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BSF jawan, 4 civilians killed in Pakistan firing from across border in Jammu

first_imgOne Border Security Force (BSF) jawan and four civilians were killed in 11-hour continuous firing and shelling by Pakistani troops on the International Border (IB) in Jammu on Friday, a day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kashmir.3 militants shot deadThree militants were shot dead by the Army in the Valley, the first time since it halted operations two days ago as part of the Centre’s Ramzan ceasefire.An official said Pakistan violated ceasefire around 1 a.m. and continued shelling and firing on the BSF posts and the local population along the IB in Jammu’s Arnia and R.S. Pura till late noon on Friday. The Indian troops “retaliated in equal measure.”“Two BSF jawans were wounded at Arnia’s Jabowal. Later, constable Sita Ram succumbed to his injuries,” said the official.Intense mortar shelling killed Jagmohan, 45, and Satpal, 60, in Arnia’s Treva village and a couple, Tarsem Lal, 52, and Manjeet Kaur, 45, in R.S. Pura.“These civilians were either on the mobile, walking on the road or engaged in routine work when they were hit by shells,” said the district officials. Nine civilians were also injured. The shelling forced border villagers to shift to safer places. The Jammu border had been comparatively peaceful since March this year.‘Disrespect to Ramzan’“Border firing is a cause of pain and worry. Sad while our country took the lead in starting peace initiatives with cessation of operations during Ramzan. Pakistan has shown no respect whatsoever for this holy month. Pakistan will have to reciprocate. Violence is a zero sum game,” said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, while offering condolences to the victim families. Meanwhile, a spokesman of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) claimed four civilians were killed in Sialkot.A senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader said the party hoped that Mr. Modi “will take the Ramzan initiative further and open the door for serious dialogue with both Pakistan and internal stakeholders.”An Army official told news agency GNS in Srinagar that three militants were killed in a gunfight at Handwara’s Brinjal forest in Kupwara district. “Soldiers of 15 Rashtriya Rifles intercepted the group of militants, believed to be infiltrators, adjacent to Shahnagar Jat Gali. The group opened fire. In retaliation, three infiltrators were gunned down,” the Army said. The Army had made it clear it “will retaliate in case it is attacked or civilian lives are in danger.”An exchange of fire between the Army and militants was also reported in Bandipora’s Hajin on Thursday night.A red alert has been sounded in Kashmir ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit.last_img read more

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Amazon Users in India Will Get Less Choice and Pay More Under New Selling Rules

first_imgOn Friday, Indian consumers will wake up to an emptier, more expensive version of Amazon’s shopping service.Gone will be iPhones and cheap jumbo packs of Pampers diapers. Fewer varieties of Maybelline cosmetics will be available, and Amazon’s own Echo smart speakers will vanish entirely.Read it at NY Times Related Itemslast_img

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Romantic pre-wedding shoot lands police officer in the soup in Rajasthan

first_imgThe video to record his ‘pre-wedding’ romance for posterity turned not so romantic for a Rajasthan sub-inspector, who starred in his own filmy love story but forgot he was in uniform, much to the chagrin of his department.The narrative was simple — the stern cop meets the feisty girl, fines her for riding without a helmet and she in turn puts some money in his pocket, the first act of a happily-ever-after scenario. But the script did not go quite as planned for SI Dhanpat Singh. The video, shot nearly three months ago, was circulated widely on social media and his department was furious at the clip showing a uniformed man “accepting a bribe.”A complaint reached Inspector General (law and order) Hawa Singh Ghumariya, who said the matter will be investigated. “After the matter was brought into my notice, an advisory was sent to all the range IGPs nearly a week ago to not shoot videos in uniform as it creates a negative image of the police department,” Mr. Ghumariya told PTI. Udaipur Superintendent of Police Kailash Chandra Bishnoi said the police will examine the clip and if such a scene was enacted then the officer will be asked to give explanation before any disciplinary action is taken against him. Sub Inspector Singh told PTI that he did not shoot the scene intentionally and had even asked the videographer to cut the scene as he was in uniform but he uploaded the entire video on social media. “The video was filmed three months ago. I was in uniform when the videographer asked me get a shot filmed. I was unaware of the scene. It was not my intention to film it,” he said.last_img read more

