Due to the increased penetration of security forces into the erstwhile cut-off area of Balimela reservoir because of the recently inaugurated Gurupriya bridge, a hardcore Maoist couple surrendered in Odisha’s Malkangiri district on Sunday.It was a blow to the clout of the Maoist outfit as the couple surrendered before Makangiri Superintendent of Police Jagmohan Meena on the second day of martyrs’ week being observed by Naxalites. The surrendered Maoists are Waga Urmani and his wife Mude Madhi.A reward of ₹4 lakh had been declared for the capture of Urmani, while his wife had a ₹1-lakh reward on her head. Both were active members of the Andhra-Odisha Border Military Platoon of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) organisation and were operating in the region that had remained cut-off from the mainland due to Balimela reservoir till the inauguration of Gurupriya bridge. Now the region has been named ‘swabhiman area’.‘Realised futility’ Speaking to newsmen after their surrender, Urmani and Madhi said the Gurupriya bridge was a major reason behind their surrender as it had enabled the setting up of a camp of security personnel, enabling enhanced anti-Maoist operations. They also claimed that they had realised the futility of the violent activities of Maoists. They were also critical of the activities of Maoist leaders like Dhananjay Gope alias Sudheer, who were involved in exploitation of women and attacks on innocents.Both of them were involved in around 40 cases of Maoist violence, including murders. Urmani was allegedly involved in at least nine murders, while Madhi in seven killings.According to the SP, both of them would be rehabilitated as per the surrender and rehabilitation policy of the Odisha government for surrendered Maoists.
SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PBA: Calvin Abueva nails game-winning putback as Phoenix escapes Meralco “Chinchin is at 50-50 right now because our main concern is the injury on her right shoulder, she still needs to have a medical clearance before she’s allowed to play,” said Pascua in Filipino Wednesday at FEU.“We’re still hoping that she can come back. She didn’t report to us physically but we’ve been keeping tabs through chat.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBasas also underwent an operation to fix her infected ear during the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.The absence of Basas is a big blow to the Lady Tamaraws’ bid to get back to the championship round after they finished as the runners-up in Season 80. Basas did average 11.7 points-per-game in Season 80 while playing a support role to captain Bernadeth Pons who averaged 15.4 a match.Middle blocker Celine Domingo added that Basas is still resting from the two medical operations she went through and that her teammate is still with FEU.“She’s just resting right now since she’s had an operation to cure her infected ear and she also suffered a shoulder injury but she’s still here in FEU,” said Domingo in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETMANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University will enter the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament without one of its most reliable hitters in Toni Rose Basas.Lady Tamaraws head coach George Pascua said Basas’ situation is still uncertain with the outside hitter still nursing a right shoulder injury she suffered before the start of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference in 2018.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas PLAY LIST 01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH 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
Dhyan ChandThe Manmohan Singh-led UPA government made the last minute, but vital, change to ignore hockey wizard Dhyan Chand for the Bharat Ratna by replacing the hockey great’s candidature with that of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who retired from Test cricket last year.The dishonour meted out to Chand is visible in the mail trail, accessed by Headlines Today, involving the Prime Minister’s Office which show how the government snubbed Dhyan Chand to favour Sachin, no doubt two greats.On July 16 last year, then Sports Minister Jitendra Singh recommended the hockey legend’s name for the Bharat Ratna which was acknowledged by former PM Manmohan Singh nine days later. The internal PMO note reveals Dhyan Chand’s name was making rounds for the award till early August 2013. This was possible due to an amendment in 2011 to the law which made sportspersons eligible for the country’s highest honour.Sachin Tendulkar receives the Bharat Ratna award from President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi February 4, 2014. Reuters PhotoSingh approved eminent scientist CNR Rao for the award on October 24. But all of a sudden on November 14, the PMO asked the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to send the bio-data of Sachin Tendulkar and that too within a day. The ministry submitted it the same day.The UPA government’s desperation can be gauged by the fact that it was able to get the approval for Rao and Tendulkar for the Bharat Ratna on the same day from the Election Commission. Incidentally, it was the last day of Sachin’s cricketing career.advertisementReacting to the controversial switch, Dhyan Chand’s son Ashok Kumar, himself an accomplished hockey player, said, “It is a matter of great disappointment for crores of Indians that Dhyan Chand’s name was excluded and Sachin Tendulkar’s name was brought forward. It was a political game played against Major Dhyan Chand.”Considered the greatest ever hockey player, Dhyan Chand helped India win three Olympic golds in the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Olympics.Speaking on the issue, Congress MP and BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla sought to distance the two greats. “No comparison should be done between Sachin Tendulkar and Major Dhyan Chand,” he said.
