Registry of Motor Vehicles New Glasgow Office to Reopen on Monday Dec

first_imgInvestigation into oil fumes experienced today, Dec. 7, at the New Glasgow Registry of Motor Vehicle Office has determined that the office is safe for business. The office will reopen at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 10. Originally it was thought that oil was leaking into the office; however, the office has been checked out by experienced professionals and there is no evidence of any problems. Oil spilled on a customer’s clothing may have been the possible source of the smell. The office was closed as a safety precaution to both staff and customers until an investigation could be completed. -30-last_img

Hotel management graduate turned gangster

first_imgNew Delhi: A hotel management graduate who turned into a gangster was arrested from the area of Outer Delhi.The investigating agency said that a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh was declared by Delhi Police on information leading to his arrest. Police identified the accused as Sonu Jaat native of Rohtak in Haryana. He was nabbed near Mukundpur to Bhalswa Dairy Road on June 29. The accused had done hotel management from an institute in Inderlok. Deputy Commissioner of Police (special cell) Pramod Kushwah in 2010, he along with his associates were arrested in the area of Shalimar Bagh police station when they attempted to commit robbery at one petrol pump in Shalimar Bagh area. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”After being released on bail he resumed his Hotel Management classes and simultaneously continued his criminal activities with is associates Monu Bajitpur and others. In the mean-time he completed his hotel management course,” said DCP Special Cell. The arrest was made by the team of ACP (special cell) Attar Singh. Police said that on January 20 he along with Sukhinder, Nishant Bawana and Yavinder committed the murder of one Mohit in the area of Shalimar Bagh police station. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn February 1 he along with his associates committed murder of one Vikas as later was rival of Dushyant. He has been absconding since then and continued his criminal activities with Monu Bajitpur. In March, 2019, he was scheduled to meet Monu Bajitpur to plan and execute some heinous crime in Delhi but Monu Bajitpur was arrested. In 2009, Sonu Jaat visited Bajitpur and came in contact with Monu Bajitpur, a close associate of Neeraj Bawana and is having rivalry with Happy Bajitpur, Ashok Pradhan and Rajesh Bawania. Sonu Jaat developed friendship with Monu Bajitpur and with the passage of time they became good friends.last_img read more

Noida authority launches mobile app for street light grievance redressal

first_imgNoida: The Noida authority, on Friday, launched a mobile app for LED street light grievance redressal. The mobile application was launched by Noida authority’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ritu Maheshwari.As per a senior authority official, people can register complaint of any non-functioning street light in their area through the app. “The application is available on google play store as well as apple store by the name ‘Noida Smart LED Light’. A person can register their complaint of non-functioning street light in their area through the app which will be replaced within 48 hours. A dedicated control room has also been set up to monitor the complaints. Through the new system, the authority wants to ensure women safety and will curb petty crimes like snatching that occur mostly at dark spots,” said a senior Noida authority officer. The authority has a tie-up with TATA projects limited to change 74, 000 street lights in Noida with much efficient and power saving LED lights. “Around 64, 850 street lights in Noida have been converted into LED while rest will be changed soon,” the officer added.last_img read more

Mikmaqled antifracking camp served with notice of injunction from Houstonbased energy firm

first_imgAPTN National News ELSIPOGTOG FIRST NATION, NB–A Houston-based energy company has again filed for an injunction against Mi’kmaq-led demonstrators who have been opposing its exploration work north of Elsipogtog First Nation.The notice of injunction was served on the demonstrators Thursday at the latest incarnation of their anti-fracking camp just off Hwy 11, about 46 kilometres north of Elsipogtog.The legal move comes a day after the RCMP told Mi’kmaq District Chief Jason Augustine SWN Resources Canada had “tentatively” agreed to meet with demonstrators along with a provincial official.The injunction request was filed Wednesday with the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench in Fredericton and names five people, along with the standard “John Doe and Jane Doe.”Arguments on the injunction are set for 9:30 a.m. in Fredericton Friday.“(SWN’s) right to work and carry out business upon lands in New Brunswick and pursuant to its license and permits is being unlawfully obstructed and interfered with,” says the injunction filing.SWN filed for a similar injunction in early October against a previous anti-fracking camp along Route 134 in Rexton, NB., which was blocking the company’s vehicles in a compound owned by JD Irving Ltd.RCMP tactical units raided the camp on Oct. 17 in an operation that triggered a day-long conflict with Elsipogtog residents and led to the torching of several RCMP vehicles. The RCMP arrested 40 people and seized three rifles, ammunition and crude homemade explosive devices.The RCMP has said it conducted the raid on public safety grounds. The raid also freed SWN’s vehicles form the compound.Provincial Premier David Alward has thrown the full weight of his government behind seeing SWN finish its exploration work. Alward has called the battle between the Mi’kmaq-led coalition and SWN as a “beachhead” that could determine the fate of upcoming energy projects slated for the cash-strapped province. TransCanada is hoping to link its proposed Canada East pipeline, which would transport Alberta bitumen, to Irving Oil’s refining and shipping infrastructure in Saint John, NB.More to comelast_img read more

