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Aarushi case verdict: Family, friends applaud acquittal of Talwar couple

first_imgNine years after Aarushi Talwar was found dead in her bedroom and four years after a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court convicted her parents of double murder, the Talwar household finally had a reason to rejoice on Thursday.“We are thankful to the judiciary,” said Aarushi’s grandfather B.G. Chitnis, welcoming the Allahabad High Court verdict acquitting Rajesh and Nupur Talwar. “We have suffered tremendously over the last few years and now it has finally been proven that Rajesh and Nupur are not guilty.”‘A trying period’With the innumerable twists and turns in the investigation that dragged on for close to a decade, the verdict came as a huge relief for the family. “It was very trying and exhausting. We are deeply grateful to the judiciary and relieved. I would like to thank all those who supported us through the long ordeal,” said Aarushi’s aunt Vandana Talwar.Throughout these years, there had been many who were confident of the dentist couple’s innocence.“I sincerely wish and hope that one day the true perpetrators are convicted,” said Rajeshwari Sahay, Aarushi’s friend from school. “For those of us who knew the family personally, we always had firm faith in their innocence. However, the real justice for the double murder is still pending. Is it really another case of ‘No One Killed..?’ ”Saahil Sarin was 16 years old when the murder of Aarushi Talwar hit the headlines. Rajesh Talwar was his family dentist. “The media was too quick to paint them as murderers. A lot was said about their personal lives, which upset all the people who knew them,” he said.‘Murderer is still out’“Allahabad High Court restores my faith in judiciary. Our judicial system should learn a lesson from the Aarushi verdict. Took nine years to just establish who is innocent. The murderer is still out,” tweeted the handle called Innocent Talwars, that has relentlessly advocated their innocence.As the Talwar couple are set to walk free on Friday, Nupur Talwar’s father, a former Indian Air Force officer, said: “They have really suffered. At my age, it was very trying to see my daughter behind bars.”last_img read more

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Make most of the outdoors

first_imgArya Nerker, Head of Design for Home, Nicobar, Delhi www.nicobar.comProducts from Nicobar. Photo:M ZhazoBefore setting a table for outdoors consider your entire space especially when choosing the elements that are used on the table. Make it as personal as possible. Our garden has red spring flowers and ample green, so,Arya Nerker, Head of Design for Home, Nicobar, Delhi www.nicobar.comProducts from Nicobar. Photo:M ZhazoBefore setting a table for outdoors consider your entire space especially when choosing the elements that are used on the table. Make it as personal as possible. Our garden has red spring flowers and ample green, so we decided to keep the colour palette black and white. This is even in the flowers that are kept in small table bouquets. One can also use tall palm leaves to set the mood but we decided to skip them here given the abundant greens around the setting.Plateful of styleProducts from Nicobar. Photo:M Zhazo Kick it off with table linen as it sets the tone. We’ve used a candy-striped grey and white tablecloth for a bit of fun, while keeping things light. Lay the dinner plates next. Remember, the sort of plates you use will be determined by whether it’s a formal or informal setting. This particular one is casual set-up for a springtime outdoor brunch. We’ve layered our Celadon glazed bowl over white plates. Feel free to mix things up using different sorts of napkins.Fill the negative spacesProducts from Nicobar. Photo:M Zhazo Once the plates are set, you will begin to notice negative spaces. Use colours from the table mat to enhane the entire look. In this case black platters, white bowls and black and white salt and pepper shakers have been placed on the table. Seasonal fruits add colour and go well with the overall theme.advertisementServeware comes lastNow place your serveware, filling up (but not overcrowding) the table. Since it is an informal setting, you don’t need a centrepiece, but placing flowers in glass bowls works well. Remember, no table is complete without layering. This is done by placing objects at different heights. So the monochrome salad bowl (which has Japan-inspired motifs) has been placed on a stand, giving it much needed height. Consistency is important so you will find that the salad bowl sports gold cutlery and the spoons for the parfait are gold as well in this setting. Once the table is laid out, sit back, relax and dig into the scrumptious feast.Quick tipsProducts from Nicobar. Photo:M Zhazo Freeze chocolate on the spoons before serving the parfait. It looks pretty and you get a hint of chocolate with every spoonful.Products from Nicobar. Photo:M Zhazo Place a slice of fruit (in this case strawberries) or mint leaves inside the ice cube tray before freezing it. This makes the ice in the glass look attractive and when it melts it adds another dimension to the drink.Products from Nicobar. Photo:M Zhazo Make the plates stand out by placing something on them and folding the napkin in an interesting way.last_img read more

