RSS organisation of nationalists, not Pakistan’s ISI: Gadkari on Pranab accepting invite

first_imgUnion minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday welcomed former President Pranab Mukherjee’s decision to accept an invitation to attend an RSS event, saying it is a “good start” and “political untouchability” is an outdated concept.Mr. Gadkari, the Lok Sabha MP from Nagpur, also said the RSS was not Pakistan’s ISI, but an organisation of nationalists.Mr. Mukherjee has been invited to be the chief guest at the valedictory function of Sangh Shiksha Varg — a training camp for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh volunteers — at its headquarters in Nagpur. The event is to be held on June 7 and a senior RSS functionary had said on Monday that Mr. Mukherjee has accepted the invitation.“Mukherjee’s acceptance of the invitation is a good start. Political untouchability is not good,” Mr. Gadkari told reporters here when asked about reported reservations in the Congress over the former President accepting the RSS invite.“It is the prerogative of the organisers to invite someone and it is the prerogative of those invited to accept it or not,” he added. Calling political untouchability “outdated”, Mr. Gadkari said, “I believe political untouchability in a democracy is not good. We should meet each other, discuss each others’ views. If we don’t agree with the views, we should express it.” Citing an example, Mr. Gadkari said, “When I became BJP national president, I went to the CPM headquarters to seek the blessings of A. B. Bardhan, who hails from Nagpur and whom I consider an icon.” Hitting out at opponents who often refer to the BJP as a “communal” party, Mr. Gadkari said that such people themselves were “small hearted”.“Those calling others communal are communal themselves and small hearted people,” Mr. Gadkari said. Even though there has been no official reaction from the Congress on Mr. Mukherjee’s decision, several party leaders had expressed surprise over the development.last_img read more

Rangers Beat Habs, Lead 3-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist earned his 41st career playoff victory and his first postseason point with an assist.The only number that mattered late May 25 was the one win the New York Rangers need to reach the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 20 years.“You just have to keep the same mindset that you had for the first four or five games, and the last series. You don’t change anything,” Lundqvist said after the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime victory gave them a 3-1 lead against the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference finals. “You don’t think about what’s ahead. You’re just going in and trying to do your job.”The Rangers know firsthand just how quickly a 3-1 series lead can evaporate. They dug out of that hole in the previous round against Pittsburgh.A win May 27 in Montreal will put New York in the championship round for the first time since they won the title in 1994. A loss will make Game 6 necessary at what will be a nervous Madison Square Garden on May 29.“I look forward to that challenge,” Lundqvist said of the return to Montreal, where the Rangers won the first two games of the series. “It’s exciting to know you’re one game away. You have to motivate yourself to get to a level where you’re helping the team.“That’s pretty good motivation right there.”Martin St. Louis has been providing inspiration on and off the ice in recent times, particularly since the unexpected death of his mother the day after the Rangers fell behind the Penguins 3-1.St. Louis tended to family responsibilities for a day before rejoining his teammates in Pittsburgh for Game 5.The Rangers, who attended the funeral for St. Louis’ mother near Montreal in between Games 1 and 2 of this series, were galvanized as they rallied around their grieving teammate.New York is 6-1 since her passing, and the latest win came 6:02 into overtime on May 25 when St. Louis netted his sixth goal of the playoffs.“I had some decent looks,” St. Louis said. “The puck bounced a couple of times. You just have to concentrate on your next opportunity. You get this far, you have to trust yourself. That’s what I try to do, and I was fortunate.”He has 10 career postseason winning goals and 39 overall. He hadn’t scored in a playoff overtime since Game 6 of the 2004 Stanley Cup finals when he was with Tampa Bay.Less than three months since being acquired by the Rangers, he is providing memorable moments that could lead to another championship. St. Louis has a six-game point streak — with four goals and three assists — and three goals in this series.“He has been great for us ever since he got here,” said forward Carl Hagelin, who also scored his sixth playoff goal. “He shows a lot of tenacity and emotion every time he steps on the ice.”The Rangers rebounded from a home overtime loss on May 22 by outlasting the Canadiens, who carried much of the play over the final two periods. New York didn’t want to return to Montreal all even, even though it won the opening two games of the series there.“It would have been devastating to go back there without getting one at home,” forward Brad Richards said. “We still have a lot of work to do, but I’d rather it be 3-1 than 2-2. It was a very emotional time when we saw that go in.”A loose puck came to St. Louis, alone in the right circle, and he fired a snap shot over goalie Dustin Tokarski’s shoulder. That gave the Rangers the win after they squandered a pair of one-goal leads.“St. Louis had some time and picked a corner on me,” Tokarski said. “It’s a game of inches, and we came up a bit short.”Hagelin put the Rangers in front with a short-handed tally in the first period, and Derick Brassard made it 2-1 in the second in his return from a two-game injury absence. Hagelin also assisted on St. Louis’ winner.Lundqvist made 27 saves in tying the postseason franchise record for wins held by 1994 Cup champion Mike Richter, who was in attendance. He also earned an assist on Brassard’s goal.“I’m really proud to be out there with those guys, and hopefully can keep it going a little more,” Lundqvist said.Francis Bouillon tied it for Montreal in the second, and fellow defenseman P.K. Subban made it 2-2 in the third with a power-play goal. David Desharnais assisted on both for Montreal. Tokarski stopped 26 shots for the Canadiens, who went 1 for 8 on the power play.“By no means are we counting ourselves out,” Canadiens captain Brian Gionta said. “It’s a tough loss, it’s a bitter loss, but at the end of the day we are still in this series. I still like our chances with two games at home.”Though there were 13 minor penalties, there was no carry-over of the nastiness in Game 3 when a hit by Montreal’s Brandon Prust broke the jaw of New York forward Derek Stepan. Prust served the first game of a two-game suspension. Stepan sat out after having surgery.The Rangers gave Montreal five power plays through the first two periods, and New York’s penalty-killers stood tall. But the sixth produced the tying goal 2 minutes into the third period when Subban scored his first goal of the series and first point in six games.That broke the Rangers’ run of 27 straight killed penalties, dating to Game 2 of the second round.(IRA PODELL, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Alabama Retakes No. 1 Spot In 2020 Recruiting Rankings

