Saina, Sindhu enter quarters; Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei ousted

first_imgBy Amit Kumar Das New Delhi, Mar 31 (PTI) Defending champion Saina Nehwal and two-time World Championship bronze medallist PV Sindhu advanced to the quarterfinals but it turned out to be a dismal day for star shuttlers Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei, who crashed out of the India Open Super Series here today. Sindhu was a little circumspect during the match and committed a few unforced errors before surpassing Thailand?s Busanan Ongbumrungphan 17-21 21-19 21-16 in a womens singles match that lasted an hour and 16 minutes here. She will next take on Koreas Bae Yeon Ju, who beat Japans Yui Hashimoto 21-16 21-10 in another match. Later in the day, Saina saw off Nitchaon Jindapol of Thailand 21-19 21-14 to set up a clash with Korean fifth seed Sung Ji Hyun. However, the highlight of the day was the stunning losses of two-time silver medallist Lee Chong Wei and five-time World Championship Lin Dan, considered to be the biggest contenders for the Rio Games gold medal. While Koreas Son Wan Ho stunned the six-time All England champion Lin Dan of China, seeded fourth, 21-13 22-20, former World no. 1 Lee, top seed, suffered a 19-21 19-21 loss to Hong Kongs Wei Nan, ranked World No. 14. Two more top 10 players bite the dust in men?s singles at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here. While Xue Song saw off Denmark Jan O Jorgensen, seeded 3rd, 21-18 15-21 21-14 to emerge as the only surviving Chinese in mens singles, Germanys Marc Zwiebler stunned Chinese seventh seed Tian Houwei, who had reached the finals of the All England Championship, 18-21 21-19 23-21 in a thrilling contest in the mens singles. Among other Indians, Rituparna Das sank without trace against fourth seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 9-21 4-21 in just 21 minutes in a womens singles clash. In womens doubles, Mohita Sahdev and Sanjana Santosh defeated compatriot Ch Poornima and Rachita Sahdev 21-16 21-7. They will meet Japanese combo of Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao. Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy suffered a 19-21 12-21 loss to Chinese Taipeis Chen Hung Ling and Chi-Lin Wang, while Jishnu Sanyal and Shivam Sharma lost 17-21 15-21 to Chinese Taipeis Lee Sheng Mu and Tsai Chia Hsin in another mens doubles match. Indian pair of Gauri Asaji and Karishma Wadkar also suffered an embarrasing 5-21 7-21 loss to top seeds Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii of Indonesia in womens doubles, while Manu and Ashwini Ponnappa also lost 10-21 17-21 to Chinese pair of Zhang Wen and Jia Yifan. PTI ATK KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoOrigi reluctant as Liverpool say he can leave

first_imgOrigi reluctant as Liverpool say he can leaveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool have informed Divock Origi he can leave in January.HLN says the Belgium striker has been told he can find himself a new club. However, Origi doesn’t want to leave.The forward believes he can still find a place in manager Jurgen Klopp’s plans, though also is reluctant to take a pay-cut to leave.Origi was celebrated last month by Reds fans after scoring the winner against Everton.The departure of Dominic Solanke to Crystal Palace on-loan has strengthened Origi’s chances of playing more at Liverpool this season.And he has told his agents he’d prefer to stay until making a definitive decision in June. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Volunteer saves life of pet mouse that had overdosed on heroin in

