touching upon the change in Assam’s demography, General Rawat said: “There is a party called AIUDF… They have grown in a faster time-frame than the BJP has grown over the years. When we talk of Jan Sangh with two members of Parliament and where they have reached, AIUDF is moving at a faster pace in the state of Assam.”Mr. Ajmal, a perfume baron, had formed the AIUDF in 2005. His party now has three members in the Lok Sabha and 13 MLAs in the 126-member Assam Assembly.“The General has made a shocking political statement. Why is it the Army Chief’s concern that a political party, based on democracy and secular values, is rising faster than the BJP? Alternative parties like AIUDF and AAP have grown because of mis-governance of big parties,” he told reporters here.The AIUDF chief had earlier tagged President Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet urging them to take note of General Rawat “indulging in politics, which is against the constitutional mandate given to him”.The Army Chief’s view also stirred the Assembly currently in session. “The government should ban AIUDF if the Army Chief has evidence that the party is behind migration of Muslims from Bangladesh,” Congress MLA Zakir Hussain Sikdar said.BJP legislator Prasanta Phukan said what General Rawat said was nothing new. “The government is working on checking the demographic invasion,” he said.Migration from Bangladesh is a touchy issue in Assam. Fear of foreigners eventually overrunning the indigenous communities had sparked a violent agitation from 1979-1985. The agitation ended with the signing of the Assam Accord in August 1985.Mr. Ajmal formed AIUDF soon after the Supreme Court scrapped the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunal) Act of 1983, perceived to have been loaded in favour of illegal immigrants. Current Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had played a major role in getting that “anti-khilonjia (indigenous people)” Act scrapped.last_img read more

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first_imgMilitants triggered at least four grenade blasts in the Kashmir Valley on Friday, putting security agencies on high alert on the eve of Republic Day. Meanwhile, intelligence agencies sounded fresh alerts on possible bids by militant outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) to disrupt functions in the Valley, a senior police official said. Police said militants launched four grenade attacks, targeting police pickets, a CRPF bunker and an Army camp in south Kashmir’s Tral, Pulwama, Sopore and Anantnag areas on Friday afternoon and late in the evening. “One policeman, Sajad Ahmad, sustained splinter injuries in the grenade blast that occurred near a police post at the bus stand in Anantnag,” the official said.A top police official said an alert has been raised after JeM modules in Srinagar and south Kashmir were said to be planning to disrupt Republic Day functions in the Valley. Police sources said six people have been already arrested in the incidents of twin grenade blasts in capital Srinagar recently. “There are pointers of JeM modules mobilising men to create a situation,” said a source.In the wake of the fresh alert, multiple check points and barricades were set up in Srinagar on Friday and all roads leading to the main venue, Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium in Sonwar, were put under a multi-tier security blanket. Frisking of vehicles and pedestrians were carried out all day at busy centres in the Valley. Vehicular traffic will remain suspended around the main venue in Srinagar on Saturday, according to the police. “Militants as well as Pakistan always try to disrupt such functions, aimed to create scare among the people. But police and other security forces have made special and adequate security arrangements for smooth conduct of celebrations,” said Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh.The authorities also launched a clampdown on separatists on the occasion. JKLF chairman Yasin Malik is among the separatists detained ahead of the functions.In his R-Day message, Governor Satya Pal Malik expressed his gratitude to the armed forces “for working tirelessly in maintaining the unity and integrity of the nation”.“Our neighbouring country continues to support terrorists to disrupt peace and harmony in the State. There have been repeated attempts to infiltrate terrorists across the International Border and Line of Control. Notwithstanding the tough terrain, climate and other challenges, our security forces continue to maintain strict vigil and alertness on our frontiers. They carried out effective operations to neutralise the largest ever number of terrorists in a year,” said Mr. Malik.He said the huge turnout in the recently-concluded panchayat and municipal elections “was an indicator of people’s yearning for peace and development”. “It is a matter of deep anguish that a number of our youths, some of whom were pursuing professional studies, were influenced by extremist ideology to pick up the gun and join groups that perpetrate violence,” Mr. Malik added.last_img read more

