Families react to final report of the TRC

first_imgAPTN National NewsFamilies make up the bulk of the evidence provided to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.Their stories are painful, and in many cases, told for the first time.APTN’s Annette Francis talked to some of the families who were at the release of the final report.afrancis@aptn.caFollow @aptnafrancislast_img

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Father son arrested for death of youth in Kalighat

first_imgKolkata: Two persons have been arrested for beating up a youth to death at Kalighat. The son and father duo has identified as Kanai Patra and Bapi Patra.According to sources, Bapi was arrested earlier. But later from his statement and local witnesses police came to know that Kanai was the prime accused. He had badly beaten up Sankar Mondal (25). Kanai confessed to crime on Sunday morning. Police came to know that a few persons had threatened Mondal on Sunday and in the next morning his body was found. Police also came to know from local witnesses that a few local residents tied Mondal to a tree and asked him to return a mobile phone. A source of police identified Kanai from the CCTV footage. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMondal was beaten around 2:30 am on Saturday night. He was tied to a tree and assaulted by more than one person. Some locals informed the police about it. Sleuths found the CCTV footage but it was not clear enough to identify any person, sleuths are trying to find who were present there at that point time. Some locals alleged that he was being beaten for allegedly stealing a mobile phone. But no mobile phone was found on Saturday night when Mondal was beaten up.last_img read more

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Rahul aprabuddha unlimited Krishna

first_imgBengaluru: Former minister for external affairs S M Krishna Tuesday called Congress president Rahul Gandhi ‘aprabuddha unlimited’ (unintellectual unlimited) following a rap from the Supreme Court for wrongly attributing it to the Rafale case. “When somebody acquires a reputed position, especially in the case of the Congress president whose party has a history of 125 years, the sign of intellect should have been that the views are expressed cautiously after much deliberation. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ It’s a sign of maturity. But today what we witnessed today is unintellectual unlimited,” Krishna said at a press conference here. The former Karnataka chief minister, who played a long innings in the Congress before joining the BJP, said the opposition “lacked truth and evidence” before making allegations. “Whatever the allegations are being made against the prime minister lacks truth, gravity and documentation. For example, we can see how the Congress president has incurred the wrath of Supreme Court due to his immature behaviour,” the BJP leader said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K He was referring to the apex court’s order seeking explanation from Rahul Gandhi by April 22 for ‘incorrectly attributing’ to it in the Rafale deal case. The Supreme Court Monday made it clear that the remarks made by Rahul Gandhi in the media on the Rafale case verdict were “incorrectly attributed” to the apex court and directed the Congress chief to give his explanation by April 22. The top court gave a categorical clarification that in its Rafale judgement there was no occasion for it to make a mention of the alleged contemptuous observation that “Chowkidar Narendra Modi chor hain” as has been attributed to it by Gandhi. The former union minister said the ‘unintellectual’ has grown so big that the Congress president was caught in a difficult situation. He (Rahul Gandhi) may have to stand in front of the top court as a criminal on April 23, Krishna said. Noting that Gandhi’s statement symbolised “political discourse” touching a low ebb, Krishna said the Congress leader cannot escape by saying that his statement has been misquoted because they were video recorded. When asked how he saw the future of the country if Gandhi became the prime minister, Krishna said, “You should ask Mayawati or Akhilesh Yadav.” “Why has Congress become untouchable? In Uttar Pradesh the alliance of SP-BSP gave only two seats to Congress by taking pity on them. Do you need any other evidence than this to show how serious condition the Congress is in today?” he asked. On the NYAY scheme, Krishna sought to know how resources would be mobilised to materialise the scheme. The Congress, in its manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections, has said Nyay assures up to Rs 72,000 a year or Rs 6,000 a month income to 20 per cent of India’s poorest families.last_img read more

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Video Moroccans and Algerians Celebrate Algerias AFCON Victory at Border

