Elliott watches Liverpool friendly as Reds move finalised

first_imgFulham wonderkid Harvey Elliott was in attendace for an easy friendly victory for Liverpool on Thursday as he closes on what would be a dream move to Anfield.The Champions League holders raised few eyebrows at Prenton Park in a dominant 6-0 defeat of Tranmere Rovers to kick off pre-season preparations. Nathaniel Clyne opened the scoring after just six minutes and Rhian Brewster hit a double to effectively end the game as a contest before half time, before Curtis Jones and Divock Origi further widened the margin in the second half.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Steven Gerrard’s cousin Bobby Duncan rounded off the rout with the sixth goal of the evening to mark a perfect start to pre-season for Jurgen Klopp’s men. And in the stands at Prenton Park was Elliott, who Goal can confirm will soon be signing terms on a move to Liverpool. In May, Elliott became the youngest player in Premier League history when he came on for already relegated Fulham against Wolves aged 16 years and 30 days. While he will not be able to sign professional terms until his 17th birthday in April 2020, he is nevertheless free to pen a youth contract with Liverpool after his deal with Fulham expired. He is expected to complete his move in the coming days, with Fulham set to receive a significant compensation package for the player. The signing represents a coup for Liverpool, who had to beat off interest from a host of rival clubs in order to land the teenager. Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain were all linked with Elliott, whose support of the Reds seems to have been key in his decision. He certainly comes with the highest of recommendations from his former club. “He’s been a sensation since he joined in training a few months ago,” Fulham captain Tom Cairney said. “He doesn’t look out of place and does some bits of magic that everyone says ‘wow’.”His attitude and his belief in himself at such a young age is frightening. He’s got a great football brain, an eye for goal and is a very entertaining player.”Elliott would be Liverpool’s second signing of the summer window, after swooping for PEC Zwolle’s 17-year-old defender Sepp van de Berg at the end of June. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Changes to the Motor Vehicle Act

first_imgProposed changes to the Motor Vehicle Act will allow temporary residents who have a compelling reason to stay in the province for more than 90 days to continue using their home driver’s licence. The bill was introduced by Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Ramona Jennex, today, Sept. 23. “We have been receiving requests from various groups such as oil industry and farm workers, among others, to allow workers to use their home licence for the duration of their stay in Nova Scotia,” said Ms. Jennex. “This measure will also help employers address workers’ concerns about driver testing and licensing, particularly for those who need to drive as part of their job.” Licence extensions for temporary residents will be given on a case-by-case basis, with road safety being the top priority.last_img read more

