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Mohammad Nabi becomes second Afghanistan cricketer to play in IPL

first_imgAfghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi became the second Afghanistan cricketer, after young leg-spinner Rashid Khan, to play in the Indian Premier League as Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab by five runs in Hyderabad.He made the Hyderabad playing eleven by replacing Ben Cutting against Kings XI Punjab in Hyderabad on Monday and had a decen touting where he picked up one wicket for 28 runs from his four overs and scored two off three balls after coming out to bat late in the innings.The veteran all-rounder was bought by the Sunrisers at his base price of Rs 30 lakh, a mere amount compared to what the franchise paid for his fellow compatriot Rashid – a whopping Rs 4 crore. (Also read: IPL 2017: Rashid Khan is superstar in the making, says David Warner)Nabi, who made his limited-overs debut for Afghanistan back in 2009 versus Scotland, has been an ever present figure in the national side. He made his debut in the shortest format of the game a year later against Ireland in Colombo.Before this match, he had played in 121 T20 matches in his career, scoring 1772 runs and picking up 139 wickets. He has a highest of 89, while his best figures are 4/10. (Also read: Rashid Khan a special talent: Muttiah Muralitharan to India Today)The 32-year-old will got his first chance in this year’s IPL to showcase his talent ad did a decent job to match up with his compatriot, who has been stealing all the headlines since the start of the league.Rashid has picked up nine wickets from five matches with his best being 3/19 versus the Gujarat Lions.advertisementThe young leggie has been in sensational form and has been bamboozling batsmen with his variations since his debut. He took 2/42 in this game after Vohra hammered him for 21 runs in his last over.Bhuvneshwar Kumar currently tops the list with 15 wickets after a brilliant 5/19 in the match.last_img read more

Kompany warns against risking De Bruyne vs Liverpool

first_imgPremier League champions Manchester City should not risk injury doubt Kevin De Bruyne against leaders Liverpool on Thursday, according to captain Vincent Kompany.The Belgium international missed the 3-1 defeat to Southampton due to a muscle problem, and has been absent for swathes of the campaign due to separate knee injuries.Liverpool’s trip to the Etihad Stadium starts a run of seven games over 26 days for City and Kompany feels Pep Guardiola would be best off looking beyond the summit meeting this week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “We all know Kevin’s strengths and his ability to change a game,” he told Sky Sports.”I really don’t know what physical state he is in.”He seems to be alright but in a way I feel this season still has so much to offer.”If I had to decide myself, what I would prefer is for Kevin to be fit for the rest of the season.”Everybody is focused on Liverpool but there is much more we’ll need him for.”De Bruyne faces a fitness test before his availability is determined for the visit of the Reds.The former Chelsea and Wolfsburg star trained on Tuesday and underwent further checks on Wednesday and Guardiola confirmed that his condition is improving.Jurgen Klopp is braced for De Bruyne to return but admitted that it would be a major boost to his side if the playmaker missed out.”We can’t specially prepare for Kevin De Bruyne,” the German coach added.”Missing a player like Kevin De Bruyne is a massive blow, unbelievable.”He played only from time to time and he was unbelievably influential immediately.”He scored fantastic goals, he’s just a world class player.”I expected that he’s playing, I’m happy that he’s not seriously injured again, I said before that I was really happy when he was back.”They have a lot of options, obviously, if he would play that would give them a massive boost, yes.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

The Country’s No. 1 Punter Announced His College Decision

first_imgNotre Dame runs onto the field ahead of a game vs. Wake Forest.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 04: The macot, cheerleaders and players forthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 4, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 48-37. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The recruiting decision of a high school punter isn’t going to make a lot of headlines, but when it’s the No. 1 punter in the country, it’s actually a pretty huge commitment.Punting can be especially important at the college level, where field position can make all the difference, especially when facing an offense that can be prone to turning the ball over.So, Notre Dame fans, we’ve got some great news for you. The Fighting Irish have landed a commitment from the No. 1 punter in the country.Jay Bramblett, the No. 1 P in the 2019 class, has committed to Notre Dame.The elite punter is a Tuscaloosa, Ala. native. He chose Notre Dame over Alabama, LSU and Penn State, among other programs.Bramblett announced his decision on Twitter.Committed… Excited about this great opportunity! #fightclub19 #4for40 #oneononetrained @_Mike_McCabe pic.twitter.com/4neIjuXTQn— Jay Bramblett (@jbram_15) May 30, 2018Notre Dame’s 2019 class has 11 commitments. It’s ranked the No. 6 overall class in the country by 247Sports.You can view ND’s full class here.last_img read more

