Two ‘stone-pelters’ in Kashmir Valley get 10-day NIA custody

first_imgTwo men, including a freelance photo-journalist, arrested on Tuesday for alleged stone-pelting in Kashmir Valley and mobilising support against security personnel through the social media, were on Wednesday sent to 10-day National Investigating Agency (NIA) custody for interrogation.District Judge Poonam A. Bamba allowed the NIA to quiz Javed Ahmed Bhat from Kulgam and Kamran Yusuf from Pulwama till September 16 after the probe agency said they were required to be confronted with the other accused in the case, court sources said.During in-chamber proceedings, the NIA also said the two had to be taken to various places in relation to the ongoing investigation, the sources said.Continuing with its probe in the funding of terror and separatist activities in the Kashmir Valley, the NIA had on Tuesday arrested Bhat and Yusuf.Hurling stones at forcesAccording to the agency, they were involved in stone-pelting incidents besides organising groups of youths who would throw stones at security personnel involved in counter-insurgency operations.Yusuf, who had often been warned by the local police, was allegedly mobilising the youth and clicking their pictures for circulation in local and national newspapers, it had said.The two also circulated pictures and videos on social networking sites that sparked widespread rumours in the Valley, the officials alleged.The NIA has arrested seven people in the case of alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest there.The case was registered on issues of raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala channels, for funding such activities.last_img read more

Kings XI Punjab skipper Murali Vijay confident of reviving fortunes

first_imgKings XI Punjab had a horrible start to this season. The Indian Premier League points table was a clear reflection of how paltry it had been for Punjab in the ninth edition. Collecting only two points from six games before Sunday’s clash against Gujarat Lions, Kings XI were forced to replace skipper David Miller with Murali Vijay. (Scorecard)And Vijay didn’t take long to make an impact with his boys. At the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Vijay-led Punjab thumped the table-toppers by a handsome margin of 23 runs. (Full Coverage|Points Table)The elated skipper, after Sunday’s win, said his team was looking to carry the winning momentum forward and would work hard to revive their fortunes this season. “We are working really hard as a group and hopefully we can move with momentum forward,” he said. (PHOTOS)Vijay led from the front scoring a 41-ball 57 against Gujarat. The Punjab batsman, like always, was free flowing and stitched a 62-run opening stand with Marcus Stoinis. Punjab though, lost an array of wickets in the middle overs and were restricted to 154 in 20 overs. (Also read: Here’s how Axar Patel’s hat-trick helped Punjab stun Gujarat) However, Vijay made life difficult for the Gujarat batting line-up, which had T20 stalwarts, in the second innings.  The Punjab skipper didn’t let Gujarat’s top-order settle down by using five different bowlers in the first six overs. His tactics paid rich dividends as pacer Mohit Sharma removed Brendon McCullum and Gujarat skipper Suresh Raina in the powerplay overs.advertisementAlso, left-arm spinner Axar Patel responded to his captain’s call on Sunday by scalping the first hat-trick of the season. Patel’s victims included Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Bravo and Dinesh Karthik. Not wanting to give away easy runs, Vijay kept rotating his bowlers and boxed Gujarat out of the game.Vijay said they weren’t nervous against the most consistent team of the season and that they had expressed themselves on the field well. “All I ask of the boys is to express themselves in the field and that’s what they did.We weren’t nervous, I was a little concerned of the wickets falling in the middle so we have to work on that.”On the other hand, a dejected Raina pointed fingers at his batsmen for the poor show. He also credited the Kings XI bowlers. “We didn’t bat well, we ran too hard and Kings XI bowled very well. The wicket was good and 155 was a chaseable target,” he said.Raina, however, sounded optimistic in saying that the loss against Vijay’s men would not affect their momentum. “We’ve played well the last few games so we need to keep going, one loss won’t make much difference.”last_img read more

