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Suicide bomber kills 28 at mosque in northwest Pakistan

first_imgPeshawar, Sep 16 (PTI) At least 28 people, including five children, were killed and 30 others injured when a Taliban suicide bomber shouting Allahu Akbar blew himself up inside a mosque packed with worshippers for Friday prayers in Mohmand Agency in Pakistans restive northwest tribal region,The attacker blew himself when the prayers were in progress at the mosque in the Anbar tehsil of the agency bordering Afghanistan.”A suicide bomber was in the mosque. He shouted Allahu Akbar and blew himself up,” Assistant Political Agent Naveed Akbar told reporters.Jamat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, today claimed responsibility for the attack.He said that Friday prayers were being offered around 2 PM when the powerful blast took place.At least 28 people, including five children, were killed in the attack and 30 others injured, Pakistani media reported, citing officials.”Many people were gathered inside the mosque when a suicide bomber blew himself up,” an eyewitness said.Rescue teams and police rushed to the spot. The bodies and the injured are being shifted to local hospitals for medical treatment.Injured were also taken to hospitals in Bajaur Agency, Charsadda and Peshawar for treatment.There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Pakistani Taliban routinely targets courts, schools and mosques.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed his grief over the loss of lives in the blast.”The cowardly attacks by terrorists cannot shatter the governments resolve to eliminate terrorism from the country,” he said in a statement.The attack came on a day when Sharif vowed to continue the war against militancy and terrorism till elimination of the last terrorist.advertisementDuring a meeting with Army chief General Raheel Sharif today, the prime minister expressed the resolve to continue the war against terrorism and militancy.The army had launched operation Zarb-e-Azb in June 2014 to flush out militant bases in the northwestern tribal areas. PTI AYZ/MZ/ZH CPS AKJ SUAlast_img read more

Team Europe outclass Team World 13-8 to retain Laver Cup

first_imgRoger Federer and Alexander Zverev won clutch singles matches as Team Europe beat Team World 13-8 to retain the Laver Cup on the third and final day of action in the international tournament in Chicago on Sunday.Federer’s hardfought 6-7(5) 7-6(8) 10-7 victory over American John Isner put the Europeans just three points from their victory target and Zverev got them there with a 6-7(3) 7-5 10-7 win over Kevin Anderson.German Zverev needed to be at his sharpest to get past the South African stalwart but won the final five points of the third set tie-break to ensure Europe would keep the trophy they won at the inaugural event in Prague last year.Watch: Nick Kyrgios calls umpire delusional, gets away with just a warning”It was such a close match all around, not only this one but all weekend, a few points here and there and it could have been different,” said Zverev.”I’m just happy to get the win and we defended the title, that’s the most important thing.”Watch Djokovic’s priceless reaction after hitting Federer with a forehandIt was fitting that 21-year-old Zverev punctuated the triumph for Europe by conquering Anderson, one of the most formidable players of the tournament.Anderson had teamed up with American Jack Sock to knock off Federer and Novak Djokovic in doubles on day one, then defeated Djokovic in a singles contest on Saturday.On Sunday, John McEnroe’s Team World had taken their first lead of the tournament at 8-7 after the opening doubles when Sock and Isner slipped past Federer and Zverev 4-6 7-6(2) 11-9.advertisementFederer needed to save three match points to disarm Isner’s big serve and take the day’s opening singles contest, which like all of Sunday’s matches was worth three points.The World Team needed to win one of the first two singles matches to take the tournament down to the final singles clash between Djokovic and Australian Nick Kyrgios but Zverev’s victory ensured it was not required.Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin and Kyle Edmund were the other members of the triumphant team led by Swedish great Bjorn Borg.”It’s been an unbelievable week,” said Borg. “I’m very proud of my team, we knew it’s going to be very difficult to beat Team World with John as the captain. He has a great team, they’re very professional.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Tendulkar lauds Kohli’s 3rd successive ODI hundred: Incredible feat by a special player

first_imgVirat Kohli on Saturday achieved a feat which even the legendary Sachin Tendulkar couldn’t during his illustrious career.Kohli became the first Indian cricketer to smash three successive hundreds in one-day internationals during the third ODI against the Windies in Pune.And Tendulkar was one of the first ones to wish the Indian captain after yet another dazzling knock.”A hat-trick of hundreds is just an incredible feat by a special player. Well done,” the Little Master wrote on his post on Twitter.A hat-trick of hundreds is just an incredible feat by a special player. Well done @imVkohli. pic.twitter.com/DMc95fCPPXSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 27, 2018Kohli’s knock however, went in vain as India lost to the Windies by 43 runs in the third ODI.Kohli scored 107 off 119 balls but couldn’t take his team over the line as India failed to chase down 284 after the visitors batted first and posted 283 for 9.Despite ending up on the losing side, Kohli managed to break numerous records along the way.Read – Kohli gutted after India lose 3rd ODI vs West Indies: Just a bad day in the officeThis was Kohli’s 23rd century while chasing and his third consecutive in the series and fourth straight century on home soil.In the first two matches, he smashed 140 and 157 not out in Guwahati and Visakhapatnam respectively.The only other batsman to score four consecutive centuries on Indian soil is South Africa’s AB de Villiers.India vs West Indies 3rd ODI: HighlightsThis was also Kohli’s sixth hundred in ODIs in 2018. With the first three coming against South Africa earlier in the year.advertisementEarlier this week Kohli broke Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest to reach 10,000 runs in ODI cricket during the second match against the Windies in which he scored 157 not out. Tendulkar took 259 innings to get to the landmark – Kohli did it in only in 205 knocks.MS Dhoni takes stunning catch: Fans taunt BCCI over T20I snubTendulkar was also one among the many who wished the Delhi batsman and welcomed him to the 10k club.”The intensity and consistency with which you bat is just amazing. @imVkohli, congratulations on achieving 10,000 runs in ODIs. Keep the runs flowing,” Tendulkar tweeted.The intensity and consistency with which you bat is just amazing. @imVkohli, congratulations on achieving 10,000 runs in ODIs. Keep the runs flowing. pic.twitter.com/tQUhY8bHnaSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 24, 2018Kohli became the 13th overall and fifth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar (18426), Sourav Ganguly (11221) and Rahul Dravid (10768) to reach the elite club. MS Dhoni has also scored over 10000 ODI runs (10123) but only 9949 of those have been scored for India. The other 174 runs came for Asia XI.Kohli has a better strike rate than any of the other 12 batsmen by the time they brought up their 10,000th run. He already has 38 hundreds after the latest one on Saturday. During the last game he also became the quickest to 1,000 runs in a calendar year.Kohli also overcame Tendulkar to become the highest run scorer for India against West Indies in Guwahati. Kohli, with his fourth score of 150 and more, also has the most hundreds against the Windies.Kohli also has more than 1000 runs in a calendar year five times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017).last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Starc elated after ‘fantastic’ performance vs West Indies

