Corbett Tiger Reserve Director removed after his shoot-at-sight order

first_img Last week, Mr. Dhakate had issued shoot-at-sight order and pressed two drones into service after movement of poachers was reported along the southern fringes of the park.150 forest officials were deployed and a total of 388 camera traps installed at sensitive points within the territory of the park.Villagers in the area were also informed of the same and were advised to avoid taking animals for grazing to the core areas.The order, however, raised eyebrows following which Mr. Dhakate has been removed from his post. The Director of Corbett Tiger Reserve has been removed from his post following a controversy over shoot-at-sight order issued by him in the national park to check the activities of poachers.Uttrakhand’s Chief Secretary S. Ramaswamy said that Parag Madhukar Dhakate has been replaced by Dheeraj Pandey as Director.D.V.S Khati, the Chief Wildlife Warden, said that Mr. Dhakate was not authorised to issue any such order.Also Read Corbett Tiger Reserve workers get the nod to kill armed poachers last_img read more

Maria Sharapova tries her hand at table tennis after Wimbledon exit

first_imgMaria Sharapova is apparently taking some time off her busy tennis schedule and has picked up on another sport. While the world is currently engrossed in football, taking about the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, Sharapova is not behind. According to her Instagram profile, she has been following football as well.But there is another sport that Sharapova is keen on playing and following up on her competitive nature, she wants to compete in that as well.In a recent photograph posted by Sharapova on Instagram, she can be seen across a table tennis arena with the tiny racquet in her hand.On the other side of the table is the English business and philanthropist Richard Branson and Sharapova wrote in her post, “Free ticket to space if I win?”Free ticket to space if I win? @richardbransonA post shared by Maria Sharapova (@mariasharapova) on Jul 8, 2018 at 2:15am PDTAccording to Sharapova’s post, it looks like the Russian star is currently in Italy.Puglia + Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) July 8, 2018Sharapova was knocked out of Wimbledon in the first round itself by fellow Russian Vitalia Diatchenko.Sharapova was in a winning position after taking the first set but Vitalia broke her with the Russia 5-4 up, took the set to tie-breaker and won the set.In the third set, Sharapova took a 2-0 lead only to blow it up and eventually lose the match. Maria Sharapova was knocked out of Wimbledon 2018 in the first round. (Reuters Photo)Sharapova said that it was cause of concern for her that she threw up the match like that but promised to work hard and come back stronger.advertisementSharapova’s form has not been very consistent ever since she returned from doping suspension.In April 2017, Sharapova returned to tennis court after a 15-month doping ban but a whole year that Sharapova won her first WTA title.After putting up decent performance at the US Open, Sharapova travelled to China for the China Open and Tianjin Open and she went on to win the latter. Maria Sharapova won the her first WTA title, Tianjin Open, after a gap of two years. (Maria Sharapova Instagram Photo)Apart from that one title, Sharapova has made some rare appearance in quarter-finals of various tournaments. After reaching the quarter-final of 2016 Australian Open, the first time Sharapova reached the same stage was in this year’s French Open when she got a walkover from an injured Serena Williams.In the quarter-final though, Sharapova lost to Garbine Muguruza in straight sets.last_img read more

Ex-coach booked on charges related to US gymnastics sex scandal

first_imgChicago, Aug 31 (AFP) The former women’s gymnastics coach at Michigan State University turned herself in to authorities Thursday, to face charges that she lied to police investigating a massive sex abuse scandal in the sport. Former gymnasts have accused Kathy Klages of turning a blind eye to the assaults perpetrated by Larry Nassar, the ex-doctor who abused hundreds of athletes in the guise of medical treatment, including Olympic champions such as Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Madison Kocian. Nassar admitted his crimes, plead guilty, and is serving three prison sentences that will keep him behind bars the rest of his life. State prosecutors have turned their attention to those who may have been alerted to the abuse, but failed to stop Nassar. Klages retired from MSU last year. She was the women’s gymnastics coach and worked with Nassar, who treated athletes at the university and at USA Gymnastics events and trainings. Some athletes have claimed Klages was told about Nassar’s abuse and did not believe accusers. She is charged with two counts of lying to investigators probing how Nassar managed to evade detection. “Witnesses have said that they reported Nassar’s sexual abuse to Klages dating back more than 20 years,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement. “Klages denied to law enforcement officers about having been told prior to 2016 of Nassar’s sexual misconduct.” Klages was arraigned on one felony and one misdemeanor charge. Together, they carry a maximum sentence of six years. She was freed on $5,000 bond and is expected back in court next week. She did not enter a plea.advertisement Klages’s attorney dismissed the charges as politically motivated, according to The Detroit News. “There is irrefutable evidence that will undercut these claims that have been made,” her attorney Takura Nyamfukudza said, according to the newspaper. “These charges are based on someone pointing the finger, that’s all it takes, a very low standard of proof,” he said. Nassar’s former boss at the university’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, William Strampel, is also facing various charges, including willful neglect of duty for failing to properly supervise Nassar. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Henderson to remain England captain

