Flood Watch Extended for Broward and Palm Beach Counties

first_imgA flood watch is now in effect for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties until 8 p.m. while the flood watch for Mainland Monroe County has been canceled. The soggy weather over South Florida for the last few days has prompted a special weather statement Monday by the National Hurricane Center.The NHC says the disturbance currently over Florida has a 20 percent chance for tropical development over the next two days.Since the weekend, the system has brought widespread showers and thunderstorms across the Sunshine State.The NHC said a weak surface low could form just off the east coast of Florida and move northward toward Georgia and South Carolina on Tuesday and Wednesday.The system is not expected to become a tropical cyclone due to strong upper-level winds, according to the NHC.If it did reach tropical storm strength, the name would be Bertha.In the other South Florida counties, another round of thunderstorms is expected this afternoon, which will likely cause additional flooding.Torrential rainfall may produce flooding of poor drainage areas in urban locations as well as small creeks, streams and canals.Hobe Sound residents are reporting particularly heavy flooding.last_img read more

Supreme Court discusses ‘voluntary code of conduct’ for Cabinet Ministers

first_imgA Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether Cabinet Ministers at both the Central and State levels should have a “voluntary model code of conduct” which addresses their private and public activities.The submissions about such a code were made before the five-judge Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra, which is examining if “greater restrictions” should be imposed on the right of free speech and expression of high public functionaries to protect the citizen’s fundamental right to lead a dignified life.Two petitions The question was framed after family members of the Bulandshahr rape case victim complained about former Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan’s public statements that the rape case was part of a political conspiracy against the then Akhilesh Yadav government. The Bench is also hearing a separate petition filed by a Kerala-based man, Joseph Shine, represented by senior lawyer Kaleeswaram Raj, about the public comments made by State Minister M.M. Mani.Both Attorney General K.K. Venugopal and Mr. Raj, who are assisting the Constitution Bench, were against introducing additional restrictions. Mr. Venugopal argued that the SC has taken a consistent stand in the past against invocation of any further restrictions on free speech of citizens, and public men are no exception.Mr. Raj asked the court to direct the government to frame the code of conduct for Cabinet Ministers. “The code of conduct should reflect constitutional morality and values of good governance. The acts of the persons holding public offices can be thus subjected to better and meaningful public scrutiny, which in turn would ensure democratic accountability,” Mr. Raj argued before the Constitution Bench.He said the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has already a code of conduct for Ministers, which essentially is concerned about financial discipline. “Nothing is emanating from the code which addresses the private and public activities of the Ministers in general. This is too narrow and inadequate,” the senior lawyer argued.last_img read more

Lifters threaten pullout from Pak CWG team but stopped

first_imgPakistan’s weightlifters threatened to pull out of the Delhi Commonwealth Games after a showdown with their contingent leader over carrying the national flag at Sunday night’s opening ceremony but trouble was averted when officials sorted out the “misunderstanding”.Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medallist lifter Shujauddin Malik was originally supposed to carry the national flag at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium but Pakistan contingent head Muhammad Ali Shah ultimately carried it after a last-minute change of plans.Weightlifting coach Sheikh Rashid said his wards felt slighted and did not wish to compete in the event.”…my players will not feature in events and will come back unless Mr Shah apologises to the contingent,” Rashid was quoted as saying by The Dawn.But Pakistan’s chef de mission Mohammad Ali Shah said the matter has been sorted out.”There was a strong rumour to create trouble in the team. The reports were just rumours. There was a misunderstanding which has been sorted out after a meeting this morning. The matter is closed and all the lifters are training now,” he told PTI.last_img read more

