Noapara bypoll: BJP candidate denies association with party

first_imgIn a major embarrassment to the BJP, a former Trinamool Congress MLA in West Bengal denied any association with the party within hours of her being named as its candidate for an Assembly byelection in the State.Manju Basu was to be the BJP’s candidate in the Noapara Assembly constituency in North 24 Paraganas district, where polling is scheduled for January 29.“I have no idea how the BJP announced my name. I have not received any communication from the BJP State leadership about this and came to know about it from the media,” Ms. Basu told The Hindu. She, however, admitted that she had held several meetings with BJP leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya, national general secretary, and Mukul Roy.Following the gaffe, the BJP declared that Sandeep Banerjee, the party’s president in the district, would be its candidate in Noapara. The Assembly seat fell vacant following the death of Congress MLA Madhusudhan Ghosh last year.Mukul Roy in a spotThe development has put Mr. Roy in a spot as the State BJP leadership made it clear that it was he who approached the former Trinamool MLA to contest. “Ms. Basu is an old acquaintance of Mr. Roy. He persuaded her to join the BJP and contest the bypolls. I do not know anything about her,” BJP State president Dilip Ghosh said. He alleged that it was “Trinamool’s intimidation” that forced Ms. Basu to suddenly “back track”.Accepting responsibility, Mr. Roy said “the incident was perhaps the outcome of his adventurism”. A senior BJP leader admitted that there had been a “serious miscommunication” between the Central and the State leaderships.Trinamool leadership denied the allegation of intimidation. “Mukul Roy tried to break the Trinamool, but ended up losing his credibility,” said Food and Supplies Minister Jyotipryo Mullick.last_img read more

Cool Smashers secure No. 1

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Valdez missed three games with the Cool Smashers after joining the 17-day training camp. And during a bull session with the national team Sunday, she expressed intention to play as soon as possible.At any rate, there appeared to be no immediate need for the superstar spiker to suit up for Creamline which swept the eliminations with a victory over Perlas-BanKo Sunday night in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.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 starsThe 21-25, 25-22, 26-24, 28-26 victory was the seventh—and fourth without Valdez—in as many matches and assured the Cool Smashers the No. 1 spot in the semifinals.Cheska Racraquin scored a career-high 23 points, including four of her team’s last six points, for Creamline which will face the No. 4 ranked team in the semifinals. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games The Perlas Spikers dropped to 3-4, their fate hanging in the balance as a win by Pocari Sweat over BaliPure late Sunday would force a playoff for the last semis slot on Wednesday. If it wins, BaliPure will complete the semifinals cast.“This win gave us the confidence going into the semifinals and proved that we can beat them,” said Racraquin, the 20-year-old open spiker from San Beda.The Cool Smashers worked very hard to take the win, climbing from big deficits in sets 2 and 4 before hacking it out.In the fourth frame alone, the Cool Smashers stared at a 17-8 deficit.ADVERTISEMENT Huelgas asserts Superiority over SEA rivals Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img View comments MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlyssa Valdez, currently training with the national squad in Japan, has asked permission to play for Creamline upon the team’s arrival on Wednesday.National team coach Francis Vicente has yet to decide whether she will be allowed to play because officials have planned for them to be quartered all the way to the Asian Seniors Volleyball Championships set Aug. 9.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 18: Lionel Messi Thanks All His Supporters For Their Sacrifices As…

first_imgMessi on Facebook: “I thank everyone who is out here for all of the sacrifices they’ve made, and also those back in Argentina who have always supported us. This shirt comes before everything else.”— FC Barcelona Fl (@FCBarcelonaFl) June 26, 2018 Argentine wizard Lionel Messi has thanked all the La Albiceleste fans for the sacrifices they’ve made after it was made clear that they are progressing to the round of sixteen.Manchester United star Marco Rojo’s late winner started the never-ending celebration in Argentina as they made it to last sixteen. The center-back appeared in one of the unlikeliest position as he netted home a wonderful cross coming from Gabriel Mercado. The two time World Cup winners were very well aware of their situation that a loss will see them out of the tournament and a win will keep their hopes alive.Messi had put his nation ahead in the 14th minute with a spectacular shot entering the goal. However, the Africans were real quick in reviving their chances of progressing to the round of sixteen as they equalised from a reward early in the second half when Javier Mascherano’s mistake allowed Victor Moses to score from a penalty kick.However the 86th minute of the game saw Marcos Rojo gifting his nation their golden ticket to round of sixteen after scoring from a wonderful cross coming from Gabriel Mercado. Let’s see how far Argentina will fare in this journey.Le agradezco a toda la gente que está acá, por todo su sacrificio, y a todos los que están en Argentina que estuvieron…Posted by Leo Messi on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 Advertisement(Photo Credits: Soccer Laduma)center_img Advertisementlast_img read more

