Congress MLAs lie down outside Assam Assembly over Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, NRC

first_imgThe Winter session of the Assam Assembly began on a stormy note on Thursday with MLAs of the opposition Congress protesting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and the State government’s bid to reject the final NRC, lying down outside the House after being prevented from pressing for acceptance of their adjournment motion.As soon as the House assembled for the session, opposition Congress and AIUDF sought to raise the two contentious issues through an adjournment motion after oaths were administered to four newly-elected MLAs.When the Speaker did not allow it and asked them to raise the issues after the Question Hour, members of the two parties went to the well of the House, shouting slogans and displaying placards.Later, they staged a walkout from the House.The Congress MLAs then assembled at the entrance of the House and lay down on the verandah, shouting slogans against the BJP-led government in the State.The House continued normally without the presence of the opposition MLAs.last_img read more

ICC World T20: Pakistan star Shoaib Malik has no security fears in India

first_imgPakistan cricket star Shoaib Malik said he was happy with the security arrangements made for his team in India.”I would like to thank the Indian government, security is very good,” Malik was quoted as saying by news agency ANI on the eve of Pakistan’s ICC World Twenty20 warm-up game against Sri Lanka in Kolkata.Malik also said he had visited India frequently after his marriage to tennis star Sania Mirza and that he never faced any issues with the security.  He said he received a lot of love from the people whenever he had visited the country. (World T20: Madness in Kolkata ahead of Pakistan’s arrival, says Ganguly) “My wife is from India. I come to India a lot, I never had any security issues.”I am very happy to be in India, I always get a lot of love. I am honoured to be in India,” Malik said. (Also read: Pakistan didn’t need written assurance after Rajnath Singh’s statement: Shaharyar Khan)The Pakistan men’s cricket team arrived in Kolkata last night after high drama over the last few days to play in the showdown event.With elite commandos, Rapid Action Force personnel and crack teams from the city and state police putting up several layers of security, the Shahid Afridi-led Pakistan squad reached the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport.Malik admitted that his team was lacking the firepower to win big matches against top teams.Pakistan were knocked out of Asia Cup T20 after a humiliating defeatagainst hosts Bangladesh. They were bowled out for 83 against Indiaafter Hardik Pandya took three wickets. Virat Kohli & Co. chased the total with a little less than five overs to spare. Questions were asked about the team’s batting failure and skipper Afridi’s place in theteam.advertisementThe management decided to drop out-of-form Khurram Manzoorfor the World T20 and replaced him with opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad. Hoever, Malik is hopeful of an improved show from Pakistan at World T20 in India.”Yes, we are little bit behind if you talk about T20Is and little bit of ODIs as well. We are working, we need to improve our skills in batting and techniques. Soon we will be back on track,” he said.”This is a great opportunity for us to perform well and bring Pakistan where the rest of the world is. It’s a new tournament; we are here to give our best,” Malik said.Meanwhile, the Pakistan skipper Afridi said he had always got love from fans in India. The dashing batsman said he enjoyed playing cricket in front of huge crowds in India.”There are very less nations where I’ve enjoyed cricket as much as I’ve enjoyed cricket in India,” Afridi said.Afridi said his team was wary of the in-form Indian team.”India are playing very good cricket. If you look at last game against us in Asia cup, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh did really well,” he said.last_img read more

Manchester United FC held by Southampton FC in goalless stalemate

first_imgSouthampton missed a penalty as they held a makeshift Manchester United side to a 0-0 draw in a tepid Premier League clash on Wednesday.Southampton, beaten 3-2 by United in the League Cup final at Wembley in February, have now won just one of their last eight home games in all competitions while United stretched their winless league run to five.With United manager Jose Mourinho again resting many of his starters for next Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax Amsterdam in Stockholm, the visitors were on the back foot for much of the contest.”We played a good team, a team who tried to win and tried to finish well,” Mourinho said after visiting goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved a barrage of difficult shots, including Manolo Gabbiadini’s fifth-minute penalty.”The team wasn’t perfect but individually they gave me good things. They showed me they want to be an option for the (Europa League) final.”Romero, second choice to David De Gea in the Premier League but preferred in Europe’s second-tier competition throughout the season, seems to have cemented his place for the showdown in Sweden’s capital.With a top-four finish in England out of United’s reach, winning the Europa League remains their only route to Champions League football next season and the Argentine keeper shone ahead of the club’s most important game under Mourinho.Having denied Gabbiadini after Eric Bailly handled the ball on the edge of the penalty area, Romero also kept out a fierce Dusan Tadic free kick in the second half before United’s Anthony Martial hit the woodwork.advertisementAmid mounting media speculation that De Gea could join Real Madrid next season, Mourinho also expressed hope the Spaniard would stay at Old Trafford when asked when United fans would see him in action again.”David? I think the first match against (American MLS side) LA Galaxy in preseason,” he said.”I hope to play Joel Pereira against Palace (in the last Premier League game of the season on Sunday) and Sergio in the Europa final.”Having stretched his winless league run to five games as the unimpressive run-in left United certain of finishing sixth, Mourinho can only hope his injury-hit side fire on all cylinders in Stockholm.last_img read more

