Former Chief Minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Monday described the Election Commission of India’s decision to delay Assembly polls as “a major setback for democracy in J&K”.Expressing dismay over the ECI decision of not holding Assembly polls simultaneously with Lok Sabha elections, Dr. Abdullah said, “Postponement of Assembly polls can have serious ramifications across the State. The ones who took this democratically incoherent decision must be up to some mischief, otherwise there is no sound reason. If the situation is conducive for parliamentary elections, what stops them from conducting Assembly elections at the same time?”Dr. Abdullah said the whole theatrics of warmongering following the Pulwama attack was aimed to give the Prime Minister an escape route. “The forthcoming elections are, without any doubt, between the people of India and Narendra Modi. People will no more fall prey to the catchwords of Modi anymore,” he said.He hinted at finalising alliances in a few days.
Come Sunday and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to witness a ‘mega recruitment’ of leaders from the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and other parties at a rally in Solapur, in the presence of party president Amit Shah.Among the top leaders who are likely to join the BJP include former chief minister and current Rajya Sabha MP from the BJP quota Narayan Rane. Mr. Rane will reportedly dissolve his party, the Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha, which he formed after quitting the Congress. His two sons, Congress MLA Nitesh and former Congress MP Nilesh, are also likely to join the BJP. Former Kolhapur MP and NCP leader Dhananjay Mahadik is also likely to jump ship to the BJP. Mr. Mahadik, whose cousin is a BJP MLA, lost the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Mandlik, with the Congress and sections of the NCP allegedly campaigning against him because of his proximity with the BJP. On Friday, Jaikumar Gore, Congress MLA from Man in western Maharashtra, submitted his resignation to Assembly speaker Haribhau Bagde, which was accepted. Mr. Gore is also likely to join the BJP on Sunday. His brother and bitter rival Shekhar has already joined the Shiv Sena. In 2014, the brothers contested the polls respectively from Congress and NCP. Congress MLA Siddharam Mhetre from Solapur district is also likely to switch to the BJP on Sunday.The biggest defection could be of Padmasinha Patil, a founding member of the NCP and a close aide of party president Sharad Pawar, and his son, NCP MLA Ranajagjitsinha Patil from Osmanabad district. Apart from these names, Satara MP Udayanraje Bhosle, State Council chairman Ramraje Nimbalkar and MLA Baban Shinde from the NCP, and Congress leader Harshvardhan Patil are also said to be on their way to the BJP.
West Indies reached 131 for three against India at stumps on third day of the first Test chasing a stiff victory target of 326 set by the visitors courtesy Rahul Dravid’s memorable 32nd Test century. Score | PhotosAn intriguing battle is on cards as the match is expected to be decided on fourth day itself with West Indies requiring 195 runs and visitors needing another seven wickets.Darren Bravo (30 batting) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (24 batting) added 51 runs for the undefeated fourth wicket stand after the Caribbeans were reduced to 80 for three.The West Indian openers Adrian Barath (38, 36 balls, 4×4, 2×6) and Lendl Simmons (27, 41 balls, 3×4, 1×6) started in a whirlwind fashion adding 62 runs in 10.5 overs.Barath in particular was in T20 mode as he hit Ishant for couple of sixes and four in over before Praveen Kumar made him flash at an away going delivery to be caught by Suresh Raina at slips.Ramnaresh Sarwan (0) was snapped up brilliantly by Virat Kohli off Ishant Sharma. Simmons was beaten by an Ishant delivery that held its line to hit the off-stump.The day however belonged to Dravid. His effort of 112 (274 balls, 10×4, 1×6) had its worth weight in gold as the battle-hardened veteran brought up one of his most satisfying three-figure mark on track where batting was difficult.West Indies spinner Devendra Bishoo celebrates after taking the wicket of India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.He was the last man to be dismissed after nearly six and half hour vigil as he tried hit Devendra Bishoo (4/65) out of the park. The wicket was a two-paced one where the other top-order batsmen struggled for survival.The 38-year-old former India captain was a picture of confidence as he brought up his hundred in 252 balls when he jabbed a Fidel Edwards delivery to scamper home for a single.advertisementAmit Mishra (28, 60 balls, 4×4) whose sensible batting at the other end helped Dravid reach his individual milestone also deserves credit. The duo added 56 runs for the ninth wicket after Harbhajan Singh (5) and Praveen Kumar (0) departed early after lunch with India reeling at 183 for eight.When Mishra departed at 239, India have stretched their lead past 300 which looked to be a formidable one considering the nature of the track.The day however belonged to Dravid who showed that when the circumstances are adverse, there is no substitute to watertight technique and enormous powers of concentration. The effort was even more laudable as he showed lot of gumption while batting with the tail.This is Dravid’s fourth century against the West Indies, and he has now surpassed 1500 runs against the Caribbeans.If the first session belonged to West Indies who pegged India back with triple strikes of Virat Kohli (15), Suresh Raina (27) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (16), the post lunch session till tea was all about Dravid’s patience and Mishra trying to counter attack.Starting the day at 91 for three, India reached 166 for six at lunch with Dhoni being dismissed at stroke of lunch.The Indian captain should consider himself unlucky as Bishoo had overstepped during the delivery.During the post-lunch session, Harbhajan Singh (5) curbed his natural instincts to play shots and dropped anchor at one end. However a debatable decision from umpire Daryl Harper saw him back in the hut. The delivery from Sammy hit him on the left thigh and was clearly heading over the stumps.Sammy then picked up Praveen Kumar (0) as he played a nothing sort of short going for an ugly hoick when the situation demanded some discretion.But then Mishra joined Dravid which could well prove to be the decisive partnership of the match.A cautious Dravid tried to shield him initially by refusing singles early in overs but it didn’t take him long to develop trust on Mishra who even looked good against the second new-ball.Dravid was on 80 when Mishra joined him but the pair frustrated the hosts immensely and stretched the lead beyond 300 runs.Once Dravid reached his hundred, Mishra hit a spanking cover drive as if to celebrate the feat of his senior. It also followed with a solid square cut as the West Indians got increasingly frustrated.Dravid first played a risky shot after completing his ton. It was a straight six off Bishoo. However Mishra who had gained in a lot of confidence as he tried to slash Sammy only to be holed out in the third man region.Ishant Sharma started off with a cover driven boundary.He could have been Sammy’s fifth victim but a stiff return catch was just out of reach for the West Indian captain.advertisementIt was Bishoo who finally got his seventh victim of the match when Dravid tried an uncharacteristic ugly hoick that was easily caught by Ramnaresh Sarwan. It was an effort that saw him get standing ovation from his team-mates.- With inputs from PTIFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
