Countdown begins for NDA exit: Nath

first_imgMadhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Monday said the countdown to the defeat of the NDA government at the Centre has begun with the announcement of the Lok Sabha poll schedule. The Election Commission Sunday announced in Delhi that Lok Sabha polls will be held in seven phases in the country, beginning April 11. “With the announcement of national elections, the countdown for the (PM) Modi government has started. I have faith that the voters would send a message by their ballots that they are not fools and won’t be taken for a ride again,” he said here. Asked about some State BJP leaders claiming that his government would “collapse automatically” after the NDA retains power in the 2019 general polls, Mr. Nath said, “I can’t stop them from dreaming.”last_img read more

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The New Janitor

first_imgA year ago the country was in uproar over the United Nations. It looked as if the great vision of a world platform was coming to an end. The United States railroaded the UN, ignored it, bullied it, disposed of it very publicly in a trash can and then went to war. As circumstances (and common sense) would have it, the war isn’t working out well. Almost everyone in this country is coming to the uncomfortable recognition that the war with Iraq is as good as lost or at best it is on the verge of a major failure. There are still a few in this country, especially some fanatical talk show hosts (Bob Grant and Sean Hannity in New York and the right wing clones elsewhere) who are convinced that we won the war and what is happening now are mere skirmishes (“We have to go in there with more troupes and wipe everyone out.”).Now the United States has turned to the UN because the it is the new janitor. They will help us clean it up. They are needed to make it all look legitimate. Some in the administration (including its gifted Defense Secretary) want a “UN” face on the “operations in Iraq.” In some looney fit, even the Indian Government was contemplating sending soldiers to help this facelift on an operation that the natives of Iraq call an occupation. We hope that brief gesture of generosity got some good will with the IMF or the World Bank, but it did not and would not fit well with anyone who has a semblance of understanding about the Iraq debacle.The UN has passed a resolution supporting an international administration in Iraq. All sorts of ridiculous, funny and outrightly insulting propositions have been trotted out. One of them suggests that a U.S. General would head the armed forces there, while the civil administration will be headed by UN diplomats. Read here cleaning services (Baghdad is literally awash in garbage, according to some reports), hospitals with lots of bandages and anesthetics and civic offers of bureaucracy. Sort of a front line for the military operations!The President once remarked that the UN has reduced itself to a debating society. Wouldn’t you know! If all you know is shooting from the hip, then you would not notice all the other shooting you do.Even though the UN has become an ineffectual body for a host of other reasons (among them, a steady starving of overdue funds from the United States, choking of UNESCO and other bodies, some of which were released some money only after Sept. 11, 2001), one cannot deny that UN is the only hope of conducting any dialog among the communities of the world. It has virtually no real authority, but it is a wonderful place where you could still stand face to face with the greatest superpowers and assert that you had the same single vote that the Big Ones do.What a beautiful idea that all nations, tiny and mighty, each have only one vote! You would think this could be nurtured in the greatest democracy in the world.Despite the continuous debilitating attrition in the value and effectiveness of the UN, we hope that there may be at least one hope. That the UN could become a great debating society where you could practice courage in free speech and tell the major honchos who want to run the world that they are wrong and arrogant and completely contemptible.Once Malcolm X remarked in Harlem that the Blacks in the United States could go to the UN to bring its pressure to remove racism in this country. Oh, how the world has changed!Although the vision of Malcolm’s dream is difficult to realize today, we hope that the UN can at least debate and discuss such issues, including the wretched war in Iraq which brings fresh news of new deaths every morning.   Related Itemslast_img read more

