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Advisory to Amarnath yatris angers Shiv Sena

first_imgThe advisory to Amarnath Yatra pilgrims and tourists to exit Jammu and Kashmir due to terror threats is extremely angering, Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray said on Friday. In a series of tweets, Mr. Thackeray said he has “full faith” that the Modi government and India’s armed forces will “purge” terrorists who threaten pilgrims and tourists. He tweeted, “Im sure we have the strength to purge out terrorists from J&K at the will of our Govt and not give into these threats, while ensuring safety of every pilgrim.” His remarks came after the Army cited intelligence inputs to claim that Pakistan-based terrorists are planning to target the ongoing Amarnath Yatra, prompting the Jammu and Kashmir administration to ask the yatris and tourists to “curtail” their stay in the Valley and leave the State immediately. Stating that weapons and explosives have been recovered along the yatra route, a top Army official said security forces are geared up to foil any attempt to attack the pilgrimage. The yatra commenced on July 1 and is to conclude on August 15.last_img read more

Indian shooters looking to dominate

first_imgAn Olympic gold medallist, a world champion and multiple World Cup medal winners are among India’s 28-member shooting squad for the Commonwealth Games. That should give India a bagful of medals.Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra.Abhinav Bindra’s historic gold at the Beijing Olympics four years ago gave Indian shooters a shot in the arm. Today they are a force to reckon with at international competitions.Besides Bindra, the number of top-class shooters from the country is equally impressive-Gagan Narang, Ronjan Sodhi, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Samaresh Jung and the latest sensation and India’s first woman world champion, Tejaswini Sawant.Indian shooters have been a dominant force at the Games. In the 2006 Games, they won 27 medals, including 16 gold-comprising a large chunk of India’s overall tally of 50. Pistol shooter Jung, with five gold, was adjudged the best athlete.The firepower of the shooting squad is such that it can even do without defending champion Rathore, who skipped the last day’s trials held two weeks ago, and newly crowned Arjuna Award winner Sanjeev Rajput. Both have been dropped from the squad. Rathore’s berth went to junior World Champion Asher Noria.The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has put more emphasis on international competitions than spending time in unhelpful conditions in camps, starting with the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in February. Then there has been a series of World Cups ending with the World Championship in Munich.With medals coming in each and every international event, chief coach Sunny Thomas feels that Indians will dominate the shooting event at the New Delhi Games.advertisementlast_img read more

Max Verstappen Welcomes ‘Hard Driving’ in Formula One But Demands Consistency

first_img formula onemax verstappenred bull First Published: September 19, 2019, 9:14 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Singapore: Max Verstappen has welcomed the prospect of more competitive racing in Formula One but insists stewards must show consistency if they plan to allow “hard racing” in future so all drivers are aware of their limits.Red Bull’s Verstappen has gained a reputation as an aggressive driver prepared to take risks and while he has drawn the attention of motor racing authorities for some over-exuberant racing in the past, he avoided sanction for an ambitious move on Charles Leclerc on his way to victory at the Austrian Grand Prix in June. Leclerc also came under scrutiny for the manner in which he used all of the track to defend his lead over Lewis Hamilton in the last round at Monza, but stewards opted to give the Ferrari driver a warning instead of applying a more serious penalty.”If they keep it consistent then I am very happy about it because we have been lacking before in Formula One,” Verstappen told reporters on Thursday ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix.”I don’t mind a few touches here and there throughout a grand prix, and even if it’s not touches then I think you should be able to defend yourself. For me it’s fine and every driver knows this so we will all race the same.”Leclerc echoed Verstappen’s views on the subject, noting that he felt more confident defending aggressively against Hamilton in Italy after stewards had decided the Dutchman had overtaken him fairly at the Red Bull Ring.”I was completely aware of what I was doing and I want to race hard, which is what I did,” Leclerc said of his driving in Monza.”I have changed my approach since Austria and it’s been pretty straightforward from the stewards that we can race harder.”Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo added that while it was difficult for stewards to get it right every time, drivers also needed to be responsible on the track.”There’s touching and there’s dirty racing, so it’s important to not deviate towards the latter,” the Australian said.”If we remain with a certain level of respect then it’s fine but if you are dishing up a little bit of dirt too often, either you get payback from the driver or the stewards intervene.”For now, we are doing OK and controlling it. Emotions can also take over, so your initial feelings might not reflect what you think about it a little later.” last_img read more

