Proper security arrangements near IB to foil terror bid: Pb DGP

first_imgChandigarh, Oct 6 (PTI) The Punjab Police has made proper security arrangements near the India-Pakistan border to thwart any terrorist strike, DGP Suresh Arora said here on Saturday. “In view of earlier terrorist strikes or intrusion of the terrorists through the Pakistan border, the Punjab Police has made proper security arrangements near the international boundary to check any such untoward incident,” Arora said. Arora presided over a meeting on Saturday at Gurdaspur in which DGP Special Task Force (STF) on drugs, Mohammad Mustafa, ADGP Law and Order, Ishwar Singh, IGP STF, R K Jaiswal, IGP Border Range, Amritsar, Surinderpal Singh Parmar, SSP Pathankot, Vivek Sheel Soni, SSP Gurdaspur, Swarndeep Singh, SSP Batala, Opinderjit Singh Ghuman were also present, according to an official spokesman. Punjab had witnessed twin terror attacks — one at Dinanagar in Gurdaspur in 2015 and the second at Pathankot air base in 2016. Aiming to eradicate drug abuse and illicit trafficking in Punjab, the DGP said that in continuation of special campaign launched by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, the state government had launched a three-pronged strategy based on enforcement, de-addiction and prevention (EDP) for comprehensive action against use of drugs. Stating that there was zero tolerance against drugs, he warned that “those involved in exploiting and ruining the youth would not be spared at any cost”. He said the Punjab Police and the STF are the wings of the same department who have to collectively eradicate the menace of drugs, arrest drug smugglers and also ensure maximum punishments in the cases registered against them.advertisement “The property made through illegal means by these smugglers should also be confiscated as per provision of law”, he stressed. All the officers were directed to conduct regular seminars on drug-related issues in the educational institutes, mohallas and in the villages specifically emphasizing on youths apprising them about the ill effects of drugs so that a healthy environment could be created in the society. “New sports clubs should also be opened and youths of the area are motivated to participate in the games to wean away them not to indulge in drugs”, Arora said. Besides, full efforts should be made to arrest the gangsters who are still at large and maintain a close watch on the activities of their hideouts/associates, the DGP added. PTI CHS CKlast_img read more

Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play and G7 Power full specs and design revealed on Motorola’s website

first_imgThe Moto G7 series is nearing its launch, although Motorola is yet to announce anything. Multiple rumours, leaked images and reports in the past suggest that the company will announce four models at an event in Brazil in February – Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play and G7 Power. And while Motorola is yet to officially confirm any of this, the company may have inadvertently revealed everything on the Motorola’s Brazilian website.CNET en Espanol spotted the Moto G7 phones casually listed on the Motorola Brazil website, complete with official renders and specifications. It essentially confirms everything we have come to know about the phones. Yes, the Moto G7 will have modern dewdrop notched displays and retain the glass-metal combo for the build.The G7 and G7 Plus will indeed sport displays that have narrow bezels all around with a slightly noticeable chin at the bottom. The notch will be present as standard on all the four variants of the Moto G7. The leak also reveals the presence of the 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB-C port for charging as well as data transfer.The standard Moto G7 will feature a 6.2-inch IPS LCD display with a full HD+ resolution. For the camera, there will be a set of 12-megapixel and a 5-megapixel dual camera setup for the rear. At the front, the dewdrop notch will hold the 8-megapixel front camera. The standard G7 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 chipset along with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Additionally, a 3000mAh battery will keep the device juiced up.advertisementThe website leak also revealed other information with regards to the other variants of the Moto G7 family – Moto G7 Play, Moto G7 Power and Moto G7 Plus. The G7 Play and G7 Power, as leaked before, will sport slightly lower-resolution 720p LCD display. The G7 Power will feature a big 5000mAh battery. The G7 Plus, which is supposed to be the most premium variant of the lineup, will be sporting a more powerful Snapdragon 636 chipset. The G7 Plus will also gain a 16-megapixel camera for the rear alongside the 5-megapixel secondary sensor.Since Moto G7 leaks are intensifying, it seems that Motorola will soon be launching the update G7 series in several markets across the globe. In India, the G7 is expected to compete with the Redmi Note series from Xiaomi, Asus’ Zenfone Max Pro M2, Nokia 6.1 Plus and Realme 2 Pro. We expect Lenovo to launch the updated Moto G7 series in India by the first quarter of 2019.ALSO READ | Moto G7 and G7 Power may come to India before March-endALSO READ | This is the 2019 Moto G7 series: Full specifications and live pictures leakALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Play, G7 Power and G7 Plus design leaked, some get waterdrop notchlast_img read more

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Australia team profile

first_img Bowler Marcus Stoinis Marcus Stoinis Bowler Jason Behrendorff Jason Behrendorff Tim Paine Captain NZ PAK Matthew Wade Matthew Wade Mitchell Starc Mitchell Starc Steve Smith Steve Smith Wicket Keeper Nathan Coulter-Nile Nathan Coulter-Nile WI ENG Bowler Batsman Wicket Keeper Adam Zampa Adam Zampa Shaun Marsh Shaun Marsh Peter Handscomb Peter Handscomb Batsman Batsman Pat Cummins Pat Cummins Strengths: Australia regained the World Cup title on home soil in 2015 and has the best win-loss ratio of any team at the quadrennial tournament. Has increasing confidence coming into the tournament on an eight-game winning streak after rallying from 2-0 down for a 3-2 series win in India and sweeping Pakistan 5-0. Will have a strong top order with Finch and Usman Khawaja finding form and David Warner and Steve Smith returning from their 12-month bans to restore a wealth of experience and depth to the batting. Mitchell Starc has returned from injury to add some x-factor to the pace attack and lend the in-form Pat Cummins a hand. Varied spinning options with Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon in the squad. Aaron Finch Aaron Finch SA Batsman Bowler Australia IND AFG BAN All-Rounder David Warner David Warner Glenn Maxwell Glenn Maxwell Australia Kane Richardson Kane Richardson Team Profile Wicket Keeper The Australian cricket team, in most eras, is probably the most successful team in world cricket. Along with England, it is the oldest team in Test cricket, having played in the first Test match in 1877. The Aussies have also led the ICC Test Championship table for a major period of time since the creation of the table system in 2001. The South African cricket team did lead this table for a brief period in 2003 before Australia resumed the first position.The team has won many accolades leading the ODI Championship table regularly and also being named World Team of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards in recognition of their world record sequence of Test match victories. Some of the world’s greatest cricketers have been Australian with Sir Don Bradman being right up there in the list of illustrious cricketers. Allan Border, Ian Healy, Steve Waugh, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne have been splendid examples of Aussie cricketing genius. Ricky Ponting, another Aussie legend, was the most successful captain in Tests as well as ODIs. For over 100 years, the Kangaroos have been famously engaging in a cricket war with their arch-rivals, England in a series called ‘The Ashes’ and have dominated the win percentage for most of the years.Australia have been a dominant force, winning the ICC World Cup on multiple occasions. They first won in the year 1987 and then were crowned champions in three editions in a row – 1999, 2003, and 2007. They were undefeated in a staggering 34 consecutive World Cup matches, until Pakistan ended the streak by beating them in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. However, Australia’s hopes of winning their fourth consecutive title were shattered when they were knocked out by India in the quarter-finalsThe Aussies though reclaimed the trophy in 2015, which was their 5th World Cup title and first under the captaincy of Michael Clarke. They became only the second team, after India, to win it on home soil. New Zealand were the team they beat in the finals. There was a change in leadership post that success as Steven Smith was given the command of the Australian team. Although after that, they haven’t been at their best with star players retiring. A poor Champions Trophy followed and their poor form continued in the Test match format as well. However, they bounced back brilliantly with an excellent Ashes win Down Under in 2017/18. Bowler Bowler All-Rounder Bowler Nathan Lyon Nathan Lyon SL AUS Alex Carey Alex Carey Weaknesses: Coming off a turbulent period while former captain Smith and vice-captain Warner were suspended for their roles in a ball-tampering controversy in a test match in South Africa. In the fallout, Australia has a new coach, new federation chairman and a new outlook on the game after going through a lengthy drought in the ODI format.Best World Cup performance: Champions (1987, ’99, 2003, ’07, ’15).Last World Cup: Winner.Captain: Aaron FinchCoach: Justin LangerWorld Cup win-loss record: 62-20, 1 tie, 1 NR.ICC ODI Ranking: 5Players to watch: Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc.last_img read more

