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first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — In his first game in an Oakland Raider uniform, Marshawn Lynch didn’t play a down.Yet he provided the most vivid image of the night, sitting for the national anthem before the Raiders’ 20-10 preseason loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday.The ex-Seattle running back, who came out of retirement to sign with his hometown Raiders, sat on an orange cooler with his arms resting on his knees, while others around him stood.Although he rarely talks to the media, Lynch has voiced support for quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the anthem last season to protest what he saw as a pattern of police mistreatment of people of color.Lynch was gone from the locker room by the time reporters arrived.Coach Jack Del Rio said he spoke to him about the issue after the game.“He said, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself,’” Del Rio said.The coach said that he told Lynch “just so you understand how I feel, I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem but I’m going to respect you as a man. You do your thing.”“So that’s a non-issue for me,” Del Rio said.Quarterback E.J. Manuel said he didn’t know Lynch hadn’t stood for the anthem.“Obviously, we all support Marshawn because he’s part of our team, but I think that is more of a personal thing,” Manuel said. “I can’t really comment on it too much.”Arizona dominated the game in the first half, building a 17-3 lead.Carson Palmer threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Brittan Golden to cap his brief preseason debut, while Oakland quarterback Derek Carr watched the game from the sideline.Palmer, at age 37 beginning his 15th NFL season, directed Arizona on a 12-play, 70-yard touchdown drive to start the game. It looked as if the Cardinals were headed for a short field goal, but the Raiders were called for covering the snapper on the kick, giving Arizona a first down and setting up its opening TD.He would like to have played more than one series.“I thought I was going to get the first quarter,” Palmer said. “That’s what (coach Bruce Arians) said last night at the team meeting. I missed a couple. I missed a long one to Jaron (Brown) and wanted to kind of redeem myself. I didn’t get that chance. I’ve got to wait until next week.”Two of the Raiders’ top defensive players, All-Pro defensive end Khalil Mack and linebacker Bruce Irvin, joined Carr and Lynch as spectators.While it was the preseason opener for Oakland, it was Arizona’s second outing. The Cardinals starters did not play in the team’s 20-18 loss to Dallas in the Hall of Fame Game.NO CARR: Carr had been expected to see his first action since breaking his right leg in a game last Christmas Eve, but Del Rio chose to have his starter sit out the opener.“It was my decision,” Del Rio said. “There were several guys that didn’t play and that was one of them. We’ll get ready for next week.”BACKUP BATTLE: Manuel got the start at quarterback for Oakland and had a strong showing in his battle with Connor Cook for the backup job. Manuel completed 10 of 12 passes for 107 yards.Cook played the entire second half, going 10 of 21 for 81 yards.CARDINALS QBs: Drew Stanton, who appears to have a firm hold on the backup quarterback job despite the addition of Blaine Gabbert, had a strong first half in relief of Palmer.Stanton, Palmer’s backup for the past four seasons, completed 11 of 15 passes for 112 yards, including a 7-yard TD pass to tight end Troy Niklas.Gabbert played most of the second half, completing 5 of 9 passes for 53 yards.JUST WATCHING: Neither of Oakland’s two top draft picks played. Cornerback Gareon Conley, the first-round pick, and the second rounder, safety Obi Melifonwu, are nursing injuries.Arizona wide receiver John Brown, slowed by a quadriceps issue, did not play.OFFENSE RESTS: The only members of Oakland’s first-team offense to play were tackles Marshall Newhouse and Vadal Alexander.QUOTABLE: “That’s where I’m from. That was very tough to see. Not to get all into politics, but just the division that we’re seeing in our country is saddening and we’ve got to get it figured out,” Manuel, who comes from Virginia Beach, Virginia, on the violent events in his home state on Saturday.___By BOB BAUM TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


