BJP leader Giriraj Singh, who apparently went into a sulk upon being asked to contest from a Lok Sabha seat other than the one he held and fell in line after a meeting with party chief Amit Shah, called on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday evening. He will visit Begusarai on Friday where he will take on former JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar. The meeting with Mr. Kumar, of whom he had been a fierce critic since the days he served as a Minister in the State Cabinet, assumed significance as return of the Chief Minister’s JD(U) to the BJP-led coalition had led to circumstances which made Mr. Singh forgo his Nawada seat. The JD(U), which is contesting on 17 seats, the same number as the BJP, had insisted on having the Munger seat from where it is fielding Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan a close aide of Mr. Kumar, who had won the seat in 2009 and was the runner-up five years later. Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP, which held Munger, agreed to give up the seat in exchange for Nawada. Mafia don-turned-politician Suraj Bhan Singhs wife was the MP from Munger and the party has now fielded his brother from Nawada. Mr. Singh was given Begusarai which has a large population of Bhumihars, the community to which he belongs. He also wanted to contest the seat in 2014 but moved to Nawada upon the party’s direction and achieved victory in his first Lok Sabha election. Begusarai fell vacant a few months ago following the death of the incumbent Bhola Singh. However, Giriraj Singh felt slighted as he happened to be the only BJP Union Minister from Bihar, who has been made to give up his sitting seat. Others Ashwini Kumar Choubey, R.K. Singh and Radha Mohan Singh are seeking re-election from their respective seats.Crucial supportThe JD(U)s support would be crucial for Mr. Singh in Begusarai as the party had won the seat in 2004 and 2009. The CPI, which had finished third in 2014 and yet managed to secure close to two lakh votes, has this time fielded Kanhaiya Kumar who belongs to the same caste as Mr. Singh.
Former captain Ravi Shastri will continue in his role as India’s team director until next year’s World Twenty20 at home, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Sunday.The 53-year-old Shastri will continue to be supported by assistant coaches Sanjay Bangar (batting), Bharat Arun (bowling) and Ramakrishnan Sridhar (fielding), whose tenures have also been extended until the March 11-April 3 tournament.India have been without a head coach since Duncan Fletcher left in March when his term came to an end after India’s semifinal defeat at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.The BCCI had named former batting greats Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman to a cricket advisory committee, which advised the board to extend Shastri’s tenure.”Based on the recommendations of the Cricket Advisory Committee, the BCCI has extended the appointment of Mr Ravi Shastri as the Team director of the Indian Cricket Team till the ICC World T20 2016,” the board said in a statement.India recently recorded their first Test series win in Sri Lanka since 1993 under new captain Virat Kohli and will welcome South Africa next month for a series comprising four Tests, three T20 matches and a five-game ODI series.
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No data available! graphs scorecard advertisement Virat Kohli elated after RCB win again: Losing six in a row really hurt usRoyal Challengers Bangalore registered their third successive win this season to keep their campaign alive in IPL 2019 and moved up to seventh place in the points table. view more view less commentary India Today Web Desk BengaluruApril 25, 2019UPDATED: April 25, 2019 08:17 IST IPL 2019: Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers live to fight another day after a thrilling win over Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRoyal Challengers Bangalore beat Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs on WednesdayRCB climbed to the 7th spot on the points table after the thrilling winRCB need to win all their remaining three games to be in contention for playoffsRoyal Challengers Bangalore live to fight another day as they beat Kings XI Punjab in yet another close match at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday to move up to seventh place in the table. The win also kept their campaign alive in the tournament.Defending 202 on a good batting wicket, the Royal Challengers rode on some superb death-over bowling by Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini to restrict Kings XI to 185 for 7 in 20 overs. The win was Bangalore’s third in succession and the second against Punjab this season. IPL 2019, RCB vs KXIP – Match Report | HighlightsFor the first time this season, Bangalore moved up a position in the points table and the relief was written large on captain Virat Kohli’s face when he came for the post-match presentation ceremony.”Yeah, we’ve won four of the five. Could have been five out of five. We were just looking to enjoy the cricket and tonight was a great example of having fun. The game changing partnership was Marcus (Stoinis) and AB (de Villiers). They brought us to 200 which looked highly unlikely. We thought 175 would have been good.”The only focus was to play well as a team. Losing six in a row really hurt us. Literally no one in the team has been part of such a streak. So we just refreshed, thought about just enjoying ourselves and the important thing now is not to take on any pressure. We know how we play. The world