Nacho hands Real Madrid heavy injury blowby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNacho has handed Real Madrid a heavy injury blow.The defender has suffered a ligament injury to his right knee during their 2-2 draw with Club Brugge last night.AS says the setback could see Nacho sidelined for three months.The defender has been played at left-back this season by coach Zinedine Zidane. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
REGINA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government continues to “engage deeply with leaders and communities” when he was asked whether he would visit an Indigenous protest on the Saskatchewan legislature grounds.Trudeau made a brief visit to Regina on Sunday, where he chatted with families of steelworkers during a Canada Day event.The Justice for Our Stolen Children camp was set up in February to protest racial injustice and the disproportionate number of First Nations children apprehended by child-welfare workers.Trudeau noted that Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who is the MP for Regina-Wascana, has visited the camp but that he himself was not planning to visit on Sunday.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has backed calls for police to remove teepees that protesters have set up on the legislature grounds, which forced changes to Canada Day plans.Trudeau says he understands there are a significant number of provincial issues the protesters are concerned about, but that reconciliation requires all levels of government to step up and work together.“We look forward to working with all levels of government and with Indigenous Peoples on this,” Trudeau said.The camp was dismantled last month when the government ordered it taken down and police arrested Indigenous protesters, but it was set up again June 21 with more teepees.The Provincial Capital Commission said on Wednesday that it had to make alterations to its Canada Day festivities because the space where the camp is situated normally has a concert stage and beer gardens.Regina police have said there’s no need for them to step in at this point, because a meeting is scheduled for Monday between the protesters and five government ministers in the town of Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask.Moe said last week that it’s the government’s expectation that the teepees will be removed either before or after the meeting.
Today, more than 25 cultural influencers and 60 U.S. Mayors joined the coalition of best-in-class organizations and activists pledging to “Wear Orange” – a color that symbolizes the value of human life – on June 2nd, the first-annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day.Wear Orange is a new campaign that amplifies existing efforts to reduce gun violence in America and helps honor the 88 Americans whose lives are cut short by gun violence every day. In the past two weeks, more than 140 groups and luminaries have joined the campaign, including MTV, Motown Records, HBO, Vans Warped Tour, Essence Magazine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Brady Campaign, and Million Mom March.Participating cultural influencers include Julianne Moore, Russell Simmons, Sarah Silverman, Michael Stipe, Patti Smith, Aasif Mandvi, Alyssa Milano, Padma Lakshmi, John Hodgman, Amanda Peet, Perez Hilton, Melissa Joan Hart, Tiffani Thiessen, Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio, Rise Against, Mario Batali, Anti-Flag, Nigel Barker, Grace Weber, Jon Foreman, Judith Hill, Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors, Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees and Thomas Roberts of MSNBC.Efforts of note on June 2nd include: • MTV – The network will change its on-air logo – as well as several of its social media avatars – to orange in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. • Motown Records – The most widely recognized record label in history, Motown will turn its iconic logo orange on its social media platforms with staff and artists #WearingOrange. • HBO – The network will debut the trailer for its hard-hitting new documentary, Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014, from Emmy-Award winning filmmakers Shari Cookson and Nick Doob, which premieres on HBO June 22nd at 9:00pm EST/PST. Told entirely through social media postings, news accounts and other found media, the new documentary offers an unvarnished portrait of the human toll from gun violence in America – giving viewers a window into the lives of dozens who died from gunfire last spring through the present-tense moments leading up to the shootings and the reverberations that followed. • Essence Magazine – Essence staff will be #WearingOrange, sharing their orange selfies on Instagram and Twitter and encouraging their readers to join in the Wear Orange campaign.“We’re often presented with a false choice in the guns debate: that you have to ‘pick a side’,” said Michael Stipe. “But every American opposes gun violence and all of us can do more to help save lives. I’ll wear my orange with pride on June 2nd and hope people nationwide will join me in showing their true colors.”“Motown Records has a legacy of being the voice of a generation through our artists and fostering an environment of creativity and innovation. In these times, more than ever, it is crucial for all of our voices to collectively come together on June 2nd for the first-ever National Gun Violence Awareness Day to raise awareness and promote anti-violence so that the voices of today, and tomorrow, have a chance to be heard,” said Ethiopia Habtemariam, President, Motown Records. “We encourage fans and artists alike to join us on June 2nd by #WearingOrange and honoring the life of Hadiya Pendleton, and all those lives senselessly lost to gun violence.”Elected officials committed to protecting their constituents from gun violence will also be wearing orange on June 2nd. Members of Congress from coast to coast, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, former New York City Mayor and co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Michael Bloomberg, as well as mayors in more than 60 cities from 20 states representing more than 10 million Americans around the country have joined the campaign. Mayors who will be wearing orange on June 2nd, many of whom plan to issue proclamations declaring June 2nd Gun Violence Awareness Day in their cities, include Mayors Emanuel (Chicago), Nutter (Philadelphia), Lee (San Francisco), Walsh (Boston), Hales (Portland, OR), Wharton Jr. (Memphis), Slay (St. Louis), Schneider (Santa Barbara), Murray (Seattle), Peduto (Pittsburgh), and Coleman (Columbus, OH).Newly added supporters of the Wear Orange coalition include the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Brady Campaign, the Caliber Foundation, CT Coalition Against Gun Violence, Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence, Media Matters, Million Mom March, MomsRising, National Council of Jewish Women, New Mexicans for Gun Safety, North Carolina Coalition Against Gun Violence, Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, and Parents Against Gun Violence.Wear Orange and National Gun Violence Awareness Day was inspired by a group of Chicago teens who asked