Mahendra Singh Dhoni sidesteps captaincy debate ahead of Zimbabwe tour

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni’s prolonged poor form, successive ODI series defeats, a World T20 semifinal exit at home and Virat Kohli’s record-breaking run have sparked a hot debate in the country – should Kohli take over as captain of the limited-overs formats from Dhoni? (Virat Kohli forcing Mahendra Singh Dhoni into cricketing backwaters)Former team director Ravi Shastri had added fuel to the fire when he told India Today that Dhoni should now play under Kohli in one-day internationals and T20s. Dhoni has been found wanting with the bat and his tactics have, at times, seemed too defensive.But the selectors have decided to give Dhoni a long rope and gave him the option of going on the tour to Zimbabwe even as the other big stars were rested after a hectic, international schedule. Dhoni, for obvious reasons, said yes promptly and that decision found him answering several tricky questions ahead of the team’s departure. (Sourav Ganguly raises questions on MS Dhoni’s future as India captain)India play Zimbabwe in three ODIs and three T20s starting June 11. All six matches will be played in Harare. (Dhoni to lead India in Zimbabwe, uncapped Shardul Thakur in Test squad)TRICKY QUESTIONS FOR MSAsked for his opinion on the burning question of India’s ODI and T20 captaincy, Dhoni said it was a call that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had to take.”Any decision about captaincy is something that the BCCI will have to take,” he said at a pre-departure press conference in Mumbai today.advertisementDhoni had lost his cool with an Australian journalist, who had asked him what his future plans minutes after India had been knocked out of the World T20 by West Indies at the Wankhede.This time, perhaps humbled by a disastrous IPL campaign with he Rising Pune Supergiants, Dhoni was more poised and returned to his mundane, dry answers.The tour of Zimbabwe will be huge challenge for Dhoni, who is looking to reinvent himself after nearly a decade at the helm of Indian cricket. He remains the only captain in history to have won all three ICC events. But his recent failures have been cause for concern – Dhoni failed to get the team past the line in two back-to-back ICC events and oversaw series losses to Bangladesh, South Africa and Australia. POOR FORM HAUNTING DHONI Even when India snapped the losing streak with a historic triumph over Australia in the three-match T20 series, Dhoni’s own form continued to haunt him.Kohli meanwhile did his reputation no harm by leading India to Test series victories over Sri Lanka and South Africa.Many wondered how Dhoni would motivate himself for a low-profile series weeks after being involved in two high-octane tournaments. But the veteran saw no problems there and insisted that he was fit enough to deliver the results.”My biggest motivation is representing my country. I’m 35 now and I’ve to be very fit for the kind of work that I have to do,” he said.Dhoni will be the only regular in a squad of inexperienced players for the Zimbabwe tour. The likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kohli were rested so they could recuperate ahead of the Test series in West Indies next month.”I think the series will be a different experience for me, playing with some who will be playing for the first time,” Dhoni admitted.On prior tours of Zimbabwe, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were handed captaincy responsibilities while Dhoni took time off.last_img read more

Farnell element14 adds product configurator from Samtec

first_img Continue Reading Previous Panasonic: stand-alone Wi-Fi module in fully shielded caseNext Timing-Architects becomes a part of Vector Informatik Farnell element14 has added a new Product Configurator from Samtec for customers to modify any Samtec Connector to obtain a variation which is exactly suited for their application. The new online tool enables customers to modify connectors and download 2D and 3D models in just minutes.Customers will be able to modify any Samtec Connector to obtain a variation which is exactly suited for their application. As each parameter within the tool is modified, the resulting 3D image can be refreshed within the page and any changes will display a unique manufacturer part number that will capture the selected parameters.This innovative tool, which is being launched in North America and the UK gives access to a variety of connector variations from Samtec. As the modified product is not custom designed, and is a standard Samtec modification, customers taking advantage of this new tool would not experience long lead times or “custom” prices. Once the product is adjusted, the final version of the product can be downloaded in 150 potential file formats including STEP, SolidWorks, Autodesk and a png or PDF file.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Neymar hails ‘best in the world’ Messi amid Barcelona return links

first_imgNeymar has called Lionel Messi the best player in the world and said the pair made a magnificent duo at Barcelona amid rumours the Paris Saint-Germain star could return to Camp Nou. The 27-year-old is reported to be keen on a move back to La Liga but the Parisians will demand at least  €222 million (£200m/$249m) for his signature, and they are not interested in a swap deal involving Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele. Neymar won two league titles, the Copa del Rey three times and one Champions League crown during his four-year spell in Catalunya between 2013 and 2017.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? And he was quick to heap praise on his former team-mate when asked about Messi at an event for his charity foundation, Instituto Neymar. “For me, he’s the best player in the world. The best player that I’ve ever seen play,” he said.”We made a magnificent duo. It was a pleasure for me, an honour to play with him. And, on top of that, he is my friend.”The PSG forward further added to the speculation linking him to Barca by admitting the Liga side’s 6-1 victory over PSG in the 2016-17 Champions League campaign was one of his most cherished footballing memories .Neymar found the net twice in that game as Sergi Roberto’s last-minute winner ensured a 6-5 aggregate victory that knocked PSG out at the round-of-16 phase after they had taken a 4-0 advantage from the first leg.The frank admission about that victory being one of the fondest moments of his career angered some PSG fans.And a video posted to Neymar’s Instagram account showing him wearing a Barca shirt added more drama to the saga.The uncertainty comes after a difficult summer for the Brazil star in which he missed the Selecao’s Copa America victory with an ankle injury.Brazil knocked Messi’s Argentina out of the competition in the semi-finals, managing a 2-0 victory and a 3-1 win over Peru in the final then followed.Argentina went on to finish third, but Messi’s wait to lift a trophy in international football goes on.The 32-year-old previously earned a runners-up medal at the 2014 World Cup, but some point to Diego Maradona’s superior silverware record with the national side when comparing the two Argentine greats.last_img read more

