Project announced ahead of 2017 by-election yet to take off in Odisha

first_imgTwo years after Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced one of the most ambitious irrigation projects in the State, the government has not made any expenditure for its execution.Just before the Bijepur by-election in 2017, the government had announced the State’s first underground irrigation project — Gangadhar Meher Lift Canal System.In response to an RTI query, the government said that the tendering process for the project is yet to be completed.“The administrative sanction for the project, which entails an investment of ₹1,340.55 crore, has been approved by the government. In 2018-19 and 2019-20 budget provision of ₹200 crore and ₹100 crore has been made,” the government said.As per the plan, water will be drawn from Hirakud Dam through Bargarh Main Canal. Over 70 villages to benefitThe water will travel 17.64 km through the pipeline up to Barihapali Secondary Reservoir. From Barihapali reservoir, the water will be delivered to farmers in the designed ayacut area, including 74 villages in Bijepur block. There will be a mix of underground gravity and pressure pipe distribution network with outlets every 4.5 hectare patch of land.It is estimated that an area of about 25,600 hectares would be irrigated in the three blocks. Though the project was to be implemented over five years, no expenditure has been made. “The announcement was meant to deceive voters ahead of the Bijepur polls in 2017 when the BJD and the BJP were locked in a bitter contest. Had the government been serious about the project, it would have been fast-tracked,” alleged Pradip Pradhan, RTI activist.last_img read more

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FIFA bans 3 soccer officials for life for taking bribes

first_imgLATEST STORIES Though the life bans were announced during the trial in Brooklyn of three other FIFA-connected officials from South America, the ethics panel investigations were separate and did not use new evidence being aired daily in court.FIFA said its ethics judges imposed “appropriate fines in relation to the amounts of the bribes that they have admitted having taken.”Esquivel was fined 1 million Swiss francs ($1 million), Lai was fined 870,000 Swiss francs ($870,000), and Rocha was fined 500,000 Swiss francs ($500,000). It is unclear if FIFA can enforce fines on people who have left the sport.Lai, who is an American citizen, previously agreed to pay “more than $1.1 million in forfeiture and penalties,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in April.In court, Lai pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy charges related to taking about $1 million in bribes, including at least $850,000 from Kuwaiti officials.ADVERTISEMENT Durant unfazed by Thunder return Esquivel agreed to forfeit $16 million a year ago when he pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy. His offenses were linked to the awarding of contracts for media and marketing rights to South American soccer competitions.However, Esquivel’s name was cited Monday in Brooklyn during testimony in the ongoing trial of former soccer executives from Brazil, Paraguay and Peru, who deny corruption charges.One witness who formerly worked for a marketing agency in Argentina said he kept a ledger of payments to officials, including a $750,000 payment to Esquivel for “Q2022.”Prosecutors did not specify if the payment was linked to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.FIFA has repeatedly declined to comment on allegations and evidence detailed in the current federal court case.Rocha was a FIFA staffer working for its development department when he was arrested in 2015. He agreed to forfeit nearly $300,000 after admitting to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy charges last December.All three banned officials are awaiting sentencing in Brooklyn. 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Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax PLAY LIST 01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “His guilty plea related, amongst others, to schemes in which he received bribes in exchange for his support in relation to the FIFA presidential elections and to gain control and influence within the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) and FIFA,” the soccer body said of Lai in a statement.Sheikh Ahmad referred his own case to the ethics committees of FIFA and the International Olympic Committee in April after Lai’s guilty plea was revealed. The Kuwaiti royal also withdrew from an election to retain his seat representing Asia on the FIFA Council.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe sheikh has denied wrongdoing and continues to work on Olympic duty, including chairing an IOC panel with a $500 million budget to distribute grants, and leading the global group of national Olympic committees known as ANOC.Two more former soccer federation presidents, Rafael Esquivel of Venezuela and Julio Rocha of Nicaragua, were also banned for life Tuesday. They were arrested in Zurich in May 2015 in early morning raids on luxury hotels and later extradited to the United States. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ FILE – In this Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 file photo, Kuwait’s Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, president of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) speaks at the European Olympic Committees General Assembly in Minsk, Belarus. Three soccer officials who pleaded guilty in American courts to accepting bribes were banned for life by the FIFA ethics committee on Tuesday Nov. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)GENEVA — Three soccer officials who pleaded guilty in American courts to accepting bribes were banned for life by the FIFA ethics committee on Tuesday.They include former FIFA audit committee member Richard Lai of Guam, who testified in federal court that the source of his bribe money was Olympic powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah of Kuwait.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Don’t want to pressurise Bhajji with ‘all-rounder’ tag: Dhoni

