Un nouveau groupe de travail s’efforce de déterminer et de se pencher sur les défis qu’affrontent les élèves qui passent du secondaire au niveau postsecondaire ou qui se dirigent vers une formation ou la population active. Le Groupe de travail sur la transition recommandera des moyens de soutenir plus efficacement la réussite des élèves dans la population active, en milieu de formation et au niveau postsecondaire. « Veiller à ce que nos jeunes restent en Nouvelle-Écosse et s’intègrent à notre population active est de la plus haute importance pour le succès économique, culturel et social de notre province, indique Nick Head-Petersen, directeur général de Students Nova Scotia. Je suis heureux de faire partie du groupe de travail. C’est une occasion très intéressante de fournir des recommandations sur la façon d’améliorer la manière dont les jeunes personnes ont accès à des renseignements sur les carrières, suivent leur choix de carrière, trouvent un emploi valorisant et se développent pour réussir en Nouvelle-Écosse. » Les sous-ministres du ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance et du ministère du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire coprésident le groupe de travail qui se compose de représentants des éducateurs, des jeunes et du milieu des affaires. « Nous voulons cerner et éliminer les obstacles ou les difficultés qui nuisent à la préparation des élèves aux études et à la carrière, souligne la ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, Karen Casey. Tous les Néo-Écossais ont intérêt à ce que les élèves d’aujourd’hui reçoivent une éducation de première qualité, la plus moderne et la plus innovatrice, afin de réaliser leur plein potentiel et de réussir dans la vie. Le succès futur de notre province dépend de nos jeunes gens. » La démarche du groupe de travail s’appuie sur les priorités des Trois R : renouveler, réorienter, rebâtir, et les recommandations s’aligneront sur les buts du rapport de la coalition ONE Nova Scotia. Le groupe de travail discutera comment : fournir en temps opportun, aux élèves, aux parents et aux enseignants, des renseignements pertinents pour prendre des décisions en matière de carrière; faire en sorte que les élèves aient une expérience de travail valorisante pour éclairer et mettre en valeur la réussite scolaire et professionnelle; aider les élèves qui sortent du système des écoles publiques sans posséder les outils nécessaires aux études postsecondaires ou au marché du travail; aider les élèves à réussir des études postsecondaires et à atteindre leur but en matière d’éducation; veiller à ce que les élèves aient accès à des programmes postsecondaires qui correspondent aux besoins du marché du travail. « Certains de nos jeunes gens sont pris dans une situation de transition : ils n’ont peut-être pas les notes pour aller à l’université ou au collège ou pour suivre une formation, ou ils n’ont pas les moyens de revenir à l’école, précise Kelly Regan, ministre du Travail et l’Éducation postsecondaire. Le groupe de travail aidera à déterminer les mesures à prendre pour mieux préparer nos jeunes gens en vue de leur avenir, et pour veiller à ce qu’ils aient les compétences nécessaires pour réussir. » Les recommandations seront présentées aux ministres au plus tard le 31 mars. Le nouveau Groupe de travail sur la transition fait partie de l’initiative Make It Here destinée à rapprocher les jeunes Néo-Écossais des programmes gouvernementaux portant sur l’éducation et la formation et les mesures pour intégrer la population active. Il fait également partie du plan d’action quinquennal du gouvernement en matière d’éducation qui met l’accent sur des changements fondamentaux visant à renouveler, à réorienter et à rebâtir le système d’éducation pour la première fois en toute une génération. Pour consulter le plan d’action : http://www.ednet.ns.ca.
Los Angeles: Brian Austin Green says his wife, actor-model Megan Fox is yet to watch iconic ’90s soap drama “Beverly Hills, 90210”. Green, who shot to fame with the show as David Silver, said it was Fox’s sister who was a fan of the show instead. “When we met, Megan was like, ‘He looks like Justin Timberlake.’ That’s all she cared about. She grew up with ‘N Sync. Her older sister was a huge fan of ‘90210’, but Megan didn’t know it at all,” the actor told People magazine. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ Green, 45, and Fox, 33, have been married since 2010 and met while working on the sitcom “Hope & Faith”. The couple have three children together — Noah Shannon (six), Bodhi Ransom (five) and Journey (two). Green also has a 17-year-old son Kassius Lijah from a previous relationship with “90210” co-star Vanessa Marcil. Green is set to star in “90210” reboot along with original cast members Gabrielle Carteris, Tori Spelling, Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth and Ian Ziering.
Patna: Eight people, including two children, were crushed to death and over half a dozen persons were injured by a truck in Bihar’s Lakhisarai district, police said on Thursday. This incident took place late on Wednesday night near the Halsi block when all the victims were busy attending a marriage on the roadside, a district official Murli Prasad said. Prasad said all the victims belong to the Dalit community. All the injured have been admitted in a government hospital for treatment and police have lodged a case against the driver and owner of the truck. Angry over the incident, local residents protested and blocked the road, demanding compensation to the kin of the victims.
