60 dead as train mows down Dusserah crowd in Amritsar

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://image2.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2042/IMG15012.jpg" alt="first_img" />At least 60 people were killed and more than 70 injured on October 19 evening at Joda Phatak in Amritsar, when a crowd of Dusserah revellers that had spilled on to the railway track while watching the burning of a Ravana effigy were mowed down by a train.Police said the train was coming from Jalandhar to Amritsar when the incident occurred. Over 500 people were watching ‘Ravana dahan’ at a ground near the track. As the effigy was put to fire amid loud noise of firecrackers people reportedly could not hear the sound of the oncoming train.Amritsar police commissioner S.S. Srivastava said the death toll could mount. “We are still evacuating the injured from the train track,” he said.There was a stampede as people rushed towards the track when crackers were burst in large numbers during the burning of the effigy. “The reports indicate the train crashed through the crowd on the track at that time”, said Raveen Thukral, Media Adviser to the Chief Minister.Two trains arrived from the opposite direction at the same time giving little opportunity for the people to escape, officials said.Meanwhile Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh said he was rushing to the accident site to “personally supervise relief & rescue,” while announcing a relief of ₹5 lakh to the kin of each deceased and free treatment for the injured in government as well as private hospitals. He also ordered an inquiry.President, PM condolePresident Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives.“Extremely saddened by the train accident in Amritsar. The tragedy is heart-wrenching,” Mr. Modi tweeted.“My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly. Have asked officials to provide immediate assistance that is required,” he said.“Shocked to hear about the tragedy on rail tracks in Amritsar, Punjab. Understand Indian Railways and local authorities are taking steps to help affected people,” Mr. Kovind said.Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, who is now in the U.S., said he has cancelled all his engagements there and will be immediately returning to India. “Shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic train incident that occurred in Amritsar. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. I pray for the injured to recover quickly,” he added in a tweet.Mr. Singh said he was rushing to the accident site to “personally supervise relief & rescue,” while annoucing a relief of Rs. 5 lakh to kin of each deceased and free treatment for injured in government as well as private hospitals.“The train accident in Punjab in which over 50 people have died is shocking. I urge the state government & Congress workers to provide immediate relief at the accident site. My condolences to the families of those who have died. I pray that the injured make a speedy recovery,” Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted.Home Minister Rajnath Singh promised all possible assistance to the State from the Central government, adding “Pained beyond words at the loss of precious lives due to a train tragedy during Dussehra festivities in Punjab. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased and prayers with the injured.”Former Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal demanded an inquiry by a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He said those responsible for the tragedy must be handed exemplary punishment.(With PTI inputs)<img src="http://image2.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2068/IMG13213.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8223"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Match-fixing: Champions Trophy witnesses most intensive security operation by ICC

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2054/IMG3735.jpg" alt="first_img" />“Hi Hansie.” Exactly 30 months ago, those secretly intercepted words began cricket’s most infamous conversation between a man yet to emerge from the obscurity of match-fixing and another who had the talent to turn a match on its head. Speaking over cell phones, Sanjiv Chawla and Hansie Cronje combined to,”Hi Hansie.” Exactly 30 months ago, those secretly intercepted words began cricket’s most infamous conversation between a man yet to emerge from the obscurity of match-fixing and another who had the talent to turn a match on its head.Speaking over cell phones, Sanjiv Chawla and Hansie Cronje combined to cast a shadow of doubt over the game forever. The Hansie case is forgotten, but the spectre of match-fixing is back. So it appears from the way the International Cricket Council (ICC) and its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) are going about their task in Sri Lanka.Somehow the ICC believes that corruption in cricket runs deep in the subcontinent; doesn’t matter if the South Africans and English authorities refused to cooperate in the original match-fixing investigations.FAIR-PLAY FORCE: ICC investigators are in Colombo as part of the council’s sizeable security operation teamThe crackdown in the Emerald Isles is unprecedented. The ICC Champions Trophy in Colombo – the biggest cricket tournament after the World Cup – has witnessed the most extensive and intensive security operation with all ACU members and regional security officers turning up. The chief of the ACU, Lord Paul Condon, a former commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police, was scheduled to fly in late last week, ICC spokesman Brendan Mc Clements told INDIA TODAY “Our brief is simple: to see that the players are safe and secure and there is no malpractice during the tournament.”One look at the entrance to the change rooms at the two venues for the Champions Trophy and it is clear that nothing has been left to chance. There is a line-up of mug shots on the photo board, belonging not to those whom the authorities want to keep out but to those who they want to let in. Lined up side by side are portraits of modern cricket’s good and great-one day it could be Sachin Tendulkar with his teammates, on another Sanath Jayasuriya.The purpose of the mug shots is to let players point to their pictures and get past submachinegun-toting security men should they be stopped from entering their dressing room. Close-circuit cameras maintain surveillance on human traffic in and out of the room. Inside the change rooms, big, bold “No Mobile Phones” signs are prominently displayed.Australian John Rhodes, ICC’s security manager for the Champions Trophy and the regional security officer for Australia and New Zealand, had also scripted the security plan for the Sydney Olympics in 2000. He says the photo boards and ACU contact numbers in the dressing-rooms “are going to be the norm for international cricket now”. Rhodes and his colleagues aim to build what one ACU officer calls a “sterile” corridor between players and bookmakers like Chawla.You see the security everywhere. The official team hotel, The Taj Samudra, uses four times its normal security staff to police the event and another 200 men from the Sri Lankan Government’s ministerial security division are on stand-by round the clock. Theoretically speaking, even if Chawla wanted he would not be able to speak to any player; all phone calls to the cricketers are being screened.advertisementMissing InformationClick here to EnlargeThe effort to sever cricket’s dodgier connections is real. The ACU has started briefing sides in private on a regular basis. It is learnt that Lord Condon met the Indians on their tour of England this year and told them his unit was convinced there were still three current international players who were giving inside information to bookies.Two matches in the Champions Trophy both featuring Pakistan, have come up for ACU’s scrutiny. The first, publicised on air by commentator and former England captain Tony Greig, against Sri Lanka was put under the cosh because of the run-out of Yousuf Youhana. The Pakistani was run out by the length of the pitch without scoring. Youhana was recently sent home from a one-day series in Kenya on disciplinary grounds and then rejoined the team for the Colombo tournament.The other incident being looked into is the hit-wicket dismissal of Inzamam-ul-Haq in the tri-series in Morocco. In that match against South Africa, the Pakistanis needed runs at less than three an over with seven wickets in hand. Inzamam was in complete control until he hit a six over midwicket’s head in the 42nd over off rookie spinner Justin Ontong and then – as the ball took a couple of seconds to fly over the fielder – lost his balance and trod on the stumps. Pakistan went on to lose the match.The ACU has files on all international players with suspect credentials and the one on a Pakistani is reportedly said to be” four times” thicker than any other international cricketer’s, ACU Chief Investigator Jeff Rees recently told an English newspaper that his unit had interviews and reports with players and officials on file that could make “your hair stand on end”.Another match under the scanner is rumoured to have raked in bets of $ 2 million (Rs 9.7 crore). One “exotic” bet, according to intelligence inputs, was that the highest scorer in the Holland innings when they played Pakistan in the Champions Trophy round robin would be the extras. It may be pure coincidence but the scoreboard did show that the extras conceded were 33; the next highest scorer was not-out batsman Roland Lefebvre with 32.The stepped-up security checks and surveillance in Sri Lanka are a prelude to the big event – the cricket World Cup in South Africa next year. Now if only the ICC would do something about the original case.-with Sayantan Chakravartyadvertisement<img src="http://image1.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2054/IMG17401.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8209"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Mets Knock Down Cards, 3-2

