Patna blasts: 9/11 videos motivated jihadis to plan attack on Modi

first_imgSite of Patna blastsThe group of men who allegedly carried out attacks on then PM designate Narendra Modi at a election rally in Patna last year were motivated by showing the videos of 9/11 attack at a guest house in Barnawapara forest in Raipur, says the NIA chargesheet filed into the October 2013 blasts. The videos were played by Haider Ali on his laptop, in an attempt to prepare young men to carry out an assassination bid on then Gujarat CM. Haider also informed his audience “the attack on WTC was carried out by the Al-Qaeda,” the chargesheet states.The ambitious assassination plan on Modi was however given up by the SIMI module but they went on to orchestrate attack on rally. Giving out the details of the planning starting 2011, the NIA in its charge sheet filed last month said , “For targeting Modi, a plan was made by Haider and Umer Siddiqui (both arrested).  They also felt that the leaders of the BJP were responsible for the riots in Muzzafarnagar last year. For this purpose, initially one person was motivated to become a suicide bomber by Haider and Umer.” This person is now a protected NIA witness.  The charge sheet further states, “Haider then decided to conduct recee of the election rally to be held at Ambikapur in Chattisgarh on September 7, 2013. He again discussed the plan of attacking Modi with the person who was motivated by them but he refused. Thereafter, Haider asked Umer to prepare two persons including accused Azharuddin Qureshi for the task of attacking Modi. Haider also prepared a suicide jacket packed with explosives to be used for attacking Modi. However, the same was not found to be suitable and the idea was dropped.”advertisementWhen the plan to carryout attack on Modi was in full swing, Haider was deeply perturbed over the news regarding communal riots in UP’s Muzzafarnagar. Haider who was then visiting Mirzapur in UP then discussed the atrocities on Muslims during the Muzzafarnagar riots with his followers. It was suggested that BJP is behind it and it was  decided to avenge the atrocities on Muslims.The NIA chargesheet says, “After Muzzafarnagar riots, Haider  visited Mirzapur and asked his followers to get ready for a situation, whenever riots like the one at Muzzafarnagar breaks out. Haider also asked his contact Fakhruddin to arrange gelatin rods which were promptly arranged by him through his contact. Haider allegedly also transferred a sim of Rs 25000 in the bank account of one Ahmad Hussain from Canara Bank for arranging 100 gelatin rods. “According to NIA, Haider had befriended Ahmad while offering namazs at a local mosque in Mirzapur. Ahmad later introduced Haider to Fakruddin. In its chargesheet, the agency further alleged that Haider who was also behind last year Bodh Gaya shrine, “was aware cylinder bombs which were used in Bodh Gaya blasts di not have a big impact, so the accused decided to use elbow pipe for planting the same at the rally and to procure raw material visited Mirzapur.”A day before the attack on Modi’s rally at Patna, the NIA says Haider and his associates carried the bombs in bus. “They started from Ranchi late on the evening of October 26, 2013 by Aditya Vijay bus service and reached Patna in the early hours of October 27, 2013. All of them deboarded the bus near Patna junction railway  station. From there, the group divided itself into pairs… Since Imtiyaz Ansari and Tariq Alam were sporting beard so it was decided by the group that they will plant the bombs somewhere between Patna junction railway station and Jakkanpur police station, which was a crowded place..”According to NIA, the money to finance the attack came from the stolen gold given to Haider by arrested SIMI ideologue Abu Faisal, who is alleged to have looted gold ornaments worth several crores in Madhya Pradesh. “..During the year 2010-11, Haider started giving stolen gold ornaments to Firoz Aslam, now arrested and chargesheeted, and this continued till the last quarter of the year 2012. The gold ornaments were stolen by Faisal and his associates from various places in Madhya Pradesh. These ornaments used to be melted by Firoz and the same used to be sold in the local market and the money exchanged in lieu of these ornaments were handed over to Haider,” states the chargesheet.last_img read more

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Naman Ojha to lead Rest of India in Irani Cup

first_imgWicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha, who represents Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy, will lead the Rest of India in the Irani Cup against Ranji champions Mumbai.The annual match will be played at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai from March 6 to 10. The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) All-India National Selection Committee met on Friday and announced the Rest of India team, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said in a statement.Ojha has played one Test match, one One-Day International and two Twenty20 Internationals for India.Mumbai clinched the Ranji Trophy, the domestic cricket’s most prized tournament, at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Friday by defeating Saurashtra by an innings 21 runs. This is Mumbai’s 41st Ranji title.The match is named after ZR Irani, who was associated with the BCCI from its inception in 1928 till his death in 1970.Last year, Karnataka beat the Rest of India to lift the Irani Cup.Rest of India team: KS Bharat, Faiz Fazal, Karun Nair, Sheldon Jackson, Naman Ojha (captain), Stuart Binny, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Nathu Singh, Jaydev Unadkat, Barinder Sran, Krishna Das, Sudeep Chatterjee, Ian Dev Singh, Akshay Wakhare.last_img read more