“From the first lullaby sung to us as newborn babies, music provides the ‘soundtrack’ of our lives,” Mr. Annan said in introducing Prof. Leon Botstein, principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra in New York, as the featured speaker on “Why Music Matters.” “So much so that I think many of us take it for granted – just as we do the soundtrack of a film, which we often hear without listening to it. That is, we enjoy the film without realizing how much the music conditions our reaction,” he added. Believing that music both shapes and reflects society, the UN chief described the art of music as a gift from God, saying: “Dancers follow its beat; protesters use it to find their voice. It can promote ideals – like peace and solidarity – but it can also prepare armies for battle. It is part of almost every important personal and collective moment.” The Secretary-General said in a world of diversity where often values clash, music “leaps across language barriers and unites people of quite different cultural backgrounds.” Previous lectures hosted by Mr. Annan dealt with such topics as human rights, cloning, Islam, globalization and climate change.
The absence of an all-inclusive process of democratization and national reconciliation in Myanmar is exacerbating the suffering of the country’s people, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report which calls on the authorities to take steps to rectify the situation.Political contacts between the United Nations and Yangon have been significantly reduced since former Prime Minister Khin Nyunt was ousted late last year, according to the report on the situation of human rights in the country.At the same time, UN relief organizations face a slew of problems, “with authorities imposing onerous fees, bureaucratic hurdles, and extensive restrictions on both travel to projects sites and the import of supplies and equipment,” according to the report.The Secretary-General warns of a “significant risk” that other aid groups will follow the example of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which recently withdrew $98 million in funding pledges from Myanmar because its work was being hampered. If relief organizations were to leave, this would result in “worsening the plight of millions of people in Myanmar,” he says.While there had been signs of progress in 2003 when the Myanmar authorities announced their seven-point road map towards democracy, since then even basic requirements have not been met, according to the report. The National Convention charged with drawing up principles for a new constitution continues to exclude representatives of many political parties, including the National League for Democracy headed by Aung San Suu Kyi.With the Convention set to reconvene before the end of this year, the Secretary-General urges the Myanmar authorities to make the road map process more inclusive and credible. Toward that end, he calls on them to resume dialogue with representatives of all ethnic nationality groups and political leaders, release political prisoners, lift constraints on political leaders, re-open the offices of the National League for Democracy, and include all concerned parties in the road map process.
“Access to information, freedom of speech and freedom of expression should be at the heart of any further discussion on the information society,” said Ambeyi Ligabo the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, in a critique of the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which took place from 16 to 19 November. “Too many governments are still putting obstacles to people’s exercise of freedom of opinion and expression, and particularly media freedom,” he said. “The intensity of this fight may vary from harassment to indiscriminate killings of journalists, trade unionists, students, human rights defenders and opinion leaders, crimes that are often not adequately punished.” He said he realized that equitable access to information technology for poor communities is necessary to fight poverty and to extend economic and social development to future generations. He maintained, however, that there could be no fair development without promotion of human rights.“Without these fundamental elements, the building of a global information society and its governance will become an obstacle for the development of human progress and will hamper dissemination of knowledge and education,” he said. He said the “Tunis Commitment,” one of the Summit’s main outcomes, did not fully reflect the fervent debate over human rights issues that took place around the Summit, promoted particularly by civil society organizations, nor provide guidance for internet governance anchored in rights norms and standards. In addition, he said that the final phase of the Summit did not provide an opportunity to address the situation of human rights in Tunisia itself, especially freedom of media and of association. Special Rapporteurs are unpaid experts serving in an independent personal capacity who receive their mandate from the UN Human Rights Commission.
Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told reporters at a briefing in UN Headquarters in New York that “we have our work really cut out for us” to manage the growth in size of peacekeeping missions, especially as the planned full deployment unfolds in Lebanon, Sudan’s Darfur region and Timor-Leste.He said there are more than 93,000 people currently working in the field at the UN’s 16 peacekeeping missions and two political-peacebuilding missions that are directed and supported by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).Once the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) complete their full deployment, and if the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) expands its operations in Darfur as authorized, then there will be over 140,000 blue helmets, police officers and civilian staff in place.Mr. Guéhenno said the cost of running so many operations with such enormous numbers of staff is scheduled to top $6 billion and keep increasing.“When I look at those figures, in some ways I see that as a vote of confidence in UN peacekeeping. I see that as also a good sign, in the sense that it means a number of conflicts are ending because you can’t have peacekeeping in the midst of a shooting war,” he said.“But I also see, and it’s my duty to see it, the enormous challenge that that represents: the managerial challenge, to make sure that on all those 18 different operations, 18 different political processes, we are attentive to them, and we support them adequately; [and] the very practical challenges of supporting that number of people, making sure that they have the right quality, that they have the professionalism that we want them to have, that there is a proper oversight in all areas.”Praising the work of staff in the field and serving peacekeeping operations at UN Headquarters, he called on the international community to step up and ensure it plays an appropriate role in ensuring that each individual mission receives the attention it deserves.“Sometimes there is a sense that once a peacekeeping operation is authorized, then the work shifts from the Member States to the Secretariat. I don’t think that’s the case. Of course it’s more work for us, but it also means that the Member States have to be doubly engaged so that the political processes that our deployments are expected to support come to fruition.”In response to reporters’ questions, the Under-Secretary-General also stressed that he was in the midst of a programme to restructure DPKO and its culture into a more field-oriented department.
