Karunanidhi does not exist without Congress(I) support: M.G. Ramachandran

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first_imgMGR: cordial ties with the CentreM.G. Ramachandran (MGR), the super star of Tamil films who first became Tamil Nadu’s chief minister four years ago, is actually a Malayalee. Born of a poor plantation labourer about 65 years ago in Kandy (Sri Lanka), his actual name is Maruthur Gopala Ramachandra Menon.His,MGR: cordial ties with the CentreM.G. Ramachandran (MGR), the super star of Tamil films who first became Tamil Nadu’s chief minister four years ago, is actually a Malayalee. Born of a poor plantation labourer about 65 years ago in Kandy (Sri Lanka), his actual name is Maruthur Gopala Ramachandra Menon. His poverty-ridden childhood and youth are obscure. Not much is known about this period except that his father died when he was a child, that his mother laboured to raise her three children (two boys and one girl), that he had to fight all the way to make it to the top.Fame and recognition came to him rather late, in the ’60s, even though he played a major role as early as 1947, in a Tamil film Rajakumari. MGR’s political awareness coincided with the beginning of his serious film career in the late ’40s. It was E. V. Ramaswamy Naicker (EVR), the founder of the Dravida Kazhagam (VfK.) who fired his political imagination. It was also at this time that he came into contact with C. N. Annadurai and M.Karunanidhi. When Annadurai quit the DK and formed the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), MGR followed him along with Karunanidhi. “Anna” became the first DMK chief minister of Tamil Nadu in 1967; he died in ’69 and was succeeded by the wily scriptwriter Karunanidhi.MGR always played the good guy’s role in most of his films: no drinking, smoking, swearing, gambling or womanis-ing. He stuck to this Mr Clean image in real life too. He didn’t like the way Karunanidhi ran the party and government, and the party’s funds in particular. As the party’s treasurer he demanded to know how DMK finances were being used and promptly got sacked from the party by Karunanidhi. MGR formed his All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in 1972.advertisementPeople know I am sincere and they believe what I tell them. The moment they lose faith in me, MGR the hero becomes a zero !Following the dismissal of Karunanidhi’s government by Mrs Gandhi during the Emergency on charges of corruption and inefficiency, MGR swept the polls and became the state’s chief minister in 1977. His government too was dismissed by Mrs Gandhi early last year, but MGR and his party were returned to power in May last year with a thumping majority.MGR sports a fur cap on his bald head and wears dark glasses all the time. Simple and unpretentious, he continues to live in his private residence at Ramavaram, a suburb 15 km from Madras. He rarely meets the press and grants few interviews. Last week, he invited India Today Senior Editor S. Venkat Narayan and Correspondent Raj Chengappa for an exclusive interview. Dressed in white dhoti and shirt, MGR turned out to be a gentle soul who keeps his cool. The marathon four-hour session began with lunch and ended with coffee. He spoke in Tamil and the interview was conducted in a relaxed fashion with the help of two interpreters. MGR switched off the air-conditioner himself so that the conversation could be taped properly. He disconnected the telephone too and asked the photographer to stop taking pictures because it disturbed his concentration. Even though his poverty deprived him of a good education, he is endowed with native intelligence and possesses an endearing sense of humour. Presently he is working on his autobiography which is being serialised in a Tamil weekly. He speaks as if he is delivering dialogues in a film. Excerpts from the interview:Q. What are the most important achievements of your four-year rule ?A. We were able to reopen sick and strike-bound mills and make them economically viable. In sericulture, we produced two lakh jobs. Nearly one lakh additional jobs were created in the handloom industry. The safety match industry was expanded to create additional jobs for 1,50,000 people. We accorded recognition to over 2,68,000 schoolteachers as government servants and provided job security to that many families.It’s my government which fixed minimum wages for landless farm labourers. We granted old age pensions to 25,000 old farmers. Another lakh of them will get such pensions in course of time. We are supplying electricity to Harijan homes and charging them a flat rate of Rs 2 a month. Lack of toilet facilities for women is a serious problem in our villages. In 570 villages I have arranged to provide such facilities.Q. Quite often, the non-Congress(I)-ruled states complain of step-motherly treatment by the Centre. You don’t seem to have this problem. As your opponent here is Mrs Gandhi’s political ally, how do you manage to have an apparently good relationship with her Government?A. A mother has to feed all her children. The vociferous lot among the children may get away with a little more than the others. But it doesn’t mean the mother starves the children who don’t fight with her. We have our own way of going about and getting quite a bit of what we want.Q. Does the Congresses alignment with the DMK seem genuine and natural to you?A. There’s been some misunderstanding between the Congress(I) and us. I decided against sponsoring Mrs Gandhi’s candidature for the Thanjavur parliamentary election (when she was out of power) at the last minute because I had definite information that if she had fought from there, her life would have been in danger.advertisementKarunanidhi was to have been her opponent. The violence that had occurred during the Chikmagalur byelection would have paled into insignificance compared to the violence that would have erupted at Thanjavur had Amma contested from there. I acted in good faith.My opponents spread lies to say that I backed out at the last minute because Morarji Desai threatened me. That’s rubbish. If that had been the case, why would I have backed a Congress(I) candidate at Thanjavur and ensured his victory? If I had incurred the wrath of some people in Amma’s party because of my reluctance to back her candidature at that time, then I have no regrets. Only time will tell whether what I did was right or wrong.Today Karunanidhi does not exist without Congress(I) support. He is a spent force now. In this state, parliamentary elections are one thing and assembly elections quite another. The whole of India wanted Mrs Gandhi back. In