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Gattuso: I was s*** compared to Pirlo

first_imgWTF Gattuso: I was s*** compared to Pirlo’s Nutella Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 04:53 11/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Gattuso Pirlo Nutella Getty/Goal WTF Italy Milan Serie A Such was Andrea Pirlo’s level of skill, Gennaro Gattuso opted to use a colourful analogy to describe his own abilities in comparison. Gennaro Gattuso has rejected suggestions he was instrumental in the success of Andrea Pirlo for AC Milan and Italy, saying “let’s not confuse Nutella with s***.”ACM 10/1 to win Europa LeaguePirlo retired following New York City FC’s MLS Eastern Conference play-off semi-final defeat to Columbus Crew, having earlier announced that the 2017 season would be his last. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It brings to an end a storied career in which – playing largely for Milan and Juventus – the 38-year-old won six Serie A titles, two Champions League titles and the 2006 World Cup with Italy.And Gattuso, now the Rossoneri’s Primavera coach, dismissed any notion his own efforts with club and country were important in underpinning the dominance of his fellow midfielder.”Don’t talk nonsense,” Gattuso told Radio 24 . “Let’s not confuse Nutella with s***.”When I saw him play, it made me think I had to change profession. Nobody knows that better than me, because I started playing with him at Italy Under-15 level and then all the youth teams after that.”It wasn’t only about his quality, but he was an animal covering 1000 metres, he had this athletic quality which is why he played until this age. He was someone who ran so much.”I played with him for about 20 years when you consider the national youth teams. In difficult moments, I just gave it to him. I always felt assured when I was next to him.”I understood what I had to do and he was taking care of the rest. He helped me much more in my career than I did him.”last_img read more

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Weak Product Tanker Market Pushes Hafnia to Loss

first_imgzoom Denmark-based shipping company Hafnia Tankers ended the third quarter of this year with a net loss of USD 7.3 million, compared to a profit of USD 2.3 million posted in the corresponding period a year earlier. “The overall product tanker market weakened further during the third quarter of 2017, reflecting the ongoing imbalance between supply and demand of tonnage. The drag in oil inventories and reduced trading activity did not support freight rates,” the company explained.Operating loss stood at USD 0.72 million in Q3 2017, against an operating profit of USD 2.96 million seen in Q3 2016.Revenue dropped to USD 43.3 million in the three-month-period ended September 30, 2017, from USD 44.4 million reported in the same period of 2016.At the of the quarter, Hafnia had USD 50.8 million in cash and USD 563.8 million of bank debt.“As of September 30, 2017, we had binding commitment from a first-class bank to fund the newbuilds, and in combination with our cash balance the newbuild program was fully financed. We have no debt maturities before January 2022,” Hafnia Tankers said.Earlier this month, Hafnia completed its first sale and leaseback transaction in the Japanese market involving the company’s LR1 tanker, MT Hafnia Africa. The 74,500 dwt vessel has been sold to “a large Japanese private ship owning company” with an 8-year bareboat charter back with annual purchase options from year four onwards.During the first nine months of this year, the company suffered a net loss of USD 5.1 million, compared to a profit of USD 14.9 million recorded in the same period last year.“A continued decline in oil inventories, coupled with growth in oil consumption, should in combination with a reduced newbuilding orderbook generate an improved market over the next couple of years,” the company forecast.As of September 30, 2017 Hafnia’s fleet consisted of 37 owned vessels and five chartered-in vessels. Vista Shipping, of which Hafnia Tankers has a 50% ownership, has two LR1 newbuilds on order, with expected delivering deliveries in Q1 2019.last_img read more

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NS First Nation to decide if it will pursue its lawsuit to

first_imgAPTN National News The Pictou Landing First Nation is moving ahead with a lawsuit to clean up Boat Harbour.For decades, the First Nation has had toxic waste dumped in its backyard.The effluent from a local pulp mill flows into the harbor behind the reserve. It’s been an emotional struggle for the community.In the first of three stories, APTN’s Trina Roache takes us back to the beginning.last_img

