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Coming Liberal bills to reform Access to Information national security measures

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first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government plans to cap the spring sitting of Parliament with long-awaited legislation on Access to Information and national security — bills unlikely to be debated by MPs in a serious way until the fall.With just days left before MPs are slated to retreat to their ridings for the summer, the bills will — at the very least — signal the government’s intention to fulfil key promises.The government had promised an initial wave of changes to the Access to Information Act by the end of winter — what Treasury Board President Scott Brison called “early wins” on overhauling the antiquated law intended to give Canadians access to federal files.The planned amendments included giving the information commissioner the power to order release of government records and ensuring the access law applies to the offices of the prime minister, cabinet members and administrative institutions that support Parliament and the courts.The pledge was considered an essential plank of the government platform on transparency designed to differentiate the Trudeau Liberals from Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, who broke 2006 campaign promises to modernize the access law.In March, Brison’s office cited the complex nature of the task in delaying the Liberal plans.The bill to be introduced Monday by Brison, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould could be the first substantial set of amendments to the access law in 34 years. The government has also promised a full review of the law by 2018, and mandatory reviews every five years thereafter.The Access to Information Act allows people who pay $5 to ask for everything from internal federal audits and meeting minutes to correspondence and studies. Departments are supposed to answer within 30 days or provide valid reasons why they need more time.However, the system has been almost universally criticized as slow, out of date and beset by loopholes that allow agencies to cling to information, including files more than half-a-century old.In her recent annual report, information commissioner Suzanne Legault said the law was being used as a shield against transparency.On Tuesday, the government plans to remodel several Conservative anti-terrorism measures and introduce new provisions with a bill from Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale plainly titled “An Act respecting national security measures.”The extensive package of legislation will include more robust oversight of Canada’s border agency, which has faced some pointed questions over issues including in-custody deaths.In addition to new scrutiny for the Canada Border Services Agency, the bill will propose changes to ensure existing security watchdogs can exchange information and collaborate more easily on reviews.The legislation will also follow through on Liberal promises during the last election to repeal “problematic elements” of omnibus security legislation ushered in by the Conservatives after a gunman stormed Parliament Hill.The Trudeau government has committed to ensuring all CSIS warrants respect the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to preserving legitimate protest and advocacy, and to defining terrorist propaganda more clearly.It has also pledged that appeals by Canadians on the no-fly list will be subject to mandatory review.The Liberals say the overall idea is to strike a balance that ensures security agencies have the tools they need to keep Canadians safe, while respecting the rights and freedoms of a democratic society.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

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The Thursday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

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first_imgHighlights from the news file for Thursday, July 6———TRUDEAU TO APPEAL TO PROTESTERS ON EVE OF G20: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s sunny ways will be tested over the next few days amid tensions both inside and outside the gates of the G20 summit in Germany. Trudeau arrived in the northern port city of Hamburg just hours before U.S. President Donald Trump, whose protectionist rhetoric and stance against climate change action pose a threat to much of the G20’s recent progress. Tens of thousands of anti-globalization protesters have descended on the city to disrupt the meetings, and have already set fire to a Porsche dealership. Trudeau has been called on to appeal to the protesters at Thursday night’s rock concert in Hamburg, where he will give a short speech promoting the benefits of global co-operation beyond corporations and the world’s richest citizens. Inside the meetings, tensions will flare around everything from climate change to free trade deals, but much of the action is expected in one-on-one meetings between various leaders — to say nothing of the much-anticipated Friday head-to-head between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.———LAC-MEGANTIC MARKS FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF RAIL TRAGEDY: Four years after the rail disaster that killed 47 people in their town, a group of Lac-Megantic citizens renewed the call for the construction of a bypass that would steer trains away from the core of the community. Robert Bellefleur, spokesman for a rail-safety group in the town, said Thursday his group is outraged that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other politicians seem to accept that a bypass might not be ready for years. The Quebec and federal governments have financed a feasibility study on the matter, and the province’s environmental review agency began public hearings on the issue in May. But Bellefleur said dangerous goods continue to be transported through the town on a section of rail track that has been rebuilt with an even steeper curve than before. On July 6, 2013, a runaway train carrying crude oil from the United States derailed in downtown Lac-Megantic and exploded, killing 47 people and destroying much of the city’s core. To mark the anniversary, the town planned a series of low-key activities including a church service, an outdoor vigil and an activity at the town’s train station.———TORONTO AREA HOME SALES PLUNGE 37 PER CENT LAST MONTH: Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area plunged 37.3 per cent last month compared with a year ago, the city’s real estate board said Thursday as buyers moved to the sidelines following the introduction of rules aimed at cooling one of the hottest housing markets in North America. The Toronto Real Estate Board said 7,974 homes changed hands in June while the number of new properties on the market climbed 15.9 per cent year-over-year to 19,614. The average price for all properties was $793,915, up 6.3 per cent from the same month last year, but down 8.1 per cent from May. The data comes after the Ontario government implemented rules intended to dampen Toronto’s real estate market, where escalating prices have concerned policy-makers at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. Ontario’s measures, which were retroactive to April 21, include a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region, expanded rent controls and legislation allowing Toronto and other cities to tax vacant homes.———HEAD OF INQUIRY SAYS PROCESS MOVING QUICKLY: The head of an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women denies the process is drifting, saying in Vancouver that she believes it’s moving at “lightning speed.” Marion Buller says that in the first eight months, staff have been hired, offices have opened and a first hearing has been held. The inquiry has faced controversy over the resignation of its executive director and complaints from families that the process is not moving fast enough. Buller says community hearings will be held beginning Sept. 10 in Thunder Bay, Ont., before moving on to Smithers, B.C., Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Halifax, Edmonton, Yellowknife and closing in mid-December in Maliotenam, Que. She also says two expert panels will speak to the inquiry this year on the topics of Indigenous laws and decolonization and human rights. Executive director Michele Moreau resigned last week, citing personal reasons, prompting the Native Women’s Association of Canada to urge the inquiry to be more transparent and reassuring to families.———COURT UPHOLDS BREATHALYZER EVIDENCE RULES: The Supreme Court of Canada is upholding procedures that permit shortcuts in allowing a motorist’s breathalyzer sample into evidence — even in cases where taking the sample may have been unlawful. In a decision Thursday, the court is affirming the existing charter process for challenging police actions in obtaining a sample. The high court’s 5-4 ruling comes in the case of Dion Henry Alex, who was stopped by police in Penticton, B.C., in April 2012. Alex failed a roadside test and was taken to the police detachment, where he blew above the legal blood alcohol limit in two subsequent tests. At issue was the continuing relevance of a 1976 Supreme Court decision that said the Crown did not need to prove the demand for a breath test was lawful in order to rely on evidentiary shortcuts about the accuracy of test readings. Following introduction of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in the 1980s, the courts said that an argument a breath sample was obtained unlawfully must come in the form of a charter challenge against unreasonable search and seizure.———ISOLATION HEARING TO GO AHEAD, JUDGE RULES: A constitutional challenge to Canada’s segregation laws should go ahead in September as scheduled despite objections from the federal government, an Ontario court ruled Thursday. In rejecting Ottawa’s adjournment request, Superior Court Justice Frank Marrocco said the hearing would not get in the way of Parliament, which is dealing with pending legislation that aims to put limits on solitary confinement. Even if the relevant bill were enacted, Marrocco said, the constitutional challenge would proceed anyway, so there would be no advantage to delaying a hearing. At issue is the practice known as administrative segregation that civil liberties groups argue can amount to indefinite solitary confinement. Such isolation is frequently used to manage difficult inmates, especially those whose safety may be at risk in the general population. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies maintain the current system subjects affected inmates to cruel and unusual punishment and violates their rights in several ways.———PETER JULIAN DROPS OUT OF NDP LEADERSHIP RACE: B.C. NDP MP Peter Julian is dropping out of the race to lead the federal New Democrats. Julian — the first contender to enter the race — made the announcement at a news conference today in Ottawa. The veteran MP was one of five candidates so far to join the race to replace Tom Mulcair at the helm of the party. Other current contenders include MPs Niki Ashton, Charlie Angus, Guy Caron and Ontario legislator Jagmeet Singh. The next leadership debate is scheduled to take place in Saskatoon on July 11, followed by events in Victoria and Montreal in August and one in Vancouver in September. Online voting in the leadership race will begin Sept. 18 and results will be announced in October after each round of balloting.———NEW DEMOCRATS TAKE POWER IN BRITISH COLUMBIA ON JULY 18: British Columbia premier-designate John Horgan and his cabinet will be officially sworn in on July 18. The ceremony in Victoria will come almost three weeks after Horgan’s New Democrats and three members of the Green party ousted Christy Clark’s Liberals following 16 years in office. The NDP and Greens defeated the Liberals in a confidence vote in the legislature. May’s election saw the Liberals win 43 seats in the 87-seat legislature, but the NDP with 41 seats and the Greens with three seats reached an agreement to push the Liberals from office and form a minority NDP government. Earlier this week, Horgan appointed three political veterans to head his inner circle of advisers, including well-known bureaucrat Don Wright and former Vancouver councillor Geoff Meggs.———QUEBEC HOPING TO OFFER FREE ABORTION PILL: The Quebec government is hoping to offer free abortion pills later this year. Mifegymiso, a two-drug combination also known as RU-486, was authorized by Health Canada in July 2015 and entered the market in January. It costs about $300. The drug isn’t currently available in Quebec, but Barrette says he’s hopeful advanced discussions with groups representing the province’s doctors and pharmacists will make access a reality by this fall. Barrette said the abortion pill shouldn’t be confused with the morning-after pill. Alongside the surgical option, the abortion pill gives women another option, albeit under very strict guidelines. It will be accessible for those with a doctor’s prescription, while women taking it will need to have a medical follow-up. In April, New Brunswick was the first province to announce it would make the abortion pill available free of charge. Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta have also said they intend to offer the pill free of charge.———ANOTHER RIGHT WHALE ENTAGLES IN FISHING GEAR: An endangered North Atlantic right whale has been freed after getting entangled in fishing gear near the area where six other whales were found dead. Tonya Wimmer of the Marine Animal Response Society said the large whale was cut free of the fishing line in its mouth after it was spotted by an aerial surveillance plane in the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Wednesday afternoon. The whale didn’t appear to have been snarled in the mess of gear for very long, and appeared to not have suffered serious injuries, said Kim Davies of Dalhousie University’s Department of Oceanography. A research ship was nearby and marine mammal experts were able to free the whale within six hours of it being spotted. The discovery comes after six of the massive animals were found floating in the gulf, with two suffering injuries consistent with ship strikes and a third dying from an entanglement in fishing gear. One of the six dead whales has now drifted close to shore on the Magdalen Islands. Wimmer said they are discussing sending a team to do an animal autopsy to determine its cause of death, as had been done in three others.last_img read more

