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US Help in Development of India’s Smart Cities to go on Under Trump

first_imgThe new administration under President-elect Donald Trump will continue to engage with India on development of smart cities. Related Itemslast_img

Centre’s nod for NIA probe into Tarn Taran blast case

first_imgThe Central government on Friday accepted Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh government’s recommendation to hand over the Tarn Taran blast case to the National Investigation Agency, in view of its national and international ramifications and suspected links of the accused with the Pakistan-backed Sikhs for Justice (SFJ).A communique to this effect has been received by the Chief Secretary and DGP Punjab, according to an official spokesperson.The case registered under Section 304 IPC and various sections of the Explosive Substances Act related to a powerful explosion that took place in a vacant plot on the outskirts of village Pandori Gola in Tarn Taran district. Two persons were killed and another was injured in the blast, which took place when the victims were reportedly digging a pit to retrieve a dumped explosive consignment, which they mishandled.The Punjab police had arrested eight members of the Pakistan-backed module, whose interrogations led to a complex web of conspiracy and attacks by the group, including an aborted attack on a high-value target in 2016.Module leaderThe spokesperson said seven others, including the alleged module leader and main conspirator Bikramjit Singh alias Granthi, who is believed to be in Austria, are still absconding. “A Granthi by profession and a follower of Damdami Taksal, Bikramjit planned to target socio-religious places, politicians, Hindu leaders and Sikh preachers with the help of locally made crude bombs,” said the spokesperson.last_img read more

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first_imgFrom US perspective, China, Russia and India are allFrom US perspective, China, Russia and India are all threatening its status as a superpower. The US does not want to see a stronger India, it said.”In fact, the likelihood for India to station its naval forces in the South China Sea remains quite low. Yet, it may strengthen its military presence in the Indian Ocean. For instance, there is Indian Navys ambitious Project Seabird, which pursues the construction of facilities to berth the nations aircraft carriers,” the article said.”In addition, it may also cooperate with Vietnam by selling equipment to Hanoi, conducting military drills, regularly visiting Hanois ports, inspecting ships and so forth. Maintaining a close military bond with Vietnam conforms to Indias Act East strategy,” it said.”Strengthening its military presence in the Asia-Pacific region is the ultimate purpose for the US to propose US-India joint naval patrols. Washington believes that Beijing, which has already broken through the first island chain, is challenging its maritime hegemony,” it said.”Freedom of navigation is never an issue in the region. The White House is just finding excuses to enter the waters and even attempting to station its forces in Philippine naval bases,” it said.”Apart from drawing countries outside the region, such as India, Japan, South Korea and Australia, the US is also inciting South China Sea claimants to stir up trouble in the region. Over time, these countries will realise that it is the US, rather than China, that is militarising the South China Sea and destroying the peaceful and stable environment there,” it said. PTI KJV ABH AKJ ABHadvertisementlast_img read more

Navys all-women team concludes trek to Pindari Glacier

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 5 (PTI) An all-women high-altitude trek to Pindari Glacier, organised by the Indian Navy to introduce women officers to the adventure sport of mountaineering, was successfully concluded here.The team, flagged off from New Delhi on March 22, reached Loharkhet on March 26 from where they commenced its high- altitude trek to the glacier through Dhakuri, Khati and Dwali. The team reached the Pindari Glacier zero point (3,353 m) on March 30, the Navy said in a statement.It faced treacherous terrain of gravel and boulders and snow blocks which made movement a difficult task. A total of six landslide zones were encountered enroute, it said.The original trek route was damaged in 2013 during floods in Uttarakhand. Hence, the team opened an alternate route along Pindari river to reach its destination.It started its descent on March 30 and reached Loharkhet the next day and the national capital on April 2. PTI SAP GVS ZMN GVSlast_img

