Compromised legitimacy Help by sharing this information MyanmarAsia – Pacific Media independence ImprisonedJudicial harassment to go further “What with journalists imprisoned for criticizing the government or military, dozens of news websites blocked and opposition mouthpieces censored – the press freedom violations are such that they will seriously compromise the legitimacy of the government resulting from Sunday’s elections,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Reform of legislation regulating journalism must be a priority for the next parliament or else Myanmar will leave the path of a transition to democracy for good.” May 31, 2021 Find out more The major press freedom violations marking the outgoing legislative period include the seven-year prison sentences imposed on two Reuters reporters, Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone, whose only crime was investigating a massacre of civilians during the genocide of Rohingyas that began in August 2017. RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum Myanmar’s Union Election Commission imposed prior censorship on all candidates seeking to broadcast campaign speeches on state-run media outlets, effectively barring opposition parties. They were told their speeches would be vetted in advance and could not contain content that “disrespects existing laws and the constitution,” “defames (…) or tarnishes the image of the nation,” or “defames the [armed forces].” Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar MyanmarAsia – Pacific Media independence ImprisonedJudicial harassment Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the many press freedom violations that have marked the campaign for Myanmar’s parliamentary elections on 8 November and have already discredited the results. A supporter of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party looks on as she rides on wooden boats in the Yangon river during an election campaign rally on the outskirts of Yangon on October 28, 2020, ahead of next month’s elections. The outgoing legislative period was marked by major press freedom violations (Sai Aung Main / AFP). As a result, Myanmar’s voters have been largely denied the media pluralism that should accompany an election campaign. News During the last two weeks of March 2020, the central government arbitrarily ordered the country’s four Internet operators to block a total of 221 “fake news” websites, as ministerial order described them. US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Organisation Follow the news on Myanmar This censorship is all the more shocking because many privately-owned media outlets have been prevented from publishing or broadcasting during the Covid-19 pandemic because the government decided they were not “essential business” and journalists face up to three in prison if they violate the lockdown measures currently in force. News Myanmar is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News The penal code inherited from the British colonial era is still widely used to arrest and convict journalists regarded as overly critical. This was seen yet again last May, when Zaw Ye Htet, the editor of the online news agency Dae Pyaw, was sentenced to two years in prison over an article. Press freedom is the big omission of Myanmar’s ten-year-old democratic transition and has been treated with contempt by the current government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, in the run-up to these elections. RSF_en May 26, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News November 4, 2020 Press freedom missing from Myanmar’s parliamentary elections May 12, 2021 Find out more
Q: You both have really cool entrances in Big Love—Rebecca, you’re completely naked. Is that scary?REBECCA NAOMI JONES: It’s the first time I’ve ever been naked onstage, but the fact that it happens right away in the show is helpful in terms of my stress level. I just get it over with. In my dressing room and on my way to the stage, I’m going through a lot of self-loathing and all that body image nonsense. But when I’m actually doing the play, I’m luckily not too caught up in it.Q: Not to be outdone by Bobby, who climbs down a rope from the ceiling in his first scene.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Bobby’s really good at climbing things.BOBBY STEGGERT: I was such a tree climber when I was a kid. If I saw a tree, I’d be off, my parents wouldn’t know where I was, and they’d find me in the boughs of a tree.Q: This is a really physical show—you guys are literally slamming yourselves into walls. How are you holding up?BOBBY STEGGERT: I’m sore all the time.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Yep, all the time.BOBBY STEGGERT: I take a bath and drink every night. Alcohol, not water.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Which actually, [fight director] Rick Sordelet suggested.Q: Really?BOBBY STEGGERT: Yeah, and the massage therapist said, “Have a Guinness.” It’s known for helping your muscles.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: I should probably drink more.BOBBY STEGGERT: Alcohol or water?REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Um, alcohol! [Laughs.] Related Shows Q: You guys sing so many great cover songs in this play, from Michael Jackson to Jason Mraz—what are your go-to karaoke songs?REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Bjork’s “It’s Oh So Quiet.” Or sometimes I like to do a little Stevie Nicks.BOBBY STEGGERT: I will not sing karaoke, I refuse!REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Well, I just sort of lied. Because it’s after much teeth pulling that I will even sing karaoke.BOBBY STEGGERT: I’m scared to! I’d probably be terrible at it. I’d take it too seriously and judge myself.