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first_imgIndia were always playing the catching up game after they lost the top-three in 3.1 overs in the 240-run chase against New Zealand, felt former captain Sachin Tendulkar after the Blackcaps beat the Men in Blue by 18 runs to reach their second successive World Cup final.Chasing a modest total on a tricky pitch at the Old Trafford cricket ground, India lost the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul inside the first four overs with all three batsmen scoring 1 run each.This was a killer blow for a team which has relied heavily on its top-three throughout the World Cup and all credit for that goes to the opening spells of Matt Henry and Trent Boult.Henry got rid of Rohit and Rahul while Boult rocked India with the wicket of captain Kohli, who is the greatest chaser in the history of one-day cricket as his record suggests.Losing the top-three meant India had to first rebuild and then look to go after the target which Rishabh Pant (32), Hardik Pandya (32), Ravindra Jadeja (77) and MS Dhoni (50) did but their efforts were still not enough as the two-time champions got shot out for 221 in 49.3 overs.”There were high percentage of dot balls, we had to do that because we kept losing wickets. We kept playing that catching up game, we were never ahead of them. That happened because we didn’t have wickets in hand,” Tendulkar told India Today.’It can be just 2 or 3 players doing the job all the time’advertisementBut this wasn’t the first time India’s middle-order got exposed after the top-three’s dismissals. It happened in the league matches against Afghanistan and England. While they managed to scrape through against Afghanistan thanks to their bowling performance, India’s only loss in the league stage came against England despite Rohit scoring a hundred while the middle-order failed to fire.This over reliance on the top-three was India’s Achilles heel right throughout the tournament and it finally gave way against New Zealand in the knockout game. Tendulkar also felt that the middle-order batsmen were just too dependent on the openers and Kohli which ultimately led to their downfall.”The team relied so much on his performance throughout, Virat also. But I feel the rest should have chipped in more. It cannot be just 2 or 3 players doing the job for you all the time,” Tendulkar said.India’s bowlers though, were consistent right throughout the tournament, barring the game against England in which they conceded 337 runs. But the rest of the games saw the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami cause most of the damage with the spinners – Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja – also chipped in whenever required.”We cannot be so critical with one failure. We cannot forget that we won 7 out of 8 games. I’m not for it. Yes all the teams have bad games, England also lost. They lost to Sri Lanka. We can’t be harsh on our team, it is a disappointing day but it’s a bitter pill to swallow,” Tendulkar said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli chokes, MS Dhoni calm under pressureAlso Read | India went to World Cup 2019 without ironing out their flaws: Questions Ravi Shastri must answerAlso Read | Virat Kohli reacts to reporter’s question on MS Dhoni retirement speculationAlso See:last_img read more


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first_img Next Reuters LondonMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 4, 2019 08:48 IST Despite Liverpool slipping to the second spot, Klopp insisted he is confident of winning the league title (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLiverpool were held to a 0-0 draw by Everton in Sunday’s Premier League outingLiverpool slipped to the second spot on the league table and are now a point behind Manchester CityLiverpool have not won an English league title since 1990, and none in the Premier League eraLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp dismissed criticism of his tactics and substitutions in Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby in a tetchy exchange with a reporter in the post-match news conference.Liverpool’s fourth draw in their last six Premier League games saw them knocked off the top and leaves them a point behind leaders Manchester City with nine games remaining.Klopp took off striker Sadio Mane for midfielder Adam Lallana in the 84th minute and when asked if the series of draws indicated he should take more risks, the German bridled.”I’m really disappointed about your question. It’s football — we don’t play Playstation,” he said.”Do you think we didn’t take enough risks today? Was there any draw where we didn’t try to win? Bring on an extra attacker and football changes? It is not like that, come on.”We are offensive enough, football doesn’t work like that. There are nine games to go and we don’t lose our nerves, not like you, obviously.”When the reporter suggested he might have brought on another attacker, Klopp said it was not the right moment to take a cavalier approach.”You cannot start with four or five strikers in a striker way with nothing else to do than to try to score.”We are an offensive team and that’s absolutely okay. We take a risk, no doubt about it, but it is not like that. It’s not the moment where we say, ‘Come on now, throw everything in that direction.’advertisement”You cannot play in the Premier League like that. We play next week against Burnley and if we play only offensive, they kill us on the counter-attack, 100 percent.”We take all the risks, but you cannot take more than 100 percent risk. It’s not about going nuts.”Completely fine with chasing: Jurgen KloppKlopp also told the BBC he was unconcerned by the current league table, despite his side having given up a seven-point lead.”I’m completely fine with chasing. Who wants to be top of the table at the beginning of March? It is nice but there are lots of games to play,” he said.”I watched Match of the Day last night and saw the celebrations of Man City. They had 900 chances and scored one goal, a shot with the wrong foot. You have to be ready for these chances.”Liverpool have not won an English league title since 1990, and none in the Premier League era, but Klopp said he was still convinced they could end that wait this season.”I believe 100 percent in our chance. Game by game by game, my feeling gets better about the boys because they look really ready for it.”We didn’t score, that happens. It was a difficult game. It was just a fight and we were ready for that fight. Now we have a point more than before. All good.”Also Read | Premier League: Brendan Rodgers Leicester debut marred by Watford, Chelsea edge Fulham 2-1For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Everton vs LiverpoolFollow Premier leagueFollow Jurgen Klopp This isn’t Playstation: Klopp defends tactics after Liverpool’s draw vs Everton Liverpool’s fourth draw in their last six Premier League games saw them knocked off the top and leaves them a point behind leaders Manchester City with nine games remaining.advertisementlast_img read more


