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first_imgLast month, Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun confirmed the existence of the rumoured Mi Max 3 saying that the device will hit the stores sometime in July. And now three of Xiaomi’s phones with model numbers M1804E4A, M1804E4T and M1804E4C have been certified by the Chinese listing site TENAA.While the TENAA listing of the three models does not reveal anything about the design of Xiaomi’s upcoming smartphone, it gives us some clue as to what specifications the device will feature. Interestingly, the key specifications for the three models are nearly the same.As per the details available on TENAA, Mi Max 3 will measure 176.15×87.4×7.99mm and weigh 221gm. It is likely to feature a 6.9-inch TFT display with a screen resolution of 2160×1080 pixels. Mi Max 3 is likely to powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core processor, which could indicate the presence of Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor.The device could come with either 3GB, 4GB or 6GB RAM which could be coupled with an internal memory of either 32GB, 64GB or 128GB. It is likely to be backed by a gigantic 5,400mAh battery. The listing also reveals that Mi Max 3 could be available in nine colour variants including black, rose gold, gold, white, blue, red, pink, gray, and silver. Besides this the listing also reveals the presence of a 12MP camera sensor at the back and a 5MP camera sensor in the front.Meanwhile, the Internet has been bustling with rumours about Xiaomi’s upcoming device. As per the rumours circulating on the social media, Mi Max 3 is likely to sport a dual-rear camera setup as against its predecessor Mi Max 2 which features a 12MP single camera with phase detection auto-focus and dual-LED dual-tone flash at the back. However, there is no confirmation in this regard from Xiaomi so far.advertisementALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi Max 3 to launch in July, may come with 7-inch display, dual camerasPrevious reports also suggested that Mi Max 3 will run on Android Oreo-based MIUI out-of-the-box. Besides this, rumours also suggest that Xiaomi’s upcoming device is likely to feature advanced features such as wireless charging and an iris scanner among other things.last_img read more

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first_imgAs if the rising temperature wasn’t enough because Jacqueline Fernandez is turning up the heat on Instagram with a set of her sultry pictures from a photoshoot. The 33-year-old actress shared three pictures online and looked stunning in all of them. In a set of pictures, Jacqueline, glamorous in a black blazer, put up an intense expression.She accesorised her look with a statement ring and a bracelet. Jacqueline, in another picture, opted for a sultry outfit as she wore a bralette and mini shorts paired with an embellished jacket. With a chunky neckpiece, Jacqueline completed her look.See pictures here:Jacqueline’s post is viral by now as it has garnered over 4 lakh likes within an hour of being shared online. “These are some of your best pics ever,” read a comment while another fan said, “Fantastic.” The comments section is also filled with heart emoticons posted by Jacqueline’s Instagram family.Jacqueline Fernandez was last seen in 2018’s Race 3.ALSO READ: Neena Gupta is a vision for sore eyes in gorgeous saree after celebrating 60th birthday in LondonALSO READ: Jacqueline Fernandez looks radiant as she flaunts post-workout glow in sports bra and yoga pantsALSO WATCH: Jacqueline Fernandez gets candid about Indian clothing and her love for diamond jewellerylast_img read more

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first_imgThey came into the tournament as favourites, but England’s poor show in the middle of the group stages saw them almost being ousted from the 2019 World Cup. But the hosts got their act right and won their last two games against India and New Zealand to qualify for the semi-finals of the showpiece event. And now, they are set to take on arch-rivals Australia at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Thursday.A resurgent Australian outfit – under the able leadership of Aaron Finch – has taken the showpiece event by storm and has once again shown an affinity to rise to the challenge on the big stage. The first team to qualify for the knockouts, Australia lost their last group game against South Africa which saw them finish second on the points table, otherwise, they looked set to be finishing as leaders after the group stage.However, that will act as motivation for the Australians as they are keen to show the world that the Sandpaper Gate fiasco is a thing of the past and this team is just as good as those that won the showpiece event five times over the years.For the Englishmen, it is more about staying true to the tag of favourites and not crumbling under the pressure of expectations. They have a talented bunch of players, but consistency has been a worry for them in this tournament. However, with Jason Roy back at the top of the innings, things are looking in control once again for the hosts.advertisementInterestingly, hard-hitting batsman Jos Buttler’s form would definitely be a worry for the Englishmen as he is yet to light up the tournament. Yes, he has scored a century, but the swashbuckling batsman is expected to do a lot more than score just 253 runs. Ben Stokes, on the other hand, has been brilliant coming in lower down the order. He has scored 381 runs with four fifties.But the stars of the show have been Test skipper Joe Root and opener Jonny Bairstow. While Root is the highest scorer in the team with 500 runs (two centuries and three fifties), Bairstow has managed to score 462 runs with two hundreds and two fifties.The bowling too has looked good with Jofra Archer picking 17 wickets and Mark Wood clinching 16. But one area of concern would be the form of frontline spinner Adil Rashid. With just 8 wickets from nine games, he definitely