this state people were certain that they did not want Karunanidhi back. The Congress(I) won the parliamentary election because of Mrs Gandhi and not because of Karunanidhi. If people had wanted Karunanidhi back, they would have voted for the DMK in the last assembly election.Q. What are the chances of the AIADMK forming an alliance with the Congress(I)?A. If the Congress(I) can have an alliance with a man like Karunanidhi, there is no reason why it cannot have one with a man like me who had ordered a police firing to protect Amma against Karunanidhi’s goons when she visited Madras four years ago.We have had some differences of opinion. That’s why they went to the DMK. But it is we who have a more solid and meaningful relationship with the Congress(I). Our relationship is old and more durable.Q. What about the future?A. I am not thinking of what kind of relationship I should have with the Congress(I). I am thinking of such a relationship that will benefit the Tamil people the most. We already have a cordial relationship with the Centre. If we have a political understanding too between our two parties, there would be nothing like it. I hope it will come about in course of time. But I cannot predict what will or will not happen tomorrow.Q. The AIADMK appears to be basically an MGR show, doesn’t it?A. The AIADMK does not exist on a single individual called MGR. If MGR gives sustenance to the party, it’s because he reflects the policies and programmes of Anna. The day I stop doing it I will cease to count.Q. After you what will happen to the AIADMK ?A. Many people think that the AIADMK was formed in 1972 and that this five-year-old party came to power in 1977. But that’s not true. Anna formed the DMK in 1949. People accepted the AIADMK and voted it twice to power because they accept me and my party as the real inheritors of Anna’s legacy. In my party there are people who are more experienced than myself and they will continue to follow Anna’s policies even after I am gone.Q. What’s the difference between the AIADMK and the DMK in terms of policy?A. The DMK pursues Karunanidhi’s policies. In my party, we follow Anna’s ideals.Q. Can it be said that the DMK stopped winning elections when you left it ?A. Well, we formed the AIADMK in 1972. The DMK never really won a single major election victory since then.Q. The good guy roles you have played in those 150-odd films are clearly helping you a great deal!A. Well, I have played the villain’s role too in some films. Only I don’t play a villain’s role in real life! Whatever I promise to my people I try to implement to the best of my ability. People know I am sincere and believe what I tell them. The moment they lose faith in me, MGR the hero becomes a zero!Q. Why do you want to build a new capital?A. That’s because Madras has become just too overcrowded and unmanageable. Basic amenities like water, roads, sewage facilities and houses are grossly inadequate. This city wasn’t built in a planned way. We have now come to a stage where we have to alter the entire sewage system at a cost of Rs 50 crore and even then there is this danger of sewage pipes and drinking water pipes getting mixed up! We need to spend at least Rs 500 crore to improve basic amenities in Madras. Moreover, it is not accessible to all. What we need to spend to improve things in Madras can be used to build a first class state capital in the heart of Tamil Nadu.Q. All your life you have been a staunch prohibitionist. You had even imposed stiff punishment on breakers of the prohibition law in the name of wiping tears of mothers. Why have you scrapped it now?A. The law that was meant to wipe tears ended up swelling the eyes of mothers and wives with more tears. I found that it resulted in increased bootlegging, scores of deaths and thousands of jail sentences. This meant that breadwinners in thousands of families ended up in jail for breaking the law, thus reducing such families to destitution. That’s why I decided to change it.Q. Karunanidhi alleges that your party colleagues would have made at least Rs 15-20 crore in distributing liquor licences.A. Some time ago also, he made a similar charge and challenged me to sue him for defamation so that he could prove the charge. When I did file a case he changed his tactics and started accusing me that I was filing cases because I wanted to victimise him! So much for his allegations.Q. Your critics say that you sit on files for too long and that you are very suspicious about your officials’ motives. As a result things don’t get done fast.A. I don’t take decisions unless I have all the details of a particular case with me. I can take a right decision only when I know everything about something, isn’t it? You can’t blame me in such cases, can you? During Karunanidhi’s time, I am afraid the files were in a mess.advertisementThis is causing us problems now. Just one example. A certain project cost Rs 70 lakh in 1970. Karunanidhi approved it in 1972. By the time work began on it, it was 1974. We will need over Rs 330 lakh to finish this project, thanks to my worthy predecessor’s file-pushing efficiency. May I ask: what the hell was he doing sitting on the project for four blessed years’?Files are often found missing. One wise official took eight months to fish out one file! Another just didn’t know where his files were. The Sarkaria Commission had indicted one of Karunanidhi’s officials for changing currency notes worth over Rs 30 lakh into notes of smaller denominations when there were rumours about impending demonetisation. This being so, can you really blame me for my so-called suspicious nature?Q. Three years ago, you had said in an interview to India Today that you would like to see someone from the south occupy the prime minister’s chair.A. Just as there is decentralisation of power, there should be decentralisation of opportunities too so that any deserving person gets a chance to aspire for the highest office in the land. People all over the country must have confidence in the Central Government. They should think it is being fair to all the states. Once this is achieved, there will be no problem.Q. Do you think that someone from the south can hope to become India’s prime minister in the next five, 10 or 15 years? And who are the potential candidates ?A. Leaders are not chosen on the basis of a politician’s wishes! Gandhiji could say that Nehru would be his heir apparent. These days nobody can do that sort of thing.Q. Do you fancy yourself becoming the prime minister some day ?A. Instead, you should ask me: how long do you think you will continue as chief minister?last_img read more

