December 3, 2019

From Assam to China, a ‘phantom’ rules the rhino horn trade

first_imgTerrestrial links between Assam and China through Myanmar and the Eastern Himalayas have come at a high price. More than 1,100 Americans died carving the 1,726 km Stilwell Road through treacherous hills from eastern Assam’s Ledo to Kunming in China’s Yunnan province during the Second World War, after Yangon (then Rangoon) fell to the Japanese.The road that took two years and $150 million for U.S. Army General Joseph Stilwell to build, however, barely served its purpose of sending supplies to China, and fell into disuse soon after the end of the war.Stilwell Road fell into disuse after 39,000 tonnes of supplies were moved in November 1944. But more than 500 one-horned rhinos of Kaziranga National Park (KNP) have died in the last 70 years to maintain the terrestrial link between Assam and China, albeit via a different route.Complex trailMandalay, a book in Assamese, produced by the Guwahati-based Nanda Talukdar Foundation and supported by Gauhati University’s Centre for South East Asian Studies, has traced rhino horn trade from Nagaland and Manipur in India to China via the Stilwell Road.The book draws on years of investigations by two officers on the frontline of rhino conservation — Deben Bora, officer-in-charge of the Jakhalabandha police station near KNP’s Burapahar Range, and Pranjal Baruah, range officer of the park’s Northern Range (now upgraded to a division) across the Brahmaputra river — and reflects their passion for protecting the endangered animals “at any cost”.  Interrogations of dozens of poachers over the past decade have led the police and forest officers to a mysterious person, called Lampu. “We are not sure if he exists, or is an alias of someone who heads an international crime syndicate. But we know he operates from Myanmar,” Mr. Bora told The Hindu.Lampu’s real name, photo and location are not available with any investigating agency. “He is a shadowy figure, a phantom who controls the rhino horn trade somewhere between Kalay and Mandalay in Myanmar,” said Mrinal Talukdar, the author.Mr. Talukdar travelled through Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam for close to three years for his extensive research into the dangerous trade.Extremists involvedHis study and investigations by anti-poaching units revealed that the complex Myanmar cartel operates through two networks — one in Nagaland and the other in Manipur — with members of extremist groups calling the shots.“The Manipur network operates through terrorists, who use assault rifles such as AK-47 and M4. Members camp on the Anjukmani Hills in (Assam’s) Karbi Anglong district south of Kaziranga, come down to the jungle for a kill, return to the camp with one or more horns, lie low for weeks or months before slipping out of Assam,” Mr. Talukdar said, describing the modus operandi.The Nagaland network, on the other hand, relies on .303 rifles. Almost all Naga poachers belong to the Sema or Sumi tribe, recruit Assam’s Karbi tribal people to supply arms while local Muslims near the KNP are hired as scouts to locate rhinos. The Naga shooters do not camp but come, kill and move out, the book reveals.last_img read more

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November 30, 2019

PBA board opts not to renew Narvasa’s term as commissioner

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Seven PBA governors convened on a special board meeting Thursday morning at the league office in Libis and agreed to no longer endorse the renewal of term of the beleaguered executive.Incoming PBA chairman Ramoncito Fernandez of NLEX led the symposium with the majority of the Board of Governors, which addressed the situation that has hounded the league in the past weeks and ultimately opted to not support the extension of Narvasa’s commissionership.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s not the trade issue anymore. It’s simply about loss of confidence,” said Fernandez.The league was put on a bad light following Narvasa’s approval of the controversial deal between San Miguel and Kia, which sent the Picanto’s 2017 first rounder, which turned out to be top overall selection Christian Standhardinger, to the Beermen in exchange for Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, and their 2019 first rounder. MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Chito Narvasa’s days as the PBA commissioner are coming to an end.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Harden has 31, Rockets win again over Knicks Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Several teams have denounced the decision, especially TNT which issued a statement that cast doubt on Narvasa’s capabilities as the league’s chief and asked him to abdicate his post.“If the commissioner does not see this simple perspective, he may not be the right person for the job. We are afraid as to who should be the custodian of the PBA’s overall paramount interest. He talks about parity/ equilibrium for trades, but where is it?,” the team said in a statement issued on Sunday.The governors met a week before the league goes to its annual planning in Los Angeles on November 10.Officials from the SMC bloc, GlobalPort, and Kia were a no-show in the board meeting.“I tried to call them up but there was no reply,” Fernandez said.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Deputy commissioner Rickie Santos has been appointed as officer-in-charge and caretaker “to ensure continuity of league operations” until two-thirds of the Board vote on who to install as the league’s new commissioner. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

