Sixty alleged supporters and members of the outlawed Communist Party India (Maoist) surrendered to the police in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh on Thursday.“Impressed by Chhattisgarh’s surrender and rehabilitation policy for the Maoists, 60 Maoists surrendered in presence of senior police officials in Narayanpur today,” Narayanpur district police said in a statement.Most of the Maoists and their supporters, who surrendered on Thursday, are the members of the Maoists’ militia and Dana Karanya Kisan Majdoor Sangh of the Maoists in Erakbhatti, Kohkametta, Kachchapal and Piddalpar area of Narayanpur.“All of them were active in the Maoist organization for over seven to eight years. Many others will be encouraged to give up the path of violence after seeing such mass surrenders,” the police said.
December 3, 2019
Six scientists convicted of manslaughter in 2012 for advice they gave ahead of the deadly L’Aquila earthquake were victims of “uncertain and fallacious” reasoning. So say the three judges who acquitted the experts and reduced the sentence of a seventh defendant last November. In a 389-page document deposited in court on Friday and since released to the public, the trio of magistrates attack the convictions on multiple grounds and state that no blame can be laid on the scientists for the risk analysis they carried out (find links to document in first sentence here). Other scientists, however, accuse the judges of failing to understand modern seismology.The six scientists—three seismologists, a volcanologist, and two seismic engineers—together with a public official were put on trial in 2011 for advice they gave at a meeting of an official government advisory committee known as the Major Risks Commission held on 31 March 2009. The judge in that trial, Marco Billi, concluded that the experts’ advice was unjustifiably reassuring and led some of the 309 victims of the earthquake, which struck L’Aquila in the early hours of 6 April 2009, to underestimate the threat posed by the ongoing “swarm” of tremors and so remain indoors on that fateful night rather than seek shelter outdoors. 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However, Francabandera and her colleagues ruled that those reassurances were the exclusive fault of the public official—the then–deputy head of Italy’s Civil Protection Department (DPC), Bernardo De Bernardinis—and could not be blamed on the other six. De Bernardinis, they say, was guilty of “negligence and imprudence” in making a series of reassuring comments to a television journalist ahead of the experts’ meeting.In particular, the appeal judges write, it was De Bernardinis who promulgated the idea that the ongoing tremors were good because they discharged energy that might otherwise have resulted in a more powerful earthquake. Relatives of many of the deceased said this observation had persuaded them they were in no danger. Billi faulted the other defendants for failing to challenge the idea when it was raised by commission Vice President Franco Barberi during the meeting. But Francabandera and fellow judges argue that Barberi and colleagues cannot be held accountable for something they never discussed.The appellate judges were particularly critical of the indictment, brought against the seven by public prosecutor Fabio Picuti and endorsed almost completely by Billi, for its reliance on what they call a “purely regulatory” measure of guilt. Picuti attempted to show that the defendants had flouted specific duties imposed on them by law as members of the Major Risks Commission, but Francabandera and colleagues argue that the law was too vaguely defined to allow such an approach. Instead, they say, the experts should have been judged on how well they adhered to the science of the time.The appellate judges concluded that the scientists were innocent because there was no reason to think the swarm had increased the risk of a major earthquake. They maintain that the triggering of larger earthquakes by smaller ones is an idea that scientists have only taken seriously since the L’Aquila earthquake.One of the six acquitted scientists, Enzo Boschi, who at the time of the earthquake was president of Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, says that the new judgment “explicitly recognizes my correctness as a scientist.” He adds that it is an “important moment” for him, having been “crossing the desert” for the last 4 years.Other experts, however, believe that the appellate judges erred. “It is scientifically false to say that a cluster of earthquakes doesn’t change the probability of a big event,” says Francesco Mulargia, a seismologist at the University of Bologna and a current member of the Major Risks Commission. “Ninety-nine times out of 100 a swarm won’t lead to a major earthquake and so it is not a deterministic precursor. But it is still an important warning sign.”Public prosecutor Romolo Como must now decide whether to challenge the latest verdict in Italy’s highest appeal court. He may also press ahead with a parallel manslaughter investigation against Guido Bertolaso, the then-head of DPC. Bertolaso allegedly orchestrated the experts’ presumed reassurances in order to refute predictions of an imminent major quake by local technician Giampaolo Giuliani.
