Let it snow, says a happy Valley

first_imgA spell of heavy and widespread snowfall in the plains and upper reaches of the Kashmir Valley on Friday uplifted the mood here. In contrast to grim, violence-related pictures and posts, hundreds of local netizens, for a change, took to social media to live-stream snowfall or post selfies.The entire Kashmir valley, including capital Srinagar, received snowfall in the afternoon on Friday, as predicted by the Meteorological Department. As more snow fell, locals took to social media platforms to post videos of dancing kids, images of snowmen, and live-streamed driving through snow-clogged roads.Former chief minister and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah also took to the Twitter to express his happiness. “Fresh snow is always gorgeous. It’s time to go back inside, leaving just footprints in the snow,” wrote Mr. Abdullah, as he uploaded his pictures with snow in the backdrop, and a video.Srinagar received the season’s second snowfall on Friday. Tourist hotspots of Gulmarg and Pahalgam recorded several feet of snowfall. “Weather will remain wet till January 6. Visibility will improve after the wet spell ends. Day temperature will also improve,” said Deputy Director, Met. Dept., Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad. Avalanche warning Snowfall did, however, play spoilsport for travellers as the Srinagar-Jammu and Srinagar-Poonch highways were closed “due to slippery road conditions and fears of landslides.” The Srinagar airport cancelled all flights scheduled in the afternoon,. An avalanche warning has been issued for all vulnerable areas of Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh.last_img read more

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Federer makes quick work of Monaco at US Open

first_imgRoger Federer reached the quarterfinals at a 30th consecutive Grand Slam tournament by making quick work of the 36th-ranked Juan Monaco 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 at the U.S. Open.Federer’s fourth-round match against Monaco didn’t get started until nearly midnight, and thanks to his superb play, it was over shortly before 1:15 a.m. Tuesday.Federer played brilliantly right from the start, taking the first five games – and 20 of the first 25 points – in only 12 minutes. He didn’t miss a beat in the second set, hitting four aces in his opening service game and finishing with 14.Five of Federer’s record 16 major championships have come at Flushing Meadows. In the quarterfinals, Federer will face 11th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, who eliminated No. 8 Mardy Fish of the United States in five sets Monday.Tsonga upset Federer in the Wimbledon quarterfinals two months ago, coming all the way back after dropping the first two sets.”He’s a tough player. … I look forward to that match,” Federer said. “If I play as good as I did today, sure I have a chance.”Federer compiled a 42-4 edge in winners against Monaco.The start of their match was delayed because the preceding match in Arthur Ashe Stadium – No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki’s 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-1 victory over No. 15 Svetlana Kuznetsova – lasted 3 hours, 2 minutes.”You have to be ready,” Federer said.Wozniacki, seeking her first Grand Slam title, trailed by a set and 4-1 in the second before coming back to beat the 2004 U.S. Open champion.advertisement”I knew that I had to do something,” said Wozniacki, who faces No. 10 Andrea Petkovic of Germany next. “I had to do something different.”She managed to turn things around thanks to a combination of her own increasingly aggressive play and Kuznetsova’s increased mistakes. Kuznetsova’s 40-20 edge in winners was rendered meaningless by her 78 unforced errors, 52 more than Wozniacki, who reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the third year in a row.Tsonga made it this far in New York for the first time, and unlike Fish, he’s already tasted this sort of success. Tsonga made it to the final of the 2008 Australian Open before losing to Novak Djokovic, and got to the Wimbledon semifinals this year – where he again lost to Djokovic.On Monday, Djokovic extended his 2011 record to 61-2 by beating No. 22 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 7-6 (14), 6-4, 6-2. Their 16-14 tiebreaker in the first set lasted nearly a half-hour all on its own, with Djokovic saving four set points and finally converting his sixth when Dolgopolov pushed a forehand long to close a 13-stroke exchange.Both men called that tiebreaker the key to the match. One tiny piece of evidence: Dolgopolov double-faulted twice in the opening game of the second set to get broken, and Djokovic was on his way.Asked whether he considered winning that energy- and will-testing tiebreaker to be a physical or mental triumph, Djokovic replied: “Combination of both. But in the end, it was more mental, just to hang in there, try to play right shots at the right time.”Djokovic now meets his Serbian Davis Cup teammate and friend Janko Tipsarevic, who is seeded 20th and made it to the first Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career by beating 2003 French champion and U.S. Open runner-up Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain 7-5, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in a match that lasted more than 3 hours.”Strange feeling,” Djokovic said. “We are professionals. Certainly we both want to win the match when we play against each other. So you kind of forget about friendship. You put that aside.”Most players complained about the wind, which gusted at up to 20 mph (32 kph) and kept changing directions, making even serve tosses difficult.Serena Williams handled those conditions much better than former No. 1 and 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic and beat her 6-3, 6-4 to return to a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time in 14 months. She missed about 11 of those with a series of health scares but looks really good so far at the U.S. Open.Against Ivanovic, Williams hit nine aces overall, only lost serve once, and finished off the match with four consecutive unreturned serves that ranged from 99 to 111 mph.”I didn’t even go for winners at any point,” said Williams, who hit only 16. “I just tried to get it over because it was so windy. It was definitely tough.”She’s seeded only 28th because of all of that time away, but now has won her past 16 matches heading into a quarterfinal against No. 17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia. Pavlyuchenkova got past 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in a match with 21 double-faults and 16 service breaks in 31 games.advertisement”I’m going to say that I don’t want to go out there and enjoy just being on center court playing against Serena,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “I would like to do well, try to fight, and with my effort, I’ll try to beat her.”last_img read more

