Defying vagaries of nature to create entrepreneurs

first_imgEmpowering women: Prema Gopalan (left) with women farmers discussing the nutritional benefits of agri products in Osmanabad.   A modest building in a bylane off Pune’s bustling Baner road is the unlikely nerve centre of empowering women at the grassroots by transforming them into social entrepreneurs.For the last two decades, Prema Gopalan, the founder of the Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) and her team of 70 dedicated persons from the social sector, has been rendering yeoman service to help women from India’s (and especially Maharashtra’s) rural hinterland break gender stereotypes and play a decisive role in adopting sustainable farming models.In recognition of her entrepreneurial vision, she was feted on October 14 with the ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ award by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship — the sister organisation of the World Economic Forum and the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation. The award confirmed the durability and innovativeness of the SSP model and its role in revivifying rural economies in areas most vulnerable to climate change.Climate-resilient model The SSP model comprises four ventures: a federated network of 5,000 SHGs, a resilience fund for women-led businesses, a rural school of entrepreneurship and leadership for women, and a market aggregator that provides warehousing, branding, marketing and distribution services to last-mile business women.Spread across 16 rain-shadow districts in six Indian states, the SSP has, since 2009, helped over 1.45 lakh women and solved problems of their communities by launching them in rural micro-enterprises in sectors ranging from clean energy and basic health services to nutrition and agriculture.The SSP’s focus group is women in the climate-threatened community of small and medium farmers. Their model seeks to economically empower poor rural women as leaders and entrepreneurs, by providing them access to skills, finance and markets and increasing their economic resilience through sustainable agriculture and health-enhancing opportunities.“Our approach is to train women to recognise themselves as entrepreneurs and establish a cadre of mentors. It was after Maharashtra had bad rainfall years successively in 2012 and 2013 that small and marginal farmers began seeking alternatives,” says Ms. Gopalan. It was the women who influenced their male kin to adopt climate-resilient models to resolve the food security crisis. With drought stalking the land for two years and the water table steadily depleting, smaller cultivators in Marathwada faced bleak prospects in 2014. Many contemplated migrating to cities. Most of them had invested in water-guzzling cash crops like soya and cotton.“The women were very clear in their outlook. They said it was their duty to ensure that the men do not migrate to the cities and they were firm about not selling livestock and remaining rooted to their land,” said Ms. Gopalan.Over the past three years, she says that these women, following training imparted by Ms. Gopalan’s organisation, have transformed 30,000 acres of dry land across Maharashtra and other States into bio-farms. “Women shape the design and implementation of this model. It is they who convince the males to switch from cash to food crops, thus bringing down risks associated with the vagaries of nature and increasing savings in agriculture and consumption of food directly from their farms,” she said.The SSP initially trains a group of bright women designated as ‘Samwad Sahayaks’ (communication facilitators). These in turn are tasked with informing and empowering the others on how to channel government resources for rebuilding efforts.Obstacles to success“The elephant in the room was, and still is, that the land title is not in the woman’s name. The women are treated as mere labour on the farms,” Ms. Gopalan said.Prior to training, the women who had little or no formal education, seldom had access to capital and were therefore chary of venturing into businesses. Initially, Ms. Gopalan noted, the hard part was to convince the males and the patriarchs of the benefits. Gradually, after the drought years, as the men began to see the benefits of adopting an alternative approach, the women were allotted half to one acre of land for their ‘experiments’. “In training women to become social entrepreneurs, we observe that their concerns transcend immediate family needs and that they think in terms of communities. They do not think twice about giving back to society,” Ms. Gopalan said.The shift in agricultural focus from cash to food crops has resulted in annual savings of more than ₹35,000 in these households. Family incomes have increased by nearly 50% and over the last two years, more than 30,000 women have been launched as entrepreneurs, generating a cumulative income of ₹189 crore. “Owing to the shift in food crops, the families have begun to cut down on expenses generated by medical bills, eating better quality, chemical-free food and are less prone to illnesses,” Ms. Gopalan said.With growing evidence of the model’s success, more families in the State’s rural hinterland are recognising women as decision makers in the farm and the household. In a number of cases, this has led to men conferring cultivation or farm rights to the women. More than 45,000 women are now recognized as ‘farmers’.“The gradual acceptance of women as entrepreneurs in rural communities has resulted in them gaining access to hithero male-dominated areas like the Gram Sabhas, Panchayats, and block-level meetings. More than 500 women trained by us have fought and won Panchayat elections,” Ms, Gopalan said.In 2017, the SSP won the prestigious ‘Equator Prize’ awarded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Maharashtra government has selected the SSP for implementing the Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana initiative, which will support over 25,000 women farmers adopt improved agriculture practices in 600 villages across the State. The mentors are chosen from the SSP’s cadres of experienced women agriculture leaders.“In a unique way, this model has created a larger awareness among the communities on linkages between climate change and natural resource management,” Ms. Gopalan said, observing that women farmers were now leading efforts on environment and natural resource protection through promotion of watershed structures and bio inputs. Spurred on by their success, the SSP aims to reach out to more than a million persons from ‘climate affected communities’ over the next few years, while trying to transform as many as 50,000 women into self-reliant entrepreneurs and farmers.last_img read more

