“We’re about 70-80 percent ready,” the soft-spoken mentor said on Thursday during the Chooks-to-Go-hosted sendoff at Edsa Shangri-la. “Hopefully, that 80-percent can get things done for the SEA Games team.”Jong Uichico. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netDespite the short preparation, Gilas Pilipinas is still the favorite to nab the gold medal in the biennial meet but teams like Thailand, Indonesia, and host country Malaysia are all out to dislodge the Philippines out of its throne.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUichico said the players don’t need reminding on how much it would mean for the country to impose its dominance anew in the hardcourt.“The players are very motivated. Once you don the Philippine colors, or Philippine flag, or Philippine uniform, you should be motivated. There’s no amount of motivation that just wearing that uniform and representing the country. The mere fact that you’re part of the national team should be enough of a motivation,” he said. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago He continued: “The pressure is there already. Any coach or player that is going to the Southeast Asian Games is supposed to win and they’re supposed to bring home the gold. It doesn’t matter if you have one day or two days of practice. They’re supposed to win.”Gilas Pilipinas opens its SEA Games campaign on Sunday against Thailand, before taking on Myanmar, and Malaysia in the following days to finish its schedule in the group stages. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UFC president believes Ronda Rousey will announce retirement soon Even with less than two weeks to prepare for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, Gilas Pilipinas has put its best foot forward as it flies to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday.Head coach Jong Uichico is hopeful that the team’s preparations will be enough to help the country secure its 18th gold in the regional tiff.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Gilas Pilipinas motivated amid pressure to deliver SEA Games gold2.3K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51
Bengaluru: Limited to a couple of constituencies in the old Mysuru region in the successive Lok Sabha polls since its formation in 1999, the JD(S) in Karnataka is aiming to break new ground in the coming parliamentary elections capitalising on the party being in power. After the Janata Dal split in 1999, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s JD(S) has been winning two to three Lok Sabha seats in the old Mysuru region, largely from party bastions of Hassan and Mandya, dominated by the Vokkaliga community, its solid vote base, as also from Bangalore Rural and Chamarajanagara once. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day The JD(S), the lone surviving active offshoot of the erstwhile Janata Dal in the state, which has seen a revival with it coming to power in Karnataka in alliance with the Congress after the May 2018 assembly polls, wants to use the opportunity to expand its horizons. The party’s presence in the coalition government with the Congress and H D Kumaraswamy’s stature as chief minister will help the party in increasing its tally in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, senior JD(S) leader Y S V Datta told PTI. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty “It is true, if we were not in government and if there was no coalition, then our strength would have been limited to two or three seats in the old Mysuru region, but now that we are in the government and since our leader Kumaraswamy is chief minister, we can capitalise on his stature across the state,” he said. Datta, who is party’s campaign committee chief, said as per the understanding, the Congress will not field its candidates where the JD(S) is contesting, so minorities, backward class and SC/ST votes that were traditionally with the grand old party in those constituencies, will get transferred to the party. However, he also conceded that the JD(S) should have a base in those constituencies, as one cannot bat on a dead pitch. The Congress will contest 20 seats and the JD(S) eight in the Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka under a deal finalised by the two partners of the ruling coalition on Wednesday after weeks of haggling and uncertainty. The Lok Sabha constituencies that the JD(S) will contest in are Uttara Kannada, Chikmagalur, Shimoga, Tumkur, Hassan, Mandya, Bangalore North and Bijapur. However, political analysts don’t see JD(S) gaining much in this election. “It is a bit unlikely… The JD(S) can improve its performance only if the Congress supports it wholeheartedly, which seems unlikely, because the sentiment that both parties should come together to forge an alliance against the BJP is not shared among the party’s rank and file,” Narayana A, a professor at Azim Premji University, told PTI. The kind of signals that have been going out ever since the formation of the coalition government has created some kind of confusion among the workers as to whether they are really in alliance, he said. “So it is unlikely that one can expect the kind of support from the the Congress that the JD(S) needs to win,” he said. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the vote share of the JD(S) in the seven constituencies was — Chikmagalur 1.44 per cent, Shimoga 21.29 per cent, Tumkur 23.47 per cent, Hassan 44.43 per cent, Mandya 43.95 per cent, Bangalore North 6.83 per cent and Bijapur 5.95 per cent. The party had not fielded any candidate from Uttara Kannada. The JD(S) had won the Hassan and Mandya seats in the last general elections. The Congress had bagged nine and the BJP 17 seats. However in the by-polls, the BJP yielded the Bellary seat to the Congress. Among the eight seats that the JD(S) is contesting this time, it has its sitting MPs in two. Tumkuru is with the Congress and the rest five constituencies are represented by the BJP. According to sources, during seat negotiations, the JD(S) got the Tumkur seat, dominated by the Vokkaliga community, after a hard bargain as the Congress had decided not to cede those constituencies to the regional partner where it has a sitting MP. Mysore-Kodagu was another constituency that the JD(S) had demanded from the old Mysuru region, but could not bag it due to opposition from Siddaramaiah, as the seat is in his home turf, sources said. Narayana also feels that despite the JD(S) fielding Deve Gowda’s grandson Nikhil Kumaraswamy in their bastion of Mandya, it will not be a cakewalk for the party this time. “I’m not too sure that the party workers will have the same kind of feelings towards him, as they had towards, Deve Gowda or Kumaraswamy,” he said. He however said, Hassan should not be much of a problem for the JD(S), where Gowda’s other grandson Prajwal Revanna is the candidate, as he has been associated with the party affairs there for some time now. There is opposition to Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s candidature in Mandya, as many who claim to be JD(S) supporters have hit out at the party leadership for sidelining loyal party workers to favour some one from their family, despite not being actively involved in party activities in the district. Nikhil is likely to be pitted against Sumalatha Ambareesh, wife of late actor-turned-politician Ambareesh in Mandya.