their classmates to commemorate the life of their slain friend, Hadiya Pendleton, by wearing the color orange. Hadiya was claimed by gun violence just days after marching in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. Her friends chose the color because hunters wear orange to announce themselves to other hunters when out in the woods. Orange acknowledges that America has a proud heritage of responsible gun ownership, while also reflecting the value of human life. This June 2nd would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday; First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address at what would have been Hadiya’s graduation ceremony on June 9th.Additionally, today the Wear Orange campaign released a new video telling the story of Hadiya’s tragic death, how her friends and family refused to let her die in vain, and how what they started on the south side of Chicago is becoming a national movement. You can view the video here.Anyone can join the Wear Orange campaign by visiting wearorange.org and using the website’s pledge tool to change their social media profile picture or share why they’ll be #WearingOrange on June 2, the first-ever National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
Praising The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as a model of partnership that brings together people and development partners, governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by diseases, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week said such broad cooperation is also the key to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening of the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in Montreal, CanadaCredit/Copyright: UN Photo/Evan Schneider“Working together and transcending sectoral boundaries is the only way to tackle the interconnected challenges that determine human well-being,” Mr. Ban said in Montreal, Canada, where world leaders have gathered for the fifth conference convened to replenish the Fund, which was founded in 2002 and raises and invests some $4 billion annually to support programmes run by local experts in countries and communities most in need working to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. Bono also spoke at the event.Hailing the Fund’s past 15 years of achievement and looking forward to even more success in the critical years to come, the UN chief said that since it was established, the mechanism has helped to save some 20 million people.“Its example of working for countries, communities and groups most in need provides a firm foundation for the new era of opportunity that began this year,” he said, noting that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a roadmap for people, planet, peace and prosperity through global partnership.“We are now here to bring this global partnership to make this planet Earth and people more prosperous and live in a peaceful world. It is built on the principle of partnership, and its object is to leave no one behind, wherever you are coming from, no matter what ethnicity or belief you may have,” continued Mr. Ban adding that this is what Global Fund is about, and “I am very proud of role that UN organizations have played and will continue to play, together with you.”Over the next 15 years, international organizations and partners must work together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) “for everyone, everywhere,” said the Secretary-General, noting that the 17 Goals are holistic, universal and integrated, encompassing, among others, gender equality, human rights, water and sanitation, education, governance, peace and stability.“Working to end HIV, TB and malaria is intrinsic to the SDGs, and each of the SDGs has a bearing on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all, at all ages. That is why the Global Fund has sharpened its focus on human rights, key populations and gender equality in its new strategic framework,” he noted, adding that the Fund’s current report emphasizes the importance of schooling and equal education, equal opportunity for adolescent girls to prevent HIV.He went on to stress the need to improve living conditions in crowded urban slums to fight tuberculosis, to address water management and sanitation to eliminate malaria and to help build strong and resilient health systems that are accessible to all people.“Universal health coverage is one of the SDG 3 targets. This will need significant investment, and the Global Fund has an important role,” said the Secretary-General, explain that more than 40 per cent of Fund’s investments are for resilient and sustainable health systems, and that is set to increase, which is essential for sustaining gains already made, and for building on them.Noting that the Fund has also been a strong driver of increased domestic health investment in many countries, he said the mechanism is a model of successful and broad partnership that brings together people, organizations, the private sector and local level actors in communities in need. Such partnership would be critical for achieving the new UN sustainability goals and tackling interconnected challenges.“One emerging challenge is antimicrobial resistance. This threatens our response to all [AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria],’ warned Mr. Ban, telling the conference that this is such a threat to global health that world leaders are meeting to discuss the issue on 21 September in New York during the high-level segment of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.“I urge the Global Fund to join this fight. And I encourage all partners to contribute generously to the Fund,” underscored the UN chief, noting that several partners have made significantly larger pledges in this Replenishment, and that there are commitments from many new partners, including a doubling of private sector contributions, largely because the Global Fund has already proven that it can deliver real results.“We have the knowledge and tools to end HIV, TB and malaria by 2030. This is our target and ambition, and our vision to make this world better, this planet Earth healthier and environmentally sustainable, where everybody can live without any fear and also with human dignity,” Mr. ban concluded, calling for broad partnership and cooperation “to make this world healthier and better for all.”Later in the day, Mr. Ban met with Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. He thanked the Prime Minister for hosting the 5th Replenishment Conference and noted that it was destined to be a very successful event.The Secretary-General also commended Canada for its commitment to the implementation of Agenda 2030, as well as on the issue of climate change. He expressed the hope that Canada would ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change before the end of the year, so contributing to the agreement’s early entry into force.According to Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, the Secretary-General and the Prime Minister also expressed concern regarding the tensions in the Korean Peninsula. They discussed the acute needs of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as well as Canada’s valued contributions to United Nations peacekeeping.