Rabat – Near the Morocco-Algeria border in Oujda, in Northeast Morocco, the Algerian football team’s victory against Senegal in this year’s Afcon final was celebrated with resounding messages of “fraternity” and “open the borders” as Algerian and Moroccans joined to rejoice and show solidarity.From the moment Morocco’s Atlas Lions were precociously and disappointingly eliminated from this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, Moroccans started rooting for  Algeria, which most of them tellingly call their “second country” or “sister nation.”As Les Verts—one of the two nicknames of the Algerian team—overwhelmed Guinea 3-0 in the round of 16, sent Ivory Coast out in penalty shootout after a tense and laborious 1-1 draw in the quarter-finals, and dramatically defeated Nigeria 2-1 in the semis after Riyad Mahrez, Algeria’s star player, sent home a late-minute screamer of a free-kick, the now epic “1, 2, 3; Viva Algeria” chant soon found its home in Moroccan cafes and streets. The emotion, as the Algerian team impressed and swaggered, has been one of shared pride and fraternity.But yesterday’s celebrations at the Moroccan-Algerian border were different, wilder, and more rapturous. The message was as unmistakable as the significance of the outpouring of shared joy among two people divided by politics but united in everything else.The celebrations meant, as the crowd of Morocco-Algerian supporters made it plain in their ecstatic chants, of the urge to remind politicians in both countries to take into account the deeply entrenched bonds of brotherhood and shared culture between the two peoples across the borders.“Look at the people in Oujda celebrating as though the victory was Morocco’s Atlas Lions,” one Moroccan tweeted. “How beautiful that is! Let’s open the borders,” said another.That “open the borders” message was not simply a plea in the rapturous chants as Moroccans and Algerians celebrated at the border near Oujda. More than a chant or a message, it was a palpable feeling, a lived reality that politicians have so far failed to catch up with.“Viva Algeria.” “We are all brothers.” “Let them open the borders.” The slogans changed throughout the celebrations. But the undertone, the underlying sense—or feeling—remained unchanged.This was people using the kind of wild happiness that only football can bring (at least across Africa) to rise above the kind of divisiveness and animosity that only politics can cause.And, as the crowd rose above the political divide and decades-long hostility between their two countries, they may have shown—which after all was their motivation in the first place—that the closed borders policy now in force between their two counties is not only anachronistic; it has never really been a reality in how the two peoples relate to each other on a daily basis.Hier soir près de Oujda, on dirait que c’est l’équipe marocaine qui a gagné la coupe africaines pic.twitter.com/fxA7aaJZgy #Maroc #Morocco— RTwittoma (@RTwittoma) 20 juillet 2019A #Saidia ( #Maroc), les supporters marocains laissent éclater leur joie à l’annonce de la victoire de l’Algérie #CAN2019 pic.twitter.com/kFASbeAYm2— atlasinfo (@atlasinfo) 19 juillet 2019Oujda fi Alger, l’oujada gue3 Alger !! la fête entre frères #Maroc #Algeriens #alger #SENALG #CAN2019 #LesVerts #LesFennecs pic.twitter.com/pcZrRa9eup— Oussama (@Ouuss95) 19 juillet 2019Regardez ce que c’est beau !! OUVRONS LES FRONTIÈRES !! #Maroc #Algerie pic.twitter.com/zZG566M7aU— Xav (@XAVSMA) 19 juillet 2019 read more

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DR of Congo UN food agency to resume airlifts to feed war

WFP said the operation would enable the agency to transport food to at least 24,000 people in the northern Katanga province, which remains cut off by war.”Tens of thousands of people continue to come out of their hiding places in the woods, attracted by food distributions provided in nutritional centres,” said Felix Bamezon, WFP’s Representative for DRC. “The majority of these people are women and children whose nutritional status is precarious.”When the war that started in 1998 spilled into Katanga, hundreds of thousands of people fled their homes and sought refuge in the bush. The deployment of UN peacekeeping forces encouraged thousands to emerge from their rural hiding places and seek aid in urban centres.The current WFP airlift, costing $950,000, will provide 1,100 tons of urgently needed maize meal, pulses, corn soya blend, vegetable oil, sugar and salt to feeding centres in eight villages.Despite the success of the earlier airlifts, and the one under way, WFP said it was deeply concerned about hundreds of thousands of people still living in isolated villages without food. As frontline fighting in the area continues, the villagers’ fields are regularly plundered by various armed forces operating in the area. read more

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Ottawa must hinge Muskrat Falls loan backing on regulatory review watchdogs say

Ottawa must hinge Muskrat Falls loan backing on regulatory review, watchdogs say ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Ottawa should not back a loan guarantee for the Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject in Labrador until it passes an independent regulatory review, say public spending watchdogs.The federal government says the proposed $7.4-billion project is viable and that it’s working with a financial adviser to finalize a loan guarantee. Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised financial help — decried by Quebec as an unfair subsidy — during the 2011 federal election.Ottawa’s backing could shave hundreds of millions of dollars off borrowing costs for the plan to bring hydro power from Labrador’s lower Churchill River to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia using subsea cables.But Kevin Lacey, Atlantic director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, says Ottawa should insist that Muskrat Falls be approved by an impartial regulator.“It has not been put to a full independent review that is separate from the (provincial) government,” he said Thursday from Halifax.“The taxpayer is the one that’s going to be shouldering most of the burden and, as a result, should be afforded the right to see all of the documentation before an independent review.“It has not been willing to do that,” Lacey said of the Newfoundland and Labrador government. “And until it does, the federal government should not be putting taxpayers’ money into a venture that it can’t be assured it’s going to get back.”Tyler Sommers of Democracy Watch, an independent citizens advocacy group for government accountability, says any federal support for Muskrat Falls should be tied to an impartial review.“Typically, what you would expect is that the loan guarantee would be conditional on the project receiving a regulatory approval,” he said from Ottawa. “It’s important to protect taxpayers’ interests because obviously the government isn’t using their own money. They’re using taxpayer money.“The question is whether or not this is the best use of taxpayer dollars.”Premier Kathy Dunderdale says world-class consultants hired by her government have endorsed the project — as promoted by Crown corporation Nalcor Energy — as the best option for future energy needs.“We’ve had every expert that we could put our hands on look at this project and review the expertise of Nalcor,” she told reporters Wednesday. “We’ve just had other experts from around the country and around the world validate their work.She said the work has been audited, validated and explained at public meetings around the province.But critics say a recent barrage of government commissioned reports supporting Muskrat Falls do not amount to regulatory review.“Given the magnitude of the project … what it has done so far is just insufficient,” Lacey said of the province’s information offensive. “The billions that are being talked about here, and the risk that is being talked about should not go forward until the province does a full examination.”Dunderdale has said for weeks that the promised loan guarantee or financial equivalent is almost complete.“We’re working through it,” she said of almost daily contact with federal officials. “And we will have the loan guarantee before we go to sanction.”The province’s majority Progressive Conservative government is expected to officially approve Muskrat Falls in coming weeks despite projected costs that have risen to $7.4 billion from an estimated $6.2 billion in 2010.Nalcor is partnering in the megaproject with private utility Emera (TSX:EMA) of Nova Scotia, which will fund a subsea transmission link to bring power to that province. The link’s estimated cost of $1.2 billion has not been finalized pending a regulatory review scheduled over the next several months before Nova Scotia’s Utility and Review Board.Dunderdale has dismissed her own province’s Public Utilities Board from any review of Muskrat Falls since it declined to endorse the project at an earlier stage. The board said it had insufficient time and documentation to assess whether Muskrat Falls is a necessary and least-cost option.In response to an interview request, federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said in an emailed statement that work continues with a financial adviser on terms of the loan guarantee.“Our financial analysis shows that the Lower Churchill project continues to be economically viable,” it says, adding that Muskrat Falls will create thousands of jobs and cut greenhouse gas emissions.Work on the promised financial support is happening against a backdrop of increasing economic gloom. Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s fiscal update earlier this week projected the deficit at $26 billion, up $5 billion from the March budget forecast.The bad news comes as the 17-country eurozone slips back into recession and the United States stares down the so-called fiscal cliff of potential spending cuts and tax increases. by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 15, 2012 4:55 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Federal delay on reform led to 3B lawsuit aboriginal leaders

