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A court here on Wednesday sentenced three members of a family, including an elderly couple, to life imprisonment in a dowry death case.Kendrapara Additional District and Sessions Judge Pragyan Panigrahi passed the order convicting the three persons to life imprisonment after finding them guilty of murdering Laxmi Mallik for dowry six years ago. They are the victim’s husband Sushant Mallik (35), father-in-law Agansti Mallik (67) and mother-in-law Mukta Mallik (60). The court also slapped a fine of ₹1,000 on each for destruction of evidence.
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A British Indian teenager was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Birmingham Crown Court on Jan.11 for buying a car bomb to kill his parents after they opposed his relationship with his girlfriend.Gurtej Singh Randhawa,19, from Wolverhampton, of Sikh Indian origin was found guilty of maliciously possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury in November 2017.Randhawa schemed to kill his parents as they opposed his relationship with his white girlfriend. The A-level student was arrested by the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) Armed Operations Unit.In May 2017, he received a package from a website called AlphaBay, which he found through the dark web, believing it to be a explosive device. However, the FBI had intercepted the delivery and replaced the package with a dummy. After the NCA observed that Randhawa was testing the device they arrested him.“Gurtej Randhawa attempted to purchase explosives which could have resulted in deaths or serious injuries had they been used. He denied he planned to use the explosives to cause injury but the CPS demonstrated to the jury that this was a lie and Randhawa was observed attempting to test his device before being arrested,” said Andy Young, from the Crown Prosecution Service International Justice and Organized Crime Division.He added that Randhawa had used the dark web in an attempt to avoid detection, however, he is now serving a significant prison sentence. Randhawa, later admitted to attempting to import a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED).The 19-year-old had accepted an offer from the Liverpool University to study medicine. “You are plainly highly intelligent and capable of determined manipulation. You told sustained lies to your girlfriend and her family about your own parents, particularly your father. I have no doubt that this offence was motivated by your desire to live with your girlfriend and attend university together,’ said Justice Cheema-Grubb, reported Daily Mail.She added that she was amazed at his audacity of how the major changes in his life wished for were to be achieved, and that included endangering the life of his father by setting off an explosion in his car. “This was an offence of astonishing audacity,” she noted.“You obtained the explosives, so you thought, having paid for the device using crypto-currency and arranged for its delivery to an address away from your own home,” she added. Related Items
Elizabeth Ann Wendell of Foton vs Darlene Ramdin and Mikaela Lopez of Generika-AyalaLindsay Stalzer picked up where she left off, powering Petron to a 25-21, 18-25, 25-17, 25-20 win over Sta. Lucia at the start of the 2018 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Saturday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Stalzer fired 30 points with six service aces and two blocks for Petron, which got its bid to regain the crown going.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Shin thwarts Tabuena rally, snags TCC Invitational title Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference PLAY LIST 03:27Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference02:525 years since last Finals clash, different San Miguel, Magnolia cross paths00:27PSL: Foton ousts no. 1 Philips Gold01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Foton also welcomed its new head coach Rommel Abella the best way it can.Banking on its newly formed big three of Brooke Kranda, Elizabeth Wendel and Dindin Santiago-Manabat, the Tornadoes beat Generika-Ayala, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16, 25-22, in the first game. —MARK GIONGCO, INQUIRER.NETFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ
The turning point in England versus the Netherlands World Cup match has to be England skipper Andrew Strauss’s fine batting. He no only put a fast paced 88 on board but also forged a 105-run first wicket partnership with Kevin Pietersen.It was that partnership that eventually took the game away from the Dutch despite Ryan ten Doeschate scoring a career-best 119 and scalping two English wicket on the day.Man-of-the-MatchThough The Netherlands lost the games but Ryan ten Doeschate earned the Man-of-the-Match award for his all round impressive performance. Apart from score 119 on the day he even claimed important wickets of Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell.
