Will seek fast-track trial in lynching case: Assam CM

first_imgAssam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has assured the parents of the two men lynched in Karbi Anglong that he would request the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court to fast-track the trial, an official statement released here on Wednesday said.Nilotpal Das (29) and Abhijeet Nath (30) were pulled out of their vehicle at Panjuri in Karbi Anglong district on June 8 and beaten to death by a group of irate villagers, who suspected them to be child-lifters.The victims’ fathers, Ajit Kumar Nath and Gopal Chandra Das, called on Mr. Sonowal on Tuesday evening and submitted a petition demanding maximum punishment for the culprits. They also demanded constitution of SIT for expeditious investigation in the case, the release said.Mr. Sonowal told them that the SIT had already been constituted under a Deputy Superintendent of Police and acting swiftly, the Assam police had nabbed all the accused within a short period of time, it said.A total of 64 people, including the prime accused, have been arrested in the case. The CM is personally monitoring the progress of the case.last_img read more

Lions seek outright finals slot

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics San Beda battles fierce rival Lyceum at 4 p.m. on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre, with a win giving the Lions their 18th straight victory and the luxury of watching the next three teams in the Final Four slug it out in a stepladder playoffs to determine the second finalist.“I told them that we’ve gone this far. Let’s not waste this opportunity,” Fernandez said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceBut completing the perfect round at the expense of the Pirates won’t be a stroll.“It’s a big game for us as we play for momentum going into the homestretch of the season,” Lyceum coach Topex Robinson said. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:24Group urges Senate to pass bill on liquor, vape tax hike before yearend00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical More than the winning feeling entering the semifinal playoffs, beating the Lions would mean making them sweat it out in a semifinal series, compared to playing them later on in the finals where they will be well rested.Letran, meanwhile, seeks to cement No. 3 when it battles Emilio Aguinaldo in the other game at 3 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ “Let’s not waste this opportunity.”That was the simple message of San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez to his Red Lions, who go for a sweep of the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament’s elimination round that will also mean an automatic title series berth.ADVERTISEMENT Petron-F2 for the marbles LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? last_img read more

The performance of Audi A4 is spectacular

first_imgThe previous generation A4 should have been a runaway success when it was first launched in India about eight years back. It was superior in terms of rear space, comfort, materials used, the then-pioneering drive select system, as well a choice of great engines including V6 options.ALSO READ:Ducati Diavel Carbon stays true to its devilish looks and nameHowever Audi was still finding its feet in the country and the Q-range was more easily accepted. However, in its new generation the A4 again seems ready to take on the competition with liberal doses of technology, comfort and oomph.The interiors are trimmed using the best materials and give passengers a feeling of being in a truly premium car.The design is not radically different with Audi preferring to keep the sedan’s understated looks. But that is more than made up by either end of the car. The front gets a new look with the lower and wider single frame grille, new headlamps with serrated bottom edges and the wrap-around hood. The rear is also sharp and characteristic Audi with tail lights featuring 48 LEDs in a unique 3D design.Overall the car is slightly longer and a little wider,  liberating even more in-cabin space. Audi engineers also claim its coefficient of drag of 0.24 is the lowest in-segment. This combined with a 120kg lighter body ensures a car with good fuel efficiency and better handling.In its new generation the A4 again seems ready to take on the competition with liberal doses of technology, comfort and oomph.ALSO READ:Mercedes C63 AMG is a storm chaseradvertisementAudi retains its mastery of interior design and materials and the best view of the car is definitely from the inside. While the A4 was spacious, it seems even more so now and given the tech and the interior layout, one could be mistaken for thinking that it’s a larger sibling.On the instrument panel the A4 gets the virtual cockpit that can be customised according to the driver’s needs. In addition the MMI has been completely reworked and though I did not get to try it out, features better voice control as the system can understand sentences instead of pre-defined commands.The A4 gets the virtual cockpit where a high-res screen can be customised according to the drivers needs.In addition the infotainment platform includes a quad-core chip that processes all functions. With a clock rate of more than one gigahertz and a powerful graphics card, it can carry out eight billion calculations per second. That’s huge computing power for the entertainment system of a car! And that’s not all. The A4 comes with a B&O system, a 755-watt, 16-channel amplifier, 19 speakers and 3D surround system.ALSO READ:Renault Lodgy is a truly reliable partnerWe drove the A4 powered by the 2-litre diesel engine that was good for max power of 190bhp along with peak torque of 400Nm. In India the car will be available with the top-of-the-line four-cylinder engines, the 2-litre TFSI and TDI. We drove the car with a 2-litre diesel engine that was good for max power of 190bhp along with peak torque of 400Nm. The engine was mated to a 7-speed S-tronic gearbox and quattro.To drive the car feels like a larger car. Gone is the crispness from the suspension despite the car being lighter and the car absorbs whatever undulations one could find on German roads without a shimmy. That bodes well for India and the effort has been to focus on the comfort aspect of the car. The fully revised electromechanical steering is direct and does not feel vague around the centre like most electric units do and Audi has worked out a good compromise there.The rear is also sharp and characteristic Audi with tail lights featuring 48 LEDs in a unique 3D design. The performance of the car is spectacular but what is even more pleasing is the effort that has gone towards NVH and the car again seems to have grown up in that respect.ALSO READ:Mercedes-AMG GT S is a true sports carIn Germany the car was equipped with all the latest Audi drive assist and safety systems and it remains to be seen what will come to India although the traffic jam assistant could work wonders in the heavy traffic of India’s metros.Audi A4 vs CompetitionVerdictThe A4 has grown up much like its younger sibling, the A3 and now offers the technology, features, ride, handling and comfort of its much larger siblings.advertisementAnd that should comfortably put it back at the top of the pile in its segment once its launched later on in the year in India with the only challenge coming to it once the other German premium car companies launch their next-gen models in this segment.ALSO READ: Ferrari 488 GTB is fitting successor to 458 Italialast_img read more

