David Beckham Supports UNICEFs Appeal For Typhoon Haiyan Victims

first_imgUNICEF UK has launched an emergency appeal for funding to support its response to Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.With an estimated 9.5 million people affected, approximately 4 million of them children, UNICEF is rushing urgent supplies to areas most ravaged by Haiyan – the strongest typhoon ever to have made landfall in the world.The severe impact of the storm has already caused substantial loss of life and damage to infrastructure. UNICEF is responding to children’s most urgent needs, chartering cargo planes to airlift essential health items such as penicillin and oral rehydration tablets, as well as water pumps and generators which are crucial to getting the local water supply working again. Providing clean water is one of the most important steps in preventing an outbreak of diseases, which can be deadly in the aftermath of natural disasters.UNICEF has already sent enough supplies to meet the needs of 13,000 families, including water purification tablets, soap, medical kits, tarpaulins, and micronutrient supplements. Getting these supplies to the worst affected areas is the biggest priority. UNICEF has roughly 70 people already working round the clock in the Philippines on this emergency response.UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham said: “My heart goes out to everyone affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. I was in Manila with UNICEF just two years ago and saw how vulnerable to natural disasters the country is. Thousands of homes have been destroyed, roads are impassable and children and their families need food, water, shelter and power right now. UNICEF estimates that 4 million children could be affected by the disaster and are stepping up their emergency response. Children need your help. Please support UNICEF’s work for children affected by this terrible disaster – visit unicef.org.uk”UNICEF UK Executive Director David Bull said: “UNICEF UK responded immediately to the tragedy in the Philippines and has already transferred nearly £300,000 to help our teams on the ground to reach those children whose lives have been thrown into chaos by this super-storm. They need our help now and we are responding with an immediate airlift of water purification tablets, soap, medical kits, tarpaulins, and micronutrient supplements. A gift of £30 could help provide three families in the Philippines with basic water kits, which will help to keep them alive in the immediate aftermath of this horrific disaster.”Please support UNICEF’s work for children affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Visit www.unicef.org.uk/typhoon or text UNICEF to 70123 to donate £3last_img read more

CNN chief Jeff Zucker undergoing heart surgery

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – CNN’s top executive, Jeff Zucker, is undergoing heart surgery and will take a six-week leave of absence from running the news network.CNN said Zucker made the announcement to his staff Thursday following a morning editorial meeting. His top deputy, Michael Bass, will be in charge during his absence.The network said Zucker’s surgery is elective, to address a condition that he has had for a decade. He’s already a cancer survivor. Brian Stelter, CNN’s media reporter, tweeted that Zucker assured staff members that he is going to be fine.CNN, and Zucker in particular, have been frequent targets of President Donald Trump’s campaign against the media.last_img

Iran votes to join pact to combat terror financing

first_imgTEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s parliament voted Sunday to join a global convention to cut off terror financing, hoping to avoid further international sanctions as the 2015 nuclear accord unravels.Parliament speaker Ali Larijani said 143 out of 268 lawmakers voted to join the “Combating the Financing of Terrorism,” or CFT. The bill must be ratified by the Guardian Council, a constitutional authority, to become a law.Iran has long provided support to the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group as well as Palestinian armed groups, which Western countries view as terrorist organizations. Joining the CFT is unlikely to prevent Iran from continuing to support such groups.President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the nuclear deal with world powers in May and has vowed to ramp up sanctions unless Iran dramatically changes its policies, including halting its support for regional militant groups.By joining the CFT, Iran would be required to comply with some ideas offered by the Financial Action Task Force, an intergovernmental organization that targets money laundering around the world. After Sept. 11, the body increasingly offered ideas on how to combat terror funding.Hard-liners in Iran opposed the bill, saying it would erode the country’s sovereignty, and hundreds of hard-line students protested the bill outside parliament on Sunday. Others saw the bill as a positive gesture toward European countries as they try to salvage the nuclear accord.Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called Sunday’s vote a “historic decision” that would make it easier for Russia and China — which also signed the nuclear accord — to continue doing business with Iran as the U.S. restores sanctions.last_img read more

