J&K police team visits Aligarh Muslim University

first_imgA four-member team of the Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday began a probe into the activities of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) research scholar, Mannan Basheer Wani, who is said to have joined a terror outfit. Wani hails from Lolab in Kupwara.The team from Kupwara district, headed by sub-inspector Mohammad Zahoor Wani, visited the AMU campus with a questionnaire. The team also visited the hostel room where Wani stayed. According to local police officials the team is expected to stay in Aligarh till Tuesday to complete its probe. The team members met up with officials of the ATS and Intelligence in Aligarh.last_img read more

Jaja, Lady Bulldogs go back to coach Castillo’s mantra in win over UE

first_imgAnd those basics were head coach Babes Castillo’s three points, “respect, whistle to whistle, and communication.”UE managed to get the second set, but the Lady Bulldogs proved their class and took the match in four, 25-15, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSantiago said the key to their victory was just following Castillo’s simple reminders.“After the second set, coach told us to play with the ‘respect, whistle to whistle, and communication’ code,” said Santiago in Filipino Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Jeron-Kiefer rivalry continues in PBA: ‘It brings back the good old days’ After taking a 23-13 lead down the stretch of the fourth frame, NU committed four straight errors allowing UE to cut the lead to 23-17.Santiago momentarily stopped the futility with kill before Aiko Urdas finished things off for the Lady Bulldogs.“We needed to bring our tempo back, and don’t let UE get its way,” said Santiago who finished with 23 points. “We have to give our 100 percent.” LATEST STORIES View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Santiago said the “whistle to whistle” part is the effort they should put in every point and that they lacked the drive against the Lady Warriors in the second set.Castillo said his players might have exhausted themselves after training beyond their three-hour sessions, but the former Lady Bullpups head coach said that if the body lags behind the mind should make up for it.“I have to give credit to the players because for the past week they’re really pushing it, so maybe one factor is fatigue,” said Castillo in Flipino.“But that’s part of being an athlete, you will be tired whether you like it or not. And if you’re an athlete, and you’re tired, you switch to your mental toughness.”And it wasn’t just in the second set that Santiago and the Lady Bulldogs had to dig into their coach’s teachings as UE once again showed its fight in the fourth set.ADVERTISEMENT When University of the East threatened to cut short National University’s early dominance in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, Jaja Santiago knew they had to go back to basics.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Tata Motors’ Jaguar Land Rover enters SUV market with F-Pace model

first_imgTata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has entered the SUV market with the launch of F-Pace model here which is expected to hit the booming Indian market in the second half of 2016.The F-Pace Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show has been dubbed the “ultimate  practical sports car”, which embodies the spirit of the iconic British luxury car brand with modern technology.It made its entry at the show with a spectacular ‘Guinness Book of Records’ breaking drive around a 19.1-metre-high loop driven in a daring stunt by racing driver Terry Grant. The F-Pace SUV is expected to hit the roads in Europe and the US in a phased rollout by early next year, with an Indian launch expected in the latter half of 2016.”There is a growing crossover segment in India to which this car will most certainly appeal. We are yet to look into the pricing, which is always a challenge in the Indian market,” said Rohit Suri, JLR India president and managing director.The starting prices for the US are USD 40,990, the UK as 34,170 pounds and Germany 42,390 Euro, which the company claims is “fabulous value for a game changing product which will redefine the segment”.The cars will be produced at JLR’s 500-million pounds Solihull factory in the UK using new architecture  which is more aluminium based, giving it a revolutionary light weight appeal.”We have expanded our footprint in new markets like China and India. But our heart and soul will always remain in the UK,” JLR CEO Ralf Speth said at a gala launch event in the lead up to the motor show.The event for the new model also marked the world debut of the “activity key”, a waterproof, shockproof wrist band with an integrated transponder.”It is ideal for those who regularly take part in outdoor leisure pursuits such as surfing, skiing of kayaking because it allows the driver to securely lock the keyfob inside the vehicle. All the driver has to do to unlock the car is present the activity key to the sensor hidden behind the letter J of the Jaguar script on the tailgate,” explained Peter Virk, head of connected technologies and apps at JLR.The launch of the new F-Pace marks the first time the 80-year-old car manufacturer has entered the SUV market. It claims to be ahead of its competitors in the segment, like Porsche Macan and BMW X4 models, in terms of agility.  “The year 2015 is a transformational year for Jaguar and for that reason we have dubbed it the ‘Year of the Cat’,” said Richard Agnew, global PR director for Jaguar cars.Ian Callum, director of design for Jaguar, noted: “Every Jaguar should draw your eye from 200 metres away and I believe the F-Pace’s presence on the road is second to none in this class. The lightweight aluminium architecture gave us the design freedom to create a car with latent poise – a svelte car with attitude.”Besides the F-Pace, JLR is expected to showcase the 2016 Jaguar XJ alongside the XF and XE models at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year.?As well as cars, the UK-based giant will display its Innovation Lab for the first time, featuring interactive displays of its Ingenium engines and examples of research programmes. These include the remote control Range Rover project, which will be demonstrated as part of the Land Rover Experience.A special event is also planned around the showcasing of the models which are set to feature in the new  James Bond film ‘Spectre’, including the Jaguar C-X75, Range Rover SportSVR and Land Rover Defender.The Frankfurt International Automobil-Ausstellung, or motor show, officially begins on Thursday and will run until September 27, following the media launch on Tuesday and Wednesday.advertisementlast_img read more