The Columbus Crew and FC Dallas were able to reconvene for their inter-conference match Sunday, after “extenuating circumstances” during a pregame severe weather alert saw a fan get struck by lightning in Crew Stadium’s parking lot Saturday.A downpour of rain and lightning striking visibly close to the stadium had led to the issuance of an emergency alert that urged fans to seek shelter just before the scheduled kickoff of 8 p.m.Stu Tudor, an off-duty lieutenant of the Columbus Fire Department, was one of thousands of fans waiting to see if the weather would let up. A bolt of lightning struck near a bank of portable restrooms by the southwest corner of the stadium and seriously injured him.“First responders were called to Crew Stadium to address an incident surrounding the inclement weather that delayed tonight’s contest,” the Crew said in an press release via email at 10:07 p.m. Saturday. “Due to these extenuating circumstances, the match was postponed. During tonight’s thunderstorm that caused the severe weather delay, an individual was injured during the inclement weather and was transported to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.”Bystanders said Tudor was unresponsive when emergency services arrived to provide care, according to multiple reports.He was later reported as being in critical condition.In a Sunday press release, MLS Executive Vice President Dan Courtemanche said the decisions to both postpone and subsequently reschedule the match for Sunday afternoon were made by the league, keeping fan safety in mind.“Due to the inclement weather in Ohio and the unfortunate incident that occurred in the parking lot outside Columbus Crew Stadium last night, Major League Soccer made the decision to postpone the game between FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew,” Courtemanche said. “The health and safety of our fans is always our top priority, and we believe it was the right decision to postpone the match.”Courtemanche also said it was “standard policy” to reschedule the game for the following day, if it is possible and feasible for both teams.“All of us—including Dallas as well—you prepare all day for a match, and then it gets delayed and you hear something like that. You don’t want to play,” midfielder Justin Meram said after the match of the team’s mindset after learning of Tudor’s injury Saturday evening. “I think it was the right thing to do (to postpone the match).”So on Sunday, the Crew (4-5-7) and FC Dallas (6-7-5) kicked off at 2 p.m. and played to a 0-0 tie in both teams’ first regular season action since June 7 and 11, respectively. MLS instituted a break in play for the FIFA World Cup, just as the NHL did while the 2014 Winter Olympics were taking place in Sochi, Russia.Columbus played efficiently in the first half and notched two shots on goal on five attempts.Midfielders Ben Speas and Tony Tchani stepped up early to direct traffic and set the pace of attacking sequences, often relying on fellow midfielders Wil Trapp and Hector Jimenez to cross balls in from the side to generate scoring opportunities.The Black and Gold possessed and skillfully passed the ball often, attaining a 61.5 percent control advantage and 90.6 percent in passing accuracy in the second half.In the 13th minute, Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark moved forward to confront a Dallas attack and went down with contact in the penalty area, but play continued with no foul call. Defender Michael Parkhurst manned the goal in Clark’s stead and was able to block an accurate shot from Dallas midfielder Michel to keep the game scoreless.“It’s very important, me as a goalkeeper. It’s a very tight line between success and failure when you come out of your net like that,” Clark said after the match. “Michael’s been there for me all year and we have each other’s backs. And he had me today. It’s a really big save for the team and for me as well.”Clark later came up big in the 83rd minute when he stopped the ball on the goal line after a header from Dallas forward David Texeira. Sunday’s clean sheet marked his second consecutive shutout after not surrendering any goals at D.C. United June 7.Defender Eric Gehrig used his head to deflect a bending cross kicked from the left side of Dallas’ attacking half by Michel in the 61st minute, and Gehrig was consistently in position to defend the barrage of three consecutive Dallas corner kicks that happened next.“Every game, I always experience a time where it’s about survival mode. No matter what game it is, there’s always been a five-, 10-minute stretch where it’s about digging in and fighting and getting out of it. I think that was one of those cases,” Gehrig said of the task of defending three straight corners. “The message to the guys is just hold on and hang in there and not let that decide the game. I thought we bent a little bit but didn’t break.”Showing their support for the hospitalized Tudor, numerous Crew players—including Gehrig, Trapp, and defender Bernardo Anor—walked over to the Nordecke fan section after the match to sign a fan-made banner that read, “Get Well Stu.”The coaches of both teams also wore red ribbons pinned to their shirts as a gesture of goodwill and solidarity for Tudor.“This is something you have to do, this is your job. You have to kind of put it behind you … as well as, you know, play for him (Tudor),” Meram said.Columbus is slated to travel west to take on the Colorado Rapids next on the July 4 holiday. Kickoff is scheduled for Friday at 9:30 p.m.