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Jayjay Helterbrand, Ginebra beat rival Purefoods in PBA Legends game

first_img“It feels good. It’s really an honor to play on the court with all the legends and getting a chance to be coached by the legend himself and play for a good cause,” said Helterbrand.“I didn’t really plan on playing that hard but I don’t wanna let them down.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 42-year-old Helterbrand, one-half of Ginebra’s Fast and Furious tandem that ran havoc in the league in the 2000s, shared the best player of the game honors with Vince Hizon.Hizon fired 19 points and looked like his old deadly self from downtown in the third quarter where he caught fire with 16 points to spearhead Ginebra’s breakaway. He also grabbed nine rebounds. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Roger Yap scored a game-high 27 points for Purefoods, which also had trouble containing Ginebra’s towering frontcourt of Marlou Aguino and EJ Feihl.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Nostalgia hits in PBA Legends charity event Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESJayjay Helterbrand played as if he could still make a PBA team today to lead Ginebra San Miguel over longtime rival Purefoods, 97-89, to cap off the PBA Legends: Return of the Rivals event Sunday night at Araneta Coliseum.Helterbrand, who retired just two years ago, posted a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists with four steals to boot.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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9 amazing things to do on your sabbatical after graduation

first_imgThere is an altogether different world that unfurls itself once we are out of college. While for some of us, college life may end into fanciful and non-fanciful placements, for others exist a complete chaos of family expectations and an unstoppable urge to chase our dreams. It is a time when we can neither fall back on the options taken up by the college majority nor can we rely on others to make life decisions for us.From kindergarten to college, there was hardly any time to stop, pause, think and analyse what we exactly want to do in life. Amid all these chaos, it is important to understand that things take time to settle and in order for life to make a little sense, it’s absolutely fine to take a break after graduation and explore yourself in multiple dimensions.So if you’re planning to take a break for some months or a year before you can really decide what to do next, or to simply take a breather, here are 9 things you can do while you are on a sabbatical:1. Travel While all your life you have been going on vacations with your family, it’s time to step out and explore the world alone. It doesn’t require a lot of money. You can travel cheap by using public transport, eating local food and staying at hostels/dorms where you can also meet students/travellers from across the world and listen to their stories and experiences.2. Be a tourist in your own cityadvertisement You have seen your city while going to school, coming back from college, with friends, with family, but have you ever wondered what your own city could look like from the eyes of a tourist? Try to go out almost every day in and around your city, meet other travellers, talk to people! Who knows, you might end up becoming a tourist guide in your own city!3. Give time to your hobbies Relive your childhood days when you didn’t care about the outside world and spent time doing what you love. This could be the time of your life when you can learn new things and simultaneously teach what you already know. Provide tuitions, spend time with the unprivileged or maybe visit your own school and volunteer there for work once or twice a week.(READ: Want to pursue music as a career? Here are 7 jobs for music lovers) 4. Learn a foreign language This will not only help you build your skill set, but might also help you if you are planning to go abroad for your further studies or job later on.5. Learn computers It’s a digitised world and learning computers or computer languages will never go to waste. The highest number of employments take place for candidates with such skill sets. You will be entering a world of technology and technology is what our future is built on. There are many short term courses on software, hardware or programming you can choose from.6. Volunteer/intern in the remotest places Many organisations in India now offer food and accommodation in exchange for 4-5 hours of work every day. Some of them, in remote areas of the country, also offer a stipend on interning with them, the duration of which may range from 15 days to 3 months. The work nature could include teaching school kids  or helping in setting up solar panels in areas where there’s no electricity or perhaps dabble in a little organic farming or learn cooking local food. Such significant work!7. Learn adventure sports There are now many government-aided and privately run institutes in India that provide professional long and short term courses on adventure sports and activities such as hiking, mountaineering, camping, river rafting, canoeing, bungee jumping, rock climbing and so on. If this is what interests you, you could even become a coach or a trekker or an adventure sports organiser after a few years of learning and experience. 8. Create your own blog To become a blogger, all you need is a smart phone and a computer. Next time you go out of your home, click pictures of objects and subjects that interest you, talk to people, report their issues, bring those issues to the government officials by visiting their offices or on social media, get your friends involved, create a blog online (free of cost), write, publish, promote. Social media is your platform. Who knows, you might actually bring a change in someone’s life or in your own life by exploring this dimension of society and you!advertisementYou can also tie up with the food chains and fashion brands in your city and become a food and/or fashion blogger.(READ: Are you a food lover and want to make a career in this field? Check out these 5 options)9. Spend more time with your family Apart from your alone time, spend some quality time with your family. Plan vacations, throw birthday and anniversary parties on your own, assist your parents in their work, do new things with your grandparents, grow plants, get a pet, visit your relatives, party late night with your cousins and make memories you’ll never ever be able to make again.(Images: unsplash.com) Reach India Today Education team: Got a query or something exciting to tell us? Send an e-mail to education.intoday@gmail.comFor more updates on exams, notifications, jobs and careers, click here.Follow us on Facebook @ India Today Education.last_img read more