8 lions from Guj to be shifted to UP zoo

first_imgAhmedabad: Eight lions from Gujarat will soon be shifted to a zoo in Uttar Pradesh as part of an animal exchange programme, a forest official said on Tuesday.These lions are currently lodged at the Sakkarbaug zoo at Junagadh in Gujarat. “As part of the animal exchange programme, two lions and six lionesses from Sakkarbaug will be shifted to a zoo at Gorakhpur in UP. The Central Zoo Authority has allowed the transfer of eight big cats,” Junagadh wildlife circle’s chief conservator of forests Dushyant Vasavada said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghHowever, it was not yet decided as to which animal will be transferred from Gorakhpur to Gujarat under the exchange pact, he said. “We are ready for the transfer. Now, it is for the Gorakhpur zoo to decide on the time,” Vasavada said. He said after governments of the two states agreed for the shifting of lions, a proposal was sent to the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) which recently gave its nod for it. Sakkarbaug zoo said to be the second oldest in the country — is the nodal centre for providing Asiatic lions to other zoos and safaris in the state and the country. The CZA permits exchange between zoos after checking whether the host has proper health facilities and enclosures for the animals. The Gir wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat is the last abode of Asiatic lions in the world. As per the last census in 2015, there were around 523 lions in the state, mainly in the forest areas of Junagadh, Gir-Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts.last_img read more

Ducking the questions Stuffed bird gives Maine police department a lot of

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ducking the questions? Stuffed bird gives Maine police department a lot of ‘likes’ by Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press Posted Jul 8, 2014 11:49 pm MDT PORTLAND, Maine – Police here believe they have quacked the code for finding followers on social media.The 80-officer Bangor Police Department, which serves a city of about 33,000, has attracted more than 20,000 likes on its Facebook page after humorous pictures of a stuffed duck were added. The duck, dubbed “Duck of Justice” or “DOJ,” appears in pictures of police cars, department members and K-9 cops, often accompanied with some pithy text about law enforcement.“I happen to believe that police officers are a pretty humorous bunch,” said the man behind the duck, Sgt. Tim Cotton, a 17-year veteran Bangor officer with a fondness for the humour of George Carlin and Jim Gaffigan. “I want to read something that at least has some humorous undertones. I wouldn’t connect to a page that I didn’t want to read.”Bangor is just one of many police departments nationwide discovering that using comedy on social media can help them interact with the public. One department, in 10,000-resident Brimfield Township, Ohio, has earned more than 155,000 Facebook likes for its chief’s in-your-face humour about everything from methamphetamine busts to lost dogs.Nancy Marshall, a Maine-based social media strategist who runs a public relations firm in the Maine capital of Augusta, said Bangor’s site helps residents humanize the police.“It’s definitely a new way of engaging with the public,” Marshall said. “I admire the Bangor police department for being bold enough to expose their humanity.”Cotton took over in April as the department’s public information officer, a job that makes him responsible for the department’s Facebook page. Since he started, the page’s number of “likes” has shot up by more than 8,000.The wood duck — stuffed by a taxidermist and rescued by Cotton from a trash compactor at a district attorney’s office — is a light way for the department to get residents’ attention about sometimes serious matters in a crowded social media landscape, he said.The duck has made the rounds in Bangor, appearing in a photo at Bangor Raceway with a caption that said it was “whistling ‘More Than A Feeling’” because the band Boston was playing nearby. It also propped up a copy of the voluminous 2013-14 Maine criminal statutes book, reminding residents that it “will be in the office all weekend if you have any questions.”The duck also has a more serious side, appearing in profiles of new officers and a post about a lost dog.The page has its detractors, including commenters who contend that paying Cotton to use social media isn’t a wise use of public money.Other departments’ social media efforts have stumbled, such as the New York Police Department’s April request for followers to post pictures of themselves with NYPD officers on Twitter with the #myNYPD hashtag. Many users instead used the hashtag to post pictures of aggressive police behaviour.The duck originally was sneaked into in social media photos, hidden in plain view in a manner similar to the popular “Kilroy Was Here” graffiti of the World War II era. The duck became the focus of photos as it became more and more popular, Cotton said. The Facebook page has since received fans from as far away as Brazil and Iran, he said.As for the critics, Cotton says it’s just water off a, well, you know.“Policemen find their job funny no matter what people think of police,” he said. “There’s horrible things in police work and there’s wonderful things.”___Online:Bangor Police Department: http://on.fb.me/1lDnt6i read more

