Trial in many anti-Sikh riots cases yet to be completed

first_imgThirty-four years after riots broke out in the Capital in the aftermath of assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, killing over 2,700 Sikhs, the trial in a number of cases is yet to see its logical conclusion.On Tuesday, the Delhi High Court convicted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar for killing five Sikhs in the Raj Nagar area during the anti-Sikh riots and sentenced him to imprisonment for the remainder of his natural life. However, this is not the only case Mr. Kumar is currently facing in connection with the 1984 riots. Recently, a witness had told a local court here that she saw him addressing the crowd in the Sultanpuri area that Sikhs had killed “our mother” and instigated the mob to kill them. The next date of the case hearing is December 20.Another Congress leader Jagdish Tytler too is facing trial at a local court here in connection with riots at Gurdwara Pulbangash in North Delhi where three people were killed. Mr. Tytler was thrice given a clean chit by the CBI in the case, but the agency was directed by the court to further investigate the matter after the victims filed a protest petition challenging the agency’s closure report in the case.In February 2015, the Centre constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for re-investigating the serious criminal cases which were filed in Delhi in connection with the 1984 riots and have since been closed. A total of 293 cases were taken up for re-investigation.The three-member SIT is also probing Mr. Kumar’s alleged role in two other cases. One of them is the twin murders of a man and his son in west Delhi’s Punjabi Bagh. In November, a local court awarded death sentence to a man for the murder of two men in south Delhi’s Mahipalpur. This was one of the five cases in which the SIT had filed a charge-sheet.last_img read more

Green Archers get back at Fighting Maroons

first_imgFILE PHOTODefending champion La Salle gifted its head coach Aldin Ayo with a vengeful 85-62 win over University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The No. 2 Green Archers improved to 7-2  after winning their fourth game in five while the Fighting Maroons dropped to fifth with a 4-5 card.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:34UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS00:50Trending 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Desiderio, however, wasn’t as successful on the defensive end when he guarded Mbala as the MVP put up 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.Ricci Rivero added 20 points for the Green Archers.Jun Manzo led UP with 13 points, all coming in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Federer beats great rival Nadal to win Shanghai Masters Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City La Salle ended the first half on a strong note as it built a 24-point lead, 51-27, heading into the third quarter.Santi Santillan then gave the Green Archers their biggest lead at 60-32 with 6:06 still remaining in the third.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“I think we thought of revenge a little bit after we lost in the first round,” said La Salle center Ben Mbala as La Salle suffered a 98-87 loss to UP in first round. “But we just have to stick to the game plan and find out what we did wrong earlier.”After lighting up La Salle with a career-high 30 points in the first round, Paul Desiderio struggled against the defense of Mbala who limited him to seven points on 2-of13 shooting with both of his field goals coming in the first half.last_img read more

Bengaluru FC retain skipper Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh

first_imgBengaluru FC (BFC) have retained skipper Sunil Chhetri and Udanta Singh after the duo signed three-year deals that will keep them with the Indian Super League (ISL) side till the end of the 2019-20 season, the club announced on Friday.With these signings, Bengaluru FC have ticked off the ISL’s rule of a maximum of two retentions for players over 21 years of age.”We are thrilled at being able to retain the present and the future of Indian football in Sunil and Udanta. The two of them have been immense for Bengaluru FC and will be vital cogs in our wheel as we take on the challenge of rebuilding the club for what will be a tough season ahead,” club CEO Parth Jindal said in a statement.The Blues have retained the services of @UdantaK and @chetrisunil11 until the 2019-20 season. Read: #WeGotThemToStay Bengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) June 30, 2017Chhetri, 32, has been with Bengaluru for four seasons, finishing top scorer for them every year.Udanta, meanwhile, joined Bengaluru in the 2014-15 season and has only grown from strength to strength.The 21-year-old from Manipur capped off a fantastic season under Bengaluru coach Albert Roca last year where he was the regular starter and played a key role in the club’s Federation Cup triumph.”I’ve always been vocal about how Bengaluru FC is a club that is always close to my heart and I couldn’t be happier to commit three years to the blue shirt of BFC,” he said.advertisement”I’ve progressed and learnt so much in the three years that I’ve been with Bengaluru FC and I’m looking forward to giving the club and its fans three of my best years to come. It’s also reassuring to have Sunil bhai with me here and I’m confident we will be fighting for trophies like we always do,” he added.”The Bengaluru FC fans have always shown me so much of love and I’m glad at the prospect of playing in front of them yet again. With Bengaluru in the ISL, these are exciting times at the club and I’m sure we will build the best possible squad for the season,” said Chhetri, who with 54 goals is also the top scorer for the national team.last_img read more

