10 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso denies any Ibrahimovic disappointment

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso denies any Ibrahimovic disappointmentby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso has shrugged off missing out on Zlatan Ibrahimovic.The Swede has just signed a new deal with Galaxy.Gattuso said, “I never spoke to Zlatan. When important people like our directors are here I respect them and everyone does their own job.“I knew there was a chance, and I also knew from day one that it was difficult.“There’s no disappointment, if someone arrives I’m happy but I’m not going to tear my hair out about those who don’t.“The management knows who I like and who can be useful, and since July I’ve never spoken to a player outside our group.” last_img read more

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All 100series Highways Open

first_imgAll 100-series highways are now open to traffic but only passable with caution as work crews continue clearing after awinter storm today, Jan. 24. Blowing snow in some areas is causing drifting. It may beTuesday, Jan. 25, before some local roads throughout theprovince are open. For recorded information on highway conditions call1-800-307-7669. -30-last_img

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39th Provincial 4H Show in Bible Hill

first_imgNova Scotia 4-H members will be in Bible Hill, Friday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 2, for the province’s 39th annual 4-H Show at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Grounds. The event is the largest 4-H show in Canada with 40 projects, 90 classes, and 2,400 entries expected to be displayed this year. Admission is free for the public. “The annual show is a wonderful display of the hard work and talent of 4-H members across the province,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “I wish all the participants in this year’s show success.” 4-H members, ages nine to 21-years-old, qualify to compete at the event after achieving top honours for their life skills or livestock projects at local exhibitions. Highlights this year include livestock classes, market animal auctions, a fashion show, dog obedience and handling trials, tug-of-war, a cake decorating competition, grand champion showmanship class, and dairy and beef cattle selections for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. 4-H alumni, like 18-year-old Ian MacLellan of the West River 4-H Club in Antigonish County, see the show as an important part of their overall experience as members. “In my nine years with 4-H, I have learned about leadership, teamwork, work ethic, determination and so many other skills that I will hold with me for the rest of my life,” said Mr. MacLellan. “The feeling you get when you have the opportunity to display the work that you have put into your projects all year, to people from across the province, truly makes the effort worth it. “Whether you are there with a project, a competition, hosting, or supporting a club member, there is always time to connect and build relationships with like-minded people, and industry partners.” Each year a different county or region hosts the 4-H show. In 2016, the Central Region 4-H Leaders Council, made up of Colchester, Halifax, East Hants and Cumberland counties, is responsible for site arrangements, security, fundraising and promotion. The public is invited to view the 4-H livestock and life skills projects from Friday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. to Sunday, Oct. 2 at noon. Information and the program for this year’s show is available at http://novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/educational-resources/4h/provincial-events/.last_img read more

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Liu to direct series on women heroes

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor-director Lucy Liu is working on an anthology series which will champion real-life female heroes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ‘Elementary’ star will also executive produce and direct the first episode of the series. Titled ‘Unsung Heroes’, the upcoming show is already in the works at ABC Studios International, which Liu will back via her Moonvision Entertainment. ‘Unsung Heroes’ will profile women who were highly accomplished in their fields but did not receive acknowledgment for their achievements and how their stories have impacted history. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe sources revealed that the first episode will focus on Anna May Wong, a star of Hollywood’s silent era. It has also been revealed that Liu’s longtime manager Maryellen Mulcahy and Ruthanne Secunda are also attached as executive producers. With regard to her future projects, the actor will next be seen in the final season of ‘Elementary’, which is all set to premiere on CBS in the later half of this year.last_img read more

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Torontos benchmark stock index up moderately loonie rises

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index shows a moderate gain in morning trade.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 93.74 points at 16,195.83 after 90 minutes of trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 249.67 points at 26,178.35.  The S&P 500 index was up 24.07 points at 2,858.47, while the Nasdaq composite was up 78.69 points at 7,808.01.The Canadian dollar traded at 74.97 cents US, up from an average of 74.83 cents US on Friday.The May crude contract was up 98 cents at US$61.12 per barrel and the May natural gas contract was up 5.1 cents at $2.71 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was up $1.20 at US$1,297.30 an ounce and the May copper contract was up one cent at US$2.95 a pound. Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD)The Canadian Press read more

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Trial of two former Bosnian Serb officials begins at UN tribunal

14 September 2009The trial of two former high-ranking Bosnian Serb officials, facing charges that include extermination, murder, persecution and torture, began today at the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s. Mićo Stanišić and Stojan Župljanin are on trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) over alleged actions against non-Serb civilians in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992.Mr. Staniši ć was in charge of public and state security as Bosnian Serb Internal Affairs Minister, while Mr. Župljanin was his direct subordinate and the most senior police officer in the Autonomous Region of Krajina (ARK) in north-western Bosnia and Herzegovina.The indictment against the two men states that they participated in a joint criminal enterprise with other high-ranking Bosnian Serbs to permanently remove Bosnian Muslims, Bosnian Croats and other non-Serbs from the territory of a planned Serbian state.Last November both Mr. Staniši ć – who surrendered to the tribunal’s custody in 2005 – and Mr. Župljanin – who was arrested and brought to the ICTY in June last year – pleaded not guilty to all charges. read more

