first_imgAs many as 7,850 Indians are lodged in jails abroad, with the highest number of over 2,000 nationals in prisons in Saudi Arabia, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said today.In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, he said due to strong privacy laws prevailing in many countries, the local authorities do not share information on prisoners unless the person concerned consents to the disclosure of such information.“As per the information available with the ministry, the number of Indian prisoners in foreign jails is 7,850 and the number of Indians who have completed their jail terms is 360 as of 28.02.2018,” he said.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgPH boxers make rousing 2017 SEA Games debuts Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Denden Lazaro (13) of the Philippines receives the ball as teammate Alyssa Valdez looks on. Photo from asianvolleyball.netKUALA LUMPUR—A day after arriving in Malaysia for the Southeast Asian Games here, national team head coach Francis Vicente and his staff announced that Dawn Macandili has replaced Denden Lazaro as the squad’s libero.“It was hard for us coaches because there was a change in the roster,” said Vicente in Filipino Saturday at Seri Pacific Hotel here in Kuala Lumpur. “And we also need to carefully explain to Denden why she was replaced.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES “As a player, that change hurt,” said Vicente. “But it was understandable because she was expecting to play but we can’t force her into the role because of medical reasons.”Vicente added Macandili’s award wasn’t part of their decision and that they can’t put Lazaro in further danger because of the injury.center_img READ: Macandili replaces Lazaro in SEA Games lineupLazaro was chosen as the team’s libero a month before they suited up for the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, but the former Ateneo Lady Eagle suffered a hamstring injury in July that hampered her performance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Atenean was still able to play in the Asian Championship, but Macandili slowly emerged as the team’s first choice as she eventually earned the tournament’s 2nd Best Libero award.Vicente added that their choice to put in Lazaro, who was initially a reserve player, was a hard pill to swallow for Lazaro. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

first_imgProtesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSensational all season long, CJ Perez continued to reap the rewards of his hardwork as he was named the NCAA Season 93’s Most Valuable Player.The 23-year-old forward has undoubtedly been the driving force for Lyceum this year, leading the Pirates to an amazing 18-game sweep of the eliminations en route to their first ever Finals appearance.ADVERTISEMENT Onwubere showcased his full arsenal in his final year with the Generals, averaging 16.1 markers, 11.0 boards, 2.6 assists, and 1.4 rejections in his team’s failed bid to make it to the Final Four.The same was the case for Eze, who has been a beast for the Altas in their campaign but failed to help his side advance to the playoffs. The Nigerian bruiser corralled 15.3 points, a league-high 16.4 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks this season.Meanwhile, Jaycee Marcelino’s stellar first year with the Pirates did not go unnoticed as he was feted as this season’s Rookie of the Year.A transferee from Adamson, the soft-spoken guard made immediate impact in his debut year for Lyceum, averaging 10.7 points, 5.4 boards, 2.4 assists, and 1.4 steals, while terrorizing the opposing team’s guards with his hounding defense together with twin brother Jayvee.Eze’s defensive prowess was also recognized as he was named as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Perez averaged a league-best 19.3 points, together with 6.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.9 steals to stamp his class among his peers.Joining Perez in the Mythical Team is his Pirates teammate Mike Nzeusseu along with Javee Mocon of San Beda, Sidney Onwubere of Emilio Aguinaldo College, and Prince Eze of Perpetual Help.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Cameroonian Nzeusseu has been a rock down low for Lyceum, netting a double-double of 11.4 markers, 11.8 boards, and 1.2 blocks.Mocon, meanwhile, has been an embodiment of stability for the Red Lions as he churned out solid numbers of 13.0 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 3.4 dimes in his fourth season. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img MOST READ NBA: Jason Kidd brushes off comparisons to Lonzo Ball: ‘It’s a stretch’ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Also making the Best Defensive Team are Lyceum’s Nzeusseu, EAC’s Onwubere, Jose Rizal U’s Abdulwahab Abdulrazak, and Mapua’s Christian Buñag.Heavy Bombers guard Jed Mendoza was  adjudged as the Most Improved Player, turning around a largely forgettable rookie year and emerging as a solid contributor for his side with a team-best 13.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.JRU, meanwhile, was given the sportsmanship award. LATEST STORIES Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

