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UK: At least 19 killed in bomb blast at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

first_imgAt least 19 people were killed and more than 50 injured in an explosion at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday and two US officials said a suicide bomber was suspected.UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack. If confirmed, it would be the deadliest militant assault on Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London’s transport system in July 2005.Police responded to reports of an explosion shortly after 3:05 pm (IST) at the arena, which has a capacity for 21,000 people, and where the US singer had been performing to an audience that included many children.A witness who attended the concert said she felt a huge blast as she was leaving the arena, followed by screaming and a rush by thousands of people trying to escape the building.Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he was “pained” by the attack.”We strongly condemn it. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased and prayers with the injured,” he tweeted.’EVERYBODY WAS SCREAMING’A video posted on Twitter showed fans, many of them young, screaming and running from the venue. Dozens of parents frantically searched for their children, posting photos and pleading for information on social media.”We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming,” concertgoer Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters.”It was a huge explosion – you could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out.”advertisementA spokesman for Ariana Grande, 23, said the singer was “okay”.May, who faces an election in two and a half weeks, said her thoughts were with the victims and their families.”We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack,” she said in a statement. “All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.”SUICIDE BOMBER?There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but U.S. officials drew parallels to the coordinated attacks in November 2015 by Islamist militants on the Bataclan concert hall and other sites in Paris, which claimed about 130 lives.Two US officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said that initial signs pointed to a suicide bomber as being responsible for the blast.”The choice of venue, the timing and the mode of attack all suggest this was terrorism,” said a US counter terrorism official who also spoke on condition of anonymity.Britain is on its second-highest alert level of “severe” meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely.British counter-terrorism police have said they are making on average an arrest every day in connection with suspected terrorism.In March, a British-born convert to Islam ploughed a car into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing four people before stabbing to death a police officer who was on the grounds of parliament. He was shot dead at the scene.In 2015, Pakistani student Abid Naseer was convicted in a US court of conspiring with al Qaeda to blow up the Arndale shopping centre in the centre of Manchester in April 2009.’FRANTIC PARENTS WERE TRYING TO GET TO THEIR KIDS’Manchester Arena, the largest indoor arena in Europe, opened in 1995 and is a popular concert and sporting venue.Paula Robinson, 48, from West Dalton about 40 miles east of Manchester, said she was at the train station next to the arena with her husband when she felt the explosion and saw dozens of teenage girls screaming and running away from arena.”We ran out,” Robinson told Reuters. “It was literally seconds after the explosion. I got the teens to run with me.”Robinson took dozens of teenage girls to the nearby Holiday Inn Express hotel and tweeted out her phone number to worried parents, telling them to meet her there. She said her phone had not stopped ringing since her tweet.”Parents were frantic running about trying to get to their children,” she said. “There were lots of lots children at Holiday Inn.”ALSO READ | India a victim of terror, says Donald Trump, calls upon Muslim nations to do their bit to defeat terrorism ALSO READ | Pervez Musharraf: Kulbhushan Jadhav bigger terrorist than Ajmal Kasab, Pakistan should have ignored India’s ICJ petitionPICTURES |  19 killed in terror attack at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in UKWATCH | UK: Explosion at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester claims 19 livesadvertisementlast_img read more

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Brazil’s Paulinho reveals Lionel Messi’s role in his transfer to Barcelona

first_imgBrazilian midfielder Paulinho has seen his fortunes make a massive turnaround in the past one or one and a half years.From playing in the Chinese Super League far away from his home, he is now at one of the biggest clubs in the world, featuring alongside one of the best players of all time.And to think of the fact that 12 months ago this entire turnaround was nowhere in the picture, is remarkable.During the prime of his career, Paulinho was playing at Guangzhou Evergrande in the Chinese Super League after having made a move to Asia from a difficult spell with Tottenham Hotspur.FULL FOOTBALL COVERAGEBut during Brazil’s friendly against Argentina in Melbourne, Messi made a stunning offer to him.”All of a sudden, Messi walks straight up to me, looks me in the eye, and says, ‘So… are we going to Barcelona or not?’,” 29-year-old recalled this week on www.theplayerstribune.com.”I thought maybe he was joking, like he was trying to mess with my head or something. But we were just playing a friendly… so maybe not?”Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Who plays who in the quarter-finalsIndeed, a few months later, Paulinho was on his way to Barcelona and in his first year at the club, he would go on to win the La Liga and the Copa del Rey further securing his spot in the Brazilian national team.If Messi is somewhere responsible for his move to Barcelona, it is Brazil’s coach Tite who resurrected his career from the dark.advertisementHard running and aggressive, Paulinho has played every game for the Selecao in Russia as Brazil have established themselves as favourites for a sixth world title heading into Friday’s quarter-final against Belgium in Kazan.An artisan box-to-box operator among the artists of the Brazil team, Paulinho has a knack of being in the right place at the right time, as he showed when he latched onto Philippe Coutinho’s through ball to score against Serbia.”One person who always believed in me was Tite,” Paulinho added.”I get emotional when I speak about Tite, because we are connected in a way that is about more than football.”There have been other dark days in Paulinho’s career – he almost quit the game as a teenager after being racially abused while playing in Lithuania and he suffered from depression when he was dropped at Spurs.The premature birth of his twin son and daughter at the end of last year has helped to put his footballing woes in perspective, however.”Football is full of ups and downs. It’s unpredictable. Going from China to Barcelona is incredible, but it’s not a miracle,” he said.”A miracle is when you come home from football, and no matter what the result was that day, your children look up at you, and their eyes say, ‘Ola, Papai’.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez facing more transfer frustration over Ashley decision