China to Establish Economic Zone in Fez

Rabat – Morocco signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China on Friday to set up an economic zone in Fez, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). The agreement was signed between the Fes-Meknes Regional Investment Center (CRI) and the China Association for Industrial Cooperation (CAIC).CRI and CAIS aim to strengthen the ties between the two countries by signing an agreement for the creation of an economic zone in Morocco’s spiritual city, Fez. The MoU was signed by Rachid Aouine, CRI’s director, and Chongsheng Zhao, CAIC’s Secretary General. The agreement includes different sectors, including aviation, the automotive industry, agriculture, health, and renewable energies.The signing ceremony was marked by the attendance of Said Zniber, the Wali of the Fez Meknes region. Zniber said praised the efforts made by the Moroccan and Chinese project representatives.The Wali called on institutional and economic actors to accompany the implementation of the “strategic investment program,” in line with the 2016 royal visit to China, which reinforced the bonds between the two countries. Aouine said that these projects will have a “strong impact” on employment and economic growth in the Fez-Meknes region.Mohad Lansr, president of the Fez-Meknes region, said that the MoU is the beginning of a joint cooperation.Bilateral relations between China and Morocco were reinforced after King Mohammed VI paid an official visit to China in 2016, when the King chaired a signing ceremony of several bilateral agreements with Chinese President Xi Jinping.During the royal visit, Xi said that “building a strategic partnership is a milestone in the development of bilateral ties.” He added that China has always attached an importance to Sino Moroccan relations, explaining that the republic sees Morocco as an important regional partner. read more

TULF resolution extends support to Maithri

The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), has in a resolution, agreed that President Maithripala Sirisena should be given all support to re-establish democracy in the country and to rule, providing equal opportunities for all ethnic groups, to live in peace and amity as free citizens of Sri Lanka.In the resolution, the TULF stated that it also strongly believes that the disunity between the TULF and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had seriously affected the welfare of the Tamil speaking people and had distanced the chances of finding solutions for their problems. The TULF also warned the concerned parties to find an early solution for the problems the fishing community is facing both in India and Sri Lanka saying failing to do so may result in unpleasant developments taking place in the future that will mainly strain the relationship between the two Nations, with hardliners taking the upper hand. (Colombo Gazette) The TULF called on the TNA to come back to their senses and provide strong united and honest leadership for which the TULF will give full backing. The TULF also accused the  TNA of insulting India by declaring to accept South African mediation for the ethnic problem.“With all respect to the South African Government, we should tell them that we will gladly consider adapting the South Africa’s Bill of Rights. But India had been taking a lot of interest in solving our problem, from the time of Hon. Madam Indra Gandhi. It lost a Prime Ministerial candidate at the time of his assassination and hundreds of soldiers in Sri Lanka. India’s assistance for rehabilitation and resettlement still continue and in the process of considering further assistance,” the TULF resolution stated. “No party or an individual can claim credit for the change of Head of the state and not change of Government as wrongly understood by many. The change of Head of the state was spontaneous and is only a prelude to the real drama to take place soon with the anticipated General Election. There are many demands coming from various places. The Present Head of the state should be given full backing to enable him to gain full strength and take decisions firmly. The TULF urges the TNA leadership to caution its members about their utterances or earn the blame of missing the last opportunity that came on its own,” the resolution said. read more

Report Paterno Top Penn State Officials Protected Sandusky

A team led by former federal judge and FBI director Louis Freeh released a report today concluding that leaders at Penn State, including the late legendary football coach Joe Paterno, displayed “total disregard” for the children victimized by assistant coach Sandusky in order to prevent bad publicity in Happy Valley.“Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State,” Freeh said at this morning’s press conference. “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”According to Freeh, the senior officials in question “never demonstrated, through actions or words, a concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.”The report includes several email conversations between deceased former head coach Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley, now retired university vice president Gary Schultz, and university president Graham Spanier.The Paterno family released a statement on Tuesday seeking to refute claims that Paterno helped shield his longtime friend from the consequences of his actions. “Joe Paterno did not know that Jerry Sandusky was a pedophile,” the family statement said. “Joe Paterno did not act in any way to prevent a proper investigation of Jerry Sandusky.”The report by Freeh says otherwise.“Although concern to treat the child abuser humanely was expressly stated, no such sentiments were ever expressed by them for Sandusky’s victims,” the report says.In 2001 Mike McQueary, a graduate assistant at the time, notified Paterno that he saw Sandusky with a teenage boy engaged in what appeared to be anal sex. Paterno then proceeded to alert Curley and Schultz, who decided not to alert law enforcement or child welfare authorities, as they were required by law to do.Both Curley and Schultz are awaiting trial on charges they lied to a grand jury that was investigating Sandusky as well as the aforementioned failure to report what McQueary told them.The report concluded “in order to avoid consequences of bad publicity, Curley, Paterno, Schultz and Spanier repeatedly concealed critical facts related to Sandusky’s child abuse from the authorities.” read more