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Prince Harry Joins Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge At Charity Christmas Party

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first_imgIt was bauble and gingerbread decorating at the ready as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry attended a special charity Christmas party.Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Attend Heads Together Christmas partyCredit/Copyright: Royal.UKThe annual Heads Together Christmas party was hosted on Monday 19 December by youth support service The Mix, to celebrate the volunteers and counsellors who support people through tough times in their lives.First, The Duke and Prince Harry joined a group session where counsellors and volunteers shared knowledge and had training on dealing with a range of issues, with a focus on supporting people who are suicidal and helping young people coping with homelessness.The Duchess then joined a live online chat about counselling with volunteers and young people from around the UK.Their Royal Highnesses were then given the chance to speak to volunteers and service users from The Mix, to hear about their personal experience of online and telephone counselling support.The Mix gives young people aged 13-25 a helping hand to find their way through any challenge, from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from break-ups to drugs.Their Royal Highnesses then all joined a celebration Christmas Party reception where they decorated baubles, made paper-chains and helped out with the gingerbread decorating.They also chatted to the exceptional volunteers who support people through tough times in their lives.At the end of their visit they kicked off The Mix Annual Awards by presenting the Volunteer of the Year Award to George Yeorghaki.Heads Together brings together The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess, and Prince Harry in partnership with other charities to tackle stigma, raise awareness and provide vital help for people with mental health challenges.Source:Royal.UKlast_img read more

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Ancient worm disease could be eradicated within two years UN agency reports

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27 March 2007Guinea worm, an ancient parasitic disease causing tennis-ball-size ulcers so painful that victims feel as if they are on fire, could in less than two years become the second illness after smallpox to be pushed into oblivion, thanks to water treatment and other preventive methods, the United Nations health agency reported today. Guinea worm, an ancient parasitic disease causing tennis-ball-size ulcers so painful that victims feel as if they are on fire, could in less than two years become the second illness after smallpox to be pushed into oblivion, thanks to water treatment and other preventive methods, the United Nations health agency reported today.“This is the culmination of years of effort by local and international groups to see this disease eradicated,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director of Neglected Tropical Diseases Lorenzo Savioli said, noting that 12 more countries were declared ‘Guinea Worm Free’ by the International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication earlier this month. Since its creation in 1995, the Commission has certified 180 countries free of Dracunculiasis, the scientific name for the disease caused by a parasite found in Egyptian mummies and thought to be the “fiery serpent” often referred to in texts from pharaonic Egypt and Assyrian Mesopotamia.In the early 1980s, an estimated 3 million people in more than 20 countries were infected. Today, this has dropped to about 25,000 in nine countries, and at this rate the Commission is on track to meeting its 2009 deadline for eradication worldwide, Dr. Savioli said.Guinea worm is endemic in some villages of sub-Saharan Africa, spread through contaminated water. Its effects are crippling, with victims developing large ulcers, usually in the lower leg. The ulcers swell, at times to the size of a tennis ball, and burst, releasing a spaghetti-like worm ranging up to 0.8 metres long.The searing pain forces people to jump into water, often the community’s only source of drinking water, where the worm releases thousands of larvae. The larvae are ingested by water fleas and the cycle begins again when a person drinks the water.The disability is seasonal, usually re-emerging during harvest time, which is why it is often called “the disease of the empty granary.” Due to the pain, farmers are incapacitated and unable to harvest, contributing to malnutrition in children. Children affected by the worm miss school for months at a time, hindering their educational progress. Thus the disease keeps victims imprisoned in a cycle of pain and poverty.Low-cost preventive methods include providing safe drinking water supplies, filtering water through fine-mesh cloth and treating ponds with Abate, which kills water fleas.To contain infection, health workers clean the ulcer, gradually pulling out the worm, disinfecting and bandaging the lesion to prevent secondary bacterial infection. Infected people should be prevented from wading into water sources, and health education and social mobilization should be intensified. read more

