Tripura panchayat polls: Opposition claims BJP unleashing violence

first_imgThe Opposition parties in Tripura accused the BJP of “unleashing terror across the State” to prevent them from contesting the upcoming three-tier panchayat polls.“The ruling BJP has virtually reduced the elections to a farce,” said a statement released by the CPI(M)-led Left Front. Its convener Bijan Dhar said the Left parties together could submit only 600 nominations for a total of 6,646 seats, including zila parishad, panchayat samiti and gram panchayats. The rural elections in Tripura are slated for July 27.The Congress demanded an all-party meeting to discuss the situation. PCC chief Pradyot Kishore Debbarman said that he did not believe free and peaceful election was possible as the “entire process was being rigged by the BJP in connivance with government machinery”.Denying the allegations levelled by the CPI(M) and the Congress, the BJP alleged attacks and intimidation by the Opposition parties. State BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharjee lashed out at Mr. Dhar for claiming that the ruling party supporters had set fire to a mosque during a clash in Dharmanagar subdivision. “We are going to file a defamation suit [against Mr. Dhar] for the false and fabricated charge,” said Mr. Bhattacharjee. Mr. Dhar, meanwhile, retracted the statement claiming that he had reacted on the basis of “wrong information” received from a source.Monday, the last day of filing nominations for the panchayat elections, saw widespread violence across several subdivisions. Dozens of vehicles and motorbikes were damaged during clashes between workers of rival parties. Additional forces were deployed in Dharmanagar, Sonamura and Sabroom subdivisions to maintain law and order.last_img read more

Santa on wheels

first_imgThe distance between Bangalore and Coorg is just over 200 km and barring a few stretches the road surface is quite good. So it’s not hard to imagine why us five drivers, who had been invited by Hyundai to drive the new Santa Fe SUV on that stretch, were stepping on it as often as we safely could.The superbly surfaced roads though weren’t the only reason for such enthusiasm. A lot of it was also generated by the 2.2-litre CRDi engine that lay under the bonnet of the SUV. You see, with 197 horses to get up to a full gallop and 412 Nm of peak torque, which is developed at a lowly 1800 rpm and then sustained till 2500 rpm, the Santa Fe is a pretty powerful vehicle. Not to mention it’s also a very refined unit, with hardly any of the vibrations one would associate with a diesel motor.The car gets an electrical variable geometry turbocharger (EVGT) and Hyundai says this improves low end torque, which, in turn, makes the vehicle quite driveable. Although it’s also available with an automatic transmission internationally, in India the Santa Fe gets a 6-speed manual transmission that works well. It has well sorted ratios and shift quality is good too–precise yet slick, and relatively short throw.To ensure that the Santa Fe is not just about the engine alone, Hyundai has worked on the chassis and suspension enough to give the vehicle a great combination of handling and ride quality. For an SUV, the Santa Fe handles quite well. Admittedly though one also feels the engine is a lot more powerful than what the chassis can handle. The overall effect though is confidence inspiring as this Korean feels planted at speeds and one can push the vehicle reasonably hard around bends too. Inside, the vehicle feels plush and build quality. The fit and finish of the interiors are of a high order. There is lots of room too, especially shoulder room, in this seven seater. The third row though is not of great use to adults. There is however small compensation in the form of AC vents for all three rows and blower controls for the middle as well as the final row of seats. As far as creature comforts go, there is also a 6-CD changer and steering mounted controls for it. One major oversight by Hyundai is the absence of Bluetooth connectivity, which becomes glaring in the light of the fact that the i10 now gets this feature in its top-of-the-line variant.At the end of the day, the Santa Fe is a decent looking vehicle, barring an oddly placed grab handle on the tailgate. It’s roomy with comfortable seats that provide sufficient support while allowing space enough to shift around a bit on long drives. Its middle row and last row seats fold flat in 60:40 and 50:50 ratios respectively, making the vehicle versatile. It is powerful and handles and rides well. Add to all this Hyundai’s widespread service and the Santa Fe looks poised to be a perfect alternative to the Fortuner for those looking for an SUV with a price tag of around Rs. 20 lakh.On the road: From Mumbai to Aamby ValleyOne of the closest, and yet good places to visit over a weekend around Mumbai has to be the hills around Lonavla. It’s about a 100-km drive and the roads leading to the place are equally enjoyable. Now, the road leading out of the metropolis isn’t exactly free of traffic, but once you get through the 40-odd km stretch leading to Navi Mumbai, things start getting pleasant. Once on the outskirts, you can either choose the old highway NH4 or the Expressway. The latter is not only shorter, but an experience in itself. Wide three-laned concrete roads on sides, no intersections and lovely scenery on the sides.It’s a toll road so you would have to shell out a tad under Rs. 100 one way to use it (and for roads leading up to it), but it’s certainly worth the money. The expressway also has a huge fuel station just short of Lonavla and it’s peppered with places to eat. Besides Lonavla itself, there’s also Aamby Valley that is worth visiting in the area. Once you arrive in Lonavla town there’s a well marked turn with clear directions towards Aamby Valley. The road itself is quite a pleasure to be on. It’s a narrow, windy road all the way up and is a delight for those who enjoy driving. It has decent protection on both sides (in most places); just in case one does get carried away. There are a few places en route worth a dekko. First, there’s the Bushy dam. The best time to visit Bushy is during monsoons thanks to a sumptuous waterfall that forms alongside the dam. Mid way from Lonavla to Aamby Valley is Lion’s Point. On a clear day, you can also spot the sole lake atop a hill. One needs prior permission to enter Aamby Valley but, it’s worth the extra effort to get it. The views inside are quite breathtaking.–Vikrant SinghHonda VFR1200fToday, the ideal superbike to buy in our country is the Honda CB1000R. It has everything you can ask for in a superbike–heart-stopping acceleration, vision blurring top speed and cornering finesse that can make you look like a MotoGP star. But mostly, its more upright seating, suppler ride and more relaxed power delivery compared to the likes of the Fireblade or the R1 make it wonderfully suited for India. Not anymore though, because Honda has launched the new VFR1200F in India recently.Now the VFR is a sports tourer. And it looks and feels the part immediately, courtesy its tall stance and relaxed seating. The seat itself is low and wide, the handlebar slightly tall and the footrests though rearset, aren’t exceptionally rearwards or high. For riding in winters, the VFR also sports heated grips. There’s loads of grip and feedback from all quarters and the bike is forgiving. Its highlight, however, is its drivetrain. The engine is a 172 bhp 1237 cc V4 unit.It has a mild note to it at idle, which gets throatier and more purposeful as the revs rise. The real hero of the VFR though is the new DCT or Dual Clutch Transmission, which works very well in Sports mode. The VFR is a brilliant combination of a tourer and a sports bike. It’s both torquey and free revving. And thanks to its size it might not be a great everyday commute machine, but as a superbike for India, it’s near perfect.–Vikrant SinghColumn Courtesy: Auto Bild Indiaadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

