Encounter breaks out in J-K’s Pulwama

first_imgAn encounter broke out between security forces and militants in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, police said. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Chaanketaar village of Tral in south Kashmir district this afternoon following specific inputs about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said. He said as the forces were undertaking searches in the area, the militants fired upon them. The security forces retaliated, ensuing an encounter, the official said. The gunfight was going on, he said, adding that further details were awaited.last_img

Rob Ricafort secures TRO, set to play for UP vs La Salle

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Pirates book first F4 berth Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Got robbed? Manila South Cemetery’s website helps track down perpetrators02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups MOST READ University of the Philippines forward Rob Ricafort will finally be able to play for the Fighting Maroons on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors The 24-year-old was given the green light to suit up this UAAP Season 80 after securing a temporary restraining order (TRO) from Judge Marlo Magdoza-Malagar of Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 19, according to UP coach Bo Perasol.“Rob Ricafort chose to fight for a chance, for a change. If you know his personal story, you will understand that this is no longer just about ball for him; this is about his life. Playing in the UAAP was his dream. Now it will come true,” the affable mentor said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingRicafort was earlier ruled ineligible by the UAAP eligibility committee for exceeding the maximum age limit of 25. His appeal, which was forwarded by UP president Danilo Concepcion, was later denied by the UAAP Board of Trustees.He will only turn 25 in January next year, with the basketball season already over. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Thanks to the TRO, Ricafort will be able to don the maroon-and-white on UP starting on Saturday against league-leader La Salle at Mall of Asia Arena.Perasol said the TRO is a triumph for Ricafort who fought for his rights to play for his first and final playing year in the UAAP.“Rob took great lengths to assert his rights. The court has spoken. Nobody has the power to deny him that right which the court has protected. As his coach, the least I could do is to help him get back up, after stumbling in life many times over in the past,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Madan Lal on #OperationKabootarbazCricketers: It’s been happening for a long time

first_imgFormer India cricketer Madan Lal has reacted to India Today’s #OperationKabootarbazCricketers that has uncovered a scam where several state-level cricketers passed off hopeful immigrants as team members.In an unprecedented detection of an immigration fraud in first-class cricket, an India Today investigation has found several state-level players passing off hopeful migrants as team members.The probe uncovered former Ranji cricketers pulling off the scam for a high fee from dollar-dream chasers.India Today’s special investigation team found the suspected lynchpins of this ring in Jaipur.”These things have been happening since our playing days. There are a couple of guys who are blacklisted. They used to get the guys from Punjab, who wanted a visa. Nobody reported it because it was a cricket group. But everyone knows what is going on,” Madan Lal told India Today.”We have heard of several such tours where players have played in a few matches but then stayed back there. But there was no concrete proof.”This practice has been going on for a long time. A couple of these players stayed back,” he added.#OperationKabootarbazCricketers: Immigration Fraud Stumps CricketA first-class cricketer for 19 years, who captained Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy, Mohd Aslam and his accomplice Harsh Kaushik were caught on camera, confessing to their involvement in a human smuggling racket.Aslam runs the Star Cricket Academy in Jaipur and is also the president of the district’s cricket association.India Today’s undercover reporters met him and Kaushik, a former under-19 player, at a Jaipur hotel.advertisement”You have hit fours and sixes,” Aslam told reporters inquiring about the possibility of sending small-time businessmen overseas disguised as cricketers.He readily agreed, saying cash calls the shots in this business.”It’s all about money, brother. Just keep in mind that our understanding should be such that we feel like doing our own work,” he said.Aslam delegated the fraud to Kaushik, who disclosed how he weaves fictions to execute illegal migration in the garb of cricket.”Harsh (Kaushik) looks after these tours. He takes the groups himself. I used to go myself long ago to England. I stopped going four or five years ago because of some disputes. I also got involved in cricket politics (of the Rajasthan Cricket Association),” said Aslam.”That means whether we speak to you or to him is one and the same,” the undercover reporter probed.”One and the same. You speak with brother Harsh. That will be alright,” replied the former Ranji player.When India Today’s SIT met Kaushik separately, he offered to impersonate migration clients as cricketers in an upcoming tour of South Africa.”There are two ways. One is real in which professional cricketers are taken to foreign countries to play there and come. The other is called a ‘slip’. That’s also done as part of our tours,” he explained.”You must be touring frequently for cricket. Why don’t you send our men to South Africa as part of a cricket squad?” the reporter investigated.”I have a tour next month. Many more tours are also in the pipeline. I’ll send them along,” Kaushik promised.He offered to take fake cricketers to South Africa in the first week of July.”It’s a team of 15 people but I can apply for 25. Twenty-five people can apply (for visa) as part of a cricket team,” he said.”Send four of my men to South Africa. But they don’t know how to play cricket” the reporter told Kaushik.”Everything will be done,” he answered.And they were not hollow claims.Kaushik showed India Today’s investigative team images of impostors he had sent to South Africa in a cricket team in May.”I can show you the team right away I sent to South Africa last month. They too didn’t know how to play cricket. See this,” he said, pointing toward the cell-phone photo.”How many of them are fake?” the reporter asked.”Five to six,” Kaushik replied, confessing that they went to South Africa to disappear.As a skilled forger, he gave firm guarantees for illegal migration.”We won’t charge you for the visas. You’ll come to us when your people depart because we know you. You’ll bring the money in cash in exchange for copies of visas and air tickets. You are free to verify them online or wherever,” he said.Kaushik’s charges were high — around Rs 30 lakh for each potential migrant.”It will come down to around Rs28-30 (lakh),” he said.By his own admission, Kaushik’s deception has remained undetected in multiple nations including Australia and the UK.advertisement”It’s a fact that I already have 15 people from Punjab (for the UK tour). They are all fakes,” he said.India Today’s investigative reporters also met Vinod Chanwirya, a 32-year-old former first-class player from Rajasthan and member of a Canadian league team, the Vancouver Island Shell.The meeting in New Delhi followed a tip that he was taking potential migrants abroad as cricketers.Canada might be a rank outsider in mainstream international cricket but it does have a national organization governing the sport since 1892.Canadians also participated in the ICC World Cup hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in 2011.Chanwirya revealed how he’d have bogus cricketers authenticated by a Pakistani promoter of a Canadian league before they apply for visas as part of a team.”I quoted Rs 5-6 lakh. I said even if it’s Rs 25 lakh (they want to spend) but with Punjab mentioned on the passport visas are not issued,” he said.That was his way of negotiating a fee to take a group of Punjabi businessmen to Canada impersonating as players.”I have been going there for four to five years now to play,” Chanwirya said, identifying his Canada-based Pakistani promoter as Javed Bhai.”I’ll send the (copies of ) passports to them (Javed Bhai). Only then would letters (of invitation) be issued,” he continued. “That will be a secured file. No one else would have access to it.””How will you take them? As part of that cricket league, right?” the reporter asked.”Yes, we will fit them in somehow,” Chanwirya said, confirming fake players would be moved to Canada as participants in a cricket league.Chanwirya now gave his fee structure.”I said Rs 25-30 lakh (per person). People are paying that much,” he said.”And what about people going there for six months to work illegally and then come back within the visa period?” the reporter asked.”Rs 5 lakh,” Chanwirya replied. “We’ll show you as a team manager or whatever (on paper), forget the real purpose.”last_img read more