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez facing more transfer frustration over Ashley decisionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez transfer plans are again in limbo ahead of the January market.The Daily Star says Ashley has flown out on holiday having accepted he has little chance of selling Newcastle in the immediate future.Benitez, whose side entertain rock bottom Fulham this weekend, wants to do his transfer business as early as possible next month.His point of contact is managing director Lee Charnley, with whom he speaks on a regular basis.But the fact Ashley, who must sanction any deals, is not in the country will concern him. last_img

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Higuain named in Juventus pre-season tour squad amid Roma links

first_imgJuventus have included Gonzalo Higuain in their pre-season tour squad despite reports Roma have agreed on a deal to sign the striker on loan.Higuain is back at Juve after leaving Chelsea, for whom he scored five Premier League goals during the second half of last season, opted not to extend his loan or trigger a purchase option.The 31-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge on a temporary six-month deal in January, after spending the first half of the 2018-19 campaign on loan at Milan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The Argentine has been linked with a permanent move this summer with his opportunities at Juve seemingly limited as they boast Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala among their forward options.However, Higuain thrived under new Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri when they previously worked together at Napoli and he may yet get a chance to stake his claim in pre-season.Juventus Summer Tour 2019 Powered by @Jeep, the squad list#MeetTheWonder #LiveAhead pic.twitter.com/69h01wjQx5— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 19, 2019The Bianconeri are set to face Tottenham, Inter and Atletico Madrid in the International Champions Cup as Sarri’s side warm-up for the 2019-20 campaign.Reports in Italy claim Roma have agreed on a loan deal for Higuain with Juventus but that the striker is yet to accept the move.The Giallorossi are said to want to secure Higuain as a replacement for Edin Dzeko, who is reportedly a target for Inter.Speaking last month, however, Higuain’s brother and agent Nicola said the striker will not play for another Serie A club this term.”Higuain in Italy will play only for Juventus,” Nicola Higuain tweeted. “Two years of [his] contract remain and will be respected.”Juve’s tour squad, announced by the club on Friday, includes new signings Matthijs de Ligt, Adrien Rabiot and Gianluigi Buffon, but fellow arrival Aaron Ramsey is not on the list and veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini is also absent.Mattia Perin is missing after his move to Benfica was postponed on Thursday when a medical found the goalkeeper’s shoulder injury will keep him out of action for a further four months.last_img read more

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Mislintat lifts the lid on Arsenal transfer strategy

first_imgSven Mislintat has offered an alarming assessment of Arsenal’s recruitment strategy, with the transfer specialist revealing that broken promises and a change in direction led him away from the club.The German was appointed by the Gunners in November 2017.He left that role in February 2018 after helping to oversee deals for the likes of Matteo Guendouzi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bernd Leno. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Mislintat claims that he had been promised a role as technical director by Arsenal chiefs prior to his departure, with Edu having since been brought back to north London in that post.Having been denied an opportunity he craved, a man famed for his ability to get shrewd deals over the line claims that the Gunners have moved away from operating independently and have instead placed greater trust in player agents.He told Freunde 11: “Last summer there were leadership changes at Arsenal.”It had actually been agreed that I would become technical director, so then I would be around the team on a daily basis.”But the new leadership had their own agenda and other candidates. On top of that, we had different approaches.”Previously we had a strong systematic approach to transfers, a mixture of watching things live as well as quality data and video analysis. Arsenal actually owns their own data company.”That meant that we acted independently, we knew about all markets and players in all positions that came into question.”However, the new leadership work more strongly with what they are offered from clubs or agents through their own networks.”Arsenal have endured a quiet summer transfer window in 2019 so far.A deal has been wrapped up for promising youngster Gabriel Martinelli, but he has been the only arrival as things stand.Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney has been identified as a top target, but the Gunners are yet to table an offer which is deemed acceptable by the Scottish champions.They are understood to be closing in on an agreement for St Etienne defender William Saliba, with interest from arch-rivals Tottenham fended off in that chase.Competition from Spurs is also hampering their pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, with Unai Emery hoping that positive news on the recruitment front will soon be delivered at the Emirates Stadium.last_img read more