Margao, May 14 (PTI) Sporting Clube de Goa will look to capitalise on the home advantage when they face Aizawl FC in the second leg of the Federation Cup football semifinals at Nehru Stadium here tomorrow. Both the teams failed to score any goal in the first leg as the semifinals in Aizawl. Aizawl FC, who got relegated from the I-League, have been playing well in the Federation Cup and have upset I-League champions Bengaluru FC twice to reach the semi-finals and would be looking for nothing but a win tomorrow. Aizawl coach Jahar Das conceded that his side committed a mistake by playing defensive in the first leg at home. “Our team failed to capitalize the home advantage. It was our mistake to play defensive game in the first half as we could not get the early result. It was only in the second half that we went offensive and put the pressure against Sporting,” he said. “In the end, we could not score. We have the advantage as we have not conceded a goal at home. Tomorrow, we will try to play attacking game and score early goal which will put the pressure on the home side. The boys know the situation and only a win can take us to the finals. They are all prepared against Sporting tomorrow,” stated Das. Asked how the team was playing so well after they got relegated from the I-League, Das blamed the previous foreign coach for not playing a defensive game, which he said was important for the team not to lose points. “The earlier coach adopted attacking style without guarding our defence which saw our team losing matches in the beginning. Its only after I took over that we tried to adopt defensive game. We collected points but it was too late,” he said. Joel Sunday has been in-form upfront and Aizawl FC will be banking on him for an early lead. Sporting coach Mateus Costa acknowledged that tomorrows match is a do or die battle for both the teams “With all the players fit except Rowllin Borges, we will go all out for a win and try to put early pressure to fetch an early goal. It is going to be a tough match as our rival are playing well and we should put cent per cent effort if we are to come out victors,” stated Costa Sporting will be without their in-form midfielder Rowllin Borges due to injury he suffered in the last match against Aizawl. PTI MCS PDS PDSadvertisement
Also known as the Tiger Woods of Bengal, Mohammad Siddikur Rahman has become the first Bangladeshi professional golfer to qualify for the Olympics 2016 to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the final eligibility rankings, Rahman finished at 56th rank. As per reports, Bangladesh has been granted four wild card spots alongside swimmers Mahfizur Rahman Sagor and Sonia Akter Tumpa, archers Shyamoly Roy and shooter Abdullahel Baki to represent the country in the games.Here is all you need to know about the first Bangladeshi who has qualified the Olympics:As an unpaid golfer, Mohammad Siddikur Rahman won a total number of 12 golf events in AsiaHe is known to have won five times in Bangladesh, twice in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and once in IndiaHe started playing professionally in the year 2005 and participated in the Professional Golf Tour of India in the year 2006His first win was in 2008 in the PGTI Players Championship at Poona Golf Club and second just two months afterHis 3rd win was in 2009 at the Global Green Bangalore Open and 4th in the year 2010 at the American Express Bangladesh OpenAfter he finished in the top 40 ranks at qualifying school, Siddikur joined the Asian Tour in 2009On the Order of Merit for the 2009 season, he finished at the 84th rankHe has won two Asian tours namely Brunei Open and Hero Indian Open and has also won one Asian Development Tour Grameenphone Bangladesh MastersThis is for the first time in 112 years that Golf has been featuring at the Olympics.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
TALLAHASSEE, FL – SEPTEMBER 07: FA-18 fighter jets do a missing man fly-over to honor FSU graduate and U.S. Navy pilot Scott Speicher who was shot down in the first Gulf War during pre-game ceremonies as the Miami Hurricanes prepare to take on the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)A major head coach is accusing his opponent of faking injuries during a game that occurred Week 1.Willie Taggart, whose Florida State team got blown out by Virginia Tech on Monday night, is accusing the Hokies’ defense of faking injuries to slow down his offense.The Seminoles are running a new uptempo offense, similar to what Oregon runs, and they don’t take a ton of time in between plays.Taggart says Virginia Tech’s defensive players were faking injuries to slow it down.From richmond.com:Florida State football coach Willie Taggart believes Virginia Tech defenders faked injuries to slow down his offense during Monday night’s season opener between the two teams.“It happened too often so it’s hard not to,” Taggart said Wednesday during the ACC’s coaches teleconference. “It happened too often.”Virginia Tech beat Florida State 24-3 on Monday night in the debut of Taggart – and his uptempo offense – with the Seminoles. The Hokies defense dominated the game but after a few longer plays by FSU, Tech defenders were down on the field with injuries.Faking injuries has happened plenty of times before when it comes to trying to slow down offenses.Still, when you’re saying it after your team got blown out, it comes across as a little petty.
