England’s James Anderson (R) celebrates after dismissing India’s Mohammed Shami during the third cricket test match at the Rose Bowl cricket ground, Southampton, England July 30, 2014. Picture by ReutersIndia resumed their first innings on Thursday at 323 for 8 on the fourth day of the third Test match against England and folded cheaply.Live Score With 39 runs left to avoid follow-on, India lost both their wickets, including captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on his overnight score of 50, at the score of 330.England have decided not to enforce follow-on in the second innings. At innings break, England is ahead by 39 runs.
The bold pictures posted on social media, or the explicit outfits sported while making public appearances–all of these might make one think Kim Kardashian is extremely comfortable in her skin.However, the recent controversy around her bikini pictures from her Mexico trip would make one believe otherwise.What emerged as unflattering pictures of Kim, in a pink bikini, had left her deeply upset, eventually driving her to untag herself from all such posts on social media. But the criticism that she received during the incident has left its imprint on her mind, Kim revealed in a recent episode of the show, Keeping up with Kardashians.While speaking on the talk show, Kim said that incessant public scrutiny of her body has left her extremely ”insecure”. ”It’s like literally giving me body dysmorphia,” she was quoted as saying by Daily News.So, what is body dysmorphia?Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental disorder, characterised by the obsessive idea that a certain feature of one’s body is severely flawed, making one dig exceptional measures to hide or fix it. The flaw, in this case, is only imagined and if real, then highly exaggerated.Also Read: Just an hour of exercise a week can kill depression With our growing obsession over the perfect body, it won’t be unnnatural for one to end up being a victim of body dysmorphia, especially in the case of public figures, who are under the constant pressure of looking their best. A case in point being that of our very own Bollywood actress Ileana D’Cruz.advertisementPicture courtesy: Instagram/illeana_dcruz The Badshaho star had also been a patient of BDD for 15 long years. In a video shot recently for a particular brand, Ileana revealed that the obsession with her body began when she was only 15. All she desired was to gain acceptance among all but in vain. The situation worsened when she commenced her career in acting.”I had gone from happy to being completely depressed and not knowing what it was. The most comforting thought for me was what if I end things now! And I thankfully realised that this is not right,” she had said.Here’s a sneak peek:Unapologetic. Unfiltered. Imperfect. This is me. Flaws and all. @Levis_IN pic.twitter.com/5rEttxHUCh- Ileana D’Cruz (@Ileana_Official) September 18, 2017
The Rebels got out to an impressive start, with Roy Prasad diving over for the first touchdown of the game in the second minute.The Suns levelled the game up three minutes later when Ben Absolum scored and this opened the floodgates with several touchdowns following soon after. Rebels captain Christian Frost scored off a great ball from Manu Wakely in the next set, before his opposition captain Joel Willoughby scored for the Suns to level the scores at 2-all. Prasad was over for his second soon after to regain the lead for his side and when Amy Carr scored on the wing in the 13th minute the Rebels had a two touchdown advantage. Alicia Quirk was the recipient of a great long ball in the next set to bring the deficit back to one touchdown before Wakely scored in the next set to give his side a 5-3 lead. The Suns’ Andrew Baggio dived over close to the line in the next set of six to bring his side back to a one touchdown deficit, 5-4. Two touchdowns in the final three minutes of the half, to Prasad and Matthew Wigg saw the Rebels take a three touchdown advantage into the half-time break, 7-4. Wigg picked up where he left off after the break, scoring the first touchdown of the half in the fifth minute to give his side a 8-4 lead. The teams then traded touchdowns for the next six touchdowns, starting with a touchdown to Madison Absolum, who was the recipient of a great long ball to score on the wing to take the deficit back to three touchdowns. Wigg scores his third for the game soon after, before Baggio set up Jess McCall to bring the score to 9-6. Prasad scored his fourth of the game with four minutes remaining to extend the Rebels’ lead to four touchdowns, before Willoughby score his second touchdown to bridge the gap at 10-7. Carr and Frost then scored their second touchdowns of the match in the final minutes of the half before Jeremy Locke scored for the Rebels as the siren sounded to take the win 13-7. Prasad and Carr were recognised for their impressive performances in the final, being named male and female Player of the Finals respectively. Manu Wakely was rewarded for his impressive tournament, being named male Player of the Series, with the Brisbane City Cobras’ Renee Fraser being named female Player of the Series. To view highlights of the game, please click on the link below:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf2mjsMiJD8&feature=plcp&context=C40b8ec6VDvjVQa1PpcFPrYFhxxhhUphxATV_rZ_4M2NQP7UBbfA8
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Arsenal consider Edu for director of football roleby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are looking at former player Edu as a possible director of football.They are looking to add another person who can offer football expertise to their operations, which include Raul Sanllehi as the head of football and Sven Mislintat as a head scout.Edu played 127 times for the Gunners from 2001 to 2005.He has served as a director at Corinthians, while he is a technical director for the Brazilian national team as well.It is unclear if Edu even wants the role and if others are being considered. The news comes from the Evening Standard.
