Five soldiers swept away in heavy snowfall near the frontier posts in Kupwara and Bandipora remained untraced after more than 24 hours on Tuesday, while an Army porter’s body was recovered.“Two soldiers slipped down the slope in the Naugam sector of Kupwara. Three soldiers went missing from a forward post in the Kanzalwan sub-sector of Gurez in Bandipora,” a Srinagar-based Army spokesman, Colonel Rajesh Kalia, told The Hindu.An Army official said an 11-member patrol team of 36 Rashtriya Rifles was on an inter-post movement around 8.30 p.m. on Monday when three jawans slipped into a ravine. The posts are close to the Line of Control in the Bakhtor area, more than 200 km from here, of Gurez.“A specialist team from the High Altitude Warfare School reached the site and started rescue operations, which are still on,” the official said.Two soldiers of a patrol team of an officer and 10 troopers of 20 Dogra fell into a ravine at Naugam around 5 p.m. on Monday. The specialist team was unable to reach the site on Tuesday because of heavy snowfall, officials said. Preliminary reports suggest heavy snowfall, which started on Monday, caused these accidents. Over four feet of snow has accumulated in these areas. Ghulam Qadir Khan, an Army porter from Kilshey village of Tulail, fell to death during snowfall. The body has been recovered.Deputy Commissioner, Bandipora, Sajjad Hussain on Tuesday asked people in the Gurez and Tulail areas not to venture out in avalanche-prone areas till the weather improved.Snow in the plainsThe plains of Kashmir Valley also witnessed the season’s first snow spell in the past 24 hours, badly affecting road connectivity. The national highways connecting Srinagar to Jammu, Leh and Poonch, besides the Mughal-Sinthan Top, Jammu-Doda and Arnas-Mahore highways are closed.“Men with machinery are busy clearing snow for vehicular movement,” said Colonel Awadhesh Singh, Director, Works, Project Beacon, Border Roads Organisation. Sonum Lotus, Director, Meteorological Department, said Kashmir would witness “a gradual improvement in the weather conditions from Wednesday”.
The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) wants to do what the Border Security Force has allegedly failed to — check illegal migration to Assam through the Bangladesh border.Eight leaders of the outfit, who met the Centre’s interlocutor A.B. Mathur along with Home Ministry and Central intelligence officials in New Delhi on Monday, proposed the raising of an unarmed battalion comprising ULFA cadres to form a second line of defence along the border.The ULFA claims to have about 2,000 members in ceasefire mode.“There are reports that BSF personnel take money from Bangladeshi people to allow them in illegally. We told the Centre only indigenous people, passionate about protecting their homeland, can do the job of checking infiltration sincerely,” ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia told reporters after the discussion towards a formal peace accord. “We have proposed the creation of an unarmed battalion comprising our boys as a second line of defence to stop people who slip through BSF’s vigil. This will also provide rehabilitation for our cadres,” he said.Mr. Chetia said the peace talks that began in 2010 would lead to the disbanding of the ULFA after a few issues are sorted out. These include withdrawal of cases registered against the outfit’s members ever since it was formed in 1979 to fight for Assam’s sovereignty, Scheduled Tribe status for six ethnic communities and ensuring land rights for Assam’s indigenous people.The outfit had in 2011 submitted demands to the Centre seeking amendment to the Constitution for protecting the rights and identity of the indigenous people. The demand has gained currency after protests over the Centre’s bid to push the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill of 2016. The peace deal with ULFA is expected to be sealed before the 2019 polls but Centre is reportedly keen on inking it soon to isolate the Paresh Baruah-led ULFA (Independent).
