Vicious propaganda against Kashmiris by some TV channels affecting peace process, says Special Representative

first_imgThe Centre’s Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, has requested Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to convene a meeting with authorities of certain television news channels to ask them to be careful against spreading “vicious propaganda” against Kashmiris.A senior source said on Wednesday that at least four news channels routinely aired stories exaggerating events in the Kashmir Valley, defeating the dialogue and peace process initiated by the Centre. The meeting with the channel representatives would be convened shortly, the source said. Another official, however, said the Centre would tread cautiously on the subject as it did not want to impinge on the “freedom of the press”.“Sometimes these channels are just making a mountain out of a molehill. Many times, the debates are vitriolic and are distant from facts on the ground. This gives fodder to secessionist forces in the Kashmir Valley to sow hatred against the government,” a senior Home Ministry official said.Delegations’ protestsMr. Sharma, a former Intelligence Bureau chief, was appointed Special Representative by the Centre in October 2017 for carrying forward the dialogue with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir. As reported earlier, several delegations that met Mr. Sharma complained that a few news channels were propagating a negative image of Kashmiris. The official said they would share Mr. Sharma’s concern with the television channels, adding that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had, on several occasions, asked the Centre to address the issue of news channels going overboard when it comes to reporting events in the Valley.Delivering the keynote address at a seminar on “Understanding Kashmir” hosted by a Delhi-based think tank, BRIEF, last July, Ms. Mufti had hit out at television anchors based in the national capital for portraying Kashmir in a bad light.“I am sorry to say that this India that the [news] anchors are trying to project is not what India is and not the India I know. Few channels are showing Kashmiris in a bad light.”She said when she saw the retired “beard-wallahs” from the other side [Pakistan] and “mooch-wallahs” from this side screaming at the top of their lungs on television news channels, she felt they were airing their “frustrations” about the many wars that the two countries had fought. On stone throwingThe J&K administration have on previous occasions expressed similar concerns, and told the Centre that Delhi-based news television channels were portraying the State in a negative light. On the issue of reports of stone throwing by students, officials posted in south Kashmir had pointed out that schoolchildren from only four or five institutions had participated in the attacks on security forces.However, the national media had reported the incidents as if all the 50,000 school and college students were embroiled in violent acts in 2016 that erupted after Hizbul Mujahideen “commander” Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces.last_img read more

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Florida State Suspends Winston

first_imgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State has suspended Jameis Winston for the entire game against Clemson on Sept. 20, extending its initial punishment of one half after the quarterback made “offensive and vulgar” comments about female anatomy earlier this week.Interim President Garnett S. Stokes and Ahletic Director Stan Wilcox announced the decision late Sept. 19. There had been criticism that the original punishment for Winston’s latest embarrassing off-field incident was too light.The statement released by the university read, “Based upon the results of our continuing investigation of Tuesday’s incident involving Jameis Winston, we have decided to not play him for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday night.”Several students tweeted Winston stood on campus and shouted a lascivious comment that may have derived from an internet meme.A university spokeswoman told The Associated Press Stokes was not available for comment; Wilcox could not be reached.The university also had initially announced that Winston would face internal discipline. Officials did not say why Winston was only benched for just a half and they did not provide details of the internal punishment.Coach Jimbo Fisher was asked about the half-game suspension after practice and said, “We’re in charge. It’s our team. That’s what we thought. We went with the consequences and we’re ready to move on.”Fisher also said after that practice that the President and Athletic Director are always involved in university policy, but declined to answer when asked if it’s normal for them to be involved in team discipline.“It was wrong and he made a mistake,” Fisher said. “He made a bad error in judgment. But that’s water under the bridge. We have to move on and get ready for this game. We’re 48 hours out and I’m going to focus on this football game.”The 20-year-old Winston addressed his inappropriate comments before a Sept. 17 practice: “I have to tone it down.” The Heisman Trophy winner has made similar comments after previous incidents.While playing for the Florida State baseball team, he was suspended for three games and completed 20 hours of community service after acknowledging he stole $32 worth of crab legs from a local grocery store in April.Before the football season, he said he had matured, learned what it takes to be a leader and understood that he needed to be more careful in his personal life.The school President and AD are admonishing him for doing just the opposite.“You know you have to overcome adversity, and that’s one thing at Florida State that we do,” Winston said. “We work on overcoming adversity. When I do get my opportunity to play, I’m going to do everything I can because I have to accept it.“That’s going to eat me up because I want to be out there on the field. I want to be out on the field with my team, but I did something so I have to accept the consequences.”Little known redshirt sophomore Sean Maguire will make his first college start for the top-ranked Seminoles in the Sept. 20 nationally televised game against No. 22 Clemson. He has only thrown 26 career passes and was the No. 3 quarterback before Jacob Coker was injured in 2013 then transferred to Alabama.“I wouldn’t say it’s a distraction, maybe at the time,” Maguire said about the incident. “Maybe for the first little bit, but once the news came out, practiced happened yesterday.“It makes me more confident knowing I get to go out there and play quarterback like we do in practice, like we do every day. I’m just looking forward to it, that’s all I can say.”Florida State is trying to repeat as national champions and the winner of the Clemson-Florida State matchup has played in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game the last five years.Sept. 20 will be the first game Florida State has played without Winston since the start of 2013 and they are 16-0 during that stretch.(KAREEM COPELAND)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Sebastian Vettel beats Lewis Hamilton to pole at F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

first_imgThe Observer Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes were well aware of the task they face in defending their respective Formula One championships and qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku has only reinforced the scale of it. Hamilton was beaten to pole by an imperious Sebastian Vettel, who drove a remarkable lap to confirm that Ferrari have the upper hand. The British driver and his team have been ousted for the moment from the comfort zone they have enjoyed in winning the last four world championships.Vettel’s lap was a tour de force, especially through the tight middle sector, threading the needle on Baku’s narrow streets. Crucially it came at a circuit where the power advantage Mercedes have previously enjoyed made them favourites but this time they could not match the Scuderia.Vettel set his best time of 1min 41.498 on his first hot lap in Q3 and Hamilton, who was second with a perfectly good run, was just under two tenths back. The German, who leads Hamilton by nine points in the world championship, had not hooked his car up until Saturday practice but eventually found his groove and is clearly confident in his machinery. Support The Guardian “It will be an interesting race, anything can happen here,” he said. “The good point is that our car was really good this afternoon, so we should be in a good place tomorrow. Yesterday I struggled a bit but today it just clicked. We can’t be much happier with how the day went.”It is a feeling Hamilton has enjoyed for the past four years, during which time he has won three titles. But his team, who also took third on the grid with Valtteri Bottas, know they have their work cut out to match their rivals. For Hamilton there was acceptance rather than disappointment.“We weren’t quite quick enough to beat Ferrari today but it was super close,” he said. “No athlete can be satisfied with second but it’s nice to be back up on the front row after an exciting session. We need to maximise the result tomorrow. Let’s try and make some trouble for Ferrari.”For Ferrari Baku confirms the veracity of their challenge. It is the team’s third consecutive pole position in 2018. The German already has two victories while Mercedes remain winless. That the Scuderia have a car that is well-balanced and formidable in switching on its tyres had become evident over the opening races but in Baku, the first power-dominated circuit of the season, they proved their package is robust in every facet.Mercedes, in contrast, still face the principal issue of finding the sweet spot for their tyres’ operating window. The team are confident the car is quick but bringing its optimal performance to differing conditions is proving tricky and Hamilton admitted they had instituted considerable setup changes overnight in a bid to make their rubber work. Sebastian Vettel … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Cooler temperatures and higher winds are predicted for the race, both of which will need to be managed on on Sunday but they can be optimistic. Baku boasted the most passes last year with 42 manoeuvres and Hamilton conceded his team may have been running less downforce in qualifying but may gain time on the long straights over race distance.Ferrari, though, will be confident they have the pace to stay out of trouble. Vettel’s team-mate, Kimi Räikkonen also put in a blistering lap on his final run and could have claimed pole but for being too aggressive through turn 16. Though he finished sixth, here was further confirmation of the car’s inherent pace.Hamilton has only one pole this season. Last year he scored 12 and was often able to exploit them by running at the front, which the Mercedes prefers to running in turbulent air. Ferrari and Vettel will clearly allow no such luxury this year. Both drivers have four titles and at this stage Vettel has the front foot in taking a fifth. “Obviously they’ve made a big step forward this year,” Hamilton said, “and they are the number one team to beat at the moment.” news Read more Lewis Hamilton Topics Lewis Hamilton holds Sebastian Vettel in higher regard a year after clash Share on LinkedIn Share via Emailcenter_img Formula One 2018 Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Motor sport Share on Twitter Formula One Share on WhatsApp The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Read more Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Andy Murray fired up for singles return and confident he can challenge rivals

