Honeypreet’s police custody extended

first_imgA Panchkula court extended by three days the police remand of Honeypreet Insan, the adopted daughter of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.Honeypreet, accused of inciting violence that left 41 dead after Ram Rahim was convicted on two counts of rape on August 25, was produced in the court after her six days in police custody. The court also extend for three days the remanded of Sukhdeep Kaur, who was arrested along with Honeypreet.Honeypreet has been charged under various Sections of the IPC.The allegations levelled against her are in connection with violence by Dera Sacha Sauda followers after Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted in the rape cases by the special CBI court on August 25.last_img

Dhangar quota: youth ends life

first_imgAfter a spate of suicides over the Maratha quota issue, a youth from the Dhangar (shepherd) community in Parbhani district allegedly took his life on Sunday afternoon over the State government’s delay in granting reservation to the community.Yogesh Karke (20) had sent a text message to someone that he was committing suicide over the Dhangar reservation question, but the message could not be sent, probably because of unavailability of mobile network in the area, a police official said.The Dhangar community, under the banner of the Dhangar Sangharsh Samiti Maharashtra Rajya will be staging a State-wide agitation from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, demanding inclusion into the scheduled tribes (ST). The protest has been timed to coincide with the death anniversary of Punyashlok Ahilyabai Holkar, the 18th century Maratha queen who ruled Malwa and is revered by members of the Dhangar community.The community has demanded that the ruling government fulfill its poll promise to include them in the ST category.last_img read more

Perasol rues missed 8-sec violation, but lets it go

first_imgUniversity of the Philippines head coach Bo Perasol admitted that the missed 8-second violation late in the fourth quarter of the Fighting Maroons loss to the Ateneo Blue Eagles was crucial.ADVERTISEMENT “We have to find a way how we can play through that, but then again, I’m hoping the officials will do a better job [because] we’re exerting effort to win.” The referees failed to call an 8-second infraction on Ateneo point guard Jolo Mendoza, who fell just before crossing center court near the four-minute mark with the game tied at 79.Instead, UP playmaker Jun Manzo was whistled for a foul.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was an obvious head-scratcher but Perasol isn’t the type to cry over spilled milk.“It was really [crucial]. But it happens and I can’t delve on that,” Perasol told reporters after the Maroons’ 96-82 loss. “It’s something they’ve decided on and they can’t reverse that.” Read Next FEU sets record for most 3s with 18, but 42 attempts ‘way too much’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIEScenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07Robredo to ICAD: Let’s go beyond our diefferences00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more



Deschamps: Pogba cannot do everything on his own

first_imgFrance ‘Pogba cannot do everything on his own’ – France boss Deschamps curbs expectations Josh Challies 15:21 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) France Paul Pogba France v United States United States Manchester United Friendlies World Cup Les Bleus are expecting a lot from the Manchester United midfielder at the 2018 World Cup, but his manager has acknowledged that he needs support Didier Deschamps has warned his France squad that they cannot rely on the talents of Paul Pogba if they are to go far at the World Cup.The Manchester United midfielder had a difficult second season in the Premier League, reportedly seeing his relationship with Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho strained, and was booed by French supporters on international duty recently.Pogba was the starring name for Les Bleus during the European Championships in 2016, where France were defeated by Portugal in the final, but has struggled to maintain those level since leaving Juventus. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move With France targeting World Cup glory 20 years after another midfield star Zinedine Zidane led the nation to success, Pogba is expected to shine at this summer’s tournament but Deschamps says he has his limits.”Paul Pogba can do everything but he cannot do everything all alone,” the France boss told a news conference on Friday.”It [his performance against Italy] was not the best, that’s for sure, but I have talked to him about it.”There’s no problem.”France play their final warm-up match against the United States on Saturday, and Deschamps hinted the starting XI in Lyon will be similar to the one he selects for their World Cup opener with Australia.”The composition [of the team] against the United States will be close to the one that starts the World Cup but not necessarily the same,” Deschamps said.”Competition is for everyone. The choices were difficult for the squad, it’s the same for the [starting] 11. It’s high competition, players are used to it. The competition concerns the whole group.”Everything is going well. A significant workload was carried out this week with double sessions. “We can always do better but we must above all keep hindering the opponent. We need to progress in efficiency and in the offensive to defensive transition. Regarding the transition from defence to attack, we are good.”Deschamps also gave an update on the fitness of Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy, who has not completed a full match since a 6-0 victory against Watford in September.He added: “In the athletic field, Benjamin Mendy has no problem. He is always in front. He has not played 90 minutes yet, we’ll see if he can do it soon.”last_img read more