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Shahid Afridi does not deserve a place in Pakistan team: Javed Miandad

first_imgPakistan’s former captain Javed Miandad has blasted the national team and made it clear that the current T20 captain Shahid Afridi didn’t deserve a place in the side.”How can you have a player who no one knows how he will perform. Afridi’s place in the team was over few years back,” Miandad told ‘Aaj’ channel.The Pakistan great added, “How can you expect to win or improve your cricket when a player who stopped being a reliable performer some years ago is still playing in the national team. He is captain.” (World T20: Snub Dharamsala tie, former ICC chief tells Pakistan) Miandad said that he can only see Pakistan cricket going downwards as the domestic circuit is not producing quality talent since it’s full of nepotism and favouritism.”You still have parchi (slip) system in domestic cricket even at district level. It only looks good on surface but in reality it is not producing quality players.”Miandad said the board was the one who was responsible for all appointments. (Pakistan must cut down on mistakes to beat top teams: Shahid Afridi)”Don’t they know what is happening. Don’t they see what is happening to our cricket. I say sack this selection committee and players who don’t perform. Nowadays we have a trend where players play because of the media,” he stated.Miandad, a former coach of the national team, said someone like Virat Kohli was successful in at least 70 to 80 percent of his 100 innings while in contrast Pakistani players were consistent in only 20 to 30 percent of their 100 innings.advertisement”The fact is many of our players lack cricket sense and aptitude. They are over-protected. They are saying Pakistan Super League will produce talent. I didn’t see any player in the PSL who is so good that he can get a contract in the Big Bash or IPL,” Miandad lamented.The former great said the continuous defeats to India were disappointing as there was a time when Pakistan often used to beat their arch-rival.last_img read more

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Suresh Raina clears Yo-Yo test with flying colours. Is Team India watching?

first_imgSuresh Raina was working hard on his fitness at the NCA in order to make a comeback into the Indian cricket team. And it finally paid dividends when he cleared the Yo-Yo test with an impressive score of 17.2.Raina was working hard on his fitness at the NCA in order to make a comeback into the Indian cricket team.The failure to clear the endurance test was the primary reason why Raina and star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh were not considered for the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka in August this year.Raina posted a picture on Instagram and also thanked his trainers, coaches and officials for the support he received from them in this period.”Cleared my Yo-Yo & fitness test today, after days of hard work at NCA. Received tremendous support from all the trainers, coaches & officials.?”Thank you all. It’s always so encouraging to train here at the NCA, motivates me to push my limits and bring the best out of me,” Raina wrote in his post.The Indian team regularly undergoes a series of fitness tests with yo-yo test being the most important of them.It is an advanced version of the ‘beep’ test that was used by teams of earlier generations. The current Indian team is considered to be the fittest by a fair distance.advertisement”I am working hard. Nothing is tough in life if you enjoy your process which I have always done. I have always made tough comebacks. Like when I got injured, it was a very difficult phase. I am in a good space. Things will happen with time,” the 31-year-old had said earlier.Raina last featured for India in the T20 International series against England in February. He was the third highest-scorer in the three-match series with 104 runs at an average of 34.66 with a highest score of 63.The Uttar Pradesh cricketer has played 223 ODIs for India and amassed 5568 runs at 35.46 with five hundreds and 36 fifties. He was also the first Indian batsman to score a hundred in all three formats. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are the other two players from the country to achieve the feat.Raina has for long been India’s premier middle-order batsman before he fell out of favour with the Indian selectors due to poor form and fitness.Throughout his career Raina has played 18 knocks at No. 4 in ODIs and scored 675 runs at an average of 45 with one hundred and six half-centuries. He has batted at No. 5 on 81 occasions and has three hundreds with an impressive strike-rate and average.Apart from his experience of batting in the middle-order, Raina has the additional advantage of having played with MS Dhoni for a long time now in the national team and at Chennai Super Kings, where he has been a prolific run-scorer.last_img read more

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IOWA CORN & ETHANOL PRODUCERS PLEASED WITH TRUMP’S E-15 ORDER

first_imgIowans who produce corn and ethanol are pleased with President Trump’s order directing the E-P-A to move forward with the year-round sale of E-15.Quad County Corn Processors in Galva produces ethanol that is mixed with gas for the E-15 blend.Delayne Johnson is the company C-E-O:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/E15a.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….for farmers. :16He says it’s not just important for those in corn and ethanol production.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/E15b.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..the Middle East” :16The change to year-round use of E-15 would likely begin with the next summer driving season.last_img read more