Virat Kohli, KL Rahul had nervous energy while defending the ball: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgFormer captain Sachin Tendulkar, while speaking exclusively to India Today, pointed out that Virat Kohli and KL Rahul looked under pressure during the chase against New Zealand.India crashed out of the World Cup 2019 after their 18-run loss against New Zealand in the first semi-final in Manchester.India got bowled out for 221 in 49.3 overs in pursuit of 240 after the match was forced into the reserve day following the rain interruption on Tuesday.India had a horror start to their chase as the former champions were jolted by New Zealand pacers in the first 10 overs.India lost their batting lynchpins Rohit Sharma (1), KL Rahul (1), Virat Kohli (1) cheaply inside the first 4 overs. Matt Henry and Trent Boult were running riot as the Manchester crowd, filled with a sea of blue, went quiet.”It would be unfair to pinpoint Rohit, but someone like KL Rahul, who had batted brilliantly in the last match. I just felt there was that slight nervous energy while they were defending also. You could see that in Virat also somewhere. He was eventually trapped by the ball coming in,” said Sachin.”If I have to notice something, the anxiety levels were high. There was pressure and in cricket, you will always be under pressure. Dhoni and Jadeja were going rather well but the pressure was there.””The strike rotation and running between the wickets with Jadeja was important. He is an experienced campaigner who knows when to push himself and save himself. The run out was for the team. It’s fine.”advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni could have batted at No. 5 instead of Hardik, says Sachin Tendulkar after India’s defeatAlso Read | Bitter pill to swallow: Sachin Tendulkar after India crash out of World Cup 2019Also See:last_img read more

a month agoSouthampton smash four past fierce rivals Portsmouth

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Southampton smash four past fierce rivals Portsmouthby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton thrashed fierce rivals Portsmouth 4-0 on Tuesday to seal their place in the Carabao Cup fourth-round.Danny Ings scored twice while there were also goals for Cedric Soares and Nathan Redmond.It was Saints’ first win at Fratton Park since 1984.”This is more than only reaching the next round,” said Hasenhuttl.”This is about reaching the hearts of the fans. I am very happy for them.”I knew it was massive game for them and I think we really didn’t start well in this game, but the players knew they had to fight for every inch.” last_img

Australia handed ‘rubbish’ red card against Norway

first_imgAustralian defender Alanna Kennedy was shown a straight red card against Norway in their Round of 16 clash at the Women’s World Cup to the disbellief of players and fans. After the Matildas forced the match into extra time, Kennedy was given her marching orders in the 104th minute with scores locked at 1-1 after appearing to drag down a Norwegian attacker.The referee ruling that Kennedy was the last defender and denied a clear goal scoring opportunity with VAR deciding against overturning the decision. 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? With question marks over whether Norway were in a position to score and the level of Kennedy’s contact, the red card didn’t go down well with those watching on. Jeepers this ref is doing a number on Australia. #AUSNOR— Daniel Garb (@DanielGarb) June 22, 2019That’s such an awful call. I’m offended.— Heath Pearce (@heathpearce) June 22, 2019Sorry for this at this hour…But think of the worst smelling number 2 a child can leave in their nappy and that is still not close to the pungency that equals that particular decision.— Adam Peacock (@adampeacock3) June 22, 2019Rubbish…— Tara Rushton (@TaraRushton) June 22, 2019Was it a red card? Should Kennedy have been sent?#OptusSport #FIFAWWC #NORAUS #NOR #AUS— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) June 22, 2019Another disgraceful decision. A clear yellow for Kennedy, but certainly not a red. How is #VAR not recommending a pitch-side review of that one? Absolute shambles & sums up the woeful officiating all tournament. #Matildas right up against it here. #NORAUS #FIFAWWC— Rob Greenwood (@robgreenwood1) June 22, 2019The Matildas were also denied a penalty earlier in the match with VAR that time intervening to rule against Australia.Norway were unable to capitalise on Kennedy’s dismissal in extra time but would triumph on penalties as they booked their place in the quarter-finals. Kennedy, who was unable to watch the rest of the match due to a faulty TV, believes her sending off was harsh.”I felt at the time that my body was in front of hers and it was more or less a 50/50 and as a striker you go down and milk it a little bit, but the decision is what it is and the girls did really well to get us into penalties and that shows the character in our team and we will come back from this,” Kennedy said post-match. “I think there needs to be a lot more clarity around the decisions of the referees.”I think its been questionable throughout the whole tournament, and that’s not the way we want to play.”last_img read more