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first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next LATEST STORIES Jayson David. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian caught fire from beyond the arc and buried Letran, 95-64, Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Playing their best game this season, the Golden Stags were scorching from downtown, shooting 16 triples off 37 shots to sink the Knights and grab a leas as big 33, 87-54, courtesy of a Kevin Baytan.ADVERTISEMENT Initial tests reveal no fracture on Galanza’s injured ankle The Golden Stags forced themselves on a tie for the third spot with JRU with their identical 7-6 card.Letran, meanwhile, could not keep up with San Sebastian’s blistering shooting as it saw its two-game winning streak snapped to slide down to fifth with its even 7-7 record.Bong Quinto topped the Knights with 14 points and six rebounds, while Jerrick Balanza had 13 markers and five boards.The Scores:SAN SEBASTIAN 95 – David 17, Bulanadi 16, Calisaan 13, Gayosa 9, Costelo 6, Navarro 6, Are 6, Capobres 4, Mercado 4, Calma 3, Ilagan 3, Baytan 3, Valdez 3, Baetiong 2, Quipse 0.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters 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 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LETRAN 64 – Quinto 14, Balanza 13, Calvo 7, Mandreza 7, Nambatac 6, Gedaria 4, Taladua 4, Balagasay 3, Vacaro 3, Pascual 2, Caralipio 1, Bernabe 0.Quarters: 25-11, 45-38, 69-47, 95-64. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Our team is really like this, we live and die with the three-points. Good thing that our shots went in, and at 42-percent, it’s high. But I guess they’re improving a lot and let’s give the credit to our guys. This is because of their work in practice. They practice hard and they do extra effort  to do shooting every day,” said coach Egay Macaraya.Jayson David led San Sebastian with 17 points, powered by three treys, on top of five rebounds, three assists, four steals, and a block.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 shutoutAllyn Bulanadi also got 16 markers off his 3-of-7 shooting from rainbow country, to go with four assists and three boards, while Michael Calisaan got 13 points and seven rebounds for the Golden Stags.It was still a close game early in the third period with San Sebastian holding a 49-41 lead when it turned on the jets and staged the deciding 17-0 tear, capped off by a Bulanadi trey for 66-41 lead en route to the blowout. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgBatsman Lokesh Rahul and allrounder Parveez Rasool have joined Royal Challengers Bangalore from Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 2016 Indian Premier League.IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla, said: “The Royal Challengers Bangalore have made strong moves ahead of the season. KL Rahul is one of the talented young batsmen in the Indian circuit while Parveez Rasool is an asset to any team with his all-round abilities.” (Shane Watson incredibly excited about joining RCB )”The duo will join a dream line-up at RCB with India s Test Captain Virat Kohli leading them,” he added.RCB owner Vijay Mallya, said: “Given his multiple skills, KL Rahul has a lot to offer RCB in terms of batting and wicket keeping. It s a good feeling to get a prominent local Karnataka boy back home and in the RCB fold again.”Parveez offers us a spinning all rounder option that we were targeting to compliment Chahal and Iqbal. I hope to see him continue his good form in this forthcoming IPL season,” he added.The IPL will be played from April 9 to May 29.last_img read more

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first_imgSardar Singh has been axed as the captain of Indian men’s hockey team ahead of Rio Olympics 2016. Both the men’s and women’s hockey squads for Rio were announced by Hockey India president Narinder Batra in New Delhi on Tuesday.PR Sreejesh, who helped India clinch their maiden Champions Trophy silver, has been handed the job of leading the side at Rio. Women’s hockey team also saw a change in captain as Sushila Chanu replaces Ritu Rani. A big shout out to @16Sreejesh, Captain of the Indian Men’s Team & SV Sunil who is named as Vice Captain! #Rio2016 #MedalKaMission?? Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 12, 2016Rani had left the coaching camp in Bengaluru days before the announcement of final squad anticipating the board’s decision. Sources from team management confirmed Rani’s sacking came after her poor performances and attitude problems. Notably, under Ritu’s leadership the Indian women’s team qualified for the Olympics for the first time in 36 years since 1980.Men’s squad Harmanpreet Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Kothajit Singh, Surender Kumar, Manpreet , Sardar Singh, VR Raghunath, SK Uthappa, PR Sreejesh, Danish Mujtaba, Devender Walmiki, SV Sunil, Akashdeep Singh, Chinglensana Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Nikkin Thimmaiah.Stand by: Pardeep Mor, Vikas DahiyaWomen’s squad: Savita (GK), Navjot Kaur (midfielder), Deep Grace Ekka (defender), Monika (midfielder), Anuradha Devi (forward), Poonam Rani (forward), Vandana Kataria (forward), Deepika (defender), Namita Toppo (defender), Renuka Yadav (midfielder), Sunita Lakra (defender), Sushila Chanu (defender), Rani Rampal (forward), Preeti Dubey (forward), Lilima Minz (midfielder), Nikki Pradhan (forward).Stand by: Rajani Etimarpu & H. Lalruat Feliadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgRussia’s Evgeniya Rodina