Farmers oppose bullet train project

first_imgA group of farmers in Boisar in Palghar district of Maharashtra staged a protest against the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project, expressing apprehension that they would lose their land on account of it.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe launched the project in Ahmedabad on Thursday.Also Read Japanese Industrial Townships will come up in 4 states, says Modi  The farmers waved black flags and raised slogans against the project outside Boisar railway station. They alleged that the BJP-led government was going ahead with the project without taking farmers into account. Kaluram Dodhade of Bhoomi Sena, who took part in the protest, said, “Palghar has mostly small farmers, and if their land is acquired for the project, they will be ruined.”The demonstration was organised by Shetkari Sangarsha Samiti and Advasi Ekta Parishad.Palghar DSP Majunath Shinge said, “It was a symbolic protest and there was no law-and-order situation.”District Collector Prashant Narnavre said the agitation was carried out peacefully.last_img read more

WATCH: Kickboxer assaulted by fans after controversial KO win

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ Grigorian appeared to be asking for a timeout and inexplicably turned his back on his opponent and walked towards his corner.The referee, however, did not see why the fight had to be stopped and Groenhart capitalized by landing a right hand which knocked Grigorian out cold.Groenhart celebrated his victory by raising his hands in the air, when he was attacked by two hulking men from the audience.The angered fans were believed to be agitated by Groenhart’s “cheap shot”, but ring side analyst Todd Grisham said the blow was completely legal.He also shared the video on his Twitter page, which showed the moment one of the attackers came flying in out of nowhere.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As seen in the Instagram video uploaded by ESPN, the two combatants were exchanging strikes in the center of the ring, when Groenhart connected with a flying knee. LaVar Ball on why son Lonzo is perfect for Lakers: ‘They really don’t have a leader’ What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Fighters are often cautioned by referees to “defend yourselves at all times,” and this viral clip certainly explains why.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChaos erupted at a Glory kickboxing event in Paris over the weekend, when fans stormed the ring and viciously attacked kickboxer Murthel “The Predator” Groenhart after his welterweight bout against Harut Grigorian.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES One of the craziest things I’ve ever seen at a fight. pic.twitter.com/ijAdtuF1NL— Todd Grisham (@GrishamMMA) June 10, 2017According to Yahoo News, Groenhart believed he suffered a broken jaw from the unwarranted attack. Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:WATCH: MMA fighter gets slapped by mom after losing fight Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View commentslast_img read more

Review: Volvo S60

first_imgVolvo has done the unthinkable. The Swedish automaker has upped the ante in the uber cool department by adding the much needed ‘oomph’ factor in the new S60 T6. The 2011 S60 T6 claims to be “naughty” and, going by the tagline, it is not just a tease. With 304 bhp, the S60 is responsive and downright quick. Combined with a turbocharger for additional performance, the 3-litre unit is loaded with urge. Maximum torque of 440 Nm kicks in from just 2000 rpm, so acceleration is brisk, with abundant power remaining on tap throughout the rev range.Another benefit of the turbocharged engine is that it doesn’t lose power at higher elevations, where naturally-aspirated engines easily run out of breath. In some ways the torque masks the less impressive six-speed transmission, which is often too eager to change into higher gears. The only error or omission we felt was that the sportiest Volvo ever made deserved paddle shifts. There’s a charismatic whirr under hard acceleration, but otherwise the engine is refined and quiet. The engine never protests even when you’re all the way up to its 6000 rpm redline. The S60 is not as sharp as its German counterparts as the steering still lacks quick response that lets you feel the road through your fingertips. Even though the wheel is a tad heavy it won’t dissuade you from trying to push the car to go where no Volvo has ever dreamt of before.The ride quality of the S60 is superb. Even with 18-inch runflats, the S60 does not crash into potholes ensuring it isn’t a tear-jerking experience. A hint of firmness, slight bouncing and jiggling is felt but the trade-off is a more surefooted feel at speed. Another plus is that the cabin is completely isolated from road and wind noise. Volvo’s latest pedestrian safety technology is a first in the S60. The “Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake” uses radar and a camera to spot pedestrians in the path of the car. At up to 35 kmph, the system will stop the car if it is about to hit a person. Frankly speaking, one has to get used to it for the car suddenly braking itself can be scary.At the end of the day, “stylish”, “modern” and “appealing” are the words that come to the mind when describing the all-wheel-drive S60. Its 3-litre engine produces the kind of torque that gives it surprisingly brisk acceleration while peak output is more than enough to pitch it against the sportiest of sedans and come out on top. Seating comfort is exceptional up front, thanks to Volvo’s orthopaedically correct seat design. The S60 holds appeal for those who take a shine to its trendy design and want an entry level luxury sedan with power aplenty, comfortable ride and tidy handling too. Not to forget state-of-the-art safety.Engine: 2953 ccMax power: 304 bhp@5600 rpmMax torque: 440 Nm@2000 rpmGearbox: 6-speed autoWheelbase (mm): 2776LxWxH (mm): 4628 x 2097 x 2776Top Speed: 250 kmph0-100 kmph: 6.1secPrice: Rs. 34 Lakh, ex-showroom, DelhiRating: ****Tour reportThe Volvo S60 has a 380-litre boot, which, though not the largest, will suffice for cargo space requirements of most people. The fact that the rear seats can be folded down in a 60:40 split ratio ensures that the boot can be used flexibly. The car should make for a decent vehicle to tour in, courtesy its comfortable seats, ride quality and powerful engine.Close upThe S60’s 3-litre engine develops a very healthy 440 Nm of peak torque at a low 2000 rpm, which makes it very driveable. The peak power output is a whopping 304 bhp.The S60 is made of fine materials and the plushness can be felt throughout the cabin. The controls also feel crisp and nice to operate, while ergonomics are top notch with every button, lever or switch falling into hand almost intuitively.A coupe-like roofline, aggressive haunches and stylistically treated cornering headlamps and bonnet up the good looks quotient of the Swedish sedan.A low loading lip height makes it easy to access the boot. Both rear seats fold down and there’s a separate ski pass-through as well for accessing the boot from inside the car.TVS Apache 180 ABSResearch shows that majority of motorcycle accidents happens when braking goes wrong. It can happen while avoiding an obstacle or when riding over poor roads or even changing road conditions like slippery roads thanks to the first drizzle or an oil spill. But, if you ride motorcycles, you probably know it already because, like me, you must have had numerous heart-stopping moments and a few crashes as well. The new TVS Apache 180 ABS now comes with a cure for this: ABS or Anti-Lock Braking System. Just like in cars, the system offers better control, especially in low grip conditions. Of course, we already have ABS on bikes in India, but those are all imports, and unquestionably, very expensive. So, the Apache not only becomes the first Indian-made motorcycle to sport one, but also the first one in the world for motorcycles under 200 cc. But, we are mainly excited because, ABS can actually allow you to ride faster, on both road and track. The ideal way to brake for a corner, you’d agree, is to get on the brakes hard initially and then get progressively lighter, making the bike stable at turn-in and through a corner. We start braking gingerly to get a feel of the road (to avoid lock-ups and skidding), then begin braking hard and end up slower, unsure, and twitchy.With the new Apache, no matter what, you can simply grab the brake lever really hard, feel the ABS working through the pulsating lever and then modulate it depending on how fast you want to enter the corner. Soon one tends to feel comfortable with hard braking and the control alongside that it becomes impossible to ride slowly! I seriously recommend that all should have a go at it because the benefits of ABS truly need to be felt to be believed. Price: Rs. 78,800 ex-showroom, Delhi.–Vikrant Singhadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Dubai Test: Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz put Pakistan in driver’s seat vs West Indies