Virat Kohli, Mirabai Chanu named by Sports Ministry for Khel Ratna Award

first_imgIndian men’s cricket team captain Virat Kohli and weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu will be conferred with the country’s highest sporting honour – Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award – after the Sports Ministry approved their names on Thursday.Kohli and Mirabai will be presented with the prestigious award by President Ram Nath Kovind at a specially organised function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Tuesday. Both Kohli and Chanu will be presented a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh each apart from a medal and a citation.The ministry also released the names of 20 Arjuna awardees for the year which includes star cricketer Smriti Mandhana, sprinter Hima Das, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and table tennis star Manika Batra, among others.Apart from these four, the others are Indian hockey stars Manpreet Singh and Savita Punia, long distance runner Jinson Johnson, shuttler N.Sikki Reddy, boxer Satish Kumar, golfer Shubhankar Sharma, Ravi Rathore (Polo), shooters Rahi Sarnobat, Ankur Mittal, Shreyasi Singh, paddler G.Sathiyan, tennis star Rohan Bopanna, wrestler Sumit and Pooja Kadian (Wushu). Mirabai Chanu is a Commonwealth Games 2018 and world champion. (PTI Photo)Para athletes Ankur Dhama and Manoj Sarkar will also be awarded the Arjuna award, that includes a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh each.Also read – Ignored for Khel Ratna, Bajrang Punia to move courtAmong the winners of the Dronacharya awards are boxing coach Chenanda Achaiah Kuttappa, Vijay Sharma (Weightlifting), A. Srinivasa Rao (TT) and Sukhdev Singh Pannu (Athletics).The ministry also named Clarence Lobo (Hockey), Tarak Sinha (Cricket), Jiwan Kumar Sharma (Judo) and V.R. Beedu (Athletics) for the Dronacharya Award for Lifetime Achievement.advertisementSatyadev Prasad (Archery), Bharat Kumar Chetri (Hockey), Bobby Aloysius (Athletics) and Chougale Dadu Dattatray (Wrestling) have been named for the Dhyan Chand Award.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

DP World Looking to Boost Investment in Thailand

first_imgzoom Dubai’s port operator DP World is exploring investment opportunities in Thailand including those in infrastructural as well as terminal developments in Laem Chabang International Terminal (LCIT).Discussions between the company’s Chairman and Taiwan’s Deputy Prime Minister Somik Jatusripitak revolved around potential investments in areas of ports, trade, shipping, and logistics industries. Among the key topics touched upon were the existing investments in Thailand and how hey can be further improved with the future developments in Laem Chabang, including a new free zone. “The meeting is in line with the strategic orientations of DP World towards enhancing the UAE’s role regionally and internationally as a key player in ports and terminal operation. We aim to support the state’s drive to reduce reliance on oil and move towards a diversified economy,” said DP World Group’s Chairman HE Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem. DP World already owns 34.5% in a joint venture container terminal LCIT, located 120 km from Thailand’s capital under a joint venture project. The terminal serves as a gateway for containerized goods to and from the key Asian markets.last_img read more

Oped

first_imgJan. 18 to 24 is National Non-Smoking Week. Across the country, governments, health advocates and the medical community are reflecting on tobacco use and the harm it brings to individuals, communities and our healthcare system. As the new Health Protection and Promotion minister whose responsibilities include reducing smoking rates in the province, I am also thinking of where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re going. In 2000, Nova Scotia had the highest smoking rates in Canada. Nearly one-third of Nova Scotians 15 years of age and older were smoking. Perhaps even more disturbing is the fact that about one quarter of children aged 15 to 19 years were using tobacco. Nearly 1,700 Nova Scotians were dying every year as a result of smoking. Nova Scotia was in the middle of a public health crisis. That’s why, in 2001, the provincial government introduced a tobacco control strategy. This strategy has resulted in the adoption of smoke-free legislation, increased tobacco taxes, the elimination of tobacco industry advertising, and more funding for district health authorities to provide support to tobacco users. All of this was done to reduce smoking rates in our province. And it is working. Almost a decade later, Nova Scotia no longer has the highest smoking rates. Overall, tobacco use has decreased from 30 to 20 per cent, bringing us in line with the national average. Smoking rates among children and young adults are at all-time historic lows. In fact, Nova Scotia has the second-lowest rate in the country for 15 to 19 year olds. While we’ve helped many Nova Scotians stop, or not start, smoking, tobacco use continues to be a serious public health threat in Nova Scotia. That said, I recognize that quitting is no easy task. My congratulations to all Nova Scotians who have had success. For those of you thinking about quitting smoking, I would encourage you to take advantage of the support available through Addiction Services in your area. You can also call 1-877-513-5333 or visit www.smokershelpline.ca . Working together — individual Nova Scotians, government, district health authorities and the broader health community — we have made progress. But there’s no denying that more must be done. As minister, I look forward to being part of a collective, ongoing effort to further reduce smoking rates in Nova Scotia. Our success means our children, our communities and our healthcare system will be healthier and safer. -30-last_img read more