Hyundai Heavy Delivers New LNG Carrier for Petronet LNG

first_imgzoom A new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier has been delivered to a consortium comprising Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line), and the Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI).Handed over on November 30 in South Korea, the membrane-type vessel, named Prachi, has a capacity of 173,000 m3.It was built to order by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. based on a long-term time charter contract with India’s LNG importer Petronet LNG Limited (PLL).The company currently brings in 7.5 million tons of LNG a year from Qatar using three LNG carriers. Prachi is the fourth vessel for the transport of LNG to India and will be employed in the Gorgon LNG Project in Australia.Shipping Corporation Of India, which took over as manager of the new ship since delivery, has been operating and managing all the LNG tankers that are under long-term charter with PLL.last_img

The Latest Mexico slams US decision on solar panels tariff

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Latest on President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines (all times local):9:55 p.m.Mexico says it regrets the United States’ decision not to exclude it from tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels.It says it will “use all available legal resources in response to the U.S. decision.” It says its inclusion in the application of protections is “regrettable” given the U.S. International Trade Commission determined no damage exists to U.S. industry as a consequence of imports of Mexican washing machines.U.S. President Donald Trump says approving the tariffs will help U.S. manufacturers. The Republican casts Monday’s decision as part of his pledge to put American companies and jobs first.His administration is imposing an immediate tariff of 30 per cent on most imported solar modules, with the rate declining before phasing out after four years. For large residential washing machines, tariffs will start at up to 50 per cent and phase out after three years.___6:15 p.m.An association representing solar installers says a U.S. tariff on solar panels will lead to the delay or cancellation of billions of dollars of investment in solar energy.President Donald Trump said Monday he was approving tariffs on imported solar energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers. The Republican says it’s part of his pledge to put American companies and jobs first.The Solar Energy Industries Association says the tariff will result in the loss of 23,000 industry jobs this year.One of the group’s members is Bill Vietas, president of RBI Solar in Cincinnati. He says government tariffs will increase the cost of solar and depress demand, reducing orders and costing manufacturing workers their jobs.Whirlpool chairman Jeff Fettig say the decision on washing machines will create new manufacturing jobs in Ohio, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee.___5:55 p.m.President Donald Trump is approving tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers.The administration cast Monday’s decisions as part of Trump’s pledge to put American companies and jobs first.The administration is imposing an immediate tariff of 30 per cent on most imported solar modules, with the rate declining before phasing out after four years.For large residential washing machines, tariffs will start at up to 50 per cent and phase out after three years.The U.S. solar industry is split over the issue. Two small subsidiaries of foreign companies that made solar cells in the U.S. favour tariffs, but a larger number of companies that install solar-power systems say their costs will rise and jobs will be lost.last_img read more

Minister floats German industry strategy, ‘champions’

BERLIN — Germany’s economy minister is floating the possibility of the government temporarily taking stakes in technology companies to head off foreign takeovers as he proposes a “national industry strategy.”Peter Altmaier backed the idea of “national and European champions” in a fast-changing business world as he presented his strategy on Tuesday. His proposal proclaimed that “size matters!”Altmaier said his proposal is meant to kick off a discussion in Germany and then in Europe on industrial strategy in the face of tough global competition. Germany has seen a decade of economic growth, but he argued that that doesn’t guarantee it will continue.The most eye-catching idea is the concept of setting up an “investment fund” that could in limited cases protect companies that make key technologies from being taken over.The Associated Press

CPPIB partners with private equity firm Cinven to buy Hotelbeds Group for

TORONTO — The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and European private equity firm Cinven have signed a deal to buy travel services company Hotelbeds Group in a deal valued at 1.165 billion euros (US$1.3 billion).Under the deal, CPPIB and Cinven will take equal stakes in the company being acquired from travel and tourism company Tui Group.Hotelbeds offers hotel rooms and services to tour operators, travel agencies, corporate clients and consumers.The company is based in Spain.It employs 6,150 people around the world.Shane Feeney, head of direct private equity at CPPIB, called Hotelbeds a unique opportunity.“Backing a best-in-class management team, with an exceptional track record of organic growth that we will support in driving industry consolidation in the coming years, provides a terrific opportunity for CPPIB,” Feeney said in a statement Thursday.The deal is expected to close by the end of September.