× Apex court takes exception to BCCI plea that state associations are not under it Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL Apex court chokes BCCI funds to members till they comply with Lodha reforms RELATED null COMMENT BCCI rejects several key reform recommendations BCCI President Anurag Thakur along with BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke interacts with media at the BCCI headquarters after the SGM in Mumbai on October 1. – PTI COMMENTS BCCI President Anurag Thakur along with BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke interacts with media at the BCCI headquarters after the SGM in Mumbai on October 1. – PTI cricket BCCI’s SGM to consider Lodha Committee reforms adjourned till Saturday Remove BCCI top brass, Lodha panel tells apex court Fuming at the defiance of its recommendations, the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha panel has “directed” banks, where BCCI holds accounts, not to disburse any funds for the financial decisions taken by the Board at its Special General Meeting (SGM) on September 30.“It has come to the notice of this Committee that certain decisions have been taken at the ‘Emergent Working Committee’ meeting of the BCCI on 30th September 2016 to disburse large funds to the various member associations,” the committee has stated in a letter to the banks.The letter has also been addressed to BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke, CEO Rahul Johri and Treasurer Anirudh Choudhary. “You are aware that by way of this Committee’s direction dated 31.8.2016, no further decisions were to be taken regarding the future apart from routine matters. The disbursement of these amounts are not routine, and in any case, not emergent,” the committee said.“You are also aware that the BCCI has chosen to breach the judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court as well as the first set of Timelines set out by this Committee which includes the Fund Disbursement policy to be framed by 30.9.2016.“As the status report is to be taken up for directions by the Hon’ble Court on Thursday, 6.10.2016, you are hereby directed not to take any steps towards financial disbursement of the amounts as resolved/approved after the direction dated 31.8.2016. Any violation of this direction will be placed before the Hon’ble Supreme Court for appropriate directions,” it added.The panel also cited the July 18 Supreme Court verdict, which had told the BCCI to “cooperate and act in aid of the Committee and its directives”.The BCCI is on the backfoot in the ongoing tussle with the Lodha Committee, which has filed a status report in the apex court asking for the removal of the Board’s entire top brass for violating its recommendations in the September 30 SGM. SHARE October 03, 2016
One Karnataka opener for another, KL Rahul made way for Mayank Agarwal as India readied for the start of the third Test on Boxing Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Mayank Agarwal became India’s 295th player in Test cricket and the second Indian opener to make his debut on Australian soil.”It’s a great opportunity and I will be looking to give my best,” Vihari was quoted as saying before the start of play.Mayank scored scored 76 runs from 161 balls, which is the highest score by an Indian batsman on debut in Australia. Agarwal also became the 27th Indian batsman to score a fifty on Test debut.Mayank along with new opening partner gave India the perfect start, adding 40 runs for the first wicket. The pair batted 18.5 overs, the most by an Indian opening duo since in SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) since the Centurion Test of 2010 wherein Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag batted 29.3 overs.Rahul who made way for Mayank, was very happy with the knock fron his ‘best friend’, as he took to social media to wish his ‘brother’.”Seeing my Best Friend getting his cap and debuting for the Country makes me so Happy and Proud today,” Rahul tweeted.”Upwards and Onwards my brother, you’re just getting started Monkus,” he added.Seeing my Best Friend getting his cap and debuting for the