first_imgEngland Henderson to remain England captain against Slovakia Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 00:00 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Henderson - Cropped Getty Images England WC Qualification Europe England v Slovakia Slovakia Liverpool The Three Lions will again be skippered by the Liverpool midfielder when they take on their closest Group F rivals at Wembley Jordan Henderson will remain as England captain for Monday’s World Cup qualifier at home to Slovakia.Manager Gareth Southgate confirmed the Liverpool midfielder will remain as skipper after leading his country in the 4-0 away win over Malta on Friday.England 15/2 to beat Slovakia 3-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Southgate is yet to announce a new permanent captain since the international retirement of Everton forward Wayne Rooney.A second straight game with the armband would appear to put Henderson in a strong position for the role, with Gary Cahill and Harry Kane also mooted as candidates.All present and correct – the full 26-man squad trained today.— England (@England) September 3, 2017″Jordan stays [as captain] and there is no point in changing that,” Southgate said at his pre-match media conference.”Normally the captain does the two games when we have been together unless we change the team and that guy does not play.”Southgate also confirmed Manchester United defender Phil Jones will start the Slovakia match alongside Henderson, with all 26 of his players available for selection.England are two points clear of closest rivals Slovakia at the top of Group F and a victory would put them on the brink of sealing their place in Russia, while defeat would see them lose top spot.last_img read more

ESPN Accidentally Airs Audio Of Dari Nowkhah Making Fun Of Media After Nick Saban Segment

first_imgalabama head coach nick saban at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)SEC Media Days continued Wednesday morning, with Alabama’s Nick Saban taking the podium first. The Crimson Tide head coach didn’t face very many tough questions, however, and the ESPN broadcast team apparently noticed.After Saban’s presser ended, ESPN forgot to cut the audio on a few of its analysts’ microphones. Host Dari Nowkhah was heard making chicken noises, implying that the media was scared to ask Saban tough questions. He also said that Saban “owns” the media. He later owned up to the mistake on-air.ESPN broadcasters (not realizing mic was live) made chicken sounds and said Saban “owns the media” because nobody asked about Cam Robinson— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) July 13, 2016@SECNetwork cuts to commercial and you hear @ESPNDari ask the question “You think he (Saban) owns the media?” #SECMD16— Justin Nails (@justinnails) July 13, 2016When @SECNetwork doesn’t realize their still live & says “Nick Saban Owns The Media” #Whoops #SECMD16 @finebaum @johnP_hayes— #Tribe17 (@NoleNationFSU) July 13, 2016And @ESPNDari owns up to it. Kudos to him. Great segment all around on reaction to Saban’s presser— Eric Bowman (@E_ROCK12) July 13, 2016It was expected that someone in the media would ask Saban about the status of star offensive lineman Cam Robinson, who was arrested on multiple charges this past May. That didn’t happen though.Saban likely won’t make it through the day without being asked about Robinson, but it was a bit surprising that it wasn’t one of the first questions on the docket.last_img read more

