Resentment in Assam BJP after Cabinet expansion

first_imgThe expansion of the Sarbananda Sonowal ministry in Assam after almost two years has caused resentment among a few Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs.At least two MLAs – veteran Prasanta Phukan and the BJP’s lone Muslim face Aminul Haque Laskar – have resigned from party committees while another, Atul Bora, resented the party’s “tendency to ignore seniority”.Mr. Phukan, critical of the BJP leadership, announced his resignation as chief of BJP’s Steering Committee for panchayat elections and the governing body of Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh soon after seven MLAs were sworn-in on Tuesday to take the ministry size to 18.With 126 seats in the State Assembly, Assam can have 19 ministers at most.“Since I am not fit to be a minister, I thought I shouldn’t head the two bodies either,” Mr. Phukan, who represents the Dibrugarh Assembly seat, said. Dibrugarh, he said, has not had a minister for 25 years now.Mr. Laskar, who represents the BJP from the Sonai constituency, said he has resigned from the Haj Committee. “If almost all communities could be represented in the ministry, why should someone from the minority community be left out? Muslims in the State are unhappy as they are not represented in this ministry,” he said.Mr. Bora, who represents Dispur constituency, said seniors in the party should not be made to feel alienated.The State’s Finance, Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the resentment among some MLAs was understandable. “Some senior MLAs were ignored in order to fulfil regional aspirations,” he added.Seven MLAs – five from BJP and one each from regional allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) – were inducted into the Sonowal ministry. Four of them are Cabinet ministers and three Ministers of State with independent charge.The Cabinet ministers are Phani Bhushan Choudhury (AGP), Siddhartha Bhattacharya (BJP), Sum Ronghang (BJP) and Chandan Brahma (BPF) while the Ministers of State with independent charge are Pijush Hazarika, Bhabesh Kalita and Tapan Gogoi (all from BJP).Mr. Brahma is a former militant leader and Mr. Gogoi a former student leader.last_img read more

PH billiards team eyes at least four golds in SEA Games

first_imgChezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit of the Philippines celebrate after winning gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition Sunday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLMANILA, Philippines—Filipino cue artists are aiming to at least double their gold medal count in the Southeast Asian Games here later in the year.Robert Mananquil, secretary general of Billiards and Snookers Congress of the Philippines, has high hopes the country’s pool team can easily bag a minimum of four gold medals.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “We still have 9-ball and 10-ball doubles where we also have fighting chances. Of course, I can’t promise that we would also win the gold there, but if luck rolls our way, we might sweep all pool events and win six out of the 10 gold medals at stake.”Seeing action in snookers are Alvin Barbero, Michael Angelo Mengorio, Jeffrey Roda and Basil Al-Shajjar while Benjie Guevarra and Luis Saberdo will lead the country’s bid in English Billiards.Pool legend Efren “Bata” Reyes will also see action as he joins Francisco Dela Cruz in carom while also assuming the responsibility as head coach of the national squad with icon in Francisco “Django” Bustamante as chief deputy.“What we have is a very stacked and solid lineup,” said Mananquil, though, adding that the odds are stacked against the Filipinos when it comes to English Billiards and carom.“The Malaysians and the Singaporeans, being former British colonies, are expected to dominate English Billiards while carom is the pet event of the Vietnamese. Despite that, we will still go all out and take advantage of our homecourt edge.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicscenter_img Mananquil’s confidence stems from the deep pool of talents on the team led by world No. 4 Carlo Biado, women’s world No. 3 Rubilen Amit and Dennis Orcollo.Also part of the squad are Johann Chua, Jeffrey Ignacio, Warren Kiamco, Chezka Centeno, Iris Rañola and Floriza Andal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manWith that roster, Mananquil believes winning the men and women’s 9-ball and men and women’s 10-ball events are within reach.“That’s four gold medals already,” said Mananquil, who is also a board member of the Philippine Olympic Committee. NCAA: Peralta career high helps Perpetual Help beat JRU in battle of also-rans This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man View commentslast_img read more