NBA referees aim to make traveling take a walk

first_imgSPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40That said, most times when Harden does his signature step-back, he doesn’t travel.“It is legal, except for the fact that he gets a third step in every now and then when his rhythm is just off, which shows you the highlight of how difficult it is,” said Monty McCutchen, the NBA’s head of referee development and training. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Longtime UP backer rallies for support after loss to Ateneo: ‘We’re still No. 2’ So officials have begun to change with it, altering the way they were taught to officiate when McCutchen and Wunderlich were on the floor. Before, referees were trained to look first at the defensive player. Now they have reversed their sequencing, looking first at the offensive player’s feet to make certain a legal pivot foot has been established and not changed.And the league added new language in the rule book to define the “gather,” to clarify how many steps a player can take after receiving the ball or completing his dribble.At the referees’ preseason meetings and training camp last week, McCutchen said officials studied replays of three travels each time they returned from a break, and had a dedicated 45-minute session on traveling.An educational video was sent to teams , and the referees visited the coaches’ preseason meetings, where they had a traveling station with two players on the floor so they could do demonstrations for the coaches.And Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said the league stressed that Harden’s step-back jumper is legal.“They made a point, which is great, to tell every head coach that is not traveling. It’s not traveling,” D’Antoni said. “So hopefully coaches will quit complaining and hopefully you guys in the news will understand that that’s not traveling. There’s other points that we have to clean up that are traveling and the NBA is going to try to do a better job of that.”San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich quipped last year that the step-back 3 came when players “jump backwards and travel and shoot a 3.” But the leaders of the referee team praised Harden for his cleverness and creativity.“On the dribble, we always talk about dribbling you can take two legal steps to the basket, right? No one ever thought about on the gather after you dribble you can take two legal steps backwards,” Wunderlich said.Added Jason Phillips, who will oversee the Replay Center: “The rulebook doesn’t state that the two steps have to be in any direction.”Harden said it never should have been a debate, because if he was traveling then referees would have been whistling him for it. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicalcenter_img “I’m tired of hearing that’s a travel, from coaches, from other players, from haters, fans, whatever you want to call it,” Harden said.But he acknowledges it looks awkward, so the referees know they have to educate teams and fans just as much as themselves. There is no new rule or even a new interpretation of traveling, just a desire to correctly call the travels that are in the books.That’s why it’s the biggest emphasis on the preseason list of points of education.“The first one is traveling and the second one is traveling and the third, fourth and fifth one are traveling,” McCutchen said. “I’m only joking to show that there are POEs and then there are POEs. We really want to get better at our fundamentals of the game and traveling is a big part of that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That’s why referees are working harder to get it right.Critics of the NBA — and even some fans — have long sneered that the league doesn’t call traveling. McCutchen said data showed officials were missing about two per game, but the way the game is played today can make those misses more penal for the defense.Players are bigger, faster and more skilled, and even big men who would have been centers in a previous generation are now do-everything forwards like 6-foot-11 MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. He already gets far enough with the two steps that are legal, forget when allowed a third.McCutchen compared the difference with Tiny Archibald, a 6-1 guard who played in the 1970s and ’80s.“He covered 10 feet with his two steps,” McCutchen said. “How far is Giannis covering? The game has changed.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers LATEST STORIES Scoring stars like Harden already got an advantage once hand-checking on the perimeter was no longer legal, so they can’t be given another one.“If we can’t allow people to hand check, we can’t allow them to travel because then they’re almost unguardable,” vice president of referee operations Mark Wunderlich said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever? Houston Rockets’ James Harden is photographed during NBA basketball media day Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)NEW YORK — James Harden slides sideways or steps backward, and the screaming starts.Whether seated on the opposing bench or on a stool in a sports bar, somebody is insisting that Harden must have traveled between the time he finished dribbling and launched his shot from a different spot. Traveling will be an emphasis this season for officials, who are determined not to allow offensive players to gain an extra edge by taking an extra step.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

Fernandes leaves West Ham for Fiorentina

first_imgFiorentina have signed Edimilson Fernandes on a season-long loan from West Ham.The Switzerland midfielder, capped three times by his country, made nine Premier League starts last term having joined the Hammers from Sion in 2016.Manuel Pellegrini has allowed Fernandes to leave London Stadium after adding Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko during the transfer window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Serie A side Fiorentina confirmed in a statement Fernandes has joined them on loan, with the deal also including an option to buy the 22-year-old.The Hammers kicked off their 2018-19 league campaign with a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday.Goals from Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane (two) and Daniel Sturridge sealed the emphatic win for the Reds, who move to the top of the table after the first round of matches.Reflecting on the game, Michail Antonio told West Ham’s official club website: “Liverpool away on the first day of the season is a good challenge – the result in the end is a difficult one, but I think we performed better than 4-0.”Liverpool have one of the best records at home, so we kick on and our season starts next week against Bournemouth.”We’ve signed nine players, and some of them have had pre-season with us but some of them came quite late, so we haven’t played much with them. We’ll get together and we’ll gel.”I managed to get a start for the first game of the season and you need those players behind you who will threaten your position because it makes you want to play better and fight to stay in the team.”I’m determined to keep my position. I’ve shown by playing in multiple positions that I just want to play and hopefully I can keep the shirt.”Pellegrini’s side face Bournemouth at home in their next fixture, before a trip to Arsenal on August 25.last_img read more

La Liga: Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates Ballon d’Or with brace in Real Madrid’s thrashing of Sevilla

