UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Thursday filed her nomination from Rae Bareli with her son and Congress president Rahul Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Vadra Gandhi by her side. After a brief roadshow, the Congress leader went to the Collectorate to file her papers with a large number of Congress supporters carrying party flags and banners cheering her all along the route.Offers ‘puja’ Before starting the road show, she offered ‘puja’ at the Congress office where her son-in-law Robert Vadra and grandson Rehan were also present. The former Congress president is aiming for a fifth victory from the parliamentary constituency, in a straight contest against Dinesh Pratap Singh, who recently joined the BJP after quitting her party. Polling in Rae Bareli will be held in the fifth phase on May 6.
London: Frank Lampard believes he will learn a lot about his young Chelsea side from how they react to their defeat at Manchester City.Chelsea’s six-game winning run came to an end as they were beaten 2-1 by the Premier League champions at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. It is a measure of the London club’s progress under new boss Lampard, who has had to rely on youth due to a transfer embargo, that losing to a side that won the domestic treble last season is considered a disappointment.”Experiences like this are great for them,” said Lampard. “They have to take them on the chin in terms of the defeat but also realise these are the kinds of levels we want to get to.”The feeling in the dressing room — it looked like they are very disappointed. They expect a lot of themselves, so I think we will take an amount of confidence.”Where we want to get to means we might come here and win (in future) and it might mean we can win titles, and win going forward, so I like seeing them disappointed.”I think that that just shows the next question is the reaction we have.”Chelsea had gone into the game above City in the table and they took an early lead through N’Golo Kante before goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez won it for the hosts.Lampard admits his side are probably exceeding expectations this term but has warned against complacency.The former Chelsea and England midfielder said: “It is hard to explain my expectation at the start of the season.”Until you have worked daily with the players, until you bring players who were playing in the Championship last season and younger players here, you don’t know exactly how it is going to drop and how it ends up.”So, (I’m) really happy with a lot of our stuff this season, so maybe that means we are slightly ahead of the curve.”But in football the curve will go downhill very fast if you don’t keep on yourself and take a lot of the lessons from Saturday and take them on moving forward.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. chelseaEtihad StadiumFrank Lampardmanager First Published: November 25, 2019, 4:16 PM IST
England pace bowler James Anderson has been ruled out of the team’s test series in Bangladesh next month after the 34-year-old failed to recover fully from a shoulder injury, according to local media reports. (Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales pull out of England’s tour of Bangladesh)Anderson, who is England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, sustained a stress fracture during the home series against Sri Lanka in June, though he did play three Tests against Pakistan in July and August.England are likely to announce his replacement on Thursday, the BBC reported. (Eoin Morgan slammed after pulling out of Bangladesh tour)England play three one-day internationals beginning on Oct. 7 followed by Tests in Chittagong from October 20 and Dhaka from October 28 before they begin a tour of India, which includes five Tests with the first starting on November 9.
Fittingly, it was two new batsmen at the crease when Australia completed a seven-wicket win over South Africa on Sunday to end its five-Test losing streak.Peter Handscomb hit the winning single as Australia reached the target of 127 for the loss of three wickets and with more than a day to spare, and 20-year-old opener Matt Renshaw finished unbeaten on 34. (SCORECARD)Handscomb and Renshaw were among the five changes to the Australian XI for the day-night match at the Adelaide Oval after South Africa clinched the series with back-to-back wins in Perth and Hobart.South Africa finished with a 2-1 result, but the new-look Australia lineup had cause to celebrate after avoiding an unprecedented 3-0 sweep on home soil.Skipper Steven Smith (40) shared a 61-run third-wicket stand with Renshaw but was caught behind two runs shy of victory, leaving it to the rookies to get the hosts home.The Australians were coasting until losing two wickets with the total at 64. David Warner raced to 47 from 51 balls before he was run out by Temba Bavuma.Usman Khawaja, who scored 145 as his first innings spanned three days, lasted only two balls in the second innings before he was out lbw to Tabraiz Shamsi.The rest of the fourth day went entirely Australia’s way after South Africa resumed at 194/6.Mitchell Starc took 4/80 as South Africa was bowled out for 250, the last four wickets falling for 56.South Africa had already wrapped up the series with wins by 177 runs in Perth and an innings and 80 runs in Hobart, but entered its first day-night Test match confident of sweeping the series.advertisementAfter a string of calamitous batting collapses in Perth and Hobart, the Australian team was overhauled with Renshaw, Handscomb and Nic Maddinson thrust into the