Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday condemned the killing of a 17-year-old Muslim youth, Junaid, who was stabbed to death by a mob on a train last Thursday in Ballabgarh.“I condemn the incident and urge people to maintain peace in the State,” Mr. Khattar said on the sidelines of a meeting to review various skill development schemes being implemented in Haryana. He said that one accused was arrested, and search was on to nab others. The State government had provided financial aid of ₹10 lakh to the victim’s kin, he added.BJP’s minority Morcha chief Abdul Rasheed Ansari said the killing was a matter of concern “not just as a member of the minority community but also as a citizen of India and as member of a political party”. “My party is equally concerned about it,” he said.Fast probeHe also said that the incident in Ballabhgarh was being investigated efficiently with great speed by the State. “It may have been that at the time of the incident, there may not have been enough policemen to control the mob, but that cannot be linked to the intentions of the government to prevent and investigate the incident.”
Two days after a chunk of the Majerhat bridge, a key connector between south and southwestern Kolkata, collapsed, killing three persons and leaving more than 20 injured, the West Bengal government made a startling revelation. After a meeting with officials of different Departments, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said 20 bridges in the city and its suburbs had outlived their life span.What is the problem?While the government did not name all the bridges that are operational and carrying traffic well beyond their expiry date, it specified three bridges at Sealdah, Ultandanga and Santragachi. These are three of the busiest flyovers and railway overbridges that carry thousands of vehicles and commuters every day. For the city, which is still grappling with three bridge collapses since 2013, crumbling infrastructure is a cause for concern.Why are bridges falling?One of the key problems, cited by the government, is that being a riverine State, it has hundreds of bridges, and many were built years ago, including some dating back to colonial times. For instance, the iconic Howrah Bridge, which was opened to the public in 1943, faced a peculiar problem earlier in the decade when its pillars started corroding because of spitting by thousands of gutkha-chewing commuters. The steel structure was made stronger by fibre-casing by the Kolkata Port Trust.The State government claims that documents relating to many bridges built before independence and during the previous governments are not available, and therefore the agency that is responsible for their maintenance cannot be located. The case filed by the Kolkata police in the Majerhat bridge collapse under several Sections of the IPC, including 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), is against “unknown persons.” However, documents in the public domain suggest that the tenders for repairing the bridge were brought out by the Public Works Department earlier this year, but renovation was never taken up. Moreover, a fresh coat of blue and white (favourite colours of the government that adorn all public offices and infrastructure) paint on these crumbling structures, where vegetation, including trees are found to be growing, indicates that adequate measures for ensuring the safety of these structures have not been taken.Who is responsible?A close look at the urban infrastructure in Kolkata reveals that due to lack of road space, along with surburban and metro railway projects criss-crossing the city, many flyovers, railway overbridges and elevated corridors have been built. There are multiple agencies managing these structures: the Public Works Department, the Kolkata Metro Development Authority (KMDA), the Irrigation Department, the Kolkata Port Trust and the Railways. This often means that no one party can be held accountable for the sorry state of affairs. Another hurdle to repairs is that people have taken shelter under these structures and refuse to move.What is the government doing?The State government has set up bridge inspection and monitoring committees under the PWD, the Irrigation Department and the KMDA. These committees will be engaged in the safety audit of the bridges. The State government has also banned the plying of heavy vehicles and 20-wheeler trucks on bridges and flyovers of the city. The government has urged the Joka-BBD Bag metro project, being carried out in the vicinity of the Majerhat bridge, to suspend work till the inquiry committee, headed by the Chief Secretary, completes its investigation.What lies in store?Since the Majerhat bridge on Diamond Harbour Road connected Behala and the adjoining suburban areas to the city, the accident has resulted in traffic bottlenecks. The Transport Department has started bus services, but with the festival season approaching, the traffic police and the government will have to take more measures to ensure full connectivity to the southwestern suburbs.
Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Playing on enemy ground, the Busmen also needed a stellar performance from goalkeeper Roland Muller, who produced a string of impressive saves to keep the Philippine champions ahead in the second half. The win increases Ceres’ tally to six points from two matches, ahead of Persija Jakarta of Indonesia, which has four points after a similar 3-1 win over Shan United of Myanmar early Tuesday. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesOnly the top team in the group is guaranteed to make the knockout phase of Asia’s second-tier club football competition. The Busmen got the better chances early on with OJ Porteria, fresh off a brace against Shan United two weeks ago, finding Maranon unmarked in the area. The Spanish striker, however, could only head the ball straight at Bui Tan Truong. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Moments later, Stephan Schrock’s cross field ball was collected by Porteria, but Truong was alert to the danger once again. Ceres took the lead in bizarre fashion in the 26th minute. With Ceres still protesting an offside call, Truong dropped the ball to the ground only for Maranon to nick it past him and fire into an empty net. The home side came alive late in the first half with To Van Vu nearly equalising in the 41st minute when he lashed a shot wide from the edge of the area. Truong had one more save to make against the ever dangerous Maranon, who couldn’t find the back of the net from a tight angle. Showing some urgency, Becamex piled up the pressure in the second half but Maranon once again nearly had his way against the Vietnamese defense when he shot straight at Truong in the 53rd minute. ADVERTISEMENT Colombia’s female football players fight for level field Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Bienvenido Maranon. Photo from AFC Cup TwitterTHU DAU MOT – Spanish striker Bienvenido Maranon bagged a hattrick as Philippine champion Ceres Negros subdued Vietnamese side Becamex Binh Duong, 3-1, to regain top spot in Group G of the AFC Cup. Maranon struck in the first half, before firing two quickfire goals late in the second half as the Busmen showed grit and character to survive a huge scare for their second straight victory at Gu Dau Stadium. ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Muller was called into action in the 65th minute, denying Brazilian striker Wander Luiz from close range. Nguyen Anh Duc also tested Muller from distance in the 69th minute. Becamex got its equalizer four minutes later when Luiz produced an acrobatic finish from close range after the Busmen failed to clear their lines. Ceres’ response however proved impressive a minute later as Schrock’s cross was flicked by substitute Maher Karic to the path of Maranon, who bundled the ball home from close range. The Spanish striker made it 3-1 in the 78th minute, getting on the end of Porteria’s deflected cutback to secure maximum points for Ceres.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels the current Indian team is a “balanced” side, which can “take on any team anywhere in the world” atleast in the shortest format of the game, after they notched up their ninth win in 10 matches.”Well if you see, more often than not, the team that we have played with (this year in T20’s), looks like a team that can play in any condition, especially in this format. Let’s not talk about the 50-over format. But in T20s, we can play with this team anywhere in the world,” said Dhoni after India crushed UAE by nine wickets in Asia Cup on Thursday night.”We now have three proper seamers, two spinners and if needed part-timers. I think it is the right combination. And even if you go for a few extra runs, with the batting that we have – till No 8, I think we can look to get those extra runs if the opposition scores off us. So I think this team is set for playing in any conditions, whether you are playing in India or outside India. It looks like a very balanced team.”Dhoni was in playful mood when a Bangladeshi scribe asked a long and winded question with basic intent of trying to know if this is the last time that the limited overs skipper will be playing in this country. Also read: Mashrafe Mortaza hints retirement after World Twenty20 “I’m not getting rid of myself so soon. Bangladesh will have to face me more often than not. This is one occasion when the question was longer than the answer,” he said.advertisementOn a serious note, Dhoni said that he expects the final to be a tough affair as Bangladesh know the conditions well.”As I said, any good team if they are the home team, they will always know the conditions very well. So to beat a home team is always difficult. Also Bangladesh, over the years have developed a lot. They have improved their strength. They know the condition well, as I have said. It will be a good final.””A lot depends on which team plays better cricket. In this format the difference between the two teams can often be just one knock, one individual having a very good day or one bowler having a very good day. The difference between a good team and not-so-good team can be just a performance on that particular day. So I feel it will be a very good final,” Dhoni assessed.Dhoni feels that they will have to stop the big-hitters in Bangladesh team and should not allow any particular bowler to have an outstanding day.”In this format, what has happened doesn’t really matter.”It depends on that particular day as to what’s going to happen. You have to keep the big-hitter out of the game. You have to make sure that one of the bowlers doesn’t have an outstanding day.”
Chris Morris termed his breezy 82 as his “best innings in T20 cricket”, but on the other hand was disappointed to see his team Delhi Daredevils go down to Gujarat Lions by one-run in a thrilling IPL match yesterday. Morris walked to the crease when Delhi were struggling at 57 for 4 in 10.4 overs chasing 173, but after that the South African allrounder took control and blasted a 32-ball 82. His innings was studded with four boundaries and eight sixes and the half-century of his off 17 balls is the fastest of the season.Morris and JP Duminy (48) shared a crucial 87-run partnership for the fifth wicket and almost took Delhi to a sensational win before Praveen Kumar and Dwayne Bravo used their experience to restrict the hosts to 171/5. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )”It probably was my best innings in T20 cricket. I could have missed a straight one first ball and looked like an absolute idiot but it was just one of those days for me when I got going from ball one. It was upsetting we lost but tomorrow sun will again come up,” he said at the post-match press conference.”There was a lot of pressure. We need almost 13 an over when I came out to bat. Before I came out to bat I told myself ‘give yourself one or two’. It was quite obvious what we needed to do. I just played my natural game. If the ball is in my zone any day I would have gone after it even if we need five an over. It’s just the way I play my game. Luckily it worked today.”advertisementMorris said it was a good wicket to bat on and they were targeting short boundaries and not any particular bowler during the chase. He also praised Duminy for lending him support from the other end. (Gujarat edge Delhi by one-run in pulsating match )”We targeted the short boundary more than the bowlers. Like I said it was quite a good wicket. JP (Duminy) played hell of a knock in terms of rotating the strike and hitting his zones. Unfortunately he got out at a vital point of the game. Like I said if the ball is in our zone we will go after it no matter who the bowler is,” he said.Daredevils skipper Zaheer Khan’s decision to put the opposition in after winning the toss backfired as openers Brendon McCullum (60 off 36) and Dwayne Smith (53 off 30) played explosive knocks before Daredevils bowlers pulled things back to some extent to restrict Gujarat Lions to 172/6.The way McCullum and Smith were going at one stage, Gujarat were well on course for a 200 plus total. But Delhi bowlers, especially Imran Tahir (3/24) and Morris (2/35) bowled well in the middle overs to keep the total under check.”We were bowling to two of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket to be honest. If those two get going you can see what they can do. I thought they played beautifully. We gave them a few too many loose balls but that’s the game of cricket. If you could bowl perfect six balls every time then you will be a legend. At the end of the day it was quite a good wicket and a serious game of cricket. Unfortunately we lost and that’s quite upsetting,” Morris said.Morris also came out in support of his skipper Zaheer, who was taken to task by McCullum and Smith on Wednesday.”That guy (Zaheer) is a genius. The way Zak’s brain works is brilliant. It could have been a different day for Zak. Zak went for four off the first ball and he induced a nick that went between the keeper and slip fielder. When Zak makes a decision I back him 100 per cent. That’s the reason he is the captain and that’s the reason he has got so many wickets.”Morris, who turns 29 on Saturday, praised the back room combination of Rahul Dravid and Paddy Upton, who were so far instrumental in turning Delhi’s fortunes around this season.”That’s the genius of Rahul Dravid and Paddy Upton. They give you a lot of space to grow as a person. As a cricketer they let you grow as much as possible. They give you something to do about. They are brilliant together.”Meanwhile, Gujarat Lions pacer Praveen Kumar, who bowled a sensational penultimate over and conceded just four runs off the 18 needed in the final two overs, said he just focussed on bowling to his strengths.”The plan was to bowl as much dot balls as possible to increase the run rate and create pressure on their batsmen. My mindset was simple. My strength is that I can bowl good Yorkers and that’s what was going on in my mind. You need to bowl according to your strength and my strength is yorkers,” said Praveen, who gave away just 13 runs from his four overs but without any success.advertisementOut of the national team reckoning for a while now, Praveen accepted that a comeback is in his minds but what is more important for him is to contribute in his side’s victory in any cricket match.”I take every match seriously. I play normally in every match whether it’s IPL, domestic cricket or a match in my neighbourhood. I always try to give my best and contribute in the team’s win. Yeah every cricketer thinks of making a comeback but I am satisfied with the fact that I am bowling well and the team is winning,” he said.Asked why Ravindra Jadeja was not utilised after the left-arm spinner conceded 14 runs in his only over of the match yesterday, Praveen said: “There was plenty of dew in the ground and the fast bowlers were bowling well so our plan was to bowl more with the pacers. Spinners were not getting much turn with the ball. Even (Suresh) Raina tried two overs but the ball was skidding more because of dew.”(with PTI inputs)
Novak Djokovic and Rogerer Federer loom over Melbourne Park for the year’s opening Grand Slam as favourites for the Australian Open as questions remain as to whether one of Generation Next could finally end their stranglehold.The Serbian world number one and his Swiss opponent have won eight of the nine titles on Rod Laver Arena since 2010 and 11 of the last 13 on the bright blue courts in central Melbourne.Both have six titles each, and are seeking to break a three-way tie for the most victories with Australia’s Roy Emerson.While Federer has won the tournament for the last two years – with the 2017 victory at the age of 35 a surprising return after knee surgery in 2016 – Djokovic’s history in Australia and rediscovery of his form midway through last year means the world number one will be the man to beat.The 31-year-old went into a bewildering slump in mid-2016 that only ended when he won Wimbledon last year before he went on to claim his third U.S. Open crown and move to 14 Grand Slam titles, three behind Rafa Nadal.The Spanish world number two, however, is battling another leg injury that forced him out of the Brisbane International last week.While he told local media on Tuesday that he did not feel any pain from his thigh strain, it is apparent that hard courts are putting undue stress on the 32-year-old’s body.He retired in the quarter-finals against Marin Cilic last year in Melbourne and suffered yet another knee injury that forced him out of the U.S. Open semi-finals at Flushing Meadows before he had ankle surgery in November.advertisement Federer, however, continues to defy the odds at 37 and prepared for his title defence with some convincing performances in the Hopman Cup in Perth last week.The 20-times Grand Slam winner’s victories over Greece’s world number 15 Stefanos Tsitsipas and world number four Alexander Zverev prompted the German to playfully quip that he was tired of Federer winning everything.”I mean, you’re 30-whatever. Why? Just why?,” Zverev asked jokingly of Federer at the Hopman Cup trophy presentation.The 21-year-old Zverev appears the most likely of the younger generation of players hoping to end the world’s top three’s domination of Grand Slams, having beaten Federer and Djokovic at the ATP Tour Finals in London last November.While others in ‘Generation Next’ like Austria’s Dominic Thiem and the 22-year-old Russians Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev could cause upsets, it is debateable whether they have can win seven matches over 14 days.Two of the older generation who have shown they do have that ability – Britain’s Andy Murray and Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka – could be dangerous floaters in the draw as they make their way back from injury-plagued seasons.Murray, a five-time finalist at Melbourne Park, spent most of last year recuperating from hip surgery and looked rusty last week in Brisbane but declared himself pain free.Wawrinka, the 