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Me too, I don’t find it fun. It’s stressful because it feels like we’re supposed to be really good at it.Q: You guys get filthy in this show—between fake blood and dirt and paint, how do you ever get it off?REBECCA NAOMI JONES: When I get home I have so much cake icing and rice in my hair.BOBBY STEGGERT: Wow yeah, how do you get that stuff out of your hair?REBECCA NAOMI JONES: I do a lot of shaking and digging.Q: Big Love is set in sunny Italy. If you could escape this sludgy NYC winter, where would you want to go?BOBBY STEGGERT: I’d love to be skiing right now. I want to take the winter and make it mine! [Laughs.]REBECCA NAOMI JONES: I wouldn’t mind being in Greece, or maybe the south of France. Is It cold there right now? Or Thailand. I’ve got options, but I don’t have money, so it’s not happening!BOBBY STEGGERT: Yeah, we make about three dollars a week and we’re basically breaking our bodies.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: All for the theater! [Laughs.]Q: Big Love is really an indescribable evening—but will you take a shot at describing it?REBECCA NAOMI JONES: This show is wildly theatrical. It forces both the cast and the audience to have an emotional experience. It’s something we all in the room can share together at the same time. It’s almost a weird…dance-like event. And like, your guts get stabbed. View Comments Big Love is making a big bang at off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center, where fists, fake blood and cake frosting fly in a supersized wedding gone wrong. Loosely inspired by The Danaids by Aeschylus, the “wildly theatrical” extravaganza written by Charles Mee and helmed by Tina Landau tells the story of fifty brides who flee their grooms and seek refuge in an Italian villa. Broadway favorites Rebecca Naomi Jones and Bobby Steggert lead the pack—and don’t worry, even though it’s a play, not a musical, there’s plenty of impromptu singing. Broadway.com spent the afternoon with Steggert and Jones to find out why they’ve been ordered to drink booze after the show and what it’s like to bare it all onstage.Q: Is Big Love the first time you guys are working together?BOBBY STEGGERT: Yeah, but I’ve always been an admirer—REBECCA NAOMI JONES: Well, we did a reading together of Pretty Filthy.BOBBY STEGGERT: Oh my god, you’re right! I completely forgot about that. I played a corn-fed Iowa boy who got into porn.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: And I played a bunch of different porn stars. [Laughs.]Q: When did you first see Rebecca onstage, Bobby?BOBBY STEGGERT: Passing Strange. I was like, “Who the f*ck is that girl?!” Her spirit was so undeniable.REBECCA NAOMI JONES: [Laughs.] Big Love See Bobby Steggert and Rebecca Naomi Jones in Big Love at the Pershing Square Signature Center through March 15. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 15, 2015
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” If dogs could talk, two canines probably would say “thank you” to a good Samaritan and the Wellington Fire and Police Departments.Early on Thursday morning, sometime during the wee morning hours, an adult labrador retriever and collie mix, had ventured out onto an icy pound on the south edge of Worden Park along a set of trees near 22nd Street by the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Wellington. About 25-30 feet from the shore the two dogs fell into thin ice.Â Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said a third-shift worker was walking home from his job at Industrial Park and was taking a shortcut through Worden Park when he discovered the two dogs trapped in the ice at about 7:30 a.m.“I would have to say the dogs had been trapped in the cold water for at least an hour,” Heath said.The good Samaritan called E911. WPD officers Captain Bill Upton, officer Mike Tredway and Heath responded. Tredway and Upton started breaking the ice with a tree limb. The adult lab was able to swim to the edge and get out. However, the collie mix wouldn’t swim and was still trapped. Wellington Fireman Jerry Preston, dressed in a cold water suit, arrived and slid into the ice water and managed to rescue the second dog.Both dogs, estimated to be 70 to 80 pounds, were transported to Wellington Animal Clinic. Dr. Heersche treated the dogs and the owners were eventually contacted and reunited with their animal friends. The dogs are fine, Heath said. “Given the remote location of the pond, I truly think had it not been for the alertness of the Wellington resident, both dogs would have met an unfortunate demise,” Heath said. “Kudos to all who were involved.”This Border Collie was saved in the cold early hours Thursday morning. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Report Reply 0 replies · active 396 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Fine em hard · 396 weeks ago Hope the owner was wrote up for allowing their dogs to run loose. Report Reply 1 reply · active 396 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 396 weeks ago Too early to the beginning of the month. Had it been at the end of the month, then yeah, probably woulda been. Report Reply +7 Vote up Vote down Wow · 396 weeks ago A pat on the back to the gentlemen walking home and going out of his way to make sure the dogs got rescued. Also, good job to the rescuers doing what they do best. Tracy, thank you for running the story. It is a real feel good piece. Now—–shame on on our local “negative Ned’s/Nellie’s” that can find some way to put a negative twist on something so positive. Did your Momma not hug you enough when you were little or what!!!!!!!!