Patna HC pulls up CBI in shelter home case

first_imgThe Patna High Court on Thursday pulled up the CBI, which is probing the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, for its failure to submit the status report. The court also asked the agency how information related to the case leaked to the media and why an SP-rank officer, who was part of the investigation, was transferred.The Patna High Court is monitoring the case relating to the sexual abuse of 34 girls at the shelter home. It fixed August 27 as the next date of hearing. In its previous order of August 6, the court had directed the CBI to appear before the court through a counsel and submit a report on the status of the investigation.A Division Bench of the court, comprising Chief Justice Mukesh R. Shah and Justice Ravi Ranjan, on Thursday asked the agency why the status report was not being submitted. It also asked the CBI to submit to the court in a sealed envelope the reason for transferring its Superintendent of Police J.P. Mishra. The officer was transferred on Tuesday. Order for mediaThe court asked the media to refrain from publishing details of the investigation as it could affect the probe. The director of the State Social Welfare Department, Raj Kumar, sent a letter to the Information and Public Relations Department asking it to ensure that “no information related to the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case and its investigation is published in the media”.The Opposition parties in the State have questioned the transfer of the SP alleging that it would adversely affect the probe. “So after Bihar Governor, CM Nitish also got CBI SP transferred. Tomorrow he would have submitted progress report on Muzaffarpur shelter home mass rape case in High Court. The investigation was reaching to “Patna Sir” mentioned in Brajesh Thakur diary. Chacha [uncle], wait and watch, who’s he?” tweeted Leader of the Opposition in Assembly Tejashwi Yadav.last_img read more

With first time jitters out of the way, Durham believes Bolts better prepared this time

first_imgPBA IMAGESWith Meralco’s last runner-up finish on his mind, Allen Durham is looking for a better finals showing from the Bolts this time out.After all, this not anybody’s first time any more—including him.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It was painful of a moment to swallow, but Durham said that the Bolts, more matured this time, look back at the loss as a rallying point in another duel against the Kings for the title.And not only did the players gain experience from their first final stint, the Bolts also added veterans Ranidel de Ocampo and Joseph Yeo to virtually intact roster .“I’ve forgotten about it, but it’s still kinda fueling me to get the win and hold the trophy. Now that we got the experience, we know what to expect,” he said.That includes the Kings’ “home court” advantage with Durham saying they have figured out how to tune the raucous crowd out.“We played Ginebra in that series (last year) and we played Ginebra this conference. The crowd is not going to be a factor. I think that experience alone is gonna help us a lot,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT But he knows that amid their budding rivalry, it’s inevitable for emotions to spill onto the court.“I do think it’s going to be tense, especially with the history that we’re building and it’s a rematch. We just have to understand that it is going to be a long series, we can never be too high or too low. We just gotta stay focused and wait for the outcome in the end,” he said. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “Last year was a first for everybody, aside from Jimmy (Alapag) and a couple of others. It was my first Finals in my pro career,” he said.Alapag, who is now an assistant coach, Reynel Hugnatan, and Jonathan Uyloan were the lone players from that crew which had prior Finals experience, while Jared Dillinger was limited due to his hamstring injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat left much of the responsibility of leading the Bolts in the champions round to the 29-year-old behemoth Durham.Unfortunately, Meralco fell short in six games against Ginebra capped by the biggest heartbreaker of all—Justin Brownlee’s title-clinching three to beat the buzzer in Game 6. Arellano stays alive, knocks off San Sebastian Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH PLAY LIST 01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Gavina sees potential as Rene Pacquiao gets quality numbers in debut

first_imgRene Pacquiao. PBA IMAGESFor someone who had little time to prepare for his debut game in the big stage, Rene Pacquiao came in and made the most of his opportunities.The second cousin of eight division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao impressed in his first try in the PBA, battling the likes of Justin Brownlee, Japeth Aguilar, and Joe Devance on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next And with the famed Pacquiao in attendance, Rene did all he could to deliver for Mahindra, finishing with six points and a rebound in his eight minutes on the floor.Unfortunately, his debut came with non-bearing consequences, as the Floodbuster closed their 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign with 94-80 defeat to Ginebra.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Pacquiao’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed, with coach Chris Gavina admitting that he’s a fan of the 6-foot-5 big man.“Rene came in and was ready. Few guys can come in ready on a big stage against a team like Ginebra and go out there and be productive, so I give him a whole lot of credit for not shying away from the big moment and stepping up with the limited minutes he had,” he said. MOST READ Pumaren relishes GlobalPort’s unexpected crack at playoff berth Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pacquiao was drafted 25th in the 2014 PBA Draft by the franchise, but languished largely as a practice player before playing for a short while with MP Hotel in the PBA D-League.However, Gavina is adamant to the management to keep the window of opportunity open for the 30-year-old.“I told management to keep him in the active lineup,” he said. “Let me develop him, let our coaches develop him, and who knows? We may have a Pacquiao superstar in basketball as well.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV View comments BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gameslast_img read more