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Michigan Fans Are Now Rooting Hard For Virginia Tech To Upset Clemson

first_imgThe Michigan Wolverines student section and marching band during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: The Michigan Wolverines student section and marching band during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Virginia Tech is hanging in with Clemson, down 21-14. The Hokies have the support of many Michigan fans right now.Last night, Michigan fans threw their support behind Colorado, hoping the Buffaloes, who the Wolverines beat in September, would knock Washington out of the College Football Playoff race. That didn’t work out. Washington crushed Colorado 41-10, likely stamping its Playoff ticket in the process.Now, the hopes of the maize and blue fall on the Virginia Tech Hokies, a significant underdog to last year’s national runner-up Clemson in the ACC Championship in Orlando. With a win, Clemson would likely be out, opening up a spot in the field. Of course, Wisconsin or Penn State could jump Michigan with a Big Ten championship, but Michigan is currently ahead of each of those teams in the rankings, and holds a head-to-head win over both. After the rankings release on Tuesday, selection committee chair Kirby Holcutt said that the debate between No. 4 Washington and No. 5 Michigan was the most contentious thing the committee discussed, and the margin between the two was extremely thin.Hocutt: Committee spent almost 2 hours (!) the last 2 days on Washington vs. Michigan. “A lot of committee members were really struggling.”— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 30, 2016Hocutt: “The separation between Washington at No. 4 and Michigan at No. 5 is extremely small.”— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 30, 2016If true, there seems to be a shot of Michigan, and not the Big Ten champion, taking the last spot, but that is still contingent on Virginia Tech pulling the upset. Former Michigan center Elliott Mealer is all-in on Justin Fuente’s squad.Michigan fans on Twitter are cheering on the Hokies as well.Come on Virginia Tech, get Michigan on the college playoffs!— Kenny Hartwick (@KennyHartwick) December 4, 2016Really hoping Virginia Tech can keep this up.— Michigan Nation〽️ (@UMich2016) December 4, 2016rooting for #VirginiaTech right now because Michigan #GOBLUE #Theresstillhope #CFPlayoff— Charlie Lapastora (@charlielap) December 4, 2016I’ll buy a Virginia Tech shirt if they beat Clemson and Michigan gets into the playoffs— Corey Ortiz (@Corey__Ortiz) December 4, 2016The College Football Playoff turns fan bases into very strange bedfellows.last_img read more

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Yemen LNG Stops Operations as Clashes Approach Balhaf

first_img Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定center_img zoom Yemen’s producer and exporter of liquefied natural gas Yemen LNG Company is halting all operations due to further degradation of the security situation in the vicinity of Balhaf.With the battles approaching the coast of Shabwa province where Balhaf is located, the company has started evacuation of the site personnel.The tribes in the south, opposed to Houthis, are reported to be on the move and will try to defend the LNG export facility. The plant will remain in a preservation mode.As a consequence of the current situation, Yemen LNG has declared Force Majeure to its various stakeholders.The company says it will continue to survey closely the situation on the plant and its vicinity.Yemen LNG is the country’s largest-ever industrial investment budgeted around USD 4.5 billion.last_img read more

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Ouverture officielle de lÉcole secondaire du Sommet

first_imgLes élèves et la communauté acadienne et francophone de la région d’Halifax se sont réunis, aujourd’hui 3 décembre, pour célébrer leur nouvelle école et centre communautaire à la fine pointe de la technologie. Marilyn More, ministre de l’Éducation, les élèves et le personnel de l’école étaient accompagnés de représentants du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, du ministère du Patrimoine canadien et de la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax pour l’ouverture officielle de l’École secondaire du Sommet à Bedford. « Cette école est ouverte depuis très peu de temps, mais on y ressent déjà un grand sentiment de fierté scolaire et communautaire, a dit Mme More. L’École secondaire du Sommet offre un environnement d’apprentissage moderne aux élèves et un endroit où les familles acadiennes et francophones peuvent se réunir. » L’école est ouverte depuis septembre et accueille 312 élèves de la 6e à la 11e année. Elle inclura également la 12e année à compter de l’année prochaine. Il s’agit de l’une de quatre écoles francophones dans la région d’Halifax. « Avant d’en arriver à des écoles homogènes francophones en Nouvelle-Écosse, il y a eu un long chemin à parcourir, a dit Kenneth Gaudet, président du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. Pendant ma carrière en éducation, j’ai eu le privilège de voir des changements essentiels pour le maintien de la culture francophone en Nouvelle-Écosse et de contribuer à de tels changements. Cette nouvelle école est un témoignage de la vitalité des Acadiens et francophones de la région. » En plus des salles de classe, de la salle de musique et du gymnase, l’école abrite des espaces communautaires, notamment une salle de rencontre et une garderie. L’école offre également un café-théâtre, qui peut être utilisé comme cafétéria ou comme auditorium pour la présentation de spectacles ou la tenue d’activités communautaires. « L’objectif du gouvernement était de construire une école et un centre communautaire qui répondent aux besoins de la communauté acadienne et francophone de la région d’Halifax, a dit Graham Steele, ministre des Affaires acadiennes. La francophonie, dans toute sa diversité, est bien représentée ici, dans le berceau de l’Acadie. » La construction de l’espace communautaire a été possible grâce à une contribution de 1,8 million de dollars du ministère du Patrimoine canadien. La contribution du gouvernement provincial est d’environ 19,5 millions de dollars.last_img read more