Country makes me so Happy and Proud today.Upwards and Onwards my brother, you’re just getting started Monkus. @mayankcricket#295 pic.twitter.com/r9n61VRewBadvertisementK L Rahul (@klrahul11) December 26, 2018Thanks to Mayank and then a dominating partship from Cheteaswar Pujara and Virat Kohli, India finished 215 for 2 at stumps.But social media was having a field day as they trolled Rahul.Here are a few gems:Meanwhile Mayank to Rahul :#KlRahul #MayankAgarwal#INDvsAUS #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/exHvC081wHKamal Gupta (@kamalgupta_18) December 26, 2018[Mayank Agarwal reaches dressing room]Kohli: Well playedRahane: Well playedBumrah: Well playedKL Rahul: Well played. Ye le tere phone me Instagram download kiya hai mast app hai#AusvIndJatin (@LogicalBakwaas) December 26, 2018Close Enough !Mayank Agarwal to Kl Rahul #BoxingDayTest #BoxingDay #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/utWueXWXgeMahipal Singh (@Maahiwords) December 26, 2018Also Read | Mayank Agarwal does not regret missing out on debut hundredAlso Read | If Kohli doesn’t score a 100 on this pitch, he should retire: Flat MCG fails to impress
Transfers PSG promise to sell Neymar to Real Madrid on one condition Bruno Andrade 19:00 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(108) Getty Transfers Real Madrid Neymar PSG Ligue 1 Primera División The Brazilian remains a top transfer target for the Liga giants and will be granted a move if he can help to deliver European success in France Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to let Neymar join Real Madrid this summer if he helps the club to Champions League success, Goal understands.PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has promised the Brazil international that he will be granted permission to return to Spain if European glory is delivered in the French capital.Over recent weeks, the 25-year-old has confided in those closest to him that he dreams of returning to Spain at the Santiago Bernabeu. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Neymar only left La Liga in the summer of 2017 as a record-breaking €222 million transfer carried him to Paris from Barcelona.He is enjoying his time at Parc des Princes, with 24 goals recorded in just 23 appearances, but has made no secret of his desire to become a leading figure at Real.The Blancos consider him to be the ideal heir to Cristiano Ronaldo, with the 32-year-old Portuguese being mentioned as a possible makeweight in a move for Neymar despite boasting countless records at the Bernabeu.Neymar would relish taking on such a role, having harboured ambitions of representing Real since being in his early teens.He spent 20 days on trial with the reigning La Liga champions back in 2006 , when he was just 13, and came close to securing a switch in 2013 following talks with Florentino Perez.Barcelona eventually swooped to scupper those plans, but Real have refused to give up on a long-standing target.Perez has remained vocal in his desire to get a deal done, with the Blancos president having urged Neymar to chase his Ballon d’Or dream with the Spanish giants .He told reporters after seeing Ronaldo claim that particular prize for a fifth time in December 2017: “Being in Madrid would make it easier to win the Ballon d’Or.“Real Madrid is a club which gives all you need as a big player, everyone knows that I already wanted to sign him at one point.”Real could soon get their wish, despite Neymar being tied to a contract at PSG which is due to run until the summer of 2022.There is no release clause in his current deal , such as the one triggered upon his exit from Camp Nou, with French football’s governing body (LFP) prohibiting such stipulations.Any agreement with Madrid is therefore dependent on Al-Khelaifi giving the green light.He is prepared to do that, but only if Neymar can help PSG to fulfil their ultimate ambition of claiming a Champions League triumph.They have reached the last-32 stage of this season’s competition, where they are due to face Real, with the Ligue 1 leaders heavily fancied to mount a serious challenge for the continental crown.