World Cup 2018: Actor Michael Caine thrilled with England’s win over Sweden

first_imgLegendary British actor Sir Michael Caine enjoyed England’s win against Sweden in the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Saturday.The actor sent a tweet to congratulate the boys, saying: “Fabulous Victory Guys! Now Blow the Bloody Doors Off on Wednesday.”He was referring to England’s semi-final clash against Croatia at Saint Petersburg. This will be their first semis since 1990.Fabulous Victory Guys!Now Blow the Bloody Doors Off on Wednesday.Michael Caine (@themichaelcaine) July 8, 2018Twitterati erupted on Saturday after England’s 2-0 win over Sweden in Samara and everyone had only one thing to say: “It’s coming home. Football is coming home.”As soon as the final whistle was blown, fans all around the world put out messages on social media – “it’s coming home.”2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEKyle Walker, Rio Ferdinand, Peter Crouch and even Prince William, all posted congratulatory messages for England on Twitter. The likes of Rio Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, Gary Linekar followed suit and shared videos of English fans taking to the streets back home to celebrate the Three Lions’ surprising run in this year’s World Cup.Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Who plays who in the semi-finalsIts official… Footballs Coming Home Again!! Big respect to the @england team & Gareth! Wanna see the scenes back home… tag me people! Love it #ENG #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/kiLgkMPbWxRio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) July 7, 2018When you cant get its coming home theme tune out your head pic.twitter.com/RisR1wPL31Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) July 7, 2018.@GaryLineker .@alanshearer #bbcwordcup #worldcup #SWEENG pic.twitter.com/fasYA4FAxPadvertisementIan Finch (@ianfinchtv) July 7, 2018Maybe, just maybe, this little thing is coming home…. #bbcworldcup #england #itscominghome pic.twitter.com/7IZ7n6XyfXAlan Shearer (@alanshearer) July 7, 2018Sliding into the Semi Finals like… pic.twitter.com/RF3XbMT9K4Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) July 7, 2018Also read – England players euphoric after reaching first World Cup semis since 1990Twitter has been flooded with videos of England fans celebrating the big victory back home, each of them together singing “it’s coming home”.London Bridge pic.twitter.com/efevg7Qxd6Ella Jessel (@EllaJessel) July 7, 2018Claphams closed. Footballs coming home. #ThreeLions pic.twitter.com/dPg5wHjC8dNick Stylianou ON HOLIDAY (@nmsonline) July 7, 2018It actually is, isnt it. Absurd pic.twitter.com/laHZ6c2ZaGHenry Zeffman (@hzeffman) July 7, 2018I love this city so much #London #Eng #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/3uNkAfqgvbGrant Tucker (@GrantTucker) July 7, 20182-0! COME ON ENGLAND! #WorldCup #ENG #worldcup2018 #SWEENG #ThreeLions pic.twitter.com/lOumfZtKAOBoxparkCroydon (@BoxparkCroydon) July 7, 2018last_img read more

LG V40 ThinQ set to launch in New York on October 3

first_imgThe word is out. Korean tech giant, LG, has started sending invites for the global debut of its upcoming flagship device- LG V40 ThinQ. The company will unveil the device at a special event in New York on October 3 and in Seoul on October 4.Along side revealing the launch date of its next V-series smartphone, the Korean electronics giant has also shared a 10-second-long video clip that shows images being captured from three different angles. This could indicate that the phone could sport a triple-camera setup at the back, a feature that rumours circulating about the phone have touted for long.Besides having a triple rear camera setup, the phone is also rumoured to sport a dual camera setup with an 8MP and a 5MP sensor in the front. The front camera is likely to support 3D face unlocking technology.As far as other specifications are concerned, the upcoming LG V40 ThinQ is likely to sport a 6.4-inch quad HD POLED notched display with IP68 water and dust resistant technology. It is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip and run on either on Android 8.0 Oreo or Android 9 Pie. In terms of memory, the device is likely to sport 6GB RAM with either 64GB or 128 GB storage space.The phone is also likely to come feature support for Quad DAC and Stereo Speaker Boombox audio technologies and come with a 3,300mAh battery.If the rumours are to be believed, the upcoming LG V40 ThinQ will measure 158.7×75.8×7.79 mm. It will have a fingerprint sensor which is placed vertically beneath the horizontally stacked cameras. The phone is expected to sport think bezels on the top and button and come with a dedicated button for Google Assistant, just like G7 Plus, which will be placed on the left side of the phone.advertisementALSO READ: LG V40 ThinQ inches closer to launch after FCC certificationMeanwhile, earlier this week, the phone was certified by the Korean National Radio Research agency and Global Certification Forum. And now the phone has been certified by the FCC in the US. As per the reports, LG could work with all the network operators in the US including, Verizon and Sprint, to bring its flagship device to the market.last_img read more

West Ham target Pellegrini leaves Hebei Fortune

first_imgTransfers West Ham target Pellegrini leaves Hebei China Fortune Goal 02:38 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manuel Pellegrini Manchester City Stoke City Premier League 23042016 Alex Livesey/Getty Images Transfers West Ham United Hebei CFFC Premier League The former Manchester City manager has departed the Chinese Super League club, possibly paving a way back to the Premier League West Ham target Manuel Pellegrini has left his position at Hebei China Fortune, the Chinese Super League club announced on Saturday.Goal reported on Friday that West Ham had made the former Manchester City manager their top target to replace David Moyes.”As of May 20, Mr Pellegrini will no longer work as the head coach of Hebei China Fortune Football Club,” the club announced in a statement posted to Weibo.com. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “We sincerely thank Mr Pellegrini for his contribution to the club and we wish him all the best for the future.”The move potentially paves the way for Pellegrini to join West Ham as the Premier League club search for a new manager following the 2017-18 season.Slaven Bilic began the season at the club, but was fired mid-season as the club toiled under the threat of relegation.Former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss Moyes was brought in as a replacement and steered West Ham to safety, but his contract was allowed to expire following the end of the season.While Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez and outgoing Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery were in the frame for the job, Goal reported Pellegrini had become the front runner in recent days.Emery’s lack of English was considered a detriment, as were concerns over Benitez’s wage demands and compensation for a release from his Newcastle contract.Pellegrini has been valued thanks to his Premier League experience and success with Manchester City, where he won the league title in 2013-14 during a three-year stay.The Chilean, who is not believed to have met with West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan yet, had a large contract in China, where he earned approximately £15.7 million per year, but it is not expected he will require a deal that large to join the London club.The 64-year-old took over Hebei China Fortune after his departure from City. He led the side to a fourth-place finish in his only full season at the club, and departs with the team in ninth place. In addition to the Premier League, Pellegrini won two League Cup medals during his stint at City, before making way at the Etihad Stadium for Pep Guardiola in 2016.last_img read more