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Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger grosses Rs 150 crore

first_imgIf reports are to be believed, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Ek Tha Tiger has grossed a whopping Rs 150 crore in mere eight days! Seems like Salman Khan’s Tiger avatar could well be on its way to becoming the biggest Bollywood hit of all times. Incidentally, Ek Tha Tiger also creates a new record for the fastest Rs. 100 crore earning at the box office. Now, the trade is abuzz with the prediction that Ek Tha Tiger will cross Rs. 200 crore very soon and could well break the record haul of 3 Idiots, which was Rs. 385 crore.The film released on August 15, 2012.No sequel to Ek Tha TigerDespite the ending of Salman Khan starrer superhit film ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ leaving a scope for a sequel, the makers have denied any such move.”We have not thought of a sequel for ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. We don’t have any idea (story line) for the sequel,” Kabir informed.Even the producers have denied making a sequel. “With the success of the film, it would be the obvious conclusion for anybody to assume that the film deserves a sequel. However, as of now, there are no such plans and it is more conjecture,” Yash Raj Films’ vice president (marketing and communications) Rafiq Gangjee said.Mystery behind Katrina’s red tilak revealed!Katrina Kaif recently grabbed headlines not for her performance in Ek Tha Tiger but for the tilak she sported at private screenings of this film.According to sources, the tilak was nothing more than a religious one, applied to her forehead during a pooja she attended.Katrina Kaif is these days celebrating the unprecedented response her recent film Ek Tha Tiger is receiving.advertisementlast_img read more

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KIM REYNOLDS SWORN IN AS IOWA’S 43RD GOVERNOR

first_imgIowa Governor Kim Reynolds has taken the oath of office as the state’s 43rd governor;Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/OATH.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..our great state. ;13Reynolds says her goals include preserving the state’s small town values while igniting a renaissance in rural areas to keep young people from leaving the state:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/OATH2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………let’s change the world. ;21After the formal swearing in ceremony Friday morning, Reynolds hosted an open house at Terrace Hill, the governor’s official residence, and a similar event at the Iowa State Capitol.Friday evening, two inaugural balls are planned in Des Moines.Reynolds took office after having served as governor since May 2017, rising from lieutenant governor when Terry Branstad became U.S. ambassador to China.Lieutenant Gov. Adam Gregg also took the oath of office Friday.last_img read more

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a month agoBournemouth boss Howe: Southampton clash will be really feisty

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: Southampton clash will be really feistyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe expects the tackles to fly tomorrow night against Southampton.Southampton meet traditional rivals Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, but Howe feels Bournemouth’s games against the Saints are “gaining in everybody’s focus”.”It should be a really feisty game, a really good atmosphere and an entertaining match,” Bournemouth boss Howe told Sky Sports. “Southampton have started very well, too.”It’s gaining in everybody’s focus. The more games we have, the more the rivalry will intensify I think.”We’ve enjoyed the games against Southampton which have been tight and tough, from both clubs’ perspectives. We’re looking forward to another entertaining match.” last_img read more

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Convicted killer Paul Bernardo facing weapons possession charge

first_imgNAPANEE, Ont. – One of Canada’s most notorious killers is back before the courts for an offence allegedly committed from behind bars.Paul Bernardo appeared in a Napanee, Ont., courtroom via video on Friday facing one count of possession of a weapon.Court documents show the alleged offence took place on Feb. 9 at the maximum-security Millhaven institution, but did not reveal otherdetails.Bernardo’s lawyer did not immediately respond to request for comment.Bernardo earned national infamy with his 1995 trial for the rape and murder of two Ontario school girls Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French and subsequent sentence to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.He was also given dangerous offender status – and received an indeterminate sentence – after admitting to raping 14 other women.last_img read more

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Toronto homicide squad being revamped under new leader after tough year