Editors’ Recommendations Everything You Need to Know About Van Life (and Some Cool Gear to Take Along for Ride) A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Rockstar Santa Fe ConceptThe Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) knows how to draw out the looniest in people. Frankenstein vehicles from major automakers and tiny tuning houses alike assemble each year in Las Vegas, Nevada. Some are inspired works of art, others are real head-scratchers. Either way, it’s entertaining.Honda, Toyota, Mazda, and other Japanese automakers have a big presence at SEMA, but recently Hyundai has become more involved. This year, the Korean brand teamed up with Rockstar Energy to build this insane Santa Fe off-road concept. Its official name is the Hyundai Rockstar Santa Fe Concept and it’s as wild as the people who guzzle energy drinks day in and day out.Hyundai morphed the Santa Fe into a rock-crawling, dirt-running monster mobile by installing a completely new suspension system that increases the ride height for extra ground clearance, adding aftermarket King shocks to soak up bumps, and fitting massive 35-inch Mickey Thompson Baja Claw tires on 17-inch, bead-lock wheels. Designed for off-road and military vehicles, bead-lock wheels allow the tire to be bolted to the rim, so it doesn’t come off if deflated. Yea, this thing is legit.As if the wheel-and-tire package didn’t give the Rockstar Santa Fe enough attitude, Hyundai added LED light bars, rock sliders and bumpers, and a custom roof rack. A winch is also built into the front bumper in case the Rockstar Santa Fe goes exploring alone and is caught without traction. Inside, it’s custom all the way, with leather upholstery and unique hardware.The 3.3-liter V6 shared with stock Hyundai Santa Fe crossovers was treated to a custom exhaust system and nitrous oxide (or Nos, as the racer community refers to it). The juice should put the Santa Fe concept well past its stock 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque specs, but Hyundai wouldn’t quote a specific power output. The Korean car-maker will also bring a 1,000-hp Santa Fe built by tuner Bisimoto to SEMA, so clearly there’s some potential in that engine.It’s weird to say that the Rockstar Santa Fe Concept is tame, but considering the wild stuff that floats through the Las Vegas Convention Center this time a year, a juiced-up crossover is pretty modest. The List of Must-Have Gear, Gadgets, and Services for Your Next Road Trip
New Delhi: The Station House Officers (SHOs) were given directions to constitute with the government agency in identifying locations in the city for installation of CCTV cameras as planned by the Delhi government.Sources told Millennium Post that a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Special Commissioner of Police rank officer on June 6 around 4 pm in his office at police headquarters in connection with issues raised by the a government agency related to installations of 1.40 lakh cameras. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe meeting was attended by six Joint Commissioner of Police, one DCP and senior officials from the government agency. Sources further added that one of the discussions were regarding the installation of the cameras. “As requested by the agency direction is being given to Local SHOs (police station) to associate with the PWD authorities, contractor and other representatives of the committee, constituted by the government authority, in identifying the locations in the area of RWA/MWS for installation of CCTV cameras as planned by government,” sources said quoting meeting Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsagendas. Sources further added that it was also discussed that cameras already installed by Delhi Police through a firm and other projects, which are in pipeline, should be taken under consideration to avoid duplicacy. “Special regard may be given for maintaining the privacy of individuals and CCTV shall be installed in public areas without encroaching on any private rights of individual,” sources said quoting the one of the discussions point. Officials also discussed that feed of the cameras may not be given to any private person so as to maintain dignity and privacy issue. “Feed may be provided to Delhi Police as per demand and requirement of local police was another point during discussion,” sources further disclosed. The city-wide closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) surveillance has helped the police to solve 102 criminal cases in three months of 2019. Police said that the “third eye” is an excellent aid to police investigations and efforts are on to add more CCTV cameras with recording facilities all over the city. Currently, Delhi is being guarded by more than two lakh private cameras. Last year, a theft case of Rs 8 lakh in West Delhi’s showroom was solved with the help of the Nigehban camera. In another case, a gang of six burglars were nabbed with the help of CCTV footage in north D elhi.