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Deepa Malik the first Indian woman to win a medal in Paralympic Games, is also an avid biker and adventurer

first_imgOne sultry afternoon, in the month of June 2010, I met a couple–the wife was a paralympic athlete and the husband was a retired army officer. I was informed that the athlete, who was preparing for a high-profile sporting event in Germany, could not make it to Berlin because of visa problems.Deepa Malik, who was then staying in a hotel at Connaught Place at her own expense with her husband, Colonel (retd) Vikram Singh Malik, was disheartened and distressed. She had, after all, closed her successful restaurant to train for the German event, in Gandhinagar.Six months later, her efforts paid off, but at a different venue: Malik won the silver medal in the women’s shot put (F52/53) at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand. But that’s not all about her. Malik, in 2009, became the first person with paraplegia to ride in one of the world’s highest and most difficult motor rallies in the Himalayas.A few years later, I met this para-athelete, decked up in a black armoured jacket complete with other biking gear, for a bikers rally at the bikers dhabain the Qutub Institutional area. Malik had attracted every avid biker present in the vicinity.From anecdotal stories of her journey’s to the world’s highest motorable road in Ladakh, she was swamped with queries and was sought after for tips and tricks for biking. Malik shared her experiences with fellow bikers while relishing hot parathas with adrak ki chai.Also read:This Spanish woman left everything she had to be able to help Dalit children in IndiaadvertisementMalik has for years inspired the bikers of India, especially those who reside in the Capital. No biking event in Delhi is complete without her. The city’s super bikers claim that despite being differently-abled, Malik is a true biker at heart and comes for every biking event possible.So, when she was to leave for the Rio Paralympics, Delhi bikers paid tribute to her and some even went to the Delhi airport to see her off. And when she won a silver medal in the shot put category, they celebrated by carrying out bike rallies.Deepa Malik at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.”She is a biker at heart even though she can no longer enjoy motorcycling in the truest sense,” says Sundeep Gajjar, renowned biker and photographer. “She infuses every event with her positive energy. The energy and positivity in her amaze me to no ends.The sum of her struggles is the recent Paralympics silver medal. But that is just one addition to many of the laurels she has earned. As someone who also struggles to get companies and sponsorships on board, I can only guess the troubles and negativity she has fought to reach where she is today.”Also read:Journalist makes history by appearing in Playboy with her hijabGajjar who also heads the country’s biggest online biking community–xBHP–claims that their anniversary and celebration is incomplete without Malik’s presence, and that she has been instrumental in motivating thousands of bikers. “When I first met Malik, she came across as a very gentle person but in due course it was pretty clear she had a will power which legends are made up of. She is not a disabled person but a superabled person,” says Gajjar.Malik was diagnosed with a tumour in her spinal cord in 1977, seven years after her birth. It was surgically removed, after which she had to literally learn how to walk again.After her two daughters were born, she was diagnosed with an Arachnoid’s Cyst in the spinal cord. In 1999, Malik was told that she had five days to celebrate walking She knew after this surgery, she would become a paraplegic. Deepa underwent an 11-hour surgery, the cyst was removed but her life on her legs had ended.After paralysis, a determined Malik wanted to ride a bike to promote her message that the disabled can do almost anything they wish to. Her first help came from Vijay Mallya who sponsored a customised quad (with four wheels) motorbike for her.As a biker, Deepa has been the first woman with her disability, ever, to ride across nine high altitude passes in nine days on LehLadakh’s highest motor-able roads. She was the first person to receive a licence for invalid (modified) rally vehicle, a case she consistently pursued for 19 months in Maharashtra.She is also the first physically-challenged individual in the country to receive an official rally licence from the Federation Motor Sports Club of India (FMSCI) and become a navigator and driver in the toughest car rallies of the country – Raid-de-Himalaya (2009) and Desert Storm (2010).advertisementShe was also a part of the National Anthem ceremony at the flag-off of the Formula-1 race at Buddh International Circuit in 2013. Her friends told Mail Today that Malik’s aim of joining motor sports is to spread awareness and motivate physically-challenged individuals to obtain official licence and attain self-reliance through driving.Malik has undertaken numerous rallies to promote this cause. Ikjot Singh Bhasin, a passionate biker and consultant, says, “I met her during an event, and she became a part of my family.We have seen her struggle and fight all the barriers in achieving whatever she has wished for. Her husband and two daughters, Devika and Ambika, stood by her side in each step of life.”Bhasin calls Malik a superwoman as there is nothing which she cannot do, despite the fact that she could not walk. “She can ride bikes, she brought us laurel at the biggest sporting event and she is also an amazing cook. My daughter came to India from the US a year ago and Malik cooked the best grilled chicken we ever had,” Bhasin recallslast_img read more

