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Kolkata Police looks to tackle bane of drug abuse with innovative contest

first_imgKolkata: In a unique move to spread awareness against drug abuse, the Kolkata Police has decided to felicitate citizens in the city who will capture the best photograph related to the theme ‘Say No to Drugs’. The move on the part of the law enforcers is significant, as June 26 is observed as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.”June 26 is the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Kolkata Police is committed to fight against the menace of drug and substance abuse that is destroying our youth,” Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma posted on his Facebook page. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAccording to Sharma’s post, the theme of the Kolkata Police initiative about drug abuse is “#unitedagainstdrugs”. A citizen willing to participate in the competition will have to take a picture of him/her performing any activity like dancing, reading, running, sleeping, singing, playing, studying, writing, laughing etc. Then it should be put up on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook with the caption – “SAY YES TO (the activity that is seen in the picture eg. reading, running etc); SAY NO TO DRUGS”. The picture should then be tagged with #kolkatapolice and #unitedagainstdrugs on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe three most innovative pictures will be felicitated. It may be mentioned that since June 26 last year, the narcotics cell of the detective department of Kolkata Police has seized illegal drugs worth crores of rupees and arrested important peddlers/kingpins from all over India and abroad. Apart from this, under the ‘Shuddhi’ project of Kolkata Police, 133 drug addicts who are into petty crimes due to addiction have been sent for rehabilitation, out of which 21 are leading a drug-free life for more than a year. This also means that they are leading a crime-free life. The project aims to identify people who are in the habit of petty crimes due to their dependence on drugs and follows them till the point of their rehabilitation into the society’s mainstream, where they find acceptance. In a recent study, it has been found that out of the total number of juveniles under-enquiry booked under different crimes in India, over 87 percent had a history of substance use.last_img read more

Alberta Christian school worried school division could ban Bible verses

first_imgCAMROSE, Alta. – A Christian school southeast of Edmonton says it fears the school division is moving to censor what parts of the Bible can be taught.Several Bible verses were to be included in a handbook for students at the Cornerstone Christian Academy in Kingman, Alta.Trustees from the Battle River School Division say they believe the verses might contravene Alberta’s human rights code.School division spokeswoman Diane Hutchinson says there is an obligation to follow the provincial school act and human rights legislation.The board plans to discuss the verses at a meeting on Thursday.Deanna Margel, board chairwoman of the Cornerstone Christian Academy Society, told CHED radio the school fears the division wants to limit what Bible verses the school can teach generally.She said talks between the academy and the board have been going on for six weeks and the school already agreed to drop the verses from the handbook.Margel said the verses were part of a scriptural footnote in the school’s updated statement of faith.One reference was from 1 Corinthians that suggests neither “fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate … shall inherit the kingdom of God.”Another verse from Galations refers to adultery, fornication, uncleanness and lasciviousness.The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, an organization that gives as its mission the protection of free speech, is helping the school.President John Carpay says the school refuses to have the division dictate which parts of the Bible are acceptable.“When the board starts to try to dictate that scriptures that some people might find offensive cannot be taught in the classroom, that’s going completely contrary to the goal of diversity, which is to have schools that are actually different from each other,” Carpay said.Hutchinson said it’s possible Thursday’s discussion might be put on hold. The board might also suggest that the partnership between the Battle River School Division and Cornerstone Christian Academy be dissolved, she said.The Cornerstone Christian Academy, formerly a private school, joined the school division in 2009.Its website says it has about 160 students in kindergarten through Grade 12, who come from the communities of Camrose, Hay Lakes, Kingman, Round Hill, Ryley and Tofield and the surrounding areas.(CHED, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Canadas feminist policy a perfect fit for South Sudan says UN refugee

first_imgOTTAWA — A senior United Nations official says Canada could find a win for its feminist foreign policy in the spiralling famine and refugee crisis gripping South Sudan and neighbouring African countries.Arnauld Akodjenou, the UN High Commissioner’s South Sudan co-ordinator, is in Ottawa today to press the Trudeau government for more Canadian involvement to alleviate one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.South Sudan’s five-year civil war has killed 400,000 and forced 2.2 million people to flee their country and 80 per cent of them are women and children, he says.Akodjenou says the South Sudan crisis is the perfect test case for the Canadian foreign-aid policy focused on helping women and girls in developing countries.Moreover, Canada has strong relations in the half-dozen neighbouring countries that are themselves buckling under the influx of refugees, so Akodjenou says by helping those countries the government could also make any new aid go much further.Last week, a coalition of East African countries approved a six-month extension to a fragile peace deal that calls for South Sudan’s rival factions to form a unity government.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Quebec invests 47 million in youth protection to cut down wait lists

first_imgMONTREAL — The Quebec government is investing $47 million in the province’s maligned youth protection system, in an effort to add more staff and cut down on lengthy wait lists.Junior health minister Lionel Carmant says the money announced Thursday will be used to add up to 400 employees to reduce burnout and eliminate the backlog of cases.Carmant says the province plans to recruit heavily on new graduates to fill the positions.The Quebec government has announced a commission to look into the youth protection system as a whole, but Carmant says he didn’t want to wait for its findings to begin adding more resources.The commission was announced following the death of a seven-year-old girl in Granby, Que. who’d been followed by youth protection services from birth and whose slaying last April sparked outrage and raised questions about the system’s effectiveness.The funding is being spread across the province, with heavy investments in the greater Montreal area.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

