Amarnath attack a quick plan: SIT

first_imgEleven militants used two cars and one motorbike to carry out the attack on a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims on July 10 last year in Kashmir and “the spot and the target was picked just days before the attack”, says the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that filed a chargesheet against the accused on Monday.Read: Sheikh Salim Gafur, driver who saved Amarnath pilgrims, gets second highest awardSpeaking to The Hindu, SIT head and Superintendent of Police (SP) Tahir Ashraf Bhatti said, “The Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists, including locals, and its head Abu Ismail, picked the spot and the target just a few days before the attack. It was executed by four terrorists directly, with others being assigned their role to provide logistics and keep an eye on the movement of the yatri bus.”Also Read Charge sheet against LeT, 11 people in Amarnath terror attack case  He said two cars and one bike was used for the attack. “One car remains missing,” the officer added. Eight pilgrims died last year when heavily armed militants opened indiscriminate fire on the bus carrying pilgrims from Baltal to Jammu on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.According to the 1,500-page SIT report, the bus got disconnected from its security cover first at Pantha Chowk, where the pilgrims picked up more associates, and “later developed a technical snag”, which was attended to at Awantipora.Of the 11 accused, four persons, including a juvenile, have been arrested.last_img read more

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Ajit Jogi, facing FIR for forgery, hospitalised

first_imgFormer Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, facing an FIR in a fake caste certificate case, was admitted to a private hospital in Delhi-NCR on Thursday night after he complained of breathing problem. The FIR against Mr. Jogi, a sitting MLA, was registered at the Gaurela police station in Bilaspur district on Thursday night for allegedly obtaining a fake caste certificate claiming himself to be a tribal, police had said.“Ajit Jogi was in Delhi from the last few days for his routine medical check-up. On Thursday at around midnight, he complained of problem in breathing following which he was admitted at Medanta Hospital (in Gurugram),” Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) leader and former MLA Paresh Bagbahra told PTI. The JCC(J) is the political party founded by Mr. Jogi, the first chief minister of Chhattisgarh. His wife Renu Jogi is with him in the hospital, Mr. Bagbahra said, adding the hospital management was yet to release a medical bulletin about his health. Mr. Jogi (73), a bureaucrat-turned-politician, is in the mid of trouble over his caste status issue. An FIR against him was registered following a complaint by Sameera Paikra, the BJP candidate from Marwahi in the 2013 Assembly polls.Mr. Jogi was booked under Indian Penal Code sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record). According to Mr. Paikra, Mr. Jogi had obtained the “fake” caste certificate in 1967, Bilaspur Superintendent of Police Prashant Agrawal had said.Last week, a separate FIR was registered against Mr. Jogi with the Civil Lines police station in Bilaspur after a government-appointed committee rejected his claim of being a tribal.Notably, Ajit Jogi’s son Amit, a former MLA, was arrested on September 3 on the basis of a separate complaint filed by Mr. Paikra at the Gaurela Police station.last_img read more

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Santos leads 2nd half charge as Beermen grab 3-2 Finals lead

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netArwind Santos returned to the dugout disgusted with what he felt was a disappointing defensive stance from San Miguel in the first half.That’s why on the other side of the halftime break, he decided to take matters into his own hands.ADVERTISEMENT With young stars in tow, Douthit says Gilas ‘100 times better’ than before MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Santos finished the game with 27 points, eight rebounds, five blocks, and two assists, while Cabagnot added 26 markers, eight boards, and five assists.Charles Rhodes registered a double-double of 20 points, 14 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks, while Marcio Lassiter chipped in 17 markers, seven boards, four assists, and three steals in the win.“I thought in the first half, we already lost. Many says that defense wins championships and that’s what we showed. We got back because of our defense, they refused to lose and we showed our the character,” said coach Leo Austria.Defense really did it for the Beermen, and that showed in the steals (12-6) and blocks (9-2).San Miguel held Ranidel de Ocampo scoreless in the second half after going for 19 points in the first two periods.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games The 2013 PBA Most Valuable Player ignited the Beermen’s huge second half charge as they pulled off a huge 111-102 Game 5 victory over TNT to move a win away from the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals title Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Santos spurred San Miguel in the game-changing 20-4 run to open the third period as they battled back from a 15-point halftime hole, 61-46, and grab the 66-65 lead at the 5:46 mark of the frame to set up the tightly contested battle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAlex Cabagnot joined the party in the fourth period, scoring 10 in the quarter, before passing the ball to Santos with 34.6 seconds left for the dagger layup.Game 6 is on Sunday, still at the Big Dome, with San Miguel having a golden chance to close the series out and claim the title. What ‘missteps’? Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Kris Rosales got 16 markers in the loss, while Joshua Smith contributed 15 points and seven boards.Jayson Castro tried to orchestrate a late KaTropa fightback in the last 3:00, cutting a 12-point deficit, 107-95, to as low as five, 107-102, with 1:18 remaining, but he missed a crucial three in the final minute.The Scores:SAN MIGUEL 111 – Cabagnot 28, Santos 27, Rhodes 20, Lassiter 17, Ross 10, Fajardo 9, Heruela 0, Espinas 0, Semerad 0, Tubid 0, De Ocampo 0.TNT 102 – De Ocampo 19, Rosales 16, Smith 15, Rosario 12, Semerad 12, Castro 12, Reyes 6, Garcia 3, Tautuaa 3, Pogoy 2, Williams 2, Nuyles 0.Quarters: 29-26, 46-61, 82-79, 111-102.POST GAME INTERVIEWS: Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Social media erupts after R Ashwin compares CSK return to Manchester United air tragedy