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General Knot & Co.: The Choice of Necktie Connoisseurs

first_imgFact: if you care enough to wear a necktie, whether it be to a job interview or date, chances are you’ll care for one that’s well-crafted and stylish enough to seal any deal. If that idea sounds appealing, then Bedford, NY-based General Knot & Co. may just be the ticket. That’s because the company uses rare and vintage fabrics to make its neckwear, thereby creating not only limited edition products worthy of any well-curated wardrobe, but also, by virtue of the fabrics, a feel and look that’s as special as it is familiar and flattering on any guy. Translation: you’ll never again look like the guy who copped a tie from H&M at the last minute. Instead, you’ll look precisely like the type of astute dresser who’s been wearing ties for years and knows his knots.“It’s always about the fabric, it’s about the special pieces we find. It’s not about mass production,” explains Andrew Payne, a former design director for Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Levi’s, who started General Knot & Co. in 2010 with his wife, herself a former creative director at Original Penguin. At the beginning of each season both decide on key palettes, then flesh them out with various fabrics sourced from their own vast archives or suppliers, which they spec and then take up to a little factory in Northern Vermont to be hand cut and sewn.Not surprisingly, Japan’s vintage connoisseurs were among the first folks to embrace the collection. Today, a store there might do single buys of up to 400 ties, while demand continues to heat up nationwide in markets such as Houston and Austin and in special occasion categories such as weddings. General Knot & Co. can in fact work one-on-one with wedding parties to custom source and design neckwear and complete the process within six weeks (groomsmen, take note: this year’s most popular colors for summer through early fall include peach and soft pink).In addition to occasion wear, the company also works with the iconic leather maker Frank Clegg in Massachusetts to produce fabric belts that are specially selected for durability and reinforced so as to resist rough aging over time. Payne also anticipates getting into leather bags later this year, also to be handcrafted with fabrics chosen exclusively for the category. More complex patchwork designs incorporating the rarest of fabrics such as obi-style indigo patterns meanwhile round out the company’s most elevated offerings, just shy of $150. Says Payne, who plans to take the brand on the road via The Pop Up Flea market, “The effort is really to offer some very, very special pieces that will be extremely limited in number. We just found a lot of people who really love the fabric.” Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Why You Should Skip the Suave and Try Custom Hair Care Products 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion Editors’ Recommendations Kentucky Breweries are Plowing Ahead on the Bourbon Traillast_img read more

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Committee to Examine Petroleum Pricing in Yarmouth

first_imgHOUSE OF ASSEMBLY–Committee to Examine Petroleum Pricing inYarmouth A select committee examining petroleum product pricing beginspublic hearings in Yarmouth on Wednesday, July 14. The meeting will be held at the Rodd Colony Harbour Inn, 6 ForestSt. at 7 p.m. The all-party committee of the Nova Scotia legislature wasestablished to investigate the supply and pricing of fuels,including gasoline and home heating oil. The committee will seekinput from consumers, producers, suppliers and operators, andwill make recommendations to ensure reasonable product prices. Nova Scotians interested in making a presentation at the meetingshould call toll-free 1-888-388-6489 in advance. Messages can beleft on this line. Written submissions will also be accepted and should be filedwith the committee no later than Friday, July 30. Submissionswill be accepted by: — Fax: 1-902-424-0513– Mail: c/o Legislative Committees Office, 3rd Floor, DennisBuilding, 1740 Granville St., P.O. Box 2630, Station M, Halifax,N.S., B3J 3N5– E-mail: legcomm@gov.ns.ca Additional meetings will be held in Bridgewater, Halifax, Truro,and Sydney. The committee is to complete a report on its findingsby Aug. 31. Background information will be available on thegovernment website at www.gov.ns.ca . All meeting dates andlocations will be advertised on local radio stations and in areanewspapers.last_img read more

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New Guide Helps Parents Support Children Through Play

first_imgAs part of the Action Plan for Education, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is releasing a guide to help parents of four-year-olds play their way to a positive start in school. Let’s Play Together: A Guide for Parents of 4-Year Olds is designed to help families support children’s early development through play. It is available in French and English and contains tips for easy low- to no-cost activities that families can do together. The guide also includes books that match each area of development. “We recognize the importance of having a strong foundation in the early years. We also know that encouraging children to play is not just about fun – it is how children develop and learn about the world around them,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “Government needs to continue to respond to the changing needs of families, and this is one way we can help support families before children come to school.” The activities are consistent with Early Development Instrument indicators for children’s developmental health and school readiness. Every two years, Grade Primary teachers assess how students fare in physical health and well-being, emotional development, communications skills and general knowledge, social development and language and thinking skills. “This guide is one way that parents can help their children grow and develop in fun ways that do not put pressure on the family,” said Ms. Casey. The guide will be distributed to families as part of Grade Primary registration. Copies will also be available in child care centres, early intervention programs, family resource programs, SchoolsPlus and Early Years Centre sites and online at http://www.novascotia.ca/education . Books in the guide will be available at public libraries. The 3Rs: Renew, Refocus and Rebuild, Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education, contains a number of actions to support preschool children and their families. Learn more about the action plan at https://www.ednet.ns.ca/educationreview/ .last_img read more