Fifa refers to integrity rules after Trump’s threat over US World Cup bid

first_imgDonald Trump’s veiled threat against nations that may oppose the US bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup has prompted Fifa to refer to guidelines that warn against political influence over bids. Morocco is the the only other rival to the US, which has launched a joint bid with Canada and Mexico.“The U.S. has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup,” Trump tweeted. “It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the U.S. bid. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don’t support us (including at the United Nations)?” US sports The bid rules contain an explicit warning against activities by bidding country governments which “may adversely affect the integrity of the Bidding Process and create an undue influence on the Bidding Process.”Mexico’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto, responded positively to Trump’s tweet. “We can have differences but football unites us. Together we support the candidacy of Mexico, Canada and USA as the headquarters of the World Cup 2026,” he wrote on Twitter.The North American bid committee said it was pleased to have Trump’s support. “From the beginning, we have received strong support from the Canadian, Mexican, and United States governments. We are grateful for that support and together our three countries are ready to welcome players and fans from around the world to an extraordinary Fifa World Cup in 2026.”The Moroccan bid team declined to comment on Trump’s tweet.The North American bid boasts large stadiums and excellent infrastructure but is no certainty to win the June vote. The Morocco bid is expected to receive strong backing from Fifa’s African and Middle East members.France plans to back Morocco, the country’s football federation president told local media recently, while Russia, which will host the 2018 tournament this summer has said it will also vote for the north African nation’s bid. The United States previously hosted the World Cup in 1994. Fifa member countries receive one vote each, no matter their size. Fifa World Cup Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter USA, Canada and Mexico launch joint bid to host 2026 World Cup Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)The U.S. has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup. It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the U.S. bid. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don’t support us (including at the United Nations)?April 26, 2018 Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger news Share on Facebook Read more Fifa will choose the hosts at a meeting in Moscow on 13 June. “As a general rule, we cannot comment on specific statements in connection with the bidding process,” said Fifa in a statement. “We can only refer to the Fifa regulations for the selection of the venue for the final competition of the 2026 Fifa World Cup, and in particular to the bid rules of conduct incorporated therein.” Donald Trump Share via Email Topics Football politics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

It’s Not Too Late! Find Last Minute Eclipse Campgrounds with Hipcamp

first_img Witness Antarctica’s 2021 Total Solar Eclipse on an Exclusive Cruise The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable It is no secret that in a couple of weeks, for just a few minutes, nature enthusiasts, star lovers will be treated to a rare solar eclipse in a great swath of the United States; the likes of which hasn’t been seen since 1979 when Apocalypse Now haunted the big screen, YMCA was released as a single and McDonald’s released the Happy Meal.Though partially visible across most of the USA, the path of “Totality,” that is the where the sun is blocked by the moon entirely, is far more limited. This path will begin at 9:06 am in Oregon and Washington and will continue throughout the day across a seventy-mile arc which will extend from the Pacific Northwest through Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North and South Carolina and Georgia.Given that the last total solar eclipse occurred during the Carter administration, it is no wonder that tens of thousands of Americans will scurry across states to see this once in a generation solar event. For more than a year, hotels, campgrounds, AirBnBs and even spots in people’s front yards have been reserved by those hoping to catch sight of the event, disappointing those procrastinators who until now, might have had to wait until 2024 for another crack at seeing the moon eclipse the sun.Now, the innovative website makes it possible once again to find a place to watch the eclipse. is a startup that creates new campsites by unlocking access to beautiful private lands such as nature preserves, farms, and ranches and has unlocked over 1,000 new campsites (and counting) in the path of totality, stretching from South Carolina to Oregon.Whether it is car camping or glamping, Hipcamp’s goal is not only to ensure that folks get to see the eclipse but get to do so in a manner that truly makes the viewing unique. All along the path of totality, land owners are opening up their properties to allow people to view the eclipse in all kinds of unique conditions, be that alongside a waterfall, in a barn among farm animals or even in a vineyard, where in the hours leading up to the eclipse, guests can help harvest grapes. This not only benefits those who get a last minute day off and want to see the eclipse but also benefits the land owners to generate income necessary to keep their properties healthy and beautiful.Head over to their site to learn about more spots that are opening up and make sure to make the eclipse of 2017 as memorable as the song YMCA. The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Moroccan Intelligence Services Help Spain Thwart Terrorist Attack in Barcelona

Rabat – Moroccan intelligence services have allegedly helped their Spanish counterparts thwart a terrorist attack in Barcelona, according to the Moroccan daily Assabah.Morocco’s General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST) provided Spanish intelligence services with “valuable information” to dismantle two active cells whose mission was to inflict as much damage as the terrorist attacks perpetuated in Paris of November 13.Morocco helped Spain avoid a tragedy of great magnitude in the Catalan region, which has risen its security alert to its highest level, as well as that of its French borders. According to the same source, the first cell was active cell between France, Spain and Belgium, whereas the second one operated between Barcelona and Northern Morocco.The movements of these networks have unveiled their recruitment of thousands of jihadists following the airstrikes carried out by the international coalition against the positions of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS).Over the weekend, Spanish police arrested three alleged jihadists, tow men and a woman. All of them are of Moroccan origin, according to the Spanish newspaper ABC. It is likely that the Spanish Minister of Interior of Interior, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, declared the state of emergency in Barcelona after receiving this information from his Moroccan counterparts.In a statement to the press last week, the minister that Morocco and Spain, have been cooperating on a large scale in the fight against terrorism in order to tackle any threats that might come from the Jihadists.According to Spanish daily ABC, the three alleged jihadists arrested in Catalonia worked as correspondents of ISIS in Spain.“The role of the three, two men and a woman, who were in contact with jihadists in Syria through internet, was to capture terrorists, especially women, to exalt and spread contents such as videos, black flags of the Islamic State and comments that incite people to join ISIS,” according to the same source.Moroccan intelligence services have helped thwart a series of terrorist attacks in Morocco and Europe.Following the Paris terrorist attacks last November, Morocco’s intelligence services were instrumental in helping the French security forces locate the whereabouts of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, alleged mastermind of the attacks. The jihadist, who was killed in an assault of the French security forces, was planning to carry out another terrorist attack in the French capital. read more