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UN agency chiefs issue call to action on behalf of refugee children

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The statement by Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) came in an editorial published on the website for CNN, the US-based cable and online news network.Wednesday is World Refugee Day, which is marked annually, each 20 June, when the UN system highlights the strength, courage and perseverance of refugees across the world, and calls on the public to show support for families forced to flee.“Here is our call to action: refugee children, whether on our doorsteps, or in remote borderlands, must be protected, sheltered and equipped for their futures,” wrote the agency chiefs.“Our ability to make a difference in their lives – between despair and hope, and being left behind and building a future – is a test of our shared humanity.”Globally, more than 68 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes, with children making up more than half the world’s refugee population.Our ability to make a difference in their lives – between despair and hope, and being left behind and building a future – is a test of our shared humanity – Filippo Grandi, UNHCR and Henrietta Fore, UNICEFFurthermore, nearly 174,000 refugee and asylum-seeking children have been separated from their families or forced to flee on their own.With conflicts multiplying and intensifying in recent years, thus creating millions more refugees and displaced people, “governments seem to have overlooked their duty of care to children,” the UN agency chiefs stated, adding “perhaps it is because the statistics can be so staggering that they harden us to the human suffering that underpins them.”They stressed that all “children on the move” should receive the same care and compassion as any other child.“Children are first and foremost children – and regardless of their nationality, their legal status, or that of their parents, their welfare and rights must be at the center of our actions,” they said.The UN officials recalled the “unthinkable suffering” refugee children endure in their quest for safety, only to face hostility and rejection when they arrive.“Turned away by border guards and impenetrable barbed wire fences, kept in detention centers, or separated from their parents – the violence that propelled them from their countries is perpetuated by the hostile reception they receive,” they said.However, if young refugees are provided with a safe environment, an education and opportunities, they will flourish and contribute to their host countries and help rebuild their homelands when conditions allow, the UN officials added.They looked to the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees, which will be presented to world leaders meeting at the UN later this year.It calls for investments in communities hosting refugees, fair and humane asylum policies, and more opportunities for resettlement and family reunification, among other proposals. read more

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Who Hates The Patriots The Most

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6Denver Broncos13.74Washington Redskins11.3 6Seattle SeahawksNFC West5.431.6 28San Francisco 49ersNFC West4.022.4 20New York JetsAFC East2.426.3 30Cleveland BrownsAFC North1.620.0 16Minnesota VikingsNFC North2.427.5 31Los Angeles ChargersAFC West2.417.0 26Cincinnati Bengals4.626Minnesota Vikings5.5 3Carolina PanthersNFC South2.632.9 2Dallas Cowboys19.12New England Patriots26.2 27Cleveland Browns4.627Jacksonville Jaguars5.4 8New Orleans Saints12.28Green Bay Packers10.6 10Tampa Bay BuccaneersNFC South1.629.5 The NFL season is upon us, and for many fans that means hate-watching rival teams as much as it means cheering for one’s own favorite squad. And for a large subset of that group, that specifically means hate-watching the New England Patriots.It’s no secret that winning five Super Bowls, 25 playoff games and 196 regular season games in a span of 17 years — not to mention breaking some rules along the way — will earn you a few enemies. But has New England’s nearly two-decade reign of terror over the NFL made them as universally despised as it seems? Have they reached the New York Yankees’ Evil Empire status? We decided to put it to a test.We commissioned SurveyMonkey Audience to conduct a poll of NFL fans in early September,1Specifically, the poll was conducted among a national sample of adults ages 18 and older, from Sept. 1-7. Only responses from self-described NFL fans (including those who labeled themselves “casual” fans) were included in the analysis. tracking how many would classify each franchise among their three favorite — and least favorite — teams. The survey also asked respondents to assign a favorability rating to a randomly drawn subset of teams, which we used to further judge the admiration — and, more importantly, the vitriol — between fan bases.It should be noted that the Patriots are among the most popular teams in our database (cough, bandwagon), with more than 16 percent of all NFL fans listing them among their favorite teams. That ranks third in the league, trailing only a pair of historic NFL bluebloods: the Green Bay Packers (23 percent) and Dallas Cowboys (19 percent). But they’re also one of the two teams — along with the Cowboys — who stand head and shoulders above the rest of the league in terms of hatred from other fanbases. More than 26 percent of fans polled listed New England as one their three least-favorite teams; only Dallas checked in higher at 31 percent. (No. 3 were the Baltimore Ravens at 13 percent.) 32Jacksonville Jaguars1.832Kansas City Chiefs3.7 Surveying 2,290 Americans who described themselves as NFL fans, conducted from September 1-7, 2017.Source: Surveymonkey Audience Does this mean the Cowboys and all the Jerry World glitz are actually more disliked than the Patriots? Not necessarily. A good amount of the Cowboys hate is accounted for by deep-seated rivalries with their fellow NFC East teams. Patriots hatred is far more egalitarian.For example, the fan groups who hate Dallas the most — Philadelphia and Washington — really, really hate them: A staggering 50 percent of fans who ranked either the Eagles or Redskins among their top three teams also ranked the Cowboys among their bottom three.The Patriots, by contrast, racked up their high dislike rate without the benefit of such intense hatred from specific fan bases. No single group of fans even cracked 35 percent, in terms of the share who ranked New England among their bottom three teams. But the Pats also collected a good amount of hate from a diverse spread of some of the league’s largest fan bases, which nearly helped them catch the Cowboys as the league’s most disliked team.Here’s the rundown of the fan bases who most frequently listed the Patriots among their three least favorite teams: 5Pittsburgh Steelers14.84Pittsburgh Steelers11.3 4Seattle Seahawks15.14Oakland Raiders11.3 9Philadelphia EaglesNFC East2.929.9 ⋮ 27Tampa Bay Buccaneers4.628Houston Texans5.1 24Oakland RaidersAFC West3.125.6 FAVORITE TEAMIN TOP 3 8Tennessee TitansAFC South1.430.0 3New England Patriots16.43Baltimore Ravens13.2 The most loved — and hated — teams in the NFLShare of NFL fans who ranked a given team among the their three favorite, and least-favorite, teams 7Buffalo BillsAFC East1.430.4 25Kansas City ChiefsAFC West2.025.4 RK▲▼FAN BASE▲▼DIVISION▲▼SHARE OF FANS▲▼PUT PATS IN BOTTOM 3▲▼ 1New York GiantsNFC East3.8%34.7% 24Kansas City Chiefs5.724Detroit Lions5.9 Perhaps surprisingly, given that their favorite team beat the Pats in two Super Bowls over the last 10 years, fans of the New York Giants win the crown as the group that hates New England most, with 34.7 percent of them ranking the Pats among their bottom three teams. (Granted, the poll was conducted in the middle of a pennant race between the Red Sox and the Yankees — so there’s no telling what lingering Boston-New York resentment carried over.) Add in animosity from a handful of other huge fan bases — the Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks (all of whom the Pats have beaten in the playoffs this decade) — plus leftover resentment from fans of the Carolina Panthers (who apparently have really long memories) and Indianapolis Colts (for whom it’s unclear how much hate is motivated by DeflateGate and how much by the Peyton Manning-Tom Brady rivalry), and there are very few corners of America where Patriots fans won’t be behind enemy lines.But look on the bright side, Patriots fans: In order to be at the top of the “hate” list, you have to be successful. The top six teams on our list have combined for 24 Super Bowl wins. By comparison, the bottom of the list is filled with teams that are either relatively new or simply inoffensive because they haven’t won many playoff games. And the biggest congratulations are in order for the Kansas City Chiefs, who are currently No. 1 in FiveThirtyEight’s rankings and are also the least disliked team in America, according to the poll. What’s more, this poll was conducted before Kansas City knocked off the Patriots in the NFL season opener.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 2Pittsburgh SteelersAFC North5.333.0 29Los Angeles RamsNFC West1.521.6 29Los Angeles Rams4.229Indianapolis Colts4.8 19Cincinnati BengalsAFC North1.726.4 15Atlanta FalconsNFC South3.028.2 7Chicago Bears12.47Cleveland Browns11.2 14Miami DolphinsAFC East2.528.2 23Detroit Lions5.823Miami Dolphins6.1 4Indianapolis ColtsAFC South1.932.0 13Chicago BearsNFC North4.528.4 9San Francisco 49ers11.19New Orleans Saints9.4 17Baltimore RavensAFC North2.427.3 21Houston TexansAFC South2.526.3 Which fan bases hate the Patriots the most?Among respondents who identified themselves as an NFL fan, share who also put the Patriots in their three least favorite teams 18Detroit LionsNFC North2.127.1 12Green Bay PackersNFC North8.329.1 27Washington RedskinsNFC East2.223.0 26Dallas CowboysNFC East6.925.3 23Arizona CardinalsNFC West2.325.7 11Jacksonville JaguarsAFC South0.629.3 10New York Giants10.410Buffalo Bills9.3 LEAST-FAVORITE TEAMIN TOP 3 1Green Bay Packers23.0%1Dallas Cowboys30.7% 31Tennessee Titans3.931Tampa Bay Buccaneers3.9 25Indianapolis Colts5.325Los Angeles Chargers5.5 30Buffalo Bills4.030Tennessee Titans4.5 5Denver BroncosAFC West4.931.6 22New Orleans SaintsNFC South4.425.8 —New England PatriotsAFC East5.9— Surveying 2,290 Americans who described themselves as NFL fans, conducted from September 1-7, 2017.Source: Surveymonkey Audience ⋮ read more