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ACTRA says its expediting sexual harassment complaints processes

first_imgTORONTO – The union for Canada’s TV and film performers says it’s expediting its discipline processes for sexual harassment and assault complaints.At a panel discussion on sexual harassment hosted Friday by the organization behind the Toronto International Film Festival, ACTRA Toronto president Theresa Tova outlined a number of immediate steps the union is taking as it also works with other industry stakeholders on longer-term strategies.Among the immediate steps is a plan to “investigate and get things happening” on serious allegations of sexual misconduct within 48 hours, she said.ACTRA has also rebranded its after-hours, anonymous emergency reporting system as the Sexual Harassment and Emergency Hotline and is “plastering it everywhere,” encouraging members to call if they have had an experience they’d like to share.“It goes directly to a counsellor, a company that does this for us, and/or it goes straight to our executive director or our staff, and people are there with you, immediately,” Tova said in an interview.“Many, many, many are calling us now about situations they’ve never reported before, ever,” she said, adding they have “some cases that are now going forward.”Tova said ACTRA has also hired a lawyer — a human rights specialist who has worked in the industry — to be their in-house adviser and guide complainants on what their choices are, how they can proceed and what they can do.“That’s a big part of it — protecting our members going forward,” said Tova. “You just have to call us. We’re committed 100 per cent. We are there for you.”Having a hotline that results in immediate action is crucial given that victims of sexual harassment and assault have often had to work with their abusers while a complaint was investigated, noted actor/filmmaker Nicole Stamp, who moderated the panel chat.“In film time, if you get assaulted on Monday, you’re back on set on Tuesday and it might be a really intense day where you can’t call in sick,” said Stamp.“It’s more difficult than in many workplaces where you might be able to get a little bit of time away from the person that abused you. On a film set, you might be right back in with them the next day.”Friday’s talk also included representatives from the Directors Guild of Canada and the Canadian Media Producers Association, who met with ACTRA and other industry stakeholders last week about how to work together to end sexual harassment.Also on the panel were filmmakers Patricia Rozema and Melanie Chung, Alix Herber of the Labour and Employment Law Group, and producer Martin Katz of Prospero Pictures.Audience members included filmmakers Sarah Polley and Jennifer Baichwal.Many on the panel said the industry is at a “watershed moment” in which organizations are working together to change the entire culture. That includes having zero tolerance, ending complicity, achieving parity, diversifying the power structure, and creating a future in which abuse is less likely to happen.Stamp said she felt “it was a really productive discussion” in which the panellists were speaking candidly and “were comfortable being a little bit vulnerable in explaining some of the process.”“What I find really heartening about this discussion is the extent to which we’re all on the same page and we’re all adopting the same near-term, tangible tools and practices that can lead to real change on the issue,” said Marguerite Pigott, vice-president of outreach and strategic initiatives at the CMPA.“Canada will be the leader in anti-harassment,” added Tova.“We will announce it to the world. I’ve said to a few producers, ‘Are you afraid that you will lose business?’ and they go, ‘Absolutely not. We need to do this.’ I think we’ll gain business because people know when they come to Canada, you’re protected.”last_img read more

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Cops searched bag took goggles rare civil trial stemming from G20 to

first_imgTORONTO – A man whose swimming goggles were confiscated by officers following a search of his backpack on the eve of the turbulent G20 summit in Toronto in 2010 is expected to testify Monday at the start of a hearing into his lawsuit against the city’s police oversight board.Numerous legal actions, officer disciplinary hearings and criminal proceedings have flowed from the summit that saw indiscriminate mass arrests and detentions, but this may be the only such civil suit to actually go to trial, according to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.In his statement of claim initially filed in 2011, Luke Stewart, of Kitchener, Ont., argues police officers assaulted and wrongfully detained him, violating several of his constitutional rights. He wants Superior Court to award him $100,000 in damages.The defendant police services board denies any liability, claiming police were simply doing their jobs, and blames Stewart for any problems he encountered when he went to a downtown park carrying a backpack while planning to take part in a protest.In an incident captured on video, Stewart says he went to Allan Gardens on the Friday afternoon of the summit weekend in June 2010. He says several officers demanded to search his bag as a condition of entry into the park. When he refused and tried to get to the protest, he alleges the officers “assaulted and battered him,” illegally searched his bag, and confiscated his swimming goggles.“The plaintiff was unlawfully detained for 12 minutes,” his claim asserts. “The officers acted with malice and bad faith.”The statement of claim also alleges police, under orders from superiors, were planning to form a perimeter around the park with the aim of searching “every person with a bag” trying to enter the area. The plan and orders, the claim alleges, violated the charter.“Senior police officers … gave orders they knew were unlawful,” the claim asserts.In response, the police services board says officers were doing their best to preserve the peace and defend public property under provincial trespassing law. What they were doing at Allan Gardens was legal, the board says in its statement of defence.By its account, the board says officers told Stewart, who was in his mid-20s, that he could enter the park if he allowed them to inspect his bag or could refuse and leave.“Such examination was necessary to protect the safety of those persons within the park in the circumstances as they existed on that day,” the statement of defence asserts. “He loudly and rudely yelled at the police officers, expressing his displeasure.”Police said they confiscated the goggles “noting that the park did not contain a pool” and that goggles had been used at violent protests in the past for illegitimate purposes. Stewart said he was carrying them in case officers used “chemical weapons,” the board says.Any force used against him, the statement of defence says, was justified by the circumstances and did not amount to an assault or other breach of his rights.The civil liberties association is intervening in the case. The group argues it is an abuse of police power to seize personal property as a condition of entry to a public space. It also maintains that awarding damages would help hold police accountable for allegedly violating civil rights.Since the summit, a senior police officer has been found guilty of misconduct for ordering mass arrests that weekend. A lower ranking officer was convicted criminally, as were several protesters who smashed windows or otherwise ran amok.One official report branded the mass detentions and arrests that weekend as one of Canada’s worst violations of civil liberties.last_img read more