Rohit Paniker New DelhiMay 5, 2019UPDATED: May 5, 2019 12:43 IST Indian junior women’s team awaits their chance for global recognition with next year’s U-17 World Cup at home. (Twitter/maymolrocky)FIFA president Gianni Infantino, in his visit to Kolkata two years ago, opined that the country is no longer ‘sleeping giants’.Arsenal and England legend Sol Campbell, witnessing the 2017 U-17 World Cup final at the Salt Lake stadium, said, Indian football has a bright future.The comments, otherwise music to ears, have a sense of ambiguity as they gloss over some serious facts.Just to jog the reader’s memory, India failed to win a single match out of their three group games held at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here, scored just one goal, courtesy Jeakson Singh Thounaojam, and were sent packing within six days of the competition.To put things into perspective, this national team’s performance was on the back of several foreign exposure tours, junior international tournaments and, not to forget, India had four years of preparation time.Now consider this: India has won the bid to host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup next year. The country has no proper structure for women’s football, just one annual league across all age groups and only 11 states organise senior women’s tournament. The federation has selected 35 of the best players scouted at the Junior National Championship held in Kolhapur last month, a tournament which several players missed owing to school exams.In less than 18 months, players among these selected 35 will represent the country for the second time at a FIFA event but the stakes are higher this time around.Women’s football in India exists as oddly as the country’s presence at the international stage. The national team is ranked 63rd in the world, compared to men’s team lying 102nd, but that hardly gives an exact picture.advertisementOptimism is the word spread around the nation as the junior team starts preparation in Goa for the showpiece event in 2020. Just like their rankings, hopes remain high for the girls to outperform the boys from 2017.”The World Cup brings a lot of attention to the country. We will have many youngsters around and a lot of preparations will start from now. This will be the base for my senior team in 2-3 years time. They are a talented bunch and will have a good competition with the seniors,” senior women’s Maymol Rocky tells Mail Today.”As a coach, if you get time with the team you can do a lot of things, we def worked on their strength and fitness. The most important thing is, you make them understand that they should believe in themselves first,” she adds.The current lot of girls training in Goa is a bit different from the boys, who were preparing at the Tilak Maidan, couple of years ago.One of them, Drishti Pant, carries a badge of being the first and only player from Gujarat to be part of a World Cup probable squad.The 15-year-old was the star of the show when the state team reached the semi-finals of the Junior Nationals last month. And for her to be in the camp, considering Gujarat’s sad status at the national stage, speaks volumes of her talent.”I remember the time when I used to pick her up at 8.30 am from state camp because she had to appear for her exams. It seemed crazy that she was in training minutes before her exam but that’s the kind of dedication we had for her football career. It seemed like a dream when she told me she has been selected for the national camp. A World Cup is a huge thing and for her to be even in the probable squad is an achievement,” tells Hemant Pant, father of Drishti.It’s too early to predict the end product of what’s churning at the training ground in Goa. While the previous World Cup gave India improved stadiums and training facilities, hopes are the next one will improve the performance.Also Read | India set to host FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020Also Read | Revamped FIFA Club World Cup important for Asia, says Gianni InfantinoGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow FIFA U-17 World CupFollow FootballFollow FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020 Girls gun for gloryIndian junior women’s team awaits their chance for global recognition with next year’s U-17 World Cup at home.advertisement
TORONTO — Strong earnings results from Shopify (TSX:SHOP) and Air Canada (TSX:AC) helped offset dragging energy shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index Tuesday.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 58.23 points to 15,202.10, with information technology and industrials sectors among the leading advancers.Energy stocks, which retreated more than 0.7 per cent, were the biggest decliners.“We’re seeing a lot of activity, particularly in the tech sector,” said Cavan Yie, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management. “But the biggest driver in that sector is Shopify’s quarter.”Second-quarter results from the Ottawa-based e-commerce company topped expectations, and its stock closed up $15.72, or 13.68 per cent, to $130.61.