121212 Concert To Be Broadcast Live And Released On iTunes

first_imgSirius XM Radio has announced that the 12.12.12 concert to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy will air on E Street Radio, channel 20, and Pearl Jam Radio, channel 22, on December 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm ET. And Columbia Records has announced that a selection of 24 live tracks from the event will be available for pre-order on iTunes starting today.“SiriusXM recognizes the importance of reaching as many people as possible to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Sandy,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “We hope that our generous and informed listeners will join the millions of people donating aid to support the recovery and help the victims of the storm.”The all-star musical lineup performing at the “12-12-12” concert December 12, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City includes Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who and Paul McCartney.“12.12.12” will be distributed worldwide to nearly two billion people through television feeds, radio and online streaming and available to 114 million television households in the US and to more than 400 million television households outside the country via networks and feeds in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.Thanks to the generosity of concert organizers, sponsors, and Robin Hood’s board of directors, every single penny from ticket purchases and donations will go to serve the victims of Hurricane Sandy through the Robin Hood Relief Fund.The concert is being produced by James Dolan, Executive Chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company; John Sykes, President of Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises; and Harvey Weinstein, Co-Founder and Chairman of The Weinstein Company.Columbia Records announced today that they will release music from the “12-12-12” benefit concert, presented by Chase, to provide the most assistance possible to the victims of Hurricane Sandy through the Robin Hood Relief Fund. The fundraising concert at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday will feature iconic performers and a selection of 24 live tracks from the event will be available for pre-order on iTunes starting today at A physical album will be made available as soon as possible.The net proceeds from the soundtrack will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which is providing money, material and know-how to local organizations that are serving families and individuals in the regions hardest hit by the storm.The most up to date information on “12-12-12” can be found by visiting Newswirelast_img read more

The Latest Mexico warns against a 5 tariff on its goods

WASHINGTON — The Latest on scheduled talks between the U.S. and Mexico (all times local):8:50 a.m.Mexico says that imposing a 5% tariff on its goods would be very costly for the economies of both Mexico and the United States and warns that it could cause an additional quarter-million Central American nationals to migrate north this year.A high-level delegation of officials held a press conference to portray the position Mexico will share with U.S. counterparts during meetings they will have in Washington during the week.Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard says his team will be delivering to U.S. officials on Monday a document detailing the impact of tariffs for both countries.President Donald Trump says he will impose a 5% tariff on Mexican goods beginning June 10 as a way to force the Mexican government to keep mostly Central American migrants from crossing into the U.S.___12:05 a.m.Top officials from the U.S. and Mexico will begin talks in a scramble to fend off President Donald Trump’s threat of devastating tariffs on the southern ally and meet his demand for fewer migrants at the border.Trump is in London for a long-planned overseas trip, leaving others to stem a potential trade crisis. It’s unclear what more Mexico can do to satisfy the Republican president. Trump’s Republican allies warn the tariffs on Mexican imports will hit U.S. consumers and harm the economy.On Monday, Mexican Economy Minister Graciela Marquez plans talks with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Two days later, delegations led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY’-oh) and Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard will also meet in Washington.The Associated Press read more

Sudanese town of Abyei still tense after burning and looting UN reports

The disputed town, which is contested by both north and south Sudan, has witnessed renewed clashes in recent days, including looting and burning earlier this week, following the takeover of the area by Sudanese Government forces. The violence has led thousands to flee their homes.“Initial patrols around the area of conflict suggest that looting and pillaging have left the town badly damaged and empty,” UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York, adding that no civilian casualties have been observed and that sporadic gunfire persists in the area.The recent violence and deteriorating security in Abyei has sparked concern from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who highlighted the situation in his remarks today to the Extraordinary Summit of the African Union on Peace and Security in Africa.“We must all impress on the parties that military confrontation in Abyei is not an option,” Mr. Ban told the gathering in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “I have also called on both parties to cease their military operations, withdraw all forces and armed elements from the Abyei Area, and desist from further acts of aggression, including attacks on UN peacekeepers.”Earlier this month, unidentified assailants shot and wounded four peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) while they were on patrol in Abyei, and last week a UN convoy transporting 200 troops of the Joint Integrated Units (JIU) of the Sudan Armed Forces was attacked.Just yesterday, the crew of four UNMIS helicopters lifting off in quick succession witnessed shots fired from positions believed to be close to the mission’s premises in Abyei. The helicopters were not carrying passengers and were not hit, the UN reported.UNMIS is in the process of deploying an additional company to Abyei to be completed today. Another company of four armoured personnel carriers was redeployed today to the town of Agok, south of Abyei, where most civilians affected by the conflict have fled.The mission has temporarily relocated some of its civilian staff based in Abyei pending a return to normal security conditions.Haile Menkerios, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNMIS, said that the latest developments, particularly the escalation of violence, are a “very drastic setback” amid the progress that has been made by both north and south Sudan. “What has happened now is a regression to square one… There has to be an immediate cessation of all the fighting and the withdrawal of all troops,” he said in an interview with the UNMIS-backed Radio Miraya.He added that the consequence of the recent military operation has been “disastrous” on the civilian population, noting also that the latest unrest and displacement comes just at the beginning of the rainy season. UN Humanitarian Coordinator Georg Charpentier has gone to Abyei and to Agok to assess the situation and determine what is needed to alleviate the suffering of the people, hundreds of thousands of whom are estimated to have been displaced. “UN agencies, with NGOs, are already initiating a plan to assess and to provide services to the humanitarian situation and to provide an assistance to those who have fled Abyei in the area of Agok, and the other areas next to it, and this will allow us to have a clear picture of the numbers of displaced people,” said Kouider Zerrouk, a spokesperson for UNMIS. Deadly clashes have claimed dozens of lives since the start of the year, when a referendum on Abyei’s status that was supposed to have been held never took place amid disagreement on voter eligibility. Southern Sudan will formally secede from the rest of the country on 9 July as a result of a separate referendum. 25 May 2011While the Sudanese town of Abyei is now empty with its residents having fled the recent violence, the situation there remains tense, according to the United Nations, which called on both sides to cease their hostilities and return to negotiations. read more