Report: Belgium 3 Kazakhstan 0

first_imgReal Madrid new boy Eden Hazard helped Belgium on their way to an easy 3-0 win over Kazakhstan in Brussels in Euro 2020 qualification.The hosts made it three wins from three games in Group I thanks to goals from Dries Mertens, Timothy Castagne and Romelu Lukaku.Hazard was playing his first match since leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid and teed up the opening goal with a typical piece of sharp movement and a precise cross from the right flank. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Mertens was the recipient of Hazard’s service and he turned provider as Castagne made it 2-0 soon after and Lukaku put the game beyond any doubt early in the second half.To the delight of 36,000 at the King Baudouin Stadium, Belgium dominated throughout and only had to wait until the 11th minute for the opener, Mertens fortunate as his shot from Hazard’s delivery took a telling deflection over goalkeeper Dmytro Nepohodov.It was already clear Nepohodov was in for a busy night, after earlier efforts from Axel Witsel and Kevin De Bruyne, and the Belgium lead was doubled when Mertens found space on the left and his cross was headed home emphatically by defender Castagne, who celebrated his first international goal.Witsel, Lukaku and Mertens all rained shots at the Kazakhstan goal before Jan Vertonghen put a difficult chance over the bar and De Bruyne rattled the crossbar as Belgium threatened a rout.They made sure of the points in the 50th minute. Mertens cut in from the right flank and curling a left-footed shot against the base of the far post but the ball bounced out straight to Lukaku, who prodded into an empty net for the easiest goal of his Belgium career.An excellent evening against @KFF_Team We’re already back on Tuesday for #BELSCO Join us https://t.co/f2VILpCMLL #COMEONBELGIUM pic.twitter.com/VSuOLPzARX— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 8, 2019What does it mean? – Belgium a class apartBelgium could have scored six or seven on another night. Hazard, De Bruyne and Mertens picked apart a weak defence relentlessly as one of the likely favourites for Euro 2020 proved their class once again.Still keeping good KompanyWill Vincent Kompany wind down his on-pitch career after taking on his player-manager role at Anderlecht? Belgium must hope not as he produced a performance that suggested he deserves to remain a key presence for his country, whipping a chance away from Toktar Zhangylyshbay in an excellent piece of defending.Mertens misses his markNapoli forward Mertens was key in creating openings but spurned chances to add to his goal. One in particular stood out, when he skied the ball 10 yards over from barely six yards out.What’s next?Belgium host Scotland on Tuesday while Kazakhstan have a golden opportunity to claim their second win of qualification against minnows San Marino. read morelast_img read more

Analyst Names Ohio State’s Most “Hated” Team Of All-Time

first_imgOhio State players making an O shape with their arms after a football game.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 29: The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate their 42-28 victory over the Michigan Wolverines by performing their alma mater song Carmen Ohio at Ohio Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)You probably have a college football team that you love. You probably have a couple of college football teams that you hate.That’s, really, what makes the sport so awesome. The line between love and hate is a fine one and few sports better exemplify it than college football.What are the most “hated” college football teams of all-time?247Sports’ Brad Crawford named his top 10.A past Ohio State team is on the list.According to Crawford, the 2002 national champion Buckeyes are the sixth-most hated college football team ever.The whistle heard ‘round the world. Miami fans still want an explanation from Terry Porter on what exactly he saw when Hurricanes ballhawk Glenn Sharpe blanketed Buckeyes wideout Chris Gamble in the end zone, only to be whistled for defensive holding to extend the game in overtime. Ohio State would eventually win, beating top-ranked Miami, 31-24, to shock the defending national champions. The “Luckeyes” seemed to always have a flair for the dramatic during Jim Tressel’s only national championship season and benefited from several calls — including that big one — to be the last team standing. Freshman Maurice Clarett was Ohio State’s star, a trash-talking ballcarrier no one seemed to like in the Big Ten or nationally. He couldn’t stay out of trouble and was later dismissed by the university.That’s a fair spot. Few college football national title games have been scrutinized more than that one.You can view the full list here.last_img read more

