‘Odisha VIPs used chopper meant for anti-Naxal action’

first_imgA helicopter meant for anti-Naxalite operations was grossly misused by Ministers and VIPs in Odisha, reveals the latest report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).The CAG pointed out that the helicopter hired by the State government for anti-Maoist operations had flown Ministers and officials in 84% of its total sorties.Need-based hiringAs per the Security Related Expenditure (SRE) guidelines and instructions, the Union government had permitted need-based hiring of private helicopters at competitive rates with prior approval.Such helicopters were to be used for dropping ration and ammunitions to security personnel in inaccessible pockets, and movement and evacuation of injured security personnel in anti-Naxalite operations.According to the CAG, the State government had signed an agreement with Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited (PHHL) for hiring one 28-seater MI-172 helicopter in 2011, without the prior approval of the Centre. The helicopter was provided by PHHL up to January 2013 and, thereafter, it went out of order.In its place, PHHL had provided one 8-seater Dauphin helicopter. “Between February 2013 and September 2015, 341 sorties were conducted and, out of these, it [the helicopter] was used for dropping ration and shifting of injured security personnel only in 53 sorties (16%).In the remaining sorties, it was used by various officers and Ministers for surveillance and monitoring, which was not allowed under the SRE scheme guidelines,” the apex audit agency says.The frequency of operations also decreased, the CAG finds — when the MI-172 helicopter was deployed in 2012-13 and from October 2015 to June 2016, it conducted 343 sorties mainly for evacuation, rotating forces, dropping ration, and shifting injured personnel.Extra expenditureMoreover, extra expenditure to the tune of ₹11.89 lakh per flying day was made, as the helicopter had Bhubaneswar as its base instead of Koraput, which is closer to areas affected by Left-wing extremism.The audit body also reveals that in absence of a suitable helicopter, offensives against Naxals faced serious difficulties and large-scale anti-Naxal operations were kept on hold.last_img read more

Scissor-happy attackers leave a Valley in fear

first_img “With the night patrols being organised by the locals, armed with lathis, both Army personnel and militants have restricted their movements at night in the residential localities. On two occasions, there were false allegations of the Army sheltering the culprits after the attacks,” he said.In the atmosphere of uncertainty, both security agencies and militants accuse each other of carrying out the attacks. Director General of Police, J&K, S.P. Vaid claimed that rumours blaming the security forces was a ploy “to be used by separatists in their favour”.The indigenous Hizbul Mujahideen’s south Kashmir-based operational commander Riyaz Naikoo however, sees the braid-chopping as “a ploy to counter militant attacks”.“It is an Indian ploy to scare people and keep them away from militants. It’s being promoted as militants have successfully covered their movements in the past two months and the [security] agencies have failed to trace them,” said Mr. Naikoo, in an audio message released on the social media.No room for loveAnother casualty of the scare has been romance. Earlier last week, at least two youth were severely beaten by residents who accused them of cutting braids. However, police investigations revealed that the two “had gone to see their girlfriends in Baramulla and Ganderbal”.Muzaffar Ahmad Wani, a resident of Ganderbal’s Khalmulla, had to be admitted to hospital for injuries after being “mistaken for the braid-chopper as he waited for his girlfriend outside a house”.“The girlfriend resides at Ganderbal’s Nunar and had come to Kujjar area where they had planned to meet. However, the locals beat the boy who was waiting for her,” the Ganderbal police report said.CCTVs in demandNot surprisingly, the attacks have seen a sharp rise in people buying home security equipment, leaving Basit Khan a happy man. A home security dealer in Srinagar, Mr. Khan said, “Enquiries related to home security have gone up from 10 a month to over a thousand. People are looking for pepper sprays and CCTVs.”Some doctors in Srinagar have suggested that “even cases where females suffer from acute dissociative psychiatric diseases and may chop [their own] hair” are likely to be listed as cases of attacks.In fact, the Baramulla police say one girl, who claimed to have been attacked by unknown men on October 5, “turned out to be a psychiatric patient”.PTI adds:Separatists call for shutdownSeparatists have called for a shutdown in Kashmir on Monday against the incidents of braid-chopping.In a statement, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said the incidents were part of a “well-thought-out” conspiracy. “The dignity of womenfolk is at stake,” they said and urged the people to observe a total shutdown against the humiliation meted out to women. An angry protester at Baghat in Srinagar. | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad  “I was grabbed from behind. I almost choked. It was a tall masked man,” she recalls. Ms. Shazia says she did not give up and put up a fight till the attacker pulled out a spray. “Some substance was sprinkled on me. He held my wrists, and I started losing consciousness. All I could do was raise an alarm,” she recalls. Her neighbours came to her rescue.For 22-year-old Insha, a resident of Malwan in Kulgam, having her braid chopped off inside her house left her traumatised. It was late evening on September 20, when she sensed she was being pursued by an unknown man while on the way to the washroom located outside the house. She was descending the stairs when she was attacked.“All I remember is that someone poured a drop of water on my neck. As I shouted for help, I fell unconscious,” she said. Ms. Insha’s mother found her braid cut and lying on the staircase.Since then Ms. Insha has had nightmares, where masked men pull out her remaining hair. Her family is baffled over who the culprit could be.These are but a few of the several reports of women’s braids being cut off by unknown men that have sparked panic across Kashmir. According to police records, the first incident was reported on September 14 from Kulgam district, a hotbed of militancy in south Kashmir. Since then, as many as 65 incidents have been reported across the Valley with Kulgam accounting for 30 cases, followed by adjacent Shopian.Despite the police having lodged over 35 FIRs, the mystery deepens with each new incident as no culprit has yet been held nor any evidence found to link the cases.SIT on the jobChief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) and announced ₹6 lakh as reward.“We have to study these cases in the backdrop of what was happening outside J&K. Unfortunately, no victim is cooperating with the police,” said Inspector General of Police Muneer Khan.The victims’ accounts follow a pattern, according to the police: unknown men sprinkle some substance to render the women unconscious, cut off their hair/braids and flee while leaving behind the braid at the crime scene.According to the State Women Commission chairperson Nayeema Mehjoor, the aim does not seem to be to “earn money from the hair but induce fear in society”. “My worry is that the failure of the police to identity culprits is only fuelling speculation. Why can’t the police solve these cases when they could carry out anti-militancy operations with great precision,” asked Ms. Mehjoor.Talking to The Hindu, Mr. Ahmad also questioned the role of the police. “The police came when we took to the streets over the incident. But they took no action.”Varied falloutThe attacks have had interesting consequences. A senior counter-insurgency police official said that since the braid-cutting scare, both “cordon-and-search operations of the security forces and activities of the militants have come down” in south Kashmir. Arifa Jan (name changed), a 29-year-old resident of Srinagar’s Azad Basti, began her normal routine on Friday morning. Given the nippy autumn weather, her chores began later than usual at 8 a.m. as she began sweeping the pavement outside her two-storey home in the congested locality that remained volatile during the 2016 street protests. Ms. Jan was done sweeping and was mopping the pavement when the door creaked open. Ms. Arifa remembers little of the strange events that followed.All she recalls is that two Kashmiri-speaking men with beards barged in and sprayed some substance on her. Minutes later, her husband, Tariq Ahmad, a readymade garments dealer, who was sipping his morning tea inside, heard a shriek. He rushed out to find his wife unconscious at the entrance. “There was an obvious bid to cut her hair,” Mr. Ahmad told this reporter.‘Police inactive’Mr. Ahmad rushed outside to check the lanes and bylanes but couldn’t detect any fleeing persons or any suspicious movement. “We decided to protest on the streets. Who could do this? Why? The police came but took no major action,” said Mr. Ahmad.Shazia Jan of Kulgam, on the other hand, was attacked under the cover of darkness. It was around 8.30 p.m. on September 23 when the 32-year-old left home to visit her neighbours. Suddenly, she felt hands around her neck. | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad A Batamaloo homemaker, whose braid was cut, being comforted by her relatives at her residence in Srinagar.last_img read more