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Pakistan airspace remains open for Indian flights CAA

first_imgLahore: Pakistan on Thursday clarified that it has neither closed its airspace for India nor re-routed any route for the Indian flights. “There has been no change to the notice to airmen (NOTAM) and all flights are being operated as per schedule issued earlier,” Civil Aviation Authority Pakistan spokesperson Mujtaba Baig told PTI. “Pakistan has neither closed its airspace for India nor re-routed or closed down any route for the Indian flights,” he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Responding to a question about re-routing of a few routes as reported by the media, he said: “Not a single route has been re-routed after the latest tension between the two countries.” Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal also said that Pakistan had not banned its airspace for India. “We have not banned our airspace for India. It is open for Indian flights,” he told reporters in Islamabad. There were reports that Pakistan had closed down a couple of routes for Indian flights following its decision to downgrade diplomatic ties with India in response to New Delhi’s move to revoke special status of Kashmir. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Pakistan on July 16 opened its airspace for India after some five months of restrictions imposed in the wake of a standoff with New Delhi earlier this year. Following the Balakot air strikes, Pakistan had closed its airspace on February 26. In March, Pakistan partially opened its airspace but kept it banned for the Indian flights. India also banned its airspace for flights to Pakistan. Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan had said the CAA suffered a loss of Rs 8.5 billion because of airspace restrictions since February. He said this restriction hit India harder than Pakistan. “The loss of India is almost double,” he claimed.last_img read more

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LOreal Paris Celebrates Women Of Worth

first_imgLast week at the 2012 Women of Worth awards ceremony, L’Oreal Paris and Hearst Magazines recognized the work and efforts of 10 extraordinary women for their dedication to making a beautiful difference in the world.L’Oreal Paris brand ambassadors Aimee Mullins, Andie MacDowell and Julianna Margulies with L’Oreal Paris president, Karen Fondu, at the Women of Worth awards.The event featured an awards presentation hosted by Karen Fondu, president of L’Oreal Paris, and Michael Clinton, president, marketing and publishing director of Hearst Magazines. Special guest presenters included L’Oreal Paris spokespeople Andie MacDowell, Julianna Margulies and Aimee Mullins, as well as inspiring women in the entertainment, publishing, media and digital industries, including Arianna Huffington, Allison Williams, Trisha Yearwood, Jessica Seinfeld and Randi Zuckerberg, among others. Former Women of Worth honorees were also invited to ring in the seventh annual awards.“Every year, these incredible women raise the bar on what it means to make a beautiful difference in our communities, and this year is no exception. L’Oreal Paris’ 2012 Women of Worth honorees exemplify our brand’s philosophy – ‘Because You’re Worth It’- and inspire those around them to be a force of positive change in our world,” said L’Oreal Paris President Karen Fondu. “We are proud to recognize this year’s honorees and extend a special congratulations to our National Honoree, Risa Vetri Ferman of Mission Kids.”NATIONAL HONOREE: RISA VETRI FERMAN
Chosen by a group of elite judges, each of the 10 honorees received $10,000 for her charitable cause. During the month of November, consumers had the opportunity to visit womenofworth.com and cast their vote for the honoree and charity that inspired them the most. After almost 70,000 votes, Risa Vetri Ferman, co-founder of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center, a non-profit that gives child abuse victims a voice and helps them heal, was awarded the title of National Honoree and an additional $25,000 for her charitable organization.“I am so honored that Mission Kids was selected from all of these amazing organizations. I hope this recognition will showcase that child abuse victims still need our help, and we can all work together to keep our children safe,” said L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth 2012 National Honoree Risa Vetri Ferman.HONOREES
Each of the 2012 honorees have received $10,000 for her charitable cause. This year’s amazing women represent a wide range of social causes and commitments across the country. The women behind these organizations are living proof that one person can make a difference:• Amy Paterson – Portland, OR; Co-founder of My Little Waiting Room, an organization that promotes the health and well-being of families by bringing drop-in child care to the hospital so that children can thrive as families heal. • Catherine Meek – Los Angeles, CA; Executive Director of School on Wheels, an organization that enhances the educational opportunities for homeless children by pairing homeless students one-on-one with volunteer tutors. • Dr. Ida Johnson – Davenport, IA; Founder of United Neighbors, Inc., an organization that helps others help themselves while building self-worth, and includes youth, education, housing, financial literacy and multicultural healthcare programs. • Kate Bialo – Larchmont, NY; Founder and Executive Director of Furniture Sharehouse, an organization that empowers underprivileged families by providing basic furniture to turn their house into a home. • Lorraine Kerwood – Eugene, OR; Founder of NextStep, an organization that focuses on people, the planet and education by providing community members with disabilities the tools they need to succeed academically and in the workplace. • Olivia Stinson – Charlotte, NC; Founder of Pen Pals Book Club and Support Group, an organization that strives to promote literacy and provide cultural and social activities for the children of incarcerated parents. • Risa Vetri Ferman – Abington, PA; Co-founder of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center, a non-profit that gives child abuse victims a voice and helps them heal. • Sandy Puc’ – Littleton, CO; Co-founder of Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, an organization that provides the gift of remembrance photography for parents suffering the loss of a baby. • Sarah Cronk – Bettendorf, IA; Founder of The Sparkle Effect, a student-run program that empowers teens nationwide to include students with disabilities in school-based cheerleading and dance programs. • Sue Runsvold – San Jose, CA; Founder of TurningWheels for Kids, an organization that provides a brand new bike to every low-income, at-risk child who needs or wants one.
The Women of Worth initiative, now in its seventh year, is inspired by L’Oreal Paris’ iconic brand philosophy, “Because You’re Worth It.” Since its inception, the program has recognized 70 women for their outstanding devotion to their causes, with honorees embodying the spirit of the L’Oreal Paris brand through their commitment to their communities, their selflessness and their drive to make a difference in the world. For more information about the Women of Worth program and its 2012 honorees, please visit womenofworth.com.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Violence Against Women 16 Activities That Wont Amend Moroccos 10313 Bill