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Bellerin Rescues Arsenal by Clinching 2-2 Draw with Chelsea

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Hector Bellerin came to Arsenal’s rescue in stoppage time to clinch a 2-2 draw against Chelsea after conceding in an absorbing Premier League encounter on Wednesday.All four goals came in the final half hour of a game that left third-place and defending champion Chelsea 16 points behind Manchester City and Arsenal 23 adrift of the leaders.The deficit would have been even worse for the sixth-place hosts had Bellerin not redeemed himself. The right back’s challenge on Eden Hazard had allowed the Chelsea winger to cancel out Jack Wilshere’s opener in the 67th minute.Marcos Alonso fired Chelsea in front in the 84th with his sixth goal of the season, but wasn’t as meticulous back on defensive duties in the second minute of stoppage time. A headed clearance went straight to Bellerin, who leveled with a half-volley.Chelsea was still pursuing the winner in the third minute of stoppage time when defender Davide Zappacosta struck the crossbar.Had striker Alvaro Morata not missed so many chances this could have been a third consecutive win for Chelsea. Chelsea is becoming reliant on Alonso for goals, with the left-sided defender the team’s second-highest scorer behind Morata.On the night when Diego Costa scored on his return to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea, the ferocious forward seems just what the champions have required at times.Instead all Chelsea and Arsenal can realistically now achieve through the league is Champions League qualification. Even that could be beyond Arsene Wenger’s side, with fourth place five points away.Fortune wasn’t on Arsenal’s side against Chelsea.Alexis Sanchez managed to hit both posts in the 16th — with the ball pinging from one side of the goal to the other without crossing the line. Then Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois blocked Alexandre Lacazette’s low shot on the turn.After Hazard and Alonso were denied by Petr Cech at the start of the second half, Courtois used his sprawling body to again thwart Lacazette.Wilshere, who had been booked in the first half for a challenge on former Arsenal teammate Cesc Fabregas, was fortunate to avoid a second yellow card for diving just before scoring.Wilshere stayed on the pitch and lit up the game by combining with Mesut Ozil before scoring an eye-catching goal, slamming a fierce shot off the left hand post and into the net. In an Arsenal career punctuated by injuries and a season on loan at Bournemouth, it was Wilshere’s first league goal since May 2015.Wilshere’s good work was undone when Bellerin’s high challenge on Hazard led to the equalizer from the spot.“He’s always very quick in the box,” Bellerin said. “I saw the ball in the air and I tried to challenge for it. We both went for the ball at the same time.”Wenger was less diplomatic, calling it a farcical penalty.“At the moment we have to face surprising decisions,” Wenger said.Cech was beaten again when Willian’s cross-field pass reached Zappacosta on the right flank and a cross was aimed at Alonso, who got ahead of Shkodran Mustafi to turn the ball into the net.But Bellerin still found time for his first league goal since last season.“I’m happy with the goal but also happy with the reaction at the end of the game,” he said. “It’s non-stop football. We know whenever we play them it’s always a hard game, there’s always a lot of entertainment, always really hard, we work hard all week.”___ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer WriterThis version corrects the standings in the second paragraph and summary.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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‘Mourinho is like Mayweather’