Most former LTTE members are struggling to find jobs

Despite his training in carpentry, steady work was impossible to find when Ruvendradass returned home to Vallipuram, a village near the Tigers’ former political and administrative centre of Kilinochchi.“There are new highways, new railroads, new electricity and phone lines, but no jobs,” said the father-of-three, who makes a living by rearing chickens and doing odd jobs. This wasn’t how it was supposed to be. Almost seven years after the end of Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war, the majority of former LTTE members are struggling to find jobs despite billions of dollars of extra investment in their regions, IRIN reported.According to IRIN, analysts say Government programmes to develop the war zone have largely failed to stimulate the job market. That’s because most of the money has gone toward infrastructure projects, while neglecting employment generation initiatives such as tax breaks to encourage factories to move into the area, and moves to boost business development like low interest loans and training. One former LTTE member, Sivalingam Ruvendradass, who spent three years in a government “rehabilitation” programme, which is compulsory for former LTTE members and provides them with education and vocational training, now looks back at wartime with some fondness. Muttukrishna Sarvananthan, who heads the Point Pedro Institute of Development, a research institute in the northern city of Jaffna, criticised the former Government for employing mostly military personnel as labour in public projects. The strategy “deprived jobs for local people, especially youths,” he said.There are around 12,000 former combatants, mostly in the Northern Province, who have been released after undergoing rehabilitation programmes, according to the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation. Only around 3,000 have gained permanent employment, most in the civil defence force under the police department.Two of the worst hit districts during the conflict, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi in the Northern Province, have been plagued by high unemployment since the fighting ended in 2009. Kilinochchi suffers from the highest national unemployment rate at 7.6 percent, compared to the national average of 4.3 percent, according to national the Department of Census and Statistics. “Then at least I was getting something from the Tigers,” he told IRIN. Central Bank figures show that between 2010 and 2012, when the large construction projects were at a peak in the former war zone, only 5.8 percent (24,303) of the 422,111 jobs created nationally were in Northern Province. The new Government of President Maithripala Sirisena, which took power a year ago, is promising programmes to stimulate employment, although it has yet to launch any.“We want make the North and East part of a larger national development programme,” government spokesman Rajitha Senarathana told IRIN. “We want to attract foreign investment while providing livelihoods training. There are also plans to provide loans and other assistance with donor funding.” (Colombo Gazette) “I have always maintained that the focus needs to be on promoting private enterprises within the region – supporting small and medium entrepreneurs there (to) grow through finance, technology and market access,” said Anushka Wijesinha, chief economist at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. The previous government under Mahinda Rajapaksa poured $3.5 billion into Northern Province alone, most of it into large infrastructure projects like roads, railways and electricity, according to the Central Bank. The spending was meant to promote reconciliation through economic development in the war-torn region. read more

Tense situation at Swarnavahini CEO escorted out by Police

However the management issued letters to the staff who formed the trade union terminating their service. The staff however challenged their termination and as the issue went public the management reinstated them and assured that Perera will be removed.However today Perera had turned up in office on the basis that he will continue to operate as the head of the radio network of Swarnavahini which includes Shree FM and EFM. A tense situation arose at the Swarnavahini television station today forcing the Police to be called in to provide protection and escort the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mahen Perera out of the office.The tense situation arose when most of the Swarnavahini television staff agitated over the presence of Mahen Perera in the office after they were told yesterday that he was removed from the post. The staff had formed a trade union recently and pushed for Perera’s removal as they had several concerns. Swarnavahini staff however objected to him holding any post in the network and threatened to forcefully remove him.The Police were later called in by the management to escort Perera out of the office.Swarnavahini was just recently taken over by a foreign company.  (Colombo Gazette) read more