Who is Tahith Chong? United’s latest first-team debutant

first_imgTahith Chong became Manchester United’s 229th youth product to play for the first team on Saturday when he made his debut against Reading in the FA Cup.The Curacao-born wide man played the final 30 minutes of the 2-0 win at Old Trafford, sparking a roar from the home crowd and an immediate new chant of “One Chong, we’ve only got one Chong!”It was little surprise that the 19-year-old was given the nod by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, given the manager’s recent insistence that he would do everything he could to maintain United’s tradition of blooding youth players. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But more than that, it could have been a small glimpse into the future of United’s right-side of attack going forward.United have struggled to find a compelling solution on the right wing since Jose Mourinho took over at Old Trafford, with Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Ashley Young and Anthony Martial all being used there to varying degrees of success.The addition of Alexis Sanchez was considered by some to be an attempt to solve that issue, but the Chilean has largely been utilised on the left, first under Mourinho and now Solskjaer, and fans are looking at potential answers elsewhere in the Old Trafford stocks.Chong plays primarily off the right despite being left-footed but was also used on the left of midfield on occasion by assistant boss Kieran McKenna during his tenure as under-18s coach before the Dutchman suffering a season-ending injury against Everton in January 2017.If anything, his game has improved since returning to full fitness later that year, providing the sort of threat which is a throwback to Manchester United sides of old.With great strength and speed, the rangy Feyenoord youth product loves nothing more than to take on opposition players. His fearlessness on the ball leads to him creating many an opportunity for both himself and his team-mates, and his ability to get into goalscoring positions is one of his most attractive features.Like many of United’s recent graduates to the first-team squad, Chong boasts a great work-rate, with his willingness to cover his full-back without a second’s thought making him a manager’s dream.Tahith Chong Manchester United 2018-19He also reads the game well, with several of his goals at age-group level helping to show what he can achieve thanks to his clever footballing brain.The winger provides an aerial threat, too, and can often be found drifting in to the centre to cause havoc from crossing positions.While the likes of Demi Mitchell, Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe and Josh Harrop got fleeting chances under Mourinho, Chong, Jimmy Garner and Angel Gomes could get significant opportunities to shine as this term pushes towards its close thanks to their form across the youth levels.Gomes might well have become the club’s youngest player since Duncan Edwards when he came on against Crystal Palace in May 2017, but there is another United prodigy ready to cause a stir too.And for some, Chong’s arrival on the big stage was even more anticipated than that of Gomes, with many seeing his frame and poise as key attributes which could help him to become a more regular part of the senior set-up in the very near future. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Entrepreneurs Forum Introduces Program for New Immigrants

first_imgNewcomers to Nova Scotia who want to start a business here now have a program to help them. The Entrepreneurs’ Forum today, May 29, launched its Business Advisory Service Program for Immigrant Entrepreneurs. The mentoring program offers newcomers business advice from experienced business people who can help them overcome business challenges. Advisors will help immigrants develop their business plan so that they can start their business in Nova Scotia. They also help immigrant entrepreneurs develop networks within the business community, increase knowledge of the local business environment and of the resources available to them. The service is available at no cost. “The forum’s new mentoring program is a solid step forward in helping newcomers succeed in Nova Scotia, and builds on existing programs within the community,” said Immigration Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “When new immigrants succeed here, they stay here, and help to grow our economy and diversify our communities.” The Business Advisory Service Program for Immigrant Entrepreneurs is supported by the Office of Immigration, which provided $32,000 in funding. “This program is a natural extension of the advisory services we provide to new and existing business owners,” said David McNamara, president of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum. “Our network of advisors provides entrepreneurs with solid expertise in finance, law, accounting and beyond. Newcomers face unique challenges in setting up a business, and this program, led by a successful immigrant entrepreneur, will help them overcome issues.” The Entrepreneurs’ Forum is a non-profit organization, comprised of senior volunteer business people from a variety of industries and backgrounds, who are dedicated to providing strategic and confidential business advice to new and existing entrepreneurs.last_img read more

Certain cauliflower red and green lettuce recalled due to Ecoli

first_imgThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling certain types of cauliflower, red and green leaf lettuce due to possible E-coli contamination.The products were imported by Adam Bros. Farming Inc. and were sold to consumers, retailers and restaurants in several provinces including Ontario and Quebec.The CFIA is recommending that the recalled products be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.The recall was triggered by a recall in the United States resulting in an investigation into an outbreak of E-coli linked to the consumption of romaine lettuce.Food contaminated with E-coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. So far, the CFIA says there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea.last_img read more

