November 7, 2019

National Insurance Scheme 2012/13 Policy Update

first_imgThe Touch Football Australia (TFA) Insurance Scheme Manual with policy information for 2012-13 has now been released. TFA has negotiated the 2012-13 National Insurance Scheme policy with Sportscover improving the provision for funeral expenses benefits in the event of the death. This means that in the event of a death, even if it is not accidental, grieving families will be provided a reimbursement of $5,000 for funeral expenses. Finally, if claimants have private health cover they will not need to pay the $200 excess.   Certificate of Currency (COC) documents will now expire on the 31 January 2013, moving slightly out of the Christmas period.  COC’s will only be provided for financial affiliates, with Season 2 2012 insurance and affiliation fees paid before the time of release.  For more information, please click on the attached Insurance Scheme Manual document below. To be directed to the Insurance section on the TFA website, please click on the following link – http://www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=1275 Related Filestouch_football_australia_national_insurance_scheme_manual_july_2012-pdfRelated LinksNational Insurance Schemelast_img read more

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October 27, 2019

NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Final Edition

first_imgThe Spun's mock draft from 2016.With the 2016 NFL Draft now just weeks away, some of the top players in the class are that much closer to achieving their dreams. Pro Days are now behind us. The NFL Combine seems a distant memory. And players are now set to take center stage in Chicago beginning April 28. We’ve seen draft stocks rise and fall over the past couple months, with a handful of players sneaking up in the projections. Trades and free agency likely changed a few things, too. It’s impossible to know what teams think about each player – but, like everybody else, we can take a look at each team’s needs and project what they’ll be looking for on draft day; which teams will go where when it’s all said and done. And now we can take the combine into account, too. Here’s the final version of how we think the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft will shake out.1. Tennessee Titans – OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Missole miss logoWhile Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey has received quite a bit of buzz as the potential No. 1 overall pick in the draft, it’s hard to imagine the Titans don’t go after the only true offensive tackle in the class to protect franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota. So, with that in mind, Ole Miss’ Laremy Tunsil appears to be the only option. Tunsil is an immediate impact type of talent on the offensive line – something Tennessee needs desperately after giving up the most sacks in the NFL last season.2. Cleveland Browns – QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota StatendsuWith several teams expected to select a quarterback in the first round, North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz has continued to separate himself as the pick of the litter. Wentz has done everything right since beginning the pre-draft process, showing plenty of ability both on the field and on the white board. While Cleveland signed Robert Griffin III, the Browns can’t bet their season on him. They still need to take a quarterback with the second pick. 3. San Diego Chargers – CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida Statefsu logoIf FSU’s Jalen Ramsey falls to No. 3, the Chargers would be silly not to take him, especially considering the holes in their secondary. Ramsey – largely considered the best player in this draft – would be a major boost to San Diego’s defense. As versatile as they come, he played safety, corner and a hybrid nickel back during his time as a Seminole. He also returned kicks.4. Dallas Cowboys – DE Joey Bosa, Ohio Stateohio state logoWhile rumors have swirled that the Cowboys are gearing up to select Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with their first pick, it makes more sense for Dallas to improve things on the defensive side of the ball during the first round. With that in mind, Elliott’s teammate – defensive end Joey Bosa – seems to be the perfect fit. The Cowboys’ coaching staff has recently visited the Buckeyes to hold private workouts for several players, and we believe Bosa will have his name called.5. Jacksonville Jaguars – OLB Myles Jack, UCLAuclaAs one of the best players in the entire class, Myles Jack will make any team happy. And if the Jaguars have the chance to select him at No. 5 they better pull the trigger.Jack is a machine on the football field and his versatility makes things difficult on the opposition. With the ability to rush the quarterback or drop into coverage, the former Bruin appears to be the perfect fit in Jacksonville. 6. Baltimore Ravens – DE DeForest Buckner, OregonOregon LogoOregon’s DeForest Buckner has helped his draft stock as much as any player entering the 2016 NFL Draft, and some projections have him going as high as No. 3 overall to the Chargers. But, with his size and athleticism, he almost seems destined to be a Raven. Buckner would be a perfect fit on the defensive front. Baltimore won’t pass up this opportunity.7. San Francisco 49ers – QB Jared Goff, CalcalFormer Cal quarterback Jared Goff appeared to take a step back after the NFL Combine, but he’s since gained some ground and has impressed several organizations over the last month. Goff may actually be the most fluid signal caller in this class, with plenty of accuracy and sneaky ability to escape a collapsed pocket. With continued uncertainty surrounding Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers need to slect a quarterback here and Goff will be their best option. 8. Philadelphia Eagles – QB Paxton Lynch, MemphismemphisThe Eagles are expected to have traded up to select a quarterback, and with Wentz and Goff off the board, Paxton Lynch would be a terrific option. Lynch is big, has a huge arm and has impressed during workout over the past couple months. If either Goff or Wentz are still on the board, it’s possible the Eagles go with one of them. But the Eagles should get a quarterback either way.9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Vernon Hargreaves IIIflorida logoThe Bucs desperately need defensive help, and with DeForest Buckner already off the board, Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III would be an excellent selection at No. 9. While not a versatile as FSU’s Ramsey, Hargreaves is probably the most natural corner in the class. A terrific cover corner who can play the boundary, Hargreaves would make Tampa Bay very happy.10. New York Giants – DE Kevin Dodd, Clemsonclemson logoThe New York Football Giants need help on the defensive side of the ball, and with so much defensive talent near the top of this class, they’ll have a lot to choose from. At No. 10, there’s already quite a bit of talent off the board, but Clemson’s Kevin Dodd may be just what they need. Dodd, who many consider the lesser of the two when talking about college teammate Shaq Lawson, has improved his stock over the past couple months. He plays with a chip on his shoulder, and Giants fans would love that.Next: Picks 11-20 ???>>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3last_img read more