first_imgIndia spinner Harbhajan Singh might have struck back-to-back hundred in the last two Tests against New Zealand but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday said he doesn’t want to put pressure on the spinner by calling him an all-rounder.”Bhajji is still a specialist bowler, who can bat. I don’t want to give him a tag of an all-rounder and put pressure on him,” said Dhoni at the post-match presentation after the second Test ended in a draw here at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium.”But his batting surely gives us a cushion of having five bowlers in the team. It is good sign for our batting department,” he added.Harbhajan Singh, who saved the first Test at Ahmedabad against New Zealand by scoring a crucial hundred in the second innings, besides a half-century in the first essay, continued his fabulous run with the bat in the second Test as well.During the Hyderabad Test here, Harbhajan came up with a fine 111 not out in the first innings to give India a healthy lead against the Black Caps.India had a great chance of winning this Test as New Zealand started the final day only 115 runs ahead with six wickets in hand but the hosts failed to take early wickets and conceded the advantage.Dhoni admitted that the Indian bowlers failed to create pressure on the kiwi batting line-up but said Zaheer’s loss also left them with fewer bowling option.”It was important to get early wickets and create panic in the opposition camp. We did manage to do that also but then we lost Zaheer (Khan), who got injured and it became difficult to play with three bowlers. I would say, bowlers did a good job,” he said.advertisementOn a perfect batting strip, India could not take their chances even as Brendon McCullum’s career-best 225 helped Kiwis set up an improbable 327-run target for India in the final session after the visitors declared at 448-8.”There was bit of a grass on the first day and by the fifth day it grew and made batting easier,” said Dhoni.However, Man-of-the Match McCullum was happy with his batting irrespective of the track.”I had a good start and I would like to try and build on it. So far, I am throughly enjoying my the opening slot in Tests,” said McCullum.McCullum was promoted as opener for the first time in his Test career in this series, and he lived up to the expectations by countering both the pace and spin attacks with ease during his maiden double-ton.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Arsenal v Bournemouth: match preview

first_img (s 79′) (s 63′) (s 63′) 11 Torreira AFC Bournemouth 10 Arsenal Off target 8 AFC Bournemouth 2 Arsenal On target 2 AFC Bournemouth 29 Billing 3 Cook Arsenal 6 Surman 1 Leno 21 Chambers (s 79′) 35 Martinelli Arsenal are on a seven-game unbeaten run, including a 4-0 win at home in the Europa League, and now face Bournemouth, who they beat 5-1 at home in February. What could go wrong for Unai Emery? The Arsenal manager knows full well his side are rarely more vulnerable than when they are expected to win, and Eddie Howe’s side are also in decent form. They were 2-0 up at Watford and had to hang on for a 2-2 draw, while at home against Aston Villa they ended up a goal and a man down – but fought back to win. And whither Mesut Özil? Only Emery knows. Conrad LeachSunday 2pmVenue Emirates StadiumLast season Arsenal 5 Bournemouth 1Referee Martin AtkinsonThis season G6 Y22 R0 3.66 cards/gameOdds H 4-9 A 6-1 D 4-1ARSENALSubs from Martínez, Macey, Bellerín, Holding, Mustafi, Tierney, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Martinelli, Özil, Nelson, TorreiraDoubtful NoneInjured Lacazette (ankle, 27 Oct)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y19 R1Form WLDDWDLeading scorer Aubameyang 7BOURNEMOUTHSubs from Boruc, Travers, Mepham, Ibe, Fraser, Butcher, Surman, Simpson, Kelly, L Cook, Dobre, Francis, DanjumaDoubtful Mepham (calf), Fraser (illness)Injured Brooks (ankle, Oct), Gosling (hip, Oct), Daniels (knee), Smith (hamstring), Stanislas (hamstring, all unknown)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y14 R0Form WLLWWDLeading scorer C Wilson 5 (s 75′) Corners 5 Ake 31 Kolasinac Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Goal attempts Share on LinkedIn 77 Saka 21 Rico 17 Stacey 3 Tierney 14 Danjuma Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook 16 Holding 1 Boruc 9 Solanke 8 Lerma Reuse this content 23 Luiz 47 53 19 Pepe 28 Willock 12 Ramsdale 8 Ceballos 15 Maitland-Niles 22 Wilson Share on Twitter BOU47ARS53% 7 King Substitutes 13 Wilson Substitutes 5 Papastathopoulos Possession Match previews Arsenal BOU ARS 14 Aubameyang 2 Francis Topics Match stats news 29 Guendouzi 26 Kelly Premier League Share via Email Bournemouth 16 Cook 12 6 26 Martinez Lineups 34 Xhaka Fouls (s 83′) 14 5 24 Fraserlast_img read more

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Janhvi Kapoor in sports bra and shorts keeps her gym look simple and pretty. See pics

first_imgOther Galleries 9 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Disha Patani is comfortable yet sexy in spaghetti crop top and track pants at Mumbai airport 12 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Kiara Advani to Urvashi Rautela: Best and worst-dressed at award night 9 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Kriti Sanon pairs smart denim jacket with neon green dress for Housefull 4 promotions. See pics 10 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Sara Ali Khan is elegance personified in white dress at airport. See picsOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Caption: Take a close look at Janhvi’s gym bag – yellow with black spots. We love!Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Caption: We are simply floored by Janhvi’s gym look as she wore a pink sports bra and paired it with purple shorts.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Caption: No make-up, of course, for Janhvi at the gym while she tied her hair in a half-bun.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Caption: Janhvi Kapoor was spotted at her gym in Mumbai on May 31.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: Such a cute smile, Janhvi Kapoor.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Tags: Janhvi KapoorGymSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticleShort description: Janhvi Kapoor was spotted at her gym this morning and we are simply floored by her look. She wore a pink sports bra and paired it with purple shorts.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5cf0d1344f99d1559286068_1539230_editCommentContent Publish date: Friday, May 31, 2019 – 12:30Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Janhvi Kapoor in sports bra and shorts keeps her gym look simple and pretty. See picsApp headline: Janhvi Kapoor in sports bra and shorts keeps her gym look simple and pretty. See picslast_img read more

