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Centre extends AFSPA in Nagaland

first_imgThe entire State of Nagaland has been declared ‘disturbed area’ for six more months, till June-end, under the controversial AFSPA, which empowers security forces to conduct operations anywhere and arrest anyone without any prior notice. In a notification, the Home Ministry said the Central government is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole of State of Nagaland is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition that the use of armed forces in aid of civilian power is necessary. “Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (No. 28 of 1958), the Central government hereby declares that whole of the said State to be a ‘disturbed area’ for a period of six months with effect from 30th December, 2018, for the purpose of that Act,” the notification said. A Home Ministry official said the decision has been taken as killings, loot and extortion have been going on in various parts of the State which necessitated the action. There have been demands from various organisations in the Northeast as well as in Jammu and Kashmir for repealing the controversial AFSPA, which, they say, gives ‘sweeping powers’ to security forces. The AFSPA has been in force in Nagaland for several decades. It has not been withdrawn even after a framework agreement was signed on August 3, 2015, by the Naga insurgent group NSCN-IM general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah and government interlocutor R.N. Ravi in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The framework agreement came after over 80 rounds of negotiations spanning 18 years with the first breakthrough in 1997 when the ceasefire agreement was sealed after decades of insurgency in Nagaland.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar rues missing Vijender Singh’s historic bout

first_imgNew Delhi’s Thyagaraj Sports Complex was a studded with sports stars and top politicians from the country on Saturday. Along with the thousands, who had braved the rain in the capital city, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Mary Kom and Rahul Gandhi were chanting ‘Singh is King’ when pro boxer Vijender Singh was battling against Australia’s Kerry Hope in the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight championship bout. (Also read: Vijender wants to punch his way to No. 1 spot in pro boxing) Vijender was tested by Hope but the Haryana boxer didn’t relent and managed to hold on till the last minute to end up on the winning side. Vijender, despite being worn out, went on to show off his championship belt to the passionate crowd. (Also read: Vijender Singh dedicates WBO Asia Pacific title win to Muhammad Ali)The reception for Vijender’s bout was unexpected. Vijender’s Indian promoters Infinity Optimal Solutions (IOS) head Neerav Tomar conceded the phenomenal response to the bout had left him stunned to an extent.Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar rues not being part of the celebratory scenes at Vijender’s bout. The Mumbai batsman, who had wished Vijender ahead of his title bout on Saturday, was missing from the celebrity list at the Thyagaraj Stadium.Tendulkar congratulated Vijender and expressed his disappointment at not joining his former India teammates Yuvraj, Sehwag and Raina who were leading the cheers for the Indian boxer yesterday.Congrats @boxervijender on a great win & the title. Missed joining @YUVSTRONG12 @virendersehwag @ImRaina and many supporters in cheering u!advertisement sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 17, 2016Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were among the few who heaped praises on the 30-year-old boxer after his WBO title win.  Congratulations @boxervijender for a hard fought and well deserved win. It was yet another display of immense skill, strength & stamina. Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 16, 2016Saw a full mch of boxing after yrs.thks @boxervijender for mkg INDIA proud,it’s just the start ur hrd wrk,dedication and sacrifice paid off Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) July 16, 2016Many congratulations #VijenderSingh ,Thok Daala Tau !Australia ka Hope fuss in front of our Tope @boxervijender Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 16, 2016Vijender took time after an arduous 10-round bout to thank everyone who had wished him.last_img read more