first_imgVANCOUVER – A harm reduction group on the front line of Vancouver’s overdose crisis can now include a small, furry mouse on the list of lives it has saved.Melissa Patton was volunteering with the Overdose Prevention Society in the city’s Downtown Eastside on Sunday when a woman showed up with a pet mouse, saying the animal had eaten heroin.The animal was “pretty comatose,” barely moving and barely breathing, she said.“You can’t really Narcan her because she’s so tiny, like with an injection,” Patton said, referring to the brand name for the overdose-reversing drug naloxone.“So I just put a little Narcan on my finger and I put it on her nose and she wiped it off with her paws and was licking it.”Patton, a pharmacy student, happened to be recovering from pneumonia so was carrying a small oxygen tank with her at the time.“I put that on a super, super low dose and I put that against her nose as well,” she said. “That seemed to help a little bit.”Skin-on-skin contact is important, Patton added, so she kept the animal against her neck and provided water and protein powder through a syringe.By the following morning the animal had made a full recovery, with replenished energy and a renewed appetite.“Right now she really seems to like Cheerios, bananas and strawberries,” Patton said, laughing.Patton named the animal Snuggles after the owner said she was going in for detox treatment the following day and needed someone to look after her animal.The society’s co-founder, Sarah Blyth, said the incident highlights how the organization’s volunteers go above and beyond to look after the approximately 600 clients they see every day.“They’re dealing with emergency situations all the time and they’re just angels, really,” she said.Blyth said it isn’t common that pets overdose but she has heard reports of some receiving naloxone after their owners have left out drugs. It is especially dangerous when children are involved, she added.“People need to know to be careful with their drugs around children and pets,” Blyth said. “Drugs and kids and pets are really just not good.”Blyth added that it was unfortunate that it takes a mouse overdosing for the opioid crisis to make headlines, but anything that brings attention to the situation is a good thing.In the first three months of this year, 347 people died of drug overdoses in the province, a figure significantly higher than the same period last year when health officials declared a state of emergency.Patton said helping pets is part of how overdose-prevention sites care for people.“What is important to the client is important to us,” she said. “If we can take away the barriers that are going to prevent somebody from getting the help then we’re going to do that.”— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Excitement disappointment in BC as North America announced World Cup host

first_imgVANCOUVER – When World Cup soccer comes to North America, Vancouver will be on the sidelines, creating mixed feelings for leaders in sports, business and politics.Soccer’s international governing body has approved Canada, Mexico and the U.S. as joint hosts of the 2026 tournament, and Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are all candidates for where games could be played.Vancouver was also on the initial list, but the British Columbia government withdrew its support in March after it couldn’t come to an agreement with FIFA on how much hosting would cost.B.C. Premier John Horgan said Wednesday that having the tournament in North America will be great, but he doesn’t regret his government’s decision.“We weren’t prepared to write a blank cheque, we’re still not prepared to write a blank cheque for a soccer tournament that would not guarantee a specific number of games, would not guarantee the duration of the closing of B.C. Place and would not give us a final dollar figure,” he said.Liberal MLA Michelle Stilwell thinks the governing New Democrats were too quick to pull the plug.“Now B.C. is getting left out,” she said. “I think it was an opportunity for us to promote not only our love for the sport. It was, more importantly, an opportunity to promote our city and our province.”Vancouver has played host to international sporting events before, including the 2010 Olympics and the women’s World Cup in 2015.Those events need to be viewed as investments in the future, said Charles Gauthier, CEO of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.“Soccer is such a popular sport around the world that it would have brought people in from literally all parts of the globe,” he said.A member of the only Canadian team to ever play in a men’s World Cup said he is excited to see the tournament played on home soil, whether it is in his city or not.“I’m absolutely ecstatic. The opportunity to be a part of a World Cup in Canada is not something that I ever thought I’d be around for,” said Bob Lenarduzzi, president of the Vancouver Whitecaps.Back in 1986, Lenarduzzi played on the Canadian team that made it to soccer’s biggest stage. He even got close to scoring a goal.“I had it at my feet and I got a little over excited and dragged my foot along the grass before I hit the ball,” he said. “I didn’t make good contact and the keeper made an easy save. But I could’ve been the guy that scored a goal for Canada.”It is extremely disappointing that Vancouver won’t host any of the games, Lenarduzzi said, but having the World Cup in Canada is still sure to have an impact.“There’s more than likely kids that are 10, 11, 12 years old that can realistically look ahead and say ‘I want to be part of that 2026 team.’ And I know as a youngster, you’re fuelled by dreams.”One Whitecaps player hopes his dreams will come true when the World Cup comes to North America.Midfielder Alphonso Davies made a passionate speech to the FIFA World Congress ahead of Wednesday’s vote, describing how he was born in a refugee camp in Ghana before his family immigrated to Canada.“My dream is to someday compete in the World Cup. Maybe even in my hometown of Edmonton,” said the 17-year-old, who’s already made Canada’s men’s team.“I’ve played matches in Mexico, Canada and the United States. The people of North America have always welcomed me. If given the opportunity, I know they’ll welcome you.”Lenarduzzi said he had goosebumps watching Davies speak.“I think his speech transcended soccer,” the Whitecaps president said.“He did it with such poise and enthusiasm and was wide-eyed by the end of it. And I was so proud of him and just delighted for his family that they could live the Canadian dream.”— Follow @gkarstenssmith on Twitter.last_img read more