Ohio State womens soccer preparing to take on Michigan State

Then junior midfielder/forward Ellyn Gruber (5) pushes the ball up the field during a game against Eastern Michigan Aug. 25, 2013. OSU won 2-1 in OT.Credit: Lantern file photoAfter ending its last two games with draws in double overtime, the Ohio State women’s soccer team looks to focus on the task ahead instead of dwelling on the past.“We’re working on getting our mindset right so we don’t go out on the field with a losing mentality,” freshman midfielder Sydney Dudley said. “We know that we can turn the season around but we have to start now.”The Buckeyes are 5-7-2 overall and 2-4-2 in Big Ten play after their latest contest against Maryland and the prior one against Minnesota ended with the score tied. OSU is scheduled to return to the field Thursday afternoon against Michigan State.Senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said while the team wasn’t happy with the results, it has found ways to learn from them.“We’ve played really good soccer both games even though we didn’t get the result that we wanted,” Gruber said. “We’ve taken all the positives that we’ve learned and I think we’re ready for a turning point.”Senior forward Kayla Varner said the team has put the previous games in the past and has put its focus into becoming better during practice.“I think we just put the result behind us and we had a really good practice this week,” Varner said. “We’ve had some of our best soccer played at practice, so we’re moving forward.”Dudley said the team has been working on its defense this week in preparation for the Spartans. Dudley also acknowledged that closing in on opportunities while on offense is something the team wants to improve on.“We’ve tightened up our defense a lot and we’re cutting back on the mistakes we’ve been making,” Dudley said. “Our attack has gotten better but we still need to work on finishing.”Another problem that the Buckeyes could be looking to fix is limiting the number of mental errors on the field such as turnovers and deflected balls turning into goals for the other team. Gruber said the team can’t let fatigue distract them from the game.“You can’t take a break for a second,” Gruber said. “That helps by connecting with your teammates and knowing you’re not alone if you’re getting tired.”With an away record of 1-5-1, the Buckeyes are looking to make a change when they visit the Spartans.Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on in East Lansing, Mich. After the game, OSU is set to make the short trip to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a matchup with Michigan on Sunday at 2 p.m. read more

Christmas jumpers banned from pubs and clubs as owners say they are

first_img“Management and doormen should always using their discretion in venues rather than upholding a blanket ban on Christmas jumpers,” he said. Mr Everett said he had been turned away from one bar in Bradford because he had been wearing a Christmas jumper alongside his wife. “It is very annoying when it happens”, he added. Alan Miller, the chairman of the Night Time Industries Association, said that is was the prerogative of any premises to decide who can leave or enter.“They are the ones who the responsibility falls on,” he said. “If they think certain types of people wearing certain types of things will be bad for business then it is up to them. We support premises making that type of decision.”Save the Children, which promotes an annual Christmas Jumper Day to raise money, said it was not aware of widespread problems but admitted some pubs and clubs had banned Christmas jumpers.  Managers have said those wearing Christmas jumpers “ruin” the night for other partiesCredit: Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph One trade group has defended the decision, claiming establishments should be able to stop anyone they want to from entering bars and restaurants The Record Cafe in Bradford upholds a similar rule, preventing customers from wearing Christmas jumpers to the bar in the evenings.Keith Wildman, owner of the bar, said he banned Christmas jumpers as they were often worn by “lads who go out to get smashed in as many bars as possible”. He added that the ban acted as a warning to groups he thought would not want to go to the bar anyway. “It is about preserving the atmosphere. They upset the staff, they upset the customers,” he said. “The jumpers were mildly funny six years ago but now they are not.”  We don’t want 15 lads all dressed in Christmas jumpers making a beeline for the bar and making life difficult for othersAlan Murphy One trade group has defended the decision, claiming establishments should be able to stop anyone they want to from entering bars and restaurantsCredit:Eddie MulhollandSource: Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph Meanwhile, agency door staff in York allegedly turned away customers from the Biltmore Bar and Grill on the same grounds. The bar apologised the next day on Facebook and insisted it was not its policy.It comes after Job Centre staff in Manchester and drivers at Lothian Buses in Edinburgh were also banned from wearing Christmas jumpers amid fears they may look unprofessional. A member of door staff who works in Torquay told The Sunday Telegraph that those wearing Christmas jumpers were increasingly being treated the same groups in fancy dress, including morph suits, and stag dos.The worker, who wanted to remain anonymous, said people were often stopped from coming in in case they misbehaved or “act laddy”, for example, shouting and swearing in the bar. Mark Everett, the founder of UK-based company Cheesy Christmas Jumpers, said banning the items did not make sense. Trade groups defended the right of any establishment to prevent anyone they want to from entering bars and restaurants.Premises in Hull, Bradford and York have been pulled up on the issue on social media, with customers complaining they have been treated similarly to those wearing over-the-top fancy dress costumes.Alan Murphy, who runs three establishments in Hull, put a sign in one of his pub’s windows to alert customers that festive jumpers would not be allowed after 8pm.Mr Murphy described the ban as being the same as some upmarket restaurants not allowing sportswear. “We don’t want 15 lads all dressed in Christmas jumpers making a beeline for the bar and making life difficult for others,” he said. “There are much larger pubs, which can hold 400 to 500, who are happy to allow large groups in.” Managers have said those wearing Christmas jumpers "ruin" the night for other parties Every Christmas needs its Scrooge and, this year, bar and restaurant owners have been accused of “bah humbug” and miserly behaviour after banning Christmas jumpers.Across the country, people wearing festive woolly knitwear have been stopped from going into places of entertainment amid fears the garments signal that they might have been enjoying a little too much Christmas spirit.Managers say that those wearing Christmas jumpers often “ruin” the night for other parties by being boisterous or loud. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Lord Sugar and Duncan Bannatyne deny they are the businessman behind gagging

