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Protests snowball over Article 35A

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first_imgSeparatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, who have come together under one umbrella of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), met in Srinagar on Sunday to “assess the situation in the wake of the hearing on Article 35A in the Supreme Court on August 6.”They called for a shutdown on August 5 and 6 in the Kashmir Valley in protest.“Tampering with Article 35A is an attempt to change the demography of J&K. [The] people of Kashmir will not take this attack lying low and [it] will be stiffly resisted,” said the separatist leaders in a joint statement.J&K Governor N.N. Vohra has asked the Centre to defer the hearing on Article 35A, which grants special rights to people here.The J&K Civil Society Coordination Committee (JKCSCC), Deputy Grand Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam and Awami National Conference president Muzafar Shah said they would “not allow Kashmir to become another Palestine and render the local population homeless”.The National Conference (NC), the Congress, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) also warned the Centre.‘Veritable inferno’ “Any tinkering with it would turn the State into a veritable inferno,” said PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, as she called for a united front of all political parties in J&K to protect the Article.Former Chief Minister and NC president Farooq Abdullah said his party “won’t allow the powers…to fiddle with our political status and honour.” Mr. Vohra, administrative head of the State after the PDP-BJP government parted ways in June, has suggested the Centre “to defer the hearing until the elected government is in place in the State, where the sensitivities and sensibilities on the provision are quite high.”“The request by the Governor to New Delhi to defer the hearing is the need of the hour. Both the Centre as well as State governments can make a request to the Supreme Court to adjourn the case because there is no democratically elected government in J&K,” said CPI (M) leader M.Y. Tarigami.At least three petitions have challenged the Article in the SC.last_img read more

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Hot on Twitter: Kim Kardashian treats her fans with sexy pics

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first_imgReality TV star Kim Kardashian knows how to keep her fans happy! She has tweeted few pictures of herself in which she is looking every bit seductress that she is.In what look likes a classic vintage shoot, Kim has posted her retro-styled stills. In one of the pictures, she is oozing oomph in a sexy lingerie and a pair of stoclings lying on a table.Kim gave her fans a look at the steamy vintage photoshoot in which she was in a styling session with Hollywood hairdresser Chris McMillan. Ina nother photo, she is seen sporting a racy swimsuit lying in the pool.The reality star keeps updating her twitter account for her loyal followers.last_img

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Pulisic sidelined with calf injury

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first_imgChristian Pulisic could be set for a period on the sidelines with “torn calf fibers.”The American star missed out on Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League clash with Monaco on Wednesday, with the club announcing he had sustained the calf injury.The 20-year-old had played in four straight games for Dortmund, after missing two matches earlier in the season with muscle problems. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! In a statement on their website, the club also said that Pulisic will “undoubtedly” miss the club’s Bundesliga match against Augsburg on Saturday.Pulisic is now in doubt for the USA’s two upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Peru, set for October 11 and 16. The American has played just one game for his country in 2018, after making nine appearances in 2017 as the U.S. shockingly failed to qualify for the World Cup.Dortmund defeated Monaco 3-0 at Signal Iduna Park, making it two wins from two Champions League matches thus far.last_img read more

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Panthers Even With Isles, 2-1

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first_imgNEW YORK — After a tough overtime loss two nights earlier, the Florida Panthers were focused on picking up their defensive intensity in Game 4.Alex Petrovic scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Panthers beat the New York Islanders 2-1 on April 20 to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.Teddy Purcell also scored for Florida and Jaromir Jagr had an assist for his 200th career playoff point. Roberto Luongo stopped 26 shots.“What we talked about was making it real tough to score goals against us,” Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. “Don’t give up second chances, don’t give the (John) Tavares line second and third chances. It was about working hard and playing our game and I wanted to make sure our guys played aggressive.”On the go-ahead goal, Petrovic got a pass from Derek MacKenzie up high near the middle, slowly skated to the right and fired a shot into the top left corner past Thomas Greiss to put the Panthers ahead 2-1 at 9:25 of the third.“MacKenzie made a nice play to me, found me open,” Petrovic said. “The first guy that came at me, I waited him out a little bit. He just went by and that’s when I slid it by (Greiss).”The Panthers got their first playoff road win since April 17, 2012, against New Jersey in Game 3 of the first round.Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is April 22 in Sunrise, Florida, and Game 6 will be April 24 back in Brooklyn.Tavares had his third goal of the series for New York, and Thomas Greiss finished with 27 saves.“You are not going to win many games when you score one goal and the same guys score,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said.“We didn’t create much. We got one line (Tavares, Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen) creating all of our offense right now. We have to find a way like we did in Florida when we had secondary scoring and the other night here when we had secondary scoring. If not, it’s going to be tough.”The Panthers nearly scored with 9:15 left in the second when Jonathan Huberdeau had a breakaway and his shot was stopped by Greiss. Huberdeau slid into Greiss and the puck was knocked loose and went over the line.No goal was called on the ice and the play was reviewed and the call was upheld. Gallant was upset over the non-goal and used his challenge. After a lengthy review, the non-goal call was upheld again, much to the delight of the home crowd.“I still don’t understand it,” Gallant said. “I don’t know what the rule is exactly, and they tried to explain it to me. I thought it was a good goal. My video guy was telling me, ‘It looks like a good goal to me.’ … I challenged it, and obviously it didn’t count.”About 90 seconds after play resumed, the Islanders’ Josh Bailey jammed a puck out of Luongo’s pads and across the line, but the officials waved it off because the whistle had blown.The Panthers finally got on the scoreboard first late in the second period. About a minute after the Islanders’ Matt Martin was sent off for tripping Nick Bjugstad, Greiss slid to the left to knock away Jagr’s tip attempt. However, Jagr got the puck behind the net, skated around and fed Purcell, who fired it in as Greiss was getting back in position.Jagr’s assist was his 122nd in the playoffs, breaking a tie with Al MacInnis and Glenn Anderson for sole possession of ninth place on the NHL list.Penalties to Aleksander Barkov and Dmitry Kulikov gave the Islanders a 5-on-3 for 39 seconds in the final minute of the second. New York took advantage as Ryan Pulock passed to Tavares on the right side and the captain skated in and wristed a shot past Luongo to tie it with 16 seconds remaining — just after the first penalty expired.“We didn’t have a great start and we just didn’t make it hard enough on them tonight,” Tavares said. “We had a great opportunity to get what we wanted and we didn’t do it.”The Panthers had a 10-5 advantage on shots in a tightly played first period.The Islanders got one shot on goal on a power play about six minutes into the game as Okposo’s shot fluttered in the air and deflected up off Luongo’s mask.“It was a huge character win for our club,” Luongo said. “We played the type of road game we wanted to play — simple, hard-nosed, checking away, and we found a way to win. It’s a huge win for us.”(VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Real Madrid sign Thibaut Courtois, Mateo Kovacic moves to Chelsea on loan