Pillay holds talks in Jaffna

She met the Jaffna Government Agent (GA), Governor and other senior government officials in the area. Pillay also had a closed door meeting with civil society representatives in Jaffna. Visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay had discussions in Jaffna today.Pillay, who arrived in the North last evening, visited the UN office in Jaffna as well as the Jaffna library, and District Secretariat’s office. Meanwhile at least two demonstrations were held during her visit to Jaffna this morning.The demonstrators had urged Pillay through placards and posters to look into their family members reported missing during and after the war. Pillay however did not meet the demonstrators.  Pillay had also met the wife of former LTTE Trincomalee political head Elilan in Jaffna. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Judge hits out at unnecessary delays as Oxford students twoyear rape case

first_imgIt comes after Scotland Yard announced a review of every one of its sex crime investigations, where a suspect has been charged, following the collapse of two rape prosecutions in a week.The CPS offered no evidence against both Liam Allan and Isaac Itiary after the late disclosure of evidence that could have assisted the defendants. Ms Lindop said: “There were some disclosure matters, but this is not a disclosure case per se. There was a diary produced. Part of that was disclosed, we asked for the full copy of it.”The court heard Mears’ lawyers had been asking for the diary since October last year and the prosecutor explained: “The police have been trying to secure that.””I have been made aware of it coming into the possession of the Crown last week. That contains material that was not of assistance to the prosecution.”She said the diary was not the only reason for the decision, adding: “The situation is we were waiting for third party material, which included matters of a sensitive nature to the complainant in the case.”We were also awaiting confirmation from the police in terms of the digital devices that were secured.” Isaac Itiary, left, and Liam Allan 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. A spokesman for the force said: “The CPS have decided to discontinue this trial for a number of reasons.”Following this decision we, Surrey Police, are undertaking an internal review of our investigation and we will continue to liaise with the CPS following the hearing on Friday.”A file was passed to the CPS in May 2017 and the decision to charge Mears was made the following month.A CPS spokesman said: “We keep all cases under continual review. Following a review of this case, prosecutors were not satisfied there was a realistic prospect of conviction as the evidential test set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors was not met. We therefore decided to offer no evidence.”center_img A judge has criticised police and prosecutors after a rape case against an Oxford University student was dropped just days before his trial.Oliver Mears, 19, spent two years on bail accused of raping and assaulting a woman in July 2015.But the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided to offer no evidence against him on the basis of fresh evidence, including a diary that supported his case, which was passed to the CPS just last week.On Friday, prosecutor Sarah Lindop told Guildford Crown Court the case was “finely balanced” from the start and the new material “tips the balance” in favour of Mears.Judge Jonathan Black demanded the head of the CPS Rape and Sexual Offences (RASO) unit write to him within 28 days “with a full explanation of what went wrong” before he decides whether any action is required “at CPS or police level”.He said: “It seems to me in a case which is as finely balanced as you say it was, there have been unnecessary delays in investigating… leading to what seems to be a completely unnecessary last-minute decision in this case.”Both Oliver Mears and the complainant have had this matter hanging over their heads for two years in circumstances, had the investigation been carried out properly in the first instance, would not have led to this position.” Surrey Police have launched an internal review of the force’s investigation. Defendants Isaac Itiary, left, and Liam Allan saw the rape cases against them collapse within days because police withheld vital evidenceCredit:Instagram and Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shuttersto​cklast_img read more

US country singer Mindy McCready dies of apparent suicide

first_imgUS COUNTRY SINGER Mindy McCready has died of an apparent suicide, US authorities said last nightPolice found the 37-year-old – whose songs included “Guys Do It All the Time” – dead on the porch of a house in Heber Springs, Arkansas.The officer had been dispatched to the scene yesterday afternoon due to a report of gun shots.“Ms. McCready was pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said a statement from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office.The singer – identified in the statement as Melinda Gayle McCready – is survived by two sons, one of whom is 10 months old, CNN reported, adding that the baby’s father, record producer David Wilson, died of an apparent suicide last month.Police said an autopsy would be carried out and that “the matter will be fully investigated.” YouTube: KensPrincess- © AFP, 2013You can contact the Samaritans on 1850 60 90 90Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634Console 1800 201 890Aware 1890 303 302Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email mary@pieta.ielast_img read more