first_imgJalston Fowler of the Alabama Crimson Tide scores a touchdown against Craig Loston #6 of the LSU Tigers.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 09: Jalston Fowler #45 of the Alabama Crimson Tide scores a touchdown against Craig Loston #6 of the LSU Tigers in the fourth quarter of the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)For a short while – a very short while – it seemed as though Alabama might be losing ground in the 2020 recruiting class rankings. But after briefly falling behind one of their SEC rivals, the Crimson Tide are back on top.According to 247’s BamaOnLine, Alabama has reclaimed the top spot as the No. 1 recruiting class in the country for the Class of 2020. Nick Saban’s side replaces bitter rival LSU, who occupied the spot for several weeks until losing it on Thursday.Per the report, the shift is a result of four-star defensive tackle Jaquelin Roy’s decision to decommit from LSU. Roy is the No. 104 prospect in the country, the No. 10 defensive tackle prospect in the country, and the No. 3 prospect from the state of Louisiana, per 247Sports.#Alabama retakes the No. 1 class with 4-star DL Jaquelin Roy’s decommitment. He’s expected in Tuscaloosa this weekend too https://t.co/hOZNVGFSa6 https://t.co/L7zxCR4JXq— Hank South (@HankSouth247) March 1, 2019Alabama’s current recruiting class consists of 11 committed players.Among them are five-star defensive end and No. 14 overall prospect Chris Braswell, who made a hard commit to the team this past November.Alabama has also secured commitments from another nine four-star prospects, including No. 1 defensive tackle Jayson Jones.LSU had an equal number of prospects as the Crimson Tide before Roy’s decommitment yesterday. However, the Tigers are still on pace to have perhaps their best recruiting class in several years when 2020 rolls around.[247Sports]last_img read more