‘Grateful’ Jett Manuel says goodbye to Ginebra, PBA

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening — Jett Manuel (@_jettmanuel) January 4, 2019The 26-year-old Manuel, who is a licensed civil engineer, played sparingly but he still retired in the PBA with one championship as part of Ginebra’s title run in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup.Manuel was picked 12th overall by the Gin Kings in the 2017 PBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “Grateful. To Ginebra. To UP. To Xavier. To my coaches. To my teammates. To my family. To the fans,” Manuel posted.“It was definitely short, but definitely sweet. Choosing to retire wasn’t easy but I’m excited for everything that lies ahead. I’ll always be connected to the game of basketball, but in a different form this time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ View comments Grateful. To Ginebra. To UP. To Xavier. To my coaches. To my teammates. To my family. To the fans.It was definitely short, but definitely sweet. Choosing to retire wasn’t easy but I’m… SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 3, thanking 3: Bradley Beal calls Dwyane Wade an ‘idol’ Jett Manuel. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJett Manuel bid farewell to his short but sweet PBA career where he played just one season for Barangay Ginebra.Manuel, the former University of the Philippines captain, wrote an emotional goodbye on his Instagram account on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

Premier League 2019 Arsenal vs Wolves Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Live Telecast, Timings in India, Team News

first_imgArsenal are all set to go up against the Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Saturday at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have not been in their best form in recent weeks with the pressure of an unsuccessful Premier League starting to pile up on head coach Unai Emery. Arsenal are eagerly looking for three points after having two winless games in the last two league matches. The Wolves, on the other hand, have managed to defeat Manchester City three weeks back and have had successive draws against Southampton and Newcastle United. However, the Nuno Espirito Santo-managed side will look to carry on with their winning role. The Premier League 2019-20 Arsenal vs Wolves fixture will commence at 8:30 pm.One of the major focal points of the upcoming match will be whether Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka is given a place in the squad following last weekend’s exchange with the fans, when he was seen swearing and gesturing towards booing fans as he was being substituted. The club has issued an official statement since then. Premier League 2019-20 Arsenal possible starting lineup vs Wolves: Leno; Bellerin, Sokratis, Luiz, Tierney; Guendouzi, Torreira, Ceballos, Pepe; Aubameyang, Lacazette.Premier League 2019-20 Wolves possible starting lineup vs Wolves: Patricio; Traore, Doherty, Coady, Saiss, Jonny; Moutinho, Neves, Dendoncker; Jota, Jimenez.Where to watch Premier League 2019 Arsenal vs Wolves match live in India (TV channels)?Arsenal will face Wolves at 8:30 PM on Saturday. The PL 2019 Arsenal vs Wolves will be played at the Emirate Stadium. The Premier League Arsenal vs Wolves game live telecast will be on Star Sports Select HD1 channels in India.How and where to watch online PL 2019 Arsenal vs Wolves match live streaming?Arsenal vs Wolves live stream will be available on Hotstar app and website in India for premium users. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. arsenalPLPL 2019Premier League First Published: November 2, 2019, 3:01 PM ISTlast_img read more

