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first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir administrationon Tuesday constituted a committee of secretaries to look into the demands of the people of Kargil, where a shutdown was observed for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday over the demand for rotational offices. “The Governor [Satya Pal Malik] and the government have taken note of the sentiments of the people of Kargil. The government is equally sensitive to the needs and aspirations of both districts,” a government spokesperson said.The spokesman said the government has formed a committee of senior officers “to determine the location and scope and size of division level offices, their staffing, size and most importantly, their location in the division.”Meanwhile, a Kargil-based civil society group, Joint Resistance Movement, has decided to continue with its protest shutdown against the administration’s decision to set up divisional commissioner’s office at Leh after Ladakh was declared a separate division recently and was split from Kashmir division.Work in offices and court was suspended for the day. Hundreds of people marched on the streets to press for their demand to have “rotational headquarters at both Kargil and Leh”. Rejecting the constitution of a committee, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) MLA Naeem Akhtar said: “The measure is a mere delaying tactic. The Governor’s administration didn’t feel the need to consult anybody in granting divisional status and why a committee now?” He alleged that the Governor’s move was “thoughtless with grave consequences and at the behest of the BJP”. “It has a potential to flare-up. The Governor must immediately rescind the order and set up six monthly full rotational of all offices,” Mr. Akhtar said. Former Chief Minister and National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah also backed the demand of the people of Kargil. “It seems the decision was taken in a haste and is contrived to pitch one community against the other. Had the idea behind this act been to empower the people of Ladakh, then the governor would have held deliberations,” said Mr. Abdullah. He said divisional headquarters at Leh only will serve no good.last_img read more

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first_imgActivist Gautam Navlakha, an accused in the Elgar Parishad case, on Tuesday moved the Pune sessions court for anticipatory bail.The court will hear the plea on Thursday. The Bombay High Court had on Monday directed Mr. Navlakha to approach the sessions court for anticipatory bail, after which he withdrew his anticipatory bail plea in the HC.In September, the High Court had refused to quash the Pune Police’s case against Mr. Navlakha, registered under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Indian Penal Code, including charges of sedition. However, the HC had extended Mr. Navlakha’s interim relief from arrest by three weeks, allowing him to appeal in the Supreme Court. On October 4, the apex court had extended his protection from arrest till October 15, and later by another four weeks, granting him permission to approach an appropriate court for anticipatory bail. This interim relief expires on November 11.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Poonam Mehra Moscow, Jul 14 (PTI) “Stereotype-shattering”, “stunningly warm” — a trip to Russia for the FIFA World Cup was largely a “pleasant surprise” for those touching down from the west but for thousands of tourists from a country which didn’t even have a team of its own to cheer for, it was “usual warmth”. “I am from India,” that’s all one need say to unlatch the Russian warmth, which has now bowled over the world at large after years of scepticism based on the mystique of Soviet era. From wide smiles to generous discounts, nostalgic Russians, who still aren’t over their love for Raj Kapoor and Mithun Chakraborty, go an extra mile when they hear an Indian voice calling out for directions, shopping or mere chit-chat. “I love India, the food, the people, the movies, the colours. Discount for them always,” said a shopkeeper selling traditional Matryoshka dolls, which are among the most prominent symbols of Russian culture. “Russian people have a special affection for India. They are always extended extra warmth,” added a tour guide, who has had a busier-than-usual one month thanks to the huge influx of fans for the World Cup. The tourist flow from India rose by a conservative estimate of 20 to 30 per cent for the FIFA World Cup, according to prominent travel agencies. Russian news agency Sputnik pegged the hike in ticket bookings by Indians at an audacious 400 per cent based on feedback from a travel agency. This, despite the fact that India does not have a team of its own at the World Cup and is unlikely to have one for some time to come.advertisement “Russia is always a welcoming place for Indians. The westerners are now realising how warm the Russian people are but for us Indians, we know it for a long time. It’s always great to be here whether there is a World Cup or not,” said one Indian tourist, who is here to catch the extravaganza that gets over this Sunday but is also a frequent traveller to the Russian capital for business dealings. Moscow alone has been paid a visit by over three million global tourists, according to the historic city’s head of Department of Sport and Tourism, Nikolay Gulyaev. The Indians, however, don’t figure among the top-five in numbers this summer which are dominated by German, Dutch and French nationals. “But there is no denying that they (Indians) have the pride of place in Russian hearts. You can link it to Bollywood or the Soviet era close political ties, but it is special,” said a tour operator here. Among the Indian celebrities, mega-star Amitabh Bachchan was there in St Petersburg to catch the first semifinal between France and Belgium and his lesser-seen and known Bollywood colleague Fardeen Khan was among the over 78,000 who filled in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow for the second semifinal between Croatia and England. They were among the thousands who descended to catch the greatest show on earth where Indias on-field presence is at best a pipedream right now. “But Moscow ended up offering so much more than just football. The sites, the history, the food and of course the affection is unforgettable. I’ll be back to explore more,” said an Indian tourist, draped in a tri-colour, as he headed in to watch England lose toCroatia in the historic second semifinal at the Luzhniki. PTI PM PDSPDSlast_img read more

