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Boy kills self over scolding for playing mobile games

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first_imgKolkata: A 19-year-old boy committed suicide after being allegedly rebuked by his mother for playing games on his mobile phone. Police sources informed that they found Soumajit Paul’s body hanging from an iron road inside his residence at Bagan Para under Regent Park police station area on Sunday morning. Investigations revealed that the boy was Christian and introvert by nature. He was rebuked by his mother on Saturday night for playing games on the phone. Paul had passed his Higher Secondary this year and was studying law. He wanted to be an advocate. The police have seized his mobile phone and are questioning his family members and neighbours to know what prompted the teenager to take the extreme step.last_img read more

Very intense winter storm shuts schools offices in Atlantic Canada

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first_imgA massive and powerful storm pummelled Atlantic Canada on Thursday, shutting down everything from schools to bridges as wind, rain and snow thrashed the region.“This is a very large, very intense storm,” said Darren Borgel, a meteorologist with Environment Canada. “This one will definitely be memorable for its extreme winds, especially in Nova Scotia.”Social media images showed one Halifax house with its roof gone, and another building that had partially collapsed.At high tide the storm surge flooded parts of Halifax’s famed waterfront boardwalk, moving a Canada 150 sign and lapping at an ice cream outlet. Water also poured into an excavation site of a massive hotel/office complex.And 20 minutes before high tide, the surging ocean had swallowed a dock at Halifax’s Dingle Park and flooded the short causeway connecting the nearby Armdale Yacht Club to the mainland.While parts of Nova Scotia were whipped by wind and rain amid temperatures well above freezing, New Brunswickers faced heavy snow that made it impossible to see across the street.“If you are in your home and don’t need to travel, don’t travel,” said Greg MacCallum, director of New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization, who called it a “serious storm.”Environment Canada said high waves combined with storm surges could cause damage along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia and in Prince Edward Island later in the evening, and that flooding was also likely in those areas.The weather agency said high waves would persist overnight and may cause further flooding and pounding surf near high tide on Friday morning for southwest facing coastlines.Borgel noted high tide was expected to coincide with the greatest surge in the evening along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia, just as winds were forecast to pick up again.“I expect there’s going to be some serious damage when things come to light on Friday morning,” he said.The agency warned that people should not attempt to travel across flooded roads because even shallow, fast-moving water can sweep a vehicle away.Environment Canada had issued warnings for everything from wind and rain to blizzards and storm surges along much of the Atlantic coast.“There’s a varied mix of weather conditions depending on where you are in the Maritimes — the whole spectrum of weather,” said Borgel.The federal agency had issued a range of winter storm warnings and watches for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I. and parts of Newfoundland and Labrador, saying the low-pressure system would bring fierce winds that could gust up to about 140 km/h in parts of Nova Scotia and snowfall amounts of up to 40 centimetres in New Brunswick.Nova Scotia was expected to see up to 50 millimetres of rain, possibly causing localized flooding.By Thursday evening, many lights were out across Nova Scotia. About 94,000 utility customers were without power as of about 1:30 a.m., Friday, many along the Atlantic coast.In downtown Halifax, the wind started to howl early in the afternoon, sending sheets of rain sideways, stinging pedestrians as they headed home early from work.Sandra Simons, who lives across the harbour in Dartmouth, was running to catch the last ferry of the day. The service was cancelled early at 2:30 p.m. as the harbour was churned into a roiling mass of whitecaps and heavy swell.“It’s lovely,” said Simons. “I like the wind, I like the waves, but it’s hard walking. Still, the wind is really bad here. The ferry behind us is the last one going across, so I’m just running for that.”Breanne Barry was also on her way home to Dartmouth, but she missed the last ferry.“It’s crazy — the wind is getting really bad,” said Barry, as she grabbed the fur-lined collar of her parka as it was whipped by the wind. “I’m just happy that we haven’t got any snow. I just want everyone to stay safe and stay off the road.”Halifax also pulled its buses off the road at 4 p.m., closed the city’s Public Gardens and shut one of two harbour bridges because of the wind.Later in the evening at the Herring Cove lookoff near the mouth of the Halifax harbour, a row of spectators gathered in the dark, the headlights of their cars illuminating massive waves breaking against the rocks.The severe weather prompted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to urge Atlantic Canadians to be vigilant.“To everyone in Atlantic Canada — stay safe, stay indoors, and stay updated on the latest,” he said on Twitter, linking to the Environment Canada website.Virtually all of New Brunswick was under either winter storm, rainfall or wind warnings and the central and northern parts of the province were expected to see roughly 40 centimetres of snow, along with wind gusts of up to 90 km/h in some areas.Environment Canada said early Friday that while heavy snow and blowing snow was expected to continues for the northern half of New Brunswick, the snow has changed to a mix of freezing rain and ice pellets for central areas overnight.Snow was expected to end by late morning over southern New Brunswick but persist into the afternoon for northern areas.MacCallum said NB Power added extra crews and pre-positioned them in areas of the province where outages were likely to occur. The utility was reporting about 10,400 outages as of about 1:30 a.m. Friday.MacCallum also warned about the dangers of carbon monoxide, and said people should have carbon monoxide detectors in their homes.“If not, be aware of the threat and avoid doing things like cooking over open flames, using generators near the house or in a garage. These things produce carbon monoxide gas and it will kill people,” he said.Two people died and others were hospitalized during an ice storm that hit the province in January of last year.MacCallum said EMO is working with the Red Cross to identify warming centres and shelters in the event people are left without power for an extended time.P.E.I. was expected to be hit by fierce winds and up to 25 centimetres of snow before it changes to rain and ice pellets in the evening. Maritime Electric said early Friday that power was out in about 20 communities.The Confederation Bridge linking New Brunswick and P.E.I. was closed to all traffic “for user safety” Thursday night “until the current weather situation changes,” but later reopened to cars.Nova Scotia Power said it had more than 1,000 people at the ready in what is its biggest-ever pre-storm mobilization of personnel and resources.More than 50 departures and arrivals were cancelled at Halifax Stanfield International Airport early Thursday. Marine Atlantic also cancelled sailings between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, while Bay Ferries shelved its crossings between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.School boards in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. didn’t wait for the storm to arrive, with most schools and some universities closing well before the weather set in. Many government offices, schools and businesses also shut down for the day.The Halifax Regional School Board warned Thursday evening that almost half of its 134 schools were without power, and further cancellations were possible on Friday.Environment Canada said the storm — which was being dubbed a “bomb cyclone” — was expected to continue its northerly trek, with snow and strong winds in expected parts of Newfoundland and Labrador Thursday evening and into Friday.In the U.S., the storm dumped as much as 45 centimetres of snow from the Carolinas to Maine and unleashing hurricane-force winds.Forecasters expected the system to be followed immediately by a blast of face-stringing cold air that could break records in more than two dozen cities, with wind chills falling to -40 in some places this weekend.Three people were killed in North Carolina after their vehicles ran off snow-covered roads, authorities said.With files from Kevin Bissett in Fredericton, Michael MacDonald in Halifax, and The Associated Press.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