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Desire Red Carpet Cruise Adds New Port of Call and Announces Price Drops of Up To 25%

first_imgThe exclusive adults-only, clothing-optional and all-inclusive concept is visiting the French Riviera and Livorno, Italy from May 19 – 26, 2020. Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, April 25, 2019 — Desire Red Carpet Cruise has recently added Livorno, Italy to its luxurious itinerary and announced 25% off rates in four stateroom & suite categories. Departing from Nice, France on May 2020, Desire Resort’s erotic, couples-only concept will come to life for 21+ travelers aboard a luxury liner and will port in Cannes during the esteemed Cannes film festival, an enticing added bonus for on-board film fanatics. The cruise will also visit several breathtaking historical ports along the coast of the French Riviera, culminating in Barcelona. Stateroom rates begin at $2,400 per person, based on double occupancy, and include the premium beverage package. With the addition of a call in Livorno, passengers will be able to tour Italy’s beautiful Tuscany. Available shore excursions include visits to Pisa, Florence, Siena and the famous villages of Cinque Terre. Livorno is also very close to some of Italy’s most renowned wine and olive oil regions, with multiple tasting tours available. During the voyage, couples will enjoy spicy daytime events and workshops and exciting themed nighttime entertainment as well as the clothing-optional pool and private Jacuzzi Lounge, where passengers can get in touch with their romantic and sensual side. The erotic playroom on board will also allow passengers to mix with like-minded, socially sophisticated, experienced couples in a safe and open atmosphere to live out their fantasies. The Desire Red Carpet Cruise will take place on an 11-deck vessel with a capacity for up to 690 guests. Among the ship’s amenities are a pool, Jacuzzi Lounge, two specialty restaurants, four distinctive dining options, and a combination of seven first-class stateroom and suite options to choose from. The ship is also equipped with two onboard shops, a spa, salon, fitness center, and a world-class casino. The addition of the Livorno port of call to its already lively itinerary will provide couples a sensational Desire Experience. For more information, visit https://www.desire-experience.com/cruises/red-carpet-cruise-may-2020.  ABOUT DESIRE   The Desire experience includes the all-inclusive resorts Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort and Desire Riviera Maya Resort, along with Desire Cruises, each designed for couples only, offering guests a unique, clothing-optional atmosphere, with a sense of freedom outside of conventional environments.These unique experiences include the latest in adult entertainment, provocative theme nights, couples’ workshops, indoor/outdoor playrooms, gourmet dining, brand name beverage service, first-class accommodations, all of which stay true to our erotic, clothing-optional, couples-only atmosphere. For more information, visit www.desire-experience.com.last_img read more

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No restriction on cars bikes during Puja days at Balurghat

first_imgBALURGHAT: Bringing a sigh of relief for those thinking about enjoying the Durga Puja festivities on their cars or motorcycles, police and local administration have taken a unanimous decision that there will be no restriction on two and four-wheelers during the four days of Durga Puja in Balurghat.A high-level meeting was conducted at the conference hall of Balurghat municipality’s Subarnatat on Sunday evening regarding the matter. The meeting was presided over by Deputy Superintendent of Police (Balurghat Headquarter) Dhiman Mitra. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaInspector-in-Charge of Balurghat police station Jayanta Dutta and Officer-in-Charge (Traffic) Arindam Paul Choudhury along with the representatives of different puja organisers in and around Balurghat town also attended the meeting. After the meeting, Mitra said: “It is our target to ensure glitch-free Durga Puja but it does not mean that we will enforce any restriction on four-wheelers and motorbikes. We have conducted a meeting regarding the matter and taken unanimous decision that there would be no restriction on two and four-wheelers plying in and around Balurghat town during the four days of Durga Puja.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to him, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has earlier said that there will be no separate arrangement for VIPs during Puja days as well. “We have also taken decision that there will be no special arrangement for high-profile political leaders, government officials and celebrities during Puja days. There will be no issuance of any VIP pass either. Each person is equal and it was also reflected through the recent speech of our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,” Mitra said. He added that there will be tight security arrangement for ensuring hassle-free Durga Puja in the area. “We have stressed on the best possible security arrangement for the people of Balurghat, so that thousands of pandal-hoppers do not face any trouble while ushering in the festive spirit. Apart from this, we are using drone camera for the first time for security reasons. Six such cameras will be used for keeping close watch and immediate intervention,” he said. According to a police source, adequate number of police pickets has also been put in place near Durga Puja pandals across the town, apart from the police assistance booths that have been set up in case anyone wants to enquire about routes or seek any other help. “We will also deploy adequate lady police officers and constables to provide security to women. They will help find missing persons or children in the maddening crowd. We have also installed CCTV cameras. The footage will be monitored round-the-clock by police officials from the control room,” Mitra said.last_img read more

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7yearold survives on water for five days in bathroom

first_imgHyderabad: A seven-year-old girl survived for five days on water after falling into the bathroom of her neighbour’s house while playing, police said. The startling incident took place in Makhtal town in Narayanpet district of Telangana, about 160 km from Hyderabad. The house owner was shocked to see the girl lying in his bathroom after he returned home on Thursday from a tour. With no food for five days and surviving only on the water available in the bathroom, the girl had turned very weak and was in a state of shock. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The police investigation revealed that Kuravakacheri Akhila, a class II student, accidentally fell onto the bathroom of a house while playing on the terrace of an adjacent building on April 20. As the roof had an opening fitted with plastic net, she fell through into the bathroom but sustained no injuries as a rope with clothes on it took the impact. The bathroom was bolted from outside and as the inmate was away, her cries for help went unanswered. Police said there was nobody in the adjacent house who could hear her cries. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Her parents Suresh and Mahadevamma lodged a missing complaint the next day after their search yielded no result. According to sub-inspector of police B. Ashok Kumar, the parents suspected she went missing from a local fair. The police had formed a team and alerted police in adjacent districts and Hyderabad but found no clue. It was on Wednesday that, the owner of the house returned from Hyderabad, where his family lives. Venkatesh, a teacher, said he was shocked to see the girl lying in bathroom. He alerted the neighbours, who identified her as the daughter of tenants behind their house. Akhila, who was not even able to speak, was rushed to a local hospital, where she was administered saline. Though schools have summer holidays, Venkatesh had returned to attend a marriage in the town.last_img read more

