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Ayodhya SC commences hearing for 10th day

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday commenced hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case for the 10th day, with counsel for the one of the original litigants seeking enforcement of his rights to worship at the disputed site.A five-Judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was hearing the title dispute.Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, appearing for Gopal Singh Visharad, one of the original litigants, commenced arguments before the bench.Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.Babri Masjid was demolished by right-wing activists on December 6, 1992 in Ayodhya, leading to a protracted legal battle.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement They waited in a room with roughly 50 other people — mostly family members of McCartney’s band — and then were taken into a room where they got a few minutes to talk privately with McCartney.Emma Stevens and Carter Chiasson presented McCartney with a Mi’kmaq medallion made by Cape Breton artist Vivian Googoo, and gifted to them by Assembly of First Nations regional chief Morley Googoo. On it is the image of a blackbird. (Carter Chiasson)The pair presented McCartney with a Mi’kmaq medallion that was made by Cape Breton artist Vivian Googoo and gifted to them by Assembly of First Nations regional chief Morley Googoo. On it is the image of a blackbird.They also got to share a few personal thoughts. “I said, ‘I know you hear this all the time, but it’s an honour to meet you,’” recounted Chiasson, on the phone from the Vancouver airport Sunday evening. “And then Paul said, ‘I really love your version. I’m going to be nervous singing my version tonight, your version is so beautiful.’” Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment When a Mi’kmaq rendition of the Beatles classic Blackbird went viral last month, 16-year-old Mi’kmaq singer Emma Stevens said her dream was for Paul McCartney to hear it — but little did she know that, just a few weeks later, she and her teacher Carter Chiasson would be shaking hands with the music icon. (Adam Chiasson)center_img When a Mi’kmaq rendition of the Beatles classic Blackbird went viral last month, 16-year-old Mi’kmaq singer Emma Stevens said her dream was for Paul McCartney to hear it — but little did she know that, just a few weeks later, she and her teacher Carter Chiasson would get a private meeting with the music icon.But that’s exactly what happened on Saturday night in Vancouver, where McCartney was playing a show at BC Place Stadium.According to Chiasson, his brother had “emailed the right person and said the right things and all of a sudden we had an invitation.” Before long they had plane tickets booked, concert tickets arranged, and plans to meet Paul McCartney backstage before the show. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Anti-Israel Bus Ad Goes up in San Francisco

Casablanca – An anti-Israel ad campaign was launched in the buses of San Francisco by a body of American and international groups known as the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign (SeaMAC).The organization, whose mission is to sensitize the public about the crimes of the state of Israel against the Palestinians and their lands, will rollout the ad on buses in San Francisco over a period of four weeks.“Boycott Israel Until Palestinians Have Equal Rights” is the slogan that features on these ads, along with other slogans such as “Stop Anti-Boycott Legislation.” SeaMAC’s demands are to boycott Israel and cut down the US government’s political, economic, and military support, with the goal of pressuring Israel to stop its crimes against the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza, as well as inside Israel.The group stresses that the condemnation of Israel is not meant to target at the Jewish people, but is directed at Israel as a state.“Criticism of Israel is not criticism of the Jewish people.  Israel is a nation-state, and should be held accountable to the same international humanitarian and legal standards as any other country. Any state that gives special rights to people of a particular religion or ethnicity is morally unacceptable,” asserts the group on their website.This campaign, and several other anti-Israel campaigns, have confronted a heated opposition from pro-Israel organizations that have sought to ban their activities in the US and elsewhere.According to Mondoweiss, an independent website that focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, SeaMAC board member Eduard Mast indicated, “Advocates for Israel’s apartheid are trying to persuade state and national legislatures to outlaw the right to boycott against social injustice in Israel.”He adds, “This attack on free speech is one more example of demanding special treatment for the state of Israel.”It is this special treatment of Israel by the US government that is behind SeaMAC’s commitment to educate the public through church, school, and face-to-face presentations and public forums.“Our government’s special treatment of Israel gives us special responsibility, as US citizens and taxpayers, for Israel’s conduct,” announces the group on their website.The bus ad campaign includes examples of successful boycott campaigns against social injustice in the past to remind the public of its capability of introducing changes by collectively standing against oppression. The examples include boycott against British tea in 1773, segregated buses in Montgomery in 1956, and South African apartheid between 1959 and 1994. read more

