OAKLAND – Heat star guard Dwyane Wade will play his final game at Oracle Arena Sunday night as the Warriors try to win their fourth straight.Read all about the matchup below.When/Where: Oracle Arena, 5:30 p.m.Heat projected starting lineup: Kelly Olynyk, Josh Richardson, Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters, Justise Winslow Heat Stock Report: Despite holding the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Heat are playing well defensively, allowing just 105.6 points per game, the …
SAN DIEGO–The Giants’ release of their Opening Day roster turned out to be anticlimactic, but that wasn’t good news for Mac Williamson.The Giants announced Thursday they have designated Williamson, 28, for assignment after the power-hitting corner outfielder hit .237 in 59 spring at-bats. Williamson can still remain in the Giants’ organization if he clears waivers and is outrighted to Triple-A, but after a rough spring, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi elected to move in a …
Posted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Faatimaa Ahmadi, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Faatimaa Ahmadi, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.“Nancy, can you believe it? I can say everything I want in English. There is no need anymore to try hard finding a word to convey my intent.”I am very happy and proud of this achievement and thankful to Joyce fertility support centre group for their effort. The ability helps me speak out more easily. Now that we are forming our working group to assess community needs related to health I can interact more efficiently.In the beginning of this month my family joined me. What a sweet time it was. I never thought that I will be apart from them, especially my six year-old son, for 2 months. Joyce fertility support centre group welcomed them warmly. The Iranian ambassador, Mr. Dabiran, kindly invited us to their home for dinner and they appreciated me for working with this humanitarian group to improve the health of human beings.I see that my son has changed; I don’t know which one of us has changed more. My son or me?It is the second time that I can feel changes happening inside me. The first time was after entering Alzahra University studying educational psychology. The second time is since when I was selected as a Young Champion to now work with Joyce fertility support centre in the Mukono and Wakiso districts of Uganda.I have visited some maternity wards of these districts. To reach the Mukono district we passed through soily and bumpy feeder roads which can makes me feel nauseous. I needed to sit in the fresh air for some minutes to get rid of this feeling when I arrived! But shortly I improved. You cannot imagine the smiles on the clients’ faces sitting in front of the health centre. Immediately I sensed that most of them were from far away, reaching the centre by a motorcycle (by the nick name of Boda Boda) holding a baby. The people of the community are innocent and hospitable. When I am with them no one understands the peace that I feel in my heart.In the health centers of the two districts we visited, each had one midwife. “When I don’t come to work this maternity ward is closed,” the midwife told us while she led us through the maternity wing. I wondered to myself, “What happens to clients when she is absent?”We were shown drugs and free HIV screenings. We also saw their lack of tap water, and their shortage of electricity (they use a charcoal stove to sterilize their instruments instead).One of the big challenges in these maternity wings is that the pregnant women come for prenatal and postnatal care but they don’t show up for giving birth (they prefer traditional birth attendants). I wonder why it is that they know the importance of prenatal and postnatal care, but they don’t understand the necessity of giving birth in health centers by the help of a trained midwife? Or, do they have the knowledge and just not apply it? I cannot say anything now. I have to wait to hear from them in the coming months.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Pochettino insists Tottenham didn’t deserve defeat at Leicesterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists they didn’t deserve defeat at Leicester City.Leading 1-0 at half-time via Harry Kane, Spurs were on the wrong side of a VAR decision that would have seen them 2-0 up with 25 minutes left.Instead, Serge Aurier’s goal was ruled out for a fractional offside decision against Heung-Min Son and Leicester, who had a goal chalked off by VAR in the first half, took advantage, initially levelling through Ricardo Pereira on 69 minutes before James Maddison rifled home the winner with five minutes left.“It’s tough because I think we were the better side,” said Pochettino at the KP Stadium. “We had a bit of bad luck, the decision went against us today to make it 2-0 but in the end it was 1-1 and then 2-1 to Leicester.“We cannot complain, we have to accept the rules, sometimes they are going to be of benefit to us and sometimes they are going to go against us.“We were close to winning (if it had gone to 2-0) but that changed it completely and after that, you can concede a goal and when you concede and you are not solid, this can happen.“We conceded two goals and then it’s difficult to win games like this. We played well, we need to be happy about the performance overall, but disappointed because we cannot maintain the result. In nearly all the games we were leading and always something happened where we conceded and we need to improve, if not, it will be tough to win games.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