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Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Northeast BC

first_imgForecasters say that a broad trough will spread showers to the BC Peace region this afternoon. Thunderstorms will also be possible as instability increases ahead of an approaching upper low.According to meteorologists, there is a 60 percent chance of severe thunderstorms that could cause rainfall rates of up to 25 mm per hour, hail of up to 20 mm in diameter, and wind gusts of up to 80 km/h.The forecast is calling for the upper-level low to move from Northern B.C. down towards Prince George by Friday. The north will undergo cooling on Wednesday and rebound to near normal after Thursday.The full weather statement from Environment Canada can be read below:Severe thunderstorm watch issued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Fort Nelson, B.C. (088100)Current details:Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the B.C. Peace River and Fort Nelson regions today.Environment Canada says that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms, which may be capable of producing heavy rain.A map of the thunderstorm risk in B.C. today. Photo by Avalanche Canada. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more

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UK Foreign Secretary Meets with Qatars Emir

Rabat – Fresh from talks in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, the UK’s foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, arrived in Doha Saturday for a meeting with Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to discuss the current crisis.Traveling to the Qatari capital, Johnson was met late in the day by Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, before meeting with the Emir at Al Bahr palace.Hoping to assist in the mediation process, the topic of discussions also included strategies for enhancing Qatar’s fight against terror and the cooperative counter-terrorism relationship shared between the two nations. Earlier in the day, Johnson was in Kuwait to offer the UK’s support to the mediator. The visit was a follow up to earlier meetings he held on Friday in Saudi Arabia. There, he talked with bloc members, Saudi and United Arab Emirate (UAE), as he attempted to ease ratcheting tensions.“The UK strongly supports Kuwait’s mediation efforts and the foreign secretary will pay tribute to the work of the Emir of Kuwait,” he said in a statement.Of his diplomatic efforts, the UK’s foreign office stated that “The Foreign Secretary will urge all parties to get behind Kuwait’s mediation efforts, which the UK strongly supports, and work towards de-escalation and Gulf unity for the sake of regional stability.”The statement also promised Johnson would discuss security and bilateral issues with a “particular focus on working together to address the common threats of extremism, radicalisation and terrorism.”Mediation efforts recently hit a major snag when Qatar presented its official refusal to comply with the bloc’s list of demands to Kuwait last Wednesday, maintaining its stance that the demands are deliberately unworkable.Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt presented their list of thirteen non-negotiable demands June 22, giving Qatar just ten days to comply. They included the closure of state-funded network, Al Jazeera, the dismantling of a Turkish military base on Qatar soil, a cooling in relations with Iran and the immediate curtailment of any financial support offered to terror organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaeda and ISIS.From the beginning of the crisis, Qatar has denied all allegations of wrong-doing, defending its anti-terror record and its place as a diplomatic hub in the region. Qatar has steadfastly maintained its stance that the demands were deliberately designed to be impossible to meet. That opinion has been shared by international observers and leaders, including ally to both sides in the dispute, the United States.Prior to the demands being sent to Qatar, the US State Department issued a statement expressing that it was “mystified” by the delay. They publicly expressed doubt over the bloc’s official stance that they were isolating Qatar due to its alleged financial support of terrorist organizations, wondering if, instead, the blockade was inspired by pre-existing tensions over Qatar’s independent foreign policy, which have frequently been at odds with Saudi-led strategies for the region.In light of Qatar’s rejection of their demands, the bloc has warned of further sanctions in the offing. No further details have been outlined but the bloc has promised that any further action will comply with international law. read more

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Dayan makes controversial exit speech