UN refugee agency steps up efforts for internally displaced in Liberia

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), working with other UN agencies, is providing protection, supplies and a cash grant to Liberians to travel back to their home districts. Many Liberians fled to safer parts of the country, or to other countries, over the past 14 years to escape the brutal civil war. Sierra Leone has harboured more than 60,000 refugees and still hosts about 39,000 registered Liberians in eight camps in the eastern and southern part of the country.Since Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became Liberia’s president last month, more IDPs and refugees have returned home after she encouraged all Liberians to join in rebuilding their devastated nation. The establishment of a democratically elected Government in Liberia culminates a peace process envisaged in the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 18 August 2003. During this period, the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia (UNMIL) supported national efforts to achieve the transition to democracy by providing a secure environment, disarming more than 100,000 ex-combatants, facilitating the return of tens of thousands of displaced persons and refugees, and helping organize the recent free and fair elections. Earlier this week, the UNHCR said that working alongside its partners it had now brought back 6,559 Liberian refugees to their country since October 2004.Since November 2004, UNHCR has helped over 282,000 of 314,000 Liberian IDPs to return to their homes.In a video for UNHCR recorded shortly before her 16 January inauguration, President Sirleaf pledged that her Government will would with the agency and its partners to help refugees settle in, find work and obtain basic services. The president’s filmed message was part of a mass information campaign by the agency targeting some 190,000 Liberian refugees scattered across West Africa. read more

Myanmar UN rights expert calls for immediate release of detained student leaders

“The arrests lead to serious questions regarding the will of the Government of Myanmar to resume an effective dialogue with the various stakeholders who should be associated to the National Convention,” Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said in a statement, referring to the body entrusted with drawing up principles for a new constitution in the South Asian country.Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi and Htay Kywe, who had previously served prison sentences totaling over 15 years since 1988, were arrested at their homes by the military and taken to three different locations, according to the statement. “The Special Rapporteur is extremely worried about their present condition, in light of the fact that over the last seven years he has received numerous reports of human rights violations in pre-trial detention,” it added. “The Special Rapporteur is deeply saddened by the latest allegations, which came as he addressed the Human Rights Council in Geneva.” Mr. Pinheiro told the Council yesterday grave human rights violations in Myanmar were taking place not only with impunity but authorized by the sanction of law, adding that the criminalization of the exercise of fundamental freedoms by political opponents, human rights defenders and victims of human rights abuses was a matter of grave concern. Myanmar’s representative at the session, U Nyunt Maung Shein, disputed the charges, saying the allegations of abuse were entirely based on information collected from a few remaining insurgent groups confined to border areas and foreign-funded expatriates with a hidden political agenda.Mr. Pinheiro has issued several statements in recent months deploring alleged rights violations in Myanmar. In March he said there were more than 1,000 people behind bars “for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression, assembly and association.”Special Rapporteurs are unpaid and serve in a personal capacity, reporting to the UN Human Rights Council. read more

Rogers Communications reports higher Q4 revenue raises quarterly dividend

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rogers Communications reports higher Q4 revenue, raises quarterly dividend by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 29, 2015 8:46 am MDT TORONTO – Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B) raised its dividend Thursday as it reported its fourth-quarter profit slipped from a year ago, even as the company managed to generate more revenue per subscriber from its wireless services.The Toronto-based company earned a net profit of $297 million, or 57 cents per share, for the three months ended Dec. 31, compared with a profit of $320 million or 62 cents per share in the same period a year earlier.On an adjusted basis, its profit fell by $2 million to $355 million as the company faced a 10 per cent increase in amortization and depreciation expenses. On a per share basis the results were equal to 69 cents per share, beating analyst expectations by five cents, according to a survey from Thomson Reuters.Overall revenue was up four per cent to $3.37 billion, from $3.24 billion a year earlier.The company’s wireless segment contributed more than half of the overall operating revenue as it grew by three per cent to $1.9 billion. Wireless revenues were pushed higher by a larger average monthly bill for its postpaid subscribers of $67.43, an increase of $1.09 from the same time a year earlier.Rogers also reported higher operating revenue in its media division, which rose 20 per cent to $544 million, as subscriptions to both Sportsnet channels and the Next Issue Canada digital magazine services brought in more money.However, the company warned there was “continued softness” in advertising revenues from its publications and conventional TV channels, which include the Citytv stations.Revenue at Rogers Cable was flat at $871 million.“A year ago, I said that I viewed this as a multi-year journey to restore our performance back to an industry-leading profile,” chief executive Guy Laurence told analysts on a conference call.“We have now completed the foundation year.”The company announced it will be raising its dividend by five per cent starting with the quarterly payment to shareholders on April 1.The next quarterly dividend will be 48 cents per share, to shareholders of record as of March 13, up from 45.75 cents per share previously. On an annualized basis, the dividend rate rises to $1.92 per share from $1.83. read more

