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AAP protests against Punjab rural poll violence

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first_imgThe Chandigarh police on Thursday used water cannons to disperse Aam Aadmi Party leaders and workers who were protesting against the alleged violence during the recently concluded zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections in Punjab.‘Govt. backed violence’AAP workers. led by the Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, Harpal Singh Cheema, staged a protest near the MLA Hostel against the ruling government, accusing it of misusing the State machinery and backing incidents of violence against AAP candidates during the rural polls.The AAP workers who were marching towards Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s official residence were stopped by the police using water cannons. The police said the protesters attempted to jump barricades to reach the Chief Minister’s residence.“We were peacefully staging a protest but the police used unnecessary force against us . At no point of time did any of our members resort to violence,” claimed Mr. Cheema.‘No arrest made’He said though an FIR was registered against Sangrur district Congress chief Rajinder Singh Raja on allegations of assaulting AAP candidate Jagsir Singh during the rural polls, no arrest has been made yet.“We want justice for Jagsir Singh. If we are denied justice, we will intensify our protests,” Mr. Cheema added.last_img read more

Kazakh club import calls PH team ‘sorriest team I ever played against’ after loss

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first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa WATCH: Derek Fisher performs hoops-inspired routine in ‘Dancing with the Stars’ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Carter had every reason to feel dismayed with the result after Austin and Ravena willed the Philippines back from an 11-point deficit.But it would’ve been more appropriate had he expressed his frustration over his performance and not because his team lost to what he described as the most pitiful team he’s faced. MOST READ BC Astana’s Justin Carter tries to block Kiefer Ravena’s shot during their Fiba Asia Champions Cup duel in China. Photo from Fiba.comThe 30-year-old swingman, who was passed up in the 2010 NBA Draft, scored 10 points in BC Astana’s 73-65 defeat to the Philippines, which was led by American reinforcement Isaiah Austin and Kiefer Ravena. LATEST STORIES Just lost to the sorriest team I ever played against— Justin Carter (@_smooth_J) September 22, 2017It was either Justin Carter didn’t read Kazakhstan’s scouting report on the Philippines or his team simply failed to do its homework.Either way, Carter clearly had no idea how basketball is played in the Philippines after the American import aired his disappointment on Twitter following BC Astana’s loss to Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas on Friday in the opener of the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup in Chenzhou, China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Just lost to the sorriest team I ever played against,” wrote Carter, who has drawn flak since the tweet.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Saina gets easy draw at the Asian Games

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first_imgBadminton ace Saina Nehwal has been handed an easy draw at the Asian Games which gets underway at Guangzhou, China, from November 12.However, the other Indian players will have a tough time right from the first round.India won two gold, one silver, and one bronze at the Commonwealth Games, but repeating the feat at the Asian Games will be a tough ask. They will have to reckon with powerhouse China who will be in full force. World No. 3 Saina, gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games, is seeded second and has a bye in the first round. Saina is drawn to face Hong Kong’s Pui Yin Yip, the sixth seed, in the quarter-final.She is likely to encounter her first Chinese opponent only in the semi-finals, possibly third seeded Shixian Wang.The other women’s singles player Aditi Mutatkar may face fourth-seeded Eriko Hirose of Japan in the second round as she is expected to beat her first-round opponent Thilini Jayasinghe of Sri Lanka.In the men’s singles, Chetan Anand will open against Sri Lankan Niluka Karunaratne and is likely to face sixth-seeded Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the next round.Parupalli Kashyap, who emerged India’s star player at the Commonwealth Games with a bronze in the singles, will take on world No 9 Vietnam’s Tien Minh Nguyen, seeded fifth, in the first round.World No. 1 Malaysian Lee Chong Wei and China’s Lin Dan are seeded one and two respectively in men’s singles.In the men’s doubles, Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas will face top-seeded Malaysian Kien Keat Koo and Boon Heong Tan.advertisementIndia’s women’s pair Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, who won the doubles gold at the Commonwealth Games, meet Thailand’s Savitree Amitrapai and P. Munkitchokecharoen in the first round.However, they are expected to run into second seeded Chinese Shu Cheng and Yunlei Zhao in the next round.In mixed doubles, Gutta and V Diju, seeded fourth, have got a bye in the first round. In the men’s team event, India will open against Chinese Taipei. If they win, they will meet third-seeded Indonesia in the second round.The women play Indonesia and will take on fourth-seeded Chinese Taipei in the next round.last_img read more

