Our men not caught napping: CRPF chief

first_img “Initially two CRPF personnel were injured, three others were subsequently martyred in exchange of fire and room interventions. We had to take on the terrorists face to face. They had to clear the rooms one by one. The fourth one died outside the cordon and the fifth personnel died of cardiac arrest,” Mr. Bhatnagar said.One of the buildings which the terrorists took over housed a hospital, a radio signal facility and an administrative block where 11 personnel were present.Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who celebrated New Year with the ITBP jawans posted along the China border, said the sacrifices of the jawans would not go in vain. Mr. Singh said, “Our neighbour, Pakistan, does not stop its activities, but the jawans of our Army, CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police are doing their duty very well.”“The operation took more than 30 hours as we suspended it on December 31 night, then we recommenced at daybreak until we were able to locate all the three fidayeens who had entered the campus. Our troops were able to box them and the fidayeens were armed with under barrel grenade launchers and sophisticated weapons,” Mr. Bhatnagar said.Well-trained militantsThe officer said various sources had confirmed that the terrorists belonged to JeM and were “well trained”. Two terrorists — Fardeen Mohibuddin and Manzoor Ahmed Baba — were from Tral and Pulwama districts respectively. The third is said to be from Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir and was identified as Ali Sozal.“The militants opened indiscriminate fire and launched grenades in their attempt to enter the premises,” CRPF spokesman Rajesh Yadav said on Sunday. He lived up to his name: Jawan’s father R.R. Bhatnagar, Director-General, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), said on Monday that the three terrorists who stormed the CRPF camp at Lethpora in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir early on Sunday took advantage of the under-construction campus which had “huge structures to hide in”.Mr. Bhatnagar told The Hindu that none of the personnel were caught off-guard and the force took more than 30 hours to end the operation as two of the terrorists had entered the two buildings and the personnel made “room-interventions” to evacuate the people stuck there.“We managed to neutralise all the three fidayeens [suicide squad] who had attacked the campus and also managed to extricate all our people in the two buildings safely. Our men were not caught napping, they were all combat casualties, it was a complex operation,” Mr. Bhatnagar said.The officer said as prior intelligence was available, the CRPF parties were out patrolling and one of the terrorists was cornered near the perimeter wall.Also Readlast_img read more

Bucks’ Kidd fined $15,000 for criticism of officiating

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I just got fined,” Kidd said Tuesday night. “That’s one way. The other way is by expressing to the officials and I did that the whole night. The different crews that we’ve had have been awful.”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 shutout Wall, Beal star as Wizards beat Lakers; Ball’s shooting woes continue Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Head coach Jason Kidd of the Milwaukee Bucks looks on from the bench while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on November 7, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 124-119. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Thursday for public criticism of the officiating in a loss at Cleveland.Kidd made the comments after the 124-119 loss Tuesday night. Milwaukee was called for 31 personal fouls to 18 for Cleveland, and the Cavs attempted 38 free throws. Kidd pointed out that over the past three games, opponents have tried 95 free throws to 40 for Milwaukee.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters 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 Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

TNT needs to ‘learn to adjust’ after another foul-laden game, says Racela

first_imgDILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “It’s hard. We just have to learn to adjust. That’s just how it is,” he added.Despite having to deal with a huge disparity on free throws, TNT was still in it until the latter part of the fourth quarter where San Miguel pulled away behind June Mar Fajardo.Fajardo scored 12 of his game-high 27 points in the final frame.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTNT head coach Nash Racela turned his attention to the KaTropa’s sloppy play and foul woes in their loss to San Miguel Beer Wednesday.Cautious with his words, Racela contained himself from elaborating further on the foul situation.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 222 million euro deal for Neymar ‘not expensive’, says Mourinho Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantcenter_img “Too many turnovers for us. Too many fouls committed also. We had 26 turnovers, we had 31 fouls that led to 28 free throws, so,” said Racela.The KaTropa were whistled for personal fouls 11 times more than the Beermen, who went 19-of-28 from the line.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 starsTNT took a trip to the free throw line just eight times with import Michael Craig Jr., who played 35 minutes and took 25 shots, never having any chance to shoot freebies.“At least, we had eight free throws. They might say something about it so…” said Racela smiling. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress MOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View commentslast_img read more

UEFA Champions League, Manchester City vs Atalanta LIVE Streaming: When and Where to Watch Online, TV Telecast, Team News