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first_imgReal Madrid have completed the signing of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea with Croatia’s 2018 FIFA World Cup star Mateo Kovacic going the other way in a season-long loan deal.Courtois has agreed to join Real on a six-year deal with the club paying Chelsea an initial fee of 35 million Euros, according to Spanish media reports.”The Golden Glove (winner) from the last World Cup signs for the Champions League champions after his impressive performance in Russia,” Real Madrid said in a statement.”After his medical on Thursday August 9, the player will be presented in the presidential box at the Santiago Bernabeu.”Courtois had previously represented Real’s city rivals Atletrico Madrid, when he was on loan from Chelsea for for three years between 2011-14. The goalkeeper, who went AWOL before sealing his move to Madrid was pushed for it because of his children, who still live in Madrid.”I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the four fantastic years that have passed. Chelsea FC will always have a fantastic place in my heart,” Courtois said on Facebook.”I want to thank the fans for their great support over the years. I hope you understand that being closer to my kids was considerable in my decision.”Courtois played 154 times for Chelsea after arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2011, keeping 58 clean sheets.British media reported that the Belgian, who has played 65 times for his country and helped them reach this year’s World Cup semi-finals, has not shown up for training at Chelsea for the past two days in a bid to force through the transfer.advertisement”Chelsea and Real Madrid have tonight agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Thibaut Courtois subject to the agreement of personal terms and passing a medical,” Chelsea said in a statement.Courtois is set to take over as Julen Lopetegui’s first- choice goalkeeper at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla likely to be demoted.Madrid have attempted to replace Navas in each of the previous two close seasons, despite the Costa Rican helping them win three Champions League titles in three years.Chelsea have completed the signing of Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for a world record 80 million euros and the 23-year-old Spaniard has signed a seven-year contract.”It’s a very important decision for me, for my career and also for my personal life,” Arrizabalaga said. “I’m very glad Chelsea has decided to trust me and to take me in as well.”The Spaniard becomes the most expensive goalkeeper in football history, replacing Brazilian Alisson who completed a 75 million-euro move to Liverpool last month from AS Roma.Kovacic, 24, will compete for places in Chelsea’s midfield under new manager Maurizio Sarri alongside Frenchman N’Golo Kante, Italian Jorginho and Spaniard Cesc Fabregas.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Batshuayi slams UEFA over dropped racism charges

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first_imgBorussia Dortmund ‘It’s 2018 guys’ – Furious Batshuayi slams UEFA after racism charge dropped Jamie Smith 01:58 3/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Michy Batshuayi Bongarts Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga Michy Batshuayi Atalanta v Borussia Dortmund Atalanta UEFA Europa League Salzburg v Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund v Hannover 96 Burnley v Chelsea Chelsea Premier League ‘It’s just monkey noise who cares’, was the Dortmund star’s ironic take on the decision not to pursue charges against the Serie A side Michy Batshuayi has criticised UEFA after European football’s governing body dropped racism charges against Atalanta.The Borussia Dortmund striker, on loan at the club from Chelsea, accused Atalanta fans of racially abusing him during last month’s Europa League tie.Batshuayi tweeted after the game: “2018 and still racists monkey noises in the stands…really?! Hope you have fun watching the rest of the Europa League on TV while we are through. #SayNoToRacism #GoWatchBlackPanther”. Article continues below 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 UEFA subsequently opened disciplinary proceedings against Atalanta, but they confirmed on Thursday no punishment will be levied against the Serie A side.Atalanta were fined €34,000 for other charges from the game including the throwing of fireworks and stairways being blocked at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.Batshuayi reacted angrily following news of UEFA dropping the charges emerging.”LOL. Must be my imagination,” the striker wrote on Twitter.”It’s just monkey noise who cares? 2018 guys…”« Its just monkey noise who cares ? » 2018 guys …— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) March 29, 2018After Dortmund were knocked out of the Europa League by RB Salzburg this month, Batshuayi shared examples of racist abuse he received on Instagram.”The problem is real,” Batshuayi wrote in a reply on Twitter after highlighting that some users sent him banana and monkey emojis.”I always enjoy having fun and making fun, even of me, but not with these people.”Atalanta were fined €40,000 in 2014 after bananas were thrown at AC Milan players during a league game.last_img read more