Overrated/Underrated: Justin Phillips and Lincoln Riley

first_imgVerdict: UnderratedMiddle of the road Non-Conference GamesI understand why Oklahoma State and other teams play them, but that doesn’t mean I like them. Here’s what I would like to see: Two bad games (like OSU) has played and one great one. Basically what OU did this season. Tulane, UTEP and Ohio State — that’s perfect.If you’re Oklahoma State and you play Pitt, it’s sort of a no-win situation. If you win, congrats, you beat a not-that-great ACC team. If you lose, you could legitimately be knocked out of the CFB Playoff chatter (if you’re Oklahoma State). Now let’s say you play Penn State instead. All of a sudden a win there could launch you up into the top three in the polls (like it did with OU), and a loss doesn’t keep you from winning your conference or (feasibly) still getting into the Playoff.It’s a risk, for sure (see: 2016, OU), but I think it’s one worth taking given how hard it is to actually run the table in college football (which, if you’re Oklahoma State, you might have to do).Verdict: OverratedIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! We are back at it this week with an abridged version of overrated/underrated. First up, let’s start with one of the stars from Friday night’s game.Justin PhillipsI went all in on Phillips after he tackled everybody but David Boren in his freshman year Bedlam game, which Oklahoma State won in Norman. Then he sat out a year and had an average to above-average season in 2016. I cooled on him a bit as I didn’t see a through line from Freshman Year Phillips to this year. Clearly that was a poor decision, as he’s been spectacular thus far, and Oklahoma State might need even more out of him with the 9th president (Kenneth Edison-McGruder) and Calvin Bundage out for at least part of the Pitt game.Everyone will point to the pick-6 on Friday against USA, but to me it’s hits like this that make him so valuable to Glenn Spencer’s defense.Justin Phillips is a stud.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 9, 2017Verdict: UnderratedLincoln RileyOne of the things I was most critical of coming into this season regarding the transfer of power from Bob Stoops to Lincoln Riley was Riley retaining play-calling duties. I thought it was such a Mike Gundy circa 2006 move and necessarily precludes you from being CEO of your organization.I, um, might have been wrong.He took it to Urban Meyer all night, and OU’s offense, without any big-name players not named after sections of the grocery store, thrived against one of the better defenses in the Big 10. The jury is still out (because let’s give him more than two games), but it appears that Lincoln Riley can call plays and coach at the same time.I love this play design. Counter trey read with built in swing pass. Better be disciplined to defend this.— Adam Lunt (@gopokes422) September 12, 2017last_img read more

Wilstermann 3 River Plate 0

first_imgWilstermann 3 River Plate 0: Bolivians in control of Libertadores QF tie Sacha Pisani 11:24 15/9/2017 Wilstermann-cropped Getty Images Edward Zenteno, Gilbert Alvarez and Cristhian Machado led Wilstermann to a first-leg win over River Plate. Wilstermann upstaged powerhouse River Plate 3-0 to take control of their Copa Libertadores quarter-final clash.Edward Zenteno, Gilbert Alvarez and Cristhian Machado were on target as the Bolivians won Thursday’s first leg in Cochabamba.River have history in South America’s premier club competition, having won it on three occasions – their most recent success coming in 2015. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing However, River came unstuck against 1981 semi-finalists Wilstermann at Estadio Felix Capriles.It took five minutes for Wilstermann to take the lead against the Argentinean visitors through Zenteno, who volleyed powerfully from Marcelo Bergese’s corner.Alvarez doubled the lead six minutes into the second half when he latched onto Cristian Chavez’s cross.And the comprehensive victory was sealed by Machado with eight minutes remaining as Wilstermann extended their unbeaten streak to 10 matches in all competitions.Wilstermann travel to River for the return leg on September 21.last_img read more

Texas Hosted A Very Important 4-Star Monday

first_img Over the past six days, the Longhorns have added eight predictions for the 6-foot-0.5, 183-pound Thompson, including four on Monday evening alone. The Crystal Ball reads 100 percent for Texas.Thompson’s recruitment appears to be moving quickly now that he has an offer in hand as he made the trip to Austin on Monday for an unofficial visit. He previously took official visits to Arkansas, TCU and Oklahoma State in April, May and June, respectively.Texas’ urgency here makes sense, as the Longhorns are yet to land a safety in the 2020 class.That could change with Chris Thompson Jr.’s decision this week. Auburn, Ohio State, and USC are the other finalists in that recruitment.Still, it is a position that Texas clearly wants to bolster, and there is certainly no harm in adding a pair of four-star players at the back-end of the defense. Jerrin Thompson is the No. 194 player, No. 16 safety, and No. 32 Texas recruit in the class, per 247. Chris Thompson Jr. is ranked No. 210, No. 18 among safeties, and No. 33 in Texas. A closeup of a Texas Longhorns football helmet.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: A detailed view of a Texas Longhorns helmet with a sitcker remembering those affected by Hurricane Harvey before the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Four-star safety Jerrin Thompson didn’t receive a Texas scholarship offer until last week. The Longhorns have quickly become a focus in his recruitment.It didn’t take long for many analysts to jump on board with Thompson winding up in Austin. Shortly after the offer, some crystal ball predictions at 247Sports starting rolling in, tabbing him as a future Longhorn.As of this writing, nine recruiting analysts have logged predictions. All have him going to Texas.Just a week after offering him, Texas football hosted Jerrin Thompson on a recruiting visit.247Sports was among the outlets reporting Thompson’s quick decision to visit Texas. He was on campus Monday.last_img read more