Dennis Ward APTN National NewsWinnipeg’s downtown mall Portage Place is a popular hangout.But in the past there’s been cases of harassment by staff towards Indigenous people.There’s been another such incident.But this time instead of angry calls for change some believe the mall has done a lot to improve relations.
CHICAGO — Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Dec. delivery was rose .20 cents at $5.3420 a bushel; Dec. corn was up 2 cents at $3.7740 a bushel; Dec. oats fell 3.20 cents at $2.8920 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans gained .40 cent at 9.0640 a bushel.Beef was mixed and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Dec.live cattle rose .55 cent at $1.1970 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was off .05 cent at $1.48 a pound; Dec. lean hogs was up .20 cent at .5490 a pound.The Associated Press
South Zone: 31 cases, an increase of 138.5 percent compared to 2017Calgary Zone: 206 cases, an increase of 7.3 percent compared to 2017Central Zone: 88 cases, an increase of 266.7 percent compared to 2017Edmonton Zone: 977 cases, an increase of 305.4 percent compared to 2017North Zone: 208 cases, an increase of 324.5 percent compared to 2017 In 2018, a total of 1,536 cases of infectious syphilis were reported compared to 161 in 2014, almost a tenfold increase. The government shares this rate of infectious syphilis has not been this high in Alberta since 1948.While congenital syphilis cases were rare before the outbreak, There were 22 congenital syphilis cases between 2014 and 2018, one of which was stillborn. Congenital syphilis, which occurs when a child is born to a mother with syphilis, is a severe, disabling and life-threatening disease.Consistent and correct condom use is an important protection against STIs such as syphilis.As with other STIs, the symptoms of syphilis may not be obvious.Health experts recommend sexually active people, regardless of gender, age or sexual orientation, get tested every three to six months if they:have a sexual partner with a known STIhave a new sexual partner or multiple or anonymous sexual partnershave a previous history of an STI diagnosishave been sexually assaultedIt is critical that anyone who is pregnant seeks early prenatal care and testing for syphilis during pregnancy.Anyone experiencing STI-related symptoms should seek testing and speak to a family doctor to find testing and treatment options.In the 2018 case counts for infectious syphilis by AHS zone: EDMONTON, AB – Infectious and congenital syphilis rates have escalated across the province over the past five years, with a sharp increase in 2018.Due to the rapid increase in syphilis cases, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, has declared a provincial outbreak and is encouraging Albertans to get tested and protect themselves.“We need to emphasize for all Albertans: Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are a risk to anyone who is sexually active, particularly people who have new sex partners and are not using protection. I encourage anyone who is sexually active to get tested regularly. Anyone in Alberta can access STI testing and treatment for free,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health.
New Delhi: INS Ranjit, an Indian navy destroyer built by erstwhile USSR, will be decommissioned on May 6, officials said on Friday.The third of the five Kashin-class destroyers, it was commissioned in 1983 and has rendered service to the Navy for over 36 years. “On May 6, a glorious era of INS Ranjit, being the frontline missile destroyer of the Indian Navy, is going to end,” the Navy said in a statement. The ship will be decommissioned at a solemn ceremony at the Naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe ceremony will be attended by personnel who have served onboard the INS Ranjit in the past, and officers and sailors from the commissioning crew, it said. The chief guest for the ceremony would be Lieutenant Governor Andaman and Nicobar Islands Admiral (retired) Devendra Kumar Joshi. “INS Ranjit was constructed as Yard 2203 in the 61 Communards shipyard in the town of Nikolev in present day Ukraine. The keel of the ship was laid on June 29, 1977, and she was launched on June 16, 1979,” the statement said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe ship was given its Russian name ‘Lovkly’, which means agile, and was commissioned as INS Ranjit on September 15, 1983, with Captain Vishnu Bhagwat at the helm, it said. The officer went on to serve as the chief of naval staff during the period 1996 to 1998. In her maiden sortie, the destroyer traversed through the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea and Arabian Sea, the statement said. The ship has the distinction of serving in both the western and eastern seaboard and has been the Flag Ship of both the western and eastern fleets. INS Ranjit took part in PASSEX with the US Navy in 1991-92 which was a precursor to the Malabar series of exercises with the US Navy.It also took part in the first INDRA (India-Russia) exercise with the Russian Navy in 2003, according to the statement. The ship also participated in the first ever SAREX with the PLA Navy in November 2003. The ship in 2007 took part in the first ever Malabar exercise in the Pacific Ocean as well as the first ever INDRA series of exercises in Russian waters, the statement said. The ship was actively deployed as part of the Navy’s relief operations post the 2004 tsunami and cyclone Hud-Hud in 2014. In recognition to her service to the nation, the ship was awarded the Unit citation in 2003-04 and 2009-10, the statement said. “As the sun sets on May 6, the Naval Ensign and the commissioning pennant will be lowered for the last time onboard INS Ranjit, symbolising the end of the Ranjit era in the Indian Navy,” it said.