first_imgPakistan snared three wickets with the second new pink ball in the day-night match as West Indies reached 315/6 at stumps Saturday on the third day of the first Test. (Scorecard)Darren Bravo led a staunch resistance for West Indies with a defiant 87 off 258 balls and Marlon Samuels made 76. But Wahab Riaz got two wickets in quick succession and Bravo was caught at short leg to give Pakistan control of the first Test.Shane Dowrich was unbeaten on 27 and captain Jason Holder not out on 10 at stumps.West Indies still trail by 264 runs in its first innings after Pakistan had posted a massive 579/3 declared on the back of Azhar Ali’s triple century.Leg-spinner Yasir Shah provided an early breakthrough before West Indies had added to its overnight 69/1 when he clean bowled Kraigg Brathwaite (32) in his first over.Samuels, whose second half-century in the last 17 Test innings had 13 boundaries, defied Pakistan in a 113-run third-wicket stand with Bravo.Samuels survived a tough chance soon after completing his fifty when Azhar injured his right hand while going for a catch off his own bowling and needed treatment off the field.Seamer Sohail Khan finally got the breakthrough when he had Samuels on the back foot and trapped him leg before wicket in Pakistan’s only success during the second session.Pakistan’s seamers changed their tactics with the second pink ball in the last session after little success with swing on a flat wicket up to dinner.Jermaine Blackwood (37) and Bravo looked to rebuild the innings with a 77-run stand for the fourth wicket as Riaz challenged Blackwood with short-pitched deliveries before the right-hander finally gloved one behind.advertisementRoston Chase (6), who had scored a century against India in the last Test series back home, also couldn’t get out of Riaz’s lifter – offering a simple catch at leg slip.Bravo looked firm in his innings of more than 6 and a half hours until Azhar returned from treatment and scooped a brilliant reflex catch in front of his face to give debutant left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz his maiden Test wicket.Bravo hit nine fours and a six in his patient knock, but his late dismissal has exposed the West Indies tail.last_img read more

Will be real challenge to follow Misbah-ul-Haq, admits Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed

first_imgNewly appointed Test skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has admitted that it will be a real challenge for him to follow the footsteps of his predecessor and Pakistan’s most successful captain Misbah-ul-Haq in the longest format of the game.At a reception held at the Prime Minister’s residence in honour of Pakistan’s Champions Trophy victory on Tuesday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan announced that he had offered the role to Sarfraz, who accepted it.Sarfraz has been rewarded with the country’s Test captaincy after he led the national team to an elusive Champions Trophy title in England.Pakistan trounced India by a record 180-run margin in the final at the Kennington Oval in London on June 18 to lift their maiden Champions Trophy title.Sarfraz feels that leading Pakistan in Tests will be completely different to that of ODIs and Tests.”It will be very different to ODIs and T20s,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Sarfraz as saying.”Misbah bhai did so well for so long and he really built the side up, a side that had some great success and was very stable. So it will be a real challenge to follow on from that. And Tests anyway are not easy. You need some serious patience. I will try and do as best as I can. I’ve had some success with the limited-overs captaincy and hope I can do likewise with the Tests,” he added.The wicketkeeper-batsman took over the T20I captaincy from all-rounder Shahid Afridi after the 2016 World T20 and became ODI captain when Azhar Ali resigned in February this year.advertisement”I’ve come step by step. When I became T20 captain, I was vice-captain first. When I became ODI captain, I was vice-captain. Now I’m Test captain, I was vice-captain,” said Sarfraz.”So of course this is a challenge but I’m prepared for it. My responsibilities have increased so I will have to work harder on my fitness but I’ve been working hard on the ‘keeping and batting as well,” he added.This announcement from the PCB chairman ended the long-lasting speculation over the over the identity of Misbah’s successor as Test captain.The 42-year-old, who retired at the end of Pakistan’s tour of West Indies in May, was longest serving and most successful Test captain for Pakistan, leading them to 26 wins in 56 matches.Misbah retired from the International cricket after Pakistan’s first series win against West Indies in the Caribbean island.Misbah played 75 Test matches, scoring 5,222 runs and is currently seventh on the list of Pakistan’s all-time Test run-getters.The 42-year-old also inspired Pakistan to the top of the ICC Test team rankings for the first time in history in 2015, although their stint at the top was short-lived as India replaced them soon after.He served as Test captain from late 2010 onwards going to become the most successful test captain for his country.Sarfraz’s Test captaincy debut will be against Sri Lanka in the UAE, which will comprise three Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is starting October 19.last_img read more

Tanaka Tagged, Cubs Stop Yanks

first_imgCHICAGO — Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka had his unbeaten regular-season winning streak ended at 42 starts, allowing a career-high four runs in six innings, as the Chicago Cubs beat New York Yankees 6-1 on May 20.The Cubs honored the retiring Derek Jeter before the game, then handed Tanaka his first loss in nine major league starts.It was a surprising turn, considering Chicago came in with the majors’ worst record and the right-hander from Japan had been sensational.Tanaka (6-1) had been 34-0 in Japan and North America the last two seasons. He did drop Game 6 of the Japan Series last year before earning the save in Game 7. But postseason aside, he hadn’t lost since the Seibu Lions beat the Rakuten Golden Eagles on Aug. 19, 2012. And yes, he was definitely proud of that streak.“I think I was able to get the streak going because I had support from my teammates,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “I’m a little bit disappointed because I think a lot of the fans were looking for me to keep on winning. Next time out, I’ll try to get a win again and get it going again.”Luis Valbuena had three hits with two doubles and scored two runs for Chicago. John Baker had two hits, scored a run and drove in one.Mike Olt drove in three. Jason Hammel (5-2) pitched solid ball into the sixth and Hector Rondon retired Jeter on a grounder with the bases loaded in the ninth, preserving the win on a hot and rainy night with thunder and lightning.Tanaka had his worst outing, allowing eight hits to match a career high. He struck out seven and walked one but didn’t really have his usual command.Manager Joe Girardi noticed some splitters up in the zone. Tanaka said there were issues with all his pitches, and Chicago’s Starlin Castro thought there was a dip in velocity from last month’s meeting in New York, when he threw eight scoreless innings.Some Cubs players thought familiarity this time around helped, although Girardi dismissed that idea.“If he has his good splitter tonight I think he gives a much better performance,” he said. “Since it’s the first time that he saw a team twice and they scored four runs, people are probably going to make a big deal out of it, but I think he’s given up four runs before in a start. So I wouldn’t make too much of it.”Coming off his first major-league shutout against the Mets last week, Tanaka gave up RBI singles to Emilio Bonifacio in the third and to Olt in the fourth to make it 2-0. The Cubs added to their lead with two in the sixth on back-to-back sacrifice flies by Olt and Baker after Mark Teixeira singled in a run in the top half for New York.That was enough for Hammel, who allowed one run and four hits in 5 2-3 innings while striking out six and walking one.(ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Watch: Rohit Sharma at candid best after journalist asks him about MS Dhoni birthday plans

