Rio Ferdinand singled out Chelsea midfielder Jorginho for savage criticism after the Blues went down to Arsenal’s in Saturday’s Champions League six-pointer. Maurizio Sarri’s men could have extended their lead over the Gunners to nine points with victory at the Emirates Stadium. Instead, the current occupants of the all-important fourth Champions League spot saw their advantage cut to three as they went down 2-0 in a disappointing performance . Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring early on, before Laurent Koscielny hit the second with a deflected finish towards the end of half-time. Chelsea’s attacking deficiencies, meanwhile, were again exposed as they mustered a solitary shot on target at Bernd Leno over the 90 minutes. Blues fans will be hoping the imminent arrival of Gonzalo Higuain bolsters the side on that front – but Ferdinand believes their woes start further down the pitch. “Jorginho is someone who sets the tempo of the game. You get the ball to him through the middle third of the pitch, he’s very good,” he fired to BT Sport. “How many assists has he got this season? Around 2000 passes, no assists.❌ No assists❌ Can’t run❌ Not a great defender @rioferdy5 doesn’t hold back when talking about Chelsea’s Jorginho… pic.twitter.com/VSNwMgAIAa — Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) 19 de enero de 2019 “He’s not a great defender. Once again, in a game like this against a big team, he gets overrun in midfield.“He can’t run.“So, he doesn’t give you anything defensively, and he doesn’t give you anything at the other end of the pitch.”Chelsea will have the chance to bounce back in two successive cup ties, as their Carabao Cup semi-final second leg at home to Tottenham (where they will try to overturn a one-goal deficit) is followed by an FA Cup date against Sheffield Wednesday. The Blues are back in action in the Premier League on January 30 away to Bournemouth, where with both Arsenal and Manchester United both breathing down their neck only win will be sufficient to keep their Champions League hopes on track. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Chandigarh: A few villages in Punjab’s border district Ferozepur are facing a flood threat after a major portion of an embankment in the catchment area of the Sutlej river was washed away following the pakistan’s release of water into the Indian territory.Officials on Sunday said the Ferozepur district administration is on high alert, while precautionary deployment of the NDRF and the Army teams has been made in view of the flood threat which looms large in some villages. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Pakistan has released water in huge quantity which caused damage to the embankment in Tendiwala village, and there is danger of floods in some villages,” a spokesperson of the Punjab government said. “Being on guard, the district administration has announced evacuation in most sensitive villages along the Sutlej river as a precautionary step besides deploying various teams of the health department, food and civil supplies department and others,” he said Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh asked the Water Resources Department to work out a joint action plan with the Army to strengthen the embankment at the village on the Indo-Pak border. Presiding over a high-level meeting to review the flood situation in Ferozepur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Rupnagar districts, he directed the principal secretary Water Resources to ensure strengthening of Tendiwala embankment on war footing to avert the flooding of nearby villages, an official statement said. The chief minister, it said, also directed the Ferozepur deputy commissioner to keep NDRF teams on standby to meet any exigency arising out of the floods. The spokesperson said people need not panic as the administration is geared up for the task with relief work at vulnerable points being undertaken at a fast pace. Irrigation and drainage departments are already engaged to repair the damaged embankment in Tendiwala village, he said. Sand filled gunny bags have been stacked in huge quantity and work is on to strengthen the embankment, he added. “In the wake of the damage to the embankment due to heavy discharge of water from the Pakistan side, the strengthening work of Tendiwala embankment is being undertaken on war footing,” the spokesperson said. Ferozepur Deputy Commissioner Chander Gaind and district police chief Vivek Sheel Soni took stock of the situation, he said. A few days back, as many as 17 villages of Ferozepur district were flooded after Pakistan opened headworks gates in its area on the Sutlej river. Several villages of Ferozepur remain already inundated because of the recent rains and breaches in embankments of the river.