Senior defender Hunter Robertson (6) passes the ball upfield during the OSU vs. Penn State game on Tuesday. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (5-1-0) will look for their fifth consecutive shutout against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-4-1) when the teams face off in Piscataway, New Jersey, Sunday at 1 p.m. The Buckeyes are one shutout away from tying the program record of five consecutive shutouts set by the 2007 team, which finished as the runner-up in the College Cup.Ohio State is off to its best start to a season in 12 years and senior defender Kevin Blackwood has not been surprised by the team’s early success.“It’s based on what we did in the summer, I came here earlier before I transferred and a lot of the guys were talking about going and doing actual work on their own, getting that head start before the season actually started,” Blackwood said. “Basically, I think it’s hard work and dedication. The comradery of the team has been phenomenal and that’s one of the reasons for the start so far.” The Buckeyes are coming off a commanding 3-0 win against Penn State at Jesse Memorial Stadium Tuesday, while the Scarlet Knights are coming off a 3-0 loss against No. 3 Maryland. All four Rutgers losses have come at the hands of top-15 opponents. Senior defender Hunter Robertson said despite the four losses on Rutgers’ record, the Buckeyes will still need to treat Rutgers as they would any other tough opponent as Rutgers’ only losses have come against some stiff competition.“It’s a Big Ten game we really want to get three points from them, but we know that those four losses were against some really good teams — Indiana, Maryland, Wake Forest, North Carolina,” Robertson said. “They didn’t get the best results against them, but they’re going to be battle tested and we know if we want to win we have to come in and play really hard and be really efficient to score goals.”The Buckeyes will look to contain one of Rutgers’ top weapons, redshirt senior forward Ethan Vanacore-Decker, who leads the team with five points (two goals, one assist). Robertson said that with the talent Rutgers has on the offensive side of the ball, the Buckeyes will need to deploy a more defensive approach to the game.“We are playing with two midfielders holding back, more than usual,” Robertson said. “Usually, we have two of them on attack, but they have a pretty special attacking mid and a fast forward, so we’re trying to keep someone on this attacking mid at all times, so when they try to play the long ball we have someone to cover because the kid’s really fast.”The team is looking ahead for the chance to win its sixth game and is beginning to focus on what they must do to come away with the victory.“We just have to be locked in, ready to go, we cannot take them lightly,” Blackwood said. “I know this is the Big Ten, every team we play from now on is going to be really good. Match their intensity, work hard for 90 minutes, and be tuned in.”
Newcastle coach Rafael Benitez has ruled out a holiday to push through Newcastle transfers, however, he desires to see more signs before agreeing to a new deal, according to Mirror Football.The Newcastle manager has sacrificed his holiday, instead opting to stay in England to push through a number of transfer deals.Benitez has put talks over extending his contract as current boss of Newcastle on hold till owner Mike Ashley shows signs of investing heavily in the playing squad this summer.The gaffer achieved the impossible of leading the toon to a 10th place finish last season after his side were tipped as relegation candidates due to a lack of investment in players.Steve Bruce: “Hopefully that’ll shut a few people up for a little bit” Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has expressed his delight at his side’s shock 1-0 away victory to Tottenham HotspursTyne-side boss Steve Bruce praised his staff…He was hailed as a miracle worker by the fans of Newcastle but the former Liverpool boss knows things might have ended differently.The club have completed the signing of Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague as well as the signing of South Korean captain, Ki-Sung Yeung but Benitez knows more signings will be required if the toon army are to do well this coming season.Newcastle might end up losing Mikel Merino after Real Sociedad activated his release clause, Benitez is a keen admirer of the midfielder and would hate for the midfielder to leave.The pursuit of French man Alassane Plea continues with Rafa keen on bringing the 20-goal Nice striker to St. James Park.
Germany captain Manuel Neuer hopes their 3-0 friendly win over Russia will prove to a turning point to ending their dreadful run of formDie Mannschaft have lost six of their 10 competitive matches this year following their 2-1 UEFA Nations League loss to France last month.It also marked the first time Germany, who fell two places in the latest FIFA world rankings, had lost back-to-back competitive games since 2000.But goals from Leroy Sane, Niklas Sule and Serge Gnabry secured Germany a comfortable 3-0 win over Russia at Leipzig.And Neuer, whose own form has been put into question, was thrilled with the final result.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“The victory means a lot to us,” Neuer told the DFB website.“We want to end our poor year positively by winning our last two games and today was a good start.“We want to try and put a similar display in against the Netherlands. We have a lot of players with huge potential, who are showing just what they are capable of.After winning their fourth game in 14 attempts, Germany will next face Holland in a UEFA Nations League clash on Monday.