CB2 x Fred Segal Debut New Fantastic Furniture Collaboration Today

first_imgPrevious Next In the interior design world, we freely admit that inspiration for home trends often comes from fashion. That there is a strong relationship between the two industries is obvious when you think about it. Style-conscious people want equally stylish homes. Collaborations between fashion designers and furniture companies is nothing new. But when celebrity-favorite, laid back LA fashion hot spot Fred Segal decided to branch out into home decor – something truly special was created. Partnering up with CB2, a whole new collection has been created and it’s exactly what your home has been craving.Launching this month, the CB2 x Fred Segal line beautifully blends the relaxed California vibe of Fred Segal with the thoughtful nod to mid-century modern we all know and love from CB2. The collection has everything your home could need, right down to a stylish tape dispenser. Each piece in the collection is such a beautiful, seamless blend of both companies, you wonder why they didn’t join up sooner.A trend setter in fashion, Fred Segal keeps it up with this new line for the home. They kept the classic, modern-lined furniture CB2 is known for and redesigned it with today’s hottest materials and finishes, like the Silas Barstool which features a woven natural rattan seat. The collection also shows us that what’s old is new again with the Acrylic Coffee Table with Storage – a beautifully simple wood storage box that sits inside of an acrylic frame. Acrylic was hot in the 60’s and it’s made a big comeback in 2017.Image Courtesy of CB2Brass is also big this year and this CB2 x Fred Segal collaboration shows us why. With it’s deep hue and rich shine, brass is a perfect accent metal for a sophisticated masculine look. This line features a complete office set all in solid brass. From the aforementioned tape dispenser to a letter box and even a pair of rulers, the set has everything you need for a sleek and stylish office space.Of course no Fred Segal home decor line would be complete without a few whimsical pieces and this line delivers. From the Pop Art Mirror shaped like a rainbow to the Fresh Cut Side Table with a pineapple-shaped base to the surprisingly elegant Ocean Palm Floor Lamp with globe lights that resemble coconuts – these pieces bring a California surfer vibe to the collection. Neon lights are still a big trend in home decor and Fred Segal’s motto “love one another” is represented in their white neon heart-shaped wall light.The CB2 x Fred Segal collection is available starting August 3rd and can be found in CB2 stores or online at What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable You’ll Never Have to Pivot a Sofa Again Thanks to Ikea’s Newest Collection Editors’ Recommendations The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo Images Courtesy of CB2 1 of 12 How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home Where to Find Artwork to Match Your Stylelast_img read more

5 Patriotic Beers to Sip on the 4th of July

first_img 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts As your feet hit the water (or the sand or the grass) this 4th of July, make sure you’ve got patriotic beer hitting your lips.Sure, the big beer companies are releasing their America-themed branding (though it doesn’t look like Budweiser is bringing back its “America” beers this year), but the product is the same as always. Instead, grab a few of these patriotic craft beers that celebrate the heritage of the United States.Liberty AleAnchor Brewing CompanyAnchor Brewing Company/FacebookPerhaps the perfect beer to drink on the 4th of July is Anchor Brewing’s Liberty Ale. It was originally brewed for the bicentennial of Paul Revere’s ride way back in 1875. (You know, that whole “the British are coming” jaunt.) Having been introduced in 1975, Liberty Ale has the distinction of being the first modern IPA and perhaps the true spark of the craft beer boom — so many other beers wouldn’t be here today without it. Honor the American revolution with a revolutionary beer.Ales of Revolution SeriesYards BrewingThere’s plenty of U.S. history to pull inspiration from in Philadelphia, so it makes sense Yards Brewing has the Ales of the Revolution Series representing the founding fathers: Jefferson’s Golden Ale, Washington’s Porter, and Poor Richard’s Spruce Ale. The three brews are based on original beer recipes from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin (they were big beer fans, in case you didn’t know). Jefferson’s and Washington’s have been brewed since 1999, so Yard’s is nearly 20 years into its patriotic ways.Boston LagerSamuel AdamsSam Adams is one of the most widely known craft beer brands and founder Jim Koch drew on patriotic roots to ensure the brewery caught on. While probably best remembered for his politicking, the real Samuel Adams — cousin of the second president, John Adams — was also a maltster following a long family line of similar occupations. Today, the namesake brewery’s flagship beer, Boston Lager, is accessible to nearly anyone and has enough flavor to keep even the snobbiest beer lovers happy on the 4th of Jully.Brew Free! or Die IPA21st Amendment Brewery21st Amendment Brewery/FacebookCan a brewery get any more politically themed than being named after a constitutional amendment? 21st Amendment Brewery is named after the clause that ended Prohibition and allowed legal drinking in the U.S. Good thing, too, because the San Francisco brewery’s Brew Free! Or Die IPA is a great classic West Coast IPA for whatever party is going down in your neighborhood on Independence Day. 21st Amendment also makes a number of other patriotic beers, including:Hell or High Watermelon, a watermelon wheat beer with a depiction of the Statue of Liberty on the label.Fireside Chat winter spiced ale with FDR nursing a snifter next to a fire.Sneak Attack, a saison with a scantily clad George Washington crossing the Delaware.#MericaSurly BrewingThere may be no better beer to represent America in its current state than Surly Brewing’s #Merica? This lager featuring flaked corn pays tribute to the many American lagers that have come before it — a style that dates back well into the 1800s. Surly first brewed the beer specifically for 4th of July in 2015, so it only makes sense to drink it this year if you’re able to get hands on it. (If Surly sounds familiar, it was our pick for Best Brewery in Minneapolis in this year’s Manual Awards.) Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene 11 of the Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers for Watching Your Beer Belly Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Gaelic Instructors Share Techniques for Community Immersion

