Cong, BJP seek discussion on poll violence

first_imgAs many incidents of violence were reported during the panchayat polls, legislators of the opposition Congress and the BJP demanded a discussion on the issue in the State Assembly on Thursday.As the opposition MLAs shouted slogans as soon as the House assembled on the second day of the budget session and demanded that the issue be discussed cancelling question hour, Speaker Niranjan Pujari adjourned the House proceedings.‘Unprecedented’ When the House reassembled, Leader of the Opposition Narasingha Mishra demanded that the Speaker allow a debate as violence in such large scale had never occurred in the State during rural polls in the past.The veteran Congress leader alleged that political activists of the opposition parties were attacked and killed. BJD Chief Whip Ananta Das said they were in favour of a debate on the issue.last_img read more

Death toll in Bihar floods rises to 341

first_imgWith 37 more deaths, the toll in Bihar flood rose to 341 on Tuesday even as 1.46 crore people are affected by the deluge in 18 districts of the state.The flood toll stood at 304 till Monday in Bihar with 1.38 crore people battling the deluge in 18 districts. Around 7.61 lakh people have been shifted to safer areas. With water receding in some places many people have returned home.Prime Minister Narendra Modi would make an aerial survey of flood affected districts of Bihar on August 26, said Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi. “PM coming on 26th Aug for aerial survey of flood affected dists of Bihar (sic),” Sushil Modi said in a tweet.Special Secretary in state Disaster Management Department Anirudh Kumar said that 2.29 lakh people are putting up in 1,085 relief camps.Kumar said Araria district alone accounted for 75 deaths, followed by Sitamarhi (36), West Champaran (36), Katihar (26), Kisanganj (23), Madhubani (23), East Champaran (19), Darbhanga (19), Madhepura (19), Supual (15), Gopalganj (14), Purnea (9) Muzaffarpur (7), Khagaria (6), Saran (6) and Saharsa (4), Sheohar (4).Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reached Purnea by road from Patna after a helicopter in which he had to travel developed some snag and inspected some relief camps, an official accompanying him said from Purnea. The CM would stay in Purnea on Tuesday and would go to Araria, Katihar and Kisanganj on Wednesday, the official said.A total of 1,608 community kitchens are under operation in flood affected areas in which 4.52 lakh victims took meal on Tuesday, the state Disaster Management department report said. With flood creating havoc in as many as 18 districts of Bihar, the legislators have started contributing to the Chief Minister’s relief fund.Sushil Modi said he had made a request to the PM for a visit to Bihar during a meeting of chief ministers and deputy chief ministers of BJP-ruled states in Delhi on Monday. He said during the meeting all BJP-ruled states were asked to contribute to flood relief work in Bihar.He told reporters that all BJP Legislators would meet on Wednesday to decide to contribute their one month salary in flood relief. Former minister and JD(U) MLA Ranju Geeta donated her one month salary in the CM relief fund.A road construction department statement said a total of 203 state highways and other roads under it were damaged in flood waters in different places out of which 95 per cent have been repaired and made motorable. The Met office in its forecast said that Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Purnea are likely to witness generally cloudy sky with the possibility of rain or thundershower on Wednesday.last_img read more

Apple to introduce Landscape view in iPhone 6

first_imgApple is all set to unveil a line up of advanced gadgets in the event tomorrow, which also includes the newest version of iPhone. While various leaks about the features, specifications, and pricing have already sketched a virtual image of the gadget in our minds, another leak, just a day before the event has pointed out a new feature that may be sported by the next generation smartphone.Till date the entire line-up of iPhones featured portrait mode for running apps. But the upcoming flagship model of iPhone, popularly known as iPhone 6, that features a 5.5 inch display will allow the user to leverage the big screen and run the apps using the landscape mode- much like iPads.Quite similar to iPads, the new 5.5 inch iPhone will be capable of running the apps on both portrait and landscape mode, while on the other hand the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 will be devoid of this feature.The entire mystery about the iPhone will be uncovered tomorrow at the event which will also be live-streamed at Apple’s website.last_img read more

