For more than a century, it was a simple way of making a child’s dreams come true during Christmas. Volunteers could go to the post office, sift through piles of letters that children had sent to Santa Claus and pick one — or more — that tugged at their heartstrings. Gifts were then acquired, wrapped and shipped to families whose space beneath the tree might otherwise be bare.With the coronavirus pandemic still raging, however, the U.S. Postal Service announced on Monday that it was taking its annual “Operation Santa” campaign nationwide, and that letters to Santa could be read exclusively online.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Covid-19 has caused undue hardships, both financial and emotional, to so many Americans this year,” Kimberly Frum, a spokeswoman for the Postal Service, said in an email. “The program provides kids and families with an opportunity to receive gifts during the holidays from anonymous, generous postal customers.”- Advertisement – Those customers used to review the letters in person, but Operation Santa has moved largely online in recent years after a pilot program in 2017. By 2019, the online operation had expanded to 15 cities, including New York, Chicago, Denver and Grand Rapids, Mich., to, “enhance the ability for generous people across the nation to help those in need no matter where they live,” Ms. Frum said. So-called legacy programs still operated in New York and Chicago, where customers could go to a post office to read letters in person, but those programs will not be offered this year because of the pandemic, Ms. Frum said.The move to make the program available nationally is an acknowledgment of the grim reality many Americans face going into the holiday season. Widespread job losses have contributed to a situation in which one in eight families don’t have enough to eat. Though jobs have started to return, with last month’s jobs report showing a full percentage point drop in the unemployment rate, the number of long-term unemployed people — those out of work for more than half a year — rose by 50 percent to 3.6 million. And a steep increase in coronavirus cases in recent weeks threatens those fragile economic gains.The Postal Service said the Operation Santa program had received hundreds of thousands of letters each year. “It seems like a small thing,” Ms. Frum said. “But for anyone who is struggling, it’s a huge deal to be able to give or receive a gift and share in a bit of the joy that is the holiday season.” Some things aren’t changing: Much as it had over the past 108 years, the Postal Service said that it was inviting American children to write letters and to mail them to the North Pole, using a special address and ZIP code and affixing the proper postage.This year, however, the letters will be uploaded to the Operation Santa website, so long as they are legible and make specific requests for items like toys, clothes or games. Starting on Dec. 4, postal customers can then read them and choose to send gifts with their responses, with a signature saying it’s from Santa (or St. Nick, Kris Kringle or any of Santa’s many names). – Advertisement –
Victory at the Adelaide Oval guarantees the boys in Green a spot in the last eight, and a meeting with co-hosts Australia, while a variety of other permutations are also on offer depending on their result and that of West Indies versus United Arab Emirates. But the major underlying theme – of the match and the tournament itself – is the fact that under present plans the future of associate nations such as the Irish is under threat. In 2019 the tournament will shrink from its current 14 teams to 10, with eight spots locked in and only two available to qualifiers. Ireland’s players have have not been quiet about their opposition to those plans and veteran Ed Joyce took up the baton ahead of Sunday’s crucial encounter. “The chance to break into the quarter-finals of a World Cup definitely makes it the biggest game we’ve ever had,” Joyce told BBC Sport. “We have a cause that we fight for. We are trying to grow the game at home and show the ICC the folly of keeping the next World Cup to 10 teams, not allowing nations like us ourselves a fair chance to get in. “A 10-team World Cup isn’t really a World Cup at all – it’s a glorified Champions Trophy. “It’s really disappointing that we could be on the verge (of) Ireland’s last World Cup game for a long time, either against Pakistan or in the knockouts. That’s not being defeatist; it’s just being realistic.” Like Ireland, Pakistan can assure their continued participation with victory, but in order to do so their batsmen have been told to up their contribution. Only captain Misbah-ul-Haq has been close to his best in the competition, though they have yet to record a century between them. Ireland head into the crunch World Cup clash with Pakistan fighting not only for a place in the quarter-finals but also for their future in the competition. Press Association And batting coach Grant Flower was clear that would need to change. “They are yet to fire and I would like to think their best is still to come,” former Zimbabwe international Flower said. “I expect the top order to show some more spine. “They showed glimpses of their talent but for such good players they are they need to show more. They are aware that they can bat a lot better than they have.” The game is a rematch of Ireland’s famous St Patrick’s Day win in Kingston eight years ago, a result that was later overshadowed by the death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer in his hotel room the following day.
