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NIA recovers more pistols in Manipur missing arms case

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first_imgThe National Investigation Agency has recovered six more of the 56 pistols that went missing from the armoury of the 2nd Battalion of the Manipur Rifles during 2016-17 only to land in the hands of extremists.The recovery of the pistols on Saturday from a place 20 km from Manipur capital Imphal followed NIA’s arrest of Congress MLA Yamthong Haokip, 72, on charges of illegally “procuring” police weapons and distributing them among militant groups “to wage war against the State”.20 recovered so farThe NIA has so far recovered 20 of the missing pistols since taking over investigation into the missing arms case in May. The trigger for the probe was the recovery of three pistols besides two German-made rifles and a semi-automatic shotgun from an SUV near Manipur’s Ukhrul town on May 21 during a search by the Assam Rifles.An NIA spokesperson said David Hangshing, the chairman of the extremist Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA) who was arrested on Friday, had provided the address of the place were the six 9mm pistols had been hidden. The KRA is in an agreement of suspension of operations with the government.“During interrogation, he said he had received the police pistols from Saikul (Assembly seat) MLA Haokip,” he said.Matching numbersThe seized pistols were found to be from the lot of missing pistols. The serial numbers of five pistols matched with those of the missing pistols while that of one pistol had been erased, the spokesperson said.Hanshing was on Saturday produced before a magistrate, who remanded him to police custody. He will now be produced before a special NIA court.Mr. Haokip is one of 11 persons arrested in connection with the case of the missing police pistols. One of these pistols, bearing licence number 18506735, was seized from his Imphal residence during a raid on July 30.Two other pistols – a U.S.-made Beretta and an unlicensed 9mm Pietro Beretta Gardone pistol, made in Italy – were also seized from Mr. Haokip’s residence.Investigations revealed that apart from KRA, some of the 9mm police pistols reached United Kuki Liberation Front, another Manipur-based extremist outfit. Nine of these pistols were recovered from the house of this group’s chief Soson Haokip in Imphal on Thursday.last_img read more

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Ponting says he urged Dravid not to retire

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first_imgFormer Australia skipper Ricky Ponting claims that he persuaded Rahul Dravid against retiring when he was written off after a string of low scores last year and the in- form Indian batsman has reciprocated the support by inspiring him during his lean patch.Dravid, the lone Indian batsman to perform well in with three centuries and 461 runs in the team’s recent 0- 4 Test whitewash at the hands of England, was woefully out of form last year and Ponting said he encouraged the veteran right-hander carry on despite the criticism.”I remember after our last series in India there was a lot of talk and speculation about Dravid being finished,” Ponting told a cricket website.”I actually went and found him at the end of the series and said ‘don’t you even think about retiring’ because I just saw some stuff in a few of his innings that suggested he was still a very, very good player.”I just said ‘don’t let them wear you down, don’t let them get you down’. I received a similar text message before and after the Ashes from him as well,” he added.The 36-year-old Ponting has not scored a Test century since January last year but he is confident of regaining his touch and he is looking up to Dravid for inspiration.”There are a few ( who provide an inspiration for batsmen of advancing years).Sachin (Tendulkar) and (Jacques) Kallis both had a great last year; Dravid is doing well now. It’s not only good for guys of my age to see guys doing that, it’s good for the younger blokes to see it as well; to know that if you keep doing the right things and work hard, and if you’ve got talent, then age is not a barrier in our game,” he said.advertisementSpeaking about the state of the game in general, Ponting said he is worried about the impact of Twenty20 on youngsters.”The big worry I’ve had about Twenty20 cricket and even other shorter forms of the game being played at really developmental times in kids’ careers is that it won’t teach them the art of concentration.”Cricket for me when I was growing up meant batting until someone got me out, and if that took them a week then that’s how long it took them,” he said.”Now, even Under-17s and Under-19s are playing T20 games in national championships, and at the detriment of two- day games. Good state players these days are averaging 35; if you were averaging 35 when I was playing your dad would go and buy you a basketball or a footy and tell you to play that. So there are areas of concern there; I don’t know how you change them,” he explained.Asked about India’s slide from the top of ICC rankings after the debacle in England, Ponting said it would be interesting to see how Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men do once the veterans retire.”India still haven’t reached that point that I thought they’d get to yet. They’ve still got that crux, those great batters in that side. Time will tell with India now. Dravid was probably one who was in the gun before the rest of them and he’s found a way to come through,” he said.”They (Tendulkar, Dravid and VVS Laxman) are all about the same age and they won’t go on forever. They will be tested more than anything with their bowlers.”- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Faf du Plessis hints at retirement after 2019 World Cup