David Arquette recovering in hospital after sustaining neck injury during wrestling death match

first_imgLos Angeles, Nov 21 (PTI) Actor David Arquette has checked into a hospital to get treatment for a neck injury he sustained during a wrestling death match.The 47-year-old actor had fought against Nick Gage in a death match for Joey Janela’s LA Confidential on Friday.During the battle, Arquette was smashed over the head with a light-bulb tube which resulted in glass shattering over his skull and cut into his neck, causing blood to spurt out. The video of the violent encounter has since gone viral.Arquette’s wife Christina McLarty told The Blast in a video that her husband is in hospital but will be “okay”.”He’s okay, thank you. After the wrestling match he looked fine, and then (his neck) was irritating him. I don’t know, I didn’t see the whole thing go down,” she said.The actor on Monday released a statement on Twitter, saying he “did not know the extent of what I was participating in”.”As some of you might have seen, last week I was injured in a wrestling death match. I wanted to make sure to address the photos and videos that have surfaced from the event, as this is not the type of wrestling you watch on TV,” he wrote.”I knew it was violent and potentially bloody, but I truly did not know the extent of what I was participating in. However, I take responsibility for putting myself in that situation,” he added. Arquette said he has training for the past six months as he is passionate about wrestling and has the “utmost respect for that sport”. He apologised to wrestling fraternity for bringing “any negative attention” to the sport.advertisement “…I have zero plans to be involved in a match like this again,” he added.”I am looking forward to getting back into the ring, under much different circumstances in the near future. However my priority and full-time dedication will always be to acting and producing, and I look forward to sharing some of my exciting new projects in 2019. With love, David Arquette,” he concluded. PTI RB RBlast_img read more

IOWA LEGISLATURE SLOWLY MOVES TOWARDS END OF 2018 SESSION

first_imgThe Iowa legislature is a week past the target date for completing its work for the year.House Speaker Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake says Iowans aren’t concerned about how long the legislature meets.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/IALEGIS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..get it right.” :13Democratic Senator Rob Hogg says Republicans are heading toward setting the record for the longest annual legislative session when the same party has control of the executive and legislative branches of state government.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/IALEGIS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….and the governorship.” :17Wednesday morning it took the Iowa Senate about six minutes to pray, recite the pledge and adjourn until two o’clock tomorrow.The Iowa House returned Wednesday afternoon to debate bills that outline next year’s spending for some areas of the state budget.There have been extended legislative sessions in the distant past that lasted into the summer, but that was when the Iowa General Assembly met every other year.In the past three decades, the legislature has been meeting annually.Radio Iowalast_img read more

