Deal signed to host T10 league for five years in Abu Dhabi

first_imgDubai: The Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi will be the new home of T10 cricket for the next five years, starting with the 2019 season. Abu Dhabi Cricket (ADC), in partnership with Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has signed a five-year agreement with the organizers of the T10 Cricket League. The shortest form of the game will now be played exclusively at Zayed Cricket Stadium. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh To announce the arrival of the new partnership, a T10 match was organised on the seafront of Abu Dhabi’s iconic Corniche, with T10 aces Colin Ingram, Andre Fletcher and Luke Ronchi having a bat on the beach. Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “Our city is a major global hub with a huge variety of attractions that cater to people of all ages and backgrounds, and the T10 tournament’s presence the city for the next five years represents an exciting opportunity to attract even more visitors from around the globe, especially those from India who represent one of DCT Abu Dhabi’s key markets.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “T10 is fast, punchy, exciting cricket, making it perfect viewing for those of us living in the UAE,” said Aref Al-Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council. “The decision to host T10 in Abu Dhabi is a fitting demonstration of our strategic investments in sporting infrastructure, such as training facilities and match stadiums which we’ve been making over recent years. “Through bringing T10 to the capital of the nation, we hope cricket’s sporting potential can reach more audiences and introduce more players, young and old, to both cricket and to the wider forms of sport available in Abu Dhabi,” Al Awani said. T10 was first introduced to the UAE in 2017. With eight squads vying for victory in games with an explosive pace, players featured have included Chris Gayle, Shoaib Malik, Shane Watson and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed. Shaji Ul Mulk, Innovator and Chairman of the T10 League, said: “T10 has landed onto the global cricket scene, and this combined partnership with Abu Dhabi Sports Council, DCT Abu Dhabiand Abu Dhabi Cricket gives T10 a major boost in establishing itself as a credible international form of the game.” Australian Shane Watson, who captains the Karachians, said: “T10 is one of the fastest evolving forms of cricket, and fans obviously love it. The move of the league to Abu Dhabi is a great idea the pitches in Abu Dhabi are beautifully maintained, and as I’ve mentioned before, the conditions are the closest to those in Australia.” The first match of the T10 League 2019 will be held on October 23.last_img read more

ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Tuesday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close FriNov. 497.40 501.80 496.30 497.20 497.30Jan. ’18 504.90 508.70 503.20 504.00 503.80March 511.20 515.30 509.30 510.70 510.20May 515.00 518.00 512.50 513.50 512.70July 516.80 518.70 513.20 514.00 513.80Nov. 486.00 486.00 480.70 483.70 481.40Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 485.40 483.10March 0.00 0.00 0.00 488.10 485.80May 0.00 0.00 0.00 488.10 485.80July 0.00 0.00 0.00 488.10 485.80Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 488.10 485.80Barley (Western): Open High Low Close FriOct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 145.00 145.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 148.00 148.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Montreal CW: $230.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $507.20 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $522.20 (November 2017) read more

Wireless growth helps BCE profit beat expectations

MONTREAL — BCE Inc. saw its third-quarter profit edge higher compared with a year ago as it topped expectations.BCE said it added more wireless subscribers in the third quarter, helping it beat analysts’ profit estimates.The company added nearly 135,000 net postpaid wireless subscribers, up 15.5 per cent from a year earlier.The telecommunications and media company says it earned $814 million attributable to shareholders or 90 cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30. That was up from $803 million or 90 cents per share in the third quarter of 2017.Operating revenue totalled nearly $5.88 billion, up from nearly $5.70 billion in the same quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, BCE says it earned 96 cents per share for the quarter, up from 91 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had estimated BCE would earn 93 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The telecom giant also owns the CTV television network, specialty TV channels including TSN, and a large stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment — owner of Toronto’s major league hockey, basketball and soccer teams.With file from Reuters read more