2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNLEX rookie Kiefer Ravena felt that he disappointed in his much anticipated duel against the famed San Miguel backcourt on Friday.“Maybe, I failed because we lost,” he said on the heels of the Road Warriors’ 98-109 defeat to the Beermen at Cuneta Astrodome. “No matter how good you played, in the end, we still lost.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES PBA: Kia halts 16-game skid, upsets Rain or Shine NLEX has now lost three straight games to fall to 2-3 in the standings and Ravena believes the Road Warriors need to start doing a better job down the stretch.“We’re always in the game and we know we can complete the job. But sometimes, we just fall apart in the end,” he said. “We can’t be frustrated. But also, we can’t always say that we need to learn from this because this is already our third straight loss. What we need now is to act on it.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ravena faced the toughest test in his professional career as he was guarded by Mythical Team members Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot, as well as former Ateneo teammate Von Pessumal in stretches during the tiff.READ: SMB stays unscathed, escapes NLEXFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They tried to get inside of my head,” he shared. “They were talking smack so I was trying to do the same thing, but as much as possible, I wanted to focus and stick to the game because it seems like I’m losing my focus out of my game.”The experience also served as an eye-opener for Ravena that there’s still so much that he needs to learn. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “I study them too much and I thought know what they’re going to do. But they’re really good that while talking smack, they’re carrying the load for their team. I can’t be affected about that. That tells me that I still need to focus more on my game to be able to do what they are doing,” he said.READ: Ravena says staredown not intended to shame PessumalThough he was largely kept in check in his 30 minutes of action, the 24-year-old was still able to muster 15 points, six assists, and three rebounds in the game.Ravena, though, was man enough to admit that San Miguel was the better team in the match. “They just have too many weapons.”“We were in there for 40 minutes, but the last eight minutes was really tough for us. We had mental lapses, each one of us. Again, you can’t give a great team so many chances. They will really take advantage of you, they’re gonna pick you apart, and that’s what San Miguel did,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View comments
West Indies have replaced wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin with Shane Dowrich for the four-Test series at home to India which starts in Antigua next Thursday.Ramdin, a veteran of 74 Tests, said he had been dropped because the selectors did not think his batting average was good enough. He has scored 2,898 Test runs at an average of 25.87. (Also read: Rohit Sharma faces decisive Test season) “New chairman says my avg isn’t Gud,” Ramdin tweeted, referring to new West Indies chairman of selectors Courtney Browne, who has replaced Clive Lloyd.Ramdin’s comments earned a sanction from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for a breach of the terms of his retainer contract, the board said.Dowrich, 24, has played two Tests, against Australia in the Caribbean last summer, though he was used then as a specialist batsman, with Ramdin keeping wicket. (Humanly impossible to match up to Sachin Tendulkar: Virat Kohli) The 12-man squad again does not include several of the most dynamic West Indies players, such as Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard, whose focus is on Twenty20.Fast bowler Jerome Taylor is also missing after becoming the latest in a long list of players to quit the Test format.T20 STARS MISSING West Indies’ fortunes have diverged in recent years, with the Twenty20 team winning the world championship in 2012 and 2016, while test performances have deteriorated sharply.Fast bowler Jason Holder captains the team, which also includes the two batting heroes from the recent World Twenty20 triumph, Marlon Samuels and Carlos Brathwaite.advertisementSquadJason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite (vice captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajendra Chandrika, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Leon Johnson, Marlon Samuels
FLUSHING — Pinch-hitter Chris Stewart singled home the go-ahead run in the 14th inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates once again beat the New York Mets in extras, 5-3 Saturday night.A day after the playoff-contending Pirates won 3-2 in the 10th at Citi Field, they took advantage of shaky fielding decision to stop the NL East leaders.Francisco Cervelli hit a leadoff double in the 14th and Starling Marte followed with a chopper. First baseman Daniel Murphy grabbed the grounder, but made a late throw to third trying to get Cervelli. Stewart and Sean Rodriguez followed with RBI singles.Joe Blanton (2-0) struck out six in three scoreless innings. Mark Melancon closed for his major league-leading 37th save.Six relievers combined for 7 2-3 scoreless innings for Pittsburgh.Sean Gilmartin (1-1) took the loss.Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes unleashed one of the best throws this season, nailing Rodriguez when he tried for a triple with one out in the ninth.Cespedes corralled the ball on the edge of the warning track in left center field and, as he started to fall backward, let loose with a perfect, one-hop peg.Juan Uribe and rookie Michael Conforto homered off starter Charlie Morton during the Mets’ three-run rally in the seventh that made it 3-all.Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the Pittsburgh first, his 12th of the season and first since returning to the team where he began his 18-year career.Gregory Polanco homered off the right field foul pole against Jonathon Niese for a 3-0 lead in the third.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: Marte (bruised left hand) was held out of the starting lineup for the third straight night. He entered in the sixth as a pinch-runner and remained in left field. He was hitless in three at-bats and scored a run . Josh Harrison (broken left thumb) and Jordy Mercer (left knee MCL sprain) continued their rehab assignments Saturday at Triple-A Indianapolis.Mets: David Wright (spinal stenosis) played in his fourth rehab game for Class A St. Lucie, going 0 for 3 with a walk while playing seven innings at third base … LHP Steven Matz (lat strain) was the starter in that game at Jupiter, allowing a run on three hits over one inning, striking out two. … 1B Lucas Duda (lumbar strain) hadn’t played in four games, but drew a walk as a pinch-hitter in the 12th. He plans to re-enter the starting lineup on Tuesday in Baltimore.UP NEXTPirates: Jeff Locke (6-7, 4.43) starts the series finale on Sunday. The left-hander has given up 15 runs in his last four outings, walking 10.Mets: Matt Harvey (11-7, 2.61) is 3-1 with a 1.23 ERA over five starts since the All-Star break. The right-hander has been particularly locked in of late, not allowing a run in 15 innings. TweetPinShare0 Shares
England have made two changes to their 13-member squad for the second Test match against India at Lord’s starting on August 9Uncapped 20-year-old batsman Ollie Pope has been called up to replace Dawid Malan, while Ben Stokes ahs been replaced by Chris Woakes. Stokes will miss the second Test as he is facing a court hearing next week in Bristol.Malan scored 28 runs across both innings for England as the hosts secured a thrilling 31-run victory against India. The 30-year-old also dropped a chance to dismiss Kohli in the first innings and the visitors’ skipper went on to score 149.His replacement, Pope, has been in excellent form for Surrey as they lead the County Championship Division One.Since the start of the season, he has scored 684 runs in the Championship, at an average of 85.50, which includes three centuries and a top score of 158 not out.National Selector Ed Smith, said: “Ollie Pope has made an exceptional start to his first class career. He has reached a 1000 first class runs in just 15 matches and is the first divisions stand-out batsman this season with 684 runs at 85. The selection panel believe that Ollie’s performances and character suggest he is well suited to international cricket.””Dawid Malan drops out of the squad for Lord’s. Dawid has not found his best rhythm this season, and it may be that his game is better suited to overseas conditions.””Ben Stokes is unavailable, but Chris Woakes, with some extra matches and practices under his belt, can now return to the England squad after injury.”advertisementEngland took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series with a 31-run win against Kohli’s side at Edgbaston.England Test squad: Joe Root (c), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jamie Porter.