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first_imgSouth Africa skipper Faf du Plessis has hinted that he might call curtains to his illustrious international career after the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.The 32-year-old’s comments came as he appeared on the cover of GQ magazine’s May issue where he opened up about his international cricketing career.Du Plessis said he sees the 50-over lucrative tournament as a ‘swansong’ on his then eight-year career for South Africa.”I see myself heading towards the 2019 World Cup playing all formats of the game and then calling time on my career,” Du Plessis told the men’s magazine.The Proteas Test skipper also backed AB de Villiers’ decision to rule himself out of the Test series against New Zealand, England and Bangladesh after his recovery from an elbow injury.”I can’t sit and say he (De Villiers) should be playing Test cricket because the guy has been doing it for 12 years and 106 Test matches,” said Du Plessis.Du Plessis, however, admitted that de Villiers in the best batsman in the world and that South Africa require his presence in the squad, Sport24 reported.”However, from a cricket point of view, I would obviously be the first to say that AB needs to play Tests for South Africa because he is one of the best batsmen in the world… I fully respect AB’s decision but I don’t agree with it,? he added.Du Plessis took over the Test captaincy last year from then-injured de Villiers and led the Proteas to series victories over New Zealand (at home and away), Australia (away) and Sri Lanka (home).advertisementDu Plessis has appeared in a total of 40 Tests scoring 2,426 runs, 107 ODIs making 3, 943 runs and 36 T20Is having 1,129 runs.last_img read more

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Pirlo: Lifting World Cup is unrivaled

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first_imgWorld Cup Trophy Tour 2018 VIDEO: Nothing compares to lifting the World Cup – Pirlo Goal 06:33 1/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Coca-Cola WC Trophy Tour 3 Coca-Cola/Goal World Cup Trophy Tour 2018 World Cup Goal joined the Italy star at the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola, where he revealed how it felt to lift football’s greatest prize World Cup-winner Andrea Pirlo says nothing will ever compare to the moment he lifted the World Cup trophy.The legendary former Italy international helped his nation to their fourth world title in 2006, netting in the penalty-shootout that saw the Azzurri overcome France in the final.And speaking at the launch of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola, Pirlo said the feeling of lifting the biggest prize in football is unrivalled. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It’s the best thing that can happen to a player,” he told Goal. “Being able to play at the World Cup is already the best, but then to raise the trophy to the sky is a dream.”Pirlo joined fellow former world champion Sir Geoff Hurst to provide the trophy a fitting send-off as it began its journey around the globe.The tour will take in 91 cities and visit more than 50 countries over six continents.For more information on the Trophy Tour head to the official FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour Instagram or Facebook pagelast_img read more

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It’s a different ballgame

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first_img Anand Vasu New Delhi May 31, 2019 ISSUE DATE: June 10, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 18:40 IST In the sub-continent, with far less resistance in the air, you can strike the ball early; while playing in England, you need to hold your shots back a touch and play close.The alarm bells rang early: India were not even a credible threat to New Zealand in their first warm-up match of the World Cup, and groans of there we go again’ followed swiftly.After 50-odd days of belting the ball on flat pitches under the blazing sun of the Indian PremierThe alarm bells rang early: India were not even a credible threat to New Zealand in their first warm-up match of the World Cup, and groans of there we go again’ followed swiftly.After 50-odd days of belting the ball on flat pitches under the blazing sun of the Indian Premier League, India encountered a green pitch, some canny swing and seam bowlers and once the top three had been accounted for, it began to look like a procession from the dressing room to the middle and back.Sure there are mitigating factors to consider: it was a practice game, after all, which may have been the only reason Kohli chose to bat first in those conditions. Second, even a cursory look at scores in 50-over internationals in the recent past will tell you that the surfaces are likely to be far more docile when the actual tournament begins. Even as he was leaving India, Kohli underplayed the role conditions might play: White-ball cricket, playing in England, playing an ICC tournament, the conditions are not that different, or that difficult, I’d say, compared to Test cricket, Kohli said, adding that pressure is the most important thing in the World Cup, not the conditions.As for pressure, this is likely to be India’s easiest route to the semi-finals, unless things go remarkably pear-shaped. For the first time since 1992, each team plays every other team in a round-robin league format, which means there are just two do-or-die matches in the tournament. India will know that they can afford to drop two, perhaps even three, matches in the first round and still comfortably make the final four.advertisementTeam India head coach Ravi Shastri, who played in that 1992 World Cup, struck a balance between resting easy and getting overanxious: This format is very challenging. If you look at 2015 and 2019, the gap between teams is much narrower now, said Shastri. Compare Afghanistan in 2015 with how they are now. Or Bangladesh. The good thing, though, is there are nine games (to decide the top four teams) rather than just three or four games where you have to be on the ball from the outset.If managing pressure, as captain Kohli puts it, is really what the key challenge is, then finding your groove early can release some of that pressure. What must the team do to click early on? India, it has been said and repeated often, are heavily reliant on their top three batsmenMessrs (Virat) Kohli, (Shikhar) Dhawan and (Rohit) Sharma. And the weather in England is famously fickle and the conditions are often overcast, which assist seam and swing bowling. India have an untestedif not wobblymiddle order, and if the Top Three go cheaply, the batting begins to look vulnerable.W.V. Raman, former India opener and current coach of the Indian women’s team, explains what quality batsmen do in these conditions: It’s about delaying your response just a touch, he says. When the ball is released, you’ll gauge line and length, but it helps to delay your response a fraction. If the ball does something in the air or off the seam, you can cover for it.Explaining a key difference between sub-continental and English conditions, Raman says: When there is no resistance in the air, or off the pitch, you can strike the ball early… you can play in front of your pad. But in England, where the ball wobbles a bit and can deviate even after pitching, you want to make sure the impact zone is no more than six inches from your body.Coaching manuals emphasise the importance of getting in line with the ball. Raman offers a tweak: Get your body/ leg beside the line of the ball; if you get in line, you’ll lose the leeway to play in certain areas. Should the Indian team want to look at videos to get a clearer picture, and watch men who made this adjustment well, or naturally had it as a part of their game, Raman has a few recommendations: V.V.S. Laxman, A.B. de Villiers, Mark Waugh, Mohammad Azharuddin, Virender Sehwag they could always make proper contact with the ball even if it was moving in the air or off the pitch. That is because of the way they positioned themselves and allowed their arms freedom.India’s current crop of batsmen do enjoy their freedom. If they set themselves up well, they will be good for many more runsand hopefully gift themselves an English summer to remember. ladvertisementYou’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrakriti Sharma It’s a different ballgameIndia’s current crop of batsmen do enjoy their freedom. If they set themselves up well, they will be good for many more runs—and hopefully gift themselves an English summer to remember.advertisementlast_img read more