knows how we play. Moeen (Ali) and Washi (Washington Sundar) bowled really well and having six-seven bowling options really help. Also Marcus as the all-rounder gives a lot of flexibility,” Kohli said.advertisementAB de Villiers’ unbeaten 82 off 44 balls and Marcus Stoinis’s unbeaten 46 off 34 balls took RCB to a challenging 202 for 4 and things could have gone awry with young Nicholas Pooran (46 off 28 balls) hitting five sixes at the rear before Saini sealed it in the 19th over.Needing 30 off the last two overs, Saini (2 for 33), who is one of India’s fastest bowlers, produced a hostile over in which he removed the dangerous David Miller (24) and Pooran but more importantly gave away only three runs.Saini bowled fast and into the body of the batsmen, who couldn’t really get going and his aggression became the defining factor in the end.Defending 27 runs off the final over, Umesh Yadav (3 for 33) was better than the other night against CSK as he got a couple of wickets. He removed R Ashwin and Hardus Viljoen off successive deliveries after getting hit for a six off the first ball to seal the deal in Bangalore’s favour.With four wins in the last five games, RCB will hope to win the remaining three and expect a few favourable results to make it to the play-offs as rank outsiders.Also Read | AB de Villiers in splits as umpire loses match ballAlso Read | I don’t play, players responsible for DC turnaround, says Sourav GangulyAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow IPL 2019Follow Virat KohliFollow AB de VilliersFollow Nicholas PooranFollow IPL 2019 points table
New Delhi: The Centre has removed the VIP security cover of several politicians and lawmakers, including RJD boss Lalu Prasad and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, while it has scaled down the protection category of many others after reviewing over 130 cases, official sources said Tuesday. This is the first full-scale review of VIP protectees by the Union home ministry after the Modi 2.0 government took charge. Sources said the top level ‘Z+’ category NSG cover of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, ‘Z’ cover of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, BJP MP and former minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy, former BJP members Kirti Azad and Shatrughan Sinha, newly- appointed Himachal Pradesh Governor Kalraj Mishra, former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, two granddaughters and a grandson of former President Pranab Mukherjee, daughter and grandson of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been taken off from the central list or has been removed. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’These VIPs were being secured by the armed commandos of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) like the CRPF, CISF, the elite counter-terror force NSG and the Delhi Police. Others whose security has been withdrawn include minister in Uttar Pradesh government Suresh Rana, Member of Parliament from Bihar’s Vaishali seat Veena Devi, ex-MP from the state Uday Singh, Uttar Pradesh minister Brajesh Pathak, BJP politician Anupam Hazra, ISRO Chairman K Sivan, former scientific adviser R Chidambaram and Congress leader Deependra Hooda. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KBJP Rajya Sabha MP O P Mathur; Achrya Pramod Krishnam, who unsuccessfully contested from the Lucknow parliamentary seat on a Congress ticket; RSS leader Indresh Kumar; former BJP MP Udit Raj; and sitting BJP MP from Etawah Ram Shankar Katheria have also been taken off from the protection list of central security forces. The cover of Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma, Congress leader Avtar Singh Bhadana, Punjab minister Rana Gurmit Sodhi, ex-Bihar MP Sabir Ali, Congress MP from Punjab, Pratap Singh Bajwa, VC of Manipur University Adya Prasad Pandey, space scientist T K Alex and few others have also been taken off the central list, according to latest orders issued by the Union home ministry. Separately, the security provided by the CAPF commandos to BSP MP Satish Chandra Mishra, former Jharkhand CM Babulal Marandi, BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Som, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s MP son Chirag Paswan, ex-MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav and former CRPF Directors General (DG) K Vijay Kumar and Prakash Mishra has been scaled down. The security categorisation of Abhijeet Mukherjee, MP son of ex-President Pranab Mukherjee, Congress leader Anand Sharma, Raj Babbar, Digvijay Singh, A K Antony, Manish Tewari, Loktantrik Janata Dal Party leader Sharad Yadav, CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury, former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s foster daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya and former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has also been downgraded. Former Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu, ex-Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia, NIA Inspector General G P Singh, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath and Additional Sessions Judge in Delhi O P Saini are among others whose security categorisation has been downgraded under different heads. Some of those who have been removed from the central list will be taken care off by the police units of various state governments, they said. The home Ministry on Monday went through the threat perception reports of over 130 VIPs which were prepared by central security agencies after which the categories were either removed or reviewed, they said.