Feb 7th 2017, 5:30 PM 46 Comments Share11 Tweet Email I don’t know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy – yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 5:30 PM Throughout the election campaign, Trump refused to criticise the Russian leader, saying better relations with the Kremlin would be in the US national interest.At the weekend, Trump drew fire from Republicans and Democrats after defending a softer stance on Russia, saying:“I do respect [Putin]. Well, I respect a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean I’ll get along with them.”He made the comments to Fox News during a Super Bowl interview on Sunday night.Mainstream Republicans have repeatedly called on Trump to distance himself from Putin. But this is the first public step he’s made in saying that he doesn’t have personal links to the Russian leader.Trump has also commented on the US working with Russia in fighting Islamic State, telling Fox: By Aoife Barry PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has moved to distance himself from Russian president Vladimir Putin, saying that he doesn’t know him.In a tweet today, he also said that he doesn’t have any deals with Russia: Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter 11,980 Views https://jrnl.ie/3227392 Trump insists he doesn’t know Putin – or have any deals in Russia The President of the United States made the comments on Twitter – where else? – today. Short URL If Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS, which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism all around the world, major fight. That’s a good thing.Last December, US intelligence agencies said that they believed Russia conducted a hacking campaign during the US election, aiming to swing it in Trump’s favour by releasing certain documents.The question of Trump and Putin’s relationship has been a big one in the past few months, with Trump’s criticism of NATO and comments on Ukraine also leading people to think there are positive links against them.But with his latest tweet, Trump appears to be concerned that people might think the two men are close on a personal basis.- Additional reporting – © AFP, 2017Read: Trump draws criticism as he repeats respect for ‘killer’ Putin>
Jail for IRA man caught with half-tonne of fertiliser in van as he headed to ‘drinking session’ He was sentenced to four-and-a-half years imprisonment for IRA membership on Thursday. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email A CORK MAN who told gardaí he had gone to Monaghan for “a drinking session” and did not know there was half-a-tonne of fertiliser in the van he was driving has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years imprisonment for IRA membership.Martin McHale (53), with an address at Blackwater Grove, Togher, in Cork, had denied membership of an unlawful organisation, styling itself on the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on 2 November 2013.The non-jury Special Criminal Court found him guilty of the offence in February.Sentencing him to four-and-a-half years imprisonment on Thursday, Justice Isobel Kennedy said McHale travelled with another man to Monaghan with half-a-metric tonne of fertiliser in a van not owned by either of them.Justice Kennedy, presiding alongside Judge Gerard Griffin and Judge Gerard Haughton, said the court was satisfied that McHale had full knowledge of the contents of the van and that he was a “trusted transporter” of the fertiliser.She said the court considered belief evidence, his interviews with gardai, forensic evidence and activities at the relevant time.She said McHale gave answers to gardaí the Special Criminal Court found “false and misleading” and he refused to name the owner of the van.McHale had no relevant previous convictions, had settled family circumstances, limited education and was entitled to credit for the manner in which he approached the case, the judge said.McHale had told gardaí during interviews that he had borrowed a friend’s van to go to Monaghan for “a drinking session” and was unaware of the bags of fertiliser in the rear.Summarising the facts of the case, Detective Inspector James O’Leary, of Monaghan garda station, told prosecuting counsel Anne-Marie Lawlor BL that McHale had travelled to Monaghan from Cork where he lived.McHale and another man were observed by Detective Garda Emmett Ryan in a van in the forecourt of a filling-station, “acting suspiciously”.Detective Ryan, the court heard, was concerned about their presence in the van at that time in that area, which was being monitored for dissident activity.He approached the men and asked them what they were doing. At first, McHale refused to answer. Then he said that they were out for a spin.According to Ryan, the manner of McHale’s answers was “anxious and ill-at-ease”.Gardai searched the van and in the back found 500 kg of agricultural fertiliser.McHale was arrested and detained at Monaghan garda station, where he was questioned.In its judgement, the court said that McHale’s answers were “false and misleading”, in particular those related to his knowledge of the fertiliser. McHale had told the detectives he said he was unaware of the fertiliser.However, a glove had been found in the passenger side of the van, and forensic analysis had revealed traces of the fertiliser and McHales’s DNA.McHale also refused to tell the gardaí who owned the van.During the trial the court heard evidence from Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn, who said he believed McHale was a member of the IRA and that the information on which he had based his belief was “reliable and accurate”.The court also heard that McHale has a number of previous convictions, dating from the early 1980s at the District Courts in Cork, for offences including burglary, stealing and assault.His counsel Blaise O’Carroll SC handed into the court a number of testimonies, which, he said, spoke to the “gentle character and helpful nature of Mr McHale with his neighbours”.More: Rapist jailed six times for sexual offences remanded in custody over Dart assault Saturday 18 Mar 2017, 7:30 AM 47 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3292431 Image: PA Archive/PA Images Image: PA Archive/PA Images Short URL Mar 18th 2017, 7:30 AM 20,473 Views By Ruaidhrí Giblin
