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first_imgAndre Russell smashed an unbeaten 80 off 40 balls, Shubman Gill hit 76 and Chris Lynn slammed 54 as Kolkata Knight Riders posted the season’s highest score (232 for 2) and then defeated Mumbai Indians by 34 runs at the Eden Gardens on Sunday to stay in the hunt for a playoffs berth in the 2019 Indian Premier League.Mumbai Indians needed 233 – the highest successful run chase in IPL history to book a playoffs berth. After Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard flopped, Hardik Pandya kept MI in the game.Hardik smashed a 17-ball 50 and went on to clobber 91 off 34 balls but his dismissal in the 18th over meant it was endgame for Mumbai Indians.Andre Russell has been in fiery form in the 2019 IPL but he was far from happy with his batting position. He felt he was walking in far too low down the order and publically expressed his desire to bat at No.4 before questioning KKR’s decision-making after 6 defeats in a row.On Sunday, the Knight Riders had everything to play for at home. The team management had also been criticised for their poor use of Shubman Gill. A top-order batsman, many felt Gill was being wasted at No.7. Up against Mumbai Indians, Gill opened with Chris Lynn after Rohit Sharma won the toss and asked the hosts to bat.Lynn and Gill set the tone for KKR. Eden Gardens had come alive after getting used to seeing their team whipped. The Kolkata openers were unstoppable. Both men were fearless in their approach. Chris Lynn has done this several times in the past for Kolkata Knight Riders and he had an up and coming partner at the other end matching him shot for shot.advertisementChris Lynn fell to Rahul Chahar for a 29-ball 54 after Evin Lewis completed a good catch. Andre Russell was finally sent up the order and he showed exactly why he was itching to come up the order. He has maintained a strike rate of over 200 in the tournament and has hit the most sixes this season.No surprises then that Andre Russell grabbed his chances with both hands.Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill had added 96 for the opening wicket off 9.3 overs. Gill and Andre Russell would go on to add 62 in less than 6 overs. It was batting of the highest order but completely contrasting styles.While Shubman Gill played an array of elegant shots, pierced the gaps and mesmerised the opposition with proper textbook cricketing shots, Russell brutalised the ball and put fear deep into the hearts of the Mumbai Indians bowling attack.Gill hit 6 fours and 4 sixes in a 45-ball 76 and fell within touching distance of a historic hundred – he really was looking good to become the youngest centurion in IPL history. But Gill was taken at deep midwicket off Krunal Pandya and that set the stage for Andre Russell’s fireworks.Dinesh Karthik had hit an unbeaten 97, KKR’s highest individual score since Brendon McCullum’s 158 not out on the opening night of the IPL 11 years ago, was a mere spectator as DreRuss took over. KKR scored 74 runs in 4.4 overs after Shubman Gill’s exit – Karthik faced just 7 balls and remained unbeaten on 15 as Andre Russell took the MI bowlers to the cleaners.Andre Russell was determined to finish on a high and he was not going to back down even if it was Lasith Malinga, one of the best limited-overs bowlers in history. Russell smashed a six off the first ball and creamed a boundary through deep extra cover off the next over before under-edging the third ball to the fence.Russell did not run an easy single off the fourth ball and faced a dot ball before smashing another six as KKR posted the season’s best. He was pumped after destroying the Mumbai Indians attack – Andre Russell had proven a point.The jinx has been broken, our #Knights win a thriller against Mumbai Indians. #KKRvMI #VIVOIPL #IPL #KKRHaiTaiyaar pic.twitter.com/3V4fO4gf96KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 2019Mumbai Indians had no choice but to come out all guns blazing. Rohit Sharma collected 2 boundaries off Sandeep Warrier in the first over but the wily Sunil Narine snared his opening partner Quinton de Kock in the second over.The onus was on Rohit Sharma but he was trapped lbw by Harry Gurney, the MI fight was all but over. It was that kind of an over – they needed a special from Rohit Sharma to even try and challenge KKR on Sunday.As if Andre Russell wasn’t happy enough with his fireworks with the bat, he had Evin Lewis caught by Dinesh Karthik with his first ball and Mumbai Indians could never recover from those losses.advertisementSuryakyumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard knew the task was almost impossible and they showed no intent. In his second over, Russell struck again and removed Suryakumar Yadav.Hardik Pandya fought hard for Mumbai Indians and even gave them a glimmer of hope with a flurry of sixes. He raced away to the fastest 50 off 17 balls to hit the fastest half-century of the 2019 Indian Premier League. But given the kind of target MI were chasing, Hadik needed more support from the other end.Even as Hardik Pandya went great guns, Kieron Pollard fell to Sunil Narine in his third over for 20 off 21. Krunal Pandya walked in to join his brother in the middle with the climbing rate climbing up sharply.Hardik Pandya’s blistering knock kept MI alive in a steep chase. Only twice had teams chased down higher scores in T20 cricket: 245 for 5 by Australia vs New Zealand (February 2018) and 236 for 6 by West Indies vs South Africa (January 205). But Hardik believes he is capable of doing anything on a cricket field and his never-say-die spirit meant the KKR camp was now getting a little nervous.There was some outrageous strokeplay. Some of the shots would have made Andre Russell and Chris Gayle proud. KKR had lost 6 matches in a row before Sunday and had failed to defend 175 against Rajasthan Royals only 3 nights ago.Mumbai Indians needed 59 runs off the last 3 overs and Hardik Pandya was batting on 81 not out off 30 balls and KKR had every reason to feel nervous in front of their home crowd. And when Hardik hit Harry Gurney for a 6 and 4 to move into the 90s, one could hear a pin drop at the Eden Gardens. But in the same over, Hardik Pandya skied a Gurney delivery and it was that man again – Andre Russell who completed the catch to send the Kolkata crowd into a frenzy.Hardik Pandya fell for 91 off 34. He came within touching distance of the 2nd fastest IPL hundred but more importantly, he almost pulled off the highest successful run chase in IPL history. Hardik Pandya came close but at the end of the night, Kolkata Knight Riders triumphed thanks to Andre Russel’s 3-dimensional skills.Also Read | Rohit Sharma fumes after cheap dismissal against Kolkata Knight RidersAlso Read | Delhi Capitals beat RCB to reach IPL playoffslast_img read more

