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Buddhadeb returns to Palm Avenue residence supportive care to continue for next

first_imgKolkata: Ailing former chief minister Budhhadeb Bhattacharjee has been released from the hospital on Monday. He will be under medication at home and intravenous antibiotics and supportive care like BIPAP, nebulisation and chest physiotherapy would be applied on him for a few more days.He was taken to his Palm Avenue residence in South Kolkata in an ambulance on Monday. He had been rushed to a private hospital in the city with an acute respiratory problem and low blood pressure on September 6, but his health condition is stated to be completely stable now. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBhattacharjee, a patient of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), had complained of multiple cardiac ailments following which he was taken to the hospital. He had severe shortness of breath. Bhattacharjee had been suffering from diabetes and low oxygen saturation and high carbon-dioxide level in blood for the past few days, prior to his admission at the hospital. The veteran CPI(M) leader and former chief minister had remained away from public eyes for quite some time due to his prolonged ailments. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt has been learnt that Bhattacharjee had insisted on going back home and urged the doctors for an early release. After examining him, the medical board at the hospital found that his health condition has improved and took a decision on his release. However, the doctors decided that he will be put under constant monitoring at his residence and supportive care like BIPAP and nebulisation would continue for the next couple of days. A press statement issued by the hospital stated that he is currently sleeping comfortably with BIPAP. He is also maintaining stable blood pressure and normal heart rate and oxygen saturation with oxygen supplementation. His pneumatic condition has improved but he might require intravenous antibiotics on the next few days.last_img read more

Romania recognizes Guaido as Venezuela interim president

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania’s president has officially recognized Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president almost a week after other European Union countries recognized him.President Klaus Iohannis said Friday that Romania had decided to join other EU countries and allies in recognizing Guaido partly because Bucharest currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency. Iohannis, in charge of the country’s foreign policy, said Romania needed to have “quick, fundamental and firm reactions” to international developments.Several EU countries, including Spain, Germany Britain and France, had given Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government an eight-day deadline to call a new presidential election. The deadline expired Sunday and they recognized Guaido as interim president.Guaido, who heads the opposition-led National Assembly, declared himself Venezuela’s legitimate ruler on Jan. 23. He has the support of Washington and most South American nations.The Associated Press read more

Top Washington institute to assist Sri Lanka to formulate a food policy

President Maithripala Sirisena has held an important discussion with a leading institute in Washington about health and food habits of Sri Lankan people and the possibility of formulating a policy to ensure healthy food intake to minimize malnutrition, the President’s office said.This was discussed when Director General of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Shenggen Fan called on him at the Loews Regency Hotel in New York today (September 26). Revealing the alarming health issues in Sri Lanka such as 17% diabetics and 48% women obesity and 20% malnutrition, the President asked the IFPRI Chief to advice Sri Lankan experts on solving these issues and formulating a Health Food Policy. Readily agreeing to the request, Shenggen Fan said his Institute, together with Sri Lankan authorities would prepare a draft for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a programme to assist Sri Lanka on these issues. President Sirisena also pointed out the problem of food crop destruction by animals such as monkeys, wild boar, peacocks and elephants and the need to propagate healthy food habits among the people. The IFPRI Director General said that his Institute has vast experience in these areas and it has implemented successful programmes in several Asian and African countries. He said IFPRI would be happy to suggest programmes to solve these issues. He praised President Sirisena’s commitment to eradicate malnutrition among people, especially among children. “I am sure Your Excellency understands these complex health issues and the need for their solutions as a result of years of experience gained while holding ministry portfolios of agriculture and health in the past and Environment Ministry even now,” Shenggen said.He invited President Sirisena to visit IFPRI and also attend the IFPRI Conference in Bangkok in November as Chief Guest, if possible. read more

