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Amanda Seyfried Wants To Save Them All

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first_imgOne of Hollywood’s most captivating young actresses, Amanda Seyfried, is so enamored with her canine sidekick, Finn, that she frequently posts photos of his escapades across her social media channels and has him accompany her on talk shows.Amanda Seyfried Wants Your Help To Save Them AllFinn’s presence on social media and appearances on shows including The Late Show with David Letterman have resulted in the dog becoming a celebrity in his own right with his own Twitter account and more than 13,000 followers. Finn’s new-found fame is just fine by Seyfried who wants to remind people that amazing dogs and cats are available for adoption at their local animal shelter.Seyfried is the latest celebrity to join Best Friends Animal Society’s Save Them All campaign. She joins Danny Trejo, Carrie Ann Inaba, Denise Richards, Nils Lofgren, Josef Newgarden and otherluminaries participating in Best Friends’ photo campaign featuring celebrities posed with their personal rescued dogs and/or cats in support of the Save Them All call to action.“My dog, Finn, is my best friend. I honestly can’t remember what life was like before he came into mine,” Seyfried said. “I can’t bear to imagine the thousands of incredible dogs and cats that are killed in shelters every single day simply because they don’t have homes. When you adopt, you not only save a life, but you end up with an amazing friend. Please adopt your next pet from a shelter or a rescue group. By working together we can Save Them All.”From her upcoming movies “Ted 2” and “Pan” set for release in 2015, to her memorable roles in “Mama Mia!”, “Les Miserables,” “Mean Girls,” and the HBO series “Big Love” as well as her beauty and luxury product endorsement deals, Seyfried is a recognizable face across television, film, entertainment news and talk shows, and beauty and lifestyle publications. But the many faces of Finn and his ability to balance everything from broccoli to a burger and even a baby duck on his head has earned him accolades such as the “joy of Instagram” and “America’s hidden treasure.”According to national statistics, each day more than 9,000 dogs and cats die in the nation’s shelters. Best Friends has brought increased awareness to how people can get involved in the solution by adopting, and spaying/neutering their pets, donating, volunteering and sharing this message with their friends.Find out how you can Save Them All here.last_img read more