Rhodes expects emotional finals series: ‘We want the championship so bad’

first_imgRhodes also vowed to leave everything on the line, especially with his family in attendance for the series and to celebrate his 32nd birthday on Game 3 on June 25.“If I win it, it’s gonna be more emotional for me. I’m flying in my wife and I’m flying my mother, who has never seen me play overseas. So everything is going to be very, very emotional for me, and I want my mom to be here to witness that,” he said.Rhodes, however, acknowledges the tough challenge TNT poses. After all, the KaTropa is only one of the three teams which dealt San Miguel a rare loss this conference, a 112-103 setback last May 5.  That’s why the Galveston, Texas native is more motivated than ever to avenge that eliminations defeat.“TNT is a great team all around. They have four good big men and coach Nash (Racela) does a great job,” he said. “But I think we want the championship so bad. That’s all we’re thinking about right now. I think it will be a good Finals.”ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH NBA: LeBron expresses gratitude to ex-Cavs’ GM David Griffin on Twitter Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmotions are expected to run high when San Miguel and TNT clash in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.And one man who guaranteed such is Beermen import Charles Rhodes.ADVERTISEMENT The mercurial reinforcement shared that fans should expect a feisty battle in a high-stakes battle like this the Finals.“I’m a competitor. I play hard every time out there. I’m pissed off if I miss a shot, I’m pissed off if somebody score, and I’m pissed off when (Star import Ricardo) Ratliffe got 35 rebounds. So my emotions doesn’t come until the end, when it’s all said and done,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut there’s more to that for Rhodes, who, despite a nine-year professional career in the international circuit, will be playing on his first championship tiff.“I’ve been in five semifinals, so I know what it feels like. I know what the pain is, not to get the promised land, so that’s why it was so emotional for me,” he said. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Tom Brady jersey stolen—again

first_imgMatteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect (FILES) In this file photo taken on October 21, 2019 Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots drops back to pass during the second half of their game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Emilee Chinn / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Authorities say a Rhode Island man visiting the New England Patriots Hall of Fame took a Tom Brady jersey off a display and walked off with it.Zanini Cineus, of Providence, was freed on personal recognizance after a not guilty plea to a larceny charge was entered on his behalf at his arraignment Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Minor hiccups not slowing down PH boxing team as SEA Games nears Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man Police say the 33-year-old Cineus was wearing it under his jacket when he was apprehended by Thursday still in the vicinity of Gillette Stadium.Police say the signed jersey was worth $10,000, but the team said it had not been worn in a game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceCineus’s lawyer, Bill Galvin, declined to comment.Brady’s game-worn jersey was stolen out of the locker room after the Patriots’ 34-28 overtime Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons in 2017. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:28Groups urge swift passage of bill on higher tax on e-cigs, liquor00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Valverde: Barcelona not going to rest Messi