Jack Erwin Launching Nordstrom Partnership

first_img You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Men Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable The makers of your favorite affordable dress shoes just got easier to buy, as Jack Erwin shoes will now be sold via its first wholesale — and only — partnership with Nordstrom. What does that mean for you? It’s a whole lot of good news for discerning menswear fans.Known for a smartly curated, handsome assortment of beautiful leather dress boots — including captoe boots and Chelsea boots — plus slick dress shoes and stylish boat shoes, the Nordstrom partnership brings Jack Erwin footwear to 10 retail locations (from Chicago to L.A.) and Nordstrom.com.  The brand opened its Tribeca Fitting Room in New York City in November 2014, but this move is significantly more substantial for the company.“Nordstrom is the ideal partner for our first-ever wholesale experience. We have the utmost respect for them and very much admire and align with their focus on providing men with an exceptional shopping experience,” said Ariel Nelson, Jack Erwin’s co-founder (along with Lane Gerson). It’s a big move for a brand that’s doubled its revenue since its launch in October 2013 — and once sold out of its first stock of shoes in just two months. They’ve since proven a hot commodity for their mix of style and affordable pricing — pillars to which every guy should aspire.And for those who simply can’t wait to get their hands on more Jack Erwin shoes, Nordstrom will be more than amply stocked. The assortment — which debuted at select retail locations and online last week — includes the handsome Joe Cap-Toe Oxford and the sharp Noah Quarter-Brogue Oxford.The preppy and sleek Abe Penny Loafer also joins the rotation. Those who need a pair of go-anywhere shoes for a stylish business casual office look are also in luck — the Adam Wingtip Oxford is ready for any office style scenario.The brand said it’s looking forward to providing customers with the chance to get up close and personal with its sharp, sleek and stylish dress shoes — and for those who’ve only experienced the brand online, that’s about as good as it gets.center_img The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019last_img read more

DHL Slams Newlead Holdings with USD 14.3 Mn Lawsuit

first_imgzoom Greek shipping, logistics and commodity company Newlead Holdings LTD is being taken to court by DHL Project & Chartering Limited as the company filed a USD 14.3 million lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, court documents show.The lawsuit arises from alleged deficiencies on a Newlead Holdings-owned bulk carrier, which reportedly caused additional costs due to cargo delay.DHL Project & Chartering Limited, a chartering arm of DHL, has secured an order from the US District Judge William T. Moore for the seizure of all tangible and intangible property of Newlead Holdings, including the company’s 35,500 dwt bulker Newlead Castellano.The 2013-built vessel is currently anchored off the coast of Savannah, according to AIS data from Marine Traffic.Newlead Castellano was previously served with a warrant of arrest on April 19 by bonholders Ray Capital Inc, Cheyenne Holding Ltd, Oppenheim Capital Ltd and Labroy Shiptrade Limited, when the parties filed a USD 7.1 million lawsuit due to the vessel owner’s alleged failure to make payments on Ray Capital notes.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Celebrities Honor UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award Winner

first_imgBritish singer Dido and other acclaimed musicians from around the world took part in the recent tribute in Geneva to this year’s Nansen Refugee Award winner, Congolese nun Angélique Namaika, as other celebrities used social media to praise the laureate and highlight her work.Also performing at the presentation ceremony for the prestigious UNHCR award were Grammy Award-nominated musicians Amadou and Mariam from Mali and Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna. The widely read Brazilian author Paolo Coelho gave a keynote address before UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres handed the Nansen Medal to Sister Angélique.The Nansen Refugee Award honours extraordinary service to the forcibly displaced. Sister Angélique Namaika, a 46-year-old Roman Catholic nun, was recognized for her key role in helping more than 2,000 women who had been victims of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army in and around the remote town of Dungu in north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo.Most had been forcibly displaced and suffered abuse, including rape. Through her Centre for Reintegration and Development, the Sister helped them recover from trauma, learn a trade and become self-sufficient.Global star Dido said it was an honour to meet and play for the Nansen Award winner. “Many of the women Sister Angélique helps have been through the most appalling abuse and to do what she does with so little is humbling,” she said. The women and girls who come to Sister Angélique tell her stories of abduction, forced labour, beatings, murder, rape and other human rights abuses.Amadou and Mariam also had high praise for the winner. “So many families have suffered because of violence in DR Congo and it was an honour to perform for someone who has helped so many vulnerable women and girls. A great evening,” they said in a statement.Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna, who is making a global name for herself, said she was “deeply proud” to have performed at the 2013 Nansen presentation ceremony. “It was a privilege to be part of the ceremony that honours the extraordinary humanitarian work of individuals helping refugees.”Celebrities also took to social media to highlight the achievements of Sister Angélique. These included Stephen Fry, Yoko Ono, Peter Gabriel, Paula Abdul, Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer, Luol Deng, Kat Graham, Khaled Hosseini, Iman, Alek Wek, Bastian Baker and Henning Mankell, bringing the Nansen message to an potential social media audience of more than 95 million worldwide.UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie issued a special message to honour the Nansen laureate: “I warmly congratulate Sister Angélique Namaika, this year’s Nansen Refugee Award laureate, for her outstanding and truly inspiring work to support vulnerable displaced women and children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Nansen Refugee Award recognizes her extraordinary contribution and the manner in which she has positively impacted the lives of thousands of displaced people in the DRC. Sister Angélique’s work can also help to draw attention to the devastating effects of rape and sexual violence and the need for justice and help for survivors.”Source:UNHCRlast_img read more