By Stephanie Willman Bordat and Saida KouzziRabat – Today, November 25, is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, followed by 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.  In Morocco speeches will be delivered, photos will be taken, a catchy slogan will be rolled out, logos will be plastered everywhere, and lofty declarations will be made.  And yet the very next day, women victims of violence seeking help from law enforcement, the justice system or health services will continue to be met with doors slammed in their face. Today marks the 15th year that Morocco will “celebrate” the day – as if it were a holiday – with the launch of a national campaign on violence against women.  Every year since November 2006, when the slogan was “Towards a Law on Violence Against Women,” we have heard annual promises of a violence against women law that was “in progress” or would “be adopted imminently.”  To end up where we are now, with a Draft Law 103-13 on violence against women that can only be described as totally inadequate, currently before the House of Councilors for review.Given that this is one of the last steps in the legislative process, it is critical that activities on violence against women focus on one thing as a priority – direct advocacy to the Councilors.What follows is a list of 16 activities that most certainly will be organized tomorrow and in the days that follow, but that will not lead to any much-needed amendments to Draft Law 103-13:1. Changing Facebook profile photos to be all black, have slogans, etc. Unless you are Facebook friends with the Councilors and they will be able to decipher what specific legal provisions you want to amend, this will have a very limited impact on Draft Law 103-13.2. Posting photos on social media in the company of “important” people. Unless the photo is accompanied by a text sharing detailed information about specific reforms you requested and the responses received, this is more self-promotion than advocacy.3. Posting selfies with friends at an event. Unless the event is a meeting with the Councilors, and is accompanied, like above, with substantive information, the only message conveyed is that you’re with friends somewhere doing who knows what.4. Limiting messages – whether on Facebook and Twitter, in press releases, or statements – to only complaints and expressions of anger, without proposing specific alternatives or concrete solutions. True advocacy is about influencing outcomes, not just venting your own frustrations.5. Remaining in one’s own political, social and / or family circle when organizing activities and sharing information.6. Attacking people in communications rather than focused on hoped-for policy changes.7. Limiting messages to descriptions of the situation of “poor” women victims of violence in a charitable approach, rather than challenging the State and holding it accountable for its obligations and commitments.8. Public “awareness-raising” activities. The public is well acquainted with the phenomenon of violence against women, as either victims, aggressors, or spectators. Unless the objective is to mobilize the public to contact the Councilors directly, this will have no impact on the contents of Draft Law 103-13.9. Activities designed primarily to increase the visibility of the organization, especially to funders, rather than direct advocacy to the Councilors.10. Dressing up in the designated “color of the day.” Unless we are tens of thousands (at least) wearing the same color standing in front of the Parliament all at the same time, changing the color we wear will not change the content of Draft Law 103-13.11. Adopting a pessimistic and fatalistic attitude with the excuse of current political, social, or economic conditions. We have all been working well over a decade for an effective and exemplary law on violence against women in Morocco; as Martin Luther King Jr. said, “nothing would be more tragic than for us to turn back now.”12. Training workshops. After more than a decade, the time for trainings is over; the time for action has come.In addition to (13) Round Tables, (14) Study Days, (15) Conferences (16) “Cocktail-Dinner receptions” and any other activity involving the same small group of people, and involves more hot air and rhetoric  than direct advocacy.To be continued: The next part of this series will propose 16 concrete actions that can really lead to amendments to Draft Law 103-13. Stay tuned! read more

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Average tax refund down 87 pct from year ago IRS reports

WASHINGTON — The government says that the average tax refund and the total amount of refunds issued thus far have declined for the second straight week. The declines have become a political issue, as Democrats contend they show how the new Republican-written tax law hurts middle-class people.The average refund paid in the second week of the filing season ended Feb. 8 was $1,949, down 8.7 per cent from $2,135 a year earlier, according to new IRS data.The decline may be largely due to how some employees and employers had adjusted the amounts withheld from paychecks to account for changes under the new tax law. Most taxpayers received a tax cut under the law, but some may have had too little withheld and ended up with a smaller-than-expected refund or owing tax.Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press read more

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AIDS treatment must be expanded to millions more people – Ban