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You’re Gonna ‘Need’ This

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first_img A Beginner’s Guide to Successful Antiquing Editors’ Recommendations Why You Should Skip the Suave and Try Custom Hair Care Products 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts We at The Manual don’t like to think too hard about what it is we want to wear all the time – which is why we love curated collections.Need Lifestyle is the latest website to help us out with what we should wear, when and how.Need works exclusively with some of the world’s top designers and brands to curate and sell only the very best products befitting the season, location, and age group of their members.The website releases a collection of mens products every month. There you will find everything from clothing to magazines, furniture, accessories, and even coffee. Each product tells a story – and their website also adds an editorial aspect including literature and photography from notable artists. Need isn’t just a website, it’s a lifestyle.For June, Need went with the themes of summer and travel. The website is featuring Filson Duffle Bags, Will Leather Goods Travel Kits, shirts from Jiberish, Washed Chinos by General Assembly, and Polka Dot socks from Sock 101.While the company is still new (under a year old) they have over 100 brand partnerships, so keep an eye out for new products this summer. You can become a member and check out the full collection, as well as older collections at NeedLifestyle.com Retinol For Men: What to Know and What to Buy Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire last_img read more

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Drewry: Maersk Line, Hamburg Sud Most Reliable

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first_imgzoom Maersk Line and Hamburg Sud are ranked as the two most reliable container shipping carriers by Drewry’s new online version of the Carrier Performance Insight.Drewry said that Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd were by far the most reliable carriers in the three months to October 2014 with overall on-time performances of 80.4% and 78.5% respectively.The next best performing carrier was Cosco at 69.9%, with its CKYHE Alliance partners, Evergreen, K Line, Hanjin Shipping and Yang Ming, not too far behind in that order.Industry-wide containership reliability improved gradually in the three month period to October, according to the shipping consultancy’s data.The latest data shows that aggregate on-time performance for the Asia-Europe, Transpacific and Transatlantic trades improved to 64% in October, up from 63% in September and 55% in August.“It is a positive to see reliability improving, but the industry’s on-time performance is still unacceptably low for many shippers,” said Simon Heaney, Senior Manager of Supply Chain Research at Drewry.Despite the steady monthly improvement, the rolling three-month performance (August-October) was lower than for the previous three months at 60.6% versus 61.1%. The average deviation between the scheduled day of arrival (ETA) and actual day of arrival (ATA) remained at 1.1 day for the same period, Drewry said.The Asia-Europe trade was the least reliable during August-October with only 58% of ships arriving on-time, compared to 62% in the Transpacific and 77% in the Transatlantic.Looking ahead, Drewry believes that the recent drop in fuel prices could have some positive influence on reliability. “Lower fuel costs won’t immediately see containerships running at their design speeds. But at the very least carriers should now be more willing to speed up if they fall behind schedule,” Heaney added.Image: Hamburg Sudlast_img read more

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Pompeo declines to sign Afghan deal TIME Magazine

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first_imgWashington: The fragile peace negotiations between the US, Afghanistan and the Taliban may have hit a snag as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reportedly refused to sign on to a draft of the peace deal as it currently stands, the media reported. Under the proposed draft the US would withdraw some 5,000 troops from Afghanistan – with TIME Magazine reporting that number could be as high as 5,400 – and shutter five bases within 135 days. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Additionally, the deal would require the Taliban commit to not allowing Afghanistan to be used as a base from which militant groups, such as the Islamic State or Al Qaeda, could plan attacks on the US and its allies. Throughout the negotiations Taliban officials insisted that all foreign forces must leave the country, which has fuelled concerns that if the US were to fully withdraw it would leave the US-backed government of Afghanistan vulnerable, especially with its security forces already stretched thin, mired in allegations of corruption and suffering losses. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Pompeo might be having issues with the deal as it does not ensure several crucial things, those familiar with the discussions told the magazine. It does not guarantee the continued presence of US counter terrorism forces to battle Al Qaeda, the survival of the pro-US government in Kabul, or even an end to the fighting in Afghanistan. “That may explain why Pompeo is declining to put his name on the deal,” according to the report, which cited senior American, Afghan and European officials. The report said that Pompeo was asked by the Taliban to sign an agreement with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan – the name of the government founded by the Taliban in 1996 until its ouster in 2001 – which would put the Secretary of State in the position of officially recognizing the Taliban as a legitimate political entity, rather than an insurgency. Ironically, the Taliban’s push for international recognition of its “Emirate” blew up any chance of peace negotiations back in 2013. Still, Pompeo’s apparent reluctance to sign on the dotted line doesn’t mean a deal was totally dead. According to TIME, chief US negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad could just sign it himself, or Washington and Taliban may issue a joint statement supported by the Kabul government and other countries. Pompeo’s office declined to comment before publication of this story. After it was published, Pompeo said through a spokesperson that he might sign if US President Donald Trump and all parties struck a deal. “There is no agreement to sign yet. If and when there is an agreement that is approved by all parties, including President Trump and if the Secretary is the appropriate signatory, he will sign it,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus emailed TIME. US military and intelligence officers and diplomats who served in Afghanistan worry that once a withdrawal is underway, it will be irreversible, given Trump’s promise to end the US involvement in the war there, the fast-approaching 2020 US elections and the absence of public support for the war. The price of peace, they fear, might include reversing much of the hard-won progress towards building a stable country over nearly two decades of war.last_img read more

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Ontario wont push through new councilcutting bill if granted stay court hears