Mercedes-Benz commences local production of luxury sedan CLA

first_imgIndia’s leading luxury car brand Mercedes-Benz, announced today the much awaited start of the local production of its sporty and stunning luxury sedan, the CLA. The stylish, distinctive and sporty CLA has been a key model in Mercedes-Benz’s product offensive globally, as well in India. The seventh product to be produced in India, the CLA was rolled-out of Mercedes-Benz’s new production facility by Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India and Piyush Arora, Executive Director, Operations, Mercedes-Benz India.”The CLA with its stunning design, technological innovations and multiple segment first attributes, is already a winning product in our portfolio. It has been rapidly acquiring new customers to the brand and replicating its global success in India as well. We are extremely satisfied with our CLA strategy, which has contributed majorly to our New Generation Cars growth and redefined the segment completely. We are confident that the local production will make the CLA even more attractive for the discerning buyers with additional value propositions and increased availability,” commented Eberhard Kern.Piyush Arora added, “The start of local production of the CLA simultaneously in petrol and diesel variants is a key decision that will help curtail the long wait list for the sedan. Our ‘future readiness’ with the new manufacturing facility is bearing fruits as we started the production of both the CLA and the petrol GLA from the new assembly lines. We are glad to offer world-class products to our Indian customers with significant local value addition, in the shortest possible time.”advertisementA stunner on the road: CLA’s stunning features include the bonnet embedded in the front end with powerdomes and the diamond radiator grille. The light modules and LEDs behind the headlamp cover glass create the characteristic “flare effect” for the daytime driving lights and indicators.The progressive and sporty exterior appearance is continued inside the CLA. The interior gets a very special quality feel from the selection of highqualitymaterialscombinations.With its large glazed areas, the CLA’s Panoramic sunroof ensures a particularly bright and welcomingambience in the interior.Power packed performance: The CLA’s 4-cylinder engine boasts of agile performance, segment leading fuel efficiencies and low emissions. The 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine returns 17.9kmpl and produces 100kW(136 hp)of power and a maximum torque of 300 Nm. The 2 litre petrol engine produces 135 kW(183 hp)of power and a torque of 300Nm. It accelerates from 0 to 100 kmph in 7.8 seconds with a top speed of 235 kmph.India specific suspension: The CLA’s suspension is designed forIndian roads to maximize ride comfort with higher ground clearance and seating position. The sedan’slong wheelbase of 2699 mmprovides better ride comfort, greater handling and excellent driving performance,edging it ahead of its competitors.Segment Best Drag Coefficient: The CLA has the segment best drag coefficient for any luxury production car in India. This results in reduced wind noiseandunparalleledcomfort in the CLA.New Generation Multimedia system: The infotainment system offers Mercedes-Benz Apps such as Mercedes-Benz Radio.With user-friendly navigation, precise map data and excellent route guidance, the Garmin MAP PILOTbringsall the familiar benefits of a Garmin navigation system to the Audio 20 CD. This is donebysimply inserting an SD card with navigation software and map data sets and is available as a Mercedes-Benz Accessory for the customer.Reverse parking and manoeuvringis made convenient with a reversing camera, which is offered as standard on the CLA.Advance Assistance Systems: CLA’smultiple assistance systemalong with safety features like ABS, BAS, ESP, ASRandHill Start Assistsupports the driver in all possible situations. The sedan has a high structural safety of the body-shell with sixairbagsandother restraint systems providing the best possible protection.Innovative sensor technology is applied tocoordinate and activate the safety systems according to the given situation. These have ensured that the car has a 5 star rating from EURO NCAP.Assistance systems such as ATTENTION ASSIST warn the driver when it detects typical signs of drowsiness inthe driver’s steering behavior while STEER CONTROL can assist the driver with corrective steering action in critical situations.Local production of the GLA 200 Sport: Mercedes-Benz India also commenced the start of production of the GLA 200 Sport petrol variant along with the CLA. The GLA 200 CDI is already under production from Mercedes-Benz’s new production facility since June 2015. The customers can now avail the locally produced range of the GLA comprising both the petrol and diesel variant.Production highlights:The production of the CLAand the GLA involves use of technologically advanced synchronized conveyor systems, use of the latest generation PLC control units for all the equipment which provide adaptability with different models on common production lines, thus increasing the flexibility of the production.advertisementMercedes-Benz India started locally producing the New Generation Cars in its global assembly network along with sedans and SUVs. Beyond the Mercedes-Benz plant in India, this network comprises further locations in Thailand, Vietnam, Malayasia, Indonesia, and will be joined by Brazil in 2016 where a new assembly plant is currently under construction.last_img read more