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Wall St hits another record high as TSX edges up and loonie

TORONTO — Wall Street set another record high Tuesday on relatively minor movements as Canada’s largest stock index inched forward and the loonie cleared 80 cents US.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 84.07 points to 22,641.67. The S&P 500 index edged up 5.46 points to 2,534.58 and the Nasdaq composite index added 14.99 points to 6,531.71.North of the border, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index advanced 23.51 points to 15,728.51.“It’s a little sleepy today, pretty slow,” said Cavan Yie, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management. “All you’re seeing is optimism in the markets being sustained.”“If you look at Canada,” Yie added, “the banks keep chugging along with share prices near all-time highs, with solid fundamentals to support them.”The TSX’s financials subsector was up nearly half a percentage point on Tuesday.Looking ahead to Friday, investors will be eyeing Statistics Canada’s labour force survey for September.RBC Economics Research has said Canadian employment is expected to continue to increase that month, rising 10,000 though this would be down from the 22,000 increase in August.“The slowing largely reflects the expectation that the gain in service-producing jobs drops to just 5,000 after the 35,900 surge in August,” it said in an investor’s note.Meanwhile, some U.S. economic reports may look abnormally weak because of the hurricanes that have recently struck the United States, such as this week’s upcoming report on hiring. But investors are expecting to see temporarily weaker numbers, which would limit the impact.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 80 cents US, up 0.03 of a cent.The November crude contract fell 16 cents to US$50.42 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.90 per mmBTU.The December gold contract gave back $1.20 cents to US$1,274.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was unchanged at US$2.96 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

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How retailers seized on popups to woo millennials test growth plans

VANCOUVER • To drum up excitement around the launch of a credit card targeting the oft-pursued millennial demographic, American Express Canada tapped several star chefs last month to serve Instagram-worthy plates at a restaurant in Toronto that would launch and shutter within a week.Before Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo opened its first Vancouver location this month, it ran a shop with a twist for one day. The location was stocked with flannel shirts, but employees asked Canadians to choose between leaving with a free one or gifting it to a newcomer.Later this month, Google will open a temporary doughnut store in Toronto, promoting its new smart speaker, the Google Home Mini, simultaneously.While the pop-up shop may have started as a way for online retailers to stage a lower-risk experiment with a physical presence, the temporary storefront has morphed into a marketing tool for established brands, often ones that already boast multiple locations.“It’s definitely a trend,” said Tamara Szames, a Canadian retail analyst for apparel and footwear with the NPD Group.Even Ikea Canada, which operates a dozen stores in the country, has created multiple short-lived shops. In June, the Swedish retailer opened the Ikea Play Café in Toronto where shoppers could sample meatballs, play a giant pinball machine and, of course, shop a small selection of the company’s kitchen products.Pop-up shops backed by big corporations now spring up like whack-a-moles, and Szames thinks it’s “a very smart trend.”That experience could change the way a consumer views a company and prompt them to either travel to one of their permanent stores to shop or to their online store, said Szames.Portage Marketing put on a cross-country solve-a-thon pop-upInnovate or die: Retail innovation labs has Canada’s largest retailers testing new tech, productsA temporary location also lets established Canadian companies test new markets in a vast country or international retailers experiment with the Canadian consumer, she said.Japanese-based Muji, for example, offered a pop-up shop in Vancouver earlier this year and later opened a location at Metropolis at Metrotown in nearby Burnaby.The method provides additional benefits for big brands whose products are sold in other companies’ stores.Nestle Canada, for example, hosted a smattering of pop-up shops this past year. In Montreal, people could customize Delissio Rustico margherita pizzas. In Toronto, passersby could sample Haagen-Dazs ice-cream flights à la wine tastings and ice-cream cocktails during happy hour. Later in the summer, pedestrians could stop at a makeshift campground and roast s’mores using Aero chocolate.The practice allows the company to develop an experience for consumers they don’t get to interact with in stores, and re-invent a brand for new, younger demographics, said Tracey Cooke, vice-president of communication and marketing excellence at Nestle.The company sees a direct positive relation with sales in the vicinity of the pop-up, she said.She acknowledges the pop-up is not necessarily a novel concept anymore and retail is on the brink of a saturation in the marketplace.“I think everybody is on the pop-up bandwagon,” she said.Still, she doesn’t foresee them disappearing any time soon as consumers, especially millennials, respond to experiences. For Nestle Canada, she said, pop-ups will remain in their playbook. read more

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Only time can solve recordhigh lake level