first_imgIndia off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been facing a lot of flak on social media after he compared Chennai Super Kings’ return to the Indian Premier League with the Manchester United air tragedy.CSK will be back in the IPL next season after their two-year suspension for spot-fixing and betting.Ashwin feels the franchise’s return to the cash-rich league will increase its value like he thought it did for Manchester United after the Munich air disaster.”I think the two-year hiatus for CSK probably increases its value much like what it did for Manchester United when the air crash happened,” Ashwin, who played for Super Kings between 2009-15, told the Times of India.”I don’t know if it’s in the same league but surely people in Chennai and fans across the world are waiting for CSK to return. I hope it turns out to be a good comeback.”Manchester United had lost eight players and three staff members in the plane crash at the Munich airport on 6 February, 1958. Eight journalists, two other passengers and two crew members also lost their lives in the crash while 21 people survived including nine players from the team. Sir Bobby Charlton and manager Matt Busby were among the survivors.Social media didn’t take too kindly towards Ashwin for comparing an IPL team’s return to a tragedy like the one that took place in Munich. The Tamil Nadu cricketer had to post a series of tweets clarifying his statements afterwards.Ashwin said he only meant that CSK’s comeback will see fans turn up in numbers and claimed that he was misquoted in the interview.advertisementGuys please take the reporting with a pinch of salt with respect to the Munich tragedy and CSK. All I said was the break will make the ..- Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) July 19, 2017Fans turn up in numbers when the come back happens. Not required to blow it out of context.- Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) July 19, 2017Now all those who hate me, please get off my mentions, we will catch-up sometime later when I get misquoted again. Thanks???- Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) July 19, 2017last_img read more

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Cyprus Beats Bosnia-Herzegovina; Greece Was Held to a 0-0 Draw by Estonia

first_imgTALES AZZONI, AP Sports WriterMADRID (AP) — With a commanding performance orchestrated by Thomas Meunier against part-timers from Gibraltar, Belgium produced a 9-0 victory to bring next year’s World Cup finals ever closer.Paris Saint-Germain’s Meunier had three goals and three assists and Romelu Lukaku added three goals of his own in an overall demonstration of flicks, backheels and superior moves.The easy victory gave Belgium a six-point lead over second-placed Greece, which was held to a 0-0 draw by Estonia.Bosnia-Herzegovina lost 3-2 to Cyprus, staying two points behind Greece.France’s big win leaves Dutch in danger of missing World CupFrance’s 4-0 win over Netherlands has the Dutch on the brink of missing the World Cup, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s three goals helped keep Portugal in contention in European qualifying and moved him ahead of Pele on the list of all-time international scorers.Belgium trounced Gibraltar 9-0 among the other games Thursday, when Switzerland stayed perfect with a 3-0 win over Andorra in heavy rain.The Netherlands, who finished third at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, dropped to fourth place in Group A, six points behind France, three behind Sweden and two behind Bulgaria.Only the group winners in Europe automatically qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia. The runner-up has to go through a playoff.Ronaldo increased his international tally to 78 goals during Portugal’s 5-1 rout of the Faeroe Islands in Group B, surpassing Pele in the process. Among European goal scorers, he’s is now in second place only six behind Hungary great Ferenc Puskas.“Things are going well for me with Portugal,” Ronaldo said. “The team is playing well and we are still alive. We gained confidence after this victory and we will keep focused to make sure we can make it to the World Cup.”Here is a closer look at the qualifying groups in action Thursday:___GROUP AFrance regained control of its World Cup destiny with a comfortable victory that started with a goal from Antoine Griezmann and ended with the first international goals by promising youngsters Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe.After Griezmann’s opener, Lemar netted twice and Mbappe — newly signed by Paris Saint-Germain — added another to give Les Bleus a three-points lead over Sweden, which lost 3-2 at Bulgaria.“We had no chance against a France side that was very strong,” Netherlands coach Dick Advocaat said. “Maybe in the first half we resisted a little bit, but overall we didn’t play well and France largely deserved to win.”France can all but secure a World Cup berth with a win against Luxembourg, while the Dutch need to beat Bulgaria at home to keep its hopes alive.___GROUP BPortugal easily defeated the Faeroe Islands to stay close to leader Switzerland.Ronaldo scored twice in the first half — including a neat side-volley from inside the area — and once after the break to increase his haul to 14 goals in seven Group B matches.Switzerland overcame poor pitch conditions to defeat Andorra for its seventh straight victory, maintaining a three-point gap over the European champions. The match in St. Gallen was interrupted in each half as workers entered the pitch to clear standing water. The second half also was delayed.Hungary kept pace in third spot with a routine 3-1 win over last-place Latvia, but it remains eight points behind Portugal.___GROUP HWith a commanding performance orchestrated by Thomas Meunier against part-timers from Gibraltar, Belgium produced a 9-0 victory to bring next year’s World Cup finals ever closer.Paris Saint-Germain’s Meunier had three goals and three assists and Romelu Lukaku added three goals of his own in an overall demonstration of flicks, backheels and superior moves.The easy victory gave Belgium a six-point lead over second-placed Greece, which was held to a 0-0 draw by Estonia.Bosnia-Herzegovina lost 3-2 to Cyprus, staying two points behind Greece.___Associated Press writers Jerome Pugmire and Raf Casert contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Corona Utility Joins K Line’s Coal Carrier Fleet

