first_imgA male sex worker and eight other suspects were taken into custody in connection with the death of Latvian tourist Liga Skromane, who had gone missing on March 14 in Kovalam, Kerala.The headless, decomposed body of 33-year-old Skromane was found hanging upside down from a tree in a mangrove forest at Panathura near Kovalam on April 20, according to Mumbai Mirror. Preliminary reports suggested that she may have been sedated, gang-raped and then strangled to death.Her identity was confirmed by DNA reports and her sister Ilze recognized the clothes she was wearing.A boat was also identified by the police in which Skromane was brought to the secluded place at Panathura by the suspects, the New Indian Express reported. She was told to smoke some hallucinatory drugs by the culprits, the report quoted sources as saying. She was then sexually assaulted and strangled to death, it is suspected. Forensic experts have started examining the crime spot and checking the fingerprints on the boat.City police commissioner P Prakash said that the confirmation of the sexual assault was yet to be made. “We have almost confirmed that Liga was murdered. So we have taken many persons in Kovalam area who have criminal records into custody for interrogation. But we can’t confirm that Liga was sexually abused, Hopefully, we will get a strong lead very soon,” Prakash said.Skromane’s sister and husband had been searching for her since she went missing. Her husband, Andrew Jordan, went back to Ireland recently after spending two and a half weeks searching for her. Jordan, an Irishman, told the Irish media that “the police just assumed Liga was just another holidaymaker gone awry. It took us two weeks to get them to look for her.”Skromane was diagnosed with post-traumatic depression last year and traveled to India with Ilze for Ayurvedic treatment on Feb. 3. She had been living in Ireland for five years.Earlier, three local fishermen had said that they saw her walking through the seaside on March 14 before she disappeared from the Ayurveda healing center at Pothencode.Ilze wrote on social media: “On April 19 I was praying and praying to God to grant me one birthday wish. Please let me know where my sister is, please let us find her, this not knowing is so hard to bear. On my birthday 20th of April afternoon two local boys found my sister’s remains. It’s been a long journey for my sister, and she has been through a lot of suffering.. may her soul rest in peace now in the hands of all loving God.” Related ItemsKeralakovalamTourismlast_img read more

first_imgThe Filipinos surpassed their the bronze medal achievement two years ago in the biennial meet for the student-athletes in the region.Up next for the Philippines is a rematch with defending champion Thailand, which fashioned out a 25-19, 25-20, 25-17 victory over Myanmar in the other semis duel on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe Filipinos pulled off a shocking 30-28, 25-23, 25-19 win over the Thais, in last Sunday’s opener. Like the Philippines, Thailand is also 3-0 in the tournament. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Chito Victolero to Alex Compton: ‘Referees decide what’s a foul, not coaches’ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments The Philippines continued its solid showing in the 19th ASEAN University Games men’s volleyball tournament, as the Filipino represented by reigning UAAP men’s champion National University topped Indonesia, 25-14, 25-23, 25-13, to make it to the gold medal round Thursday in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.Except for a close second set, the Philippines was dominant in the semifinals match to extend its undefeated run to three games and assure itself of a podium finish.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgAtletico Madrid’s title hopes faded after a costly 3-0 defeat at Villarreal on Monday saw Diego Simeone’s side fall 12 points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid and lose influential goalkeeper Jan Oblak to injury. (Latest Football stories)Villarreal midfielder Manu Trigueros intercepted a weak back pass from Tiago Mendes before firing the ball into the bottom corner in the 28th minute.Jonathan dos Santos then nipped in to grab the second goal in the 38th minute after Oblak spilled a shot from Alexandre Pato.Roberto Soriano capped a first win in four league games for Villarreal by finishing off a one-two with Alfred N’Diaye in injury time at the end of the match.”I leave with the sensation that the team is fighting, working hard and trying to do everything to win but results aren’t going our way,” said Simeone.”We have to keep working because that’s the only way we’ll improve.”Oblak was taken to hospital for tests on a shoulder problem he sustained when trying to prevent Dos Santos reaching the loose ball.Tiago had also been taken off immediately after his error, complaining of discomfort in his knee.”Oblak’s injury is worse, we hope it’s not too serious,” added Simeone.”Tiago’s knee was bothering him and he realised the best thing to do was to ask to come off.”Villarreal leapfrogged Atletico into fourth place with 26 points from 15 games. Simeone’s side dropped to sixth on 25 and may now have to target a top-four finish rather than a title push.advertisement”The result does not reflect the story of the game but when you commit errors like the ones we made you end up paying for them,” said Atletico captain Gabi after the visitors were beaten for the fourth time in seven league matches.”We need to improve so we can get back towards the top of the table.”last_img read more