first_imgMitchell Starc saw plenty of positives after his five-wicket haul helped Australia to a 15-run World Cup win over West Indies on Thursday but it could have been a different story.The fastest man to take 150 wickets in 50 overs cricket dismissed Windies captain Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite and Sheldon Cottrell in the last five overs to finish with figures of 5-46 from his 10 overs at Trent Bridge.”It was probably touch and go there,” the seamer told reporters.”Look, we’ve always had the belief there, and we’ve got plenty of good bowling in our line-up, and we know we’ve got guys that can bowl at the death.”We were always only a couple of wickets away, and at the same time they were probably only a few sticks away from taking the game away from us. A fantastic game of cricket today,” he added.Nathan Coulter-Nile had earlier struck a defiant 92, the highest World Cup score for a number eight batsman, after Australia lost their first five wickets for 79 runs.Starc said Australia were fortunate to get as many as they did, having earlier felt anything over 200 would give them a chance, and they came away with two wins from two games and heaps of positives.”He’s (Coulter-Nile) such a clean striker of the ball, and he hit some fantastic shots today, said Starc. Without his 92, it would have been a real battle for us with the ball.””As long as I can keep contributing to the group the way I’ve done today and hopefully the last couple of weeks, it’s a great sign for the group going forward, and we can start to string performances together, he added.advertisement”If we can all keep contributing and having a great tournament, it’s going to result in some really positive cricket for Australia.”While Coulter-Nile steadied the ship and helped set a competitive total of 288, it was still a close run thing in a match peppered with umpiring errors.One of them was a no-ball that went undetected just before the delivery that finally dismissed West Indies opener Chris Gayle.Starc admitted he had been unaware of the mis-step at the time.”I’m normally pretty close and I’ve actually been a fair way back for the last few weeks,” he said.”I didn’t know I was over there, but someone told me about five minutes ago that I was a fair way over. Got away with that one, fortunately.”Also Read | No regrets: Cricket South Africa on turning down AB de Villiers’ comeback offerAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Yuzvendra Chahal turns guest for Chahal TV after demolishing South AfricaAlso Seelast_img read more

ESPN Analyst Names A College Football Playoff “Sleeper” Team

first_imgTexas' mascot leading the team onto the field.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 27: The Texas Longhorns mascot leads the team onto the field before the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 27, 2008 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 52-10. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)With the 2018 college football season just weeks away at this point, predictions for the upcoming year are starting to roll in at a rapid pace.Most people seem to be picking the same teams to make the College Football Playoff – Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Washington, Penn State, Oklahoma, etc.One ESPN college football analyst named a “sleeper” team for the College Football Playoff during a TV appearance this week.The team: Texas.“Texas. I’m in on Texas for a couple of reasons,” he said, per 247Sports. “They lost four games last year by five points or less. Sam Ehlinger was a true freshman so he had this opportunity to get a ton of experience. Usually a year of experience will be worthy of a couple points. Every game will be worthy of a couple points and those close losses can turn into wins. He reminds me of like a young Tim Tebow in a way. Just listening to him talk, watching him play, he throws the ball a little bit better but watching him play, he reminds me of that.“And then Todd Orlando, the defensive coordinator, is a guy that I know and he’s come out and said ‘I feel like I have the players now to play the attacking style of defense that I want.’ Texas is going to be really interesting.”Texas had a disappointing 2017 season, going 7-6. Expectations are higher entering the 2018 season.Will Tom Herman’s squad be able to deliver?last_img read more