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo celebrated his recent Ballon d’Or award by scoring twice for the first time in a La Liga game this season as champions Real Madrid swept to a stunning 5-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday to go five points behind leaders Barcelona.Real faced a crisis in defence with Raphael Varane, captain Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal and holding midfielder Casemiro all unavailable but Zinedine Zidane’s side produced a lethal attacking display, scoring all their goals before halftime.Nacho Fernandez cashed in on a woeful attempted clearance from the visitors following a corner to put Real ahead in the third minute. Ronaldo sidefooted home a through ball from Marco Asensio to score the second in the 23rd.Ronaldo, who had paraded his joint-record five Ballon d’Or trophies on the Santiago Bernabeu pitch before kick-off, then thumped in the third from the penalty spot, his kick proving too powerful for visiting goalkeeper Sergio Rico.Photo Credit: ReutersToni Kroos scored the most impressive goal of the game by charging forward from his own half and playing a wall pass with Lucas Vazquez before stroking the ball beyond Rico, while 18-year-old Achraf Hakimi notched his first goal for Real in the 42nd minute to complete another lethal breakaway.Real go third in the standings on 31 points, level with Valencia who host Celta Vigo later on Saturday, and five behind Barcelona, who visit Villarreal on Sunday.Sevilla went into the game level on points with Real and after qualifying for the last-16 of the Champions League but they were blown apart and suffered their heaviest defeat of the season in all competitions.advertisementReal, meanwhile, head off in confident mood to the United Arab Emirates to try and defend the Club World Cup title and will miss next week’s domestic action.last_img read more

Kerala Blasters FC to play pre-season tournament vs La Liga club Girona FC

first_imgFootball fans in India will get to see international clubs playing as La Liga side Girona FC have announced that they will play two matches in Kochi in July.The development could provide an impetus to India’s quest to become one of the pre-season football destinations for clubs from across the world.Fresh from their stunning win over Real Madrid in the Spanish league, Girona FC will become only the second side from a top European league to visit India.Toyota Yaris La Liga World, will be held in Kochi with Indian Super League club Kerala Blasters FC, A-League’s Melbourne City FC and Girona FC locking horns in a three-way tournament. The three sides will play their matches at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium from July 24.One of ISL’s biggest clubs, Kerala Blasters FC, will look to kick start their pre-season playing these top foreign clubs at home.Australian club Melbourne City FC, managed by Warren Joyce, will come in after a third-placed finish in the hotly contested A-League, the best finish by the club in their history.3 continents… 3 countries… 3 clubs…1 trophy! @GironaFC @KeralaBlasters @MelbourneCityToyota Yaris LaLigaWorld is coming to India this July- stay tuned! #LaLigaWorld pic.twitter.com/EwC29zmoKKLaLiga (@LaLigaEN) June 26, 2018India, here we come!We’re heading to the subcontinent to take on @LaLiga’s @GironaFC and @IndSuperLeague’s @KeralaBlasters in July!Details https://t.co/b3DF6nqkkw pic.twitter.com/0XdRZelmNUMelbourne City FC (@MelbourneCity) June 26, 2018Girona FC will be the first LaLiga team to play in IndiaThe matches will be played on July 27 and 28 in Kochi against the @KeralaBlasters of the @IndSuperLeague and the @MelbourneCity of the @ALeague.#LaLigaWorld @laligaEN #GironaFC #OrgullGironí pic.twitter.com/5zHcb1nNZladvertisementGirona FC (@GironaFC) June 26, 2018Girona FC, who finished 10th in La Liga, will look to add Spanish flavour on their maiden trip to India. After joining the top-flight last season, Girona FC made a strong statement by beating defending champions Real Madrid.La Liga ambassador and former Spain international Fernando Morientes, who unveiled the tournament trophy, said, “It gives me immense pleasure to be a part of such a historic moment. Pre-season tournaments are the best preparatory ground for a club to prepare for the season ahead.”I remember how playing pre-season friendlies helped me identify the areas that I needed to work upon and be better prepared.” Delf Geli, Girona FC’s president, said, “For Girona FC it will be a special experience as it will be the first time our team has played away from Europe since its foundation 88 years ago.”We are looking forward to starting the tournament and showing the football that we’ve displayed in La Liga to the Indian football fans and the world.”Scott Munn, Melbourne City FC CEO said, “This is Melbourne City’s first ever visit to India, and the whole squad are incredibly excited about meeting the fans in Kochi and playing in front of such a passionate crowd.”High-quality opposition is an important part of our pre-season preparation, and we are delighted to be taking on both Kerala Blasters and our sister-club Girona FC in this brand new tournament.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Rohan Bopanna and Marius Copil knock out 6th seeds from French Open

first_imgMaking a stupendous start to the French Open, India’s Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Marius Copil knocked out sixth-seeded Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus with a straight-set win in the first round, here Tuesday.The unseeded Bopanna and Copil sent the South African-Kiwi pair packing with a 6-3, 7-6(1) win in the first round, which lasted one hour and 18 minutes.Bopanna, who recently became a father to a baby girl, and his partner saved all three break points they faced in the match and converted one of the three chances they earned.Bopanna had reached the quarterfinal here last year and is thus saving 360 points.Divij Sharan and Leander Paes are other Indians featuring in the men’s doubles with their respective partners.Also Read | French Open 2019: Naomi Osaka, Alexander Zverev survive 1st-round scaresAlso Read | French Open 2019: Serena Williams survives scare to reach 2nd roundAlso Seelast_img read more