international arena.Faf du Plessis put a week of drama over the ball tampering case behind him when he won the toss, elected to bat and scored an unbeaten 118 before making a tactical declaration at 259/9 with 12 overs remaining in the first night.The gamble for quick wickets backfired, though, when Khawaja navigated the tricky session with Renshaw then batted through the entire second day to post the first century by an Australian in the series. He was eventually out on the third day, helping Australia to 383 and a first-innings lead of 124.Starc dismissed Dean Elgar in the first over to give the Australians the ideal start and, after an 81-run second-wicket stand between Stephen Cook (104) and Hashim Amla (45), it was all downhill for South Africa.Amla, J.P Duminy and du Plessis all went before Australian spinner Nathan Lyon capped day three with the wickets of Temba Bavuma (21) and night watchman Kyle Abbott (0) in the last three overs.The tourists were relying on Cook and Quinton de Kock to grind them to a significant lead, but those hopes faded when de Kock (5) was out lbw to an innocuous straight ball from Jackson Bird in the fifth over.The one highlight for South Africa was the return to form of opener Cook, who was last out after facing 240 balls to post his highest score since a century on debut against England in January.Australia will host New Zealand in a limited-overs series before kicking off a three-Test series against Pakistan on December 15 with a day-night match in Brisbane.
Share via Email Jordan Pickford: from non-league novice to World Cup hero in six years Share on WhatsApp Jordan Pickford has spoken about his “whirlwind of a year” after signing a new six-year contract at Everton and said he might not have got the call to play for England at the World Cup had he not moved to Merseyside.The goalkeeper believes he needs to be in the Premier League to be considered for his country but also acknowledges he has improved since leaving his native Sunderland. “All the coaches I have worked with in the past year have helped me get better,” the 24-year-old said. “It’s been a great leap for me personally in a short time but I believe all the new challenges have improved my game massively. I’ve just signed a new contract that will take me up to the age of 30, so it feels like a progression is being made. My only ambition is to keep playing every week for a club that is heading in the right direction.” Jordan Pickford Share on Twitter Topics Everton Read more Pickford feels that is true of Everton under Marco Silva, even if they have lost their past two matches, and is under no illusions about what is required for the club to move forward. “The next progression hopefully is to win some silverware and try to finish higher up the table,” he said. “We finished eighth last season and for Everton that was not so good, even though we made the top 10. This club really wants to be in the top six at least, and possibly higher than that.“The club has a project to go forward and everyone knows that means reaching the Champions League. That will take a lot of hard work but we are willing to put it in. I don’t know how long it might take but looking ahead you have to be ambitious enough to be trying to hit the top four. Looking around, at the quality of the players the manager has brought in, I think we are a step ahead of where we were last season.”Pickford’s performances in Russia during the summer brought him to the attention of other clubs, at least according to rumours on social media, though he kept his focus. “I discovered you get a lot of that sort of thing when you play at a World Cup but I didn’t let if affect me,” he said. “I just knuckled down to do my job and waited to get back to work with Everton. I’m part of a great squad here.” news Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Reuse this content
Even a right-handed David Warner would get into this Australian top six: Michael VaughanIndia vs Australia: Former England captain Michael Vaughan has also said Shaun Marsh can be the only batsman from the current Australia batting order to be assured of a place in the team’s squad for the 2019 World Cup.advertisement India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 14:25 IST David Warner recently batted right-handed in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League season before injuring his elbow (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVaughan has said Warner can walk into the Australian batting unit even if he bats right-handedAustralia have had concerns with their batting unit ever since the suspensions of Warner and Steve SmithVaughan also pointed out Shaun Marsh seems to be the only batsman good enough to play the World CupFormer England captain has expressed disappointment at the current state of Australian batting unit, saying even a right-handed David Warner would get into the top six.Vaughan’s comments come at a time Australia have been heavily let down by their batting unit, which has been struggling in the absence of two of its most prolific run-scorers – Warner and Steve Smith. Notably, the former captain and the vice-captain are serving out their one-year bans over the ball-tampering scandal last year.Warner had been playing in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) in order to prepare for his comeback to international cricket before an elbow injury curtailed his stint in the Twenty20 league in Bangladesh.The left-handed batsman though showcased he is ready to walk into the Australian line-up by smashing two half-centuries in four innings he played at the BPL. In his final