Alumni invited to athletic reunion events

Badger hockey alumni and enthusiasts are invited to attend Brock Badger’s Mens Hockey alumni game and reception on Nov. 20 at the Seymour Hannah arena. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with the puck dropping for the alumni game at 12:30 p.m. A reception will be held on-site at Seymour Hannah after the alumni game with the 2010-11 Brock Badgers taking on McGill at 3:15 p.m.Lorne AdamsIn celebration of Lorne Adams’ outstanding contributions to Brock University Athletics over the past decade, Brock alumni are also invited to attend Lorne Adams Tribute! “A Decade of Excellence” on Nov. 24. The event begins with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. in Pond Inlet followed by a wild game-inspired dinner and several special guests honouring Adams. Tickets are $60 each and are available by calling the Center for the Arts Box Office at 905-688-5550 x3257. It’s our hope to establish a student award in honour of Adams. Individuals who are interested in participating in the creation of this award to please contact Kate Nevar at 905-688-5550 x6122 or read more

Thief caught after stolen vehicle is tracked by OnStar

A 19-year-old is facing charges after a stolen vehicle was tracked down by its security and navigation system.Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, a woman called police to report her vehicle had been stolen.The woman said she briefly went inside her home and when she returned outside, her 2017 Buick Enclave was gone. Police say the woman still had her keys but the vehicle had a push start ignition. Investigators were contacted by personnel with the vehicle’s OnStar system and told the SUV had been located. They said they had the capability of safely stopping the vehicle via the onboard monitoring system.“With police officers in position, OnStar brought the vehicle to a stop in the area of Fifty Road and South Service Road, Stoney Creek. The driver exited the vehicle and despite efforts by police, he was able to flee to an industrial compound,” said Hamilton police in a news release.The K9 unit was called to the scene and a man was found hiding underneath a trailer.A 19-year-old from Hamilton was arrested and charged. He is scheduled for a court appearance later Monday. read more

Top UN refugee official in Afghanistan to discuss returns to north

Mr. Lubbers is in Afghanistan as part of a 10-day mission to the region, during which he is scheduled to also visit Pakistan and Iran.Upon arrival in Mazar-i-Sharif, Mr. Lubbers opened the first meeting of the Return Commission, a team sponsored by the Afghan Government to resettle displaced persons. The participants discussed concrete measures to resolve some of the issues that prevent them from returning to the north.There are more than 720,000 internally displaced Afghans, including both families who left their homes due to security incidents as well as people who lost their livelihoods as a result of the long drought that seems to be ending in some regions.Today’s meeting, chaired by the Minister for Refugees and Repatriation, Enyatullah Nazari, brought together the region’s main leaders, representatives from the Afghan Human Rights Commission and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).Mr. Lubbers is scheduled to visit Pul-i-Khumri and also plans to visit Nahrin District in Balkh Province, where the UN refugee agency and its partners have helped rebuild more than 5,000 homes destroyed during two recent earthquakes. read more

Annan recommends General Assembly accept US loan offer to refurbish UN

In his latest progress report on the status of plans to overhaul the UN complex – known as the Capital Master Plan (CMP) – the Secretary-General says that after consulting with financial experts, he believes that the UN, in the current market, could not obtain a lower fixed rate than that proposed by the US, which would set the total financed loan of $1.2 billion to be paid out over a maximum of 30 years at an annual interest rate of 5.4 per cent.The offer was proposed by the US in 2004 and approved by Congress in March. Annual repayments of the principal and interest under the current scenario would amount to $89.8 million and the total principle and interest to be paid over the life of the loan, including the construction phase, would amount to $2.511 billion.Mr. Annan also recommends that the Assembly authorize him to conclude an agreement with the host country to preserve the Organization’s option to borrow the amount to finance the CMP, provided that the agreement does not create for the UN any financial or legal obligation, or restrict the Organization’s discretion to seek funds for the same purposes from any other source if it chooses to do so.The report notes various alternatives to the use of the proposed UNDC-5 building as swing space for UN staff while the CMP is underway. Mr. Annan notes that use of the space is now in question because the New York State legislature did not pass, as had been expected, legislation necessary that would have allowed that part of the project to go forward. While hopeful that the requisite laws will be approved, he notes that the delay has affected the overall timing and cost of the project. Still, he says, UNDC-5 represents a unique opportunity for the UN to accommodate its long-term needs.The overhaul of the UN complex is widely viewed as the most cost-effective approach to stemming the deterioration of the world body’s Headquarters. Emergency repairs to address the prevailing health, safety and security problems in the building, coupled with inefficient energy use, far exceed the savings that could accrue if the problems are addressed systematically, Mr. Annan says. read more