Boxer Laishram Devendro Singh wants to come up trumps in Rio de Janeiro in 2016

first_imgHe was the most impressive male Indian boxer with his aggressive style at the London Olympics. Light flyweight Laishram Devendro Singh tried his best in the quarter-finals against Irishman Paddy Barnes but missed out on a bronze medal by a close margin.The way he fought whole-heartedly, he could get away with the excuse of poor scoring and refereeing made by a few of his teammates. But Devendro has gone the other way and confessed it was his “lack of preparation” which hampered his chances.”What can I say about this defeat? I could have won a medal and missed out by a whisker. But I think I should have been better prepared. My opponent Barnes was a well-prepared boxer; he fought better and won,” a humble Devendro said at the sidelines of a ceremony where Monnet Group felicitate all eight boxers who went to the Olympics.Like an ambitious sportsman, Devendro is upset with the defeat but not disheartened and believes with more preparation he will make the podium in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.”Preparation is something which I can do in future. I have age on my side and time to chase an Olympic medal. I am not disheartened by the defeat in London. I want to win the medal with more preparation next time,” said the 20-year-old Manipuri boxer.Devendro was trailing 10-17 after the second round against Barnes, and the Indian came out all guns blazing in the third and final round and scored eight points. His effort was not enough for a medal and he lost the bout 18-23.advertisementAlthough he lost the bout, Devendro is satisfied with the way he performed in the competition. “Whatever talent I had I poured in the quarter-finals and this satisfies me. I might not have ended on the podium but I played my heart out.”In fact after the second round I recovered very well and at the end of the third round I thought I had won this bout. Though I had scored more points tha Barnes, I still lost,” he said.Barnes was at the receiving end in his bout against Devendro during a training-cum-competition session in Ireland last month, but in London the Irishman turned the tables on the Indian.”He (Barnes) was pretty uncomfortable against me in Ireland but in London it turned out the other way. It taught me to be prepared at every moment, irrespective of the previous results,” said Devendro.Meanwhile, like a leader who takes pride in his team’s success and accepts failure with grace, India coach Gurbux Singh Sandhu took responsibility for the side’s modest show in London. He confessed that he was satisfied with boxers’ individual performance but disappointment at India not clinching a medal.”I can make 100 excuses for my boys not clinching a medal, but in the end, it’s the medal that counts. It’s the medal which remains in the memories of fans and near misses fade away with the passage of time,” he said.”I feel personally responsible for the miss. I was head of the team and everyone supported us. The sports minister personally came and asked the boys if they needed any help, but we still could not get a medal,” he said. However, Sandhu feels that the jolt was timely and the Indian men’s team will learn from it.”Sometimes a jolt is necessary. It awakens you and tells where you lack or what went wrong. In our case, it came at a wrong time. Had it came in a build-up tournament, we would have been cautious for London.”But our coaches and officials will sit and analyse our shortcomings and where we need to make changes in order to get better results in Rio de Janeiro,” he signed off.Mary gets Rs 11 lakhMonnet Ispat Energy Limited handed out a cheque of Rs11 to Mary Kom for her bronze-medal winning performance in the London Olympics.last_img read more

10 months agoMum comes clean on Barcelona links for PSG rebel Rabiot

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Mum comes clean on Barcelona links for PSG rebel Rabiotby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe mother and agent of PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot insists nothng has been agreed with Barcelona.Off contract and banished to the stands after refusing to consider new terms, Rabiot is expected to join Barca.However, his mother Veronique told RTL: “Discussions started with FC Barcelona? I’ll tell you, the rumours we are used to in football, we especially, it’s been years that there are rumours about Adrien, about me. “There is no agreement with any club at any time. I do not know who started this rumour. I think it might be nice for some people to believe it. I have always respected the rules and protocols, everyone knows it. We do not have the right to speak with any club before January 1st and I will not speak with any club before January 1st.” last_img read more

Here’s When The Big 12 Wants To Make A Decision On Expansion

first_imgHouston Cougars football's TDECU Stadium.HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 17: A general view of the field prior to the start of the game between the Temple Owls and the Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium on October 17, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Expansion talk for the Big 12 has been going on for years. It will likely continue to go on for years, too. Texas’ athletic director, Mike Perrin, said this evening that he thinks this is a dialogue that could “continue several years.”Texas AD Mike Perrin on expansion: “I think this is a dialogue that could continue several years.”— David Ubben (@davidubben) June 1, 2016The conference’s commissioner has a less vague timeline.  Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says he hopes a decision is made – one way or another – by the end of the summer. Big 12 commish Bowlsby on timeline for expansion: ‘I’m going to push for decisions to be made one way or another by the end of the summer.’— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) June 1, 2016Houston, among other teams, is pushing to join the Big 12. The Cougars appear to be a great fit for the league, but it’d be surprising if the conference adds just one school. With 10 universities currently in the conference, it would make most sense to add at least two (or four) teams.last_img read more