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October 13, 2019

GoPro to move production out of China over tariff concerns

first_imgSAN MATEO, Calif. — Action-camera maker GoPro says it will move production of U.S.-bound cameras out of China by the summer over tariff-related concerns.Companies have been voicing concerns over a looming trade war between China and the U.S. as both countries have been threatening tariffs against one another.GoPro did not say Monday where production was moving or how much the move would cost.The San Mateo, California-based company did say that it owns its own manufacturing equipment, so it will only be changing the physical location of where production will take place. Production of international-bound cameras will remain in China.GoPro shares slipped nearly 2 per cent to $4.88 in morning trading.The Associated Presslast_img

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October 13, 2019

Fort St John to get new provincial court judge

first_imgNew Ft St John judge!Judge Linda Thomas – will be sworn in on July 5, 2018. She will be assigned to the Northern Region and withChambers in Fort St. John.— Lorne MacLean, Q.C. (@bcfamilylaw) June 26, 2018According to Lorne MacLean, Q.C. with MacLean Family Law, Judge Thomas’ chambers will be located in Fort St. John. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Government has appointed a new provincial court judge for the Northern Region who will be based in Fort St. John. Last week, the Attorney General’s Ministry announced that the Province had appointed three new provincial court judges to fill several vacancies created by judges who were retiring. Linda Thomas will be sworn in as the newest judge in the Northern Region on July 5th.Thomas received an LLB from the University of British Columbia in 2000. She has experience working as a sole practitioner, and for First Nations government and non-profit organizations. She has focused primarily on child protection and family law mediation, and the government says that she also has a background in prison law. She has worked extensively to develop and facilitate legal information workshops with law advocates, family support workers and Indigenous communities.last_img read more

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October 13, 2019

Additional work to be performed on Taylor Bridge Tonight

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – Yellowhead Road and Bridge North Peace say additional work on the Taylor Bridge will be taking place tonight, Thursday, January 17.YRB says additional work is needed to complete deck welding maintenance.Originally, maintenance was scheduled to take place on the nights of January 14 and the 15, along with additional work performed on January 16. Maintenance will begin at 7 p.m. until 3:30 a.m.Traffic will be single lane alternating with up to 20-minute delays.YRB is advising drivers to plan this delay in their commute.Check DriveBC for updates or you can call the after-hours line at 1-888-883-6688.last_img