first_imgLucknow, Aug 14 (PTI) Hoisting of national flag, singing of national anthem, paying tributes to freedom fighters and martyrs and programmes held on the occasion of Independence Day tomorrow in madrassas across the state will be videographed and photographed perhaps for the first time.According to UP Minority Welfare Minister Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary this will inspire students and they will learn more about the contributions of freedom fighters, though the order has not gone down well with a section of Muslim clerics.”Children can treasure the memories of Independence Day celebrations through photographs and videos which will also act as a source of inspiration for others. Unlike the previous governments, which indulged in politics of appeasement, we are a government with nationalist bent of mind,” he said.”Every citizen born in India celebrates different festivals ranging from Holi, Diwali, Eid and Lohri. But when it comes to national festivals, they are celebrated by the entire nation. And, the madrassas should not exclude themselves from participating in the national festivals,” he said.The Minister said that today is an era of technology.”The videos made during the Independence Day can be shared among the students. They can treasure the memories of the Independence Day celebrations. Apart from this, it will act as a source of inspiration for others,” he said.At present, around 8,000 madrassas in UP are recognised by the government body UP Madrassa Shiksha Parishad. Among these, 560 are fully aided by the state.To a question as to what prompted the government to issue the order to the madrassas, Chaudhary said, “Directives were issued as the government recognised that madrassas get funds from the state government and are supposed to celebrate the national festivals including Independence Day.”advertisement”Through different cultural programmes, the students will be made aware of the rich history of the freedom struggle and the heroic deeds of our revolutionaries and martyrs. They will definitely draw inspiration from their heroic tales,” he said.Taking a swipe at political rivals, he said, “Those trying to impute motives and suspecting the intention of the government, I doubt their nationalist credentials.”Reacting to the directive, All India Muslim Personal Law Board member Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahli said the community has been celebrating Independence Day since 1947 in madrassas, hoisting the national flag and singing the national anthem.”What is the intention behind the order?” he wondered.”If you (the UP government) have issued the same order and directives for all the schools, colleges and educational institutes, then we have no objection. If it is only for madrassas, then it seems to be an unusual order. If it is only in madrassas, does it mean that our patriotism is being suspected?” he said.On the other hand, Yasoob Abbas, the spokesperson of All- India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB), said there should be no objection to videography and photography of Independence Day celebrations in madrassas but suggested that the directive should be for all educational institutions.”This will enhance transparency and trust, and also help in removing doubts about Muslims, who are looked upon rather suspiciously. However, we feel that this directive should be for all educational institutions of other religions also. Madrassas had participated in freedom struggle,” Abbas said. UP BJP leader Romana Siddiqui, however, welcomed the UP governments move, saying “When every institute in the country celebrates the day with full patriotic fervour, why should the madrassas lag behind. If convents and missionary schools celebrate Independence Day by holding a number of events, then why not the Madrassa”.According to the circular, on Independence Day, flag hoisting and recitation of the National Anthem will take place at 8 am. Following this, tributes will be paid to the martyrs of the freedom struggle.Students will sing songs on nationalism and will be told about the history of August 15 and the freedom fighters. Besides, cultural programmes will be organised on the theme of national unity, along with sports activities. Sweets will be distributed at the end of the session.The circular asks minority welfare officers to direct all madrassas to ensure that Independence Day is celebrated with zeal and that all the programmes mentioned above are organised.MoS minority welfare Baldev Aulakh has warned action against madrassas if they did not follow the order.”We have asked for videography of all programmes. We can check at random as to which madrassas has celebrated it or not,” he said, adding, “If any madrassa does not celebrate it, action will be taken against it.” PTI NAV SMI SMJadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWV Raman has been appointed the new coach of the Indian women’s cricket team. WV Raman pipped 28 candidates to bag the high-profile job. Raman is a vastly-experienced coach having been in charge of Tamil Nadu and India U-19 teams in the past.WV Raman, 53, has represented India in 11 Tests and 27 ODIs, amassing 448 runs and 617 runs respectively, with two wickets in each format that he played.”The BCCI has appointed Mr WV Raman as Head Coach, Team India (Senior Women). His selection was based on recommendations of the ad-hoc committee comprising Mr Kapil Dev, Mr Anshuman Gaekwad and Ms Shantha Rangaswamy. The ad-hoc committee conducted interviews of the shortlisted candidates at the BCCI HQ on Thursday,” BCCI said.”The ad-hoc committee decided on the following three names in the order of preference. 1. Gary Kirsten; 2. WV Raman; 3. Venkatesh Prasad.”However, Mr Kirsten was unable to take up this assignment due to his ongoing contract with an Indian Premier League franchise, which would have entailed Conflict of Interest as per the BCCI constitution. In view of this, the BCCI appointed Mr Raman as the Head Coach of the Indian Women’s Cricket team.”Former India captain Kapil Dev and Anshuman Gaekwad, along with Shanthan Rangaswamy, who are all part of the three-member selection panel, had suggested the three names to the BCCI including that of former India men’s cricket team coach Gary Kirsten.Kirsten had won the World Cup in 2011 as the coach of the Indian men’s cricket team with MS Dhoni as the captain.advertisementCongrats to WV Raman who is chosen to be coach of the @BCCIWomen team.good luckHerschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) December 20, 2018Venkatesh Prasad, Manoj Prabhakar, Trent Johnston, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Brad Hogg, and Kalpana Venkatachar were the others who were interviewed on Thursday.According to reliable sources, three were interviewed in person, five candidates, including Kirsten, on Skype and one over the phone.Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had already distanced itself from the selection process after treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry told the Committee of Administrators (CoA) that the board would have nothing to do with the appointment of the coach.”An appointment that may be a result of this process can in no manner be called an appointment for and on behalf of BCCI,” Chaudhry was quoted as saying by ANI.”Since there is no decision of the CoA in the selection of the women’s coach, the process and appointment, if any, in the present facts & circumstances, are without jurisdiction & without authority,” he added.The BCCI had been looking for a new head coach for the women’s team after Ramesh Powar’s brief stint as interim coach ended last month, in rather controversial circumstances. Powar too appeared for the interview.The Supreme Court-appointed COA, comprising chairman Vinod Rai and former India captain Diana Edulji, have been divided over the coach selection process.While Edulji wanted Powar to continue at least until the New Zealand tour starting next month, Rai instructed the BCCI top brass to invite fresh applications.Powar’s controversial interim tenure ended on November 30 after a bitter fallout with ODI captain and senior player Mithali Raj over selection issues. Powar decided to apply after T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana came out in strong support of the former India spinner.last_img read more