Nokia 6.1 Plus, 5.1 Plus with notched displays, Android One launched in India

first_imgAfter months of waiting, HMD finally announced the Nokia 6.1 Plus for the Indian market. In a surprise little add-on, the company also unveiled the Nokia 5.1 Plus. You may know these phones by the name Nokia X6 and Nokia X5, respectively, as they are called in China. The phones are notable as being the first Nokia devices to sport the notch. They also highlight all glass bodies and Android One software, among other things.The Nokia X6 has seen a tremendous success in China, having sold out on in just 10 seconds during its initial sale. The company promised its global launch would take place after a overwhelmingly positive response from fans around the world. The Nokia 6.1 Plus and 5.1 Plus are touted to bring the best of the industry design to Nokia, bringing not just a notched display, but also a glass design that covers the phone by over 90 per cent. HMD is also assuring a solid build quality with an aluminum frame in between.Nokia 6.1 Plus and 5.1 Plus price in IndiaHMD has priced the Nokia 6.1 Plus pretty aggressively in India at Rs 15,999. Unlike its version in China which comes in three variants, HMD is only offering the phone in one option with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The pricing is notably cheaper than what the Nokia 6.1 originally cost i.e Rs 16,999. HMD did not announce the pricing of the Nokia 5.1 Plus and that will be revealed when it goes on sale in September.At the event, HMD also announced a new partnership with Flipkart, which will be the exclusive e-commerce platform for the new Nokia phones. Both the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus are online-only models and will be available via and Flipkart. The Nokia 6.1 Plus will be available from August 30.advertisementNokia 6.1 Plus specificationsThe Nokia 6.1 Plus brings a stunning edge-to-edge display with a display cutout. The notch allows the company to add a bigger display on a form factor that’s more compact than the Nokia 6.1. The new Nokia phones offers a 5.8-inch FHD+ (2280×1080) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a high screen-to-body ratio. The device comes with Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and back and will be offered in three colour options – Gloss Midnight Blue, Gloss Black and Gloss White.Powering the Nokia 6.1 Plus is an octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. This is offered with 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 400GB via a microSD card. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is also an Android One device which means stock Android Oreo with a promise of timely security updates and Android 9 Pie and Android Q in the future. Both the Nokia 6.1 Plus and 5.1 Plus will also come with Google Lens out-of-the-box.The dual camera system on the Nokia 6.1 Plus includes a primary 16-megapixel sensor and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor. Housed within the notch on the front is a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The cameras get some AI support as well which helps improve image quality and bokeh effect. The dual-SIM Nokia 6.1 Plus houses a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB Type-C.Nokia 5.1 Plus specificationsThe Nokia 5.1 Plus looks similar to the Nokia 6.1 Plus in that both sport a notched display, glass design and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Notably, the notch on the 5.1 Plus is wider and more similar to the iPhone X. The device sports a 5.86-inch HD+ (720×1520) display with a 2.5D curved glass on top and a 19:9 aspect ratio. Powering the device is octa-core 2.0GHz Helio P60 chipset coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.The Nokia 5.1 Plus bears a dual camera system on the back which is made up of a 13-megapixel sensor with PDAF and f/2.0 aperture and a 5-megapixel sensor for depth of field photos. An 8-megapixel sensor can be found on the front with f/2.2 aperture and support for AI face unlock. The front camera on both the phones also support AI Assisted Portrait Lighting feature. The phone houses a 3060mAh battery and runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box as part of the Android One program.last_img read more

Situational awareness makes both Dhoni and Rohit special captains: Tendulkar

first_imgBeing “switched on” from the first ball coupled with situational awareness has made MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma the two most successful IPL skipper, reckons iconic Sachin Tendulkar.While MS Dhoni’s game awareness is well-documented, Rohit, who has also led the national team as stand-in skipper, has been incredibly successful. He has won all the three IPL finals he has captained till date.”I think they (Rohit and Dhoni) are pretty sharp. MS has been leading for a number of years and Rohit has also been incredibly successful. So the ability to read the game and having that peripheral (situational) awareness makes them special captain,” Tendulkar told ‘Star Sports’ on Sunday.”With MS we have seen his ability to read match situations and even Rohit is proving that (he has that awareness). Both captains are on toes and switched on from ball one,” said the Mumbai Indians’ ‘Icon’.Tendulkar also lauded the young talent that has come through along the years, growing up on the pace and frenzy of T20 cricket.”Everyone is enjoying the skills of the new generation and their ability to clear the field. Amazing talent on display and the younger generation growing on IPL, it’s contagious,” said Tendulkar, who played six seasons of IPL till 2013.Twenty20 is a format where catching the opposition off-guard is more important than just trying to play correct cricket, Sachin Tendulkar said.”It’s about adaptability at the given moment in this format. How could you make the most of the six balls that you face or which you are going to bowl. It’s not always about being correct but catching your opposition off-guard and being a step ahead of opposition as far as planning is concerned,” said the legendary batsman.advertisementAlso Read | MS Dhoni becomes most successful wicketkeeper in IPL historyAlso Read | Controversy in IPL 2019 Final: Rohit Sharma upset after Shardul Thakur’s rude send-off actAlso Seelast_img read more

Adrien Silva: ‘I will never understand Fifa’s decision. We’re talking seconds’