OnePlus 5 to come with 3400 mAh battery, 6GB RAM, faster charging: Report

first_imgOnePlus CEO Pete Lau a few days ago confirmed the company was working on its next flagship phone. Lau didn’t confirm the name of the device. But we know that the phone will be called OnePlus 5. The smartphone has been subjected to several leaks lately. Well, amidst a bunch of leaks coming from different sources reveal the specs of the upcoming OnePlus 5, but a new leak coming from Weibo brings a new set of new information about the flagship device.Some or the other specs details of the upcoming OnePlus 5 are being leaked almost every day. A new Weibo post reveals some new information about the phone. According to the post, OnePlus 5 sports a bigger battery of 3400 mAh than the previously announced OnePlus 3T and will charge almost 25 per cent faster than OnePlus 3T.Also Read: OnePlus CEO teases OnePlus 5 with a photo, what all it revealsThe Weibo post also states that the OnePlus 5 will come with a fingerprint scanner which will be placed on the front panel, right below the 5.5-inch display. So, the placement of the fingerprint scanner will be much like the OnePlus 3T. Furthermore, the post also reveals details about RAM and storage capacity.OnePlus 5 will come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. There have been talks that the upcoming OnePlus phone may come with an 8GB of RAM. There could also be a possibility that OnePlus 5 may come in two variants, one with 6GB and another with 8GB of RAM. However, the company is yet to confirm the same. The leak also suggests that the OnePlus 5 can hit the global market next month, which means that launch of the OnePlus 5 is nearing.advertisementIn terms of specifications, the upcoming OnePlus 5 will sport a 5.5-inch display, similar to that of the OnePlus 3T. Furthermore, the upcoming OnePlus device is also expected to come with Oxygen OS based on Android Nougat.The device is expected to come with a 16-megapixel front camera that made the debut on the OnePlus 3T last year. This will enable OnePlus 5 to capture clear selfies in low-light situation. On the back, the phone will sport dual cameras. As we noted earlier, the dual-camera set up is one thing that India Today Tech can confirm. It is possible that the OnePlus 5 may come with dual lenses too, with one lens offering telephoto performance and portrait blur mode.Also Read: Exclusive: OnePlus 5 will come with dual camera, seamless back coverFurthermore, the upcoming OnePlus flagship will be powered by Qualcomm’s latest processor – Snapdragon 835. With this OnePlus 5 is expected to give a tough fight to the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ and Xiaomi Mi 6. Not only that, the to-be-announced HTC U11 is also said to sport the same processor. On the storage front, the OnePlus 5 is going to come in two variants — 64GB and 128GB internal storage.last_img read more

Agnieszka Radwanska announces retirement due to health reasons

first_imgPoland’s Agnieszka Radwanska said on Wednesday that she has decided to end her 13 year-long career due to health reasons.The former world number two was the first Polish player to reach a Grand Slam singles final in the Open Era, when she finished runner-up to Serena Williams at Wimbledon in 2012.The 29-year-old, who finished with 20 WTA titles, was one of the most consistent players on tour, finishing in top 10 rankings for six straight seasons between 2011-2016.However, she has struggled for form and fitness over the recent campaign and has not lifted a title since October 2016.Also Read – Roger Federer unhappy with preferential treatment controversy”Unfortunately I am no longer able to train and play the way I used to, and recently my body can’t live up to my expectations,” Radwanska, 29, said in a post on Facebook.”Taking into consideration my health and the heavy burdens of professional tennis, I have to concede that I’m not able to push my body to the limits required.”Also read – Federer is driving force for tennis in terms of revenue, attention: DjokovicIn addition to her Wimbledon final appearance, Radwanska reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open twice, and won the season-ending WTA Finals in 2015.”I’m hanging the racquet up and say goodbye to the pro tour, but I’m not leaving tennis,” she added.”Tennis is and always has been special in my life. But now it’s time for new challenges, new ideas, equally as exciting as those on the tennis court, I hope.”advertisementlast_img read more

Europa League: Chelsea set record, Arsenal register big win in semi-final 1st leg