23 September 2009While praising the progress made in fighting HIV and AIDS, with more than 4 million people in developing countries now on AIDS treatment compared with virtually no one five years ago, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for more funding and “a more ambitious approach” to save lives and help mothers and children around the world. “We urgently need major new advances,” he told a side event of the opening day of the General Assembly’s General Debate. “We have effective drugs. There is no reason any mother should die from AIDS. There is no cause for any child to be born with HIV. If we work hard enough, we can virtually eliminate mother-to-child transmission…“We all agree that the world must scale up its response to HIV among women and children. But we are also realistic about what it takes to get the job done: more resources, used more efficiently, with a commitment to equity.”Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, First Lady of France and Ambassador for the protection of mothers and children against AIDS of the UN-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, called on world leaders to commit to eliminating the transmission of HIV from mothers to children by 2015. To reach that goal, the number of HIV-positive pregnant women receiving effective antiretroviral treatment must be doubled within 18 months, she said.The Global Fund, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) backed Mrs. Bruni-Sarkozy’s call to action.“Carla Bruni-Sarkozy’s vision of a world where mothers no longer fear transmitting HIV to their babies is not a utopia,” Global Fund Executive Director Michel Kazatchkine said. “We have the tools to achieve the target of nearly eliminating HIV transmission in every country in the world.” read more

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New Nike Lebron X basketball shoes to have 315 price tag

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nike’s latest pair of sneakers are going to feature a pumped up price. The new “Lebron X” basketball shoes are expected to hit the market with a price tag of $315 USD. The shoes will come with electronic sensors that are designed to estimate how high the wearer jumps. The basic shoe, meanwhile, is expected to cost around $180 and not come with the electronic sensors. The high-price shoes, which are set to hit the markets in the fall, are part of a recent trend of Nike boosting its prices. Nike says its profit margins have been shrinking, which explains why it is raising prices for many of its shoes and clothing items. New Nike “Lebron X” basketball shoes to have $315 price tag by News Staff Posted Aug 22, 2012 12:21 am MDT basketball shoes|lebron basketball shoes|nike lebron shoes|nike lebron x read more

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UNESCO and ICC join forces to end impunity for destruction of cultural

Visiting the Court at its headquarters in The Hague today, Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESO), met with ICC President Silvia Fernandez de Gurmandi, and Deputy Prosecutor James Stewart, to explore ways to deepen cooperation on the protection of cultural heritage and the fight against impunity of war crimes.“UNESCO and ICC have come a long way together, to strengthen the rule of law, to change the mindset about the destruction of cultural heritage, and we are determined to go further, to end impunity for deliberate destruction of cultural heritage,” said Ms. Bokova.“The destruction of culture is one element of a global strategy of hatred, and the fight against impunity and respect for the rule of law must be part and parcel in a broader vision for peace,” she added.This calls for a stronger coordination among all partners working in different fields and between the security, humanitarian, and cultural domains, and the cooperation between UNESCO and the ICC plays an important role in this regard, she stressed.Immediately after the deliberate attacks on the people and heritage of Mali, UNESCO raised the issue of the destruction of the mausoleums to the attention of the Court.On 1 July, 2012, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda declared that this destruction constituted a war crime under the Rome Statute and then launched a preliminary examination into the violence that had been engulfing the country since January 2012.The first suspect, Ahmed al-Faqi al-Mahdi, was transferred by the authorities of Mali and Niger to The Hague on 26 September 2015.The case of Mali made history in the fight against impunity – recognizing the restoration of justice and the rule of law as an essential step of any recovery process. This sets a historic precedent for similar cases in the future.In this spirit, UNESCO and the ICC are sharing expertise and information about the importance of the sites, about why they were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and the reason why their deliberate destruction can be considered a war crime.“The case of Mali sends a very strong message that perpetrators must face the consequences of their acts, and that we are determined to create a pattern of accountability for such war crimes,” said the ICC President. read more

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Astronomers Watch Black Hole Violently Destroy a Star