Son Karans debut makes Sunny Deol emotional

first_imgMumbai: Actor-politician Sunny Deol says it is a very emotional moment for him to watch his son Karan gear up for his Bollywood debut. Sunny, son of veteran actor Dharmendra, entered Bollywood with “Betaab” in 1983. Now, his son is all set to enter the Hindi industry with “Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas”. The teaser of “Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas”, which Sunny has directed, came out on Monday. “It is a very emotional moment for me to see my son Karan make his debut on the big screen,” Sunny said. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “I hope the audience appreciates him and showers him with the same kind of love that they have given me for so many years,” added the proud father. Set in Himachal Pradesh, “Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas” will tell a love story with essence of finding the emotion for the first time — with all its innocence, doubts and the complexities. Along with Karan, the film will introduce Sahher Bambba. The film is slated to release on September 20.last_img read more

SP declares candidate on Ghaziabad Lok Sabha seat

first_imgGhaziabad: The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Friday declared the name of its candidate on Ghaziabad Lok Sabha seat. Party officials informed that the name announced is one among the 16 candidates declared by the Samajwadi party on various Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh. As per reports, the list released by the Samajwadi Party, which is contesting the Lok Sabha polls in alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party of Mayawati, named Senior leader Surendra Kumar alias Munni Sharma as their candidate from Ghaziabad. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticSharma, a native of Muradnagar area is Samajwadi Party’s district president from Ghaziabad. The residents of Ghaziabad had been demanding for a local candidate to be elected as member of parliament from the district. With Sharma’s name in the list, the other competent political parties might get a tuff competition. Meanwhile, the Bhartiya Janta Party and Congress party are yet to declare their candidate from Ghaziabad. The SP-BSP alliance had kept the Ghaziabad Lok Sabha seat for Samajwadi Party.last_img read more

On UN Day Ban underlines need for unity to confront global challenges

“Global problems demand global solutions,” Mr. Ban said in a message for United Nations Day, marking the anniversary of the day the Organization was founded 66 years ago. “They compel all nations to unite in action on an agenda for the world’s people. That is the very mission of the United Nations.”He noted that this year has been particularly dramatic with people everywhere standing up to demand their rights, even as fear continue to grip many who believe that their governments and the global economy can no longer deliver for them.“In these turbulent times, there is only one answer – unity of purpose,” said the Secretary-General, emphasizing that the UN was needed more than ever to build a better world, and to support poorest and most vulnerable to enhance global peace and social justice.“In our increasingly interconnected world, we all have something to give and something to gain by working together. Let us unite, seven billion strong, in the name of the global common good,” he added.Addressing students at New Explorations into Science, Mathematics and Technology School (NEST) in New York, Mr. Ban spoke of the need to find solutions to the problems that bedevil communities, especially in poorer regions of the world.“The one billion people who go to bed hungry. Those who die of hunger… of disease – often because they lack something as basic and simple as clean water. Many of them do not even live to be five years old. At the UN, these are the people we are working for every day.”He reiterated that in one week, the world’s population will hit the seven-billion mark and challenged the youngsters to get involved and support the UN in its endeavours to make the world a better place.“Despite all of our challenges, I have hope. Because there is one resource that can overcome all of these problems. I am not talking about a super variety of rice to feed the planet… or a magic cure to all diseases… or a great business idea to end global poverty.“I am talking about the living resource that fills this room: You. You who know that children do not need to die from hunger… that mothers do not need to die from childbirth… that families do not need to suffer. Because we know how to help them. The UN is 4 U – and you can be 4 the UN. Let us make this not just a world of seven billion. Let us make this a world of seven billion strong.”UN Day was marked with various activities in UN offices and missions around the world, including in Sudan’s troubled region of Darfur, where entertainer Omer Ihsas launched a new song dedicated to peace and the UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur (UNAMID) held military and police parades.The Day was also an occasion to pay tribute those who have lost their lives in the service of the Organization. UNAMID units in El Fasher, Nyala, El Geneina and Zalingei marked the day with various activities.“On this UN day, we salute not only the UN as an institution, but also the people who are at its heart,” said Ibrahim Gambari, the UNAMID Joint Special Representative, addressing a gathering at El Fasher stadium.In Iraq, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Martin Kobler told a gathering in Baghdad that the world body had successfully implemented a range of political, development, humanitarian and emergency initiatives in the country.“Most importantly, we have been doing this while promoting key cross-cutting issues – in particular human rights protection, gender, and the environment,” he said.The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) marked the Day with the presentation of certificates of recognition to eight Lebanese staff members who have completed 30 years of service with the mission by the mission’s Force Commander Major-General Alberto Asarta Cuevas.At their headquarters in Naqoura, UNIFIL peacekeepers representing 36 different national contingents also held a ceremonial parade attended by senior officers of the Lebanese Armed Forces, Lebanese officials and representatives of various international organizations, NGOs [non-governmental organizations] and UN agencies, among others.“On this day, let us all pledge to stand firmly united by the ideals that led to the creation of the United Nations 66 years ago and which today, in our changing world, remain an anchor of hope to achieve lasting peace, security and development for all mankind,” said Maj.-Gen. Asarta.In Thailand, where UN Day coincided with the 62nd anniversary of the Organization’s presence in the country, UN and Thai Government officials came together to mark the Day.“Bangkok has transformed in many ways – not only in its growth as the capital of our dear nation, but also as a geographic, commercial and political hub,” said Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand.“In the same way, Bangkok has risen in stature and importance for both ESCAP [UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific] and the entire UN family of agencies and entities, which now total almost 30, making it now also a United Nations hub for Asia and the Pacific.”Noeleen Heyzer, the head of ESCAP thanked Thailand for hosting the UN. “You have given Asia-Pacific a regional United Nations presence to build our collective strengths, to share regional solutions, to implement the founding ideals of the United Nations, to build a more inclusive, sustainable and just future for our people,” she said. 24 October 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for unity as the world seeks solutions for the key challenges facing humanity, from the economic crisis and diminishing job opportunities to the consequences of climate change. read more