2014 champion, is also coming back from knee surgery and a back injury in the second half of 2018, but typically flies under the radar through Grand Slams and unlikely to have any pressure, which makes him more lethal.WILLIAMS CHASING 24The women’s draw looks more open even with Serena Williams, the most dominant force in the sport, back chasing a 24th grand slam singles title to tie Margaret Court’s all-time record.The American was eight weeks pregnant when she won her 23rd title at Melbourne Park in 2017 and returned to action last year where she reached finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.Williams, who played at the Hopman Cup in Perth, enters the year’s first grand slam ranked 16th but she still remains the favourite in Melbourne even if she lost to Naomi Osaka in the Flushing Meadows final.World number one Simona Halep, with a massive burden off her shoulders, will hope to go one better this year having lost the 2018 final to Caroline Wozniacki.The Romanian, who lost to Ash Barty in the second round of the Sydney International on Wednesday, broke her grand slam duck at the French Open in June last year and finished the season at number one for the second consecutive year. Halep, who is without a coach since Australian Darren Cahill left for family reasons, will expect her back to hold up in competition after a herniated disk curtailed her 2018 season.Wozniacki also has a question mark over her fitness after the 28-year-old Dane revealed her battle with rheumatoid arthritis last October but has since claimed that she has learnt to live with it.advertisementA second Australian Open title will be a perfect birthday gift for world number two Angelique Kerber, who turns 31 in the first week of the tournament.Kerber beat Wiliams in the Wimbledon final to become the first German woman to win the grass court title since Steffi Graf in 1996.She has looked sharp at the Hopman Cup and maintained her 100 percent singles record even though Germany lost to Federer’s Switzerland in the final.Kerber has replaced coach Wim Fissette with 2003 Australian Open finalist Rainer Schuettler and a more aggressive approach could be the hallmark of the new partnership.Also in the mix is the popular Osaka, who stunned Williams in New York.The 21-year-old Japanese, however, had an inconsistent build up to the year’s first grand slam.Osaka suffered a straight set loss to Lesia Tsurenko in the semi-final of the Brisbane International and withdrew from the Sydney International in frustration.Also Read | World No.1 Simona Halep and her coach Darren Cahill part waysAlso Read | Roger Federer warms up to Australian Open by leading Switzerland to Hopman Cup gloryAlso Read | Kei Nishikori survives Daniil Medvedev scare to win Brisbane InternationalAlso Read | Kevin Anderson beats Ivo Karlovic to win Maharashtra Open title
For the first time ever, the Sioux City Police Department has appointed a liaison to the local LGBTQ community.The department announced on its Facebook page that Officer Brooke Davies has taken the position to promote communication and cooperation between the police and individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning.Davies joined the department in August 2012 and is currently assigned to the special traffic enforcement program.
Premier League West Brom legend Regis dies aged 59 Nicholas McGee 17:27 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Premier League West Bromwich Albion Coventry City Aston Villa The West Brom legend was seen as a trailblazer for black players and turned out for England on five occasions West Brom legend Cyrille Regis has died at the age of 59.Regis earned legendary status at West Brom by scoring 112 goals in 297 appearances, and was seen as a trailblazer for black footballers, playing with Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson.He moved to Coventry City in 1984 and won the FA Cup in 1987 as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Devastated this morning my hero my pioneer the man behind the reason I wanted to play football has passed away my heart goes out to all his family RIP Cyrille Regis pic.twitter.com/145idFZopb— Andrew Cole (@vancole9) January 15, 2018Regis played five times for England and was the third black player to receive a senior cap for the Three Lions, following in the footsteps of Viv Anderson and Cunningham.Following his spell at Coventry, Regis joined Aston Villa before stints with Wolves, Wycombe Wanderers and Chester City. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Leeds United Leeds United reconsider new crest after backlash Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 05:01 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Leeds United Championship The club’s managing director Angus Kinnear confirmed they will will reconsider changing to a new badge Leeds United are to reconsider the launch of a new club crest after a strong backlash on social media.The Championship side revealed a new badge on Wednesday, with the revamped design featuring the so-called ‘Leeds Salute’ — thumping the chest with a clenched fist — underneath Leeds United in bold letter.But social media users hit out at the club crest, with some comparing it to a design for a video game, while others labelled the badge “atrocious” and “like a school homework project”. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player | Our new crest #MOT #LUFC 6 months of research10,000 people consultedReady for the next 100 yearsWatch video https://t.co/rIIdL2Yz9F pic.twitter.com/pMrd3zTjCl — Leeds United (@LUFC) January 24, 2018 Leeds insisted more than 10,000 people — including “legends, current players, club staff, the owner, partners and representatives from the Leeds and Yorkshire communities” — were consulted before unveiling the design.But a matter of hours after the announcement, managing director Angus Kinnear indicated the club will reconsider switching to the new badge, which was set to be introduced for the 2018-19 season. “We always knew that the introduction of a crest, particularly one that is so bold and such a break away from the traditional conventions of football club crests, was going to create debate and may be controversial,” Kinnear told the Yorkshire Evening Post.”We had confidence in the process we went through to arrive at the design but today we’ve been overwhelmed by the feedback.”From my perspective it’s exactly why I love working for this club because the passion and enthusiasm and the commitment of the fanbase is quite astounding.”We put the supporters at the heart of everything we do and we are here to make them proud and so, based on some of the feedback we’ve received, it’s evident that the process wasn’t extensive enough and we need to seek further consultation with our fans as we don’t want to do anything that the majority of the fanbase don’t believe in.”Leeds are 10th in the Championship table after 28 matches, with Thomas Christiansen’s side sitting three points outside the play-off places.
Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer Editors’ Recommendations The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts Kentucky Breweries are Plowing Ahead on the Bourbon Trail Swill is our bi-monthly column dedicated to liquor, wine, beer, and every other delicious dram that falls under the broader umbrella of booze. But it’s more than just tasting notes scribbled on a cocktail napkin — Swill is about getting outside of your comfort zone, trying new things, and exploring the big, wide world of libations. One week you might catch us halfway through a bottle of single-malt scotch, and the week after that we might be buzzing on some Ugandan moonshine made from bananas. This column is just one big boozy adventure, so grab yourself a glass and join us for another round.Smoke and beer go together like peanut butter and jelly. Actually, scratch that. Smoke and beer go together like cucumbers and vinegar. They’re okay by themselves, individually, but when mixed together and left to sit for a time, they create something greater than the sum of their parts. Smoked beer is f*$%ing awesome.Despite being something of a rarity these days, smoked beer has actually been around for ages — arguably for just as long as plain ol’ beer has. Early brewers sometimes dried their malt over a wood fire, inadvertently imparting the grains with a subtle smokiness that carried through to the finished product. It was an accident at first, but it was tasty, so it stuck around. Even after brewing processes became more sophisticated and eliminated the necessity of fire-drying malt, brewers (particularly German ones) kept the tradition of smoking beer alive.The awesome part is that now, thanks to the the craft beer explosion that’s been happening over the past decade, the category of smoked beer is wider than ever. Flavor profiles range from subtle and lightly smoked to full-on liquid charcoal in a bottle, so there’s something here for everyone. Here are a few good ones to get you started:Smoked Porter — Stone Brewing Co (CA)Widely regarded as one of the most approachable smoked beers in the game, Stone Brewing’s Smoked Porter is a great place to start if you’re new to smoked beer. It falls on the lighter end of the smoke spectrum, and is brewed with vanilla bean to give some creaminess that balances out the bitterness of the smoke. They also make a chipotle variation of the same brew, so if you’re in more of a spicy mood, check it out.SmokeJumper Imperial Porter — Left Hand Brewing (CO)Here’s another one for you folks who might be on the fence about smoky beer. It’s big, bold, and impossibly dark — but packs in plenty of creamy chocolate notes and only a moderate dose of smoke. Overall it’s really well balanced and drinkable,Smoked Porter — Alaskan Brewing Co. (AK)Alaskan has been making this brew in limited-edition batches every fall for more than 25 years, and they’ve got it down to a science. Definitely falls on the smokier end of the spectrum, but it’s a different kind of smoke flavor. Many of the most famous German smoked beers (rauschbiers) are smoked with beechwood, but Alaskan does theirs with alder. Oh, and they recommend pairing it with a slice of cheesecake, which sounds ridiculous.Urbock — Aecht Schlenkerla (Germany)So here’s the deal, Aecht Schelnkerla is one of the oldest and widely recognized purveyors of smoked beer in the world. They make three smoked beers: an urbock, a märzen and weizen. All of them are amazing, and should be on your bucket list of booze to sample. The urbock (the darkest one) isn’t for the faint of heart though — it’s super smoky and thick, and should be paired with something equally robust (most people suggest spicy asian food) for the best experience.Smoke Ale — Rogue Brewing (OR)We’ve given Rogue some rough reviews in the past, but make no mistake — these guys are some damn fine brewers. Smoke Ale is their take on a german-style rauschbier. It’s smoked with alder, and brewed with top-fermenting yeast, resulting in a crisp, dry ale that doesn’t bury the hop flavor with smoke. Good luck finding it anywhere though. Guinness Shoots For the Moon With a New Beer
zoom Russia’s oil major Rosneft and Italy’s Pietro Barbaro S.p.A. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a Joint Venture (JV) company focusing on international shipping.Under the MoU, the two companies plan to explore possibilities to create a JV organization that would specialize in international shipping of oil and oil products.Rosneft would contribute to the join venture with its extensive experience in the area of hydrocarbon production and refining, whilst Pietro Barbaro, which is a long-standing Rosneft partner, would provide its tanker shipping fleet and experience in the area of hydrocarbon logistics and storage.The parties expect that should the joint analysis be approved by both companies, legally binding documents will be signed within 2016. “We are glad about the effective extension of the cooperation with Pietro Barbaro: following our partnership in Russia, we are planning a joint approach to global markets,” said Rosneft Chairman of the Management Board Igor Sechin commenting on the signed Memorandum.