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Winnipeg police look to do better job protecting Indigenous women and girls

first_imgDennis WardAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG – Police in Canada’s largest urban Aboriginal community will soon take steps they hope will better protect Indigenous women and girls from violence.The Winnipeg police board unanimously approved a plan to direct Winnipeg police Chief Devon Clunis to provide the board regular updates on ongoing cases.The face of murdered Tina Fontaine, 15, has become an unofficial symbol of Indigenous women who were murdered or went missing in Winnipeg.  But there are many others, like Millie Flett, Felicia Solomon and Sunshine Wood.In one of its last orders of business, the previous Winnipeg city council supported calls for a public inquiry or national roundtable on missing and murdered Indigenous women. They also urged the incoming police board to do all it could to prevent, investigate and solve the plight of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the city.On Friday, the board unanimously approved a resolution that calls for better protection for Indigenous women, prevention measures to reduce further violence and stepped up efforts to solve cases of missing and murdered women.“With the prominence, unfortunately of assaults against Indigenous women, this is a priority,” said Scott Gillingham, chair of the board. “We’ve heard from the public and we’re trying to respond.”The board also plans to establish an Indigenous advisory council on policing and prevention by June 2015. The advisory council is expected to identify priorities, programs and strategies to improve the safety and well being of Indigenous people in Winnipeg.Gillingham said the police board has no position on whether there should be a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. Instead, the board will focus on actions that can be taken now.Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman said much of the debate on missing and murdered women has been focused on what the federal government can do, but cities, like Winnipeg that have “far too many victims,” have a role to play too.Bowman said city council has plans of its own to address the issue and promised there would be announcements coming in the new year.The police board has also directed Clunis to provide regular updates on the current activities to solving outstanding cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women.A report is expected to be tabled at the board’s next meeting in January.dward@aptn.calast_img read more

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FDA casts shadow on hemp win calling CBD products illegal

first_imgSEATTLE — The hemp industry still has work ahead to win legal status for hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD oil. The head of the Food and Drug Administration says adding CBD to food or dietary supplements is still illegal.President Donald Trump signed a farm bill Thursday designating hemp as an agricultural crop. The same day, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb issued a statement saying CBD is a drug ingredient and therefore illegal to add to food or supplements without approval from his agency.Courtney Moran, a lobbyist for Oregon hemp farmers, says she plans to work with U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, to nudge the FDA toward greater acceptance of CBD.CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp, a type of cannabis plant.Carla K. Johnson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Suspects arrested in Deraniyagala

At least 15 men who had arrived in a jeep last morning at the estate had attacked the 71 year old man identified as Nihal Perera. The police said that two others who were believed to be the security officers of the victim were injured in the attack. The police have arrested 4 suspects so far over the attack in Deraniyagala in which a superintendent of an estate in the area was killed, the police media unit said today.The police said that six police teams have been deployed to arrest several others wanted over the murder. The attackers had stabbed the victim after initially assaulting him and he succumbed to his injuries.The police media unit said that the vehicle used in the crime had also been seized. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Spains borrowing rates at highest since euro began on worries over recession