M23 rebel fighters enter the city of Goma in eastern DR Congo

“The situation in and around Goma has reached a critical stage,” added the spokesperson, Eduardo Del Buey. “The M23 military advances have continued despite the demands of the Security Council, the Secretary-General, the African Union and others including countries in the region, for the M23 to immediately stop their attacks.” Addressing a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, he added, “Reports indicate that the M23 has wounded civilians, continued abductions of children and women, destroyed and looted property, and intimidated journalists and those who have attempted to resist their control.”Mr. Del Buey noted that the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) is closely monitoring the situation, with its peacekeepers in control of Goma’s airport, and conducing patrols. “MONUSCO troops will remain actively present in Goma and will continue all efforts within their capabilities to protect civilians from imminent threat,” the spokesperson said.The M23 – composed of soldiers who mutinied from the DRC national army in April – launched new attacks over the weekend in North Kivu province, of which Goma is the capital, uprooting some 60,0000 civilians and prompting MONUSCO to deploy attack helicopters in aid of the national army, known by the French acronym FARDC. Mr. del Buey said that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterates his strong condemnation of the M23’s violations of international humanitarian and human rights law that have accompanied its military advance. “The Secretary-General underlines that those who commit violations will be held responsible for their actions,” he added.Earlier Tuesday, UN humanitarian agencies expressed concern over the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the affected areas in eastern DRC, while the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, voiced concern over reported human rights violations against civilians there. read more

Half of maritime deaths since 2002 were on recreational craft

first_img66 fatalities (49% of total)Youngest fatality (15 years)Oldest fatality (71 years)Fishing Sector:51 fatalities (38% of total)Youngest fatality (21 years)Oldest fatality (70 years)Passenger Sector:11 fatalities (8% of total)Youngest fatality (14 years)Oldest fatality (73 years)Cargo Sector:6 fatalities (5% of total)Youngest fatality (20 years)Oldest fatality (55 years) THERE HAVE BEEN 134 maritime deaths in Ireland since 2002, latest figures show.They were released as Transport Minister Leo Varadkar called for a ‘sea change’ in attitudes to maritime safety in Ireland.The 134 deaths in the maritime sector can be broken down as follows:Leisure activities: Minister Varadkar released the figures as he kick-started a maritime safety strategy consultation: Sea Change – Building a new Maritime Safety Culture.He highlighted that almost half of the maritime fatalities in the past 12 years were as a result of leisure activities on recreational craft.Minister Varadkar said: “We all need to take a fresh look at how we use the waters in and around our island, and build a culture of maritime safety in our communities. This requires a radical change of culture in our attitude to safety.”The sea and any open water can be hostile and dangerous environments and demand total respect. By consulting with stakeholders and the general public, we want to reach a situation where there are no fatalities.The results of the consultation process will feed into the first ever Maritime Safety Strategy for Ireland. This Strategy is being prepared by the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and borrows from the successful road safety strategies that have helped make Ireland’s roads safer over the last 15 years.The goal is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries which occur every year on craft in our coastal and inland waters.Loss of life at seaSea Change looks at how to address the top 10 factors contributing to loss of life at sea in Ireland:Lack of an adequate maritime safety cultureUnsuitable or inadequately maintained safety equipment on board, or lack thereofLack of crew trainingFailure to plan journeys safely, including failure to take sea/weather conditions into accountNon-wearing of personal flotation device (PFD)Vessel unseaworthy, unstable and/or overloadedInadequate enforcement of regulationsImpairment due to fatigue or the influence of alcohol and/or drugsInadequate crewing levels/solo operationUnsuitable clothing being worn on board.Varadkar said: “We have to learn from past tragedies, in memory of those who have lost their lives, and safeguard future generations.”He urged people to engage with this consultation process – it runs until 29 August 2014, and the new strategy will be published later this year.Read: EU Commission sets out plan to harvest energy from our seas and oceans>last_img read more