“My wife and I thought that it was our duty to represent the totality of Sri Lanka, not simply this or that component which thought that it was by definition privileged, or should be. We were totally opposed to the idea which was implicit among some but explicit in the writings and publications of others, that there should be unequal treatment; that certain elements in the community should have privilege, if not a monopoly, for a variety of reasons, be they politics, ethnicity, language, religion, or whatever. I really did not care about that because that is not what Sri Lanka means. I represent the country, and parochial prejudice is not what being Sri Lankan is or should be. Certainly if one had functioned in that way it would have been the worst possible message to the people and Government of France about what Sri Lanka stands for. My diplomatic practice has been informed by these ideas. I saw absolutely no incompatibility between the ideas of what a democratic Sri Lanka are and the values and ideas of France,” he said. He further said it was not his job and would go against the spirit of what he was doing, to identify himself with or serve one political party, or one faction or one family, or one religious denomination, or one linguistic community, while representing his country. Outgoing Sri Lankan Ambassador to France Dayan Jayatillake, in a farewell speech to the Sri Lankan community in France, has said it was not his job and would go against the spirit of what he was doing, to identify himself with or serve one political party.“I was however faced with certain situations or combination of factors which you are well aware of. Now I will not go into that but I will just say that what I have stood for here has been the following. And it is by standing for these principles and these ideas that we have enjoyed your support, understanding and solidarity. I have stood for the idea that the main duty of a Sri Lankan Ambassador in any part of the world is to represent his or her country in the country or state to which he or she is accredited. Now this does not mean the neglect of the Sri Lankan community but that is not the primary function of a Sri Lankan Ambassador,” he said. Dayan Jayatillake’s term in France will end next month. read more

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Womens lacrosse No 15 Stanford hands Ohio State first loss of the

Ohio State freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to pass in the offensive zone against Stanford on Feb. 24 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: James King | Lantern reporterEarly struggles plagued the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team yet again. This time it was costly. The Buckeyes (3-1) dropped their first game of the year, 19-9, to the No. 15 Stanford Cardinal (2-3) by digging themselves into a four-goal deficit in the first 12 minutes of the game. This marks the fifth time the Cardinal have taken down the Buckeyes in the last five seasons, with OSU’s last win coming in 2012.“We knew Stanford was going to give us a complete game,” OSU coach Alexis Venechanos said. “So we knew we were going to need a complete game.”Stanford dominated the ball in the early goings in large part due to OSU’s 12 first-half turnovers. The Cardinal would capitalize off of the Buckeyes’ mistakes with their first goal from junior midfielder Kelly Myers coming at the 25:45 mark. Stanford would then grab three more unassisted goals from sophomore midfielder Genesis Lucero, senior attacker Elizabeth Cusick and senior attacker Anna Salemo.OSU, as they’ve done before, found a way to close the goal gap quickly. Sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott netted the first goal for the Scarlet and Gray with 15:46 remaining in the first half. Within five minutes of Parrott’s seventh goal of the season, the game was tied.“We know the team we are,” junior attacker Molly Wood said. “We’ve been in those positions this season already, where we were down, and we do find that in those situations we stay calm.”Freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez would score her first of two goals on the day, which was followed shortly by Wood’s seventh score of the year. Freshman midfielder Sage Darling, who made her first appearance of the season last game against Cincinnati, would score her first collegiate goal to tie the game at four.Stanford responded, going on a 4-1 scoring run to close out the half, sending them to the locker room with an 8-5 lead. The Buckeyes struggled to gain and keep possession throughout the first half, only winning six of 14 draw controls. And despite having 18 less fouls than the Cardinal’s 31, it only correlated to two free-position goals in the first half.OSU won the opening draw of the second half and struck first off of two goals from Wood in the first 71 seconds, narrowing the Cardinal lead to just one. Wood has scored back-to-back hat tricks, putting her season point total at 12.Stanford stretched its lead back to four with 25:04 remaining in the game. The Cardinal’s senior attacker Kelsey Murray would be responsible for two of the goals in that span, her third and fourth of the game, putting her one shy of her season high for goals in a game.“At halftime it was reachable, ” Venechanos said. “And then, we just didn’t have that opportunity to make our own run. Stanford had the next five or six possessions and we didn’t make any stops.”Parrott would connect on her second goal of the evening before Stanford would go on a three-goal run to extend their lead to six, 14-8, with 19:59 left in the game. At the 16:27 mark, Wood found the net yet again, giving her four on the day, this time off an assist from freshman midfielder Alex Vander Molen. It was her 10th assist of the season, putting her at a Big Ten best 2.5 assist per game.“I thought we had one more run in us to be honest,” Venechanos said. “But maybe (the game) was a little bit physical and emotional so mentality wise, we didn’t have enough gas.”It was a physical game. There were 75 fouls between the two teams, with Stanford being assessed four yellow cards to OSU’s three.Stanford would go on to push their lead out to eight by scoring four consecutive goals for a second time in the contest. The run included a goal from Salemo, giving her her first hat trick of the season.The Buckeyes would allow two more goals before the game was over, giving Stanford the eventual 19-9 victory. OSU allowed a season-high 36 shots against Stanford and when coupling that with 16 turnovers, it does not add up to a stellar outing.“If you give a team almost 40 shots they are going to have an opportunity to execute,” Venechanos said. “And they did.”Now the Buckeyes turn their attention to Sunday’s matchup against the California Golden Bears (1-2) in Ohio Stadium at noon. “The good news is we have another game in 48 hours,” Venechanos said. “Credit to Stanford, they beat us. But we’ve got to get better from this.” read more