UN report on sexual violence during conflict singles out worst offenders

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The groups listed in the report include the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the Central African Republic (CAR) and in South Sudan, armed militia groups and former armed forces in Côte d’Ivoire, and the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).The report provides examples of how sexual violence has threatened security and impeded peacebuilding in post-conflict situations, such as in Chad, CAR, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and how it has been used in the context of elections, political strife and civil unrest in Egypt, Guinea, Kenya and Syria, among others.“Conflict-related sexual violence is not specific to one country or continent: it is a global risk. The terror of unarmed women facing armed men is age-old and universal,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Margot Wallström, who presented the report to the Security Council in New York.The report stresses that over the past year there have been several new and ongoing armed conflicts where sexual violence was widespread and, in some instances, may have been systematically targeted at civilians by armed forces and armed groups with the intent of punishing, and humiliating the population.“Wars have entered the marketplaces where women trade; they follow children en route to school; and haunt the prison cells where political activists are detained,” Ms. Wallström told the Council, adding that when rape is part of political coercion it threatens collective peace and security with long-term consequences.The report highlights the need to put measures and frameworks in place not just to address sexual violence in conflict but to prevent it, and outlines various UN initiatives that seek to identify early warning signs of sexual violence, and to ensure that peace agreements address this issue so it is not repeated in the future.“The terms of the debate have shifted from reacting to sexual violence like any other tragedy, to preventing it like any other threat. Instead of talking about women’s wartime suffering – year after year after year – protection mechanisms have been established. Instead of seeing the same few women – in meeting after meeting – we are building a broad coalition,” Ms. Wallström said.Ms. Wallström also emphasized the need to protect not only women and children but also men from sexual violence. She expressed particular concern about the reported sexual abuse of men in detention in Syria as a method of extracting intelligence. The report, which covers the period from December 2010 to November 2011, also underscores the importance of ensuring that sexual violence does not continue in post-conflict situations, as there are many cases when this type of violence will prevail long after wars have ended.“As a process of intimidation, targeted rape is often a precursor to conflict, as well as the last weapon to be relinquished in its wake. It is important not to exclude from consideration sexual violence that continues after the guns fall silent,” she said. Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous and Amina Megheirbi from the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Working Group on Women, Peace and Stability also addressed the Council, with representatives of more than 40 Member States slated to speak later.Mr. Ladsous highlighted various UN missions that are working with governments to empower women and implement measure to prevent sexual violence. He stressed that accountability and political will from Member States is essential, and called on all countries to commit to mandates that protect women and integrate them into political life.Ms. Megheirbi echoed Mr. Ladsous’ remarks, arguing that without full participation of women in society and ending of impunity for those who have committed sexual crimes, there cannot be lasting peace and stability.Following the discussion, the Security Council reaffirmed its commitment to the implementation of several resolutions on women and peace and security in a statement issued by Ambassador Kodjo Menan of Togo, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month.The Security Council stressed the importance of prevention, early warning, and effective response to sexual violence when it is used as a war tactic, and urged all parties to conflict to comply with their obligations under international law.The Council also called on Member States to work with the UN to increase their access to health care, psychosocial support, legal assistance and socio-economic reintegration services for victims of sexual violence. In addition, the Council reiterated women’s vital role in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, noting that under-representation in these areas must be addressed. 23 February 2012The annual United Nations report documenting conflict-related sexual violence around the world today for the first time names some of the military forces, militia and other armed groups that are suspected of being among the worst offenders. read more