You had a rather unconventional debut with Love Sonia. Was it a conscious decision to foray into a more commercial space with subsequent films such as Super 30 and Batla House? I just wanted to learn. The situation was such that Love Sonia took a while to release after we finished shooting. Nobody knew what I had done. Nobody knew Love Sonia; nobody knew that I was playing Sonia. There was a phase when I still had to work on myself, look for projects and test for them. Super 30 was one of them. It was a conscious decision to choose a typical Bollywood film. I am such a workaholic that I wanted to be part of a good project where I could learn something. Super 30 has such an amazing story. It is an inspiring story of Mr Anand Kumar and his journey. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Going back to your first film, you played the titular character. Super 30 and Batla House are male-centric films. What was it about your characters in these films that made you to take them up? Like I said, I came aboard Super 30 because I wanted to utilise the time before Love Sonia released. I didn’t want to sit idle, I wanted to be part of films that would have an impact on the audience. Hence, Super 30. Coming to Batla House, a lot of my family members are in the police department. I’ve seen things very closely and I know what a cop goes through when he has duties. They can’t give excuses. Irrespective of whether it’s raining or there are floods, they have to just go and do their duty. Inspite of being at their best, they get criticised for a lot of issues. I could relate to Batla House. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna So far, we have seen you in emotionally intense roles. Will we see you in a light-hearted film anytime soon? I would love to! There are so many directors who are doing such amazing work. After Love Sonia, what was in my head was I really wanted to play a character with a great sense of humour. I wanted to do comedy films where I could explore my comic timing. To be very honest, as an actor and performer, I think intense scenes are very easy. You just need to think of something which is not happy and you can just enact that. When it comes to comedy, it is a combination of everything. The first thing is timing; it is about how alert you are. It should not look onscreen that I’m trying too hard; it should look effortless. To make someone laugh is difficult. You can cry and make others cry with you when you share your stories. But comedy is something that’s really difficult and I want to be part of a film where I can do comedy. Mrunal, you are a self-confessed Hrithik fan. When you were before the camera with him, sharing the same frame, how did you separate the fan in you from the co-actor? Trust me, it was very difficult! Thank God, I wasn’t part of any workshop or any of the look-test that Hrithik did else I would’ve lost my focus. I straightaway saw him on the set. I met him on the first day. The first scene that we had together was the Ganga ghat scene. I was sitting there waiting for him to arrive. When he arrived, I was smitten. It was difficult but he made me feel very comfortable. I’m so happy to share screen space with him. If you are an actor today, there are other things that come along with it. There’s social media, there are airport looks, there is the paparazzi following you everywhere. How do you perceive these things? Of course, it’s pressure! Sometimes I used to look at Janhvi (Kapoor) and Sara (Ali Khan) and I used to feel so happy that there’s no media around me. During the day one and day two promotions of Super 30, I was very nervous. Hrithik helped me. He said to me, ‘Let’s begin with left, then move to centre and finally right. Once you are done with your 180 degrees, look at the photographers who are calling your name and pose for them.’ Then things got easy. You are all set to play Sivagami in Baahubali: Before The Beginning. Any update on that? I don’t think I can talk much about it. It’s an iconic character and I’m very excited to play Sivagami in Baahubali: Before The Beginning. Is there any pressure of living up to Ramya Krishnan who played Sivagami in the Baahubali film series? There’s no pressure but internally, I sometimes feel responsible because a lot of people have connected to that character. They have high hopes from me as well. I hope I can match up to the benchmark that Ramya has set for the audience. She was impeccable and so expressive. Do you have a dream director that you would really want to work with? There are so many! I’m a big Marvel fan. When Avengers: Endgame was about to release, everyone was talking about Marvel and Robert Downey Jr. And I was wondering who he is! I used to feel like Marvel films are not for girls. Now I want to be part of the Marvel (Cinematic) Universe and the whole sci-fi world and wear those outfits and be like Iron Man and Wonder Woman! The very thought ignites me. Among Indian directors, I would really want to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali sir. The way he shoots, his characters, his vision are impeccable. Recently, I re-watched Black. It has immense repeat value. Jab We Met and Tamasha are two of my favourite films. So I want to work with Imtiaz Ali for sure. Then there is Zoya Akhtar. Gully Boy was so good.
MELFORT, Sask. – A judge who sent a truck driver to prison on Monday for speeding through a construction zone and killing three teenagers said no sentence can relieve the overwhelming pain felt by their families.Normand Lavoie received three years for each of the deaths he caused in May 2015 when his semi rear-ended the car the teens were in on their way home from football camp. He also was sentenced to a year for seriously injuring a flag worker.The sentences are to be served concurrently.“There is no remedy for the total destruction caused as a result of Normand Lavoie’s inattention, for whatever reason, as he drove his huge semi-trailer through the construction zone on that fateful day over two years ago,” Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Mona Dovell said.“There is really nothing that the court can do to remedy what has happened. It cannot be remedied.”Dovell said she was very much aware of the families’ pain.“But as we all know the one thing all of you really want — being the return of Carter, Kristian and Justin — just cannot happen.”Carter Stevenson, 17, Kristian Skalicky, 15, and Justin Gaja, 14, were heading home when their car stopped behind a pickup truck in a construction zone near Spalding, Sask.Both vehicles had been stopped by flag person Samuel Fetherston.In an agreed statement, court heard that Lavoie’s semi hit the teens’ car and the impact smashed it into a pickup truck. The truck was pushed across the road, where it struck Fetherston.The three teens from Carrot River, Sask., all died upon impact. Fetherston is still recovering from his injuries.Lavoie said he was tired and on “auto pilot” because of the flat Saskatchewan landscape.He also said he didn’t recall seeing six signs about the upcoming construction zone and warning drivers to slow down. The semi was travelling at a minimum of 84 km/h, court heard.“You’re keeping the thing on the road,” Lavoie told an RCMP officer after the crash. “You’re just kind of in la la land. Basically I’m there behind the wheel, but I’m not.”Lavoie, who is 41 and from Winnipeg, pleaded guilty in May to three counts of dangerous driving causing death and one count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.He won’t be allowed to drive for five years after he’s released from prison.Lavoie, a married father of three, admitted that he was tired that day, but was adamant that he had not fallen asleep. After the crash, he was diagnosed with sleep apnea and post-traumatic stress disorder. He also said he had contemplated suicide.Dovell noted that alcohol was not a factor, that Lavoie was a low risk to reoffend and that he’s “extremely remorseful for the catastrophic situation he has caused as a result of his unexplained inattentiveness.”Court also learned last month that Lavoie’s mother and grandmother were killed in a truck-driving crash when he was 18 and he had used their deaths as motivation to become a safe truck driver.At his sentencing hearing in August, Lavoie said he had “failed catastrophically” in that goal.“Your boys, from what I heard, were wonderful boys, and there’s not a day that goes by that doesn’t hurt me,” he said. “Every night I spend, I can barely sleep at night. And all I think of, all I see was that accident.”The families declined to comment on the sentence. However, they gave emotional victim impact statements to the court in August.Justin’s mother, Crystal Gaja, said she still stands at her kitchen window and watches for her son to come home for lunch.“Losing my son is not a wound that time heals. It is a life sentence,” she said.“The day that I now look forward to is the day that I take my last breath here on Earth. Because that will be the only day that all the pain, tears, sadness and sorrow will finally be gone, forever.”