This Spicy Adult Popsicle Recipe is the Perfect Way to Kick Off Summer

first_img How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes Summer is almost (finally) upon us and that means we’re switching out our palates for fresher flavors in a variety of different mediums. (Sorry hot cocoa, we’ll see you in October-ish.) That means that we’re about to welcome a wonderful staple of summertime back for another go-round: popsicles.In the grand scheme of summertime snacks, popsicles are hard to beat. Not only do they provide a respite from the heat, but you can literally make them in any flavor your mind can come up with. There are the old standby, Otterpops, but as classy adults, it’s time to move beyond those — at least some of the time. That’s where the New York City establishment La Newyorkina comes in.Working with Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur (which you can read more about here), La Newyorkina came up with what might be the ultimate adult popsicle for this summer season: Cucumber Ancho Verde Paletas.Not only are you getting a popsicle, you’re getting one that a) has booze in it and b) is packed with fresh yet spicy flavors. If you’re looking for a popsicle that will be simultaneously hot and cold, well, this one is going to be hard to beat.Can’t make it to New Yorkina to try one there (where it’ll be served in a hibiscus chile rimmed cup topped with candied sliced serrano chilis and sold for $4.50)? Don’t you worry. We’ve got you covered with this delicious alcoholic popsicle recipe.While it isn’t part of the recipe per se, we had some fun dipping our paletas in more Ancho Verde while eating them. Or, if you want to mix the flavor up, dipping them in Montelobos Mezcal is also a damn good idea.Cucumber Ancho Verde PaletasLa Newyorkina/Facebook(Makes about 8)Ingredients:5 Persian cucumbers1.5 cup fresh lime juice.75 cup Ancho Verde Chile Liqueur.75 cup sugar.75 cup waterLarge pinch of saltMethod:Peel half of the cucumbers and dice them coarsely.Pulse with the rest of the ingredients in a blender just until they are incorporated.Pour the mixture into popsicle molds, making sure to leave at least a half-inch of room at the top.Place the molds in the freezer until the pops are beginning to set, about 45-60 minutes. Insert 2-3 cucumber slices in each one. If using conventional molds, snap on the lid and freeze until solid, 3 to 4 hours. If using glasses or other unconventional molds, insert the sticks and freeze until solid, 3 to 4 hours.Dip molds fully in warm water for 5-10 seconds to loosen paleta and pull up to unmold. 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather Editors’ Recommendations 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Knowlast_img read more

Tiger Woods Welcomes Kid Rock To Tiger Jam 2013

first_imgOn May 18, multi-platinum recording artist Kid Rock will bring his Rebel Soul Tour to Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to headline the 15th annual Tiger Jam.The two-day charity event, May 17-18, hosted by Tiger Woods, combines world-class golf, high-stakes poker, gourmet cuisine and exclusive VIP experiences into an exciting, star-studded weekend benefitting the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.“Kid Rock is a great performer. We welcomed him to the Tiger Jam stage a few years ago, and we’re excited he’ll be back to headline our 15th Tiger Jam,” Woods said. “This event is so important to my foundation, helping us grow our programs and provide even more young people with the chance to attend college.”Over the course of his career Kid Rock has sold more than 26 million albums and reached the highest levels of rock superstardom. The consummate showman, he has performed on the world’s biggest stages and at the most prestigious awards shows. He is an ardent supporter of the U.S. troops both home and abroad, and also supports causes close to his hometown of Detroit through his Kid Rock Foundation. His ninth studio album, “Rebel Soul,” was released last November. Kid Rock previously performed at Tiger Jam in 2001, making an appearance on stage with John Mellencamp.The 2013 Tiger Jam will kick off Friday, May 17, when poker legend Phil Hellmuth teams up with Woods to host Poker Night. For a $10,000 buy-in, participants will join Woods, Hellmuth, Poker Hall of Famer Doyle Brunson and other of the game’s greats for an exclusive night of poker followed by a Pre-Jam Party at Moorea Beach Club at Mandalay Bay. Tournament prizes include a package to attend the Masters, a round of golf with Tiger Woods, Pro-Am playing spots in premier PGA TOUR events and other unique items.Prior to Saturday evening’s live concert, guests can participate in a morning golf outing at Cascata Golf Course before starting the night with a VIP reception at Mandalay Bay. This exclusive pre-concert party will feature gourmet food and spirits as well as live and silent auctions filled with luxury items. Following a rocking performance from Kid Rock at the Events Center, the night will conclude with a post-concert party at House of Blues.A variety of VIP packages are available to attend this one-of-a-kind charity concert event and experience a fun weekend in Vegas. For more information on 2013 Tiger Jam opportunities or to attend the dinner and auction, call (949) 725-3003.Concert tickets starting at $60.75, not including applicable service charges, go on sale Saturday, March 30, at 10 a.m. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay at (877) 632-7400 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For more info, click here.Tiger Jam has a tradition of featuring incredible performances by some of today’s best musical talents. GRAMMY Award-winning artists such as No Doubt, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Bon Jovi, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Eagles, John Mellencamp, Celine Dion, Train, LeAnn Rimes, Don Henley, Christina Aguilera, Seal, Babyface and Van Halen have all performed at past Jams. In addition to the concert, Tiger Jam highlights include top-notch epicurean fare and exclusive live and silent auctions featuring one-of-a-kind luxury items.last_img read more