Facebook ups security with Login Approvals

first_imgFacebook has more users than any other service on the Internet, so you can imagine it draws hackers like a honeypot tryng to break in and steal information. As the social network continues to grow it seems security is a concern they don’t want to have and the service has reacted to that.Just like Google did last year, Facebook has today introduced the option of using two-factor authentication on every account. We knew this was coming as Facebook announced it back with HTTPS access last month, but it hasn’t come online until now.Facebook has decided to call this two-step verification process Login Approvals. It’s a very simple way to make your account much more secure. Instead of just having a username and password, you can opt-in to also have an access code. This code will be required every time you try to login to Facebook from a new computer e.g. a public machine with a different IP to those already on file and linked to your account like your PC at home.The access code is requested by you and sent to your cell phone via a text message. You click the send a code button, wait for the text, enter the code, and you gain access for that specific machine. What it means is, even if someone figures out your login credentials, they can’t break into your account without stealing your cell phone too. Don’t worry if you lose your phone, though, the trusted machines already registered with Facebook can continue to be used and therefore you wont be locked out.We think this is a great added security measure and encourage everyone to use it. To enable Login Approvals just login to your Facebook account, go to the Account Settings page, click the Account Security link, and tick the Login Approvals box. This will trigger the access code process where your phone number will be required and a text message sent. Once you have the code and enter it, the only thing left to do is name the machine you are currently on e.g. Home PC.Read more at Facebooklast_img read more

Campaign for lightning victims wife and children

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When the Bennett family set out last Saturday on polling day to vote in the Queensland elections, the last thing they expected was for tragedy to strike. Crossing through a park located five minutes from their home, a freak storm left Kane Bennett, along with his wife, Mary Mourgelas, and their two young children, Max, 22-months-old and 12-week-old Bella, with no other option but to take shelter under a nearby gazebo. In the moments that followed, a lightning bolt hit the structure and in an attempt to shield his family from the strong forces of Mother Nature, Kane Bennet put himself in harms way.With each of them suffering injuries from the incident, the family were soon rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital. Despite the tireless efforts of paramedics, the injuries Mr Bennett sustained from the strike led to his passing just three hours later. “The family is doing as well as can be expected,” Mr Bennett’s sister-in-law Gina Mourgelas told Neos Kosmos. “They were let out of hospital on Monday. They were all hit by lightning, but there’s been no permanent damage. Everything seems fine.” A 39-year-old military man, Mr Bennett and Ms Mourgelas met in 1996, while he was serving in the Australian Defence Force. Remembered as a devoted husband and father, Kane and his wife celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary just weeks before his passing. “Kane was a great man. He was quietly spoken and gentle, with a heart of gold. He had contributed so much to the community. His greatest source of pride, however, was his family,” Steph Julian, a close friend of the couple, told Neos Kosmos. “When Kane was with Mary and his kids, he was at his happiest. His pride and love for his family was clear to see.” During his 10 years serving with the Australian Defence Force, Mr Bennett had postings in Townsville, Canberra and abroad in East Timor. There he took part in the Peace Keeping Mission, INTERFET (International Force for East Timor) and UNTAET (United Nations Transitional Administration for East Timor). Aside from his work in the military, Mr Bennett was also passionate about motivating young people and building their confidence. This saw him working for the Get Set For Work Program on the Gold Coast for at risk youth, in addition to training students to gain qualifications in disability support and community service at Charlton Brown in Brisbane.In the face of this awful tragedy, the family have experienced an outpouring of kind words and support from the wider Australian community. “Mary is very, very thankful and heartened by the community support she has received since the accident happened. She has seen many of the messages of condolence and she can’t believe how kind people have been,” said Ms Julian.A campaign has been set up by friends of the family to help raise funds to assist with ongoing support of Ms Mourgelas and her children. With the fundraising target set at $10,000, they have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity, with the total currently standing at $57,200.“It’s mainly people who we don’t know, donating $10 or $20,” said Gina Mourgelas. “It’s amazing.”A funeral is to be held on Monday 9 February in loving memory of Kane Bennett. Anyone interested in donating money, visit or funds can be donated directly to: Mary Mourgelas, Nerang BC, PO Box 2962, NERANG DC QLD, 4211.last_img read more