CBI to probe murder charges in Bihar shelter home case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation is investigating charges of murder and other offences in the Muzaffarpur Shelter Home case, sources here said on Thursday.The development comes after the Supreme Court heard a plea demanding a thorough investigation into the case where girls were mentally, physically, and sexually abused at a shelter home in Bihar. The fresh application has been filed by Nivedita Jha, a Patna-based writer, activist and independent journalist, on whose petition the Supreme Court had initially transferred the case to CBI. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Through her lawyer, Fauzia Shakil, she has questioned as to why serious charges of multiple gang rapes, rapes, and murders had been left out of the chargesheet filed by CBI in December last year. In the chargesheet, CBI had charged all 21 accused including the mastermind, Brajesh Thakur, in the case under several Sections of the IPC, including Section 376(c), which is to be applied in cases of sexual abuse by a person of authority. The initial chargesheet also included charges under the POCSO Act. According to sources familiar with developments in the case, investigations in the case are not yet completed and the murder charges against the accused are still being investigated.last_img read more

American Family gets a taste of Morocco without leaving its living

first_imgCasablanca- Traveling is one of the most efficient ways to experience and understand cultural differences and similarities, but a trip overseas can raise financial and logistic concerns especially for big families. An American family decided to overcome these challenges and immerse in Moroccan culture without having to leave the living room.Jennifer Cooper and her husband Dave want their children to learn about and understand foreign cultures. The family is aware of the pivotal role of traveling in exploring the world’s cultural diversity. Mrs Cooper said, “There’s no better education than the experiences you have while traveling. The immersive experience helps us connect what we read in books with the real world. We meet people, experience new sights, smells, sounds and gain an appreciation not just for how others live, but how we live as well.” Jennifer wishesshecould travel more as a family, “but it’s super expensive, the plane rides are long and the amount of scheduling it requires can be too much to handle.”, she added.Hence the idea of taking a trip to another country without ever leaving the living room came to her mind.The family adventure started with lessons in Geography, involving the kids in locating Morocco on the map. Later, they brought changes into their house to depict Morocco’s interior design. Coopers prepared and tasted Couscous, which is one of Morocco’s famous dishes, Harira soup, as well as meatballs known as Kofta and other local  meals. The family infused its living room with traditional Moroccan style, sitting on mats in a charm that breaths the atmosphere of Marrakech with rugs and lamps.During the 4 minute YouTube video, the kids showed great joy while helping their mother to decorate the room as to mirror the setting of  Morocco’s traditional life style. They liked the taste of some meals. Jennifer taught her children to avoid judging the taste of food as that may hurt feelings of others who are culturally different.  “if you don’t like it , don’t  eat it,” she said. “Food is something that connects us all. We all need to eat, right?  Food makes this adventure memorable and encourages the kids to think beyond pizza, hot dogs and cheesy macaroni”, Jennifer noted.She said that she loved the adventure because it requires kids and parents to use their imaginations. “It doesn’t require parents to be an expert in a country or culture. Instead, it’s something kids and parents can learn about together”, Mrs. Cooper went on to explain.Jennifer Cooper is a blogger who lives in Baltimore with her husband Dave – photographer – and their two children. Passionate about family life, she created “Adventures in Learning” through the PBS website, “a family-produced blog and video series that encourages parents to spend meaningful time with their children while sneaking in some learning.” © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