needs to buck up.As for the Aussies, opener David Warner and skipper Finch have led from the front in the batting department. While Warner has 638 runs with three hundreds and three fifties, Finch has 507 runs with two hundreds and two fifties.In the bowling department too, Mitchell Starc has been one of the best in world cricket. And while he seemed a bit off form coming into the World Cup, he now has 26 wickets in his name. And Pat Cummins has played perfect second fiddle with 13 wickets. Not to forget the left-arm deliveries from Jason Behrendorff.All in all, it will be a battle of nerves more than talent as only those who have the aptitude to soak in pressure will perform on the big stage.England vs Australia World Cup 2019 2nd Semi-final Dream 11:Jason Roy, David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Glenn Maxwell, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Mitchell Starc Squads: England: James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran, Liam DawsonAustralia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Shaun Marsh, Kane RichardsonThe match starts at 15.00 IST.(With Agencies inputs)Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma must be feeling terrible, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Is MS Dhoni changing nationalities? If he does, we will consider him for New Zealand team: Kane Williamsonlast_img read more

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first_imgTopics Manchester City’s £18m bid for Jonny Evans rejected by West Brom Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Jonny Evans is claiming he was never distracted by Manchester City’s interest during the transfer window but was inspired to become a better player by the clamour for his services. Share via Email The West Bromwich Albion captain was the subject of speculation from several Premier League clubs last month, with City pursuing the 29-year-old until transfer deadline day. Albion’s determination to keep Evans, coupled with Eliaquim Mangala failing to leave the Etihad Stadium, thwarted a move to City but the speculation had no repercussions for Northern Ireland in the two World Cup qualifiers that have followed.Evans produced impressive performances against San Marino and the Czech Republic as Michael O’Neill’s side secured second place in group C and a probable play-off berth with two matches remaining. And the former Manchester United defender admits interest from City and Arsenal spurred him on to improve.“I’m probably playing my best football now and I still think I can push that on,” said Evans, who has missed Albion’s impressive start to the season due to hamstring trouble. “That’s my aim, that’s my drive. The most important thing is I’m pleased none of the speculation has affected me. It’s made me more determined than ever to try to be a better player. I’m happy. “I don’t make the decisions. I’m just sort of in the middle with two clubs after me. Manchester City first have to decide do they want you, or any club has to decide if they want you, and your own club has to decide whether to sell you. You’ve just got to let those decisions be made by two different parties. You’ve got to then make your own decision and it never got to that stage.”Evans admits the uncertainty over his future was nothing new and believes Albion will ultimately benefit from his determination to improve. He explained: “I’ve been there before in transfer windows – Man United to West Brom happened quite late-on and then the next year, after the Euros, there was interest from Arsenal. You just deal with it as a footballer.“A lot of players go through it. Man City made a bid a month or so ago and that heightened the speculation. That was out in the press. But, leading up to the end of the window, I was calm about everything and I was just trying to get back to being fit for wherever I ended up, so I could be at the top of my game.”The defender put Northern Ireland on course for a record-extending fifth consecutive victory on Monday against the Czech Republic with only his second international goal.O’Neill’s team are in a strong position to claim one of the eight play-off places for four World Cup berths and Evans believes no one will want to draw Northern Ireland should they get there.He added: “We don’t concede many goals. We are decent on the break, from corners, from free-kicks. No one likes to play against that because it’s a horrible way to play and they know they will have to be on top of their game if they want to beat us.” Northern Ireland West Bromwich Albion World Cup 2018 qualifiers Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Read more Manchester City Read more news Share on WhatsApp Jonny Evans points Northern Ireland towards World Cup play-off Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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first_imgFormer Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was the subject of a plot to keep him in jail and stop him from winning the 2018 presidential election, according to leaked documents. The Intercept website accused Brazilian Justice Minister Sérgio Moro of leaking information and advising prosecutors working on a lengthy anti-corruption probe into high-profile business leaders and politicians known as “Operation Car Wash.” They warned of a “systemised abuse of prosecutorial powers” and said the “trove of materials” leaked to them exposed “a long-denied political and ideological agenda.” According to The Intercept, Moro advised lead prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol for two years on how to best structure the corruption case against Lula. This was despite the legal requirement for Moro to judge the case as a neutral arbiter. Other leaked documents show prosecutors agreeing that there was a lack of evidence that Lula received bribes from a construction company. Also Read – A staunch allyLula was sentenced to 12 years in prison on corruption charges as a result of the investigations. He denied the