As the government on Tuesday blamed separatists for gunning down seven Amarnath pilgrims and wounding 19 more in Kashmir before fleeing into the night, rebel groups in the disputed region condemned the deadly attack on civilians and insisted they had no part in it. An intelligence report that was circulated to Jammu & Kashmir police, military and paramilitary units two weeks ago indicates security officials had been expecting an attack. The intelligence report, marked “top secret,” warned that a “sensational attack by terrorist outfits cannot be ruled out” in the region. The memo, dated June 25, and verified as authentic by The Associated Press, said, “terrorists have been directed to eliminate 100 to 150 pilgrims and about 100 police.” It described circumstances eerily similar to what transpired on Monday night- “The attack may be in the form of standoff fire on yatra convoy, which they (militants) believe will result in flaring of communal tensions throughout the nation.” Also Read Police were searching for the assailants, who they said were from the Pakistan-based rebel group Lashkar-e-Taiba. “We’re investigating the attack, but we know certainly that the Lashkar has done it. We’ll soon deal with them,” police Inspector General Muneer Ahmed Khan said. Lashkar-e-Taiba denied any involvement in the attack, which they called “reprehensible” and “un-Islamic,” according to a statement sent to local media in Srinagar. “No Kashmiri has ever targeted any pilgrims, and this barbarity and atrocity is the trademark of Indian forces,” the group’s statement said. Omar Abdullah, former Chief Minister of Kashmir, asked the Home Ministry to protect Kashmiri students and workers across the nation. “Possibility of backlash can’t be ignored,” he said in a Twitter message. Most of the pilgrims wounded in the attack were released from hospitals on Tuesday. The bodies of those killed were flown to New Delhi on their way to Gujarat and Maharashtra. The attack sparked outrage across Kashmir and other states. In the Jammu region, hundreds of protesters shouted angry slogans against the militants and burned a faceless effigy meant to represent both terrorism and Pakistan. Many shops and businesses were shut for a protest strike in Jammu. Meanwhile, students in Ahmadabad gathered for a sit-in protest against all religious violence, while peace activists planned a candlelight vigil in New Delhi on Tuesday night. Kashmiri separatist leaders condemn terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims Amarnath Yatra attack: Narendra Modi says India will never be bogged down by evil designs of hate Police said the attack began with gunmen unleashing a hail of bullets on an armoured police vehicle and, soon after, on a nearby police patrol. They said that a bus carrying 60 pilgrims had been passing through the area when the patrolling police and militants were exchanging fire, and that some bullets struck the bus and its passengers. The police also said that the bus had been travelling at night, despite instructions to avoid the roads after dark. Though security had been increased along the route for the pilgrimage, thousands of deployed soldiers and police do not patrol overnight. Several bus passengers who were wounded gave a different version of events, saying the bus had been targeted from three directions during the attack. They said the driver kept driving the bus as it was being struck with bullets near Anantnag . The annual summer pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave shrine, which began on June 29 under heavy security, has been targeted in the past. On Tuesday, thousands of pilgrims continued the pilgrimage undeterred, as soldiers and police increased security along the Himalayan route for buses carrying pilgrims to the base camps where they start walking the path to the high mountain cave. None of the rebel groups in the region have claimed responsibility for the attack, and the three top separatist leaders in Kashmir condemned it. They demanded an independent investigation into the attack. “This incident goes against the very grain of Kashmiri ethos,” the separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammed Yasin Malik said in a joint statement. Also Read
ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Puerto Princesa – Day3 Session6 – Philippines’ John Vincent Pangga defeated United Arab Emirates’ Saif Al-Kharoosi at the flyweight (50kg). PHOTO FROM ASBC FACEBOOKPuerto Princesa—John Vincent Pangga and Kenneth dela Pena hurdled their respective opponents on Friday, assuring the Philippines of at least two bronze medals in the ASBC Asian Junior Boxing Championships here.Pangga beat Saif Alkharoosi of the United Arab Emirates by RSC (Referee Stops Contest) in the first round of their flyweight duel to barge into Sunday’s semifinals against Kazakhstan’s Talgat Syrymbetov.ADVERTISEMENT After drawing a bye in the first round, De La Pena, dominated India’s Selay So, 5-0, in the pinweight class to advance against Chinese Taipei’s Yu Chen-Ching.Syrymbetov beat Bhutan’s Tanding Wangchuk by RSC in the third round and, with his solid credential as Kazakhstan national junior champion, should give Pangga a tough fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAnother Filipino, Norlan Petecio, bowed to Uzbekistan’s Sherzod Kodirboev, 5-0, in the lightweight division, leaving Pangga and Dela Pena to carry the fight for the host country in the event confined to 15 and 16 year olds.Criz Russu Laurente lost to Kazakhstan’s Makhmud Sabyrkhan by the same score in the light flyweight category on Thursday. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Though they will be pitted against internationally seasoned opponents, Pangga and Dela Pena promised to give it their best shot in the five-day competition organized by the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines headed by Ricky Vargas.The tournament took a break Saturday and will conclude on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Silver lining Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Forward Christen Press said it’s this unity on and off the field that makes the United States a formidable team. “The World Cup is precious to us and we want to have all our focus there,” she said.Alex Morgan will lead the attack, flanked by Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath. Morgan, who broke out at the 2012 Olympics and is playing in her third World Cup, scored 18 goals in 19 games last year and was the team’s Player of the Year for 2018.A focus will no doubt be Alyssa Naeher, who has the daunting task of replacing Hope Solo in goal. Solo won the Golden Glove in Canada as the tournament’s best goalkeeper, allowing just three goals. But she was ultimately dismissed from the team following the 2016 Olympics.Naeher is known for her calm demeanor.