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October 12, 2019

China protests US criticism of policies on religion

first_imgHong Kong: China has issued a protest over remarks the US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom made criticising Beijing’s polices toward Muslim and Tibetan Buddhist minorities and saying the country was “at war with faith.”The foreign ministry’s office in Hong Kong said the speech Sam Brownback gave Friday “slandered” China’s religious policies. It said it had registered its dissatisfaction Saturday with the US Consulate in the semi-autonomous Chinese region, where the speech was given.China’s constitution and laws protect freedom of religion and critics should “cease their slander of China’s policies on religion and the situation with freedom of faith and cease using religious issues to interfere in China’s internal affairs,” the office said in a statement.US officials and UN experts say China is believed to be holding 1 million Uighurs, Muslims and members of other majority Muslim ethnic groups in political education camps in Xinjiang. The US and other governments have criticized the crackdown.The Chinese government says those camps are vocational training centers designed to rid the region of extremism.Brownback said President Donald Trump’s administration is “deeply concerned and considered it a deliberate attempt by Beijing to redefine and control these Muslim minority groups, (their) identity, culture and faith.”He urged Beijing to grant free access to the camps to investigate claims of abuse of inmates.More generally, Brownback said, China is “at war with faith.” “It’s a war they will not win,” he said. “The Chinese Communist Party must hear the cry of its people for religious freedom.”Brownback was expected to meet local religious leaders and religious studies students and instructors while in Hong Kong. The territory enjoys freedom of speech and religion far beyond that in mainland China, where the officially atheist government keeps tight control over any potential challenges to its authority.Brownback, the former governor of Kansas, was due to travel to Taiwan for a regional meeting on religious freedom Monday.In his speech, the Catholic conservative called on China to release Wang Yi and John Cao Sanqiang, detained pastors in the “underground” church that operates independently of official government agencies.last_img read more

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September 28, 2019

OSU soccer falls to Virginia Tech in double overtime

Ohio State then-sophomore Marcus McCrary (19) dribbles the ball through a group of Michigan players during a soccer game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Nov. 4, 2015. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s soccer team lost 1-0 in double overtime to Virginia Tech in their first game of the 2016 season. Hokies forward Marcelo Acuna scored the game winner in the 106th minute on a header from eight yards out on a far cross from forward Alessandro Mion.  Prior to the start of the game, the Buckeyes held a moment of silence in remembrance of teammate Fikayo Idowu, who tragically passed away this June. The team will wear patches that read “FI14” to honor him.Defense reigned supreme in the match, as neither team was able to find the back of the net through two regulation periods and the first overtime period.“I was pleased with us defensively,” coach John Bluem said. “They came at us with a lot of different things and we fought it off. There were definitely some positives defensively.”Both teams looked sluggish out of the gate, only managing a combined five shots in the first period.The first shot of the game for either team came in the 13th minute after Ohio State sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed created space up the middle with a few dribble moves. He then passed it to senior forward Christian Soldat, who fired a shot at net that went right to Hokie goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard. It was the only shot on goal of the half for either team.The Hokies came out firing in the second period, outshooting Ohio State 5-0 early on.Virginia Tech had a good scoring opportunity to start out the period but failed to score on an open net as the shot from forward Som Essome in the 49th minute went wide left.After a yellow card by Hokie midfielder James Kasak in the 83rd minute, Ohio State was given a free kick that senior defender Austin Bergstrom shot high over the net.  Both teams had more opportunities in the two overtime periods, but it was Virginia Tech that came out on top.“We get the feeling of playing and understand that this is what a loss feels like,” Bergstrom said. “All the guys have this taste in their mouth and they are never going to want it again.”Ohio State looks to regroup against UC Santa Barbara this Sunday Aug. 28 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m.“It’s a little bit bitter to lose late like that but the only thing we can do is talk to the guys and get ready for Sunday,” Bluem said. “There is no reason to panic. It was a tough game. Breaks did not go our way and they got one and we didn’t.” read more

