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Corroborative statements of two rape victims and their relatives, besides adverse lie-detection test results of three close associates of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and other circumstantial evidence, proved crucial in his conviction by the Special CBI court in Panchkula, 15 years after the case was registered.The charge-sheet filed in the case reveals that given the influence wielded by Ram Rahim, it was not an easy investigation for the CBI.Taking cognisance of an anonymous letter, alleging sexual exploitation of girls by the Dera Sucha Sauda chief, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had in May 2002 directed the District and Sessions Judge (Sirsa) to probe. However, the judge found that no one was willing to speak up. Not ruling out the possibility, the judge recommended a central agency investigation and therefore, on the High Court directive, the CBI registered the case on December 12, 2002.2 of 130 speak outIn 2005, the agency managed to get a list of residents at the dera, revealing that 53 “Sadhvis” lived in the girls’ hostel and 80 in the Dera Sacha Sauda’s Sirsa ashram, while 24 others had left by then. The agency contacted 130 girls, who declined to cooperate owing to “an atmosphere of fear and physical, mental and spiritual control of Baba Gurmeet Singh”.Of the 24 “Sadhvis” who had left the Dera between 1997 and 2002, 20 were traced. Most of them were married and did not want to come out with the truth, fearing adverse consequences.The CBI examined 18 girls who had left the ashram, some of who said the Dera chief, its management and his followers were “very dangerous people” and they feared for their lives if they spoke up.It was in May-July 2006 that the CBI managed to convince two victims to share complete information. They gave a detailed account of what was happening inside the Dera chief’s rooms and what transpired to them in August 1999. One of them recorded her statement under Section 164 of the Cr.PC in March 2007.As described by the victims, there was an old and a new Dera complex in the ashram, where Ram Rahim had a separate accommodation called the Gufa (cave)”.The Gufa in the old Dera had three gates, two of which opened towards the area where Satsang was held, whereas the third gate opened towards the girls’ hostel,” said the charge-sheet. The “Sadhvis” would guard the entry door to the cave between 8 p.m. to midnight and midnight to 4 a.m., taking turns.Ram Rahim would allegedly summon the “Sadhvis” into his cave and then force himself upon them. Narrating her woes, one victim said one night, Ram Rahim called her to his cave.“Baba told her to sit on the bed near to him. She hesitated and tried to sit on the floor, but Maharaj asked her to sit on the bed. Accordingly, she sat on the bed by the side of Maharaj, who asked about her life and experience in the Dera…thereafter, Gurmeet Singh started fondling her body,” alleged the charge-sheet. She was then raped.The victim’s father told the CBI that her sister had also been sexually exploited by Ram Rahim. A relative of another victim also recorded his statement.Investigations into the murder of local journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati, who had published the anonymous letter in his newspaper, and a former Dera follower also had a bearing on the probe into rape allegations, said the CBI.The former follower’s close relative was also a “Sadhvi” in the Dera, but she later left it. His father told the agency that after the anonymous complaint surfaced, his son had confirmed to him that the allegations were correct and that Ram Rahim and his close associates suspected that he was behind the letter. The former follower was later gunned down.The adverse lie-detection tests of accused Avtar Singh, Inder Sain and Krishan Lal, whose names came up during the probe, showed “deceptions” in their statements indicating that Ram Rahim was sexually exploiting the “Sadhvis” in the “Gufa”, alleged the charge-sheet.