Aboriginal leaders say seven years of federal foot-dragging over reform to an agency in charge of oil and gas on reserve lands is at least partly behind a $3-billion lawsuit filed against Ottawa this week.“Nine times out of 10 we have to wait for government,” said Stephen Buffalo of the Indian Resource Council, which is negotiating the reforms with Ottawa.“When they want something from us, they get it in two minutes. When we want something from them, it could take two months.”Two First Nations filed a lawsuit in Federal Court earlier this week that alleges Indian Oil and Gas Canada has been mismanaging the development of energy resources on reserve lands for years.The agency is responsible for almost every aspect of energy development on First Nations land — promoting development, negotiating deals, issuing licences, collecting royalties and monitoring activity.The Onion Lake and Poundmaker Cree bands claim the agency failed to promote and properly exploit their energy resources and also failed to protect them from being drained by wells adjacent to aboriginal land.Those concerns were directly addressed by legislation passed by the previous federal government, but it has never come into force.Indian Oil and Gas Canada, which controls energy production on 76 First Nations and collected more than $150 million on their behalf in 2013-14, was the subject of major reform legislation that passed in 2009. The law remains in limbo as bureaucrats and aboriginal leaders wrangle over regulations.“They say it’s their drafters,” said Buffalo, whose group is involved in the talks. “It’s kind of the process on their end.”Buffalo said the first phase of the regulations are ready to enact and deal with drainage and First Nations’ rights to greater transparency on how their energy resources are handled. Those issues are both at the heart of the lawsuit filed earlier this week.Documents on the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada website suggest the rules may come into effect this spring.Blaine Favel, a former aboriginal leader and current head of an oil and gas firm advising the law firm on the lawsuit, said legal action would still be needed to address past losses.A department official was not immediately available to comment on the reforms. Responding to the lawsuit, a spokeswoman said Tuesday that “the government takes such claims very seriously and we are currently reviewing the claim.”Favel said chiefs are frustrated over the slow pace of reform to a regulator that controls virtually every aspect of their energy resources.“I’m just leaving the AFN national energy conference and the reaction’s been lots of handshaking and ‘Congratulations’ and ‘It’s about time,’” he said Wednesday from Vancouver.In 2012, professors from Western University in London, Ont., published a paper about Indian Oil and Gas Canada.“Relatively comprehensive consultation guidelines are established in the current regulations; however, aboriginal people are still denied substantial control of oil and gas operations on reserve land,” wrote Laura Wright and Jerry White.“The (Indian Oil and Gas Act) (1985) is by far the least evolved of the regimes discussed in terms of guarantees for aboriginalparticipation and control over oil and gas activities.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960 by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 10, 2016 10:56 am MDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Federal delay on reform led to $3B lawsuit: aboriginal leaders read more

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Security Council debate on women peace and security spotlights prevention and gender