What started out as a “play fight” turned into much more after a man allegedly brandished a machete at a group of people Saturday night at a Vancouver residence, court records show.Triple-E S. Eram, 32, of Portland appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree assault. The alleged victim, identified in court records as 42-year-old Justin Wasberg, is facing an allegation of provoking an assault.Eram, Wasberg and others were play fighting in a garage in the 2400 block of Neals Lane when an unknown male shocked Wasberg with a device. Eram and others further assaulted Wasberg, according to a probable cause affidavit.Two women heard the assault and came to help. Eram allegedly grabbed a machete and swung it at Wasberg and the women, stating, “I’m going to kill you,” the affidavit said.Eram told police that Wasberg had attempted to fight him and bit his ear. He denied assaulting and threatening Wasberg or anyone else, court records said.Eram’s bail was set at $25,000, and he will be arraigned Nov. 4. It appears Wasberg posted $500 bail and was released from the Clark County Jail on Monday.
Boeing will make standard on its troubled new airliner a safety feature that might have helped the crew of a jet that crashed shortly after takeoff last year in Indonesia, killing everyone on board.The equipment, which had been offered as an option, alerts pilots of faulty information from key sensors. It will now be included on every 737 Max as part of changes that Boeing is rushing to complete on the jets by early next week, according to two people familiar with the changes.The people spoke on condition of anonymity because Boeing and federal regulators are still discussing details of the upgrade to the Max fleet, which was grounded worldwide after a second deadly crash this month in Ethiopia.The cause of the accidents has not been determined, but investigators probing the crash of a Lion Air Max jet have focused on an automated system designed to use information from two sensors to help prevent a dangerous aerodynamic stall.The sensors measure whether the plane is pointed up, down or level in relation to the direction of onrushing air. Software on the Max can push the plane’s nose down if data from one of the sensors indicates the plane is tilted up so sharply that it could stall and fall from the sky.
The team’s president has volunteered his club to play an official match in the United States this seasonSociedad Deportiva Huesca is a small team playing for the first time in La Liga, the top level of the Spanish football.With a stadium supporting only 5,500 supporters, the team is doing everything it can to grow its fan base.And president Jose Antonio Martin Otin might have found the answer.After La Liga reported to sign a 15-year deal taking at least one official La Liga match to the United States, Huesca says they want in.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Huesca has made an offer to the LFP to be one of the teams that play the game in the United States, as long as there’s an agreement with the players in Spain,” Martin Otin told ESPN as reported by Four Four Two.“If there’s an agreement with the players, Huesca have told the LFP president to keep us in mind when it comes to playing this game. We would love to be involved in it.”Huesca opened up their 2018-2019 campaign with a win at Eibar.They later tied 2-2 against Athletic Bilbao.And this Sunday they will visit the Camp Nou to play against Barcelona.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 24, 2016 – Tickets available says Blue Haven and Waterloo Investment Holdings Ltd to raise funds and collect goods for Haiti and The Bahamas.In an interview with Magnetic Media this morning, it was explained that a $10 donation gets you access to the Halloween fun and a movie, Ghostbusters 2016, and all proceeds benefit the Hurricane Relief Fund which WHL says it will match, dollar for dollar.Tune in to News Break on Power 92 and KissFM for details on the event where residents are also encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.Blue Haven tickets at the resort, with organizers, at International School and at the Wine Cellar. Corporate sponsors are also being sought. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Adilabad: Thousands of devotees thronged Sai Baba temples in the erstwhile Adilabad district on Tuesday and offered special poojas to Sai Baba on the occasion of Guru Purnima. Temples were decorated with flowers.Devotees conducted special bhajans and free meals was arranged. Meanwhile, all other temples were closed for lunar eclipse and will be reopened on Wednesday. Special poojas were performed to Maharshi Vyasa. Guru Purnima is also known as Vyasa Purnima as it marks the birth anniversary of Maharshi Vyasa at Basara temple.