A Power 5 Conference Might Get Eliminated From The College Football Playoff Tonight

first_imgGeneral view of Martin Stadium.PULLMAN, WA – OCTOBER 9: General view of the game between the Washington State University Cougars and the University of Oregon Ducks on October 9 2004 at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington. The Ducks won 41-38. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Entering today, Oregon football was probably the Pac-12’s best shot at landing a team in the College Football Playoff. The Ducks narrowly lost a bizarre game to Stanford, and recovered for a statement win against Washington last week.Had the Ducks run the table, and gotten some help, they would have had a solid playoff argument. Unfortunately, things are never easy during road trips to The Palouse.After years of the school’s famous “Ol’ Crimson” flag appearing on College GameDay, Washington State hosted the show for the first time this morning.Fifteen years ago, Washington State’s Ol’ Crimson flag started flying high because of one man and his sewing machine.It has been planted in the heart of College GameDay ever since. pic.twitter.com/mCxrgPnek7— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 20, 2018The Cougars came out on fire in the first half of tonight’s prime time game.No. 25 Washington State leads No. 12 Oregon football 27-0 at the half.Quarterback Gardner Minshew has been prolific, completing 31-of-36 passes for 231 yards and three scores, and out-dueling potential No. 1 pick Justin Herbert so far.Washington, Stanford, USC, Utah, and Colorado all already have two losses on the year. No two-loss team has ever made the College Football Playoff, and while Auburn had a shot last year, they had some great win opportunities down the stretch. Those Pac-12 squads won’t have that advantage.With a win, Wazzu would be the only one-loss Pac-12 squad, but it has already lost at USC, and still has games at Stanford, Colorado, and vs. Washington.While we can’t outright eliminate the Pac-12 from College Football Playoff contention if Oregon doesn’t have an epic comeback, it seems extremely unlikely that one of the league’s teams can crack that top four.last_img read more

New Portland Custos a True Patriot – PM

first_imgStory Highlights The Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, has hailed new Custos of Portland, Hon. Lincoln Thaxter, as a true patriot, who is well suited for public office. She highlighted his contribution in education as a teacher with the National Youth Service (NYS), and his alma mater, Titchfield High School, eventually assuming the leadership of the institution, and also at Calabar High in Kingston. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, has hailed new Custos of Portland, Hon. Lincoln Thaxter, as a true patriot, who is well suited for public office.In a speech read by Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, at the installation ceremony held yesterday (October 10), at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Port Antonio, Mrs.Simpson Miller lauded Custos Thaxter for his many years of exemplary service to the parish.She highlighted his contribution in education as a teacher with the National Youth Service (NYS), and his alma mater, Titchfield High School, eventually assuming the leadership of the institution, and also at Calabar High in Kingston.“Your career in the classroom did not restrict your involvement in several areas of community life. The people of Portland, who are usually the first to experience the fury of the hurricane season, will always be grateful for your service of many years on the Portland Parish Disaster Preparedness Committee, and the Portland Environment Protection Association. You have played a big part in the cultural life of the parish in your capacity as Vice Chairman of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC),” the Prime Minister noted.She also cited Custos Thaxter’s work with the Rotary Club of Port Antonio, the Baptist Church, the Portland Co-operative Credit Union, and the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA).The Prime Minister said that although he has sought to contribute in various spheres, his service to youth development and education is exemplary.“Your first love will always be the classroom and the art of teaching. Your insistence on discipline through your lifelong work and association with young people in the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF) has been a remarkable journey rising to the rank of Major. I applaud your latest initiative to spearhead a Ministry of Education project to expand the number of uniformed groups in schools across the island as a strategy to promote order, discipline and character development,” the Prime Minister stated. The Prime Minister said that although he has sought to contribute in various spheres, his service to youth development and education is exemplary.last_img read more

TransCanada changing name to TC Energy

first_imgCALGARY — TransCanada Corp. is changing its name to TC Energy.The pipeline and utilities company says the change better reflects the scope of its operations across North America.TransCanada chief executive Russ Girling says TC Energy “clearly articulates” the company’s business which includes pipelines, power generation and energy storage operations in Canada, the United States and Mexico.Read the full report hereTransCanada shareholders will be asked to approve the change at the company’s next annual meeting.The company says it plans to continue trading under TRP on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges. Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP)The Canadian Presslast_img