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Iraqi painters work showcased by UN refugee agency

Over 250 people attended the opening of the “Transitions” exhibit earlier this week at the offices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Syrian capital, Damascus, and the selling of some paintings generated much-needed income for the artists.The art “reflects the talent and resourcefulness of the Iraqi population” as well as the “important insights that artists have on the situation of refugees and Iraq,” Philippe Leclerc, the agency’s Acting Representative in Syria, said at the exhibit’s opening.Most of the 22 artists whose works are displayed live in Damascus, unable to return to their home country for safety reasons, while one has never left Iraq, but has not been able to exhibit his art for several years due to the security situation in Baghdad.Calling themselves the “Babylon Artists,” the painters, who include four women, tell the stories of Iraqi refugees in Syria and the wider region.One of the artists, Waleed Hassan, was persecuted for his work by a group objecting to his representation of the human form in his art, and was exiled for seven months with his family.The colours and landscapes in his work remind him of a more peaceful Iraq, he said, adding that in his paintings, “we try to capture the memories.”The exhibition, which ends on 16 April, is part of a joint UNHCR-European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) effort to give refugees in Syria the opportunity to express themselves. 26 March 2009The United Nations refugee agency is giving nearly two dozen Iraqi painters, most of whom are refugees, an opportunity to show their work and tell their stories to a wide audience. read more

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency expands yogurt recall to Yoplait and Liberte

OTTAWA — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has added the Yoplait Minigo and Liberte brands of yogurt to a recall over concerns that pieces of plastic may be in the product.The national recall of General Mills Canada Corp. products include some batches of Yoplait Minigo strawberry and raspberry yogurt in 90-gram containers, as well as Liberte Greek yogurt in raspberry and coconut flavours in the 120-gram size.The recall follows a similar one by Ultima Foods in June over concerns about the potential of plastic pieces in seven Iogo yogurt products.The Iogo recall included six 93-millilitre Iogo Nano packs of strawberry, raspberry, vanilla and banana drinkable yogurt and one-litre Iogo smoothie protein packs with mango, strawberry-raspberry and strawberry flavours. read more

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Deputy UN chief outlines world bodys 2013 priorities to US supporters

“Your Members Day has brought you here to the halls of diplomacy and international negotiations. But you, too, are ambassadors in your own right,” Mr. Eliasson told nearly 600 UNA-USA members and guests gathered at UN Headquarters in New York. “You are special envoys of the United Nations, representing us in your communities, helping to advance our values and objectives,” he added, a nod to this year’s theme for Members’ Day: ‘The US at the UN: Opportunities for Renewal.’Focusing on specific aspect of his work, Mr. Eliasson named Syria and Mali as the two issues occupying most of his time in the area of peace and security.“Syrians are divided, the region is divided, and very seriously, the Security Council is divided. And inside Syria, the fighting continues,” he said, adding that the Joint Special Representative of the UN and the Arab League, Lakhdar Brahimi, was working very hard to get the parties to agree to a negotiated transition.Meanwhile, the humanitarian situation in Syria worsens. Almost four million people are at risk with more than 700,000 having fled to neighbouring countries. “There is also a risk that the hostilities could take on more serious ethnic and sectarian dimensions, with revenge and reprisal killings,” Mr. Eliasson cautioned.The international community pledged $1.5 billion to assist the humanitarian crisis in the country at a conference last week in Kuwait. “This will ease some of the suffering. But what is really needed is an end to the violence and a political solution,” noted the UN official.On Mali, Mr. Eliasson, who visited the capital city of Bamako last year, said the French-led intervention at the request of the Government of Mali has improved the living situation but it is still fragile and uncertain. He warned that the crisis could develop through a dangerous combination of poverty, drought, weak institutions, terrorism and organized crime. During the visit, Mr. Eliasson met with women’s organizations and got a “very depressing picture of the appalling human rights violations” in the northern part of the country, including sexual violence, and the desecration of cultural and religious sites. A report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released last month details rights violations occurring since January 2012, when fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels broke out in the country’s north, later resulting in radical Islamists seizing control of the area. The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has since opened an investigation.Violence again women is one of the human rights issues on which the UN plans to continue focusing attention, along with broader work to promote mutual respect, tolerance and understanding in a time of polarization and ethnic and religious tensions around the world, Mr. Eliasson said. In terms of development, UN is focusing on accelerating work towards achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline, he stated.While praising the MDGs for proving to be a successful framework for international development, and for rallying governments, civil society and the private sector around a common agenda, Mr. Eliasson noted that progress on the Goals has been uneven among and within countries and inequalities have increased. “More than 3,000 children under the age of five die every day from diarrhoea, dysentery, dehydration and cholera. I have seen them die in front of my own eyes – in Sudan, Somalia and other places,” Mr. Eliasson said, highlighting the target which has seen the least progress: sanitation.There are 783 million people who do not have access to clean or relatively safe water and 2.5 billion people – roughly 37 per cent of the world population – lack access to toilets. “Our objective must be to eradicate extreme poverty in our lifetime, promote equitable economic opportunity for all and protect the environment. For this to happen, we must be reminded of the role of respect for human rights and the rule of law,” Mr. Eliasson said. The UN provides “very active rule of law assistance and efforts,” he stated, noting work being done to develop a functioning criminal justice chain, on land and property rights, and on promoting birth registration and reducing statelessness.Last September, the General Assembly held its first-ever high-level meeting on the rule of law with the participation of all 193 Member States. Mr. Eliasson also praised the special role UNA-USA plays “for the American public to understand and support UN efforts.” The Members’ Day coincided with the centennial of the birth of Rosa Parks, an African-American activist called “the mother of the freedom movement” in the US for refusing to sit in the back of a segregated bus. read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball playing with a chip on their shoulders