The future took its time coming for Oscarnominated Arrival director Denis Villeneuve

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Villeneuve, Hollywood’s most in-demand Canadian director of recent times, has also signed on to direct a big-budget adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic Dune, hoping to succeed where David Lynch’s 1984 film failed. But Arrival, starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker as E.T.-probing Earthlings, is very much on his mind at the moment.“The buzz for the movie is quite strong here,” says the usually self-effacing Villeneuve, 49, who hopes to win in at least the technical categories. (His only disappointment is the lack of a nomination for Adams, whom he calls “the soul of the movie.”) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Right about now, Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve could use the future-predicting abilities of the heptapods, the squidlike space aliens in his acclaimed sci-fi movie Arrival.As anyone would be in his position, he’s eager to know what will happen on Feb. 26, when the film is up for eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. “Unfortunately, (the aliens) didn’t give me any tips about what will happen in the future, so I don’t know yet!” the affable Montrealer says from Los Angeles.There, besides doing the Oscar rounds for Arrival, he’s deep in post-production on Blade Runner 2049, the blockbuster sci-fi sequel starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford he’s preparing for an October release. Twitterlast_img read more

43 candidates file nominations for 2nd phase of LS polls in Rajasthan

first_imgJaipur: A total of 43 candidates, including Union minister Rajyavardan Singh Rathore, filed their nomination papers Tuesday for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in Rajasthan, officials said. As per the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Rajasthan, the candidates filed nominations in 12 Lok Sabha constituencies. The first phase of election for 13 seats in the state will be held on April 29 while in the second phase, 12 seats go to polls on May 6. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Among those who filed their nomination papers Tuesday include BJP’s sitting MP from Jaipur rural, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Sumedhanand Saraswati from Sikar and Rahul Kaswan from Churu besides Sheopat Ram of the CPI (M) from Bikaner and Congress’s Jyoti Mirdha from Nagaur. The nomination process for the second phase began in the state on Wednesday. The last date for filing nominations for the second phase is April 18. The papers will be scrutinised on April 20 and names can be withdrawn until April 22. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The 12 Lok Sabha constituencies covered in this phase are Sriganganagar, Bikaner, Churu, Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Jaipur Rural, Jaipur Urban, Alwar, Bharatpur, Karauli-Dholpur, Dausa and Nagaur. A total of over 2.30 crore voters will be able to exercise their franchise at 23,783 polling stations in these constituencies. For the first phase, filing nominations for 13 Lok Sabha seats, which go to polls on April 29, has already been completed .last_img read more

Philippines UN relief official concerned over plight of displaced in Mindanao

“I am deeply concerned by the impact of cycles of displacement, particularly those caused by armed confrontations between Government forces and armed groups, and clan fighting,” Catherine Bragg, the Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs told reporters in Manila, the capital, before concluding her five-day visit to the country.“I call on all parties to conflict to spare people from the effects of violence. The rights of the displaced, and others affected by conflict, must be respected,” said Ms. Bragg who is also the deputy UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. Local authorities and relief agencies in Mindanao estimate that nearly 700,000 people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance, particularly in conflict and flood-affected areas, she said.Ms. Bragg visited communities in Mindanao where people have been displaced repeatedly over several years and saw projects where they are being assisted. She also visited people who were able to return to their home areas recently.“During visits to several humanitarian projects in Maguindanao province, I saw tangible progress. At the same time, I also saw that the needs and vulnerabilities of people are serious, and that the situation remains fragile.“In Datu Piang, I spoke to a woman with four children, who had been displaced by armed conflict twice in the last five years. Recurring floods had added to her plight. Although her family’s original home was only seven kilometres away, the security situation meant they could not return, and their old family home no longer existed.”The woman and her family are currently receiving assistance from UN agencies and partners, but their situation remains uncertain, she said.“The needs of vulnerable people in Mindanao are complex, and we must address them through a concerted effort,” said Ms. Bragg. “All these field visits gave me a clearer sense of the magnitude of the challenges we face in Mindanao and the very good work being done by aid agencies to provide humanitarian assistance.”UN agencies and partners have this year appealed for $33.3 million for the Humanitarian Action Plan for Mindanao, which has so far received 54 per cent of the required funding, according to Ms. Bragg. Another action plan for $37.9 million will be launched next year, with priority being given to protection activities.“The United Nations and its partners stand ready to support Government-led responses to emergency situations. Emergency responders must, however, be granted unhindered independent access, and allowed to undertake essential humanitarian assessments, particularly of the needs of newly displaced people in insecure areas.“People in the Philippines have shown remarkable resilience in the face of challenges generated by natural disasters and conflict. But we must work on a much more comprehensive approach in addressing the consequences as well as the root causes and prepare for future natural disasters and conflict scenarios,” Ms. Bragg added. 23 November 2011A senior United Nations relief official today voiced concern over the plight of hundreds of thousands of people uprooted from their homes by conflict in the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, saying that many are also enduring the effects of natural disasters, including floods. read more