pulled away after a close first set to beat Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (2), 6-1 in the first match completed on Arthur Ashe Stadium.They had been scheduled to play on the Grandstand on Tuesday, but the match never started before play was suspended by rain. It was moved to the main stadium as officials try to fit in two days’ worth of matches Wednesday.Bouchard could only shake her head in the second set as she sprayed shots all over the court en route to 46 unforced errors in the first meeting between the players.THIEM PASSES FIRST TESTDominic Thiem didn’t need long to finish off his men’s singles first-round victory once play resumed.The No. 6 seed wrapped up a 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 rout of Australian Alex di Minaur, not long after they returned to the Grandstand.Thiem had won the first two sets and the opening game of the third on Tuesday before their match was halted by rain.last_img read more

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first_imgUSATSI_7905408_154512258_lowresI “watched” the NFL Draft on my phone in my car this year. My wife and I were driving back from Houston (she was driving) and it’s probably how I would have chosen to “watch” it anyway, even if I was close to a TV.It’s too much fun to watch the part of the Internet I chase trying to bend its collective will into Jerry Jones’ soul to make this happen:Much more fun than watching most of the folks on most of the networks bloviate, anyway.Speaking of those folks, I must say the greatest part about any draft is how quickly the thousands of mock drafts living on the Internet are set on fire. Usually by the second pick.Definitely by the eighth.Justin Gilbert to the Browns, eh? I thought we were free from those shackles after Brandon Weeden was released and signed with the Cowboys. Alas, that No. 21 jersey is going to look pretty slick on (probably) the best cornerback we’ve ever had at OSU (your apology card is in the mail, RW).Joe Haden and Gilbert on separate islands (very small, minuscule islands) is immense for Cleveland, so terrific, in fact, I’m afraid their fans won’t fully appreciate it. Or they’ll be so busy housing Johnny Apple Juice they won’t even notice.One story that feels like it’s getting underplayed a bit is how mature it was for Gilbert to come back for his senior year while in the middle of a tumultuous junior year. What I mean by that is that I think sometimes when you’re in the midst of a bad situation — weather that’s self-inflicted (as it was in Gilbert’s case) or not — the natural reaction is to look for a way out.Gilbert instead looked at the landscape, saw a way out after his junior year (the draft) and said “no,” I need to grind out another 12 months. That’s a mature thing for a 30-year-old, much less a 20-year-old.Cleveland is perfect for him for two reasons, by the way. First (and I’m not the first to say this by any means) Johnny QB will overshadow any shortcomings Gilbert has. Usually the eighth pick, especially at a sexy position like CB, is picked apart like the carcass of a un-retrieved quail on Boone’s hunting grounds.Not this year, not with 21. Not with Johnny Universe’s gravitational pull.The other good part is that Gilbert is going to an established defense that is just adding pieces. He’ll struggle probably but he’s an auto-upgrade from this bro and the other corner position is one of the few Cleveland is shallow at.Other than the Browns being prominently involved, this was a perfect ending to Justin Gilbert’s college career.More thoughts:• Josh Stewart going undrafted isn’t that big of a deal. I think he still made the right decision (was he going to get better or move up based on what he did next year with JW throwing to him?) and he was always going to have to earn it.Did we think he was going to be picked in the top three rounds? No. So whether he was a sixth round pick or an undrafted free agent, it’s kind of all the same at that point.Plus, I think he can make the Titans. Here are the guys he has to beat out (if Jaz makes it and Stewart doesn’t….):Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 7.39.10 AM• Calvin Barnett going undrafted shocks me. I don’t color myself a football expert [laughter from the masses] but isn’t he one of the 250 best players exiting college football?I mean, we aren’t talking about Paul Duren here. Barnett was legitimately one of the best players on one of the best defenses in one of the best conferences in the country. He would have been great anywhere — Ole Miss, Oregon, Michigan, wherever.There has to be more to that story.• Blake Jackson signed with Cleveland. So did Barnett. Why us, Cleveland? Why us?• Caleb Lavey is trying out for a free agent contract with the Cowboys. He could be Sean Lee’s little brother, no?• If Tracy Moore and Jeremy Smith make it in the NFL…….• I think Daytawion Lowe has a real shot to stick with the Eagles. Maybe that’s a homer pick by me but if all the undrafted free agents, him and Stewart are the the ones I’d say hang on.