“We will ensure our prevention initiatives and monitoring include a focus on women’s rights violations [and] we will tackle the structural and root causes of crisis, including gender inequality,” Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, the Chef de Cabinet, speaking on behalf of the Secretary-General, told a day-long debate in the Security Council, underlining the need for more action on the ‘women, peace and security agenda’ – with prevention as a core pillar.Noting the importance of gender equality and security of women as reliable indicators for peace, she added: “We will [also] strengthen the collection and analysis of gender statistics and encourage Member States to monitor gender equality indicators as part of their work to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”In her briefing, the Chef de Cabinet spoke of the need to ensure adequate representation of women in the security sector both to reduce their exposure to harm as well as to realize their potential in conflict prevention.Noting, further, that only three per cent of peacekeepers are women, she informed the 15-member Council of the Secretary-General’s efforts with troop- and police-contributing countries to increase the number of female uniformed personnel.Ms. Viotti also noted that 17 years after its adoption, Security Council resolution 1325 on women and peace and security was too often being implemented in an ad hoc fashion, and called on UN Member States to share evidence and examples in order to examine gaps and successes.‘Women, peace and security’ agenda central pillar of global affairsAlso briefing today, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) said said that while atrocities against women and girls in armed conflict are now the focus of attention and documentation, it is critical that perpetrators are brought to justice, and that survivors are accorded dignity and support.“This impunity cannot be allowed to continue,” she underlined.Further, informing the Security Council of an overall decline in women’s participation in UN-led peace processes, inclusion of gender-sensitive provisions in peace agreements and consultation with women’s civil society organizations, in comparison with one year ago, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said that the political marginalization was not only limited to peace talks.Only 17 countries have an elected woman Head of State or Government and the proportion of women parliamentarians in conflict and post-conflict countries has stagnated at 16 per cent in the last two years.“The use of quotas and temporary special measures would help,” she said, noting examples from Somalia and Mali, and called on donors to continue supporting efforts targeted at women’s empowerment and highlighted the importance of ensuring gender-conscious funding for policies and programmes.Concluding her remarks, the head of UN-Women stressed that women, peace and security agenda is now an essential pillar of global affairs.“This is only the beginning. The chorus of voices that are appalled by the persistent political marginalization of women in decision-making is speaking louder […] this agenda unites us because people from all over the world, every day, look up to the United Nations for peace, equality and inclusion,” she said.Also speaking today were Charo Mina-Rojas of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, and Michaelle Jean, Secretary-General of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, who underscored the need to effectively combat sexual and gender-based violence and end impunity.“The silence around these crimes is as appalling as the crimes themselves,” stressed Ms. Mina-Rojas.They also called for greater participation of women’s organizations and community leaders in the design and implementation of security and peacebuilding efforts.“More than lip service should be paid to ensuring that women were invited to participate in national dialogues,” said Ms. Jean. read more

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Internet mobile le navigateur dAndroid surpasse Opera

first_imgInternet mobile : le navigateur d’Android surpasse OperaPrésents sur la grande majorité des système d’exploitation mobile, comme iOS, Android, BlackBerry, ou encore Windows Mobile, Opera Mini et Opera Mobile semblent faire les frais du succès d’Android. Le navigateur de l’OS de Google a vu sa part de marché dépasser celle d’Opera, pour s’offrir la place de numéro un.Le navigateur d’Android aurait réussi à surpasser Opera pour s’offrir la première place du marché. Si l’on en croit en effet les derniers chiffres du cabinet StatCounter, recueillis grâce à un compteur proposés gratuitement aux webmasters, le navigateur de l’OS mobile de Google a vu sa part de marché légèrement augmenter entre janvier et février 2012, pour passer de 21,39% à 22,67%. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Un succès dont a pâti Opera, pourtant présent sur la plupart des OS. Au cours de la même période, il a vu son trafic chuter, et ses parts de marché atteindre seulement 21,7% en février, contre 23,34% le mois précédent. Le navigateur de l’iPhone prend quant à lui la troisième position avec 21,06% du trafic. Il est suivi de très loin par celui de Nokia, qui se contente de 11,24% des parts de marché.Toutefois, le bilan de StatCounter dissocie l’utilisation de l’iPhone et celle de l’iPod Touch, qui, réunis, enregistreraient une part de 25,36% et surpasseraient donc à la fois Android et Opera. Le 7 mars 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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ESPN Deemed Cammys Thong Inappropriate for Broadcast TV

first_img A funny thing happened during this past weekend’s EVO fighting game tournament. Cammy player Ryota “Kazunoko” Inoue was asked by ESPN to change his character’s costume halfway through a match. Why did this happen? Apparently, Cammy’s world-famous butt cheeks were unfit for live TV.As described on Kotaku, an EVO staffer stopped Kazunoko’s match after the first round and had him, and opponent Nuckledu go back to the character selection screen. Kazunoko switched to a costume that had Cammy wearing a dress instead of her signature thong. Kazunoko’s wasn’t sure why he was asked to change his costume, but ESPN confirmed to Compete that the “request was made per broadcast standards.”A similar incident happened at last year’s EVO, where Keita “Fuudo” Ai was asked to change the costume of his character, R. Mika. As you may know, this wrestling protege also wears a revealing thong. As with Kazunoko, Fuudo was allowed to resume his finals match after he switched to a more conservative costume.Fun fact: Fuudo was required to use the “Story 1” costume after his first match because the default was deemed too revealing by ESPN.— Ryan Harvey (@fubarduck) July 18, 2016What’s amusing about this story is how these strict broadcast standards apply to characters that aren’t even real. Sure, the current incarnations of Cammy and R. Mika are rendered more realistically than they were in the 90’s. At the end of the day, however, their booties aren’t flesh and blood. It’s also interesting how ESPN is perfectly fine showing volleyball (a sport where competitors show a ton of skin) but is afraid to show digital derrieres?With all that said, having competitors use less offensive costumes isn’t too much to ask for. After all, Cammy could be dressed up like a nun still play exactly the same way. Don’t be surprised if this ends up happening again at next year’s EVO.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target ‘Project Resistance’ Trailer Shows New Multiplayer ‘Resident Evil’11 Things We’re Looking Forward to at PAX West last_img read more