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Mens Lacrosse No 4 Ohio State falls 146 to Rutgers in first

Ohio State junior attack Tre Leclaire (44) runs to break his defenders against Rutgers at Ohio Stadium on Mar. 31. Ohio State lost 6-14. Credit: Willow Mollenkopf | For The LanternThe No. 4 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team started Big Ten play on the wrong foot Sunday at home, falling to Rutgers for its first loss of the season 14-6.The Buckeyes (7-1, 0-1 Big Ten) came into Sunday as the only team in Division I lacrosse undefeated, but ultimately finally fell to defeat by the hands of the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers junior attack and leading point scorer Kieran Mullins was instrumental in upsetting the Buckeyes, scoring four goals and four assists.Ohio State head coach Nick Myers was not focused on one single player that gave the Buckeyes issue. “I don’t feel like we did a good job in the first 15 to 20 minutes of this game settling into this game,” Myers said.The Buckeyes came out hot with a goal in the first 46 seconds as sophomore attacker Colby Smith recorded his first goal of the game. But the rest of the quarter saw Rutgers capitalize on the Buckeyes’ eight turnovers, scoring five straight goals to end the quarter, two of which came from Mullins.The Rutgers (6-4, 1-0 Big Ten) defense was on full display, taking advantage of an Ohio State team that accumulated 16 turnovers. The Scarlet Knights redshirt senior goalkeeper Max Edelmann, who leads the nation in saves, saved 17 shots to keep the Buckeyes to a season-low six goals.“The goalie is a hell of a player, 17 saves,” Myers said. “He obviously played well today.” The second quarter started with another Rutgers goal to extend its lead to five before Ohio State finally answered back with a goal as sophomore midfield Griffin Hughes got his third of the season before the Scarlet Knights got a goal back. Myers felt as though the Ohio State offense was not getting quality shots across against the Rutgers defense. “I felt like we just shot the ball, which is very uncharacteristic of us, really poorly in the first, 2-for-22 [goals to shots on target], and it cost us,” Myers said.After attempting a comeback much like the Buckeyes had against Notre Dame on March 23, scoring two goals to start the quarter, Rutgers was able to cool off Ohio State’s hot streak, scoring two straight.The final quarter was all Rutgers, scoring four goals to Ohio State’s one.“Every time we chipped away at it, they made a big play,” Myers said. “It’s a game we are going to have to grow from.”Ohio State will travel to State College, Pennsylvania next week to take on No. 1 Penn State at 7 p.m. Sunday. read more

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British sailor feared missing at sea tells UK coastguard he is safe

Robin Davie is now expected back in Falmouth on SundayCredit:Barry Pickthall/PPL Photo Agency Robin Davie’s family alerted the coastguard on Wednesday after he told his brother Rick he would arrive in Falmouth, his hometown, on Tuesday.The UK coastguard said no distress signal had been received but it had issued an all-ships alert asking vessels to look out for his yacht. Robin Davie on board his yacht, C'est la Vie Mr Davie, who spent 20 years in the Merchant Navy, has circumnavigated the globe solo three times and was preparing to attempt the feat without stopping in 2022. Friends described his disappearance as a “total mystery”.Barry Pickthall, a yachting journalist who has known Mr Davie since 1990, said: “We are all gobsmacked, we just do not understand it. It has been so mild and calm and there is hardly any wind, so he has had calm seas the whole way.“We organised an all-ships alert and nothing has been turned up and yet this is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. It’s a total mystery.”Mr Davie had been in Les Sables d’Olonne fixing a new mast and rigging to his Rustler 36 yacht, which he bought in 2017. He had hoped to take part in last year’s Golden Globe Race to sail around the world solo without stopping but had not managed to fix his yacht in time. A British sailor feared to be missing at sea for six days has radioed the UK coastguard to say he is “safe and well.”Robin Davie, 67, was expected back at his home port of Falmouth in Cornwall on Tuesday having set off on a 300-mile journey from Les Sables d’Olonne in western France last Saturday.The Coastguard said: “The skipper of the yacht ‘C’est la Vie’ has just reported that he has heard the broadcast action being made by HM Coastguard and that he is safe and well 25 miles south west of the Isles of Scilly.”C’est La Vie is now due to arrive into Falmouth on Sunday afternoon.Coastguard Controller Dai Jones said: “We were concerned for the skipper’s safety and so we’re really pleased that he has been in contact to tell us that he is safe and well.”Being able to broadcast continuously can pay dividends and in this case it really helped us to locate him.”We had worked out that the sailor could be somewhere around the Isles of Scilly by considering the weather conditions and what passage he would have been likely to take. It really was a case of putting ourselves in the skipper’s shoes.” Mr Pickthall said as Mr Davie had just fitted a new mast, the C’est la Vie did not have an aerial when he set sail seven days ago, which cut the range of the on-board radio from around 30 miles to just seven. He added: “However he has a life raft on board with an emergency radio and a GPS set, so we don’t understand.“It is all conjecture: Has he hurt himself? Has he fallen overboard? Has he hit a ship and the ship hasn’t noticed?”Mr Davie has overcome dangerous situations before at sea. When he was attempting his second round-the-world voyage in the Nineties he lost the mast on his yacht while sailing 2,000 miles out in the Southern Ocean, around the continent of Antarctica.Yet he managed to construct a jury rig – made with only the tools and materials on board – and navigated his boat to the Falkland Islands to make more permanent repairs.Yesterday, UK and French Coastguard made broadcasts via satellite, Navtex and VHF throughout the day. 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