November 28, 2019
Mayweather promoter tired of talk about ticket sales MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers LATEST STORIES View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Powerhouse Thailand and Korea breezed through their respective opponents in the final day of the group stages and advanced to the quarterfinals with unblemished records.The Koreans were the first ones to advance to the next stage after upending Vietnam in four sets 25-23, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22, in the opener Friday at Alonte Sports Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Tran Thi Thanh Thuy put up a game-high 25 points to lead the also quarterfinals-bound Vietnamese to a 2-1 recordIn the second game, Thailand made quick work of Chinese-Taipei, 26-24, 25-14, 25-15, to top Pool D with a 3-0 record.Chatchu-on Moksri led the Thais with 20 points while Wilavan Apinyapong and Hattaya Barmrungsuk added 15 and 12 points, respectively.Tseng Wan-Ling led Chinese-Taipei with 11 points as they finish the group stages with a 2-1 record en route to the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ace spiker Kim Yeon-koung, after resting out the first two games of the tournament, stepped through in the clutch for the Koreans as a fourth set substitute and put up five points in just 10 minutes.“I think we played well in the first two sets, then in the third set we had a problem,” said Kim as they topped Pool C with a 3-0 card. “We didn’t have a leader but we still won so it’s good.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKim had to sit out the first two games as she just played in the FIVB Grand Prix that lasted nearly a month from July 7 until August 6.Yang Hyojin had a team-high 15 points to lead Korea while Kim Heejin and Kim Suji had a dozen points apiece.
November 19, 2019
New Zealand and Bangladesh will head into their final group match of the Champions Trophy in Cardiff on Friday knowing that even a victory might not be enough to see either of the two teams reaching the semi-finals.The Kane Williamson-led side are standing at the bottom of the Group A table, while Bangladesh are one spot ahead in the third position.The two sides have just a point apiece in the eight-team marquee tournament after they slumped to a comprehensive defeat by England, while their respective matches against two-time winner Australia were abandoned.In order to keep their hopes alive of making it to the playoffs, both sides will now face a do-or-die situation.On the other hand, if Australia manage to clinch a victory against hosts England at Edgbaston, both teams will qualify for the semi-finals.Here are some facts about the two sides:- New Zealand have won five of the last six meetings with Bangladesh; though they did lose the most recent encounter.- These sides have met before in the Champions Trophy; the Black Caps recording a 167-run win during the 2002 edition of the competition.- New Zealand have lost successive ODI matches at this venue in Cardiff (both against England); having previously won their three games played there (vs Australia, West Indies, Sri Lanka).- Bangladesh beat Australia in their only previous appearance at this venue; claiming a five-wicket win there in 2005.- Only once before in six previous matches has the toss-winning side gone on to win the game in the Champions Trophy at Cardiff.advertisement- These sides are both sat on one point in the 2017 Champions Trophy; even a win in this fixture won’t necessarily guarantee safe passage through to the semi-final stage ( Australia will qualify with a victory over England).- Tim Southee (currently on 157) needs two more to go 6th in the all-time list of leading ODI wicket-takers for New Zealand (leapfrogging Hadlee).- Kane Williamson (1795) needs 93 more runs to go 2nd in the list of most ODI runs scored as New Zealand skipper (currently Fleming top and Brendon McCullum in second).Squads:New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, James Neesham, Jeetan Patel, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal Mohammad Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Imrul Kayes, Mehedi Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Sunzamul Islam and Shafiul Islam.
November 19, 2019
Bihar’s deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav whose fate hangs in balance over his continuation in Nitish Kumar cabinet posted a few photos on social media where he is seen giving some cricketing tips to his nephews at the 10, Circular Road in Patna.A visibly relaxed Tejashwi is seen giving cricket coaching to his nephews unperturbed by the recent crisis in the Mahagathbandhan government in Bihar following FIR being registered against him for amassing benami properties in Delhi and Patna.Just play, have fun. Enjoy the game because sports don’t build character. They reveal it. pic.twitter.com/miJHzJYNex- Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) July 11, 2017″Just play, have fun. Enjoy the game because sports don’t build character. They reveal it,” Tejashwi’s post on Twitter said.He also shared a 32-second video clip guiding his nephew to play as straight as possible. “I’ll show you (how to hit),” Tejashwi is heard telling the kid.Just now nephew asked to play & train… pic.twitter.com/2X4loYfur9- Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) July 11, 2017WILL NITISH SACK TEJASHWI?It is notable that CM Nitish Kumar is chairing a meeting of the JDU legislators and districts presidents today to seal the fate of Tejashwi over his continuation in his cabinet.There is immense pressure on the Bihar CM to sack Tejashwi after corruption charges were levelled on him. The RJD has already made it clear that Tejashwi won’t be resigning from his post after which the ball is now in CM’s court to take a call on Lalu’s son.advertisementTejaswi has been a former Ranji player and has also been part of Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Delhi Daredevil franchise between 2008-2012.ALSO READ:Will JDU walk out of Bihar’s grand alliance? Nitish Kumar to meet party leaders todayNo compromise on corruption, says Nitish aide as JD-U holds meet to decide Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav’s fateBihar Congress on CBI raid: Amit Shah was a tadipaar, Modi became PM ‘after killing hundreds’Lalu on CBI raids: Hang me but will crush Modi, Amit Shah’s egoWATCH: Benami assets scam: Bihar gathbandhan on shaky ground?