Michael Cheika lifts lid on Rugby Australia after quitting as head coach

first_imgRugby World Cup 2019 Australia sport “He cares deeply about the Wallabies and the game of rugby, and always set out with the aim of making Wallabies fans proud of the team’s performances,” Castle said. “Michael came into the role at a turbulent time, and experienced immediate success by taking the Wallabies to a World Cup final after only one year in the job. He was later given the ultimate recognition for that achievement by being named World Rugby coach of the year.”Castle confirmed Johnson would lead the process to find a replacement. The New Zealander Dave Rennie, currently coaching the Scottish club Glasgow Warriors, has emerged as the clear favourite. Cheika plans to see out his contract, which finishes on 31 December, to help with any debriefing process.His tenure was marked by the successful 2015 World Cup campaign and a disappointing display at the global tournament in Japan, the respective outcomes marking a gradual decline in the team’s overall performances. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP Chieka won’t seek an extension to the five years he has served after the Wallabies were beaten 40-16 by England in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.Less than 24 hours later, the 52-year-old exposed what he said was a dysfunctional relationship with both the chief executive, Raelene Castle, and the chairman, Cameron Clyne. He also said he felt uncomfortable working in the new Wallabies coaching structure in which he was answerable to Scott Johnson, who took up the role of director of rugby early this year.“I think it’s no secret that I’ve pretty much got no relationship with the CEO and not much with the chairman,” Cheika said. “Scott’s a lovely bloke and I get on fine with him, but I’m sort of not really into that type of thing.” Share on Twitter Hide … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Sombre swansong for Wallabies greats after Rugby World Cup loss to England Was this helpful? Johnson became one of three selectors and Cheika said having to compromise on elements of his job had a negative effect on him. “I like to take that responsibility. I found also that it changed my normal routine around things,” Cheika said. “Not that my way’s definitely the right way, I’m definitely not saying that, always. But that’s just the way I like to operate.“I’ve always prided myself on not compromising my own values and what I want to do. So I found that a little bit difficult at times, yeah. Play Video Topics Show Australia’s pain self-inflicted in Rugby World Cup loss to England 1:36 ‘I’ve got a soft spot for New Zealand,’ says England’s Eddie Jones ahead of semi-final – video Thank you for your feedback. Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Since you’re here… Rugby World Cup Share on Facebook Australia rugby union team Michael Cheika lifted the lid on his broken relationship with Rugby Australia bosses after confirming he will quit as Wallabies coach at the end of the year. Share on LinkedIn Read more Quick guide Our Rugby World Cup 2019 coverage • Fixtures, tables and results• Top try and points scorers• Stadium guide• Referee guide• Our latest minute-by-minute live reports• Sign up to The Breakdown, our free rugby union email newsletterTeam guidesPool A: Ireland, Japan, Russia, Samoa, ScotlandPool B: Canada, Italy, Namibia, New Zealand, South AfricaPool C: Argentina, England, France, Tonga, USAPool D: Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Uruguay, Wales Support The Guardian Rugby Australia released a statement quoting Castle that didn’t refer to any of Cheika’s criticisms. Castle thanked Cheika for his service and dedication and praised his passion for the role. Rugby union Share via Email Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace chairman Parish tribute to Charlton signing Williams

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace chairman Parish tribute to Charlton signing Williamsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has paid tribute to Jonny Williams after his departure yesterday.Williams has left Crystal Palace Football Club and joined League One side Charlton Athletic, bringing his 17 years at the south London club to a close.Parish said: “Jonny leaves today as a hugely admired, immensely popular and well respected figure. “He’s been with us since the age of 8, featuring heavily in our promotion winning season including starting in the final. He has great talent, and has always been a joy to have at the club. “I know we all hope he becomes a huge success at Charlton Athletic and continues to achieve great things with his beloved Wales.” last_img read more

Bodies of mountaineers Kuntal Karar Biplab Baidya reach home

first_imgKolkata: The bodies of mountaineers Kuntal Karar and Biplab Baidya reached the city airport on Saturday night.The duo, who had embarked on expedition to Kanchenjanga, had died a few days back due to their deteriorating health condition. The coffins of the two mountaineers reached the city on Saturday night and then the bodies were taken to Peace Haven. Kuntal’s body was taken to Howrah Mountaineering Club on Sunday morning where state Co-Operation minister Arup Roy, who is also an MLA from Howrah Madhya, paid tribute to him along with a sea of people who assembled to offer their condolence. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaHis body was taken to his residence at Kona area. The last rites was performed at the Banstala crematorium in Howrah. Minister of state for Sports and Youth Affairs Laxmi Ratan Shukla, who was supervising the last rites of Kuntal since his arrival in the city airport said: “It is extremely sad. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed me to go to the airport to receive the bodies. We have guidelines for mountaineers and we also conduct thorough health check of those people who go on mountain expedition.” Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe body of mountaineer Biplab Baidya was also taken to his residence in Sonarpur on Sunday morning. The local people and neighbours turned up in huge number to bid adieu to him. It may be mentioned that Ramesh Ray and Rudraprasad Halder – who were on Kanchenjanga expedition along with Kuntal and Biplab had also fallen sick during the Kanchenjanga expedition. They were treated at Kathmandu Hospital and they had reached the city a few days back. Another mountaineer from the state Dipankar Ghosh’s body was airlifted on Saturday and has been brought to Kathmandu. Ghosh had died during his expedition to Mount Makalu in Nepal. His body is expected to reach the state by Tuesday. He had successfully scaled the fifth highest peak in the world but while descending to the base camp went missing and later died.last_img read more