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Kongsberg Wins Contracts in Korea

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first_imgzoom Kongsberg Maritime has secured contracts for the delivery of fully integrated navigation and automation systems for a series of 14 crude/product tankers ordered by BP shipping Ltd.The new builds will be delivered by STX Offshore and Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. by September 2016. The contracts, which were awarded through an international open tender, are valued at approximately $24 million.Kongsberg Maritime will deliver ‘Full picture’ integrated vessel control systems including navigation, communication, and automation of machinery and propulsion systems. Included in the Kongsberg scope of supply is also a state-of-the-art tank monitoring and gauging system, based upon advanced radar technology.In addition, a sophisticated vessel performance system will monitor and provide decision support on energy efficiency, fuel usage and optimal sailing.“Kongsberg Maritime is proud that BP Shipping Ltd. and STX Offshore and Shipbuilding Co, Ltd. selected ‘Full Picture’ technology solutions for this massive new building program. We have experienced significant success with our integrated approach to marine technology in the merchant Marine market, and continue to see the ‘Full Picture’ chosen for control and management of the world’s most advanced ships,” said Leif Kristian Weum, Sales Manager Merchant Marine, Kongsberg Maritime. May 21, 2014last_img read more

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GCT Vanterm New Upgrade to Boost Box Handling Capacity

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first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. Canadian terminal operator GCT Global Container Terminals has unveiled a CAD 160 million (USD 119 million) investment in GCT Vanterm that would increase the facility’s container handling capacity.The upgrade would also allow the container terminal to handle larger containerships within its existing footprint while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the terminal.Specifically, the facility will receive two new ship-to-shore cranes to service larger 14,000 TEU ships.As explained, the aim is to improve efficiency and cut emissions by upgrading lower tiered container handling equipment Tier 4x machinery and potentially adding shore power.According to the terminal operator, densified stacking and improved equipment availability are expected to add 215,000 TEUs of new capacity.“GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. will continue to make private sector investments to ensure that Vancouver remains the port of choice and continues to be a competitive jurisdiction for transpacific trade,” Doron Grosman, President and Chief Executive Officer of GCT Global Container Terminals Inc, commented.Strategically located in the inner harbor, the 31-hectare GCT Vanterm is said to be amongst the most productive terminals in North America.Based in Vancouver, BC, GCT Global Container Terminals operates four Green Marine certified terminals in two principal North American ports. On the West Coast, GCT Canada operates two gateway terminals — GCT Vanterm and GCT Deltaport in Vancouver and Delta, BC.last_img read more

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HC asks CBI to probe land grab charge against exAssam DGP