Viola Davis Madeleine K Albright And Condoleezza Rice To Take Part In

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first_imgThe Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley announced this week that Tony and Emmy award-winning actress Viola Davis will deliver a keynote address and former U.S. Secretaries of State Madeleine K. Albright and Condoleezza Rice will hold a keynote conversation at the event on Wednesday, February 1st at the San Jose Convention Center.Annie Clark, co-founder of End Rape on Campus and subject of the documentary film “The Hunting Ground,” and Shawn Achor, best-selling author of “The Happiness Advantage” and record-setting TED speaker, will also headline the third annual conference, with more than 6,000 expected to attend.Viola Davis currently stars in the hit ABC drama “How to Get Away with Murder,” for which she became the first African American to win the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series and also earned two Screen Actors Guild Awards, an NAACP Image Award and two Golden Globe nominations. Viola will next be seen in “Fences” from Paramount Pictures. The film is starring, directed and produced by Denzel Washington and is adapted from August Wilson’s play. Davis also starred with Washington in the 2010 revival of the play on Broadway. Her portrayal of Rose Maxson brought her a Tony Award. “Fences” was also honored with the Tony Award for “Best Play Revival.” The film adaptation, for which Davis has won the Critics Choice Award and has been nominated for a Golden Globe and SAG Award, will release nationwide on December 25th.Madeleine K. Albright made history as the first female Secretary of State, nominated by President Bill Clinton and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1997. Prior to her service from 1997-2001, Dr. Albright served as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997 and as a member of President Clinton’s National Security Council. Dr. Albright is the author of five New York Times best-sellers and she currently serves as chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and as a professor of International Relations at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. In 2012, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.Condoleezza Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009, only the second woman, after Albright, and the first African American woman to hold the position. Previously, Dr. Rice was the first female National Security Advisor, from 2001 to 2005, to President George W. Bush. Currently, Dr. Rice serves as Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is a professor of political science at Stanford University, in addition to being the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.Annie Clark is a co-founder of End Rape on Campus, a group working to end sexual violence on campuses around the country. Working with New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, she helped write the Bi-Partisan Campus Safety and Accountability Act and her work is featured in the documentary “The Hunting Ground.” Clark is a co-author of the book, “We Believe You,” a collection of 36 essays of campus sexual assault. Shawn Achor is a distinguished Harvard professor and New York Times bestselling author of “The Happiness Advantage” and “Before Happiness.” His TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with more than 14 million views.“Once again, Watermark offers an unparalleled opportunity to hear from accomplished, insightful and game-changing leaders,” said Marlene Williamson, CEO of Watermark. “We are proud to present an unforgettable program that will make a difference for women in Silicon Valley and beyond.”Named one of the “Top 100” events in the San Francisco Bay Area by BizBash for its “buzz, innovation, and prominence,” the Watermark Conference for Women offers an unmatched breadth and depth of speakers in fields including new approaches to leadership, gender equity and inclusion, business management, digital strategy, and personal and professional growth. The Watermark Conference will once again host the QVC + zulily Product Search, where participants will have the unique opportunity to showcase their new idea to a panel of QVC and zulily experts, and receive on-site feedback from the panel.The 100+ speakers at the Watermark Conference include: Luvvie Ajayi, award-winning writer and digital strategist; Jenny Blake, millennial expert, author, and business strategist; Michelle Gielan, former “CBS News” anchor, best-selling author and psychology researcher; Tiffany Dufu, chief leadership officer of Levo and launch team member to Lean In; and Caretha Coleman, principal at Coleman Consulting and former chairman of the board of Dignity Health.“Our stellar lineup of speakers represent a diverse array from politics and entertainment to global diplomacy and education,” said Amy Flood, Vice President, Public Affairs of co-chair sponsor Gilead. “Gilead is honored to celebrate the full spectrum of women’s achievements at the Conference and throughout the year.”The Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley is generously underwritten by co-chair partners Juniper Networks and Gilead along with the following sponsors: Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, Genentech; Akamai; Boston Scientific; Johnson & Johnson; QVC; Silicon Valley Bank; Applied Materials; BMW; Oracle; Poo-Pourri; State Farm; United; Visa; VMWare and media sponsors KFOG 104.5 San Francisco; KGO 810; KSFO 560; and NBC Bay Area.Registration is now open for the conference.To register or learn more about the event, click here.last_img read more

Bahamas Prime Minister Makes Visit to Texas to Identify Foreign Investment and

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first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, January 23, 2018 – Texas – Please see link for the full Cabinet’s Office press statement on the Prime Minister’s visit to Austin and Houston, Texas.  Press.Statement000Photo caption: Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, centre right, and his delegation departed Sunday, January 21, 2018 for Austin and Houston, Texas.Pictured at LPIA are for the delegation’s departure are, from left: OPM Permanent Secretary Jack Thompson, Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield, Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson, Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson, Prime Minister Minnis, Senior Policy Advisor Joshua Sears (partially hidden), and Non-Resident Ambassador for Central American States Cornelius Smith.(Photo/Yontalay Bowe, Photographer/Social Media)center_img Release: Bahamas Governmentlast_img read more