Twitter terror Arrests prompt concern over online extremism

GREECE, N.Y. — A few months after he turned 17 — and more than two years before he was arrested — Vincent Vetromile recast himself as an online revolutionary.Offline, in this suburb of Rochester, New York, Vetromile was finishing requirements for promotion to Eagle Scout in a troop that met at a local church. He enrolled at Monroe Community College, taking classes to become a heating and air conditioning technician. On weekends, he spent hours in the driveway with his father, a Navy veteran, working on cars.On social media, though, the teenager spoke in world-worn tones about the need to “reclaim our nation at any cost.” Eventually he subbed out the grinning selfie in his Twitter profile, replacing it with the image of a colonial militiaman shouldering an AR-15 rifle. And he traded his name for a handle: “Standing on the Edge.”That edge became apparent in Vetromile’s posts, including many interactions over the last two years with accounts that praised the Confederacy, warned of looming gun confiscation and declared Muslims to be a threat.In 2016, he sent the first of more than 70 replies to tweets from a fiery account with 140,000 followers, run by a man billing himself as Donald Trump’s biggest Canadian supporter. The final exchange came late last year.“Islamic Take Over Has Begun: Muslim No-Go Zones Are Springing Up Across America. Lock and load America!” the Canadian tweeted on December 12, with a video and a map highlighting nine states with Muslim enclaves.“The places listed are too vague,” Vetromile replied. “If there were specific locations like ‘north of X street in the town of Y, in the state of Z’ we could go there and do something about it.”Weeks later, police arrested Vetromile and three friends, charging them with plotting to attack a Muslim settlement in rural New York. And with extremism on the rise across the U.S., this town of neatly kept Cape Cods confronted difficult questions about ideology and young people — and technology’s role in bringing them together.___The reality of the plot Vetromile and his friends are charged with hatching is, in some ways, both less and more than what was feared when they were arrested in January.Prosecutors say there is no indication that the four — Vetromile, 19; Brian Colaneri, 20; Andrew Crysel, 18; and a 16-year-old The Associated Press isn’t naming because of his age — had set an imminent or specific date for an attack. Reports they had an arsenal of 23 guns are misleading; the weapons belonged to parents or other relatives.Prosecutors allege the four discussed using those guns, along with explosive devices investigators say were made by the 16-year-old, in an attack on the community of Islamberg.Residents of the settlement in Delaware County, New York — mostly African-American Muslims who relocated from Brooklyn in the 1980s — have been harassed for years by right-wing activists who have called it a terrorist training camp. A Tennessee man, Robert Doggart , was convicted in 2017 of plotting to burn down Islamberg’s mosque and other buildings.But there are few clues so far to explain how four with little experience beyond their high school years might have come up with the idea to attack the community. All have pleaded not guilty, and several defence attorneys, back in court Friday, are arguing there was no plan to actually carry out any attack, chalking it up to talk among buddies. Lawyers for the four did not return calls, and parents or other relatives declined interviews.“I don’t know where the exposure came from, if they were exposed to it from other kids at school, through social media,” said Matthew Schwartz, the Monroe County assistant district attorney prosecuting the case. “I have no idea if their parents subscribe to any of these ideologies.”Well beyond upstate New York, the spread of extremist ideology online has sparked growing concern. Google and Facebook executives went before the House Judiciary Committee this month to answer questions about their platforms’ role in feeding hate crime and white nationalism. Twitter announced new rules last fall prohibiting the use of “dehumanizing language” that risks “normalizing serious violence.”But experts said the problem goes beyond language, pointing to algorithms used by search engines and social media platforms to prioritize content and spotlight likeminded accounts.“Once you indicate an inclination, the machine learns,” said Jessie Daniels, a professor of sociology at New York’s Hunter College who studies the online contagion of alt-right ideology. “That’s exactly what’s happening on all these platforms … and it just sends some people down a terrible rabbit hole.”She and others point to Dylann Roof, who in 2015 murdered nine worshippers at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. In writings found afterward, Roof recalled how his interest in the shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin had prompted a Google search for the term “black on white crime.” The first site the search engine pointed him to was run by a racist group promoting the idea that such crime is common, and as he learned more, Roof wrote, that eventually drove his decision to attack the congregation.In the Rochester-area case, electronic messages between two of those arrested, seen by the AP, along with papers filed in the case suggest doubts divided the group.“I honestly see him being a terrorist,” one of those arrested, Crysel, told his friend Colaneri in an exchange last December on Discord, a messaging platform popular with gamers that has also gained notoriety for its embrace by some followers of the alt-right.“He also has a very odd obsession with pipe bombs,” Colaneri replied. “Like it’s borderline creepy.”It is not clear from the message fragment seen which of the others they were referencing. What is clear, though, is the long thread of frustration in Vetromile’s online posts — and the way those posts link him to an enduring conspiracy theory.___A few years ago, Vetromile’s posts on Twitter and Instagram touched on subjects like video games and English class.He made the honour roll as an 11th-grader but sometime thereafter was suspended and never returned, according to former classmates and others. The school district, citing federal law on student records, declined to provide details.Ron Gerth, who lives across the street from the family, recalled Vetromile as a boy roaming the neighbourhood with a friend, pitching residents on a leaf-raking service: “Just a normal, everyday kid wanting to make some money, and he figured a way to do it.” More recently, Gerth said, Vetromile seemed shy and withdrawn, never uttering more than a word or two if greeted on the street.Vetromile and suspect Andrew Crysel earned the rank of Eagle in Boy Scout Troop 240, where the 16-year-old was also a member. None ever warranted concern, said Steve Tyler, an adult leader.“Every kid’s going to have their own sort of geekiness,” Tyler said, “but nothing that would ever be considered a trigger or a warning sign that would make us feel unsafe.”Crysel and the fourth suspect, Colaneri, have been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a milder form of autism, their families have said. Friends described Colaneri as socially awkward and largely disinterested in politics. “He asked, if we’re going to build a wall around the Gulf of Mexico, how are people going to go to the beach?” said Rachael Lee, the aunt of Colaneri’s girlfriend.Vetromile attended community college with Colaneri before dropping out in 2017. By then, he was fully engaged in online conversations about immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, gun rights and Trump. Over time, his statements became increasingly militant.“We need a revolution now!” he tweeted in January, replying to a thread warning of a coming “war” over gun ownership.Vetromile directed some of his strongest statements at Muslims. Tweets from the Canadian account, belonging to one Mike Allen, seemed to push that button.In July 2017, Allen tweeted “Somali Muslims take over Tennessee town and force absolute HELL on terrified Christians.” Vetromile replied: “@realDonaldTrump please do something about this!”A few months later, Allen tweeted: “Czech politicians vote to let citizens carry guns, shoot Muslim terrorists on sight.” Vetromile’s response: “We need this here!”Allen’s posts netted hundreds of replies a day, and there’s no sign he read Vetromile’s responses. But others did, including the young man’s reply to the December post about Muslim “no-go zones.”That tweet included a video interview with Martin Mawyer, whose Christian Action Network made a 2009 documentary alleging that Islamberg and other settlements were terrorist training camps. Mawyer linked the settlements, which follow the teachings of a controversial Pakistani cleric, to a group called Jamaat al-Fuqra that drew scrutiny from law enforcement in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1993, Colorado prosecutors won convictions of four al-Fuqra members in a racketeering case that included charges of fraud, arson and murder.Police and analysts have repeatedly said Islamberg does not threaten violence. Nevertheless, the allegations of Mawyer’s group continue to circulate widely online and in conservative media.Replying to questions by email, Mawyer said his organization has used only legal means to try to shut down the operator of the settlements.“Vigilante violence is always the wrong way to solve social or personal problems,” he said. “Christian Action Network had no role, whatsoever, in inciting any plots.”Online, though, Vetromile reacted with consternation to the video of Mawyer: “But this video just says ‘upstate NY and California’ and that’s too big of an area to search for terrorists,” he wrote.Other followers replied with suggestions. “Doesn’t the video state Red House, Virginia as the place?” one asked. Virginia was too far, Vetromile replied, particularly since the map with the tweet showed an enclave in his own state.When another follower offered a suggestion, Vetromile signed off: “Eh worth a look. Thanks.”The exchange ended without a word from the Canadian account, whose tweet started it.___Three months before the December exchange on Twitter, the four suspects started using a Discord channel dubbed “#leaders-only” to discuss weapons and how they would use them in an attack, prosecutors allege. Vetromile set up the channel, one of the defence attorneys contends, but prosecutors say they don’t consider any one of the four a leader.In November, the conversation expanded to a second channel: “#militia-soldiers-wanted.”At some point last fall the 16-year-old made a grenade — “on a whim to satisfy his own curiosity,” his lawyer said in a court filing that claims the teen never told the other suspects. That filing also contends the boy told Vetromile that forming a militia was “stupid.”But other court records contradict those assertions. Another teen, who is not among the accused, told prosecutors that the 16-year-old showed him what looked like a pipe bomb last fall and then said that Vetromile had asked for prototypes. “Let me show you what Vinnie gave me,” the young suspect allegedly said during another conversation, before leaving the room and returning with black explosive powder.In January, the 16-year-old was in the school cafeteria when he showed a photo to a classmate of one of his fellow suspects, wearing some kind of tactical vest. He made a comment like, “He looks like the next school shooter, doesn’t he?” according to Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan. The other student reported the incident, and questioning by police led to the arrests and charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism.The allegations have jarred a region where political differences are the norm. Rochester, roughly half white and half black and other minorities, votes heavily Democratic. Neighboring Greece, which is 87 per cent white, leans conservative. Town officials went to the Supreme Court to win a 2014 ruling allowing them to start public meetings with a chaplain’s prayer.The arrests dismayed Bob Lonsberry, a conservative talk radio host in Rochester, who said he checked Twitter to confirm Vetromile didn’t follow his feed. But looking at the accounts Vetromile did follow convinced him that politics on social media had crossed a dangerous line.“The people up here, even the hillbillies like me, we would go down with our guns and stand outside the front gate of Islamberg to protect them,” Lonsberry said. “It’s an aberration. But … aberrations, like a cancer, pop up for a reason.”___Online, it can be hard to know what is true and who is real. Mike Allen, though, is no bot.“He seems addicted to getting followers,” said Allen’s adult son, Chris, when told about the arrest of one of the thousands attuned to his father’s Twitter feed. Allen himself called back a few days later, leaving a brief message with no return number.But a few weeks ago, Allen welcomed in a reporter who knocked on the door of his home, located less than an hour from the Peace Bridge linking upstate New York to Ontario, Canada.“I really don’t believe in regulation of the free marketplace of ideas,” said Allen, a retired real estate executive, explaining his approach to social media. “If somebody wants to put bullshit on Facebook or Twitter, it’s no worse than me selling a bad hamburger, you know what I mean? Buyer beware.”Sinking back in a white leather armchair, Allen, 69, talked about his longtime passion for politics. After a liver transplant stole much of his stamina a few years ago, he filled downtime by tweeting about subjects like interest rates.When Trump announced his candidacy for president in 2015, in a speech memorable for labeling many Mexican immigrants as criminals, Allen said he was determined to help get the billionaire elected. He began posting voraciously, usually finding material on conservative blogs and Facebook feeds and crafting posts to stir reaction.Soon his account was gaining up to 4,000 followers a week.Allen said he had hoped to monetize his feed somehow. But suspicions that Twitter “shadow-banning” was capping gains in followers made him consider closing the account. That was before he was shown some of his tweets and the replies they drew from Vetromile — and told the 19-year-old was among the suspects charged with plotting to attack Islamberg.“And they got caught? Good,” Allen said. “We’re not supposed to go around shooting people we don’t like. That’s why we have video games.”Allen’s own likes and dislikes are complicated. He said he strongly opposes taking in refugees for humanitarian reasons, arguing only immigrants with needed skills be admitted. He also recounted befriending a Muslim engineer in Pakistan through a physics blog and urging him to move to Canada.Shown one of his tweets from last year — claiming Czech officials had urged people to shoot Muslims — Allen shook his head.“That’s not a good tweet,” he said quietly. “It’s inciting.”Allen said he rarely read replies to his posts — and never noticed Vetromile’s.“If I’d have seen anybody talking violence, I would have banned them,” he said.He turned to his wife, Kim, preparing dinner across the kitchen counter. Maybe he should stop tweeting, he told her. But couldn’t he continue until Trump was reelected?“We have a saying, ‘Oh, it must be true, I read it on the internet,’” Allen said, before showing his visitor out. “The internet is phoney. It’s not there. Only kids live in it and old guys, you know what I mean? People with time on their hands.”The next day, Allen shut down his account, and the long narrative he spun all but vanished.___AP investigative researcher Randy Herschaft in New York contributed to this story. Geller can be reached at or at Geller, The Associated Press read more