Matt Thordarson APTN National NewsDave Wheeler, a Winnipeg radio host was suspended this week over videos he shared online.People reacted online calling them sexist and racist.Others were quick to come to his defense with some angry responses on social media.
6 August 2010The actress and humanitarian activist Mia Farrow is set to give evidence on Monday about blood diamonds that are the current focus of testimony at the ongoing trial of the former Liberian president Charles Taylor at a United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal. Judges at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) will hear from Ms. Farrow and the agent Carole White following evidence given yesterday by the high-profile British model Naomi Campbell.Ms. Campbell told the SCSL, which is sitting in The Hague in the Netherlands for the trial of Mr. Taylor, that she was given a pouch of “very small, dirty-looking stones” by two unidentified men while staying at the home of the former South African president Nelson Mandela in 1997.Mr. Taylor, who is on trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, has long been accused of using blood diamonds to fuel conflict in Sierra Leone while he served as leader of neighbouring Liberia.A blood diamond is a diamond that is mined in a war zone and then sold to finance the activities of an army, insurgency or warlord, and they have been a feature of many African conflicts in the past two decades.But Mr. Taylor denies the blood diamond allegations and has pleaded not guilty before the SCSL to 11 charges, including pillage, slavery for forced marriage purposes, collective punishment and the recruitment and use of child soldiers. The charges relate to his alleged support for two rebel groups in Sierra Leone – the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council and the Revolutionary United Front.Ms. Campbell said yesterday that the men did not introduce themselves when they gave her the pouch while she was trying to sleep at the presidential home following a dinner party held by Mr. Mandela.Discussing the matter the next morning at breakfast with Ms. Farrow and Ms. White, Ms. Campbell said she was told the stones were likely to be diamonds and from Mr. Taylor, another guest at the dinner party.The model said she later gave the stones to a representative of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund because she wanted them to go to charity. She said she was unaware of Mr. Taylor before the dinner party or the term ‘blood diamond.’The SCSL was set up jointly by the Sierra Leonean Government and the UN in 2002 and is headquartered in Freetown, the capital. It is mandated to try those who bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law and national law committed on Sierra Leonean territory since the end of November 1996.
31 August 2010The Security Council has strongly condemned the attack against the presidential palace in the Somali capital that has killed four Ugandan peacekeepers serving with the African Union mission in the war-torn Horn of Africa country. Mortar fire struck the palace in Mogadishu yesterday as Islamist militants continue to wage war against the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), which is backed by the AU force known as AMISOM.In a statement to the press issued late today, Council members condemned all acts of violence and any incitement to violence against civilians, the AU mission or the TFG, and offered their condolences to the families of those killed.The 15-member panel also “condemned the recent increased fighting in Somalia, reiterated their full support for the Transitional Federal Government, its efforts to achieve peace, security and reconciliation through the Djibouti Peace Process, and for the work of AMISOM.”In addition, Council members voiced appreciation to Uganda and Burundi for their commitment of troops to AMISOM.