Reaction to the death of oil tycoon T Boone Pickens

Here is some reaction to the death of legendary oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens, who died Wednesday at his Dallas home at age 91:“T. Boone Pickens became a household name across the country because he was bold, imaginative, and daring. He was successful — and more importantly, he generously shared his success with institutions and communities across Texas and Oklahoma. He loved the outdoors, his country, and his friends and family, and Laura and I send our condolences.” — Statement from former President George W. Bush.___“Although born in Oklahoma, Texas has always considered T. Boone Pickens to be one of our own. He was a passionate man who always stood by his principles on his path to success. T. Boone Pickens’ commitment to establishing American energy independence will have a lasting impact on the state of Texas, and the United States of America. Throughout his life and career, he generously gave to charitable causes to advance education, medical research, and humanitarian needs.” — Statement from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.___“Today the world said goodbye to T. Boone Pickens with gratitude for an incredible legacy that will continue to live on after his passing. His vision and entrepreneurship forever changed the energy industry, making it a driver of our nation’s economic engine and kick-starting American energy independence. Those who were recipients of the billions of dollars he gave through philanthropic efforts will be forever changed by his generosity.” — Statement from U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma.___“T. Boone Pickens lived a life marked with kindness and generosity. Boone was a friend, and he was a legendary Texas entrepreneur. He was larger than life, had a passion for others, and embodied Texas values. An extraordinarily generous philanthropist and a passionate advocate for American energy independence, Boone will be remembered as a legend in the hearts of Texans and Oklahomans alike.” — Statement from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.___“All of us in the Oklahoma State University family are deeply saddened by the passing of Boone Pickens. At the same time, we join in celebrating his incredible life. He was the ultimate Cowboy. It is impossible to calculate his full impact on Oklahoma State. His historic gifts to academics and athletics not only transformed the university, they inspired thousands of others to join in the transformation. OSU will not be the same without the legendary Boone Pickens, but his mark on our university will last forever.” — Statement from Burns Hargis, president of Oklahoma State University.___“The greatest Cowboy of them all has taken his last ride. It will never be the same again. We could never thank him enough for all that he did for our university. He gave us everything he had and all that he asked in return was that we play by the rules and dream big. He was living proof that anything is possible if you’re wearing orange. ‘Great ride Cowboy, great ride!’” — Statement from Mike Holder, athletic director at Oklahoma State University. Pickens was a major benefactor of the university and its Cowboys athletics program.___“Mr. Pickens is a big part of our success and we’re all thankful for the lasting impact he’s had on Oklahoma State, both athletically and academically. It would have been difficult for us to climb as high we have without him. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who has had a greater impact on a university than Mr. Pickens has had at Oklahoma State. He’ll be missed, but his legacy here will live on for a long time to come.” — Statement from Mike Gundy, head football coach at Oklahoma State University. The OSU football stadium is named for Pickens.The Associated Press read more

Bank of Montreal launches AIpowered chatbots on Facebook Twitter

TORONTO — The Bank of Montreal is taking a first step towards artificial-intelligence powered customer service by launching chatbots that can field questions via Facebook Messenger and Twitter.The deployment of such technology is the latest move by a Canadian bank to beef up its digital capabilities as customers increasingly conduct their banking on mobile phones and computers, rather than over the phone or in a brick-and-mortar branch.BMO developed the Facebook chatbot in partnership with Vancouver-based Finn.ai and the Twitter one with Toronto-based Massively.Cyber risks to your finances are rising as big banks rely on the oligopoly of big techCanada is woefully unprepared for the fintech tsunamiThey will only answer customer questions such as how to view their account balances or transfer money, not perform transactions, such as paying a bill, themselves, even though chatbots have the capability and some financial institutions are adopting it already.BMO is exploring adding further functions to the virtual robots’ repertoire, but is treading slowly to ensure customers’ personal information discussed on platforms outside of their own digital properties is secure, said Brett Pitts, BMO’s chief digital officer.“We’re not starting in a place where people are entering personal information, or making payments or balances or any of those type of things… We have to be very thoughtful about those elements before we are comfortable rolling out the next generation of features,” Pitts said in an interview.The chatbots have been fed with the top customer questions received at BMO’s call centre and their websites. Both chatbots will learn over time, but customers will also have the option to talk to a live customer service representative on Facebook and Twitter during business hours, he added.Other Canadian banks have either been testing or rolling out chatbots on Facebook and Twitter as well. In October last year, Calgary-based ATB Financial launched a virtual banking assistant in conjunction with Finn.ai that allows users to do transactions such as paying bills via Facebook Messenger. Also in October, Toronto-Dominion Bank announced an agreement with Kasisto to integrate its AI-powered interactive chat interface into the lender’s mobile app.TD and BMO are also among the financial institutions that have developed a voice app, called a skill, that allow customers to ask questions via Amazon’s voice-activated assistant, Alexa.These technologies can help these financial institutions both save costs and address higher volumes of customer requests.The Big Five Canadian lenders have been in a technological arms race in recent years and have been ramping up investment and spending to stay ahead of the curve.Last year, BMO increased its technology spending by 13 per cent, and expects that expenditure to grow in the double digits moving forward, its chief executive Darryl White told an industry conference in January.Meanwhile, the physical footprint of Canada’s five largest lenders is shrinking, as they close or remove more branches than they are opening.In the 2017 fiscal year, these banks collectively opened or relocated 39 and 29 branches, respectively, but closed 170 brick-and-mortar locations, according to their public accountability statements. BMO closed 19 branches, but opened three and relocated nine in the 12 months ended Oct. 31, 2017.Its a reflection of changing banking patterns among Canadian consumers. A 2016 survey commissioned by the Canadian Bankers Association shows that 51 per cent say online or internet banking was their primary method, up from 47 per cent in 2012. Mobile banking was the route of choice for 17 per cent of those surveyed, up from five per cent four years earlier. ATMs and tellers were falling out of favour, at 16 per cent and 12 per cent respectively, compared to 26 per cent and 17 per cent in 2012.BMO will be investing in its traditional digital platforms, but will be looking at different ways to interact with customers, particularly in conversational interfaces, said Pitts.“Clearly, there are a number of indications that we are going to be thinking more flexibly about digital distribution.” read more

