France Croatia Share on Twitter “It was what I call my Miles Davis moment,” revealed Lilian Thuram in 2007. “Footballers can be like artists when the mind and body are working as one. It is what Miles Davis does when he plays free jazz – everything pulls together into one intense moment that is beautiful. He doesn’t have to think about it; it’s pure instinct.”But even 20 years on from his two goals in France’s victory against Croatia in the semi-final of the World Cup, the man who went on to become Les Bleus’ most-capped player with 142 appearances and never found the net again can still scarcely believe the events of 8 July 1998.“The likelihood of me scoring was … impossible,” Thuram told Le Monde last week. “This is what people realise: they fully understand that I did not understand what is happening. If I had been told before, I would have laughed, I would have said: ‘It’s a joke!’”After needing an extra-time winner from Laurent Blanc to defeat Paraguay in the last 16 and then edging a nerve‑shredding penalty shootout against Italy in the quarter‑finals, France went into the semi-final on home soil attempting to reverse the so-called jinx that had led them to be eliminated at that stage on three previous occasions: 1958, 1982 and 1986. Twitter Twitter Pinterest Share on Messenger The Observer Read more France 2018 World Cup team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions Gripped by sudden urgency because of his mistake, Thuram surged up the field like a man possessed. Within 30 seconds, he had wrestled the ball off Boban on the edge of Croatia’s box, taken the return pass from Youri Djorkaeff and dispatched an unstoppable shot with his right foot into the net. Supporters in the stands rubbed their eyes in disbelief at the identity of the goalscorer as he was mobbed by his teammates. The best was yet to come.Both teams had chances to take the lead but with 20 minutes remaining Thuram played an attempted one‑two with Thierry Henry and raced after the ball on the right edge of the penalty area. Another powerful challenge saw Robert Jarni’s attempted clearance fall perfectly on to his left foot and, without breaking stride, Thuram curled it past Drazen Ladic. Facebook Share on LinkedIn features Lilian Thuram is carried on the shoulders of goalkeeper Bernard Lama as they celebrate the victory over Croatia. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images Share via Email Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Nonetheless, reaching the last four just three years after the last shots had been fired in the Croatian war of independence was a monumental achievement and Suker led the celebrations at full-time against Germany by proudly parading around the stadium with the new national flag attached to a corner post. Four days later, and with World Cup fever running high in Zagreb and Paris, the two teams ran out at the Stade de France to meet their destiny.Yet after all the hype, a tense first half produced little action. Seeing their opportunity slipping away the France manager, Aimé Jacquet, warned his players not to fear defeat. As he prepared to return to the pitch for the second half, Thuram was greeted by Mario Stanic, then a teammate at Parma. “He told me: ‘This match is ours.’ And I answered him: ‘This match is not yours.’”Less than 25 seconds after the restart, however, disaster struck as Suker raced on to a brilliant pass from Aljosa Asanovic and slotted the ball past Fabien Barthez. The replays showed it was Thuram, operating at right-back rather than in the central position he preferred, playing him onside. “All of a sudden, it was like a dream escaping,” remembered the offender. “It’s as if you’ve been working all your life and there’s something you’re going to miss. Stanic’s sentence came back to me. But it’s not possible. It does not belong to him, it belongs to me.” Share on WhatsApp World Cup stunning moments: Ronaldo falters as France win Reuse this content World Cup Croatia’s team in 1998 featured several players from top European clubs. Photograph: AI Project/Reuters World Cup 2018 Facebook Topics Their opponents were Miroslav Blazevic’s Croatia, who were competing in their first World Cup and caused shockwaves in the previous round with a 3-0 victory against the European champions, Germany, in Lyon.“In some ways it was a surprise, but in other ways it wasn’t,” Davor Suker, who has been president of the Croatian Football Federation since 2012, recalled. “If you look at our team we had some fantastic players who were playing for big clubs in Europe. Zvonimir Boban was playing for Milan, Slaven Bilic and Igor Stimac were both playing in England, and I was playing for Real Madrid.” Pinterest “I do not know how to shoot with my left foot. It does not make sense for me to strike with the left,” Thuram recalled. “It was completely instinctive. If I had ever thought for a moment, I would have made a pass. We do not know why it happened but it worked.”Born in Guadeloupe and raised by his mother in the tough banlieues of Paris after moving there as an eight‑year‑old, Thuram was made a member of the Legion d’Honneur – the highest civilian honour – by the French government after the tournament as Jacquet’s side went on to beat Brazil 3-0 in the final. He has since become a campaigner against racism in football and society at large, accusing Pelé of not doing enough to combat it a few months ago.Now, led by a teenager who was not born until five months after they won their first, France’s class of 2018 will attempt to emulate Thuram’s heroics against very familiar opponents.