Usain Bolt reached Sydney on Saturday to get his football training underway with the Central Coast Mariners.Bolt, an eight-time Olympic gold medallist, will start training with the struggling A-League side from Tuesday after being granted an open-ended trial.Bolt, who was draped in Mariners scarf, arrived on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles and was greeted by a few dozen fans and media.”This is real, I’ve said it since my last season of track and field I want to play football, I know what I’m capable of, I know what I can do, so I’m thankful to the Mariners for giving me this opportunity to show what I’m capable of,” Bolt told reporters.”I always put my best foot forward and I’m just going to show the world what I’m made of.”The Mariners’ tie-up with Bolt has proved polarising in Australia, with critics dismissing it as a publicity stunt to boost the profile of a team that has failed to make the playoffs for the last four seasons..@usainbolt has landed!The next step of his football journey is underway. Don’t think limits. #CCMFC pic.twitter.com/YbGYG5rJmvCentral Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) August 17, 2018The Mariners finished bottom of the 10-team league last season and operate in one of the country’s smallest soccer markets about an hour north of Sydney in eastern New South Wales state.Jamaican Bolt, who retired from athletics at the world championships in London last year, has previously trained with Germany’s Borussia Dortmund, South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns and Norway’s Stromsgodset in his bid to win a professional football contract.advertisementHis first Mariners training session will coincide with his 32nd birthday on Tuesday.Despite Bolt’s thin soccer pedigree, he has been welcomed with open arms by the Mariners, who have carved a huge lightning bolt on the turf of their home Central Coast stadium.Bolt could play his first match on Aug. 31 against a Central Coast representative side made up of the region’s top amateurs.The Mike Mulvey-coached Mariners are in talks to have the trial broadcast on TV, pending Bolt’s selection, local media reported.Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp said last week that Bolt had already bought into the low-profile club’s community ethos, including agreeing to live in the sleepy coastal region like his team mates, rather than in more vibrant Sydney.”As you all know I love Australia, so I’m happy to call Australia home for now,” said Bolt.(With inputs from Reuters)
Antoine Griezmann proved to be Atletico Madrid’s decisive figure yet again as the Frenchman struck the only goal in a 1-0 win at home to Levante on Sunday which kept Diego Simeone’s side in touch with La Liga leaders Barcelona.Griezmann smashed home from the penalty spot in the 57th minute to score for the fifth consecutive game in all competitions after Levante midfielder Nikola Vukcevic was penalised for handball in the area.Levante, who were perhaps feeling the effects of beating Barcelona 2-1 on Thursday the Copa del Rey, produced a scrappy display but had one chance to level when Jose Luis Morales was played in. However, the forward’s shot bounced off the chest of Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak.Atletico dominated the first half without creating too many chances and thought they had taken the lead when Koke netted in the 10th minute but the goal was disallowed for a foul by midfielder Rodri after a video assistant referee (VAR) review.We won’t get bored of hearing you play guitar, @AntoGriezmann!#AúpaAtleti #AtletiLevante pic.twitter.com/9T14N7FLQOAtlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 13, 2019Simeone was forced to field usual right back Juanfran on the left of defence due to personnel shortages and the Argentine coach suffered yet another injury setback in defence when centre back Stefan Savic had to be substituted early in the game.The win took second-placed Atletico on to 38 points after 19 games, two points behind pace setters Barcelona who host Eibar later on Sunday.advertisementDespite the narrow scoreline, Simeone said he thought his side had played well and explained why he rushed on to the pitch to embrace his players when the fulltime whistle came.Our club member number 125,000, Laura López Cruz, alongside club legend Marcelino, presented @AntoGriezmann with the award for @LaLigaEN’s Best Player for December ahead of the #AtletiLevante game!https://t.co/fYJtgMEHd8 #AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/HDzE64v5VOAtlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 13, 2019″It was one of our best displays this season, along with (the 2-0 win over) Borussia Dortmund. We always were looking to take the game to our opponents and kept pressing high. We had to overcome the ruled out goal and Savic’s injury and we reset ourselves, against a very good team,” Simeone said.”When players give their lives on the pitch like they did today it makes me emotional. Today was a day to give everyone a hug because they all made a huge effort.”
Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on Facebook They certainly had all the legs late in the match and Kurz said he could sense there was a chance to snatch victory from the tiring hosts after Kitto’s 88th-minute equaliser.But Aloisi said the Reds do not have as much of a physical advantage as they would like to think. “Their fitness is a bit of a myth,” he said.“They came home strong because we’ve got players who still aren’t at a level of fitness because we’ve had a disrupted pre-season. Of course they’re going to talk about their fitness because they ended up scoring two goals in the last five minutes.“[Avraam] Papadopoulos, he hardly kicked the ball in pre-season. He’s not fit. Peter Skapetis hasn’t played football for two years on a regular basis. [Fahid Ben] Khalfallah has hardly trained. David Squires on … preparations for the new A-League season Read more Share via Email Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi believes it is a “myth” that Adelaide United are much fitter than other A-League sides, arguing it was his own team’s lack of conditioning that proved decisive in the Reds’ 2-1 win.The visitors came from a goal down to seal a thrilling 2-1 comeback on Friday thanks to two strikes from Ryan Kitto and Johan Absalonsen in the last five minutes at Suncorp Stadium.Much has been made of their newfound endurance after a pre-season under new fitness-focused coach Marco Kurz, who has introduced double sessions and is pushing for his team to soon train four times a day. Topics Tim Cahill dismayed by timing of Ange Postecoglou speculation Brisbane Roar A-League Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest “We’re going to get better, we know that. At the moment there’s players that aren’t understanding each other as well as we’d like because they’re for the first time playing together. Fitness is just something they’re going to talk about … maybe they do train four times a day, I don’t know, but I don’t believe they’re fitter than us.”The Roar’s second straight defeat will do them no favours as they try to shake their ’Dad’s Army’ tag.But at least Brisbane’s oldest player, Italian veteran Massimo Maccarone, broke his A-League duck by tucking home an excellent Corey Brown cross after just eight minutes. “We know he’s going to score goals – he played well, linked up well, held up the ball well. I thought they were having trouble with him defensively,” Aloisi said.The Roar had ample chances to make it 2-0 but were repeatedly thwarted by Reds goalkeeper Paul Izzo, who made six important saves.He also made what Kurz described as a “crazy” error when he gave away possession inside his own penalty box, but the 22-year-old recovered with a back-to-back effort to deny Nick D’Agostino twice just after half-time.“That can be a turnaround in a game. [If] they score, maybe you lose,” Kurz said. “It’s a young goalkeeper, I think he makes mistakes in his career but after the error, he made two big saves and it’s good for us.” Adelaide United Australia sport Reuse this content
Story Highlights He was speaking at a Physical Activity Forum for leaders of faith-based organisations at the Spanish Court Hotel in St. Andrew on (Friday) May 10. Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is calling on church leaders to partner with the Government on its healthy lifestyle promotion campaign in order to reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).“This partnership is very important. Too many of us are afflicted by various lifestyle ailments and diseases and that is reflected in the data (from) the hospitals,” the Minister said.He was speaking at a Physical Activity Forum for leaders of faith-based organisations at the Spanish Court Hotel in St. Andrew on (Friday) May 10.Citing statistics, Dr. Tufton said that one in three Jamaicans is hypertensive, one in eight is diabetic and one in two is obese or overweight.He noted that an average of 6, 000 Jamaicans die from cardiovascular diseases each year, 4,000 from cancer and another 7,000 are diagnosed with cancer.He argued that these conditions are preventable if people follow healthy lifestyle habits such as a balanced diet, daily exercise and have annual health checks.The Physical Activity Forum, under the theme: ‘Love Yuh Body, Treat Yuh Body Right,’ was hosted by the Ministry to mark World Move for Health Day.The event promoted the importance of exercise as part of the larger ‘Jamaica Moves’ programme.Activities on the day included blood pressure and blood sugar tests, as well as nutrition displays, and the launch of a Physical Activity Bible.Director of Health Promotion and Education in the Ministry, Takese Foga, explained that the bible is an important resource developed by the Ministry as it seeks to use creative ways to engage the public in its healthy lifestyle initiative.“It is designed to support you all, as church leaders, in incorporating healthy activities into your services, into your programmes and into your activities. It is really a guide for you to use, just to give you some ideas,” Ms. Foga said.Data from the Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey 2016-17, indicated that only two per cent of persons were involved in high intensity physical activity; 16 per cent were engaged in moderate activity; and 82 per cent were found to be involved in low activity.World Move for Health Day is a global day of awareness and action to encourage persons to introduce physical activity as part of a lifestyle habit.The initiative was borne out of a 2002 World Health Report, which revealed that a large number of persons engaged in very limited physical activity.In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared physical inactivity as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality.In Jamaica, this accounts for 12 per cent of mortality contributing to 13 per cent of breast cancer, 14 per cent of colon cancer, eight per cent of coronary heart disease, and 10 per cent of Type 2 diabetes. Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is calling on church leaders to partner with the Government on its healthy lifestyle promotion campaign in order to reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). “This partnership is very important. Too many of us are afflicted by various lifestyle ailments and diseases and that is reflected in the data (from) the hospitals,” the Minister said.