Spin Master profits more than triple on popularity of rescue pups robot

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 11, 2015 4:15 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2015 at 5:03 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Spin Master profits more than triple on popularity of rescue pups, robot dogs TORONTO – Toymaker Spin Master Corp. (TSX:TOY) more than tripled its profits in the second quarter as the success of a kids’ TV series about puppy public servants helped boost overall results.The company behind the “Paw Patrol” franchise, which includes a Nickelodeon show and various branded products, said profits jumped to US$7.6 million in the three months ended June 30, compared with $2.1 million in the same period a year earlier.It did not provide earnings per share figures for either quarter and did not immediately respond to a request for further details.Spin Master, which manufactures a range of toys and board games, made its initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange last month.During the quarter, revenue grew 19.9 per cent to US$127.7 million from US$106.5 million in the same period last year when it was still a private company.In its outlook, Spin Master said the second half of the year typically represents about 70 to 75 per cent of the company’s annual gross sales, largely driven by families buying more toys during the holiday season.“We’re excited about our strong slate of new product launches, including Meccanoid, a four-foot talking robot, in addition to licensed products associated with the new ‘Star Wars’ movie,” said co-CEO Anton Rabie. read more

SecretaryGeneral Ban welcomes selection of new Somali president

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was selected as President of the Federal Republic of Somalia on Monday, following a vote which involved two rounds of balloting in the country’s so-called New Federal Parliament in the capital, Mogadishu. “The selection of the new President brings an end to the eight-year political transition. The Secretary-General congratulates the New Federal Parliament and its Speaker for the peaceful and orderly conduct of the process,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. “He also pays tribute to all the signatories of the Roadmap for Ending the Transition for the important role they have played to bring the process to a successful conclusion,” the spokesperson added, while also noting that the UN chief congratulates Mr. Sheikh Mohamud on his selection. After decades of warfare, Somalia has been undergoing a peace and national reconciliation process, with the country’s transitional governing arrangements coming to an end with the selection of a president – a key and final part of the so-called Roadmap for Ending the Transition, which Somali authorities had been implementing. Monday’s selection marks the culmination of a series of landmark steps contained in the Roadmap. These include the adoption of Somalia’s provisional constitution, the establishment of the New Federal Parliament and the appointment of that body’s Speaker. “The Secretary-General encourages the new President to move expeditiously, to appoint an inclusive, accountable Government that can begin the work of peacebuilding in the country,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said. “He urges Somali and international actors alike to pledge their continued support.” He added that the UN chief looks forward to the upcoming high-level meeting on Somalia in the margins of the General Assembly later this month, which will be “an opportunity for Somalia’s new leadership to consolidate the partnership with the international community.” The Secretary-General also thanked his Special Representative for Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga, and the staff of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), as well as the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and other stakeholders for their “tireless and dedicated work” in support of the peace process in Somalia. Earlier Tuesday, Mr. Mahiga and his deputy paid a courtesy visit on President Sheikh Mohamud in Mogadishu, congratulating him and pledging to support the new Somali Government. According to an UNPOS news release, they also “paid tribute to the integrity and quality of the process, which was both representative and transparent,” and President Sheikh Mohamud indicated that he was looking forward to work with the United Nations. In a statement on Monday night, Mr. Mahiga said that while much remains to be done in the war-torn country, Somalis can be proud of the transition process that culminated in the selection of a new president. “The transition is over – Somalia must now focus on stabilization, reconciliation and building sustainable and accountable institutions of governance capable of providing services to its people,” the Special Representative said. He added, “We salute all candidates regardless of the outcome. I call on the winners to be magnanimous in victory, the losers to be gracious in defeat and for all to lead Somalia forward to a brighter day. All Somalis must now reconcile for the good of the nation at this remarkable moment in the country’s history.” For several years until last year, most of Mogadishu was riven by a fluid frontline dividing the two sides – Al Shabaab fighters and Government troops, with the latter supported by the UN-backed AMISOM forces. Displaced by fighting and drought elsewhere in the country, some 184,000 people have sought humanitarian relief in the city. Since the Al Shabaab withdrawal from the capital’s central parts in August last year, the frontlines have been pushed back to the city’s surrounding area. However, the use of roadside bombs, grenades and suicide bombers still take place, as do armed clashes. Since late May, AMISOM, Government troops and their allies pushed into the Afgooye corridor, outside of Mogadishu, and also gained control of the town of Balad, located within an important agricultural area near the capital. read more

