Dillon Brooks (Memphis Grizzlies) with a 2-pointer vs the Chicago Bulls, 04/12/2021
Dillon Brooks (Memphis Grizzlies) with a 2-pointer vs the Chicago Bulls, 04/12/2021
New Delhi [India], May 15 (ANI): In the view of raging COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has extended the last date of submission for recommendations of various medals, including Gallantry and President's medal.
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The hard-line cleric in charge of Iran's judiciary who also took part in a panel involved in the mass execution of thousands of prisoners in 1988 registered Saturday to run for the country's presidency. Ebrahim Raisi has been named as a possible successor to Iran’s 82-year-old Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, leading some to suggest he wouldn’t run in the race. However, his registration shows he still has interest in the office he failed to obtain in 2017. His close ties to Khamenei and popularity in part from his televised anti-corruption campaign could make him a favorite in an election in which analysts already believe that hard-liners enjoy an edge. A crush of journalists followed Raisi through the Interior Ministry as he registered, the 60-year-old cleric waving to staffers as he passed. In a statement just before his registration, Raisi promised to fight “poverty and corruption, humiliation and discrimination” if he becomes president. He added his tenure in office would seek to have a “popular administration for a powerful Iran,” a dig at Iran's current president, the relatively moderate Hassan Rouhani, who has struggled under re-imposed U.S. sanctions after then-President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the nuclear deal. Raisi, wearing his black turban that identifies him as a direct descendant of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, offered fiery remarks to journalists on his campaign. He vowed that if he wins the June 18 vote, corruption will be “dried up." The “accomplices of the current situation cannot change the status quo,” Raisi said. Activists, however, hold a far different view of Raisi over his involvement in the 1988 mass execution of prisoners at the end of Iran’s long war with Iraq. After Iran’s then-Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini accepted a U.N.-brokered cease-fire, members of the Iranian opposition group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, heavily armed by Saddam Hussein, stormed across the Iranian border in a surprise attack. Iran ultimately blunted their assault, but the attack set the stage for the sham retrials of political prisoners, militants and others that would become known as “death commissions.” Some who appeared were asked to identify themselves. Those who responded “mujahedeen” were sent to their deaths, while others were questioned about their willingness to “clear minefields for the army of the Islamic Republic,” according to a 1990 Amnesty International report. International rights groups estimate that as many as 5,000 people were executed, while the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq puts the number at 30,000. Iran has never fully acknowledged the executions, apparently carried out on Khomeini’s orders, though some argue that other top officials were effectively in charge in the months before his 1989 death. Raisi reportedly served on a panel involved in sentencing the prisoners to death. Raisi has never publicly acknowledged his role in the executions, even while campaigning for president in 2017. He ultimately lost to Rouhani, though he still garnered nearly 16 million votes in his campaign. Khamenei appointed him as head of the judiciary in 2019, signaling he still had hopes for Raisi's political career. In 2016, Khamenei appointed Raisi to run the Imam Reza charity foundation, which manages a vast conglomerate of businesses and endowments in Iran. It is one of many bonyads, or charitable foundations, fueled by donations or assets seized after Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. These foundations offer no public accounting of their spending and answer only to Iran’s supreme leader. The Imam Reza charity, known as “Astan-e Quds-e Razavi” in Farsi, is believed to be one of the biggest in the country. Analysts estimate its worth at tens of billions of dollars as it owns almost half the land in Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest city. Analysts have speculated that Khamenei could be grooming Raisi as a possible candidate to be Iran’s third-ever supreme leader, a Shiite cleric who has final say on all state matters and serves as the country’s commander-in-chief. Within Iran, candidates exist on a political spectrum that broadly includes hard-liners who want to expand Iran’s nuclear program, moderates who hold onto the status quo, and reformists who want to change the theocracy from within. Those calling for radical change find themselves blocked from even running for office by the Guardian Council, a 12-member panel that vets and approves candidates under Khamenei’s watch. Other candidates who registered Saturday include Ali Larijani, a prominent conservative voice and former parliament speaker who later allied himself with Rouhani. A clear candidate has yet to emerge within the reformists. Some have mentioned Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, though he later said he wouldn't run after a scandal over a leaked recording in which he offered frank criticism of the Guard and the limits of the civilian government’s power. At the same time Larijani registered, so too did Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani, the eldest son of the late former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Rafsanjani, a member of Tehran's city council, has been described as a reformist by political commentators. Several other candidates have prominent backgrounds in the Guard, a paramilitary force answerable only to Khamenei. Hard-liners have increasingly suggested a former military commander should be president given the country’s problems, something that hasn’t happened since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution and the purge of the armed forces that followed. Iran’s former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also registered Wednesday. Though his attempt to run in 2017 ultimately was blocked after Khamenei criticized Ahmadinejad, this year the supreme leader has not warned him off. The Guardian Council will announce a final list of candidates by May 27, and a 20-day campaign season begins the following day. ___ Associated Press writer Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran, contributed to this report. Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press