Tous les NéoÉcossais peuvent maintenant se faire vacciner contre la grippe H1N1

first_imgREMARQUE : Une version « médias sociaux » de ce communiqué de presse (en anglais seulement), ainsi que des photos téléchargeables haute résolution et des clips audio et vidéo seront disponibles plus tard aujourd’hui 20 novembre à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/news/smr/2009-11-20-h1n1.asp . Une liste des cliniques qui seront ouvertes pendant la fin de semaine est présentée à la fin du communiqué. Le Dr Robert Strang, médecin-hygiéniste en chef de la Nouvelle-Écosse, a annoncé aujourd’hui 20 novembre, que le vaccin contre la grippe H1N1 est maintenant offert à tous les Néo-Écossais. « Depuis le début de la campagne, les Néo-Écossais ont fait preuve de patience pendant la vaccination des personnes les plus à risque, a dit le Dr Strang. Au cours des prochaines semaines, nous prévoyons recevoir régulièrement des vaccins et c’est pourquoi nous avons décidé de l’offrir à toute la population. » « J’aimerais aussi remercier les employés des Services de la santé publique qui font preuve d’un grand dévouement pendant cette campagne, dit-il. Je reconnais qu’ils travaillent très fort dans une situation très difficile et qu’ils continueront de le faire au cours des prochaines semaines à mesure que nous poursuivons la vaccination des Néo-Écossais. » La décision est basée sur la quantité de vaccins disponibles et sur le nombre prévu de vaccins qui seront reçus au cours des prochaines semaines. À l’heure actuelle, le gouvernement provincial dispose de presque 70 000 doses du vaccin. Il prévoit recevoir 135 000 doses supplémentaires du vaccin au début de la semaine prochaine. On rappelle aux Néo-Écossais que selon le nombre de personnes qui se présentent aux cliniques, il est possible que certaines régies manquent temporairement de vaccins. « Nous préférons manquer de vaccin et reprendre les cliniques lorsque nous en recevront davantage que d’avoir des vaccins non utilisés dans les cliniques de la province, a dit le Dr Strang. Le vaccin est le meilleur moyen de se protéger contre la grippe H1N1, et nous souhaitons l’administrer à tous les Néo-Écossais dès que possible. » Le Dr Strang encourage toujours les personnes les plus à risque à se faire vacciner. Il demande aussi aux Néo-Écossais en bonne santé de faire preuve de patience puisque les personnes qui font partie de ces groupes continuent de se présenter aux cliniques. La campagne durera encore quelques semaines puisque de plus en plus de Néo-Écossais se présenteront aux cliniques. Le 16 novembre, le gouvernement provincial a annoncé qu’un groupe d’enfants, c’est-à-dire ceux qui sont atteints d’une maladie chronique mais qui ne sont pas immunodéficients, pouvaient attendre que les personnes les plus à risque soient vaccinées avant de recevoir leur deuxième dose. Maintenant que le vaccin est offert à tous les Néo-Écossais, ces enfants pourront recevoir la deuxième dose du vaccin dans le délai minimal prévu de 21 jours après la première dose. Le Dr Strang encourage aussi les employeurs à se montrer flexibles au cours des prochaines semaines en ce qui a trait à permettre aux employés de se faire vacciner. « Permettre aux employés de prendre le temps de se faire vacciner est un avantage à long terme pour l’employeur, » a dit le Dr Strang. Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez le gov.ns.ca/h1n1/fr ou communiquez avec Info-Santé 811.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River until September 2015. Traffic is normally two lanes in both directions, however drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. NEW WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: LaHave Ferry The LaHave cable ferry is out of service for repairs until further notice. Continue to check 511 for updates. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. -30- CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Conns Mill Bridge Thomson Road, near Highway 104, will be closed from Hansford Siding Road to Conns Mill Road for repairs to the Conns Mill Bridge until Friday, March 7. Detour signs are in place. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, the province is providing a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route for drivers has also been marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp . HANTS COUNTY: Shubenacadie, Bridge Trunk 2 Shubenacadie Bridge on Highway 2 is reduced to one lane until Friday, Feb. 28. The speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h in the construction area. HANTS COUNTY: Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook Bridges The Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook bridges, on Route 202 in West Gore, have a 24-tonne weight restriction until further notice. CONTINUING WORKlast_img read more

We had no bias against Rayudu Prasad clears air on retired players

first_imgMumbai: Ambati Rayudu’s sarcasm-laden ‘3D tweet’ might have hastened his international retirement but chairman of selectors MSK Prasad defended the recently-retired Hyderabadi’s non-exclusion from the World Cup squad, asserting that his panel cannot be accused of bias. Rayudu, who was till January being touted as India’s No 4 for the World Cup, lost the spot to Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who was termed as a “three dimensional player” by Prasad. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThis led to Rayudu’s cryptic tweet: “Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup” which was certainly directed at the selection committee and widely believed to be the reason behind Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal’s inclusion as replacements. This led to Rayudu announcing retirement from all forms of cricket. “It was a lovely tweet. Very timely one. I really enjoyed the tweet. It was fantastic. I don’t know how it struck him,” Prasad’s answer had everyone laughing when asked about Rayudu’s tweet. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHowever he wanted to clear the air that Rayudu couldn’t be included purely because of the permutations and combinations and the selection committee didn’t resort to any favouritism. “How much emotions anybody (Rayudu) has gone through, the the selection committee has gone through the same emotions,” Prasad said. “When we pick any player and he does well, we feel so happy for him. Similarly when somebody who goes out in this way, the selection committee also feels for it. But having said that, with regards to the decision taken, it has been completely devoid of any bias or any favouritism into why we have picked Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant or Mayank Agarwal also,” the former stumper said in his committee’s defence. While Rayudu has every reason to be aggrieved, Prasad reminded that when he had failed a fitness test after being picked on the basis of his T20 performances, his panel had backed the Hyderabad man. “I will give you a small example about Rayudu. When Rayudu was picked, on the basis of 17-18 T20s (2018 IPL performance), we picked him in ODI side. There was a lot of criticism but we had some thoughts about him subsequently. “When he failed the fitness (Yo YO) test (before England away ODIs), this selection committee backed him and we put him through a fitness programme for a month, ensured that he gets fit and comes into the side. “Once he came into the side, we backed him but due to certain permutations and combinations in the side, we couldn’t pick him,” Prasad reasoned why Rayudu was overlooked even after Shankar got injured. But he made it clear that his committee can’t be accused of “bias or favouritism”. “That (Rayudu’s exclusion) doesn’t make the selection committee or me biased about any particular person. We know how emotional Rayudu is, we are also emotional. We as ex-cricketers, also feel for him,” he said. He explained how Pant and Agarwal came in as replacements. “The team management requested for a left-hander and we had no other choice than Rishabh Pant. We are very, very clear on that. We know what he is capable of. That’s the reason we had to bring in a left-hander, which confused many people as to why a middle-order batsman has been selected in place of an opener,” he said. When Agarwal came in, it was more about having a cover for KL Rahul, who had suffered an on-field injury during the England game in Birmingham. In fact, he revealed that it was team management which had asked for an opener.last_img read more