After judges sided with him at the Court of Appeal on Tuesday, placing a ban on naming him in Wednesday’s paper, speculation has been rife as to the identity of the alleged perpetrator. A well-known socialite writing anonymously in today’s Telegraph described how she was groped under her skirt by a man she believed to be the unnamed businessman when she was at a party with her partner.The gagging order has left politicians angry and the Prime Minister was challenged to act in the Commons by the Labour MP Jess Phillips who said: “It seems that our laws allow rich and powerful men to pretty much do whatever they want as long as they can pay to keep it quiet.”She said the law around NDAs “needs more teeth and it needs to happen quickly. We are a year on from MeToo and nothing has changed”, she said. Other MPs and campaigners also spoke out against the sue of gagging orders in sexual harassment cases.Zelda Perkins, Harvey Weinstein’s former assistant who dramatically broke a NDA to expose sexual harassment, said that NDAs were being used “unethically”. “They are being used to bully employers and bully the press,” she added.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Earlier this week, this newspaper revealed that a businessman used non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to silence and pay off at least five members of staff who accused him of sexual assault and racism. Lord Sugar has hit back at the “trolls” who linked him to The Telegraph’s Me Too investigation into a British businessman who has gagged this newspaper from publishing allegations of sexual assault made against him. The Apprentice host, 71, took to Twitter to say he did not know who the man at the centre of the scandal was, other than it was not him. He said: “To all those t—-r trolls associating me with the Daily Telegraph injunction by a celeb. I have no idea who that person is, but I certainly know it is not me.”Duncan Bannatyne, 69, also responded to a message on Twitter referring to the story saying he “seems the sort”.The Dragon’s Den panelist said he could “safely say” it wasn’t him, and added in another post: “How can one man hide behind anonymity whilst others can’t?”This newspaper is unable to name the businessman or other details that might identify him following an injunction by the Court of Appeal.He has spent close to £500,000 on a team of at least seven lawyers to persuade the Court of Appeal to injunct The Telegraph. read more

NEW LOOK Croatia without Kopljar Cupic Karacic and Brozovic in France

Croatia will start a new Olympic cycle with some new faces in the team. Zeljko Babic who changed his decision about leaving hot Croatian bench, made some changes in the team, who will stay without a help of players like Ivan Cupic, Igor Karacic, Ilija Brozovic or Marko Kopljar.Ivan Sliskovic won’t be also a part of the team due mononucleosis which keep him out of handball since Rio.Croatia will stay preparation for World Championship 2017 in France on December 26, while the only friendly matches will play against Montenegro and Tunisia.Croatian 16 for WCh 2017:Filip Ivić – HC Vive Tauron KielceIvan Stevanović – RK PPD ZagrebIvan Pešić – HC Meshkov BrestJerko Matulić – HC NantesJosip Božić-Pavletić – RK NEXEManuel Štrlek – HC Vive Tauron KielceLovro Mihić – HC Wisla PlockTin Kontrec – RK PPD ZagrebMarko Mamić – HC DunqerkeStipe Mandalinić – RK PPD ZagrebSandro Obranović – HC MOL Pick SzegedLovro Jotić – RK PPD ZagrebLuka Cindrić – HC VardarLuka Stepančić – HC Paris Saint-GermainLuka Šebetić – RK PPD ZagrebŠime Ivić – HC Wisla Plock ← Previous Story Norway first semi-finalists – Denmark VS Romania for the second! Next Story → Petkovic to replace Richardsson in Fuchse Berlin read more