first_imgThere is no better sign that Gaelic language is advancing in Nova Scotia than 23 instructors gathered for a professional development session conducted entirely in Gaelic. The instructors, most who learned Gaelic as adults, attended the two-day session at St. Ann’s Gaelic College in May to share and discuss techniques and best practices for Gaelic immersion. Over the past three years, instructors have been teaching immersion classes in communities from Halifax to Sydney, based on Total Immersion Plus, which focuses on learning Gaelic through activities. “For many years, Gaelic teachers have been working in their communities, creating their own lessons and working hard to promote Gaelic,” said Hector MacNeil, one of the organizers of the professional development session. “We now have the Total Immersion Plus approach and it is working for us. It’s so important that teachers come together to learn from each other.” The Total Immersion Plus method was introduced by Scotland’s Finlay MacLeod. Since then, instructors have adapted MacLeod’s techniques to suit their communities and students. In co-operation with the Office of Gaelic Affairs, students, teachers and community organizers have been working to refine the approach. They call it Gàidhlig aig Baile, which means Gaelic at home. Gàidhlig aig Baile relies heavily on props, action and humour to support comprehension and ease the stress that adult often experience when learning the language. Participants also discussed best practices associated with Gaelic immersion based on their experience and research. Instructors demonstrated techniques, activities and games for immersion instruction and received feedback on how the technique could be improved. The Gàidhlig aig Baile approach helped Shay MacMullin learn to speak the language two years ago. She now leads a class for beginners in Halifax. She also worked with MacNeil to organize the professional development session. “As a Gaelic speaker who learned through Gàidhlig aig Baile, it was great to work on further developing the method and to do it through Gaelic,” said MacMullin. “We wanted to keep with the Gàidhlig aig Baile immersion philosophy. As learners we have to use whatever language we have.” The Gaelic weekend was supported by the Office of Gaelic Affairs. A report on the professional development session is available by calling 902-945-2114 or by sending and email to . -30-last_img read more

Coderre calls Amherst a stain and to yank generals name from Montreal

first_imgMONTREAL – Jeffery Amherst, the British general who supported giving smallpox-laced blankets to Indigenous Peoples and whose military victories ended French rule in Canada, will no longer be honoured with a street name in Montreal.“Goodbye Jeffery Amherst,” Mayor Denis Coderre said Wednesday at an event marking the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.Coderre said Amherst is a “stain on our history” and the street just east of downtown that bears his name must be renamed in order to move forward on the path of reconciliation with the native community.Amherst Street, located in the city’s gay village, is named after a man who wanted to “exterminate” native people during the 1700s, Coderre said.“As far as I’m concerned, if we’re talking about reconciliation, we need to recognize this fact and by changing the name we’re sending a strong message,” he said alongside Ghislain Picard, the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.Coderre said the change will occur “soon” and, while he wouldn’t say what the new name will be, he hinted it will be connected to the native community.“We will ensure it will be renamed right away,” he said. “It could be the name of a native chief, or called the avenue of reconciliation. I don’t know.”Picard said the name change is “very well accepted” by native people in Quebec.“The importance is for the city to show its intention to take action,” Picard said. “There are pages of our collective history that we need to turn over, pages that we also need to forget.”Whether to remove the name Amherst has been an ongoing debate in Canada for some time. The discussion also reflects the larger debate in North America on what to do about symbols commemorating controversial figures.Amherst, born in England in 1717, was made commander in chief of North America and is credited with conquering Canada and defeating the French.French rule on the continent was effectively over after Amherst’s army forced the capitulation of Montreal on Sept. 8, 1760.His name appears across the continent and can be seen in such places as the town of Amherst, N.S., and Amherstburg, Ont.Last April a member of the Mi’kmaq Nation traditional government called on Parks Canada to rename the Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst historical site in Prince Edward Island.In August, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario voted to ask school boards across the province to remove the name of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, from schools. The teachers suggested he was responsible for many government policies, including the residential school system, that hurt Indigenous Peoples.Others point to the fact Macdonald was ahead of his time with regard to his opinions toward Indigenous Peoples and argue he and others shouldn’t be judged through a 2017 lense.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Macdonald’s name wouldn’t be changed on anything within federal jurisdiction.The debate over celebrating controversial historical figures is arguably more contentious in the United States. Statues and other markers remembering Confederate and other pro-slavery figures have been the subject of protests, heated debate and violence in many jurisdictions in the country’s southern states.Earlier on Wednesday, Coderre presented the city’s new flag and coat of arms, which includes the addition of a white pine tree to reflect the history of Indigenous Peoples and their contributions to the city.The Montreal’s new coat of arms and flag still includes the Fleur-de-lis, the thistle, the rose and the shamrock, which represent the other peoples who founded and developed Montreal — the French, the Scottish, the English and the Irish, respectively.The white pine tree was chosen by an advisory committee designated by the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador. It was comprised of members from various First Nations as well as a representative from the Centre d’histoire de Montreal.last_img read more