TORONTO — Cases of influenza are continuing to ramp up across the country, with kids and teens bearing much of the brunt of the dreaded winter bug, say infectious diseases experts, predicting that the peak of the annual sneezing-coughing-feeling-miserable season is likely still several weeks away. This year’s flu season has a far different profile than last year’s: it began earlier and the predominant circulating A strain is H1N1, the viral type that caused the pandemic in 2009-2010 but hasn’t made much of an appearance for the last few years.Those previous seasons were dominated by H3N2, an influenza A strain that is particularly hard on older adults and which typically carries a higher risk of complications like pneumonia that can lead to hospitalization or death, said Dr. Danuta Skowronski, epidemiology lead of influenza and emerging respiratory pathogens at the BC Centre for Disease Control.In contrast, H1N1 tends to target children and younger adults more than seniors — and flu-trackers like Skowronski say this season is no exception.“This year in particular, we have expected that children under 19 years of age and non-elderly adults will be disproportionately affected … children because they are less likely to have protection (built-in immunity) from prior epidemics of H1N1.”Indeed, the BCCDC’s surveillance of lab-confirmed cases of flu show that about one-third of all H1N1 detections so far this season have been in children nine years of age or younger, even though kids in that age range make up just 20 per cent of the province’s population.While H1N1-predominant seasons tend to be milder overall at the population level compared to those characterized primarily by H3N2, individuals who get hit with either strain won’t detect much of a difference — both bring on fever, cough, general malaise and achy muscles and joints, she said from Vancouver.“It’s a different season, different profile. I think this year we can anticipate that emergency rooms, out-patient visits will be greater because younger people are being affected by H1N1, but the overall impact of serious outcomes should be less this year compared to the last couple of seasons.”As of Dec. 29, the most recent data available from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows there were 13,796 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases across the country, with the provinces and territories reporting 1,046 hospitalizations and 24 deaths. Most cases occurred in people under age 65.Last season at that point, 11,275 cases of lab-confirmed flu had been reported.Since September, PHAC says 414 children under age 16 have been hospitalized for flu, with the highest estimated rate of admission among kids under five years of age. That’s more than double the 195 logged during the same period in 2017.Seventy-one of those kids had to be admitted to the ICU. At least one death has been documented by the network of 12 pediatric hospitals across the country that reports to PHAC, but for privacy reasons the agency does not release the exact number, saying only that there have been fewer than five. However, these figures reflect only cases in which testing was performed; many more people who come down with the flu don’t seek medical assistance and therefore aren’t tested. That applies to data collected on both adults and children. Ontario got off to slower start to the season compared to Alberta, for instance, which began getting hit with the respiratory illness in late October, early November.“We’re really just now getting into our flu season,” said Dr. Michelle Murti of Public Health Ontario, noting that the proportion of tests on people with respiratory bugs that came back positive for influenza had doubled to 16 per cent in the week ending Dec. 29, compared to eight per cent the week before.“So we’re probably on track to coming up to more of our peak activity in the next couple of weeks or so.”New Brunswick’s peak might come somewhat sooner, as cases there began spreading in late November. Typically, the Atlantic province begins seeing a surge of flu in late December, following the close-quarters socializing of the Christmas holidays when the virus finds lots of hosts to infect. As of Dec. 29, New Brunswick had 579 lab-confirmed cases, 577 of them influenza A and two of influenza B. Of those, 71 people were hospitalized, 15 were admitted to the ICU and there were three deaths.“What I can tell you is that the people who have been hospitalized and the deaths that were associated with the flu this year are people who have not been immunized, a majority of them have not been immunized,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health for New Brunswick.While last season’s vaccine turned out to be a poor match for the circulating strains — especially for the prevailing H3N2 type — the 2018-2019 flu shot is expected to be far more effective in preventing the infectious disease.Traditionally, the H1N1 component is better at halting the spread of that strain of the virus, compared to H3N2, which has a greater propensity to genetically mutate, often in the manufacturing process. “So there is no reason why people should not get the flu shot this year. It’s the best protection that we have to give people against the flu,” said Russell, adding that children and adolescents, adults with underlying lung or heart conditions and the elderly should make sure they are immunized.That also goes for healthy adults who are in close contact with people in those groups or with babies under six months of age who are too young to be inoculated against influenza, she said.“So we would like everybody who’s eligible to get the vaccine,” said Russell, noting that it takes about two weeks for antibodies induced by the shot to come into full effect.“It’s not too late.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press