Giants’ Coughlin Blames Himself

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tom Coughlin is going to approach what might be his final week as New York Giants coach just as he has went into every other game week since taking over the team in 2004 and leading it to two Super Bowls.This week is about winning, knocking off the Philadelphia Eagles in the regular-season finale and ending on a high note.Coughlin insists this week is not about either him or his future as coach. He is upset his players have been put in a position where they are being asked about letting down their 69-year-old leader.“I feel badly that they feel that way,” Coughlin said. “It’s a shame that they have to be put in a position where they have to respond about something to do with me. It’s not about me. I’m here for them.“If you want to break it all down, blame it all on me. I’m the head coach, I’m responsible, I lose the games for our players. Put it that way, leave it that way. We try like heck not to put these young men in a position where they feel badly about the circumstances that the head coach finds himself in,” Coughlin said in a rather short day-after news conference with the media.Coughlin’s future with the Giants (6-9) was further put in doubt Dec. 27 when they were crushed 49-17 by the Vikings in Minnesota for their fifth loss in six games. New York has now missed the playoffs four straight seasons, with three straight losing records.While many speculated the Giants quit Sunday night, Coughlin felt his players played with effort.Coughlin said his focus is going to be on beating the Eagles, who easily defeated the Giants earlier this season in one of the few games that they were never in contention.“I have tried very hard, and you know this for a fact, the situation is not about me,” Coughlin said. “I am hoping the players are not going to be centered around that. We are going to conduct ourselves as we always have. We are going to work as hard as we possibly can and put our players in the best position we can, and we’ll let whatever happens, happen.”While the Giants didn’t have the best talent in the league, they easily could have won the weak NFC East. Six of their losses came in the final 75 seconds of games. Four losses were in the final :07 of regulation, including three on the final play. One loss was in overtime when Josh Brown missed his first field goal of the season after the Jets tied the game late in regulation.It leaves co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch with decisions, not only with Coughlin, but also General Manager Jerry Reese.Both men combined to lead the Giants to Super Bowl wins over the Patriots in February 2008 and ’12.“I thought we would have an opportunity this year, and the way the season was ending up at the halfway point, we had a great opportunity, and even the last couple of weeks, haven’t done enough to make the playoffs,” Eli Manning said.“We just couldn’t win some close games and we had a lot of them. We had great opportunities to win games and be right in the mix and we didn’t take advantage of it.”Manning said Coughlin has not spoken to the team about his future as coach. He said Coughlin has gotten the team ready every week, doing an outstanding job of picking them up after each tough loss.“Obviously, I have great respect for him,” the two-time Super Bowl MVP said. “I wanted to do my job and do my job well, and get into the playoffs and have a big season so he could continue to be the head coach. I have such respect for him and he’s the only coach I’ve had in the NFL, and in that sense, (I) feel disappointed that I wasn’t able to play at a better level for him.”(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sourav Ganguly on MS Dhoni’s on-field outburst at umpires: Everyone is human

first_imgEveryone is human, former captain Sourav Ganguly said on Friday, referring to MS Dhoni’s on-field argument with umpires during an IPL game.Chennai Super Kings captain Dhoni escaped a ban and was let off with a 50 percent fine on his match fee for an unprecedented confrontation with the umpires during the IPL encounter against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Thursday.”Everyone is human. What stands out is his competitiveness. It’s remarkable,” was all Ganguly said when asked about the controversy.Former cricketers came down heavily on India’s two-time World Cup winning captain for his act, saying MS Dhoni set a wrong precedent.Very satisfied with Delhi Capitals win: GangulyServing as advisor of Delhi Capitals, Ganguly had a smile on his face after the visitors posted a seven-wicket victory over hosts Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.”Two out of two against such a good team is outstanding. I am very satisfied,” he said. Delhi had also won the first-leg at home.Ganguly added, “Everything at Eden is special. This is the best ground, the bet pitch in the country.”Chasing 179, Shikhar Dhawan led with a fluent 97 to power the visitors to a big win.”I feel we bowled exceptionally well to restrict them for 178. It’s actually a 200 wicket,” Ganguly said.Also Read | MS Dhoni lucky to get away with small fine: Sanjay Manjrekar on IPL 2019 no-ball rowAlso Read | Unlike Captain Cool: MS Dhoni slammed for confronting umpire after no-ball controversyAlso See:last_img read more