Serbia fully ready to integrate into Europe its President tells UN gathering

The President of Serbia said at the United Nations today that his country had demonstrated its desire for full cooperation with its neighbours and expressed hope that negotiations towards accession to the European Union would start no later than January 2014, as agreed.“I hope that I will be able to inform the next General Assembly session on …Serbia’s continued progress towards its full membership of the European Union,” President Tomislav Nikolic said in his statement at the General Debate of the Assembly’s 68th session.“At the same time, Serbia has revived the old and forged new friendships in the world,” he said, describing participation in many multilateral activities, from UN peacekeeping to establishing the next development agenda. “We have been creating strategic partnerships in the East, West, North and South.”In the region, he said, Serbia desired to connect with its neighbours through new road, railways and bridges, to jointly appear on international markets, to expand cultural, scientific, technological and sports cooperation and in other ways improve living standards of the entire population.Turning to regional issues, he said that the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo in 2008 was undermining the international system established by the United Nations. His country had been responding to that development through measured diplomatic and political means, precluding any use of force, he stressed. “We are convinced that problems, including the status of Kosovo and Metohija, should be resolved peacefully. For this reason, we heeded the call of the United Nations General Assembly …to enter into negotiations with representatives of the authorities in Pristina,” he said while reiterating that Serbia had not recognized Kosovo’s independence, “either de jure or de facto.”He requested that the mandate of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) remain unchanged, that its staff not be downsized and that its activities be reinforced.He also reaffirmed his April 2013 statement before the Assembly that the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) did not help reconciliation, was not independent, had acted differently in similar situations and otherwise abused its mandate.“By accepting the integrity of the Tribunal,” he said, “we have acquired the right to criticize its work and to propose a solution as well.” In that light, he requested the UN and the ICTY to find a legal means to ensure that convicted Serbs be sent to serve their prison terms in Serbia.Mr. Nicolic is one of scores of leaders to speak at the annual General Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance. read more