“I’ve kind of found over the years that it’s best to just keep that even mindset, not too high and not too low,” she said. “There’s obviously a lot of defensive strategies and changes leading into a game, and within a game. The more that I can kind of just stay in the moment and kind of take it all in, the better position I’ll put myself in.”ADVERTISEMENT Helping Naeher will be a backline that includes veterans Becky Sauerbrunn and Kelley O’Hara, both playing in their third World Cup.In the Brazil Games, Sweden bunkered on defense and went on to advance to the semifinals, handing the U.S. its earliest exit in Olympic competition. Solo famously called the Swedes “cowards” for the tactic.But that game could provide something of a blueprint for how to beat the United States. Sweden was coached at the time by former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage, who knew the Americans well.Sundhage has since moved on, but the U.S. will again face Sweden in the final game of the group stage. Ellis joked before the draw in December that she fully expected to be grouped with Sweden — so of course it happened. It is the sixth time the two teams have been in the same group. Also in Group F are Thailand and Chile, which is making its World Cup debut.“I think that the emphasis is not to overload or add, it’s more about trusting what we’ve done and going in there and now just being able to focus on what’s exactly in front of us in terms of games,” Ellis said. “I think that sometimes coaches go to a playoff round or go into the postseason and suddenly what do you want to do — more and more and more — and I think the complete opposite actually.”The U.S. will open the tournament against Thailand in Reims on June 11. Sweden, ranked No. 9, will face the U.S. on June 20 in Le Havre — the final group match for both. The U.S. and the Swedes are expected to advance to the knockout round.The United States has won the World Cup three times since the women’s event was launched in 1991, more than any other national team. Japan defeated the U.S. in an emotional final in 2011 that came as that nation was still reeling from a devastating earthquake and tsunami.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next United States women’s national soccer team members, from left, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe speak to reporters during a news conference in New York, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)The U.S. women’s national team is well aware the rest of the world is catching up.Long dominant on the international stage, the No. 1-ranked Americans are heading to France for the Women’s World Cup with any number of teams potentially in position to topple the defending champions.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Among the challengers are host France, upstart England, the surprise third-place finisher at the 2015 World Cup in Canada, and even the Canadians themselves, who would love to get an upper hand in a longstanding rivalry with their North American neighbors.“I do not think that the U.S. is as strong as they have always been, the same with Germany, while not underestimating teams like Italy and Spain that may be inferior,” said Sweden midfielder Kosovar Asllani. “We will of course do everything to be at the top. It is open for any national team, really.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJill Ellis is leading the U.S. team into her second World Cup as coach. She selected a roster that emphasized experience, but the lineup will look vastly different from four years ago. Stalwarts Abby Wambach and Lauren Holiday have retired, and Carli Lloyd — who scored a hat trick in the title game in Canada — has moved into a “super sub” role off the bench.The U.S. women are focused on winning on the field in France even while at home they are looking for a different victory. Known for championing women’s rights and equality, the players collectively filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination by the U.S. Soccer Federation and seeking pay equitable with that of players on the men’s national team. 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Hyderabad, Apr 16 (PTI) Telangana is likely to continue to reel under the heat wave as mercury is expected to remain up to 45 degrees Celsius in most parts of the state in the next two days.”Heat wave conditions (are) very likely to prevail (tomorrow and day after) over most parts in the districts of Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimanagar, Khammam, Hyderabad, Rangareddy, Medak, Mahabubnagar, Warangal and Nalgonda of Telangana,” an official release from India Meteorology Department (IMD) said.Most places of Telangana are very likely to record maximum temperature between 40 and 45 degrees Celsius, it said.As per the release, the highest maximum temperature of 45 degrees Celsius was recorded at Nizamabad today.Meanwhile, the streets of Hyderabad today wore a deserted look during afternoon with people preferring to stay indoors to escape the sweltering-heat.Heat wave has claimed 35 lives in Telangana so far, prompting the state government to issue alerts in all districts to take precautionary measures to minimise the impact of the prevailing weather conditions, senior official had recently said. PTI GDK NRB ANP BAS
While 2017 was all about smartphones with nearly bezel-less displays, 2018 could see a new trend, one where phones could have foldable displays. But ZTE has started things off a bit early, racing past the likes of Samsung to unveil its very own foldable smartphone, called the Axon M, in the US. The smartphone’s biggest highlight is its dual screen that can unfold to make up one giant screen.The new Axon M , isn’t exactly the kind of foldable smartphone one would imagine. There is no foldable OLED display here, like the ones Samsung and Apple are reportedly working on. Instead, the ZTE smartphone is a dual-screen smartphone with a hinge in between, something similar to the Kyocera Echo back in 2011. Essentially, you can fold the phone to have a display on the front and back, or you could open it up and the two 5.2-inch displays will make up one 6.75-inch display that is separated by the hinge.In terms of specifications, the ZTE Axon M sports two 5.2-inch (1080×1920) LCD displays with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat and is powered by a 2.15GHz quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. You get 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD.Since this is a foldable smartphone, ZTE has incorporated just a single 20-megapixel camera with Sony’s IMX350 sensor, phase detection autofocus, f/1.8 aperture and dual LED flash. The handset features dual speakers and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The dual screen design of the smartphone, however, makes the Axon M pretty thick and heavy at 12.1mm and 230 grams. The handset packs a 3180mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0.advertisementNotably, the Axon M features three modes – Extend, Dual, and Mirror – that can be toggled via the M button in the navigation bar. The Extend mode lets you open an app across both the screens to give you more content at once. The Mirror mode basically shows the same content on two screens, while the Dual mode allows you to open two apps for better multitasking. The Dual mode in particular looks to make good use of Android’s split-screen feature.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy X could be company’s foldable phone, can compete with iPhone X in 2018The Axon M looks like a phone from ZTE that wants to be the first in the foldable smartphone arena, although it isn’t exactly a foldable phone in the futuristic sense of the word. We know that Samsung is working on a smartphone with a foldable OLED display, tipped to be called the Galaxy X, that could come out next year. While the Axon M does bring some novelty to the table in terms of design, the hardware, especially with last year’s Snapdragon 821 SoC, feels a little wanting.