LONG POINT — Mother Nature filled the Great Lakes to overflowing and it will be up to Mother Nature to bring them down to historic levels.That’s the message the Long Point Region Conservation Authority has for property owners who wonder if there is a manmade solution to the Lake Erie waves eroding their waterfront.Ben Hodi, a water resources analyst with the LPRCA, says no one can control how quickly water from Lake Erie passes over Niagara Falls into Lake Ontario. The only relief available are evaporation and a moderation in the rate of precipitation in this part of North America, he said.“The Great Lakes have received so much precipitation through the winter and more recently for rainfall as well.”Lake Erie is about 80 centimetres higher than its historic average. It reached that point last spring and is at its highest point above sea level since record-keeping began.The high water has wiped out popular beaches and is menacing waterfront properties in communities, such as Long Point.Standing water has been an issue in Long Point and – to a lesser extent – in Turkey Point, since spring. This is not ponding as traditionally understood but rather the lake at its current level moving inland.Hodi said proactive measures to reduce water levels are problematic for a number of reasons.For example, water could be hastened out of Lake Ontario into the St. Lawrence Seaway by opening the Iroquois Dam between Cornwall and Brockville. However, for every centimetre Lake Ontario is lowered the water level at Montreal on the St. Lawrence River would rise nearly 15 centimetres, too much for any waterfront city, he said.And the action would do nothing to increase the outflow of Lake Erie at Niagara Falls, Hodi said.The high water in Long Point is having an impact on area businesses. Long Point Provincial Park and its 256 campsites attract about 100,000 visitors a season to this part of Norfolk County.The park has been open this summer for day-use. However, standing water has kept several campgrounds closed for prolonged periods of time. Ontario Parks is monitoring the situation and reviewing the park’s status daily.Traffic through the park is a prime generator of revenue for Long Point and Port Rowan-area businesses. The situation at the park has prompted the Long Point Country Chamber of Commerce to take its case to social media.“This is a shout-out to our friends and followers,” the chamber said on its Facebook page Friday. “Please help us spread the word.“Our beautiful Long Point Country is open for business. The marinas are open and renting boats, kayaks, paddle boards, Sea-doos and more! The boat charters are running! The eateries are open! The stores have exactly what you are looking for in stock! And — most importantly — there are other campgrounds besides the provincial park in the area and open to campers. And even the provincial park is not fully closed: Day-use for the beach is still open.“Even though the water is high, there are still stretches of nice beach available. Please help us counteract the press that is scaring away you — our friends and neighbours. We miss you.”Canada and the United States formed the International Joint Commission in 1909 to mediate disputes involving shared waterways.The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway are key jurisdictions. It sounds counter-intuitive, but the large volume of water that has entered the Great Lakes basin over the past two years hasn’t translated into better water quality.Sally Cole-Misch, a public affairs officer with the IJC in Windsor, said major rain events overwhelmed many sanitary sewers and wastewater treatment plants in communities throughout the Great Lakes area.As a result, Cole-Misch says far more untreated sewage has entered the Great Lakes than would have been the case under normal conditions, degrading the overall quality of the ecosystem.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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OSCE Chairman pledges to work more closely with UN on terrorism and

The new Chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) today pledged further cooperation with the United Nations to address issues of mutual concern, including terrorism and the protection of human rights.“The UN and the OSCE share the same values,” said Belgium’s Foreign Minister, Karel de Gucht, in an address to the Security Council.Areas of common concern include respect for human rights, democratization, the protection of minorities, the prevention of conflicts, the management of crises, the fight against organized crime and terrorism and protection of the environment, he said.The UN and the OSCE both recognize terrorism as a new scourge which must be addressed, he said, emphasizing that the OSCE’s work in the area of counter-terrorism is being carried out within the framework of decisions and treaties of the UN.“The members of the OSCE are working to ratify and implement the conventions and protocols of the UN,” Foreign Minister Gucht told the Council. In addition, the OSCE is providing assistance to other countries engaged in the fight against terrorism. As President, Belgium hopes to build on the progress achieved so far and to promote further cooperation between the OSCE and the UN in the field of counter-terrorism.Belgium will also contribute to the prevention of conflicts and the management of crises, he said, citing the example of Kosovo, where the OSCE plays a key role.The OSCE currently has 1,600 personnel stationed throughout Kosovo, including in minority Serb areas. Working in collaboration with the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), the OSCE is focused on the important task of reconstruction.“This work centres particularly on the protection of minorities, decentralization, democratization, the promotion of human rights, elections, the formation of police and support for the administration,” he said.With the possibility of UNMIK transferring its responsibilities to other organizations, he stressed the need for a dialogue including representatives of the OSCE, the European Union, NATO and others working in Kosovo.During the discussion which followed, numerous members of the Security Council echoed the Foreign Minister’s comments regarding the complementary nature of the UN and the OSCE. They credited the OSCE for its successes in promoting human rights and in fostering stability, particularly in Kosovo. read more

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US current account trade deficit narrows to 1104 billion in fourth quarter

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2013 8:53 am MDT US current account trade deficit narrows to $110.4 billion in fourth quarter WASHINGTON – The U.S. current account trade deficit narrowed in the final three months of 2012. But that didn’t prevent the deficit for the entire year from climbing to the highest level in four years.The Commerce Department reported Thursday that the current account deficit in the October-December quarter narrowed to $110.4 billion, down 1.8 per cent from the previous quarter. The improvement reflected gains in Americans’ earnings on their foreign investments and stronger earnings on service trade, a category that covers such things as airline travel.For the year, the current account deficit widened to $475 billion, a 1.9 per cent increase from 2011. It was the largest annual imbalance since 2008.The current account is the broadest gauge of trade. It tracks not only the sale of goods and services but also investment flows.Economists closely watch the current account because it shows how much the United States must borrow from foreigners.Many economists believe the current account deficit will widen slightly in 2013 as a small pickup in global growth helps U.S. export sales but these gains are outpaced by rising demand in the United States for imports.The current account deficit hit an all-time high of $800.6 billion in 2006. It then shrank after a deep recession reduced U.S. demand for foreign goods by a greater amount that U.S. export sales diminished.The trade deficit has been widening again after the U.S. recession ended in June 2009.The slight narrowing of the deficit in the fourth quarter left it at an equivalent of 2.8 per cent of the total economy, as measured by the gross domestic product.The overall economy grew at a scant annual rate of 0.1 per cent in the October-December quarter. But recent signs of strength have many economists boosting their forecasts for growth in the current January-March quarter to around 2 per cent or better. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Vulnerable father was forced to eat own testicle and then tortured to