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first_imgTORONTO – The next twist in the convoluted battle over the Ontario government’s plan to cut the size of Toronto city council is expected Wednesday.Three judges of the Court of Appeal for Ontario will decide whether to grant the province’s request to stay an earlier court decision that ruled the government’s attempt to drastically reduce the size of council in the middle of an election campaign unconstitutional.After that ruling, Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government said it would invoke the notwithstanding clause of the Constitution to overrule the court’s decision in a new piece of legislation.In a hearing before the Appeal Court Tuesday, government lawyer Robin Basu said legislators would hold off voting on the new bill if the judges decide to stay the lower court ruling until after the October election.That ruling reinstated the city’s 47 wards, which the legislation had cut to 25.“There is only one path available to assure the (Toronto city) clerk that she is in a position to proceed with an election with integrity and fairness on Oct. 22,” Basu told the court. “It is simply not feasible to prepare for two elections at the same time.”Lawyers representing the City of Toronto, some municipal candidates and other parties argued the province is responsible for the chaos surrounding the election and therefore cannot seek legal relief for the problems it has caused.They also said the government’s proposal to stall the new bill if the court rules in its favour is almost akin to a threat.“It’s not your job to save them from themselves, to take the political heat off,” lawyer Donald Eady, who represents a group that includes candidates, told the panel of three judges.Last week Justice Edward Belobaba ruled that Bill 5, which slashed Toronto’s council to 25 seats from 47 in the middle of an election campaign, violated freedom of expression rights for candidates and voters.Ford has since reintroduced the bill, now known as Bill 31, and invoked the notwithstanding clause to forge ahead with the council-cutting plan.The move has been condemned by the opposition parties, prominent politicians and hundreds of legal professionals, and has also sparked multiple protests, including a rally outside the legislature this week while politicians held a rare overnight debate on the bill.The new bill won’t be up for a final vote until Thursday at the earliest, and city staff have said the chances of running a fair election on Oct. 22 shrink with every day of uncertainty that goes by.If the province is successful in securing a stay, city staff would then immediately start planning for an election based on the 25-ward model rather than the 47-ward approach that went back into effect with Belobaba’s decision.Granting the stay would eliminate any uncertainty, and the province’s appeal of Belobaba’s decision could be heard on an expedited timeline after the election and resolved before a new Toronto council is sworn in on Dec. 1, the province’s lawyers said.Howard Goldblatt, who represents a group that includes a candidate in the election, argued that if the province wants to restore stability, it can simply stop fighting Belobaba’s ruling and allow the election to proceed with 47 wards.“They can resolve the uncertainty,” he said.Lawyers for those opposing the stay argued the province has not presented any evidence to support its claims that allowing the judgment to stand would cause irreparable harm.The city’s clerk has said she could carry out an election with 47 wards, and the preparation process for that is “much further along” than for a 25-ward election, said Diana Dimmer, who represents the city.What’s more, Eady added, granting the stay “exacerbates and continues” the charter rights violations denounced in the lower court’s ruling.Ford, a former Toronto councillor and failed mayoral candidate, made no mention of his council-cutting plan during the province’s spring election campaign. He has since argued that the move will make council more efficient and save taxpayers $25 million over four years.last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI to Pay for Burial Medical Expenses of Victims

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Taroudant – King Mohammed VI sent a condolence message to the families of the dead and injured of the tragic accident that took place on Tuesday morning near the city of Ouarzazate, southern Morocco, and decided to pay for the burial of the dead and the medical expenses of those injured, according to statement issued by the Royal Household.In the message, the Sovereign said he “was deeply saddened and moved” to learn about the tragic accident.The King expressed heartfelt condolences and sympathy following the accident that left many Moroccans dead, said the statement. The communique of the Royal House said that the King “to personally pay for the transfer of the bodies, burial and funerals of the victims as well as for the medical expenses of those injured.”The King also issued his instructions to the authorities, to provide all the necessary support and assistance to the families of the victims. read more

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UN forum advocating an Internet for All is under way in India

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4 December 2008A United Nations-backed international forum focusing on Internet governance issues, particularly the potential expansion of access to greater numbers of people, is under way in India. The third Internet Governance Forum brings together representatives from government, the private sector, civil society, the Internet community, international organizations and the media to discuss how to make the web accessible to the largest number of people possible while guaranteeing that cyberspace remains safe, secure and reflective of the diversity of the world’s people.Some 2,000 participants from over 100 countries are slated to attend the four-day meeting in Hyderabad, titled “Internet for All,” which includes workshops addressing such topics as expanding Internet access, including for persons with disabilities; promoting cybersecurity and child protection; and the future of the Internet.In his opening remarks to the Forum, Assistant Secretary-General for the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Jomo Kwame Sundaram, noted that the Forum has become a valuable tool for forging a common understanding of complex Internet issues from diverse points of view.Mr. Sundaram noted that with an estimated 1 billion people on course to gain access to the Internet in the coming years, it is essential to ensure that people with disabilities are taken into account.“The access needs to take into account the diversity of the world’s population, the diversity of languages but also the diversity of people with different abilities,” said Mr. Sundaram.Nitin Desai, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Internet Governance, added that multilingualism is key as most of the expansion of Internet use is taking place in developing countries, where the English language and Latin script are not used. read more

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Security Council suggests possible tribunals to deal with Somali piracy problem

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27 April 2010The Security Council put forward today the possibility of establishing international tribunals to try pirates, as its members called for tougher legislation aimed at prosecuting and jailing suspects caught off the coast of Somalia. In a resolution unanimously adopted, the 15-member body appealed to all States “to criminalize piracy under their domestic law and favourably consider the prosecution of suspected, and imprisonment of convicted, pirates apprehended off the coast of Somalia, consistent with applicable international human rights law.”The Security Council also requested that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon present a report within three months on possible options for prosecuting and imprisoning suspects in connection with piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Horn of Africa. In its resolution, members noted efforts by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and other international organization and donors, including the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS), “to enhance the capacity of the judicial and the corrections systems in Somalia, Kenya, Seychelles and other States in the region.”They also highlighted the role of the European Union (EU), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and other partners in bringing suspects to justice, in cooperation with Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG).Ongoing violence between the TFG, heavily backed by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and other supporters, and rebel groups in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu prevents piracy suspects from being tried or imprisoned there. Some of the burden has shifted to neighbouring Kenya’s justice system.The Security Council acknowledged “difficulties that Kenya encountered, encouraging its Government to continue prosecuting suspects and imprisoning convicted persons.”Today’s meeting came just days after B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and chair of the Board of the Trust Fund to Support Initiatives of States Countering Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, unveiled $2.1 million worth of projects planned to tackle the scourge. The five projects being backed by the UN Trust Fund, which was set up in January by the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, are focused largely on efforts to prosecute piracy suspects. read more