Having composed and sung the rousing Marvel Anthem for Avengers: Endgame, music director and Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman talks about his inspiration and his reactions to criticism.Q. Marvel released your Marvel Anthem for Avengers: Endgame last week. What inspired ‘Roke Na Rukenge’?A. The energy of India’s youth is like ‘Roke na,Having composed and sung the rousing Marvel Anthem for Avengers: Endgame, music director and Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman talks about his inspiration and his reactions to criticism.Q. Marvel released your Marvel Anthem for Avengers: Endgame last week. What inspired ‘Roke Na Rukenge’?A. The energy of India’s youth is like ‘Roke na Rukenge’. I tried to tap into that with the emotion of the film, and then take it further. I found that both these were similar and unstoppable, come what may. We all need energisers, right?Q. What is your relationship with the Avengers? What do you think of the series?A. My son Ameen and nephew Kaashif got me hooked on to the Avengers series. It has become a part of world culture now.In our present times of adversity, cinema, sports and music are unifiers. I feel blessed that I’m a part of it.Q. There have been mixed responses to your Marvel Anthem. What is your mechanism to deal with criticism and compliments?A. Director Joe Russo and many others heard the song and they had amazing things to say about it. Some of them even teared up. Criticism is my obsessive lover; it has followed me since day one. People need an open mind when it comes to music and art. But even I’m not excluded from being judgemental. For me, music should trigger an emotional response and, for that, sometimes you need courage in making the sound raw and unpretentious.Q. At any given point, you are creating music that is meant for a national audience and for the international cinema as well. Is there a distinction between the kinds of music you create, or have those lines begun to blur?advertisementA. Yes, the line is blurred now. It’s based on whether I feel it or not.
The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019 The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather When it comes to wool and leather, it doesn’t get much better than Pennsylvania’s very own Woolrich clothing and boots. Despite what you might think, those aren’t just heavy materials for the winter, and Woolrich is setting out to prove that with a spring and summer collection that’s light in both weight and color.Woolrich is known for their comfortable and versatile clothing collections, built for everything from the great outdoors to the office, and this year’s collection is no exception. With a focus on exploration and new experiences, their fresh flannel shirts will take you straight from work to your campsite without stopping at home.Of course, you’re here to read about shoes, and that’s an area where Woolrich won’t let you down. One of the highlights of the collection is the Lane Chukka Boot, a classic style with modern amenities. The suede uppers are soft and pliable, with a unique nappy suede texture that’s sure to help you stand out on a hike. The inside is lined with smooth, fine-grain leather and suede that quickly forms to your foot for a snug, comfortable fitBut these aren’t just chukkas, they’re chukka boots, and Woolrich wants you to know it’s okay to take them out and explore. A heavy duty Vibram outsole makes up the sole of the Lane, for a firm grip wherever you may end up. They’ll last you just about forever, too. The tough rubber outsole can be replaced if you put too many miles on it, but the leather on top will only continue to mature and gain character as you take them on new journeys with you.You can browse the full range of Woolrich clothing, footwear, and accessories on their website.Related: Stay cool with our favorite shoes for spring. Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs
Kolkata: The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) and other government agencies will repair eight flyovers in the city before Durga Puja, officials said on Saturday.The busy Chingrighata, Kalighat and Sealdah flyovers are among the eight flyovers. Chingrighata and Kalighat flyovers have been shut for heavy vehicles. A second round of inspection will decide the extent of repairs of the eight bridges. The decision comes after the Bridge Inspection and Monitoring Cell recently submitted a report on these bridges. The panel, which includes experts from state Public Works Department, Irrigation Department and KMDA, was formed in the wake of the Majerhat Bridge collapse in Kolkata, killing three people and injuring several others in September in 2018. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Chingrighata and Kalighat flyovers will soon be completely shut for repairs and KMDA will request police to draw up traffic diversions, said a KMDA source. The condition of a pillar of Chingrighata flyover, which connects south Kolkata’s EM Bypass to Salt Lake, needs immediate repairs, the source said. The Chingrighata flyover suffers from design defects, the source added. Last year, structural engineers of KMDA were asked to rectify the defects. The repair work for both the flyovers are likely to take place this month. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Experts found that pillars of Kalighat flyover had corroded. Last month, it was shut for two days for health assessment. At the time, they had raised questioned over its internal structure. KMDA has also planned to install height bars on both sides to restrict heavy vehicles from using the flyover.”The process of health audit of these flyovers are already in place. In the first phase, eight flyovers will be examined and after conducting health audit necessary repair work will be done before Puja. A few flyovers will also go through load capacity test,” said a KMDA official, who didn’t want to be named. Sealdah flyover, which was earlier identified as vulnerable, will also go through a similar test. As per officials, it will be shut for three days from August 15. Experts will also examine the load capacity of Aurobindo Setu and Bijon Setu. In the second phase, Dhakuria bridge, Chetla Lock Gate bridge, Karunamoyee bridge over Tolly’s Nullah, Chitpur bridge over the railway yard, Canal bridge near RG Kar Hospital, etc will undergo similar health audits. Three weeks ago, part of Ultadanga flyover was shut for three days after the panel found that it had developed cracks for repairs. The other flank (EM Bypass bound) of the bridge is still shut for traffic. “There are several flyovers and bridges in and near Kolkata that have aged. All these need to undergo audits and repair work. The safety of commuters is of utmost importance. We don’t want to take any chance. After a thorough repair and load-bearing-capacity check of flyovers which are damaged will be marked safe,” said an official from the monitoring cell. Before the September tragedy, no study was undertaken to check the structural stability of bridges in Kolkata.(With inputs from Indian Express)