Timor-Leste will need continued international assistance after the United Nations pulls out next year, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report released today.Although “the country has made remarkable progress…international assistance will continue to be indispensable,” Mr. Annan says in the report to the Security Council on the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET).Timor-Leste gained independence in May 2002; the mandate for UNMISET expires in May of 2004.Mr. Annan specified that the newly independent country was liable to need “further guidance and advice in the areas of civil administration, justice and policing as well as in such areas as human rights training.””It is likely the new country’s capacity to ensure security in the border areas will not have reached an optimal level, and that the serious crimes process will not be complete,” he said.”In this context, it is timely that the international community take stock of what has been achieved, renew its determination to advance as far as possible during the remaining months of UNMISET’s mandate and begin considering the best means through which the country’s needs can be met after its withdrawal.”
by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 4, 2013 9:49 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario consumers face higher eco fees for big televisions, new phones TORONTO – Higher eco fees going into effect in Ontario next month are nothing more than a government tax grab and will send many consumers to the United States looking for bargains, Opposition Leader Tim Hudak said Thursday.The Ontario Electronic Stewardship posted plans on its website to increase eco fees on TV’s over 29 inches to $39.50 from $27.60 — and to lower fees on a home theatre in a box to $7.10 from $7.80 — but the agency made little effort to inform the public.“Clearly this is another Liberal tax grab that has no grounding in reality,” said Hudak.“Any time taxes go up it’s going to cause people to look to purchase elsewhere. You’ll see folks looking to go across the border.”The government maintains the eco fees are not taxes because they are administered by industry-led stewardship agencies, and the revenue does not go to the province.No one buys that argument, said Hudak.“When they hear that the industry is doing it and the Liberals are hands off on these eco taxes, they’re rightly calling out bull on that one,” he said.“The Liberal approach under (former premier) Dalton McGuinty and now Kathleen Wynne is just a tax grab for an expensive bureaucracy.”The New Democrats said Ontario’s system of eco fees is broken and accused the Liberal government of mishandling the issue.“Instead of taking responsibility for it, they’ve off-loaded responsibility to industry-led organizations and we need proper government oversight that can set enforceable targets and hold producers responsible,” said NDP environment critic Jonah Schein.Starting on May 1, eco fees for desktop and portable computers will drop slightly to $3 and $1.50 respectively, while fees for new telephones and answering machines will jump from $1 to $1.50. Eco fees will also increase on cameras, DVD and Blu-ray players, video and audio recorders and after-market car stereos.The biggest eco fee drop will be for large floor-standing printers and copiers, those used mainly by big companies, which falls from $341.20 to $173.75. Last year, that fee was just $32.50.It’s not the first time the eco fees have been increased without public notification, and the fees for many electronics were adjusted just three months ago.Last week, eco fees for tires used on some farm equipment jumped substantially when off-road tires moved from a flat fee of $15.29 each to a weight-based scale of fees, prompting a backlash in the agricultural community.The new fees range up to $352.80 for tires weighing between 826 and 1,543 pounds. The next larger group (up to 2,645 pounds) would see a tire fee of up to $546.84, and giant industrial tires would each command a fee of $1,311.Premier Kathleen Wynne said the reality is the province must find ways to pay for keeping tires, electronics and other waste out of landfills, but admitted Thursday that the off-road tire fees would have to come down for farmers.“The Ontario Federation of Agriculture is meeting with the Ontario Tire Stewardship and there is a conversation about mitigating those costs for the agriculture community,” said Wynne.“It is something that we were aware of, and those conversations are happening now.”The Progressive Conservatives complained Ontario charges $1,646 for one tire for a Deere 9770 combine, compared with $210 in British Columbia, $90 in Saskatchewan, $54 in Newfoundland, $24 in Manitoba and Prince Edward Island and zero in other provinces.“Having tire disposal rates for a combine tire that are almost eight times more than the next most expensive province is a blatant example of mismanagement at Ontario Tire Stewardship,” said Conservative environment critic Toby Barrett.The Liberals were forced to back down in the face of public anger and withdraw thousands of eco fees that had been slapped on household goods like laundry detergent July 1, 2010 — again with no public notice.The household eco fees of up to $6.66 per item were cancelled three weeks later, but consumers shouldn’t expect the fees for electronics and tires to be eliminated.“The reality is that we need to find ways to deal with waste matter, and that comes with a cost,” said Wynne.