first_imgManchester City will host Atalanta in their upcoming UEFA Champions League third matchday fixture on Wednesday (October 23). The UEFA Champions League 2019-20 Manchester City vs Atalanta BC fixture will be played at the Etihad Stadium. Both the sides will meet for the first time in a European competition. In the previous week, Man City defeated Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 to stay on top of the Group C table, whereas the Italian side have both the matches played so far.For City, the 29-year-old right back Kyle Walker, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi are expected to be a part of the City squad. Speaking on Walker’s possibilty of playing in the upcoming fixture, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that the 29-year-old is getting better and has trained for the first time on Sunday. On the other hand, Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini is upset with Duvan Zapata’s injury. The 28-year-old picked up an abductor strain during his international break. Expressing his anger, Gasperini told Corriere dello Sport, ‘It is useless to go around the world and play friendlies with no meaning. The players are subjected to a whirlwind tour of 12 to 13 days where there is nothing at stake. And then we complain that the number of injuries increases.’UEFA Champions League 2019-20 Manchester City line-up vs Atalanta: Ederson; Cancelo, Otamendi, Stones, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Bernardo, Aguero, SterlingUEFA Champions League 2019-20 Atalanta line-up vs Manchester City: Gollini; Toloi, Palomino, Masiello; Hateboer, Freuler, Pasalic, Gosens; Malinovskiy, Muriel, GomezWhat time is kick-off?The game will kick-off at 12:30 am on October 23. There are eight Champions League games tonight with two of them in the early 10.25 pm slot (October 22) and six that will start at 12:30 am on October 23.What TV channel is it on?Sony will show every game from the Champions League LIVE in India this season. Manchester City vs Atalanta will be LIVE on Sony Ten2 SD and HD on Tuesday night.How can I stream it?The Champions League Manchester City vs Atalanta live stream will be available on Sony LIV app in India for premium users. Atalantachampions leagueChampions League 2019-20Europe First Published: October 22, 2019, 3:59 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Fernando Torres suffers muscle injury, likely to miss Osasuna game

first_imgAtletico de Madrid’s Fernando Torres suffered a muscle injury in the left hip and will be absent on Sunday’s match against Osasuna, the team announced on Friday.Atletico’s medical team said the player underwent an MRI and will be subjected to specific workout in the coming two days, but did not determine his period of absence,reports Efe.Besides Torres, coach Diego Simeone will also be missing Filipe Luis, Augusto Fernandez and Alessio Cerci due to injuries for Sunday’s La Liga game.last_img

Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath likely to retire in November

first_imgSri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath is contemplating retirement in November after playing a Test series against England.Herath said the three-match Test series against England at home maybe his final series in Sri Lankan jersey.Herath has notched up 418 wickets in 90 Test matches for Sri Lanka and is the country’s highest wicket-taker after Muttiah Muralitharan, who has a staggering 800 Test wickets to his name.”Maybe my final series will be the England series later in the year,” the 40-year-old told BBC Sinhala.”There comes a time for every cricketer, when they have to stop playing. I think that time has come for me.”Herath, who retired from one-day and Twenty20 internationals in 2016, is in the squad for Sri Lanka’s two-match Test series against South Africa, which kicks off on Thursday in Galle.With spinners like Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya and Lakshan Sandakan in the national side, Herath believed Sri Lanka would be in good hands post his retirement.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

You don’t have to shout to be heard: Jai Ram Thakur

first_imgQ. Did you become the chief minister only because Prem Kumar Dhumal lost his election?The day after Amit Shah announced that Dhumal would be chief minister, he came to my constituency and indicated that the party was considering a leadership change. Citing that I was a four-time MLA, a minister,Q. Did you become the chief minister only because Prem Kumar Dhumal lost his election?The day after Amit Shah announced that Dhumal would be chief minister, he came to my constituency and indicated that the party was considering a leadership change. Citing that I was a four-time MLA, a minister and state party president, he spoke of a ‘bigger responsibility’ for me. While it is true that had he won, Dhumalji would have been chief minister, it was clear that my name was under consideration well before the elections.Q. But it has taken the party time to get accustomed to you as the leader?I have risen from the lowest ranks and served diligently at several important positions. It is just that I haven’t projected myself like some other leaders. So I have never had any trouble finding acceptance amid the party cadre.Q. There is a perception that you don’t trust civil servants and rely on political advisors. Critics point to large-scale transfers by your government.Transfers invariably happen when governments change. But I have shuffled less than half the number of officers compared with the previous Congress regime. To bring the benefits of development to the lowest levels, you need people you can trust. But I have a good equation with the bureaucracy and try to work as a team. Unlike some people, I don’t believe you need to shout or talk down to subordinates to make yourself heard.Q. How has your tenure been so far?advertisementWe have taken many new initiatives, but I think the biggest success will come from Jan Manch, a public forum where a cabinet minister visits an assembly segment every month to address grievances. People are participating in their thousands. More than 10,000 complaints have been addressed. There are other schemes, like the Grihani Suvidha Yojana, through which every household in Himachal, including those not covered under the Centre’s Ujjwala scheme, will have an LPG connection within a year. I have had more support from the central government than any previous state government. New tourism, horticulture, agriculture, irrigation and public health projects worth Rs 6,500 crore have already been sanctioned.Q. Revenue generation is a challenge in a hill state like Himachal. How do you propose to raise resources?The previous [Congress] regime wreaked havoc on the finances, especially during the months preceding the polls, leading to accumulation of a huge debt. Despite this, we are raising revenue. We have tweaked the excise and mining policies, and are taking measures to prevent any flight of industry, now that the central tax holiday is over. I have also succeeded in kick-starting stalled power projects. All this will help generate fresh revenue for the state.Q. What about tourism?It’s a core sector. But traditional destinations like Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie and Dharamshala are at saturation point. I am looking to develop new destinations, like the Janjehli Valley (Mandi), which is more picturesque than Manali. There is also Chanshal in Shimla district, with a huge potential for winter sports. These destinations were ignored in the past because of poor connectivity and a lack of focus by successive governments.Q. You are said to have an uneasy relationship with Dhumal and J.P. Nadda. Both wanted to be chief minister…Not at all. Both of them, as well as Shanta Kumarji, are respected veterans. They don’t say much, but when they do, I take their advice seriously.Q. You have said that you will not act vindictively. But what about the BJP’s ‘chargesheet’ against the Virbhadra Singh government?I have sought information on the factual position of the charges. When I say I won’t act vindictively, I don’t mean I will look the other way. But unlike earlier regimes, I refuse to make that my focus. Himachal needs development. That will be my priority.Q. Unlike the chief ministers of other BJP-ruled states like Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Haryana, who are strident on issues like slaughterhouses and refugees, you are viewed as ‘soft’.Himachal Pradesh is a peaceful state and law and order here is much better than in the states you mention. I have my own way of working and don’t necessarily have to emulate them. That said, I respect what the other chief ministers are doing.Q. The BJP suffered reverses in Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. What is your prediction for 2019?At the national level, Narendrabhai is clearly the most popular leader. State polls and byelections are not reflective of the national mood. Lok Sabha 2019 will be focused on who can best lead the nation. Modiji’s popularity has only grown during his unblemished tenure as prime minister. Even when opposition leaders attack him, people are not prepared to believe them. He has the complete confidence of the people. We will win all the four Lok Sabha seats in Himachal Pradesh.advertisementlast_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2019: Tendulkar, Akram, Warne in star-studded cricket conclave at Lord’s