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UN chief takes to radio waves of Central African Republic to appeal

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“The upcoming elections are a historical moment for your country,” he said in French about the first round of presidential and legislative elections. “Never before have so many Central Africans registered to vote. I call on every one of you to use your right to vote without letting others prevent you from expressing yourselves peacefully. The United Nations will stand by you during this critical time.”The UN has played a major role in seeking to restore peace after fighting between the mainly Muslim Séléka and mainly Christian anti-Balaka groups erupted in early 2013, in which thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands more forced from their homes. After nine months of improved stability earlier this year a new wave of inter-communal violence erupted in September, killing at least 130 people, injuring 430 others, and triggering an 18 per cent increase in internally displaced persons to 447,500.The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), set up in April 2014 to help restore stability after a breakdown of governmental authority, reports that the situation in Bangui remained calm yesterday as the campaign period came to an end. Meanwhile, the National Electoral Authority issued a directive yesterday on the modalities and conditions for voting to address concerns over allegations of voter card trafficking and fake voter registration receipts.MINUSCA continues to deliver sensitive electoral material to polling centres and has deployed additional troops to Ndélé, Birao and Sibut.Furthermore, the Mission in partnership with the National Electoral Authority facilitated today a meeting of the 30 presidential candidates to discuss security planning for Election Day, transmission of results and voting and counting procedures. The Mission has also facilitated a meeting with key stakeholders from the predominantly Muslim PK5 neighbourhood and the anti-Balaka stronghold in Boeing on the outskirts of Bangui. read more

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Wimbledon Champion Novak Djokovic Just Bested His Coach Boris Becker

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By beating perhaps the greatest player of all time on his favorite surface in the Wimbledon final on Sunday, Novak Djokovic didn’t just retake the No. 1 ranking. He also surpassed his coach and his opponent’s coach by winning his seventh career Grand Slam title.Roger Federer — whom Djokovic beat in a thrilling five-set final Sunday — and Rafael Nadal have set an intimidatingly high standard for success in contemporary men’s tennis. Djokovic has seven Grand Slam titles, an impressive haul but far short of Federer’s 17 and Nadal’s 14, which is tied for second all-time with Pete Sampras. If Djokovic’s Grand Slam career hadn’t coincided with those of two of the all time greats, he might have 12 major titles.Djokovic might never approach the totals of his illustrious peers, but he achieved another significant milestone Sunday: His seventh major title puts him in front of the six won by his coach, Boris Becker, and Federer’s coach, Stefan Edberg. Those two men and Djokovic are among eight in the Open era with between six and eight Grand Slam titles. The other five are Andre Agassi; occasional TV commentators Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Mats Wilander; and Ivan Lendl, Andy Murray’s former coach.Djokovic, 27, is starting to look like one of the best of this impressive group — with several years of his prime likely still in front of him in a sport where age has become an advantage.Djokovic has the highest Grand Slam winning percentage of the group, and isn’t far behind overall leader Connors in tour-level winning percentage. Though he still has years of competition ahead of him, Djokovic already ranks near the middle of the eight greats in Grand Slam titles, finals, semifinals and match wins, plus weeks at No. 1 — a total he’ll add to starting Monday, when he retakes the top ranking from Nadal. He has a more well-rounded Grand Slam resume than most, with titles at three of the events and two finals at the fourth, the French Open. Only Agassi, who won all four Grand Slam tournaments at least once; and Lendl, who reached two finals at Wimbledon, can match Djokovic there. Djokovic doesn’t look as good on overall match wins, titles and finals, though he has already passed Wilander in all three categories. (Stats via ATP World Tour website, Tennis Abstract and tennis-x.com.)Oh, and even before the end of Sunday’s final, Djokovic had the endorsement of Andy Roddick, the most recent American man to reach the No. 1 ranking and win a major:These numbers don’t account for the degree of difficulty of Djokovic’s accomplishment. The seven greats whose company he keeps had to contend with great rivals, but none had to consistently face Nadal on clay, or Federer on grass. As great as Federer is off grass — winning four of every five matches — he has been even greater on it, winning seven of every eight matches in his career. Even at 32, Federer was near his best on Sunday, and Djokovic was better.“To be able to win against him as one of my greatest rivals on this occasion on a court that he’s been dominating for so many years makes it a very special trophy for me,” Djokovic said in his press conference after the match.Djokovic has now beaten Federer and Nadal at nearly every one of the Grand Slams — he’s missing only the long-sought win over Nadal in Paris. If Djokovic gets that win and a French Open title, he’ll start moving to a level beyond the already impressive company he keeps now with his coach. read more

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Georgia Loses Receiver Michael Bennett For Season