OTTAWA – Federal Liberals are nervous about the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline project as a political shake-up in British Columbia seems likely to produce a provincial government that opposes the plan.Liberals waited anxiously throughout the day for details of a deal between B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan and Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver and were greeted at day’s end by news the deal had not only been signed, but specifically included a plan to oppose the pipeline.The project – to twin the existing pipeline that runs between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C. – was given the green light by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last fall. B.C. Liberal Premier Christy Clark came around to supporting it over the winter after certain conditions she placed on it were met.That approval likely cost her in the May 9 election, in which the Liberals fell one seat short of a majority and the Greens, with just three seats, were left holding the balance of power.Clark intends to test her government in the Legislature before the end of June, a test she expects to lose. She would likely then be replaced by Horgan and the NDP, whose minority government would be propped up by the Greens.Both Horgan and Weaver campaigned against Trans Mountain, a factor University of British Columbia professor George Hoberg said was certainly part of the election result and a sign that a majority of British Columbians don’t want the pipeline to be twinned.“A lot has changed,” said Hoberg, of the politics around Trans Mountain.While interprovincial pipelines remain the jurisdiction of Ottawa, he said a province could put up road blocks, such as refusing logging permits for construction or insisting on a provincial environmental assessment.“If it does either of those things the federal government would have to go to court to force B.C. to stand down and respect federal jurisdiction,” said Hoberg. “They would probably win. That would take a couple of years.”He said any delays could further erode the confidence of investors, who were already showing some skittishness about the project during Kinder Morgan’s initial public offering Tuesday.Trudeau, who was in Italy, insisted Tuesday the B.C. political shake-up doesn’t change the facts in favour of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr reiterated the message saying the project was approved based on science and extensive consultations and nothing has changed that.“The approval will be there for the former government, the current government and any government after that,” Carr said.However a source in the federal government acknowledged events in B.C. have made people in Ottawa nervous. The pipeline has already caused strife for the ruling party among supporters and even within the caucus with several B.C. Liberal MPs opposing it.Federal Conservatives smell blood. Newly-minted Leader Andrew Scheer said there are “forces uniting” to kill the Trans Mountain project and Trudeau doesn’t have the political stamina to stand up to them.“The Prime Minister personally approved this pipeline,” Scheer said in the House of Commons.“He said that it was a fundamental responsibility to get Canadian energy to market. Will the Prime Minister finally stand up to the forces that are seeking to kill these jobs, or will he fold like a cardboard cutout?”Greg MacEachern, a former Liberal strategist who is now a vice-president at Environics, said whatever happens in the B.C. legislature there will be areas of common ground and room for negotiation.“If there is a new NDP/Green government they are also going to have demands,” he said. “What this likely will come down to is the economy.”But federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said Tuesday she thinks Trans Mountain is “dead.”-follow @mrabson on Twitter.
He now holds 35 songs in the upper echelons of the chart, compared to the Beatles’ 34.Drake has long maintained a one-sided rivalry with the iconic British band. After shattering their record of 12 hit singles in a year in 2018, Drake jumped on Meek Mill’s track Going Bad to proclaim that he’s “got more slaps than The Beatles.”But Drake is also making waves on the Billboard 200 album chart where his new compilation Care Package notched his ninth No. 1 album..@Drake now has 203 career #Hot100-charting hits, the only solo artist in history to reach the milestone.— Billboard Charts (@billboardcharts) August 12, 2019David Friend ~ The Canadian Press Advertisement Twitter Drake is putting himself ahead of The Beatles after recently shattering another of the Fab Four’s chart records.The Toronto rapper posted a photograph on his Instagram Monday that appears to show a new tattoo on his forearm — an illustration of the British band crossing Abbey Road while Drake stands at the front of the line, waving at them.His ink reveal comes after Drake passed The Beatles for the most charted songs in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in June. Login/Register With: Advertisement Drake is putting himself ahead of the Beatles after recently shattering another of the Fab Four’s chart records. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/The Associated Press) Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
“This brief visit will allow him to further broaden his contacts with members of Congress,” the Secretary-General’s Spokesperson, Michele Montas, told reporters today.In addition to the Middle East and Sudan, Mr. Ban and Congressional leaders are also expected to discuss the relationship between the UN and the US, peacekeeping, UN reform and climate change – which the Secretary-General has recently referred to as the “defining issue of our era.” During his first visit to Washington soon after taking office in January, Mr. Ban called on US President George W. Bush and the country’s Congressional leaders to lift their spending cap on the UN peacekeeping budget, warning that if the limit remains then the work of individual operations may be hampered.He noted that the Congress has imposed a cap so that the US – the largest financial contributor to the UN – pays no more than 25 per cent of expenses for peacekeeping operations.According to a scale of assessments agreed upon by UN Member States in 2000, the US is required to pay about 27 per cent.Also holding talks in the US capital is Ibrahim Gambari – appointed by Mr. Ban last month to continue diplomatic initiatives on Myanmar – who has meetings scheduled today and tomorrow at the White House, the US State Department and Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill, Ms. Montas said. 19 June 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Washington tomorrow to hold talks with leaders of the United States Congress on “issues of mutual interest” to the world body and the US, including the Middle East and Sudan.