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LITTER DASH COLLECTS NEARLY TWO TONS OF TRASH

first_imgThe results of Sioux City’s second annual Litter Dash cleanup event have been announced.Melissa Campbell of the city’s Environmental Services Department says over 1100 volunteers took part on April 26th:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/LITTER4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..happy to see that. :21That amounts to 3,860 pounds of trash removed from the city’s streets.The Team Spirit Award went to the Sgt. Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center.They’ll be awarded $100 in Downtown Bucks courtesy of Rhonda Capron and Downtown Partners.last_img read more

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22 days agoJuan Mata adamant trophies not far away for Man Utd

first_imgJuan Mata adamant trophies not far away for Man Utdby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuan Mata says it won’t be long until Manchester United win trophies again. The Premier League’s leading title winners went trophy-less last season.”I think when the club and the manager said we would take time we believe it’s not going to be too long,” said Mata before Thursday’s Europa League clash with AZ Alkmaar.”I think this club is always winning and he has won here a lot as a player. I have won a few things here and in my mind is to win something really important with United. “I believe we can do it, we know other teams are playing very good football and now in the last part of my career my biggest thing is to win.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Most Canadians dont agree with Berniers billboard message expert

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The head of the People’s Party of Canada is blaming the “leftist mob” for the removal of some controversial billboards featuring his photo. But one expert says there’s a simpler reason – most Canadians just don’t agree with what the billboards said.The billboards, featuring Maxime Bernier’s photo and the words “Say NO to mass immigration” prompted controversy when they popped up in Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax, and Regina last week. The ads were paid for by True North Strong and Free Advertising Corp., a registered third party, but pulled by the company that runs billboard advertising after only a few days.That’s because the message  doesn’t accurately reflect what’s happening in Canada these days, according to political sociologist Howard Ramos at Dalhousie University.“If you look at the success of Canada amongst the G7, largely its success is because we’ve been open to the world, not closed to it,” he says. “An anti-immigration approach is not one that flies well in Canada, where the super-majority of people are very open to immigration.”RELATED: ‘Say NO to mass immigration’ ads pulled, Bernier blames ‘leftist mob’With roughly 350,000 people moving to Canada every year, most provinces enjoy an economic boost from the new additions, Ramos says, especially in the Maritimes.He worries we’re giving too much attention to an anti-immigration position that, in Canada, is firmly on the fringe.“If you look at the support for Bernier’s party, it’s sitting somewhere around 4 per cent. The amount of attention the ad is getting is giving huge exposure to the party, probably exposure that it’s not really deserving.”Pattison Outdoor Advertising initially said it wouldn’t remove the billboards, but less than 12 hours later company president Randy Otto reversed course, saying it was never the intention to offend or alienate the public.last_img read more

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New estimates shed light on 25 million in India living with HIV