Annan urges donors to help Comoros as it transitions to democracy

As the Comoros undergoes the transition to democracy and enters a critical stage in its political development, the international community should generously support the archipelago, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message to donors meeting in the Mauritian capital of Port Louis.“Over the past year, the people and authorities of the Comoros have taken encouraging steps to address a number of critical issues, including those related to national reconciliation and to institutional reforms,” Mr. Annan said, citing new legislation stipulating that the presidency will rotate among the islands of the Union, which is located between Mozambique and Madagascar.“The presidential elections to be held in March and April 2006 have the potential to be a true milestone in the country’s transition from instability, provided they are conducted in an open, fair and democratic manner,” he said.“This is a pivotal moment for the Comoros,” he said, pointing out that conflict, poverty and poor governance have taken their toll. “But that is now changing, we hope for good.”While responsibility for sustaining this momentum lies first and foremost with the people and Government of the Comoros, Mr. Annan said the international community also has an important role to play. “I call on donors to be generous, and I pledge the full support of the United Nations for the efforts of the Comoros to usher in a more peaceful, prosperous and hopeful era in its history,” he said in the message, which was delivered by Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tuliameni Kalomoh. read more

Tens of thousands provide insight for annual Motor Codes Report

Summarising the views of 57,000 people, the second annual Motor Codes Report paints a reassuring picture about consumer protection in the UK car market.Covering both new cars and car servicing, the report shows that 95% of people who used a Trading Standards-approved, Motor Codes garage would recommend it to friends and family and that only one in 10 new car buyers needs to make a warranty claim of any sort.The report is based on a combination of online reviews, manufacturer and dealer group surveys of car service customers and a targeted survey of more than 3,000 new car buyers.On the publication of the report, the biggest of its kind, Motor Codes managing director, Chris Mason, had a resounding message for car owners:“For satisfaction levels to remain so high across a customer-base of this size tells people that they can choose a garage with confidence, wherever they see the Motor Codes tick.”Highlighting the change in customer experience since Motor Codes’ inception in 2008, the report shows improvements across the board.  Most striking is a 10% rise in satisfaction, from 84% to 94%, for those customers that use a main dealer to maintain their cars.  The Motor Codes Report lists the brands that scored highest among customers and, this year, Suzuki topped the pile.“The league table is a bit of fun but it hides an important message,” says Chris.  “Within the table, every brand is rated at 90% or above.  There’s no denying the high level of satisfaction with customers who shop within the Motor Codes network.”Aside from the top-line figures, the results of the Motor Codes research provide insight across a number of aspects of the car ownership cycle.For example, the age of car being maintained by Motor Codes workshops has increased.18% of cars in 2013 were 11 years or older, compared to just 10% in 2010.“You might think this a result of the recession but, when coupled with a fall in warranty claims for cars up to two years old, this points to ever-increasing levels of quality in new cars.  We think this is creating a far more satisfied owner, happy to keep their car for longer.”Just one in 10 respondents reported making a warranty claim in 2013, against 15% in 2012.The full Motor Codes Report can be seen at, where people can also search its network of 7,800 garages, read reviews, leave their own feedback and, by doing so, contribute to next year’s Motor Codes Report.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Jets Tim Tebow Sidelined in Loss Due to Fractured

New York Jets’ backup quarterback Tim Tebow was sidelined in Thursday’s 49-19 loss to the New England Patriots after suffering two fractured ribs in the Jets’ game at Seattle two weeks ago.Tebow dressed for the game and was available, but did not play either at quarterback or as punt protector. The team was initially concerned about letting him dress for the game.“I had to do a little bit of talking just to dress but I just want to be there for my teammates in case they needed me in an emergency situation,” Tebow said.Tebow played in three offensive plays last weekend against the St. Louis Rams and has continued to practice despite the injury. Jets coach Rex Ryan said Tebow’s condition began to worsen through this week, affecting his breathing. The Jets kept him on the injury report.“It just seemed like a couple of days ago I was noticing,” Ryan said, “I’m like, man, you could tell he was hurting, and it never sounded like he was, you know maybe a little, his breathing was a little different. I was standing there and I was like, well shoot, I’m not going to play this kid. I wouldn’t play my son if it was that kind of situation, but to Tim’s credit, he wanted to be there for his team.”Tebow remains unsure of how long the healing process will take, but admits that his ribs need the rest. Last year when playing with the Denver Broncos, he broke a rib in the playoff game against the Patriots and needed the offseason to recover.While standing on the sideline Thursday night, fans began to chant his name as the Jets allowed the Patriots to score five touchdowns in the second quarter.Fans may not get their wish this season to see Tebow replace Mark Snachez as the starting quarterback because Ryan is sticking with his starter. He feels Sanchez gives to team the best chance to win.“Mark will be the starting quarterback this week and we’ll go from there,” Ryan said.For now Tebow’s availability for Sunday’s Dec 2. game against the Arizona Cardinals remains in question. read more