Tsitsipas to Face Gulbis for His First Career Title

first_imgSTOCKHOLM (AP) — Ernests Gulbis reached his first ATP final since 2014 by beating top-seeded John Isner 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the Stockholm Open on Saturday.Gulbis, a former French Open semifinalist, will play Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s championship match in his bid for a seventh career title.The third-seeded Tsitsipas won the first of the semifinals, beating Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-2. The 19-year-old Greek has yet to win a title.Gulbis was once ranked No. 10 but is No. 145 after an injury-hit last few years.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns to Italy’s Fabio Fognini, during the semi-final ATP Stockholm Open tennis tournament at he Royal Tennis Hall in Stockholm, Saturday Oct. 20, 2018. (Erik Simander / TT via AP)TweetPinShare1616 Shareslast_img read more

Russia’s most-capped player Ignashevich retires after World Cup 2018 exit

first_imgRussia’s veteran footballer Sergei Ignashevich announced his international retirement on Sunday after his team crashed out of the World Cup 2018 with a loss on penalties to Croatia in the quarter-finals.The 38-year-old defender, who spent his entire club career at Russian clubs, was a key member of Russia’s run to the last eight at their home tournament, having played in each of their five matches.According to world soccer’s governing body FIFA he earned a total of 127 caps, scoring nine goals, and holding the record for most international appearances by any Russian player.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEIgnashevich also captained CSKA Moscow to the 2005 UEFA Cup title.”This was my last World Cup, my last tournament and the last match of my soccer career. If it wasn’t for the World Cup, I think I would have ended (my career) earlier,” Ignashevich said in a video posted on social media.”The World Cup was a strong motivation of me.”I feel joy, a feeling of peace because I am ending on a high note. I am playing at the World Cup. I am playing in the quarter-finals. I am playing on a great team with a great coach, a real coach and with players who give themselves fully to the game.”Quarter-final 4: Croatia win on penaltiesIgnashevich was one of the successful penalty-takers in their 4-3 shoot-out defeat against Croatia and was also on target from the spot when they beat Spain again on penalties in the second round.”Anything can happen is soccer. But here no one was dissatisfied, not in the dressing room and not on the pitch,” he said.advertisement”I plan to receive a coaching license in December. I would like to become a coach, a good coach.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Deepika Padukone on biopics: Too many are being made

first_imgBiopics have been a current favourite with filmmakers for a while now. From Mary Kom to a recent Sanju, directors cannot get enough of the real-life stories on the big screen. With each passing day, a new biopic in announced.From film stars to sport stars to politicians, Bollywood seems to be interested in almost everyone’s ‘untold story’.In fact, buzz had it that Deepika Padukone was one of the contenders for Saina Nehwal biopic, but the makers finally zeroed in on Shraddha Kapoor for the role.When Deepika was recently asked about her take on biopics, the 32-year-old actress told a leading daily, “I feel like there are too many biopics being made. In the last few months, I cant count the number of biopics that we’ve been offered. And they’re all great; they’re very strong and powerful.”She added, “But when it comes to a film, after a point, how much are you going to tell me about those struggles? Even a common man on the street has had a similar journey, if you ask me.”On the work front, Deepika, who was last seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, is yet to sign another project.ALSO READ | Shraddha Kapoor on Saina Nehwal biopic: We begin shooting in SeptemberALSO READ | Shyam Benegal and Bangladesh govt join hands for Bangabandhu Mujib biopicALSO WATCH | The rise and rise of Deepika Padukonelast_img read more