first_imgAndy Murray sees no reason he cannot still beat Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the champions who have been part of his own history, as he continues a comeback that looked out of the question six months ago.He is back where he feels most comfortable in the entire tennis landscape, the second week of Wimbledon – even if only in mixed doubles – and it has plainly whetted his appetite to drive on for a while yet at 32.Although his return after an absence of two years is now restricted to playing alongside Serena Williams, Murray believes he can compete again at the highest level in singles, the arena where he won his three grand slam titles, two of them at Wimbledon. Pinterest Wimbledon Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Wimbledon 2019 Andy Murray celebrates winning the doubles title at Queen’s. Photograph: Tim Ireland/AP Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. “It’s just different, singles and doubles. There is a lot more self-analysis in singles. It’s your responsibility. The thing that is nice with doubles is that, when you win, you are winning with someone else and that is enjoyable.“When me and Feli [López] won at Queen’s, we went out and bonded with each other, had dinner and that sort of stuff. In singles at the end of matches it is on you and that is the thing I’ve always had that is kind of different to doubles really.“At Queen’s, for example, we won the end of that final because of Feli. He played brilliant at the end of the match. So it is difficult to know how responsible you were for certain things. That’s the thing that is different about it that I am not used to as much.”For all that he is enjoying his mixed doubles experiment with Williams, there is a murmur beneath that strongly suggests he cannot wait to get back to being a champion again – on his own. newscenter_img Andy Murray Share via Email Tennis Topics Share on WhatsApp Read more More players older than 30 than younger left in men’s fourth round at Wimbledon Share on LinkedIn Twitter “Why not?” he says, when asked whether he still felt he could beat the best of the past and the best of the future. “If someone can give me a reason why I shouldn’t be able to compete again then I would listen to it, but so far I haven’t really been given one.”What separates Murray from the herd is his single-mindedness. Throughout his 14-year professional career he has defied the odds and all expert opinion. He has invariably found a way.None of his serial physical blows seemed to have killed his love of the game, although he came perilously close to walking away after his hip pain kicked in brutally in the first round of the Australian Open in January. One final operation saved his career.It could hardly have been clearer from his demeanour on Centre Court on Saturday evening, when he and Williams laughed and smiled their way through an easy opening match, that he is convinced he made the right decision in carrying on.The next challenge is to break out from the relatively undemanding world of doubles, in the men’s and mixed, to test himself in singles again. That could happen in Cincinnati in September as a dress rehearsal for a full return to the heat of competition at the US Open, where he won his first slam title seven years ago.Much has happened since 2012 across the Tour as the rivals he grew up with have won their own struggles against injury and the ravages of time but Murray insists he can work his way back into that picture. “I know how bad I felt in Australia and how bad I felt the last year that I played singles here, and I feel better now than I did then,” he says.His last singles appearance at Wimbledon, when he hobbled through five sets against Sam Querrey in 2017, mirrored the trauma of the Roberto Bautista Agut match in Melbourne but, as far as Murray is concerned, those experiences have been parked in the past. He has survived them and learned from the consequences.“If, physically, I can get back to a good level my tennis is still fine,” he says. “I’m sure that, tennis-wise, I will be able to keep up with guys. I don’t feel that the game has moved on and I won’t be able to get back. A lot of the same guys are still there.”It has been starkly illustrated in the first week here that the expected rise of the young contenders in the men’s game is still in its early stages, as, one by one, they have fallen. The sixth seed, Alexander Zverev, went out in the first round along with the seventh, Stefanos Tsitsipas, followed by the Canadian teenager Félix Auger-Aliassime in the third round.A slew of prospects and established seeds have failed to reach the second week. From one side of the draw alone Kevin Anderson, last year’s finalist and the fourth seed, has gone, along with the three-slam champion Stan Wawrinka, 10th seed Karen Khachanov, 11th seed Daniil Medvedev, as well as Britain’s Kyle Edmund. Gone also, after a fighting exit on Saturday night, is back-in-form Dan Evans.On the other side of the draw notable casualties include Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios, John Isner, Marin Cilic, Denis Shapovalov and Alex de Minaur. Still standing, of course, are Djokovic, Nadal and Federer, along with Kei Nishikori, the only top-10 players left.Murray, meanwhile, is determined to play his one remaining card for as long as he can, having lost in the first round of the men’s doubles earlier on Saturday. But did he not miss the cut and thrust of high-grade singles, though? Yes and no. Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Freeland to walk a fine line on Suu Kyi in address to

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada has been reluctant to overtly blame Aung San Suu Kyi for the violence against her country’s Muslim minority because it believes Myanmar’s military is using it to undermine her global reputation, officials say.Canada believes elements in Myanmar’s powerful military — which stands accused of driving 400,000 Rohingya Muslims into neighbouring Bangladesh and torching their villages as they flee — see the current crisis as an opportunity to weaken Suu Kyi’s ambitions to bring democracy to their country.That view was presented Friday by Canadian officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the seriousness of the three-week-old crisis that has helped transform Suu Kyi from a symbol of freedom to a target of international derision.Suu Kyi has been widely criticized for not speaking up in defence of her country’s persecuted Muslim minority, sparking calls for her to be stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize as well as her honorary Canadian citizenship.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is to address a rally in support of the Rohingya in Toronto on Saturday in which she is expected to call on Suu Kyi to speak out against the violence.Officials say Freeland recognizes that Suu Kyi is in a precarious political position because she does not control the actions of her military, which once ruled her country with impunity and placed her under house arrest before she prevailed and won power in democratic elections.The government wants to be cautious about being overtly critical of Suu Kyi, while at the same time stressing its deep concern over how the current crisis could undo her efforts to bring democracy to Myanmar, also known as Burma.Ahmed Ramadan, spokesman for the pro-Rohingya rally organizers, said Freeland’s appearance at the Toronto event shows the government’s commitment to helping end the violence, but it still needs to do more.Canada should allow Suu Kyi to keep her honorary citizenship because it can be used as a wedge to pressure her to speak out, said Ramadan, of Justice For All/Burma Task Force, a non-profit organization set up four years ago to advocate specifically for the Rohingya.“It’s important that Canada uses that relationship they have with her to end the atrocity that’s going on right now, but also to create a long-term solution,” he said.Ramadan said Canada should try to send its ambassador into the scorched Rakhine state because the prying eyes of a foreign diplomat would save lives by forcing the government to end the killing.Officials said Friday that Myanmar has rebuffed several recent requests by Canada and other western countries to send envoys into Rakhine for a first-hand look.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said this week the violence against the Rohingya amounts to “ethnic cleansing.”Suu Kyi has said her government is fighting a militant insurgency.The UN estimates 240,000 children are among the 400,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar since late August recounting attacks by government troops and Buddhist mobs.To help address that growing problem, Canada announced a modest contribution of extra money Friday to help Bangladesh cope with the influx of Rohingya Muslims.International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the additional $2.55 million will target care for women, new mothers and children under five. So far this year, Canada has committed to $6.63 million in humanitarian assistance funding to aid partners in Myanmar and Bangladesh to help conflict-affected people, including the Rohingya.The announcement follows a $4.3 million contribution by the European Commission earlier this week to help deal with the crisis.The funds will also help victims of gender-based violence, and will be given to three different United Nations agencies, she said.Bibeau reiterated Canada’s concern over the violence that has led to the mass displacement.“We also urge the authorities in Myanmar to take measures to protect all civilians from the ongoing violence and we call for the full, unimpeded resumption of humanitarian assistance activities for UN and international humanitarian organizations in Myanmar,” she said in a statement.last_img read more