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New Tesla chair must rein in CEO Musk at key moment

first_imgWASHINGTON – It won’t be an easy job.Whoever becomes the new chairman of Tesla Motors will face the formidable task of reining in Elon Musk, the charismatic, visionary chief executive with an impulsive streak, while also helping Musk achieve his dream of turning Tesla into a profitable, mass-market producer of environmentally-friendly electric cars.Musk is giving up the chairman’s role under a settlement announced Saturday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Besides a new chairman, Tesla was also ordered to appoint two new, independent members to its board. A more assertive board could provide the kind of tighter oversight that many legal experts, and Tesla investors, say is overdue for a company of Tesla’s market value. Shares in the company surged 15 per cent in premarket trading.The settlement stemmed from a lawsuit the SEC filed charging Musk with misleading investors in August with a tweet that said he had “funding secured” for taking the company private.Yet a more forceful board, coupled with a domineering CEO like Musk, could create conflicts at a risky time for the company. Visionary CEOs such as Apple’s Steve Jobs and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey have been forced out by strong boards of directors, though both eventually returned to their companies.Even with the settlement, Tesla faces a daunting array of challenges.The Justice Department has opened its own investigation into Musk’s Aug. 7 tweet, in which he said he would take the company private at $420 a share. The SEC’s lawsuit charged that the tweet, which caused Tesla’s shares to jump, was misleading because he did not actually have the funding lined up for such a move.Tesla is also under heavy pressure to turn a profit because it is burning through $1 billion in cash every three months and, as of the end of June, had just $2.2 billion in the bank.Musk has said the company needs to produce 7,000 cars a week to make money, a target he aimed to reach in the July-September quarter. The company is likely to report production numbers this week and financial results from that quarter in early November.Another concern: About $1.3 billion in Tesla debt is due to be repaid by March, including $230 million in November.Some investors might want more than a new chairman. Tesla has no chief operating officer, a critical No. 2 executive in most companies. That’s a stark contrast to other startups, such as Facebook, where Mark Zuckerberg hired Sheryl Sandberg as a highly influential COO.In the lawsuit filed Thursday by the SEC, the agency said it was seeking to remove Musk from Tesla management altogether. Many investors have argued that keeping Musk as CEO is critical at such a time.“I do not doubt the value of Musk to Tesla,” John Coffee, a Columbia University law professor and corporate governance expert, said. “Without him, they are just a struggling start up that is burning cash at a hopeless rate and is facing a debt refunding crisis in the near future.“Musk is an iconic entrepreneur but he needs adult supervision,” Coffee added.That’s where the new board members come in. The current board, which includes Musk’s brother, Kimbal Musk, is widely seen as subservient to Musk. They have publicly expressed support for many recent moves, such as his rejection last week of an early SEC settlement offer.“The board is truly the alpha chapter of the Elon Musk fan club,” said Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.Teresa Goody, a former SEC attorney and founder of The Goody Group, a consulting firm, said that many startups begin with a powerful CEO who typically puts “friendlies” on the board.As a company grows and becomes more sophisticated, Goody said, more independent directors are typically brought on board to provide better oversight.“That’s happening a little later in the life cycle of the company in the case of Tesla,” she said.Still, Elon Musk is different than many CEOs because he owns roughly 20 per cent of the company’s stock. That gives him more influence.“In a typical case, the CEO is a high-priced employee” of the board, Gordon said. “Musk will still be more powerful than the board chair.”There will be other constraints on Musk’s behaviour: As part of the SEC settlement, his tweets and other comments will have to be vetted by the company before they can be released to the public.“This humiliation — that Elon can’t go outside unless he’s on a leash — that will bother him the most,” Gordon said. He called it an “extraordinary measure.”Gordon thinks the SEC should have gone further and sought to add as many as four new board members and remove some old ones.Still, Gordon said, “I think this experience has shown him that however smart he is, or however powerful he thinks he is, the government is also powerful too.”Musk may want to keep a close eye on the new chairman, however. Musk himself was the chair of the board, after investing in the company, before firing the chief executive and taking over as CEO___AP Auto Writer Tom Krisher contributed to this story from Detroit.last_img read more

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Roger Ailes film puts focus on Fox after he left

first_imgNEW YORK — More than two years after a sexual misconduct scandal forced Roger Ailes out at Fox News Channel and a year after his death, his ghost walks the halls of the network he built and ran for two decades.Friday’s theatrical release of the documentary, “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes,” puts his life story in the public eye again. Two other Ailes projects, a feature film from director Jay Roach and a Showtime miniseries, are also in the works.Fox continues to be a financial success, yet questions have been raised about discipline there and whether it has aligned itself too tightly with President Donald Trump.David Bauder, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Morocco Among Worlds Largest Olive Oil Producers and Exporters

Rabat – Morocco has become one of the world’s major producers and exporters of olive oil, with an annual net production that exceeds 140, 000 tons.Exporting over 45,000 tons of olive oil per year, Morocco has landed 5th in the list of world’s largest oil exporter after Spain, Tunisia, Italy and Greece, said the weekly Maroc Hebdo.Morocco also ranks 5th in the list of the global olive oil producers. Morocco has doubled the net production in six years to 1.5+ million metric tons. It increased from 120,000 tons to 140,000 tons. Morocco produced more table olives than Tunisia in 2012. Morocco produced 100 thousand tons while Tunisia 24 thousand tons, only.The quality of the Moroccan olive oil attracted the attention of the European Union and the United States of America, which became Morocco’s key customers.Olive oil is mostly exported in bulk from Morocco and Tunisia to Spain and Italy who further process it into virgin and extra-virgin olive oil and re-brand it as a product of Spain and Italy. read more