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Veszprem – FC Barcelona 1014 HT

← Previous Story Domagoj Duvnjak after “Zebra disaster”: Really dissapointed… Next Story → 9! FC Barcelona win EHF Champions League! MKB MVM Veszprem – FC Barcelona 10:14 H.TLanxess ArenaSpectators: 20.000Veszprem:  Nagy 4, Ilic 3, Marguč 2, Nilsson 1 –FC Barcelona: Karabatic 4, Valur Sigurdsson 3, Thomas 2, Entrerrios 2, Gurbindo 1, Sarmiento 1RESULT:  2:1 (5.) 2:4 (8.) 4:6 (11.) 5:7 (15.) 6:9 (21.) 8:9 (24.) 9:10 (25.) 9:13 (28.)

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Palin Compares WikiLeaks to Gawker al Qaeda

first_imgSarah Palin has a few choice words when it comes to the way that the Obama administration has handled its on-going Wikileaks issue. The former governor wondered aloud (via Twitter) why the government has failed to address the Wikileaks problem in the same manner she nipped the leak of her upcoming book on Gawker.“Inexplicable: I recently won in court to stop my book ‘America by Heart’ from being leaked, but US Govt can’t stop Wikileaks’ treasonous act?” Palin asked on Twitter.It was Palin’s publisher HarperCollins that stopped the leak, filing a complaint against the gossip site. The judge in the case ordered the immediate removal of the pages from the site.Palin has also taken her WikiLeaks concerns to her Facebook page. In a post titled “Serious Questions about the Obama Administration’s Incompetence in the WikiLeaks Fiasco,” Palin compared the site to terrorist organizations like al Qaeda,What steps were taken to stop Wikileaks director Julian Assange from distributing this highly sensitive classified material?” she asked. “Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders?last_img read more

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Amazon une seconde génération de Kindle Fire bientôt en production

first_imgAmazon : une seconde génération de Kindle Fire bientôt en production ?La fabrication d’une tactile Kindle Fire nouvelle génération serait imminente. Et les rumeurs la concernant sont plutôt alléchantes ! La tablette tactile Kindle Fire d’Amazon est sur le point d’être commercialisée en France, tandis que des rumeurs sur la nouvelle génération de tablettes aux Etats-Unis font surface. Selon le site BGR, la seconde génération de Kindle Fire serait pourvue d’un écran d’une diagonale de 10 pouces et d’une plateforme Tegra 3 (quadri-coeur) conçue par Nvidia.À lire aussiAmazon présente son smartphone Fire Phone avec écran simili 3D Avec une telle tablette, qui n’est cependant pas annoncée de manière officielle par Amazon, le marchand américain viendrait concurrencer l’iPad et pourrait aisément permettre de manipuler du multimédia. Le site DigiTimes donne du poids à ces rumeurs en annonçant qu’Amazon aurait lancé des commandes concernant des châssis auprès du sous-traitant chinois Catcher Technologies. Cela signifierait donc que la production de tablettes Kindle Fire 2 (ou nouvelle génération) devrait débuter d’ici quelques semaines. Des promesses qui laissent cependant entrevoir un important décalage avec la distribution française de la tablette, première génération… Une tablette qui pourrait tout de même être vendue à un tarif très compétitif ! Le 26 mars 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Survivors Reflect On 1964 Earthquake

first_imgThis is an important week for anniversaries of big disasters in Alaska history. Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Good Friday earthquake and tsunami. The 9.2 quake took lives and destroyed houses and infrastructure in Anchorage, Valdez, Seward and other communities.Download Audiolast_img

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EPAs 404C Public Comment Period on Pebble Closes

first_imgMore than 160,000 official public comments have been received by the EPA regarding their proposed restrictions on the controversial Pebble Mine. But it’s expected that once the final numbers are tallied, there will be hundreds of thousands of comments, both pro-and-con.Listen now:last_img

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