first_imgThe mask, which is worn by character Wade Wilson early in the film, is advertised as being screen-used which means it is the actual item featured on screen during filming.As of Monday afternoon, the highest bid for the Deadpool mask was U.S.$50.Other items from the movie include a white hospital uniform complete with costume blood splatter worn by Reynolds during a scene in which his character is tortured in order to trigger a mutant gene, a frying pan used by Reynolds during a fight scene, and the silver boots worn by Josh Brolin’s character Cable.A pair of pants worn by Blind Al (played by Leslie Uggams), a leather vest and long-sleeve shirt worn by Angel Dust (played by Gina Carano), a rubber-coated piece of bent rebar used in a fight between Deadpool and Ajax (played by Ed Skrein), and a compression shirt worn by Reynolds are also up for auction.The Deadpool items are available for preview online at are now being accepted online at or by phone at 1-888-761-7767 until the auction goes live at 11 a.m. PT on June 1.The first Deadpool movie filmed in Vancouver in 2015 and included a high-profile closing of the Georgia Street Viaduct over multiple days for a complex fight scene involving flipped cars. The second movie began shooting in B.C. in 2017.By Stephanie IP ~ Vancouver Sun LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The most recognizable prop for sale from the franchise is perhaps a red Deadpool mask, displayed on and sold with a face cast of Reynolds’ actual face. The cast is made of latex foam and is mounted for display. Advertisement Login/Register With: Fans of the Vancouver-filmed Deadpool franchise can now place their bids on some of the quirkiest props from the film, which was filmed here in Vancouver. The cast of Deadpool is pictured in this 2015 file photo filming a scene on the Georgia Street Viaduct in Vancouver, B.C. ARLEN REDEKOP / PNG Fans of the Vancouver-filmed Deadpool franchise can now place their bids on some of the quirkiest props from the film.L.A.’s Premier Props is hosting an online memorabilia auction on June 1, allowing fans the chance to take home a piece of Hollywood’s biggest titles.Among the approximately 500 items up for sale are a selection of props from the first and second instalments of the Deadpool franchise, both of which star the Vancouver-born Ryan Reynolds and which were filmed here in B.C. Facebook Advertisement Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Man held for firing inside Starbucks

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday arrested a 61-year-old man who fired inside Starbucks in Connaught Place area.According to police, a PCR call was received at 1.00 pm regarding an accidental firing from firearm by a customer at Starbucks N block, Connaught Place. “On reaching the spot one revolver 32 MK III field gun Kanpur -IN 2012 and 5 live rounds .32 bore were found. One empty cartridge and lead was also found on the spot,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi), Madhur Verma. He further stated that they identified the accused as Anil Kumar, resident of Model Town. The firearm license was also found to be expired on October 26,2018. Accordingly, a case has been registered under sections 25/30 /54/59arms act and 336 IPC. “The accused was arrested and the weapon has been seized,” the police said.last_img read more

Central African Republic President says country remains fragile despite progress on peace

“We are mobilized for the implementation of this Agreement, with the support of the guarantors [African Union and the Economic Community of Central African States] and the Facilitators, foremost among which are the United Nations. through the [UN integrated peacekeeping mission in the country, known as MINUSCA],” he told UN Member countries.“With the support of all our partners in the subregion and around the world, we are making progress, albeit modest, but sure, in extending State authority throughout the country, as well as on national security and defense reforms,” he said.This, he explained, would facilitate the gradual redeployment of the Defense and Security Forces and the continuation of the national disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation programme, known as DDRR, already underway. Mr. Touadéra also noted the recent launch of development programmes as a demonstration that early peace dividends from the deal are a reality.At the same time, he acknowledged that much remained to be done, as the situation in CAR “remains fragile.”“Armed groups continue to supply war materials and ammunition illegally, [and are] guilty of massive and repeated violations of international humanitarian and human rights law,” he said, adding: “But, as you know, only the legal and legitimate forces of the CAR are embargoed, depriving the State of the means to fulfill its mission of protecting the citizens and the territory.”While President Touadéra welcomed the UN Security Council’s decision to ease the arms embargo regarding the defense and security forces, had called for a total lifting of the measures to allow the State to extend its authority over the entire national territory, with a view to protecting the civilian populationIndeed, he said that all the conditions set out by the relevant Council Sanctions Committee had been met, in addition to significant progress towards reforming the defense and security sectors.“To overcome the crisis that has shaken my country, and in line with the theme of our session, I call for a multilateral, dynamic, concerted, coherent and coordinated,” he stated, adding that he hoped the international community would remain mobilized alongside the people and the Government of the CAR. read more