first_imgThe Committee of Administrators (CoA) Monday met Amicus Curiae P S Narasimha to discuss the pending legal issues before the next Supreme Court hearing, scheduled on February 21.One of the key issues that could be taken up by the two-judge bench of Justice S A Bobde and Abhay Manohar Sapre is the appointment of Ombudsman, who could take a call on the KL Rahul-Hardik Pandya controversy.Rahul and Pandya were provisionally suspended by the BCCI for their sexist comments on a TV chat show ‘Koffee With Karan”. The suspension was later revoked pending inquiry.The two cricketers are back in national colours but the final verdict will only be passed once the apex court gives the go-ahead for appointment of Ombudsman.Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, the two warring members of the SC-appointed body, have hardly concurred on various policy decisions of late.However, with the case pending in the apex court, the two members needed to sit for a briefing with the Amicus and update him about the status of compliance as far as the various state units are concerned. Both Rai and Edulji were unavailable for a comment.It is still not clear whether the CoA will be filing another status report as to which of the affiliated units are fully Lodha Committee recommendations compliant, how many are partially compliant and how many non-compliant.They are set to meet again on February 20 to prepare for the case, which will be up for hearing on the next date.There might be another plea to get a third member in the COA as Rai and Edulji have not agreed on most of the policy decisions. The COA has already submitted a list of names from which a third member can be selected by the court.advertisementEdulji has, in fact, appointed a personal lawyer to “protect” her “rights” in the organisation, and she had intimated the COA chief about it hours before the last hearing.Also Read | Case registered against Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul for comments on Koffee with KaranAlso Read | ‘Hardik Pandya was disturbed by Koffee with Karan row but he learnt from his mistake’Also Read | Woman uses banner to troll Hardik Pandya over Koffee with Karan controversylast_img read more

first_imgMourinho confidant slams ‘clown’ Pogba: Man Utd protect the shirt sellerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho confidant Eladio Parames has taken fresh aim at Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.Mourinho’s bitter bust-ups with the £89m midfielder – who did not even get off the bench for the 3-1 loss at Liverpool on Sunday – have been a key factor behind the Portuguese coach’s dismissal.Parames, 69, who has known Mourinho since he was a kid and advised him throughout his career, has leapt to the defence of the ex-Porto, Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid boss.“When a player like Pogba breaks the established rules and publishes videos on social networks of the clowning he does in the spa, nobody criticises him for this disrespect and supports the decision of the coach, whose sole purpose is to educate a young man,” wrote Parames in his weekly column for the Portuguese sport paper Record, which was published on Tuesday.“On the contrary, the important thing is not the results in the pitch, but the results of the merchandising. And Pogba sells a lot of shirts and other merchandise.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgGeneral view of Kenan Stadium.CHAPEL HILL, NC – NOVEMBER 05: General view of the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Kenan Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Elijah Hood was one of the best running backs in the country as a sophomore and the North Carolina tailback should be even better this fall. The 6-foot, 220-pound tailback is certainly putting in the work in the weight room. Check out this video of Hood going beat mode with a workout on Thursday. @So_Hood34 is #PurposeDriven…no matter who’s watching!@Loustrength @TarHeelFootball pic.twitter.com/SR7k9QYggf— Mitch Mason (@tarheelchaplain) May 19, 2016Hood totaled 1,463 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2015. What will he do this fall? North Carolina opens its season against Georgia on Sept. 3.last_img read more