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CPL 2018 The rivalry continues tonight as Warriors face off against

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2018: Tallawahs arriving ahead of Warriors clash on SaturdaySeptember 4, 2018In “latest news”Sohail Tanvir hails Amazon Warriors spin threat as Hero CPL moves onward to GuyanaJuly 6, 2016In “Sports”CPL 2018: Undaunted Amazon Warriors face fired-up Knight Riders tonightSeptember 5, 2018In “latest news” The Warriors teams led by its Captain, Chris Green after crushing TKR on SundayThe Guyana Amazon Warriors will face an uphill battle as they face the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in the CPL 2018 Qualifier 1 at the Providence Stadium at 18:00h today.With both teams having faced each other 15 times, the score line currently favours TKR as they lead by a 9-6 margin.However, in their most recent clash on September 9, Warriors destroyed the Trinbago Knight Riders.Shimron Hetmyer of Guyana Amazon Warriors plays a pull shot during the Hero Caribbean Premier League match between Jamaica Tallawahs and Guyana Amazon Warriors at Central Broward Regional Park on August 18, 2018 in Florida, United States. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20/Getty Images)After being put into bat first, the Knight Riders scored 154/7 in their 20 overs and then the Warriors under the watchful eyes of Guyanese batting stars Shimron Hetmyer and Sherfane Rutherford ran down that total in the 15th over to win by six wickets and lock in the second position over the Jamaica Tallawahs.Guyana Amazon WarriorsBattingThe Guyana Amazon Warriors will be oozing with confidence due to their emphatic win over the Riders in the final group game at this very venue, they also have the additional benefit of playing at their home ground and having won five of their last seven matches here is going to boost their confidence even more.Shimron Hetmyer has shown fantastic form as he is currently second place in the table of leading run scorers with 368 runs in CPL 2018. He cracked a magnificent 59 in the previous game, he will definitely be the key in the batting and will be expected to continue where he left off.While Sherfane Rutherford and Cameron Delport are coming off with respective scores of 45 and 37 in the reverse fixture against the Riders and the team will need them to bring that form into this match.BowlingThe warriors will need to look to Imran Tahir as he is the third highest wicket taker bagging 15 wickets in ten matches in this season of the CPL 2018. They will also turn their attention to Sohail Tanveer who has claimed 10 wickets in his ten matches and the now fiery and revitalized Ryad Emrit who looked absolutely magnificent as he bagged 2-25 against the riders.Trinbago Knight Riders players celebrate during the Hero Caribbean Premier League match between Barbados Tridents and Trinbago Knight Riders at Kensington Oval on August 26, 2018 in Bridgetown, Barbados. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20/Getty Images)Trinbago Knight RidersWith the Riders at the top of the table sitting comfortably on 14 points they will aim to avenge their horrendous defeat and make a direct entry into the CPL 2018 Finals.BattingColin Munro looks to steer the ball behind point Getty ImagesWith Colin Munro leading the runs charts with five fifties and 470 runs to his name including a knock of 90 against the Warriors this season, he is definitely one to watch as he may have earned the name “Mr Consistent” due to his performances.Meanwhile, Brendon McCullum has had three big hits so far and is on the ninth spot in CPL 2018 runs chart with 268 runs. Darren Bravo also scored 42 not out last time and the team will need all three to fire this time and come out blazing at the opposition bowlers.BowlingFawad Ahmed has taken two wickets in each of the two games against the Warriors and also has been the best bowler this CPL with 17 wickets in 10 matches.He is once again expected to pose the biggest threat to the Warriors. Ali Khan seems to be the next best option for the Knight Riders.The pacer from USA has taken 14 wickets in 9 matches which include a three-wicket haul in the first encounter against the Warriors. He will pose a threat as he is known to swing the new ball early in the innings which was seen through the entire tournament outfoxing top class batsmen.In the end, the team will also expect strong contributions from Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo and will need them to clinch some crucial wickets upfront.Whichever way the pendulum swings, one thing’s for sure: the Providence National Stadium this evening will see exciting cricket, as both teams fight to the very last ball to ensure that they are the ones lifting the cup come Sunday evening.However, with the inclement weather looking to put a damper on things, this publication was informed that in the event that the game is washed out, the team that finished higher in the league table will progress.Tomorrow evening, the Jamaica Tallawahs will face off with the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at the same time and venue, after which the winner will take on the loser of Playoff one at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago on Friday, September 14 at 20:00h.When it is all decided, the ultimate clash will go down at the Brian Lara Stadium from 17:00h on Sunday evening. read more