first_imgSalaam Cricket celebrates the spirit of the sport and lets us see the world of cricket from the eyes of the greats who made it big. Being organized on a grand scale, the event will take place on 2nd June, 2019 in London ahead of much anticipated Cricket World Cup 2019.The event will witness all the cricketing legends and superstars talking about different facets of the game, their experiences and interesting insights. With prominent figures of the Cricket world and the programs highlighting many unforgettable moments of World Cricket and giving fresh insights about the upcoming World Cup, this conclave surely raises the excitement level amidst Cricket lovers.Trivia, discussions, debates, forecasting Salaam Cricket will have all kinds of programs to engage the audience. The Grand Conclave will see legends of cricket like Sunil Gavaskar, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar along with the Turbanator Harbhajan Singh.International cricketing titans such as Sir Vivian Richards, Michael Clarke, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram along with fellow cricketers Misbah Ul Haq, Younis Khan and others who will address different sessions of the event talking about the current and the future of cricket as a sport.Sunil Gavaskar and Shane Warne will start off with a session named Jab Legends Meet before Warne settles down for one on Warnie’s Dream XI. It gets only better when Harbhajan Singh and Misbah-ul-Haq get together to discuss the India vs Pakistan World Cup history over the years.India and Pakistan have met each other in World Cups in 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011 and 2015. India have won on all 6 occasions.advertisementThere is another big rivarly in world cricket. Australia, the defending champions and hosts England are two other challengers in possibly the most open Cricket World Cup ever. How about a delightful session with Michael Clarke and former England captain Nasser Hussain in a session titled “Are England and Australia the Real Threat for India?”After lunch, R Ashwin will take the stage again with Younis Khan to relive the memories of the 2011 World Cup. Remember that one? India had upstaged Pakistan in the semifinals before defeating Sri Lanka to become world champions. What a summer that was for Indian cricket!But the best is reserved towards the end. Sachin vs Wasim – The Gladiators. Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram, two legends of the game, will regale the audience with their tales of the India-Pakistan rivalry. Both men had taken on each other in the 2003 World Cup when Tendulkar deflated Pakistan with his sensational 98 in South Africa.Also Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: Sachin Tendulkar vs Wasim Akram, Michael Clarke vs Nasser Hussain on June 2 in LondonAlso Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: Full guest list, session names and timingAlso Seelast_img read more



4 days agoLys Mousset overjoyed to score Sheffield Utd winner against Arsenal

first_imgLys Mousset overjoyed to score Sheffield Utd winner against Arsenalby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLys Mousset was delighted to score for Sheffield United in Monday’s 1-0 victory over Arsenal.The summer signing from Bournemouth endeared himself to the Blades faithful after his 30th minute strike sealed a memorable victory at Bramall Lane.He told Sky Sports: “It was a good feeling and it was good to be back in the team.”I wanted to say thank you to the manager for bringing me to Sheffield United and he told me just to play my football and try to score.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Minister Approves Onshore Exploration Agreement