first_imgBarcelona Barcelona will not rest ‘best in the world’ Messi, says Valverde Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 01:55 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Messi - Cropped Getty Images Barcelona Lionel Messi Argentina Primera División Ernesto Valverde The Barca star can expect his heavy workload to continue for the forseeable future after comments from his manager Barcelona have no plans to rest Lionel Messi despite his Argentina endeavours coming after the forward played in all 11 of his club’s matches this season.Ernesto Valverde, whose side have won seven straight matches to kick off their La Liga campaign in style, insists there is no immediate need to rest the man he believes is the world’s best player.Messi 11/4 first scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Messi scored a magnificent hat-trick for Argentina against Ecuador on Tuesday to lead his side to next year’s World Cup in Russia after they initially fell behind in the decisive qualifier before claiming a 3-1 victory.But despite Messi starting every Barca game in addition to his international travel and match commitments, Valverde has no plans to rest him, with Saturday’s crucial away game against Atletico Madrid next on the agenda.”Messi had his pre-season which was normal – sometimes the players come off World Cups and other tournaments,” Valverde explained at his pre-match media conference.”There are players who come late to the pre-season, but for him it was normal in that respect. “I think he is strong at the moment and we through it was important for him to help us early on this season. “We will look at it as the season goes on, but for now it is good idea for us that he keeps playing.”Valverde: “The best thing about #Messi is his constant competitiveness and the responsibility he takes. Every day he is better” #FCBlive pic.twitter.com/J31wMfomCQ— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 13, 2017Lionel Messi Filipe Luis Barcelona Atletico MadridSince taking charge, Valverde has been most impressed by Messi’s continued competitiveness even though he has already achieved so much in the game.”His perpetual competitiveness [impresses me most],” said Valverde.”You know that he can resolve any game. He is the best player in the world, he knows that, and it is tough to carry that weight on your shoulders every day. “It is not just one day, it’s today, tomorrow, the next day – it is an unbelievable level of competitiveness he has.”Valverde was concerned about the prospect of Messi either missing the World Cup or having to play a play-off match for Argentina.”Yeah, above all [I was worried about a play-off] but I also want my players to get into the World Cup, I’m not just worried about extra games,” added the Barca boss.”He would have had to make a trip to New Zealand, we would have lost him and Javier Mascherano, which we would have been tough for the team in the Sevilla match [on November 4].”So the fact they were able to get in, especially in that way, is good for him and good for us.Lionel Messi Argentina“The people of Argentina were hoping he would show up and he showed up in a big way. I don’t really believe anybody doubts that [his greatness] now.”We are going to try and play with the best team for Atletico. We have to see how the players feel when they come back. Messi is good, a couple of other players are good. I think Sergio Busquets took a knock, but Ivan Rakitic and Thomas Vermaelen are good.”last_img read more

PNG Government Under Pressure Due to ICTSI Port Contracts

first_imgzoom The Government of Papua New Guinea has been under fire to review the decision to award port operations in Lae and Port Moresby to Philippine port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI). Paddy Crumlin, President of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, has urged the Government to act in the best interests of its people by standing with workers, landowners and communities “exposed to ICTSI’s poor record on safety and labour relations.”“The ITF, alongside the Maritime International Federation, is calling on the Minister of Transport, Hon. Wesley Nukundj, to intervene and urgently convene a meeting of stakeholders – including union and landowner representatives – to find a solution to the current crisis,” Crumlin said.Over the past month, global port operator ICTSI has been the target of international condemnation over alleged patterns of labour violations in their network, poor safety standards, and insufficient managerial oversight to ensure productive industrial relations, and compliance with local laws and international labour conventions.“The decision to award contracts at PNG’s two biggest ports to ICTSI will have a profound impact. The Papua New Guinea Maritime and Transport Workers Union, an affiliate of the ITF, says that more than 1,000 jobs will be lost at the ports and in associated industries due to the contracts awarded to ICTSI,” Crumlin added.Joe Fleetwood, General Secretary of the Maritime Union of New Zealand, also called on the Government of PNG to act on the award of the 25-year contract, saying that the PNG government “must put its workers’ interests first, and protect the jobs of its people.”Crumlin further said said that “the impact of ICTSI’s entry on the viability of PNG’s domestic coastal shipping network and implications that ICTSI’s predatory pricing structures will have on the costs of goods in the country need to be addressed.”The protests against the PNG Government, which were held outside of the PNG Consulate in Sydney, Australia, and High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand, were organised by the ITF and MIF, and affiliates the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ).last_img read more