Wear your Games spirit on your sleeve, and your hat, scarf and vest, too. The Halifax 2011 Canada Games Host Society is introducing its Gameswear Friday program, encouraging people in Halifax and Nova Scotia to wear their Gameswear every Friday from now until the Games in February. Businesses and organizations are invited to participate in the program by purchasing, or cost-sharing the purchase of, Gameswear and supporting staff wearing Gameswear on Fridays. Organizations that sign up as official Gameswear supporters will be eligible for discounts and a chance to get Gameswear rewards. The program launch coincides with the announcement of the 02.2011 Boutique, in Barrington Place Shops, that will sell Games merchandise, starting Saturday, Dec. 11. Gameswear merchandise can also be purchased at Zellers in Bayers Lake and Mic Mac Mall, as well as online at cgmerch.com . To sign up as an official Gameswear supporter and place a group order, e-mail Mike Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 902-579-8608. The 2011 Canada Winter Games will be the largest multi-sport event held in Nova Scotia and Halifax’s first Canada Winter Games. From Feb. 11 to 27, more than 2,700 athletes will compete in more than 20 sports, attracting thousands of visitors, VIPs, officials and media. Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games are a key event in the development of Canada’s young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions.
TORONTO – The family of an 81-year-old Toronto man in need of a kidney transplant has taken to putting up flyers pleading for a donor with the hope someone will step forward.The efforts of Marcel Rozen’s wife, who posted the notices on message boards around the city, have highlighted the difficulties faced by thousands of Canadians waiting for a kidney transplant.“I’m on a waiting list, but how long do you wait? That’s the question,” Rozen said in an interview. “It’s very hard. And I’m not a young kid either, so that doesn’t help”Rozen’s kidneys function at 5 per cent or less of their normal capacity. Every night for nearly three years, he has hooked himself up to a dialysis machine that, over the course of nine hours, cycles eight litres of medical fluid through his body.“You don’t sleep that well,” he said. “Sometimes when it drains the liquid from your body it starts to hurt, so even when you sleep you wake up.”Rozen will remain on dialysis until he can get a transplant, he said, but doctors told him when he began his nightly treatments that it could take up to eight years to get a new kidney.There are currently over 1,000 people in Ontario waiting for a kidney, the Ministry of Health said.Each of them will spend, on average, four years waiting for a transplant. In 2017 alone, 37 Ontarians died while on the waiting list for a kidney, the ministry said.“Priority for patients on the wait list is based on medical urgency, blood type and … DNA type matching and wait times,” ministry spokesman David Jensen said.In Ontario, a deceased donor’s kidneys are matched to a patient on the waiting list by the Gift of Life Network, the province’s organ and tissue donation agency.“One kidney (from each deceased donor) is allocated to patients in the transplant program within the donor’s region first and, if no match is found, the kidney is then allocated to a patient listed at another provincial transplant program,” Jensen explained. “The other kidney is shared nationally for specific patients first and, if no match is found, the kidney is allocated to a patient at a provincial transplant program.”Advocates say the greatest challenge facing Canadians in need of a kidney transplant is an overwhelming lack of available donors.“The need for organs, in particular kidneys, outpaces the supply,” said Elizabeth Myles, national executive director of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.There were over 3,400 Canadians on the kidney waiting list in 2016, but only about 1,730 transplants performed that year, she said.“Our pool for available kidneys is through a deceased donor, somebody who has registered to donate their organs after they have passed away, (but) only about three per cent of deaths qualify for organ transplant,” Myles said.“And then there’s the living donors … but that is certainly not a decision that somebody would make lightly. The kidney is a complicated part of your larger body so there is a lot of challenges or steps one needs to go to.”Patients often have a loved one willing to donate a kidney, but they may not be a match, said Myles.Canadian Blood Services runs a kidney “exchange” program, however, that connects mismatched pairs of donors and recipients with people they do match with.For instance, if someone wants to donate a kidney to their partner but they are not a match, Blood Services will connect the couple with another set of donor-recipient candidates who don’t match each other but could benefit from the partner’s kidney.This donation chain can include several pairs of people exchanging kidneys, Myles said.In Rozen’s case, doctors have ruled out his wife and his brother-in-law as potential donors because they are not healthy enough to survive with only one kidney, Rozen said.“Everybody else in my family, most of them are dead so I just don’t have anybody else,” he said.Rozen’s wife, Julia, has consequently taken on the search for a donor, posting flyers around Toronto asking for help.She was inspired by a recent story about a New Jersey man who went to Disneyworld wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with his phone number and the words, “In need of kidney O Positive.” Photos of the man were shared on social media and, ultimately, led to him finding a donor, the Washington Post reported.“She said, ‘well if he can do it, I can do something similar,’” Rozen said, noting that his family has since received six or seven calls from people who want to help but have yet to be approved for donation by a doctor.“What is going to happen to me tomorrow or the next day? I don’t know,” he said. “You just hope for the best.”— With files from Nicole Thompson
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New Delhi: On a day her brother Congress president Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination for the Lok Sabha elections from Amethi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday said the constituency was her father’s “karmabhoomi” and its land was sacred for her family. Gandhi filed his nomination for the Lok Sabha elections from this constituency with his entire family looking on. His mother Sonia Gandhi, sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and brother-in-law Robert Vadra were with him in the Collectorate when he filed his papers. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Some relationships are from the heart. Today, the whole family was present for my brother’s nomination. This was my father’s ‘karmabhoomi’, it is sacred land for us,” Priyanka Gandhi, who is Congress’ general secretary in-charge Uttar Pradesh East, tweeted. Rahul Gandhi, a three-term MP, will take on Union minister and BJP candidate Smriti Irani in what is seen as a direct contest with the SP-BSP-RLD alliance taking the decision to not field any candidate from the constituency, seen as a Congress bastion.