The Rangers boss is still angry after the goalless draw against St. Johnstone last Saturday in the Scottish Premier League.Last Saturday, on Matchday 26 of the Scottish Premier League, Rangers and Saint Johnstone drew 0-0 at Ibrox Stadium.This made Ghers’ boss Steven Gerrard so angry that he went to the press conference to say his team will not win the Scottish national tournament this season.The team is currently in the second position of the league with 52 points, eight behind leaders Celtic.And today, three days after the game, Gerrard is still feeling angry about it.“On the evidence of what’s gone before, I don’t think it was brutal,” Gerrard said to STV TV about telling the raw truth to his players.“I think it was honest.”“I think probably 99 out of 100 managers would tell them the same thing if they had seen what I saw on Saturday,” he continued.“Maybe I put it across in a more honest and truthful way but I’m not going to change. I don’t want to lie to the players or mislead them or tell them stuff I don’t believe in.”“The reaction can’t be for me, it’s got to be for the fans and the club. St Johnstone brought 100 or 150 supporters at that game and we had 49,000,” he added.Johnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“They are the ones who deserve the standards and the level of performance. It’s my job to just tell the players and be truthful with them and that’s how I do it.”“I think the St Johnstone game wasn’t just a problem in the 90 minutes,” he said. “Having looked back at the week leading into it, there are certain things that didn’t really look right.”Rangers have a very important match tomorrow night when they play in the Scottish Cup Fifth Round Replay against Kilmarnock after drawing goalless with them on February 9th.“The good thing with this group of players is that they know where they’ve gone wrong,” he commented.“But there’s another opportunity and another chance to put that right on Wednesday.“I think the task will be similar in many ways – we know Steve Clarke will come with a plan and he’s had joy here before,” Gerrard concluded.🎥 A team news update from the manager at today’s press conference. pic.twitter.com/eTA3bxLHu6— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 19, 2019
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Dominica, January 17, 2018 – Loubiere – It could have been a far worse report coming out of Dominica when a looming hunk of dirt left hovering since Hurricane Maria finally collapsed, creating a scary situation in Loubiere as children played in the street. Loubiere is one of the areas hardest hit by September 2017’s Hurricane Maria; the southern community recorded a high loss of life and human casualties in the fierce storm which decimated the island.Dominica News Online reports that they first got information of the landslide on Monday night, their check on Loubiere on Tuesday morning revealed that thankfully, no one was hurt. One lady reported hearing a large sound; it was the collapse of some dirt and there is another area which the neighborhood is reportedly monitoring, as it too is expected to fall.Authorities are not yet officially commenting, but there is word that some people have been made to evacuated Loubiere following the landslide. It was unclear if the collapse of the dirt was weather related, or just gravity at work. It is forecast to rain today in Loubiere. #loubieredominica#landslide#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Area chapters of the National Black Public Relations Society, National Black MBA Association, the National Sales Network, and the National Association of Black Accountants are hosting the D.C. Professionals’ All Black Holiday Soiree Dec. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill located at 400 New Jersey Ave., N.W. at 8 p.m. All Black Attire Requested. For more information, go to www.bprs-dc.com.
By Lauren E. Williams, Special to the AFROCurrent Miss Black USA Daphne Lee will pass on her crown this weekend during the Miss Black USA 2018 pageant in the nation’s capital. A professional ballerina, graduate student and ambassador to the Republic of Sierra Leone, Lee previously held the title of Miss Black New Jersey before winning the historic, national competition.Unlike other pageants, Miss Black USA is a scholarship pageant focused on redefining beauty and highlighting the diversity of women of color. It was founded in 1986 to showcase Black women and support them in their pursuit of higher education.Miss Black USA, now the biggest pageant for women of color, will crown its next national queen August 12. (Courtesy Photo)“Growing up I often read about the protracted stories of African-American she-roes, and I was inspired by them to use whatever talents I had to give back,” Karen Arrington, founder and CEO of the Miss Black USA pageant, told the AFRO. “But as I watched mainstream media I didn’t see positive images of women who looked like me. So, I thought that creating a pageant could be a great platform to celebrate the achievements of African-American women who had been disproportionately represented in mainstream media.”Today, Miss Black USA is the largest national pageant for women of color and, according to the pageant’s website, the “largest single source of scholarship funding for Black women” with more than $500,000 in scholarships awarded. Contestants range from college students and graduate students to professional women. The Maryland-based non-profit organization has also expanded to include additional competitions for teens and older women.“Miss Black USA has changed greatly since we started,” Arrington told the AFRO. “Among many things, we now have a library named in our honor at the Lower Basic Primary School in the Gambia, West Africa. Miss Black USA gets to travel there and read to students while representing our organization.”During what the organization calls her “year of service,” Miss Black USA also travels nationally for the Heart Truth campaign empowering women to take care of their heart health.Arrington continued, “Wherever there is an issue affecting our community, that’s where Miss Black USA will be.”Looking to win the 2018 title are 38 contestants from across the country, according to Arrington. They will compete in four competitions: 1) Onstage Question, 2) Talent, 3) Evening Gown, and 4) Lifestyle and Fitness.On hand to judge this year’s competition are Dr. Myla Bennett, a celebrity doctor and philanthropist seen on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta; Thomas W. Dortch. Jr., Chairman of the Board of Directors for The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame; and Ocielia Gibson, a former Miss Black USA, author, and speaker. The event’s host will be Stevie Baggs Jr., a former NFL athlete, who previously starred as the bachelor on WE-TVs Match Made in Heaven.Finals for the Miss Black USA 2018 pageant take place August 12 at the University of the District of Columbia.