Neil Young And Sheryl Crow To Light Up The Blues With Stephen

first_imgThe 5th Annual Light Up The Blues Concert will return in April.Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Burt Bacharach, Judy Collins, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stills, Oliver Stills, Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell, Steve Ferrone, and emcee Jack Black, plus many special guests, will return to Los Angeles on Saturday, April 21 at the Dolby Theatre for the 5th Annual Light Up The Blues Concert—An Evening of Music to Benefit Autism Speaks.The event will also feature performances by three artists with autism.The April 21 event spotlights Light It Up Blue, Autism Speaks’ annual global campaign for understanding and acceptance, which begins on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, and continues throughout April, World Autism Month. Light Up The Blues will celebrate the many gifts of individuals with autism, while supporting Autism Speaks in its mission to promote solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for children, adults and families affected by autism spectrum disorder.Proceeds from the Light Up The Blues Concert will go toward Autism Speaks’ efforts to advance research, increase early childhood screening and interventions, and improve the transition to adulthood.Tickets go on sale Friday, January 19 at 10:00 A.M. through or the Dolby Theatre Box Office.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Robyn-Lee Jansen Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook While she didn’t know the photographer personally prior to the shoot, Jansen said he “had been vouched for” by a few other models and had “assured” her the shoot was safe.The photographer also told Jansen he “had never had a problem with fire shoots in the past.”The shoot started fine, but things took a turn for the worse when it came time to incorporate the fire element.“The photographer seemed rushed, and his family had called multiple times, as we were running a little late,” said Jansen. “He proceeded to work with fire behind me, and then yelled, ‘stand still, this part gets tricky.’”Jansen said that before she even had a chance to ask for any further explanation, “he squirted a bottle of liquid paraffin oil while standing closer to me.”The next thing Jansen knew, “I was up in flames.”She immediately managed to “drop duck and roll into a puddle and get the flames out,” but the damage was already done.Then, the photographer insisted he drive Jansen – who was in shock at this point – to the hospital himself. “In a panic, he made me wait until he was finished packing up all of his camera equipment before he would take me,” she said.Jansen said she has been left with second degree burns over 25% of her legs and first-degree burns on her anterior legs, hip, back, and right arm, as a result of the incident.Asked about a recovery timeline, Jansen told Daily Hive that doctors have given her two weeks to heal, and “if I am not almost fully healed by then, I will have to undergo skin grafts.”Following this, “if I can get into surgery right away that would be another three to four weeks.”But that estimate, she added, “doesn’t include the time it will take for the scarring and skin pigment to normalize.”Although there are no infections and doctors have told her she is healing well, Jansen said she’s been informed that “any healing done on my own after three weeks leaves an 80% chance of scarring.”The incident has also left Jansen currently unable to walk, “let alone go about my job as a model with all my wounds and extreme pain.”As a result, she has had to cancel all her paid jobs for the next “two to three months.” In addition, she said, “there is still the issue of severe scarring. All of these things will hinder my ability to model.”A warning to other modelsReflecting on the “horrible and horrific” incident, Jansen said she believes the whole situation “was caused due to negligence and recklessness on the photographer’s behalf.”She hopes that by sharing her story other models will learn from her experience, and properly vouch for their own safety prior to any photoshoot.“I know a lot of younger models are very trusting, and slow to voice their opinion,” she said. “I would like all models to be more demanding and assertive.”If the photographer – or brand – “really values” the model they’re working with, “they will happily run through all tricky situations before hand so you are sure and confident of what you are doing.”And if they don’t seem like they are willing to negotiate – or  threaten to find another model – “then that’s a red flag.”“Don’t trust other people’s words when going into a risky shoot,” she said. “Demand that there be safety procedures in place.”If the photographers can’t provide or guarantee this, she said, “then just don’t do it. It’s not worth your time and safety.”It’s a lesson Jansen had to learn the hard way, but one she says she’ll never forget.“Never again will I accept anything where I could possibly be injured again, no matter how safe the photographer says it is, or how many other models he has worked with,” she said.GoFund Me campaign createdWhile she continues to recover one day at a time, a GoFundMe page has now been created to assist Jansen with financial issues surrounding the whole situation.Seeking legal help, paying her bills, recuperating lost wages, and dealing with extra medical expenses not covered “is going to be tough especially as an international student,” she said.Robyn-Lee JansenWhile she “doesn’t usually like to ask for help,” Jansen said anything is appreciated during this “distressing” time. “I am away from all my friends and family, and my boyfriend has taken off work to take care of me.”Financial assistance “would really help go a long way for the next few months of care and recovery,” she said. “It will be a long road to recovery and I am hoping long term I won’t be left with too much scarring.”By Eric Zimmer ~ DailyHivecenter_img Story contains images some may find graphic. Discretion is advised.After what she says was one of the “one of the most traumatic and terrifying moments” of her life, a 22-year-old international student and freelance model living in Vancouver is recovering  in hospital from severe burns all over her body, after a recent photoshoot gone wrong.On June 13, Robyn-Lee Jansen responded to a freelance modelling job, “where the photographer wanted to work with fire – behind me from a distance – in order to create some awesome shots.” Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Learned a lot in IPL says Englands Jonny Bairstow