Wenner Lays Off More Than a Dozen Staffers

first_img Despite last year’s high-profile editorial blunder around “A Rape on Campus,” Wenner’s titles haven’t lost any ground—at least in print—according to figures from the Alliance for Audited Media. Circulation for Rolling Stone (1.4 million) and Us Weekly (1.9 million) stayed flat last year, while Men’s Journal saw a 7.2-percent spike in readership in addition to a bump in price. Among those let go are Sasha Morrison, Albert Lee and Kevin O’Leary, all of Us Weekly, and David Fricke, a senior writer at Rolling Stone. Fricke will continue to write for both the magazine and website in a freelance role however. The cuts were spread across the company’s three titles—Rolling Stone, Us Weekly and Men’s Journal—and impact both the editorial and revenue sides of the business. More than a dozen staffers were laid off at Wenner Media in what’s being reported as a reallocation of resources toward digital media. No further layoffs are planned, says one source with knowledge of the situation. And, in fact, the Wenner’s corporate site has job postings for a number of multiplatform and digitally-focused positions.last_img read more

Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are real estate transactions in Wilmington during the week of March 25, 2018:57 Ashwood Avenue — Sale Price: $860,000 — Buyer: Todd Kaylor & Alicia Raus — Seller: Brookfield Estates LLC — Sale Date: 3/27/18 — Use: Res. Dev. Land — Lot Size: 57,499sf21 Beech Street — Sale Price: $257,786 — Buyer: James Mangano — Seller: Deutsche Bank — Sale Date: 3/28/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 14,375sf11 Cleveland Avenue — Sale Price: $680,000 — Buyer: Sean Daniely & Deanna Matos — Seller: Michael Tkachuk Trustee — Sale Date: 3/29/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 16,553sf62 Glen Road — Sale Price: $490,000 — Buyer: Michael B. Kessman & Elise M. Lherault — Seller: Philip C. Ball — Sale Date: 3/28/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 27,007sf4 Lloyd Road — Sale Price: $280,000 — Buyer: Patrick Walsh — Seller: Richard F. Walsh, Trustee — Sale Date: 3/29/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 4,792sf9 Loumac Road — Sale Price: $474,000 — Buyer: Dominic Mao & Hanan Dahche — Seller: Dwight Maxwell — Sale Date: 3/29/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 20,038sf168 Lowell Street — Sale Price: $1.2 million — Buyer: 168 Lowell Street LLC — Seller: Walpole Woodworkers Inc. — Sale Date: 3/30/18 — Use: Retail Store — Lot Size: 140,699sf27 Oakdale Road — Sale Price: $697,250 — Buyer: Pavlos V. Meimaris & Eleni A. Meimaris — Seller: 3 Holly Street LLC — Sale Date: 3/30/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 10,019sf18 Seneca Lane — Sale Price: $652,000 — Buyer: Ryan J. Pavlica & Jennifer M. Pavlica — Seller: John F. Ohearn & Eileen F. Doody — Sale Date: 3/28/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 29,185sf4 Sparhawk Drive — Sale Price: $540,000 — Buyer: Mina Cho & Jiyoung Lee — Seller: Maurice Coughlan Jr. & Carolyn M. Viverios — Sale Date: 3/30/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 23,522sf8 West Jamaica Avenue — Sale Price: $699,900 — Buyer: Maurice Coughlan & Carolyn M. Coughlan — Seller: David M. McCue, Trustee — Sale Date: 3/30/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 10,019sfLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