Apple refreshes iPad lineup with larger entrylevel model

NEW YORK — Apple has unveiled a new iPad that’s thinner and slightly larger than its current entry-level tablet.The new iPad Air will cost $499 and sport a screen that measures 10.5 inches diagonally. That compares with the standard, 9.7-inch iPad at $329.Apple has a higher-end Pro model starting at $999. The new iPad Air has several features found in older Pro models, but not the latest. For instance, the iPad Air has a home button with a fingerprint sensor, while the latest Pro ditches that to make more room for the screen.Apple is also refreshing its 7.9-inch iPad Mini.The Associated Press

Iraj and TonyT release just one click

Iraj and Tony teamed up for ‘Your Love’ which also features Joe Flizzow. Iraj had also recently signed up with Tony.T to promote his digital content in Asia. Tony.T recently split from R.I.O after a successful run with the German band. Tony.T, was famous for the tracks ‘After the love’ ‘Shine on’ and ‘Like I love you’ while he was part of the band R.I.O.Meanwhile Iraj is also shooting a music video with Truth Hurts (Shari Watson), the American artiste and music producer behind the song ‘Addictive’ which was once popular in most dance clubs in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) This is the third track that Iraj and Tony.T have teamed up for since Tony left the European band R.I.O to focus on his solo career. Sri Lankan hip hop singer/producer Iraj has just released the video for the single titled ‘just one click’ which features international star Tony.T (formerly of R.I.O).The video for the single was shot in Sri Lanka while Tony.T shot his additions overseas, Iraj told the Colombo Gazette. The single also features Infaas, Markia and Indira Joshi. read more

New Mexico regulator declines to grant 6th racino license

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico horse racing regulators have declined to grant a sixth horse track and casino license after months of uncertainty.The New Mexico Racing Commission announced Thursday it would not approve another license following months of debates and millions spent by applicants.Commission chair Beverly Bourguet says the decision was in “the best interest” of the state but the panel may reopen an application process in the future for another license.The decision follows appointments to the commission by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. A commission previously appointed by former Republican Gov. Susana Martinez called for applicants.Under the state’s compacts with casino-operating tribes, only six racinos are allowed in New Mexico. The five existing racinos are in Hobbs, Ruidoso, Farmington, Albuquerque, and Sunland Park.Russell Contreras, The Associated Press read more

WHO provides lowcost access to health journals for poor countries

These countries – all with a per capita gross national product (GNP) of between $1,000 and $1,500 – will pay just $1,000 a year for online access to 2,200 high-quality medical journals through the Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI), according to WHO. The 28 participating publishers are contributing the fees collected to a fund to train librarians and researchers in ways to harness the benefits of the information revolution. The new countries join the 69 low-income countries with a GNP per capita below $1,000 whose hospitals, medical schools and research institutions are already participating at no cost. “The knowledge gap between rich and poor must be overcome if we are to reduce poverty,” said Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, WHO Director-General. “In HINARI lies the seed of a knowledge revolution.” The information made available through HINARI will help developing countries in improving skills, developing research, and by extension, to save lives, she added.HINARI has been developed by WHO and its publisher partners to support the health sector in developing countries by enabling access to high quality, timely, relevant scientific information at affordable prices. It builds on recent developments in academic publishing and library services, particularly the shift from print to electronic journal publishing. HINARI has evolved under the umbrella of the Health InterNetwork, a WHO-led public-private partnership initiated by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as part of his Millennium Agenda to narrow the digital divide. read more