Duchess Of Cambridge Supports Childrens Hospice Week

first_imgThe Duchess of Cambridge has been praised for providing a “real boost” to the staff and volunteers of a Hampshire hospice she visited on her second wedding anniversary.Video: EACH Royal Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, supports Children’s Hospice WeekHer Royal Highness travelled to Naomi House in Hampshire, an institution that supports young people with life-limiting conditions, to celebrate Children’s Hospice Week.The Duchess has already marked Children’s Hospice Week by recording her first video message, released on Sunday, which appealed for support for the initiative aimed at raising awareness and funds. The week, which runs until Friday, is run by UK children’s palliative care charity Together for Short Lives.Professor Khalid Aziz, chairman of Naomi House, which was opened by The Prince of Wales in 1997, said: “We are delighted that Her Royal Highness has chosen Naomi House to visit at the start of Children’s Hospice Week.“Her presence has provided a real boost for our families, our volunteers and all our dedicated staff who were thrilled to meet her.”The Duchess previously visited the hospice privately in 2008.Source:dukeandduchessofcambridge.orglast_img read more

Mohawk coffee roaster says he was forced to ditch insurance over Quebec

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsWalter David stands on his toes before pouring a large bag of green raw coffee beans into the top of his coffee roasting oven.“Don’t film this part,” David says, pointing to a computer screen displaying the oven’s automated time and temperature settings, “they’re trade secrets.”Moccasin Jo brand coffee, a business David owns with his wife Lise, is an award winning coffee roaster.A big reason why it’s so popular is because David is meticulous.(Walter David in his shop in Kanesatake Mohawk Territory)He lords over the freshly roasted coffee as it cools at the bottom, looking for any imperfection in the beans as a metal blade turns them over.“These are off beans,” he says, showing off a small handful he’s removed from the latest batch. “And a lot of times, these are unripe or bug infested sometimes at origin, so they have to be separated otherwise it ends up in a cup (of coffee.)”Coffee isn’t the only thing David is meticulous with.As a Mohawk, he’s adamant about defending his rights.He recently dumped his insurance company of 30 years because they insisted on charging him Quebec taxes, even though his home and business are in Kanesatake Mohawk territory.“They wanted us to pay for it, and then get reimbursed by the government,” says David. “No, the principle here is you insulted us, and that’s it. You insulted us by saying we don’t exist.”David says the insurance company told him that Kanesatake is too much of a patchwork reserve to verify his claims of living there.The insurance company declined a request from APTN News for comment.David says his dispute over taxes with the company is not recorded anywhere.“We asked for proof, we asked for it written, she refused to give anything written to us,” says David.Grand Chief Serge Simon confirms that David lives and works within the 12 square kilometres that the federal government recognizes as reserve land – although Kanesatake’s unceded territory is hundreds of times that.Still, Simon emphasizes that by Quebec and Canada’s own rules, David is within his rights.Quebec’s own tax laws clearly state that provincial sales tax does not apply to services rendered on reserve to a status Indian.“He has certain inalienable rights, and he can’t have that taken away from him,” says Simon. “If I allow this to happen to him, I allow it to happen to the rest of us, so it’s within our collective interests to do something about that.”The Mohawk council says they will intervene on behalf of David and anybody else who has their non-taxable status threatened.And there are potential avenues when it comes to David’s case.Because insurance is regulated, every province and territory in Canada has an ombudsman that will investigate complaints.David said for him it’s not about the money, but standing up for his rights as a Mohawk.“I think everybody here needs to get together on this whole issue,” concluded David.In the meantime David will keep roasting his coffee.He might just need to be more cautious than usual…Moccasin Joe is currently operating without insurance.tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

TSA absentee rate still high but down from Sundays peak

first_imgTSA officials say the rate of airport screeners missing work during the partial government shutdown has stabilized just days before a three-day holiday weekend.The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that 6.1 per cent of its airport screeners missed work Tuesday.That’s nearly double the absentee rate on the same day last year but the second-straight decline after the sick-out rate surged to 7.7 per cent Sunday.A TSA spokesman says screeners this week should have received $500 bonuses and, for some, an extra day’s pay, for working over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.Meanwhile, air traffic controllers who are also working without pay lost an effort to force the government to pay them. A federal judge Tuesday rejected their union’s request for a temporary restraining order.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Morocco Denies Rumors It Has Banned France24 Channel

Rabat –Moroccan authorities have denied rumors circulating on social media that it has banned France24 channel from working in Morocco and closed its offices. Scores of social medias users have published comments in which they state that Morocco has allegedly banned the Paris-based channel from working in Morocco due to its coverage of the social protests taking place in Al Hoceima and other locations across the country.According to an official statement obtained by Morocco World News, the Moroccan Ministry of Interior has refused to grant the French channel authorization to film its program, Hadith Al Awassem, in Rabat. “There is no decision to ban France24 in Morocco,” the same source told Morocco World News.“What happened is that the Ministry of Communication has denied the channel an authorization to film its program, Hadith Al Awassem,” it added. read more

Outotec to Build Sulfuric Acid Plant to Moroccos OCP

Rabat – Morocco’s OCP Group has signed an €80 million-contract with the Finnish Outotec company to build a sulfuric acid plant for fertilizer production.In a statement, Outotec stated that it would take care of the engineering, procurement, and construction of the plant based on advanced technologies.“The new acid plant will incorporate advanced proprietary technologies such as HEROS heat recovery system as well as a converter, absorption towers and an acid distribution system that are made of the Edmeston SX stainless steel alloy,” read the statement. The head of Outotec’s metals, energy, and water business, Kalle Harkki, reassured OCP that the plant would be built safely.“Outotec’s sulfuric acid technology has proven to be one of the leading technologies for decades. We are honored that OCP has selected our design for their new plant. With our leading technologies providing benefits such as safety, high reliability and enhanced heat recovery we are happy to help OCP reach their sustainability targets,” said Kalle Harkki. read more