11 days agoJuventus hero Marchisio: Took Pirlo and I 15mins to recognise Pogba quality

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus hero Marchisio: Took Pirlo and I 15mins to recognise Pogba qualityby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRetired Juventus hero Claudio Marchisio has spoken of playing with Paul Pogba.Marchisio counted on the Manchester United midfielder as a Juve teammate before the Frenchman returned to Old Trafford.He said: “I will tell you an anecdote about Paul. He was very young, it was one of his first training sessions with us. (Andrea) Pirlo and I only took 15 minutes to understand how strong he was. And we knew he was going to steal somebody’s place from the team soon. “Fortunately, the coach found a way to make us play together in midfield.” last_img read more

The Spun 2016 College Football Staff Picks: Week 1

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first_imgCollege football is back tomorrow!Well, technically Cal and Hawaii kicked off the season from Australia last Friday, but most consider the true beginning of the season this weekend. On Thursday, teams like Louisville, Minnesota, South Carolina, and Tennessee get things started, but Week 1 really heats up Saturday.Alabama-USC, Texas A&M-UCLA, LSU-Wisconsin, UNC-Georgia. The day is filled with huge, interesting match-ups. On Sunday, we have College Football Playoff contender Notre Dame traveling to a hungry Texas team looking to make a leap into respectability. Monday features an awesome game between Florida State and Ole Miss in Orlando.Who do we like this weekend? As we do every week, the College Spun staff has picked every game featuring a team in the Power Five conferences and the Top 25.Also check out our season picks here.(*On mobile, our picks are best viewed in landscape mode.)GameLombardiHolleranLyonsHladikDriscollMcCabeLouisville vs. Charlottelouisville logolouisville logolouisville logolouisville logolouisville logolouisville logoWake Forest vs. TulaneWake Forest LogoWake Forest LogoWake Forest LogoWake Forest LogoWake Forest LogoWake Forest LogoN.C. State vs. William & MaryncstatencstatencstatencstatencstatencstateFIU vs. IndianaindianaindianaindianaindianaindianaindianaTennessee vs. Appalachian Statetennessee logotennessee logotennessee logotennessee logotennessee logotennessee logoVanderbilt vs. South Carolinasouth carolina logovanderbiltvanderbiltvanderbiltsouth carolina logovanderbiltUtah vs. Southern UtahutahutahutahutahutahutahMinnesota vs. Oregon StateminnesotaminnesotaminnesotaminnesotaminnesotaoregonstateSyracuse vs. Colgatesyracuse logosyracuse logosyracuse logosyracuse logosyracuse logocolgateMichigan State vs. FurmanMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoMichigan State LogoBaylor vs. Northwestern StatebaylorbaylorbaylorbaylorbaylorbaylorColorado vs. Colorado Statecoloradocoloradocoloradocolorado statecolorado statecoloradoStanford vs. Kansas StatestanfordstanfordstanfordstanfordstanfordstanfordBoston College vs. Georgia Techgeorgia techgeorgia techgeorgia techgeorgia techgeorgia techgeorgia techHouston vs. OklahomaoklahomaoklahomaoklahomaoklahomaoklahomaoklahomaPurdue vs. Eastern KentuckyPurdue LogoekuekuPurdue LogoekuPurdue LogoOhio State vs. Bowling Greenohio state logoohio state logoohio state logoohio state logoohio state logoohio state logoNorthwestern vs. Western Michigannorthwesternnorthwesternwestern michigannorthwesternnorthwesternnorthwesternMichigan vs. HawaiiMichigan LogoMichigan LogoMichigan LogoMichigan LogoMichigan LogoMichigan LogoMississippi State vs. South AlabamaMississippi State LogoMississippi State LogoMississippi State LogoMississippi State LogoMississippi State Logosouth alabamaWest Virginia vs. Missouriwest virginiawest virginiawest virginiawest virginiawest virginiamissouri logoMaryland vs. HowardMaryland LogoMaryland LogoMaryland LogoMaryland LogoMaryland LogoMaryland LogoVirginia Tech vs. LibertyvirginiatechvirginiatechvirginiatechvirginiatechvirginiatechvirginiatechPittsburgh vs. Villanovapitt logopitt logopitt logopitt logopitt logopitt logoWashington vs. RutgerswashingtonwashingtonwashingtonwashingtonwashingtonwashingtonTexas A&M vs. UCLAuclatexas a&mtexas a&muclauclauclaWisconsin vs. LSUlsu logolsu logolsu logolsu logolsu logolsu logoVirginia vs. RichmondvirginiavirginiavirginiavirginiarichmondvirginiaPenn State vs. Kent StatepennstatepennstatepennstatepennstatepennstatepennstateIowa vs. Miami (OH)iowaiowaiowaiowaiowaiowaIllinois vs. Murray StateIllinois LogoIllinois LogoIllinois LogoIllinois LogoIllinois LogoIllinois LogoOklahoma State vs. SE Louisianaoklahoma stateoklahoma stateoklahoma stateoklahoma stateoklahoma stateoklahoma stateArkansas vs. Louisana Techarkansasarkansasarkansasarkansaslouisiana techarkansasOregon vs. UC DavisOregon LogoOregon LogoOregon LogoOregon LogoOregon LogoOregon LogoNorth Carolina vs. Georgiageorgiaunc logounc logounc logogeorgiageorgiaDuke vs. N.C. Centralduke logoduke logoduke logoduke logoduke logoduke logoMiami vs. Florida A&MmiamimiamimiamimiamimiamimiamiKansas vs. Rhode Islandkansas logokansas logokansas logokansas logokansas logokansas logoKentucky vs. Southern Miss kentucky logokentucky logokentucky logokentucky logosouthern misskentucky logoFlorida vs. UMassfloridafloridafloridafloridafloridafloridaAlabama vs. USCalabamaalabamaalabamaalabamaalabamaalabamaIowa State vs. Northern Iowaiowa stateiowa stateiowa stateiowa stateiowa stateiowa stateNebraska vs. Fresno StatenebraskanebraskanebraskanebraskanebraskanebraskaWashington State vs. Eastern WashingtonwazzuwazzuwazzuwazzuwazzuwazzuTCU vs. San Diego StateTCU logoTCU logoTCU logoTCU logoTCU logoTCU logoTexas Tech vs. Stephen F. AustintexastechtexastechtexastechtexastechtexastechtexastechAuburn vs. Clemsonclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoclemson logoArizona vs. BYUbyuarizonabyubyubyubyuArizona State vs. Northern Arizona arizona statearizona statearizona statearizona statearizona statearizona stateTexas vs. Notre Dametexastexasnotre dame logonotre dame logonotre dame logonotre dame logoFlorida State vs. Ole Missflorida state logoole missflorida state logoflorida state logoole missole misslast_img read more