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14-year-old Chinese prodigy clinches world snooker title

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first_imgYan Bingtao, the 14-year-old prodigy from China, created history by becoming the youngest player to win the men’s title in the IBSF World Snooker Championship after he overcame Pakistani’s Muhammad Sajjad 8-7 in a cliff-hanger final, here on Saturday.In a match that kept the result in suspense, both Bingtao and 28-year-old Sajjad exhibited snooker of highest class, but eventually, it boiled down to nerves in the 15th frame where the Pakistani paid the price for a loose shot that broke the bunch and the Chinese teenager made a break of 60 to clinch the crown.It was befitting that Bingtao, showing maturity that belied his tender age, won the title as he looked the better player while Sajjad who could not reproduce his semifinal form, was left heart-broken, especially after playing so well right until the final frame when he was punished for a bad shot.Earlier in the day, Wendy Jans of Belgium won her fourth women’s title and third on the trot when she beat Russia’s Anastasia Nachaeva 5-2 in the final while Phisit Chandsri (Thailand) retained the Masters crown with a hard-fought 6-5 win over Welshman Darren Morgan. The first session of seven frames in the men’s final was more of a hit-and-run with neither player able to settle into a consistent rhythm as their play alternated between high class and ordinary. There were misses galore from both as they fought hard for every point.Bingtao was first off the blocks after Sajjad, who opened with an in-off but followed it up with a break of 44 on is subsequent visit, squandered a 11-point lead with the reds off the table. Bingtao made a delightful 27 clearance to go 1-0 up.advertisementSajjad responded strongly to take the second frame, aided by small breaks with Bingtao unable to cash in on openings. The Pakistani took 2-1 lead with runs of 32 and 43, and looked poised to take the fourth frame too when he missed a top pocket red to leave Bingtao on. The Chinese teenager crafted a nice break of 55 and went on to win the frame for 2-2.Sajjad and Bingtao shared the next two frames with the Chinese posting a break of 77 in the fifth and the Pakistani replying with a 79 in the sixth. Bingtao then profited on Sajjad’s miss on the long green and quickly cleared to black to go into the interval leading 4-3.On resumption, Sajjad quickly equalised with a break of 73 which Bingtao replied with a 76 and followed it up by taking the 10th frame for a 6-4 lead.However, the Pakistani hit back by winning the next three frames for a 7-6 advantage, including the 11th on a re-spotted black after Bingtao had miscued on the pink when on 60 break and Sajjad responded with 65 clearance to tie the scores. A 60 clearance by Sajjad took him to a 7- 6 lead, but again Bingtao caught up with small breaks to make it 7-7 and push the match into the decider where the Pakistani blundered at the start for the Chinese to punish him with a match-winning run of 60.In the women’s final, Jans was far too good for the 21-year old Nechaeva who, after a bright start when she made a break of 44 in the first frame, gradually faded from the contest as the Belgian ace notched runs of 40, 43 and 30 to dominate the final to extend her unbeaten run against the Russian whom she had beaten twice in the finals of the European Championships in 2013 and 2014.”I’m very happy to win my fourth title. It was not very easy and it is getting difficult every year with more young players coming up,” said the modest Jans who hails from the town Bree while she agreed that her semi-final match against double World champion Ng On Yee (Hong Kong) was virtually the final as she won 4-1.”Yes, I thought my match with On Yee was the final. I didn’t expect to win so easily and may be, I was a bit lucky. And in the final, I made some small breaks, but didn’t play all that well,” add Jans who runs a snooker parlour in her hometown.The results (all finals):Men (Best of 15 frames) – Yan Bingtao (China) bt Muhammad Sajjad (Pakistan) 8-7 (71-59, 16-81, 22-75, 67 (61)-53, 77 (77)-13, 4-93 (79)-63-38, 00-86 (73), 76 (76)-09, 70-37, 65 (60)-72 (50), 38-76, 16-107 (60), 72-21, 61 (60)-15).Women (Best of 9 frames) – Wendy Jans (Belgium) bt Anastasia Nechaeva (Russia) 5-2 (31-76 (44), 72 (42)-02, 25-65, 74 (40)-35, 72 (43)-32, 82 (38)-23, 60-31).Masters (Best of 11 frames) – Phisit Chandsri (Thailand) bt Darren Morgan (Wales) 6-5 (67-59, 73-15, 25-64, 18-55, 16-71, 30-58, (49)81-29, 65-44, 57-28, 07-64 (63), (58)72-34).advertisementlast_img read more

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2016 saw several Indian women breaking the glass ceiling

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first_imgBy Nivedita SinghNew Delhi, Dec 31 (PTI) Several Indian women made their way into the record books in 2016 with awe-inspiring feats be it in the field of defence, politics or sports.Indian Air Force welcomed to its fold its first batch of women fighter pilots when Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh were commissioned in June.Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar termed the combat role for these women in the Air Force as a “milestone”.Archana Ramasundram became the first woman head of a paramilitary force when she was appointed Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) in February. The 58-year-old resident of Uttar Pradesh is a Tamil Nadu cadre IPS officer.In politics, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, 56, became the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir when she took charge in April following the death of her father.Former Union minister Najma Heptullah was appointed as the 18th governor of Manipur, the first woman to hold that post in the northeastern state.Upma Chowdhary, a 1983-batch IAS officer of Himachal cadre, became the first woman to be appointed Director of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) at Mussoorie.In the sports arena, Indian women achieved several milestones.Shuttler P V Sindhu became the countrys first-ever woman silver medal winner at the Olympics when she achieved the feat at the Rio Games.Sakshi Malik too had her share of glory when she became the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal — a bronze at Rio.advertisementTripura girl Dipa Karmarkar became the darling of the country when she reached the vault finals at Rio — the first Indian woman to do so. She is also the first Indian to qualify for the Olympics gymnastics event.Young Aditi Ashok entered the record books by becoming the first woman Indian golfer to win a European Tour event.The list does not stop here.Deepa Malik became the first Indian woman athlete to win a medal at the Rio Paralympics where she bagged a silver medal in shot-put event.Sania Mirza retained her World number one rank in doubles in the WTA rankings in a gruelling 2016 season in which she won eight titles, including the Australian Open with Swiss partner Martina Hingis.At the 129th session of International Olympic Committee (IOC) in August, Nita Ambani was elected an individual member of the IOC, the first woman from India to achieve the feat. PTI NKS ZMN UZMlast_img read more

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Sania Mirza-Barbora Strycova ease into Dubai Open semis

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first_imgIndian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her partner Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic booked their place in the semi-finals of Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships following a straightsets victory in their women’s doubles clash here on Thursday evening.The third seeded duo registered a convincing 6-2, 7-5 win over seventh seeded American pair of Abigail Spears and Katarina Srebotnik in a thrilling quarter-final encounter that lasted just one hour and 28 minutes.Interestingly, Spears and Srebotnik were the same team who stopped the Indo-Czech duo to reach the last four of the Qatar Open last week.Mirza and Strycova will now take on Russian pair of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina for a place in the summit showdown.Mirza and Strycova joined forces in August last year after the Indian tennis star parted ways with Swiss player Martina Hingis and they tasted success soon after. They went on to win Cincinnati and Tokyo before reaching the finals at Wuhan and the quarter-finals of the US Open.last_img read more

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a day agoEmery understands frustration of Arsenal fans

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery understands frustration of Arsenal fansby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery had admitted he understands the frustration of Arsenal fans as he bids to address their poor away form.The Gunners meet Vitoria in the Europa League tonight.”In my career it’s normal to have difficult moments and criticism for our work and my job,” Emery said.”We are in one point of view. The supporters’ opinion, we need to accept that.”We need to think how we can… progress and achieve our targets. Immediately, that’s to win tomorrow. In this competition we won two matches and played very well with very good results.” last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Antigonish County