Firefighters to the rescue as the letter e almost blows off Heineken

first_imgImage: Caroline McArdleThe ‘e’ has now been removed and the teams have left the scene.Image: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ieRelated: Travel disruption as high winds continueMore: Storm leaves thousands without power and telephone servicesPictures: Locals flock to see 20 metre fin whale washed up on Achill beach DUBLIN FIRE BRIGADE crew members were called out to D’Olier Street in Dublin today after passers-by spotted a letter from an advertisement hanging precariously from the high-rise building.The first ‘e’ from the word Heineken had become loose on one side so, as a precaution, emergency services closed both Burgh Quay and D’Olier Street.Two trucks and Dublin Fire Brigade’s 100-foot ladder were used in the operation. Firefighters in a cage at the top of the ladder worked to remove the letter.last_img read more

Shatter slams disturbing PAC comments asks Ombudsman to probe penalty points issue

first_imgHe said that no “substantive evidence” has been put forward to question the findings of an internal investigation into the penalty points issue by Assistant Commissioner John O’Mahoney.Nonetheless, in his statement this evening Shatter said that “in the light of circumstances where allegations are being continuously made and the political controversy which An Garda Síochána finds itself at the centre of” it is now in “the public interest to refer the allegations which are being made and the manner in which those allegations have been pursued” to the Ombudsman.Callinan welcomed the statement this evening and said he looked forward to “co-operating fully” with the Ombudsman investigation and adding: “I want to once again state that An Garda Síochána remains as committed as ever to full accountability to the Oireachtas and the citizens of this country.”Shatter also said that he is to examine legislation that will remove the current ban on gardaí being able to make complaints to the Garda Ombudsman in light of the recent controversy.“I believe that this general prohibition has adversely affected the ability to address circumstances of the kind which have arisen in relation to penalty points,” he said.The full statement from the Minister for Justice:The Public Accounts Committee has a vital role to perform in our democracy. So too does An Garda Síochána. It is in no-one’s interests that a situation be allowed to develop where either hampers the ability of the other to discharge their proper roles. I have no doubt that the vast majority of members of both have great respect for the work each of these institutions performs.Unfortunately, a situation has arisen where, unlike the many serious and dedicated Members of Dáil Éireann who discharge their role on the Committee with impartiality and fairness, some members of the Committee have a tendency to prejudge issues that the Committee is considering and have done so in the media in recent days. Recent comments by that minority pose the risk of bringing the work of the Committee into disrepute, undermining its role and its credibility and are particularly disturbing.Serious allegations have been made against many unnamed members of An Garda Síochána which it seems some members of the Committee wish to promulgate publicly without those against whom allegations have been made being in a position to examine the allegations or defend their reputations. The rolling nature of the allegations is such that the Garda Commissioner, prior to his appearance last week before the Committee, was given no reasonable time to conduct a detailed examination of new allegations made.The reality is that there are legal and practical constraints on the ability of the PAC to determine the veracity of claims made in relation to individual penalty point cases. This could lead to a situation where the Committee is simply used as a platform for persons to make a series of unsubstantiated assertions on which the Committee would not be able to come to a reliable conclusion and which could be very damaging to individual members of An Garda Síochána and to private citizens.Many of these allegations were investigated by Assistant Commissioner O’Mahony and are dealt with in his report. While I am aware that some are concerned that the investigation was not independent of An Garda Síochána, I am not aware of the persons making the allegations putting forward any substantive evidence which would call into question Assistant Commissioner O’Mahony’s findings, despite requests to do so. Instead, the original assertions are merely repeated and further cases are brought to attention in circumstances where the persons making the allegations could not have full knowledge of the facts. I have also previously expressed concerns about how files containing confidential information about individual private citizens appear to have been disseminated to others.My fundamental concern has been to ensure that the penalty points system operates properly. The original allegations made with regard to the cancellation of fixed ticket charges have been addressed in two substantial reports. The issue has been extensively discussed in the Houses of the Oireachtas and I have referred the matter to the Garda