Growth of samesex marriage in Canada more practicality than principle

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – Laura and Jen O’Connor got married for all the romantic, fairy-tale reasons: after seven years together, they were deeply in love and wanted to start a family. But on another level, they thought it might just make their life together a little easier.After all, being gay comes with its own unique set of challenges — challenges they hoped might be easier to navigate if they shared a last name.“It’s one less thing, one less obstacle that you have to deal with,” says Jen, 27, during an interview in a sun-drenched backyard at Laura’s parents’ house in a Vancouver-area suburb.“When we’re sitting together, (people ask), ‘Are you sisters? Are you cousins? Are you family? Are you best friends?’ No, we’re actually wife and wife.”When they check into a hotel, puzzled staff often ask if they’d prefer a room with two beds. Now that they’re married, the hope is more people will recognize the newlyweds — they were married late last month — as life partners, even if many continue to assume they are related.“They’re not trying to be rude or wrong or anything. We’re not insulted,” Jen says. “But I think if there was some sort of need to get married, it’s probably just for that sake of being a collective whole.”Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada for more than a decade, and is no longer the headline-grabbing novelty it was in 2005. If the O’Connors are any indication, practicality has become just as important as principle.But whatever the motive, same-sex marriage is more popular than it’s ever been, the latest data from the 2016 census suggest.Of the 72,880 same-sex couples counted in Canada last year, 24,370 of them were married — more than three times the number of married same-sex couples enumerated in 2006. Same-sex couples in general grew in number by just 61 per cent over the same period.Ontario, Quebec and B.C. lead the way in terms of the number of same-sex couples, although Quebec remains an outlier when it comes to marriage generally: in that province, just 22.5 per cent of same-sex couples were married, compared with 38.5 per cent in B.C. and 38.2 per cent in Ontario.While same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada for more than 10 years, it’s still relatively new, which may partly explain its growth, said John Paul Catungal, an instructor at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.It has also been a touchstone in the fight for lesbian and gay rights over the past 15 years, giving it a particular resonance in certain segments of the community. But that level of attention can have a downside, Catungal warned.“Whose issues do not get prime time, do not get the limelight?” he asked. “That can mean non-monogamous relationships. That can mean issues … like support for health care for trans people.”That said, marriage brings material benefits, including legal protections, tax advantages and workplace benefits. It can also bestow “cultural legibility,” said Catungal — the desire of the O’Connors to be seen as a couple being a prime example.“The experience of not being legible as who you are,” he noted, “can be very jarring and it can feel very violent.”The “heteronormativity” that leads people to assume Laura and Jen are friends or sisters is deeply ingrained in Canadian society, and marriage won’t necessarily fix it, Catungal said.The couple lives with Laura’s parents in Cloverdale, a suburb of Surrey. They decided to move in to save money after spending $15,000 on three unsuccessful rounds of in vitro fertilization.Indeed, having children is another major factor in motivating same-sex couples to get married. Twelve per cent of Canada’s same-sex couples were living with kids in 2016, up from 8.6 per cent in 2001. Of those, four-fifths were female couples.The O’Connors are saving for a down payment — no small feat in the Vancouver area — and looking at becoming foster parents.Getting married was part of their dream of becoming a family, but both admitted to not being “wedding people.” So, instead of a traditional ceremony, they decided to get hitched while doing one of their favourite activities: camping.“Of course, it was the only rainy day in July,” Laura said with a grin.They had originally planned for a day at the beach in Golden Ears Park, with swimming, croquet and bocce, but the downpour meant their 40 guests wound up mostly “huddling under tarps and drinking and staying dry,” said Jen, laughing.Standing under the branches of a big old tree, with a view of a lake, the couple said a simple set of vows.“It just felt right,” said Laura. “It felt normal.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitterlast_img read more