Tamil editor MRs coordinator

Sivaraja was also the Secretary of the Tamil Journalists Guild and was a member of Sri Lankan Editors’ and Sri Lankan Tamil Journalists’ Guild.Sivaraja is an old boy of Tamil Maha Vidyalam, Nugegoda. (Colombo Gazette) The editor of the Sudar Oli newspaper, R.Sivaraja has been appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the President’s co-ordinator for Tamil Affairs and the Tamil Media.The Sudar Oli was once known to be pro-LTTE and had carried several articles and news against the government. He was later appointed the editor of the Sudar Oli newspaper and holds that post even today. Sivaraja began his journalistic career as a newspaper reporter in Veerakasari and he later joined Sakthi TV and Thinakural as a political reporter. read more

OMP welcomes inclusion of its interim relief proposals in budget

The OMP notes that the linkage of the monthly relief to the possession of a Certificate of Absense (COA) poses a challenge. The OMP has a legal responsibility to facilitate the provision of COAs and is in the process of devising methods to increase awareness and assist families to apply for COAs.Recognising the challenges that prevent families of the disappeared and missing from obtaining COAs, the OMP is currently engaged in efforts to address these challenges. Noting these challenges and the notes the small proportion that currently possess COAs, the OMP will collaborate with the Government to expand the relief to other families of the disappeared and missing through other modes of documentation and verification.The OMP made a number of other recommendations relating to interim relief including debt relief, housing, education, vocational training and livelihood development and employment. One such recommendation is that the families of the missing and disappeared be included in financial aid programmes and loan schemes such as ‘Enterprise Sri Lanka’ to help families achieve economic independence (para 45(b), Interim Report). The OMP welcomes the Government’s decision to provide families of the missing and disappeared preferential access to relevant ‘Enterprise Sri Lanka’ Loan Schemes in the 2019 Budget. The families are required to join the livelihood programs coordinated by the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR). Following the submission of the Interim Report in August 2018, the OMP initiated follow up action on the recommendations on interim relief and justice, and will continue to engage with multiple state and government agencies to ensure their implementation. Under the Office on Missing Persons (Establishment, Administration and Discharge of Functions) Act, No. 14 of 2016, the OMP has a duty to provide or facilitate administrative assistance, and welfare services to relatives of missing persons (Section 13(1)(e)). The OMP welcomed the inclusion of this proposal in the 2019 Budget, which was recommended by the OMP to the Government in its Interim Report of August 2018. The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) welcomes the inclusion of its interim relief proposals in the 2019 Budget.On 5 March 2019, the Government proposed the allocation of Rs. 500 million in the 2019 Budget, to provide Rs 6,000 monthly relief to support families of missing persons, including members of the armed forces and police identified as ‘missing in action.’ Recognising the economic hardships faced by families of the disappeared and missing, the OMP identified the importance of providing interim relief to the most vulnerable among these families as vital, until compensation and other forms of reparation are provided to address their complex needs and acknowledge the harms suffered.The OMP notes that the acceptance of relief measures cannot be regarded as a waiver of the right to adequate, prompt and effective reparations and to seek judicial remedies for accountability (para 44, Interim Report), and stands committed to fulfilling its mandate. (Colombo Gazette) The OMP said it is committed to assisting