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Air Canada shares jumped $1.91, or 9.63 per cent, to $21.74 after it reported record second-quarter earnings.The airline posted a $300 million profit for the period ending June 30, up from $186 million a year ago, as traffic increased and costs dropped.“They put up a very strong earnings number that was above expectations and they also provided a more positive outlook for their business,” said Yie.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average advanced 72.80 points to 21,963.92, its fifth-straight day of record highs. The S&P 500 index edged up 6.05 points to 2,476.35 and the Nasdaq composite index added 14.82 points to 6,362.94.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.91 cents US, down 0.19 of a cent.In commodities, the September crude contract was down $1.01 to US$49.16 per barrel while September natural gas was up three cents at US$2.82 per mmBTU.December gold gained $6.00 to US$1,279.40 an ounce and the September copper gave back one cent at US$2.88 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
African government ministers in charge of their countries’ economies, meeting under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), have called on rich countries in the World Trade Organization (WTO) to remove their high tariffs on developing country exports, their distorting export subsidies and other obstacles to fair trade by July.”Africa’s share in world merchandise exports fell from 6.3 per cent in 1980 to 2.5 per cent in 2000. Africa has hardly benefited from the boom in manufactured exports, with Africa’s share in world manufactured exports remaining unchanged at 0.8 per cent in two decades,” the Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development said Saturday in the final statement of their annual conference, held this year in Kampala, Uganda.Africa’s efforts at diversifying its economies by including manufactured exports have been blocked by rich country tariff escalation and tariff peaks on manufactures from developing countries, with some peaks as high as 900 per cent, they said. “We strongly recommend that our development partners should take action to correct this,” the statement said.The Ministers praised the United States legislation known as the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for opening a window for African goods to be sold in that country. In this regard, they agreed to write to the US Congress to express their concern over delays in extending AGOA provisions from 2008 to 2015.According to the World Bank, the May 2000 AGOA could have increased Africa’s non-oil exports by 8 to 11 per cent. Medium-term gains could have been greater if AGOA had not imposed certain conditions, including the stringent rule-of-origin stipulating that exporters source certain inputs from either within Africa or in the United States, it said.In addition, Africa’s apparel exports would drop by over 30 per cent with the dismantling of the Multi-Fibre Arrangement (MFA) at the beginning of 2005, giving African exports to the United States competition from many other apparel manufacturers, the World Bank said. If AGOA had provided unrestricted access, the negative impact of the MFA’s end could have been nearly fully offset.In multilateral negotiations, the question of cotton is critical, the ministers said. “This sector is a key contributor to GDP and export earnings, and to employment, in many African countries. Policies in developed countries that have led to overproduction and glutting of world markets have driven down world prices, thus playing havoc with African economies.”The ministers also saw problems in their domestic trade policies and pledged to find new, predictable sources of trade financing and ways of maintaining fiscal stability while advancing trade liberalization in their countries. Intra-African trade accounted for only 10.5 per cent of total exports and 10.1 per cent of imports, they noted.
Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas (73) blocks the San Diego Chargers’ Joey Bosa during the second quarter on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Ohio State 2016 NFL Draft class will likely go down in history as one of the best there ever was. Its highest draft pick earned a major achievement on Saturday.Former OSU and current San Diego Charger defensive end Joey Bosa was named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year. Bosa played just 12 games and had the most sacks (10.5) for a rookie since Aldon Smith (14) in 2011. Along with his 10.5 sacks, Bosa had 41 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 15 quarterback hits.The game-altering defensive end gained notoriety in his first game wearing No. 99 for the Chargers. He was just the fifth rookie in NFL history to have two sacks in his first NFL game. After a rather lengthy contract holdout, Bosa injured his hamstring which kept him out until Week 4. Even with that, he had arguably the most dominant defensive rookie in a decade.Bosa was the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.The fourth-overall pick, former Buckeye and current Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott finished behind teammate quarterback Dak Prescott for the league’s offensive rookie of the year. Elliott led the NFL in rushing in his rookie season with 1,631 yards and had 15 touchdowns.