first_imgThe sudden demise of boxing legend Muhammad Ali has left the world shocked, sad and heartbroken.74 years of age, Ali had reportedly been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for several years and was admitted to the hospital on the pretext of respiratory problems earlier this week before he passed away on Friday night.Also Read: Muhammad Ali: The boxing legend’s greatest quotes While wishes hailing the genius of the boxing champion continue to pour in from around the world, a string of Indian television celebrities too, expressed their grief over Ali’s demise.Also Read: Muhammad Ali dies: Manny Pacquiao, Mike Tyson lead tributes  Where Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain actress, Saumya Tandon wrote, “RIP ‘The Greatest’ #MuhammadAli you made a special place in the world. I am sure you will be somewhere special laughing Nd punching smiles”–Colors TV’s Raj Nayak tweeted, “Catch me if you can..He floats like a butterfly & stings like a bee.. RIP.” RIP ‘The Greatest’ #MuhammadAli you made a special place in the world. I am sure you will be somewhere special laughing Nd punching smiles. Saumya Tandon (@saumyatandon) June 4, 2016 Here are some other television celebrities who mourned the legend’s death.Ali AsgarReal Champion no more ..RIP ??????Mohamed Ali ??..! pic.twitter.com/jikPTp3EdP Ali Asgar (@kingaliasgar) June 4, 2016 Manish PaulThe man who inspired thousands…the man with courage…the man who showed wat never giving up? https://t.co/qDowVUIUaU Manish Paul (@ManishPaul03) June 4, 2016 Raj NayakCatch me if you can .. He floats like a butterfly & stings like a bee.. RIP #MohammedAli #BoxingLegend https://t.co/jrsPzk28Chadvertisement Raj Nayak (@rajcheerfull) June 4, 2016 Gautam RodeRIP #muhammadali u inspired all of us .. God bless ur soul Gautam Rode (@gautam_rode) June 4, 2016 Amit Sadh#RIP The Greatest, #MuhammadAli Amit Sadh (@TheAmitSadh) June 4, 2016last_img read more

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: MS Dhoni’s inputs to Virat Kohli will be crucial, says Sachin TendulkarBatting great and World Cup-winner Sachin Tendulkar also rubbished concerns around Virat Kohli’s form as captain following a poor Indian Premier League campaign for the India skipper at Royal Challengers Bangalore. advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 25, 2019UPDATED: May 25, 2019 11:16 IST MS Dhoni will be key to India’s chances at World Cup 2019, says Sachin Tendulkar (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTendulkar said it’s unfair to compare Kohli’s IPL and India captaincyHaving experienced MS Dhoni behind the stumps is a bonus: TendulkarTendulkar also said India are not over-reliant on their top 3 The 2019 edition of the World Cup is now six days away and while India is considered one of the favourites going into the tournament in England and Wales, a lot will depend on how skipper Virat Kohli leads the team in the showpiece event. While pundits questioned his captaincy during the recently concluded Indian Premier League, Kohli has found a backer in none other than Sachin Tendulkar.Speaking to IANS, the legend said that leading a team in a T20 format like the IPL and to lead the national team are two completely different things and to question Kohli’s skills as a captain on the basis of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s performance is anything but unfair.”I think, first of all, let us not compare IPL and playing international cricket for India. I feel they are two different formats with one being a T20 format with a number of foreign players in your team and the other is a format where all your Indian colleagues are there in the team. So, let us not compare these two. Of course, when it comes to leadership, Virat is committed,” he pointed.Tendulkar says Dhoni’s role from behind the stumps key to Team IndiaWhile Kohli has an impressive record in international cricket as captain, there is no denying the fact that former skipper M.S. Dhoni plays an integral role in guiding Kohli and helps him with not just setting the right fields for the right batsmen, but also constantly guides the young bowlers in the team. Tendulkar feels that not only is Dhoni’s role behind the wicket crucial, but also Kohli is lucky to have such an experienced campaigner.advertisement”Talking about Dhoni, his experience of standing behind the stumps is going to help because that is possibly the best view anyone could ask for. Standing there, he can see the entire ground just the way the batsman is seeing. And, his inputs would be critical because he will know how well the pitch is playing or how badly it is playing, whether the ball is stopping or it is coming onto the bat nicely. Whatever be the situation, he will share it with the captain as well as the bowler. So, having someone that experienced standing behind the stumps is always a bonus,” he revealed.India need team effort to progress in World CupA lot has been also said about India’s dependence on the top three batsmen in the team — Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Kohli. While the little maestro believes that there is more to this batting unit than just those three, Tendulkar is also of the opinion that there could be a couple of games where one individual steals the show with his brilliance.”I don’t think so (reliance on top three). I feel if we have to go forward in this tournament, yes, a couple of individuals here and there will have to step up and the rest of the team will also has to equally play around those players. So, it cannot be that just one individual keeps performing and you will progress in the tournament. Maybe a match or two one individual can go out and do something spectacular, but otherwise you need the rest of the teammates to chip in to move forward in the tournament,” he said.The Indians haven’t often started a showpiece event as favourites. But along with England, Kohli’s boys are considered one of the best this time round. While one would think that this could put undue pressure on the players, Tendulkar believes that the team deserves the tag.”I think it is nice to go into a tournament where the rest of the world believes that you are the leading side in the world and we have played good cricket in the past. It is important to take that confidence forward into this tournament. But it is a new tournament and whatever has happened is in the past and we need to get our focus on what is in store for us and prepare ourselves to the best of our ability.”The World Cup is going to be a big tournament and I am sure we are in a position to go out there and make a huge statement and live up to the expectations of all the well-wishers of Indian cricket,” he said.He has himself played in six editions of the World Cup – 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011. While the team lifting the trophy in 2011 is obviously his favourite moment, he rates the game against Pakistan at the Centurion in South Africa during the 2003 World Cup as his second-most favourite moment.advertisement”The positive memory apart from lifting the World Cup has to be the 2003 match against Pakistan in Centurion. I think the kind of build-up that was there for that match and the way we played and the way we won. Also, the way we celebrated after the game and the way we progressed in the tournament after that was spectacular. Without any doubt that has to be a special memory. The entire country was celebrating and I still remember talking to a number of friends on the phone and all of them making me hear how the firecrackers were bursting. And, everyone was celebrating, dancing, jumping. The entire nation was celebrating,” he smiled.Also Read | 2019 World Cup: Focus on team balance as India face New Zealand in warm-up matchAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Border picks Kohli, Morgan, Finch as 3 skippers to watch out forAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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first_imgzoom Maersk Tankers, the tanker operating arm of the Danish shipping conglomerate Maersk, has ordered Wärtsilä’s Electro Chlorination (EC) Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) for three new 50,000 dwt medium range (MR) tankers being built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (Ningbo) yard in China. The order was signed in the second quarter of 2016, according to Wärtsilä.Under the contract, Wärtsilä will supply each of the three vessels with one 1,500 m³ per hour EC BWMS solution.The equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the yard commencing in December of this year.As the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention is a step away from being ratified, shipowners want to ensure compliance with its requirements.“Ratification of the IMO’s ballast water treaty is very close and the major ship owners are making preparations for compliance,” Dr Joe Thomas, Director, Ballast Water Management Systems, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said. Under this convention, all ships in international traffic are required to manage their ballast water and sediments to a certain standard.The three vessels are part of a USD 300 million contract  Maersk Tankers signed with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) Ningbo shipyard in September 2015. Within the contract, SHI will build nine 49,940 dwt MR product tankers that will join Maersk Tankers’ fleet during 2017 and 2018.last_img read more

Rabat – FIFA has amended its disciplinary code, under the new rules victims will be heard in person by FIFA judging panels. The new FIFA disciplinary code will go into effect next week.Prior to the reform, FIFA imposed a sanction of five games on players or officials guilty of discriminatory or racist acts. Under the new amendments, sanctions will rise to a 10 game suspension. “Topics like racism and discrimination have been updated, putting FIFA at the forefront of the fight against this appalling attack on the fundamental human rights of individuals,” FIFA said in a statement on Thursday. “FIFA will not let down victims of racist abuse, they may be invited by the respective judicial body to make an oral or written victim impact statement,” explained FIFA.“For a first offence, playing a match with a limited number of spectators, a fine of at least 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,000) shall be imposed on the association or club concerned,” the statement continued.In addition to imposing a $20,000 fine, FIFA has decided to open hearings to the public, offer legal counsel to parties, and publish the verdicts online at the request of the victim. read more

MONTREAL — Canada’s two largest airlines have cancelled scores of flights, affecting thousands of passengers, due to the massive hurricane that has flooded parts of Texas.Calgary-based WestJet (TSX:WJA) says 25 flights between Calgary and Houston have been cancelled since Friday, impacting travel plans for 1,400 passengers.It says aircraft are positioned to resume service when the situation on the ground has improved.Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport says on its website that it should reopen for commercial traffic on Thursday at noon local time.WestJet says it is tentatively planning to operate one flight that day and one on Friday. Extra flight segments will be added over the weekend to help transport passengers.Air Canada has cancelled several flights between Houston and airports in Montreal and Toronto. It wouldn’t provide details about the number of passengers affected.The Montreal-based carrier (TSX:AC) says in a website advisory that customers who purchased tickets directly with the airline for flights between Saturday and Sept. 5 to Houston, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and San Antonio International Airport can change their flights free of charge until Sept. 20.Passengers who purchased tickets through Aeroplan or Air Canada Vacations should contact them directly.Hurricane Harvey has dumped a record 49.32 inches of rain on Texas.America’s fourth-largest city has been paralyzed by the storm that arrived as a Category 4 hurricane. Forecasters expect it will head back inland east of Houston sometime Wednesday then head north and lose its strength. read more

Under customary international law and longstanding U.S. practice, sitting heads of state or government are considered to have immunity from civil suits in U.S. courts. This is the second human rights suit against President Rajapaksa to be dismissed this year based on a U.S. Suggestion of Immunity.In February this year Judge Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a suit filed against President Rajapaksa, based on a virtually identical Justice Department request. However a US lawyer said yesterday that on September 4, Judge Naomi Buchwald of the Southern District of New York dismissed the suit against President Rajapaksa, on the basis of a Suggestion of Immunity filed by the Justice Department, at the request of the State Department Legal Adviser. A US Court has dismissed the case filed by the wife of slain LTTE official Ramesh against the immunity provided to President Mahinda Rajapaksa by the US State Department from being arrested or tried for alleged war crimes.Ramesh’s wife Vathsala Devi had filed the argument at the US District Court in the Southern District of New York on August 23. In the latest case Judge Buchwald has said that “Here, plaintiff and Amicus seek to impose civil liability on a sitting head of state in a domestic forum, a proposition that has been soundly rejected by U.S. courts, even in the context of alleged jus cogens violations.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

Seeking to express their solidarity with the women of Afghanistan, a United Nations committee will adopt a formal statement on the important role they should play in the country’s reconstruction, the body’s chairperson said today. Briefing reporters in New York, Charlotte Abaka, Chairperson of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, said the statement – to be adopted when the session concludes early next month – would emphasize the importance of the equal participation of men and women during the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan. Through the statement, the 23-member Committee would recognize Afghan women who have suffered through years of privation and had endured the loss of their fundamental human rights, particularly the right to life, education, health and work.The Committee would welcome the resolve of the international community to assist in the rebuilding of the country and call for respect for internationally recognized standards of human rights, particularly those of women, the chairperson said. read more

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, said that while the recommendations of the Rakhine Investigation Commission report address the humanitarian situation in the region, they still restrict the movements of the Muslim community in particular.“The Investigation Commission’s report contains many worthwhile recommendations, which I encourage the Government of Myanmar to implement,” said Mr. Ojea Quintana after reviewing the recommendations of the 27-member Commission, set up last year by President Thein Sein in the aftermath of the violence between Buddhists and Muslims that spiked in June 2012 and then again in October.Those recommendations included measures on addressing the dire humanitarian situation in the Muslim camps for internally displaced people (IDP), such as overcrowding, access to clean water and sanitation, the risk of disease, food security and child malnutrition, as well as on improving access to education and livelihoods.“However, in implementing them, I urge the authorities, as a matter of urgency, to ease the harsh and disproportionate restrictions on the freedom of movement of Muslim populations in the IDP camps and also in Muslim residential areas, such as Aung Mingala in Sittwe and across northern Rakhine State, while also providing adequate security,” he said. Those restrictions greatly exacerbated the humanitarian situation, restricting access to food, healthcare, livelihoods and education, he said, adding: “Now we are at the beginning of May and the harsh restrictions for Muslim populations remain firmly in place.” In a report to the Human Rights Council, Mr. Ojea Quintana had previously noted that the Taung Paw camp in Myebon felt more like a prison than an IDP camp. The Special Rapporteur praised the report’s recommendations to double the presence of police, military and border security forces in Rakhine, but said accountability for human rights violations must also feature prominently in the Government’s agenda.“I have received credible allegations that widespread and systematic human rights violations by state officials targeted against the Rohingya and wider Muslim populations have occurred and are continuing in Rakhine state. These involve the most serious of allegations, including extrajudicial killings, rape and sexual violence, arbitrary detention and torture and ill-treatment in detention, deaths in detention, and denial of due process and fair trial rights,” He said.“The Government has an obligation under international law to investigate these allegations effectively, promptly, thoroughly and impartially and, where appropriate, to take action against those responsible, in accordance with domestic and international law,” he said, adding that accountability is an integral part of restoring relations of trust and harmony among ethnic and religious communities.Mr. Ojea Quintana also expressed concern over the recommendation that communities should continue to be separated while emotions remain high, noting that the Government must plan for integrated communities as homes are rebuilt and people resettle to avoid permanent segregation.“I have always said that discrimination against the Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state is one of the underlying causes of the violent conflict between communities there,” he said. “The statelessness of the 800,000 Rohingya population underlies their marginalization and makes them particularly vulnerable to discrimination and human rights violations.” read more

first_imgJust a few days ago, eBook lending service Lendle saw its API access revoked by Amazon, and a discussion kicked off about the future of eBook lending services in general and whether or not Amazon through that lending eBooks to friends – or building a service that supported or leveraged that feature – would eventually lead to lost eBook sales. Yesterday, Lendle reported that Amazon had contacted them with instructions on what they had to do in order to get their API access reinstated: specifically to disable the Book Sync tool that synchronizes a user’s Kindle books with their Lendle account. Lendle disabled the feature, and their API access was restored the same day. The Book Sync utilities allowed users to post a list of their book collections to their Lendle accounts, so they could see all of the books they owned and other members could see their books as well. Amazon said they don’t allow the kind of access that Lendle used to gather that information. The end-result? Lendle users will have to manually add the books they own to their Lendle accounts going forward, or at least the books they’re willing to lend. Users with massive eBook libraries will feel the most pain here, but at least Lendle is back in business, and its users still have a way to trade and lend eBooks to one another. [via MSNBC]last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo takes just four minutes to score his first goal

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has started rolling out goals for the 2018 World Cup as he has given Portugal a 1-0 lead over Spain in tonight’s World Cup clash and stroked his chin.But he looked to have dived to win the penalty in the first place. Even up against David de Gea in goal for the Spanish, Ronaldo made no mistake as he fired home from the spot, but a look at the replays suggest it shouldn’t have been given.This is really the kind of start Fernando Hierro could have done without, with the former Real Madrid defender being named manager after the surprise sacking of Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament.Checkout the goal moment: Ronaldo has converted a penalty to score inside the opening five minutes.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Portugal 1-0 Spain#PORESP#OptusSport #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/qZkbEcibEo— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) June 15, 2018The 33-year-old was accused last year of defrauding tax authorities of €14.8m (£12.9m) and he denied the charges, earlier today news arrived that he has accepted a jail term and payment of a fine for tax evasion.last_img read more

This day in history Barry Bonds

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTen years ago, in 2004 Barry Bonds became the third baseball player to hit 700 career home runs, joining Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:babe ruth, barry bonds, hank aaronlast_img