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September 18, 2019

Celta Vigo replace Mohamed with Cardoso as new manager

first_imgCelta Vigo have announced the appointment of Miguel Cardoso as their new manager following Antonio Mohamed’s dismissalThe Argentinian coach was removed from his post at Celta on Monday, despite only arriving in June on a two-year deal.Mohamed’s fate at Balaidos was sealed after Sunday’s 4-2 La Liga defeat to Real Madrid meant he had only won three of his 13 games in charge.Now Celta have named Cardoso as Mohamed’s replacement in an announcement on the club website.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.The Portuguese coach takes charge of Celta just six weeks after being sacked by Ligue 1 side Nantes.Cardoso registered one win, three draws and four defeats in his eight games with Nantes.The 46-year-old will make his debut in the Celta dugout on November 26 away to Real Sociedad in La Liga.last_img read more

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September 18, 2019

Klopp knows what hes doing says Solanke

first_imgLiverpool striker Dominic Solanke says he trusts Jurgen Klopp and he is happy to wait and fight for his chance at the club.Despite getting little playing time this season under Kloop, Solanke reveals he trusts that the German boss knows what’s he doing.“Jurgen is a great manager and he knows what he is doing, especially when he is bringing people through,” Solanke said in an interview published in goal.com.“You can see what he has done with Trent (Alexander-Arnold) and Joe (Gomez) at the moment and how far they have gone. They have been two vital players for us this season.“I have known them for a few years now so I have seen them breakthrough and he definitely helped them.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“All the team are good (providing support and advice), really. Everyone has helped me. From the moment I got to Liverpool, they all made me feel welcome and I settled in quite quickly.“Whenever they see someone they can give a hand to, they always will.“It is always nice when you come away and get minutes, especially for your country. Of course, everyone wants to play for their clubs and when you have been away, you have got to go back and fight.“But these little breaks are always good, especially if you are getting minutes.”last_img read more

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September 11, 2019

St Thomas St Dorothys To Hold Food Drive On June 2324

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — St. Thomas and St. Dorothy’s will be holding a Food Drive for the parish’s Food Pantry to help Parish members in need this weekend. Donations may be left at the entrances of both churches before all masses.Food items most needed include:Peanut Butter & JellyInstant Macaroni & CheeseCanned CornMicrowavable DinnersBeef Stew/Canned DinnersJuice Boxes/PouchesMayonnaise & CatsupPancake Mix & SyrupBody Soap & WashShampoo & ConditionerDeodorantFeminine Hygiene ProductsToothpaste & Dental FlossBody Lotion(NOTE: The above announcement is from the latest St. Thomas/St. Dorothy’s church bulletin.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSt. Thomas & St. Dorothy’s To Hold Food Drive On July 13-14In “Community”St. Thomas & St. Dorothy’s Holding Food Drive & Cleaning Product Drive On October 14-15In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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September 5, 2019

Indianorigin family of 4 found dead in US locals suspect murdersuicide

first_img(representative image)Creative Commons Zero – CC0An Indian-origin family of four was found dead at their house in Iowa on Saturday, June 15. The deceased were identified as Chandrasekhar Sunkara, 44, Lavanya, 41 and two young boys, aged 15, and 10 years.Sunkara was said to have been an employee of Iowa department of public safety’s technology services bureau and locals told the police that he was depressed and could have possibly killed his family members and committed suicide, Hindustan Times reports.Sunkara was originally from Tsunduru in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district and had moved to the United States for higher studies and had settled down there. The four victims were discovered by a guest living at their house. “When the victims were discovered, one of the survivors ran outside looking for help. He found a person who had then called the police to inform about the suspicious deaths,” police was quoted as saying in the report.There were two other adults and two children in the house when the incident took place.The police registered a case and have launched an investigation. The police said that the four of them have died due to gunshot wounds and only the post-mortem will reveal if there is anything amiss in the deaths and will also reveal the exact cause of death.”We are continuing to work through this investigation. We will follow through until we have answered as many questions as the evidence allows. We are confident, though, that there is no continuing threat to the community,” the police said.The Telugu community in the US are in touch with the Indian Embassy to help the bereaved family in India making arrangements.last_img read more