Sydney: Australia’s cricket union Sunday slammed fans at Lord’s for booing Steve Smith after he was felled by a bouncer from fast bowler Jofra Archer, saying the sport deserves better. The star batsman collapsed face forward after a sickening blow to the side of the neck and head when on 80 during Australia’s first innings of the second Ashes Test against England on Saturday. He was eventually able to walk off the field for concussion checks to a standing ovation after another gritty performance. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhBut when he returned some fans booed him, mirroring the treatment he has received from sections of the crowd in England keen to remind him of his 12-month ban for ball-tampering. The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA), which represents players, said it was wrong to hurl abuse at an injured player. “Cricket deserves much better than that. And Lord’s, the home of cricket, deserves much better than that also,” president Greg Dyer and chief executive Alistair Nicholson said in a joint statement. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”What we witnessed was bravery from an outstanding young man. It should be commended not vilified. “Over the English summer, generally the crowds have been terrific and really added to the contest. But when someone is hurt, yet the boos continue, it’s time to call ‘enough’.” Several former Australian greats also condemned the behaviour with Ian Healy calling it “disgusting” while Mark Taylor said it was “very disappointing”. While angry at Smith’s treatment by some fans, the ACA applauded the decision by medics to insist the 30-year-old leave the field for concussion checks, a protocol pushed by Australia following the death of Phillip Hughes in 2014. Hughes, a former team-mate of Smith’s, died after being hit by a bouncer in a domestic Sheffield Shield match in Sydney. “The events at Lord’s show the importance of the concussion protocols which have been developed in Australia over the last few years,” it said. “Administrators in Australia working with the ACA and now the ICC have done a good job in putting the protocols in place. Plainly, they are necessary to protect the players who are struck. “Let’s remind ourselves — this is a workplace for these players,” it added. “The reality is that cricket can be a dangerous sport, especially when the bowling is as ferocious as it has been in this series. “To see the protocols practised at Lord’s overnight was important and correct.” While Smith was wearing a helmet it did not have the additional neck protection that was introduced after Hughes died, which remains optional. Australia coach Justin Langer said after Saturday’s scare that he can see a time when it becomes mandatory.
Channel 4’s new show in the UK, “Hotel GB”, features an all-star cast working with unemployed people looking for jobs in the hospitality industry.Hotel GBFrom Princes-Trust.org.uk: “Hotel GB” will be the first ever hotel staffed by Channel 4’s most well-known and popular faces. For one week only, the stars will take over a hotel and staff it with unemployed people hoping for a break, in an attempt to show that hard work and a good attitude are the best way to get on.“With Gordon Ramsay running the restaurant, Mary Portas taking charge of the rooms and a host of other celebrities working at the hotel, or visiting as guests, the week of Hotel GB promises to be an exciting one.“For the Channel 4 stars, the challenge is to ensure that Hotel GB makes as much money for The Prince’s Trust and The Springboard Charity as possible, and to get their trainees into full-time employment by the end of the week.“Gordon and Mary will throw their teams straight in at the deep end, and with all of them relatively new to the job, it is going to be tough. Each day the Hotel will open its doors to guests that need to be checked in, served food in the restaurant, and entertained in the bar. There will be breakfasts to make, rooms to clean, complaints to manage, requests for the concierge and plenty of surprises. The teams will be put the test, and at the end of the week, the one which raises the most funds will be crowned as winner.”Among the other stars taking part are Gok Wan, Phil Spencer, Kirstie Allsopp and Katie Piper.“We are all putting ourselves on the line to help kick-start careers for young people in the service industry,” said Ramsay.Hotel GB will air on Channel 4, starting on 1st October. Find out more here.
Kiev: Ukrainians voted on Sunday in the first round of the country’s presidential election, with incumbent leader Peter Petro Poroshenko seeking re-election and a surprise front-runner, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy. If no candidate gets more than 50 per cent on Sunday, the top two will fight it out in a second round on April 21, the BBC reported. Besides Poroshenko and Zelenskiy, the third important face in the election is former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USA total of 39 candidates are in the fray, but only the three front-runners are considered to have any chance of victory. More than 34 million citizens are eligible to vote in nearly 30,000 polling stations, which opened at 8 a.m. Voting will end at 8 p.m. First results of the exit polls will be announced as soon as the voting closes. Vote counting will begin at 10 p.m. The Central Election Commission of Ukraine is expected to release primary official results on Monday morning. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe top three candidates have expressed largely pro-European views during campaigning. None of the pro-Russian candidates were being seen as serious contenders. Poroshenko, 53, one of Ukraine’s wealthiest oligarchs, was elected in a snap vote after former pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was toppled in the February 2014 Maidan Revolution, which was followed by Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and insurgency in eastern Ukraine. He aims to appeal to conservative Ukrainians through his slogan “Army, Language, Faith”. Meanwhile, Zelenskiy, 41, is aiming to turn his satirical TV show, in which he portrays an ordinary citizen who becomes president after fighting corruption, into reality.