EDMONTON – Alberta Environment says two black bear cubs being rehabilitated will be returned to the wild by mid-October despite concerns that it is too early.The Cochrane Ecological Institute, a non-profit wildlife facility, took in two cubs after the province lifted a ban in the spring that had been in place since 2010.The new policy allows wildlife staff to work with private facilities on the rehabilitation of cubs that are less than a year old. It recommends cubs be released back into the wild by Oct. 15.Clio Smeeton, director of the facility, said they have asked the province to delay the cubs release until they are older.“If you release bear cubs in a place they’ve never been at the age … of nine months, that’s at the time of greatest predation, that’s at the time at greatest risk, that’s in the middle of the hunting season,” said Smeeton, who has been involved with rehabilitating wildlife for 50 years.“I think the policy is absolute and complete rubbish.”A petition, which now has more than 45,000 names, was launched last month to support Smeeton’s concerns and asks the province to delay the release of the cubs named Charlie and Maskwa.Smeeton and the petition say most rehabilitated bear cubs in other facilities aren’t released until they are at least 11 months or older.Paul Frame, a carnivore specialist with Alberta Environment, said their decision hasn’t changed based on the concerns.“The plan is still to release the bears in October,” he said. “They are healthy bears.”Frame said the province’s protocol was developed by reviewing scientific literature, talking to bear rehabilitation facilities in other provinces and getting advice from experts.“Our primary concern in the past was habituation and rehabilitated bears coming into conflict,” he said. “The protocol we developed is meant to reduce the probability of that happening while still giving the bears … a chance to survive.”Frame pointed to a 2015 study by John Beecham, a biologist and renowned bear rehabilitation expert in Idaho.In an interview, Beecham said there are two key factors that determine a bear’s success in the wild.“Bears had to be a certain size to avoid predation,” he said, adding the facility should ensure the cubs put on as much weight as possible before they are released.Secondly, Beecham said it’s important for wildlife managers that the bears don’t get involved in conflicts.“The shorter the time that bears were in captivity in the rehab facility, the greater the likelihood was that they would not get involved in conflicts,” he said.Beecham has recommended a fall release to both the Alberta government and the Manitoba government, which is in the midst of developing its bear rehabilitation policy.“The data shows they usually enter the dens within a week or 10 days of when you turn them lose,” said Beecham.The province said the details for the release are still being worked out, but said the cubs will be returned to the same general area where they were found.“We’re assembling a team of biologists and wildlife veterinarians,” said Frame.“We will capture the bears. We will anestheticize them. We will sample them for disease testing, assess their physical condition and we will give them a tag and a GPS radio collar, allow them to recover and transport them to release sites, then kick them lose.“We’ll try to put them as far away from humans as we can.”
Federal regulators propose stricter measure of strength for 8 big US banks AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2013 11:24 am MDT WASHINGTON – Federal regulators took a step Tuesday toward making eight of the largest U.S. banks meet a stricter measure of health to reduce the threat they pose to the financial system.The Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency proposed that those banks increase their ratio of equity to loans and other assets from 3 per cent to 5 per cent. In addition, the banks’ deposit-holding subsidiaries would have to increase that ratio to 6 per cent.If adopted, the rule would take effect in 2018. It would apply to U.S. banks considered so big and interconnected that each could threaten the global financial system: Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, Bank of New York Mellon and State Street Bank.Hundreds of U.S. banks received federal bailouts during the financial crisis that struck in 2008 and triggered the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The list included the nation’s largest financial firms, including all eight banks that will be subject to the rule proposed Tuesday.Regulators said the rule was intended to minimize the need for future bank bailouts. It was mandated by Congress in the 2010 financial overhaul, which was drafted in response to the crisis.The rule would help create “a stronger, more resilient industry, better able to withstand environments of stress in the future,” FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg said before the FDIC board voted 5-0 to propose the rule and put it out for public comment 90 days. A final vote will be taken some time after that, possibly with changes.The rule was written jointly with the Fed and the Comptroller’s Office, a Treasury Department agency.The deposits held by the banks’ subsidiaries are insured by the government. So the subsidiaries are subject to a stricter ratio requirement. Equity includes money banks receive when they issue stock, as well as profits they have retained.The agencies estimate that the banks’ parent companies would have needed to increase their capital a total of about $63 billion to meet the requirement, if it had been in place in September. The deposit-taking subsidiaries would have needed an additional total of $89 billion, according to the estimates.Nearly all eight banks will meet the 5 per cent equity requirement by 2017, the regulators said.The rule was the first of four mentioned last week by Daniel Tarullo, a Fed governor, targeting the eight large banks.Tarullo said the goal is to build buffers strong enough to withstand financial stress and avoid another crisis in which taxpayers would have to bail them out. Many critics worry that the largest banks still represent a danger to the financial system.Two members of the Senate Banking Committee, Democrat Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Louisiana Republican David Vitter, called the regulators’ action Tuesday “a major step in the right direction of higher capital standards.”Brown and Vitter have proposed legislation that would, among other things, impose even stricter capital requirements on the largest banks.The regulators’ move follows action the Fed took last week to increase the capital all large banks must hold as a cushion against risk. The FDIC and the Comptroller’s Office adopted that rule Tuesday. It would require the banks to maintain high-quality capital equal to 4.5 per cent of their loans and other assets.The banking industry has been steadily recovering since the crisis. Overall profits have been rising, and banks have begun lending more freely.Banks have lobbied to ease the requirements for higher capital, which they say could hamper their ability to lend. Experts say most big banks have already increased their capital reserves.The American Bankers Association, the industry’s biggest lobbying group, said in a statement Tuesday that capital levels of U.S. banks are currently near historic highs.“Doubling the capital requirements adds little protection, and may adversely affect the level and cost of credit that’s so vital to continued economic expansion,” Frank Keating, the group’s president and CEO, said in a statement.