Sheryl Lee Ralph Honored at 15th Annual McDonalds 365Black Awards in New

first_imgSeveral notable celebrities, community leaders and entertainers descended on the city of New Orleans once again to attend the 15th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards, held today at the Ritz Carlton, New Orleans.Kimberly Bryant; Monique Vann-Brown; Sheryl Lee Ralph; Tishauna Wilson; Symone SandersThey were joined by attendees from across that nation who converged to recognize this year’s recipients of the distinguished awards, including popular Political Commentator Symone Sanders, renown actress/activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, Black Girls CODE CEO Kimberly Bryant and next generation McDonald’s Owner/Operator Monique Vann-Brown. Additionally, college philanthropist Tishauna Wilson was recognized alongside this lineup to receive a $10,000 McDonald’s HBCU Forward Scholarship, facilitated by Thurgood Marshall College Fund.McDonald’s 365Black Awards take place annually to honor outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community. The program launched in 2003 as an extension of the company’s 365Black platform, created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year-round. Held in conjunction with ESSENCE Festival presented by Coca-Cola, the event was hosted by actress Essence Atkins.R&B singer Dave Hollister gave a dynamic performance during the awards. Presenters included actor and comedian Lil Rel Howery, actor Larenz Tate, actress Bresha Webb, media personality Tai Beauchamp and McDonald’s Owner/Operator Tanya Holliday. Award-winning gospel artists Fred Hammond and JJ Hairston also made appearances.TV personality and model Cynthia Bailey brought her large social media following along to the event, posting live from the ceremony. Other celebrity attendees included actor Lance Gross, award-winning talk show host, Loni Love and R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn, among others.“It was a privilege to witness and take part in the celebration of our outstanding female honorees. Their accomplishments reflect the tenets of our 365Black platform,” said Kenny Mitchell, McDonald’s U.S. Vice President of Brand Marketing & Content. “Our 15 year-long partnership with ESSENCE and continuation of the 365Black Awards affirms our commitment to celebrating everyday people who are doing extraordinary things to positively move Black Forward.”Those who were unable to attend the ceremony can follow @365Black on Twitter for commentary on the awards and join the conversation on all social platforms using #365BlackAwards.last_img read more

Controversial astrologer Vijitha Rohana arrested

Vijitha Rohana Wijemuni is also noted for his assault on Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on 30 July 1987 at President’s House, Colombo. (Colombo Gazette) Controversial astrologer Vijitha Rohana Wijemuni was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today.He was arrested over defamatory claims made about President Maithripala Sirisena using social media.

UN food agency starts emergency aid deliveries to droughtaffected western Nepal

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Nepal has started transporting emergency food assistance to support over 225,000 people in drought-affected parts of the country, many located in remote locations that could require expensive airlift operations.“Food insecurity is already a fact of life in these districts, and we are very concerned that the effects of the drought will exacerbate what is already a precarious situation,” said Richard Ragan, County Director for WFP in Nepal. “With the rains approaching, the time to act is now if we are able to save lives in these areas.” The operation plans to provide assistance through an accelerated Food-for-Work programme. WFP is borrowing close to 800 metric tonnes of rice from the Nepal Food Corporation with the intention of reaching 225,000 Nepalese victims, who will earn a two month ration of rice and fortified wheat flour through participation in the programme’s quick impact projects. Dependent on donor funding, this emergency operation has currently received less than 30 per cent of the resources sought.The production of rain-fed wheat was drastically impacted in 10 of Nepal’s districts, posing acute food shortages, WFP concluded following an assessment carried out with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). The agencies determined that immediate assistance was needed to help affected households until the next harvest.“Families in these areas are struggling to find enough food to feed their children by selling of their household goods and livestock to survive the rainless period,” said Mr. Ragan. Should funding be forthcoming, all the affected areas should receive WFP’s emergency food assistance.WFP is already providing food to poor, food insecure people through its development programmes in 35 districts across Nepal. read more

New York Citys storied yellow cabs now outnumbered by smartphoneconnected Uber cars