Kolkata: Virtual Reality Laboratory (VRL) of Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) was inaugurated.Dr Ajay Kumar, Secretary (Defence Production), inaugurated the VRL at its Park Unit location in Kolkata. Rear Admiral VK Saxena (Retd), CMD GRSE, SS Dogra, Director (Finance), AK Nanda, Director (Personnel), Cmde Sanjeev Nayyar, Director (Shipbuilding) and other senior officials of GRSE were present during the inaugural programme. Vijayendra, Joint Secretary (Naval Systems), Department of Defence Production was also present during the occasion. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to a Press communique, the design activity in Central Design Office was required to be strengthened and it often requires quick, reliable and accurate resolution of design issues. It was raised by the production branch or the vendor. Now, the virtual reality facility also enables fast analyses of upcoming issues in design phases leading to better time and resource management. Now 3-D models can be created in a virtual environment for assisting the production teams and customers to expedite approvals.It may be mentioned that GRSE has developed capabilities for in-house design and shipbuilding.It has made considerable contributions to the indigenous warship construction program of the country, which includes state-of-the-art frigates and corvettes to fast patrol vessels.
Kolkata: An empty rake of South Eastern Railway (SER) somehow got derailed and hit the overhead wire post near Ramrajatala station on Monday afternoon.As a result the down and middle lines remained blocked for almost three hours. Several local trains were cancelled and long distance trains scheduled from Howrah left from Santragachhi. According to the SER authority, an empty rake from Kharagpur was going to the Tikiapara carshed on Monday afternoon. Near Ramrajatala station, a few wheels of a coach slipped off the track while the train ran at a good speed. As a result it hit an over head electric wire post causing major damage. The over head wire of the down and middle lines hung and the post fell on the middle track. Immediately, the engineers of SER went to the spot and started work to bring the rake back on track. Though the damaged rake was removed within an hour, train movement could not be commenced before three hours as the overhead wires were Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifestill hanging. The engineers started to work on a war footing to clear the tracks. Meanwhile, around five pairs of local trains in the SER main line had to be cancelled. Several down trains were stopped at Santragachhi station and was transferred to the Up Line. Several mail and express trains were rescheduled and made to start from Santrachhi station. SER arranged special trains for the passengers to reach Santrachhi. Around 7 pm, the over head wires on the middle track were fixed and train movement started at 7:11 pm. The Chief Public Relation Officer (CPRO) of SER, Sanjay Ghosh said: “A detail investigation will be done. The cause of derailment will be clear after a thorough study.”
Mussoorie: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held an interaction with IAS officer trainees here and asked them to research governance issues in depth, so that they could understand those well.He held the interaction with over 360 officer trainees of the 92nd Foundation Course at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), a day ahead of his address to them.During the four-hour interaction in four groups, a variety of subjects such as administration, governance, technology and policy-making came up, according to a PMO statement. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Officers shared their own experiences, which were very constructive,” Modi tweeted.The prime minister urged the officer trainees to express their ideas and thoughts to him frankly and without fear, the PMO statement said.He also stressed on the need for them to develop a national vision, the PMO said.The discussions were marked by a large degree of experience-sharing.The prime minister also interacted with faculty members of the academy, who gave him an overview of the work being done there, to train India’s civil servants, the statement said. He also visited the state-of-the-art Gandhi Smriti Library at LBSNAA and attended a short cultural programme by the officer trainees.
Kolkata: The state government offered a befitting tribute to poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on his 120th birth anniversary, through a programme at Nazrul Tirtha in New Town.The programme, organised by the state Information and Cultural Affairs department, coincided with the completion of five years of Nazrul Tirtha that was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on this day in 2014. State Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim, minister of state for Information and Cultural Affairs Indranil Sen and poet Joy Goswami attended the programme to commemorate the poet’s birth anniversary. Eminent personalities in different fields were handed over prizes during the occasion. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam will always remain in our heart. It is because of them that we boast of our rich culture. We should not forget that it was Nazrul Islam who preached the message of unity among the Hindus and the Muslims through his poem (Mora Eki Brinte Duti Kusum Hindu Musalman),” Hakim said in his address. Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had tweeted, paying her tribute to the poet. Nazrul Tirtha (Nazrul Pilgrimage) is a cultural and educational centre dedicated to the rebel poet. The centre is situated at Action Area 1, New Town. The design and architecture of the centre is said to be unique in Kolkata and bears the signature material of controversial Swiss-born French architect Le Corbusier. The architectural language has been developed to express the personality of Kazi Nazrul Islam, designed by architect Abin Chaudhuri. At present, the cultural centre is functioning partly as a cinema hall and partly as an open air theatre for exhibitions and live performances.