Saracens’ title defence out of their hands after Biggar earns Ospreys draw

first_imgWhen Saracens defeated Ospreys in October, they extended their unbeaten run in the Champions Cup to 20 matches. Since then they have gone three without victory and the draw here, which Ospreys secured with a Dan Biggar penalty in the final minute after the holders had been blown again for collapsing a scrum, leaves them on the verge of elimination from the competition they have won in the last two seasons.Even five points at home to Northampton on Saturday may not be enough. Saracens can no longer top their group, although Ospreys will if they win at faltering Clermont Auvergne, and while they never trailed here, the early assurance they showed in methodically building a 6-0 lead, looking to wear down their opponents with a series of body blows, melted as the game evolved to hinge on the scrum rather than the breakdown. Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Even though the persistent rain throughout the day had relented by the kick-off, it returned midway through the opening period. Handling mistakes contributed to more than 20 scrums on the night and Saracens were penalised at six of them. Only the last one, in the final 90 seconds shortly after Owen Farrell’s fifth penalty looked to have secured victory for the holders, directly led to points. But the problems up front eroded their initial superiority and allowed Ospreys to establish territorial dominance.Injuries also cost Saracens. They lost one back rower, Jackson Wray, to a hamstring injury in the warm-up and another, Michael Rhodes, to the same problem at half-time. The most grievous blow, though, was a wrist injury suffered by their No8, Billy Vunipola, in the first half as he attempted to tackle his opposite number, Rob McCusker. The England international failed to return for the second half of his second match following a knee injury and will be assessed this week before the national squad for the Six Nations is announced on Thursday. Champions Cup … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Mallinder Jr masterminds Northampton comeback against Clermont Auvergne Twitter Rugby union Share on LinkedIn match reports It had looked so different in the opening quarter when Billy Vunipola went on a couple of rampaging runs, once flattening the wing Dan Evans as Ospreys pressed their advantage at a scrum unaware that the No8 had the ball in his hands, and the home side relieved the pressure by conceding penalties, two of which Farrell turned into points. There was a familiar brutality to the game, both sides seeking contact on a night that was about the basics rather than the trimmings with the match effectively a knockout.Biggar scored his first points after 30 minutes when Maro Itoje contested a ruck off his feet, and although Farrell quickly restored his side’s six-point advantage with his third penalty, Biggar concluded the opening period with three points and drew Ospreys level with his third kick three minutes after the restart.The momentum was swinging towards the hosts but Saracens regained the lead after 46 minutes with Farrell’s fourth penalty, although the prop Dmitri Arhip, who provided Mako Vunipola with an uncomfortable 80 minutes, was aggrieved to have been penalised at a ruck. The whistle of the referee, John Lacey, provided the theme tune to a night when risk was avoided to the point where the result was likely to be decided by a mistake.Ospreys turned down three points to go for a driving lineout after Mako Vunipola had been enclosed at a scrum, but they never got the maul into gear. They were trailing when, with 15 minutes to go, the full-back, Sam Davies, claimed a ball in the air just inside his own half from Chris Wyles, who turned his back as he saw Jeff Hassler in front prepare to jump. Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Facebook Since you’re here… In addition, Saracens were forced to replace the second row Will Skelton with the hooker Christopher Tolofua 10 minutes from the end, stretching even the most resourceful of clubs to the point that when Ospreys were awarded their final penalty after the prop Juan Figallo had dropped a scrum, their first thought was to kick for touch and go for the victory that would knock out the holders rather than the draw that would keep them on a life support system.“Common sense prevailed and we took the three points,” said Biggar, whose fifth penalty cancelled out the five of his opposite number Farrell. If Farrell had largely dictated the first half, Biggar took over after the break, pinning back Saracens with his kicking variations and constantly in the ears of his forwards. Ospreys may have at no point been in the lead, but a draw was the least their initial defiance and latter mastery of the conditions merited. Share on Pinterest Mako Vunipola and Dan Biggar share a joke after a bruising encounter in the rain. Photograph: Crombie/INPHO/REX/Shutterstock Read more It meant he inadvertently tipped Davies shoulder first to the ground. Wyles was shown a yellow card and was in the sin-bin when Biggar equalised the score for the second time after Schalk Burger had held on to the ball under pressure from Justin Tipuric and Alun Wyn Jones.Saracens quickly hit back via Farrell’s boot but Ospreys never wilted and when Figallo dropped a scrum 40 metres in front of his own posts, Biggar showed his gratitude.“It was a disappointing way to finish and it is out of our hands now,” said the Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall. “It was a tight, scrappy game that came down to the penalty count in the scrum which we lost heavily. Maybe we do not deserve to be in the competition because we lost twice to Clermont and drew here; we have probably not quite been good enough.” Ospreys Share on Facebook Read more Topics Saracens Share on Messenger Olly Woodburn double helps Exeter to emphatic win over Montpellier Read more The Observer Wasps’ James Haskell sent off for dangerous tackle as Harlequins rally Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