We’ve reached the Elite Eight of our ’64 Most Annoying Fan Bases In College Sports’ bracket, and the first 1-seed has gone down. Duke basketball fans, it turns out, aren’t quite as annoying as some of the other groups on our list. The other 1-seeds – Kentucky Basketball Fans, Notre Dame Football Fans and Alabama Football Fans – are holding strong, however.You can see the opening round matchups here, the ‘Round of 32’ matchups here, and the Sweet 16 matchups here. Here’s the updated bracket – you can vote on this week’s four matchups below.The 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases Bracket Vote On The #BBN Region Below1. Kentucky Basketball Fans vs. 3. S-E-C ChantersAuburn Football fans were no match for #BBN, as Kentucky Basketball Fans held serve to move onto the Elite Eight, 72%-28%. There, they meet up with S-E-C Chanters, who took down People Who Talk About Their NCAA Bracket Picks, 65%-35%. Will UK supporters join their basketball team in the Final Four? More Annoying: Kentucky Basketball Fans or S-E-C Chanters?Vote On The #FSUTwitter Region Below2. Florida State Football Fans vs. 4. Fans Who Tweet At RecruitsIt’s a matchup between #FSUTwitter and, well, another group of annoying tweeters. Seminoles fans were voted more annoying than USC supporters, 63%-37%. Meanwhile, Duke Basketball fans became the first 1-seed to fall. Fans Who Tweet At Recruits scored the upset, 55%-45%. We’ll be shocked if they advance again, though. More Annoying: Florida State Football Fans or Fans Who Tweet At Recruits?Vote On The #WeAre Region Below1. Notre Dame Football Fans vs. 5. Texas A&M Football FansNotre Dame Football Fans took down Michigan Football Fans, 58%-42%, in a matchup that perhaps should have been slotted for later in the tournament. Meanwhile, Texas A&M Football Fans were voted slightly more annoying than Texas Football Fans, 52%-48%. Perhaps it’s because they’re in the SEC now? Which group will move onto the Final Four? More Annoying: Notre Dame Football Fans or Texas A&M Football Fans?Vote On The #PAWWWL Region Below1. Alabama Football Fans vs. 3. Paul Finebaum CallersIt’s beginning to look like Alabama Football Fans may be the most formidable force left in the bracket. Tide supporters took down Georgia Football Fans, 84%-16%, to set up a fitting all-SEC final in the #PAWWWL region. Paul Finebaum Callers, the 3-seed in the region, beat out Big East Nostalgists handily, 64%-36%. Good luck determining this one. More Annoying: Alabama Football Fans or Paul Finebaum Callers?Check Out The Sweet 16 Voting Here >>>
Twitter/@NickJuskewycz There were plenty of interesting possible upsets on the college football slate today, but we didn’t tab Jacksonville State over Auburn as one of them. However, the Gamecocks, who went 10-2 in FCS play last year, are half way to a stunning win at Jordan-Hare Stadium. They lead the Tigers 10-6 at halftime.Auburn and Jacksonville State traded field goals early on, but the Gamecocks’ quarterback Eli Jenkins threw an impressive touchdown pass to Josh Barge to take the lead in the second quarter.Jacksonville State currently leads 6th ranked #Auburn 10-6, late in the second quarter. #JSUvsAUB pic.twitter.com/B50kBpQDXD— CFB Nation (@UofCFB) September 12, 2015There is plenty of time life, but Auburn fans have to be concerned with how the team has come out against what should be an overmatched opponent.