2016 Special Chiefs Assembly

first_imgChiefs from across the country generally come together twice a year to set strategic direction based on community needs and priorities.The Chiefs Assemblies provide the venue for First Nation leaders to direct the work of the Assembly of First Nations, the National Chief and national Executive through resolution.It is just one way First Nation leaders bring forward the concerns and priorities of First Nation members.last_img

IRC First Nations meet outside Calgary to discuss buying Trans Mountain pipeline

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsAmid the on-going fight to stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion from being built, some Indigenous leaders are discussing a plan that would potentially make them owners of the controversial project.Members of the Indian Resource Council (IRC) are meeting at TsuuT’ina Nation, outside Calgary this week for the meeting.IRC represents over 130 First Nations across Canada that have oil and gas interests.“It’s an opportunity to find ways that some of our communities can get out of poverty,” says IRC CEO Stephen Buffalo.Last summer the federal government bought the pipeline for $4.5 billion but says it does not want to be a long-term owner.The project is now delayed after the Federal Court of Appeal stated there needs to be more consultation with Indigenous people.Now, the IRC says most of its members want to buy the pipeline and make it 100 per cent Indigenous owned and operated, bringing in more jobs and economic opportunity.“In saying that, we have to start consulting with each other,” Buffalo said, “We definitely honour and respect the three tribes on the coast with their position as they brought to attention Kinder Morgan and the federal government. But now that’s hurting our communities here.”(Chief Roy Fox)The Kainai Nation south of Calgary has been involved in the oil and gas industry for seven decades.Chief Roy Fox is also an IRC board member. In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he stated the differential-related cuts and lack of pipeline capacity and proposed restrictive legislation such as Bill C-69 will cost every family on his reserve approximately $1,400 per year.“If Bill C-69 and C-48 goes through, I don’t think you will see any pipeline,” Fox said. “If these two bills go through in their existing form, they’re deal killers.”The federal bills were also attacked by Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd.“I think Bill C-48 should just be put away until they can consult with First Nations,” she said. “C-69 … as it stands now, it’s not only insulting and ridiculous to Alberta, it just will not work, so there needs to be some changes.”But Indigenous communities interested in taking an equity stake in the pipeline are being warned they should wait until after its built to avoid risk, says Barrie Robb, a principal with Fivars Consulting Ltd. of Calgary.Taking an ownership stake in a major energy project can deliver significant rewards, said the consultant who helped broker a $545-million investment by two northern Alberta Indigenous communities in a Suncor Energy Inc. tarands storage tank farm in 2017.Industry is a more reliable partner than the government ever has been, he added.“If First Nations don’t take control of their lives, who will?” Robb said.“If the CPP Investment Board, big pension funds, the big life insurance companies, are interested in that kind of a project, why shouldn’t the First Nations be in there as well? It’s the same objectives, the same concerns and the same kinds of returns.”(Anti-Trans Mountain Pipeline rally on Parliament Hill May 22, 2018)Fox said he also wouldn’t recommend buying equity in the pipeline now because of regulatory obstacles that could stand in the way of its expansion project.“As it stands now, we would not invest. If it was a sure thing, maybe.”Trans Mountain CEO Ian Anderson said he is focused on getting the pipeline expansion built.“There is no project to invest in at this point,” he said in a speech. “I’ve got to get (regulatory) certificates, we’ve got to get to work. We’ve got to start building this national-interest project and that’s what I remain singularly focused on.”Buffalo said he is committed to using energy resource development to support prosperity on Canadian reserves despite “Facebook warriors” who have branded him a “sell-out” on social media.“You think you’re trying to do good for the people but some people, they just don’t understand this industry and they don’t understand our end game,” he said.“Our end game is not to own a pipeline, it’s Indigenous ownership (of resources).”The last day of the meeting is Thursday, January 17. The best plan will be selected and presented to Ottawa in the coming files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Lasanthas family continue to seek justice 10 years on

“Four persons have been killed in the cover up. Four innocents. High ranking Police Officers are suspected of tampering with evidence. This was the state of our Nation. Reconciliation and closure will not be possible without prosecution. There is no purpose in asking Who Lasantha is. The World knows who Lasantha was. His writing has proven that and will last the test of time. Let his memory live forever,” Lal Wickrematunge said. In the message read out by Lal’s daughter Raisa, he noted that Lasantha was not the only journalist to lay down his life for penning what he believed in.He said that many journalists from the North were put down along with him during the darkest period in Sri Lanka’s history. However no one has yet been found guilty over the assassination which was linked to the Government at the time. “We grieve for them today. Lasantha would insist on it,” he said.He also noted that investigations that were commenced since the Criminal Investigations Department took over have been exhaustive.It has been reported to Court that the Army Intelligence was behind the dastardly act. Others suspected of being the master minds have been named in Court. “A decade is a long time to grieve, too long to solve a murder. Too long to come to terms that no one cares but for their benefit which does not include the aggrieved. Sad though, this seem to be the reality. Lasantha certainly did not die in vain. The foundation he set has brought about change in the political spectrum of Sri Lanka. This is visible today in the form of an Independent Judiciary and other Commissions. Will power within those tasked with bringing such perpetrators, who violated all norms of humanity before the Law is the only step towards converting an otherwise barbaric nation to civility,” Lasantha’s brother Lal said in a statement read out a memorial held at Lasantha’s graveside at the Borella cemetery. The family of Editor/journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, today continued to push for justice, ten years since his assassination.Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed on 8 January 2009 while he was on his way to The Sunday Leader newspaper office in Ratmalana. Members of the current Government, other politicians, civil society and friends and journalists were present at the graveside memorial today. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Ahead of humanitarian pause Yemen sees deadliest week of fighting – UN