first_imgChelsea set a Europa League record of 16 successive matches unbeaten on Thursday with 1-1 semi-final first leg draw at Eintracht Frankfurt thanks to a Pedro equaliser on the stroke of half time.Serbian Luka Jovic had put the hosts ahead after 23 minutes.The draw meant Chelsea, Europa League winners in 2013, surpassed Atletico Madrid’s 2011-12 unbeaten run.They took time to find their stride, however, with Jovic stooping to head past the outstretched Kepa Arrizabalaga off a cross from compatriot Filip Kostic with a goal that raised the decibels in a stadium famed for its atmosphere.Jovic, firmly on the radar of top clubs across Europe, has now scored nine goals in the competition and 26 in all this season.Kostic’s driven crossKolasinac’s clip to the back postDa Costa’s delicious invitationWhich delivery was your favourite? #Possibilities#UEL @FedExEurope Europa League (@EuropaLeague) May 2, 2019Frankfurt failed to press home their advantage, however, running out of energy in a second half dominated by the visitors with Jorginho dictating play.Ruben Loftus-Cheek led the fightback, blasting just wide in the 42nd minute and then nimbly beating defenders before feeding the ball through to Spanish winger Pedro who hammered in a low left-foot shot.Chelsea were far livelier after the break, with the hosts having another close escape when David Luiz rattled the crossbar from a dipping free kick.Frankfurt captain David Abraham headed over the bar while unmarked with six minutes remaining after an optimistic appeal for a penalty came to nothing.advertisement”At 1-0 down we were a bit in trouble,” Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta said.”I think the last 15 minutes of the first half we dominated with great chances. We scored the goal before halftime and in the second half I think we had more chances than them.”Both sides are fourth in their domestic leagues, with the Europa League offering an alternative route to next season’s Champions League.The second leg is at Stamford Bridge next Thursday, when the positions in the Premier League will also come into clearer focus before the final weekend.ARSENAL BEAT VALENCIAAubameyang + Lacazette = #UEL Europa League (@EuropaLeague) May 2, 2019Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck a vital late goal to seal a 3-1 win over Valencia on Thursday and give his side breathing space for the second leg of their Europa League semi-final in Spain next week.Alexandre Lacazette scored twice in the first half after Mouctar Diakhaby had stunned the Emirates crowd with an early header to give Valencia the lead.Alexandre Lacazette #UEL Europa League (@EuropaLeague) May 2, 2019The tie was still balanced on a knife edge, however, before Gabon striker Aubameyang’s 90th-minute volley put his side in control ahead of the second leg in Valencia’s Mestalla.Unai Emery’s team will need to show more steel than they have done away from home for much of the season, though, if they are to reach the final in Baku and a possible meeting with London rivals Chelsea.Arsenal, Europa League semi-finalists last year, had lost three consecutive Premier League games to drop to fifth place in the table with two games left undermining their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via a top-four finish.But Emery has a special relationship with the Europa League having won it three times in a row with Sevilla and delivering the trophy to Arsenal for the first time now looks their most likely route back into the elite tournament.last_img read more

‘If Pogba was leaving Man Utd he’d have gone by now’

first_imgPaul Pogba is likely to stay at Manchester United despite the incessant talk of interest from Real Madrid, says former Red Devils assistant manager Steve McClaren.Speculation continues to suggest that the World Cup-winning midfielder could be on the move this summer, with the transfer window still open in Spain.Pogba has previously stated that he could be open to a “new challenge”, while Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has made no secret of his admiration for a fellow Frenchman. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? McClaren, though, doubts that a deal will be done at this stage, with United no longer in a position to bring in a replacement and the 26-year-old having vowed to “give everything” for the club.”I think he will stay, he would have gone by now. They would have replaced him and now they don’t need to, that’s the key thing,” McClaren, who once worked as Sir Alex Ferguson’s right-hand man, told Sky Sports.”You could see it on Sunday, Chelsea did really well against him in the first half, but once he got space in the second half, he can deliver the pass, score the goal. He can do things.”When Ole first came in, he got the best out of Pogba for the first 15 games and the way he turned the game around against Manchester City, that’s what he’s capable of doing.”Ole believes he can get the best out of him and especially with [Harry] Maguire and the way they have started, Pogba might think ‘yeah, I could be the king of this team’.”These players want top players around them, to be challenging for the trophies. Manchester United demonstrated that with the summer signings [and] the first game.”Pogba might be thinking ‘they really want me and this is a good team, I could win things here’.”Harry Maguire Manchester United 2019-20Maguire was the marquee addition at Old Trafford in the Premier League window, with United moving to make him the most expensive defender in world football.McClaren believes value will be found in an £80 million ($96m) agreement, with there already suggestions that an England international centre-half could make the same kind of impact with the Red Devils as Virgil van Dijk has at Liverpool.”[They have] signed [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka and the young boy from Swansea [Daniel] James. But the biggest of the summer was Maguire,” added McClaren.”He’s like van Dijk signing for Liverpool, the difference – the person that took Liverpool to the next level. I think Maguire can do exactly the same for Manchester United.”He did it on Sunday against Chelsea, he was magnificent. He’s a great defender, a leader.”The way he speaks to the players and his demeanour, confidence and courage when he has the ball, I think he’s the perfect signing for Manchester United.”last_img read more