first_imgSri Lanka church explosiontwitterIndian intelligence agencies had reportedly warned Sri Lanka about suicide bombings at least 10 days before the eight bombings that rocked the island nation on Easter Sunday. It is being reported that the intelligence input had highlighted possibilities of attacks at the Indian High Commission in Colombo and churches in the country.Based on India’s inputs, Sri Lankan police had sent out an alert saying that based on a foreign intelligence input, a radical Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) may carry out various attacks in the country, Indian Express reported.The alert by Sri Lankan police was issued on April 11 by Deputy Inspector General of Police Priyalal Dissanayake. It was addressed to several security divisions, asking for heightened security of VIPs and senior government officials, Economy Next reported.However, since Sri Lanka had a peaceful history for a decade now after the crushing of Tamil militant group LTTE, there was no follow up on the alert especially when the country was celebrating the onset of Tamilian New Year since April 12. Sri Lanka’s celebrations came to a shocking halt when eight bombings rocked some churches and hotels in the country killing 290 people and wounding 450 more.The Sri Lankan police have arrested 13 people said to be involved in the serial blasts. One of the accused, who had gone missing from his house six months ago, was arrested from Cinnamon Grand Hotel – one the targetted hotels.Why didn’t Sri Lanka act on the intelligence input?Seemingly, the single largest terror threat for Sri Lanka in the form of LTTE seemed to be fast disappearing after their crushing military defeat in 2009. Sri Lanka had, therefore, softened its anti-terror laws and there was no major terror incident reported in the country for over a decade.The Easter Sunday bombings not only shook Sri Lanka but the entire world. The bombings on churches where Christians had gathered to celebrate Easter and five-star hotels bear a striking resemblance to ISIS-style bombings across the world. The LTTE, on the other hand, had mostly refrained from attacking the Christian community which constitutes nearly seven per cent of the Sri Lankan population. In fact, in LTTE dominated places, the Christians and Tamils have lived together for years with no possible danger. Explosion at St. Anthony’s Church at Kochchikadetwitterlast_img read more

Giant rabbit death on United flight instigates legal fight

first_imgThe owners of a giant rabbit named Simon who was found dead after a United Airlines flight demanded on Monday that the airline pay damages, order an outside investigation and re-evaluate how it handles animals on flights.Attorneys for Simon’s owners, who purchased him in hopes of winning the title of world’s largest rabbit at the Iowa State Fair this summer, said they would take legal action if United failed to respond within seven days.The lawyers say it is possible the 3-foot-long (1-meter) hare died after being placed in a freezer for 16 hours upon landing in Chicago on a flight from London. They say the airline then destroyed his remains without permission.“United Airlines can issue any statement they like but their company’s credibility is under question when they immediately cremate the giant rabbit Simon without anyone’s consent,” said Guy Cook, lead attorney for the three-person investment group that owned the rabbit. “They destroyed the proof.”United Airlines spokesman Charles Hobart denied Simon died in a freezer. He said in a written statement the company was reviewing a letter outlining the claims, was saddened by Simon’s death and takes its responsibilities for transporting pets seriously. The statement did not say how much the owners were seeking in damages.Hobart said the hare arrived in Chicago in apparent good condition and was seen moving around his kennel some 35 minutes later.“Shortly thereafter, a kennel representative noticed Simon was motionless and that he had passed away,” Hobart said. He did not address the cremation allegations.Cook said it would be difficult to establish a cause of death because the rabbit’s remains had been destroyed but, in the letter, demanded that United turn over all records of its investigation, including closed-circuit television footage.The attorney also requested an independent investigation as well as compensatory and economic and punitive damages.Cook said that Simon, a Continental rabbit whose father is considered the world’s largest hare, was expected to exceed his father’s size to claim that title and that his owners should be compensated for their potential economic losses from exhibiting him.The investment group purchased Simon from a breeder in England and was flying him to the United States, where he would have been displayed at the Iowa State Fair in August and ultimately crowned world’s largest rabbit, Cook said.last_img read more