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first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Perhaps something is beginning to stir at Sale after all. On a night when the Saracens forward Billy Vunipola marked his comeback from injury with a well-taken opening try and played the full 80 minutes it was the hosts who were celebrating a famous, third successive Premiership victory.On New Year’s Day Sale’s embattled director of rugby, Steve Diamond, declared his ambition to compete for trophies again. Putting Saracens, the defending champions, to the sword suggested his desire has substance. Not much has gone right for Sale since their memorable 2006 Premiership final win over Leicester at Twickenham. But this hard-earned victory, chiselled on aggression and two delightful first-half tries, was rapturously received by Diamond and his men.“We’ve beaten the best team in the country and you have to bully them into it sometimes,” Diamond said with a mischievous smile after Sale’s mere second win over Saracens in the last eight years. “But we’ve been playing well and I embrace the challenge of playing in this competition. I think ‘can we turn them over?’ and with the players we’ve got, believing in what we’re doing, we’re doing all right.”Vunipola was making his first appearance since breaking his left arm during a European Champions Cup win at Glasgow on 14 October. In the seventh minute he opened the scoring when he collected a pass from Alex Goode and evaded four Sale defenders to touch down in the left corner.Sale responded with two tries in five minutes midway through the first half. First the homegrown centre Sam James broke from midfield and found Denny Solomona on the right flank before gratefully receiving the winger’s inside pass to scamper clear.It got even better for Sale five minutes later when the scrum-half Faf de Klerk, who beavered away frenziedly all night, seized possession from a lineout. His deft pass found the ubiquitous James who had the presence of mind to return the favour to Solomona racing clear on a diagonal run inside the right channel from around 50 metres out.A yellow card for Owen Farrell following a high shot on his England teammate Chris Ashton in the 35th minute added to the belief that it could be the hosts’ night. Tempers flared as the hour approached, with Saracens’ lock George Kruis and the Sale captain, Jono Ross, squaring up in a spat which also involved Richard Wigglesworth, the former Sharks man. It underlined how much the game meant to both sides as chances grew scarce and tensions mounted.Emphatic proof that Sale really had got under their visitors’ skin came with 20 minutes remaining. Saracens’ replacement hooker Christopher Tolofua became the second visiting player to be sent to the sin-bin when he caught Arron Reed off the ball. After dissent from Farrell saw him concede a penalty moments later, Du Preez’s boot finished off Saracens amid scenes of euphoria, before Nick Tompkins’ last-minute consolation lifted the visitors top.Saracens’ director of rugby, Mark McCall, said: “Billy did quite well but we just got the fundamentals wrong tonight.” Sale Share on Messenger match reports Saracens Rugby union Topics Share on Pinterest Share on Facebookcenter_img Support The Guardian Premiership Share via Email Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham boss Ranieri confirms Fosu-Mensah can return to Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri has confirmed Timothy Fosu-Mensah can return to Manchester United.With Aston Villa watching developments, Ranieri admits the on-loan fullback isn’t in plans.”I don’t know, if United want him, he can go because with me he does not play often and I understand he is young he needs to play,” Ranieri said in a press conference on Friday afternoon. “This moment for me is very, very important to achieve our goal. “Our goal now is to save Fulham.” last_img read more

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first_imgIPL 2019: Sachin Tendulkar agrees with Virat Kohli on workload managementWhile stressing that it’s up to the individuals to take a call on their workload, batting great Sachin Tendulkar said he believes momentum is important in the lead up to the 2019 World Cup. advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiMarch 19, 2019UPDATED: March 19, 2019 09:46 IST Sachin Tendulkar has said India players will make the right calls when it comes to workload management during IPL (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSachin Tendulkar has said World Cup-bound India players should be allowed to take a call on their workloads during IPLTendulkar echoed what Kohli had said about the issue over workload management All these players have a lot of experience and they will certainly make the right call: Sachin TendulkarThere cannot be a uniform structure for workload management during the Indian Premier League as each and every player will have different set of requirements, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar has said.There have been a lot of discussions about how the World Cup-bound players need to effectively manage their workload during a demanding tournament like the IPL, and the maestro has his own take on it.”Preparation before the World Cup is different for each player and so their workload management will also be different,” Tendulkar told PTI during an exclusive interaction.Tendulkar agreed with skipper Virat Kohli who recently said that it is up to the players to realise the kind of load they are taking as well as the form they are in.”To me, momentum is important. Every individual should be smart enough to assess if he needs to take a break or he needs to play games to stay in the thick of things. So the responsibility is on the individual to take a call,” said the world’s highest run-getter in Tests and T20 Internationals.India players will certainly make the right call: TendulkarHe then gave an example of how workload management will be different for different players.”As a pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah’s workload will be very different from a pure batsman like Virat Kohli and a wicket-keeper batsman like Mahendra Singh