ESPN FPI Alabama vs. Oklahoma Prediction

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first_imgKyler Murray throws a pass in warmups.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws during warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Christmas is coming tomorrow, which means we’re just a few short days away from the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Orange Bowl between Alabama and Oklahoma.The two teams have arrived in Miami in preparation of the big game.Even with Heisman winner Kyler Murray under center for the Sooners, they are a pretty big underdog against Nick Saban’s behemoth from Tuscaloosa.Per OddsShark, the line opened at Alabama -14.5. It has shifted a bit, and depending on the sportsbook, the line could be between 13 and 15 points, but most have settled at an even 14.That is a lot of points to give an offense as good as Oklahoma’s, and betting has been pretty even.52-percent of bets have gone towards Oklahoma +14 points, ahead of the game so far.As for winning the game, ESPN’s Football Power Index gives Oklahoma a better than 27-percent chance of winning outright.That number sites at 27.1-percent right now. Alabama vs. Oklahoma FPI prediction from ESPN.ESPNSaturday’s game is projected to kick off at 8 p.m. ET. It is the second of the two semifinal games that day, following Clemson vs. Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl.[ESPN]last_img read more

Check Out This Mesmerizing Video of a Beretta Shotgun Being Made

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first_img Editors’ Recommendations A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Pompadours and More: The Best Mid-Length Hairstyles for Men Regardless of your own personal opinions on gun control, you can’t deny that modern firearms are amazing machines. With designs that have evolved and progressed over centuries of fine-tuning, today’s guns are a beautiful synthesis of craftsmanship and technology.Nothing illustrates this better than Beretta’s latest video, Human Technology — a short film from Ancarani Studio that follows the production of the one of Beretta’s luxury firearms from start to finish. Through focusing on the minutia of the company’s manufacturing process –a mixture of high-tech CNC machining and oldschool human adjustment– the film poetically captures the duality of the modern-day shotgun.And it’s absolutely mesmerizing to watch. What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul Filson’s New Collection Honors Smokey Bear and the U.S. Fire Servicelast_img read more