South Sudan peace talks open as battles rage

first_imgSOUTH SUDAN’S WARRING parties began negotiations today to end nearly three weeks of raging conflict which has left thousands feared dead and taken the world’s youngest nation to the brink of all-out civil war.Fighting intensified as the army moved on a key rebel-held town, even as government and rebel negotiating teams gathered at a luxury hotel in neighbouring Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.“We have enough forces who will defeat the rebels within 24 hours,” army spokesman Philip Aguer said in South Sudan, with reports of heavy battles involving tanks and artillery on the outskirts of Bor, a dusty town that has already exchanged hands three times since fighting began.“These forces – the rebels – are now retreating back,” Aguer said, quashing rebel claims that they had been marching on the capital Juba.EvacuationDisplaced people arrive with what belongings they had time to gather by river barge from Bor. Pic: AP Photo/Ben CurtisThe US embassy in South Sudan ordered a further pullout of staff and urged all citizens to leave on an evacuation flight it had organised because of the “deteriorating security situation.”The ongoing battles prompted the top UN aid official in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, to warn that soldiers and rebels must protect civilians and aid workers, or risk worsening a situation he described as “critical”.However, UN teams accessed World Food Programme stores in war-ravaged Bor today, with aid to be distributed to civilians, Lanzer said, suggesting the centre of town was at least still calm.But in the calm of the hotel in Addis Ababa, rivals met special envoys from regional nations, ahead of direct talks that sources suggested may not take place until Saturday at the earliest.Ethiopia’s foreign ministry spokesman Dina Mufti said the regional East African bloc IGAD was committed to support the talks “in any way possible”, but when asked when a formal meeting between the two sides would take place, said he “cannot predict anything”.Thousands of people are feared to have been killed in the fighting, pitting army units loyal to President Salva Kiir against a loose alliance of ethnic militia forces and mutinous army commanders nominally headed by ex-vice president Riek Machar.Fighting erupted on December 15 when Kiir accused Machar of attempting a coup in the oil-rich but impoverished nation.Machar denied this, in turn accusing the president of conducting a violent purge of opponents. He has refused to hold direct talks with Kiir.Civilians in dire need of aidDhieu Ding Chol (seven months) left, and 5-month-old boy Thuch Jong Kuch, right, are held by their mothers as they receive treatment for dehydration, vomiting and diarrhea. Pic: AP Photo/Ben CurtisFighting has spread across the country, with the rebels seizing several areas in the oil-rich north.Aid workers have stepped up warnings of a worsening crisis for civilians affected by the conflict in the country of almost 11 million people.The violence has forced around 200,000 people to flee their homes. Some 57,000 are seeking refuge with badly overstretched UN peacekeepers.The UN peacekeeping force said this week “atrocities are continuing to occur” across the country, which won independence from Sudan in 2011 after decades of civil war.One of the hardest hit areas is Bor, the capital of Jonglei state and situated just 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of Juba.Tens of thousands have fled, many paddling in simple boats across the crocodile-infested White Nile river to escape the fighting.The conflict has been marked by an upsurge of ethnic violence pitting members of Kiir’s Dinka tribe against Machar’s Nuer community, and the army has set up committees to probe the killing of “innocent people”.The United Nations reported “extra-judicial killings of civilians and captured soldiers” and the “discovery of large numbers of bodies” in Juba as well as in the towns of Bor and Malakal.Machar told AFP this week he was not yet ready to agree to an immediate ceasefire nor hold face-to-face talks with Kiir.Kiir has described the war as “senseless”, but has ruled out power-sharing with the rebels.- © AFP, 2014Read: Ireland to send 40 tonnes of aid to South Sudan>Read: A timeline of the violence in South Sudan>last_img read more

Googles Android Honeycomb Debuts on Motorola Tablet

first_imgGoogle’s mobile platform VP Andy Rubin hit the stage yesterday at the The Wall Street Journal’s D: Get Into Mobile Conference in San Francisco with a shiny new 10-inch Motorola tablet in tow. It wasn’t the hardware that was the focal point of the device, however–it was the debut of a brand new version of the Android open mobile OS.Rubin didn’t really field much in the way of questions about the device, joking that it would run $10,000 (and you thought the Samsung Galaxy Tab was overpriced). He shed a little bit of light on innards, stating that the device was packing a NVidia dual core CPU.AdChoices广告The real star of the show was Honeycomb, the new tablet-centric version of Android. PCMag’s Lance Ulanoff, who was present at the event, described Honeycomb as “very clean” and “almost iPad-like.”Honeycomb is set to release at some point next year. According Google, most of the major OEMs are looking to get on board with the OS.last_img read more