Miss France crowned Miss Universe 2017

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Miss France, Iris Mittenaere, is crowned Miss Universe 2017 during the 65th Miss Universe pageant. CNN reports.

New BlackBerry leader could see big returns if turnaround successful

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New BlackBerry leader could see big returns if turnaround successful by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 7, 2013 3:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – BlackBerry (TSX:BB) interim chief executive John Chen will join the troubled smartphone maker with a hiring agreement that could pay him a massive windfall if he manages to turn the company around.In addition to his base salary and a performance bonus, the Waterloo, Ont.-based company has agreed to give him 13 million BlackBerry restricted share units, worth US$85 million based on Thursday’s closing stock price, that will vest over five years.If Chen turns the company around and the share price rises, the value of his payment will increase, however if he fails, the stock could be worth far less.BlackBerry shares closed down 15 cents at C$6.77 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.If Chen is fired from the top position “without cause” he will receive his salary for the rest of that year, and an additional payout US$6 million — two times his salary of US$1 million and two times his base bonus of US$2 million — plus benefits for 18 months.The agreement has the potential to be far richer than the one paid to previous chief executive Thorsten Heins. However, Chen is only supposed to fill the top position on a temporary basis, while also serving on a longer term as executive chairman of the company.His job will give him “control over strategic direction, strategic relationships, and organization goals of BlackBerry and authority over hiring, retention, duties, and responsibilities of all officers, executives and other employees,” the company said in the documents.Chen is being positioned as the man who will alter the course of BlackBerry. His past experience turning data management company Sybase back into a profitable company, and expanding its business into mobile devices, shows he could be up to the challenge.BlackBerry has said it’s on the hunt for a CEO who will step into the CEO role temporarily occupied by Chen.BlackBerry has been in the process of reducing its expenses in an effort to refocus the business, a move which has included laying off 40 per cent of its staff, or about 4,500 employees.Meanwhile, Fairfax Financial has revealed the names of the five other investors in its US$1-billion financing of smartphone maker BlackBerry.A separate filing with the SEC says that Mackenzie Financial Corp., Canso Investment Counsel Ltd., Markel Corp., Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and Qatar Holding LLC have also contributed.___For more BlackBerry coverage, follow David Friend on Twitter. read more

Dispute prompts new laws by BC government for container trucking industry

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by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 23, 2014 12:15 pm MDT VICTORIA – The B.C. government is introducing new laws that it says will bring labour stability to the container trucking industry at Port Metro Vancouver.The legislation would bring in rate regulation for the industry, addressing a long-standing complaint by truckers about companies that undercut driver wages.The new laws would also see the establishment of an independent container trucking commissioner who will take over responsibility for all trucking licences.The legislation follows recommendations by mediators Vince Ready and Corinn Bell after several months of consultations with the trucking sectors and the federal and provincial governments.The government says the legislation would provide the tools needed to stabilize the port’s container trucking sector with accountability for companies and a consistent working environment for truckers.About 1,300 union and non-union container truckers withdrew their services earlier this year complaining of long wait times to pick up and drop off containers and the undercutting of rates. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Dispute prompts new laws by B.C. government for container trucking industry read more