Hamiltonarea man who gunned down alleged car thief now facing lawsuit

first_imgTORONTO – A man acquitted of charges related to his gunning down an alleged car thief outside his Hamilton-area home still faces a civil lawsuit that alleges he behaved negligently.In an unproven statement of claim, the spouse and two children of Jon Styres allege that Peter Khill, of Binbrook, Ont., meant to injure or kill their relative.“The defendant did not attempt to contact the authorities prior to confronting Jon Styres,” the suit states. “During the confrontation, the defendant — suddenly and without warning — shot Jon Styres multiple times, ultimately resulting in Jon’s death.”In their suit, Lindsay Hill, their daughters Zoey Styres, who is almost three years old, and Sophia Styres, 4, all of Ohsweken, Ont., on the Six Nations reserve, claim damages suffered for the “negligent infliction” of mental distress and psychological damage caused by Khill’s actions.The lawsuit seeks $2.25 million in various damages.Unlike the criminal case in which the prosecution was required to prove the charges against the accused beyond a reasonable doubt, the civil proceedings only require proof on a balance of probabilities — a lower threshold.On Wednesday, a Superior Court jury in Hamilton found Khill, 28, not guilty of second-degree murder.It’s not clear whether the Crown would try to appeal the acquittal but Styres’ lawyer, Robert Hooper, said the jury’s verdict did not affect the civil suit because Khill confirmed he shot Styres.“The claim pleads both an intentional act and a negligent act,” Hooper told The Canadian Press. “We will look at his testimony and decide how to proceed.”Khill had argued in his own defence that his four years of training as an army reservist kicked when he instinctively grabbed a shotgun and went outside to confront a potential intruder or intruders in the early morning hours of Feb. 4, 2016.Evidence was that within seconds of spotting a shadowy figure leaning into his 15-year-old pickup truck parked in the driveway, Khill fired twice from a couple of metres, one shot hitting Styres squarely in the chest, the other passing through the back of his arm and into his chest. Styres, 29, died minutes later.Only after the shooting did Khill’s then-girlfriend, now his wife, call 911, court heard.“The incident was caused in whole by the intentional actions of the defendant which consisted of shooting Jon Styres with the intention to cause injury or death,” the suit alleges.Contrary to the evidence heard during the criminal trial, the lawsuit alleges Khill fired with the intention to kill as Styres fled the property. The court heard no evidence that Styres was attempting to flee or had any time to do so.None of the civil suit allegations, filed in January in Superior Court, has been proven.Khill’s criminal lawyer, Jeffrey Manishen, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, while his civil lawyer said no statement of defence had been filed.last_img read more

Campaign to Ban AnimalTested Cosmetics in Europe Nears Success

first_imgHumane Society International’s campaign to end animal testing of cosmetics worldwide and ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in Europe, took a step nearer success this week as Tonio Borg was formally approved by the EU Council at the new EU Health Minister.Borg has publicly expressed his desire to see fully implemented the long-awaited EU marketing ban on animal-tested cosmetics, due 11 March 2013. His appointment marks a significant change in direction regarding implementation – his predecessor, Commissioner John Dalli, was considering introducing ‘loophole’ measures to continue allowing newly animal-tested ingredients to be sold in the EU.Humane Society International’s Senior EU Policy Advisor, Emily McIvor, welcomed this new milestone in their global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics: “Dr. Borg has made his views absolutely clear, and it is now likely that the 2013 marketing ban on animal-tested cosmetics will stand. This once again puts the EU at the forefront of global efforts to rid the world of cosmetics animal testing, and all of the needless animal suffering caused by the so-called beauty-business. Humane Society International will be calling on cosmetics companies to embrace the ban, and show what can be done to hasten the development of non-animal test methods. There is now real hope that we are closer than ever before to ridding the EU—and the world—of animal-tested cosmetics.”Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free campaign has gathered substantial public, political and celebrity support for an end to cosmetics cruelty in Europe and across the world – including support from Sir Paul McCartney, rock legend Chrissie Hynde, comedian Ricky Gervais and actress Dame Judi Dench.Sir Paul signed the charity’s Be Cruelty-Free pledge to show his support and commented: “The ugly truth about testing beauty products on animals is that it causes them unimaginable pain and suffering. If every cosmetic tested on rabbits or mice had a photo on the packaging showing these animals with weeping swollen eyes and inflamed skin, I believe everyone would leave cruelty on the shelf and go for the cruelty-free option instead. So, let’s stand up for those defenceless animals by supporting the Humane Society International’s new Be Cruelty-Free global campaign to end animal testing of cosmetics worldwide. Go online, sign the Be Cruelty-Free pledge today and help HSI achieve a world where no animal has to suffer and die for the sake of cosmetics.”In April, to mark World Week for Animals in Laboratories, HSI and cruelty-free cosmetics company LUSH joined forces to hand in more than 350,000 petition signatures to the EU Commission.Although animal testing of cosmetics was banned across the EU in 2009, it is currently still legal to sell cosmetics that have been animal-tested elsewhere in the world. In countries such as China, Brazil, the United States and India such testing is still commonplace – rabbits, guinea pigs and mice have cosmetic chemicals dripped in their eyes and spread on their shaved skin. The ban on selling these cosmetics is due for implementation in March 2013. HSI’s campaign in Europe is part of its global Be Cruelty-Free initiative to end cosmetics cruelty worldwide. Launched in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Brazil and beyond, it aims to achieve a world where no animal has to suffer and die for the sake of cosmetics.HSI believes that testing cosmetics on animals is both unethical and unnecessary. Cosmetics can easily be produced the cruelty-free way, by using the thousands of existing ingredients for which safety data are already available, combined with advanced non-animal testing methods such as 3D human skin and advanced computer models.Sign the Be Cruelty-Free pledge at hsi.org/becrueltyfree.last_img read more