Rif Protests Divide PJD Leadership Tension Increases Bteween Benkirane and Party

Rabat – Internal tension between the leading members of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) is mounting over the government’s management of protests in the Rif region and some are arguing it is undermining the party’s credibility and popularity.As media reports revealed, the meeting of PJD’ Secretariat General, the party’s executive body, on Thursday witnessed a heated debate between PJD leader and former head of government, Abdelilah Benkirane, and the current head of government Saad Eddine El Othmani, who was backed by party members of cabinet, in particular, Mustapha Ramid, the State Minister in charge of Human Rights.The meeting was the first held in two and a half months, a period during which Benkirane has remained noticeably silent regarding the developments that followed his dismissal by King Mohammed VI in March as appointed head of government and the nomination of El Othman in his place. Benkirane reiterated his previous criticism of the government’s management of the crisis in Rif, where protests have been dealt with a heavy security force presence. 93 protesters and leading activists of the protest movement, Hirak, are being prosecuted on serious charges of threatening the country’ security and territorial integrity by advocating for separatism.Large deployments of security forces in Rif cities, mainly Al Hoceima, the epicenter of the protests, toughened the population’s stance against the government and led to several clashes between protesters and riot police.Back in early June Benkirane criticized the government for accusing Rif protesters of separatism, calling it a “serious mistake.” The statement signaled a divergence inside the party charged with leading the government. The criticism was echoed on Thursday, prompting El Othmani and other ministers to respond.The head of government and his ministers lashed out at their own party,  accusing it of forsaking the government and leaving it alone in the face of public anger and what they called a “media campaign” targeting the party’s ministers and the government.The stormy meeting indicated that the PJD is undergoing unprecedented internal turmoil. While the party has traditionally sought to present an image of itself as solid and cohesive, the fact that no statement was issued following Thursday’s event highlighted the divisions inside the Secretariat General.A decision to add four members to the body, a move initiated by Benkirane, was unanimously adopted. The move was aimed at creating balance within the executive body where many of its members are ministers. Whether the latter accepted the suggestion out of conviction or consensus, remains to be seen.What is more important, is that the decision provided proof that Benkirane is taking matters into his own hands again, and could well be preparing for his re-election to a third mandate. This scenario, however, is rejected by his opponents with the Secretariat General who invoked the party’s internal regulations which clearly state no one can lead the party more than two terms.In order to bid for a third mandate, Benkirane would have to push for a change in the law, a task which might not prove overly difficult, given the large support he currently enjoys from the party’s base.Supporters of a third Benkirane mandate can back up their argument by pointing to the fact that he still has widespread appeal among the Moroccan public, clearly manifest by the way he is greeted as a “star” by citizens who never miss the opportunity to take selfies with the most popular politician in the country.His proponents also argue that Benkirane’s stance during the six months during which he tried to form a coalition, refusing to bow to the pressure put on him by the National Rally of Independents (RNI), has since been proven right.At the time, Benkirane refused the RNI’s condition to include two of his allies, the Constitutional Union (UC) and the Socialist Union for Popular Forces (USFP) in the coalition government. Benkirane maintained he only wanted a coalition of four parties, which included his two former allies in the previous government, the Popular Movement (MP) and the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS), in addition to the PJD and the RNI.When El Othmani succeeded Benkirane as the appointed head of government, he and other PJD members and current ministers accepted the RNI’s condition. As a result, a loose coalition of six parties was formed. In addition to this, RNI ministers assumed key departments including Justice, Finance, Agriculture, and Trade, despite the party barely winning 36 seats in the last general elections, compared to the 125 seats won by the PJD.Now, as the stalemate in the Rif continues, it remains to be seen whether the crisis in the region will keep weighing down the party leading the government, as the PJD strives to make it clear that the treatment of the issue by El Othmani’s cabinet does not reflect the party’s position. read more

UNESCO chief pays tribute to Belizean musician Artist for Peace

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today mourned the death of Andy Palacio, a Belizean singer and musician and one of the agency’s Artists for Peace.“Andy Palacio chose to sing in Garifuna, a language at the crossroads of several linguistic legacies which was proclaimed Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2001,” said Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO’s Director-General. “He thus worked for intangible heritage which is particularly dear to us.”Mr. Palacio, who passed away on 19 January, rose to fame both in his native Belize and worldwide for his mastery of Punta Rock, a musical style with its roots in Garifuna.“His premature death is an immense loss for Belizean culture and for all those who are open to the diversity of the world’s music,” Mr. Matsuura noted.Appointed as an Artist for Peace in October 2007, Mr. Palacio also served as both Cultural Ambassador and Deputy Administrator of the National Institute of Culture and History of Belize. 22 January 2008The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today mourned the death of Andy Palacio, a Belizean singer and musician and one of the agency’s Artists for Peace. read more

Top UN envoy to Somalia welcomes parliamentary review of media law

According to a press release from the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo’s cabinet approved a package of amendments to the media law in July that fulfilled a commitment he made to Somalia’s leading media associations within weeks of taking office. The amendments drew criticism from those media associations and some international human rights groups for their limited scope and the introduction of new restrictions on existing press freedoms, the Mission noted.“A free and independent news media is essential for accountability and democracy,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and head of UNSOM, Michael Keating. “Some provisions of the current media law do not appear to comply with international standards of media legislation and regulation. A careful and comprehensive review of the law and the proposed amendments will allow all key stakeholders to present their views. “I hope the outcome of such a legislative process will promote a better environment for Somali journalists to practice their profession without fear.”The proposed changes to the media law will be taken up by the Federal Parliament in the coming weeks. read more