Cara says modelling destroyed her movie career

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first_imgLos Angeles: Model-actor Cara Delevingne has claimed modelling has made it difficult for her to become an actor because she was always “trying to look hot”. The supermodel turned to acting in 2012 after landing a role in Anna Karenina. She said director Joe Wright had to constantly remind her to shake off techniques she had picked up from modelling, reports mirror.co.uk. Delevingne told Elle UK magazine: “Fashion really f***ed me when it came to acting. When I did my first film – Anna Karenina, which I didn’t have a speaking part in – every time I was on screen, the director would come up to me and say ‘Cara, you’re modelling again, stop trying to look pretty’. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”I was an extra with 60 other people on screen at the time. I was like ‘but what do you mean?’ And he’d tell me ‘you’re not in the moment, you’re just trying to look hot’,” he said. Delevingne added that trying not to be the centre of attention for the camera was a difficult thing to learn. “I never thought I did that. Modelling makes you know where the camera is at all times, and you have to forget that when you’re acting,” she further added.last_img read more

Quebec man credited with saving fellow seniors in LIsleVerte fire dies

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first_imgL’ISLE-VERTE, Que. – A Quebec man who was lauded as a hero for helping to save the lives of three of his neighbours in a deadly 2014 seniors’ home fire has died at the age of 87.L’Isle-Verte Mayor Ursule Theriault said Arnaud Cote died in his sleep last Friday.Cote, then 84, was credited with rushing to save the lives of three fellow residents in January 2014 as fire consumed the Residence du Havre in L’Isle-Verte, about 250 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.Thirty-two people died in the blaze.In a 2015 interview with The Canadian Press, Cote recalled waking up, yelling for help, stopping to bang on the doors to wake up three female tenants in his wing and helping them to safety.Cote lived in the Residence du Havre but in a newer section where all but one resident survived thanks to a firewall.At the funeral for the victims, the son of one of the three women ran up and hugged Cote, thanking him for saving his mother’s life.Cote downplayed his actions, which many saw as heroic.“It was something I was happy to do and the kids all came to thank me for saving their mothers,” he said in an interview on the one-year anniversary of the blaze.An obituary for Cote said he was given an honourable mention by the Governor General in recognition of his bravery.Theriault said Cote’s actions that night were typical of his character.She described the retired dairy farmer as a humble man who always wanted to help others.“He was always someone who was discreet, who didn’t want to bother and who especially wanted to help,” she said in an interview. “If he could help someone, it was his greatest pleasure.”After the fire, Cote admitted he had a hard time after so many friends had died or moved away.Most of the surviving residents were spread out to homes in neighbouring communities, and Cote was one of the few who was able to stay in town.Theriault said Cote became “a bit pensive” after the tragedy but was always determined to move forward.“He was an optimist, yes, in the sense that he understood life was important,” she said.Nancy Dumont, who manages the residence where Cote spent his final years, remembered him as a “good and proud man” who liked to play bingo, went to visit his sick sister and was always generous with his time.“All the residents were devastated when he left us for another world — a better one, we hope, because he deserves it,” Dumont said.“He left it the way he lived, without bothering anyone.”A funeral is scheduled for Saturday in L’Isle-Verte.— By Morgan Lowrie in Montreallast_img read more