Morocco Recalls Its Ambassador to Netherlands for Consultation

Rabat – Morocco has decided on Saturday to “immediately recall for consultation,” its Ambassador in The Hague following the actions of “notorious trafficker of Moroccan origin residing in the Netherlands, who is the subject of two international arrest warrants issued by the Moroccan courts.”In a statement released on Saturday, Morocco’s ministry of foreign affairs said that “during the last two days, contacts had taken place between the Moroccan and Dutch authorities, at the level of Heads of Government and Foreign Ministers.”“These contacts dealt with the actions of a notorious trafficker of Moroccan origin residing in the Netherlands, who is the subject of two international arrest warrants issued by the Moroccan courts, for criminal association since 2010, and International drug trafficking since 2015,” added the communique. In this communique, the ministry has clearly alluded to Said Chaou, former Moroccan MP subject of the two international arrest warrants mentioned above.In June 2015, Said Chaou was arrested in Roosendaal in a joint operation between Dutch, French and Spanish security forces.At the time, Dutch news website Omro Brabant reported that during the search of his house, police found EUR 140,000 in cash, a cash counting machine and water taps made out of gold.But due to the lack of evidence, the Dutch court ultimately granted him freedom under judicial supervision in December 2015.Chaou is also linked to a Rifian separatist movement based in Roosendaal, Netherlands called the “18 September Movement for the Independence of Rif.”  He is believed to be the sponsor of this organization.While waiting for Netherlands’ reaction, Morocco “reserves the right to act accordingly to the consequences and implications that will follow on the level of bilateral relations, and to take the necessary political and diplomatic measures.”“Morocco, which has faithfully cooperated with the EU and the Netherlands in the fight against drug trafficking, cannot tolerate the fact that a well-known trafficker is still cut and run from the justice system,” stressed  the communique.“It was made clear to the Dutch authorities that it is imperative that concrete and urgent measures be taken against this trafficker and mercenary of the agitation,” added the same source. read more

Morocco Turns to Security Council for Polisarios Provocative Actions

Rabat – The Moroccan government has responded to Polisario’s escalating actions after the separatist group conducted military maneuvers east of Morocco’s defense wall earlier this week.The government turned to the United Nations Security Council, which had previously firmly warned Polisario against any action that might escalate tension or change the status quo in Western Sahara.The government sent the Security Council a dossier documenting Polisario’s actions in Mehriz, a town east of the berm. Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said Morocco’s reporting on Polsiario’s maneuvers is continuous and constant.Read Also:Facts about Western Sahara Conflict that You Should KnowEl Khalfi told reporters after the weekly cabinet meeting Thursday that when UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issues his annual report on Western Sahara, it will show the number of reports Morocco makes about Polisario’s maneuvers in the region in order for the UN to bear its responsibility in responding to the violations.He added that the provocative actions of Polisario put the separatist group in confrontation with the UN and not Morocco. Resolution 2440 was a blow for Polisario because it clearly warned against any actions in the buffer zone as well as in towns east of Morocco’s defense wall, a region claimed as a “liberated zone” by Polisario.Read Also: Polisario Defies UN, Inaugurates Facilities East Morocco’s Defense WallMorocco documented the “provocative” actions through its new satellite, Mohammed VI-B, which it launched in November 2018.Morocco’s Permanent Ambassador to the UN Omar Hilale also sent messages to the UN Secretary-General and the Security Council to warn them of the “provocative” actions of the Polisario Front.Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita also called the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy Horst Kohler regarding Polisario’s maneuvers.Bourita reportedly also called US National Security Adviser John Bolton to warn him of the effect of the maneuvers on the series of roundtable talks launched in Geneva in December.Read Also: Western Sahara: Everything You Should Know About Morocco’s Autonomy PlanThe Security Council will meet on January 29 to consult on the peacekeeping operation in Western Sahara known as MINURSO. Polisario has been defying UN restrictions recently. On January 7, the separatist group inaugurated facilities in Mehriz after conducting military maneuvers.The inauguration of the facilities and the military actions in Mehriz are a violation of the 1991 ceasefire agreement and UN resolutions, including Resolution 2440 adopted in October 2018. read more

SecretaryGeneral urges protection of older persons from physical psychological abuse

“Around the world, older persons are tragically subject to psychological, financial or physical abuse,” Mr. Ban said in his message marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.“Unfortunately, too many older persons can be at risk,” he said. “Prejudicial attitudes contribute to the problem. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that between four and six per cent of older persons worldwide have suffered from some form of elder abuse. Research also suggests that abuse, neglect and violence against older persons, both at home and in institutions, are much more prevalent than currently acknowledged.“Today, let us re-examine our attitudes towards ageing and the status and role of older persons,” the UN chief said, urging Governments, civil society, and communities to raise awareness about the challenge. Mr. Ban emphasized that governments in particular, can help by enacting legislation to protect the abused and prosecute the abuser.“We owe it to older persons and societies at large to fight ageism in all its forms and enhance the dignity and human rights of older persons everywhere,” he added. read more