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Media Arsenal enter race for €90m James Rodriguez

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery is reportedly keen to sign James Rodriguez in the summer transfer windowThe Colombian winger has enjoyed a stellar loan spell at Bayern Munich for the last two seasons from Real Madrid.Bayern retains the option to sign Rodriguez permanently for €42m once his loan deal expires at the end of the season.However, the Bundesliga champions have made no indication whatsoever in regards to their plans for Rodriguez.This has opened up talk of a possible return to Real for Rodriguez with Zinedine Zidane no longer in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…But Don Balon claim that a move to Arsenal instead could arise with a €90m offer set to be enough to sign the highly-rated Rodriguez.While Premier League football doesn’t really suit him, Rodriguez is a fan of Arsenal’s playing style and is of interest to Emery.Rodriguez has managed three goals and two assists in 11 appearances for Bayern across all competitions this season.The 27-year-old is currently sidelined with a long-term knee injury and it remains unknown how long he will be out for.last_img read more

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Zlatans former LA Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid hospitalized

first_imgBefore Schmid’s firing from the club in September, the health of the 65-year-old coach, due to his weight and heart condition, worried the LA Galaxy locker room.The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center confirmed Monday that former Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid, the most successful in MLS history, is in intensive care, according to the Los Angeles Times. The hospital did not issue any other details about Schmid’s health status and his family has not talked about the medical condition.In 18 MLS seasons, Schmid accumulated 266 regular season and postseason wins. He led the Galaxy to its first league title in 2002 and, six years later, repeated the feat with Columbus Crew.Lionel Messi, Paul PogbaPaul Pogba has spoken to Lionel Messi over his future Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba had a chat with Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zinedine Zidane and many others over his future, says his brother.Schmid won the Supporters’ Shield – the award given to the team with the best regular season record – on three occasions. He also won five U.S. Open Cups and led the Galaxy to its only CONCACAF title in 2000.Regarding his departure from the Galaxy last September, Schmid said the decision was “probably the best decision” given that the team was not going through their best moment and change of gaffer always motivates players to do better. During his final stint with the LA Galaxy, Schmid experienced what it was like being in the global spotlight since he was coaching none other than Zlatan Ibrahimovic.last_img read more

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Stranded seal in Nome released into wild

first_imgFriday evening a seal made its way out of Nome’s iced-in port and up into the west side of town. Although it showed some physical signs of sickness, on Saturday local experts ultimately decided to release the seal back into the wild.Download AudioThe bearded seal made its way of out the iced-in port up into a parking lot. Photo: Emily Russell, KNOM.Besides looking a little patchy and out of place in the snow-covered parking lot on Nome’s west side of town, there didn’t seem to be anything usual about the bearded seal. Brandon Ahmasuk explains that the recent arrival of sea ice might help explain the stranding.“At the end of the port, about a week ago, the ice hadn’t come in yet so it was our belief that it was just hanging out right inside the port on the ice and then that ice, the sea ice, came in and blocked off it’s exit.”Ahmasuk is the Subsistence Director for Kawerak as well as the Bering Strait Commissioner for the Ice Seal Commission, two roles that prepare him for strandings such as this one.In the case of a marine mammal stranding, there are three options: release the animal back into the wild, harvest it for subsistence, or send it down to the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, which handles marine mammal rehabilitation.Although this particular seal wasn’t acting unusually, the region does have a history of seal sickness. Gay Sheffield, who works for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Sea Grant, is Nome’s local stranding responder and was one of the first on the scene. She explains the unusual mortality event, or UME, that struck the region in 2011.“The seals had poor body conditions. They wouldn’t move out of peoples’ way. They had many more physical problems, internally and externally. They had sores, there was problems inside them. Since then we haven’t seen conditions like that but we do keep seeing seals that have lost their ability to grow their coat properly.”With its patchy coat being one of it only symptoms, Sheffield and Ahmasuk decided against shipping it down to Seward. But, as Ahmasuk explains, it was that same symptom discouraged locals from harvesting the seal.“I mean, we did ask around town other subsistence users if they wanted it and they said no, we don’t. Subsistence users, they’re pretty leery about harvesting something that they don’t even know what’s causing it. If they ingest it is that disease going transfer over to us?”Sheffield says it’s been an uphill battle to figure out exactly what’s been preventing seals from growing a proper coat. She says there’s a long list of diseases they’ve eliminated, but still haven’t pinpointed one to explain it all.The seal spent Friday night at Nome’s Public Safety Building and after observing its behavior, ultimately both Sheffield and Ahmasuk agreed on what to do next.“It was feisty, it was fat, it wanted to be left alone. So the decision was made to release it.”Using a large fish tote donated by the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation, the seal was brought back down to beach. Along with needing extra hands to move the tote with the 200-pound seal, local hunters helped determine the best place to release it.“The seal was released off of west beach and sea ice conditions were not terribly stable, but the guys who released it, the marine mammal hunters, are extremely knowledgeable in ice conditions.”Sheffield went back to the beach the following day, where she says there were at least four seals hauled out on the sea ice. She described it as a “good ending for our unexpected visitor.”last_img read more