RYAN REYNOLDS NARRATES A HILARIOUS BEHINDTHESCENES LOOK AT HOW HIS AVIATION GIN

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: “It begins each morning at 4 a.m.,” Reynolds begins, “The distillers of American Aviation Gin rise to greet the new day with four hours of silent meditation.”The ad goes from there, with Reynolds showing how the distillers lovingly take care of each citrus plant, and later beat the juniper berries to create the smooth flavour, and when the gin is bottled they finally “serenade it with the healing music of Sarah McLachlan.”Earlier this year and Sir Richard Branson have confirmed they’ll be teaming up to serve Aviation American Gin on Virgin Atlantic flights.The pair made the exciting announcement on Twitter Tuesday, with them both sharing a video in which the Canadian actor says: “I think it’s fair to say that today, Sir Richard, we’re making corporate history!”He then tells the Virgin boss that the duo would be “merging,” despite Branson constantly insisting that this wouldn’t necessarily be the case.Look closely, you can spot the immediate regret on Sir Richard Branson’s face. #AviationOwner @AviationGin pic.twitter.com/KbmiMPIwRK— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) September 25, 2018Reynolds, who purchased the Portland gin company earlier this year, said in a statement: “I’ve been a huge fan of Sir Richard Branson and Virgin for years. For Aviation to be chosen as the gin of choice for such an iconic and quintessentially British brand is a complete honour.“We look forward to serving Virgin Atlantic guests for years to come and, on a personal note, Sir Richard has promised to teach me the difference between revenue and profit, so I am beyond excited.”Virgin Group founder Branson added, “I’m delighted Virgin Atlantic is working with Ryan and his team on this partnership. Aviation Gin was born out of a spirit of innovation, so serving it on board Virgin Atlantic flights seemed like the perfect combination.”To celebrate the partnership, some lucky passengers on board Virgin Atlantic flights on September 30 will be served a selection of special drinks by bartenders from around the world.Reynolds and Branson will also be bringing the partnership to this year’s London Cocktail Week, from October 3 to 7. Twittercenter_img Ryan Reynolds is taking fans on a journey to learn how his Aviation American Gin is made.In a new promo video for the gin, Reynolds narrates a gorgeously filmed behind-the-scenes look at the process of growing and cultivating the fruit and then distilling it into the alcoholic beverage.My secret is now Cage-Free. pic.twitter.com/gdmySvDK0W— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 13, 2018 Advertisement Ryan Reynolds/Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Royal Marine Rescues SubSaharan Migrants Boat in Difficulty

Dakhla – Two units of the Royal Marine sailing off the city of Dakhla rescued and assisted, on Monday, a boat in difficulty carrying 66 illegal sub-Saharan migrants (including 11 women) holding seven different nationalities.The Royal Marine units localized and rescued this boat, which was in difficulty due to bad weather, 75km north of Dakhla.The passengers were safe and sound and boarded one of the said units which transported them towards the city of Dakhla to undergo the routine procedure by the competent authorities. The boat was towed to the port of the same city. read more