Trying tyrants for human rights abuses validates UN Georgia tells Assembly

International efforts, albeit halting, to punish perpetrators of crimes against humanity validate the very essence of the United Nations, Georgia has told the General Assembly, citing progress made since the end of the Cold War 20 years ago.“Slowly, too slowly, new rules are emerging, and even these rules are still too rarely applied,” Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said yesterday. “Step by step, though, tyrants start to fear that they could one day be held accountable for their crimes.“There will be, I am convinced, less and less tolerance for ethnic cleansing and other war crimes that have stained my country and so many others. This is the very reason of our existence as the United Nations, is it not? To make the world a little better, to finally enforce the rules, charters, laws and principles on which we all have agreed.”Turning to Georgia’s relations with Russia, Mr. Saakashvili said the Russian military currently occupied 20 per cent of Georgia’s sovereign territory, in violation of international law and an August 2008 ceasefire agreement.Fighting broke out in August 2008 between Georgian forces and South Ossetian and Abkhaz separatists and their Russian allies. South Ossetia and Abkhazia each subsequently declared their independence from Georgia, and those declarations have been recognized by Russia and several other countries.“As I speak, more than 450,000 IDPs [internally displaced persons] and refugees continue to suffer because they are denied their rights, a right reaffirmed over a dozen times by this very house, to return to their homes and villages,” Mr. Saakashvili said, referring to ethnic Georgians who fled the fighting.“They cannot go back because, in Moscow, a foreign leader has decided that their home is no longer their home. To such cynicism and brutality we respond with calls for justice and commitments to peace,” he added, noting that almost a year ago Georgia renounced the use of force.“One year and we still are waiting for Russia’s leadership to reciprocate this gesture of peace. Unfortunately, instead of dialogue the response we have received has come in the form of a dozen terrorist attacks targeting Georgia, attacks directly organized and supervised by confirmed officers of the Russian secret services.” Although the Cold War is over, “blackmails and brutal diktats” are still used against Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, and even the Baltic States face manipulations and neo-colonial games with their minorities, he said.“The Cold War is over, but the old Soviet habit to play on ethnic and religious hatreds is still alive,” he added, stressing that Eastern Europe’s so-called colour revolutions and the recent Arab Spring, both of which saw the fall of long-entrenched regimes, would not have been possible if the Soviet Union still existed. 23 September 2011International efforts, albeit halting, to punish perpetrators of crimes against humanity validate the very essence of the United Nations, Georgia has told the General Assembly, citing progress made since the end of the Cold War 20 years ago. read more