2010 ACT Super League

first_imgThe Men’s Super League division one has four teams vying for the title in 2010, the Tuggeranong Vikings, Woden Eagles, Northern Phoenix and Canberra City.In round one, the Eagles were 10-7 winners over Canberra City, while the Vikings were four touchdown winners over the Phoenix, 10-6. This Thursday, the Eagles will play the Phoenix, while Canberra City takes on the Vikings in round two of the competition. Rounds three and four will be played on Sunday, 7 November 2010 at the Amaroo fields, with the Men’s division’s games being contested at 12.00pm and 2.30pm respectively. Six teams are competing in the Women’s Super League division one – Vikings A, Vikings B, Canberra City, Eagles A, Eagles B and the Northern Phoenix. In round one, Vikings A were six touchdown winners over Eagles A, 9-3, Canberra City were 11-2 winners over the Phoenix, while Vikings B were 10-0 winners over Eagles B. In round two, Eagles A will play Vikings B, Eagles B will meet the Phoenix, while Vikings A will take on Canberra City. Rounds three and four will also be played on Sunday, 7 November 2010, at Amaroo at 1.40pm and 4.10pm respectively. In the Men’s Super League division two competition, six teams are competing in 2010 – Canberra City, Vikings, Phoenix, Eagles 1, Eagles 2 and Eagles 50’s. In round one, the Vikings were six touchdown winners over Canberra City, 8-2, the Eagles were 4-1 winners over the Phoenix, and Eagles 2 were 8-4 winners over Eagles 50’s. Round two will see Canberra City take on Eagles 1, the Phoenix will play Eagles 2, and the Vikings battle it out against the Eagles 50’s.Sunday, 7 November will also see rounds three and four played in the Men’s Super League division two competition, with round three to commence at 12.50pm and round four to be played at 3.20pm.The competition will continue throughout November, with the final two round games to be contested in a double header on Sunday, 28 November 2010. The semi finals of the 2010 ACT Super League will be played on Thursday, 9 December 2010, followed by the grand finals a week later, on Thursday, 16 December 2010. For more information and to keep up-to-date with results, please visit the ACT Touch website:www.acttouch.com.aulast_img read more