Deeply candid Demi Moore memoir coming in September

NEW YORK — Nine years after her book deal was first announced, Demi Moore is ready to release a memoir her publisher calls “deeply candid and insightful.”Moore’s “Inside Out” is scheduled for Sept. 24, HarperCollins announced Wednesday. According to the publisher, she will write openly about everything from her “tumultuous relationship” with her mother, from whom she was long estranged, to her three marriages, among them to Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher.“Throughout her rise to fame and during some of the most pivotal moments of her life, Moore battled addiction, body image issues, and childhood trauma that would follow her for years — all while juggling a skyrocketing career, celebrity status, and raising a family,” HarperCollins announced. “In this emotionally charged memoir, she opens up about her career and personal life — laying bare her defining tumultuous relationship with her mother, her marriages, her struggles balancing stardom with motherhood, and her journey toward open heartedness. ‘Inside Out’ is a story of survival, success, and surrender — as well as resilience: a wrenchingly honest portrayal of one woman’s at once ordinary and iconic life.”Moore, 56, was a high school dropout who became a television star in her early 20s on the daytime soap opera “General Hospital” and later starred in such hit films as “St. Elmo’s Fire,” ”Ghost” and “A Few Good Men.” She is also a longtime activist for children’s rights and is the co-founder of Thorn, a non-profit which combats child sex trafficking.The deal for her memoir, reportedly worth seven figures, was announced in 2010, when she and Kutcher were still together. Moore announced in 2011 that she was ending the marriage and they divorced two years later. HarperCollins, which originally set a publication date of 2012, declined comment on financial details or whether the breakup with Kutcher contributed to the book’s delay.By Hillel Italie, The Associated Press read more

Clark battles BCs forces of No on LNG trade deal says shes

Clark battles B.C.’s ‘forces of No,’ on LNG, trade deal; says she’s no quitter by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 25, 2016 3:48 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Premier Christy Clark had sharp words Monday for what she calls the “forces of No” in British Columbia who mount resistance efforts to government initiatives purely out of a fear of change.First Nations leaders quickly shot back at the premier, labelling her comments “paternalistic” and “mindless.”Clark made the statements during a news conference where she fielded questions about opposition to the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership, environmental concerns over liquefied natural gas development and tax breaks for the mining industry.She said negotiating trade pacts and resource developments involves tough, but potentially rewarding benefits and she would rather be known as an achiever than a quitter.“There are people who just say no to everything, and heaven knows there are plenty of those in British Columbia,” said Clark. “But just because it’s hard doesn’t mean you give up. It doesn’t mean you should be a quitter.”She criticized a coalition of First Nations, environmentalists and Opposition New Democrats who signed a declaration demanding a protection zone near a proposed multibillion-dollar LNG project at Lelu Island near Prince Rupert.“I’m not sure what science the forces of No bring together up there except that it’s not really about the science,” said Clark. “It’s not really about the fish. It’s just about trying to say No. It’s about fear of change. It’s about a fear of the future.”Pacific Northwest LNG, backed by Malaysian energy giant Petronas, has proposed to build an LNG export terminal at Lelu Island.The proposed project is billed as the largest private-sector investment in B.C.’s history, valued at $36 billion and estimated to create 4,500 construction jobs.But the Lelu Island and Flora Bank region at the mouth of the Skeena River, is considered vital to the ecosystem of B.C.’s second-largest salmon-bearing waterway.A coalition signed a declaration to protect the area at the end of a weekend summit in Prince Rupert, attended by more than 300 hereditary and elected First Nations leaders, scientists, politicians, fishermen and others.“Once again, people from the entire length and breadth of the Skeena River and its estuaries have come together to let both levels of government and the industry know that they’ve made a mistake in siting this particular project,” said Gerald Amos, Friends of Wild Salmon spokesman.Amos said the area surrounding Lelu Island is known for its eel grass beds that offer protection for salmon before they head to the ocean or return to the Skeena to spawn.He said First Nations view Clark’s comments about as insensitive to people who want to protect the Skeena salmon.“She’s on the wrong side of this equation,” he said. “Labelling the forces of No is paternalistic. It’s downright insulting.”Lax Kw’alaams hereditary Chief Yahaan said the project is a threat to a centuries-old salmon-fishing culture. He said Clark doesn’t understand the ties his people have to the river and the salmon.“Her mentality, the mindless phrases that come out of her mouth,” said Yahaan. “Saying that we’re the people of No. We’re the indigenous people of this land. We live here. We know about the environment. She doesn’t.”But Gitga’at First Nation Chief Arnold Clifton said declaring Lelu Island and Flora Bank off limits to industrial development may be premature.Clifton and four other elected area chiefs representing the northwest’s Tsimshian Nation said many First Nations area awaiting the results of two independent scientific reviews before deciding whether to support the LNG project.He downplayed the comments of Yahaan and other hereditary chiefs, but pointed at area New Democrats who signed the declaration.“They stepped in a little too quickly,” said Clifton of nearby Hartley Bay. “They should have spoken to the chiefs first.”New Democrat members of the legislature Jennifer Rice, Robin Austin and Doug Donaldson and the North Coast’s federal member of Parliament Nathan Cullen signed the declaration.Provincial New Democrat LNG critic Bruce Ralston said his party opposes the Lelu Island project because it does not meet the party’s conditions of approval, including First Nations consent.He said the NDP remains committed to supporting the LNG industry, providing it meets the Opposition’s four conditions.— By Dirk Meissner in Victoria. read more