Don’t care about allegations: Mohammed Shami on spat with Hasin Jahan

first_imgDon’t care about allegations: Mohammed Shami on spat with Hasin JahanIPL 2019: Mohammed Shami, speaking exclusively to AajTak, said he was not worried about the allegations leveled by Hasin Jahan after a public spat with his wife. Shami said he was ready to face any outcome and his only focus remains the IPL and the 2019 Cricket World Cup.advertisement Vikrant Gupta April 8, 2019UPDATED: April 8, 2019 19:08 IST Mohammed Shami, speaking exclusively to AajTak, said he was not worried about the allegations leveled by Hasin Jahan after a public spat with his wife. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMohammed Shami said he was not worried about allegations made by wife Hasin JahanShami said his focus was on cricket as the game is everything in his lifeShami said he now wants to win the IPL for KXIP and the World Cup for IndiaOne of India’s best performers in Test and ODI formats in the past 12 months, fast bowler Mohammed Shami has said that the reason for an incredible turnaround in his career was possible because he decided to take head on the “extremely difficult” circumstances after a bitter, and a much publicised, marital spat with wife Hasin Jahan.Speaking for the first time on the issue after being charged with non-bailable offences by Kolkata Police last month, Shami told AajTak that he was ready to face any outcome but, except for cricket, he was not thinking one bit about anything else right now.”I hope everything remains fine. Whatever is the outcome, I am ready to face it. Cricket life mein hai to sab kuch hai (cricket remains everything in life). That is the only thing I am bothered about. I don’t care about the allegations or what will happen eventually. Right now, I am not thinking even zero percent about it. I won’t let it affect me. My target is to win the IPL for Kings XI Punjab and then the World Cup for the country,” said Shami in an exclusive interview to the channel.In the chargesheet submitted by Kolkata Police, Shami has been charged under sections 498A (dowry harassment) and 354A (sexual harassment).”I have reached this stage after a lot of hard work. The stress that I have gone through, the pressure that I have faced in the last 18 months is unexplainable. I was full of negative thoughts and cricket was the last thing on my mind. My problems had risen to an alarming level and the entire family was trapped in between,” said an emotional Shami while recalling the events since March, 2018 when Jahan not only accused him of having an extra-marital affair but also leveled match fixing accusations against the Indian pacer.advertisement”I always believed that a happy family life results in a good showing for the country. In the midst of all this controversy, while sitting with my family one day, I thought that the world knows me because of cricket so everything else should be kept aside. I told myself that come what may, I should resume playing cricket.That’s why I started practicing almost a fortnight after the entire controversy and even joined my then IPL team. I chose cricket, my first love and was able to keep aside things which were giving me sleepless nights.I kept fighting even after being involved in two accidents. Many people tried to reignite old issues but I kept ignoring everything.”That he did so wonderfully. Mohammed Shami was a revelation during the tours of England, Australia and New Zealand, becoming one of India’s main match-winners.While coach Ravi Shastri said “If there’s one man I have to single out over the past five months or so, it is Mohammed Shami” during the tour of New Zealand, skipper Virat Kohli described Shami as a “lean mean pace machine” recently adding that he has not “seen him hungrier. Heading into the World Cup, it’s a great sign for India.”From ushering in a remarkable fitness culture in the dressing room to giving confidence to the players, Shami also compliments his skipper.”Virat lets you implement your own plan. If it backfires then you can always fall back on the skipper’s idea. He gives bowler the freedom to set his own field.He tells you that while batting, nobody instructs him about the shots he should play. So the same thing should apply to the bowlers as well. I really appreciate his way of thinking.”The Indian bowling attack, spoken highly of in recent times, is “most lethal” in world cricket right now as per the 28-year-old.”If you look at the last four-five years, our bowlers have excelled in every format. The performance of our 140-plus speed group is quite good and we have great spin attack too. So, the rival team thinks twice about the kind of wicket they should be offering to us. Indian team is the best in all departments.”With the World Cup not too far away, Shami could play a huge role in the English conditions. The bowler isn’t really bogged down by the expectations.”My rhythm is great right now. Everything, be it training, fitness, skill, on-field execution and performance, everything is as per the expectations. However, I want to add something more to it which could be useful for the team during the World Cup. I had not played ODI or T20s for almost two years. That was a long time. Now, I am working on improving every aspect.”advertisementAlso Read | IPL 2019: Learning a lot from top-class Mohammed Shami, says Sam CurranAlso Read | IPL 2019: Clash of firepower as Kings XI Punjab host Sunrisers HyderabadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Mohammed ShamiFollow IPL 2019Follow Kings XI PunjabFollow Mohammed Shami wifelast_img read more