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November 18, 2019

Virat Kohli my favourite cricketer, says Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar at Agenda Aaj Tak

first_imgManushi Chhillar, Miss World 2017, has named her favourite cricketer and guess who that is: Virat Kohli. Speaking at Agenda Aaj Tak 2017, Manushi said she loved Kohli for his achievements.”I love Virat Kohli, he has achieved a lot,” Manushi said during the first session of Agenda Aaj Tak 2017, moderated by Rajdeep Sardesai, Consulting Editor for the India Today Group.The 29-year-old Kohli has of course been on a roll since his international debut in 2008.In nine years, Kohli has cemented his place among the greatest the game has ever seen. He became the fastest to 9000 ODI runs and he is second in the list of century scorers in the format.Kohli also holds the record for the fastest ODI hundred by an Indian.Besides, he has also shattered records in Test cricket and remains the only batsman to score double hundreds in four successive series. Kohli also equaled Brian Lara’s record for most double hundreds by a Test captain.Kohli needs only 25 more when the Delhi Test between India and Sri Lanka gets underway from December 2 to reach 5000 runs. And if India win the final Test of the three-match series next week, Kohli will equal Ricky Ponting’s record for most successive series wins.This year, Kohli became the 8th batsman to score 50 international hundreds. He currently has 51, 32 in ODIs and 19 in Tests.Kohli is the only batsman in international cricket to average over 50 in all three formats of the game.last_img read more

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November 18, 2019

DeChambeau, Koepka Look to Maintain Momentum At the Masters (Vid)

first_imgAUGUSTA, Ga. — Bryson DeChambeau swears by science. Brooks Koepka is all about his routine.The Americans atop the Masters leaderboard have vastly different strategies when it comes to golf, but both have figured out something that works at Augusta National. They each shot a 6-under 66 in the opening round — blazing through the back nine — and will look to keep that momentum going when they tee off Friday morning.The 25-year-old DeChambeau charged up the leaderboard on Thursday by making birdies on six of the final seven holes. His only setback was a bogey on No. 14.DeChambeau said improved play with his wedges and irons has made a major difference in his game. After Thursday’s round, he detailed a marathon 14-hour practice session last week in Dallas where he tried to figure out the problem. He used terms like “spin loft curve” to describe.Surprise and excitement ruled the first round of #themasters, with a glittering array of stars filling the leader board.— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 12, 2019Not everyone understood. But DeChambeau does, and that’s really all that matters. Now he feels like he’s ready to contend for the win in his third Masters appearance.“I don’t know if I’m going to be able to figure out every little nuance of this golf course in my third year playing,” DeChambeau said. “But what I can do is prepare as good as I can and be comfortable with my own game in any situation; so that when I get out here, any situation that arises, I feel I can execute and play the game that’s necessary.”The 28-year-old Koepka also had an impressive finish on Thursday. He played a bogey-free round and made five birdies on the back nine. As usual, his combination of long, straight drives and solid putting was a formidable mix.He’s already won three majors, including two U.S. Opens and a PGA Championship. Now it looks like he’s ready to contend at the Masters after missing last year’s tournament because of a wrist injury.“I keep pretty much the same routine for all the majors,” Koepka said. “It’s very simple. There’s no added stress during the week. It’s pretty much the same people that are staying with me.”Plenty of big names are chasing DeChambeau and Koepka. Three-time Masters winner Phil Mickelson is one shot back after shooting a 67. The 48-year-old was at even par through 11 holes on Thursday before closing with five birdies on the final seven holes.Ian Poulter and Dustin Johnson are two shots back. Adam Scott and Jon Rahm are in a group that’s three back. Tiger Woods begins the day four shots back after shooting a 70.By: David Brandt, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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October 25, 2019