LAPU Trinity dAMD arrive sur le marché

first_imgL’APU Trinity d’AMD arrive sur le marchéAMD lance son nouveau APU : Trinity. Destiné aux netbooks et ultrabooks, les versions haut de gamme pourraient aussi satisfaire les gamers.Après la sortie du processeur Ivy Bridge d’Intel, c’est au tour de son concurrent AMD de sortir Trinity. Mais Trinity n’est pas un processeur conventionnel. En effet, la firme AMD est connue pour la création d’un concept unique : l’APU ou l’Accelerating Processing Unit.Ce dernier est apparu au début des années 2006, lorsque la miniaturisation et les performances maximales des processeurs ont commencé à être limitées par le support. Pour y remédier, AMD lance le concept d’APU, qui est une fusion entre un une carte graphique (GPU) et un processeur (CPU). L’APU présente plusieurs intérêts, le premier étant sa taille qui lui permet de s’intégrer dans les notebooks ou les ultrabooks, mais aussi sa consommation, qui est réduite par rapport à l’addition d’un CPU et d’un GPU. Pour en revenir à Trinity, ce nouveau APU succède à la version Llano. Gravé en 32 nm, il intègre un processeur Piledriver, déjà présent sur l’APU Bulldozer. Trinity s’offre ainsi des cœurs x86 dernière génération. La partie carte graphique repose sur un Radeon HD7000M Northern Islands. Pour le contrôleur, on trouve un DDR3 supportant la norme DDR3 1.600 MHz. Pour la base, l’APU Trinity reste proche de son prédécesseur avec quelques ajustements.  À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’APU Trinity se décline en cinq modèles : trois modèles classiques quatre cœurs (les A6-4400M, A8-4500M et A10-4600M) et deux modèles basse consommation double cœur (les A6-4455M et A10-4655M). Pour les moment, seuls les modèles mobiles sont disponibles chez certains constructeurs comme Acer, Asus Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo ou encore Samsung et Toshiba. Les modèles destinés aux ordinateurs fixes ne devraient pas tarder à arriver et sont prévus pour le troisième trimestre 2012.D’après les données constructeurs, les gains de Trinity par rapport aux modèles préxistants, en version mobile, approcheraient de 29 % en ce qui concerne le CPU, et 59¨% vis à vis de la partie graphique. L’autonomie, elle, permettrait d’atteindre 12 heures au repos, 8,5 heures en navigation internet et un peu mois de 5 heures en lecture de vidéos locales, avec une batterie de six cellules. (selon sortie, celle du PC multimédia d’Atic, le MC101 qui embarque l’APU Trinity. Ce mini PC d’une dimension de 226 x 168 x 32mm dispose de 4Gb de RAM, d’un espace de stockage de 1 Tb et deux emplacements de 2,5 pouces en SATA III pour pouvoir rajouter un disque dur. La connectique est très complète puisqu’elle contient quatre ports USB 2.0, trois USB 3.0, un combo eSata/USB2, une prise jack ,une sortie HDMI, une prise RJ45 un lecteur de carte et un récepteur infrarouge. Le MC101 est décliné en trois modèles : le MC101 A10, le MC101 Barbone A10 et le MC101 Barbone A8 qui sortiront en juin aux prix respectifs de 539, 359 et 299 euros.Le 15 mai 2012 à 18:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hugo Lloris out for Tottenham

first_imgTottenham have announced that captain Hugo Lloris will be unavailable this weekend with a thigh injuryThe French goalkeeper played the full 90 minutes of Spurs’ surprise 3-0 win over Manchester United on Monday night at Old Trafford.This was despite the fact that Lloris had been arrested and charged with drink-driving by the Metropolitan Police last week.Now Spurs have announced that the 31-year-old will be unavailable due to a thigh problem for this Sunday’s trip to Watford, where the club will hope to continue their perfect start to the season.Meanwhile, compatriot Moussa Sissoko is also set to miss out with a hamstring injury.Argentine midfielder Erik Lamela is a doubt with a hamstring issue.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.But manager Mauricio Pochettino looks like he will be able to count of the services of defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama.The 27-year-old Kenyan has made a return to full training.TEAM NEWS: Hugo Lloris (thigh) and @MoussaSissoko (hamstring) are unavailable for this weekend’s match.#COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 31, 2018last_img read more