Crewe under fire after telling Bennell victim he waited too long to report abuse

first_imgThe player in question is Steve Walters, who was sexually abused by Bennell during the mid-1980s and came forward in November 2016 on the back of Andy Woodward’s interview in the Guardian to highlight his own ordeal as another of the club’s former youth-team players. Walters, who became the youngest first-team player in Crewe’s history when he made his debut in 1988 at the age of 16, is one of the 12 victims whose complaints against Bennell led to the former Manchester City coach and scout being sentenced to 30 years in prison last year.Now 47, Walters is one of the former players who is pursuing legal action against Crewe but says he has been notified the club is fighting his claims on the basis he did not report them earlier. Crewe, according to the lawyers representing Walters, are trying to get the case thrown out on a technicality, namely that he missed a three-year time limit for reporting what happened to him from the age of 13 to 14, and that too much time has elapsed for the allegations to be proved – even though a jury convicted Bennell of 50 specimen charges during a trial at Liverpool crown court last year.“This response is a slap in the face,” Walters said. “All I have ever wanted was for Crewe to take responsibility for what they have done – the role they played in the abuse of so many children. They are blaming me for not coming forward soon enough. They say how much they regret the abuse that took place, yet in the same breath deny any responsibility for what happened to me. After everything we have been through in the criminal trial, all the evidence that emerged, I am absolutely disgusted.”The Guardian’s information is that Crewe are fighting an unspecified number of other claims from Bennell’s victims and Walters now says he has asked his legal team to issue high court proceedings against the club where the man described as a “child molester on an industrial scale” preyed on him and countless others.Crewe said in a statement: “This matter is being handled by the club’s insurer’s solicitors and remains the subject of ongoing legal proceedings. It is not therefore appropriate for the club to comment at this stage.”Walters added: “We have been dignified and wanted to be amicable but Crewe is showing no humanity. How would the club’s chairman [John Bowler] like it if one of his loved ones was told they had waited too long to report abuse?“It’s only recently I’ve been able to speak about what happened. There was a culture of secrecy and shame back then and that’s what Bennell used to enable him to abuse so many boys. I never expected to have that delay thrown back in my face; I’m horrified by Crewe’s tactics. This is not the behaviour of an organisation which says it wants to take responsibility and make sure it doesn’t happen again.” Barry Bennell Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Crewe Alexandra have been accused of a “desperate and dirty tactic” after new revelations about how far they are willing to go to fight claims they should be liable for Barry Bennell’s crimes against boys from the club’s junior set-up.In the latest development in the Bennell scandal, Crewe’s lawyers have written to one of the victims to say there is “no reasonable explanation or justification” for him having waited until his mid-40s before reporting his former youth-team coach. Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Revealed: the evidence Crewe supplied on Barry Bennell scandal Share on Messenger news Share on WhatsApp Facebook Topics Bennell, described by a judge as “the devil incarnate”, is serving his fourth prison sentence from the past 25 years and is facing the possibility of another criminal trial. As of January last year, at least 97 people had reported Bennell since Woodward’s decision to waive his anonymity.Kim Harrison, an abuse lawyer from Slater and Gordon, which represents Walters, said: “Predatory paedophiles like Bennell operate by scaring and shaming their victims into silence. This fear and shame makes it incredibly difficult for victims to disclose abuse. It can take years and sometimes even decades for victims of child sexual abuse to find the courage to speak out.“To use that against him [Walters] is a desperate and dirty tactic, but if Crewe think it will wear Steve down and make him give up they couldn’t be more wrong.“This is only going to make us more determined to get justice and hold them to account. We have tried to engage with them and reach an amicable solution, so Steve can try to move on with his life, but Crewe Alexandra have put two fingers up to him. We have been left with no alternative but to issue legal proceedings against them in the high court.” Pinterest Read more Barry Bennell was described by a judge as ‘the devil incarnate’. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock Crewe Alexandra Reuse this contentlast_img read more