India topped the list of 78 countries that censored the most number of films in 2017, according to a study titled ‘The State of Artistic Freedom’. The study, conducted by Freemuse, an independent international organisation for free artistic expression, noted that 20 percent of all the film censorship cases, from across the world, came from India.Read it at The Quint Related Items
Man-of-the-Match Sachin Tendulkar scored 85 as India beat Pakistan by 29 runs in the World Cup semi-final at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday. Score | Latest match photosThey now meet Sri Lanka in the final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.The clash that was being billed as the “final ahead of the final” saw India batsmen score 260 even as Pakistan paceman Wahab Riaz finished with a fiver.Chasing 261, Pakistan were all out 231 with Misbah-ul-Haq top scoring with 56 on board.Earlier, Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal batted according to the merit of the ball, playing the loose ones to the boundary and leaving out the good balls.However, on occasions they seemed wary of Munaf Patel, who was bowling a good line keeping the batsmen on a tight leash.Hafeez even survived a run out chance in the sixth over. Luckily for him, the replays showed that he had brought his bat down at the right time.But, it wasn’t Munaf, but Zaheer Khan, who got the first breakthrough scalping opener Kamran Akmal on 19 with Yuvraj Singh taking his catch in the deep. Pakistan were 44/1 at the stage.Finally, the hard-working Munaf got the reward for his efforts in the 16th over. He was consistently bowling on the off and Mohammad Hafeez didn’t have a choice but play and when he did, an edge off his bat was pouched by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind the stumps. He fell for 43 and Pakistan went down to 70/2.Post Hafeez’s wicket Pakistan’s experienced campaigner Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq got on with a partnership. They had put 33 runs for the third wicket when Yuvraj Singh decided to break their stand. His straight ball cramped the batsman for room and in the next millisecond the ball had uprooted Shafiq’s middle stump. He fell for 30 and Pakistan fell to 103/3.advertisementYuvraj Singh, who has helped India win four of their league matches, once again struck and this time he did away for Younis Khan (13) to reduce Pakistan to 106/4.Then Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal attempted a revival. Umar even relieved the pressure off Pakistan striking boundaries and over the fence shots off Yuvraj Singh.The duo had put 36 runs for the fifth wicket when Harbhajan Singh got the man India wanted. And it was his doosra that zipped past Umar to strike on to his stumps on 29. Pakistan lost him on 142/5 in 33.1 overs.Later Munaf Patel earned his second wicket of the day by scalping Abdul Razzaq. And it was his slower ball that did the trick as Razzaq ended up losing his off stump on three. Pakistan went down to 150/6 in 36.2 overs.Then Harbhajan Singh struck back to send Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi home with his turner. He fell for 19 and Pakistan went down to 184/7.With seven wickets down, India bowlers didn’t have much trouble doing away with the tail-enders. The only man that came in their way was Misbah-ul-Haq (56), but on the penultimate ball of the match Zaheer scalped him to book berth in the final. India inningsPakistan paceman Wahab Riaz scalped five as India posted 260/9 against their arch-rivals. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss with a specially minted coin. And right way Virender Sehwag got on with what he is famous for – blasting away boundaries. To be precise he hit five fours in the third over off Umar Gul.Later, Sehwag even played his famous ‘upar cut’. But Gul failed to do what left-arm paceman Wahab Riaz did, he bowled it straight and trapped Sehwag leg-before on 38, it was so plumb that even the review could not save him. India lost their first wicket on 48.Soon, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir got on with a partnership to thwart the Pakistan attack.It wasn’t the pacers, who were creating a problem for the batsmen but the spinners as Sachin survived a stumping chance and then a leg-before off offie Saeed Ajmal in the 11th over. And it was actually the review that saved him after the on-field umpire had raised his finger. On the next ball too Sachin survived another chance.Later in the innings Tendulkar survived another chance when Misbah-ul-Haq dropped him off Shahid Afridi in the 14th over. Then in the 20th over the Master Blaster survived another chance when Younis Khan dropped him and once again the bowler was Afridi.However, it wasn’t Sachin Tendulkar but Gautam Gambhir, who was forced to walk back in the 19th over. Mohammad Hafeez beat Gambhir by his bounce even as he tried to punch the ball away. The ball took the edge off his bat and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal did the rest behind the stumps.advertisementThen Wahab Riaz struck to scalp Virat Kohli and then clean bowled India’s saviour in four World Cup games, Yuvraj Singh on consecutive balls to reduce India to 141/4.However, the drama with Sachin Tendulkar’s innings was far from over as Umar Akmal dropped him on 82 off Mohammad Hafeez on the last ball off the 35th over.Finally on the last ball of the 37th over, Sachin Tendulkar departed after surviving stumping, leg-before and catching opportunities. And guess who claimed his catch. It was no other than captain Shahid Afridi in whose over he was dropped twice in the outfield. He fell on 85 off Saeed Ajmal’s ball. The score at the stage was 187/5.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been out of form since the South Africa series, could not stay at the crease for long and fell to Riaz’s pace in the 42nd over. He could manage just 25.At death, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh attempted a revival effectively using the Powerplay (45 to 49 overs) to their cause. But offie Saeed Ajmal ruined their plans as his doosra scalped Harbhajan Singh in the 47th over with Kamran Akmal performing the final rites. India fell to 236/7. In the last over of the match Raiz claimed Zaheer Khan to increase his victims tally to five. Nevertheless, India managed to post a competitive 260/9 on board.
