Report: Bosnia 2 Northern Ireland 0

first_imgNorthern Ireland are on the brink of relegation in the Nations League after Edin Dzeko’s double earned Bosnia-Herzegovina a 2-0 win in Sarajevo.Having taken full advantage of Jamal Lewis’ calamitous error midway through the first half, Dzeko – who also had a seemingly legitimate goal disallowed – wrapped up the points 17 minutes from time.The Roma striker’s clinical finishing came in stark contrast to Northern Ireland’s profligacy, with substitute Gavin Whyte passing up the best of some golden opportunities when he struck the woodwork from point-blank range. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Michael O’Neill’s side will drop down to the third tier if Austria secure one point from their two remaining games, which includes a trip to Windsor Park, while Bosnia-Herzegovina just need a draw to clinch promotion to League A.Who else?Edin Džeko #NationsLeague— UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) October 15, 2018George Saville should have done better from Steven Davis’ pinpoint cross after quarter of an hour and the midfielder went closer five minutes later when his half-volley rattled the right-hand upright.Northern Ireland’s bad luck continued in the 27th minute, Edin Visca pouncing on Lewis’ slip to tee up Dzeko, who made no mistake with a tidy first-time finish.Lewis could have been at fault for a second Bosnia-Herzegovina goal when he appeared to play Dzeko onside from Miralem Pjanic’s set-piece, but the assistant referee’s flag spared his blushes after a blistering volley from the striker.Whyte looked set to haul Northern Ireland level in the 66th minute, only for the 22-year-old to somehow hit the post from six yards out with the goal gaping.The visitors were made to pay when Dzeko beat the offside trap and curled Pjanic’s pass beyond Bailey Peacock-Farrell.The woodwork again denied Whyte in stoppage time as Northern Ireland failed to stop Bosnia-Herzegovina extending their 100 per cent Nations League record to three matches. What it means: Profligacy proves costlyNorthern Ireland have had no trouble creating opportunities in their Nations League campaign, but their failure to convert those chances into goals has piled too much pressure on their defence. The positive signs are there, but unless O’Neill’s side begin to hit the target, it does not bode well heading into Euro 2020 qualification.World-class DzekoDzeko had hardly touched the ball before slotting in the opener and he showed wonderful skill for the goal that was disallowed before finally getting his second late on. With his quality up top, Bosnia-Herzegovina will be confident of securing promotion to League A when they face Austria next time out.Lewis at fault againIt has been a difficult start to life on the international stage for Norwich City youngster Lewis, who had now made errors leading to goals in all three of Northern Ireland’s Nations League fixtures. It was only Lewis’ fifth cap, but he will need to learn quickly if he is to cement a place in O’Neill’s side.Key Opta facts:- Bosnia-Herzegovina are unbeaten in their last eight matches in all competitions, winning five and drawing three.- Northern Ireland are winless in their last six away matches in all competitions, failing to score a single goal in that run (D2 L4).- Two of Northern Ireland’s three shots on target in this match came in the final five minutes.- Dzeko has been directly involved in seven goals in his last six competitive appearances for Bosnia-Herzegovina (five goals, two assists).What’s next?Northern Ireland face neighbours the Republic of Ireland in their next outing, before finalising their Nations League group campaign with a fixture against Austria, which will be a dead rubber if Franco Foda’s side avoid defeat against Bosnia-Herzegovina. read morelast_img read more

Tsitsipas, the 20-year-old who beat Federer, comes from a family of sporting history