TSX lower economic worries send oil prices down traders look to budget

TSX lower: economic worries send oil prices down, traders look to budget talks by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 4, 2012 4:48 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Tuesday as falling oil and gold prices punished resource stocks and traders awaited the next development in the U.S. fiscal standoff between Republicans and Democrats.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 32.56 points to 12,137.18 while the TSX Venture Exchange shed 15.25 points to 1,192.75.The Canadian dollar was up 0.17 of a cent to 100.68 cents US after the Bank of Canada announced it is leaving its key interest rate unchanged at one per cent, a reflection of economic weakness across the globe.Traders also took in quarterly and annual earnings from the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) that beat estimates.BMO had a fourth-quarter profit of $1.08-billion, up 41 per cent from a year ago.The bank’s adjusted earnings amounted to $1.65 per share, beating estimates by 22 cents a share. The quarter brought Bank of Montreal’s total net income for the 2012 financial year to $4.19 billion, up 35 per cent from last year and its shares added 34 cents to $59.63.U.S. indexes were lower with the Dow Jones industrials down 13.82 points to 12,951.78, the Nasdaq was 5.51 points lower to 2,996.69 while the S&P 500 index lost 2.41 points to 1,407.05.Market attention has focused almost exclusively on heading off the automatic big spending cuts and significant tax increases that are to be imposed at the beginning of 2013. The worry is that the combination would dramatically slow the U.S. economy and likely push it over a “fiscal cliff” and back into recession.Traders were unimpressed with a late day development Monday that saw Republicans put forward a proposal calling for raising the eligibility age for Medicare, lowering cost-of-living hikes for Social Security benefits and bringing in $800 billion in higher tax revenue.The plan relies more on politically-sensitive spending cuts and would raise half the $1.6 trillion in revenue proposed by President Barack Obama over the coming decade. But it would keep the Bush-era tax cuts, including those for wealthier earners. Obama has said tax hikes for the very wealthy are a must.“There’s obviously much gamesmanship going on at the political level,” said Jim Muir, director at Fraser, Mackenzie.“You believe that they both want some sort of solution but I guess they’re going to read how the wind is blowing and see who is going to give a little. Each has a constituency and they don’t want to be seen up front as giving away.”The energy sector led decliners, down 1.12 per cent as worries about economic weakness stemming from a worrisome U.S. manufacturing report released Monday sent oil prices lower with the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 59 cents to US$88.50 a barrel and the energy sector was down 0.54 per cent. Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) was down 52 cents to C$42.31.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) fell 76 cents to $27.43 after it said it has set a 2013 capital budget of $6.9 billion, which is about $500 million more than the Calgary-based energy company’s capital spending this year. The biggest increase is at CNQ’s Horizon oilsands mining project, which will see its budget rise to $2.55 billion next year from $1.68 billion in 2012.The tech sector fell 0.69 per cent as CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) lost 35 cents to $22.97.Celestica Inc. (TSX:CLS) rose 11 cents to $7.35. The Toronto-based global manufacturing services company says it expects to pay US$7.80 per share to buy back about 22.4 million shares, or about 12 per cent of its outstanding stock. The buyback price was determined by a bidding process known as a modified Dutch auction.The base metals group was off 0.22 per cent while March copper prices gave up a two-cent climb to close unchanged at US$3.66 a pound. The metal had earlier benefited for a second day on a strong Chinese manufacturing report. China, the world’s second-biggest economy, is the largest consumer of the metal. Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ) moved 19 cents lower to $7.16.Telecoms were also weak as Telus Corp. (TSX:T) fell 46 cents to $64.35.The gold sector was flat as bullion for February closed at a one-month low below the psychologically important US$1,700 mark, losing $25.30 to US$1,695.80 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) was ahead 56 cents to $37.85 while Iamgold (TSX:IMG) faded 18 cents to $11.44.Among stocks making big moves, shares in pipeline company ShawCor Ltd. (TSX: SCL.A) tumbled 14 per cent to $39.47, a day after it announced a strategic review revealed that an acceptable buyout offer is “highly unlikely” in the current market. However, it added that it will continue to review and consider a range of strategic alternatives, but said it could give no assurance any particular transaction would take place.In New York, Darden Restaurants fell 9.58 per cent to US$47.40 after the owner of the Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant chains revised its earnings outlook for fiscal 2013. Separately, analysts at Credit Suisse said that restaurant goers would “quickly lose their appetite,” if the U.S. went over the “cliff,” because the job cuts that would likely follow would curb discretionary spending.Meanwhile, talks between the 27 European Union finance ministers got under way in Brussels.They hope to agree on the set-up of a new supervisory body, which will be headed by the European Central Bank and will hold wide-ranging authority over banks.But Germany and France, the continent’s two largest economic powers, disagree on how many banks the ECB should be allowed to oversee, when it should start, and what its final powers should be. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ban to set up probe into deadly attack on UNSyrian Arab Red

According to a statement issued today by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, in the evening of 19 September, as 31 trucks delivered lifesaving assistance in Urum al-Kubra, a few kilometres west of Aleppo city, humanitarians came under fire.At least 18 people, including the head of the SARC in Urum al-Kubra, were killed. The warehouse where supplies were being unloaded, as well as a nearby medical clinic, were also severely damaged, according to the statement.The Board of Inquiry will ascertain the facts of the incident and report to the Secretary-General upon the completion of its work, after which, he will review the findings and decide what further steps to take. “The Secretary-General urges all parties concerned to cooperate fully with the Board,” the statement concludes. read more

Nicaragua crisis still cause for concern amid murder torture allegations Bachelet

Presenting an update on the situation, Ms. Bachelet told Member States that the number of rights violations had fallen since February, when both sides met to resolve their differences.“Between August 2018 and July 2019, human rights violations continued to occur in Nicaragua,” Ms. Bachelet told the Human Rights Council. “However, since the end of February 2019, when the Government and the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy resumed their dialogue, the number of violations against life and personal integrity has decreased, proof that dialogue is a possible and peaceful way to overcome the crisis.”An agreement between the authorities and the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy had also resulted in the release of 492 people – 452 ​​men and 40 women – Ms. Bachelet said. But she appealed to the authorities to investigate reports of murders and the torture of demonstrators who had taken part in the 2018 protests.“It is a source of concern that, at the time of finalizing the report, my Office received corroborated information on some homicides and attempted homicides that took place between June and July 2019 mostly in the department of Jinotega and in the border area between Honduras and Nicaragua,” she said.Freedom of expression had been restricted in various ways too, she added, from the closure of independent media outlets and the retention of their property and equipment, to the imprisonment of journalists for several months.In addition, leading human rights groups have seen their legal registrations cancelled after being accused of supporting the 2018 protests, the rights chief insisted, while the right to peaceful assembly had also been impeded by the new police requirement for permits to carry out public gatherings.Ms. Bachelet also noted that her Office had verified the arbitrary expulsion of university students critical of the Government and the unfair dismissal of doctors who treated injured people during the protests, as well as professors “not aligned” with the Government.After describing the authorities’ actions in pursuing accountability for rights violations as “insufficient”, Ms. Bachelet pointed out apart from one individual who had benefited from a recent amnesty, her Office was “not aware of any other investigation, prosecution or conviction” against security forces or pro-Government armed elements.“To date, the justice system in Nicaragua has not guaranteed accountability for serious human rights violations,” she added, while also noting an agreement by the Government to strengthen citizens’ rights had not been respected.“The Government considers the negotiations to be over,” she added. In her address to the Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet said that abuses have continued against activists who opposed social security reforms in the Central American state, more than 100 of whom are still in prison. Last year, the High Commissioner’s Office highlighted reports of repression against protesters and “a climate of fear” that left hundreds dead and thousands injured.#Nicaragua: Despite some improvement since the resumption of political dialogue in February, serious #HumanRights concerns persist. UN Human Rights Chief @mbachelet updates #HRC42 on the situation in the country.Learn more:— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) September 10, 2019 read more