Indian batsmen made strong statement with their calm body-language: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 04:27 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:11 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

Canso Discussed at Meeting

first_imgThe minister responsible for municipal relations and the mayor ofCanso have agreed to some immediate steps to resolve the issue ofCanso’s future as an incorporated town. Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Barry Barnetand Mayor Frank Fraser and MLA Ronnie Chisholm met today, Aug.10, to discuss a plebiscite and the need for Canso residents tohave as much information as possible. “The minister, Mr. Chisholm and I agree that a plebiscite on theoptions available is the most democratic way to give townresidents a voice in this discussion,” Mr. Fraser said. “We havealso agreed to provide residents with financial and otherinformation to help ensure that when they vote, they are makingan informed choice.” No date for a plebiscite has been set, but Canso residents willbe asked to indicate whether they prefer remaining a town, withthe additional costs to taxpayers this option would incur, orjoining the Municipality of the County of Guysborough, an optionthat would reduce the property tax burden on Canso residents. “I realize this is an emotional issue for many residents ofCanso,” Mr. Barnet said. “But they should know that remaining atown will undoubtedly mean more money out of their pockets; andjoining Guysborough would most likely mean keeping more of theirown money. In the end, the choice is theirs, but their choiceshould be an informed one.” Mr. Barnet said the province will send an information package totown residents that will detail the financial implications ofremaining a town and the benefits of joining Guysborough. Provincial and town officials will discuss the date for aplebiscite over the coming weeks. The minister and mayor also discussed the suggestion by some thata task force be appointed to review the broader economic andsocial issues in Canso, including town governance. They agreedthat while there were no objections to a community based effortto explore economic alternatives, the issue of the town’sfinances is a separate and distinct issue. A task force assuggested would not likely bring any added value to thegovernance debate. “The town’s financial problems are well documented and thesolutions are limited,” Mr. Barnet said. “Let’s get on withresolving this issue once and for all.”last_img read more

Protesters in Myanmar demand justice after 2yearold raped

first_imgYangon: Hundreds of people marched to Myanmar’s Central Investigation Department on Saturday in Yangon to demand justice for a 2-year-old girl who was allegedly raped at her nursery school in the country’s capital in May. A 29-year-old suspect, Aung Kyaw Myo, was rearrested on Wednesday and charged in the case the next day, Myanmar’s deputy police chief, Aung Naing Thu, told reporters on Friday in Naypyitaw, the capital. Aung Kyaw Myo was initially arrested in May but was released by a court due to a lack of evidence, and many people in Myanmar have taken to Facebook to say he has been wrongfully accused. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingHuman Rights activist Nickey Diamond, who joined Saturday’s march with his family, called on the government to form a special investigation committee. “Myanmar has signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child and it has to protect children,” Diamond said. “As far as we could see from the government investigation activities and the statements that police put out, we have seen some dubious facts.” The girl was 2 years, 11 months old when she was allegedly raped at her school on May 16. Her mother opened a complaint at a police station the following day, according to local media reports. Marchers on Saturday held banners and wore white shirts with “Justice for Victoria” emblazoned on them. Victoria is the nickname that people in Myanmar have given the young girl. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangPolice Lieutenant Zar Mae Phone Ram said 1,200 people took part in the march, while Aung Htike Min, one of the march’s organizers, said over 6,000 participated. Those taking part included parents and their children, as well as senior citizens. “We also have a young daughter in our family. We don’t want this kind of thing to happen again in the country,” said 39-year-old business manager Hnin Yu Marn, who joined the march along with her family. “We want justice. We don’t want innocent to be accused …” Aung Htike Min said the march was organized to “demand justice,” adding, “We want transparency.” Government spokesman Zaw Htay said on his Facebook page on June 30 that the president’s office wants justice for the girl, but that an investigation would take some time.last_img read more