Politicians can take part in Board of Control for Cricket in India affairs: Supreme Court

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Thursday said that it was not interfering in the autonomy of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) but only wanted that its activities promoted the development of the game in the country.Making it clear that it was not against politicians taking part in the affairs of the BCCI, the court wanted to know if the country’s apex cricketing body has asked its auditors to conduct the performance audit of the funds flowing from it to the state cricketing associations. (Also read: SC wraps up hearing on passing directions for BCCI reforms) The court, however, reserved its verdict on the BCCI and its state affiliates red flagging some of the recommendations of the Justice Lodha Committee. They are particularly aggrieved by the recommendations advocating a policy of one state one vote, ceiling on the tenure of the office-bearers and presence of a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) nominee on the BCCI Board.”We are not reviewing any decision of the BCCI. Say if they are selecting a team whether they should have a fast bowler or a spinner. We are not going to step in there,” said the apex court bench comprising Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla.In its reply to the apex court’s observation, the BCCI contended that it could not be directed about the way it should go about its functioning.The bench was told that if it was open to the court to go into the BCCI’s existence, constitution, membership and qualification of membership, then it should apply to the other 64 national sports bodies in the country as well.advertisement”Politicians could always be there in their individual capacity,” the bench said as senior counsel KK Venugopal appearing for the BCCI told the court, “whether one is a bureaucrat or a politician, so long he is elected according to rules, there can be no bar.”The senior counsel said that the country’s apex cricketing organisation needed the best people with vast experience to manage its affairs. However, the court had a dig at the BCCI for “now” asking its state affiliates to furnish the proper utilisation certificate of the funds given to them.last_img read more

JK govt capable of dealing with situation in Kashmir: Rijiju

first_imgJammu, Jun 18 (PTI) Union minister Kiren Rijiju today said the Jammu and Kashmir government was capable of dealing with the situation in the Valley and the Centre would provide all support to maintain peace and restore normalcy in the state.”The state government is capable of handling it (the situation in Kashmir). The necessary inputs and support will be given by the central government,” the Union minister of state for home told reporters here.Rijiju, who was here as chief guest of the final match of the Oorja football tournament held by the SSB here, said security cannot be compromised at all.Asked about the governments strategy to deal with the incidents of militants openly targeting the police, he said, “All strategy has to be made with in due consultation with the state government because we have an elected government in Jammu and Kashmir.””The state governments inputs and strategy are to be given priority. The Centre cannot just make a statement and intervene,” he said.Replying to another question about the strategy to deal with the fear generated by militants, he said, “People of Jammu and Kashmir will not take it lightly as they will not just lie down. These kinds of barbaric attacks on civilians and the police cannot be accepted and welcomed by any sensible person.””Any sane person will condemn such a brutal act,” he said while condemning the killing of six police personnel in an attack by terrorists on a police party in the Valley.advertisementThey were killed in Anantnag on Friday when the policemen were on a routine round in their jeep.”I have come here to close this important tournament of the central paramilitary forces where youth from the state are participating. A positive message should go to the people. I do not want to say anything to score some political points,” he said.The Union minister, while replying to a question about the upcoming Amarnath Yatra, said, “Security arrangements are in place for the annual Amaranth Yatra in the Valley and there will be no compromise on that part.”When asked about the final match of the ICC Champions Trophy between India and Pakistan, he said, “I support Indian in any sport it is playing.””If we have to take India forward in the world of sports, then we have to take Olympics seriously,” he said. PTI AB AARlast_img read more