Le gecko du désert boit la rosée matinale déposée… sur ses yeux

first_imgLe gecko du désert boit la rosée matinale déposée… sur ses yeuxNamibie – Après 3 jours de traque dans le désert namibien, un photographe amateur a réussi à immortaliser la façon dont un minuscule gecko du désert lèche ses propres yeux pour recueillir la rosée matinale qui s’y est déposée, précieuse source d’humidité.Entre Océan Atlantique et désert de Namibie, dans un milieu particulièrement aride, un petit gecko, un lézard nocturne de quelques centimètres de long, “fait le plein d’eau” d’une manière très originale. Il recueille du bout de la langue, la rosée matinale condensée sur… ses globes oculaires. “Ils lèchent très élégamment les gouttelettes présentes sur leurs globes oculaires en cinq ou six coups de langue”, explique Isak Pretorius, un photographe amateur sud-africain, qui est parvenu à réaliser des clichés de l’étonnant gecko.À lire aussiUn time-lapse époustouflant dévoile le ciel nocturne du désert des Mojaves”Dans ces dunes côtières, l’air chaud du désert rencontre l’air froid de l’océan, en créant une couche dense de brume presque tous les matins. Cette brume s’étire sur environ 3 miles à l’intérieur des terres et crée un environnement tout à fait unique”, explique ce passionné, qui précise : “la seule façon de dénicher ces geckos, c’est de trouver leurs pistes et de les suivre”.”Elles sont très ténues, et nous avons dû rouler très lentement, inspectant chaque mètre carré de dune très attentivement. Au troisième et dernier essai, notre patience a finalement payé, puisqu’on a trouvé deux geckos qui nous ont divertis par ce comportement. Nous avons été tristes de partir, mais nous nous sentions privilégiés d’avoir assisté à ce spectacle, une des merveilles naturelles du monde”, conclut-il.Le 7 juillet 2011 à 18:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cutting through a hot story easy to stay informed

first_imgCraig Brown is The Columbian’s editor. His column will appear in this space periodically. Contact him at 360-735-4514 or For someone who grew up to be a journalist, when I was a kid I was terrible at writing letters. As in, I didn’t write any besides the obligatory thank-you notes after my birthday and at Christmas. At least my parents raised me that well.Now after leading The Columbian’s newsroom for a year, I realize I haven’t been much better. In fact, I think maybe I have written one column. I like to leave the writing to my old boss, Lou Brancaccio, who has retired but still writes his popular Press Talk column on the first Saturday of every month.But I am not sure that’s the right thing to do. One of the ideas that is currently making the rounds in journalism is that journalists need to be more transparent about what they do. This makes sense to me. I think there is a lot of confusion about who we are, what we do, and why we do it. So I’ll try to write about it regularly. With any luck it will read more like “winemaker’s notes” and less like “what they put in the sausage,” but please give me some feedback. My contact information is at the bottom of the column and on Page A2 of every print edition.So, here goes:The samurai incidentAfter working in the news business for — gasp — more than 30 years now, I can pretty much predict when a story is going to get a lot of attention. So it was with a March 3 incident in Camas where a young hairdresser, Emily Javier, called police to say that she had stabbed her live-in boyfriend repeatedly with a samurai sword she bought at the mall. She claimed she found the Tinder app on his phone and was convinced he was cheating on her. After the younger reporters explained to me that Tinder was a dating app, I was able to make the connection. The fact this involved social media, a samurai sword and an alleged crime of passion was going to make this story explode.So we gave the story the full treatment, as did other media around the country and around the world. (The Daily Mail of London even used one of our photos with their coverage.)last_img read more

TCI Crime Update

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 26, 2018 – Providenciales –Arrests and Charges On Friday, February 23rd, 2018, a 36-year-old man was arrested and charged in reference to a Burglary reported on February 5th, 2018.  The man appeared before the Magistrates Court today where he pleaded not guilty.  A trial date is set for May 8th, 2018.Fire Police in South Caicos, along with Fire Officials are still investigating a fire that took place at 11:00 p.m., February 23rd, 2018.  The home was said to be vacant at the time and there were no reports of injuries.Shooting Police on Providenciales are investigating a shooting that occurred on Saturday, February 24th, 2018, at the Club Pillows at 4:32 a.m., where a 32-year-old man received a gunshot wound.  The man is listed as stable at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre.Stabbing Investigations are ongoing into a stabbing incident that also took place at the Club Pillows on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 around 4:00 a.m. The male was treated at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre.Burglary Providenciales Police are investigating a burglary that took place at the International School in Leeward Estates.  The incident was reported to Police on February 26th, 2018 at 7:49 a.m. Missing are 18 Silver Apple Ipads, with different colour casings, and 18 Ipad chargers.Vehicular AccidentsThe Grand Turk Traffic Police Enforcement Unit is investigating a two-car vehicular collision that took place on Saturday, February 24th, 2018.  The accident happened at the intersection of Pond Street and Moxey Folly, involving a 2004 yellow Honda Fit car, and a 2015 white Honda Inspire car.  Both vehicles received extensive damages. One male driver was taken to the Cockburn Town Medical Centre by EMS for treatment, while the other male driver reported no injuries.The Providenciales Police Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating a total of four minor Vehicular Accidents that occurred between Friday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 25th, 2018.  There were no reports of injuries.The Police Traffic Enforcement Unit is urging the public to always drive with due caution and care.  Drivers also reminded to have their Driver’s License, Vehicle Registration and Insurance up to date, and in their possession, in order to avoid ticket fines or prosecution.The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force continue to appeal to the general public who may have any information that can assist in the detection of any crime to come forward, or contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901, 941-8082 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-8477. or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477.Press Release: RTCIPFlast_img read more