The Nova Scotia Utility and Review board has approved an application by Acadian Intercity Coaches LP to continue transportation service along the Halifax to Yarmouth line run currently serviced by DRL Coachlines Ltd. Acadian Intercity Coaches LP applied to the Utility and Review Board on Tuesday, July 19, for a temporary authority to provide the transportation services. The services include passenger transportation between Halifax and Yarmouth, via Highway 3 and Highway 103, and return, and parcel delivery along the same route. The board approved the application today, July 20. Acadian Intercity Coaches LP may begin its service effective Sunday, July 24. The existing service schedule will remain in effect. Rates will be in accordance with the rate schedule for Acadian Intercity Coaches LP. -30-
APTN National NewsA judge has upheld criminal charges against three Blood Tribe members who took part in a protest against fracking.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has the details.
The RCMP said they pair were last seen driving a 2011 Rav 4, but rumours on social media suggest the vehicle may have been found near Gillam. The RCMP has not yet confirmed those rumours. Kam McLeod is described as:6 foot 4Approximately 169 poundsDark brown hair and facial hairBrown eyesBryer Schmegelsky is described as: Originally the pair were considered missing after their truck was found burnt near Dease Lake.Saskatchewan RCMP confirmed the pair were spotted in Meadow Lake on Sunday and continued to travel east.3/4 Both Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were seen in Meadow Lake, SK on Sunday, July 21, 2019. We believe they are continuing to travel.— RCMP Saskatchewan (@RCMPSK) July 24, 2019 6 foot 4Approximately 169 poundsSandy brown hair GILLAM, M.B. – The search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky continues in Manitoba.The Mayor of Gillam Manitoba has told CBC Manitoba there is a heavy police presence on the only road in and out of the community. The Mayor went on to say the RCMP haven’t confirmed if the suspects are still in Gillam. The Mayor is also telling residents to stay indoors or travel in groups.In a tweet Tuesday afternoon, the Manitoba RCMP said the two suspects were recently in the Gillam area of Manitoba. Gillam is approximately 1,000km north of Winnipeg by road. PUBLIC SAFETY – Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky MAY be in Manitoba and are considered dangerous. We have reasons to believe they were recently in the Gillam area. If you spot them – take no actions – do not approach – call 911 or your local police immediately. #rcmpmb pic.twitter.com/yh2yV78oZd— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 23, 2019In a bizarre twist Tuesday, the RCMP named Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky as suspects in the case of three deaths in Northern B.C.
Pennsylvania families win $4.24M verdict against gas driller by Michael Rubinkam, The Associated Press Posted Mar 10, 2016 11:16 am MDT Last Updated Mar 10, 2016 at 5:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Two couples were awarded nearly $4.25 million on Thursday after a federal jury found one of the largest natural gas producers in Pennsylvania was responsible for the contamination of their well water, capping a six-year odyssey that turned their sleepy village into a battleground over the nation’s shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing boom.The verdict in Scranton came at the end of a bitter lawsuit pitting homeowners in Dimock against Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. The company, a prolific driller in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale formation, said it will appeal, accusing the jury of ignoring “overwhelming scientific and factual evidence that Cabot acted as a prudent operator in conducting its operations.”Dimock was the scene of the most highly publicized case of methane contamination to emerge from the early days of Pennsylvania’s natural-gas drilling boom. State regulators blamed faulty gas wells drilled by Cabot for leaking combustible methane into Dimock’s groundwater. Cabot claimed the methane was naturally occurring and said the problems in the water wells predated Cabot’s arrival.Dozens of plaintiffs settled with Cabot in 2012, but two families opted to take their claims to trial.“They did something wrong. That was the whole point of getting it into the courtroom,” one of the plaintiffs, Scott Ely, told reporters outside the courthouse.Residents first reported problems in the wells in 2008. The water that came out of their faucets turned cloudy, foamy and discolored, and it smelled and tasted foul. Homeowners, all of whom had leased their land to Cabot, said the water made them sick with symptoms that included vomiting, dizziness and skin rashes.A state investigation found that Cabot had allowed gas to escape into the region’s groundwater supplies, contaminating at least 18 residential wells.The plaintiffs’ attorney called the verdict a warning shot that will resonate beyond the courtroom.“Cabot doesn’t care. Industry doesn’t care. They’re the big bucks. Their influence is wide and far. … It’s fine with me if industry takes a big fat hit,” Leslie Lewis said.