6 July 2007New more accurate 2006 estimates indicate that HIV affects approximately 2.5 million people in India, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said today, hailing progress in dealing with the epidemic while warning against complacency. New more accurate 2006 estimates indicate that HIV affects approximately 2.5 million people in India, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said today, hailing progress in dealing with the epidemic while warning against complacency.“The HIV burden remains substantial. India’s efforts, especially those in prevention, are noteworthy and should be further scaled up along with provision of universal access to treatment for those who need it,” said Dr. Salim Habayeb of the World Health Organization (WHO), a UNAIDS partner.The Indian Government, with the support of UNAIDS and WHO, released the new estimates based on an expanded surveillance system and a revised and enhanced methodology enacted. In recent years, the Indian Government has increased population groups studied to realize improvements in accuracy creating 400 new sentinel surveillance sites in 2006 and facilitating National Family Health Survey-3, a population based survey.Despite new results that show a marginal decline in 2006, many speak against an easing of momentum in response to data findings in fear of downward revision. Sujatha Rao, the Additional Secretary and Director General of the National AIDSControl Organization (NACO) said that “new lower estimates do not mean a sharp decline in the epidemic.”The Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Anhumani Ramadoss said AIDS is still “a serious epidemic with the potential to trigger off.”While there have been reductions of HIV infection rates in certain regions and among certain populations, others are seeing an increase in rates. In particular, estimates show an increase in infection rates among several higher risk groups such as people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men. While data does suggest that HIV prevalence levels are declining among sex workers in the southern states, overall prevalence levels among this group continue to be high, UNAIDS said in a news release.Factors that hurt efforts to counter HIV spread in India include stigma and discrimination and prejudice towards those infected. Still, many see the small-scale advancements as confidence boosters that should encourage state and partner agencies to increase the strength of HIV programmes in order to retain any current gains and move forward. “Trends evident from latest estimates validate India’s national AIDS strategy,” said Dr. Denis Brown, the UNAIDS Country Coordinator. read more

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Kenya Ban welcomes promulgation of new constitution

27 August 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated Kenyans and their leaders on the occasion of the promulgation of the country’s new constitution, which was backed by a large majority of citizens in a referendum earlier this month. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, B. Lynn Pascoe, represented the Secretary-General at the historic promulgation of the new constitution in a ceremony today in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.Mr. Ban said that Kenyans and their leaders had shown vision and statesmanship, adding that the new charter had opened a hopeful fresh chapter in the country’s democratic governance.Mr. Pascoe will then proceed from Nairobi to Cairo, Egypt, for a meeting of Special Envoys, Representatives and other officials involved in African peacemaking, as part of events marking the African Union’s Year of Peace celebrations.He is also due to travel to Djibouti, Eritrea and Ethiopia before returning to Kenya for discussions on peace and security issues in the Horn of Africa, including the situation in Somalia.His trip to East Africa will conclude in Burundi, where he will have discussions on consolidating the peace process in that country. read more

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Gazette issued giving effect to antiterror clauses

President Maithripala Sirisena has issued a gazette notice giving the Police and military sweeping powers to detain and interrogate suspects.An Extraordinary Gazette was issued giving effect to the clauses in the prevention of terrorism under Emergency Regulations.

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Commentary Bengals let defense running game do the talking in win against

LaDarius Green of the San Diego Chargers tries to make a catch during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium Dec. 1. The Bengals won, 17-10. Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe Cincinnati Bengals increased their lead in the AFC North to two games with a 17-10 victory over the San Diego Chargers.Timely plays by the defense and a steady ground game powered Cincinnati (8-4) to victory against a San Diego team that was coming off an impressive victory over the Kansas City Chiefs one week before.The Bengals played conservatively against the Chargers (5-7) after having lost their last two road games in overtime. By not asking quarterback Andy Dalton to win the game, his mistakes were limited. Though Dalton failed to reach 200 yards for the second straight game, he only turned the ball over once and did not take a sack. Instead, the Bengals decided to let their defense and running game do the talking.With the game tied at seven in the third quarter, Cincinnati’s second-year cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick changed the game’s momentum when he outmuscled 255-pound tight end Antonio Gates for an interception. That play set up a 21-yard touchdown pass from Dalton to wide receiver A.J. Green.Leading 17-7 in the fourth quarter, Bengals safety George Iloka forced wide receiver Keenan Allen to fumble after a 14-yard reception. On its next drive, San Diego only managed to kick a field goal.The Bengals’ ground game would then seal the deal. With just under five minutes to play, Cincinnati ran out the clock with an 11 play, 61 yard drive behind a power running game. In the win, the Bengals totaled 164 yards on the ground.Sunday’s game offered a number of encouraging signs for Cincinnati fans. The secondary, which has not fared well on the road this season, was not daunted by the task of having to slow down the prolific Philip Rivers (23 touchdowns, nine interceptions and 3,633 yards passing). Dalton also seems to be learning that he gives his team a better chance of winning when he simply puts the ball into the hands of the team’s many playmakers. Running backs BenJarvus Green-Ellis (20 carries, 92 yards, one touchdown) and Giovani Bernard (14 carries, 57 yards) showed that they can carry the team to victory in close games.If last week’s bye accomplished anything, it allowed the Bengals to re-establish their identity, which is key for a young team heading into the stretch run before the playoffs begin.The Bengals head back to Cincinnati next weekend to host the Indianapolis Colts. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. read more