Pictures Millions of barefoot devotees take part in Manila Black Nazarene procession

first_imgMILLIONS OF DEVOTEES packed the streets of the Philippine capital Manila yesterday for one of the world’s biggest Catholic parades, honouring a statue of Jesus Christ they believe has miraculous powers.Braving suffocating heat, pilgrims clambered over one another to touch the Black Nazarene during the ebony-hued wooden statue’s slow procession from Manila’s main park to a historic church.“This has been a family tradition for years, and the Nazarene has given us many blessings over the years,” housewife Josephine Manalastas told AFP after she and her 80-year-old mother survived being trampled by the surging crowd.Mother and daughter were taken to an ambulance nearby for treatment after a section of the crowd at the park stampeded over a steel barrier protecting the statue’s carriage. Medical staff said they were uninjured.[Image: Aaron Favila/AP/Press Association Images]Large numbers of police were mustered to help maintain order along the six-kilometre route, but organisers said at least 300 devotees were injured, and one person suffered a potentially fatal stroke.Schools declared a holiday and police estimated hundreds of thousands of pilgrims had turned up by sunrise.Hours later, church organisers said this year’s crowd had outnumbered the estimated nine million who attended last year, although the number could not be independently verified.As the procession got underway, devotees climbed on each other’s shoulders to kiss the statue or wipe it with white towels and handkerchiefs.Others fought over a pair of thick lengths of rope that the pilgrims used to pull the carriage.In scenes reminiscent of a rock concert mosh pit, one determined woman surfed the crowd to reach the icon, only to fall back afterwards and be swallowed up by the massive sea of humanity.Police snipers keep watch during the procession [Bullit Marquez/AP/Press Association Images]More than 80 percent of the Philippines’ 100 million people are Catholic, a legacy of four centuries of Spanish colonial rule, making it Asia’s main bastion of the faith.The country is deeply religious, but yesterday’s march through Manila’s old quarter — the biggest religious event in the country — is an extreme form of veneration.The life-sized statue was brought to Manila by Augustinian priests from Mexico in 1607, decades after the start of colonial rule.It was believed to have acquired its colour after it was partially burnt when the galleon carrying it caught fire.Many Filipinos believe the icon is miraculous and that by joining the procession, barefoot as a mark of humility, their prayers will be answered.last_img read more