Milans noirs quand le plastique se fait signe de puissance

first_imgMilans noirs : quand le plastique se fait signe de puissanceLes milans noirs, des oiseaux de proie, utilisent pour confectionner leurs nids, des bouts de plastique blanc. Une technique qui, loin d’être pur esthétisme, est une façon pour eux de montrer leur puissance.Des chercheurs espagnols ont fait cette découverte et l’ont publiée dans la revue Science. Si voir un nid rempli de plastique nous rappelle combien la nature est polluée par l’activité humaine, les milans noirs ont su faire de cette pollution un moyen de protection.Les scientifiques se sont intéressés à ces nids plastifiés dans le parc national de Doñana, en Andalousie. Si certains oiseaux décorent leurs nids avec des cailloux pour attirer les femelles, les milans noirs construisent leur nid en couple et le décorent. Toutefois, tous ces rapaces ne remplissent pas leurs nids de bouts de plastique blanc, préféré aux autres couleurs par les milans noirs. Seuls les adultes les plus forts, âgés de sept à douze ans, confectionnent ainsi leur nid, afin de faire part de leur puissance à leurs pairs. Les oiseaux les plus jeunes et les plus vieux ne le font pas ou peu, ont constaté les chercheurs.Ainsi, les milans ayant les nids les plus décorés sont bien moins attaqués que les autres, la quantité de plastique témoignant de leur capacité à se défendre. Quant aux rapaces les moins puissants, ils ont pris soin de se débarrasser des morceaux de plastique que les chercheurs avaient déposés dans leur nid. “Cela s’explique par le fait que les oiseaux doivent passer un test social au cours duquel leurs pairs vérifient s’ils mentent ou non”, note Fabrizio Sergio, écologiste pour la Station Biologique Doñana.Selon lui, les milans noirs avaient probablement recours avant l’invention du plastique, à du papier ou du tissu pour décorer leur nid. “Et avant cela, bien que ce ne soit que des suppositions, les milans noirs utilisaient peut-être des plumes très colorées d’autres oiseaux ou de la laine blanche de mouton”, avance-t-il avant de s’interroger : “Peut-être que le comportement des oiseaux a évolué lorsque le plastique est apparu”.Le 30 janvier 2011 à 14:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Solskjaer I cant do anything about Sanchez

first_imgCaretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged Alexis Sanchez to rediscover the “quality player” that he can be following another lacklustre display in their 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.The Chilean forward came on for Jesse Lingard in first-half stoppage time at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, but was unable to help prevent Manchester United from losing the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie to PSG.Sanchez has only managed to score two goals in 19 appearances for United in all competitions this season and Solskjaer, who suffered his first defeat as caretaker manager, admits the former Arsenal’s star’s struggles are out of his hands.“I can’t do anything about Alexis,” admitted Solskjaer, according to Yahoo.“He needs to find himself as we know there is a quality player there.”Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe were the goalscorers as PSG took home a critical 2-0 aggregate lead heading into the return leg at the Parc Des Princes on March 6.Meanwhile, United will be sweating over the availability of Lingard and Anthony Martial after they both came off the pitch with injuries.Solskjaer added: “The reality is Jesse and Anthony are part of our squad playing really well but in the second half we didn’t have as much movement and couldn’t get in behind.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Juan [Mata] got on the ball to create a few bits but we maybe need to find a new way to play when Anthony and Jesse are out.“At this club we bounce back. We have to bounce back, we’re in a tournament and the Champions League is always going to be difficult. We have the league and the FA Cup, so many games, but I’m not afraid of the reaction in the dressing room.“We go down to Paris and we will give it a go. It’s a mountain to climb but not impossible, we need to try and get to half-time with a 1-0 lead. We’re ready for the next game, that’s the thing for us, we’re Man United and we always bounce back.”The sensational Mbappe produced another eye-catching display on the night with the 20-year-old’s searing pace providing to be a handful for the United defence all night before he scored PSG’s second goal of the game.“The ground he made up to get in the box, for all the strikers and coaches out there, that’s how you get in the box,” Solskjaer said on Mbappe.“Don’t give him that space to go into, but he’s lightning quick of course. You have to get your body in the way but I was never a top defender so you need to ask them how to stop him.”The Red Devils will return to action away to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday in a fifth-round FA Cup tie.MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 12: Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United takes on Thilo Kehrer of PSG during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on February 12, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)last_img read more