first_imgManchester United ‘Mourinho is like Mayweather’ – Neville compares Man Utd boss to boxing legend Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 15:24 10/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Floyd Mayweather Jose Mourinho Getty Manchester United José Mourinho Premier League UEFA Champions League Some may call them “boring” but the Red Devils manager and an undefeated icon of the ring boast similar mindsets, says the ex-England international Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is similar to boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. with his tactics, according to Gary Neville.Mourinho was criticised after a dull 0-0 draw at Liverpool earlier this month, but a 1-0 victory over Tottenham on Saturday kept his team second in the Premier League.United 19/20 to beat Benfica to nil 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 Neville, a United great who won eight league titles with the club, said the Portuguese tactician could be compared to Mayweather, whose detractors question his defensive style despite the boxer’s 50-0 record.”[Tottenham’s] Mauricio Pochettino and [Liverpool’s] Jurgen Klopp have got wonderful reputations for being attacking coaches,” Neville said on Sky Sports .”But Mourinho is a little bit like Mayweather at times. Mayweather is called boring at times, where he uses defence as a weapon, let’s people punch themselves out.”Jurgen Klopp in that game a few weeks ago didn’t feel he could fully go for it, because he felt, ‘He’s going to do me, I don’t want to get done by a Mourinho masterclass’. And I think Tottenham lacked the belief to go for it on Saturday.”I think he gets into [their] heads, and has them thinking, ‘I can’t get done on the counter-attack here, he’ll do me’. And that’s a great coach, to think he can have other coaches spoiling their tactics. So in some ways I think he does deserve more respect, his record is unbelievable.”United are five points adrift of rivals Manchester City, who are flying atop the Premier League after nine wins from 10 matches – a run that has included scoring 35 goals.Neville feels the form of Pep Guardiola’s side, and United’s history of playing entertaining football, are working against Mourinho.”His two problems are emotional: Manchester United’s history and Pep Guardiola’s football,” he said.”They’re causing him a bit of a problem, but it’s perception.”last_img read more

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4-Star OL Andrew Raym Commits To Oklahoma For 2nd Time

first_img At the end of the day, I couldn’t get rid of this #OUDNA ‼️‼️ 🎥: @OU247 @JasonSwanny pic.twitter.com/Mu0WUSZHKA— Andrew Raym7️⃣2️⃣ (@andrew_raymBAHS) July 10, 2019Although Raym didn’t announce his recommitment until tonight, SoonerScoop’s Bob Przybylo indicates he may have privately done so almost two months ago.Apparently, Lincoln Riley hinted at this with one of his patented “eye emoji” tweets on May 25.He’s back w/ #OU. #OKPreps (@BrokenArrowFTBL) OL @andrew_raymBAHS re-commits to #Sooners #20Deep class. There are your Eyes of Lincoln 👀 from way back when on May 25. https://t.co/DJAbOb1sgN— Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo) July 10, 2019Raym is the No. 1 player in Oklahoma, No. 3 offensive guard and No. 90 overall player in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Currently, Oklahoma’s 2020 class ranks first in the Big 12 and 16th nationally. A close up of an Oklahoma Sooners football helmet.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 22: An Oklahoma Sooners helmet on the field during warm ups before the game against the Kansas Jayhawks November 22, 2014 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Jayhawks 44-7. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)It isn’t often that a recruit decommits from a program only to re-pledge to them at some point in the future. That’s what happened with four-star lineman Andrew Raym and Oklahoma though.Raym had been committed to the Sooners from November 2017 until May 2018. Since reopening his recruitment 14 months ago, he has drawn dozens of new offers but never lost interest in OU.Tonight, Raym went public with a second commitment to Oklahoma, choosing the Sooners over Michigan, Georgia, LSU, Arkansas and others.“At the end of the day, I couldn’t get rid of this #OUDNA,” Raym tweeted.last_img read more

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BHPB Bolsters Towage Capabilities at Port Hedland

first_imgzoom BHP Billiton Towage Services Pty Ltd’s (BHPB) is going to boost its towage capabilities at the Australian Port of Hedland with the addition of four ART80-32 escort tugs.The fleet expansion will take place between January and March 2015 BHPB and will increase the company’s fleet to 18 vessels, including 11 rotor tugs with escort capabilities and seven harbor tugs.BHPB said that the new tugs will allow all capesize vessels to be escorted to the 18km point of the channel.The ART80-32 tugs will be moored on a purpose-built barge at Stingray Creek and they will be operated by Rivtow Marine Pty, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Riverside Marine.The towage rates will remain unchanged, BHPB said.The company added that the study on the most appropriate tug fleet mix to meet projected demand and manage shipping risk in the port is underway.“The study is nearing completion and is based on the construction of an additional tug haven at Hunt Point and the purchase of new larger RAstar85 escort tugs to supplement the existing fleet,” BHPB’s Nathan Hunt said.last_img read more