This is it for the Ohio State seniors. On Saturday, they’ll walk into Ohio Stadium gladiators – warriors at the top of their form – ready for perhaps their biggest battle against their most hated enemy. But when they walk out, their careers will be over. There will be no lingering in the sunset of a career, no choice to return for one more season, no resurrection from retirement. They will exit stage right – most of them never to play a meaningful down again – and take their place in history. This senior class has already had most of their history written for them, though. It’s filled with the trials of a turbulent program, a deep-cutting scandal that rocked the team and its supporters to the core and a revolving door of three head coaches in four years. Ten or 20 years from now, those looking back at this period will remember the program’s troubles more than its triumphs. Saturday is an opportunity for the troubled group though. It’s an opportunity for them to control part of their legacy and carve out their own place in the OSU history books instead of having it defined for them. Only nine Buckeye football teams have gone undefeated in the program’s history. Michigan – and only Michigan – stands in the way of this team becoming the 10th. It’s remarkable when you think about it. In 2011 the then-juniors contributed to a team that went 6-7 and lost to Michigan for the first time since 2003. When a postseason ban robbed the group of a bright-lights bowl game in their final year, it would have been easy to throw in the towel. Yet again, factors beyond their control were dictating their future and their place in OSU history. A new coach, who undoubtedly had his gaze transfixed on the future more than the present, had no reason to hold any loyalty for them. The bowl ban meant that the most important aspect of 2012 season quickly became how it would set up the 2013 team. The 2012 team – and its seniors – would be lost in the transition. But somehow, this team became something. It’s on the brink of something great. Sure, the Big Ten is weak this year and sure the out-of-conference schedule was even weaker, but as Kansas State and Oregon proved last Saturday, going undefeated is no picnic, regardless of the opponent. This Buckeye team isn’t dominating. It doesn’t overpower many opponents and the defense (though it has improved lately) is one of the weakest in recent memory. But they keep winning. Often ugly. Often barely. But winning nonetheless. A win Saturday completes the job. It makes the team that everyone was ready to forget memorable. It will spark an endless wonder of “What could have been if they were eligible?” The stakes are high. Lose Saturday and most of it goes down the drain. For the first time in a long time, it all really does comes down to Michigan and that’s what makes this Saturday’s game special. It’s been a long time since there was so much on the line for a Michigan game. The Rich Rodriquez era at Michigan was not kind to the rivalry and neither was a 6-6 Buckeye team last year. Even in years where both teams came into The Game highly ranked, there was always bowl positioning and conference championships at stake. During the years of the legendary Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler, there was still the Rose Bowl. For the Buckeyes this year, there’s none of it. Only Michigan. “This is what it all comes down to – playing Michigan,” said little-known senior wide receiver Taylor Rice, whose career will surely end after this game. “Winning or losing. This is what determines the outcome of our season … It’s been a great season but this is what really counts. This is what our season comes down to. This is our Super Bowl.” The Game carries the prize of remembrance and the spoil of irrelevance – especially for the seniors. “We’re forever indebted to (the seniors) because they didn’t have to do what they did,” said coach Urban Meyer. That’s true. Their leadership helped put a broken program back together and leave it in a position to compete at the highest level of college football for years to come. But The Game Saturday is a chance to leave something for themselves – a history that’s worth remembering.
