Lioness at Alipore zoo gives birth to 3 cubs after decades

first_imgKolkata: A lioness named Shurti gave birth to three lion cubs at the Alipore Zoological Garden on June 28.The cubs and their mother have been kept under the CCTV surveillance. It may be mentioned that after more than two decades, a lioness has given birth to lion cubs in the zoo. The director of Alipore Zoological Garden, Asis Kumar Samanata on Monday said Shruti had given birth to three cubs on June 28 and a team was formed to look into their wellbeing. The team comprised three doctors and two supervisors to smoothly conduct the delivery. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”We had formed a team for the delivery. Two days after the delivery, on Sunday evening we noticed that the lioness was not feeding one of the cubs. It was taken to the hospital where it was fed. This lion cub is found to be little week. It would take some time to be stable. All the animals have been kept under observation. It is presumed that the lion cubs will be put inside the enclosure for public viewing after three months,” Samanta said. The officials and the employees are very excited to get three lion cubs in the zoo.last_img read more

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Iran says assisting ailing foreign tanker

first_imgTehran: Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman has said that the Islamic republic was assisting a “foreign tanker that had encountered a technical problem” in the Gulf after receiving a distress call. “According to international regulations… Iranian forces approached it and using a tugboat brought it into Iranian waters for necessary repairs,” Abbas Mousavi said on Tuesday according to an official government Twitter account. The spokesman added that further details would be released later. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangEarlier TankerTrackers reported that the Panamanian-flagged tanker Riah, used in the strategic Strait of Hormuz “for fuelling other vessels” had crossed into Iranian waters on July 14 “for the first time as she slowed down”. According to the online oil shipment tracking service, at that point the tanker’s automatic identification system stopped sending signals. The Riah’s last known position was off Qeshm Island in the Strait of Hormuz. Tensions in the region have soared in recent weeks, with the US calling off air strikes against Iran at the last minute after Tehran downed an American drone, and Washington blaming Tehran for a series of attacks on tanker ships off the United Arab Emirates coast. On Tuesday, a UAE official, who requested anonymity, said the tanker Riah did not send out a distress call. “The tanker in question is neither UAE owned nor operated, does not carry Emirati personnel, and did not emit a distress call,” the official said.last_img read more

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Beaten to death on child lift suspicion

first_imgDarjeeling: A 32-year-old was stoned to death on suspect of being a child lifter.The incident occurred in Sukhani Bustee, Nagrakata in the Jalpaiguri district. Rumors have been circulating in the tea belt since the past few days regarding child lifters. The villagers had started keeping close watch specially after dark armed with batons, bow and arrows. Any unknown person were being questioned by them. A youth used to frequent the Sukhani Bustee dressed as a woman asking for alms. On Monday, when he arrived he was stopped by some local residents. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAt that time someone from among the crowd shouted out that the person was a child lifter. Immediately the mob went out of control and started hitting him. He started running. The crowd started chasing him. As he neared the railway tracks the mob started pelting stones. He fell to the ground. They continued pelting stones at him. Police rushed to the spot. They rescued the person and rushed him to the Sulkapara Primary Health Center where he was declared dead. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDebasish Chakraborty, Sub Divisional Police Officer, Mal, stated that though there has not been a single incident of abduction, some persons have been spreading rumors of child lifters. “Some persons have been arrested in connection with spreading rumors and lynching this person. We have started a case. Patrolling in this area has been intensified. We are constantly telling people not to spread rumors,” added Chakroborty. The victim has not been identified yet. Some claim that he belonged to the third gender.last_img read more

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Accused sailor testifies sex on Canadian destroyer was consensual