Security Council strongest when united says SecretaryGeneral as he bids farewell

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre right), whose ten-year tenure draws to a close at the end of the year, poses for a group photo with the representatives of members of the Security Council. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Adopting a resolution by acclamation, the Council also acknowledged his endeavours to meet humanitarian needs and to promote and encourage respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all. “As Secretary-General, you have succeeded in ensuring that the Organization took advantage of the technological advances and prepared itself to meet the challenges of continued globalization, technological change and emerging new threats,” said Román Oyarzun Marchesi (Spain), President of the Council for December, underscoring that today’s world was very different from that of ten years ago. Quoting Miguel de Cervantes, he added: “Good deeds never lack a reward.” Mr. Marchesi went on to highlight Ban’s remarkable successes, namely the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, as well as the establishment of the Human Rights Council and the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, known as UN-Women, along with the appointment of the first Special Envoy on Youth. In a similar resolution earlier this week, the General Assembly paid a tribute to Mr. Ban for his “never-tiring service to humanity” over the past decade. In response to today’s Council action, Mr. Ban expressed gratitude for the opportunity to have served the United Nations over the past ten years. He spoke of the Council’s successes, including its decision to establish the Force Intervention Brigade in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the integral role of the United Nations in securing peace in Nepal – particularly during its 2008 election, as well as creating greater stability in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia.My deepest regret on leaving office is the continuing nightmare in SyriaHe also highlighted a stronger partnership with the African Union and mainstreaming women, peace, and security into the Council’s agenda – particularly with regards to its decision to address sexual violence in conflict. “I encourage the Council to continue its very important work in this regard and I know that my successor, António Guterres, will be a most determined ally,” said Mr. Ban, who will step down on 31 December. He emphasized that “the Council is strongest when it is united,” citing examples of successful initiatives including the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria and the UN’s emergency response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Mr. Ban noted, however, that a lack of unity has proven to be profound, even catastrophic in the case of South Sudan.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon unveils portrait of himself at the UN Headquarters in New York. Credit: UN News Centre “However,” he said, “my deepest regret on leaving office is the continuing nightmare in Syria. I once again plead with all of you to cooperate and fulfil your collective responsibility to protect Syrian civilians.” Throughout the day, Mr. Ban participated in events to commemorate the end of his tenure, including a town hall meeting with UN staff from around the world, and the unveiling of his portrait by the Korean artist Lee Won-Hee that will hang alongside those of his predecessors in the Secretariat lobby. “I have come to understand our values as a unique and precious well – the more one draws from it, the deeper it gets. Above all, I thank all the partners who have made the past ten years full of meaning and purpose. I salute each and every one of them for the picture they are painting every day – of a world with more justice, more dignity, and more opportunity for all,” he said during the unveiling of his portrait. read more

Probusiness stance hurts players

This term, the highest court in the land has decided to weigh in on a case that’s about hats. That may sound innocuous, but what the Supreme Court decides in American Needle, Inc. v. NFL could dramatically change the playing field in professional sports business. In 2000, the NFL auctioned the exclusive rights to hat merchandise bearing the NFL logo and the logos of all its member teams to Reebok. American Needle, Inc. used to have similar rights, but found that the NFL was not renewing their license following the Reebok deal.The company says deals that the NFL makes with companies like Reebok violate the Sherman Act, which limits monopolies and cartels. The NFL, however, is saying that they acted as a “single entity.” For the purposes of merchandising, the league isn’t a collection of team businesses coming together to drive out the competition and increase prices, but one buyer making a purchase.If that sounds shaky, consider the special nature of a sports league. Teams compete with each other for things like TV time, players, and even fans, but in business terms teams and leagues tend to work together to sell their sport, coordinating their intellectual property.American Needle ambitiously decided to take the NFL, Reebok, and the 32 team owners to court in 2004. The NFL won on each appeal, but American Needle persisted and eventually asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case. Surprisingly, the NFL’s lawyers (and the NHL’s and the NBA’s) sent in briefs recommending that they do just that.If the leagues and the team owners could get their status as a single entity confirmed by the highest court in the land, it would set a precedent that would give them legal grounds to do away with all sorts of competition that might hurt their profits. Smelling a rat, the players’ and coaches’ associations of the major sports leagues have hired expensive lawyers with Supreme Court and anti-trust experience to support American Needle. Those unions would lose bargaining power if a single entity precedent is established. In a worst case scenario, salaries and free agency would drop precipitously, possibly resulting in strikes in the major sports leagues. The NCAA and BCS get these kinds of anti-trust cases just as much, if not more, than the professional leagues; the NCAA for the restrictions they place on television markets, merchandise and player scholarships, and the BCS for their lucrative post-season bowl advertising market. A pro-NFL decision would halt future cases like these before they even start.The Supreme Court is fairly conservative this term, and arguably pro-business. Obviously the leagues and team owners like their chances to codify their monopoly. This might give them the bigger short term profits that they seek, but it probably also means unhappier players, higher ticket and jersey prices for fans and a less enjoyable and accessible experience all around. read more