Royal Opera House to go ahead with Placido Domingo performances in wake

Placido Domingo laughs with members of the Rockettes at New York's Radio City Music Hall, 1984 Placido Domingo laughs with members of the Rockettes at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, 1984Credit:AP Placido Domingo conducts at a Metropolitan Opera Rehearsal “Still, it is painful to hear that I may have upset anyone or made them feel uncomfortable – no matter how long ago and despite my best intentions.”I believed that all of my interactions and relationships were always welcomed and consensual. People who know me or who have worked with me know that I am not someone who would intentionally harm, offend, or embarrass anyone.”However, I recognize that the rules and standards by which we are – and should be – measured against today are very different than they were in the past. I am blessed and privileged to have had a more than 50-year career in opera and will hold myself to the highest standards.” “However, we have a zero tolerance policy towards harassment of any kind and recently refreshed our code of conduct to ensure all staff and visiting artists abide by the rules at all times. “We also have a Safeguarding Manager to enforce compliance, as well as an anonymous whistleblowing service to ensure that any incidents of misconduct are escalated and independently investigated. “Anyone at the Royal Opera House who feels they have experienced harassment is able to report it safely in the knowledge that it will be investigated and due process followed in every case.”The updated code of conduct was issued in March to all staff and visiting artists. In a statement issued earlier this week, Domingo said: “The allegations from these unnamed individuals dating back as many as thirty years are deeply troubling, and as presented, inaccurate. A Royal Opera House production of Don Carlo in 2013 A Royal Opera House production of Don Carlo in 2013 The Royal Opera House is to go ahead with planned star appearances from Plácido Domingo, despite American opera houses cancelling in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. The Covent Garden opera house said it had “not been made aware” of any accusations relating to the tenor’s time as an artist or conductor at the venue. Citing a “zero tolerance policy towards harassment of any kind”, it nevertheless confirmed that planned performances of Don Carlo in June and July next year would go ahead with Domingo playing Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa. Two US opera houses, the Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Opera, have already cancelled performances by Domingo after the Associated Press published accusations of sexual harassment made by numerous women against him.The Los Angeles Opera opened an investigation into alleged events occurring during his time there. Domingo, 78, has rejected the allegations, calling them “deeply troubling and, as presented, inaccurate”. Placido Domingo conducts at a Metropolitan Opera RehearsalCredit:Getty Coming from eight singers and a dancer, all but one of whom are anonymous, the accusations span three decades and range from unwelcome touching to putting pressure on them to have sex.The Associated Press, which compiled the accounts, said that after decades of silence, women felt emboldened by the Me- Too movement which began in 2017 as an attempt to tackle sexual misconduct in the workplace.Domingo is due to appear at the Royal Opera House next summer for Sir Nicholas Hytner’s production of Don Carlo, a collaboration with Norwegian National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The tenor made his Royal Opera debut as Cavaradossi (Tosca) in 1971 and has since sung 27 roles for the company.His latest appearances there saw him conduct Tosca in 2017/18, and sing Giorgio Germont in La traviata in 2018/19 last year. Asked about his upcoming performances, a spokesman for the Royal Opera House said: “The ROH has not been made aware of any accusations pertaining to Placido Domingo’s time as a visiting artist or conductor.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

IPL heavyweights Gayle and Malinga go unsold on day one

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCurran and Unadkat are IPL millionaires, Hetmyer to RCBDecember 18, 2018In “Sports”Gayle, Yuvraj worth the money ‘even if they win two-three games’ – SehwagMarch 13, 2018In “latest news”IPL 2019 auction: Caribbean stars command highest price multipleDecember 19, 2018In “latest news” India opener Shikhar Dhawan was the first player bought at the auction, by Sunrisers, his old franchise using a RTM to snap him up after extensive bidding. He was sold for INR 5.2 crore (USD 812,500 approx) after Kings XI Punjab offered the first bid of the morning with INR 2 crore. That set the tone for a frenetic day of bidding from Kings XI, whom bid more than any other franchise as well as missed on more players than any other franchise due to the others’ RTMs. At one point during the day, Kings XI made the winning bid five times in a row.Ben StokesOffspinner R Ashwin became the day’s first million-dollar player, going for INR 7.6 crore (USD 1.1875 million approx) to Kings XI – Super Kings could not use a RTM on him given they had already retained three capped India players in MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja before the auction.In all 16 RTMs were used on the day*, none more emphatically so than the one Mumbai used on left-arm spin-bowling allrounder Krunal Pandya. As expected, there was fierce and prolonged bidding for him, bumping up his base price a mind-boggling 22 times from INR 40 lakh to INR 8.8 crore. That winning bid was made by Royal Challengers Bangalore, but thwarted by Mumbai and their RTM. That meant Mumbai paid more for Krunal than they did for the third of their retained players, Jasprit Bumrah, whom they had kept on their roster for INR 7 crore before the auction. (ESPNcricinfo) Chris GayleChris Gayle and Lasith Malinga, arguably the highest-profile overseas batsman and bowler in seasons past, went unsold on day one of the IPL 2018 auction in Bengaluru. Gayle had set his base price at INR 2 crore (USD 312,500 approx) and Malinga at INR 1 crore (USD 156,000 approx), numbers that were breached several times in the sale of other players during the day.England captain Joe Root, who has never been part of the IPL previously, also went unsold – there had been questions asked ahead of the auction on whether the England players would be bought at the auction, given their availability issues. Unsold players could be called back into the auction on day two, if requested by any franchise.Another England player had no problems going for big bucks, though. Allrounder Ben Stokes was the biggest buy in the first round of bidding, going from a base price of INR 2 crore to INR 12.5 crore (USD 1.95m approx) to Rajasthan Royals – back from their two-year suspension for their role in the spot-fixing scandal of 2013. Questions remain over whether he will play in the IPL at all, though, as he faces charges of affray – if he is ruled out before the tournament begins, the IPL will allow Royals a replacement player.Lasith MalingaJofra Archer, the man from Barbados who is waiting to become eligible to play for England, attracted as much attention at the auction as he is doing on the field at the Big Bash League. Delhi Daredevils, Chennai Super Kings – also back from their suspension – Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royals all bid for him, meaning his base price of INR 40 lakh ballooned 18 times to INR 7.2 crore (USD 1.13m approx) before he was secured by Royals. Archer has been “in the spotlight for his fiery pace and dead-eye fielding for Hobart Hurricanes down under. read more