first_imgStefanos Tsitsipas is fast climbing the ladder of success in the world of tennis. With his latest win over Roger Federer in the fourth round of the Australian Open at the Rod Laver Arena, the 20-year-old Greek has well and truly announced himself on the tour. Tsitsipas defeated Federer 6-7(11), 7-6(3), 7-5, 7-6(5) on Sunday to advance to the quarter-finals in Melbourne.After his victory over Federer, Tsitsipas confessed that it was a dream come true for him to face Federer at a packed Rod Laver Arena and that he had been idiolising the Swiss since he was six years old.Interestingly, Tsitsipas was only 6 weeks and 6 days old when Federer won his first professional match. Federer had registered his first victory on the ATP tour on September 29 1998 when he defeated Frenchman Guillaume Raoux 6-2, 6-2 in the Round of 32 at Toulouse Grand Prix.”It was a dream for me come true just being on Rod Laver Arena.”@StefTsitsipas applauds the @RodLaverArena crowd #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019Tsitsipas has long been showing glimpses of his power on the tour. His victories against the top 20 players in the ATP rankings is a proof of the fact that he is one for the future.In his young professional career so far, Tsitsipas has twice defeated Kevin Anderson and Dominic Thiem. His list of a single victories against the top 20 players is long and he has now added the huge name of Roger Federer to the list..@StefTsitsipas is mixing things up on the tennis courtIt’s clearly working #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019The top 20 players Tsitsipas has defeated once are: Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, David Goffin, Pablo Carreno Busta, Fabio Fognini, Diego Schwartzman, Lucas Pouille and now, Roger Federer.Tsitsipas is yet to beat another solid name in Rafael Nadal but he may just meet the big man if he gets past his next opponent Roberto Bautista Agut and reach his first Slam semi-final..@StefTsitsipas has been idolising Roger Federer since the age of six.At 20-years-old, he’s speechless #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019Tsitsipas is an extremely athletic player and his court coverage and movement against Federer on Sunday was proof of that. Perhaps, a lot of that can go to the genes he possesses.Tsitsipas comes from a sporty family. The 20-year-old’s maternal grandfather Sergei Salnikov was part of the Soviet Union football team that won the gold medal at the 1956 Olympics also in Melbourne. Looks like, Melbourne can become a special place for this family.To the 70,259 fans who walked through the gates on Day 7 and set a first Sunday Day/Night record – lucky you.You witnessed some cracking tennis #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019Tsitsipas’s mother Julia Salnikova is a former tennis player while his father Apostolos Tsitsipas is a tennis coach. Tennis is surely running in the blood for Tsitsipas..@rogerfederer: “I lost to a better player who was playing very well tonight. Hung in there, gave himself chances at some point, stayed calm. It’s not always easy, especially for younger guys. Credit to him for taking care of that.”#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019Tsitsipas had no words to describe his emotions after defeating Federer and he said he was “the happiest man on earth” then. Well, he would surely want to continue being the happy man from here on and realise the potential that the world sees in him now.Also Read | I lost to a better player: Roger Federer after shock defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipaslast_img read more


first_imgSouth Dakota’s Legislature has passed a resolution urging the funding of steel barriers at the southern border as the government shutdown hit its 24th day.The state House voted 55-13 on Monday for the measure, which senators approved last week.Republican Tony Randolph, the measure’s House sponsor, says it’s a simple measure to urge the president and Congress to secure the border.Democratic Rep. Ray Ring, who spoke against the measure, says it goes against “what our country stands for and what our faith stands for.”Resolutions express the Legislature’s opinions but don’t have the force of law.President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats have been at an impasse over funding for the proposed wall, which has led to the partial government shutdown.last_img read more

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How to cook like a southern gentleman

first_img1. Cast iron tenderloin 2. Green beans 3. Chorizo potatoes 4. Sittys Fried Chix 5. Southern pound cake 6. Sweet tea A Brief History of the Tervis Tumbler and Why You Need One Is Classic French Technique Still Relevant In Today’s Culinary World? Feasting is our column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.There are certain values a modern Southern gentleman holds near and dear to his heart. There are chivalry, intellectual curiosity, honor and respect for tradition, just new name a few. But perhaps the single most important thing a southern gentleman is known for is his hospitality. When presented with company he should know how to fix a proper drink and make a delicious meal while still being available to entertain his guests, whether it’s a backyard full of family or a one-on-one date with his girl. But he doesn’t have to figure out everything himself because Southern Living magazine teamed with author and self-taught chef Matt Moore for one of our favorite cookbooks. A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen: Adventures in Cooking, Eating and Living in the New South is a look into the life lessons, traditions and recipes that helped shape today’s modern Southern man.After the success of his self-published debut cookbook Have Her Over for Dinner, Matt wanted to shift his focus on a subject he’s been passionate about for quite some time: a culinary journey of discovery into the soul of the new Southern gentleman. “Together we’ll pay homage to a culture filled with tradition and folklore while cooking up some mighty tasty and delectable recipes you will be proud to serve to your family and friends,” he says in the intro. “Together we shall live, eat, cook, drink and learn!”A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen isn’t just a book of recipes. Matt dives into the stories and history that tell tales about the food, like making pasta with Nashville’s Tom Lazzaroli or perfecting the salmon croquettes his great-grandmother Addie used to cook for this father. Along the way are gent’s tips that will guide you on substitutions, shortcuts and what to do with things like leftover duck fat. Matt also highlights the artisans, farmers, family members, musicians and artists who inspire him the most in “Walking the Walk” segments throughout the book. There’s even a section in the back with all the necessary advice on stocking your pantry and selecting the proper gear to get the most out of your time in the kitchen.Related: BBQ with Franklin premieres on PBSNow on to the really good stuff. A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen is divided into six chapters with more than 150 essentials recipes. If you’re a seasoned cook, you’ll be familiar with the ingredients and techniques Matt uses throughout. But even if you’re a beginner, most of the recipes are easy to intermediate, making this book a great learning tool as well. “To Start + To Share” is a collection of dishes every guy should have up his sleeve for entertaining, such as Stuffed Grape Leaves and Crab Cakes with Caper Rémoulade. The “Greens + Soups + Gumbos” chapter has great ways to start your meal and comforting main dishes like a Chopped Seafood Cobb Salad and Callie’s White Bean Chicken Chili. Matt’s “Main Attractions” includes delicious dishes like Pan-Seared Duck Breast with Southern Fried Rice and Lowcountry Shrimp with Geechie Boy Grits which perfectly pair with his “Tried + True Sides” like Sweet Potato Smash and Sweet Peas with Bacon and Mascarpone. Save room for a “Sweet + Simple” dessert like Fresh Peach and Blueberry Cobbler. And because no meal would be complete without libations, the “Cocktails + Curiosities” section has everything from Cajun Vodka Lemonade to the classic NOLA Sazerac.Whether you live in the south or just have love for its rich culture and traditions, this cookbook is a must-have on every man’s shelf. The recipes are hearty and straightforward, and it’s full of tips and tricks to actually help you become a better cook. If you want to learn more and give the book a spin in your own kitchen, grab it on A Simple Recipe for True Southern Fried Chicken center_img Editors’ Recommendations The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Pornlast_img read more