Photo by insidesocal.com.Kobe Bryant, sidelined since April with a torn Achilles tendon, could make his season’s first appearance Sunday against Toronto in Los Angeles. That’s the goal of the Lakers’ superstar, anyway.“I’m trying,” Bryant said Thursday.He said he’s “pleased” with the way his injury has responded to three consecutive strenuous workouts, but he will measure the stiffness after more practices.“The [left] ankle joint, that’s the thing that’s been restricted for so long,” Bryant, 35, said. “You’re talking about months of immobility, so you got to work through that a little bit. There’s still some scar tissue in there that needs to be broken up. That’s done through movement and therapy and mobilizations.”He said he does not possess the explosiveness he displayed last season. “I’m not jumping through the gym by any means, but I don’t need to be able to do that in order to be a great player,” he said.Whenever he returns, which could be Tuesday against Phoenix if not Sunday, Bryant expects to log less than the 38.6 minutes he did last season, which was a point of controversy because he of his age and the number of years he has been playing. This is his 18th season in the league.In fact, coach Mike D’Antoni likely will ease Bryant into the flow, monitoring his minutes in an effort to prevent a setback.“The perfect-case scenario is that we get it right the first time,” Bryant said. “But if it’s not, then you have to be smart about it as well and take a step back and build up the strength and say, ‘Hey, listen, it’s not as good as we thought it was going to be, so let’s take a step back and get it to where we want it to be and try again.’”
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In many ways, Valve‘s team-based deathmatch game MMO than an FPS. Over the years, Team Fortress 2 has evolved with every patch to go from an incredibly realized but rather standard team vs. team deathmatch title to a title of breathtaking scope, including in-game items, a virtual economy and detailed in-game backstory.Recognizing that their upgrade cycle for Team Fortress 2 was more like World of Warcraft‘s than Unreal Tournament‘s, Valve has just announced that they will take a cue from MMOs and start testing their new proposed changes on a series of test servers as part of the ongoing Team Fortress 2 Beta, which anyone can download for free if they already own TF2.Here’s what will be tested in the beta:• Testing and tuning various class, item, and weapon changes• Testing map changes and variants• Running higher level, game-wide experiments (like doubling player health)• Testing new technologies without the risk of breaking the gameIf you like living on the edge of Team Fortress 2, the beta’s going to be a constantly evolving and interesting place to satisfy your cartoony, tongue-in-cheek bloodlust.Read more at Team Fortress Blog
Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Now Playing Up Next Google+ Alfred Konuwa sent this in.I recently interviewed Bubba Ray Dudley for the latest PodNasty Wrestling Podcast. Dudley talked about whether he will pursue a singles career in WWE, the possibility of a Spike Dudley return and Brock Lesnar’s recent comments about wrestling being a “job” on Steve Austin’s podcast:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xROCv4vRSk&feature=youtu.be Bubba on Brock Lesnar saying he approaches pro wrestling like a business or a job:“I have zero problem [with Lesnar’s comments], I think the way he looks at it is absolutely perfect, and I think that is exactly the way I teach my up-and-coming wrestlers from day one.“You have to remember that this is a business, and the idea in business is to always climb the ladder of success and achieve the most success you can especially financially, especially in an industry where you’re going to destroy your body. You want to make the most amount of money possible.“The wrestling business is no different from any other business, whether you flip burgers or whether you do brain surgery you always want to climb the ladder of success so I think Brock’s way of looking at it is absolutely perfect.”On pursuing a Singles Career in WWE:“If WWE ever came to me and said ‘hey, we’d like to give you a shot at the singles, we’d like to try it,’ I’m more than open to it. It would be interesting, I think the fans would love to see it, but right now I’m concentrated on me and Devon winning our 10th tag team championship at Hell in a Cell.”On a potential Spike Dudley Return:“If we ever needed Spike, if we ever needed our little brother, if we ever needed the runt of the litter, like I said, he’s no more than a phone call away, and he’d be right there by our side, and I think the WWE Universe would go absolutely crazy to see Bubba, Devon and Spike standing together in the same ring again.”Bubba also talked about his relationship with Paul Heyman, his return at the Royal Rumble earlier this year and much more.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Twitter Facebook Velvet Sky Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter WWE Live returns to Australia this October, Tickets will be available May 28 WrestleMania 36 Will Be In Tampa Now Playing Up Next Brock Lesnar Will Wrestle At SummerSlam Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Triple H and Stephanie on the countdown to FOX debut, New Day commentary from Tuesday Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Videos Articles 2018.05.08 Tenacious D