first_imgToronto’s homicide squad has had a difficult year — the team has had to investigate a record-breaking number of killings in Canada’s most populous city, grapple with a rise in deadly gang violence, address criticism about a perceived lack of action in some cases and deal with several high-profile slayings that have strained resources.Heading into 2019, however, the team’s new leader is revamping the unit by bringing in more members and launching a video analysis unit in an effort to solve more cases faster — changes that are needed if the city’s homicide figures stay around their current levels.“I think 2019 will be a real decision-making year,” Insp. Hank Idsinga says in an interview at police headquarters. “If we’re going to keep a pace of 90-100 murders a year, we have to re-think how we’re staffing investigations.”Toronto recorded 96 homicides in 2018, a figure that broke the record of 89 homicides in 1991.About 70 per cent of those cases have been solved, Idsinga says, although that success is also an indicator of more work ahead for his team.“That means about 70 cases will go before the courts, and that takes up a lot of manpower and time,” he says.The force’s statistics indicate 51 of the year’s homicides were by shooting, 20 by stabbing, 10 were part of an April van attack and 15 were by “other means.”The city’s police chief has attributed the overall rise in homicides to an increase in gang violence.But the force has also noted that the city’s homicide figures have remained relatively stable in the years since 1991 even as the city’s population has grown considerably. Toronto boasted 2.3 million residents in 1991, compared to a population of 2.7 million as of the 2016 census.For Idsinga, who was told in early December that he was formally being made head of the homicide squad, the year has been marked by several high-profile cases and new developments within the team.The 51-year-old spent the first six months of 2018 as the lead detective on the investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur, who faces eight counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of men with ties to the city’s gay village.In July, Idsinga became the acting head of the homicide squad and began planning his transformation of the team.“We will have a lot of new faces and a lot of movement within the squad,” he says, noting six detectives have already been brought to help alleviate the workload of the unit’s 48 detectives.A new missing persons unit has also begun operating under his watch with four detectives — a team formed in response to complaints from the community about how the force dealt with missing people. Members of the LGBTQ community in particular had long said there was a serial killer preying on men in the gay village, raising their concerns before McArthur’s arrest.Idsinga is also starting a video analysis unit to help ease the squad’s workload.“The nature of homicide work in 2018 involves an awful lot of video surveillance,” he says. “To properly extract that video surveillance, to properly analyze that surveillance, to make it presentable for court, it’s a lot of work and is labour intensive.”He points to the van attack in April that killed 10 and injured 16 in the city’s north end as an “extreme example” of video collection and analysis. Detectives are still working on video collected from dozens of businesses and scores more from cellphones to build the case. The trial for the alleged attacker, Alek Minassian, is set for early 2020.That incident along with a shooting rampage in Toronto’s Greektown in July that left two dead —  and 13 others injured — was a “game changer” for the city, according to Police Chief Mark Saunders.“It’s one thing when you’re dealing with gunplay,” Saunders said last week. “It’s another thing when you’re walking down the street and looking over your shoulder.”Other brazen gun-related incidents in the city this year included the daylight killing of rising rapper Smoke Dawg and brand manager Ernest Modekwe in June, several drive-by shootings and a shooting at a playground that wounded two young girls earlier this year.Idsinga said he hopes to be able to provide closure in one prominent case early in the new year, with plans to have a report on the Greektown shooting presented at a public police board meeting. Shooter Faisal Hussain killed a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman before killing himself. Because Hussain died by suicide, there is no formal avenue for police to present their case, as prosecutors would do in court.“We’ll never be able to answer everybody’s questions, but we’ll say here’s what we know and you can draw your own conclusions,” Idsinga says.The homicide squad is also wrapping its investigation into McArthur, confident that there are no other alleged victims, Idsinga says. Officers and cadaver dogs searched 100 properties linked to McArthur and found nothing, he says, calling it the biggest forensic investigation in the force’s history.The force’s cold case squad also continues to look into cases dating back to the 1970s, but so far they haven’t linked any of those deaths to McArthur, Idsinga says.Another big case that has dogged the squad is the unsolved late 2017 murders of billionaire couple Barry and Honey Sherman.The family has blasted the force for numerous alleged errors and lapses, and hired its own team of former homicide detectives, Ontario’s former chief pathologist and forensic experts to perform a separate private probe. The family recently announced a $10-million reward for information that would solve the case and proposed a “public-private partnership” with police where the shadow team would work alongside the force.Idsinga called the proposal “interesting” but said it would involve onerous restrictions. He welcomed any tips and information but wouldn’t go for a situation where police would have to share information with the family’s team.Looking ahead, Idsinga hopes 2019 will bring fewer homicides.“We’re very tired,” he says, rubbing his temples. “The pace really picked up in the summer of 2017 and it was just constant for a year.”Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Some in flooded Quebec town angry new dike will block their waterfront