Brantford police are investigating after someone followed a young girl as she walked to school and grabbed her by the arm.Police say the student was walking near Centennial-Grand Woodlands School on Friday when she noticed she was being following by a male.“The male approached the female and grabbed her by the arm, she was able to break free and run away,” said Brantford police in a news release.Police are looking for a man in his early twenties, with blonde hair shaved on the sides of his head and green hair on top. He was wearing black shoes, a black coat and grey pants.Anyone with information that could help police is asked to contact Det. Jeff Cotter at 519-756-0113, ext. 2269.
Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Parental leave needs revamp as government plans for paternity leave: Kate Bezanson, Associate Professor of Sociology, gave her analysis on the government’s paternity leave plans in an interview with CBC’s The House and in The Globe and Mail. In a separate story about gender budgeting, Bezanson was quoted on 680 News.Mental Tricks of Athletic Endurance: Environmental Physiologist Stephen Cheung was recently quoted about how athletes can use the power of positive thinking to their advantage. The Toronto Sun, along with affiliated publications in Winnipeg, Calgary, Kelowna and elsewhere quoted Cheung about the topic. Another story about the issue quoted Cheung in the Wall Street Journal.Doctor’s surgery wait times could be reduced using mathematics, professor says: The research of Professor of Operations Management Kenneth Klassen and Associate Professor of Operations Management Reena Yoogalingam around doctor’s office wait times continues to get major headlines. ABC News in Australia picked up the story recently.Brock researchers develop ‘beautiful’ DNA test: The St. Catharines Standard picked up on the story of a new, inexpensive DNA reader developed by Brock professors Feng Li and Ana Sanchez.Brock represented at Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame event: At the annual induction ceremony for the Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame Jan. 28, former Brock soccer and hockey player Michelle Edgar was inducted while cross country coach and Brock staff member Emily Allan gave the keynote address. The Niagara Falls Review and BP Sports Niagara both covered the event.If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at firstname.lastname@example.org
Redshirt-junior 1st baseman and pitcher Josh Dezse (left) tags the runner during a game against Eastern Michigan April 8 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 8-1.Credit: James Grega Jr. / Lantern reporterOne of the most important things a team has to do to succeed is win the games they are supposed to win.The Ohio State baseball team has done that all season long, and Tuesday was no exception in its game against Eastern Michigan.OSU (19-13, 2-7) won its ninth straight non-conference game against EMU (10-19, 1-8) defeating the Eagles, 8-1. While the win was good for the team, coach Greg Beals said after two straight weekend sweeps losing against Indiana and Nebraska, he would still like to see his team play at a higher level.“I told the guys afterwards that I don’t think we played a whole lot better than we played over the weekend, we got more hits but you’re playing a Tuesday mid-week game, you’re going to get more hits than against a weekend rotation pitcher,” Beals said.The Buckeyes’ starting pitcher freshman Zach Farmer threw 7.0 innings, only allowing two hits and one run and tallying three strikeouts. The win gives Farmer a team-best fifth win of the season.“I just settled down and threw what I knew I had, I went through my mechanics slowly and I just threw fastballs in there for strikes,” Farmer said. “Everything was really on point today.”Although Farmer’s game isn’t perfect, Beals said he is pleased with the progression of his young pitcher.“He’s one of the best left-handed pitchers in the state of Ohio and that’s why we brought him here and we were fortunate to get him here,” Beals said. “He continues to develop, he still needs to work on controlling the running game, he still needs to work on just being a little more efficient, but other than that his stuff is dominating.”A leadoff triple by redshirt-sophomore utility infielder Nick Sergakis initiated a massive third inning to get the Buckeyes’ offense going. OSU produced five runs in the inning, including an RBI single by junior outfielder Pat Porter to score Sergakis.The offense did not let up in the next inning, scoring two more in the fourth after a two-run RBI single to right-field by redshirt-sophomore infielder Ryan Leffel, bringing the score to 7-1 in OSU’s favor.Porter, who had an impressive diving catch in right field in the ninth inning to accompany his three hits and one RBI at the plate, said he felt good about his performance against EMU.“I’m starting to finally get comfortable, I felt real comfortable tonight I just have to keep grinding it out,” Porter said. “My swings felt good all year, really it’s just seeing the ball up, taking advantage of mistakes and I did that really well tonight.”Beals said Porter’s effort showed – diving for the ball is exactly what he wants to see from each of his players.“I don’t care how many hits he got, I’ll take that catch in the ninth innings of a seven-run game because that tells me how he’s playing, that tells me where he’s at— he’s locked in and he’s playing the game,” Beals said.After Leffel’s single, both teams’ bats got quiet – neither team would post a run until sophomore first baseman Zach Ratcliff hit an RBI single to give the Buckeyes their final run of the night.Freshman pitcher Curtiss Irving entered the game in relief of Farmer in the eighth, throwing two scoreless innings with one hit and three strikeouts.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to action Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. against Dayton at Bill Davis Stadium.