UNDERWOOD — Once a steelheader’s paradise, now a century’s worth of silt. That’s the way anglers look at the White Salmon River, bemoaning its present condition. Fish biologists and hydrologists look at it and see a bright future. Avid fisherman Ken Taylor can’t count the number of times he’s made the two-hour drive from his Selah home to the mouth of the White Salmon — the big White Salmon in angler parlance, to delineate it from the Little White Salmon five miles to the west — in pursuit of steelhead or chinook. Two months after Condit Dam was breached, though, looking at the sediment that has filled in the river channel, Taylor thinks those days are over. “It was beautiful, probably one of the most beautiful spots in the world to fish up in that gorge, big boulders and pools,” Taylor says, adding that the dam’s Oct. 26 breaching “pretty much killed that.”The first 300 yards upstream from the Highway 14 bridge, once 18 to 20 feet deep and a popular trolling spot for boating anglers, now just has a few inches of water running over a deep bed of sediment. Most of the estimated 2.4 million cubic yards of silt that accrued over 98 years in the man-made, 92-acre Northwestern Lake above Condit has now moved into or through the 3.3 miles of lower river.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has launched a consultation on new rules requiring workplace pension governance bodies to disclose cost and charge information to members on an ongoing basis in order to be compliant with the Pensions Act 2014.The consultation, which will close on 28 May 2019, will set out revised rules and guidance on the publishing and disclosing of administration charges and transaction cost information by pension scheme governance bodies to members of workplace pension schemes.It will further suggest amendments to the FCA’s Conduct of Business Sourcebook (COBS), based on the feedback received.Rona Train, partner at Hymans Robertson, said: “[This] consultation from the FCA is an important step forward in levelling the playing field between trust and contract-based arrangements. Requiring the disclosure of costs and charges for all [defined contribution] arrangements makes comparisons across products more simple.“However, what we really need to see in addition to this is full disclosure of the way bundled charges are made up. For example, how much is attributable to investment fees, platform charges and administration costs? This would be a welcome advancement in the move towards greater transparency.”Under the Pensions Act 2014, the FCA is required to consider the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) regulations around publishing and disclosing cost and charge information for relevant schemes, such as FCA-regulated workplace pension schemes, when creating its own rules.Since 3 January 2018, the FCA has required asset managers to report transaction costs and other charges to the operator, trustee or manager of workplace pension schemes. The consultation, therefore, proposes new rules that will oblige pension scheme governance bodies to disclose this information to pension members on an ongoing basis.The consultation will affect those involved in FCA-regulated, defined contribution (DC) workplace pension schemes. This includes pension providers and asset managers, the governance bodies of pension schemes and their advisers, scheme members and their advisers and consumer representative groups.Steven Cameron, pensions director at Aegon, added: “The FCA’s consultation on giving workplace pension members access to more information on costs and charges, including fund transaction costs, follows on from rules already set by the DWP for members of trust-based schemes. In future, more individuals will access this information, making it essential that it is calculated in a consistent and meaningful way and presented carefully in a context that allows those individual to make an informed decision.“As other FCA findings show, there are still challenges around consistency. And while FCA is consulting on changes to avoid distortions created when funds apply anti-dilution mechanisms, there are other aspects of the prescribed ‘slippage cost’ methodology that can produce odd results including negative transaction costs.“As well as making sure the calculation methodology is robust, it is essential that the information is presented in context. Making information available that could be misinterpreted and prompt unwise behaviour is dangerous. For example, individuals need to be helped to understand that transaction costs are an essential part of investing. Higher transaction costs are not necessarily something to avoid; if they produce better returns, that can be in the individual’s interest.”