Hungarian GP: Lewis Hamilton earns easy victory to extend championship lead

first_imgThe Hungarian GP turned out to be a cakewalk for Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton as he eased to a victory from pole position to extend his championship lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel on Sunday.Hamilton never looked in trouble on his way to fifth win of the 2018 season and his 67th overall.Hamilton now leads Vettel by 24 points after 12 of 21 races. They will continue their battle for a fifth F1 title when the championship resumes at the Belgian GP on August 26.However, Mercedes missed out on a perfect weekend as they missed out on a 1-2 as Valtteri Bottas was overtaken by Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen with five laps to go.NOW THATS WHAT WERE TALKING ABOUT! #HungarianGP F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) July 29, 2018Bottas and Vettel touched during the overtaking move, with some debris flying off the Mercedes.”I got a hit from behind. I wasn’t sure what was going on,” Vettel said. “Lucky that the car wasn’t broken and we could carry on.”In a dramatic finish, Bottas lost control of his car as he bumped Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull off the track as he was about to be overtaken.Bottas was told on team radio to give the position back to Ricciardo, who finished a commendable fourth after starting 12th. Bottas risked further penalty after being summoned to speak to stewards over the incident.The pivotal moment in the fight for the podium #HungarianGP #F1 1 (@F1) July 29, 2018Ricciardo’s teammate, Max Verstappen, launched a series of expletives after engine failure curtailed his race after eight laps.advertisementIt is the fourth time Verstappen has failed to finish this season. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner blamed the Renault engine as being substandard. Red Bull is splitting with Renault and working with Honda next season.Vettel and Raikkonen drove well considering both endured a botched pit stop because of a slow tire change.What’s cooler than being cool?ICE cool #HungarianGP #F1 1 (@F1) July 29, 2018Ferrari team strategy meant Raikkonen pitted twice for new tires and — on a scorching hot day — Ferrari bafflingly forgot to properly attach his drinks supply.Hamilton secured pole with a brilliant last lap in the rain on Saturday, while Vettel started a modest fourth behind Raikkonen and Bottas.The long straight up to Turn 1 was Ferrari’s best and — ultimately — only chance of overtaking Hamilton. But he comfortably held position while Vettel jumped ahead of Raikkonen and almost caught Bottas.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

SP, BSP leaders being poached by BJP right before elections

first_imgThe first stage of the Lok Sabha elections will complete on April 11 but the exodus of leaders from the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (SP) to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is showing no signs of abating soon.It appears that the BJP has opened its gates for the SP, BSP and Congress leaders in order to weaken its opponents.Following the surprise migration of former UP sports minister and Mulayam aide Ram Sakal Gurjar into the BJP, a lot more political leaders from the opposition parties appear to be lined up to enter the BJP as soon as they are permitted.Talking to, Raisuddin, former Agra city president of the Samajwadi Party said that in the past week, six corporators have joined the BJP out of which two were from the Congress. It appears that the SP-BSP alliance is not sitting well among the grassroot level party leaders and workers.Meanwhile, former BSP MLA Dr Dharmpal Singh, Gutiyarilal Dubesh, Suraj Pal Singh and Bhagwan Singh Kushwah (all former MLAs), have joined the Congress in support of the Fatehpur Sikri candidate of the Congress and UPCC chief Raj Babbar.Former UP minister from the BSP, Devender Singh Chillu resigned from the BSP to join the Congress.Former BSP Mayor candidate from Agra Digamber Singh Dhakrey and Umesh Sainthiya have joined the BJP. Ajaysheel Gautam, who was a minister in the BSP government, also joined the BJP a few days back.In Samajwadi Party, former minister Ram Sakal Gurjar, former MLA Dr Rajendra Singh, former MLC Anurag Shukla and Nitin Gupta have joined the BJP, raising a question in everyone’s minds about the reason for such a mass exodus from both the SP and BSP.advertisementPolitical analysts are pointing out at the incompatibility and age-old feud between the two parties to be a reason behind the exodus, while some believe that this is only an opportunistic move on part of the junior leaders of party who have not been given tickets.Talking to, Deep Sharma, a social activist, said that the alliance between the SP and the BSP is an unnatural alliance.The people were barely able to tolerate an alliance between the SP and the Congress in the UP assembly elections, but this alliance between the two rival parties SP and BSP is totally unacceptable even to the party leaders who are now switching their loyalties at the last moment.Also Read | Lok Sabha Election 2019: All dates, full schedule, constituency-wise details, all you need to knowAlso Read | 47 Muslim-Yadav-Dalit seats will decide BJP’s fate in Uttar Pradesh | India Today analysisAlso Watch | Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati announce SP-BSP alliance in UP for the 2019 Lok Sabha electionslast_img read more