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first_imgVaranasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that ‘chemistry beat arithmetic’ in this election. He was speaking during a thanksgiving visit to his constituency Varanasi on Monday after winning from the temple city by nearly 5 lakh votes and leading the NDA to a landslide win in the Lok Sabha elections “UP is giving new direction to politics… 2014, 2017 and 2019 hattrick is not small. Even after this, if the eyes of political pundit do not t open, their ears do not hear the sound, then they are living in 20th century.  Political pundits have to agree that there is chemistry beyond poll arithmetic,” the PM said while addressing party workers in Varanasi. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist PM Modi visited the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple in the city and offered prayers. He was accompanied by BJP president Amit Shah and UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath. He is scheduled to address Bharatiya Janata Party workers at Deendayal Hastkala Sankul in the city.The Prime Minister in his pre-election trip to the constituency had addressed the party workers telling them ‘each one of you is Modi’ and that they had to run his campaign in his absence. He had also held a massive roadshow before filing his nomination papers on April 26. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The PM-elect led the NDA to a mega win sweeping the Lok Sabha elections winning 352 of the 542 seats polled with BJP alone notching up 303 seats. On Monday, Varanasi was all decked up to welcome Modi with BJP flags and posters everywhere. Cleaning and maintenance work has been completed. On Sunday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held a meeting with local administration officials in Varanasi to assess preparations made ahead of Modi’s visit here. The chief minister reviewed developmental works and sought information about the progress of the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project. Divisional commissioner Deepak Agarwal briefed him on the status of the project. Adityanath laid emphasis on maintaining cleanliness in Varanasi, which draws tourists from across the globe. He said filth should not be seen anywhere in the city. It should be ensured that lanes, streets and parks were properly cleaned, he said. He also asked the officers to improve traffic management to avoid bottlenecks.(With inputs from Hindustan Times)last_img read more


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first_imgCALGARY – Western Canadian farmers are using proceeds from a good harvest last year to buy more new agricultural equipment after years of settling for used as prices of U.S.-made machinery rose due to the stronger American dollar.Both Cervus Equipment Corp. and Rocky Mountain Dealerships Inc. are reporting increased earnings thanks to higher profit margins and manufacturers’ incentive payments on sales of new equipment in 2017 versus 2016.Cervus CEO Graham Drake says the company expects strong sales of new equipment to continue in 2018 after sales leaped ahead by 20 per cent last year, driven by good harvests and “windows” of favourable currency exchange rates.He cited the improved outlook in announcing an increase in the quarterly dividend from seven to 10 cents per share.CEO Garrett Ganden says Rocky Mountain Dealerships is also banking on Canadian farmer optimism this year, noting continuing good prices on solid crop production and a harvest last fall that wasn’t hampered by late-season wet conditions as it was in 2016.Cervus reported revenue from new equipment sales rose 20 per cent to $447 million in 2017, while Rocky Mountain noted a 5.7 per cent increase to $436 million.Both companies are based in Calgary.Rocky Mountain, which sells Case IH and New Holland equipment, says it is Canada’s largest agriculture equipment dealer with 35 dealerships across the Prairies.Cervus, which sells John Deere machinery, has interests in 35 dealerships, 20 in Western Canada, nine in New Zealand and six in Australia.last_img read more


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14 November 2007The United Nations refugee agency has this week begun an operation to return hundreds of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to their homes in the troubled north-eastern province of Ituri by the end of the year. On Monday a convoy organized by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) took about 210 Congolese from Beni in North Kivu province, which has become extremely volatile this year, along bush tracks to the town of Komanda, which is located in Ituri. A second convoy, this time carrying 216 returnees, left Beni early today bound for Ituri province, according to a press report issued by UNHCR.Two convoys each week are planned over the next month so that eventually an estimated 2,400 Congolese should be able to return to Ituri, with further returns dependent on demand.Returnees are given a series of items by UNHCR to help them re-adjust to life in their former homes, including jerry cans, blankets, mats, plastic sheets, kitchen sets, seeds and agricultural tools. The World Food Programme (WFP) is also supplying food rations for a month.Some 40,000 people from Ituri have been living in camps or with host families in the area around Beni since 2003 after inter-ethnic clashes erupted across their home province. But security conditions in Ituri have improved recently and UNHCR said thousands of IDPs have returned home spontaneously.UNHCR field officer Sani Chaibou added that UN forces would conduct patrols in the return zones in Ituri to ensure the safety of the IDPs. read more