Sales of multi-million dollar homes have surged across the US as wealthy investors hope on cashing in on the bullish upscale property market of the country.Sales of luxury homes priced at a million or more were up 9% nationwide and those priced above $5 million were up 18%, according to property firm Redfin’s latest data. However, sales fell 1% overall.Prices in the luxury property market have also been competitive as inventory gets tighter due to high demand. For the third quarter of 2014, inventory of homes priced above a million dollars was down 13% and of those priced at $5 million and more was down 47%.Luxury properties are selling like hot cakes right now. A prior report cited by The Wall Street Journal found that homes priced above $30 million spent lesser time on the market, selling 30% faster than their average-priced counterparts. The luxury real-estate market was perhaps the fastest to rebound from the 2008 housing market crash.Experts attribute the robust growth in the segment to wealthy investors and their choices.”It’s the investor and the wealthy individual that’s keeping the market alive,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics had told The New Zealand Herald in an interview earlier.”The wealthy buyers, in particular, are fully engaged now. The stock market is up and times are good for them,” he added.Moreover, banks are more willing to lend jumbo mortgages at the existing low rates and investors are rushing to take advantage of this attractive financing option. US banks approved more than 15,000 home loans in the price range of $1 million to $10 million in the second quarter of 2014 alone.”Many people are finding out by accident that they can often get a better rate on a $700,000 mortgage than a $400,000 mortgage. The opportunities for wealthier borrowers are now better than they’ve been in a decade as far as rates and terms,” Guy Cecala, publisher of Inside Mortgage Finance, told The Washington Post.While the US luxury market is showing no signs of a slowdown, the global upscale property segment is growing at a decelerating speed. According to Knight Frank’s latest luxury market report, prices in the World’s leading cities rose just 0.2% in the three months ended September improving just 4% on a year over year basis.Jakarta, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv topped the Knight Frank Prime Global Cities Index, Q3 2014 list.
No thanks to an 8-team CFB PlayoffJust like every year, the final spot in the College Football playoff will be decided on conference championship weekend, and the debate is already raging over whether Ohio State or Oklahoma deserve the fourth spot. Along with the now yearly debate over who is deserving of the 4 spot is the chorus to expand the playoff from 4 to 8 teams, but Colin disagrees.As it sits now, if the playoff was expanded to 8 teams vying for the final 3 spots would include Michigan – who just got stomped by Ohio State, UCF – who played a second rate schedule, and Florida – who has 3 bad losses. each of these teams doesn’t deserve a shot at the title and there would still be a mob of unhappy fans debating who was left out. More isn’t always better, and in this case 4 is enough.Also:– Most top NFL teams have discount QB’s– LeBron needs shooters– Amari Cooper worth the priceGuests:Nick Wright – Host of First Thing’s First; Joel Klatt – FS1 College Football Analyst; Mike Pouncey – L.A. Chargers Center; Kenyon Martin – FS1 NBA Analyst and 15-year NBA Veteran
Relations deteriorated between Sudan and Gulf countries in 1990s, when Sudan along with Yemen allied with Iraq’s Saddam Hussein after the invasion of Kuwait.Ties with Iran complicated relations. In August 2013, Saudi Arabia banned the plane of al-Bashir from crossing its airspace on its way to Iran.Iran helped supply weapons to al-Bashir in his 1989 coup and has invested in Sudanese water and engineering projects. Though China is Sudan’s main arms source, Iran is also a supplier and signed a military relations deal with Khartoum in 2008.Israel routinely accuses Iran of smuggling weapons to Hamas in Gaza through Sudan, which has a long desert border with Egypt. In October 2012, a suspected Israeli airstrike against a weapons factory in Khartoum, killing four people.In March, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti insisted Khartoum has only diplomatic relations with Tehran, denying it had ever had any alliance with Iran. “This is mere lie against Sudan,” he said.___AP correspondent Mohamed Osman in Khartoum, Sudan, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Despite the absences, “there is a real transformation of relations,” said Hussein Shobokshi, a prominent Saudi newspaper political columnist. He pointed to a large advertising section in the prominent Saudi-owned Al-Sharq Alawsat newspaper promoting investment in Sudan. Chambers of commerce in Riyadh organized workshops on investment in Sudan.“Saudi Arabia wanted to bring Sudan to the Arab square,” he said, noting the kingdom was concerned over Khartoum’s ties to Iran.But Sudanese journalist Faisal Mohammed Saleh said the low-level Gulf representation Tuesday sent a message of “don’t expect much.”He said that al-Bashir may get some relative financial rewards from warming ties. “The price will be to stop using Sudan to supply weapons to armed groups in the region,” he said. But, he added, it is unrealistic to think the Gulf will help him restore relations with the West.Al-Bashir, who took power in a 1989 coup, is the only sitting head of state facing genocide charges at the International Criminal Court. The charges stem from reported atrocities in the conflict in Darfur, in which 300,000 people were killed and 2 million displaced in the government’s campaign, according to United Nations figures. CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Tuesday was sworn in for another five-year term extending his 25-year autocratic rule, a testament to his ability to survive civil wars, sanctions and an international war crimes indictment.In his latest maneuver to