In This Issue. * G(8-1) leaders step up pressure on Russia… * Pound moves higher on UK inflation data… * Aussie $ and Indian rupee both higher vs. US$… * Gold off lows, but struggles to gain momentum… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Leaders of the Group of Seven increase pressure on Putin… Good day. I made it through the first day back, and the desk was relatively well staffed so it turned out to be a pretty good day. Currency traders were certainly busy selling dollars yesterday as weaker US manufacturing data disrupted heightened expectations of an early rate hike. And it seemed global investors were becoming more comfortable with the political stalemate in Crimea even as world leaders, including President Obama met in The Hague. The G7 leaders pledged further measures against Russia amid growing concerns that the Crimean peninsula is just the first step toward an expanded Russia. And the families of those unfortunate passengers of Flight MH370 were told that new evidence has led investigators to conclude the Boeing 777 crashed into the Indian ocean off the coast of Australia. A very busy start to the week, and with a plethora of data releases scheduled for later this morning, today could shape up to be just as volatile. But before we get talking about today’s data, I will recap the numbers released yesterday morning. The Markit ‘flash’ report on the US manufacturing sector showed a slip in the Purchasing Managers Index to 55.5 in March from a reading of 57.1 in February. The median estimate called for a reading of 56.5 and the poor number had some investors re-evaluating the consensus reached last week that rates would be heading higher in April of next year. All economic numbers will be watched closely for any signs that the US economy isn’t performing quite as well as expected, with the thought that the ‘6 month’ window laid out by Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen would/could be extended if/when the US economy stumbles. Funny how one piece of not so good data can switch the mood of the markets. Last week the taper of 10 billion at each of the remaining 2014 Fed meetings was all but guaranteed, and investors were counting on a rate increase 6 months after the last of the bond buying. But the lower than expected manufacturing number, combined with an even worse number out of China to cause some to question if the global recovery will have ‘legs’. Investors took profits in the US currency which rose last week after many bet on a US interest rate hike in early 2015. The safe haven bid for US$ seems to have dried up also, as global currency investors seem to have gotten comfortable with the fact that the Crimea region will become part of Russia. Ukraine has told its remaining troops to leave the region for their own safety, all but handing over the peninsula to the occupying Russian forces. G8 members, less Russia, met at The Hague and increased the number of Russian individuals subject to restrictions. Currency traders seemed to largely ignore the situation in Ukraine, and as long as Putin ends his expansion plans in Crimea the events will quickly become ‘old news’. But a reported buildup of Russian troops along Ukraine’s border has some fearing that the Russian leader has new designs on Moldova, another former Soviet republic. It is a bit sad to see just how helpless the Western leaders seem to be in standing up to Putin, not that I want to see bloodshed, but he certainly seems to be having his way right now. While the currency markets aren’t focused on Ukraine, the equity markets seem to be spooked by these events along with the slowdown in China and an earlier than expected rate rise here in the US. Global equity markets have been trading lower all week but may have found a bottom overnight as the European markets are all trading higher this morning. The Japanese yen continued to fall amid bets the Bank of Japan will need to boost stimulus measures in order to offset the impact of a planned tax increase. Japan’s central bank has been desperately trying to encourage their citizens to begin spending in order to reverse decades of a deflationary spiral. A sales tax hike scheduled for April 1 has Japanese consumers rushing out to make purchases which should help boost the BOJ’s quarterly TANKAN survey which is expected to show the headline index improved by two points during the first quarter of 2014. But the sales tax increase, combined with worries over the global economic recovery have many economists predicting the business sentiment could shift negative during the next 3 months. Many global investors are expecting the BOJ will launch another round of Quantitative Easing later this summer as consumer inflation continues well below the central bank’s target and the broader outlook weakens. The BOJ will hold its next monetary policy meeting on April 7-8, and the Tankan report will be released April 1st. I would expect Japan’s economy to contract a bit following next month’s tax hike, and that will likely spur another round of monetary stimulus by the BOJ. Shifting the focus to Europe, the euro is drifting a bit lower vs. the US$ this morning after enjoying a full cent move higher yesterday. A report released this morning showed German business confidence dropped for the first time in five months, reversing yesterday’s mini-rally. The Ifo Institute’s German business climate index dropped to 110.7 in March from a reading of 111.3 during the previous month which was the highest level since July 2011. This drop broke a five month string of increases, but the number still shows European business conditions remain fairly robust. The Bundesbank said yesterday that German orders, production expectations and an improving assessment of current economic conditions “point to a very strong growth in the first quarter.” But the economic outlook of Europe’s major economy is certainly threatened by rising tensions in Ukraine. German / Russian trade is fairly substantial, which is one reason Chancellor Merkel has been a bit hesitant in supporting dramatic sanctions against Russia. The pound sterling rose after a report showed UK inflation data for February were in line with expectations, increasing 1.7%. Recent ‘color’ in the markets had predicted a weaker number, which could have led to additional stimulus measures from the BOE. But with the number coming in as expected it helped push the pound sterling up vs. the US$ and euro. Currency investors definitely seem to be ignoring events in Ukraine as they continue to pour back into ‘risk