first_img India Today Web Desk LeedsJuly 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 08:44 IST Rohit Sharma revealed MS Dhoni birthday plans after India’s win over Sri Lanka in World Cup 2019 (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni celebrates 38th birthday on SundayRohit Sharma was asked to send a message to birthday boy MS DhoniIndia defeated Sri Lanka and sealed themselves a semi-final date vs New ZealandIndia vice-captain Rohit Sharma was at his candid best while interacting with the press after India’s table-topping win over Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match at Headingley in Leeds.While Rohit’s record-setting 5th Wolrd Cup hundred dominated the narrative, MS Dhoni’s 38th birthday did find its place in the press conference. Rohit Sharma was asked to “say something” about the India wicketkeeper on his special day.Caught off guard by the question, Rohit came up with a toungue-in-cheek reply that cracked up the media room at Headingley.”What do you tell someone on their birthday? Happy birthday only right?” Rohit told the reporter.The India opener also said that the team would be cutting cake on their way to Manchester (or Headingley) and that they would share some photos with the report in question. Incidentally, India had to wait till the end of the final group-stage match between Australia and South Africa to know the venue and their opposition for the semi-final of World Cup 2019.”We have our travel day tomorrow and we don’t know we are going to Manchester or Birmingham. Accordingly we will cut the cake during the bus drive. We will send you the photos,” Rohit added.Is there anyone as candid and funny as @ImRo45? Here’s what he had to say when asked about a message for Birthday Boy @msdhoni #TeamIndia #CWC19 #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/aCD23hgKtsBCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 2019MS Dhoni had a fine outing on the eve of his birthday as he was part of 4 dismissals in India’s big win over Sri Lanka in Leeds. Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja also became the most successful wicketkeeper-bowler combination in ODI history when they effected their 29th dimissal together, going past the tally of 28 that was set by Nayan Mongia and Ventakesh Prasad.advertisementDhoni indeed celebrated his 38th birthday with his wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva along with family and friends at Leeds. Images of Dhoni gettting a cake facial is going viral on social media.MS Dhoni will be part of yet another ICC tournament semi-final as India take on New Zealand in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019 in Manchester on Tuesday. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman, who is in the twlight of his international career, would want to finish with the ultimate prize in world cricket — a World Cup title.Also Read | Not thinking about records: Rohit Sharma after smashing 5 hundreds in World Cup 2019Also Read | Happy Birthday MS Dhoni: India’s most successful captain turns 38Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Happy Birthday MS DhoniFollow Rohit SharmaFollow India cricket teamFollow World Cup 2019 Watch: Rohit Sharma at candid best after journalist asks him about MS Dhoni birthday plansICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma spoke to the press after India’s table-topping win over Sri Lanka in Leeds on Saturday. The India vice-captain was at his candid best when he was asked to send a message to birthday boy MS Dhoniadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

Unwarranted tragedy

first_imgDeWayne Craddock, the 40-year-old African-American gunman who killed 12 and injured several others in Virginia Beach recently reportedly used two .45-caliber handguns for the crime and then killed himself. Some years back, a study of more than a 100 mass shootings by two Northeast University criminologists found 62 per cent crimes were committed with handguns whereas assault rifles were used in just 25 per cent of the cases. Unfortunately, the United States’ focus has been on those 25 per cent of the cases only which were committed with assault rifles. Craddock may not fit the bill of an orthodox mass shooter but his choice of arms sure was typical and effective too. It is true that the shooter has easy access to deadly weapons but is that enough? So, move to ban certain categories of weapons and controlling the markets would bring an end to the carnage? It’s definitely not the case as this whole concept of investing time, money, effort and political capital over gun bans seems to be utopian which cannot facilitate marginalisation of the shooters’ disconnected murderous impulses. After the Christchurch attack in which a lone gunman killed 50 people in a mass shooting at two mosques during Friday prayers, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced new gun laws within days. But why do such mass killings happen? From a sense of grievance, the influence of religious entitlements, sense of deprivation, mental illness or just anger and resentment, the reasons for attack can be many. It is, therefore, important to understand this ‘why’ in order to cut the Gordian knot. Garen Wintemute, an emergency medicine physician at the University of California (UC), Davis, Medical Centre and the director of UC Davis’s Violence Prevention Research Programme has studied gun violence for more than 30 years and is one of the few researchers to approach the matter as an issue of public health. Speaking on the difference between mass shootings from other acts of gun violence, he says: “They are rare, accounting for maybe 1 per cent of deaths from firearm violence. But they are also unique. They are the one form of violence about which no one can tell a story that leaves themselves out. It could happen to me. It could happen to my children. It could happen to my grandchildren. What public mass shootings have sadly done is, for the first time in history, made this everyone’s problem.” Wintermute also suggests a list of recommendations that evidence shows would reduce gun violence including improved background-check policies, strengthening enforcement efforts, considering a permit-to-purchase approach, prohibiting the release of firearms until background checks are completed, enacting gun-violence restraining order policies. It is important to understand that the right to bear arms is not the issue that needs to be confronted but rather it is the regulations that need to be discussed and implemented for the benefit of all. It is necessary to have a dialogue where all interested parties have a voice and an interest to solve the problem with a holistic perspective. Because no one deserves a tragedy.last_img read more