first_img What happens in outer space tends to stay in outer space.But astronomers made a recent breakthrough, capturing the very moment a black hole destroyed a nearby star.For the first time, scientists managed to record the moment the gravity of a supermassive black hole ripped apart a star that drifted too close.AdChoices广告The tidal disruption event, as reported by the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Center for Astrophysics, occurred in a pair of colliding galaxies called Arp 299—some 150 million light-years from Earth.At the core of one of the galaxies, a black hole 20 million times more massive than our Sun shredded a star more than twice the Sun’s mass.The astronomical phenomenon occurs when a star gets sufficiently close to a supermassive black hole’s event horizon, and is pulled apart by the black hole’s tidal forces, experiencing spaghettification (and yes, that is the scientific term).Think of it as one human invading the personal space of another, much larger, human, and getting beaten to a pulp as punishment.Researchers tracked the violent encounter via multiple radio and infrared telescopes around the world, including the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory.“This is a fantastic discover[y] and an extremely important result in astronomy,” co-investigator Rob Beswick, of the Jodrell Bank Center for Astrophysics, said in a statement. “It is a testament to the persistence of the science team and demonstrates the power of globally coordinated [interferometer] observations.”Tidal disruption events such as this may help scientists understand the environment in which galaxies developed billions of years ago.It’s been a long and winding road, however, since the initial discovery in early 2005, when astronomers spotted a bright burst of infrared emission coming from the nucleus of one of the colliding galaxies in Arp 299.Six months later, the National Science Foundation’s Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) revealed a new, distinct source of radio emission from the same location.Researchers managed to follow the object’s infrared emission over the next decade, showing the source of radio emission expanding in one direction at an average of one-quarter the speed of light.“The discovery came as a surprise,” Beswick said. “The initial infrared burst was discovered as part of a project that sought to detect supernova explosions in such colliding pairs of galaxies.“Arp 299 has seen numerous stellar explosions, and has been dubbed a ‘supernova factory,’” he explained. “This new object originally was considered to be a supernova explosion.”It was only in 2011—six years after detection—that the team was able to confirm what they saw was a jet, not a supernova.“Never before have we been able to directly observe the formation and evolution of a jet from one of these events,” according to Miguel Perez-Torres, of the Astrophysical Institute of Andalucia in Granada, Spain. “Tidal disruption events can provide us with a unique opportunity to advance our understanding of the formation and evolution of jets in the vicinities of these powerful objects.”Beswick & Co.’s findings have been published in the journal Science.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Scientists Find ‘Hungry’ Supermassive Black Hole Eating 3 Meals DailyScientists Behind First Black Hole Image Win $3 Million Prize last_img read more

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Elon Musk Compliments Teen Who Refitted Car to Drive Backwards

first_imgStay on target Elon Musk just gave a social media shoutout to a Russian teenager who hacked their car to drive backwards.NTV, a Russian TV station, posted a Twitter video of the teen’s refitted vehicle on Monday. The video, which shows a weird car driving backwards on a road, was captioned with, “And how do you like this, @elonmusk?” The Tesla CEO, who’s known to reply to fans on social media, commented back and approved the refitted automobile, Associated Press reported.хаха офигенно— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 13, 2019Musk, who watched NTV’s footage, wrote in Russian that the backwards car hack was “awesome.” This wouldn’t spare the teen though, who was fined by local police for driving without insurance, driving backwards, and illegally refitting an automobile.The 18-year-old guy, who was stopped by authorities earlier this week, initially posted a video on social media that showed his refitted vehicle. He removed parts from under the hood to where the trunk was, and reversed the driver’s seat. It was definitely a strange sight to other drivers on the road.If you’re thinking about engaging in a complex, cool car hack, Musk might give you a “thumb’s up” on Twitter to make your day.More on Geek.com:Elon Musk ‘Confident’ SpaceX Ticket to Mars Will Cost Less Than $500KElon Musk Prepares to Test SpaceX’s Starship Raptor EngineElon Musk’s SpaceX Starship Prototype Looks Like a Shiny Bullet SpaceX’s Starhopper Test Launch in Texas ScrubbedElon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over Twitter last_img read more

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Johnstone insists Old Firm derby is a must win

first_imgFormer Rangers striker Derek Johnstone insists the upcoming Old Firm derby against Celtic is a must win for his old club.Rangers host arch-rivals Celtic in the second Old Firm derby of the season at the Ibrox Stadium this Saturday, following their game against Hibernian on Wednesday.Steven Gerrard’s men are currently one point behind league leaders Celtic, although the defending champions have a game in hand.
Ibrox is expected to witness a full house on Saturday and Johnstone, who has featured in so many of these games claims that the Old Firm derby is the biggest game in Europe.The former Rangers man also said the magnitude of the Celtic clash should serve as extra motivation for the players.“I think, first and foremost, these games stand out above anything in Europe, it’s an Old Firm game”, Johnstone told the official Rangers podcast.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“That’s the game that everybody wants to see.”“Even down south, they will turn it over from a Liverpool game to watch an Old Firm game.”“That’s how important you have to take it because you know the fans.”
”If you are beaten on the Saturday, you don’t work on the Monday because you get slaughtered by the opposition.”“And we realised that as players, that was the game I had to win.”last_img read more

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Governor visits Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, February 27, 2017 – Providenciales – His Excellency the Governor visited the Department for Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) in Providenciales on 24 February. Commenting on his visit the Governor said:“Proper preparation for potentially hazardous events, whether  a hurricane, flooding or other disaster, is crucial to public safety. I therefore have brought forward the timelines for contingency meetings and planning on the part of the Public and Emergency Services before the crucial period from June onwards. Our first meeting of ministries and services was held last month and others, including of the Executive Policy Committee, as well as a disaster preparedness exercise, are scheduled for March. As part of my own preparations I have engaged closely with DDME and used my first visit to the department’s main offices to meet the staff and review facilities and  contingent supplies and communications systems.   I was impressed by the commitment and professionalism of the DDME team.   I was reminded also however of the requirement for all relevant government ministries and services to play their role in the work of preparation.   People in TCI deserve no less than proper preparations on their behalf and the best protection it is possible to provide.” #MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Off Beat Doolittle Raiders honor touches home