Rabat – The third annual Spanish Universities Fair in Morocco will take place next week. Three fairs are planned in Tangier, January 14; Casablanca, January 16; and Rabat, January 17. Twenty Spanish universities and three institutes will meet Moroccan parents higher eand students to promote higher education offers for students interested in starting or continuing their studies in Spain. The Spanish embassy in Rabat, the Spanish Education Internationalization Service (SEPIE), and the student counseling agency Orientation Carrefour have organized the events.Read Also: Moroccan Students Living Abroad to Participate in 10th ‘Summer Universities’ ProgramThe Spanish Universities Fair in Morocco will take place in three locations: the Instituto Cervantes in Tangier, the Juan Ramon Jimenez Institute of Secondary Education in Casablanca, and the Rabat Hotel in Rabat. The slogan of this year’s event is “Study in Spain.”In exchange for border control, Morocco called on Spain for aid to train workers in key sectors such as tourism and health care, a university program to study in Spain, and a campaign to stop messages encouraging Moroccans to migrate into Spain, according to El Pais.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Brussels, saying its extremists opened fire in the airport and “several of them” detonated suicide belts.The posting in the group’s Amaq news agency said another suicide attacker detonated in the metro.The posting claimed the attack was in response to Belgium’s support of the international coalition arrayed against it.Belgium has raised it terror alert to its highest level after 11 people are died and 81 hurt in twin explosions at the Brussels airport. Brussel’s Mayor has said that 20 people have also been killed in an explosion at a subway station, with another 55 hurt there.Two explosions ripped through the Brussels airport during the morning rush hour as hundreds of passengers were trying to check in. All flights have been cancelled and flights are being diverted. At least one of the blasts came from a suicide bomber. A passenger arriving at the airport this morning described a scene with “blood everywhere, injured people, bags everywhere,”Thousands of people were evacuated from the airport. And hundreds more were out on the tarmac as they deplaned from flights that were about to take off.Outside of the airport smoke was seen where another explosion occurred. Panicked people started running through the streets, while others stood still, in shock over what was going on.Another blast took place at the subway station. People underground we evacuated, trying to find their way out in the dark. Back above ground, emergency officials treated those who were hurt.These explosions come only days after the prime suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was arrested in Brussels. Dramatic video shows his safehouse surrounded by police, and Abdeslam bursts out and runs down the street. Officers open fire, and he’s shot in the leg, then he is then led away.Officials have not linked the arrest to the explosions, but Abdeslam did tell investigators he was plotting more violence from Brussels.
OTTAWA — A semi-annual report on complaints about Canada’s phone, internet and television services shows that the two biggest headaches for consumers continue to be billing mistakes and contract terms that are either misleading or not disclosed.Incorrect billing charges accounted for 16.5 per cent of all issues raised in 9,831 complaints over a six-month period and was the top issue for almost every type of service, including internet, television and phone service.The top irritant for wireless services was misleading and undisclosed contract terms, which was the second most common sore point for the other categories of service.Wireless services accounted for 37.1 per cent of all issues handled by the CCTS over the six months ended Jan. 31 while 27.8 per cent of the issues related to internet service and 18.2 per cent of the issues were about TV.The tally is published by the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-Television Services, an industry-funded body that gets its mandate from the federal government’s Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.The CCTS says about 60 per cent of the complaints covered by the report were about five service providers — Bell, Rogers, Cogeco, Telus and Freedom Mobile, the wireless service from Shaw Communications.