Trump Impeachment Talk Grows From Conspiracy Theory To Mainstream

first_imgSaul Loeb/AFP/Getty ImagesPresident Trump at the White House Wednesday. He is facing the biggest pressure of his young presidency to refute an allegation that he pressured the FBI director to end an investigation.The elephant in the room whenever talking about Donald Trump and the Russia investigation is the big “I” word — impeachment.The word had been in the not-so-far reaches of liberal conspiracy talk since Trump was elected. There’s a web site with more than 976,000 signed onto a petition encouraging Congress to impeach Trump. There’s even an “Impeach Donald Trump” Twitter handle.It is highly unlikely — there’s almost zero chance — Trump would be impeached by a Republican Congress.But with the revelation that James Comey, who was fired as FBI director, penned a memo after a Valentine’s Day meeting with Trump in which Comey associates say Trump asked him to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the “I” word is creeping its way into the mainstream.Asked on CNN by Wolf Blitzer after the news broke Tuesday evening if Trump could face impeachment, Maine independent Angus King said, “Reluctantly, Wolf, I have to say yes simply because obstruction of justice is such a serious offense.”He later walked that back during a conference call with Maine reporters. “You’re jumping way forward,” King said of the possibility of impeachment. “What we really need to do is get the facts of this situation.” He added, “Before we start talking about obstruction of justice or impeachment, we need to get to the underlying facts.”The number of Democrats starting to use the “I” word is growing.After Comey was fired, Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal said, “It may well produce impeachment proceedings.”“We’re actually pretty close to considering impeachment,” said Kentucky Rep. John Yarmuth.“He has committed an impeachable act and must be charged,” said Texas Democrat Al Green.“We don’t have to be afraid to use the word impeachment,” California Democrat Maxine Waters said Tuesday at a conference of the liberal think tank, the Center for American Progress in Washington. “We don’t have to think impeachment is out of our reach.”Former top Obama adviser David Axelrod tweeted an hour after the New York Times broke the story of the Comey memo that he’s been “resistant to impeachment talk until now.”The White House understands the gravity of what the Times reported and NPR has confirmed, that in a closed-door meeting the president allegedly told Comey he thinks Flynn is a good guy and said, “I hope you can let this go.”It is flatly denying that Trump did this.“While the President has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn,” a White House official said in a statement. “The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey.”The official also noted, accurately, “Deputy Director McCabe said in his testimony last week that the WH had not interfered with any investigation.”This White House has tried to spin its way out of a lot – from things as small as the president’s inauguration crowd size to as big as whether the president leaked classified information to the Russians.But this flat denial is drawing a bright line in the sand. The White House understands that this is very serious, and, if true, could have huge consequences for the Trump presidency.So there are still a ton of questions to be asked. The White House press briefing has already been must-see TV, and will continue to be, but the questions with teeth need to come from Congress. And a lot has to happen — and a lot of facts gathered — before anyone gets down the road to impeachment:1. The memo has to be produced. Right now, many Republicans are doubting the veracity of the story. Sen. Richard Burr, the North Carolina Republican in charge of the Senate intelligence committee, said Tuesday shortly after the Times story came out that “the burden is on the New York Times” to produce the memo. Will he still feel that way in the light of day, especially given the fact that House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz issued a subpoena to the FBI to turn over any Comey memos related to the investigation in one week?2. Comey has to testify on the record and in public about the memo and the meeting. Even if the memo is produced, Comey will likely be brought before Congress to testify about the encounter. He should be expected to talk about it with the same vivid detail he did 10 years ago yesterday — interestingly – about the night in March 2004 when he, as deputy attorney general, went to the hospital bed of then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to prevent White House counsel Alberto Gonzales and White House chief of staff Andy Card from pressuring Ashcroft to reauthorize the Bush administration’s domestic surveillance program.3. There have to have many willing Republicans to go along. Even if Comey testified, he’d have to produce damning evidence that would convince Republicans that Trump had obstructed justice and should no longer serve. Grounds for impeachment are ambiguous. Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution reads:“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”Impeaching a president takes a majority in the House and two-thirds of the Senate, and Republicans right now control both chambers.4. Is this obstruction of justice? The first article of impeachment against Richard Nixon, who resigned before he could be impeached, read (emphasis ours):“In his conduct of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has prevented, obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice….”But there is a question, even if the Comey memo is proven to be true, of whether what Trump is alleged to have done meets the legal definition of obstruction of justice. Some legal analysts and professors say yes — “When someone at the White House is telling someone at DOJ or the FBI to soft-pedal or abandon an investigation, that’s when people start talking about obstruction,” University of Texas law professor Stephen Vladeck told Politico.Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz says maybe not — “If it was a polite request saying, ‘Oh, you know, he’s a good guy, Flynn, I wish you’d back off this thing,’ that’s not an obstruction of justice,” Dershowitz contended on MSNBC Tuesday. “If it was a command, it would raise stronger problems.” He continued, “I just think it’s a very, very high bar to get over obstruction of justice for a president who, in fact, is the head of the unitary executive branch that includes the FBI and the Justice Department.”Impeachment as political weaponTo be clear, “impeachment” has been used as a political weapon by angry opponents — some with better cases than others — for a long time. As Frank James wrote for NPR in 2013:“[N]ame a modern, non-impeached president and someone probably imagined him being impeached.“A Republican congressman from Michigan wanted Franklin Roosevelt impeached, and he wasn’t alone. Perhaps more fancifully, the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote a poem titled ‘Tentative Description of a Dinner Given To Promote the Impeachment of President Eisenhower.’ Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, especially, all inspired more or less serious calls for their impeachment.”Since Bill Clinton’s impeachment by the House (not confirmed by the Senate) and the advent of the Internet, the political rhetoric using the “I” word has seemed to ramp up.Plenty on the left were calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush as the Iraq civil was spiraling out of control and there was the revelation of no weapons of mass destruction, despite claims of evidence by the U.S. There were “Impeach Bush” bumper stickers in lots of different forms. (You can still buy some for $4.99 on Cafe Press.)The calls even came from a New York businessman, who flirted with his own runs for president.“I was surprised that she [then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi] didn’t do more in terms of Bush and going after Bush. It was almost — it just seemed like she was going to really look to impeach Bush and get him out of office, which, personally, I think would have been a wonderful thing.”That happened to be Donald J. Trump on CNN with Wolf Blitzer.Blitzer followed up, “Impeaching him?”“Absolutely, for the war, for the war,” Trump responded.“Because of the conduct of the war,” Blitzer said.“Well, he lied,” Trump responded. “He got us into the war with lies. And, I mean, look at the trouble Bill Clinton got into with something that was totally unimportant. And they tried to impeach him, which was nonsense. And, yet, Bush got us into this horrible war with lies, by lying, by saying they had weapons of mass destruction, by saying all sorts of things that turned out not to be true.”That was 2008. Times and opinions change.The calls on the right for Obama’s impeachment were loud as well. There was an Impeach Obama web site that had more than double the petition signers than the Trump one. It urged people to call Congress, gave the Capitol switchboard number and instructed them to “in plain — but polite — language, demand impeachment and give a reason or two why.”Obama deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes even admitted to Michael Crowley in Politico magazine in January that part of why Obama didn’t act on Syria unilaterally — without Congress’ approval — was fear of impeachment.“[W]e had no domestic legal basis. We actually had Congress warning us against taking action without congressional authorization, which we interpreted as the president could face impeachment,” Rhodes said, adding, “That was a factor. Go back and read the letters from Boehner, letters from the Republican members of Congress. They laid down markers that this would not be constitutional. If we got drawn into a conflict in Syria without congressional authorization, without international authorization, without international support, you can see very clearly how that could have completely derailed this entire presidency.”To reiterate, Trump is unlikely to be impeached by a Republican Congress.But if things keep up at this pace, the Comey memo comes out, he delivers damning testimony; and the GOP still does nothing — not even setting up an independent investigation — you can guarantee that the “i” word would hang all over next year’s midterm elections.And, as much as in any election, Trump’s presidency would be top of mind for voters.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Facebook Responds to New York Times Exposé There Are a Number of