The curse of IPL- only 3 of original 8 intact

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiFebruary 12, 2019UPDATED: February 12, 2019 12:19 IST KKR are of the only three IPL franchises who have remained in their original avatars (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKKR, MI and KXIP have remained intact in terms of ownership patterns and played all 11 seasonsThe original franchise owners are waiting for a windfall after the new broadcast deal kicks inTeam owners, associates, players, principals, cricket board czars and even broadcast CEOs have fallen in the last 11 yearsAs IPL season 12 approaches with great rapidity, only three of the original eight IPL franchises remain in their original avatars. The curse of the IPL has decimated and destroyed many reputations and singed many promoters and barons.And, with a new broadcast deal kicking in, the original franchise owners are waiting for a windfall, a payout in spades for staying the course over the last 11 years.Mukesh Ambani-owned Mumbai Indians; Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla and Jay Mehta-owned KKR; and Mohit Burman (48 per cent), Ness Wadia and Preity Zinta (23 per cent each) and Karan Paul (6 per cent)-promoted Kings XI Punjab have remained intact in terms of ownership patterns and played all 11 seasons.Of the original eight, Vijay Mallya (Royal Challengers Bangalore) has self-destructed and flown the coop to England; Deccan Chargers owner T. Venkat Ram Reddy is hanging on for dear life, his company, Deccan Chronicle Holdings, battling for survival in the NCLT as part of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code; Subroto Roy of Sahara (Pune Warriors) found himself on the wrong side of the Supreme Court to land in jail for two years; Raj Kundra part owner of Rajasthan Royals (RR) and N. Srinivasan, owner of Chennai Super Kings, were turfed out of the IPL for two seasons as penal punishment for match fixing. Worse still, the IPL curse the Super King, N. Srinivasan, himself losing his BCCI and ICC crowns and his sphere of influence eroding.Even as Mallya, the discredited liquor baron, signed off on his deal with Diageo and collected the first tranche of his $75 million payout, the curse of the Indian Premier League had struck one more time.advertisementMallya, a passionate IPL franchise owner, had lost Royal Challengers Bangalore forever, the baleful influence of IPl taking its toll, as Freddie Mercury’s cult song, “Another one bites the dust”, played full tilt in the background. From the day IPL was architected by former IPL chief Lalit Modi on behalf of the Indian cricket board, a large swathe of men and women associated with it have lost their mojo.Lalit Modi himself became its first high-profile victim in the kerfuffle with Srinivasan, who shut him out of the league, the game and the country itself. Over its 11-year history, the list of victims is long and illustrious, the tree having been shaken again and again.Team owners, associates, players, principals, cricket board czars and even broadcast CEOs have fallen by the wayside. The imposing facade of this cathedral of commerce and dubious shenanigans belies its decaying and termite-infested interiors.Lalit Modi, who appropriated all power while he was at the helm, was a victim of both self-aggrandisement and envy. Of the original eight franchise owners, Srinivasan’s Chennai Super Kings and Suresh Chellaram/Manoj Badale/Raj Kundra owned Rajasthan Royals were both turfed out because of their involvement in the betting and spot-fixing scams. Srinivasan lost his presidentship of the board and chairmanship of the ICC and his son-in-law and team principal Gurunath Meyiappan was hounded by the police and other agencies.The biggest casualty, of course, remains the the Board of Control for Cricket in India itself; from purportedly being a charitable organisation working towards the development of the game in the country, it transformed into a commercial organisation that made money from the game through the IPL.Actually, the IPL became the cricket board’s worst enemy, a weapon of mass destruction erasing everything in its path. From taxmen to the Supreme Court, everybody began to hound the BCCI, its unfettered independence under challenge. Its autonomy was questioned by the apex court, its very structure was under the microscope and the Justice R.M. Lodha panel’s prognosis – a radical and tectonic change in the way the board functions.Greed begets greed and that in turn brings envy. Lalit Modi, using Bihar Cricket Association frontman Aditya Verma as a stalking horse, managed to destroy the board’s credibility and the fixing and betting allegations have wrecked the very underlying credo of the game itself in India. The fixed’ Rajasthan Royals versus Chennai Super King game throws into stark relief cricket’s precipitous fall in the country. Big names were involved and while the cover-up has protected them, the team owners, principals and players were barred from the league for two years and cricket itself in the land.Continuing with the curse, another original franchise owner, the flamboyant T. Venkat Ram Reddy, owner of Deccan Chronicle Holdings and Deccan Chargers franchise, has been embroiled in innumerable controversies: arrest, multiple court cases, seizure of assets, bank defaults, fraud, forgery and finally sale of the franchise to the Marans of Sun TV.advertisementThe Marans too have suffered ever since they joined the secret society. They have since sold their airline, SpiceJet, back to its original owner Ajay Singh, have CBI and ED probes against them in the BSNL illegal telephone exchange and the Aircel-Maxis deal. Dayanidhi Maran lost his ministership in the UPA Government. The Marans have limped from one controversy to another.Even Shah Rukh Khan has found himself being repeatedly interrogated by the ED for allegations of round-tripping and inflating the price of shares in Kolkata Knight Riders. Even Ness Wadia and Priety Zinta, team principals at Kings XI Punjab, have fought a bitter and messy battle over love lost, resulting in a molestation case being slapped on the former by the latter in 2014. Last year, the Bombay High Court asked the two to finish off the case.Interestingly the financial fortunes of most team owners – GMR (Delhi Daredevils), Deccan Chronicle Holdings, United Breweries and Sahara – have also slipped alarmingly ever since they joined the axis of cricket. The only franchise which remains unscathed is the one owned by the Regent of Nariman Point, Mukesh Ambani. He has gone from strength to strength rolling out his ambitious Jio service and succeeding in his price warrior vision. GMR’s debt burden has mounted and he has sold 50 per cent of his stake to JSW Steel and the team has been rechristened Delhi Capitals with a massive personnel overhaul. Stories abound over RR trying to bring in a strategic investor and Sanjiv Goenka owner of Rising Pune Supergiants’ name keeps cropping up as am potential suitor, but remains unconfirmed.Of the newbies who came in later, the Kochi Tuskers franchise imploded quickly as Satyajit Gaekwad and the diamantaires fought bitterly over who called the shots. Sunanda Pushkar, who had sweat equity in the original Kochi franchise, was mysteriously found dead in a Delhi hotel room. Her husband Shashi Tharoor lost his ministership in the UPA Cabinet.Even a couple of years after Pushkar’s death, one doesn’t conclusively know whether it was suicide or murder.The other new franchise, Pune Warriors owner, Saharashree’ Subrata Roy, unfortunately very much another victim of the fabled IPL curse, was in Tihar Jail for two years after a protracted battle with market regulator SEBI, is unable to satisfy the apex court of his intentions. The price of his liberty is still decided by the apex court.IPL CEO Sundar Raman was handpicked by Lalit Modi. But his survival instincts forced him to take refuge under the Chennai Super King’s mega umbrella protection service. He too was thrown out after the Supreme Court initiated BCCI/IPl clean-up.One of the earliest victims was IPL broadcaster MSM/Sony Entertainment TV CEO Kunal Dasgupta who, one fine morning, found himself ousted in a palace coup. The toxins have begun to be purged, though the resistance is stiff.Avarice has brought the board to its knees. Without its main frame being dismantled, it will never conform to becoming a patently straightforward organisation, one that is far removed from a private opaque cosy club which is answerable to none.advertisementThe cricket board truncated as it is, is steadily trying to push the envelope against its ‘bete noire’, the CoA, which itself has been reduced to two members with Vikram Limaye and Ramchandra Guha having quit. In this firefight for control, everyday sees a new expose as the cricket board zamindars or what is left of them hit back at the Lodha Panel-appointed and now fatigued CoA.The curse of IPL is a reality and let us see what the new season holds for us.Also Read | IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals to don pink jersey for new seasonAlso Read | Dwayne Bravo has a new song and it’s about Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and AsiaAlso Read | During IPL, women’s T20 event with maximum 3 teamsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow IPLFollow Indian Premier LeagueFollow KKRFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow MIFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow KXIP The curse of IPL – only 3 of original 8 intactOnly three of the original eight Indian Premier League franchises remain in their original avatars – Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab.advertisementlast_img read more