The Queen Helps The Duchess Of Cornwall Decorate Barnardos Tree

first_imgThe Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall got in the festive spirit last week when they helped decorate a Christmas tree – with a pair of royal baubles.The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall help decorate the Christmas tree at Barnardo’sCredit/Copyright: www.princeofwales.gov.uk/Armed with the specially made trinkets, The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall hung them from the branches of the tree during a visit to open Barnardo’s new headquarters in East London. Staff from the leading children’s charity moved from their outdated base in Barkingside this autumn to a multi-million pound purpose-built building next door.The organisation was founded by Thomas Barnardo, who set up his Ragged School in 1867 to help the abused, vulnerable, forgotten and neglected children of east London.By the time he died in 1905, his organisation was running 96 homes caring for more than 8,500 children.His work continued and today Barnardo’s helps tens of thousands of children, young people and their families every year – running a range of projects from counselling services for abused youngsters to vocational training.The Queen’s decoration was made of red velvet covered with gold coloured thread and featured her cypher below a crown and a floral pattern around its edge. The Duchess’s had a similar design but was made from blue velvet and featured her cypher surrounded by a ring of white beads.The Queen reached up to find a good spot for her festive decoration on the tree already covered in baubles and The Duchess also carefully placed her trinket.Siblings Skye, aged eight, and seven-year-old Summer, who are supported by a Barnardo’s children’s centre in Essex, presented the baubles to The Queen and The Duchess and also gave them Christmas stockings filled with tree decorations from the Barnardo’s shop.Source:PrinceOfWales.gov.uklast_img read more

Chefchaouen Ranks Sixth Most Beautiful City in the World

Paris- According to the the latest list of the 50 world’s most beautiful cities released by Condé Nast Traveler, Morocco’s northern City of Chefchaouen ranks sixth among the top ten most beautiful cities, dethroning Paris, which remains in the top 10 in the 7th place, followed by Cape Town (South Africa).According to the same source, the world’s most beautiful city is Venice. The top ten ranking is as follows: Venice, Hong King, Istanbul, New York, London, Chefchaouen, Paris, Cape Town, Amsterdam, Saint Petersburg.“Tucked high in Morocco’s Rif Mountains, the all-blue town of Chefchaouen is a calming respite from the overwhelming frenzy of Marrakech and Fez. The Jewish refugees from Europe who lived there during the 1930s first painted the city (either to symbolize heaven or as a mosquito repellent, depending on who you ask), and now the town is known as “The Blue Pearl.” The town still keeps the tradition alive: Each year, the houses are washed with new coats of paint,” according to the British magazine. Founded in 1471 as a small fortress by Moulay Ali Ben Moussa Ben Rached El Alami to protect northern Morocco from Portuguese invasions, this charming city of about 40,000 inhabitants has become over the years one of the most popular tourist and shopping destination.Located in Morocco’s Rif Mountains, the City of Chefchaouen or Chaouen for short, has plenty to impress every traveller. Often named “the Blue Pearl” because of its blue-rinsed houses and buildings, Chefchaouen has beautifully preserved a unique heritage from the Jewish, Arabic and Moorish communities who were living there through the centuries.Chefchaouen’s astonishing diversity is without a doubt a must-see stop in your itinerary if you are looking for a more traditional and oriental experience.Photo credit: Mouloud Zoubir Photo Credit: Jack StanovsekThe city of Chefchaouen, photo by Jack Stana/MWN read more