MADRID – Financial pressure is mounting on Spain as its economy shrinks and the cost of bailing out banks and regional governments grows.Investors pushed the country’s borrowing rates to alarming heights Monday amid concern the government could be overwhelmed by debt and forced to seek an international bailout.The interest rate, or yield, on Spain’s 10-year bond spiked 0.22 percentage points to 7.45 per cent. That is the highest level since the euro began in 1999 and is considered unsustainable for more than a few months. The main stock index tanked as much as 5 per cent before recovering somewhat.Concern over Spain increased after the central bank said Monday that the economy contracted by 0.4 per cent during the second quarter. The government predicts the economy will keep contracting into 2013 as new austerity measures — such as tax hikes and benefit cuts — hurt consumers and businesses.The gloomy outlook has increased worries about public finances because shrinking economic output deprives the government of revenue it needs to lower the deficit. The government has earlier this year conceded it will not meet its target to reduce the 2012 deficit to 5.3 per cent of GDP, aiming instead for 6.3 per cent.Investors also worry the government will face new costs to help its ailing banks and regions. Spain has asked for a eurozone bailout package of up to €100 billion ($121 billion) to save the banks, but is ultimately liable to repay the money if the banks do not.The eastern region of Valencia revealed Friday it would need a bailout from the central Madrid government. Over the weekend, the southern region of Murcia said it may also need help. Speculation is now strong that several other cash-strapped regional governments may follow.A fund for Spain’s 17 regions was created on July 13 and will have €18 billion ($22 billion) in capital. Many regions are so heavily in debt due to the recession and the burst real estate bubble that they cannot raise money on their own.The problem is the central government is facing high borrowing costs, too.If those borrowing rates do not fall back, the central government may end up being locked out of international markets and be forced to seek a financial rescue, like Greece, Ireland and Portugal.“The higher the yield goes, the more untenable the situation becomes,” said Rebecca O’Keeffe, head of investment at Interactive Investment.Spain is the fourth-largest economy in the eurozone, bigger than Greece, Ireland and Portugal combined. Its €1 trillion economy would prove too expensive for the continent’s €500 billion bailout fund, a third of which is already tied up in the other three bailouts.A debt default by Spain would rock global financial markets and threaten the existence of the euro currency. That’s why finding a way to lower its borrowing rates is crucial for the financial wellbeing of Europe and the global economy.Spain has called for the European Central Bank to take emergency action to ease its government borrowing rates. In the past, the ECB has bought bonds on the open market, lowering their yields, or interest rates. It has also given banks €1 trillion in cheap loans to ensure they have enough cash to lend to the economy.But these measures have over the past two years only temporarily lowered government borrowing rates. The ECB claims the measures are not effective in fighting the crisis and that governments need to take action by, among other things, sharing countries’ debt loads.Spain has already issued €59 billion of the total €86 billion in debt it plans to sell this year, meaning it is not under heavy pressure to hold auctions. The Treasury, however, will test market sentiment with a sale of three- and six months bills on Tuesday.In stock markets, Spain’s benchmark Ibex 35 index was down more than 2 per cent by early afternoon after plunging 5.8 per cent on Friday.The losses had been heavier early Monday, before Spain’s market regulator placed a three-month ban on short-selling of shares. In a short sale, investors sell stock they do not own, betting they can buy it back at a lower price.The latest bout of jitters comes barely a month after the leaders of the 17-country eurozone agreed a package of measures designed to instil confidence in the markets. Those measures included the rescue loans for Spain’s banks.The banks carry massive amounts of soured real estate investments following the collapse of the country’s property bubble in 2008. Many of the most vulnerable banks — the savings banks, or cajas — have been forced to merge to avoid collapse.Economy Minister Luis de Guindos insisted Monday that Spain would not need a sovereign bailout and said the intense market pressure was due to uncertainty over the future of the single euro currency.“There are situations of irrationality in the short term behaviour of the markets, extreme nervousness which can’t be resolved by governments and must be sorted out from other angles,” he told reporters before going into Parliament to discuss the rescue package for the banks.“Spain right now is the breakwater in the current uncertainty surrounding the euro. But this goes beyond Spain,” he said, adding the country had done its part by approving several economic reforms.De Guindos said Spain will pay between 1.5 per cent and 3 per cent in interest for the banks’ bailout loans. The full amount of the loans needed will not be known until September, after individual banks’ finances have been studied.The Spanish government has pushed through another round of austerity and structural reforms to convince investors of its creditworthiness. However, opposition to the government’s strategy is increasing, especially as the country is mired in its second recession in three years and weighed down by an unemployment rate of nearly 25 per cent. Spain’s borrowing rates at highest since euro began on worries over recession, banks, regions by Ciaran Giles, The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2012 12:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Burundi UN experts warn of negative consequences of coffee privatization