first_imgHALIFAX – A Halifax sailor accused of sexually assaulting a subordinate testified Friday that the sex was consensual, as he took the stand in his own defence at his court martial.Master Seaman Daniel Cooper testified in a Halifax military court that he had asked the leading seaman — who was an ordinary seaman at the time of the alleged incident — if he wanted to become intimate, and that he agreed.“As far as I could tell … he was receptive to what I was proposing,” said Cooper, who is accused of a sexual assaulting the subordinate aboard HMCS Athabaskan while the destroyer was visiting Spain as part of a NATO exercise on Nov. 9, 2015.Cooper told Military Judge Cmdr. Sandra Sukstorf that the men had been drinking at a hotel and restaurant in Rota, Spain, and later had more drinks in the ship’s cafeteria.“(He) sat down next to me and put his arm around my shoulder,” said Cooper, adding that the man then asked him if he was gay.“I was a little taken aback because I didn’t know him very well. It’s not something I was very open about to people in the department.”He said when they eventually went to their sleeping quarters in the early hours of Nov. 10, he noticed the junior sailor — whose name is protected by a publication ban — had become aroused as they were talking near the bunks, and so he asked if he wanted to engage in sexual activity.Cooper, a naval communicator at Canadian Forces Base Halifax, said the man responded “Yes,” and then he followed him to his bunk, asking him another time if he wanted to become intimate before climbing into the bunk with him.“I generally prefer not to get involved with people from work. But I was drunk and inhibitions were relaxed,” he said.He said he performed oral sex on the subordinate, and that the man never told him to stop until about 10 minutes later when he sat up and said, “I’m not gay,” at which point Cooper said he immediately returned to his own bunk.Cooper has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and ill treatment of a subordinate.Prosecutor Maj. Dominic Martin opened his cross-examination by showing portions of an interview Cooper gave to an investigator in March 2016.In the video, Cooper denies any sexual activity took place between him and the alleged victim.Most details in his account of day in question were consistent with his testimony on the stand, but he told the investigator he went directly to bed after they arrived in the sleeping quarters.Martin did not begin questioning Cooper Friday. His cross-examination will continue Saturday.On Wednesday, the alleged victim told the military court he woke up in his bunk to a superior sailor performing oral sex on him. He said it was dark and he couldn’t really see, but the person performing the act was repeating a sexual phrase to him, and he recognized the voice to be that of Cooper.He became emotional in the courtroom as he spoke about fearing for his safety and attempting to alert a crew member in the bunk below him — but he said his pleas for help went unanswered.“I said, ‘I think I’m getting raped’ … But he didn’t believe me. His response was, ‘You’re drunk and I have duty in a few hours. Go back to bed’,” he said.Earlier Friday, the sailor from the lower bunk was called to the stand by prosecutor Capt. Erica Maidment.The able seaman — who was an ordinary seaman at the time — testified that he remembered the alleged victim attempting to wake him up on the morning in question.“I thought he was just being drunk and stupid,” he told the court. “I just told him to stop.”The sailor said the commotion lasted for about 5 or 10 minutes, but later said under cross-examination by defence lawyer Maj. Philippe-Luc Boutin that it lasted for about 15 or 20 minutes.The alleged victim had told the court the incident lasted a few minutes.The bunkmate also said he heard moaning, “like he was trying to get attention … not pain or pleasure,” and eventually saw a pair of legs come out of the rack above him. That’s when he asked the fellow sailor what had happened.“He seemed to be in shock more than anything,” he said, adding the sailor said someone had been performing oral sex on him.He said the two men then reported the incident to a superior.Military commanders have promised to crack down on sexual misconduct in the ranks since retired Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps reported in April 2015 that she had found an “underlying sexual culture” in the military.Military police received 193 reports of sexual assault in 2017, more than twice the 93 reported in 2014. There have also been more charges, with 44 in 2016 compared to 24 in 2014.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

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Newmans Own Foundation Celebrates 30 Years With 30 Million

first_imgNewman’s Own Foundation has made a commitment to donate $30 million to charity this year, in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the founding of Newman’s Own. This milestone represents the largest amount of money Newman’s Own Foundation has donated in a single year.To kick off “30 Years of Giving,” which continues throughout 2012, Newman’s Own Foundation has announced an initial round of grants totaling approximately $10 million. In this initial round, significant contributions are being made in support of nutrition, children with life-limiting conditions, empowerment, and the encouragement of philanthropy. These four “high impact areas” represent a refined focus for the Foundation. Examples of grantees in each of these four areas include:Nutrition: Food Research and Action Center, The Food Trust, Wholesome WaveChildren with Life-Limiting Conditions: SeriousFun Children’s Network (formerly Association of Hole in the Wall Camps), Friends of Green ChimneysEmpowerment: The Discovery Center, Safe Water Network, Shining Hope for Communities, Right To PlayEncouraging Philanthropy: Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, generationOn, Dynamo Academy, Newman’s Own Foundation Campus Community Service ChallengeNewman’s Own Foundation, founded by the late Paul Newman, is focusing on these four areas because they represent the scope of organizations Newman originally supported, as well as opportunities for the Foundation to have an impact.Since Paul Newman founded his food company, Newman’s Own, Inc. in 1982, Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have donated more than $350 million to thousands of charities worldwide. Newman established the Foundation in 2005, as a means of continuing his pledge to donate to charity all net profits and royalties from the sale of products from Newman’s Own, Inc.“Paul went against conventional wisdom by creating all-natural food products and giving 100% of the profits to charity,” said Robert H. Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation. “Early on, someone asked Paul whether a company that gives all of its profits away could survive. Thirty years later, we have not only survived, but grown and, as a result, helped thousands of organizations make a difference in the lives of others. In the first year, Paul donated around $300,000, and this year it will be 100 times that amount.”Newman’s business model was unique when he started the company. Now, there is a rising tide of similar social business enterprises. Many organizations cite Paul Newman and Newman’s Own as a source of inspiration.Today, the legacy continues. All after-tax profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own products go to charity, helping to fulfill Newman’s commitment to do his part to help make our world a better place. The impact is best summarized with just a few examples from the thousands of programs that have benefited from funding: children with life-limiting medical conditions attend special camps where kids get to be kids instead of patients; wounded warriors and their families are empowered to overcome extraordinary circumstances; hungry children receive wholesome breakfast to nourish their bodies and their brains; residents of Africa’s largest slum experience hope through education, healthcare, and clean water; and young people around the world commit to creating social change.last_img read more