US Open is the dignity-swerving slam where tennis bad boys thrive

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Nick Kyrgios Purely in terms of tournament sass, it was predictable Novak Djokovic would be booed off court after retiring from injury at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday night after once again deciding to graciously gift an opponent a win. The US Open is operating at Liberace levels of theatrics and is highly watchable for it.Djokovic had already sworn at the crowd and threatened a spectator during one practice session. “I’ll come find you after the match,” he glowered. “Trust me, I’ll come find you.” Retweeting the footage, Nick Kyrgios added the words “I’m scared” and an emoji suggesting quite the opposite. When Djokovic was asked why he would be hunting down the spectator, he replied, his face deadpan: “To have a drink … I’m going to buy him a drink.” Share on Twitter Kevin Mitchell at Flushing Meadows At root, tennis bad boys seem to get the joke of sport, and most particularly of their sport – just as Nicolas Cage always seems to get the joke of movies and most particularly of Nicolas Cage movies. Take Kyrgios earlier this summer, when his defeat in the second round at Wimbledon by Rafael Nadal had caused the latter to explain solemnly: “Without really loving this game that much, it is difficult to achieve important things.”“At the end of the day,” was Kyrgios’s considered reply, “it’s tennis, man. Is it really that important?” Pinterest Nick Kyrgios’s latest outburst at US Open shows he still has much to learn Share via Email Nick Kyrgios got into a classic tennis bad boy altercation with the umpire over … the underside of his collar. Photograph: TPN/Getty Images Topics Tennis Share on Facebook Read more So yes, if you are having trouble characterising your tennis grand slams, this one is the messy bitch who lives for the drama. Think of the US Open as Real Househusbands of the PTA, with all the histrionics you would expect from the dignity-swerving reality franchise.It is very much the only tournament at which Roger Federer could find himself saying “shit” in a press conference. “I have heard this shit too often now,” he exclaimed of the suggestion he picked his match times. Of course, if Roger is saying “shit”, you can be sure other players understand their responsibility to go a whole lot further. And in this spirit, it is the greatest pleasure to formally welcome a new rebel to the fold in the form of Daniil Medvedev, the Russian who has been goading the New York crowds with such relish.At the end of Sunday’s win over Dominik Köpfer, which put him in the quarter-finals – and during which he had surreptitiously given the crowd the middle finger – Medvedev addressed booing spectators with sledgehammer sarcasm. “Thank you all, guys, because your energy tonight gave me the win,” he declared. “If you weren’t here, I probably would lose the match … I want all of you to know, when you sleep tonight, I won because of you.” The jeers became even louder. “Guys, continue to give me this energy,” Medvedev smirked. “You’re the best.” Whereupon a perfectly synchronised line of ballboys snapped their fingers and winced “Yasss! you better calls the BURNS UNIT, girlfriend!” On Tuesday night, Medvedev went through to the semis.“He is the bad boy of tennis,” judged Chrissie Evert. “I want to cook him a meal.” I think that is supposed to be way down the list of things you are meant to want to do with bad boys, Chrissie but I respect you too much to take this one further. Share on WhatsApp Sportblog Novak Djokovic Since you’re here… US Open tennis Twitter Support The Guardian Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Australia sport comment Share on Pinterest Even so, I have to usher this column to the place it was always going, which is to say: straight-up hymn to the notion of the “tennis bad boy”. I truly believe that when they made the world cinema classic Blades of Glory, men’s figure skating was the only arena more comically perfect for a “bad boy” figure than men’s tennis. But, like, only just?The tennis bad boy is absolutely my favourite type of alleged bad boy. Given the choice in the reincarnation stakes, I would, without hesitation, come back as a tennis bad boy. What’s not to love? There is the wildly transgressive fashion look, of course – in New York Kyrgios got into a classic tennis bad boy altercation with the umpire over the … hang on, let me get this right … the underside of his collar. Truly, life on the edge, as the official took issue with the words “Just Do You” and told him to fold down his collar because the slogan was against the rules. Kyrgios – tennis’s Chazz Michael Michaels – retorted: “I’m not going to play until you show me the rule. I want to know the rule. I want to see the rule. I’ve seen shirts worse.” That is what you get on the wrong side of the tennis tracks. I’ve seen collared shirts like you would not believe.Then you have to consider the type of spectator the typical tennis bad boy is in rebellion against. Specifically: TENNIS spectators. At Wimbledon the Centre Court crowd applauds pigeons. Literally even my mother would be a rebel here. As for the authority figures against whom the bad boy must define himself, you have to love that the umpire on whom you are going full Cool Hand Luke is mostly dressed like a fugitive from Gatsby: The Musical.Frankly, not even that other modern classic, the Strictly Come Dancing bad boy, is higher camp or more brilliantly preposterous. Let’s face it: by his own admission, tennis outlaw Andre Agassi lost the 1990 French Open because he was beset by worry his damaged wig would fall off.So this is a noble bloodline. In New York, Kyrgios lost no time in welcoming Medvedev to the firmament, changing his Twitter wallpaper to Medvedev’s one-finger salute. Game recognise game. I think we can be entirely sure Nick sees Medvedev as the Jay McInerney to his Bret Easton Ellis. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. US Open Tennis 2019 Facebook Roger Federer Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Abhishek takes dig at BJP over fake news on Panchayat members