Mental anguish adds weight to argument for ending capital punishment – UN

“International and national bodies have determined that several methods of execution are likely to violate the prohibition of torture, because of the pain and suffering they are likely to inflict on the convicted person,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, at the opening of the biennial high-level panel discussion on the death penalty, which was organized as part of the Human Rights Council’s current session. “Studies of the severe pain and suffering caused by other methods has continued to extend this list, to the point where it has become increasingly difficult for a State to impose the death penalty without violating international human rights law,” he stated.He added that the long and highly stressful period that most individuals endure while waiting on ‘death row’ for years, or even decades, and frequently in isolation, for an uncertain outcome, has also been referenced as constituting torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.This “death row phenomenon” has been recognized by the UN Human Rights Committee and other bodies at the international, regional and domestic levels, as well as by the California Supreme Court.When the authorities fail to give adequate information about the timing of executions, they keep not only the convicted person but also his children and other family members in permanent anticipation of imminent death, he explained. “The severe mental and physical suffering which are inflicted by capital punishment on the person concerned and family members should now be added to the weight of the argument,” Mr. Zeid said, explaining that this is another reason why the death penalty should be abolished, besides its capricious and often discriminatory application and its failure to demonstrate any deterrent effect beyond that of other punishments.The UN rights chief recalled that a former Special Rapporteur has recommended that the Human Rights Council request a comprehensive legal study regarding the emergence of a customary norm according to which the death penalty constitutes torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.It has been 10 years since the General Assembly resolution of December 2007 which urged States to adopt a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, with a view towards its full abolition.Over this decade, the global trend against capital punishment has become increasingly strong, with almost three out of four countries now having either abolished it or stopped practicing it. However, the overall number of executions in States that continue to resort to the death penalty has increased in the last two years, and some States in which a moratorium had been in place for many years have recently resumed executions.“I take this opportunity, once again to urge all States to end use of the death penalty,” Mr. Zeid said. Opening of the biennial high-level panel discussion on the death penalty, organized as part of the Human Rights Council’s current session. 1 March 2017. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré read more

Motor industry welcomes UK support for voluntary agreement on pedestrian protection

The SMMT today hailed the decision by the government to support a voluntary agreement, set to improve pedestrian protection features on new cars, as the most effective way to reduce injuries in road accidents. The Secretary of State for Transport Local Government and the Regions this afternoon announced that the UK would support a negotiated approach rather than wait for a European Directive. The voluntary agreement will offer 25 per cent of the fatality reduction and 60 per cent of the serious injury reduction expected in the European Enhanced Vehicle Safety Committee (EEVC) proposal on pedestrian protection in the short term. The full EEVC benefits are to achieved in the second phase. Motor industry welcomes UK support for voluntary agreement on Pedestrian Protection A negotiated agreement between the motor industry and European Commission to improve pedestrian protection will save more lives than a legal directive. Through negotiation, interim measures to improve car design are likely to be in place by 2005, a full three years ahead of any European directive. Eighty per cent of the benefits of a directive will have been met by that time, rising to 100 per cent by 2008. This is when provisions of a legally binding directive would come into force. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Christopher Macgowan SMMT chief executive said ‘This landmark decision by the UK government presents the opportunity to deliver real benefits to pedestrians, rather than wait for lumbering legislation. The motor industry has an excellent track record in delivering on its commitments and we look forward to working together in delivering this tough assignment.’ ENDS Note to editors: The European automotive industry is already committed to a voluntary agreement to reduce CO2 emissions by 25 per cent by 2008 from 1995 levels. ACEA, the European automobile manufacturers association, recently reported that CO2 output from new cars is falling by an average 2.5 per cent per year. The industry is on target to reach the 140 g/km threshold set for average CO2 emissions from new cars by 2008. read more

Men are suffering more from sexism Ann Widdecombe claims

first_img 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. If I’m going to complain about sexism it should be from [men’s] sex not from mineAnn Widdecombe Ms Widdecombe used the example of custody cases to highlight her concern that society treats men unfairly.“In custody cases the vast percentage of custody goes to the woman and I understand that,” she said. “But when it comes to enforcing access arrangements, which have been agreed by the courts, there is a very, very lax attitude with completely absence of will to make sure that fathers… can actually can maintain their rights of access.”Expanding on the issue, Ms Widdecombe said she once had to tell one of the “Blair babes” – one of the 101 women elected to Parliament in 1997 – that men were not being rude to her because she was a woman. “She hadn’t thought [about the men also being rude to each other],” she said. “She had just been roughed up in the Chamber and had assumed it was because she was a woman, when in fact it was because she was useless.”center_img Men, not women, are suffering from sexism, says Ann Widdecombe, who insists there is a “lax attitude” to ensuring the parental rights of fathers. The former Conservative MP, 68, said if she was going to “rail against sexism” it would be on the man’s side because society has them “whipped” and they are “failing to resist”.Speaking at Henley Literary Festival, she said: “Now, everywhere you have positive discrimination. That’s a way of saying negative discrimination against men… If I’m going to complain about sexism it should be from [men’s] sex not from mine.” Ms Widdecombe, who has starred on Strictly Come Dancing and written a number of books, also said she believed mothers too often “deposit” their children with “minders”.She blamed the tax system, which “discriminates against the full time mother”, as well as society’s attitude to children. She also said she believes families do not look after elderly members well enough.She added: “Nowadays we think it is the end of the world if our children come back and live with us when they are 30 – boomerang, social disaster – but it shouldn’t be.”last_img read more