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In a resolution adopted by the General Assembly, Member States said the plan of action – which includes allowing observers into the Middle East country – should be implemented “in its entirety.”The resolution – passed with 133 votes in favour, 11 against, and 43 abstentions – also calls on Syrian authorities to cooperate fully with the independent international commission of inquiry founded by the UN Human Rights Council.More than 5,000 people have now died since the uprising in Syria began in March, according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who has repeatedly urged the country’s authorities to stop the deadly crackdown by security forces against protesters.Today’s resolution “strongly condemns the continued grave and systematic human rights violations by the Syrian authorities,” citing such examples of arbitrary executions, enforced disappearances, torture of detainees and the persecution of protesters and human rights defenders.The resolution also demands an immediate end to the human rights violations and calls on Syrian authorities to comply with their obligations under international human rights law to protect their population.The uprising in Syria is part of a broader popular protest movement that has gripped North Africa and the Middle East this year and led to the toppling of long-term regimes in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen. 19 December 2011United Nations Member States today called on Syrian authorities to immediately implement the plan of action proposed by the League of Arab States to resolve the crisis that has engulfed the country since a public uprising began near the start of the year. read more


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The President’s office today insisted that there was no official communication from Singapore with regards to the request to handover former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran to Sri Lanka.News reports on Wednesday said that Singapore had rejected President Maithripala Sirisena’s allegation that it was sheltering a former central bank chief wanted for fraud, saying Colombo failed to provide documents to support its extradition request. On Monday, Sirisena accused Singapore of sheltering Arjuna Mahendran, one of his country’s former central bank chiefs wanted in connection with a high-profile US$74 million insider trading scam. The Sri Lankan president said he had appealed to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in January to return Mahendran, who is believed to be in Singapore, but claimed nothing had been done. read more


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by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 16, 2016 3:06 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2016 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VICTORIA – The British Columbia Liberal government tabled its budget Tuesday. Here is are a look at some of the winners and losers:Winners — Starting Jan. 1, 2017, all children will be exempted from medical-service-plan premiums. Low income families, individuals and seniors will also benefit from lower premiums for those earning up to $51,000.Winners — Those who buy newly-constructed houses and condominiums priced up to $750,000 are exempt from the property transfer tax.Winners — Monthly disability income assistance rates go up by $77 per month, but that replaces monthly transportation subsidy for the one-third of those on disability who get the benefit.Winners — Public-sector employees benefit from the improved economy by getting a dividend on wages of as much as $1,298 or .45 per cent that had been written into their last contract.Losers — Another tax tier has been added to the property transfer tax. Those who buy property over $2 million will pay a three per cent tax on the cost above the $2 million threshold. The current tax of one per cent up to $200,00 and two per cent up to $2 million remains unchanged.Losers —Government said it will work with the movie and TV industry to review the film tax credit as the lower Canadian dollar already offers a discount.Losers — Someone who buys an older home under $750,000 still has to pay the transfer tax, unlike those who buy a newly built home.Losers — With the exception of Quebec, all other provinces, territories and the federal government that aren’t predicting a balanced budget.(The Canadian Press) Winners and losers in Tuesday’s B.C. budget read more


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first_img By Cliodhna Russell 3 Comments Dec 4th 2016, 8:52 AM http://jrnl.ie/3118627 Sunday 4 Dec 2016, 8:52 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email 9,080 Views Image: Shutterstock/Julia Sudnitskaya Short URL EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #OAKLAND: Nine bodies have been recovered after a huge fire at a dance party in a warehouse in California, it’s reported that the death toll could reach 40.2. #STAY AWAY: Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been told he should not show up to turn on the Christmas lights in the north inner city of Dublin this year.3. #DOWN THE DRAIN: To date, the State has spent €465 million on the water metering project, while it spent over €55 million on e-voting machines in 2002.4. #RIP: Cuba’s long-standing Communist leader Fidel Castro will be laid to rest later, after a three-day funeral procession came to an end.5. #TWEET HAPPY: Donald Trump has reacted to a comedy sketch that mocked his penchant for sending tweets – by sending a tweet.6. #GERMANY: A teenage asylum seeker has been arrested on suspicion of the rape and murder of a 19-year-old female student.7. #DOLLA DOLLA BILLS: Brexit has made London the cheapest city in the world for luxury goods shopping with the dollar.8. #STORY BUD: Almost half of Irish people are in favour of legalising cannabis for recreational use.9. #PIONEER: The man who brought Ticketmaster to Ireland started off selling tickets in a record shop. Image: Shutterstock/Julia Sudnitskaya The 9 at 9: Sunday Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day.last_img read more