Sitdown Sunday Two sisters one house and a mystery death

first_imgSitdown Sunday: Two sisters, one house, and a mystery death Grab a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads By Aoife Barry Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 12 Mar 2017, 9:00 AM Mar 12th 2017, 9:00 AM Short URL Share Tweet Email center_img No Comments IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. You may want to marry my husband Source: Shutterstock/marina_andrejchenkoThis wonderfully sad but beautiful piece of writing has been doing the rounds this week – it’s written by a woman who is nearing death, and who wants her husband to find love again.(New York Times, approx 10 mins reading time)When I was working on my first memoir, I kept circling sections my editor wanted me to expand upon. She would say, “I’d like to see more of this character.” Of course, I would agree — he was indeed a captivating character. But it was funny because she could have just said: “Jason. Let’s add more about Jason.” He is an absolutely wonderful father. Ask anyone. See that guy on the corner? Go ahead and ask him; he’ll tell you. Jason is compassionate — and he can flip a pancake.2. He heaviest man on the planetGQ meets Paul Mason, who used to weigh close to 1,000lbs. He has now lost nearly all of the weight, but it leaves him with many questions about how he should live his life.(GQ, approx 29 mins reading time)The logistics of getting him into surgery were unprecedented. Engineers had realized before he arrived that the operating room probably wouldn’t be sturdy enough to hold him. After consulting blueprints, they ultimately installed metal supports beneath the floor. Then doctors had to make a scary guess about how much anesthetic to pump into their patient. He needed much more than a normal person; the customary amount would merely dissolve in his body. But too much could mean death.3. How Greece fumbled the refugee crisis  Source: Shutterstock/Nicolas EconomouThousands of refugees have arrived on the shores of Greece looking for help. But some of them say that they’ve witnessed things go wrong there, leading to people living in miserable conditions. This is the despite the money that’s been pouring into the humanitarian response.(The Guardian, approx 26 mins reading time)For the established groups already working in Greece, the sudden influx of funds was both welcome and destabilising. Metadrasi, a Greek organisation known for training interpreters and caring for unaccompanied minors, had experienced staff poached by bigger new arrivals on the scene that could afford far higher salaries. The head of Metadrasi, Lora Pappa, believes the tide of money transformed refugees into “commodities” and encouraged short-term responses. 20,988 Views 4. The night Biggie was murdered Twenty years ago this week, the rapper Notorious BIG was murdered. Here’s what happened on that night in Los Angeles.(The Undefeated, approx 15 mins reading time)In the final hours of his life, Biggie Smalls was surrounded by love. Love that should have propelled him to the next chapter of a still infant career. Biggie had survived a war that six months earlier had taken the life of his former friend. A death Biggie said blindsided him. But even before that, B.I.G. believed death was always around the corner. “I’m scared to death,” he said in 1994, sitting on the third-floor steps of his mother’s apartment in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. “Scared of getting my brains blown out.”5. The art of spying  Source: Shutterstock/Andrey_PopovSince 9/11, things have been changing in the world of spying, and the ‘global war on terror’ mindset has been the default at the CIA for the past 15 years. But this writer argues that the CIA is going to have to bring in even more changes to deal with today’s world.(Politico, approx 16 mins reading time)In short, the CIA looks very different today from the way it did at the height of the Cold War. The transformation was a necessary one, given the nature of the threat and the continuing evolution of groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State. The global risk environment is shifting again, however, and I fear that much of the institutional knowledge about running traditional espionage operations—which will be necessary in this new environment—is gone.6. Two sisters, one house and a mysteryTwo sisters, Sheryl and Lynda Waldman, lived a reclusive life in a 4,000-square-foot home in Wisconsin. Over the years, the house slowly fell into disrepair, but Lynda would appear in the door and refuse to take any of the help offered. Then the discovery was made that Sheryl had died in the house… a long time ago.(Boston Globe, approx 24 mins reading time)The sisters, who craved privacy above all else, are now the subject of public soul-searching in a town that prides itself on progressive government and neighborly compassion: Could it be that easy for someone in their midst to disappear and die without anyone knowing? Is this an isolated tragedy, or a reminder about the vulnerability of those who lead hidden lives? And another question in this haunting case cannot yet be ruled out: Could this death have been a crime? Or the result of frightful neglect?… AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES… Source: Shutterstock/kosmenkodIn 2000, Esquire carried a story about the ‘perfect fire’, a blaze that began with a candle in an abandoned warehouse and ended with firefighters in danger of losing their lives.(Esquire, approx 75 mins reading time)No windows interrupted the endless rows of brick, save for a few tiny panes on the second floor, which meant there were no easy vents to bleed out heat and smoke and, if things got really hairy, no obvious escape hatches for anyone trapped inside. Hardly any of the firefighters had ever been in it, except for a few old-timers who’d cleaned up gas leaks or doused spot fires before the warehouse was abandoned in 1987 and, later, a captain named Robert A. Johnson, who got lost in a maze of meat lockers during a routine inspection. “Jesus,” he had whispered to himself then. “We’d better never get a fire in here.”More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday>last_img read more