Burundi Ban applauds political dialogue as UN appeals for wider cholera relief

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In a statement released earlier today, the UN spokesperson’s office said Mr. Ban applauded the dialogue participants – which includes representatives of civil society, political parties, religious organizations of the African Union, the East African Community, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region – for “the progress achieved so far in the discussions, especially on measures to reduce tensions and create propitious conditions for free, fair, inclusive and peaceful elections.”The Secretary-General did, however, express concern about the ongoing humanitarian crisis involving the 200,000 Burundian refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries due to political turmoil and violence and who now appear to be caught in an emerging cholera outbreak.In fact the head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, today warned that after the 12 year civil war that lasted from 1993-2005 and created hundreds of thousands of refugees, Burundi “does not need another crisis.”“After the progress that had been made under the Arusha peace accords,” he said, “it is heart-breaking that people have to flee their country again.”Since early April, nearly 100,000 Burundians have fled across the borders, seeking safety in neighbouring Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has joined with 17 partners to launch the Regional Refugee Response Plan. With the situation in Burundi remaining tense and with continued violence reported, aid agencies fear that the number of refugees may double over the next six months. And with the Tanzanian Government this week declaring a cholera epidemic in the Kigoma area of Lake Tanganyika where many of the refugees are, the situation has grown increasingly complicated and the urgency of implementing the response plan has increased.Some 31 people have died from the disease so far, including 2 locals and 29 refugees. The deaths have been in the port town of Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika, in the nearby villages of Kagunga and Nyarugusu, and among people being transported by ferry from Kagunga to Kigoma.Mr. Guterres praised the neighbouring countries for keeping their borders open and called on the international donor community to support the Regional Refugee Response Plan.“The authorities and host communities have been very generous in welcoming the refugees and allowing them to share local resources,” he said. “I hope that the international community will match this generosity.”Under the plan, participating agencies appeal for $207 million for basic protection and assistance activities until September 2015, when the plan will be reviewed. Providing clean water, sanitation and health services as well as shelter are the main priorities of the Regional Refugee Response Plan. read more