Brock alum gets Universitys help to launch green business

It all started out as a class project.David D’Angelo was intrigued by the concept of biodegradable forks, knives, spoons and other utensils, a technology his father stumbled across while running factories in China.So, D’Angelo presented the idea to his entrepreneurship professor Teresa Menzies, who “really liked” the pitch. As his course assignment in his fourth year, he wrote out a formal business plan.“At first, I was just doing it as a class project,” recalls the 21-year-old. “As I started to get into it, I got more passionate about it. Eventually, now, it turned into my current business.”David D’Angelo with prototypes of his biodegradable packaging. As he begins his business, D’Angelo will focus initially on producing biodegradable cosmetics containers.“It’s really never been done in the cosmetics industry before,” he says. “There’s never been a biodegradable or compostable jar that you could put anything into.”Also, says D’Angelo, the demand for cosmetic products is consistently high, relatively insensitive to economic downturns, and has a higher profit margin than utensils.He notes that with a rising volume of organic-based cosmetics being produced, “this is a perfect fit.”But the big question is how do you produce a container that’s biodegradable but will also hold creams and other materials without disintegrating?Coat the container with a substance that will preserve the integrity of the container.That’s where Paul Zelisko, Brock’s only polymer chemist, comes in. He and D’Angelo are finalizing the terms of a project to come up with such a coating.Zelisko explains that the coating has to meet strict criteria, including protecting the package, not interfering with the chemical composition of the cosmetic it is holding, and the coating itself has to be biodegradable.“You don’t want this thing essentially turning into compost on the store shelf or in your bathroom,” says Zelisko. “The last thing you want is a cold cream that turns black when it’s in contact with the coating – it won’t sell that well.”Zelisko says that within the next six months, he’ll be conducting experiments to understand how various polymers interact with the containers and how to apply them to packaging, among other things.Polymers are chemical compounds or mixtures of compounds consisting of repeated structural units that occur naturally or synthetically. Examples of natural polymers are cellulose, shellac and amber.“I’ve always been a big fan of science with practical applications,” says Zelisko. “In reality, there’s a lot of fundamental science that needs to be developed. It just so happens that at the end of the day, somebody gets a product, or the university gets a license that they can work with.”D’Angelo, is equally enthusiastic about his partnership with Brock.“As I grow, Brock is going to grow with their business incubator,” says D’Angelo, who plans to run the company with his father and long-time family friend Bob Birrell. “We want the relationship to be mutually beneficial.” read more