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Based on the graphic novel created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, DARK MATTER centres on an intergalactic crew who awaken on a derelict spaceship with no memories of who they are or how they got there. Following Season 2’s explosive finale, the scattered survivors of EOS-7 battle to regroup amidst the backdrop of corporate war. Ryo Ishida, now emperor of Zairon, makes an enemy of his former allies while the past comes back to haunt the crew of the Raza. Melissa O’Neil as Two; Anthony Lemke as Three; Alex Mallari Jr. as Four; Jodelle Ferland as Five; Roger Cross as Six; and Zoie Palmer as The Android. Created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, and developed and produced by Prodigy Pictures, DARK MATTER is executive produced by Jay Firestone, Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie.With an average of 390,000 viewers each week, Season 2 of DARK MATTER was the second-most watched series on Space behind DOCTOR WHO. 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During its timeslot, Space is the most-watched entertainment specialty station.In the Season 2 premiere, Wynonna and the gang must face a whole new level of evil when more paranormal beings enter the Ghost River Triangle. In the premiere episode “Steel Bars and Stone Walls” (Friday, June 9 at 10 p.m. ET), the consequences of Waverly’s (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) actions affect the whole team.KILLJOYS Season 3Fridays at 8 p.m. ET, beginning June 30Created by showrunner Michelle Lovretta (LOST GIRL), this intergalactic thriller continues to be Space’s most-watched original series and a critical darling. Season 3 sees the return of the heroic trio: Hannah John-Kamen as fierce and fearless leader Dutch, Aaron Ashmore as the determined and tech-savvy John Jaqobis and Luke MacFarlane as the steadfast and tactical D’avin Jaqobis. After sustaining serious personal losses, the trio of interplanetary bounty hunters must come together and prepare themselves for what lies ahead. Tension and tragedy loom over the J Star System, as they struggle to assemble an army and prepare for battle.In the season opener (Friday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET) “Boondoggie”, Dutch and D’avin, with the help of an obnoxious black market dealer, are on the hunt for a weapon that will draw out the Hullen; and Johnny receives an SOS from Clara leading him into the underground world of Hackmods.Social Media links TORONTO (May 30, 2017) – Space fans can buckle up for an action-packed thrill ride when a killer trifecta of Space’s biggest homegrown hits DARK MATTER, WYNONNA EARP and KILLJOYS jump-start Friday nights beginning June 9, on Space. Kicking things off is Season 3 of Canadian smash-hit series DARK MATTER when it returns with a special premiere event airing two back-to-back episodes at 8 and 9 p.m. ET, before returning to its regular timeslot of Fridays at 9 p.m. ET beginning June 16. Following the Season 3 debut of DARK MATTER, on June 9 at 10 p.m. ET, Space has the exclusive Canadian premiere of supernatural sensation WYNONNA EARP, starring Canadian Melanie Scrofano (DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, LETTERKENNY), as the titular demon hunter. Finally, the stars align on June 30 when Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS returns for a third season of intergalactic bounty hunting, Fridays at 8 p.m. ET. Space viewers can catch-up on new seasons of DARK MATTER, WYNONNA EARP and KILLJOYS on Space.ca, Space GO, and via On Demand partners. Season 1 and 2 of KILLJOYS are also available on CraveTV. 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A special gift for the non-profit group Chic Geek Wednesday as the province came through with a $47,000 grant.The purpose of Chic Geek is to reverse the trend of women leaving careers in technology and to encourage their efforts.Minister for the Status of Women Stephanie McLean said it’s something she wholeheartedly supports.“We do know that more women are getting their university degrees but unfortunately, the gender pay gap still exists and women are leaving their careers, we know that, part way through in numbers much higher than men are,” she said.The grant also marks this week’s celebration of Ada Lovelace Day.Lovelace is recognized as the first computer programmer.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A ticket worth part of $500,000 in Friday nights Lotto Max draw was purchased In Fort St. John. During the Lotto Max draw Friday night a ticket purchased in Fort St. John was one of two that won the top prize in the Extra draw. The other ticket was purchased in Aldergrove. There was no winning ticket for the grand prize of $15,000,000. A ticket sold in Parksville, was the only other big winner in the draw. That ticket is worth $190,982.10. As of early Saturday, there is no official word on if the prize winner in Fort St. John has claimed their prize.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó took to the streets a small contingent of heavily armed troops early Tuesday, calling for the military to rise up and oust socialist leader Nicolas Maduro. In an all-or-nothing gamble, the Trump administration’s man in Caracas, opposition leader Juan Guaidó, has opened what he’s calling the “final phase” of the effort to overthrow the elected government of Venezuela. Appearing in a video flanked by a few dozen heavily armed troops outside La Carlota air base in the capital city before sunrise on Tuesday morning, Guaidó said: “the moment is now.” Beside him stood another opposition figure, Leopoldo López, who played a role in the 2002 coup attempt against former President Hugo Chávez. Until today, López was under house arrest; now he is somehow on the loose. Also Read – A special kind of bondWith the opposition resorting to open military rebellion on the streets of Caracas, the slow-motion coup against Venezuelan democracy that has been underway for some time appears to be reaching its crescendo. Trump recognised Guaidó as “acting president” in January and began shifting control of Venezuelan state assets in the US to him. In the months since then, provocations meant to push the government of President Nicolás Maduro into heavy-handed repression have been steadily escalating. At least a thousand soldiers, national guardsmen, and other security officials who had abandoned their posts and fled to Colombia have been slowly slipping back into the country, possibly in preparation for today. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe majority of the Venezuelan people and the bulk of the armed forces remain loyal to the constitutional government of Nicolas Maduro, but the Washington-backed opposition is putting everything on the line in a make-or-break moment. If Guaidó prevails, Latin America gets its newest US-installed extreme right-wing government and the Bolivarian Revolution will be extinguished. Venezuela’s unforgivable sin has been its insistence, since the election of Chávez in 1998, to chart its own path of development independent of US control and neoliberal economics. Over the past 20 years, the socialist government has pursued programs to tackle inequality and mass poverty, devoting larger shares of the country’s wealth to education, health, and social welfare. It nationalised more of the country’s massive oil industry and devoted the resources to social programmes — a blow to US energy giants like ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips. Venezuela’s success helped set off a “pink wave” of left-led coalition victories in elections across the region. Tangible alternatives to the old status quo in Latin America were being built everywhere. A combination of efforts by local right-wing forces and US economic pressure, however, has succeeded in rolling back most of these gains. Venezuela, the biggest prize of all, is one of the last left-led governments still standing. The Venezuelan economy is in a state of severe crisis. The US sanctions and product and food shortages (often purposely engineered by Venezuelan businesses), combined with hyperinflation and government mismanagement, have weakened support for Maduro. For too long, the state remained dependent on oil revenue to fund its “social missions,” but world oil prices have fallen sharply since the early 2000s. The financial boom that sustained the Bolivarian Revolution’s programs is long passed. Over three million Venezuelans have left the country and even among its supporters, like the Communist Party of Venezuela, the Maduro government is facing criticism for its “lack of response” to the hardships being imposed on the population. Venezuelan oligarchs, the extreme right, and the US foreign policy establishment and its corporate backers have calculated that now is the time to strike. The Venezuelan government is weakened. Guaidó has united the usually fractious opposition forces. And an administration more determined to dominate and control Latin America rules in Washington. All the pieces have lined up to re-assert imperial power over wayward Venezuela. As if on cue, the leading lights of the pro-regime change crowd are publicly cheering on the overthrow of democracy in Venezuela this morning. National Security Advisor John Bolton, one of the architects of the Iraq War and advocate of attacking Iran, was quick to declare US backing for Guaidó. Trump’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said the opposition forces “cannot be defeated.” And Florida’s Sen. Marco Rubio, knowing what was at stake, tweeted to the opposition: “Do not allow this moment to slip away. It may not come again.” The Organisation for the American States, longing a channel for the dissemination of US policy in the region, is backing the coup. The right-wing governments which surround Venezuela are also joining the chorus, with Colombian President Iván Duque and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro both declaring for Guaidó. Cuba and Bolivia, meanwhile, remain steadfast behind Maduro. There is no going back from this point for Guaidó and the opposition. If their efforts fail today, as they have in the past, it is hard to imagine how Washington’s “acting president” could possibly continue as the open and public leader of the anti-Maduro forces. With the backing of the Trump administration, he has repeatedly incited military officers to treason and instigated economic sabotage. After conferring with army chiefs, Maduro says the military is behind the government and that “nerves of steel” will carry the day against the opposition. Polling also suggests that despite their unhappiness with the Maduro government, the vast majority of Venezuelans are strongly opposed to any foreign intervention into their country’s affairs. (The author is the Managing Editor, People’s World. Views expressed are strictly personal)
Literally translating into the ‘abode of clouds’, Meghalaya boasts of charming scenery and serenity. Aside misty hills, valleys, sparkling lakes and rivers, this heavenly state of India is also endowed with numerous gorgeous waterfalls. From creating sacred forests and building bridges of living roots to garnering beliefs in forest spirits and stone monoliths along with boasting of some of the cleanest villages in Asia, people of Meghalaya share a fascinating relationship with nature. Also Read – Oman – Beauty with an addressAs a child, I was always fascinated by the beauty of Shillong and Cherrapunji. The hills, clean and bountiful rivers, lakes, virgin forests (known as sacred groves here) and waterfalls, few of which could be seen even from our small home, are some of my fondest memories. My native place, Shillong, never went out of my memory even after more than three decades of living in Delhi. The reasons were obvious – its charm and unending beauty. I happily packed for a trip to Shillong when my husband offered