first_imgCommemorative events during Memorial Day weekend included a White House nod to a World War II airman from Vancouver.President Barack Obama signed a bill on May 23 awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the Doolittle Raiders.Vancouver’s Wayne Bissell was one of 80 Doolittle Raiders who bombed Japan on April 18, 1942; only four are still alive.Bissell, who died in 1997, was a bombardier on the B-25 bomber “Whirling Dervish.”Like all the Raiders, the 1937 graduate of Vancouver High School volunteered without knowing anything about the mission — other than it was very dangerous.Led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, 16 bombers took off from an aircraft carrier in the Pacific and bombed Tokyo less than five months after Pearl Harbor.Bissell once told The Columbian that he could see the Imperial Palace, but Doolittle had given specific orders not to bomb the emperor’s home. Instead, Bissell dropped three 500-pound demolition bombs and a 500-pound incendiary cluster on the Tokyo Gas & Electric complex.After flying 300 miles into China, the crew bailed out as their B-25 ran out of fuel in the middle of the night, in a storm. The terrain was so mountainous they walked two days to get to a road.Chinese villagers helped them reach Allied lines.The mission boosted American morale and punctured the myth of an invulnerable Japanese homeland. All the Raiders received the Distinguished Flying Cross, and Doolittle received the Medal of Honor.Bissell went to flight school and piloted B-25 bombers in the southwest Pacific until his discharge in July 1945.The Congressional Gold Medal will be presented to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.Off Beat lets members of The Columbian news team step back from our newspaper beats to write the story behind the story, fill in the story or just tell a story.last_img read more

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United Way hosts backtoschool giveaway for military families

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – An organization is making sure the children of some South Florida military families are set for school.United Way donated 400 backpacks to children in Fort Lauderdale, Thursday.Stuffed inside the backpacks were classroom essentials like notebooks, paper, pens and markers.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Apples Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS and XS Max Review in

first_imgThe iPhone XS Max (left) and XS (right) with the new Smart Battery Case on. Sarah Tew/CNET If you spend $750 or more on a phone, you probably don’t want to buy a $129 battery case. I’ve gotten more angry tweets about Apple’s just-released smart battery cases for the current-generation iPhones than I can recently remember. Apple’s cases have arrived months after the iPhones debuted in September and October, and after reports that battery replacements may have been a cause of dropping iPhone sales during the last iPhone cycle.I reviewed Apple’s first Smart Battery Case years ago. It was good, and it gave the iPhone 6S enough juice to last through my toughest commutes.I now have Apple’s newest Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, both in black, to test-drive. I’ll have the iPhone XR version soon, too. Here are my thoughts after just a day or so.  reading • Apple’s Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS and XS Max: Review in progress Unboxing Apple’s Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS/Max Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See All Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Phones Share your voicecenter_img Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments 12 Photos 9 • Tags So far, they’re… fine. Like the previous Smart Battery Cases, they’re made of rubberized outer material, and a soft microfiber inner lining. They attach to the iPhones by bending the top of the case back, sliding the phone in, and docking with the inner Lightning connector. The case charges via Lightning, or wirelessly via Qi docks. The case can be recharged on its own, in case you’re using the iPhone separately. A little LED light inside the case glows orange and then green when fully charged.The case battery discharges before the phone. Just like many other battery cases, the case battery is used up first, leaving the phone fully charged.It’s a dust magnet. The rubberized coating picked up all the particles on my dusty coffee table, and in my bag it ended up covered in stuff. In cold weather with lots of static, bring a good cloth.Yeah, it bulks up the iPhone. It’s not a big deal with the iPhone XS, but the XS Max ends up feeling huge with the case on. The grip of the case is comfy, but it’s a lot to put in a pocket.There’s Lightning pass-through, and button overlays. The Lightning port is built into the case, and isn’t recessed. The iPhone X fits in the XS case, but you’ll need to update to 12.1.2. At first, the iPhone X said it was being put in an unsupported accessory, and nothing happened. But after an iOS update, everything seemed OK. I didn’t see any problems: it charged, and while the bottom microphone holes aren’t quite the same (the XS has few holes on one side), buttons and camera lens all fit fine, and the phone fit correctly, too.How much battery life does it give? I’m trying the XS Max case first. After a morning of use (up at 7 a.m.), the case’s battery was down to about 47 percent by 11 a.m. By that early measure, don’t expect 100 percent more battery. Both the XS and XS Max battery cases have the same battery capacities: 1,369mAh/10.1 Wh. I’m a little disappointed that the Max battery case didn’t also have more battery life, but the case is the same price as the smaller XS version. The XS Max’s larger battery is bound to not charge up as much as the XS.09-iphone-smart-battery-caseBehold the bulge. Sarah Tew/CNET Do you even really need an iPhone XS Max or XR battery case?It’s odd that Apple made an iPhone XS Max case, because that phone has enough battery life to generally handle fine through a day. It might be needed for a crazy all-week affair like, well, the trip to CES in Vegas I just flew back from. The new case seems like the best fit for XS owners (that phone’s battery life isn’t great). The iPhone XR already has great battery life, and Apple made a battery case for that phone, too. I don’t think I’d need it, and I doubt you would unless you’re planning on traveling for days away from a charger. And in that case… what about a cheap battery pack? Consider whether a simple, affordable battery pack (or a less expensive battery case) might make the most sense. Mophie’s also-expensive iPhone case is arriving soon, but won’t save you any money. Applelast_img read more