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 396 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Thankful Dog Fan · 396 weeks ago Great job. A collie is the best friend a person can have. Thanks to all involved in the effort to save the dogs. Report Reply 0 replies · active 396 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down nightowl · 396 weeks ago No my mon didn’t hug me enough whatever that has to do with all the man power to save 2 dogs is beyond me. The law is the law the owners deserve tickets period. People get citations all the time for dogs running loose. Luckily they were not aggressive, they lucked out and lived. Report Reply 0 replies · active 396 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down WBTB · 396 weeks ago How come we never heard about the wellington officers who went into a burning house to save a man’s life a couple months ago? nice to see that some of our local heros get thanked for their good deeds/life-saving measures. Report Reply 0 replies · active 396 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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FILE PHOTO: Novak DjokovicMelbourne, Australia | AFP | Twelve months after exiting the Australian Open with fitness, form and career doubts swirling, Novak Djokovic on Sunday struggled to keep his emotions from reducing him to tears.The Serb world number one had just lifted the Norman Brookes trophy for a record seventh time, after completing a Wimbledon, Flushing Meadows and Melbourne Park hat-trick that would have seemed scarcely possible this time last year.His 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 rout of Rafael Nadal saw him stretch his lead at the top of the world rankings, just a few months after he plummeted outside the top 20 for the first time in 12 years.“I’m just trying to contemplate on the journey in the last 12 months,” said an emotional Djokovic, pausing for breath to compose himself and not become tearful.“To be standing now here in front of you today and managing to win this title and three out of four Slams, this is amazing. I am speechless.”After missing the 2017 US Open with a bothersome elbow and losing in the last 16 at the Australian Open in January 2018, Djokovic underwent surgery to fix the nagging problem.His return was not smooth, his form tanked and when he lost in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros in 2018 he slumped to 22nd in the rankings and even briefly threatened to pull out of Wimbledon.Now Djokovic heads to the next major, at Roland Garros, aiming to hold all four Grand Slam titles concurrently for a second time in his career — he first achieved it when winning the French Open in 2016 — despite only managing to be competitive for the second half of 2018.He opted to play on the grass after all and romped to a fourth Wimbledon crown, a 32nd Masters title in Cincinnati and then a third triumph at the US Open in September.Despite a 22-match winning streak ending with defeat to young tyro Karen Khachanov in Paris, followed by a loss to another NextGen force, Alexander Zverev, at the ATP Finals in London, he finished the year on top of the world.“Reflecting on what I’ve been through in the last year, it’s quite a phenomenal achievement,” said Djokovic after knocking Nadal from the top spot in November.“I’m very, very happy and proud about it. Five months ago, it was highly improbable considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court.” – Heart-breaking –Djokovic is now just two behind Nadal’s total of 17 Grand Slams and five shy of Roger Federer’s record of 20.Djokovic’s ability to thrive among the greats has never been in doubt, but the size of his heart often led to questions in his early days.At Wimbledon in 2007, he retired with a back injury in the third set of his semi-final against Nadal.He also quit at the 2006 and 2007 French Opens at the third round and quarter-final stages respectively, while at the 2009 Australian Open, where he was defending champion, he pulled out of his quarter-final with Andy Roddick citing heat exhaustion.But nobody could question his courage at the 2012 Australian Open, when he beat Nadal in the longest Grand Slam final of all time, a draining 5hr 53min epic.Djokovic captured the first of his majors in Melbourne in 2008, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but it was three years before he added his second.Two more Australian Opens followed in 2012 and 2013, although three heartbreaking final defeats kept the French Open frustratingly out of reach until 2016, when his breakthrough win at Roland Garros allowed him to complete a career and first calendar Slam.Off court, Djokovic married long-time girlfriend Jelena Ristic in July 2014.They have two children, a son Stefan and daughter Tara.Share on: WhatsApp
London, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea inflicted a third defeat in four games on Liverpool to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals as goals from Willian and Ross Barkley gave Frank Lampard’s men a much-needed lift at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.Liverpool remain well on course for a first league title in 30 years with a 22-point lead at the top of the Premier League, but run the risk of their competitive campaign coming to an early end once the title is sewn up unless they can overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League next week.Jurgen Klopp made seven changes to the Liverpool side beaten for the first time in 45 Premier League games at Watford on Saturday, but still named a far stronger side than the youthful teams that had seen off Everton and Shrewsbury to reach the fifth round.The European champions seemed keen to make amends and keep their chances of a treble alive early on, but were denied by the returning Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Chelsea goal as the first of a string of saves from the Spaniard denied Sadio Mane.The return of the world’s most expensive goalkeeper was one of six Lampard made from a 2-2 weekend draw at Bournemouth with Willian also coming back into the team.A run of five wins in 16 league games and a 3-0 thrashing at home by Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie last week meant the pressure was on Chelsea to keep their hopes of silverware this season alive.And they got the lift they needed from the opening goal as Liverpool’s understudy goalkeeper Adrian undid the good work of a brilliant save from Willian within a minute.The Brazilian was gifted possession again just outside the Liverpool box and this time Adrian could only turn his powerful drive into the bottom corner. Share on: WhatsApp The hosts needed Kepa to show why they spent £72 million ($92 million) on him just over 18 months ago as he made three reaction saves in a matter of seconds to deny Mane, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino what seemed a certain equaliser.Chelsea then lost Mateo Kovacic and Willian to injury either side of half-time to further deplete Lampard’s midfield options.But that may provide the opportunity Barkley needs to kickstart his flagging career at the Bridge.The England international doubled Chelsea’s lead in spectacular style midway through the second half as he galloped forward from inside his own half, leaving Fabinho in his wake, before smashing past Adrian from outside the area.Moments later Chelsea should have been out of sight as a mix-up in the Liverpool defence allowed Pedro Rodriguez to run clean through on goal. The 32-year-old does not have the pace of his prime at Barcelona, though, and with Gomez closing in, he fired too close to Adrian.Klopp threw on Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and James Milner in the final 20 minutes, but the German is yet to win a domestic cup competition in his five seasons at Anfield and that wait will go on.Despite the changes, it was Chelsea who continued to look the more likely team to score again as Adrian produced a brilliant save to turn Olivier Giroud’s strike onto the bar.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The currently grim corn and soybean economic situation, paired with increasing environmental scrutiny of farms, is putting many farms in a tight spot for maintaining profitability. The popular Conservation Tillage Conference in Ada kicked off today with the goal of providing tips for farms to bolster profitability while improving the land and water for the future.“There’s a preponderance of evidence that shows we’re in a time of extreme weather and every scientist that looks at this says we’re going to be here awhile,” said Barry Fisher, USDA-NRCS soil scientist, keynote speaker at Wednesday morning’s general session.Barry Fisher, soil scientist for USDA-NRCS, was the keynote speaker at the CTC opening session on Wednesday.Fisher defined soil health as the capacity of a soil to function as a vital, living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans, and noted it as a way to challenge the change in weather situations down the road. Fisher focused on the importance of thinking of soil as a living thing outlining four major principles for soil health:Minimize disturbanceMaximize soil coverMaximize biodiversityProvide continuous living roots“You put all these things together and that’s how you’re going to begin maximizing soil health,” Fisher said. “Soil health is not a thing you order on amazon.com.“It’s a journey and a state of mind where you’re continually adapting your management.”Fisher continued to stress the importance of improving aggregate stability. A major point that affects many other areas, he said. He highlighted several steps in the downward spiral of soil degradation:Intensive tillage, insufficient added residues, low diversity, no surface cover results in soil organic matter decreases, erosion, and compacted subsoilAggregates break downSurface becomes compacted, crust formsInfiltration decreases, erosion increases, yield consistency declinesMore ponding and persistent wetness, but less water storageThe 2016 CTC hosted an impressive crowd.With regard to the eventual downward results, “If we take it far enough, hunger and starving sets in,” Fisher said.“We led farmers to believe that farmers with flat soil didn’t have erosion loss,” he said. “What is your tolerable soil loss? It better be zero.“When in doubt, we tend to plow. I would like to suggest that at some point we change our mindset and change to mimicking what Mother Nature would do. When in doubt, plant. You’re going to fix more of these situations with biological systems than anything you can do management wise.”Fisher identified the key aspects of putting a conservation management package together incorporating multiple areas of soil improvement. They include quality no-till, adapted nutrient management, prescribed cover crops (to best compliment the previous two points), diverse crop rotation, new technology and integrated weed and pest management.