WestJet sending rescue flights to help Irma victims

first_imgCalgary-based WestJet is working overtime to bring Canadians home from the disaster zones left by Hurricane Irma.The airline posted a notice on social media Monday morning saying it understands the communication challenges and if people are able to, they can register through Facebook messenger, Twitter direct message or by contacting the WestJet call centre.We are operating a rescue flight from St. Maarten (SXM) today. Know someone who needs to come home? Read this –— WestJet (@WestJet) September 11, 2017“To date, we’ve managed about 22 flights into and out of both the Caribbean and Florida,” said Ed Sims, WestJet executive vice-president. “Our particular focus has been two flights that left Toronto’s Pearson early this morning to the worst affected areas of which we have awareness of significant numbers of Canadians — that’s St. Maarten and Turks and Caicos Islands.”The company says this is a very fluid situation and it’s doing its best to safely bring home as many people as possible.WestJet is getting help from Canada Border Services Agency and the Dutch military, which is in control of the Princess Juliana Airport.The airline is prioritizing Canadian travelers, but if there’s room it will fly non-Canadians with a valid passport who have permission to travel to the country.Meanwhile, Air Canada says the company was planning on using a chartered plane to evacuate 95 Canadians who had been staying on the islands.last_img read more

Asian shares mixed as investors look ahead to Fed rates

TOKYO — Asian shares were mixed Monday amid a wait-and-see attitude about the direction of interest rates and the trade dispute between the U.S. and China.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.2% to 21,157.12. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.4% to 6,530.90, while South Korea’s Kospi edged down nearly 0.2% to 2,091.96. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.7% to 27,297.42, while the Shanghai Composite was up 0.3% at 2,890.90.On Wall Street, stocks ended a choppy week of trading with modest losses.The S&P 500 index fell 4.66 points, or 0.2%, to 2,886.98 Friday and ended the week with a slim gain of 0.5%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 17.16 points, or 0.1%, to 26,089.61. The Nasdaq composite slid 40.47 points, or 0.5%, to 7,796.66. The Russell 2000 index of small company stocks dropped 13.30 points, or 0.9%, to 1,522.50.Earlier this month, U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell set off a market rally after he signalled that the central bank is willing to cut interest rates to help stabilize the economy if the trade war between Washington and Beijing starts to slow economic growth.The Fed holds its next meeting of policyholders this week, but no action on rates is expected.Economists expect Fed officials to wait until the second week of July to indicate whether they intend to cut rates, after seeing the next government report on the jobs market and other economic data.Market watchers are also closely watching the results of the G-20 summit in late June, where U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping could meet and try to negotiate a deal on trade.“Sentiments around the ability to achieve a positive turn in U.S.-China trade negotiations, should the Trump-Xi meeting materialize at the sidelines of the G-20, remain tentative,” said Vishnu Varathan of Mizuho Bank in Singapore.“And the G-20 itself is merely a stage to kick the can down the road and a long, long way off a complete retraction of global trade tensions.”ENERGY: Benchmark crude oil added 5 cents to $52.56 a barrel. It rose 0.4% to settle at $52.51 a barrel Friday. Brent crude oil, the international standard, added 10 cents to $62.11 a barrel.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 108.58 Japanese yen from 108.23 yen on Friday. The euro weakened to $1.1214 from $1.1263.___AP Business Writer Damian J. Troise contributed to this report.Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press read more