Late Ake header pegs back 10-man Italy

first_imgItaly 1 Netherlands 1: Ake hits back for Oranje Russell Greaves Last updated 1 year ago 04:41 6/5/18 CriscitoBabelCropped Getty Images Italy looked to be heading for a friendly victory courtesy of Simone Zaza’s goal, but Nathan Ake had other ideas. Nathan Ake’s late goal punished a wasteful 10-man Italy as Netherlands rescued a scarcely deserved 1-1 draw in Turin on Monday.Roberto Mancini’s side, beaten 3-1 by France on Friday, spurned a plethora of chances before substitute Simone Zaza finally struck in a clash between two nations who will assume the unfamiliar role of distant spectators during the World Cup.But it was Ake who had the last say following Domenico Criscito’s red card, the Bournemouth defender’s header representing Netherlands’ first goal in Italy since 1928. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now With both countries looking to rebuild under new management following their respective failures to seal a spot in Russia, it appears as though Oranje boss Ronald Koeman has the more daunting task.His men produced a largely underwhelming display, salvaged two minutes from time by a goal against numerically disadvantaged opponents. Despite Ake’s late heroics, the result extends Netherlands’ winless run in friendlies against the Azzurri to 15 matches.FULL TIME#ItalyNetherlands -66’ #Zaza , 87’ #Ake ’A late equaliser in Turin after the #Azzurri went down to ten in the 68th minute when #Criscito was sent off. #VivoAzzurro #ITANED pic.twitter.com/zhnExxWtKa — Italy (@azzurri) June 4, 2018 Italy – for whom Mario Balotelli started on the bench – thought they had the lead inside three minutes, but Andrea Belotti’s effort was ruled out for offside after he swept home from Giacomo Bonaventura’s set-piece assist.The visitors struggled to find their rhythm early and even when Ryan Babel and Georginio Wijnaldum combined well to create a crossing opportunity on the left, the former’s delivery failed to threaten. It was Mancini’s team who looked the more dangerous, though, and Jorginho’s searching pass almost set captain Lorenzo Insigne through on goal.The deadlock came close to being broken when Simone Verdi’s cross narrowly eluded the outstretched leg of Belotti, before goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen deflected Bryan Cristante’s cutback behind for a corner.Belotti then missed a gilt-edged chance to underline Italy’s superiority, shooting straight at Cillessen from just 10 yards out.There was still time for Verdi to see a shot cleared off the line as the Dutch somehow reached the break goalless.Having been on the back foot for most of the first half, Netherlands very nearly delivered a textbook sucker-punch seven minutes after the interval.A miscued cross from Daryl Janmaat forced a back-pedalling Mattia Perin to tip the ball over his crossbar. It seemed as though the visitors were beginning to get a foothold in the game when Memphis Depay connected with Janmaat’s cross, but the Lyon forward’s header was straight at Perin. Italy finally forged ahead in the 67th minute, Virgil van Dijk hitting Federico Chiesa’s low cross into the sliding Zaza – fresh from the bench – sending the ball into the net. GOAAAAALLLL!!!!!66’ #Zaza throws himself at a #Chiesa cross to open the scoring! #VivoAzzurro #ITANED 1-0 pic.twitter.com/LFzlU5vS0x — Italy (@azzurri) June 4, 2018 Criscito’s mistimed challenge on Babel, which halted the Besiktas winger’s progress towards goal, saw him dismissed two minutes later.The resulting free-kick from Depay forced a finger-tip save from Perin, who went full-length to thwart Steven Berghuis.But he was beaten at the death, Ake rising highest to nod in Berghuis’ assist. read morelast_img read more

25 days agoChelsea striker Ike Ugbo in financial limbo at Roda JC

first_imgChelsea striker Ike Ugbo in financial limbo at Roda JCby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea loanee Ike Ugbo is in financial limbo at Roda JC.NRC says the club want to use his wages to spread across the rest of the squad, instead of their star loanee.Ugbo earns about ten times what his team-mates take home and the coaches would rather have one angry unpaid player than several.Fingers are being pointed at investor Mauricio Garcia de la Vega, who the club are desperate to get rid of after he attempted to take over the club last summer.Ugbo, 21, has scored four goals on loan in the second tier of the Dutch pyramid. TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