first_img“Furthermore, those assaults involved the infliction of terrible injuries and were often associated with humiliation.”Awfully, on one occasion, Jimmy Prout’s scrotum was sliced open and his testicle was removed; he was then forced to eat it.”On another occasion, his teeth were removed with a hammer and chisel.”In effect, over a period of time, Jimmy Prout was not just mistreated, he was tortured.”The prosecution case is that the four defendants took part in that violence against Jimmy Prout, either inflicting injuries directly or assisting or encouraging the other members of the group to do so.”In the end, this conduct was to cause the death of Jimmy Prout.”Several witnesses describe a deterioration in the condition of Jimmy Prout in the period between late 2015 and February 2016.”This is hardly surprising given what was being done to him.” Ann Corbett, who was Jimmy Prout's girlfriend denies murder Kay Rayworth denies her part in the murder of Jimmy Prout He explained that tensions mounted when wheelchair-bound car crash victim Zaman became obsessed with his belief that Miss Corbett’s brother Ivan had stolen belongings from him and he felt his friend Mr Prout had not done enough to help him recover the missing items, which included an iPad.Mr Greaney said: “Probably because of these events and, no doubt, because he was perceived as being vulnerable, the other members of the group started to abuse Jimmy. “During this period of six or so weeks, Jimmy Prout’s body was decomposing and was, to some extent, eaten by animals. Therefore, the experienced forensic pathologist who carried out the post mortem examination, Dr. Nigel Cooper, was unable to ascertain the cause of death with scientific certainty.”However, even what was left of the body revealed evidence of serious trauma on at least four occasions and Dr. Cooper considers that it is at least very likely that Jimmy Prout died as the result of some form of trauma.”The four defendants all deny murder and causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult and the trial continues. Ann Corbett, who was Jimmy Prout’s girlfriend denies murderCredit:Simon Greener 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. Mr Prout eventually died through the trauma of his injuries and his body was wrapped in a sleeping bag by the gang and dumped in bushes to make it look as though he had died sleeping rough.They then went on to plunder his bank account while pretending to help search for him, the court heard.Prosecutor Paul Greaney, QC, told the jury that the group had treated Mr Prout like a “skivvy”. Mr Prout's body was found on scrubland close to the Tyne Tunnel Zahid Zaman, who is wheelchair bound, denies murderCredit:Emily Carey Myra Wood has denied killing Jimmy ProutCredit:Simon Greener “They also fleeced Jimmy, even in death, taking money from his bank account. Myra Wood has denied killing Jimmy Prout CCTV footage of Mr Prout shown to the court saw him in “a dreadful state” said Mr Greaney.Shortly after the footage was taken, the court was told, he was dead.Mr Greaney went on: “The evidence indicates that Jimmy Prout died on 9th February 2016. Following Jimmy’s death, the defendants took his body to nearby wasteland and dumped it.”In the six weeks that followed, they took steps to cover up what they had done, asking anyone who would listen where Jimmy was and thereby pretending that they were looking for him, when they knew full well he was dead. Kay Rayworth denies her part in the murder of Jimmy ProutCredit:Simon Greener Zahid Zaman, who is wheelchair bound, denies murder Mr Prout’s body was found on scrubland close to the Tyne TunnelCredit:Lewis Arnold A vulnerable father of two was tortured to death by his girlfriend and three of her associates who even forced him to eat his own testicle, a court has heard.Jimmy Prout, 45, was in a relationship with 26-year-old Ann Corbett, but last year there was a fall-out with her and their friends who were like a clan or cult, the jury was told.Mr Prout was then targeted by Miss Corbett and her friends Myra Wood, 49, Kay Rayworth, 55, and Zahid Zaman, 43, in a protracted torture ordeal that prosecutors said “belongs in the Dark Ages.”His testicle was cut off and he was forced to eat it before his teeth were knocked out with a hammer and chisel, Newcastle Crown Court was told. “He was assaulted on several occasions, including in the days just before his death.last_img read more

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Giant sand sculptures return to Dublin Castle

first_imgTHIS JULY AND August, Dublin Castle welcomes back Duthain Dealbh, a multi-element sculpturing group, to Dublin Castle.They return to once again build their very own sand sculptures – however, Daniel Doyle along with Alan Magee and Niall Magee, go a little beyond the average sand castle.This year’s chosen theme is Black, White and Grey…last_img