Presenting his latest report to the Assembly’s main body dealing with social, humanitarian, and cultural issues (Third Committee), Juan E. Méndez noted yesterday the conflict of interest out of fear of jeopardizing their employment or other reprisals. “If medical staff, including forensic doctors, serve under law enforcement or security agencies or the prison sector, they may have conflicted loyalty between their employer and their professional obligation to report torture or ill-treatment,” he warned. “In the context of allegations of torture or other ill-treatment, the provision of forensic services from within the police force and lack of independent oversight has been criticized by me on previous occasions and my mandate has recommended that systems be reorganized to ensure independence from the police,” Mr. Méndez said. “In those cases,” the Special Rapporteur stressed, “it should be mandatory to submit the person to an independent assessment, external from prison medical services.” In his report, the human rights expert urges Governments to undertake effective investigations whenever there are indications of torture or other ill-treatment, even without an express or formal complaint. “Forensic science has a key role to play regarding the obligation of States to investigate and prosecute allegations of torture or other ill-treatment, especially with regard to individual responsibility and the fight against impunity,” he said. “During my visits, I often observe that States are reluctant to carry out criminal investigations into torture allegations and that accurate statistics on the incidence of torture are difficult to obtain. The lack of investigation, together with the lack of accountability, perpetuates the practice of torture and other ill-treatment,” the UN expert cautioned. Torture may cause physical injury such as broken bones and wounds that heal slowly, or may leave no physical scars. It often takes place in secret, behind closed doors where there are no witnesses, and many torture methods used are becoming increasingly sophisticated and designed to be as painful as possible without leaving physical marks. The same applies when torture is predominantly of a psychological nature, such as sexual humiliation and threats to the life or physical integrity of the person detained or of his or her family. States have an obligation to put in place and apply an effective process of evidence collection in line with the Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. It is an exception that victims are examined shortly after the torture actually happened. More commonly, while the victim is in custody, the State often is the only one in a position to undertake examinations, he noted in the report. In these circumstances, Mr. Méndez warned, “examinations are frequently conducted that are neither independent nor impartial or victims are examined only after alleged victims manage to get released from detention and some even flee the country, in which case the lesions have healed, leaving no scars or only a few.” During his country visits, the Special Rapporteur has reviewed samples of medical certificates by State health experts and forensic assessments and found the majority of those reviewed of very poor quality and accuracy, not performed in accordance with the minimum international standards for clinical forensic assessment of victims, and unacceptable as forensic evidence. “Governments often argue that a high standard of forensic evidence is out of the reach of States with limited resources,” he said. “However, in my report I noted that the diagnosis of torture is usually not based on ‘high-tech’ methods or cost intensive equipment and that forensic assessment of torture is less a question of financial resources than of training and commitment by the authorities to ensure effective investigation into allegations of torture.” Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
YPSILANTI, Mich. — Freshman Antoine Davis knocked down six 3-pointers and scored a team-high 24 points as Detroit Mercy won its third straight game, holding off in-state rival Eastern Michigan, 78-74 on Saturday afternoon.Davis now has six 20-point games in his six-game collegiate career and entered the game averaging 31.2 points per game. He matched Paris Bass’ record of six-straight 20-point games to start his career. He has four 30-plus performances and scored 42 in the win over Loyola Maryland.Ty Groce hit two free throws with 1:15 left go get Eastern Michigan within two, 71-69, but Cole Long knocked down a 3 and Lamar Hamrick dunked to push the lead to 76-69 and Davis capped his performance with two free throws.Davis hit 8 of 23 from the floor, including 6 of 12 from beyond the 3-point arc, and posted career highs for rebounds and assists, both with seven. Josh McFolley added 20 points for the Titans (3-3).James Thompson IV scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Eagles (4-3). Boubacar Toure added 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.The Associated Press
James Hickey, CEO of the Irish Film Board said that the aim of the IFB funding was to allow animation companies like Cartoon Saloon to develop their projects to a point where they can attract international sales and finance and find a global audience.Nickelodeon UK’s director of programming, Tim Patterson, said that Puffin Rock has a “beautiful art style and charming storytelling”. It will tell the tale of a family of puffins living on a wild Irish island, and is co-produced by Cartoon Saloon, Penguin publishers, and Northern Irish company Dogs Ears.You can expect to see it on your screen in autumn of next year.40 new jobs for Irish animation company used by Disney and Nickelodeon>“My head just exploded” – Irish director’s film chosen for Cannes>Geting paid to daydream and doodle> AN IRISH ANIMATION TV series has been bought by major children’s network Nick Jr (UK).Puffin Rock is one of 12 Irish-connected projects that were presented at the international financing event Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, France late last week. The series is to be narrated by Moone Boy star Chris O’Dowd and is to be produced at Cartoon Saloon in Kilkenny. Cartoon Saloon was previously nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar for The Secret of Kells.The series – which was developed with funding from the Irish Film Board – has also been bought for distribution on RTÉ’s children’s channel, RTEjr.