As DR Congo polls approach UN rights chief warns of threats to

While noting that important advances relating to impunity for sexual violence are in line with broader progress in the DRC since he had first visited the country, in another capacity, in 2004, he said that as crucial electoral deadlines approach, there is rising tension.“I receive reports of increasing violations of fundamental civil and political rights by State actors. These notably include violations of freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly – rights anchored in the binding international treaties to which the DRC is party, and enshrined in the Congolese constitution. The public space for the expression of dissent is now clearly under pressure,” Mr. Zeid continued.He said he is also very concerned about reports of increasing harassment of civil society representatives and journalists, as well as the repression of voices which oppose the Government,” Mr. Zeid told journalists in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, at a press conference at the end of the mission. He also briefed the journalists that he noted a number of important commitments made by senior Government officials and stressed that it is vital that they are implemented. The High Commissioner underscored that his Office (OHCHR) is ready to support the Government in strengthening human rights in the country.During the visit, Mr. Zeid also travelled Panzi Hospital in Bukavu where he met with women survivors of sexual violence, and with Dr. Denis Mukwege, a Congolese doctor who has treated more than 40,000 victims.The visit coincided with the 20th anniversary of the OHCHR presence in the DRC, the largest OHCHR field presence in the world.Persisting challengesWhile Mr. Zeid noted a number of positive steps, he also spoke of challenges facing the central African country.On one of the pressing challenges, the forthcoming elections, he said that he supported President Joseph Kabila’s call for a national dialogue, which the High Commissioner said must be open and honest.“[The] dialogue simply cannot take place in an atmosphere which stifles discussion and the airing of all grievances and opinions [and] where independent media and respect for fundamental freedoms are being threatened,” he said, and urged that respect for the human rights of all is should be at its core.Criticism or dissent does not constitute subversionHe called for legal guarantees that would allow people to express their views and work together without fear of retribution by the security forces or judicial authorities.Emphasizing that there is no threat to the State from people who are simply voicing their opinions, he underscored: “Criticism or dissent does not constitute subversion.”He also called on the police forces to refrain from any use of lethal force during peaceful demonstrations and said that crowd control means should be based on the principles of necessity and proportionality.Mr. Zeid hailed the youth of the country as its greatest asset and urged that they must be encouraged to contribute to it. He said that those who speak out must not be oppressed for expressing their views.The High Commissioner further expressed appreciation for the country’s reception of over 25,000 refugees from Burundi in recent months.He said “[The act] is a lesson to many far richer countries who demonstrate less compassion.” “I see this as a pivotal moment,” the High Commissioner said of the coming polls, stressing that the DRC is a country with tremendous assets – including, not least, the legendary drive and creative ingenuity of its people. “If it can build a momentum in terms of human rights protection, democracy and rule of law for all, the DRC has the potential to shape a strong and cohesive society – one which truly benefits all its people. If it stumbles into increasing repression, mistrust and grievance, however, there is also the possibility the current political uncertainty could lead to serious crisis, which could undo many of the gains made by the Congolese people,” the High Commissioner warned. read more

UN migration agency reports surge in displacement from Mosul as fighting intensifies

“The stories of the survivors are heart-breaking,” said Thomas Lothar Weiss, Iraq Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in a press release.Since the start of Iraqi forces’ efforts to retake the city’s western section on 19 February, more than 10,000 people have been displaced in the zone, according to Iraq’s Ministry of Migration and Displacement (MoMD). “We are very worried about the fate of the tens of thousands of families still trapped inside of West Mosul,” said Mr. Weiss.IOM reported some 1,650 people arrived today at the Hamam al-Aleel facility, and nearly 2,800 arrived at Qayara air strip on Sunday night. Both these locations are in Nineweh Governorate southeast of Mosul.MoMD estimates another 3,000 individuals are already moving towards the checkpoints and are expected to arrive tomorrow.These numbers, among the largest in weeks, are just a fraction of the 250,000 or more people who could yet be displaced from western Mosul as fighting escalates, said IOM Iraq press officer Hala Jaber.“There is serious concern for the 750,000 trapped in the densely populated western sector, with conditions worsening daily, according to reports and testimonies from those who have managed to escape,” she said.RELATED: UN refugee agency focuses on sheltering displaced as Iraqi offensive moves to west MosulThose who arrived at the Qayara site yesterday, including children, spoke of seeing dead bodies on the streets as they escaped. Many corpses, they said, were ISIL fighters; others civilians killed by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) laid by militants. Families escaping with children are reportedly taping their mouths with duct tape to ensure they don’t cry or make a sound that would alert ISIL. Other families are giving their children sleeping pills or Valium to keep them quiet during their escape. IOM’s Qayara site is currently providing shelter for 4,472 displaced families or 25,344 individuals, with a planned capacity to hold 10,000 families or 60,000 individuals. The Haj Ali emergency site is currently hosting 1,565 displaced families, or 6,994 individuals, with a planned capacity for 7,000 families, or 40,000 individuals. read more