first_img The HEART Trust/NTA will be expanding its presence in St. Elizabeth in order to provide increased access to training and certification for residents of the parish and surrounding areas. “Junction is bursting at the seams, so we have now got that space, and we are seeking to expand the training there,” she added. “We have acquired additional space in Junction to expand the offerings there,” said Managing Director of the agency, Dr. Janet Dyer. The HEART Trust/NTA will be expanding its presence in St. Elizabeth in order to provide increased access to training and certification for residents of the parish and surrounding areas.“We have acquired additional space in Junction to expand the offerings there,” said Managing Director of the agency, Dr. Janet Dyer.“Junction is bursting at the seams, so we have now got that space, and we are seeking to expand the training there,” she added.Dr. Dyer was speaking with JIS News at the agency’s ‘HEART in the Heart of Accompong’ event held at the Accompong Community Centre in St. Elizabeth on Tuesday (March 12).Managing Director of HEART Trust/NTA, Dr. Janet Dyer, addresses the agency’s ‘HEART in the Heart of Accompong’ event, which was held at the Accompong Community Centre in St. Elizabeth on Tuesday (March 12). Story Highlightscenter_img “There is a space here and the owner is willing to share with the HEART Trust for us to be able to do training,” she noted.For his part, Colonel of the Accompong Maroons, Ferron Williams, welcomed the initiative by HEART Trust/NTA, noting that it will ensure the certification of residents as well as promote lifelong learning.“This is not only for those who want to have a trade. It is also (about) lifelong learning. Persons have been saying to me that they are too old, but I told them that the agency will still train and certify them,” Colonel Williams said.The day’s activities included a diagnostic testing of residents in several skill sets, prior-learning assessment for persons in the areas of masonry and carpentry, as well as career coaching.Accompong residents complete a diagnostic assessment test during the HEART Trust/NTA’s ‘HEART in the Heart of Accompong’ event held at the Accompong Community Centre in St. Elizabeth on Tuesday (March 12). The event served as both an assessment and registration exercise, and saw several residents taking advantage of the opportunity to be trained and certified by the agency.“As the national training agency, we realised that we really do not have a presence in this area,” Dr. Dyer told JIS News.“Through our HEART in the Heart of Communities programme and our mobile assessment team, we decided that we would come to Accompong to inform residents about the opportunities that are there. At the same time, we will do some assessments of persons, who might have been trained and not yet certified, or persons who have been working at a job for years and have no formal certification,” she pointed out.Dr. Dyer said that the agency will be establishing a location in Accompong shortly.– Members of the Accompong Youth Cultural Group perform a cultural item during the HEART Trust/NTA’s ‘HEART in the Heart of Accompong’ event, which was held at the Accompong Community Centre in St. Elizabeth on Tuesday (March 12). There were handicraft displays by community members, while the Social Development Commission (SDC) was on hand to provide information about its various programmes and activities.The HEART in the Heart of Communities event has already been held in the parish of Portland, and is being staged in Stepney, St. Ann, on March 14.last_img read more

The 18-member Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) – the first body created by the UN to review actions by States to fulfil obligations under a specific human rights agreement – will meet from 3 to 21 March to review national anti-discrimination efforts and discuss ways to prevent racial discrimination.The Governments of Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Fiji, Ghana, Morocco, Poland, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Tunisia and Uganda are expected to send representatives to present reports on national efforts to give effect to their treaty obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. These countries are among the 167 States parties to the Convention, which took effect in 1969.At this sixty-second session of the Committee, its members will also look into the state of affairs in Barbados, Bahamas, Guyana and Papua New Guinea under its review procedure. All of these States parties, except Guyana, have previously submitted reports to the Committee, but their periodic reports are overdue.Also at this session, the Committee will continue its consideration of the prevention of racial discrimination, including through early warning measures and urgent action procedures. The members – who serve in their individual capacities – may decide to take steps to prevent existing problems from escalating into conflicts or may decide to initiate urgent action aimed at responding to problems requiring immediate attention to prevent or limit the scale or number of serious violations of the Convention. The Committee may also schedule a review of the situation in some countries at short notice.The Committee is also expected to continue its important practice of examining, in closed session, communications from individuals claiming to be victims of racial discrimination. Only complaints against the 41 States parties that have recognized the competence of the Committee under article 14 of the Convention are admissible.Other agenda items include a general debate on a number of issues, including the Committee’s methods of work; discussion of the effective implementation of international instruments on human rights; review of the progress of the Third Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination; and follow-up to the Durban World Conference against Racism. read more