Bucks avert kickoff returns after 88-yard break away Tressel did what he does best after giving up an early touchdown; he played conservatively. Tressel brought in Barclay for the kick off and had him drop it at the 25-yard line, which he did consistently for the rest of the first half. “A kicker has to be able to do anything, and certainly enough we had to be ready for the pooch plays,” Barclay said. “For the most part we did well on the pooches.” Barclay opened the second half with a kick to the 10-yard line, which Miami returned to the 20, but quickly returned to conservative play for the rest of the game. Special teams proved to be an important aspect for both teams in Saturday’s matchup between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 13 Miami (Fla.). With an 88-yard kickoff return and a 79-yard punt return, the Hurricanes put 14 points on the board and embarrassment on the faces of the OSU coverage unit. “Are we concerned? Of course,” said coach Jim Tressel of the special teams performance. In fact, in OSU’s records, which date back to 1936, Saturday’s game marked the first time the Buckeye’s had ever given up a kick off return and punt return for touchdown. But that wasn’t enough to spur Miami to victory; OSU came out on top 36-24. “You don’t give up two long returns like that and usually survive,” Tressel said. “Our guys stepped up and overcame that.” The Buckeyes’ special teams unit came through as well, with both Jordan Hall and Jaamal Berry having long returns. Hall had a 47-yard return, while Berry had two long runs of 42 and 45 yards. “When we were in the huddle we were like ‘Man, they just broke one, now we’ve got to break one,’” Berry said. “We just made it happen.” Nathan Williams returns to play with a bang Defensive end Nathan Williams missed the season-opener against Marshall last week due to a knee-injury, but after coming into the game halfway through the first quarter, he already had an interception to add to his rap sheet. “It felt great, I was just anxious to get out there again,” Williams said. “Sitting out for three weeks was brutal.” Williams, a junior, grabbed Jacory Harris’ pass and returned a few yards to the Miami seven-yard line, setting up a scoring drive that ended with a field goal by Devin Barclay. “I just wanted to execute the plays and do what the defensive game plan wanted me to do,” he said. Interceptions key in takedown of Miami The Buckeye defense snatched four interceptions against Miami’s Harris, all of which led to scoring drives. After Williams’ grab in the first quarter, cornerback Chimdi Chekwa got two of his own in the second quarter, setting up a touchdown and then a field goal for the last play of the first half, putting the score at 26-17 Buckeyes. “We knew coming into the game that we were going to have to affect (Harris) to win this game,” said senior captain Ross Homan. “I think we did a good job with the D-line … we forced them into some bad situations.” Quarterback Terrelle Pryor and his receiving corps allowed for no interceptions against the Buckeyes. “When you can create four takeaways you’re going to have a chance,” Tressel said. “And when you have zero giveaways, you’re going to have a real good chance.” Early in the third quarter, senior captain offensive lineman Cameron Heyward took his stab at the Hurricanes returning an interception 80 yards to the Miami 15, setting up for a Dan “Boom” Herron touchdown. “I thought I had a chance, but you never know,” Heyward said of his reaction to seeing an open field in front of him. “I had some great blocks. I was just happy that I was in the right spot at the right time.” Ground game goes unnoticed Few of OSU’s big gains came on the run against Miami. Senior Brandon Saine had a net gain of only seven yards, while Herron had 66 yards over 14 carries. Both were out-run by quarterback Terrelle Pryor who had a total of 113 rushing yards. “They were definitely keeping a lot of guys in the box,” Herron said. “So it was kind of hard for us to get our running game going at first.” Barclay ties school record with five field goals Failure to convert in the red zone gave Barclay plenty of opportunity to put points on the board, going 5-for-5 in field goals until early in the fourth quarter when he missed a 32-yard attempt. His five field goals tie an Ohio State record with Mike Nugent, Josh Huston and Bob Atha. “It’s certainly something to be proud of,” Barclay said. “But if we would have lost, (tying) a school record wouldn’t have meant anything to me.” Barclay’s longest field goal against Miami was 41 yards.