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Cuba mystery What theories US investigators are pursuing

first_imgWASHINGTON – There must be an answer.Whatever is harming U.S. diplomats in Havana, it has eluded the doctors, scientists and intelligence analysts scouring for answers. Investigators have chased many theories, including a sonic attack, electromagnetic weapon or flawed spying device.Each explanation seems to fit parts of what’s happened, conflicting with others.The United States doesn’t even know what to call it. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson used the phrase “health attacks.” The State Department prefers “incidents.”Either way, suspicion has fallen on Cuba. But investigators also are examining whether a rogue faction of its security services, another country such as Russia, or some combination is to blame, more than a dozen U.S. officials familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press.Those officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly discuss the investigation. The AP also talked to scientists, physicians, acoustics and weapons experts, and others about the theories being pursued.Perhaps the biggest mystery is why the symptoms, sounds and sensations vary so dramatically from person to person.Of the 21 medically confirmed U.S. victims, some have permanent hearing loss or concussions, while others suffered nausea, headaches and ear-ringing. Some are struggling with concentration or common word recall, the AP has reported. Some felt vibrations or heard loud sounds mysteriously audible in only parts of rooms, and others heard nothing.“These are very nonspecific symptoms. That’s why it’s difficult to tell what’s going on,” said Dr. H. Jeffrey Kim, a specialist on ear disorders at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, who isn’t involved with the investigation.To solve the puzzle, investigators are sorting symptoms into categories, such as auditory and neurological, according to individuals briefed on the probe.There can be a lag before victims discover or report symptoms, some of which are hard to diagnose. So investigators are charting the timeline of reported incidents to identify “clusters” to help solve the when, where and how of the Havana whodunit.While Cuba has been surprisingly co-operative , even inviting the FBI to fly down to Havana, it’s not the same as an investigation with the U.S. government in full control.“You’re on foreign soil,” said David Rubincam, a former FBI agent who served in Moscow. “The quality of the information and evidence you collect is limited to what the host government will allow you to see and hear and touch and do.”Especially when you don’t even know what you’re looking for.___SONIC DEVICEThe first signs pointed to a sonic attack. But what kind?Some victims heard things — signs that the sounds were in the audible spectrum. Loud noise can harm hearing, especially high-decibel sounds that can trigger ear-ringing tinnitus, ruptured ear drums, even permanent hearing loss.But others heard nothing, and still became ill. So investigators considered inaudible sound: infrasound, too low for humans to hear, and ultrasound, too high.Infrasound often is experienced as vibration, like standing near a subwoofer. Some victims reported feeling vibrations.And it’s not impossible that infrasound could explain some of what diplomats thought they heard.Though infrasound is usually inaudible, some people can detect it if the waves are powerful enough. For example, individuals living near infrasound-generating wind turbines have described pulsating hums that have left them dizzy, nauseous or with interrupted sleep. Such effects have prompted fierce scientific debate.The balance problems reported in Havana? Possibly explained by infrasound, which may stimulate cells in the ear’s vestibular system that controls balance, scientists say.But there’s little evidence infrasound can cause lasting damage once the sound stops.And the pinpointed focus of the sound, reported by some? Infrasound waves travel everywhere, making them difficult to aim with precision.“There’s no efficient way to focus infrasound to make it into a usable weapon,” said Mario Svirsky, an expert on ear disorders and neuroscience at New York University School of Medicine.If not infrasound, maybe ultrasound?At high-intensity, ultrasound can damage human tissue. That’s why doctors use it to destroy uterine fibroids and some tumors.But ultrasound damage requires close contact between the device and the body. “You cannot sense ultrasound from long distances,” Svirsky said. No victim said they saw a weird contraption nearby.None of these sound waves seems to explain the concussions. Usually, those follow a blow to the head or proximity to something like a bomb blast.“I know of no acoustic effect or device that could produce traumatic brain injury or concussion-like symptoms,” said Juergen Altmann, an acoustic weapons expert and physicist at Germany’s Technische Universitaet Dortmund.___ELECTROMAGNETIC WEAPONIt may sound like Star Wars fantasy, but electromagnetic weapons have been around for years. They generally harm electronics, not humans.The electromagnetic spectrum includes waves like the ones used by your cellphone, microwave and light bulbs.And they can be easily pinpointed. Think lasers. Such waves can also travel through walls, so an electromagnetic attack could be plausibly concealed from afar.There’s precedent. For more than a decade ending in the 1970s, the former Soviet Union bombarded the U.S. Embassy in Moscow with microwaves. The exact purpose was never clear.What about the sounds people heard?Microwave pulses — short, intense blasts — can cause people to “hear” clicking sounds. According to a two-decade-old U.S. Air Force patent, the American military has researched whether those blasts could be manipulated to “beam” voices or other sounds to someone’s head.But when electromagnetic waves cause physical damage, it usually results from body tissue being heated. The diplomats in Cuba haven’t been reporting burning sensations.___SOMETHING ELSEThe stress and anxiety about the disturbing incidents could be complicating the situation. Diplomats may be taking a closer look at mild symptoms they’d otherwise ignored.After all, once symptoms emerged, the U.S. Embassy encouraged employees to report anything suspicious. Many of these symptoms can be caused by a lot of different things.At least one other country, France, tested embassy staffers after an employee reported symptoms. The French then ruled out sonic-induced damage, the AP reported .___Not knowing what’s causing the crisis in Cuba has made it harder to find the culprit. If there is one at all.___THE CUBA THEORYIt was only natural that American suspicion started with Cuba.The attacks happened on Cuban soil. The two countries routinely harassed each other’s diplomats over a half-century of enmity. Despite eased tensions over the past couple of years, distrust lingers.Diplomats reported incidents in their homes and in hotels. Cuban authorities would know who is staying in each.But what’s the motive?When symptoms emerged last November, Cuba was working feverishly with the U.S. to make progress on everything from internet access to immigration rules before President Barack Obama’s term ended. Officials still don’t understand why Havana would at the same time perpetrate attacks that could destroy its new relationship with Washington entirely.Cuban President Raul Castro’s reaction deepened investigators’ skepticism, according to officials briefed on a rare, face-to-face discussion he had on the matter with America’s top envoy in Havana.Predictably, Castro denied responsibility. But U.S. officials were surprised that Castro seemed genuinely rattled, and that Cuba offered to let the FBI come investigate.Then, Canadians got ill. Why them?The warm, long-standing ties between Cuba and Canada made it seem even less logical that Castro’s government was the culprit.___THE ROGUESIf not Castro, could elements of Cuba’s vast intelligence apparatus be to blame? Investigators haven’t ruled out that possibility, several U.S. officials said.It’s no secret that some within Cuba’s government are uneasy about Raul Castro’s opening with Washington.“It’s entirely possible that hard-line elements acted,” said Michael Parmly, who headed the U.S. mission in Havana until 2008.But mounting unauthorized attacks, tantamount to aggression against a foreign power, would be a risky act of defiance in a country noted for its strong central control.Cuba’s surveillance of U.S. diplomats in Havana is intense. The government tracks U.S. diplomats’ movements and conversations.So at a minimum, if Americans were being attacked, it’s difficult to imagine Cuba’s spies being left in the dark.___THE OUTSIDERSWho else would dare?U.S. investigators have focused on a small group of usual suspects: Russia, Iran, North Korea, China, Venezuela.Russia, in particular, has harassed American diplomats aggressively in recent years.Moscow even has a plausible motive: driving a wedge between the communist island and “the West” — nations such as the United States and Canada. Russia also has advanced, hard-to-detect weaponry that much of the world lacks and might not even know about.None of the officials interviewed for this story pointed to any evidence, however, linking Russia to the illnesses. The same goes for the other countries.___SPYING GONE AWRY?Maybe no one tried to hurt the Americans at all.Several U.S. officials have emphasized the possibility the culprit merely surveilled the U.S. diplomats using some new, untested technology that caused unintended harm.You might think eavesdropping devices simply receive signals. But the world of espionage is full of strange tales.During the Cold War, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow discovered Russia listening to conversations through a wooden plaque that the American ambassador received as a gift. The plaque had a tiny “microphone” and antenna embedded, but no power source, making it hard to detect even when the room was swept for bugs.The Russians had developed something novel. They remotely beamed electromagnetic waves to activate the device, which then transmitted sound back via radio frequencies.Yet if the Cubans or anyone else were equally as innovative, it’s unclear why the incidents would have continued once the United States and Canada complained.___Associated Press writers Michael Weissenstein in Havana, Ben Fox in Miami, and Matthew Lee, Bradley Klapper and Sadie Gurman in Washington contributed.EDITOR’S NOTE _ Third in a series of stories.last_img read more