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Prisons are to go green by generating their energy from solar panels and creating mini-nature reserves to promote biodiversity. The next generation of prisons - starting with four to be built over the next six years - will use heat pumps, energy efficient lighting and thousands of solar panels to cut fuel bills by half and carbon emissions by at least 85 per cent compared with current designs. They will also have habitats for wildlife cultivated at each prison to promote biodiversity and ensure the local ecology is stronger than when before construction began. The move is part of the Government’s drive to make Britain net-zero for carbon emissions by 2050. Robert Buckland, the Justice Secretary, said: “Our ambitious approach offers a unique opportunity to build back a safer and greener prison system. “New jails will use new green technologies and modern methods of construction to ensure our prisons cut carbon emissions as well as reoffending.” Two “first generation” green prisons are already under construction using recycled materials and incorporating green energy sources: HMP Five Wells in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, and Glen Parva in Leicestershire. The four “second generation” to be constructed over the next six years will use an all-electric design that eliminates the need for gas boilers, meaning they will produce net-zero emissions when the National Grid decarbonises. During construction, 40,000 tonnes of carbon will be prevented by using recycled concrete and steel. The four are a new jail will be built next to HMP Full Sutton, in East Yorkshire, three at yet-to-be-confirmed sites in the south east and north west of England. Some £15 million is also being invested in existing prisons, many built in the Victorian era. Solar panels are being installed at 16 sites to meet 20 per cent of their power demand - bringing the total number of solar panels across the estate to over 20,000. More than 200 electric vehicle charging points are also being installed across 40 prisons. The developments are part of the Government’s £4 billion programme to create 18,000 additional prison places that boost rehabilitation and cut reoffending. The environmentally friendly drive comes on top of more than £12 billion green investment to help the Government reach its net zero carbon emission target by 2050. This will include hydrogen and carbon capture technology, greener homes, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, walking and cycling infrastructure, flood defences and backing offshore wind to power every UK home by 2030. The UK was the first major economy to legislate to have a net zero target. It is also committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 68 per cent compared to 1990 levels by 2030 - the highest reduction target by a major economy to date.
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Social media has formally written the recipe for a hot girl summer: being vaxxed and waxed. But while you're making preparations to return "outside," don't overlook the hairstyle celebrities are springing for as we move toward some semblance of normal (whatever that means).Stars on the 'gram have been showing off fresh haircuts, proving that a sharp bob is the icing on top of a summer look. "Bobs are on fire right now because they are easy and stylish," celebrity stylist Larry Sims says. "A great bob cut can go from super relaxed to super edgy quickly, which is why I love them."Regina King, one of Sims' A-list clients, stole the show at the 2021 Academy Awards with a razor-sharp angular cut that made a strong case for blunt ends. Meagan Good's newest chop also made the rounds on social media as the ideal wispy style for the season. Ahead, we rounded up some of our favourite looks, and all signs are pointing to a real hot bob summer.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Meagan GoodIf you were one of the 678,000 double-tapping (and staring) at this mirror snap of Good, you already know: Aside from the actress being stunning per usual, it was her haircut that really got our attention. Hairstylist Jasmine Ashley is responsible for Good's chop, which sits right above her chin. The side-parted style has the perfect amount of blunt and body, and was co-signed by stars in the comments, who credited Good as their new hair inspo. "Makes me miss my short hair," Christina Milian wrote. "I love this look," Good's longtime hair guru Dr. Kari Williams commented. Halle BerryHalle Berry's Oscars bob left the internet divided, but confirmed that a bold short cut is sure to turn heads. Sara Seward took a dramatic angular approach to the style, making Berry's hair tapered towards the back, longer along her cheeks, and topped off with a wispy baby fringe.Regina KingSims got his client's bob so sleek for the Oscars using Flawless by Gabrielle Union Shine Enhancing Heat Protection Spray and Blow Dry Cream. Before cutting, he flat ironed in small sections to create a straight canvas. "Depending on the bob, I’ll cut bluntly or notch cut for a softer finish," he says. To finish King's style, Sims smoothed flyaways with the Flawless By Gabrielle Union Restoring Exotic Oil Treatment. Do you see that shine?Simone BilesLast summer, Simone Biles made a strong case for a fresh bob and silk press, and the service is still a popular choice for the gymnast. Biles posed with a shoulder-grazing cut with choppy ends that'll also look cute styled in loose waves.Hunter SchaferFlipped-out '70's hair isn't limited to longer styles — take a page from Hunter Schafer's book and blow the ends of your chin-length bob outwards for a retro look.Niecy NashThis subtly waved cut on Niecy Nash erased any doubts we had about shedding a few inches. Ray Christopher was responsible for the actress's look, which is slightly shorter in the back and gets longer and more chiselled towards her chin. Tiffany HaddishChristopher also hooked up Tiffany Haddish's icy blonde wig for an Ellen Show appearance with an off-centre parting and slight bends for dimension.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