Brazil trip, Rs 8.5 lakh and a family: Free Fire India Today League winners live their dreams

first_img Next Brazil trip, Rs 8.5 lakh and a family: Free Fire India Today League winners live their dreamsFour youngsters from Gujarat became a family after taking to Free Fire, one of the biggest Battle Royale games going around. They have now won themselves a trip to Brazil wherein they will be representing the country in the Free Fire World Series final in November.advertisement Akshay Ramesh New DelhiOctober 13, 2019UPDATED: October 13, 2019 08:46 IST Winners of Free Fire League – Prakash Bharvad, Vivek Choudhary, Krupesh Choudhary and Radhe Thakur (Rajwant Rawat Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTeam Nawabzade won Free Fire India Today League on Saturday in New DelhiThe 4 youngsters from Gujarat will now represent India in the Free Fire World Series final in Brazil in NovTeam Nawabzade members started playing the Battle Royale game a couple of years agoPrakash Bharvad, Vivek Choudhary, Krupesh Choudhary and Radhe Thakur are professional gamers from Gujarat. They hadn’t met or interacted with each other until they became GJ Radhe Bhai, VRC 100, GJ Jigar and GJ Radhe on Free Fire, one of the biggest Battle Royale games available on smartphones.The 4 youngsters from Gujarat fell in love with Free Fire within months of beginning to play the cracking Battle Royale game a couple of years ago.When they started out to play the hugely popular game, little did they know they would become a “family”. Little did they know they would beat close to 35,000 teams and become India’s most successful Free Fire team. Little did they know, they would represent India in the Free Fire World Series Final in Brazil in November 2019.Nawabzade, a team of 4 from Gujarat, won Free Fire India Today League, the country’s biggest Battle Royale tournament, on Saturday at Siri Fort in New Delhi. Prakash, Vivek, Krupesh and Radhe took home Rs 8.5 lakh and tickets to Brazil to represent the country.”We are honoured to represent India in Brazil. It was our dream to win Free Fire India Today League. We were confident from the start. All 12 teams had some amazing players but we knew we would be able to win the tournament. The exposure that we gained when we went to Jakarta in August helped us here,” Prakash told on Saturday.Team Nawabzade win Free Fire India Today League, to represent India in Brazil. Nawabzade took home Rs 8.5 Lakh while the 2nd and 3rd team won Rs 4 Lakh and Rs 2 Lakh respectively.#FreeFireITL #ITPhotoblog Today (@IndiaToday) October 12, 2019″Before we started playing Free Fire, we did not know each other. We connected via our virtual names. We meet regularly now. In fact, we have become a family,” Prakash added.Nawabzade, just like the other finalists, has youngsters in the team. Prakash, who runs his own business back in Gujarat, is the most vocal member of the team which also has a couple of teenagers.Nawabzade were among the 12 teams who made it to the grand finale of Free Fire India Today League after countrywide qualifiers that extended to 15 days in September.They did not have the brightest of starts in the big final on Saturday as they finished series 1 with 0 kills. However, they picked up pace and stormed up the 12-team charts. Despite finishing poorly in the 8th and final series, Nawabzade were able to retain their winning lead and script history.Stressing that they are fortunate enough to have had a platform like Free Fire India Today League to showcase their skills and get the deserved recognition.In a richly populous country like India, the market for Esports is booming like never before. Despite umpteen Battle Royale games available on the market, a tournament of Free Fire India Today League’s magnitude was a rarity.48 players, on Saturday, had a platform to showcase their skills. Free Fire India Today League was live streamed across several content sharing platforms and thousands were at the Siri Fort to witness the grand finale.The members of Nawabzade can feel the change in the Esports environment in the country. When they started out, their parents were against them staring at their phones for hours. Things have changed now.”When we started playing Free Fire, our parents were worried as to where we were headed. However, they now believe we have achieved something big. They are extremely happy. They were keenly following the Free Fire India Today League final today,” Vivek Choudhary said.Nawabzade are more excited than nervous about the opportunity to represent India in Brazil. It’s a dream come true for them and they are pretty sure they can make a solid impression and do their country proud in the World Series finale.”We were playing 2-3 hours a day. We made sure we managed our time well and struck a fine balance between the virtual and the real world. However, we are now thinking about increasing the team we spend on Free Fire. Afterall, we are going to represent India. We want to work hard,” the confident youngster said.Also Read | Team Nawabzade win Free Fire India Today League, to represent India in BrazilAlso Read | Aroon Purie, Kiren Rijiju unveil Free Fire India Today League trophyAlso Read | Free Fire India Today League Final, New Delhi, highlightsAlso Read | Free Fire India Today League a step in the right direction, say finalistsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Free Fire India Today LeagueFollow Team Nawabzadelast_img read more