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Paul Gascoigne kicked down stairs in fight at hotel

first_imgWitness Alvin Carpio said the former England and Newcastle United striker, who has long-battled alcoholism, appeared “very drunk” during the altercation.He tweeted:  Mr Carpio added: “It’s a sad state: He’s been spitting, making racist remarks & groping women, all while throwing around £ notes.”He was racially abusing my mates, and hitting one of them on the shoulder and head before throwing a £20 note on him.” It gets crazier: Gazza has just been kicked down the stairs by a guy whose friend got slapped by him. He really isn’t in a good place.— Alvin Carpio (@AlvinCarpio) December 27, 2016 Former football star Paul Gascoigne was taken to hospital after being kicked in a fight at a hotel, it has been reported.Gascoigne, 49, was “racially abusing” customers at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, east London, and throwing money at them, according to a witness.The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to a disturbance at the hotel shortly after 6pm on Tuesday before a 49-year-old man was taken to hospital with a head injury. The police have arrived. I think they’re sorting things out. #Gazza pic.twitter.com/Ry0BsCt1bm— Alvin Carpio (@AlvinCarpio) December 27, 2016 Gascoigne’s spokesman, Terry Baker, said the troubled star had been taken to hospital with a head wound, according to the Daily Mirror.Mr Baker added: “He hasn’t been arrested. He’s about to be released and sent home.”A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “The man has been taken to an east London hospital where he remains in a stable condition.”No arrests have been made and inquiries are ongoing, she added. Gascoigne was fined £1,000 at Dudley Magistrates’ Court in September after racially abusing a bodyguard who was employed to protect him. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Three people dead after car drives wrong way down slip road

Three people have died after their car collided head-on with a vehicle that was driving on the wrong side of the road.Police believe the driver who was heading the wrong way could have been under the influence of drink or drugs during the crash in Peterborough in the early hours of Sunday.Cambridgeshire Police said the man drove on the wrong side of a slip road to Stanground from Fletton Parkway shortly after midnight.He then collided with the oncoming car “killing all three of its occupants”, police allege.He was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs, and of causing death by dangerous driving.The suspect was taken to hospital in a critical condition.Pictures from the scene showed a severely crushed small silver car and a dark pickup-truck with a smashed bonnet and windscreen.The chairwoman of the Cambridgeshire Police Federation, Liz Groom, said it was “such sad news”.”Thoughts with the families of those who have died,” she tweeted.”Also with the officers & other emergency service colleagues who attended the incident and delivered the terrible messages to loved ones. One of the hardest & most difficult parts of our job that you never forget.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A stretch of the westbound A road was closed and subsequently reopened.Anyone with information should contact police on 101. read more

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This app aims to help you avoid the areas with most air

first_imgEVER WONDERED HOW much pollution there is in the environment around you as you cycle or walk somewhere?A new app, Airprobe, part-funded by the European Union, aims to let you know.Using a small sensor box that you connect to your mobile phone via Bluetooth, the new app will allow you know where the pollution peaks are and just how much pollutants there are in the air.Level readingThe device works by sucking in air. The box then sends readings for the level of ozone, black carbon and other pollutants to a central server, which then sends around information about the town’s polluted areas as well as peak pollution times to avoid.Partners from Belgium, Germany, Italy and the UK developed the system, receiving more than €2 million from the EU.More than 300 people in Antwerp, Kassel, Turin and London participated in the first tests. Over 28 million air quality points were collected.Scientists can also use the information gathered to analyse pollution trends and post this information online for citizens and public authorities. This could, for example, help deal with traffic congestion.Project coordinator Professor Vittorio Loreto said:It is still too early to draw any conclusions, but it will be interesting to see how people change their behaviour as their awareness of the environment increases.In 2010, more then 400 000 people are estimated to have died prematurely from air pollution in the EU. Source: DigitalAgendaEU/YouTubeRead: Fears for Ireland’s air after health warnings in the UK>Read: Women in areas of high air pollution more likely to have autistic babies>last_img read more

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Geek deals 755 HP Envy 17t Haswell laptop Samsung 840 120GB SSD

first_imgOther deals:Samsung 840 Series 120GB SATA 6Gb/s 7mm 2.5″ SSD w/ Laptop Kit for $99.99 + free shipping (reg. $169.99 | use coupon DIG5)HP 2511x 25-inch 1080p LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $189.99 + free shipping (reg. $299.99 | use coupon MT2617)Apple iPhone 5 16GB [AT&T] + Free Activation for $99.99 + free shipping (reg. $199.99 | 2 year contract required) The uber-competitive nature of the PC industry these days seems to have all but eliminated certain price premiums. In years past, we would always see a certain amount of extra cost attached to 17-inch or larger laptops and also to PCs launched with the year’s newest processors.As part of the cut-throat competition going on right now between PC manufacturers, system prices have hit all-time lows and have been slowly dropping for years. Even when new models are released with the latest processors — such as the new Intel Haswell chips — PC companies can’t afford the possible sales hit by jacking up prices.HP’s Envy 17t launched just a couple weeks ago — in step with Haswell — and is a full redesign compared to the prior HP 17-inch laptop, yet is not priced more than previous or other competing models. It features a larger 17.3-inch display, serving up 1600×900 resolution, and the new Core i7-4700MQ quad-core processor.The previous Envy 17The base configuration on this model comes well equipped with 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and even a Blu-ray drive. We really like the standard features as well, including an impressive four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, gigabit ethernet, and media card reader. This machine is also fully customizable with options like an mSATA SSD, 1080p screen upgrade, and NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M 2GB graphics.All of these goodies are wrapped in a sleek aluminum chassis that is relatively svelte for a 17-inch laptop, coming in at 1.21 inches thin and 6.28 lbs. A nice touch by HP is the standard 2 year warranty, a substantial upgrade over the 1 year that most companies include.If you want to grab the well-spec’d base model, you can get out the door for just $754.99 with coupon code NB2118. However, if you want to configure it with more goodies you can save up to 30% off the total price. Configure a system over $999 and save 20% via coupon SUMMER20, save 25% with SUMMER25 on orders over $1,199, and get the max 30% savings on $1,399+ totals via code SUMMER30.HP ENVY 17t-j000 17.3-inch laptop with Core i7 for $754.99 + shipping (reg. $899.99 | use coupon NB2118 or configure as noted above to save more)last_img read more