first_imgChelsea How Portugal midfielder’s move to England unfolded31 Aug 2017 On deadline day, Leicester open talks with Sporting Lisbon, and announce a deal in the early hours, “subject to clearance”.5 Sep Fifa reveal City missed the deadline by 14 seconds. Sporting tell Fifa to “show some common sense”, and urge City to pay the money.4 Oct Leicester’s appeal is rejected, leaving Silva in limbo.1 Jan The move is finally sanctioned by Fifa – and Silva makes his full debut at Fleetwood in the FA Cup. Sporting were furious and, as well as making a complaint to Fifa about Chelsea, refused to allow Silva to train and play for them for two months. The other teenagers, Fábio Ferreira and Ricardo Fernandes, joined Chelsea and were both released four years later without playing a game. Silva, however, spoke to his parents and chose a different path, harbouring concerns that Chelsea “wanted to win now and not wait for young players”. That he went on to make 241 appearances for Sporting and become a Portugal international suggests he made the right call. “Thanks to God,” says Silva, smiling.It is a timely story on the eve of Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea but all the more so in the context of what happened last year, when Silva faced another enforced absence, after Fifa rejected Leicester’s application to register the midfielder because his £22m move from Sporting had missed the transfer deadline by 14 seconds. Barred from playing until January and initially prevented from training with the Premier League club, Silva spent six weeks living with his agent at the Marriott hotel in Leicester, where they exhausted every avenue, including taking his case to the court of arbitration for sport, to try to overturn a ruling that left him angry and upset.“I had some injuries in my career but then you know why you don’t play and that’s part of football, so you can accept it,” Silva says. “But this situation wasn’t correct. It wasn’t correct because I was able to play physically and I didn’t do anything wrong to make this situation. I will never understand the decision of Fifa – even after Leicester had tried everything to change it. There is no protection for the players in this situation. The players are the most important, so why don’t [Fifa] think about that and make some exception? OK, if it is so many hours [after the deadline], but we’re talking about seconds here. So I think it was a very poor decision.”This is Silva’s first national newspaper interview since joining Leicester and one of the things that comes across during an enjoyable hour in his company is that he was just as confused as everyone else when the window closed. Told that the media did not know for a while whether he was a Leicester or a Sporting player, Silva shakes his head, grins and replies: “Me neither.”Sporting, however, appeared keen to provide some clarity. Within days Bruno de Carvalho, Sporting’s president, said: “The transfer of Adrien is already completed. Hopefully Leicester find a solution for him.” Those comments gave the impression that Sporting were washing their hands of any potential problems and, with that in mind, it is interesting to know whether Silva felt any frustration with how his former club acted. “Not with Sporting. With the president. And that’s different,” Silva says. “He tried, I think, to protect his club. But in football it’s more important when you represent a club to protect the human or the player.” Share on Messenger The long-awaited debut, wearing that number, arrived on 1 January – Craig Shakespeare, the manager who signed him, had departed two months earlier – and Silva was given a rapturous reception as he came off the bench. “So many things were going through my mind,” he says. “But the main thought was: just play football. It’s my passion and it’s such a simple thing to do. But that day I felt like I wanted to eat the field!”Silva breaks into laughter after making that last remark and it feels good to see him in a much happier place. On the pitch, he admits, he is still striving to get to his best but life is coming together in other respects. Margarida, his wife, gave birth to a baby girl last Sunday and four days later Silva celebrated his 29th birthday with a recall to the Portugal squad.Margarida, Silva says, was a huge support to him throughout her pregnancy – he smiles as he checks that the word “hormonal” is correct in English – and he wants to express his gratitude to the rest of his family as well as a couple of players. “Matty James and Andy King – they helped me in every way. They kept pushing me when some days I was down. So they have been very good friends during those months.”Sporting thanked Silva for his services by inviting him back to the stadium in October for a special tribute to a player who joined them at the age of 12, when he moved 400km away from his family in a country where he was still learning the language after growing up in France. “All those years came into my mind so it was very emotional,” says Silva, who was in tears on the pitch. “Sporting made me into a player but they also made me into a man, and they will always have a special place in my heart.”It has obviously been a tough time for Silva and it is hardly surprising to hear him say that the deadline-day mix-up was the worst moment of his career. Yet he also sounds full of positivity as he looks to the future and pictures a perfect finale to the season. “I hope we can get past Chelsea and reach the FA Cup final,” Silva says, smiling. “And to go to the World Cup after, that would be the best way for it to end for me.” Share on Facebook Adrien Silva poked fun at a frustrating situation by choosing No 14 as his squad number at his new club. Photograph: Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Imag Mourinho came to see me in Portugal and I went to Chelsea, to see the training ground. It was a big, big situationAdrien Silva features Facebook Fifa For all his annoyance with Fifa Silva admits to fearing the worst as soon as the window closed. “But after Leicester and my lawyers told me that we could make an appeal, I got my hopes up and I tried to keep my head right,” he explains. “I trained alone at the gym and on a field to try to keep my physical condition because I wasn’t allowed to train with the team.”Establishing exactly why he found himself in this position is not easy, other than to say that negotiations were extremely complicated, with Silva making many concessions to Sporting in order to get the deal done. Leicester were committed to completing the transfer come what may and always maintained that the paperwork was uploaded on time, yet Fifa argued otherwise and refused to allow Silva to fast-track his appeal through Cas. So who, ultimately, is responsible? “We still don’t know,” Silva replies. “For me, I think Fifa the most. But I’m not worried about it now.”There was one thought that troubled him more than any other as the fiasco rumbled on. Silva loves representing his country and was part of the Portugal team that defeated France to win Euro 2016. Suddenly he could see a World Cup on the horizon and his place in the squad in jeopardy. “Every day that was on my mind,” he says. “And that makes it worse. When I think about it, it was the worst moment for this to happen.”In the end Silva decided he needed to have a joke at his own expense, to keep his spirits up if nothing else. When Leicester asked what shirt number he wanted, it was the perfect opportunity. “I was talking with my agent, Pedro, who was here with me for a month and a half at the hotel, supporting me every day – my wife and children couldn’t come because I didn’t have a home – and I said: ‘We have to play with this situation. Why not No 14?’” Leicester City Thank you for your feedback. Share on LinkedIn Topics Adrien Silva is recalling when he was banned from playing after a Premier League club tried to sign him, only this episode has nothing to do with Leicester City and the deadline-day saga that ended with an international footballer running round a field to keep fit between talking to lawyers. Silva is rowing back to 2005 instead, when he was 15 and José Mourinho tried to talk him into joining Chelsea along with two other young Sporting Lisbon players.“It was a very strange moment and I was so young,” Silva says. “To have this club approach me, especially when Mourinho comes to talk to you … at this time, we didn’t know why he came. But when the club wants something, they do everything. He came to see me in Portugal and we went there, to Chelsea, to see the training ground. Then we came back and it was a big, big situation with Sporting.” Share via Email Hide Twitter Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Show The Observer Sporting FA Cup Quick guide Silva’s limbo Share on Pinterest Was this helpful? Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Westcomb: Alpine Goes Urban