“There are worrying signs that the interests of coffee growers have been shut out of the reform process, despite coffee producer organizations showing themselves open to reform of the sector in a way that allows them to climb up the value chain,” said the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, and the Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Cephas Lumina.“In Burundi – the third poorest country in the world – coffee revenues represent the difference between food security and hunger for much of the population, and yet the country is in the process of reforming the sector in ways that risk undermining their livelihoods.” Coffee accounts for 80 per cent of the country’s export earnings and provides the livelihood of 55 per cent of the population – representing some 750,000 families – many of whom are small-scale farmers. Mr. De Schutter and Mr. Lumina called on the World Bank to consider the human rights implications of privatization, adding that it must not repeat errors made in the 80s and 90s, when developing countries were encouraged to sell off State assets without taking into account the social consequences on the population.In 2007, the Burundian President declared that coffee was owned by the growers until it was exported, an arrangement that allowed them to manage the supply chain and entitled them to 72 per cent of revenues from coffee sales on international markets.However, in 2008-2009 the Burundian Government moved towards full privatization of the industry under alleged pressure from the World Bank, whose support for public health programmes was reportedly tied to coffee sector reforms. Since then, less than 5 per cent of Burundian coffee was processed in the country, with the higher value-added operations taking place abroad. “States must not confuse their own priorities with those of corporations,” Mr. De Schutter and Mr. Lumina stressed. “Institutional actors like the World Bank must support States in their attempts to reform key economic sectors in ways that do not expose vulnerable farmers and growers to the uncertainties of the market.”The experts also expressed concern that, after six months of exchanges with the World Bank, the information provided to them falls short in scope and transparency, and fails to acknowledge disagreements between the Bank and the Burundian Government.“We expect fuller cooperation from the World Bank with the independent experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council,” they said. “In appropriate circumstances such as these, international law imposes on the Bank a duty to consider the human rights implications of its activities.” read more

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Joni Crenshaw Becomes 2nd Georgia Womens Basketball Coach in

Joni Henderson became only the second head coach in Georgia women’s basketball history, replacing Andy Landers, who led the program to prominence in his 36 years.Henderson, who was recruited by Landers but signed with Alabama, joined the Bulldog staff as an assistant four years ago. She spoke of her opportunity to SB Nation’s Swish Appeal.Question: What were your feelings when you were told you would be the next head coach at Georgia?Crenshaw: “Pretty overwhelmed. I was speechless. . .Your head starts spinning because you know the process goes pretty quickly. I started thinking I need to call my mom, my dad, my fiancé (USC assistant Darius Taylor), I need to have a team meeting. So immediately, you’re listening to them, but you’re also thinking about all these other things that you’ve kind of had in your mind, but you don’t really want to take yourself there until you know for sure.”Q: How did the players react when they found out you were going to be their next coach?JC: “It was excitement all the way around, and honestly that’s a great feeling to know that you have their support. They were so good during the transition period, just doing everything we asked of them and really moving business as normal in terms of academics, on the floor workouts, and in the weight room. When you see their reaction it just makes it all the more worthwhile.”Q: How do you feel learning under (Andy Landers’) stewardship and knowing that he is a big believer in you?JC: “I have had an opportunity that a lot of people don’t get, and I recognize that. I tried every day working with him and for him not to let him down. My biggest thing is, I don’t want to disappoint. I have been like that since I was a kid, I never wanted to disappoint my parents, my teachers, my friends. . . That really drives me and fuels me.”Q: How do you feel that you are going to put your stamp on Georgia women’s basketball?JC: “I think I’m a no-nonsense person, I think I am a player’s coach and that they can relate to me, I think I am a role-model for them. The first thing you have to have is credibility and I’ve played in the SEC at a high level, I’ve been in this conference for several years and I’ve coached for 13. So I have the credibility, but after that you have to earn their trust. Once you do those two things, the rest kind of falls in place.”Q: Have you given any thought to the fact that you are now only the second full-time head coach in the school’s history? What does that mean to you?JC: “Yes and no. Obviously I know that, and there’s times where I’m like, ‘wow,’ but there’s times where it doesn’t faze me. I have been going on autopilot and adrenaline since the announcement. I was completely aware of it before though, realizing whoever was named would be only the second full-time coach in Georgia history, it’s incredible. I think it really just speaks to what Coach Landers has done not only in the community, but for Georgia as well.”Q: What is your vision for Georgia women’s basketball going forward?JC: “To put a good product on the floor. To have kids who represent themselves, their families, this university, and their communities. To have first-class players not only on the floor, but in the classroom and the community. We want to be visible and accessible to the public and our fans. We want to play hard.” read more

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SEHA Vardar Skopje seal their place at the F4 with win over