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What does it mean for Irelands European elections if the UK is

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Gráinne Ní Aodha Saturday 6 Apr 2019, 12:05 AM Short URL 34 Comments Share36 Tweet Email1 Image: AP/PA Images A ‘FLEXTENSION’ OF up to a year has been proposed by European Council President Donald Tusk as a solution to avoid constant Brussels summits to discuss Brexit, and to give the UK time to figure out how to get a majority for something in the House of Commons.Tusk is to recommend that the EU grants the UK an extension of up to a year, and that the extension would be cut short if the House of Commons ratifies the Withdrawal Agreement before next April. Although this seems like a solution to both the UK and EU’s problems – there’s still the tricky issue of the European elections, which will be held across Europe between 23 and 26 May. If the UK decides to remain in the EU for up to a year in order to find a majority in the House of Commons, it could skew things considerably.Here’s how that could happen (bear with us, because the various scenarios make this a little complicated).After the UK’s departure from the EU was announced, a decision was made to fill 27 of the UK’s 73 MEP places, and keep 46 vacant. This meant that Ireland got an additional two MEPs, bringing the total to 13.An additional seat is going to the Dublin constituency, bringing it to a four-seater; Ireland South will be a five-seater; while the Midlands North-West constituency will remain a four-seater.The Irish government had announced at the end of last year that there would be 13 Irish MEPs in the next European Parliament.When TheJournal.ie asked again this week if this was still the case, given that the UK might not leave before the European elections, a spokesperson for the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government said: “There will be 13 MEPs elected”.But depending on what the UK decides, there’s still a problem. It’s been raised as a concern before that Ireland might have to hold two separate votes – one accounting for 13 MEPs (if the UK doesn’t take up seats in the European Parliament), and another accounting for 11 MEP seats (if the UK doesn’t leave the EU and takes these seats).This is because of the proportional representation system upon which MEPs are elected, and the way a quota, which is the minimum number of votes necessary to guarantee the election of a candidate, is calculated.The quota for European elections is calculated by dividing the total number of valid papers by the number of seats to be filled plus one and adding one to the result. As Citizens’ Information explains: I will lead @brexitparty_uk into the European elections. The fightback to save Brexit has begun. pic.twitter.com/z4TUdOhRAM— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) April 5, 2019 Apr 6th 2019, 12:06 AM Image: AP/PA Images For example, if there are 1,000 valid ballot papers and there are 4 seats in the constituency, the quota is 1000 ÷ (4 +1) = 200 + 1 = 201. The quota is 201.As it stands now, the Irish government has insisted that there will be 13 MEPs, and is planning for as much. Similar to their policy for preparations for a hard border in Ireland in the event of a no-deal, it seems that it’s easier to deal with the probably and come to the worst case scenario if it happens.But the Irish government have also said that its two new MEP seats won’t be taken up until the UK leaves – which could take up to a year – which would mean Ireland has elected 13 MEPs, but only 11 have taken up their seats until the UK leaves the EU.But if in that year’s extension, a second referendum is held and the UK decides to remain in the EU, it could call into question the validity of that vote.The Department of Housing Planning and Local Government has already amended the European Parliament Elections (Amendment) Bill 2019 to the following:Amendments will be brought forward by the Minister which will propose that, in the event that the UK has not left the EU by the start of the parliamentary term, the last candidate elected in the South constituency and the last candidate elected in the Dublin constituency will not take up their seats in the European Parliament until the UK has left.A government spokesperson said that whether the two elected candidates are entitled to a salary and expenses while their seats are in limbo is a matter “for the European Commission to clarify and decide on”.In Ireland, the elections will be held on 24 May.UK elections Meanwhile, in the UK, Monday 15 April is the final date by which all regions can notify that they are taking part in the European elections. The deadline for delivery of nomination papers and lists of candidates of registered parties for European elections is no later than 25 April.The last session of the current European Parliament is 18 April; the new European Parliament term starts on 1 July. The European parliament term lasts five years.The European Union had expressed concerns about the UK remaining in the EU beyond the 22 May without taking part in the European elections, as it feared that legal challenges could be brought against the EU by British citizens who wished to exercise their vote in the European elections. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, talks to EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Source: Francisco SecoIrish Commissioner Phil Hogan, calling Brexit “the most amateurish plan ever, saying there was no direction and no end game from the UK”, said that an extension would be difficult for Ireland.“If the UK remain in the EU past the 23 May there will have to be European elections in the UK, and that will mean the two Irish seats will be put on hold.”You would have 11 seats instead of 13… but if it goes past 23 May and the UK fight the elections it’s going to cause a logistical nightmare but we’re going to have to find an arrangement.In Brussels ahead of the European Council summit in March, European Parliament First Vice President Mairéad McGuinness told reporters that the “European Parliament elections would be very different than they are today”.I don’t think there would be the same getting away with saying something off the top of your head, which I think happened during the referendum campaign.She said that there is a lot of attention to the pro-Brexit MEPs in the European Parliament, while there’s little attention for pro-Remain MEPs, who she says struggle to get the attention of the British media.McGuinness also acknowledged that there could be a lot more pro-Brexit MEPs in the European Parliament if they take part in elections, such as Nigel Farage.“Nigel Farage uses the Parliament here as his YouTube studio,” saying that he often comes into the studio to make a speech, and then leaves immediately afterwards, without taking part in the debates. Mr Farage has said to me that there’s a 50/50 chance that they’ll be back. To which I replied I want the UK to stay but I really don’t want you back. Source: Nigel Farage/Twitter 19,570 Views https://jrnl.ie/4578072 What does it mean for Ireland’s European elections if the UK is compelled to hold its own? Ireland will be holding its European elections on 24 May. last_img read more