Inspectorate, whose report I shortly expect to receive. It has also been addressed by the Comptroller and Auditor General. New arrangements have been put in place to tighten up the procedures applicable to the discretionary cancellation of such charges and there is now in place an audited Garda oversight process. There has been misinformed comment to the effect that I could have originally referred the allegations to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission but that would not have been in line with legislative requirements.The Gardaí are in the front line in the fight against crime and are a Force in which we can take pride and for whom the majority of people have great respect. In the context of issues of difficulty related to policing that occur that must be addressed, it is only fair that I acknowledge that, during my time as Minister, any such difficulties that have arisen have been addressed by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan under whose leadership the Gardaí have had outstanding successes.I have discussed the present situation with the Garda Commissioner. While he, of course, has the greatest respect for the work of the Public Accounts Committee, he has legitimate concerns about the effect on the Force of actions which might be taken by the Public Accounts Committee. Equally, he does not want to find himself in a position of conflict with the Committee.We both believe that it is in the public interest that this matter is put to bed once and for all and that it is important that circumstances in which continuing allegations are being made should be addressed definitively to allay any public concerns.In circumstances where the Garda authorities have not been made fully aware of allegations being made and the manner in which allegations are being pursued, it is necessary to identify a method where any public concerns can be addressed, without An Garda Síochána finding itself at the centre of political controversies, or having senior management of the Force continuously distracted from their primary job of protecting the public.Section 102 of the Garda Síochána Act provides that if the Minister considers it desirable in the public interest to do so he can request the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) to investigate certain matters relating to An Garda Síochána. It seems to me, particularly in the light of circumstances where allegations are being continuously made and the political controversy which An Garda Síochána finds itself at the centre of, that circumstances have now arisen where it is in the public interest to refer the allegations which are being made and the manner in which those allegations have been pursued, including issues relating to the preservation of the integrity of Garda records, to GSOC. I am making the necessary arrangement to do so.I hope that people will allow GSOC to proceed with its work unhindered.On a general point, the legislation governing the operation of GSOC does not allow it to investigate complaints made directly to it by members of An Garda Síochána. I believe that this general prohibition has adversely affected the ability to address circumstances of the kind which have arisen in relation to penalty points. I have been reviewing the relevant provisions of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005 with a view to bringing forward proposals to Government to address this issue and expect to shortly do so. Updated 11pm JUSTICE MINISTER ALAN Shatter is to ask the Garda Ombudsman to investigate the controversy surrounding the administration of the penalty points system and has hit out at “disturbing” comments from some members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).In a lengthy statement released this evening, Shatter has said that recent comments by a “minority” of members on the PAC “pose the risk of bringing the work of the Committee into disrepute, undermining its role and its credibility and are particularly disturbing”.The PAC has been investigating claims from two whistleblowers who have alleged widespread malpractice in the administration of the fixed charge notice system, claims that have been robustly dismissed by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.The committee is due to meet tomorrow to consider whether to hold hearings with a serving garda who is behind some of the claims with a former garda also said to be willing to come before TDs.But Shatter said public comments by some PAC members have had a damaging effect and are “particularly disturbing”.“Unfortunately, a situation has arisen where, unlike the many serious and dedicated Members of Dáil Éireann who discharge their role on the Committee with impartiality and fairness, some members of the Committee have a tendency to prejudge issues that the Committee is considering and have done so in the media in recent days,” he said.“Recent comments by that minority pose the risk of bringing the work of the Committee into disrepute, undermining its role and its credibility and are particularly disturbing.” First published 4.59pm‘We cannot do all the work’: PAC’s growing prominence leads to tensions among membersRead: Whistleblower wants an independent inquiry into penalty points allegationslast_img read more