In the six days from 4 May to 10 May, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that at least 182 civilians have died, with 41 of those women and 51 children. In total, the Office verified the deaths of 828 civilians since 26 March, 182 of whom were children and 91 of whom were women. A further 1,511 people have been injured.“A significant proportion of the casualties over this most recent six-day period – around half – were reportedly caused by airstrikes, especially in Sa’ada Governorate,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva. “On one occasion, on 6 May, dozens of people fleeing fighting in Al-Tawahi District in Aden Governorate took to boats aiming for Djibouti, when they were shelled by mortars apparently fired by members of the Popular Committees affiliated with the Houthis. The boats caught fire and there were casualties.”Civilian houses have been struck by airstrikes and ground fire, the Office reports, with at least 66 public buildings reported to have been partially or completely destroyed, as well as much civilian infrastructure.“Given this alarming escalation, we welcome the announcement of a five-day humanitarian pause in Yemen, due to start today,” said Mr. Colville. “This should enable desperately needed aid operations to be carried out, and it is essential that it is honoured by all sides to the conflict.” The pause comes as Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, arrived in the capital, Sana’a, where he hopes to meet the various Yemeni parties, in particular Houthi representatives, and the hope is that the pause can serve as a basis for a more permanent cessation of hostilities.An aid shipment arrived at the port of Hodeida on Friday, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today at the same briefing, adding that preparations were underway for a possible huge airlift of humanitarian aid if the pause in fighting holds. The plan, according to spokesperson Adrian Edwards, is for three flights to bring in 300 tonnes of sleeping mats, blankets, kitchen sets and plastic sheeting.“Hundreds of thousands of people across Yemen are struggling to meet their basic needs and are in desperate need of help,” he said. “In addition to the flights, UNHCR will be seeking to distribute more of the aid we already have in Yemen, and to carry out rapid needs assessments in previously hard-to-reach areas. Our staff and partners are preparing to give relief kits out to tens of thousands of displaced people.”UNHCR also plans to use the pause in hostilities to transport and pre-position aid to Sana’a, Amran, Haradh and Aden for onward distribution to vulnerable populations in surrounding provinces. Medicines and rations will be sent to the Mayfa’a reception centre in the east, and food, kerosene and diesel will be transferred to the Kharaz refugee camp, near Aden.“While a humanitarian pause falls short of the peace so vitally needed in Yemen, it is nonetheless critically important that aid gets through, as existing stocks in country are becoming depleted, adding to the suffering of civilians,” Mr. Edwards said.The World Food Programme (WFP) is also ready to distribute emergency food rations to more than 750,000 people in conflict-hit areas and is attempting to bring in fuel supplies to the country.WFP has reached more than one million people in Yemen in the past month. The conflict has increased the number of hungry people and it is now estimated that 12 million people in Yemen are struggling to find their next meal.Ahead of the pause in fighting, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) called on all parties to the conflict to protect Yemen’s unique heritage amid reports of severe damage to cultural sites, including the old cities of Sana’a, which was heavily bombed on the night of 11 May, and the old city of Sa’ada.“I condemn these destructions and I call on all parties to keep cultural heritage out of the conflict”, said the Director-General, Irina Bokova, in a statement. “I am particularly distressed by the news concerning air strikes on heavily populated areas such as the cities of Sana’a and Sa’ada. In addition to causing terrible human suffering, these attacks are destroying Yemen’s unique cultural heritage, which is the repository of people’s identity, history and memory and an exceptional testimony to the achievements of the Islamic Civilization”. Ms. Bokova stressed that all parties should respect their obligations under international treaties, particularly the 1954 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two Protocols, as well as the 1972 World Heritage Convention. read more

Madame Tussauds swaps wax for silicon as it unveils first intelligent robot

A life-like robot of Chinese superstar Jing Boran of Monster Hunt and his CGI companion Wuba have been created by Cornish robotics firm Engineered Arts, the same team which animated King Kong’s face in the film Kong: Skull Island. Since Madame Tussaud first toured her collection of waxworks in the late 18th century, the famous faces on show have remained steadfastly static. It is Madame Tussaud’s first intelligent figure which not only moves but senses people and changes its behaviour based on its surroundings. It is also… But a new generation of animatronic models which identify and interact with visitors are on the horizon after the Shanghai branch took delivery of its first robotic celebrity. 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