South Sea Cruises Launches Manta Ray Day Cruise

first_imgSouth Sea Cruises is delighted to announce it is adding another exciting option to its award-winning day cruises range — the Manta Ray Experience, which promises to be Fiji’s best snorkelling adventure! The new day cruise sees guests leaping into the crystal-clear, pristine waters of the Yasawa Islands to ride the current alongside the majestic manta rays that frequent a particular channel between May and October each year. Seeing these beauties in their natural environment is widely regarded as one of the most amazing experiences nature has to offer. Guests will depart Port Denarau on our daily service at 8.45am and journey northwest to Mantaray Island Resort in the Yasawa Islands via high-speed catamaran. Following a briefing at the resort and a welcome tropical punch, guests will board tender boats bound for their guided 75-minute Manta Ray Experience. There is a high chance the manta rays will be feeding in the nearby channel on certain tides from May to October. If the mantas are not out to play, never fear — the snorkelling sites the Mantaray Island Resort team will take guests to are some of the most spectacular snorkelling sites in Fiji and teem with colourful marine life that lives in and around the area’s vibrant coral reefs. The day cruise also includes lunch back at Mantaray Island Resort (with water and a complimentary soft drink), then guests will have the rest of the time to enjoy the resort’s facilities and the amazing snorkelling just off the beach before the South Sea Cruises vessel collects them at 3pm for their return trip to Port Denarau. Swimming and snorkelling with the manta rays in the Yasawas is a must-do experience in Fiji. We guarantee guests will not go home disappointed! Price per person Adults: FJD$335                            Children (ages 5-15): FJD$299 Schedule Departs Port Denarau: 8.45am  (arrives Mantaray Island Resort 11.45am) Returns: Port Denarau 6.00pm (departs Mantaray Island Resort 3.00pm)  ABOUT SOUTH SEA CRUISES The award-winning South Sea Cruises Group is Fiji’s leading maritime operator, providing a range of day cruises and an inter-island Resort Connections (ferry) service for the Mamanuca and Yasawa group of islands.  Also part of the South Sea Cruises portfolio is Fiji’s premier small ship cruising experience, Blue Lagoon Cruises, offering 3, 4 and 7 night cruises through the Mamanucas and Yasawas; Awesome Adventures Fiji, catering to youth and independent travellers; Vinaka Fiji, a voluntourism experience focused on building sustainable communities, education and marine conservation and Malamala Beach Club, the world’s first island beach club, located 25 minutes from Port Denarau.last_img read more

Premiers Mission to England Scotland and Wales

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil is leading a mission to England, Scotland and Wales to promote trade and investment, Aug. 6-13. “Nova Scotia has a growing economy and it’s important to increase awareness so we can attract investment, create more jobs for young Nova Scotians and develop trade opportunities,” said Premier McNeil. Premier McNeil will meet with various groups and individuals in the energy, insurance and information technology sectors. “It’s important that we build on our good trading relationships with the United Kingdom as it begins the process to determine its future relationship to the European Union,” said Premier McNeil. “Our province has a competitive and growing economy to invest in, and is a wonderful and welcoming place to visit.” England, Scotland and Wales, countries in the United Kingdom, are important trading partners with Nova Scotia. Over the past five years, Nova Scotia has exported over $82 million to the U.K. In 2016 the primary exports were fish and seafood, fruit, wood and wood products, petroleum products and machinery parts.last_img read more

Video New Yorks Empire State Building Lit Up in Green to

New York’s Empire State Building was lit in green yesterday to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.“The skyscraper was illuminated with the green lights until 2:00 a.m. (EST) on Saturday morning when the building traditionally turns out its lights,” according to AFP.