Western Australia Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston this week launched Australia’s first code of practice to help promote and maintain mentally healthy workplaces for FIFO workers in the resources and construction sectors. Developed following extensive public consultation, the ‘Mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in fly-out workers in the resources and construction sectors’ code aims to address hazards and risk factors in FIFO workplaces.Parts of the code encourage organisations to adopt a risk management process to identify potential psychosocial hazards, establish a positive and supportive workplace culture, provide suitable accommodation and rosters with sufficient time for rest and recreation. The code was created following recommendations from a Legislative Assembly Committee report on the impact of FIFO practices on workers’ mental health. Government-funded research, released by the Minister for Mental Health last year, found FIFO workers experience higher levels of psychological distress than non-FIFO workers. To view the code, visit www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Safety/Codes-of-practice-16145.aspxJohnston stated: “The McGowan Government is committed to driving change in mental health and improving the wellbeing of FIFO workers and their families. The code identifies a number of potential hazards and risk factors, such as work demands and low levels of control, and it promotes strategies to deal with these issues. A positive, mentally healthy workplace not only benefits employees but also enhances an organisation’s reputation for supporting and respecting its workforce. I’d like to thank all the workers, family members, industry, professional bodies, unions, academia, consultants and local government for their feedback during consultation. It’s especially pleasing the Mining Industry Advisory Committee and Commission for Occupational Safety and Health unanimously endorsed the code.”
If you can even understand any of the above questions, you are giving away far too much of your most precious resource – time – to a square box in the corner of your living room that will give you nothing back in return. If you are in denial at this juncture because you don’t watch these programmes, then ask yourself if you still knew the answers.If you did, chances are you’ve been reading trashy magazines. Shame on you. Or worse still, found yourself discussing a TV show you haven’t even seen with another human being! You what? This is some of the lowest-grade chat that exists and must be stamped out.Televisions are time thievesFor those of you who are feeling completely lost reading this section of the book and haven’t a clue about the answers to any of the questions above, you can give yourselves a pat on the back and skip this section. Anyone who could answer all three questions with confidence is giving away up to one full day a week to the principal time thief.And I bet you find yourself saying ‘I don’t have time’ all the time. The point of this rant is this: we will always find time to watch telly. No matter how busy we are, or how much we have going on, how stressed we feel, how urgent the project is or how long we have delayed it, we will still find time to watch telly and we are all in a state of permanent denial about it.Anyone who doesn’t watch any telly at all would almost certainly have no reason to read my book because I guarantee that they have got their shit together.Just think about what you could be doingJust think how many ‘shelves’ we could get nailed during just one weekend’s X Factor/Strictly session. Anyone who says they don’t have time to exercise, I challenge you to ask yourself whether you were planning to sit down at any stage this evening to watch television. If the answer is yes, then bingo: that is your exercise time.It all boils down to the simple fact that there is always time to do the things we choose to do. Always. At the time of writing, The X Factor is on for about five hours every weekend. And yes, I have been watching it. And yes, I hate myself for it.(Via little, brown Book Group)Ruth Field aka The Grit Doctor is a criminal barrister and bestselling author of ’Run Fat Bitch Run’. Her new book,’Get Your Shit Together‘ is published by little, brown Book Group and is out now.9 things you always leave until the last minute>7 things you’ll DEFINITELY do instead of revising for exams>Column: Stop putting things off: 7 tips to avoid procrastination> Ruth Field aka The Grit Doctor had great success with her previous book, Run Fat Bitch Run. Her latest book, Get your Sh!t together, is giving advice on how to figure out what you want from life and ultimately how to get more done in less time. In this extract from her book she talks about how the TV has made us all procrastinators. She writes:TWO OF OUR biggest enemies, the two weapons of mass destruction in the war against shit togetherness, are telly and hand-held devices. Your television set, or two, are your primary time thieves. Television is the arch-enemy of GYST (Get your Sh!t together). Whenever you hear yourself thinking (because of course you will never be heard to utter these words again), ‘I don’t have time’, ask yourself immediately the following questions: 1. Who do I want to win Strictly?2. Who is my favourite judge on The X Factor and which contestant would I most like to see suffering a nervous breakdown on stage?3. Could Mr Bates, in fact, be a baddie?