Barrick buys share in one of the worlds great undeveloped CuAu deposits

first_imgBarrick Gold has entered into a support agreement with Arizona Star Resource under which Barrick has agreed to make an offer to acquire all of Arizona Star’s common shares, valuing Arizona Star at some C$773 million on a fully diluted basis. The offer has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of Arizona Star. All of the directors and officers of Arizona Star have entered into a written agreement to tender their shares to Barrick’s offer.Barrick has also entered into a lock-up agreement with Arizona Star’s largest shareholder, FCMI Resources, pursuant to which FCMI has agreed, among other things, to tender its Arizona Star shares to Barrick’s offer. The shares held by FCMI and the directors and officers of Arizona Star represent, in aggregate, approximately 35% of the outstanding shares on a fully diluted basis.Arizona Star owns a 51% interest in the Cerro Casale deposit in the Maricunga district of Region III in Chile; Kinross owns the remaining 49%. Cerro Casale is one of the world’s largest undeveloped gold and copper deposits.“Cerro Casale is an attractive, long-life asset that we look forward to adding to our unrivalled project pipeline,” said Greg Wilkins, Barrick President and CEO. “Cerro Casale will be a very complementary addition with potential synergies for our asset base in Chile where we have been operating for well over a decade. We are pleased to have reached a friendly agreement in the current circumstances which are conducive to the project moving forward.”Barrick’s assets in the region include the Zaldívar copper mine in Chile, the Pascua-Lama gold-silver project in Chile/Argentina, the Veladero gold mine in Argentina, and the Lagunas Norte and Pierina gold mines in Peru.last_img read more

Two arrested in connection with Finglas death

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED two men in connection with the discovery of a body in Dublin.The body of a 29-year-old man was found in an apartment in the Spring Mount complex on the Wellmount Road in the suburb this morning, following a house party last night.Gardaí have appealed for information from anyone who may have been at the party or taxi drivers who may have collected passengers in the area.The two men, both aged in their 20s were arrested in Finglas this evening. They are detained under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act at Finglas Garda Station.Read: Gardaí appeal for information from taxi drivers in ‘suspicious’ Finglas body discoverylast_img

FIFA 13 on Wii is virtually identical to FIFA 12

first_imgIt should come as no surprise to anyone that EA Sports doesn’t reinvent the wheel every year it pumps out new installments of its licensed franchises across pretty much every major collegiate and professional sports association.However, these pictures will make even the most ardent skeptic take a second glance. The screenshots, compiled by, show the latest edition of EA‘s iconic FIFA series on the Wii, compared side-by-side with last year’s edition.The results are stunning. Not only does it appear as though there were absolutely no graphical enhancements made for the new version, every single gameplay mode is the same. The adjustments consist solely of an update to the team rosters and uniforms…and a new logo.Again, no one really expects an incredibly different experience from a FIFA game (or an NCAA basketball game, or even a Madden game for that matter) one year to the next, but one does have a reasonable expectation to see at least some effort put in other than uploading a new text file into the game’s database. Remember, EA is charging full price for the new version.This does nothing but reinforce the perception that third-party publishers put less time into their Wii titles than other consoles. Of course, there is also a FIFA 13 game which promises a much different experience heading out for the impending Wii U, which launches in November.That, however, is not much comfort to Wii gamers who plunked down $50 for a game that is quantifiably no different than a game that could be purchased for about half the price. If you bouth FIFA 12 last year and FIFA 13 this year for the Wii, you have every right to be more than a little upset with EA.More at Nintendo Gamerlast_img read more

Firefox OS Simulator 3 now available

first_imgMozilla might not be keen on the general public playing with Firefox OS phones yet, but the Foundation does have an alternative for eager testers. Grab version 3.0 of the Firefox OS simulator, which you can install in your Firefox browser.What’s perhaps most apparent about the new Firefox OS simulator is that the Firefox rendering engine and Gaia interface have been updated. The new versions provide a much more fluid Firefox OS user experience. It boots up faster than ever, too, thanks to Mozilla’s work in reducing the simulator’s footprint. The 3.0 release is more than 20% smaller than the previous version.That’s partly due to the removal of application cruft. The Firefox OS simulator now includes just 15 core apps. All the standard ones you’d expect on a smartphone — phone, messaging, browser, clock, calendar, music, video, etc. are provided.The Marketplace is included, too, and you can use it to install several additional apps if you like. There’s no built-in weather app, so you’ll need to grab something like AccuWeather if you want to keep up on atmospheric conditions. Must-haves like Twitter and Facebook are available too, and both work well inside the simulator. They install in a flash, which is understandable — they’re really just creating homescreen shortcuts to mobile websites.The latest release shows a lot of polish, and it’s clear that Mozilla has been busily filling in the blanks in the run-up to the first big Firefox OS public release. The mail and calendar apps, for example, tackle account creation with ease thanks to auto-configuration support for services like Google’s.So even though you may have missed out on Geeksphone’s Keon and Peak devices… and even though you don’t own a Nexus S… you can still see what Firefox OS is all about on your desktop or laptop. Just grab the latest version of the simulator and fire it up in your browser.last_img read more