You were infatuated with a fellow employee, who did not realise that you were being dishonest to the companyJudge Hone “You knew you would be exposed in any event by fresh auditors.”Linda Shamel, prosecuting, told the Old Bailey: “This case is a long term fraud by the defendant, committed by him over a period of ten years, and the total loss is £1.1million.”It is £1.1million by his own admission. The company records only went back to five years ago.”He was quite complete in his confession. He gave a complete account in his confession to the managing director.”The Crown’s position is he only confessed to the crime, or rather fraud, because he was frightened of a new ledger by the auditors.”And he handed over a USB memory card because he was extremely frightened, at that point, that he was going to be found out, and he get away with it no longer. And he decided to report the matter to the managing director of Miki Travel.”Although some people might consider his confession a mitigating factor, he had not shown remorse, Ms Shamel argued.She added: “Not least he carried it on – the fraud – for a period of ten years by his on admission.”When police interviewed him, he told them “he was taking the money and passing it on to a female colleague, Ms Gregorio”, the prosecutor said.But she has not been charged as there was “insufficient evidence”, the court was told.Judge Richard Hone QC said: “All that remains is expensive handbags.” Ms Shamel said: “Yes, tainted gifts, as they could be described.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. All that remains is expensive handbagsJudge Hone A besotted travel accounts manager who stole £1.1million from his firm over ten years to give to a married colleague who spent it on designer handbags was jailed today.Jonathan Nash, 44, swindled Miki Travel Limited out of the cash to give to Rowena Gregorio, who he was infatuated with, and who believed it was his inheritance.He believed she needed help because her parents in the Philippines were suffering from cancer, a court was told.Nash, who worked as department manager of the accounts division, forged signatures of his fellow employees to pocket the money. But he was rumbled when the City-based company worked out more than £400,000 had gone missing between 2012 and 2015.Nash, who has since been declared bankrupt due to his £40,000 credit card debts, confessed he had pocketed a lot more over a decade, as he knew he would eventually be exposed. It is believed the scam may have been going on as long as 12 years.Nash, of Thurrock, Essex, admitted one count of fraud by abuse of position last month, and was jailed today, on his birthday, for four years.Sentencing Nash, Judge Hone said: “You were infatuated with a fellow employee, who did not realise that you were being dishonest to the company.”She was told by you that it was an inheritance that enabled you to be able to pay out something like £80,000 a month over that significant period of time.”You are, as one might expect, of a previous good character, and I have read five letters from family members and close friends who speak of your positive qualities.”On the other hand, I have to balance out a truly prodigious period of serial dishonesty, which certainly went on for a minimum of ten years, and arguably more.”You have abused the trust of Miki Travel, and I have read the impact statement which shows the ongoing effect of this type of dishonesty, particularly on fellow employees whose signatures you forged.”I accept that your personal gain was not great, and indeed you appear to have been made bankrupt. “He continued: “I am prepared to find that you are remorseful for what you have done. But, on the other hand, I do have to balance the seriousness and high culpability of what you did. The prosecutor said she believed there was no realistic prospect of recovering the money, as Nash had been declared bankrupt.The “only sensible, realistic option is by the civil route”, she added.Siddick Gokhool, defending, said: “He made an admission that he has been doing this for the last nine, ten years.”However Judge Hone said there was a reference, in one of the statements, that the scam may have gone on “as long as 12 years”.Mr Gokhool said Nash started off giving money from his own pocket to Ms Gregorio, before he started stealing from the firm. He said he did so “with the intent of repaying the company back”.Mr Gokhool added: “Unfortunately, the money was higher, then this kept going. In regards to Mr Nash, his personal position, you have heard, he has been made bankrupt, and he had a debt of over £40,000.”And there has also been no personal gain for himself. We say he was trying to help his colleague because her parents back home in the Philippines were suffering from cancer.”So when Mr Nash was asked about the money, he said if he was able to repay, he would. Mr Nash has been very helpful to his family members, and especially his elderly parents.”He had no previous convictions and had shown “full remorse” over his wrongdoing, Mr Gokhool told the court.Nash was told he will serve at least half of his sentence in jail before being realised on licence.After he was sentenced, Nash, wearing a grey suit and glasses, waved to his parents, who broke down and wept in the public gallery as he was sent down.