Serena Williams Captures Brisbane International Title

Serena Williams captured the Brisbane International title on Saturday as she defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-1 in the final, which was over in less than an hour.Williams is continuing her resurgence that she began in the second half 2012 season. She has won 35 of her last 36 matches, which include titles at Wimbledon, the 2012 London Olympics, the U.S. Open and WTA championships. Her last defeat came against No. 5 Angelique Kerber in Cincinnati last August.The 21-year-old Pavlyuchenkova, who was semi-finalist in Brisbane 2011 before losing to eventual champion Petra Kvitova, seems to struggle against Williams every time they meet.“I always feel like I don’t know how to play tennis when I play against you,” she told Williams during the trophy presentation, who now leads the series 4-0.Williams, a 15-time major winner, dominated from the beginning of the match to the very end. She went on a run of seven straight games after being tied in the first set 2-2.The 31-year-old Williams elevated her play, allowing her to strike nine aces and hit 24 winners. She also won 91 percent of her first serves.“Everything just came together with the right timing with me wanting to do better, with me wanting to work hard, (Patrick Mauratoglou) being there and having everything to work hard, and having the same mind frame of playing matches for the way I like to play,” Williams said.Mauratoglou is Williams new coach, but also coaches Pavlyuchenkova.Williams managed to advance to finals after top-ranked Victoria Azarenka withdrew a half hour before their semifinal Friday night because of an infected toe on her right foot. The 23-year-old Azarenka was not the only top seed ousted by an injury, second-ranked Maria Sharapova withdrew due to an injured collarbone.Pavlyuchenkova beat Kvitova in the second round, and fourth-seeded Kerber in Friday’s quarterfinals to advance to the finals. Even with the momentum headed into the finals, she felt that there was nothing she could do to stop Williams.“When she’s on fire, well, I feel like there is not much I can do. I mean, she’s a great player and she deserves to win,” Pavlyuchenkova said.Williams credits her comeback since losing in the first-round at the French Open to her dedication to being more composed and serene, which has allowed her to get into her zone on the court.“I was looking at a lot of old matches on YouTube, and I feel like right now I’m playing some of my best tennis,” Williams said. “I feel like I want to do better and play better still.”She will have the opportunity to play even better as she attempts to win her sixth Australian Open title in Melbourne that begins Jan. 14. Williams is currently ranked No. 3 on the WTA tour, but if she wins the Australian Open she will regain the No.1 ranking.Williams would become the oldest woman to hold the top spot. Chris Evert currently claims the record from November 1985, when she was 30 years, 11 months and three days old. read more

Scroll free September NHS endorses mental health campaign to get children to

The new initiative is also being backed by NHS Scotland, Public Health England’s Rise Above campaign and MPs including the all-party parliamentary group on social media and young people’s mental health which last month launched an inquiry into the impact of social media.Research by the royal society found one in five people lost sleep during the night to check messages. It also found heavier users of social media – particularly girls – were more likely to report poor mental health and seven in 10 young people had experienced cyberbullying.It wants social media firms to do more to identify people with mental health problems and provide advice to them, introduce pop-up heavy use warnings at, for example, two-hour intervals and for digitally-manipulated photographs to be tagged as such.It is also proposes children should have lessons in how to handle social media as part of compulsory Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) lessons.To find out more and sign up to take part in the campaign from July 20, you can go to www.scrollfreeseptember.org After the success of Movember the NHS has endorsed a mental health campaign to get children to give up social media for 30 days.Claire Murdoch, NHS England’s national director for mental health, said the campaign for people to sign up for a “Scroll-Free September” highlighted growing concerns that social media was contributing to a potential “epidemic” in mental ill health among young people.The campaign is the brainchild of Britain’s oldest public health body, The Royal Society for Public Health, whose poll to launch it showed two thirds of people would consider giving up social media for the 30 days of September. It is the first time it has been tried anywhere in the world.Ms Murdoch said the crisis fuelled by social media demonstrated why there needed to be “a major ramp up of services to deal with the mental health problems as part of the NHS 10-year plan”.She added: “We need to see concerted action, with everyone taking responsibility, including social media giants, so the NHS is not left to pick up the pieces of a mental health epidemic in the next generation.”In the royal society poll, a third of social media users and half of young users, aged 18 to 34, believed quitting social media for a month would help them sleep, better improve their real-world relationships and benefit their mental health and well being. In an exclusive article for The Daily Telegraph to launch the initiative, Shirley Cramer, the royal society’s chief executive, said its own research showed social media increased young people’s anxiety, depression, trouble sleeping, body image concerns and fear of missing out through the addictive psychological techniques used by the firms to keep people online.Echoing the Telegraph’s Duty of Care campaign for greater legal protection of children against online harms, she said the social media firms needed to “redesign their products with human well being at their core – not as an afterthought.”She added: “Another part of that rebalancing is about examining and retaking control of our own relationships with social media. That is why, today, we are announcing the launch of the first ever Scroll Free September – a unique opportunity to break from all social media accounts for 30 days.”As evidence of the addictive quality of social media, half of 18 to 34 year olds admitted it would be hard or “impossible” to give up social media for 30 days. One in 10 18 to 24 year olds said it would be impossible.The royal society, the world’s oldest public health body, is therefore offering some “scroll-free-lite” options for people signing up to the campaign website which include giving up social media in the evening, at social events, in the bedroom, at work or at school.Scroll Free September mirrors similar campaigns including Movember (to promote men’s health), Stoptober (to encourage smokers to quit the habit) and Dry January (to refrain from alcohol after the potential excesses of the festive season). Research by the royal society found heavier users of social media – particularly girls – were more likely to report poor mental health Research by the royal society found heavier users of social media – particularly girls – were more likely to report poor mental healthCredit:Peter Byrne/ PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Online auction sites such as eBay boosting fake art sales warn Fiona