November 17, 2019
The Redmi Note 5 Pro successor is here. Xiaomi has finally launched the much-awaited and rumoured Redmi Note 6 Pro. The smartphone has been launched in Thailand and is expected to come to India very soon, possibly by the end of this year. In Thailand, the Redmi Note 6 Pro has been launched for 6,990 baht which roughly translates to Rs 15,600. Considering the global price of the phone, we expect the India price of the Redmi Note 6 Pro to be around Rs 16,000, which is roughly similar to the price of the Redmi Note 5 Pro.In India, the Redmi Note 5 Pro 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version is priced at Rs 14,999, while the top-end version with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage costs Rs 16,999. The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes only in one variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The smartphone comes in three colour variants — Black, Blue and Rose Gold. Compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Redmi Note 6 Pro isn’t a major upgrade. The only areas where the new Redmi phone gets improved are in the design, screen size and camera department.Let’s take a closer look at what the Redmi Note 6 Pro offers to the customers.Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro specifications:Screen: The smartphone sports a 6.26-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and screen-to-body-ratio of 86 per cent and covered with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass.Processor: Similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Note 6 Pro is also powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset.RAM: 4GBSoftware: No mention of the software yet.advertisementStorage: The smartphone comes with a 64GB of internal storage which can be further expanded via microSD card.Rear camera: The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with a dual camera setup on the back. It packs a primary sensor of 12-megapixel with Dual Pixel autofocus and f/1.9 aperture, and a secondary sensor of 5-megapixel for depth sensing.Front camera: On the front too, the Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with a dual camera setup. The phone comes with a primary sensor of 20-megapixel with Superpixel, f/2.0 aperture, and a secondary sensor of 2-megapixel for dynamic portrait shots.Battery: The smartphone comes with a massive 4000mAh battery similar to that of the Redmi Note 5 Pro.Colours: Black, Blue and Rose GoldXiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro key features:–One of the biggest highlights of the Redmi Note 6 Pro is the notched display. This is the first Note series phone from Xiaomi to come with a notch above the display. Compared to the Redmi 6 Pro – which is the first Redmi phone to come with notch display – the Redmi Note 6 Pro includes a wider notch to include two selfie cameras, sensors, notification light and earpiece. –Compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Note 6 Pro comes with a much bigger screen and thinner bezels for a better multimedia experience. The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a 5.99-inch display.–Another highlight of the Redmi Note 6 Pro is that the phone comes with four cameras in today. It includes two cameras on the back sides, and two on the front, unlike the Redmi Note 5 Pro which packs two cameras on the back and one on the front. The cameras of the Redmi Note 6 Pro are powered by artificial intelligence and come with smart features like AI scene recognition, AI beautify 4.0, AI portrait 2.0, among others.–Xiaomi claims that the Redmi Note 6 Pro is capable of delivering up to two days of battery life in single charge.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro with 4 cameras and 6.26-inch screen launched, may come to India at price around Rs 16,000Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro price:Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 6 Pro for a price tag of 6,990 baht which roughly translates to Rs 15,600 when converted to INR. Xiaomi usually prices its Redmi phones quite aggressively in India and the same is expected for the Redmi Note 6 Pro too. Considering the global pricing of the Note 6 Pro, we expect that the phone to come to India with almost the same pricing. It could be priced around Rs 16,000 just as the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which currently sells for a starting price of Rs 14,999 in India. The 4GB RAM costs Rs 16,999. As for the India launch of the Redmi Note 6 Pro, we expect the phone to come to the country by the end of this year.