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The word of 2016 Xenophobia

first_img Nov 29th 2016, 8:22 AM http://jrnl.ie/3108250 By Cianan Brennan 70 Comments The word of 2016? Xenophobia Quite literally. Dictionary.com has announced xenophobia, defined as ‘dislike of people from other countries’, as its word of the year. Share187 Tweet Email 11,589 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 8:22 AM A Donald Trump supporter clashing with protesters outside a rally in California in May of this year Source: AP/Press Association ImagesTHE 2016 WORD of the year has been announced as ‘xenophobia’.The award is given each year by website Dictionary.com.Xenophobia, defined as a ‘dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries’, is often used in the context of anti-immigration sentiment amongst other things in individual countries.It has been suggested that much of the enthusiasm for anti-migration campaigns such as those of Brexit and President-Elect of the United States Donald Trump was xenophobic in nature.Dictionary.com says it picks its word of the year as one “that embodies a major theme resonating deeply in the cultural consciousness over the prior 12 months”.“This year, some of the most prominent news stories have centered around fear of the ‘other’,” the website said in a statement announcing its ‘winner’. Source: Dictionary.comFear is an adaptive part of human evolutionary history and often influences behaviors and perceptions on a subconscious level. However, this particular year saw fear rise to the surface of cultural discourse.The largest spike in interest in the word ‘xenophobia’, as measured by Dictionary.com, was seen on 24 June this year, the day after the UK Brexit referendum, which indicates that hundreds of users were looking up the term each hour.Last year’s word of the year was ‘identity’ (which was in reference to new ways in which people had been discussing the concept of identity), 2014’s was ‘vape’ (as in to use an e-cigarette), and 2013’s was ‘privacy’ (linked to stories from that year such as the leaking of confidential US NSA documents to the media by Edward Snowden).Read: German court rejects 95-year-old Auschwitz guard’s appealRead: Child therapy provider says pressure on funding is ‘intense’ and becoming ‘unbearable’last_img read more

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Munster show defensive mettle to to see off Glasgow in tough Pro12

first_img Apr 8th 2017, 9:40 PM Munster show defensive mettle to to see off Glasgow in tough Pro12 clash Rassie’s side are seven points clear of third-placed Ospreys with just three matches remaining in the regular season. https://the42.ie/3331117 Short URL 74 Comments Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 9:40 PM By John Fallon Share Tweet Email center_img Image: James Crombie/INPHO Image: James Crombie/INPHO Munster 10Glasgow Warriors 7MUNSTER HAD TO withstand a late Glasgow rally before securing a hard-earned win which keeps their hopes of a home semi-final in the Pro12 very much on the cards.It was far from a vintage display from the Champions Cup semi-finalists against a side which bowed out of Europe last week and were desperate to stay in the hunt for a Pro12 knockout place.Munster led 7-0 end at the end of a gruelling opening half which saw the home side lose out-half Tyler Bleyendaal to injury with Glasgow centre Alex Dunbar and hooker Fraser Brown also forced to go off.Glasgow’s hopes of laying down an early marker were destroyed when Bleyendaal forced an excellent turnover as Warriors tried to clear their lines from a five-metre scrum.The initial forays at the visitors’ line were repelled but then former All Black Francis Saili and ex-Springbok Jaco Taute, starting together in the centre for the first time, combined and while Darren Sweetnam was stopped short, the ball was recycled and loosehead James Cronin pounced.Bleyendaal added the conversion from the left to complete the impressive start by Rassie Erasmus’ men. But they had to be content with that 7-0 lead at the break as both sides battled it out in a tough encounter which saw tempers boil over on a few occasions.Munster were able to deal with anything Glasgow could throw at them, with Andrew Conway dealing with a few aerial threats in addition to stopping Lee Jones in his tracks in a rare Warriors’ opening down the right.Munster drafted in Peter O’Mahony and then Donnacha Ryan — for probably his final act in a Munster jersey in Cork — and piled on the pressure in the second-half. Source: James Crombie/INPHOTMO Neil Hennessy was kept busy, ruling out efforts from Jack O’Donoghue and Ronan O’Mahony before a penalty won against the head on a five-metre scrum was converted by Rory Scannell to make it 10-0 going into the final quarter.But Glasgow were given a lifeline eleven minutes from time when a chip from Hogg bounced unkindly for Conway and the Warriors full-back collected to score, with Finn Russell converting and suddenly it was 10-7.However, Munster held their nerve in the closing minutes for a priceless victory.ScorersMunsterTry: James CroninPenalty: Rory Scannell 1 / 1 Conversion: Tyler Bleyendaal 1 / 1Glasgow WarriorsTry: Stuart HoggConversion: Finn Russell 1 / 1 Source: James Crombie/INPHOMunster: Andrew Conway; Darren Sweetnam, Francis Saili, Jaco Taute, Ronan O’Mahony (Simon Zebo ’75); Tyler Bleyendaal (Rory Scannell ’9), Duncan Williams; James Cronin (Dave Kilcoyne ’43), Rhys Marshall (Niall Scannell ’50), Stephen Archer (John Ryan ’50); Dave O’Callaghan, Billy Holland; Jean Deysel (Peter O’Mahony ’43), Conor Oliver, Jack O’Donoghue (Donnacha Ryan ’54).Glasgow Warriors: Stuart Hogg; Tommy Seymour, Nick Grigg (Rory Hughes ’62), Alex Dunbar (Peter Horne ’17), Lee Jones; Finn Russell, Ali Price (Henry Pyrgos ’70); Gordon Reid (Alex Allan ’54), Fraser Brown (Pat MacArthur ’22), Sila Puafisi (D’arcy Rae ’46); Brian Alainu’uese (Scott Cummings ’67), Jonny Gray; Rob Harley, Ryan Wilson (Chris Fusaro ’54), Adam Ashe.Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales).Munster 10 Bleyendaal forced off early against Glasgow 30,358 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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SA Multicultural Awards open