first_imgInterest in Nova Scotia’s onshore continues to grow with the approval of another onshore exploration agreement, today, Sept. 4, by Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks. Eastrock Resources Ltd. was granted an exploration agreement to explore for conventional oil and gas on land in Cumberland and Colchester counties. The area spans from the western coast of Eatonville, to Economy, up to Glenville. All provincial parks, First Nation reserve lands and designated wilderness areas are exempt from this agreement. The licence was awarded following a call for bids announced in Dec. 2008. Eastrock currently holds a conventional exploration agreement in the neighboring Springhill area, awarded in 2006. “Onshore oil and natural gas holds tremendous potential for Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “We are encouraged to see Eastrock Resources expand its interest in our province and we look forward to working with them in the future.” “We are delighted to increase our acreage position in Nova Scotia to about 258,000 hectares of adjoining petroleum rights,” said Michael Volcko, president of Eastrock Resources Ltd. “The large area has prospects for both conventional petroleum resources and unconventional shale gas, and we have already identified numerous drilling prospects for both.” Onshore conventional exploration agreements are valid for three years with an option to renew at the end of the third year. There are nine onshore exploration and production agreements held in the province. In order to be awarded the rights to explore a block of land, companies must go through a competitive bidding process. Successful bidders are chosen based on the financial value of the company’s workplan over the term of the agreement, its technical capabilities and industry experience. All onshore oil and gas exploration activity in Nova Scotia is regulated by various departments including Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources. These departments work together to set the terms and conditions on access to any Crown land under the exploration agreement. This agreement does not permit the company to conduct activities such as seismic and drilling without permission of the landowner, private and Crown. Eastrock Resources Ltd. is a Canadian privately owned oil and gas exploration company based in Alberta, with holdings in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Scheer keeps eye on next election in debut crosscountry summer tour

first_imgOTTAWA – Rest and relaxation might top the agenda for most Canadians right now but newly-minted Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is going full-tilt on the barbecue circuit in a bid to introduce himself and boost his party’s prospects before 2019.As part of his summer travels, Scheer spent a chunk of July in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador before moving on to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec.“A big part of my tour was to introduce myself and make connections with people who maybe weren’t following the leadership race but are inclined to support the Conservative party,” he said in an interview.Scheer, who is expected to tour western Canada this month, acknowledged his party will have to cultivate new support if it hopes to head back to 24 Sussex Dr., in addition to holding on to the 98 seats it has today.Pollster David Coletto said it takes a long time to build up a party’s ground game ahead of an election and summer is a critical time for outreach, especially with a new leader.“One of the interesting things about new Opposition leaders is nobody knows who you are,” said Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data.“If you looked at the candidates who ran for the Conservative leadership, at least in the polling we did, he was probably one of the least well-known candidates in terms of just general name recognition and awareness.”If Scheer wants to win a majority in the next election, Coletto said he’ll have to make inroads in Atlantic Canada, where the Liberals made a clean sweep in 2015. And on that score, he said Scheer has a long way to go.“You look at the polling that’s been put out in the last few weeks, ours included, the Liberals are still doing very well in Atlantic Canada,” he said.“The majority of the region would vote Liberal which is pretty much where they were at the last election so Atlantic Canada remains, I think, a fortress for the Liberals.”Scheer, a Saskatchewan MP who took the helm in May after a marathon leadership race sparked by the departure of former prime minister Stephen Harper, said his party is in the midst of beginning a new chapter and rebuilding trust, including with voters who were wooed to the Liberals in the last election.Conservative MPs are also preparing to hold their annual summer caucus retreat in Winnipeg on Sept. 7 and 8 — a key target area for growth.“There are several seats in the area that we held for many years and that we lost in the last election,” Scheer said. “We want to get some colleagues back and show Manitobans and Winnipeggers that we want to be there, we want to be there to listen to what we need to do better.”He also pointed to the electoral success of the province’s Progressive Conservative premier Brian Pallister, a former Conservative MP.“We want to have the opportunity to make connections with our provincial counterparts there … and start the groundwork to win some seats back that we should be able to win back in the next election,” Scheer said.For his part, Trudeau has also made a number of stops across the country this summer including at the Canada Games in Winnipeg and at the Calgary Stampede.Trudeau also held three fundraisers in July — an event in Mississauga, Ont. where tickets cost between $750 and $1,500, a donor appreciation event in Halifax and an event in Surrey, B.C. for $1,000 a person.Cameron Ahmad, a spokesperson for the prime minister, said Trudeau’s summer travels were not conducted specifically with the 2019 election in mind.“Obviously an Opposition leader would be spending more time targeting certain regions for political reasons, where I would say this wasn’t that kind of a tour,” he said.“It wasn’t a campaign-style tour where we held rallies or anything. It was … truly an opportunity to go to communities and meet people.”Trudeau is now expected to move into vacation-mode of his own in British Columbia.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