Gardaí have filled just a fraction of counterterrorism roles they promised at

first_img 35 Comments Similarly competitions for appointment of Detective Gardaí and Sergeants to the Special Detective Unit has been completed and a panel of Candidates selected for appointment has been established. Sergeants were allocated to the Unit during 2016, with the first tranche of Gardaí allocated in March, 2017, with a further cohort of Gardaí have been allocated in recent days [sic] with the transfers to take place before the end of June, 2017.Read: Gardaí arrest two men after armed robbery and car chase through Rathfarnham >Read: Russia says that it may have killed the leader of Islamic State > Sergeants were allocated to the Bureaux in March, 2017 and Gardaí have also been allocated to these Bureaux in recent days with the transfers to take place in early July. A competition for appointment of Detective Gardaí and Sergeants to Special Crime Operations, including at the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Garda National Protective Services Bureau, the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, including the Garda Cyber Crime Bureau, the Garda Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau and the Garda National Immigration Bureau, has now been completed and a panel of Candidates selected for appointment to these Bureaux has been established. 8,660 Views AROUND A DOZEN or so gardaí have joined the Special Detective Unit (SDU), which has responsibility for counter-terrorism in Ireland, since the start of the year, despite assurances that a large number of detectives would be appointed to it.The gardaí had said that up to 190 detectives were to be appointed to national units.At the beginning of 2017, it was announced that 160 new detectives were being assigned to Special Crimes Operations (SCO). Many of these members would have responsibility for monitoring who is entering the country. They would also give support to other garda units across the country.There was also supposed to be at least 30 new detectives appointed to the Special Detective Unit (SDU) which is responsible for the investigation of threats to state security and the monitoring of people who could pose a threat.However, has learned that just a fraction of these positions have been filled since the start of 2017.Just 12 or so officers have been moved to the SDU in this time and not all of them have been placed in counter-terrorism.Around 40 detective sergeants have been appointed to positions in either unit.Well-placed sources have confirmed to that there has been no increase in the number of detective gardaí based in immigration. Also, the competitions for these detective jobs were advertised two years ago. Fears have also been expressed that the need for detective gardaí has increased in those two years as retirements and transfers have depleted the numbers.Since the terror attacks in London and the emergence that one of the attackers lived in Dublin, questions have been raised about force’s ability to respond.Attack responseCommissioner Noirín O’Sullivan moved to reassure the public, saying that officers would be on the scene of any potential attack in Dublin city within eight minutes – the same time it took the Met police in London to arrive on scene.Earlier this month, Commissioner O’Sullivan said that the Armed Support Unit (ASU) will increase by 20 officers to 75 in total by 22 June.She added that there is currently “a competition underway to increase the ASU right around the country to make sure there is a 24/7 response around the country” revealed how specialist armed Garda units were directed to beef up security in several Irish cities in the wake of the attacks.The Commissioner said that the force has focussed “very strongly” on making sure they engage with minority communities since the Bataclan attack in Paris three years ago. She added that terrorism “is not about religion” and that “we should not link terrorism to any specific religion”.She also took the opportunity to ask anyone who has any specific concerns about neighbours, family members or associates who could have been radicalised to contact gardaí confidentially.She added: “We take our national security very seriously. We continuously review threat assessment and our response capabilities. Within an hour of the incident (London) happening, we were in touch with our intelligence and law enforcement counterparts to assess if there is any Irish link.”Responding to queries from, the Garda Press Office sent the following response, which said that the processes were ongoing. Further transfers of personnel are expected within the next few weeks. By Garreth MacNamee Gardaí have filled just a fraction of counter-terrorism roles they promised at the start of the year The Commissioner has claimed that enough resources are in place to deal with a terror attack.center_img Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 7:30 AM Jun 17th 2017, 7:30 AM Share60 Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Floods threaten Brisbanes Greek community

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Orthodox Community of St George, Brisbane, is preparing an emergency evacuation plan following floods warnings in the region. Queensland Police have advised people who live or are currently near the Brisbane River at West End to move to higher ground as heavy rainfall in the Toowoomba region, causing devastating flash floods, is making its way into the Brisbane River. An administrator of the Greek Orthodox Community of St George, Brisbane, Dora Laoudikos, told Neos Kosmos that they have not received any emergency calls from members of the Greek community in Queensland as yet. “We’ve been focused on evacuating our elderly clients who live down by the river, because the water has risen over the banks and we’re expecting a high tide in two hours,” Ms Laoudikos said. “The Wivenhoe dam is over 100 percent full so they’ve had to let the water out and it’s still pouring with rain,” she added. The Greek Community of St George’s elderly services, which cater for 450 elderly clients and include domestic assistance and respite care, have been disrupted by the floods, Ms Laoudikos said.  “The respite program has been cancelled, our Northside respite building is closed as it’s flooding and there’s water going in,” she said, adding “due to roads being closed we can’t run our usual service of picking up clients by bus”. “We haven’t been flooded at our main building yet but we’re cautious of being blocked out. We’re just concentrating on making sure all our community members, especially the elderly, are safe.” Some roads are closed and train lines have just stopped running, Ms Laoudikos said. “It’s terrible, we’re just listening to the radio hour by hour for updates and trying to be prepared”. People seeking information on friends and relatives caught up in the flooding disaster can call the telephone hotline: 1300 993 191last_img read more