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first_imgGuwahati: The Gauhati High Court has directed the CBI to probe an alleged case of land grabbing by former Director General of Police of Assam, Khagen Sarmah. Justice S K Medhi in an order on Thursday observed that the investigation into the matter was conducted in an “unfair, partial and unethical manner by the police” and as such the CBI is ordered to conduct the probe. The order was given on two writ petitions filed by family members of late Magni Devi Jain. It was alleged in the petitions that a plot of land owned by Jain was sold in 2009 to Bandana Sarmah, wife of Khagen Sarma by fraudulent means by suspected land mafias.last_img

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Former Malaysian PMs stepson to be charged with money laundering

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first_imgKuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s anti-graft agency said Thursday it has detained Riza Aziz, the stepson of former Prime Minister Najib Razak and a Hollywood film producer, and will charge him with money laundering. Anti-Corruption Commission chief Latheefa Koya said Riza was picked up Thursday but has been released on bail. “He has to appear before the court tomorrow to face charges under AMLA,” she said, referring to the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001. She declined to give details. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’Riza was quizzed last July by the agency over alleged theft and money laundering at the 1MDB state investment fund. US investigators say Riza’s company, Red Granite Pictures Inc., used money stolen from 1MDB to finance Hollywood films including the Martin Scorsese-directed “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Red Granite has paid the US government 60 million to settle claims it benefited from the 1MDB scandal. Alleged corruption at the 1MDB fund helped bring on the unexpected defeat of Najib’s coalition in May 9 polls last year. The new government reopened investigations that were stifled while Najib was in office. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingNajib is currently on trial for alleged criminal breach of trust, abuse of power and money laundering linked to 1MDB. He denies the charges. His wife, Rosmah Mansor, also has pleaded not guilty to money laundering and tax evasion related to 1MDB but her trial date has not been set. Najib’s daughter, Nooryana Najwa, slammed the legal action against her brother. “Despite the settlement in the U.S. and the fact that alleged wrongdoings occurred entirely outside of Malaysia, the MACC decides to press charges after a whole year of leaving this case in cold storage. He is not a criminal,” she wrote on Instagram.last_img read more

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First outdoor statue of Sister Nivedita installed in England

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first_imgKolkata: The first outdoor statue of Sister Nivedita in England has been installed at the Great Torrington family cemetery on July 4. Incidentally, July 4 is the death anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The statue will be officially unveiled by Swami Girishanandaji on July 27. Sister Nivedita died at Roy Villa in Darjeeling on October 11, 1911. She had gone there with Jagadish Chandra Bose and his wife Abala. Nivedita was cremated in Darjeeling. Her ashes were sent to England, which was received by her brother Richmond Noble. In the family cemetery, Sister’s father, brother and her ashes have been buried. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersRamakrishna Mission (RKM) in collaboration with the state government has installed a bronze statue of Sister Nivedita. The 4-feet statue of Sister Nivedita up to the knee has been built by sculptor Nirjan Dey under the supervision of Swami Vishyamayananda. The state government has borne the cost of the statue. The statue was installed by J. Short and Sons, monumental masons whose firm was set up in 1895. The installation of the statue has become possible due to the initiative taken by Swami Suviranandaji, general secretary of Ramakrishna Math and Mission and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned that Banerjee had gone to Wimbledon in 2017 where a blue plaque was installed in the house where Sister Nivedita had opened her school. Swami Vivekananda had visited the school in 1895. Swami Suhitanandaji, the vice-president of Ramakrishna Math and Mission, was also present at the event. The pedestal of the statue has Benediction inscribed on it, which is a poem written by Swamiji ,on one side along with a biographical sketch of Sister Nivedita on the other side facing a path and the name of the donor, on the third side, which also faces another path. Sarada Sarkar, a school teacher settled in the UK, got in touch with the descendents of Sister Nivdita. Selendra Margot Giardin, great granddaughter of Richmond Noble came to Kolkata in 2017. Sarkar, along with some Indians, set up the Sister Nivedita Celebrations Committee in UK and started raising funds for the statue and approached the RKM in this regard. Swami Suviranandaji in turn took up the matter with Mamata Banerjee and following their initiative the first statue of Sister at a public place has been installed. Earlier, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had acquired Roy Villa and handed it over to the RKM, which has set up a centre there. She acquired the house of Sister at Bosepara Lane and handed it over to Ramakrishna Sarada Mission.last_img read more

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Nerd HQ Launches StarStudded Online Auction For Operation Smile

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first_imgNerd HQ invites you to join them in supporting children’s charity Operation Smile by bidding on select memorabilia and one-of-a-kind pieces that will earn you serious bragging rights with friends, while simultaneously providing life-changing surgery for children around the world.There’s a massive number of items going under the hammer, signed by stars such as Zachary Levi, Charlize Theron, Yvonne Strahovski, Stephen Amell, Dule Hill, Steven Moffat, Peter Capaldi, Karen Gillan, Alan Tudyk and more.The auction only runs until August 12, so get in quick. To view items and make a bid, click here.last_img