the implementation of this proposal and expanding the reach of this program to enable the thousands of families of the disappeared and missing to access this relief.In its Interim Report, the OMP recommended that a financial aid programme be implemented to provide a monthly living allowance of Rs. 6,000 to the surviving spouse, child/children and/or surviving parent/s of a missing/disappeared person, who has no permanent income (para 45(a), Interim Report) and may be affected by other vulnerabilities. As proposed in the budget, this monthly relief will be provided to families who have obtained Certificates of Absence, until the Office for Reparations resolves their claims. read more

UN convention against transnational crime to come into force in September

“Criminal groups have embraced today’s global economy and the sophisticated technology that goes with it. Until recently, our efforts to combat them have remained very fragmented,” United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said, praising the first international instrument against transnational organized crime. By ratifying the Convention, countries commit themselves to adopting a series of crime-control measures, including the criminalization of participation in an organized criminal group, money laundering, corruption, and obstruction of justice. It also includes extradition laws, administrative and regulatory controls, law-enforcement; victim protection; and crime-prevention measures.”With the entry into force of the Convention, the international community will have demonstrated the political will to counter the worldwide challenge of organized crime by adopting a corresponding global response,” Mr. Costa said.UNDOC noted that the completion of the negotiations of the Convention in less than two years reflected the recognition by the world community that this form of crime is growing in scale, scope and degree of sophistication. It shows the commitment to search for adequate international legal mechanisms for preventing and combating this problem, the agency added. read more

In Bangkok Annan and Thai Prime Minister discuss AIDS regional issues

Against the backdrop of this week’s 15th International AIDS Conference in the Thai capital, the Secretary-General and the Prime Minister discussed the outcome of that event as well as the response to the pandemic.They also touched on Thailand’s support for Timor-Leste, the UN role in Iraq, Myanmar and the Thai-UN relationship, according to a UN spokesman.The Prime Minister then presented Mr. Annan with a report on his country’s efforts to meet and even exceed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set at a 2000 UN summit to reduce hunger and poverty, bring educational parity to boys and girls, fight diseases such as AIDS and improve the plight of slum dwellers, all by 2015.The Secretary-General hailed the report as “elegant testimony to Thailand’s remarkable success in reaching most, if not all, the MDG targets, well ahead of schedule.”During a press encounter that followed, the Secretary-General was asked about the appointment of Pakistani diplomat Ashraf Jehangir Qazi as his new Special Representative for Iraq.Mr. Annan said the UN had considered three excellent candidates – one each from India, Pakistan and Thailand. “It was a difficult choice, but I think we have selected the right man, who has experience with the region.”Asked about security in Iraq, he said, “We don’t live in a risk-free environment, but the risk has to be managed.”Earlier Tuesday, the Secretary-General discussed AIDS during two television interviews. Speaking to Phoenix China TV, he said of those with the disease, “Whether they are drug users, whether they are prostitutes, whether they are homosexuals, they are human beings and their problems should be a concern to you and me.”Later Mr. Annan was asked by the BBC about whether policies should focus on abstinence or condom use. “I think it’s a false debate. Frankly, you need both,” he replied. read more