first_imgzoom Tokyo-based Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K Line) took delivery of a coal carrier named Corona Utility at Marugame Shipyard of Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Japan on January 13, 2016.The 88,000 DWT-type special coal carrier belongs to K Line’s specialized fleet for transport of thermal coal known as the Corona-series.The Corona-series consists of  coal carriers equipped with wide beam and shallow draft, which are the most suitable type to enter ports of Japanese Thermal Power Stations to discharge cargo.With this new latest deployment, the Corona-series now consists of 19 carriers.K Line’s dry bulk and containership businesses were considerably affected by tough market conditions that plagued last year, especially since the cargo movement fell below expectations while supply pressure on shipping capacity was intensified.last_img read more

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Birthplace doesnt necessarily guarantee citizenship feds tell Supreme Court

first_imgOTTAWA – International law does not require Canada to give citizenship to babies born on its soil, the federal government is telling the Supreme Court — an argument that could inadvertently bolster a recent Conservative party resolution aimed at stemming so-called birth tourism.Canada is one of fewer than three dozen countries that follow the practice of citizenship based on birthplace and some — including Australia and Britain — have modified or ended automatic birthright in recent years, the government says in a case that will determine whether the Toronto-born sons of Russian spies are Canadian citizens.“Indeed, no European countries, for example, grant an unqualified automatic citizenship by birth and they have no obligation to do so,” the federal submission says.“Only 34 countries grant the automatic acquisition of citizenship through birthplace regardless of parents’ nationality or status. This practice is not consistent and uniform enough to ground a rule of customary international law.”The federal Liberals adopted a decidedly different tone recently after the Conservatives passed a policy resolution calling on the government to enact legislation to end birthright citizenship “unless one of the parents of the child born in Canada is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says one of the goals is to end the practice of women coming to Canada simply to give birth to a child that will automatically attain Canadian citizenship.Refugee and human rights advocates have objected, saying there is no evidence of a birth tourism problem to solve and that the Conservative policy would open the door to stateless children being born in Canada.Mathieu Genest, a spokesman for Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, said following passage of the resolution that it’s a “shame to see the Conservatives going back down the path established by the Harper government, which seeks to strip away the citizenship of people who have only ever known Canada as a home.”Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, called the Conservative policy “a deeply wrong and disturbing idea.”However, the federal submission to the Supreme Court strongly suggests the notion of automatic birthright is not carved in legal stone.It notes even those states that have chosen to grant citizenship to children born on their soil are not prohibited from applying exceptions. “A review of citizenship entitlements in various countries reveals a multitude of variations and restrictions on automatic citizenship by birth.”Federal lawyers play down the concept of automatic citizenship in laying out the reasons the government believes Alexander and Timothy Vavilov — the offspring of Russian intelligence agents — should not be recognized as Canadian citizens, even though they were born in Ontario. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in December.Central to the government’s argument is that the parents were employees of a foreign government, making the boys ineligible for citizenship under an exception in the law.However, federal lawyers also address the role of birthplace in deciding citizenship.“In short, nothing in international law requires Canada to bestow citizenship on the basis of birth, much less to give citizenship to children born to parents in the service of a foreign government,” the written federal submission says.Two years ago, the government took a rosier view of the concept in a formal response to a petition against birthright citizenship sponsored by Conservative MP Alice Wong.John McCallum, immigration minister at the time, pointed out that the United States and Mexico, as well as a number of other countries in the Americas, such as Brazil and Argentina, provide citizenship based on birthplace.“While there may be instances of expectant mothers who are foreign nationals who travel to Canada to give birth, requiring that a parent be a citizen or permanent resident in order for their child to acquire citizenship through birth in Canada would represent a significant change to how Canadian citizenship is acquired,” McCallum added.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

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Madhavi A twist to Indian mythology

first_imgA dance festival exploring two dynamic female characters Shoorpanakha and Draupadi will be held at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre on April 3, 7 pm onward. Titled ‘Madhavi’, the performance talks about how these female characters are often misunderstood in our culture.The first act Shoorpanakha (The Story Only She Nose) will see Dakshina Vaidyanathan Baghel bringing an extremely fresh approach and a twist to the story we all know. The demon princess who was Ravana’s sister was a normal loving sister and wife, before tragedy struck her life. This changed her into a scheming woman who became the prime reason for a war. Draupadi ( Still I Rise), a 60 minute show will be presented by Vidhya Subramanian – an internationally known dancer and choreographer who has made a mark as a thinking dancer. In ‘Still I Rise’, she has intelligently fused the mediums of Bharatanatyam and theatre to create an extremely innovative work exploring the trials and strengths of Draupadi. Entry to the event is free for all.last_img read more

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Serena Williams at No 28 In WTA Rankings Climbs

LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams climbed 153 spots in the WTA rankings after her runner-up finish at Wimbledon, putting her back in the top 30.Williams is ranked 28th in the list published Monday. At Wimbledon, the former No. 1 was playing only her fourth tournament after returning from childbirth but still reached the final before losing to Angelique Kerber of Germany. Kerber climbed six spots to No. 4, with Simona Halep holding onto the top ranking despite going out in the third round at the All England Club.Kevin Anderson climbed into the men’s top 5 for the first time after his run to the Wimbledon final put him in fifth place, while champion Novak Djokovic jumped 11 spots to No. 10. Rafael Nadal, who lost to Djokovic in the semifinals, remains No. 1. read more