Schools leave out 14 million children in exSoviet Union Eastern Europe each

21 September 2007The education systems in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States comprising the now-independent former Soviet republics are excluding more than 14 million children each year in a region formerly known for its high-quality education, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The education systems in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States comprising the now-independent former Soviet republics are excluding more than 14 million children each year in a region formerly known for its high-quality education, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “This situation will lead to intergenerational cycles of poverty, and undermine the capacity of governments to develop globally competitive economies based on skilled labour rather than cheap labour,” UNICEF’s regional director Maria Calivis warned at this week’s release of a new report – Education for Some, more than Others. In spite of the economic recovery and increased public expenditure on education in many countries over the past decade, most national education systems are struggling to provide universal education, the study concludes. A key indicator was that there are an estimated 2.4 million ‘missing children’ of primary-school age and almost 12 million missing secondary-school children who should be in school but are not. Ms. Calivis said that meant more than 14 million children entered adult life every year without any kind of formal education or school diploma and this in a region largely known for its former high levels of access, quality and equality in education. The report found that public expenditure on education reinforced rather than counteracted social, ethnic and economic inequalities in access to and completion of basic education. Family background, mainly parents’ income but also education, had increasingly become a determinant in enrolment and attendance, particularly at pre-school level. Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Tajikistan, countries with low economic indicators, had the lowest attendance rates, less than 50 per cent for upper high school, and in some instances less than 30 per cent for pre-school. The situation of the Roma children and gender inequality were also major issues in some countries. In three with the largest Roma communities – Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania – only a tiny proportion of Roma have any schooling beyond primary, compared to non-Roma. Roma educational attainment ranges from 10 per cent to 35 per cent in secondary school while only 1 per cent of Roma across the region attended higher education. The report also shows that no country was achieving equal representation of girls in basic education but the numbers were close, 95 girls to 100 boys on average. The most striking aspect of the figures was the feminization of higher education throughout the region. Girls outnumbered boys, in most cases significantly, in all countries except Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan. Only Turkey and Tajikistan were in trouble to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of eliminating gender disparity at all levels of education by 2015. The report calls for governments to substantially increase spending on education to at least 6 per cent of their gross domestic product as against a regional average of 3 to 4 per cent, and move from a distribution of public expenditure that reinforces inequality to one that counteracts inequality. read more

Mobitel apologizes over BBS ringback tone

The Bodu Bala Sena had recently announced that the ringback tone on Mobitel, if downloaded by Mobitel users, will help fund the Bodu Bala Sena organization. However the Mobitel statement says the ringback tone, like any other tone provided to Mobitel, is based on a revenue sharing method between the content provider and Mobitel.Mobitel insists that it is not funding any organization through the ringback tone or the work of such organization. “It is with great concern that Mobitel humbly apologizes for causing any emotional distress towards its customers and citizens of Sri Lanka with regards to the events that transpired within the last few days with regards to one of its ringback tones,” the statement said. Mobitel Sri Lanka has apologized for any emotional distress caused as a result of its recent decision to support a ringback tone of the Bodu Bala Sena.While not mentioning the name of the Buddhist organization in the statement, Mobitel said in a web posting that making the ringback tone available does not mean that Mobitel supports the views on the content or the content owner. “We wish to clarify that as the National Mobile Service Provider we are fully committed to uphold the true values of unity and ethnic harmony amongst the people of Sri Lanka,” Mobitel said.The announcement by the Bodu Bala Sena that the ringback tone by Mobitel will help fund the organization drew a huge outcry among the general public.Messages were posted on Facebook and Twitter calling for a boycott of Mobitel until it removes the ringback tone as there were concerns on the agenda of the Bodu Bala Sena. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Future of Cyprus now in hands of its people Security Council members

Speaking through its President for April, Ambassador Gunter Pleuger of Germany, Council members thanked the Secretary-General and his Special Adviser, Alvaro de Soto, for their efforts and their commitment to finding a solution to the Cyprus question.”They noted that it is now for the Cypriots to decide their future at this important juncture,” Ambassador Pleuger said in a press statement.On Wednesday the Secretary-General stepped in under a prearranged formula to finalize the settlement plan after more than six weeks of talks between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots failed to clinch a deal.In his briefing to the Council today, Mr. de Soto described the blueprint for a United Cyprus Republic as “inevitably a compromise.” While it does not meet all the demands of each side, “the Secretary-General believes it is a fair and balanced plan, and he hopes that, as they consider it, the people on each side will agree,” he added. In addition to outlining some of the final version’s provisions, Mr. de Soto said the Secretary-General would soon be submitting a proposal to the Council for a revised UN operation in Cyprus. The current UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) was set up in 1964 to prevent further fighting between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots and since 1974 has been supervising ceasefire lines, maintaining a buffer zone and undertaking humanitarian activities.Under the plan, the UN would supervise activities relating to the transfer of areas subject to territorial adjustment. The mandate of the UN operation would be strengthened “not only to provide for the assumption of territorial responsibility for agreed areas and time periods prior to transfer of territory, without prejudice to local administration of the population, but also to provide for the UN to monitor political developments and provide advice and good offices as required,” Mr. de Soto explained.He added that the Secretary-General hopes the Council will act before the referenda, conditional upon their approval of the plan.”For the people of Cyprus, the next month is the most critical in the last 30 years,” Mr. de Soto stressed. “They will have the democratic right to decide whether to reunite their country on the basis that has been suggested.””We hope they appreciate what a unique opportunity this is, and that they will seize the chance for a just and lasting peace in Cyprus.” read more