How One Publisher is Tweaking its Event Strategy and Predicting 10 Growth

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first_img“The real bad news is that the business in 2010 will take further hits in both exhibit space and attendance, and we’re budgeting accordingly-almost all of the big shows will suffer double digit declines in revenue and earnings,” he adds. “This will be the first time our shows have declined in a meaningful and painful way.”Everything Channel’s Five Steps To Growth Still, one b-to-b publisher saw growth from events in 2009 and is predicting 10 percent growth from events in 2010. “Based on the way people got squeezed this year, marketers are going into 2010 with compromised budgets,” says Nancy Hammervik, senior vice president and managing director of Everything Channel Events. “One of the positive outcomes of a challenging market is that it causes you to think smarter. You get as tight as you can while evaluating everything you do.”Here are some of the steps Hammervik is taking:1. Hosted Buyer/Seller Events: Much of the reason Everything Channel Events is up in 2009 is its hosted model, in which the publisher qualifies a very specific audience and guarantees deliverability by flying out buyers to meet with vendors. “The conferences are smaller but they deliver higher ROI for clients,” says Hammervik. 2. Re-evaluating the Life Span of Legacy Events (including the Hosted Model) and Emphasizing Scale: Everything Channel is assessing which legacy events have run their course. “That’s something we’ve never really had to do before,” says Hammervik.That includes scaling back the hosted model in favor of events that can produce larger margins. “The thing about hosted models is they don’t scale,” she adds. “The bigger they get, the more they cost. The way you grow is to do more-we went from six events to 24. The margin for hosted events is typically half your revenue. At first that sounds great: if you do a $2 million event, you make $1 million. But if you have a $500,000 event, it’s $250,000 to just recruit and host.”Everything Channel has had a standalone channel for the Latin American community and did hosted events that put buyers and sellers together in Miami. “It’s been five years, it matches the budgets vendors will spend on second or third tier emerging markets, but it requires a lot of energy and resources without offering a lot of return on margin,” says Hammervik Folding four events-two retail XChanges, the Latin America XChange and Project Portfolio & Management-into other events will save Everything Channel almost $4 million in expenses next year, according to Hammervik3. Launching New EventsStill, Hammervik recognizes that saving on expenses doesn’t equal generating revenue. “We all realize that with co-locating events, one plus one plus one will never equal three,” Hammervik adds. “Vendors won’t spend what they did at an individual event. If we combine XChange Latin America with the U.S. event, it may equal one and a half out of two. We’ll lose 50 percent on revenue, but we’re saving significantly on expenses.”Everything Channel is rolling out a series of regional events around the emerging category of “cloud computing.” “We did something similar five years ago with managed services-people didn’t really understand what it was about and we responded with road shows,” Hammervik says. “We’re rolling out at least six one-day regional events. We’re being more cautious about not doing three-day events. That makes it easier for attendees and vendors to manage.” The publisher will also launch a series of events recognizing women executives in high tech, including a “Top 100 Women” channel. The program will include three events for women executives including a three-day conference and two one-day awards shows on the East and West Coasts. Everything Channel will also take a similar approach recognizing the Top 100 CIOs.4. Custom Events Will Drive Half the Growth Next YearHammervik is making an aggressive push into custom event services. “We have been doing that on the side but we’re making a significant investment next year in staff and marketing to try to make it a big business,” she says. “We think half our growth next year will come from custom event services.”While marketers have increasingly taken on publishing duties for themselves-including events, Webinars, even magazines-Hammervik sees an opportunity for publishers to win that business back. “Vendors themselves have lost headcount and resources. Their core competency is making and selling technology, not doing events.” 5. Complementing Live Events With Virtual EventsMany publishers have experimented with virtual events in place of their traditional live event this year (including FOLIO:). Everything Channel sees an opportunity in offering Web services around live events as both a preview and community-builder. “A month before the live event, the virtual event will be active,” Hammervik says. “Sponsors can pre-qualify attendees and schedule live meetings with prospects.” Hammervik is looking at charging an additional $5,000-$10,000 to add virtual components to live event sponsorships. “If we have 100 vendors, that will be a significant revenue stream,” she says. If there is one area suffering almost as much as print, it’s events. While trade show revenue dropped 3.5 percent in 2008, it fell a whopping 20.1 percent through the first quarter of 2009, according to American Business Media. Reed Exhibitions (which operates independently of Reed Business Information), saw revenue and adjusted operating profits plunge 22 percent and 26 percent, respectively, in the first half of the year.Nielsen Business Media vp of business development Eric Biener says events haven’t fallen as much as print but when they do, it hurts more. “Even small declines have a huge impact on our infrastructure,” he adds.Hanley Wood enjoyed a record year for its events in 2008 but is experiencing significant declines in 2009 (two long-time executives, exhibitions group president Galen Poss and executive vice president Michael Green, left the company in June). However, it’s 2010 that really concerns CEO Frank Anton.last_img read more