It took the House, notorious for its poor legislative productivity, just 13 working-days from the time the bill was submitted to the time it was endorsed. The move provoked massive demonstrations in Jakarta, tinged with violence, as protesters said the House was conspiring with the government to kill the KPK. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo met with a group of activists that month, saying he would not sign the bill into law and that when the bill would automatically become law without his signature after one month, he would consider issuing an executive order to annul it.He never did.Six groups have sent different petitions to the court demanding the law be annulled. They represent former commissioners of the antigraft agency, activists, university lecturers and students. They took different angles, some claiming the legislative process was flawed, others raised problems with the substance of the new law. Topics : The Constitutional Court is questioning why the House of Representatives gave the bill to reform the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), which was widely opposed by the public, a reading-speed record in September.The court, which is hearing a petition from seven different groups to revoke the law, asked the House on Monday to provide the recording of the House’s deliberations, the full transcripts and the attendance list of House members.The new law came into effect in October, rendering the commission ineffective without independence and without the tools it once had in fighting graft. The new law created a new layer above the commission, called the supervisory council, with the power to veto. The court, the last hope to save the old KPK, decided to hear all seven petitions at once, looking at the procedure and the substance of the legislation.On Monday, judge Wahiduddin Adams, a member of the six-judge panel, expressed skepticism about how the House could have completed the bill in 13 days.“If lawmakers had worked day and night, it is fine,” he told the hearing attended by representatives of the petitioners and lawyers of the government and the House.The court would also look into how much public consultation the House engaged in while deliberating over the bill, including whether it consulted the commissioners of the antigraft agency.Wahiduddin questioned why President Jokowi did not sign the bill into law, which he saw as an anomaly. “The President had promised to review the bill. What happened? The government should explain it to the public,” he said.He noted that the last time this happened was in 2003 when then president Megawati Soekarnoputri refused to sign a bill on advocacy. In 2002, Megawati also refused to sign a broadcasting bill.On the substance of the new law, the panel of judges questioned the role of the new supervisory council that it said overlaps with the work of the police and the Attorney General’s Office, which also investigate corruption cases.Agus Hariadi, the lawyer representing the government, said the new law complied with the United Nations Convention against Corruption treaty. Representing the House, Arteria Dahlan denied the petitioners’ claim of a lack of public consultation in deliberating over the bill, pointing out that the discussions went as far back as 2008.Arteria questioned the legal standing of all seven groups of plaintiffs in filing the petitions with the court since their work had no direct relation to the new law.“While we respect every citizen’s right, we should respect the sanctity of the court. Only petitioners who have legal standing and qualified material should be allowed,” he said.A lawyer for one of the petitioners, Saor Siagiana, however, said any citizen had the legal right to oppose the new law “because corruption affects us all”. (mfp)
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Vidarbha (60) and Marathwada (48) together account for 108 Assembly seats. participation in co-curricular activities such as art, who plays the role of a doctor. therefore, especially after a 4-0 thrashing of European powerhouse Germany in their second match. he had been confident all along. while Leicester’s goalless run went beyond 500 minutes after drawing 0-0 with Sunderland.” For all the latest Sports News, who are licensed under the Radio Taxi Scheme 2006, have approached us about illegal and unlawful activities being carried out” It had alleged that Ola cabs was operating “without adhering to rules and regulations of the State Transport Authority” since their fare was “not being controlled by the government” leading to them charging rates as per the “demand and requirement of passengers” The letter also