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BC Premier will meet with chiefs today amid tensions over resource projects

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first_imgAPTN National News VANCOUVER — British Columbia Premier Christy Clark is expected to address First Nations leaders at the second annual all-chiefs meetings in Vancouver Thursday.Clark will address the gathering amid simmering tensions over issues of sovereignty, land rights, and resource development.About 500 Aboriginal leaders are meeting with Clark and members of her cabinet, expecting to sign a joint government-First Nations working agreement.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B-C Indian Chiefs said they’re giving the government a one-year deadline to negotiate a reconciliation deal.The meeting is taking place in what’s described as a more polite and relaxed atmosphere than the tensions which characterized last year’s inaugural gathering.But Phillip said despite the improved feeling in the room, there is mounting frustration among First Nations over what he calls the slow pace of change following the historic Tsilhqot’in land title decision last year.The high court decision granted Aboriginal title to lands in traditional Tsilhqot’in territory in B.C.’s central interior, a ruling that now permeates all government and First Nations relations, including potentially lucrative and environmentally-sensitive resource projects.Clark has said that ignoring the Supreme Court decision put B.C.’s future in peril and she wants to use the ruling to work together with First Nations.The B.C. government is acknowledging that negotiations are moving slowly.Aboriginal Relations Minister John Rustad said a handful of First Nations have negotiated treaties but the parties need to find a way to come to agreements in a much more expedited manner.APTN National News is attending today’s gathering and will have a full report on this evening’s television newscast.–with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Smoky skies bulletin issued for Northeast BC

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first_img“The view at the moment is that it’s likely coming from there. It’s likely that this smoke is coming from Eurasia, but at this point, there’s no agreement.”During a wildfire, Environment Canada says that smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour.People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects.Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn’t air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care. For more information on current air quality, see: www.bcairquality.ca.Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a smoky skies bulletin for all of Northeast B.C. today.Officials with the Ministry of Environment say that at this point, it’s not entirely known where the smoke is coming from.Air quality meteorologist Ralph Adams said that the smoke isn’t coming any local fires in Northeast B.C., but could possibly be coming from fires burning in the Yukon anjd Northwest Territories, and even as far away as Scandinavia and Siberia.last_img read more

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UK nerve agent victim meets Russia’s envoy in London

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first_imgLondon: A British man poisoned along with his partner with a nerve agent, amid an assassination attempt on a Russian ex-spy in England blamed on Moscow, met its top UK envoy on Saturday, according to reports. Charlie Rowley, 45, whose partner Dawn Sturgess died after exposure to the toxin, held a 90-minute meeting with Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko at Russia’s embassy in London, Britain’s Sunday Mirror said. “I went along to ask them ‘why did your country kill my girlfriend?'” he told the tabloid newspaper. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”But I didn’t really get any answers. I just got Russian propaganda,” Rowley added, saying Yakovenko’s explanations of Russian innocence in the plot were “ridiculous”. Rowley and Sturgess, a 44-year-old mother of three children, who lived near the southwestern English city of Salisbury, fell ill on June 30 last year. Authorities determined they had been exposed to Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the latter days of the Cold War. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe poison was contained in a perfume bottle that Rowley had found in Salisbury and given to Sturgess. She died eight days later but after two weeks in an induced coma, he was discharged from hospital. It followed former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia being left in critical condition after they were targeted with Novichok in Salisbury three months earlier. The pair survived and have made full recoveries, according to British authorities. Western allies accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being ultimately responsible for the poisoning, which sparked dozens of diplomatic expulsions by both sides. British prosecutors in September issued arrest warrants for two alleged officers of Russia’s military intelligence service, known as the GRU. But the Kremlin has repeatedly denounced the accusations as “unacceptable.” “The ambassador kept saying the substance definitely wasn’t the novichok they had made because if it was it would have killed everyone,” Rowley told the Mirror. “He (Yakovenko) kept on saying the British won’t talk to him so he can’t tell us anything that he hasn’t read in the media, so he can only give his view.” A Russian TV station also reported Saturday’s meeting, saying Rowley was eager for answers that Britain had failed to provide. Yakovenko gave him a book on the “unanswered questions” concerning the events in Salisbury and a tour of Russia’s grand west London embassy on one of its most exclusive streets, it added.last_img read more

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2.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Northern Morocco

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Rabat – The Spanish National Geographic Institute has announced that a 2.4 magnitude earthquake struck Monday morning in the town of Arkman, in the Nador city region in the northeast of Morocco. The same source added that the earthquake occurred at around 9:51 A.M, noting that it did not cause any casualties or material damage.