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Fort St John RCMP investigate theft of construction equipment

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP received a report of a stolen John Deere 35D Minihoe near the intersection at 93rd Avenue and 93rd Street.According to RCMP, the theft occurred sometime between 6:30 p.m. on June 11 and 7:30 a.m. on June 12.The minihoe is described as: 2008 John Deere model 35Dblack and yellow in colourserial number FF035DX237893The RCMP are continuing to investigate this incident.Anyone with information on this theft is being asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

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In wake of mass rapes in DR Congo UN official calls for

31 August 2010The recent savage mass rapes of civilians by armed groups in the volatile far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) underscores the need for an end to impunity for perpetrators of such crimes, a senior United Nations official said today. At least 154 civilians were raped in 13 villages along a 21-kilometre stretch of road in North Kivu province’s Banamukira territory between 30 July and 2 August, with the attackers blocking the road and preventing the villagers from reaching outside communications. Many homes were also looted.Margot Wallström, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Sexual Violence in Conflict, told reporters today that these latest atrocities reinforce that “you cannot have a policy of zero tolerance backed by zero consequences.”The DRC Government must buttress its policies to combat sexual violence with “consistent and visible consequences” for perpetrators, she stressed. “So long as rapists remain at large, they hold the whole reputation of the Congo hostage.”Ms. Wallström emphasized that the recent mass rapes highlight how sexual violence “should never be dismissed as random, cultural or inevitable.”Systematic rapes, she said, are planned and are therefore preventable, and the North Kivu rapes highlight how peace and stability cannot be consolidated in the DRC unless women’s security can be ensured.According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), more than 9,000 cases of rape were reported last year in North and South Kivu provinces alone, while many cases are believed to go unreported.The official said a two-pronged approach is being pursued to tackle the problem of sexual violence in eastern DRC.Firstly, perpetrators must be held accountable, she said, the issue of sexual violence is being elevated on the agendas of both the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Security Council.“The time when sexual violence is tolerated and sidelined as a product of war is over,” she said, noting that former Congolese leader Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo is facing trial at the ICC for war crimes, including rape.Also key is improving the UN’s response to such incidents, Ms. Wallström emphasized.The DRC has a joint Government-UN strategy on combating sexual violence, but efforts to implement it must be enhanced, she stressed.Thirteen UN entities have joined forces to set up UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict in a bid to improve coordination and accountability, support national efforts to prevent sexual violence, and respond effectively to the needs of survivors.Since peacekeepers could often be the first to interact with survivors, they must be prepared to respond to cases of sexual violence as much as they are for conventional military interventions, Ms. Wallström said.However, she voiced concerns that as expectations mount for blue helmets in the DRC, the Government is requesting that the world body draws down its presence in the vast African nation.“So we are expected to do more at the same time with less peacekeepers,” the Special Representative said, pointing out that at the time of the recent North Kivu attacks, there were 80 blue helmets stationed in an area over 300 square kilometres.Although it is “simply not realistic” for peacekeepers to protect all women in the war-torn eastern DRC, she said the world body is looking into new ways and measures to enhance policies already in place, including early warning systems, distress call programmes and market patrols.Ms. Wallström also said a senior member of her staff is currently in the ground with a team led by Assistant Secretary-General Atul Khare from the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), who was dispatched to the area last week by Mr. Ban. read more

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Revenge porn victims complain police treated their abuser like the victim