“It changes everything,” she said. “It means everything to me.”Evans became the first woman ever drafted into the NBA 2K League on Tuesday night, going in the fourth round to Warriors Gaming, which is operated by the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. A former college and semipro basketball player, Evans is now the esports league’s first female pro, one of the 126 players who will make between $33,000 to $37,000 per season, plus benefits and team housing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments The league also monitored communication between players more carefully at this year’s combine, removing several players for sexist remarks.That kind of harassment isn’t new to Evans, or women in esports in general. One of the biggest challenges for women is finding teammates for games that rely so heavily on teamwork. Female gamers can try to ignore an offensive, trash-talking opponent — and there are plenty of those in the 2K community.But just like in real life, you can’t defend a pick-and-roll if your teammates aren’t willing to communicate.Evans has done most of her competitive gaming with a coed team — right now, five of its 12 players are women — and that’s helped her thrive as a shot-creating small forward.Her experience when gaming outside that team — with both teammates and opponents — hasn’t always been as rosy.“I’ve had sexual remarks put towards me,” she said. “I get told I should be back in the kitchen. ‘2K is not for women,’ I’ve had that. There’s no question about that.”Evans also got loud pushback on social media when she announced last month — on her 30th birthday, no less — that she’d qualified for the draft.“That’s the only time that it’s been discouraging for me,” Evans said. “In that moment, because it was a great moment for me, and I felt like people ruined it.”Other gamers at Tuesday’s draft were eager to welcome Evans and Novin.“Male, female, dog, cat, frog, I don’t care,” said Alexander Bernstein, a returning player with 76ers Gaming. “If you’re the best in the world, I feel like you deserve to be able to play.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIES MOST READ Chiquita Evans poses for photographs with Brendan Donohue after being selected as the 56th pick overall by the Warriors Gaming Squad at the NBA 2K League draft Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in New York. Evans is the first woman selected in the esports league. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — After over three hours of sitting, waiting and stressing, Chiquita Evans heard her name called. She stood, smiled and put on a Warriors cap, striding to the stage backed by the loudest applause of the night.Someone put a microphone in front of her and asked her how it felt. That’s when she finally choked up.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Evans was one of two women who qualified for the 2K League draft this year through the league’s online combine. The other, Brianna Novin, was not selected but could still sign as a free agent.The NBA runs the league in coordination with 2K game publisher Take-Two Interactive, and it did not have any women for its inaugural season. Prior to last year’s draft, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called the lack of gender diversity “a disappointment for all of us so far.”The league set out to solve that problem by holding focus groups with top women gamers to spot potential barriers. One key problem: Data showed that male players weren’t passing the ball to their female teammates — something that wasn’t accounted for when the league analyzed players to build the 2018 draft pool.“It made us put more emphasis on how good a player was when they got the ball in their hands,” said 2K League managing director Brendan Donohue. “That’s the only part of it they can control.”ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed That doesn’t mean the women won’t face extra skepticism. Kimanni Ingram, another draft-eligible player, has played with Evans and respects the way she has navigated blowback from male gamers.But even his compliments Tuesday came with a qualifier.“She has the basketball IQ for a girl,” Ingram said. “Most people would be like, ‘I’m playing with a girl. She’s not going to know what to do.’ She knows what she’s doing. You can tell.”News of Evans’ selection traveled fast. Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked about her prior to a game against Boston.“I think that’s really cool that she’s passionate and inspired and broke a barrier,” Kerr said. “That’s awesome.”“Esports has become a huge thing now,” said Kevin Durant, Evans’ favorite player. “More people who enjoy the game might get an opportunity to be professionals and make some money for themselves and make some money. I think it’s cool.”Female gamers have had difficulty breaking into pro esports. Among the most popular circuits, League of Legends Championship Series and the Overwatch League have each had just one female player. Those women both received ample praise and criticism on social media.The NBA wants to help Evans and Novin manage that. The 2K League has a transition program based on the NBA’s rookie symposium, and it added sessions specifically for Evans and Novin to help them navigate their potential barrier-breaking roles, including help with social media.One item 2K hopes to change soon: The video game still does not include any female players. Unlike EA Sports’ NBA Live series — which includes WNBA rosters and the ability to create female players — NBA 2K is still male-only. Donohue says 2K is working to add women to future versions of the game.That’s not bumming out Evans right now. She’s already building out her to-do list for her new home in Oakland. James Harden scores 35, Rockets beat Raptors No more sessions as a trainer at Planet Fitness. The Chicago native is heading to the Bay Area.“It feels surreal,” she said. “I’m going to see if I can do a real-life shooting competition with (Stephen) Curry,” Evans said. “That’s what I was known for. See if I can shoot with the best.” Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem
Next French Open 2019: Federer eases into 3rd round, Cilic crashes outFrench Open: 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer continued his successful return to the clay tournament as he edged past Oscar Otte of Germany in the 2nd round while Marin Cilic was stunned by Grigor Dimitrov.advertisement Reuters ParisMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 09:07 IST Roger Federer advanced to Round 4 at the French Open. (AP Photos)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer advanced to Round 3 of the French Open after defeating Oscar Otte of GermanyMarin Cilic, seeded 11, crashed out of French Open after losing to Grigor DimitrovFederer will face Casper Ruud of Norway in the next round of the Roland GarrosEven during a clinically efficient win, Roger Federer still produced enough masterstrokes to have the French Open crowd purring as he moved past German qualifier Oscar Otte into the third round while Marin Cilic was stunned by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the second round on Wednesday.The 37-year-old, welcomed back to Roland Garros with open arms after missing the last three editions, was kept on his toes throughout the Court Philippe Chatrier contest, but raised his game when needed to prevail 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.With perfect Swiss timing, he broke serve once in each set in the 10th game of the first, the eighth game of the second and the ninth game of the third to subdue the world number 144.Just for good measure Federer finished the one-hour 36 minute match off with a signature flourish on the Parisian clay, a glorious drop volley played with casual ease.Third seed Federer, whose only French Open title came 10 years ago, has won his first six sets and with a favourable draw he looks in the form to mount another challenge.Next up for the 20-times Grand Slam champion is Norway’s 63rd-ranked Casper Ruud.In the other men’s singles, Dimitrov twice came from a set behind to outlast 11th seed Cilic in a heavyweight second-round clash at the French Open on Wednesday.The former world number three, unseeded this year at Roland Garros after falling to 46th in the rankings, produced a gutsy display laced with pure shot-making to win 6-7 6-4 4-6 7-6 6-3.advertisementDimitrov moved 5-2 ahead in the decider with two breaks, but Cilic was not going out without a fight and saved a match point with a booming forehand as he repaired some of the damage.Cilic netted a backhand in the next game, however, to hand Dimitrov a notable victory.Dimitrov has never been past the third round at Roland Garros and if he is to extend his stay beyond that this year, he will have to do it the hard way.His next opponent is 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka.Also Read | French Open 2019: Nadal eases into 3rd round, Nishikori downs TsongaAlso Read | Rohan Bopanna and Marius Copil knock out 6th seeds from French OpenAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow French OpenFollow Roger FedererFollow Marin CilicFollow Roland Garros 2019
COLWOOD, B.C. – A man who was drunk and speeding when he ran into a police cruiser, killing an RCMP officer, says he would take her place if he could.Kenneth Fenton told a sentencing hearing Friday that his selfish and irresponsible actions resulted in the death of Const. Sarah Beckett.“I’m heartbroken for the pain I’ve caused to Sarah’s family,” Fenton told B.C. provincial court.“I fully accept the responsibility for what I’ve done and accept the punishment I deserve today in this courtroom.”Fenton pleaded guilty in May to impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death.“I never wanted to hurt anyone or leave children and a loving husband without a wife and a mother,” he said. “From the bottom of my heart, I am sorry for this tragedy.”The court has heard Fenton, 29, had three times the legal blood-alcohol limit in his system when he ran a red light and hit Beckett’s cruiser broadside in a suburb of Victoria in April 2016. The speed his truck was going was estimated at up to 90 kilometres per hour in a 50 km-h zone.Fenton’s lawyer Dale Marshall submitted 33 character reference letters on his client’s behalf.“The tragedy has affected many, many good and innocent people,” Marshall said, adding Fenton comes from a solid family and is taking responsibility for his actions.His father, Ken Fenton, told the court his son is “not a monster” and will deal with the tragedy for the rest of his life.In a letter submitted to the court he said his son, who is also known as Jacob, has a three-year-old boy.“Jacob is a loving father, son and brother.”He said his family’s grief cannot compare with the pain and suffering that Beckett’s family has endured since her death.Kenneth Fenton’s mother, Marilyn Fenton, said in a letter that the death of Beckett, a married mother of two young boys, was heartbreaking.“We send our deepest condolences and prayers daily,” she said.Marshall told the court the stigma of the tragedy has also had an impact on Fenton’s parents, who have endured name calling, spitting and vandalism at their local business.Fenton was verbally attacked in the parking lot of the courthouse after his appearance last month, he said, and one man suggested that Fenton should kill himself.The Crown has asked for a three- to five-year sentence for Fenton, while his defence says a three-year sentence would be more appropriate. The Crown has also asked that Fenton be prohibited from driving for between eight to 10 years, while the defence says the prohibition should be five years, starting at the time he’s sentenced.Crown attorney Tim Stokes said Fenton’s remorse is a mitigating factor in his sentencing but the court must consider he originally denied drinking the day of the crash and did not immediately admit he has an issue with alcohol.“We know that’s clearly wrong,” said Stokes. “There’s a question to Mr. Fenton’s credibility. He clearly does have a struggle with alcohol.”Fenton said in his statement he is no longer drinking, has been receiving counselling and he’s hoping to become a better person.Beckett had recently returned to the West Shore RCMP detachment from maternity leave when she was killed.Her husband, Brad Aschenbrenner, told court last month that he lost the love of his life and the mother of their young sons, Lucas and Emmett.The hardest thing after his wife’s death was telling six-year-old Lucas “mommy wasn’t coming home,” Aschenbrenner said.His youngest son was two when his mother died and “will have no memory of her at all,” he told the court in his victim impact statement.Fenton is scheduled to be sentenced next Friday.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Kenneth Fenton would be sentenced at the hearing and that it was in B.C. Supreme Court.