October 24, 2019
“The plan will cover all workers 18 to 59 years of age in the tourism sector, whether permanent, contract or self-employed. Story Highlights Debate on the Tourism Workers Pension Bill, which seeks to establish a defined contribution pension scheme for tourism workers, began in the House of Representatives on May 22.The legislation was piloted by Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett. In his address, Mr. Bartlett said the pension scheme will require mandatory contributions by workers and employers. Debate on the Tourism Workers Pension Bill, which seeks to establish a defined contribution pension scheme for tourism workers, began in the House of Representatives on May 22.The legislation was piloted by Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett.In his address, Mr. Bartlett said the pension scheme will require mandatory contributions by workers and employers.“The plan will cover all workers 18 to 59 years of age in the tourism sector, whether permanent, contract or self-employed.Benefits will be payable at age 65 years or older,” he said.He noted that initially, for the first two years, the contribution will be three per cent of gross salary to be matched by the employer, and five per cent thereafter.Mr. Bartlett informed that the Ministry is providing $1 billion to seed the Fund, so that immediate benefit can accrue to qualified pensioners who have met the vested period of five years.“These pensioners will receive a minimum pension of $200,000 per year. This Pension Plan embraces everyone in the sector, whether he or she be red cap, front desk manager, craft trader, housekeeper, raftsmen or any other category of worker in the industry, including those who are self-employed,” he said.Mr. Bartlett noted that this represents the biggest human capital development-related game changer in the tourism sector in Jamaica’s history.The legislation will come into effect by an appointed day notice made by the Minister and published in the Gazette.The Financial Services Commission will be responsible for regulatory oversight of the Scheme, in accordance with the provisions of the Tourism Workers Pension Act, the Pensions (Superannuation Funds and Retirement Schemes) Act and the Financial Services Commission Act.Meanwhile, Clause 10 establishes the resources of the Scheme, which include the one-billion-dollar endowment as well as all contributions of the members of the Scheme and their employers and the investment returns.“For the Tourism Workers Pension Scheme to be successful, it must have the same income tax privileges as is now given to retirement schemes and superannuation funds,” Mr. Bartlett said.“As the Tourism Workers Pension Scheme is neither a superannuation fund nor a retirement scheme, the Ministry of Finance has requested that the Ministry of Tourism specifically state that the investment income accruing to the Fund is exempt, as well as the contributions to the Fund by the employer, and the members are tax exempt within the allowable limit of the Income Tax Act,” he added.Mr. Bartlett said that at the appropriate time, he intends to make an amendment to the Bill for such income tax exemptions to be specifically stated.Debate on the Bill is to be continued in the Lower House.
October 22, 2019
Premier Darrell Dexter, today, Feb. 25, announced a $20-million investment in the Halifax Shipyard to help create jobs and grow the economy. The investment is a repayable loan and will be used to modernize and upgrade infrastructure to increase competitiveness. “This is a sound investment in a successful company,” said Premier Dexter. “This investment will not only improve infrastructure at the shipyard and create jobs during construction, it will help the shipyard modernize its facility so it will stay competitive and able to bid on more contracts in the future.” Premier Dexter said that investing in the shipyard will help secure a stronger future for the yard. The new the investments in wharves, cranes, fabrication areas and office upgrades will provide employment for hundreds of Nova Scotia workers and suppliers across the province in the years to come. Last fall, with the support of the province, the Halifax Shipyard secured a contract worth $219 million to build nine mid-shore patrol vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard. The government of Canada has committed roughly $40 billion in shipbuilding and ship repair contracts over the next two to three decades. A commitment to purchase Canadian-built vessels is part of the plan. “We must continue to embark on opportunities for economic growth,” said Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris. “Investments like this bring significant benefits to the province and move us another step closer to our goal of economic sustainability and prosperity.” The infrastructure investment represents a significant opportunity for the Halifax Shipyard. Once the project is complete, the shipyard will be one of the most modern on the eastern seaboard, positioning it for future bids and contracts. “We thank the province for its commitment to a strong future at the Halifax Shipyard and its vote of confidence in the world-class capability of the men and women who work here,” said CEO of Irving Shipbuilding Inc., Jim Irving. “Today’s news is about investing for the long term and securing this Nova Scotian centre of excellence for made-in-Canada ships.” The province has a long history of working with Irving Shipbuilding, bringing major economic benefits for Nova Scotia. “On behalf of the members of Local 1, I want to thank the province for its support of these important improvements,” said president of Local 1 of the CAW Marine Workers Federation, Karl Risser. “There are many of us whose roots go deep at this shipyard and today’s news is the best signal to the next generations of shipyard workers.” The loan is being provided through the province’s Industrial Expansion Fund. The fund helps industries with innovation and technology, and contributes to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia. It provides access to capital and helps protect jobs, as well as support to businesses to be more competitive and sustainable. The Industrial Expansion Fund provides financial support, such as loans and guarantees, when many traditional sources are reluctant to do so.