New information may link more people to killing of Lebanese expremier UN

In its report, the International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) requests a two-month extension of its mandate until 28 February to prevent any break in the inquiry before the international Special Tribunal becomes on operation on 1 March.“For every inch of progress there is a mile of effort,” the IIIC stresses, thanking the Lebanese security forces for “their relentless and effective support and assistance” in protecting its staff and premises, without which it could not continue its work.It also reports that cooperation provided by the Syrian authorities continues to be generally satisfactory.The Council was set up the IIIC in April 2005 after an earlier UN mission found that Lebanon’s own inquiry into the massive car bombing that killed Mr. and 22 others was seriously flawed and that Syria was primarily responsible for the political tensions that preceded the attack. It has also been mandated with investigating 20 other attacks and has found additional elements linking some of them to the network behind the Hariri assassination.“Those responsible for the attacks were professional and took extensive measures to cover their tracks and hide their identity. Much of the Commission’s activity at this point in the investigation focuses on piercing this smokescreen to get at the truth,” the report says, stressing that the panel has faced difficulties in obtaining potentially sensitive information for investigative purposes.While the vast majority of formal requests for assistance for specific information sent to Member States are responded to in a timely and comprehensive manner, the Commission notes that late or incomplete responses slow progress in the investigation.“There remains a significant amount of additional investigation work that must be undertaken in all the cases within the Commission’s mandate,” the report concludes. “The Prosecutor (at the new Special Tribunal) will therefore need to continue the investigation into these cases once he assumes his office in order to establish which cases are connected to the Hariri case.”Announcing earlier this month that the tribunal is on track to begin its work on 1 March, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said IIIC staff in Beirut would gradually transfer to The Hague starting on 1 January. “This will be carried out in a manner that ensures that there is no interruption to the IIIC investigation,” he noted. 9 December 2008The independent inquiry into the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri has acquired new information potentially implicating additional individuals to the network that carried out the suicide car bomb attack, according to a new report to the Security Council released today. read more

Lack of clean water impacts childrens learning and health UNICEF warns

Many schools in poorer countries lack adequate water and sanitation facilities, affecting children’s educations and even claiming lives, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warns in a new report. “Millions of children in the developing world go to schools which have no drinking water or clean latrines – basic things that many of us take for granted,” said Sigrid Kaag, the agency’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, at the publication’s launch today in Dubai. Produced with the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the report notes that 1.5 million children under the age of five die every year of diarrhoea due to unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and lack of hygiene. Better water, sanitation and hygiene – collectively known as WASH – could reverse the trend of nearly 300 million school days being missed worldwide due to diarrhoea, it states. Improved hygiene will lead to less risk of disease, which in turn will result in stepped up school attendance and ultimately nations’ economic growth. WASH also enhances girls’ continuation of their education, notes the new publication, entitled Raising Clean Hands: Advancing Learning, Health and Participation through WASH in Schools. Ms. Kaag pointed out today that improving sanitation in schools will help to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), notably the targets of reducing child mortality and halving the proportion of people without access to safe water and basic sanitation. Providing WASH in schools, the report says, will require the involvement of all segments of society, including communities, media, students and the private sector. 5 April 2010Many schools in poorer countries lack adequate water and sanitation facilities, affecting children’s educations and even claiming lives, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warns in a new report. read more

SelfHealing Aluminum Oxide Prevents Metal Corrosion

first_img Researchers found that aluminum oxide, when applied in ultra-thin layers, can flow like liquid instead of cracking.This novel coating method could come in handy to prevent leakage of tiny molecules that penetrate most materials—like the hydrogen gas that powers fuel-cell cars, or the radioactive tritium that forms inside the core of nuclear power plants.As anyone who owns a piece of silver jewelry or a cast-iron skillet knows, most metals tend to oxidize when exposed to air or water, generating rust, tarnish, and verdigris (the green patina that covers the Statue of Liberty). The reaction can also weaken alloys over time, leading to cracks and structural failure.There are, however, three known compounds capable of producing an oxide—a chemical mix containing at least one oxygen atom bound to another element—that actually protects from decay: aluminum oxide, chromium oxide, and silicon dioxide.A team of MIT scientists, led by graduate student Yang Yang, experimented with the “special” oxides to see what happens when they are exposed to an oxygen environment and placed under stress.“We want an oxide that is liquid-like and crack-resistant,” according to Yang.It turns out old standby coating material aluminum oxide, or alumina, is exactly that.Using a modified environmental transmission electron microscope (E-TEM), the team was able to monitor how the compound deforms at room temperature.“For the first time, we’ve observed this at nearly atomic resolution,” MIT professor and senior study author Ju Li boasted.Ordinarily, alumina is so brittle it would shatter under pressure. But when made exceedingly thin—about 2 to 3 nanometers—it becomes more malleable than even aluminum foil.And when applied to the surface of a piece of aluminum, its liquid-like flow “keeps the aluminum covered” with a protective layer, Li reported.This oxide coating—able to stretch to more than double its length without opening any cracks—could have “many potential applications,” MIT said, without providing examples.The research team included MIT’s Akihiro Kushima, Weizhong Han of Xi’an Jiaotong University in China, and Huolin Xin at Brookhaven National Laboratory; the work was supported by the National Science Foundation. Stay on target Machine Learning Estimates Risk of Cardiovascular DeathMIT’s Color-Changing Ink Lets You Customize Shoes, Phone Cases center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