Chris Evans Has a Great Idea if Disney Buys Fox and More

first_img Remember that Disney-Fox deal? The one that would reunite all of Marvel’s characters, allow the X-Men to punch the Avengers and give a single corporation even more control over our lives? Talks had stalled for a while, but they’ve reportedly started back up again, with some outlets predicting a deal by next week. Yay, capitalism! But hey, at least we’ll be entertained on the march to the mouse ear mines. Marvel star Chris Evans pitched a movie idea so good, it might be worth the terrifying corporate consolidation.If you’ve spent this entire century so far watching every comic book movie to come out (oh god, what am I doing with my life?), you know Evans’ wasn’t new to the superhero genre when he signed on to play Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It wasn’t even the first time he played a Marvel character. Before anyone took the concept of a Cinematic Universe seriously, Evans played Johnny Storm in Fox’s 2005 Fantastic Four movie. He played the role again in 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Neither of those movies were what you’d call good, but they hold a special place in my heart. They’re campy and bad in a fun way. They feel like someone made movies out of Silver Age comics, recognizing that if you took out the laughable stuff (like the Fantasticar), you’d take out what makes the characters fun in the first place. And hey, their both better than Fox’s last attempt at a Fantastic Four movie. As far as I’m concerned, they’re still canon. Which brings us to Evans’ pitch. Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Time to uncork that explosive sexual tension between Deadpool and Mickey Mouse.— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 6, 2017That man just is Deadpool, isn’t he?Wolverine (Via Marvel)Until this deal goes through, Marvel still can’t make any X-Men movies, but that isn’t stopping them from producing any other adaptations. The comics company announced that it’s breaking into the world of podcasts with Wolverine: The Long Night. It will be a scripted audio drama centering on everyone’s favorite Canadian mutant. Written by comics writer Ben Percy, the series will follow two agents who investigate a string of murders in Burns, Alabama. Their main suspect is Logan, who will be played by Richard Armitage. That’s right, Thorin Oakensheild/Trevor Belmont/Guy of Gisbourne himself is the new Wolverine.Honestly, I’m just happy that podcasts have brought radio plays back into popularity. As someone who used to love listening to old Sherlock Holmes radio mysteries (awkwardly interrupted by advertisements for Petri Wine), I’m happy to have new stories to listen to. Also, plenty of comics were turned into radio dramas back in the day, so it’s cool to see that tradition being revived for the modern age.“Wolverine: The Long Night brings our fans a whole new way to experience our iconic characters and the Marvel Universe,” Marvel New Media’s Dan Silver told Variety. “This tremendous cast will bring a thrilling level of intrigue and drama to our listeners. The character of Logan and this landscape make it the ideal premiere vehicle for us, and we’re excited to continue to explore the dynamic possibilities of the podcast medium.”Wolverine: The Long Night will be released on Stitcher Premium in the spring of 2018.Finally, in more X-Men news, the New Mutants movie continues to go all in on the freaky with the release of its poster, Comic Book reports. When the film was first announced, director Josh Boone described it as a mutant horror movie. Based on “The Demon Bear Saga” from the New Mutants comics, this will be the first in a trilogy of horror movies set in the X-Men universe. Just in case the freaky trailer hadn’t convinced you this movie was going to be terrifying, the poster should do the trick.Via 20th Century FoxEach of the movie’s main characters is represented there, trapped in a wall and screaming. From the top, it’s Mirage played by Blue Hunt, Sunspot, played by Henry Zaga, Cannonball played by Charlie Heaton, Magik played by Anya Taylor-Joy, and Wolfsbane (in werewolf form) played by Maisie Williams. It certainly conjures the image from the trailer where a character appeared to be attacked by creatures in the walls. The Demon Bear is a demonic monster that haunts Mirage’s nightmares and eventually becomes physical.Boone describes this first movie as a “rubber reality” supernatural horror movie, while the two that follow it will explore different subgenres of horror. This movie is sounding cooler by the minute.  The New Mutants will hit theaters on April 13, 2018. So who do I talk to about a Cap/Human Torch buddy comedy spin-off? I’m thinking Planes, Trains and Automobiles meets Parent Trap.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 6, 2017On. Board. Take my money, take everything I own, I want to see this movie. How great would it be to see Chris Evans act against himself?! Especially when you imagine his proper 1940s Cap reacting to bro-y daredevil Human Torch. If there’s anyone who can annoy Captain America more than Iron Man, it has to be Johnny Storm. Evans can also handle himself in a comedy. Before either of those roles, he appeared in Not Another Teen Movie, the only decent spoof to come out of the gold rush that followed Scary Movie. Evans was funny in it, and it’d be cool to watch him play both straight man and comic in a superhero double act.Evans isn’t the only superhero actor who had ideas when he read the news either. Ryan Reynolds though, had a very different kind of movie in mind.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Royal London gains living wage accreditation