Exports grow 11%, trade deficit dips 19% in March

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s exports rose to a five-month high of 11 per cent in March on account of higher growth mainly in pharma, chemicals and engineering sectors, marking the outbound shipments at $331 billion for FY 2018-19, official data showed Monday. Merchandise exports in March stood at $32.55 billion as against $29.32 billion in the same month last year. This is the best growth rate for exports since october 2018, when shipments grew by 17.86 per cent. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalImports rose by 1.44 per cent to $43.44 billion in March 2019. However, trade deficit — the difference between exports and imports — narrows to $10.89 billion during the month under review as compared to $13.51 billion in March 2018. Oil and gold imports rose by 5.55 per cent and 31.22 per cent to $11.75 billion and $3.27 billion, respectively in March 2019. For the full fiscal (2018-19), imports rose by 8.99 per cent to $507.44 billion, widening the trade deficit to $176.42 billion as against $162 billion in 2017-18. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”Through secular growth over the last three financial years, following the major downturn in the face of the global slowdown, merchandise exports for 2018-19 are estimated at $331.02 billion, the highest ever, surpassing the earlier peak of $314.4 billion achieved in 2013-14. This has been achieved in a challenging global environment,” the commerce ministry said in a statement. During the full fiscal, the sectors which recorded healthy growth include petroleum (28 per cent), plastic (25.6 per cent), chemicals (22 per cent), pharmaceuticals (11 per cent) and engineering (6.36 per cent). Data showed that oil imports in April-March 2018-19 grew by 29.27 per cent to $140.47 billion, while non-oil imports were up by 2.82 per cent to $366.97 billion during that fiscal. Commenting on the data, Trade Promotion Council Of India (TPCI) Chairman Mohit Singla said that despite global challenges, exports registered best ever performance. “There is a need to further focus on new products like food commodity so that the growth is more resilient and sustainable. Also, it will cushion our exports from the global volatility and shocks in the long run,” Singla said. Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) President Ganesh Kumar Gupta said exports grew despite major challenges including protectionism, tough global conditions and constraints on the domestic front. “We demand for immediate support like augmenting flow of credit, higher tax deduction for R&D, outright exemption from GST, interest equalization support to agri exports, benefits on sales to foreign tourists to further boost exports,” Gupta said. The ministry also said that total exports (goods and services combined) have been growing since 2016-17 and have surpassed the $500 billion mark in 2018-19 “for the first time”. The overall estimated exports (merchandise and services) have reached a new peak of $535.4 billion this year, attaining a growth of 7.97 per cent. However, as the data showed, services exports in February 2019 dipped by 6.54 per cent to $16.58 billion. Imports during the month too contracted by 11 per cent to $$9.81 billion.last_img read more

PM assures Hambantota will not be a Chinese navy base

The Prime Minister said that India or any country can also invest on the Hambantota port. He said that India was aware of the construction of the Hambantota port when the former Government was in office.“Chinese Navy ships will not be based there,” he said. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today assured that the Hambantota port will not be made a Chinese navy base.The Prime Minister said this while speaking to NDTV on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Surgite— online and interactive