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Skip Prokop Lighthouse cofounder and drummer dead at 74

first_img Facebook Prokop had been unable to perform with the Juno Award-winning band since 2014 so his son, Jamie, had stepped in to take his place.Founded in 1968, Lighthouse was distinguished for its fusion of rock and jazz, with infectious tracks like “You Girl,” “One Fine Morning” and “Sunny Days. Skip Prokop – The Associated Press Login/Register With: TORONTO—Skip Prokop, co-founder and drummer with the Canadian rock band Lighthouse, has died. He was 74.Band manager Brenda Hoffert, wife of Lighthouse co-founder Paul Hoffert, says Prokop died Wednesday in a St. Thomas, Ont., hospital.She says Prokop had been living with a heart condition and was ill for some time. Advertisement Lighthouse won Junos for group of the year in 1974, vocal instrumental group of the year in 1973, and outstanding performance of the year in 1972.Prokop is survived by his wife Tracey, son Jamie, and daughters Shannon and Cassandra. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge RCMP looking to locate man wanted on outstanding

first_imgLindstrom is being described as:Indigenous male6′ / 194 lbs.Brown hairBrown eyesAthletic BuildFair ComplexionIf seen, the RCMP advise that Linstrom should not be confronted and that you should call 9-1-1 immediately.If you have any information regarding Lindstrom’s whereabouts, you are being asked to call Chetwynd RCMP at 250-788-9221 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. CHETWYND, B.C. – Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted on multiple outstanding arrest warrants.According to RCMP, 24-year-old Devon Lindstrom has warrants issued against him for assault causing bodily harm, numerous firearms-related offences, prohibited driving and breach of an undertaking.Police say Lindstrom is also wanted in Alberta for theft and failure to attend court.last_img read more

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TSX US indexes dip as world markets plunge on Chinese manufacturing data

TSX, U.S. indexes dip as world markets plunge on Chinese manufacturing data AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted May 23, 2013 8:39 am MDT TORONTO – Toronto and U.S. stock markets racked up losses Thursday amid a contraction in Chinese manufacturing that drove Tokyo’s Nikkei index down to levels not seen in more than two years.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 94.14 points to 12,658.09, while the Canadian dollar rose 0.73 of a cent to 97.14 cents US.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials fell 12.67 points to 15,269.93, the S&P 500 was down 4.84 points at 1,650.51 and the Nasdaq dipped 3.88 points to 3,459.42.The 7.3 per cent slide in the Nikkei to 14,483.93, which was also partly blamed on a spike in Japanese government bond yields, amounted to the biggest drop for the index since Japan was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami more than two years ago.The Nikkei has been the best-performing major index this year, having risen around 45 per cent to five-year highs before Thursday’s drop. The index has been buoyed by the announcement of aggressive monetary stimulus by the Bank of Japan, which has piled pressure on the yen.The drop could be seen as a sign that investors are getting nervous that Japan’s plan to try to end two decades of stagnation may not be working, said John Tsagarelis, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“We’ve had a tremendous rally not so much on fundamentals but on expectations,” he said. “I think we’ll probably be taking breathers over the next couple of weeks because the markets have moved so aggressively, especially in Japan.”The weakness in markets could also be fallout from mixed messages from U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke on Wednesday.Bernanke told the U.S. Congress that the Fed has no plans to end its $85-billion a month in bond purchases. But, when pressed, he said the Fed would consider stopping the program as early as Labour Day if the economy shows significant signs of improvement.Minutes of the Fed’s April 30-May 1 monetary meeting, released following Bernanke’s speech, showed that some officials had considered slowing the asset purchases as early as June.Tsagarelis said investors had been predicting that quantitative easing would continue until at least January or February 2014.Either way, it was no surprise that the stimulus will eventually run out.“The math must lead them (the Fed) to consider removing quantitative easing sooner rather than later because they are just owning too much of the bond market, the treasury market and the MBS (mortgage-backed security) market in the United States,” he said.Much of the recovery in global stock markets over the past few years has had its roots on the extra liquidity that has flowed into financial markets as a number of central banks, particularly the Fed, have pursued stimulus programs.Meanwhile, weaker-than-expected Chinese manufacturing data also resulted in concerns in the markets over the outlook for commodities.The July crude contract was down three cents to US$94.25 a barrel and the energy sector dropped 0.59 per cent. July copper fell eight cents to US$3.30 a pound, with the metals and mining sector leading decliners on the TSX with a drop of 2.89 per cent.Gold was the only advancer on the index, with an uptick of 0.42 per cent. June bullion surged $24.30 to US$1,391.70 an ounce.The markets had been much lower earlier in the day, but clawed back some of the losses amid a 17 per cent, or US$3.63, boost in the shares of Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) after the world’s largest personal computer maker released a positive outlook. Its shares closed at $24.86.The indexes were also helped by the release of encouraging unemployment benefits data in Canada and the United States.Statistics Canada said the number of people receiving regular employment insurance benefits declined by one per cent to 523,700 in March. The number of beneficiaries was down 8.1 per cent compared with a year earlier.In the U.S., unemployment benefits applications fell by 23,000 last week, while unemployment aid declined to a seasonally adjusted 340,000 in the week ended May 18. That’s down from 363,000 the previous week.The U.S. housing market also showed signs of improvement.Sales of new homes rose in April to the second highest level since the summer of 2008 while the median price for a new home hit a record high. New home sales rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 454,000 in April, up 2.3 per cent from March and just slightly below January’s 458,000. Both January and April had the highest sales rates since July 2008.In corporate news, TD Bank (TSX:TD), the first of Canada’s major banks to report its latest quarterly earnings, said profits were up two per cent from a year ago at $1.723 billion or $1.78 per share while adjusted earnings were $1.8 billion or $1.90 per common share.While the adjusted earnings were up six per cent from a year ago, they were just short of the $1.91 per share consensus estimate of analysts compiled by Thomson Reuters. The bank’s shares dropped 0.46 per cent, or 39 cents, to $83.65.Meanwhile, debtholders of struggling wireless carrier Mobilicity approved a plan to sell the company to Telus for $380 million, the first of several hurdles the deal faces before it can close. If the acquisition is approved, there will be continuing service for Mobilicity’s 250,000 cellphone customers and jobs for its 150 employees. Shares in Telus (TSX:T) were down 1.09 per cent, or 41 cents, to $37.28. read more