MLS MLS Review: Toronto still searching for first league win Sacha Pisani 12:20 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eric Bolte MLS Toronto DC United Houston Dynamo Philadelphia Union Columbus Crew Chicago Fire Orlando City Vancouver Whitecaps Sporting KC New York City SJ Earthquakes Atlanta United New York RB Montreal Impact Real Salt Lake Minnesota United FC DC United v Houston Dynamo Philadelphia Union v Columbus Crew Minnesota United FC v Chicago Fire Montreal Impact v Toronto New York City v Orlando City Atlanta United v Vancouver Whitecaps Sporting KC v SJ Earthquakes Real Salt Lake v New York RB Videos The defending MLS champion lost for the second time in two league matches, while Atlanta returned to its dominant form against Vancouver Toronto’s title defence failed to ignite after the winless MLS champion crashed to consecutive defeats, while Atlanta United routed a 10-man Vancouver Whitecaps side.Saturday saw Sebastian Giovinco’s Toronto upstaged by Canadian rivals Montreal Impact 1-0 at Stade Olympique.Toronto has been flying high in the CONCACAF Champions League , where the club is set to meet Mexican giant America in the semifinals, but the MLS titleholder has struggled domestically. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Greg Vanney’s side is still searching for its first win of the MLS season after Jeisson Vargas’ deflected shot four minutes before halftime lifted the Impact to victory number one in 2018.TFC is rooted to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, along with the Chicago Fire, which lost 2-1 at Minnesota United.Atlanta made the most of a numerical advantage as the Five Stripes eased past the Whitecaps 4-1 .Playing in front of 45,000 fans in Atlanta, the hosts crushed Vancouver thanks to Kendall Watson’s 13th-minute red card and Josef Martinez’s hat-trick.Watson was dismissed for a foul on Leandro Gonzalez Pirez following a video review and Martinez converted the subsequent penalty.It was one-way traffic from that point as Aaron Maund scored an own goal in the 58th minute before Martinez added a third on the hour-mark.Substitute Erik Hurtado managed to pull a goal back for the visitors but Martinez completed his hat trick with two minutes remaining after heading past Stefan Marinovic.Atlanta is third in the east and three points behind unbeaten New York City, which made it three wins from as many matches thanks to their 2-0 victory over Orlando City.After a scoreless first half, Ismael Tajouri scored his first MLS goal thanks to some shocking play in the back from Orlando.No David Villa? No problem for @NYCFC .Ismael Tajouri scores his first! #NYCvORL https://t.co/7UYyehggny — Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 17, 2018 Maximiliano Moralez added a second for NYCFC as part of a brilliant team move, continuing a rough start to the 2018 season for Orlando.Luciano Acosta was the hero for D.C. United, with his 97th-minute equalizer salvaging a dramatic 2-2 draw at home against the Houston Dynamo. The match was notable for taking place at Maryland SoccerPlex, the smallest venue to ever host an MLS game. Sporting Kansas City overcame the San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 in a thriller that saw Chris Wondolowski net his 135th MLS goal, the Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew played out a goalless draw and Real Salt Lake edged the New York Red Bulls 1-0.