Ivanka Trump, daughter of President-elect Donald Trump departs Trump Tower, in New York, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Trump has taken few steps to disentangle from private empire by Julie Bykowicz And Chad Day, The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2017 10:30 am MDT Last Updated Jan 9, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump pledged to step away from his family-owned international real estate development, property management and licensing business before taking office Jan. 20. With less than two weeks until his inauguration, he hasn’t stepped very far.Trump has cancelled a handful of international deals and dissolved a few shell companies created for prospective investments. Still, he continues to own or control some 500 companies that make up the Trump Organization, creating a tangle of potential conflicts of interest without precedent in modern U.S. history.The president-elect is expected to give an update on his effort to distance himself from his business at a Wednesday news conference. He told The Associated Press on Friday that he would be announcing a “very simple solution.”Ethics experts have called for Trump to sell off his assets and place his investments in a blind trust, which means something his family would not control. That’s what previous presidents have done.Trump has given no indication he will go that far. He has said he will not be involved in day-to-day company operations and will leave that duty to his adult sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. The president-elect has not addressed the ethical minefield of whether he would retain a financial interest in his Trump Organization.A look at what’s known about what Trump has and hasn’t tried to resolve his business entanglement before his swearing-in:FOREIGN INVESTMENTSTrump has abandoned planned business ventures in Azerbaijan, Brazil, Georgia, India and Argentina. The Associated Press found he has dissolved shell companies tied to a possible business venture in Saudi Arabia.It’s unclear whether those moves are signs that Trump is dismantling the web of companies that make up his business. Trump Organization general counsel Alan Garten has insisted none of the closures is related to Trump’s election. He calls them “normal housecleaning.”The Trump Organization still has an expanding reach across the globe: The Trump International Golf Club in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is set to open next month.Trump has said there will be “no new deals” while he’s in office. But Eric Trump, an executive vice-president at the Trump Organization, told Argentinian newspapers last week that the company was open to another business venture in the country.“We would like to find something,” Eric Trump told Clarin, as he toured a Trump building construction site. “We’ll find a project.”The younger Trump did rule out expansion in Russia, at least any time soon.“Is there a possibility sometime in the next 20, 30 years we end up in Russia? Absolutely. Is it right for us right now? Probably not,” Eric Trump said, in a video interview with La Nacion posted on the newspaper’s website.Asked about the potential for conflicts of interest if the business continues to operate, Eric Trump compared the separation between the Trump-led government and Trump-led company to the separation between church and state. “These two things will be unfailingly separate,” he said, adding, “we will not share functions.”___DOMESTIC BUSINESSESOf Trump’s U.S. portfolio, no venture has become more emblematic of the potential conflicts of interest facing Trump than his hotel at the Old Post Office in the nation’s capital. The federal government, which he soon will oversee, holds the lease on the building he turned into a sparkling luxury hotel that opened shortly before Election Day.The terms of Trump’s contract with the government expressly prohibit elected officials from having a financial interest in the property. Democratic senators said the General Services Administration told them that the moment Trump takes office, he would violate the terms of his contractNeither GSA nor Trump transition officials responded to inquiries about what steps, if any, Trump has taken with regard to that contract provision.Trump is still listed as a producer for the reality TV show, “Celebrity Apprentice.” He has said he will not spend time working on the show. Financial disclosures he filed during the campaign show his company, Trump Productions, earned about $5.9 million from “The Apprentice” shows in 2015.Trump has a considerable amount of business debt that could put creditors in the position of having leverage over an enterprise with close ties to the U.S. president and his family. Last May, Trump reported on his financial disclosure that he had at least $315 million in debt related to his companies. The disclosed debt, mostly mortgages for his properties, is held by banks, including Deutsche Bank and investors who bought chunks of the debt from the original creditors.___CHARITIESLast month, Trump announced that he would shutter his charity, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, to avoid conflicts of interest.The decision came after the foundation admitted in a tax filing that in 2015 and an unspecified number of previous years it violated IRS prohibitions against self-dealing, broadly defined as using charity money or assets to benefit Trump, his family, his companies or substantial contributors to the foundation.The New York attorney general’s office has said the foundation cannot dissolve until it completes its investigation into whether Trump used the foundation for personal gain. The attorney general’s office has not said whether the investigation will be wrapped up by Trump inauguration.Eric Trump has decided to shut down his charity, which primarily raised money for St. Jude’s children’s hospital, to pre-empt conflicts of interest. That move came after the younger Trump was found to be offering in a charity auction a coffee date with his sister, Ivanka Trump, who is expected to take a position in the White House.