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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first_imgWillie Taggart on the sidelines.MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: Head coach Willie Taggart of the Florida State Seminoles coaching in the second half against the Miami Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)A racist social media post from an apparent Florida State fan is being investigated by the state attorney, the Seminoles announced this afternoon.The post, which was aimed at Florida State head coach Willie Taggart, has been going viral on social media today.Florida State released a statement on the matter this afternoon:“A recent racist social media post aimed at our football coach is ignorant and despicable. I speak for the entire FSU community in expressing our disgust and extreme disappointment, and I am glad the state attorney is investigating.Coach Taggart has our full support and as true Seminoles know, he is a respected member of the FSU family.”1/2 A recent racist social media post aimed at our football coach is ignorant and despicable. I speak for the entire FSU community in expressing our disgust and extreme disappointment, and I am glad the state attorney is investigating.— Florida State University (@floridastate) November 25, 20182/2 Coach Taggart has our full support and as true Seminoles know, he is a respected member of the FSU family. — FSU President John Thrasher— Florida State University (@floridastate) November 25, 2018Taggart, 42, just finished his first season as Florida State’s head coach.The Seminoles went 5-7 this season.last_img read more

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first_img India Today Web Desk ManchesterJuly 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 14:22 IST Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson led India and New Zealand in 2008 Under 19 WC semis (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSIndia (top-ranked team) will take on New Zealand (fourth-placed team) in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019New Zealand are in the World Cup semis for the 8th time while India will feature in their 7th World Cup semi-finalVirat Kohli and Kane Williamson led the two sides during the 2008 U-19 semi-finalsIndia’s seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka at Headingley helped them top the points table ahead of Australia, as former defending champions were handed a 10-run defeat by South Africa in their last group match.England and New Zealand had finished at third and fourth position on the points table and will be facing the top two teams in two semi-finals in Manchester on July 9 and Birmingham on July 11 respectively.According to the World Cup 2019 format, India (top-ranked team) will take on New Zealand (fourth-placed team) in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019 in Manchester on July 9.New Zealand are in the World Cup semis for the 8th time while India will feature in their 7th World Cup semi-final.India have been ruthless under the leadership of Virat Kohli whereas Kane Williamson has led New Zealand from the front throughout the tournament.The clash between Men in Blue and the Black Caps shares eerie similarities with 2008’s U-19 World Cup semi-finals. During the U-19 World Cup semi-final, the two teams that faced off against each other were India and New Zealand.Well, the current captains of both teams Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson, who rose through the ranks of Under 19 cricket, led the two sides during the 2008 U-19 semi-finals.Ravindra Jadeja, Trent Boult and Tim Southee also participated in the U-19 semis. Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who helped India trump New Zealand by 3 wickets with an all-round man of the match performance, had accounted for the important wicket of Kane Williamson.advertisementRohit Sharma, who has been in supreme form during the World Cup, was representing India in 2008 Commonwealth Bank ODI tri-series. Rohit had scored 235 runs in 10 innings with an average of 33.57 in that series.It will be interesting to see if Virat Kohli can inspire his brigade to a win when India takes on Kane Williamson led New Zealand in the first semi-finals of World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford on July 9.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma playing big brother role in opening partnership with KL Rahul, says Aakash ChopraAlso Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finals line-up: India to play New Zealand after topping league stageAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs New ZealandFollow 2008 U-19 World Cup semisFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow Virat Kohli Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson were captains in India vs New Zealand Under 19 World Cup semi-finalIndia vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson will lead India and New Zealand in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019 in Manchester on July 9.