New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs Friday said it has not asked the Assam government to conduct any inquiry against some editors in the state who have opposed the Citizenship Amendment Bill, terming the information as “absolutely baseless” and “mischievous”.In a statement, the ministry said it has been reported in a section of media that the MHA has asked the Assam government to take action against some editors opposed to the Citizenship Bill. “This is absolutely baseless and a mischievous interpretation of facts. This is to clarify that the Union home ministry has not asked the government of Assam to initiate any enquiry against any editor or member of the press/media,” it said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The factual position is that one Vinay Joshi, with the address of Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, sent a public grievance petition to the Home Ministry on the Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) on February 14, 2019 related to the issue of Citizenship Amendment Bill- 2016 stating that the issue has been exploited by different militant groups like ULFA and the media has propagated militant ideology to give fresh boost to the militant groups,” the statement said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA very large number of such petitions and grievances on a host of issues are received in the ministry on a daily basis on CPGRAMS. The annual figure being 33,000 for the year 2018. Every such petition is routinely forwarded to the ministries and states concerned. “Following this standard practice, the petition of Vinay Joshi was routinely forwarded to the Government of Assam. No enquiry of any kind has been ordered by the ministry. No report has been called from the Government of Assam in the matter,” the statement said. It is “mischievous” to suggest that the Centre has asked the Assam gto initiate action…, the ministry added.
Rabat – The Spanish judge who had originally decided genocide charges for several current and former Moroccan officials in connection with alleged ethnic-cleansing crimes in the Moroccan territory of Western Sahara has been replaced by another judge, El Pais reported. The judge, Pablo Ruz, upheld last week charges against 11 Moroccan officials he accused of “killings and torture” in the Western Sahara from 1976 to 1991.He was reportedly replaced by another judge named Jose de la Mata as the new head of the Central Court of Instruction (Juzgado Central de Instrucción No.5) of the Audiencia Nacional, a special and exceptional high court in Spain. The Moroccan government expressed “astonishment” over the judge’s decision that Moroccan former officials should stand trial on genocide charges in a statement on Saturday.Morocco’s foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar downplayed the recent adverse development in a meeting with his Spanish counterpart, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo.“Morocco will defend itself with legality and veracity,” he said. “Those who are always trying to create problems between our countries are wasting their time.”In 2008, Pablo Ruz was appointed to Spain’s central court, the Audiencia Nacional, on a temporary basis. In 2010, he was re-appointed, filling the vacancy left by Baltasar Garzon.