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first_imgANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 from about 1.6 kilometres west of Taylors Road, east to Pomquet River Road will have a one-lane closure for crack sealing on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 Fax: 902-863-7175last_img

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Modi Praise KPCC to seek explanation from Tharoor

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first_imgKannur/Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress in Kerala on Tuesday decided to seek an explanation from Shashi Tharoor, MP, who is facing flak over his remark that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be praised for doing the right things. Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) chief Mullappally Ramachandran told reporters in Kannur that several party leaders and workers have approached the leadership with complaints against Tharoor’s “Modi praise.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ He said he was unaware of the circumstances in which the pro-Modi remarks were made by Tharoor and the former Union minister should explain on what prompted him to change his earlier stand against the prime minister. “Congress workers across the country have expressed extreme displeasure over the statement made by Tharoor. Party leaders have also approached me with written complaints. Hence, KPCC has decided to seek explanation from Tharoor in this regard,” Ramachandran said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The state Congress chief said he was trying to contact Tharoor, who is now abroad, and would convey the party leaders’ and cadres’ displeasure to him. The KPCC would submit a report on the matter to AICC, which will take a final call, he said. Tharoor had come under criticism from several senior party colleagues in the state for his comments that Modi should be praised for doing the right things but the Congress MP had remained unfazed, saying there was nothing wrong in his stand. While K Muraleedharan, MP, had said those who wanted to praise Modi should join BJP, another party MP, Benny Behannan, said glorifying the Prime Minister was not the job of Congressmen. “The Congress leadership should find out what is going on in the minds of those Congress leaders who become uncomfortable when Modi is criticised,” Behannan said on Tuesday when reporters sought his reaction to the controversy. Another MP, T N Prathapan had sent a letter to AICC chief Sonia Gandhi seeking her immediate intervention in the matter. Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala also had said the “wrongdoings” of the Modi government cannot be “ignored.” Tharoor and his colleague Abhishek Singhvi had last week supported party leader Jairam Ramesh who has said not recognising Modi’s work and “demonising” him all the time was not going to help. Tharoor had on Sunday defended the remarks made by him, Singhvi and Jairam Ramesh. “What Jairam Ramesh and Singhvi have said is not wrong. If Modi has done something good, we should acknowledge it. Otherwise we will lose credibility among the people. If there is need, we should severely criticise him,” he told a Malayalam TV channel. Former union minister Jairam Ramesh had recently said Modi’s model was not a “complete negative story” and not recognising his work and demonising him all the time is not going to help. “It is time we recognise Modi’s work and what he did between 2014 and 2019 due to which he was voted back to power by over “30 per cent of the electorate,” he had said on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Katy Perry and Blake Mycoskie To Be Honored at amfAR Gala Los

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first_imgOn Thursday, October 18, 2018, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will pay tribute to superstar recording artist Katy Perry and TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie at its ninth annual amfAR Gala Los Angeles.They will be presented with amfAR’s Award of Courage in recognition of their profound commitment to the fight against AIDS, as well as countless other humanitarian causes.The black-tie benefit, which will feature a special performance by Dame Shirley Bassey, will take place at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. It will include a cocktail reception and dinner featuring Perrier-Jouët Champagne and signature Absolut Elyx cocktails, and a live auction.Katy Perry and Blake Mycoskie join previous amfAR honorees including Julia Roberts, Charlize Theron, Ryan Murphy, Scarlett Johansson, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Goldie Hawn, Aileen Getty, Jennifer Lopez, Kevin Huvane, Jean-Paul Gaultier, James Franco, Francisco Costa, Robert Duffy/Marc Jacobs International, Miley Cyrus, Andy Cohen, Cher, and more.Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton serves as Honorary Chair of the event. Milutin Gatsby and Kevin Huvane are Event Chairs. Co-Chairs of the event include Derek Blasberg, Orlando Bloom, Matt Bomer and Simon Halls, Achille Boroli, Adrien Brody, Gerard Butler, Bradford Cobb, Jay Cooper, Robert Davi, Goldie Hawn, Ngoc Hoang-Delvecchio, Stephen Huvane, Steven Jensen, Trish Kinane, Martin Kirkup, Eva Longoria, Madonna, Jamie Mizrahi, Robert Pattinson, Alan Poul and Ari Karpel, Lionel Richie, William H. Roedy, Jeremy Scott, Ryan Seacrest, Jonas Tåhlin, John Terzian, Robin Thicke, and Dasha Zhukova.Pernod Ricard is the Signature Partner, featuring Perrier-Jouët Champagne and Absolut Elyx. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR. Wines generously provided by Boroli.The amfAR Gala Los Angeles is produced by Josh Wood Productions and STAMP Event Management.To date, the amfAR Gala Los Angeles has raised more than $13 million for amfAR’s life-saving research programs.For more information, please click here or email amfargalalosangeles@amfar.org.last_img read more

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Newfoundland and Labrador to announce regime for offshore oil development

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ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador will announce a new royalty regime in coming weeks to help speed up offshore oil development, Premier Paul Davis said Tuesday as he opened a major oil and gas conference.Davis said the new regime is modelled on a more streamlined and agile approach that has succeeded in Norway and other offshore sectors.He said a standardized new royalty regime will clarify international expectations and accelerate negotiations.The oil price plunge since last June has hammered provincial finances, which rely on those earnings for about one-third of revenues.But Davis said the industry remains confident and focuses on long term averages over time.Hopes for the offshore sector’s next big thing are pinned on exploration and ultimately the development of oil in the Flemish Pass.That’s where Statoil ASA of Norway announced its Bay du Nord find, the largest global discovery in 2013.Davis said talks continue to develop that find, which is estimated at up to 600 million barrels of light crude.He said he’s confident a term sheet with Statoil will be the next step in a long development process.“Statoil is the next big project for this province,” he told reporters in St. John’s. Outside the conference, a source who did not have permission to discuss the Statoil talks on record said the premier’s announcement of an imminent term sheet caught many people off guard.A spokesperson for Statoil was not immediately available to comment. Davis said it’s a complex undertaking to negotiate the best possible benefits deal while working out other details. An equity stake and best value for the province are top of mind, said Davis.With a provincial election looming in November, Davis said he won’t rush to score political points.“We’re simply not going to do a deal unless we know it’s the right agreement for the province,” he said.Davis said it’s hoped production could start in six years or less.Bay du Nord would be a major lift as output from Hibernia and other sites wane.Canadian Press read more