Sophomore offensive lineman Taylor Decker (68) gets set to block a defender during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe No. 24 Ohio State women’s volleyball team is looking to put a halt to a five-match losing streak, but will have to take down another top-15 opponent to do it.The Buckeyes, in the midst of a 2-7 start to Big Ten play, are scheduled to face No. 13 Nebraska at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena.Coming off a three-set loss to No. 2 Penn State, freshman setter Maggie Heim said in an email that she and her teammates will have to keep their heads up in order to end their losing streak.“Keeping a very positive demeanor both on and off the court is huge,” she said. “Our energy and passion for the game will play a big role in a quick bounce back.”Heim said the 3-0 loss at Penn State “revealed many things that we need to work on.” She also said she has “no doubt” the Buckeyes will be able to get back in the mix by the end of their conference schedule.OSU started the season 12-0 in non-conference play before dropping then-No. 10 Michigan at home in its first Big Ten match, but have since slid down not only the conference rankings, but the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Poll.A win against Nebraska is likely the only thing that could keep the Buckeyes, once ranked as high as No. 12, from falling out of the poll completely.While it would help the team’s standings, junior setter Taylor Sherwin, who has recently been splitting time with Heim, said in an email it would “feel awesome” and spark the team for the rest of the season if they could get a win against Nebraska.Junior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner said in an email a victory over Nebraska at home would feel even better than beating the Cornhuskers 3-1 on their home court last season.In the short term, the Buckeyes recognize that they have to improve their offensive efficiency. The team hit minus .030 in the loss to Penn State, and Winner said they know how to get it done.“Keep working as a team on our tempos and holding blockers on the other side of the net to get open looks,” she said.Heim said the Buckeyes have to take a new mindset heading into the Nebraska match.“Playing with a chip on our shoulder like we have nothing to lose will also help,” she said.While the Penn State match marked the end of three games on the road, OSU will only be back in Columbus for a single match. The Buckeyes head back out on the road for matches against Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., Nov. 1. read more

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Britains largest online pharmacy found advertising on Russian state propaganda channel

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Britain’s biggest online pharmacy advertised on Russia’s Kremlin-sponsored television station, which was accused of spreading propaganda over the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal.Pharmacy2U, an NHS-backed service which provides patients with repeat prescriptions, is among a cluster of British firms found to have placed paid adverts on RT, previously known as Russia Today.Russia’s state-funded television network is being investigated by Ofcom over alleged breaches in impartiality rules following its coverage of the poisonings of Mr Skripal, and his daughter Yulia, in Salisbury earlier this year.In September, RT aired an interview with two men suspected of perpetrating the Novichok nerve agent attack in which they claimed they were innocent and travelled to the Wiltshire city to visit Salisbury Cathedral.A Conservative MP said parliamentary colleagues were left “horrified” when he informed them British businesses were advertising on the station he described as “Putin’s mouthpiece”.Richard Benyon, MP for Newbury, said: “I flicked on the channel and was staggered to see the NHS’s logo on my screen.”He said: “British doctors and nurses put their lives at risk trying to treat the toxic Novichok nerve agent. I don’t think they would be pleased to see the NHS affiliated with RT.“It (the logo) appeared more than three times an hour along with many other British companies.”I think British shareholders and consumers should be aware that companies they invest in or use are paying to advertise through an organisation that acts as Putin’s mouthpiece.“When I informed the House of Commons my colleagues were horrified.”Pharmacy2U has since suspended the adverts after the firm was contacted by NHS England.The company insists a minimal amount was spent on the promotion. The company, along with other businesses found advertising on RT, said it was unaware the advert had been placed as it uses a computerised system to automatically bid on cheap advertisement slots.A Pharmacy2U spokesperson said: “Our adverts are aimed at people who we think might benefit from using Pharmacy2U, based on matching the demographic profile of our typical customer.”As a result, they appear on multiple channels that reach these audiences in the UK.“As soon as we knew about the ad we removed it immediately.”Anna Belkina, Deputy Editor-in-Chief/Head of Communications at RT said: ”If a pharmacy serving the NHS makes a decision to restrict RT viewers from information and access to services based on undue political pressure, we should all question how that serves the interests of those in need in the British public.”Other UK companies found to have recently advertised on RT include the British Heart Foundation, loan provider Lendable, bedding retailer Dormeo, insurance company Staysure, and Crocodile, a business selling garage doors.The British Heart Foundation and loan provider Lendable said they had no future plans to advertise on RT.Nick Georgiadis, of the British Heart Foundation, said: “We are aware that as part of a package of advertising bought through an external supplier representing multiple media outlets, a very small proportion of our advertising aired on RT but we don’t currently plan to advertise on RT in the future”.A Lendable spokesperson said: ”We buy ads programmatically and in large volumes through ad exchange platforms and sales houses, so we don’t always know in advance where our ads will end up.“That said, we will exclude Russia Today from all future marketing activity because we do not want to associate ourselves with the site.”The Telegraph approached the other companies for comment.Ofcom has previously upheld complaints lodged against RT for broadcasting misinformation. In 2015, the watchdog ruled that elements of an RT programme claiming the BBC had faked a chemical weapons attack in Syria were ”materially misleading”.According to an Ofcom report from April 2018 RT draws an average audience of 3,400 viewers in Britain at any given point during the day.Bill Browder, a prominent critic of Vladimir Putin’s regime, said: “RT is Putin’s main information war weapon against the West.”Any Western company who gives RT money through advertising is effectively subsidising Putin’s effort to subvert democracy and spread his criminal tentacles abroad. Those doing so should certainly be named and shamed, if not forbidden outright.”Previously RT has voiced its disagreement with Ofcom’s decision to investigate its news channel, describing itself as a “sacrificial political pawn” following accusations of broadcasting misinformation about the Skripal poisoning.   read more