VIDEO Watch WHS Winter Track Highlights At Boston University

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first_imgWILMINGTON, Wilmington High School’s Boys & Girls track teams recently competed against at Boston University. Wilmington’s team fell to Wakefield, but it wasn’t all bad news — Emma Garrity qualified for states in the 600m; Kevin Elderd qualified for states in the 1000m; Tyler Thomas qualified for states in the Shot Put; and Gregory Adamek qualified for states in the mile.Watch highlights courtesy of Wilmington Community Television:——(NOTE: Cover photos is from Athletic Director Tim Alberts via Twitter.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBenoit, Hill, Mastrorilli, Packer, Palmer, Stokes, & WCTV Honored At WHS Senior Athletic Banquet (with VIDEO)In “Sports”VIDEO: Wilmington Library Holds Successful End Of Summer BashIn “Videos”VIDEO: WHS Girls Lacrosse Team Celebrates Its SeniorsIn “Videos”last_img read more

OBITUARY Kelly A Hersom Michaud 53

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Kelly A. (Hersom) Michaud, age 53, of Wilmington, passed away suddenly on June 17th, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Kelly was the beloved wife of Jack Michaud of Wilmington. She was the loving mother of John Michaud of Nashua and the late Courtney Michaud. Kelly was the cherished daughter of Francine (Lynch) Hersom of Wilmington and the late Richard Hersom. She was the dear sister of Dickie Hersom and his wife Janine of Wilmington, Tim Hersom and his wife Erica of Derry, NH, Lisa Hersom and Valerie Hersom of Iowa. Daughter-in-law of Marie Michaud and sister-in-law of Ann-Marie Durlin, both of Billerica. Kelly was the devoted aunt of Timmy & Danny Hersom, Rich Jr., McKayla, Matthew & Michael Hersom and Alyson & Tommy Durlin. Kelly is survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Friday, June 21st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, June 20th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Kelly’s name can be made to Local Heroes, Inc., PO Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.Kelly A. (Hersom) Michaud(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Oculus Quest and Rift S available for preorder both at 399 shipping

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first_img Now playing: Watch this: Preview • PlayStation VR made us smile, and it’s because of the games Mobile Gaming Digital Media Virtual Reality Apps Amazon Oculus Quest unboxed: what’s inside Facebook’s new VR… 43 Photos 1 Now playing: Watch this: We took Oculus Quest on vacation We took Oculus Quest on vacation at Amazon Enlarge ImageThe Oculus Quest (left) and Oculus Rift S (right) are both arriving in May, and both cost $399. John Kim/CNET Oculus ignited people’s interest in virtual reality when it announced a Kickstarter for the Rift headset in 2012, promising high quality VR for $300.  Fast-forward seven years, after a more than $2 billion acquisition by Facebook and the 2016 release of the Rift, and Oculus is preparing to launch its next-generation VR headsets.  They’re called the Oculus Quest and the Rift S, and both will cost $399 (£399 in the UK; Australian pricing is TBA but the UK price converts to about AU$740). But they’re rather different headsets.  The Oculus Quest is self-contained, working without a computer to power it or any extra sensors set up around a room to track where you’re moving. The Rift S, meanwhile, offers better visuals while still connected by wire to a computer, but it also ditches sensors around a room. “Now, getting into VR is as easy as gaming on a console,” Facebook said in a statement. The new headsets come as Valve, whose Steam store and Half-Life first-person shooter series have made it a household name among gamers, prepares to release its first headset, the $499 Valve Index. And that’s not including other competitors, such as Sony’s $299 PlayStation VR, HTC’s Vive and headsets from Lenovo, HP and Samsung that’re powered by Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality technology. 58-oculus-questEnlarge ImageThe Quest is a wireless self-contained headset, offering a middle ground between the low-power Oculus Go and high-power Rift S. Sarah Tew/CNET The Quest is a new device Whereas the Rift and Rift S rely on an outside computer connected by a wire to power the virtual world you see, and the $199 Oculus Go is designed to be a wire-free self-contained entry-level VR device, the Oculus Quest is meant to be somewhere in the middle.  At its heart, the Quest is meant to offer higher-end games designed to work with the Oculus hand controllers, like the music rhythm game Beat Saber and the boxing game Creed: Rise to Glory. But it’s also self-contained, running a powerful, yet small, computer in the headset. To pull off that trick, developers say, the Oculus Quest isn’t as capable as its beefier cousin, the Rift S. Its screen doesn’t show as many details, it’s not able to pack as many characters on the screen at a time, and apps made for it can’t assume they’ll always be connected to the internet. (Sometimes people might take this on a train or on vacation). The Quest still uses the same controllers as the Rift S Though the Quest and Rift S won’t always be able to play the same games, the Quest will have the same controllers. That’s a step up from the entry-level Oculus Go, which had a simpler, wandlike controller that wasn’t capable of doing as much as the more full-fledged hand controllers Oculus offers. Oculus Quest is fully mobile VR They’re both $399, go on preorder Tuesday and ship May 21 If you’re already convinced, you can preorder the devices on the Oculus website, at Amazon and elsewhere. Full preorder info is available here, or you can just use the buttons below (note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products). See Quest at AmazonSee Rift S at Amazon 5:18 $217 5:18 Tags See It $398.00 Comment Oculus Valve Virtual Reality Facebook HTC Microsoft Samsung Sony Nintendo Review • PlayStation VR is pretty damn cool Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice Whether the new devices will draw users is anyone’s guess. A recent survey from industry tracker IDC, which was sponsored by Sony, found that headset sales in the US, UK, Germany, France and Japan rose 60% in 2018 to 3.9 million headsets, up from 2.4 million in 2017. But that’s still small compared with the hundreds of millions of video game consoles Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have sold since 2013. Here’s everything to know about the Quest and Rift S so far. The Rift S is a refinement  Oculus says the Rift S will offer more-detailed and sharper-looking visuals than the original Oculus Rift, which shipped in 2016. But the real change is to the cameras mounted on its sides. There are two in the front, one on each side, and one on the top, all designed to track the outside world using a technology called “Oculus Insight,” so that the headset knows when you’re leaning one direction or another or suddenly duck to avoid something. Those cameras work in concert with the company’s hand controllers too. See it CNET Review Oculus Quest The standalone VR headset earns our Editors’ Choice. Read Review Sony PlayStation VR 8:25 Mentioned Above Sony PlayStation VR (Headset) $245 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