Downloadcom P2P infringement case dropped

first_imgFor years, has been one of the most popular sites on the web for finding and (as the name suggests) downloading all kinds of software. And like any good download site would, features a leaderboard on its main page showing which programs people are downloading the most.Two types of programs typically top that chart: free antivirus software and filesharing applications. A permanent fixture on that list was the uber-popular Limewire, the Gnutella client that ultimately found itself sued into oblivion by the RIAA. The Limewire story didn’t stop with the bill for $105 million in damages handed down in May of this year: found itself caught in the crossfire.AdChoices广告A group of musicians led by Nigerian-born digital media entrepreneur Alki David filed a lawsuit against Cnet’s parent company, CBS Interactive, claiming that it was complicit in Limewire’s infringement. The suit further stated that CBS-I, Cnet, and maintained a “business model that sought to profit directly” from the demand for Limewire, serving more than 220 million total copies to visitors since 2008. While that claim might be technically true, monetizes all the software it mirrors in the same way.Today, perhaps after some much-needed reflection time and a prevailing wind of common sense, plaintiffs have finally decided to drop the case. Zeal for the suit seemed to be waning last month after plaintiffs presented claims for only half a dozen protected works.As Wired points out, prosecuting attorney Adam Wolfson has left the door open for a second case that could be much nastier than the original. The idea that a media industry lawyer would lodge a second complaint with more dollars at stake is, well… as surprising as the idea that people used Limewire to illegally download music.More at Wiredlast_img read more

Floormopping robots and a kitchen that cleans itself The future of your

first_img Using the Laundrie app to organise a pickup. Source: Facebook/LaundrieEstablished three years ago, Laundrie allows customers to book in a load of washing on the website or through their app, and choose a times and place for pickup and dropoff. Evan says his app is often used as just one element of a customer’s automated schedule:Our customers may be using us for cleaning their clothes, and then they may be using someone from Helpling for their house cleaning, and outsourcing all the stuff they just don’t have the time, energy or inclination to do.Laundrie is well established in Dublin, but Amazon and Facebook are taking similar ideas and running with them on a broader scale. Amazon is trialling its Amazon Home Assistants programme in Seattle to take care of chores you don’t have time to do yourself, while Facebook is adding cleaning and contracting services to Facebook Marketplace.While cleaners were previously only available to the Emily Gilmores of this world, soon there’ll be options for all of us. But who needs human cleaners when you have robots to do it for you?As AI and machine learning goes from strength to strength, it’s only a matter of time until robots are taking care of most of the day-to-day cleaning at home. The world’s first robotic kitchen has been created by Moley and it doesn’t just cook home meals at a pro level, but cleans up after itself.Moley comes with a library of recipes ready to go, but it can also learn new ones, and its robotic hands reproduce the cooking skills of Tim Anderson, former winner of BBC Master Chef. A Moley prototype in action Source: Facebook/Moley RoboticsDue for launch later this year, the robotic kitchen is made up of appliances, robotic hands, cabinets – anything you could need to sit back and relax while dinner is taken care of. Rubber gloves and a sink full of dishes and Fairy Liquid could very well be a thing of the past.While Moley takes care of the kitchen, Effie can look after the ironing; that is, if you haven’t already outsourced it. Effie is a robotic appliance that ‘pulls’ the wrinkles out of clothes, and can get through a stack of 20 shirts in an hour. Never again will you have to cope with a burn mark on a white shirt. Source: Effie/YouTubeEffie won’t be on the market until 2019, but in the meantime there are plenty of other robots to keep the place clean. The Neato Botvac Connected robot vacuum cleaners let you clean through the Neato mobile app, even when you’re not at home.You can control the robot through Alexa and Google Home, and if you’re a bit of a neat freak, the app gives you a cleaning summary of the last 20 cleaning runs and can show exactly where the robot has vacuumed. Self-cleaning toilets like ActiClean, the lawn-mowing robot Robomow RS622, the iRobot 380t floor mopping robot, and the laundry-folding Laundroid, are either on the market now in the US or coming soon, which means it’s only a matter of time before Ireland follows suit.Even more impressive from the robotic perspective is the Aeolus Robotics prototype for a general household helper, which was previewed at CES this year. While it hasn’t been fully perfected yet, Aeolus will be able to recognise thousands of items and put them back where they belong in your home.It can grip and use a floor brush or a hoover too. While reviews of the robot at CES highlight how far Aeolus still has to go before a fully reliable working model is complete, it’s a taste of what could be around the corner for our chores.Gray believes that robots will only get bigger and better, but for now at least, they won’t negate humans entirely – but we might be more likely to get a cleaner in rather than spend a weekend cleaning out the gutters ourselves:We’ll continue to rely on apps for now but there’ll be more and more voice activated services, where you say ‘Hey Alexa, can you book a laundry collection?’ or something like that.“There might be a move away from apps to do these things, but there’ll still be a service at the end of a line to do them. It’s so much more efficient than what has been done before.”Have you listened to’s new podcast, Future Stories, produced in partnership with Volkswagen? Listen to the latest episode here, all about virtual reality and the future of your Friday night TV.More: Long-dead singers playing ‘live’ in concert: The future of the music you love>More: Live to 120 years old and never forget your pills again: The future of not getting sick> By Gráinne Loughran Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 7:30 PM The way we live is changing fast. Every fortnight in our Future Focus series, supported by Volkswagen, we’ll look at how one aspect of everyday life could change in the coming years. This week: housework.“PEOPLE ARE SO busy, they don’t want to have their weekends sabotaged by things like cleaning. We just provide a helping hand, a tool. By the time they get home they don’t have time for housework.”Evan Gray believes our busy lives might no longer have space for our chores. He’s the founder of Laundrie, an Irish Hailo-style app for laundry, which picks up your clothes from wherever you choose, washes them and drops them back to you.A recent study of more than 35,000 adults in Europe and the US found that women did an average of five hours of chores per day, while men did just three. But this could all change in the near future as housework becomes robotic, app-driven and mobile.It’s been predicted that 2050 will see the end of housework as we know it, but some futurologists have also cited 2030 as being the real turning point.Already chores are changing as our priorities and lifestyles undergo a change of pace. Evan has already seen this among his customers:A big user base of ours is families, maybe where a partner is working late and they have a kid in creche. Floor-mopping robots and a kitchen that cleans itself: The future of your household chores Hey Alexa, can you fold the laundry? 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Dozer Day big fun for little excavators