allegations, which were branded a form of “lawfare” by his Workers Party (PT) and legal team. They claimed it was a deliberate ploy to prevent him from standing for election. Polls had shown the country’s most popular politician comfortably leading the presidential race until a court ruled against his candidacy. The election was eventually won by the far-right former army captain Jair Bolsonaro. Also Read – Cuban pathosJournalists at The Intercept said that material sent by an anonymous source detailed private discussions, audio recordings, videos, and photographs showing “serious wrongdoing, unethical behavior, and systematic deceit.” “Moro secretly and unethically collaborated with the Car Wash prosecutors to help design the case against Lula,” The Intercept says. It adds: “Car Wash prosecutors spoke openly of their desire to prevent the PT from winning the election and took steps to carry out that agenda.” Moro was a leading federal judge and prosecutor in the Car Wash case. He presided over Lula’s case and handed him an additional 13-year sentence in February this year. Bolsonaro appointed Moro as justice minister soon after assuming the Brazilian presidency in January. He is an avowed opponent of Lula and said that he hopes the former leader “rots in jail.” Moro denies the allegations against him and said the “criminal invasion of prosecutors’ cell phones had been ‘taken out of context’…Careful reading reveals that there is nothing there, despite the sensational material,” he said. Lula’s Twitter account linked to The Intercept articles and said simply: “The truth will prevail.”(Steve Sweeney writes for the Morning Star, the socialist daily newspaper published in Great Britain. He is also a People’s Assembly National Committee member, patron of the Peace in Kurdistan campaign, and a proud trade unionist. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba has appointed five new people to the Manitoba Hydro board after all but one member quit en masse earlier this week.Crown Services Minister Cliff Cullen says three women and two men will join backbencher Cliff Graydon on the Crown corporation’s board.He says Marina James, chief executive officer of a Winnipeg real-estate association, will be the chair. Michael Moore, who was recently head of the province’s home builders association, has been appointed vice-chair.The other board members are Indigenous filmmaker Lisa Meeches, Bell Canada lawyer Melanie McKague and former aerospace operations director Wade Linden.“Our government wishes to thank the outgoing members of the Manitoba Hydro board for their service and for the work they have done on behalf of all Manitobans, and recognizes the significant challenges that they were met with in terms of the financial position of the corporation,” Cullen said in a statement Friday.The chairman and eight other board members quit on Wednesday. They said they had been unable to secure a meeting with Premier Brian Pallister for more than a year to discuss key issues.Pallister said the dispute stemmed from the board’s plan to pay the Manitoba Metis Federation $67 million over several decades so the organization would not oppose current projects — as well as some future domestic transmission lines — for up to 50 years.Former chair Sanford Riley said the settlement made sense in light of recent court rulings that have supported Metis rights. He also argued the payment could be lower than the cost of legal challenges and compensation for upcoming Manitoba Hydro projects.The government quashed the deal calling the settlement “persuasion money.” Pallister argued the next generation of Metis might want the right to seek regulatory reviews or question future projects.David Chartrand, president of the Metis federation, accused Pallister of using “race card” tactics and said the money was partly to compensate for land cleared for hydro poles.James said in a statement that her new role as chairwoman provides an opportunity to tackle the challenges that face Manitoba Hydro.“While I will not comment on the statements made by my predecessor, my priority is to have an open dialogue with the minister of Crown services,” she said.The new board appointments were criticized by Grand Chief Sheila North, who represents northern Manitoba First Nations. North said there was no consultation and, as a result, there is no representative on the board for her people.“It is the First Nations communities in the north that experience the greatest effects from Hydro’s short-term and long-term decisions,” she said in a statement. “This was an opportunity lost by the premier.”last_img read more

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) today launched a joint handbook for lawmakers to help them devise the necessary strategies, from introducing legislation to allocating public funds, to protect children from violence.“Parliamentarians can and should be among the foremost champions of child protection,” said Toshi Niwa, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, during today’s launch in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian island of Bali, where the annual IPU Assembly is being held.Mr. Niwa said he was heartened to see so many lawmakers at the Bali meeting, where efforts to combat violence against children is one of the subjects being discussed.“They can legislate, oversee government activity, allocate financial resources and, as leaders within their nations, advocate for change.” he said.UNICEF has allocated more than $240 million over the past two years to its programmes on child protection, and the UN Secretary-General’s most recent report on the issue found that violence against children is widespread and under-acknowledged, often leaving lasting physical, emotional and psychological scars. 2 May 2007The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) today launched a joint handbook for lawmakers to help them devise the necessary strategies, from introducing legislation to allocating public funds, to protect children from violence. read more