High on Hops: Rise of the Cans

first_imgEagle-eyed beer drinkers have surely noticed an interesting trend hitting store shelves over the past few years. While the number of breweries and beers available are skyrocketing, the number of bottles in the craft beer sections seems to be shrinking. That’s because cans are taking over.Once deemed only the trade of cheap, big beer brands, aluminum cans have found a growing home in the world of craft beer. Sitting side-by-side with amber waves of bottles, brightly colored, festively decorated cans are amassing shelf space one six-pack slot at a time.Related Post: A Damn Fine Beer Can Chicken RecipeThis revolution owes a huge debt of thanks to Colorado’s Oskar Blues, whose flagship beer, the hop-forward Dale’s Pale Ale, became canned in 2002 and was for many years synonymous with the craft-in-a-can concept.There are many reasons why installing a canning line is appealing to breweries, despite the relatively high up front costs. Cans are more durable and weigh less than glass bottles, which reduces shipping costs and prevents breakage loss. They also more efficiently block out light and oxygen, the enemies of keeping beer fresh. That’s a massive benefit to brewer and consumer.The freshness promise of canning creates the idyll of a “mini-keg” of beer that adequately preserves the flavors as the brewer intended. The ruggedness of cans makes them the perfect choice for outdoor activities, from tailgating to backpacking. Cans also chill faster than bottles- good news to anyone who needs a cold beer fast.Despite the growing popularity of the format, there are some holdouts who believe drinking beer from a can creates a diminished drinking experience, full of metallic off-flavors. And honestly, they have a perfectly valid point.Drinking beer from a can places your nose directly against the can’s lid, filling your senses with a harsh metallic aroma. The solution is simple. Don’t drink from the can. Pour the beer into a style-appropriate glass and enjoy, just as you would from a bottle. Modern can linings prevent any crossover from the container into the liquid. It’s all in the aroma.If you need any additional proof that canned beer is the perfect vessel, look no further than Vermont’s Heady Topper, frequently cited as one of the best beers in the world, which is exclusively available in cans.So confidently grab a six-pack of cans on your next run to the package store. Because calling them “bottle shops” is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider Editors’ Recommendations 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Giftslast_img read more

In the news today Jan 18

first_imgFour stories in the news for Friday, Jan. 18———AMBASSADOR TO BRIEF MPS ON ROCKY RELATIONS WITH CHINA Canada’s ambassador to Beijing will brief a select group of MPs in Ottawa today on the current rocky relations between Canada and China. John McCallum is scheduled to appear before an all-party parliamentary committee for one hour this morning to field questions about the situation involving three Canadians in China. But Canadians outside the room won’t hear McCallum speak. That’s because the foreign affairs committee agreed Thursday to hold the meeting behind closed doors, given the sensitive nature of what he might have to say.———VERDICT EXPECTED IN SAILOR’S GANG RAPE CASEA verdict is expected today in the high-profile case of a British sailor accused in an alleged gang rape at a Halifax-area military base. Darren Smalley is charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a sexual assault involving one or more people in barracks at 12 Wing Shearwater on April 10, 2015. Justice Patrick Duncan was scheduled to deliver his verdict Thursday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, but he set the matter over until today to accommodate “court scheduling issues.” Smalley did not testify at the judge-only trial. He was part of a Royal Navy hockey team that was in Halifax to compete in a tournament.———JUDGE TO HEAR ARGUMENTS IN MENINGITIS DEATHAn Alberta couple facing a second trial in the meningitis death of their son is expected to argue today that all charges should be dropped and that the court award them millions to cover their legal bills. A jury found David and Collet Stephan guilty in 2016 of failing to provide the necessaries of life to 19-month-old Ezekiel. Their trial heard evidence that they treated the boy with natural remedies rather than take him to a doctor. Once the boy stopped breathing, the Stephans eventually called 911, but he died in hospital in Calgary in 2012. Last year, the Supreme Court of Canada ordered a new trial in a ruling that said the original judge did not properly instruct jurors.———B.C. MONEY LAUNDERING POINTS TO BILLIONS: EBYB.C.’s attorney general says he’s shocked by reports that say money laundering in his province reaches into the billions of dollars just months after his government had pegged the figure at 100 million dollars. David Eby is calling for a more co-ordinated approach between governments and police in the fight against money laundering after learning of an international report and secret RCMP documents that estimate money laundering to be worth billions each year. Eby says the information gaps allows organized crime thrive and governments need to be doing a better job.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— A coalition of Chinese, Tibetan, Uyghur and human rights groups will protest outside Google offices in Toronto and Montreal to demand the internet giant scrap its controversial censorship agreement with the government of China.— Statistics Canada will release the consumer price index for December and international transactions in securities for November.— Former broadcaster and journalism instructor Stephen Vogelsang will appear in court today following a psychiatric assessment. He is accused of several bank robberies in Regina, Saskatoon and Medicine Hat, Alta., in 2017.— The trial for Jason Meilleur and Christopher Brass — charged with manslaughter in the death of Jeanenne Fontaine, Tina Fontaine’s cousin — continues today.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Disneys Once Upon a Time returns to Richmond BC to shoot finale

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter The curtain may be closing for Steveston-filmed Once Upon a Time, but local fans may get one last chance to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars next week.Rumour has it the show will film its finale in Steveston on March 28 and 29, according to a tweet from Visit Richmond BC.First introduced in 2011, the highly ranked show, which intertwines a fairytale world with modern life, boosted tourism in Steveston. Tourism Richmond promoted special package deals for fans including hotel stays and Disney-licensed “Once” merchandise, such as T-shirts, tote bags, hoodies and posters. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img