first_imgThe 2014 South Australian Governor’s Multicultural Awards, designed to recognise and celebrate the states’ organisations and individuals who promote multiculturalism and increase understanding of the benefits of cultural diversity, are now open.This year’s categories include the new Senior Volunteer Award, for individuals who have devoted 20 or more years to the multicultural community. Award categories are: Arts and Culture (individual and organisation), Community Sector (individual and organisation), Media, Private Sector, Public Sector, Volunteer, Senior Volunteer, Youth (individual and organisation) and Outstanding Individual Achievement. Nominations for the awards are open until Friday 7 November 2014, with winners to be announced at an official award presentation at Government House in March 2015. To nominate online, you need to create a log-in so you can save and edit your nomination form. For more information visit Multicultural SA at www.multicultural.sa.gov.au The Governor’s Multicultural Awards are administered by Multicultural SA and awarded by the Governor of South Australia, on the advice of an independent judging panel chosen in consultation with the Multicultural Communities Council of SA. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Energies renouvelables  construction du premier parc solaire et éolien français

first_imgEnergies renouvelables : construction du premier parc solaire et éolien françaisLa commune d’Avignonet-Lauragais, près de Toulouse, développe actuellement un immense parc de trois hectares destiné à la production d’énergies d’origines renouvelables.Le parc de production d’énergie solaire et éolienne est le premier de ce type qui se développe en France. Pour tenter de comprendre son fonctionnement 20 minutes s’est rendu sur place. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéSelon le quotidien, 20.320 panneaux solaires ont été installés sur près de trois hectares en moins de six mois. Les travaux ont été dirigés par l’entreprise canadienne Boralex, spécialisée dans l’industrie du photovoltaïque. L’énergie totale produite par ce complexe pourrait alimenter 1.540 foyers. Le dispositif éolien, contient quant à lui une dizaine d’appareils qui ont été installés en 2002 et sont capables de produire de l’énergie pour 8.570 foyers.Le parc de panneaux photovoltaïques représente un budget de 14,6 millions d’euros. Un prix nécessaire à l’élaboration d’un dispositif qui produit efficacement de l’énergie tout en respectant l’environnement.Le 8 mai 2011 à 13:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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No Matter Who Wins We Lose With Diablo Immortal

first_img I didn’t really want to write about Diablo Immortal. When Blizzard announced this mobile spin-off of its beloved Satanic action-RPG series at BlizzCon last week, I said “Oh, that’s neat I guess” before going back to playing Diablo III on Nintendo Switch and wondering how much I needed that loot goblin amiibo. But then for a variety of deeply dumb reasons, Diablo Immortal and the controversy surrounding it become all anyone could talk about in the gaming world this weekend. And not to “both sides” this, but in the fight over Diablo Immortal, no matter who wins we lose.Where to even begin. Diablo Immortal isn’t even the next core entry in the series. Set between 2 and 3, it’s a mobile spin-off co-developed by Blizzard’s Chinese online infrastructure partner NetEase, which already has history in this genre with Crusaders of Light (which Diablo Immortal is not a reskin of). The fact that lots of mobile games already are descendants of Diablo’s loot-grind dungeon crawling should explain why Blizzard thought it should bring the real deal to the platform.But for angry fans, this wasn’t the real deal. Not wanting to play a game is one thing. It’s easy enough just to ignore something that looks bad or you think just isn’t for you. Plenty of great people I know wrote off the franchise after Diablo II and have been happily ever after since because they are adults who understand not every video game needs to be for them.What we couldn’t ignore though was the embarrassing response from fans, the same Diablo fans that complained when Diablo III was “too colorful.” I don’t care if you feel entitled to the game you want because you paid to go to a fan fest, a fan fest where Blizzard told you ahead of time Diablo IV was coming but wasn’t ready yet so don’t get your hopes up. It’s just not cool to berate developers onstage, “savagely” call their work an April Fools Day joke, and endlessly complain online in ways gamers just can’t stop doing these days.With a response from the fans like that, I totally get the reaction to defend Diablo Immortal. I absolutely push back against this gatekeeping nonsense that mobile games aren’t “real games” because they don’t specifically appeal to the marketing-constructed artificial gamer identity.But all that being said, I don’t think Diablo Immortal is going to be very good. And not just because touch screens are bad for precise action.I’ve reviewed literally hundreds of mobile games for almost ten years and the thing I keep saying is that mobile games are way better than gamers give them credit for but simultaneously way worse than anyone ever imagines. It’s not that mobile games aren’t “real games.” Again, that’s gatekeeping nonsense. A great casual Zach Gage puzzle game played by a mom is just as real as the next mediocre shooter lapped up by bros. Threes is better than Call of Duty: Ghosts.However, unfortunately nearly all of the great mobile games have been squeezed out of the market because of the scourge of free-to-play mechanics. I’ve already written about how much better we’d be off if audiences would just pay upfront for mobile game and then stop. But suffice it to say I strongly believe games that cost nothing upfront but later entice you to spend infinite money on timers and currency or whatever are inherently exploitative and unethical.Free-to-play mechanics and game design supporting them only make games worse. They’ve ruined mobile games. They’re ruining paid console games like Star Wars Battlefront II. And they’ll probably ruin Diablo Immortal. At best, it’ll be Hearthstone-level production value and restrained design quality. At worst, it’ll be the real money auction house that almost destroyed Diablo III multiplied by Activision’s cartoon-level mobile greed. Don’t forget, this is the same company that bought Candy Crush. So honestly, for me, gamer harassers and current mobile games business models can both go to Hell. ‘Overwatch’ Coming to Nintendo Switch… In Case FormToy Tuesday: The Best ‘World of Warcraft’ Toys Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Madore Mielke reject resolution thanking CRC contributors