100 new jobs at Bentley as Crewe becomes W12 centre of excellence

Bentley’s W12 engine to bring 100 jobs to CreweToday, Bentley has announced that its Crewe headquarters will become a centre of excellence for all VW Group W12 engines. This move will see the UK manufacturer produce up to 9,000 W12 engines per year, exporting units for the first time in its history.To manage increased production demand, Bentley will employ a further 100 people in 2014 as part of the £800 million investment programme it announced last year.Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors, said, “This is an important step, not just for Bentley but also for the UK manufacturing sector. This W12 centre of excellence is recognition of the long standing engine manufacturing expertise we have that has resulted in performance improvements across the model ranges over recent years. The production of this advanced engine and its future generations will bring new technologies and skills to Crewe.”Bentley has also released the first image of its upcoming SUVBusiness Secretary Vince Cable said, “Our world-beating car industry employs 142,000 people in the UK and is worth £11.2 billion to our economy. With more than four out of every five cars made in the UK exported to the rest of the world, the news that Bentley will now export engines as well is another feather in their cap. The government’s Industrial Strategy is supporting world-class companies like Bentley to create highly skilled long-term jobs and promote exports.”As well as featuring in Bentley’s Continental GT and Flying Spur, the unique ‘W’ formation 12 cylinder can also be found in a number of luxury vehicles across the Volkswagen Group.Bentley has also released the first image of its new SUV, of which it hopes to sell 3,000 units when it goes on sale in 2016.The UK is currently home to six car engine manufacturers, that build more than 2.5 million engines each year. Government and industry’s Advanced Propulsion Centre, announced last year, aims to make the country a hub of powertrain innovation in the coming years.Click through for more facts and information on the UK automotive manufacturing industry.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ballot Screen les internautes choisissent leur navigateur

first_imgBallot Screen : les internautes choisissent leur navigateurEurope – Depuis la semaine dernière, certains internautes sont sollicités pour essayer d’autres navigateurs qu’Internet Explorer, suite à la contrainte imposée à Microsoft par l’Union européenne. Quelles sont les premières tendances ? Le “Ballot screen” voulu par l’Union européenne est en service depuis la semaine dernière. Cet écran propose à l’utilisateur de choisir, parmi les navigateurs Internet, celui qui lui correspondra le mieux. Une initiative permettant d’équilibrer davantage la concurrence sur un marché dominé par Internet Explorer (IE), loin devant Firefox. Cependant, ce dernier est le plus utilisé parmi les internautes les plus avertis, selon un récent sondage sur le Ballot screen mené auprès de 900.000 personnes. En deuxième position, on retrouve Chrome devant IE. Le navigateur de Mozilla est reconnu pour ses mises à jour régulières, qui en font un outil complet pour 65% des personnes interrogées. Mais les habitudes persistent : Internet Explorer peut se targuer d’être arrivé le premier et ainsi, d’avoir eu le temps de fidéliser un grand nombre d’internautes grâce à une ergonomie simplifiée. Au final, aucun des navigateurs ne ressort gagnant pour le moment. Le 2 mars 2010 à 13:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Chris Hughton urges Brighton to believe in victory against Man City

first_imgChris Hughton believes it’s essential that Brighton go into their FA Cup semi-final tie with Manchester City confident of victory.The Seagulls have been handed the least favourable opponents in today’s semi-final draw in City, who are chasing a historic quadruple this season.Although it’s fair to say that Brighton were fortunate to make it to this stage after going two goals down to Championship side Millwall in this afternoon’s quarter-final tie at The Den.But two goals in as many minutes from Jurgen Locadia and Solly March salvaged a 2-2 draw for Brighton before defeating Millwall 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out win.“All three other teams probably didn’t want to play Man City but at the moment we are so pleased to go through and if we don’t think we can win, then there is no point going into the tie,” Brighton boss Hughton told BBC.“We are up against one of the best sides in the country, but on the day, we have a chance and we will have to have everything go our way.”Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.The former Newcastle manager conceded Brighton were “fortunate” to progress to the last four of the FA Cup after not creating enough opportunities.“As soon as Solly [March] played the ball in, we were disappointed because he over hit it but sometimes you need those moments,” said Hughton.“We probably didn’t create enough of them but we had a bit of fortune to swing it our way.“We were confident in the penalty shoot-out, but when you miss the first one and they score, you think it may not be our day. But we showed enough with our remaining takers and I think we showed more over the 90 minutes.”Brighton will next take a trip to St Mary’s to meet Southampton in a Premier League match on March 30.LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 17: Brighton celebrate victory after the penalty shoot out during the FA Cup Quarter Final match between Millwall and Brighton and Hove Albion at The Den on March 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)last_img read more

One killed in Coxs Bazar gunfight

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationA person was killed in what the law enforcement called a gunfight with members of Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Monday, reports UNB.According to BGB, the deceased who could not be known yet was a drug trader.Md Faisal Hasan Khan, BGB commanding officer of Teknaf-2, said on information that a group of smugglers entering the country from Myanmar with a consignment of yaba a BGB team went to Hlila Jadimura border area on the bank of Naf river.Sensing their presence, the smugglers opened fire on the law enforcers forcing them to fire back in self defence, triggering a gunfight, he said.Later, a team of police led by Teknaf model police outpost sub-inspector Sujit recovered a bullet-hit body, 50,000 yaba pills, a locally made gun from the spot.The body was sent to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital for autopsy.last_img read more

