Premier Announces Staff Resource Support for Communities Impacted by Bowater Closure

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter today, June 20, took another step to support workers, families and small businesses owners on the South Shore by forming a provincial response team. The province’s Bowater Response Team will bring together expertise and resources from across government for a comprehensive, co-ordinated approach to get supports and services for the people and families who need them. “This is a top priority for government and we are committed to do what it takes to see this community and industry through a very tough time,” said Premier Dexter. “We are mobilizing to meet immediate needs and plan for long-term opportunities that will create good jobs and a stable economy.” Jeff Larsen, Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism executive director of investment and trade, and Allan Eddy, Department of Natural Resources senior director, will lead the response team. It will also include resources from the departments of Labour and Advanced Education, Natural Resources, Community Services, Energy and Nova Scotia Business Inc. The team will support transition advisor Ron Smith, who was appointed earlier this week to help communities impacted by the Bowater mill closing, map their future. The provincial team will take options and ideas submitted by Mr. Smith’s transition committee and determine what the province can do to implement them. The province’s response team is also identifying all provincial supports, programs and services that can help impacted families and make them available. “The people of the South Shore deserve the best opportunities for long-term prosperity and we are doing everything we can to meet their immediate needs while also helping plan for a better tomorrow,” said Premier Dexter. The response team will focus on three key areas: The team will also meet with the forestry sector to discuss immediate needs. The province is also gathering information on the 500,000 acres of land for sale by Resolute. “The premier clearly understands the need to create momentum across provincial and municipal governments, and the regional development authority so that we identify and capitalize on new opportunities and turn the closure of this mill from the tragedy it is today, to a promising future,” said Queens County Mayor John Leefe. A team of career counsellors and job training specialists are also in the area to support affected workers. Community Adjustment: Help community, workers and businesses through transition. Increase and diversify the local skills base. Economic Diversification: Identify growth opportunities in key sectors. Implement strategies to attract investment and create jobs. Support entrepreneurship. Forestry Transition and Supply Chain: Pursue opportunities to support the forestry sector. Transition regional forestry sector and supply chain. Identify short, medium and long term opportunities for forestry innovation.last_img read more

Delhi fire dept to conduct audit of coaching institutes in Capital

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Fire service is planning to conduct an audit of all coaching institutes running in the national Capital from Monday to avert Surat-like fire tragedy in which at least 22 students died, officials said. However, small coaching institutes, which are functioning in buildings below 15 metres, do not come directly under the fire department’s jurisdiction, a senior official.”Small coaching institutes do not come directly under our jurisdiction, but still we will start from Monday inspections of coaching institutes which are functioning in buildings above 15 metres and facts will be checked whether they have applied for license and if not, notice will be issued against them,” Delhi chief Fire officer Atul Garg said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe process has been initiated and the department will issue a public notice soon and buildings which are found to be violating norms will be checked, a senior fire officer said. It will take some time, but the department will not spare those who are found to be flouting the norms and appropriate action will be taken against them, the officer said. “The fire department called a meeting on Saturday of all the senior officers to discuss the issue and the department is searching how to deal with small coaching institutes, and if required, we will approach the government as well.The Delhi Fire Department is prepared for any tragedy like Surat. As far as preparedness is concerned, the department is ready to tackle any tragedy and Delhi is much safer,” Garg said. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”On Thursday, the department rescued 30 people safely after a major fire broke out on the fifth floor of a building in Nehru Place here. No casualties were reported in the incident, he said. A senior SDMC official, when contacted, said, “Municipal authorities are not authorised to issue fire licence for any building. Whether a building is large or small, we just clear building plans. The process to apply for plan clearance is online and applicants have to submit fire safety NOC within a stipulated time, otherwise the application is deemed incomplete and hence rejected,” he said. Earlier on Friday, a massive fire engulfed a four-storey commercial complex in Gujarat’s Surat, killing at least 22 teenage students at a coaching centre, many of whom jumped and fell to their deaths while some were suffocated, officials said.last_img read more

Funeral planned for Canadian killed fighting ISIL mother

first_imgThe mother of a Canadian killed while secretly fighting Islamic State militants in Syria says she’s relieved she’ll finally be able to lay her son to rest months after his death.Tina Martino says a funeral will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church in Niagara Falls, Ont., on Wednesday for her 24-year-old son, Nazzareno Tassone.She says Tassone’s body, which was repatriated just over a week ago, will first travel from Toronto down the Highway of Heroes.Martino says the memorial will take place exactly a year after her son left home and exactly six months after his death — a coincidence she says she was shocked to discover.Tassone was killed on Dec. 21 in the city of Raqqa while fighting militants associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL.The young man had told his family that he was going to Iraq to teach English, but he secretly slipped into Syria to join forces with a U.S.-backed Kurdish group called the YPG.The YPG told Tassone’s family that his body was taken by ISIL militants, and wasn’t recovered until May.A few weeks later, Martino received the results of an autopsy conducted in Iraq, which she said concluded her son died from a blow to the head, not a gunshot wound as she had previously been told.The autopsy report also found her son had broken bones, cigarette burns to his body and face, and marks that suggested he had been bound, she said.It confused the family, however, because it listed Tassone as having a different hair colour, being several inches taller than he was and more than a decade older.Even after officials said they had confirmed his identity through dental records, Martino said she initially had her doubts that the man whose body had been brought back was her son.An autopsy has since been conducted in Canada, and while the full results are not yet available, Martino said the coroner’s office confirmed the body is indeed that of her son.“I’m relieved to know that it was him,” she said Tuesday. “On the other hand I was pretty depressed to find out from the autopsy that was done in Iraq what had happened to his body.”Martino said she’s proud her son will be honoured in a procession and hopes saying goodbye will help her get closure.“Knowing that he was coming home, a different feeling came over me, that it’s time to get back to work,” she said. “All my answers have been answered.”last_img read more