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Dolce&Gabbana make encyclopedic review of artisanal heritage

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Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala made a rare fashion week appearance, sitting in the front row of Dolce & Gabbana on Sunday.The mayor’s presence had the hallmark of an institutional show of support after the designers were forced to cancel a Shanghai show following comments by one of the designers deemed as racist.The stalwart Milanese brand also faced a boycott in China, the luxury world’s biggest market, and the longer term impact of the incident remains unclear. This was their first womenswear show since the controversy, which was followed by another incident involving Milan colleagues Prada and Gucci for including images that recalled blackface in their collections.Highlights from Sunday’s previews for next fall and winter:___DOLCE & GABBANA PARADE ELEGANCEDolce & Gabbana gave the fashion world an encyclopedic review of their artisanal credentials with an expansive show of 127 looks.The multi-theme runway show flipped through a series of well-catalogued Dolce & Gabbana themes. Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana started with elegant suits topped with fedora hats or elaborate feathered fascinators worthy of a female Dasheill Hammett character then transitioned to chiffon and silk dresses or pantsuits with feather boa trim that exuded leisure.The designers then ran through patterns, textiles and colour: leopard, florals, houndstooth and Prince of Wales, jewel tone colorblocking and brocades. The designers, unusually, then highlighted a series of frothy bridal gowns. And the final flourish was reserved for the brand’s true mainstay: beautifully tailored looks in black.The looks played on classic, even stereotypical, roles of femininity, which remains at the heart of Dolce & Gabbana’s appeal with its core consumer.Highlights included a royal purple A-line coat with cape and bow details that popped with layers of turquoise crinoline, an all-white fitted double-breasted suit topped with a soft cashmere overcoat, a modern take on the suit deconstructed into an off-shoulder look and a black-and-white polka dot dress made voluminous by underlays worn by an Asian model. Applause emitting from a VIP front row punctuated the show.The show titled “Elegance” opened with a video showing Dolce draping fabric on a model and hand stitching a garment that, when finished, was branded with the duo’s script in Italian “Fatto a mano,” or “Made by hand.”___STELLA JEANHaitian-Italian designer Stella Jean’s collection for next fall and winter took a dramatic turn with a sleeker silhouette and more urban styling.Jean said that her “bourgeois lady” is taking an updated version of a 17th-century European tour, and instead of cultural capitals, she is visiting places usually considered beach destinations — but which instead have a rich artistic tradition. By that, she referred to the naive art of French Polynesia, Haiti and the Caribbean in general.A grey, brick and camel plaid belted trench gave expression to Jean’s old continent influence and European styling. A tiered, pleated red print dress worn with a turtle neck and knee-high boots projected an easy elegance. A black laser-cut top with slit-skirt and short-shorts with a sweater with a pair of cats had youthful flair.Jean maintained her colorful naive art prints, but with a long pencil skirt worn with a sleek high-neck blouse in seashell pink.The colour palette was more subdued than in some seasons past, including pink, green, blue, brick red grey and white.“For the first time there is some black. I guarantee that it does not reflect any malaise. I am not having a difficult moment. I like black,” Jean said backstage.___MARRAS’S MINERSAntonio Marras’s collection exuded the freedom that he imagines would have been felt by Sardinian mine workers freed from labour, dressed in their Sunday best and ready to party. It’s a feeling many new economy workers could easily relate to.The joyful looks had a deliberate rag-tag feeling that Marras achieved by taking cuttings from discarded or used clothing and other fabrics, creating a chronological history of a garment through panels and patches as it is passed from mother to daughter, father to son, adapted for occasion and season.Marras’ fantasy revolves around the Italian painter Modigliani, whose father owned Sardinian mines, and painterly images appear on garments, most sweetly on the fronts of knee socks.A woman’s coat was made from scraps of a man’s plaid jacket and a military coat, decorated with feathers and dark sparkles that evoke the minerals within the mine. A man’s jacket was recycled with sleeves from one coat and panels from another. A dress was constructed out of layers of ruffles, tiers and bows over lace. A sweater was decorated with a copper sheen, patched with a masculine plaid and the lace.It was all about improvisation: Marras was representing workers without means — but deliberately executed — they have skill and passion.___ODP SUSTAINABLE BAGSModel Arizona Muse brought her sustainability chops to a capsule collection of structured bags by Italian brand Officina del Poggio, or ODP for short.“We’re living in a really exciting time where sustainability isn’t earthy and brown anymore. It’s really chic and luxury,” Muse said at a presentation.Muse, who is on the board of the London-based Sustainable Angle non-profit, sourced rich ostrich skins taken from the bird’s legs, which until recently would have been discarded, and fused seamlessly together with new techniques to make luxe coverings for bags designed by American Allison Hoeltzel in her Bologna workshop.Hoetzel’s handbags have the simple elegance of a Shaker box, and are built around wooden forms clad in leather, offering stylish protection objects in a hard shell. The bags are secured by sleek golden closures or belt straps. The designer said she plans to incorporate elements from the capsule in the main line of her 5-year-old brand, including a sustainable micro-suede for the bags’ interior and organic cotton velvet for the exterior.The sustainable collection retailed for about 20 per cent higher than her main collection, she said.___ATSUSHI NAKASHIMA EXPLORES EROSIONJapanese designer Atsushi Nakashima’s seventh Milan runway collection explorex erosion, with one element gradually invading another.Nakashima employed a sophisticated use of materials to create a trench coat with sheer silvery panels alongside black-trim khaki.A military green dress was set off by a partial iridescent ruffle on the hem, puffy sleeves and transparent arm. A cropped belted trench coat with technical detailing was paired with a matching skirt, with just a peek of a white top setting the two garments apart. Textiles themselves had a distressed look, seeming to erode on the garment.His triangular logo representing the A in his first name was worked into repeating patterns on sweat shirts, smocked dresses and most luxuriously on a fur coat with a sheer overlay.___UJOH’S PROPORTION PLAYSMitsuru Nishizaki’s latest Ujoh collection combined western elements like fringe scarves, ribbed knitwear and quilting alongside looser Asian silhouette with elements of a kimono jacket and martial art trousers.Both the female and male silhouette played with proportions. Sleeves were elongated, trousers loos and jackets wide.A woman’s double-breasted jacket was paired loose Asian style trousers. A man’s jacket closed with a built-in kimono belt. A long grey tunic with kimono arms tied in the front scarf-like at the waist, creating two lengths. Knitwear wrapped around the body, but was never symmetrical. Nishizaki also played with quilting, mimicking it with laser cuts on a leather-like textileThe palette was mostly black and neutrals, with flashes of colour mostly left for glimpses in linings.Colleen Barry, The Associated Press read more