BP uses drones for first time on land for commercial purposes

first_imgPilot launches unmanned aircraft on North Slope. Photo courtesy of BP.For the first time in Alaska, and the United States, a company is flying drones over land for commercial purposes. BP is using Unmanned Aerial Systems to inspect roads, gravel pads, and pipelines on the North Slope. It’s the first time the Federal Aviation Administration has approved drones for this type of use.Download AudioCurt Smith, Technology Director for BP, said the four-and-a-half foot long aircraft use cameras and laser systems to map areas and collect data they can’t get from conventional methods.“So we can’t drive over there [to the pipelines] because it’s tundra, whereas the Puma can fly over it without any damage or without harassing animals because it’s silent and invisible. Because unless you’re staring at it, you wouldn’t notice it’s there.”Smith said the planes can fly low enough and slow enough to capture high quality data about the thickness of the roads and gravel pads to make sure they are protecting the tundra.Pilots from AeroVironment control the 9-foot wide Puma AE aircraft. They launch them by hand and have to stay in visual range for safety reasons.Smith said the project is good for BP because they’re getting better quality data than they would otherwise and saving money, but they’re also breaking new ground for many companies.“I think the big thing is it’s the trailblazer,” Smith said. “The FAA, AeroVironment, and BP have worked out do how you get the permission. And being first is always difficult because you hit the stumbling blocks, and you say, ‘What am I going to do with that?’ And then you figure it out and you go on. But once that’s figured out, you should be able to leverage that for the next time, right?”A spokesperson from the FAA says filmmakers are already applying to use the unmanned craft in controlled, low-risk situations like movie sets.The FAA is required by Congress to allow the use of drones in the Arctic for commercial purposes.Pilot launches unmanned aircraft on North Slope. Photo courtesy of BP.last_img read more

Agony of Yazidi women torn between IS kids or return home

first_imgIraq: Freed after years in jihadist captivity, Jihan faced an agonising ultimatum: abandon her three small children fathered by an Islamic State fighter or risk being shunned by her community. “Of course I couldn’t bring them home. They’re Daesh (IS) children,” said Jihan Qassem matter-of-factly, sitting in a sparse concrete structure she now calls home. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “How could I, when my three siblings are still in IS hands?,” she added, highlighting the harsh reality that the children serve as constant reminders of the brutalities inflicted on the closed, tight-knit Yazidi community by the so-called Islamic State group. Dozens of Yazidi women and girls systematically raped, sold and married off to jihadists after being abducted by IS from their ancestral Iraqi home of Sinjar in 2014 have faced the same gut-wrenching dilemma. What to do about the children born of these forced unions? Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Now freed, the women are desperate to heal from the wounds inflicted on the conservative minority — but raising jihadist offspring would make closure impossible, they said. Kidnapped at 13, Jihan was forced to marry a Tunisian IS fighter at 15 and then fled with him and their children from IS’s bombarded Syrian holdout of Baghouz four months ago. Advertise With Us When US-backed forces learned she was Yazidi, they whisked her and her two-year-old boy, year-old girl and four-month-old infant to a northeast Syria shelter hosting other mothers from the brutalised minority. The safehouse, known as the Yazidi House, circulated her photograph on Facebook and her older brother Saman, still in northern Iraq, recognised his long-lost sister. He wanted her home. But without the children. After days of an anguished back-and-forth, Jihan decided she would leave her infants with Syrian Kurdish authorities in exchange for what she said was her real family. “They were so young. They were attached to me and I to them… but they’re Daesh children,” she murmured. She said she doesn’t have any pictures of her children and doesn’t want to remember them. “The first day is hard, and then little by little, we forget them,” she said. – ‘No one asks about them’ – For centuries, Yazidis who married outside the sect — even against their will — were ex-communicated. Girls forcefully taken by IS in 2014 risked suffering the same fate, but a landmark decree by Yazidi spiritual leader Baba Sheikh said survivors of IS’s sexual abuse should be honoured by the community. That compassion however has not been extended to their children. In April, the Yazidis’ Higher Spiritual Council issued an ambiguous decree welcoming “children of survivors,” sparking hope of a second reformation to accept those born of a Yazidi mother and IS father. But a ferocious backlash from conservative Yazidis prompted the Council to clarify that nothing had changed: it would only welcome children born to two Yazidi parents. Any further reform was seen as a threat, opening the floodgates of change to a traumatised community, said Yazidi activist Talal Murad. “If there’s this kind of change in the creed, other things could change too — there will be a breakdown, a total collapse of the Yazidi religion,” said Murad, who also heads Ezidi24, an outlet covering Yazidi affairs. Council representative Ali Kheder told AFP the debate wasn’t solely about dogmatic reform. “First, according to Iraqi law, any child with a missing father will be registered as a Muslim, automatically,” said Kheder in the Council’s headquarters in Sheikhan. Islamic law, on which the Iraqi constitution is based, stipulates that religion is inherited from the father. Psychologically too, Kheder said the Yazidi society remained too scarred by the prolonged abduction of their own people to accept raising the children of their abusers. “Until now, we have thousands of Yazidi women and girls in IS hands. No one asks about them. They ask about a few children that can be counted on one hand,” said Kheder. The Council said it does not keep statistics on returning Yazidi survivors with infants born of rape. – Flesh, blood, tears – While most Yazidi mothers leave their children at the Yazidi House in Syria, some brought IS-born infants home to Iraq. They declined interviews because of the subject’s sensitivity. One woman insisted to her Yazidi family that she would raise her year-old infant fathered by a missing IS fighter, but balked when she discovered she could not acquire Iraqi identification papers for him as his father was not present. She gave him up for adoption, her doctor said. Another 18-year-old arrived in Iraq in the spring after finally being freed, but was heavily pregnant by her IS captor, according to a social worker involved in her case. She spent weeks in a safehouse without her family’s knowledge until she gave birth, sent the newborn away and joined her relatives in a displacement camp. Last year, five children born to Yazidi mothers and IS fathers were left at an orphanage in Mosul, which helped local Muslim families adopt them, according to Mosul’s director of women and children’s issues Sukaynah Younes. They are now registered as Muslim. The psychological impact of this separation will likely be long-lasting. Jihan herself still seemed torn. Weeks ago, she had described her children to a social worker as her “flesh and blood,” saying she missed them. While she sounded more detached when speaking to AFP, a shy smile crossed her face as she remembered them. When she was out of her brother’s earshot, she cried quietly. “If it was up to me, I would have brought them,” she said. – ‘The genocide goes on’ – Yazidis believe the events of 2014 were the 74th “genocide” suffered by the minority in its 4,000-year history, and that it has not ended. The most painful wound is that hundreds of men, women, and children remain missing, despite hopes they would be found after IS’s “caliphate” collapsed in March. Some 100,000, nearly a fifth of the pre-war community, have been resettled abroad and another 360,000 remain displaced in Iraq with their villages lying in ruins. “The genocide is ongoing. People can’t go home to Sinjar, we still have women and girls missing, everyone is looking to leave to Europe,” said Kheder. Baba Shawish, a cleric and custodian of the Yazidis’ holiest site at Lalish, blamed Baghdad. “The federal government in Baghdad knows very well that thousands of Yazidis remain captive, but it has not decided to arrest the kidnappers. It’s not cooperating with us.” A bill introduced in April by Iraq’s president proposes reparations for Yazidis and a way to determine children’s legal status, but parliament has yet to debate it. Gripped by such pressing issues, Yazidis expressed frustration with what they saw as misplaced global pressure to enact religious reform and welcome children born of IS. The best option, community figures said almost unanimously, was for Yazidi mothers to be resettled abroad. “It’s a very complicated issue, and the most appropriate solution right now can be found outside Iraq,” said Vian Dakheel, a Yazidi and former parliamentarian. “In my view, it’s for these women to go to Europe with their children.” Dr. Nagham Hasan, an obstetrician-gynecologist who has worked extensively with Yazidi survivors since 2014, said patients with young children had all but given up on Iraq. “I’ve been warning that we would be dealing with the issue of mothers for years,” she said. “Everyone wants to leave. The Yazidi community is broken.”last_img read more