Andrew Furey recorded a video that was made public on Thursday evening, at the very minute Newfoundland and Labrador's two supper-hour newscasts went to air. (Government of Newfoundland and Labrador) Did Andrew Furey actually expect the two supper-hour newscasts in Newfoundland and Labrador to turn over their airwaves to him on Thursday night, literally without question? By that last phrase, I mean that Furey did not make himself available that evening to answer questions from journalists — a practice that his government just a day earlier restricted in another forum. (More on that decision in a moment.) Instead, the premier's office beamed over a video of Furey talking straight to camera, reacting to the report that Moya Greene released seven days earlier about the worrisome state of Newfoundland and Labrador's economy. It's an important topic, to be sure, but the premier's office's expectations for its nine-minute video were out of bounds. After all, no one would expect news anchors to read a government statement of that length. Why would we play the video version, without the ability to probe further into what was said? Here's how this played out. Late Wednesday afternoon, a CBC producer was given a heads-up that the video was being made, and that it would be embargoed until 6 p.m. NT on Thursday. That is, the instant that CBC's Here & Now and the NTV Evening Newshour go to air. The Liberals' expectations could not be more clear. Prior governments at Confederation Building have made decisions that have restricted the media's access to information. (CBC) Our reaction was instantaneous: we knew we were not going to run it in full, especially when it became clear that Furey would not answer questions Thursday evening about it. NTV came to the same conclusion. Accustomed to manipulative tactics Both shows led their newscasts talking about what Furey had to say, and played selected clips rather than the video itself, which ran almost nine minutes. (We embedded the full video into the web story, as an option for audience members who chose to watch it. After all, that's a very different thing than turning over our airwaves.) We're used to manipulation. In the Tobin era, election launches were timed for the 6 o'clock news. Premiers of subsequent stripes timed big announcements for the supper hour, in the hope of catching eyeballs. Dwight Ball even pulled the video lever in February 2020 when he had had enough and decided to step down. We did something else, too. We wrote a digital story earlier Thursday, to explain to the public what was happening behind the scenes, and report the pressure the government was putting on local media to transmit a political message. We pointed out that Furey would not be available until Friday to answer questions. We also noted that the Greene report — the very thing that Furey was responding to — chided the provincial government for chronic transparency problems. "When the decision-making process isn't open and transparent, those outside of it tend to conclude that decisions were not made in the general interest," said the premier's economic recovery team (PERT) report. "Transparency is the best way to regain public trust." For political scientist Russell Williams, that's smart advice, even if it's a bit rich coming from PERT itself. From left, Health Minister John Haggie, Premier Andrew Furey and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald prepare for Wednesday's COVID-19 briefing. The government has announced that each reporter will be allowed to ask fewer questions at future briefings. (Government of Newfoundland and Labrador) "That's ironic, in the sense that that's not really how the Greene report operated, but it also seems to be a criticism of the way the government is operating itself right now," Williams, who teaches at Memorial University in St. John's, told CBC's Mark Quinn before the video was released. (After the video statement came out, Williams found himself unsatisfied, calling the address "a huge missed opportunity" to lay out the government's plans.) Significantly less time for questions Just a day before the video was released, the government made another decision that diminished the public's right to know. We learned that reporters taking part in the now-weekly COVID-19 briefings will be allowed to ask only three questions in all, rather than the five currently asked in turns. The explanation was that it was being done "in the interests of time." Journalists were taken aback by the move, given that the briefing is one of the now-rare opportunities to hold officials to account, and to get clear answers from Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Janice Fitzgerald. "This is garbage," tweeted NTV's Michael Connors. Mike is one of the most even-tempered journalists I've ever met, so the comment really speaks to the frustration that journalists are having with public officials now. A reasonable fear in my profession: limitations of who can even take part in a news conference, which were brought in because of the pandemic, will carry over when COVID-19 is behind us. I need to be clear: this is not a problem that started with the current government. Over the course of many years, there's been a steady degradation of public access. Years ago, journalists were routinely able to interview experts who worked for government departments, on the understanding that they spoke to their areas of expertise, while policy questions were — rightly — put to politicians. By the mid-2000s, that kind of access was already being dialled back. A defining moment for me was when an expert in the provincial government, someone I often contacted to better understand fiscal issues, told me that she could no longer speak to me at all, even though I never quoted her. Memorial University political scientist Russell Williams says Andrew Furey's address Thursday night was a missed opportunity to outline his agenda, and deal with media question. (Mark Quinn/CBC) The trend has been to direct all questions to "the