Killer who strangled supermum foster parent to death and then called Babestation

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first_imgA thief who strangled a 79-year-old widow and then used her phone to call “Babestation” sex lines as she lay dead or dying on the floor is facing life in jail.Gareth Dack, 33, throttled Norma Bell – described as a kind and trusting “supermum” who had fostered 50 children in her lifetime – with an electrical cable so that he could steal her television and £700 in cash.Teesside Crown Court heard that between midnight and 5.30am Dack then called numbers from the Babestation TV channel which, the jury was told, allows viewers to “call scantily-clad ladies while they watch them on TV”. Norma Bell, 79 During the course of the night he was the one on the phone to the ladies on the Babestation channels. In fact, we suggest he was switching channelsChristopher Tehrani QC Dack was found guilty by a jury at Teesside Crown of murder and arson after four and a half hours deliberation.He stared ahead impassively as the verdicts were announced.He will be sentenced on Thursday by Mrs Justice Whipple who thanked the jury for their “thorough consideration and attention” throughout the three week trial.Mrs Bell had her clothing cut and pushed down, although the court was told there was no evidence she had suffered a sexual assault before her “brutal and unnecessary” murder.After speaking to the sex workers over the phone Dack tried to cover his tracks by lighting fires upstairs and downstairs in Mrs Bell’s home in Hartlepool, Teesside, and turned on the gas hob trying to cause an explosion.At two points in the evening Dack, a childhood friend of Mrs Bell’s foster son John Ahmed, left the house to visit the home of associate Raymond McLoughlin. Forensic officers at the scene On the first occasion at 10pm he sold him Mrs Dack’s stolen TV for £60 and then he returned  at 1am to take cocaine and cannabis with him.The alarm was first raised when firefighters attended her home in the town on the morning of April 3 last year.Christopher Tehrani QC, prosecuting, told the jury: “You can be sure Gareth Dack is guilty of the brutal and unnecessary murder of Norma Bell.”After her body was fund by firefightters a post mortem identified 15 “recent injuries” including rib fractures and the lack of soot or carbon monoxide in her airways suggested she was dead before the fires were started.Mr Tehrani said: “The cause of Mrs Bell’s death was a result of pressure to the neck by way of strangulation.”The strangulation was by way of the application of the ligature, the wire cabling recovered from around her neck, and possibly manual strangulation.center_img Norma Bell, 79Credit:PA “The fractures and the bruising on her back could be the result of someone kneeling on Mrs Bell while applying pressure to the neck while they strangled her.”The prosecution submits that Gareth Dack is the person who murdered Mrs Bell and then set fire to her house.”In the weeks and days before the murder Dack was penniless and had resorted to borrowing cash from loan companies, friends and pals of Mrs Bell.A week before he allegedly killed her she had lent him £10, the court was told.Mr Tehrani said: “His DNA was found inside the home, on Mrs Bell’s handbag, on the knobs of the gas hob, on the ligature around her neck and on her clothing.His car was also parked near the home when firefighters arrived to tackle the blaze at Mrs Bell’s home.”When police seized the car and searched it they found £405 in cash in the glovebox. You will hear evidence that Mrs Bell kept £700 in cash in the house.”Between just before midnight and 5.30am on April 3 someone used the telephone landline at Mrs Bell’s home to phone soft-porn television service where customers may talk to scantily clad ladies while they watch them on the television.”The caller spoke during two of the telephone calls. You will hear evidence from an expert in voice analysis who has compared Gareth Dack’s voice to that of the caller to the television station.”The expert believes there is strong support for the contention that Gareth Dack was the caller.”During the course of the night he was the one on the phone to the ladies on the Babestation channels. In fact, we suggest he was switching channels.”When the TV from the rear reception room was switched on by the police it went to Freeview channel 175 which is entitled ‘adult party’ channel.”Mother of three sons Mrs Bell and her late husband John began fostering children in 1965Mr Tehrani said: “Over the years it is believed they acted as foster carers to in excess of 50 babies and toddlers. In the main, the toddlers and babies would be placed with the Bells for short periods of time.”Six of the foster children stayed for the long-term and were effectively treated as blood children by Norma Bell and her husband.”The couple stopped fostering in the 1990s.Mrs Bell had previously worked on the trams in Hartlepool. She was also an accomplished book keeper and managed her husband’s business.At the time of her death she was fit and went line dancing every Friday.Dack maintained he knew Mrs Bell and in the days before her death had visited to to pay back a £20 loan, but he denied being in the house at the time of her death.His barrister Peter Makepeace told the jury how “nonchalant” he had been following his arrest and questioning by police.The barrister, who said Mr Dack made no attempt to get his rid of any of his clothing, said: “He does not know that the wheels are turning and the cogs are moving which is going to lead him to be accused of the death of Mrs Bell.”He does not know because he was not there.” Forensic officers at the sceneCredit:Paul Kingston / North News Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

John Cena celebrates his anniversary with WWE; Update on Bischoff’s “83 Weeks” Podcast

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first_img Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp John Cena Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Charlize Theron John Cena sent out a tweet earlier today to commemorate the 17th anniversary of his debut in WWE. Cena noted that his journey in WWE is far from over. Cena also stated that he began filming Fast and Furious 9 today.17 years ago today my @WWE journey began. It is FAR from over and has greatly changed over the years. It has given me chances to be brave and vulnerable. Today #FastAndFurious journey begins. Fear, the unknown, growth, and maybe a haircut await. Adapt. Overcome. Never Give Up.— John Cena (@JohnCena) June 27, 2019Update on Eric Bischoff’s “83 Weeks” PodcastFollowing the announcement of Eric Bischoff being signed by WWE to serve as the Executive Director of Smackdown Live, questions have arisen on the status of his “83 Weeks” Podcast with Conrad Thompson.John Pollock of POST Wrestling has tweeted out an answer to the questions by stating that there will be no change to the “83 Weeks” podcast.’No change’ regarding Eric Bischoff and 83 Weeks— John Pollock (@iamjohnpollock) June 27, 2019 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:05/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -1:02 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Vin Diesel Pinterest Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap Now Playing Up Next Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ John Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need Him Videos Articles Twitter Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania: SNL Weekend Updates Michael Che And Colin Jost Got Strowman Facebook Dolph Ziggler talks about being jealous of Kofi Kingston, Eric Bischoff, losing to Owens quickly Videos Articles Now Playing Up Nextlast_img