Three soldiers accused of raping teen at Camp Stephenson

Three ranks (soldiers) of the Guyana Defence Force have been accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl on Saturday at the army’s Camp Stephenson base at Timehri.The army, in a statement, said it has since convened a Board of Inquiry to investigate the rape allegations against the three soldiers.According to the GDF, the Board of Inquiry will seek to determine the facts of the allegations and “whether the crime was committed.” INews understands that the 15-year-old girl was picked up and taken to the army’s Camp Stephenson base where she was allegedly raped by the three soldiers.The GDF statement said the army remains committed to the preservation of law and order and “will deal condignly with all transgressors”. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFormer GDF soldier charged with rape gets bailMarch 18, 2017In “Court”President serves lunch at Base Camp StephensonDecember 18, 2015In “Business”Joint Services to get an extra month’s salary – President Ramotar announcesDecember 19, 2014In “Politics” read more

President defends Sabina prison visit as private and personal

first_img“Sabina is a person who can speak for herself and is a person of very good judgement, and we do a lot of other things as well.“It’s not for me to comment — but it really is a private and personal visit to someone who is her friend who is fragile and who is a fellow artist.” Updated at 1.11pmPRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins has said a visit by his wife to imprisoned peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy was “private and personal” and that the issue of whether or not it was appropriate “doesn’t arise”.The 79-year-old, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, was arrested at her home in Galway last week after she refused to sign a bond to keep away from unauthorised zones at Shannon Airport. She’s now serving a three month sentence in jail.It emerged yesterday that Sabina Higgins had paid a visit to her in prison.The event was played down as ‘private’ last night by an Áras spokesperson. And President Higgins reiterated that sentiment when questioned on the issue this morning by Today FM News Correspondent Fergal O’Brien“Sabina was visiting a friend of long standing whose health is frail and who is a fellow artist,” the President said. (Youtube: Fergal O’Brien)Speaking earlier, Tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore said that there was nothing inappropriate about the visit, and described the veteran campaigner as a “strong woman with strong convictions”.Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath was also asked about the issue and said that it was the right of any citizen in the State “to make a private visit to a prisoner held in this State in whatever way they see fit”.Asked whether she should be released, McGrath said it was a matter for the the judiciary and the Prison Service, and that no politician could interfere in such decisions.Around 150 people turned out for a protest calling for the activist’s release at the Department of Justice in Dublin last Friday, with smaller demonstrations taking place in Galway and Limerick.Speaking at the weekend, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams called for her immediate release, saying that the writer and film-maker is “not a criminal and poses no danger to the public”.D’Arcy had initially been given a suspended three-month jail term for trespassing at Shannon, but the sentence was activated after she declined to sign the court bond last week. She had been protesting the use of the airport by the US military.Originally posted at 12.50pm.Read: Protest being held condemning the jailing of Margaretta D’ArcyRead: 79-year-old jailed for three months over Shannon protestlast_img read more