Big Swap For Yankees-Marlins

first_imgNEW YORK — Looking for rotation help at a relatively low price, the New York Yankees acquired right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, outfielder Garrett Jones and minor league pitcher Domingo German from the Miami Marlins on Dec. 19 for versatile Martin Prado and righty David Phelps.A right-hander who turns 25 in February, Eovaldi was obtained by the Marlins in July 2012 as part of the deal that sent All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He throws at up to 98 mph and was 6-14 with a 4.37 ERA in 199 2-3 innings last season.“He’s got a good arm and he’s young,” said Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman, who felt he needed more health and depth in his rotation. “We are getting younger.”Eovaldi joins a rotation coming off numerous 2014 injuries: Masahiro Tanaka (torn elbow ligament), CC Sabathia (knee surgery), Michael Pineda (shoulder muscle). The Yankees’ original rotation last season combined to start just 77-of-162 games: Sabathia (eight), Hiroki Kuroda (32), Nova (four), Tanaka (20) and Pineda (13).Cashman agreed this week to a $5 million, one-year deal with left-hander Chris Capuano. He says he still has no idea whether Kuroda wants to pitch next year.New York doesn’t appear to be interested in big-money free agents such as Max Scherzer and James Shields.“We’re clearly going to continue to be open-minded to any legitimate opportunities, and that’s the optimal word, legitimate opportunities,” Cashman said, “something that obviously fits within our current circumstances.”New York had dealt another key fill-in starter, Shane Greene, to Detroit in the deals that brought shortstop Didi Gregorius to the Yankees.Prado, 31, was obtained by the Yankees from Arizona at the July 31 trade deadline and hit .316 with seven homers and 16 RBIs in 133 at-bats for New York. An All-Star in 2010, he plays second, third and the outfield. Prado is owed $11 million in each of the next two seasons, and will collect his second $1 million assignment bonus for being traded.New York is sending the Marlins $3 million a season in twice-a-month installments to offset some of Prado’s salary. Eovaldi is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time.Prado had been projected to start at second base. The trade could lead the Yankees to making another move or to give 23-year-old Rob Refsnyder or 25-year-old Jose Pirela a chance to win the second base job in spring training.Pirela batted .305 at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre and made his big league debut in September, Refsnyder hit .342 at Double-A Trenton and .300 at Scranton last season.Phelps, 28, was 5-5 with a 3.82 ERA in 17 starts and 15 relief appearances, and had been in position to compete with Adam Warren and others to be New York’s fifth starter, a position open until Ivan Nova returns from elbow surgery in May or June. Phelps also is eligible for arbitration for the first time.Jones, 33, provides left-handed-hitting backup to Mark Teixeira at first base and outfield depth behind projected starters Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran. Jones hit .246 with 15 homers and 53 RBIs last season and is signed for $5 million for 2015. His acquisition seems to lock out Alex Rodriguez as a possible backup at first.“He’s made for our ballpark,” Cashman said.German, a 22-year-old right-hander, was 9-3 with a 2.48 ERA for Greensboro in the South Atlantic League, striking out 113 in 123 1-3 innings.(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Laws with Outdated Penalties to be Revised

first_img “All the Ministries have been provided with a matrix of all the laws relevant to them. Some of the fines were $40, $20 and $100. So, we have invited them to make recommendations as to what the new penalties should be,” the Minister said. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says many of the laws of Jamaica with outdated penalties will be revised and modernised during this fiscal year. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says many of the laws of Jamaica with outdated penalties will be revised and modernised during this fiscal year.Speaking at his post-Sectoral Debate press conference at the Ministry’s Constant Spring Road offices today (May 24), Mr. Chuck said that in the 2017/18 fiscal year, the Ministry undertook the task of reviewing the monetary penalties of over 800 laws.“All the Ministries have been provided with a matrix of all the laws relevant to them. Some of the fines were $40, $20 and $100. So, we have invited them to make recommendations as to what the new penalties should be,” the Minister said.“Reports have returned to us from some Ministries that some of these laws can be repealed, or some sections of the laws can be repealed. In those circumstances, starting this fiscal year, we will be upgrading and improving many of the laws, and certainly, over the next year or two, we want all the laws in Jamaica to be properly updated,” Mr. Chuck added.The matter of penalties came up for public discussion last year, following two cases in which persons convicted of breaches had paid insignificant fines.The Minister said efforts have to be made to make “fines be a deterrent to any offence”.Mr. Chuck pointed out that the Ministry will set the tone by completing the upgrading of its laws.“I am to get a report by the end of this month when we can start taking the laws to Parliament for the upgrading of the penalties,” he said.Some of the laws that need revision include the Coroner’s Act, Criminal Justice (Reform) Act, Gun Court Act, Hindu Marriage Act, Evidence Act, Enquiry into Causes of Fire and Accidents Act, Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act, Crown Proceedings Act, and the Dangerous Drugs Act. Speaking at his post-Sectoral Debate press conference at the Ministry’s Constant Spring Road offices today (May 24), Mr. Chuck said that in the 2017/18 fiscal year, the Ministry undertook the task of reviewing the monetary penalties of over 800 laws. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Modi should bring ordinance to construct Ram temple says Thackeray in Ayodhya