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Putins main rival given suspended sentence now he cant run against the

first_img Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3230028 44 Comments Alexei Navalny Source: Ivan SekretarevRUSSIAN OPPOSITION LEADER Alexei Navalny was today found guilty of embezzlement and given a five-year suspended sentence that threatens to end his bid to challenge President Vladimir Putin in a presidential poll next year.A judge in the provincial city of Kirov found the Kremlin critic and anti-corruption campaigner guilty at a trial that he insists was aimed at knocking him out of the election expected in March 2018.Navalny, 40, announced in December that he would run for president, with Putin widely expected to compete and win a fourth term despite not confirming his candidacy yet.Russian law bans people serving such a sentence from standing for office but Navalny — who shot to prominence at the head of mass protests against Putin in 2011-2012 — pledged to appeal the verdict and insisted he would keep on campaigning.“According to the constitution I have a full right to take part in the elections and I will do that,” Navalny said after the verdict.“I will continue to represent the interests of people who want to see Russia a normal, honest and non-corrupt country.”‘Gang of thieves’Navalny condemned the verdict as a “telegram from the Kremlin”.“Putin and his gang of thieves fear meeting us in elections,” he wrote on Twitter. “And they are right: we will win.”The court was holding a retrial after Navalny and his co-defendant, businessman Pyotr Ofitserov were convicted of alleged embezzlement in 2013. Source: Alexander ZemlianichenkoThey allegedly defrauded the Kirov regional budget of 16 million rubles ($270,000, 253,000 euros) in a timber deal when Navalny was working as an advisor to the governor.The European Court of Human Rights last year quashed the 2013 ruling, saying the men did not have a fair trial.But Russia’s supreme court then ordered that Navalny and Ofitserov face a retrial.The judge on Wednesday gave Navalny and Ofitserov exactly the same sentences as before and used almost identical wording in a ruling he read out over more than three hours.Navalny’s suspended sentence will run out in about 18 months as he already served most of the five years sentence prior to the retrial, his lawyer Olga Mikhailova told journalists.‘Big risk’ for PutinThe German foreign ministry voiced “concern” at the guilty verdict and insisted that Navalny “must continue to have the opportunity to participate in political life in Russia”.While Navalny insists he has enough legal avenues to overturn any ban on him running, the conviction should in theory now disqualify him from standing for president.If that happens it would eliminate the most prominent and eloquent representative of the marginalised opposition to Putin.The Kremlin has denied it is behind the case against Navalny, and Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov rejected claims that Navalny’s possible exclusion would make the 2018 poll less legitimate.But political analyst Alexander Morozov said that letting Navalny stand would be too much of a “big risk” as Putin must eventually start casting an eye towards finding a potential successor.“Now the Kremlin only responds with police measures. Political dialogue is recognised as impossible,” Morozov wrote in a comment on the RBK news site.In a legal confusion that Navalny hopes to exploit, the Russian constitution says anyone who is not in prison can stand for election.Lawyer Vadim Kudryavtsev, who was not representing Navalny, told Kommersant FM radio that Navalny will be unable to stand if he loses his appeal, however.If Navalny then takes his case back to the ECHR he is likely to win and get the verdict annulled again, the lawyer added.After rising to fame with his fiery rhetoric at mass protests in Moscow Navalny finished runner-up to a Kremlin candidate in Moscow’s 2013 mayoral race with 27 percent of the vote, an unprecedented amount for such a fierce Putin critic.Navalny was allowed to compete in that race as he was appealing his first 2013 conviction.He later spent months under house arrest over another fraud case that saw his brother Oleg jailed in December 2014 for three and a half years as a co-defendant.The end of Navalny’s latest trial comes as another member of Russia’s marginalised opposition, Vladimir Kara-Murza, is in a coma with organ failure after suffering an “acute poisoning” last week, his wife said.So far there has been no confirmation of foul play over the incident, which comes two years after an earlier suspected poisoning nearly killed Kara-Murza.© – AFP, 2017Read: Scotland now split on independence; May says no need for second referendumRead: Three Irish people die in ‘tragic’ UK house fire Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 10:39 PM Putin’s main rival given suspended sentence – now he can’t run against the president in the 2018 election Alexei Navalny was today convicted of embezzlement and given a five-year suspended sentence. 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Blair calls Independent Group a fightback against populismenthralled Labour