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October 20, 2019

Mumbai Police crime branch to probe doctors suicide case

first_imgMumbai: Mumbai Police crime branch will now probe the alleged suicide committed by doctor Payal Tadvi after some of her senior colleagues passed casteist slurs at her at a state-run hospital here, an official said Thursday. Considering the seriousness and importance of the case, the investigation has been transferred to the crime branch, Deputy Commissioner of Police Manjunath Singte said. Tadvi’s lawyer Nitin Satpute said the decision came after they demanded that the case be transferred to the CBI or the crime branch as they felt it was not properly investigated by the Agripada police here. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”Wesuspect it to be a case of murder, but the police have not conducted the investigation properly, hence we wanted the case to be transferred to some other probing agency,” Satpute said. Three women doctors – Bhakti Mehere, Hema Ahuja and Ankita Khandelwal – were earlier arrested after their 26-year -old junior colleague Tadvi at the B Y L Nair Hospital here allegedly hanged herself at her hostel room last week, according to the police. Tadvi’s family alleged that the doctors taunted her by ragging and hurling casteist abuses as she belonged to a Scheduled Tribe. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe accused were booked under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Anti-Ragging Act, IT Act and section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. They have been remanded in police custody till Friday. The police told a special court here on Wednesday that while the mobile phones of the accused were seized, more time was required to recover their WhatsApp chats with the victim. The police claimed the victim’s body had a few injury marks which needed to be probed further. The postmortem report was awaited, they said. On Tuesday, Tadvi’s parents protested at the hospital in Mumbai where she worked. Other protesters also joined her mother Abeda and husband Salman, demanding stringent action against the three seniors. The Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi and other Dalit and tribal organisations also held protests outside the hospital. Tadvi’s mother said her daughter used to tell her about the “torture” she was facing by her seniors on petty issues.last_img read more

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October 16, 2019

Megan Fox And Avon Foundation Celebrate International Womens Day

first_imgIn celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 and throughout the month, the Avon Foundation for Women is proud to be working with Megan Fox to spread awareness of domestic violence.Megan Fox Wearing BraceletShe is partnering to with Avon to spread awareness for the Empowerment Tennis Bracelet, which will donate 100% of the net profit from the bracelet to the Avon Foundation Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative to fund programs to end violence against women.The Avon Foundation is also hosting a series of events throughout the entire month to celebrate women’s empowerment worldwide.“The Avon Empowerment Tennis Bracelet is a simple way to raise funds to help break the cycle of violence against women. In honor of International Women’s Day, I urge you to join me in making a difference by purchasing, wearing or giving the Empowerment Bracelet to help women everywhere live a life free from violence,” said Megan.The bracelet costs only $5, and is available here.last_img read more

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October 13, 2019

Loblaw closing 22 stores launching home delivery ahead of difficult year

first_imgVANCOUVER – Loblaw Companies Ltd. is closing 22 stores and launching home delivery in two major Canadian cities, ahead of what it believes will be a challenging new year.The grocery and pharmacy giant has finalized a plan that will result in the closure of 22 unprofitable stores across a range of its banners and formats, said spokeswoman Catherine Thomas in an email, who declined to provide specific store locations. The store closures are expected to be mostly complete by the end of the first quarter next year.“We are excited about our future. But given all of the headwinds, we expect 2018 will be a very difficult year,” said Galen G. Weston, Loblaw CEO, during a call with analysts following the company’s earnings report.Canadian grocers face increasing pressure from several fronts, including discount and online retailers, and pending minimum wage increases in some provinces.Loblaw has already made several moves in recent months that some analysts attribute, at least in part, to cost pressures. The company recently announced a new handling fee on its largest suppliers and announced last month that it was laying off 500 employees from its office operations. The company did not immediately answer whether that figure encompassed the job losses from the upcoming store closures.The retailer is also doubling down on its e-commerce offerings, including launching home delivery with California-based Instacart in Toronto starting Dec. 6 and Vancouver starting January 2018.Shoppers will order from local Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore or T&T locations via the Instacart website or app and the company will deliver the food.“This is a premium service targeted at customers who are looking for the ultimate in convenience,” Weston said.Deliveries will cost $3.99 for orders of $35 or more — that jumps to $5.99 for one-hour drop off — and $7.99 for orders under $35, said Nilam Ganenthiran, Instacart’s chief business officer.Customers will also pay a 7.5-per-cent service fee, said Thomas, adding prices will be higher online than in stores and shoppers will see different sales on Instacart than in physical locations. Shoppers won’t be able to order alcohol online, or earn or redeem PC Plus points through Instacart.Loblaw, which said in 2016 it had no plans to launch home delivery due to lack of customer demand, plans to expand the program rapidly next year.In the U.S., Instacart aims to serve 80 per cent of households, said Ganenthiran. It will aim to do the same in Canada, which would require a presence in about 20 to 25 cities, he said. That could include partnerships with other grocers in the future.Canadians currently have few options for grocery deliveries, with companies like Grocery Gateway and select large chains offering the service in limited locations. Walmart, for example, announced in March it would start delivering groceries to customers living in certain parts of Toronto and the surrounding area.Most grocers, including Loblaw and Walmart, have opted to focus heavily on in-store pick-up for online orders instead. Loblaw launched its click-and-collect offering in 2014 and now offers it at nearly 200 locations. Weston said the company remains very committed to the program and is opening a new location nearly daily.However, Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market increased speculation that Canada’s grocers would have to step up on home delivery offerings.Weston said that recent initiatives, including combining PC Plus and Shopper Optimum points into a harmonized loyalty program beginning in February, expanding click and collect and launching home delivery, are key ingredients in the company’s strategy “to compete and win in a rapidly changing and increasingly digital world.”Loblaw reported that it more than doubled its third-quarter profit compared with a year ago as its results were boosted by the sale of its gas bar business.The retailer said its profit attributable to common shareholders totalled $883 million or $2.24 per diluted share for the 16 weeks ended Oct. 7. That compared with a profit of $419 million or $1.03 per diluted share for the same period last year.Revenue totalled $14.19 billion, up from $14.14 billion in the third quarter of 2016.The results included a $432-million gain on the sale of the company’s gas station business to Brookfield Business Partners.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