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a24.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2024/IMG9269.jpg" alt="first_img" />ST. LOUIS — Lance Lynn refused to take the easy way out and blame the heat.“I don’t know if you saw my last hitter,” Lynn said after the St. Louis Cardinals lost 3-2 to the New York Mets in 91-degree heat on June 18. “I was throwing 95 (mph), I was just fine.”The opposing pitcher’s bat was the biggest reason Lynn was out of the game after six innings and 88 pitches.Bartolo Colon worked eight dominant innings and keyed the go-ahead rally with his first career extra-base hit, helping the Mets avoid a three-game sweep.“The double, just a nice, short stroke,” Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny said. “He’s not known for his bat. That started the toughest inning for Lance.”Eric Young and David Wright had an RBI apiece in a two-run sixth that put the Mets up by a run, and Young added an RBI double off Seth Maness in the seventh — a run aided by Colon’s second sacrifice of the game. A day after dropping their sixth straight series in St. Louis, the Mets ended an eight-game road losing streak dating to June 3.Lynn (7-5) notched his 500th career strikeout and had worked 13 consecutive scoreless innings before running into just enough trouble to sink the Cardinals. He allowed five hits and two runs.“What happened in the sixth cost us the game,” Lynn said. “I’ve got to be better in that situation. I was throwing the ball pretty well and let it get out of hand there for a couple hitters.”Matt Carpenter hit his third career leadoff homer for the Cardinals, who lost for the second time in nine games. They had just one runner in scoring position against Colon (7-5), who retired 13 in a row before Daniel Descalso singled with two outs in the eighth.The 41-year-old Colon was 0 for 43 at the plate since June 10, 2005, when he was with the Angels and singled off the Mets’ Mike DeJean. He had taken only 17 at-bats while in the American League from 2006-13.Colon doubled just inside the third-base line to open the sixth. He scored his second career run, and first since 2002 with the Expos at Milwaukee, when Young followed with a double. “It was a good swing, in all honesty,” Lynn said. “I was surprised by it. But I’ve got to make a better pitch, in all honesty.”Colon won his fifth straight decision and matched his season best for innings, needing just 86 pitches. He allowed four hits, had a season-low one strikeout and walked none.The Mets batted the pitcher eighth the first two games of the series but returned to a traditional look for the finale with Colon taking a turn.Left-hander Dana Eveland retired lefty swinging Matt Adams for the final out and his second career save, and first since 2005, after Allen Craig’s infield RBI single off Jenrry Mejia. The Mets won for just the fourth time in 15 games.Wright just missed giving the Mets three doubles in four at-bats, settling for the go-ahead RBI single. Wright beat the relay to second on an opposite-field flare down the right field line but was tagged out by Descalso when he tried to switch feet.Carpenter also doubled for the Cardinals after getting a day off. “At this time of the year it’s probably more mental,” Matheny said. “Mentally he had a nice break and came back out and had a nice day.”(R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares<img src="http://b47.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2047/IMG3537.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8158"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Charleston Open: Madison Keys outclasses Sloane Stephens to reach semifinals

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a17.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2017/IMG2953.jpg" alt="first_img" />Madison Keys overcame some uncharacteristically poor serving and elevated her game late on to edge fellow American Sloane Stephens 7-6(6) 4-6 6-2 and advance to the semi-finals of the Charleston Open on Friday.Both players struggled with their serves in a match that included 13 breaks but it was Keys who was able to cut down on the errors and step up the intensity in the third set, which she won when Stephens sent a backhand long.The match on the green clay also featured a seesaw first set tie-breaker in which Keys jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Stephens stormed back with six straight points.Stephens failed to convert either of the two set points she had on her serve and Keys unleashed a blistering cross court forehand winner to capture the hour-long first set.”It’s always tough to play a friend and it kind of shows at times like that,” Keys said of the wild first set tie-breaker.”It was up and it was down and it was just kind of crazy.”The win was a first for Keys over Stephens, who came out on top in their semi-final match up at last year’s French Open and in the 2017 U.S. Open final.Next up for Keys is Puerto Rican Monica Puig, who crushed 29 winners to topple American Danielle Collins in their quarter-final to end the day.The 25-year-old Olympic gold medalist from San Juan fired down six aces to book her first semi-final trip since the Connecticut Open in August.advertisementFormer world number one Caroline Wozniacki looked like she had fully recovered from the illness that sidelined her for two months earlier this year, playing nearly perfect tennis to down Maria Sakkari 6-2 6-2.Wozniacki, the 2011 champion in Charleston, smacked 15 winners to just eight unforced errors and looked particularly sharp returning serve, where she moved briskly and attacked Sakkari’s second serves.The only hiccup came in the match’s 16-minute final game, where Wozniacki needed five match points before she was able to break the young Greek’s service again to win the tie.The fifth-seeded Dane will be a heavy favourite in her semi-final showdown on Saturday against Petra Martic, who upset Belinda Bencic 6-3 6-4 in the morning match.Wozniacki has never dropped a set to the Croatian in five career meetings.Also Watch:<img src="http://c68.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2068/IMG10612.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8127"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Serena Williams’s treatment shows how hard it is to be a black woman at work