Gwyneth Paltrow Hosts StarStudded amfAR Inspiration Gala

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first_imgThe stars came out last week to pay tribute to Tom Ford for his contributions to the fight against AIDS at the 5th annual amfAR Inspiration Gala Los Angeles.Sharon Stone, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Milla Jovovich, Alessandra Ambrosio, Patricia Arquette, Natasha Bedingfield, Kat Dennings, Balthazar Getty, January Jones, Lisa Kudrow, Gilles Marini, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Ryan Murphy, Kelly Osbourne, Molly Sims, Dita Von Teese, Rita Wilson, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole and Bryan Lourd.The event, presented by M•A•C Viva Glam and Wells Fargo, raised over $3 million for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow hosted the black-tie benefit at Milk Studios. The night was filled with heartfelt tributes to Ford, and was capped with powerful musical performances. Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland performed acoustic renditions of “Paradise” and “Viva La Vida.” The legendary Diana Ross also took to the stage for a show-stopping medley that included “I’m Coming Out,”“Can’t Hurry Love,” “Ain’t No Mountain” and “I Will Survive.” Paltrow surprised the audience with the news of Ross’s performance, which had everyone from Rihanna and Justin Timberlake to Sharon Stone and Miley Cyrus on their feet dancing and singing along.Earlier in the night, Rihanna presented Mr. Ford with his award, praising his “creative genius, leadership, integrity and generosity.” Ford graciously accepted with an acknowledgment of the critical importance of those who are on the front lines fighting HIV/AIDS every day. “There is nothing more important than their diligent fight and tireless commitment,” said Ford. He recounted a time when many of his friends and loved ones were affected by the disease, emphasizing that “there is a reason to remember just how sinister this disease is and to remember the fact that there is still no cure.”As in previous years, the event featured a colorful and competitive live auction, conducted by amfAR’s Global Fundraising Chairman, Sharon Stone, who encouraged guests to give generously to amfAR’s efforts to find a cure for AIDS. The bidding included a lively battle between Miley Cyrus and Tom Ford over a Ryan McGinley photograph, which started at just $5,000 and quickly escalated to $300,000 from Cyrus. Other active participants in the auction included Rihanna, who won an iconic Willy Rizzo photograph print taken in 1949 of Elizabeth Taylor at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes, France, and Justin Timberlake, who teamed up with Gwyneth Paltrow and doubled a standing offer for a signed Damien Hirst silkscreen print for a total of $80,000. Natasha Bedingfield generously donated $100,000 to the cash call.Another momentous highlight of the night included the announcement of a $1 million gift by philanthropist and amfAR Trustee David Bohnett to further advance amfAR’s “Countdown to a Cure for AIDS,” a research initiative aimed at developing the scientific basis for a cure for HIV by 2020. “Countdown to a Cure” is designed to intensify amfAR’s cure-focused HIV research program with plans to strategically invest $100 million in cure research over the next six years.Bryan Lourd and Aileen Getty chaired the event, with Matt Bomer, Ed Chase, Courteney Cox, John Demsey, Michael Patrick King, Daphne Guinness, Simon Halls, Tom Hanks, Tim Hanlon, Alan Poul, Vincent Roberti, Rich Ross, JR Savet, Amber Valletta, and Rita Wilson serving as co-chairs. The event was sponsored by M•A•C Viva Glam and Wells Fargo. Microsoft was the Official Technology Partner. Beverages were provided by Fiji Water, Belvedere Vodka and Gloria Ferrer. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.The Inspiration Gala Los Angeles, produced by Josh Wood Productions, is part of a series of amfAR events celebrating all aspects of men’s style. Other events in the Inspiration series have taken place in Paris, New York, Miami, Toronto, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. To date, the Inspiration series has raised nearly $20 million for amfAR.last_img read more

Security Council welcomes peaceful holding of Iraqi provincial polls

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3 February 2009The Security Council today welcomed the holding of provincial, or governate, elections in Iraq on 31 January, while the top United Nations envoy to the strife-torn country called the poll a solid foundation for further progress this year. “The members of the Security Council commend and congratulate the people of Iraq for demonstrating their commitment to a peaceful and democratic political process,” Yukio Takasu of Japan, which holds the body’s presidency for February, said in a press statement.He said Council members looked forward to the certification of election results by Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC). Staffan de Mistura, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative in Iraq, told a news conference in New York, via video link, that provisional results would be announced by IHEC in the next few days, and the certified results should be released toward the end of the month.The final results, he explained, await the examination of all complaints and the incorporation of the choices of special voters such as military troops, police officers, hospital patients and prison inmates. He commented, however, that provisional results tend to be close to the certified results in most cases.Mr. de Mistura, who also heads the UN peacekeeping mission in Iraq (UNAMI), said that the poll was an important test as the first elections of a year of elections, with possible elections and a referendum in the disputed city of Kirkuk and most likely national elections toward the end of the year.“These elections were crucial, a little like the morning tells you a little bit how the day may be going weather-wise,” he said, noting that the signs were positive at this point.“We are satisfied that, one – no violence, two – orderly and well-trained people, three – that they followed procedures and four – that 51 per cent [turnout] is quite a good situation,” he said of the polls, in which some 14,467 candidates vied for posts in 6,471 polling centres. “It’s giving the feeling to the people that voting for parties and competing, even strongly – with a lot of political, verbal tension, but politically – is probably the best way for the future in Iraq,” he added.He admitted that the 51 per cent turnout, compared to 58 per cent in the 2005 polls, was somewhat below what had been expected, but was about average for provincial elections He explained that the first-time inclusion of a registration process, to lessen fraud, had probably dampened participation, while only 60,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) had voted, despite measures to increase their numbers.The real way to improve the figures in the future, he said, would be to simplify the voter lists, which were still based on old food coupon lists.He said that even the participation of Sunnis, which seems low at 40 to 42 per cent, was quite positive when compared to their near-total rejection of the last polls, in which they had only a two per cent turnout.Even in Mosul, people had been voting, he said, to show that they wanted to play the electoral power card. “Compared to two per cent, it is quite a substantial sign that they want to run their own future,” he stressed. read more