Sarfaraz Ahmed on India vs England World Cup 2019 match: Let the better team win

first_img Saurabh Kumar LeedsJune 29, 2019UPDATED: June 29, 2019 23:49 IST Sarfaraz Ahmed was delighted with Pakistan’s win over Afghanistan. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan went past England to get to the fourth spot in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 points tablePakistan’s chances of qualification in CWC semis will depend on the result of Eng vs Ind matchImad Wasim’s unbeaten 49 guided Pakistan to a much -needed win over AfghanistanPakistan went past England to get to the fourth spot in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 points table after trumping Afghanistan by three wickets in a last-over thriller at Headingley on Saturday.Pakistan have 9 points from 8 matches and if India manages to defeat England in their high-voltage clash on Sunday, the chances for Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men to qualify for the semi-finals will receive a huge boost.Delighted with the turnaround that has seen Pakistan jump from the 9th spot to the top-four in a span of 3 matches, skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed thanked Pakistani fans for their unconditional support throughout the match.”Thanks to almighty. Thanks to all the supporters, they have been cheering us from ball one and I think this is a great win for us,” Sarfaraz said after the win.When asked about the India-England match, Sarfaraz said that Pakistan is not thinking about the game and he hopes that the better team comes out victorious.”Obviously we all are watching (India v England game) but we are not thinking about it and hopefully the better team wins.”Sarfaraz Ahmed was full of praise of Shaheen Afridi and Babar Azam for their continuous good run with the ball and bat. Sarfaraz also lauded Imad Wasim for his heroic performance under immense pressure.Imad Wasim’s unbeaten 49 guided Pakistan to a much -needed win. The left-handed all-rounder held his nerves even as he was losing partners in their chase of 228 runs. Imad stitched an unbeaten 24-run stand with Wahab Riaz as Pakistan sealed the thriller.advertisement”It was not an easy pitch to bat on but, credit should go to Imad for the way he batted till the end. We all know he (Shaheen Afridi) is a good bowler and he is improving day by day and I think he is working hard and he bowled really well today,” added Sarfaraz in the post-match ceremony.Meanwhile, losing captain Gulbadin Naib credited Pakistan for playing well under pressure.”We fought really well, the boys gave their 100%. We missed opportunities to win. Credit to Pakistan, they controlled their nerves. Imad played really well,” Naib said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan survive Afghanistan scare to keep semi-final hopes aliveAlso Read | World Cup 2019: ICC to take action after fans clash during Pakistan vs AfghanistanAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Pakistan vs AfghanistanFollow Sarfaraz Ahmed Sarfaraz Ahmed on India vs England World Cup 2019 match: Let the better team winICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan kept their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals alive with a 3-wicket win over Afghanistan on Saturday at Headingley.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Missing 7yearold Saskatchewan boys body found on beach uncle says