Rescue group save pregnant mare stuck in marsh

first_imgMEMBERS OF THE Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery service are more used to dealing with water rescues, but last night they found themselves faced with a rather unusual situation.At 11pm, they received an emergency call about a horse that was in distress and stuck in marsh ground and mud beside a stream at Newtown, Drogheda.A farmer from neighbouring land had noticed the horse in difficulty, and the rescue group’s PRO Sean Cahill told TheJournal.ie that the farmer suspected the mare, who is in foal, had looked for a spot to give birth in woodland.Unfortunately, she got stuck in the marshy land and couldn’t get out, putting herself and the unborn foal in danger.RescueAfter being alerted to the case, the rescue team dispatched a land crew to the scene. When they arrived, they discovered the horse had been stuck for nearly three hours and was shivering with shock and cold.They tried to keep the mare calm as they started to dig round her and attempt to free her from the mud.Forty minutes later, the crew carefully attached two slings to the mare so as not to cause any injury to her or the unborn foal. Slowly but surely, the rescue team were able to tow the distressed mare on to dry land and get her back on her feet.She was still a little shaky from her ordeal, said Cahill, but was led away to stables, washed down, dried off and housed for the night.The team, who were helped by locals during the 90-minute-long rescue, are due to check on the condition of the horse this morning to see how she fared overnight.This was most definitely an unusual case – “we get swans and things like that”, said Cahill of the usual out-of-the-box rescues – and probably a little dangerous for the rescue team.However, they were able to focus on the job at hand and saved the distressed horse from a frightening situation, as you can see from the photos below.last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Tuesday

first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Tuesday Here’s what made the headlines today. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4502449 Feb 19th 2019, 8:51 PM Share2 Tweet Email 8,898 Views 1 Comment Get our daily news round up: NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Pictured sea birds pace the beach on Dollymount strand Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieThe family of man who killed his brother (9) before taking own life has settled their case with the HSE.Ruth Coppinger told the Dáil that a pregnant woman went to the UK to secure an abortion despite being told in an Irish hospital that she had only a 15% chance of delivery.Mary Lou McDonald refused to apologise for saying Northern Ireland’s retiring police chief constable should be succeeded by someone from outside the force.A woman was the victim of a carjacking in Kildare this morning after she was threatened at knifepoint after being flagged down by a man at 7am this morning.A new survey found that the majority of Irish people would like to see a united Ireland in their lifetime.A baby who witnessed his mother covered in blood after she walked into a pane of glass has received €20k in damages.Gardaí warned broadband users to beware of a phone scam.A search was launched after World War I medals were found in the pocket of a jacket donated to charity. Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 8:50 PM By Garreth MacNamee WORLD People visit the Zhongshuge bookstore in southwest China’s Chongqing. Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images#PARIS: Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died aged 85.#USA: Bernie Sanders announced he is to run for US president in 2020.##VENEZUELA: The nation’s government said it will stage a concert on the Colombian border the same day Richard Branson has said he will hold one just over the frontier to push for aid to be allowed in.PARTING SHOTEver pick up a box of eggs and think ‘ you know what – I’m gonna incubate one of these bad boys and try and make it hatch’? No? Well, a teenager over in the UK decided that’s what he’d do. William Atkins, 14, decided to try it out with a duck egg. And after 28 days, he had himself a newly-hatched duckling.That’ll ruffle a few feathers. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Thriller from Derry Girls creator and a gangland show set in Bray