first_imgAyodhya: Government should bring an ordinance to construct Ram temple, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said on Sunday in Ayodhya, asserting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the courage to do so and there would be no one to stop it.Thackeray offered prayers at the makeshift Ram Lalla temple along with his son Aditya and 18 newly-elected lawmakers of his party. The Shiv Sena has said the visit was to fulfil the promise Thackeray made last November to come to Ayodhya again after the elections. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana”The case is in the court for many years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the courage. If government takes the decision, there is no one to stop it. Not only Shiv Sena, Hindus of the whole world are with this,” Uddhav said, while addressing a press conference after his visit to the Ram Lalla (or infant Ram) temple. “The government should bring an ordinance for construction of Ram temple. The issue concerns all Hindus and the temple has to be constructed at the earliest,” he said, raising the slogan of “kanoon banao, mandir banao (formulate law and construct temple)”. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahMaharashtra will be going to polls later this year and the visit is being seen as an attempt by the Shiv Sena to put pressure on ally BJP on the Ram temple issue. But Sena has maintained that Thackeray’s visit should not be seen through the electoral lens. “For us Ram temple is a matter of faith and not politics,” Thackeray said. “Whether it be Shiv Sena or BJP, we are working to make Hindutva strong. After understanding this, the government (of Narendra Modi) returned to power with more MPs. This means we have to respect people’s feelings,” he added. When asked whether the Shiv Sena would risk its alliance with the BJP to put pressure on the government over construction of the Ram temple, he quipped, “For a good work, thoughts also need to be good.”last_img read more

Martin Sheen Remembers Father Daniel Berrigan The Peacemaker

first_imgWhen Father Daniel Berrigan, a radical pacifist priest, died at the end of April, many people had kind words of remembrance. Actor Martin Sheen also had some things to say about the man who inspired him into activism and changed his life.Sheen respected the non-violent aspect of Berrigan’s civil disobedience, which came to his attention during the Vietnam War. When Berrigan was on the lam for burning draft cards and encouraging people to be willing to get arrested, someone asked Berrigan what would happen to the children if the parents went to jail for the cause. Berrigan answered, “What’s going to happen to them if you do not?”Though Sheen himself was not interested in risking arrest at that time, he was profoundly moved by this statement. To him, he says, it meant that if you believe something, it had to cost you something, and if it did not cost you, you’re left to question its value.In 1981, however, when Sheen was filming In the King of Prussia, a documentary about the trial of people who had entered the assembly plant of General Electric and poured blood on the nose cones of some missiles, he met Father Berrigan in person and a friendship developed.Then in New York in 1986, there was a demonstration organized against then president Regan’s star wars initiative to put nuclear weapons into outer space.“I went to that very first demonstration and I was arrested for the very first time for civil disobedience, with Dan Berrigan,” says Sheen in an interview with CBC’s AIH, “and it was the happiest day of my life, because I had done all that I possibly could to speak against the immorality of nuclear weapons, and particularly in placing them in outer space. And I had done it non-violently and I suffered the consequences, which meant arrest and jail. Dan led the demonstration, and he did it with such humor and disarming attitude. He even invited the police who were arresting us to join the protest because he assured them that they would agree with what we were protesting against.“Dan never measured success in terms of victories or defeats. It was a question of commitment. That was the victory. We could not count on victory as the world knew victory, like people win a war. Peace does not compete on that level. Peace is something that one has to discover within our own cracked hearts. It has to become part of our everyday lives. It begins at home and it spreads to the family and the community and then the nation and the world, but it takes a deeply personal commitment. […] The only failure is in not doing. That is the legacy that Dan Berrigan gave to me.”You can listen to the whole interview here on AIH.Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

UK PM calls for healing in Sri Lanka

British Prime Minister David Cameron has called on all parties in Sri Lanka to work together to heal the country.In a message issued on the Global Tamil Forum’s (GTF) 3rd anniversary conference to be held in London today, Cameron said that his government wants to see lasting peace in Sri Lanka. He also said that the Tamil Diaspora has made an important contribution to the national life in the UK. He said the United Nations institutions – including bodies mandated by the Secretary-General, international human rights groups and Channel 4 News have all revealed, and continue to expose, evidence that war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed by both sides during the war.“However, there has been no credible, domestic investigation into the conflict and the victims and their families – many of whom are Tamils – deserve justice. It is for these reasons that I support the establishment of an independent, international inquiry into the conduct of the war.” he said. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile Ed Davey, the British Secretary of State for Energy, in a seperate statement, said that following the terrible events of last months of the war in Sri Lanka, Britain hoped that a credible accountability and reconciliation processes would be put in place to enable long-lasting peace to take root on the island.“These hopes have not been fulfilled.” he said. “For it to succeed any peace must be based on justice and the rule of law, an inclusive political settlement and reconciliation between all those affected by the war. In particular it is important that Sri Lanka properly investigates alleged breaches of humanitarian and international law and that those responsible are held to account,” he said. read more