Common And Michael Strahan Added to An Evening of Comedy Music Benefit

first_imgToday GOOD+ Foundation, a national nonprofit founded by Jessica Seinfeld that addresses multi-generational poverty, revealed that recording artist, actor and activist Common will perform and Pro Football Hall of Famer and distinguished co-host of Good Morning America Michael Strahan will make a special appearance at the 2018 GOOD+ Foundation Benefit on Wednesday, September 12 presented at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City.“An Evening of Comedy + Music” will also feature previously revealed headlining performances by renowned comedian Jerry Seinfeld, along with Leslie Jones, Gad Elmaleh and Sebastian Maniscalco as well as musical sensation John Legend. Common will also perform alongside Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins of his supergroup, August Greene, who will act as the evening’s official house band. Additional VIP guests to be announced in the coming weeks.Since 2001, GOOD+ Foundation has provided low-income families with the social services, education, support and dignity necessary to outgrow poverty and create an upward trajectory for their children. This special evening, which will raise over $2 million for GOOD+, will celebrate the organization’s accomplishments and its evolution to better engage fathers for the benefit of their children, families and communities.“Becoming a father made me see the world differently, and the love I have for my daughter is unparalleled,” said Common. “I’m passionate about our youth and making sure they with their families have the necessary items and tools to succeed, and that is why I am so proud to support GOOD+ Foundation and their groundbreaking work for a night of comedy and music.”“We are deeply grateful to the people, friends and supporters who are helping us create this incredible evening to celebrate GOOD+ Foundation’s accomplishments and vision ahead,” said Jessica Seinfeld, founder and president of GOOD+ Foundation. “It is only through their support that we are able to continue in our commitment to create meaningful change and strengthen families across the country.”Jerry Seinfeld added, “A strong family is the most important influence in anyone’s life. I am humbled and honored that so many friends would offer their time, talent and energy to help advance the work GOOD+ Foundation is doing to help men and women be the parents they want to be.”The evening will include a pre-show cocktail reception, two-hour benefit program featuring comedic and musical performances plus a post party celebration at the nearby Ziegfeld Ballroom. Tickets and ticket packages are now on-sale at www.carnegiehall.org and www.goodplusfoundation.org, respectively.The 2018 GOOD+ Benefit will be supported by Presenting Sponsor Samsung Electronics America, Platinum Sponsors Johnson & Johnson, Tiedemann Advisors and Valentino, as well as Gold Sponsors American Express, Delta Air Lines and Hearst.last_img read more

Crocs Dawgs decadelong legal battle over clogs moves to Canadian courts

first_imgVANCOUVER – A legal battle between the maker of ubiquitous plastic clogs and a Saskatchewan footwear company escalated as both filed lawsuits against the other in Canada, moving a decade-long dispute outside the U.S.Crocs, Inc. filed a suit against Saskatoon-based Double Diamond Distribution Ltd. earlier this month alleging the company, which makes and sells Dawgs shoes, infringes on its design.Crocs said its mammoth clogs — the company’s classic plastic clog with a backstrap — and its similar shearling lined version are protected by U.S. patents and a certificate of registration under Canada’s Industrial Design Act.The company alleged in its statement of claim that the competitor’s so-called fleece Dawgs copy its product design.None of the allegations have been proved in court.Crocs wants Double Diamond to give them or destroy any of its products that mimic its Crocs design and unspecified financial damages, among other monetary pay outs.“That’s a very weak patent. I’m not too concerned about that,” said Steven Mann, CEO of Double Diamond and its American counterpart, USA Dawgs Inc.The company’s lawyers are working on a statement of defence, Mann said, adding his design has about 35 differences when compared to the Crocs shoe.He believes his clog competitor filed the suit as “a retaliation complaint” after his filing in a Saskatoon court targeting Crocs several days prior.Double Diamond alleges Crocs misled consumers and retailers since 2003 by claiming the Croslite material it uses to make all its shoes is patented.The statement of claim alleges the material was never patented and points to recent financial filings where the company says Croslite is not patented, despite promotional material claiming otherwise. The false statements steered business away from competitors to Crocs, it reads.None of the allegations have been proven in court, and Crocs, which has yet to file a statement of defence, said they are without merit.“Any allegations made by Dawgs are a tactic to harass the company and its employees,” the statement read.Merchant Law Group LLP, which is representing Double Diamond, also launched a class-action lawsuit a few days later on behalf of lead plaintiff Timothy Ducie and anyone who has purchased Crocs made with Croslite. The suit makes the same allegations.Crocs denies the allegations in that suit as well.Mann said he filed his suit as “a survival move” and said the two companies have been embroiled in legal battles since 2006 with similar suits ongoing in the States.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Bihar alliance almost sealed