October 13, 2019
I asked Boswell why she would want to speak about this only 8 months after Chris’s death and she explains, “There is nothing, nothing in this town, like resources, nothing. I figured if you had someone you could talk to it helps a lot.” She felt someone needed to speak up.Boswell found it hard to find other people in grief as she shares, “People don’t want to talk, it is painful and she knows as she has been there.”Boswell was determined to put a group together, and longtime friend, Tara Lynch found out about Boswells desire to run a group for grieving and said she could facilitate the group and together they created ‘Mending Losses’This group is open to anyone that has experienced some sort of loss. Speaking with Lynch she shares, “Mending losses is a group of people that are able to come together and heal those hard topics, Those conversations you don’t talk about, but you’re feeling desperately lonely inside for.”The first meeting for Mending Losses is Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at The Wolseley Building #11203 Talhtan Road.Lynch goes on to share, “Mending Losses is not only to manage the loss of a loved one but it could be a loss of yourself or a divorce. There are so many different avenues of loss that we can explore in these groups. For more information on Mending losses, FB Event Page; CLICK HEREBoswell goes on to say about her son Chris, “He had an awesome sense of humour. He always made me laugh. He also said he didn’t like kids but I think that wasn’t true because everywhere we went kids flocked to him and he would smile his little smile. He love cats and was super generous with his friends ask him for anything he would get it for you. I called him my marshmallow, said he was crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. He always gave me heck or made a face at me when I said that. We were super close and I miss him so much.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local Mother Heather Boswell was at a loss after the unexpected passing of her only son, she sought connection and a place to talk with others and when she could not find that in Fort St. John, she created it.Boswell’s son, Chris, died June 20th, 2018, at 35 years of age from fentanyl, that was in the drug he had taken. Boswell shares, “He had a good heart and trusted the wrong people. He was in a dark place when he died, and we never had a chance to fix it, my son died alone.”Grieving over the loss of her only son and best friend, Boswell shares, “My son and I were close we texted or talked on the phone almost every day,” when the police found Chris, “Worst day of my life. I lost my precious son.” said Boswell.
October 6, 2019
The Group, which started with 77 members in 1964 and now has 132, needed “not only to remind donor countries of the commitments they have made to increase their official development assistance (ODA), but also to promote urgent consideration of new ideas on how to raise resources for development,” he said.Mr. Annan identified, in particular, the UK-proposed International Finance Facility, designed to expand aid to help developing countries meet the combined Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of halving extreme poverty by 2015, and Brazil’s initiative on Hunger and Poverty, now co-sponsored by France, Chile and Spain.”This year can be decisive because if we don’t take the right steps now all hope of reaching the goals by 2015 will soon vanish,” he said.Mr. Annan was addressing the Group as it handed over its chairmanship to Jamaica from Qatar. He congratulated Qatar in its “wise leadership” in 2004 and wished Jamaica “skill, energy and luck” for 2005.The Millennium Project Report, launched last week under the title “Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals” showed that, with the needed political will on all sides, the targets could be achieved, he said.In September a United Nations summit would consider the progress made in meeting the 2000 Millennium Declaration, of which the development goals form a part, and the meeting would also need to prepare to meet new threats and challenges in the realm of peace and security, he said.”For the truth is that prosperity and security are interdependent – a point made strongly in the report of the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, published last month,” Mr. Annan said.The September summit offered a historic opportunity to make progress in both directions and, Mr. Annan said, he would propose an agenda in his own report in March on the implementation of the Millennium Declaration.”We are at a defining moment in the history of the United Nations. We must seize the occasion to strengthen multilateralism and to take decisive steps towards the vision of a world free from fear and want, [as] articulated in the Millennium Declaration,” Mr. Annan said.