Biblical guide marks 400 years since enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia

first_imgAdelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,Evicted sharecroppers along Highway 60 in New Madrid County, Mo., in January 1939. Photo by Arthur Rothstein/LOC/Creative CommonsWASHINGTON (RNS) — A Christian anti-hunger group has released a devotional guide to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Va.“Lament and Hope: A Pan-African Devotional Guide” was produced by Bread for the World and is set to be dedicated at a prayer service at a Washington church on Thursday (Feb. 28), the last day of Black History Month.The free guide addresses past and current issues of unequal access to land, housing and education. It begins with verses from the Bible’s Book of Lamentations that speak of homelessness and affliction and conclude with a proclamation of the “steadfast love of the Lord.”The Rev. Angelique Walker-Smith speaks at a Religious Freedom Center class for black theological students on Jan. 8, 2019, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks“We are saying that the history of people of African identity has been a legacy of spiritual resistance,” said the Rev. Angelique Walker-Smith, editor of the guide. “There’s been that resistance against the evils of enslavement and all the things that accompanied that.”The devotional has been released at the start of a year in which many activities commemorating the arrival of the first African captives in Jamestown are planned, including some by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s 400 Years of African-American History Commission that was established by an act of Congress and signed into law by President Trump in early January.Walker-Smith, senior associate for Pan-African and Orthodox Church relations at Bread for the World, said a delegation of young adults from across Africa plans to represent her organization in August at events planned in Jamestown, where people from the modern-day southwest African country of Angola were brought 400 years ago.Bread for the World’s 2019 Pan-African Devotional Guide. Image courtesy of Bread for the WorldBread for the World’s guide was produced to help readers answer questions about how to move from lamentation to hope, drawing on the example of African people who were forced into slavery and protested it, she said.“That spiritual resistance is actually a source of hope and still is a source of hope,” Walker-Smith said.The guide will be promoted through partnerships with global, African and American networks of churches. It features monthly entries written by current and former leaders of the Angola Council of Churches, the United Theological College of the West Indies and the Ecumenical Poverty Initiative.The dedication service and the guide itself will encourage participants to contemplate disparities that remain across the globe and determine ways to advocate to eliminate them, Walker-Smith said.“At the end of the service, there will be a call to action to say you have a role in this narrative, you have an opportunity to be a part of this legacy,” she said. “What are you doing and how can you further this sense of hope?” Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Load Comments,Jewish youth organization nabs $25 million gift to help empower young women Tags400 years Angelique Walker-Smith Black History Month Bread for the World devotional homepage featured Jamestown Pan-African slavery Virginia,You may also like Somali sheikh leads a seven-year campaign to end female genital mutilation Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Catholicism We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This! Share This! Share This! By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

Entrepreneur markets interfaith meats to combat surge in religious hate crimes

first_img News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Jonathan Harounoff Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NEW YORK (RNS)  — After the latest wave of attacks at places of worship, from Poway, to Sri Lanka, to New Zealand and Pittsburgh, Mohammad Modarres felt an added sense of urgency in his latest business venture, Abe’s Eats. Modarres, an Iranian-American entrepreneur, seeks to unite the Muslim and Jewish communities by producing meats that satisfy both faiths’ most stringent dietary laws. It is Modarres’ hope that his company will make the point that the Muslim and Jewish communities, often thought to be opposed, can find strength in combating rising bigotry and hate crimes.To ensure the meat reaches what is considered the gold standard of kashrut (Glatt kosher) and halal (Zabihah), the butchering process for Abe’s Eats is overseen by a Shokhet, or kosher slaughterer, alongside a Muslim equivalent who gives a prayer at the moment of sacrifice. Mohammad Modarres. Courtesy photoBefore Abe’s Eats, Modarres, a Muslim, founded Interfaith Ventures, a nonprofit that hosts Friday night interfaith dinners, known as Shabbat Salaam, nationwide for the past few years. The synagogue and mosque attacks are part of a sharp rise in anti-Semitic and Islamophobic hate crimes. A 2017 FBI report showed that in the United States hate crimes had increased for the third consecutive year, with an almost 23-percent spike in religion-based hate crimes and a 37-percent rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes alone. “When a more established immigrant community helps another one be better embraced in the larger American narrative, it means we all become stronger,” Modarres said at the close of a TED talk he gave last June about Abe’s Eats that was titled “How to build a more inclusive dinner table.” Modarres was quick to note that Abe’s Eats is not just a meat company. “We are using something as tangible as food to normalize our religious diversity and alleviate Jews and Muslims of hate crimes. Meat happens to be one of the more complex foods to produce under both Kosher and Halal dietary laws; so I started there.”“In these tumultuous times, if you can bridge gaps, rather than divide them, then that’s really important,” said James Chambers, executive director of Halal Food Standards Alliance of America, who added that he was intrigued by the concept of Abe’s Eats. But he stressed that production of halal and kosher meats are intricate processes and expressed concern that Abe’s Eats will not make interfaith understanding a priority over proper butchering.Over the past few years, Modarres has worked with mashgiachs (kosher supervisors), halal experts, imams, rabbis and sustainable farmers to create a product that he believes will promote inclusivity and bridge religious divides through the medium of food. “The idea stemmed from when I invited my Muslim and Jewish friends to Shabbat Salaam dinners in California two years ago in order to discuss how we were going to tackle the latest wave of religious bigotry,” said Modarres.“What I found fascinating was that even though we were coming together at these events to celebrate our commonalities, we still separated over our dietary habits.”In late 2017, Modarres organized an outdoor interfaith food gathering in Times Square, drawing 600 people who lit Shabbat candles and celebrated religious diversity. Its success inspired Modarres to produce high-quality religious foods that are not restricted to a single religious community.Hundreds gathered at Times Square for an interfaith Shabbat lighting ceremony in late 2017 to celebrate religious diversity. Photo courtesy of Abe’s EatsAbe’s Eats has a sound business model, too. With the kosher and halal food industry in the United States alone worth an estimated $38 billion, the two-in-one meat venture will be able to serve “multiple faith communities while allowing (strictly observant) Jews and Muslims to eat from the same plate,” according to Modarres.  Since 85 percent of kosher and halal foods are bought by Americans with no affiliation to Judaism or Islam, he said, the consumer-base potential is enormous for meat that is produced to high standards. “Demand is growing for sustainably sourced foods not found in factory farming,” said Modarres, which is why his venture promises 100 percent grass-fed, organic meat raised by American ranchers for environmentally conscious consumers. But Modarres is taking no chances and will launch a Kickstarter campaign this summer to help finance a marketing campaign and defray other expenses, using the hashtag ‘#UnityInDiversity,’ which Modarres says is designed to “show the world that behind the color of our skin and the stereotypes of our religious or cultural beliefs, there are dreams and passions that can resonate with everyone on a human level.”Modarres believes that support from Kickstarter will also go to prove that identifying with Islamic and Jewish communities can withstand the uptick in attacks on religious communities. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Jonathan Harounoff Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Catholicism By: Jonathan Harounoff A profitable ‘mismatch’ pairs strict Islamic islanders and partying Wester … Jonathan Harounoff,Load Comments,Vatican, Catholic colleges weigh-in on emerging AI ethics debate Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Share This! Jonathan Harounoff News Tagshalal homepage featured interfaith cooperation kosher,You may also likelast_img read more