Mr Mould advised that if you’re planning on spending less than £50 online then it’s not too much of a concern, but warned against potential buyers purchasing art for large sums of money, especially when the origin is not known.He said: “If it’s big money then unless you really really know what you’re doing you’ve got to meet the person and look at the object – fakery is so well done these days that it’s important that you judge the context to which you’re buying a painting in.”A spokesperson from eBay said: “eBay has a thriving art category with an Owner’s Rights protection scheme in place to stop anyone without copyright selling art that isn’t theirs.”On tonight’s episode of Fake or Fortune the duo will examine a still life painting claiming to be by British artist William Nicholson.The painting was bought by is current owner in 2006 for £165,000, but after it was left out of the artist’s latest catalogue raisonné the painting may now only be worth a few hundred pounds. Online auction sites such as eBay are boosting fake art sales, according to Fiona Bruce and dealer Philip Mould.As the much loved art show Fake or Fortune returns to the BBC this evening the show’s hosts have revealed that the internet is increasingly allowing people to trade fake art.  Ahead of the seventh series, Ms Bruce said it was increasingly the case that forged artworks from China were being sold online, but that it was impossible to tell the difference between a fake and the real thing when you’re virtual shopping.“The internet has certainly changed things,” she said. “Legitimately you can bid in an auction through the internet. But the commercial sales of art of sites such as eBay has made the selling of fake art greater.“It can be very difficult to work out who sold or bought the art because you can hide your tracks on the internet. There are places in China that just churn out the art that looks like that of very famous artists but they’ve never been anywhere near the real artists.“You can buy an artwork online thinking it’s one thing, when you have no idea that it’s actually coming from China because you’re buying it online.” Painting Glass Jug with Plates and Pears, attributed to William Nicholson, is examined in the first episode of the seventh series of Fake or Fortune  Ms Bruce said she had often seen examples of Lowry’s work being advertised online, but sellers would be very careful in the naming of their works, referring to a piece as ‘Lowry’ rather than ‘By Lowry’ to avoid being called a forger.She added: “Someone though for instance we had buy a genuine work off eBay, so it’s becoming very difficult to know what is real and what is fake.“The world has changed and now it’s so much more sophisticated on how we can tell if something is real and fake, but also the techniques used to try and mislead us.”The five-part series will air at 9pm on BBC one. Since launching in 2011, the hit show has grown to become the most popular art show on TV and it regularly draws in an audience of five million viewers.Art dealer Mr Mould said that changing trends had become a growing concern for legitimate businesses, and that new techniques were constantly being designed to trick dealers into thinking a fake could be the real thing.“I think I have seen a rise in the quantity of fake art around,” he said. “With all the technical brilliance it’s almost like an arms race with the fakers to see who can get the most sophisticated the first, and that is worrying.“We have unquestionably seen a rise in fake art moving hands through the internet. As a pretty accurate statistic about 70 per cent of the art that you see online that is being sold, not necessarily by reputable dealers but by individuals, are misrepresented and it’s extremely worrying.” Painting Glass Jug with Plates and Pears, attributed to William Nicholson, is examined in the first episode of the seventh series of Fake or Fortune Credit:Prudence Cumings Ms Bruce and Mr Mould with the painting under the spotlight in the first episode of the new series of Fake of Fortune, which starts on Sunday 12 August Credit:Rolf Marriott Ms Bruce and Mr Mould with the painting under the spotlight in the first episode of the new series of Fake of Fortune, which starts on Sunday 12 August  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Barca confirm Vidal close

first_imgNews report coming in from Barca suggests the club could be on the verge of securing the services of Arturo Vidal.Barcelona director Ariedo Braida has admitted that the club are close to securing the services of Arturo Vidal from Inter.Earlier it looked like Inter were closing in on a deal for Vidal, however, it suddenly emerged on Thursday that the Bayern Munich midfielder had agreed terms on a €30m switch to Barca.The 2019/2020 betting odds for La Liga Stuart Heath – August 12, 2019 Going into La Liga kick-off, we take a look at what the bookmakers think.La Liga season is less than a week away and we’re…“It seems negotiations are at the final stage,” the former Milan executive told RMC Sport via Football Italia.“However, contracts can be null and void if there are no signatures, plus this is the transfer market. We hope there will be no surprises.”After starting his career with Colo-Colo, Chile’s most successful club, Vidal joined Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen, where he played for four seasons. He then moved to Juventus in 2011, where he won Scudetti in all four of his seasons.last_img read more