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a37.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2037/IMG17384.jpg" alt="first_img" />Topics Since you’re here… Read more US Open Tennis 2018 Share on WhatsApp US Open tennis Black women aren’t allowed a bad day at the office. Or to be precise, if we have a bad day we can’t usually risk expressing anger or sadness about it. So many of us develop a work persona that allows us to get ahead in white workplaces. Mine is incredibly smiley and friendly. When I have an office job I tend to make lots of tea, I am sociable and supportive and lots of fun at a Christmas party. The few times I adopted a different persona did not go well. A couple of years ago I disagreed with a male colleague’s idea and he pulled me aside to tell me I was being aggressive. When I attempted to explain that the word aggressive is racially loaded he burst into tears. It reinforced a lesson I learned throughout my 20s: most of the time it’s not worth trying to explain racism or sexism at work. Just get your head down and get the job done as best you can. If you are not a black woman and are confused right now here is a two-minute video about intersectionality.Williams is an inspiration to me because when she has a bad day at the office everyone in the world knows about it. At the weekend she lost her temper at an umpire she perceived to be behaving in a sexist fashion – punishing her when he would merely have warned a male player. Not only was she docked a game, she faces a fine, and weeks of media attention about how she behaved. Can you imagine sending a shirty email to a colleague and having wall-to-wall media coverage about your curt sign-off for the next three days? Can you imagine confronting your least favourite person at work and then seeing a photograph of your facial expression on the front page of every sports section in the world? What would you tell your child about the racist cartoons she will find when she gets old enough to Google you? I have no idea how Williams does it.We only see a fraction of the discrimination high-profile athletes such as Williams experience on a daily basis. Any woman who works knows that you have to develop a pretty thick skin to handle the dozens of small instances of everyday sexism. That showing authentic human emotion risks you being labelled “hysterical”. Those of us who feel secure in our jobs or have nice colleagues have an easier time of it, but remain painfully aware that not everyone is allowed to make mistakes and stay employed. If you have faced discrimination of any kind at work, this video of Williams talking about the US Open is hard to watch.The most surprising thing about the US Open is that the chief executive of the Women’s Tennis Association, Steve Simon, backed up Williams when she highlighted the sexism of the umpire. It reminded me of all the times I spoke up and wasn’t alone. It made me hopeful that tennis might become marginally less sexist. I only wish change came at a lower price for women such as Serena Williams.• Carys Afoko is the executive director and co-founder of Level Up, a community for feminists who want to work together to end sexism Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Discrimination at work Opinion Serena Williams Share on Twitter US sports<img src="http://c59.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2059/IMG11552.jpg" alt="center_img" /> Work & careers Serena Williams was right about women’s treatment but wrong on Saturday Share on Messenger comment Share via Email Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Kevin Mitchell at Flushing Meadows Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest When I have a bad day at work, I think of Serena Williams. I tell myself that if she can do her job then I can do mine. To be clear, I am not a professional athlete – I struggle to walk up more than one flight of stairs without losing my breath. And, no, I’m not the mother of a small and adorable child, I just about keep my houseplants alive most weeks. The thing Williams and I have in common is that we are black women who work for a living. And being a black woman at work comes with a specific set of challenges. 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ESPN College GameDay’s Staff All Picked Michigan To Beat Michigan State

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a33.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2034/IMG1100.jpg" alt="first_img" /><img width="775" height="459" src="https://thespun.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/college-gameday-michigan-775x459.png" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt="College GameDay's staff all picked Michigan." 0="itemprop" 1="image" />Michigan vs. Michigan State just kicked off, and if you thought this year’s version of the rivalry contest wouldn’t be intense, think again. The two teams were going at it two hours before kickoff.This year’s game is at Michigan State, but it doesn’t look like the College GameDay staff is factoring that into their projected outcome.Everyone on College GameDay’s staff – including guest picker Drew Bledsoe – thinks that Michigan is going to prevail.That wouldn’t be a shock, but rivalry games never go as predicted. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if the Spartans pulled off a win at home.#CollegeGameDay guys (and Drew Bledsoe) take @UMichFootball across the board. pic.twitter.com/5PA5fTlJpY— Mike Foss (@MikeFossWXYZ) October 20, 2018Michigan, with just one loss (to Notre Dame) is still alive when it comes to the College Football Playoff race. The Wolverines need to win on Saturday to keep that a reality.Michigan State, meanwhile, is 4-2 with an outside shot at winning the Big Ten East. They have plenty of motivation as well.Michigan vs. Michigan State is currently airing on FOX.<img src="http://c62.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2062/IMG1772.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8097"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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CBI arrests Labour officers for bribery

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b48.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2048/IMG7402.jpg" alt="first_img" />New Delhi: The CBI on Friday arrested the Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner and a Labour Enforcement Officer of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, posted in Chandigarh in connection with a bribery case of Rs 1,30,000.The agency also nabbed two middlemen and the employee of a private construction company in the case, where the public servants were taking bribes to help private companies violate labour laws in Chandigarh. The probe agency arrested Munish Garg and Gurmeet Sidhu of Advantage HR Solutions when they were paying the bribe amount to Vivek Naik, the Labour Enforcement Officer accused in the case. Further the agency conducted raids at official and residential premises of the accused and recovered several documents pertaining to the case. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe Central Bureau of Investigation has alleged that Naik was collecting the money on behalf of Mahesh Chand Sharma, the Dy. CLC in Chandigarh and that Garg and Sidhu were brokering the deal on behalf of Akhand Raj Singh, an employee of Nagarjuna Construction Company. The probe agency had on Thursday registered an FIR in the matter against Sharma and Naik for allegedly showing undue favours to private construction companies in exchange for a bribe in the form of quarterly payments through middlemen based in Bathinda, Punjab. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe CBI has alleged that Naik would help several private industrialists, businessmen, and contractors by overlooking serious violations of labour laws and the Employees’ Provident Fund Act. According to the FIR registered by the agency, Naik had close links to Garg and Sidhu, both partners in Bathinda-based Advantage HR Solutions and allegedly working as middlemen to broker illegal deals between officials of the Labour Ministry and private companies. The agency has further alleged that Garg and Sidhu were collecting Rs 35,000 each on a quarterly basis from the private companies to broker such deals.<img src="http://b48.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2048/IMG8211.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8050"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Obidos Where the spirit runs wild