first_imgMONTREAL — Some lakeside residents of a town northwest of Montreal that was severely flooded last spring after a dike ruptured are now upset the government’s repairs to the structure will obstruct their view of the water.Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault, however, told reporters Wednesday the government’s decision to repair and raise the structure by 1.5 metres is necessary to protect the town of Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac.Last April, a dike failed and forced 6,000 people from their homes in the town on Lake of Two Mountains. The Quebec government decided to rebuild the dike and reinforce it by raising it.But some citizens are furious their lakeside homes will no longer have a view of the water. They say raising the dike is unnecessary because water didn’t rush over the structure last spring to flood the neighbourhood, but broke through it. It needs to be reinforced, not raised, they say.The mayor of Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac is on the provincial government’s side. At a special meeting Tuesday, town council  voted to give itself the authority to seek a court injunction against citizens who try to slow down construction work on the new dike.Guilbault said the first responsibility of a provincial politician “is to protect people, and that protection goes by raising and reinforcing the dike.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Economic recovery in oil provinces helps lower national vacancy rate CMHC

first_imgThe economic recovery in Western Canadian oil-producing provinces contributed to the first decrease in the national apartment vacancy rate in three years, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation said Tuesday.In its 2017 Rental Market Report, the federal agency said the vacancy rate for purpose-built rentals in Canadian cities with at least 10,000 people fell to three per cent in October, down from 3.7 per cent a year earlier.That returns the national vacancy rate to its 10-year average after a two-year spike.“We’re finding that demand is strong for rental in Canada, including in some of the oil-producing sectors that were not performing as well over the last couple of years,” said Gustavo Durango, senior market analyst at CMHC.In a sign that Alberta continues to adapt to the 2014 oil price shock, the province had Canada’s third-largest growth in occupied rentals after Ontario and Quebec.Michael Markidis of Desjardins Capital Markets said it’s a sign that “the bleeding has stopped in most of the major markets located in oil-producing provinces.”Alberta’s vacancy rate fell to 7.5 per cent in October from 8.1 per cent a year earlier, led by Lethbridge which was down 3.4 percentage points to 5.1 per cent.“It still has a high vacancy rate relative to Alberta’s history but it’s off the peak that we saw the last couple of years,” said Durango.Nationally, demand outpaced supply. The number of rental apartments increased by 1.2 per cent or 23,000 in the last year, about half the growth rate noted last year.Demand was helped by high levels of international migration, improving employment for young adults and the ongoing aging of the population.High home purchase prices also kept younger households in the rental market longer as they saved for down payments, said Durango. That’s particularly a factor in high-price markets like Vancouver and Toronto, where rental vacancy rates are very low.Despite low vacancy rates in Ontario and B.C. there is adequate access to rental housing in some form in almost all centres, said Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations president John Dickie.Between 22 and 38 per cent of all condos in Ontario and the West are rented and a “secondary market” of basements, suites and other units make up more than 40 per cent of total rental supply.“The secondary market provides a flexible housing supply, which is often lower priced than the primary market,” he said in a news release.Associations chairman David Hutniak called on the federal government to examine tax policy for rental buildings, while provinces and cities need to look hard at their development charges and planning approval delays.“Those are the factors holding back much-needed, purpose-built rental supply,” he stated.Vacancy rates were lowest in the B.C. cities of Kelowna and Abbotsford-Mission at 0.2 per cent and highest in Saskatoon at 9.6 per cent.Metropolitan Vancouver was at 0.9 per cent, Toronto one per cent, Montreal 2.8 per cent, Ottawa 1.7 per cent, Edmonton seven per cent and St. John’s 7.2 per cent.The average national monthly rent for a two-bedroom rental apartment rose 2.8 per cent to $989, outpacing inflation of around two per cent.Rent increases were greatest in Kelowna at 8.6 per cent and fell by 1.3 per cent in Saskatoon and Edmonton.Average monthly rents for two-bedroom apartments were highest in Vancouver at $1,552, Toronto $1,404 and Calgary $1,247. They were lowest in Trois-Rivieres,Que., at $594.The average vacancy rate for condominium rentals declined to 1.6 per cent from 1.9 per cent a year earlier.Average two-bedroom condo rentals were highest in Toronto at $2,000 and lowest in London, Ont., at $996.last_img read more