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David Suzuki Petitions Government To Ban Neonics

first_imgAfter the Task force on Systemic Pesticides (TFSP) published their definitive analysis that neonics cause serious risks to bees and other beneficial species – such as butterflies, earthworms and birds – activist David Suzuki is calling on government to ban neonics in Canada.The TFSP, made up of international scientists concerned about the impact of pesticides on biodiversity and ecosystems, concluded a four-year analysis of 800 peer reviewed studies on neonics.“Unlike other pesticides, which remain on the surface of treated foliage, systemic pesticides are taken up by the plant and transported to all the tissues (leaves, flowers, roots and stems, as well as pollen and nectar),” says TFSP.Designed to kill aphids and grubs, neonics are ‘systemic’ pesticides that disrupt the central nervous systems of insects. But according to TFSP, they are still toxic even at very low doses and remain in place for months on average, resulting in exposure to non-target organisms, and because they are water-soluble, they run off into aquatic habitats easily.They affect the species that “chew the plant, sip its sap, drink its nectar, eat its pollen or fruit, [… causing] impaired sense of smell or memory; reduced fecundity; altered feeding behaviour and reduced food intake including reduced foraging in bees; altered tunneling behaviour in earthworms; difficulty in flight and increased susceptibility to disease.”The EU has already placed restrictions on their use. Suzuki wants to see an outright ban on neonics in Canada.“Bees may be small,” says Suzuki, “but they play a big role in human health and survival. Some experts say one of every three bites of food we eat depends on them. The insects pollinate everything from apples and zucchini to blueberries and almonds. If bees and other pollinators are at risk, entire terrestrial ecosystems are at risk, and so are we.”You can join the David Suzuki Foundation’s petition to the Canadian government to ban bee-killing pesticides here.Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

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UN envoy welcomes conviction for rape and murder during Bosnian conflict

9 November 2011The envoy spearheading United Nations efforts to combat sexual violence in conflict today welcomed the conviction of a Bosnian Serb ex-soldier for acts of murder, rape and enslavement during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s. Sasa Baricanin was found guilty and sentenced to 18 years in prison by a court in Bosnia and Herzegovina of various war crimes carried out in the city of Sarajevo in 1992-93, according to media reports.In a statement, Margot Wallström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, said the verdict sent a strong signal that justice must ultimately prevail for victims of sexual violence.Yet she warned that for the majority of the estimated tens of thousands of victims from the Balkan conflicts, there is still no justice.“To date, there have been just 30 convictions in response to an estimated 50,000 rapes during the years of war,” she said. “While it is a positive step that the War Crimes Court in Sarajevo has reached this verdict, the pace of justice for sexual violence survivors has been painfully slow.”Ms. Wallström paid tribute to the witnesses who testified in the Baricanin case.“Ultimately, their actions contribute to strengthening the rule of law in Bosnia as a whole. It is crucial that these and other witnesses are afforded full legal protection, and I trust that the relevant authorities will take all possible measures to ensure their safety.“This case is yet another testament to the resilience of Bosnian women who have joined forces in their quest for justice, both within and beyond the courtroom.” read more

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Issues faced by detainees to be discussed at Colombo conference

Sri Lanka is to host the third Asia- Pacific Regional Correctional Managers Conference from 10-13 May 2016 with the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the ICRC said today.Nearly 50 senior officials from the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Hindu Religious Affairs, the Department of Prisons and the Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation in Sri Lanka, and from the prisons departments of Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Thailand will attend the seminar. ICRC delegations from most of these countries will also be represented at the event. The first Asia- Pacific conference was held in 2012 in Manila, Philippines and the second in 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Both focused on the issue of overcrowding in prisons.“This event in Sri Lanka, which builds on the success of the two previous conferences, provides a unique opportunity for senior prison managers to share experiences, challenges and best practices”, said Claire Meytraud, the head of the ICRC delegation in Sri Lanka.“We are committed to working closely with the authorities of all these countries and to supporting their efforts to improve conditions of detention.” Discussions will focus on the classification of detainees, prison design, the specific needs of women, trends in health care, medical ethics and strategic planning for change. The theme of the conference is “Balancing Security and Humanitarian Needs in Prisons”. “The Government of Sri Lanka is keen to undertake prison reforms to ensure improved humanitarian conditions, that there is no overcrowding in prisons and that the categorization of detainees is in line with offences so that prisons can be managed more efficiently and effectively”, the Minister of Prison Reforms, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M. Swaminathan said.“Additionally, detainees should be assured of proper vocational training, counselling, sufficient time for family visits and access to legal aid and adequate medical facilities, while carrying out police searches to detect the use of drugs in prisons. Against this backdrop, the Asia- Pacific Regional Correctional Managers Conference will help countries to share lessons learnt and to formulate reforms that will make prisons more effective correctional centres”. In Sri Lanka, the ICRC has been visiting places of detention since 1989 in keeping with its global humanitarian mandate; the aim is to help the authorities to provide adequate conditions of detention and humane treatment for all detainees. read more