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee lashed out at BJP for circulating fake news over the induction of some of the Panchayat members of Trinamool Congress to their party fold. “It is a party that survives on giving false information,” he said, while addressing a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.It may be mentioned that BJP leader Mukul Roy has claimed on Wednesday that members of Champadanga Gram Panchayat and Talpur Gram Panchayat in Hooghly have joined BJP. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaRefuting Roy’s claim, Banerjee presented the members whom BJP had claimed to have joined the saffron party and said: “Spreading such false information among people has become a habit of BJP.” He said Panchayat members like Archana Pal, Rupali Chang, Sanjoy Biswas, Dipali Saha, Bulu Barui, Madhuri Maity and Belal Hossain Mondol had never joined BJP and so the question of their coming back to Trinamool does not arise. “By giving false information Roy is actually trying to keep the bosses at Delhi in good humour,” Banerjee said. He maintained that many councillors in North 24-Parganas who have joined BJP are keeping in constant touch with Trinamool and they will come back to the party soon. Meanwhile, at Balurghat in South Dinajpur, a Panchayat pradhan of Balurghat block who recently joined BJP from Trinamool, came back to her old party on Wednesday. The newly appointed district Trinamool chief Arpita Ghosh welcomed Mousumi Roy, pradhan of Boaldar Gram Panchayat, back to the party fold and later handed over the party flag to her.last_img read more

Teenage girl sexually assaulted in Bengal 4 arrested

first_imgKolkata: A fifteen-year-old girl who was out on a cycle ride with her boyfriend was allegedly sexually assaulted by four local boys in West Bengal’s East Midnapore district, the police said on Wednesday. “Based on the family’s complaint filed on Tuesday we have arrested Biswajit Patra, Samir Mondol, Saurav Dolui and another juvenile boy for sexually assaulting the girl. They have also blamed her boyfriend for taking her out late in the evening,” an officer of Kolaghat police station said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The police said that the incident took place on August 24 when the girl, along with her 16-year old boyfriend, went out around 7 p.m. The family initially tried to talk to the boy’s family and solve it through discussions. According to the girl’s statement, the accused boys saw them in the deserted field and threatened to tell everyone in the village. “Two of the boys held her boyfriend while others took turn in molesting her”, the officer said. “The medical examination has been conducted and the investigation is on,” the officer added.last_img read more

UN official calls attention to severe drought in Somalia on World Water

22 March 2011On World Water Day, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Somalia called for special to attention to the needs of an estimated 2.4 million people in the Horn of Africa country who are in need of water and food aid as a result of a severe drought. “I am extremely concerned about the impact of the current drought on the well-being of children, women and the general population in Somalia,” said Mark Bowden, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia.“More than 50,000 people have already been displaced due to the drought. The recent escalation in conflict in south and central Somalia is further exacerbating suffering,” said Mr. Bowden.The drought has driven up food prices as scarcity worsens, exacerbating the rates of the malnutrition over the past six months, particularly in southern Somalia, where one in four children is acutely malnourished.The conditions for internally displaced persons, who are already highly vulnerable, have become even harsher. Forecasts have predicted inadequate rainfall during the April to June rainy season, a development that could worsen food shortages particularly in the south-central regions.UN humanitarian agencies and their partners have been helping residents of areas affected by drought with water, livelihood support and health and nutrition services. Approximately $50 million has been allocated from a pooled fund to the respond to the drought over the past three months.“The United Nations is striving to alleviate the suffering in Somalia. However, so much more could be done with greater access. Access to populations in need is shrinking at the same time as their needs are expanding, particularly in the south, where 80 per cent of the people most in need live,” said Mr. Bowden.“Severe water shortages require collective efforts and further cooperation at all levels to deliver a well coordinated response to mitigate the consequences of the drought on the lives of the Somali population. The humanitarian community is ready to scale up response but needs support from all Somalis, both inside and outside the country. This is a collective responsibility. I urge all parties to the conflict to ensure greater humanitarian access to those in need,” he added. read more