Hillary Clinton lance une initiative mondiale contre certains polluants

first_imgHillary Clinton lance une initiative mondiale contre certains polluants La secrétaire d’Etat américaine Hillary Clinton a annoncé jeudi la création d’une initiative mondiale visant à lutter contre le réchauffement de la planète. Alliés à plusieurs pays, les Etats-Unis entendent réduire les polluants à courte durée de vie, comme le méthane et la suie.Hillary Clinton a annoncé le 16 février le lancement d’une initiative mondiale pour lutter contre le réchauffement climatique. Alliés au Bangladesh, au Canada, au Mexique, à la Suède et au Ghana, les Etats-Unis ont crée une “Coalition pour le climat et la qualité de l’air” afin de trouver “des solutions contre les polluants à courte durée de vie” a expliqué la secrétaire d’Etat américaine.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Ces polluants à courte durée de vie, tel le méthane et la suie, sont responsables de plus d’un tiers du réchauffement climatique. Les émissions de dioxyde de carbone (CO2), qui restent très longtemps dans l’atmosphère, y contribuent quant à elles pour moitié. Issus des gaz d’échappements des voitures comme des industries gazières et pétrolières, ils sont dangereux pour la santé humaine. Ils “détruisent chaque année des millions de tonnes de récolte et ont des effets ravageurs sur la santé. Des millions de personnes meurent chaque année en respirant la suie qui vient de leur fourneau, les gaz d’échappement des voitures diesel et des camions qui passent sur leurs routes”, a rappelé Hillary Clinton citée par l’AFP. Or, pour la secrétaire d’Etat américaine, “se concentrer sur les polluants à courte durée de vie présente un avantage : si nous pouvons les réduire de manière significative, nous aurons des effets sur notre climat à relativement court terme”, a-t-elle affirmé.Le 17 février 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Delhi RJ arrested for LJP workers death in hitandrun case

first_imgNew Delhi : A radio jockey (RJ) has been arrested in connection with a hit- and- run case in which a Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) worker died last week, the police said on Saturday. According to the police, FM channel Radio City RJ Ankit Gulati’s speeding SUV had rammed into LJP worker Dheeraj Kumar’s bike at Windsor Place on Raisina Road early on June 30, leaving him badly injured. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Kumar was rushed to Dr Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital but was declared dead on arrival. Gulati reportedly fled from the accident spot. The broken mudguard of his car recovered from the accident site led the Delhi Police to arrest him on Friday night. The police identified the mudguard, the only piece of evidence available, as that of a Hyundai Creta car. Records showed that of the 22,000 cars of the model running in the country, 2,677 were registered in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR). Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The search narrowed down to 313 vehicles as the barcode on the mudguard showed that it was a black-coloured 2018 model. After scanning through the records, the registration number was identified to be DL 9CU 5656. The vehicle was registered in the name of Gulati’s father, Satish Kumar Gulati, a resident of East Patel Nagar. Madhur Verma, Deputy Commissioner of Police, said: “An expert team from Hyundai analysed the mudguard. A special team of police from New Delhi District went through CCTV footage of over 100 cameras from New Delhi and painstakingly carried out verification of hundreds of Black Hyundai cars.” Advertise With Us “Later during interrogation, Gulati revealed that on the night of June 29, he had gone out drinking with friends first at Nehru Place-based Inter Continental Eros Hotel’s Roar Club and then at Chanakyapuri-based Hotel Samrat’s Playboy Club,” said Verma. “Around 5.30 a.m. on June 30, Gulati was allegedly going to Park Hotel’s Agni Club in Connaught Place for another party, when his car rammed into Dheeraj Kumar’s bike on Raisina Road. Gulati confessed that he was watching a video on his phone while driving and could not see the biker. After the accident, he fled from the spot and reached home. The next day, he sent his car for repairs to avoid detection,” he added. Meanwhile on Friday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met the family of the deceased and ordered a magisterial enquiry into the accident.last_img read more

Chandrayaan2 launch called off due to technical glitch ISRO to

first_imgSriharikota: India’s second mission to Moon, Chandrayaan-2 onboard GSLVMkIII-M1 was called off due to a technical snag on Monday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. “A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at T-56 minute. As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later,” the ISRO tweeted. The lift-off of the three-component spacecraft weighing 3,850 kg and comprising an orbiter, the lander and the rover was scheduled for 2.51 am from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) here. However, the countdown was held back with 56.24 minutes to go for the launch. Monday’s mission was to follow the successful maiden Lunar Mission Chandrayaan-1 launched in 2008. Also Read – Apple September 2019 Event: What Apple may Launch on September 10 Advertise With Us The rocket (Chandrayaan-1) which made more than 3,400 orbits around the moon, was operational for 312 days till August 29,2009. The Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 onboard Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle GSLV-MkIII-M1 was scheduled to take 54 days to accomplish the task of landing on the Moon through meticulously planned orbital phases. After a full dress rehearsal last week, the countdown for the mission commenced at 6.51 am on Sunday and scientists underwent various stages of propellant filling to power the rocket ahead of the launch.last_img read more