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety According to Facebook, “The New York Times is wrong to suggest that we ever asked Definers to pay for or write articles on Facebook’s behalf — or to spread misinformation.”The Times report alleged Facebook kowtowed to conservatives for fear of angering right-wing leaders, including by Sandberg’s support of a bill meant to fight sex trafficking that had been criticized by other tech companies as overly broad.Facebook said Sandberg had “championed” the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, which made internet companies liable for sex-trafficking ads sold on their sites, “because she believed it was the right thing to do, and that tech companies need to be more open to content regulation where it can prevent real-world harm.” The company “faced considerable criticism as a result,” Facebook said.Regarding its decision to not take down Donald Trump’s December 2015 post arguing for a complete ban on Muslim immigrants, Facebook said it decided that Trump’s comments on the Muslim ban, “while abhorrent to many people, did not break our Community Standards for the same reasons the New York Times and many other organizations covered the news: Donald Trump was a candidate running for office.”The Times’ report also alleged that Zuckerberg ordered his management team to use only Android smartphones — essentially banning the use of Apple’s iPhones. That came after Apple CEO Tim Cook blasted Facebook’s privacy practices in an MSNBC interview, saying that “privacy to us is a human right” and noting that Apple could “make a ton of money” if it chose to monetize customer data as Facebook does.According to Facebook, “we’ve long encouraged our employees and executives to use Android because it is the most popular operating system in the world.”In its response Thursday, Facebook also said, “Tim Cook has consistently criticized our business model and Mark has been equally clear he disagrees.” Facebook is pursuing a PR strategy of insisting that it acted in good faith in responding to scandals over misuse of its platform and data-privacy gaffes, denying some of the assertions in a sweeping New York Times investigation.Early Thursday, Facebook issued a response to a the Times’ Nov. 14 report on the social giant’s strategy of attacking critics and dragging its feet in dealing with the scandals, including Russia’s employing a troll factory to spread propaganda on the platform.“There are a number of inaccuracies in the story,” Facebook said in a blog post, including that the company was aware of Russian meddling on the social platform months before taking any action.The Times said its 5,300-word report was based on interviews with more than 50 sources. It detailed how the company stalled in its response to the crisis over Russia’s use of Facebook to attempt to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as how it dealt with the misappropriation of millions of Facebook user accounts by now-defunct political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.center_img Meanwhile, Facebook in October 2017 enlisted Washington, D.C.-area PR firm Definers Public Affairs, founded by Republican political strategists, as part of its crisis response to dealing with the Russia fallout. Among other activities, Definers launched a campaign linking Facebook critics to liberal billionaire George Soros, a common tactic used by anti-Semitic alt-right groups. At the same time, Facebook lobbied the Anti-Defamation League to portray other critics of the company as anti-Semitic, per the Times report.On Thursday, Facebook said it terminated its contract with Definers on Nov. 14 after the Times story was published.Facebook acknowledged that Definers “did encourage members of the press to look into the funding” of Freedom From Facebook, an anti-Facebook organization that has called for the company’s breakup. “The intention [of the Definers’ efforts] was to demonstrate that it was not simply a spontaneous grassroots campaign, as it claimed, but supported by a well-known critic of our company. To suggest that this was an anti-Semitic attack is reprehensible and untrue,” Facebook said.The company also claimed, “Our relationship with Definers was well known by the media – not least because they have on several occasions sent out invitations to hundreds of journalists about important press calls on our behalf.”Freedom From Facebook was formed by a coalition of liberal organizations, including Open Markets Institute, whose backers include Soros’ Open Society Foundations. Definers pushed the angle that Freedom From Facebook was funded by Soros in reaching out to right-wing outlets, a writer for the Daily Caller confirmed.In a letter addressed to Sandberg, Open Society Foundations president Patrick Gaspard called Facebook’s move enlisting Definers in order to smear Soros “reprehensible” and that the social giant’s actions “threaten the very values underpinning our democracy.”“As you know, there is a concerted right-wing effort the world over to demonize Mr. Soros and his foundations,” Gaspard wrote to Sandberg. That effort “has contributed to death threats and the delivery of a pipe bomb to Mr. Soros’ home… To now learn that you are active in promoting these distortions is beyond the pale.” “Our story is accurate and we stand by it,” a rep for the New York Times said in a statement. “The monthslong investigation by a team of reporters was based on interviews with more than 50 sources including current and former Facebook executives and other employees, lawmakers and government officials, lobbyists and congressional staff members.”Facebook said it has “acknowledged publicly on many occasions” that “we were too slow to spot Russian interference on Facebook, as well as other misuse.”But Facebook denied the allegation in the Times report that the company knew about Russian activity as early as the spring of 2016 and had failed to actively investigate it.The company cited CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony from April 2018, in which he said Facebook detected threats related to Russia only in the weeks leading up to the U.S. election in November 2016. When it identified fake accounts that were used to furnish stolen information to journalists, “we shut these accounts down for violating our policies,” Zuckerberg testified.After the 2016 election, the company asserted, no one at Facebook “ever discouraged” former chief security officer Alex Stamos from looking into Russian activity, “as he himself acknowledged on Twitter.” According to the Times’ account, Stamos met with Zuckerberg, COO Sheryl Sandberg and other top execs to detail his findings in late 2016. Stamos wanted to publish the details of what his team knew about Russian interference but was brushed back by VP of corporate public policy Joel Kaplan, who said that if Facebook did so, “Republicans would accuse the company of siding with Democrats,” per the NYT report.Facebook said it didn’t cite Russia in the April 2017 white paper — co-authored by Stamos — about organized attempts to misuse the Facebook platform (and instead cited a U.S. government report in a footnote about Russian activity) “because we felt that the U.S. Director of National Intelligence was best placed to determine the source.”last_img read more