“This is not your father’s no-till system that we’re talking about,” he said. “When we put this sort of a system together, the value of the whole should far exceed the sum of its parts.Fisher also said farmers need to think of soil health as economic development. He highlighted the amount of nutrients just 1% of organic matter contains. Each 1% contains 10,000 pounds of C, 1,000 pounds of N, 100 pounds of P, and 100 pounds of S. He noted that as soil health regenerates, farmers will see increases in crop yield and a decrease in risk along the way.Matt VanTillburg of Mercer County was named the Ohio CCA of the Year. Ohio CCA Chair Cecilia Lokai-Minnich presented the award.Also at the opening session, Matt VanTillburg of Mercer County was recognized as the Ohio Certified Crop Advisor of the Year. VanTillburg is heavily involved in community organizations, multiple boards, and continued investment in the industry.As farmers prepare for spring planting, much of their planning will focus on where and how to cut costs for 2016 without cutting net income, said Randall Reeder, a retired Ohio State University Extension agricultural engineer and an organizer of the annual Conservation Tillage Conference offered today and tomorrow by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.“Many growers are tightening their belts because of tight budgets, low prices and not much money in the bank,” he said. “For a few years grain farmers were making good money. But in 2015 grain prices fell sharply, with 2016 prices looking to stay low.”CTC offers numerous presentations designed to help growers learn where to tighten and where to cut back while ensuring they have healthy soils, healthy water, and, hopefully, a healthy bank account, Reeder said.The program includes a “Corn University” and “Soybean School” that will be offered during the annual conference, he said.Topics to be discussed during the Corn University today include:Corn Yield Forecasting.New Molecular Methods For Insect Control.Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium Management Highlights for Corn.Taking A Second Look At Hybrid Performance and Technology.Crop-Effective and Environment-Responsible Nutrient Placement in Strip-Till and No-Till Corn.Topics to be discussed during the Soybean School tomorrow include:Ohio Soybean Limitation Survey ResultsManaging Weeds in SoybeansFertility ManagementManaging Soybean InsectsThe Future of Soybean BreedingTop 10 ways to improve yield, without breaking the bank.The Corn University and Soybean School are just two of a total of eight concurrent sessions during the conference. More than 900 participants are expected to attend the event, organized by OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, with assistance from USDA and SWCDs.The conference offers the latest research, insight, tips and techniques on precision fertility, cover crops and manure, water management, technology and equipment, nutrient management, and advanced cover crops. It features some 60 presenters, including 25 CFAES researchers and Extension educators, as well as farmers and industry representatives.Certified Crop Adviser continuing education credits are available, with an emphasis on soil and water and nutrient management hours.Topics presented during the two cover crop sessions include:Understanding the Legal Aspects of Manure Application.On-farm Experiences with Cover Crops and Manure.Enhancing Soil Mycorrhizal Fungus to retain nutrients.Improving Soil Carbon for Healthier Soils.Sustainable Agriculture programs (from Campbell’s Soup Co.).The CTC conference is at the McIntosh Center of Ohio Northern University in Ada. The full schedule and registration information can be found at ctc.osu.edu. Walk-in registration is $80 for one day. Other conference sponsors include: Ohio Corn Marketing Program, Ohio Soybean Council, Farm Science Review, John Deere, Ag Credit, Seed Consultants, and the Ohio No-Till Council.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Volunteers with the Northern Environmental Action Team were busy canning over the summer for members of the community who are in need.NEAT said that Fort St. John residents came together during two canning sessions to prepare 628 jars filled with applesauce, berry jam, pickled carrots and beans, stewed herbed tomatoes, relish, and other preserved foods that were donated to local food banks. Members of the Northern Environmental Action Team presenting Community Can donations to the Salvation Army. Supplied photo Members of the Northern Environmental Action Team bringing Community Can donations to the Women’s Resource Society. Supplied photo Food security is a growing concern in the Peace Region area where prices can be much higher than elsewhere across the country.NEAT says that teaching food preservation skills and providing healthy donations to outreach organizations can help shed light on these issues.NEAT extended thanks to the North Peace Savings & Credit Union and Enbridge for their support of its Community Can initiative, as well as to those members of the community who donated locally-grown fruits and vegetables, their time and their canning skills to make the Community Can a huge success this year.“The Community Canning Program has been a wonderful support to The Fort St. John Food Bank,” said the Salvation Army’s executive director Cameron Eggie. “It pleases our volunteers & staff to be able to give out a healthy-homemade product and it really makes our guests feel supported by their community. Thank you NEAT!”