Max Gentleman Sexy Business is the Victorian Dating Sim We Need

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Legend of Solgard is King’s First Foray Into the RPG GenreBoyfriend Dungeon: Date Your Weapons! Kickstarter is Now Live Ever wondered what it would be like to run a business back in Victorian society? What about dating? That’d be totally weird and surreal, right? Well, that’s exactly the experience that Max Gentleman Sexy Business seeks to deliver, and if you’re into forging business partnerships will cavorting in the sheets, it’s definitely something you’ll want to check out.Playing as a member of a formerly rich and well-to-do family, you’ll be forced to work your way back out of destitution after your family name is dragged through the mud. Oh no! Whatever will you do?! Work with a mysterious benefactor who lends you a wealth of money to get you back on your feet, and then hire a ton of executives to handle your business decisions of course. You’ll work your way back up to your former glory, all the while managing smart business decisions and new employees.But what’s a good business tycoon sim without a way to get closer to your employees? It’s nothing, that’s what. That’s why this game plans on letting you get a lot closer to your employees. A lot closer, like sharing a bed eventually close. Develop your “gentsona” and interact with your executives to establish relationships with them. When you’ve gotten to know each other better, who knows where you could end up? You can seduce the employees if you want, or even choose to stay friends. It’s up to you!Obviously, this is an amazing concept that we can’t wait to get our hands on. Victorian business? Dating our executives?! It’s ridiculous, but totally awesome. Plus, we could always use more dating sims in our lives, always.The good news? It’s already met its initial funding goal of $8,000 and it still has until September 6 to earn even more cash in an attempt to reach any other monetary goals ahead of release.Ready to help bring it to life?If you think is Max Gentleman Sexy Business is cool you’ll like Boyfriend Dungeon. You can also read up on all the Japanese RPGs we wish were translated. But to read about every RPG on Geek head here.  Stay on targetlast_img read more