Peters DriveIn second location well underway

Peters’ Drive-In second location well underway by News Staff Posted Mar 17, 2015 9:06 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email It has been an iconic stop for burgers and shakes in Calgary but after 50 years as a one-store operation, Peters’ Drive-In expansion is now well underway. The small-business success story along 16 Avenue is taking business up the QEII and is now building a restaurant in Red Deer.Owner Joanne Rowe and her husband bought their Calgary location from the original “Peter” (Gus Pieters) a decade ago and said they have definitely noticed an appetite to expand.“People we actually had visiting us at the Calgary location from places like Edmonton, Red Deer and all over Alberta quite frankly, actually all over Canada, but certainly a lot of Albertans visiting Peters’ Drive-In, not just Calgarians,” Rowe said.She said they are hoping to open along Red Deer’s Gasoline Alley towards the end of May. They’re hiring for their soon-to-be second location right now. The construction of Peters’ Drive-In in Red Deer is well underway read more

Italys next PM drives to nomination meeting in his own Fiat minivan

first_imgITALIAN LEFTIST ENRICO Letta has been nominated to be the new prime minister, bringing to an end a bitter two-month deadlock on forming a new government with the imminent launch of a coalition between right, centre and left.Letta said many Italians were “suffering” from the economic crisis and promised to tackle job losses, company closures, growing poverty as well as the lack of opportunity for young people.“This is an enormous and unacceptable emergency,” the 46-year-old told reporters at the presidential palace in Rome after receiving a formal nomination from President Giorgio Napolitano.Letta, a pro-European, also said that as premier he would “strongly commit to a change of course for European policies too focused on austerity, which is no longer enough”.A three-time minister and moderate left-winger, Letta will have to work hard to bring together the bickering parties which have held up a government deal and restore public confidence in politics.After months of political deals, betrayals and empty promises, long-suffering Italians said they were relieved Napolitano had elected an experienced but fresh-faced figure.Drives his own carThe nominee will begin a series of meetings with political parties on Thursday to form his coalition government, which is expected to be fully installed by the end of the week.The right’s Silvio Berlusconi has already demanded that the new government refund an unpopular housing tax in exchange for its support, and Letta’s own party may also prove a problematic coalition partner.The Democratic Party (PD) has been extremely unwilling to countenance working with the right, and its influential former chairwoman, Rosy Bindi, said this week that it was not Letta’s time.Letta, who became Italy’s youngest ever minister in 1998, set himself apart by arriving for the nomination meeting at the wheel of his own car – an Italian-branded Fiat minivan and a rarity in a country where politicians are usually chauffeur-driven.“We need to regain credibility. We need a different kind of Italian politics,” he said after his nomination, promising to cut the number of lawmakers in parliament and reform a controversial electoral law blamed for much of the current mess.Adding to Letta’s cross-party credentials is the fact that his uncle, Gianni Letta, has been Berlusconi’s right-hand man for many years — although critics say that highlights precisely the type of nepotism that is holding Italy back.The eurozone’s third largest economy has been mired in a political crisis ever since a general election in February in which a centre-left coalition led by the Democratic Party came first but failed to win an overall parliamentary majority.Slammed by Five Star MovementThe combination of right, centre and left mirrors the loose alliance that backed Mario Monti’s outgoing government until Berlusconi pulled his party’s support for it in December, precipitating early elections.The PD has been badly divided since the inconclusive result of the February 24-25 polls and its entire leadership resigned on Friday after two of its presidential nominations failed to get voted because of a rebellion within party ranks.The Five Star Movement, a new protest party that won a quarter of the vote and came third in the elections, said it would be in opposition.The movement’s leader, ex-comedian Beppe Grillo, slammed Letta’s nomination, accusing the leftist of being in league with his shadowy uncle Gianni.Monti’s government remains in office until a new one is formed but it has only interim powers. The former EU commissioner welcomed the nomination, saying that Letta would “efficiently guide Italy on a demanding path”.Monti said Letta would “consolidate Italy’s credibility internationally, as well as Italy’s role in strategic choices for Europe”.- © AFP 2013Read: As Italian MPs fail to agree on president some cast prank ballot for Trapattonilast_img read more