Six days before D-Day, Max Meisels and his fellow Jewish soldiers got an order from their commanding officer.“If the Germans catch you, you’re dead,” the officer told them. “You have 10 minutes. Go to the telephone book and get a new name.”Meisels emerged from that meeting as Martin Maxwell, the name he carried throughout his time in the British army and bears to this day.Maxwell went on to play a key role in the early hours of D-Day, the opening salvo of the bloody Allied invasion that ultimately led to the defeat of the German army.At the time, Maxwell felt he had helped strike a decisive blow against the rabid anti-Semitism that fuelled Adolf Hitler’s rise and led to the killings of millions of Jews, including his own relatives.But today, as hate crimes against Jews surge dramatically in Canada and around the world, the longtime Toronto resident and decorated veteran isn’t so sure.“I feel like I’m reliving the 1930s,” Maxwell, 95, said in an interview. “The rise of anti-Semitism is something unbelievable.”Orphaned at a young age, Maxwell watched with despair as the Jewish-run orphanages in Vienna that housed him and his siblings were closed in the wake of Germany’s 1938 annexation of Austria. He endured the sight of relatives being rounded up by German officers, never to be heard from again.When he secured passage to England through a program that rescued nearly 10,000 children from Nazi-occupied countries, he eagerly waited until he was old enough to join the British military.He was closer to the action than most when D-Day dawned, having flown in with a group of fellow glider pilots under cover of darkness in a stealth mission to destroy one of the bridges German troops relied upon to bring them reinforcements in the looming battle.Their goal, he said, was to secure the bridge ahead of the main assault and to do so in relative silence so as not to warn enemy soldiers of the pending attack.“We were towed by a plane on a rope, and when you think you have your target, you cut the rope and you fly,” he said. “The glider can only go down, but not up.”Once there, Maxwell and his peers were told to avoid the racket of gunfire and rely on bayonets and knives to slay German soldiers.The harrowing scenes he witnessed in the ensuing days lingered long after the Nazis were defeated. The image of one fallen Allied soldier, he said, remains particularly vivid.“His helmet had fallen off, he had red hair, and he looked like he was asleep except with a bullet hole through his head,” Maxwell said. “And I thought, ‘in years to come, will anybody remember what you did so that we could live in freedom?’”Recent international headlines make Maxwell suspect the answer is no, and Canadian data validate his fears.Statistics Canada documented a 47 per cent rise in police-reported hate crimes between 2016 and 2017, with incidents involving Jews surging 63 per cent and coming second only to the 151 per cent spike in attacks against Muslims.A report on anti-Semitic incidents in 2018 prepared by the League for Human Rights, the advocacy arm of B’nai Brith Canada, documented a 16.5 per cent increase over levels recorded in 2017. The report also noted anti-Semitic incidents had climbed steadily for the past three years and have reached levels not seen since 1982.Barbara Perry, director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism at Ontario Tech University, said the pervasive nature of anti-Semitism is part of its unique complexity.Unlike some ideologies that flourish only in isolated social groups, Perry said anti-Jewish sentiment can be found across the political spectrum. Hatred and distrust of Jews underpins everything from overt white nationalism to conspiracy theories blaming Jews for economic woes and social inequality, she added.“Jews are relatively privileged in terms of their relationship to the cultural and economic and political elite, yet they still are subject to a whole array of very old, outdated stereotypes as well as new ones,” Perry said, “But then, of course, that very closeness…with the corridors of power further feeds that mythology.”Alex Polowin, a former Able Seaman with the Royal Canadian Navy, said he’s keenly aware of the increasingly hostile climate.He, too, was motivated to join up after Nazis killed his relatives in his birth country of Lithuania.Like Maxwell, Polowin felt he and his fellow seamen serving aboard the HMCS Huron shaped history when they helped beat back the remnants of Germany’s naval fleet during the D-Day campaign.“We put them all out of commission, and there was no more Nazi ships in the English Channel,” Polowin said. “Had those ships gotten in, they could have killed numerous Canadian troops that were landing. We prevented that, and I feel very good about it.”Polowin, 94, said those positive feelings have become more checkered in recent years as a growing number of news headlines illustrate that crushing the Nazis did not defeat anti-Semitism.He said he’s now constantly mindful of anti-Jewish sentiment and takes pains to avoid situations where he feels his safety may be at risk.Both he and Maxwell share their wartime recollections with the Memory Project Speakers Bureau in a bid to ensure their efforts were not wasted.Yet Maxwell keeps tracking the rising tide of anti-Semitism through current events at home and abroad, including two deadly shootings at synagogues in Pittsburgh and southern California.The 19-year-old man charged in the California case, according to U.S. authorities, was fuelled by powerful hatred toward both Jews and Muslims and took inspiration from other recent fatal shootings at synagogues and mosques alike.Maxwell has watched the rise of religious violence with deepening chagrin, quoting a frequent epitaph on the graves of soldiers proclaiming that they sacrificed their todays for survivors’ tomorrows.“If these young men would get up today and look at the world and what is happening, not only against the Jews — mosques are being attacked, churches are attacked — they would say ‘what the hell have you done with the tomorrows we gave you?’”Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press