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New hope in mystery of James Bonds missing Aston Martin

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Naturally, Art Recovery are wary of the possibility the vehicle is simply one similar to the actual Aston Martin used in the Bond film.“As there are many Aston Martins, it is very important that we get a shot of the chassis number, dp/216/1. This is what we are looking for, as it is very specific to the vehicle,” said Mr Marinello. “It is quite possible the potential in the Middle East is a mere look alike, which is why it is crucial we retain a close up of the chassis number.”The stolen Aston Martin was one of two used in the filming of Goldfinger, with another deployed for the scenes featuring Connery behind the wheel. Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger (1964) Credit:CAP/MFS/Capital Pictures Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger (1964)  Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger, with the Aston Martin DB5 ARI say it is estimated by some auction houses that the missing DB5 could now be worth between £7 and £10 million, given its iconic status as a 007 vehicle.The DB5, which following the release of Goldfinger in September 1964 became known as “the most famous car in the world”, was designed for Aston Martin by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera and named after Sir David Brown, the luxury car manufacturer’s owner from 1947 to 1972.The car’s rightful owner bought it at auction for $250,000 in 1986, but in June 1997 thieves managed to remove it from the hangar at Boca Raton and squirrel it away. Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger, with the Aston Martin DB5Credit:Cine Text / Allstar/ Sportsphoto Agency Art Recovery International (ARI), which was hired by an unspecified insurance firm to help track down the stolen Aston Martin, have been told it is being held at a specific location in the region.A six figure sum is being offered for information leading to its safe return.Christopher Marinello, the chief executive of ARI, told The Sunday Telegraph: “I have been given a specific tip, but we are working on it. We want to reach out to collector car community and vast array of mechanics to let them know we are very serious about recovering it.” It is a mystery worthy of the pen of Ian Fleming himself, featuring a high stakes theft, shady middle men and a 20-year-hunt for the dastardly individuals responsible.When the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 featured in the James Bond film Goldfinger was stolen from a Florida airport hangar in 1997 there were fears it would never be seen again.For years the search for the car used by Sean Connery in his role as Fleming’s 007, the spy with a licence to kill, proved fruitless.But now hopes have risen that it may yet be recovered, after a tip was received giving details of the Aston Martin’s  current whereabouts.Its location, according to those supplying the information, is classic espionage territory – the Middle East. For the filming of Goldfinger the car had been modified to include an array of Bond gadgets, including machine guns, tyre-shredding blades and oil, smoke and water emitters.As a result it was so heavy that when thieves broke into the hangar they had to drag it out by its axles, leaving telltale tyre marks leading up to where it was thought to have been loaded onto a waiting cargo plane.Police investigating the theft drew a blank, paving the way for years of speculation as to its fate. 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. read more

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Skripal poisoning suspects will tell their side of the story today Russian