TShirt Tuesday Best Transformers Shirts

first_imgBack in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic book stores and through mail order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: eleven Transformers T-shirts that are more than meet the eye.Special bonus: until August 17, use the code GEEK25 to get 25% off of any shirt!Optimus PrimeThe visage of the Autobots’ iconic leader is one of the most comforting faces in the world, but Optimus Prime has gone through tons of changes in the last few decades. One of the most striking takes we’ve seen comes courtesy of artist Woah_Jonny, who brings a neon color palette and an explosion of texture and detail to render his face in a fascinating way. This is the kind of design that would fall apart in lesser hands, but he manages to make it work. Kudos.$20, buy it here.M.T.M.T.E.It’s impossible to hate the cute chibi-style Transformers from Mazzlebee that cover the front of this T-shirt. While a lesser artist would have them standing in formation, they knock out a huge range of body types, postures, and personalities. It really goes to show you how expressive these little plastic robots can be in the hands of a real artist.$20, buy it here.One Shall StandI love the contrasts in this design from manoystee – the alien-looking floral up against the mechanical lines of the Matrix of Leadership, accented by the hipster typography floating above but also interwoven into the overall composition. It’s a really ambitious and clever concept that’s executed to perfection. This is a rare deep cut shirt that true fans will recognize but still works as a conversation piece.$20, buy it here.Reservoir BotsOne of the coolest things about modern Transformers canon is that writers have brought a huge range of approaches to the universe, from brain-bending science fiction to more intimate, personal stories. Sure, Quentin Tarantino probably isn’t going to direct a giant robot movie anytime soon, but artist Samiel‘s take on the iconic Reservoir Dogs cast as Decepticons makes a great deal of sense.$20, buy it here.Trans: Off The RollThere are few logos more iconic in this world than the Autobot and Decepticon symbols, but that doesn’t stop clever artists from swiping from other ones. Case in point: manospd‘s cunning take on the Vans skate shoe with an Optimus Prime silhouette. It’s a goofy bridge between street style and geek fashion that works remarkably well.$20, buy it here.Rise UpEven though the franchise has been going strong for thirty years, Transformers will always be an 80s thing to us. That’s when America got their first look at the shape-changing robots, and the characters from that time are still the most memorable. So it makes lots of sense for artist vincent021 to grab some neon-toned Miami Vice accents for their striking portrait of Megatron.$20, buy it here.Sons Of EnergonSons of Anarchy went pretty far off the rails in its final seasons, for better or for worse, but at least they never had any of the Harleys transform into a wise-cracking robot. Artist BiggStankDogg speculates on what the logo for a biker gang of shape-shifting androids would look like, and we dig the authentic-looking weathering and primitive drawing style he brought to the project.$20, buy it here.Keep On Truckin’R. Crumb’s classic Keep On Truckin design – first published in 1968’s Zap Comics #1 – has been the source of literally thousands of parodies and take-offs over the years. Toyota even offered him $100,000 to re-draw it for a car ad campaign. Starting in the 1970s, the artist tried to crack down on copyright of the image, and it’s been a struggle ever since. Hopefully, artist RobotGhost changed it enough to get away with it, because we love this bigfooted take on the many hues of Optimus Prime.$20, buy it here.Rowdy Roddimus PrimeOne of the most notable missteps in Transformers history came with the replacement of Optimus Prime as Autobot leader. Hot Rod was a cool car, sure, but he wasn’t ready to take up the mantle of leadership and fans just didn’t buy it. One holdout, though, is artist devilchimp, who mashed his Prime form up with kilt-wearing WWF legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper to make a shirt that cracks us up every time we look at it.$20, buy it here.BreakdownOne of the best things about a franchise based on a constantly-expanding toy line is that it creates space for a ton of fascinating characters. Everybody knows the big Transformers names like Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, but real fans have soft spots for the lesser lights as well. Designer Eph illustrates this magnificently with their loving portrait of Decepticon combiner Breakdown. Everybody has their favorite ‘bot, but they don’t all get T-shirts this cool.$20, buy it here.Dragon PunchLet’s close this out with a final look at the Transformers universe’s most storied rivalry, the eternal struggle between Megatron and Optimus Prime. Artist Gil made this design for a contest and decided to share it with the world on a shirt. The idea of Prime finishing off his enemy with a Shoryuken, Ryu-style, is the light of hope we need in this dark and disturbing world.$20, buy it here.last_img read more