A warm embrace for grieving parents at funeral of seven young fire

first_imgOne by one, seven small white caskets were carried inside a cavernous waterfront hall on Saturday, where thousands of mourners gathered for an emotional embrace of grieving parents who lost their children in a devastating house fire.Seven black hearses lined up under the cold winter sun, the caskets brought inside the Cunard Centre by an honour guard.As they filled a stage, a heartrending sobbing could be heard, the anguish of a woman who lost all of her children in Tuesday’s fast-moving fire, and whose husband was in hospital being treated for severe burns.Mourners offered love and support to Kawthar Barho, who arrived in Canada with her family 18 months ago as Syrian refugees.But the overwhelming devastation of losing seven children in one night – from an infant baby to a teenager – hung heavy over the funeral.“I’ve done many funerals but nothing like this, so please bear with me,” an overwhelmed Sheikh Hamza said as he offered the ceremony’s English sermon.More than 2,000 people attended the two-hour service, with every seat filled and hundreds more people standing.Imam Abdallah Yousri said he hoped opening the ceremony to the public would allow Barho to see the entire community had been united in sympathy.“On what is our darkest day, we see the best of humanity when we look out into the sea of faces in front of us,” said Natalie Horne, vice-president of the community group that sponsored the Barhos’ refugee claim.“Our lives were enriched as a result of our relationship with you and your children,” Horne told Barho through tears. “We love them and we love you.”Many of those gathered openly wept when the children’s names were read: Teenager Ahmad; Rola, 12; Mohamad, 9; Ola, 8; Hala, 3; Rana, 2; and Abdullah, who was born in Canada on Nov. 9.“Together our community will find ways to honour your memories,” the city’s deputy mayor, Tony Mancini, said after reading the names.“I encourage each of you to use the sadness we share as a community to fuel acts of love and kindness towards our family, friends and neighbours.”It was a common theme throughout the funeral – a desire for the tragedy to lead to love and unity.“Life is short and temporary. Live it the best way possible,” Hamza said.Nova Scotia deputy premier Karen Casey told Barho “we will not abandon you. We will not leave you alone.”“Please accept our love,” Casey said. “Please accept our warm embrace.”Halifax MP Andy Fillmore told Barho the community would be there for her in the hard times to come. But he acknowledged it’s family that brings the greatest comfort, and said the federal government is trying to bring her overseas relatives to Canada quickly.“We are working as hard as we can to get your family here as quickly as possible so they can be by your side,” Fillmore said.Mourners, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, said they came because they had been deeply affected by the tragedy, and wanted to show their support for Barho as she faced unimaginable grief.“She doesn’t know me, I don’t know her, but I know I’m here. And she’s our family – their whole family is our family. I want to be here for all of them,” Cindy Samson said in an interview.Adnan Aboushahla said it was a “shock for anyone – not only for Muslim people, but for Christians and other religions,” to witness such a tragedy.“We want to do whatever we can – either give support, money, feelings, this grief,” said Aboushahla.Following the funeral service, the combined honour guards of Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency and Halifax Regional Police carried each coffin back outside, one at a time, to the waiting hearses. There was to be a burial at a Muslim cemetery in Hammonds Plains following the funeral.Peter Andrews, Halifax fire deputy chief of operations, said it was a “huge honour to be invited to participate in this family’s darkest day.”He said none of the firefighters that responded to the horrific blaze were part of the funeral’s honour guard.“We put on a brave face today,” he said. “We’ll grieve in our own way in the weeks ahead.”The children’s father, Ebraheim Barho, remained in hospital Friday recovering from extensive burns. He was in critical, but stable condition.The cause of the blaze in the Halifax suburb of Spryfield early Tuesday remains unclear.Mourner Tareq Hadhad, a Syrian refugee who founded Peace by Chocolate in Nova Scotia, said it is hard for the parents to handle all the pain by themselves.“I would say it’s the most devastating period that I have ever lived, even though we lost family members back home in Syria. The loss of seven kids at once really has had a very devastating impact on the entire community here,” he said.Mourner Mouna Manna praised the outpouring of support, and said the mother’s burden is unimaginable.“I don’t even know where to begin to imagine how this would be, to lose not one or two but seven of them all at once … it’s a huge, huge devastation,” she said.The scale of the tragedy for the young family that arrived in Nova Scotia in the fall of 2017 as refugees has struck a chord with Canadians.A GoFundMe campaign had raised about $585,000 by Saturday evening.The Barho family lived in Elmsdale, a 30-minute drive north of Halifax, when they first arrived in Nova Scotia, and were embraced by residents there.They moved to the Halifax suburb of Spryfield to take advantage of language training and other immigrant services, and had planned to return to Elmsdale next month.The family was among 1,795 Syrian refugees who have come to Nova Scotia in recent years. The Trudeau government granted asylum to 40,000 Syrian refugees in 2015-16.A brutal civil war has raged across Syria since 2011, claiming more than 400,000 lives.last_img read more