first_imgNew Delhi: In a major development that may give Congress a reason to ‘feel happy’, the seat-sharing agreement between grand alliance members in Bihar has been ‘almost finalised’.According to party insiders, the Congress is likely to contest 11 seats in the state, while regional satrap Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) would get 20 seats out of total 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state. The remaining nine seats would be shared among other partners of the Mahagadbandhan such as Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), which is headed Upendra Kushwaha, and Jitan Ram Manjhi led Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and two others. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!While talking to Millennium Post, AIIC state in-charge of Bihar Shaktisinh Gohil said, “All the constituents of Grand Alliance had a healthy discussion over seat sharing formula on Wednesday. All of the alliance partners agreed on the formula that was decided during the meeting. There is no confusion over the seat sharing.” Gohil further said that the final decision in this regard would be announced on Sunday (March 17). “Not only seat arrangements, we also discussed about the probable names of winnable candidates too. There were some disagreement among partners over a few seats and we are hopeful that it would be sorted out soon,” Gohil said, adding that all parties in the Grand Alliance would be given full respect and the decision would be announced in the next few days. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedAccording to sources, Congress has even finalised names of its candidates. Congress is likely to field Nikhil Kumar from Aurangabad, the parliamentary constituency which was represented by Sushil Kumar Singh of the BJP. Former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar may contest from Sasaram Lok Sabha seat, sitting MP Ranjeet Ranjan would again be fielded from Supaul seat, Tariq Anwar, who had switched his side from NCP, would be fielded from Katihar Lok Sabha constituency, etc. The general election is scheduled to begin on April 11 and will continue till May 19. Polling on the different seats will be held in Bihar in seven phases. The Mahagathbandhan comprises old allies like the Congress and the RJD, besides new entrants such as RLSP, HAM, Sharad Yadav’s Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) and the Vikashsheel Insaan Party (VIP), an outfit floated by former Bollywood set designer Mukesh Sahni. The RJD had fought 27 seats in the 2014 general elections, though it managed to win only four. Meanwhile, in a major blow to the Opposition’s bid to bring BSP to its side, the party headed by Mayawati has rejected the RJD’s offer to join the alliance. As per the sources, the BSP has decided to contest all 40 seats in the state. The BSP’s decision came around two months after RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav met Mayawati at her residence in Lucknow, wished her on her birthday and sought her blessings. “BSP has decided to contest on all 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar with its complete strength,” a party leader said, adding that the party has identified 10 crucial seats on the basis of social equations and proximity to Uttar Pradesh and is paying special attention to these constituencies.last_img read more

Princess Lalla Salma Chairs Opening Ceremony of 22nd Fez Festival of

Fez – Princess Lalla Salma, accompanied by Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, chaired, Friday in Fez, the opening ceremony of the 22nd Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, held under the high patronage of King Mohammed VI.Upon her arrival at the historic square of Bab Makina, Princess Lalla Salma and Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser reviewed a detachment of the Auxiliary Forces who made the honors before being greeted by Interior Minister, Mohamed Hassad, Minister of Culture, Mohamed Amine Sbihi, Wali of the Fez-Meknes region, Governor of the prefecture of Fez, Essaid Zniber, and Chairman of the region, Mohand Laenser.Princess Lalla Salma and Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser were also greeted by the President of the Council of the city of Fez, President of the prefectural assembly of Fez, the President of Al-Mechouar Fès-Jdid Council, the President and Director General of the “Fez Spirit” Foundation, as well as by members of the organizing committee of the Festival, which runs until June 14. Afterwards, Princess Lalla Salma, accompanied by Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser, joined the official stand where their Highnesses attended the inaugural concert of the festival, “Sky Full of Stars”, a tribute to the legendary women of the East and Morocco whose stories were told by Scheherazade.At the end of this evening, Princess Lalla Salma and Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser were greeted by a large number of artists who participated in this inaugural show.Like the previous editions, the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music offers an anthology of musical expressions of different world cultures and traditions, free concerts to the public and Sufi evenings and other educational activities.Held under the theme “Female Founders,” this edition is an opportunity to pay tribute to female builders through an original creation and artists coming from several countries, notably Moroccan Samira Said and Hindi Zahra, Iranian Sahar Mohammadi, Iraqi Farida Muhammad Ali, Malian Oumou Sangaré or Reunion Christine Salem and Brazil’s Virginia Rodrigues.With MAP read more

Top UN envoy speaks out against death penalty following Afghan executions

8 October 2007The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today expressed concern at the recent execution of 15 prisoners in the capital, Kabul – the first time the death penalty has been used in three years. “The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan has been a staunch supporter of the moratorium on executions observed in Afghanistan in recent years,” said UNAMA chief Tom Koenigs, recalling that the UN had previously stated its concern over the use of the death penalty. In a statement, he acknowledged the sovereign right of the Afghan people and their Government to decide how to carry out their own laws, but called for Afghanistan to “continue working towards attaining highest human rights standards and ensuring that due process of law and the rights of all citizens are respected.”“It is my personal view that the death penalty should be abolished worldwide,” he added.Also today, UNAMA reported that more than 353,000 Afghans have returned to their homes so far this year – nearly 348,000 of them from Pakistan and more than 5,000 from Iran – with the assistance of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Over 16,000 Afghans returned to their home country from Pakistan and Iran last month, UNAMA’s Nazifullah Salarzai told reporters in Kabul, adding that the pace of returns is slowing down as winter approaches.“We’re now seeing return numbers averaging 200 per day – down from a peak of over 12,000 assisted returns per day in April,” Mr. Salarzai stated.While UNHCR’s voluntary repatriation operation from Iran will continue throughout the winter, its operation from Pakistan will take a “winter break” at the end of October and then resume next March.Since 2002, some 5 million Afghan refugees have returned to their battle-scarred homeland, mostly from Pakistan and Iran, a majority aided by UNHCR. Most of the 3 million registered Afghans remaining in neighbouring countries have been abroad for more than two decades. read more