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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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October 7, 2019

Virginia whiskey maker settles with Scotch whisky group

WILMINGTON, Del. — A Virginia distillery is toasting the end of a lawsuit alleging that it improperly tried to pass off American whiskey as Scotch.The Scotch Whisky Association alleged in federal court in Delaware that Virginia Distillery Co. engaged in false and deceptive labelling of whiskey sold under the brand name “Virginia-Highland Whisky.”The lawsuit claimed that the use of the term “Highland” and its spelling of “Whisky” without an “e” falsely implied that the product was produced in Scotland.The case was terminated earlier this month. As part of the settlement, Virginia Distillery will stop using the word “Highland” after it sells remaining stock. The distillery will continue to label all products using “whisky” without the “e,” which it says is allowed under U.S. law.The Associated Press read more

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October 2, 2019

UNhosted aviation safety conference recommends aircraft tracking every 15 minutes

The recommendation was made Tuesday by the more than 850 participants at the United Nations aviation body’s 2015 High-Level Safety Conference at ICAO headquarters in Montreal, Canada. Concerns over aircraft tracking and risks to civil aviation arising from conflict zones were brought to the fore in the wake of the 2014 downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight MH17over eastern Ukraine, and the disappearance of another Malaysian Airlines flight upon take off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “This new Standard will be an important first step in providing a foundation for global flight tracking and the future implementation of the more comprehensive ICAO Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS),” ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu said in a press release.“Through an expedited process, it will now be sent to our Member States before the end of the month for formal comment and we’re anticipating its adoption by the [IACO] Council as early as this fall,” Mr. Aliu explained.The Member States on Tuesday also supported developing a prototype online resource for conflict zone risk assessments.“Under the Chicago Convention, each State is responsible for assessing civil aviation conflict zone risks in their territories, and for making that information promptly available to other States and airlines,” according to Mr. Aliu. “The Task Force we convened after the loss of MH17 identified that both States and airlines could benefit from greater information sharing on conflict zones, including risks assessments for a given conflict area, and that a centralized online resource could help facilitate the exchange of information needed to achieve that objective,” he said, referring to the last year’s downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight.According to the agency, “the intention is for this central repository to be hosted by ICAO and to serve as a single source for up-to-date risk assessments from States and relevant international organizations.”Other priorities supported by the conference, which ends tomorrow, include the harmonization of terminology used for risk assessments, a comprehensive review of existing requirements and message formats, and industry led-initiatives to share operational information and be more transparent with passengers on conflict zone risk methodologies being applied.ICAO, a specialized UN agency tasked with coordinating and regulating international air travel, sets rules of airspace, aircraft registration and safety, and undertakes compliance audits, performs studies and analyses. read more