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a33.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2034/IMG1518.jpg" alt="first_img" />The beautiful country of Portugal is ideally located to the southwest point of Europe and includes the fabulous Madeira and Azores archipelagos of the Atlantic Ocean. In terms of tourism, Portugal isn’t all that popular among Indian travellers yet, but gradually, the Portuguese Ministry of Tourism is waking up to reality, given the purchasing power of the average Indian traveller. I made a week’s trip to this fabulous country as a part of the Tea Board of India delegation. Thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bold initiatives, Portugal is one of India’s principal tea importers with both countries sharing a rich bilateral relationship. Also Read – Oman – Beauty with an addressLisbon is a captivating city. Endless recreational pursuits await you at Lisbon, ranging from sightseeing fairytale palaces to balmy beaches and climbing picture-perfect hills to riding the classy turn-of-the-century trams. Lisbon must also be one of the world’s greatest historical cities. Also, for a middle-class Indian like me, it is one of the least expensive cities of Western Europe and thus offered me and others in the delegation with much needed purchasing power. Also Read – CANADA: A traveller’s delightWe were put up at the majestic Lapa Palace hotel located in the Rua do Pau da Bandeira neighbourhood. This gracious hotel has quite a bit of history and in the days of yore, it used to serve as the royal residence of Count Valencas till the end of the 19th century. Since the year 1992, the Lapa Palace was converted into a luxurious hotel and today this magnificent hotel is a proud member of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’. From Lisbon, the entire delegation moved to the beautiful town of Obidos, which is ideally located in the centre of the Western Coastal Region of Portugal. The 80 km drive from Lisbon was beautiful as we passed through the scenic Portuguese countryside. The Lisbon Chamber of Commerce, as a part of the two way exchange with the Tea Board of India, reciprocated with the kind gesture of inviting us to be honored guests of the magnificent Quintas De Obidos Country Club, which is one of Portugal’s most renowned eco-friendly resorts, located on Portugal’s famed Silver Coast – a region that happens to be one of Portugal’s most beautiful and unspoilt. If ever there was an Eden on Earth, it had to be the Quintas De Obidos Country Club. In all, there are 79 outstanding villas spread over an area of 140 acres in a natural lake setting. This one-of-its-kind resort has truly redefined eco-tourism in Portugal. The Silver Coast is beginning to make its presence felt as one of Europe’s most preferred holiday destinations. The Quintas De Obidos Country Club has roped in Jessica Kurten – world’s number one lady show jumper – as their brand ambassador. And why not? The unprejudiced eye of the architect echoes in every nook and corner of the resort. Here, at the Quintas De Obidos Country Club, the virtually impossible seems graceful and easy, and I think that’s what architecture is all about. The resort is a supreme adjustment to opportunity and local conditions. All attention has been concentrated on, not collecting art, but on creating art, like one beautiful picture. Surrounded by innovative designs –designs that are unusual and minimalist, designs that celebrate, which do not necessarily conform to any set pattern, finishes that are playful – is the joy that this resort breathes into her spaces. Be it the floors, walls, ceilings, doors or even the simple framed windows, the resort manages to evoke in the most mundane things a vibrancy and happy mood that reaches out to greet you the moment you step inside. We were lucky to meet master architects – Miguel Saraiva and Costa Lima at the resort. None of us had ever seen a resort of this magnitude before and in course of our dinner with the lights dimmed, the candles aglow, a cosy dinner served, Miguel emotionally remarked – “I feel architects tend to design interiors that are austere – decorators, on the other hand, produce interiors that are dramatic, often with no sense of discipline. Here though, the synthesis has been a perfect, stunning and dignified showcase that exudes an aura of ease.” Confronting the challenge of developing an eco-tourism project of this magnitude, it is vital to find a language which would incorporate traditional architecture within the elements of a contemporary construction. I have been fortunate to personally see my California-based aunt, who is a high-profile architect specialising on tribal vernacular architecture, struggle with her pet projects in the northeastern state of Assam. Most architects find the task of incorporating a traditional vernacular architecture into an eco-tourism initiative challenging. The bottomline is to be faithful to the characteristics of traditional architecture, whilst having regard for the link between interior and exterior spaces along with the design brief. What is so striking about the Quintas De Obidos Country Club is that the landscape for most part is of undulating terrain, which is more prominent in certain areas. And the eye of the architect here has been to incorporate the various plots with diverse possibilities of orientation. As architect Miguel candidly admits – “Opting for an architecture clearly rooted in a traditional Portuguese style was really a challenge.” The beautiful town of Obidos itself is steeped in history. Óbidos is a municipal town with an area of approximately 140 sq km and inhabited by 10,000 inhabitants. The town for most part is rural and the municipality of Óbidos is one of the oldest in Portugal. The local economy is agriculture based and it is one of the principal fruit growing regions of Portugal. Of late, tourism has become a very attractive proposition, largely due to the town’s scenic location and also the fact that one of Portugal’s most high profile resorts – the Quintas De Obidos Country Club – has established its presence here. The town is perched on a hill and is still bounded by a fortified wall. The meandering streets still have that well-preserved medieval look, as have the town’s principal squares and the magnificent castle. Obidos is popularly referred to as the ‘Wedding Present Town’ because according to local beliefs, Kind Dinis presented this town to Queen Isabel on their wedding day way back in 1282. This place exudes a romance that is very infectious – medieval village hutments, unusual cobblestone streets bordered by vibrantly coloured houses glowing with Geraniums and Bougainvillea, classical Gothic architectural patterns, whitewashed churches and what have you? The town’s principal street – Rua Direita – extends all the way from the 18th century old town gate to the main square – the elegant Praça de Santa Maria. This part of the town has a gorgeous fountain, a 15th century old pillory, the Town Museum where you will find artefacts dating back to the 15th century, and the majestic Santa Maria Church, which is where the cherubic 10 year old King Afonso V tied his nuptial knot with his eight year old cousin Isabel way back in 1444. As we strolled in the town’s main square, we came across a group of Canadian tourists seated in a medieval pub, thoroughly enjoying every minute. They were on a high and on further inquiry, the neighbourhood roadside pavement vendor informed us that it was the magical local brew – Ginjinha – that was the cause of all that fun. Just like the locally brewed Fenny of Goa, Obidos is renowned for its local Ginjinha which is made of Cherry. We were fortunate to be visiting this part of the world in the month of July as the town was all decked for the annual Medieval Fair that essentially recreates the Middle Ages with music, armoured knights, witches and intriguing theatre shows. A sizeable number of tourists from abroad lent the fair a truly international colour. With its extensive coastline, the region is much preferred by water sport enthusiasts and we were offered an exclusive coach from the resort that would take us to the town’s coast to indulge in sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving etc., but since most members of the touring party were well past their prime, none of us had the guts to splash in the waters. Instead, we opted for some light fishing and the fishing kits provided to us were superb. However, the talking point of the resort is the Jessica Kurten Signature Equestrian Centre. This one-of-its-kind equestrian centre is among the best in Europe. Through Jessica’s role as a brand ambassador of the resort and as a consultant – this equestrian centre has already become a Centre of Excellence. The centre’s facilities include a VIP Lounge, international standard show jumping and dressage arenas, indoor school, 13 x 13 feet boxes, Paddocks, lounging circle, tack shop, farrier, competition stabling and an exclusive parking zone. The extent to which the equestrian centre goes for the care and well-being of the horses, through a full time professional team handpicked by the great equestrian champion herself, was admirable. On the penultimate night, the resident chef Nicolas was basting a butterfly-boned leg of a lamb on the barbecue with his secret marinade, as we climbed the lawn. Thrilled by our adventure, we planned some action that night and approached the resort’s management for a midnight bash. All of us had to drape in white. Liquor flowed freely and the table brimmed with goodies. Local dancers performed a dance to the percussion beat of native Portugal. A starlit dinner was exactly what the doctor ordered to finish off a truly memorable trip. Early next morning, after having our breakfast, we headed for Lisbon International Airport. Silhouetted against the rising sun, a hot air balloon rose into the sky on its aerial safari. As we drove along the highway, drinking in the sights and sounds of the Portuguese countryside, we came to realize that Obidos is more than a tourist attraction. It is one of the few places where nature dictates the code of life. Memories of Obidos will linger on for a lifetime.<img src="http://a33.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2034/IMG1310.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8048"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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AUDIENCES RUSH TO SECURE HAMILTON TICKETS BEFORE HIT MUSICAL PREMIERS IN TORONTO