Caliphate wiped out as last IS bastion falls

first_imgKurdish-led forces pronounced the death of the Islamic State group’s nearly five-year-old “caliphate” Saturday after flushing out diehard jihadists from their very last bastion in eastern Syria.Fighters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces raised their yellow flag in Baghouz, the remote riverside village where diehard jihadists of a variety of nationalities made a desperate, dramatic last stand.The SDF’s victory capped a six-month operation in which it took heavy casualties and will go down as a symbolic date in a war that changed the face of the region and spurred a spate of global terror attacks.”Syrian Democratic Forces declare total elimination of so-called caliphate and 100 percent territorial defeat of ISIS,” spokesman Mustefa Bali said in a statement, using another acronym for IS.In Al-Omar, an oil field used as the main SDF staging base for the final phase of the assault, fighters in their best fatigues laid down their weapons and broke into song and dance.The state proclaimed in mid-2014 by fugitive IS supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi started collapsing in 2017 when parallel offensives in Iraq and Syria wrested back its main hubs Mosul and Raqa.The nearly five years of fighting against the most brutal jihadist group in modern history left thousand-year-old cities in ruins and populations homeless.- Foreigners last -The territory administered by the remnants of IS continued to shrink month after month and in September 2018 the SDF launched a final offensive on the last dregs of the “caliphate” in its Euphrates Valley strongholds.US president Donald Trump, whose country has led an international miliary coalition against IS since September 2014, jumped the gun on announcing the end of jihadist territorial rule on multiple occasions.SDF fighters last week expelled the last IS fighters who refused to surrender from an encampment on the edge of Baghouz and have since been hunting down a few survivors hiding on the reedy banks of the Euphrates.”Those who lasted the longest were mostly foreigners… Tunisians, Moroccans, Egyptians,” Hisham Harun, a 21-year-old Kurdish fighter, told AFP shortly after the SDF’s yellow flag was raised.Around him, the former jihadist encampment was littered with bullet-riddled truck carcasses, discarded suicide belts and the torn tents where the caliphate’s last families sheltered for weeks.Kurdish officers and aid groups were flummoxed by the number of people who had remained holed up in the last IS redoubt of Baghouz, a small village even few Syrians had ever heard of until this year.As SDF forces pummelled IS positions and US warplanes dropped huge payloads on the riverside village, tens of thousands of people fled over a rocky hill and trudged through the plains in biblical scenes.- Aid emergency -For weeks, the ghostly figures of the caliphate’s last denizens hobbled out of the besieged village, famished, often wounded but sometimes still defiantly proclaiming their support for IS.The Kurdish-led force and foreign intelligence screened more than 60,000 people since January, around 10 percent of them jihadists turning themselves in.Most of the people evacuated from the smouldering ruins of Baghouz in recent days were relatives of IS members who now fill overcrowded camps further north in Syria’s Kurdish-controlled region.The biggest of them, Al-Hol, is now struggling to host 74,000 people, including at least 25,000 school-aged children.Among them are thousands of foreigners from France, Russia, Belgium and 40-plus countries that are in most cases unwilling to take them back.”The needs are huge and the camp is overwhelmed,” Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday upon returning from a five-day visit to Syria.- Still a threat -While the SDF taking Baghouz marks the end of the IS “caliphate”, the jihadists still retain a presence in eastern Syria’s vast Badia desert.They also have hideouts in parts of Iraq as well as sleeper cells capable of carrying out the kind of deadly guerrilla insurgency that accompanied the rise of the Islamic State group.IS fighters who escaped the shrinking rump of the “caliphate” in time and reorganised their group are already re-establishing their former sanctuaries in Iraq.Even the Pentagon has warned in a recent report that the absence of sustained counterterrorism pressure on IS would allow the jihadists to reclaim some territorial control within months.John Spencer, a scholar at the Modern War Institute at West Point, warned that while the geographic caliphate had been dismantled, IS was far from defeated.IS “is a terrorist organisation, all they have to do is put down their weapons and try to blend in with the population and just escape,” he told AFP. “They’re not gone, and they’re not going to be gone.”last_img read more

YouTubes Top Earner Is a 7YearOld Who Made 22 Million Reviewing Toys

first_img YouTube’s top earner surprisingly isn’t a beauty maven or gaming enthusiast. It’s a seven-year-old boy named Ryan who made $22 million from reviewing toys.On Tuesday, Forbes published its Highest-Paid YouTube Stars of 2018 roundup and announced that this little guy stole the top spot on the list. Ryan ranked above other famous YouTubers, including Canadian gamer Evan Fong and makeup artist Jeffree Star, for his 2018 earnings.AdChoices广告Ryan, the mini starlet of Ryan ToysReview, has a whopping 17,369,653 followers on his YouTube channel. He launched his channel in 2015, and since then, has posted numerous videos of himself playing with popular toys. In addition to offering his take on playroom must-haves, Ryan also has educational and science experiment videos for kids.How did Ryan become a YouTube celebrity overnight? Well, according to a recent NBC interview, it’s all about having a good personality. “I’m entertaining and funny,” Ryan told NBC.YouTube also isn’t Ryan’s only business milestone. The seven-year-old also has a collectibles line at Walmart that features figures, plush stuffed animals, and more.If you’re in need of some cute commentary on Jurassic Park dinosaur toys or Transformers cards, check out Ryan’s YouTube channel here.More on Unveils New ‘Star Wars’ Animated YouTube ShortsMost Extreme Anime Makeup Tutorials on YouTubeYouTuber Proudly Reveals $200,000 Sex Doll Collection Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall Stay on targetlast_img read more