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4785504 Short URL It’s a dark psychological thriller about a young student at Cambridge who falls in love with an Irish lecture and kind of follows him to Donegal where a kind of tragic, suspicious death takes place and she starts doubting everything that she thought she knew about him. Aug 28th 2019, 1:16 PM The cast and writer of Darklands at today’s launch in Virgin Media studios. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieAnother new drama, Darklands, will focus on the world of organised crime and is set in Bray, Co Wicklow. The show follows a promising, young MMA fighter who gets pulled into the gangland world in an attempt to find out what happened to his brother who has gone missing. The six-part series was penned by Cardboard Gangsters writer Mark O’Connor.O’Connor says that the setting of Bray was to give a unique look to the show.We set in Bray to make it different to other gangland shows that might be in the inner city, so you have the scope with Ireland and the Wicklow hills and everything and you’ve got the big shots of the Sugarloaf, but that’s mixed with the urban gitty stuff.“That kind of came about from looking at Narcos in South America and using the location, and I think of the producers Ruth mentioned setting it there after watching the Katie (Taylor) documentary,” he added.  The schedule also features a range of sports programming, including the UEFA Champions League & UEFA Europa League, EURO 2020 Qualifiers, The Six Nations, and horse racing from Cheltenham and Aintree.A new sports programme, Virgin Media Sport Tonight, will air on Mondays and Fridays on Virgin Media One.Gogglebox and Love Island Ratings winners Gogglebox Ireland and Love Island, including a winter edition in South Africa, will also return.Lucy Kennedy is back with another series of Living with Lucy, bringing viewers into the homes of Gráinne Seoige in South Africa and Barry Keoghan in Hollywood among others. A new non-fiction series called Inside The Guards will focus on the force’s K District in Dublin, which comprises Blanchardstown, Finglas and Cabra.The programme will feature detectives speaking about the impact of criminals in the area and shows some gruesome footage of the violent realities of drug-related crime.Another show, Prison Breaks, will look at life behind bars and entrepreneurship “to see if criminal minds can be turned into business brains”.Meanwhile, comedian John Bishop will travel the country in John Bishop’s Ireland. In terms of current affairs, The Tonight Show will return with hosts Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates, while Pat Kenny’s Big Debate will also be back on our screens.Other returning shows include Red Rock: The Finale, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, and Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions .Speaking at today’s launch, Director of Content Bill Malone, said the broadcaster has made “significant investment in our people, studios and infrastructure, ensuring that we are ideally placed to connect with and grow our audience into the future, be it on TV or on demand”. –  With reporting by Rónán Duffy Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 2:47 PM Thriller from Derry Girls’ creator and a gangland show set in Bray all in Virgin Media’s new schedule Love Island, Gogglebox Ireland and a new sports show are also on the bill. Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates are returning as hosts of The Tonight Show. 14 Comments center_img By Órla Ryan Image: VMT Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates are returning as hosts of The Tonight Show. Image: VMT Updated Aug 28th 2019, 2:47 PM A THRILLER WRITTEN by Derry Girls’ creator Lisa McGee was among the shows unveiled at the launch of Virgin Media TV’s autumn schedule today.Set in Donegal, The Deceived centres on a young woman whose affair with a married man has fatal consequences.VMTV described the programme as a “compelling, sinister narrative of lust, manipulation and betrayal” – quite the departure from the hit Channel 4 sitcom set in 1990s Northern Ireland.Despite infidelity being a central theme of the show, McGee wrote the show with her husband Toby Beer shortly after they were married. She agrees it’s quite different to her previous hit show.  19,429 Views Share9 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Moyes It was a good point for us

first_imgWest Ham manager David Moyes was pleased with his side’s goalless draw against Manchester United and praised the attitude of his playersIn a rather underwhelming game at the London Stadium last night, West Ham managed to struggle to impose themselves against United with the two sides having to settle for a draw in the end.Goalkeeper Adrian made some excellent saves against the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard to deny the visitors.“It was a good point for us,” Moyes told the club website.“Maybe Man United will say the same thing as well. We had one or two chances, but Adrian had to make some good saves too.”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…The Hammers secured their Premier League status for next season against Leicester City last week and remain in 15th place in the league table after last night’s draw.“I thought our boys showed a really good attitude. After getting safe in midweek you’re never quite sure [how you’re going to react], but they were bang at it and a great credit to the players.“I think the most pleasing thing was to get a clean sheet. If we’ve had a failure this season it’s been the number of goals we’ve conceded, but we’ve kept two in a row now and that’s important.West Ham will face Moyes’ former club Everton at the London Stadium on Sunday for their final game of the season.last_img read more

43 of public sector employees feel under excessive pressure at work

first_imgMore than four in ten (43%) public sector employee respondents feel under excessive pressure at work at least once a week, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Halogen.The Employee outlook report, which surveyed 2,091 UK employees, also found that 47% of respondents are not very or not at all confident to disclose unmanageable stress or mental health problems to their employer or manager.The research also found:66% of public sector respondents are satisfied with their jobs, compared with 63% of respondents from across all sectors.36% of respondents believe their organisation supports employees with mental health problems either very or fairly well.46% of public sector respondents always or often come home from work exhausted, compared to 33% of respondents from across all sectors.75% of respondents say earning a sufficient wage to enjoy a reasonable lifestyle is an important aspect of financial wellbeing, 55% cite the ability to save for the future, and 54% feel reward for their efforts delivered in a fair and consistent manner is important.29% of respondents believe that work makes them feel cheerful most or all of the time, followed by feeling optimistic (20%), stressed (17%), and relaxed (17%).38% of respondents feel under excessive pressure at work at least once a week.Claire McCartney (pictured), associate research adviser at the CIPD, said: “It’s fantastic to see such a leap in job satisfaction in the public sector, especially in such uncertain times for the UK. There was a great deal of uncertainty before the referendum, so people might be feeling more settled. Other reasons could include the optimism that usually comes with a new government, and it could be that some of the new messages we’re hearing on fairness and equality might be resonating with public sector [employees].“Despite this positive outlook, the fact remains that employees in this sector are most likely to suffer with excessive pressure at work and exhaustion. This shouldn’t be overlooked, as it can create real problems for employers and individuals. It’s crucial that employers address these issues before [employees] burn out and satisfaction levels take a nose dive.”Dominique Jones, chief people officer at Halogen, added: “To compete against rapidly changing market forces, organisations need to hire smarter, develop faster, and build a compelling and meaningful work experience for employees. They must start with a talent strategy aligned to the needs of both the organisation and its people. This approach will ensure that whatever context the labour market finds itself in, organisations are ready to attract, engage and retain skilled people, motivated to deliver results.”last_img read more