Costcos 4Q results beat Wall Streets view as shoppers hit clubs in

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 10, 2012 3:28 pm MDT Costco’s 4Q results beat Wall Street’s view as shoppers hit clubs in search of deals ISSAQUAH, Wash. – Costco is drawing more shoppers and signing up more new members, helping the wholesale club operator’s fiscal fourth-quarter net income and revenue climb.Its performance beat Wall Street’s expectations, and its shares hit an all-time high Wednesday.Consumers have been drawn to stores like Costco, BJ’s Wholesale Club and Sam’s Club because they feel like they are getting bargains by purchasing items in bulk. Memberships at such stores have continued to rise in recent years as shoppers worried about the economy and high unemployment look for ways to save money.For the period ended Sept. 2, Costco Wholesale Corp. said Wednesday that it earned $609 million, or $1.39 per share. That compares with $478 million, or $1.08 per share, a year earlier.There was an extra week in the current quarter.Analysts predicted earnings of $1.31 per share, according to a FactSet survey.Costco shares climbed $2.90, or 2.9 per cent, to $102.54 in afternoon trading. The stock reached $104.43 earlier in the session, a new all-time high.Total revenue increased 14 per cent to $32.22 billion from $28.18 billion as sales improved and the Issaquah, Wash., company made more money from membership fees. Wall Street expected revenue of $31.59 billion.Membership fee income totalled $694 million in the quarter as renewal rates came in at approximately 90 per cent. New memberships climbed 2 per cent from a year ago. The company said that there were also more shoppers visiting its clubs.Sales of softlines, which can include items like clothing and footwear, posted a high single-digit percentage increase, with small electric appliances among the strongest within the category. Sales of food and small items like toiletries rose by a mid-single-digit percentage, as did hardlines, which can include hardware and lawn and garden products.Online sales climbed 14 per cent.Revenue at stores open at least a year, a key gauge of a retailer’s health, climbed 5 per cent. The figure rose 6 per cent in the U.S. and 2 per cent internationally. It is a key performance indicator for retailers because it excludes results from stores recently opened or closed.Costco said higher gas prices and foreign currency exchange rates hurt its performance a bit.Stripping out their impact, revenue at stores open at least a year rose 6 per cent for the total company and for its U.S. locations. Clubs overseas reported a 7 per cent increase.Costco said that its full-year net income rose 17 per cent to $1.71 billion, or $3.89 per share, from $1.46 billion, or $3.30 per share, in the previous year. Annual revenue climbed 12 per cent to $99.14 billion from $88.92 billion.Revenue at stores open at least a year increased 7 per cent for the total company and U.S. clubs. Internationally, the metric rose 6 per cent.Excluding the impact of higher gas prices and foreign currency exchange rates, the figure climbed 6 per cent for the total company and U.S. clubs. It rose 8 per cent abroad.Costco ended fiscal 2012 with 608 warehouses in operation, including 439 in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, 82 in Canada, 32 in Mexico, 22 in the U.K., 13 in Japan, nine in Taiwan, eight in Korea and three in Australia.It opened 16 new locations in fiscal 2012. The company is planning to open about 27 to 30 new warehouse clubs in fiscal 2013. read more

UN experts decry Saudi Arabias use of antiterror laws against peaceful activists

“The rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are severely restricted in Saudi Arabia,” the group said in a joint statement issued on Tuesday. Religious figures, writers, journalists, academics and civic activists are being targeted, along with members of the banned Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), in a “worrying pattern of widespread and systematic arbitrary arrests and detention,” they continued. “We are witnessing the persecution of human rights defenders for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, assembly, association and belief, as well as in retaliation for their work. The Government has ignored repeated calls by UN experts and others to halt these violations, rectify them, and prevent their recurrence.” More than 60 prominent religious figures, writers, journalists, academics and civic activists are reported to have been detained in a wave of arrests since September, adding to a list of past cases which had already been raised by UN experts with the Government. “We have written to the Government requesting detailed information about these numerous arrests on terrorism, cyber-crime or any other state security-related charges during that period,” the experts said. The experts noted that they are also seeking government clarification about how these measures are compatible with Saudi Arabia’s obligations under international human rights law, as well as with the voluntary pledges and commitments it made when seeking to join the UN Human Rights Council. “Despite being elected as member of the Human Rights Council at the end of 2016, Saudi Arabia has continued its practice of silencing, arbitrarily arresting, detaining and persecuting human rights defenders and critics,” they said. In addition to previous cases and new arrests since September, the experts pointed to the country’s failure to implement two recent opinions of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, calling for “the release of all the human rights defenders concerned in these cases.” “We appeal to the Saudi authorities to ensure their right to reparation and compensation.” The experts are independent, unpaid staff appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. read more

Only man on a fiveperson shortlist hired for Bank of England job

The news comes as MPs called on the Government to step in and impose gender quotas on companies which have failed to promote women to senior leadership roles.  Professor Haskel, a professor of economics at Imperial College Business School, had been shortlisted for the external member role alongside four women, and 44 of the 87 applicants who were invited to apply for the role were female.  Of those who did… It defended the decision by saying Professor Jonathan Haskel was hired on merit after an internal panel interviewed four female candidates for the job. The Treasury hired the only man on a five-person shortlist for a role on the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee, it has emerged.  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. read more

PICK Szeged – new Hungarian champions

Hungary got a new champions – MOL Pick Szeged! Fantastic final of the domestic Play-Off ended with surprising win of “always second” best Hungarian team, who saved +4 (32:28) from the first match in Szeged in front of frenetic Veszprem fans at Veszprem Arena – 29:26.Veszprem had a chance to score winning goal, but Blaz Blagotinsek wasn’t in ideal position two seconds before the final buzzer, 12 meters from the goal-line. His ball ended in net behind the goal.This is the third Hungarian Championship title after 1996 and 2007.Telekom Veszprém – MOL-Pick Szeged 29:26 (14:17) MOL-Pick Szeged: Sego, Sierra – Srsen 1, Kallman 3, Bodó 7, Sigurmannsson 2 (2), Gorbok, Goncalves 2, Balogh, Skube 4, Blazevic 1, Gaber, Sostaric 4, Zhitnikov 1, Fekete, Bánhidi 1 Pick SzegedTelekom Veszprem Telekom Veszprém: Mikler, Alilovic – Manaskov 4, Schuch, Ilic 3, Tonnesen 5, Gajic 4 (2), Nagy 2, Terzic, Blagotinsek 3, Sulic 1, Nenadic 4, Jamali 3 ← Previous Story Saint Raphael and Fuchse Berlin for the EHF Cup trophy Next Story → Juan Carlos Pastor “did it” with Szeged: My father was always asking, when we gonna beat Chema’s team read more