Fonseka accuses Gotabaya of kicking a soldier to death

The former army chief said that Rajapaksa, who was in charge of the training at the time, had ordered some of the other soldiers to drag the sick soldier on the ground. Former Army Commander, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka today accused former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa of kicking a soldier to death.Fonseka claimed that Rajapaksa committed the crime when he was in the military and served as a lieutenant in the army ‘Sinha Regiment’ unit. Fonseka said that the soldier initially had a chest pain when he was taken for training to the Minneriya jungle. “When he was being dragged on the ground he was kicked several times by Gotabhaya,” Fonseka claimed.Fonseka said that the solder died in the jungle and some soldiers then assaulted Gotabhaya and the others who dragged the soldier on the ground. Fonseka, now a Minister in the Government, said that Rajapaksa went into hiding for a month as a result of the incident.Fonseka says he has the evidence to back the story and is ready to debate it on live TV if Rajapaksa disputes the claim. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Halal food market surging in Canada

Halal food market surging in Canada Imam Wahid Wardak, an inspector with the Halal Monitoring Authority, checks for HMA labels on boxes of chicken meat at a Halal meat wholesalers and distributors in Toronto on Thursday, April 6, 2017. A growing Muslim community in Canada has led to swelling sales of halal food, which has some grocers and manufacturers seeking ways to profit from the boom.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young by Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 20, 2017 2:12 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A growing Muslim community in Canada has led to swelling sales of halal food, which has some grocers, manufacturers and eateries seeking ways to profit from the boom.“It’s a huge business. It’s an $80-billion business around the world. In Canada, it’s about $1 billion and it’s growing … by 10 to 15 per cent a year, which is quite significant. It’s much more than other categories,” says Sylvain Charlebois, a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University in Halifax.Halal means permissible in Arabic and refers to foods that have been prepared according to Islamic law. Animals must not suffer when they’re slaughtered and must not see another animal be killed. Pork and its byproducts and alcohol are among forbidden items not allowed in the making of halal foods.While Canadians are increasingly seeing more halal products stocked by the big supermarket chains, the complexity of the supply chain has led to concerns about mislabelled food or fraud.Contamination and traceability were motivating factors for the formation of the Halal Monitoring Authority of Canada, says chief operating officer Imam Omar Subedar.A presentation on malpractices in the halal industry he attended in 2004 was eye-opening.“What we were exposed to was really, really bad. There was just no ethics, no controls, no nothing. It was very sad.”The HMA launched in 2006 with one certified chicken product. Now there are hundreds, with 30 inspectors in Ontario, three in Alberta, two in Quebec and a representative in B.C. There are plans to start operations in Saskatchewan.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency approved guidelines for halal products just last year.“Halal unfortunately has been heavily abused and this is why CFIA has gotten involved, which is unprecedented. The government doesn’t get involved in religion, but for halal they did because of the malpractices that had been going on,” says Subedar.Salima Jivraj, an on-the-go mom who founded Halal Food Festival Toronto in 2012 and runs the website, says the mainstream availability of halal products now means she can avoid multiple stops at independent shops during her weekly shopping trip.“I want to go to a grocery store because I’m busy,” she says. “Retailers are noticing now — ‘how can we hone in on this?’”Sobeys Inc. launched the store Chalo FreshCo in 2015 in Brampton, Ont., with separate halal and non-halal meat counters and an assortment of rice, spices, lentils and snacks for South Asian customers.Loblaw Companies Ltd. has launched its own halal brand, Sufra, and also sells other brands of halal chicken, beef, lamb, yogurt, turkey and gummy candies.Jivraj suggests a lot of Muslims unknowingly eat non-halal products.“Immigrants come to the country and they might not necessarily know that they have to look out for halal. Coming from countries that are 100 per cent halal, it might be a new concept for them,” says Jivraj.Reading labels doesn’t always tell the entire story. Candies, yogurt, jellies, baked goods and pharmaceutical products may contain gelatin, which can be derived from pork. Animal shortening such as lard and brewer’s yeast are not halal. Vanilla extract flavouring contains alcohol.“There’s going to be more and more demand being driven for things like bakeries, confectionery, dairy including cheeses because a lot of animal byproducts are found in all sorts of categories in grocery and the consumers are realizing this as well and they’re being more vigilant in the products that they buy,” says Jivraj.Meanwhile, big fast-food chains like Pizza Pizza, KFC, Popeyes and Nandos have added halal options to their menus, while The Halal Guys, a fast-casual franchise that started as a food cart in Manhattan with huge lineups, is opening a Toronto location on May 5.“If there is more food offered to consumers they will buy more essentially,” says Charlebois of the rise in halal offerings.Follow @lois_abraham on Twitter. read more