Hide Away in these 4 Awesome Iceland Vacation Cottages

first_img If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Editors’ Recommendations Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? Iceland has fast become the go-to destination for Americans seeking out-of-this-world experiences on a budget. The capital Reykjavik is a worthy stop in its own right, but plenty of outdoor adventure awaits beyond the city limits. Here are four of Iceland’s most stunning, rural vacation cottages.Panorama Glass LodgeWe won’t bury the lead. The one-of-a-kind room at Iceland’s Panorama Glass Lodge offers views that are literally jaw-dropping. The luxury glass cabin is perched on a bluff overlooking the sea in West Iceland. Here, travelers can enjoy all the comforts of home, including a fully equipped kitchen, a private bathroom with a rain showerhead, a dining area, Wi-Fi, and a private outdoor tub. If that isn’t enough, there’s even a glass-enclosed bedroom where there’s always a good chance of spotting the Northern Lights from your bed. Worthy nearby attractions include hiking at Mt. Esja, the Glymur waterfall, and the viewing platform at Staupasteinn.Mjóeyri CottagesTravelers looking to escape the tourist crowds of western Iceland need only head to the opposite side of the relatively tiny island. The country’s east coast is rugged, less traveled, and offers some of its most diverse wildlife watching. Overlooking the Reyðarfjörður fjord, adjacent the rural town of Eskifjörður, the five rustic Mjóeyri Cottages are perfectly situated to explore it all. For outdoor-lovers, it’s an ideal spot for trekking some of Iceland’s most stunning natural wonders. The country’s largest forest, the 740-square-kilometer (286-square-mile) Hallormsstaðaskógur, beautiful lake Lagarfljót, and the region’s largest settlement, Egilsstaðir, are all within a short drive.Fönnin CottageIf eastern Iceland isn’t remote enough for you, head north. Iceland’s northern reaches are the most remote of anywhere on the island — it’s an area truly off the beaten path. The region is home to Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss; fantastic seal-watching along the Vatnsnes Peninsula; and whale-watching at Húsavík. Fönnin Cottage is a stocked vacation rental smack in the middle of it all. While you’re unlikely to want to spend much time indoors, the cottage offers plenty of creature comforts. There’s sleeping for four, a proper bathroom and shower, a full kitchen, and a living area. Outside is a wraparound deck with a barbecue kit, a hammock, a hot tub, and miles of stunning views.Artist’s Tiny CottageFor sheer charm, it’s hard to beat this tiny artist’s cottage. The 344-square-foot, one-room structure features all the essentials: a sleeping loft, a compact kitchen, and a comfortable living area. But — as with all things in Iceland —the real draw is what’s outside. A tiny wraparound porch overlooks a blissfully remote hillside landscape with views of the Hekla volcano. It’s well situated for exploring the island’s southern reaches. Given the near-zero light pollution and its fully exposed location, it’s also an excellent spot for watching the Northern Lights.last_img read more

Fugitive gangster held after brief encounter

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police has arrested a “fugitive gangster” after a brief encounter near Jharoda Kalan at Najafgarh-Bahadurgarh Road, police said Wednesday. The accused, Yogesh alias Tillu Pandit (34), a resident of Jharoda Kalan, was nabbed on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday while he opened fire at the police team and tried to flee, they said. Two Assistant Sub Inspectors, however, managed to survive with a close shave of the gunshot. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsOne sophisticated pistol loaded with three live cartridges was recovered from his possession, police said. “Interrogation revealed that in order to earn huge money and fame in Najafgarh area, he joined gangster Pradeep Banka of his area.” “He was arrested in a dacoity case of IGI Airport in 2009 in which he along with his 8 associates had robbed a consignment of imported goods loaded in a tempo after abducting its driver to Jhatikara,” said Ajit Kumar Singla, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime).last_img read more