Warburton returns as Wales make three changes for Six Nations battle with

first_imgWALES CAPTAIN SAM Warburton returns to their starting line-up for next Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Ireland on Saturday.Warburton, who came off the bench against Italy, last Saturday has been named to start at openside flanker by Welsh coach Warren Gatland.He is one of three changes made from the Italian match for next Saturday’s game at the Aviva Stadium.Elsewhere Gethin Jenkins comes into the front-row while Andrew Coombs will partner Alun Wyn Jones in the second row.Warburton replaces Justin Tipuric and Jenkins comes in for Paul James with both Tipuric and James dropping to the bench. Coombs is drafted in for Luke Charteris, who is ruled out with a hamstring injury.Elsewhere the Welsh side is unchanged with full-back Leigh Halfpenny set to win his 50th cap. He lines-up in a back three alongside Alex Cuthbert and George North while Scott Williams and Jamie Roberts continue their centre partnership.The Wales team in full is:WALES: Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues); Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro), George North (Northampton Saints); Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Mike Phillips (Racing Metro); Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Richard Hibbard (Ospreys), Adam Jones (Ospreys); Andrew Coombs (Newport Gwent Dragons), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys); Dan Lydiate (Racing Metro), Sam Warburton (Capt – Cardiff Blues), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).Replacements: Ken Owens (Scarlets), Paul James (Bath Rugby), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), James Hook (Perpignan), Liam Williams (Scarlets).In momentum championship Ireland and Wales have the ball slowly rollingConnacht’s Clarke out ‘indefinitely’ after 10th concussion in 22 monthslast_img read more

Sherman Heights homeless storage facility opens despite concerns

first_imgSherman Heights homeless storage facility opens despite concerns Dan Plante Posted: June 13, 2018 Dan Plante, Updated: 8:36 PMcenter_img June 13, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSHERMAN HEIGHTS (KUSI) — They locals fought as hard as they could. The local Catholic school fought as well. In the end, the City of San Diego ignored their concerns and opened a storage warehouse for 500-people in the middle of their neighborhood.“We will fight, we will keep fighting. We will not stop until we get rid of this place,” said Marie Zuniga, an 84-year old resident.After the hepatitis outbreak, everything changed when it comes to the homeless. One of those changes is the new warehouse.“We have a group of neighbors who will be looking out,” said Noel Bishop, principal for Our Lady of Guadalupe, the oldest Catholic school in San Diego.The school is taking some drastic measures, getting ready for 500 homeless people.“We’re installing lights, cameras and security guards,” Bishop said.The center only has 8-people on the first day. Each person needs a referral from the San Diego Police. It’s supposed to be temporary, but it could be years before it moves somewhere else. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Challenged Althetes Foundation to host Million Dollar Challenge bikeride

49 Voices Geneva Luteria of Anchorage

first_imgGeneva Luteria of Anchorage (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This we we’re hearing from Geneva Luteria in Anchorage. Luteria is a student at Dimond High School whose parents moved to Alaska from the Phillipines. She was part of this year’s Points of Light Leadership Institute program.LUTERIA: The best, fortunate thing that I forgive my parents for bringing me to Alaska for is that I see myself no matter what. I see it in my neighborhood. I see it in kids at school. I see it in teachers. No matter what, I’m surrounded by the Filipino community, no matter where I go. There’s so much love and respect here. And all the kids know each other and they bond, and that brings me great joy to know that.Student government, I think, is one of my greatest growth experiences in my life. The way I have formed to be a person in student government is something that inspires me more than anything, and something I wish more people would have done.I pursue my own personal projects in the form of resolutions, which are meant to enhance why thing should be better. Like last year, I forwarded a Filipino resolution to introduce Tagalog classes into the Anchorage School District, as I feel a lot of Filipino kids grow up in this place and they fail to learn the language their parents have taught them, due to encouragement from the school to learn English, due to so many societal pressures to not learn this language. And I feel like they were really missing out on that.In elementary school, some parents were actually called to be told that they shouldn’t be showing their kids any shows or speaking to them because it might interfere with their language of English. And this was something I read in a report, this was something I know from my friends. I know this has happened and they were discouraged.So I made this resolution to show these kids that you can learn the language, you can be proud of that. You can talk to your community, you can talk to your family in the language they grew up in. And I brought this resolution to several boards, such as the Filipino Board, the Anchorage School District, my own student government and delegates at the Alaska Association of Student Governments because I felt passionate about it.This is my third year. I have to admit, first year I did absolutely nothing. Second year, I got that dose of inspiration from going back home to the Philippines and seeing the culture there. And third year I’m like high stakes, rolling into it, you know.last_img read more