FILE – In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, construction continues on a boutique apartment building on the southeast corner of Florida Ave. and 14th Street NW, in Washington. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo releases its monthly index of builder sentiment. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) by Alex Veiga, The Associated Press Posted Dec 15, 2014 8:32 am MDT U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less confident in their sales prospects heading into next year, even as their overall sales outlook remains favourable.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday slipped this month to 57, down one point from 58 in November.Readings above 50 indicate more builders view sales conditions as good, rather than poor.Builders’ view of current sales conditions and their outlook for sales over the next six months also declined slightly. A measure of traffic by prospective buyers held steady.The index also found sentiment had improved in the West and Northeast, but took a step back in the Midwest and South, which accounts for half of the new-home market.The latest reading reflects a housing market that is slowly recovering, said David Crowe, the NAHB’s chief economist.“As we head into 2015, the housing market should continue to recover at a steady, gradual pace,” Crowe said.Housing, while still a long way from the boom of several years ago, has been recovering over the past two years.New home sales reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 458,000 homes in October, the highest point since May. Still, sales remain sharply below the annual rate of 700,000 seen during the 1990s.At the same time, home prices continue to climb.The median price of a home sold in October was $305,000, up 16.5 per cent from a year ago. November data on new-home sales are due out next week.The steady rise in home prices has held back many potential buyers, particularly first-time buyers. Many lack the savings and strong credit history needed to afford a home, causing them to rent or remain in their existing homes instead of upgrading.Tight credit and flat incomes also have limited the number of buyers who could afford a home.In the latest NAHB index, which was based on responses from 375 builders, the index gauging current sales conditions for single-family homes slipped one point to 61. Builders’ outlook for sales over the next six months also fell, shedding one point to 65. A measure of traffic by prospective buyers was unchanged from November at 45.Though new homes represent only a fraction of the housing market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to NAHB data. US homebuilder confidence, sales expectations slip in December; outlook remains positive AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

LAS VEGAS — Nate Schmidt scored twice in the final two minutes to lift the Vegas Golden Knights over the Washington Capitals 5-3 on Tuesday night.It was the first time Washington skated at T-Mobile Arena since winning and hoisting Stanley Cup in June.Schmidt burst through the neutral zone and beat goalie Braden Holtby with a tiebreaking wrist shot with 1:24 left for his first goal of the season. The former Capital added an empty-netter moments later.Ryan Reaves, Pierre Edouard-Bellemare and Cody Eakin also scored for the Golden Knights, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 23 saves.Jakub Vrana had two goals and Alex Ovechkin scored for Washington. Holtby also stopped 23 shots.Reaves and Washington’s oft-suspended Tom Wilson renewed their fierce rivalry, with several brutal hits that ignited the crowd, including a vicious shoulder-to-shoulder connection that ended Wilson’s night in the second period. After trading shots and verbal jabs throughout the first two periods, Reaves levelled Wilson, who was helped from the ice. Reaves was ejected and given a game misconduct penaltyReaves scored 2:30 in after taking a feed from Eakin. Reaves has six goals this season, one shy of his career high.Vrana tied the game late in the period, and Ovechkin threaded a backhand from a sharp angle for his 20th goal and a 2-1 lead during the second period.Bellemare redirected Brayden McNabb’s shot from the point early in the third to tie it, and 16 seconds later, Eakin jumped a rebound for his team-leading 11th goal. The goal was also his 200th career point.Vrana notched his second goal of the game and eighth of the campaign when he one-timed a pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov past a shielded Fleury, who had Vegas defender Nick Holden blocking his view.NOTES: Two-time World Series champion Shane Victorino and wife Melissa attended the game. … Vegas’ Daniel Carr played in his 100th game. … Ovechkin is one shot shy from 5,000 career. … The Capitals have scored three or more goals in nine straight and 20 of 27 games this season, including 10 games with five or more goals. In games when the Capitals scored three or more goals, Washington is 14-3-3. The Capitals are 1-6-0 when scoring two or fewer goals.UP NEXTCapitals: Visits Arizona on Thursday night.Golden Knights: Hosts Chicago on Thursday night.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsW.G. Ramirez, The Associated Press read more

handball transfersRK Metaloplastika Sabac The most powerful team of 80’s in European handball, Serbian team RK Metaloplastika Sabac made the strong team for the battle at domestic competition and EHF Challenge Cup. Newcomers in Sabac are Ex-THW Kiel’s line player Milutin Dragicevic and former right back of German FA Goppingen, Danish Copenhagen, Polish Wisla Plock and Macedonian RK Vardar Skopje, Vukasin Rajkovic. Both players are born in Sabac where they began to play handball, so this could call “back to the roots”.New deal with fourth Serbian team last season made also Milos Dragas (23), left back of National team who is back from RK Vardar Skopje, where he played last season… ← Previous Story ASOBAL 2013/2014: Winning start for Barca, Leon and La Rioja – Granollers wins in Zaragoza Next Story → RK Borac Banja Luka on the edge of bankrupt! read more