Sri Lanka reiterates no foreign judges but only technical assistance

The Minister said the army should not be used to achieve political goals and added that the army will continue to safeguard the country’s National security. (Colombo Gazette) He said that some groups are attempting to give the impression that a war crimes investigation will take place in Sri Lanka with the participation of foreign judges. He also said that the resettlement of war displaced people in the North and East will take place.Some political parties have been saying the army will not be withdrawn from civilian property to resettle the displaced families. The Government today reiterated that it will not agree to have foreign judges in the domestic accountability process over the war, but will accept technical assistance.Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faizer Mustapha said that President Maithripala Sirisena has been very clear that war crimes did not take place in Sri Lanka. “The President has said earlier and even now that he will not invite foreign judges but will accept technical assistance,” he said. read more

Japan central bank unexpectedly expands asset purchases to shore up shaky recovery

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted Oct 31, 2014 1:57 am MDT Japan central bank unexpectedly expands asset purchases to shore up shaky recovery TOKYO – Japan’s central bank expanded its asset purchases in a surprise move Friday to shore up sagging growth in the world’s No. 3 economy.The Bank of Japan said it would increase its purchases of government bonds and other assets by between 10 trillion yen and 20 trillion yen ($91 billion to $181 billion) to about 80 trillion yen ($725 billion) in total annually.BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said the increase was required to prevent a reversal into a “deflationary mindset” that the country’s leaders contend has stymied growth for many years. Countering such a trend is “the most important thing we can do,” Kuroda said. “Whatever we can do, we will.”The Nikkei 225 stock index jumped 4.8 per cent to close at a seven-year high of 16,413.76 and the dollar rose 2 per cent against the yen after the unexpected decision.Data released Friday, as the BOJ was holding a routine policy meeting, showed Japan’s economic recovery remained in the doldrums in September as household spending fell, inflation edged lower and unemployment ticked up.The central bank’s announcement highlights divergent fortunes among major economies.The U.S. Federal Reserve earlier this week announced it was ending its own extraordinary program of asset purchases, known as quantitative easing, which it instituted after the global recession to help the U.S. economy recover.As that $4 trillion program wound down, Japan’s central bank has come under pressure to increase stimulus to support growth as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe weighs approval of another sales tax hike next year.The central bank’s decision may encourage Abe to push ahead with the politically difficult choice. Surveys show more than 70 per cent of the public are opposed to raising the tax, which is needed to help tame Japan’s swollen government debt.A sales tax hike in April, from 5 per cent to 8 per cent, slowed the recovery that began in late 2012. Abe is due to decide before the end of this year whether to raise the sales tax by another 2 percentage points to 10 per cent. He also is expected to introduce supplementary spending to cushion the impact of the tax hikes.The central bank said the monetary loosening would continue as long as needed to attain an inflation target of 2 per cent.In addition to stepping up asset purchases, it also will triple its purchases of exchange-traded funds and real estate investment trusts, and increase the average maturity of the assets it holds to 10 years from seven years.The bank’s main decisions on expanding the scope of monetary easing passed by a 5-4 majority, indicating differences of opinion among members of the bank’s policy board.The central bank’s announcement caught most analysts by surprise.“We had expected the bank to announce additional stimulus only in 2015,” Marcel Thieliant, an economist with Capital Economics, said in a commentary.Abe and the central bank have sought to spur inflation as a way of encouraging consumers and businesses to spend more and thus support faster growth.After an initial burst of surging stock prices last year, most people say they haven’t benefited directly from that “Abenomics” strategy. Despite some wage increases, incomes have fallen overall as prices have risen. And Abe has made scant progress on reforms intended to open new opportunities and improve competitiveness.Core inflation, excluding volatile food prices, was at 3.0 per cent in September, down from 3.1 per cent in August. When the increased costs from the tax hike are figured in, inflation remains below the target rate of 2 per centUnemployment rose to 3.6 per cent from 3.5 per cent.The government reported that household spending fell 5.6 per cent from a year earlier in September, though it rose 1.5 per cent from August. Household incomes, meanwhile, fell by 6 per cent from a year earlier in real terms.Kuroda cited high uncertainty over wage and spending trends as a factor clouding the economic outlook. read more

UN rights office appalled by Irans sentencing of antideath penalty campaigner

“We are appalled by the sentencing of a prominent Iranian anti-death penalty campaigner […] in charges that stem from her courageous human rights work,” said spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani of the Geneva-based Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“Her sentencing is illustrative of an increasingly low tolerance for human rights advocacy in Iran,” she added.Ms. Mohammadi is already in Evin Prison in Tehran, serving out a prison sentence for breaching the country’s sweeping national security laws. The human rights defender is believed to have serious medical conditions and has reportedly not been granted adequate access to the specialised medical care she needs.The UN human rights office and other human rights mechanisms have long urged the Iranian authorities to release Ms. Mohammadi, “but to no avail,” the spokesperson said. read more