In NIA 9 Trial Court Grants Bail to Lamin Lang Sanyang

first_imgBy Rohey JadamaThe Banjul High Court presided over by Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara yesterday 18 April, 2017 granted bail to Mr. Lamin Lang Sanyang the 9th accused person in the criminal case involving former NIA Officials.Sanyang is granted bail in the sum of D500,000 and that he must produce two Gambian Sureties.According to the trial judge, the   sureties should deposit their title deeds of a landed property within the greater Banjul area with the courts’ registrar. She added that they should swear to an affidavit of means. The accused person should surrender all his travel documents to the courts registrar, the court added.The ninth accused persons is standing trial on a single charge of Forgery and Making documents without Authority contrary to the laws of The Gambia.The other accused persons are Yankuba Badjie, the former Director General of the NIA, Louie Richard Leese Gomez, Saikou Omar Jeng, Baboucarr Sallah, Yusupha Jammeh, Haruna Susso, Tamba Mansaray and  Lamin Darboe.They are charged with twelve counts of criminal offences of conspiracy to murder, Murder, Assaults causing actual bodily harm, Conspiracy to commit misdemeanor, Forgery and Making documents without Authority contrary to the laws of The Gambia.When the case was called, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (DDPP) M.B Abubacarr appeared for the state whilst the defendants were represented by Lawyers  U. Achigbue, P. Gomez, Moses Richards, S Kennedy, and D. Dago.At this stage, the trial judge then informed the court that there is pending bail application before the court. The Deputy Chief prosecutor Abubacarr, said he has been served with it and they are not opposing  the application.In moving the application counsel for the 9th accused D. Dago said they have filed a bail application pursuant to section 19(5) of the constitution and section 99 (1) of the criminal procedure code. He said they are seeking the order of the court to admit the applicant bail pending the hearing and determination of the case. He said they wish to rely on all paragraphs in the affidavit.In her ruling Justice Sillah-Camara, said she is convinced that the application has merits and that the applicant will not jump bail.The trial Judge, consequently, admitted   him to bail. The case was adjourned till   24th April, 2017 at 12 noon.last_img read more

Asensio Vazquez give De Gea new nickname

first_imgManchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been dubbed ‘Karius’ by Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez, according to ESPN.The Real Madrid pair of Asensio and Vazquez were seen calling the United goalkeeper Karius in the tunnel before the game between Real Madrid and Manchester United on Monday in Miami.It is understood that De Gea might have been giving the nickname ‘Karius’ in the Spanish camp during the World Cup.The former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper was heading onto the pitch when he heard familiar voices call him Karius and the voices turned out of be those of Spanish teammates Asensio and Vazquez.The goalkeeper smiled and exchanged pleasantries with the duo before heading out to the pitch to warm up.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…De Gea had a difficult making just one save in all four games as La Furia Roja exited the competition in the second-round after a penalty shootout loss to host Russia.These below-par performances have led to comparisons with Liverpool’s Loris Karius by his Spanish teammates.Karius has had a difficult time of late. The German goalkeeper had a frustrating outing in the Champions League Final against Real Madrid and he’s has been unconvincing in preseason friendlies as well.Liverpool have signed Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker for a record-goalkeeper fee to solve their problem in that department.last_img read more

George Lois Slams Esquires EInk Cover

first_imgGeorge Lois, Esquire’s art director from 1962 to 1972, took a no holds barred approach to design, producing some of the most iconic covers in the history of magazines. Lois takes the same approach to interviews, telling AdAge media reporter Nat Ives how he was “embarrassed” by Esquire’s battery-powered e-ink cover, a “silly gimmick” that “cost a quarter of a million dollars, I’m told.” (Esquire’s issue touted the cover line, “The 21st Century Begins Now” with, as Lois described, “Mickey Mouse lights clicking on and off.”)Since April, the MOMA has been hosting a collection of Lois’ Esquire cover designs. During this interview, Lois said: “great covers need to have a great idea behind them.” Of Esquire’s cover, he said: “That wasn’t great; it was ridiculous.” “When will they learn?” Lois said of Esquire. “Oh lord, how long will it take for them to learn.”last_img read more