BP agrees to record settlement estimates total cost of Gulf spill will

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announces a state settlement with BP for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Thursday, July 2, 2015, at the Capitol building in Montgomery, Ala. BP and five Gulf states announced an $18.7 billion settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant’s oil spill in 2010. The settlement also involves Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. (Albert Cesare/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP) by Kevin McGill, Rebecca Santana And Michael Kunzelman, The Associated Press Posted Jul 2, 2015 7:23 am MDT Last Updated Jul 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW ORLEANS – Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agreed Thursday to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in a deal the company said would bring its full obligations to an estimated $53.8 billion.Federal and state government officials touted the record-breaking $18.7 billion agreement as a historic milestone in the Gulf Coast’s recovery. The Deepwater Horizon disaster killed 11 rig workers and spewed millions of gallons of crude that stained beaches, coated wildlife and polluted marshes.BP also gets a valuable return: Much of the payments, to be made over the next 18 years, could be tax-deductible. And by finally providing shareholders with a clearer cost picture, the London-based oil giant will be freer to embark on new ventures.“This allows us to manage BP as an oil company,” BP CEO Bob Dudley said during a conference call. He said BP could launch as many as 20 major new projects by 2020, depending on oil prices.The Justice Department said Thursday’s agreement would be the largest environmental settlement in U.S. history as well as the largest-ever civil settlement with a single entity. Civil claims by the five Gulf states and the federal government were, by far, the largest unresolved piece of BP’s financial obligations for the spill.BP’s total spill-related cost estimate also includes roughly $29 billion on response and cleanup expenses and compensation for Gulf Coast businesses and residents.“It’s time for the company to move on,” said Brian Youngberg, an energy analyst for Edward Jones. “It’s definitely a win for BP. No company can really do well when you have such a big litigation issue hanging over it.”In 2012, BP reached a similar settlement agreement with private attorneys for businesses and residents who claim the spill cost them money. That deal, which didn’t have a cap, led to a protracted court battle over subsequent payouts to businesses. A court-supervised claims administrator is still processing many of these claims.The broad outlines of the deal were described in Thursday’s court filing, but a confidentiality order is keeping the fine print under seal. Eventually, there will be a public comment period on the agreement’s merits before a federal judge decides whether to accept it, the Justice Department said.U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who presided over a three-phased trial, already found BP grossly negligent in the nearly 134 million-gallon spill.While analysts praised the announcement, some environmental advocates complained that government officials should have held out for more money.“If the court approves this proposal, BP will be getting off easy and ‘we the people’ will not be fully compensated for the natural resource damages that we suffered, and the law requires that the public is made whole for those damages,” said Jacqueline Savitz, U.S. vice-president for Oceana, a group dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans.Investors pushed BP shares up 5 per cent in late afternoon trading. The Fitch rating firm said the deal will “considerably strengthen” BP’s credit profile and would likely lead to an upgrade if approved.By staggering payments over 18 years, the deal would enable BP to pay dividends to shareholders and have enough financial flexibility for future deals and projects. The total is larger than BP had provisioned for, but without a settlement, the company faced still-larger Clean Water Act penalties.David Uhlmann, a University of Michigan law professor and former chief of the Justice Department’s environmental crimes section, said BP’s total price tag is “staggering” but includes many tax-deductible costs. “Settlements always involve trade-offs and compromises, and this one is no different,” Uhlmann said.The criminal and civil penalties BP has agreed to pay are not tax-deductible, but restitution and other business expenses often are.U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the settlement “would bring lasting benefits to the Gulf region for generations to come.” The deal includes $8.1 billion in payments to state and local governments in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas for natural resource damage. It also includes a $5.5 billion Clean Water Act penalty, most of which the states would share.Louisiana suffered most of the spill’s environmental impact and would get the largest share, about $6.8 billion.Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said litigation could have dragged on for years, delaying the state’s recovery. “Today’s settlement is a game-changer for Louisiana, its communities and its families,” he said.The agreement only leaves a handful of relatively minor loose ends for BP, including claims by people who either opted out or were not covered by 2012 settlement with private lawyers.The April 2010 blowout of BP’s Macondo well also spawned a federal criminal probe that resulted in manslaughter charges against two rig supervisors whose trial is set for next year.___Contributors include Associated Press reporters Jonathan Fahey in New York; Melinda Deslatte in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Emily Wagster Pettus in Jackson, Mississippi; Tamara Lush in Tampa, Florida; and Kim Chandler in Montgomery, Alabama. 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Hero son carried disabled mother down 24 flights of stairs during Grenfell