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA — Flood-ravaged provinces are asking the federal government to provide almost $138 million to move or buy out affected homeowners, according to new data that gives a glimpse into the national costs of helping residents leave floodplains.Only four times in the past decade have provinces turned to the federal treasury for help to move homes — twice in New Brunswick, and once each in Quebec and Yukon.In New Brunswick’s case, the federal government picked up more than 80 per cent of the $1.8 million spent to buy out a combined 36 properties after flooding in 2008 and 2010.Public Safety Canada says provinces and territories have asked for $137.9 million in federal money to help cover costs related to 10 floods, but the dollar figure is only an estimate and doesn’t include this year’s.The department says it expects to get more requests for financial help to relocate homes as the frequency of extreme flooding increases and wants to know how much provinces and territories have spent on it without federal help.All that data will feed into a debate governments are having about whether it’s better to move people off floodplains rather than repeatedly pay for repairs.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgLet’s face it: we’re all nerds. WONKA, the maker of NERDS candy, has announced that more than 10,000 fans have joined NERDS Unite! in a nationwide stand against bullying.Natasha Madan, Wonka Marketing Manager, left, Nick Cannon, actor and STOMP Out Bullying Global Ambassador, center, and Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of STOMP Out Bullying join Wonka to celebrate NERDS Unite!Credit/Copyright: Matt Sayles/Invision for NERDS Unite/AP ImagesTo commemorate National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month in October, and to celebrate the success of the first-ever “NERDS Unite!” anti-bullying campaign, WONKA also revealed results from a new national survey that asked 1,000 teens and young adults about their views around bullying and personal identity.Findings of the “NERDS Unite!” survey, commissioned by WONKA and conducted by independent market research firm Toluna, were shared today during a media event at the new Dylan’s Candy Bar store at The Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles. Together with “NERDS Unite!” fans and supporters, including actor Nick Cannon, WONKA presented a check in the amount of $25,000 to STOMP Out Bullying, the leading national anti-bullying and anti-cyber bullying organization.Nick Cannon, actor and STOMP Out Bullying Global Ambassador, left, poses with Mario Lopez after joining Wonka to celebrate NERDS Unite!Credit/Copyright: Matt Sayles/Invision for NERDS Unite/AP Images“WONKA is thrilled by the success of and positive response to ‘NERDS Unite!,’” said WONKA spokesperson Tricia Bowles of Nestlé USA Confections & Snacks. “We’ve been surprised and encouraged to hear from teens around the country about what it means to be nerdy and why embracing their nerdiness or individuality is so important to help prevent bullying.” Bowles added, “Through ‘NERDS Unite!,’ WONKA has built a dialogue with those who are passionate about anti-bullying. We are proud to bring more attention to this important cause on behalf of the entire NERDS community.”Amongst the survey findings: more than 54 percent of teens consider themselves as “nerds” about something, and 57 percent think being a “nerd” is cool, demonstrating today’s teens are open to reinvent the original definition of a “nerd.” Also, 60 percent admitted to having been bullied, with more than 57 percent citing “at school or at a school-related event” where bullying is mostly likely to take place in their community. Teens overall shared, with the help of family and friends as resources for support and help, they are more likely to stand up for themselves against bullying.While teen awareness of anti-bullying efforts steadily grows across the country, the national survey results also found: 86 percent of teens and young adults surveyed believe “differences in people” is a good thing 85 percent of boys/men polled would stand up for themselves against bullying, versus only 69 percent of girls/women 55 percent of all surveyed believe bullies pick on others due to “insecurities, peer pressure and lack of understanding”“What we love about ‘NERDS Unite!’ is that it really empowers teens to embrace who they are, to be nerdy and accept others’ nerdiness, which is a great message to combat bullying,” said Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of STOMP Out Bullying. “With our celebrity advocates embracing their nerdiness, ‘NERDS Unite!’ is really giving teens permissibility to be different, and that’s a wonderful thing.”With its namesake rally cry, “NERDS Unite!” began in late May 2012, and was led by actor and “NERDS Unite!” spokesperson Wilmer Valderrama. He challenged teens everywhere all summer long to join the anti-bullying movement and share online what they are “nerdy for” in order to promote a positive message that embraces individuality, “nerdy” passions, and differences.Bolstered by additional support from celebrity friends who appeared with Valderrama in a “NERDS Unite!” video at the start of summer, including actor Nick Cannon (America’s Got Talent), singer/actress JoJo, actress Francia Raisa (Secret Life of the American Teenager), and actress Erin Sanders (Zoey 101), WONKA had announced that if 10,000 teens joined the movement this summer, WONKA would donate $25,000 to STOMP Out Bullying. During the summer, “NERDS Unite!” was featured backstage at the TEEN CHOICE 2012 and backstage at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, where even more celebrities signed up for the movement, adding to the growing numbers of “nerds” united against bullying.There’s still time to join “NERDS Unite!” and proudly tell the world what you’re nerdy about by visiting Facebook.com/Wonka and clicking on the “NERDS Unite!” tab.Source:BusinessWire.comlast_img read more