Vardar Skopje have sealed their place at the F4 tournament of the regional SEHA league which will take place in Skopje at the beginning of April. Lovcen Cetinje weren’t any problem for the Skopje side tonight as the hosts won easily with 38:29. This has now put them on the second place with level points with Metalurg Skopje.Igor Karacic scored 7 goals for Vardar, while Milos Dragas had 5. Marko Jovetic and Mirko Radovic scored 5 goals each for Lovcen. ← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 23): BM Aragon beat Granollers, now firm on 5th place Next Story → Mocsai choose Hungarians for Croatian challenge! dragaskaracicVardar read more

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Fashion designer and Mick Jaggers partner LWren Scott found dead

first_imgFASHION DESIGNER L’WREN Scott has been found dead in her New York apartment.The 49-year-old’s body was found by her assistant this morning.According to the New York Daily News police have said that they do not believe that foul play was involved.Scott had worked previously as a model before becoming a stylist and then a designer. She counted Michelle Obama, Naomi Campbell, Madonna and Angelina Jolie among her customers.The designer had been romantically linked to Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger since 2001.Jagger is currently on tour with the band in Australia. Jagger and Scott pictured in November 2013 Source: ©LuMarPhoto/AFF-USA.comlast_img read more

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Hulu Goes Retro for April Fools Day

first_imgYou have to hand it to Hulu: it’s not that they even could have existed in the days of dial-up Internet access, but their 1990s-themed Web site for April Fool’s Day certainly looks like it’s optimized for Netscape Navigator. To boost the image, the scrolling featured shows (all accented by JPGs with horrible compression artifacts that load very slowly, just to set the mood) are all popular 90s programs, including shows like The X-Files, Sliders, and NewsRadio. The “New Videos” underneath the features shows — in their own HTML frame, for good measure – include Saturday Night live clips from the late 90s and news clips heralding earth shattering events like banks pondering whether they should levy ATM fees for customers who use ATMs they don’t own. The popular shows list includes programs like “The A-Team,” “21 Jump Street,” and “The Commish.”The site even uses the old Blink HTML tag to call attention to the Hulu Plus link at the top of the page and at the bottom invites you to sign their guestbook, right next to the visit counter. Go on, click to sign it and see what happens.last_img read more

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Terrorism assaults and the right to grow beards will be debated by