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At Houstons Comicpalooza Stan Lee Discussed Spidermans Origins And His Love Of

first_imgErnie Manouse/FacebookStan Lee of Marvel Comics on stage with Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse at Houston’s Comicpalooza in 2015. X Listen Share 00:00 /50:27 00:00 /06:50 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Legendary comic book creator Stan Lee passed away Monday at the age of 95.The writer, editor, and publisher of Marvel Comics — whose many creations include Spiderman, the X-Men, Black Panther, Iron Man, and the Incredible Hulk — became almost as iconic as some of his characters.Back in 2015, Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse had the chance to interview Lee on stage at Comicpalooza, where he spoke about how he came up with Spiderman, about using some of his Marvel characters for educational purposes on PBS, and about how he actually liked some of the villains he’d created better than the heroes.In the audio above, listen to some highlights from their hour-long conversation, or, in the audio below, hear it in its entirety.FULL INTERVIEW: Stan Lee at Comicpalooza 2015 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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Elon Musk to Step Down as Tesla Chairman as Part of SEC

first_img Popular on Variety On Friday, Tesla’s shares dropped 13% after the lawsuit was made public. Elon Musk has agreed to step down as chairman of Tesla’s board for three years as part of an agreement with the SEC to resolve a securities fraud case. He will also pay a $20 million fine, the New York Times reported.Tesla and Musk became the subject of an SEC lawsuit for fraud and misleading investors two days ago as a result of Musk’s Aug. 7 tweet that he had “funding secured” for a buyout of the tech company at $420 per share.Per the terms of the agreement, Musk will remain CEO. Tesla will also pay an additional $20 million fine.Musk had rejected a less restrictive deal on Thursday, according to the Times’ sources, which would have seen him banned from serving as chairman for two years and paying a $10 million fine. It is unclear why he changed his mind.Tesla will add two independent directors and take steps to monitor Musk’s communications with investors, as well as creating a permanent committee of independent directors to monitor disclosures and potential conflicts of interest. Musk neither admitted to nor denied misleading shareholders as part of the settlement of the civil fraud charge.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Valve confirms Steam for Ubuntu 1204 L4D2 as first game

first_imgWe first heard about a possible port of Steam and the Source engine for Linux back in April when Michael Larabel of Phoronix visited Valve’s offices. He confirmed Linux was a platform Valve had been thinking about for a while, and the project had been moving along slowly in the background. Then, last month Gabe Newell confirmed Steam for Linux will see a release in 2012.Yesterday, the project took another step forward as Valve launched the official Valve Linux blog. There’s a Valve Linux Team with individuals from there expected to post updates on a regular basis as to how the port is progressing. From this first post we have already learned a lot, though.Valve’s target is to release Steam for Linux as compatible with Ubuntu 12.04. The team is doing this simply because it is much easier to target a single distribution rather than Linux in general to begin with. Ubuntu is also a good choice because it is so popular, and will include many users who would class themselves as gamers, not Linux experts. Ubuntu is where many a first-time Linux user takes their first steps.The first Valve game has also been confirmed for Linux–it will be Left 2 Dead 2. The game is already running natively in the new Steam client on Ubuntu, with the next step being to make it perform as well as the Windows version. Valve also want to get all of the supporting features working that tie the game into Steam and the community.If you have any interest in Steam on Linux then the blog is well worth bookmarking. There’s sure to be a ton of information coming out of Valve as to how difficult/easy porting games is, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some video footage appearing there soon.Read more at the Valve Linux bloglast_img read more

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German TV crew filming at China factory attacked

first_img Top Stories At one point, workers broke into the cafeteria and seized the crew’s tape after accusing them of filming commercial secrets. People reached at the factory who wouldn’t give their names confirmed the crew had been there and repeated the spying claims.The factory is two hours outside Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Parents, stop beating yourself up Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homecenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement BEIJING (AP) – German broadcaster ARD says one of its crews was attacked and detained for nine hours while filming at a Chinese factory for a story about pollution.Correspondent Christine Aldehardt said a SWAT team rescued them from the factory cafeteria Saturday as workers outside chanted “death to the foreign spies.”She said security guards detained the four-person crew as they filmed outside the Do-Fluoride factory, which makes industrial chemicals. Their driver and a local activist were held, too. Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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Multiple personalities of the Muslim rage