Ohio State falls to Penn State 2421 in Beaver Stadium

OSU redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh finds his way to the end zone against Penn State on Oct. 22. OSU lost, 24-21. Credit: Alexa MavrogianisSTATE COLLEGE, PA. – The cold and dreary weather in State College, Pennsylvania was just enough to keep the Ohio State football team down. After a rough first quarter of little to no offense, the Buckeyes could not find a way to keep Penn State down, falling 24-21 for their first loss of the season.The miserable weather reflected the sad and somber expressions of the Scarlet and Gray team members as they slowly retreated to the locker room following the final whistle. Redshirt junior guard Billy Price held a straight face while talking to the media, but said he was unsure how to feel following the first mark in the loss column for the Buckeyes.“It’s not a good feeling without a doubt,” Price said. “You gotta respect who your opponent is, and you can’t overlook and you have to execute. Tonight is was … (we) didn’t do so much. I’m kind of numb at the moment, but, ya know, we’ll get back to the drawing board in the classroom tomorrow and we’ll get after what we did wrong and we’ll fix it.”As the rain began to fall, Penn State received the first half kickoff. In a defensive affair that only true Big Ten football lovers could appreciate, the teams traded blows, keeping each other within arms reach. Faced with their second rowdy crowd and hostile environment in two weeks, the Buckeyes struggled to contain sophomore running back Saquon Barkley in the first quarter.Barkley ripped off 53 yards on just four carries in the first quarter. Penn State redshirt sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley struggled to find a rhythm in the passing game in the first frame, going 2-for-7 for just 22 net yards, while doing a stellar job of escaping OSU’s pass rush.The second quarter was less about Barkley, and more about the athleticism of McSorley. The redshirt sophomore flashed his playmaking ability. Reeling off a mixture of designed runs and scrambles, while completing his biggest pass of the half, McSorley provided an offensive boost. Lobbing up a 34-yard toss to redshirt junior DaeSean Hamilton, OSU redshirt freshman cornerback Damon Arnette over pursued the route, allowing an easy comeback catch for the receiver.After the chunk play, Penn State junior wide receiver Chris Godwin beat OSU redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley in the back right corner of the end zone.Even when pushed hard in the first half, OSU pushed back just as hard. Led by a pounding run game from redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber, and the elusiveness of redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett in the pocket, the Buckeyes were able to find a way to keep the lead in the first half.Weber was given a steady dose of inside-zone runs, rumbling for 61 yards on 12 carries. Weber’s five yard per carry average was right on par for his season mark.Barrett occasionally struggled with his timing on routes, a part of his game he said he wanted to work on this week. Even with the inconsistencies at times, Barrett was able to complete 13 of 24 passes for 125 yards, including a 26-yard strike to redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh for a touchdown.“Overall, I couldn’t tell you our effort wasn’t there,” Barrett said. “There were just some things here and there, the little things that became big things and that’s how we lost.”The second half began with an entirely different attitude for OSU. After an early punt, OSU’s defense locked in, forcing Penn State into a punt of its own.On the ensuing drive, it was junior H-back Curtis Samuel’s time to shine. Following an outstanding lead block from Weber, Samuel busted off a 74-yard scamper through the heart of Penn State. Even with such an incredible first carry of the game for the junior, OSU coach Urban Meyer only let Samuel carry the ball once more, possibly hurting OSU’s chances of winning late in the contest. The score promptly put OSU up 19-7, but the game was about to take a turn for the worse for the Buckeyes.A blocked punt gave OSU an easy safety, but the Nittany Lions took the game into their hands.McSorley responded to his unit trailing with a five play, 90-yard drive. Diving for the pylon, the redshirt sophomore pulled his team within a touchdown.Even with another week in a row of the OSU defense looking surprised on certain plays, redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis said there was nothing up the Nittany Lions’ proverbial sleeve, and the team will need to regroup and focus on its defense to ensure another slip-up is not in the future for the Buckeyes.“Like I said, we just got to come back out and work on it,” Lewis said. “Whatever mishaps we have, we just gotta come back and work on it.”As the special teams unit trotted onto the field, Beaver Stadium fell into a quiet murmur. That low rumble was turned into a roar, as Penn State blocked the punt, OSU’s first blocked punt of the year. The block set up an easy chip-shot field goal for Penn State, bringing the Nittany Lions within four. OSU’s sideline appeared distraught over the sudden energy within Beaver Stadium, looking at each other with empty glares.In an almost cruel twist of a fate, a team known for special teams prowess allowed another blocked kick. This time on a 45-yard field goal attempt. Penn State junior cornerback Grant Haley returned the block for a touchdown, giving the Nittany Lions their first lead of the contest. That lead proved to be enough, as OSU failed to score on its next drive.Barrett was sacked in back-to-back plays to end the game. Meyer said that the lack of protection for his quarterback and push by his offensive line is one of the most glaring issues.“Offensively, we didn’t control the line of scrimmage,” Meyer said. “(Barrett) was under pressure all night when he threw it. And we didn’t move the ball enough with the run game.”OSU returns to Columbus next Saturday to face Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. in Ohio Stadium. read more