Mali UN mission wards off rebel attack urges armed groups to respect

The attack was carried out with a heavy-vehicle mounted machine gun belonging to the Mouvement national de libération de l’Azawad (MNLA), a UN spokesman told reporters in New York this afternoon.Farhan Haq said that before engaging, MINUSMA fired warning shots at the vehicle which went unheeded. In accordance with its mandate to protect civilians, its personnel and its assets against imminent threat, MINUSMA then targeted the vehicle, disabling it.Following tensions in Tabankort since the beginning of the month, the Mission has repeatedly reminded all armed groups of their obligation to respect the ceasefire agreement they signed on 23rd of May 2014. The UN reiterates its call to all parties to immediately cease hostilities and respect their ceasefire commitments, said the spokesperson.MINUSMA also reported that public demonstrations have taken place in Ber and Kidal since yesterday to protest the Mission’s action in Tabankort. The demonstrations have now ended.This attack is the latest in a recent spate of violence targeting UN peacekeepers in Mali. Briefing the Security Council earlier this month, the Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, said ‘no Mission has paid as much in terms of blood’ and that MINUSMA’s peacekeepers face assaults on a virtually daily basis, in the form of rocket attacks on bases and targeted attacks with improvised explosive devices. read more

SMMT statement on Honda news

Speaking today (11 January 2013) following the news of employee reduction proposals at Honda in Swindon, SMMT Chief Executive Paul Everitt, said, “This is very disappointing news for Honda staff and their families. The decline in European new car markets and uncertain growth prospects has forced a number of vehicle manufacturers to restructure their operations.” “Despite challenges brought by weak European demand, the longer-term prospects for the UK automotive sector remain good. The industry has seen £6 billion of new investment from a wide-range of global vehicle manufacturers during the last two years and there is demand for skilled workers in the automotive industry and other high value manufacturing sectors. We hope that those affected will be able to take advantage of the opportunities we know exist throughout the UK sector and its supply chain.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Mens Hockey No 4 Ohio State sweeps No 13 Penn State in

Members of Ohio State’s hockey team celebrates after senior forward Freddie Gerard’s goal during the first period of Ohio State’s hockey game vs. Michigan on Jan. 11. Ohio State lost 2-1. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternNo. 4 Ohio State (15-5-4, 8-3-3-2 Big Ten) won both away games against No. 13 Penn State (13-9-2, 5-8-1-1 Big Ten) this weekend, giving the Buckeyes three wins in a row leaving the weekend.Game 1The Buckeyes dominated their first match, winning 4-1 in an aggressive game against Penn State.  Midway through the first period, Ohio State freshman forward Gustaf Westlund, playing his first game since recovering from an upper body injury, scored his third goal of the season 10 seconds into a power play, putting the Buckeyes up 1-0.  With about a minute left in the period, Penn State scored on its own power play, bringing the score to 1-1. This would be Penn State’s only goal before the Buckeyes scored three unanswered to finish the game.Shortly into the second period, junior forward Tanner Laczynski, assisted by senior forward Mason Jobst and junior defenseman Gordi Myer, scored to give Ohio State a 2-1 lead.  Minutes later, Jobst once again assisted, this time helping Westlund score his second goal of the night. Then, with only 2 minutes left in the third period, Laczynski passed to junior forward Ronnie Hein. Ohio State shot 33 times while Penn State managed a season-low 22 shots. The Nittany Lions are No. 1 in the NCAA with 944 shots on goal this season. Ohio State is No. 2 with 856.Game 2Penn State showed more of its aggression in the second game, but Ohio State came out on top, winning 6-4.Ohio State took control of the game during the second period, scoring on four power plays in the middle 20 minutes to take a 5-3 lead it wouldn’t give up for the rest of the game.The first period was tame in comparison, with sophomore Grant Gabriele of Ohio State getting his first career collegiate goal with an assist from Hein.  Penn State answered with a goal 10 minutes later, tying the teams up 1-1 by the end of the period.The second period opened up with the Nittany Lions advancing their lead to 2-1 within the first two minutes.  Following a trip against Penn State, Ohio State began its run of goals on the power play. Senior forward Dakota Joshua tied the game up 2-2, which was followed by junior defenseman Matt Miller putting the Buckeyes up 3-2.  Penn State received a major penalty for boarding after a hit to the back of Laczynski, giving Ohio State five more minutes with the man advantage.  Despite being shorthanded, Penn State scored its third goal of the game, once again tying the teams up 3-3. Ohio State took advantage of the major penalty, with Joshua scoring his second goal that period. Then, with only a few minutes left in the second period, Westlund put a puck into the Lions’ net, advancing Ohio State to a 5-3 lead.Laczynski left the game following the hit by junior forward Blake Gober, and did not return. Midway through the third period, Jobst scored his 14th goal of the season, giving the Buckeyes their sixth score of the game. Penn State scored the last goal of the game, bringing the final to 6-4.Both teams were very evenly matched on the shot totals, with the Buckeyes shooting 39 times and the Lions shooting 38 times.The Buckeyes held Penn State to a combined five goals in the home series. The Nittany Lions averaged a NCAA-leading 4.86 goals per game heading into the matchups.Ohio State enters a bye week before facing off against No. 12 Notre Dame on Feb. 1. read more