Figo thinks Luka Modric deserved the Goal 50 award

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first_imgPortuguese legend Luis Figo, confirmed that he believes Luka Modric completely deserves the Goal 50 Award for best player in the world.We recently reported that Goal.com, recently named Luka Modric as the best player in the world for the year 2018 and people like Luis Figo have supported the Croatian midfielder after receiving the honor.This may come as a surprise to a lot of people because the former Real Madrid player, is from Portugal and he isn’t supporting his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo, who also had a fantastic year after winning the Champions League for Real Madrid and scoring over 50 goals last season.But Figo has been doing this for the last couple of months, recently he also stated that Ronaldo Nazario is the better player out of the two forwards who bear the same name.Now he is talking about Luka Modric deserving the award and practically stating that he is the top candidate to win the Ballon d’Or in December.We have no idea if Figo has something against Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Juventus forward has never liked it when someone diminishes his fork in such fashion and much less from a fellow Portuguese like Luis.🏅 Luka Modric being named the best player in the world👀 Which players have impressed him in 2018✍ Eden Hazard to Real MadridWe spoke to Luis Figo! #Goal50 pic.twitter.com/FkHTo8Zyj2— Goal (@goal) November 14, 2018Figo who also played for Real Madrid and even won the Ballon d’Or himself in the year 2000, has been making the rounds for Goal as a spokesperson for the website and made a stern defense of the Croatian midfielder who reached a historic World Cup final with his national team last summer.Unfortunately for Luka, he wasn’t able to win the trophy after losing against France but this didn’t matter to the 42 voters from all editions on the publication when they cast their vote. They all agree with what Figo said this week about Modric.“Modric is one of those who certainly deserved an individual prize,” former Madrid star Figo said to Goal.“These awards are always subjective but, without a doubt, Modric has had a wonderful season. “He made the difference with his national team and with Real Madrid.”“For this reason, his prize is well deserved. I live in Madrid and although we did not play together, we attended the same places, knew the same people, also shared family moments together.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“He is a great person and it makes me happy that this year he has won so many individual trophies.”🏆 Ballon d’Or 2018 prediction:🥇 Cristiano #Ronaldo 🥈 Luka #Modric 🥉 Kylian #MbappéRETWEET if you think Ronaldo deserves to win the 2018 #BallondOr !!! pic.twitter.com/dEuZE0kRWD— Cristiano Ronaldo (@CRonaldoV2) November 10, 2018But the Ballon d’Or trophy will be a whole other story, France Football has been known for having a little more common sense when they deliver their prestigious Ballon d’Or award and this year should be no different.Modric did win the Champions League this year alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, but the individual honor is one that may likely go to a French player after the World Cup success that Les Bleus had during the competition played in Russia.The top candidates for the trophy are Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus, and Kylian Mbappé might give us all an unexpected surprise and might squeeze into the final three-men list f players who complete the podium for this year’s Ballon d’Or.Modric winning the trophy after getting so many accolades already, doesn’t seem like the obvious choice as all the voters favor the other players who are mentioned here.Even Raphael Varane seems like a player who could appear on the final list instead of Luka Modric.French journalist Eric Mamruth has “leaked” what the Ballon d’Or Top 3 Podium will be…Luka ModricRaphael VaraneKylian Mbappe pic.twitter.com/txqIsPPGEn— RMadridHome (@RMadridHome_) November 11, 2018What do you think about Luis Figo’s defense for Luka Modric? Please share your opinion about who will win the Ballon d’Or in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Woman grandson killed as pickup van hits bike

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first_imgA woman and her grandson were killed while her husband sustained severe injuries as the motorcycle they were riding was hit by a pick-up van on Satkhira-Khulna Road at Kumira village in Keshabpur upazila on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased were Farida Begum, 50, wife of Samad Morol of Bhabatipur village in the upazila and her grandson Saad Hossain, 14, son of Abdul Alim, from Tailkupi village in Tala upazila.Witnesses said the pick-up van hit the motorcycle from behind in the afternoon, leaving the duo dead on the spot and Samad Morol severely injured.Officer-in-charge of Patkelghata police station Rezaul Karim said the injured was rushed to Satkhira Sadar Hospital and the bodies were also sent to the hospital’s morgue for autopsy.last_img read more