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first_imgWith Greece due to be presented with a proposal from its lenders, attention is gradually turning toward SYRIZA and how the party’s MPs and members will react to the content of the document put forward by the institutions.Several key government officials insisted that Athens would not accept an ultimatum from its creditors and that any proposal would have to be broadly in line with the party’s election pledges.“If there is an agreement that does not represent an honest and forward-looking compromise, voters will have to be consulted before we sign it,” said Labor Minister Panos Skourletis.“The popular mandate we have is clearly in favor of fair and sustainable growth within the euro while leaving behind the memorandum era,” said Deputy Prime Minister Yiannis Dragasakis.“If 12 MPs do not vote for the agreement and the government is left with 150 seats, elections will be called immediately,” said SYRIZA’s parliamentary spokesman Nikos Filis.Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis remained largely silent on the prospect of an agreement but behind closed doors he briefed SYRIZA MPs who sit on Parliament’s economic affairs committee. Varoufakis endured a difficult long weekend after 44 SYRIZA MPs signed a letter asking for the finance minister to cancel his decision to appoint economist Elena Panaritis as Greece’s representative at the International Monetary Fund.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras did not intervene in the matter, apparently supporting his minister’s decision. In the end, though, ex-PASOK MP Panaritis announced on Monday that she would not be accepting the post due to the opposition to her appointment.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


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first_imgA week after the referendum held in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to ratify the agreement with Greece over the name issue, both countries are regrouping, waiting for the next step.The referendum was deemed a failure, given that just about 37 per cent of eligible voters (666,344 people) turned up at the polling station, well below the 50 per cent threshold needed to make the outcome valid.The question posed to voters at the ballot box was: “Are you in favour of membership in NATO and European Union by accepting the deal between (the) Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Greece?”The opposition said the low turnout proved Macedonians had rejected the proposal to change the country’s constitutional name to ‘North Macedonia’.“It is clear that the agreement with Greece has not received the green light from the people,” main nationalist opposition VMRO-DPMNE party leader Hristiajn Mickoski told journalists.“Macedonia has spoken today. Macedonia said the deal is off. We have seen a deeply unsuccessful referendum.”This came as no surprise, as opponents of the change had urged followers not to vote, rather than vote no. What further complicates the issue is that those who did go to the polls overwhelmingly voted in favour of the proposal, with 94.18 per cent of votes being for and only 5.82 per cent against. The FYROM government is set to use this result as leverage.Despite the low turnout, the country’s moderate prime minister Zoran Zaev has pledged to press on with a parliamentary vote to honour the agreement, signed by himself and his Greek counterapart, Alexis Tsipras. But this is not an easy task.Greek protesters chant slogans against Greece’s name deal with neighboring FYROM, during a rally in the northern city of Thessaloniki, on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. Photo: AP /Giannis PapanikosTHE ROLE OF THE ALBANIAN COMMUNITYFYROM has to amend its constitution in order to change its name. That could only be done with a parliamentary vote. The referendum, as Zaev repeatedly stressed in his statement, was of advisory rather than legally-binding nature. Together with the Albanian parties, the Social Democrats hold 71 out of 120 seats in the parliament. That is nine seats short of the 2/3 majority required to change the constitution.“In the coming week, we will assess if we can secure the necessary majority for the constitutional changes and, if not, we will call an early election,” Defence Minister Radmila Sekerinska told Reuters.“The downside is that the election would postpone adoption of the constitutional changes for 45 to 60 days,” she said.If the snap election scenario becomes a reality, this would mean that the country would go to the polls by towards the end of November. For both the government and the opposition, the task at hand is to lure the votes of the Albanian community, which holds the country’s fate in its hands. Traditionally, FYROM’s Albanian citizens are strongly pro-NATO and EU. Turnout in some majority-Albanian locales, like the villages of Arachinovo and Saraj near the capital Skopje, was well above the national average.It was the Albanian parties’ reluctance to engage with VMRO-DPMNE last year that handed power to Zaev’s Social Democrats. And while VMRO-DPMNE’s electorate appears to be intact, the party will have to win by a very high margin, to form government, something unlikely. What is even less likely is the potential for a coalition government of VMRO-DPNME and an Albanian partner.The opponents of the referendum celebrate the small response of the voters on the referendum on the country’s name change in front of the Parliament building in Skopje. Photo: EPA/VALDRIN XHEMAJSUPPORT FROM THE WESTZaev may struggle to seek political support for the name change within FYROM, but he has the support of the west. European Council President Donald Tusk and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg pointed out that “an overwhelming majority of those voting” supported the agreement. They urged politicians to “seize this historic opportunity” and “decide on the way forward.”From his part, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday also urged politicians to proceed with implementation of the deal through the country’s institutions.“The fact that an overwhelming majority of those voting supported the Prespa agreement is important,” Guterres said in a statement.Veteran UN negotiator Matthew Nimetz, who has been overseeing talks between Athens and Skopje on the name issue for almost 30 years, said the results of the referendum should be discussed again in Parliament.“We must pay special attention to the people who voted and voted ‘yes’. Ninety per cent of the voters voted yes,” he told Greek TV station ANT1.The European Union, NATO, and the United States have all called upon Skopje to move forward with the next steps required to enact the agreement.Zaev has less sympathetic ears in Moscow. The Russian Foreign Ministry meanwhile noted that the low referendum turnout made its outcome null and void, adding that the conclusions of negotiations between Athens and Skopje could end up being discussed at the UN Security Council.FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev adresses the media in front of a polling station after voting in a referendum on the country’s name change, at a polling station in the town of Strumica. Photo: EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKITHE GREEK GOVERNMENT’S REACTIONBack in Athens, the result was met with cautionary reactions, as the deal continues to fuel controversy, notably within the greek government itself.The Greek foreign ministry said it respected the will of the people of the FYROM, making reference to a “contradictory” result in a referendum with only a “consultative” nature, whereas rightwing junior coalition partner Panos Kammenos, the defense minister, said the referendum has a binding effect and its result cancelled the agreement.Although he still props up the mostly radical leftist government, Kammenos and his remaining party deputies oppose any use of the word “Macedonia” for the neighboring country’s name.“A major portion of society in the neighbouring country backed the agreement. However, a significant portion viewed it with skepticism. Greece respects the decisions of the citizens of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,” the ministry announcement read, while adding, in a more internationalist tone, that “a climate of nationalism and suspicion, daily fake news and unbridled fanaticism do not allow, unfortunately, for a sober assessment of the major benefits of this agreement, and impede the necessary mutual understanding of peoples, and the development of the cooperation.”Nevertheless, not everyone in the government was apparently dissatisfied by the result, with one of the two partners in the current “strange bedfellows” coalition breathing a sigh of relief on Sunday evening. The head of the small right-wing party propping up the mostly leftist government.At the same time, Mr Kammenos, took to Twitter to opine that “with this turn out, based on Article 73, 74 of their (fYRoM) constitution, it is invalid, and 68 per cent of citizens (in FYROM) canceled the agreement.”This is not a view espoused by Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, who gave a television interview on Monday to defend the agreement, saying that “the referendum in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is not a legal prerequisite for the name deal signed with Greece in June to go through.”Mr Kotzias was extremely harsh in his critique of FYROM’s President Gjorge Ivanov, the country’s most ardent opponent of the deal.“George Ivanov, that terrible president of the neighbouring country […] said the referendum failed and it’s over,” Kotzias stated.“He was elected president with 520,000 votes – the Yes vote in the referendum was 610,000. So why does the person elected with half a million believe himself legitimate but considers 610,000 votes invalid?”Citizens gather to vote in a referendum on the country’s name change at a polling station in Skopje. Photo:  EPA/NAKE BATEVMr Kotzias also addressed the issue of division within the Greek cabinet. “We are a democratic government with a diversity of opinions,” he said. “Mr Kammenos has a different opinion on the agreement.”“Foreign policy is conducted by the prime minister and the minister of foreign affairs. No one else is responsible.”The Greek FM expressed confidence that the agreement will be ratified in Skopje within the next few months and then put to lawmakers in Greece, “definitely by March”, predicting that it will pass by a comfortable majority “and more”.The Prespes Agreement will be ratified by Greece’s Parliament by more than 151 MPs (out of 300 in the legislature), regardless of what Kammenos and his remaining AN.EL deputies vote.Kammenos and Tsipras have agreed to revisit the issue in March, and possibly even after national elections which he said will take place later than May. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