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Sri Lankan authorities are conducting a special search operation following the coordinated attacks on churches and luxury hotels last week, which left more than 250 people dead and 500 injured. While Maldives’ own security has been tightened after the attacks, security forces have stated that there is no immediate threat to the country. Commissioner of Police (CP) Mohamed Hameed has said that Maldives Police Service is ready to provide any assistance to Sri Lanka following the terror attacks.CP Hameed said this after signing the Book of Condolence at the Sri Lankan embassy on Sunday, Raajje.mv reported. Six Maldivians have been arrested in the search operation. read more

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OSU junior safety Vonn Bell (11) dives toward the end zone after an interception in a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWith the No. 61 overall, Vonn Bell joins the New Orleans Saints as their second, second-round pick joining teammate Michael Thomas who was selected by New Orleans at No. 47 overall. The former Buckeye safety started two season under coach Urban Meyer as an imperative member of the defense.Bell was projected by many to go in the late first round, and no later than the top 10 picks in the second round. As is the case at times in the annual allocation of collegiate players, Bell became a victim of suffering through NFL draft purgatory. Nearly falling to the third round, the Saints ended the suspense and drafted the defensive back by acquiring the third-to-last pick in the second round from the Patriots through the Cardinals. Bell came out of high school as a five-star recruit but didn’t see much playing time in his true freshman season until the postseason. Making his first start as a Buckeye in the 2014 Orange Bowl, the 5-foot-11 safety made an immediate impact by intercepting Clemson’s quarterback Tajh Boyd inside the red zone.In 2014, Bell, then a sophomore, earned a starting safety position and finished second on the team with 92 tackles. The Georgia native also ended the 2014 season ranked ninth in the country with six interceptions, including a span of three straight games with a pick.His most impactful takeaway came in the fourth quarter of the Sugar Bowl against Alabama. Reading the eyes of Crimson Tide quarterback Blake Sims, Bell adjusted to the underthrown ball and intercepted it on his own goal line, robbing Alabama of a touchdown and preserving a 34-28 lead with under 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter.Despite only collecting two interceptions in 2015, Bell played his way to earning Associated Press first-team All-American honors. Also grabbing a first-team All-Big Ten selection, the decorated safety was a stalwart in the OSU secondary, starting in all 13 games as a junior.Average-sized at 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, Bell was known for running downhill and being physical with opposing receivers in the secondary, as well as an instinct to make plays in the open field.Despite choosing not to run in the NFL combine due to a pulled hamstring, the Saints realized the talent that fell to them at the 61st pick and didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger on the former Buckeye.The Saints are scheduled to open up play against the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. read more

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The second season of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) starts April 12, which will be about the time people ask, “There’s a professional women’s soccer league?” Yes, there is: It’s the third attempt since 1999 at professionalizing women’s soccer in the U.S. The previous two leagues both folded after only three seasons, so to say that Year 2 is crucial for the NWSL’s survival would be an understatement.This season also carries the added pressure of needing to be really competitive in the run-up to summer 2015’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. If the U.S. national team hopes to have the best shot at the World Cup, it needs to be playing at the highest level. That means the rest of the players in the league (those who won’t be going to the World Cup) need to be very good. But it isn’t easy to entice international talent (or even domestic talent) with the lurking ghost of two failed leagues and a salary that typically ranges from $6,000 to $30,000 (with most players seeing the lower end of that range).Herein lies the biggest problem for the NWSL: To keep the league afloat, it is paying preposterously low salaries. And who can afford to play professional soccer for $6,000 per year? Mostly women in college or only a few years out, as well as those with minimal national-team-level experience. And though this modest budget has helped the league’s bottom line, it has made it more difficult to attract high-level players — well, high-level players who are not members of the U.S. national team.When the NWSL was organized, U.S. Soccer, the sport’s governing body, agreed to subsidize the salaries of U.S. national team players — typically the best and most expensive players in the league. Last year, the Canadian and Mexican federations agreed to do the same, so the league evenly allocated all national team players among the eight teams. (A ninth team, the Houston Dash, was added this year, so many players were reallocated.)With a roster squad of 20 — assuming each team has the maximum three “free” U.S. national team players and three “free” Canadian or Mexican national team players — this leaves 14 roster spots to be filled. Last year’s salary cap was $200,000, so, divided evenly, pay would be less than $15,000 per player for the entire season.On Wednesday, each team had to cut its roster to 25 players, with five more cuts to come before the season begins. We wanted to look at the distribution of talent in this season’s player pool to see who is trying to play professional