Dutch school threatened over death of bullied Lankan teen

A school in the Netherlands is facing threats after a Sri Lankan teen committed suicide after being bullied in school.The Heerlen police have arranged extra protection for the Grotius College and its school grounds. The College’s director, teachers and students received threats in response to the suicide of 15-year-old student Tharukshan Selvam on Sunday, the NL Times reported. The Sri Lankan family arrived in the Netherlands about six years ago. They fled Sri Lanka because of the conflict there at the time, but also because the children had a better future in the Netherlands, Sellathurai said. Tharukshan went to primary school in Heerlen and quickly adjusted to life in his new home. He got good grades and made friends. The Sri Lankan’ teen’s story provoked numerous threats and death treats addressed to the director of Grotius College, several teachers and students. The condolence register the school opened on Wednesday was flooded with responses from across the country. “You should be deeply ashamed, students and school”, “Bullies of Tharukshan: you should be deeply ashamed”, “How could this happen?” and “This could have been avoided”, were just some of the responses. Frank Schings, director of school organization LVO Parkstad, under which Grotius College falls, announced that the circumstances of the boy’s suicide will be investigated. Later on Wednesday the school leaders announced in a press conference that they have asked the Inspectorates for both Education and Youth Care to investigate what happened, according to Heerlen Mayor Ralf Krewinkel will also investigate. The Mayor’s investigation will also look into the role of youth care and other health institutions in what happened to Tharukshan.It is known that both school and municipality had contact with the Selvam family. According to Schings at the press conference, a municipal expertise center first spoke to Tharukshan on December 5th due to the bullying. After that the 15-year-old boy spoke to aid workers on December 28th. Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education responded to Tharukshan’s suicide on television program Jinek on Wednesday evening. She called the death of the Sri Lankan boy “heartbreaking” and called on everyone not to turn a blind eye to bullying. “Do not look away from abuses. If you notice something in your surroundings, report it, discuss it”, she said. “And if you can’t do so yourself, make sure that experts are involved.”Education State Secretary Sander Dekker also responded to the boy’s death. “Heartbreaking. There is no other word for the suicide of 15-year-old Tharukshan from Heerlen.” he wrote on his Facebook page. According to Dekker, Tharukshan’s death is reminiscent of the deaths of 20-year-old Tim Ribberink and 15-year-old Fleur Bloemen, who both committed suicide in 2012 after continuing bullying. “It shows again that the consequences of bullying can be enormous. We must always remain vigilant that it does not rear its ugly head. And we must continue to emphasize that bullying is unacceptable.”Tharukshan’s family describes him as a cheerful boy who always put on a brave face for the outside world, his brother in law Mayruam Sellathurai said to De Limburger, speaking on behalf of the family. At home Tharukshan liked to listen to music, talk with his family members and play some cards. The night of his death they also played cards before going to bed. “I noticed nothing wrong with him. In fact, he was cheerful”, Sellathurai said. A few hours later, Tharukshan’s family found him dead in his bedroom. Tharukshan died during the early hours of Sunday morning. His family published his suicide note, in which he described how he was being bullied at school. He was also being harassed by anonymous social media accounts, believed to be the work of his class mates. Tharukshan’s family was flooded with reactions over the past days. “We are trying to get his grandmother from Sri Lanka here for a dignified farewell. He never went back to Sri Lanka. He would have gone for the first time this year, go back and visit his family in his native country during his vacation. A trip he will now never make. That hurts. His grandmother has to instead, with the memories of her grandson. She is devastated. We are too. This should never have happened.” Sellathurai said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Brock to be closed Dec 24

Brock University employees will get an early start to their 2018 holiday vacations.The University has decided to provide employees who are scheduled to work on Monday, Dec. 24 with an additional half day off with pay that morning in advance of the regular University holidays that begin at noon.Brock will shut down for the holiday season at noon on Dec. 24 and will re-open the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Celebrity on the menu at Guernsey Market Thursday

Chef Michael Smith (centre) was visiting Brock Thursday as an ambassador for Sodexo, the University’s food service provider. More than the usual fare was served up at the Guernsey Market Thursday.Celebrity chef Michael Smith was dishing out autographs and posing for photos with students and staff during a stop at Brock in his role as ambassador for Sodexo, the University’s food services provider.Smith oversaw General Brock’s October Soirée in 2010 and 2011 but Thursday was his first time here for “typical, average day on campus.”“This is a great opportunity to see one of the best examples of the quality of our company in serving food and customer service,” Smith said. “What works so well here is that the University’s expectations are so high. The expectation is that it’s local food and good service… .“Not every university is as enlightened as Brock is.”Chef Michael Smith signs a cookbook for a student during his visit to Brock Thursday.Smith served up smoked meat to the lunch crowd and signed copies of his cookbook Fast Flavours: 110 Simple, Speedy Recipes. He is best known for his popular Food Network cooking shows, including Chef at Home, Chef at Large and Chef Abroad.Smith, a native of Prince Edward Island, was in Niagara for two days. During his stay, he also visited with students at Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. read more

Jacqui Oatley forced to call police over online threat to cut her

first_imgThe team for ITV Sport’s Euro 2016 coverage, starring Oatley Jacqui Oatley, the broadcaster Jacqui Oatley, the sports broadcaster, had to call the police after a football fan threatened to “cut” her in abusive tweets, it has emerged.Oatley, the presenter and commentator, said she had twice taken action over online abuse during her career, after receiving shocking threats from members of the public.The broadcaster became the first female commentator of BBC’s Match of the Day in 2007, and now works with charities to promote women in sport.In an interview with the Guardian, she said she had received her first of many letters insisting she had no right to talk about football just days after her debut shift.“They just told me to watch myself,” she said of letters she would find in her BBC pigeonhole. “That I should leave it to the men.” On another occasion, she contacted a school after catching a pupil tweeting extreme insults at her.“I decided that, instead of ignoring it, I’d write to his school and speak to someone in the refereeing department at the FA,” she said.“I just wanted him to be made aware of his social media actions and how they could impact on his future career, rather than see him punished.“All I’d done was make a factual comment about Robin van Persie’s injury record at Arsenal.”Oatley spoke about online abuse at the end of Women’s Sport Week, which aims to encourage more women and girls to get involved with sport. The team for ITV Sport's Euro 2016 coverage, starring Oatleycenter_img Jacqui Oatley, the broadcaster Now working for the BBC and ITV, as well as charity Women in Sport, Oatley said she is “really keen” for young girls to focus on the “positive aspects” of the job and try it for themselves.She has also won fans for her no-nonsense Twitter presence, once telling a critic who said she should be “at home cooking tea” that she was a “bit busy doing my dream job”.She has, however, once contacted the police after a stranger on Twitter told her they would come to her house and “cut” her along with other “unmentionable” things.She told the Guardian the police had tracked the sender down to a household, but could not be sure who exactly had sent it. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Metals price volatility here to stay