Surgite magazine Last year, we introduced Surgite as a digital magazine, enabling readers to experience alumni news from their iPad, tablet, desktop and/or mobile device.  In our upcoming March edition, readers will enjoy new, interactive pieces.  You can watch videos, access bonus features and share content.  Also, watch for Class Acts, a new feature in Surgite that invites grads to submit news on careers, marriages, births and life experiences.  This feature will only be available in the digital version of Surgite,  so don’t miss it! read more

How feminist Meghan and broody Harry have been talking about starting a

During an interview with Good Morning Britain in June, Meghan’s father Thomas Markle also let the cat out of the bag: “She’s wanted children for a long time,” he revealed. “When she met Harry and she spoke about how much she loved him, there’s got to be a child in the making there somewhere soon.” It came after her former agent Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne has declared in an interview: “Meghan said to me, ‘I would absolutely love to have children, and I can’t wait to be a mother’.” Kensington Palace has announced that Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are expecting a baby in Spring 2019.  Kensington Palace has announced that Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are expecting a baby in Spring 2019. Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty THE DUKE and Duchess of Sussex made no secret of their desire to start a family – even addressing the possibility of having children in their engagement interview.Asked if they had plans to try for a baby last October, Harry replied: “Not currently, no,” garnering a laugh from his then wife to be. “Of course, one step at a time and hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future,” he added.Around the time she met the prince in the spring of 2016, a then Miss Markle gave a telling interview to Best Health Canada when she said becoming a mother was “on her bucket list”, adding: “I can’t wait to start a family, but in due time.”A few months later the 36-year-old royal opened up to Lifestyle magazine, declaring: “I also dream to have a family. It’s all about balance, and I have so much happiness in my career and am fortunate to travel the world and see so many amazing things — it will also be nice to be anchored to something grounded and in the same place. Raising a family will be a wonderful part of that.” Much was made of Meghan lingering at a baby products stand during a visit to Northern Ireland in April and commenting: “I’m sure at some point we’ll need the whole thing.” She was also photographed crouching down talking to a little girl at the Coworth Polo Club in Ascot in July-  around the time the couple are thought to have conceived. Harry, 34, has been unashamedly broody for years, declaring in an interview in 2010, when he was just 25: “I’m obsessed with children.”He also spoke of his desire to settle down during a tour of New Zealand in 2015.Then aged 30, he said he was waiting for the right moment – and the right woman – to come along. “Of course, I would love to have kids right now,” he said. “But there’s a process that one has to go through.” Having had to play gooseberry to William and Kate between his break up from Cressida Bonas in 2014 and meeting Meghan two years later, Harry watched with increasing admiration – and a small degree of envy – as his brother settled into married life as a father of three.The Sussexes very much wanted their children to be close in age to the Cambridges as they grow up as neighbours at Kensington Palace. Now their first baby is due in Spring, meaning he or she will be just a year younger than Prince Louis. Meghan has been a focal feminist since the age of 11, when she spoke out against a sexist washing liquid commercial, saying: “I don’t think it’s right for kids to grow up thinking these things, that just mom does everything. It’s always mom does this, and mom does that … I said, ‘Wait a minute, how could somebody say that?’” She followed it up with a punchy speech at the UN in 2015, calling for women’s empowerment. Keep up to date with all that’s happening in the Royal family by signing up to our weekly newsletter, Your Royal Appointment. read more

Cathay Pacific announces it is suspending its DublinHong Kong service

first_img By Fora Staff Cathay Pacific announces it is suspending its Dublin-Hong Kong service The non-stop flights will be shelved from November until March 2020. Image: Imaginechina/SIPA USA/PA Images Share31 Tweet Email6 Thursday 12 Sep 2019, 8:55 AM Short URL Image: Imaginechina/SIPA USA/PA Images 35,297 Views Thu 8:46 AM CATHAY PACIFIC HAS decided to suspend its four-times weekly Dublin to Hong Kong service for the winter.The Hong Kong-based carrier said that it has decided to temporarily suspend the flights from 7 November 2019 to 29 March 2020.The move comes shortly after Cathay Pacific reported a near-40% drop in traffic into Hong Kong in August following disruption caused by anti-government protests in the city.The airline has faced pressure from the Chinese government with chairman John Slosar resigning earlier this month, just weeks after the departure of chief executive Rupert Hogg.In a statement, Cathay Pacific said it decided to temporarily shelve the Dublin-Hong Kong service following a “careful review of the current business environment”.“This is a difficult decision to make, but also a necessary one in view of the commercial challenges we currently face. The Dublin and Hong Kong non-stop flight will resume on 30 March 2020,” a spokesperson said.Cathay Pacific said it will “continue to strengthen our investments in the Irish market” through additional marketing activities over the coming months.“We are confident in the long-term prospect and strength of the traffic between Ireland, Hong Kong and the rest of Asia,” the spokesperson said.A Dublin Airport spokesman told Fora it “was disappointed that the route has been temporarily suspended for the winter season, but it would work closely with Cathay Pacific in relation to the resumption of its direct Hong Kong service in March of next year”.Get our Daily Briefing with the morning’s most important headlines for innovative Irish businesses.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on 22 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Walkouts planned at Clark County schools Wednesday