Actors Jack Huston and John Boyega accepted a grant on behalf of Exceptional Minds during the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s (HFPA) annual Grants Banquet held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, last night.The HFPA, which annually hands out the Golden Globe awards, presented more than $2 million in donations to non-profit entertainment-related organizations such as Exceptional Minds, the industry’s cutting-edge school for young adults with autism pursuing careers in visual effects and related fields.“It is personally gratifying to be part of an industry that shows such acceptance and support for these unique individuals, many of whom are being recognized for their talents for the first time in their lives,” said Yudi Bennett, co-founder and Director of Operations for Exceptional Minds, located in Sherman Oaks, Calif.The $15,000 HFPA grant will fund new computer technology for Exceptional Minds’ working studio that is providing jobs and experience for the school’s graduates. Exceptional Minds Studio has a close working relationship with the visual effects industry and is well-known for its visual effects and title work on movies such as “Ant-Man,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” and “American Hustle.”Currently, the majority of the nation’s 3.5 million people with autism are unemployed or underemployed, according to government statistics. More than 500,000 U.S. children impacted by autism will enter adulthood during this decade, with one in 68 children to follow.Over the years, the HFPA Grants Banquet has evolved into almost a mini-Globes with its own red carpet arrivals and a roster of high profile stars showing up to accept not statuettes but sizable checks from the HFPA on behalf of a wide range of organizations. The HFPA has committed more than $23.9 million in grants, handed out over 1,000 scholarships and restored more than 90 films. Among this year’s notables were Lady Gaga, Jake Gyllenhaal, Andrew Garfield, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Elizabeth Banks and Jane Fonda.Exceptional Minds is the only vocational school and working studio to prepare and successfully place young men and women with autism in careers in the fields of animation and visual effects.
Shimla: Faced with a piquant situation at home after his son Ashray Sharma and father Sukh Ram, former telecom minister joined the Congress ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, minister for power Anil Sharma is set to lose his cabinet post.”I don’t know why they did so. I have been trying to convince them against this (decision). There is no other option but to resign on moral grounds by post now,” said Anil Sharma when contacted during the day. Sharma said he has already briefed Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and also conveyed his helplessness to dissuade the duo from joining the Congress. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Anil Sharma had also defected from the Congress in 2017 when he was a cabinet minister. He joined the BJP, which also gave him a ticket from Mandi assembly constituency. He defeated Chamba Thakur, daughter of then cabinet minister Kaul Singh Thakur. Jai Ram Thakur inducted Anil Sharma as minister for power and multi-purpose projects. However now, it was the turn of his son to turn to the Congress after his demand for a BJP ticket from Mandi parliamentary constituency was not conceded by the party. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe BJP has fielded Ram Swaroop Sharma, a sitting MP from Mandi – which is also a native district of Jai Ram Thakur. Annoyed over the BJP shutting the doors at him, Sukh Ram established contacts with Rahul Gandhi and expressed his desire to return to the Congress since he was already 92 years, and had a wish to launch political career of his grandson Ashray Sharma, elder brother of Aayush Sharma, who married film star Salman Khan’s sister Aaprita. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, when contacted, said Pandit Sukh Ram was not a member of the BJP and his return to the Congress was his personal matter. “Ashray Sharma had been lobbying of a BJP ticket for Lok Sabha but he too had never taken membership of the BJP. The party’s prospects for the Lok Sabha polls will not get affected in any manner,” he said admitting that Anil Sharma did indeed meet him on Monday morning to inform that Ashray Sharma and Pt Sukh Ram have decided to join the Congress. During the day, both Sukh Ram and Ashray Sharma had reached Congress headquarters where they joined the Congress in presence of AICC in-charge Rajni Patil, PCC president Kuldeep Rathore and CLP leader Mukesh Agnihotri. Later in the evening, the Congress insiders said Ashray Sharma’s ticket for Mandi has been cleared, though a formal announcement will follow on March 30. There are reports that the party wanted former CM Virbhadra Singh to fight from Mandi Lok Sabha which he had won in 2009 and became a minister in UPA-II. But he refused to contest and even his son Vikramaditya Singh, a Congress MLA, was also not prepared. The Congress found an opportunity to give a jolt to the ruling BJP. Sukh Ram was expelled from the Congress in 1996 after CBI raids and his arrest in telecom scam when Narasimha Rao was Prime Minister. He later joined the BJP-led coalition government in 1998. Yet, he had to quit the cabinet post after a CBI court framed charges against him. He returned to the Congress in 2003-2004 but again went back to the BJP in 2017 before assembly polls, alleging humiliations in the hands of Virbhadra Singh. This is s second time he is back but with a motive to launch the political career of his grandson.