Army officers dismembered body found on railway track

first_imgNew Delhi: The body of an Army officer was found in two pieces on a railway track in Sadar Bazar area of North Delhi on Monday.Police said that the initial investigation hints at suicide but they are waiting for the postmortem report. The deceased’s father suspects foul play in the case. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Railways) Dinesh Kumar Gupta said that they received a call around 11.20 am on Monday. Police later identified the deceased as Captain Diwakar Puri attended training in Lucknow and was returning to Delhi on Shramjeevi Express. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderInvestigator told Millennium Post that Railway Protection Force (RPF) received information on Monday morning regarding luggage found in the compartment of a railway coach. “During the search of one of the bags i-card of Diwakar Puri found. Later Delhi Police was informed about the luggage,” the investigator said. Police said that meanwhile, the family members of the deceased, who were searching Diwakar Puri, reached railway post and asked officials regarding FIR and CCTV scanning in the case. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn the meantime, information was received regarding the body. The family were shown the photograph of the deceased person. “They identified the body. The body was dismembered head was found near track whereas the other part was lying on the track,” said an officer. DCP Railways said that the body was found at the offline area in platform area of Sadar Bazar railway station. The official added that Captain Puri had got his posting and was to be stationed in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir. “From his bag, we found some documents which claimed that he had received treatment in Lucknow. All the things being probed. Initial investigation suggests it is a case of suicide,” said DCP Railway adding that the Captain had gone to Lucknow for Medical Basic Course. Captain Puri’s father said it was hard for him to believe that he had committed suicide. “There is some foul play in the case which should be investigated,” said the father, who works as an accountant. He further said that his son belongings were not touched all things were found intact. The deceased lived with his family in Rohini area. “In the morning, army officer deboarded the train. Incident was reported after 5-6 hours. We are probing what would have happened in the meantime of deboarding the train and incident,” police said. A train attendant was questioned in this regard who told investigators that in the morning he found army officer sleeping on the berth. “The attendant said Diwakar Puri that train reached the destination. The attendant then went to other coaches. Later when he returned deceased’s luggage was found lying on the seat but Diwakar was not there,” police said. DCP Railway said that they found CCTV footage in which it can be seen that army officer is walking on the track.last_img read more

I would have acted differently David Livingston says of gas plants crime

first_imgTORONTO – A former top political aide apologized Tuesday for the fallout of his plot to destroy embarrassing computer records related to the Ontario government’s decision to cancel two gas plants before the 2011 election, but stopped short of apologizing for his actual crime.In a barely audible pre-sentencing statement to the court, David Livingston said he regretted his family, friends and colleagues had been put through the wringer.“Knowing what I know today, I would have acted differently as chief of staff,” Livingston told Ontario court Judge Timothy Lipson. “I apologize to my friends and family for the anguish I have put them through. I regret the time and money that has been required to investigate and prosecute this case, and I apologize to all my colleagues for the strain of direct or indirect involvement in this trial.”Lipson reserved his sentencing decision until April 11 after hearing a prosecution call to jail the former chief of staff to ex-premier Dalton McGuinty and a defence plea to hand down a conditional discharge.Defence lawyer Brian Gover said no useful purpose would be served in sending Livingston, 65, to jail given the harsh punishment the court of public opinion has already meted out for an offence in which “no actual harm” was done and for which his client gained no personal benefit.“He lost his job at a major law firm as a result of this investigation,” Gover said. “His stellar reputation, which he built up over a lifetime, is now in tatters.”Contrary to the prosecution’s assertions, Gover argued Livingston was never in a position of public trust. In fact, the lawyer noted, his client was acquitted of a charge of breach of trust and had made no attempt to interfere with the electoral process.Lipson found Livingston guilty last month of illegal computer use and attempted mischief to data — but stayed a conviction on the latter charge. He acquitted Livingston’s deputy Laura Miller, who was also charged in 2015.Evidence at trial was that Livingston hired Miller’s spouse, an outsider, to wipe hard drives in the premier’s office. The prosecution argued their aim was to thwart public and legislature committee requests for documents related to the gas plants fiasco, which cost taxpayers more than $1 billion.However, Gover said the prosecution was never able to prove which records were deleted under Livingston’s orders in 2013, after McGuinty resigned.Prosecutor Tom Lemon said Livingston’s actions did cause “actual harm” and called for a six-month sentence but Gover said the Crown was wrong to suggest the public was deprived of information it was entitled to get.Ultimately, Gover said, the fact that his client was found guilty was punishment enough — it would preclude Livingston from visiting his second home in the United States — and sent a clear message to others. He urged Lipson to take into account the glare of publicity and humiliation Livingston had endured, noting his client had been seconded to the premier’s office for a mere nine months.“Mr. Livingston was not a public figure — he is an intensely private person,” Gover said. “The years of stress and loss of employment status that Mr. Livingston has suffered, and the disgrace and stigma that he has suffered and will continue to suffer, will deter others.”On Monday, court heard from more than two dozen people that Livingston was a man of integrity and generosity, and who had a track record of years of private and public-sector service.In his brief statement Tuesday, Livingston described himself as a happily retired grandfather who looks after his granddaughter.“Although this situation has been hard and painful for me and my family, the one positive aspect is that it has allowed me to look after her,” Livingston said. “I love my job and I may never have a better one. I sincerely hope that is considered in whatever sentencing decision is made.”last_img read more