At around 10pm, the 49-year-old legal commercial director said: “Everything was going well until just after Gleneagles, then we hit the traffic jam at 5.05pm and have been here ever since. So what do you do when you’re stuck all night on the M80 in Scotland? Clearly, play footie with other drivers. pic.twitter.com/uhJQZs9bT0— Pádraig Belton (@PadraigBelton) March 1, 2018 “It’s not too bad. We are in the car and we are warm. There’s not much to look at, it’s like a car park. I saw the mountain rescue about four or five hours ago coming past with water. So there have been people with supplies.”Supt Helen Harrison called on motorists to avoid travel in areas affected by the red warning and an amber warning that will remain in place across much of Scotland until 6pm.Meanwhile, forecasters warned lying snow could reach 15 inches in some places with much of central Scotland at a standstill.Glasgow Airport remains closed with the earliest flights likely to be after 3pm while airlines not flying from Edinburgh Airport won Thursday include BA, Ryanair, easyJet, KLM, Flybe and Aer Lingus. Rail services are also seriously disrupted, with none operating in the red area before 10am on Thursday. PLEASE NOTE: @metoffice high impact AMBER warning has been extended until 10am tomorrow (Friday 2 March). The advice to the general public is do not travel unless unavoidable. https://t.co/HEG2DYSTO6— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) March 1, 2018 Drivers had been urged by police officers and by the Scottish Government to stay at home and avoid all but “absolutely essential” journeys. Why is a driver texting in to BBC Scotland that they have been stuck on the M80 since 7pm last night? What part of the met office red weather warning did he not get? What part of the transport Minister’s message didn’t he listen to?#eejits— MaidenScotland #fbpe (@lucasradiby) March 1, 2018 Hundreds of motorists were stranded overnight on one of Scotland’s busiest nights as a red alert for snow remained in place across the central belt.Around 1,000 vehicles came to a standstill in an eight-mile tailback at the height of the problems on the M80 between Glasgow and Stirling.Traffic stranded on the route on Wednesday afternoon began moving again at around 2am on Thursday, but came soon came to a halt again with drivers stuck again around Junction 9 during the rush hour.Some motorists have been in their cars for up to 13 hours in as emergency responders and local residents delivered water and snacks in blizzard conditions near Cumbernauld.Traffic first came to a halt on Wednesday soon after the Met Office issued Scotland’s first red alert for snow, lasting from 3pm on Wednesday to 10am on Thursday, as the “beast from the east” blew in. Vehicles at a standstill overnight on the M80Credit:PA Many drivers took to social media to criticise HGV drivers whose vehicles could not cope with the steeper sections of the M80.Graeme Murray left Aberdeen at 2.45pm with his daughter Ella, 16, who was hoping to catch a flight to Dublin from Glasgow for an under-17s netball competition. Around 200 people stuck overnight at Glasgow Airport had British Red Cross bedding delivered to them.Hospitals, including all those in the Glasgow area, have cancelled all non-essential operations and outpatient appointments on Thursday. Virgin Trains has closed all its routes to and from Scotland throughout the day.Humza Yousaf, Scotland’s Transport Minister, said the advice in the affected areas – with an amber warning now extended to 10am on Friday – was “do not travel unless it is absolutely necessary to do so”.He added: ”Even after the red warning is lifted, large parts of Scotland will still be subject to high level amber weather warnings for snow. This should not be underestimated.”An amber warning means there is a real possibility that vehicles and drivers will become stranded – something that we have already seen happen during this period of snow.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “We have no idea what’s happening, we’re just getting messages from home.I think we’re going to get ready to spend the night here.”Mr Murray said people from the local area had been walking up and down the motorway offering chocolate biscuits and hot drinks which was “very welcome”.Nicola Lee told the BBC she had been stuck on the motorway overnight with traffic still at a standstill early on Thursday.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The researchers launched the study after noticing a glut of fake news following the Boston MarathonCredit:AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh “If it were just bots, we would need a technological solution.”The research was published in the journal Science. The MIT scholars tested their ‘novelty hypothesis’ by taking a random sample of 25,000 tweets from 5,000 Twitter users who retweeted false stories, and analysed the content of the reactions to those stories.”We saw a different emotional profile for false news and true news,” added Dr Vosoughi .”People respond to false news more with surprise and disgust, whereas true stories produced replies more generally characterized by sadness, anticipation, and trust.”The study shows that although some people are deliberately spreading false news, many are doing so unwittingly, suggesting the phenomenon is not simply driven by malicious intent.”Behavioral interventions become even more important in our fight to stop the spread of false news,” added Prof Aral. It is said that a lie will travel around the world while the truth is pulling on its boots, and now scientists have proven that it is true.The adage, variously attributed to Mark Twain and 19th century London preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeons, was coined way before the advent of social networks and 24 hour rolling news.But a new study by MIT found that false stories spread far more rapidly on Twitter than genuine news, and also reach a much wider audience, a result which researchers describe as ‘very scary.’An analysis of stories between 2006 and 2017 found that false news is 70 per cent more likely to be retweeted over bona fide articles. It also takes true stories about six times longer to reach 1,500 people as it does for untrue reports.Deb Roy, who served as Twitter’s chief media scientist from 2013 to 2017 and is now an associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, said his team was ‘somewhere between surprised and stunned’ by the findings.”These findings shed new light on fundamental aspects of our online communication ecosystem,” she said and advised people to: “think before you retweet.”The researchers began the study after MIT’s Dr Soroush Vosoughi noticed a slew of false information on Twitter following the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. The team were also surprised to find that the spread of false information is not due to ‘bots’ which are programmed to disseminate inaccurate stories, but are driven by humans ‘intrigued by novelty.’”False news is more novel, and people are more likely to share novel information,” added Professor Sinan Aral, of MIT’s Sloan School of management.“On social networks, people can gain attention by being the first to share previously unknown – but possibly false – information. People who share novel information are seen as being in the know.” Some tweets claimed an eight-year-old girl, who had been running in memory of victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, was killed even though children are not allowed into the race.Another story said a woman was blown up shortly before her boyfriend was due to propose. Fake news is often disseminated by people who think it is true, rather than those with malicious intent “I realized that a good chunk of what I was reading on social media was rumors,” said Dr Vosoughi . “It was false news.”To find out if false news was disseminated more quickly the team used Twitter’s archive to track around 126,000 cascades (or network trees) of real and fake news stories involving politics, urban legends, business, terrorism, science, entertainment and natural disasters.Fake new stories included a claim that boxer Floyd Mayweather wore a Muslim headscarf to a Donald Trump rally and that a Trump’s dead cousin used his obituary to urge people to vote against the president.True stories included Michelle Obama’s claim that the White House was built by slaves and Hilary Clinton’s assertion that top hedge fund managers make more money than all kindergarten teachers combined.The stories reached three million people and were retweeted about 4.5 million times.Professor Sinan Aral, of MIT’s Sloan School of Management added: “We found that falsehood defuses significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth, in all categories of information, and in many cases by an order of magnitude.”