women’s soccer. Below is a chart that illustrates the relative experience and age of the 228 players who remain (not all teams had released their roster cuts by Wednesday’s deadline):We counted one year out of college as finishing collegiate soccer in 2013, although technically these players are still in college (most are just about to graduate). For national team experience, we counted the number of consecutive years a player appeared in the full national team player pool. This data does not reflect international players who did not play college soccer and also probably over-represents younger players who are more likely to be released when the final rosters are cut to 20 in the coming weeks.Still, it’s interesting that the NWSL pool is dominated by players two years out college with zero years of national team experience — there are currently 42 of these women. The median number of years of national team experience is zero, which makes sense because the national team pool is very small — typically about 30 players per year. Almost half of the player pool is made up of women only one or two years out of college.This data doesn’t speak to the longevity of a player’s career, which varies wildly by individual. The data also doesn’t mean that a freshly graduated collegiate player is any worse or better than Christie Rampone, the league veteran with 17 years of national team experience. There are wunderkinds in every sport, but overall we think that more professional experience probably means more talented players.The main thing the data illustrates is that the NWSL is skewing young and inexperienced, which might have more to do with finances than soccer ability. For most players, and people in general, there are only so many years you can do the thing you love on a $15,000 annual salary before you have to move on. read more

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first_imgShortly after the first tribute went up, a vigilante tore it down, saying: “When I heard that the family of Henry Vincent (the burglar that got stabbed to death by his intended victim), had placed flowers on the road where he died, I was extremely furious. It infuriated me, so I just drove to south London, to the area to see it myself. Decided to remove the trash though.”He added: “Donated the flowers to local graveyard” and posted a photograph of the bouquets adorning gravestones.During the day, the tributes were re-attached by family and friends, but ripped down again within minutes.On Tuesday afternoon, his loved ones returned to reattach the mementos opposite the property on South Park Crescent, Hither Green. Elvina Lee, who said she was Vincent’s first cousin, called whoever pulled the tributes down “scum” and labelled Mr Osborn-Brooks a “lowlife”. The flowers were attached to a fence just 20 yards from the pensioner’s residence, which is boarded-up as he is staying in a different location for his own safety. Regarding Vincent she said: “He was like a brother to me, he loved his family and his three babies. He wasn’t a murderer, he wasn’t a rapist, they’re putting (sic) him as a monster.”After the supporters put the tributes back up, police on the scene said they were unable to ensure they were removed, saying the situation was “just one of those things.” Family and friends of Henry Vincent spoke with police after flowers left in tribute to the dead burglar were torn downCredit:Grant Falvey/LNP Police stood by on Tuesday as a row broke out over a tribute to a dead burglar outside a pensioner’s house – which was torn down by locals three times in one day.Floral tributes to Henry Vincent, a career criminal who was killed during a botched burglary at at 78-year-old Richard Osborn-Brooks’ house, were erected on Monday outside the home at which he was stabbed.Since then, neighbours of Mr Osborn-Brooks and friends of the deceased criminal have waged an argument over whether it is appropriate for the tribute to remain outside the pensioner’s home. The flowers have been continually put up by friends of Vincent, and torn down by incensed neighbours of the pensioner.People criticised local police for standing by as tributes from the burglar’s girlfriend and family were put up that described Vincent as having a “heart of gold” and saying he was “too good to walk the Earth.”Paul Stacey wrote to the Met Police on Twitter saying: “Why are you letting the Vincent family put flowers on a neighbours fence in Hither Green? It’s clearly a provocative act.”NHS worker Kayleigh Taylor, 23, said: “That is a really disgraceful display. They should not have this outside the house.” Others called it an “insult” to Mr Osborn-Brooks. She said: “This is the best place for these flowers to be. I don’t know what’s wrong with these people (who dismantled them)… I think they’re scum.” Family and friends of Henry Vincent arrive to hang up the ripped down flowers A hand written message attached to a teddy bearCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire Hither Green scene  “I new you and I love you more than anything in the world. I will never be ashamed to call you my daddy and you was the best one I could ask for.”Another of his daughters promises to “stand up” for her deceased father, in a note that says: “You must of been frightened by yourself. I’ll stand up for you dad, I won’t let you down cos I know you wouldn’t let me down.”One from his girlfriend, signed Marilyn, reads: “My boyfriend I wanted so much more for you. I will keep my promises to you….”Meanwhile, the vigilante who originally removed the floral tribute told MailOnline he was not scared of retribution, but that he was staying anonymous to avoid worrying his family.The 29-year-old network engineer said: “I’m not worried at all about retribution. I’m only keeping myself anonymous because my family was worried. We’re talking about low IQ scum who can’t connect the dots. They’re not clever enough to find me and even if they did, I’d get a screwdriver and do what Richard did.”A Scotland Yard spokesperson said no public order offences were committed. On Tuesday evening, six  police officers were seen positioned outside Mr Osborn-Brooks’ home. The flowers have been continually put up by friends of Vincent, and torn down by incensed neighbours of the pensioner. However, an unknown man then ripped it down within 20 minutes, saying he was “taking these s— flowers down” and called the memorial  an “insult” to Mr Osborn-Brooks. He added: “These need burning.”Resident Theresa Webb, 43, said of the shrine: “It was inappropriate, poor taste really. “You’re thinking ‘how long will it be up there?’ I’m relieved it’s down. There was 101 bouquets down there.”Saverimuthu Augustine, 78, said he was “annoyed” that some flowers had been attached to fences around his house.He said: “I don’t appreciate it. “If it’s a normal person it’s different, but he went and burgled a house – it could have been my house.”One tribute from his father reads: “You was too good to walk this earth.”I new (sic) you believed in God, Ive got your bibles to prove it. It’s count down, I’ll be with you soon.” Family and friends of Henry Vincent arrive to hang up the ripped down flowersCredit:Grant Falvey/LNP A hand written message attached to a teddy bear A note signed by one of his children says: “STRANGERS can say what they like about you. They don’t no who you was so I don’t care. The flowers have been continually put up by friends of Vincent, and torn down by incensed neighbours of the pensioner. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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first_imgPAT RABBITTE MAY think they butter no parsnips, but the government will be pleased at new record lows in Irish ten year bond yields ahead of a €1bn trip to the money markets tomorrow.This morning the yield level fell to just 3.018 per cent, marginally beating a previous low of 3.02 per cent. Lower yields reflect the degree of risk associated with a particular bond.Why does this matter?It was unsustainable bond yields, and the prohibitively high costs associated with raising money on the international money markets, that led Ireland to enter the troika bailout in 2010.In the short term, the National Treasury Management Agency will raise €1bn on the international money markets tomorrow. Lower bond yields should spark more interest in this sale of Irish government debt.The NTMA has already raised finance this year-most notably when raising €3.75bn  in January. However, tomorrow’s sale will mark the first ‘regular’ foray into the markets since 2010.The NTMA has said it plans to raise €4bn through regular bond sales this year, and is aiming to run one or two every quarter. Bond sale marks ‘normalisation’ of Ireland>Ireland’s post-bailout return to the bond markets raised €3.75bn>last_img read more

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first_img Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 4:21 PM Varadkar says that he and Murphy “broadly agree” on the issue – but differ on how change in the area can be achieved. He says that no other curriculum is decided by primary legislation. He says the NCCA should and will continue to be the touchstone on the issue.— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) June 27, 2018 Image: Sam Boal via rollingnews Jun 27th 2018, 4:21 PM ‘The sex ed that we have at the minute is clearly not working’ LGBTQ+ groups have called on Varadkar to commit to funding the Sex Education Bill before Pride. 78 Comments http://jrnl.ie/4094764 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Bills involving the appropriation or revenue of public money shall not be taken unless the purpose of that appropriation has been recommended to the Dáil by a message from the Government.Solidarity TD Paul Murphy said he hopes that by Saturday when Varadkar attends the Pride Festival that he will be able to tell people that he is going to let the Bill proceed.The Taoiseach just needs to sign a very simple message which says that if the Bill ultimately becomes law that the government commits to spending the money necessary.The Sex Education Bill guarantees the rights of students to receive factual and objective information on relationships and sexuality regardless of the school’s ethos, and contains provisions for education on consent, different types of sexuality and gender, the termination of pregnancy and different contraception methods.“The Bill sets out the broad parameters of what objective factual sex education would look like but also amends the education act to say that the religious ethos of schools cannot stand in the way of delivering necessary sex education,” Murphy said.Speaking in the Dáil today, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that no other curriculum is decided by primary legislation. Solidarity Paul Murphy TD in Buswells Hotel this morning Image: Sam Boal via rollingnews center_img LGBTQ+ GROUPS HAVE called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to commit to spending money on a radical overhaul of sex education in Ireland before Pride this Saturday.The legislation to bring in the new sex education for Ireland’s primary and secondary schools – known as the Objective Sex Education Bill – is currently before the Oireachtas.At a press conference today, representatives from various LGBTQ+ groups expressed their fears that Varadkar will not commit to spending the money, which was requested by the Ceann Comhairle in order for the legislation to progress to the committee stage.By signing the so-called ‘money message’, Varadkar would commit the Government to spend the money necessary if the Bill ultimately becomes law.The groups say some schools are still hostile towards LGBTQ+ students and the introduction of the new curriculum would provide for progressive sex education which is factual, takes into account LGBTQ+ students and has consent at its core.The Objective Sex Education Bill passed the first stage earlier this year but requires a message from the Government after examination from Seán Ó Ferghail TD, Ceann Comhairle under a Dáil standing order.Dáil standing order 179 (2) states: Misinformation Davy Quinlivan, a member of ACT UP Dublin, said that it is critical that students in Irish schools receive accurate, affirming, and relevant education about sexual health as the current curriculum is not working.