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://B46.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2046/IMG2587.jpg" alt="first_img" />Advertisement Login/Register With: Howard and Esther Borer are avid theatre-goers but this is the first year they have bought a subscription to Mirvish Productions. And there’s one reason only — Hamilton: An American Musical is coming to Toronto next year.“I’ve heard about Hamilton, I’ve read about it. Everybody who we know that has seen it has loved it,” said Howard Borer after leaving a matinee performance of Dear Evan Hansen at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Advertisement Advertisement The Borers have already seen several shows at Toronto’s Mirvish theatres this year, but didn’t want to leave getting tickets to the upcoming Hamilton production up to chance, so they bought a subscription to the whole 2019-2020 Mirvish season.Hamilton takes the stage in February 2020 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, the biggest venue Mirvish has with 2,200 seats — double the size of the Royal Alexandra Theatre.“We thought it was a good time to become subscribers,” said Esther Borer.47,000 subscriptions sold outAnd they’re not the only ones who’ve made this move.Tens of thousands of people, it turns out, have bought Mirvish subscriptions, causing them to sell out early.<img src="http://a36.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2036/IMG14909.jpg" alt="center_img" /> Facebook Twitter Okieriete Onaodowan and the cast of Hamilton: An American Musical perform a moving medley at the Tony Awards. The hip-hop show won several awards. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment <img src="http://a36.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2036/IMG4145.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8013"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Evidence from First Nation student who survived Thunder Bay river attack resurfaces

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b45.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2045/IMG16451.jpg" alt="first_img" />Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsHis name was never revealed during the coroner’s inquest into the deaths of seven First Nation high school students in Thunder Bay, but his story raised the chilling spectre that something more sinister lurks behind the “epidemic” of tragedies that led First Nation leaders Wednesday to call for an RCMP investigation.It was October 2008 and the young man, who was from an undisclosed northern First Nation, was attending Dennis Franklin Cromarty school—the same school attended by six of the seven students whose 2000 to 2011 deaths were being examined by the inquest. He was walking alone at night by a river in the city when he came across a group of young men who attacked him after a short conversation. The young man was then thrown into the river and forced to swim to the far shore to escape his attackers. He left Thunder Bay for home and never returned.The young man was never identified during the inquest, but his story was read into the record during an April 2016 hearing. Five of the seven student deaths examined by the inquest occurred in the city’s waterways. The cause behind three of the five water deaths were found to be “undetermined.” Thunder Bay police closed all the files.However, this story has taken on added weight following a recent and separate eye-witness account from a Thunder Bay restaurant owner who told APTN National News Wednesday evening she encountered a First Nation man on Oct. 22, 2016, who said he had barely survived a similar attack.Tara Lewis said she was closing up her restaurant, In Common, at about 11 p.m. when she encountered a First Nation man, she estimated to be in his 30s, who was soaked. Lewis said he told her that had just been beat up by a group of white men who were driving around in a blue truck. Lewis said the man told her they beat him up, threw him into a river in the city and then came back for another assault when they saw he had managed to crawl out of the water.Lewis said she called the police and the man filed a statement with officers. She said she never heard back.Lewis said the incident recently began to weighed as a result of a resurgence of news coverage triggered by the deaths of a First Nation boy, 14, and a girl, 17, who were found in the city’s waterways in May.A coroner’s inquest was held into the deaths of students (clockwise from top): Jethro Anderson, Curran Strang, Paul Panacheese, Robyn Harper, Reggie Bushie, Kyle Morriseau and Jordan Wabasse.During a press conference in Toronto Wednesday morning, First Nation leaders from northern Ontario called on the RCMP to intervene and investigate three additional deaths of Indigenous individuals who were found in the waters of Thunder Bay.Nishanwbe Aski Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, Grand Council Treaty 3 Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh and Rainy River First Nation Chief Jim Leonard want the Mounties to investigate the deaths of: Tammy Keeash, 17, who was living in a group home and found dead in the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway on May 7; Josiah Begg, 14, who was found dead in the McIntyre River on May 18; and Stacy DeBungee, who was found dead in the McIntyre River on Oct. 19, 2015, and whose death was immediately declared accidental by Thunder Bay police before conducting any serious investigation.Posters seeking help in finding Josiah Begg, 14, when he first went missing. Tammy Keeash, 17, was found dead in a Thunder Bay waterway.The chiefs said they have no faith left in the Thunder Bay Police or the OPP.“In the face of the OPP’s refusal last fall to support our communities with an independent investigation into the Stacy DeBungee death, the logical next step is to bring in the RCMP with respect to the three latest river deaths including the DeBungee case. With all that has transpired to date, it is painfully obvious that the Thunder Bay Police cannot credibly investigate the river deaths,” said Kavanaugh.Ontario’s Office of the Independent Review Director has already launched a probe into systemic racism within the police service as a result of the DeBungee case.The chiefs also released a letter from the Ontario Civilian Police Commission which announced Tuesday it had opened an investigation into allegations the Thunder Bay Police Services Board was failing to provide adequate oversight of the Thunder Bay Police.“The river deaths are an epidemic that urgently needs to be addressed by law enforcement before further tragedies occur. Alternating silence, denial, and contempt of evidence-based Indigenous concerns about a widespread and racialized policing crisis is not in fulfilment of the statutory obligation to provide adequate and effective police services,” wrote the three chiefs in the complaint letter to the Ontario Civilian Police Commission.The city’s police service was recently rocked after its police chief J.P. Levesque was charged with breach of trust and obstruction of justice by the OPP for allegedly disclosing confidential information about Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs.jbarrera@aptn.a@JorgeBarrera<img src="http://c59.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2059/IMG2585.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm8009"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Philippines UN helps local officials prepare for imminent eruption of volcano