These dimsums are to die for

first_imgYou don’t need a silver fork to eat good food,’ said Chef Paul Prudhomme. All you need is a comfortable place to eat and a good companion to chatter with.Summers call for cool hangouts, light food and soothing drinks – Shang Palace, at Shangrila’s Eros Hotel is ready with all the three conditions to host foodies for a culinary trip to China. A new addition to the regular menu is overwhelming with innovative dimsums, mains and homemade ice-creams. The interiors of the restaurant have a welcoming aura traditional Chinese trinkets adorning the walls. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith a variety of 14 dimsums prepared using different methods (steamed, fried and pan fried, and baked), one might be too confused to choose. Some of the most outstanding dimsums would be the baked Chicken puff, Eggplant puff, Lamb guo tie, Savoury chicken dumpling and the Water chestnut and mushroom dumpling. The chicken puff’s puffiness is perfect and as you take a bite, the delicious stuffing throws a party to your taste buds.An absolute attention seeker is the ‘Prawn crackling ball’ – that looks like a firecracker in full bloom in the night sky, only that it’s crunchy and amazingly palatable served on your textured China cutlery! This crackling crispy ball steals the show with some hidden light flavoured prawn inside. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWith lesser variety on the mains they have made sure to lay focus on the dimsums, which one should have alongside jasmine tea to experience the ‘yum cha’ tradition from China. Dimsums were traditionally eaten as snacks with multiple cups of tea, which later developed into bite sized fully cooked buns with creative filling. Shang Palace’s homemade ice creams are a heavenly delight as you scan through the menu. What might you picture in the name of pop-corn ice cream? Or an ice cream made of dehydrated mangoes topped with crisp dried lavender? Well, in the former case, the pop-corn is well caramelised which protects it from getting soggy eventually adding an incredible crunch to the creamy cold dessert. The dehydrated mango cubes reminds one of traditional mango leather, only sweeter and purer in form. As a mouthful of the cream laden mango melts in your mouth, a spasm of satisfaction glides down your spine and cools the already full tummy. The varied authentic Chinese dishes are available throughout summer to enable one a soothing light brunch experience at a reasonable price. Finally, like Erma Bombeck once quoted, “Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.”last_img read more


first_img 0 Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post also feels the Broncos will have a steep asking price for teams interested in Orton.“If the Broncos were to receive an offer for Orton they couldn’t refuse, you could see them pulling the trigger on a trade,” Legwold writes. “But they haven’t given any indication they plan to move Orton out of the way so Tebow can be the starter at football’s most important position.” Broncos head coach John Fox is believed to favor Orton over Tim Tebow in 2011, because of his desire to win right away as opposed to taking the time necessary to develop the second year player out of Florida.Orton’s asking price may be high, and potentially still rising, but the Cardinals need a quarterback and one with the experience would be a plus.Orton would provide the Cardinals with veteran leadership on offense and would also show the fans, and soon to be free agent Larry Fitzgerald, that the Cardinals ownership is committed to winning. Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ The Arizona Cardinals are in desperate need for a quarterback, but acquiring one is much easier said than done.One of the quarterbacks the Cardinals have shown interest in is Denver’s Kyle Orton.While Orton may be a good fit in Arizona, he is also a good fit in Denver and the Broncos will not easily part with their veteran gunslinger.The NFL Network recently reported the Broncos would not trade Orton for anything less than a second round pick. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more