Mock The Week panelist fights High Court battle with ex over right

Edgar Harrison They are now fighting to prevent the mother-of-three from paying for the funeral of a child who they say wanted “nothing to do with” her mum.Comedian and writer Ms Vidal told Judge Milwyn Jarman QC of her wish to be allowed to pay for Shaquelle’s funeral and spread her ashes.“I would like to pay for her funeral as her mother, I would like that as the last thing I can do for her,” she said in the hearing. A TV comedian is battling it out with her ex-partner in High Court over the cremation and funeral of their daughter who has remained at a morgue for six months due to the dispute.Mock the Week panelist Ava Vidal’s daughter, Shaquelle, was found dead at an exclusive mental health clinic in London, in April.The 23-year-old had long suffered with her mental health and had previously talked of suicide, before taking her life at the hospital.Now her mother is in a bitter row with Shaquelle’s father Edgar Harrison and her friends about who can attend the cremation and where to spread the ashes.Ms Vidal told the court she wants to spread at least part of her daughter’s ashes herself, Mr Harrison and others want them stored at a neutral location. Edgar Harrison, the ex partner of Ava Vidal, pictured arriving at the High Court, is in a legal battle with Ms Vidal over the cremation arrangements for their daughter ShaquelleCredit:Paul Keogh/Paul Keogh By her friends said allowing her mother to pay would be “an offence to what Kel clearly expressed” when she was alive.Shaquelle was brought up by her mother, but struggled with mental health difficulties and consequently went to live with family in Barbados when she was in her mid-teens.She returned when she was 18, severed ties with her mother and had no further contact with her before she took her life earlier this year.Her father, with two of Shaquelle’s friends, say she would not have wanted her mum involved in her funeral.The parties are also arguing about who should be appointed personal representative of Shaquelle’s estate in order to administer it. The hearing continues. 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. read more

US leads boycott of UN talks to ban nuclear weapons

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related122 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weaponsJuly 7, 2017In “latest news”Iran nuclear deal: Trump pulls US outMay 8, 2018In “World”Trump: Time to remove ‘blindfolds’; U.N. must ready new North Korea sanctionsApril 24, 2017In “World” (CNN) US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced Monday that the United States and almost 40 other nations would not participate in the first-ever talks on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons.US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyFlanked by ambassadors from about 20 nations, including nuclear powers United Kingdom and France, Haley couched the decision not to attend the talks, which began Monday, in personal terms.As a mom and daughter, “there is nothing I want more for my family than a world with no nuclear weapons,” the former South Carolina governor said. “But we have to be realistic.”“Is there anyone that believes that North Korea would agree to a ban on nuclear weapons?” Haley asked.President Barack Obama’s administration also opposed the talks, which the General Assembly voted to approve in December, and nuclear powers Russia and China also are not taking part. United Kingdom Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said his country also would not attend the talks because “we do not believe that those negotiations will lead to effective progress on global nuclear disarmament.”President Donald Trump told Reuters last month that he would prefer a nuclear-free world, but otherwise the United States should be “at the top of the pack.”Nuclear riskThe boycott on Monday drew criticism from backers of the treaty, who called it “an unhelpful distraction.”“Today’s last minute protest by Ambassador Haley and others standing with the American president demonstrates how worried they are about the real impact of the nuclear ban treaty,” Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, said. “It is an unhelpful distraction from the important work of banning nuclear weapons.”Treaty supporters say the risk of a nuclear detonation are higher than at any time since the end of the Cold War.But Haley said of the foreign officials joining the discussions, “you have to ask yourself, are they looking out for their people? Do they really understand the threats that we have?”If adopted, the treaty would outlaw the use, possession and development of nuclear weapons and set up their eventual elimination. read more