New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Monday condoled the death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who passed away at his private residence in Panaji on Sunday evening after a prolonged battle with advanced pancreatic cancer. He was 63. The Cabinet also extended condolences to the former Defence Minister’s family and the people of Goa on behalf of the Central government and the entire nation. It observed a two-minute silence and also approved a day of mourning at the Centre and flying the national flag at half-mast on Monday across the country. Also Read – MP woman hangs herself after killing three children “The Cabinet expresses profound sorrow at the sad demise of Manohar Parrikar. In his passing away, the country has lost a veteran and distinguished leader, affectionately called as the Chief Minister of commoners,” a Cabinet statement said. It observed that Parrikar would be remembered for his simplicity and his abilities as an exceptional administrator. “His contribution to the building of modern Goa and to the modernization of India’s Armed Forces as well as improvement to the lives of ex-servicemen will never be forgotten.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Born on December 13, 1955, at Mapusa, Goa, Parrikar was educated at Loyola School, Margao and later graduated in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai in 1978. Before entering politics, Parrikar had joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at a young age and became a Mukhya Shikshak (Chief Instructor) in the final years of his schooling itself. After graduating from IIT, he resumed RSS work in Mapusa and became a Sanghchalak at the age of 26. As a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Parrikar was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Goa in 1994. He became the Chief Minister of Goa for the first time on October 24, 2000 and continued till February 27, 2002. He was re-elected as Chief Minister on June 3, 2002 and served till February 2, 2005. Parrikar became Chief Minister of Goa for the third time on March 9, 2012, and continued till November 8, 2014. On November 9, 2014, he became Union Minister of Defence and continued till March 13, 2017. He was again sworn in as Chief Minister of Goa on March 14, 2017. Parrikar was awarded the ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award’ by IIT Mumbai in 2001, Honorary Doctorate by National Institute of Technology, Goa in 2018 and the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Award in 2018, among others. He is survived by his two sons.
Jaipur/Bhopal/Ahmedabad: Nearly 50 people were killed as rains coupled with thunderstorm and lightning hit several parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra overnight, officials said Wednesday. The unseasonal rains and storm also caused damage to property and crops in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Rajasthan witnessed the maximum casualties with 21 people killed in rain-related incidents following by Madhya Pradesh where 15 were killed. While 10 people were killed in Gujarat, three were killed in Maharashtra. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter in the morning to express anguish over the loss of lives in the rains in Gujarat and announce relief. Soon afterwards Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath hit out at the prime minister, accusing him of being concerned only about his home state Gujarat. The PMO in a tweet later said,”PM @narendramodi has expressed grief at loss of lives due to unseasonal rains and storms in MP, Rajasthan, Manipur & various parts of the country”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to unseasonal rain & storms in MP, Rajasthan, Manipur & various parts of the country has been approved from the PM’s National Relief Fund. Rs 50,000 each for the injured has also been approved,” the PMO said. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government is closely monitoring the situation in rain-hit areas and is ready to provide all possible help to states affected by rains and thunderstorm. In Jaipur, Rajasthan Relief Secretary Ashutosh A T Pednekar said 21 people died due to unseasonal rains. “4 deaths were reported in Jhalawar, Udaipur and Jaipur each, two each in Jalore and Bundi and one each in Baran, Rajsamand, Bhilwara, Alwar and Hanumangarh, he said. Compensation of Rs. 4 lakh each has been announced to the families of victims. Another official said crops have suffered damage and the assessment is being done. Several cattle were also killed in rain-related incidents. Condoling the deaths, Chief minister Ashok Gehlot said in a tweet, “Deeply pained by loss of lives due to unseasonal rains and storms in various parts of the country including Rajasthan. My thoughts and prayers are with bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured”. Of the total 21 deaths, 7 are in Kota division.Heavy dust storm accompanied by moderate to heavy rains, thundershowers also lashed parts of Hadouti region (Kota division) on Tuesday causing damage to crops. Survey of crop damage is underway. BJP candidate from the constituency Om Birla demanded the state government declare compensation to farmers for crop damage. Birla also blamed the state government for not issuing alert and taking measures to prevent the crop damage. The department has predicted dust storm/thunderstorm accompanied with high velocity winds and lightning at a few places during the next 24 hours. Officials in Bhopal said unseasonal rain accompanied by thunderstorm and lightning hit various parts of Madhya Pradesh, leaving 15 people dead and injuring some others. Rains claimed three lives each in Indore, Dhar and Shajapur, two in Ratlam and one each in Alirajpur, Rajgarh, Sehore and Chhindwara districts. Nath expressed grief over the deaths and charged that Modi’s concerns were limited to his home state Gujarat. “Modiji, you are the PM of the country and not of Gujarat. In MP also, more than 10 persons were killed because of unseasonal rains, storm and lightning. But you have confined your feelings to Gujarat only. Though your party has no government here people live here also,” Nath said in a tweet. The BJP hit back, accusing Nath of doing politics over the loss caused by rains and storm. BJP media head and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni said in Delhi that Nath is well aware of the procedure that the state government has to first inform the Centre about the damage in such a natural tragedy to get relief but instead of doing so, he was tweeting and doing politics. “Instead of informing the Centre, he chose to do politics over the tragedy,” Baluni charged. In Ahmedabad, Gujarat government’s director of relief G B Manglpara, told PTI that at least 10 people have died in the rain and dust storm reported from various areas including districts in North Gujarat and Saurashtra region. Also, a portion of a tent erected for Prime Minister Modi’s rally in Himmatnagar town of North Gujarat was also damaged in the dust storm, an official earlier said. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced an aid of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased in the western state. “While the PM has already announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh, the Gujarat government will also give Rs 2 lakh to kin of those who lost their lives,” Rupani told reporters in Dahod. “We will also conduct a survey to assess the damage to crops and pay accordingly to affected persons,” he added. Apart from rain, the storm also resulted in hailstorm in some parts of Rajkot district of Saurashtra and Banaskantha district of north Gujarat. In Mehsana, farm produce kept in the open in the agriculture produce market committee premises got damaged, an official said. Besides, officials in Banaskantha said the watermelon crop, mainly grown in and around Deesa, got damaged due to hailstorm and thunderstorm. In Maharashtra, a 71-year-old woman, a 32-year-old man and a temple priest died when lightning struck them in Nashik district during rains on Tuesday, police said.