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Broad decline weighs on Toronto market as trade war worries hit US

first_imgNorth American markets saw broad declines Friday after President Donald Trump proposed more tariffs on Chinese goods.The announcement late Thursday that Trump was considering duties on an additional $100 billion in goods imported from China marked a shift in tone from U.S. officials earlier in the week that the U.S. was looking to negotiate a resolution to the trade dispute.The latest potential tariffs come on top of the tariffs the U.S. has proposed on US$50 billion worth Chinese goods, which China promised to match earlier this week, and an earlier back-and-forth after the U.S. imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum.The day-to-day shifts in trade sentiments are now dictating markets more than the underlying health of the economy, said Jamie Robertson, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“Rhetoric is supplanting fundamentals at this particular point. The economic data both in the U.S. and Canada continues to show the economies are doing well…but clearly the market’s completely preoccupied with the spectre of a trade war between the U.S. and China.”“You flip and flop around when you get into these periods of volatility we’re into now,” he said.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 148.64 points at 15,207.41, to leave the index down 1.04 per cent for the week.U.S. indexes saw declines of more than two per cent on Friday as trade concerns hit the U.S. more than other markets, said Robertson.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 572.46 points at 23,932.76. The S&P 500 index was down 58.37 points at 2,604.47 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 161.44 points at 6,915.11.Despite the market retreat, Robertson said he still believes the tariff threats are more of a negotiation tactic.“I think the market believes there may be some fire to this smoke, but I think it’s still negotiating tactics at this particular point. We saw this with NAFTA and we’re clearly going to see it with China as well.”The Canadian dollar averaged 78.35 cents US, up 0.08 of a US cent as Statistics Canada said the unemployment rate stayed at 5.8 per cent for a second consecutive month to match its lowest level since the agency started measuring the indicator in 1976.The dollar climbed despite a drop in oil prices that saw the May crude contract end down $1.48 at US$62.06 per barrel, though it was still well within its recent range, said Robertson.“Oil at this particular point is pretty well contained sort of between US$58 and US$68 and when you get in some of these situations where you get concerns for risk assets, I think that oil should move to the lower end of that range.”The May natural gas contract was up three cents at US$2.70 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was up US$7.60 at US$1,336.10 an ounce and the May copper contract was down one cent at US$3.06 a pound.last_img read more

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How the major US stock indexes fared Thursday

Major U.S. indexes managed small gains Thursday, though not enough to prevent a losing week for the S&P 500 following three weeks of gains.Industrial stocks led the way higher on strong company earnings. Financial and energy stocks fell. Pinterest and Zoom Video Communications soared in on their first day of trading.U.S. markets will be closed Friday for Good Friday.On Thursday:The S&P 500 gained 4.58 points, or 0.2%, to 2,905.03.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 110 points, or 0.4%, to 26,559.54.The Nasdaq composite inched 1.98 points higher, or less than 0.1%, to 7,998.06.The Russell 2000 index of small-cap stocks dropped 1.85 points, or 0.1%, to 1,565.75.For the week:The S&P 500 fell 2.38 points, or 0.1%.The Dow gained 147.24 points, or 0.6%.The Nasdaq added 13.90 points, or 0.2%.The Russell 2000 dropped 19.05 points, or 1.2%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 398.18 points, or 15.9%.The Dow is up 3,232.08 points, or 13.9%.The Nasdaq is up 1,362.78 points, or 20.5%.The Russell 2000 is up 217.19 points, or 16.1%.The Associated Press read more

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Group of prominent public figures stresses need to strengthen UN role credibility