Will SmithA surveillance video from a New Orleans’ restaurant appears to show Will Smith in a possible hit-and-run with his alleged killer before the former Ohio State star’s death on Saturday night. Smith, 34, was shot to death in the Lower Garden District of the city. It had been reported that Smith was involved in a road-rage incident that led to him getting shot multiple times. A man has been arrested for the killing. The video shows a Mercedes SUV bumping the rear end of a Hummer near the intersection of Magazine Street and St. Andrew Street, a location about two blocks from where Cardell Hayes allegedly killed Smith. Smith was driving a Mercedes G63 SUV on Saturday night, while Hayes was driving a Hummer H2.Here’s the video. Hayes’ attorney said his client was involved in a hit-and-run. “Someone hit him,” John Fuller said. “The person failed to pull over. My client trailed behind this person in an effort to get their license plate number. My client also called 911.”Hayes was arrested on Sunday on a second-degree murder charge.
Members of the public can now vote for the public sector entity that is delivering the best customer service through the Public Sector Customer Service Competition 2012/13. Nominations are open for entries to the competition designed as one method of rewarding key performers in the National Customer Service Programme under the Public Sector Modernisation Division, Office of the Cabinet. The deadline for receipt of all nominations and submissions is January 31, 2013. Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank held on December 5 at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Communication Consultant at the Public Sector Modernisation Division, Cabinet office, Fabian Brown, said the competition provides an opportunity for the public to encourage, highlight and support the work of public sector workers in the various entities. “We are looking for the best customer service entity, we’re looking for the most-improved entity, we’re looking for the best customer service officer, we are looking for the most creative entity in these challenging economic times,” he said. Mr. Brown reminded the public that voting for a government organisation should not be limited to the “big names” only, noting that, “it is also the post offices, the individuals in every nook and cranny in the Jamaican landscape. Wherever there is public service being given, the opportunity for you to recognize and highlight the quality of service is at hand.” He said that all public sector bodies are eligible to participate, including central civil service organizations, executive agencies, public companies, statutory bodies and government departments. The winners for some categories will be chosen based on feedback and nominations collected from members of the public island-wide. Additionally, he said that presentations will be done by entities seeking to justify why they should be recognised for a prize. The Communication Consultant noted the increasing willingness from members of the public to express their opinions on the quality of service received from government organisations. He stated that voting has increased from approximately 2,000 in the first staging of the competition in 2001 to a high of 28,000 at the last staging of the competition in 2010/11. “That is very encouraging because it says to us that the public is really looking out and demanding good quality customer service from the public sector, which is a good thing, and so the Modernisation Division of the Cabinet Office is really about supporting and engaging persons towards this end,” he said. Persons can vote for any public sector entity or individual of their choice by using the toll free line 1888-991-2752 or by voting online at www.cabinet.gov.jm . Customers can also place their entry forms in voting boxes available at the various entities. Nominations are not restricted to the entity at which persons are doing business. The National Customer Service Programme, which was implemented in 1994 by the Public Sector Modernisation Division, was created to recognize and reward efforts of organizations to improve service delivery to customers. It is also intended to promote and encourage commitment to, and continuous improvement in the quality of service in the public sector.