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“I have no comment for now. Maybe later. Next week I think,” Petrov said.The man appeared to be a different person than the attacker wanted in the UK, raising questions as to whether Russian authorities are preparing a scapegoat for the attack. A relative of the Petrov in Tomsk told The Telegraph his middle name was Sergeyevich, which did not match the middle name of the Petrov who went to Salisbury, according to a diplomatic source.  Alexander Petrov is a very common name in Russia.  Photographs on his social media page, which were retrieved by The Telegraph before they were later deleted, appeared to show a different man to that one seen in the photograph and Salisbury CCTV footage of Alexander Petrov released by UK police. The two Russians charged with attempted murder in the Salisbury nerve agent attack have told their story to a TV network funded by The Kremlin. Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov were interviewed by the editor-in-chief of RT – formerly Russia Today – Margarita Simonyan who said she had “spent an evening” with the suspects. She promised to air the interview later on Thursday, a day after Vladimir Putin called on the two men to speak to the media. Petrov and Boshirov have been charged with attempting to murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March by spraying Novichok nerve agent on the handle of their door. Scotland Yard have said these names are probably aliases. In a series of tweets, Simonyan said she was called by the two men and carried out the interview in Russian before it was translated to English.She added: “I wasn’t looking for them. More specifically, our journalists were searching for them just like all other professional journalists, through social networks, sources and so on. We even found a few, but not the right ones.”They refused to give an interview to anyone else, even our journalists, because, in their words, they know me from TV and read my social media and for that reason, again in their words, trust me.” Following Mr Putin’s statement, state media Rossiya 24 spoke with an employee of Virion, a branch of the state pharmaceutical company Microgen in the Siberian city of Tomsk, named Alexander Petrov.  “We know who they are, we found them,” he said at a panel with the leaders of China and Japan. “I hope they will appear on their own to talk about themselves, that will be better for everyone. There’s nothing especially criminal there, I assure you.”His comments suggested that Russia would put forward the men to deny or muddy the waters around the British accusations. 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 week Scotland Yard revealed the suspects had travelled to the UK on Friday, March 2 on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow.After spending the night at a budget hotel in east London they carried out a reconnaissance operation in Salisbury on the Saturday before carrying out the assassination attempt on Sunday 4 March.They are accused of smearing the deadly nerve agent Novichok on Mr Skripal’s door handle in an attack that left him and his daughter critically ill. Downing Street on Wednesday dismissed Moscow’s denials, insisting the men were both members of Russia’s GRU, military intelligence unit.The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We have repeatedly asked Russia to account for what happened in Salisbury in March and they have replied with obfuscation and lies.”Russian media reports have suggested that Boshirov is a 40-year-old Moscow State University graduate who was living in the capital, while Petrov was said to 39.But the names are understood to be aliases so it remains unclear whether the men being referred to by Mr Putin are the same ones who appeared in the CCTV footage in Salisbury. Asked about the case on Wednesday at the eastern economic forum in Vladivostok, Mr Putin tried to shift the blame away from the Russian state, insisting that the two men were “civilians”. read more

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Oscar Pistorius challenges bail conditions

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first_imgThe papers were reported to say that “there is no desire by the appellant to use any prohibited substance or alcohol” but that the condition was unfair.They asked that he be allowed to travel internationally, with police permission. Hilton insisted Thursday that he resigned because he had found a better paying job, and not because of the case.He gave further views of the investigation in a radio interview.“The crime scene was dealt with very professionally, that’s what I think,” he said, yet complained that he did not get enough support at the onset of the probe.He said he felt he was left to “hang out to dry and I was on my own for a while and when someone came to help it was almost too late.”- © AFP, 2013VIDEO: ‘I’m better at life than you’ – Richard Sherman tears apart Skip Bayless>Gibson unwilling to kiss and make up with Trapattoni> It then emerged that he was facing charges of attempted murder for shooting at a minibus in 2011.He was promptly replaced as the chief investigator in the Pistorius case by South Africa’s top detective. SOUTH AFRICAN PARALYMPIAN Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, is seeking to have his bail conditions relaxed so that he can travel abroad, a report said Friday.eNCA news channel said lawyers for the sprint star will ask for his ban on foreign travel to be lifted, along with mandatory drug and alcohol tests.The lawyers argue that Pistorius — who says the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp was a tragic accident — is not a flight risk.The papers requesting an easing of the bail conditions were reportedly filed with the North Gauteng High Court on Friday.Pistorius’s lawyer Kenny Oldwage refused to comment.Pistorius, 26, has also reportedly asked for the “blanket ban” on talking to residents of his gated community to be lifted and for him to be able to return to the house were Steenkamp was shot. Pistorius’s agent Peet Van Zyl said he was not aware of Pistorius’s desire to travel, adding that his participation in overseas competitions had been cancelled.He also said that Pistorius had not restarted training.The athlete was granted bail on February 22 after paying a bond of one million rand (roughly $110,000).Prosecutors have charged Pistorius with the premeditated murder of his 29-year-old girlfriend and he is due back in court in June.The double-amputee admits shooting Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door, but says he mistook her for an intruder.Steenkamp’s family is meanwhile mulling legal action against the sprinter, their lawyer said Friday.Attorney Mike Venter said a civil claim was being considered against him. But a source close to the family said no decision had yet been taken.The Steenkamp family have kept a low profile since their daughter’s death amid a media frenzy over the case.A detective who bungled the initial investigation into the case resigned on Wednesday.Hilton Botha was one of the police force’s most experienced detectives, with a 22-year career as a policeman.But during Pistorius’s bail hearing last month, his evidence was repeatedly picked apart by the defence.He admitted in court that the investigation “could have been handled better,” conceding that he may have contaminated the crime scene and that his team failed to spot a bullet lodged in the toilet.last_img read more

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Napthine declares pride in Greek community

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first_imgPremier Denis Napthine told Neos Kosmos this week that Victoria’s Greek community were continuing a tradition of nation building, with a new generation adding to the social and economic growth of the state. On walkabout at a wet and blustery Antipodes Festival last Saturday, Dr Napthine spoke for the first time as Premier about his support for multiculturalism. “It’s one of our greatest assets – in terms of our quality of life but also in terms of our businesses. “The multicultural community gives us enormous advantages in doing business not only locally but internationally,” said the Premier. Dr Napthine acknowledged the role Greek immigrants had played following the years of mass migration, describing the Greek community as “one of the major players in the transformation of Victoria into a very modern 21st century society”. “The Greek community have made an enormous contribution to our arts, culture, and our business life.” Asked what his government would be doing to assist Greek Australian pensioners, many of whom voiced concerns last year about concessions not keeping pace with the cost of living and spiralling aged care costs, the Premier said he was “very aware” of the issues facing the community and the importance of providing culturally appropriate services. Reflecting his own personal experience of cultural diversity, Dr Napthine said he was proud of his nieces and nephews who are of Greek and Chinese backgrounds. “My sister married a Greek, and another sister married someone of Chinese Australian background, so my family has a great multicultural history.” Whilst rain and gusting winds kept some away from last weekend’s Glendi, the Premier, along with Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott, spent time sheltering beside the stalls which lined Lonsdale Street, before the festival’s official opening by Prime Minister Julia Gillard. “I love the souvlaki and the music,” said the Premier, “but I’m here really to experience the Greek enjoyment of life. “Greeks probably show the way in terms of how they enjoy life and they really do know how to party. Greeks do it ten times better than Australians.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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La mode responsable peine à se faire une place sur le marché