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Metso signs landmark mining services agreement in Brazil

first_imgMetso has signed a significant service agreement including refurbishment services for screening equipment used in mining applications, related spare parts and support. This new agreement is Metso’s largest service contracts of this type in the Brazilian market. With Metso’s solution, the customer is aiming to increase screen availability and extend the service life of equipment in their operations.The agreement covers a period of three years, and the order will be booked in Metso’s orders received in quarterly basis. “We are very proud of this agreement, which clearly demonstrates that we have been successful in supporting our customer’s business objectives. It also further strengthens our position in the area of screening solutions,” says Mikko Keto, President of Metso’s Minerals Services business area. “We at Metso are very committed to offering our customers the best solutions for the future.”“We have an extensive and specialised service organisation in Brazil. Managed from our service centers strategically located near our customers’ operations, we are well positioned to cater to our customers’ needs throughout the market. These capabilities have also been recognised by the customer”, says Marcelo Motti, senior vice president of the Brazil market area.last_img read more

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The 31st Lonsdale Street Greek Festival is set to be the largest

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Melbourne’s largest Greek street party will take over the city on the weekend of 10 and 11 February painting blue and white, not only the historic Greek precinct of Lonsdale Street, but also Swanston Street right through to Exhibition Street.“We are very proud of the shape the Greek Community of Melbourne’s Lonsdale Street Greek Festival has taken in recent years, and we encourage all Melburnians to experience some of the best Greek-inspired flavours our community has to offer,” says Bill Papastergiadis, president of the Greek Community of Melbourne. The festival aspires to be larger than ever with stalls of the best Greek street food in town, cooking demonstrations pop-up bars, live music, dancing and a whole heap of cultural activities and competitions for everyone, including children of all ages. In the Kids’ Zone expanding along Lonsdale Street, the youngest festival goers can enjoy face painting, craft activities, balloon animals, and magic shows, as well as a range of performances on the main stages.The event will be headlined by international Greek folk musician Giannis Haroulis. A Cretan native, Haroulis is currently one of the most successful artists in Greece. Psychedelic rock and folk musician Konstantis Pistiolis (Villagers of Ioannina City) will be joining Haroulis, guaranteeing a show packed with frenetic energy.One of the oldest folk theatre and dance traditions will revive on Saturday night as part of the official festival opening on the Delphi Bank Stage. The Momogeri troupe of the Pontian club of Agios Dimitrios and Ryaki is flying from Kozani to Melbourne, invited by the Pontiaki Estia who will appear with them. The small local club accepted the invitation and unsuccessfully asked the regional government of Western Macedonia, for funding. Regional Governor Thodoris Karipidis intervened and the group received support from the Foreign Ministry’s Greek Diaspora Secretariat, which offered funding of €8,500. Other costs of the trip are covered by donations from prominent Greek Australians, businesses and community organisations, not least among them the Agioi Anargiri Greek Language Centre, the Pontiaki Estia, the Bank of Sydney, and the National Australia Bank. “We are able to send a team of 25-30 people to Melbourne to present the Momogeri tradition, which is now part of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list”, said Theodoros Kousalidis, head of the Pontian Club of Agios Dimitrios and Ryaki. The Momogeri tradition hails back to the ancient cult of Momus, the god of irony (the word geros refers to the old connoisseurs of mystical ceremonies, the ‘priests’ of the time). When adopted by the Pontians, the primarily satirical custom gradually lost its pagan references and became a Christian tradition, usually performed during the pre-Christmas period up until the middle of January and sometimes even till the month of February.Another Pontian performance comes in the form of Akrites tou Pontou: Argonauts of the Pacific, (Delphi Bank Stage, Sunday 7.40 pm) which shares the cultural links between the Maori people and the Pontic Greeks through the richness of their shared seafaring histories, and will include a performance of a haka (traditional Maori war dance) and the serra (Pontic war dance).Foodies with a penchant for Greek cooking have already marked the dates on their calendars, because the weekend sees the return of the Procal Greek Kitchen which will be in a dedicated location along Lonsdale Street (closer to Exhibition Street). This favourite event has risen to a ‘festival-within-a-festival’ status, attracting everyone interested in Greek culinary traditions and the modern take on age-old recipes. Hosted by Vikki Mourselas (of My Kitchen Rules fame), this year’s two-day program will not disappoint, once again boasting some of the most celebrated Greek chefs and cooks: festival regulars Kathy Tsaples (Sweet Greek), Phil Vakos (Bahari, The Gringlish Co), Angela Nicolettou (Angela’s Kitchen), Mary Valle (Mary’s Kitchen) and Spiri Tzintziras (author of Afternoons in Ithaka), while new faces include Ella Mittas from ‘Ela at the Gertrude Street Enoteca’ and award-winning mixologist Jack Sotti (manager of whiskey haven Boilermaker House), will present an array of Greek-inspired cocktails. Add to that the abundance of food stalls that have made the festival a point of attraction for Greeks and non-Greek foodies alike, and it is certain that visitors will need something to help them digest – and what is best than a cup of thick, delicious, aromatic Greek coffee? If you are not confident about your brewing skills, the people from Oasis Coffee will be there for a quick and easy seminar, ‘Greek Coffee 101’. As for dessert, how does a baklava contest sound? On Saturday 10 February at 5.15 pm, the Procal Greek Kitchen will serve as battleground for both amateurs and professional cooks competing for Melbourne’s best baklava. Yes, it is supposed to be made for the panel of judges, but there’s reason to believe that contestants would bring enough to offer to the audience. After all, they will need to have as much support as possible. The Festival Bar at the corner of Lonsdale and Russell Streets will have direct viewing access of the Delphi Bank Stage, and the AA Holdings Stage positioned closer to Swanston Street will feature a rich program of music, dance, theatre, and competitions and an outside broadcast from SBS Radio as well as DJs from Rythmos Digital radio.It wouldn’t be Lonsdale Street Greek Festival without iconic Zorba Till you Drop, the popular competition non-stop-till-they-literally-drop for a chance to win a return trip to Greece thanks to Touchdown Tours. The festival will conclude at 4.00 pm on Sunday 11 February, when all stages will pause inviting anyone keen to set a world record to link arms and unite to form the Largest Zorba Dance ever recorded. For the festival program and more information head to lonsdalestfestival.com.au and follow #lovelonsdale See more at facebook.com/events/202482900325458/last_img read more