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Vehicle manufacturers recognised for efforts in beating car crime

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The winning vehicle manufacturers in the 2011 British Insurance Vehicle Security Awards (BIVSA) were announced yesterday at Thatcham Research Centre, with 21 separate awards for cars and vans recognising the work of vehicle manufacturers in improving security and reducing vehicle crime. Statistics from the Department for Transport show that in the past 10 years theft of vehicles fell 50% and theft from vehicles fell 70%.Volkswagen scooped the overall manufacturer award for cars for the second year in succession, with every variant in 11 separate model ranges satisfying the awards criteria. Vauxhall won best overall van manufacturer for the first time, fully compliant with five separate model ranges.“Car and van manufacturers take vehicle security very seriously and strive to stay one step ahead of criminals,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “The sustained reduction in the number of vehicle thefts demonstrates the progress that has been made and these awards reflect the high priority security continues to have for all vehicle manufacturers.”The awards are also an opportunity for manufacturers to demonstrate to customers the efforts they are making in minimising the disruption and anxiety caused by being a victim of crime, and in the case of vans, safeguarding customers’ livelihoods.Mike Briggs, Vehicle Security Manager at Thatcham, said, “The standard of security across the ranges of all the major vehicle manufacturers continues to impress. Picking a winner in each of our categories has become increasingly difficult as security across the board improves year on year. The motoring public should take great confidence from the efforts of manufacturers who are making a tremendous contribution to the fight against vehicle crime, which Thatcham, on behalf of motor insurers and alongside police and government, has been engaged in since 1992.” Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Computer system rebuild benefits Brock students staff

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Brock students and staff using the Internet, wireless, portal, Sakai, and applications within their Faculties should already notice a positive difference.Brock’s IT departments have created a computing platform to enhance the University community’s experience when computing on campus or remotely interacting with Brock’s applications.Partnering with some of the industry’s biggest players like Microsoft, Linux, Cisco, Aruba and NetApp, the new private cloud computing technology centre is expected to improve performance, security, continuity of service, and flexibility.IT started the build in early 2014 by increasing Brock’s Internet bandwidth and identifying and removing bottlenecks within the campus network. Sergio Sartor, Brock’s director of IT infrastructure, said changes were needed to revamp the computing capabilities at Brock and prepare it for the demands of the students.“Of particular concern was the failing infrastructure around our course registration platform, which just couldn’t keep up with increased demand,” Sartor said.Registration was much better this year on the new platform that was able to handle a greater load of users.Building the new system included migrating over 200 physical University applications to cloud-type virtualized servers. Many of these required upgrades or changes in architecture.Modern computing processors with more memory and storage also replaced aging server hardware, some of which was more than 10 years old. The new, cost effective equipment will lower the physical footprint, power consumption and cooling requirements, Sartor said.Students and staff using the Internet, wireless, portal, Sakai, and applications within their Faculties should already notice a difference. Data centre network speed is now 10GB/s – 10-times faster than previously.Brock now has 1000mb of Internet connectivity. By comparison, typical home packages are 5-20mb. Bandwidth consumption has grown exponentially and the trend is expected to continue as applications become richer with more data and video presented.Brock’s IT department manages over 1000 wireless access points, and the newest generation being deployed are AC capable, which is the fastest wireless speed available.“We will make continual investments in the coming years to improve Brock’s wireless capabilities,” Sartor said. “We have started to expand wireless coverage within our residences and the campus wireless coverage will continue to grow.”During one test last year, Market Hall had 966 devices connected to six access points, which equates to more than 160 devices per access point. There are now 18 higher capacity access points in the Market. Thistle Complex now has 14 access points – up from two before the upgrades.Prior to the expansion, “The experience those users were having was subpar,” Sartor said. “They were losing connectivity, they might have been watching a video and it was pausing or they wouldn’t be able to do Skype or those rich content types of things that facilitate collaboration.“We’re no longer focused on firefighting the problem of the day. We can focus on implementing more things for the University and driving solutions.” read more

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Escaped jungle snakes on the loose across the country warn animal experts

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first_imgThe snake was dehydrated but otherwise in a good condition. She said if snake owners feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for a reptile, they should not dump them but find someone who will look after the animal.The boa constrictor is being cared for by the animal hospital and they say it is doing “really well”. Staff hope to rehome the creature in the near future.The RSPCA has also warned of escaped or dumped snakes after soldiers in Farnborough found a 6-foot-long anaconda strong enough to crush a human’s ribs.The soldiers captured the yellow-coloured reptile and brought it to an RSPCA centre in Brighton, where it is now being cared for and an appeal has gone out to find the owner. “Non-native species may not survive in our countryside and are illegal to release, as they could be an invasive species posing a risk to our native wildlife.”Vital tips on caring for exotic pets may not be provided by sellers and can be hard to find online.”Information is available at http://www.rspca.org.uk, to help potential buyers make an informed decision.” 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. Wildlife hospitals have warned of escaped jungle snakes on the loose across the UK.There are fears reptile owners are dumping snakes in the wild because they cannot look after them.After a woman suffered a bite from an escaped reptile, now a boa constrictor as thick as a man’s thigh has been found by a wildlife hospital.An eight-foot-long boa constrictor was found and taken to Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital in Newton Tony, near Salisbury, on Thursday.Earlier this week, soldiers training fifty miles away in Farnborough, Hants, found a 6ft long anaconda.There are fears for snake welfare, as these species need warm jungle temperatures, and they may freeze to death in the nippy autumn weather. Staff at the Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital found the eight foot boa constrictor dumped near its gates and think it was left there during the early hours of the morning. RSPCA animal welfare officer Peter Yarde said “They spotted it moving around in circles and occasionally raising and lowering its head.”He warned that although reptiles are difficult to look after, they have the same needs as in the wild, which must be met in captivity by law under the Animal Welfare Act.Mr Yarde continued: “Exotic pets often end up in our care after people realise they’re not easy to care for or once the novelty wears off.”Others are rescued after they’ve escaped or have been released on purpose. Some species can be difficult for us to re-home, due to a lack of suitable homes or interest. Wildlife care supervisor Marilyn Korkis said: “It took two people to lift it. It was huge – the thickness of a thigh”.She said she would rather find a badger than a terrifying boa constrictor, revealing: “I had the shock of my life – you don’t expect that sort of thing. To get something that big is a bit out of the ordinary.”Part of it was not knowing what sort of snake it was and what it was capable of.”Give me a badger any day over a snake. We’re more used to rescuing native wildlife species and taking in smaller animals like cats and dogs that have been left outside the gates rather than creatures of this size, though in the past we have taken in smaller snakes like corn snakes. Give me a badger any day over a snakeWildlife care supervisor Marilyn Korkislast_img read more