___FAMILYQuestions remain about how Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner, who is planning to advise the president, will separate from their own businesses.On Saturday, representatives for Kushner told the AP that he has been talking with the Office of Government Ethics and is exploring taking steps to disentangle himself from his business, The Kushner Companies, in preparation for taking a White House role.Under those plans, Kushner representatives say he would resign as CEO of the real-estate development business, which has been involved in some $7 billion in acquisitions in the past 10 years.Kushner would divest “substantial” assets including his stake in a New York City skyscraper that has been the subject of months of negotiations between Kushner and Anbang Insurance Group, a real estate giant with close ties to the Chinese government. Kushner’s negotiations with the company were first reported by The New York Times.Ivanka Trump, in addition to serving as an executive at her father’s company, has developed a lifestyle brand selling shoes, jewelry and other products. She caught heat after her fine jewelry company marketed the $10,800 bracelet she wore during a postelection “60 Minutes” interview with her father.Representatives for Ivanka Trump’s brand declined comment.In order to take posts in the administration, both Kushner and Ivanka Trump would need to argue that a federal anti-nepotism law that bar officials from appointing relatives to government positions does not apply to them.___LAWSUITSTrump also is set to take office while battling a number of lawsuits. The president-elect sat for a videotaped deposition on Thursday involving a dispute with a celebrity chef who pulled out of a deal to open a restaurant at his new hotel in the Old Post Office building. When Jose Andres scuttled his plans for the restaurant citing Trump’s campaign comments about some Mexican immigrants being rapists and criminals, The Trump Organization sued him for breach of contract.Trump also sued another celebrity chef, Geoffrey Zakarian, for similar reasons.Trump did act to close out one of the highest-profile disputes, over his now-defunct Trump University real estate school. After his election in November, he agreed to pay $25 million to settle two class-action suits and one by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that alleged the school misled and defrauded students. Trump admitted no wrongdoing and has yet to pay the fine, according to court records.___AP Business Writer Bernard Condon and Associated Press writer Jonathan Lemire in New York, AP writer Catherine Lucey in Des Moines, Iowa, and AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace contributed to this report.
An estimated 300 people have reportedly been made homeless and evicted from their ancestral lands in the locality of Banjah, Bamenda. The location of the evictions is the scene of a long-term land dispute between the Mbororo community and the Catholic University in Bamenda. Mbororo pastoralist communities, who identify as indigenous minorities, account for some 12 per cent of Cameroon’s population and often face conflicts over access to and ownership of land and access to water. Special Rapporteurs on minority issues, Rita Izsák, and on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, called on the Government and the Catholic University to urgently review the evictions and the demolitions. “I urge the authorities and the Catholic University in Bamenda to review these actions and their impact on this community and immediately seek a settlement with them,” said Ms. Izsák, who visited the Mbororo community in Banjah during her 2013 official mission to Cameroon. Mr. Anaya recalled that “indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly relocated from their lands or territories,” quoting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. “No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement of fair and just compensation,” he stated in a news release.The University claims to have paid compensation to community members to acquire and build on the site. Community members claim to have been misled regarding payments and state that they would not voluntarily have agreed to quit their homes and land that they have occupied since 1904. Three bulldozers, escorted by armed gendarmes, reportedly arrived on 3 April to start demolishing the Mbororo homes. Community members have no alternative accommodation. The experts highlighted that “appropriate alternative accommodation must still be provided to community members who have been left homeless and extremely vulnerable, even if the evictions are found to be legally justified based on international standards and within a participatory, consensus building process involving the Mbororo people.”“Where possible,” they stressed, “the Mbororo must be provided with the opportunity to return to their traditional lands.” “We are saddened that a community whose survival depends on their lands and cattle is now deprived of access to their ancestral lands,” they said. “This also contravenes the UN Declaration on Minorities, which requires the protection of existence of minorities, and their unique ethnic, cultural and linguistic identity within the territories in which they live.” Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
The performance of ritual will be the theme of this year’s Sankey Lecture, hosted by the Department of History.The annual event, which draws people from across Ontario and New York, is held in part to draw attention to the special collection of Masonic history donated to Brock from Charles Sankey’s personal library. Sankey played a major role in the founding of Brock and served as the University’s Chancellor from 1969 to 1974. He was also a Freemason and Masonic scholar.This year’s Sankey Lecture to be held on Sunday, April 15, will feature William D. Moore speaking on “Catechism, Spectacle, Burlesque: American Fraternal Ritual Performance, 1733-1933.” Moore, who has written on Masonic temples and ritual architecture, is an associate professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Boston University. His research interrogates the interrelationship between built form and systems of belief.The annual lecture series is a partnership between the Grand Lodge and Brock University.The lecture will be held in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 with a reception to follow. The event is open to the public and tickets are free, but need to be booked in advance through Eventbrite.