knock before the injury, Warner batted with a right-hander’s grip and smashed 14 runs, including a huge six, off Chris Gayle’s bowling for the Sylhet Sixers.”David Warner would get in this top six batting right-handed,” Vaughan was quoted as saying by Fox Cricket.After batting with his usual left-handed stance for 32 balls, Warner took guard as a right-handed batsman, helping raise quite a few eyebrows.Warner made room for himself and lofted Gayle straight over the bowler’s head and over the ropes, sending the crowd and social media into a tizzy. Warner didn’t stop there as he paddle-swept the next ball to a boundary. He also played a reverse sweep and collected another boundary in the last ball of the 19th over.advertisementUnbelievable by Warner if it’s not working with your left hand switch to your right!!! Shot Boi!!!!Video Credit : https://t.co/WE1KrAg5a3 #BPL19 #CricketPlayedLouder pic.twitter.com/sKUCP3YjSSCPL T20 (@CPL) January 16, 2019Meanwhile, Vaughan also pointed out that Shaun Marsh remains the only certainty from the current Australia unit for their World Cup team.Despite failing to trouble the scorers much in the ongoing ODI series decider between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Marsh had been the reigning world champion’s most consistent batsman since the suspensions of Smith and Warner.Marsh has scored 655 runs, including four centuries, since 2018. He has finished the ongoing series with a total of 247 runs, including a hundred, at 74.66.”Problems for Australia. I see from this XI that played today, there’s only one absolute guarantee for that World Cup and that’s Shaun Marsh,” Vaughan added.”The other ten, Peter Handscomb has played nicely, two fifties in three games, he’s looked like he’s doing his chances lots of good. But from this XI, there’s only Shaun Marsh that is definitely on that plane to England.”Australia are in a spot of bother in the lead up to the World Cup as Steve Smith is set to undergo surgery on his injured elbow and would be in a brace for six weeks from thereon. It remains to be seen how soon Warner can recover from his latest setback.Also Read | Why David Warner is returning early from Bangladesh Premier LeagueAlso Read | Steve Smith to undergo elbow surgery as ball-tampering ban draws to a closeAlso Read | Shane Watson’s sensational BBL hundred overshadowed by Brisbane power outageAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Shaun MarshFollow David WarnerFollow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Warner right handed battingFollow Steve Smith
The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? Pairing the English Premier League Soccer Teams with Craft Beers from the United States Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About You have a beard because of Taavo. You wear plaid because of Taavo. You make artisanal cocktails because of Taavo. And we bet you have some form of antlers in your man-pad because of Taavo. Taavo Somer has infiltrated the lives of men around the world more than they can ever imagine. You want proof? Introducing his first book, FREEMANS. This new and enthralling tome is a celebration of the innovation and vision behind all of Taavo’s projects including:Freemans Restaurant– the now iconic Lower East Side haven for comfort food and taxidermyFreemans Sporting Club– a retail store and barber shop (also located in Tokyo in a structure Taavo designed)The Rusty Knot– a very well curated dive bar on New York’s West Side HighwayIsa- a restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where everything was made on site (since closed)GEMMA– an Italian restaurant (with seemingly one million candles) located in NYC’s Bowery HotelI remember when Freemans first opened back in 2004. New York City was still reeling from 9/11 and had not yet found its post Sex and the City identity. So when people started buzzing about this restaurant on a very hard to find alley in the Lower East Side with lumber jack looking waiters and dead animals on the walls serving Devils on Horse back and Hunter’s Stew, it was as if the city re-awoke in the 1880s. People couldn’t have been more excited to lose the glitter of Carrie Bradshaw and replace it with cozy, quiet, candlelit dinners. As Taavo’s projects expanded (he is a designer and architect too), he began to be seen as the golden boy of New York’s new ethos. Every project was a harbinger of masculinity and cool. But you know how caught up you can get just by being in an aesthetically interesting place that you miss the details? That is where this book comes in handy. Every page reveals details of Taavo’s projects that every dude will be trying to recreate in their own homes or dream about for their one day country house. Those blue painted windows and door at Freemans perhaps, or the DIY paneling on the restaurant walls. As Somer’s explains, “The projects in this book are united by a respect for time and for the value of longevity through the use of endearing materials, whether they’re used in architecture or clothing.”Besides his public projects, we also get a peek into Taavo’s house in Upstate New York (get ready for serious jealousy factor gents) as well as an entire chapter of food and cocktail recipes to try at home. While we have many gift guides on the site, this should be the one you buy for you. This is the book you want to read on a chilly winter night (maybe even by candlelight), wearing your favorite flannel, sipping an Old Palomino, in your leather armchair right below your mounted white tailed deer. Editors’ Recommendations The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S.