TORONTO – As the arrival of legal cannabis looms, school boards across Ontario are grappling with how to discuss the drug with underage students barred from consuming it while ensuring rules and policies reflect the province’s new legal and social reality.Like alcohol, recreational cannabis will be off-limits to those under 19 and banned from school property when it becomes legal on Wednesday, and school boards say they are working to update their codes of conduct and disciplinary processes to reflect the details of provincial law.Many boards say they are also training staff to deal with questions and issues surrounding cannabis both in and out of the classroom as they await further direction from the government.“This is new territory for everyone,” said John Yan, spokesman for the Toronto Catholic District School Board. “As someone who grew up in the 60s, I didn’t think there would come a day when marijuana would be legalized in this country and it’s a reality that is going to take some adjustment for everyone.”The Catholic board noted that its staff would be guided on various potential circumstances that could involve cannabis.“Some of our students may be exposed to smoke, whether vape or anything related to cannabis, and not have consumed,” Yan said. “So we have to train our teachers and school administrators to be able to tell the difference as best they can.”Ontario’s Ministry of Education has published some resources for educators and parents highlighting the changes contained in the Cannabis Act, which is expected to pass this week. But it has yet to give specific instructions to school authorities on the issue.What’s more, consultations are currently underway on the health and physical education curriculum, which deals with substance use as well as sexual education. An interim curriculum put in place by the government this summer does not discuss the legalization of cannabis.“Once legalized, policies and resources on suspension, expulsion, and code of conduct will be updated and posted on the ministry’s website. School boards will be expected to update their policies accordingly,” ministry spokeswoman Heather Irwin said in an email.“Additional resources for principals/vice principals and educators are being developed for release this fall to help ensure they have the necessary information to support students and keep schools safe. The ministry is also currently consulting on the best way to efficiently support the training needs of staff in school boards and schools.”At Canada’s largest school board, educators began writing lesson plans over the summer to reflect details of cannabis legislation, said George Kourtis, the health and physical education co-ordination for the Toronto District School Board.Those plans will touch on topics such as driving under the influence of cannabis, he said, and strive for a non-judgmental tone. And while substance use and abuse is technically in the curriculum for December, teachers are being encouraged to discuss it this week since cannabis will be a “hot topic,” he said.“It’s going to be very similar to the conversation about alcohol that we’ve been used to having over the last few years but now for the first time we’ve been talking about an illegal substance for many, many years and now it’s becoming a legal substance,” he said.The board is also working with its guidance counsellors and mental health support staff so that they, too, are equipped to discuss cannabis with students.“I think the more people we get involved, the better we can not only address the issue, but address issues as they arise because of legalization,” Kourtis said.Abby Goldstein, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Toronto and Canada research chair in the psychology of emerging adulthood, said legalization opens the door to conversations about cannabis that may have been unlikely in the past.“There are sort of lessons to be learned as far as what wasn’t done with alcohol, and the opportunity to do this differently here is around having more of a harm reduction perspective,” she said.“So recognizing that teens and young adults are going to use cannabis and so how can we inform them in a way that makes the harms known to them so that they can make educated and healthy decisions about responsible cannabis use once they do reach the legal age.”Urmila Persaud, a Grade 11 student in Richmond Hill, Ont., north of Toronto, said her school hasn’t yet broached the issue of legalization or how it may affect school rules and policies.Persaud, who believes those under 19 shouldn’t use cannabis, said having those conversations in school could help prevent problems down the line.In the past, she said, students have been given literature on drugs in gym class, which is mandatory in Grade 9.“I think it would be a lot more effective if they actually talked to us because with the pamphlet someone could easily just throw it away,” she said.Students aren’t the only ones seeking information on the transition, said Stephen Sliwa, director of education for the Upper Canada District School Board, in the region surrounding Ottawa.The board has been hosting community information sessions in collaboration with public health officials, partly to address concerns from parents, he said.“I think parents are looking to us to partner with them about strategies and conversations that they can use at home, that are carry-overs and enhancements to what we’re doing at school,” he said. “They’re looking for insights on how is this playing out once Oct. 17 arrives.”