Are The Patriots Now The Greatest NFL Dynasty Of All Time

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area idolizing Joe Montana, Steve Young and the San Francisco 49ers. Now, after winning his fourth Super Bowl on Sunday, Brady has helped the Patriots cement their place alongside the 49ers among the top NFL dynasties of all time.Whether the Patriots or the 49ers rank as the top modern NFL dynasty depends on the length of the period you consider. In the chart below, I’ve measured the top franchises over periods ranging from one year to 25 years.1I’ve listed the top three teams for each period, but there is no overlap allowed: For instance, if the 2003-2007 Patriots are the top five-year dynasty, I won’t also list the 2004-2008 Patriots. Rankings are based on a team’s average Elo rating at the end of each season. (We’ve calculated Elo ratings back to the AFL-NFL merger year of 1970, so great teams before that — like the Green Bay Packers of the 1960s — are not considered.) Here’s the list:Brady’s 2007 Patriots finished with the highest single-season Elo rating ever, despite being upset in the Super Bowl by the New York Giants. Even if you’re no fan of the 2007 Patriots, another Brady team ranks second: the 2004 Patriots.But when we’re thinking about dynasties, we’re thinking about success over a multi-year period. Brady’s 2003 and 2004 Patriots are one of seven franchises to have won consecutive Super Bowls, and on the Elo list they’re essentially tied with the 1992-93 Dallas Cowboys and 1972-73 Miami Dolphins for the best two-year runs ever. The early 1990s Cowboys earn the nod for the top three- and four-year peaks, although it’s a close call in each case.For periods of longer than four years, the top two franchises become pretty clear: the Patriots and the 49ers:The Patriots rate as having the best five- and six-year runs;The 49ers have the best seven- and eight-year stretches;The Patriots then overtake the Niners as the best dynasty for periods of nine through 12 years;But the 49ers win again for periods of 13 years and longer.The 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers is the other franchise that can make a case for being the top modern dynasty. The Steelers won four Super Bowls in a six-year stretch in the 1974 through 1979 seasons and are extremely competitive with the Patriots and the 49ers in Elo for the top six- and seven-year runs.But those Steelers did not have the longevity of the 49ers or the Patriots. Pittsburgh’s quarterback, Terry Bradshaw, was not terribly effective before or after his Super Bowl run. Brady, by contrast, has been anywhere from good to MVP-caliber since he first took over the Patriots’ starting job in 2001, and the Patriots have not had a losing year since. The 49ers, meanwhile, had 16 consecutive winning seasons from 1983 to 1998. read more

Woman who pretended to be man to trick female friend into sex

first_imgA woman convicted of impersonating a man over two years in an “astonishing deception” to trick her female friend into sex after a retrial cried in the dock as she said “I can’t go back to jail”.Gayle Newland, 27, created a “disturbingly complex” online persona to achieve her own “bizarre sexual satisfaction”.A retrial jury at Manchester Crown Court found her guilty of committing sexual assault by using a prosthetic penis without her victim’s consent.The defendant cried in the dock, shook her head and at one point said: “I can’t go back to jail.” One of the female jurors was visibly upset and struggling to hold back tears as Newland became distressed.The Recorder of Manchester, Judge David Stockdale QC, granted Newland bail ahead of sentencing on July 20. But he told her the “overwhelming likelihood” was that she would receive “a significant immediate custodial sentence”.Newland, of Willaston, Cheshire, was jailed for eight years in November 2015 after she was convicted of the same offences by another jury at Chester Crown Court.But the conviction was quashed in the Court of Appeal last December and a retrial was ordered after it was ruled that the trial judge’s summing up of the case was not fair and balanced. Newland claimed her accuser always knew she was pretending to be Kye Fortune – a Facebook profile she created at the age of 15 using an American man’s photographs and videos – as they engaged in role play while struggling with their sexuality.She said no blindfold was used as they had sex on about 10 occasions at the complainant’s flat in Chester in 2013.The defendant also told the court she did not strap bandages to her chest or wear a swimsuit and a woollen hat to conceal her appearance.The defendant spent “hundreds” of hours talking on the telephone to her friend as Kye and more than 100 hours in each other’s company. Gayle Newland arriving at Manchester Crown Court, for her retrialCredit:Peter Byrne/PA Gayle Newland in a custody image released by police after her first convictionCredit:Cheshire Police The jury of nine women and three men reached majority guilty verdicts of 11-1 after deliberating for 17 hours and 25 minutes. The complainant said she was persuaded by the defendant to wear a blindfold at all times when they met and only found out she was having sex with Newland when she finally took off her mask.center_img These encounters, according to the complainant, included her wearing a blindfold at all times together – including watching television, going on a car journey also wearing sunglasses and even sunbathing.Prosecutor Simon Medland QC told the jury: “This manipulative, deceitful and very crafty young woman went to such astonishing lengths to control the complainant’s life and make her do the things the defendant wanted her to do.”The verdicts can be reported after reporting restrictions imposed at the start of the retrial were lifted. Newland was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault and cleared of a fourth count. Gayle Newland Gayle Newland arriving at Manchester Crown Court, Manchester,  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.last_img read more