At Euston Station. No idea what’s happening, but everyone is running away and there’s police arriving from every street.— Isa Ribeiro (@IsaRamosRibeiro) 29 August 2017 Police said there was a small contained explosionCredit:Tolga Akmen/REuters Lots of people running from Euston Station screaming.— Jon Birchall (@jonbir90) 29 August 2017 Euston incident: An electrical item is believed to have caused a small contained explosion. No one has been injured. https://t.co/VR2V2aOpAm— BTP (@BTP) 29 August 2017 Ummm there’s a huge police presence and a bomb squad at Euston station pic.twitter.com/LhikjX6gvK— katy (@haymaya_) 29 August 2017 British Transport Police said: “An e-cigarette in a bag is believed to have been the cause of the small explosion at London Euston this evening. Officers are still on scene.”Police earlier said on Twitter: “An electrical item is believed to have caused a small contained explosion. No one has been injured.” Reports on the social media site suggested people had heard a “loud bang” at around 8pm.A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “A suspicious package was found. Hopefully, as with most of these things, it will be checked out and everything will be back to normal soon.”It is an ongoing incident.” British Transport Police said in statement on Tuesday evening: “Officers are currently at Euston station responding to a security alert.”We are investigating but there appears to have been a small contained explosion which is believed to have been caused by an e-cigarette which was in a bag at the station. An e-cigarette in a bag has been blamed for a security alert at Euston station in central London.The station was evacuated after the suspicious package was found.Passengers ran screaming for their lives as police and bomb squad experts arrived on the scene.At last one platform on the underground station was also reportedly evacuated in the security alert. 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. “No one is believed to have been injured.”We were called at around 7.40pm. “The station is currently evacuated whilst officers and search dogs check the area is safe.”We are working with Network Rail to reopen the station as soon as possible. “Thank you everyone for your patience.”
Even with the entertainment industry laser-focused on it, lawsuits and fines being handed out, and police raids grabbing its servers, The Pirate Bay (TPB) continues to stay online serving its users. That’s due to a clever distributed infrastructure coupled with regular backups that mean even when the site does go offline, it’s never more than a few days before it returns.But TPB never wants to go offline and never wants to get raided again, so a big change has just occurred that means the service is now being run almost completely in the cloud.Instead of having lots of servers in secret locations, TPB has shifted to being hosted entirely in the cloud on virtual servers. That means there are no Pirate Bay-owned server farms that police can raid, and moving from one host to another is a simple task. It’s also a much cheaper way of hosting the service.But the really clever bit is the fact none of the several cloud hosting companies being used know they are hosting The Pirate Bay. That’s because TPB retains ownership of its load balancer and transit router, which are both located in different countries to each other. The load balancer communicates with the virtual servers at a cloud host using encryption, so the host can’t see what data is being transferred or who is requesting it. All they know is they have a customer paying their bill every month and keeping their servers humming.Ultimately what this means is, even if a cloud hosting company was found to be hosting TPB files, they can’t view the data, they don’t know any IP addresses, and any kind of raid on the data center would turn up encrypted data. And the cherry on the cake for TPB is if that perfect storm did happen they could re-deploy to another cloud hosting company very quickly.If that wasn’t enough security, TPB has also implemented a fail-safe in case either the transit router or load balancer is discovered and the authorities try and trace one from the other. If either goes down, the other automatically shuts down 8 hours later and requires an encrypted password to be restarted. Depending on how far apart the two are located, it’s unlikely you;d be able to trace and travel there within 8 hours.Read more at TorrentFreak
A DUBLIN MAN has said that he plans to return to work after he and his wife claimed last Saturday’s €11.3 million lotto jackpot today.The winning ticket was bought in the Spar store at the Top Service station in Amiens street, Dublin 1 on the day of the draw.The couple did not wish to make their win public but told of their excitement at having scooped the second biggest jackpot of the year.The husband detailed how they’d found out about the win. He said: “Last Sunday was just a typical Sunday. I had cooked dinner for us and the kids as usual and I sat down in the evening to watch the football on TV. 43 Comments Short URL Image: Shutterstock/David Tadevosian Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 2:49 PM Dec 8th 2016, 2:49 PM Image: Shutterstock/David Tadevosian 53,433 Views http://jrnl.ie/3127921 Share178 Tweet Email1 Dublin man plans to return to work after €11.3m lottery win The winning ticket for last Saturday’s jackpot was bought on Amiens street. By Sean Murray I turned on the news afterwards and I watched in disbelief as the winning shop was revealed.“I got the ticket and I went upstairs to my wife and calmly asked her to check the numbers on her phone… We still spent the entire evening checking and rechecking to make sure that we hadn’t made a mistake.”The man’s commitments to Dublin GAA mean that any long holidays will have to wait until “at least August”.The win did not mean that he’ll give up the day job either.“I will definitely be returning to work after a small break. I enjoy what I do, so the win won’t force me into early retirement just yet,” he said.Read: Lotto ticket worth over €11 million sold on Dublin’s Amiens Street yesterdayRead: Lotto funding to good causes has dropped by over €70 million in eight years Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article