Former MiamiDade School Board member pleads not guilty to upgraded charges in

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A former Miami-Dade School Board member has pleaded not guilty to upgraded charges after he allegedly shot at Pembroke Pines Police officers and led them on a high-speed chase.Eighty-one-year-old Solomon Stinson faced a judge on Tuesday morning, pleading not guilty to a first-degree attempted murder charge that was upgraded from a second-degree attempted murder charge.He also faces an additional charge of shooting into a vehicle.The violent chain of events unfolded on June 2, when Pembroke Pines Police officers responded to a call about shots fired at the parking lot outside of the AMC Pembroke Lakes 9 multiplex, located at 12085 Pines Blvd.Stinson allegedly shot towards two people during an argument over a parking spot.Responding officers followed his vehicle as he pulled out of the parking lot and refused to stop.There was an exchange in gunfire between the officers and Stinson during the high-speed chase before he crashed the vehicle and fled on foot into a nearby wooded area. He was apprehended shortly after and transported to the hospital with minor injuries.Stinson served on the Miami-Dade School Board for 14 years and in the school district for 50 years.He will face a judge again on Aug. 5 in a hearing to determine if he is competent to stand trial.He remains behind bars without bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

SXSW Adds Second Round Of Global Artists For March 2019 Festival

first_imgDeerhunter, Mr. Eazi, Jerry Paper, Nadine Shah, and hundreds more emerging acts will make the 33rd SXSW in Austin, Texas a wild opener for 2019’s festival season Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 28, 2018 – 2:14 pm On Nov. 28 SXSW added more than 240 showcasing artists, including Deerhunter, Mr. Eazi, Jerry Paper and Nadine Shah, to their 2019 music festival lineup, in addition to 240 artists already slated in their first-round announcement last month. Emerging talent from around the world will be the center-of-attention in Austin, Texas on March 11–17, 2019, as the annual music event reconvenes for its 33rd year. SXSW Adds Second Round Of Global Artists For March 2019 Festival Twitter More Artists Added To SXSW 2019 Lineup sxsw-adds-second-round-global-artists-march-2019-festival Facebook center_img Any small sampling of the global array of up-and-comers planning to play SXSW next spring is bound to call on many rising stars and the hits they have in store. For example, also on Nov. 28, Nigerian afrobeats performer Mr. Eazi released Lagos To London, a documentary to complement his recent mixtape of the same name, explaining his evolution as an artist. As music consumers in the U.S. and elsewhere continue to build their interest in more international sounds, Mr. Eazi’s fans have even compared some of his beats to those of K-pop phenomenon BTS. SXSW will bring plenty of global sounds to Texas, with Seoul, South Korea to be represented by Cifika and Duo Bud.Read More: Keith Urban, K-Pop, Women In Music: Go Behind The Scenes At SXSW 2018Experimental indie-rock group Deerhunter from Atlanta, Ga. and rapper Jerry Paper from Los Angeles, Calif. will be there. Tyler, The Creator teamed up with Paper just two weeks ago on their release “Hot Chocolate,” to warm up the winter months. Britain’s Nadine Shah is also a new addition to the lineup, whose growing following delights in her unique sound, blending jazz and pop with influences from the Sufi music she grew up listening to with her Pakistani dad, putting her on the Mercury Prize shortlist for 2018.Feast your eyes on the diversity of SXSW’s second-round list at the festival’s website and then indulge your ears with the fest’s compilation on Mixcloud, introducing just some of these acts’ new sounds. Whether from Asia, Australia, Europe or North and South America, these artists leave an impression that the world is in good hands with the energy they bring, striving to enrich us with their music.SXSW Announces First Wave Of Artists For Music Festival In Spring 2019Read more Email News last_img read more