me to accompany him on a business trip. The promise was to take him around some unexplored places of Shillong and Cherrapunji. We took an early morning flight from Delhi to Guwahati and proceeded to Shillong by car, which took us around 2.5 hrs. Also Read – CANADA: A traveller’s delightVisiting Shillong after a gap of three years, I noticed that the roads have widened to four lanes, shortening the journey by an hour with enhanced driving comfort. Our first stop was a viewpoint from where we could see Barapani or Umiam Lake, nestling among pine trees. After capturing a few shots and savouring the sweetest slices of pineapples, we proceeded further. The road from here onwards winds through picturesque pine hills, a treat to the eye. We reached our hotel around noon and after a quick lunch, we set out for sightseeing before dusk set in at around 5 pm. Our first destination was Wards Lake situated at the foot of pinewood hill. The highlights of the lake are the hundreds of fish below its iconic wooden bridge. We threw popcorn and, soon, innumerable fish came to gobble them. We then proceeded for Lady Hydari Park, a well laid-out park with vivid varieties of flowers and orchids. The weeping willow swaying lazily in the breeze adds to the serenity of the park. In the evening, we enjoyed a glimpse of traditional Meghalaya dances. There are three primary forms of dances performed in the state by three respective tribes, Khasi, Garo and Jaintia. The Khasi dancers performed a Thanksgiving Dance, Shad Suk Minsiem. While the girls wore traditional silk dhara (a yellow silk festive dress) and gold and red beads jewellery, the men were in traditional shirts, jackets and dhotis. Chad Sukra or sowing festival dance of the Jaintia tribe was also performed. The Wangle dance of the Garo tribe to the rhythm of long tribal drums induced us to sway to the beat. Next morning, after an early breakfast, we started our journey to Cherrapunji known as ‘Sohra’ by the locals. We stopped at the Shillong peak and enjoyed a panoramic view of the city below. From Shillong peak, we headed straight to Cherrapunji. On the way, we reached a dense forest where our guide Gregory Warjari informed that we were heading for a three-tier fall recently discovered by locals. The walk to the falls was tough. There are spots where one has to go down at a 900 angle. Makeshift bamboo ladders are used to tackle the steep trek. The gruelling journey was forgotten once we confronted the majestic three-tier Weisawdeng falls. Nestled in the thick of green vegetation were three pools of emerald water. We spent some time wading our feet, trying to imbibe the jungle sounds and gargling water. After the arduous trek followed by lunch, we left for the Mawsmai caves. These are wonderful lime caves with mesmerising stalactite and stalagmite formations. These caves are well-lit and it is quite adventurous to walk, crawl and slide through the caves. After this, we drove a few kilometres through rugged rocky landscape to reach the Nohkalikai Falls. The falls has a height of 1,115 ft. But as it is rain-fed, there was less water during March. The small shops lined along the viewpoint of the falls had an array of local products like cinnamon, bay leaves and berries. It was amusing to note that these small shops, like other roadside tea shops and eateries, are ‘manned’ by ladies. Being a matriarchal society, women occupy a very respectable place in Meghalaya’s social structure. As dusk set in, the clouds descended and it started drizzling. In the evening, we enjoyed music around a bonfire. The next morning, we were awoken at 5 am by bright sunlight pouring through the wide windows of our room. After a quick breakfast, we set on our way to Dawki, a three-hour journey towards the Indo-Bangladesh border. The vegetation had by now changed from pine to more tropical as we were heading towards the warmer areas of Meghalaya. We decided to go a little further from Dawki to Shnongpdeng. The water of River Umngot is so clear at this point that the bedrocks are visible as are the fish swimming through the rocks. Going by its name, once again, the bright sunny day quickly became cloudy and it began pouring. But the rain receded by the time we reached the famous Living Root bridge. It was again quite a trek to reach the root bridge. But it was worth every bit. What an amazing example of coexistence of man and nature! Ancestors of this land faced tremendous problem crossing the river during monsoons when water gushed down in great speed. The bamboo bridges they constructed were either washed away or decayed. So, they came up with this idea of living root bridge. They planted rubber trees on either side of the river and then laid a bamboo bridge across the water. To this bridge, they entwined the roots of the rubber tree. With passing time, when the bamboos decayed, the roots had already grown and replaced the bamboos and formed a bridge. These bridges are still widely used in the interiors of Meghalaya. Our final stop was Mawlyngong, the cleanest village in Asia. This hamlet located in the East Khasi Hills is referred to as ‘God’s own garden’. The entire village replicates a garden, with flowers of the most exotic varieties blossoming all around. Every nook and corner has a traditional dustbin made of bamboo hanging from a tree or a post. Positively, with more inflow of tourists to this village, the income of villagers is increasing. But, as a result, the simple humble abodes are being gradually replaced by concrete houses. Wide roads are replacing narrow lanes. With modernisation, the essence and the old charm of the village is fast disappearing. For us Delhiites, this trip was very refreshing. It was a visit to a place so different in culture, language, food and dress. Yet, we did not feel as if we are in another world. That’s the beauty of unity in diversity of India.