first_imgFORT QU’APPELLE, Sask. – Family of a missing seven-year-old boy in Saskatchewan have confirmed the child’s body has been found, just over a week after his mother was discovered dead from what relatives have said they believe was a swimming accident.Greagan Geldenhuys was last seen Aug. 24 with his mother Tamaine Geldenhuys on a beach near the town of Fort Qu’Appelle northeast of Regina.His mother’s body was found the following day washed up on another beach near a campground about three kilometres away.Greagan’s uncle, Darcy Pantel, said his nephew’s body was located Sunday morning on a beach, but the family has directed further questions to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, which has been assisting the family throughout the search.“There could be more details, but in reality, a mother and son perished after being at the beach on a windy, windy day. They were at the beach because they enjoyed being there together,” Pantel posted later Sunday on Facebook.“Our sadness is real. The loss is real.”RCMP Sgt. Drew Wagner said the body which police believe to be Greagan’s was found by passersby at the same beach on the east end of Echo Lake where the mother’s body was located a week ago.“It was just a couple walking along the beach, walking their dog,” Wagner said.Wagner said police don’t suspect foul play in either death but are still investigating.An RCMP underwater recovery team wrapped up its search for Greagan late last week, but police said the search would continue with a helicopter and boat. They also urged people to check their properties on Echo Lake and nearby Mission Lake, particularly around docks.Volunteers offered assistance with a hovercraft, boats and private planes.A short message announcing the discovery was posted to the Finding Greagan page on Facebook.“Thanks to all who have been involved,” the post concluded.Pantel, in his post, said that while finding the body helps bring closure, it also helps the beginning of the healing process.“Our plea to you is to love your children, teach them to be safe. Don’t turn our sadness into fear of the water, but rather to help them understand the seriousness of water safety,” he wrote, adding it’s also important to teach appreciation for first responders, police and firefighters.“I can’t think of any way that anyone could have been more supportive throughout the entire process. I could not have asked for more.”Jessica Huzyk with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection said they’re asking media to give the family time until they’re comfortable releasing information.Greagan’s older sister, Corrinna Howard, told CJME Radio in Regina last week that Greagan and his mother went to the beach almost every day in the summer.Pantel, meanwhile, told The Canadian Press last week that both were good swimmers. He said there wasn’t any evidence to say anything untoward happened, and that it appeared to be a tragic accident or drowning.Pantel said at the time that his entire family was in Fort Qu’Appelle helping police search for Greagan.Wagner said an autopsy will be performed. The autopsy on the mother was completed last week but police say they are still awaiting the preliminary report from the forensic pathologist.—By Rob Drinkwater in EdmontonNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had an incorrect first name of Greagan’s sister. Her correct name is Corrinna Howard.last_img read more

Photo Exhibition Celebrates 20 Years Of Stars Helping Children

first_imgMoving pictures taken by High Profile UNICEF Supporters have gone on display for the first time, including never before seen snaps taken by Sir Chris Hoy, Michael Sheen and Eddie Izzard, for a new photo exhibition in London.Ewan McGregor and UNICEFEleven well known faces feature in the exhibition, some in photos themselves alongside children they have met around the world and others where the stars have got behind the lens, including a couple of selfies.The full line-up includes Robbie Williams, Lewis Hamilton, Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Roger Moore, Sir Chris Hoy, Michael Sheen, Orlando Bloom, Ewan McGregor, Eddie Izzard, Jessie Ware and Claudia Schiffer, all of whom have supported Unicef’s work for children around the world.On display from the 14th of November at the Le Meridien Hotel in Piccadilly, London, the exhibition celebrates 20 years of partnership between Unicef and Starwood, which has improved the lives of over 4.5 million children. Since 1995 Starwood guests and employees have raised almost $35 million to help Unicef immunise children against killer diseases, provide clean water for communities, distribute life-saving mosquito nets, establish schools, provide counselling for vulnerable children and much more. The exhibition is free to the public and runs until 29th of November.Unicef UK Supporter Lewis Hamilton said: “I remember my first trip with Unicef so well. My mum was with me after the Malaysian Grand Prix, and we flew over to the Philippines to see Unicef’s programmes for children living on the streets of Manila. I couldn’t believe, and still can’t, that over 85,000 children live and work on the streets in the capital city. I met three young boys who lived on a vegetable cart with their parents but thanks to Unicef’s support were able to attend education classes for street children. I met so many children playing in the streets but I’ll never forget the smell of the river in the middle of town where children bathed and swam and the dangers that they face there.”Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore said: “I’m proud to say that I was there at the very beginning of Check Out for Children and even prouder that the partnership is still going strong two decades later. I have visited Unicef programmes around the world and have seen first-hand the incredible difference that is being made to children’s lives.”Among the stars who have taken their own photos for the exhibition, Michael Sheen shared a photo of a young Syrian boy in a refugee camp in Lebanon, Eddie Izzard and Sir Chris Hoy both shared selfies with children they met on their Unicef visits, Jessie Ware shared a photo of children in a Unicef centre in Cameroon and Emma Bunton shared a picture from her visit to meet children in Madagascar.Over 370 hotels across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia are involved in the Check Out for Children partnership. The initiative gives Starwood guests the opportunity to add $1, £1 or €1 to their bill to support Unicef. The funds raised will help Unicef provide clean water and safe sanitation for children and families across Africa and the Middle East.Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East said: “Back in 1995 we teamed up with Unicef and Sir Roger to launch Check Out for Children at The Park Tower Knightsbridge (formerly Sheraton Park Tower) where I was general manager. Two decades later, the initiative expanded widely across our hotels helping improve the lives of over 4.5 million children in more than 40 countries around the world. We are extremely grateful to our guests and employees for sharing our passion to do the right thing and raising nearly $35 million for children in need. I believe this partnership will continue to bring hope and opportunities to many more.”As part of its support, Starwood fundraising has helped Unicef to: • Provide nearly 460,000 Syrian children with an education between 2012 and 2015 • Provide life-saving clean water for 1.8 million people across central and southern Somalia in 2011 (with support of other partners) • Establish 65 schools in Pakistan following devastating floods to help 10,627 children continue their education in 2011 • Distribute 20,000 mosquito nets to remote communities in Ethiopia in 2009 • Immunise an estimated 1 million children against six killer diseases when the partnership began in 1995last_img read more

Prince Harry Hosts Not Forgotten Garden Party At Buckingham Palace

first_imgPrince Harry met injured and ill servicemen and women and veterans at The Not Forgotten Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on 30 May 2017.Prince Harry hosts the annual Not Forgotten Garden PartyCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukThe Party is held every year for ex-servicemen and women from across the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.Each year, the charity organises events for thousands of ex-servicemen and women, including a Christmas party and Garden Party at a Royal residence.Founded in 1920, The Not Forgotten Association has enjoyed Royal patronage since 1921. The current Patron is The Princess Royal.Over 2000 guests enjoyed tea and cake in tents around the lawn, while The Band of the Corps of The Royal Engineers played music near the lake in the grounds of the palace.Find out more about The Not Forgotten Association here.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more