APTN National NewsGovernment policies aimed at solving First Nations poverty don’t match with reality, according to some researchers.Ryerson professor Pam Palmater is one of them.She spoke with APTN National News.
Rabat – After the stampede that killed 15 people and injured at least 40 others during a food aid delivery in the town of Sidi Boulalam in the Essaouira province, the wounded were discharged from the provincial hospital provincial hospital of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah on Tuesday.A series of measures were also taken by Moroccan authorities to ensure the arrival of the injured at their homes. The wounded will receive both medical and psychological post-hospitalization in their localities, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The agency reported that only five people were injured. However, other Moroccan news outlets said that the stampede cause the injury of at least 40 people. Khalid Sniter, the provincial health director, told the press that the wounded were allowed to leave the hospital on the basis of the conclusions of the medical staff and social assistance in charge of providing care for the injured.He added that the wounded have expressed their happiness for being able to return to their homes. The injured under recovery have also expressed “their heartfelt thanks to King Mohammed VI for supporting them in these difficult moments,” added MAP.The fatal stampede shocked the Moroccan public. In response, the Ministry of Interior announced that “the public will be updated with all conclusions and measures taken, in accordance with the investigations carried out in this case.”An investigation is underway to determine the causes of the incident and to establish responsibilities, said the interior ministry, which has also opened an administrative enquiry. The ministry has not however revealed the results of the investigation.Following the incident, King Mohammed VI gave his high instructions to the competent authorities to take all measures to provide the necessary support and assistance to the families of the victims and the injured.The Sovereign also decided to personally pay for the expenses of the burial and funeral of the victims, as well as for the costs of the wounded’s hospitalization.
Thajudeen died on May 17, 2012 in Kirulapone and his body was found in his car which had crashed into a wall. (Colombo Gazette) The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) conducted a search at the SAITM private university for some body parts of rugger player Wasim Thajudeen.The CID obtained court approval to conduct the search after it was revealed that some body parts had been taken to SAITM after the post mortem was conducted on Thajudeen’s remains. Earlier the Attorney General (AG) had filed a case against the former Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) of Colombo over the Wasim Thajudeen murder case.The case was filed over body parts which went missing after the initial post-mortem was conducted by Samarasekera on Thajudeen’s remains soon after his death. It was revealed last month that some body parts of murdered rugger player Wasim Thajudeen had been sent to the SAITM medical college in Malabe by the former Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) Ananda Samarasekara. This was revealed in court last month by the Criminal Investigations Department when the case into the murder was heard.