survive, al-Bashir has switched alliances, joining ranks with Saudi Arabia, the region’s biggest bankroller, after nearly two decades of strained ties. That means moving away from close relations with the kingdom’s rival Iran, which has long used Sudan as a transit route for weapons shipments to armed groups in the region, particularly Hamas. He added a gesture to the opposition, saying “the arms of the nation are open to everyone” and promising amnesty to any armed groups who are “genuine” in entering negotiations.During al-Bashir’s quarter-century in power, Sudan has been plagued by rebel movements, and it lost a third of its territory as South Sudan became independent in 2011. International sanctions over support of terrorism and over the Darfur conflict have battered Sudan’s economy, which was also hit hard after the break with the south gutted oil revenues.Local papers hailed the foreign policy shift toward Saudi Arabia. A Sudanese daily, Al-Tayar, described the move as “correcting the political position” of Khartoum. The Saudi news site Sabq praised as a breakthrough a visit by al-Bashir to the kingdom in March to meet with Saudi Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman.Still, Gulf rulers appear to be keeping some public distance. They sent only envoys to attend al-Bashir’s inauguration, a lower level than even foreign minister. The only senior figures to attend were Egypt’s president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, and a handful of African leaders, including Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Shortly before his re-election, al-Bashir threw his support to the Saudi-led coalition waging an air campaign against Shiite rebels in Yemen who are allied to Iran. The Sudanese contribution to the campaign is largely symbolic — but al-Bashir is likely hoping for Gulf financial support that could keep his beleaguered economy afloat.“Our relations with Arab brothers have witnessed very positive developments lately, by the grace of God,” al-Bashir declared Tuesday in a speech in Omdurman, neighboring the capital Khartoum, after his swearing-in. By building on the Arab ties, he expressed hopes of eventually normalizing relations with Western nations as well.Al-Bashir won re-election in April, though opposition parties boycotted the vote. After his victory with an official landslide of 94 percent of the vote, the opposition said in a joint statement that it will not recognize the results and called on the people to join ranks to “topple” al-Bashir.In his speech Tuesday, al-Bashir pledged to draft a permanent constitution, combat corruption, improve the economy and end conflicts in at least three war-torn regions — Darfur in the west, and Kordofan and the Blue Nile in the south and southwest, all of which have armed uprisings against his rule. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system
“I did everything I wanted to do; I left my legacy on the organization,” he said. “I came up with the name BirdGang in the locker room, and now it’s like spread all through Arizona. When I sit back and look at people say it, it’s like, ‘Wow I started that.’ That will forever be a household name.“So I did what I was supposed to do, I came, I put a mark on it, and hopefully young guys can take it and exceed and keep running with it. So I’m very thankful for everything I’ve been through here. I enjoyed it.” Aeneas Williams played 10 seasons with the organization before being traded to the St. Louis Rams, and though he is in the Ring of Honor, he is not viewed by all as a Cardinal. Wilson and Dockett, who spent 12 and 11 seasons, respectively, in Arizona, are.Dockett, who had a dalliance with the 49ers last offseason but noted his heart was never in San Francisco, said it feels good to end his career in the place where it all started.“I emphasize I’m very thankful for it, because it doesn’t happen often,” he said. “Some guys spend a lot of years in organizations and leave their soul, leave their health and leave everything and walk away, and they never really get acknowledged for it. I’m in a grateful situation.”Dockett went on to thank Bidwill as well as Cardinals GM Steve Keim, adding that he figured he would retire a Cardinal after about his fifth season with the team. It was then, after losing so much early in his career, he said it was his mission to help turn things around in Arizona.That process is still ongoing, though the organization is in a much better place now than it was when he first donned the team’s red and white. His presence on the field and in the locker room, while not always comfortable, helped set the table for the team you see today. In all, Dockett appeared in six playoff games. He was a key player on some very good teams, as well as a good player on some very bad ones. His performance in Super Bowl XLIII, when he tied a record with three sacks of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, is the stuff of legends.The Cardinals, of course, came up short in that game, and the fact that Arians was the offensive coordinator for the Steelers at that time is a fact that was not lost on Dockett, who multiple times mentioned coming up short in trying to win a championship before turning and giving a look of disgust to his former coach.Arians joked he wasn’t going to give his Super Bowl ring away, and Dockett said if the Cardinals win a championship over the next couple of seasons — which he is confident they will — he expects to get a replica ring.In due time, maybe. And if the Cardinals can bring the Lombardi Trophy to the desert, no doubt Dockett will have played a role.He — along with Wilson, Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald — is widely viewed as one of the players who helped transform the franchise from what it used to be to what is now. It was not always a smooth ride, and no doubt there will be more speed bumps along the way. But Dockett and his teammates helped bring a level of competitiveness and credibility to the Cardinals, and his legacy is one that will live on in the halls of the team’s Tempe training facility as well as inside University of Phoenix Stadium. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — Over the course of 11 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, Darnell Dockett accumulated 530 total tackles, 40.5 sacks, four interceptions, 13 fumble recoveries and seven forced fumbles.He started 156 of the 158 games he appeared in, and was a three-time Pro Bowl selection — the only defensive lineman in franchise history to be chosen for the All-Star game that many times.So, when Dockett decided to retire Monday after signing a one-day contract with the Cardinals, the NFL officially lost one of its most talented and colorful players. “Passion. Every single day, not just game day; it was every practice, every meeting, he brought the professionalism and the passion,” Arians said of what he’ll remember about Dockett. “That’s the thing that misses in most players, is the passion that you have to have to play this game, and he brought it every single day.”You could say a lot of things about Dockett, but one thing that you should not is that he didn’t play his heart out.“More than anything, I just want to thank you for not giving up,” Wilson said, speaking to Dockett. “I think that’s really, more than anything, I know with me, I was never going to give up, and I know with you, you were never going to give up. There’s heroes, there’s villains, and then there’s Dockett. You were a great mix between the two.”Wilson, who like Dockett was released by the Cardinals before returning to retire with the team that drafted him, feels like he has a stake in the organization’s success and failures. In a way Wilson definitely does — he is a scout for the team now — but really, even without that title, he would still live and die with the franchise he spent more than a decade playing for. The Cardinals are one of the best teams in the NFL, and entering 2016 are seen as not just a Super Bowl contender, but a favorite to win the big game. To think Dockett had nothing to do with that would be foolish.“One thing I’d like to say is that when we have our (pre-training camp) meeting Thursday night, you’ll still be there,” Arians said to his former player as the press conference was ending. “You’ll always be there, because you left a legacy here the way it’s supposed to be done.“Those guys are never forgotten. All these young guys that are on the team now, that when you were here, Frostee came in, you started something. You’ll always be there. You’ll never ever not be on this team.”This season, rookie Robert Nkemdiche will wear Dockett’s former No. 90, and incidentally, many have already compared the team’s 2016 first-round pick to the now-retired player. Dockett said he’s had a couple of conversations with the rookie, and explained to him that it is important he does not try to be the next Dockett. Instead, Nkemdiche needs to focus on being the best version of himself and represent the number.The number is just part of what Dockett leaves behind. The rest of his time was spent putting together a career that ends with just one regret: failure to win a Super Bowl. But while the 35-year-old Dockett’s days as a Cardinal are now a thing of the past, his impact on the organization will remain.That point was hammered home Monday in a press conference attended by Dockett, his agent Drew Rosenhaus, Cardinals president Michael Bidwill, coach Bruce Arians, and former teammates Adrian Wilson, Antrel Rolle, Bertrand Berry, Antonio Smith, Josh Scobee and Frostee Rucker.“When I came in it was difficult; it was very different,” Dockett said. “To be a part of the core players to change the culture around here and to get everything that the organization has right now, I can look back and say, ‘Wow, I came and I accomplished something, and I was a part of something.’”Chosen in the third round of the 2004 draft out of Florida State, Dockett joined a team that won four games the season prior to his arrival, before notching just 16 victories over his first three seasons with the team. The Cardinals improved to 8-8 in 2007, though, and in 2008, went 9-7 before going on a surprising Super Bowl run.Arizona won 10 games in 2009 before falling off the next season, and after helping the Cardinals go 10-6 in 2013 but fail to make the playoffs, Dockett could only watch from the sidelines recovering from a torn ACL as the team went 11-5 in 2014 and was bounced in the Wild Card Round. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Jet Airways will commence cheap flights to Johannesburg from Mumbai on Wednesday (April 14th).Passengers travelling on the route will be offered the chance to connect to onward flights to Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, while cities in other African countries will also become accessible.Naresh Goyal, Jet Airways’ chairman, said it was with “great pride and excitement” that the airline is beginning services to Africa, which comes after the carrier extended its route network in the UK, Europe and the US.”We are delighted to introduce a daily, non-stop service from Mumbai to Johannesburg which is set to emerge as a gateway for Indian travellers into the phenomenal world of business opportunities and breath-taking tourism options that the African continent represents,” he commented.Mr Goyal went on to say that there are strong historical, cultural and political ties between India and Africa and that he hopes these will be enhanced by the launch of the new Mumbai-Johannesburg route.Meanwhile, Jet Airways Konnect, the airline’s cheap flights brand, commenced daily flights to Dehradun from New Delhi on March 28th.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedNew flights to Hong Kong introduced by Jet AirwaysNew flights to Hong Kong introduced by Jet AirwaysSouth African Express to launch flights to Port ElizabethThe flight will be operated using a Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet Series 200Jet Airways Konnect launches new Indian domestic flightsJet Airways Konnect launches new Indian domestic flights