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Mondays Daily Brief human rights in the Near East and a Forum

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On Sunday, the UN food and agriculture agency, FAO, elected Qu Dongyu, China’s agricultural deputy minister, to take the reins on 1 August. Having received a total of 108 votes out of 191 cast, FAO’s 194-member countries chose Mr. Qu during its 41st annual conference in Rome.The new FAO chief, who was born in 1963, is the first person from a communist country to hold the top job and the ninth Director-General since the Organization was founded in 1945. Current chief José Graziano da Silva, from Brazil, will complete his four-year term on 31 July. As China’s vice-minister for agriculture, Mr. Qu worked on several rural development projects all over the world, during which time he was in close contact with many UN countries. UN committee sounds alarm over Israeli practices that violate Palestinians’ human rights Thousands of suspected foreign ISIL terrorist fighters and their families who are being held in detention in Syria and Iraq, must be treated fairly by their captors and taken back by their home countries, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Monday.In an address to Member States marking the start of the Human Rights Council’s 41st session in Geneva, Michelle Bacheletexplained that more than 55,000 men, women and children have been rounded up since the fall of the self-styled “Caliphate” in the spring.Read our full story here.Displacement challenges ‘cannot be done alone’ A United Nations human rights committee, mandated with investigating Israeli practices, noted on Monday “with deep concern the continued degradation of the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory” as a result of  Israeli policies and practices. The recent spike in settlement expansion and settler violence, especially against children and schools, was also noted as alarming. The findings stem from the UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories, which just concluded its annual mission to Amman, Jordan.The various illegal and discriminatory practices denounced by the committee include, to name a few: The killing and injury of Palestinians, resulting from the use of live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas by Israeli security forces against people posing no direct threat to life.Night raids to arrest children in the West Bank, after which children are often taken to unknown locations, held in military vehicles, and subjected to threats and verbal abuse during interrogations.Severe, arbitrary and punitive restrictions on the fishing zone in Gaza and lack of safe drinking water.The committee will present its next report to the General Assembly in November 2019.  Listen to or download our audio News In Brief for 24 June on SoundCloud: The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, announced that on 17 and 18 December it will be hosting the first-ever Global Refugee Forum in Geneva.With tens of millions of people affected by war, conflict and persecution, the Forum will provide an opportunity for countries to take stock of the situation today and strengthen the international response. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said that “refugee situations send ripples across entire regions and beyond”, pointing out that “dealing with displacement challenges cannot be done alone”, requiring a united vision among countries, coupled with concrete action.“This is the goal of the Global Compact on Refugees and it is what we will be working towards” during the Forum, he spelled out.UN Secretary-General António Guterres is expected to attend the event, which will be held at Ministerial level and, among other things, focus on burden and responsibility-sharing; education; livelihoods; and protection.New UN agriculture agency chief hails from China Statelessness for terrorists’ families, never an acceptable option, urges UN rights chief read more