Head of Police Narcotics branch transferred

In light of the disappearance of close to two kilograms of cocaine from the Property Room of the Police Narcotics Unit, its head, Superintendent Wayne De Harte, has been transferred to Berbice with effect from Monday, October 2.This publication was told that transfer of the senior officer is to facilitate a probe into the disappearance of the cocaine, which was directly under his control.The Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is looking at the fact that the Property Room is accessible through De Harte’s office, and it is open to all ranks within the unit.Head of Police Narcotics Branch, Wayne De HarteWhile in Berbice, De Harte will work under the supervision of Commander Lyndon Alves.Following the disappearance of the cocaine on September 26, several members of the unit were questioned.The cocaine was tendered as evidence against 31-year-old Travis Mendonca, who was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to a trafficking in narcotics charge.After the news broke of the missing cocaine, acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine confirmed that an investigation was launched by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).It was reported that while the state won the case against Mendonca, investigators had issued a wanted bulletin for 27-year-old Delvor Bunbury of Lot 37 Victoria Road, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara as the alleged mastermind in the incident. He has since been charged. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCocaine missing from CID, several officers under close arrest- Top CopSeptember 27, 2017In “Crime”Ranks ‘infamous for negligence’ being investigated for missing cocaine- RamjattanSeptember 28, 2017In “Crime”Alleged mastermind wanted for CJIA cocaine bust remandedSeptember 29, 2017In “Court” read more

Three People From Gunjur Drowned At Sea After Boat Capsizes

first_imgBy Hatab Nyang Three people from Gunjur Khan Kunda, loss their lives at sea, when their boat capsized on Wednesday March 27th 2019.The victims who all hail from Gunjur Khan Kunda, were Musa, Ousman and Ebrima Khan. It is indicated that a fourth person in the name of Mbaye Khan, escaped and swam ashore. Musa, Ousman and Ebrima, are said to the siblings of the same parents except Mbaye Khan who they share the same father with.According to Jawara Khan of the same Khan Kunda family, the incident happened at around 6 am in the morning; that Mbaye Khan who escaped, swam the sea until at around 1:30 pm, when he was rescued by one of the small fishing boats from Kafountine, who were fishing close by at the time. Jawara explained that Mbaye was taken alive to the health facility in Kafountine and was afterwards brought to his family in Gunjur.According to Mbaye’s information, the incident happened because their net made a heavy catch; that in pulling home this heavy catch, the boat also started to go down and eventually capsized.The family ask for help from associations and philanthropist to look for the remains of their loved ones who died from this unfortunate tragedy.last_img read more

Strong 1Q18 results as Macau data shows mass up 20 and VIP

first_img 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Load More Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August The remarkably similar results are important, according to Macau-based analyst Grant Govertsen, who said, “This is good news on dual fronts: 1) VIP growth remains strong yet not sky high and therefore is more sustainable from a business perspective while also being more politically acceptable, and 2) the profit engine that is the mass market segment is more robust than many had given it credit for when the year began and remains robust as summer approaches.”The best performing game type of all was non-VIP baccarat, up 24% year-on-year and 7% sequentially, reflecting a surge in tourist arrivals to start the year including a 36% increase in Chinese tour group visitation.Govertsen, though, notes the trend towards Cotai with an estimated 62% of total GGR generated in Cotai or Taipa.“At the segment level, 64% of mass GGR was generated on Cotai (vs 36% on the peninsula), while 59% of VIP GGR was generated on Cotai (vs 41% on the peninsula),” he said.“We expect the delta between Cotai and peninsula to widen slightly this year even as we expect GGR on the peninsula to experience high single digit growth.” Gaming data released by Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) on Monday shows strength across the board in 1Q18 with mass and VIP growing at an almost identical rate at 20.1% and 21.0% respectively.Keeping track sequentially at 5.8% growth for mass and 5.7% for VIP, the segments were also split down the middle in terms of revenue contribution at between US$4.4 billion and US$4.5 billion each according to estimates. RelatedPosts 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macaulast_img read more