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first_imgLa mode responsable peine à se faire une place sur le marché françaisFrance –  L’Institut français de la mode (IFM) vient de publier une étude sur le lent développement de la mode responsable en France. Si elle est aujourd’hui un “objet marketing mal identifié” par les consommateurs, la donne devrait changer au cours des années à venir.Si les consommateurs prennent de plus en plus conscience de leurs responsabilités sociales et environnementales, la mode éthique et écologique peine à se développer dans l’Hexagone. Ce marché émergent ne représente aujourd’hui que 1,5% des ventes. Toutefois, il devrait s’imposer au cours de la prochaine décennie, estime l’IFM.Contrairement à l’alimentation, au logement ou au transport, la mode est “synonyme de plaisir, de choix, de désirs pour de nouveaux produits que la nécessité n’impose pas” souligne l’étude, laissant entendre qu’une mode responsable est un concept qui peut sembler contradictoire.Sous ce concept peuvent être entendus à la fois les produits biologiques, le commerce équitable ou le commerce éthique, les produits partage, dont une partie du prix est reversé à une association, ou encore les modes de production respectueux de l’environnement. Si 21% des personnes interrogées disent avoir déjà acheté des vêtements biologiques ou éthiques, 27% d’entre elles sont plutôt sceptiques vis-a-vis de ces produits tandis que 38% ne savent tout simplement pas de quoi il s’agit.Si 70% des sondés estiment que le concept de mode responsable peut justifier des prix élevés, les marques restent timides bien que 83% des entreprises interrogées par l’IFM pensent que cela pourrait améliorer leur image.La tendance de la mode responsable a, d’après l’IFM décollé en 2008-2009, mais il faudra attendre au moins cinq ans pour qu’elle se développe et parvienne à engendrer 5 à 15% du chiffre d’affaires de l’habillement, contre 1,5% aujourd’hui.Le 23 janvier 2010 à 13:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Real Madrid gets in the way of Marianos transfer to Sevilla

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first_imgWe got the latest from Real Madrid’s summer transfer attempts, they are willing to get in the way of Mariano signing with Sevilla FC.The Sevilla FC board of directors is fuming at this very moment because the player they want the most from this transfer window, might get snatched from under their noses by Real Madrid. In another example of what the most powerful clubs in the world are able to do against the weaker ones, Florentino Perez realized that he has an option to buy Mariano from Olympique Lyonnais for nearly half of what Sevilla was going to pay for him in the next 48 hours due to a clause on the player’s contract that gives Real a preference to buy him regardless of other offers. This latest information was divulged by Spanish newspaper OK Diario, which is a media outlet that is very close to Florentino Perez and usually has privileged information about the most interesting market deals that the club are planning. The president was not going to buy anyone else apart from the players he already had, mainly because he decided that they were only going after either Neymar or Mbappé if the opportunity presented itself.El Lyon abre la puerta a Mariano… para fichar por el Sevilla https://t.co/tLFFDd9QRA— OKDIARIO (@okdiario) August 27, 2018Mariano’s past as a Madridista.But given the player’s past as a Real Madrid Castilla player and the good relationship that Florentino always had with him, Perez is seriously considering getting in the way of the deal with Sevilla that was about to close for €40 million in the next hours. Olympique Lyonnais has already spoken with Real Madrid about that contract clause, they have decided to wait for the club’s response on Mariano and they have reportedly agreed to accept €22 million from Los Blancos before Friday. Sevilla FC is quite angry about this, because they had already closed the deal for the player and now they are going to have to start from scratch by looking for a suitable alternative to the Dominican/Spanish striker. Just as it’s happened several times before as yet another sign of superiority, Real Madrid will win another battle outside the field with a club that could potentially become a threat in La Liga if they get one of Ligue 1’s most important players from last season apart from Paris Saint-Germain’s front three.MARIANO DIAZ, NUEVO JUGADOR DEL #REALMADRID. El club hizo uso de su opción de recompra y en las próximas horas el delantero volverá a La Casa Blanca. Nuevo jugador para Lopetegui. ¡Éxitos! ??⚽️?¡HALA MADRID! #RealMadrid ? pic.twitter.com/WGuaQziHZE— Real Madrid CF (@RealMadrid_GO) August 28, 2018Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.What Mariano can bring to Real Madrid.During his days at Castilla, Mariano was seen speaking to Florentino Perez several times and he kept telling the president that he would win the Ballon d’Or someday, which is something that Perez always liked because it showed the hunger this player has. The problem for Mariano during his time at Real Madrid was Zinedine Zidane, the French manager always liked other players more than him and never gave him a chance to really prove himself with the first squad. Mariano ended up leaving for no more than €8 million to Olympique Lyonnais and it only took him one season to prove that he is the real deal, even Julen Lopetegui (Real Madrid’s current manager) was analyzing the possibility of taking Mariano to the World Cup instead of other strikers like Morata or Rodrigo because he was born in Catalonia and he is eligible for the National Team. Today a new opportunity presents itself for a player who can compete with Karim Benzema, but has different qualities compared to the Frenchman and can be a great new addition to Los Blancos.#Inda: “El Real Madrid tiene HASTA EL MIÉRCOLES para CERRAR a Mariano y LO VA A HACER”. #ChiringuitoInda pic.twitter.com/0yW9r1lQmJ— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) August 27, 2018Time limit for Mariano’s transfer.We will have to wait at least another 48 hours to know if the deal will go through or not, because Real Madrid still needs to respond to Lyon if they want the striker and Sevilla is expecting for the player to break all negotiations with them if the Spanish giants do go after him. The reason Real Madrid wouldn’t pay the same €40 million that Sevilla was going to pay for Mariano, is because Los Blancos currently own 35% of the player’s rights and this is exactly what has diminished his final price tag but only in the case that Real Madrid would buy him. All the Sevillistas in Spain are going crazy on social media against Real Madrid, they have been roughly criticizing the club because of the dirty play they are using once again to completely waste all the work the Andalucian club has done in the last couple of weeks in their attempt to sign Mariano for their club. Real Madrid also decided to pursue this deal because they would be a laughing stock if this player ends up becoming one of the greats in another club, when they had the chance to buy him for a lower price all this time.ABC Sevilla: Real Madrid CEO Jose Angel Sanchez has informed Sevilla’s president of Real Madrid’s intention to buy-back Mariano from Lyon. #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/CZ36cvP1Oo— RMadridHome (@RMadridHome_) August 28, 2018What do you think about this tactic that Real Madrid is using against Sevilla? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Penton Hires David Kieselstein as CEO