Islamabad: Pakistan’s seriousness to act against proscribed terror outfits and its efforts to curb money laundering and terror financing were questioned by members of a regional affiliate of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) at a meeting held in China, according to a media report. A 10-member delegation, led by Finance Secretary Mohammad Younas Dagha, attended the two-day meeting of the Asia-Pacific Group (APG) of the Paris-based FATF in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou where it defended Pakistan’s efforts against money laundering and terror financing. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report According to a Dawn report, some participants, particularly those from India, raised very tough questions about Pakistan’s seriousness to act against proscribed organisations and effectiveness of internal controls. On May 3, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said India will ask the FATF to put Pakistan on a blacklist of countries that fail to meet international standards in stopping financial crime. The APG will submit to the FATF its analysis of the compliance report submitted by Pakistan at the meeting, which concluded yesterday, and the progress made since the group’s on-site inspection in Islamabad and Karachi in March, the report said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests The APG report will become the basis for the FATF to decide whether to exclude Pakistan from its grey list or not. The delegation briefed the meeting about Pakistan’s updated actions against currency smuggling, proscribed organisations and tightening of financial and corporate sector systems and operational effectiveness, the report said. Giving examples of the measures taken by it, Pakistan cited arrests of key operatives of some proscribed outfits, putting more such groups and their affiliates in the list of banned outfits, blocking their accounts and financial flows and taking control of their assets. In March, bowing down to international pressure, Pakistan launched a major crackdown on Jaish-e-Mohammad, Jamat-ud-Dawa, Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation and other banned outfits and took over the control of their assets throughout the country. The Pakistan delegation said the country was very close to accomplish the milestones set under the FATF action plan well before the September deadline. It also said the government recently revised its national risk assessment of the corporate sector, strengthened customs procedures on borders and inland movement of funds and assets. Besides, internal control of the banking and non-banking financial institutions, insurance companies and stock exchanges has been strengthened to curb the possibility of money laundering and terror financing. The delegation cited the creation of a specialised directorate of Cross-Border Currency Movement (CBCM) in Islamabad to maintain a database of currency seizures. The APG had earlier flashed contradictory situations and poor coordination among stakeholders, including law enforcement agencies, in fighting money laundering and terror financing in Pakistan. Last month, it expressed serious reservations over insufficient physical actions on ground against proscribed organisations to block flow of funds and activities.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has dismissed claims by Jurgen Klopp that his team are showing “no sign of weakness” in the race for this season’s Premier League title.Liverpool remain the only unbeaten side in England’s top division this season and lead City by a point at the top of the table ahead of Friday’s trip to face Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux.A win for the Reds would see City lag them by four points by the time they kick-off against Crystal Palace on Saturday.Both clubs will conclude their busy festive schedule when they face off at the Etihad Stadium on January 3 and Guardiola, whose team have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last seven games, feels they’ve got a lot of improvements to make before that game.“Any team has strong points and weak points,” Guardiola said, according to Goal.“Of course, we have weaknesses and we are working on it. Of course we have. But that’s normal.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“These kinds of comments I put in the perspective that there must be [weaknesses].”Meanwhile, Guardiola has revealed the club will be without the pair of David Silva and Vincent Kompany when they face Crystal Palace on Saturday.“[Silva] started to train. He had the first steps but still he is not ready for tomorrow,” Guardiola said.“I don’t know if he will be ready for the Christmas period.”“Vincent is better but for tomorrow he is not able.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a comment posted on the ‘Wilmington MA Community Board Page’ and shared with the poster’s permission:Wilmington is very blessed and lucky to have a Police Chief like Chief Michael Begonis. Police departments talk about how valuable every life is and how they are fighting the opiate epidemic. Chief Begonis and his detectives/officers do what they say they will.I am a two time Iraq Combat Veteran who used heroine to deal with the invisible scars of war. The Chief of Police and his Narcotics Detectives took time out of their busy days to come to my grandparents house to talk to me about getting help and to tell me they were there for me if i ever needed it, no matter what. These men live the true values of to Protect and Serve. Yes, I am one life, but I am one life that was saved because of their love and support. I have zero connection to anyone in the Wilmington Police Department and I am one of many in our town struggling with this horrible addiction. These men made me feel as if I mattered when I thought I was nothing. They showed how much this police department cares about making a dent in this epidemic and that they will do what it takes to save a life no matter how hopeless I seemed.Yes, I understand Wilmington is not the most crime ridden