NEW YORK, N.Y. – New York City’s storied yellow cabs are taking a back seat to black cars.Uber cars, often black sedans that can be summoned with smartphone apps, now outnumber the yellow taxis that city riders have hailed with a whistle and a wave for generations.It was a changing-of-the-guard moment that passed with little fanfare this week in figures released by the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission: 14,088 registered Uber cars compared with 13,587 yellow cabs.But it hardly means yellow cabs are out of favour. In fact, there are about 440,000 yellow cab rides a day, compared to just 20,000 to 30,000 Uber rides. That’s because Uber drivers often own their own cars and work less than 40 hours a week, while most yellow taxis are owned by cab companies, have more than one driver and are on the road close to 24 hours a day.“Yellow cab rides significantly outstrip the number of black car rides,” said Meera Joshi, chairwoman of the taxi commission. “So the number of their affiliated vehicles in and of itself doesn’t paint a complete picture.”Uber was introduced in New York City in 2011 and has grown steadily in popularity, particularly among tech-savvy customers who are comfortable hailing rides through an app that shows when a car is on the way. A customer can even follow its progress with a blip on a street map. Similar companies such as Lyft use apps to connect with riders.Prices are comparable, but some Uber riders have complained about fare add-ons for larger vehicles and “surge pricing” during rush hour, bad weather or holidays.“I absolutely do love the convenience, and if it’s not surge pricing I find the costs very comparable and in some cases cheaper than yellow taxis,” said Kerry Farrell, a paralegal who uses Uber about three times a week.Uber spokesman Matt Wing declined to comment on the significance of the numbers of Uber cars surpassing yellow cabs.But some drivers and their advocates grumbled that Uber’s growth has flooded the market, lowering average incomes for all drivers.“Uber having an unlimited number of cars means no drivers — taxi or black car and livery — will earn a decent living,” said Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, an advocacy group that includes both Uber and yellow cab drivers as members.Mamadou Diallo, who has been driving a yellow cab since 2004, said he once could count on at least 30 fares a day. But his take has dropped 30 to 40 per cent since Uber and other such car services entered the New York market.“It’s a jungle,” he said, “and the big fish always eat the small fish.” New York City’s storied yellow cabs now outnumbered by smartphone-connected Uber cars FILE – Morning rush hour commuters line up for cabs outside Grand Central Station, in this Dec. 22, 2005 file photo taken in New York. Uber cars, often black sedans that can be summoned with smartphone apps, now outnumber the yellow taxis that city riders have hailed with a whistle and a wave for generations. It was a changing-of-the-guard moment that passed with little fanfare the second week of March 2015 in figures released by the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission: 14,088 registered Uber cars compared with 13,587 yellow cabs. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Karen Matthews And Verena Dobnik, The Associated Press Posted Mar 18, 2015 11:40 pm MDT read more

Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 7 September 2012

DOWNLOAD1. ECB agrees new bond-buying programme2. EU greenhouse gas emissions down 2.5% in 20113. Commission publishes road charging consultation4. Commission report notes delays in EETS deployment5. EU industrial producer prices up by 0.4%6. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Soccer Jozy Altidore Called Up For Final Game

Jozy Altidore has been called back up to rejoin the U.S. men’s soccer roster after being demoted for the last two months. He will play in the friendly against Russia, which will be the teams’ final game of the season.The 23-year-old was removed from the roster by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann after several critical World Cup qualifiers because of his disappointment in the forward’s performance in practice and recent games.“We are happy having Jozy back in the group,” Klinsmann said, according to U.S. Soccer’s official website.Klinsmann admitted that he spoke to Altidore about the issues he had with him. The return of Altidore will allow Klinsmann to see his commitment to the game of soccer and provide the opportunity to still talk through some issues that may still exist.“We often forget that Jozy is not a 30-year-old player that you already expect to be kind of perfect and mature,” Klinsmann said. “He’s still going through ups and downs, which is totally normal.”The overall message that Klinsmann was attempting to convey to Altidore by leaving him off the roster was that there were areas where he needed to improve.“So when a down period comes and I leave him out of the roster, that’s not the end of the world,” Klinsmann said. “But it’s also a little signal to say ‘Hey Jozy, maybe there were things we didn’t like before.’ Now we can catch up and see how it goes.”Altidore is currently tied for second in goals in the Eredivsie and scored his ninth league goal of the season Saturday for AZ Alkmaar.Altidore was among the 20 players named by Klinsmann for Wednesday’s match against Russia. Defender Timmy Chandler will also be returning to the roster after playing in exhibitions. He vowed not to play in World Cup qualifiers because it would have bound him to the U.S. team, which would not allow him to play for Germany. read more