Venture to Gauteng these holidays and enjoy the most romantic Jozi Daycation

first_imgMeet Dumi. Like so many of us, she’s had a long and difficult year, and the demands on her are ever increasing. Moreover, quality time with her partner, James, has been extremely difficult to come by. But with the festive season nearing, Dumi knows that a romantic day out is just what she needs to escape her everyday stresses and reignite the flame of their relationship.To help readers like Dumi and James create the perfect setting for their very own #Daycation love story, the sentimental (and always #SaferThanSafe) crew at Dunlop have asked us to put together a short list of romantic destinations in the City of Gold.A champagne breakfast at the Johannesburg Botanical GardenThe Rose Garden @ Johannesburg Botanical Garden. Image: NJR ZABeautiful gardens around the world have seen their fair share of first kisses, first loves, proposals, weddings, and many other blissful moments. In this regard, the Johannesburg Botanical Garden is no different, and it’s an ideal place for our couple to unpack a picnic basket and enjoy a relaxing champagne breakfast in simply gorgeous surrounds.A gentle trot through the plush hillsides of MuldersdriftThere’s no better way to explore our beautiful HighveldNext, we’d like to send our couple to the wonderfully green and expansive landscape of Muldersdrift. Whereas romantic horse-rides are usually pictured on a stretch of pristine beach, Gauteng’s gently rolling bushveld will certainly do the trick. If a guided tour on horseback doesn’t excite your imagination, the Hartbeespoort Dam and its much lauded Aerial Cableway are just a stone’s throw away.Hand-in-hand at the Top of AfricaThe night time view from the viewing deck. Image: Roger Gordan @flickr.comIncredible views of city skylines have long been considered an indispensable motif in romantic films. For our 3rd destination, Dumi and James have travelled into the heart of Jo’burg to experience the buzzing metropolis from an elevated perspective (and by fitting Dunlop tyres they arrived safe and sound). At 50 stories high, and towering above the cityscape below, the Carlton Centre’s glass-encased panoramic viewing deck is without peer on the African Continent. Dumi and James stand hand-in-hand, watching the sun set over an awe-inspiring African city.Dinner and a show – the Jozi wayImages: Adamina and CCFoodTravel @flickr.comIn the evening, our couple’s date night begins in earnest. Dumi and James are perfectly poised to enjoy a magical dinner and catch a movie in true Jozi style. The Maboneng Precinct is an absolute treat on a warm evening, and there are a variety of dazzlingly scrumptious dishes on offer – each of which would impress even the harshest of critics. At our last stop, we’re brought to the culturally vibrant Maboneng Bioscope. Loving the summer night, Dumi and James have opted for an open air screening, relaxing in each other’s arms under the city’s night sky after their best #Daycation yet. (Go ahead James – it’s definitely time for that kiss!)Be safe on your Jo’burg #DaycationWhat are your romantic #Daycation ideas? Wherever they may take you, be #SaferThanSafe on the roads these holidays with Dunlop’s Red Hot Rubber Sale. Alternatively, Request an Online Quote or visit your nearest Dunlop Zone.last_img read more