Several members of the recently created group, including former heads of State and government Mary Robinson of Ireland, Milan Kucan of Slovenia and Michel Rocard of France, met earlier this week at UN Headquarters in New York with UN officials and experts to discuss the Collegium’s proposals aimed at improving global governance and focusing the attention and energies of the international community on solving problems of an increasingly interdependent world. Earlier this year, the Collegium had presented Secretary General Kofi Annan with a “Declaration of Interdependence” containing a programme of Action, supplemented in September by a memorandum that outlines in greater detail eight points for urgent consideration. The Collegium aims to use the varied experience of its members to help crystallize an agenda deserving the attention of nations, individuals and institutions, so that all could work together to accomplish it. Welcoming the Collegium’s initiative, Shashi Tharoor, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, said it would help to promote a constructive dialogue on the role of the United Nations in grappling with new global challenges. “The Collegium’s contribution to this debate is particularly important given its members’ deep knowledge of – and vast personal experience in – a broad array of political, ethical and social issues confronting the international community today,” Mr. Tharoor said. “There is a need to strengthen the ethical base of international cooperation and this eminent group can certainly help in the effort.” He also noted that the ideas and concerns raised by the Collegium echoed many of the themes outlined by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in his recent address to the General Assembly. In that speech, Mr. Annan proposed, in part, the creation of a high-level panel of eminent personalities to examine the current challenges to international peace and security and assess the role of collective action in addressing those problems. The creation of the 16-member High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, headed by former Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun of Thailand, was announced on 4 November. Commenting on the Collegium’s emphasis on the ethical dimension, Mr. Rocard, the group’s co-President, who is also President of the Commission for Cultural Affairs at the European Parliament, told the UN News Service that “limiting the reform of the United Nations to only change the composition of the Security Council or limit those who have the veto power would not be enough.” read more

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Wilma screening open to public

As part of African Heritage Month 2018, the Brock African Heritage Recognition Committee is inviting members of the public to attend a screening of the film Wilma: The Story of a Black Canadian on Saturday, Feb. 17.The film screening will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the St. Catharines Public Library.Those in attendance will be invited to take part in a question and answer session with filmmaker Ayo Adewumi and local historian Wilma Morrison, whom the film is about.The event is sponsored by the Office of the President and is co-sponsored by Brock University Faculty Association, Human Rights and Equity Office, History, Labour Studies, MA in Critical Sociology, Political Science, Social Justice and Equity Studies, Sociology, St. Catharines Public Library, Student Experience and Community Experience, Women and Gender Studies, MLLC and Social Justice Centre. read more

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Bodies of British climber Tom Ballard and his Italian partner found in

Mr Ballard was born in Derbyshire but moved to the Scottish Highlands in 1995, the year his mother, Alison Hargreaves, died on K2 when she was 33, just months after becoming the first woman to conquer Everest unaided.Despite being dubbed “Killer Mountain” because of its dangerous conditions, the summit of Nanga Parbat has often attracted climbers. They added: “The family remembers Tom as a competent alpinist and brave friend of Daniele. Our thoughts are with him.”Daniele will remain a husband, a father, a son, a brother and a friend lost for a dream that we have always accepted, respected and shared.”We like to remember how you really are: in love with life, adventurous, scrupulous, courageous, loyal, attentive to detail and always present in times of need.” In their tribute to Mr Nardi posted on his official Facebook page, his team said: “We’re heartbroken; we inform you that the research of Daniele and Tom has ended. A part of them will always remain on the Nanga Parbat.” Located in Pakistan’s Gilgit Baltistan area, it is the ninth highest mountain in the world at 26,660ft (8,126m).Mr Nardi and Mr Ballard set out on the climb on February 22, making it to the fourth base camp the following day.The pair last made contact on February 24 from around 20,700ft (6,300m) on Nanga Parbat.Pakistan dispatched search helicopters last week despite the closure of its airspace amid tensions with neighbouring India over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.Mr Pontecorvo said the search team involving the Spaniards this week captured photos of the silhouettes and analysis confirmed that they were the missing climbers.Mr Nardi, from near Rome, had attempted the Nanga Parbat summit in winter several times in the past.In 2015, Mr Ballard became the first person ever to solo climb all six major north faces of the Alps in one winter. Tom Ballard  The bodies of a British climber and his Italian partner have been found on a mountain in Pakistan a fortnight after they went missing.Tom Ballard, 30, was climbing Nanga Parbat in Pakistan with Daniele Nardi, 42, when they lost contact on February 24.A team of four Spanish rescuers identified their remains after earlier spotting their silhouettes at an altitude of 20,700ft, close to their last known position.A family friend of Jim Ballard, Tom’s father, last night said the confirmation of their deaths meant their “worst fears had been realised”.A spokesman for the Nardi team posted a message online saying they were “heartbroken” and now “must accept what happened”.Stefano Pontecorvo, the Italian ambassador, said the search team has confirmed that silhouettes earlier seen on the mountain were the bodies of Mr Ballard and Mr Nardi. He added that the bodies are in a location that is proving difficult to reach. He tweeted: “With great sadness I inform that the search for Daniele Nardi and Tom Ballard is over  as the search team has confirmed that the silhouettes spotted on Mummery at about 5,900 meters are those of Daniele and Tom. R.I.P.” Tom Ballard  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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EHF EURO 2012 Sweden destroyed Russia