area of this country, but that’s not the point. The point is that the Chief of Police will make the effort for the people of his town even if it takes him coming and just talking to someone. This is not an easy time to be a police officer and i think this town should see how devoted their Chief is to making an impact.Those interactions with his detectives and him were 4 years ago and because of them and others, I will be hitting 3 years in December, in that time I have bought my own home, had a beautiful baby girl and am very close to my Bachelors Degree in Human Services. These accomplishments would never have been possible with out their support and love.These are times when we are losing young people at alarming numbers to the opiate epidemic and there are no easy answers to put a dent in it, but one life is worth the time to the Chief because one life lost sends huge repercussions through whole families and communities.You should be proud to be residents of the Town of Wilmington and should feel pretty damn good that you have a Police Chief who doesn’t just talk the talk but walks the walk and everything starts from the top. I just hope that by the end of his reign as Police Chief that I am one of many saved lives. He deserves to be held in the highest regard by his town because he will fight to protect the lives of every single one of you and that’s not something you can say about a lot of towns.Thank you Chief and your entire department for being a part of saving this one life. I will be eternally grateful to you and will always be proud to say I am from the town of Wilmington. I’m sorry this was so long but I tried to keep it short.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Police Chief Joe Desmond (PART 1)In “5 Quick Questions”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Police Chief Joe Desmond (PART 2)In “5 Quick Questions”Joe Desmond Appointed Permanent Wilmington Police ChiefIn “Police Log”
Tech Industry Share your voice 0 Tags Getty Images Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sent a letter to employees Monday outlining human resources policy changes following complaints about discrimination, according to a report. The company will change how its HR department looks into workplace incidents, and will create an “Employee Advocacy Team” that’ll assist employees going through an investigation by helping them understand the process and checking in on them after things wrap up, according to Quartz. There’ll also reportedly be new training for managers that’s geared toward leading diverse teams and rewarding inclusion. Earlier this month, a group of Microsoft employees protested the company after women shared their experiences enduring sexual harassment and discrimination in an email chain. “I’m disappointed to hear about any behavior in our workplace that falls short of the diverse and inclusive culture we are striving to create,” Nadella wrote, according to an email obtained by Quartz. “But I’m encouraged that people feel empowered to speak up and demand change.”He reportedly added that teams across the company will come together to agree on a common set of expectations, and Microsoft will create new content related to inclusivity and unconscious bias. “No business or product success can replace the human dignity and basic decency with which we treat each other,” Nadella wrote, according to Quartz.In 2020, Microsoft will reportedly start sharing statistics on how often employees raise concerns and when violations are found. This will be in addition to its annual diversity report. Companies throughout Silicon Valley have grappled with discrimination and a lack of diversity in the workplace. Women make up just a quarter of the tech workforce, according to the Kapor Center, even though they account for 46.9 percent of the US workforce, says a report from the International Labour Organization. Last week, Google’s diversity chief said she was leaving the search giant as it dealt with issues related to workplace culture. And in January, a Facebook engineering manager left the company, saying she’d been harassed for criticizing the lack of diversity there. “One of our strengths is that so many of us come from different backgrounds and have different perspectives,” Nadella reportedly wrote in his company email. “Our opportunity is to find better ways to connect with and value each other. We won’t always get it right, but I fundamentally believe this is a journey that will help define the better individuals we each can become.”Microsoft didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Originally published April 15, 3:24 p.m. PT.Update, April 16: Adds more details from Nadella’s email. Post a comment Satya Nadella Microsoft
It was always a very pretty console. Sega As Sega Genesis Mini’s Sept. 19 release date draws near, reviews are out and its “Genesis Does” trailer harked back to a ’90s rivalry Wednesday. Sega celebrates the 30th anniversary of the original console’s US release with a retro-style commercial, but removes the iconic “what Nintendon’t” because the companies are pretty friendly these days. We’ve embedded the new and old commercials below so you can get both versions of the catchy jingle stuck in your head. Remembering the Sega Dreamcast at 20 The new device will be based on the original Model 1 Sega Genesis — not the second version that made the rounds toward the end of the console’s lifespan — and 55% of that console’s size. It comes packaged with two replica three-button USB controllers, one USB-to-Micro-B power cable and one HDMI cable. US customers will also get a power cable as part of the package.You can battle it out in Virtua Fighter 2. Sega The trend of rereleasing “mini” versions of once popular consoles was kickstarted by Nintendo with the NES Classic (and later the SNES Classic). Sony followed suit with the less well-received PlayStation Classic. Ever since those consoles were announced, the countdown was on for Sega to jump in.You can find out more and preorder at Sega’s official site.Originally published March 31.Update Aug. 14: Adds Genesis Does trailer. Comments 4 27 Photos Now playing: Watch this: The Sega Genesis Mini is so rad 5:49 The console will come preloaded with 42 games:Sonic the HedgehogEcco the DolphinCastlevania: BloodlinesSpace Harrier 2Shining ForceDr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean MachineToeJam & EarlComix ZoneAltered BeastGunstar HeroesCastle of Illusion Starring Mickey MouseWorld of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald DuckThunder Force IIISuper Fantasy ZoneShinobi IIIStreets of Rage 2Earthworm JimSonic the Hedgehog 2Contra: Hard CorpsLandstalkerMega Man: The Wily Wars (This is a compilation of the first three Mega Man games)Street Fighter 2′: Special Champion EditionGhouls ‘n GhostsAlex Kidd in the Enchanted CastleBeyond OasisGolden AxePhantasy Star IV: The End of the MillenniumSonic the Hedgehog SpinballVectormanWonder Boy in Monster WorldTetrisDariusVirtua Fighter 2Alisia DragoonMonster World IVKid ChameleonRoad Rash IIEternal ChampionsColumnsDynamite HeaddyStriderLight Crusader Take a look at Sega’s beautiful, doomed Dreamcast (pictures) Share your voice Genesis Mini Sony Nintendo 4:21 The retro mini-console costs $80 in the US, £70 in the UK and $140 in Australia. If you’re in a territory where Genesis was known as Mega Drive, Sega released a trailer for you too.The Europe and Middle Eastern launch will be delayed by two weeks “due to unavoidable logistical challenges,” Sega said last month.CNET sister site Gamespot was among the first to report about the Sega Genesis Mini, which was first announced in late March at Sega Fes 2019 in Tokyo. Now playing: Watch this: Tags Culture Gaming
Kajol, Nysa DevgnInstagramIf social media can turn someone from a ‘nobody’ to an ‘overnight sensation’, it can also give sleepless nights to many. The virtual army of trolls is known for being especially mean and nasty towards many of the celebrity kids. While they can’t stop gushing over Taimur Ali Khan, they can’t stop bullying Kajol and Ajay Devgn’s daughter – Nysa Devgn.Time and again, Nysa has been subjected to criticism for her fashion statements and outdoor appearances. Ajay Devgn has revealed that he and his family don’t pay attention to trolls who make such comments using fake identities. “Jo bhi yeh karte hain, unka mindset bakwaas hota hai (The mindset of people who do these things is rubbish). So we too, don’t bother about all that, nor do we pay any heed to such nonsensical comments made through fake identities,” Devgn had revealed in an interview with Deccan Chronicle.”Honestly speaking, those people don’t really matter. But I feel bad sometimes when my kids go through such harsh trolling. She (Nysa) used to get upset over trolling earlier, but now she doesn’t care about it anymore. She knows how to deal with it. She has accepted that there will be some people who will keep judging no matter what,” Devgn told IANS.Ajay Devgn’s Total Dhamaal failed to gain any critical appreciation. Ajay, who was last seen playing an extended special appearance in Simmba, has received massive applause his latest offering – De De Pyaar De. Starring Tabu and Rakul Preet, the film has collected huge moolahs at the box-office.Ajay Devgn is currently busy shooting for Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior and would also be seen in SS Rajamouli’s RRR. Due to numerology, later, the name of the film was changed to Tanhaji from Taanaji.
General view shows tourists on the sandy beach of Olhuveli island in Maldives.ReutersEarly retirement is not a very far-fetched idea anymore. In fact, more people are retiring early from their jobs and pursuing their dreams of travelling the world or simply spending more time with their loved ones.For instance, Doug Brown and Lisa Zandt, who were sales and marketing managers at major Fortune 500 companies in the US, decided to retire early and spent nine years sailing the world. We were doing well financially and had always been enamored with the sailing lifestyle,” Lisa told Bankrate. “We got to the point where the stress of the corporate life was too much.” The couple then sold their house and cars and bought a sailboat to live their dream. “Living on a boat outside of the US was much less expensive than living in the US,” she said, adding: “You don’t need $10 million to retire.” British author and scriptwriter Jonathan Clements once said: “Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money.” So how do you know it’s time to retire and you have enough money to last you a lifetime? A woman reacts as she reads a board showing the Real-U.S. dollar and several foreign currencies exchange ratesReutersThat is when you apply the 4 percent rule. The rule, first articulated by financial adviser William P Bengen, determines the amount of funds that one can withdraw from a retirement account each year – which is 4 percent of your savings — ensuring a steady flow of income where all the expenses are covered. Here’s how it works. Let’s peg your yearly spending at $40,000. That means that in order to retire, you’ll need to get your retirement portfolio to $1 million. Through the 4 percent rule, each year you can withdraw $40,000, which is usually the interest and dividends earned on the retirement account and investment portfolio. While the rule has been followed by many and there have even been a few success stories, many experts argue that the rule, also known as the Bengen rule, does not really apply to everyone. “Retirement experts have clustered around a 4 percent withdrawal rate, but there’s really no one size fits all that works for everyone,” Gerri Walsh, president of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, told the Alert Investor. Experts believe that retirees should calculate their finances as per their needs and not blindly depend on the 4 percent rule. In fact, Bengen himself has said that the “4 percent rule is not a law of nature”.”I always warned people that the 4 percent rule is not a law of nature,” he told the New York Times. “It is entirely possible that at some time in the future there could be a worse case.”