Sandvik, long associated with Cubex, has signed an agreement to acquire its drilling solutions business and operations. Cubex is an industry-leading drilling solutions provider focused on design and manufacturing of a wide range of underground in-the-hole (ITH), and geo-technical drilling equipment. It’s products are distributed globally, and the current main markets are the USA, Canada, Africa, South America, and Australia.In 2012, the acquired business of Cubex had a turnover of about SEK270 million and about 110 employees. The head office and manufacturing facility is based in Winnipeg, Canada. The acquisition is expected to be completed during the second quarter 2013.“We already have a strong cooperation with Cubex and since 2009 Sandvik serves as global distributor responsible for sales and service of Cubex products worldwide. The acquisition is in line with Sandvik’s long-term strategy of continued profitable growth and to deliver increased customer value. Cubex’s knowledge of the ITH drilling method complements Sandvik’s already extensive offering in underground drilling”, says Gary Hughes, President of the Sandvik Mining business area.
I have a very fear real that, when we’re all long gone, archeologists will unearth a treasure trove of informercials and use them as the basis with which they reconstruct our culture. What if one day all of our great works of art and literature are gone and all that remains are long, eerily cheery ads for products like the Snuggie?On lazy days when it’s chilly, turning up the heat costs money, and wrestling with blankets is silly. This one’s too big, that one’s too small, and a blanket can’t cover it all? Is this the poetry of the 21st century poetry?It’s the opening line to a two minute ad for a new product called “Forever Lazy.” Consider it something of a Snuggie alternative. It’s an adult onsie. It was created by two Wisconsin dudes in their mid-20s attempting to nab a little piece of that sweet, sweet “As Seen on TV” cash.It’s the self-proclaimed “one piece, lie around, lounge around, full body lazy wear.”You can pick one up now from the Order Forever Lazy site for the low, low price of $19.95 (plus $9.95 postage and handling). Act now and they’ll throw in a neck pillow and matching footies.Remember, only 22 shopping days ’til Christmas. Snuggie-like ad after the jump.
Chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County, Tony Krvaric, reacts to Mueller investigation March 25, 2019 Updated: 1:00 PM Posted: March 25, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County, Tony Krvaric, joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss US Attorney General William Barr releasing a 4-page summary of the Mueller Report.Krvaric issued the following statement before appearing on Good Morning San Diego:“Today we learned what most fair minded San Diegans instinctively knew; that President Trump did not conspire with Russia in regards to the 2016 presidential election.”Will Democrats accept the report and engage in a debate about the important issues and challenges facing America or double down on what are now ludicrous, disproved allegations that belong on the ash heap of history.We call for an investigation into how the DOJ and FBI under President Obama came to surveil the presidential campaign of an opposing party. Will anyone be held accountable for the nearly two-year farce America just went through?” Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom,
Union Home Minister and BJP national president Amit Shah will visit Hyderabad tomorrow to attend a state-level meeting with the BJP leaders at Shamshabad. He will also begin the nationwide party membership drive. Before that, Shah will visit the house of Soni Naik and give membership to her. Later in the day, he will attend a meeting with senior BJP leaders During the state-level meeting, several leaders including two former MPs and two former ministers are expected to join BJP in the presence of Amit Shah.
Singapore has appointed an Indian- origin businessman as its non-Resident High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, the Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday.S Chandra Das served as Singapore’s Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, resident in Singapore, from 2006 to 2015.He had also previously served as Singapore’s Trade Representative from 1970 to 1972 in the USSR, the former Soviet Union.Das was a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1996 and is currently the Managing Director of NUR Investment and Trading private limited of Singapore as well as a director of a number of other companies. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenDas is married to Rosie Pillai and they have two children.The Ministry also announced the appointment of Chua Thai Keong as Singapore’s High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa.Chua has previously served as Singapore’s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (with concurrent accreditation to Mongolia) from September 2006 to December 2010 and Singapore’s Non-Resident Ambassador to Chile from April 2014 to May 2015.