first_imgArea school districts are preparing for planned student walkouts that will touch campuses across the nation on Wednesday.One month after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., students at some high schools in Vancouver and surrounding cities plan to leave class at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes — one minute for each of the victims in last month’s shooting. Some schools are also offering alternatives to students who want to demonstrate but may not wish to leave school, such as letter-writing campaigns or voter registration drives.“When students advocate appropriately for change, it can be a powerful learning experience,” Vancouver Public Schools principals wrote in letters to parents this week. “We also recognize that some students may not want to participate in a walkout or related activities and may prefer to stay in class. We are committed to ensuring that all students feel safe and respected.”Evergreen Public Schools Superintendent John Steach told district staff in a campus email this week that the district supports “our students in efforts to stand up for what they believe in.” Still, he added, the district hopes students choose to stay on school property during that time.“If a student-led walkout does occur in our schools, the top concern is that we maintain a safe and secure learning environment for all and we are putting plans in place to ensure this,” Steach wrote.That walkout appears likely as two Evergreen High School students are busy organizing a walkout at the east Vancouver campus next week.Winston Handwerker, a 17-year-old junior, and Jesalynn Prom, a 15-year-old sophomore, are planning a demonstration in the campus parking lot. The pair say their aim is to show elected officials the importance of changing gun laws with student safety in mind.last_img read more

Three shot one in custody after apartment shooting in Carlsbad

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Three shot, one in custody after apartment shooting in Carlsbad KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 4, 2018 Updated: 11:20 AMcenter_img August 4, 2018 CARLSBAD (KUSI) – Three people were shot at an apartment complex near Legoland California just before sunrise Saturday morning.It happened about 5:50 a.m., when Carlsbad police received multiple reports of shots being fired at an apartment complex in the 5500 block of Whitman Way — just east of the intersection of Cannon Drive and Faraday Avenue, and less than a mile from Legoland.Officers found a man and a woman, each with “a serious gunshot wound,” in a courtyard area inside the complex, Carlsbad Police spokeswoman Jodee Reyes said. They were also able to find a suspect in the apartment complex, a man who was suffering from what was described as a non-life- threatening gunshot wound.The two victims and the suspect were all taken to a hospital for treatment. No further information on their conditions was released.Detectives were trying to piece together how the shooting occurred, but they believe the three knew each other and the shooting was not random, Reyes said. They don’t believe there are any outstanding suspects.A portion of the apartment complex continued to be closed off Saturday morning while detectives conducted their investigation. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

DOF And Mutual Aid Assistance Are Responding To Wildfire Near Nikolaevsk

first_imgThe fire was reported at approximately 4 p.m. and is currently estimated at 5-7 acres and is burning in grass and heavy slash, with 4- to 6-foot flame lengths in the grass. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on June 13th, 2018 at 05:49 pmFirefighters from the Division of Forestry are responding to a wildfire near the village of Nikolaevsk on the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula. The fire is off Bolotna Road and there are multiple structures in the area, but at this time the wind is pushing the fire away from structures and into a wet area, according to the Division of Forestry. Firefighters from the Division of Forestry and multiple local fire departments are on scene working to contain the fire.center_img A helicopter with a bucket is dropping water on the fire to assist firefighters on the ground. An air retardant tanker from Palmer is also en route to the fire According to the Division of Forestry preliminary reports indicate the fire was human caused and is under investigation.last_img read more

Rohingya repatriation should be voluntary dignified US

first_imgRohingya refugee. File PhotoUS deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (Africa and Asia) Richard Albrighton Sunday said the repatriation of Rohingyas should be safe, dignified and voluntary.While talking to newsmen after visiting Ghumdhum transit camp by the Rohingya camp in Kutupalong, he also said a congenial atmosphere should be created in Rakhine of Myanmar for the Rohingya repatriation.International human rights organisations and different donor organisations must get unrestricted entry to Rakhine, he said.Meanwhile, Derrick S Brown, US Agency for International Development (USAID) mission director in Bangladesh who was also present there, said USAID has been working to improve the living standard of both Bangladeshi people and Rohingyas.The US team also visited Konarpara Rohingya camp at Naikkhongchhari upazila of Bandarban.last_img read more