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Une nouvelle espèce de dinosaure découverte à AixenProvence

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first_imgUne nouvelle espèce de dinosaure découverte à Aix-en-ProvenceLe bassin d’Aix-en-Provence est connu de tous les paléontologues grâce à ses riches gisements de fossiles et oeufs de dinosaures. Et la ville fait aujourd’hui encore des envieux, avec la récente découverte d’une nouvelle espèce qui s’apprête à faire son entrée au Muséum.En 2008, les paléontologues aixois ont mis au jour un os crânien près de la commune de Pourrières. Comme le rapporte le site CityLocalNews, le doctorant en paléontologie Thierry Tortosa, employé au Muséum de la ville, a réussi grâce à ce seul fragment, à reconstituer l’ensemble de la structure osseuse du dinosaure. À lire aussiCette vidéo retrace l’évolution de nos ancêtres en moins de 2 minutesCousin du Tyrannosaure, l’animal qui n’a pas encore été baptisé, pouvait mesurer jusqu’à six mètres. Il est à ce jour considéré comme le plus gros dinosaure carnivore ayant vécu dans le sud-est de la France.Thierry Tortosa est en pleine préparation de sa thèse, portant bien sûr sur cette nouvelle espèce. Des travaux qui une fois publiés, devraient être lus par des chercheurs aux quatre coins du monde. Le jeune paléontologue poursuit par ailleurs avec ses collègues les fouilles menées en bordure de l’autoroute, près de Pourrières, espérant mettre au jour de nouvelles découvertes qui permettront à Aix-en-Provence de mériter encore son surnom : Eggs-en-Provence (eggs signifie oeufs en anglais).Le 2 février 2011 à 16:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Hong Kongs Hot Spicy KFC Ad Reimagines Delicious Chicken As Explosions

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first_img Finally, KFC Makes A Colonel Sanders Dating GameKFC Tests Plant-Based Beyond Fried Chicken in Atlanta Stay on target KFC has delicious fried chicken. I live in Kentucky and can attest to this, though it really matters if the chicken is fresh or not. I imagine, weirdly enough, that KFC Hong Kong may have better chicken given their awesome advertising campaigns. KFC Hong Kong has teamed up with Ogilvy Hong Kong, an ad agency, to release a set of striking and unique ads for the new line of Hot & Spicy fried chicken. The result is a hilarious mixture of delicious chicken and energetic photos that use chicken Photoshopped to look like explosions and other sorts of firestorms.If you edit a bunch of fried chicken, as many graphic designers will know, using the right lighting and photo magic, you can make it look just like a gnarly firestorm. It’s all the crispy skin on the chicken that comes together to do it, so you’ll end up with an explosion from a rocket, a race car, or many other things. Just look at this kind of genius and you’ll see what I mean.No, that’s not fire shooting out of the end of the rocket as it lifts into space. It’s chicken. Yummy chicken. Spicy chicken. But don’t put your mouth on it since you might breathe in a bunch of rocket fuel particles. That’s not exhaust27 and fire coming out the back of that race car, either. Nope. It’s chicken too. Were you really expecting something else?This unique ad campaign will certainly ensure you want to try a piece of the new spicy chicken, at least if you live in the area, so chalk one up to Ogilvy Hong Kong for taking one of the most interesting internet trends out there and flipping it to make sense as an ad campaign. Big ups! Can you make your own set of copycat ads using Photoshop? Make sure you share them with us!center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Man stabbed to death in Poway during altercation at convenience store

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first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter January 14, 2018 Posted: January 14, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:44 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom, POWAY (KUSI) — A 30-year-old transient was arrested on suspicion he stabbed a man to death in Poway early Sunday, sheriff’s deputies said.Kevin Talbott, a transient from the Poway area, matched the description of a possible suspect in the homicide, sheriff’s Lt. Rich Williams said.Talbott was arrested Sunday and booked into the San Diego Central jail on a murder charge. Talbott was being held without bail.Deputies responded to a 911 call of a stabbing at a 7-Eleven store in the 12000 block Pomerado Road just after 1:30 a.m., where they found a man with a “traumatic injury,” Williams said.The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died. His name was withheld pending notification of kin.Deputies asked anyone with information about the incident to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321 / after hours at (858) 565-5200, or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Man stabbed to death in Poway during altercation at convenience storelast_img read more

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