Tom Fennario APTN National NewsThe United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) celebrated its 10th anniversary Tuesday in New York.The document sets out the rights of Indigenous peoples around the world including Canada, that for years fought against endorsing it.And some say Canada has some catching up to firstname.lastname@example.org
BUCHAREST, Romania — The European Union and Britain’s prime minister are seeking new ways to avoid a no-deal departure of the U.K. from the bloc but the EU Commission president insists there cannot be a renegotiation of the draft Brexit deal.Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday that despite the difficulties of British Prime Minister Theresa May to get the deal through parliament, he continues to hope she can pull it off next Tuesday.To help her get the deal through, “We are checking with Downing Street what the clarifications could amount to,” he said, adding: “They should not be confused with a renegotiation.”“I don’t like the prospect of a no deal. It would be a catastrophe,” he said on a visit to Romania, which has taken over the rotating EU presidency.The Associated Press
Companies in this story: (TSX:BHC)The Canadian Press LAVAL, Que. — Bausch Health Companies Inc. raised its guidance as it reported a first-quarter loss of US$52 million.The Quebec-based drug company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says the loss amounted to 15 cents per share compared with a loss of $2.58 billion or $7.36 per share a year earlier.Revenue totalled nearly $2.02 billion for the first quarter of 2019, up from nearly $2 billion in the first quarter of 2018.On an adjusted basis, Bausch Health says it earned $358 million in its most recent quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $312 million a year ago.In its outlook, the company says now expects full-year revenue in a range between $8.35 billion and $8.55 billion, up from its earlier guidance for between $8.30 billion and $8.50 billion.Bausch Health also says it now expects its adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amoritization for the full year to come in between $3.40 billion and $3.55 billion, up from its earlier guidance for between $3.35 billion and $3.50 billion.
FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines accuses its mechanics and their unions of conducting an illegal work slowdown to gain leverage in contract talks, and the airline is asking a federal judge to stop the activity.The airline says mechanics have caused about 900 cancellations or long delays since early February by taking an unusually long time to repair planes and refusing to work overtime.On Monday, American filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Fort Worth against the Transport Workers Union and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which together represent American’s aircraft mechanics.American says the slowdown will affect 3,400 passengers a day if it continues into summer.The Transport Workers had no immediate comment. The IAM did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Associated Press
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Yemeni women set fire to veils on Wednesday in protest at the government’s crackdown on demonstrators, after overnight clashes in the capital left 25 people dead, officials said. The protest came as clashes intensified between Saleh’s forces and renegade fighters who have sided with the protesters. Medical and local officials said up to 25 civilians, tribal fighters and government soldiers died overnight in Sana’a and the city of Taiz, despite a ceasefire announcement by Saleh. Scores of others were wounded. The women spread a black cloth across a main street in Sana’a and threw their full-body veils, known as makrama, on to a pile, sprayed it with oil and set it ablaze. They chanted: “Who protects Yemeni women from the crimes of the thugs?”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Restructuring the Greek business sector will require some 25 billion euros for the viable enterprises to stand out from the unsustainables, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) estimates in a report presented this week in Athens.Titled “The Prospects of Greek Enterprises on their Way Out of the Crisis: Stars & Zombies,” the study is expressly in favour of the immediate liquidation of 650 problematic corporations with the write-off of 15 billion euros of debts by the banks, while the funding needs of the companies with sustainability features amount to 10 billion euros.The PwC study, which focused on 2,950 firms, has concluded that 650 enterprises have trapped funds as they absorb more resources than they produce and therefore deprive potentially healthy firms of the resources they have greater need of.According to PwC’s general director in Greece, Costas Mitropoulos, the liquidation of troubled enterprises and the write-off of those debts is feasible for banks as they have already made their provisions. Such an initiative would allow for the more efficient management of the firms that have resisted the pressures from the financial crisis and are showing potential.The survey found that 1,269 enterprises are showing cash flow and borrowing problems and require initiatives for restructuring, funding and share capital increases, with which the banks will have to deal separately and individually. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, the economic climate favours the restructuring of enterprises, as it confirms the liquidity that exists in the market and the investment interest by private equity firms, with over 2,000 investment opportunities waiting.The debts of the 650 so-called zombies amount to 25 per cent of loan portfolios and their restructuring will release liquidity and assets worth 2 billion euros that will return to economic production, the study found. Source: ekathimerini