<< Previous PostNext Post >> LAS VEGAS — Police say a hunter’s trip home hit a snag in Las Vegas after security screeners found a dead cougar in his luggage.No crime was committed because the man had a hunting tag. But police Lt. David Gordon told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Transportation Security Administration agents held the man at McCarran International Airport late Tuesday to confirm the validity of the Utah hunting tag.His name and where he was headed weren’t released.Airport spokeswoman Melissa Nunnery says the man ended up shipping the cougar carcass home, not on the airplane.Gordon says it’s not a crime to transport legally possessed game on an airline flight. But he says airlines can refuse to transport certain items. Share Source: The Associated Press Thursday, December 28, 2017 A cougar in your luggage? Hunting carcass found at airport Tags: LOL, WTF
No related posts. Hours after the United States Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, Udi Ofer of the American Civil Liberties Union spent his evening in a Unitarian church in Summit, N.J., training nearly 40 members how to persuade three local Republican lawmakers to endorse same-sex marriage.Less than two days later, leading Christian conservative Ralph Reed was on a conference call with nine donors and representatives of allied organizations discussing how to mobilize the money and resources to fight same-sex marriage activists not only in New Jersey but also in states including Iowa and Oregon.Gay rights activists are pushing ahead with a well-financed, coordinated campaign that aims to legalize same-sex marriage in about a dozen key states within three years. But they face fierce resistance from conservative groups and their allies in state legislatures and U.S. Congress who hope to stymie any momentum coming out of the past week’s rulings on the issue.This pitched political battle — which has cost each side millions of dollars and is poised to escalate further — will help determine how broadly same-sex marriage is adopted over the coming decade or longer. It is also likely to play a major role in state and national elections in the near-term, as activists on both sides fight to win over the Republican voters and elected officials who are key to deciding the fight.In two landmark decisions Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for federal recognition of legally married same-sex couples and gave an opening to California that allowed it to resume such unions there.“Even before that moment, we were at work mapping the path forward toward expanding marriage equality,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry. “We have our plans to get to a majority of Americans living in a freedom-to-marry state by 2016 and to grow public support to 60 percent by 2016. … We know we have the momentum, now we just have to do that work.”But Reed, who heads the Faith & Freedom Coalition, said gay marriage activists are overstating their political advantage, given that 29 states define marriage as only between a man and a woman.“You’re very hard-pressed if you look at the map and see how they move the bar much further,” Reed said, comparing it to the push for an Equal Rights Amendment four decades ago. “A public-policy movement that was viewed as inevitable in 1976 was by 1982 dead and finished.” “They’ve been highly successful,” Tina Fetner, a sociology professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, said of the conservative movement. “What’s happened is highly historic, but lesbian and gay activists aren’t winning everything they fight for. In fact, it’s probably the other way around.”Both sides agree that a half-dozen states will be pivotal over the next three years, with several more potentially in play after that. Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico and Oregon rank as the top near-term targets for gay rights activists, while opponents of same-sex marriage are hoping to gain ground in Indiana and Iowa.The campaigns vary depending on the state. On Friday, Oregon United for Marriage announced that it would soon start an effort to collect the 116,284 signatures needed to place an initiative on the 2014 ballot overturning a constitutional amendment and replacing it with the right to marry a member of the same sex. In New Mexico, which does not explicitly prohibit or permit gay marriage, a lower-level court is considering a same-sex marriage case that is probably destined for the state Supreme Court. And in Hawaii, activists began working sympathetic legislators last week on legislation to replace the state’s civil union law with a same-sex marriage statute.Two of the most intense battlegrounds are New Jersey and Illinois, where same-sex marriage proponents hope to eke out legislative or court victories by the end of the year.New Jersey allows civil unions, which became law after the state Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that gay couples must be provided with the same rights as heterosexual ones.The legislature approved a same-sex marriage bill last year, but Gov. Chris Christie, Rep., vetoed it and has shown no sign of changing his position. Last week, Christie also criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA as “incredibly insulting” to those who had passed the federal marriage law.The issue could complicate Christie’s drive for reelection this fall. His Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono, who is far behind in the polls, immediately began attacking him on the issue last week. State lawmakers are also weighing whether they can override Christie’s veto before a January deadline.Lambda Legal plans to file a motion in New Jersey Superior Court this week arguing that the state’s civil unions are not equal to marriage because same-sex couples will be denied the sort of federal benefits that those married in New York, Delaware and elsewhere now stand to receive.Gay rights groups held a rally in Trenton on Thursday, after which officials from the ACLU and Garden State Equality met with Senate leaders inside the state Capitol. By Friday morning, Ofer, the state ACLU’s executive director, was on the phone with his lobbyist lining up which legislators the group would visit in the coming week.