first_imgI cannot believe that he got off with a slap on the wrist and a caution from the policeVictim Nikki Elliott Revenge porn victims have complained police treated their abuser ‘like the victim’ after he was given police protection at court and was not sent to jail.Unemployed Oliver Whiting, 37, took innocent pictures from Facebook accounts of female friends and and placed them on an x-rated website.Next to the pictures Whiting left sexist and abusive comments and invited other users to add humiliating messages.Yesterday Whiting, a former restaurant manager of Eastbourne, Sussex, escaped a prison sentence.Victims burst into tears as he was handed a suspended six month prison sentence after he earlier pleaded guilty to 11 charges of making offensive postings relating to two victims. After the two hour hearing he was escorted out by six uniformed officers who pushed past the victims families. Whiting had been chaperoned into Hasting magistrates court building by two police officers.Teresa Weir, the mother of an earlier victim, Charlotte White, said: “I think it is absolutely disgusting. He got six officers to escort him in and out of court and the victims didn’t get a single officer – it was more like he was the victim.”The maximum sentence for revenge porn is two years and the maximum for sending offensive messages is six months.District Judge Teresa Szagun told him: “There was an abuse of trust in what you did. What you used those photos for defies belief. You uploaded them onto a website that encourages other men to masturbate and then capture that activity and then upload those photographs on that site. The accompanying comments were vile, aggressive sexual fantasies. Fighting back tears she said: “I cannot believe that he got off with a slap on the wrist and a caution from the police. I feel let down by the police and think more should have been done.” He got six officers to escort him in and out of court and the victims didn’t get a single officer – it was more like he was the victimTeresa Weir, the mother of a victim Charlotte White, Teresa Weir and Nikki Elliott, who condemned Whiting in a victim impact statementCredit:David McHugh As in the current case, the father-of-one had taken the photos off their Facebook pages and then posted them on a X-rated website.Next to a photo of one victim, Charlotte White, he encouraged: “100 to rape her, 50 to get her pregnant and 20 to make her miscarry”.He even posted a picture of his half sister taken in her school uniform when she was just 16-years-old and asked users of the site how much they would pay to rape her.But he escaped Sussex Police decided not to prosecute him after he admitted the offences and expressed remorse.Instead, they gave him a caution for one offence of revenge porn and three counts of sending offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing messages.The move caused fury among victims who said the caution sent out completely the wrong message.Victim Nikki Elliott, 26, a former colleague of Whiting, whose picture appeared on the website with her holding her two-year-old daughter, Olivia, condemned the decision and hit out at police.In a victim impact statement read out in court she said: “I felt all alone and no-one would help me. I was not very impressed with the way Sussex Police dealt with my case.” Charlotte White, Teresa Weir and Nikki Elliott, who condemned Whiting in a victim impact statement “The impact on the victims has been far reaching from fear, disgust and extreme humiliation.”The case caused a furore last May when he escaped prosecution and was handed caution for a catalogue of similar offences. 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. She told the court the photo, which includes her two-year-old daughter, is still visible on the US website despite requests for it to be taken down.After a furore last year police discovered other victims and charged the former restaurant manager.He pleaded guilty to 11 offences of making offensive postings, contrary to Section 127 (1) of the Communications Act 2003.At Hastings Magistrates last month Noelle Magennis, defending, said: “It seems to me that because of the press coverage and the tabloids becoming involved, the police decided to look into it further.”As Whiting sat head bowed in the dock, Ms Magennis said the offences took place during a “bad period” in his life when he struggled to cope at work and had suffered a nervous breakdown.“He is disgusted with himself,” she said. “He doesn’t leave the house and his friends have disowned him.“He never meant to hurt them or cause them any distress. He has contemplated suicide.“The only explanation is that he was drinking excessively. He never in a million years thought the girls would see these comments.”He handed a six month sentence suspended for two years and was ordered to attend a sexual offenders’ rehabilitation programme as well as banning him form using social media.He was also forbidden for contacting the victims and ordered him to pay a £115 victim surcharge.After the case Miss Elliott said: “I really can’t believe it because the police could have done something about this first time but they messed up.”last_img read more

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Men arrested in connection with alleged Cork sexual assaults released

first_imgTWO MEN ARRESTED in connection with a pair of alleged sexual assaults in Cork have been released without charge.Two girls aged 18 and 19 were allegedly assaulted after attending a Jason Derulo concert in the city on Thursday night. The girls later contacted gardai to say that they were sexually assaulted by two men in a vehicle.Gardai arrested two American men aged 41 and 32 at around 4am and questioned them at Bridewell Garda Station.The men were released last night and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Forensic examinations are being carried out as part of the investigation.last_img read more

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Les fragments dun vaisseau cargo russe sécrasent en Sibérie

first_imgLes fragments d’un vaisseau cargo russe s’écrasent en SibérieLe vaisseau cargo russe lancé aujourd’hui même du cosmodrome de Baïkonour au Kazakhstan a échoué à rejoindre la bonne orbite et a explosé en vol, projetant ses fragments dans une région peu peuplée de Sibérie. Le Progress M12-M devait s’amarrer vendredi à la Station spatiale internationale (ISS).  Après la perte momentanée de son super satellite l’Express AM-4, c’est un nouvel échec pour l’Agence spatiale russe. Cet après-midi, à 17H00 heure de Moscou, le vaisseau cargo Progress M12-M a décollé avec succès à l’aide d’une fusée Soyouz-U du cosmodrome de Baïkonour au Kazakhstan. Sa mission était alors de rejoindre la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) qu’il devait atteindre vendredi avec son chargement de 3,5 tonnes destiné à l’équipage.À lire aussiSpaceX : la Tesla envoyée dans l’espace a déjà franchi une étapeSeulement voilà, au bout de 350 secondes de vol, une chute de pression a été enregistrée dans le réservoir de carburant, puis le contact avec l’engin a été interrompu, a expliqué une source à l’agence officielle Itar-Tass. Un incident qui a empêché l’engin de rejoindre la bonne orbite qui a alors explosé, projetant des fragments sur Terre. Heureusement, les parties du vaisseau sont tombées dans une zone peu peuplée de la région de Tchoïski, dans l’Altaï proche de la frontière de la Chine, de la Mongolie et du Kazakhstan, a indiqué le gouverneur par intérim de cette république Iouri Antaradonov, cité par l’agence Interfax. De son côté, Alexandre Borissov, chef du district de Tchoïa de la république de l’Altaï a confié cité par Ria Novosti : “il y a eu une très forte explosion qui pouvait souffler les vitres dans un rayon de 100 km. J’habite ici depuis 40 ans, nous sommes habitués à la chute de fragments de lanceurs, mais il n’y a jamais eu de déflagration pareille”. Aucun dégât, ni victime n’a toutefois été recensé. Désormais, les services d’urgence tentent donc de récupérer les morceaux du Progress M12-M, mais la tâche s’annonce difficile alors que la nuit est déjà tombée dans la région. Le 24 août 2011 à 18:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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WWE partnering with Rocket League for DLC NXT live events set for