The pre-order bonuses and special edition goodies have been announced for the forthcoming Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and unless you intend to buy from GameStop you are going to miss out on some gameplay.There will be both a standard edition and special edition of the game called the “Augmented Edition” costing $70 on console and $60 on PC. The standard edition is $60 on console and $50 on PC.In the Augnmented Edition you get the following extras:40-page artbookBonus DVD: Making of, special trailers, animated storyboard of CGI trailer, and soundtrackPremium packagingMotion graphic novelIn addition, certain retailers are getting some exclusive extras if you pre-order and buy from them. GameStop is the big winner in this with the following content:An entirely new mission with special cameo appearance of original Deus Ex character Linebacker G-87 multiple shot grenade launcherM-28 Utility Remote-Detonated Explosive Device (UR-DED)Automatic Unlocking DeviceOther unannounced participating retailers get:Huntsman Silverback Double-Barrel ShotgunLongsword Whisperhead Extreme Range Sniper RifleExtra CreditsDeus Ex: Human Revolution still has a release date of “early 2011”, but GameStop has it listed as March 8.Read more at ShacknewsMatthew’s OpinionWhile I have no problem with certain retailers getting an exclusive weapon, outfit, or some physical object in the box, publisher Square Enix/Eidos has crossed a line by allowing GameStop to offer an exclusive extra mission. So that’s gameplay you will miss out on if you don’t buy through a specific retailer.That should not be allowed as it means us as gamers either have to buy from GameStop, or choose to play the game with content missing. That’s exactly what GameStop wants the choice to be as a business, of course. But like everyone else, I don’t like being forced to make a choice like that.Eidos Montreal has taken the time to create an extra mission, but only a subset of gamers will have the opportunity to play it. That just seems plain wrong to me. Maybe we will see the additional mission offered online at a later date, but in my opinion it should not happen in the first place.
Task 150 local artists with one simple but open-ended assignment — to decorate an 8-inch-square panel — and you can count on a dazzling display of diversity and talent.All 150 artworks are up now on the walls of the Columbia Room at the Vancouver Community Library, but they won’t be there for long. Everything goes on sale today for $30 apiece at 5 p.m. sharp, when December’s downtown First Friday Art Walk begins, and branch manager Jackie Spurlock expects there to be something of a run on the art then, as the library’s art sale also begins.The sale is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Vancouver Community Library organization — the same volunteer group that maintains the perpetual book sale in the library entranceway. The money from this sale will be dedicated entirely to more community art displays at the library, according to organizer Charles Forshew.In fact this whole project is about community, Spurlock said. The Friends organization bought the lumber. Panels were cut by Friends of the Carpenter, the local homeless day center and woodworking shop, and then the library and its Friends started distributing them at First Friday Art Walk events. A couple of local schools asked if their art classes could have some panels in bulk. Many members of the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society took up the project as a group. So did some families that Spurlock knows, with family members doing their own panel.The panels grew so popular and sought-after, Spurlock said, it was funny to remember that they were in fact still blank.“It has been a very gratifying process,” she said. “Some very well-known artists in Vancouver took some panels and did some amazing things with them. Also, some people who have never done art before and they’re looking at this as a way to start.”
The U.S. Department of Justice is asking Deutsche Bank to pay $14 billion to settle an investigation into its selling of mortgage-backed securities, Germany’s flagship lender said on Friday.The claim against Deutsche, which is likely to be negotiated in several months of talks, far outstrips the bank’s and investors’ expectations for such costs.While it is yet to become clear what the final payment will be, if it were to be as high as $14 billion, this would be a severe strain for Deutsche’s fragile finances and would likely further rock investor confidence in the bank.The bank’s US-listed shares fell 8 percent in after-hours trading.”Deutsche Bank has no intent to settle these potential civil claims anywhere near the number cited. The negotiations are only just beginning. The bank expects that they will lead to an outcome similar to those of peer banks which have settled at materially lower amounts”, Deutsche Bank said in a statement on Friday.The Department of Justice declined to comment.The Wall Street Journal earlier reported the department’s demands.The Department of Justice has taken a tough stance in settlement negotiations with other banks, requesting sums higher than the eventual fine.In 2014, it asked Citigroup to pay $12 billion to resolve an investigation into the sale of shoddy mortgage-backed securities, sources said. The fine eventually came in at $7 billion.In a similar case, rival Goldman Sachs agreed in April to pay $5.06 billion to settle claims that it misled mortgage bond investors during the financial crisis.That settlement included a $2.39 billion civil penalty, $1.8 billion in other relief, including funds for homeowners whose mortgages exceed the value of their property, and an $875 million payment to resolve claims by cooperative and home loan banks among others.Deutsche Bank’s settlement will comprise a different list of recipients, a source close to the matter said, adding that the lender had already settled some claims three years ago.In late 