Vers un pic du bois tropical en 2012 ?Selon une étude australienne, le pic d’exploitation du bois tropical sur la planète serait proche. Selon une étude publiée dans la revue Biological Conservation, les coupes effectuées dans le bois des arbres tous les 30 ou 40 ans ne permettent pas à celui-ci de se régénérer de manière suffisante. A tel point que l’idée d’un pic d’exploitation du bois tropical sur la planète est avancé. Au même titre qu’un pic des ressources en pétrole. Des scientifiques australiens se sont basés pour leur étude sur l’exemple de l’exploitation forestière des îles Salomon. Ils ont plusieurs fois alerté le gouvernement de l’île en insistant sur le fait que le volume de bois prélevé dans la forêt primaire est trop important. Par conséquent, une pénurie pourrait être observée cette année. Les chercheurs ont comparé la courbe de la production de bois du pays avec celle observée pour l’exploitation des ressources en pétrole : c’est-à-dire que l’on peut observer une augmentation rapide, un pic de production avant le déclin. Les chercheurs australiens ont expliqué : “le phénomène est observable dans les îles Salomon parce que l’extraction du bois a été menée à un degré bien supérieur aux capacités de la forêt à régénérer son stock de bois commercialisable.” Le 25 janvier 2012 à 17:05 • Maxime Lambert
A 19-year-old Vancouver man was killed in a motorcycle crash Friday night in Camas.The Camas police and Camas-Washougal fire departments responded shortly after 7:30 p.m. to the 700 block of Northwest Lake Road for a motorcyclist down in the road. The man, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, police Sgt. Stefan Hausinger said.The crash is under investigation by the Clark County traffic unit, Hausinger said, but speed appears to have been a factor.Lake Road was closed for several hours between Northwest Lacamas Drive and Lacamas Lane for the crash investigation.
Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has lashed out against the “exceptionally harsh” treatment towards former teammate Joe HartThe duo were previously teammates at Manchester City before Schmeichel opted to leave for League Two side Notts County in 2009 after falling down the pecking order at Eastlands.Now it is Hart who has left City nine years later after being deemed surplus to requirements by Pep Guardiola and had been forced to spend the last two seasons on loan at Torino and West Ham United respectively before finally completing a permanent move on Tuesday to Burnley.Although Schmeichel feels that Guardiola never gave Hart a fair chance at the Etihad Stadium, he has tipped the England international to bounce back.“I’ve known Joe for a long time and I think he’s been exceptionally harshly treated in many respects,” the Dane told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Not just what happened at Man City, where I don’t think he was given a chance to prove what he could do, and then the whole England debacle I found that quite staggering at the time.“But for Joe, the important thing is to get home, stay living at home and get a bit of normality back into his life.“Two years of uncertainty is tough for anyone and having everyone call your ability into question is bound to be tough. But if there’s one thing I know about Joe then it’s his mentality, his strength of mind and if anyone can bounce back from that or come through that, it’s definitely him.”Hart made nearly 350 appearances for City and won the Premier League twice along with an FA Cup in his time at the club.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited Kingdom, August 4, 2017 – London – The IAAF World Games have begun in London, England. The Turks and Caicos can keep its eyes on a few athletics competitors including Delano Williams, Ifeanyi Otuyonye, and Teray Smith. Smith is a member of Team Bahamas but is also a Turks and Caicos Islander who once competed for these islands.#MagneticMediaNews#worldgamesLondon#IAAFWorldGames2017 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#IAAFWorldGames2017, #magneticmedianews, #worldgamesLondon Recommended for you Bahamas’ Fraser makes it through round one opening day of IAAF World Championships Must see IAAF events today, Gardiner in 400m men’s final Abaco’s Steven Gardiner wins first medal for Team Bahamas at IAAF World Champs
A bill that would make Oregonians shopping in Southwest Washington pay some retail sales tax is being considered by Washington lawmakers in an attempt to raise about $18 million in state revenue.If the proposal passes, out-of-state shoppers would pay the retail sales tax — 8.2 percent in Vancouver, for example. Later they could apply for a refund of the state’s portion of the tax, which is 6.5 percent. They would still have to pay the local sales tax, which in Vancouver totals 1.7 percent.To get a refund, shoppers would apply online through a process that proves their out-of-state residency. They would only apply once a year for their refunds and the refunds would have to total at least $25.The legislation, Senate Bill 6061, was proposed by Sen. Cheryl Pflug, R-Maple Valley. She said it is expected to raise state revenue by creating a minor inconvenience for shoppers and also by cutting down on tax fraud that sometimes occurs at stores. Now shoppers need only to show Oregon ID to receive a tax exemption.Pflug said her bill is similar to the rules in British Columbia, Canada. She said she hopes her legislation can help with the state’s $1.5 billion budget shortfall.