This Week Best YouTube Videos Ching Chong Means I Love You Penguins

first_imgI know a few people who work at Gearbox Software, and never let it be said that they don’t have an incredible sense of humor, not just about themselves, but about the game they’re making. When I heard the news that Duke Nukem would be delayed a month, I thought to myself “the circle is complete,” and pondered whether or not I have another month to get a pre-order in. Still, this video, announcing the delay, is done in the most hilarious style possible, and pays appropriate tribute to Duke Nukem Forever’s long tradition as vaporware.  Flying coach is cramped enough without having to share the aisle with wild flightless birds who won’t shove over when the flight attendant is trying to push the beverage cart down the aisle. It’s a good thing he’s adorable, otherwise I might be jealous that he managed to fly for free. The video itself was taken on a Southwest flight where Seaworld – who was ferrying the penguins from an appearance in San Francisco back to their home in San Diego, decided to let them wander about the cabin a bit. After all, the seat belt light was off. Zangief Kid Little Ultra Power Penguins on a Plane (original) Video games and bullies getting their just desserts are two of my favorite things, and mashing them up together like this is an excellent tribute to little Casey Heynes, the boy shown in the video being teased at first and then opening up a can on the boy who was teasing him. Casey earned so much praise on the Internet that people took to calling him “Little Zangief,” after the wrestler from the Street Fighter series of video games with, well, frankly similar moves. The original video of Casey’s beat down has been removed from YouTube, but this one makes up for it. Jimmy Wong’s video response to Alexandra Wallace’s now-deleted racist rant about Asians in the UCLA library takes the cake for one of the best YouTube videos – and songs – I think I’ve ever seen. Not only has his response now pulled in more views than the original rant, but the song is available for sale at iTunes, and Jimmy has been featured on television and radio news to talk about his feelings on the original rant and the song he created. The song is catchy and worth downloading, and his response is spot on, perfect, funny, and does a great job of turning the tables on something that was pretty awful to begin with. While you’re there, subscribe: he has a gift for music. If Google wants to sell more Android phones, all they need to do is get this guy on contract for a world tour. Taken in Taiwan at a Sony event promoting the new Xperia Arc smartphone, this dancing Android can pop and lock like any dancer I’ve seen. Seriously, he’s got some moves and he’s not afraid to use them. Then again, when the lights start flashing and the music starts pounding, what little Android could resist the call of the dance floor? Rock on, little guy. An Important Message about Duke Nukem Forever Ching Chong! Asians in the Library Song (Response to UCLA’s Alexandra Wallace) One of the best things about YouTube is that someone can post a video that, by and large, is widely distributed and widely hated, and like a phoenix, rising from the ashes of that video and its responses, can come something really interesting, fun to watch, and actually fun to watch, not to mention brighten our collective spirits. So when Jimmy Wong (that’s right, brother of YouTube star Freddie Wong) released his response to the horribly ignorant, racist, and largely reviled rant by Alexandra Wallace (which she quickly pulled from YouTube when people took notice) about the Asian people in the UCLA library, not only did Jimmy’s video become an instant YouTube hit, it racked up over 2 million views, landed his song for sale on iTunes, and put Jimmy on television and radio doing interviews about it. That’s just the beginning this week: if Jimmy’s song doesn’t give you a little hope for humanity, how about some penguins on an airplane? Or a kid finally giving his bully what-for? Perhaps a dancing Android will do the trick. Hit the jump to see it all. Android on Cracklast_img read more