first_imgThousands of children, with their parents in tow, descended upon the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds over the weekend for the biggest sandbox and toy truck playground in the county: Dozer Day.Kids took turns at the controls of excavators large and small, bulldozers and cranes. Others climbed the machinery, or in a great sand pit stacked with oversized tires.Among the new attractions was a tennis ball-launching compressed air cannon built by RDO Equipment.The company brought a commercial vacuum, the kind used to suck up rocks and dirt on construction sites, to supply the compressed air for their custom-made tennis ball launcher.(The vacuum was a bit loud, so they eventually just hooked it to a different compressed-air source.)After several tries, 7-year-old Henry Ezatpanah was able to maneuver the compressed-air cannon, which was about as long as he is tall, into position to fire a ball through the target.He’s been coming to Dozer Day for four years, said his mother, Stephanie Ezatpanah.His favorite this year? He pointed to the cannon.“It was so hard!”They had been there since the event opened at 11 a.m. His plastic toy hard hat was covered with stickers from the different booths and attractions.last_img read more

ICE London gaming expo kicks off today

first_img Load More SJM’s Daisy Ho to deliver keynote address as G2E Asia gets underway today RelatedPosts Inaugural Phil-Asian Gaming Expo to be held in Philippines in July Inside Asian Gaming named Lead Media Partner of G2E Asia @ the Philippines The world’s biggest gaming industry trade exhibition, ICE London, gets underway today.Celebrating seven years since moving from its former home at Earl’s Court to the cavernous expanses of the ExCeL center, ICE London will this year welcome 612 exhibitors from 66 nations, occupying a record 44,500 square meters in floor space. Around 35,000 visitors are expected to attend the event over the course of the next three days from 5 to 7 February.Inside Asian Gaming will again be present on the showroom floor, with Managing Editor Ben Blaschke and Director of Business Development and Sales Jadeson Ho on site for the duration. If you’re in town, be sure to stop by Booth ND9-D and say hello.In an interview in the lead-up to this year’s show, Kate Chambers, Managing Director of ICE London organizer Clarion Gaming, told IAG that ICE stood out from other globally recognized gaming trade events due to its unique ability to bring together the land-based and online sectors as one.“The narrative is now about the creation and delivery of compelling content that meets the gaming entertainment needs of consumers in the digital age. Hence, we have exhibitors developing content for bricks-and-mortar gaming who also deploy those games online. It’s all about the content,” Chambers said.last_img read more