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Football Potential trap games for Ohio State

Ohio State freshman defensive end Chase Young (2) sacks Maryland quarterback Caleb Rowe and forces a fumble during the Ohio State-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Ohio State won 62-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignDespite an early season loss to No. 5 Oklahoma, Ohio State seemed to be well on its way to another College Football Playoff appearance, beating No. 2 Penn State in a thriller on Oct. 28, 2017. That is, until the Buckeyes traveled to Kinnick Stadium In Iowa City and fell to Iowa 55-24. This season, with another highly ranked matchup with Penn State ahead for Ohio State, here are the games that could be what the Hawkeyes were last season: a trap game.MarylandWyatt Crosher, Assistant Sports EditorNo. 9 Penn State might jump off the page. So might No. 14 Michigan. No. 21 Michigan State even shows up as an opponent to highlight on the schedule for Ohio State.But Maryland? Maryland just slips right through the cracks.Don’t sleep on the Terrapins so soon though. They sit at 3-1, are tied for the third-best record in the Big Ten and have a win over a ranked opponent — 34-29 against now-No. 18 Texas.The Buckeye offense lines up against the Maryland defense during the second quarter of the Ohio State-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Ohio State won 62-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe offense lives on its running game, with a trio of backs rushing the ball more than 25 times thus far. Senior Ty Johnson, redshirt freshman Anthony McFarland and sophomore Tayon Fleet-Davis have combined for 739 yards and seven touchdowns this season on the ground, with Johnson and McFarland each averaging more than seven yards per carry.Maryland has also found its way through the air with redshirt freshman quarterback Kasim Hill. A four-star prospect according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Hill has been a serviceable quarterback in his first year under center, throwing for 516 yards and three touchdowns with only one interception.For a Maryland offense that lives on the run game, Hill’s stats don’t jump off the page, but they allow for enough of a threat to open up the Terrapins’ run game, which could find more space with the lack of junior defensive end Nick Bosa.It is too early to know if Bosa will be ready for a game in November, but even with him in the game, Ohio State allowed three runs of more than 70 yards, two of which were to an Oregon State team that is far from impressive.The Buckeyes looked like a pass-first offense when redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins ignited against Tulane, while sophomore and redshirt junior running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber struggled to get much going.Maryland offers more trouble in the run game, allowing only 104 yards per game on the ground, No. 19 in the nation.Stats aside, because Ohio State is clearly the better team on paper, Maryland offers the Buckeyes the toughest placement on their schedule.Ohio State travels to College Park on Nov. 17, the second-to-last week of the regular season, in between a road matchup against Michigan State and home game against the Wolverines.The back-to-back road game is the ultimate trap-game trope, and it is the same one Ohio State fell to last year in its brutal defeat to Iowa that cost the team a shot at the College Football Playoff.Michigan State is a large enough opponent to give the Buckeyes a difficult matchup, leaving them vulnerable against the Terrapins a week later. More importantly, the Michigan game the week after takes a lot of attention away from a Maryland game many will see as a pushover before the huge rivalry matchup.The Terrapins have proven their ability to upset strong teams just four games into the season, and have proven to be strong running the ball and strong defending the run.Maryland offers the hardest road game on the schedule strictly by being the game before Michigan and after Michigan State. But it helps that the Terrapins might actually have some weapons to make Ohio State’s in-between game that much harder.PurdueColin Gay, Sports EditorHistorically, Ohio State has never had any issues with Purdue. The Buckeyes have won 39 of 55 matchups against the Boilermakers, winning both games against the team in head coach Urban Meyer’s tenure — a 29-22 win in Columbus in 2012 and a 56-0 beatdown in Indiana in 2013.Based on Purdue’s record through the first four games of the season, Ohio State seems to be on a similar path when it faces the Boilermakers on Oct. 20.Purdue fifth-year quarterback David Blough (11) carries the ball on a quarterback keep during Purdue’s 30-13 win over Boston College on Sept. 22. Credit: Courtesy of Dalani Young | Purdue Exponent Staff PhotographerPurdue has lost three of its first four games of the season, including an opening conference-game loss to Northwestern on Aug. 30. However, a trend seems to be continuing that the Boilermakers began last season. After finishing the 2017 season with a 7-6 record, with one-score losses to No. 16 Louisville and No. 7 Wisconsin, Purdue’s three losses in four games to start the 2018 season have each been by one score and are carrying a plus-9 score differential heading into the fifth game of the season despite posting a record of 1-3.The Boilermakers entered the win column on Saturday, defeating No. 23 Boston College for the team’s first ranked win since beating No. 23 Illinois 21-14 on Oct. 22, 2011. With redshirt senior quarterback David Blough, the Boilermakers have been doing the same thing all season. Blough completed 21-of-28 pass attempts for 296 yards and three touchdowns, extending his completion percentage to 71.6 percent with six touchdowns to one interception. For Blough, it helps to have a receiver like freshman Rondale Moore in the passing game. He led the team in the win over Boston College with eight receptions for 110 yards, bringing in his third and fourth touchdown receptions of the season. Like many teams before it, Boston College could not get its running game going against the Purdue defense. Despite allowing 138.3 yards per game, the Boilermaker defense grants opposing backs an average of 3.6 yards per carry, with the Eagles averaging 3.4 yards per carry on Saturday. Linebacker Cornel Jones has made a major impact in the middle, leading the team with eight tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks through the first four games. Ever since Jeff Brohm became the head coach at Purdue prior to the start of the 2017 season, the Boilermakers have gone 1-3 against ranked opponents, never losing by more than 18 points to an opponent. After recording a 4-2 record at Ross-Ade Stadium, the Boilermakers are still looking for that signature win for Brohm’s tenure. After facing No. 9 Penn State on Saturday, Ohio State will not have another chance at a ranked opponent until Nov. 10 against Michigan State. If the Buckeyes beat the Nittany Lions on Saturday, Ohio State could have a period of time, with games against Indiana and Minnesota, during which it wins even if mistakes are made. With Purdue’s track record against ranked opponents and its ability to win at home under Brohm, Ohio State must have Oct. 20 circled on its calendar as a trap game.Michigan StateEdward Sutelan, Editor-in-chiefMichigan State has upset Ohio State in some key moments in the past seven matchups between the two teams.The Buckeyes lost to the Spartans for the first time since the millenium flipped from the 1900s to the 2000s in 2011 when Michigan State won 10-7 in Columbus. Two years later, Michigan State kept a previously undefeated and second-ranked Ohio State from a likely BCS Championship Game appearance with a 34-24 upset in the 2013 Big Ten Championship. Another two years pass, and Michigan State, again, kept Ohio State out of the College Football Playoff with a stunning walk-off field goal in Columbus to win 17-14 in 2015, later going on to win the Big Ten.Ohio State sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa (97) sacks Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke during the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ victory against the Spartans on Nov. 11. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignOne thing has remained constant though about the losses for the Buckeyes: they’ve never come in East Lansing, Michigan.Despite winning three of the past seven meetings, the Spartans have not defeated Ohio State in front of their home fans since 1999. In fact, since the first matchup in East Lansing, Ohio State has won 16 of 21 clashes in front of a green and white-clad crowd. Michigan State’s longest home winning streak against the Buckeyes is just two games, while Ohio State is currently running a six-game winning streak.But this rivalry between the two teams has gotten interesting in recent years. Whenever Ohio State has appeared to be a clear favorite, Michigan State always finds a way to make it close or even come away with the upset. No. 4 Ohio State will enter the matchup this year as the heavy favorite over No. 21 Michigan State barring a collapse by the Buckeyes or an unexpected resurgence by the Spartans, who already sit at 2-1 on the year. Michigan State has not looked the part of a dominant team this season. Quarterback Brian Lewerke is completing 66 percent of his passes, but has a 5-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The running backs are averaging just 3.3 yards per carry and have only scored four rushing touchdowns. However, in previous meetings, Michigan State has almost always been considered the underdog. Rarely, if ever, have the Spartans appeared to be the clear favorite.Yet they seem to always be that one team that gives Ohio State trouble when everything is going right for the Buckeyes. Ohio State has a clear path to a championship? Michigan State seems to get in the way, or at least provide the Buckeyes with a worthy challenge. Even in 2016 when Michigan State entered the Nov. 20 matchup with a 3-7 record and 1-6 conference record compared to Ohio State’s 9-1 and 6-1 marks, it was only a failed two-point conversion with 4:41 remaining and a later interception that kept Michigan State from beating the Buckeyes. On paper, Ohio State should handle the Spartans. The Buckeyes are viewed as a national title contender and the Big Ten frontrunner. The Spartans are viewed as a fringe top-25 team. But in Spartan Stadium on Nov. 10, Ohio State could again be on upset watch. read more