Decorated Canadian alpine skier Erik Guay announces retirement

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — Erik Guay is ending his career at the same hill where he won his first World Cup medal 15 years ago.Canada’s most decorated alpine skier announced his retirement Thursday as skiers participated in their second day of training for this weekend’s World Cup downhill at Lake Louise.“Today is a bittersweet day as I close a chapter on what has been a significant part of my life; decades of striving to be the best ski racer in the world, representing my country around the globe, and being a member of an incredible team,” Guay said in a statement.Guay told The Canadian Press last month that this would be his final ski season. He said he wanted to spend more time at home with his wife Karen and four daughters, who range in age from one to nine years old.But the 37-year-old Montreal native decided to accelerate that timeline after he was 69th in Wednesday’s first training run with a time of one minute 51.36 seconds, 3.79 seconds behind pace-setter Christof Innerhofer. A news conference with Guay initially scheduled for Friday was moved up to Thursday.The three-time Olympian earned 25 World Cup medals and captured three world championship medals, including two gold, over his career.He won his first World Cup medal when he took silver in a downhill race at Lake Louise on Nov. 29, 2003.His first victory came in 2007 in Garmisch where he won the men’s downhill. Guay won a coveted crystal globe in 2010 as the overall World Cup leader in super-G that season.“He’s huge to the ski-racing community in Canada,” Canadian team skier Dustin Cook said. “I remember watching him as a kid.“It’s definitely a loss for the team. We knew it was coming. It’s still a big hole to fill and big boots to fill for us. He has so much experience and leadership. It’s definitely a tough one for us.”Guay competed in three Olympic Games missing the super-G podium by 0.03 seconds in 2010 in Whistler, B.C.While an Olympic medal eluded Guay, he won gold medals at two world championships, including the downhill title in 2011.Less than two weeks after crashing spectacularly in a World Cup downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Guay won gold in super-G and silver in downhill at the 2017 world alpine ski championship.Guay has dealt with knee and back injuries in recent years. He took the entire 2014-15 season off after a pair of surgeries on his left knee.A back injury forced him to withdraw from February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Reigning Olympic men’s downhill champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway said Guay was a tough, dedicated competitor.“He’s been one of the best downhill skiers we’ve had over the last, I would say, my generation for sure,” Svindal said Thursday in the finishing area.“He’s very serious, but if you’re not serious and take your training seriously as a professional athlete then you probably don’t deserve to be that good.”From 2006 to 2014, Guay, Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Jan Hudec and John Kucera made the Canadian downhill team an international force reminiscent of the Crazy Canucks of the 1980s.When asked a year ago what he wanted his legacy to be, Guay replied: “I just want to know that ski racing is in a healthy place in Canada.“I don’t want to wait another 20 years until the next group of Crazy Canucks steps onto the podium. I think we have a lot of potential in Canada. We have a lot of young athletes that are very talented.“There’s no reason we can’t be as competitive as the Swiss and Austrians.” The Canadian Press read more