Stalker stabs nurse to death in broad daylight

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first_imgMap of ThakurgaoA young nurse was stabbed to death by a stalker at Madrasa Para village of Salandar union in Sadar upazila of Thakurgaon on Thursday.The deceased is Tanzina Akhter, 20, daughter of Hamid Ali of the village and a nurse of Grameen Eye Hospital in the city.Ashiqur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Thakurgaon Sadar police station, said a youth named Arman Hossain Jibon waylaid Tanzina and stabbed her severely when she was going to the hospital at 8.30am on 20 June, reports UNB.Hearing her screams, locals rushed in and rescued Tanzina. She was taken to Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital where doctors referred her to Rangpur Medical College Hospital. Tanzina AkhterShe succumbed to her injuries at the hospital on Thursday morning.Tanzina’s father Hamid Ali alleged that Jibon used to stalk different girls in the area. As Tanzina protested at the stalking, Jibon stabbed her.Police arrested Jiban after a case was filed with Thakurgaon Sadar police station.last_img read more

Police find missing girl

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first_imgA teenage girl who was reported missing yesterday (December 27) was found this morning.The girl was reported missing at Ladysmith SAPS.Police immediately began to search for the teenager and she was found today.The circumstances surrounding the youngster’s disappearance are still unknown.The matter is currently under investigation.DID YOU KNOW? Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Facebook app is undeletable on Samsung phones and can possibly track your

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first_img2018 has been really bad for Facebook in terms of privacy lawsuits, and data-stealing allegations surrounding the company. As #DeleteFacebook took rounds on Twitter in the late months of last year, there is another news to add fuel to the fire. According to a report by Bloomberg, Samsung phone users, are unable to delete the Facebook app on their smartphones. Apparently, Nick Winke, a photographer in the Pacific Northwest tried to delete the Facebook app from his Samsung Galaxy S8. He soon found out it was undeletable. He found only an option to “disable,” and he wasn’t sure what that meant. This is alarming, because if an application is a permanent feature of a user’s device, can it track user’s digital actions? This has also raised concerns about whether Samsung is monetizing hardware outside of margins through data exploitation by partnering with Facebook. After the news broke out, a lot of people have expressed their concerns on Social media platforms. A Twitter user also expressed concerns over buying a Samsung smartphone. François Chollet, the author of Keras has termed Facebook as “Phillip Morris combined with Lockheed Martin, but bigger.” A Facebook spokesperson has told Bloomberg, that the disabled app doesn’t collect data or send information back to Facebook. They have specified that an app being deletable or not depends on various pre-install deals Facebook has made with phone manufacturers, operating systems and mobile operator. However, they denied specifying exactly how many such pre-install deals Facebook has globally. Samsung also told Bloomberg that they have pre-installed Facebook app on “selected models” with options to disable it, specifying that a disabled app is no longer running. Read Next ProPublica shares learnings of its Facebook Political Ad Collector project NYT says Facebook has been disclosing personal data to Amazon, Microsoft, Apple and other tech giants; Facebook denies claims with obfuscating press release British parliament publishes confidential Facebook documents that underscore the growth at any cost culture at Facebooklast_img read more

MISSING PERSON Carla Stefaniak

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first_imgRelated posts:Missing persons alert: Limón OIJ finds female body near where Carla Stefaniak went missing Carla Stefaniak, 36, a Tampa native who was visiting Costa Rica for her birthday, has been missing since Tuesday night.Stefaniak’s friend and sister-in-law, April Antonieta, reported on Facebook that the last time they heard from her was around 8 p.m. on Nov. 27.ABC News reported that Stefaniak was staying at an Airbnb in San Antonio de Escazú when she went missing. Antonieta said Stefaniak’s last messages said that it raining heavily and that the power went out.“It’s pretty sketchy here,” Stefaniak also messaged Antonieta.Stefaniak missed her flight out of the country the next day and no one has heard from her since. The U.S. Embassy and FBI have already been alerted and the OIJ is also searching for Stefaniak. Facebook Comments #DesaparecidosOIJ: La persona de la fotografía se encuentra desaparecida pic.twitter.com/xx4FaC2171— OIJ Organismo (@oij_Organismo) November 29, 2018If you have any information, contact the OIJ by phone at 800-800-0645 or on Whatsapp at 8800-0645.Updated Dec. 3, 3:50 p.m.: Costa Rica’s OIJ confirmed to The Tico Times it has found a female body in San Antonio of Escazú. The identity of that person has yet to be announced.Read more:last_img read more