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September 5, 2019

Was Kusal Pereras innings better than Ben Stokes epic knock

first_imgWho did it better, Perera or Stokes?Twitter/ICCThe cricket world is in a state of frenzy after witnessing the miracle in the third Ashes Test at Headingley. Many fans and experts are deeming Ben Stokes’ knock as the greatest ever in Test cricket history. No less a person than Sir Geoffrey Boycott has said that Stokes’ knock was the finest ever he has witnessed in his many decades of watching cricket.But some people have expressed a differing opinion. They have argued that Kusal Perera, the Sri Lankan batsman, played an even better innings earlier this year. This innings came in the first match of a two-Test series played in February. Sri Lanka were chasing a target of 304 and were in a lot of trouble at 226/9.But thanks to Kusal Perera’s 153 not out, they won the match by one wicket. So, who played the better innings: Perera or Stokes? Let’s try and find out the answer by looking at the facts.Length of the inningsStokes made 135 runs from 219 balls while Perera scored 153 from 200 balls. So, while Perera had more runs, Stokes had to battle it out for a longer time. Jack Leach faced just 17 balls and scored merely one run in the 76-run partnershipTwitter/ICCSupport from no. 11The partnership between Stokes and the last batsman Jack Leach was worth 76 runs when they needed 73 to win. On the other hand, Perera added 78 runs, the amount required, with his no. 11 colleague Vishwa Fernando. Leach faced 17 deliveries and scored 1 run while Fernando dealt with 27 balls and scored 6 runs. The partnership between the Sri Lankan pair lasted for 95 deliveries while the English last wicket duo had to be out there on the pitch for 62 balls.Quality of opposition bowling attackThe South African bowling attack that Perera negated had Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander, Duanne Olivier and Keshav Maharaj. Stokes’ opponents were Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Nathan Lyon. The South African pace attack looks the better one, hands down. It had the best fast bowler of the century in Dale Steyn, the man who could take that title in the future – Kagiso Rabada, and three other highly capable men.But it must be remembered that Steyn was a shadow of his former self. Compared to them, the Australian bowlers had just bowled out their opponents for 67 in the same Test. So, it is hard to say which attack was more difficult to deal with but one may just tilt towards Australia’s. Perera and Fernando had 95 balls in their partnershipTwitter/ICCPitches in the two gamesWhen it comes to pitches, some people may look at the scorecard and deem the wicket in Headingley as very tough for batting. However, on the third and fourth day, the conditions had become very batsmen-friendly and there was no assistance to the bowlers. Even Nathan Lyon was struggling to be sharp due to no footholes outside the right-hander’s off-stump. So, even with the conditions, it’s hard to say who faced the tougher odds.The occasionThis is where Stokes has a clear advantage. The Ashes is the biggest series for the two teams involved whereas Sri Lanka vs South Africa has never been a big contest. The English all-rounder was batting in front of a raucous full-house and with the revered urn on the line. If England had lost this match, Australia would have retained the Ashes. There was no such pressure on Perera. On this parameter alone, one can give the advantage to Ben. Stokes was playing on a much bigger stage than PereraTwitter/ICCConclusionIt is very hard to decide on the basis of the facts, who played the better innings. However, the atmosphere at the two venues was completely different. For some unexplainable reason, the innings by Stokes seemed much more powerful and dazzling than that by Perera. Is it just an optical illusion? One can make that point but playing on a bigger stage also means there is greater pressure. Stokes handled that pressure brilliantly. Still, the Sri Lankan left-hander also would have had pressure on him.So, in conclusion, it’s up to you to decide which innings you consider as the better one.last_img read more