On his trip Down Under this month, Professor Costas Lapavitsas will be making the rounds, with a second lecture announced, this time on the subject of ‘Restoring Sovereignty to Greece’. Organised by the Greek Community of Melbourne, the talks will see the well-known academic and professor of Economics explore why, after eight years of profound crisis and six years of bailout policies, Greece continues to find itself in a terrible state. The country’s economy has shrunk dramatically, society has been badly hurt and the state has lost a range of capabilities and is in a severely weak geopolitical position.Professor Lapavitsas will explore these matters in detail, concluding with his thoughts on why a fresh path is necessary, including the need to strengthen popular sovereignty domestically and restoring national sovereignty in Europe.A lecturer of economics at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) since 1990, as of 2010 his interests have honed in on the eurozone crisis. In the last five years his work has had a considerable impact on the European debate and policy making, and last year he was elected as a Member of Parliament. In addition to his lecture on ‘Restoring Sovereignty to Greece’, Professor Lapavitsas will be presenting a public seminar in English on ‘The Eurozone Crisis and the Greek Disaster’ on Wednesday 13 April at La Trobe University. ‘Restoring Sovereignty to Greece’, to be presented in Greek, will take place on Friday 15 April at the Ithacan Philanthropic Society (Level 2, 329 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, VIC) at 7.00 pm. Attendance is free of charge. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
SALEM, Ore. — A group testing West Coast waters for radiation from a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant says no evidence of contamination has been found in the Northwest.The Statesman Journal reports Monday (http://stjr.nl/1pAQGw7) massive amounts of contaminated water were released from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Scientists say the radiation will hit the U.S. this year at very low levels that won’t harm humans or the environment. But no federal agency is monitoring it.That’s where a chemical oceanographer at the Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution stepped in. Using crowd-sourced money and volunteers, Ken Buesseler has been testing samples from the Bering Strait to San Diego. So far none of the samples sent in have traces of radiation from Japan. The samples do show background radiation from nuclear testing of the 1950s and 1960s.The samples from Oregon were taken in Pacific City by the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership.
In contrast to the budget maneuver employed by its House counterpart, the Senate Armed Services Committee does not rely on DOD’s wartime account to sidestep the statutory spending caps and bolster the Pentagon’s base budget, under the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill the panel approved Thursday.After the committee finished marking up its annual defense policy bill in closed session, Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) told reporters he planned to seek additional funding when the measure goes to the Senate floor, reported Defense News.“We went to the president’s mark, and then we will be looking to increase funding for much-needed programs on the floor,” McCain said.The committee adhered to the Obama administration’s request and shifted only $5 billion from the overseas contingency operations (OCO) account, which is not subject to the Budget Control Act limits. The House Armed Services dedicated an additional $18 billion from the uncapped account to base budget needs in an effort to restore shortfalls in military readiness.The Senate version, however, would authorize an increase of $2 billion for additional training, depot maintenance and weapons sustainment.“While the committee believes this is a positive step in the right direction, these additions were not enough to address the nearly $23 billion in unfunded requirements identified by the military services, almost $7 billion of which alone were considered readiness-related,” according to a committee summary of the measure.“Artificial budget constraints … have limited the committee’s ability to authorize a strategy-based level of defense funding demanded by the threats facing the nation and the ever-growing demands they impose on our military service members,” the committee said.The Pentagon and White House have criticized the budget maneuver employed by House Armed Services, saying it would shortchange overseas operations and force the next administration to request supplemental war funding before it runs out at the end of April.The conflicting approaches to funding the Pentagon adopted by the two panels could be difficult to resolve and likely set up a contentious budget battle at the end of the year.“This is a hard thing to resolve,” Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Defense News. “We have a significant disagreement, and looking at the legislative calendar, there will not be that much time to resolve it.” Dan Cohen AUTHOR