OTTAWA — The federal Liberals have decided on a slogan they hope will resonate with voters and best represent their political brand as they roll out their campaign for the October election.A release from the party says “Choose Forward” is the official campaign theme that will be stamped on a series of national ads featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.The party says the ads, which begin airing on television this week, will be part of “a comprehensive and digitally-integrated campaign that also includes featured stories from Canadians.”The ads proclaim that this October “Canadians will have a clear choice to make: Keep moving forward and build on the progress we’ve made, or go back to the politics of the Harper years.”Canadians are expected to head to the polls on Oct. 21.The Canadian Press
Christy Turlington Burns, founder & CEO of the nonprofit Every Mother Counts, will discuss U.S. maternal health challenges, as well as legislation she is encouraging Congress to pass to improve access to maternity care for American women at a special film screening at the National Press Club on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018 at 5 p.m. in the club’s Ballroom.The newsmaker event will begin with a screening of two short films from the Every Mother Count’s series, “Giving Birth in America,” that demonstrate the challenges pregnant women and mothers are facing in the United States, such as a shortage of healthcare providers, racial and socioeconomic disparities, and lack of insurance.Following the screening, NPC President Andrea Edney, will moderate a discussion with Turlington Burns and Nan Strauss, Director of Policy & Advocacy at Every Mother Counts, to discuss why the U.S. maternal mortality rate is so high, how Every Mother Counts is working to prevent maternal deaths and complications, and why Congressional action is needed.There is no charge for admission to this event, however registration is required. Please click here to register.The National Press Club is located on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building at 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.
At the same time, the President of the Council, Ambassador Mamady Traoré of Guinea, said in a press statement, that Council members recalled the importance of respect for human rights and international humanitarian law in Côte d’Ivoire and had expressed deep concern at the deplorable humanitarian situation there. They “called on all parties, in particular in the West, to allow relief agencies unimpeded access to civilian populations,” he said.“Members of the Security Council condemned the renewal of fighting in the West of the country and the events that had transpired, in particular in Bangolo,” Ambassador Traoré said, adding that they expressed concern at the fact that the fighting had essentially opposed Liberian combatants. “They called on the parties to desist from the use of children in the conflict.”Albert Tévoedjré, Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for Côte d’Ivoire, briefed the Council earlier Friday on the volatile situation in that country and on the activities of the committee tasked with monitoring the implementation of the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement. Council Members “expressed their full support for the Special Representative and the Monitoring Committee,” Ambassador Traoré said.He also said that Council members thanked the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which, under the chairmanship of Ghana, had played an important role in the convening of the inaugural meeting of the new Government. “They called again on all parties to implement fully and without delay the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement,” he said, adding that they called on the new Government to draw up a timetable for the implementation of the accord.Council members were also briefed today on the recent assessment mission to Côte d’Ivoire carried out by UN Assistant- Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hédi Annabi. “They looked forward to receiving the report the Secretary-General would submit on the basis of Mr. Annabi’s conclusions as soon as possible,” the President added.Also during the briefing, France informed the Council of the activities of its troops and members expressed their full support for the efforts of ECOWAS forces and French troops, as provided for by resolution 1464, with a view to finding a peaceful solution to the conflict “They called on Member States to provide adequate financial and logistical support for the ECOWAS forces,” Ambassador Traoré said. Members of Council noted with satisfaction the decision by ECOWAS to ensure the safety of all members of the new Government and stressed the need urgently to take all necessary steps to that end.