Scientists working on remotecontrolled cockroaches

first_imgDespite what the headline might have you believe, this isn’t a prank to pull on April Fool’s Day. This is a serious scientific experiment that could be used in applications ranging from homeland security to military reconnaissance.Cockroaches are incredible creations of nature. They are able to squeeze through tiny spaces, survive rough conditions, and travel relatively long distances without needing to rest. All you need to do is find a roach infestation in your apartment to know that they are very durable creatures.It would certainly be great if there were some kind of robotic creatures that shared those same characteristics. Short of that, though, it would be cool if you could attach robotic contraptions on top of real-life cockroaches to achieve the same result.That is exactly what North Carolina State University researchers are working on. Led by electrical engineering assistant professor Alper Bozkurt, the team is molding a commercially-available chip that could be mounted on a cockroach, along with a wireless receiver, transmitter, and controller.The controller would, in theory, manipulate the roach’s antenna and sensory organs to force it to move in various directions. It isn’t exactly the same as playing with a remote-control car, but apparently you can come pretty darn close. It is the latest innovation in insect science, which makes it pretty cool.Check out the video for a demonstration of this creepy yet thrilling concept in action.via North Carolina State Universitylast_img read more

Malaysians Thais arrested in crystal meth bust

first_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories BANGKOK (AP) – Police in southern Thailand have seized 26 kilograms (57 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine concealed in a pickup truck’s headlights. They arrested six people and say the drugs were to be smuggled to Malaysia.Police Maj. Gen. Surapon Thuanthong said Wednesday that four Malaysians and two Thais were arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal narcotics after the drugs _ also known as “ice” _ were seized from the pickup truck, which was parked at a house in Hat Yai, 740 kilometers (460 miles) south of Bangkok. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Police said they also seized 25 grams (0.9 ounce) of heroin and $432,500 worth of Thai and Malaysian currency when they arrested the men Monday.Thailand is a major market and transit country for drugs, especially methamphetamine produced in neighboring Myanmar.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Boeing moves on from Melbourne

first_imgThe company said that it would try to make contractors full time employees, reduce the workforce through attrition and not fill open positions. “We will be releasing up to 300 people, primarily fixed-term contractors, by the end of the year,” Boeing said in a statement. The Dreamliner 787 deal is Australia’s largest aerospace contract, worth AUD $4 billion over 20 years. Source = ETB News: Tom Neale The company said that this had always been the decision once full production rates were reached and it had completed its orders. Boeing’s decision worsens a difficult year for manufacturing employment in Victoria with Holden and Toyota deciding to stop operations and Philip Morris closing its production plant and sacking 180 workers.  center_img “Reducing employment on these programs is a natural part of the manufacturing cycle.” The decision means that the workers will no longer be needed to help produce carbon fibre trailing edge for the wings of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner fleet, the Guardian reported. Boeing has defended its decision to sack 300 fix-term contractors from its Port Melbourne plant by the end of the year. Even though Boeing will be shrinking its workforce by 300 people, it is intent on still hiring people to handle existing delivery obligations.last_img read more

UCy ranked among the top 200 universities in Europe

first_imgThe University of Cyprus (UCy) has been ranked among the top 200 universities in Europe, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17.For the second year running, UCy was ranked in positions 180-190, the only university in Cyprus to achieve this accolade.There are some 6,000 universities and higher institutes of education in Europe.According to a press release by UCy, in assessing universities the Times Rankings employ global benchmarks and 13 performance indicators, including on tutoring, research and innovation.In a statement, UCy Rector Constantinos Christofides thanked the university’s faculty, staff and students for their collective efforts in achieving this distinction.Christofides pledged that UCy would continue working toward its goal: to be ranked among the 100 top universities in Europe and the top 200 worldwide, “but also to build the university of 10,000 students, 600 academics and 2,000 new researchers by the year 2020.“Our country and our people deserve to have one of our universities feature among the top 100 in the world, and they shall have it over the next 10 years.”https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/best-universities-in-europe-2016You May LikeCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoHearClearRowland Heights Seniors With Hearing Loss Are In For a Big SurpriseHearClearUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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