NEW DELHI: Hours after Arvind Kejriwal derided what he called the BJP’s attempts to “buy Aam Aadmi Party leaders”, one of his party lawmakers in Delhi joined the ruling party. AAP senior leader Manish Sisodia slammed BJP claiming that they offered money to buy MLAs. “Earlier, we said that BJP has offered Rs 10 crore to our 7 MLAs and here is the proof,” said Manish Sisodia.The exit has hit AAP just days before voting in Delhi on May 12 for the national election. Earlier this week, AAP leader Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, had alleged that seven lawmakers had been offered 10 crores to switch sides. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesArvind Kejriwal on Friday, had hit out at Vijay Goel for saying that 14 AAP lawmakers were in touch with the BJP and ready to switch. “Modi ji, will you topple every government run by an opposition party by buying lawmakers? Is this your definition of democracy? And from where do you bring so much money to buy MLAs? You have tried to buy our MLAs many times. Buying AAP leaders is not easy,” the Delhi Chief Minister said in a tweet. Vijay Goel had refuted AAP leader Manish Sisodia’s allegation of the BJP offering Rs. 10 crore to lawmakers to switch and said AAP lawmakers wanted to quit their party out of “frustration and humiliation”, so the BJP “did not need to buy them”. “The lawmakers want to leave AAP because the party has strayed from its objectives,” Mr Goel claimed.
Singapore: Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime in India is not likely to reduce the deficits of state governments significantly, amid large and growing expenditure mandates for the social sector as well as capital spending, says a report. According to S&P Global Ratings the institutional framework for Indian states is evolving, but there is structural deficits due to persistent revenue expenditure mismatch. S&P Global Ratings credit analyst YeeFarn Phua in the report titled “Public Finance System Overview: Indian States” noted that the passage of the GST bill in 2017 is a major overhaul of tax structure and will help to widen the tax base and improve revenues of state governments. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”However, states will continue to run large deficits because a significant part of this imbalance is from the expenditure side. States are unable to cut expenditures because of large and growing expenditure mandates for the social sector as well as capital spending. Therefore, the revenue-expenditure gap will remain large,” said Phua. Further, policy implementation remains sub-par in India, the report noted. Another significant development in recent years has been the adoption of an amended Fiscal Responsibility Management (FRBM) Act, which forms the fiscal framework, in March 2018, the report noted. Under the amended FRBM Act, the government will target a debt-to-GDP ratio of 60 per cent with the split being 40:20 for central government and states. Further, the government will use fiscal deficit as the key operational target, the report said but added that the FRBM committee lacks the authority to mandate its core recommendations.
Virtual reality (VR) technology can enhance the quality of life for people with dementia by helping them to recall past memories, reduce aggression and improve interactions with caregivers, says a study. The technology helped patients recall old memories by providing new stimuli difficult to achieve, due to ill health, or inaccessible within a secure environment, said the team from the University of Kent in the UK. These memories not only provided positive mental stimulation for the patients but also helped their caregivers learn more about their lives before care, thereby improving their social interaction. Also Read – The Puja carnival”VR can clearly have positive benefits for patients with dementia, their families and caregivers. It provides a richer and more satisfying quality of life than is otherwise available, with many positive outcomes,” said Jim Ang, Professor at the University of Kent. For the study, the researchers picked eight patients aged between 41 and 88 who are living with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease. Each patient used a VR headset to ‘visit’ one of five virtual environments of a cathedral, a forest, a sandy beach, a rocky beach and a countryside scene. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraThe sessions were monitored with feedback gathered from patients and their caregivers. The patients also demonstrated their own choices during the experiment, with some keen to explore different VEs within a session, while others explored the same environment repeatedly. “With further research it will be possible to evaluate the elements of virtual environments that benefit patients and use VR even more effectively,” Jim Ang added.
Fleetwood Town have signed Dean Marney on a two-year deal, according to BBC.The former Burnley midfielder has joined Fleetwood Town on a free transfer, putting ink to paper on a two-year deal.The 34-year-old left Turf Moor after spending eight years at the club during which he made 202 appearances.Marney who also played for Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City in his career so far, teams up with former Burnley teammate Joey Barton who’s the current manager of Fleetwood Town.Joe Barton on his management career Obinna Echi – November 16, 2018 Joey Barton officially retired from playing football in the summer but has revealed he’d been planning to enter management for years.Fleetwood Town manager Joey…Marney would have disappointed to leave Burnley as the club are now participating in the UEFA Europa League but with game time few and far-in-between for the 34-year-old, a chance to play for the Cod Army was something he couldn’t turn down.Marney could make his debut for the club in their League One opener against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.Joey Barton was appointed as manager of Fleetwood Town before the end of last season and will be hoping to lead the Cod Army to a successful League One campaign.