Highlights of Comey book Seven details from tellall tome that has Trump

first_imgWASHINGTON – James Comey’s new tell-all isn’t officially out yet, but it’s already infuriated President Donald Trump, who has called Comey an “untruthful slime ball,” and declared that he considered it an honour to fire the FBI director.The pre-launch brouhaha is based on media reports about what’s in the book, “A Higher Loyalty.” Here are some of the eye-catching details:— Comey admits he treated the election candidates differently. During the campaign, Comey never informed the public that he was investigating Trump’s ties to Russia. Yet he released a damaging letter just before the election about Hillary Clinton. Comey explains the double standard: He was sure Clinton would win and he didn’t want the next president and the FBI tainted by news of a coverup. In hindsight, he says he might have done some things differently. After hearing this rationale, one former Clinton campaign aide, Zerlina Maxwell, told MSNBC on Friday: “It’s infuriating.”— He compares Trump to a mob boss. Comey writes that the president gave him flashbacks to his days prosecuting the Cosa Nostra. Regarding a private dinner with Trump where the president demanded loyalty, Comey compared it to the Mafia induction ceremony of Sammy (The Bull) Gravano. “I sat there thinking, Holy crap, they are trying to make each of us ‘amica nostra’ — friend of ours. To draw us in,” Comey writes in an excerpt cited by ABC.— Trump was fixated on the story about a dossier alleging that he had Russian prostitutes urinate on a Moscow bed where Barack Obama once slept. He mentioned it to Comey several times. According to The Washington Post, Comey writes that the president told him: “I’m a germaphobe … There’s no way I would let people pee on each other around me. No way.” He also allegedly ridiculed the very notion that he would ever hire a prostitute: “Can you imagine me, hookers?”— Here’s how Obama reacted, during a conversation about that notorious Moscow bed. Comey told the outgoing president that he would brief Trump on the salacious details of the so-called Steele dossier. “(Obama) looked directly at me,” Comey recalled, according to The Washington Post. “He raised and lowered both of his eyebrows with emphasis, and then looked away … To my mind his Groucho Marx eyebrow raise was both subtle humour and an expression of concern. It was almost as if he were saying, ‘Good luck with that.’”— Comey found something strange about the president’s attitude toward Russia. Comey described being struck that the president and his staff never expressed any interest in Russian election-meddling and how to prevent it again. Rather, Trump focused on the public-relations component and how to spin the fact that Russians didn’t affect the election outcome. In addition, Comey says he and the president sparred over Trump’s complimentary words regarding Vladimir Putin and his suggestion in an interview that the U.S. was also guilty of illegal killings.— He takes jabs at Trump’s physical appearance. He recalled noting the size of the president’s hands, which has been a notorious sore spot for Trump. Comey noted: “(They were) smaller than mine, but did not seem unusually so,” according to the Associated Press. He said Trump appeared shorter than he had assumed. And in an excerpt cited by The New York Times, he writes of the president: “His face appeared slightly orange, with bright white half-moons under his eyes where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles.”— Many Democrats were livid about Comey after the election. But he says Obama, and top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer, were both kind to him. He says Schumer had tears in his eyes as he acknowledged the dilemma Comey had grappled with during the election. According to The Washington Post, “Comey wrote that Obama sat alone with him in the Oval Office in late November and told him, ‘I picked you to be FBI director because of your integrity and your ability. I want you to know that nothing — nothing — has happened in the last year to change my view.’ On the verge of tears, Comey told Obama, ‘Boy, were those words I needed to hear … I’m just trying to do the right thing.’” And Obama replied: “I know.”last_img read more

TV Personality Lainey Lui Joins World Animal Protection campaign to save dogs

first_imgTV Personality Lainey Lui Joins World Animal Protection campaign to save millions of dogs around the world. (CNW Group/World Animal Protection) Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2017 /CNW/ – Global charity World Animal Protection marked a major milestone last year, with one million rabies vaccinations delivered as part of its Better Lives for Dogs campaign. This year, just in time for World Rabies Day (September 28), the organization has announced a new campaign ambassador and expansion of the international vaccination program to Sierra Leone.With only four active vets in the entire country and an overwhelming population of stray dogs, the animal welfare situation in Sierra Leone is very serious.“In Freetown, Sierra Leone, we estimate there to be approximately 100,000 stray dogs,” said Josey Kitson, Executive Director at World Animal Protection Canada.  “The potential for rabies exposure and other conflicts with stray dogs is a real and daily fear for people. Tragically, authorities sometimes opt to kill the dogs in an attempt to safeguard their communities but we know vaccination is the only way. World Animal Protection is working towards humane solutions to the issues that cause fear, misunderstanding and a divide between a community and their dogs by providing free rabies vaccinations and education on the ground.”center_img The misguided killing is not specific to Sierra Leone, however. There are 700 million dogs in the world today and many of them are free roaming, unwanted, unhealthy and unvaccinated. Fear of bites and rabies mean that millions are killed every year.World Animal Protection has been leading the way to stop these unnecessary killings. Working with local governments, the global charity has performed more than one million vaccinations of dogs in Kenya, Zanzibar, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Bangladesh.Many high-profile Canadians have been supporting the campaign and its work by using their voice to raise awareness of the campaign and highlight the need for action to protect dogs around the globe. This year, a new champion has joined the cause: Elaine “Lainey” Lui, Co-host of CTV’s THE SOCIAL, ETALK Senior Correspondent, and Founder/Editor of top Canadian entertainment website LaineyGossip.com, is the latest dog lover to speak out in support of Better Lives for Dogs.“I’m so honoured to be a part of World Animal Protection’s ambassador roster,” said Elaine Lui. “My dogs Barney and Elvis are part of my family, and I can’t imagine life without them. It’s unbelievable to think millions of dogs lose their lives over something as preventable as rabies and fear. Through education, vaccination and grassroots community engagement, dogs around the world can lead healthier, happier lives and bring joy to those around them – just like our own pets do.”All dogs deserve to live without fear and suffering, and we can all help by supporting responsible dog ownership and vaccination. World Animal Protection’s goal is to improve the lives of 50 million dogs by 2020.  Visit www.worldanimalprotection.ca to find out more.About World Animal Protection:For more than 50 years and in more than 50 countries, World Animal Protection has been preventing animal cruelty and inspiring people to change animals’ lives for the better. Today we’re working on projects with local partners, governments and businesses to find practical ways to prevent animal suffering worldwide.  We also collaborate with the UN and other international bodies to make sure animals are on the global agenda because animal protection is a fundamental part of a sustainable future. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

100 Tribes come unite against pipeline near Standing Rock in North Dakota

first_imgDennis WardAPTN National NewsMore than 100 tribes have come together near Standing Rock in North Dakota.They’re uniting at the Sacred Stone camp to try and stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline project.It will carry oil through four states including North Dakota.Right in the middle of the Sacred Stone camp is a council lodge‎ that has a lot of people talking.last_img