In South Sudan UN humanitarian chief calls for end to attacks against

“I am outraged by the heinous acts of violence that have been committed against civilians, including by members of the armed forces,” Mr. O’Brien said, calling for swift and decisive action to halt these abuses and hold the perpetrators accountable, in a press release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) following his press conference in Juba.Humanitarians are here in South Sudan to save lives and for no other reason UN Emergency Relief Coordinator He stressed that despite challenges that aid workers are facing on a daily basis, “[They] are working tirelessly and courageously to bring desperately needed relief to people in need.” “It is imperative that humanitarian organizations are granted free, safe, and unhindered humanitarian access, to reach all people in need, wherever they are,” stressed the UN humanitarian chief.‘Catastrophic’ humanitarian situation; response affected by violenceMr. O’Brien’s visit came as the situation in South Sudan has worsened after fighting broke out three weeks ago in and around the capital, Juba, between rival forces backing President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar.12,000 seek protection at UN Mission in South Sudan compound. Credit: UN News Centre In the press release, OCHA warned that humanitarian situation in South Sudan is “catastrophic”: more than half of the population – some 6.1 million people – are in need of humanitarian assistance and an estimated 4.8 million people are severely food insecure. A quarter of a million children are facing severe acute malnutrition. Furthermore, some 1.6 million people are internally displaced and, throughout nearly two years of instability, more than 900,000 overall have fled to neighbouring countries, including more than 60,000 who fled to Uganda in July alone. The UN humanitarian wing added that, so far this year, aid workers have reached more than 2.8 million people with assistance and protection. It also noted that the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2016, which includes funding needs for 114 humanitarian partners to respond to the most urgent needs of the affected population, is only 40 per cent funded, leaving a gap of $765 million. “More funding is urgently required for the scale-up of the response across the country,” the agency said in the release.Violence against humanitarian actors hampering aid operationsIn addition, relief operations in the country have been severely affected by violence against aid workers and aid assets, as evidenced by the looting of vital humanitarian warehouses during and after the fighting in capital Juba. Since December 2013, at least 57 aid workers have been killed in South Sudan, including one worker who was killed during the recent conflict in Juba. Many more are still missing. Commending the work of the aid workers in difficult situations, Mr. O’Brien said: “I categorically condemn all attacks against aid workers and assets and call on all those in leadership positions to step up and take action against these wholly unacceptable incidents.”Download PDFProtection of civilians ‘paramount concern’The press release adds that the protection of civilians in the country is of paramount concern. It noted extensive reports of rape and other forms of sexual violence during recent fighting, including in the capital Juba and Wau, in the north-west of the country. “My visit to Wau and Aweil (also located in north-western South Sudan) was heart-wrenching,” said Mr. O’Brien. “The women I met in both locations told me that it is a daily struggle to keep themselves and their children alive, one for fear of violence, the other due to hunger.”During his three-day visit, Mr. O’Brien met with humanitarian partners and Government officials, and visited people affected by the crisis in Juba, Wau and Aweil. In his meetings, the Emergency Relief Coordinator stressed that: “We humanitarians are here in South Sudan to save lives and for no other reason. Our task and our demand by the UN and beyond is to impartially meet the urgent and severe humanitarian and protection needs of the millions of suffering people in this country.”UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict echoes condemnationIn related news, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura has echoed Mr. O’Brien’s condemnation of the violence in the country, in particular the sexual violence crimes being committed. In a press release issued by her Office, Ms. Bangura called on the Heads of State and Government of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to acknowledge the gravity of sexual violence, to request South Sudanese authorities to take immediate measures to prevent their troops and associated militias from committing these crimes, and to take action against those responsible. “IGAD should ensure that the military and political leadership of South Sudan move beyond rhetoric and implement the commitments they have made in their 2013 communiqués on preventing and responding to sexual violence crimes,” Ms. Bangura stressed.Amidst the politics, we must not forget the survivors SRSG BanguraIGAD is an eight-country bloc in Africa comprising Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda. The leaders of its member countries are meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, for an extra-ordinary summit on the situation in South Sudan. Ms. Bangura emphasized that the bloc must use its leverage over the parties to this conflict to ensure that they immediately cease, prevent and decisively respond to serious crimes, including sexual violence. “IGAD must clearly stress the need for accountability, in line with the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan of August 2015,” she emphasized. She also called on the conflict parties to stop their troops from committing such crimes, and on the Government of South Sudan to investigate the alleged violations and abuses and prosecute those found responsible. “Amidst the politics, we must not forget the survivors. The international community stands in solidarity with them and will spare no effort to ensure that they receive adequate care, assistance and livelihood support while ensuring that the perpetrators, irrespective of their ranks, are held accountable,” Ms. Bangura reiterated. read more