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September 20, 2019

Cyber Monday 2018 Walmarts Best Gaming Tech and Smart Home Deals

first_imgStay on target Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today Cyber Monday is here, which means it’s time to shop the best gaming, tech, and smart home deals at Walmart.With the holidays approaching fast, it’s crunch time to treat yourself and everyone else on your list to some high-tech gadgets. Whether you’re looking for a Roomba Robot Vacuum or a vintage arcade machine, Walmart has you covered with some of the lowest prices of the season.Today, visit this page for Walmart’s must-see Cyber Monday deals, steals, and promotions.Gaming Deals‘Call of Duty Black Ops 4’ PlayStation 4 Video Game (Photo Credit: Walmart)OVERPOWERED Gaming Laptop for $699.99A 144Hz screen, mechanical RGB LED keyboard, and 8GB of memory are some of the high-tech benefits of the OVERPOWERED Gaming Laptop. When you buy it at Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale, you’ll save $300 off its original price.Buy it HereArcade1Up Street Fighter 2 Machine for $249Have a cool retro gaming experience with the Arcade1Up Street Fighter 2 Machine. At Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale, it’s discounted at a price of $249 compared to $299. Definitely a must-have for your apartment or home parties!Buy it HereSave $70 on the Microsoft Xbox One S 1TB Forza Horizon 4 BundleGet a full game download of Forza Horizon 4, an Xbox One S console, and a wirless controller with the Microsoft Xbox One S 1TB Forza Horizon 4 Bundle. Get it for only $229 at Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale.Buy it HereCall of Duty: Black Ops 4 PlayStation 4 Video Game for $39Have the ultimate tactical gaming experience with the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PlayStation 4 Video Game. You can buy this video game for only $39 at Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale, and you’ll save $20 off its original price.Buy it HereTech DealsPolaroid 32-Inch Class HDTV (Photo Credit: Walmart)Black Fitbit Versa for $149.99A watch and wearable device in one, the Black Fitbit Versa tells time, tracks your heart rate, and more. At Walmart’s Black Friday sale, it’s discounted at $149.99 compared to $199.99.Buy it HereBeats Studio3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones for $279.95Pure Adaptive Noise Canceling (Pure ANC) and a universal USB charging cable take the Beats Studio3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones a step above conventional earbuds. At Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale, they’re on sale for $279.95 compared to $349.95.Buy it HereSave $100 on the RCA Galileo Pro 11.5-Inch 32GB 2-in-1 TabletOperating on Android Marshmellow, the RCA Galileo Pro 11.5-Inch 32GB 2-in-1 Tablet is a computer and tablet in one. Check emails, create spreadsheets, and surf the web with this advanced gadget. Get it for only $79.98 compared to $179.99 at Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale.Buy it HerePolaroid 32-Inch Class HDTV for $239.92High-definition resolution and energy-efficient LED lighting make the Polaroid 32-Inch Class HDTV a top pick for home entertainment. Buy this HDTV model for only $139.92 at Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale.Buy it HereSmart Home DealsiRobot Roomba 618 Robot Vacuum (Photo Credit: Walmart)Google Home Hub and $10 Vudu Movie Credit for $99The digital assistant perks are next level with the Google Home Hub: access reminders, ask the weather forecast, and more with the built-in Google Assistant. For Cyber Monday, Walmart is offering a sweet deal on this smart device: You can buy it for only $99 and get a $10 Vudu Movie Credit with your purchase.Buy it HereSave $70 on the Refurbished Apple Homepod Portable Smart SpeakerWherever you are at home, the Refurbished Apple Homepod Portable Smart Peaker will automatically adjust acoustic settings. On Cyber Monday, you’ll only pay $279 for this smart speaker at Walmart.Buy it HereGoogle Chromecast (3rd Generation) for $25Unlike other streaming media players, the Google Chromecast allows you to binge-watch flicks with your voice, enjoy digital entertainment apps, and stream from your phone to your TV. At Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale, this device is discounted at $25 compared to $35.Buy it HereiRobot Roomba 618 Robot Vaccum for $199Why clean up a mess when the iRobot Roomba 618 Robot Vaccum can do it for you? With dual multi-surface brushes, an auto-adjust cleaning head, and hands-free control, this robot vacuum is on sale for $199 compared to $269 at Walmart’s Cyber Monday sale.Buy it HereMore on Monday 2018: Best Deals for Gaming, Tech, and Smart Home ItemsCyber Monday 2018: Amazon’s Best Gaming, Tech, and Smart Home DealsGeek Cyber Monday Deals: PlayStation 4 Red Dead Bundle $200, 58-Inch Samsung 4K for $448last_img read more