Taste of the Town kicks off LiveIt Green month in Fort St

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has announced that October is LiveIt! Green Month in the city, and the month-long initiative is kicking off this weekend with an event to promote local businesses using locally-sourced ingredients.LiveIt! Green Month is a month-long initiative that aims to promote and celebrate green projects and activities in the community and to educate citizens on some green ideas they can use in their homes.Each week focuses on a unique topic including food security, water management, waste reduction, and energy literacy. Taste of the Town, which is held from September 29th to October 6th, is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to support local businesses, producers, and restaurants while sampling fresh, locally produced food and beverage.Participating businesses include Whole Wheat & Honey, Fort St. John Farmers’ Market, Hip Peace Produce, Homesteader Health, Beard’s Brewing Co., Mighty Peace Brewing Co., NEAT, and Spicy Fusion.Residents are encouraged to use the Taste of the Town Passport by picking one up at the Fort St. John Visitor Centre or downloading it at www.fortstjohn.ca/taste-town and returning it by October 12 for a chance to win a prize.Additional events during LiveIt! Green month include a Home Game Butchering Workshop, Gardening Series with NEAT, fermentation demonstration, Yard Waste drop-off, Passive House and Water Treatment Facility tours, and various project showcases.More information about the many green activities and projects can be found at www.fortstjohn.ca/liveitgreen.last_img read more

Moroccos Counterterrorism Efforts Reduce Level of Terror Threats

Rabat – A report on crimes related to terrorism in Morocco shows that Morocco’s counterterrorism strategy is bearing fruit as the level of threat related to terror crimes has stabilized over the past two years.The report, released by the Moroccan Public Prosecutor’s Office, was accompanied by a second report on the execution of criminal policy. The second report shows that 337 suspects appeared before the General Prosecutor’s Office at the Rabat Court of Appeal in 2018 for their alleged involvement in terror crimes, compared to 358 in the previous yearQuoting the report, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) said that 66% of the cases went to trial while only 14% did not. The report shows that 107 judicial proceedings, the highest number of cases, were carried out for inciting terrorism. Trials for extreme violence and manufacturing and possession of weapons were the second most prolific crime, with 19 trials apiece.The list of crimes also includes the financing acts of terrorism, with 18 judicial proceedings, and involvement in terror groups which resulted in 13 judicial cases.According to the report, “although Morocco has been the subject of terror threats like other countries, [the North African country] has managed to defeat the majority of terror plans aimed at causing serious harm to public order.”The report also recalled that Morocco has dismantled several terror cells throughout the year.In 2015, Morocco introduced the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), an agency which has significantly reinforced Morocco’s security policy.The role of the BCIJ, which is the main body in charge of fighting terrorism, is well recognized. Several reports have cited the agency’s achievements in counterterrorism and its international collaboration to fight the issue.The 2018 US Department report praised Morocco’s efforts, saying that the country has a “comprehensive counterterrorism strategy that includes vigilant security measures, regional and international cooperation.”The BCIJ works in collaboration with Morocco’s General Directorate for National Security (DGSN), while the General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST) works with BCIJ to conduct border inspections at airports.The report explained that Morocco’s record in countering terrorism was made possible thanks to the BCIJ as well as the National Criminal Police Brigade and the Royal Gendarmerie.BCIJ has carried out several significant operations in the first six months of 2019, arresting a number of ISIS-linked terror suspects.The latest arrest was on June 25, when BCIJ dismantled a four-member terrorist cell in Al Haouz in the Marrakech-Safi region.Read also: Morocco’s BCIJ Raids 2 Farms Used by Terror Cell, Seizes Chemical Products read more

Police to confiscate vehicles of former MPs Ministers

President Maithripala Sirisena today said that the Police will be used to confiscate the vehicles of former Parliamentarians and Ministers during the elections.He said that it is essential to stop misuse of public assets for the electioneering of political parties or candidates. “Use of state vehicles for election campaigns must be stopped. As you are aware, during the former government as well as during the current interim Government, the Ministries were provided with vehicles for the use of Members of Parliament. Today, we have an interim government comprising of the President, Prime Minister and Ministers. Under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the interim government will function during the elections period until a new government is established,” he said. “I request with respect to all the former Ministers and MPs to return their Government vehicles to the Secretaries of Ministries immediately. If they do not act accordingly, I will have to ask the police to confiscate the vehicles and I will not hesitate to take strict legal action against the defaulters irrespective of their political party affiliations,” he said.The President said that use of Government vehicles and public assets for elections is illegal and it should not be done. (Colombo Gazette) The President said that only the President, Prime Minister and Ministers are functioning in the interim Government and in accordance with the regulations of the Elections Commission none of the former State Ministers, Deputy Ministers or MPs could use official vehicles for the election campaign. read more