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Nutrition le sel crée la controverse

first_imgNutrition : le sel crée la controverseL’association SALT (sodium alimentaire : limitons les taux) a fait son apparition en France le mois dernier. Son objectif : réduire l’utilisation de sel dans nos aliments. Les discussions sont engagées, car le sel est un enjeu majeur pour les professionnels du secteur alimentaire, sur le plan sanitaire mais également financier. Certains experts de la nutrition s’interrogent également sur la marge de manœuvre des industriels et les méthodes à adopter pour réduire ces taux.”L’excès de sel (chlorure de sodium) dans l’alimentation est un facteur de risque important de l’hypertension artérielle et des maladies cardiovasculaires”, a une fois de plus mis en garde l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire (Afssa), dans son rapport 2009-2010. Un constat qui a poussé l’association SALT à tirer la sonnette d’alarme. Celle-ci souhaite que les industriels réduisent leur apport en sel dans les aliments, pour le bien des Français. Une volonté qui rejoint celle des autorités sanitaires qui nous demandent depuis des années de réduire les taux de sodium que l’on ingère au quotidien.Interrogée par Maxisciences, Isabelle Rigaud-Mallet, nutritionniste pour l’agence Prunelle, avertit régulièrement des dangers liés au sel. Elle se montre satisfaite de l’évolution de notre consommation en France. A la fin des années 1990, la consommation moyenne de sel était de 9 à 10 grammes par personne et par jour. Depuis 2004, l’Afssa préconise de réduire cet apport en sel à 8 grammes par jour (loi de santé publique qui date de cette même année). Grâce aux changements de comportements alimentaires, cet objectif ne serait plus très loin. Les apports en sel provenant de l’alimentation (hors sel ajouté à domicile) ont diminué : les hommes consomment désormais 9,2 grammes de sel par jour et les femmes 6,7 selon une étude de NutriNet-Santé publiée en début de semaine.Réduire les quantités de sel de manière importante pourrait être dangereuxSALT veut continuer à faire baisser cette consommation, encore trop importante par rapport à la limite établie au niveau européen, à savoir 6 grammes par jour. L’association veut “collaborer avec les professionnels de l’alimentation pour mettre au point une offre alimentaire aux qualités nutritionnelles accrues” et établir des “plafonds à ne pas dépasser et niveaux à viser progressivement” par catégorie d’aliments, concernant les taux de sodium. Pourtant, selon Isabelle Rigaud-Mallet, ces restrictions pourraient se heurter à plusieurs écueils. Tout d’abord, un problème gustatif, puisque les produits achetés ne seraient plus tout à fait les mêmes pour nos palais. Mais il y aurait surtout un problème de qualité : “Le sel permet de conserver les aliments. Réduire les quantités pourrait être dangereux, surtout pour les personnes fragiles”, explique la nutritionniste, qui pose également la question de la gestion de la chaîne du froid. En se basant sur des études effectuées depuis 1998 sur le sujet, elle pointe du doigt les concessions déjà faites par les industriels et leur faible marge de manoeuvre aujourd’hui, si l’on considère ces écueils (conservation et chaîne du froid). Le premier Programme national nutrition santé (PNNS), entre 2000 et 2005, a obtenu une réduction de la teneur en sel du pain de 25 à 20 grammes par kilo de pain. A l’horizon 2011-2012, il espère atteindre l’objectif de 18 grammes par kilo de pain. Ce qui serait déjà une belle avancée, sachant qu’à lui seul le pain représente 25% d’apports en sel dans la journée. De plus, une vingtaine de grandes marques de l’industrie de l’alimentation (Maggi, Findus, Fleury-Michon, Herta, etc.) ont signé une charte nutritionnelle avec le ministère de la Santé, en juillet 2010, concernant la réduction du sel dans les aliments. Une victoire pour les autorités sanitaires. Pour la nutritionniste, il faut effectivement surveiller les industriels qui ont tendance à beaucoup saler les aliments pour les conserver au maximum, mais pas seulement. “Leur demander uniquement à eux de faire un effort supplémentaire revient à regarder le problème d’un seul côté”, explique-t-elle. SALT devrait, en plus de collaborer avec les industriels, insister sur l’éducation alimentaire. C’est ce qui manque véritablement à ses objectifs, selon Isabelle Rigaud-Mallet. Mettre l’accent sur l’éducation alimentaireÀ lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?La nutritionniste trouve important de s’adresser également aux Français, qui ont “déjà très bien réagi à la demande de limitation de consommation de sel ces dernières années”. Une éducation qui passe d’abord par le geste, en “remplaçant la salière par autre chose sur la table ou en la supprimant”. Mais l’essentiel, selon elle, serait d’ “apprendre aux consommateurs comment associer leurs aliments” chaque jour. A savoir, quelles associations éviter pour ne pas consommer trop de sel. Se poser la question : que choisir parmi tous les aliments salés dans ma journée ? Le pain et la charcuterie, par exemple, sont tous deux très riches en sodium, indique-t-elle. Dans l’idéal, il ne faudrait pas les associer trop souvent.  Dans ce cas, c’est le palais qu’il faut éduquer. Outre le pain, il est conseillé d’éviter de consommer en trop grande quantité de la charcuterie (12,5%), des plats préparés (12,5%), du fromage (8,1%) ou encore des légumes (6,8%).  Mais compliqué au quotidien d’avoir ce réflexe. Sans compter que tous les Français ne consultent pas un nutritionniste. Il faudrait également mettre de côté des plats que l’on aime ou que l’on a l’habitude de manger. Cela reviendrait pour certains à se surveiller constamment, voire à faire un régime, alors que l’alimentation fait partie des plaisirs du quotidien. Mais “donner des associations aux Français c’est déjà les aider”, précise Isabelle Rigaud-Mallet. Ce serait une première base pour ceux qui souhaitent consommer moins de sel. Cette éducation alimentaire pourrait passer par des campagnes de publicité ou par l’école. “Peu de gens regardent la composition des produits qu’ils consomment. Encore faut-il savoir déchiffrer les étiquettes et avoir en tête qu’un gramme de sel équivaut à 400 milligrammes de sodium”. Récemment des chercheurs de l’Institut de la recherche agronomique de Dijon ont constaté qu’on pouvait remplacer du sel des aliments par des odeurs de produits salés, et que le consommateur n’y voyait que du feu. Une solution pour l’avenir ?Le 24 novembre 2010 à 11:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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N Korea Detained Lynnwood man smuggled in propaganda