first_imgElsewhere _ from Nigeria to Australia _ hard-line clerics and parties have mobilized demonstrations in both expressions of anger and messages to rivals. In Iran, protesters were given pre-made placards denouncing the U.S. in a clear sign of a state-organized demonstration.On Sunday, Iranian newspapers reported that a religious foundation has increased the reward for killing British author Salman Rushdie to $3.3 million from $2.8 million in response to alleged insults to the Prophet Muhammad in his novel “The Satanic Verses.” Iran’s late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a death fatwa against Rushdie in 1989, but Iran officials later distanced themselves from the edict.Bahrain protest groups, meanwhile, have used Twitter to organize demonstrations that included burning American flags in the nation that hosts the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet. Pakistan’s conservative Islamist parties sent out text messages, mosque announcements and made phone calls to bring out protest crowds, including about 1,000 people in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Sunday and hundreds who rushed the U.S. consulate in Karachi, sparking clashes with police in which one demonstrator was killed. “Yes, we understand the First Amendment and all of this stuff,” wrote Khalid Amayreh, a prominent Islamist commentator and blogger in Hebron on the West Bank. “But you must also understand that the Prophet (for us) is a million times more sacred than the American Constitution.”He adds: “As Americans have their own idiots and fanatics, we, too, have our idiots and fanatics. And as Americans are utterly unable _ probably unwilling as well _ to stop their idiots, we, too, are less able to rein in ours.”There’s no wonder why the loudest voices still tend to rule the day, said Issandr El Amrani, a Moroccan-born journalist and visiting fellow at the European Center for Foreign Relations, a pan-European think tank.“The resulting cascade of outrage is now predictable,” he wrote in Abu Dhabi’s The National newspaper. “Islamophobes in the West will say, `We told you they’re fanatics,’ and the crowd-riling demagogues here will say, `We told you they disrespect us.’ And politicians everywhere will use the language of outrage in their petty calculations.”In Gaza, 23-year-old Rawhi Alwan described a cycle of mutual blame: “Some crazy Muslims will commit devilish acts to respond to the devilish sin.” It’s come in many forms.Ultraconservative Islamists apparently have taken the lead in protests in Arab Spring countries such as Tunisia and Egypt in a show of force against the new leadership and their Western allies. In a curious battle of perceptions, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-led government called out riot troops to protect the U.S. Embassy against protesters also claiming to “defend” Islam.In Libya, U.S. investigators are examining whether armed militants used the uproar over the film as cover to launch a pre-planned attack on the U.S. Consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, killing the ambassador and three other Americans. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said Sunday the attack was not coordinated and premeditated, but others have challenged that view.Crowds in Yemen condemned the film but also chanted against the continued U.S. military presence such as drone strikes that have targeted suspected al-Qaida leaders.“Obviously there’s a latent anti-Americanism that is coming out,” said Salman Shaikh, director of The Brookings Doha Center in Qatar. “But that is only part of this,” he said. “This is primarily about a struggle for the soul of these states.” And it cuts deeply into questions that have added resonance in a hyper-connected world that moves at the quicksilver pace of the Web: How to coexist with the free-speech openness of the West and whether violence is ever a valid response.“Our manner of protesting should reflect sense and reason,” urged Egyptian-born cleric Youssef al-Qaradawi in his Friday sermon in Qatar’s capital, Doha, where he has found a worldwide audience through the Internet and a show on the pan-Arab network Al-Jazeera.Yet such appeals _ while frequent from many Islamic leaders and scholars in the past week _ have competed against opposing calls that can tap deeper passions that have been funneled into violence. Political factions and hard-line clerics across the Muslim world have been quick to try to capitalize as after other perceived offenses against the faith.“There’s no doubt that every Muslim feels in some ways deeply troubled by any insults to the Prophet Muhammad, but how many have seen the video of this movie to make up their own minds? Very few,” said Sami al-Faraj, director of the Kuwait Center for Strategic Studies. “You need someone to organize the protests and, in effect, throw the switch.” Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix “What kind of freedom of expression is that which hurts the religious sentiments of others?” said Haider Gul, a grocery store owner who joined the anti-American rally in Peshawar.This question is not new _ tumbling back over centuries and different faiths. It flared anew in 2005 when a Danish newspaper published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that were deemed offensive by many Muslims. And it was a centerpiece of the debates after the 2004 slaying of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, whose film “Submission” criticized the treatment of Muslim women.But the current film, “Innocence of Muslims,” brings a new element: What if the sole intent was to provoke backlash and violence? It’s unlikely to bring any clear-cut answers in the short term. America’s free speech protections give a wide berth for filmmakers.There are cases, however, where boundaries have been set. Last year, two Florida pastors were blocked from demonstrating outside a mosque in Dearborn, Michigan, after a jury ruled it would have breached the peace. One of the pastors, Terry Jones, touched off a series of violent protests in Afghanistan that killed more than a dozen people after he burned a Quran in March 2011. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Comments   Share   If anything, the cultural gaps may have been pried farther apart by the scope of the latest violence and bloodshed.Google has refused a White House request to take down the video clip from its YouTube site, but is restricting access in certain countries including Egypt, Libya and Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation. A YouTube statement said the video was within its content guidelines. “This can be a challenge because what’s OK in one country can be offensive elsewhere,” it said.At the same time, it’s also opened fault lines within the Muslim world over what’s an acceptable response. In many ways, it’s simply an extension of the same internal struggles over Islam’s moral compass that has gripped the faith for decades.An Indonesian Muslim scholar, Komaruddin Hidayat, said Muslims have the duty to oppose to anything they deem offensive to their faith, but must “avoid using violence in expressing their objections.” At the other end of the Muslim world in Nigeria, a top Islamic leader, Sheik Sani Yahaya Jingir, said violence never brings “any benefit to Islam.”For Jumaa al-Qurishi, a 38-year-old Iraq librarian: “This is not freedom. This is an act of aggression.” Before he left for a peaceful Friday demonstration against the film, he changed his Facebook profile picture. It became an image pledging loyalty to Prophet Muhammad.___Associated Press writers Ibrahim Barzak in Gaza City, Adam Schreck in Dubai, Riaz Khan in Peshawar, Pakistan and Lara Jakes in Baghdad contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories Sponsored Stories Associated PressDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – At the height of the latest Islamic rage, one of the Muslim world’s first media-celebrity imams told worshippers they were indeed witnessing a clash of civilizations. Just not the kind you think.This one also is within Islam, and it helps explain the multiple personalities of the fury.It’s political: The uncompromising ethos of extremism clawing for any gains against more moderate voices. It’s social: Fed by an explosive blend of economic stagnation, anger over U.S.-led wars and _ in some places since last week _ frustration as the soaring hopes of the Arab Spring hit the grinding realities of rebuilding. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img
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NAHB Home Affordability Little Changed in Q1