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p> Stockpiles of supplies have been pre-positioned for the estimated 120,000 people living in the danger zone who are being evacuated, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.OCHA has already helped carry out an assessment last month in Albay province, where the Mayon volcano is situated, and is working with officials from the National Disaster Coordinating Council and the regional government, which have being organizing the evacuations.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are also working with local officials to provide targeted assistance to those in need once the volcano erupts.Yesterday volcanologists and seismologists raised the alert level for Mount Mayon to level 4, which means an eruption is expected within hours to days. 21 December 2009United Nations humanitarian officials are working with authorities in the Philippines to prepare for what scientists believe to be the imminent eruption of Mount Mayon, an active volcano within close reach of tens of thousands of people.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7964"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Unilever to close Bramalea plant and move production to US putting 280

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>TORONTO — A Unilever plant in Bramalea, Ont., that manufactures dry mixes for soups, sauces and other foods will close and its production capability shipped to the United States, the company announced Thursday.Most production is expected to finish by the end of next year with the final plant closure expected in March 2016.John Le Boutillier, president and CEO of Unilever Canada, said the majority of the plant’s production will end up in the U.S. “The decision to close the Bramalea plant came after a strategic review of the dry mix category in North America,” Le Boutillier said in a statement.“As more than 80% of the volume produced at Bramalea is shipped to the United States, Unilever made the strategic decision to make its investment closer to where the bulk of the product is consumed.”Le Boutillier said part of the decision was based on the large infusion of money into the dry-mix supply chain that would be required for the company to meet quality standards, customer service levels and future packaging innovations.Production of the dry mixes from the Bramalea plant under the Knorr and Lipton brand names will move to Unilever’s plant in Independence, Mo.The decision to close the plant will affect about 280 salaried and hourly employees.Le Boutillier acknowledged the closure will hurt both employees and the community but said Unilever Canada is making significant investments in Canadian facilities which manufacture ice cream, margarine and mayonnaise products.Those investments include upgrades and enhancements at other Ontario sites.Amsterdam-based Unilever is one of the world’s major suppliers of food, home and personal care products, such as Dove soaps, with sales in more than 190 countries. The company reported lower revenues for its first quarter due to the effects of the euro and a decline in North America. It also said its foods arm, with Knorr soups and sauces and Hellmann’s mayonnaise, lagged.<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7955"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Goodman School of Business to honour Niagara wine visionary Len Pennachetti

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p>Len Pennachetti, founder of Cave Spring Cellars and prominent supporter of Ontario’s wine industry, has been selected as the 2015 Distinguished Leader of Brock University’s Goodman School of Business.The Goodman School of Business’s Distinguished Leader Award honours prominent Canadian business leaders and connects the recipients with current undergraduate and graduate business students through the annual Distinguished Leader Lecture Series.Past recipients of the award include Ned Goodman of Dundee Corporation, Michael McCain of Maple Leaf Foods, Paul House of Tim Hortons, Galen Weston of Loblaw Companies Limited, Donald Ziraldo of Ziraldo Estate Winery and John McCall MacBain of McCall MacBain Foundation.On January 13, Pennachetti will spend a day on campus speaking with small groups of Goodman business students. He will also deliver the annual Distinguished Leader Lecture to students, faculty and members of the Brock community.As co-founder of Cave Spring Cellars, Pennachetti was part of a group of winemaking pioneers that first established the Niagara’s wine region. Now, 29 years after its founding, Cave Spring Cellars is internationally recognized as one of the foremost producers of Riesling in North America. In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, Pennachetti is also an advocate for the entire Ontario wine region. He played an influential role in the founding of the Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) and has served as the organization’s President and Chair from 1994 to 2005. During his tenure with VQA, he oversaw the 1999 passing of the provincial Vintners Quality Alliance Act. He is the vice-chair of the Wine Council of Ontario, a past director of VQA Ontario and on the board of directors of the International Riesling Foundation. He is also a past board member of the Canadian Vintners Association (CVA).Pennachetti was selected as Goodman’s 2015 Distinguished Leader in recognition of his entrepreneurial spirit, leadership skills and the positive impact he has made in the Niagara community.“Since the moment he planted his first vines in the Beamsville Bench, Len’s leadership has been transformative. He has succeeded in elevating Ontario’s wine industry to new levels and his revitalization of the Jordan Village has created another high end tourism destination in the region,” says Don Cyr, dean of the Goodman School of Business.“Len has unparalleled credentials as an entrepreneur, a visionary and as a powerful voice in the Ontario wine industry. We are honoured that he will share his wisdom and knowledge with our students as our 2015 Distinguished Leader.”<span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7896"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Altrons Netstar invests in technology to make mine operations safer

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://c59.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2059/IMG977.jpg" alt="first_img" />Ensuring safe working conditions for the mining sector is a challenge, particularly when it comes to complying with regulatory standards such as the Department of Mineral Resources’ collision avoidance system requirements for mine vehicles.Pierre Bruwer, Group MD of Altron subsidiary Netstar, explains how the company has stepped up to the plate and developed a unique and fully compliant solution that helps mitigate some of the potential for accidents for mine fleets.“Our system for surface vehicles in mining operations was developed by us and is a first for South Africa. We are proud to be able to offer such a solution to the mining industry and be part of finding solutions to ensure safe conditions for people working on the mine site.”Netstar’s fleet solution for mines, unveiled at Electra Mining Africa, the largest convention of its kind for the industry, benefits mines across South Africa and the globe, and speaks to Altron’s vision of creating innovative technology solutions that aid in creating safe, compliant and secure working environments for all.The solution was developed following the Department of Mineral Resources’ 2015 legislation amendment of the Chapter 8 Act, which made it mandatory for all vehicles on mines to be fitted with collision avoidance proximity systems. This law was enacted to improve safety on mines, especially when vehicles as tall as 30 metres are in operation, such as in open-cast operations, as well as aiding in the reduction of injuries associated with pedestrian mining accidents.Bruwer adds that the system provides drivers with a 360 degree view, via an in-vehicle display, of the proximity of other vehicles as well as pedestrians and is particularly effective in dusty conditions and at night, when visibility is significantly reduced.“The system works by alerting drivers audibly and visually ahead of potential issues, which not only reduces accidents, but also improves operational efficiencies. Furthermore, the system provides real-time data and connects through a variety of options, including cell networks, WiFi, Bluetooth and radio,” as additional fail safes.As the Department of Mineral Resources’ requirements ramp up, so will the system be upgraded to ensure compliance. By June 2019 the solution will have the added functionality to be able to take over control of a vehicle and slow it down if the operator does not acknowledge the presence of a vehicle, person or object, referred to as a level 8 intervention, and by June 2020, the solution will be able to automatically come to a stop without human intervention, a level 9 intervention.In addition, when coupled with Netstar’s other fleet functionality, the solution enables companies to optimise their fleets as it monitors driver behaviour, which aids in cutting down on excessive fuel usage, alerts managers as to when maintenance services are required, and provides valuable data that will aid in the event of an insurance claim.“By incorporating telematics and collision avoidance software into our current toolkit, we have created a fleet solution that makes mining – a core part of South Africa’s economy – safer,” adds Bruwer.The real-time solution, however, is also relevant to other sectors, such as warehousing, distribution, manufacturing and logistics.“No matter what vehicle you use, our solution will be fit for your purpose,” Bruwer concludes.<img src="http://a22.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2022/IMG11127.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7862"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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War crimes verdict upheld for Charles Taylor

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a36.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2030/IMG8057.jpg" alt="first_img" />(Image: Mark Darrough/AP/PA)For Sullay Turay, who lost a hand and a foot to Taylor-backed rebels, the outcome “showed that no matter what you do, justice will finally catch up with you and this is what has happened in Taylor’s case.”Civil warThe former warlord, who was jailed initially for 50 years for arming rebels during Sierra Leone’s brutal 1990s civil war, is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars, possibly in a British jail.He sparked a 13-year civil war in his own country when he led a rebellion in 1989 to oust President Samuel Doe which deteriorated into one of Africa’s bloodiest conflicts.His National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) earned a reputation for extreme violence, conscripting child soldiers and terrorising citizens of certain ethnic groups. (Image: Peter Dejong/AP/PA)VICTIMS OF THE bloody regime of Liberian warlord Charles Taylor spoke of their relief after his 50-year jail term for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone was upheld by an international court today.The final verdict handed down by the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) draws a line under a seven-year trial of the 65-year-old former Liberian president, sentenced in May last year for “some of the most heinous crimes in human history”.“As a government, we believe that justice has been done and impunity is over,” Sierra Leone government spokesman Abdulai Bayraytay told AFP.“The message for sitting heads of state not only in Africa but beyond is that when you are in power you must exercise it judiciously, have respect for the rule of law and human rights and uphold the dignity of others.”Around 100 people, including human rights activists and survivors of the Sierra Leone civil war, watched a live broadcast of the ruling in the capital Freetown. (Image: Mark Darrough/AP/PA)After taking Monrovia, Taylor was elected president in 1997, but violence again erupted in 1999 when another rebellion started and he lost control of much of the country, fleeing in 2003 to Nigeria.The conflicts resulted in 270,000 deaths, with many civilians displaced and several thousand becoming victims of atrocities, according to the United Nations.As Liberia’s president from 1997 to 2003, Taylor supported Revolutionary United Front rebels in neighbouring Sierra Leone by supplying them with guns and ammunition as they waged a campaign of terror during a civil war that claimed 120,000 lives between 1991 and 2002.‘Let Taylor rot in jail’He was finally arrested and transferred to The Hague in 2006, where he was convicted in 2012 of aiding and abetting the rebels during the conflict, known for its mutilations, drugged child soldiers and sex slaves, trial judges found.“Full justice has now been done and the victims should move on with their lives. The violations they suffered have been addressed through the judicial process,” said Ibrahim Tommy, chairman of the Centre for Accountability and the Rule of Law campaign group.“The government now should work to strengthen the justice system and work for the socio-economic prosperity of the victims.”Some victims of the conflict remain bitter and voiced frustration that Taylor had not received the 80-year sentence requested by the prosecution.“Let Taylor rot in jail. I only wish he would have served his sentence in an African prison to suffer the more,” said Freetown taxi driver Andrew Lebbie.But there was also a note of reconciliation among the crowd gathered for the ruling in Freetown.“Forgiveness is all I would ask for. The court should have tempered justice with mercy,” said vicar Sam Fergusson.<img src="http://c66.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2066/IMG7013.jpg" alt="center_img" /> (Image: Enric Marti/AP/PA)Taylor has only ever been tried for his part in Sierra Leone’s bloody history and Amnesty International called for justice for the Liberian people for human rights violations and war crimes committed during its own conflict.“All parties to the conflict committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murders, torture, rape and other crimes of sexual violence, abductions, and the recruitment and use of child soldiers,” said Stephanie Barbour, head of Amnesty’s Centre for International Justice in The Hague.The Liberian government welcomed the verdict.“We hope that as he serves his jail sentence he will be treated in line with the law,” said deputy information minister Isaac Jackson.- © AFP 2013.Related: Charles Taylor jailed for 50 years for war crimes>More: Taylor verdict hailed a ‘victory for victims’>Read: Naomi Campbell and blood diamonds: key moments of the Charles Taylor trial><img src="http://c66.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/C2066/IMG17355.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7855"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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SIPO investigation into FF senators council expenses postponed

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://b52.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2052/IMG12598.jpg" alt="first_img" />Update: 5.45am, Friday THE STANDARDS IN Public Office Commission (SIPO) has announced the indefinite postponement its public hearing into Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill’s alleged wrongdoings.In a statement this evening, SIPO said the public sitting “for the purpose of its investigation of alleged contraventions of the Ethical Framework for the Local Government Service (Part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001) and the Ethics Acts by Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, former member of Donegal County Council, has been postponed sine die (ie indefinitely)”.The allegations against Ó Domhnaill relate to travel and subsistence expenses paid to him in 2006 and 2007, before he was appointed to the Seanad by then-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.Ó Domhnaill has denied any wrongdoing, and a previous internal Fianna Fáil inquiry found no basis for the allegations.Note: This article previously stated that Ó Domhnaill is a former Fianna Fáil Senator when in fact he is a current Fianna Fáil senator. Read: Ethics watchdog to hold public hearing into FF senator’s council expenses<img src="http://a36.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2030/IMG13388.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7850"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Apple en deuil Steve Jobs est mort

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://a24.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2024/IMG4688.jpg" alt="first_img" />Apple en deuil, Steve Jobs est mortMercredi, le comité de direction d’Apple a annoncé la mort de Steve Jobs. Le cofondateur qui venait tout juste de quitter son poste de PDG est décédé des suites du longue maladie. “Nous sommes triste d’annoncer que Steve Jobs est décédé aujourd’hui”. C’est la sombre nouvelle qu’a annoncée mercredi le comité de direction d’Apple dans un bref communiqué, déclenchant une vive réaction chez les fans. Depuis l’annonce, les messages se multiplient à travers le monde pour rendre hommage au co-fondateur de la firme à la pomme mort des suites d’une longue maladie à l’âge de 56 ans. En effet, Steve Jobs souffrait depuis plusieurs années. En 2004, il avait été opéré d’un cancer du pancréas, une maladie très sérieuse qui s’avère en général fatale. Mais atteint d’une forme rare, il avait tout de même pu être opéré. Suite à l’intervention, la santé du PDG semblait alors s’être améliorée et celui-ci était parti reprendre ses activités au sein de la firme. Néanmoins, deux ans plus tard, des rumeurs circulant sur la Toile évoquaient un retour de la maladie alors que Steve Jobs était apparu bien amaigri. En janvier 2009, les rumeurs se confirmaient : le PDG annonçait qu’il était contraint de prendre un second congé maladie, en raison d’un déséquilibre hormonal. Quelque temps plus tard, il subissait avec succès une greffe du foie. Mais marquée par des hauts et des bas, sa santé l’obligeait à nouveau début 2011 à prendre un autre congé maladie. Ce sera le dernier. Le 25 août dernier, il pose sa démission du poste de directeur général du groupe et cède sa place à Tim Cook. Toutefois, pendant toutes ces années, Steve Jobs est resté fidèle à la firme qu’il a fondé le 1er avril 1976 avec Steve Wozniak. Particulièrement charismatique, il créait l’évènement à chaque keynote, conférences durant lesquelles il présentait les produits innovants qui ont fait d’Apple ce qu’elle est devenue aujourd’hui. “L’esprit brillant de Steve, sa passion et son énergie furent les sources d’innombrables innovations qui ont enrichi et amélioré nos vies. Son plus grand amour était pour sa femme, Laurene, et sa famille”, a confié Apple.   À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Le décès de Steve Jobs est intervenue un jour à peine après que Tim Cook ait donné sa toute première keynote et présenté la dernière mouture du smartphone à succès de la firme, l’iPhone 4S. Très émue, la firme a décidé de rendre hommage à son père directement sur son site à l’aide d’une photo en noir et blanc. Elle a également indiqué qu’un site Web sera mis en ligne pour permettre à tous les internautes de laisser un hommage. Hommage qu’a également rendu Google sur sa page d’accueil. A Tokyo, les Apple store ont décidé d’observer une minute de silence.  Redécouvrez en images les 35 ans de carrière de Steve Jobs de la fondation d’Apple à sa démissiondu poste de PDGLe 6 octobre 2011 à 09:21 • Maxime Lambert<img src="http://b47.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2047/IMG18393.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7810"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Man injured in leg after firearm goes off in Miami Beach

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s33.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2033/IMG6438.jpg" alt="first_img" />MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A possible accidental firearm discharge in Miami Beach sent a man to the hospital, Monday evening.Miami Beach Police and Fire Rescue responded to a reported shooting at a garage on 5401 Collins Ave., at around 6:45 p.m.Officials believe the guard on duty may have been showing his firearm to a friend when it accidentally went off, wounding the friend on the leg.The victim was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital. His injury is not life-threatening.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.<img src="http://s33.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2033/IMG13522.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7744"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Bizarre chimera fossil reveals platypus of the crab world

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s33.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2033/IMG17493.jpg" alt="first_img" /> Tags A spider’s erection, and other cool things trapped in amber Ancient ‘Galagadon’ shark sported teeth shaped like Galaga spaceship This dashing dinosaur rocked a rainbow around its neck Paleontology 0 Callichimaera means “beautiful chimera.” It’s a call-out to the chimera of Greek mythology, a beast made up of parts of a lion, goat and snake. Scientists discovered over 70 fossil specimens of the crab in the Andes Mountains in Colombia, an area that was a shallow sea during the Cretaceous Period. The anatomical details point to a swimming-based lifestyle, unlike the crawling crabs of today. <span><img src="https://cnet3.cbsistatic.com/img/cGkg7ZDpr1VN9q3TgtnTWDArPFA=/1092x0/2019/04/24/87ff9fcb-d7cd-43ea-90dd-f59812fa83cd/3dmodel.jpg" class="" alt="3dmodel" height="0" width="1092"></span>Enlarge ImageThe researchers generated a 3D model of the ancient crab. Javier Luque, et al The fossils are so well preserved, the researchers were able to make a 3D model that can be printed out. “This discovery, from the mid-Cretaceous, illustrates that there are still surprising discoveries of more recent, weird organisms waiting to be found, especially in the tropics,” said Luque.Unlike the mythical chimera, the water-dwelling Callichimaera perplexa didn’t breathe fire. Sci-Tech<img src="http://s30.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2030/IMG3973.jpg" alt="center_img" /> Post a comment Callichimaera perplexa is one oddball crab critter. Daniel Ocampo R./Vencejo Films When someone names a creature “Callichimaera perplexa,” you know it’s got to be cool as hell. Callichimaera perplexa is a crab that lived 90 million to 95 million years ago during the dinosaur era, but it’s not like today’s crabs that you might spot crawling around the ocean floor (or sitting on a dinner plate). Paleontologist Javier Luque from the University of Alberta and Yale University likened the crustaceans to platypuses, the famous egg-laying, duck-billed mammal.”We started looking at these fossils and we found they had what looked like the eyes of a larva, the mouth of a shrimp, claws of a frog crab, and the carapace of a lobster,” said Luque, the lead author of a study published in Science Advances. Share your voice 20 Photos Fascinating fossils<img src="http://s30.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2030/IMG7292.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7719"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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Munshiganj road crash kills police constable

<!-- Begin :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt --><div class="ecae" style=""><p><img src="http://s34.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2034/IMG14879.jpg" alt="first_img" />A police constable was killed as a speeding vehicle hit him on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Anarpura area of Gojaria upazila early Friday, reports news agency UNB. The deceased police constable was identified as Shahidul Haque, 30, driver of a police wrecker.   Md Mostafizur Rahman, additional superintendent of Munshiganj Police, said that the police wrecker was taken in the area early in the morning to salvage a vehicle which was overturned on the highway following an accident. The speeding vehicle ran over Shahidul while crossing the highway, leaving him dead on the spot.<img src="http://s34.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2034/IMG7926.jpg" alt="last_img" /><span class="ecae-button none" style="text-align:left" > <a class="ecae-link" href="http://hztzcj.com/kferm7680"><span>read more</span></a></span></p></div><!-- End :: Generated by Easy Custom Auto Excerpt -->

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