UN agency voices concern after Greece closes camp housing asylumseekers

14 July 2009The United Nations refugee agency today voiced its concern about Greece’s decision to close down a makeshift camp in the city of Patras, and the fate of hundreds of asylum-seekers and refugees that are now homeless as a result of this weekend’s action. Greek authorities cleared the camp on Sunday morning, Ron Redmond, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a news conference in Geneva. “UNHCR has long maintained that the makeshift camp at Patras did not provide appropriate accommodation for the people sheltering there,” he stated. “However, UNHCR is concerned that no alternative has been provided for many of the people who had been living at the site.”The agency said it is important that the asylum-seekers affected by the operation are not expelled from the country until their protection needs have been appropriately assessed.When the authorities moved in, 44 unaccompanied minors were found and transferred to a reception centre in Konitsa in northern Greece. Another 20 to 25 registered asylum-seekers were identified and moved to Patras, while an unknown number of undocumented residents of the camp were arrested and taken to Patras police station, according to UNHCR.“We understand that many former residents – including registered asylum-seekers – abandoned the site before the clearance operation. Their whereabouts are unknown. It is feared that many are homeless,” said Mr. Redmond. He added that after all the residents were evacuated a fire ripped through the camp, the source of which is unknown. UNHCR said it has been urging Greek authorities to improve the quality of its reception facilities for asylum-seekers, and in particular to find adequate solutions for those identified as minors. The agency also highlighted its concern over a new law adopted last week which, among other elements, decentralizes asylum decisions to over 50 police directorates across the country. “These new developments are likely to make protection even more elusive for those who need it in Greece,” said Mr. Redmond.Video Report by UN Television’s 21st Century programme read more

UN holds forum to find ways to tackle problem of youth unemployment

Monday’s meeting is a key preparatory event for the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)’s annual ministerial review in July, which is set to focus this year on the issues of employment and decent work to eradicate poverty.Youth unemployment has soared in both affluent and poor countries since the global financial crisis began in 2008, with the largest annual increase on record reported in 2009. At one point nearly 76 million people aged between 15 and 24 years of age were unemployed worldwide.Many young people with jobs are also suffering, ECOSOC noted in a press release. The Council said it now estimates that about 152 million young workers live in households that are below the poverty line, and they comprise almost a quarter of the total numbers of working poor.The meeting on Monday is expected to feature presentations or remarks from, among others, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, ECOSOC President Miloš Koterec, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang and representatives of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO). 24 February 2012Dozens of representatives from governments, the business sector and civil society groups will gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Monday to discuss ways how they can better collaborate to tackle the problem of youth unemployment worldwide. read more

Bring killers of journalists to justice UN agency seeks media partners for

To help raise awareness of this situation, UNESCO, the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is launching a new campaign, Truth Never Dies, on 2 November, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.The organization is calling for media partners to support the campaign by publishing stories on, or by, journalists who have been killed simply for doing their job, to coincide with the 2 November commemoration. UNESCO has produced a toolkit for media that want to take part.In a statement released on Wednesday, UNESCO said that journalist killings affect the whole of society because they prevent the free circulation of information and all citizens’ expression of opinions and ideas. The message of the campaign is that, by publishing stories of these journalists in the media and demanding that justice be done, truth will not die.2 November was chosen as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists following a resolution passed by the UN General Assembly in 2013. The date was chosen to commemorate the assassination of two French journalists, Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, who were killed on that date in Mali, whilst on assignment. read more

10 easy ways to safeguard your car

Think about who you leave your vehicle keys with. Treat them as you do your house keys – do you know the person you are leaving your keys with? Do you trust them?Check who you are leaving your vehicle keys with. Where possible, check that a company you entrust your keys to is a member of an accredited code of practice or other professional standard such as Motor Codes; the British Parking Association’s Park Mark scheme; or the Car Wash Advisory Service’s WashMark initiative.Think about where you park your vehicle – is it in a safe place? Well-lit and well-populated areas or car parks with security features such as CCTV, manned barriers or gated entry will give you greater peace of mind.Check that your vehicle is locked before leaving it. Listen for the locking noise, watch for the lights to flash or mirrors to fold, or simply pull the door handle.Think about where you leave your spare key. Don’t leave it in your vehicle, and be mindful of how many spares you have and where they are kept.Check that you haven’t left valuables on display in your vehicle. We all know that this can attract opportunist thieves.Check that the vehicle’s windows are closed, even if you are only leaving it for a few minutes. Open windows make it all the easier for thieves to gain access.Think about where you keep your keys at home. Keep them well away from the door or windows and out of sight.Check that your alarm or immobiliser is enabled when you leave your car. A simple check could save considerable expense and inconvenience later.Check whether your vehicle has an alarm or immobiliser. If it doesn’t, think about buying an aftermarket alarm, steering wheel lock or other locking device. These are proven to deter thieves.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Will the Vent Shell Turn Heads

first_imgAG Findings says its new iPhone 4 case, the Vent Shell. has the kind of head-turning style that iPhone users demand. While it may not literally turn any heads, it’s still an attractive case. It comes in vibrant colors and is engineered from strong polycarbonate. It’s a one-piece case that snaps onto your device, leaving the charging port, camera, and controls fully accessible.You can pick up the Vent Shell at AT&T stores for $29.99 in a two-pack that includes both red and black cases. If you’d prefer a two-pack that includes clear and purple cases, visit AT&T’s wireless accessories page. For other colors and combinations, visit the AG Findings Web site.last_img read more