The Flash Season 5 Episode 8 Recap Barry Got Back

first_img Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis Stay on target Holy crap, The Flash reached its 100th episode.That’s quite an accomplishment, and I’m glad it happened during such a fun season. The show celebrated it in the best possible way too. The team now knows the identity of Cicada, Orlin Dwyer, and why he’s hunting down metas. Now, there’s just the question of what they do next. Barry’s solution: Let’s go get him. Great plan dude, let me know how that works out for you. Sherloque points out that as long as Cicada has his power-dampening dagger, “go getting him” isn’t going to work. Maybe he really is as smart as he claims to be. Fortunately, Barry is in a room full of people much smarter than him. Including his daughter. Nora suggests creating a dampening device using objects Barry already encountered in the past. Her plan: Go back in time, steal those objects after they stop being relevant, and hide it near the hospital for five years. Make sure Cicada never has a chance to get the upper hand. Yay! It’s a time travel episode!We’re not going to get there without a trip to the can-I-talk-to-you hallway. Nora wants to travel back in time too, and Barry won’t let her because it’s too dangerous. We’re getting dangerously close to repeating the same lessons week after week. It’s one of the weakest points of this show. Thankfully, it doesn’t last long. Iris, now finally on good terms with her daughter, talks Barry into letting her come along. Of course it will be dangerous, that’s why two speedsters are better than one. Duh, Barry. They go back in time to Season 3, but there’s one danger Barry didn’t anticipate. A time wraith is on their trail, probably because all the messing with time they’re about to do is exacerbated by the presence of Barry’s adult daughter from the future. Not even Ralph Dibny’s hilarious Back to the Future reference will appease him.Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow and Hartley Sawyer as Dibney (Photo Credit: Jeff Weddell/The CW)Barry distracts the wraith while Nora collects a piece of Savitar’s suit… While learning some uncomfortable facts about her parents in the process. I hope she knows a good therapist in the future. The next stop is Season Two, when Barry lost his speed and Zoom kidnapped Caitlin. It’s fun revisiting all these big moments from the show and seeing them from different angles. And the scene where our Barry meets past Harry Wells nails the uneasy precariousness of the situation. I was actually nervous the entire time Barry was talking to him. Knowing that at any moment, he could screw everything up. He gets through the awkward interaction, and gets what he’s looking for, but he and XS have a bigger problem. Zoom shows up and chases both Barry and Nora through time. The time wraith takes care of him before too long, but the device breaks in the chase. To make matters worse, there’s only one person they can go to to fix it: Eobard Thawne.The Flash is really going all out for its 100th episode. It really feels like a true celebration of everything the show has done in the last four and a half seasons. It’s not just congratulating itself, either. It’s showing us interesting new angles on the biggest moments of the series so far. Even going so far as to change them slightly, because that’s just what The Flash does. We get a cool little scene where Thawne, before the particle accelerator explodes, senses the presence of two speedsters in the building. He almost delays turning the accelerator on, but appears to accept his fate. Tom Cavanagh directed this episode, which is fitting since he directed some of the best episodes of the entire series. He gave himself plenty to do here too, playing three different versions of the character. I’d call it showing off, but it’s just so much fun to watch.Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora West (Photo Credit: Jeff Weddell/The CW)Barry and Nora get everything they’re looking for, and return to the present with the power dampener. As Cisco promised Dibny, it’s like no time has passed at all. Huey Lewis and the News’ “Back in Time” is still playing when they get back. All that’s left is the (definitely not) final confrontation with Cicada. The plan seems to work perfectly at first. The hidden dampener does its job and neutralizes the dagger long enough for Cisco to vibe it into outer space. But instead of arresting Cicada, they stand around taunting him. Yeah, it wouldn’t be a midseason Flash episode without a truly boneheaded self-defeat. Cicada’s power isn’t only in his dagger, surprise surprise, and he’s able to pull it down from outer space at full power. I’ll forgive the absolute boneheadedness, because it leads to the episodes coolest moment.Cicada debilitates Flash, Vibe, XS and Elongated Man, and is about to kill The Flash. That’s when Killer Frost steps out of the van and delivers a powerful ice blast. The show has gotten into the habit of making us wait for a climactic Killer Frost appearance, and you know what? So far, it still works. Killer Frost is just that cool, and it’s about time we got to watch her be the hero. Even Cicada doesn’t want to mess with her. One blast of ice and he peaces out shockingly quick. Hey, we can’t have a real fight with the big bad yet. We still have more than half a season to get through.Chris Klein as Cicada (Photo Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW)The mystery surrounding Nora also moves forward in an interesting way. Sherloque finds the strange time writing Barry was scribbling after he came out of the Speed Force in Season 3 in Nora’s journal. She claims to have made it up. Sherloque seemingly accepts her explanation, but he’s clearly still suspicious. He has reason to be. The show has been real cagey as far as what Nora’s actually doing here. Is she really just trying to get to know her dad? Apparently not. She spent much of the episode both oddly curious about and ignorant of Eobard Thawne. That appears to be an act. She’s been using Gideon to send him messages in the time language, and right at the end, she goes to visit him. What’s goin on here? We’ll be waiting a little while to find out.We still have one episode to go before the show takes its winter break, but this certainly feels like the midseason finale. We’re at a natural stopping point in the story, and the biggest mystery of the season just answered one question while bringing up a whole lot more. Next week’s episode likely isn’t going to address it too much, either. We’re closing out the fall season with the Elseworlds crossover event, where some complicated-looking events on an alternate Earth cause this one to become all mixed up. This was a fun season finale with a few good fight scenes and a wonderful reminder of everything the show’s done. It left us begging to see where the story goes next. Even so, I’m even more excited to see this crossover, which will bring in Batwoman, Superman and everyone’s favorite Flash: Oliver Queen.The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CWPreviously on The Flash:The Flash Season 5 Episode 7 RecapThe Flash Season 5 Episode 6 RecapThe Flash Season 5 Episode 5 Recaplast_img read more