first_img1. Westcomb Mission Parka 2. Westcomb SoHo Jacket 3. Westcomb Pemberton Parka Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! It’s not secret that the best mountaineering and outdoor brands have discovered how to use truly innovative waterproof and insulating fabrics. Whether you’re a through hiker on the Appalachian Trail or a climber on Denali, the advantages of 3-layer membranes, DWR treatments, and synthetic down blends help you fight the elements. For urban adventurers though, sometimes wearing that oversized ski shell (that is probably neon color blocked), just doesn’t quite fit in with the winter commuting crowd. British Columbia based Westcomb set out to change that. After bringing technical outerwear fabric to urban styled parkas and rain jackets, we are converts.Related: Arc’teryx Veilance | 5 Best Down Jackets For WinterMission ParkaFeaturing Primaloft GOLD, a down and synthetic blend insulation that is hydrophobic, the Mission is ready for severe cold. Its simple silhouette is accentuated by an insulated, removeable hood, and understated hand and napolean pockets. The outer material is treated with Schoeller Nanosphere, which will shed rain and snow easily.SoHo JacketUtilizing the innovative C_Change waterproof-breathable membrane, the Soho will please both technical geeks and their fashion conscious better halves. The face fabric is a luxurious wool blend that is functional under a pack as it is on a cross town commute. The ingenious C_Change membrane embedded below the outer layer is built breathe more in warmer temperatures, making this a true four season urban shell.Pemberton ParkaWith an outershell of high quality Pertex Shield fabric, the Pemberton is ready for extreme weather. Combine that with 900-fill power goose down, and you’ve got a parka that is ready to stand up to even the iciest Polar Vortex storm. Oversized hand and drop pockets on the outside will keep you gloves, scarf, and other essentials organized, while an internal media pocket will keep your phone safe from the elements. If ever there was a coat built to do battle with arctic elements, this is it. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Thailand’s WARchitect Design Studio is Elevating Home Design center_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather The Best Men’s Parkas for Braving the Coldlast_img read more

Norway Joins Forces with USA on Zero Emissions

first_imgzoom As part of its efforts to develop green shipping, the Norwegian Maritime Authority has entered into an environmental agreement with the US state of California.“The agreement with California offers opportunities for Norway. We have a lot to contribute with when it comes to for instance green shipping, green data centres and climate-friendly production,” Vidar Helgesen, Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment, said.Lasse Karlsen, Technical Director of the Norwegian Maritime Authority, who was part of the Norwegian delegation, gave a speech on green shipping at a seminar organized by the San Francisco Port Authority on August 3.Karlsen informed about NMA’s work on various zero emissions projects, such as the battery-powered ferry Ampere, and he talked about the Authority’s efforts on developing hydrogen-powered vessels.Helgesen also stressed the importance of Norway’s position within battery propulsion and autonomous ships.“Norway’s objective to become a green competitor and to develop new and environmentally friendly technology will however, also require international cooperation,” Helgesen said, adding that Norway has ambitious environmental objectives for 2030 and 2050, including zero emissions in the transportation sector.“A closer cooperation with California will contribute to the fulfilment of these objectives,” Helgesen concluded.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Budget Bulletin BetterSafer Communities