first_imgBristol: Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow, who scored a brilliant century in the third ODI which England won against Pakistan, said he benefited a lot from his experiences in the just concluded edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Bairstow was in brutal mode on Tuesday, smacking 128 runs of just 93 balls as England chased down a challenging 359-run target with more than five overs to spare at the County Cricket Ground. His innings was studded with eight fours and four sixes. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju He had a tremendous debut IPL season as he scored 445 runs in the 10 matches he played for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). “I loved it there (IPL) and learned different things from different coaches and players (including teammate David Warner),” quoted him as saying after the match. “It’s just little things like game plans. He (Warner) hits in completely different areas… I guess it is method more than anything else,” he added. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters He also explained that the secret behind his piling huge runs in the recent times was playing “strong shots”. “It’s not like we are slogging and playing ramp shots but genuine cricket shots,” he said. England skipper Eoin Morgan also praised Bairstow, saying he alongside Jason Roy (76), set the platform for the team to register their second highest chase in ODIs. Put in to bat, Pakistan rode on a brilliant 151 from opener Imam-ul-Haq as they posted 358/9 in their stipulated quota of 50 overs. “I’m extremely proud. I thought the guys came out and played in the manner that we have done for some time now,” said Morgan. “We thought 358 was pretty on par at this ground and we felt it was a really good batting wicket. “The two boys up front (Roy and Bairstow) were absolutely outstanding and set the platform for the way we wanted to go about the chase,” he added.last_img read more

Ban Sri Lankan leader confer on worsening situation in conflict zone

9 April 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today discussed the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the north of the island nation, where thousands of civilians are trapped by fighting between the Government and Tamil rebels, agreeing to continue working together in the coming days. During their telephone conversation, the Sri Lankan leader said that he “understood the Secretary-General’s deep preoccupation with the fate and condition of the civilian population,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.“The Secretary-General reminds all concerned of their obligations to do all they can to protect civilians, and stresses that civilians should be allowed to leave the affected areas” in the Vanni region, she said.Yesterday, the top UN humanitarian official reiterated his call for a temporary halt in fighting between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to assist the innocents, warning that “a bloodbath on the beaches of northern Sri Lanka seems an increasingly real possibility.”The Sri Lankan military has pushed the rebels into an area so small that any shooting or shelling will unavoidably cause casualties among the 150,000 to 190,000 civilians trapped in the same zone, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, wrote in an opinion piece in The Guardian.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), unconfirmed reports suggest that hundreds of civilians have been injured yesterday and today alone in the 14-square kilometre area of the Vanni designated as a no-fire zone.“As a full-scale, long-term ceasefire is unlikely to be agreed now, the only way to get the civilians out of harm’s way is a temporary humanitarian lull, during which aid workers and relief supplies must be allowed into the conflict zone, and those who want to leave must be given the chance to do so,” he wrote.There have been many hundreds of civilian deaths caused by firing from both sides, Mr. Holmes, who also serves as Emergency Relief Coordinator, noted, although exact numbers and who fired what and when are impossible to verify.“It is clear that the LTTE is refusing to let people flee, though many are managing to escape somehow, and I fear the combatants may be gearing up for a final confrontation,” he stated. Civilians trapped by the fighting must be allowed a free choice of whether to leave or stay, the official said. “If the LTTE truly has the best interests of the Tamil people at heart, they should contribute to ending this unnecessary suffering of the civilian population.”The Sri Lankan Government, for its part, must stick to its promise of not using heavy weapons while the fighting lasts, and hold off from any final attack in the conflict zone while the pause is negotiated, he said.OCHA said today that over 60,000 people have fled the Vanni region in the past five months, with an average of 700 people escaping the conflict zone last week.Some 4,000 people have arrived in Vavuniya, where they have joined nearly 60,000 others sheltering in overcrowded camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs).More than 1,000 metric tonnes of food from the UN World Food Programme (WFP), 35 metric tons of vegetables provided by the Government and other supplies including hygiene kits and bed sheets supplied by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reached the no-fire zone this week.According to OCHA, civilians trapped in the no-fire zone lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities, and medical supplies are urgently needed. read more