minister" — that is, the politician representing that portfolio. Forget the fact that the minister might not actually understand the issues or be able to say more than the talking points prepared in advance. And even with that, we're getting less access. Ministers are conspicuously unavailable on sensitive topics, and we are often told a minister will not be available for a couple of days, sometimes longer. Worse, we get brief (and I mean very brief, often just a single sentence) statements to be attributed to a minister, who we can assume did not actually say these words. The chance for followup questions? Non-existent, at least as often as not. We've seen similar tightened access in other arenas, including Crown corporations and the City of St. John's. It's been only nine months since Andrew Furey has become premier. His approach to transparency, accountability and the public's right to know has hardly been a breath of fresh air. "I really think the government wants to start thinking a lot more about the need to talk to people, even if they're potential critics," Russell Wiliams said. "The government needs to embrace the idea that they need to talk in genuine kind of two-way conversations. And that includes being available to answer questions from the media." Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador
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BEIJING (AP) — China landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time on Saturday, a technically challenging feat more difficult than a moon landing, in the latest step forward for its ambitious goals in space. Plans call for a rover to stay in the lander for a few days of diagnostic tests before rolling down a ramp to explore an area of Mars known as Utopia Planitia. It will join an American rover that arrived at the red planet in February. China’s first Mars landing follows its launch last month of the main section of what will be a permanent space station and a mission that brought back rocks from the moon late last year. “China has left a footprint on Mars for the first time, an important step for our country’s space exploration,” the official Xinhua News Agency said in announcing the landing on one of its social media accounts. The U.S. has had nine successful landings on Mars since 1976. The Soviet Union landed on the planet in 1971, but the mission failed after the craft stopped transmitting information soon after touchdown. A rover and a tiny helicopter from the American landing in February are currently exploring Mars. NASA expects the rover to collect its first sample in July for return to Earth in a decade. China has landed on the moon before but landing on Mars is a much more difficult undertaking. Spacecraft use shields for protection from the searing heat of entering the Martian atmosphere, and use both retro-rockets and parachutes to slow down enough to prevent a crash landing. The parachutes and rockets must be deployed at precise times to land at the designated spot. Only mini-retro rockets are required for a moon landing, and parachutes alone are sufficient for returning to Earth. Xinhua said the entry capsule entered the Mars atmosphere at an altitude of 125 kilometers (80 miles), initiating what it called “the riskiest phase of the whole mission." A 200 square meter (2,150 square foot) parachute was deployed and later jettisoned, and then a retro-rocket was fired to slow the speed of the craft to almost zero, Xinhua said. The craft hovered about 100 meters (330 feet) above the surface to identify obstacles before touching down on four buffer legs. “Each step had only one chance, and the actions were closely linked. If there had been any flaw, the landing would have failed,” said Geng Yan, an official at the China National Space Administration, according to Xinhua. Touchdown was at 7:18 a.m. Beijing time (23:18 Friday GMT; 7:18 p.m. EDT), although more than an hour passed before ground controllers could confirm the landing was a success, Xinhua said. The rover had to open its solar panels and antenna, and then it took more than 17 minutes for its signals to traverse the distance between Mars and Earth. Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a congratulatory letter to the mission team, called the landing “an important step in our country’s interplanetary exploration journey, realizing the leap from Earth-moon to the planetary system and leaving the mark of the Chinese on Mars for the first time. ... The motherland and people will always remember your outstanding feats!" NASA Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen tweeted his congratulations, saying, “Together with the global science community, I look forward to the important contributions this mission will make to humanity’s understanding of the Red Planet.” China's Mars landing was the top trending topic on Weibo, a leading social media platform, as people expressed both excitement and pride. The Tianwen-1 spacecraft has been orbiting Mars since February, when it arrived after a 6 1/2-month journey from Earth. Xinhua described the mission as China's first planetary exploration. The rover, named after the Chinese god of fire Zhurong, is expected to be deployed for 90 days to search for evidence of life. About the size of a small car, it has ground-penetrating radar, a laser, and sensors to gauge the atmosphere and magnetic sphere. China's space program has proceeded in a more cautious manner than the U.S. and the Soviet Union during the height of their space race. The launch of the main module for China's space station in April is the first of 11 planned missions to build and provision the station and send up a three-person crew by the end of next year. While the module was successfully launched, the uncontrolled return to Earth of the rocket drew international criticism including from NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. China has said it wants to land people on the moon and possibly build a scientific base there. No timeline has been released for these projects. A space plane is also reportedly under development. ___ Associated Press researcher Henry Hou, news assistant Caroline Chen and video journalist Sam McNeil contributed to this report. Ken Moritsugu, The Associated Press
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