first_imgAs noted earlier, LG sued Sony in Europe over patent infringement. While the European Government did block all Sony PlayStation 3 units from entering, it ended up ruling in favor of Sony. The court ruled that all Sony PlayStation 3 units to be released to retail stores, leaving LG to pay all the court fees of €130,000. If LG does not, the court will charge the company €200,000 per day until it pays up. No word yet on the lawsuit that Sony filed against LG back in the States. Via Engadgetlast_img read more

first_imgReports of Iran capturing another US drone may have been lost in translation. On Saturday, the Associated Press ran a wire story claiming that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard had captured another US drone in Iranian airspace during the Great Prophet-8 military exercise.“While probing signals in the area, we spotted foreign and enemy drones which attempted to enter the area of the war game,” a translated version of a report by the state’s IRNA news agency reads. “We were able to get one enemy drone to land.”In late-2011, Iran had claimed to capture an RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone being used by the CIA. This was the same kind of drone that lingered above Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in the days leading up to the raid. The Revolutionary Guard claims to have downed the drone through spoofing its GPS with a man-in-the-middle attack, forcing it to land at an Iranian landing strip.Once the Revolutionary Guard posted images of the downed drone, armchair analysts in the military blogosphere called into question its claims. The Avationist ran a series of articles analyzing the workmanship of the drone on display, pointing out the quality of construction was too poor to be done by Lockheed-Martin.Image courtesy Dave Krakow, The AviationistWith this is mind, any claims of Iran downing US drones should be taken with a critical eye.As David Cenciotti at The Aviationist points out, a thorough reading of the Revolutionary Guard’s statement reveals that he was describing a scenario played out as part of the Guard’s exercises – an Iranian drone playing the role of a foreign drone was forced out of the air by a cyberwarfare attack.The Google Translate version of the Farsi version of the news story has plenty of ambiguous language that may confuse a reader. “The defense correspondent of Fars News Agency , Sardar Muhammad Azam 8th Army Corps drill Srkhyly spokesman recently told reporters at the end of the exercise in a foreign UAV announced.”In January 2012, Iran offered to return the RQ-170 drone it claimed to have captured as a toy scale model.last_img read more

first_imgOLYMPIA — TV and radio ads in support of an initiative to prevent the expansion of gun sale background checks will begin next week, the campaign announced Thursday.Protect Our Gun Rights sent an email to supporters telling them about the ads that will begin Monday and will initially run a week unless they can raise more money to keep them going longer. The group is behind Initiative 591, which would also prohibit confiscation of firearms without due process.The group said that the TV ad will run statewide on FOX News, and that it will run on CNN, HLN and CNBC in western Washington. The radio ads will run on stations in Seattle, Olympia, Spokane and Vancouver, said Alan Gottlieb, chairman for Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, who is leading the campaign for I-591.The 30-second ad cites endorsements by the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs and the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association.I-591 is competing against Initiative 594, which is pushing for universal background checks on gun sales and transfers.Supporters of that measure have raised more than $6 million, including an influx of cash from prominent figures, including Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen, and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.I-591 has raised about $1 million so far. Gottlieb said that the combined ad buy for next week cost $36,000.“We know how much money the other side’s got,” he said. “We’re going up early, because we need to raise enough money to keep it going the whole campaign.”last_img read more

first_imgShares of information technology companies gained in a range of 0.60 percent to 5 percent on Wednesday on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), while the benchmark equity indices closed flat ahead of interest rate decision by the US Federal Reserve.Sonata Software was the biggest gainer, up 5.11 percent at Rs 157.50, while Infosys and Wipro ended with gains of 0.60 percent and 0.64 percent at Rs 1,056.70 and Rs 483.25, respectively. Tech Mahindra shares closed 0.13 percent lower at Rs 462.35.The BSE IT index ended 0.29 percent higher, while the BSE Sensex closed 16 points down at 28,507. Top Sensex losers included Power Grid Corporation, State Bank of India, ITC and ICICI Bank.Yes Bank shares gained 1.09 percent to close at 1,217.70 after a series of losses over its failed private placement of shares. The stock has lost 15.48 percent from its 6 September closing of Rs 1,440.ICICI Bank subsidiary ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company ended its initial public offering (IPO) with over-subscription of 10.42 times on the closing day (Wednesday) after a lukewarm response in the first two days.The private insurer raised Rs 1,635 crore from anchor investors by selling 48.96 million at the upper end of the price band from institutional investors including GIC Private Limited (formerly Government of Singapore Investment Corporation), Morgan Stanley Mauritius Co. and Goldman Sachs (Singapore).The broader, 50-scrip NSE Nifty remain almost unchanged at 8,777. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs 183.85 crore, according to provisional data released by the National Stock Exchange (NSE).last_img read more