Congress wants IndoLanka talks

India’s Congress party has called for talks between India and Sri Lanka on the fishermen issue.Senior congress leader and former union minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said that it is a national issue and the Indian External Affairs Ministry should hold talks with Sri Lanka and the problem would be solved. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in Parliament that the fishermen problem would be solved through talks “but there is no concrete action,” Aiyar told reporters in India, the Press Trust of India reported. (Colombo Gazette)

Think tank Alberta will have Canadas fastestgrowing economy in 2017

Think tank: Alberta will have Canada’s fastest-growing economy in 2017 Alberta|Conference Board of Canada by Sandra Prusina Posted Feb 23, 2017 3:11 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2017 at 3:14 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Conference Board of Canada predicts Alberta will have the fastest-growing economy among the provinces this year.The economic think tank is forecasting the province will grow by 2.8 per cent, mainly due to fast-rising oil production.In its latest provincial outlook, the board says B-C will be knocked out of top spot as it takes a hit from the housing market slowdown.It predicts the province’s economy will grow by 1.9 per cent — a solid performance but short of its average pace of above three per cent over the last three years.The report forecasts all provinces will see positive economic growth in 2017, with the exception of Newfoundland and Labrador, which it says continues to suffer from fiscal restraint and soft commodity prices. (Sandra Prusina – 660 NEWS) read more

President concerned about publication of fake news

BY Michael YoungePresident David Granger on Sunday said that he was concerned over the broadcast and publication of fake news as he hosted media operatives for the annual media brunch held on the lawns of State House.Granger, like US President Donald Trump, appeared to be bothered by the reportage and coverage by media of several events and stories that do not paint his administration in a good light and do particularly do not reflect his ideology.This is not the first time President Granger has expressed concern about “fake news”, he began using the term after sections of the media started reporting on the country’s economic woes and symptoms which pointed to ‘prerecession’ within the country. Also when the news broke that Government had awarded itself a 50% salary increase ahead of public servants and just after winning the May 2015 elections, Mr Granger has been concerned about “fake news” even though there was nothing fake about that news.“We acknowledge that every person has some bias ….we must try to be objective…Don’t publish fake news…. Don’t allow your bias to take the place of objectivity,” Granger cautioned media as he called for the Guyana Press Association to discipline reporters who said were “out of line” while performing their duties.“…That’s the responsibility of the corp. itself and that’s why we need a strong GPA so that when individual members breach the code of professional ethics…the GPA must be able to call in its errant members and instruct them or guide them how to behave,” President Granger remarked.The media brunch was attended by several high level Ministers of Government and media operatives who ply their trade on a day to day basis. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAFC advised President not to select GECOM Chair from Jagdeo’s listsNovember 18, 2017In “latest news”President Granger expects no significant change in Guyana-U.S. relationsNovember 9, 2016In “latest news”‘Call the elections if you are so popular’ …Jagdeo challenges President GrangerJune 13, 2019In “latest news” read more

Kielce hero Manuel Strlek No euphoria please…

Paris Saint-Germain’s pivot, Igor Vori, ending the EHF Final4 semi-final match with a red card at the start of the last minute and he shut down his team chances for the place in the finals…– We played a perfect 5-1 in the second half, but the couple lost balls, accidents, penalties and at the end we were defeated. We had a chance to runaway in the score. I can not get rid of the impression that every time a team that came for F4 little … maybe I did not see well, but – said Vori alluding to the judges and their decisions, commented: – I did not intentionally hit him. I raised my hand and caught it, but it’s part of the story that I mentioned. I got twice Jurecki’s elbow and nothing. From our side everything was two minutes suspensions, on the other hand – nothing. We did not take our chances, too bad. We came for the first time on F4. We played well, we were ready, but we missed luck.Manuel Štrlek, the hero of the match, with two goals in the last two attacks of the Polish team :– That’s what we adorned the entire season – the team spirit. This is the most mature team since I was in Kielce. No time to relax, our focus is now on the finals, there must be no euphoria. It was true fight, which is normal, when such a large stake. We must stay to the ground and calmly wait for the next day. I do not pick rivals, better should win and then we’ll see – concluded the Flying Croat.PHOTO: Filip Viranovski, ← Previous Story Kielce beat PSG for the first EHF CL Final! Next Story → CENTRAL-EUROPEAN FINAL: Veszprem win drama! read more