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September 3, 2019

Missing Natore priest rescued in Sylhet

first_imgChristian priest William Walter Rosario rescued by South Surma police on Friday. Photo: Prothom AloChristian priest William Walter Rosario, who went missing on 27 November from Natore, has been rescued in Sylhet.Sylhet police said they rescued the priest at 3:00pm on Friday from Kadamtali Bus Terminal in South Surma.”He was found sitting in the terminal. He has already been sent to Dhaka. Dhaka police will inform newsmen more about his rescue,” said South Surma police station officer-in-charge Khairul Fazal.Assistant priest of Jonail Borny Church and headmaster of St Lewis High School William Walter Rosario went missing nearly five days ago.He started from his residence by a motorcycle around 5:00pm to meet his elder brother at Jonail Dharmapalli, said his family members.He remained missing ever since, they said.Rosario’s brother Premal said they suspected that he was kidnapped.last_img read more

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August 30, 2019

3 Common Facebook Myths Debunked

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Every now and then, you may notice that a Facebook friend’s status updates have turned ominous. The messages instruct you to copy and paste a certain phrase into a post on your own wall or risk that your content may be hijacked by Facebook. Here are three recent myths that, with the help of, have been proven false.1. Facebook Privacy NoticeVariations of this one seem to crop up every few months, and many intelligent people fall for it. It says something like: “As of [date] at [time a.m./p.m., time zone], I do not give Facebook or any associated entities permission to use my pictures, information or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute or take any other action against me… The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law. All members must post a note like this. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.”According to Snopes, this myth has made the rounds online for more than a year. While it’s true that anything you post online may live on forever, Facebook does not own your content. Your use of Facebook does, however, give Facebook a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use any content you post that’s covered by intellectual property rights (such as photos or video) without having to pay you for it. You may limit these rights by controlling the privacy and app settings on your account (check out Facbook’s legal terms here.)Facebook’s terms of service are essentially a “take it or leave it” contract – you either accept the terms or don’t create an account. In other words, you can’t singlehandedly modify the terms of a contract by simply posting a statement without the other party’s consent.So although this one’s a myth, it’s not a bad idea to review the terms of service and privacy policies that govern your use of social media platforms (and adjust your privacy settings), which can change at any time.Related: 7 Biggest Myths Business Owners Believe About Using Copyrighted Material 2. Your private posts will show up in public search.This myth feeds on peoples’ fear that their private information is being blasted across the internet and is visible to strangers, and crops up when Facebook unveils changes to the site. It looks like this: Users are encouraged to take action on their friends’ individual profiles or risk deletion for posting private information. This is false. Facebook provides tips for those who wish to control who sees their profile via their privacy settings, and suggests reviewing and/or removing tags for photos in which you appear that others may have uploaded.3. Giraffe photo virus.You may have noticed your friends’ profile pictures replaced by photos of cute giraffes recently. Initially, the ruse was circulated as a riddle and, if the person didn’t guess correctly, they were supposed to replace their photo with a picture of a giraffe. Then, word spread that the giraffe photos were infected with a virus that would enable hackers to control your computer or damage your smart phone. and other urban myth-busters put that rumor to rest quickly, noting the hoax was based on a 2004 warning about JPEG images linked to a malicious code, which was fixed by Microsoft nine years ago.For more, check out Facebook’s “common myths” page Related: Facebook Facepalm: In Big Real-Estate Buy, Mark Zuckerberg Seeks Personal Privacy, Then Removes Online Privacy Feature Register Now » November 7, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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August 29, 2019