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea — North Korea delivered its most in-depth account yet of the case against a Korean-American sentenced to 15 years’ hard labor, accusing him late Thursday of smuggling in inflammatory literature and trying to establish a base for anti-Pyongyang activities at a border city hotel.Still, the long list of allegations included no statement from Kenneth Bae, other than claims that he confessed and didn’t want an attorney present during his sentencing last week for what Pyongyang called hostile acts against the state.Since the sentencing came during a period of tentative diplomatic moves following weeks of high tension and North Korean threats of nuclear and missile strikes on Washington and Seoul, outside analysts have said Pyongyang may be using Bae, 44, of Lynnwood near Seattle, as bait to win diplomatic concessions in the standoff over its nuclear weapons program. North Korea repeated its denial of such speculation in the new statement, but the pattern has occurred repeatedly.The North’s state media described the statement from an unidentified Supreme Court spokesman as a response to U.S. government and media assertions that the legal case against Bae was unreasonable and other claims “that he was not tried in a transparent manner and (the North) was trying to use this issue as a political bargaining chip.” The spokesman said Bae, 44, could’ve faced death but the court reduced the penalty because he confessed. He was arrested in North Korea in November.Bae, a Washington state resident described by friends as a devout Christian and a tour operator, is at least the sixth American detained in North Korea since 2009. The others eventually were deported or released without serving out their terms, some after trips to Pyongyang by prominent Americans, including former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. There has been no sign yet of a high-profile American envoy set to make a clemency mission to North Korea, which has only recently eased a near-daily, weekslong torrent of threats that followed greater U.N. sanctions over Pyongyang’s February nuclear test.The North’s statement said Bae gave anti-Pyongyang lectures in China and “infiltrated” about 250 students into the city of Rason, a special economic zone in North Korea’s far northeastern region bordering China and Russia. It didn’t elaborate on the students’ activities, however.last_img read more

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Police Armed robber targeted 2 gas stations check cashing store

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police in Hialeah are searching for an armed robber who, they said, targeted two gas stations on the same day and a check cashing store two weeks later.Surveillance video captured the subject holding up a Shell gas station on Red Road and West Fourth Avenue, Dec. 29. He is seen posing as a customer before he pulls out a gun and demands the money in the register.Detectives said the same crook robbed a nearby Speedway about 25 minutes later. They said he also robbed an Advance America in Hialeah on Friday night.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Ubisoft answers our prayers explains how to pronounce its name