SME issues briefing paper on the Safe Use of Cyanide

first_imgThe Society of Mining Engineers (SME) has issued its latest technical briefing paper, The Safe and Effective Use of Cyanide in the Mining Industry. This paper, the 14th in the series, provides a general overview on the use, proper management and control of cyanide and its application to recover gold from ore. The technical briefing paper can be downloaded from the SME Government Affairs & Public Policy website www.smenet.org/gpac/.The purpose of this briefing is to provide a general overview about the use of cyanide and its application to recover gold from ore. While the use of cyanide is essential to the modern gold mining industry, SME acknowledges the public’s concern regarding the use of this reagent and through this discussion presents information to inform and engage in meaningful dialogue about safety and best practices utilized by the mining industry for the extraction of gold from ore. Technical references regarding the use of cyanide in the processing of gold ore are noted at the end of the briefing.The logo shown is that of the cyantists – www.cyantists.com – one of whom is Dr Terry Mudder, inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame this year for Environmental Management and Stewardship.last_img read more

From Barnsley to Birmingham Villa complete deal for Irish star Hourihane

first_img By Paul Dollery Source: Douglas Hall AFC/Twitter Short URL Jan 26th 2017, 11:54 AM Source: AVFC.co.ukASTON VILLA HAVE won the race to sign in-form Barnsley captain Conor Hourihane.The Irish midfielder has been in demand during the January transfer window after enjoying an impressive season so far for the Championship club. In 28 appearances in all competitions for the Tykes in the 2016-17 campaign, Hourihane has scored six goals and provided 12 assists.The Corkman had attracted plenty of attention from other clubs. Sheffield Wednesday were believed to be close to sealing a deal, there was also reported interest from Crystal Palace, as well as from several clubs in the MLS and Scottish Premiership.However, Villa have this afternoon announced that Hourihane will join the club on a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee which is believed to be in the region of £3 million. The player’s contract with Barnsley was due to expire this summer.“I’m really pleased to be here,” Hourihane told Villa’s official website. “Aston Villa are a massive club and I’m looking forward to a new chapter in my career and developing further as a player under Steve Bruce. Source: Anna Gowthorpe“I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone connected to Barnsley Football Club; from the owner, to the head coach, the backroom staff, and of course to the supporters who have been amazing to me throughout my time at Oakwell.”Barnsley paid £250,000 to Plymouth Argyle for Hourihane in 2014. The Bandon native had been appointed captain at Plymouth at the age of 21, having joined the League Two club after being released by Ipswich Town in 2011.Last season he captained Barnsley to silverware at Wembley twice — in the Football League Trophy final against Oxford United and in the League One play-off decider against Millwall.With Hourihane providing more assists than any other player in the Championship this season, Barnsley have found themselves in eighth place in English football’s second tier, just four points outside the play-off places.Although he’ll be departing for a bigger club and a substantial wage increase — understood to be £30,000 per week — Hourihane is dropping down the table to join a club who find themselves in 13th. Source: Cathal NoonanHowever, Villa are keen to make a push for promotion back to the Premier League in the second half of the season, having also signed Nottingham Forest captain Henri Lansbury, Icelandic international Birkir Bjarnason and Hourihane’s Barnsley team-mate James Bree in the current transfer window. Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has also joined the Birmingham club on loan.In a club statement, Barnsley FC said: “Conor made it clear to the board that he saw the move as an opportunity to further his career and he wanted to pursue the move.“Under these circumstances, and considering that Conor’s contract was coming to an end in the summer where he could transfer for free, the club respected that decision and reluctantly allowed him to move on for a significant fee and sell-on.“Conor was a hugely popular figure at the club and we fully appreciate that this news will be met with disappointment from our tremendous supporters. The club firmly shares this sentiment. It is always difficult losing a player of Conor’s footballing and personal qualities, and allowing a player of his calibre to leave the club was never an easy decision.”Hourihane played under Villa boss Steve Bruce during his time at Sunderland, who he joined from Douglas Hall. The midfielder, who has represented his country up as far as U21 level, was called up to provisional Republic of Ireland squads for the recent World Cup qualifiers against Georgia, Moldova and Austria but he has yet to make his senior international debut. 15,588 Views Thursday 26 Jan 2017, 11:54 AM Share Tweet Email center_img 22 Comments Big news today as Ex-Hall star @ConorHourihane completes his move to @AVFCOfficial. Best of luck Conor, you’ll be great for villa! #DHAFC pic.twitter.com/ugSmp4dmhv— Douglas Hall AFC (@DouglasHallAFC) January 26, 2017 From Barnsley to Birmingham: Villa complete deal for Irish star Hourihane The highly-coveted Corkman has been in demand after an impressive Championship season so far. “Since the last international break and leading up to the next one, I’ve felt like I’ve continued to play consistently well. I’m sure they’re watching and looking at what I’m doing. Hopefully in the near future I’ll get into the official matchday squad,” Hourihane told RTÉ earlier this month.“Playing for your country would be fantastic; born and bred Irish, Cork lad, it’s something I’ve always worked towards so that would be definitely a goal of mine. I’m hoping to achieve that in 2017.”A leader who dragged a team from the bottom of League 1 to the Premier League promotion huntHourihane hoping for 2017 Ireland debut despite previous disappointment https://the42.ie/3206189 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Geek Deals Save 97 on a Lifetime Subscription to OSTraining Developer Courses