first_img Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha 12,875 Views Image: PA Wire/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4513235 50 Comments Tuesday 26 Feb 2019, 8:42 AM Feb 26th 2019, 8:42 AM I know that still a very great number of people in the UK, and on the continent, as well as in Ireland, wish for a reversal of this decision… At the moment, the pro-Brexit stance of the UK Prime Minister, and the Leader of the Opposition, rules out this question. Share117 Tweet Email FORMER BRITISH PRIME Minister Tony Blair has said that resignations from Labour to form the Independent Group was a “fightback” against a populist surge.Speaking at the Niskanen Center Conference in Washington DC yesterday, Blair gave a speech to the think-tank event under the theme ‘Beyond Left and Right: Reviving Moderation in an Era of Crisis and Extremism’.During this speech, Blair said that “the Conservative Party membership is now morphing into something nationalistic and ideologically anti-Europe” – but also took aim at his own party, saying that “the Labour Party’s membership is in thrall to a populism of the left”. The running sore of the past two years has been the row over anti-Semitism with Jewish Labour MPs coming under sustained attack, a truly mind-boggling circumstance for a supposedly progressive political party to find itself in.He said that “both manifestations of populism exult in savage denunciation of those who disagree, especially within their own ranks”. Blair calls Independent Group a ‘fightback’ against ‘populism-enthralled’ Labour The former Labour leader said that Brexit had plunged Britain into “the throes of an unparalleled political crisis”. But the point is, the fight is not lost. The fightback is underway within the two main parties and outside of them, where last week several MPs defected to form a new political grouping.Last week, nine Labour MPs including rising stars Luciana Berger, Chuka Umunna left the party; seven of them formed a new House of Commons grouping, called The Independent Group.Two days later three Tory MPs – Heidi Allen, Sarah Wollaston and Anna Soubry – also joined the grouping.In a Times/YouGov poll, weighted by likelihood to vote, 38% said they would vote for the Tory party, 26% said that they would vote for Labour, and The Independent Group has already gathered 14%.Labour’s People’s VoteLast night, the Labour party said that it was preparing to back an amendment for a second referendum on Brexit as part of efforts to avoid an no-deal scenario.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been confused on whether to back a second Brexit vote; he previously said that he would, if it’s what his party wanted. In the same speech where Donald Tusk said there was “a special place in hell” for those that promoted Brexit without a plan on how to implement it, Tusk also made this comment: Today, there is no political force and no effective leadership for remain. I say this without satisfaction, but you can’t argue with the facts.Yesterday, Blair said that Brexit had plunged Britain into “the throes of an unparalleled political crisis”, and the result had led to a “bitter divide” around national identity.Blair said that the June 2016 referendum “provided the opportunity to protest”, adding that “populists who had long campaigned for their cause of leaving Europe combined their cause with those grievances”. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Cancer de la prostate un virus comme nouveau traitement

first_imgCancer de la prostate : un virus comme nouveau traitement ?Canada – L’injection dans l’organisme d’un réovirus ciblerait et éliminerait les cellules cancéreuses. Ce virus stimulerait également le système immunitaire. Radio-Canada nous apprend qu’une avancée scientifique canadienne du Dr Don Morris et de son équipe du Centre Tom Baker de Calgary pourrait être à l’origine d’un traitement efficace du cancer de la prostate grâce à un simple virus. Dans un organisme sain, le réovirus est neutralisé afin d’éviter sa multiplication. Mais lorsqu’il se trouve dans des cellules cancéreuses, il se multiplie et provoque la destruction des cellules malsaines.Six patients atteints du cancer de la prostate ont déjà reçu les injections de ce virus et les résultats semblent probants. Contrairement aux thérapies lourdes comme la chimiothérapie et les radiations, le réovirus ne provoque pas d’effets secondaires. Il ne déclenche tout au plus que de légères infections respiratoires et une diarrhée dans les cas les plus extrêmes.Ce virus que l’on peut trouver dans notre environnement habituel pourrait bien faire avancer à grands pas la recherche sur le cancer. Son efficacité est en effet déjà testée sur les cancers du pancréas, du sein ou encore de l’ovaire mais elle ne l’avait encore jamais été sur celui de la prostate.Le 12 mars 2010 à 15:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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HBO Max Is Your Next Streaming TV Service