Canadians stranded in Cuba after plane crash returning home

first_imgMONTREAL – A Montreal-based travel agency says hundreds of Canadians who were stuck in Cuba since a plane crash last week are returning home.Caribe Sol said Monday that Cubana Airlines was resuming operations after the passenger jet crash on Friday killed 111 people.The agency said on its Facebook page that 346 tourists who had booked through Caribe Sol would be flown back to Canada Monday and Tuesday. It said some other passengers had already returned home on other airlines.Cuba’s largest airline grounded all its flights on Friday after a Boeing 737 crashed soon after takeoff and landed in a fireball on the outskirts of Havana.Three people had survived the crash, but a 23-year-old woman died of her injuries on Monday.The two remaining survivors, also from Cuba, remain in a Havana hospital in critical condition.— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

CanadaWallonia project receives 05M in funding

first_img Facebook Toronto (Canada) / Mons (Belgium), April 7, 2017 – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Wallimage, Wallonia, Belgium’s audiovisual content development fund, announced today an investment of CAD $500,000 to support the coproduction of Les Coulisses de l’Animation (Behind the Scenes of Animation) as part of the Canada – Wallonia Digital Media Incentive for Multiplatform Projects.Di-o-Matic (Québec) will team up with Belvision (Wallonia) to produce Les Coulisses de l’Animation. This is a cross-platform iOS and Android application, comparable to an interactive and non-linear encyclopedia. The application will allow users to discover the fascinating behind the scenes world and the production stages of Franco-Belgian animated films that lulled the childhoods of generations of French speakers around the world. Click here for more information on this project.Projects were evaluated according to a set of criteria by a selection committee composed of CMF and Wallimage representatives with the collaboration of Voyelle Acker, an international expert in transmedia. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Since the inception of this incentive with Wallimage in 2014, five projects received a combined total of CAD$1.5M in investments. For more information on projects financed by the CMF, please access the Funded Projects Database here.About the Canada Media FundThe Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, promotes, develops and finances the production of Canadian content and relevant applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment through fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through industry and private sector partnerships. To learn more, please visit WallimageWallimage is the public financing arm of the audiovisual sector in Wallonia. Mainly recognized for its support brought to local talents and its achievements in attracting A-list international co-productions on Wallonia’s soil, the economical fund is also active in financing audiovisual servicing companies set in southern Belgium. Wallimage has been an early participant of Creative Wallonia, a programme through which the fund can invest in the development of creative digital industries. For more visit Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Blood Tribe gives Alberta Premier Rachel Notley a Blackfoot name and headdress

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsThe decision has since received some criticism within the Indigenous community.“I do believe that she deserves some sort of merit, but to be given a traditional headdress, to be given that ceremonial platform, I don’t agree with” said Blackfoot activist, Garret Smith.“We have children in the community that need traditional names, that need re-connection, that need acceptance back into the culture.”Smith was one of many that took his frustration to social media. However, he said, despite his difference in opinion, he respects the family and elders involved and understands “the need for reconciliation.”“A lot of our people don’t have the connection and for us to pull our cultural resources, to give it away, it seems like we need to refocus exactly where our priorities lay and how to re-build our own cultures instead of giving it away”, Smith said.Former regional Chief, Jason Goodstriker, who’s father decided to give Notley the headdress and name says she earned it.“There’s been quite a few millions of dollars that have been transacted over her term and it runs the infrastructure for our communities,” Goodstriker said, adding the pushback on social media has shown a lack of compassion.“We failed at a test being put to our people in terms of understanding and compassion. Whenever something like this happens to an Indian woman, we would all rise to her defense and be there to be by her side.” He said, “What’s the whole deal with the Indian and white thing? As Indians we all get pressured and rise to each other’s defense when it comes to racism now this is being reversed” read more

Myanmar migrant workers on agenda as UN labour policy group convenes

The Governing Body of the International Labour Office (ILO) meets three times a year in March, June and November, and takes decisions on policy, budget and the agenda of its International Labour Conference.The meeting scheduled from 6-20 March is expected to discuss action against forced labour in Myanmar in the light of a recent ILO mission to the country, among other issues.It will also review progress in countries which have not yet ratified all fundamental Conventions on freedom of association and collective bargaining, forced and child labour and discrimination. On 17 March, Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank, will address the Working Party on the Social Dimension of Globalization, speaking on the topic, “The Challenge of Making Globalization Inclusive.” 6 March 2008Forced labour in Myanmar, freedom of association and discrimination against migrant workers are among the issues to be addressed at the policy meeting of the United Nation’s labour organization that opens today in Geneva. read more