UN food relief agency starts first cash distributions to Somali refugees in

“The cash allows refugees to have more control in diversifying their diets, and they can buy milk, vegetables or pasta directly from the local market,” said Abdou Dieng, Country Director for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Ethiopia.Refugees at Sheddar, located outside of Jijiga, the regional capital of the Somali area of Ethiopia, are now receiving a monthly ration of 13.9 kilograms of food – including wheat, rice, pulses, corn-soya blend, oil, sugar and salt – as well as a cash allocation of 100 Ethiopian Birr or the equivalent of $5 per person.An additional 13,000 refugees will start to receive cash in the same region in October. The moves are part of a pilot initiative that will last until December.The pilot project is part of an “excellent partnership”, Mr. Dieng said, between WFP, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), the Government of Ethiopia represented by the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and the donor, European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) which provided a contribution of $1.3 million.Ethiopia, along with Kenya and Yemen, host most of the 1 million Somali refugees, who, along with some 1.1 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), are bearing the brunt of the factional fighting in the country since 1991.During a visit to Mogadishu last week, John Ging, Director of Operations in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that despite gradual improvements in the humanitarian situation in Somalia, the needs remain immense and urged greater investment to break the cycle of crisis in the Horn of Africa nation. read more

InterTyre launches dedicated website

The tyre industry’s newest show, InterTyre today launched a dedicated website. www.intertyre.com includes all the latest news from the Show, plus details of what to do and where to stay in Birmingham when the Show runs at the NEC from 29 April – 2 May 2001.Visitors to the show will be able to look at a full exhibitor list, with information on what’s going to be shown on the stands, and can even register for their free entry ticket online, saving them time at the door.Show organiser Philip Jones said ‘InterTyre is a brand new Show, and we have been able to start with a completely clean sheet of paper. intertyre.com is an important part of our strategy to ensure that visitors to and exhibitors at InterTyre can make the most productive use of their time at the Show.‘The website will also include links to the organisations that are supporting InterTyre, like the NTDA and TIC®, as well as our exhibitors. intertyre.com will allow tyre industry professionals to catch up on the latest Show news wherever they are in the World,’ he concluded.InterTyre runs from 29 April until 2 May 2001 at the NEC, Birmingham. It will run alongside The European Automotive Trade Show, the aftermarket industry’s premier exhibition. Although running separately, visitors to InterTyre will be able to move freely between the Shows (held in adjoining halls) without having to re-register.To find out more about InterTyre visit www.intertyre.com For more information on The European Automotive Trade Show visit www.euroats.comClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Matt Barnes Used Homophobic Slur When Arrested

Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes used a homophobic slur at a police officer during his arrest in late July.The police dashboard video, which was obtained by TMZ.com, shows Barnes waiting on the side of the road with his wife in the presence of a couple of Manhattan Beach (Calif.) police officers. Much of the video shows his wife asking the police officers repeatedly why they have been detained. After a lengthy argument, an officer tells Barnes that there is a warrant for his arrest.As officers pull Barnes’ hands out of his pockets, he tells one not to touch him, but they do put handcuffs on him. As they start to walk him away, Barnes says: “You’re the f—— f—– who followed me.”Barnes was arrested on suspicion of threatening a police officer. He had an outstanding traffic warrant after being stopped twice before that incident and being cited for driving without a license.Barnes issued an apology that was run on TMZ.com.“I would like to apologize for the unfortunate language I used,” he said. “I know that certain words are extremely hurtful.“I meant absolutely no disrespect to anyone. This comment, spoken in the heat of a difficult moment, does not accurately reflect my actual point of view.”Barnes’ reference during his arrest to being followed likely stemmed from his contention that the same police officer who had ticketed him before waited hours for him to leave a restaurant to arrest him the third time.“I couldn’t believe it was the same guy,” Barnes told ESPN The Magazine after his arrest.The Manhattan Beach police department denied that Barnes was specifically targeted.“If Mr. Barnes has an arrest warrant and chooses to come into the city the onus is on him,” officer Stephanie Martin, a Manhattan Beach PD spokesperson, told ESPN The Magazine. “This is a small town and we’re aware of many individuals who have warrants.”Barnes was the Lakers’ top-scoring reserve last season, averaging 7.8 points per game. He signed with the Clippers in the offseason. read more