first_img“With all the smoke and the flames it really is unbelievable.”A cousin told the tabloid: “Shekeb is  the most loving and caring man — a strong young boy who loves his family more than anything.“He did what any son would do and he got his mother to safety. We do not know where Saber is. We hope he is alive.” He said: “Shekeb needed to get her out quickly. He took her arms, put them around his neck and carried her over his back down all 24 floors.”Flora was still in a coma in hospital last night, and Mr Neda is in hospital too.Friends said he is awake and “getting better”.The father of the family, Mohammed ‘Saber’ Neda, remained in the flat and is missing.The 57-year-old was last heard from at 2.20am when he made a frantic phone call to a relative to say that the building was burning and that there was “no help”.Fahim Muzhary, 62, whose son is a friend of Shekeb, told The Sun: “He is a hero. In the chaos, all the screaming and shouting, he picked up his mother and carried her down from the very top floor. “He sprinted with her down the stairs the whole way. I just don’t know how he did it. He must have summoned the strength somehow in the moment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A heroic son carried his disabled mother as he battled his way right from the top of the burning tower block all the way down the stairs to the bottom.Graduate Shekeb Neda, 24, carried Flora, 55, on his back through smoke down the staircase.His parents are from Afghanistan and he recently graduated from Kingston university with a degree in mechanical engineering.His uncle Aref, 54, told The Sun about how the Mrs Neda, who suffers from a  muscle ­disease, collapsed from the smoke which was entering their home.last_img read more

MI5 tried to recruit convicted terrorist by taking him to see Stoke

first_imgThe court heard the suspect was taken to Stoke’s Britannia Stadium by a spyCredit:JMP/REX/Shutterstock Counter terror officers warned Aziz about the content on his phone and the laws on extremism and then said they wanted to work with him, but jurors heard “he didn’t seem keen”.He is on trial accused of plotting a knife rampage with Rahman, Naweed Ali, 29, and Khobaib Hussain, 25, who called themselves the “Three Musketeers” and allegedly shared ‘”the same radical belief in violent jihad”.Prosecutors say the terror plot involved a samurai sword and a meat cleaver with the word “Kafir” scratched onto the blade.The Old Bailey heard all four men were arrested after a stash of weapons, ammunition, and a half-made pipe bomb were found in Ali’s black Seat Leon car in Birmingham following a “covert technical operation” on August 26 last year.They deny all charges and claim evidence has been planted by MI5 agents to frame them.Ali and Hussain, both of Sparkhill, Birmingham, Rahman, and Aziz, both in Stoke, each deny a single charge of preparing for acts of terrorism between 25 May and August 27 last year under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.The trial continues. MI5 agents tried to recruit a convicted terrorist to inform against hate preacher Anjem Choudary by taking him to see Stoke City FC, a court heard.Tahir Aziz, 38, heard about the proposed deal during a secret chat with his Islamist friend Mohibur Rahman, 32, who insisted on speaking face-to-face because he feared his phone was being tapped by the police.Rahman revealed he had been taken to the VIP section of the Premier League club’s Britannia Stadium by two agents who tried to persuade him to act as an informant against hate preacher Anjem Choudary. Radical preacher Anjem ChoudaryCredit:AP Photo/Tim Ireland Mr Vaughan said: “Did that put you off being a friend of his?”Aziz continued: “No, because he wasn’t up to anything.” Radical preacher Anjem Choudary The court heard the suspect was taken to Stoke's Britannia Stadium by a spy “They were trying to recruit him, they were offering him money.”Mr Vaughan asked: “That’s what he told you?”Aziz answered: “Yeah. I seen the picture of the cheque, the letter he had been sent. It was a bit of a shock that he was involved with the secret service.” Aziz claims he was stunned when Rahman showed him a picture of the payment cheque he had turned down.The former Primark worker told Old Bailey jurors “I wouldn’t have had nothing to do with him [Rahman]” if he suspected he had joined forces with the secret services.Kieran Vaughan QC, defending Aziz, said: “Did he ever talk to you about MI5?”Aziz replied: “He mentioned on some occasions where they had taken him, so for example when they took him to Britannia Stadium. The defendant said he thought Rahman was “a bit odd” when he met him during Ramadan in 2015, while Mr Vaughan told jurors he ‘has been described as paranoid at times by various people’.Aziz said: “He would say remarks like ‘oh, we shouldn’t talk about MI5’, things like that, ‘you don’t know who’s listening to your conversations’.”You could just be talking about general stuff, Syria or the infighting between Isis and Al Qaeda.”He didn’t trust phones, he just generally didn’t trust mobile phones.”Aziz said he also turned down the chance to work with counter terror officers after police raided his home in Stoke and seized his family’s electronic devices during a search in January last year.”They took my sister’s laptop, my mum’s phone, dad’s phone, they took everything that there was connected to the internet,” he added.When Aziz attended a police station in February 2016 to get his property back after it had been analysed “police wanted to engage with him to assess his stance on Islam”, the court heard.”Aziz spoke of his moderate take on Islam and his desire to be a good father and son,” said Mr Vaughan. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