Bishop says peace prosperity is everybodys responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Feb 2016 – The entire country was challenged to take responsibility for the peace and prosperity of the Turks and Caicos when Police and other Law Enforcers gathered for their annual church service at Abundant Life Ministries International. Two church services were held to officially start the year in prayer for the various forces including Police, Immigration, Customs, Environmental Health, Fire Department, Airports Authority Security, Prison Service and Road Traffic in both Grand Turk and Providenciales. The key message came from Bishop C. Alexander Williams who called on hearers to be honest and pay their taxes and dues to country… called on expat officers and residents to love this country where they are blessed to live their lives… called on the Police to restore true community policing and to exercise greater compassion… called on government to more highly consider the Belonger worker and to promote and pay them well… there was a challenge to introduce new, tougher laws and to make greater efforts to assimilate cultures and all were called to remember that there was a time in the TCI, when God was not left out. The service featured worship performances by the Abundant Life praise team, brass band music by the Royal Turks and Caicos Police Band and remarks from Deputy Police Commissioner, Rodney Adams; Opposition Leader, Sharlene Robinson and Premier, Rufus Ewing. The theme for the service was Serving God and Country. Related Items:aundant life ministries, bishop alexander C. Williams, church service, law enforcers, premier rufus ewing, rodney adams, Royal Turks and Caicos Police Band, sharlene robinson Jitney row on social media elicits warning from PDM Leader Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliamentlast_img read more

Soy Growers Welcome Administrations Second Look at TPP

first_imgThe Asia-Pacific Market Working Group of the U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer and members of Congress welcoming President Donald Trump’s consideration of rejoining the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).The U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade is comprised of over 100 organizations representing America’s agriculture industry, including the American Soybean Association (ASA).ASA expressed significant concern last January, following an executive order from Trump that withdrew the U.S. from the 12-nation TPP. Soybeans are the nation’s largest agricultural export, and markets in Southeast Asia and Latin America continue to grow in their potential as buyers of U.S. soy. The biggest beneficiary from TPP, however, was the American livestock industry–in the form of increased meat and dairy exports–which represents the largest domestic market for soybean meal.“We understand that the eleven other TPP signatories will sign the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in March and begin implementing it in the ensuing months,”  the Asia-Pacific Market Working Group states in the letter. “Once this happens, our sector will be placed at a substantial disadvantage as other countries gain entry into these markets at substantially lower tariffs and preferential terms. Given the downturn in U.S. farm prices and profitability that is already hurting rural America, the timing could not be worse. American food and agricultural producers and companies are facing significant barriers in these markets that could be addressed with the improved rules and higher standards through reengagement with the TPP countries.”The group offered to share specific ideas and support the Administration’s efforts for reengaging with TPP countries.Click here to read the letter.last_img read more

City and Regional Publisher SagaCity Media Acquires Sarasota Magazine

first_img Vogel declined to offer specifics on deal terms, but says, “We all think it was a fair price for a highly profitable asset and we intend to ratchet up our return on investment by launching significant digital assets by January 2016.” The 12-year-old SagaCity first launched Portland Monthly in 2003 and has since bought or launched its way across the country. The company also has titles in Seattle, Houston, Aspen, Vail and Park City.  Gulfshore group publisher Kelley Lavin, editorial director Pam Daniel and creative director Gigi Ortwein will remain on board after the deal. Vogel says that the rest of the employees will also stay and more positions will be added to the digital team. “We are also giving raises to about one-third of the staff to bring them to our Sagacity levels,” she adds. In 2012, Denton then sold his Gulfshore titles, including Gulfshore Life, Gulfshore Business and annual titles Gulfshore Life at Home and Forever Young, to Hadley Capital-backed Open Sky Media.  Denton then purchased Venice Magazine in mid-2014. Gulfshore Media has been through a couple of acquisitions in the last 11 years. Company founder Dan Denton sold the titles to CurtCo in 2004 and then bought them back six years later.  Terms of the deal were not released, but SagaCity will focus on expanding the digital platform for the Sarasota brands. Investments in responsive design, database technology, mobile and social media that the company has already made with its existing brands will be carried over to the Sarastota portfolio, Nicole Vogel, SagaCity’s president, tells Folio:.  SagaCity Media, a city and regional publisher based in Portland, Oregon, is set to announce today that it’s acquired the Sarasota magazine brands from Gulfshore Media. Included in the deal are the flagship Sarasota Magazine, Biz (941), SEE Sarasota, Sarasota Health and Venice Magazine.  The Sarasota deal marks the company’s second sizeable acquisition to date and brings the total title count to 82, says Vogel, which includes a significant number of custom publications.last_img read more

Anchorage School District faces another budget gap

first_imgAs the legislature tries to develop a viable solution to Alaska’s budget woes, school districts are exploring options to deal with flat state funding anticipated during the next fiscal year.Though the level of funding is likely to be similar to the previous year, rising annual costs mean the Anchorage School District is facing a possible shortfall of about $15 million.Listen nowASD Superintendent Deena Paramo said it will be difficult to balance the budget without affecting employees.“I don’t look to have any type of layoffs; we’re really looking at our attrition and being able to reorganize and those folks that want to work for ASD, we would want to keep them working for our organization, but we might be having different jobs for folks,” Paramo said.Among the drivers for finding efficiencies within the district is the establishment of a Pupil to Teacher Ratio — which is the number of staff members, not limited to teachers, assigned per student.“Whether that’s principals, counselors, safety officers, we did do that for nurses, but we’re looking at all those additional functions in a school, whether it’s reading specialists, career tech,” Paramo said. “And we didn’t have our ratios articulated necessarily for those other subjects and other supports.”ASD is also planning on presenting a $58.5 million bond package to Anchorage voters in April.Paramo said the package includes money to replace out-of-date heating and ventilation systems and to make structural and seismic improvements to some buildings.“And then finally eight roofs, so only the roofs that actually have water coming in and through the ceilings where we have buckets are the schools targeted, there are eight of them,” Paramo said. “It’s not to build into the future which I would love to do — create 21st century schools and learning and learning spaces — but it is simply taking care of our present infrastructure.”Paramo said the district and Anchorage School Board will engage in more detail-oriented budget discussions next month.Governor Bill Walker’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, allocates more than $1.27 billion in unrestricted and designated general funds to education.Of that money, ASD would receive about $330 million — or a little more than a quarter of the the state’s education budget.last_img read more