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first_imgOTTAWA, Ontario — A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country’s capital was shot to death Wednesday, and heavy gunfire then erupted inside Parliament. One gunman was killed, and police said they were hunting for as many as two others.The bloodshed immediately raised the specter of a coordinated terrorist attack, with Canada already on alert because of a deadly hit-and-run earlier in the week against two Canadian soldiers by a man who police say was fired up with radical Muslim fervor.Witnesses said the soldier was gunned down at point-blank range by a man carrying a rifle and dressed all in black, with a scarf over his face. They said the gunman then ran off and entered Parliament, a few hundred yards away, where dozens of shots soon rang out.People fled the complex by scrambling down scaffolding erected for renovations, while others took cover inside as police with rifles and body armor took up positions outside and cordoned off the normally bustling streets around Parliament.Police gave no details on how the gunman died. But on Twitter, Member of Parliament Craig Scott credited Parliament sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers with shooting the attacker just outside the MPs’ caucus rooms.last_img read more


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first_imgA new book, out just in time for this year’s race, documents stories of the Iditarod. Lew Freedman, a former Anchorage Daily News reporter and author of numerous other books on Iditarod legends, gets people who race or love and support the race, to tell their own stories. The book is called Iditarod Adventures, Tales from Mushers Along the Trail. Freedman starts with Martin Buser. He says he’s had a question he’s wanted to ask Buser since 1991.Download Audiolast_img