Dhoni. All these players have a lot of experience and they will certainly make the right call,” said Tendulkar, who is a mentor with IPL’s most popular franchise Mumbai Indians.advertisementTendulkar echoed what Kohli had said a couple of days earlier during a media interaction in Bengaluru.”If I’m able to play 10, 12 or 15 games, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the other guy can only play that many. My body might demand I play a certain number of games and I need to be smart about that and rest,” the Indian skipper had said.”Someone else’s body might be more capable than mine or less, that is a very individual thing. And everyone wants to play the World Cup, so people will be smart about it because you don’t want to miss out on such a big event.”Kohli had said that it is up to individual players to deal with the issue to keep their body fit and be in contention for a place in the World Cup-bound squad.”From a responsibility point of view, all the Indian players will have the responsibility during the IPL to keep a watch on their fitness and their workloads,” he had said.”And to continue the frame of mind we have created in the Indian team – strive towards excellence and improve every day. Each player will take this tournament as an opportunity to go to the World Cup in a good frame of mind.”Also Read | Virat Kohli begins IPL 2019 preparations with Royal Challengers BangaloreAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Sachin TendulkarFollow Virat KohliFollow 2019 World CupFollow India national cricket teamlast_img read more

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first_img“Some jobs seem to be more important to him than the jobs that are being lost here.” “He’s the prime minister for all Canadians.”Moe said there have been thousands of jobs lost in the energy sector while Trudeau’s government has championed a carbon tax and a bill that would change how environmental assessments are done. Moe wants both scrapped.Moe also criticized Trudeau for involving Canada’s ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton, in the SNC-Lavalin issue when he should be working to get rid of U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminium.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said Thursday that Alberta’s struggle to get its oil to market has a far greater impact on jobs than SNC-Lavalin.She also suggested jobs at the Quebec company would be more affected by Alberta’s economy than the outcome of any criminal prosecution SNC-Lavalin is facing.“We need our federal government to focus on the big picture and, by doing that, they will realize that Albertans need their attention.” Notley said earlier this week that Trudeau needs to get back to work defending jobs and farmers, especially since China has started blocking import shipments of Canadian canola.“We are calling on Ottawa to stop its navel-gazing about its internal controversies and fight back,” she said.Trudeau’s comments about protecting jobs at SNC-Lavalin has landed him in even more trouble with western premiers than he already was, said a political expert.“It justifies accusations of double standards that have started flying,” said Julian Castro-Rea, who teaches political science at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.center_img REGINA, S.K. – Two western premiers say the SNC-Lavalin affair is distracting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a time when he should be focused on jobs in their region.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe took aim Thursday at the prime minister’s comments about 9,000 jobs tied to the Quebec company.“I remind the prime minister again, he’s not the prime minister of Quebec,” Moe said.last_img read more

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Today is an especially sombre day in Lac-Mégantic as it has now been one week since the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic train carrying crude oil derailed causing a deadly series of explosions.The bells of a Lac-Mégantic church rang out 50 times to honour those who perished in the disaster, followed by a moment of silence. Some people could be seen holding photos of their lost loved ones. Messages of sympathy have poured in from across the country, and have been added to a growing memorial of notes, photos and flowers. Vigils were held last night as well in communities across Quebec including Montreal. Five more bodies were discovered in the ruins today bringing the official death toll to 33. The 17 people still missing have been presumed dead. Authorities have released the name of only one victim so far – 93-year-old Elianne Parenteau. They will release seven more names tonight on this day of grieving.An investigator with Quebec’s provincial police says the conditions of the recovery efforts are absolutely awful and they are expected to continue for weeks. read more

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← Previous Story Biegler gets New Year’s party against Berlin Next Story → VIDEO: Goal from 35 meters is nothing for one girl… chileMateo Garralda The new coach of the Chilean national team is well-known face in the European handball – Mateo Garralda. The 46 years old Spaniard will be one more of the many Spanish coach who are working abroad. Chile played at World’s Championship 2015 in Qatar as always third force in South America behing Argentina and Brazil (23rd place).The equal distance was kept in Pan American games, when Chile won bronze and place in Olympic qualifications.Sixth time EHF Champions League winner in his playing career, Garralda, has experience of coaching ASOBAL team BM Guadalajara between 2012 and 2014, and Romanian Stinta Bacau, the team who suffered financial crisis in 2014.The former head-coach is Argentinian Fernando Capurro. read more