In the test match before the start of the EHF EURO 2012, Sweden beats Russia 31:23 (15:10). Home team in the sold “Kristianstad Arena” (almost 5000 fans) was clearly better rival and deserved a high win.SWEDEN: Andersson 4, Stenbacken 4, Ekberg 3, Nilsson 3, Jakobsson 3, Doder 2, Petersen 2, Ekdahl Du Rietz 2, Lundstrom 1, Larholm 1, Karlsson 1, Zachrisson 1.RUSSIA: Atman 4, Kovalev 3, Chernoivanov 2, Chipurin 2, Koksharov 2, Shelmenko 2, Starykh 2, Igropulo 1, Ivanov 1.Results: 4:2 (5 min), 7;4 (10 min), 9:4 (15 min), 10:6 (20 min), 13:8 (25 min), 15:10 (30 min), 17:12 (35 min), 20:14 (40 min), 21:14 (45 min), 23:16 (50 min). ← Previous Story Lazarov injured – misses a training Next Story → Hungary without Lekai at the EHF EURO 2012! read more

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WWE RAW Ratings Viewers up on March 11 following the Fastlane PPV

first_img The RAW ratings are in for March 11, 2019.This week’s edition from Pittsburgh drew an average audience of 2.82 million viewers on Monday night according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is up from last week’s show that averaged 2.78 million viewers.WWE won the night on cable coming in at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 for the night.The second hour drew the strongest audience (2.866 million viewers).Hourly Breakdowns and Demographics for WWE RAWHour 1: 2.843 (down from 3.065 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 2.866 (up from 2.798 million viewers)Hour 3: 2.752 (up from 2.485 million viewers)This week’s RAW, headlined by Drew McIntyre vs. Dean Ambrose in a Falls Count Anywhere match, averaged 0.97 rating among adults 18-49. This is down from 0.98 last week.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Twitter Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Pinterest Shawn Michaels Jon Moxley Joins AEW Google+ Facebook Videos Articles Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Jon Moxley: AEW Was Bigger Than WWE Title WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Jon Moxley To Go To NJPW Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Videos Articles Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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Cocaine laced with fentanyl causes deadly overdoses in San Diego