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Vive Targi Kielce are the newold Polish champions

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← Previous Story IK Savehof win EHF Challenge Cup 2013/2014 Next Story → ROMANIA: HCM Constanta celebrate 9th national title! In the fourth game of the Polish Championships Vive Targi Kielce defeated Orlen Wisła Płock 34:25 and have defended the title. After yesterday’s victory, the team from Płock hoped to bring the competition to the fifth match but the third one seemed to be quite a shake-up for Kielce because their attitude this afternoon was diametrically different. Today the name ‘holy war’ was probably taken too literally by the teams and the spectators were witnesses of highly unexpected events. The clash of Buntić and Kwiatkowski after the harsh foul by Wisła’s player in the 3. minute was only the beginning of the series of clashes. The next minute saw the clash of Musa and, again, Kwiatkowski. As the encounters between players are not rare, the direct clashes between coaches may be a bit surprising. Immediately the whole teams were at the court, almost fighting. Security guards entered the court and tried to avert the conflict. The whole event ended up with red cards for both Cadenas and Duyshebaev which meant they were unable to help their teams for almost entire game. The helm had to be taken over by the second coaches, Krzysztof Kisiel in Wisła, and Tomasz Strząbała in Vive. Unlike in the previous match, Kielce took the better start. After 15 minutes they were in lead by 5 goals. Even though Wisła tried to stay hard in defence, their rivals did not have as much problem with breaking through as the day before. Kielce were backed by Szmal’s saves; they were also helped by Płock’s mistakes and started storming ahead. When the lead reached 8-9 goals, the match seemed to be decided. At the break Kielce led 19:10.Beginning of the second half showed how determined Płock were as they managed to reduce the gap to 4 goals in the space of 6 minutes. Kielce had a weaker moment in attack, and the good performance of Wichary in Wisła’s goal helped them to came from behind a bit. It turned out to be a temporary impulse though; the defending champions overcame this crisis and started gaining the considerable advantage over again. It was a great game for Julen Aginagalde who made the contribution to the result either by scoring or gaining penalty throws. Despite little downs by the end, Kielce’s victory was not endangered as they kept the lead by 8-9 goals in the last 15 minutes.The whole competition has been won by Kielce 3:1 and they have become new-old Polish champion.It is also worth noting that after the match both coaches made up with each other and exchanged a few words with smiles on their faces.MARTYNA USNARSKA read more

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La Macédoine plante sept millions darbres

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first_imgLa Macédoine plante sept millions d’arbresDans le cadre d’une action de reboisement qui fait suite aux incendies de forêt de 2008, les Macédoniens ont planté sept millions d’arbres vendredi. Des actions ont été mises en place en marge de ce reboisement pour développer la sensibilité écologique de la population.”Planter ensemble pour nous tous” est une action née en mars 2008 suite aux incendies dévastateurs qui avaient sévi dans la région, détruisant au passage 35.000 hectares de végétation. Ainsi, sept millions de cyprès et de pins ont été mis en terre sur environ 80 régions, réparties sur l’ensemble du territoire.”Le principal objectif de l’initiative “Planter ensemble pour nous tous” vise à protéger l’environnement et à stimuler la conscience écologique des citoyens, en amenant enfants et parents à planter ensemble des arbres”, explique Boris Trajanov, organisateur de l’opération et artiste (chanteur d’opéra) de l’Unesco pour la paix.Deux fois par an, en mars et en novembre, ces opérations ont lieu. Depuis 2008, une bonne vingtaine de millions d’arbres ont été plantés mais, chaque année, de nouveaux incendies dévastent les forêts. Même si l’origine humaine de ces catastrophes écologiques est indéniable, la hausse globale des températures participe au problème.Les experts estiment que la reconstruction de l’écosystème ne devrait pas se faire avant cinquante ans. Le 22 novembre 2010 à 20:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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9/5 WWE Results: Wildwood, New Jersey (Reigns vs. Wyatt)

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first_imgFacebook WhatsApp 9/5 WWE Results: Wildwood, New Jersey* WWE Intercontinental Champion Ryback def. Big Show.* Jimmy Uso def. Brad Maddox.* Natalya def. Alicia Fox.* Neville def. Stardust.* Curtis Axel & Damien Sandow def. The Ascension & Los Matadores in a triple threat.* Dean Ambrose def. Luke Harper.* R-Truth def. Bo Dallas.* Roman Reigns def. Bray Wyatt in a street fight match.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Videos Articles WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Former WWE star Big Cass reportedly has incident at WrestlePro Event in New Jersey Pinterest Matt Hardy Says John Olivers WWE Claims Are Outdated Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Natalya Opens Up About Her Reaction To Roman Reigns’ Cancer Battle Luke Harper Returns To WWE Live Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Announces Roman Reigns’ Retirement Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event Ronda Rousey Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Shawn Michaels Seth Rollins “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPVlast_img read more

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Lewandowski Colombia were better than us