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s prisons chief has fought corruption by aggressively investigating bad behavior and rigorously screening new corrections officers. But some guards say it’s taking too long to hire more recruits, and with nearly 800 positions open, they’re so understaffed the prisons are becoming more dangerous.“We’re scared for our lives because anything can happen in there, and there won’t be enough staff to respond,” said Sgt. Patrick Okafor, who has worked as a corrections officer in Maryland for eighteen years. “We need more staff.”In this July 30, 2015 file photo, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, center, speaks alongside Maryland Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services Stephen Moyer at Baltimore City Detention Center, in Baltimore, to announce his plan to immediately shut down the jail. The jail grabbed headlines in 2013 after a sweeping federal indictment exposed a sophisticated drug- and cellphone-smuggling ring involving dozens of gang members and correctional officers. When Moyer took over Maryland’s ailing prison system, coming aboard in January 2015 when Hogan took office, he had one goal: combat corruption. Moyer has overhauled the process for hiring new officers to make better hires, however, guards say the time required for bringing on staff is creating long vacancies and a dangerous work environment. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)The prisons agency acknowledges the vacant positions but says its facilities always have an adequate number of guards on duty.The problem started years ago, but corrections officers say it has gotten worse since last year, when Maryland shuttered one of the nation’s most notorious jails, a state-run facility in Baltimore, and shifted its inmates to other already understaffed facilities.Inside that Baltimore jail, gang-affiliated guards helped inmates smuggle drugs, cellphones and other contraband in exchange for money and sex. Authorities said the ringleader impregnated at least three guards.Not long after the scandal grabbed headlines, Stephen Moyer took over the Department of Corrections. Moyer came aboard in January 2015 when Gov. Larry Hogan took office and both men worked to close the jail.Moyer said in an interview with The Associated Press that the governor chose him because of his previous work fighting corruption.As deputy secretary of what was then called the Department of Juvenile Justice from 1999 to 2002, Moyer helped clean house at the troubled Victor Cullen Academy, a 225-bed, privately managed facility that suffered from a rash of escapes and assaults. Under Moyer’s watch, two employees were fired amid allegations they held a “Saturday Morning Fight Club” in a secluded part of the campus to let youths resolve their disputes.Moyer said when the governor called him to lead the troubled prisons agency, he said: “There’s two ways to go after corruption: No. 1, investigate, prosecute and send people to prison who do horrible things, and No. 2, look at who you’re hiring and why you’re hiring them.”Moyer, who spent 24 years with the state police, said under his leadership recruits are now subjected to a rigorous background check and a mandatory polygraph test. Moyer said he would rather pay overtime to the guards he does have than hire any more bad apples.There are 777 positions open in the state’s 24 facilities, which house about 21,000 prisoners. Currently, the state employs just over 6,000 correctional officers.He recently held job fairs to recruit candidates, and this month started offering bonuses to corrections officers who recruit friends and family.But guards say the hiring is not happening fast enough. A corrections officer at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center said he experienced firsthand the consequences of the understaffing. Jermaine Barnes said he was pushed down a flight of stairs by an inmate in January when he was trying to give the prisoner his medication. If there had been another guard, they may have been able to restrain the inmate.“I was giving him his medication, and he pushed me out of the cell. I chased him and he ended up pushing me down a flight of steps. I injured my ankle,” said Barnes, who appeared at a news conference wearing a boot and walking with crutches.The corrections officers who spoke to The Associated Press made it clear they do not represent the agency, but wanted to share personal experiences.Prisons spokesman Gerard Shields said in an email Friday that the facilities are never understaffed because guards are working overtime. He said the corrections officer who injured his foot did so when the prison was fully staffed.The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has for months complained about the hiring lag time.“No one wants correctional officers to be honest more than fellow correctional officers, who depend on their co-workers to have their backs,” union representative Jeff Pittman said in a statement.The most recent plea for more guards came after a news conference last week announced the single largest indictment in Maryland’s history: 80 people, including 18 prison guards, 35 inmates and 27 others, charged with a drug and cellphone smuggling scheme at a prison on the state’s Eastern Shore.Court papers outlined a scheme that involved guards overseeing and encouraging violence. According to the indictment, two guards in separate instances convinced inmates to stab other prisoners, in one case in retaliation for a prisoner filing a complaint against the officer.Moyer said last week that he’s currently conducting many more investigations into allegations of corruption across the entire state.Linda Tilghman, a 13-year veteran at Patuxent Institution, a treatment-oriented maximum-security prison, said she agrees with Moyer that new guards must be more carefully screened, but said the vacancies must be filled soon.“There’s no other way to put it,” she said. “Morale is low, because they’re working folks to death. You never know, when the phone rings at the end of my shift, if they’re trying to draft me again. I’ve never seen it like this.”last_img read more