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Archeological discovery backs myth of Odysseus

first_imgA palace from the eighth century BC that Greek archeologists claim was the home of Odysseus has been discovered in modern-day Ithaca, supporting theories that Homer’s epic hero was real. Whether this find has a connection with Ulysses or not is interesting up to a certain point, but more important is the discovery of the royal palace.Nearly 3,000 years after Odysseus returned from his journey, archeologists from the University of Ioannina said they found the remains of an extensive three-storey building, with steps carved out of rock and fragments of pottery. The complex also features a well from the eighth century BC, roughly the period in which Odysseus is believed to have been king of Ithaca. The location “fits like a glove” with Homer’s description of the view from the palace, the archeologists claim. The layout of the complex, where Thanassis Papadopoulos and his team have been digging for 16 years, is similar to palaces found at Mycenae, Pylos and other ancient sites. The claim will be greeted with scepticism by the many scholars who believe that Odysseus, along with other key characters from the Homer’s epic such as Hector and Achilles, were purely fictional. “Whether this find has a connection with Ulysses or not is interesting up to a certain point, but more important is the discovery of the royal palace,” said Adriano La Regina, an Italian archaeologist. Further complicating the identification of the site is the doubt over whether the ancient kingdom of Ithaca was located on its modern day namesake, Ithaki. A British researcher, Robert Bittlestone, has said Homer’s descriptions bear little resemblance to the island and that ancient Ithaca was in fact located on the Paliki peninsula, on the island of Cephalonia. He believes that Paliki was once an island, separated from the rest of Cephalonia by a marine channel that has since been filled in by rock falls triggered by earthquakes. Enlisting the help of geologists and ancient historians, he documented the controversial theory in a 2005 book, Odysseus Unbound – The Search for Homer’s Ithaca. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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November jobless rate in Washington holds at 43 percent

first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.3 percent last month.According to numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department, the rate remains unchanged from October’s jobless rate. The state also added 5,100 jobs in November.The largest job gains last month were seen in manufacturing, transportation, warehousing and utilities, and leisure & hospitality. Decreases were seen in both financial activities and mining and logging.Job gains and losses are estimates based on a survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate counts the percentage of people who are unemployed and actively looking for work, and doesn’t include those who have stopped looking for work.The national unemployment rate for November was 3.7 percent, and the rate in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett region was 3.3 percent.last_img read more

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Spalletti believes that his team gave their best

first_imgInter Milan have been fighting for the Champions League spots but they have been out of form recently – and they proved it once again by losing against 1-0 against Torino this weekend.Coach Luciano Spalletti insisted that he could see how hard his players tried and he was just disappointed it didn’t work out – but he couldn’t really complain about the overall performance as each of the players gave the best he could.The former AS Roma coach spoke about this bitter loss as he said, according to Calcio Mercato:Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“We had less skill in circulating the ball and allowed too many counterattacks, and Torino forced us to run too much and spend energy: we had to manage better and stifle them more in their own half.”“Today and the Milan derby two opportunities wasted? We played these games and there are also opponents, so I wouldn’t say wasted. We gave our best”“The moment with Mazzarri at the end? When shaking hands he is always a bit timid, even when he wins the games. In the end, he won, I complimented him and he offered only his fingertips. I took them in closer and gave a bit of a squeeze.”last_img read more