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first_imgFollowing difficulties with right-of-way access and tight railroad-construction windows, Vancouver’s $44 million waterfront access project is running a year behind schedule, city staff told the Vancouver City Council on Monday.The delay — which included negotiations with the publisher of The Columbian for access on Grant Street — means the city council will have to approve changes to several agreements at its May 16 meeting.Inked in 2009, the development agreement with Columbia Waterfront LLC — a group comprising Gramor Development of Tualatin, Ore., and its local investors — says construction work linking downtown to the waterfront must be substantially complete by the end of 2011, with full completion by mid-2012. Now, project timelines show the work being finished by early 2013.However, Transportation Policy Director Thayer Rorabaugh said the city should still be able to honor its agreement to give developers construction access in time. “We promised access by a certain time, and we’re going to meet that,” he said.In turn, however, Gramor has asked the city to defer its $350,000 payment to chip in on the public project this year. Developers agreed to pay $8 million of the waterfront access project, and that agreement has not changed, city Budget and Planning Manager Natasha Ramras said. But because the city is a year behind, they also asked the city council to amend the development agreement to put off their 2011 payment for one year. The group has already paid $1.15 million of that balance, she said.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Army’s plan to shrink its active-duty end strength to 450,000 soldiers over the next three years will force the nation to assume a greater level of risk as the number of hotspots across the globe rises, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said Thursday.“With the increased instability around the world, 490,000 is the right number, but we can’t do it,” Odierno said during a visit to Fort Carson. “We don’t have the budget to do it.”The decision to eliminate 40,000 troops was prompted by the discretionary spending caps imposed under the 2011 Budget Control Act. Odierno, who is retiring in August, is hoping lawmakers strike a multi-year deal to raise the spending caps. If not, the Army will need to shrink by an additional 30,000 troops to an end strength of 420,000 by the end of FY 2019.“I’m concerned we’re really on the razor’s edge at 450,000,” he said, reported the Colorado Springs Gazette. Additional troops are needed due to ongoing trouble in Iraq, tensions with Russia and other commitments on five continents.“As I make these visits to installations, I realize how busy our Army continues to be,” Odierno said. Soldiers stationed at Fort Carson currently are serving in Eastern Europe, Afghanistan and Jordan. “We have to be ready at all times.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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first_img Tags The radiation warning message required by the city from phone retailers is: “To assure safety, the Federal Government requires that cell phones meet radio frequency (RF) exposure guidelines. If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is ON and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation. Refer to the instructions in your phone or user manual for information about how to use your phone safely.” CTIA sued in June 2015, trying to stop Berkeley through an injunction. In April 2017, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ordinance, finding it was in the public interest and based on FCC information. But in June 2018, the Supreme Court returned the case to the lower court for further review. Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? 4:36 5G phones and your health: What you need to know We ran 5G speed tests on Verizon, AT&T, EE and more: Here’s what we found Mobile Phones Now playing: Watch this: null After the Supreme Court decision, CTIA said it would continue its fight against “forcing retailers to convey the government’s message.” At the same time, Matthai K. Chakko, Berkeley’s communications director, said the city didn’t think the decision would affect the ordinance. In 2013, after a three-year battle, the CTIA prevented San Francisco from requiring phone radiation messages. Farimah Faiz Brown, Berkeley’s city attorney, said the city is pleased with the court’s ruling. “The city has always firmly believed that the ordinance is constitutional and serves the public interest,” she said in an emailed statement Tuesday afternoon. The CTIA said in a statement that it is disappointed that Berkeley is continuing “to mislead the public” about mobile networks being harmful. “Radiofrequency energy from wireless devices and networks, including 5G, has not been shown to cause health problems, according to the consensus of the international scientific community,” the CTIA said in an emailed statement Wednesday morning. The group has a 90-day window to consider its legal options. First published July 2 at 3:05 p.m. PT.   Update at 3:54 p.m. PT: Adds comment from Berkeley city attorney Update July 3 at 12:58 p.m. PT: Adds comment from the CTIA center_img 5G and your health Legal 5G Berkeley’s right to warn consumers about cell phone radiation has been upheld in court. Angela Lang/CNET Wireless association CTIA has failed again to get the city of Berkeley, California, to stop warning people that using a cellphone could expose them to radiation. As part of the long-running debate over health concerns in using mobile phones, Berkeley’s “Right to Know” ordinance, which came into effect in 2016, was upheld by a court Tuesday. Berkeley had been enforcing a city ordinance that required phone retailers to inform prospective buyers that carrying phones in certain ways, like in pants pockets or bras, could cause them to exceed the FCC’s guidelines for radio frequency radiation maximum exposure. CTIA had argued that this violated the First Amendment, blocking retailers’ freedom of speech by requiring them to post “inflammatory” messages. Share your voice 0 5G cell phones 13 Photoslast_img read more