Repetitive knocks key to understanding MMA and rugbyrelated head injuries Trinity scientists

first_img Image: Shutterstock/G-Stock Studio 3 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4801617 REPETITIVE IMPACTS – AS opposed to single events – are key to understanding concussive brain injuries in sports such as MMA and rugby, according to scientists at Trinity College Dublin. Mild head trauma has come to the fore in recent years as being associated with collision and combat sports such as MMA and rugby, the researchers noted. However, it is also a very common injury in children and young adults. This represents a significant challenge to doctors due to the lack of any robust biomarkers or objective imaging approaches to manage the injury, they said. The study, which was undertaken by the Trinity-led concussion research interest group, used both sensor-enabled mouthguard technology and dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI.These were used to confirm the number and severity of head impacts that would result in the the appearance of “leaky” blood vessels within the brain. Participants of combat and collision sports such as mixed martial arts (MMA) and rugby took part in the study, which took four years to complete.The researchers noted that while it is clear that concussive brain injuries cause clinical symptoms such as dizziness, nausea and confusion, these symptoms all happen independent of any adverse findings on CT or MRI scans, and without the presence of any clear blood-based biomarkers. Therefore, it can prove challenging to clinically manage concussive brain injuries, they said.“Our findings for the first time suggest that repetitive head trauma can lead to an MRI signal that we can definitively link to the number and severity of impacts to the head,” study lead Dr Colin Doherty said. “It appears that the repetitive nature of these impacts as opposed to single events are causing damage to the capillaries of the brain,” he said.The study reports that repetitive impacts to the head, not necessarily just concussions, are likely able to induce changes to the micro-vessels of the brain. It is these changes that are then readily visible when using a regular form of MRI-based images. While the study was based on a selected group of MMA fighters and rugby players, the findings could eventually pave the way for more robust and objective return-to-play guidelines and improved player safety in the longer term, the researchers noted. “This study has highlighted the critical importance of continued efforts to study the underlying effects of concussive brain injuries in all sports,” co-author Professor Mick Molloy said.“It is imperative that the governing bodies take note of these findings and work together to protect athletes now and in the future.” The research has been published in the Journal of Neurotrauma. Image: Shutterstock/G-Stock Studio Short URL By Hayley Halpin Repetitive knocks key to understanding MMA and rugby-related head injuries, Trinity scientists say The study was undertaken by the Trinity-led concussion research interest group. 8,807 Views Monday 9 Sep 2019, 2:03 PM Share8 Tweet Email4 Sep 9th 2019, 2:03 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Kevin Scott AtLarge Member • Valley Springs SD

first_imgKevin Scott, At-Large Member • Valley Springs, S.D.[button color=”green” url=”/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/pic-Scott-120712.jpg” title=”Download Hi Res Image” target=”blank”]Right-click here to download Hi-Res image file (JPG)[/button][button color=”blue” url=”mailto:kevjs8@alliancecom.net” title=”Email Kevin Scott”]Email Kevin Scott[/button]Kevin Scott, a soybean farmer from Valley Springs, S.D., is an At-Large Member of the Governing Committee. He has served on the ASA Board of Directors since 2012. He also served on the South Dakota Soybean Association for 10 years, including a term as that association’s president. Kevin also serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC).Kevin and his wife have six children, two boys and four girls. He and his wife farm with other family members in southeast South Dakota on a fourth generation farm that began in 1886. His family farm operation includes a variety of ag-related investments in livestock and other value-added projects. Kevin has farmed for 34 years.Kevin has an associate’s degree in agriculture from South Dakota State University.last_img read more

Former North Miami assistant police chief files lawsuit

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – A former North Miami assistant police chief is taking legal action, nearly two years after a shooting involving the caretaker of an autistic patient.Neal Cuevas filed a lawsuit on Monday stemming from the July 18, 2016 shooting of behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey.Kinsey was shot by police while trying to retrieve the patient, who had wandered from the home.Cuevas claimed he was demoted after the incident, from assistant chief to uniformed patrol sergeant, as retaliation for speaking up about the improper handling of the investigation.He is suing the city of North Miami, the city manager and the police chief for several million dollars in damages.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Failure To Contain Or Confine A Load Now A Misdemeanor

first_imgAfter more than a year of therapy and hundreds of thousands of dollars in bills Roy says she wanted to prevent something like her accident happening to anyone else. Kelly Roy was driving into Anchorage on Glenn Highway in February 2015 when a trash can stuck her windshield, causing her car to roll four times. Roy worked with state lawmakers to pass legislation, and Governor Bill Walker is expected to sign the bill into law on Monday. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Legislature passed a measure making failure to contain or confine a load a misdemeanor after an Anchorage woman pushed lawmakers. Roy says the wreck left her with broken bones and a severe brain injury. She says the driver of the truck with the unsecured can never stopped and would have only faced a littering fine.last_img read more