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Initially set to take place on 14 February, national elections in Nigeria were postponed owing to security concerns. “In meetings, Mr. Feltman will underscore the Secretary-General’s message on the importance of holding the elections in accordance with the new electoral calendar issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),” UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told a news conference in New York. “He will encourage all relevant national institutions to work with the Electoral Commission to ensure that all eligible Nigerians can exercise their constitutional right to freely vote on the new dates set.”In addition, Mr. Feltman reiterate the need for all Nigerians to work together to create an environment that is conducive for the holding of credible and peaceful elections, the spokesperson noted. Mr. Feltman, who is accompanied by the Secretary-General’s High-Level Representative to Nigeria, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, will also discuss the situation in the north-east of Nigeria resulting from continuing indiscriminate and brutal attacks by Boko Haram against civilian populations. read more

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Defensive end Alex Williams will not be straying too far from home as he will go from Pickerington, Ohio, to Columbus to play for Ohio State.The Pickerington North product chose Ohio State a day before the signing day, decommitting from West Virginia and committing instead to the Buckeyes. Williams is the second-lowest ranked recruit in the Buckeyes’ class. The three-star weak-side defensive end is the 590th-ranked recruit in the nation per 247Sports Composite Rankings, and is the 32nd-best at his position. He is the 26th-best prospect in the state of Ohio. The last recruit that flipped commitments from West Virginia to Ohio State was redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Robert Landers. Landers, a former three-star prospect and Dayton, Ohio, native, decommitted from West Virginia on Dec. 16, 2014, and committed to Ohio State the same day. He signed his letter of intent on Feb. 4, 2015. read more

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(CMC)  Pakistan defeated West Indies by seven wickets, 20 minutes after lunch on the final day of the opening Test at Sabina Park today.Scores:WEST INDIES 286 (Roston Chase 63, Jason Holder 57, Shane Dowrich 56, Kieran Powell 33, Devendra Bishoo 28; Mohammed Amir 6-44, Yasir Shah 2-91) and 152 (Kieran Powell 49, Shimron Hetmyer 20; Yasir Shah 6-63, Mohammad Abbas 2-35)PAKISTAN 407 (Misbah-ul-Haq 99 not out, Babar Azam 72, Younis Khan 58, Sarfraz Ahmed 54, Ahmed Shezad 31; Alzarri Joseph 3-71, Shannon Gabriel 3-92) and 36 for three. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPakistan beat Windies by 133 runs, clinch seriesOctober 25, 2016In “latest news”Windies staring defeat …Pakistan close to Sabina winApril 25, 2017In “latest news”Unchanged WI bowl; Hasan Ali debutsMay 10, 2017In “latest news” read more

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first_imgOne of the tech world’s favorite on again/off again rumors is back on, Geek readers, with Pocket-Lint claiming it has a source that has confirmed there definitely is a Facebook Phone being built for Facebook by HTC. That distinction is important, of course, because the previous Facebook phones that wound up hitting the market actually turned out to be HTC phones with dedicated Facebook buttons on them. This new phone has shown up in the NenaMark database as the HTC Opera UL.It comes as no surprise that it’s got a codename: badging it as the HTC Facebook Phone would have raised a few too many eyebrows at this stage of the game.Since the handset popped up on NenaMark, a few key details about its hardware have been revealed. HTC looks to be using a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon Plus SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, which isn’t specifically revealed, but lines up with the phone’s Adreno 305 GPU, which is called out. The 28nm chip also features integrated Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi, which have become fairly standard on today’s smartphones. And like most other solid smartphones on the market, the Opera UL sports a 1280 x 720 display. Its diagonal measurement is not yet known, so there’s no way to guess how its pixel density will match up with the competition. Then again, those internals do sound a bit like what’s in the HTC 8X — so perhaps the Opera UL is a re-tooled version that will still feature a 4.3-inch 342ppi display.Previous rumors had pegged the Facebook Phone to be coming sometime in the middle of 2013, but Mark Zuckerberg quickly shot those down. A phone just doesn’t make any sense, he claimed, and perhaps it still doesn’t. Perhaps the Opera UL will turn out to be the HTC Salsa 2.0 with better internals and a design (possibly including a coat of blue paint like the 8S above) that’s more likely to attract customers.More at Pocket-Lintlast_img read more