BSE closes points 12452 up on July 24

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first_imgBSE closes points 124.52 up on July 24993 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 124.52 up on July 24993 viewsBusinessNew Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 124.52 points up to stand at 26,271.85. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 34.85 points up to stand at 7,830.60. Financial Tech and Uco Bank were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 10.00% and 5.83% along with Bank of India and Reliance Capital Ltd. with an increase of 4.27% and 4.05% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include IPCA Lab and JPPOWER with a decrease of 13.06% and 7.02% along with Cairn India and Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. with a decrease of 6.67% and 6.06% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 3.67 points at 15,807.83 while the banking sector is up 77.29 points at 17,782.36 and the realty sector is up 6.28 points at 1,977.97. The Indian currency is 0.01% down at Rs 60.10 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 124.52 points up to stand at 26,271.85. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 34.85 points up to stand at 7,830.60. Financial Tech and Uco Bank were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 10.00% and 5.83% along with Bank of India and Reliance Capital Ltd. with an increase of 4.27% and 4.05% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include IPCA Lab and JPPOWER with a decrease of 13.06% and 7.02% along with Cairn India and Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. with a decrease of 6.67% and 6.06% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 3.67 points at 15,807.83 while the banking sector is up 77.29 points at 17,782.36 and the realty sector is up 6.28 points at 1,977.97. The Indian currency is 0.01% down at Rs 60.10 per dollar.last_img read more