first_imgTo ensure Nova Scotians continue to enjoy safe, secure neighbourhoods, a number of investments are being made to deal with crime in communities. The province is investing $65 million over four years to hire an additional 250 police officers. These officers will address organized crime, street crime, child exploitation, illegal drugs and school safety. Nova Scotians are helping create a provincial crime prevention strategy. The Justice Minister’s Task Force on Safer Streets and Communities is holding meetings across the province to gather information on initiatives that have a positive impact on communities. More than $5 million is being invested to respond to Justice Merlin Nunn’s report on the inquiry into the death of Halifax resident Theresa McEvoy. All 34 recommendations of the report were accepted. Three-million dollars will be spent focusing on prevention and addressing the needs of families and youth in Nova Scotia. A newly formed Family and Youth Services section has been created at the Department of Community Services and additional staff will be hired to develop a provincial child and youth strategy. Another $461,000 will be invested to hire more mental health professionals to reduce delays in completing court-ordered assessments. Three-hundred-thousand dollars is being invested to hire two new Crown attorneys specializing in youth crime. A new attendance centre and bail supervision program in Halifax Regional Municipality will receive $1.3 million. Government is also committed to providing an update on the progress made in implementing the report’s recommendations in June. More than $1 million will be invested in two programs to keep homes and streets safer. A new public safety investigation unit has been established under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act and will receive $559,000 in this fiscal year. Nova Scotia has set another Canadian first, becoming the first province to use GPS tracking to monitor offenders on house arrest and $499,000 will support this program in 2007-2008. -30- Note: For further 2007-08 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at .last_img read more

Sagkeeng gun shop owner faces charges

first_imgAPTN National NewsA man from the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba is facing several firearms related charges.Cory Seymour is charged with careless storage of restricted and non-restricted firearms, along with tampering with a firearm’s serial number.last_img

Mission Impossible – Fallout shoots to No 1

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – After six movies, 22 years, countless bruises and a broken ankle, Tom Cruise’s death-defying “Mission: Impossible” stunts continue to pay off at the box office.“Mission: Impossible — Fallout” easily took the No. 1 spot on the domestic charts this weekend. Paramount Pictures estimates that it earned $61.5 million from 4,386 North American theatres.Not accounting for inflation, it’s a best for the long-running franchise, which has grossed $2.8 billion worldwide, and one of Cruise’s biggest too (just shy of “War of the Worlds’” $64.9 million debut in 2005). Internationally, the film earned $92 million from 36 markets which is also a franchise best.Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, “Fallout” has scored some of the best reviews in the series and has been in the news cycle for almost a year. Talk about the film started early, in August of 2017, when Cruise broke his ankle performing a stunt in London with video to prove it.“Paramount was strategically perfect in their marketing and publicity game,” said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “They showed how important a star’s presence is in marketing the movie early on. Tom Cruise broke his ankle and they made that into a positive for the movie — it fed the Tom Cruise ‘Mission: Impossible’ mystique.”Second place went to “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” which fell 57 per cent in its second weekend in theatres, to earn $15 million. It was a much steeper decline than the first film, which dropped only 36 per cent between its first and second weekends.Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer 2” slid to third with $14 million in weekend two, and “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” took fourth with $12.3 million.The animated “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies,” a feature spinoff of the Cartoon Network television show about Robin and some of the lesser-known DC superheroes, was the only major film to open against “Fallout.” The Warner Bros. release earned $10.5 million and landed in fifth place.The film earned positive reviews from critics and younger audiences, but also faced a fair amount of animated competition from both “Hotel Transylvania 3” and “Incredibles 2,” which is still going strong in its seventh weekend and headed toward the $1 billion mark. As of Sunday the Disney/Pixar sequel had earned an estimated $996.5 million globally.But although $10.5 million might seem on the lower side, “Teen Titans” also cost only $10 million to produce.“Family movies like this will play for a lot of weeks,” said Warner Bros.’ domestic distribution president Jeff Goldstein. “The whole objective of this movie was to work with our cousins in other Warner units for brand identification.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” $61.5 million ($92 million international).2. “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” $15 million ($26.6 million international).3. “The Equalizer 2,” $14 million ($1.9 million international).4. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” $12.3 million ($31 million international).5. “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies,” $10.5 million ($1 million international).6. “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” $8.4 million ($11.5 million international).7. “Incredibles 2,” $7.2 million ($20 million international).8. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” $6.8 million ($10.9 million international).9. “Skyscraper,” $5.4 million ($17.7 million international).10. “The First Purge,” $2.2 million ($4.5 million international).___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “Hello Mr. Billionaire,” $129.5 million.2. “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” $92 million.3. “Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings,” $42.9 million.4. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” $31 million.5. “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” $26.6 million.6. “Incredibles 2,” $20 million.7. “Skyscraper,” $17.7 million.8. “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” $11.5 million.9. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” $10.9 million.10. “Illang: The Wolf Brigade,” $5.2 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: read more