Eden Hazard insists he only concerns himself with playing his football following Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham.Prior to Thursday night’s win, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri made some critical comments over Hazard’s leadership qualities.But the Belgian superstar responded superbly by producing another man of the match and scoring the second goal as Chelsea recovered from a first-leg loss to win the return fixture 2-1.With the aggregate scoreline level at 2-2, Chelsea then decided the tie by claiming a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win against Spurs at Stamford Bridge and progressed to the Carabao Cup final.“It’s always good to bounce back after a tough game,” Hazard told Sky Sports.“We did well for 90 minutes. We controlled the game in the first half. They had one chance and scored one goal.“We had a couple of opportunities and didn’t score, but in the end, we go through to the final so we are happy.”As for Sarri’s negative comments over his abilities as a leader, Hazard said: “To be fair, I don’t care.“I just play my football, it doesn’t matter what the manager said. I just focus on this team and I always want to do the best for this team, today I did and I’m just happy.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…The Blues will now take on cup holders Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on February 24.Hazard added: “It’s always hard [against Man City].“With Liverpool, I think they are the best team in the Premier League at the moment, they win a lot of trophies in the last five or six years, but we also have a great team so I think it is a 50-50 game.”Meanwhile, Hazard’s team-mate David Luiz was pleased with the victory after scoring the fourth and decisive penalty in the shoot-out.“It’s a great feeling,” said Luiz.“The team did great, especially in the first half. We could have scored three or four goals. Also in the second half we controlled the game, they had one opportunity and they scored.“It is frustrating when you control the whole game and there is a chance you lose on penalties because with penalties you never know.“We pressed really well, especially on the defensive side all the strikers did an amazing job, so congratulations to everybody. We are so happy with the reaction of the team and the spirit of the team.”
November 15, 2018 Healthy cooking class to improve your holiday diet 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)- If you’re looking to sharpen your culinary skills, improve your diet, and spice up your life, there’s a cooking class just for you! It’s called “Healthy on You.” Amateurs are welcome. Not only will you “up your cooking game” but you’ll also have a lot of fun!This lush tropical paradise in Del Mar is where Samantha Binkley shares her love for cooking and healthy living. Sam, as her friends call her, is a certified health coach who was born in the West Indies. She developed her passion for cooking as a child by watching her mother work her “magic with herbs” in her delicious recipes.Today she’s guiding her class through one of her favorite spots on the one acre property, an amazing garden, filled with lush greenery, lots of gorgeous color, and a vast display of her home grown herbs and vegetables, the essential ingredients in her healthy recipes.And once everything is ripe for the picking, it’s added to her menu.Her exotic chickens are not part of the menu, but they’re great at laying all the eggs and a highlight of the tour.“I love when people are happy, in the kitchen, listening to music and just cooking healthy food. For me, that’s just so rewarding and I just find it a lot of fun,” Binkley said.One of the secrets to Sam’s savory recipes…the more than dozen spices shes created.“I was making spices to cook with during classes, different combos and blends and I would give them to everybody to take home and they would come back and ask for more. And that’s when I knew this is something interesting and I think I can do something great with this,” Binkley said.Her organic spice blends are sold in stores through-out San Diego County. She says her seasonings help make-up for the butter, cream and other “less than healthy” ingredients we add to our recipes. She calls the healing properties of herbs an added benefit.Transforming classic recipes into healthier versions is something many are hungry for. And her monthly classes, which last about 3 hours and cost $125 fill up quickly.“If they don’t make the recipe, at least they have a wider perspective on how they can make foods at home that taste equally good or better with less calories, lower fat and you don’t have to have dairy or gluten and it can still taste great!” Binkley said.To learn more about Samantha Binkley’s cooking classes, visit https://www.sambinkley.com/cooking-classes/ Updated: 9:31 PM Posted: November 15, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Healthy Living, Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter
Kapil Sharma, Kangana RanautTwitterKangana Ranaut has remained unfazed by the ban imposed by the Entertainment Journalists’ Guild of India (EJG) post the actress’ verbal altercation with a journalist. She has been promoting her upcoming Judgementall Hai Kya and had been explaining why she relatiated to the journalist and what problems does she have with a certain section of the media. So when Kangana appeared on The Kapil Sharma Show, Kangana said that she would like to ban a few journalists in the know.During the interaction, Kapil Sharma took a dig at the media ban on Kangana Ranaut saying that nowadays anyone wants to ban someone for some reason. He then asked Kangana who she would like to ban if given a choice. To which, she replied, “I know a few of the journalists in my list who I would like to ban.”Earlier, Kapil too was involved in an abusive spat against a journalist whom according to the comedian was writing only negative things about him. Later, Kapil had also filed an FIR against the journalist post which the latter refrained from writing any articles about the former following the court’s decision.Meanwhile, EJG has boycotted Kangana from media coverage until she issues a public apology for everything that transpired between her and the journalist at Judgementall Hai Kya song launch event.Kangana, however, not just only refused to apologise to the section of the media but also slammed them in a video message calling them as ‘termites’, ‘pseudo’, ‘traitors’ and ‘tenth-fail’. And even sent a legal notice to EJG through her lawyer for wrongfully supporting the journalist without any provocation.
Palestinian protestors clash with Israeli security forces following the weekly Muslim Friday prayers in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 29 December, 2017. Photo: AFPIsraeli tanks and aircraft hit the Gaza Strip on Friday after rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave targeted a southern community, the army and Palestinian sources said.Clashes also erupted in the West Bank as Palestinians marked another “day of rage” following US president Donald Trump’s controversial 6 December recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.There were no immediate reports of casualties in the exchange of fire, the first in more than 10 days.Palestinian militants fired three rockets at southern Israel, two of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defence system, the army said.Police said the third rocket hit a structure in a community near Gaza, causing damage but no casualties.”In response to the rockets fired towards Israel, IDF (Israel Defence Forces) tanks and IAF (Israel Air Force) aircraft targeted two posts belonging to the terrorist organisation Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip,” the army said in a statement.Witnesses said Israeli tanks shelled a position controlled by Gaza’s Islamist rulers east of Gaza City. A spokesman for the Hamas-run health ministry said nobody was injured by the Israeli fire.Both Hamas and fellow militant group Islamic Jihad had labelled Friday a “day of rage”, as in previous weeks.In the West Bank small groups of Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces, including north of Ramallah and in the Hebron area, where two were wounded by live fire, Palestinian medical and security sources said.The Israeli army said there were “very small clashes” in a number of sites.Militants in Gaza have fired more than a dozen rockets or mortar rounds at southern Israel in the latest wave of violence that erupted after Trump’s decision.Before Friday, the last rockets fired from Gaza were on December 18, one of which hit a home in a border town.Trump’s announcement was followed by protests across the West Bank and on Gaza’s border with Israel, with 12 Gazans killed in clashes with Israeli forces on the border or by Israeli strikes following rocket fire.The rockets are often fired by fringe Islamist groups but Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks from the territory.