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first_imgAbout four months after Sharon Rowlands resigned as CEO of Penton Media, the company announced today that it has hired David Kieselstein [pictured] as its new chief executive, effective immediately. Kieselstein, who is also joining the board of directors, is the former CEO of market research company TNS North America, a division of WPP. Kieselstein’s appointment, which officially starts on February 21st, relieves Tyler Zachem and Anup Bagaria of their interim co-CEO positions, which they took on following Rowland’s departure. Zachem and Bagaria are managing director of MidOcean Partners and vice chairman and managing director of Wasserstein & Co., respectively, Penton’s private equity owners. The two will continue as co-chairmen of the board. Kieselstein had been CEO of TNS since 2008. Prior to that he led Dun & Bradstreet’s Small Business Division and spent a good chunk of his career at Time Warner where he was chief executive of the Parenting Media Group and was president and chief executive of the Personal Finance Media Group, where he helped launch the CNNMoney partnership.He left Time Inc. in 2005 as part of a restructuring under then CEO Ann Moore which resulted in the layoff of 105 employees, including a roster of senior executives. That mix of classic publishing background with the b-to-b focus of D&B and the marketing services of TNS is what helped Kieselstein land the job. He tells FOLIO: that marketing services, which was started under Rowlands’ tenure and still in a “nascent” stage, has a huge opportunity going forward for the company. Other areas of focus will be expansion into international markets and a continued digital buildout. Kieselstein says Penton grew both revenue and EBITDA in 2011 versus 2010 and the company is well beyond its bankruptcy restructuring. “Thanks to Sharon [Rowlands] a lot of that heavy lifting has been done and she did a fantastic job over the last three years. I’m in a fortunate position where I’m coming on board to a company that’s structured very well for the future. The performance, both topline and bottomline has been exceeding expectations of the ownership. And we’re in a position where we can start thinking about acquisitions as well as organic growth. A lot less time will be focused internally on structural issues and a lot more time will be focused externally both on new markets and opportunities and also on our existing and new customers.”last_img read more

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Rings peepholemounted video doorbell cam is here

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first_img How to install the Ring Video Doorbell 2 The best video doorbells you can buy today Here’s the rundown on Ring’s new smart outdoor security lights Read the full review Comments Ring also recently introduced Smart Lighting, motion-sensing outdoor lights that work with Ring’s other home security products.  The Ring Door View Cam is available now for purchase.Originally published Jan. 7 at 9:01 a.m. PSTUpdate, June 18: Confirms availability and shipping. Share your voice CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Now playing: Watch this: 1:53 Ring Door View Cam review: A video doorbell designed for apartment dwellers Further reading Amazon 3 How to install the Ring Door View Cam Tags The $199 Door View Cam has a rechargeable battery, which means there’s no hardwiring involved. Ring says there’s no need for drilling or making any other major changes to your door, but you do need a door with a peephole for it to work.Remove your existing peephole, place the Door View Cam on the front and back of the door, along with the battery and the removable faceplate. Ring’s Door View Cam comes with:1080p HD resolutionMotion detectionMicrophone and speakerRechargeable batteryNight visionRing isn’t the first company to introduce a smart doorbell like this. Ezviz, Remo+ and Yale have announced similar products.  Security Cameras Security The first batch of Ring Door View Cams are now shipping out to customers who pre-ordered them. Chris Monroe/CNET The Ring Door View Cam, the latest smart doorbell from Amazon’s smart home security company, is shipping out to customers starting today. last_img read more

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Dow SP close at record highs

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first_imgDow, S&P close at record highs1.8K viewsDow, S&P close at record highs1.8K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Dow, S&P close at record highs1.8K viewsBusinessU.S. stocks marched higher on a relief rally. The deal to extend Greece’s bailout pushed the Dow and S&P 500 to close at all-time highs. The Nasdaq stretched its win streak into an eighth session asVentuno Web Player 4.50U.S. stocks marched higher on a relief rally. The deal to extend Greece’s bailout pushed the Dow and S&P 500 to close at all-time highs. The Nasdaq stretched its win streak into an eighth session aslast_img

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2018 to be the year of Khaleda people Fakhrul

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first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, said on Saturday his party is getting confident for various reasons about returning to power through the 11th parliamentary polls, reports UNB.”We’ll surely join the polls along with our chairperson Khaleda Zia… 2018 will be the year of Khaleda Zia, BNP, Tarique Rahman, and mass people as we’re with people,” he said.Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “We’ve been on a movement, and will carry it on in the days to come, and will definitely establish a pro-people government in 2018. We’re getting hopeful for various reasons.”Jatiyatabadi Krishak Dal arranged the programme at the National Press Club, marking its 37th founding anniversary.Fakhrul said the government must arrange the next election under a non-party neutral administration to conduct it by an independent and impartial election commission with the participation of all parties. “The election will have to be fair and credible through which our leader Khaleda Zia will again be elected the prime minister.”He urged the BNP leaders and activists to strengthen their organisational activities alongside getting ready for a movement and the next general election.Referring to Gana Forum president Kamal Hossain’s recent remark that a national unity is crucial now to unseat the current ‘dangerous’ government, the BNP leader said, “We feel good that he could finally realised it as we’ve long been talking about it.”He said the country’s existence and its independence and sovereignty will be at stake if the ‘despotic and fascist’ government can’t be removed.”That’s why, we must forge a national unity to install a pro-people government.”Fakhrul said the government has destroyed all the institutions, including parliament, administration and judiciary, in a planned way only to hang onto power and turn the country into a failed state.He accused the government of deceiving people by creating a smokescreen of development and spreading false information.The BNP leader said the government has ruined the economy and the financial institutions, including banks through widespread plundering and corruption.”Corruption is now rampant in every sector and everywhere. We must change this situation and realise our rights through a movement.”last_img read more

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Sri Lanka to change defence heads after attacks

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first_imgSri Lanka`s president Maithripala Sirisena and prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe look on during a parliament session marking the 70th anniversary of Sri LankaÕs Government, in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 3 October 2017. Reuters File PhotoSri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday said he expects to change the heads of the country’s defence forces within a day following their failure to prevent suicide bombs that killed over 300 people, despite the fact they had prior information about the attacks.”I will completely restructure the police and security forces in the coming weeks. I expect to change the heads of defence establishments within next 24 hours,” Sirisena said a televised address to the nation.This handout photo taken and released by the Sri Lankan President`s Office on on 23 April 2019 shows president Maithripala Sirisena (2nd L) visiting St. Sebastian`s church in Negombo, two days after a series of bomb attacks targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Photo: AFP”The security officials who got the intelligence report from a foreign nation did not share it with me. Appropriate actions would have been taken. I have decided to take stern action against these officials.”last_img
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WATCH Marco Rubio Faces Students Questions Over His Acceptance Of NRA Money