Why Gonzaga Not Kentucky May Be The Tournaments Luckiest Team

Texas Tech863-5 Syracuse100-1 Villanova515050-1 Chances based on BPIDifferences may not add up exactly due to roundingSource: ESPN Stats & Information Group West Virginia857-2 Loyola-Chicago102+1 Chances of making Final Four Gonzaga9%23%28%+20 Nevada2120 Purdue323025-8 Texas A&M2220 Kansas St.104+4 Duke423749+7 Kansas172319+2 Gonzaga’s good luck has gotten even betterChances of making the Final Four for 2018 Sweet 16 teams before the bracket was released, after the bracket was released and if we had known each team’s opponents this far in the tournament before it began Kentucky is the envy of the college basketball world for its soft Sweet 16 landing in a region that is suddenly without any of its top-four seeds. But if we’re looking for the luckiest team in the NCAA Tournament this year, a case can be made that it’s not the Wildcats. It’s Gonzaga.That’s not to say that Kentucky hasn’t been fortunate. John Calipari’s perennial powerhouse entered the tournament with just a 2 percent chance to reach the Final Four, per ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, and an 8 percent chance based on FiveThirtyEight’s projections. Looking at each model now,1BPI is one ingredient in the FiveThirtyEight projection cocktail. that number has ballooned to 45 percent on BPI and 57 percent on FiveThirtyEight. Part of that increase is because of the strong teams in the region that fell early, but part is also based on Kentucky winning its first two games — and being only two wins from the Final Four, instead of the four it was at the start of the tourney.But what if we could isolate the effect of the upsets so far on a team’s chances? What if we had known before the tournament began that Kentucky would face Buffalo and Kansas State after opening with Davidson (avoiding Arizona and Virginia) and then face either Loyola-Chicago or Nevada in the Elite Eight (avoiding Tennessee and Cincinnati)? Given that information, Calipari’s team would have had a 21 percent chance per BPI to reach the Final Four,2FiveThirtyEight’s model doesn’t have “pre-bracket” predictions. a whopping 19 percentage point increase just because the right teams lost before Kentucky had to see them.So yes, the seas have parted for Kentucky in its region, but Gonzaga has arguably benefited more from circumstances outside of its control.Let’s do the same pre-tournament exercise with the Bulldogs. If we had known before the tournament that after the first round they would face Ohio State, Florida State and the winner of Michigan-Texas A&M, the Bulldogs would have received a modest boost (23 percent to 28 percent) to their Final Four chances, thanks to the losses of regional competitors like Xavier and North Carolina. They also would have received an increase to their title game and championship chances by 11 and 3 percentage points, respectively (compared with 8- and 2-point boosts for Kentucky).What’s helping out the Bulldogs so much? First, there’s the fact that Michigan — a worse team than Gonzaga, in BPI’s mind — is the toughest remaining out in the region for Mark Few’s squad. But then there’s this: In the Final Four, Gonzaga will basically reap all the same benefits that Kentucky received, getting to sidestep Virginia, Cincinnati, Tennessee and Arizona. At worst, the Bulldogs will face Kentucky, which is 3 points per game worse in team quality than Gonzaga on a neutral court, per BPI. If the schools met up in the Final Four, Gonzaga would have a 61 percent chance to win, according to the BPI model. In the best-case scenario for the Bulldogs, they would end up with one of the even more feeble options from the South region in Kansas State, Loyola-Chicago or Nevada.Is it cut and dried that Gonzaga has been more fortunate than Kentucky? No. But the numbers since the tournament began aren’t the whole story. See, Gonzaga’s chances also received a healthy bump from the selection committee’s layout of the bracket, which paved a relatively easy path for the Bulldogs en route to a possible trip to San Antonio — even if the bracket played to form. Before anyone had taken the court, Gonzaga’s chances to reach the Final Four increased by 14 percentage points over BPI’s pre-selection projections based on the teams it needed to get past in its region, so its Final Four chances in total have increased by 20 points (after rounding) overall. Meanwhile, the selection committee actually hurt Kentucky quite a bit, knocking its pre-selection Final Four chances down by 6 percentage points, meaning that outside forces improved the Wildcats’ Final Four chances by only 13 points. Clemson554-1 Florida St.111+1 Michigan131315+3 Kentucky8221+13 TeamPre-BracketPost-BracketPost-Bracket with Opp.overall Diff. So while the Wildcats have been lucky since the tournament began, they started out at a disadvantage. The same is true for a team like Duke, of course, whose current projection has benefited from Michigan State’s loss to Syracuse but whose original projection was hurt an awful lot by the Spartans’ nearby placement in the bracket. Duke and Villanova have seen slightly larger increases to their respective championship chances based on the bracket selection and other contenders’ losses relative to Gonzaga, but neither has been as positively affected as the Bulldogs in their chances to reach the Final Four or national championship game.If Gonzaga’s good fortune ends up helping to send the Washington school to the title game, it would not be unprecedented. Among all teams to reach the NCAA Tournament championship game since 2008, none benefited more from other teams losing than the 2017 Bulldogs, which faced No. 11 seed Xavier in the Elite Eight and No. 7 seed South Carolina in the Final Four. So while no one will feel sorry over Kentucky’s cushy path to the Final Four, it’s Gonzaga that — at least in the past two years — has had more luck on its side.Check out our latest March Madness predictions. read more