For much of the past year, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz did not acknowledge Beto O’Rourke’s name — or even, for a while, the fact that he had a Democratic opponent for re-election.That abruptly changed Tuesday evening, when Cruz convened several state reporters for a conference call in the final hours before polls closed in the state’s primaries.“Tonight’s election marks the beginning of the general election,” Cruz said. “In November, the voters of Texas will have a clear and stark choice for the United States Senate. Congressman O’Rourke is a left-wing, liberal Democrat — he is running like Bernie Sanders across the state, and the voters of Texas will have a decision of what policies and values reflect their own values.”For the next several minutes, Cruz proceeded to lay out a detailed case against O’Rourke, portraying him as dramatically out of step with most Texans when it comes to at least three issues: guns, immigration and taxes. Alluding to certain bills O’Rourke had authored, Cruz spoke with the ease of an incumbent who knew his challenger’s record well — and was more than ready to start wielding it. O’Rourke did allow one jab at Cruz, noting that Texans have a choice in November between a challenger who has been holding town halls throughout the state for almost a year and an incumbent who spent a chunk of his first term running for president. “Which of the two are going to have a better idea of what’s going on in Texas?” O’Rourke asked.To be sure, Cruz is still the favorite in November as he seeks a second term. Texans have not elected a Democrat to statewide office in over two decades — and it’s been even longer since they sent one to the U.S. Senate.Among Cruz’s allies and supporters, there is an acknowledgment that the money and enthusiasm O’Rourke has generated is real. But they do not believe it will be enough to overcome Texas’ strong Republican tradition.“I think Congressman O’Rourke’s fundraising has been pretty impressive, but I still believe that Sen. Cruz will win handily,” Texas’ senior senator, fellow Republican John Cornyn, told reporters after early voting last week in Austin. “Texas is still a red state. It’s good to see competitive elections, but I don’t think it’s going to be all that competitive.” O’Rourke is certainly working to make it competitive, proving to be not only an impressive fundraiser but also a relentless campaigner. He has crisscrossed the state for dozens of town halls, visiting 226 of Texas’ 254 counties, and hitting many areas that have been historically neglected by Democrats.His efforts have drawn attention from far outside Texas, and while few in Washington are ready to declare Texas in play this year, it is certainly a part of the discussion. Republicans have a slim 51-member majority in the Senate, and after Nevada, their list of pickup opportunities this election cycle does not go long before reaching the Lone Star State.“Tonight’s results are the latest demonstration of Beto’s strong campaign and the tremendous grassroots enthusiasm behind him,” David Bergstein, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said in a statement after it was clear O’Rourke won the nomination. “Sen. Cruz spent years looking out for himself instead of doing anything to help hardworking Texas families, and voters will hold him accountable for his unpopular agenda: more expensive health care, privatized education and higher taxes for working people — so his rich and powerful friends can get another handout.”If his actions Tuesday were any indication, Cruz is eager for the fight. Asked on the call if he is open to debating O’Rourke before November, the senator appeared to have no reservations.“I’m sure we’ll see a debate in this race,” Cruz said, noting that he’s sparred with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on national TV three times. “I am not remotely afraid to debate left-wing liberal socialists.” For Cruz, it was a remarkable escalation in his approach to O’Rourke, signaling a new chapter in the race — and not just because the two formally secured their party’s nominations Tuesday night. According to unofficial returns, Cruz easily fended off four little-known challengers with 85 percent of the vote, while O’Rourke got an underwhelming — but still successful — 62 percent against two rivals.Cruz did not let up on O’Rourke as the returns came in, releasing a radio ad featuring a country music song ridiculing the El Paso congressman.“If you’re going to run in Texas, you can’t be a liberal man,” a singer croons in the ad, which also jabs at O’Rourke for going by “Beto” — a nickname dating back to his childhood — when his real first name is Robert.Cruz’s call and the ad punctuated a period of increasing hostility against O’Rourke that began last month, when O’Rourke reported raising nearly three times more than Cruz over the first 45 days of 2018, $2.3 million to $803,000. Furthermore, O’Rourke whittled down Cruz’s cash-on-hand advantage to just over $1 million.O’Rourke has been taking the new level of incoming fire in stride. In an interview after Cruz’s call Tuesday evening, the El Paso congressman largely declined to fire back.“All I can tell you is I’ve been listening to the people that I want to represent in Texas in almost every county across the state,” O’Rourke said. “I’m making their priorities my priorities.” Marjorie Kamys Cotera: O’Rourke/Robin Jerstad: CruzU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Share
Darjeeling: The management of Risheehat Tea Estate near Darjeeling town has declared a suspension of work. The suspension of work came on the heels of Himalayan Plantation Labour Union (HPWU – affiliated to the GNLF) stopping the plucking of first flush tea leaves. The HPWU had stopped the plucking of leaves demanding that their arrears be immediately paid. In January 2018, the daily wages of tea garden workers had been increased by Rs 17.50. In the majority of the tea gardens in the Hills, the increment took effect from March 2018. Though a year has passed, the arrears have not been paid in around 60% of the tea gardens in the Hills, claims the union.