London: London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been named the Politician of the Year at an annual awards ceremony held in the UK’s House of Commons complex for his ongoing contribution to the political life in the British capital. The annual Political and Public Life Awards presented by Britain’s ‘Asian Voice’ weekly newspaper here on Thursday also recognised UK defence secretary Gavin Williamson as Cabinet Minister of the Year and Indian-origin politician Priti Patel as Conservative Party MP of the Year. “Our armed forces are made strong by being made up of people of every single community and background… contributing to keep us safe,” said Williamson, on receiving his award. “I continue to be your public servant,” added Patel, a former UK Cabinet minister. Khan, 48, whose grandparents were born in India and parents migrated from Pakistan to the UK, was named ‘Politician of the Year’ at an awards ceremony held in the UK’s House of Commons complex. Among other winners from the field of politics at the event, now in its 13th year, included Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster, Labour Party MPs Dan Carden and Thelma Walker. The other award categories included International Hotel of Year which was won by India’s Leela International hotel chain. Comedian of Year award went to British Indian comedian Paul Chowdhry and Restaurant of the Year for London’s Delhi street food restaurant Hankies. “We are hosting the Asian Voice Political and Public Life Awards at a time when dissent is rife, and arguably unprecedented, in our political stage and the future of the economy hangs in the balance, perhaps perilously so,” said C B Patel, the Publisher and Editor of ‘Asian Voice’. “In the din and tumult of the current scenario, I believe it is important for us to recognise and honour leaders in our political and public life who make a tremendous contribution to preserving Britain’s enviable stature as one of the leading economies of the world,” he said. The awards are held annually to honour people who have made a special impact in the preceding 12 months, ranging from international politicians to individuals who make an impact in their local communities. Readers of the weekly ‘Asian Voice’ newspaper nominate potential winners and an independent panel of judges comprising eminent personalities from different walks of life in the UK, select the winners.
Rome: Italy is investigating the mysterious death of a former model and witness at Silvio Berlusconi’s sex trial, with a newspaper suggesting on Saturday she may have been poisoned with a radioactive substance. Milan prosecutor Francesco Greco said an investigation had been opened following the death on March 1 of Moroccan-born Imane Fadil at one of the city’s hospitals. The 33-year-old had been brought to the hospital on January 29 with unexplained stomach pains. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangFadil was one of the witnesses who testified at the trial of the former Italian premier and media mogul on charges of having sex with an underage prostitute at one of his notoriously hedonistic bunga-bunga parties. According to Italy’s Corriere della Sera daily, the hospital had run a battery of tests to determine the cause of her failing health, but finding nothing, had sent off samples to a specialised laboratory in the northern town of Pavia. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpThe results came back on March 6, five days after her death, suggesting the presence of “a mixture of radioactive substances which are not normally available for purchase”, the paper said, citing unnamed sources. Fadil’s lawyer, Paolo Sevesi, said she had spoken to him about “her fear of having been poisoned,” the AGI news agency reported. The former model first hit the headlines in 2012 when she gave detailed testimony about the goings on at Berlusconi’s orgiastic parties at his villa in Arcore near Milan. She testified that the first time she went to a party, she saw two young women in nun costumes stripping in front of the then prime minister. Later, she said he himself handed her 2,000 euros (USD 2,600) in cash, telling her: “Don’t be offended.” Berlusconi has faced a string of charges over the so-called Rubygate scandal linked to his parties and the underaged prostitute Karima El-Mahroug, also known as “Ruby the heart-stealer”.
FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Apr. 4, 2017), we say goodbye to March Madness and break down the women’s and men’s NCAA championship games. Next, we investigate why NBA teams are resting their players early and often. Plus, a significant digit on Madison Bumgarner.FiveThirtyEight’s Benjamin Morris argues that Mississippi State earned every bit of their upset over UConn.Mississippi State ultimately lost the women’s championship game to South Carolina.Neil Paine notes that even though the men’s championship was tough to watch, UNC played ugly enough to win.That was not a good national title game, writes ESPN’s Myron Medcalf.The Ringer’s Rodger Sherman says it wasn’t UNC players who won the night — it was the referees.NBA teams are resting players earlier and earlier, Todd Whitehead writes for FiveThirtyEight.Significant Digit: 16.5, the average number of at-bats that San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner takes between hitting home runs, since 2014. Last Sunday, Bumgarner hit two home runs and became the first pitcher to hit more than one on Opening Day.