Caribou Lake Fire Remains Mostly Smoldering At 57 Containment

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享On Wednesday, crews made significant progress and completed large sections of containment line on the east, south, and west portions of the Caribou Lake Fire. Fire activity on the fire is mostly smoldering and creeping with some isolated single tree torching. The fire grew four acres, for a total of 904 acres; and is now at 57 percent contained.The current estimated containment date for the fire is September 4. Sarah Saarloos with the Division of Forestry: “I’ve never been so happy to be at 57% containment on a fire and with all of the work this keeps us on track on that projected containment date of September 4.” A TFR is in place for air space over the Caribou Lake Fire (9/7506 NOTAM). The TFR includes unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, as well. Flying drones near wildfires could cause injury or death to firefighters as a result of a mid-air collision with tactical firefighting aircraft. Saarloos: “Were that containment is remains at the edge of where those cabins are. We are feeling very confident that those cabins in and around the lake are not threatened.”  Cooler temperatures and cloud cover will limit fire growth. Minimal fire growth is expected over the next several days. Firefighting aircraft continues to be available to assist firefighters on the ground as needed. Although there are cabins and other structures in the area, no structures are threatened at this time. On Thursday, firefighters will continue with the full containment strategy. Crews will secure existing control lines and mop up to reduce potential for flare-ups and spotting, while working to secure the northern edge of the fire in the Boxcar Hills.last_img read more

With No Agreement Imminent New CR Likely Needed to Keep Government Open

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Negotiators trying to strike a deal on a year-end omnibus appeared no closer to a deal following a weekend of talks, with House leaders raising the possibility of a rare weekend session to give Congress more time to finish up work on a $1.1 trillion spending package for fiscal 2016.On Monday, senators from both parties showed little optimism that a deal could be reached shortly, reported CQ Roll Call. If Republicans and Democrats fail to reach an agreement in time for both chambers to pass an omnibus by Dec. 11, lawmakers would need to pass a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open after Friday.House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Monday told a radio station in Janesville, Wis., that Congress might need “more than just this week to get these issues put together correctly.”Appropriators had aimed to release the text of an omnibus agreement by Monday night, but disputes over whether to include policy riders dealing with Syrian refugees, environmental and financial regulations, campaign finance and a variety of other contentious issues mean lawmakers will miss that deadline.Negotiations “seem to be stuck,” Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), ranking member on Senate Appropriations, said on Monday.Sen. Richard Shelby (Ala.), a Republican appropriator, agreed that negotiations are not going smoothly. “I’d say there’s a good chance we will work it out, but we haven’t worked it out yet,” Shelby said.Negotiators from both parties have declined to identify specific sticking points, but one major question remains how Congress will address the Paris terrorist attacks. President Obama and Democrats have opposed including language tightening the vetting process for refugees from Syria and Iraq. Language restricting the visa waiver program could be included instead.At this point a government shutdown seems unlikely, as leaders of both parties have said they’re open to a short-term stopgap to provide more time to finish negotiations.last_img read more

Wittman to Pursue Virginia Governors Race in 2017

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Rep. Rob Wittman (R), who has opposed a new BRAC round since taking over the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee in 2013, will run for governor of Virginia in 2017, he announced over the weekend.He first plans to run to retain his congressional seat next year, though. “Obviously our focus is on winning in 2016, but I am preparing for 2017,” Wittman said.The decision does not reflect any threat to his congressional seat, reported CQ. Wittman, though, will face stiff competition in the gubernatorial race. Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, also has entered the race and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is considering a run.At a hearing earlier this year, Wittman raised numerous concerns about the rationale for conducting a new round of base closures, including uncertainty about future budget cuts and rising threats around the globe, along with the costs associated with carrying out a BRAC round. He also cited the irreversibility of base closure decisions.His district cuts a swath from northern Virginia to Hampton Roads and is home to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Fort A.P. Hill and Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. The district borders Joint Base Langley-Eustis.The boundaries of Wittman’s district could change, though, due to an ongoing lawsuit over the state’s current configuration, reported the Daily Press. He was first elected to Congress in December 2007.last_img read more