Netflix Is Breaking Into Radio With a FullTime Comedy Channel on SiriusXM

first_imgStay on target Netflix is pursuing a new territory for its subscribers: The streaming service is breaking into radio with its first audio-only broadcast that will be a full-time comedy channel and air on SiriusXM satellite radio.Dubbed “Netflix Is A Joke,” the channel will highlight snippets from Netflix’s series of comedy specials, which feature Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and other performers, The Verge reported. The aim of this new move is to bring more audience members to Netflix’s stand-up comedy specials, and it will launch as Channel 93 on SiriusXM on April 15.“ ‘Netflix Is A Joke Radio’ on SiriusXM will be an audio extension of our award winning stand-up comedy on Netflix,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, told The Verge in a press statement. “We are thrilled to feature some of the greatest and funniest performers in the world with highlights from Netflix shows as well as original programming that further celebrates the art of comedy, and we are excited to do this in partnership with SiriusXM.”The “Netflix Is A Joke” radio announcement comes on the heels of Netflix’s other business initiatives: Netflix is reportedly in talks to buy American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre, a Los Angeles-based movie theater that’s located on Hollywood Boulevard. If this deal were to go through, it would be the streaming service’s first brick-and-mortar cinema acquisition.Visit SiriusXM’s website for more details on “Netflix Is A Joke” and you can also sign up for a subscription here.More on Geek.com:Report: Netflix to Buy L.A.’s Egyptian Theatre John Cho Headlines Live-Action ‘Cowboy Bebop’ on NetflixNetflix Price Hikes Will Hit Some US Subscribers Soon What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer last_img read more

Jamul Indian Village regains control of the Jamul Casino

first_img Updated: 5:20 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsJAMUL (KUSI) — For the first time in their 12-thousand year history, the Jamul Band of the Kumeyaay Nation will be self-sufficient.“I can’t tell you how proud we are. For the first time we can take care of ourselves, something we could not do in the past,” said Tribal Chairwoman Erica Pinto of the Jamul Indian Village.The change happened at midnight on Memorial Day. When the clock struck 12:00, ownership of the “Hollywood Casino” was transferred from an out of state corporation to the local Tribe.“It was time to part ways. They did a great job, now it’s time for us to take over. It’s an accomplishment we’ve been working on for a long time,” Chairwoman Pinto said.Thirty years to be exact. While other tribes have been building massive casinos and hotels, the Jamual Band had been left behind. Not anymore.“Now we can help with housing, education for the kids and the biggest is health care. A lot of our people have diabetes and health issues. Now we will have the best healthcare anywhere,” Chairwoman Pinto said.Unlike casinos is Vegas and New Jersey, the money made goes back into the Tribe and the community.“We’ve already bought two new fire trucks, the road are improved and the community will benefit in general,” Chairwoman Pinto said.The Jamul Band of the Kumeyaay has been around for 12-thousand years. This is the first time in history they will be self-sufficient.“It preserves our heritage, it guarantees our future. We can now start making plans for the next 12-thousand years,” said Council Member Tello.Appropriately, the Jamul Casino is located in Jamul, California. May 31, 2018 Jamul Indian Village regains control of the Jamul Casino Posted: May 31, 2018center_img Dan Plante Dan Plante, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Aventura Police collecting donations for Michael victims

first_imgAVENTURA, FLA. (WSVN) – – A Miami Beach task force is helping keep the public safe as the search for survivors continues in the Florida Panhandle.Aventura Police is asking the community to donate items to help with the relief efforts.The public can help by giving items such as new chainsaws, flashlights, batteries, baby diapers, pet food and canned food.Donations can be dropped of at Aventura Mall through Tuesday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Excellent new Detective Pikachu teaser is excellent

first_img News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? The video includes several Pokemon we’ve already seen in previous trailers, like Charizard and Ludicolo, as well as a few new ones in Sneasel, Rufflet, Torterra and Liepard. Most importantly, the teaser also features footage of Pikachu and Psyduck listening to spa music in the backseat of a car. You really have to see it to appreciate it. Some reactions on social media: $299 Can we talk about torterra and pangoro?Goddamn this movie is on point #DetectivePikachu #Pokemon pic.twitter.com/dA3DVw3jlZ— Mikk🍣 (@MikkuSushi) April 10, 2019 See It Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Walmart Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) Pokemaniacs are excited about the movie, but its not their only cause for anticipation. Nintendo earlier this year announced Pokemon Sword and Shield, the first next-generation Pokemon games developed for the Nintendo Switch. (Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, while developed ground-up for the Switch, were remakes of Pokemon Yellow.) Nintendo says Sword and Shield will be out by the year’s end.Directed by Rob Letterman, Detective Pikachu is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide on May 10. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. TV and Movies Gaming 9 Photos How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 Comment Share your voice When it really comes to the “Take an animated thing and make it realistic” trend, between Disney, Sonic, and #DetectivePikachu, Detective Pikachu is amazing and imo is blowing them out of the water. The designs look true to the Pokemon, the spirit is there, it just feels RIGHT. pic.twitter.com/gssJ1yLn0S— TRAFON (@RiseFallNick) April 10, 2019center_img Pokemon Go Plus keeps you catching them all without pulling out a phone $299 See It Charizard. Warner Bros. Are you ready for Detective Pikachu? If you answered yes you are clearly a liar, because no one could be ready for an eerily realistic, Ryan Reynolds-voiced Pikachu solving Pokemon-related crimes for 90 minutes.To get you as ready as can be, though, Warner Bros. on Wednesday released a new teaser for the film via Reynolds’ official YouTube account. It’s a bunch of Pokemon auditioning for roles in the movie. Like the previous trailers, it’s peculiar but also spectacular. (Or, if you were never involved in the Pokemon craze, completely baffling.) Nintendo Switch See it Amazon See It I though I couldn’t love squirtle anymore than I did. I was wrong. #DetectivePikachu pic.twitter.com/shT1Q4pk49— Kyle Bradley (@KyleBrad3) April 10, 2019 Best Buy Tags $289 Nintendo $299 1last_img read more