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first_imgRobert Lewandowski felt that Poland were the deserving losers in their humbling 3-0 defeat to Colombia on Sunday as they were eliminated from the World CupAfter scoring 16 goals during qualifying, Lewandowski has been unable to make an impact for Poland at the World Cup this summer and was again left with a lack of service throughout their defeat to Colombia on Sunday with his best chance at goal coming from a long-range effort within the final few minutes of the game –  which was tipped over by goalkeeper David Ospina.Yerry Mina, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado scored for Colombia to confirm Poland’s exit from the World Cup.At 29 years old, this may have been Lewandowski’s only chance to have played at a World Cup but he insists Colombia were far ahead of Poland at the Kazan Arena both technically and tactically.Paul Pogba, Manchester UnitedPerez admits Real Madrid tried to sign Lewandowski & Pogba Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Florentino Perez has finally admitted that Real Madrid unsuccessfully tried to sign Robert Lewandowski and Paul Pogba, but remained coy on Kylian Mbappe.“Colombia were better than us as a team, both technically and tactically,” said the Poland captain, according to FourFourTwo.“We couldn’t do anything. They were so much better, so ahead of us. We lacked skills. They are the strongest team that we faced over the past few years. Even Germany and Portugal were easier to play against.”.Lewandowski will have one last chance to score a goal at the World Cup on Thursday in Poland’s final Group H game against Japan at the Volgograd Arena.last_img read more

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Peninsula Food Hubs set to launch in May

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first_imgRachel Lord who also works for Cook Inletkeeper as their Clean Water Program Director, wrote the grant that’s funding the project. The nonprofit is usually focused on protecting the Cook Inlet watershed, not running a market, but Lord says the project is in line with the organization’s values. Lord says that creating a ‘Food Hub’ fits with Cook Inletkeeper’s larger vision of a sustainable future for the region. Farmer’s markets are going virtual. Soon Kenai Peninsula residents will be able to buy locally grown food online. The new marketplaces are called ‘Food Hubs’.Download AudioEmily Garrity peeks out from the door of her greenhouse at Twitter Creek Gardens on Ohlson Mountain outside Homer.( Photo by Daysha Eaton, KBBI – Homer)There’s still snow outside, but Emily Garrity is prepping for the growing season inside her passive solar greenhouse on her small farm at the top of Ohlson Mountain just outside Homer.She’s made her own potting soil and she’s dropping seeds into wooden trays.“Here I have all my seed organized by variety and there’s some King Richard leeks and I’ll just drop one or two seeds in every hole,” said Garrity.For the past eight years she’s sold her produce through a community supported agriculture subscription, or CSA –where people pay a set amount for a box of food from her on a regular basis. She also has a stand at the Homer Farmer’s Market. But this year she’s trying something new, the Homer Food Hub.“You can think of the food hub as an online farmer’s market,” said Robbi Mixon, the Local Foods Coordinator for Cook Inletkeeper, which is hosting the website.Mixon knows a lot about farmers markets – she has run the one in Homer for five years. Now she’s helping set up the Food Hub website.“[We will have] Producers from growing produce to fish, we hope to include some crafts and possibly even some cottage food products like kimchis and breads,” said Mixon.Here’s how it works: producers will list what they have available for the week. Customers can then place orders and pay through the website. Then they can pick up their order at a fixed location at a set day and time. Mixon says communities on the peninsula have been kicking around the idea of an online farmers market for a few years, but after Cook Inletkeeper won a grant of around $89-thousand dollars from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to get it started, everything seemed to come together. “Most of our food is coming in from outside. It’s coming in through shipping channels and we’re pretty vulnerable. We also expend a lot of carbon in getting our food here.” said Lord.Emily Garrity started planting produce she plans to sell on the Homer Food Hub in March. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KBBI – Homer)The Food Hub isn’t just going to be about fruits and vegetables.Hannah Heimbuch is a commercial fisherman. “I fish for halibut and salmon,” said Heimbuch.She’s also the Community Fisheries Organizer for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council. She says there are some challenges for fishermen to participate in the Hub She’s not sure how they’ll get their fish to customers. But she has ideas that may work.“Maybe it will be that they’re able to offer a gilled and gutted whole fish from the deck of the vessel down at the harbor. Maybe we can connect customers through the food hub to that product. Some fishermen are able to go ahead and process and vacuum seal their fish and that’s another option that we could have available on the food hub,” said Heimbuch.Heimbuch says rockfish would make a great product along with salmon and halibut. In addition, she’s already working with local shellfish producers to bring oysters to the Hub.There will be one food hub for the Homer area and, Lord says, the central peninsula will also get one.Stephen Dahl runs 3-acre Eagle Glade Farm farm near Kenai where he and his wife grow specialty garlic and onions among other things. He usually sells produce at local farmers markets. But now he’s prepping to sell through the central peninsula Food Hub. He thinks the hub will be more affordable for shoppers and socially responsible.“In a way it will be more economical because it will be here. Instead of paying for food that was grown at some place with cheap labor and then paying for the shipping to send it all the way to some other place,” said Dahl.Back in Homer, Garrity agrees. She says she’s excited about the opportunity to capture a wider market for her products too.“I think in this day and age people are really used to online shopping and I think it’s a progressive way to get more people involved and make it easier get local foods and local products in peoples’ homes and on their tables,” said Garrity.She says she’s planting about 50 percent more this season to provide produce for the Homer Food Hub.Cook Inletkeeper officials say the Food Hub websites for both Homer and the Kenai/Soldotna area should be up in May.last_img read more

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Malaysia police sweep airport after poison killing

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first_imgMembers of Malaysia’s Hazmat team conduct a decontamination operation at the departures terminal of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2) in Sepang. Photo: AFPCivil defence personnel in hazmat suits sealed off the scene of the airport assassination of Kim Jong-Nam early Sunday to sweep the site for toxins—almost two weeks after he was killed with a lethal nerve agent.Teams equipped with gas masks and specialised detection machinery descended on Kuala Lumpur international airport’s terminal two, accompanied by forensic experts and officials from Malaysia’s Atomic Energy Licensing Board.The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was assassinated on February 13 at the airport, with Malaysia revealing on Friday that the lethal VX nerve agent—manufactured for chemical warfare and listed by the UN as a weapon of mass destruction—was used to kill him.Two women are seen shoving something into Kim’s face in leaked CCTV airport footage. The 45-year-old later suffered a seizure and died before he reached hospital.Large sections of the terminal’s departures hall were cordoned off with police tape in preparation for a 75-minute sweep for traces of the highly potent toxin as a few curious onlookers watched.Authorities said two female toilets and other relevant areas were checked in the terminal.Student Hariz Syafiq, 21, who was due to take a domestic flight later, told AFP: “Yes, I’m worried a bit. Why didn’t they quarantine the airport?”“It’s a bit strange.”State police chief Abdul Samah Mat told reporters after the screening that authorities found nothing harmful, adding that the terminal was found to be “free from any hazardous materials.”National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said Friday experts would sweep the airport terminal as well as other locations the two female suspects visited to ensure that there would be no risk to the public from the toxic agent.last_img read more