first_img Jason Austell Cocaine laced with fentanyl causes deadly overdoses in San Diego 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – More than 22,000 pounds of cocaine are not on the streets today. The U.S. Coast Guard seized it in international waters and was offloaded right here in San Diego.CEO of Confidential Recovery, Scott Silverman, was on Good Morning San Diego to tell us where the drugs could be headed. Silverman also warned San Diegans of the dangers of cocaine, including the deadly overdoses it has caused in our community from being laced with fentanyl.RELATED STORY: Cocaine laced with fentanyl leads to multiple deaths in San Diego Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Jason Austell, center_img October 4, 2018 Posted: October 4, 2018 Updated: 1:08 PMlast_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For June 1 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, June 1, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Areas of fog before 9am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 82. Southwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.In The Community:  The Wilmington Youth Soccer Association is holding a Parents Night Out and Cornhole Tournament from 7pm to 11pm at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks (777 South Street). The event will feature music and karaoke from Two Cousins DJ; raffle table; 50/50 raffle; dancing; finger foods; cash bar; a cornhole tournament; and more. Tickets cost $20 each. Tables for $200 are available.  Entry in the Cornhole Tournament, which begins at 8pm, costs $10, with “rebuttals” costing $5. To purchase tickets, contact Jessica Scanlon (jcscanlon09[at]gmail.com), Emily Broussard (emilybroussard2002[at]yahoo.com), Megan Howie (Meganhowie5[at]gmail.com), or Alison Zaya (ali.zaya[at]gmail.com).In The Community: Artists from Wilmington and surrounding towns will compete once again for ribbons and cash prizes in the Wilmington Council for the Arts’ 38th Annual Art Exhibition. The event takes place at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue). The exhibition begins on Friday, June 1, 2018, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, with a reception, refreshments and live music. The exhibition continues on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from noon to 4pm. The reception and exhibition are open to the public, and free of charge. Last year’s artwork can be viewed HERE.DEADLINE: The Wilmington High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has announced that the nomination deadline for this year is June 1, 2018. All nominations must be received by the deadline in order to be considered. Established in 1990, Wilmington’s Hall of Fame honors the school’s athletes, coaches, benefactors, and special contributors.The selection process is based on the rule that the candidates for induction be evaluated on what they did in sports while at Wilmington High School exclusively. Achievements in sports while at college or at the professional level will have no bearing on the selection committee’s deliberations. To be eligible for nomination, the athletes must have participated in at least one varsity sport. Athletes nominated for the Hall of Fame must have graduated at least ten years prior to nomination.All nominations should be emailed to wildcathof@gmail.com.At Wilmington Public Schools: Wilmington High School’s Annual Scholarship Night takes place from 6:30pm to 8pm in the WHS Gymnasium.At The Library: Needleworkers meet at 10am. Drop-In Story Time at 10am.  [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Go Wildcats!: No games scheduled.Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke with Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, June 7, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington Youth Soccer To Hold Parents Night Out & Cornhole Tournament On June 7In “Sports”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 12, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Mothers Day Special Richa Chadha Pankaj Shweta Tripathi share the most valuable

first_imgRicha Chadha, Pankaj Tripathi, Shweta TripathiPR HandoutMother’s Day is around the corner, it will be celebrated in India on Sunday (May 12). Many people pour their heart out showcasing the love for their mother. Bollywood celebrities are no exception. Here are a few who spoke and they shared their thoughts for their mothers and the most valuable lesson they have learnt from them.Richa Chadha Richa ChadhaPR HandoutMy mother taught me the importance of being truthful and kind. She’s got amazing resilience and an undying faith in providence, she’s so optimistic. She’s also the most well-read person I know. I guess I have taken a little bit of everything from her.Ali Fazal Ali FazalPR HandoutI learnt how to budget within our means. She taught me to survive in a world with and in a world without. I’ve never known a person like my mother. Resilient and headstrong to a point where she live out a lifetime for love and honour and pride than kneel before the turbulence of time. She’s given me everything Ii have today. And all mine is hers now.Shweta Tripathi Shweta TripathiPR HandoutMy interest in design started because of my mother. In music, dance, and everything creative. She taught me to see the world in a different light. I was always encouraged to do and follow what makes me happy as long as I was learning and growing. She retired as a teacher and post retirement, she has started learning how to paint. And everytime she sends me her new painting, I feel so happy.Pankaj Tripathi Pankaj TripathiPR HandoutOne thing that i have learnt from mother that helped me to shape up my personality is there is no option to truthfulness, honesty and hard work. Secondly she taught me to not leave a single grain of food in your plate, do not waste food eat completely whatever is served to you. Even at this stage of my life i am still following her lessons and will keep doing so. I only believe in sincerity, honesty and hard work. The reason for not leaving single grain on plate was we are family of farmers. We know the hard work and efforts it goes to grow a single rice grain and bringing the same grain from field to home. We know the importance and value of food grain being a farmer. This is one of the reasons she taught us the value of food and not wasting it.Sumeet Vyas Sumeet VyasPR HandoutThat no matter how grave the problem is, after a good meal, I can resolve it.last_img read more

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