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Qatar 2015 venues are ready – Lusail and Al Sadd hall host

← Previous Story Valero Rivera about Qatar challenge: Amazing Federation, wonderful president Next Story → The End of RK Metalurg? Players boycott match against Zagreb and criticize Cervar! handballlusail handballQatarQatar 2015 Qatar is ready for the upcoming World Championship 2015! Qatar 2015 has announced that the matches of the Asian Club Championship, which will be held in Doha between November 29 and December 8, will be played in two newest sports hall – Lusail Center and Al Sadd sports hall. The two sports venues will host also the matches of the World Championship 2015 next January.Lusail is the multipurpose sports hall which will be a proud of Qatar with 15.300 seats, while Al Sadd is the part of Al Sadd sports club complex.Here are the teams who will compete for the trophy at Asian Club Championship. read more

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Google teste une nouvelle page daccueil

first_imgGoogle teste une nouvelle page d’accueilChanger ses habitudes n’est pas une mauvaise chose et il semblerait que Google soit de cet avis. Quelques internautes seraient déjà en train de tester la refonte de la page d’accueil du géant du Web.La page actuelle est connue de tous et il faut avouer que son utilisation est des plus simple. Barre horizontale en haut du moteur de recherche, avec ou sans “option”, rien de plus efficace. Mais c’est bien cet élément qui bénéficiera d’un changement majeur en se déplaçant notamment sur la gauche. De plus, le moteur se fera très discret car il faudra passer la souris sur le logo Google pour le voir apparaître pleinement à l’écran, dévoilant ainsi tous les services proposés.Actuellement testée, il n’est pas certain que cette prochaine version soit validée. Mais ceux qui n’aiment pas le changement risque tout de même d’être déçus. Google a pris de nouvelles résolutions pour 2012. Le 5 janvier 2012 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Paul McGrath Pogba owes a debt to Man United

first_imgEx-Manchester United star Paul McGrath named Paul Pogba as one of three players that must step now and prove themselvesFollowing his World Cup triumph with France in the summer, Pogba has failed to replicate his performances for the national side at United.The 25-year-old midfielder’s relationship with Jose Mourinho fell apart altogether at the start of the season.But now the Portuguese coach has left, McGrath feels it’s time for Pogba to answer his critics by proving himself in the Premier League.“I don’t like having a straight-out go at a lad who is still actually a young footballer – but Paul Pogba now owes a debt to Manchester United,” McGrath told the Irish Independent.“He’s a world champion. And I’m sorry, but it is not as simple as saying that with France last summer he was surrounded by class acts with who it was easy to play – Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi and Raphael Varane, etc.“It doesn’t matter who you are playing with. I saw Paul Pogba chasing back, heading balls out of his own penalty area, tackling, covering, grafting, when France were under real pressure protecting a 1-0 against Belgium in the World Cup semi-final.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“That was nothing to do with the quality of his team-mates. It was Pogba wanting to be the best player and team-mate he could be, to be a winner, not the player of the last two months at Manchester United.”The former Irish defender added that forwards Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez must also step up now Mourinho’s longer around.He added: “Pogba is not alone in not producing his best. There are others.“Cynics say Jose Mourinho only bought both Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to stop Chelsea and Manchester City getting their hands on the players.“There’s a grain of truth in that about Sanchez for sure, and Pep Guardiola must be thinking ‘what an escape that was’ when he considers the outlay the Chilean international would have cost his club.“As for Lukaku, I’m not so sure. What I wonder about him is that his style is not best suited to a rigid, slow, possession-based game that Mourinho favoured. Why did he buy him?“Lukaku is about power and putting himself about and disrupting defences. Mourinho wanted his players to play around those defences, not through them! What did he want the big Belgian to do?”last_img read more

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People On The Move 51513

first_imgKiplinger has named Rebecca Dolan as its community editor. Dolan was previously an associate editor at Huffington Post Travel.Jackie Roembke has been named editor of WATT’s feed brands. Roembke was formerly the editor of Feed & Grain magazine.Bloomberg Businessweek has named Aaron Rutkoff as its deputy digital editor. Rutkoff joins the magazine from The Wall Street Journal, where he was a news and online editor.Maureen Choi is now beauty editor at Glamour. Choi was serving as associate beauty editor at Marie Claire. Golf Digest has named Molly Baldwin as director of editorial operations for the publications website. Baldwin was previously group director at Conde Nast Productions.Jayne Jamison has been promoted to vice president and publishing director at Seventeen and Redbook. Jamison was serving as vice president, publisher and chief revenue officer at Seventeen.JP Kyrillos has been named president at The Daily Meal. Kyrillos was formerly president and publisher at Travel + Leisure.Vanessa Velazquez has been named director of account management at Double Verify. Velazquez was previously director of client services at Everday Health.Skift has named Jessica Plautz as its social media and engagement manager. Plautz was serving as communications and engagement manger at Investigative News Network.Rob Brunner is now senior editor at Fast Company. Brunner was editor-at-large at Entertainment Weekly.The American Prospect has promoted Gabriel Arana to Web editor. Arana was previously Web editor at the publication. Also, Clare Malone has been named Web editor. Malone was previously assistant editor. Noah Mallin is now vice president of marketing at the Online Publishers Association. Mallin was formerly senior partner and head of account planning at Ogilvy.Maria Duenas Jacobs is now senior accessories director at Elle. She was serving as senior accessories editor at Glamour.Hearst Magazines has named Troy Young president of digital. Young was formerly president at Say Media.last_img read more