September 25, 2019
Floral tributes were left at the scene Credit:SWNS Det Insp Jim Munro said: “We know that four vehicles were travelling along Little Aston Road towards Aldridge town centre at the time we believe James was stabbed and we are very keen to speak to the occupants of those cars, two light in colour and the other two darker, as they may have seen what happened and could lead us to the killer.”James had been out with friends that evening and was talking to his girlfriend as he made his way home alone. A murder victim who was stabbed through the heart while walking home from a night out died in his parents’ arms, detectives have said.A group of schoolboys leaving their prom found James Brindley, 26, and gave him first aid, but he later died at the scene after his parents rushed to his side.He had been on the phone to his girlfriend at the time he was attacked. She spoke with the schoolboys and contacted his parents so they could get there quickly. West Midlands Police said officers investigating his death of in Aldridge, near Walsall. They have yet to find a murder weapon after Mr Brindley was attacked in the High Street shortly before midnight. Police want to hear from the occupants of four cars which were going past at the timeCredit:PA / West Midlands Police Appealing for information from the community, the senior officer added: “James’s family and friends are devastated by his loss and we need to bring his killer to justice.”Someone will have knowledge of this attack and I would ask them to search their conscience and do the right thing. If you can’t speak to police then please call Crimestoppers anonymously.”Information can be passed to officers by calling West Midlands Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. “The attack lasted just seconds and four 16-year-old lads just leaving their school prom were the first to assist James by calling emergency services and providing immediate first aid.”They were also able to get in touch with James’s parents.” 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.
September 25, 2019
Police outside a travel agents in Southport where woman was attacked and was taken to hospital, where she later died from her injuriesCredit:PA A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman who was attacked at a travel agents died.Cassie Hayes, 28, was targeted on Saturday at the Tui branch in Southport, Merseyside, where she worked.Police were called to the scene in Chapel Street at 1.25pm and Ms Hayes was taken to hospital, where she later died from her injuries.A 30-year-old man, from the St Helens area, was detained over the incident, which is believed to be domestic related.Tributes have been paid to Ms Hayes who was described as a “lovely person” by former colleagues at Tui.One former colleague wrote on Facebook: “Such sad news about Cassie, worked with her a few times when I was working for Tui and she was such a lovely person. Thoughts are with all my friends at Tui, Tui Southport and her family and friends. RIP Cassie xxx”.Another said: “So shocked to here the sad news about Cassie. Iv [sic] not worked for Tui for a while but the time I did and worked with Cassie she was such a lovely girl. RIP Cassie. Thinking of all the Southport girls and Cassie’s family.”The woman’s next of kin have been informed, police added. Police later cordoned off the Tui branch and surrounding shops as forensic investigators examined the crime scene.A police spokeswoman said: “We can confirm a murder investigation has been launched following an incident in Southport today.”Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to contact Merseyside Police on 101 quoting log 470 of January 13 or the Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 111.”A Tui spokeswoman said: “We regret to confirm that a female member of staff at our Southport Tui retail store tragically died in an incident today.”We send our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of the staff member involved.”We’re doing everything possible to assist the local police with their investigation and support our customers and staff at this difficult time.” Stunned shoppers had looked on as emergency services, including two air ambulances, rushed to the travel agents in a bid to save Ms Hayes. 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.
September 19, 2019
On the subject of gun control, the 3rd Congressional District challengers are predictably divided. But there’s division even within the parties as to how to address the issue. Some argue there isn’t an issue at all.Candidates vying for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, met with The Columbian’s Editorial Board on Wednesday to consider questions submitted by readers. Topping the list was gun control and regulation of assault weapons. Herrera Beutler did not attend.Democrat Dorothy Gasque argued assault-style weapons should be limited to those who have served in the military or police officers who have received appropriate training.“Outside of that, I don’t think the average American needs one,” Gasque said.Democrat David McDevitt agreed with Gasque’s proposal but said the Fifth Amendment poses a problem, because if the government begins removing assault weapons, each individual must be compensated fairly.Carolyn Long, also a Democrat, said the National Firearms Act could be utilized as a tool to begin fixing the problem. The act was originally enacted in 1934 and required automatic weapons to be registered with the government. Long added that the law would require gun owners to have additional training and an extended vetting process.