Death Toll in Paris Attacks Rises to 60

Rabat – At least 60 people were killed on Friday night in the Paris attacks, according to French media.Multiple shootouts erupted simultaneously in the French capital, while an explosion was heard near the Stade de France where French President, Francois Hollande, was attending a friendly football match between France and Germany. The French President was evacuated immediately after the explosion.Meanwhile, over 100 people are being held hostages in the Bataclan in the 10th arrondissment (district) of the French capital. Spectators who attended the friendly match France – Germany (2-0) were asked to leave the stadium through three doors (north, south and west), according to AFP.A French analyst told A Jazeera Arabic that these attacks are the deadliest attacks that ever happened in France.French authorities asked Paris inhabitants to abstain from leaving their homes tonight.At the time of writing, no statement has been issued by French authorities on the nature of these unprecedented attacks. read more

Germany to work with Lanka to promote peace

The German Embassy said that during a meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the MPs had reiterated Germany’s commitment to working with the Government of Sri Lanka to promote greater peace and prosperity for the Sri Lankan people. Germany has expressed willingness to work with Sri Lanka to promote greater peace and prosperity for the Sri Lankan people, the German Embassy in Colombo said today.Prominent Members of the German Parliament Mrs. Dagmar Wöhrl and Dr. Peter Ramsauer visited Sri Lanka from 30 May – 4 June, 2015 to meet with government officials, political leaders, civil society, religious and business leaders. Mrs. Wöhrl and Dr. Ramsauer also reviewed the ongoing development cooperation projects carried out by GIZ in Kilinochchi, which included visits to the Sri Lankan-German Training Institute construction site, and the NAITA Phase I training centre.Mrs. Wöhrl, is the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Commission of Economic Cooperation and Development and the Former Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Economics and Technology. Dr. Ramsauer is the Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission of Economic Affairs and Energy and the former Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development. (Colombo Gazette) They heard about the progress and challenges in ensuring good governance, democracy, and sustainable economic development, as well as a desire for reconciliation, justice and accountability. read more

St Catharines woman arrested for arson

Police say 55-year-old Janet Margaret Maclean of St. Catharines is responsible for at least seven car arsons since May.It was on July 10th, 2019 police say Maclean was arrested near Lake and Beech streets. They spotted a woman walking away in an area of St. Catharines that has been victimized by car fires in recent months.One resident has said that he found an improvised tinderbox under one of the cars that was targetted. Police say the accused would use whatever they could find to light on fire and destroy vehicles.While no one was injured in these fires there were concerns that the situation would escalate. Police say since last year there have been more than ten car fires in the residential area and police claim Maclean is tied to at least seven fires over the last three months.While the motive is still unclear investigators say they are confident Maclean was acting alone. Maclean will be attending a bail hearing in St Catharines. read more