UK wants fair elections so does PM Hasina

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina holds a bilateral meeting with UK secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs Jeremy Hunt at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday morning. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina has said the government wants the next general elections to be held in a free and fair manner and all political parties to join it.The prime minister made the remarks when UK secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs Jeremy Hunt called on her in the bilateral meeting room at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday morning.After the meeting, foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque briefed reporters.Jeremy Hunt said the UK is looking forward to free, fair and participatory elections in Bangladesh.In response, the premier said: “We also want the next election to be free and fair and all (political) parties to join it.”While talking about the Rohingya issue, the UK secretary of foreign affairs wanted to know from the prime minister about the repatriation process of the forcibly displaced Rohingya people.In reply, the premier said Bangladesh has signed an agreement with Myanmar to this end. “Myanmar has agreed to take back their nationals from Bangladesh, but they don’t act accordingly,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said the Rohingyas will return back to their homeland “if we can create a conducive environment and give assurance to them of their safe and dignified repatriation to their homeland. But that is not happening.”In this connection, the prime minister sought support of all to shift the Rohingyas to an island called Bhashan Char.Jeremy Hunt expressed his desire to visit Bangladesh soon.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and PM’s principal secretary Md Najibur Rahman were present on the occasion.Earlier, the prime minister attended a high-level event on Global Call to Action on World Drug Problem organised by the permanent mission of the United States.US president Donald Trump was present on the occasion, among other world leaders, the foreign secretary said.last_img read more

Metro Denies Offering White Supremacists Special Treatment But it Seems Like They

first_imgBy Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFROThe majority of the people who use Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) as a primary means of transportation usually don’t have police escorts and go through a separate gate to enter into the train station, yet the White supremacists part of the the Unite the Right 2 protest last Sunday in Lafayette Square, were said to have all the above luxuries.  Despite several people confirming Metro’s modifications for the White nationalists, Metro denies the supremacists were given a rail to get to and from the White Civil Rights rally- a site that ultimately resulted in their message and existence being eclipsed by thousands protesting their presence.Last year hundreds of far-right activist clashed with counter protestors who came out to stand up against the event in Charlottesville which resulted in the deaths of three, one counter protestor Heather Heyer and two state troopers.(Courtesy Image/Logo)Jason Kessler, who organized the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville last year, obtained a permit to hold a “White Civil Rights rally,” last Sunday on the one year anniversary of Charlottesville.  In effort to keep people safe Metro officials initially proposed a plan to have the White nationalist ride on separate cars but that plan was scrapped after the union representing Metro workers objected.Yet on August 12, the day of the rally, multiple sources confirmed that a portion of the Vienna Metro station was closed off for the White supremacist group to board a train car with security and head down to Lafayette Square.“JUST IN – [WMATA] CLOSES Vienna station north gates to the public. A guard says Fairfax police will ONLY open these gates for #UniteTheRight2 protesters,” WUSA9 reporter Mike Valerio wrote on Twitter.Julie Carey of NBC said, “Police with helmets moving into position at the south entrance of the Vienna metro. This seems to be the entrance where they now expect the Unite the Right rally.”Despite these reports and photos, Metro denied any special treatment in a statement.“The Kessler group traveled from the Vienna Metro Station to Foggy Bottom on a regular train together with other passengers media and law enforcement,” said Metro spokesman Sherri Ly in a statement. “They were escorted by the police to the rear of the train and the police road in that rail car and others to protect the safety of everyone in the train.”Yet even Kessler himself implied that the reason why there was such a low turnout is because of confusion at the train, thus proving there were some accommodations for him and his group.“I think a lot of my people got left behind at the train station,” Kessler said.Lafayette Square was packed with protesters and outrage as thousands of many races came out to protest Kessler and his supporters who came to the grounds of the Square, spoke to each other and the media at 5 pm and then left 30 minutes later in white vans escorted by the U.S. Park Police.Even though he was standing in the front of the barricade that was reinforced by the Metropolitan and U.S. Park Police, Everette Turner, 60, a resident of Northeast D.C., said he couldn’t see the supremacists.“Where are they,“ he asked with a laugh.One of the reasons why Kessler was hard to spot is because he was dressed in a blue suit, waved an American flag and never ventured close to the park filled with vocal protesters.While he chuckled about the supremacists’ low turnout, Turner said the reason why he came was no laughing matter.“It’s 2018 and we don’t need this. There are better things that we can be doing than watching racist people.”The crowd pushed to the Southwest corner of Lafayette Park, which had been reserved for Kessler’s group and they chanted, “Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Neo Nazis got to go,” and when they left without any audible message the protesters chanted “Cowards, Cowards, Cowards.”In a tweet Sunday, Local 689 of the Amalgamated Transit Union said the White supremacists were treated better than their workers who put themselves on the line every day.“There are dozens of transit police protecting the racist marchers but drivers on Metrobus never see police protection on their buses.”last_img read more