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Real Madrid preparing a cashplayer deal for Salah

first_imgReal Madrid are reportedly preparing a summer bid for Mohamed Salah that will include Gareth Bale and an additional €90m, claims Diario GolThe Liverpool forward recently broke the Premier League record that had been held by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez for 31 goals in a single 38-game season by netting his 32nd league goal of this term as he won the Golden Boot award for the first time in his career.The Egyptian has also won the FWA and PFA Player of the Year awards in England for his impressive debut campaign for Liverpool and has reportedly caught the interest of Real for a move this summer.Los Blancos are believed to be heavily interested in bringing Salah to the Spanish capital and president Florentino Perez is certain that Liverpool will want at least €199m.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…But the former Spanish politician now believes he can reduce that to €90m by including Bale in the deal.The Welsh winger has struggled with injuries throughout his time at the Santiago Bernabeu and it is now believed that Real have run out of patience with him.While Bale’s departure was aimed at helping the club sign Neymar in the summer, a deal for Salah is also a top priority for Perez.The 25-year-old has scored 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool heading into their Champions League final against Real at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium in 10 days time.last_img read more

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Ronaldo was the best in Real Jorge Valdano

first_imgThe former Real Madrid director spoke to the press about how his ex-team is managing without the Portuguese superstarReal Madrid is currently in the fourth position in the Spanish La Liga tournament with 14 points.The team has won four matches, drawing twice and being defeated in two more.During the summer transfer window, Los Merengues lost their biggest star, as Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo decided to go and play for Lega Serie A club Juventus.And since he left, Los Blancos have been had a hard time in the league, and recently also lost in the UEFA Champions League against CSKA Moscow.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.During a press conference, former Real Madrid director Jorge Valdano spoke to the press about Ronaldo as quoted by Calcio Mercato.“Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo? Well at this moment in time, there is a lack of faith at Real,” he said.“Cristiano? He always wanted to score goals, you can see that he isn’t with Real Madrid anymore since they have been struggling.”“He is the best player in the history of the club and you can see that they currently miss him. Let’s see how things go for the club,” he added.last_img read more

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Chelsea starlet suffers injury during international break

first_imgChelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu limps off for the Wales national team during their friendly against Spain on Thursday evening, according to talkSPORT.The teenage midfield sensation fell awkwardly in a challenge, picking up an injury in the process and was subsequently replaced by Andy King on 50 minutes.His team-mate at club level Alvaro Morata, accompanied by club captain Cesar Azpilicueta were quick to check on the 18-year-old and looked visibly concerned.The Exeter City academy product has impressed for Wales this season, particularly in the 4-1 victory over Ireland last month.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Wales head coach, Ryan Giggs will be fearful of losing Ampadu for their UEFA Nations League clash against the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, where the Welsh can keep their hopes of promotion alive.The Welsh team will enter that game on the back of a disappointing home 4-1 defeat to Spain at the Principality Stadium.A brace from inform Borussia Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer, a controversial Sergio Ramos header and a fourth goal from Marc Bartra gave Spain a comfortable lead, before Sam Vokes pulled back a consolation for the hosts late on.Despite a lack of game time at club level for Ampadu with Chelsea the teenager held his own against a well-experienced Spanish midfield.last_img read more

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AL to criticise EC if it acts going beyond constitution Quader

first_imgAL general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the BNP will continue to raise various allegations against the election commission unless it assures the party of power.Also the road transport and bridges minister, Quader said the ruling AL would criticise the election commission whenever it would go beyond the constitutional provision.The minister was talking to newsmen while inspecting the operation of the BRTA’s mobile court in Signboard area of Narayanganj.Quader said the AL wants to go to power again with the mandate of the people.“The election commission cannot take the Awami League to power. It has no authority to bring any political party to power. So, there is no basis of the BNP’s allegations [against the EC].”The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Tuesday said the election commission’s roadmap for the 11th parliamentary polls has ignored the nation’s aspirations and alleged the roadmap is a blueprint to bring the AL to power again.He alleged that the BNP is trying to make the EC controversial and thus to thwart the election process by raising various allegations.“Neither the election commission nor any foreign force will be able to put us in power. It’s the people of Bangladesh who will rather put us in power. And we have the faith in the people,” said Quader.last_img read more

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Indias Hindu nationalists vow to restore deitys birthplace to former glory