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first_imgMap of BagerhatA motorcyclist was gunned down by miscreants on Khulna-Mongla highway at Jugidanga in Bagerhat on Friday night, reports UNB.The victim was identified as Hasan Sheikh, 35, son of Jahangir Sheikh of Bagmara village in Rupsa upazila of Khulna district. He used to carry passengers on his bike.Pankaj Chandra Roy, superintendent of Begerhat police, said a businessman, Pradip Saha, owner of ‘M Dewan Store’ of Kalibari area of Khulna city, along with his associate Rafiq came to Bagerhat to collect money of his business establishment riding Hasan’s bike.While they were returning to Khulna around 8:45pm, a gang of miscreants attacked them and opened fire, leaving Hasan dead on the spot and two others injured.The injured were admitted to Khulna Medical College Hospital.Police suspected that miscreants attacked them to snatch money.last_img read more


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first_imgFile PhotoThe United States has termed Bangladesh’s 30 December national election “lopsided” saying that it was marred by reported irregularities, including ballot-box stuffing and intimidation of opposition polling agents and voters.The US Department of State in its latest annual report titled ‘Bangladesh Human Rights Report -2018’ states, “Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Awami League party won a third consecutive five-year term in an improbably lopsided December parliamentary election that was not considered free and fair, and was marred by reported irregularities, including ballot-box stuffing and intimidation of opposition polling agents and voters.”In the report published on Wednesday, the US Department of State also criticised the obstacles opposition political parties faced last year before the parliamentary election.The report also reads, “During the campaign leading up to the election, there were credible reports of harassment, intimidation, arbitrary arrests, and violence that made it difficult for many opposition candidates and their supporters to meet, hold rallies, and campaign freely.”Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League won an incredible 288 seats in the 300-seat parliament in the 30 December, 2018 election, with opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail on charges her opponents say are politically motivated.Photo: US Embassy in Bangladesh On election observers of the 30 December polls, the report states, “International election monitors were not issued accreditation and visas within the timeframe necessary to conduct a credible international monitoring mission, and only seven of the 22 Election Working Group NGOs were approved to conduct domestic election observation.”The US in the report has said unlawful or political killings, forced disappearances, life-threatening prison conditions, freedom of speech limitations, negative government pressure on and fear of reprisal by press and media, and impunity for security force abuses were the most significant human rights problems in Bangladesh last year.”There were reports of widespread impunity for security force abuses last year, while the Bangladesh government took few measures to investigate and prosecute cases of abuse and killing by security forces,” says the report.It also considered a number of rights issues, such as torture, arbitrary detentions, corruption, trafficking, overly restrictive NGO laws, workers’ rights, use of the worst forms of child labour, and violence against LGBTI persons; unlawful interference into privacy, censorship, site blocking, peaceful assembly and freedom of association; criminal libel; restrictions on freedom of movement, political participation, trade unions.The report said the government neither released statistics on total killings by security personnel nor took comprehensive measures to investigate them. In regards to the security forces’ continued abuses with impunity, it identified lengthy trial procedures, retribution, and police having ties to ruling party men who occupy key positions in law and enforcement agencies.“Reluctance to bring charges against police also perpetuated a climate of impunity,” it adds.In terms of freedom of expression, it said the government sometimes failed to respect the right.”There were significant limitations on freedom of speech with self-censorship persisting due to harassment and fear of reprisal,” the report reads.It also said both print and online independent media were active and expressed a wide variety of views; however, media outlets that criticised the government experienced negative government pressure.It adds, “Civil society said political interference influenced the licensing process, since all television channel licenses granted by the government were for stations supporting the ruling party. There were also incidents of journalists coming under attack by ruling party loyalists and intelligence men.”last_img read more


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first_imgElection CommissionSeven candidates from various political parties, vying for the Bogura-6 constituency, received electoral symbols on Tuesday, reports UNB.The by-election is scheduled for June 24.BNP candidate Md Siraj got ‘sheaf of paddy’, Awami League’ SMT Jaman Niketa got ‘boat’, Jatiya Party candidate Nurul Islam Omar got plow, Bangladesh Congress candidate Namsur Rahman got ‘coconut’, Bangladesh Muslim League candidate Mufti Mawlana Rafikul Islam got ‘Hurricane’, individual candidate Syed Kabir Ahmed got ‘truck’ and Md Minhaz got ‘Apple’.The candidates started electioneering right away to make use of the Eid-ul-fitr festival and reach as many people as possible.BNP’s secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had won the seat in the 30 December election but chose not to take oath of office. Subsequently, the parliamentary seat was declared vacant on 30 April.The election commission announced the polls schedule on 8 May.As many as 387,458 voters are expected to exercise their franchise at 141 stations of 11 unions in Sadar upazila. The last date for the withdrawal of candidature is 3 June.last_img read more