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AK Sitkans quest for the next great board game

first_img(From left) Judson Rusk, Calvin Drake and Seaton Bryan play Nyctophobia, a board game where players are unable to see the board. The three traveled to SHUX earlier this fall to try new board games and meet the creators of some of their favorites.The tourism season has come to a close and that means that things in Southeast Alaska are slowing down for the winter.  Some spend their winters adventuring in warmer places, vacationing on tropical islands, trying to miss as much of the rain and cold as they can. But a group of Sitkans decided to take a vacation to an equally cold and rainy place- Vancouver, B.C. for a board game convention.Listen nowInside a gargantuan convention hall in the middle of hundreds of tables covered in black tablecloths, sit groups of four to five conferring amongst themselves. At one of those tables, a handful of Sitkans are in their own world, wandering through some imaginary woods, trying to escape from a vicious axe murderer.They’re playing Nyctophobia, a board game where players never actually see the board. They wear plastic blackout sunglasses, as one player who can see guides their hands. They feel each piece on the board, stumbling blindly through the forest looking for rocks, stopping at trees, and desperately searching for the car so they can escape.They’ve traveled to SHUX, a convention for tabletop gamers to gather and try some new board games on the market. In its second year, SHUX is put on by Shut Up and Sit Down, a team of people who review board games professionally on Youtube, and they produce some of the most popular podcasts and videos in the tabletop gaming community. Sitkan Seaton Bryan relies on their reviews to decide what games to add to his growing library.“I’ve been playing board games religiously since high school,” Bryan said. “Started with some basic stuff. But, I have around 200 games now in my collection, just as many kinds as possible.”The board game library at SHUX. (Photo by Katherine Rose, KCAW – Sitka)While Bryan has been into it for a while, many more people are dipping their toes in the tabletop world. Board games have seen a massive resurgence over the past ten years. SHUX co-founder Matt Lees has a theory about why the market is booming.“I think personally it’s that people are starting to self-moderate a little bit,” Lees said. “Our lives are becoming increasingly digital and people are looking for ways to step away from that. Still spend time with people, still spend time thinking about complex puzzles and stuff, but just away from screens.”With a growing demand, the market is flooded with new games that appeal to mainstream audiences and some to more niche interests. In the SHUX expo hall are games like Fog of Love, a two person role player that simulates a relationship in a romantic comedy, to a game called Chai, where you actually play a tea merchant trying to “brew the perfect blend of tea.”“It’s very exciting for us because we think that lots of people grew up playing board games that were, frankly, a bit bad,” Lees said. “Monopoly is only fun if you’re winning, which means that 75 percent of people playing aren’t having a good time.”And it’s not just about loading up on new cardboard. For people from a small town like Sitka, it’s nice to be able to come to a place where there is literally a convention hall half Sitka’s size, filled with 2,000 people in the building that share their passion for tabletop gaming.“Just being able to run into people that saw what game you were playing and say “Oh I love that game!” or do that yourself, walk around, see something you’ve never played before, sit down and find out, it’s amazing,” Bryan said.Board game culture has roots in Southeast Alaska. In Juneau, Jack Eddy runs a board game review site of his own, The Cardboard Herald. He produces podcasts and videos, and he’ll likely have a table at Juneau’s own growing board game convention in January, Platypus Con, which is in its fifth year.“You may be interested to know that two of the original Magic the Gathering artists are actually from Sitka, Alaska- Anson Maddocks and Mark Tedin,” Eddy said. “They actually met at Sitka elementary school, and went to college together.That’s no surprise to Eddy, who thinks Southeast is the perfect setting for breeding creative energy and fostering human connection.“I think it’s that we have a desire for interaction. Particularly in Southeast, we’re a really artistic community and a community oriented community,” Eddy said. “The level of participation in any sort of community event seems like way higher per capita than anywhere else.”And back at SHUX, Matt Lees has an idea of why Southeast Alaska may have a strong tabletop gaming culture.“It’s really unsurprising to me that a group has come all the way from a place where, in the winter it’s boring and dark. I think lots of people who get into board games do so for reasons like that,” Lees said. “Maybe they’re having a difficult time in their life, maybe they’re having issues with mobility, maybe they’re living somewhere where you can’t go out and have a good time outside. People gravitate to board games for different reasons but when they find them they really stay. I think more people should give it a go, because it’s brilliant.”And Bryan and his friends did give it a go – they left Vancouver with suitcases full of board games, back to Sitka stocked up on cardboard and prepared for the winter.last_img read more

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