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Georgia, which has had one of the most potent offenses in the county, was devastated to learn that leading wide receiver Michael Bennett has been shelved for the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee during Tuesday’s practice.Bennett leads the No. 5 Bulldogs with 24 catches for 345 yards and four touchdowns. The sophomore from Alpharetta, Ga., just north of Atlanta, will undergo reconstructive knee surgery at an undetermined date, Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson said Wednesday in a university news release.This injury came a short time after Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said this about his team’s lack of major injuries to this point in the season:“We have been very healthy. We have been blessed without question. Going into the season, we were pretty healthy. Now we are probably healthier at game six than we were when we started the season. So that is a good thing.”Not so anymore. Losing Bennett is a blow that could significantly impact Georgia. He was a reliable receiver that quarterback Aaron Murray relied on it tight situations. Bennett played in the slot and out wide and was able to find the seems in the defense with relative ease.Bennett — seventh in the SEC with 69 receiving yards per game — plays one of the Bulldogs’ deeper positions, though. Marlon Brwon and Tavarres King also are also having strong seasons. Brown (17 catches, 272 yards) is eighth in the SEC with an average of 68 receiving yards per game and King (16-307, 61.4 ypg) is 10th.Malcolm Mitchell, a two-way standout, will play solely on offenses in Saturday’s big game against South Carolina, Richt said.“He’s primarily an offensive player, and he’s in a state of readiness on defense,” Richt said.Without Bennett out, Mitchell’s role likely will increase. read more

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6seed or not Ohio State coach Thad Matta focused on Dayton

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Coach Thad Matta calls to players. OSU beat Purdue, 63-61, in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament March 13 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAt first, Thad Matta wasn’t sure what to make of his team’s seeding in the NCAA Tournament.Within the first 10 minutes of the bracket being unveiled Sunday, Matta knew who, where and when Ohio State was playing — Dayton, Buffalo, N.Y., and Thursday.The Buckeyes were given a No. 6 seed in the South region — the first component of the 68-team field to get revealed — but OSU’s coach wasn’t sure if the mark was fair.“Um … yeah, I guess,” Matta said Sunday, his lips curling. “Something — I thought we’d be a five.”The Big Ten collected six bids into the Big Dance — conference tournament champion and automatic qualifier Michigan State and at-large bids Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska and OSU.“I think with as many Big Ten teams that got in … that we may have gotten bumped,” Matta said. “Which is fine.”If the Buckeyes had gotten a No. 5 seed, there was a chance their first game in the tournament would be in Spokane, Wash., or San Diego — three of the four No. 5 seeds are set to play in those locations, three time zones away. The other option was Orlando, Fla., but Matta joked that playing in California wouldn’t have been a problem because of the chance to get away from the seemingly never-ending brisk Ohio weather.“San Diego’s so nice,” Matta said with a laugh. “But no, I always say that’s why I chose an indoor sport.”If the Buckeyes are under-seeded, they aren’t alone, national columnist for CBSSports.com Gregg Doyel said, because No. 4-seeded Louisville was another team who got the shaft by the Selection Committee.“Not only is Louisville a four, if they play Wichita State in the Sweet Sixteen, that will be in Indianapolis,” Doyel said in an interview with The Lantern Sunday, referring to the unbeaten Shockers, who are the No. 1 seed in the Midwest region. “That’s an hour from Louisville. That’s an hour away. That’s a home game for Louisville. A No. 1 seed should never play a road game against a four seed. Ever.“(But) first of all, if Louisville can be a four, (OSU) can definitely be a six.”The matchup between the Buckeyes and No. 11 Flyers is the lone one between schools from the same state in either the first or second round of the NCAA Tournament. That, Doyel said, is “crazy.”“I’m not a big believer in conspiracy theories with the Selection Committee and all that, but this game is just one of many,” Doyel said, referring to potential third-round matchups between teams from bordering states.Among these include how Creighton would take on Nebraska and Kansas State facing Wichita State if all teams survive and advance, which could make it seem like the Selection Committee chose those seed in the interest of television ratings or other rivalries, instead of each team’s tournament résumé. But in the case of Dayton and OSU, Doyel believes the advantage will be on the Flyers’ side.“The emotional advantage will be Dayton’s,” Doyel said. “But I think in this case, you always give the edge to the underdog, try to knock off Big Brother … that’s not just winning a tournament game — that’s making history. If Ohio State wins, they’ve won the first round game. If Dayton wins, that’s school history.”After learning of his team’s whereabouts and adversary, Matta didn’t stick around long to see more of the bracket. The Buckeyes are in the same region as traditional powers Florida, Kansas and UCLA, but Matta’s not concerned about that.“I know we got Dayton, Syracuse and Western Michigan. That’s all I saw,” Matta said. “I don’t even know where, if we win games, where we go, to be honest with you.”If the Buckeyes do get past Dayton Thursday —tipoff is set for 12:15 p.m., they are favored to take on Syracuse, the No. 3-seed, which wouldn’t be easy for them, Doyel said.“I just don’t think they’re all that good. But they can’t beat Syracuse in the (third) round. Syracuse is going to say, ‘Hey, shoot threes,’” Doyel said. “Well, Ohio State can’t shoot threes.”The Buckeyes are shooting 32.6 percent on 3-pointers this season, which is just good enough to tie for 262th in the country out of 351 teams. Opponents have shot 34.6 percent against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone defense this year, though.“I just hope I see it, to be honest with you,” Matta said of the defense. “We need a good three-day prep for Dayton. I have seen Syracuse play, but haven’t started to break them down in terms of that yet.” read more

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Lib Dem Lords warned by Tory defector not to delay Brexit with