A look at 2017 Grammy Awards winners

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Select winners at the 2017 Grammy Awards:Album of the year: “25,” Adele.Record of the year: “Hello,” Adele.Best new artist: Chance the Rapper.Song of the year (songwriter’s award): “Hello,” Adele and Greg Kurstin.Best pop solo performance: “Hello,” Adele.Best pop vocal album: “25,” Adele.Best traditional pop vocal album: “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin,” Willie Nelson.Best pop duo or group performance: “Stressed Out,” twenty one pilots.Best dance/electronic album: “Skin,” Flume.Best rock song: “Blackstar,” David Bowie.Best rock album: “Tell Me I’m Pretty,” Cage the Elephant.Best alternative music album: “Blackstar,” David Bowie.Best R&B album: “Lalah Hathaway Live,” Lalah Hathaway.Best urban contemporary album: “Lemonade,” Beyonce.Best rap album: “Coloring Book,” Chance the Rapper.Best country album: “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” Sturgill Simpson.Best country solo performance: “My Church,” Maren Morris. Best jazz vocal album: “Take Me to the Alley,” Gregory Porter.Best jazz instrumental album: “Country for Old Men,” John Scofield.Best compilation soundtrack for visual media: “Miles Ahead,” Miles Davis & various artistsProducer of the year, non-classical: Greg Kurstin.Best music video: “Formation,” Beyonce. Twitterlast_img read more

BC First Nations hope new reports put pressure on government to overhaul

first_imgCara McKenna APTN National NewsTwo reports say the province of British Columbia is failing to protect the environment from potential dangers from the mining industry.The reports were released two years after a tailings dam breach ravaged communities in northern B.C.last_img

Congress investigating deepfakes after doctored Pelosi video report says

first_img Legal Facebook Donald Trump Deepfake coverage on CNET Deepfakes may ruin the world. And they can come for you, too Samsung deepfake AI could fabricate a video of you from a single profile pic Tags A manipulated clip of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has people worried about bogus videos in the run-up to 2020. Larry French/Getty Images Congress is looking to investigate deepfakes after the appearance of doctored videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, says a Tuesday report from CNN. Deepfakes, video forgeries that make people appear to be doing or saying things they didn’t, are the moving-picture equivalent of bogus images created with programs like Photoshop. Deepfake software has made manipulated videos accessible and increasingly harder to detect as fake. One technique enables users to make a deepfake using a single image, such as the Mona Lisa.Speaking with CNN, House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, reportedly said the Russian fake news campaign during the 2016 presidential election could escalate for the 2020 presidential race thanks to deepfakes. “The most severe escalation might be the introduction of a deepfake — a video of one of the candidates saying something they never said,” Schiff said. Schiff called the Pelosi video a “cheap fake.””Very easy to make, very simple to make, real content just doctored,” Schiff reportedly told the publication. “If you look back at how impactful the Mitt Romney videotape about the 47% was, you could imagine how a videotape that is more incendiary could be election-altering. “Combine that with the fact that we already have a president of the United States who says the things that are real, like the Access Hollywood tape, are fake, and things that are fake, like the Pelosi tape — he pushes out as real.” 1center_img Politics Security Culture Digital Media Online Share your voice On May 23, videos doctored to make Pelosi appear like she was drunkenly slurring her words spread across Facebook. Facebook refused to take down the viral clip, despite reportedly having been looking into its manipulated-media policy just days before the video appeared. The Pelosi videos then disappeared from Facebook on Monday, but the social network denied removing them. In her speech, originally made at a Center for American Progress event, Pelosi accused Trump of being part of a “cover-up.” The video was then found by the The Washington Post to have been slowed to around 75% of its original speed, with the pitch of Pelosi’s voice also altered. The doctored videos went viral after being posted to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, with one version on Facebook being viewed over 1.4 million times and shared 30,000 times. Pelosi, another Democrat from California, slammed the social network. “We have said all along, poor Facebook, they were unwittingly exploited by the Russians,” Pelosi told KQED News on Wednesday. “I think wittingly, because right now they are putting up something that they know is false. I think it’s wrong.” “[Facebook is] lying to the public … I think they have proven — by not taking down something they know is false — that they were willing enablers of the Russian interference in our election,” she said. Schiff’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Commentlast_img read more

Coast guards push back 2000 Rohingyas

first_imgMembers of Bangladesh Coast Guard arrested more than two thousand Rohingya peoplein a drive at several houses of Saint Martin’s Island on Sunday, reports UNB.The drive was conducted from the evening till 10:00pm following the order of the deputy commissioner, said DC Md Ali Hossain.Later, the arrestees were sent back to Myanmar in trawlers, he added.Meanwhile, thousands of Rohingya people were still entering Bangladesh from several points including Amtoli border, Tumburu border, Anjuman Para, Hwaikong Ghat.last_img