GEEK PICK OF THE DAY Star Wars Black Series Supreme Leader Snoke

first_imgStay on target It’s that time of the year again, almost time for a new Star Wars movie. Really, any time of the year these days is almost time for a new Star Wars movie. Just when we were nearly finished wrapping our heads around how awesome The Last Jedi was (as well as shaking our heads at dumb fans who failed to understand it) we’re now only days away from Solo: A Star Wars Story.But we don’t want to talk about that pointless Han Solo prequel and Disney’s disrespectful director meddling. We want to keep talking about The Last Jedi still! We want to talk about this Star Wars: The Black Series Supreme Leader Snoke action figure from ThinkGeek.One of the best parts of The Last Jedi is how it turns Force Awakens’ well-cast but thinly sketched new characters into actually interesting people. But Andy Serkis’s “Big Bad” Supreme Leader Snoke is just so generic and dumb that the film correctly recognizes the best move is to simply yet shockingly (SPOILER ALERT) kill him off to add new shades to Kylo Ren and The First Order. This action figure takes us right back to that incredible scene.This 6-inch Snoke sits comfortably on his imposing throne. It doesn’t light up or make sounds or anything but the details is impressive enough. You can see his black ring on his gnarled skeletal Force-wielding fingers. His sunken misshapen face is as creepy and off putting as ever. And of course he’s still wearing the Hugh Hefner-inspired gold pajamas that give him a little more flair compared to the basic black robes of Emperor Sheev Palpatine. You can even undress him a little if you, for some reason, want to get intimate with Snoke.No amount of cool action figures can make up for the fact that Snoke sucks, that his backstory doesn’t matter, and that The Last Jedi was right to kill him off. But on an ironic level I do now enjoy owning such well-crafted toy based on character so especially meaningless in 2018. That irony can be yours too if you pick up the Star Wars: The Black Series Supreme Leader Snoke figure runs about $40.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

Murphy insists Phelan crucial to Solksjaer at United

first_imgFormer Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes Mike Phelan will be very crucial to Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, if the Norwegian is to achieve success at Manchester United.Phelan worked as an assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson at United but has been re-signed by the club following the temporary appointment of Solksjaer as manager of the Red Devils.“Solskjaer will benefit from having Mike Phelan back at the club to assist.” Murphy wrote in his Daily Mail Column.“He’s a likeable guy and a very good coach and you suspect Sir Alex Ferguson might have been asked for his advice. He didn’t want David Moyes to let Phelan go in the first place in 2013.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I do expect a bounce from United over the next few weeks. The players will relish the prospect of playing in a more attractive way. Some of the big names like Paul Pogba will have a new spring in their step having been benched by Mourinho. It’s called freedom.”“While someone like Zinedine Zidane would gain automatic respect because of his status, Solskjaer can still earn it quickly by communicating well on the training pitch.”“United did not anticipate being in this position, hence the call to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for six months. It is a bit left-field but not crazy. He knows the club and understands its expectations.”last_img read more

San Diego County Water Authority releases Brought to You by Water

first_img June 21, 2018 San Diego County Water Authority releases ‘Brought to You by Water’ Ginger Jeffries Posted: June 21, 2018 Ginger Jeffries, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Water is the San Diego region’s most precious natural resource, but its role fueling our economy and quality of life is often taken for granted – until now. The Water Authority, its 24 member agencies, and partners from leading industries are gathering to launch the year-long Brought to You by Water program, which includes a targeted advertising campaign, promotional materials, social media, a photo contest and events around the region. The goal is to showcase the significance of safe and reliable water supplies in a region of 3.3 million people and a thriving $220 billion regional economy that receives just 10 inches of rain a year at Lindbergh Field.The launch event will feature the release of a study by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp., about the significance of water supply reliability to the region’s economy. It also will include representatives from the tourism industry and leading tourism attractions that couldn’t thrive without a safe, clean, reliable water supply and the infrastructure necessary to deliver it. Tourism is the first focal industry of the Brought to You by Water program, followed by manufacturing, brewing and agriculture. The short news conference will culminate with attendees signing an 8-foot-diameter beach ball, which will tour the county at community events this summer.On the first day of summer, the San Diego County Water Authority, tourism industry officials, economic leaders and other stakeholders will gather aboard one of the nation’s most-popular museums, the USS Midway, to release an economic study about regional water reliability investments and unveil a new outreach program that highlights the value of safe and reliable water supplies for the region’s economy and quality of life – because everything in San Diego County is Brought to You by Water, including summer.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries was there with the details. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 2:24 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settingslast_img read more