2013, Deutsche Bank agreed to pay $1.9 billion to settle claims that it defrauded U.S. government-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, America’s biggest providers of housing finance, into buying $14.2 billion in mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis.A $14 billion fine, or even half that sum, would still rank among one of the largest paid by banks to U.S. authorities in recent years. In 2013, JPMorgan Chase & Co agreed to pay $13 billion to settle allegations by the U.S. authorities that it overstated the quality of mortgages it was selling to investors in the run-up to the 2008-2009 financial crisis. In 2014, Bank of America Corp. agreed to pay $16.7 billion in penalties to settle similar charges.Deutsche Bank has not said what it has set aside in anticipation of a settlement over the sale and packaging of resident mortgage-backed securities before 2008. Its overall legal provisions stood at 5.5 billion euros at the end of the second quarter.Deutsche was once one of Europe’s most successful players on Wall Street. Like many of its peers, it has since faced a slew of lawsuits that often trace back to the boom years before the crash. Its litigation bill since 2012 has already hit more than 12 billion euros.Claims filed by individuals, companies and regulators against Deutsche, outlined in the bank’s 2015 annual report, relate to mis-selling of subprime loans and manipulation of foreign exchange rates or gold and silver prices. Other lawsuits are for the rigging of borrowing benchmarks Libor and Euribor, used to set the price of mortgages and derivatives.In July, Chief Executive John Cryan said he hoped to close the four largest remaining litigation cases this year.These are the mortgages and FX cases, an investigation into suspicious equities trades in Russia and allegations of money laundering.
Share AP Photo/Timothy D. EasleySenate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, talks with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., before his speech at the McConnell Center’s Distinguished Speaker Series Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Louisville, Ky.The Senate’s two top leaders put on a show of comradery Monday as their chamber launched its immigration debate, but also laid down markers underscoring how hard it will be to reach a deal that can move through Congress.“We really do get along, despite what you read in the press,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., at a previously scheduled appearance alongside his counterpart, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., at the University of Louisville.There was even ribbing when Schumer presented McConnell with a bottle of bourbon made in his home New York City borough of Brooklyn. McConnell, whose state knows a thing or two about bourbon, proclaimed, “There’s no such thing as Brooklyn bourbon.”But just days after the two leaders brokered a bipartisan $400 billion budget agreement and helped shepherd it into law, both men made clear that an immigration agreement will be tough.“The time for political posturing is behind us,” McConnell said later Monday on the Senate floor. He said while Democrats have called for “swift action” on immigration, “Now’s the time to back up the talk with the hard work of finding a solution.”That, he pointedly said, would mean passage by the Senate and the House of a measure “which the president will sign.”McConnell expressed his support for a wide-ranging proposal by President Donald Trump that the Senate is expected to vote on this week. It would pave a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million young “Dreamer” immigrants in the U.S. illegally, a lure for Democrats that many Republicans oppose.Trump also wants $25 billion for Trump’s border wall with Mexico and other security measures, as well as curbs on legal immigration — a must for many Republicans. Many Democrats consider some of the proposals, including limiting the relatives that legal immigrants can bring to the U.S., to be non-starters.In his own remarks on the Senate floor, Schumer expressed opposition to such a sweeping approach.“The only enemy here is overreach,” Schumer said. “Now is not the time nor the place to reform the entire legal immigration system. Rather, this is the time for a narrow bill” — which Democrats have said would help the Dreamers and provide some money for border security.The comments came as the Senate voted 97-1 — Ted Cruz, R-Texas, provided the sole “no” vote — to plunge into an open-ended immigration debate that’s been promised by McConnell. Both parties’ leaders hope debate can be concluded this week, but it’s unclear if that will happen or what the product, if any, will be.“This is going to be done or not done this week,” No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas told reporters.Lawmakers’ focus will be the Dreamers, hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who have lived in the U.S. illegally since being brought here as children.They had been given temporary protection from deportation by President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Trump has said he’ll end that program March 5, though a federal court has temporarily blocked him from scuttling it.Trump’s overall immigration plan, opposed by many Democrats, stands little chance of prevailing because any measure will need 60 votes. That means proposals will need substantial bipartisan support since the GOP majority is 51-49, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been absent in recent weeks battling cancer.Highlighting the partisan gap, there was plenty of finger-pointing Monday.Trump put the onus on Democrats, saying, “I hope the Democrats are not going to use it just as a campaign” issue.No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin of Illinois said the key impediment to a bipartisan deal was Trump’s history of switching positions on the issue.“Nailing the president down has been next to impossible,” he said.