Column Europe needs a new approach to illegal immigration

first_imgON THE 9th of October, President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström, visited the small Italian island of Lampedusa where at least 311 migrants drowned as they attempted to enter the EU via Italy.In response to the Lampedusa tragedy, Barroso pledged €30 million of EU funding to the Italian authorities to help them tackle the illegal immigration crisis. But, with an estimated 8,400 migrants having already crossed the sea to Italy from North Africa this year alone, according to figures from the EU’s border agency Frontex and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), extra EU funds are only part of the solution.The Dublin II RegulationThe EU has been working on a Common European Asylum System (CEAS) since 1999, after the European Council meeting in Tampere, which has seen the introduction of a number of policies with the aim of harmonising asylum policy across the Union. Since the Tampere meeting, a number of legislative acts have been passed including the Council Regulation (EC) No 343/2003 or the Dublin II Regulation.The Dublin II Regulation clarified which Member State would be responsible for examining an asylum application. Under the regulation, an asylum seeker must seek refuge in the Member State where he/she first entered. Thus if the individual travels from Malta to France, the French authorities can send that person back to Malta where their asylum application would be processed. Initially, the Dublin II Regulation was attacked by Human Rights groups for failing to provide adequate protection for refugees.On the 21st of January 2011, the Strasbourg-based European Court for Human Rights (ECHR), not to be confused with the European Court of Justice (ECJ), found that the regulation failed to offer sufficient protection for those seeking it. The ECHR judgement was delivered in the M.S.S. v Belgium and Greece case, where an Afghan asylum seeker (who had travelled through Greece to Belgium) was deported back to Greece under the Dublin II Regulation after he attempted to apply for asylum in Belgium. The Afghan national successfully argued that if he was sent back to Greece that he would be at risk of degrading and inhuman treatment there.After the ECHR judgement, most EU states ceased to deport those who had entered their countries illegally via Greece, despite their obligation to do so under Dublin II Regulation.The Regulation has come under further pressure after the recent waves of refugees that have hit Italy and Malta since the intensification of the Syrian Civil War and the on-going clamp down of human rights in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. According to Frontex, there were 15,150 illegal border crossings into Italy and Malta, the Central and Western Mediterranean routes respectively, in 2012.This migratory wave has put the Italian, Maltese and Greek immigration and asylum systems under huge pressure. Greece, which is going through tough austerity measures, simply cannot afford to house the sheer numbers of asylum claimants. There is also a shortage of funds in Italy which means that refugees who do make it onto the Italian mainland only have a roof over their head for a maximum of 10 months before been forced to find shelter elsewhere.Malta, despite being in a better financial position than Greece or Italy, is also struggling to find extra funding to meet the needs of those who have arrived illegally on its shores.No solutions in sightDespite the tragedy of Lampedusa, northern Member States are reluctant to revise the Dublin II Regulation. At a Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council meeting, held in Luxembourg on the 7th and 8th of October, the issue of refugee ‘burden sharing’ was discussed by Ministers for Justice and the Interior. Unsurprisingly, northern Member States, particularly Germany, shot down that proposal.Indeed, the concept of ‘burden sharing’ has been raised before, when Spain experienced a wave of illegal migration in 2006. By the end of 2006, 30,000 people landed on the Canary Islands provoking the Spanish authorities to ask for assistance from its EU neighbours, in resettling some of the migrants. The Spanish call for help, like Malta’s was discussed by the JHA Council, however Member States refused to heed Spain’s calls to revise the Dublin II Regulation.The only policy that the JHA Council could agree on at the October meeting was to increase co-operation between Member States and the countries that are a source of much of the illegal immigration. This proposed co-operation between the EU and African states is nothing new, in 2006 then Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini called for EU Migration Support Teams (MIST) to be established in African countries experiencing high levels of emigration. However, Frattini’s proposal never got off the ground, thus making it doubtful if there will be any similar policies in this area in the future.October’s JHA Council also called for a strengthening of EU’s external borders. A somewhat difficult proposition when one considers that Frontex has a budget of just €85 million, compared to €115 million in 2011. Member States are also unwilling to strengthen their surveillance of their national borders. The new Eurosur system, which aims to tackle cross-border crime, has failed to garner the full support of the Member States and thus it looks like it will become a failure before it even comes into operation.Of course, it should be no surprise that some Member States are reluctant to allow a supranational body like the Commission to control the EU’s immigration and asylum policy – but if Member States do not act now then there will be more Lampedusas in the future.David Moloney is currently a tutor of Comparative European Politics and Issues of European Integration at the University of Limerick. He will be beginning his PhD at the University in January 2014 after having been awarded a scholarship; his PhD will explore the impact of Ireland as a bargaining actor in the Council of Ministers of the European Union during the financial crisis. David is a former employee of the European Parliament. Follow him on Twitter @Dav_Moloneylast_img read more

Alerte Météo France orange de la neige et du verglas attendus en

first_imgAlerte Météo France orange : de la neige et du verglas attendus en NormandieVendredi matin, Météo France a placé en vigilance orange huit départements de Normandie suite à un risque de neige et de verglas. Une alerte a également été émise pour le département des Landes cette fois-ci pour un risque de crues. Une semaine après un week-end particulièrement neigeux, les flocons vont refaire leur apparition sur l’Hexagone. Ce vendredi matin à 6H, Météo France a indiqué que des chutes de neige devraient s’abattre en début de soirée en Normandie. Les météorologistes ont ainsi placé en vigilance orange huit départements : la Seine-Maritime, l’Eure, le Calvados, l’Orne, la Manche, la Sarthe, l’Ille-et-Vilaine ainsi que la Mayenne. À lire aussi(VIDÉO) Un radar détecte un nuage de coccinelles de 80 kilomètres de largeLes températures étant négatives ce matin sur une bonne partie de l’Hexagone, Météo France a averti que la neige devrait très probablement tenir au sol et que du verglas pourrait également apparaitre. Entre 2 et 5 centimètres de neige sont attendus dans la région normande avec des cumuls pouvant atteindre 10 centimètres localement en Basse-Normandie. L’alerte est valable jusqu’à samedi 26 janvier, 6h du matin. Au cours de la nuit prochaine, les intempéries devraient se décaler vers l’est et atteindre le Nord-Pas-de-Calais, les Ardennes et l’Ile-de-France. Météo France a ainsi recommandé d’être particulièrement vigilant et de limiter les déplacements si possible. Parallèlement, il a également averti d’un risque de crues et d’inondations dans le département des Landes.   Le 25 janvier 2013 à 10:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Gerrard blames officials for Rangers loss