I got the letter under my door to say I was starting

first_img 9 Comments ‘I got the letter under my door to say I was starting but then I was told I wasn’t in the 23’ Former Ireland and Leinster flanker Eric Miller looks back on the highs and lows of the 1997 Lions tour in South Africa. 31,217 Views Test favourites emerging but back three a major concern for the Lions‘To have played two games and lost two games is pretty frustrating for me’ Short URL Ireland’s Eric Miller in action for the Lions back in 1997. Image: INPHO Follow us: Jun 14th 2017, 11:45 AM center_img Ireland’s Eric Miller in action for the Lions back in 1997. Share16 Tweet Email3 Image: INPHO By Ryan Bailey Wednesday 14 Jun 2017, 11:45 AM FROM EXHILARATING HIGHS to excruciating lows, life on tour — particularly a Lions one, arguably the most physically and mentally demanding of them all — can be a rollercoaster of emotions.Rugby, perhaps like no other sport, is a game of fluctuating fortunes. It possesses the ability to serve up thrilling highs followed by crushing lows in the blink of an eye. There’s never any warning.We’ve already seen that on the 2017 tour, as Stuart Hogg heads home with his Lions dreams in tatters after an accidental collision with Conor Murray. The fickleness of it all underlined in one freak incident and the Scottish full back’s heartbreaking words a reminder of how quickly things can change.Eric Miller very nearly went through similar torment 20 years ago as he found himself sitting in a South African hospital with his Lions fate resting in the hands of a doctor’s opinion.At some stage during his first appearance on tour, Miller, then just 21 and the youngest member of the 1997 squad, sustained a bang to the face in the warm-up fixture against Border. He doesn’t remember it happening, perhaps because of the adrenaline, but largely because it only flared up after the game.“I was taken to hospital as a precaution,” Miller recalls. “The doctor instantly knew I had broken my cheekbone. Hearing those words was just the worst nightmare because you know, deep down, that’s it. You’re gone and heading home.”Miller had been riding the crest of a wave after a breakthrough and remarkable season with Leicester Tigers which also saw him win his first Ireland cap, against Italy.After helping the English club to the 1997 Heineken Cup final, where they were eventually beaten by Brive in Cardiff, Miller was one of six Leicester players named in Ian McGeehan’s squad, with Martin Johnson, Will Greenwood, Austin Healy, Graham Rowntree and Neil Back making up the rest of the Welford Road contingent. Source: EMPICS SportWith back row competition strong, Miller made a strong start to the tour by carrying his club form into that second outing, an 18-14 win over Border in East London, but a matter of hours after the game he was confronted by the very real prospect of that being that.From the highlight of a career heading on a steep upward trajectory to rock bottom in the space of an afternoon.“My cheek felt numb but nothing compared to what you’re feeling when you’re told your tour is over,” he continues.“Fortunately for me the Lions doctors were experienced and they deal with these injuries all the time. They decided I was going for a second opinion and that saved me.“I think it was in the same hospital but a different doctor said that it was in an area which wasn’t serious enough to deem me unfit to play and I was given the all-clear. These are the injuries and things that go on on tour that you don’t hear about. I was very nearly on that plane home.”After an almighty scare, Miller’s dreams and hopes of playing in that first Test match against the Springboks at Newlands in Cape Town were still alive, albeit hanging by a thread.Whether it was the innocence of youth or just Miller’s unflinching confidence in his own ability, the former Wesley College student was able to pick himself back up and not let the injury knock him off course.There were still six weeks until the serious business of the tour so time was on his side, and further appearances in the warm-up games meant it was becoming impossible to ignore Miller as an option for the first Test.“I had no baggage going into that tour so it all flowed for me quite well,” he explains. “I was only 21 and starting off. It might have been naivety but I knew if I played and played well I could get in the team. Only now do I realise how lucky I was to be selected in the first place.“We were also empowered with the freedom to go out and play. We played some great rugby and players were allowed to express themselves in a way that isn’t always the case on Lions tours.” Miller had a sensational season and continued that form into the Lions tour. Source: INPHOA year previous, Miller had helped the Ireland U21s win the Triple Crown but such was his rate of development and level of performance he found himself in a back row unit alongside Lawrence Dallaglio and Richard Hill.Still eligible to line out for Ireland’s underage side in 1997, Miller was drafted into the senior squad by the national selectors and featured in Five Nations games against France, Wales and England.International honours came after his big breakthrough at Welford Road, displacing Leicester stalwart Dean Richards at number eight as the Tigers went on to win the Pilkington Cup (Anglo-Welsh Cup) as well as their European odyssey. Lions selection capped a memorable year.His inclusion in the travelling party was a surprise, but at the same time it wasn’t. He was the in-form back-rower and his outstanding contributions in the provincial matches enhanced his claims for a Test berth further.“I didn’t appreciate how lucky I was because I was so young,” Miller admits. “I can’t really remember being overly excited about it. It was a bonus to be selected at such a young age but looking back on it, I don’t remember sweating like I would have been in other years.“I took it in my stride without sort of thinking I was going to get it, it was an innocent reaction and some of my team-mates from Leicester were going so it just seemed like a natural progression to go after a good season. I was playing with these guys and I just happened to be going on the Lions tour with them.”The week of the first Test arrived. 21 June 1997.The Lions had won seven of their eight matches to this point and did so with a stylish and expansive brand of rugby which, as Miller recalls, created a strong bond and unity, as well as a positive atmosphere, within the group.“Things were going really well,” he says. ”We had decided as a group that selection for games would happen with a letter through the door. This way lads could share the joy or disappointment with their families but not in front of each other unless they wanted. Making a break in the 42-12 win over Natal Sharks in Durban. Source: EMPICS Sport“So you’d get the letter under your hotel room door and it would be you’re starting, you’re in the 23 or commiserations you’re not involved.”Miller watched from the sidelines as the tourists beat the Emerging Springboks in Wellington on the Tuesday before the first Test so had a good indication that he’d be involved in some capacity on the Saturday.He just had to wait for that letter under his door to find out would his involvement be from the start or off the bench — but another sinking low would lie around the corner.During the final warm-up game, Miller — watching from the stands — started to feel unwell and by the time Wednesday morning arrived, he had been struck down by a flu which had infected the camp.“I got the letter through the door and I was starting the first Test but it went from elation, just like the Boland experience with my cheekbone, to devastation,” he explains.“The same night I was told I was starting, I was then told I wasn’t in the 23 because of the flu. I hadn’t been 100% but I was confident I’d shake it off before the match but the management wanted clarity and a fully fit squad so they told me no, I wasn’t right.“Being young it was so frustrating as I knew I’d be fine but I wasn’t really involved in making that call. I was quite surprised to be ruled out the same night as being selected.”His own plight of missing out on a game of rugby paled into insignificance when he heard devastating news from home.Highs and lows, ups and downs.“It’s hard to say, even now, but it was a tough day. My friend from primary school did some harm to himself and unfortunately he passed away. It was a particularly bad day. I remember it now. It was one of those days when everything is just heaped on you but you have to bounce back.” Miller was one of a number of players struck down by flu during the tour. Source: INPHOSomehow, Miller did. He picked himself back up and conjured a huge performance in the midweek game between the first and second Tests to earn a place on the bench for Durban.“After receiving the news on the Thursday before the first Test, they got me in the gym on the Friday. I was distraught but was determined to get back. I ran on the treadmill for a few kilometres and I was just in pieces. It just wasn’t meant to be but I was innocent back then and didn’t bear any grudges. I just got on with it.“I just thought I’m going to go out next week and get back in the team and that was probably the right way to go about it but I was naive. It’s very hard to break up a winning side (the Lions won the first Test 25-16) but I had a belief that I was going to play. If I got picked for the first Test why wouldn’t I get picked for the second?”Having won the first Test convincingly thanks to tries from Matt Dawson and Alan Tait, the second encounter was a lot tighter as the Springboks looked for a big response at King’s Park.Three tries had put the hosts in the ascendancy but the boot of Neil Jenkins kept the Lions in the game before Jeremy Guscott’s drop goal edged McGeehan’s side into a 18-15 lead with 10 minutes remaining.With the contest so delicately poised, it didn’t appear Miller was going to get his chance from the bench as the Lions looked to close out the game and claim a famous series victory; but a late blood injury to Tim Rodber gave him the moment he was so desperate for.“I didn’t think of even warming up,” Miller jokes. “I didn’t really have the chance. Straight after the drop goal there was a blood injury and bang I was on. It was literally ‘Eric, you’re on’ and that was it. I sprung like a rabbit off the bench and it was flat-out defence for the last few minutes.“It was just a case of doing everything you can and what an amazing feeling it was being out there on the pitch for the win and to celebrate the series victory. It’s a game I’ll never forget, a day totally fresh in my mind. It was special.” Celebrating after the second Test in Durban. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOLooking back now, Miller savours those moments and cherishes the memories of that day because he knows it was his one and only Test appearance for the Lions.The following morning, the former Old Wesley man woke up feeling discomfort in his thigh and it quickly became apparent he had damaged it in those final few minutes holding off a ferocious South African onslaught.By Wednesday, he was ruled out of the third and final Test.“I was so naive and looked at it with a long-term view, thinking I’d have a couple more Lions tours ahead of me,” he says of suffering that injury.“As a 21-year-old I thought I’d come again but hindsight will teach you otherwise. I didn’t really understand it and certainly didn’t realise that was it but that’s just how things go.“A lot of very good things happened to me early in my career and I then struggled to cope with having experienced such highs early. I probably took a bit of a lax attitude as we had won the series and missing that third game wasn’t a huge deal at the time. I wasn’t as disappointed as I should have been.“I didn’t take it for granted but thought if I played to my potential I would always have a great chance of being picked and that didn’t always happen. It was a stiff learning curve as I would have hoped to go in 2001 and 2005 but it didn’t flow like that.”Miller would go on to win 44 more caps for Ireland as well as helping Leinster lift the Celtic League in 2001 but he was overlooked for the tours to Australia and New Zealand as a combination of injury and back row competition meant he didn’t reach that level again. Receiving treatment from physio Mark Davies for the thigh injury which ended his tour. Source: EMPICS SportOn one hand, it gives Miller a greater appreciation of what he achieved in 1997 as he became the youngest forward in the modern era to play in a Test match for the Lions, emulating the feat of the great Willie John McBride who was 22 when he faced the Springboks in 1962.But there is a certain disappointment and regret there, largely because he got a taste of it and wasn’t able to experience it again.“Every four years I go through a period of mourning,” he admits. “The senses are heightened when the Lions are playing and you want to jump back on the pitch and do it all again.“When you retire you still have an emotional attachment to the game and it’s hard to watch as you feel you’re missing out but I’m at a stage in my life where I can appreciate it all and watch on.“Doing that just reminds you that it was me one day and I’ll never forget that because not only was it the Lions but as players we were allowed to go out and play with freedom and express yourself.“You realise how huge it was as the years pass.”– First published 11.45, 14 JuneThe42 is on Instagram! 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Ogden Merges Two Brands to Create New Title Mother Earth Living

first_imgExisting subscribers to the two magazines will automatically get the new one. “By calling on the resources of our flagship brand—Mother Earth News—we can provide advertisers with a larger marketing platform and reach a wider audience than we could with the smaller publications separately,” said Ogden publisher and editorial director Bryan Welch in a statement. Natural Home & Garden editor Jessica Kellner will become editor-in-chief of Mother Earth Living. No layoffs are associated with the move, says a company spokesperson. The existing staffs of the two magazines will be combined to support the new title. Ogden Publications, a media company targeting the sustainable and rural lifestyle markets, is merging two of its titles into a new magazine. Natural Home & Garden and The Herb Companion will be combined to create Mother Earth Living, a brand more closely tied to the company’s main title Mother Earth News.The new title will be bimonthly, hitting newsstands in October. Ogden says early, conservative estimates on circulation for Mother Earth Living are just over 100,000 copies. Natural Home & Garden and The Herb Companion had circulations of 54,000 and 70,000, respectively. The websites for the two brands will also be discontinued and merged into a new site for Mother Earth Living.last_img read more