Fifa charge Ireland over Easter Rising commemorative jersey

first_img Short URL Share849 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://the42.ie/3062897 Nov 4th 2016, 12:00 PM Friday 4 Nov 2016, 12:00 PM Fifa charge Ireland over Easter Rising commemorative jersey The kit has come to the fore in recent days because England and Scotland both want to wear the poppy in their upcoming game. 145 Comments WORLD FOOTBALL’S GOVERNING body, Fifa, has charged the Republic of Ireland with wearing a political symbol during a friendly with Switzerland in March.Ireland wore the special jersey to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising but the kit was brought back to public attention this week when British MP Damian Collins cited them as an example of supposed double standards by Fifa.England and Scotland have been in negotiations with Fifa over whether they can wear poppies on black armbands when they play each other in a World Cup qualifier on November 11, which is Armistice Day, the traditional day for Britons to pay tribute to their war dead.Fifa has rejected their request saying it is a political symbol.A Fifa spokesperson said earlier yesterday that the organisation was “evaluating the matter” but today formally opened disciplinary proceedings against the FAI.The FAI has been contacted for comment.Reasons to be cheerful about the League of Ireland despite the challengesEamon Dunphy to launch ‘intelligent, interesting, irreverent’ football podcast By Steve O’Rourke 40,320 Views last_img read more

WATCH Texas And Six Other States Sue To End DACA

first_img Share Following through on a months-old promise, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Tuesday that Texas has filed a lawsuit to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, leading a seven-state coalition to fight an Obama-era immigration measure that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants nationwide from deportation, including more than 100,000 in Texas.Paxton first threatened in June 2017 to sue over the program if President Donald Trump’s administration had not ended it by September.After a federal court’s ruling blocked, Paxton wrote in January that he would consider filing suit if the program still stood in June.“Our lawsuit is about the rule of law, not the wisdom of any particular immigration policy,” Paxton said in a press release.“Texas has argued for years that the federal executive branch lacks the power to unilaterally grant unlawfully present aliens lawful presence and work authorization,” noted Paxton, who added that “left intact, DACA sets a dangerous precedent by giving the executive branch sweeping authority to ignore the laws enacted by Congress and change our nation’s immigration laws to suit a president’s own policy preferences.”ReactionsGilberto Hinojosa, Chair of the Texas Democratic Party, reacted to the lawsuit saying Paxton has a “cruel anti-immigration agenda.”Hinojosa added that the lawsuit “will rip over 124,000 Texans away from their families” and “jeopardize” the state’s economy.Texas State Representative Ana Hernandez, a Democrat who represents District 143, categorized the lawsuit as “frivolous” and added it is “unfortunate” because of “the numerous times that DACA has been upheld in federal court.”Hernandez also touched on the potential economic impact of terminating DACA and argued that it would cost Texas $6 billion in annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and thousands of jobs.The State Representative detailed that the impact in terms of GDP loss is according to studies by the Migration Policy Institute and the Center for American Progress.Todd Schulte, President of FWD.us –which defines itself as a bipartisan organization that promotes policies to keep the United States competitive in a global economy–, said in a statement that the lawsuit “demonstrates why Congress must take immediate action to bring certainty for Dreamers, their families, friends, and coworkers.”You can read the lawsuit here:last_img read more

MoviePass Parent Sets Spinoff Plan to Create MoviePass Entertainment

first_imgIn a bid to save MoviePass, the struggling theater-subscription service’s parent — Helios & Matheson Analytics — announced a plan to spin off the division as a separate, publicly traded entity called MoviePass Entertainment Holdings.HMNY said its board had preliminarily approved the spinoff plan that would combine MoviePass Inc. and other film related assets held by HMNY to create a “vertically integrated” entertainment company.There’s no guarantee Helios & Matheson will be able to execute the spinoff. For one thing, HMNY said that it’s not sure such a transaction is allowed under Delaware law. Meanwhile, the company is under investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office into whether HMNY misled investors, and the company has been sued by investors alleging it deceived shareholders. The proposed MoviePass Entertainment Holdings would include: the shares of common stock of MoviePass Inc. held by HMNY, which currently owns 92% of the outstanding shares; the membership interests of MoviePass Films, HMNY’s movie production company partnered with Emmett Furla Oasis Films; the membership interests of MoviePass Ventures, which was established to acquire completed films; Moviefone, which HMNY bought from Verizon’s Oath earlier this year.“Since we acquired control of MoviePass in December 2017, HMNY largely has become synonymous with MoviePass in the public’s eye, leading us to believe that our shareholders and the market perception of HMNY might benefit from separating our movie-related assets from the rest of our company,” Ted Farnsworth, chairman and CEO of HMNY, said in a prepared statement.Earlier this year, MoviePass touted that it had topped 2 million subscribers for its service letting customers see one movie per day for just $9.95 per month. But the deal was too good to be true: The surge in users caused an enormous cash drain on HMNY and the company was forced to take out several loans. To stay afloat, MoviePass drastically changed its offer in August to limit customers to only three movies per month for the same price and curtailed access to wide-release movies during peak demand.Helios & Matheson said that “if permitted to do so under applicable Delaware law,” it plans to distribute a minority of the outstanding shares of MoviePass Entertainment common stock as a dividend to stockholders of HMNY as of a record date that is yet to be determined, with HMNY retaining control of MoviePass Entertainment.Other caveats on the spinoff plan: According to HMNY, a dividend of MoviePass Entertainment shares and/or a contemplated listing of MoviePass Entertainment on Nasdaq (or an alternate trading market) are “subject to numerous conditions.” Those include: completion of the contemplated reorganization; completion of audited financial statements of MoviePass Entertainment; the filing and effectiveness of a registration statement by MoviePass Entertainment with the SEC; the approved listing of shares of MoviePass Entertainment on Nasdaq or an alternate trading market; and HMNY being permitted to distribute MoviePass Entertainment shares under Delaware law, “of which there is no assurance,” according to Helios & Matheson. Following the MoviePass Entertainment spinoff, HMNY plans to retain its ownership of Zone Technologies and would discontinue its previously announced plan to spin off Zone. HMNY said it plans to continue focusing on data analytics and consumer-centric technologies. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