Hidden Icon Confirms iPad Pro Redesign

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August 29, 2019

Gay man bashed with bikechain and his sister punched for defending him

first_imgBradley Skinner says he was hit repetedly with a bike chain until he passed out (Photo: Supplied) On Sunday 15 April he was out enjoying dinner with his sister, Amanda. The two had begun their evening with drinks at a bowling club beforehand.‘I was two bites into my pizza around when this young man I had never seen before slowly walked past us glaring at me,’ Skinner told Daily Mail Australia.‘Then he called me a f****t as I looked up at him.’Skinner said he has been taunted before and ignored the man. However, his sister was offended and leapt to her brother’s defence. She asked the man why he would say that.Brother and sister then say the man hit Amanda on the side of the face. At this, Bradley Skinner also got up to confront the man and the siblings say the other man began to strike him with what looked like a bikechain.Bradley Skinner and his sister were taken to hospital after the attack (Photos: Supplied)‘He punched my brother and then had some chain and kept hitting him,’ says Amanda.Bradley was hit several times – on his head, arm and leg.‘When he hit me on the head, that’s when I blacked out,’ Bradley told the Daily Mercury. A gay man has recounted the vicious attack that landed him in hospital last week. Bradley Skinner, 25, lives in Mackay Region, Northern Queensland, Australia. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img One of Mr Skinner’s injuries (Photo: Supplied)‘I remember trying to vomit, and I think someone tried to put me on my side… I remember the ambos shining a light in my eyes, that’s when I started coming to.’‘He just kept hitting him until he was knocked out,’ says Amanda.‘I tried to rip him away from my brother but it didn’t work. I thought he was dead, he was just laying there, there was blood coming out of his head.‘It was horrible to see your brother laying there.’Bradley Skinner says he has been subjected to homophobic abuse in the past (Photo: Supplied)‘Me being gay in this town I get it a lot, so I’m used to getting name called’Bradley was taken to Mackay Base Hospital for treatment. He was released from hospital the next day, but returned later when he continued to feel unwell.‘They thought I might have brain damage but they’ve ruled it down to vertigo for now,’ he said.‘It’s just sad that someone would try to wreck someone else’s night, me being gay in this town I get it a lot, so I’m used to getting name called.’He has taken time off work to fully recuperate at home.Queensland Police have confirmed that they attended an incident at Domino’s in Rural View, Northern Beaches, and spoken to a man about the incident. No-one has been charged and investigations are continuing.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Chechnya’s first openly gay man forced to apologise on national TVMan, 22, attacked by sister and brother-in-law for being gayQueer Eye’s Kamaro on fatherhood and why he doesn’t identify as queerRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

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August 19, 2019

Costa Rica loses to Mexico on heartbreaking penalty call in Gold Cup

first_img Costa Rica’s defense held on for the entire game, despite a string of close calls, especially in the second half where Carlos Vela had some great opportunities at goal. However, Mexico’s attack, minus injured stars Giovani dos Santos and Javier Hernández, couldn’t finish on nearly a dozen opportunities near goal.La Sele had a multitude of chances to get on the scoreboard as well. A perfect cross from Joel Campbell in the 34th minute went for naught when Johan Venegas pushed the ball over the crossbar. Minutes later, Celso Borges missed high on a beautiful setup by Bryan Ruíz when Mexican defenders were caught off guard.After allowing four goals in its last match against Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico’s defense looked much improved against Costa Rica. Besides the first half misses, the Ticos weren’t able to really threaten again until Joel Campbell broke through a maze of Mexican defenders and got a beautiful shot on goal that was saved by a diving Guillermo Ochoa.In Costa Rica’s most meaningful game since the World Cup quarterfinals a year ago, the team exits the 2015 Gold Cup in a far more disappointing manner than when it departed proudly from Brazil after a grinding battle with the Netherlands. This time around, thanks to a questionable yellow card, Costa Rica fails to make the Gold Cup semifinal’s for the third straight time. Facebook Comments If CONCACAF wanted to lose its reputation as a punch line, that wasn’t the way to do it.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) July 20, 2015 Though he drew the game-defining foul, Peralta was fortunate to even be on the field. The 31-year-old tackled Elías Aguilar while blatantly swiping his right leg to cut the back of Aguilar’s legs. Officials gave Peralta a yellow card for a play that probably merited a red.But for Costa Rica, the loss puts one more game on the Paulo Wanchope winless counter. Under the young coach, La Sele advances to 0-4-5 and has failed to answer its most consistent concerns, namely a defense that continues to suffer from breakdowns in communication. No fue penal. Perder así NO se vale. México no ganó el partido, se lo regalaron envuelto en celofán. ¡Qué vergüenza!— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) July 20, 2015center_img Just seconds away from taking the game into a shootout, a stunning yellow card against Costa Rica brought about the one and only penalty kick needed to send the Ticos home from the Gold Cup. The controversial call landed on Roy Miller in the 122nd minute after Oribe Peralta landed awkwardly in the penalty box in Costa Rica’s 1-0 loss Sunday night at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.An Andrés Guardado penalty kick at the end of the second stoppage time gave Mexico the only goal of the quarterfinal matchup. For the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), the officiating again becomes the story for a federation marred with past referee controversies. Related posts:CONCACAF Gold Cup preview: Ticos look to re-establish themselves as region’s top team Costa Rica lets win slip away, draws 1-1 with El Salvador Mexican media agree: Controversial yellow card in Sunday’s match against Costa Rica was unwarranted Final thoughts from Costa Rica’s short-lived Copa América: Is Ramírez in the hot seat?last_img read more

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January 24, 2019

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January 12, 2019

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