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This Day In History Planet Neptune

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:johann gottfried galle, neptune Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGerman astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune; the year was 1846…. Also this day, in 1939 Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, died in London. last_img

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Ebola survivor Dr Kent Brantly returning to Africa as medical missionary

first_imgBobby Ross Jr. Share This! Share This! Dinner church movement sets the table for food, faith and friendships August 29, 2019 TagsAfrica Christianity Church of Christ Ebola epidemic homepage featured Kent Brantly medical care missionaries Top Story Zambia,You may also like News By: Bobby Ross Jr. Share This! Religious freedom summit opens with stories of religious violence and resilience Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 By: Bobby Ross Jr. DIY Faith • News By: Bobby Ross Jr. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Bobby Ross Jr.,Load Comments,Brunson at religious freedom summit: ‘It’s wonderful that I can be here in per … Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,FORT WORTH, Texas — Dr. Kent Brantly sat on his counselor’s couch and wept.The tears came last summer as the Christian physician visited with Dottie Schulz, a missionary care volunteer with Texas-based Mission Resource Network, which is associated with Churches of Christ.“Dottie, I think I’m ready to move forward,” confided Brantly, who made global headlines five years ago when he contracted the Ebola virus while treating patients in Liberia and nearly died.Brantly, who earned a Bible degree from Abilene Christian University in Texas before deciding to become a doctor, always knew he wanted to return to the mission field. But while he regained his full physical strength within four to five months, other healing has taken longer.Much longer.“It’s been five years of emotional healing and spiritual healing and growth,” the doctor, 38, told The Christian Chronicle in an interview at the Southside Church of Christ in Fort Worth, his family’s home congregation for much of the last decade. “I think we’ve grown and been equipped in ways during this five years that we were not before we went to Liberia.”Dr. Kent Brantly sees a patient in Liberia before contracting Ebola in July 2014. Photo courtesy of Samaritan’s PurseA week or two after his meeting with Schulz, Brantly got a call from Dr. Lance Plyler, director of World Medical Mission, the medical arm of the evangelical humanitarian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse.On July 26, 2014, Plyler had stood at Brantly’s bedroom window in Liberia and confirmed the worst: “Kent, bud. We got your test results. And I’m really sorry to tell you it is positive for Ebola.”Now, Plyler was calling to see if Brantly and his cousin Dr. Stephen Snell — who had talked and dreamed for years about their families serving as medical missionaries together — might move to Zambia.Plyler cited a need for doctors at Mukinge Mission Hospital, a 200-bed facility in a rural area about 100 miles from the nearest supermarket. It’s about three hours from Zambia’s border with Congo.For the first time since Brantly overcame Ebola as the world watched, the opportunity — and the timing — seemed right.Patients enter Mukinge Mission Hospital near Kampela, Zambia, a rural community about 100 miles from the closest supermarket. Photo courtesy of Dr. Stephen Snell“We’ve spent time praying and fasting and talking together about it … and God has really opened the doors every step of the way,” said Brantly, who with his wife, Amber, a registered nurse, and their two children, ages 8 and 10, will make the move to the south-central African nation this fall.Said Schulz: “I am excited for them. They are finally doing what, in their hearts, they have wanted to do for a long time.”From 2014 to 2016, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa claimed 11,325 lives, according to the World Health Organization.Brantly, who woke up sick on July 23, 2014, credits prayers and antibodies for his recovery.He received one of the first doses of ZMapp, an experimental drug that seemed promising in trials involving monkeys but had not been tested on humans.On Aug. 1, 2014, he was flown to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where doctors were able to see that his potassium level was low and replenish it — something that could not have been done in Liberia and could have killed him, as Brantly noted at the time.“Today is a miraculous day,” Brantly said as he was released from the hospital on Aug. 21, 2014, after nearly a month in isolation. “I’m thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family. … God saved my life, a direct answer to thousands and thousands of prayers.”After leaving the hospital, Brantly focused on using his newfound celebrity to call attention to the Ebola crisis.He and Amber met with President Obama at the White House.Brantly’s face appeared on the cover of Time as the magazine named “The Ebola Fighters” as its 2014 Person of the Year.“For the next few years after I recovered, we really tried to use the platform to call for help for the people of West Africa,” Brantly said, “and to share the message with all of society, but particularly with the church, of the importance of choosing compassion over fear.”President Barack Obama meets with Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife, Amber, in the Oval Office on Sept. 16, 2014. Dr. Brantly had contracted the Ebola virus while doing missionary aid work in Liberia. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza/Creative Commons)But by the end of 2017, Brantly intentionally stepped back.He began turning down most public speaking engagements. He focused on teaching in the residency program at John Peter Smith Hospital, which serves Fort Worth’s poorest residents, and caring for low-income patients at the Stop Six Clinic on the city’s east side.Meanwhile, the couple moved into an apartment complex full of refugees and immigrants.Amber Brantly volunteered with World Relief, a Christian refugee resettlement organization, and Be The Bridge, which promotes racial reconciliation in the church.“I think in the last five years, God has really equipped her with some passions but also some skills that are going to be so beneficial in our work in Zambia,” Kent Brantly said of his wife of 11 years, a fellow ACU graduate whom he first met on a medical mission trip to Honduras. She declined an interview request.Dr. Kent Brantly with his wife, Amber, their 10-year-old daughter and their 8-year-old son in a family photo taken in Texas. Photo courtesy of Dr. Kent BrantlyPeople ask Kent Brantly if he believes God saved him for a reason.Or if he feels compelled to make a difference because he lived while so many others died.He struggles with the answers.“To suggest that there was something about me that made God choose to save my life while he allowed 11,300 other people to die, I’m not really OK with that,” he told the Chronicle. “Do I believe that God saved my life? Yes,” he added. “Do I think that God saved my life for a predetermined purpose because there was something he wanted me to do, like move to Zambia? I’m not sure I understand the work of God in the world that way.”Dr. Kent Brantly at the Southside Church of Christ in Fort Worth, Texas. RNS photo by Bobby Ross Jr.After reflecting a little more, Brantly boiled his feelings down this way: He’s grateful to God for saving his life. That gratitude inspires him to “live a life that is faithful to the calling he’s given me.”“Right now, I think that means moving my family to Zambia to serve at a Christian mission hospital — to serve the poor and have compassion for the people in need and to participate in God’s work of making all things new and fixing the broken things in this world,” he said, not stopping to take a breath as he listed more and more reasons.The Southside church will serve as the Brantly family’s sending congregation.“Kent and Amber are great people, and the whole time they’ve been here, they’ve just always been trying to find ways to prepare themselves and equip themselves to engage in medical missions,” Southside preacher Steve Cloer said. “So it’s exciting to see that dream coming back around.“I told the church, ‘The last time we sent Kent and Amber out, God did amazing things, and I have no doubt that he will do so again this time.’”The Brantlys will partner with an organization called Christian Health Service Corps, as will Snell and his wife, Amy, who also have two young children with a third on the way. The Snells, both graduates of Harding University in Searcy, Ark., are members of The Hills Church of Christ in North Richland Hills, Texas.Dr. Stephen Snell with his wife, Amy, and their children. Photo courtesy of Christian Health Service CorpsKent Brantly and Stephen Snell grew up together. In summer 2012, both worked with Brantly’s uncle, Dr. Frank Black, at Chimala Mission Hospital in Tanzania.“It was the best month of my four years of residency,” Snell said, “just getting to be in that place with the Brantlys, facing those tough circumstances, caring for those very sick patients, being there in the trenches … with teammates and somebody with whom you could laugh and cry and just process all the different challenges and emotions.”Joining those families in Zambia will be Madison Stone, a Southside member and Harding graduate. Stone will teach the Brantly and Snell children.The team members have committed to serve at least two years at Mukinge Mission Hospital.The Snells previously worked at Mukinge from 2013 to 2015. The Brantlys never have visited Zambia. But they hadn’t stepped foot in Liberia either before they moved there.“We’re trusting that God has opened the doors, and he’ll pave the way,” Kent Brantly said.With a laugh, he added, “If there’s running, heated water, we’ll be fine.”(Bobby Ross Jr. writes for The Christian Chronicle, where this story first appeared. The original version of this story can be found here.)last_img read more