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Values Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Processing Service Providers Wells Fargo 2013-05-16 Esther Cho in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing May 16, 2013 422 Views As interest rates stay low, housing affordability across the country remained strong in the first quarter but showed signs of weakening, according to data from the “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.org/ (NAHB)/ “”Wells Fargo””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/ Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). [IMAGE]According to the index, 73.7 percent of new and existing-homes sold in the first quarter of this year were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $64,400. In the fourth quarter of last year, 74.9 percent of homes were considered to be affordable to median-income earners. A year ago, affordability was even stronger, at 77.5 percent. Despite the decrease, NAHB Chairman Rick Judson noted the HOI has still stayed high over the past four years. “”The HOI has not slipped below 70 since the end of 2008,”” he explained. “”That said, from a builder’s perspective, it [COLUMN_BREAK] should be noted that rising costs for building materials, lots and labor are making it somewhat more expensive to construct new homes in today’s market.””Among the largest metros, or areas with a population of 500,000 or more, Ogden-Clearfield in Utah ranked as the most affordable metro for the third straight quarter. In Ogden-Clearfield, 93.7 percent of homes are affordable to median-income earners, according to the index. Other large metros in the top five were Indianapolis (92.7 percent); Lakeland, Florida (92.1 percent); Youngtown, Ohio (91.9 percent); and Syracuse, New York (91.6 percent). San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City kept its place as the least affordable large metro, where only 28.9 percent of median-income earners could afford a home. New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York-New Jersey followed closely behind at 29.7 percent. Filling out the next three spots were three California metros: Santa Ana (35.8 percent), Los Angeles (39.9 percent), and San Jose (43.3 percent). Among smaller metros, Mansfield, Ohio ranked as the most affordable metro, while another California metro, Santa Cruz-Watsonville, was the least affordable. “”The bottom line is that, for consumers who can qualify for a mortgage at today’s attractive rates, the majority of homes being sold remain within their grasp in markets nationwide,”” added David Crowe, NAHB’s chief economist.center_img Share NAHB: Home Affordability Little Changed in Q1last_img read more

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Responsibility for old GSP handed to Nicosia municipality

first_imgInterior minister Socratis Hasikos said on Tuesday the management of the old GSP stadium will be handed over to the Nicosia municipality to oversee its redevelopment.Hasikos, who had a meeting with Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis and the municipal council, to discuss the matter said the redevelopment is expected to cost €15m.“The mayor has asked and he has received, not for himself but for his town. He has brought us a very convincing proposal,” Hasikos said.He added that the municipality has already received €6m for the project and has pledged to secure €3m more, while the rest will be paid by the government.“We have agreed for the old GSP stadium to be given to the municipality, aiming for the construction of an underground car park and a park, as per the referendum request of Nicosia residents,” Yiorkadjis said.The project is expected to begin in 18 months to two years’ time, he said, while in the meantime, the architectural designs will be completed and the municipality will announce the tender competition.In 2008, members of the public participated in the first ever municipal referendum – on the initiative of the then mayor Eleni Mavrou – to vote on how they would like to see the stadium developed and submit their own proposals. According to the results, residents said they wanted an open, green area with few buildings and easy access to pedestrians instead of cars.The old stadium was built in 1902 by the Pancyprian Gymnastic Association and had a capacity of 12,000. It was used until the early 1990s until the Makarios athletic centre and later on the new GSP stadium outside Nicosia was built. The Gymnastics Association ceded it to the government, and it has since 1991 remained a dusty parking lot.The Nicosia municipality said that after the space is given to them, they would proceed with the production of architectural plans, in cooperation with the project’s architect, chosen following an earlier competition based on the referendum results.The project, the municipality said, will also include an amphitheatre, and will have “other uses to attract members of the public”.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoAll Pro SaverClever: California Homeowners Overpaying On Their Mortgage Do ThisAll Pro SaverUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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