5 players Schmidt could bring to Argentina in place of Robbie Henshaw

first_img D’Arcy was expecting a summer of rest before pre-season 2014/15. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOThe Wexford man covers both centre positions, and offers a wealth of experience and defensive quality. Still, Schmidt is most likely keen to ensure that D’Arcy gets an extended break this summer with a long 2014/15 season ahead, thereby suggesting that the veteran will not be heading for Argentina.Noel ReidThe second-five-eighth has greatly impressed many Leinster fans this season with his passing game in the 12 shirt, while the 24-year-old does look to have improved physically as well. Reid makes a break for Leinster ‘A’ in the B&I Cup final. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOReid, formerly an out-half, offers an interesting option for his province at inside centre with his distribution and ability to break himself. With Cave now set to play exclusively at 13, Schmidt may opt for back-up to Luke Marshall at 12, with Reid offering exactly that.Who would you like to see come into the Ireland squad in place of Henshaw? This is by no means a definitive list of the possibilities, so let us know your thoughts…Robbie Henshaw to miss Ireland’s tour of Argentina‘Imitation is the best form of flattery’ – Kearney ready for Leinster-esque Warriors ROBBIE HENSHAW HAS unfortunately been ruled out of Ireland’s tour to Argentina with a hand ligament injury, when it looked as though he would start at least one of the two Tests in the 13 shirt.Still just 20 years of age, the Connacht tyro is certain to add to his three international caps over the coming seasons. His physicality, focused mindset and ever-growing skill levels mean he will come back into the Ireland fray when he recovers full fitness.Head coach Joe Schmidt must now name a replacement for Henshaw in the squad and we’ve taken a look at some of the options available to the Kiwi, in no particular order.Eoin GriffinHenshaw’s teammate at Connacht this season, Griffin is heading for London Irish this summer on a two-year contract. Having first burst onto the scene as an outside centre, the 23-year-old made 10 starts in the 12 shirt for Connacht during this campaign. Griffin is heading for London Irish next season. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOIt will be interesting to note how his move to the Premiership affects his involvement with the Ireland set-up in the longer-term, but Griffin has been named as part of the Emerging Ireland squad to travel to Romania next month. Is it time for a promotion?Brendan MackenThe former Blackrock College star is also a member of Dan McFarland’s Emerging Ireland squad, and is a ‘natural’ 13 thanks to his pace and evasion skills. At 6ft 2ins and close to 100kg, Macken is a fine physical specimen, although doubts remain over his distribution. Macken made his first two Heineken Cup starts this season. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOTwo starts in the Heineken Cup for Leinster this season were important for the 23-year-old’s development, and Macken may yet take on more responsibility at the province next season.Andrew ConwayWith Darren Cave now potentially set to start both Tests in the 13 shirt, and Keith Earls and Fergus McFadden providing cover there, Schmidt may opt to bring an additional player in another position on tour. If Schmidt is comfortable with Earls and McFadden covering 13, he may include another back three player. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOConway began to spark for Munster late this season, even if he did remain outside the first team on the bigger occasions. Similarly, fellow Emerging Ireland back three players Craig Gilroy [who is in good form], Michael Allen and Johne Murphy present interesting options.Gordon D’ArcyThe 34-year-old Leinster man was one of those who Schmidt and his management team opted to leave at home when initially naming their touring squad. D’Arcy has had a heavy season in helping Ireland to the Six Nations title and driving his province’s progress into the Pro12 final.last_img read more

Epic fullbody Halo armor took 10 months to create

first_imgThere are some epic cosplays out there on the Internet. You only have to Google the word to find some of the best, but none are quite as impressive as this. Perhaps it’s because it’s a full-body armor, or maybe it’s because this cosplayer has shown just how much effort she put into it. Either way, this build of Kat’s armor from Halo is incredible.LilTyrant on the 405th Infantry Division forums posted a step-by-step process of the Kat armor build which took her a total of ten months to complete. The reason it took so long was because she spent a great deal of time on the custom undersuit, as well as the actual armor. The most impressive part is the fact she did it all from scratch. Often, cosplayers will use Pepakura files to help them build their cosplays, but LilTyrant decided to do it all herself as there weren’t any files that were accurate enough for her to use.Firstly, she designed a pattern for the undersuit using a sketch she drew as a reference. The pattern then got pinned to a mannequin and was followed by a great deal of sewing to create the first version of the suit. LilTyrant used Muslin fabric as it is cheap and a light color, which allowed her to mark out where details will be added later on. Other materials, such as Polyester Ponte and Spandex were used for areas that needed more flexibility as well as a combination of Marine Vinyl, Rayon/Polyester knit, and mesh for the final details, particularly around the neck area.Once the undersuit was done, LilTyrant moved on to the armor. Again, she sketched out what the pieces would look like using in-game images as a reference. She then made the armor in rough using cardboard to work out how to layer the foam on top  Craft foam was applied layer-by-layer to help build the detail and every bit was cut using a X-acto blade. As the armor needed to be taken off with ease, certain pieces were often split and attached using parachute buckles, which were surprisingly well hidden in the final suit.To attach pieces together, LilTyrant spray-mounted parts together rather than using a glue gun, but a glue gun was still needed to seal some edges as spray mounting is not as sticky as hot glue. The boots were built around wedged heels she already owned. She used wedges to give herself a bit of height as she is only 5ft 3″ and didn’t want to be too short a Spartan. When it was finished, the entire armor consisted of a chest piece, belt, robotic arm, boots, spine, gauntlets, helmet, and leg pieces.LilTyrant then painted the armor with Kat’s colors using Plasti-Dip for the black base and different colors of acrylic paint for the rest. She used a combination of brush, sponge, and airbrush to apply the paint and detailed it to give the armor a slightly battle-damaged look.It took her ten months in total to complete as she was limited to only working on it during weekends. But I think you’ll agree it was worth the effort as it looks incredible. You’d be hard-pushed to find a better full-body Halo armor suit.via 405thlast_img read more