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first_imgCruising the Mexican Riviera in May, kicking off June by attending the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and breaking up the banal with biannual visits to her holiday house in Rhodes. I did my work experience in a travel agency when I was 16 years old; I liked the people contact, I’m a people person, and I loved the fact that I’m selling dreams, it’s a very lovely product to sell.Many would say Helen Georgas is living the dream, but this high-flying business woman says selling dreams is what her job is all about. The Savvy Sydney-sider, who has run and owned Jetset Marrickville travel agency for nine years now, says her business steadily increases between 10 to 20 percent each year. Later this month the business will relocate to a premises triple the size of its current store, expanding from five to eight consultants, Georgas says. Although online flight and accommodation booking increasingly threaten to obliterate the travel agent’s role, Georgas insists there are always time-poor people who don’t want the responsibility of arranging their own travel. “We know where to look to get the bargains, I think that makes the difference, and a lot of people have been burnt on the Internet, a lot of people won’t touch international online bookings,” she says. Georgas’ career path certainly ventures off the beaten track. Starting out with a science degree and working in microbiology in her early twenties, which she says she hated, Georgas later became involved in business with her husband for many years, in everything from tobacco and gift shops to property. After obtaining her MBA Georgas wanted her own business, separate from her husband. After buying into the Marrickville travel agency as a silent partnership, Georgas liked it so much she decided to run it. “I did my work experience in a travel agency when I was 16 years old; I liked the people contact, I’m a people person, and I loved the fact that I’m selling dreams, it’s a very lovely product to sell,” Georgas says, adding that nine times out of ten she deals with happy people. The perks of the job certainly take Georgas to new heights. “I do go twice a year on educational tours; this year I went on a five star cruise on the Mexican Riviera in May, and in June one of my suppliers had me sent on an educational tour to South Africa, where my husband and I went to the Serbia VS Australia FIFA World Cup game, and we did a safari of Kruger national park,” she says. Georgas says educational tours are essential in selling travel, and she insists on sending her employees every year. “We cater for such a broad section of needs that we get requests from everywhere to Antarctic to Africa to South America to Bangkok; we’ve got so many different requests that everyone in the office has to be educated in something, and I am adamant that all my girls go on educational tours every year, so they can learn the product,” she tells. Armed with a well-worn passport and a ticket to ride, Georgas doesn’t hesitate to answer that her favourite holiday spot in the world is none other than the glitzy, larger than life, Las Vegas. Describing it as an “adult’s playground” Georgas says Vegas combines the best of shopping, dining, drinking, and “fantastic nightlife”. For others looking to follow this career path, Georgas says a flair for customer service and a passion for travel are vital. “I would say that if you believe you have people skills and love human contact and want to be in the hospitality industry, then being a travel agent is a decently paid job, and good if people want to travel; the perks are there.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 11, 2017 – East End, Grand Bahama – In officially opening the 45th Annual Conch Cracking Festival in McLean’s Town, during the National Heroes Day Holiday, October 9, 2017 Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest remarked that places like McLean’s Town remain an ecological dream – a paradise by many standards.“Therefore, I want to encourage you to enjoy the beauty of these communities and the surrounding cays,” Deputy Prime Minister Turnquest told the hundreds of participants at the annual festival, which was held at McLean’s Town All-Age school.The event not only featured an array of Bahamian dishes made from conch, but offered a variety of other Bahamian-made dishes, desserts and drinks, as well as the sounds of Bahamian music throughout the day.   The highlight of the festival was the conch-cracking competition, in which locals as well as visitors were invited to participate.   Competitions included how quickly one could extract a conch from its shell, a conch eating competition, and a conch cleaning competition.During his opening and welcome address, DPM Turnquest noted that because McLean’s Town and many communities within the East End area are so far away from the City of Freeport, not that many people bother to make the long trek to visit those communities.He said this was both a blessing and a curse.  “It’s a blessing because it has allowed this community to pretty much stay pristine and genuine – a true reflection of Bahamian culture here on Grand Bahama.   It’s a curse because it does not expose as often as we like what is so special and unique about McLean’s Town, Rocky Creek, and the Cays.