Royal London gains living wage accreditation

first_imgPensions and investment organisation Royal London has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation, committing to pay its 3,253 UK-based employees the voluntary living wage.Effective from 1 April 2017, both permanent employees and third-party contractors at Royal London receive the voluntary living wage rate of at least £8.45 an hour, or £9.75 in London.The living wage is an independently set, hourly rate of pay that is calculated to reflect the basic cost of living. Employers choose to pay staff the living wage on a voluntary basis.Phil Loney, chief executive officer at Royal London, said: “We are pleased to have officially become a living wage employer. Employees on our payroll were already on track to be brought in line with this level of pay, but we are now committing to ensure that our agency temporary [employees] and third parties employed to work on our sites are paid the living wage too. Additionally, Royal London Asset Management, our asset management [organisation] is a prominent advocate of engagement on environmental, social and corporate governance issues.“Becoming an employer accredited by the Living Wage Foundation will enhance our ability to push for the [organisations] that we invest in to follow suit in relation to the pay of both their own and third-party employees.”last_img read more

Flipcom Flops Focus for Facebook

first_imgCondeNet—the parent company of, Epicurious and—was one of the 12 landmark partners for Facebook Ads when it launched in October., touted as CondeNet’s “MySpace for teenage girls” when it was launched last February, announced today that is shifting its focus away from its destination URL toward popular social networking platforms like Facebook and MySpace.The company has developed a Flip Facebook application and plans to focus its marketing and development efforts on similar products “with the goal of increasing the overall audience for the brand.” That audience, it appears, likes Facebook more than Flip.According to CondeNet president Sarah Chubb, “there are millions of potential Flip fans on Facebook and other social networking sites. This is the right moment to follow our audience.”last_img read more

OBITUARY Janiss M Sylvester 82

OBITUARY Janiss M Sylvester 82

first_imgDERRY, NH — Janiss M. Sylvester, 82, of Derry, NH passed away Saturday December 29, 2018, at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Bradford, MA. Janiss was born January 3, 1936 in Melrose, MA and was the daughter of the late Melvin and Margery (Ricker) White. She was raised in Wilmington, MA and had been a resident of Derry for several years.Janiss had been employed as an Administrative Assistant with Marshalls Department store, amongst other various jobs. She was an accomplished quilter and had been a member of the Merrimack Valley Quilters, a former member of Rockingham Chapter #3 Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the Nile. Janiss was an avid reader and enjoyed history. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Derry and a volunteer with the FBC Food Pantry.Members of the family include a son Wendell J. and his wife Lisa Sylvester, daughter, Jeanette Kelly, daughter Lyrae and her husband, Douglas Bowser, son Bryan and his wife Bonnie Sylvester and a daughter Gail and her husband, Paul Hardy, 15 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, her companion of 12 years, Paul Provencher, three brothers, Ricker White, Bruce and his wife Karen White and Craig White. She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband, Wendell P. Sylvester, Jr. in 1989 and by brothers Melvin and Andrew White.A memorial service will be held Friday, January 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm, at the First Baptist Church of Derry, 4 Crystal Ave. Derry, NH. A celebration of life will be held after, at Gaythorne Halls (Methuen Knights of Columbus) 462 Broadway Methuen, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the FBC Food Pantry, 4 Crystal Ave. #4, Derry, NH 03038. The Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium is assisting the family.Janiss M. Sylvester(NOTE: The above obituary is from Peabody Funeral Homes.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Philip M. Coolberth, 82In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth D. (Boyle) Lothian, 82In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Agnes Marie (Stimpson) Kelley, 100In “Obituaries”last_img read more

3 children drown in lake in Telanganas Gadwal

3 children drown in lake in Telanganas Gadwal

first_imgThree children who went for a swim in a lake were drowned on Sunday here at Rajoli mandal of Jogulamba Gadwal district. Charan (7), Shivaiah (9) and Yugandhar (6) all residents of Sriram Nagar Colony went for swimming at Peddavagu on Sunday morning along with other two children Madhu and Vamsi. While Madhu and Vami left home for lunch, the other three children kept playing in the lake. The parents of the children launched a search after the latter did not return home for lunch. Around 8 pm at night, the bodies of children were fished out by the police. A case was registered by the police.last_img