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Google+ Facebook Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE partnering with Rocket League for DLCThe popular video game Rocket League announced via their Twitter on Monday that they would be partnering with the WWE for DLC content that will be released this Spring.You can check out the announcement below.We’re continuing our partnership with @WWE, including new in-game items later this year! Details: https://t.co/zGmp0LYdfs pic.twitter.com/PPaEP0TMu1— Rocket League (@RocketLeague) February 26, 2018NXT live events set for April in NortheastPaul “Triple H” Levesque announced via Twitter on Monday new NXT live events scheduled for the Northeast area during the month of April.See @WWENXT on the road in the Mid-Atlantic after NXTTakeOver: New Orleans: #NXTDC 4/19 #NXTBethlehem 4/20#NXTBelAir 4/21#NXTJohnstown 4/22Tickets go on sale Friday at 10am ET at https://t.co/pcQU3cALRh… #WeAreNXT pic.twitter.com/5jdrqodySH— Triple H (@TripleH) February 26, 2018 Videos Articles WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call Triple H Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Now Playing Up Next NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:35 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) WhatsApplast_img read more

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Youth in focus for Natl Leadership conference

first_img Recommended for you Assemblies of God Conference promotes Discipleship over Membership Related Items:Community fellowship center, national leadership conference Healing Services begin tonight in Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Feb 2016 – Today hundreds of youngsters will get strategic advice on how to be world class leaders when the National Leadership conference shifts focus to the future generations. The shift is in who will mount the stage too, as Bishop Andre makes way for his wife, Nina Thomas who is a master at motivating young people. The reviews for the first two sessions are very good; attendees called the training life altering. You can still join the conference tonight and Saturday at 7pm, with day session on Saturday and then on Sunday morning at 9am. All events are being held at the Community Fellowship Center, Leeward Highway. North Carolina Preacher holds services in Turks & Caicoslast_img read more

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Top TCI restaurants heading to Intl contest fundraiser this weekend

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTen of the top restaurants on Providenciales will showcase their top chefs during the “Taste of Tapas fund raising event on Saturday April 23rd at Fire and Ice restaurant. The event will not only feature the culinary talents of the Islands top chefs; but Salsa Dancing, a silent auction and a live auction with great prizes, say organizers. Blue Haven Resort and the Hotel and Tourism Association are hosting the event to raise funds for the TCI Culinary Team headed to “Taste of the Caribbean” held in June in Miami Florida.Tickets are available for the ‘Taste of Tapas’ at the TCHTA’s office, the Crust Bakery and Blue Haven and includes delicious tapas and a glass of bubbly. last_img read more

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Crocodiles guard secrets of Pakistans lost African past