Finance Ministry officials had said the government could raise about 10-15 per cent of the proposed Rs 7.1 lakh crore government borrowings this fiscal through sovereign bonds. TwitterThe Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) wants the Finance Ministry to re-look the idea of issuing foreign currency overseas sovereign bonds and critically examine issues raised by former bankers and economists before taking any call on implementing the budget proposal.The PMO has asked the ministry to seek more consultation from stake-holders before proceeding with any plans. Finance Ministry officials had said the government could raise about 10-15 per cent of the proposed Rs 7.1 lakh crore government borrowings this fiscal through sovereign bonds.The chief architect of the proposed bond was the former Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg and he had a lone supporter in this campaign. Chief Economic Adviser Krishnamurthy Subramanian had said this is the right opportunity for India to raise funds through overseas sovereign bonds at a much cheaper rate, compared with those in the domestic market.Garg has since been moved to the Power Ministry and the sudden move just after the Budget presentation and its approval by Parliament is being seen by many paying the price for pushing the idea of foreign money into India by a government led by a largely nationalist, right-wing party where the ‘swadeshi’ card evokes sentiments. The former Finance Secretary is being seen as hurting such sentiments, while former RBI Governors and other experts shot down the idea as risky.The opposition to the proposed bond is widespread. The government should not issue foreign sovereign debt without getting into larger public consultations, and the many arguments it has given in favour of issuing such securities do not hold, Rathin Roy, member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, had recently said.He said government should pay attention to what several former Governors of the Reserve Bank of India are saying, the sovereign liabilities are in perpetuity.Roy also dismissed the contention that such bonds are cheaper after the hedging costs are added. Noting there was a reason why the country hadn’t issued overseas debt for 70 years, he had said that Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, Greece, and Indonesia had all paid a price for foreign currency sovereign borrowings.”I have grave concerns about this proposal on grounds of economic sovereignty, and about the macroeconomic consequences… the government should instead look at relaxing the rupee bond limits for foreign portfolio investors,” Roy said.Former RBI Governors Raghuram Rajan, C. Rangarajan and Y.V. Redy and former Chief Statistician Pronab Sen had also raised concerns over the Finance Ministry’s proposal.Rajan has said that any plan to issue foreign currency debt has no real benefit and is fraught with risks. A global bond sale won’t reduce the amount of domestic government bonds the local market has to absorb and the country should worry about short-term “faddish investors buying when India is hot, and dumping us when it is not”, he had written in a newspaper column.Rangarajan has said that borrowing in foreign currencies may expose the economy to risks as the rupee’s depreciation or current account deficit cannot be contained in the long run. Former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha has said that even in the face of the 1991 balance of payment crisis, the government did not go for sovereign bonds.The main fear is as they argued it could create long-term economic risks by exposing the government’s liabilities to currency fluctuations.All of these experts had suggested issuing rupee bonds instead of foreign currency bonds.In an interaction with IANS, Ashiwini Mahajan, the co-convenor of the RSS-affiliated Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), said: “About 95 per cent of the experts are saying the move is risky. The average depreciation in the rupee is 6.23 per cent in the last few years. The overseas rates of interest is 3.25 per cent, so together it makes 9.5 per cent.”In India, the government borrows at 6-7 per cent. So how the foreign currency bonds are cheap? The whole idea of a sovereign bonds is bad idea for any other country, not just for India. Everywhere the sovereign borrowing has led these countries into the debt trap, into the vortex of debt. It is a risk not worth taking. It is a foolish idea.”The benchmark 10-year bond yield rose as much as 11 basis points to 6.55 per cent after the news of a rethink of the proposal, as market participants fear this may boost government borrowing in the domestic market.Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her maiden Budget speech on July 5, had announced: “India’s sovereign external debt to GDP is among the lowest globally at less than 5 per cent. The government would start raising a part of its gross borrowing programme in external markets in external currencies. This will also have beneficial impact on demand situation for the government securities in domestic market.”Garg had told Indian business leaders last week that the overseas debt move was part of efforts to bring down real interest rates for Indian firms, and to help the economy grow faster.