The American Kidney Fund Receives Grant to support Children with Kidney Disease

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterThe Robert I. Schattner Foundation awarded The American Kidney Fund (AKF) with a $150,000 grant to help children living with kidney disease and provide financial support for low income dialysis patients in the D.C. area.“The Foundation’s Board chose AKF for this gift as a meaningful extension of Dr. Schattner’s philanthropy and to honor Dr. Schattner by helping others who are living with kidney disease,” said Robert H. Sievers, treasurer of the Robert I. Schattner Foundation in a press release. “Though AKF helps thousands of patients nationwide, we know they also help many people right here in our backyard. We are pleased to know the Foundation’s gift will be well spent on programs that really make a difference in people’s lives.”The Robert I. Schattner Foundation awarded The American Kidney Fund (AKF) with a $150,000 grant to help children living with kidney disease and support low-income dialysis patients in the District.  (Courtesy Image/Logo)The Foundation’s gift will provide funding for three AKF programs in 2019:The Safety Net Program provides grants to low-income dialysis patients to help pay for treatment-related costs that are not covered by health insurance. This includes things like transport to and from treatments, over the counter medications and other needs.The Calendar Kids Art Program is an annual nationwide art contest for children and teens living with kidney disease.The Summer Enrichment Program provides financial support to help children and teens with kidney disease attend specialty camps that offer all the fun of traditional camps and are also equipped with the facilities and staff needed to handle the unique medical needs of kidney patients.The Robert I. Schattner Foundation, based in Rockville, MD, was established by Dr. Robert I. Schattner, a local dentist, inventor, businessman and philanthropist. Schattner died in 2017 from complications of kidney failure.“We are so grateful to the Robert I. Schattner Foundation for its generous gift to help ease the financial and emotional burden of children and adults living with kidney disease,” said LaVarne A. Burton, AKF president and CEO. “The Foundation’s gift will allow us to open exciting new avenues for the Calendar Kids Art participants to illustrate their journey with kidney disease, support summer enrichment activities for young patients and provide desperately needed funds to help dialysis patients in the Capital Region who have nowhere else to turn.”Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an often-preventable condition that can go undetected until it becomes life-threatening. As the leading nonprofit working on behalf of Americans with kidney disease, AKF has planned Kidney Month activities to inform and inspire at-risk individuals, policy makers and the public about kidney disease and living kidney donation.Many of the 30 million people in the U.S. don’t even know they have the disease, so AKF is taking action to provide several engagements and tools to help DMV residents get tested and stay aware of their kidney health.The AKF is offering several free screenings throughout the month of March in honor of Kidney Month.In Washington, D.C., there will be free screenings at the AmeriHealth Caritas Nutrition Wellness Day (March 16), Children’s National Medical Center Health Fair (March 19) and Hoop for All Foundation Flag Football Tournament (March 23). In addition to the D.C. kidney health screening events, AKF will host a Kidney Month presentation at the Washington Senior Wellness Center (March 19). Through Know Your Kidneys™, AKF helps people understand their risk for CKD and the importance of early detection to slow down or prevent its progression to kidney failure.There are also screenings in Richmond,VA (March 22-24) and the B’More Healthy Expo in Baltimore (March 16).For more information about AKF Kidney month activities go to The AKF also has developed a quiz for people to learn what they may know and don’t know about kidney disease. To go to the quick click here, or go to read more

Cravings between life and death

first_imgBratya Basu’s literary invasion into the near-death experience (NDE) is a twist in the tale of otherwise a gripping story of soul searching of a fatally injured man in the coma. The playwright chooses a middle-class Bengali protagonist who represents the perception of the entire class about their daily chores, ambitions, accomplishments, failure, wiliness, inherent family politics and their rationale to defend themselves in their lives.The play progresses lyrically by dissecting the mind of the protagonist and constructing the discourse of a common man in the society who struggles hard in balancing between building his career and struggling for a satisfactory family life. He stumbles quite often to get up again and move on. His vices and dogmas are generally criticised hard in his society but he shows the courage to confront them. ‘Ami Anukulda ar Ora’ is a short play which blends the real with surreal, moves between likelihood and implausibility, revolves around dreams and reality of a commoner by indicting and challenging the social system. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAvi Chakraborty of Asoknagar Natyamukh has shown noticeable maturity in producing a difficult play. He has skillfully brought OBE (out of the body experience) on stage to handgrip the enormity and spread of introspection. Somesh, 54 years of age, a marketing manager of a private firm, meets with a serious accident and slips into unconsciousness with a little chance of recovery. It is in this condition that reality and dreams cross boundaries when his friend of yesteryears, Anukulda, comes to visit Somesh. We see Somesh in his teens in dialogue with Anukulda, whose nagging and blunt behavior irks him but reminds him of his nostalgic past. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe most poetic, emotive and surrealistic part of the play happens when his unborn, aborted daughter who if born would have been a teenager, comes to visit him to remind Somesh of his complex intimate relation with his wife. The playwright’s creative resourcefulness brings the kindliness of a father-child conversation which silently makes the Electra complex perceptible between them. In the concluding part, Somesh faces ‘Godot’ of Samuel Beckett where he admits that while he might have faced ‘Iblish’ to experience ‘hell’ on earth, he still wishes to live for a minority few for whom it is worth living. Charming Rishav Basu as Somesh is very good in his role in the play. He, with his impressive diction and gracious body movement, carries the play effortlessly on his shoulders as a protagonist. Equally dexterous is Sumanta Roy in his role as Anukulda. He challenges Rishav quite often with his natural acting and undoubtedly proves his potential as an actor of promise. Avipsa Ghosh as Somesh’s daughter shows her growing determination to be a great actor on stage. Sandipan Chatterjee is good in his role as God. Director, Avi Chakraborty, keeps the stagecraft simple where he demarcates the frontal part of the stage to perform the out of the body experience and the rear part as the Nursing home, the reality. The transportation from conscious to the subconscious is subtle and is done aesthetically. Special mention of Saumik Chakraborty is required here for his fascinating set design. Music and background score of Dishari and Light designing by old-timer Sudip Sanyal make the production complete. The playwright’s elucidation of the importance of an employed middle-class life with values and contradictions amidst negativities in the world brings a wave of fresh air for us to inhale deep and take our lives forward.last_img read more