Protest marks funeral of war criminal Azam in Bangladesh

first_imgFive handmade bombs exploded near the Baitul Mokarram National Mosque ahead of the arrival of Azam’s body at the mosque for funeral prayer on Saturday, but no casualty was reported, police said.‘The janaza of a war criminal can never be held at the national mosque,’ Ziaul Hasan, chairman of Bangladesh Sommilito Islami Jote, an alliance of progressive Islamic parties, said at a human chain near the mosque.92-year-old Azam, who was sentenced to 90 years in jail for masterminding atrocities during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan, died on Thursday at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University hospital in the capital Dhaka after suffering a stroke. He was also suffering from old age ailments including heart and kidney disorders. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenHe was buried at the family graveyard in the capital. He was kept at the hospital’s prison cell since his arrest three years ago for 1971 war crimes. He was also suffering from old-age ailments including heart and kidney disorders. Last year Azam, the ideological linchpin of Jamaat, was sentenced to 90 years in jail after being found guilty of charges relating to 1971 war of independence with Pakistan. Azam, who has left deep emotional scars in the collective national psyche by engineering war-time atrocities in 1971, was found guilty of all five categories of crime — conspiracy, planning, incitement, complicity and murder. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanHis conviction sparked deadly protests by Jamaat and widespread celebration amongst secular groups. Azam, however, declined to have committed any crime in 1971 and refused to regret. Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami in Pakistan also held funeral prayers in different parts of the country, mourning the death of Azam, local media reported.Earlier, Azam’s last wish before his death had sparked controversy as he wanted his funeral prayers to be led by one of the two fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami leaders also convicted for atrocities during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan.‘He wished to be buried at family graveyard at Moghbazar in Dhaka and have his funeral prayers led by (Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and war crime convicts) Delwar Hossain Sayedee or Matiur Rahman Nizami,’ Azam’s counsel said on Saturday. Azam’s elder son and sacked army brigadier  endorsed the comment saying his father expressed his last wish that his funeral prayers should be administered by either or the two fellow convicts.last_img read more

Mortgage Applications Pick Up as Interest Rates Come Down

first_img A slight decline in interest rates helped boost mortgage application volume last week, the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA) reported Wednesday in its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey.[IMAGE]The survey’s Market Composite Index, a measure of loan application volume, increased 11.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis for the week ending September 13. On an [COLUMN_BREAK]unadjusted basis, the index rose 23 percent week-over-week.The weekly improvement was aided in part by a rebound in refinance activity, which increased 18 percent from the previous week. The refinance share of total application activity increased to 61 percent from 57 percent previously.The percentage of refinances done through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) increased to 40 percent, reaching its highest mark since MBA began tracking it in early 2012.Meanwhile, the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 3 percent week-over-week, bringing it close to end-of-August levels. The unadjusted index rose 12 percent and was 1 percent higher than the same week last year.MBA’s measure for the average 30-year fixed interest rate showed a decline to 4.75 percent last week, with points decreasing to 0.39 from 0.46. The previous week’s average rate was 4.80 percent. in Origination September 18, 2013 508 Views Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies HARP Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Purchase Loans Refinance Service Providers 2013-09-18 Tory Barringer Mortgage Applications Pick Up as Interest Rates Come Downlast_img read more

Limes in Charts Prices double in one week in US

first_img Limes in Charts: Prices double in one week in U.S. … August 07 , 2018 In April the average price of US$37.10 putting it 115% higher than 2017, but only slightly above the previous two years’ levels. The price then began to return to a more normal range, in June reaching US$10.70.Mexico is almost the sole supplier of limes over the first half of the year, typically responsible for around 98% of the volume. In 2017, Mexico supplied 595,000 metric tons (MT) out of 606,000MT.From January through May this year, total volumes in the U.S. were only 1% higher year-on-year at 237,000MT, but due to the price spike the total FOB value was a whole 41% greater at US$249 million.The average per-kilo price over the five-month period was US$1.05 compared to US$0.75 last year. U.S. market prices for limes are typically lowest during the summer months, and lower in general during the second half of the year than the first.(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics) You might also be interested in U.S. lime market prices stabilized at the beginning of summer following a large price spike during the first half of the year.Average prices in March and April around double last year’s level, but by late-May they were in line with previous years.Prices typically see a spike during the first half of the year, but this year the spike started earlier and lasted longer than normal. However, prices last year were unusually flat over the period.Prices in January started off this year at a standard average price of US$18.20 for a 40-pound box, according to the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).By February prices had risen to 26% higher than last year, and by March they were double last year’s level at US$46.30 per box. By comparison, March prices in 2016 and 2015 were US$17.50 and US$30.30, respectively.last_img read more