“Arms transfers should not occur where there is a real risk that they will be used in the commission of crimes against humanity, violations of international humanitarian law, or war crimes. In Syria, this is a tragic reality,” Paulo Pinheiro, the chairman of the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said as he introduced the report to the Human Rights Council.He noted that failure to bring about a settlement to the conflict has led it to deepen in its intransigence and also to widen “expanding to new actors and to unimaginable crimes”.As the fighting rages on, civilians continue to bear the brunt. In that context he noted civilians continue to face daily indiscriminate shelling and bombardment by Government forces, and that extremist anti-Government farmed groups have targeted civilians in attacks across the northern governorates.The UN report on possible use of chemical weapons has not yet been made public, Mr. Pinheiro noted, but the latest diplomatic efforts in Geneva involving Russia and the United States aimed at removing the arsenal “may – may – form the bedrock of a broader negotiation leading to a political settlement of the conflict.” Mr. Pinheiro, whose leads the Commission comprising of Karen AbuZayd, Carla del Ponte and Vitit Muntarbhorn, said the vast majority of the conflict’s casualties result from unlawful attacks using conventional weapons such as guns and mortars.“The Government has continued its relentless campaign of air bombardment and artillery shelling across the country,” he said.Since 15 July, the Commission documented unlawful attacks in 12 of the 14 governorates, with particularly intense shelling in the cities and surrounding areas of Damascus, Homs and Aleppo.Cluster munitions continue to be dropped on civilian areas, notably in Idlib governorate, Mr. Pinheiro said highlighting some of the findings since the latest report produced by the Commission.Those include an attack on a school in Awram al-Koubra, Aleppo countryside where the Syrian Government dropped an incendiary bomb on 26 August, according to accounts from survivors of the attack.Eight students died in the blaze the followed with 50 others suffering fatal burns over up to 80 per cent of their bodies. “There is no evidence of any opposition fighters or lawful targets near the school,” the Commission concluded. Government forces have continued to launch attacks on medical personnel and hospitals, according to a separate paper, “Assault of Medical Care in Syria”.“The discriminatory denial of the right to health as a weapon of war has been a chilling feature of this conflict,” the Commission reported, adding that the sanctity of medical care is disrespected and the sick and wounded are targeted.Attacks on hospitals have occurred as recently as 12 September, when Government planes attacked a field hospital near Aleppo city, reportedly killing 11 people, and wounding dozens more. Anti-Government armed groups also launched attacks on medical personnel and hospitals, the Commission established. On 16 August, fighters affiliated to Jabhat Al Nusra and Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham attacked a Kurdish Red Crescent ambulance in Aleppo governorate killing the driver, a patient and a paramedic. Syria has become an increasingly dangerous place for journalists to work, Mr. Pinheiro said, noting a “disturbing pattern of harassment, arrest and detention” of journalists, especially foreigners.In the last six weeks, reports have been received of journalists kidnapped by extremist anti-Government armed groups. The head of the Commission also noted an “upsurge in crimes and abuses” across northern Syria committed by extremist anti-Government armed groups along with an influx of foreign fighters, in particular Al Muhajireen.Hundreds of Kurdish civilians in northern Aleppo, Al Raqqah and Al Hasakah have been taken hostage by extremist anti-Government armed groups in connection with prisoner exchanges, according to Mr. Pinheiro. In his statement, he also highlighted the deteriorating humanitarian conditions, particularly in the Syrian Kurdish areas, and the impact of hostilities on the socio-economic rights of Syrians. Established by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011, the Commission is mandated to investigate and record all violations of international human rights law during the Syria conflict.The Commission is due to make public on Wednesday its latest report based on 258 interviews and other evidence collected during the two-month period between 15 May and 15 July 2013.
On Saturday, a food convoy entered the area of Al Qahira carrying food for 18,000 people, the agency said in a press release. The food includes 3,000 family rations of vegetable oil, wheat, pulses and sugar – enough for a family of six for one month. The delivery coincided with a mission to Taiz city, where WFP’s Representative and Country Director in Yemen, Purnima Kashyap, met with local officials and witnessed the arrival of humanitarian assistance. “It makes a big difference for a family living in a hard-to-reach area to know that we will come again; that this is not a one-off delivery and that they can depend on us,” said Ms. Kashyap. “We continue to overcome access and security issues in Yemen. It is vital that WFP has regular and safe access to be able to deliver food to families before they fall deeper into hunger.” WFP has been delivering food assistance to parts of Taiz city since December 2015, but with the fighting, it has been difficult to move food to all districts of the city. On 21 January, the agency reached Al Qahira and Al Mudaffar districts, distributing food to 3,000 families. Taiz is one of 10 governorates – out of Yemen’s 22 governorates – in the grip of severe food insecurity at ’emergency’ level – one step below famine on the five-point Integrated Food Security Phase Classification scale. At least one in five households in the area does not have enough food to lead a healthy life, and many face life-threatening rates of acute malnutrition. The conflict has worsened Yemen’s already poor food security situation, adding more than 3 million people to the ranks of the hungry in less than a year. According to the UN’s 2016 Humanitarian Needs Overview, 7.6 million people in the country are severely food insecure – a level of need that urgently requires external food assistance.
Updated Mar 29th 2019, 5:23 PM UK PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has been defeated in the House of Commons yet again – the third time she has failed to get her withdrawal deal through parliament.In a vote this afternoon, MPs voted against her deal by 344 votes to 286 votes – a majority of 58.There are now very few options left to May going forward.She must now go back to Brussels and seek a longer extension to Article 50, delaying Brexit for a much greater time period.Or the UK will now crash out of the EU on 12 April.Speaking to the House of Commons following the vote, May said: “The legal default is the UK is due to leave in 14 days’ time.” Share677 Tweet Email1 Friday 29 Mar 2019, 5:23 PM Source: Donald Tusk/Twitter The European Commission has said “it will be for the UK to indicate the way forward” before 12 April, for consideration by the European Council. The Commission said in a statement that Britain crashing out of the EU in a no-deal Brexit on 12 April is now a “likely scenario”.