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first_imgAn eminent Tory peer who defected from the Liberal Democrat is pleading with her former colleagues to avoid a “cheap political stunt” by trying to delay Brexit.Baroness Nicholson has accused peers who try to slow down the Brexit bill as it enters the House of Lords of “disrespect” to the “ordinary people” who voted in the referendum to leave the European Union.Peers are due to start debating the EU Notification of Withdrawal Bill next week [Feb 20 and 21].Her appeal to Remainers comes as Lord Hope, the convenor of the cross-bench peers, admitted he did not know how they will vote on amendments which threaten to frustrate the start of Brexit.Lib Dems believe they need the support of just 20 cross-bench peers to force their amendments through. But Baroness Nicholson, in an article for The Telegraph published below, said on Sunday: “This shows disrespect to our European partners, to businesses up and down the country and, most importantly of all, it shows disrespect to the ordinary people who cast their vote last June to leave the EU.“To my former colleagues I say this – don’t dishonour your democratic principles because you disagree with the outcome of the referendum. Don’t limit our country’s chances of success outside the EU in a cheap political stunt. Don’t wreck this bill.”She said any attempts by the Lib Dems to delay Brexit would not harm the House of Lords but would “destroy” her old party. The peer defected back to the Conservatives last year after 21 years as a Lib Dem. Baroness Nicholson adds: “The bill now before the House of Lords is a simple, straightforward Bill. It is not about whether or not the UK should leave the EU. That decision has already been made.“It’s time to get on with it – give the Prime Minister the power to trigger Article 50 so we can leave the EU and build an independent, self-governing, global Britain.”Baroness Nicholson: Frustrating the Article 50 Bill won’t harm the Lords, but it would destroy the Liberal DemocratsLast September I came home to the Conservative Party after 21 years with the Liberal Democrats. I had joined them in 1995 because I felt the Conservative Party had moved away from the things I believed in.Last year, it became clear to me that the Liberal Democrats have lost their way and that it is, once again, the Conservative Party who stand for what I believe and, more importantly, are standing up for ordinary working people.And last June, over 33 million ordinary people across the United Kingdom lined up outside schools and church halls to cast their vote, and the majority chose to leave the European Union.This simple means of making decisions sits at the heart of our democracy. The candidate with the most votes wins the seat in Parliament. The political party with the most seats wins government.And, as we saw recently, the argument that wins the support of the majority of judges on our Supreme Court determines how our laws are understood.The referendum wasn’t the only chance the people had to vote on this issue, though. In 2015, voters elected the first majority Conservative government for over 20 years.And that government had a clear manifesto commitment to negotiate a new deal with Europe, to ask the people whether they wanted to stay in on those terms, or leave, and to honour their verdict.This means the people voted twice. Once for a government that would give them a say and again in the referendum itself.In an era when some people appear to be losing faith in politics, the Conservatives have done exactly what they promised. They conducted a renegotiation and delivered a referendum – backed by Parliament by a margin of six to one – and on June 23, the people gave their verdict.The Liberal Democrats used to champion referendums. They wanted a referendum on the Alternative Vote, they wanted to give constituents the power to recall their MPs, and they insisted we had to honour the result of the Scottish independence referendum, whatever it was – none of which I’d argue with.But now, with a simple and straightforward Article 50 bill passing unamended through the Commons – by a huge margin of 494 to 122 – it comes before the House of Lords where some Liberal Democrats are showing themselves to be anything but democratic.Far from respecting the will of the people expressed on June 23 last year they have asked us to ignore it. They now argue that the British people didn’t know what they were doing when they voted to leave the EU, so they want us to ask them again – until they get the right answer, perhaps.The only way they can force this on us is by a majority vote in Parliament – while ignoring the majority vote of the entire country. They want to use the House of Lords’ important role in scrutinising legislation to override the democratically expressed wishes of the entire electorate.And they’re not the only ones. There are other peers like Labour’s Lord Hain and cross-bench peers Lord Hannay and Lord Kerslake who intend to try to wreck this bill and hamper Britain’s chances of success outside the EU.The British people simply want us to get on with delivering Brexit. The Prime Minister has provided a timetable for Brexit, promising to trigger Article 50 by the end of March. This timetable provides certainty to businesses at home and abroad and, importantly, to our European partners.The types of amendments being called for by the Liberal Democrats and others – to impose conditions on triggering Article 50; to force us to stay in some EU institutions; to give Parliament the power to revoke Article 50 – would inject a great deal of uncertainty into the process of leaving the EU and risk leaving us with a weaker negotiating position when the time comes.This shows disrespect to our European partners, to businesses up and down the country and, most importantly of all, it shows disrespect to the ordinary people who cast their vote last June to leave the EU.To my former colleagues I say this – don’t dishonour your democratic principles because you disagree with the outcome of the referendum. Don’t limit our country’s chances of success outside the EU in a cheap political stunt. Don’t wreck this bill. The bill now before the House of Lords is a simple, straightforward Bill. It is not about whether or not the UK should leave the EU. That decision has already been made.It’s time to get on with it – give the Prime Minister the power to trigger Article 50 so we can leave the EU and build an independent, self-governing, global Britain.center_img 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

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Innocent boy 13 returning from wedding shot in drug deal that went