Rescue boat carrying 47 migrants moves towards Sicily

first_imgThe Dutch-flagged rescue ship Sea Watch 3 with 47 migrants on board was on Friday authorised to seek shelter from bad weather near Sicily, but Italy insisted its ports remained closed.The vessel rescued the mainly sub-Saharan African migrants, including six minors, off Libya a week ago, but since then Malta and Italy have both refused to let the ship dock.”To shelter from adverse weather conditions, Sea Watch 3 has been assigned a berth 1.4 (nautical) miles (around 2.5 kilometres) from the ports of Augusta, Marina di Melilli, Siracusa,” off Sicily, the German NGO tweeted.”Only an off-shore anchorage, so far, no port of safety,” it said.Far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini has repeatedly said that no more migrants will be allowed to disembark in Italy.”Today I’m very happy to arrive in Italy because the journey is very difficult,” said a young Senegalese migrant on board the boat on seeing the Sicilian coast.”I’ve been travelling for three years and it’s very difficult, especially in Libya, because that country is very hard, I went to prison three times,” he told AFP.Salvini’s coalition partner, Luigi di Maio, head of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), suggested summoning the Netherlands ambassador “to ask what their government’s intentions are”.”Will they ask, as we do, for Sea Watch to go to Marseille or will they let them disembark in Rotterdam?” Di Maio asked on Facebook.The mayor of Syracuse, Francesco Italia, however, has said he would welcome the migrants.”We’re in touch with the captain, we have the first result of getting the boat to safety. Now we will look after those on board, the city is ready to help them and welcome them,” he told Italian television.Twenty organisations including Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, Oxfam and Save the Children, on Thursday reminded Italy and Europe they were legally obliged to provide a safe port for the migrants under international maritime law.”These people, especially the most vulnerable such as women and children, must not suffer further and must be guaranteed the humanitarian assistance to which they are entitled and the care they need,” they said in a statement.last_img read more

Monstrous teacher blackmails and rapes 20 schoolgirls

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA teacher of a private school at Mijmiji Kandapara of Siddhirganj upazila, Narayanganj, was arrested on Thursday on charges of repeatedly raping at least 20 students and even some of their mothers for several years, and blackmailing them too.The law enforcement also arrested the headmaster of Oxford International School in Mijmiji, Rafiqul Islam Zulfiqar, for aiding and abetting Ariful Islam, assistant teacher of the school, reports news agency UNB.Local people said Ariful joined the school as its English and mathematics teacher eight years ago. He used to run a coaching centre in a flat near the school.The teacher used to take compromising photos and videos of girl students and rape them, resorting to blackmail. He used the photos and video clips to threaten the girls and rape then repeatedly.Ariful reportedly even raped the mothers of 6 or 7 of the victims, also blackmailing them with compromising photos and video clips.As the matter became public, guardians and locals went to the school on Thursday noon and beat up Ariful and headmaster Rafiqul before handing them over to the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police.The officer-in-charge of Siddhirganj police station said they found some of the photos and video clips on the mobile phone of the assistant teacher.On condition of anonymity, a guardian said his daughter, now a Class-IX student, was first raped by Ariful when she was in Class-V, “but she didn’t disclose the matter.”Three months ago, Ariful was arrested on charges of sexually harassing a female teacher of his school. However, headmaster Rafiqul Islam had him released from the police station, said another guardian.Siddhirganj upazila unit Awami League general secretary Yasin Miah said the teacher also raped the mothers of at least 6 or 7 victims, blackmailing them.Additional police superintendent of RAB-11 Md Alep Uddin said Ariful, during primary interrogation, confessed that he had raped at least 20 schoolgirls.last_img read more