“I want to particularly welcome and invite our guests – from abroad and from Nassau and other Family Islands – to not only enjoy the activities and the food here at this festival, but to take time out to enjoy the environment that surrounds you here today.”DPM Turnquest pointed out that each of the islands within The Bahamas is unique in its own special way, even though Bahamians all share a general culture.   He pointed out that if one went from one island to another or, in some cases, from one settlement to another it would be easy to realize that Bahamians are a diverse group of people with diverse cultural customs in the way they cook, the way they dress, and the way they speak.“I want to encourage that inter-island tourism, particularly among our own citizens, but also among our visitors from abroad; and don’t think that because you’ve been to Grand Bahama that you’ve experienced it all,” added Mr. Turnquest.   “I can assure you that this is only but a taste of our 700 islands.  So, I want you to think about coming back and getting an opportunity to experience what each of our islands has to offer.”The East End Member of Parliament said that the 45th Conch Cracking Festival was a celebration of the original event, which distinguishes the community of McLean’s Town as well as celebrates its history as a fishing and conching village, where the people of the community obtained their livelihood from the sea.“That’s why I’m so happy that the chairman of this committee and members of his team have continued this great tradition, [and] even in the midst of great odds and discouraging events at times, continue to press on to ensure that this tradition lives on and continues to grow,” he said.By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)Photo captions:Header photo: Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest officially opened the 45th Annual Conch Cracking Festival at McLean’s Town All Age School on Monday, October 9, 2017 — part of National Heroes Day celebrations.  (BIS Photo/Andrew Coakley)Insert: Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest talks with some of the locals and visitors who attended the Conch Cracking Festival on Monday, October 9, 2017 on the school grounds of McLean’s Town All Age School. Following his official address to open the festival, the Deputy Prime Minister took time to visit all of the stalls at the event and chat with the participants.  (BIS Photo/Andrew Coakley) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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first_imgStay on target Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks When you think about Pokemon’s Slowpoke, romance is probably the furthest thing from your mind. But that’s why this adorable song, featuring a Shellder who has a crush on the big bear-like Pokemon and its tail, works so well. It comes straight out of left field to tell a story that you probably weren’t expecting at all. It’s all part of a special Pokémon puppet theater show! It’s all about some very unexpected stars: Slowpoke and a sad little Shellder.Anime voice actress and singer Kana Hanazawa (voice of Haruka and May from Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald) lends her voice to a lonely Shellder, wistfully singing away about her crush on a Slowpoke. She thinks his tail must be delicious, and as such she pines after the laid-back creature. But she’s concerned that Slowpoke’s evolved from Slowbro will change the Slowpoke she loves.It’s a very touching yet sweet tribute to Slowpoke and Shellder, especially with the cute Pokémon puppets, high production values, and cutesy Pokémon throughout the video. Did the creators expect everyone to take this seriously? Is it meant to be a lark? Either way, the song is catchy, and it’s a legitimate concern for our forlorn Shellder. My advice to the little clam is to just go for it. Even in its evolved form, Slowbro will still be just like the Slowpoke you fell in love with.Check out the Pokémon puppet show below for a hearty dose of feels. Maybe it’ll remind you of a lost love you’ve had before, or a time in your life where you had to make a hard decision about your love life. Or maybe it’ll just make you think about the time you captured your first Pokémon, be it a Shellder or a Slowpoke. It’s definitely a cute video to watch if you’ve got some time.last_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories USC quarterbacks are all the same, apparently.A fan wished former Trojan and Arizona Cardinals signal-caller Carson Palmer a happy birthday on social media, tweeting a photo of the fan’s daughter with Palmer.The thing is, that wasn’t Palmer in the photo.The fan mistook the 39-year-old for 28-year-old Matt Barkley, whose birthday is actually Sept. 8.Barkley had a little fun with it: Correct picture- happy Birthday Carson Palmer @USC_Athletics @uscfootball @USCCoachHelton @AZCardinals @NFL #mybestdayprofootball #mybestdaysports #mybestdayUSCFootball pic.twitter.com/P7FuQmev59— Mark Keys (@Mybestday_mk) December 27, 2018 Should I tell em..? 😬 Haha happy birthday ⁦@CarsonPalmer⁩! pic.twitter.com/tmQ2UiWTHh— Matt Barkley (@MattBarkley) December 27, 2018To be fair, both Palmer and Barkley have a lot in common. Both played for USC, and in the NFL for the Cardinals and Bengals. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img And both have that beard.The fan has since corrected himself with the real Carson Palmer. 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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