first_imgNearly four months after community activist and labor leader Ed Barnes was appointed to fill a vacant Clark County commissioner post, he made a point Tuesday of stepping down from behind the dais to address his colleagues from a place familiar to him — the public testimony table.It was a déjà vu moment within the hearings room, a place that, prior to Barnes’ appointment to the board, had been the venue for the Democrat’s frequent commentary against the two Republican commissioners. And in keeping with the déjà vu theme, the topic of Barnes’ comments to his fellow commissioners was the Columbia River Crossing. He called on them to approve a resolution thanking people who contributed to the project.“I want to see that sign,” Barnes said, gesturing above the dais to a sign that reads “Proud past, promising future.”For weeks, Barnes tried to convince Tom Mielke and David Madore that they should approve the resolution, and it had been the topic of lively discussion between the three commissioners in recent weeks. The resolution was approved by the Labor Round Table of Southwest Washington in August. The resolution also circulated among Vancouver City Council members, but failed to gain traction.The resolution conveys “deep appreciation to the many people who contributed their time and effort to the CRC project,” and is more than 14 pages long. It was drafted, in part, to counter the negativity directed at the canceled megaproject and its backers.last_img read more

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TaxRelated Identity Theft Increasing

first_imgHave you filed your taxes yet? Tax day is just a few days away. And the state’s consumer protection unit is warning it’s seeing an increase in a new type of tax time scam – tax-related identity theft. That’s where thieves use your personal information to file for a tax refund with the IRS before you get a chance to submit your taxes.Ed Sniffen is an Senior Assistant Attorney General with the state’s consumer protection unit. He says the unit first started hearing reports of tax related identity theft in 2012.Download Audiolast_img read more

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Denali wolf killed in no wolf kill buffer zone

first_imgAnother Denali wolf has been killed outside the National Park’s boundary. It’s the latest of several park based animals harvested in recent years on state land along the park’s northeastern edge.  The kill occurred in an area long sought for protection by wolf advocates.Download AudioDenali wolf (Photo courtesy of National Park service)Denali National Park Science and Resources team leader Dave Schirokauer said a Denali wolf was observed May 7th from the air at a hunting camp on state land in the Stampede Road area where wolf hunting is permitted.“During one of our routine wildlife tracking flights, we observed the male East Fork wolf, which is the last remaining radio-collared wolf in that pack in the camp itself, not moving,” Schirokauer said. “So we believe that wolf was harvested.”Schirokauer said the area is where the Board of Game eliminated a no wolf kill buffer zone in 2010, and recently agreed to shorten the wolf hunting season to eliminate overlap with bear baiting which draws more hunters in to the area.”Scale back the wolf hunting season by six weeks in the area of the former buffer, but that proposal doesn’t take effect ’til 2017,” Schirokauer said.“This was an avoidable tragedy,” said Denali Citizen’s Council board chair Nancy Bale.Bale says the state should have immediately abbreviated the wolf hunting season to protect dwindling park entrance area packs, like the East Fork group which is now thought to consist of one pregnant female.”The status of the ban is highly in question,” Bale said.The Parks Schirokauer agrees the female and pups will likely die without a pack to support them. State Director of Wildlife Conservation Bruce Dale points to natural factors driving a broader decline of Denali wolves, and downplays the significance of the current East Fork Pack situation.”Wolves are realy good colonizers, so it will, just as it has, recolonize,” Dale said. “Looks like by a pair this year. It’ll be colonized by a pair next year. The pack will grow and the new regulations will go in effect.”Both the National Park Service and conservation groups like the Denali Citizen’s Council plan to submit proposals to the Game Board to reinstate a buffer zone to protect park wolves from hunting and trapping along the park’s northeastern boundary year round.last_img read more

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