first_img Share This! Jews and Muslims say Belgian animal cruelty law trammels religious freedom Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 News News No argument from me. Thin The Herd says: Share This! Priyadarshini Sen February 27, 2019 at 11:55 am Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! I thought it was the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) Kar Sevaks and Durga Vahini who demolished the Babri Masjid. It was an RSS member who killed the Mahatma.As for Ayodhya, it is already famous. Ayodhya is one of the centers of Buddhism, where the Buddha resided for many years. It is also important for Jainism. News Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts February 27, 2019 at 11:00 am Jim Johnson says: The US has a major opioid problem. Nearly 130 people die every day from overdoses. Instead of worrying about a border wall, perhaps we should spend that money to curb the problem. Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Temples and Gods have a fairly unique meaning in Hinduism. They often enshrine new philosophical ideas. Often a God is a new philosophical idea made into form and the Temple enshrines it.,Bishop Will Willimon on why no plan can unite United Methodists Michael says: February 26, 2019 at 7:03 pm India has a recurring, deadly problem with methanol poisoning. Instead of worrying about a temple, spend the energy and funds reducing the toll of that. Say, improve education and medical care in poorer regions, where people buy often-contaminated bootleg liquors when they can’t afford the branded, safe stuff. February 27, 2019 at 9:32 am Priyadarshini Sen,5 Comments Click here to post a comment By: Priyadarshini Sen Thin The Herd says: Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email February 27, 2019 at 11:58 am TagsAyodhya Babri mosque BJP Hindu nationalism Hindutva India Ram temple,You may also like By: Priyadarshini Sen Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Michael says: Share This! Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,AYODHYA, India (RNS) — It has been 11 years since Mihir Sharma, a 29-year-old software engineer from Australia, visited this northern Indian city that is considered the birthplace of Rama, the most exalted of Hindu deities.Sharma, an observant Hindu wearing a starched cotton dhoti, has opted for a few personalized tours around Ayodhya’s historical sites, visiting ashrams where saffron-clad seers hold forth. He also wants to take in Ramlila, the dramatic folk re-enactments of the Hindu epic Ramayana, telling the story of Ram’s life on earth.Sharma’s presence in Ayodhya represents a success for the local Hindu nationalist government, the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is attempting to make the city a mecca for Hindus from India and beyond — and to change the subject from the bloody anti-Muslims riots with which Ayodhya’s name has been synonymous for a quarter century.Ayodhya seized global attention 26 years ago when Hindu nationalist mobs, mobilized by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, an organization of Hindu clerics, hammered to rubble the 16th-century Babri Masjid, a mosque named after a Mughal emperor, during a period of religious polarization in India.The demolition sparked some of the bloodiest riots in recent history, killing over 2,000 people. It also led to waves of retaliatory attacks across India.Hindu fundamentalists stand on top of one of the three domes of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya, India, on Dec. 6, 1992, after storming the secured site. Thousands of Hindu extremists razed the 430-year-old Muslim mosque to clear a site for a proposed temple. (AP Photo/Udo Weitz)“We only know Ayodhya for the Babri Masjid demolition and the communal riots it sparked in 1992,” said Sharma. “Today, it’s our new-age pilgrimage destination.”Brij Pal Singh, the regional tourism officer of Ayodhya, said: “We had over 10 million pilgrims in 2018. The numbers are going to increase this year due to increasing footfalls in hotels, restaurants and pilgrim shelters.”The beautification program isn’t aimed only at luring outsiders. With India’s general elections a few months away, the ruling right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party government is also hoping that overhauling Ayodhya will help the party maintain its majority.In justifying the destruction of the Babri mosque, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and its allies in the BJP claimed that the emperor Babur had destroyed a Ram temple that had occupied the site. Building that temple’s replacement immediately became an an emotive cause for Hindu nationalists, who saw it as not just an “act of revenge” but also a “religious duty.”Aggressive support for the Ram temple has been part of every election since, and litigation is continuing over a plan to divide the site of the destroyed mosque between Muslim and Hindu groups. This week, India’s Supreme Court urged the parties in the case to resolve the fate of the sacred ground through mediation.RELATED: Hindu monastic order is reclaiming transgender people’s status in Indian societyRemaking Ayodhya is the latest stroke in this ongoing battle. In March 2017, a firebrand Hindu monk named Yogi Adityanath became BJP’s chief minister in Uttar Pradesh, the state where Ayodhya is located. Adityanath has used incendiary rhetoric to argue that India’s identity and culture were inherently