first_imgIt’s funny that, despite being one of the biggest publishers in the gaming industry, people have a hard time pronouncing Ubisoft’s name. There’s no confusion surrounding how to pronounce the “soft” portion, but when it comes to the first three letters of the name, people can’t seem to agree on how to pronounce it. Is it OO-BE-SOFT or YOU-BE-SOFT? This latest video from Ubisoft finally gives us an answer.In the video below, you can hear some of the various ways that “Ubisoft” is pronounced. What’s so amusing about this is that the people being asked to pronounced the name are Ubisoft’s very own employees. Despite working for the same company, even they can’t agree on how to pronounce the name. Some even call the company YOU-BE-EYE-SOFT. It’s really quite funny.So, once and for all, how does one pronounce “Ubisoft”? The company’s president, Yves Guillemot, says that it is pronounced as OO-BE-SOFT. Alright. That finally answers that. Or does it? After making this statement, Guillemot then says that in English, it can be pronounced as YOU-BE-SOFT. He also said that people are free to pronounce it however they want. Yves… stop trying to confuse us!There you have it, we now know how to finally properly pronounce Ubisoft. However, if you have been calling it YOU-BE-SOFT all of this time then you can continue to do so. Either way is fine, but I would urge folks not call it YOU-BE-EYE-SOFT because that does sound rather silly. Since the two pronunciations of the company’s name, much like their games, are interchangeable, I’m personally going to call it whatever feels right at the moment, especially since I now know that the Ubisoft’s own president is cool with either interpretation.The only question left now is, what is an “Ubi”?last_img read more

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Meerkats have ability to distinguish different voices

first_img Citation: Meerkats have ability to distinguish different voices (2011, October 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-meerkats-ability-distinguish-voices.html The new study, led by Dr. Simon Townsend from the University of Zurich, looked at a group of wild meerkats living in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa. To test the possibility of vocal recognition, they conducted an experiment using simple audio playback.In the meerkats foraging areas, the researchers placed two audio speakers to play recordings of the staccato calls that the meerkats make while foraging. It is believed that these calls work to keep the group of foraging animals together and let each other know an individual’s location.They began by playing a call from one of the members of the group from one speaker. They repeated this later with another member’s voice from the other speaker. But it was the next part of the experiment that drew the awareness of the meerkats. The call of one meerkat was played from the first speaker and within seconds was played from the other speaker on the other side of the foraging area.This caused the foraging meerkats to stop what they were doing. As if they knew that something was wrong. They were able to identify that there was no way the same voice could be coming from two different locations. This shows the researchers that while the calls made by the animals are similar, the tone and voice of each meerkat is different and the animals are able to identify the difference.This study was the first to demonstrate vocal recognition in a non-primate animal species and the researchers note that this ability may be more widespread than originally thought, especially in animals that live in social groups. Meerkat. Taken in Victoria, Australia in February 2009. Image: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos. Under GNU Free Documentation License. via Wikipedia. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Vocal recognition is widespread in primates but a new study, published in Biology Letters, provides evidence that it may not be limited to humans and primates. The ability to recognize the voice of another may be more widespread in the animal community than previously thought. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Tradition explains why some meerkats are late risers More information: A simple test of vocal individual recognition in wild meerkats, Biology Letters, Published online before print October 12, 2011, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0844AbstractIndividual recognition is thought to be a crucial ability facilitating the evolution of animal societies. Given its central importance, much research has addressed the extent of this capacity across the animal kingdom. Recognition of individuals vocally has received particular attention due, in part, to the insights it provides regarding the cognitive processes that underlie this skill. While much work has focused on vocal individual recognition in primates, there is currently very little data showing comparable skills in non-primate mammals under natural conditions. This may be because non-primate mammal societies do not provide obvious contexts in which vocal individual recognition can be rigorously tested. We addressed this gap in understanding by designing an experimental paradigm to test for individual recognition in meerkats (Suricata suricatta) without having to rely on naturally occurring social contexts. Results suggest that when confronted with a physically impossible scenario—the presence of the same conspecific meerkat in two different places—subjects responded more strongly than during the control, a physically possible setup. We argue that this provides the first clear evidence for vocal individual recognition in wild non-primate mammals and hope that this novel experimental design will allow more systematic cross-species comparisons of individual recognition under natural settings.last_img read more

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Turkey Journalists detained reportedly for asking about IS

first_imgCumhuriyet newspaper said its reporter, Pinar Ogunc, was questioned on Tuesday at the border town of Akcakale, along with journalists working for the Turkish daily Evrensel and Germany’s Die Welt. They were covering the Islamic State group’s loss of the Syrian town Tal Abyad to Kurdish forces and had asked Gov. Izettin Kucuk if IS militants who may have escaped across the border could pose a threat to Turkey.Ogunc said four journalists were taken to one side where they were berated by officials and three of them were later taken to a police station, reportedly upon Kucuk’s orders.Kucuk’s office denied that he ordered the journalists arrested for asking questions. It said they were submitted to an identity check because of “sensitivities” at the border region.On Wednesday, opposition newspaper Today’s Zaman said a court in Ankara convicted editor Bulent Kenes of insulting Erdogan but later suspended his sentence. He was on trial for a tweet he posted last year in which he said the respected mother of a politician — whom he did not name — would have been ashamed of him.Kenes is the latest person to be prosecuted for alleged insults to Erdogan. Comments   Share   ___This story has been corrected to show that three journalists were detained, not four.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities briefly detained three journalists at the border with Syria for angering the local governor with questions about possible infiltrators from the Islamic State group, one of the journalists said in comments published Wednesday.In another incident illustrating the continuing crackdown on media freedoms in Turkey, a newspaper editor received a 21-months suspended sentence for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a tweet. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Quick workouts for menlast_img read more