Afghan Security personnel arrive as smoke rises from the site of an attack in Jalalabad on 28 July. Photo: AFPAn hours-long militant attack on a midwife training centre in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday killed at least two people and wounded five, police said, as the latest assault in the country was brought to an end by security forces.Nearly 70 people, including students and teachers, were inside the centre in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, at the time of the attack.Nangarhar police chief Ghulam Sanyee Stanikzai told AFP two people — a guard and a driver — were killed and five others wounded.Provincial governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani put the casualty toll slightly higher at three dead and eight wounded. Afghan officials often give conflicting tolls in the aftermath of an attack.Some of the people inside the centre escaped while others were taken hostage by the gunmen.”They were freed by the police during the operation,” Stanikzai said.One attacker was wearing a suicide vest and blew himself up, while the other was killed by security forces, Khogyani said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack, but most of the recent assaults in the city have been carried out by the Islamic State group, which has a stronghold in Nangarhar.The Taliban denied involvement in a WhatsApp message sent to reporters.Provincial health department spokesman Inamullah Miakhil said 48 women from remote districts of the province were enrolled in the two-year midwifery course.The training facility, which is near the centre of Jalalabad in an area where several international organisations and consulates have offices, is funded by the Ministry of Public Health.”We don’t know why the midwife centre came under attack,” Miakhil told AFP, adding all NGOs and government bodies in Jalalabad were at risk.A witness in a nearby department told AFP he heard several explosions and then saw three gunmen enter the street where the midwife centre is located.Some of the security forces earlier appeared to dismantle improvised explosive devices apparently planted in the street by the militants, a witness told AFP.Jalalabad has been the scene of several attacks in recent months that have killed dozens, as US and Afghan forces continue offensive operations against IS and Taliban militants.- Health workers a target -Government buildings are a common target for insurgents, including hospitals and medical facilities.It is not known why the gunmen targeted the midwife training centre. Midwives have been attacked in the past for providing reproductive health services to women, though such attacks appear to be rare.Islamist groups — and many ordinary Afghans — also oppose women working outside the home.While thousands of women have been trained as midwives since the 2001 US-led invasion, Afghanistan still has one of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world.The last major attack in Jalalabad happened on July 11 when gunmen raided an education department compound in the city, sparking an hours-long battle with security forces.At least 11 people were killed in the attack. All were employees of the education department branch and included the director.A suicide bomb attack claimed by IS on a crowd of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus in Jalalabad on July 1 killed at least 19 people and wounded 21.The Taliban is Afghanistan’s largest militant group and IS has a relatively small but potent presence, mainly in the east and north of the country.It first emerged in Afghanistan in 2014 and quickly established a stronghold in Nangarhar.Intensified aerial and ground operations against the militants have failed to dislodge them.An unprecedented three-day ceasefire involving Afghan security forces and the Taliban last month did not include IS.The first formal nationwide truce since 2001 was marred by two IS suicide attacks in Nangarhar.While the Afghan government and its foreign backers are seeking to strike a peace deal with the Taliban, US forces have repeatedly said they plan to annihilate IS.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Pilippo Gandhi, UN Under Secretary General (Human Affairs) Mark Lowcock and IOM director general Antonio Vitorino pay a joint courtesy call on prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her Jatiya Sangsad office, Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday called upon the international organisations including the United Nations (UN) to play a strong role in repatriation of the Rohingya people from Bangladesh.“Giving shelter to over one million forcibly displaced Rohingyas is a huge burden for us and how long we will bear the load? They must go back to their homeland of Myanma’s Rakhaine state,” she said.The premier added: “So we want you to play a more proactive role in this regard.”The prime minister said this when United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Pilippo Gandhi, UN Under Secretary General (Human Affairs) Mark Lowcock and Director General of International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Antonio Vitorino paid a joint courtesy call on her at her Jatiya Sangsad office in Dhaka in the evening.After the meeting, PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the newsmen.Sheikh Hasina thanked the UN organisations as well as other international bodies and different countries for extending their support to Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue.She said the local people are suffering a lot due to exodus of over one million Rohingyas into Cox’s Bazar. “Their cultivable land and even local forest resources are being ruined for the presence of the Rohingyas,” she said.Sheikh Hasina warned of disasters, saying natural calamity, cyclone and landslide in the hill areas can take place at any time particularly in the coming monsoon for which the Rohingyas may be affected seriously.“So, it’s better to shift them from this place, otherwise the risk factors will be high,” she added.The premier, however, mentioned that the government is developing an island named Bhashanchar where more than 100,000 Rohingyas will be shifted with better living and other facilities.About education of the Rohingya children, the prime minister said the teachers who entered Bangladesh with them are providing informal education to the children.In reply, the three top UN officials highly appreciated the prime minister for her humanitarian gesture of giving shelter over one million Rohingyas in Bangladesh.Pointing out their visit to Myanmar, they informed the prime minister that they sought access of the UNDP and UNHCR to Myanmar on the repatriation of Rohingyas.“We’re committed to continuing help Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue, especially providing education for the Rohingya children,” they said.The UN officials said they held talks and signed agreements with the Myanmar authorities on the Rohingya repatriation. But the progress is very slow in this regard, they remarked.State minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam, PM’s principal secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque and UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh Mia Seppo were also present at the meeting.
Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRoad, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said a committee has been formed to identify and remove illegal vehicles from the streets of Dhaka, reports UNB.He said the committee, led by DSCC mayor Sayeed Khokon, was given two months’ time to resolve the problem saying, “The committee will detect the small vehicles which run on the streets illegally and stop their activities.”He made the announcement at the board meeting of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) at Nagar Bhaban.The minister also said the committee will work to reclaim the footpaths across Dhaka.”Footpaths are for pedestrians. This committee will conduct campaigns to recover the illegally occupied footpaths,” he said.He assured that the practice of illegal parking will be stopped across the city.”We believe we can remove the menace of traffic jam if we try sincerely,” Quader added.