Stoneman Douglas student refutes Scot Petersons story during massacre

first_img“For people to go, ‘Oh, he should have known that person was up there.’ It wasn’t that easy,” Peterson said in the interview. “I’m never gonna get over this. Those were my kids.”Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin Oliver was killed, spoke out after the interview aired. “I don’t want this person to become a victim, and I don’t think it’s fair,” Manuel said. “I think he failed.”“He could have saved a whole lot of lives, the rest of the lives on the third floor, most likely, if he would have just went in there and tried to stop him, and just done his job,” Huff said.Many of the victims’ families are questioning Peterson’s intentions for doing the interview after the graduation of the Class of 2018. They said it should be a time for the children to heal and not a time to reopen old wounds.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – Former Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy Scot Peterson spoke out about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre, but parents and students said his story does not sound like the whole truth.Peterson said in a “Today Show” interview that he wasn’t a coward during the Feb. 14 shooting, but that he didn’t have a chance to enter the building where accused shooter Nikolas Cruz was firing off bullets.Speaking with 7News on Tuesday, Stoneman Douglas student Brandon Huff said he was standing next to Peterson during the last few minutes of the shooting. Huff said Peterson wasn’t being truthful.“I mean, he lies and he goes back and forth on his stories,” Huff said. “The biggest lie to me was probably that he didn’t know where the gunshots were coming from.”Huff said on Feb. 14, he got a text from his girlfriend Jessica, who was inside the 1200 building. “As soon as I ran there, and I was next to him and a security guard, there were more gunshots going off,” Huff said. “As soon as I was there, he had already been there for a while.”Surveillance video showed officials running to a golf cart and taking off. The audio recorded also could be heard: “We have possible firecrackers. I think we’ve got shots fired.”When Peterson arrived, the shooter was making his way to the third floor. “Those shots I heard, I thought they were outside,” Peterson said in the interview. “I didn’t know where they were coming from, if they were coming from the 1200 building.”He said the radio confusion and not knowing where the gunshots were coming from paralyzed him, so that’s why he took a position and stayed there.“When you’re outside there, and that building, it’s a three-story building, it’s a hurricane-proof building. It’s hard to even hear,” he said.When asked about receiving information, Peterson said, “No intel, no real-time intelligence whatsoever.”But Huff doesn’t buy it. “I was there. I saw him. I knew where the shooter was,” he said. “There’s no way he couldn’t have not known, and I said, ‘No, my girlfriend is in there. She texted me that there was a shooter in the building. He’s firing into her class right now.’ And I mean, more gunshots were going off then.”The student said Peterson just pointed his gun at the building and didn’t move.“He must have known where he is,” Huff said. “Why else would you just have your gun drawn, pointing at a building if you don’t think that’s where he’s located?” last_img read more

Alaska Womens Hall of Fame Jane Ruth Angvik

first_imgJane Angvik. (Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame photo)Jane Angvik has been involved in Alaska public life since 1973. She has served as an elected member of the Anchorage Assembly and the Anchorage Charter Commission and has taught many women how to conduct campaigns for public office.For her full bio, visit the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame website.Download Audiolast_img

Arctic Sun Fulfilling The Dream Chronicles Familys Wilderness Adventures

first_imgA documentary showing statewide on 360 North this evening, chronicles the wilderness adventures of Jean Aspen and Tom Irons.Arctic Son: Fulfilling the Dream is the story of Jean, her husband Tom and their son Luke as they spend a year in the Brooks Range, out of contact and building their own cabin. When she was in her 20s, Jean went into the arctic with her first husband, living off the land for four years.Download Audiolast_img