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Case on legality of decision to dissolve Parliament postponed to tomorrow

The case on the legality of President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament has been postponed to tomorrow.The case was heard for the full day today with lawyers appearing on behalf of the petitioners making their statements. Twelve petitions were filed in the Supreme Court today against the dissolution of Parliament. The fundamental rights petitions were filed by some political parties and civil society.Elections Commission member Ratnajeevan Hoole was among those who filed petitions. (Colombo Gazette) An interim injunction was sought during the hearing and later the Attorney General, who also appeared in the case, sought time till tomorrow to give his opinion, lawyers said. read more

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Kosovo top UN administrator Holkeri resigns for health reasons

Mr. Holkeri, a former Finnish prime minister, is expected to return to Kosovo soon to finalize his mission and make farewell calls on leaders of the province, which has been under UN administration for almost five years since NATO forced the withdrawal of Yugoslav troops after fighting between the Albanian and Serb communities. He told a news conference in Helsinki his decision was made solely on health reasons and was taken in consultation with Mr. Annan.In March the deadliest ethnic violence to sweep Kosovo since the UN administration began in 1999 left 19 people dead, nearly 1,000 injured, and hundreds of homes and centuries-old Serbian cultural sites razed or burned. While deploring these riots as a tremendous step back, Mr. Holkeri said today he hoped Kosovo’s problems would be resolved and it would be dropped from the list of international trouble spots. “He has led the mission with dedication, commitment, and a strong desire to assist Kosovo in overcoming the conflicts of the past,” Deputy Special Representative Charles Brayshaw said in a statement paying tribute. Mr. Holkeri, Finland’s Prime Minister from 1987 to 1991, succeeded Michael Steiner, a senior German diplomat, last July, becoming the fourth Special Representative and chief of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), after Hans Haekkerup of Denmark and Bernard Kouchner of France.He also served as the President of the 55th session of the UN General Assembly in 2000, and brought to the Kosovo mission a wealth of political experience, as well as a reputation as a skilled mediator and consensus builder.In his last briefing to the Security Council earlier this month, he said the March violence had shaken UNMIK “to its foundations” but it was determined to root out and punish the perpetrators while remaining resolute in its task to help prepare the province for self-governance. read more

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FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines 12 million for improper repairs to

FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12 million for improper repairs to airliners AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted Jul 28, 2014 12:15 pm MDT WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.It is the second-largest fine the agency has proposed against an airline. The largest proposed fine was against American Airlines for $24.2 million in August 2010. That one was ultimately settled for $24.9 million as part of American’s bankruptcy proceedings, although the final settlement included other safety violations not part of the original proposal.The FAA said that beginning in 2006 Southwest made “extreme makeover” alterations to eliminate potential cracking of the aluminum skin on 44 jetliners. An FAA investigation determined that Southwest’s contractor, Aviation Technical Services Inc. of Everett, Washington, failed to follow proper procedures for replacing the fuselage as well as other work on the planes, the agency said. All of the work was done under the supervision of Southwest, which was responsible for seeing that it was done properly, the FAA said.Southwest, which is based in Dallas, then returned the planes to service in 2009 and began flying them even after the FAA “put the airline on notice that these aircraft were not in compliance” with safety regulations, the agency said.During its investigation, the FAA also found that Aviation Technical Services’ workers applied sealant beneath the new skin panels but did not install fasteners in all of the rivet holes fast enough for the sealant to be effective.“This could have resulted in gaps between the skin and the surface to which it was being mounted. Such gaps could allow moisture to penetrate the skin and lead to corrosion,” FAA said.The contractor also failed to follow requirements to properly place the planes on jacks and shore them up while the work was being performed, the FAA said. If a plane is shored improperly during skin replacement, the airframe could shift and lead to subsequent problems with the new skin.The FAA also said that Southwest failed to properly install a ground wire on water drain masts on two of its Boeing 737s in response to a safety order aimed at preventing lightning strikes. The planes were each operated on more than 20 passenger flights after Southwest Airlines became aware of the discrepancies but before the airline corrected the problem, the agency said.“The FAA views maintenance very seriously, and it will not hesitate to take action against companies that fail to follow regulations,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.Southwest Airlines has 30 days to respond to the proposed fine. Usually FAA officials negotiate extensively with an airline in cases of large fines before settling upon an amount. However, regulators and airline officials sometimes are unable to reach an agreement and the airline contests the fine.Brandi King, a spokeswoman for Southwest, said the airline will “respond to the FAA allegations” in accordance with the agency’s procedures.“Having fully resolved the repair issues some time ago, none of the items raised in the FAA letter affect aircraft currently being operated by Southwest Airlines,” she said. “As always, Southwest is committed to continuously making enhancements to our internal procedures, as well as improvements related to oversight of our repair vendors.”___Follow Joan Lowy on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy_ read more