first_imgStay on target Watch: Bill Gates Reveals His Worst Fear in Netflix Docuseries TrailerPlex Enters The Streaming Service Wars With Cable-Style Bundle Here’s a TV conspiracy theory for you. Apparently one of the reasons why the final season of Game of Thrones ended being such an abbreviated disappointing mess was due to ongoing shake-ups at HBO’s parent company WarnerMedia as they prepare their own streaming service. Resources needed to shift from the expensive show to build something capable of taking on Netflix and Disney+. This is also why the cool but niche DC Universe streaming app seems like it’s on its way out.We don’t know if those rumors are true. But what is true is that WarnerMedia is launching a streaming TV service. And now we know the first details of HBO Max.As the name implies, HBO Max takes the content of the premium TV channel we all know and love and supersizes it with shows from across the WarnerMedia entertainment empire. So not just Game of Thrones and Big Little Lies but also programming from Warner Bros., New Line, DC Entertainment, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, and Looney Tunes. It’s a lot.Greg Berlanti and Reese Witherspoon are both producing original films for the service, but HBO Max’s nostalgia trump card is the entire back catalog classic sitcoms The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Friends. Netflix infamously paid $100 million to keep Friends on the service in 2019. But that deal is up once HBO Max launches in spring 2020. It’s The Office all over again.For more on streaming check out the best media streaming devices and learn more about the huge ongoing streaming service wars on our sister site PCMag.com.View as: One Page Slides1/201. So many streaming TV services to choose from. Where do you start?2. Netflix is still arguably the biggest name in streaming TV.3. Although it no longer has a free option, Hulu is a great streaming TV service that is worth paying for.4. From buying to renting to subscribing to individual channels, Amazon offers a bevy of streaming TV options.5. YouTube Red subscribers can watch original shows from streaming stars, but YouTube TV lets you watch actual live TV.6. Hook up a Slingbox and watch the cable and live TV you’re already paying for anywhere.7. You have to buy channels in bulk and still deal with commercials, but with DirecTV Now you get the real live TV experience delivered through streaming.8. Crunchyroll is the best anime streaming service if you’re all about subtitles.9. If dubs are more your thing, Funimation Now is the anime streaming service for you.10. If you want to stream shows and documentaries that actually teach you something, go with CuriosityStream.11. AMC Premiere just focuses on current AMC shows, but for Walking Dead super fans that might be enough.12. With Boomerang, tons of retro cartoons, from Looney Tunes to Scooby-Doo, can all come back to you13. FuboTV may be the escape from cable that sports fans are looking for. It’s pricey, but being able to easily stream live sports and more from dozens of channels with only one subscription might very well be worth it.14. Brown Sugar has all of the classic Blaxploitation movies you could want and then some. It’s niche, but it’s one of the most impressive niche libraries we’ve seen. 15. For the true cinephile, FilmStruck has a large collection of classic films from all eras and countries, including movies from the Criterion Collection.16. CollegeHumor’s Dropout provides premium streaming online laughs.17. DC Universe offers live-action adaptations of less familiar superheroes, like Doom Patrol.18. Along with presenting streaming services like Netflix and Sling through one box, Dish AirTV also lets you watch local over-the-air channels with an additional installation.19. Get a streaming media device to enjoy these services on your TV. Our favorite is the Amazon Fire Stick.20.last_img read more

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Robson Rashford needs to improve his finishing skills

first_imgManchester United forward Marcus Rashford needs to improve his finishing skills and increase his goal tally irrespective of his position on the pitch, according to Club legend Bryan Robson.Rashford, who turned 21 on Wednesday, has managed to muster one goal in seven Premier League appearances and failed to deliver in the game against Everton.Robson was pleased with the improvement in Rashford’s strength and stamina but said the England international had to improve other aspects of his game, according to Reuters.Marcus Rashford, Jose Mourinho, Manchester UnitedRashford aims a dig at Mourinho in Solskjaer comparison Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Marcus Rashford believes Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be “a bit more understanding” than his predecessor Jose Mourinho.“The only thing I’d like to see is his finishing being that little bit better, where we get Marcus up to 20 or 30 goals in a season, whether he’s playing out wide or through the middle,” Robson, who spent 13 years at United, told the club website.“He’s adapted well because he has been playing wide as a player for quite some time now. But it educates you as a player and Marcus is going the right way to be a top-class player for Manchester United over the years ahead,” the 61-year-old added.last_img read more

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SoccerCity opens campaign headquarters in Kearny Mesa

first_img Steve Bosh September 4, 2018 Posted: September 4, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018, SoccerCity, Stadium Site FacebookTwitter Updated: 11:40 AMcenter_img Steve Bosh, 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 SettingsMISSION VALLEY (KUSI) – SoccerCity has opened its new campaign headquarters in Kearny Mesa.It will run a multi-million dollar campaign in competition with SDSU West for control of the Mission Valley stadium site.SoccerCity’s campaign will include reaching out to City of San Diego voters via text, email, knocking on doors in all neighborhoods, radio, and TV advertising. They will use all means available to educate voters about what is at stake.This November, voters will make the final choice to choose the SoccerCity, SDSU West, or neither initiative.KUSI’s Steve Bosh has the details. SoccerCity opens campaign headquarters in Kearny Mesalast_img read more

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Veterans memorial dedicated in Ridgefield

first_imgVeterans show their pride at Vancouver ceremonyRIDGEFIELD — In a show of community pride, an estimated 250 people stood in continuous rain for the Veterans Day dedication of the Ridgefield Veterans Memorial.The five-column memorial contains the names of Ridgefield-area troops who gave their lives in combat, from the Spanish-American War to this day.“They gave all of their tomorrows so we can have ours,” said Bob Ford, adjutant of Ridgefield Post 44 of the American Legion.Even the World War II dog Tubby of Ridgefield has his name engraved on a column. He died serving in Guam in World War II. Each 10.5-foot column is topped with a flag representing each branch of the service.Ford called more than two dozen people up front to be recognized for their effort to bring the memorial to the Ridgefield Fire Department station on North Third Avenue. The idea was proposed three years ago to replace the former veterans memorial.“This was a community of Ridgefield project,” Ford said.Post Commander Bruce Crockett, a Vietnam veteran, was the leader of the project. Volunteers and donated materials meant the $40,000 project cost about $8,700. Bricks are available to anyone for purchase and will be placed behind the memorial. Price is $100.He noted four columns contain the names of the war dead. One column is reserved for a three-part motto:To be born free is an accident.To live free is a privilege.To die free is our responsibility.Mayor Ron Onslow thanked veterans, including many who wore their colors at the service.“They never stop serving,” Onslow said, noting that veterans are civic-minded.last_img read more

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