Gay marriage caused floods councillor suspended in Britain

first_imgTHE ANTI-IMMIGRATION UK Independence Party (UKIP) has suspended a local councillor who blamed recent flooding across Britain on the government’s decision to legalise gay marriage.David Silvester, a devout Christian who defected from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party in protest at last year’s move to allow same-sex marriage, claimed Britain had been “beset by storms” in recent weeks because the new law had angered God.“It is (Cameron’s) fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms and floods,” Silvester, an elected member of the town council in Henley-on-Thames, west of London, wrote in a letter to his local newspaper.UKIP initially supported Silvester’s right to express his opinions, but the anti-EU party has now used emergency powers to suspend him.“We cannot have any individual using the UKIP banner to promote their controversial personal beliefs which are not shared by the party,” said Roger Bird, the party’s chairman in southeast England.Bird added that Silvester had defied party orders not to give any more interviews, telling BBC radio on Sunday that homosexuality was a disease that could be “healed”.UKIPUKIP has struggled to shrug off a reputation for attracting extremists – Cameron once derided them as a group of “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists”.But the Conservatives are increasingly nervous about the threat posed by the party, whose anti-EU and anti-immigration messages have steadily gained support in recent years.Votes for UKIP cost the Conservatives hundreds of seats at local council elections last May and the smaller party is expected to do well in this May’s European Parliament elections.Silvester’s suspension came as UKIP leader Nigel Farage announced a purge of “extremist, nasty or barmy” views from the party ahead of the polls.Farage told the Sun on Sunday newspaper that five candidates for the upcoming elections were being forced not to stand because they could potentially embarrass the party.A ComRes poll published Sunday showed rising support for UKIP, with 19 percent backing them compared to 30 per cent for the Conservatives and 35 per cent for the opposition Labour party.Civil partnerships for same-sex couples have been legal in Britain since 2005, giving them identical rights and responsibilities to straight couples in a civil marriage.But campaigners had pointed to differences, not least their inability to call their partnership a “marriage”.Cameron pushed through the gay marriage law last year despite fierce opposition within the Conservatives, and the first weddings are expected to take place in March.- © AFP, 2014Read: MEP abruptly ends interview after denying phrase “Bongo Bongo Land” is racist>last_img read more

Acer announces three new Honeycomb tablets to be released in early 2011

first_imgThere’s no shortage of gadget makers hungry to take a bite out of the iPad‘s success, and following Samsung’s successful debut of the Galaxy Tab comes Acer with three new tablets.The good news is that these tablets aren’t imminent: Acer seems to realize that Android isn’t ready for tablets yet, and so they’ll instead wait for Android 3.0 Honeycomb to come down the pipeline and support tablets properly.Spec-wise. the three tablets come in 4.8-, 7- and 10.1-inch form factors. All tablets will run dual-core Tegra CPUs. The 4.8-inch is basically a big smartphone, and we already have a separate post up about it, but both the 7-inch and 10.1-inch models will boast an impressive 1280×800 display, as well as front and rear facing cameras and a custom Acer UI married to Honeycomb.Interestingly, Acer has not decided upon names for any of these tablets. In fact, everything about the tablet reveal seemed rather rushed: reportedly, only one of the tablets would even power on during a hands-on after Acer’s press event. Add the fact that Acer’s tablets are all slated to run a version of Android that is still just a gleam in Google’s eye and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if these tablets slipped far, far past their early 2011 projected release date.Read more at Engadgetlast_img read more

Bahamas diabetes cases soar 160 increase in 8 Years says Health Minister

first_img Women lead diabetes cases for TCI, country marked World Diabetes Day Nov 14 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 14, 2017 – Nassau – World Diabetes Day is today and the focus is on women and while there are no detailed recent statistics published about how much the disease is impacting the health and productivity of residents of The Bahamas, a 2014 study exposed this:  According to figures released by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), in 2014 The Bahamas had 34,900 people with diabetes.   The figures did not include those who are pre-diabetic.At the time Dr. Graham Cates said, “When we look at the world overall, The Bahamas is leading in the prevalence of diabetes in the entire world.”Health Minister, Dr. Duane Sands also shared some shocking news as he presented on the National Health Insurance in the House of Assembly in July, including the latest information on how diabetes is affecting the population.“In the almost decade interval between 2005 and 2012 our nation saw a 16 percent increase in sedentary lifestyle diseases; a 13 percent increase in overweight; a 14 percent increase in obesity; a 55 percent increase in hypertension; and a 160 percent increase in diabetes.”World Diabetes Day (WDD), celebrated on November 14 of each year was this year in The Bahamas marked by ScotiaBank.    Nakera Symonette, Senior Manager of Marketing said, “We are committed to helping young people become better off and are thrilled to partner with The Bahamas Diabetic Association to raise awareness as diabetes is prevalent among our population, impacting adults and children.”ScotiaBank staff wore the signature blue ribbons in commemoration of World Diabetes Day.#MagneticMediaNews#WorldDiabetesDay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img More women with diabetes in Turks and Caicos, World Diabetes Day Nov 14 Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #worlddiabetesdaylast_img read more