“Given the Supreme Court ruling, New Jersey is now the epicenter for the next big battle for marriage equality,” said Ofer, whose group will file an amicus brief to Lambda Legal’s motion.Anna Little, who leads the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s New Jersey chapter, spent Friday at the state Capitol as part of a “lobby day” on behalf of heterosexual marriage. The meetings have gone well, she said, “but we can add to it by involving pastors” who sympathize with her side’s position.“There’s a lot of faith in church leaders rather than government leaders,” she said.Mobilizing pastors is also a key part of the conservative strategy in Illinois, where the state House adjourned last month without taking up a marriage bill that had passed the state Senate. The state legalized civil unions in 2011.“We defeated the Illinois efforts working with African American pastors,” said National Organization for Marriage spokesman Thomas Peters.David Smith, executive director of Illinois Family Institute, said his group has held four breakfasts with pastors since January under the title, “How should the church respond to the same-sex marriage debate,” and has another planned for July 9. The group has also distributed more than 30,000 copies of the booklet “What Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Has Done to Massachusetts,” including more than 7,000 printed in Spanish.On the other side, about a dozen groups — including the Urban League, the GOP-funded American Unity Fund and the Service Employees International Union — have launched discussions to work together on Illinois Unites for Marriage, and they are about to hire a state campaign manager.Same-sex marriage opponents hope to gain ground in Indiana, which has yet to enact a constitutional ban, and in Iowa, where same-sex marriage is legal after a court ruling in 2009.Peter Sprigg, a senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, said a ballot initiative in Indiana defining marriage as between a man and a woman represents “the best opportunity for us to advance our beliefs in a positive way.”Conservatives will also push for a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, sponsored by Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., although its chances are slim to none in the Democratic-controlled Senate.Within a couple of years, the skirmishing could move to Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Virginia, activists say.Many Republican politicians, meanwhile, are sitting on the fence. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, has endorsed same-sex marriage, but his spokesman said Friday that he did not plan to participate in a ballot initiative overturning his state’s ban. And while some current New Jersey Republicans have voted in favor of same-sex marriage, none showed up at Thursday’s rally in Trenton.“The key to full marriage equality now resides in the hands of Republican leadership and Republican elected officials,” ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero said last week.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Still fighting: Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed is mobilizing money and resources to fight same-sex marriage activists in New Jersey, Iowa and Oregon. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP
You might also be interested in August 07 , 2019 Northwest U.S. pear growers have released their latest crop estimate for the 2019-20 season, setting the new figure of 18.6 million boxes 8% above the initial May forecast. India pushes back U.S. apple tariff rise date … Northwest pear season analysisPicking is just about to begin throughout the four growing regions of the Northwest; they will continue throughout August and September, said the bureau.While pick dates for the 2019-20 season are later than last season, they’re close to the historical average, it added. The new figure is 1% higher than the 5-year average and 1% less than the 2018 harvest, commented the Pear Bureau Northwest (PBNW).”The increase from the initial estimate is due to the fruit sizing up very well in the last two months. Growers are reporting large beautiful fruit on the trees with sizes that are in demand from retailers in the U.S. and Canada,” stated Kevin Moffitt, president and CEO of PBNW.”With ample larger sized pears, there will also be plenty of smaller fruit to fill the demand for bagged pears and for the export markets that prefer smaller fruit.”The estimate is based on data reported from Washington’s Wenatchee and Yakima districts and Oregon’s Mid-Columbia and Medford districts, the bureau explained. Calavo delivers ‘all-time record performance’ in Q … State of the Market – Week 18, 2019 … The Starkrimson variety harvest is beginning this week in most districts, with the Bartlett picking starting this week in Mid-Columbia. It will start next week in other producing districts.Meanwhile, the pear harvests of Comice, Bosc, Forelle, Anjou and Seckel will begin later in the month.Harvest should be completed by late September.Based on the current estimates for this season, Green Anjou will be the leading