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Live updates Narendra Modi speech on Jammu and Kashmir

first_imgPM Narendra Modi will speak tonight in a special address to the nation days after his government announced historic decisions with regards to Jammu and Kashmir. This week, the Modi government made public its decision to make Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which gives Jammu and Kashmir a special status, inoperable. The government also announced it was moving to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. The Hans India brings you live updates from PM Narendra Modi’s special address. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us 08/08/2019 23:15 08/08/2019 23:10 Come, let’s show the world the spirit of the people of J&K. Let’s lay the foundation of a new J&K and a new Ladakh, says PM Modi as he concludes his speech 08/08/2019 23:09 Modi thanks security forces for maintaining peace in the Valley 08/08/2019 23:09 Together, the people of J&K will defeat the evil designs of Pakistan, says Prime Minister Modi 08/08/2019 23:05 PM Modi asked the opposition to cooperate with the government in the national interest for the benefit of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Now, it doesn’t matter who voted for and against Article 370. Few steps were taken as a preventive measure. Those trying to create disturbance are getting befitting reply from the local people, he said. 08/08/2019 23:03 Ladakh can become a hub of solar power generation. We will tap this potential of Ladakh: PM Modi 08/08/2019 23:01 I respect disagreements on J&K decision – Modi 08/08/2019 23:01 Ladak has potential to become No.1 in Eco Tourism, Adventure Tourism – Modi 08/08/2019 22:58 J&K will get an opportunity to showcase its products to the world says Modi 08/08/2019 22:57 Job opportunities will increase in J&K says Modi 08/08/2019 22:56 Modi invited Hindi and Telugu industries to start shooting in J&K 08/08/2019 22:54 I need support of every Indian on J&K – Modi 08/08/2019 22:54 I invite J&K Youth to come forward & participate – Modi 08/08/2019 22:54 J&K Youth will lead development – Modi 08/08/2019 22:51 Panchayats are doing good job in J&K – Modi 08/08/2019 22:51 J&K won’t stay a Union Territory for a long time. However, Ladakh will continue to remain one: PM Modi 08/08/2019 22:50 J&K will not remain as UT forever – Modi 08/08/2019 22:49 I am sure that with all these efforts, we will eliminate terrorism in the Valley: PM Modi 08/08/2019 22:49 We will take J&K to new heights of development – Modi 08/08/2019 22:48 Easy of living will enhance – Modi LOAD MORE Add 24liveblog to your site Start View Livebloglast_img read more

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Tourists throng Nagarjunasagar as inflows continue from

first_imgNagarjunasagar (Nalgonda): The huge inflows from Srisailam into Nagarjunasagar project had continued on the second day on Tuesday. All 26 radial crust gates of Nagarjunasagar project were kept open and 5.67 lakh cusecs water including 5.34 lakh cusecs from crest gates, 32,592 cusecs through main pumphouse and 2,400 cusecs to Alimineti Madhava Reddy project were released. The water level in the project reached 268.11 tmcft at 570.64 feet against full reservoir level of 320 tmcft at 590 feet. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us District Collector Gaurav Uppal, in a press release, appealed to the people of low-lying areas to take all precautionary measures as the inflows continue into Sagar project. He also appealed to the fishermen to not to go for fishing and urged people not to go boating as water level reached 5.70 lakh cusecs. He informed that Joint collector Chandra Shekar had already held a meeting with officials of all departments including irrigation, revenue, forest, police, municipal and others and discussed the water inflows besides precautionary measures to be taken and issued necessary orders to be alert and attend to any exigencies that might arise. Meanwhile, a large number of tourists thronged the Nagarjunasagar to witness its beauty on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Why ice creams give you brain freeze decoded

first_imgScientists have identified what causes ‘brain freeze’ – a quick and intense headache felt when we consume ice creams or other such chilly treats too quickly. “A brain freeze is what happens when cold food touches a bundle of nerves in the back of the palate,” said Stephanie Vertrees, assistant professor at the Texas A&M University in the US. “The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) is a group of nerves that are sensitive to cold food, and when they’re stimulated, they relay information that stimulates a part of the brain to have a headache,” said Vertrees. The SPG is a very important bundle of nerves, and although it is the source of brain freeze, this group of nerves is also the cause of other types of headaches, researchers said.”This is the same ganglion that is responsible for migraine headaches and cluster headaches,” Vertrees said. “There has been a lot of research done on this bundle of nerves, but mostly for trying to prevent these more serious and longer-lasting headaches,” she said.”We now have two different kinds of devices for the SPG. One device blocks the nerve with a numbing agent, and the other that stimulates it electronically with the goal of eliminating or preventing migraine or cluster headaches from occurring,” she added. Obviously, that approach is a bit extreme for treating a brain freeze, but these links between the different types of headaches can help people who suffer from migraines.”Many people will try to give themselves a brain freeze to try to break a migraine headache,” Vertrees said. “It may not work for everyone or work every time, but giving yourself a brain freeze can possibly alleviate a migraine,” she said. There are several (obvious) ways to avoid a brain freeze, but fewer ways to treat one.”To avoid brain freeze, eat the cold food much more slowly so that your mouth can warm up the food – don’t inhale it,” Vertrees said. “Keep it in the front of your mouth: the further-back stimulation is what triggers the brain freeze,” she said. However, if you find yourself a victim to an ice cream headache, there is a trick you can do to try and warm your way out of one, researchers said.If you begin feeling a brain freeze coming on, press your tongue to the roof of your mouth. The heat from your tongue will warm up the sinuses behind your nose and then warm the ganglion that caused the brain freeze, they said.”Brain freezes are not dangerous and very self-limiting,” Vertrees said. “It’s about slowing down and being patient and aware of the likelihood of getting a brain freeze if you eat or drink too fast,” she said.last_img read more

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Docker founder steps down from daily operations

first_imgDocker founder steps down from daily operations by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on March 31, 2018 in Development – Last Update: April 01, 2018 – 7 commentsSolomon Hykes, the founder of the major container company Docker, announced on March 28, that he will be stepping down from daily operations within the company, via blog post .Hykes started his post by saying, “Today I’m announcing my departure from Docker, the company I helped create ten years ago and have been building ever since. A founder’s departure is usually seen as a dramatic event. Sadly, I must report that reality is far less exciting in this case. I’ve had many roles at Docker over the years, and today I have a new, final one – as an active board member, a major shareholder and, I expect, a high maintenance Docker user.But I will no longer be part of day-to-day operations. Instead, after obsessing for so many years over my own ideas, I am rediscovering the joys of putting myself at the service of others – my friends, my family, and the brilliant entrepreneurs I’ve been lucky enough to advise and invest in over the years. Over the coming months I plan to use my experience to help them in any way I can.”Hykes continues on to explain his history with Docker, from its conception as a company called Dotcloud, through the years as it grew and changed, and how he sees his role in the company changing with the times, even going on to say, “To know that your work was meaningful, and that a vibrant community of people will continue building upon it…. can any founder ask for anything more?”And then with a metaphoric bow before he heads off the stage, Hykes ends with, “I want to thank from the bottom of my heart every member of the Docker team and community, past and present, for making Docker what it is today. Thanks to you, this founder’s bittersweet moment is mostly sweet. We have built something great together. I look forward to seeing where you will take it next. Happy hacking, Solomon”Current Docker CEO Steve Singh has lead the company since there was a bit of a stir up of management, in May of 2017, but many estimate that under his leadership, the company has seen large gains in growth and revenue.According to a report from Rightscale,“Container use is up: Docker is used most broadly while Kubernetes grows quickly.Overall Docker adoption increases to 49 percent from 35 percent in 2017 (a growth rate of 40 percent).The AWS container service (ECS/EKS) follows close behind at 44 percent adoption.Kubernetes sees the fastest growth, almost doubling to reach 27 percent adoption.Azure Container Service and Google Container Engine also grew strongly to reach adoption of 20 percent and 14 percent, respectively.A higher percentage of enterprises adopt all container tools as compared to SMBs, with Docker reaching 54 percent adoption among larger companiesSo with Docker use on the rise, it will be interesting to see if the trend continues, with Hykes stepping back further from operations.SummaryArticle NameDocker founder steps down from daily operationsDescriptionSolomon Hykes, the founder of the major container company Docker, announced on March 28, that he will be stepping down from daily operations within the company, via blog post .Author Mike TurcottePublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Celebrating 35 years in