“In Ireland, we are currently in the middle of a HIV crisis, diagnoses are over 500 a year.The national HIV knowledge and attitude survey 2017 has some glaring statistics as 18% of 18-24-year-olds questioned perceived that they could get HIV from using the same toilet seat and 14% of them from using the same glass of water whose HIV positive.“The sex ed that we have at the minute is clearly not working or we would not have these statistics showing that 50% of new chlamydia cases are in young people and 39% of cases of gonorrhea are young people,” Quinlivan said. Source: Sam Boal via rollingnewsShoutOut runs workshops in schools around Ireland to tackle LGBT bullying and its managing director, Bella Fitzpatrick, insisted today that delays to this Bill show the lack of understanding of its importance.“We did 349 workshops this school year in 102 schools and reached almost 10,000 students.“We have a very good idea of what is facing young people, in particular young LGBT [people], because that is the context of the workshop.“They think we are going to have the answers for them but unfortunately, we wouldn’t be allowed into schools if we said we’re going to talk about sex,” Fitzpatrick said.According to Fitzpatrick despite the marriage equality referendum and gender recognition legislation, schools are still hostile towards LGBTQ+ students.“Marriage equality and gender recognition do not impact young people the way you might think it does because those laws pertain to adults.I would respectfully ask that this is put through with no further delays. 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first_imgUn scientifique veut créer de la viande en laboratoireAux Etats-Unis, dans la ville de Charleston située en Caroline du sud, le scientifique Vladimir Mironov s’échine depuis maintenant dix ans à créer de la viande dans son laboratoire.Vladimir Mironov, ingénieur sur les tissus et le développement biologique, fait partie des quelques rares scientifiques à travers le monde à chercher à développer de la viande de synthèse. Pour lui, cette méthode permettrait de conserver les terres sur lesquelles se trouvent des animaux en pâturage en cessant de développer une vieille technique : celle qui consiste à élever des bêtes debout sur leurs quatre pattes !Aux Etats-Unis, cette recherche de croissance in vitro n’est que légèrement financée par l’administration spatiale et aéronautique nationale. Les instituts nationaux de la santé, de la nourriture et de l’agriculture refusent de financer pareil projet, indique Vladimir Mironov, cité par le site ScientificAmericain.com. En effet, dans un objectif d’exploration interplanétaire, dans l’impossibilité d’emporter une vache avec eux, les astronautes auraient ce système de production.Déjà étudiée, l’installation où “pousserait” cette viande se verrait appelée “carnery” (traduire par “charnier”). Vladimir Mironov envisage un bâtiment de la taille d’un terrain de football équipé d’énormes bioréacteurs ou de plusieurs petits destinés à fabriquer ce qu’il appelle des “charlem” pour “Charleston engineered meat” (viande produite à Charleston).À lire aussiLe secret de fabrication de la toile des veuves noires enfin découvertL’idée peut paraître folle mais un éminent spécialiste de la biologie, Nicholas Genovese, explique que de nombreux produits sont déjà conçus de la même manière. Il prend l’exemple des yaourts, de la bière et du vin. Pour lui, le fait que des produits similaires soient produits dans des laboratoires bloquerait les esprits.Vladimir Mironov poursuit : “Vous voulez un peu de graisse, vous voulez du porc, de l’agneau ? Pas de problème, nous créons exactement ce que vous voulez. Nous pouvons même décider de la saveur”. Cela serait possible sans produire d’OGM à proprement parler. Seuls les tissus musculaires grandiraient, sans appartenir à un organisme animal vivant.Le scientifique est très confiant, “il y a 15 ans, dit-il, qui aurait pu imaginer l’existence d’un iPhone ?”.Le 31 janvier 2011 à 12:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgForoyaa published a story under the caption “Police Accused of Maltreatment, Detention”The Police PRO called the Managing Editor to express that he was not pleased with the caption as it gives the impression that the police is engaged in harassment. The Managing Editor told him that the story will not be put online pending a review of the caption and content. The Managing Editor did exactly as promised in compliance with the paper’s adherence to the principle of publishing the truth in good faith in the public interest.However, once the PRO decided to jump the gun by putting his view online before it was posted online by Foroyaa, the Managing Editor had no option but to put the story online so as not to be appearing to be covering up. Those who cared to read the story should be able to see very clearly that the allegations made against the police were refuted by the PRO. Hence Foroyaa had no intention or interest in doctoring the story. Foroyaa however acknowledges that the caption could have better reflected the content of the story by adding that the PRO responded.Hence if the PRO is still interested in sending a rejoinder to Foroyaa for publication he is welcome to do so. Foroyaa has no interest in engaging in polemics with the PRO on a matter that its staff has no vested interest in publishing.last_img read more

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first_imgThe small ferry LeConte is tied up today due to a mechanical problem.As a result, the Juneau-based ship isn’t sailing its normal Monday route to Gustavus and Hoonah.The Alaska Marine Highway System says reservation staffers have been contacting booked passengers. The nature of the mechanical problem wasn’t immediately available.The 235-foot LeConte carries up to 225 passengers and 35 cars or trucks. It also sails to Angoon and Pelican.last_img