ATT Is Hiking DirecTV Now Plan Prices by 5 Per Month

first_imgAT&T is raising the prices of DirecTV Now starting this month, by an additional $5 monthly for all plans — a move that the telco says brings its entry-level internet-TV bundle in line with competitors.AT&T’s $5-per-month price increase takes effect July 26, 2018. For customers who subscribed to DirecTV Now before then using a promo offer, the price won’t change until the promotion ends.The telco has marketed DirecTV Now as a less expensive and more convenient way to buy pay TV compared with traditional cable and satellite TV (including the DirecTV satellite service). Now AT&T is raising rates on the over-the-top service, although for cord-cutters the pricing is still more attractive.The cheapest DirecTV Now package, “Live a Little” with about 60 channels, will now cost $40 per month. The top-tier “Gotta Have It” bundle with more than 120 channels, will increase to $75 monthly. “To continue delivering the best possible streaming experience for both new and existing customers, we’re bringing the cost of this service in line with the market — which starts at a $40 price point,” an AT&T rep said in a statement.Pricing for DirecTV Now’s Todo y Más bundle will remain unchanged at $45 per month for around 90 channels in Spanish and English.The $40 monthly price point had become the floor for most “skinny” bundles. That’s the price of Hulu With Live TV, Sony’s PlayStation Vue entry-level Access package, and Google’s YouTube TV, which upped the price of its skinny bundle to $40 per month (although customers who subscribed at the original $35 monthly price point, for now, have not had their rates raised).Dish Network’s Sling TV charges $40 per month for its full lineup of channels. Last week Sling TV raised the price of the Orange plan (which includes ESPN and Disney networks) to $25 monthly; the Blue package (with Fox networks) remains $25.AT&T posted an FAQ on the DirecTV Now website about the price increases. The company recently rolled out an upgrade to the DirecTV Now apps; among other enhancements, that offers access to the beta version of its True Cloud DVR with up to 20 hours of storage and up to three simultaneous streams per account.The rate hikes were first reported by Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Hulu Tops 25 Million Subscribers Claims Nearly 15 Billion in 2018 Ad

first_imgHulu competes against SVOD players like Netflix — which has more than twice the U.S. streaming subscribers — and Amazon Prime Video as well as over-the-top live TV services, including DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and YouTube TV. To build up its base, Hulu has launched heavily discounted promos including one timed for Black Friday offering the SVOD plan with ads for $12 in the first year. So there’s a question of how many customers will roll off once their promotional pricing expires.By continuing its aggressive investment, Hulu believes it can stand out from the streaming pack with a unique offering that blends live TV and a large on-demand selection, including exclusive and original series. According to the company, customers who subscribe to Hulu With Live TV spend around 50% of their time watching VOD or recorded programming. And the average time spent on Hulu per subscriber each month increased 20% in 2018 (although it didn’t provide actual figures for watch time).“Consumers have spoken loudly about their desire for more choice and control in their TV experience,” Hulu CEO Randy Freer said in a statement. “They are seeing the enormous benefits of streaming, they’re deciding which content and brands are most important to them, and they’re choosing Hulu.”But to keep Hulu growing — and to turn it into a profitable business — its parent companies will need to pump in more cash and likely sustain ongoing losses in the near future.Going forward, that’s mostly going to fall to Disney. In 2019, Disney is set to take 60% ownership of Hulu, through its acquisition of 20th Century Fox assets including a 30% stake in the joint venture. Comcast is the other 30% owner; AT&T’s WarnerMedia owns the remaining 10% but is considering selling that stake. Disney CEO Bob Iger has told investors the strategy is to make Hulu its SVOD platform for adult-targeted premium programming, while Disney+ is aimed at kids and families. Iger also says Disney is looking to expand Hulu internationally. Popular on Variety While Hulu has boosted content spending, it doesn’t have a huge stable of breakout original hits. Its biggest is Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning “The Handmaid’s Tale”; in 2018, season 2 of the post-apocalyptic drama drew a 76% increase in total consumption compared with season 1, according to Hulu. “Castle Rock,” the the anthology horror series from Stephen King and J.J. Abrams, was Hulu’s highest-performing new original of 2018 (by both reach and consumption) and was the second-highest performing Hulu original overall last year behind only “The Handmaid’s Tale.” According to a Hulu rep, two other original series — “Marvel’s Runaways” and “Future Man” — also perform extremely well.A big focus for Hulu remains licensing popular primetime TV shows. The SVOD service now carries over 85,000 episodes of TV shows, more than any U.S. streaming service, according to Hulu’s internal data and consulting firm Ampere Analysis.Hulu’s current series lineup includes “The Good Doctor,” “Killing Eve,” “The Orville,” “Superstore” and “Grown-ish.” It also clinched deals to become the exclusive U.S. SVOD service for every season of series including “ER,” “Lost,” “King of the Hill,” “Family Guy,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Living Single” and “Animaniacs.”On the live-TV side, in 2018 Hulu launched Starz as its fourth premium content add-on (joining HBO, Cinemax and Showtime) and also added eight live Discovery networks and a new Spanish-language live TV add-on option, which includes ESPN Deportes, Universo, CNN En Español and History Channel En Español.Over the past year, Hulu said it has “dramatically improved the stability and usability” of its live TV service. For example, it claimed that Hulu With Live TV reducing buffering by 90% over the last 12 months. Hulu also has introduced new features, like live game-start notifications and an enhanced channel guide.The median age of Hulu viewers is 32, which is nearly 25 years younger than the average age of U.S. broadcast TV viewers, which is 56, per Nielsen. The average annual household income of Hulu customers in 2018 was $93,000, according to the company, citing comScore data. Hulu is keeping its pedal to metal in the streaming TV race: The company said it ended 2018 with more than 25 million total subscribers, a net gain of 8 million for the year.The 47% year-over-year growth in subscribers for 2018 gives Hulu more video customers than the U.S.’s biggest pay-TV providers — including Comcast, one of its owners. But that’s not purely apples-to-apples: Hulu does not break out how many of its subscribers are only on subscription video-on-demand plans versus how many have live TV packages (which include access to the SVOD content).Meanwhile, in another data point intended to highlight its momentum, Hulu claims it grew ad revenue more than 45% in 2018, to nearly $1.5 billion, a company record.However, Hulu isn’t profitable — and its losses have mounted as the streaming-TV provider invests more in technology and content. Hulu lost as much as $440 million during the third quarter of 2018, more than double a loss of $207 million a year earlier and up from a loss of $357 million in Q2, according to regulatory filings by Comcast and 21st Century Fox. (The parent companies do not disclose Hulu’s revenue.) ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Game Freak Hiring for Pokemon Switch