on’ trades. Both the Indian Rupee and Australian dollars high yearly highs vs. the US$ yesterday. India’s Rupee hit a 7 month high as investors became more optimistic that the election of a new government will hasten the nation’s economic recovery. Overseas investors are pouring funds into the Indian stock market in front of these new elections, helping to spur a record-setting rally in domestic shares this month. The Australian dollar also traded to the highest level of the year vs. the US$ as investors continue to adjust to new rate expectations. As Mike wrote last week, the RBA has made it clear that there is no need for further rate cuts, and now investors are gearing up for rate increases in the ‘land down under’. RBA Deputy Governor Philip Lowe will be speaking later today, followed by Governor Glenn Stevens tomorrow so I would expect to see even more fireworks from the Aussie dollar over the next few days. The markets will focus on Governor Stevens speech, as he is scheduled to talk about the economic outlook and will probably mention the Aussie’s recent strength. The Chinese leaders pushed the renminbi higher overnight after allowing it to fall to a 13 month low last week. The 2.8% YTD loss of the renminbi is being seen as engineered by the Peoples Bank of China who wanted to push speculators out of the market. Many felt the renminbi was a one-way bet, as the PBOC continually allowed it to appreciate since letting it float in 2005. A vice governor of the central bank, Yi Gang said over the weekend that the exchange rate will be more and more determined by the market and that the PBOC’s decisive role on the exchange rate will weaken. Well I guess they will leave it up to the markets as soon as they get done ‘punishing’ the speculators! That is the thing about Chinese leaders – they are able to do one thing and then announce that they will be doing something totally different going forward pulling a jedi mind trick on the markets “these aren’t the droids you are looking for”. I do expect the renminbi to continue to be a bit more volatile than it has in the past, with a widened trading band and more liquidity. But I continue to believe this currency should be one of the core currencies in an investor’s asset allocation. The Chinese economy continues to grow, and the importance of the Chinese renminbi will continue to grow at an even faster pace than the economy. The Chinese currency will certainly one day be considered as a possible global reserve currency. Precious metal prices fell further yesterday, with gold sinking to a one month low near $1,300 an ounce. Last week’s hawkish comments by Janet Yellen continue to weigh on the precious metals markets, and forecasts of sharply lower prices by some of the large Wall Street banks have prompted institutional selling of bullion. Societe Generale and other bullion banks have made recent forecasts that the price of gold will drop below $1,200 as stimulus is removed by the major central banks. Silver traded below $20 for the first time since the beginning of February, dragged lower by gold sharp losses. But both Platinum and Palladium held on to their recent gains on supply worries. The combination of the South African mining strike and tensions in Ukraine have supported the price of the ‘platinum group’ of metals. Palladium actually hit it highest price since August of 2011 and is now within easy striking distance of $800 per ounce. The focus of investors will shift to the US data this morning as we will get an indication of how the Housing markets are performing in 2014. The S&P/Case Shiller home price index is expected to show an increase of .6% for January and a more impressive 13.34% increase in the YOY figure. We will also see the March consumer confidence index which is expected to have increased to 78.5 from February’s reading of 78.1. And then we will get the New Home Sales figures for the month of February which are expected to show a drop of 4.9% compared to January’s impressive 9.6% increase. The housing numbers could still be impacted by the winter weather during the first two months of 2014, so traders will have to consider just how much of a ‘weather impact’ they want to read into these reports. Unfortunately we won’t be clear of the ‘weather effect’ for some time, and it is interesting to see just how the numbers are received by investors. When sentiment is positive, it seems any bad data is immediately dismissed due to ‘weather’ but I’m not sure sentiment is so positive after last week’s statement by Yellen. It will certainly be interesting to see just how the markets react to today’s start of what will be a very busy week of data here in the US! To recap. G7 leaders met and agreed to increase pressure on Putin in hope of preventing any further ‘land grabs’. The yen traded lower on expectations that the BOJ will need to institute additional stimulus to offset a tax rate increase scheduled for April 1. The euro is range bound after moving higher yesterday, and the pound sterling rebounded on UK inflation data which came in right where expected. It was a ‘risk on’ day for currency traders as both the INR and AUD benefitted from new investors buying into these higher yielding currencies. And the Chinese renminbi appreciated overnight, reversing the sharp fall orchestrated by the PBOC last week. Finally, gold fell further on interest rate concerns, but Palladium hit a fresh high on supply concerns. Currencies today 3/25/14. American Style: A$ .9145, kiwi .8549, C$ .8926, euro 1.3812, sterling 1.6495, Swiss $1.1326. European Style: rand 10.78, krone 6.0372, SEK 6.4156, forint 225.62, zloty 3.0342, koruna 19.855, RUB 35.694, yen 102.22, sing 1.2693, HKD 7.7572, INR 60.50, China 6.1426, pesos 13.1677, BRL 2.3230, Dollar Index 80.058, Oil $99.92, 10-year 2.7281%, Silver $20.15, Platinum $1.430.25, Palladium $784.97, and Gold. $1,314.80. That’s it for today. We got a dusting of snow this morning, a reminder that winter is still not quite over. It looks like it is going to be a busy day today, as I have an interview later this morning and then have to work on wrapping things up and getting back out of town. I am speaking at the 16th Annual IU Investment Conference in Carlsbad CA later this week, so Mike Meyer will be bringing you the Pfennig for the next 3 days. Chuck will be headed back home from spring break, and should be back in the saddle next Monday. Thanks again for reading the Pfenning, and I hope all of you go out and have a Terrific Tuesday!! Chris Gaffney, CFA Vice President EverBank World Markets