Short circuit sparks fire at Gandhi Hospital

first_imgGandhi Hospital: A fire broke out on the third floor of Gandhi Hospital due to a short circuit. No casualties were reported in the incident, a doctor from the hospital said. As many as 30 patients were in the ward at the time of the incident, he added. The fire brigade received a call at about 3:30 pm. They along with a few police officers rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.The firefighters lauded the bravery of the computer operator, who was present in the ward when the fire broke out, for keeping calm and showing presence of mind. She first opened all the windows of the ward and shifted the patients to safety before the firefighters arrived at the location.last_img

Israel Druze army campaign against Jewish state law

first_imgIsrael Druze army campaign against Jewish state lawAnwar Saeb spent two decades in the Israeli military, rising to the rank of colonel and suffering wounds in battle while serving as a brigade commander during the 2006 war in Lebanon.Now, the 51-year-old lawyer, a member of Israel’s Arabic-speaking Druze minority, finds himself on the front lines of a different and unlikely battle – leading a campaign against a contentious new law that critics say sidelines minority groups.Tens of thousands of Druze Israelis, along with Jewish supporters, thronged a Tel Aviv square on Saturday night in a rare demonstration against government policy by the typically muted community. Saeb and Amal Assad, a retired brigadier general, led the protest.For Saeb, the campaign is especially painful. The Druze minority is fiercely loyal to the state and well-integrated in society, yet its members feel betrayed by the new “Nation-State” law.”We don’t think it’s good for the Jewish people. It’s not good for the state of Israel,” he told The Associated Press at his office, which has been turned into the “Headquarters of the Nation-State Law Protest.”Israeli and multicolored Druze flags covered nearly every inch of the walls, and his desk was stacked with posters bearing a Jewish Star of David in the Druze colors: green, red, yellow, blue and white.The law, sponsored by prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and passed by parliament last month, endorsed the country’s identity as the nation-state of the Jewish people. But it also downgraded Arabic from an official language to one of “special standing” and emphasized “developing Jewish settlement as a national value.”Advocates of the law say it merely enshrines the state’s existing character and upholds the rights of minority groups in a democratic society. But critics say it turned the country’s Arab minority – 20 per cent of the population – into second-class citizens. The law has faced both civil opposition and legal protests, including multiple challenges in the Supreme Court.Netanyahu’s government has had a strained relationship with much of the Arab minority. Many oppose his hard-line policies toward their Palestinian brethren in the West Bank and Gaza or remain scarred by his 2015 election-day attempt to galvanize supporters by warning that Arabs were voting in “droves.”But the backlash among the Druze is surprising and potentially politically damaging.The Druze belong to a small secretive sect that splintered off Shiite Islam in the Middle Ages, with populations concentrated in the mountainous areas of Lebanon, Syria and Israel. Less than 1 percent of the population, Israel’s 130,000 Druze carry outsized influence in the country.Unlike the Muslim and Christian Arab minorities, Israeli Druze are drafted to the military and many strongly identify as Israeli. Most live in hilltop towns and villages in the Galilee, where memorials honor the more than 500 Druze soldiers and police officers killed in the line of duty. They have risen to senior military positions and have served as senior ministers and diplomats.Saeb said there was no conflict between his Israeli and Druze identities, likening it to the dual identity of American Jews. How would they feel, he asked, if the U.S. passed a law stating the country was a Christian nation?”We Druze decided before the foundation of the state (in 1948) to go with the Jews, and if the Jews bite the dust, we go down with them,” Saeb said. “We’re not connected to the Jews to protect them, we don’t serve the Jews. We’re not loyal temporarily. We’re loyal to our home. This is my home.”Speakers at Saturday’s rally said that special relationship between the Jews and Druze had suffered a major blow because of the Nation-State Law.A handful of Druze soldiers in the Israeli military criticized the law on social media, breaking military rules that prohibit soldiers from expressing political opinions.Lt Amir Jmall wrote in a post directed at Netanyahu that he, his brothers, and father all served in the military and in return are treated like “second class citizens” by the law.”I don’t want to continue and I am sure that hundreds of other people will stop serving and be released from the military because of your decision,” Jmall said. He did not respond to requests to be interviewed.Anat Baeeny Kara, a Druze woman volunteering in the protest campaign, said her 17-year-old son is set to enlist in the Israeli military next year, and feared the nation-state law would turn Israel into a “racist state.””I always wanted my son to have a military career. I want him to safeguard the country’s security.” She said she’s still telling her son he must serve, “but there’s a feeling of being a mercenary, of not being an equal citizen.”Netanyahu met last week with Druze leaders in a bid to assuage concerns. According to Israeli media reports, Netanyahu cut the meeting short after Assad, Saeb’s fellow protest leader, warned the law would “lead to apartheid.”Despite the rally, Netanyahu doubled down on his defence of the law on Sunday, saying it doesn’t harm any citizens and was needed to “ensure the future of Israel as the state of the Jewish people for generations to come.”Saeb says the law could be fixed by adding one clause: “equality for all citizens.”The protest leaders have called for Israel’s declaration of independence, which enshrines protection of minority rights, to supplant the new legislation.Issued in May 1948, it proclaimed the country as the Jewish homeland, rebuilt after 2000 years of exile. But it also called for the “development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants.” It guarantees “complete equality of social and political rights to all inhabitants irrespective of religion, race, or sex.”Saeb said that he himself has never “felt second class” as a Druze in Israel, and his qualm is solely with government policies.”I’m fighting so that the state doesn’t become second-class, because laws like this turn it into second-class state,” he said.last_img read more