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Number of people looking for planning permission and building homes is on

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF people submitting planning applications and issuing commencement notices for residential projects is continuing to rise.That’s according to the National Housing Construction Index produced by Link2Plans.Project commencement notices rose in the first four months of 2014 with an increase of 132% nationally compared to the same period in 2013.Meanwhile 16 of the 26 counties experienced increases in planning applications submitted, when compared with the figures for the same period in the previous year.​Managing Director of Link2Plans Danny O’Shea said a recent report showed a three-fold increase in the number of jobs on offer in the construction and property sector in Ireland during May 2014, when compared to May 2013.Project commencement breakdownThere were 3,524 residential construction projects started in the first four months of 2014 compared with 1,517 for the same period in 2013. Source: Link2Plans via National Housing Construction IndexO’Shea says, “the ​+​132% increase in the number of commencement notices for March and April continued the positive trend shown in the first two months of 2014, but there has been a fall from the phenomenal increases of 192% seen in January and February of 2014.This decrease can be attributed to the rush at the beginning of the 2014 to get commencement notices lodged before the new building regulations came into force on March 1.“We would expect this downward trend to continue into the second quarter of 2014 but overall we would still anticipate an increase year on year.Planning applications breakdownThe number of planning applications for the first four months of 2014 were also up compared to the same period in 2013.There was a 19% increase nationally but 10 counties showed a fall. Source: Link2Plans via National Housing Construction IndexThe National Housing Construction Index is produced by a team of researchers at Link2Plans and it relates to all Planning Applications and Planning Commencements throughout the months of January to April 2014.It also  gives a direct comparison with the same period in 2011, 2012 and 2013.Read: New scheme would help first-time buyers get foot on property ladder>Read: Irish mortgage arrears tracked by Fitch are higher than ever>last_img read more

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Worlds Largest Touch Screen Begs for FullContact Angry Birds

first_img[via SlashGear, video via YouTube]AdChoices广告 At the University of Groningen, a team of researchers wanted to see if they could pull off making a huge touch-screen capable of use by more than one person at a time. After tons of work, the team managed to create this massive 33-foot long by 9 foot high curved touch screen that can accept over 1000 touch points at the same time. The screen is only about 3mm thick, with a set of six HD projectors behind the screen generating the image. In the video (under the jump) you can see three people using the screen simultaneously. The technology is similar to Microsoft’s Surface tables, just mounted on a wall vertically, curved around at an angle, and of course, much bigger. The team used a few cameras, some infrared sensors, and a thousand LEDs to create the display, which has a resolution of 4900 x 1700 pixels. The research team has all of their notes and build documents shared, so if you’re thinking of putting one in your house for some light gaming, go for it – the components are widely available and the sensor software running on the systems is free to download and open source. These guys will likely use theirs for research and showcase purposes, but hook this thing up to an iPhone and I’ll bet you can get some serious multiplayer touch-screen gaming on.last_img read more