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Three killed in US school shooting

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first_imgA police officer leads North Park elementary school students to be reunited with their parents after a gunman entered a classroom and killed one woman and one student, before turning the gun on himself, in San Bernardino, California, US. Photo: AFPA man walked into a school in southern California Monday and shot dead his estranged wife in front of her students, killing an eight-year-old boy in the crossfire before turning his gun on himself.Police said local resident Cedric Anderson had checked into the office as a visitor after entering the campus in the city of San Bernardino and going to a classroom, where he opened fire on Karen Elaine Smith, 53, as she was teaching.Officers said Anderson, also 53, had only targeted Smith but two students were caught in the crossfire and one of them, Jonathan Martinez, died later in hospital.“This does appear to have been a murder-suicide with both male adult and female adult victim succumbing to injuries, with the male succumbing to a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Lieutenant Mike Madden of the San Bernardino Police Department told a news conference.Police said initially the two wounded students had been listed as critical but later confirmed Martinez’s death.Students at North Park Elementary School—which has around 500 students between kindergarten and sixth grade—were transported to a nearby campus, where they were “being well cared for, having snacks, playing games and watching a Disney movie,” the police department tweeted.San Bernardino, about an hour’s drive east of Los Angeles, was the scene of horrific violence when Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik gunned down 14 people and wounded 22 others in December 2015 before being shot dead by police.MassacreAt the time, before the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, it was the deadliest attack on US soil since September 11, 2001.Pakistani-born Malik—who met her future US-born husband on a Muslim dating website and married him in Saudi Arabia—had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group on Facebook and was instrumental in radicalizing him.Monday’s shooting will likely reignite the debate on gun violence in the US, where attempts to put in place tougher gun control measures have failed, despite a series of mass killings.In one of the most notorious school shootings in modern US history, 20 children and six staff were massacred in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.In June last year, 49 people were killed in a shooting rampage at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.“School campuses are sacred spaces where children should be free to learn, play and grow without threat of violence,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement.“Today’s shooting… is a reminder that deadly weapons can shatter that sense of security, mercilessly and without warning—leaving parents and educators struggling to address the questions, fears and anxieties that gun violence creates for our young people.”Gun lobbyMore than 33,000 American residents die every year from guns, including suicides, a rate far higher than in other Western countries.While losing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton vowed to fight the gun lobby during last year’s election campaign, President Donald Trump promised to defend the right to bear arms and said he sometimes carried a gun.In February, Trump signed a measure into law blocking an Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally ill people.The rule aimed to prevent an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to buy firearms as part of Obama’s efforts to strengthen the federal background check system in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre.Adam Lanza, 20, who shot dead his mother using her guns before killing the students, adults and himself, had Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder.The Obama administration rule required the Social Security Administration to send in the names of beneficiaries with mental impairments who also have a third party manage their benefits.But the Republican-majority Senate, backed by the National Rifle Association pro-gun lobby and disabled advocacy groups, voted 57-43 to overturn the regulation.last_img read more

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Cows to have Unique Identification Number Indian SC

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first_img.Indian Supreme Court was informed on Monday that every cow of the country and its progeny will be given a Unique Identification Number (UIN) and will be kept at shelter homes run by state governments in every district after they cease to give milk.Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar told the bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud that each cow and its progeny across India would get a UIN so that their tracking could be done.The UIN would record their details like age, breed, sex, lactation, height, body colour, horn type, tail switch and special marks, he said.“The Union Agriculture Ministry has devised a tamper-proof identification of cattle using polyurethane tags with UIN.“There will be a uniform law for the preservation and protection of cow in India as it will help in reducing grey areas and ensuring implementation in a better way,” the Solicitor General said seeking dismissal of the petition by the Akhil Bharat Krishi Goseva Sangh, since the court’s directions had been complied with.Kumar told the court that the polyurethane tags method had been recommended by a committee headed by a Joint Secretary-rank officer of the Home Ministry.“…recommendations of the committee have been finalised and approved by the competent authority,” the government told the court.The petitioner organisation had moved the top court seeking putting in place of a comprehensive plan for curbing the smuggling of animals, including unproductive cows, to Bangladesh, which has large beef processing units for export of beef.The committee suggested that instead of dealing with the problem of smuggling at the Indo-Bangladesh border, it would be better to address it at the source itself.It has recommended that states set up Kanji Houses/ Pinjrapoles with a minimum capacity of 500 cattle each in every district to ensure that rescued/ abandoned animals are adequately cared. Every Kanji house, the committee has recommended, may have a full time veterinary doctor and staff for its effective running and maintenance.To check the smuggling of livestock across country’s border with Bangladesh, there should be strict enforcement of Export Import Policy (EXIM) by the Customs Department, state police, regional transport department and the Border Security Force (BSF), the panel suggested.It further recommended that enforcement agencies working on the Indo-Bangladesh border lay more emphasis on intelligence and information and for this, they could seek active support and co-operation from the public on the movement of animals.The committee has also recommended that the penalty of Rs 50 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, be revised based on inflation correction since 1960 when the Act came into force. In the course of deliberation of the committee, it was felt that all the offences under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, should be made cognizable.The Committee has noted that due to “economic inter-dependency” of large segment of population on both sides of the border, they develop propensity for smuggling, with illegal cattle trade forming a major part.It has identified North 24 Parganas, Murshidabad, Malda, Nadia and Dakshin Dinajpur districts in West Bengal and Dhubri in Assam as the most cattle trade-prone areas.It also identified high demand in Bangladesh and margin of profit as reasons for smuggling.The committee has recommended prohibition on livestock market close to the international border.The panel has suggested formation of a state-level data bank, which may be uploaded on website and linked with national online database.It has also recommended appointing Registrar of Cattle in each state.last_img read more

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