The Herd Hierarchy through NFL Week 6

first_img5. Atlanta Falcons – Matty Ice and the Falcons lead the NFL in points per drive and yards per play. That alone gets them into the Top 5. Arizona led the NFL in both categories last year on their way to the NFC Championship Game. Atlanta lost a tough one to Seattle last week, but Colin is bullish on the long term outlook for the Birds.Julio Jones makes it look so easy! #RiseUppic.twitter.com/mANolw4AvX— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) October 16, 2016 Minnesota Vikings –  Minnesota is undefeated and pulling away in the NFC North. The defense is young, fast and dominant. They’re allowing the fewest yards per game and the fewest yards per play in the NFL. The roster is elite, top to bottom, and Sam Bradford is playing out of his mind. The Vikings are the top dog in the Hierarchy for the 3rd week in a row. 6. Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs are spectacularly unspectacular, but they don’t hurt themselves. Their 29 penalties this year is the fewest in the AFC. They’re only allowing touchdowns on 41% of opponents’ red zone drives. They aren’t explosive, but they’re well coached and don’t make mistakes. Alex Smith and Andy Reid may be boring, but they’re effective.Justin Houston back at Chiefs practice. pic.twitter.com/QAySJg37WU— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) October 19, 2016 7. Pittsburgh Steelers – They’re one of two teams in the NFL in the Top 10 in 3rd down defense and 3rd down offense. But, with Big Ben likely out 4-6 weeks after undergoing knee surgery, they look headed for a significant step back. They’ve been inconsistent with Roethlisberger under center, and it’s hard to see that improving with backup Landry Jones taking over the starting job. 4. Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys and Dak Prescott just went into Lambeau and undressed the Packers. The Cowboys have led for over 250 minutes of their games, which is tops in the league. When they get the lead they squeeze the live out of their opponents by running the ball with the NFL’s leading rusher Ezekiel Elliott behind their dominant offensive line. Colin thinks the Cowboys o-line is the most dominant positional unit in the NFL.LET’S GOOOOOO!!!!! #DALvsGB pic.twitter.com/2dWfDTxf4V— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) October 16, 20163.  Seattle Seahawks – Seattle is 4-1 and lead the NFC West. They have an elite defense that keeps improving week to week, and a franchise quarterback. That usually gets it done in the NFL. The Seahawks have overcome their early season struggles and appear to have it headed in the right direction – other than a Richard Sherman sideline tantrum last week. Colin likes the cornerstones of the franchise, coach, quarterback, defense. The Hawks are for real.Richard Sherman heated exchange after julio jones td pic.twitter.com/wdO5njq9Gp— DFSDAILYBEST (@DFSDAILYBEST) October 16, 20162. New England Patriots –  Bill Belichick and a pissed off Tom Brady are still the best coach/quarterback combo in the league. What’s not to like? The AFC is weak and the Patriots already have a death grip on the division. When you look at the rest of their schedule, it’s hard to find many (any) losses. Colin will take the Patriots and give the field if he had to place a bet on who’s coming out of the AFC. Advertisementcenter_img The Week 6 games have been played and the beds have been made. It’s time for The Herd Hierarchy, Colin’s power rankings of the his Top 10 NFL teams.The elite teams continue to cement their positions at the top of the heap. Dak and the Cowboys are moving up after their Lambeau lambasting of the Packers, and the Steelers and the Broncos are starting to slip.Here’s the Herd Hierarchy through 6 weeks of the 2016 NFL season.10. Buffalo Bills – Buffalo is tied for the 2nd most takeaways in the league and they’re running the ball down opponent’s throats with Shady McCoy. Colin doesn’t think Rex Ryan is close to an elite head coach, but a solid running game and defensive takeaways = winning in the weaker AFC. Bills crash the Hierarchy party for the first time.NFL Week 6 Film Review – #GoBills RB LeSean McCoy (@CutonDime25) example of RB patience, vision, and burst for TD: pic.twitter.com/u30bAKcZ5Y— The Scouting Academy (@TheScoutAcademy) October 17, 2016 8.  Washington Redskins – Washington has been making it rain in Colin’s Blazin’ 5 all year. They’re on a 4 game winning streak and lead the NFL with the fewest 3 and outs in the NFL (6). They keep drives alive by moving the chains and are great in the division. The most underrated team in the NFL so far this year.The DJax ball was a dime, but this throw from Kirk Cousins on a wheel route to Vernon Davis might have been even better #Redskins pic.twitter.com/QvkjYHk44d— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) October 18, 2016 Vikings Fans – Check out this dope song by @Nate_MillyunzWe’re the ‘KINGS OF THE NORTH”RT and flood twitter with purple pride! #Skol pic.twitter.com/SOure8v9mx— Skol Bros (@SkolBros) October 18, 2016 9. Denver Broncos – The Denver defense still leads the NFL with 21 sacks, and their 56 points off takeaways is the best in the league. But, their offense is regressing now that teams are getting film on Trevor Siemian and taking away his strengths, as Colin predicted. The Broncos are still formidable, they’re just not improving. Last week’s loss to San Diego was not encouraging.VIDEO: #Broncos Gary Kubiak pleased to be back @DenverChannel pic.twitter.com/wVDZ0UPXo6— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) October 17, 2016last_img read more