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first_imgRocks alignments representing the remains of an intertidal fish trap, Kodiak Island, Alaska. (Photograph courtesy the Alutiiq Museum)A Kodiak archaeologist said there may be the remains of a historic Alutiiq fish trap on the north end of Kodiak Island. He said those types of man-made formations are rare to discover in the region.Listen nowThe Alutiiq Museum is in its second year of documenting ancestral sites on Afognak Native Corporation lands. While surveying one area, museum Curator of Archaeology Patrick Saltonstall said he noticed something on the shoreline at low tide.Saltonstall said he identified it as a fish trap, which he calls a corral.“They’re like stone walls on the inter-tidal zone so when the tide came in, all the fish went to go up stream, would float in over the corrals or the trap, and then when the tide went out, they’d be stranded in the pens, so then you catch a whole lot of fish,” Saltonstall said.Saltonstall said it can be challenging to determine whether a corral is natural or man-made, but he sees evidence of it being a fish trap.“I could tell that there were some boulders that they used that there were there already, but almost all of it was bringing boulders in,” Saltonstall said. “It’s like a wall, like five feet across and maybe two feet high now, but it was probably much higher [back] in the day.”Petroglyphs carved into a shoreline boulder adjacent to the intertidal fish trap. (Photograph courtesy the Alutiiq Museum)Saltonstall said this is the first time’s he’s ever seen a corral like this one on the island, but they’re common in southeast, which he said could because the people there used them more frequently.“But another thing is a lot of the places down there are more protected, they aren’t as open to the ocean as Kodiak is, so maybe the lower energy they tend to be preserved better, whereas in Kodiak after a big storm a lot of these things might get demolished,” Saltonstall said.Saltonstall said they found what looks like petroglyphs nearby – speckled dots and incised lines carved into slate.“And what the cool pattern is is they all seem to be associated with fishing localities,” Saltonstall said. “You look at the typical petroglyphs, you know with faces, whales, drummer, they’re associated more with whaling or with villages.”Saltonstall said it’s hard to determine the age of either the corral or the petroglyphs, but based on nearby archaeological sites, the carvings could be dated back to about 500 years ago.last_img read more

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first_imgArjun Rampal (L) and Mehr Jesia pose as they attend the GQ India fifth anniversary ‘Men of the Year’ Awards ceremony in Mumbai late September 29, 2013.STRDEL/AFP/Getty ImagesA couple of days ago, Arjun Rampal announced the pregnancy of his girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades on Instagram after keeping it under wraps for the last six months. The two have been dating for the last one year. He shared a picture of pregant Gabriella with baby bump finding solace in Arjun’s arms. He captioned the picture, “Blessed to have you and start all over again….thank you baby for this baby.”And not just their friends but Arjun’s estranged wife Mehr Jesia too was unaware about the news of Gabriella’s pregnancy. However, she has taken the news sportingly and has come to terms that Arjun has moved on from their bitter separation.Arjun and Mehr, who parted ways in 2018 after 20 years of their marriage, are yet to file for their divorce. The couple has two daughters – Mahikaa, 17, and Myra, 13.”They are still working out the financial terms of the separation. Mehr is a wonderful mother and wants to do what works best for her children,” Mehr’s friend was quoted as saying by Mumbai Mirror.And not just Mehr, but it seems like her daughters – Mahikaa and Myra – too have accepted their father’s decision of finding himself a new partner in life. Last night, Arjun was seen spending some quality time with his two daughters over a dinner and they all looked happy together. Gabriella too seems to have been bonding well with Mahikaa and Myra as she liked one of the paparazzi’s Instagram post about their recent outing.Arjun and Mehr had ended their marriage six months before the announcement of their separation as they were waiting for their daughters Mahikaa and Myra to come to terms before making it official, last year. The two had a patchy relationship in the last few months that followed their divorce. She was left traumatised after she learnt that her husband was in touch with Hrithik Roshan’s ex-wife Sussanne Khan and suspected they were still meeting secretly, several reports had claimed. Arjun Rampal with daughters – Mahikaa and Myra post their dinner outing last night in MumbaiVarinder Chawla Arjun Rampal with daughter Mahikaa post dinner outing last night in MumbaiVarinder Chawlalast_img read more

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first_img– / 4At the George R Brown convention center, evacuees from flooded parts of Houston say they’re grateful to have dry blankets and food. Michael Thompson arrived late Monday. He got stranded at a gas station on the Northside when the flooding started Saturday, then was huddled up with dozens of others at a warehouse. X X 00:00 /00:17 X Share Another Houstonian flocking to the shelter is Star’nita McKelvey. Star’nita is thirteen years old and evacuated the Fifth Ward with seven other relatives. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Thompson says when the bus arrived to the convention center, he couldn’t believe it 00:00 /01:04 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /00:08 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more

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