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September 3, 2019

Sri Lanka attacks What we know so far

first_imgA security officer stands in front of St Anthony`s shrine in Colombo, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Sri Lanka on 22 April 2019. Photo: ReutersSri Lanka was rocked Sunday by a series of deadly blasts that has reportedly killed 290 people and injured 500 more.Here is what we know so far about one of the deadliest attacks in the island nation’s history:What happened?Powerful explosions struck in quick succession at three hotels in the capital Colombo. The Cinnamon Grand was hit at around 8:30 am (0300 GMT), and the high-end Shangri-La soon after at 9:05am.Three churches were also targeted in that wave of blasts: Colombo’s historic St Anthony’s Shrine, the St Sebastian’s church in the town of Negombo — north of the capital — and the Zion Church in the east-coast town of Batticaloa.Hours later, there were two more blasts — one of them at another Colombo hotel. At least two of the eight were carried out by suicide bombers, according to police sources and a hotel official.Who were the victims?The blasts hit the churches when they were full of worshippers gathered for Easter services. An AFP photographer saw bodies and debris lying on the floor at St Anthony’s.By Sunday evening, the toll stood at 207 dead and 450 people injured.Police said 35 foreigners were among the dead, including British, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese and American citizens, with the US and Britain later confirming their nationals were killed.Hospital sources also said British, Dutch and American citizens were among those killed, with Britons and Japanese also injured.India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj added three Indians were killed.A Portuguese man also died, according to the Iberian nation’s LUSA news agency. Two Chinese nationals were injured, the country’s embassy in Sri Lanka said, according to Beijing’s official Xinhua news agency.Who did it?There was no immediate claim of responsibility, and prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe declined to identify any suspected perpetrators.At least eight people have been arrested in connection with the attacks, police said, and investigators would look into whether the attackers had “overseas links”.The island nation has suffered deadly militant attacks for years, especially by ethnic Tamil militants during a decades-long civil war that ended in 2009 when Sri Lankan forces crushed the insurgency.In recent years, there have been clashes between the majority Sinhalese Buddhist community and minority Muslims, and in March last year the government imposed a 12-day state of emergency to quell anti-Muslim riots.Christian groups have also complained of increased harassment from hardline Buddhist groups.And, according to documents seen by AFP, the country’s police chief warned top officers 10 days ago of possible suicide bomb attacks on churches and the Indian high commission by the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka. He cited reports by a “foreign intelligence agency”, according to the documents.How did Sri Lanka react? Wickremesinghe urged people to “hold our unity as Sri Lankans” and pledged to “wipe out this menace once and for all.”The Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Ranjith, described the attackers as “animals” and called on authorities to “punish them mercilessly”.The government beefed up security and imposed an immediate and indefinite curfew across the country. It also put in place a “temporary” ban on social media platforms “in order to prevent incorrect and wrong information being spread”.Security at Colombo’s airport was also enhanced, according to Sri Lankan Airlines, which advised its passengers to arrive four hours before their flights. It added that passengers with passports and tickets will be able to reach the airport during the curfew.Embassies in Sri Lanka have warned their citizens to shelter in place.last_img
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September 2, 2019

WATCH LIVE Mayor Turner Discusses Next Step For HighSpeed Train Project Connecting

first_img Share Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and officials with Texas Central, the company behind the project to build a high-speed train connecting Houston and Dallas, unveil the next step for this enterprise.last_img

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August 31, 2019

Dead murder accused case HC asks Delhi Police to probe

first_imgThe Delhi High Court has directed city police to probe whether some of its officers suppressed facts in a case pertaining to identification of a body as that of a murder accused who had jumped bail.The accused had allegedly connived with his family members to show the unidentified body as his own to get him declared dead by Uttar Pradesh Police.A special bench of justices Kailash Gambhir and Sunita Gupta directed the DCP concerned, under whose jurisdiction the Seelampur police station falls, to “carefully go through report of UP police” and file a status report by next date of hearing.It issued the direction after noting that UP Police in its report has said that some officers of Anti Auto Theft Squad of Seelampur police station were “guilty of suppressing the facts in the matter”.“Conduct of all these officers is not above suspicion. It was a very serious issue where a decomposed body of some person came to be identified as that of the appellant.“As per the UP police report the officials here are trying to come in the way of justice. It will not be allowed in this case,” the court said, while issuing the directions to Delhi Police. The bench also made it clear that “the necessary facts shall be fully inquired into and no casual approach will be entertained” and directed that the status report be filed in four weeks.The court was hearing the appeal of Rajbir against his conviction by a trial court here in a murder case. During pendency of his appeal in court, he had obtained bail and then went missing.Despite repeated summons, when the court had failed to get his presence in the appeal case, it had decided to direct the police in Ghaziabad to trace him since he belonged to that district.Later information, through UP Police, was received by the court that the accused is dead. UP Police had said family of the accused had identified the clothes found on the body as those worn by Rajbir. The body was handed over to them and they cremated it and got a death certificate in his name.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Starvation death reports in Jhargram untrue says Mamata