first_imgEquity markets need to get used to considerably more volatilty in global metals price cycles as the “norm” rather than presume sudden movements are the end or start of bull or bear runs, according to a senior resources financier. They were also told that the positions of hedge funds within the resources boom and the emergence of developing countries as major new bidders for developed resources assets globally, will increasingly impact metals market movements.The advice was issued at the Paydirt Asia Pacific Downunder Conference in Perth by German-based global project finance bank, WestLB’s Head of Metals and Mining for Asia Pacific, Rod Hill. “We have to be conscious of a number of factors now adding to the jitters in metals pricing even though I believe the demand fundamentals of the resources industry and metals prices remain extremely strong,” he said. “No doubt China is the largest influence but it also poses the biggest risk in that the Chinese economy is export led and potentially remains exposed to any shocks that arise on the broader economic picture elsewhere. Some of the mixed or uncertain economic data currently coming out of the United States is exacerbating the jitters so a consequence is that we are all watching to see how the China economy continues to build.“I expect to it to become more isolated from major external factors such as the US. I see no stoppage in its urbanisation which is gradually moving inland as everything is getting so expensive on the coast. “The final jigsaw in the metal price jitters is the current role of hedge funds,” Hill said. Their entry into the resources sector has pushed prices higher over the past several months.“However, there remains the risk that if they encounter problems in other parts of their portfolios, cash may be pulled from metals commodities quite dramatically. This is however, volatility, not necessarily the end of bulls runs and we need to get used to it.”Hill told delegates the metals sector was enjoying unprecedented times, with the 27 month copper price of around $6,000 some 150% higher than the average price over the past 20 years.He observed that recent globalisation had resulted in several major Asia Pacific projects now being held by new players. “We have seen emerging country companies, CVRD, taking over developed country companies and we can expect this trend to continue.“Within this environment, Australian equity markets are not giving as much value for their resources investments in the Asia Pacific as other overseas markets are – yet Australia is on the region’s doorstep and should be a major supporter.”last_img read more

Ultra HighDef TV moves one step closer to your living room

first_imgFive years from now, your 1080p HDTV may look just as antiquated as your old analog set does now. Ultra HDTV looks to be the next step in the evolution of displays, and its technical standards have just been laid out by the ITU Study Group on Broadcasting Service.If you thought our current television displays were as advanced as they will get, consider the 33 million pixel set that was demonstrated in 2008 by Tokyo broadcast NHK. That’s roughly 16 times more pixels than what a 1080p set offers. This increased count figures to be the key figure in defining ultra high-def TV (UHDTV).If that sounds like pixel overkill, there are further advantages to the boost besides offering über-sharp images. Glasses-free (stereoscopic) 3D displays currently require too many pixels to work well in a TV set. Unlike handheld devices, like the Nintendo 3DS or the EVO 3D, a glasses-free 3D TV would require a wide array of viewing angles to be covered. There are other technologies (involving face-tracking) that allow current-generation 3D TVs to go glasses-free, but UHDTV would offer a more effective solution to the viewing angle problem.The technology, however, is still years away from being widely available. Official standards being agreed upon means that it’s coming, but don’t expect to replace your current TV with a 33 megapixel set anytime soon. A UDHTV trial link was set up last month between London and Amsterdam, and plans are underway to broadcast parts of the 2012 London Olympic games in UDHTV. But as nobody will have the sets yet, only those in designated public areas would be able to feast their eyes on all of those pixels.In order for UHDTV to have any relevance, cameras will need to get some boosted specs, as well as common internet speeds. As more of our content is internet-based, the ability to stream UHDTV feeds will be crucial. We’re talking 24Gbps download speeds (potentially) needed to stream video in the new resolution. Needless to say, that’s more than a couple years away.via Engadget, B&Clast_img read more