IPL Mumbai rue bad luck and a poor finish

The Pandya brothers are ecstatic after dismissing Glenn Maxwell BCCI(ESPNcricinfo) Mumbai Indians are languishing at the bottom of the league after three successive losses. Two of those matches went down to the last ball, and the other to the penultimate delivery. A couple of those games were lost by a one-wicket margin too. Mumbai are the only team to not have won a toss this season, and Rohit Sharma’s bad luck has hurt them.Teams have chosen to chase in all nine matches so far this IPL season, and won eight of them. The only unsuccessful chase was when Delhi Daredevils were set 71 to win in six overs in a rain-hit match. It is some credit to Mumbai that they have lost all the tosses and yet come so close to winning all the matches. They have the season’s top run-scorer, Suryakumar Yadav, and highest wicket-taker, Mayank Markande, in the dressing room, but no wins to show for it.Against Delhi Daredevils on Saturday, in favourable chasing conditions at the Wankhede, Mumbai deployed a new plan once they lost the toss again. They opened with Suryakumar Yadav and he succeeded, playing unrestrained strokes on the ground where he has grown up playing domestic cricket.Along with Evin Lewis, Suryakumar gave Mumbai their best Powerplay in the IPL and the highest opening stand this season. It was the perfect platform for the middle order to launch from, especially after No. 3 Ishan Kishan’s 44 off 23 balls.Mumbai were 158 for 2 with Kishan and Rohit Sharma batting and five overs to go. Kieron Pollard and the Pandya brothers were wickets in hand. The struggle that followed in the next 21 deliveries was unexpected. Pollard was bowled first ball, Rohit and Hardik Pandya were undone by slower deliveries from Trent Boult. Krunal Pandya inside edged to the keeper and Mumbai ended on 194 for 7.Rohit said later that Mumbai “had not capitalised on the last five overs” and “were not consistent in terms of how they wanted to take the innings through, not able to finish off games.”Suryakumar also said Mumbai should have scored well over 200. “We were 10-15 runs short but still 180-plus score is a good score on any ground,” he said after the match. “It was defendable when we started, while fielding we wanted momentum and to take early wickets but we couldn’t get back. They batted really well and did not give us a chance in first 10-12 overs.“It is little disappointing, not getting even one [win] out of three [matches]. But we know it has been done in the past as well, few games don’t take away anything. It’s a long tournament, we just need one game, then the momentum will be built from there.”Like Mumbai, Daredevils also changed their opening combination by picking England’s Jason Roy instead of New Zealand’s Colin Munro. They also sent Rishabh Pant at No. 3, a position he had batted at only three times last season with a strike rate of 208. Glenn Maxwell, Shreyas Iyer and Daniel Christian were the middle-order muscle, and they didn’t need Christian on the day.“As the situation demands, you have to be ready at any number you bat and all the players have to be on their toes,” Iyer said after he saw the chase through with Roy. “You have to get the best results at any position you are told to bat at. In some matches, the luck didn’t go our way but obviously all of us are hitting the ball really well.”Daredevils had had little luck in their rain-shortened chase against Royals in Jaipur three days ago. Like it did for Gambhir’s men, Mumbai will hope theirs improves by the time Royal Challengers Bangalore come calling on Tuesday. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMcClenaghan, Bumrah help Mumbai extend lead at topApril 22, 2017In “Sports”IPL 2017: Mumbai face the Pune jinx in finalMay 20, 2017In “Sports”IPL 2017 Qualifier 1 : Advantage Mumbai as Rising Pune miss key playersMay 15, 2017In “Sports” read more

Nike Reuses Old Magazines To Create Sneakers

first_imgPrint may be dying, but there’s still plenty of old magazines laying around. And Nike has come up with a creative way to recycle them, by turning them into a new line of sneakers.Called the Women’s Premium Print Pack, the new shoes are made from shredded magazines and come in three different styles: the Nike Flash Macro Premium, Nike Blazer Mid Premium, and Nike Air Rift Premium. But good luck getting your hands — or feet — on a pair. Not only will the Print Pack sneakers only be available in limited quantities, but they also won’t be available in North America. Instead, Nike plans to release the shoes in Europe, China, and select emerging markets.Via Fast Companylast_img read more

Microsoft to Pay Nokia 1 Bil in Windows Phone Deal Report

first_imgHow much is a Nokia deal worth to the future of Microsoft’s mobile business? Leave it to Redmond to put a very round price tag on the deal. The software giant is reportedly shelling out $1 billion for Nokia to develop and promote handsets based around its slightly stagnant Windows Phone platform.So, what does Microsoft get out of the deal? Besides the obvious advantages of having the world’s largest handset manufacturer promoting your mobile operating system, you mean? Well, Nokia will also be offsetting the costs by paying Microsoft a fee for each phone that uses a Microsoft OS (not an entirely uncommon practice for third-party hardware developers).Not everyone’s psyched about the deal between the companies, however. As Bloomberg points out, Nokia shares have actually plummeted 26 percent since the partnership was officially announced.last_img read more

Amazon reveals what could be final Wii U box art design

first_imgWe know what the console looks like, but Nintendo has yet to reveal final packaging for the Wii U or the game box art. However, Amazon may have just revealed what the game box front covers will look like as part of a listing for two games.Amazon Canada currently lists Wii U versions of both Assassin’s Creed III and Avengers Battle for Earth. And for each listing there is what appears to be box art. Whether this is final or not Nintendo needs to confirm, but it looks pretty final to me.Each front cover has the Wii U logo at the top in white over a blue background and yellow band forming a curving band. To the right and just below the branding is the new Nintendo Network logo. That network allows a game to offer DLC, multiplayer, and lets players communicate with each other through Nintendo’s new social experience.The shape of the cover suggests that Wii U games will stick with a typical DVD case and not go with smaller cases like the PS3 did. Whether that’s a plus point depends on how much DVD shelving you have spare at home.The use of the curved line across the top of the box is in contrast to what Sony and Microsoft do with their straight lines for PS3 and Xbox 360 boxes. It’s also quite different to the Wii game branding. However, the blue color is quite close to that of PS Vita, but the different design and larger box size means no one is going to get them confused.The Wii U is still expected to release before the end of 2012, meaning Nintendo is fast approaching the point where it has to start revealing more, setting dates, and shipping out stock to retailers.via ShopTolast_img read more