Brett Dalton (as Gavin Stone): “How did you know my name?”D.B. Sweeney (as Alan Richardson): “It was at the top of your rap sheet. I’m Alan Richardson, pastor.”In “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone,” a former child star, played by Brett Dalton, has to perform community service at a local megachurch.But after pretending to be religious to get the lead of Jesus in the church play, Gavin realizes there is more to life than stardom.Brett Dalton (as Gavin Stone): “I don’t know how this thing we have with God works, but I like what it does.”D.B. Sweeney (as Alan Richardson): “We really do believe in second chances here.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. When it comes to raising her son in 1979 California, a single mom, played by Annette Bening, gets help from her two tenants in “20th Century Women.”Betty Buckley (as Dr. Karen Fletcher): “I’ve never seen a case like this before. Twenty-three identities live in Kevin’s body … Did something happen?”“Split” is a psychological horror from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan. Starring James McAvoy and Betty Buckley, the thriller is about three teenagers who are kidnapped by a man with 23 personalities. Creepy!Brett Dalton (as Gavin Stone): “Do you know where the pastor’s office is?”D.B. Sweeney (as Alan Richardson): “You’re Gavin Stone.”Brett Dalton (as Gavin Stone): “You recognize me.”D.B. Sweeney (as Alan Richardson): “Should I?” Vin is in. Vin Diesel is back in theaters this weekend, and he’s even bringing McDonald’s for this week’s Showtime.Vin Diesel (as Xander Cage): “There are no more patriots, just rebels and tyrants.”Vin Diesel is back in “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.”Xander comes out of a self-imposed exile to recover a weapon that, in the wrong hands, could control military satellites. And, while saving the world, he gets mixed up in a deadly conspiracy.Michael Keaton (as Ray Kroc): “McDonald’s can be the new American church, and it ain’t just open on Sundays, boys.”“The Founder” tells the true story of businessman Ray Kroc, played by Michael Keaton, who turned a single hamburger stand in California into the empire we now know as McDonald’s. It looks at his ruthless methods to grow the business and all the people he stepped on along the way.Annette Bening (as Dorothea): “This is the really hard part, and then it gets better, and then it gets hard again.”
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Defense Department would need to brief the House Armed Services Committee on the potential impacts to host communities of its policy of opening family housing projects to the general public when occupancy rates drop below certain levels.The request, an amendment to the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill added during last week’s committee markup, directs DOD to focus on community impacts stemming from changes in the number of non-federally connected civilian children residing in military housing. Officials also should develop recommendations to mitigate possible community impacts.A growing number of installations recently have expanded eligibility to live in family housing projects to DOD civilians, military retirees, and in some cases, the public as occupancy rates have dropped due to cuts in end strength. The amendment, offered by Connecticut Rep. Joe Courtney (D), acknowledges that opening up housing projects to the public is needed to ensure the financial viability of the public-private partnerships. “[But] this approach could also pose unanticipated challenges to the communities that support them,” the amendment states.The language calls for DOD’s analysis to include:a site-by-site census of non-federally connected civilian children living in housing under the Military Housing Privatization Initiative annually from FY 2011 to FY 2015; andan evaluation of projected force structure trends over the next decade that may influence the levels of non-federally connected civilian children.