“The EU will remain united. The benefits of the Withdrawal Agreement, including a transitional period, will in no circumstances be replicated in a no-deal scenario,” it said, adding that “sectoral mini-deals are not an option”. Acknowledging today’s vote, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said “it is now up to the UK to indicate how it plans to proceed in order to avoid a no deal scenario”. “Ireland has been preparing intensively for a no deal scenario. But no one should underestimate the difficulties that a no deal will present, for all of us, including the UK. It is not clear that the UK has fully understood that no deal is not off the agenda. Rather, it’s a growing possibility,” Varadkar said. He added that “we must be open to a long extension should the United Kingdom decide to fundamentally reconsider its approach to Brexit and put back on the table some options previously ruled out”. Varadkar said he believes this will “result in a generous and understanding response” from the 27 EU member states. MPs’ reactionLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn has told the House of Commons that the only option now is for May to go and call a general election.Green MP Caroline Lucas has said it’s “grotesque” that May cannot see her deal is dead.The newly-formed Independent Group MP Heidi Allen said: “We must have a people’s vote now.”Repeatedly, the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has said planned arrangements for the Irish border after Brexit are unacceptable. In a statement this afternoon, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds MP reiterated that the party does not believe the Withdrawal Agreement is the best way forward for the UK. “In our recent discussions with the Government good progress has been made on how domestic legislation would assist in ensuring the economic integrity of the UK as a whole and recognising Northern Ireland’s particular situation sharing a land border with the European Union,” Dodds said.However, regretfully the fact remains that sufficient progress has not been made.“We deeply regret the numerous missed opportunities by those who negotiated on behalf of the UK to listen to our warnings about the dangers of the backstop and to take steps to remedy those deficiencies.”He added that in the coming weeks, the DUP “will continue to play a central role to chart a route that respects the democratic desire to leave the European Union but that does so in a way that strengthens our United Kingdom”.With reporting by Sean Murray As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Image: House of Commons 159 Comments Mar 29th 2019, 2:43 PM https://jrnl.ie/4567278 Image: House of Commons “I fear we are reaching the limits of this process in this house” – PM says the government will continue to push for an “orderly Brexit”Follow live reactions to the latest defeat here: https://t.co/Q7j5yxJC2w pic.twitter.com/Gu8tL8KYTX— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 29, 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Sky News/Twitter This government will continue to press the case for the orderly Brexit tha the results of the referendum demands.In light of the result, EU President Donald Tusk has decided to call a European Council meeting on 10 April. In view of the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement by the House of Commons, I have decided to call a European Council on 10 April. #Brexit— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) March 29, 2019 An alternative way forward must be agreed now, she said.It is almost certain to involve an extension. “Mr Speaker, I fear we are reaching the limits of the process in this house,” she said.“This House has rejected no deal. It has rejected no Brexit. On Wednesday it rejected all the variations of the deal on the table. And today it has rejected approving the withdrawal agreement alone and continuing a process on the future. By Hayley Halpin Short URL MPs have voted against Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement for a third time Brexit is thrown into turmoil yet again with May’s latest defeat. 62,813 Views
When I visited the Valve office two years to get briefed on Steam Machines (remember those?) the first thing that struck me was how much Dota merchandise there was everywhere. This was the company behind original PC gaming masterpieces like Half-Life and Portal and Counter-Strike, shooters that changed the medium forever through gameplay and narrative innovations. And here they were focusing all their attention on a sequel to a mod of someone else’s game.But that sequel to a mod continues to make all the money in the world. Between Dota, VR headsets, and being a de facto monopoly for digital PC gaming distribution, there’s no need for Valve to ever make another new real video game again aside from Dota-themed Hearthstone rip-offs (to continue the theme of cribbing from Blizzard). We’ve all known for a long time in our hearts that Half-Life 3 is never coming, but now we can find peace and move on by reading what the plot of Half-Life 2: Episode 3 would have been.This leak comes from Marc Laidlaw, a writer who used to work at Valve drafting scripts for the Half-Life series. In January 2016 Laidlaw left the developer due to his “age” and desire to write original material. But we suspect he, along with Valve’s other recently departed writers, really just saw the writing on the wall that Valve just had no more use for his storytelling talents.In a post called “Epistle3,” referencing Valve’s forbidden number as well as the Biblical nature of this reveal for long-suffering Half-Life fans, we finally learn the next chapter in Gordon Freeman’s battle against in the Combine after the cliffhanger of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 in 2007. In fact, the post is written in-character as Dr. Freeman himself, famous for never actually speaking in the series. There are also plenty of meta references to the current halted state of the series and Laidlaw’s role in it.Here’s an excerpt:“Dearest Player,I hope this letter finds you well. I can hear your complaint already, “Gordon Freeman, we have not heard from you in ages!” Well, if you care to hear excuses, I have plenty, the greatest of them being I’ve been in other dimensions and whatnot, unable to reach you by the usual means. This was the case until eighteen months ago, when I experienced a critical change in my circumstances, and was redeposited on these shores. In the time since, I have been able to think occasionally about how best to describe the intervening years, my years of silence. I do first apologize for the wait, and that done, hasten to finally explain (albeit briefly, quickly, and in very little detail) events following those described in my previous letter (referred to herewith as Episode 2).” We won’t spoil more here but rest assured, if you’ve spent the past decade wondering about what happened to Gordon, Alyx, Eli Vance, Dr. Mossman, and The G-Man, this is (some of) the closure you need. Or rather, it is until Valve announces an official, HTC Vive-exclusive Half-Life 3 that renders this all moot. Because that’s totally going to happen.But for real, it’s been disheartening to see Valve jerk around fans of this series for years as the company clearly pivots to a different, lamer video game business model. So kudos to Laidlaw for using his knowledge and freedom give fans the peace Valve refused to. There’s a reason Heaven is better than Limbo, even if they both involve the death of a loved one. It happened. At last, Half-Life 3 confirmed.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Valve Steam Link App Brings Your PC Games to MobileValve Index Is a Powerful VR Headset, Even Without ‘Half-Life’ Stay on target
Southgate was overwhelmed with excitement over his side’s opening World Cup win against Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday.The 2-1 victory plus another three points against Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday will book their place in the knockout stages.However, the England boss, Southgate was brought crashing back to earth quite when he tripped up while jogging and dislocated his shoulder.He admits he feels embarrassed and that the messages from back home have gone from herograms to mocking ones.He said as reported by Daily Star:Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I just clipped a step, landed on my elbow and that popped my shoulder out. I tried to get up, but my arm was pointing in a different direction so I just pulled my cap down hoping no-one would see me!“Running is, as a manager, where you get time to think. That time on your own and I will have to find a replacement for that because I don’t think I’ll be on the running machine any time soon in the next couple of months.“Every time I phone home, it’s the usual thing once people know you’re alive the gloves are off and there is more stick flying around!”Southgate has refused to wear a sling and will settle for the damaged arm being strapped up when he’s on the touchline to face Panama.He added: “They’ve got it strapped up. I didn’t like the look of a sling in public. So they can strap it and keep it in place.”