Mysterious deaths of Scot Young and other associates of Candy brothers made

first_imgThe billionaire Candy brothers’ links to Scot Young and Boris Berezovsky, who died in mysterious circumstances, “made me fear for my husband’s life”, the wife of a property tycoon has told a court.Emma Holyoake made the claims during a £132 million lawsuit which her husband Mark Holyoake has launched against Christian and Nick Candy at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.Mr Holyoake borrowed £12 million from Christian Candy’s company CPC in 2011 to finance a property development scheme but eventually had to pull out of the property redevelopment, at a loss of £100 million in potential profits. Nick Candy and wife HollyCredit: Mark Holyoake arriving to give evidenceCredit: Paul Grover for the Telegraph Nick and Christian Candy with their partners Holly Valance (left) and Emily Candy at a reception at One Hyde Park Mark Holyoake arriving to give evidence Nick Candy and wife Holly Nick and Christian Candy with their partners Holly Valance (left) and Emily Candy at a reception at One Hyde ParkCredit:John Stillwell/PA Wire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She said: “I used to worry constantly that Christian might take steps to hurt or even kill Mark when Mark travelled on business. “I used to warn Mark constantly to take care, to ensure that he wasn’t being set up, to make sure he kept himself as safe as possible.”I thought that the simplest way for Christian to resolve his issue with Mark would just be to get rid of Mark.  “This is not as outlandish as it seems. There are men in the Candys’ extended circle who have died mysteriously.”Mrs Holyoake named: Paul Castle, the millionaire property tycoon who leapt to his death in front of a London Underground train in November 2010; Scot Young, who fell to his death from his fourth floor flat in 2014; and Boris Berezovsky, who was found hanged in his bedroom in 2013.An email between the Candy brothers which referred to a man named ‘Knuckey’ also suggested Christian was thinking of sending thugs to Ibiza, told the court.Mrs Holyoake said: “I can only assume (this was to) harm or intimidate Mark, myself or our children. It is chilling to realise that my concerns at the time really appear to have been very close to the mark”.Entrepreneur Mr Holyoake claims he trusted the Candys because he shared a house with Nick at university and thought of him like a brother, but Mr Holyoake claims the highly secretive brothers acted like Bond villains after lending him £12 million to finance his property deal.He also claims the property mogul even made threats against his pregnant wife Emma, who had previously suffered a miscarriage. Revelations about a strained relationship between the wealthy brothers and their wives have also emerged during the court case. The court heard on Tuesday that Christian Candy, 42, bullied his older brother Nick Candy and disliked his popstar and actress sister-in-law Holly Valance. Mrs Holyoake told the court her own friendship with Ms Valance became a casualty of the dispute between the husbands. She added that Ms Valance had told her that Christian’s wife, Emily, had allegedly suggested at a dinner that the actress had a “dubious” background and tried to dissuade her brother-in-law from marrying her.Mrs Holyoake said Ms Valance revealed that Christian had referred to her at a party in Ibiza in 2012 by saying “if she sees me coming she better f—— cross over onto the other side of the road”.She claims she became friends with Holly Valance after meeting her for the first time in 2009 and later bet the actress £200 that Nick would propose.”We were among the first friends they contacted personally when they got engaged and I was genuinely happy for them,” Mrs Holyoake told the court.His wife Emily also suggested the actress had a “dubious” background and tried to dissuade Nick, 44, from going ahead with the marriage, Mrs Holyoake claimed.She also told the court: “Holly told me that Nick was bullied by Christian, that Christian was controlling and often spoke to Nick in a disrespectful and aggressive manner.”Nick began to open up and agreed that his brother often barked orders at him. Christian dominated him, but Nick being Nick used to laugh it off and say he could handle Christian.”To say there was no love lost between Christian and Holly would be an understatement. I don’t know the origin of that dislike but Holly and Christian’s wife Emily did not get on at all”.Christian spoke to Nick in “a disrespectful and aggressive manner” and on one occasion the abuse left his brother weeping while lying “in a foetal position on the floor of a hotel room”, the hearing was told.In her statement to the court, Emma Holyoake, who lives in Ibiza, said that the Candy brothers would never be part of her life again as a result of the threats her husband received.She told the hearing: “What kind of human threatens violence against a pregnant woman and her children? “What kind of man threatens to exert so much pressure that a woman could potentially suffer another miscarriage?”Sadly the Candys are without shame and so driven by the love of money they have lost all sense of decency. There is no depth they will not plumb, no stunt they will not pull, no lie they will not tell.”The Candy brothers deny all of Mr Holyoake’s allegations and claim he has invented the threats in a deliberate attempt to extract money from them. The hearing continues tomorrow when the brothers are due to give evidence.A spokesman for the brothers said: “Emma Holyoake has accepted in evidence that her statement is based on information provided to her by her husband whose claims are denied in their entirety.”The statement has the sole purpose of causing reputational damage to the defendants.”The defendants remain committed to having these matters decided at trial by the judge.” He ended up paying back more than £37 million on the two-year loan after signing a series of finance deals. He is seeking £132 million for lost profits, over-payments, legal costs and aggravated damages.The married father-of-three claims Christian Candy repeatedly threatened to destroy his life and ruin his business during a campaign of blackmail and intimidation which left him fearing for his own life. Mrs Holyoake said she feared her husband might be killed because of the mysterious deaths of other men associated with the Candys. last_img read more

Energy firm apologises after power cut kills 60 tropical fish at nursery

Stock photo of a tank housing tropical fish A spokesman for UK Power Networks apologised, telling the Medway Messenger newspaper this week: “We apologise to the staff and children of the Scallywags nursery for the inconvenience and upset caused by a fault on an underground cable that interrupted supplies.”For safety reasons, supplies could not be restored until access was provided to complete safety checks.”We appreciate how difficult this has been for the nursery and have now resolved that matter directly with them.” Nursery manager Kelly Mumford said: “Luckily staff got in early so we were able to remove the fish from the three tanks to avoid any distress to the children.”The older ones noticed, so we just had to say they had gone to a new home.”She said she was ‘angry’ at UK Power Networks for not alerting them to the powercut, which took place from March 23 to March 26 this year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Stock photo of a tank housing tropical fish An energy firm has apologised and handed £1,000 in compensation to a nursery school after a power cut killed 60 tropical fish.Bosses at UK Power Networks failed to alert workers at the Scallywags pre-school in Rainham, Kent, that electricity was being cut off for two days over a weekend in March.As a result, when nursery teachers arrived back at work on March 26 they found the 60 fish floating at the top of the three fish tanks.Tropical fish need the water to stay at around 27C and rely on pumps to oxygenate the water – with a powercut often causing tropical fish to die.Bosses at the nursery, which looks after 170 children, managed to scoop out the dead fish before tots arrived, but many kids asked where all the fish had gone. read more