iPhoto for iPad available today

first_imgiLife is now officially on iOS. In addition to updating Garage Band and Movie with new features, Apple today unveiled iPhoto for iPad.The app offer plenty of advanced image editing tools, including white balance, exposure, cropping, and a variety of effects (like watercolor). All of that has already been done on iOS many times over, but what’s different here is the trademark Apple simplicity that is brought to the process. Gestures take center stage in iPhoto for iPad, offering tons of customization with the simplest of taps and swipes.Another big feature of iPhoto is the ability to create iPhoto Journals. These are Flipboard-esque collections of photos that you can create and send to friends. Of course iCloud is behind all of this, making it a cinch to sync between devices and share with friends.iPhoto will be available today, for $4.99 in the App Store.Developing…last_img read more

Disgraceful and undemocratic Dublin councillors are still divided on the Obama vote

first_img Image: Charles Dharapak AP/Press Association Images He signed orders against torture, he opened the door for refugees coming from the Syrian crisis which is something that this country hasn’t yet opened up to. He’s done an awful lot to try and break down barriers between different communities and different religions.When it came to whether the Obamas would actually want to come and accept the award, Carr said that he had received encouraging signs so far. Lord Mayor Brendan Carr Source: Leah Farrell/“The indication we’ve been given is that they’d be more than delighted to come over,” he said. “They want to accept the freedom. They have a lot of time for Dublin.They came here before when we were in the heart of our recession and gave people a bit of hope.“I think this is a good way of welcoming two people that have done a lot to try and unite the world.”As for a timeframe on when they would come, Carr was more coy but said he is hopeful it can happen this year.A “political stunt”Several councillors walked out of the council chamber in protest at the lack of debate given to the issue.Anti-Austerity Alliance councillor Michael O’Brien said: “Anticipating that a number of councillors would oppose this proposal and would seek to bring home to him some uncomfortable truths about the Obama Presidency, the Lord Mayor disgracefully obtained prior agreement from the leaders of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour, Sinn Féin and the Independent group that his proposal would take place without debate or discussion.Nauseated by tonight’s spectacle myself and other left councillors walked out of the chamber in protest.Labour councillor Dermot Lacey, however, accused O’Brien and colleagues of engaging in a “political stunt”. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHe told “I’ve been on the council for 23 years, and awarding the Freedom of the City has never been something that has been debated.“People who are going to get the freedom of the city may be unwilling to come and receive the award if they were aware they faced such opposition.”He added that awarding the Obamas this title was the “right thing to do” and that was demonstrated by contrasting Barack’s approach with that of his successor Donald Trump.“Disgraceful and undemocratic”On this same topic, Independent Councillor Mannix Flynn told that the Lord Mayor’s conduct was “undemocratic, outrageous and absolutely disgraceful”. Councillor Mannix Flynn Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieHe claimed that the motion had been “railroaded” through the council, and it had been engineered to prevent debate.He said: “This is an honorary position which 23 councillors have voted against awarding. Are they now not going to attend the ceremony? What kind of message does that send out?”He added that the motion passing in such a manner marked a “dark moment” for Dublin City Council, and that this issue was “not over yet”, before calling on Carr to step down as Lord Mayor.Read: Barack Obama will get the Freedom of Dublin award (after a heated council vote)Read: The Freedom of Dublin for Barack Obama? People are divided Share582 Tweet Email 16,327 Views Feb 7th 2017, 10:11 AM By Sean Murray Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 10:11 AM ‘Disgraceful and undemocratic’: Dublin councillors are still divided on the Obama vote Independent Councillor Mannix Flynn said that the issue was “not over yet”. Short URL Barack Obama when he visited Ireland in 2011. LAST NIGHT, DUBLIN City councillors decided to grant Barack and Michelle Obama the Freedom of Dublin award in a close-run, heated vote.Councillors voted 30 to 23, with four abstentions to grant the former US President and First Lady the award.The motion was put forth by Lord Mayor Brendan Carr, but faced bitter opposition from the Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit and the Workers Party, among others, who walked out of the council chamber in protest after little time was given to debate the motion.Opponents to the move argued that measures that Obama had taken as president, such as the authorisation of drone strikes, large scale deportations and the support of his cabinet to overthrow the Honduran government, disqualified him from being considered for such an award.“They’d be delighted to come over”Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Carr defended the decision.He said: “There have been some failings, and Barack Obama himself has accepted these failings. He inherited a very difficult scenario coming in from George Bush which had to be cleaned up. 68 Comments Barack Obama when he visited Ireland in 2011. Image: Charles Dharapak AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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