The Struts Kaleo Announced As Openers For Rolling Stones 2017 Tour

first_img The Struts, Kaleo To Open For Rolling Stones Tour struts-kaleo-announced-openers-rolling-stones-2017-tour Twitter News Facebook The legendary classic rockers have tapped some unexpected young talent as supporting acts for their upcoming European tour.Brian HaackGRAMMYs Sep 6, 2017 – 3:28 pm The Rolling Stones need no introduction.Nearing the close of the 55th year of their astounding career, they’ve shown no signs of slowing, having recently headlined the opening night of AEG/Goldenvoice’s hugely talked-about rock nostalgiafest Desert Trip, and now readying to embark on a brand new European tour.  The reigning kings of classic rock have made it clear they do not intend to set aside their crowns any time in the near future.What they do seem to be exploring lately, however, is a comfort with leveraging their perpetual fame to exercise themselves as rock and roll king-makers, as well as dynastic rulers.Case in point: the ‘Stones have tapped some exciting young bands to be their supporting acts for their upcoming No Filter Tour, which will see them playing 13 shows across 12 European cities from Sept. 9 through Oct. 25.The tour will kick off in Germany and Austria with opening sets by Icelandic indie-rock rising stars Kaleo, whose breakout 2016 track “Way Down We Go” saw them conquer the Billboard Alternative Songs and Rock Airplay charts in the U.S., and nabbed a Gold certification from the RIAA.  Kaleo will be followed by GRAMMY-nominated American blues singer John Lee Hooker, Jr., for their final night with the Rolling Stones in Spielberg, Austria.Another especially exciting support act the Stones have picked up are “retro-fetishist” English neo-glam rockers the Struts, whose debut lead single “Could Have Been Me” shot to No. 1 on the Spotify Viral Top 50 chart, peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, and led the band to sell out a total of 20 dates on their first-ever trip to the U.S. Strut’s lead singer Luke Spiller has been called, ” the musical love child of Freddie Mercury and Mick Jagger.”Additional supporting acts announced for the other legs of the tour include Los Zigarros, de Staat, Rival Sons, and the Hellacopters, with GRAMMY winning rockers Cage The Elephant joining the party for the tour’s final three-night victory lap in Paris.For their own part, the Rolling Stones have made it clear they plan to keep their own sets fresh and unpredictable, with assurances that they plan to include, “a couple of unexpected tracks each night and randomly selected surprises,” sprinkled in amongst their catalogue of hit songs and fan favorites.A limited number of tickets for the Rolling Stones ‘No Filter’ European Tour 2017 are currently still available from the band’s website.Charles Bradley Cancels Tour Due To IllnessRead more Email The Struts, Kaleo Announced As Openers For Rolling Stones’ 2017 Tour last_img read more

George RR Martin can still save Game of Thrones from dooming itself

first_img‘The Winds of Winter’ release date might come as a surprise to the fansReutersThere was a time when fans simply couldn’t control their excitement after seeing a brand new episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones. The previous episodes from earlier seasons were full of shocking moments, some amazing twists, unpredictable endings, and brilliant writing. Everything, however, changed when the highly acclaimed fantasy drama started airing its season 8.Game of Thrones season 8 is heavily criticized by fans from all around the world. Fans are not happy how the creators have changed Daenerys Targaryen’s story arc and in just one episode made her the Mad Queen. Fans are even disappointed by the creators over not working on the prophecies of Azor Ahai and never fully using Bran Stark’s three-eyed-raven powers.Fans from around the world had high expectations with this show but somehow, everyone is wondering what went wrong with this ongoing season. The creators had a brilliant budget and had the best crew in the world. To produce six episodes, the team took around two years and fans were expecting to see something amazing but it failed to achieve all those hypes.That being said, there is one person who can still fix everything — George RR Martin. Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones season 8Game of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)The characters of HBO’s Game of Thrones are adapted from George RR Martin’s highly praised book series. The author is surprisingly quiet on Twitter ever since season 8 episode 1 premiered on HBO. The author had mixed feelings about the direction of his stories. As earlier mentioned, he stated that he thinks there should be more seasons to wrap up the story of all these characters. In addition to this, in a recent interview, he somehow implied to have a creative difference between himself and Game of Thrones’ showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff.So, how George RR Martin can still save Game of Thrones? Well, the author is yet to finish the last two novels in this saga and can actually change the narrative in the best way possible. It is up to him how he is going to bring an end to Night King and how he can present the final facedown between Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen.George RR Martin must be aware of all the criticism the show is facing at this moment and he will be doing everything in his power to avoid these mistakes.That being said, George RR Martin’s last Game of Thrones book, A Dance With Dragons was released back in 2011 and the content helped till season five. Martin’s next book in the series, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring has no publishing dates. Fans may have to wait another couple of years to read these stories and accepting a good conclusion to their favourite characters.last_img read more