Mob kills two robbers in Gazipur

first_imgMap of GazipurTwo suspected robbers were killed in a lynch-mob attack at Rathura village in Kaliganj upazila of Gazipur early Wednesday, reports UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.A group of robbers numbering 10-12 swooped on the house of one Majnu Mia in the dead of night, said Abdul Quader, chairman of Nagori Union Parishad.Sensing danger, the inmates of the house raised alarm seeking help, he said.Local people later chased down two of them while the others managed to flee the scene.The angry mob then beat the ‘robbers’ to death on the spot.On Information, police recovered the bodies and sent those to Shaheed Tajuddin Medical College Hospital morgue, said Abu Bakar, officer-in-charge of Kaliganj police station.last_img

Anticipation Builds Ahead Of Trumps Supreme Court Nominee Unveiling

first_imgJ. David Ake/APNews crews set up in front of the Supreme Court early Monday morning in Washington, D.C. President Trump is expected to announce his choice for Supreme Court justice Monday evening.President Trump, after less than two weeks of deliberations, is set to announce Monday night his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, a choice that could well affect the court, and American jurisprudence, for a generation.The president is expected to unveil his choice from the White House at 9 p.m. EDT.Ahead of the decision, Trump has built suspense about whom his pick will be.Departing his New Jersey golf club on Sunday afternoon, Trump told reporters he was still making up his mind. “It’s — well, let’s just say it’s the four people. Every one, you can’t go wrong.”Sources have told NPR that those four finalists are all U.S. appeals court judges: Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman. Hardiman was said to be the runner-up to succeed Antonin Scalia, the seat Neil Gorsuch eventually occupied after being confirmed in 2017.All of the candidates are relatively young and could help shape legal doctrine on the high court for decades to come. All are conservative jurists in the mold of Trump’s previous Supreme Court pick, Gorsuch.Trump’s approach to naming a new Supreme Court justice has unnerved some Democrats.“I am concerned that he’s making it like a game show,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told NPR’s Morning Edition. “I am thinking about this person. I am thinking of that person, but I will announce it on prime-time TV at the White House. Whoever is nominated, whoever he or she is, if they’re confirmed, they’re going to be there for a long time.”The potential nomineesKethledge, a former Kennedy law clerk, has sat on the 6th Circuit since 2008 after being nominated by George W. Bush. He is 51, and among all the reported short-listers, he is the only non-Catholic. He is an evangelical Christian whose book, Lead Yourself First, uses President Dwight Eisenhower, primatologist Jane Goodall, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr. and others as examples of “leaders who have used solitude to function more effectively.”Sure to be controversial is a 2017 decision involving the alleged targeting of Hispanics for questioning by Border Patrol agents. In that decision, Kethledge accepted the assertions of Border Patrol agents that in using the terms “wets” and “tonks,” they were referring to undocumented persons generally and not to Hispanics specifically.And in a rape case, Kethledge dissented. He would have allowed the trial court to hear evidence of the accuser’s sexual history with the defendant. In another criminal case, he wrote that police do not have to obtain a search warrant to obtain a suspect’s cellphone location information. That decision was reversed by the Supreme Court this year in a landmark ruling.Barrett, who is 46, has less of a judicial record to review, having just been nominated to the appeals court by Trump last year. Barrett is a former University of Notre Dame law professor (and a graduate of the school; Kavanaugh meanwhile received his undergrad and law degrees from Yale). She was a law clerk for Scalia.During her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barrett was questioned about her religious beliefs. Sen. Dianne Feinstein told Barrett, a Catholic, that “the dogma lives loudly within you,” suggesting her faith would influence her judicial decisions, a statement that was roundly criticized.Barrett has been somewhat dismissive of the notion of following Supreme Court precedents, the doctrine known as stare decisis. She wrote that “there is little reason to think that reversals [of past decisions] would do much damage” to the court’s reputation.” Barrett said she tends to agree “with those who say that a justice’s duty is to the Constitution,” rather than a precedent she thinks is clearly in conflict with it.”Such comments are likely to raise a red flag to moderate Republican senators like Susan Collins, R-Maine, who have said they would not vote for a nominee who has expressed doubts about overturning precedents when it comes to abortion and other long-standing Supreme Court decisions.Hardiman, 53, was nominated to the federal trial court by George W. Bush in 2003 and to the 3rd Circuit in 2007 when he was confirmed by the Senate in a 95-0 vote.Trump is said to have particularly liked Hardiman’s life story. He was the first in his family to go to college, at the University of Notre Dame, then worked as a taxi driver to finance his legal education at Georgetown Law School.More than the other potential nominees, Hardiman has a strong record in favor of gun rights. When the court he serves on upheld a New Jersey law requiring a gun owner to obtain a permit to carry a gun in public places and to show that he has “a justifiable need” to carry the gun, Hardiman dissented, chastising the majority for upholding a law that dates to 1966 (and arguably 1924) as insufficiently long-standing.In 2017, when Hardiman was last considered for a Supreme Court seat, he had the support of the president’s sister, Maryanne Trump Barry. Barry served alongside Hardiman as a federal appeals judge on the 3rd Circuit before stepping down last year.Kavanaugh, 53, was first nominated to the appeals court by President George W. Bush in 2003. He had previously worked with independent counsel Kenneth Starr in the investigation of President Bill Clinton, and was involved in the Florida presidential vote recount in 2000.In his dozen years on the court, Kavanaugh has been involved in some 286 opinions. In a recent case involving abortion and immigration, he wrote a decision that temporarily barred a pregnant teenager in immigration custody from obtaining an abortion. The opinion, written for a three-judge panel, was eventually overturned by the full court.In a 2013 law review article, Kavanaugh wrote that after seeing firsthand the many difficult duties that a president encounters, he thinks that presidents should operate free from the threat of civil suits, such as the sexual harassment suit that led to President Clinton’s impeachment, and that presidents should also be free from criminal investigations.Those views could have implications for independent counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Trump.With a slim one-vote majority in the Senate, any GOP defections could prove problematic in winning confirmation for Trump’s eventual choice — that is, if Democrats hold together in opposition. And that is a big if. Ten Democrats from states that Trump won are up for re-election this fall and will be under tremendous pressure to back the president’s nominee. Other Democrats who represent heavily Republican states will also be under pressure to support the nominee.“I’m open to voting yes. I’m open to voting no. We don’t know who the nominee is going to be yet,” Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala. said in a Sunday interview on CNN’s State of the Union. “I don’t think my role is to rubber-stamp for the president, but it’s also not an automatic knee-jerk no, either.”Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised a vote on the nomination before the November midterms, ensuring the outcome will be an issue before voters.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Los Cabos Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler th