first_imgBut with dramatic improvements in security in recent years the community hopes to continue the mela, celebrating traditions that have survived slavery, colonisation, and modernisation.”It is a Sheedi community belief that by honouring the crocodile our whole year will pass in peace, tranquility and prosperity,” explains Mohammad.”We look forward to celebrating the mela next year too, and forever.” In this photograph taken on March 4, 2018 Sajjad Burfat (R), the custodian of sacred crocodiles, feeds frankinsense-smoked meat to a crocodile next to a pond at the shrine of Sufi Hasan-al-Maroof Sultan Manghopir, during the Sheedi Mela or crocodiles festival, on the outskirts of Karachi. Photo : AFPDancing and chanting in Swahili at a crocodile shrine outside Karachi, hundreds of Pakistani Sheedis swayed barefoot to the rhythm of a language they no longer speak — the celebration offering a rare chance to connect with their African roots.For many Sheedis, the swampy crocodile shrine to Sufi saint Haji Syed Shaikh Sultan — more popularly known as Mangho Pir — is the most potent symbol of their shared African past, as they struggle to uncover the trail that led their ancestors to Pakistan.Many, like 75-year-old Mohammad Akbar, have simply given up the search for their family’s origins.The descendants of Africans who have been arriving on the shores of the subcontinent for centuries, the Sheedis rose to lofty positions as generals and leaders during the Mughal Empire, which ruled swathes of South Asia.But, actively discriminated against during British rule, their traditions began to fade, and they found themselves wholly shunned when Pakistan was created in 1947, absent from the country’s elite political and military circles.Figures are scant but it is generally accepted that Pakistan holds the highest number of Sheedis on the subcontinent, upwards of around 50,000 people.But their history has been scantily written, making it difficult if not impossible for Sheedis — including even those like Akbar whose ancestors arrived in Pakistan relatively recently — to trace their antecedents.”I came to know in the 1960s that my grandfather belonged to Zanzibar, and we contacted the Tanzania embassy to find our extended family,” Akbar told AFP outside his home in Karachi.”We were told that we can never reach them until we can identify our tribe, which we don’t know,” he said. “I never tried again.”His plight is common, with little in the way of documentation or scholarship on the community.What is available suggests many arrived as part of the African slave trade to the east — a notion rejected by many Sheedis, most of whom now reside in southern Sindh province.”We don’t subscribe to the theories that someone brought us as slaves to this region because Sheedis as a nation have never been slaves,” argues Yaqoob Qanbarani, the chairman of Pakistan Sheedi Ittehad, a community group.Others say the community’s origins can be traced back to the genesis of Islam, claiming a shared lineage with Bilal — one of Prophet Mohammad’s closest companions.As the knowledge of their origins has faded, so too have many of their traditions, including the vestiges of Swahili once spoken in parts of Karachi.”Swahili has been an abandoned language for some generations now,” says Ghulam Akbar Sheedi, a 75-year-old community leader.”I remember that my grandmother would extensively use Swahili phrases in our daily conversation,” says 50-year-old Atta Mohammad, who now struggles to remember even a few sayings.’Captured by spirits’With so many traditions lost to the past, the Sheedi mela, or festival, at the Mangho Pir shrine has assumed rich significance and been the epicentre of the community in Sindh for centuries.They no longer know why it is held there, they are simply following in the steps and repeating the words of their ancestors.”It attracts the Sheedi community from all over Pakistan,” Qanbarani tells AFP.”We celebrate Mangho Pir mela more than Eid,” he adds.The celebration features a dancing procession known as the Dhamal, with men and women in trance-like states — a rare sight in conservative, often gender-segregated Pakistan.”The Dhamal dance… is done with great devotion and much delicacy,” says Atta Mohammad, who spoke with AFP at the festival. “Some of us are captured by holy spirits.”Mehrun Nissa, 65, prepares a sacred drink during the mela while translating from what she says is a Swahili dialect.”Nagajio O Nagajio, Yo aa Yo…. means now we are leaving to have a drink from the bowl,” she explains.Mangho Pir is also home to over 100 lumbering crocodiles that waddle between the devotees near a swampy green pond where they have lived for generations.Legend holds that lice on the Sufi saint’s head transformed into the reptiles who now live at the shrine.The oldest crocodile — known as More Sawab, and believed to be anywhere between 70 and 100 years old — is feted at the festival’s climax with garlands and decorative powder while being fed chunks of raw meat.Honouring the crocodileEven this tenuous link to the community’s past is in danger of being severed, however.The celebrations this March were the first time the festival has been held in nine years, after rising extremism saw Sufi shrines come under threat across Pakistan, with repeated gun and suicide bomb attacks.”The situation was not suitable for us as children and women also participate in the mela,” said Qanbarani, as heavily armed police commandos flanked the crowd.last_img read more

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Macron persuaded Trump to stay in Syria