The Bulls Made The Right Decision But The Wrong Trade

The rebuild is already off to an odd start, though. Beyond LaVine’s injury risk, the Bulls are also getting him at a time when the 22-year-old is on the cusp of landing what figures to be a big payday. (In fact, they’ll be forced to hammer out an extension this summer — perhaps well north of $20 million a year, without seeing him play meaningful basketball since the injury — or else risk another team throwing a bigger offer at him as a restricted free agent and forcing Chicago to match.) There’s a decent chance his next deal briefly outpaces Butler’s annual salary of almost $19 million, one of the best bargains in the NBA, since Butler is locked in until at least 2019.In other words: The rebuild will require the Bulls to shell out considerable salary to a young player who hasn’t proven to be a sure thing yet. And with Dunn, one of the older rookies in last year’s draft, they’ll be hoping that last season was just an aberration for him.Part of what makes the swap so disappointing for the Bulls is the fact that they were engaged in draft-day conversations about the same players last year, before talks eventually broke off. The Bulls have more information now — that LaVine showed vast improvement on offense before tearing his ACL, that Dunn’s college success probably won’t translate right away, and that Butler is truly an elite, All-NBA talent — yet the Bulls pulled the trigger on a package that should be even less attractive to them now than it was then.From Minnesota’s vantage point, it’s easy to imagine how Butler can immediately come in and change things for the youthful Timberwolves, who were a great first-half team but blew more double-digit leads in second halves than any other team in the NBA. The 27-year-old was fantastic when it counted this past season, posting a 44.5 player-efficiency rating in clutch scenarios,4Meaning moments when a game is within 5 points during the final five minutes of of action. second-best in the NBA behind only Russell Westbrook, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. His presence also boosts a defense that was fifth-worst in the league last season, in part because Andrew Wiggins still really struggles on that end, even though he has wingspan and athleticism of a stopper. It wouldn’t be surprising to hear some put Minnesota on a short list of clubs that could potentially beat Golden State a couple of years from now if they continue to build out that roster.There are a handful of things that figure to work out nicely for the Bulls as a result of this trade, too. LaVine showed considerable improvement as a shooter last season, something Chicago can use given the team’s abysmal numbers from outside. And his ability to get up and down the floor should allow coach Fred Hoiberg play the uptempo style he’s wanted to use since joining the Bulls more than two years ago. (This becomes even more true if Dwyane Wade, who recently told the team that he was opting into the last year of his deal for $24 million, decides it’s best to negotiate a buyout with the club.)With Dunn, even if his offense doesn’t improve a ton, the team will at least have a very good, capable defender at the guard spot. The ex-Providence standout is a pest and uses his length to disrupt the passing lanes. He ranked fourth in the NBA with 4.6 deflections per 36 minutes.5Among those who played 1,000 minutes or more this past season.All things considered, though, there’s a reason that the Bulls are getting failing grades for this move. No one is knocking the idea of conceding that a rebuild was necessary. That much was obvious. But given that Butler had more time left on his deal, the team’s hand wasn’t forced to do something this very moment. Chicago easily could’ve waited until the trade deadline to try to sell the swingman off to a desperate contender.Either way, the Bulls should have been able to get more than damaged, or diminished, goods in exchange for their franchise player. CHICAGO — NBA franchises fail all the time in trying to construct a team. On Thursday, the Bulls illustrated that it’s possible to botch the dismantling of one.Anyone who watched the Bulls over the past two years could see that this team — whether it managed to sneak into the playoffs or not — was on a treadmill of mediocrity. And that was the case despite having an All-NBA talent like swingman Jimmy Butler. The reset button needed to be hit.That happened Thursday when the team traded Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 draft pick, Lauri Markkanen. Without context, acquiring young players like LaVine (who averaged 19 points a game last season), Dunn (the highly sought-after No. 5 pick from last June) and 7-foot sharpshooter Markkanen would be a decent return for a player of Butler’s caliber. But, like always, the devil is in the details here. LaVine missed the final 32 games of the season after tearing his ACL — an injury the Bulls are all too familiar with — while Dunn had an incredibly rough rookie season, one in which he not only posted the lowest true-shooting percentage among first-year players, but the worst true-shooting mark of any player, period.1Of players who logged at least 1,000 minutes last season.And while it’s too soon to truly criticize anything about the Markkanen acquisition, it was shocking that Chicago felt the need to send its No. 16 pick2One it ended up using on Justin Patton, to send to Minnesota. to the Wolves to complete this trade, given how much better Butler was than everyone else involved. The Bulls shouldn’t have needed to send anything else to sweeten the deal.3Curiously, Chicago has a bit of a bad habit of sending along picks in situations where it shouldn’t have to. For instance, consider the Bulls’ trade-deadline deal in which they unloaded Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott, the two best players in that transaction, yet found themselves giving up a second-round pick to complete the swap. Yet the team says this was the best offer they had for Butler, by far, and that the move gave Chicago an opportunity to move from the center of the totem pole all the way near the bottom, where it will be easier to build through the draft in the future.“Jimmy has improved as an individual maybe as much as any guy we’ve been around,” said Bulls Executive Vice President John Paxson of Butler, who went from averaging 2.6 points as a rookie to nearly 24 points in his sixth year. “Minnesota is obviously getting a heck of a player. He’s going to be missed. But with that said, what we’ve done is set a direction. We’ve gone to the playoffs, but not at a level that we’ve wanted to. And in this league, success is not determined that way. And we’ve decided to make the change and rebuild this roster.”VIDEO: Breaking down the Butler trade read more