VANCOUVER — Burgerville announced Monday it will lower prices of popular menu items and discontinue its rewards card program to better compete for customers.Starting Jan. 7, Burgerville is cutting 20 cents from the price of its Tillamook cheeseburger and 1/4-pound Colossal burger, to $3.99; its cheeseburger with fries and a drink to $4.99 and the hamburger meal to $4.79. And Burgerville will no longer charge for sides of its special sauce.Also on Jan. 7, Burgerville rewards cards will no longer accrue points, although customers can spend their rewards through Dec. 31, 2014.The changes, said Burgerville’s chief operating officer Jeff Harvey, were based on feedback from customers.A Facebook post said the 39-restaurant chain will continue to rely on sustainable food sources that ensure animals and land are taken care of without growth hormones and antibiotics.
Diving operations will begin on Wednesday to assess the condition of the barge and determine the remaining threat of pollution. Chadux continues to monitor the containment boom placed around the barge. ADEC and USCG responders are in Whittier to coordinate the response. The barge, operated by Alaganik LLC, is estimated to have 1,000 gallons of gasoline, 2,800 gallons ofdiesel, and some hydraulic and engine oil on board. The maximum capacity of the barge is up to 5,500 gallons. The Girdwood Fire Department responded with mutual aid late Sunday to assist Whittier Fire with an explosion and boat fire at the commercial dock. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, one person remains missing after the explosion and fire. The operator of the barge has contracted Alaska Chadux Corporation (Chadux) and Global Diving and Salvage for spill response and salvage operations, according to the ADEC. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Following an explosion and fire at the dock in Whittier on Sunday night, a nearby barge caught fire and then sunk at the end of the pier in 60‐80 feet of water. A bystander reported seeing a sheen in the water to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation on Monday morning at the end of the pier. The cause of the explosion is unknown at this time.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent reminders from the Wilmington Recreation Department:Are you ready for some football?!? WE ARE!!! Fall is right around the corner and The SNL Flag Football League kicks off its season the same weekend as the Patriots do! Flag Football provides fun football play (and family entertainment!) in a safe, non-contact environment. We still have openings in each age group (Grades 1 – 8) but there are maximum numbers for each age group. Register now to ensure your spot on a team! This league runs on Saturday evenings from September 7 – October 26. Cost is $135.00.Registration is also open for the Wilmington Recreation Basketball League! The league is for girls (Grades 3 – 6) and boys (Grades 3 – 8). Register before the deadline of Thursday, October 3 to be ensured a spot on a team. Participants will have one weeknight practice and a game on Saturday. Games will begin on Saturday December 7 – February 8 (no 12/28). Cost is $95.00.To register for these or any recreation programs, please visit https://www.wilmingtonma.gov/recreation, call 978-658-4270, or stop by Town Hall, Room 8, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Summer Basketball Registration Deadline Is June 4In “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Day Trip To New York City On October 19In “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Saturday Night Lights Flag Football League Begins September 8In “Community”
Apple’s iPhone X as seen on its official websiteAppleThe world’s most envied smartphone launched its new generation of phones this week. The iPhone X, whose top-end, 256 GB model reportedly costs Rs. 102,000, is the most expensive smartphone today.No doubt, a beautiful, shiny new phone would provide you great satisfaction, utility, brag value, and the respect of peers. Having a great smartphone solves many problems today. Not only do people find amusement in their many features such as selfie cameras and emojis, smartphones also provide utilities such as mobile payments and cab booking. Our world revolves around our phone. But how does a phone this expensive fare when you look at it from the point of view of investment?An electronic item is ultimately a depreciating asset – it starts losing monetary value the moment you purchase it. On the other hand, wealth is created through the purchase of appreciating assets – think of real estate, Mutual Funds, gold, etc. Owning certain depreciating assets may be a necessity at times. But before you blow up a lakh rupees, make sure you’ve earned this luxury. Make sure you’ve made the following smart money moves which entitle you to indulge yourself – all for less than the price of an iPhone X.Buy A Life Cover For Rs. 2 CroreIf you have dependents, you should protect their long-term finances by buying a term insurance plan. A salaried male, aged 30, with no tobacco habit can purchase a lump sum cover of Rs. 2 crores for 30 years, for premiums starting from just over Rs. 21,000. As a person with dependents, you should prioritise this purchase before you indulge yourself in any manner. An adequately sized life cover will protect your loved ones and cover their long-term money needs that may range from rent and EMIs to providing your surviving spouse an income to pay for your child’s education.Buy Health Insurance Cover For Rs. 5 LakhEvery person should have his own health cover. However, in India, people are shockingly under-insured. A media report in 2016 quoting the National Sample Survey said over 80% of the country isn’t protected by Health Insurance.Shockingly, 66% of the richest persons surveyed were also not insured. This reveals a lack of awareness of why Health Insurance is necessary: it is to protect you from draining your savings during a hospitalisation. Suppose you’re a married 30-year-old with one child, you can buy a family floater plan of Rs. 5 lakh with annual premiums starting from around Rs. 11,500.If you were buying it just for yourself, the costs would be much lower. If you already have Health Insurance, consider buying an adequate top-up especially if you’re approaching an age where you may be susceptible to health problems.Mutual Funds You can save tax upto Rs. 46,350 per year by investing in ELSS funds.FlickrMutual Funds are becoming a highly popular way of investing, and why not? Most Mutual Fund schemes allow you to invest with