first_imgFrench President Emmanuel Macron © poses on the TV set before an interview with RMC-BFM and Mediapart French journalists at the Theatre national de Chaillot in Paris, on Sunday after United States, Britain and France decided to launch air strikes in Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack. Photo: AFPPresident Emmanuel Macron asserted Sunday that Paris had convinced Donald Trump to stay engaged in Syria “for the long-term”, adding that French air strikes did not amount to a declaration of war against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.A day after France joined the United States and Britain in launching unprecedented strikes against regime targets, Macron insisted the intervention was legitimate and urged international powers to now push for a diplomatic solution to the brutal seven-year war.“We have not declared war on the regime of Bashar al-Assad,” the 40-year-old centrist said at the start of a combative TV interview, stretching nearly three hours, to mark almost a year in office.But Macron again argued his first major military intervention as president was necessary to send a signal that the use of chemical weapons against civilians would not go unpunished.Saturday’s strikes targeted three alleged chemical weapons facilities in response to what the West says was a gas attack on the town of Douma that killed dozens of people.“We have full international legitimacy in intervening in this case,” Macron said.He said the US, France and Britain targeted “extremely precise sites of chemical weapons use” in an operation that went off “perfectly”.And he further argued the operation was legitimate despite not being sanctioned by the UN, retorting that under a 2013 UN resolution Syria was supposed to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal.As for his allies, Macron suggested France played a pivotal role in changing Trump’s mind on the need to stay involved in the conflict.“Ten days ago, President Trump was saying the United States of America had a duty to disengage from Syria,” Macron said.“I assure you, we have convinced him that it is necessary to stay for the long-term,” he told veteran journalists Jean-Jacques Bourdin and Edwy Plenel, charged with the two-hour grilling on BFMTV.And in a reference to Trump’s raging on Twitter at Russia over the possibility of strikes, Macron added: “The second thing is that we have also convinced him that he must limit his strikes to chemical weapons, at a time when there was a media furore via tweet, as I’m sure you noticed.”Cold words for OrbanDespite soaring tensions with Russia, Macron stressed the need to “talk to everyone” in pursuing a Syrian settlement, saying his plans to visit Moscow in May remain unchanged.Like Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May he has faced a domestic backlash for striking Syria without consulting parliament, but he defended the move as well within his constitutional powers.“This mandate is given democratically to the president by the people in the presidential election,” he said.Macron also took the opportunity to hit out at newly re-elected Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, whose views on Europe could hardly clash more with his own vision of closer integration.“I share none of his values, but there he is,” Macron said, expressing worry at the rise of what he called “illiberal democracies” in Europe.Bold interview gambleMacron’s decision to volunteer for a marathon live TV grilling by two combative veteran journalists was seen as a bold move ahead of the May 7 anniversary of his election victory, which swept away the traditional left and right.His approval ratings have fluctuated over a year in which he has pursued major reforms, which he insists are his mandate despite staunch opposition from some sectors of society.Macron acknowledged the anger that his reforms, including a loosening of France’s famously rigid labour laws and a shake-up of heavily-indebted rail operator SNCF, were causing frictions.“I hear all this anger,” he said, notably in reference to rail workers who have launched three months of rolling strikes.He said he had promised on the day of his election to “reconcile the country”, but said this “couldn’t be done overnight”.He reserved little sympathy, however, for the students blocking several university faculties across the country in protest at plans to make admissions more selective.He dismissed the protesters as “a minority” in most cases, repeating accusations that “professional” trouble-makers were joining the blockades.last_img read more

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Party Politics National Edition Ep 44 How To Pass A Budget

first_imgEveryone loves a paradeAnd finally, Brandon and Jay walk us through the latest budget deal. Don’t forget to subscribe to our weekly Texas-centered episode too, you can subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email partypoliticspod@houstonpublicmedia.org. Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander.  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: REUTERS/Kevin LamarquePresident Donald Trump has signed the latest budget deal passed by Congress which will fund the government for two years X 00:00 /17:39 On Party Politics this week,  co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus don’t quite know where to begin there’s so much to talk about!  Stock market plummets!President’s staff secretary is out after two accusations of domestic violence from ex-wives The Memo! Which memo? There’s more than one memo? last_img read more

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A Modest Review of The Modest Nintendo Switch Online

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch Stay on target Earlier this month when I wrote about what was still left to learn about the paid Nintendo Switch Online service, I guessed that perhaps we already knew everything that was going to be there on launch day. The only missing detail was the exact launch date. And soon after we learned that September 18 launch date, but basically nothing else new, at the Nintendo Direct.Nintendo Switch Online is now here. People can now pay Nintendo $20 per year (or something else depending on their preferred pricing tier) for the privilege of subscribing. While my thoughts may change after further use of the evolving service, its main details were already so known that what you thought of it in theory is probably what you’ll think of it in practice.For me the most valuable part of the subscription, the part that should really just be free, is the digital insurance that is cloud save backups. I now have the peace of mind that comes from knowing my hundreds of hours of progress across various games won’t be lost if a third-party dock suddenly bricks my system.There’s been a lot of drama over some online games not supporting cloud backups for anti-cheating reasons, games like Splatoon 2 and Dark Souls, but the vast majority of games are compatible. Backups happen automatically after playing a game, but you will want to do an initial manual backup. It won’t take long though as most save files are only a handful of megabytes. Having saves and purchases tied to an account rather than hardware also makes it much easier to move games between systems. You can even share games with a friend if they give you permission and aren’t playing the game at the same time.The other big selling point for me at least is the pseudo-Virtual Console service. It’s cool to launch the NES app and just have twenty classic games ready to go. Games like Super Mario Bros. 3, River City Ransom, The Legend of Zelda, and Tecmo Bowl are great experiences to have wherever you are. It’s even easy to grab the Japanese Famicom library too with a separate account.I get that it’s hard to get people excited about old NES games in 2018, and the weekly online check-in is an annoying if understandable necessity. But the online play is neat when connections are stable. And just the interface for selecting games and creating restore points is super slick. It could be a really awesome emulation framework if more games from more consoles are steadily added. More button remapping options should also be added, unless the awkward default layout is Nintendo’s attempt to sell more classic controllers.Of course paying for Nintendo Switch Online is now the only way to play a bunch of Switch games online. Some games are exempt, like the free Fortnite and the Jackbox Party Pack services. But to hop on Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and soon Super Smash Bros. Ultimate you’ll need to pay like on other systems. However, unlike on other systems, you’ll need to use the dumb mobile app still for voice chat, which now at least works with other online games like ARMS and Mario Tennis Aces. But it’s still dumb.That’s really it though. If this is a short review that’s because Nintendo Switch Online is still short on stuff to do. I haven’t gotten any membership discounts yet and the NES games don’t refresh until next month. Overall, I’m just neutral on the service. The $20 per year is such a nothing amount of money that I can pay it without thinking or getting upset. But I’m stoked either. It’s just an obligation, an obligation less active Nintendo Switch owners definitely don’t have. There’s the foundation for a great service here if Nintendo rapidly expands the retro games library and ditches that stupid mobile app. But right now Nintendo Switch Online isn’t awful or awesome. It’s just meh.For more on Nintendo Switch check out everything you need to know about the system as well as cool games to play before Smash Bros. comes out.Buy it now!Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Having iCloud Problems on Windows 10 A Fix is Coming