Landmark case Libyan man allowed to sue British exminister over rendition

first_img Jan 17th 2017, 11:59 AM Jack Straw. Image: PA Archive/PA Images Image: PA Archive/PA Images Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7,374 Views By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3190762 center_img Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 11:59 AM 17 Comments Landmark case: Libyan man allowed to sue British ex-minister over rendition The ruling could pave the way for similar lawsuits. A BRITISH COURT has ruled that a former Libyan militant can sue a former foreign minister and an ex-MI6 officer over his rendition in a landmark case that could pave the way for more lawsuits.“The Supreme Court unanimously dismisses the government’s appeals,” the court said in a statement.“The cases may proceed to trial.”Abdelhakim Belhaj, a former Islamist fighter, later became Tripoli’s military commander after Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi was ousted in 2011.Belhaj has alleged that he and his wife were detained by US intelligence officers at Bangkok airport in Thailand in 2004 when he was leader of the anti-Kadhafi Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.His wife was several months pregnant at the time.The couple were then taken to Tripoli, where Belhaj was jailed for six years. Belhaj claims British involvement in his illegal rendition.Tip-offFiles unearthed from Kadhafi’s archives after his fall suggest he was captured due to a British tip-off.Belhaj’s case is against Jack Straw, who was Britain’s foreign minister in 2004, and Mark Allen, who was a senior MI6 counter-terrorism officer at the time, according to lawyers in the case.Sapna Malik from the law firm Leigh Day said: “We hope that the defendants in this action now see fit to apologise to our clients and acknowledge the wrongs done so that they may turn the page on this wretched chapter of their lives and move on”.Straw responded to the ruling in a statement saying: “As foreign secretary I acted at all times in a manner which was fully consistent with my legal duties, and with national and international law.“I was never in any complicit in the unlawful rendition or detention of anyone by other states,” Straw said.© – AFP 2017Read: It’s D-Day for Theresa May and her Brexit plans >Read: ‘There was blood everywhere and broken glass’ – Survivors recall horror of Turkish nightclub attack > Share15 Tweet Email Jack Straw.last_img read more

Sheamus to appear on ESPN SportsCenter tonight

Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Impact reportedly returning to New York City for TV tapings this November Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Videos Articles John Cena Not In Royal Rumble Due To Injury Google+ John Cena Facebook Rousey: First UFC Fight More Important Than Wrestlemania Pinterest Seth Rollins Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Now Playing Up Next Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Now Playing Up Next John Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need Him Cesaro announces that he will make an appearance at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Twitter Courtesy of WWE.com:WWE on ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter’Every Tuesday, ESPNews’ “SportsCenter” features a weekly segment with Superstars devoted to the best, most entertaining moments from WWE. On Nov. 24, new WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus will join The Coach.Coachman was recently joined by Divas Champion Charlotte and Jimmy and Jey Uso, who recently made their return on Raw.John Cena was also recently a guest on “SportsCenter.”In addtion to top moments from Raw, the weekly segment will feature former WWE Superstar and announcer and current ESPN personality Coachman.For more on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” visit espn.go.com.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The BarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:59/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:55 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning Videos Articles Erick Rowan

JBLM soldier charged with possessing child porn

first_imgJOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD — Court records show a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was brought home from Afghanistan this month after admitting to possessing and distributing child pornography.The News Tribune reports 37-year-old Robert Bruce Campbell pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree possession of child pornography. He was released but ordered to remain on base.This is the second time Campbell has been arrested for possessing child porn, although charges were never filed in the first case. Court records show that in 2006, his wife called authorities after finding inappropriate pictures of children in his gym bag.Puyallup tribal police were notified by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in March that Campbell exchanged emails that included child porn images. The investigation was turned over to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in May because of where he lives.last_img read more