Lindsay Hobson a spokesperson for ENSTAR says the damage on the Kenai Peninsula was minimal, and that’s good news: “We put that message out, and we had about 20-30 calls from the Kenai Peninsula with customers concerned about possible gas leaks.” ENSTAR brought in help from their affiliate in Michigan to send additional gas utility employees to assist with the orders and help survey our 3,488 miles of pipeline to detect natural gas leaks. Between the Kenai Peninsula, Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley the company has taken in over 1,400 leak orders since Friday. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ENSTAR put the call out for customers to report signs of gas leaks following the 7.0 earthquake that struck South Central Alaska on November 30. According to Hobson the company called in additional assistance to assist with inspecting homes: “We brought some gas utility workers up from the lower 48 to help us with some major response efforts in the Anchorage area, as well as employees from the Kenai Peninsula. We are very grateful to those Kenai Peninsula ENSTAR employees who traveled up to Anchorage.” The company is encouraging customers to inspect gas lines in their homes. Enstar is also reminding homeowners to call the Alaska Digline at 811 before starting any repair projects requiring digging.
Kolkata: West Bengal has the largest number of sick critical care newborn beds and units in the country, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said. Banerjee made the statement at the start of the Newborn Care week. “Newborn Care Week begins today. In the last 7 years, we have set up 307 Sick Newborn Stabilisation Units (SNSU) in #Bangla. Number of Sick Neonatal Care Units (SNCU) have gone up from 6 to 68. Our state has the largest number of Sick Critical Care Newborn Beds & units in India,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle. Newborn Care Week is celebrated annually in the country from November 15 to 21 to raise awareness about the importance of the newborn care for child survival.
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Related posts:Tourism entrepreneurs to present President Solís with a plan to further develop sector Costa Rica rises in global ranking of travel, tourism competitiveness ‘Cuba Dave’ may face jail time over Costa Rica’s relatively unknown sex tourism law Another decree angers Costa Rica’s tourism sector Costa Rica’s Tourism Ministry andPANIAMOR Foundation on Wednesday disclosed the first results of an online strategy to fight Costa Rica’s image as a child sex tourism destination.The campaign “Unforgettable Costa Rica” consists of a website that in the past four months has been promoted in dating websites and sex forums using fake accounts. Posts and messages invite users to visit the website to find “the youngest girls,” aiming to attract sex predators.Clicking on one of these links takes the person to a website that looks like a conventional hotel or travel site displaying usual links to accommodations, dining & nightlife, spa & wellness, and others including one of “Meet the girls.”The links display images of a prison with messages warning that people engaging in sexual activities with minors will be prosecuted, and that a sex trip to Costa Rica could end up in prison sentences if they pay for sex with underage persons.PANIAMOR Executive Director Milena Grillo said efforts to promote the website were conducted site-by-site, creating fake user accounts to post messages with invitations to visit the site. The goal is to inform as many people as possible that engaging in sexual relations with people under 18 is a crime in Costa Rica, she said.Costa Rica’s Vice President Ana Helena Chacón said child sexual exploitation is an unacceptable practice that now is being comprehensively addressed.“It is important for people to know that it is a crime that is punished with prison sentences here,” Chacón said.One of the campaign’s most important features is that the website records visitors’ information, and officials on Wednesday reported it has received visits from more than 100 countries.“This is actually a very troubling statistic as it shows that interests in sex with underage people spreads worldwide,” the vice president said.Geographic and other information of people accessing the website will be used to profile sex predators searching for information about underage sex in Costa Rica. Data also will be used to design strategies to fight sex tourism and will be sent to government agencies at all of the country’s detected.“If we want to keep Costa Rica as a place that is worth visiting, we need to eradicate those who come here for the wrong reasons,” Chacón said.The guerilla marketing campaign was developed by local ad agency Garnier/BBDO and also has the support of the Costa Rica Tourism Board and National Tourism Chamber.Some 450 local tourism businesses committed to support the fight against child sexual exploitation and starting Thursday they are promoting the campaign on their websites and among their clients. Facebook Comments
Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories Suu Kyi’s trip to Thailand reportedly irked President Thein Sein, due partly to the massive attention she received and also to the message she carried. At a speech to international investors and diplomats she warned against “reckless optimism” in Myanmar, saying the country still lacked the basic principles of a democracy.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths She will briefly stop in Dublin to personally thank U2 frontman Bono for his support over the years. They will share the stage at a Monday concert in her honor organized by Amnesty International.In England, Suu Kyi will receive the rare honor of addressing both houses of Britain’s parliament and will accept an honorary doctorate at Oxford, where she studied and later lived with her husband and sons, Alexander and Kim.In April 1988, Suu Kyi left her family in England to nurse her dying mother back home.The daughter of Myanmar’s independence hero Gen. Aung San, Suu Kyi got swept into the forefront of an uprising against the military regime. The junta viewed her popularity as such a threat that they locked her under house arrest for 15 of the next 22 years.In November 2010, Suu Kyi was released from house arrest and in April she won a seat in Parliament, paving the way for Western nations to ease economic sanctions that had been imposed on the former military government.One of Suu Kyi’s biggest challenges as she travels Europe will be to avoid upsetting the government, which has been praise for sweeping reforms but is still backed by the military.Her visit comes as President Thein Sein struggles to contain deadly sectarian violence in western Myanmar that has pitted ethnic Rakhine Buddhists against Rohingya Muslims. The violence has left at least 21 people dead since Friday and shed light on an enduring ethnic conflict. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – When Aung San Suu Kyi last saw Europe, it was still divided into the democratic West and communist East. Her homeland of Myanmar was still under oppressive military rule.The long-time democracy activist set out Wednesday on her first European trip since 1988 to make a long-awaited acceptance speech for the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize and at a time when Myanmar is making tenuous democratic progress. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Her scheduled return to Myanmar by the end of the month gets her back in time to attend the July 4 reconvening of Parliament, which was announced Tuesday night on state television. The parliamentary session will be considering crucial legislation, including media regulation and foreign investment.Cheerful and energetic at Yangon’s airport, Suu Kyi waved to journalists and passengers as she headed to the departure lounge. Asked about her trip, Suu Kyi told reporters she expects it to be eye-opening.“Each country will be different. I will know how backward (Myanmar) is when I reach the other countries,” Suu Kyi said.For 24 years, the opposition leader was either under house arrest or too fearful that if she left Myanmar, the former military regime would not let her return. She stayed put even as her British husband was dying of cancer in England in 1999.This will be Suu Kyi’s second overseas trip after a recent, five-day tour in Thailand and will be filled with high-profile events bound to burnish Suu Kyi’s image as an international political celebrity.At her first stop in Geneva, Suu Kyi will address Thursday’s annual conference of the U.N.’s International Labor Organization. Her next stop is Norway for what is expected to be an emotional acceptance speech of her Nobel prize, 21 years late. Comments Share Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates How do cataracts affect your vision?
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments Share 5 ways to recognize low testosterone JERUSALEM (AP) – Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s health deteriorated sharply Thursday and he was in “grave condition” with his family by his bedside, the hospital treating him announced.Sharon, who has been in a coma since suffering a stroke eight years ago, experienced a setback last week with a decline in his kidneys and other key bodily organs.The Sheba Medical Center called his condition “grave” but gave no further details. How do cataracts affect your vision? Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Sharon, one of Israel’s most controversial and iconic figures, suffered the stroke at the height of his political power.Sharon’s career stretched across most of Israel’s 65-year history.As one of Israel’s most famous generals, he was known for bold tactics and an occasional refusal to obey orders. As a politician, he became known as “the bulldozer” _ contemptuous of his critics while also capable of getting things done.He engineered Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon, and lost his job as defense minister after an Israeli-allied Christian militia killed hundreds of Palestinians at refugee camps in west Beirut, sparking international outrage.Sharon managed to slowly rehabilitate his political career. For years, he was a driving force in the movement to build settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, captured areas claimed by the Palestinians for a future state.First elected prime minister in 2001, he led a tough crackdown against a Palestinian uprising, a bout of violence in which more than 3,000 Palestinians and 1,000 Israelis were killed. He remains reviled in much of the Arab world.But in a dramatic about-face, Sharon led Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, uprooting all soldiers and settlers from the seaside strip after a 38-year military occupation. The Gaza withdrawal led Sharon to break away from the hard-line Likud Party and form the centrist Kadima Party. His new party was cruising toward victory in 2006 parliamentary elections when he suffered his stroke.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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