Ban deeply concerned about proposed Israeli settlement activity in West Bank

24 July 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern about the announcement today of the initial approval by the Ministry of Defense of 20 residential units in the Israeli military post of Maskiyot in the West Bank. “The Secretary-General has stressed many times before that settlement construction or expansion is contrary to international law,” his spokesperson said in a statement.It is also contrary to Israel’s commitments under the international plan for Middle East peace, known as the Road Map, and the Annapolis process, the statement added, referring to the peace process launched in the United States city of that name late last year.Mr. Ban urged Israel to heed the call of the Middle East Quartet – the diplomatic grouping comprising the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States – to freeze all settlement activity, including natural growth, and to dismantle outposts erected since March 2001. read more

No need to praise army for good deeds says Wigneswaran

The Security Forces are building houses for the displaced and giving back lands which they had taken during the war. “The people should be grateful to them for all this,” Samaraweera said. Wigneswaran said that the Tamils should accept what the armed forces are now giving them, but they need not feel “grateful” because these are only “reparations” for the damage inflicted on the Tamil civilians for years. “There is no need to praise the army for what they are doing.”Commenting on the demand to encourage civil-military cooperation to develop the Tamil areas, Wigneswaran said that military involvement with civilians is both unnecessary and  unhealthy. The controversial Chief Minister of the Northern Province C V Wigneswaran says the Tamils need not praise the Sri Lankan armed forces for their post-war development work in the North because these are only “reparations” for what they did during the 30 year conflict, the New Indian Express reported.He was commenting on Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s statement in Keerimalai in Jaffna last weekend, that the Tamils should praise the armed forces for the many good deeds they are doing after the war. He has also alleged that the Security Forces are behind the rising crime in the North. The army ,of course, denies this stoutly. (Courtesy Colombo Gazette) “Like the judiciary, the armed forces should keep away from civilians,” he said.If civilians mix with armed forces personnel, the former will get into undesirable ways, he added.Wigneswaran, like other Tamil politicians, blames the army and the police for rising drink and drug addiction among Tamil youth in the post-war era. read more

Afghan interpreters to be granted UK visas as relocation scheme extended

Dozens of Afghan interpreters who served alongside British troops will be granted the right to live in the UK, following a review of Government policy.Approximately 50 frontline volunteers who served in Helmand province will be granted visas, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has said as he praised them as the campaign’s “unsung heroes”.They will be allowed to resettle in the UK with their wives and children, taking the total of new visas issued to around 200.The decision follows years of criticism of the Government’s treatment of Army interpreters, whose participation in the Nato effort places them at grave risk of reprisals.Many have since received death threats, including some who have been murdered in their own homes. They served our nation with dazzling distinctionGavin Williamson, Defence Secretary More than 7,000 Afghans provided some form of assistance to the British effort in Afghanistan, codenamed Operation Herrick, between 2002 and 2014, roughly half of whom were translators. Mr Williamson said reviewing the existing scheme would honour the interpreters’ “extraordinary service.”Writing in the Daily Mail, he said: “Frontline patrol interpreters were the unsung heroes of the military campaign in Afghanistan.“They served our nation with dazzling distinction.”The announcement follows bitter criticism yesterday from the chief executive of the Afghan Government, Abdullah Abdullah, who accused the UK of failing the individuals, whom he said took “even bigger risks than the soldiers”.“I know they did their job, taking a big risk in very difficult, life-threatening circumstances, some come from very rural areas and the risk for them today is even greater,” he said, adding that the interpreters acted in the belief they would be given sanctuary in Britain. Approximately 400 former interpreters have been relocated to Britain so far, however many more are struggling to gain visas.Those who have won visas recently called on the Government to provide the same support packages offered to British soldiers to help them transition to civilian life.They have also been fighting against a £2,389 fee charged for those granted indefinite leave to remain after their five-year residency permit expires, which the Home Office agreed to waive last monthThe announcement comes days after the Afghan Government requested Britain send more troops to help the 300,000-strong Afghan security and defence forces quell a resurgent Taliban.It follows reports that a former Afghan interpreter for the SAS was being denied entry to the UK despite being hunted by the Taliban. 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