first_img Let’s not beat around the tall grass. The next proper Pokemon game is almost assuredly coming to the Nintendo Switch. The mainline Pokemon RPGs always release on Nintendo handhelds, and the Switch is both a console and handheld in one.Employees at Game Freak, the creators of Pokemon, have alluded to major changes coming to the series. Nintendo already promised Pokemon for NX (Switch’s codename). GameStop accidentally mentioned a Pokemon game around the Switch unveiling in January. And before then a rumor from the folks who leaked the Switch in the first place stated that an enhanced port of the acclaimed 3DS games Pokemon Sun & Moon would arrive on Switch as Pokemon Stars.Need even more convincing? Game Freak is now hiring for position that might as well say, “Hey! Come work on Pokemon Switch!”AdChoices广告Game Freak recently posted several job listings. These positions require workers to collaborate with programmers and make 3D models for “cartoon-like super deformed characters, monsters, and item models” for “a globally popular RPG.” Unless Game Freak is working on a secret Tembo the Badass Elephant RPG spin-off, this could only be talking about Pokemon. And since the listing specifies Wii U or PlayStation Vita-level graphical quality, it is very likely this game is for the Switch and not the technically weaker Nintendo 3DS.Rumors said a hypothetical Pokemon Stars could hit later this year, long enough to give Sun & Moon time to breathe while still raking in lucrative holiday sales. A new Pokemon game could certainly motivate Nintendo to double its Switch production. These new positions would only last until May 2018 at the latest, so maybe the game could still come out this holiday? Maybe Game Freak just needs some extra help turning the 800+ current Pokemon into high-definition 3D models? That’s just speculation. I’m no game developer.Imagine this, but in HD.However, as a game fan, the idea of the first true Pokemon game powered by a modern home console is incredibly exciting. If it’s based on Pokemon Sun & Moon, a generation people seemed to dig but I skipped in favor of waiting for a game like Pokemon Stars, even better. If Game Freak really is making Pokemon Switch, hopefully we’ll find out soon. When’s E3?Want to learn more?Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Or check out Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda.View as: One Page Slides1. Pokemon GO Power Bank External Battery ChargerBuy Me Now2. Pokemon Gym BadgesBuy Me Now3. Pokemon Sheet Mask PackBuy Me Now4. LOZ 8box Diamond Block PokemonBuy Me Now5. Large Plush SnorlaxBuy Me Now Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch last_img read more