Cyprus ready for all outcomes as drilling programme commences

first_imgEnergy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said on Thursday he is prepared for all possible outcomes of the island’s oil and gas exploratory programme, which includes four test drillings in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) next year.Τhe drillship Saipem 12000 is already at Calypso, the target in block 6 of the EEZ for Italy’s Eni and France’s Total, and is expected to start drilling on Sunday or the latest on Monday, January 1, Lakkotrypis said in an interview on state radio. After that, Eni will drill at the Cuttlefish target in block 3 and in the second half of 2018, the consortium led by ExxonMobil will carry out two more drillings in block 10.“We have to be prepared,” he said. “We have made our calculations about the average (chances) of a discovery and we have various scenarios. There is a scenario of making no new discovery and the ideal scenario of making discoveries in all drillings”.Lakkotrypis said he is encouraged, even though Eni and Total discovered less than 1 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas in September when they drilled in block 11.Cyprus made its only gas discovery in its EEZ in 2011, when Noble Energy said it had found 4.5 tcf of natural gas in the Aphrodite field in block 11. The deposit remains unexploited and the required investment is €3 billion, according to the minister. The island is currently in negotiations with Egypt over the sale of Aphrodite’s future production to the Arab country’s liquefaction plants. Interest in hydrocarbon exploration in the eastern Mediterranean increased sharply when Eni announced the discovery of Zohr, a 30 tcf gas field off the coast of Egypt.The exploration and development of Cyprus’s hydrocarbon resources is facing various challenges, the minister said.Calypso ‘is from a technical point of view a difficult drilling in deep waters’ Lakkotrypis said. The waters are 3,500 meters deep and the drill will go an additional 3.500 meters below the bottom of the sea.In addition to the technical and financial challenges, exacerbated by the drop in the oil price in 2014, geopolitics in the region, including the Cyprus problem, are also making matters more complicated, he added.Turkey, which disputes the Republic of Cyprus’s EEZ and opposes its hydrocarbon programme, says that block 6 lies partially within its continental shelf. The dispute is expected to continue after the latest round of reunification talks ended in failure. Turkey traditionally sends warships and military aircraft into the area when the Republic of Cyprus drills for oil and gas, and has issued a NAVTEX warning covering the entire EEZ, including the drilling spot.Government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said that the government will go ahead with its energy planning regardless of Turkey’s actions.The presence of major hydrocarbon companies in Cyprus’s EEZ constitutes a political and financial vote of confidence for Cyprus and the best answer to Turkey, Christodoulides told the Cyprus News Agency.“We will not engage in a communication game with public confrontation with Turkey, assisting her in achieving her objectives which are none other than disputing Cyprus’s sovereign rights,” he said.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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