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #COURT The seven men who were questioned in relation to an incident in Thurles on Thursday morning are to appear in court today, charged with aggravated burglary. They will appear before a special sitting of Cashel District Court at 11am.2. #FOUND An 81-year-old man, Thomas Chambers, who was reported missing from Crumlin in Dublin yesterday has been found safe and well, gardaí said this morning.3. #POLL Labour and Fine Gael have received a boost in the latest Red C/Sunday Business Post poll. While support for FG is unchanged, it is up three points for Labour. Support for Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin dropped by 1 per cent and 2 per cent respectively. More than half of voters said the coalition “had done a good job leading Ireland out of the bailout”.4. #DEAL An interim deal has been reached in Iran for the country to roll back its nuclear programme. The deal was reached after marathon talks in Geneva, involving some of the world’s top diplomats.5. #FORCED LABOUR British police are planning on carrying out DNA tests on the three women found in domestic servitude in London, the Sunday Times says. This is to establish if either of the older women is mother to the younger woman. Concerns have been raised over whether UK laws would make it difficult to bring a prosecution in the case.6. #SYRIA More than 11,000 children have died during Syria’s civil war, the BBC reports. The Oxford Research Group says that hundreds of children have been targeted by snipers, while some have been executed and tortured.7. #HSE A HSE report, seen by the Sunday Independent, shows that taxpayers are funding the private pensions of 29 senior hospital managers, amounting to €345,000 a year.8. #BANKING Cork retail giant the Musgrave Group is planning on setting up a new Irish bank, the Sunday Independent reports. It says the company could end up offering debit cards, loans, insurance and credit cards, and is considering launching the business next year.9. #VOLCANO Thousands of people have fled from the area around Mount Sinabung in western Indonesia after it erupted eight times in just a few hours. It was said to have been ‘raining down rocks’ and spewing out red-hot ash.last_img read more

Galaxy S4 OLED display consumes twice as much power as the iPhone

first_imgSamsung may have proudly announced the Galaxy S4 would have the world’s first 5-inch 1080p display using their Super AMOLED technology, but they left out what such an advancement would cost in terms of battery life.Your display will always be the thing that eats the most battery on your smartphone or tablet, there’s just no way to escape that. When you compare the specs of any given smartphone, it’s easy to gloss over what the display technology is. The focus is usually on screen size, what kind of glass is covering the display, and what the resolution is. If you’re looking at a Samsung Galaxy S4 over other phones this year, you may want to take into consideration how expensive the new Super AMOLED display is going to be in terms of day-to-day use.Easily the most expensive part of powering any display is the light source. LCD displays, like the ones seen in the iPhone 5 or HTC One, use an LED backlight to show what is on the screen. OLED displays don’t use a backlight, since the OLEDs themselves act as the light source. But OLED panels like the one in the Galaxy S4 consume much more power when they are pushed beyond 50% of their maximum lighting potential.In comparing these two phones specifically, the Galaxy S4 display required 1.5 watts to reach full brightness, while the iPhone 5 only required .74 watts.The display technology isn’t the only part of this experience that will suck battery life down faster on the Galaxy S4, though. There’s a pretty significant difference in how much energy would be required to draw images on the S4’s screen.The iPhone’s 1136 x 640 resolution at 326ppi sounds pretty weak when compared to the 1920 x 1080 resolution at 441ppi of the S4. But it also costs the iPhone 5 a whole lot less in system resources to draw the same image because of that lower resolution display.Samsung compensated for this extra draw by offering a much larger 2600mAh removable battery, compared to Apple’s 1440mAh fixed battery. Despite the significant difference in battery size, there’s very little difference between the Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5 when it comes to day to day battery life.If you are in an environment where you are able to lower the brightness of your screen, the S4 battery should make it through the day. If you’re outdoors, however, or in any environment that would require higher brightness levels, don’t forget your charger.Now Read – Exynos based Galaxy S4 has been rooted, Snapdragon still waitinglast_img read more