RAF Reaper drone interrupts Islamic State public execution

first_imgA statement from the MoD said: “When a van then unloaded two shackled prisoners in front of the crowd, it became clear that Daesh were organising a public execution.“Given the large number of civilians present, the Reaper’s crew could not target directly the Daesh fighters about to carry out the murders.”The Reaper pilots, who are believed to have been flying the aircraft by satellite link from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, spotted two Isil fighters posted as sentries on a nearby roof overlooking the makeshift execution ground.The statement said: “A Hellfire missile was fired immediately, and scored a direct hit which not only killed one of the sentries but also brought the execution to an immediate halt.”RAF sources said the missile strike caused panic among the crowd and the Isil fighters and the militants fled. But It was not immediately clear if the prisoners due to be executed escaped or were taken away by their would-be executioners. RAF Tornado and Typhoon jets and Reaper drones are all flying air strike missions over Iraq and Syrian as part of Britain’s role in the international coalition against Isil.Public executions have become more common in Isil held territory, security sources told the Telegraph, with the group becoming more paranoid as it loses territory in the face of advances by Syrian rebel forces, Kurds and Iraqi troops.Reports from inside the militant’s so-called caliphate suggest people are often killed after being accused of being spies or deserting fighters, security sources told the Telegraph.Abu Kamal on the border with Iraq is considered a strategically important supply conduit for Isil between its strongholds in each country.Its location has made it a priority target for Syrian rebel forces being trained by British and American special forces.At the same time Syrian regime forces are pushing towards the area to head off advances by the US and UK backed Free Syrian Army.A human rights monitoring group said up to 23 people were killed in the town by an air strike earlier this week.Observers said unidentified war planes struck a mosque and surrounding houses in the early hours of Monday morning.The international military coalition fighting Isil said it had not launched strikes on the town on Monday, but Iraqi jets have previously carried out raids on the town. An RAF Reaper drone interrupted a public execution by the Islamic State group after opening fire on the militants and driving them off, the Ministry of Defence has said.The remote-controlled aircraft disrupted the display in a Syrian town by killing a sentry with a Hellfire missile.Details of the incident on May 9 were revealed on Tuesday by the MoD.The Reaper was flying an armed reconnaissance mission when it spotted a group of fighters from Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil), also known as Daesh, in a main street in the town of Abu Kamal.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Poll Have you watched an Irishproduced film in the last year

first_img Share9 Tweet Email  YesNo I’m not sureVote Short URL John Connors in Cardboard Gangsters IRISH FILM AND television was celebrated at the Ifta awards last night.There have been a number of recent notable films that were made by Irish people or starred Irish actors.Saoirse Ronan, who took home the award for Actress in a Leading Role at the Iftas, is in the running for an Oscar next month for her role in Lady Bird (which was made in the US).Meanwhile, John Connors took home the top actor gong at the Iftas for Cardboard Gangsters – the biggest Irish-made box-office success of 2017.However, speaking to TheJournal.ie, actor Gabriel Byrne said people making films cheaply here doesn’t actually constitute an industry, and more investment is needed.We want to know: Have you watched an Irish-produced film in the last year? Image: WildCard Distribution/YouTube 89 Comments 21,980 Views John Connors in Cardboard Gangsters Image: WildCard Distribution/YouTube Feb 16th 2018, 9:34 AM Poll: Have you watched an Irish-produced film in the last year? Gabriel Byrne has said people making films cheaply here doesn’t actually constitute an industry. Poll Results: By Órla Ryan Friday 16 Feb 2018, 9:34 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3855199  I’m not sure (1024) No (2013)  Yes (5882)last_img read more

Greek unemployment hits new record

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s jobless rate scaled a new record of 27.0 per cent in November from a revised 26.6 percent in October, the country’s statistics service ELSTAT said this week.Greek unemployment was more than double the euro zone’s average rate of 11.7 percent in November as a crippling, austerity-fuelled recession continued to take its toll on the labour market.Separate surveys showed the country remains stuck in recession and predicted nearly a third of the population will be in poverty by the end of the year. Worst affected are the young, with 61.7 per cent of those in the 15-24 age group without a job. 3.6 million Greeks remain employed, but 3.3 million are registered as inactive and 1.35 million are unemployed, according to the November figures.Source: Reuters, Daily Telegraph.last_img read more

Tata Consultancy Services overtakes Accenture to become largest IT firm servicing banks

first_imgLogos of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) are displayed at the venue of the annual general meeting of the software services provider in Mumbai, June 29, 2012.ReutersTata Consultancy Services (TCS) has become the world’s largest pure-play information technology (IT) and consulting firm servicing megabanks and insurers. The latest quarterly numbers show that the company’s revenue from the banking sector has overtaken Accenture Plc which is nearly two times bigger than in size.For the IT and consulting firms, financial services sector generates the largest revenue and Accenture has successfully managed to hold onto its sectoral supremacy. TCS generated $2.07 billion revenue from banking, financial services, and insurance, or the BFSI sector in the quarter ended in September which included $1.63 from projects related to application development and maintenance, and other traditional solution offerings. Additionally, it made $445.9 million from its proprietary platforms such as TCS BaNCS.Comparatively, Accenture managed to generate a business of $2.01 billion in June-August duration. It is to be noted that it follows a September-August financial year, Mint reported. The money made by TCS through its BFSI vertical is significant with the fact that if this segment is carved out its total revenue will be more than India’s third largest IT firm HCL Technologies Ltd which generated $2.05 billion in the quarter ended with June.”In the last quarter, we became the number one pure-play IT services firm servicing the banking and financial services sector across the world. This is very heartening to see we are doing well, and the way we are shaping the industry,” said TCS’s chief operating officer N Ganapathy Subramaniam. In September quarter, TCS reported revenue of $5.21 billion, clocking 10% growth and in comparison, Accenture registered a growth of 11% from the year-ago period generating $10.1 billion in August. However, the growth seems to have slowed down in the latest quarter with TCS’s BFSI vertical witnessing 9.3% growth on year-on-year, while Accenture only managed just over 3% growth.The two mega contracts which pushed TCS ahead of Accenture included a contract with Transamerica Life Insurance Co., a unit of Dutch insurer Aegon NV of over $2 billion, and a 10-year contract from a unit of British insurer Prudential Plc worth $1.36 billion.last_img read more