BacktoSchool Kicks Off First Full Year for Houston Schools Interim Superintendent

first_img Listen X Share News 88.7 asked Lathan how long she’d be willing to lead the state’s largest school district without a permanent contract.“Until  — I mean the job has to be done, children have to be educated … and an employer will not care whether it was an interim superintendent or superintendent. They want a high quality employee. And I’m going to do what I need to do,” Lathan said.Earlier this summer, Houston school board president Rhonda Skillern-Jones put a motion before her colleagues to consider a contract for Lathan, but trustees didn’t vote on it, with some questioning the timing. center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:47 Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaInterim Superintendent Grenita Lathan welcomed students back to Hilliard Elementary in Northeast Houston Monday. Students, who had been displaced from their home campus last year by Harvey, returned to a renovated facility. Despite that challenge, Hilliard Elementary improved its state rating last year.Veteran administrator Grenita Lathan quickly stepped into the superintendent’s role in March, after Richard Carranza resigned and left for New York City public schools. Five months later, she’s launching her first full year as Houston’s interim superintendent. But some Houston school board members feel she’s already proved herself enough to get the job — permanently. Some are literally praying that she gets a contract.“And I’m asking God will touch the hearts of the naysayers that this be our next superintendent of the Houston Independent School District Board of Education,” said Trustee Wanda Adams in an emotional speech earlier this month.Adams noted how, under Lathan’s leadership, the Houston district has reduced the number of struggling schools on the state’s watch list, like Worthing High School.last_img read more

Endangered fishing cats give birth at Alipore Zoo after years

first_imgKolkata: The Alipore Zoological Garden has finally managed to increase the number of fishing cats in the zoo after many years. The zoo authorities are upbeat about the increase in population of the animal as fishing cat is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.”The fishing cat is the state animal of Bengal. But its population is threatened with the wetlands in the state declining severely in the last decade. So, we have decided to increase the population of the animal in the zoo. We had two pairs of fishing cats here. Now, they have given birth to three babies which means that the population have gone up from four to seven,” said Asis Kumar Samanta, director of Alipore Zoo. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”We found out that the pairs were not mating while they were in public view. So, we decided to try out something different and kept them hidden for a period of one year. This yielded fruits and they gave birth to three babies,” a senior zoo official said.The babies which were kept away along with the adult females for another period of six months have been brought in public view recently and the visitors are really excited. “We have plans to set them free in the open, once there is a further rise in their population,” Samanta said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) is a medium-sized wild cat of South and Southeast Asia that live foremost in the vicinity of wetlands, along rivers, streams, oxbow lakes, in swamps and mangroves and lives on fishes. “The state government in the last few years have taken some steps in conservation of wetlands but there have been incidents when people have netted these animals and killed them. There is still a lack of awareness among people about this animal species, which is endangered and hardly attack any human being ” a senior zoo official said.last_img read more