Wikipédia lapplication officielle est de sortie sur Android

first_imgWikipédia: l’application officielle est de sortie sur AndroidLa fondation vient de publier sa première application mobile officielle, disponible gratuitement sur l’Android Market.Wikipédia proposait déjà une version en ligne adaptée aux mobiles, et des développeurs avaient également proposé des applications officieuses d’accès au contenu de la plus grande encyclopédie en ligne du monde. Mais désormais, le site, l’un des plus visités sur le web, dispose de son propre logiciel mobile. Sans grande surprise, Wikipédia, encyclopédie ouverte et libre est disponible en premier lieu sur la plateforme de Google, elle aussi open source, Android.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’application, selon Clubic, donne accès à près de 20 millions d’articles dans 280 langues. Un mode déconnecté est présent pour sélectionner et ajouter en favoris des pages de l’encyclopédie et les utiliser en zone non couverte par un réseau 3G. Dernière fonction, moins attendue, la possibilité d’utiliser la puce GPS pour se géo-localiser. L’application, à partir de cette donnée, pourra se transformer en guide touristique et afficher quantité de documents et d’informations sur les lieux les plus proches de la position de l’utilisateur. L’interface est basée sur Google Maps, et affiche tous les lieux sur un plan avec une pastille pour chaque endroit à découvrir, aussi bien en vrai qu’à travers l’encyclopédie. Le 21 janvier 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sokratis Arsenal are only at 7080 right now

first_imgArsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos insists there is more to come from them, despite being on a 17-match unbeaten runOn the return from the international break, Arsenal claimed a 2-1 win at Bournemouth in Sunday’s Premier League fixture.The result leaves Arsenal just a point adrift of a top-four spot in the league table – which is new manager Unai Emery’s main target.But Sokratis believes that Arsenal must still improve if they are to reach the Champions League spots at the end of the campaign.“We are around 70-80 per cent,” Sokratis said on Daily Mail.“Of course we need to improve, of course we would like to put Arsenal in the top teams in the Premier League – we try every day for this.“We need to improve, sometimes to not lose the ball or when we have the ball to finish the action and score. That is the difference, we need to improve and we know this.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Arsenal will face Vorskla in Ukraine on Thursday in a Group E Europa League match before hosting rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.“Our focus is on (being one of) the best four teams,” added Sokratis.”We have confidence but it is not easy, we know.“Next week is very important, it is good this week that we didn’t lose points because we go next week full of confidence and we will see. It will be difficult.“I don’t think it is a game that can give you the Champions League. For example, if we win against Tottenham and lose some other games, it is the same thing.“For me, it is very important that in every game we look different, win every game, we go for the win in every game and in the end we will see how it is going. But, of course, Tottenham is a very important game.”Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, Sokratis has made 11 starts for Arsenal in all competitions.last_img read more

Vancouver eatery On the Border closes

first_imgOn the Border, a Texas-based Mexican restaurant chain, has abruptly closed its single Vancouver location amid a swirl of legal claims against the restaurant’s franchise owners over unpaid rent and taxes.The closure of the restaurant at 1505 S.E. 164th Ave. apparently was sparked by a three-day eviction notice served to restaurant operators Sept. 15 for unpaid rent and taxes. The notice was included in a lawsuit filed Sept. 23 in Clark County Superior Court seeking $12,666 in overdue rent payment and $33,092 in unpaid taxes. The restaurant closed after the eviction notice was served and before the court filing, said Josephine Townsend, a Vancouver attorney representing property owner Vancouver Border LLC, a Washington-based corporation affiliated with Farmers & Merchants Bank. The Long Beach, Calif.-based bank acquired the property through a foreclosure in 2009, according to court documents. The bank had no comment.Court records list the restaurant operator as Washington-based Vanborder Partners LLC. Tax documents from the Washington State Department of Revenue list an address in Irvine, Calif., that appears to be in a shopping mall. An operator’s representative could not be reached. On the Border, based in Irving, Texas, did not respond to a request for comment.The site is being marketed by Kidder Mathews. Ryan O’Leary, a company vice president listed as one of the property brokers, said the 6,300-square-foot building in the Fisher’s Landing Plaza is well-located with high visibility, a traffic signal, and a free-standing building with parking.last_img read more

Garbage dumped on roadside locals fume

first_imgKondapur: The roadsides of the area near the 8th battalion HP petrol pump and Kondapur Balaji temple has turned into a garbage dump yard for the past several years. Plenty of garbage were dumped including plastic waste and was not cleaned. The garbage that is left on the sides of the road is also increasing the menace of dogs in this area. Adding to this there are many mosquitoes and unpleasant smell every day for the nearby residents.last_img