Rabat – Habib El Malki, president of the House of Representative, sparked the ire of the government after he announced in an official communique the removal of visa requirements for Moroccans willing to enter Qatar. Malki’s announcement was based on unsubstantiated statements made by Qatari minister of interior Sheikh Abdallah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani.According to an unnamed government official cited by news website Hespress, El Malki has allegedly “overstepped his executive privileges” by announcing such news, especially that soon after, the Qatari ministries of interior and tourism refuted such allegations, “which put the Moroccan government in an embarrassing position.” “Such news cannot be announced unless they are official,” explained the source to Hespress, adding that “Maliki has put himself and the Kingdom of Morocco in an embarrassing position.”During the official inauguration ceremony of Hamad Port held on September 5, in Qatar, it was alleged that Qatari official informed El Malki and Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry that Qatar had decided to remove the visa requirement for Moroccans desiring to visit the Gulf country.However, the Qatari ministries refuted the news on September 10. Instead, Doha announced new measures for Moroccans and Algerians to facilitate procedures for visitors from both countries to come to Qatar.The Qatari Ministry of Interior and the Tourism Authority (QTA) explained in a statement that Moroccans and Algerians wishing to visit the country “will be issued visa-on-arrival” in Qatar on the condition they hold valid residence permits.The other option national of both countries will be granted visas is to have visas from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Schengen countries or the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).The new measure is due to take effected on September 15, 2017. Eligible visitors from both North African countries will have to fill an online application on www.qatarvisaservice.com 48 hours before travelling to Qatar in order to obtain Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA).
The five-day meeting is also likely to discuss the ways in which the convention will cooperate with the UN, its various agencies and other international organizations as it tries to help the millions of migrant workers around the world. The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families came into force on 1 July last year and has now been ratified by 25 countries. It aims to establish a set of binding standards for the treatment and human rights of migrant workers and work to end their exploitation. The UN estimates that 150 million migrants – including migrant workers, refugees, asylum-seekers and permanent immigrants – live and work in a country other than that of their birth or citizenship. The Convention’s Committee – which will today elect a chairperson, vice-chairperson and rapporteur – was set up to monitor States parties’ compliance with their obligations under the treaty. The nations that have ratified or acceded to the treaty so far are: Azerbaijan, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Timor Leste, Uganda and Uruguay.
by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Nov 29, 2016 7:04 am MDT Last Updated Nov 29, 2016 at 10:46 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this June 9, 2015, file photo, a sold sign is displayed in the yard of a newly-built home in the Briar Chapel community in Chapel Hill, N.C. On Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, the Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index is released for September 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, FIle) US home prices surpass pre-recession peak amid healthy sales WASHINGTON – U.S. home prices have fully recovered from their steep plunge during the housing bust and Great Recession, according to a private measure.The Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index , released Tuesday, is slightly above the peak it set in July 2006, after rising 5.5 per cent in September from a year earlier. The milestone comes after more than four years of steady gains.Still, prices have not fully recovered in many cities and other gauges show that home prices remain below their peaks.Steady job gains and low mortgage rates have encouraged more Americans to buy homes. Yet the supply of available properties has dwindled, setting off bidding wars and pushing up prices at a rapid pace.Seattle, Portland and Denver reported the largest annual gains in September for the eighth straight month.“The new peak set by the S&P Case-Shiller CoreLogic national index will be seen as marking a shift from the housing recovery to the hoped-for start of a new advance,” David Blitzer, managing director at S&P Dow Jones Indices, said.The ongoing recovery in home prices shores up Americans’ household wealth and should provide more homeowners the incentive to sell. The number of homes for sale is low partly because many families have little equity in their homes and would benefit little from a sale. Rising home values help counter that trend.Yet many cities remain far below their pre-recession peaks, Blitzer said, including those that have seen large gains since the downturn, such as Miami, Tampa, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.And other analysts caution that imbalances remain in the housing market.“Inadequate supply of homes available to buy — especially at the entry-level end of the market — remains a huge problem,” Svenja Gudell, chief economist for real estate data provider Zillow, said.And after adjusting for inflation, prices remain about 20 per cent below their peak, according to Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at Trulia, a home buying website.“It’s good news for homeowners,” McLaughlin says, “but not so great news for homebuyers who have seen prices outpace incomes for most of the housing market recovery.”Since the real estate market began recovering in 2012, prices have grown much faster than Americans’ incomes. That has made it difficult for many would-be buyers, particularly younger Americans, to take advantage of low mortgage rates.Home prices have increased at a 5.9 per cent annual rate, adjusted for inflation, S&P says. Yet Americans’ after-tax incomes have increased just 1.3 per cent during that time.Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for Realtor.com, said that many buyers who were unable to find homes during the summer buying season continued searching in the fall, pushing up demand at a time when it typically drops off.“This was a very strong off-season compared to normal,” he said.Mortgage rates have risen about a half-percentage point since the presidential election, to nearly 4 per cent. That is still very low by historical standards, but could slow home sales in the coming months.According to the S&P Case Shiller national home price index, home prices plummeted 27.4 per cent from a peak reached in July 2006 through February 2012. They have since recovered that loss and are now 0.1 per cent above the previous peak.S&P Case-Shiller issues several home price measures, including a composite index of 20 large cities. That measure remains 7 per cent below its housing bubble peak.Most other measures of the housing market point to a solid recovery. Sales of existing homes rose to the fastest pace in nearly a decade in October. And developers broke ground on the most new homes in nine years last month. Sales of new homes slowed in October from the previous month, but are up a solid 12.7 per cent in the first 10 months of this year compared to the same period in 2015.___Contact Chris Rugaber on Twitter at: http://Twitter.com/ChrisRugaber
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice Force rolls out US$2.6M fleet of vehiclesDecember 5, 2017In “Local News”Seawall shooting: Investigation into killings launched- PresidentMarch 28, 2018In “Crime”Relatives of Curt Burke maintain he was murderedFebruary 3, 2016In “Crime” Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan stands in solidarity with the statements by the Acting Police Commissioner, David Ramnarine- and by extension, the Guyana Police Force (GPF)- as it relates to the shooting incident on the Kingston Seawalls on March 15, 2018, which led to the death of three alleged bandits. Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan“I am on the side of the Police Commissioner. I believe his version and what transpired is the truthful version,” he told reporters during an interview at the sidelines of an event on Wednesday. Probed to explain the grounds on which he was backing the GPF’s version of events which led to the death of 46-year old Dextroy “Dutty” Cordis of Grove, East Bank Demerara, Kwame Assanah of Buxton, East Coast Demerara and 57-year old Errol “Dynamite” Adams of Dartmouth, Essequibo Coast and Buxton, East Coast Demerara, without a Coroner’s inquest being conducted Ramjattan said “their credibility and reliability.”He also posited that backing the GPF was “what you [Government] normally do.”“… any good responsible government will attach some credibility and reliability to the police investigators and that’s how it is. That’s the routine thing unless there is something so badly done or so egregious that you are going to question the police immediately… I don’t want us to start demoralising our policemen because there is an extraordinarily negative that can happen and I am going to support my policemen until such time as they have been proven to have done something wrong” the Public Security Minister explained. Reporters were also told that following the receipt of three eyewitness statements from Attorney, Nigel Hughes, which reportedly contradicts that of the GPF’s, the matter will be forwarded to the Department of Public Prosecutions and then it is likely that a Coroner’s inquest will be ordered.On the day of the incident, the GPF in a statement said that the three alleged bandits were shot after they were trailed by police as they were following a customer who had just withdrawn a sum of cash from a city bank. However, one week after, a self proclaimed eyewitness identified as Devon Lyte, claimed, in the presence of his attorney, Hughes that the police version of the story was incorrect. He said that he was working on the roof of the Softball Association of Guyana’s ground on Carifesta Avenue when he observed police ambushing the three men, beating on of them, and then executing them at close range. Acting Commissioner Ramnarine in a subsequent conference said that the ‘eyewitness’ was never on the roof of the Guyana Softball Association on Carifesta Avenue, as he claimed, since they were in possession of statements from the Contractor, one from the Sub-Contractor and one from the Security Supervisor stating otherwise.Moreover, since then, police have called for Lyte to be interrogated by investigators. This has not happened.
Greek ship owners are investing in the building of 29 new liquified natural gas (LNG) carriers proving to carry Australian exports of this natural gas. Australia is currently the world’s fourth largest LNG exporter with overseas shipments of about 20 million tonnes per annum. Currently, the LNG shipping sector is having one of its biggest years, with the amount of LNG ships being ordered proof that while other shipping sectors are struggling, the LNG carrier sector is booming. An increase in demand in Asia has seen the exports from Australia expand rapidly in the past five years. And with the current world climate change debate, supply of a natural gas is pertinent for Asia which is seeking a sustainable economic option as well as to diversifty its energy sources. While Greece has taken the biggest supply of LNG carrier building for independent ship owners, others in Northern Europe and Scandanavia have taken 23 orders for LNG carriers, Japanese ship owners have taken seven and the US have taken five ships believing that by 2015, the ships will be a rewarding investment for the independent ship owners. The LNG carriers that are contracted in Korean yards for example, are priced at USD 200 million. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram