China vows to counter US midrange arms deployment in Asia

first_imgBeijing: China said Tuesday that it “will not stand idly by” and will take countermeasures if the US deploys intermediate-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region, which Washington has said it plans to do within months. The statement from the director of the foreign ministry’s Arms Control Department, Fu Cong, follows the U.S.’s withdrawal last week from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a move Fu said would have a “direct negative impact on the global strategic stability” as well as security in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhFu said China was particularly concerned about announced plans to develop and test a land-based intermediate-range missile in the Asia-Pacific “sooner rather than later,” in the words of one US official. “China will not stand idly by and be forced to take countermeasures should the U.S. deploy intermediate-range ground-based missiles this part of the world,” Fu told reporters at a specially called briefing. He also advised other nations, particularly South Korea, Japan and Australia, to “exercise prudence” and not allow the U.S. to deploy such weapons on their territory, saying that would “not serve the national security interests of these countries.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterU.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in Asia over the weekend that he wanted to deploy midrange conventional missiles in the Asia-Pacific within months. Australian officials said Monday that the locations for the bases were not yet known but their country would not be one of them. Fu also said China had no intention of joining nuclear weapons reduction talks with the US and Russia, pointing to the huge gap in the size of China’s arsenal compared to those of the other two.last_img read more

Countries spent nearly 840 billion in 2001 on military UN reports

The 2001 UN Disarmament Yearbook, released on Tuesday at UN Headquarters in New York, describes the latest developments in a wide range of disarmament issues, including steps taken by countries to confront the threat of the possible use of weapons of mass destruction by terrorist groups in the wake of the 11 September attacks.According to the publication, military expenditures have continued to rise both globally and in most regions; it estimates that a total of $839 billion was directed towards military expenditures, representing 2.6 per cent of world gross domestic product.The book also examines efforts to strengthen multilateral disarmament legal norms with regard to nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, as well as the outcome of the UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects and other actions taken by the international community to combat the dangerous proliferation of portable armaments.The Yearbook recounts different approaches to nuclear disarmament, prevention of an arms race in outer space and other issues taken by States that blocked substantive progress in the Conference on Disarmament during the year.”The pursuit of security through the endless perfection and accumulation of arms is clearly counter-productive – and in the early part of the new century, the world must achieve what Article 26 of the [UN] Charter describes as ‘the least diversion for armaments of the world’s human and economic resources,'” the Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, Jayantha Dhanapala, writes in the foreword to the publication. read more

Overtime goal lifts Ohio State mens hockey past Michigan State in Big

Junior forward Darik Angeli skates down the ice in a game against Michigan. OSU lost, 4-3, March 2 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Ben Jackon / For The LanternBy late Thursday night, a great week had become even better for Ohio State’s Drew Brevig.On Monday the defenseman was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. But his biggest moment came Thursday night when he scored the winning goal in overtime to push the Buckeyes past Michigan State and into the Big Ten semifinals.The OSU men’s hockey team (17-13-5, 7-9-5-4) came from behind to record a 2-1 victory over MSU (11-18-7, 5-10-6-4) in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinal in St. Paul, Minn.MSU started brighter. OSU freshman goalie Christian Frey had to be alert during the first few minutes as the Spartans got the game’s first three shots.But he couldn’t stop MSU’s fourth attempt. Spartans senior forward Greg Wolfe found some space in front of the net and quickly shot past Frey.Even with their top-10 power play unit getting two opportunities, the Buckeyes failed to put any significant pressure on sophomore goalie Jake Hildebrand. The Spartans came into the game with the most blocks in the Big Ten – 78 more than any other team – and their defensive expertise stymied the Buckeyes through the first 20 minutes.OSU began to produce chances early in the second period. First, junior forwards Max McCormick and Tanner Fritz combined to test Hildebrand. Then the netminder had to stop junior forward Darik Angeli on a shorthanded breakaway.It wasn’t until late in the period that the Buckeyes finally broke through.Captain Curtis Gedig had his long shot from the point saved, and after sophomore forward Anthony Greco’s rebound attempt was also stopped, Frtiz reacted quickly to tie the contest.Greco drew a penalty 5:57 into the third, but the Spartans’ stingy defense kept their composure. On the other end, Frey stuck out his left toe to prevent MSU scoring the go-ahead goal with just over nine minutes to go.OSU killed off a power play in the final two minutes, and the two teams headed into overtime for the fourth time this season.With both teams playing to extend their season, it took just over four minutes for the clinching goal to arrive.After a flurry of activity around the MSU net, the puck made its way out to Tanner Fritz. He dropped it behind him to Brevig, and after composing himself the defenseman directed the puck into the top corner, ending MSU’s resistance.OSU has a short turnaround before facing No. 1 Minnesota on Friday in the semifinals. Puck drop is set for 8 p.m. read more

Aer Lingus passenger numbers down 5 per cent in November

first_imgBOTH LONG AND short haul passenger numbers fell for Aer Lingus last month, the airline has announced.Overall numbers at the airline and Aer Lingus Regional decreased by 5 per cent to 728,000 in November 2013 compared to November 2012.Short haul passengers last month were 647,000, a decrease of 4.7 per cent on the same time last year. Long haul numbers in November were 81,000, a decrease of 6.9 per cent on November 2012.While the drop is substantial, the are in line with expectations. In their third quarter interim management statement, released last month, the airline said it expected passenger decreases at the end of the year.“We do not expect any improvement in the short haul environment for the rest of 2013 which remains characterised by heavily discounted fare offerings across Europe. The 2013 outlook on long haul remains positive with the exception of some weakness expected in November,” said the statement.Read: Ryanair to allocate seats on flights from FebruaryRead: It’s official, gadgets allowed on US flights by the end of the yearlast_img read more

8 things Man United need to do to rescue their Premier League

first_img1. Sign a world-class midfielderArguably the most urgent of their problems, United lack creativity in midfield — Adnan Januzaj is still too young to be relied upon and Michael Carrick’s limitations and chronic inconsistency means he is not quite good enough to fulfill the role. They pursued Cesc Fabregas heavily during the summer to no avail and it seems clear that the Spaniard has no desire to join the club, in light of the rather dismissive comments he has since made about the prospect of moving to United. Moreover, they have again recently been linked with Ander Herrera and Wesley Sneijder, and either player would surely improve their squad significantly. One need only look at the effect of Mesut Ozil on Arsenal to understand the impact a big-name signing can have on an underperforming club, and the two aforementioned names certainly have the ability to thrive in the Premier League if their exploits elsewhere are anything to go by.2. Nail down a position for Phil JonesThe former Blackburn youngster is one of the most promising footballers at the club, and his versatility means he has played full back, centre half and central midfielder on occasion. However, utility players sometimes fail to reach their full potential owing to an inability to develop consistently in one area — former Manchester United man John O’Shea being a prime example. Hence, the club need to start playing Jones regularly in his best position — which is surely centre-back — to ensure he doesn’t fall short of the lofty expectations surrounding him.3. Stop relying so much on Ryan GiggsRyan Giggs is rightly regarded as a Manchester United legend as he has been an incredible servant to the club over the years. Yet to expect a 40-year-old to regularly play central midfield in arguably the most physically demanding league in the world is simply not tenable in the long term for a club with Manchester United’s ambitions. If they are to have any hope of winning or even challenging for the league, they can no longer afford to regularly accommodate this past great. And tellingly, of the past four league games in which Giggs has featured, United have won just once.4. Don’t repeat past transfer window mistakes(David Moyes, left, will be hoping Ed Woodward, right, has a better transfer window this time around)Even club insiders have admitted that the summer transfer window was a disaster for Manchester United. Having chased several top-class stars, they ultimately came away empty handed, save for the signing of Marouane Fellaini, who has yet to prove that he is anywhere near as valuable as his £27.5million transfer tag would suggest. Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has received heavy criticism for the club’s lack of transfer activity and their fans will be hoping he can manage such pressure more efficiently this January. A big player could help turn around United’s season — just as Eric Cantona did when he joined all those years ago. On the other hand though, failure to sign anyone may result in the club struggling to compete not just for the title but for a Champions League place. Even aside from the obvious problem of the current lack of quality, not buying a big-name player would be a considerable psychological blow to a squad already short on confidence and in desperate need of inspiration.5. Conciliate wantaway starsThere have been rumours that some of the club’s best players, including Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, are eager to leave in light of the escalating problems under David Moyes. The Scottish boss has denied these claims but there is usually no smoke without fire in such cases. In addition, without their world class players, United may sink even lower. Consequently, Moyes needs to address this ostensible problem and show Alex Ferguson-esque levels of persuasion to convince Rooney, Van Persie and all their other key players that it would be in their best interests to remain at the club. At the moment, playing for United does not feel as special as it should from their perspective — yet a few astute additions to the squad, better results and greater fortune could easily reverse the situation. If the 50-year-old coach can at least convince his stars that this is the case, then half the battle will be already won.6. Support David MoyesA truism that’s easy to dismiss, but it’s vital that the common insistence on David Moyes being ‘given time’ does not ultimately ring hollow. Publicly, Moyes has yet to be questioned by the club’s hierarchy and that cannot change in the coming months. Under Moyes’ tenure, Everton invariably enjoyed strong finishes to the season and the Scot will be desperate to emulate such success with United. If the manager has any lack of confidence or doubt that the board are backing him, such worries will be picked up by the players and are likely to be reflected by their performances on the field. And while it’s too premature to describe the current situation at Old Trafford, as some have done, as a crisis, if Moyes and the people around him start to panic and fall out with the likes of Rooney, the situation could well turn into a full-on disaster.7. Inject some fresh blood into the defenceRio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra now look past their best while Nemanja Vidic’s persistent injury problems mean he can longer be fully relied upon to perform his customary heroics. Even with Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones as backup, United could still do with at least two more strong young defenders to boost their options in an area in which they look lightweight. Finally securing the services of Leighton Baines would be a start, however acquiring a top-quality centre back is surely even more integral at the moment.8. Make tough calls on underperforming playersAlex Ferguson was rarely slow to sell players if he felt they weren’t performing to the best of their ability — his treatment of individuals including Paul Ince, Andrei Kanchelskis and Lee Sharpe illustrated such ruthless decision making, and David Moyes needs to follow suit if he wants to emulate Fergie’s success. Consequently, Ashley Young, Nani and Tom Cleverley have all looked below the minimum standard for much of this season, and if they don’t raise their game promptly, Moyes needs to act with similar conviction in order ensure such low standards don’t become even more prevalent at the club.Buffon fires Hart a World Cup warning>VIDEO: The most explosive goalkeeper training drill we’ve ever seen>last_img read more

Geek deals 770 off Vizios XVT3D474SV 47inch 3D TV

first_imgWhen shopping for an HDTV, there is a lot more than meets the eye. While you may see a 47-inch 1080p LCD HDTV, a deeper look at the features and a knowledge of how old the model is can tell lots. Leftover 2010 models may be devoid of newer technologies like edge-backlighting, internet apps, sound enhancement, and others.The Vizio XVT3D474SV is one of these newer models, replete with LED edge-lit backlighting, support for 3D viewing, integrated 802.11n WiFi, internet apps like Netflix, SRS sound enhancement, and of course the plethora of ports we’ve come to expect on modern HDTVs. The 47-inch panel displays your video at a claimed 480Hz refresh rate, with an equally impressive claimed 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio.Compared to most hot TV deals that come across our desk, this is on the higher side in terms of dollars per inch of display. But the cheapest HDTV deals are usually 2010 models and have nowhere near the features and technology in this Vizio. If you have been wondering just how much better HD video can look than your current HDTV, this would be a prime upgrade even if it isn’t any larger than the system you have now.This killer deal will get buyers $770, or 45% off, this $1700 1080p TV. This will bring the price down to a much more reasonable $929.99.And, by the way, reviews are quite positive, so if you haven’t investigated the brand/model yet, it might be worth checking out.Visit LogicBuy for the Vizio XVT3D474SV 47-inch LCD HDTVlast_img read more

HTC DLX poses for the camera with 5inch 1080p display

first_imgIt looks like the HTC J Butterfly will soon emerge from its cocoon and make its way west as the HTX DLX, which according to a new batch of leaked photos is due to land on Verizon‘s network in the coming weeks. The red-ringed camera opening and earpiece hearken back to the venerable Droid Incredible, and HTC shows once again that it’s not ready to give up on hardware buttons just yet.Like the Butterfly, the DLX is one beastly Android smartphone. It starts with a 5-inch, 1080p display– which would place the DLX in pretty select company with only the Oppo Find 5 and the Butterfly sporting similar screens. For those of you keeping tabs on the pixel density chest-pounding, that’s a whopping 440ppi. That’s more than enough to ensure this king-sized display will still look crystal clear even when you’re holding it up close.Under the hood, the HTC DLX hides a quad-core processor. While this particular leak doesn’t offer any specific direction, it’s thought that HTC has used a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro. If this is in fact a re-styled J Butterfly, that makes sense and should mean that it’s clocked at 1.5GHz, too. Again like the J, the DLX reportedly packs 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage — with a micros SD slot at the ready for easy expandability.It’s rumored that a 2500mAh non-removable battery hides beneath the soft-touch back. That’s a big bump over the J, which only carries an 1810mAh power pack and it’s nearly 20% bigger than the battery in the recently-launched One X+. And speaking of the One X+, the DLX may well feature the same 8MP rear-facing and 1.6MP front-facing cameras as its slightly-smaller sibling.With all these five-inch phones heading to carriers this fall, it’s enough to make you think that Dell was just a tad early to the dance when it took the wraps off the Streak in 2010.More at Android Centrallast_img read more

Danish FA reports Nicolai Jorgensen death threats

first_imgNicolai Jorgensen has received numerous death threats and abuse from supporters who were disappointed that he missed keeping the penalty shot against Croatia that led to the exit of Denmark from the World Cup.Following the abuses and threats, the Danish Football Association has reported death threats made against the striker, Nicolai Jorgensen to the Police.Jorgensen, who plays for Feyenoord in Holland, was amongst the three Danish players to miss from the spot during the shootout. But has come up to face more violent threats his miss that led to Denmark’s exit from the World Cup in Russia.Euro 2020Euro 2020 Qualifiers Betting: 06/09/19 Stuart Heath – September 6, 2019 With the international break in full-swing, here at Ronaldo.com we are going to take a look at Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifiers match-betting odds.With a…“Our society must never accept death threats, neither against players or politicians. It is completely unacceptable and indecent, and we are reporting the case to the police to end this madness” the Danish FA said according to Sky Sports.Jorgensen has been attracting interest from the premier league, with Newcastle reportedly preparing a club record fee to sign the striker from Feyenoord.last_img read more

Giroud sympathises with Gary Cahill

first_imgThe Chelsea defender has been reported to want a move out of the club in January, after not playing in many of the team’s matches this seasonDefender Gary Cahill has been with Chelsea since 2012. From then on, he has appeared in 190 matches for his team, scoring 13 goals.But this season he has only appeared once for Chelsea, and that was to replace injured Antonio Rudiger on Sunday.And former Arsenal footballer Olivier Giroud understands Cahill’s unhappiness.“We have a lot of good players who can play in the starting XI. The problem is we have four or five center-backs and the coach made his choice,” Giroud told ESPN.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Gary is not in a good position because it is quite tough for him, he doesn’t play so much. I understand that he wants to play more. At one stage I was the same and I didn’t like that. As players, we are happy when we are on the pitch.”“I think his heart is still in Chelsea and hopefully we will keep him because we need him,” he added.“He needs to be happy, that is the main thing, but I hope he stays because he is important for us.“He is a very good player. He’s been at Chelsea for six years, he is one of the faces of Chelsea and one of our captains. We need him,” he concluded.last_img read more

The Schimkas Christmas display returns to help raise funds for the Stein

first_img December 17, 2018 Posted: December 17, 2018 The Schimka’s Christmas display returns to help raise funds for the Stein Education Center KUSI Newsroom Updated: 9:40 PMcenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Schimka family returns this holiday season with their extravagant display accompanied by Christmas music.The family has once again partnered with the non-profit Stein Education Center in Mission Valley. The Schimka family will be funding the Stein Education Center’s two-week long Winter Camp for this year, as well as helping them purchase educational toys and therapeutic items for the kids at Stein.Randy Schimka uses nine miles of wire to light up the neighborhood and the tradition started in 2005. Randy’s son Brandon is diagnosed with autism and in 2005 he showed a lot of interest in all the lights and decorations in their neighborhood.Randy came up with the idea that they could build their own Christmas display and it could be something they would work on together. Brandon was very enthusiastic about the idea, so the Schimka’s worked all year to create their first large scale Christmas lighting display from scratch.The tradition grew year after year, also getting the community involved, to help donate to a great cause.You can find the display at 5306 Belardo Dr., San Diego, CA 92124.If it rains, the Schimka’s may may turn off the lights for safety. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Monroe County officials warn remaining Key West residents ahead of Irma

first_img“We’re still giving it until midnight tonight before we make a decision,” said one resident.Another resident had already made his decision regarding the hurricane.“I’m going to stay for the storm,” he said.Preparations for the storm have been made even more difficult due to a shortage of gas in the Keys.At the Southernmost Shell in Key West, the gas supply dwindled as everyone tried to keep calm.“I’ve been here all my life. You know, this is probably the worst storm that we’ve been here with, but we’ll make it through,” said one resident stopping for fuel.The station finally ran out of gas just before 5 p.m., Thursday. The owner tried to get a truck out Friday, but there was no luck. Session ID: 2019-09-12:adb5377cb7fe0fa4985fb51f Player Element ID: vjs_video_821 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning 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.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDespite numerous warnings, some residents remained hesitant to leave. KEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – At a press conference held at City Hall in Key West, Monroe County officials warned that the clock is ticking for residents to evacuate in the wake of Hurricane Irma.“This is a big, dangerous storm — something that has never been seen before in the Atlantic. It’s headed our way,” said Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi. “The main message is: Leave now. You’ve got time.”Officials said residents should flee because the aftermath of the hurricane could be just as dangerous as the storm itself.“We have 42 bridges that connects Key West to the rest of the mainland. If one of those bridges go out, it’ll be a long time before we get any services back down here,” said Key West Mayor Craig Cates.Once the storm passes, the bridges connecting the Florida Keys will be closed down while officials inspect them for damage.“Over in those islands, they don’t have 42 bridges connecting them to the mainland like we do,” he said. “If some of those bridges go down, we will be disconnected from the mainland and our supplies, so you’ll have no power, no water, and it will be a very dangerous situation to be in, so please leave now while you have a chance.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDcenter_img “I know that the governor has been pushing some fuel down,” said Gastesi. “Florida Highway Patrol came down with them. That’s the best we can do. There’s some gas stations that are also closing because they’re also evacuating their staff, so we have, I think, four or five, is last time I heard, and we’re going to push that list out.”While thousands have gassed up their cars to flee the Keys, some have chosen to stay behind to lend a helping hand.Key West local Raymond Bloodworth has yet to evacuate in order to keep the CVS store he manages open for as long as possible.“We’ve got a lot of people coming in. We’re staying open for the locals who take care of the locals. People are picking up their last minute things,” he said. “A lot of the convenience stores have closed down, but we’re staying open because we still have water. We’re going to help do what we can for the local people because they need it, and we’re proud to do that.”Officials said the last Key West Transit evacuation bus is leaving Key West on Friday at 5 p.m. today. Riders will be transferred at the Transit Center on Stock Island, and the buses will proceed to the hurricane shelter at Florida International University, picking up riders along U.S. 1.  There will be no buses on Saturday.Those who have evacuated the Keys will not be able to return until after the connecting bridges have been inspected and, if needed, repaired.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Police investigate armed robbery at Miami Beach gas station

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place at a Miami Beach gas station.According to police, the robber walked into the gas station located near Fifth Street and Michigan Avenue, pointed a gun at the victim and demanded money before taking off.No injuries were reported.If you have any information on this armed robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Baltimore Jury Mulls Officers Fate in Freddie Grays Death

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Jurors wrestled over what “evil motive” means Monday as they deliberated the fate of the first of six officers to be tried in the death of Freddie Gray, a Black man whose neck was broken in a police van, fueling the “Black Lives Matter” movement.Baltimore City police officer William Porter, center, one of six police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, leaves Courthouse East after his trial has gone into juror deliberation, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 in Baltimore. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun via AP)The panel also puzzled over the meaning of “bad faith” and other terms the judge said they must use to decide whether Officer William Porter is guilty of misconduct in office, the least of the charges against him. Porter also is accused of manslaughter, assault, and reckless endangerment, and faces up to about 25 years in prison if convicted of them all.The verdict will likely set the tone for the others as well as for the city, still healing from an April riot triggered by Gray’s death that caused millions of dollars in property damage and exposed the deep divide between the police and the people of Baltimore.Authorities sought to prevent more trouble ahead of the verdict, opening an emergency operations center Monday and urging parents to control their children. A letter Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Gregory Thornton sent home with students warned that “student walkouts, vandalism, civil disorder and any form of violence are not acceptable.”“Whatever the verdict, we need everyone in our city to respect the judicial process,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said. “We need everyone visiting our city to respect Baltimore.”Prosecutors have had to prove criminality by inaction — that Porter abused his power by failing to save Gray’s life.His defense countered that the case is based on conjecture, and there is no evidence Porter caused Gray’s death.Porter testified that Gray showed no signs of pain or distress before he arrived at the police station critically injured.Prosecutors said this was a blatant lie.“Freddie Gray went into the van healthy and he came out of the van dead,” prosecutor Janice Bledsoe reminded jurors.The paddy wagon “became his casket on wheels” after Porter repeatedly denied Gray medical care and left him handcuffed and shackled but unbuckled, thus unable to keep his body from slamming into the end of the metal compartment if the van stopped suddenly, Bledsoe said.Gray was arrested while fleeing police in his neighborhood, just seven city blocks from the station, yet police stopped the van repeatedly during a circuitous trip around West Baltimore that stretched on for 45 minutes.“Click,” she said, and then repeated. “How long does that take, to click a seat belt and click a radio and ask for a medic? Is two, three, four seconds worth a life? It’s all it would have taken.”Bledsoe showed jurors the unfastened seat belt from the transport wagon. “It’s got Gray’s blood on it,” she said.“Don’t fall for that,” countered Porter’s attorney, Joseph Murtha. He argued that expert witnesses disagreed on exactly when Gray’s neck was broken during his trip to the police station, and said this alone should give jurors reasonable doubt.Gray’s death was indeed a “horrific tragedy” but “there is literally no evidence” Porter is responsible, he said. “This case is based on rush to judgment and fear. What’s an acronym for fear? False evidence appears real.”Prosecutors said the driver, Caesar Goodson, initially stopped because Gray was acting out inside the passenger compartment. Officers then bound him more tightly at the wrists, shackled his ankles and laid him on his stomach on the floor. He stopped again and officers checked on Gray three more times during the journey.At one point, Porter lifted Gray to a seated position, but again left him unbuckled. Prosecutors say Gray was gravely hurt by then; Porter denied this, saying Gray appeared uninjured. In any case, the van detoured again to put another prisoner in a separate compartment before Gray finally arrived at the station in critical condition.Porter told jurors he asked Gray if he wanted to go to the hospital, but never called a medic because Gray said only “yes.” He testified that he told Goodson to take him there, because the jail would reject a prisoner even falsely claiming injury. He told investigators Gray had been kicking inside the van, and “he didn’t appear hurt in any way, shape or form.”In his jury instructions, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams said violating police policies does not necessarily constitute negligence. He also told jurors how to determine each charge: Manslaughter means he acted in a “grossly negligent manner” and “created a high degree of risk to human life;” assault also requires a finding of gross negligence; reckless endangerment means disregarding a substantial risk of death; and misconduct requires “evil motive” and “bad faith.”The jurors later sought clarification of “evil motive” and other terms, but the judge said could not expand on his instructions.last_img read more

19 gold biscuits worth Rs 66L recovered

first_imgKolkata: Senior officials of the Customs along with the police seized gold biscuits worth nearly Rs 66 lakh from a house at Jorabagan area on Monday night. Acting on a tip-off, the Customs officials conducted raids and arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in a gold smuggling racket. They have been identified as Tushar Kadam and Sanjay Chouhan.According to the preliminary investigation, the police and Customs officials suspect that the accused might be a part of an international gold smuggling racket. There are some other persons involved in it too. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDuring interrogation, the police came to know that the accused changed their route following some recent incidents in which smugglers who brought gold bars and biscuits from abroad were intercepted at the Calcutta airport. The duo started smuggling gold along the India-Bangladesh border in certain districts. They also used to sell gold in various parts of the country which were brought from Dubai.It may be mentioned that there were multiple attempts to bring gold to the city from Dubai as the price of the yellow metal is higher in India. As there was stringent surveillance in all the airports, it has become difficult for the smugglers to bring in gold from abroad. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPolice have seized around 19 gold biscuits weighing around 2.85 kg for which the market value is around Rs 66 lakh. Customs officials and cops were trying to know if some other persons are involved in the racket. The Customs officials suspect that it might have connection with other gold smuggling rackets operating from the country. Raids are being conducted. Involvement of Bangladeshi nationals in this incident is not being ruled out.last_img read more

CitySpecific Domain Names to Be a Boon for Local Business Owners

first_img 2 min read April 29, 2014 Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Thanks to a new crop of domain names rolling out this year, local business owners across the globe will soon be able to affiliate their websites with the cities in which they reside.Rather than .com, .net or .org addresses, businesses can now add city names — like .london and .nyc — to their domains, which will in turn improve search rankings and increase sales by herding relevant traffic, according to CNN.The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a nonprofit created in 1998, is responsible for regulating the new addresses, and has approved roughly 60 cities since introducing the initiative last January.While .berlin and .vienna are currently rolling out, London will begin accepting applications from local businesses today, with new site names expected to go live in three months.Related: Forget ‘.com’: GoDaddy Offers 14 New Website Domain ExtensionsBusiness owners must apply for the names via domain registration sites like GoDaddy, where the cost is approximately $50 to $85 per year, reports CNN.And thus far, they are applying in droves. While Berlin has received nearly 50,000 applications, roughly 1 in 4 local London businesses is expected to sign up for the service.ICANN held a lottery to determine which cities would receive local addresses first. The rollout has to be staggered so that new servers can be gradually added and so that the global internet infrastructure remains intact.Addresses for .nyc, .miami, .vegas, .tokyo and .paris are slated to roll out next.Related: Name That Company to Dazzling Successcenter_img Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Nowlast_img read more

HidroAysen doable chief says rebuffing Bachelet

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Chile imports most of its fossil fuels and depends largely on hydropower for electricity. This creates a crisis when droughts drain reservoirs or far-away disputes affect fuel imports.HidroAysen supporters say the economic benefits of the project in southern Chile justify carving access roads through an area of Andean glaciers and deep green valleys and fjords and running transmission lines through national parks and private properties all the way to the capital, Santiago.Environmentalists say construction of the transmission lines could open remote Patagonia to much more development, and they fear the area’s abundant water could attract even more dams once the lines are built.The HidroAysen venture is 51 percent owned by European energy generator Endesa and 49 percent owned by the Chilean company Colbun SA. Endesa is a Spanish subsidiary of the Italian energy company Enel SpA.___Associated Press writer Luis Andres Henao contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top holiday drink recipes Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober “It’s easy to say no to a project,” HidroAysen Executive Vice President Daniel Fernandez told foreign correspondents. “But I’d like see the energy policies that candidates have planned for the years to come for Chile.”Fernandez added that the $8 billion project is feasible as long as there’s “nationwide agreement” that the planned transmission line must go forward. The project has been approved by the Supreme Court and is now under review by a special Cabinet committee.Bachelet, a center-leftist who ended her 2006-10 presidency with high popularity ratings, is leading in polls ahead of the Nov. 17 presidential election. Her opposition to HidroAysen could kill the project if she returns to office.“It’s not viable. It shouldn’t go on,” Bachelet said late Sunday during a televised debate with other candidates who are competing to represent the center-left coalition in the election.With its energy-intensive mining industry demanding more power, Chile must triple its power capacity in just 15 years, despite having no domestic oil or natural gas, experts say. The dams together could generate 2.75 gigawatts, almost a third of central Chile’s current needs, within 12 years. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – A controversial plan to power central Chile by damming Patagonian rivers is doable, the project’s head said Monday, dismissing criticism from leading presidential candidate Michelle Bachelet that HidroAysen is not viable.Chile is strapped for energy, but most Chileans oppose the proposal to tame two of the world’s wildest rivers and build more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) of power lines linking hydroelectric plants to the grid that powers the nation’s capital. Some mass marches against the project have turned violent. Top Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Audi R8 V10 was named as the 2010 World Performance Car at the World Car of the Year Awards ceremony at the New York Auto Show. This is the second time that the R8 has won the World Performance Car award: the V8-powered R8 took this award in 2008.The World Car Awards jurors observed that: “In the opinion of many on the World Car Awards jury, Audi has at long last satisfied our hunger for a street car that lives up to the excitement of the original Le Mans series-dominating R8 LMP1 race car.”Developed jointly with quattro GmbH, the Audi R8 V10 is powered by a 5.2-liter direct injection ten-cylinder engine which develops 386 kW (525 hp), enabling it to sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 3.9 seconds and then to a top speed of 316 km/h (196.35 mph). It features Audi technologies such as quattro permanent all-wheel drive, a lightweight aluminum body and the innovative all-LED lights.This is the second World Performance Car award win for the Audi R8: the original V8-powered version won the same award in 2008. Whether a customer chooses an R8 with a V8 or a V10 engine, they will get a World Performance Car award winner.This is also the third World Performance Car award for Audi in the five years that the award has been on offer: the RS 4 was named as the 2007 World Performance Car.The truly global nature of the World Car jury is evidence that Audi is hitting the performance car sweet spot of car lovers around the world.Since the awards began, Audi has claimed one overall award and five category awards:2005 Audi A6 World Car of the Year2007 Audi RS 4 World Performance Car Audi TT World Car Design of the Year2008 Audi R8 World Performance Car Audi R8 World Car Design of the Year2010 Audi R8 V10 World Performance Carwww.audi.comlast_img read more

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first_img Todd Cowan, left to right, & Jordan Dermer (Co-founders of Capital Developments), Karl Lagerfeld & Peter Freed, taken at the Artshoppe Lofts & Condos launch event in Toronto, April 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Capital Developments *MANDATORY CREDIT* AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — Several Canadian fashion and design experts who met couture icon Karl Lagerfeld are recalling a powerful visionary whose influence lives on in their work.Former model Tricia Helfer says she was stunned to learn of his death Tuesday and immediately thought of the first time she met him in 1992.The “Battlestar Galactica” star, who quit the catwalk in 2001 to become an actress, had just turned 18 and won the Ford Models supermodel of the world contest when she was cast in a Chanel show that fall in Paris.She was nervous, but found Lagerfeld “very kind and welcoming.”“And I remember I did not do that good of a job,” Helfer recalls. “I walked without swinging my right arm because it was always (accustomed to) holding my bag onto my shoulder. But he was lovely about it and I ended up doing a couple of Chanel campaigns.”Her inauspicious debut certainly didn’t hurt her career with other revered fashion houses, adds the Alberta native.“To have somebody that takes the chance on you, to be able to say that you did the Chanel show (meant that) next I was doing Versace and Dolce & Gabbana and Armani and then going to New York. It takes that one person to go, ‘Yeah, I like her.’ And Karl was that for me.”Toronto-based fashion designer Bojana Sentaler says she met Lagerfeld 10 years ago in Dubai when he was designing villas and she had to interview him for an economic investment report.“I wore a black and white outfit, of course he wore his gloves and actually I remember asking him … ‘Why do you always wear black and white?’ and he politely said, ‘Because those are the two basic colours of everything.’ He was incredible.”Afterwards, she told him of her childhood dream to work in fashion but wasn’t sure if she should pursue it.“Karl bluntly told me you either have it or you don’t and if you have it, go for it,” she said from London while attending fashion week to preview Sentaler’s fall/winter ’19 collection.In 2009, the year after their meeting, she launched her luxury outerwear brand that’s now a favourite of fashionistas including Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; Kate, Duchess of Cambridge; and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.Fashion journalist Jeanne Beker met Lagerfeld many times over the decades as host of “Fashion Television,” and recalls “a master showman” who mentored and inspired her.“If he saw me he would almost reach out and grab me by the hand and pull me towards him or hold on to my hand while I waited my turn to ask my question. It was sensational,” she says.Lagerfeld could leave journalists waiting for hours on end for an interview but his generosity and wit meant “he always did deliver,” she says. After his Chanel shows he would stoke the media into a frenzy, she adds.“It was a mad house at the end of his show when he finally came out to meet the press for the interviews,” she says. “It wasn’t like other designers where you would line up and wait your turn for the interview. He was all about getting everyone gathered around him, he didn’t care if people were shoving their microphones in his face.”Of course, Lagerfeld could also be “sharp-tongued and he didn’t tolerate fools,” adds Beker. But she was relieved to know he appreciated her unbridled enthusiasm for fashion.She recalls providing colour commentary at a star-studded VH1 Fashion Awards attended by luminaries including Tina Turner, Prince, Elton John, Madonna, Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, Gianni Versace and Lagerfeld.Suddenly alerted that she was about to do a live hit with Lagerfeld, she ran over to him and found him flustered.“He said, ‘But I don’t have my fan!’ And he always had to have a fan because he wanted to cover his double chin, you know,” she says.“There was a little cue card or something on a table nearby so I grabbed this little piece of cardboard and I folded it into a fan and I gave it to him and I said, ‘Here, use this!’ And he though that was so charming and so spontaneous and so great and of course he used this fan and hid behind that little fan as I interviewed him.”Todd Cowan, co-founder and managing partner of Capital Developments, recalls a meticulous artist with a great sense of humour when they met several years ago to discuss collaboration on a Toronto condominium project.“He’d never done anything in Canada before so this was an opportunity for him to do something new,” says Cowan, who was impressed by a two-storey wall of books that dominated Lagerfeld’s Paris office.Lagerfeld designed the interiors of two lobbies in the Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos, incorporating a “very sleek, elegant design” in hand-sketched ideas that displayed an “incredible sense of space and proportionality.”“He sketched the lobby design on a plane without any measurements or plans for guidance. His sketch was almost identical to the architectural drawings, which we found remarkable.”The buildings are expected to be completed next year, and Cowan expects the lobbies will feature a special homage to Lagerfeld.“It’s a shame he won’t be here to see his design in real life.”Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press by Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 20, 2019 5:15 am PDT Canadian fashion and design insiders recall Karl Lagerfeld’s charm, ingenuitylast_img read more

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first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 9, 2019 10:53 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — An upcoming revival of “Veronica Mars” has found a Canadian home.Bell Media says the series will arrive on its Crave streaming service later this year in a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.Hulu streaming service in the U.S. has already ordered the eight new one-hour episodes of the dramedy, which stars Kristen Bell as a private investigator.Bell is also an executive producer on the revival, which sees her character investigating the murders of spring breakers in the fictional town of Neptune.New cast members in the revival include J.K. Simmons and Patton Oswalt.Crave will stream the three previous seasons of “Veronica Mars,” which originally aired from 2004 to 2007.Bell Media says Crave has also acquired the Hulu comedy series “Shrill,” starring Aidy Bryant of “Saturday Night Live,” who is also a co-writer and co-executive producer on the show.She plays Annie, who’s described as “a fat young woman who wants to change her life, but not her body.”Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks are among the other executive producers on “Shrill,” which arrives on Crave on May 3.The Canadian Presscenter_img Crave picks up ‘Veronica Mars’ revival, and comedy series ‘Shrill’last_img read more

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