Last rites of Ponnala Lakshmaiahs grandson Drupath to take

first_imgSenior Telangana Congress pioneer and ex-serve Ponnala Lakshmaiah is left in profound stun after his grandson passed away in a road accident. 22-year-old Koduri Drupathi yesterday lost his control after his speedy bike hit a divider close Wipro circle in Gachibowli. He succumbed severe injuries and was raced to a private hospital. His head hit the divider and the specialists affirmed that he was brought dead. Drupath was not wearing a head protector and was hustling at a fly speed in the core of the city. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us Drupath happened to be the grandson of Ponnala Lakshmaiah’s very own sister. Cyberabad cops raced to the spot and registered a case. Drupath’s body was rushed to Osmania Mortuary and the post mortem customs will be finished today after which his mortal remains will be handed over to his relatives. Koduri Drupath is a native of Mulkunur in Bhinadevaranpalli in Telangana. Several congress pioneers hurried to console his family members. His last rituals are expected to take place this evening.last_img read more

PreAztec Flayed Lord Temple Discovered in Mexico

first_imgMexican archeologists claim they have a significant discovery at hand. The country’s National Institute of Anthropology and History shared on January 2 that they’ve found an early temple, perhaps the very first, of the ‘Flayed Lord’. This concerns a popular ancient god that fulfilled several worship roles but its most important was connected to regeneration, growth, and fertility.The relics associated with the ancient deity resurfaced during recent digs at ruins belonging to the Popoloca people at the Tehuacan archeological site in Mexico’s Puebla state.Xipe Totec as depicted in the Codex Borgia, shown holding a bloody weapon and wearing flayed human skin as a suit.The depiction of the deity, whose name is Xipe Totec, consists of prominent-looking stone carvings including head parts weighing over 400 pounds and a distinct trunk part. All were found in pristine condition.Among the most intriguing detail is one extra hand that is hanging from one of the deity’s arms, symbolizing a sacrificed person’s skin hanging over him.Not all details of those sacrificial rites are fully clear to archeologists.Ceramic statue of Xipe Totec from the Gulf coast, now in the Museo de América in Madrid. Photo by Simon Burchell CC BY-SA 3.0Another intriguing decoration on the torso part includes a feather skirt.The finds’ age is estimated to be in between 900 and 1150 A.D., which likely makes it the earliest known representation of Xipe Totec found so far in the country.The cult of Xipe Totec traveled wide throughout Mesoamerica and was accepted also by the Aztecs, to whom the Popoloca people succumbed to. But the Aztecs would alter the way they treated this deity. Supposedly they assumed this was the deity who contrived war.Archaeologist Castillo with one of the sculptures. MELITÓN TAPIA/INAHThe temple site where the recent relics of Totec were found should have been completed by the Popolocas sometime between the 11th and 13th-centuries and is contained within a bigger complex called Ndachijan-Tehuacan. The Aztecs, who most likely originated from the north of Mexico, forged their presence in Mesoamerica during the 13th-century.According to archeologist Noemi Castillo who commented in a press release, the figure of the deity also “has a hole in the belly” which would have been used “to place a green stone and ‘endow them with life’ for the ceremonies.”The ancients also used a volcanic rock to produce the sculpture work. The rock in question could be rhyolite but since such a resource has not been traced locally, it must have been obtained from a more remote area.MELITÓN TAPIA/INAHThe sculpture work likely had an important function on the sacrificial altars where the captives to the deity were presented. For most of the time, those captives were either slaves or prisoners.The Popolocas people who greatly relied on farming garnered a special relationship with Xipe Totec. In this deity, they saw a direct link with the natural cycles of Earth, and his worship came in place during the springtime.Their special spring festival known as Tlacaxipehualiztli was conducted each year to assure a productive harvesting season. The very name Tlacaxipehualiztli signifies to don the skin that has been removed.Codex Borbonicus“The flayed skins, which rotted away to reveal a living human beneath them, represented fresh plants emerging from decayed husks,” writes the Smithsonian on the symbolism of this ritualistic effort.According to more accounts that describe the rituals, the processions took place at different platforms. The sacrificial death of the chosen captives should have been held at one temple, but their skin was then ritually stored in another temple and only after it was worn by ritual participants for a couple of days on.Archeologists have commented that the temple where the recent relics of the deity were found, could be one temple that clung to that function of storing the skin.Each victim subjected to the sacrificial ritual would have been sacrificed either in a gladiator-like fight or presented on a platform where finished with arrows. The victims were then transported to another platform and besides having their skin removed there, their heart was also cut out in another gesture to admire God.It was normally priests which oversaw the festivites and who then wore the skins.While the principal function of Xipe Totec was to represent regeneration, his other domains included being the god of liberation (in a penitential context) and even enacting phallic god.Read another story from us: The Mystery of the “Lost” Pyramid – Funerary Complex or Solar Temple?Each item found in the recent dig is due to undergo lab tests and additional analysis which will help experts piece together more details.last_img read more