Huawei Mate 30 Pro specs leak to show its everything P30 Pro

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:57Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:56?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Huawei has demonstrated its best form yet with the launch of the P30 Pro flagship, which has everyone talking about the great features it comes with. From an excellent camera to a lasting battery and uncompromising performance, the P30 Pro is the ideal flagship choice for 2019. But in a few months, there will be a worthier smartphone and it will be from none other than Huawei.Huawei launches two flagships each year, the P-series and Mate-series. The P-series flagships are more focused towards camera and hardware, whereas the Mate-series phones bring the latest chipset paired with the best of P-series phones in that year. This year, the Mate 30 Pro is going to be the ultimate flagship that will even beat the P30 Pro.Nothing remains a secret for long in the tech world. That said, even though there are several months due for the release of Mate 30 Pro, leaks have already offered an early glimpse at what to expect from Huawei later this year.Huawei Mate 30 Pro will follow the annual tradition and be launched in October this year. But a Chinese source has revealed some key features of the unreleased flagship, which are believable to a large extent. Citing industry sources, the Chinese report suggests the Mate 30 Pro to have the best chipset, camera setup and a revamped design. There’s also an alleged picture of the handset to support the claim. Huawei Mate 30 Pro renderNew QQAccording to the report, Huawei Mate 30 Pro will feature a 6.71-inch OLED display with curved edges with probably a punch-hole for the front the camera. One of the biggest reasons to accommodate a big notch in the Mate 20 Pro was the advanced facial recognition feature. It remains to be seen how Huawei plans to integrate it in the new Mate smartphone. Regardless, users who despised the notch on the P30 Pro can look forward to notch-less Mate 30 Pro.Besides the design makeover, the biggest USP of the Mate 30 Pro will be the newest chipset. It is reported that the 2019 Mate flagship will feature a 7nm-based Kirin 985 chipset with EVC manufacturing processor, 5G support using Balong 5000 5G modem and more.Another interesting aspect of the Mate 30 Pro will be the camera. Users can expect a quad camera setup on the back of the Mate 30 Pro. Unlike the P30 Pro, which has a vertical setup, the four cameras on the Mate 30 Pro will be arranged in a square shape just like the Mate 20 Pro. The LED flash will be moved to the centre of the lenses. Huawei Mate 20 Pro designIBTimes India/Sami KhanAs for the lenses, it’s likely that the P30 Pro’s sensors will be borrowed for the Mate 30 Pro, which will still be one of the best things users can expect. Complete with a ToF sensor, a pyramid-style zoom lens, ultra-wide-angle and telephoto sensors, the Mate 30 Pro will deliver breathtaking results like the current flagship.The upgrades don’t seem to end there. Under the hood, the Mate 30 Pro will pack a 4,200mAh battery with 55W SuperCharge fast charging support, which is seen on Mate X foldable phone. Interestingly, there will be 10W wireless reverse charging support as well.It is too early to be speculating the Mate 30 Pro specs, but the leaked ones seem reasonable. But it’s best to take these rumours with a healthy dose of salt.center_img Huawei P30 Pro First Impressions, a super camera smartphone with extensive photography skillslast_img read more

BNP picks Hasanuddin Monju for Gazipur Khulna for city polls

first_imgHasanuddin Sarkar, Nazrul Islam ManjuDropping its incumbent mayors, BNP has picked two new faces to vie for the mayoral posts in Gazipur and Khulna city corporation elections with the symbol of ‘sheaf of paddy’ – the election symbol of the main opposition political party.The party has nominated its executive committee member Hasanuddin Sarkar and Khulna city BNP president Nazrul Islam Monju as its mayoral contenders for Gazipur and Khulna city polls respectively.Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the announcement at a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, reports UNB..Earlier, ruling Bangladesh Awami League on Sunday picked Talukder Abdul Khaleque and advocate Jahangir Alam as the party candidates to contest the elections to Khulna and Gazipur city corporations respectively.On 31 March, the election commission announced the election schedule for Khulna and Gazipur city corporations, fixing 15 May as the date for balloting.According to the election schedules, the deadline for the submission of nomination papers is 12 April, while the dates for scrutinising those are 15 and 16 April, and the last date for the withdrawal of candidature is 23 April.Earlier on Sunday night, BNP’s nomination board interviewed the party’s nine nomination seekers for the two city polls.BNP candidates Moniruzzaman Moni and professor MA Mannan were elected mayors in Khulna and Gazipur polls respectively in the 2013 polls.However, the party dropped the two incumbent mayors ostensibly to increase its chance to retain the two mayoral posts with new candidates.Party insiders said though Mannan is still very popular in Gazipur, he is not physically fit for contesting against a young Awami League candidate Jahangir Alam.They also said Moni was not given nomination as some local leaders are against him as he reportedly did not maintain communication with party leaders and activists after being elected mayor.last_img read more