ATT is creating a 5G hospital

first_img Comment Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 2:25 AT&T is locked in a race with Verizon and other network operators to move to the next-gen wireless technology as quickly as possible. Its 5G network went live in a dozen US cities last month, but you need a 5G-compatible phone to use it. Manufacturers are expected to start releasing 5G phones this year.AT&T also said Tuesday it’s installing a 5G network at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas — home of the Dallas Cowboys. The network will deliver new types of connected entertainment at the stadium, AT&T said.”5G is expected to alter the in-stadium experience in dramatic, exciting ways by blurring the physical and digital experience in ways that are simply not possible on today’s networks,” Igal Elbaz, AT&T’s senior vice president for wireless technology, said in a statement.The stadium’s 5G network is expected to be up and running in the coming months.5G is your next big upgrade: Everything you need to know about the 5G revolution.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. 5G 4G LTE AT&T Verizon 5G, the next-gen wireless tech, is making a lot of promises. Improving health care is one of them.AT&T is helping telemedicine take a step forward by partnering with Rush University Medical Center to create the first 5G-enabled hospital in the US. The technology is expected to speed up network communications and reduce latency to help improve care at the Chicago hospital, AT&T said Tuesday.”Imagine a hospital where rooms are intelligently scheduled, patient care is enhanced with artificial intelligence and augmented reality is used in training medical students,” Mo Katibeh, AT&T Business’ chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “It sounds like the future, but it’s not that far off.”In addition to better speeds, responsiveness and coverage, 5G is seen as the foundation for a vast swath of new tech such as self-driving cars and virtual reality. It promises to make data speeds 10 to 100 times faster than the typical 4G LTE networks today.”We strongly believe 5G is a game-changing technology that when fully implemented will help us support better hospital operations as well as provide the highest quality patient and staff experience,” Dr. Shafiq Rab, chief information officer at Rush University Medical Center and the Rush System for Health, said in a statement. “High-speed, low-latency 5G technology will help enable care to be delivered virtually anywhere at any time.” 1 Tags The Future of 5G: Empowering people with disabilities Mobile Tech Industrylast_img read more

Sterling Highway Crash Leaves 1 Dead Several Injured

first_imgA crash Tuesday on the Sterling Highway has left one motorist dead and several others injured.Alaska State Troopers report the crash occurred at Mile 146, near Happy Valley, at 5:40 p.m.Two vehicles were involved in the collision. None of the victims have been identified. The Sterling Highway was closed while first responders were on scene.The cause of the accident has not yet been determined and an investigation is underway.last_img

Electricity tariff in Karnataka hiked by 33 paise per unit

first_imgThe electricity bills will get more expensive in Karnataka as the Karnataka Electric Regulatory Commission (KERC) has once again increased a hike of 33 paise per unit in the tariff.KERC chairman Shambhu Dayal Meena said that the five electricity supply companies (Escoms) had proposed an average hike of Rs 1.20 per unit (17.37 per cent) for all the consumer categories. But the commission allowed an increase of 33 paise per unit (4.8 per cent).Meena said that the hike has been entailed due to a 16 per cent increase in power purchase cost, 20 per cent increase in operation and management costs, 12 per cent increase in interest and finance charges, 22 per cent increase in depreciation and other pending deficits amounting to over Rs 2,000 crores.The KERC also said that it was encouraging Time of Day tariff, when the tariff will see a hike of Rs 1 per unit during peak hours, both in the morning and evening. The consumers who utilise power during non-peak hours will be eligible for a subsidy ranging from Rs 1 to Rs 2 per unit, reports The Hindu.According to reports, the commission has also reduced the number of slabs in the urban and rural areas, with an increase of 25 paise. So, a BESCOM consumer in urban areas will pay Rs 3.75 per unit instead of Rs 3.50 for the usage of 30 units. And electricity consumption beyond 30 units will attract a higher slab rate.The urban areas will have to pay an additional 5 paise as per the hiked rates of BESCOM when compared to the rural areas as Bescom consumers will pay Rs 3.65/unit for the first slab, whereas other Escoms will charge Rs 3.35/unit to Rs 3.60/unit in the rural areas.last_img read more

Sramik League leader held with 19 firearms in Coxs Bazar

first_imgMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested a local leader of Sramik League along with 19 illegal firearms from a house in Kutubdia upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Thursday.RAB-7 Cox’s Bazar company commander Major Ruhul Amin said that after being tipped-off about the huge quantity of arms, RAB conducted a drive in the area and arrested Monwarul Islam Choudhury alias Mukul and recovered 13 one-shooter guns and 6 SBBLs from the house.Locals said Monwarul is the joint general secretary of local Sramik League and also the expelled president of ward 7 Awami League of Koiarbil union of Kutubdia.They said Monowar backed local robber groups and also has his own criminal group named ‘Mukul Bahini’, which forcefully took over shops and houses in the area.last_img read more