No Jim Harbaugh dont be blame the refs guy

first_imgJim Harbaugh is part mad genius. He’s part petulant child. It’s all what makes him the most intriguing college football coach in the country. He’s part football rocket scientist, and partly the kid that says, ‘I’ll take my ball (and baseball glove) and go home,’ if things aren’t going his way.Among the deciding plays in #3 Michigan’s 30-27, double overtime loss to #2 Ohio State, was a key 4th and 1 spot in overtime, where Buckeye quarterback J.T Barrett was given a first down, inches past the marker. The first down was followed up by Curtis Samuel’s 15-yard game winning touchdown run. Harbaugh was not happy.In the post game press conference, a livid Harbaugh didn’t engage in the customary, politically correct coach speak, instead opting to go off on the officials regarding the spot, and a host of other calls. He strongly implied they lost the game for Michigan.Here is Jim Harbaugh ripping the officials…— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) November 27, 2016 Advertisement Jim Harbaugh deserves a ton of credit. He’s one of the top 3 college coaches in the country. He took a skeleton of a Michigan Football program left to him by Brady Hoke, and has turned it into a contending national power in just under two years as coach.But, the head coach of a major program whining about the officiating after a tough loss to a rival is a weak move. Even if the spot was off, you’re talking about a spot. It diminishes the win by Ohio State in the spirit of a “rigged election”, rather than crediting your historic rivals.Harbaugh doesn’t have the gracious chip. It’s why Michigan fans love him. He’s the reason they stopped getting their asses kicked all over the field after 5 years. He loves football so much, he’s reduced to an angry kid in a neighborhood game when he loses. It’s endearing if you like him, and infuriating if you don’t.To pin a loss on a single penalty if you’re Harbaugh and Michigan in this game is ridiculous. There were 5 other plays that made a bigger difference in deciding the outcome, including, but not limited to, the 15-yard penalty thrown on Harbaugh for a play sheet tossing, head set slamming sideline tirade that gave Ohio State the ball inside the 5-yard line for a score that closed the deficit to 17-14, heading into the 4th quarter.Highlight of the Game: Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh gave his headset a beating. #MICHvsOSU— Hardys® (@HardysMedia) November 26, 2016center_img To reduce what was an incredible rivalry game to complaining about officiating, over a close spot, looks small. And Jim Harbaugh, a giant on the college football landscape, looks small when he does it.You lost. Be bigger. Do better. At least there are better days ahead if you’re in Ann Arbor. You’re ahead of schedule. Be thankful for that.last_img read more

AAT Kings remains number one in the eyes of the industry

first_imgSource = AAT Kings AAT Kings has won the highly regarded Best Tour Operator – Domestic award for the fourth consecutive year at the 18th annual National Travel Industry Awards. The award ceremony was held on Saturday 10th July, 2010 at the Westin Sydney.The ceremony was attended by the cream of the travel industry, all hoping to have secured the votes of the industry.Tammy Marshall, managing director of AAT Kings, said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award. We pride ourselves on being the domestic touring specialists and I am honoured that the industry recognises and values our team’s efforts.  “This award really goes to show how AAT Kings is seen as the leader in our field. We offer an extensive product portfolio, given our retail partners the opportunity to increase their sales for clients travelling domestically or across the pacific to New Zealand. “I would like to thank my team at AAT Kings for making this award a reality and I’d also like too thank our travel agent partners for once again voting for AAT Kings”. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

Sri Lanka Tourism conducts a roadshow in Kolkata

first_imgSri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) organised a roadshow in Kolkata during the first week of July this year. The event was aimed at highlighting Sri Lanka as a leading leisure and MICE destination. Top of the line travel professionals attended the event in addition to interacting with the SLTPB team, to understand the unique offerings for Indian travellers in Sri Lanka.In 2017, SLTPB expects more than 26% growth in the footfall and plans to welcome 4,50,000 Indian tourists to the destination this year. The year 2016 saw approximately 356,729 Indian tourists visiting Sri Lanka compared to around 3,16,247 in 2015.In 2016, the country saw a growth of 12.8% in Indian arrivals over last year. The country is a popular tourist destination and is known as the Wonder of Asia for its long preserved culture and heritage. SLTPB, witnessing the growth and potential from India, has taken a step forward in consolidating their presence in the Indian market.Viranga Bandara, Assistant Director- Marketing (India) on his visit to India interacted with the travel fraternity to promote the country as an exotic destination among niche travellers and holidaymakers.He said, “Sri Lanka has gained immense popularity in India and has experienced a consistent growth over the period. We have come first to Kolkata to explore this beautiful landmark of joyful people and tap the travel agents to increase the flow of business. We will also be participating at the travel fairs in Kolkata & other cities of India to enhance destination visibility among travel trade & consumers, to further consolidate Sri Lanka’s position as preferred destination for Indian travellers. We are confident that in 2017 a lot of more Indians will choose Sri Lanka as their preferred holiday destination.”last_img read more