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An innocent 13-year-old boy was shot in the head after being caught up in the cross-fire of a suspected drug deal gone wrong during a Bank Holiday weekend of violence in London.The youngster had been attending a wedding with his parents in Wealdstone and was walking along the High Road on Sunday afternoon when he was hit by a stray shotgun pellet.Police investigating the shooting – which was one of a spate of gun and knife incidents over the weekend – described it as a “callous, reckless and brazen act”.A 15-year-old youth, who is thought to have been the target in the attack was also wounded in the head, but was not thought to be in a life threatening condition.In response to the weekend of violence, the Metropolitan Police has increased patrols – including of armed officers – in hotspots across the capital. An item of clothing lies on the pavement at the junction of Palmerston Road and the High Street, in Wealdstone A hooded jumper lies on the pavement next to an evidence marker near the scene of the shootingCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA Police close to Palmerston Road and the A409, following two shootings Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead in south London Man, 22, shot and wounded by moped riderOn Sunday evening a 22-year-old man was shot and wounded in New Cross in south east London.Police were flagged down by a member of the public in New Cross Road, after discovering a man suffering from a gunshot wound. It takes the number of people murdered in the capital since the start of the year to 62.Rhyiem’s  mother, Pretana Morgan, 38, called for an end to the violence.She said: “Let my son be the last and be an example to everyone. Just let it stop. What must be, must be.”Video: Victim’s mother calls for end to bloodshed Scotland Yard increases patrols across LondonIn response to the violence the Met has increased patrols in hotspots across the capital.Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Messenger said: “The violence used has rightly caused concern and we are doing all we can to address this.”Over the Bank Holiday weekend, additional officers are on the streets across the capital, working hard to keep London safe.”They are using highly visible local patrols supported by armed response, traffic motorcycles, dog units, and air support – alongside plain clothes intelligence-led operations.” He added: “Violence has no place on our streets.”How violent crime soared in 12 months Locals in the busy Wealdstone High Street who rushed to the scene helped treat the 13-year-old until police and paramedics arrived.One local resident said he had heard the shooting had been the result of a drug deal gone wrong.He added: “The 13-year-old was attending a wedding and was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Shootings and stabbings elsewhere in UKAnother shooting took place in Clayton, Greater Manchester Police said.A man in his late teens was with his friends when he was shot in the leg shortly before 2.45pm on Monday.He was taken to hospital for treatment of serious injuries.Elsewhere, in the country a 20-year-old man died after being stabbed to death in Merseyside.Fatah Warsame, from Cardiff, was taken to hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning but was pronounced dead a short time later.In Manchester police were also investigating a shooting in which a teenager was wounded in the leg. 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. A police cordon close to the scene of the shooting in Wealdstone on SundayCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA The injured man was taken by ambulance to a central London hospital where his condition is not thought to be life threatening.A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “At this early stage, it is believed that two male suspects riding one moped shot the victim, a pedestrian, at Besson Street. Officers retain an open mind as to any motive. There has been no arrest and enquiries continue.”Resident stabbed in dispute with motoristA short time later a 43-year-old man was stabbed in Perivale to the west of the city, following a dispute with a motorist on a quiet residential street.Elsewhere, three men aged 22, 27 and 17 were left with life changing injuries after being targeted in an acid attack in the early hours of Monday in Hackney, east London.’Delivery driver’ shot in south east LondonIn a fourth Bank Holiday weekend shooting in the capital, a 30-year-old man – who may have been working as a delivery driver – was gunned down.Police were called at 4.50pm on Monday to a shooting in John Williams Close, in New Cross, south east London, Scotland Yard said.The victim was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital. His condition is not believed to be life-threatening. Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Rose, Harrow Borough Commander said: “It would appear that the first victim was approached by two male suspects, one in possession of a shotgun – and shots were fired injuring him and an entirely innocent member of the public. “This was a callous, reckless and brazen act, without any thought by those responsible for the fact that there were families with children and people in the high street enjoying their weekend. This was quite simply, appalling.”The incident was one of four shootings across London during the Bank Holiday weekend, which left one man dead and at least four injured.Rapper gunned down in drive-by shootingOn Saturday, 17-year-old Rhyiem Ainsworth Barton, a rapper and aspiring architect, was gunned down near his home in Kennington, south London, in what is thought to have been a drive-by shooting. Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead in south LondonCredit:AFP/Getty read more

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The 7 most expensive houses for sale in Ireland right now

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first_img Source: daft.ie Source: daft.ieWhat you get for your money: Six bedrooms, six bathrooms plus “further accommodation within the Gate Lodge”. Uninterrupted views across Killiney Bay from most of the rooms. Two acres of gardens. A 20ft “plant room” in the Summer House – for all your plants, obviously.Note: These are the most expensive houses for sale on the open market, from our scan of property websites. Does not include private sales or houses whose price has not been publicly declared.More: 7 castles that cost less than a two-bed gaff in Dublin>More: 8 insanely beautiful castles you can dream about living in> Source: daft.ie Source: daft.ieWhat you get for your money: A 185-acre country estate with a six-bedroom period house in the middle of it. Plus two other houses and a barn, just in case you want to switch things up a bit. And there’s a tennis court!3. Tulira Castle, Ardrahan, Co Galway (€6,500,000) Source: Knight Frank Source: Knight FrankWhat you get for your money: Just the 13 bedrooms and nine bathrooms in the main house alone, plus an extra three houses dotted around the grounds (386 acres) for good measure. All the usual trimmings like a swimming pool, tennis court and so on. Plus 30 stables, a cross country course for the horses, two duck ponds and “scope for a large private shoot”.1. Sorrento House, Dalkey (€12,000,000) HEY, WE CAN dream. Right? Can we dream?7. Fernhill House, Stepaside, Co Dublin (€5,000,000) Source: daft.ie Source: daft.ieWhat you get for your money: A 26-room house including six “principle bedrooms” and an undetermined number of “staff bedrooms”. Plus an estate with its own arboretum, which used to be a tourist attraction. However, the whole thing requires “considerable refurbishment”.6. Capard House, Rosenallis, Co Laois (€5,500,000) Source: Ganly Walters Source: Ganly WaltersWhat you get for your money: Well, a castle. Originally built in the 12th century and progressively added to since. Includes a Great Hall with a 40ft ceiling and columns of Irish marble, seven bedrooms, a medieval tower with its own chapel, and 90 acres of mature woodland.Oh, and a large ornamental lake.2. Courtown Demesne, Co Kildare (€10,000,000) Source: daft.ie Source: daft.ieWhat you get for your money: No fewer than three houses with a total of 20 bedrooms, indoor 57ft swimming pool with steam room, your own orchard, floodlit tennis court and five stables. Plus “ample parking”.4. Myrtle Lodge, Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow (€6,000,000) Source: daft.ie Source: daft.ieWhat you get for your money: A 13-bedroom Greek Revival mansion on 100 acres of land, built in the 18th century. Includes hot tub and jacuzzi room, a banqueting hall, games room and a library.5. Ashtown Lodge, Castleknock (€5,950,000)last_img read more

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