British man with first case of supergonorrhoea is cured

Dr Hughes said: “Two similar cases have just been reported in Australia and serve as a timely reminder that we expect to see further cases of multi-drug resistant gonorrhoea in the future. Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security  A British man who became the first ever to contract ‘super-gonorrhoea’ has been cured, as doctors say the case is a wake up call. The patient had a regular female partner in the UK but picked up the highly resistant strain of the infection after a sexual encounter with a women in south-east Asia, Public Health England (PHE) said last month.It was believed to be the first time globally that the infection could not be treated with first choice antibiotics.Dr Gwenda Hughes, head of PHE’s sexually transmitted infection (STI) section, said: “We are pleased to report that the case of multi-drug resistant gonorrhoea has been successfully treated. “Investigations have also revealed there has been no further spread of this infection within the UK.”The man visited sexual health services in early 2018 but attempts to get rid of the STI with the recommended treatment – a combination of antibiotics azithromycin and ceftriaxone – failed.The patient was successfully treated after three days of intravenous treatment with antibiotic ertapenem, the PHE report said.The man’s UK partner tested negative for the infection. “These cases will be challenging for healthcare professionals to manage.”We urge the public to avoid getting or passing on gonorrhoea by using condoms consistently and correctly with all new and casual partners.”If you think you have been at risk, you should seek an STI screen at a sexual health clinic.”Gonorrhea can lead to infertility if left untreated and is known to cause symptoms including unusual discharge and inflammation. 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. read more

Central Rand Gold achieving much in the battle against Johannesburgs acid mine

first_imgFollowing the successful implementation of the Acid Mine Drainage pumping and treatment solution by the Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority, Central Rand Gold’s . The installation of the Ritz high capacity AMD pumps in March 2014, and the subsequent commissioning of the High Density Sludge (HDS) plant in May 2014, combined with a simultaneous reduction in the water level observed at the pumping station and at the CMR mine, has demonstrated that the entire basin in Johannesburg can be dewatered from a single point.Economic capital and operating cost studies have shown that further de-watering beyond the 450 m level can be done efficiently and economically, with the installation of additional pumps and piping and thus the hurdle for “eventual economic extraction”, a key aspect in the definition of ‘Mineral Resources’ in terms of the SAMREC Code, is satisfied.Venmyn Deloitte has issued a new Competent Persons Report, reflecting the positive change in the resource base of the company. This reclassification has more than doubled the resource base of the company from 4.51 Moz to 9.90 Moz of contained gold.Measured Resource 1.46 Mt at 3.62 g/t Au; Indicated Resource 30.88 Mt at 5.13 g/t; Inferred Resource 30.70 Mt at 4.69 g/t for total Resources of 63.04 Mt at 4.88 g/t and an Exploration Target of 83.01 Mt at 10.03 g/t.As recently announced, within the company’s mining area in the Central Basin, the water level is currently approximately 165 m below surface and therefore the focus is to exploit the resources currently available to it above this level.The company focus in the short to mid term will remain on the exploitation of resources above 450 m, which will be throttled by the success and discharge rate of the pumping and HDS treatment, however Reserve studies, mine planning and scheduling below 450 m can now proceed with a view to extending the life of the CMR mine.This basin wide increase in Mineral Resources will also significantly augment Reserve scheduling and prefeasibility level studies on adjacent mining targets such as Crown and City Deep.Commenting on the reclassification of resources, Johan de Toit, Chief Executive Officer of the company, stated: “The progress made in the de-watering of the basin is positive for all stakeholders in the region – we have always believed that responsible mining goes hand in hand with improving the local economy, not only from a financial and social aspect, but also environmentally. The lower water table not only increases the life of mine of our assets through having higher quality reserves and resources, it also provides job opportunities as well as a sustainable AMD management system.” www.centralrandgold.comlast_img read more

Appointment of New Court of Appeal Judge

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews #NewCoAJudge Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #NewCoAJudgecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 8, 2017 – On Thursday 2nd February, 2017, the Honourable Mrs. Justice Paula-Mae Weekes was sworn in by His Excellency the Governor, Dr. John Freeman CMG as a judge of the Turks and Caicos Islands Court of Appeal. Mrs. Justice Weekes was appointed to the Court of Appeal in September, 2016 for a term of 3 years.Also present at the swearing-in of the new judge were the Chief Justice, the Hon. Margaret Ramsay-Hale as well as the President of the Court of Appeal, the Honourable Mr. Justice Elliott Mottley and the Honourable Mr. Justice Humphrey Stollmeyer, the other Justice of Appeal sitting in the current session of the Court of Appeal.Madame Justice Weekes is a former Justice of Appeal of the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago where she served for eleven years until her retirement in 2016. She was appointed a Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago (Criminal Jurisdiction) in 1996 where she presided for nine years before being elevated to the Court of Appeal. Prior to her appointment to the Bench, Justice Weekes served with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for eleven years and in private practice from 1993.  She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and the Hugh Wooding Law School at which she was the Course Director in Ethics from 2011-2016.Justice Weekes is a trained and experienced judicial educator having become a fellow of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute in 2000. She has designed and delivered programmes extensively in Trinidad and Tobago and also in the OECS and Jamaica over the years.last_img read more