first_img Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Terrorism, assaults and the right to grow beards will be debated by rank-and-file gardaí An internal dispute about two motions being removed from the GRA’s agenda is also likely to boil over this week. By Michelle Hennessy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 20 Comments Apr 24th 2017, 6:05 AM Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Short URL 11,897 Views Monday 24 Apr 2017, 6:05 AM Share18 Tweet Email REPRESENTATIVES OF THE country’s 10,300 rank-and-file gardaí will gather in Galway later today ahead of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) annual delegate conference.There are 32 motions on the agenda for the 152 delegates to debate in relation to policing, training and resources as well as an internal dispute relating to last November’s pay talks that is expected to boil over when the conference is officially opened tomorrow morning.On policing, delegates are calling for the provision of counter-terrorism training to all members – not just specialist units – as the garda on the ground is likely to be a first responder.The conference will also debate a motion on firearms and tactical training “bearing in mind the current levels of gangland criminal activity”.One motion on the agenda calls for the association to carry out an audit to establish the number of assaults on members, the nature of assaults and to track the prosecution or otherwise of the offenders. Delegates representing members from 31 garda divisions are also expected to vote in favour of a motion calling for a mandatory prison sentence upon conviction for an assault on any member of the frontline emergency services.In a not-so-subtle dig at Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, the Meath division tabled a motion calling for her to publicly speak out on critical vacancies in frontline staffing “in a similar manner as the Commissioner did in relation to senior management vacancies”.Bearded police officersAn offbeat motion from the Kildare division asks the commissioner to change garda rules to allow members the “personal preference of the wearing of a beard on duty”.The Garda Review covered the topic in its June edition last year, highlighting a number of court cases taken by police officers in other jurisdictions, mainly on religious grounds.Back in 2001, the association raised this issue in relation to garda whistleblower John Wilson, who was confined to indoor duties for breaching regulations by letting his facial hair grow. Wilson said at the time that he was suffering from a skin condition which was eased by growing a beard.The garda code was changed in 2005 to include an exemption from this rule for members who cannot shave for medical reasons.Conference to kick off?There will be tension as delegates come together tomorrow morning for the first time since their pay deal at the end of last year. It will be their first chance to question the full central executive committee about decisions that were made at that pivotal time in garda industrial relations history.Readers may remember the internal row that broke out between members of the association’s central executive committee (CEC) the day before the first planned strike day.Members of the CEC – and the association in general – were enraged when it was announced by GRA leaders at a press conference that 18 units were being asked to report for duty on the day of the strike. It followed a meeting with garda management in which GRA representatives allege they were told martial law would have to be implemented – though the Taoiseach said this was never contemplated.The CEC had not been consulted about this agreement with garda management – some only learned about it from the press. As a result, a motion of no confidence in general secretary Pat Ennis was tabled at a committee meeting. The final result was 16-25 in his favour.A pointed motion on this year’s agenda has been tabled by the Kildare division, demanding that the general secretary and officer board do not make decisions of national importance without the permission of the CEC.However, after a threat of legal action from the association’s own general secretary, two other motions were removed from the final agenda. It is expected the removal of these motions will be a subject of controversy over the next few days.In his opening address to the conference, President Ciaran O’Neill will tell delegates that the association’s “democratic process is open and accountable”.Breath tests and fixed charge noticesAnd, of course, there is the topic of the almost one million phantom breath tests recorded on the Pulse system, and the thousands of drivers who received court summonses without being given the opportunity to first pay a fine.O’Neill will tell delegates that An Garda Síochána is “too often used as a political football by government and opposition parties”.He will also speak of ”perceived crises in leadership” of the organisation, calling for the Garda Commissioner to be transparent and honest about the impact of political decisions on operational capability.The association has yet to make a comment about the recent controversies.The Garda Commissioner and Minister for Justice are both due to attend the conference in Salthill to address delegates.For live updates from the conference in Galway over the next three days, follow @michellehetweet.Read: ‘People are blaming us’: Gardaí say scandals are making it harder for them to do their jobs>Read: Commissioner to sergeants and inspectors: ‘You’re the supervisors – so what happened?’>last_img read more

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New international university to be established in Northern Greece

first_imgPlans for a new international university in Northern Greece were announced by the Tsipras government last Saturday with the draft bill expected to be put before parliament for approval at the end of February.The proposed university will be based in Thessaloniki with branches extending in six other cities of Northern Greece, while four tertiary-level educational institutes will be collaborating for its formation, namely the three technical colleges of Central Macedonia, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace and an already existing international university.“It will be a predominantly outward looking university with courses conducted in foreign languages, and based on the important work already being done by the people at the four institutions it will comprise,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said following a meeting with representatives from the partnering institutions.Meanwhile, Education Minister Costas Gavroglou spoke of multiple anticipated benefits for the region, including opening “channels of communication with the Balkans, both academic and in research.”According to Mr. Gavroglou’s statement, at least eight new university departments will start operating by 2021, with one of the ministry’s upcoming priorities being the recruitment of sufficient staff for all departments to be able to run autonomously. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Update Improper Operation Of Crane Leads To Fatal Accident In Homer

first_imgNo other injuries or property damage were reported or discovered during the investigation. According to the final report: “The team was comprised of a rigger and crane operator. Neither of these members were qualified to perform these duties. During movement of the fourth load, the MC tipped over, with the boom fatally hitting the unit’s Chief Warrant Officer 2 Boatswain who was engaged in conversation with another crewmember within the crane operating envelope. The MC incurred significant damage to its boom, but a total loss determination has not been made.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The United States Coast Guard released the final incident report into the investigation of the circumstances following a crane accident in the Coast Guard buoy yard in Homer, which resulted in the death of Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski. The investigation also indicated leadership deficiencies aboard the Cutter Hickory which contributed to inadequate crewmember training and complacency with shoreside operations.center_img On 31 January 2019, at the USCG Cutter Hickory buoy yard in Homer numerous crewmembers were carrying out several yard clean up, maintenance and repair, and organization tasks before a planned underway period. The investigation found improper operation of the shoreside crane was the direct cause of the mishap.last_img read more