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Listing schedule for the WWE Network for November 7 2014

first_img WWE kicks off their semiannual week and a half long European Tour today Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WhatsApp Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Google+ Triple H Videos Articles Videos Articles Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Network live-stream schedule for 11/7/14:10:00 am ET – Warrior: The Ultimate Legend: 4/17/14. Examine the most outspoken and intense superstar of all time in this revealing look about the career and final days of The Ultimate Warrior.11:00 am ET – WrestleMania Rewind: 3/4/14. Relive all the buzz behind the biggest main event in WWE history, Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant!12:00 pm ET – Legends House: 6/5/14. The Legends prepare for a roast of Roddy Piper. The group gets together for dinner, but lingering tensions threaten to disrupt the occasion.1:00 pm ET – WWE NXT: 11/6/14. The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow – this is NXT!2:00 pm ET – WWE Superstars: 11/6/14. WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you’ll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect – so expect everything!3:00 pm ET – WWE Beyond The Ring: 9/24/13. Packed with never before seen footage, this program profiles Triple H’s entire career as well as his current executive role with the WWE.5:00 pm ET -WWE Countdown: 2/25/14. Counting down the Top Ten Coolest Catchphrases ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.6:00 pm ET – WCW Monday Nitro: 3/31/96. Lex luger battles ‘nature boy’ ric flair. The nasty boys, the road warriors, and the steiner brothers compete in a triangle match.7:00 pm ET – WWE Rivalries: 11/4/14. One of sports entertainment’s greatest rivalries takes a shocking turn, and fiction meets reality behind the scenes.8:00 pm ET – WWE Beyond The Ring: 9/24/13. Packed with never before seen footage, this program profiles Triple H’s entire career as well as his current executive role with the WWE.10:00 pm ET – DX: Confidential: 10/20/14. Triple H and Shawn Michaels take you inside all things Degeneration X in this tell-all panel. Are you ready?11:00 pm ET – WWE Beyond The Ring: 9/24/13. Packed with never before seen footage, this program profiles Triple H’s entire career as well as his current executive role with the WWE.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene OkerlundVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:35 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Stone Cold Steve Austin Impact reportedly returning to New York City for TV tapings this November center_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPV Pinterest Hulk Hogan WWE And WrestleMania 34 Bring New Orleans A Big Payday Now Playing Up Next Twitter Facebook WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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228 WWE Results Evansville Indiana AmbroseOwens

first_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter WWE 205 Live Results – 7/24/18 (Fatal 4-Way #1 Contenders Match headlines from Evansville) WhatsApp WWE Smackdown Results – 7/24/18 (SummerSlam PPV Announcement, Tournament)center_img Google+ 7/24 Smackdown Highlights: Joe attacks Styles, Miz attacks Bryan, James Ellsworth fired Pinterest 2/28 WWE Results: Evansville, Indiana1. AJ Styles def. Tyler Breeze2. Baron Corbin def. Zack Ryder3. Sin Cara def. Stardust4. R-Truth def. Adam Rose5. WWE US Champion Kalisto def. Alberto Del Rio6. Sasha Banks & Summer Rae def. Naomi & Tamina7. Sheamus def. Mark Henry8. Dean Ambrose def. WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens by DQ.Source: PWInsider.comlast_img read more

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Brock Lesnar Shane McMahon Triple H and Stephanie McMahon promote WrestleMania 32

first_img Triple H Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Twitter Videos Articles Videos Articles WhatsApp ESPN has posted the following video clips of WWE stars Brock Lesnar, Shane McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H appearing on “SportsCenter” this week to promote WrestleMania 32 this Sunday in Dallas.You can view the clips at the links below.Brock Lesnar: I wasn’t prepared for WWE scheduleStephanie McMahon: Women’s sports are on the rise and WWE is on boardShane McMahon: Will do anything to the raise the stakesTriple H still gets butterflies at ‘ManiaRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reignscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? Ronda Rousey To Make WWE Debut At WrestleMania Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next The Miz WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) Xavier Woods Video: Seth Rollins says his victory over Brock Lesnar might be the greatest victory of his career Facebook Videos Articleslast_img read more

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Camas shoe store Arktana to open Felida shop

first_imgConventional wisdom says selling consumer goods like footwear is a task better left for a gargantuan website. Lower overhead costs and competitive pricing are two of the main reasons.Ann Matthews knew well that conventional wisdom when she opened Arktana shoes in 2014 in Camas. And the store thrived. It did well enough that Matthews will open the second Arktana on July 1 in The Shops at Erickson Farms in Felida, followed by a July 23 grand opening.Matthews says it has not always been smooth sailing for Arktana as it navigated the hazards of independent, brick-and-mortar retailing. But she believes a combination of customer service, wide product selection and creative marketing helped the first location establish a niche and grow at 415 N.E. Fourth Ave. in Camas and create a path for the Felida store.“Customer service is the very most important thing that we do,” said Matthews, a trait that helps the shop distinguish itself from bigger online competitors.Playing an active role in the community also is important, she said.“I love to collaborate and work with other businesses,” she said, and that’s led to holding fashion shows, fundraisers, shoe auctions and private events in the Camas store, typically featuring food, wine and discounts.last_img read more

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