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterCelebrating 35 years in the travel industry this year, The Goldman Group held its Biennial conference on 23–25 November at Peppers Noosa Resort. Attended by 120 staff members and supplier partners, the conference was an opportunity for staff, preferred partners and suppliers to convene for company updates, networking and professional development sessions.Held over three days, the conference announced the consolidation of its leisure brands and the farewell of the Travel Phase brand, to make way for the rollout of Travelcall – with offices in Melbourne, Bondi Junction Double Bay– and the plan to launch Travelcall in Brisbane. The Cruise Centre will follow suit in Sydney and Melbourne, alongside its Brisbane post.David GoldmanThe Goldman Group experienced a fruitful year in the travel industry, with many new wins under its belt including over $6 million of new corporate business and taking home the Top Virtuoso Agency Production (Asia Pacific) award at the 30th annual Virtuoso Travel Week for the fourth year running. On the cruise front, business is booming with sales up 115% across the group and the execution of 65 cruise marketing campaigns in 2018 alone.Partner Networking Session“The company continues to grow from strength to strength, with thanks to our committed, hardworking staff. Staff longevity at The Goldman Group is something I am proud of, and I’m pleased to say that over 45% of Goldman staff have been with us for more than five years – and counting,” says Tom Goldman OAM, Executive Chairman of Goldman Travel Group.“We could not bank on year-on-year success without our agents and strong relationships with suppliers and clients.”The Goldman’s biggest achievement this year, however, is celebrating 35 years in the travel industry. To mark this, the group unveiled a ‘35 Years of Goldman’ video, an insight into the third-generation family-owned and -operated travel advisory group. The conference also saw the introduction of a $250 wellness bonus extended to Goldman staff, to be used for health programmes, yoga, nutritional initiatives and more. To conclude the conference, the group hosted attendees to a luxurious Touch of Gold dinner. The Goldman Group has commissioned a study into Luxury Travel trends of the Australian Traveller in partnership with AccorHotels, with the research study to be released in February 2019.Below are a collection of images from the conference.Tom Goldman with Goldman team members at “Touch of Gold” dinnerKatie Metcalfe, Belmond Hotels; Jennie Lemon, Travelcall; Terrye Pepper Hill and Vickie White from The Goldman GroupParris Fotias, Dorchester Hotels; Lisa Borowick, Director, The Goldman Group and Brent Wallace, Smartflyer Australia.Kevin Kirby, Leading Hotels of the World; Peter Greenland, The Goldman Group; Bradley Palant, Uniworld; Paulette Cherney, Travelcall and Bridget Kroll, Marriott Luxury Hotels.Will Brandon, Hyatt Hotels; Fiona Rose, Luxe; Cathy Favaloro, Four Seasons with The Goldman Group team.Anthony and David GoldmanLead image: Anthony GoldmanGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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SINGAPORE – Raffles Hotels Resorts has added a m

first_imgSINGAPORE – Raffles Hotels & Resorts has added a major capital city in Asia, namely Jakarta, to its growing list of world destinations with a new luxury hotel located in the heart of Jakarta’s central business district known as ‘The Golden Triangle’.Raffles Jakarta will feature 180 exquisitely-designed rooms and suites exuding the residential charm and elegant style associated with Raffles hotels around the globe.The luxury of space is evident at Raffles Jakarta as guestrooms range from 650 square feet up to 2,500 square feet for the sublime Raffles Suite.In addition, Raffles Jakarta will also feature 80 spacious and luxurious Raffles Residences for private ownership.With the impeccable brand of service and hospitality offered by Raffles Jakarta, owners of Raffles Residences can look forward to an unrivalled residential experience in the city.Raffles Jakarta will be part of Ciputra World Jakarta,a prestigious new development comprising a shopping mall for premium retail boutiques, office buildings, apartments and an art museum at Jalan Prof. Dr. Satrio, between Jalan Jenderal Sudirman and Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said, and will offer easy access to various areas in the Central Business District and the city at large.While in residency at Raffles Jakarta, guests can look forward to enjoying a varied and innovative selection of cuisine and cocktails at the all-day dining restaurant, the specialty Chinese restaurant, the Bar & Grill, the Lobby Lounge or the Pool Bar.The hotel will also feature a ballroom which occupies more than 8,000 square feet, and four meeting rooms that offer conference and meeting facilities for corporate retreats.With a generously sized RafflesAmrita Spa occupying 3,600 square feet, residents at Raffles Jakarta will also be able to enjoy a rejuvenating journey of living well, with the spa’s extensive range of massage and wellness treatments.RafflesAmrita Spa is a signature component of Raffles hotels and resorts around the world.Said Candra Ciputra,President Director of PT Ciputra Property Tbk (CTRP), “Raffles Hotels & Resorts is renowned for its ability to offer an unparalleled luxury experience, matched with the highest standards in service, hospitality and cuisine, in all the destinations they operate in. We are delighted to be working with them to bring to Jakarta a lifestyle and dining experience par excellence.”Diana Ee-Tan, Managing Director, Raffles Hotels & Resorts added, “Not only is Jakarta the heart of economics, commerce and industry in Indonesia, it is also the gateway to the rest of the country and home to both cosmopolitan trends and traditional cultures.The World Travel and Tourism Council has ranked Indonesia’s Travel & Tourism Economy among the world’s top 25 countries in terms of growth forecast and Jakarta, being the gateway to Indonesia, is well positioned to take advantage of this trend.Raffles Hotels & Resorts is delighted to be part of this growth environment.”Raffles Jakarta is owned by PT Ciputra Property Tbk (CTRP), a listed company which specialises in large scale integrated projects and mixed-use developments.It is also a member of Ciputra Group, a leading property developer in Indonesia, India, Vietnam and Cambodia. Notable developments in Indonesia include Ciputra Mall and Hotel in Jakarta and Semarang, Somerset Grand Citra Serviced Apartment Jakarta and high-end residential estates throughout Indonesia’s major cities.ABOUT JAKARTA Jakarta is the largest city and the capital of the Republic of Indonesia, and is also the country’s economical and political centre. Its metropolitan area (Jabodetabek) is populated by more than 23 million people, making it the fourth largest urban area in the world.The Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) is the country’s main airport and connects Jakarta with destinations in the Middle East, Europe, America, Asia and all 32 provinces of Indonesia, including Bali.According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) report 2007 Indonesia’s travel & tourism is expected to generate US$43.5 billion of economic activity in 2007, growing to US$94.6 billion by 2017.Total demand for tourism is expected to grow by 3.6% in 2007 and by 6.4% per annum between 2008 and 2017.Indonesia is currently ranked 13 (out of 176 countries) in terms of tourism growth forecast.Raffles Hotels & Resorts Raffles is a collection of luxury hotels and resorts worldwide, each distinguished by its luxury, elegance and residential charm.Each hotel is a landmark in its respective city, positioned at the top of its local market and rated among the very best in the world.Raffles Hotels & Resorts is owned by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, a leading global hotel company with over 85 hotels worldwide under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. The company also owns Fairmont and Raffles branded Residences, Estates and luxury private residence club properties.last_img read more

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