first_imgSteven Gerrard has attributed his side’s 1-0 loss at Celtic in the first Old Firm clash of the season to poor refereeing decisions.Olivier Ntcham’s 62nd-minute strike was all Celtic needed to win the game and maintain their unbeaten run over their Glaswegian rivals to a record 12 games in all competitions.But Gerrard feels his side were on the wrong end of the game’s key moment, with Ryan Jack colliding with Tom Rogic in the build-up to Ntcham’s crucial strike.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.Gerrard said: “It’s definitely a foul. I’ve been around the game a very long time, and that’s a foul in my book. It’s actually a foul in the fourth official’s book as I can hear him going down the mic, ‘Foul, Foul, Foul’.“The referee’s ignored the information and they go and score a goal. I just went in and had a calm chat. I wondered why he hasn’t seen a clear swipe from Rogic on Jack. It’s blatant. For me it’s 100 per cent a foul.“If we’d lost the game with a moment of class or brilliance from Celtic I’d have held my hands up, but the referee’s cost us for sure.”last_img read more

Off Beat Navy aviators flight path was firmly rooted in family history

first_imgIn the family photograph of the five Hall children, 11-year-old Harley is right in the middle. He’s wearing a leather aviator’s helmet, with the goggles pulled up on his forehead.It hints to his future as a U.S. Navy commander and jet fighter pilot. It’s also a reminder that Harley Hall, who was featured in a Jan. 27 story in The Columbian, wasn’t the first aviator in the family.That old-school flying helmet and goggles belonged to the kids’ father, Vernon Hall.“Dad flew mail planes in Nebraska,” Gwen Hall Davis said.That photo is part of a display in tribute to the pilot in the Harley H. Hall Building, an office building at 10000 N.E. Seventh Ave. The photo is also a tip of the cap, so to speak, to their father.Harley Hall was shot down on the final day of Vietnam War hostilities in 1973, as told in our Jan. 27 story. Before that, he was commander of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels precision flying team for two years. And in that role, the 1955 Evergreen High graduate and 1957 Clark College alum gave his dad a much more public — and louder — salute.The Blue Angels performed at several Pacific Northwest air shows in 1971 and ’72, and her brother squeezed in an unscheduled display over Vancouver, Davis said.last_img read more

YouTube to blame for rise in flat Earth believers says study

first_img Related stories Stephen Shankland/CNET Asheley Landrum is an assistant professor of science communication at Texas Tech University. Her focus: how cultural values affect our understanding of science. Most recently she’s been looking at the rise of flat Earth theory.Incredibly, more people than ever believe in a flat Earth. Google searches for “flat earth” have grown massively over the past five years and flat Earth conventions have begun popping up all over the globe.That’s where Landrum focused her research.Landrum interviewed 30 people who attended one flat Earth convention and found that all but one became flat Earthers after watching videos on YouTube. Share your voice YouTube She presented her research at an event run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. While Landrum didn’t explicitly blame YouTube for the rise in flat Earth believers, she does believe that Google could be doing more to stop the spread of scientifically incorrect ideas.”There’s a lot of helpful information on YouTube but also a lot of misinformation,” she said, as reported by The Guardian. “Their algorithms make it easy to end up going down the rabbit hole, by presenting information to people who are going to be more susceptible to it.”Google has acknowledged there’s more it could do to combat the spread of false information on YouTube and, as recently as January, outlined new plans designed to push back.”We’ll begin reducing recommendations of borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways—such as videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, claiming the earth is flat, or making blatantly false claims about historic events like 9/11,” the YouTube team said, in a post describing new measures in the process of being implemented. The YouTube team admitted this would be a “gradual change.”Interestingly Landrum called on scientists themselves to fight back by using YouTube as a platform to communicate their own work.”We don’t want YouTube to be full of videos saying here are all these reasons the Earth is flat,” she said. “We need other videos saying here’s why those reasons aren’t real and here’s a bunch of ways you can research it for yourself.” The bizarre tale of the flat-Earth convention that fell apart Flat Earth believers tend to be younger, survey says Flat-Earther shoots homemade rocket, and self, 1,875 feet upcenter_img Tags Sci-Tech Culture 24 Commentslast_img read more

Preparations afoot to make Eid journey smooth Quader

first_imgObaidul QuaderRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said all necessary preparations have been taken to make the journey of Eid holidaymakers smooth, reports UNB.”We’re making our efforts to ensure a smooth Eid journey. I hope the homebound people will find comfort and public sufferings will remain under a tolerable level this time if there’s no calamity,” he said.The minister was talking to reporters after visiting the work on the four lanes of the Nabinagar-Chandra highway at Trimor at Chandra point in the morning.Mentioning that the government has imposed a ban on the plying of heavy vehicles on the highways for six days from three days before Eid to ensure a smooth journey of the homebound people, he asked the highway police to monitor it.Quader also ordered the authorities concerned to issue show-cause notices to executive engineers of the Roads and Highways Department of Gazipur and Manikganj Nahin Reza and Mahibul Haq respectively for negligence of duty in the renovation work of the highway.last_img read more