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first_imgDraymond Green and the Warriors continued to limp into the All-Star break with a 123-117 loss to the Blazers in Portland last night, but it wasn’t the only L Draymond took on the night.While Green was speaking with the media after the game, Blazers guard – and Ohio State alum – Evan Turner interrupted the Q & A like Pauly Walnuts to collect from Green on a couple of bets the two placed on the Ohio State/Michigan State basketball and football games this year.Green owed Turner $200 since the Buckeyes stomped the Spartans on the football field (48-3) and on the hardwood (80-64). Green settled up on the spot and went back to taking questions. A bet is a bet, even of it’s only a couple hundy between millionaires.Watch Evan Turner do what he’s done best throughout his entire NBA career. Get paid:Evan Turner comes calling for his $100 mid Draymond Green interview after Ohio State’s win over Michigan State and gets his money!! pic.twitter.com/z1qIps4Ma4— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 15, 2018last_img read more


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first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A transgender woman was sexually assaulted while sleeping at a Cleveland, Ohio homeless shelter.What happened?The perpetrator was identified as Paris McCrary, 50, a convicted sex offender. McCrary has been charged with gross sexual imposition, which is a third degree felony. The incident occurred at around 4:30 am on Monday, 21 May at the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s Men’s Shelter. Lutheran Metropolitan is Cleveland’s largest homeless shelter.The unnamed trans woman, age 31, was sleeping at the shelter after being kicked out of the home she was staying at with her ex-girlfriend and daughter.Cleveland sheltersAccording to the woman, who spoke with cleveland.com, she only had two choices of shelters to stay at: this men’s shelter or Norma Herr Women’s Shelter, which allows transgender women.However, Norma Herr Women’s Shelter, though trans-inclusive, has a history of being a poorly-run facility. This facility is the only county-funded homeless shelter for women. Back in March, the Norma Herr shelter switched management from Frontline Services to the Young Women’s Christian Association.The trans woman chose not to stay here because she heard that transgender women were treated cruelly by other women at the shelter.‘Women there are so cruel,’ she said. ‘They treat all transgender people, not with physical attacks, but verbal attacks. That’s why there’s so many transgender people at the [Lutheran Metropolitan] shelter. The men down there are generally more open. But then there’s the chance of physical attacks at that shelter.’The attackThe woman claims she awoke in the shelter to McCrary sexually assaulting her. According to the police report, McCrary was seated on the edge of her bed with his pants around his ankles. He allegedly groped her groin and tried to rip off her fishnet stockings. When she woke up, she scared him away. He grabbed his pants and went back to his bed, where he pretended to be asleep. This is why there are delays protecting trans people in US homeless sheltersThis trans woman is building a shelter for children in MumbaiStatus Quo tour bus finds new life as UK’s first LGBT homeless shelterRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/trans-woman-sexually-assaulted-while-sleeping-at-cleveland-homeless-shelter/center_img After the incident, the woman alerted the shelter staff who called police. Police arrested and questioned McCrary.This incident was scarring to the woman, who is afraid to go back to the shelter. She is currently looking for work and struggling to overcome the memories of the attack. She doesn’t feel the shelter did enough to protect her.‘It was wrong, sick, disgusting,’ she said. ‘It was truly terrifying. Every time I pass a man on the street I’m scared.’The shelter’s responseJessica Starr, a spokesperson for the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s Men’s Shelter, said in a statement that safety is the shelter’s top priority. She claimed that monitors check the dorms every 15 minutes, and that the common areas are also monitored with surveillance cameras.Starr also announced that McCrary was now banned from the shelter.‘[Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry] is disheartened to hear of the allegations and we will continue to show our support for the resident who filed the report,’ Starr’s statement said. ‘Our social services agency is committed to supporting and being responsive to the needs of the LGBTQ community and regularly provide staff training to aid in the safety of our transgender residents.’Who is McCrary?McCrary has numerous felony convictions dating back to 1982. In the 1982 incident, he was convicted of raping and robbing a woman at gunpoint. He has also been convicted of crimes such as drug possession and failing to register as a sex offender.This happens too oftenAccording to the Office for Victims of Crime, 22% of homeless transgender people report being sexually assaulted at shelters. A 2015 survey by Trans Equality found that 47% of trans people report being sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime.This isn’t limited to the United States. Recently, a trans woman in Australia was raped at both male and female prison facilities.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more


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first_imgAAT Kings is giving away gift cards on all bookings on AAT Kings operated Guided Holiday or Inspiring Journeys between now and 28 February 2019. Each booking will earn a $50 Gift Card and, for double rewards, agents can earn a $100 Voucher for bookings made to Tasmania or New Zealand, departing prior March 31, 2019*.*Call your Sales Manager or AAT Kings Reservations for more details and for T&Cs.IMAGE: Best of New Zealand, Tamaki AAT KingsagentsIncentivelast_img