With future once uncertain veterans memorial wall to get new home in

first_imgA memorial in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough honoring Alaska veterans is on track to get a new home in Wasilla.Listen nowThe Veterans Wall of Honor features thousands of veterans’ names and sits on a bluff just off the Parks Highway near Mat-Su Regional Hospital. It’s been there for more than 20 years, but the land beneath the dark granite panels has been sold — twice.First, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough sold the land to a developer. Then the developer sold the land to the Mat-Su Health Foundation, which did not commit to leaving the wall at its current location.During the initial process of selling the land, the borough had set aside $150,000 dollars to help offset the costs of moving the wall, and the Mat-Su Health Foundation has also agreed to contribute.The uncertainty prompted veterans groups in the area to discuss moving the wall, and it appears they now have a solid plan.Pending approval by the city council, Wasilla Mayor Bert Cottle said the wall will be moved to city land under a long-term lease for the not-so-hefty price of $1 a year.“Sometimes I think we forget the people who have paid the ultimate price and who are paying the price every day. And I think this is a good reminder of how we got to where we are,” Cottle said. “It’s always been about getting closure and doing the right thing on the wall.”Cottle said the city has identified a suitable piece of land next to where the Wasilla Police Department will be headquartered, off Wasilla Fishook Road at the site of the old Iditarod School.However, moving the wall may prove to be a challenge.It’s made up of dozens of panels, some that are six feet tall, weighing nearly 700 pounds, and others that are half that size. Some of the specifics on how to move the panels are yet to be determined. They’ll likely be separated from a concrete base and trucked to the new site, Cottle said.J.R. Hackett is an Air Force veteran who serves on the Mat-Su Honor Wall Foundation board of directors. He said a concept design for the new location has been drawn up and the hope is to have the wall in place in time for Veterans Day next year.“We wanted to put this thing to rest once and for all. We were hoping that, obviously, in the beginning that we could come up with some type of a way to keep it up there, but things change and as time progresses, you know, the community evolves and those types of things happen,” Hackett said. “So we’ve got some pretty ambitious ideas and probably an ambitious timeline, but we’re hoping that the November 11th, 2018 ceremony can be held at the new location.”last_img read more

Kartik Aaryan chooses Ananya Panday over Sara Ali Khan

first_imgAnanya Panday, Kartik Aaryan.Instagram/SUJIT JAISWAL/AFP/Getty ImagesKartik Aaryan is one actor who is simultaneously linked up with Sara Ali Khan and Ananya Panday. Although Kartik never confirmed dating either of the two, it looks like he is more close to Ananya than Sara.Kartik and Ananya recently appeared on a chat show hosted by Neha Dhupia, where the actor was asked to choose one between Sara and Ananya. The Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety actor said that he knows Ananya better. “I know Ananya better now. I have been working with her, of late,” he said.Interestingly, Kartik has been shooting with both the actresses as he will share screen space with Sara in Love Aaj Kal 2 and with SOTY 2 actress in Pati Patni Aur Who. It is not clear if Kartik chose Ananya over Sara just because the former was present with him at that moment.Apparently, this is not the first time that the young actor picked up Ananya over Saif Ali Khan’s daughter. Earlier, he was asked by a Twitter user to name his favourite actor between the two young divas. He had reportedly made his choice clear by saying, “Whoever considers me their favourite. A rumour is just a rumour, is it not? It is just random talk. I look forward to shooting for the film with Ananya”. Kartik Aaryan, Ranveer Singh, Sara Ali KhanInstagramOn the other side, Ananya too never shies away from expressing her fondness for Kartik. Hurling praises on the actor, Ananya had admitted having a crush on him. In another occasion, she had said, “Let me put it this way. He is a very good friend. We are also doing a film together and have a very comfortable equation. We get along really well. I love spending time with him.”last_img read more

2 held for running fake job racket since 2012

first_imgKolkata: The Criminal Investigating Department (CID) has arrested two persons on the charge of running a fake job racket.It was learnt that the duo used to extort money from job applicants posing themselves as CID officials. Kartik Nath and Pujari Basfor, the two accused persons, allegedly took money from several unemployed young people promising them jobs invarious departments.Investigators suspected that the duo took around a few lakh rupees from unemployed youth, promising them jobs. However, they later refused to meet them. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedWhen the victims wanted their money back, the duo repeatedly made false promises.Both the youths are the residents of Jagaddal area of North 24-Parganas.According to CID, the duo allegedly made false promises of providing jobs in various government departments and also inprivate companies.The investigators also said that the accused used to extort money from the people posing themselves as CID officials. They used to threaten people with dire consequences if they do not pay the amount as demanded by the accused. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPOn the basis of the complaints lodged by the victims, the police have started a case, which was later handed over to CID for the sake of investigation.The police are trying to know if others are involved in the incident. During interrogation, the CID officials came to know that the duo started this fakejob racket in 2012 and since then, have duped many job seekers.It was also learnt that they introduced themselves as CID officials on the social media.According to a preliminary investigation, many job seekers from North 24-Parganas, particularly from the Barrackpore sub-division were duped by the duo.Some of the victims lodged complaints with the police mentioning the names of the two youths.Police are interrogating the accused in this connection so far. A detailed probe has been initiated.last_img read more