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first_imgPakistani soldiers patrol in the port city of Karachi on 24 July 2018. Pakistan`s military fanned out across the country ahead of the 25 July election, deploying hundreds of thousands of troops to oversee polling stations in a short but acrimonious contest that analysts say is still `up for grabs`. Photo: AFPPakistan’s military fanned out across the country ahead of Wednesday’s election, deploying hundreds of thousands of troops to oversee polling stations in a short but acrimonious contest that analysts say is still “up for grabs”.Armed soldiers watched closely as election officials in the capital Islamabad Tuesday distributed ballot boxes and voting materials for polling stations across the city.”With the grace of God, we want to see a peaceful election tomorrow,” Election Commission secretary Babar Yaqoob told media, but warned that there were security challenges and threats.The military has stationed over 370,000 personnel nationwide to ensure the vote goes smoothly — the largest such deployment in Pakistan’s history on an election day. It has said the soldiers will work with local law enforcement to ensure “a safe and secure environment” for voting.An additional 450,000 police have also been assigned to provide security, according to election officials.The mammoth deployment coupled with a recent decision by election authorities to grant military officers broad powers inside polling centres has stirred fears of possible manipulation.The military presence is just the latest controversy in a bitter campaign season that has seen accusations of “pre-poll rigging”, the expansion of hardline religious parties, and a string of bloody militant attacks that have killed more than 180 people, including three candidates.Despite the controversies and bloodshed, political parties continued to criss-cross the country in the final days before the polls, holding dozens of rallies in key battleground areas.The contest has largely been distilled to a two-party fight between jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party, and cricket legend Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.”Our predictions are very murky right now,” Bilal Gilani, executive director of Gallup Pakistan, told AFP, adding that a huge chunk of voters remain undecided.”It’s still up for grabs.”- ‘We will fight’ -At a distribution centre in Lahore, election workers complained of general discord and delays in the delivery of ballot boxes.”I have been performing election duty for the past 22 years and I have never seen such a disorganised election my whole life,” said one worker who asked to remain anonymous, adding that the troops overseeing the process had done little to help.A day before the polls, voters were largely split in Lahore, the capital of Punjab — Pakistan’s most populous province and long a PML-N stronghold that is now being fiercely challenged by Khan’s PTI.”I am supporting Imran Khan because he is the best choice for Pakistan. We should give him a chance,” said Muhammad Wasim, 32, pointing to what he described as the success Khan’s party has had in governing northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.Others cited the improvements in infrastructure under the PML-N in the sprawling eastern city, vowing to stick by the party hit by several corruption convictions ahead of the election.”They have served the masses, they have put an end to… (power cuts) and given us better facilities including roads, transport and education,” said shopkeeper Muhammad Nawaz, 45.Political parties held their final rallies Monday night — before campaigning was suspended — in a last-ditch attempt to energise voters.”I am giving this task to all of you: wake up early on the 25th and cast your vote,” Khan told thousands of PTI faithful in Lahore.In southern Punjab, PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif — the former premier’s brother — said victory was “certain”.”Despite all the odds, PML-N is winning the July 25 polls,” he was quoted as saying by Pakistani media.The PML-N has accused the powerful military, the country’s most powerful institution, of manipulating candidates and the media ahead of the vote in a bid to push out the party and install a pliant government, with Khan seen as the likely beneficiary.Activists and think tanks have also widely decried a “silent coup” by Pakistan’s generals.At a PML-N rally in the military garrison city of Rawalpindi, anger simmered over what participants said was engineering by “the establishment” — referring to the military.Some vowed to take to the streets if directed by their leaders.”After the election, we will fight,” said PML-N supporter Aftab Anjum, 67.”We are all ready.”last_img
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first_imgResidents outside a funeral parlour wait for news of their relatives missing during the explosion of a fuel pipeline ruptured by suspected oil thieves, in Tula, Mexico on 19 January 2019. Photo: ReutersAt least 73 people were killed after a pipeline ruptured by suspected fuel thieves exploded in central Mexico, authorities said on Saturday, as president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended the army despite its failure to clear the site before the blast.Forensic experts filled body bags with charred human remains in the field where the explosion occurred on Friday evening by the town of Tlahuelilpan in the state of Hidalgo, in one of the deadliest incidents to hit Mexico’s troubled oil infrastructure in years.One witness described how an almost festive atmosphere among hundreds of local residents filling containers with spilled fuel turned to horror as the blast scattered the crowd in all directions, incinerating clothing and inflicting severe burns.A number of people at the scene told Reuters that local shortages in gasoline supply since Lopez Obrador launched a drive to stamp out fuel theft had encouraged the rush to the gushing pipeline.”Everyone came to see if they could get a bit of gasoline for their car, there isn’t any in the gas stations,” said farmer Isaias Garcia, 50. Garcia was at the site with two neighbours, but waited in the car some distance away.”Some people came out burning and screaming,” he added.To root out the theft, Lopez Obrador in late December ordered pipelines to be closed. But that led to shortages in central Mexico, including Hidalgo, where local media this week said more than half of the gas stations were at times shut.Hidalgo Governor Omar Fayad said 73 people were killed and 74 people injured in the explosion, which happened as residents scrambled to get buckets and drums to a gush at the pipeline that authorities said rose up to 23 feet (7 meters) high.Fayad said the condition of many of the injured was deteriorating, and that some had burns on much of their body. Some of the most badly injured minors could be moved for medical attention in Galveston, Texas, he added.Hidalgo Attorney General Raul Arroyo said 54 bodies were so badly burned that they could take a long time to identify.The crackdown on fuel theft has become a litmus test of Lopez Obrador’s drive to tackle corruption in Mexico – and to stop illegal taps draining billions of dollars from the