first_imgLos Cabos, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineStarwood Capital Group, in collaboration with The Koll Company and Del Mar Development, introduces Hacienda Beach Club & Residences (www.haciendacabosanlucas.com), a new residential beach club resort on Medano Beach in the heart of Cabo San Lucas. Leading a new era for luxury real estate in Cabo San Lucas, Hacienda Beach Club & Residences offers the unique opportunity to own and rent spacious Beachfront Villas and elegant Resort Residences with access to the region’s best swimming beach. Located at the site of the famed Hacienda Hotel, host to the likes of Bing Crosby, John Wayne and Desi Arnaz, this vibrant enclave provides an exceptional resort-like experience within the comfort and familiarity of a private residence. Amenities on property include a spectacular Beach Club, festive Kid’s Club, fitness center and a resort spa. The highly anticipated restaurant, Cocina y Cantina, is open to the public.“Hacienda Beach Club & Residences’ idyllic location truly sets it apart from other offerings in the area,” said Dan Schwaegler, Senior Vice President of Starwood Capital Group. “In partnership with The Koll Company and Del Mar Development, we are meeting the significant demand for a residential resort development featuring stress-free living with personalized and sophisticated service, just steps away from all the excitement Cabo has to offer.”Hacienda Beach Club & Residences features an array of real estate options ranging from magnificent one- to four-bedroom Resort Residences and four-bedroom Beachfront Villas with private infinity pools. All residences are thoughtfully designed with artisan touches, including natural stone, ceramic and hardwood finishes. Resort Residences offer marina and Sea of Cortez views from private, sun-soaked terraces while the two-story Villas are appointed with every modern convenience, capturing the spirit of Old Mexico. Full-ownership real estate prices range from $751,500 to $5.2 million.Hacienda’s rental program offers an exquisite portfolio of accommodations for those seeking an unparalleled Mexican getaway. Guests receive daily housekeeping, access to the fitness center, spa, Beach Club and all dining outlets. Beachfront Villa guests receive the services of a butler, chef and a personal golf cart for use during the visit with no minimum night stay required.Perched on a quarter-mile of spectacular beach and overlooking the iconic rock formations of Land’s End, Hacienda’s elegant Beach Club provides the gateway to the best that Los Cabos has to offer. The fully staffed Beach Club is complete with Palapa Bar, cabanas, multi-tiered infinity edge swimming pools, recreational equipment, and the signature restaurant, Cocina y Cantina. Overlooking the Sea of Cortez, the restaurant serves family-style authentic Mexican cuisine showcasing fresh ingredients, including regionally grown produce. Guests can also enjoy a variety of Mexico’s best tequilas, an extensive wine list including many Mexican wines, locally brewed beers, and unique rum-infused drinks called Curas. The full-service Spa with four treatment cottages, including a spa suite for couples offers a menu of rejuvenating treatments and therapies steeped in Mexican traditions and rituals of renewal.For guests inclined to venture beyond the resort, Hacienda’s concierge can arrange a myriad of activities including; cultural tours, hiking, sport fishing, sea kayaking expeditions or a tee time at one of Cabo’s premier golf courses. Hacienda’s coveted location provides unprecedented access to Cabo San Lucas and the marina. Visitors can enjoy a modern array of restaurants, shopping and nightlife just steps away from home.www.haciendacabosanlucas.comlast_img read more