00:00 /16:56 X Public DomainPresident Trump signing the Presidential memoranda regarding the Federal hiring freeze, the Mexico City Policy, and the TPP withdrawal on January 23, 2017.On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus take a step back to look at the current events that slipped through the cracks while we’ve been all wrapped up in Trumpgate:The Dems go on tour (or something like that)! Their “Resistance Summer” fifty-state strategyThe PGA tournament comes back to a Trump-owned golf courseThe Travel Ban: still frozen in placeThe debt ceiling and debt limit: once a dividing point, now not so much?Then the profs dig in to the massive changes the Trump administration has made to Obama-era regulations. By the way, don’t forget to listen to our weekly Texas-centered episodes, too!Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Davis LandDr. Andy Keller, Dr. Michelle Harper, and Dr. Seema Shah answer questions regarding a Meadows Mental Health Institute report detailing the mental health needs of Harris County children on October 30, 2017.A $20 million gift from two Houston philanthropists — Maureen and Jim Hackett — will create The Hackett Center for Mental Health, a project meant to strengthen access to mental health care for patients in the Houston region. The center will be a part of Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, which operates statewide. The new center, to be located in the Texas Medical Center, will focus specifically on the region surrounding Houston, according to a press release. “It’s transformative in the sense that’s it’s our first program that’s dedicated to a specific region and that is entirely about making that region work well,” Andy Keller, chief executive at Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, told Houston Public Media. A recent report from the institute, funded by Houston Endowment, recommends primary care providers move from referring patients to mental health specialists to an “integrated care” model, where mental health care is provided alongside traditional medicine. The Hackett Center for Mental Health, administrators say, will work towards that model.“I really think and have felt and believed for some time that integrated care is the only way to treat health,” said Susan Fordice, director of the new center. “For so long we have really detached the head from the body, and the only thing that makes sense is to reattach the head to the body when it comes to our health,” she said.Fordice said the center will partner with other organizations in Houston and bring together insights from its work in the mental health community to inform state policy. 00:00 /00:53 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:00 Listen On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Four Houston police officers remain hospitalized after Monday night’s shooting in Southeast Houston. News 88.7’s Florian Martin brings us the latest.And voters go to the polls today to fill the seat in the Texas House vacated when Carol Alvarado was elected to the State Senate. News 88.7’s Andrew Schneider updates us on the race.Also this hour: An upcoming lecture at Rice explores the role religion plays on college campuses. Then, local attorney Michael Pullara discusses his book, The Spy Who Was Left Behind, about the 1993 murder of CIA agent Freddie Woodruff.And we meet members of the traveling acting company, Actors From The London Stage, who will perform King Lear at Rice University.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share X
Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailHolidaymakers preparing to jet off to sun-soaked destinations have been forced abandon their cars and walk in the lashing rain – due to heavy traffic near East Midlands Airport. Around 30 people were spotted dragging suitcases along the A453 towards the departures terminal at around 12.45pm today (June 12) as traffic from Download Festival led to gridlock. Taxi driver Liam Chapman, who was on his way to the airport to pick up a passenger, said he had driven in Download traffic every year but this was by far the worst. The 35-year-old said: “[The festival] starts on Friday and the traffic is so unorganised that holidaymakers trying to get to the airport are having to walk up the A453 with cases. “People in cars with cases are resigned to missing their flights and those in taxis have abandoned them. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Holidaymakers walk with suitcases along the A453 near East Midlands Airport (Image: Liam Chapman) “There’s two lanes on this road it’s crazy that one isn’t reserved for airport only.” Liam said he had left two hours to get to the airport for a 12.10pm pick up but was still more than an hour late, NottinghamshireLive reports. He added: “I expected to be there waiting when he walked out.” Read MoreDramatic moment drug lord pinned to ground on M6 over ‘Britain’s biggest’ cocaine bust On his arrival Liam, who works for County Cars in Nottingham, spotted around 40 passengers waiting for delayed taxis. Download festival officially runs from Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16 but the campsite opens earlier with minor entertainment planned in the run up. Punter found hiding in bushes A holiday maker walks with a suitcase along the A453 near East Midlands Airport. (Image: Liam Chapman) Changes were made to the layout of the festival this year to make it safer for pilots landing at the airport. Ahead of the event’s start East Midlands Airport urged passengers to allow extra time for their journeys. An East Midlands Airport spokesman said: “East Midlands Airport passengers are encouraged to allow plenty of time for their journeys to and from the airport today. Read MoreMotorway cops pull over this biker just three months after passing his test “There is currently heavy congestion on roads around the airport due to several accidents nearby combined with people arriving for the Download Festival. Airlines are aware of the situation.” The Skylink airport link is experiencing delays of up to an hour according to Trentbarton. Both three nearby accidents on the A453 and Download congestion have been blamed. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play . Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .
Yesterday, Quora announced that one of their systems was hacked and approximately 100 million user’s data has been exposed to an unauthorized third-party. The breach was discovered on 30th November, after which the team immediately notified law enforcement and hired a digital forensics and security consulting company to uncover details of the attack. Quora is a strongly knit community of experts and intellectuals that is estimated to have almost 700 million visits per month and is the 95th largest site in the world. Adam D’Angelo, CEO of Quora states that for approximately 100 million Quora users, the following information may have been compromised: Account information such as name, email address, encrypted (hashed) password, data imported from linked networks when authorized by users Public content and actions, including questions, answers, comments, and upvotes Non-public content and actions, like answer requests, downvotes, and direct messages Quora claims that users who post questions and answers anonymously are safe as the site does not store the identities of people who post anonymous content. Quora has started notifying users whose data has been compromised, via email. They are also logging out all Quora users who may have been affected. Users that use a password as their authentication method, Quora will be invalidating their passwords. Quora has also advised users to head over to their help center for answers to more specific questions related to the breach. The breach comes right after the Marriott International hotel group breach that impacted half a billion users. Quora concludes that “The investigation is still ongoing, we have already taken steps to contain the incident, and our efforts to protect our users and prevent this type of incident from happening in the future are our top priority as a company.” Head over to Quora’s official site to know more about this news. Read Next A new data breach on Facebook due to malicious browser extensions allowed almost 81,000 users’ private data up for sale, reports BBC NewsUber fined by British ICO and Dutch DPA for nearly $1.2m over a data breach from 2016Use TensorFlow and NLP to detect duplicate Quora questions [Tutorial]