CPI State conference from November 24 in Mancherial

first_imgMancherial: The Communist Party of India (CPI) will hold its State convention at Mancherial district headquarters from November 24 to 26, CPI district executive member Madugula Lakshman informed. Speaking at a press meet at the party office here on Thursday, he said the country’s political affairs will be discussed and an action plan will be chalked out. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us CPI State secretary Chada Venkat Reddy and State secretariat members will be the chief guests at the invitation committee meeting and district secretaries, urban and mandal secretaries and leaders of party public sector organisations will attend the meeting. District executive members Mekala Das, AITUC district vice-president Mittapalli Paul, AYF district secretary Lingam Ravi, leaders and others were present at the press meet.last_img read more

India reckons revived reforms for failing economy

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 20 (ANI): The tapering trends in Indian economy urgently demands deepening of economic reforms so as to stabilise the dwindling economy of the country. India___s Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram stated this while interacting with the mediapersons in New Delhi. Earlier on Wednesday (September 18) the US Federal Reserve announced that it will continue with its monthly $85 billion bond buying programme and wait for more evidence of growth recovery. He also assured that the Indian government is working for the growth recovery and normalisation of the Indian currency.last_img read more

Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 Karan Patel Yuvraj Singh Karishma Tanna and others

first_imgKhatron Ke Khiladi 10instagramPopular stunt-based reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi is gearing up for its tenth season. While makers have started approaching celebrity participants, the buzz is that Karan Patel is in talks for the show.A TellyChakkar report said that Karan, who plays the lead role in Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, has admitted to being approached by Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 makers, however, nothing has been finalised as of now.Given that the long-running show Yeh Hai Mohabbatein is set to go off air, Karan’s fans will surely be excited to see him performing some daredevil stunts. Confirming the report, Karan said: “Yes, I am in talks for the show, but things are yet to get finalized.”Besides Karan, rumour has it that Yuvraj Singh, who retired from International cricket recently, is likely to participate as well. Karishma Tanna, who was last seen in Naagin 3 and Qayamat Ki Raat, may also be seen on the show. The actress had earlier participated in reality shows like Bigg Boss 8, Zara Nachke Dikha, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9 and Nach Baliye 7.Kavita Kaushik of F.I.R fame has also been approached to be part of the adventure reality show. Choreographer Dharmesh Yelende and comedian Balraj Sayal are likely to be roped in for Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 as well.Bollywood director Rohit Shetty will reprise his role as the host of the new season of the stunt-based reality show. Currently, Rohit is busy shooting in Hyderabad for his film Sooryavanshi. This year, the show will be shot in Bulgaria and the new team is expected to fly to the location soon. Kavita Kaushikinstagramlast_img read more

Uganda landslide kills at least 34

first_imgDamaged housing is seen after a landslide in Bududa, Uganda, in this still image taken from video on 12 October 2018. Photo: ReutersAt least 34 people have been killed after a river in eastern Uganda burst its banks, sending thick sludge and rocks barrelling into homes, disaster officials said Friday.Rescue teams were picking through the rubble, looking for survivors and victims of the disaster which took place on Thursday in the town of Bukalasi in the Bududa district. An unknown number of people were still missing.“I can confirm 34 people are dead. We have to wait for our assessment to be completed before we can say how many are missing,” said Uganda Red Cross spokeswoman Irene Nakasiita.On Thursday she shared photos of the scene of what she described as a “massive landslide” on WhatsApp, including images of dismembered corpses caked in mud laid out by the river.Some of the bodies had been partly covered with banana leaves by members of the public.“The cause was the river bursting its banks upstream following heavy rain. When the water flowed down it brought a number of big stones with it that destroyed people’s houses,” said Nakasiita.“Our search and rescue team is still on the ground evacuating people and removing them from the rubble.”She said the Red Cross was sending relief supplies to the area, such as tarpaulins, blankets and water purification tablets.Nathan Tumuhamye, director of an organisation that helps communities recover from natural disasters and conflict, told AFP that “four to five villages”, and possibly a primary school had been affected.“I have received the sad news of landslides wreaking havoc in Bududa District, killing a yet-to-(be)specified number of residents. The government has dispatched rescue teams to the affected areas,” President Yoweri Museveni wrote on Twitter.“The government will look at the other options available to stop further occurrences of these disasters.”Bududa district in the foothills of Mount Elgon, which lies on the border between Uganda and Kenya, is a high risk area for landslides.At least 100 people were reported killed in a landslide in Bududa in March 2010, and in 2012 landslides destroyed three villages.Government efforts to move vulnerable people to neighbouring districts have faced resistance from residents.According to Tumuhamye some early warning systems for floods and landslides have been established in the area but without the capacity to respond to the warnings the systems have not helped residents escape disasters.last_img read more