Aid workers seek Rohingya babies born of rape

first_imgThis photograph taken on 9 April 2018, shows a sick child being treated at a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) clinic, at Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh`s Ukhia district. Photo: AFPAid workers are scouring the world’s largest refugee camp for pregnant Rohingya rape victims, with a rush of births anticipated nine months after Myanmar forces unleashed “a frenzy of sexual violence” against women and girls from the Muslim minority.Specialists and Rohingya volunteers are racing against time to find women in the giant camp who are thought to be hiding their pregnancies out of shame, as fears grow that newborns could be abandoned and new mothers may die without care in coming weeks.Tosminara, herself a Rohingya refugee, has spent months coaxing these women out of the shadows, promising discretion.”We tell them a password they can use when they arrive at the hospital or health post. The guard then sends the woman directly to the right spot,” said Tosminara, who goes by one name.”They often are shy. Sometimes they are afraid to come forward.”The Myanmar army crackdown last August drove roughly 700,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh and the number of pregnancies resulting from rape is not known.But UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour said there would “inevitably” be a spike in births soon given the “frenzy of sexual violence in August and September last year”.Marcella Kraay of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) also said “a fair number of pregnancies” were expected.An estimated 48,000 women will give birth in the camps this year. Those who were raped will be delivering imminently, mostly in secret and without medical care on the floors of bamboo shacks overlooking the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.Rohingya community leader Abdur Rahim said he knew two women personally who were raped by soldiers and due within the month. He had heard rumours of many others in a similar position, he added.”The Myanmar military raped them. These babies are… evidence of their crimes,” he told AFP.Traumatised and aloneTosminara says she is trying her best to find these women in the heaving camps. But volunteers must contend with a deep-rooted stigma that keeps many from revealing their ordeal.”Sometimes neighbours say ‘don’t do anything, it will humiliate you further’. So they don’t want to come,” said Nurjahan Mitu, a doctor who trains midwives through a UN Population Fund programme.Many have sought clinical help to terminate pregnancies — legal in Bangladesh up to 12 weeks.Others have resorted to underground options resulting in “complicated, incomplete abortions”, said MSF midwife Daniela Sofia.The UN’s Gilmour, who toured the camps in March, said girls as young as 14 were self-inducing abortions.Sofia, the midwife, assisted a 16-year-old with an abortion after the teenager arrived at her clinic in secret, terrified that her family would find out.She said the girl was pregnant after being gang-raped by Myanmar soldiers, but had no one to support her through the trauma.”Nobody knew about the rape. Her family were not aware of it,” Sofia told AFP.More than half the Rohingya who have fled into Bangladesh are women and girls.Children are seen everywhere but adolescent girls are largely invisible, many kept indoors by families concerned for their welfare, experts say.Emu Roy, a Bangladeshi midwife, said a paucity of maternity professionals made it difficult to know how many women were suffering in silence in the camps.”It’s not possible for us to go door-to-door,” she told AFP.’Tool of terror’Experts are concerned that families could forcibly marry off teenage girls to cover up a pregnancy.Others fear that newborns could be abandoned.”Not only are you dealing with a woman who has been… traumatised, also there could be a child that is basically unwanted as well,” Kraay said.MSF alone treated 311 rape victims — women and girls aged between nine and 50 — between August and March but Kraay said this was “the tip of the iceberg”.The Myanmar army chief has denied allegations his forces used rape to terrorise the Muslim minority.But the military last month was placed on a UN blacklist for armies and rebels known to use rape in war — joining Nigeria’s Boko Haram and the Islamic State group.On top of the refugees’ accounts, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten said rape was used as a “calculated tool of terror” to force the Rohingya out of Myanmar.As the nine-month milestone looms, aid workers are ready to assign abandoned children to women who can breastfeed them, until families are found in the Rohingya community.”We really want all children — regardless of the conditions or the locations where they are born — to grow up in a happy environment,” Save the Children’s Beatriz Ochoa told AFP.last_img