Hindu in character, and he vowed to buttress that identity by putting Ayodhya on the international tourism map.Ayodhya is in northeastern India. Map courtesy of Creative CommonsBacked by Hindu seers, Adityanath advocated for better civic amenities such as pilgrim shelters, clean water, promotion of vegetarianism and a ban on alcohol to “maintain the sanctity” of Ayodhya. He called for refurbishment of the steps down to the banks of the river Sarayu, where Hindu priests perform rituals in the golden glow of earthen lamps every Diwali.Just this month, the BJP government approved over $90 million for an airport in Ayodhya to draw tourists from across the world and expand its global footprint. The government also initiated reforms to boost the temple town’s economy.The stirrings around town have vaulted Adityanath to the status of a modern-day champion of Hinduism, and a favorite within his party.“Yogi is the modern-day avatar of Lord Rama,” said Parmanand Mishra, the general secretary of BJP in Ayodhya. “He will defend Hinduism from his bastion and give it a modern flavor.”The BJP recently announced plans to build a 221-meter (725-foot) bronze statue of Rama in Ayodhya over a massive 50-meter (164-foot) pedestal, topping the still-new Statue of Unity in Gujarat, which, at 182 meters (597 feet), has been touted as the world’s tallest.A rendering of Ayodhya’s statue shows the deity as a battle-ready avatar, ready to defend his fortress. The government has also raised the possibility of a museum below the statue’s base that would showcase Ayodhya’s history from its mythical past to modern-day conflicts over Rama’s birthplace, but details haven’t been disclosed.Rishikesh Upadhyay, the mayor of Ayodhya, said the Hindu nationalist movement is restoring India’s true culture.“We want to rewrite India’s history starting with Ayodhya,” said Upadhyay. “Indianness is about faith in Hinduism, ancient texts, purity and vegetarianism. Ayodhya will be emblematic of these.”The director of the Ayodhya Research Center, Y.P. Singh, said the ruling BJP government is renovating “both tangible and intangible heritage” that make up the temple town.“We are hoping for a smart city over 1,000 acres of land where religious education will be emphasized and ancient traditions will be safeguarded,” said Singh.Some locals doubt that the shiny updates will be enough to change the city’s image. “The BJP is making these promises only to appease voters. But how can we erase Ayodhya’s bloodied past?” said Vikram Kushwaha, a resident of the town’s old quarters who saw the Babri Masjid being demolished.A roadside political banner reads “Hindus want Ram temple built before any government is formed in India” in Ayodhya, India, on Nov. 25, 2018. RNS photo by Priyadarshini SenSachin Dubey, a medical representative at the town’s recently opened Raja Dashrath Medical College, said that naming and renaming of institutions is just part of the government’s strategy for cultural appropriation.“Our medical college is named after Rama’s father, Dashrath,” said Dubey. “In a way it’s to recall the ancient ayurvedic systems of the Indian sages who had the best cures to illnesses.”BJP officials say the efforts go far beyond locking in voters. Singh explained that the government’s remodeling efforts are in full swing due to “a spiritual awakening among Hindus” from around the globe.Last November, the government renamed a passenger train Ramayana Express to encourage religious tourism across prominent Hindu pilgrimage sites, starting with Ayodhya.“We knew people with a shared interest in Rama’s life would come together through this initiative,” said Siddharth Singh, a joint general manager of Indian Railways. “There were 800 pilgrims on our first trip. They read out verses from Indian epics and sang devotional songs throughout the journey.”The BJP government has said that its push to revive Ayodhya as a Hindu center has helped popularize traditions such as Ramlila through the Indian diaspora in Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and Fiji. And across India, literary festivals, traditional handicraft and vegetarian food festivals now form a part of the cultural axis on which BJP’s Hindutva politics revolves.But the government’s nationalist zeal to remodel Ayodhya has also brought criticism from minorities, secularists and nonconforming monastics.Santosh Dubey, president of the nationalist Dharam Sena and an accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case, said, “BJP politicians are duping India with their fake promises.“Ayodhya’s roads are a mess; pilgrim shelters and toilets are filthy. Development is just an eyewash,” said Dubey.The chief priest of the famed Hanuman Garhi temple of Ayodhya, Mahant Gyan Das, said he believes Ram has been reduced to a political pawn to be trotted out before every election season.“The Ram temple will be built only when Ram wants it. There’s no point in this hullabaloo,” said Das. “Ayodhya is exactly where it was 25 years ago, only the politicians are hungrier for power.”Iqbal Ansari, one of the main litigants in the Babri Masjid court case, said the government has done little to develop Ayodhya, and he doesn’t think building the Ram temple will make a difference.“Progress can’t happen by building statues and temples,” he said. “The government needs to create jobs and include people of all faiths. That’s development. This is polarization.” By: Priyadarshini Senlast_img read more