New iPad Pro Could Get This Huge Change

first_imgSince its inception, Apple’s iPad Pro has shipped with a Lightning port that allows you to charge the device and connect to accessories that support the port. But that might soon change.The folks over at Japanese Apple-tracking site Macotakara are reporting that Apple plans to ditch the Lightning connector in its upcoming iPad Pro in favor of a USB-C port. The move follows a host of reports of late that suggest Apple was at least considering a change to USB-C for its upcoming flagship tablet. The move, according to some reports, centers on Apple wanting to allow for faster charging speeds and better data transmission in its iPad Pro.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Apple moving to USB-C wouldn’t necessarily be a surprise, as the company already offers USB-C in its MacBook. And considering the iPad Pro’s revamp will be focused on the power user and those in the corporate world who might want to take advantage of USB-C, it would only make sense it’s going in that direction.MORE: What to Expect from Apple’s Oct. 30 EventSeveral reports have surfaced of late that suggest the iPad Pro will come with a design revamp. That design change could include slimmed-down bezels around the screen and the addition of Face ID. Apple has also reportedly decided to ditch Touch ID and has built a new Apple Pencil to improve digital writing on the tablet.Adding USB-C would be a major departure for Apple. But it would also represent an important turn in making the iPad Pro more universally accessible to people who have accessories they like to use with different devices.Apple has been keeping its plans for the upcoming iPad Pro close to the vest. However, the company is holding a special press event on Oct. 30, where it’s expected to unveil all the details about its tablet.iPad Pro Rumors: Huge Display, Bluetooth Stylus, Force Touch and MoreBest Apple LaptopsOur Favorite Tablets for Work and Play by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

Drug scanners sit unused as drugs pass through Limón port

first_img Facebook Comments As tons of cocaine pass through Costa Rica’s Caribbean ports undetected, the government is left paying the maintenance bills onX-ray scanners that sit collecting dust, unused, reported the daily La Nación Monday.Soon after the administration of President Oscar Arias (2006-2010) recognized the People’s Republic of China, ending Costa Rica’s longstanding diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the Chinese government donated two X-ray scanners, valued at $6 million each, to Costa Rica to detect drugs hidden in shipping containers leaving the Limón port. La Nación reported that the two truck-mounted scanners require a level concrete surface, Internet, and a three-phase electrical connection to operate, but the devices have sat unused for six years.Meanwhile, literally tons of cocaine have made their way past authorities. More than 80 percent of Costa Rica’s exports pass through the Caribbean ports, and everything from flowers to pineapples have been used to hide significant quantities of cocaine, mostly destined for Europe.On Dec. 1, Dutch authorities in Rotterdam uncovered 3.5 metric tons of cocaine hidden in a shipment of cassava roots that originated in Costa Rica. In May, Spanish authorities found 2.5 metric tons of the narcotic hidden in a shipment of pineapples.Speaking about the Rotterdam seizure, Foreign Trade Minister Alexander Mora said in a statement that same day that the seizure was an isolated incident but that “it has the potential to harm the image of our country as a safe place and compromise the image of our exporters.”Vice Minister of Revenue Fernando Rodríguez acknowledged that the wait to use the scanners was “absurd” in an interview with La Nación, adding that there are ongoing discussions with the Atlantic Port Authority and the Costa Rican Electricity Institute to implement the equipment. Meanwhile, as the government continues to discuss how to plug in the scanners, the Customs Administration has been paying $400,000 every year to maintain the machines in the event that they are ever put to use. Related posts:Flowers hid cocaine bound for Europe Solís put on the defensive as joint US-Costa Rican patrols come up for renewal Nearly 1.5 metric tons of cocaine seized by joint US-Costa Rica drug patrols in the Pacific Costa Rican cops seize vehicle with 400 kilos of cocaine on Pacific coastlast_img read more