India launches antimilitant drive in Kashmir

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first_imgIndian army soldiers conduct a patrol during an operation against suspected rebels in Turkwangam Lassipora in Shopian south of Srinagar on 4 May, 2017. Photo: AFPThousands of soldiers and paramilitaries were Thursday engaged in a huge anti-militant operation in Indian-administered Kashmir, where armed rebels have repeatedly attacked government forces in recent weeks.Police said government forces had surrounded at least 20 villages in the drive, launched early Thursday in Shopian district in the volatile south of the disputed Himalayan region.“It is an unprecedented operation,” deputy inspector general of police S P Pani told AFP.“It is impossible to capture the militants, but we hope there will be contact (exchange of fire) with them in the course of the day.”Suspected militants are frequently killed in shoot-outs with government forces in Kashmir, but are only rarely captured alive.Witnesses said hundreds of residents came out onto the streets in two villages, Sug and Tarkwangan, during the search operations and threw stones at the soldiers.Indian army soldiers conduct a patrol during an operation against suspected rebels in Turkwangam Lassipora in Shopian south of Srinagar on 4 May, 2017. Photo: AFPOne said soldiers had attacked private homes in his village with sticks and rocks.“It was scary. Many houses were damaged,” the villager told AFP by phone, requesting anonymity.Witnesses said army helicopters were hovering above the area as the search operations were going on.Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British rule in 1947, but both claim the territory in its entirety.Rebel groups have fought for decades the roughly 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the Himalayan territory, demanding independence or a merger of the entire territory with Pakistan.Officials say the rebels’ ranks have swelled since July, when the killing of a popular leader by security forces sparked widespread unrest that left at least 100 civilians dead.Since then armed encounters between rebels and government forces have been more frequent.The latest operation comes after five police were shot dead this week in a raid on a bank van carrying cash—the latest in a series of bank robberies in the region carried out by suspected militants.Last week militants killed three soldiers in a pre-dawn assault on a garrison near the de-facto border known as the Line of Control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.The Kashmir valley has been tense since early April, when election day violence kicked off a series of anti-India protests including by students.Popular support for the militants has also risen and villagers now regularly come out onto the streets during operations to throw stones at government forces.last_img read more

3 killed dozens feared trapped in Mumbai building collapse

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first_imgMap of India’s Mumbai locating Bhendi Bazaar, where a four-storey residential building collapsed on Thursday. Photo: AFPAt least three people died and dozens were feared trapped when a building collapsed in India’s financial capital of Mumbai Thursday, after days of heavy rain swamped the city.Rescuers using diggers could be seen sifting through the remains of the four-storey residential building which gave way around 08:40 am (0310 GMT) in the densely populated area of Bhendi Bazaar.It was the latest deadly housing collapse to strike the teeming metropolis-shining a spotlight on poor construction standards in the Asian country-and came after heavy rains and inundations in the city killed 10 people.A spokesman for the Mumbai civic authority’s disaster control team said three bodies had been pulled from the rubble.“Three people are dead and thirteen injured have been rescued from the building collapse. Two firemen also have been injured during the rescue operations,” Tanaji Kamble, told AFP.An official in the control room of India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said dozens more were thought to be trapped, he added.“Forty people are believed to be stuck inside and a 43-member team is conducting rescue operations,” the official told AFP.He said eight or nine families were thought to have been living in the building.Building collapses are common in Mumbai, especially during the monsoon season from late June to September, when heavy rains lash the western Indian city.Severe downpours began on Tuesday and caused flooding across Mumbai and the neighbouring region of Thane.The collapse came as officials said the death toll from the floods was expected to rise above 10, despite the waters receding after better weather.“We are still on the lookout for more missing persons and the number may go up,” Santosh Kadam, spokesman for disaster control in Thane, told AFP.Bhendi Bazaar, a scruffy colonial-era market, is one of Mumbai’s most historic districts.It is currently undergoing a six-hundred-million-dollar redevelopment project that is set to replace hundreds of ramshackle, decades-old low-rise buildings with around a dozen glitzy new tower blocks.Mumbai has been hit by several deadly building collapses in recent years, often caused by shoddy construction, poor quality materials or ageing buildings.The city is particularly vulnerable to deadly collapse with millions forced to live in cramped, ramshackle properties because of rising real estate prices and a lack of housing for the poor.Activists say housing societies, private owners and builders often cut corners to save on costs. They also claim that corruption plays a part with officials sometimes knowingly certifying dilapidated buildings in return for money.In July, 17 people including a three-month-old baby, died when a four-storey building gave way in the northern suburb of Ghatkopar.In 2013, 60 people were killed when a residential block came crashing down in one of Mumbai’s worst housing disasters.last_img read more