Bi activist Loraine Hutchins AIDS catapulted bisexuals into public visibility

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . ‘I lost some beautiful lovers and friends back in the 90s, to AIDS,’ she said.Hutchins tried to process her sorrow by writing about it in Bi Any Other Name.‘More recently I lost Nan. It was a very unique relationship, not the so-called typical kind people expect of queer people.’Nan is Nancy Logsdon Mandelkorn, passed away in 2015. Hutchins wrote some heartfelt verses about her.The loves of her lifeHutchins also talked about the other big loves of her life.‘I am single now. The biggest love of my life, in many ways, is Lani Ka’ahumanu, my co-editor [on Bi Any Other Name], someone I’ve never been lovers with. What I mean by that is that we have been loyal friends for 30 years and sustained our friendship bi-coastally over all that time,’ she explained.‘Another big love of my life was a straight-identified man who was an erotic dancer, and a working-class gardener. He was a fabulous lover. We had some great adventures together.’Loraine Hutchins: ‘Now I am my own best lover’‘Bi and Proud’. | Photo: @centerbiplus/TwitterHow has her love and sex life changed now that she’s 70?‘How has stuff changed?’ she laughed.‘Well, now I am my own best lover. I’ve enjoyed wonderful sex in the past and have great memories.’She teaches sex ed and is interested in the intersections between healing arts and sex work.‘Pleasure is our birthright. Trusting that and embodying it is something else,’ she said.‘We want our straight and gay friends to just relax’When asked about the challenges faced by bisexuals today, she highlighted how the majority of people still seem to fail to recognize them as a reality.‘What stymies me about bisexuality is how common and ordinary and prevalent it is, yet how much in denial people still are,’ she said.‘It’s like humanity thinks it needs to choose sides and continue to fight about it. We wrote Bi Any Other Name to plead with people to stop fighting. We want our straight and gay friends to just relax and chill and let it be.’Advice for the new bi generationMoreover, she warned about the worrying studies on the bisexual part of the population.‘Bisexuals are more at risk for suicide, rape, drug and alcohol abuse, unemployment, and depression,’ she said.‘When I saw the statistic that 45% of bi women have experienced sexual assault, I just wanted to curl up into a ball, pull the blanket over my head and die.’Nonetheless, she seems positive about the future, now in the hands of the younger bi generation.‘To 17-year-olds today just discovering they’re bisexual, you are so lucky to live in this time in history when the majority of young people are identifying as bi. Make the best of it.’Read more from Gay Star News:5 refreshing bisexual movies you need to watch this Bi Visibility Month We need to talk about bi erasure in media: ever heard of the Unicorn Scale? Matilda star Mara Wilson opens up on her ‘bisexual impostor syndrome’ GAYSTARNEWS-center_img When you think of bisexual activists, there is hardly a more relevant name than that of Loraine Hutchins.If that doesn’t ring a bell to your LGBTI ears, suffice to say Hutchins is one the two co-editors of a cornerstone read for bi people, Bi Any Other Name. First published in 1991, the book is still in print after nearly 30 years. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsThis magician is trying to find the perfect trick to explain bisexuality to peopleLondon BiFest: this is why we need to celebrate the bisexual communityRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : ‘We wanted to write the book that we wanted to read, that we needed, that we knew others needed,’ she said.‘We were tired of reading research about bisexuals written by people who were not, in fact, bisexual themselves. It felt creepy and disempowering.’Hutchins opened up about her love and activism life, telling Gay Star News about the struggles of being bi in the 70s and how the AIDS crisis changed the game.Loraine Hutchins came out to her friends and family in 1970. | Photo: suppliedHer mom hoped she “wasn’t avoiding working out stuff with men”Having celebrated her 70th birthday last May, Hutchins is a key figure in the community. She grew up in DC in the 1950s and took part in the LGBTI rights marches at a crucial time.‘I didn’t realize I was bi when I was growing up but I was on record as advocating for homosexual rights, as my friends and I all saw that as part of civil rights,’ she said.She came out to her friends and family after graduating in 1970.‘My mother told me she hoped I “wasn’t avoiding working out stuff with men”. How can I, I’m bi, I wanted to say,’ she recalled.‘And I don’t think anyone else took me seriously.’She explained how bisexuality wasn’t considered a legitimate sexual orientation back then.‘Straight people tend to overly eroticize us and gay people tend to not trust us, call us double agents, switch hitters,’ she said.‘AIDS catapulted bisexuals into public visibility’In Hutchins’s words, it was because of AIDS that bisexuals suddenly became visible in the 80s.‘A lot of bisexuals had already died. AIDS catapulted bi people into public visibility,’ she said.‘The world could no longer deny people loved more than one gender when it was clear that heterosexuals were afraid of bi people doing unsafe sex and “bringing” HIV to them.’She also said: ‘It was as if all gay and straight people practiced safer sex and only bis didn’t, which is ridiculous.’Hutchins said this was the reason bisexuals had to come out and fight back.On BiNet USA and meeting ObamaLoraine Hutchins (L) and Director at SpeakOUT Boston Ellyn Ruthstrom at the Bisexual Community Briefing in DC. | Photo: Jamie McGonnigalTogether with her fellow bi activists, Hutchins created BiNet USA, an organization to give bi people a voice.BiNet USA was officially born in 1987.‘We distributed flyers at the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, the march where the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt was first displayed.’Furthermore, Hutchins pointed out her BiNet ‘has been a small volunteer organization and never had the kind of funding the big gay lobbies have’.‘Our biggest achievement was participating in the White House bisexual policy roundtables hosted by the Obama Administration,’ she said.‘We were able to gather all the latest research on bisexuality and present it to federal policy-makers at various divisions in terms of recommendations we had for them about how to better serve bisexuals.’But things have changed with Donald Trump’s administration.‘Of course, when the new administration came in, all the bisexual information was wiped off the White House site and other federal sites.’The loss of the loved onesBeing 70 means she has lost several people along the way.last_img read more