This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now The U.S. aviation regulator proposed rules on Sunday for commercial drone flights that would lift some restrictions but would still bar activities such as the delivery of packages and inspection of pipelines that have been eyed by companies as a potentially breakthrough use of the technology.The long-awaited draft rules from the Federal Aviation Administration would require unmanned aircraft pilots to obtain special pilot certificates, stay away from bystanders and fly only during the day. They limit flying speed to 100 miles per hour (160 kph) and the altitude to 500 feet (152 meters) above ground level.The rules also say pilots must remain in the line of sight of its radio-control pilot, which could limit inspection of pipelines, crops, and electrical towers that are one of the major uses envisioned by companies.The FAA acknowledged the limitation but said those flights could be made possible with a secondary spotter working with the pilot of the drone.”This rule does not deal with beyond line of sight, but does allow for the use of a visual observer to augment line of sight by the operator of the unmanned aircraft,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a conference call with reporters on Sunday.The draft rules, nearly 10 years in the making, still must undergo public comment and revision before becoming final, a process expected to take at least a year.If they survive in their current form, they would be unlikely to help Amazon.com in its quest to eventually deliver packages with unmanned drones, since they require an FAA-certified small drone pilot to fly the aircraft and keep it in line of sight at all times – factors not envisioned in the online retailer’s plan.Huerta also said, “We don’t consider or contemplate in this rule carrying packages outside of the aircraft itself.”Amazon’s vice president of global public policy, Paul Misener, said the proposal would bar the company’s delivery drones in the United States. Misener also urged the FAA to address the needs of Amazon and its customers as it carried out its formal rulemaking process.”We are committed to realizing our vision … and are prepared to deploy where we have the regulatory support we need,” Misener said in an emailed statement.Other countries have taken a more permissive stance towards delivery drones. In September, logistics firm DHL said its use of drones to drop off packages to residents of a German island was the first such authorized flight in Europe.”The United States cannot afford to lag behind other countries in technological innovation because of regulatory foot-dragging,” U.S. Senator Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, said in an emailed statement.Rules Expected to EvolveHuerta, who said the agency had tried to be “flexible” in writing the rules, said they set a framework and would evolve based on discussions with industry and technology developments.The rules continue current restrictions against filming of crowds by news organizations, but Huerta said he expected those procedures to be developed as part of discussions with news groups.Separately, President Barack Obama issued a memo outlining principles for government use of drones, covering such issues as privacy protections and oversight of federal drone use.The FAA’s draft rules appeared less onerous in some aspects than the industry had been worried about. There had been concern, for example, that they would require drone operators to attend a flight-training school and obtain a certification similar to that of a manned aircraft pilot.Commercial drone operators would need to be at least 17 years old, pass an aeronautical knowledge test and be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration. But they would not need to undergo the medical tests or flight hours required of manned aircraft pilots.”I am very pleased to see a much more reasonable approach to future regulation than many feared,” said Brendan Schulman, a lawyer who works on drone issues at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel in New York.The proposal would benefit U.S. farmers and ranchers as it would enable them to scout fields more efficiently, said R.J. Karney, director of Congressional relations at the American Farm Bureau Federation.The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), also praised the draft. The group’s president, Brian Wynne, called it a “good first step in an evolutionary process.”But privacy advocates were concerned there were not enough limits on when law enforcement agencies would be permitted to use drones for surveillance.The proposal “allows the use of data gathered by domestic drones for any ‘authorized purpose’, which is not defined, leaving the door open to inappropriate drone use by federal agencies,” said Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel at the Washington legislative office of the American Civil Liberties Union, in an emailed statement. (Additional reporting by Lucia Mutikani and Susan Cornwell in Washington and Peter Rudegeair in New York; Editing by Mark Heinrich, Nick Zieminski and Frances Kerry) This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 5 min read February 16, 2015 Enroll Now for Free
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