September 3, 2019
Passengers face immense suffering as strong currents of the river Padma has disrupted the ferry service at Shimulia and Kathalbari terminals. Assistant director at Shimulia ferry terminal Khandaker Khalid Dewan said the strong current in Padma had slowed down ferry service. The official also said it takes more time now as ferries are using an alternative channel of Lohaganj. Several hundreds of buses and trucks are stuck at Shimulia ghat of Lohajang in Munshiganj and Kathalbari ghat of Shibchar in Madaripur. A passenger of a Meghna Paribahan bus Kamaruzzaman said, “I am waiting at Shimulia ghat since early morning. I don’t know when I will cross the river.” Barisal-bound truck driver Babul Sarder said, “I was waiting since Monday night. I did not get a serial till 10:30am.”Police inspector at Shimulia ferry terminal Siddiqur Rahman said the pressure of transport has increased ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. He also said the number of vehicles increased due repair work at the Ro-Ro ferry service area. The police inspector said around 600 vehicles are waiting at the Shimulia ferry terminal and along the road. Khalid Dewan said a total of 16 ferries are in service. Three additional ferries will be engaged from 30 August ahead of Eid, the official added.
August 18, 2019
He vehemently opposed ultra-Orthodox Jews serving in the Israeli military and opposed secular studies for his community, fearing outside influences could change their traditional way of life.And he forbade Jews from wearing Crocs shoes on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, because he said they were too comfortable for the somber atmosphere of the day of fasting and repentance.Shortly before his death, the Israeli news website Ynet was granted rare access to film the two-room apartment where he raised his 12 children. The video showed humble living quarters consisting of a bed, a few pieces of basic furniture and vast amounts of books.“He wakes up about 3:30 in the morning, studies for a few hours and then leaves at 6:00 for prayers at a small synagogue nearby,” said Shlomo Kook, an aide to the rabbi.“He told his students that the secret to his long life is never to get angry and never take things personally or to heart _ except Torah study, which should be taken straight to the heart,” Kook said.The rabbi’s health deteriorated in recent years, and he was hospitalized many times for lung infections and other ailments.Thousands of Jews prayed for his recovery in recent weeks in synagogues around the world. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments Share Elyashiv ruled on a wide range of issues.He condemned a directive by a group of radical Israeli rabbis in 2010 forbidding renting or selling property to non-Jews. Elyashiv said those who supported the ruling should “have their pens taken away.” Elyashiv’s opinion prompted several rabbis who signed the edict to retract their signatures.Elyashiv spoke out against Jews visiting the Jerusalem shrine they know as the Temple Mount, which was home to the Jewish temples in biblical times until destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.He said Jews are not ritually pure enough to set foot on the sacred ground today, and that visits by Jews could lead to bloodshed, because the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third-holiest site, stands there now.In another ruling, he banned ultra-Orthodox women, who cover their hair for modesty, from wearing Indian-made wigs in case the wig hair had previously been used in Indian worship, which would disqualify them for Jewish ritual. The edict prompted the burning of thousands of wigs in Israel as well as in Jewish communities in Brooklyn and elsewhere.Elyashiv also made several proclamations that drew the ire of the mostly secular Israeli public. The rabbi had 12 children. One of them, a little girl, was killed in Jordanian shelling in 1948 during the battle for Jerusalem that followed Israel’s creation, and another died at a young age from typhus.The other 10 children had large families who in turn had many children of their own, putting the number of the rabbi’s survivors at close to a thousand, Kook said.According to Jewish tradition, the funeral takes place as soon as possible after a death, so the rabbi’s funeral procession began late Wednesday night.Israeli police said they would close roads in Jerusalem for the procession, which was expected to draw tens of thousands of people.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Israeli President Shimon Peres, the mayor of Jerusalem, the country’s chief rabbi and many others also offered condolences.Menachem Friedman, a professor emeritus of Bar Ilan University and an expert on ultra-Orthodox Judaism, called Elyashiv “an extraordinary scholar.”“He lived in great modesty in a small, rundown apartment, and people would flock there day and night seeking answers to complex questions of Jewish law and asking for blessings,” Friedman said. “Often they would line up outside in the alley for hours just to catch a glimpse of the rabbi.”Friedman said Elyashiv was a kingmaker who worked behind the scenes to approve the appointment of Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbis as well as Jerusalem’s first ultra-Orthodox mayor, Uri Lupolianski, in 2003.Elyashiv was unique in that his rulings transcended the divide among the different Jewish sects. His authority was accepted by all but the most fringe groups, Friedman said.Elyashiv was born on April 10, 1910, to a rabbinical family in Lithuania. He moved at a young age to Jerusalem, where he grew up in the insular ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim.He served as a judge in the sensitive position of the rabbinical appeals court until 1974, when he retired. The rabbi then devoted his time to Talmudic scholarship, mainly in an otherwise abandoned building in Jerusalem, so he could study alone without interruption, Friedman said. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem said Elyashiv died there after a long illness.Elyashiv was the leader of the Lithuanian sect of ultra-Orthodox Ashkenazi Jews that adhere to a strict religious lifestyle and ideology renowned for its analytic form of studying complex Jewish holy texts.He also served as the spiritual leader of a small ultra-Orthodox party in the Israeli parliament, Degel Hatorah, which later merged into the influential United Torah Judaism that consists of various small religious parties.Party members conferred with Elyashiv on all matters _ political, religious and personal _ and a few words uttered by the elderly rabbi could sway Israeli policy or affect daily life for devout Jews.For his hundreds of thousands of followers around the world, Elyashiv was considered a sage and a respected arbitrator of the intricacies of Jewish religious law and practices.Tributes began pouring in shortly after news of his death was reported on Israeli TV and radio stations.“In his rulings, Rabbi Elyashiv left a deep mark on the ultra-Orthodox world and on the entire people of Israel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement. “The rabbi’s way was that of love of the Torah and love of man, humility and the protection of the sanctity of life.” Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) – Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, revered by Jews worldwide as the top rabbinic authority of this generation for his scholarship and rulings on complex elements of Jewish law, died Wednesday, hospital officials said. He was 102.Elyashiv devoted his life to Torah study and credited his longevity to never getting angry. He rejected worldly possessions and chose instead to live modestly in a tiny Jerusalem apartment, where people lined up, seeking advice, blessings and rulings on religious issues. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths
August 16, 2019
Tapping the tourism potential and promoting Bengal as an ideal shooting location, the Government of West Bengal has picked the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) as an annual event to use the silver screen as a route to drive foreign investment into the tourism sector of West Bengal. The KIFF will be held from November 10-17 and screening of films will start from the following day.“The state tourism, information and cultural affairs ministries have started working together to showcase Bengal as a shooting location to the visiting directors and producers at the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) this year,” commented singer-turned-politician Indranil Sen, Minister of State for Information and Cultural Affairs, West Bengal.Arup Biswas, Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, West Bengal said that the state has a pool of technicians and services offered are at a competitive rate when compared to international standards. “Bengal has many picturesque locations and we will appeal to the foreign guests at the KIFF to visit some of these spots,” he cited.Actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Kamal Haasan are expected to attend the inaugural ceremony. Some 143 films from 53 countries will be screened at the week-long festival. Marking a first for the years of legacy, Britain has been selected as the focus country with six films of British Director Michael Winterbottom.
August 9, 2019
By Elias HazouThe Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA) has invited tenders for the supply of natural gas for a period of up to 10 years beginning January 2016.Interested parties are required to submit a financial proposal for a supply term of seven years which may be extended at DEFA’s option for 12 months on three occasions, as well as a financial proposal for a fixed term of 10 years.DEFA will open the financial proposals for the first option first. In the event DEFA determines that if no proposal for the first option is attractive, or is unable to agree terms for a gas sales agreement (GSA), it will proceed to open the financial proposals for the second option (up of 10 years).The date of the first gas supply must fall between January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. The minimum and maximum gas requirements for 2016 are, respectively, 19.45 million mmbtu and 30.41 million mmbtu.The deadline for submission of proposals is March 24, 2014. Interested parties are required to sign a confidentiality agreement.Bidders are required to submit proposals for complete solutions, covering gas supply, infrastructure and transportation. Proposals for incomplete solutions will be rejected.DEFA said it will apply a set of “pass/fail criteria” to all proposals it receives. The criteria cover financial standing, creditworthiness, experience and technical capability and technical suitability of the proposal. Proposals which fail any of the criteria may be rejected. DEFA is also not bound to accept any proposal made to it.“The effectiveness of the upstream GSA between DEFA and the gas supplier will be conditional on, inter alia, DEFA entering into a downstream GSA with the Electricity Authority of Cyprus on terms satisfactory to DEFA,” according to the announcement posted on its website.“For the purposes of evaluation DEFA will assess the likelihood of a reduction in overall generation costs. DEFA will also consider the price of gas, the proposed date of first gas delivery and the response to DEFA’s term sheet for the upstream GSA.”The government hopes to obtain a price of $10-11 per mmbtu in the present tender. The island, totally dependent on diesel for power generation, has the highest household electricity prices in the EU.The new tender follows the cancellation of a previous tender, which was won by Russia’s Itera Group, in late 2013. Itera was due to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) at $14.75 per mmbtu via a floating storage and regasification unit.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy Debt Are In For A SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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