UN relief wing cites major access challenges in eastern Ukraine where millions

According to the latest monthly update from the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) access challenges vary from security concerns, bureaucratic impediments, and logistical and legal constraints. An estimated 2 million people living in areas along the contact line between Government forces and armed groups are the most vulnerable and the highest priority group in terms of aid operations.“Half of these people are estimated to be living in Government-controlled areas, while the remainder live in non-Government-controlled areas. Fire exchanges and shelling in many hot-spot locations along the contact line are constantly endangering the lives of many civilians and exacerbating their suffering.”OCHA explains that their plight has been compounded by their inability to flee to safety, particularly across the contact line (from non-Government controlled- to Government-controlled areas) due to complicated procedures on population movements in the area. This has been further aggravated by the lack of social services, disruption of trade, lack of access to pensions and other social-benefit payments, and lack of functioning banking systems in non-Government-controlled areas.At the same time, people living in Government-controlled areas have been similarly affected and cannot access basic services. Most of the 2 million people have received limited or no assistance from humanitarian agencies, as aid organizations have been unable to reach these people due to insecurity and bureaucratic hurdles.Humanitarian agencies are also concerned about the protracted displacement of 1.4 million people in [Government-controlled-areas]. About 60 per cent of the registered IDPs [internally displaced persons] are elderly people and about 13 per cent are children, says OCHA, explaining that meeting their needs requires interventions by humanitarian and recovery/development actors in the immediate and longer term.“The humanitarian community has repeatedly advocated to all parties to the conflict to guarantee free and unimpeded humanitarian access, including limiting bureaucratic procedures to the strict minimum,” notes OCHA, adding that under international humanitarian law, parties to the conflict are responsible for facilitating access for humanitarian organizations to affected people. Intense discussions are under way at various levels to resolve the issue and find practical solutions, focusing on the humanitarian imperative of providing assistance to the people who need it most. OCHA also notes that positive steps have been undertaken to engage with the Government of Ukraine on facilitating access to vulnerable people, and on bringing various laws and by-laws and the temporary order on population movements and movement of humanitarian cargo and personnel in line with the laws of Ukraine and international humanitarian principles. Yet aid agencies remain concerned, noting the critical delay of winterization efforts caused by suspension of aid convoys. They are extremely concerned, says OCHA, that the “window of opportunity to be well prepared for the winter already closing.” If access continues to be restricted, aid agencies will be unable to transport, store and ensure sufficient supplies of critical non-food and shelter items to help thousands of affected people. The agencies are also concerned that due to ongoing hostilities about 1.3 million people are at risk of losing access to safe drinking water.Finally, OCHA underscored that the 2015 Humanitarian Response Plan for Ukraine remains underfunded, according to the Financial Tracking Service (FTS). By the end of August, donors disbursed and pledged about $114 million, which is equivalent to 37 per cent of the $316 million required. This includes $104.9 million (33 per cent) disbursed and another $9.2 million pledged (3 per cent). The shortfall is about $200 million. read more

Donald Trump claims he has been totally vindicated by James Comeys testimony

first_img Friday 9 Jun 2017, 12:57 PM Share196 Tweet Email By Cianan Brennan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 9th 2017, 12:57 PM Donald Trump claims he has been ‘totally vindicated’ by James Comey’s testimony The US president has been tweeting for the first time in two days this morning.center_img 141 Comments Source: DPA/PA ImagesUS PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has had his first public say on former FBI director James Comey’s testimony before a Senate intelligence committee yesterday, and he’s done it via his favourite medium – Twitter.Trump had remained silent on the social media platform for two days, with his lawyer Marc Kasowitz instead releasing a statement last night suggesting that Comey’s submission to the committee (that Trump had asked him to stop investigating former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn regarding his ties to Russia) was false.There had been suggestions that Trump had effectively been sequestered in the White House with Kasowitz in order to prevent him from tweeting during Comey’s testimony.Now that silence has been well and truly broken.“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication… and WOW, Comey is a leaker!” the President said on Twitter this morning. 22,372 Views Short URL Source: Twitter/Donald J. Trump Source: Twitter/Donald J. TrumpHe followed up that pronouncement by tweeting his appreciation for the news coverage of the Fox News channel with regard to Comey.Trump’s comment regarding Comey being ‘a leaker’ refers to the fact that the director admitted under oath that he had facilitated the leaking of classified information in the wake of his dismissal in an attempt to secure the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Trump’s connections with Russia – an appointment that has since come to pass.It’s not as yet clear how Trump understands himself to have been vindicated entirely by Comey’s testimony, which suggested that the former FBI director believed that Trump had directed him to stop investigating Flynn.Trump fired Comey from his position at the start of May, saying that director was ‘doing a bad job’.As head of the FBI, Comey had been the figurehead for the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in last November’s US election.Read: This is the Northern Irish party that will keep Theresa May as Prime MinisterRead: Catalonia is set to vote on independence from Spainlast_img read more