The mother of one of the suspects who allegedly robbed a supermarket at Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on August 30, is currently in hot water after she was reportedly caught trying to smuggle marijuana into the EBD lockups that her son is detained in.According to information from the police, the robbery suspect, who was charged and is being kept at an EBD police station awaiting his appearance before a Magistrate on Monday, was visited by his mother around 19:50h on Friday as she brought a sandwich for him eat.However, officers upon examining the sandwich reportedly found that it contained two grams of cannabis.According to the police, the 44-year-old housewife was promptly detained and is likely to be arraigned in court next week, charged with possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.On August 30, two bandits, one armed with a handgun, stormed the “Number One Supermarket” at 18 Grove, Public Road, EBD and robbed the entity of all the cash in the register and several phone cards before escaping.The police apparently detained the aforementioned suspect in relation to the crime.The Supermarket in question has since been a haven for robbers as the entity has been robbed on multiple occasions.Just recently, one of the three bandits who were nabbed in the brazen robbery committed on the supermarket in June of this year was sentenced to seven years in prison after he appeared in the Providence Magistrate’s Court.Ryan Bannister, 27, of Herstelling Seadam, EBD pleaded guilty to charges of robbery under arms and possession of an illegal firearm when it was read to his by Magistrate Sunil Scarce.The other two men Gerald DaSilva, 45, and Ron Simons, 33 pleaded not guilty to the said charges and were remanded to prison.It is alleged that the three men – one of whom was armed with a handgun – stealthily entered the “Number One Supermarket” at about 04:30h on June 13.The men pounced on the lone security guard and bounded his hands with his shoe lace. The bandits then proceeded to the third floor of the building, removed the grill from a window and entered the building.As the bandits were all inside of the supermarket, the 53-year-old security guard, managed to free himself and immediately alerted neighbors who summoned the Police.Prompt response from the lawmen resulted in the bandits being caught in the act.When the men were nabbed they had $70,000 in prepaid phone cards and an undisclosed sum of cash in their possession.A .38 revolver with six live matching rounds was also found. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWoman robbed by gunman after withdrawing money from BankFebruary 3, 2018In “Crime”6 busted with guns, ammo in Grove likely to be charged soonApril 13, 2018In “Crime”Suspect wanted for murder arrested after robbing wash bay operatorJanuary 7, 2019In “Crime”
← Previous Story Netherlands cancelled Women’s EHF EURO 2012 organisation! Next Story → Dragan Tubic to HBW Balingen Chris MohrGreat Britain handballOG Handball National handball team of Great Britain is for the first time at Olympic Games. Balkan-Handball.com talked with Great Britain’s playmaker, Chris Mohr (22) about preparation period and upcoming Olympic Games in London.What is your comment about the game against HC Železničar 1949?– We had a physical training the last 2 weeks, this was only our second handball game and we did pretty well. You can see towards the end we get tired, the other team pulled away and they won by 3 goals. It’s a good start for us, we would of course, rather won the game.Are you happy with your preparation period?– Yes, so far it’s been great. We were on Kopaonik, up on the mountain and it’s been perfect for us, no distractions, we had hotel for ourselves. It’s a perfect prepration and we just have to keep going.What can you expect from the Olympic Games?– I’m really excited and it’s first OG for us. First time Great Britain handball team were ever going to OG, so we are very excited. It’s going to be tough, playing with the best teams on the world. We are really looking forward to it and we are working extremely hard at the moment and we worked hard for the last 3 years. It’s going to be an amazingexperience .Who are favorites for the TOP3 places in the Olympic Games?– Denmark, as a European Champion, obviously. France, even tho’ they had a bad European Championship, and Spain have a good team.What can you tell about Serbian NT?– Serbia did very well in January, at home for the European Championship. So you can’t underestimate the team, they have very good players.How do you like Serbia? Is this your first time here?– No, we been few times here, because of coach Dragan Đukić. We been here 3 or 4 times now, on training camps, played some games with the club teams and also watch European Championship in January. It’s a nice country and people are very friendly, it’s always very nice to be here.ALEKSANDRA DENIĆ
Since right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide Meet Ron Fisher, the SoftBank executive who awarded WeWork a $47 billion valuation months before it delayed its $10 billion IPO AMERICAN STUDENT Samantha Goudie made headlines last month as “Vodka Samm” after she registered a .341 BAC and live-tweeted her arrest.At the time, she seemed to show little remorse for her actions — constantly retweeting people’s praises from her quickly growing Twitter account — before abruptly going silent, deleting her handle and disappearing from social media.In a new video interview with the Daily Iowan, Goudie reveals that her experiences had a much harsher effect on her than anyone realised, calling it “devastating” and “embarrassing.” She reveals that she had previously experienced depression and an eating disorder, and was hospitalised last year for several months.“I didn’t come to college to drink and be ‘Vodka Samm,’” she says. “I was completely embarrassed of the whole situation.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore brownface and a turban during an ‘Arabian Nights’ themed party in 2001 A major whistleblower complaint at the US’s top spy agency involves a Trump phone call with a ‘promise’ to a foreign leader via Melissa DawkinsThe @Ireland Twitter account had a big night last night>