4 Ways to Prepare for the Next Apocalyptic Amazon Web Services Outage

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How Success Happens Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. You probably heard about the outage in late February that hit Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company’s cloud-computing service. Amazon is the country’s largest service provider of cloud computing for businesses, and thousands of websites and apps that rely on its services found themselves in freak-out mode due to the interruption.What happened was this: Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) went down; and, instantly, Amazon clients couldn’t access all kinds of things they’d stored remotely on the company’s servers — everything from images to customer transaction data.Related: When Amazon Makes a Mistake, Expect a Prompt, Overly Detailed ResponseThe cause of the outage was eventually identified as human error, and the chaos was compounded by the fact that other AWS services rely on S3 for storage. And the danger is not over: In spite of Amazon’s being known for its very reliable track record, just such an outage will inevitably happen again.That’s why small businesses must learn from past mistakes and be ready for the next outage that comes along.The scars remainBecause so many businesses rely on S3 — more than 148,000 websites, according to TechCrunch — the outage had far-reaching ramifications, from small inconveniences to the complete erosion of business models and revenue drivers.Popular image- and link-sharing site Pinterest uses AWS, which meant that during the outage, everyone from soon-to-be brides keeping track of their favorite wedding decorations, to 18-year-olds recording their burgeoning tattoo ideas,was unable to build their libraries. While this doesn’t seem too terribly consequential, it’s evidence of how an outage can directly affect the lives of millions of users.Any company that, say, chose to build its entire infrastructure on Amazon undoubtedly experienced a little bit of panic when its logins ceased to work. Data feeds of hotel prices, user activity, photographs, favorited sites and product offers delivered only a spinning wheel of death for those who attempted to load them. Few were spared — not Business Insider or Giphy, or countless IoT-connected thermostats and lightbulbs.Hope for the futureLuckily, Amazon was able to get its systems back on track in relatively short order. But its previous image as an immovable, unbreakable pillar in the hosting community no doubt suffered. Moreover, the incident got the attention of quite a few developers and helped them realize that having a backup plan is probably a decent strategy.Related: 5 Vital Considerations When Choosing Your Web Hosting Service If you’re one of these developers or the leader of a small business, pay attention to the tips below while formulating your plan.1. Divide the duties. Make sure your hosted scripts aren’t solely reliant on one service. Handing your entire operation over to an outside service — such as Microsoft or Amazon — will cut you off from the necessary controls that allow you to address threats or outages when they occur.If your budget allows, set up more than one hosting service in case the primary source falls through. Simple checks can ensure that if the original source isn’t available, a fallback to another host — or even a locally hosted source — can keep your site running.2. Rack up redundancies. If your entire project really is reliant on AWS capabilities, the alternative is to build up a secondary source — hosted elsewhere — to operate in a redundant fashion. This way, when one service goes down, the product can keep moving along, with little to no interruption.Of course, the difficulty of this is monumental. While Microsoft Azure or Google offers comparatively robust packages for scaling, the way these operate is often significantly different than AWS does. Many of the items that come prebuilt with AWS simply won’t be available on Google or other services. This means you’ll either need to invest in extensive custom development to create similar functionality or set a preplanned goal to limit your system’s reliance on AWS-specific capabilities.3. Fancify your failures. Even with the strongest precautions in place, the occasional outage is inevitable. In this event, make sure your failure points are graceful. When a user gets an ugly AWS message that’s practically indecipherable, it creates a feeling of panic and anxiety. Instead, plan for these types of situations with useful, friendly and self-effacing messages that actually give the user an idea of what’s happening.For example, if my website at Rocksauce Studios goes down, users aren’t faced with a vomit of incomprehensible code. Instead, a friendly message pops up saying, “Oops!” before offering users the ability to either try again or contact our support team for help. Not only does this show our awareness of the problem, but it also offers an avenue for users to reach out for a fix.4. Give the gift of gab. Be ready to communicate with your users. This is perhaps the most important factor because having a completely independent back-up system — whether you’re a company such as Netflix or a small bootstrapping startup — is an extreme solution, given the presumably rare nature of the problem. Instead, having a well-formed response to send to users via email, Twitter, Facebook or other means can provide you with the necessary grace. Responding promptly to customer inquiries, even when you don’t have the answer, goes a long way toward showing that you care about your customers and are aware of the problem.Related: Does Your Website Have a Crash Plan?The reliability of cloud hosting services is measured in “uptime,” or the amount of time these services are working and available. Most companies do everything possible to keep their uptime as close to 100 percent as they can, meaning they’re not likely to experience regular outages any time soon. That being said, taking a few simple precautionary measures can go a long way toward easing the pains of an outage should one happen to hit your hosting services in the future. 6 min read May 22, 2017last_img read more