Government officials reward journalists with pizza and vodka

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Many employees will be familiar with waiting for an outcome from a meeting before being able to move ahead on a project or task, but what can help motivate staff during this wait?When patient journalists were waiting for hours for news from government officials recently, they were given pizza and vodka to help them stay motivated.Discussions about Syria between Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and US secretary of state John Kerry took place in Geneva, Switzerland, last week, with numerous journalists waiting in the basement ballroom of the President Wilson Hotel where the talks were ongoing.Reporters were still waiting for the scoop towards midnight when Lavrov rewarded the waiting press for their patience with a stack of pizzas, which he said were a gift from the US delegation to make up for the delay.After journalists polished off the pizza, Lavrov made a re-appearance, this time with two bottles of Russian vodka to help wash down any remaining food. He quipped that the pizza was from the American delegation and the vodka was from the Russian delegation.Here at Employee Benefits, we think pizza and a cheeky tipple is the ideal way to celebrate landing a great story, although hopefully we never have to wait until midnight in a basement!last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A70 with triplecamera massive battery launched in India

first_img Close 6GB Model Add-ons 128GB, expandable up to 512GB via microSD card IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:41Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:39?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Apple and Samsung Finally Reach A Truce Galaxy A70 Display 32MP main with F1.7 aperture8MP Ultra-wide (123-degree) with F2.2 aperture5MP Depth sensor with F2.2 aperture Price 4,500mAh with 25W super-fast charging via USB Type C charger Processor Front Colours Storage ModelFrontGalaxy A7032MP with F2.0 apertureModelBatteryGalaxy A704,500mAh with 25W super-fast charging via USB Type C chargerModelNetworkGalaxy A704G-LTEModelAdd-onsGalaxy A70On-screen fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Samsung Pay,  Dolby Atmos to provide a 360-degree surround sound, Widevine L1 supportModelColoursGalaxy A70White/Blue/BlackModelPriceGalaxy A70Rs 28,990 White/Blue/Black Android Pie OS 32MP main with F1.7 aperture8MP Ultra-wide (123-degree) with F2.2 aperture5MP Depth sensor with F2.2 aperture Rs 28,990 Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core Battery RAM Network 4G-LTE Camera On-screen fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Samsung Pay,  Dolby Atmos to provide a 360-degree surround sound, Widevine L1 support 6.7-inch full HD+ (1080x2400p) super AMOLED with Infinity-U design World’s leading smartphone-maker Samsung seems to be on a roll in India; having released seven phones, three M series (Galaxy M 30, M20 & M10) and four A (Galaxy A10, A20, A30 & A50), it is set to bring the new Galaxy A70.Samsung’s A70 made its global debut along with A80 in Europe, earlier in the month and now, it will soon hit stores early next month for Rs 28,990. It will be available for pre-booking between April 20 and April 30. Consumers, who ordered the device during the aforementioned timeline, will be able to buy Samsung U Flex, a premium Bluetooth device worth Rs 3,799 for Rs 999 only. Samsung comes with Infinity-U displaySamsung India Newsroom (screen-grab)Starting May 1, Galaxy A70 will be available for sale in three vivid colour options- White, Blue and Black across all retail stores, Samsung e-Shop and Samsung Opera House and also on Flipkart.The highlight of the Galaxy A70 is the triple-camera setup, which comes with a 32MP main sensor with F1.7 aperture, 8MP ultra-wide (123-degree) snapper and 5MP depth sensor. It boasts features Samsung’s intelligent Scene Optimizer which analyses a scene across 20 modes and adjusts the colour, contrast and brightness to instantly optimize image quality. For Selfie buffs, there is a 32MP front camera that allows them to express and connect in fun ways using features like AR-Emoji and Selfie-Focus.Another notable aspect of the Galaxy A70 is the battery; it houses a huge 4,500mAh cell, which is more than enough to keep the phone running for more than a day and it can be noted that the device sports a 6.7-inch full HD+ super AMOLED screen with Infinity-U display design. Samsung Galaxy A70 is set to hit stores in India in early May 2019.Samsung India Newsroom (screen-grab)Samsung phone also supports Widevine L1 format, so that HD content on Amazon and Netflix can be watched on the big screen and it boasts 25W super fast USB Type C charger.Other stipulated features include 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, Android Pie OS, Dolby Atmos surround sound system, Samsung Pay secured payment system and on-screen fingerprint sensor in the display, just above the base.Key specifications of Samsung Galaxy A70:ModelModelGalaxy A70Galaxy A70ModelDisplayGalaxy A706.7-inch full HD+ (1080x2400p) super AMOLED with Infinity-U designModelOSGalaxy A70Android PieModelProcessorGalaxy A70Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-coreModelRAMGalaxy A706GBModelStorageGalaxy A70128GB, expandable up to 512GB via microSD cardModelCameraGalaxy A70Main 32MP with F2.0 aperture Mainlast_img read more