heavily-indebted state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex).Video on social media showed people filling buckets from the pipeline during daylight hours in the presence of the armed forces before the blast.But Lopez Obrador, who vowed to continue the crackdown on theft, defended the army in the face of questions about why soldiers failed to prevent the tragedy.”We’re not going to fight fire with fire,” the veteran leftist said. “We think that people are good, honest, and if we’ve reached these extremes … it’s because they were abandoned.”In the aftermath, soldiers and other military personnel guarded the cordoned-off area that was littered with half-burned shoes, clothes and containers.More than 100 people gathered at a local cultural centre on Saturday afternoon, hoping to get information about loved ones who disappeared. Officials posted information about DNA tests for identification and a list of people taken to hospital. ‘Like a party’ Lopez Obrador said the army had been right to avoid a confrontation due to the large number of people seeking to make off with a trove of free fuel – a few litres of which are worth more than the daily minimum wage in Mexico.Blaming previous governments for neglecting the population, he said the priority was to eradicate the social problems and lack of opportunities that had made people risk their lives. He rejected suggestions the incident was linked to his policy.Still, Lopez Obrador had vowed to tighten security in sensitive sections of the oil infrastructure, and the ruptured pipeline was only a few miles away from a major oil refinery.Pemex’s Chief Executive Octavio Romero told reporters that there had been 10 illegal fuel taps in the same municipality in the last three months alone. Neither he nor the president said exactly when the valves to the pipeline were closed.Relatives of victims stood huddled together, some of them crying, after the massive blast. Much of the rush to siphon off fuel and the chaos of the explosion was captured on mobile phones and began quickly circulating on social media.Mexican media published graphic pictures of victims from the blast site covered in burns and shorn of their clothes.Local journalist Veronica Jimenez, 46, arrived at the scene before the explosion where she said there were more than 300 people with containers to collect fuel.”I saw families: mother, father, children,” she told Reuters. “It was like a party…for a moment you could even hear how happy people were.”When the blast hit, people ran in different directions, pleading for help, some burned and without clothing, she said.”Some people’s skin came off…it was very ugly, horrible, people screamed and cried,” she said. “They shouted the names of their husbands, brothers, their family members.”Grief-stricken family members blocked access to the field for over half an hour, saying they would not let funeral service vehicles pass until they were told where the dead were being taken.Lopez Obrador has said his decision to close pipelines has greatly reduced fuel theft, but the death toll has raised questions about potentially unintended consequences.”There was a gasoline shortage, people one way or another wanted to be able to move around,” said local farmer Ernesto Sierra, 44. “Some even came with their bean pots.”last_img read more

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first_imgSubmitted to the AFRO by Dr. Kaye Wise WhiteheadI believe that it is now fair to say that despite our best intentions—our marches and our calls for peace, our prayers, sage burning, and our moments of silence—Baltimore City is rapidly becoming an experiment in urban living that is going horribly wrong. Ever since the fallout from the 2015 Uprising, this city has become more violent, more deadly, and more frightening. In the past month alone, we have seen a rise in homicide numbers and a sharp uptick in the number of shootings, including 11 people being shot in one day and two dozen people being shot in less than a week. Our cultural milieu is reminiscent of the wild wild west,  a place without laws, without the law, but with guns (lots and lots of guns).The mayor believes that the city is in the midst of a drug and turf war while I believe that this is what tends to happen in a Category Five deeply segregated poverty-stricken city without enough police officers, a police or a health commissioner, and a history of predatory policing. There are communities in the city where the sounds of gunshots and police sirens have become so familiar that they are embedded in the cultural fabric that stitches the community together. We are in a dark sunken place in need of some encouragement and some hope.Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead (Courtesy Photo)Now, I may not have all the answers on how to turn this city around, but I can offer a little light. Baltimore City is a city of survivors and despite how grim it may look at this moment, I believe that no city has worked harder to push for equality and peace more loudly or with a stronger voice. We must remember our foundation and our roots. We must remember that though they are trying to bury us under a narrative laced with stories of violence and destruction filtered through a lens of White supremacy, we are seeds and we will find a way to sprout and grow. We must remember how to fight and that we come from a long line of people who were willing to sacrifice and fight in order to save us and to save our communities.Frederick Douglass once talked about what it would finally take for people to resist and fight. He stated that there comes a moment when people reach the end of their tolerance with injustice and mistreatment and that when that happens they will resist with “either words or blows, or with both.” I sometimes wonder if we (as a city) have reached that moment? Are we frustrated enough, angry enough, pissed off enough to want to fight to save this city? Are we willing to get out on the corners and into the faces of those who are destroying our community and force them to flee? How much longer are we willing to allow death to happen at our doorstep while we pretend that we do not see the bodies? Douglass knew that we needed to be the ones to fight for our freedom, to record our history, to tell our stories, to remind the world of who we were, and to show them what we have become. We need to be the ones to tell our young brothers