Blackwater guards found guilty in 2007 Iraq massacre

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – Four former Blackwater security guards were found guilty Wednesday for their roles in a notorious 2007 mass shooting in Baghdad that left at least 14 civilians dead and deepened resentment of the United States’ involvement in Iraq.The four ex-employees of the U.S. private security firm were convicted on an array of charges ranging from first degree murder to voluntary manslaughter.Their convictions followed a two-month trial that heard how they opened fire with sniper rifles, machine guns and grenade launchers in Baghdad’s bustling Nisour Square as they escorted a diplomatic convoy.The federal court jury in Washington found Nicholas Slatten guilty of first-degree murder. Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard were found guilty of voluntary manslaughter. A mistrial was declared in relation to certain counts against Heard.“This verdict is a resounding affirmation of the commitment of the American people to the rule of law, even in times of war,” U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said in a statement.“Seven years ago, these Blackwater contractors unleashed powerful sniper fire, machine guns, and grenade launchers on innocent men, women and children,” he said.Outrageous attack, massacre“Today they were held accountable for that outrageous attack and its devastating consequences for so many Iraqi families,” Machen added. “I pray that this verdict will bring some sense of comfort to the survivors of that massacre.” Blackwater’s logo in 2007. (Wikimedia Commons)The four men were ordered detained in custody ahead of their sentencing, which is yet to be fixed. Lawyers said they would appeal.“The verdict is wrong, incomprehensible. We’re devastated but we’re going to fight every step of the way. We still think we’re gonna win, we’re gonna appeal,” David Schertler, defense attorney for Dustin Heard, said.Slatten, 32, faces a possible life sentence for his first degree murder conviction.Before the killings, Slatten allegedly told acquaintances he wanted to “kill as many Iraqis as he could as ‘payback for 9/11,’” according to court documents.Slatten’s three co-accused face a minimum of 15 years behind bars for each killing.Slough, 35, was convicted of 13 counts of voluntary manslaughter and 17 charges of attempted murder. Liberty, 32, was found guilty on eight charges of voluntary manslaughter and 12 attempted murders. Heard, 33, was convicted of six voluntary manslaughter charges and 11 attempted murders.Bullet-riddled corpsesIraqi officials say 17 civilians were killed in the shooting. A toll compiled by U.S. investigators recorded 14 deaths. A further 18 Iraqis were injured.The killings on September 16, 2007 exacerbated Iraqi resentment toward U.S. citizens in the country, and was seen by critics as an example of the impunity enjoyed by private security firms on the U.S. payroll in Iraq.“People who could laugh, who could love, were turned into bloodied, bullet-riddled corpses, people who were not legitimate targets, … who were no real threat to them,” federal prosecutor Anthony Asuncion said during the trial.Blackwater, whose license to work in Iraq was revoked by Baghdad, was renamed Xe Services in 2009 and then Academi in 2011.Upon President Barack Obama’s arrival in office in 2009, the State Department canceled its contract with the firm.The State Department said Wednesday the Baghdad shootings had prompted an overhaul of rules governing use of private contractors.“The Department took a number of steps to strengthen oversight of private security contractors, such as moving quickly to improve investigative policies and strengthening procedures for use of force and less than lethal force by security contractors,” State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said.Wednesday’s guilty verdicts came after years of legal twists and turns in U.S. courts.In 2009, a U.S. judge dismissed charges against five former Blackwater employees because certain statements they made immediately after the event could not be used against them.Two years later, an appeals court reinstated the indictments against four defendants, opening the way for the trial in Washington.A judge dismissed the case against Slatten in April because of a technicality. Federal prosecutors then refiled the first-degree murder charge against him several weeks later. Facebook Comments Related posts:Following Ferguson, US police use of military gear to be reviewed Islamic State terrorists talked of entering U.S. through Mexico Obama admits US underestimated IS threat World leaders map out plan to solve Syria crisis through negotiationslast_img read more