first_imgJhargram: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that reports about the starvation deaths in Jhargram district were absolutely untrue and that there were elaborate arrangements to provide food to the locals of the area.Addressing the administrative meeting held, she said: “There have been no starvation deaths in the district as the state government has been running several welfare schemes in the region which was once a Maoist bastion.” She said the state government is giving a kilogram of rice for Rs 2 to ensure that every person gets food. “Every person gets 8 kg rice and 3 kg wheat per month. However, I have come to know that people who don’t require the grains sell part of their quota in the open market,” she added. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe also directed the district administration to include the Sabars in the schemes under 100 days’ work. Sabar community is an ethnic tribe, mainly residing in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Bengal. Banerjee also expressed concern over the elephant-man conflict. Elephants are entering the district from nearby areas of Jharkhand and destroying crops. This has been happening for quite some time. The elephants use a pathway near Lalgarh forest. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee has been asking the district administration for quite some time to take steps to stop the conflict. Many youths have been recruited to assist the Forest department as well. The Chief Minister asked the district administration to take up projects so that the beneficiaries become self-reliant. Self-Help Groups have been set up all over the state and they can be used for floriculture, cashew cultivation and fish cultivation. She said plates made out of saal leaves have tremendous potential and they can be kept even at the Biswa Bangla stores. “The Self-Help Groups are doing excellent work in many areas and if proper training can be given, they can do a miracle,” she said. It may be mentioned that in Nadia, some women belonging to those groups have become self-reliant by doing fish cultivation. The state Panchayat department has helped them to dig tanks where they are doing fish cultivation and selling their produce in the market. Banerjee urged the Panchayat members to work for the people. “Go to the people and listen to their grievances. Give them a patient hearing and then take up schemes to resolve the problems. We know all the problems cannot be solved but one should deal with them sympathetically.” It may be mentioned that in every party meeting, Banerjee is urging her party workers to go to the masses and work for them. “You cannot do politics from home. You will have to go to the people and talk to them,” was her advice to her party colleagues.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Woman tortured for dowry in Beniapukur

first_imgKolkata: A woman was allegedly tortured and sexually harassed by her in-laws for dowry in Beniapukur.On Wednesday, she lodged a complaint at the Beniapukur police station against her husband and father-in-law. Till Thursday, no one was arrested. According to sources, the woman got married in December 2000. At the time of her marriage, a lot of valuables were given to her in-laws as dowry. It is alleged that after a few years of marriage she her husband and in-laws started torturing her to bring more dowry. The victim woman said since her family was not able to fulfill the demands made by her in-laws she was subjected to torture. She alleged her husband and her father-in-law had been torturing her for a few years. She said she was forced by her husband to see a pornographic video. Despite she refused to watch it, her husband had forced her to do so. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHowever, a few months ago, her husband started behaving properly with her. She thought he changed due to some reason. But the situation turned ugly after she came to know that when she was in a compromising position with her husband, her father-in-law filmed her. She was shown the video and told to bring dowry. Having no other way, she went to her father’s house, which is also in Beniapukur. On Wednesday, she lodged a complaint against her husband and father-in-law. On the basis of her complaint, a FIR has been initiated under sections 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 354A (sexual harassment and punishment for sexual harassment), 354C (voyeurism) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC.last_img read more

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