first_img 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. December 29, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This story originally appeared on PCMag Heads up, neat freaks: Samsung just announced a new robot vacuum that you can control with your voice, as long as you also own an Amazon Echo.The POWERbot VR7000 stands at less than 4 inches tall and is 28 percent slimmer than previous Samsung robot vacuums. When you spend money on a fancy robot vacuum, the last thing you want is to see a bunch of dirt that’s left behind for you to manually clean up, and that’s what Samsung is trying to eliminate with this device.  It generates up to 20 watts of suction power (depending on the model you chose), can pass under beds and other furniture, and even clean within a half inch of walls. The POWERbot VR7000 can map and remember your room, and work around small items less than 0.4 of an inch in diameter, Samsung promised.It also features a self-cleaning brush system that “significantly reduces the amount of dust and hair that gets trapped in the bristles,” Samsung said. That means less maintenance for you.An “Intelligent Power Control” feature, meanwhile, automatically adjusts the level of suction, based on the surface it’s cleaning. So, when it moves from your hardwood floor to a carpet or rug, the motor automatically adjusts suction to accommodate the new surface.For all its fancy features, perhaps the coolest is the aforementioned Amazon Echo integration. When paired with an Echo, you can control the POWERbotVR7000 using voice commands. If you don’t have an Echo, no worries: you can also remotely control the POWERbot VR7000 via an app. You can start and stop the machine, schedule cleaning times and check cleaning history all from your mobile device.Samsung unveiled the device yesterday and plans to show it off next week at the Consumer Electronics Show. There’s no word yet on pricing or availability.”The POWERbot VR7000 keeps up with the floor care needs of today’s busy families,” Samsung Electronics President of home appliances Byung-Sam Seo said in a statement. “Just set it and watch it go to work. The POWERbot VR7000’s navigational features and sensors combined with slim design and increased suction power help make sure the job gets done.” Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

first_imgVail Resorts Closes on Acquisition of Perisher, AustraliaVail Resorts today announced that the Company has closed on the acquisition of Perisher Ski Resort (“Perisher”), in Australia. Perisher is now officially included in Vail Resorts’ line up of world-class mountain resorts and its industry leading season pass program. Perisher’s 2015 Freedom Pass, now with Epic Benefits, provides all Freedom Pass holders with ski access at the Company’s North American resorts for the 2015-2016 ski season in addition to Perisher, the largest and most popular Australian mountain resort. Likewise, Vail Resorts’ industry leading Epic Pass now includes unlimited and unrestricted skiing at Perisher. The Freedom Pass and Epic Pass allow for year-round skiing and provide value that remains unmatched in the ski industry. Now is the time to capitalise on the best early-bird deals for a white Christmas or January school holidays ski trip.  Australians looking for the best deals in the U.S. for the 2015-2016 ski season should visit www.snow.com/australia.“The acquisition of Perisher by Vail Resorts, the world’s preeminent mountain resort company, is a big win for local communities, the broader Snowy Mountains region, state of New South Wales and all Australian snow-sports enthusiasts” said John Barilaro, MP for Monaro and Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Skills, and Minister for Small Business. “Families in New South Wales are in a most enviable position having access to high-alpine areas with amenities such as those offered by Perisher. Married with the industry expertise and proven record for driving tourism that Vail Resorts brings with it, our community will gain tremendously from this acquisition.”“Closing on the acquisition of our first international mountain resort is a significant milestone for our Company. We’re thrilled to officially welcome the guests and employees of Perisher, Australia’s largest and most iconic resort, into the Vail Resorts family and deepen ties with one of our most important international markets,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “We see this as a ground-breaking acquisition that will dramatically enhance the connection between our Company and Australian skiers and riders, creating a true year-round skiing opportunity. Australians can now enjoy unlimited skiing and snowboarding in their own backyard as well as free access to our world-class ski resorts in the U.S., a value and experience unmatched in the ski industry.”The Freedom Pass with Epic Benefits provides unlimited, unrestricted access to Perisher for the 2015 ski season, as well as unlimited skiing and snowboarding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City and Canyons in Utah; and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe during the 2015-2016 ski season. The Freedom Pass with Epic Benefits also includes 10 days of skiing and riding at Vail and Beaver Creek during the 2015-2016 ski season. All U.S. resort access is subject to certain traditional holiday restrictions. All purchasers of the 2015 Freedom Pass receive the same Epic Benefits in the U.S. during the 2015-2016 ski season. Likewise, Vail Resorts’ industry leading Epic Pass now includes unlimited and unrestricted skiing at Perisher. Purchasers of the Epic Pass, who paid in full prior to 2 June, receive unlimited, unrestricted access to Perisher throughout the 2015 ski season, as well as unlimited, unrestricted access to 12 of the best resorts in the U.S. All purchasers of the Epic Pass after Tuesday, 2 June, 2015, will have unlimited access to Perisher for the 2016 Australian ski season, in addition to unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail Resorts’ U.S. resorts throughout the 2015-2016 ski season. Book a Ski holiday here!Source = Vail Resortslast_img read more