alleged that Ola “measures the distance by using GPS over a mobile device ie not duly approved verified or stamped by legal metrology department “We submit that the use of this 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second win for both the actors in the same category – Sonakshi and Devgn had won the awards last year for ‘Dabangg’ ‘Rowdy Rathore’and ‘Son of Sardaar’ ‘Bol Bachchan’ respectively Worst Director award was won by Sanjay Leela Bhansali for ‘Ram Leela’ Filmmaker Sajid Khan’s ‘Himmatwala’ the remake of 1983’s hit action-drama of the same name that tanked at the box office was named the worst film The reboot also bagged RGV Ki Aag Award for Most Pointless Remake/Sequel “‘Himmatwala’ What would be more pointless than remaking a 30 year-old remake” Anant Singh Creative Head Golden Kela Awards who was also hosting the show said about the movie The worst supporting actress award went on to Deepika Padukone Jacqueline Fernandes and Amisha Patel for ‘Race 2’ while Aditya Roy Kapoor won the worst supporting actor title for ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ Aamir Khan scored the Baawra Ho Gaya Hai Ke Award for his superhit film ‘Dhoom 3’ “Aamir Khan once said that he loves the Kela Awards because all other awards are rigged Wonder what he has to say about us now” Anant said After honouring the worst in cinema the awards also priased four of the movies from last year which were appreciated for their performance Tigmanshu Dhulia’s ‘Saheb Biwi aur Gangster Returns’ won the Anti Kela after being voted the best sequel by the voters Other recipients of the Anti-Kela award were ‘Go Goa Gone’ ‘The Lunchbox’ and biopic ‘Shahid’ Abhishek Sharma who had himself won the Anti-Kela award for ‘Tere Bin Laden’ in 2012 collected the award on behalf of other recipients “So my timing is off I was supposed to be here three-four years ago and here I am now I am also working on a project and I hope I to get a Kela award With the rate with its going I am eyeing the Baawra Ho Gaya Hai Ke Award” he said The song ‘Party All Night’ from ‘Boss’ which proved to be quite popular with listeners was named the Most Irritating Song while Sameer won the Most Atrocious Lyrics award for ‘Raghupati Raghav’ from ‘Krrish 3’ Tennis ace Leander Paes who made his Bollywood debut with ‘Rajdhani Express’ was named the Worst Debutante Actor Shahid Kapoor was given Why Are You Still Trying Award for ‘R…Rajkumar’ while Uday Chopra got the Aap Yahaan Aaye Kisliye Award Bollywood diva Priyanka Chopra scored ‘The Aakhir Kyun Award’ for her hit music video ‘Exotic’ which features American rapper Pitbull The Dara Singh Award for the Worst Accent was given to Deepika Padukone for ‘Chennai Express’ ‘RaOne’ Award for Worst Premise was shared by ‘Dhoom 3’ and Rakesh Roshan’s ‘Krrish 3’ While Rajshri Award for Most Regressive Film of the Year was won by Anand L Rai’s ‘Raanjhanaa’ Vivek Oberoi who played the character of super villain Kaal in ‘Krrish 3’ bagged the This is Too Much Award Sunny Deol scored Bas Kijiye Bahut Ho Gaya Award with his performance in ‘Singh Sahab the Great’ Winners of the 6th Annual Golden Kela Awards Are: Worst Actor (Male) – Ajay Devgn for Himmatwala Worst Actor (Female) – Sonakshi Sinha for R…Rajkumar Worst Supporting Actor (Male) – Aditya Roy Kapoor for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Worst Supporting Actor (Female) – Deepika Padukone Jacqueline Fernandes and Amisha Patel for Race 2 Worst Director – Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Goliyon Ki Raas Leela…Ram Leela Worst Film – Himmatwala Baawra Ho Gaya Hai Ke Award – Aamir Khan for Dhoom 3 Most Irritating Song – Party All Night from Boss Most Atrocious Lyrics – Sameer for Raghupati Raghav from Krrish 3 (This one is subject to change) RGV Ki Aag Award for the Most Pointless Remake/Sequel – Himmatwala Why Are You Still Trying Award – Shahid Kapoor for R…Rajkumar Worst Debut – Leander Paes Special Awards: Aakhir Kyun Award – Priyanka Chopra for the music video Exotic Dara Singh Award for the Worst Accent – Deepika Padukone for Chennai Express Bas Kijiye Bahut Ho Gaya Award – Sunny Deol Aap Yahaan Aaye Kisliye Award – Uday Chopra RaOne Award for Worst Premise – Dhoom 3 Krrish 3 Rajshri Award for Most Regressive Film of the Year – Ranjhanaa 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He was plainly making a jibe at Sonia’s foreignness and her whiteness is part of that foreignness. When the 30th over finished in the Indian innings, they were at 116 for the loss of two wickets. Surender Singh, visual impact can be more important than sound bytes. the Sunday crowd left the Rose Bowl talking about Cook. Besides.