Obama Handful of senators standing in way of Patriot Act

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “I don’t want us to be in a situation in which for a certain period of time those authorities go away and suddenly we are dark,” he said. “And heaven forbid we’ve got a problem where we could have prevented a terrorist attack or apprehended someone who is engaged in dangerous activity but we didn’t do so simply because of inaction in the Senate.”Among the provisions that would expire is the National Security Agency’s ability to search and amass Americans’ phone records. The most prominent critic of the legislation is Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a GOP presidential contender. In an interview Friday between campaign stops in South Carolina, Paul said voters are encouraging him to continue fighting the government’s bulk collection programs.McConnell is calling the Senate back into session Sunday, just hours before the midnight deadline, “to make every effort to provide the intelligence community with the tools it needs to combat terror,” his spokesman, Don Stewart, said Friday.But it’s not clear lawmakers will have any new solution.Obama argued that changes made in the Patriot Act would provide greater civil liberties protections while retaining essential law enforcement tools. He said many of the authorities that would expire are non-controversial, such as the use of so-called “roving wiretaps” that track suspects through their multiple cell phone usage. Top Stories Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober WASHINGTON (AP) — Blaming a “handful of senators” for stalled national security legislation, President Barack Obama said Friday he has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to take action swiftly to extend key Patriot Act provisions.Without action by midnight Sunday, a number of tools that permit law enforcement to pursue and investigate suspected terrorists will expire. Obama pinned responsibility directly on the Senate if something were to go awry. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories “The only thing that is standing in the way is a handful of senators who are resisting these reforms despite law enforcement and the (intelligence community) saying ‘let’s go ahead and get this done,’” he said as he wrapped up an Oval Office meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

FHFA Revises its Minority and Women Inclusion Regulations

first_img Diversity & Inclusion FHFA 2016-10-19 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News FHFA Revises its Minority and Women Inclusion Regulations The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced Wednesday the issuing of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Now the agency is seeking comments on proposed amendments to its Minority and Women Inclusion regulations. In 2010, FHFA adopted regulations to facilitate implementation of the requirement of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 to promote diversity and inclusion in all FHFA and the GSEs’ businesses and activities. The proposed amendments further clarify the scope of the regulated entities’ obligation to promote diversity and inclusion.The proposed amendments would first require the regulated entities to engage in diversity and inclusion strategic planning by developing stand-alone plans or by incorporating diversity and inclusion into their existing strategic planning processes. They would also encourage the regulated entities to expand contracting opportunities for minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities through subcontracting arrangements.Likewise, these amendments would require the regulated entities to amend their policies on equal opportunity in employment and contracting by adding sexual orientation, gender identity, and status as a parent to the list of protected classifications.They would additionally require the regulated entities to provide information in their annual reports to FHFA about their efforts to advance diversity and inclusion through capital market transactions, affordable housing and community investment programs, initiatives to improve access to credit, and strategies for promoting the diversity of supervisors and managers.FHFA invites interested parties to submit comments on all aspects of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking within 60 days of publication in the Federal Register.This isn’t the only work the mortgage and housing industry is doing to promote diversity and inclusion, though. The American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC), an independent membership organization focused on advancing the conversation of diversity and inclusion within the mortgage industry, has introduced a digital library featuring diversity and inclusion articles with leading news assembled by various government and media organizations.The library will be a resource for the industry to find articles in the following categories: regulatory, advisory, statistical impacts of diversity, workforce development, supply chain management, and lender impacts.AMDC is also accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Mortgage Industry Diversity and Inclusion Directory.The Diversity and Inclusion Directory is a collection of company profiles that are minority and women owned or operated. The directory will be available online and will have limited print distribution to servicers, government agencies, and suppliers that are looking to engage diverse companies in supply chain.To learn more about the work AMDC is doing for diversity and inclusion in the industry, click HERE.To view the AMDC Digital Library, click HERE.Editor’s Note: The Five Star Institute is the parent company of AMDC, MReport, and October 19, 2016 645 Views Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Deone Bucannon is entering his fifth season with the Arizona Cardinals and while it may not seem like a lot, he has 21 more career starts than any other linebacker on the Cardinals roster.So when he was asked on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Doug & Wolf show if he was a veteran, it was a valid question.“It’s crazy,” Bucannon said. “It goes by so quick. You know we’re going to be in training camp, then it’s the sixth game of the season, next thing you know it’s the 12th game of the season, then playoffs come around. But, I mean, it’s my fifth year…” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Bucannon, who plays the “money” linebacker position, will have more responsibility in first-year defensive coordinator Al Holcomb’s new system. The team’s longest tenured linebacker has been tasked with making defensive calls and checks.Related LinksFor now, the Cardinals embrace the present with Sam BradfordCards camp notebook: Edmonds getting acclimated, standout wideoutsCardinals HC Wilks was ‘fascinated’ by Budda Baker in pre-draft workout“I love it, I take the responsibility with everything I have and I’m going to be ready out there on the field,” Bucannon said. “I want everybody to be in place so they can make plays so they can put food on their plate for their families.”Second-year pro Haason Reddick and eight-year pro Josh Bynes are the other two projected starters at linebacker. Bynes, who has spent time on the Ravens, Lions, and now the Cardinals, has only 29 career starts to Bucannon’s 50. 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more