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LendingHome Announces Fannie Mae Approval and New CFO

first_img in Headlines, News, Origination CFO Fannie Mae mortgage Robert Stiles Seller and Servicer Approval 2017-05-19 Brianna Gilpin Share LendingHome, a mortgage marketplace lender, announced Wednesday that they have received Fannie Mae’s seller and servicer approval while naming Robert Stiles, former CFO of Nationstar Mortgage, as its CFO.LendingHome said that Fannie Mae’s approval enables the expansion of its home financing business as well as the delivery of better outcomes to its customers. By working directly with Fannie Mae, LendingHome not only can streamline its operations and offer better loan pricing to its customers; it also can retain the servicing of its customers in-house so they can rely on LendingHome throughout the life of their loan.“Passing Fannie Mae’s stringent approval guidelines is no small feat, especially for a young company that started lending only three years ago,” said Matt Humphrey, co-founder and CEO of LendingHome. “This is a testament to LendingHome’s financial strength, leading ground-up technology platform, and the quality of our processes from end-to-end.”“LendingHome focuses on using technology innovation to create efficiencies and deliver a great customer experience,” said Jeff Walker, SVP and Customer Delivery Executive for Fannie Mae. “We’re pleased to welcome LendingHome as one of our lender partners and look forward to working with them toward our shared vision of a better mortgage process.”LendingHome also announced that it has named mortgage industry veteran Robert Stiles as its new CFO. They said that Stiles will be instrumental in leading LendingHome’s financial operations and taking the company through its next phase of business growth. As of April 2017, he reports to Matt Humphrey.”I’ve watched LendingHome closely over the past year and have admired its innovative ways that it serves both customers and investors, as well as its tech-focused approach to mortgages,” said Stiles. “LendingHome has tremendous opportunity to be very disruptive, and I look forward to contributing to its increasing success.”center_img LendingHome Announces Fannie Mae Approval and New CFO May 19, 2017 743 Views last_img read more

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by Nicholas K Geranios The Associated Press

first_img by Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press Posted Jan 5, 2018 12:33 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 5, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prosecutors drop charges against 4 members of Polish band SPOKANE, Wash. – Rape and kidnapping charges against all four members of a Polish death metal band were dropped Friday by prosecutors in Washington state.The band members have been detained in the United States since a woman claimed that she was gang-raped after a concert last year in Spokane, Washington.Prosecutors filed a motion in Spokane County Superior Court dismissing the charges against members of Decapitated, citing only the “well-being of the victim,” as the reason.A trial for the four men had been scheduled for Jan. 16.“We feel it was the result of everyone taking a second look at this matter in light of new evidence,” said Steve Graham, attorney for band member Waclaw Kieltyka, 35.“They are headed back home this week,” Graham said of the band members.Kelly Fitzgerald, a Spokane County deputy prosecutor handling the case, was not immediately available for comment.The charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning the four men could be charged again in the future.According to court documents, a woman told police that she was invited onto the tour bus after the band’s show on Aug. 31. The woman claimed that she was raped in the bathroom of the bus.Band members were arrested in Los Angeles County, California, after a show there Sept. 9 and extradited to Spokane.The other three band members are Michal Lysejko, 27; Rafal Piotrowski, 31; and Hubert Wiecek, 30.The state’s case largely consisted of testimony from two women who told police that they were held against their will on the band’s tour bus after the show. One of the women was able to get off the bus.The woman who remained on the bus told police that she was raped by each member of the band. Later at a hospital, police noted significant bruising and abrasions on her arms that were “consistent with being restrained,” according to court documents.But defence attorneys said in court documents that numerous witnesses placed the woman in the front row of a mosh pit at the concert and said she was getting jostled, which could have accounted for the bruises.Graham said the case against the four men was falling apart.The band members had been out of jail since late last year, when bail was dropped and they were released on their own recognizance.“All the guys are interested in putting this behind them and moving on,” Graham said.last_img read more

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by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 4 2019 238

first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 4, 2019 2:38 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Dell Curry chuckles at Drake’s antics, says son wanted to wear old jersey, toocenter_img Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry was poised to wear his father’s old Raptors jersey in Toronto to honour his dad Dell — until Drake entered the mix at the NBA Finals.Dell Curry said the Toronto rapper’s decision to seemingly troll Steph by wearing his dad’s old Raptors uniform in Game 1 at Scotiabank Arena nixed the Warriors guard’s idea.“I’ll give you guys the inside story there. Before I flew to Toronto, Steph called me and said ‘Hey pops, pack me one of your old Toronto jerseys,’” Dell Curry said on a conference call to promote the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament on Tuesday.“That was the exact same jersey I packed for him, but (Steph was going to wear it prior to the) second game (of the NBA Finals in Toronto). Then Drake shows up in it so that ruined that.”Dell Curry chuckled when asked about the Raptors’ global ambassador showing up in the autographed jersey.“It was all fun. You know all about the trolling and everything,” Curry said. “He went to great depth to get that jersey, so it’s probably a little bit of respect. I think more than that, it fired up the Warriors even more to try to steal a game there in Toronto and I think they did just that.”Curry said Drake is more involved than any other celebrity fans he has seen, noting his shoulder rub of Raptors coach Nick Nurse during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final.“You had celebrities that were fans of the home team (during his playing career) like that, but no one was ever allowed to do what he did, especially in the conference finals there,” Curry said. “No one would ever be allowed to do that, especially massage or touch the coach. He’s probably the only guy that got away with it.”Curry feels Drake has toned it down during the NBA Finals.“I think someone told him you can’t do that anymore,” Curry said. “He’s been a lot calmer the last two games in Toronto.”The best-of-seven series is tied at 1-1. The next two games are Wednesday and Friday in Oakland, Calif.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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