US soldiers are getting enhanced hearing tech on the battlefield

first_imgThe US Army is in the process of rolling out a new piece of technology that can protect a soldier’s hearing on the battlefield. These aren’t just any earplugs, though. TCAPS (Tactical Communication and Protective System) is an active sound processing system that can eliminate loud noises and boost quiet ones.A battlefield is noisy, and damage to hearing from exposure to high decibel levels can be permanent. Simply using earplugs or other hearing protection that block the noise might seem like a good solution, but then you lose the situational awareness that comes from unimpeded hearing. Soldiers report they often have to remove such devices to hear communication from their comrades or to listen for concealed enemies.TCAPS addresses both of these issues by setting an audio cut off for loud impulse sounds, like a gunshot for example. The volume of such an event is lowered to safe levels without muffling it. When it picks up sound that is below that preferred threshold, TCAPS can boost it to be easier to hear. The volume can even be increased to give the wearer enhanced hearing. The device can be recharged with a standard electrical outlet, vehicle plug, or with a solar charger.The Army has so far deployed only 20,000 TCAPS devices so far as it evaluates the effectiveness. They’re expensive at $2,000 each, but the Army has paid out billions in disability compensation for hearing damage. This could save money in the long run. Not to mention it could improve soldiers’ quality of life by saving them from permanent battlefield-related hearing loss.last_img read more

Holy Cow Its art

first_imgLove is not love which alters when it alteration finds. So spake the Bard. And now, centuries later, Singapore-based artist P. Gnana has given artistic touches to his expression of love in his latest exhibition Nothing Else but Love. Gnana dwells on the emotion with the help of humans and an animal — the cow! Using recycled media, oils, fabrics and mixed media — the artist has created paintings, sculptures in bronze and even installations. Shakespeare’s immortal line — Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Things base and vile, holding no quantity, love can transpose, to form and dignity — from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set the tone of the exhibition. ‘The gestures which you can’t do in real life are what I try to portray in my works,’ says Gnana. ‘They express the yearning for an eternal companion,’ he adds. His recent works, though varied, speak the same language — that of love. The Umbilical Bond (oil on canvas), dwells on a mother’s love for her child. The same emotion is portrayed in Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTimeless Intoxication (oil on canvas) and Reason to live (oil and fabric collage on canvas).     The works are marked by bold strokes and a riot of colours. Androgyny is noticed in some figures but mostly the figures are stark and well shaped. Cows form a major part of his works. Gnana, known widely as a ‘cow-painting artist’ attributes this to his love for the animal. Growing up in Naiveli in Tamil Nadu, the artist grew up seeing cows in the roadside.    ‘My works are part imagination and part memories of the past. Whatever I see, I pepper it with my imagination and use it in my works at some point of time,’ explains the artist.  Incarnation I stands out among his works. It is an installation made out of recycled media that includes parts of two-wheelers and four wheelers which have been added to welded materials. Go take a look and see for yourself the various expressions of love.DETAILAt: Art Spice, The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa, Near Bangla SahibOn till: 30 November Timings:  10 am to 7 pmlast_img read more

4th Annual Indian Comics Convention all set for a Grand show

first_imgMark Waid, an Eisner Award-winning American comic book writer, known for his work on Marvel Comics’ Captain America and David Lloyd, a British comics artist best known as the illustrator of the story V for Vendetta  along with other renowned International personalities are going to be a part of this years gala.Some of the best International comics publishers are coming this year especially for Indian Comic Con. The main participants for the 4th Annual Indian Comic Con are Amar Chitra Katha, Orange Radius, Abhijeet Kini, Pop Culture Publishing, Random House, Campfire Graphic Novel, Holy Cow Entertainment, HarperCollins Publishers,Vimanika Comics, iComics, Manta Ray Comics, DC, Vertigo & Kodansha Comics By Random House India, Viz Media by Simon & Schuster India, Blaft Publications, Chariot Comics, Scholastic India, Meta Desi Comics and more!!  Various workshops will be conducted by creators, artistes and writers of popular comics and graphic novels. Over five new book titles to be launched during the event. The three-day convention will hold sessions With Leading Artists, writers and publishers from India and abroad.  Jatin Varma, founder, Comic Con India, said ‘We are kickstarting our 4th year in a big way by revamping our entire event, adding more exhibitors and content. There will be a lot more for the visitors to do at the event. We aim to take the fan experience up a notch and bring it closer to International standards. With the introduction of nominal ticketing, we hope to provide a lot many more amenities to visitors and our participants.’From this convention onwards, the Comic Con India Awards are going to take place during the main convention itself. CCI aims to recognise the work of all the professionals of India’s Comics Industry.When: 7-9 FebruaryWhere: Thyagraj Stadium (INA)last_img read more