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Florida Felons Rejoice After Regaining Their Right To Vote

first_imgBy JOSHUA REPLOGLE and ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON , Associated PressORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The normally humdrum bureaucracy of registering to vote brought tears to the eyes of some Floridians on Tuesday when most felons regained their right to vote under a state constitutional amendment.“I’ll be a human being again. I’ll be an American citizen again,” Robert Eckford said, choking up and weeping after filling out an application at the elections supervisor’s office in Orlando.Former felons Desmond Meade, president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, left, and David Ayala, husband of State Attorney Aramis Ayala, celebrate with copies of their voter registration forms after they registered at the Supervisor of Elections office Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. Former felons in Florida began registering for elections on Tuesday, when an amendment that restores their voting rights went into effect. (AP Photo/John Raoux)The ballot measure went into effect Tuesday, overturning a ban that netted Florida the highest number of disenfranchised felons in the nation. It potentially increases the pool of eligible voters by as many as 1.4 million people in a battleground state infamous for its narrow margins in key elections.“I’m an ex-Marine,” said Eckford, who served seven years for a drug conviction. “I served this country. I’ve done my time. I’ve made some mistakes. But thank God the system works.”Nearly 65 percent of Florida voters last November approved Amendment 4, which was crafted so that it would take effect on Tuesday. It applies to all felons who have done their time and completed the terms of their probation and parole, with the exception of people convicted of murder or sex offenses.Alan Rhyelle, left, registers to vote on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, as Ron Turner, Supervisor of Elections, Sarasota County, oversees the process, in Sarasota, Fla. Rhyelle, a convicted felon, had his voting rights restored now that Amendment 4 is in effect. (Dan Wagner/Sarasota Herald-Tribune via AP)It is still not clear how those registrations will be treated in the state capitol. Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Monday that he believes the Legislature still needs to pass an implementing bill spelling out the restoration process.“There’s going to need to be guidance for that. It’s not delaying it. The people spoke on it. It’s going to be implemented, but I think it needs to be implemented the way people intended, and I don’t think that they wanted to see any sex offenders fall through the cracks,” he told reporters.Duval County Elections Office clerk Stephanie Mann helps Anthony Biggins fill out his voter registration paperwork for the first time in his life at the downtown office Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. Biggins has never been able to vote as a result of being in and out of the legal system with convictions since he was 19 years old. Former felons in Florida began registering for elections on Tuesday, when an amendment that restores their voting rights went into effect. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP)Civil rights groups have maintained the measure is self-executing, but just to be sure, they warned that they are ready to go to court if there are any delays. Elections supervisors across the state posted notices at their offices and websites saying they would accept the registration forms starting Tuesday. They noted the new voters don’t need to present proof that they completed their sentence; they can simply fill out the existing application, signing under oath that their voting rights have been restored.Members of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition said they expected the registration to go smoothly. Despite any confusion, the organization’s president, Desmond Meade, encouraged members to celebrate.Meade has been fighting to regain his right to vote since 2006 when he had served his sentence for a drug offense. Meade readied his family to head out south of downtown Orlando before the sun rose Tuesday. Wearing shirts with the slogan “Let my people vote,” Meade likened his journey to the 1960s movement to end widespread practices that kept black voters away from the polls.“Moms and dads took their kids to vote with them during the civil rights era,” he said. “I can vote for the first time with my family and that means a lot to me. That means not only do I get to vote, but this is an opportunity now to stimulate a conversation about how important voting is.”Until the amendment passed, Florida’s constitution automatically barred felons from being able to vote after leaving prison. The state’s clemency process allowed the governor and three elected Cabinet members to restore voting rights, but it was for many an arduous process and the governor could unilaterally veto any request.Dan Smith, a University of Florida political scientist who studies elections, says it may take time for the effects of the change to become evident.Demetrius Jifunza, left, and Bradenton pastor Alphonso Davis, register to vote at the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Office on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Sarasota, Fla. Both convicted felons, had their voting rights restored on Tuesday, the first day that Amendment 4 went into effect. (Dan Wagner/Sarasota Herald-Tribune via AP)“There is very little evidence that individuals who have the opportunity to have their rights restored are going to immediately take advantage of that opportunity,” Smith said.Although black people were disproportionately affected by felony disenfranchisement, they are not a majority of the population with felony convictions, Smith said. He says it is unclear whether the newly franchised voters will sway Florida red or blue. There is no public record of how people who were removed from the rolls have historically voted.“These are questions that political scientists like myself are going to be looking at in great detail.”Former felon Yolanda Wilcox, left, fills out a voter registration form as her best friend Gale Buswell looks on at the Supervisor of Elections office Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. Former felons in Florida began registering for elections on Tuesday, when an amendment that restores their voting rights went into effect. (AP Photo/John Raoux)Democratic Party leaders in the state and nation emailed statements welcoming the new voters and accusing Republican politicians of attempting to silence them in the past.“Democrats will never stop fighting to expand access to the ballot and ensure that no one is silenced or sidelined on Election Day,” said Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee.____Associated Press writer Adriana Gomez Licon reported from Miami. AP writer Brendan Farrington contributed to this report from Tallahassee, Florida.last_img read more

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Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry Pi

first_imgThe last time that I purchased an electronic device called Lyra, it was an MP3 player with something like 128 megs of onboard storage.  There’s a new Lyra coming that is going to be so much cooler.This Lyra is a handheld gaming system that’s being crowdfunded by London-based Creoqode. As you can tell from the image up top, it does indeed run DOOM… but it’s not built exclusively for playing games.While it might look a bit like a PSP, the Lyra is a full-on Linux-based computer packed into a portable package. Tucked inside its unassuming black exterior is a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Lite. That particular version packs a 1.4 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor and 1GB of RAM.The Lyra has a 5″, 800 x 480 pixel LCD and a 3000 mAh lithium polymer battery for mobile play. When you want to kick back and play on a larger display you can plug in to a full-sized HDMI port.As Liliputing’s Brad Linder notes it’s a little surprising that Creoqode didn’t wait for the Raspberry Pi team to release an updated version of the Compute Module before launching the Kickstarter. The new Pi offers dramatically improved performance thanks to its 1.5GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 processor.Theoretically, though, it’ll be easy enough to perform the swap on your own. If you back the Kickstarter and receive a Lyra you ought to be able to pop out the CM3L and replace it with the CM4L (or whatever they end up calling it).Because the Lyra is Linux-based you can run just about any emulator you want on it. It’s kind of like a pocketable PiCade. You can run regular desktop apps, too. Hook up a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and the Lyra goes from a portable console to a portable desktop!The GPIO pads are easily accessible, too, so you can hack the Lyra just like you would a regular Raspberry Pi.To secure one of the first units Creoqode produces you’ll need to pledge £179, which is roughly $225 at today’s exchange. They’re expecting to retail the Lyra for about $100 more once the crowdfunding campaign is finished.More on Geek.com:Limited Run Games Brings Back Classic ‘Star Wars’ CartridgesIs Joy-Con Drift Nintendo Switch’s Red Ring of Death?Origin PC Ends Console Wars With PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch Combo Caselast_img read more

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