first_imgApple and Microsoft are teaming up to fix a new problem in Windows 10. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/icloud-windows-10-not-working?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Credit: Sharaf Maksumov/ShutterstockIn a support posting on its website, Microsoft said that it’s now “working with Apple to provide a compatible version of iCloud for Windows 10, version 1809.” The company didn’t say when that compatible version would be launching, but did say that it would be available “in an upcoming release.”The problem comes from Microsoft’s October update, called version 1809. After people installed the update on their machines, they discovered that it effectively bricked iCloud and stopped allowing them to sync or update their Shared Albums. And if anyone with the software version tried installed iCloud on the machine, it would tell them that iCloud for Windows is incompatible with their software and therefore unable to be installed.Not surprisingly, the problem caused some concern among the legion of Apple fans that rely on iCloud to sync content, access data, and more. And not surprisingly, many took to forums across the Internet to find out what’s happening.Microsoft released version 1809 on Nov. 13 and acknowledged the iCloud flaw on Nov. 16. According to the company, it also affects Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server, version 1809.While Apple and Microsoft work on a fix, Microsoft has blocked devices that are running iCloud for Windows from being able to download Windows 10, version 1809. The company added that Windows 10 users shouldn’t manually update Microsoft’s software and circumvent its automatic download process.The company didn’t say when iCloud for Windows would be accessible again, but it did say that the fix would be available “in an upcoming release.”How to Use Windows 10Laptops with the Longest Battery LifeMicrosoft Surface Laptop 2 vs. Surface Laptop: What’s New? by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndo247 SportsThe Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019, Ranked247 SportsUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

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Larnaca municipal officials corruption case opens

first_imgThe hearing against Larnaca’s municipal secretary began on Monday for corruption charges in relation to €35,000 he allegedly received from a businessman.Lefteris Empedocles, 55, faces charges of theft and obtaining money under false pretences.Police officer Menelaos Antoniou who headed the investigation took the witness stand at Larnaca criminal court and explained that Empedocles was arrested in 2016 after Theodosis Chrysostomou, a businessman who owns a restaurant in the Mackenzie beach area in Larnaca, told police that he had paid the municipal secretary €35,000 in cash to correct building irregularities.He had initially met with Larnaca mayor at the time Andreas Louroudjiatis who suggested the businessman should pay €15,000.A few days later, Chrysostomou met with Empedoclis who apparently said that as the size of the establishment was quite large, the amount would actually be €35,000.The businessman agreed and paid up but the money was never officially received by the municipality and no procedures were initiated to correct the irregularities since September 2015 when Chrysostomou paid the money.The problem at the restaurant was that at the time of the purchase, eight years ago, the establishment had a steel pergola, which covered the entire front of the building. The area was used as an extension of the restaurant and Chrysostomou used the pergola as a veranda for the first floor of the building.According to the existing legislation, all additions to the restaurant are illegal, while Chrysostomou believed the expansion of the restaurant was legal because he was paying an amount to the management committee of the building as rent for the use of public spaces.When he learned the extension was illegal, Chrysostomou approached the municipality which said he had to pay €35,000.Chrysostomou produced evidence in the form of bank statements that he withdrew the money on September 8, 2015. He allegedly handed it over to the suspect but did not get a receipt.While the businessman was in the UK, he was informed that Larnaca municipality had initiated court proceedings over the irregularities at Chrysostomou’s restaurant. Upon hearing this, he returned to Cyprus and filed a report to police.The court also heard that the audit service found Empedocles had deposited €20,000 in his bank account that could not be traced, during the contested period.Empedocles’ lawyer argued that the day the municipal secretary allegedly received the money, he had been in Nicosia with Louroudjiatis attending the House commerce committee over relocating oil and gas firms from Larnaca.The case will continue on Tuesday. You May LikeSilentSnoreSnore like a Pig? Here’s One Trick to Stop SnoringSilentSnoreUndoTheHealthyLifeTips.com10+10 Tips to Change Your Lifestyle And Become HealthierTheHealthyLifeTips.comUndoFitness Engage5 At Home Workouts for People Over 40Fitness EngageUndo Two of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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