In the NBA Kentucky has been The University of Underwhelming at Lexington

first_imgGuests:Metta World Peace – Former NBA All-Star and NBA Champion is in-studio explains what it’s like to have a notorious rep; if he thinks DeMarcus Cousins can work in New Orleans; how Anthony Davis can keep Boogie Cousins in check; and why he thinks LeBron should compete in the dunk contest.Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Analyst is in-studio to talk Boogie to New Orleans; why the Pelicans has nothing to lose; why he disagrees with Colin’s opinion that Kentucky is overrated; how the NBA could make the All-Star Game better; and why LeBron doesn’t need the contest.Doug Gottleib –  College Basketball Analyst and host of The Doug Gottleib Show joins the show to explain why the Kings had to trade DeMarcus Cousins despite not getting much in return; if he can work in New Orleans; why Buddy Hield doesn’t work in the NBA; if the current Kentucky NBA crop will win NBA titles; and why firing college coaches during the season doesn’t help anyone. Kentucky Basketball – The University of Underwhelming at LexingtonNo basketball program in the country has had more success adapting to the one-and-done era of the college game than Kentucky under John Calipari. Lexington has become the closest thing to an NBA factory in the nation, but if you compare the NBA careers of the all-time great Wildcats to other blue blood programs like North Carolina and the UCLA, it’s not even close.The Tar Heels and Bruins have stacks of titles. Kentucky has neither. It’s not a dig at Coach Cal, it’s just a fact.“It’s the University of Underwhelming at Lexington.”LeBron should never enter the dunk contestThis year’s NBA Dunk Contest was one of the worst in years. It was full of missed dunks and too many props. In the past, every time the contest has been on death’s door, someone steps up to rescue it. Colin agrees the contest needs to be saved, or eliminated altogether, but disagrees with those that think LeBron James should be the one to do it.Michael Jordan participated in it at the beginning of his career because it helped his brand, but stopped once he didn’t need it. Colin thinks the schticky contest is beneath James. He should continue to sit it out.“It’s a branding issue. It is beneath him. Babe Ruth wouldn’t do the Home Run Derby.”last_img read more

Massive palapa roof collapses at Maroma

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — A palapa collapse at a Playa del Carmen beach club caused some guests to panic and hotel workers to scramble after the large wood and grass structure came crashing down. The collapse happened at the Maroma Adventures beach club when a massive palapa roof collapsed during the heavy rains Tuesday. Reports say that the accident was not reported to authorities, however, since the release of the video, the Directorate of Civil Protection of Solidaridad says they will initiate the relevant investigations so that the center fully complies with the required security protocol. center_img The video was filmed by a vacationer who uploaded it to social networks, which shows that the large structure that served as a roof at the entrance of Club Maroma completely collapsed. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) A video posted by a guest on site at the time shows an ambulance loading injured. During the mishap, dozens of hotel staff tried to take control of the situation that took tourists, promoters and taxi drivers by surprise. last_img read more

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