first_imgIf you’re looking to keep your webdev skills sharp, today’s StackSocial deal is a real winner. For just 60 bucks, you can get a lifetime subscription to OSTraining. Whether you’re getting started in web development, or you’re diving into a new specialization, this subscription will get you into fighting shape. • OSTraining Developer Courses Lifetime Subscription for $59.99 (List price: $2000)With over 3000 existing videos on everything from JavaScript to Joomla, and SEO to CSS, you’ll have a large body of work to learn from. Even better, you’ll have access to new videos as they’re added. The tech that drives the internet is always changing and improving, so you’ll need to stay abreast of the latest trends if you want to be at the top of your game.With these courses and your dedicated study, you’ll be able to learn everything you need to build truly incredible sites. And with enough time and elbow grease, you’ll have a portfolio you can be proud of. While a lifetime subscription would normally cost you upwards of $2K, StackSocial is offering up an instant 97% discount. And if you’re not pleased with the instruction you receive, you have a 15 day period to return this membership for StackSocial credit. Don’t waste your time if it isn’t working out, spend that money on another endeavor.Note: Discount only available to new members. Terms and conditions apply. See the StackSocial site for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

Stocks rise claw back chunk of Mondays tradewar plunge

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks climbed on Tuesday and clawed back a chunk of their losses from Monday’s rout, the latest whipsaw move as investors weigh just how badly the escalating U.S.-China trade war will hurt the economy.The day’s rally was nearly a mirror image of Monday’s plunge, when the S&P 500 had its worst day since early January, just not as severe: Technology companies led the way higher after bearing the brunt of the selling on Monday, Treasury yields rose modestly and gold gave back a bit of its gains.The S&P 500 rose 22.54 points, or 0.8 percent, to 2,834.41. It recovered nearly a third of its loss from Monday, and would now need to rise 3.9 percent to regain the record it set a couple weeks ago. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 207.06, or 0.8 percent, to 25,532.05, and the Nasdaq composite index jumped 87.47, or 1.1 percent, to 7,734.49.Of course, stocks are still lower than they were last week, following China’s pledge to raise tariffs on U.S. goods. Stocks also remain lower than they were on May 5, when President Donald Trump ignited this latest round of fear for markets by announcing on Twitter that the U.S. would raise tariffs on Chinese goods.Tuesday’s rally came after another round of morning Trump tweets on trade. He said, “When the time is right we will make a deal with China,” and he cited his “unlimited” respect for and friendship with China’s leader.last_img read more

Bristol Rovers sign Bournemouth ace

first_imgAFC Bournemouth midfielder Sam Matthews has become Bristol Rovers second signing of the summer after he signed a contract with the club. A deal that will take effect from July 1.Manager Darrell Clarke was delighted to have Sam agree to the transfer, according to Gazette series he said:“Sam is a very talented young player whose progress I have monitored for a while now.“He has worked hard and, learnt a great deal, from his time at Bournemouth and, of course, during his loan spell at Eastleigh in the National League last season.“We had to compete with a number of other clubs for his signature and I am delighted that he has chosen to join us “His arrival will intensify competition for first team places at the club and I look forward to working with him.”AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Bournemouth vs Manchester City Boro Tanchev – August 24, 2019 English champions Manchester City travel to Bournemouth for their encounter of the third Premier League Matchday.Upon signing, Sam continued;“I was on loan at Eastleigh last season and played quite a lot of games in the National League and then had some interest from other clubs, Rovers being one of them.“I met with Darrell Clarke over the summer, had a chat and as things progressed it’s resulted in me signing today and I’m really happy to get it done.“He told about the club itself, the squad the he has here and told me there’s great spirit amongst the players.”last_img read more

Mourinho on Uniteds 11 draw It was a good training session

first_imgJose Mourinho appeared to be not too disheartened by what he saw as Manchester United came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw against Club America in the first friendly of their United States tourMourinho had to make do without a number of his World Cup stars for the encounter, but debutant goalkeeper Lee Grant made some critical saves in the opening 45 minutes of the game to keep the scoreline level at the University of Phoenix Stadium.But his replacement Joel Pereria was left helpless by Hector Martin’s thumping header in the 59th-minute of the match to hand Club America the lead.However, Juan Mata ensured that United would not begin their preseason with defeat by scoring an equaliser after Ander Herrera’s header had hit the post.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…Mourinho told the club website: “It was good. After five days of training, you need to play and it’s good to play against a team that is three days away from starting their Mexican league. [They were] a team with intensity, a team with quality that pushed us to levels that we weren’t prepared for but pushed us to these levels, so it was a good training session.”The Portuguese coach acknowledged that United were at a disadvantage due to Club America having already started their league campaign and were, therefore, much better prepared for the encounter.“It was a good training session for us and I think they start their league this week, so they were at a more advanced stage than us,” said Mourinho.“I think both teams fought for a result. It was a friendly, the result was not the most important thing but I think the players fought for the result. I think in the first half we were the best team and had the best chances. In the second half, they were stronger than us and scored the goal, then without the only striker we have here [Anthony Martial] we had to try to go for it. The players showed their intentions.”last_img read more