Charts Heres how the governments liabilities have increased to €208bn in five

first_imgClick here if you can’t see this image clearly WE ALL KNOW that the State’s liabilities have increased massively in recent years with the onset of the financial crisis and economic downturn but by just how much and in what way?A new report from the Fiscal Advisory Council – which assess the government’s budgetary objectives and determines if they are being met – claims to provide a comprehensive assessment of the State’s balance sheet after the financial crisis i.e. what are its assets and its liabilities.As the above charts show the government’s liabilities have increased four-fold since 2007 increasing to €208 billion or 127 per cent of GDP last year.While in 2007 our liabilities were made up primarily of short-term debt and bonds, that type of liability is much less of the overall pie now as we can’t access funding from the normal lending markets in the way we used to.As the second chart shows our loans from the Troika make up 30 per cent of our liabilities while the €25 billion in promissory notes – abolished and replaced with longer-term debt earleir this year – made up over 10 per cent of our liabilities last year.Genrally, the FAC report points out that Ireland is the third most indebted state in the euro area and has experienced the fastest deterioration in net worth of any EU state.The liquidation of IBRC could lead to substantial financial gains for the State, the report also says.The Council wants the government to perform a €3.1 billion adjustment in the Budget next month but as we know that is the subject of much wrangling among the coalition partners.Tánaiste: Budget cut of €3.1 billion not necessary to meet deficit targetsRead: Fiscal council finds ‘wiggle room’ on Budget targets – but wants full cutsRead: Ireland still has 39% chance of defaulting, says Government’s budget adviserlast_img read more

Curisoity rover determines Mars is lonely and free of life

first_imgThe idea of life existing on Mars has been with us for a long time, and people want to believe it. There was mass hysteria in 1938 during a radio adaptation of “War of the Worlds” as people feared Martians had actually landed on Earth. When we got our first pictures of the planet’s dusty barren surface, any hope of shaking hands (tentacles?) with an alien were dashed. But what if there was still life on the microscopic scale? The latest data from NASA’s Curiosity rover would seem to indicate even that is not the case. The rover has found no evidence of sufficient methane to indicate the presence of life.Past assessments of the Martian atmosphere have shown wildly different reading for the methane concentration. Scientists are interested in this because most of the methane in Earth’s atmosphere was produced by biological processes. It is believed that life elsewhere would result in a buildup of methane in the atmosphere. Past observations have shown 45 parts per billion by volume (ppbv) at the high end, all the way down to just 7-8 ppbv recently.Curiosity is equipped with an instrument known as the Tunable Laser Spectrometer. This device is ideal for measuring methane concentration on Mars, and so far it hasn’t found very much. The team reports that Curiosity has detected a maximum of 1.3 ppbv of methane in the Martian atmosphere. That indicates there is no methane-producing life on Mars, microbe or otherwise.This doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t life on Mars, but it makes it much less likely. We’re making a series of well-founded assumptions here, but they are assumptions nonetheless. After all, there is no guarantee the life on Mars conforms to the same biological rules we are familiar with. Maybe that’s why there’s no methane. Or perhaps life is present in such small amounts that it isn’t detectable in this way.No matter the ultimate truth, Curiosity isn’t going to rid Mars of its status as a barren world any time soon.last_img read more

HDJ1500 un nouveau casque pro chez Pioneer

first_imgHDJ-1500 : un nouveau casque pro chez PioneerPioneer lance son nouveau casque HDJ-1500. Il est orienté vers les pros et dispose de caractéristiques interessantes.Complétant la gamme des HDJ, le 1500 possède une impédance de 32 ohms, 108 dB en terme de sensibilité et une bande fréquences entre 5 et 30.000 Hertz. Avec une puissance de 3.500 mW (par les deux écouteurs de 50mm), les DJ’s et autres musiciens apprécieront. Le casque est également équipé d’un câble détachable (1,2 mètres allant jusqu’à 3) et est livré avec une sacoche pour le transporter de studio en studio, ainsi que d’un adaptateur miniJack/jack.Attendu pour le mois de mai aux alentours de 223$ (189 euros), le HDJ-1500 sera vendu en noir laqué et en argent mais impossible de dire à l’heure actuelle s’il atteindra notre territoire.Le 12 avril 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more