UN school shelters 600 Gaza families displaced by Israeli offensive

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The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) immediately served the families hot meals and water in addition to providing mattresses, blankets and mats.Meanwhile as Christmas approaches in Bethlehem, two UN bodies have published a report on the devastating impact that Israeli policies have had on the little hilltop town, where according to the New Testament, Jesus Christ was born 2,000 years ago.Once a bustling cultural and spiritual centre hosting tourists and pilgrims from around the world, Bethlehem has become an isolated town, with boarded up shops and abandoned development projects, according to the report – “Costs of Conflict: The Changing Face of Bethlehem” – released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UN Office of the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO).”The age-old link between Jerusalem and Bethlehem is nearly severed as a result of Israeli policies including settlements, a host of physical barriers and roads restricted to Israelis,” it says of the Israeli restrictions imposed after the outbreak of the Palestinian intifada uprising four years ago.”Without a political settlement that can remove the host of physical obstacles, including the barrier, and the influence of Israeli settlements, the future for Bethlehem residents looks bleak.”It adds that restricting access to Jerusalem’s and Bethlehem’s holy sites risks aggravating religious divisions in an area that has historic and religious importance for Christians, Muslims and Jews alike as well compounding the economic crisis, since tourism has the potential to bring in outside sources of income. read more

North Korean ultimatum threatens sledgehammer action against South

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first_imgNORTH KOREA has further heightened tensions in the Korean peninsula, and raised the prospect of an armed conflict against South Korea, issuing an ultimatum pledging a “sledge-hammer” retaliation over citizen demonstrations.Yesterday around 40 South Korean protestors burned a portrait of North Korea’s founder and ‘eternal president’, Kim Il-sung, on what would have been the deceased leader’s 101st birthday.The date is a national holiday in North Korea, where Kim is revered – and the demonstration has prompted an ‘ultimatum’ from North Korea’s military which condemned the display as a “thrice-cursed… monstrous criminal act”.“Our retaliatory action will start without any notice,” the Korean People’s Army said in a statement carried by the state news agency KCNA, adding:The military demonstration… will be powerful sledge-hammer blows at all hostile forces hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership.The comments mark a further escalation of the growing fears of a military conflict between the two countries. North Korea is thought to have stationed several missiles on its east coast, ahead of a possible strike on South Korea, Japan or the US island territory of Guam.“If the puppet authorities truly want dialogue and negotiations, they should apologise,” the KPA statement said.South Korea described the ultimatum as “regrettable” and “absurd”, and threatened a tough response to any provocation.The North’s statement was a disappointing end to what had otherwise been a quiet April 15, known as ‘the Day of the Sun’ in North Korea to mark its founder’s birthday. Some had feared a missile offensive on the date, but Pyongyang instead played host to several flower-laying ceremonies.Separately, a US military helicopter carrying three crew and 13 other personnel crash-landed during military drills on the Southern side of the border.The cause of the incident was not clear, though the US did say the craft had undergone a “hard landing”.There are currently 28,500 US military personnel stationed in South Korea.Additional reporting by AFPMore: John Kerry pushes for talks as North Korea threatens defiant missile launchIn depth: How a shy boy from North Korea became the world’s scariest dictator*last_img read more