Top Pakistan militant said killed in US strike

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober It was also the first strike in Pakistan since President Barack Obama’s speech last Thursday during which he discussed more restrictive rules he was implementing on drone use in places such as Pakistan and Yemen.The tribal region in northwestern Pakistan is home to local and Afghan militant outfits, including al-Qaida-linked fighters. The U.S. has often criticized Pakistan, saying it does not vigorously target militants in these areas who then attack American troops in Afghanistan.Pakistani officials say their military is already overtaxed fighting militants in the tribal regions and in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, and that the casualties they’ve already incurred have not been properly recognized.Washington’s drone program remains deeply unpopular in Pakistan, even though the number of strikes has dropped significantly since the height of the program in 2010. The strikes usually target al-Qaida-linked insurgents or other militants who fight in Afghanistan, although some strikes have killed militants at war with the Pakistani government.The Pakistani Taliban, officially called the Tehrik-e-Taliban, has been battling government forces for years in a bid to push them from the tribal regions, cut Pakistan’s ties with the U.S. and eventually establish their brand of hardline Islam across Pakistan. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories The president cast drone strikes against Islamic militants as crucial to U.S. counterterrorism efforts but acknowledged that they are not a “cure-all.” The president also said he is deeply troubled by civilians unintentionally killed in the strikes and announced more restrictive rules governing the attacks _ measures that his advisers said would effectively limit drone use in the future.White House spokesman Carney said the new standards do not mean the administration would discuss details of every counterterrorism operation.__Shahzad reported from Islamabad. Associated Press reporter Rebecca Santana in Islamabad also contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Missiles fired by a U.S. drone slammed into a house early Wednesday in Miran Shah, the main town of the North Waziristan tribal region, killing five people including Rehman, Pakistani officials said.Two officials said their informants in the field saw Rehman’s body, while a third said intelligence authorities had intercepted communications between militants saying Rehman had been killed. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban denied the reports.“This appears to me to be false news. I don’t have any such information,” said Ahsanullah Ahsan.White House spokesman Jay Carney declined to confirm if Rehman was dead. He said if the reports were true, Rehman’s death would deprive the militant group of its chief military strategist involved in “horrific attacks” on a CIA base in Afghanistan and other attacks against Pakistani civilians and soldiers.Most of North Waziristan is under militant control, and journalists cannot access the rugged region near the Afghan border, making independent confirmation difficult.The missile attack was the first since Pakistan’s May 11 elections in which the American drone program was a hotly debated topic. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Rehman has been on the U.S. radar for years. In 2010, Washington offered $5 million for information leading to Rehman under their “Rewards for Justice” program.While Rehman was mostly known for his activities in Pakistan, the U.S. said in its announcement that he also participated in cross-border attacks in Afghanistan against U.S. and NATO personnel.The U.S. wanted Rehman in connection with his alleged involvement in an attack on a U.S. base in Khost, Afghanistan in 2009. The attack on Camp Chapman killed seven Americans working for the CIA, a Jordanian intelligence officer and wounded six other CIA personnel.Pakistan’s incoming prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has repeatedly said he is against the use of American drones on Pakistani soil, and Pakistani officials have demanded publicly that the program be stopped.Sharif has said he would be open to negotiating with the Pakistani Taliban in order to end the fighting in the tribal agencies. Rehman’s death could complicate that.“He was a very cool-minded person, a very intelligent person and he was someone that the government could talk to,” said Mansur Mahsud, director of administration and research at the Islamabad-based FATA Research Center.center_img Patients with chronic pain give advice Rehman was believed to be about 42 or 43 years old and was from South Waziristan, Mahsud said. He had already been fighting American troops in Afghanistan when the TTP was created in late 2007 and he turned his focus onto Pakistani targets.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the drone strike Wednesday but made no mention of Rehman in their brief statement.“The Government of Pakistan has consistently maintained that the drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives, have human rights and humanitarian implications and violate the principles of national sovereignty, territorial integrity and international law,” the ministry said.Senior civilian and military officials are known to have supported some of the attacks in the past, but many say that is no longer the case.Pakistan has been hit by 355 such attacks since 2004, according to the New America Foundation, a U.S.-based think tank. The figure does not include Wednesday’s strike. Up to 3,336 people have died in the strikes, according to the think tank.Obama’s speech last Thursday was his most extensive comments to date about the secretive drone program, which has come under increased criticism for its lack of accountability. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Sponsored Stories PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) – A suspected U.S. drone strike killed the No. 2 commander of the Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday, Pakistani intelligence officials said, although the militant group denied he was dead.If confirmed, the death of Waliur Rehman would be a strong blow to the militant group responsible for hundreds of bombings and shootings across Pakistan. The United States has a $5 million bounty out on Rehman, who Washington has accused of involvement in the 2009 suicide attack on a U.S. base in Afghanistan that killed seven Americans working for the CIA. Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more

Qantas new Brisbane – Hamilton Island route

first_imgSource = ETB News: Megan Tran Qantas has announced a new service is to start operating direct from Brisbane to Hamilton Island.Flying four times a week, the new route, which will begin from 28 November, aims to resolve the growing demand amongst commuters travelling to the popular travel spot.Hamilton Island’s chief executive officer Glenn Bourke said the new Brisbane- Hamilton Island path, in addition to its Sydney – Hamilton Island route, would boost the island’s growth.“Given the growth and high occupancy levels we’ve experienced on Hamilton Island over the last two years, we’re confident we will be able to provide the load factor to ensure the route is successful and commercially viable for the Qantas group,” Mr Bourke said.“We recognise that Hamilton Island is not only a popular Great Barrier Reef holiday destination but also a crucial commuter hub, and this additional Qantas service is a positive development for the region and will provide increased flexibility for those travelling from mainland Queensland to the Whitsundays.”Currently, Hamilton Island is serviced by three different carriers – Qantas, Jetstar, and Virgin Australia.last_img read more