Merkel Putin meet amid tension over rights issues

first_imgAssociated PressMOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday shot back at visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel for raising questions about the imprisonment of the Pussy Riot punk provocateurs, suggesting she was poorly informed about the group’s true nature.The exchange at a Russian-German business forum in Moscow came in the wake of growing German criticism of Russia’s human rights record and its moves to crack down on dissent. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories Germany’s foreign minister said prior to the talks that Merkel was taking a balanced approach to relations with Moscow.“On the one hand, we don’t want to hold back on criticism regarding Russia’s internal development, but on the other hand we are very keen for the strategic partnership with Russia to be expanded,” Guido Westerwelle told Deutschlandfunk radio on Friday.Westerwelle said Germany also has foreign policy interests that involve Russia. Despite differences over the civil war in Syria, he stressed that there were areas in which the two countries work closely together, such as in efforts to address concerns over Iran’s nuclear program.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 0 Comments   Share   center_img The 2008 demonstration was actually in support of those groups, but Putin interpreted it differently.“We cannot support, with you, people who take an anti-Semitic position,” Putin said. That argument bore echoes of the band members’ convictions on charges that the cathedral performance was hooliganism to debase a religion.The Kremlin has launched a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent since Putin’s inauguration for a third presidential term in May, issuing a series of repressive bills intended to discourage people from taking part in unauthorized protests, re-criminalize slander, impose new tight restrictions on non-government organizations and widely expand the definition of treason.Merkel said after later talks with Putin in the Kremlin that she expressed her concern about Russia’s legislative moves, adding that a frank discussion was essential to improve mutual understanding.Putin, in his turn, lashed out at the European Union’s energy market regulations intended to boost competition in the energy market, describing it as “harmful” and discriminatory against Russia’s state-controlled gas monopoly, Gazprom.At the same time, Putin emphasized a desire to forge even closer economic ties with Germany, Russia’s No. 1 trading partner. After the meeting, Russian and German officials signed a series of agreements in energy, transport and other spheres. Germany’s parliament passed a resolution last week that linked Russia’s rollback on democratic freedoms to Putin’s return to the presidency in May and urged the German government to take a tougher stance in dealing with Russia.Asked about German criticism of Russia’s human rights and democracy record, Merkel said it reflected Germany’s sense of engagement and its deep interest in Russia’s development.“It won’t make our friendship better if we sweep everything under the carpet and don’t discuss it,” Merkel said, adding that not all criticism should immediately be viewed as destructive.At the forum, Merkel raised cautious criticism of the two-year prison sentences imposed on two members of the band Pussy Riot for a guerrilla performance in Moscow’s main cathedral of a so-called “punk prayer” entreating the Virgin Mary to save Russia from Putin.“Having to go to a prison camp for two years for that _ this would not have happened in Germany,” she added.But Putin asked whether Merkel knew that one of the women had previously taken part in a performance-art demonstration where several dolls representing migrant workers and homosexuals, one of them also identified as Jewish, were hung from nooses. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Check your body, save your life 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Doctors declare former Guatemalan dictator unfit for trial

first_img Parents, stop beating yourself up GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Government-backed experts say former Guatemalan dictator Jose Efrain Rios Montt is mentally incompetent, potentially derailing a trial on human rights charges.The July 1 opinion by the National Institute of Forensic Sciences determined the 89-year-old is incapable of understanding the charges against him and of participating in his own defense. It’s up to a three-judge panel to decide if a trial set for July 23 goes forward. Defense lawyers requested the study by the autonomous government agency that provides expert opinions to the court system.Prosecutors say Rios Montt is responsible for the deaths of 1,771 Mayan Indians killed by the army between 1982 and 1983.He was convicted in 2013, but the country’s constitutional court overturned his 80-year sentence and ordered a new trial.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Top Stories Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Check your body, save your life Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall FILE – In this May 10, 2013 file photo, Guatemala’s former dictator Jose Efrain Rios Montt wears headphones as he listens to the verdict in his genocide trial in Guatemala City. In an expert opinion dated July 1, 2015 and sent to the judge overseeing the first stage of Rios Montt’s case, the 89-year-old was determined by Guatemala’s National Institute of Forensic Sciences to be incapable of understanding the charges against him and of participating in his own defense. Prosecutors say Rios Montt is responsible for the deaths of almost 2,000 Mayan Indians, killed by the army between 1982 and 1983. (AP Photo/Moises Castilo, File)last_img read more

High winds are making this a difficult fire to fig

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