variety this year. Growers are set to produce 9.5 million standard boxes of the category (about 51% of total Northwest fresh pear crop), the bureau noted.Green Bartlett will likely follow with 4.8 million standard boxes (about 26% of the total crop). Bosc should account for 2.5 million (about 13% of the total crop). And there will also be 1.1 million standard boxes of Red Anjou, representing about 6% of the crop.Organic pear numbers are included in the overall estimate; their numbers continue to grow with more acres in transition, the bureau explains.This year’s organic estimate is 1.9 million standard boxes (42,000 tons), making up 11% of the total Northwest crop.Looking at the entire organic crop, growers project 705,350 standard boxes of Green Anjou.Additionally, the industry forecasts that Green Bartlett and Bosc crops will reach 700,550 and 273,400 standard boxes, respectively. Wonderful Company aims for 100% renewable power …
“EU Back to School” is an inter-institutional initiative whereby European Union officials go back to their former secondary school in their hometown and discuss their work and experiences in the EU.Irini Kyriacou Haller visited her old school, the English School, on April 17. She presented her work during the Year 3 assembly and then had an interview with Year 3 students Irene Eleni Constantinou, Giorgos Christofi, Chara Efstathiou and Andreas Theodotou.Irini Kyriacou Haller graduated from the English School in 2003. She works as an internal auditor at the European Commission in Brussels. She has worked on audits in areas of high spending and public scrutiny. She loves working in a diverse organisation with colleagues from all over Europe in the service of EU citizens. Before moving to Brussels she studied and worked in London for 10 years, first graduating from Imperial College with a degree in chemistry, and then training with PwC London as a chartered accountant. Have you always wanted to work in the EU?It was not my childhood dream, but I am very happy to be working at the European Commission and work in the interest of all European citizens. Something that motivates me every day at work is one piece of statistics which resonates with me; almost one out of four people in the EU experience a form of poverty and social exclusion. Eliminating this is a Europe 2020 strategy target. So, whenever I am in the office and thinking that maybe my work does not make that much of a difference I think back to this piece of statistic and “roll-up my sleeves”. I remind myself that my job plays a part in ensuring that the commission is an efficient, effective and economic organisation and is well placed to work with EU member states and to meet these strategic targets. What studies do you need to pursue to work in the European Union?The European Union, and more specifically the European Commission, is a service of experts. We have colleagues from different backgrounds working in their respective fields. There are colleagues with studies in law, economics, forensic science, cyber security and science etc. The European Union and all of its institutions make for a very big and diverse organisation. There is a need for a number of different skill sets, and encouraging diversity is at the heart of how the organisation works. I believe the most important thing anyone who is thinking of pursuing a career in the EU institutions must be convinced of is the European Project and to be open to the opportunity of working with people from different EU member states. What do you enjoy most about your job?As an internal auditor, I help colleagues from other departments to improve the way they carry out their work by analysing information in a structured way, identifying issues and weaknesses and making recommendations of what can be improved. Essentially, I help colleagues to do their job better. Through my work I meet colleagues at all levels of the organisation and have a real sense of their priorities, challenges and opportunities. I also enjoy drafting reports, which is a big part of the work of an internal auditor. It’s an intense process, where we have to distil all the key information we have accumulated over a certain period of time and make useful recommendations for our auditees. Would you encourage a young person to pursue a job in the European Union?Absolutely, with no hesitation! I think the students at the English School are very well placed for a career in the EU institutions. As students of the English School you are already in a multicultural environment, and you are already working in different languages for most of your lessons. Furthermore, the experiences and opportunities that you get from the English School make for a unique school “career”. I feel that I’ve benefited a lot from my time at the school, not only from an academic point of view, but also from a general culture perspective. When I think back to my time here, after each passing year, I appreciate something new. Not least my French classes, as French is one of the languages spoken in Brussels where most EU institutions are based and where my work is. Also, two years ago I went through an opera-loving phase, and I had to think back to my music classes here at the school. Even though I was never particularly gifted musically, the enthusiasm of our teacher was contagious.You May LikeSmarter FinancesCalifornia: Big Change For Low Mileage DriversSmarter FinancesUndoParentologyBreastfeeding Basics That No One Tells You AboutParentologyUndoCity BeautyHow To: Lift Sagging Skin And Jowls (Do This)City BeautyUndo Cyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoBale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoby Taboolaby Taboola