LenderLive Announces New Correspondent Lending Regional Account Manager

first_img August 16, 2017 636 Views in Government, Headlines, News LenderLive Network LLC, a unit of LenderLive Holdings, Inc., announced Tuesday that Sherry Valladares has joined their team as Correspondent Lending Regional Account Manager. Valladares will cover the northeast area and work with both new and existing clients, including mortgage banks, community banks, and credit unions that are currently participating or are prospective participants in their LenderLive correspondent program. Valladares will report directly to SVP and National Sales Manager Bob Kallio.“We’re committed to helping our clients not only improve their businesses’ efficiencies, but also provide reliable customer experience that protects their relationships, making it critical for us to invest in expert talent,” said David Vida, president of LenderLive Network. “I’m confident that Sherry’s client relations skills and track record of success will translate into superior customer service and, ultimately, better results for our clients.”The correspondent program serves the needs of originators in the medium to small range that want to protect their customer relationships. It offers quick client approval, fast turn times, competitive pricing, and greater engagement during the sales process in order to keep clients abreast of their loan status.Valladares spots more than 15 years of experience in the mortgage industry including background in secondary, operations, origination, and underwriting. Previous to LenderLive, Valladares served as an account executive at GMC Financial and Fannie Mae Customer Account Manager, handling strategic relationships such as day-to-day business activities with banks, credit unions, and mortgage banks as well as managing sales. LenderLive 2017-08-16 Brianna Gilpincenter_img Share LenderLive Announces New Correspondent Lending Regional Account Managerlast_img read more

The most luxurious ship ever built just turned o

first_imgThe ‘most luxurious ship ever built’ just turned one. Since her launch in July 2016, Seven Seas Explorer has set a new standard for luxury cruising, and to mark the ship’s first anniversary, Regent Seven Seas Cruises launched a new 360-degree Virtual Tours series on the line’s website. The cruiseline known for the Most Inclusive Luxury Experience now invites all travellers to tour Seven Seas Explorer’s lavish suites, elegant restaurants and exquisite public spaces.“The meticulous craftsmanship and artistry behind Seven Seas Explorer are undeniable,” said Jason Montague, president and CEO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “Launched in Monte Carlo a year ago and with nearly 40 sailings, Seven Seas Explorer has exceeded every expectation, thanks to each and every member of the exceptional staff and crew that deliver the highly personalised service for which Regent is renowned. If you haven’t had a chance to sail aboard Seven Seas Explorer, this is a great opportunity to see what you’ve been missing.”The most exquisite spaces at seaGuests are welcomed into the main atrium when they board. A beautiful, circular inlaid marble floor marks the heart of the ship and is steps away from twin grand staircases that draw the eye upward towards a magnificent cascading crystal chandelier. Online visitors can step into the line’s opulent flagship restaurant Compass Rose – the largest specialty restaurant at sea; or go upstairs and stop for a virtual sip at the Cafe; have a twirl in the new Meridian Lounge; and visit the tranquility of the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Along the way, visitors can enjoy the finest art collection at sea. To embark on Seven Seas Explorer’s virtual tour, click here.The most lavish accommodations at seaEach of the ship’s 375 spacious suites range from the impeccably designed 28-square-metre Deluxe Veranda Suite, to the exquisite 413-square-metre, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath Regent Suite. Offering incomparable and luxurious ambiance, each suite features European king-sized Suite Slumber Beds adorned with sumptuous linens, and oversized bathrooms highlighted by rich marble and decorative tile. Regent Suite guests are ensconced in the best of everything including an industry-first in-suite spa retreat with unlimited complimentary spa services by Canyon Ranch SpaClub. A custom Steinway Maroque piano designed by Dakota Jackson and a Savoir No. 1 bed add to the suite’s magnificence, while its 270-degree, wraparound balcony offers guests almost as good a view as the Captain gets from the bridge. To tour each suite, click here.The most elegant specialty dining at seaSeven Seas Explorer’s launch also debuted the line’s two new specialty restaurants, the fine-dining French Chartreuse and the pan-Asian Pacific Rim. Deriving its name from the sultry colour of the glass panels adorning the walls, Chartreuse embodies the ambience of a chic Parisian restaurant along the Seine. Pacific Rim guests are greeted with a magnificent floor-to-ceiling Tibetan-style prayer wheel sculpture at the entrance, and welcomed into a rich dark-colour-palette scene with black mid-century metal and wood tables surrounded by banquette seating upholstered in sumptuous leather. Guests of Regent’s signature steakhouse Prime 7 can muse on the multiple Picassos hanging on the deep-blue wall panels and silver framing as they sink into plush leather chairs in an atmosphere reminiscent of a private London club. Visitors can peek into Seven Seas Explorer’s specialty restaurants here.last_img read more