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Demi Lovatos Tell Me You Love Me Tour Earns 20 Million On

first_imgContent Not Available Demi Lovato’s Tell Me You Love Me Tour Earns $20 Million On First Run Demi Lovato’s 2018 Tour Scores Big demi-lovatos-tell-me-you-love-me-tour-earns-20-million-first-run News This world tour comes in support of Lovato’s latest album, You Tell Me You Love Me, her sixth, which she released last September after its lead single, “Sorry Not Sorry,” climbed to No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 ahead of the album drop.Lovato earned her first GRAMMY nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for her previous album, Confident. She also appears alongside A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip on one of two recently released Elton John tribute albums, Revamp, in a rendition of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”For a full list of tour dates and ticket information, visit Lovato’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morecenter_img Twitter Facebook The GRAMMY-nominated singer’s opening run across North America becomes the top-grossing tour, and she’s just getting startedNate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 12, 2018 – 6:15 am Demi Lovato kicked off her Tell Me You Love Me Tour on Feb. 26 in San Diego with a sold-out show at Viejas Arena. Since then, the pop singer’s opening run of the tour has grossed just north of $20 million, landing her atop the Billboard Hot Tours chart.The tour has touched down in 20 cities so far, wrapping the North American leg on April 2 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Lovato will head to Europe next, picking up in the U.K. on May 24, and will hit arenas and festivals through June. This fall, the GRAMMY nominees’ world trek continues as she sets her sites on Latin America, starting with a Sep. 20 show in Mexico.Unfortunately, the South American leg of the tour had to be rescheduled earlier this week due to “production issues,” and shows in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Panama had to be canceled. Lovato said in a tweet, “I’m absolutely heartbroken,” about the cancellations. Email last_img read more

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Winning big on game show carries big price tag for Bethel resident

first_imgWearing a blue, flowered qaspeq, Bethel resident Joni Beckham poses outside The Price Is Right studio on November 13, 2017 after winning $63,000 worth of prizes as a Double Showcase Winner. The game show episode aired on January 29, 2018.(Photo courtesy of Joni Beckham)If you are from rural Alaska, winning on the television game show “The Price is Right” carries a price tag they don’t tell you about on the show, as a Bethel resident recently learned when she won big on the program.Listen nowWearing a blue, flowered qaspeq, Joni Beckham earned $63,000 worth of prizes as a Double Showcase Winner. The episode aired on Monday, but was filmed months ago in early November. Beckham is a nurse at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. As she spun the famed wheel, she gave a shout-out to Bethel and her YKHC co-workers.“I want to say hi to my babies,” Beckham said, “Kennedy, Kayla and Kyler, and my husband, of course, and all my co-workers at my local hospital in Bethel. Hi, guys!”“Hi, everybody,” television host Drew Carey added.Beckham’s prizes include a trip for two to Thailand, two cars, a basketball arcade game, a washer and dryer, a refrigerator and more. But to get all her prizes to Bethel, Beckham says, the show is making her pay the shipping from the Lower 48, except on the cars. The show will deliver as far as Anchorage. According to Beckham, the show will not allow her to accept the monetary value of her winnings.last_img read more

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20 killed at shooting rampage at Las Vegas concert

first_imgLas Vegas Metro Police and medical workers stage in the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard South after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas. Photo: AFPA gunman opened fire at a country music festival on Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, killing at least 20 people and wounding more than 100 others before the suspect was killed by police.Police described the suspect as being a local Las Vegas man who acted alone, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said at a briefing.But authorities were seeking an Asian female who police described as a companion of the suspect, he said.They said that rumours of other shootings in the area were false. Off-duty police were believe to be among the victims.Witnesses on social media said the shooting broke out on the last night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest festival, a sold-out event attended by thousands and featuring top acts such as Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean.U.S. media, including Fox News, reported that Aldean was performing around 10:45 p.m. local time on Sunday when the rampage began but that he had been bundled safely off stage at the event outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in the Nevada gambling mecca. CNN reported all the artists were safe.Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping and entertainment.Police have disclosed no information that would suggest a motive for the shooting or revealed the identify of the suspect.Even so, the rampage was reminiscent of a mass shooting at a Paris rock concert in November 2015 that killed 89 people, part of a coordinated attack by Islamist militants that left 130 dead.last_img read more

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