Instagram Makes It Easier Than Ever to Overshare

first_imgStay on target Adorable Puppy Born With ‘Fur Mustache’ Goes Viral on InstagramFree Area 51 Aliens ‘Training’ Video Takes Over Instagram Instagram just introduced another reason to never leave Instagram.The photo sharing app on Wednesday introduced a new carousel feature that lets users broadcast up to 10 tidbits in one post.“You no longer have to choose the single best photo or video from an experience you want to remember,” the Instagram blog said.“Share your favorite moments from your best friend’s surprise birthday party, from setting up to when they walk through the door,” the company continued. “Or create a step-by-step cake recipe that people can always find on your profile.”Download the latest app version from the iTunes App Store or Google Play store, and look for the “select multiple” icon when uploading content. Choose images and videos in order, to tap and hold to change their arrangement. Then apply one filter to all images, or edit each individually.Carousel posts currently feature a single caption, and are square-only “for now,” Instagram said, hinting at tweaks and expansions in the future.Plenty of folks have already taken advantage of the new function. Just look for the blue dots under posts by people you follow; swipe left or right to see more, and like and comment as usual.“From stories to live video to posts in feed, it’s never been easier to share your experiences with your friends,” the Instagram blog boasted.Consider these conveyor-belt-like slideshows a more enduring version of Instagram Stories—where users can post endless amounts of content, which disappears after 24 hours. The Snapchat Stories ripoff does not allow reactions of any sort; instead, you can boost someone’s ego by sending a private message via Instagram Direct.Be careful what you share, though: In August, scientists from Harvard University and the University of Vermont found a strong correlation between the nature of photos posted on Instagram and the user’s mental health—strong enough to possibly be used for early detection of mental illness.last_img read more

Gay dating app corrects survey after ageism complaint

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Gay dating app Chappy is running a survey on its platform that’s left some users feeling it’s got a bit of an issue with the over 50s. The survey was launched to gather information about what users think of the app, but appeared to exclude members who were over the age of 50.One of the first questions users were asked was their age. But when they put in a value greater than 50, the screen flashes a red message telling them to: ‘Please enter a number between 18 and 50’.Too old to date? Chappy survey excludes over 50s. Photo: Mark JohnsonOne user who contacted Gay Star News said: ‘Have you tried doing the Chappy survey? It’s ageist! It won’t let the over 50s take part.’Reality star set up Chappy to take on hook-up cultureChappy was set up by Ollie Locke, former star of UK reality series, Made In Chelsea. Its mission is to offer gay men an alternative to the instant hook-up culture of other apps. Ollie Locke: 34 year-old co-founder of Chappy.Photo: Ollie Locke, Instagram GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Gay dating app Chappy relaunches with ‘zero tolerance for abuse’Ollie Locke announces his engagement to boyfriend Gareth LockeSocial Concierge and Chappy to launch Mr. Social events for gay professionalsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-dating-app-corrects-survey-after-ageism-complaint/ Take the survey whatever your age.Photo: Mark JohnsonWhen contacted about the unusual age restriction, Chappy’s management said the limit was an administrative error that it immediately corrected.‘Chappy is a dating app that welcomes all users over 18,’ Sam Dumas, Chappy’s head of brand told Gay Star News. ‘We take full responsibility for this admin error and the survey has now been amended accordingly.’The survey was being managed by Barcelona based online software services firm, Typeform.Chappy works by inviting users to use a Tinder style swipe left or right on user profiles to find ‘Mr Right’ or even just ‘Mr Right Now’, regardless of their age.See also:I met my boyfriend on Reddit Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

Event Hospitality Entertainment Limited has anno

first_imgEvent Hospitality & Entertainment Limited has announced it has entered into a management agreement with Visy Dior Pty Ltd, to manage the hotel currently branded as Novotel Norwest in Sydney’s Hills District.From 2 April 2019, the hotel will relaunch as Rydges Norwest Sydney, alongside EVENT’s current stable of hotels and resorts across Australia and New Zealand that include the Rydges, QT and Atura brands.Plans are well underway for a major upgrade of the 132 room, 4.5 star hotel, including enhancing the hotel’s restaurant, bar and conference facilities.Nick McLaughlin has been appointed as General Manager. McLaughlin has previously been General Manager of two other EVENT managed properties; Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges and Thredbo Alpine Hotel. RydgesSydneylast_img read more