“The rapidly evolving and transnational threat from ISIL presents a difficult challenge for Member States and the international community,” said Vladimir Voronkov, the head of the UN Counter-Terrorism Office at a Security Council meeting,on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.“ISIL is no longer focused on conquering and holding territory. It has been forced to adapt and focus primarily on a smaller and more motivated group of individuals who remain committed to inspiring, enabling and carrying out attacks,” he added.Countering the changing threat implies the “need to stay one step ahead of ISIL” as it continues to adapt and evolve, stressed the UN official.In particular, Mr. Voronkov called for a strong international framework to counter the threat from ISIL through the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy as well as relevant General Assembly and Security Council resolutions, as well as effective implementation of existing multilateral tools and legal instruments, conventions and protocols.Addressing the ISIL threat also requires addressing its underlying conditions which sway young men and women towards violent extremism, he added.He also urged the international community to address the “deficit” in counter-terrorism cooperation at the global, regional and national levels and called on countries to engage fully at the first ever UN Summit of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies (to be held in June.)The UN official informed the 15-member council of the evolving activities of ISIL and its affiliates in different parts of the world, including efforts to fund its illicit activities and spread propaganda.He also warned that ISIL members and its sympathizers continue to abuse social media, as well as technology such as encryption methods and communication tools within the dark web, to communicate, coordinate and facilitate their activities and perpetrate attacks.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A woman who wanted to work as a hairdresser applied for a licence at an Athens municipality in September 2011. The license was not issued until 2013 and only after the intervention of the Ombudsman, who had to appeal to the municipality and two ministries to get the job done. The reasons why something so simple became so complicated are well known to Greeks; foot-dragging, indifference, red tape and poor management.There are plenty of similarly ludicrous tales to be found in the annual report of the Greek Ombudsman. Some make you want to laugh and others cry, while in many cases the Ombudsman has had to step in and act as arbitrator to cover the gap when state institutions simply could not deliver the services required by citizens.How easy, however, is it for citizens to gain access to the authorities and institutions whose job it is to protect their rights and interests? This was the focus of an 18-month study conducted for the Ombudsman by a team of scientists. The findings are enlightening and reveal a political culture that needs to change radically, as well as an interesting reading of Greek society.The main conclusion that arises from the study is the lack of access certain population groups have to independent authorities.“Although technically they have the right, they have no recourse to what we call ‘lawful rights’,” Nikos Nagopoulos, an associate professor at the University of the Aegean’s Sociology Department and one of the researchers, told Kathimerini.The academic argues that while there are laws ensuring that citizens are not excluded, this is not enough on a practical level. He cites the adoption of European Union (EU) legislation on non-discrimination in the 2005-06 period, but says that this was never fully put into practice.“We became complacent. We believed that as long as we had an advanced law, all legal rights could be enjoyed and claimed by every citizen. The issue is that there are obstacles of a socioeconomic nature which means that certain people cannot really engage in civic life. They may be interested in making a claim for themselves or their families, but they are largely excluded from public goods and rights.“This creates a democratic deficit, because democracy is not only about ideological confrontation, but also about people’s everyday lives. As a result, those who need citizen rights most are deprived of them.”Greece has made many steps in terms of putting rights into legislation, but findings show that this has not registered with the public. Three in four of those questioned, out of a sample of 1,020 people, had never turned to the Ombudsman for help. Of those who did, two out of three say the Ombudsman had helped them with their case. This is where issues of political culture come into play.“So the question is, if the legislation is in place, why are people not doing enough to claim their rights?” says Nagopoulos.“A first explanation is the far-reaching clientele system. People know that in order to service their demands, they rather make use of connections, not public goods,” he says, adding that the situation is adverse to a participatory understanding of democracy.“Furthermore, past research in social trust has shown that Greeks have blind trust in their family environment while being sceptical and distrustful of institutions. In Europe, on the other hand, people have moderate trust in their family environment and stronger confidence in the institutions. In foreign countries, institutions enjoy a strong status and ethical reputation. The legal and the moral go hand in hand. Something which is legal also has to have a strong moral element.”Public discontent with state sector services and agencies is very deep, studies show. Repeated changes in legislation and staff cuts have made the situation even worse. People are expected to constantly catch up with changes in the legislation, which is not always possible. Many of them turn to the Ombudsman about issues over which the citizens’ advocate has no competence, such as pension cuts. It is very worrying that there has been a recent increase in offences by public sector employees. To make matters worse, people tend to be hostile toward using computers.“The more technology becomes part of the state apparatus – be it the legislative, judicial or executive branch – without the people catching up with these new possibilities, the more citizens will be alienated from their rights,” says Anastasios-Ioannis Metaxas, a political science professor at the University of Athens. For Metaxas, the state and other institutions will always be one step ahead of the individual in terms of this new knowledge. This, he says, raises the issue of fast and accurate information regarding how people can protect their rights. Metaxas says this is extremely crucial with regard to two independent authorities, namely the Hellenic Data Protection Authority (HDPA) and the Ombudsman.“The former receives a great number of claims and complaints and always has to strike a balance between two goods: on one hand, it has to decide whether it will limit information because it could be to the disadvantage of a third party and, on the other, whether it will spread the information, thereby preventing the state from having a monopoly on data on the grounds of the public interest,” he says.As far as the Ombudsman is concerned, Metaxas says, every individual in this country should know what they can ask, what they can protect themselves against and, above all, decode the technical terms and fuzzy bureaucratic details with which they can honour their freedom.“And I use the word ‘honour’ because whoever exercises the freedom he or she is entitled to is at the same time protecting other people’s freedom.”Source: ekathimerini
SALEM, Ore. — Skiing season in Oregon is set to begin Friday as Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor are both expected to open.The Salem Statesman Journal reports that officials with Mt. Hood Meadows plan to open 3 lifts Friday morning and Mt. Bachelor plans to open one lift.Two additional lifts at Mt. Bachelor are expected to open Saturday.Mount Hood Skibowl plans to open its Snow Tube and Adventure Park on Saturday and Sunday. Timberline Lodge is already open on a limited basis.