The Evening Fix now with added political Pangea

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first_imgUploaded by TheCreatorsProject Young blackbirds wait for food in their nest in Peebles, Scotland, Wednesday June 5, 2013. (David Cheskin/PA Wire)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED:#EXCHEQUER: The government’s income for the year so far has been slightly lower than expected in three of the ‘big four’ tax categories – income tax, excise duties and VAT – but this has been largely cancelled out by a larger-than-expected return in corporation tax, where returns are €150 million higher than originally planned.#STIMULUS: A further €150 million is to be invested in the government’s major capital economic stimulus plan, it has been announced today. The extra money earmarked for school projects, road maintenance repairs, and retrofitting for local authority houses.#WOOLWICH: Michael Adebolajo, 28, appeared at the Old Bailey today for his bail hearing, but repeatedly interrupted proceedings by shouting “I’m a solider” and accuse the judge of stifling the truth. Adebolajo is accused along with another man, 22-year-old Michael Adebowale, of hacking soldier Lee Rigby to death in broad daylight near a barracks in Woolwich, south east London, two weeks ago.#SEANAD REFORM: The government has announced a series of proposed changes to Dáil procedures which will be implemented if the Seanad is scrapped. The changes would include beef up the role of the Dáil, including alterations to the system in how laws are made – with all non-emergency legislation sent to a Dáil committee first, so that the committee could consider the draft edition of each bill before the final one is published.#EUR HERE FOREVER: Latvia has been given the green light to join the single European currency from next year, which will make it the second Baltic country and 18th overall to join the euro.Two-month-old orphaned baby elephant Ajabu is given a dust-bath in the red earth after being fed milk from a bottle by a keeper, as she is too young to do it herself, at an event to mark World Environment Day at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Trust founder Daphne Sheldrick said at the event, which was attended by US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec, that they are seeing an upsurge in orphaned elephants because of the poaching crisis occurring across Africa. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)THINGS WE LOVED: The good people of Spanish town Brunete were getting quite annoyed by all dog poop on their park, so they came up with a pretty genius way of dealing with lazy owners…Have you ever wondered why microwaving water results in such lousy tea? Wonder no more.THINGS WE SHARED: Commander Chris Hadfield’s former stomping ground, the International Space Station, will be visible in Irish skies tonight from 10.47pm tonight, as it passes close to the ringed planet Saturn. The ISS will stay visible in our evening skies until 16 June. Check out Astronomy Ireland for more details.This is what Pangea – the supercontinent that formed roughly 300 million years ago – would look like if it were mapped with modern political borders.Forty-five years ago today, Robert F Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles shortly after winning the California Democratic primary. The New Yorker has put together some great photos of happier times in the life of Bobby Kennedy.last_img read more

Underwater Human Sculptures Turning Into Coral Reef Photos

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first_imgNatural reefs are under attack from a number of man-made environmental pressures. Feeling guilty? Good, you should. Thankfully, humans can also create coral reefs by submerging objects for coral to latch onto. And artist Jason deCaires Taylor has found an innovative and beautiful way to build new reef: by concocting a breathtaking underwater statue garden he calls Silent Evolution.Taylor, an artist with a background in graffiti art and SCUBA diving, has made a name for himself with various underwater projects. With Silent Revolution, he has created an underwater installation featuring 400 life-sized human sculptures out of pH-neutral concrete reinforced with fiberglass. The project can be found off the coast of Cancun, Mexico and is open to tourists and divers.Besides helping to keep our oceans vibrant, the work makes for gorgeous visual photo candy. See more examples after the jump, or at Taylor’s Silent Revolution site.via inhabitatlast_img read more

Rick and Morty Writers Are Making An eSports Sitcom For YouTube

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first_imgStay on target You Can Now Pre-Order ‘Dungeons & Dragons Vs. Rick and Morty’ SetToy Tuesday: The Schwiftiest ‘Rick & Morty’ Toys If you’re a YouTube Red subscriber and a fan of Dan Harmon then we have some good news for you. The premium service has ordered an eSports-themed sitcom from Harmon’s Starburns Industries to help bolster its original lineup.The unnamed, half-hour scripted series will star Game Grumps‘ Dan Avidan and Arin Hanson. The show will follow a new eSports team that is trying to make it big in the world of competitive gaming. The five members of the group want to become famous but have absolutely no idea how to go about doing that. They’ll need to figure out something since they’ll have to go up against some of the biggest teams and organizations in the world of eSports.Jesse Cox and Michelle Morrow are both co-creators and executive producers of the series. The pair are also YouTubers and gamers so they understand the world of eSports better than most. The show will have Rick and Morty‘s Sarah Carbeiner and Erica Rosbe on board as writers. The two had previously written a script called Sparkle Panthers which centered around an all-female eSports team. Needless to say that the writing pair are more than qualified to tackle this series.YouTube Red is still in its infancy so this and any of its shows has the potential to be a breakout hit. YouTube has said that despite its efforts to bring big stars to its original programming platform that it is not trying to emulate places like Netflix or Amazon. It wants YouTube Red to be lead by its community first and foremost. This is a nice ideal, but as YouTube Red expands, those who run it may decide to let sponsors and not the fans decide what kind of content it will air.There’s no word yet on when this unnamed eSports show will debut so stay tuned for more as it develops.last_img read more