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Grandpa’s old apple tree has a whole new meaning.This year, Washington became the first state in the U.S. to legalize natural organic reduction, a process of converting human remains into soil that has been casually referred to as “human composting.”Senate Bill 5001 offers two new post-death alternatives to burial and cremation, the only legal options available in Washington.“The main purpose is to provide more options to people in terms of how they can dispose of their own remains and those of their loved ones,” said state Sen. Jamie Pedersen, the Seattle Democrat who pre-filed the bill. “There are people who are very troubled by the environmental consequences with the current means of disposing with remains.”In addition to natural organic reduction, or recomposition, as it is called in S.B. 5001, the bill also allows a process called alkaline hydrolysis, which dissolves bodies using potassium hydroxide or lye in a pressurized vessel. Alkaline hydrolysis is already legal in more than 15 states, but recomposition likely isn’t legal anywhere in the world, according to a New York Times story.“It’s just amazing that we have this completely universal experience of dying and we live in a world that has been transformed over 100 years, or 50 years, or 10 years, or even five years by technology — and yet technology has not really helped us with this universal experience of what to do with dead bodies,” Pedersen said. “Because the law continues to say — or at least it will until next May — continues to say that the only permitted means of disposing with remains are burial and burning, which have been with us for thousands of years.”Pedersen said cremation and burial are more costly and worse for the environment than recomposition, which involves placing a body in a vessel with mostly wood chips and straw. The vessel is then turned gently over 30 days and a stream of warm air is applied, Pedersen said, with about two wheelbarrows worth of soil returned at the end.
After over two months of speculation, Cristiano Ronaldo has left Real Madrid to join Juventus in a €112m deal, but what kind of legacy did he leave the club after nine years?The Portugal captain arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu as a fresh-faced 24-year-old from Manchester United in a then-world record deal of €94m in the summer of 2009 and as the reigning Ballon d’Or winner.A return of 33 goals in all competitions was to follow in his debut campaign in what was a trophyless season following Real’s disappointing exits in the Champions League and Copa del Rey.After questions on whether Ronaldo’s hefty price tag was worth it, after all, the Portuguese superstar responded in astonishing fashion with 53 goals in a single season and since then he has achieved the following across his magnificent nine-spell:Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.450 goals in 438 games.A record of 17 goals in the 2013-14 Champions League season105 Champions League goals4 Champions League titles311 goals in La Liga.2 La Liga titles (2011-12 & 2016-17)15 Major trophies with the club4 Ballon d’Or awards44 hat-tricks8 times he had scored four or more goals for Real.Club record quickest ever hat-trick inside eight minutes in a 9-1 win over Granada.A record total of 61 goals in all competitions during the 2014-15 season.658 Career goals(Obtained by the Daily Mail)Undoutably he is a true great for Real after the many, many records he has broken and will likely be forever regarded on the same level as club legends like Andrea Di Stefano.Nine years on, and with football’s most coveted individual prize still in his hands in the Ballon d’Or, the question now is whether he will be up to the challenge of ending Juventus’ 22-year wait for glory in Europe? And what will become of Real Madrid in his absence?