amounts as small as Rs. 500. You can invest monthly, or via lump sum. You can liquidate your investments when you need the money. And you can invest towards objectives of any kind – be it wealth creation, tax saving, or saving up for another investment. The equity mutual fund category has provided long-term returns ranging between 10-15% per annum in the last ten years, beating returns from small savings schemes. If you have spare cash lying around, consider putting some of it in a mutual fund to save for your life goals—and only then consider buying an expensive smartphone.The equity Mutual Fund category has provided long-term returns ranging between 10-15% per annum in the last ten years, beating returns from small savings schemes. If you have spare cash lying around, consider putting some of it in a mutual fund to save for your life goals—and only then consider buying an expensive smartphone.Settle Your LoansInterest rates have been trending downwards in the last three years. With the rate cut in August, they may have bottomed out for the foreseeable future. This is a great time to take stock of your Home Loan, Car Loan, or any other loan or high value that you may have. Use the low-interest period to make principal pre-payments. This would save you a lot of money in the long term, and is especially useful when you’re in the first half of your loan tenure.Emergency FundEmergencies come unannounced. They could come as a job loss, an accident, or damages to property. Everyone needs to prepare a fund to tackle these contingencies. A typical emergency fund should be at least three to six months of your regular income, and it should help you cover your regular expenses such as rent, EMIs, groceries, insurance premiums, utilities etc. If you don’t have a fund, you should use your surplus cash to prepare it. If you already have an emergency fund, take stock of its value and top it up to match your most recent income level.All the ideas suggested above cost only a fraction of the iPhone X, or as much as a no-frills smartphone. If you haven’t worked on these five smart money requirements first, you should postpone your phone purchase. Once you have the financial cushion of insurance and surplus funds, only then should you start indulging yourself.(The author is the CEO of BankBazaar. Views expressed in the article are personal.)
The government has planned to recruit around 350,000 people in the existing vacant posts of public administration aiming to make public services smooth and people-oriented.“At present, there are 300,000 to 350,000 job vacancies in the public administration. As per the instruction of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, we are taking steps to fill up most of the vacancies,” state minister for public administration Farhad Hossain told BSS.In its election manifesto ahead of the last general election, Awami League (AL) set a target to increase the country’s GDP growth to 10 per cent in the next five years and create employment opportunities for 12.8 million people during the period.Referring to the manifesto, Farhad said 100 economic zones are being established across the country while the implementation of different megaprojects continues for creating more employment opportunities.“In the economic zones and mega projects, a huge number of employments will be created. That’s why I think, the target of creating employment opportunities will be exceeded within the government’s tenure,” he said.As per the election manifesto, he said, the AL government will ensure good governance in all the sectors, showing zero tolerance against graft.“The prime minister has given clear message to the ministry of public administration that the public administration will have to work entirely reaching above corruption. Salary and allowances of the government officials have been increased a lot. Now, there is no scope for corruption,” he added.Farhad said the message has already been reached to the grassroots of the public administration. “We want to make the public administration transparent and free from corruption for the sake of public welfare. We are working sincerely to ensure such an environment where everybody can get their desired services without any hurdle.”Replying a question, the state minister said the decision on increasing the age limit of entering public service will be taken after discussion in the upcoming parliament session.“Parliament session will begin on 30 January next. The issue is likely to be discussed in the House,” he said.He said the government is moving forward to build a knowledge- and technology-based middle income country within 2021.To achieve the goal, Farhad said, the public administration is playing a vital role in ensuring transparency and integrity in its activities.Referring to the development activities carried by the government during its last 10 year tenure, he said Bangladesh has achieved a remarkable success in all the socioeconomic indicators, including education, GDP growth and per.
There’s a lot of old stuff in England like Stonehenge, Hadrian’s Wall, and the Tower of London. There are also thousands of police computers that still run Windows XP.Yes, the proud men and women who keep the streets of London safe are still pointing and clicking through an OS that first went on sale 15 years ago. More worryingly, it’s also an OS that Microsoft officially ended support for back in 2014.Things probably aren’t as bad as they look at first glance, though. It’s all but certain that the Metropolitan Police have a nice, pricey custom support plan in place that pays Microsoft several hundred dollars per machine to keep those systems on life support just a little bit longer.And they have at least started working on their updates. Over the past year, they bumped approximately 8,000 machines from Windows XP to Windows 8.1. Wait, Windows 8.1?That’s right. Rather than option for the reliable, battle-hardened Windows 7 or Microsoft’s most up-to-date and secure OS, Windows 10, the London Metropolitan Police have chosen to upgrade their machines to an OS that Microsoft clearly didn’t want anyone using any more — and one that will stop receiving mainstream support in just two more years.By then they might be finished upgrading, considering they plan to have another 8,000 done by the end of next month. At least they’ll have a few more years of extended support before they have to pay Microsoft for another custom agreement for continued protection of their Windows 8.1 machines.Clearly they learned nothing from watching The IT Crowd.Image via Per Gosche/flickr