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Shashi Tharoor likely to be questioned again next week

first_imgCongress MP Shashi Tharoor is likely to be questioned again next week in connection with his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s mysterious death as police looks to join the pieces in the case.Tharoor was questioned by police on January 19 for around four hours at the office of Anti Auto Theft Squad (AATS) in South Delhi’s Vasant Vihar.Sources on Sunday said the Special Investigation Team is likely to question the former Union minister again next week as they got very “little time” with him on January 19. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThey also said that as he was the “closest relative” of the deceased at the spot when she was found dead, he may be questioned several times as the SIT would want to ask him about the things which would arise during examination of other witnesses and people concerned.Speaking to reporters on Friday, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi had also indicated Tharoor can be questioned in this connection again in “some days”.“Whatever we had spoken to him during the first questioning is being analysed and if we need further questioning, it will be done. Since it is a very involved case, there would be a need to talk to him again, so the SIT will call him again in some days,” he had said.52-year-old Sunanda was found dead in a room in the hotel on January 17 last year. Delhi Police filed a case of murder in the case on January 1 and an SIT was formed to probe the case. Since then, police has questioned a number of people in this connection including domestic aides of Tharoor, staff of the hotel where Sunanda was found dead, family friend Sanjay Dewan and the hotel doctor who pronounced her dead.last_img read more

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