Visit the Philippines Again 2016 campaign launched to lure more foreign tourists

first_imgThe Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) of Philippines have launched the ‘Visit the Philippines Again (VPA) 2016’ campaign, which is not only aimed to attract more foreign visitors to the country but also to make them want to revisit the country.Tourism in the country is expected to benefit from events like the Asian Tourism Forum 2016 and Routes Asia 2016 for jetsetters and business people, Madrid Fusion Manila 2016 for foodies, 2016 Ironman 70, the Asia-Pacific Championship for the sports and outdoor enthusiast, and the MTV Music Evolution 2016 for music and concert lovers.VPA 2016 is a retail based campaign to drive urgency and excitement among foreign travellers to visit the Philippines and return in 2016. Special discounts on flights, hotel accommodations and tour packages can be availed after simply presenting proof of previous visits.“The Indian market has continued to be one of the important contributors of international visitors to the Philippines. India has jumped up to the 12th position for tourist arrivals in the Philippines till September 2015, with over 22.40% more Indians choosing the country as their preferred travel destination. The month of February in 2015 showed the impressive growth of arrivals of almost 40%,” said SanJeet, Tourism Attaché, Philippines Tourism Marketing Office, India.last_img read more

Consumers More Optimistic About Housing the Economy

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Confidence Demand Fannie Mae Home Equity Home Prices Home Sales Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2013-02-07 Tory Barringer in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Consumers More Optimistic About Housing, the Economy Sharecenter_img Consumers are showing increased confidence in home sales and a greater sense of job security, according to the results of “”Fannie Mae’s””: most recent “”National Housing Survey””:[IMAGE]January’s findings show 41 percent of respondents believe home prices will go up in the next year, a decline of 2 percentage points from December’s high. However, the share who believe prices will fall also dropped, returning to a survey low of 10 percent.The average 12-month home price change expectation in January was 2.4 percent, a slight decrease from December’s high of 2.6 percent.Twenty-three percent of respondents say now is a good time to sell a house, up 2 percentage points from December and 12 percentage points year-over-year, while 69 percent say now is a good time to buy–a slight decline from December.The share of respondents who would buy if they were going to move held steady at 65 percent, while the share who would rent fell a bit to 30 percent.””The housing market continues to firm, with consumer home price expectations for both rental and ownership properties near the strongest levels that we’ve seen in the survey’s two-and-a-half-year history,”” said Doug Duncan, SVP and chief economist at Fannie Mae. “”Concerns about job loss are waning as payrolls are growing–a trend that may give potential homebuyers more confidence that they can meet the financial obligation of homeownership.””Duncan added that the continuing upward trend in consumers who say now is a good time to sell may reflect two related events: “”First, homeowners see that home prices are improving. Second, the number of homeowners who are underwater is declining, reducing a barrier for those owners who need to sell their home in order to buy a new one.””On the financial front, 39 percent of respondents believe the economy is on the right track, up from 38 percent in December but down from 45 percent in November. The share who said the economy is on the wrong track fell to 53 percent, a 1 percentage point drop.Twenty-three percent of respondents said their household income is significantly higher than it was a year ago (flat from December), while 43 percent expect their personal financial situation to improve over the next year–a rise of 3 percentage points. The share of respondents reporting significantly higher household expenses compared to 12 months ago rose to 38 percent, the highest level since December 2011.The employment outlook was also better: The percentage who expressed concern about losing their job in the next year declined 1 percentage point to 19 percent, a survey low.The findings stand in stark contrast to “”several other””: “”consumer confidence reports””: published in January, most of which showed increased pessimism following the payroll tax hike. February 7, 2013 427 Views last_img read more

MUMBAI India Taj Hotels Resorts Palaces has b

first_imgMUMBAI, India. Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces has been recognized for excellence and service for its properties, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives and Taj West End Bangalore, at the Leading Hotels of the World Annual Convention held in Venice, Italy in November. The hotels have been honored for their high standards and commitment to excellence, following a rigorous, anonymous inspection covering hundreds of meticulous criteria.Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives was awarded the eighth annual Commitment to Quality Award in the Asia Pacific region and was also named the Grand Prize Winner for Commitment to Quality for displaying outstanding levels of quality in all elements of a luxury hotel experience. The resort scored an overall average of 95.6%, the highest rating within the Leading Quality Assurance audit. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives is an intimate and romantic island resort lush with tropical plants and encircled with clear blue waters. With initiatives to substantially reduce its carbon footprint, the resort is Maldives’ first Green Globe Certified resort. Over the last year, the resort has introduced new restaurants and revitalized accommodations with private pools added to all Deluxe Lagoon Villas. Its Jiva Grande Spa offers a range of Indian wellness signature treatments and rituals.Taj West End, Bangalore has been presented the fourth annual Commitment to Excellence award for the community category, which acknowledges hotels that make an exceptional effort towards community development, extending beyond service to areas of the environment, community outreach and cultural support. Going beyond its purview of hospitality, the hotel has engaged in community development consistent with Taj’s corporate policy, which emphasizes creating sustainable livelihoods and building community through social outreach programs in health, education, empowerment of women and youth, and employee volunteering. The main causes include reducing malnutrition, promoting indigenous artisans and craftsmen and increasing employability by sharing of Taj’s core competencies. Taj Hotels encourages disability recruitment and empowerment of candidates from vulnerable socio-economic backgrounds.Taj West End, Bangalore was also honored in the Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers Travel Awards 2009, listed among the top 10 overseas business hotels in world.###About The Leading Hotels of the World Ltd The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. is the prestigious luxury hospitality organization representing more than 450 of the world’s finest hotels, resorts and spas, and is the operator of and – the online sources for your luxury lifestyle. As the largest international luxury hotel brand, the firm maintains offices in 22 major markets across the globe. Since 1928, the company’s reputation for excellence derives from the exacting levels of quality it demands of its members, each of which must pass a rigorous, anonymous inspection covering hundreds of meticulous criteria spanning from product to behavioral standards. This set of standards is the most stringent in the industry. For reservations and information, visit Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces Established in 1903, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia’s largest and finest groups of hotels, comprising 66 hotels in 45 locations across India with an additional 15 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Rajput palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. The Taj, a symbol of Indian hospitality, completed the centenary of its landmark hotel, The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Mumbai. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India’s premier business house.last_img read more

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