These Studio Ghibli Coasters Are Too Cute For Words

first_img Do you use coasters? I just like to set my drink down wherever there’s a flat space because I’m a barbarian, but if I had cute enough coasters, I could probably be convinced to use them. I’m thinking about it with this set of fuzzy new coasters based on popular Studio Ghibli characters. Benelic, the operator of the “Donguri Kyowakoku” coasters, has brought us a new series of coasters that might just melt your heart if you’re not careful.The line features Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service, Calcifer from Howl’s Moving Castle, forest sprites from My Neighbor Totoro, the Soot Sprite from Spirited Away, all done in 100% wool. They’ve all even been made by hand in Nepal, hand-stitched and available for about 1,300 yen ($11.50) apiece.They’re absolutely gorgeous, and they’re worth even more than that thanks to the fact that workers carefully craft these with their hands instead of relying on machines to do all the work. That’s impressive! Can you imagine putting them together like that, all day? They out to charge at least double the price for that kind of intensive work, especially since each coaster needs to be the same.If you want to purchase a set of these coasters, you’ll have to actually take your Ghibli-loving self down to Donguri Kyowakoku, as it doesn’t seem there’s a way to purchase them online just yet. But keep your eyes peeled as you never know when these goodies are going to make their way to an online location near you. And if you’re feeling crafty, you might consider making copycat versions to tide you over until you’ve got the real thing too. AdamTots Presents: Kiki’s Dealer ServiceMay’s Garden House Restaurant is The First Licensed Totoro Restaurant Stay on targetlast_img read more

Discovery could lead to more difficult Sudoku puzzles

first_img Explore further A standard 9×9 Sudoku matrix. Image credit: Héctor Rodríguez. (PhysOrg.com) — A new analysis of number randomness in Sudoku matrices could lead to the development of more difficult and multi-dimensional Sudoku puzzles. In a recent study, mathematicians have found that the way that numbers are arranged in Sudoku puzzles is even more random than the number arrangements in randomly-generated matrices. The counter-intuitive discovery may enable researchers to develop algorithms that generate Sudoku matrices with fewer clues, making them more difficult to solve. Citation: Discovery could lead to more difficult Sudoku puzzles (2010, February 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-discovery-difficult-sudoku-puzzles.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Toy Robot to Solve Sudoku (w/ Video)center_img — Paul K. Newton and Stephen A. DeSalvo. “The Shannon entropy of Sudoku matrices.” Proceedings of the Royal Society A. doi: 10.1098/rspa.2009.0522.– Via: ABC Science More information: Mathematicians Paul Newton and Stephen DeSalvo of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles have published the results of their study in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society A. “I think it will help develop multi-dimensional Sudoku puzzles, and answer questions about how to give the initial [clues] in order to create a hard, but still solvable Sudoku puzzle,” Newton said in an article at ABC Science.Sudoku is a number puzzle consisting of a 9×9 grid, whose 81 boxes are filled in with the numbers 1 through 9 in a way that meets certain criteria. Each number can only appear once per row and once per column, as well as only once in each of the nine 3×3 sub-grids that make up the matrix. In 2006, researchers (Felgenhauer and Jarvis) found that there are about 6.67 x 1021 different Sudoku matrices that satisfy these three criteria. In contrast, the total number of different 9×9 randomly generated matrices is much greater: 981. The ratio of these two numbers, or the probability of randomly generating a Sudoku matrix by randomly selecting each number in each box independently, is very small: about 3 x 10-56. This small probability results from the constraints put on Sudoku matrices.In their study, Newton and DeSalvo wanted to find out how exactly random a Sudoku matrix is, given these constraints. To answer this question, they generated a representative sample of about 10,000 matrices and compared them to randomly generated matrices. They were surprised to find that Sudoku matrices are actually more random than randomly-generated matrices. This result is counterintuitive since you would expect that, the more constraints on a matrix, the less random it will be. Instead, the rules of Sudoku seem to “weed out” matrices with patterns. For example, as Newton explained, a randomly generated matrix could potentially consist of all one number, alternating numbers, or some other pattern not allowed in Sudoku. The imposed high level of number distribution in Sudoku gives it a higher level of entropy, making it more random than random matrices.Newton and DeSalvo predict that this greater understanding of Sudoku could lead to better Sudoku-generating algorithms that create more difficult puzzles. Currently, Sudoku puzzles require at least 17 numbers to be given in their correct boxes in order for the puzzle solver to find a unique solution. The new study could decrease that number, making it more difficult to solve the puzzles. Future algorithms might also develop more complex 3D Sudoku cubes. “I think it will give people a lot of insight into how to produce better algorithms for constructing Sudoku matrices and it will enable ultimately the very fast learning algorithms that solve Sudoku matrices,” Newton said.Australian mathematician Marcel Jackson of Latrobe University in Melbourne, who was not affiliated with the study, added that understanding Sudoku matrices better might also be useful in coding information to minimize the effect of errors in transmission. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more