and sisters (the ones who seemed to have lost their way) that the strength of our people and the strength of this city is uniquely tied to our ability to mobilize the best and the brightest. We must remember that even though our city has a myriad of challenges, we are standing on Holy Ground, in a country that has been built on our backs, that has survived because of our sacrifice, and that continues to be a place of greatness because of our brilliance. We must remind them.It is time to reclaim our neighborhoods, reclaim our children, and reclaim the future that we have worked for hundred of years to have in this country. We have to teach them a lesson about themselves, the one that America often fails to remember about Black people, that we are resilient and failure for us has never been an option; that we are brilliant and we can effectively mobilize the collective strength of our genius and strategically plan for a better tomorrow; that we are knitted together so that our collective strengths support our collective weaknesses; and, that we are always on the defense and have never stopped being on the lookout for those subtle shifts when the winds of oppression and degradation, of second hand citizenship and destruction begin to blow once again in our direction. We must be the ones to save this city.Karsonya Wise Whitehead is the #blackmommyactivist and an associate professor of communication and African and African American studies at Loyola University Maryland. She is the host of “Today With Dr. Kaye” on WEAA 88.9 FM and the author of the forthcoming “Dispatches from Baltimore: The Birth of the Black Mommy Activist.” She lives in Baltimore City with her husband and their two sons.last_img read more

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first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The premiere episode of “Castle Rock,” the Stephen King-inspired original series from J.J. Abrams, will be available for free exclusively to U.S. users on the Apple TV App — with no Hulu subscription required.The “Castle Rock” series premiere will be available on the Apple TV App exclusively for two weeks, starting Wednesday (July 25). It’s the first time any network or streaming service is debuting an episode on the Apple TV App in front of any paywalls.Hulu is using a “sampling” strategy in the exclusive deal with Apple, in the hopes that the freebie first episode will spur people to sign up for Hulu to watch the rest of the 10-episode anthology series.In the series’ premiere episode, death row attorney Henry Deaver (André Holland) confronts his dark past when an anonymous call lures him back to his hometown of Castle Rock, Maine. In addition to Holland, “Castle Rock” stars Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy and Scott Glenn. Popular on Variety center_img The Apple TV App, available on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV set-top, lets users browse and access content from more than 60 TV networks and video services (including Hulu). It also provides access to iTunes purchases and a variety of free content.last_img read more

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first_img Ole Miss was highly visible on NFL draft night for all the wrong reasons. Offensive Tackle Laremy Tunsil’s viral gas mask bong surfaced from his hacked Twitter account minutes before the start of the draft.Tunsil’s Instagram account was also hacked on draft night. Screenshots of a text message conversation between Tunsil and an Ole Miss assistant coach discussing payments of improper benefits to Tunsil were posted on the account, and later removed.Tunsil admitted in a press conference that he received improper benefits from coaches. Although several of the current NCAA allegations include Tunsil, the university said it is still investigating Tunsil’s draft night revelations. Advertisement One day after Baylor Coach Art Briles was fired in a highly visible college football scandal, it was Ole Miss’ turn.  The allegations facing Ole Miss are decidedly less serious, but will likely land the program in hot water with the NCAA.Today, Ole Miss responded to an NCAA Notice of Allegations that players received improper benefits. They have self imposed a scholarship ban (11 scholarships) from 2015 – 2018. The NCAA has the power to levy additional punishments beyond those that the university has imposed.Yesterday in The Herd, Colin alluded to an unnamed SEC program that his sources told him had committed significant NCAA Violations.  Today he confirmed that program was Ole Miss.“I said on yesterday’s show. I knew of an SEC school that was cheating like crazy. And what do ya know. Late yesterday afternoon, Ole Miss came out, self imposed scholarship reduction in football. That’s the school I was talking about.”last_img read more

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first_imgTOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. are expanding their recalls over problem air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. by another 6.5 million vehicles.Toyota said Wednesday it was recalling nearly 5 million more vehicles globally for the air bag inflator problem. Some 637,000 of the vehicles are in the United States. In Japan, it is recalling nearly 1.4 million vehicles.The recall affects 35 models globally, including the Corolla subcompact, RAV4 sport utility vehicle and Tundra pickup, produced from March 2003 through November 2007. ___Follow Yuri Kageyama: http://www.twitter.com/yurikageyamaCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. In the latest recall, front passenger and front driver-side air bag inflators can deploy abnormally, or rupture, and put a person in a crash at greater risk.This is different from an earlier problem with Takata air bag inflators that deployed with too much force, which has affected a range of automakers including Honda Motor Co., Chrysler, BMW and Ford Motor Co. At least six people have died worldwide due to that defect.When combined with the earlier recalls, Toyota’s Takata-related recalls have ballooned to 8.1 million vehicles.Tokyo-based Honda, which has recalled the most vehicles because of Takata air bag problems, said it was studying the new problem and hasn’t made a decision yet about expanding its recalls.Nissan recalled an additional 1.56 million vehicles globally for the new Takata problem, with 326,000 of them in North America, 563,000 in Europe and 288,000 in Japan.Nissan’s Takata-related recalls have now grown to about 4 million around the world.The latest affects the Sentra compact, Caravan van and X-Trail sport utility vehicle, made from 2004 through 2007, Nissan said. The automaker said it will test the inflators and replace them as needed.Toyota said it will replace the problem inflators on the driver side with inflators made by Daicel Corp., another Japanese supplier. Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Toyota will continue to use Takata “since we have not at this point identified parts from a different supplier that are compatible,” the company said in a statement.Takata has not been able to keep up with demand for replacement inflators.NHTSA, the government authority in the U.S., which oversees recall, as well as Takata and the auto industry, have been trying to pinpoint what’s causing the inflator problems.“Toyota’s focus remains on the safety and security of our customers,” said Dino Triantafyllos, chief quality officer at Toyota Motor North America.Takata has been fined $14,000 per day by NHTSA since Feb. 20 for allegedly dumping documents on the agency without the legally required explanation of what’s in them. The fines have reached about $1 million.Takata has denied it is not cooperating fully with the investigation.Even before the latest recalls, 10 automakers recalled more than 17 million cars and trucks in the U.S. and 22 million worldwide because of the Takata air bag problem. There could be as many as 30 million vehicles with Takata air bags in the U.S. alone.The Takata air bag problems began surfacing about a decade ago. Takata uses a different kind of inflator propellant from rivals, ammonium nitrate, which can burn too fast if subjected to prolonged exposure to airborne moisture. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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first_img “We are extremely pleased to have secured the services of Mr Long to help drive the many strategic and policy issues in which AFTA is engaging and his policy and industry experience will be of great value to AFTA going forward,” AFTA chief executive Jayson Westbury said. “I am really pleased to be joining AFTA and work alongside Jayson for the good of the travel and tourism industry and of course the AFTA members and I am looking forward to drive forward the many important issues that the industry is facing over the coming months and years” said Mr Long. Mr Long’s exceptional knowledge of the tourism and government sectors further enforces AFTA’s ability to represent AFTA members domestically and internationally. The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has announced the appointment of Dean Long to the new position of national manager, strategy and policy, with the role commencing 19 May. Mr Long brings with him nearly ten years of experience from the government and private tourism sectors and will be working alongside the AFTA chief executive on range of domestic and international policy issues to ensure continued growth in the travel and tourism industry. Prior to joining AFTA, Mr Long was senior policy advisor to the former NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events the Hon. George Souris, where he was responsible for developing and advising Mr Souris on issues affecting the Tourism and Major Events portfolio. Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The beginning of the beginning.I didn’t make that up, Wolf did. It’s not stealing if you acknowledge your own lack of creativity, but I love it for Daryl Washington.Every time I talk to Daryl Washington, I walk away thinking “that’s a good guy.”When you get suspended for using something on the substance abuse list, that means you’ve already tested positive once before and usually twice. Once is inexcusable, but to do it possibly two more times after the warning is the height of selfishness. ErrorOK… ErrorOK The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires If my hunch is true, this means the light has come on for Daryl Washington, the human being. We all have seen how brilliant the linebacker can play. It is the beginning of the beginning because the past will soon be over. The last step is punishment from the league. Washington could be fined, suspended or both. I think he gets two games. Then, his past transgressions against his child’s mother, his teammates and his community will be over.I believe this will be the last time we’re talking about the faces of Daryl Washington we don’t want to see. I think he’s been awakened. If I’m wrong, I hope the Cardinals believe in three strikes you’re out. When you shove a woman to the ground, my immediate reaction is to rank you below things I step in at a public park.These are the three faces of Daryl Washington to me.I said immediate reaction because his sentence clearly brings up a different side. First, let’s dismiss the “slap on the wrist because he’s a Cardinals linebacker.” You’d be surprised how light most sentences are for all Americans on their first offense (criminally) and Washington is no different.Second, the light sentence tells me there’s quite a bit of background information we’re not privy too. If the Washington incident was unconscionable to the judge, he or she is not accepting the plea agreement of one year of supervised probation. The prosecutor could easily enhance their career by dropping the hammer and yet chose this plea agreement. Usually, that means two things: this was the extent of what the evidence could prove or both sides are working to rectify the situation, making the prosecutor believe the lesson is already learned.This may sound odd but I root for justice. The catch is I fully understand I have no idea what justice is. If the entire incident happened the way Washington’s ex-girlfriend explained in the police report and she was a saint throughout, I think a light sentence is disgusting. If she is not credible and Washington’s involvement is much less than reported, I have so much sympathy for him and wish he would have pleaded to nothing. The truth is somewhere in the middle and, as we all know, only two people really know what happened that night. If I got my wish and the perfect amount of justice was served, the judge and prosecutor did not view this as heinous and we shouldn’t either.last_img read more

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