Tourico Holidays launches new push service for offline inventory cache

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first_imgTourico Holidays Tourico Holidays launches new push service for offline inventory cacheTourico Holidays launches new push service for offline inventory cacheTourico Holidays, the world’s fastest growing wholesale travel brokerage company, today launched a new push service allowing its distribution clients to build and refresh an up-to-date Availability and Rates cache.  Partners now have the option of importing and caching Tourico’s inventory – creating an offline, in-house database of available product and prices.Tourico’s new service now immediately pushes individual updates – or inventory changes – to clients, maintaining a fresh cache.  The instant updates reduce latency and allow clients to sell last minute inventory, while greatly reducing failed bookings.“Companies selling travel no longer have to pull data for current inventory,” said Lev Koutamonov, the Head of API Integration of Tourico Holidays.  “Our new push service allows distribution clients to integrate Tourico’s massive inventory of products and maintain up-to-date prices and availability.  The process is more efficient and will lead to more successful transactions and better profits for our clients.”The new push service also exposes the Tourico “business logic”, providing clients with precalculated total prices that reflect currency changes, promotion discounts, and other business factors.  Furthermore, if suppliers focus on certain regions, they can opt into only receiving updates to certain hotels and inventory.“Tourico is the only business-to-business travel company in the world that has developed a push service that immediately updates changes to the wholesaler’s inventory,” said Koutamonov.  “Travel suppliers can now maintain a current offline cache to better serve their customer.”About Tourico HolidaysTourico Holidays is a leading global travel distribution company that contracts directly with travel providers, such as hotels, flights, cruise lines, attractions, car rentals, vacation homes and more. Tourico Holidays works on a high-volume, wholesale model to broker this inventory to over 4,900 clients in 100 countries using proprietary technology.Source = Touraco Holidayslast_img read more

Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

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first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   “I don’t want to go anywhere.”Those words, Sports 620 KTAR’s Dave Burns said, should put Cardinals fans at ease.“Doesn’t sound like someone, to me, who is being wishy-washy about his future or where he wants to be,” Burns said.Sports 620 KTAR’s Paul Calvisi agreed, saying if Fitz’s goal was to gain leverage he is falling well short.“No, if he was really trying to play the leverage game he would have been a lot less descriptive and definitive on that, there’s no doubt about it.”What there is doubt about is how different (read: better) the team will be when the 2011 season begins. While Fitzgerald is still professing a desire to remain in Arizona, another losing season with no hope at the QB position could go a long way towards changing his mindset. And that, if anything, is probably the only thing Cardinals fans don’t want to see change with regards to their team. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories center_img Larry Fitzgerald knows the Arizona Cardinals need to improve. After going 5-11 last season, so does everyone else.However, as has often been a theme of this off-season, concerns that today’s decisions could affect the Pro Bowler’s future in Arizona were brought up. Fitzgerald, though, pretty much said the plan is to stay in Arizona.“I don’t want to go anywhere,” he said. “I believe that Coach Whisenhunt is the right man for the job and I enjoy working for Michael Bidwill and his family. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

AP PhotoRoss D Franklin

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first_img(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals signed 22-year-old German Football League defensive tackle Moubarak Djeri on Wednesday.“It was a big dream, and right now it’s life,” Djeri told AZCardinals.com. “I’m so excited to be here.”The 6-foot-3, 275-pound native of Togo recorded 12 sacks, 40 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles for the Cologne Crocodiles last season.Djeri was born in Togo and as an 11-year-old moved to Germany while taking part in a student-exchange program. 28 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling He joined the junior professional football team in Cologne when he was 18 years old. In 2014 and 2015, Djeri’s team reached the junior bowl championship game and won the title in 2014. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Eastern Airways has launched a new service to Sout

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first_imgEastern Airways has launched a new service to Southampton from Leeds Bradford Airport.The new year-round flight from Leeds will depart on weekdays at 14:30 GMT and will arrive at Southampton at 15:30.The service began operations yesterday (February 16th) and is designed to meet the flexible needs of business travellers using the route.Chris Holliday, Eastern Airways, chief operating officer, said: “Adjusting the timing gives our passengers greater flexibility in the afternoon.”Customer feedback is very important to us and as a result we are making this adjustment to our schedules to meet the needs of our business travellers.”The new services will complement existing flights from Leeds to Southampton, which depart at 06:50 and 17:40 GMT.Eastern Airways was recently rated the most punctual airline to operate out of Birmingham and Newcastle airports.According to Civil Aviation Authority figures, over 94 percent of the airline’s flights from the two airports departed within 15 minutes of their scheduled time.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlights to Southampton offer Yorkshire passengers alternative link to LondonThe recommendation comes after bmi announced that it would be withdrawing flights to HeathrowNew flights with Eastern AirwaysEastern Airways will launch early morning flights to Newcastle from Southampton International AirportFlights to Durham from Southampton to be introduced by Eastern AirwaysFlights to Durham from Southampton to be introduced by Eastern Airwayslast_img read more