Pixars Luxor Jr recreated with Arduino

first_imgPixar’s infamous Luxor Jr. short was the inspiration behind an exciting new project. While it doesn’t appear to be interested in jumping on any beach balls, the Pinokio project has created a robotic lamp with a curious personality.Unlike those coin boxes where the robotic arm reaches out and snatches the quarter, or the always hilarious useless switch box, Lamp was created to interact with everything in the world around it. When a person interacts with Lamp, it moves and tries to play with you. If you disappear suddenly, it tries to figure out why. Lamp appears to be curious, playful, and makes you want to believe it is alive. Giving the gift of life to a lamp isn’t a small task, in fact the designers thoroughly explain all of the custom hardware and programming that went into getting this far.From the base, every part of Lamp can move. Inside the head alone there a camera and microphone with a mechanical iris to control how much light came through the bulb, as well as give a blinking eye feel. Three servos are mounted to the head to allow the entire head to move fluidly. The gearbox powered by an Arduino allows Lamp 190 degrees of movement, all tucked inside the base. The hinges, support beams, and the actual lamp with the camera embedded were all custom made either with machined aluminum, steel, or 3D printed.Using OpenCV, the team was able to program Lamp to respond to environmental changes as though it could see. In his project notes, one of the developers notes that he feels they may have only scratched the surface when it comes to the kinds of things Lamp could be capable of responding to. While the video and the project descriptions offer great insight into how robotics are being viewed today from a creative standpoint, it is also important to recognize the practical applications. Having a desk lamp that knows you need more light in a certain area and simply moves automatically to provide it could be incredibly useful to a lot of people.Project Pinokio is a great step forward in demonstrating the kind of things that creative people can achieve today. The limitations of the past, especially now that 3D printers are becoming more affordable and Arduino development groups are so common, are simply no longer barriers.via ABdesignlast_img read more

Lowry finds the right balance between family and golf after a whirlwind

first_img Apr 26th 2017, 12:00 PM Short URL THERE’S SOMETHING REFRESHINGLY fascinating about Shane Lowry. Honest, humble and easygoing, you could listen to him all day and the subject matter doesn’t need to be golf.He’s come along way since that breakthrough, and extraordinary, week in Baltray eight years ago when, as a 22-year-old amateur, he won the Irish Open and announced himself to the world. Lowry missed the cut at the Masters but is taking positives heading into a busy summer. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesLife nowadays is a lot different for Lowry, who describes the last two years as a ‘whirlwind’ experience both on and off the course; he’s no longer the young kid who first broke onto the scene, although that infectious personality has remained.If Baltray was his breakthrough moment, a dazzling win at Bridgestone in 2015 was very much Lowry’s coming of age as he secured his third career win to enhance his reputation further.Since then, the Clara native has had a brush with Major glory, finishing second behind current world number one Dustin Johnson at last year’s US Open, and results in 2017 are on an upward trajectory even if he has yet to find that consistency to really mount a challenge.Last month’s missed cut at the Masters, having carded an opening round 72, was disappointing but three top 20 finishes on the PGA Tour this season suggest Lowry is slowly starting to find his touch again having fallen from 25th to 69th in the world rankings.“I feel like everything is trending in the right direction,” he says. “I feel like my game is getting to a place where I’m comfortable with it. I don’t think that my results have shown how good I am playing at the moment, so I don’t think I am far away.“I have struggled on the greens for eight or nine months but I do feel that I have got better recently, in particular at Hilton Head [last week], where I made 18 birdies and an eagle in four rounds and you need to putt well to do that.”After playing at Augusta and last week’s RBC Heritage, where he finished in a tie for 44th, Lowry has enjoyed some time at home with his wife, Wendy, and their newly-born daughter Iris.He’ll make the journey back across the Atlantic on Sunday in preparation for the Wells Fargo Championship before heading to TPC Sawgrass for the Players Tournament. Shane Lowry at the launch of the One for Ireland Campaign taking place throughout the May Bank Holiday weekend. Source: MAXWELLS DUBLINThere’s also the Memorial at Muirfield, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and the US Open on the horizon as Lowry looks to juggle his schedule and family life back at home.“It’s mad the way your life changes,” he says. “My life over the last two years has been a bit of a whirlwind. We bought our first house, moved in there, got married and had a baby so it’s kind of like I’m starting to grow up.“It’s a busy month, but I’ve a busy four months coming up as I think I’ll have 12 tournaments to play, but it’s a good time of year with a lot of big tournaments coming thick and fast. There’s a huge summer coming up.”There’s also the small matter of the Irish Open at Portstewart, a tournament ‘very close’ to Lowry’s heart for obvious reasons, the Open and then a return to the scene of his most famous victory — the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational — later in the summer.It all amounts to a hectic few months for Lowry, who is hopeful he can build on what he has done in the first half of the year having ‘gone back to basics’ with his putting.“I am quite excited about the summer and I am very hopeful that there is a good summer around the corner,” he said positively. Resilient Evans prevails on memorable day for Ireland at European ChampionshipsThe42′s Winning Post: Everything you need to enjoy Day Two of Punchestown https://the42.ie/3358114 “I have changed a lot over the last six or seven months. I have gone back to basics. I have gone back to an old-style putter that I used to use, gone back to an old grip and gone back to what I used to do.“When you’re looking to get better, you need to look back at what you did when you were playing your best as opposed to doing new things when you are trying to improve.“Golf is a very frustrating game. You need to be very patient and I need to keep persevering, keep my head down and do what I think is right and see where it leads me.“Some weeks you go in and you don’t feel like you’re playing your best. You feel that if you get off to a decent start and you find something Thursday or Friday, that you can play your way into the tournament. Lowry has got a busy schedule ahead. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO“It’s such a funny game. There’s certain weeks you go in and you feel the best you’veever felt and you miss the cut. I don’t know how to explain it. But any tournament I play if I get off to a good start and hole a few putts early on, I’m in with a chance.”Lowry is passionate about golf, it doesn’t take long in his company to appreciate that, but it’s well known that he’s not one of the pros who overthinks things and he’s able to switch off once he leaves the course or is on a down week back in Ireland.Other priorities have helped that and the birth of his first-born child means Lowry is, naturally, eager to spend as much time as he can at home.“It’s hard with the travelling over and back but that’s what I have to do now with a wife and child back home,” he admits. “But I won’t do any more than two weeks away from home. That’s my max.“A lot of it is in America so I am on that Aer Lingus flight across the pond an awful lot and it gets monotonous. I travel on Sundays as I need to get there early to beat the jet lag and it does become tougher leaving but it has to be done, it’s my job and plenty of people have to do it. I don’t mind it, but it is tough.“We’re very lucky to have Iris at home. Even when I come in after a bad day, and it’s probably the same for everyone who come home from a bad day at the office, they get to see their kids and it brightens up their day a little bit.“It does put things into perspective. But no matter what I do, I still go out and try my best to do as well as I can, but if I don’t, I’m going to get frustrated and I’m going to get annoyed and get down about not playing well – but when I go home to her and I have her in my hands, golf is the last thing on my mind.“Having our daughter at home, she’s everything to us.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Lowry finds the right balance between family and golf after a ‘whirlwind’ two years The 30-year-old has a big summer ahead but the birth of his daughter has given Lowry a fresh perspective on life on Tour. Follow us: the42.iecenter_img Share25 Tweet Email 18,418 Views 14 Comments By Ryan Bailey Wednesday 26 Apr 2017, 12:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Weather Warm temps sunshine to end work week

first_imgEnjoy today’s sunshine because it’s not here to stay for good –yet, at least. Today, partly sunny skies and a 68-degree high is forecasted. Tomorrow should top out at 72 degrees. Into the weekend, expect temperatures in the mid-50s and lower 60s with increasing chances of showers, ending –hopefully only briefly — this run of sunny summer weather.last_img

Contractors May Get Shutdown Backpay

first_imgMembers of the House and Senate are pushing legislation to allow some government contractors to get backpay for work missed during the 35-day partial government shutdown, according to Federal Times. Federal employees are already receiving backpay.“It’s just commonsense that the contractors who work side-by-side with all of us deserve back pay, too,” Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) said. “Federal contractors have never been made whole in any shutdown, including this one, and that needs to change.”Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said legislation isn’t needed because the Office of Management and Budget can use existing rules to authorize backpay. ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Jeevitha Rajasekhar on Vijaya Nirmala She was and is a nonpareil

first_imgJeevitha Rajasekhar and Vijaya NirmalaCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookJeevitha Rajasekhar is shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Vijaya Nirmala. She says that as an actor, director and producer, her achievements are extraordinary and she was and is nonpareil.Soon after she heard the news, Jeevitha Rajasekhar released a statement to the media and said that the Telugu film industry has suffered an irreparable loss with the passing away of Vijaya Nirmala. She added that she left an indelible mark and found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.Jeevitha Rajasekhar spoke about her personality and said, “Vijaya Nirmala was the epitome of a human with a heart of gold. She helped an innumerable number of people. She was a legend. She was a talent who had all the qualifications to be called a legend. She will always be a great inspiration to women. Her achievements as an actor, director and producer were extraordinary. She was and is a non-pareil.”Talking about her films, Jeevitha Rajasekhar said, “Among the films she directed, Meena is my most favourite. She made a horror film titled Devude Gelichadu and when I watched it as a child, it was an unforgettable experience. Among the films she acted in, I love Alluri Seetharama Raju a lot.”Jeevitha is pained by her sudden demise. She said, “I happened to interact with Vijaya Nirmala recently when I went to her residence on the occasion of Krishna’s birthday. By then, she had been under treatment because of some health issue. Despite that, she took time to be with us. I have always seen her as a tigress! So, I was pained to see her walk with difficulty. I never imagined that she would leave us all so soon.”Jeevitha also offered condolences to Vijaya Nirmala’s husband Krishna. The actress added, “I am pained to think about Krishna. He will be the person who will miss her the most. The couple were always ideal husband and wife. They will always be an inspiration. I pray that God gives Krishna immense strength. I pray that her family members will have the strength to overcome the grief.”last_img read more