Clark County Sheriff’s Office says no to cannabis revenue

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first_imgIf the Clark County Council moves forward and lifts its ban on recreational cannabis businesses in unincorporated areas, it’s expected to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional revenue from taxes on the drug.But the Clark County Sheriff’s Office wants none of it.Clark County Undersheriff Mike Cooke made the statement in a March 27 email exchange with Clark County Council Chair Eileen Quiring. The email was released by the county under the state’s public disclosure law.“Drugs have been destroying families for generations and will continue to do so,” Cooke wrote. “Unfortunately, now our local governments want to increase revenue on the backs of these poor families.”Cooke wrote that legalizing cannabis “was simply exchanging an illegal drug cartel for a drug cartel controlled by the government. The government cartel now acts just like the illegal cartels.“This is why the sheriff’s office has made it clear we want absolutely nothing to do with any revenue generated by marijuana sales,” he continued.last_img read more

Fire Rips Through 2 Oceanside Apartment Buildings

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first_img KUSI Newsroom April 6, 2019 Updated: 6:48 PM Posted: April 6, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A fire spread through and demolished two Oceanside apartment buildings this afternoon, displacing dozens of people, a police officer said.The first report of the fire came in a little after 2 p.m., according to Oceanside police Lt. Kedrick Sadler. The blaze first broke out at an apartment building on Division Street before spreading to a neighboring building on Brooks Street, just to the east.Two people suffered minor burns but were able to escape, Sadler said. No one else was hurt.In all, about 30 people were evacuated. The flames were out by about 3:45 p.m., but firefighters weren’t able to save the buildings, which were both “basically destroyed,” according to Sadler.It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the fire. Arson investigators were at the scene trying to determine what happened, Sadler said. center_img Fire Rips Through 2 Oceanside Apartment Buildings KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Melco Resorts buys 20 electric buses

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first_img Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options “Together with the Macau SAR government, Melco is committed to a greener Macau,” said Melco’s Executive Vice President, Chief Officer of Human Resources and Corporate Social Responsibility, Akiko Takahashi. “With the purchase and forthcoming operation of this zero-emission fleet, we hope to make the most effective use of resources and actively mitigate the impact of our operations on the environment.” Melco Resorts has purchased 20 electric buses to transport guests between its three Macau integrated resorts – City of Dreams, Studio City and Altira Macau.The zero-emission fleet includes 18 tour coaches and two public bus style vehicles and is scheduled to begin operations in May 2018. Initial plans are for the buses to operate the longer Macau border gate and Macau Ferry route. Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Load More Melco Resorts distances itself from Chairman’s father, Dr Stanley Ho, amid inquiry into Crown Resorts acquisition RelatedPostslast_img read more

Two Sent To Hospital Following Accident In Moose Pass

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first_imgAccording to the Trooper dispatch, Horn was northbound on the Seward Highway. Nansen pulled onto the highway from a pullout in front of Horn. Horn was unable to avoid the moving van and struck it. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers responded to mile post 45 of the Seward Highway for a two vehicle crash on December 14. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Moose-pass-accident-.mp3VmJennifer-on-Moose-pass-accident-.mp300:00RPd One of Horn’s passengers was transported by a LifeMed helicopter to an Anchorage area hospital for treatment on non-life threatening injuries and another of Horn’s passengers was transported to Seward Providence Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.center_img Investigation revealed Hans Nansen, age 23 of Anchorage, was driving an orange 2012 International moving van and Ernst Horn, age 65 of Crown Point, was driving a blue 2007 Chrysler minivan. Nansen was issued a citation. According to Troopers, all persons reported wearing their safety belts. Impairment was not a factor.last_img read more