Texas Sends PostHarvey State Action Plan To Federal Government For Approval

first_img Share Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneTexas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, who in this file photo appears speaking at a hearing about the post-Harvey recovery process, has sent a State Action Plan to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for final approval.Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced Tuesday he has sent a post-Harvey State Action Plan to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for final approval. The plan details the distribution and eligible uses of $2.7 billion in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery to assist Texas communities with long-term recovery following the hurricane.Bush’s office, which is the Texas General Land Office (GLO), specified in a news release that “future amendments to the action plan will outline the eligible uses of $2.3 billion by the City of Houston and Harris County.”Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery are commonly referred to using the acronym CDBG-DR.The news release noted that, because of the standard CDBG requirements, each activity listed in the State Action plan must be a CDBG-DR-eligible activity, as well as meet a HUD national objective and address a Hurricane Harvey impact to a county listed in a Presidential Disaster Declaration.“We continue to work with local communities to keep them informed of resources that will be available as this funding moves through the federal process,” Bush said in the news release.HUD has 45 days from receipt to approve the plan and, once the plan is approved, the GLO will be able to begin administering recovery programs across the 49 counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey.last_img read more

Angry Birds Rio Coming in March

first_imgAngry Birds maker Rovio has teamed up with 20th Century Fox for the latest version of its insanely popular Angry Birds series. The game, a tie-in with Fox’s upcoming movie, Rio (a CGI movie due out in April), is “like the original with a few new twists,” according to Rovio.The company added that the game will be available “app stores everywhere in March.” So, iPhone and Android for sure, right? Probably Nokia’s Ovi store. And maybe Windows Phone 7 and HP’s webOS store? At launch, the game will offer 45 levels and improved graphics over the original. Future updates will bring “more levels and a surprise or two.” The game will hit the market in March. Check out a trailer after the jump.last_img

PO responds to growth in British cruise market

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: Natalie Aroyan P&O Cruises World Cruising is set to enter the record books in March 2015 when the largest cruise ship built specifically for the British market is launched. Whilst definitive specifications are yet to be released, the cruise line released in a statement today that the 141,000 tonne, 3,611 passenger vessel will feature “a stylish and innovative new design and an unprecedented number of passenger facilities.”“This next-generation ship will deliver the ultimate P&O Cruises experience with ‘sophisticated wows’ and new features to attract thousands of newcomers to our brand, and equally to resonate with existing P&O Cruises passengers by giving them the ‘P&O-ness’ they recognize and love,” Carol Marlow, P&O Cruises managing director said.To be built by Italian ship builder Fincantieri, she will be the seventh largest cruise ship on the ocean and will allow the line to respond to the increase of British passengers choosing cruising over other forms of travel. In a survey conducted by The Passenger Shipping Association last month, it was reported that a record 1.6 million cruises were taken by British passengers in 2010. This is more than 109% since 2001.The survey also revealed that there were 2.4 million new cruisers in Britain since 2006 and more than three-quarters of these booked their cruise through a travel agent. “The original growth of package holidays was due to the value for money they represented. Now it is clear that British holidaymakers recognize that cruising offers the best value,” said Bill Gibbons, UK Passenger Shipping Association director.A “Modern Classic”, this yet to be named ship from P&O Cruises World Cruising seems to have been scheduled at a prime time to respond to the growth in the market. Artist’s impression of the yet to be named new ship for P&O Cruises World Cruisinglast_img read more