EU approves labour protection laws for Whistleblowers and Gig economy workers with

first_imgThe European Union approved two new labour protection laws recently. This time, for the two not so hyped sects, the whistleblowers and the ones earning their income via the ‘gig economy’. As for the whistleblowers, with the new law, they receive an increased protection landmark legislation aimed at encouraging reports of wrongdoing. On the other hand, for those working for ‘on-demand’ jobs, thus, termed as the gig economy, the law sets minimum rights and demands increased transparency for such workers. Let’s have a brief look at each of the newly approved by the EU. Whistleblowers’ shield against retaliation On Tuesday, the EU parliament approved a new law for whistleblowers safeguarding them from any retaliation within an organization. The law protects whistleblowers against dismissal, demotion and other forms of punishment. “The law now needs to be approved by EU ministers. Member states will then have two years to comply with the rules”, the EU proposal states. Transparency International calls this as “pathbreaking legislation”, which will also give employees a “greater legal certainty around their rights and obligations”. The new law creates a safe channel which allows the whistleblowers to report of an EU law breach both within an organization and to public authorities. “It is the first time whistleblowers have been given EU-wide protection. The law was approved by 591 votes, with 29 votes against and 33 abstentions”, the BBC reports. In cases where no appropriate action is taken by the organization’s authorities even after reporting, whistleblowers are allowed to make public disclosure of the wrongdoing by communicating with the media. European Commission Vice President, Frans Timmermans, says, “potential whistleblowers are often discouraged from reporting their concerns or suspicions for fear of retaliation. We should protect whistleblowers from being punished, sacked, demoted or sued in court for doing the right thing for society.” He further added, “This will help tackle fraud, corruption, corporate tax avoidance and damage to people’s health and the environment.” “The European Commission says just 10 members – France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Sweden, and the UK – had a “comprehensive law” protecting whistleblowers”, the BBC reports. “Attempts by some states to water down the reform earlier this year were blocked at an early stage of the talks with Luxembourg, Ireland, and Hungary seeking to have tax matters excluded. However, a coalition of EU states, including Germany, France, and Italy, eventually prevailed in keeping tax revelations within the proposal”, the Reuters report. “If member states fail to properly implement the law, the European Commission can take formal disciplinary steps against the country and could ultimately refer the case to the European Court of Justice”, BBC reports. To know more about this new law for whistleblowers, read the official proposal. EU grants protection to workers in Gig economy (casual or short-term employment) In a vote on Tuesday, the Members of the European Parliament (MEP) announced minimum rights for workers with on-demand, voucher-based or platform jobs, such as Uber or Deliveroo. However, genuinely self-employed workers would be excluded from the new rules. “The law states that every person who has an employment contract or employment relationship as defined by law, collective agreements or practice in force in each member state should be covered by these new rights”, BBC reports. “This would mean that workers in casual or short-term employment, on-demand workers, intermittent workers, voucher-based workers, platform workers, as well as paid trainees and apprentices, deserve a set of minimum rights, as long as they meet these criteria and pass the threshold of working 3 hours per week and 12 hours per 4 weeks on average”, according to EU’s official website. For this, all workers need to be informed from day one as a general principle, but no later than seven days where justified. Following are the specific set of rights to cover new forms of employment includes: Workers with on-demand contracts or similar forms of employment should benefit from a minimum level of predictability such as predetermined reference hours and reference days. They should also be able to refuse, without consequences, an assignment outside predetermined hours or be compensated if the assignment was not cancelled in time. Member states shall adopt measures to prevent abusive practices, such as limits to the use and duration of the contract. The employer should not prohibit, penalize or hinder workers from taking jobs with other companies if this falls outside the work schedule established with that employer. Enrique Calvet Chambon, the MEP responsible for seeing the law through, said, “This directive is the first big step towards the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, affecting all EU workers. All workers who have been in limbo will now be granted minimum rights thanks to this directive, and the European Court of Justice rulings, from now on no employer will be able to abuse the flexibility in the labour market.” To know more about this new law on Gig economy, visit EU’s official website. Read Next 19 nations including The UK and Germany give thumbs-up to EU’s Copyright Directive Facebook discussions with the EU resulted in changes of its terms and services for users The EU commission introduces guidelines for achieving a ‘Trustworthy AI’last_img read more