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the recent surge of political activism has made it more noticeable"People like us in smaller places and people that are in the rural communities we’re just the same as the big city slickers" Sullivan said of her fellow rural activists "The feeling that we’re not being represented or the feeling that the current administration is doing things that we disagree with we’re on the same page as the people who are in the big cities" Trump won all but five of the 66 counties in South Dakota – including Minnehaha the county in which Sioux Falls a city of about 170000 people is located The state gave Trump one of the highest approval ratings in the country during his first six months in office – 54 percent according to GallupStill Sullivan said a resistance effort has been building in the state since Trump was elected In January she co-chaired a local march in conjunction with the national women’s march attracting nearly 3300 demonstrators to downtown Sioux Falls in 30 degree temperatures Sullivan said the experience – seeing the sea of like-minded people – transformed her from a person who never dreamed of being politically active to someone who uses her spare time to call lawmakers She is also preparing for her own run for a state legislative seat next yearLEAD South Dakota has a nine-person board of directors and committees tasked with monitoring state legislative activity candidate recruitment and other efforts So far the group is working with 75 candidates who are interested in running for office and is planning to break into chapters across the state to help manage its rapid growth"I was absolutely surprised to see the groundswell here in South Dakota" Kroger said "I have some experience in politics so I know how it feels to be the little guy in a state where you very much feel like the minority"In Ohio Moving Forward Together Ashtabula County a grass-roots group affiliated with the nationwide Trump resistance movement Indivisible has also exceeded its leader’s initial expectationsWhen Moving Forward hosted its first community forum in May a panel to discuss concerns about health care and immigration "I was afraid it would be three people and a sign" said the group’s chair Jessica Leveto The forum took place in Jefferson Ohio – a rural town of about 3000 people in a county that cast 57 percent of its votes for TrumpNearly 125 people showed up Leveto saidMoving Forward started in a local coffee shop in February and within two weeks – with a few social media posts and through word of mouth – its numbers outgrew the space said Leveto an assistant professor of sociology at Kent State University at AshtabulaLeveto points to May’s Affordable Care Act repeal vote as an indicator of her group’s growing muscle Despite routinely following party line votes Ashtabula’s congressman US Rep David Joyce R-Ohio was among the 20 Republicans who did not vote in favor of the repeal"I think we had something to do with that" Leveto said "I don’t think it was just our group but the groups in the district I think there were a lot of phone calls"Joyce did not return requests for commentRural political action organizers say a health-care revision is a dominant issue that has galvanized their groups because members are concerned that rural citizens will be largely effected by any changes Leveto said specifically many attendees at her group’s May event wanted answers on how an overhaul might effect the area’s fight against the opioid crisisIn The Post -Kaiser Health poll 95 percent of rural respondents said Medicaid is very or somewhat important to their communities Thirteen percent said they rely on Medicaid themselves compared to 10 percent of their urban and suburban counterparts"Our communities are at risk these are things that even in the South we see the need to stand up and fight for the people in our community and I think that’s something that transcends region" said Mandy Fowler founding member of the Kudzu Coalition of West Alabama a growing political action organizationAs an Indivisible group the Kudzu Coalition hosts local forums provides advocacy training and coordinates phone calls and emails to legislators Its cornerstone event is a weekly demonstration called "Show up Shelby" when members gather in the lobby of Republican Sen Richard Shelby’s Tuscaloosa office to call for a town hall meetingThe group uses the name of the Kudzu plant an invasive species common in the South that is resistant to most herbicides Fowler said it’s an appropriate moniker in a state where nearly 63 percent of voters backed Trump"We grow fast and we connect and we flourish in an area where it can be difficult for others to thrive We are hard to get rid of" Fowler saidThe group spun off from a closed Facebook page that connected Alabamians who wanted to discuss their dissatisfaction with the election"Especially in a red state it can make things uncomfortable at work school places like that where people are more Republican" said Kisha Emmanuel a graduate student in Tuscaloosa who began following the page soon after the election She’s now an active member of the Kudzu CoalitionAs the number of page followers grew Fowler said she wanted to mobilize the energy she was seeing online and began in-person meetings in DecemberSmall town and rural mobilizing will probably yield results said James Simmons a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh who recently researched voter trends and attitudes in rural areas"If you look across the country and you look at the real change that has happened over the last five or 20 years it hasn’t happened at the national level you see policy driven at the state level" Simmons said "If you’re talking about populist discontent this is where it was bubbling"Reporting by Rhonda Colvin The Washington Post300 active members.The Azure Window. including Simmons’ son and daughter.

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