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first_img Share Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says he would support raising the age limit to 21 for those wanting to purchase AR-15-style rifles.“If you are 18 years of age, you should not be able to buy a rifle,” Rubio said at a CNN town hall meeting Wednesday night. “I will support a law that takes that right away.”Rubio, who has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association, said he does not support arming teachers, but does support background check regulation reform.Rubio also said he was “reconsidering” his position on high-capacity magazines. “I’ll tell you why,” he said, “because while it may not prevent an attack, it may save lives in an attack.”The comments represent a softening for a lawmaker whom the NRA has endorsed and praised as someone who has “vigorously fought to promote and defend the right to keep and bear arms.”One week after the deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people, lawmakers and a representative of the NRA faced tough questions from students, teachers and parents at a CNN town hall meeting to discuss how to prevent such tragedies in the future.Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/TNS/Getty ImagesMarjory Stoneman Douglas student Cameron Kasky asked Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., if he will continue to accept money from the NRA during a CNN town hall meeting on Wednesday.Rubio was joined by Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., started by answering parents and students at the event in Sunrise.Rubio was the lone Republican lawmaker on the panel, as CNN’s Jake Tapper said both President Trump and Florida Gov. Rick Scott declined invitations to attend.Throughout the event, Rubio found himself in the hot seat, fielding the majority of the questions.One of them came from Cameron Kasky, a junior who survived the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and drew cheers and applause from the audience: “Sen. Rubio, can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA?”Rubio’s response did not appear to satisfy the audience: “These positions I hold on the Second Amendment, I’ve held since the day I entered office in the city of West Miami as an elected official,” he said, adding, “People buy into my agenda.”The Florida senator also said it is not the NRA’s money that has a large impact on gun policy. “The influence of these groups comes not from money,” Rubio said. “The influence comes from the millions of people that agree with the agenda, the millions of Americans that support the NRA.”When Sen. Nelson was asked by junior Samantha Grady — who was shot twice at at the school last week — what he would do to strengthen background checks, he said that there are so many other things that can be done, but that “when you get right down to it, the gun is what is going to do the killing.”Nelson added, “I’ve always had guns. I’ve hunted all my life. I still hunt with my son, but an AK-47 and an AR-15 is not for hunting — it’s for killing.”Deutch furthered Nelson’s sentiment, challenging Rubio, who said there were too many loopholes in assault weapons bans.“If there is a problem with the assault weapons ban … if there was a problem with the way that was written, if there were too many loopholes for people trying to get around it to utilize, then let’s bring up the assault weapons ban and close all those loopholes, so we have a bill that keeps people safe,” Deutch said.National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch offered the organization’s response to the massacre.When asked by Emma González, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, if it should be harder for people to obtain semi-automatic weapons, Loesch focused on the mental state of those purchasing firearms.Speaking about the gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, Loesch said, “I don’t believe that this insane monster should have ever been able to obtain a firearm — ever.”Loesch said that she spoke for herself and the millions of members of the NRA in saying that “none of us support people who are crazy, who are a danger to themselves, who are a danger to others getting their hands on a firearm.”The NRA does believe there is a need to strengthen background checks, and for state and federal law enforcement to follow up on “red flags,” such as social media postings as a form of prevention, she said.Loesch also took aim at what she sees as flaws in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, citing a fact that states are not federally mandated to report convictions to the system.The spokeswoman argued that last week’s shooting as well as one last November in Sutherland Springs, Texas, could have been prevented by more thorough reporting to the database. In Sutherland Springs, the gunman killed 26 and was able to purchase firearms because the Air Force failed to submit his convictions on domestic abuse charges while enlisted.Students, teachers and parents of victims asked Loesch about the actions the NRA is taking to prevent more school shootings.Loesch noted that the NRA supports banning bump stocks and promotes safety in schools with its National School Shield program that focuses on “improving school security in an effort to help prevent national tragedies at educational institutions in America.”“It’s up to the school and the parents of those schools if they want to use those resources and use those suggestions,” she said.“If [schools] want to have armed guards, if they want to have retired military, if they choose and teachers volunteer to be armed…that’s up to each individual school … but if they also want a solution that doesn’t involve firearms. If they want to talk about checkpoint systems, if they want to talk about reinforcing doors, the NRA, our resources are at their disposal,” she said.Loesch was joined on stage by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who responding to President Trump’s comments in which he supported arming teachers with firearms, said, “I don’t believe teachers should be armed. I believe teachers should teach, but that’s exactly what’s wrong with this country.”When asked about raising the age limit for purchasing firearms, Loesch defended the NRA’s position.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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23yearold stabbed in London for his copy of GTA V

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first_imgThe popularity of the latest game in the Grand Theft Auto series saw many a retail store decide to open at midnight last night. And gamers turned up in their thousands to purchase the game as soon as they could. However, not everyone made it home with their copy of GTA V, in fact one gamer ended up in hospital instead.A 23-year-old living in London purchased the game from his local supermarket, but was soon after hit with a brick and then stabbed. Whoever committed the crime took the game and left the man injured in the street. The police were called and thankfully the victim is now stable and recovering in hospital.Although no one has been charged with the crime yet, the police have multiple suspects and hopefully will be able to identify the individual, or even the group, who carried it out. Injuring someone just to get hold of a new game is ludicrous, but clearly some people who can’t afford it will go to extremes to secure their copy.Hopefully this isn’t held up as an example of video games causing real world violence. It could have just as easily been another high-profile product release and midnight opening, such as when certain smartphones or tablets launch, that kicked off the violence. In this case it just happened to be a game.We wish the man a speedy recovery and access to a TV and PS3/Xbox 360 from his hospital bed to get some serious GTA V game time logged.last_img read more

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Dewang Agarwal of La Martiniere for Boys tops in ISC exam from

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first_imgKolkata: Girls have performed better than boys in both ICSE and ISC examinations in Bengal in terms of the pass percentage. However, Dewang Kumar Agarwal of La Martiniere for Boys in Kolkata has bagged the first position in the country in ISC examinations by scoring 100 percent in the ISC examination.The pass percentage of girls in ICSE has been 98.38 while that of boys has been 97.39. In ISC, the pass percentage of girls is 98.05 while that of boys is 95.91. Anwesa Chattopadhyay of Garden High School, Avi Saraf of Frank Anthony Public School and Raj Ghosh of Purwanchal Vidyamandir in Kankurgachi all with 99.40 percent marks have topped the state in ICSE examinations and features second in the overall merit list in the country. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataChief Minister Mamata Banerjee has congratulated all the students who have excelled and those who passed the ICSE and ISC exams. “Good wishes to your parents and good luck for all your future endeavours,” Banerjee tweeted. Dewang wants to pursue Computer Science and would prefer to go to other states for future studies. “Teachers have been an integral part of my success and my parents have always been my greatest motivation,” he said. Apart from academics, Dewang loves swimming and reading. He had scored 98 percent in Class X at St. James School and switched over to La Martiniere. Four students from Bengal have bagged the second position in the ISC merit list with 98.75 percent. They are Khusi Daga of Our Lady Queen of The Missions School, Salt Lake, Debdut Mondal of K.E. Carmel School at Amtala, North 24-Parganas, Nirjhar Das of WWA Cossipore English School, Kolkata, and Dimitri Malik of Auxilium Convent School, Kolkata. Khusi Daga has topped the state in Commerce stream. “I had worked very hard and the support that I received from my school has been immense. I want to do MBA,” Khusi said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAnwesa Chattopadhyay said she would not pursue medical or engineering and would love to go for research in future. “There were no specific study hours for me but there has hardly been a day when I had not studied for an hour at least. Apart from studies, I love reading books, listening to music and I am a food lover too,” she added. Raj Ghosh, who has scored the same marks as Anwesa, wants to become a doctor. “I had expected 98 to 99 percent marks but 99.4 percent and first from the state has really made me very happy. I will study biology as I want to become a doctor and to be associated with AIIMS,” Raj said. His father Salil Ghosh is a state government employee. The total number of candidates who appeared from the state are 35769 in ICSE and 24791 in ISC. The overall pass percentage from the state is 97.82 and 96.88 in ICSE and ISC respectively.last_img read more

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