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /00:48 X Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaState Rep. Jon Rosenthal (D) addressing Harris County Commissioners Court, in opposition to the plan to reallocate METRO mobility fundsEast Houston and Harris County will be getting several million more dollars to spend on roads and other transportation infrastructure this year. But that will come at a big cost to west Harris County.County commissioners voted 3-to-2 to reallocate METRO mobility funds evenly, with 25% now going to each of the county’s four precincts.The debate was bitter, with several public speakers taking the majority Democrats to task.“When you can rob each other’s coffers because you can, because you can count to three, split on a partisan vote, you set a very dangerous precedent. It’s a precedent that sets up for retaliatory voting, because someday you’re going to find yourself not being able to count to three, and you’re not going to like it,” said Bobby Lieb, president and CEO of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce.More money will now go to Democrat-led Precincts 1 and 2, with their heavily traveled roads. It’ll come at the expense of GOP-led Precincts 3 and 4, which are growing much faster.Here are some of the other significant developments that came out of Harris County Commissioners Court Tuesday:Commissioners voted unanimously to speed up flood control projects approved by voters during last year’s bond election. The vote will accelerate by 18 months the work on 86 out of the 105 neighborhood projects. Previously, the work wasn’t expected to be done until the end of 2024. Now, much of the work will be done before the start of the 2024 hurricane season, and in some cases before the start of the 2023 season.The Court also approved stricter rules for developers, in order to offset the risk of flooding. It’s an interim measure until new federal floodplain maps are issued in about two years’ time. Current floodplain maps use rainfall data that’s nearly 50 years old. “The idea is, using the latest and most accurate rainfall projections, we’re analyzing how much a new development would increase flooding and asking the developers to detain that much water so that the net effect is zero,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a plan to move their courtroom to the first floor of the county Administration Building. The court currently meets on the 9th floor. Heavy attendance since the beginning of the year has repeatedly tested safety limits allowed by the fire marshal. The relocation is expected to cost roughly $2 million.
Renu Modi, Director, Gallery Espace, presents a solo show of terracotta sculptures and drawings by Delhi-based artiste Manjunath Kamath at Gallery Espace, Community Centre, New Friends Colony in the Capital from January 16 till February 28. Manjunath Kamath creates Modern Narratives out of Classical, Traditional Sculptures in his new body of work titled Postponed Poems. Postponed Poems is the aggregate of Kamath’s distinctive imagery rich with the narratives of everyday life, interwoven with mythologies and intimate stories. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kamath’s collecting hobby of over 30 years forms the basis for understanding of his new body of sculptural work. The old and aged classical and folk sculptures holding the trace and weight of time becomes the subject for his work. The artiste is fascinated with the amazing forms of the past such as traditional temple sculptures, broken parts of old havelis, ritual masks and icons of god and goddesses. The artiste pours out his heart and soul and captures such antiques in terracotta sculptures. His works signify beyond the mere meaning of realistic representation, to becoming a kind of shamanistic process that honors aged things and elaborately traces the various lives and sensibilities inherent in the objects. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAt the same time, Kamath imparts his signature flavor of witticism in his interpretation of the secular, mythological and the historical. Hence, his terracotta sculptures in this show are inspired by classical aesthetics but turned into a modern metaphor replete with humor and satire.Says the 42-year-old artiste: “I have a great fascination for traditional classical sculpture and paintings from my childhood, and I still remember that I spent hours looking at those sculptures in temple chariots and on walls. The temples and churches are like art museums for me, and that was how I was introduced to art. I have spent hours with local craftsmen watching them make idols of Gods and Goddesses. Eventually, I even started collecting classical sculptures and paintings like ritual masks, wooden and metal sculptures, parts of temple chariots, old terracotta sculptures. It was natural then that I would want to bring the aesthetics of this classical style into my works but interpret them on my own terms. It is like reconnecting to our roots.”Kamath has been conceptualizing the show for the last 5 years, and the attempt to use classical influence in contemporary art was a challenge. Kamath is also showing paper works which include 30 small drawings, 9 small Indian miniature-styled paper works and 15 gold leaf portraits drawing reference from the Buddhist Thangka paintings.When: January 16 to February 28 Where: Gallery Espace, Community Centre, New Friends Colony