Austria to expel imams shut mosques

first_imgAustrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz File Photo: Reuters.Austria said Friday it could expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and their families and shut down seven mosques as part of a crackdown on “political Islam”, triggering fury in Ankara.”The circle of people possibly affected by these measures – the pool that we’re talking about – comprises around 60 imams,” said Herbert Kickl of the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), the junior partner in Austria’s coalition government.In total 150 people risked losing their right to residence, he said at a press conference in Vienna.Ankara quickly denounced the move.”Austria’s decision to close down seven mosques and deport imams with a lame excuse is a reflection of the anti-Islam, racist and discriminatory populist wave in this country”, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Twitter.Seven mosques will also be shut after an investigation by the religious affairs authority into images which emerged in April of children in a Turkish-backed mosque playing dead and reenacting the World War I battle of Gallipoli.”Parallel societies, political Islam and radicalisation have no place in our country,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of the ruling centre-right People’s Party said.In several cases the process of expelling imams connected to the Turkish-Islamic Cultural Associations (ATIB) organisation was underway, Kickl said.The interior minister added that the government suspects them of contravening a ban on foreign funding of religious office holders. ATIB is a branch of Turkey’s religious affairs agency Diyanet.The photos of children, published by the Falter weekly, showed the young boys in camouflage uniforms marching, saluting, waving Turkish flags and then playing dead.Their “corpses” were then lined up and draped in the flags.The mosque in question was run by ATIB.ATIB itself condemned the photos at the time, calling the “highly regrettable” event and said that “called off before it had even ended”.Turkey’s relations with Austria have long been strained, with Kurz calling on the European Union to break off negotiations on Ankara joining the bloc.Last week Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attacked Kurz, saying: “This immoral chancellor has a problem with us”.”He’s throwing his weight around and making a scene,” Erdogan went on.Both Kurz, of the centre-right People’s Party (OeVP) and the FPOe made immigration and integration major themes in their election campaigns last year.In Friday’s press conference Kurz was keen to emphasise that the action was being taken under legislation to regulate Islamic associations that he himself brought in as a minister in the previous government.last_img read more

Legoland Japans Whimsical Upcoming Menu Looks Amazing

first_imgStay on target There’s a brand new Legoland that’s supposed to be opening in Nagoya, Japan soon, as early as next month. And with its opening will come a whole lot of amazing-looking food based on the Legos that inspired the entirety of the attraction. Talk about being compelled to play with your food. The snacks you’ll see in Legoland are going to be absolutely awesome (like everything is, according to The Lego Movie.)Legoland Japan will open with seven differently-themed areas with five restaurants, and eight food stands. That means plenty of amazing new snacks inspired by Legos and lots of delicious, tasty treats you’ll be able to pick up throughout the theme park.There’s a whole smattering of Lego-related goodies to see, including an Abominable Slush you can find in the Bricktopia area, hot dogs from the Marina Snack Shack in the Lego City zone, roast beef and French toast in the Knight’s Kingdom zone, chocolate ices in Lego blocks, and more.You can check out a map of the park, and it’s seven various zones that include Bricktopia, Knight’s Kingdom, Pirate Shore, Miniland, Factory, Lego City, and Adventure. The Legoland theme park itself is opening up in its entirety as of April 1, and no, that’s not an April Fool’s joke.It’s a little bit of a trek, especially if you don’t live in the area, but if you’re planning a trip to Nagoya and want to experience some of the coolest Lego-related attractions currently out there on offer. You might want to take the time to pay a visit to this awesome-looking park, especially keeping the food in mind. Leave it to Japan to continue getting all these totally cool-looking (and mouth-watering) snacks. Where’s our own version of Legoland with all these super amazing foods? Call me. I’m waiting.Photos via Legoland Japan How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan last_img read more

Linuxbased GameGadget wants to become the iPod of classic portable gaming

first_imgAnyone who wants to game on the go has a number of choices. There’s the Nintendo DS and 3DS, the PSP or the upcoming PS Vita, and then the growing competition from App Store and Android Market games running on smartphones or media players. Is there room for yet another platform? GameGadget hopes there is.GameGadget is a portable gaming device that looks a lot like the Game Boy Micro or GP2X Wiz. Other than that we know very little beyond an interesting take on attracting games to its service.The creator of GameGadget, Jason Cooper, has decided to setup a service a lot like the App Store, where games are offered for download directly to the device. But there is no emphasis on creating games specifically for the hardware platform. Instead, the GameGadget will run games from a range of now defunct consoles. We have to assume the hardware runs emulators from many older platforms.Cooper is inviting owners of older games to allow them to be sold on the GameGadget online store, known as the GameGadgetGames platform. The desirable bit for game rights holders is they need do nothing to the original games. They will be sold and run just like they did on the original platform, so this could be easy money for them.There is a big IF to this equation, though. It doesn’t matter how many games you offer for a device if no one buys the hardware to play them on. The GameGadget is set to be released in January next year and will cost around $160. That’s only slightly less than you’ll pay for a 3DS, and more than a DS. There’s no information yet on how much the games will cost.Aside from offering a new lease of life for older games, Cooper also intends to make developing directly for the platform as easy as possible. The GameGadget runs a Linux OS, and can therefore be developed for using the same libraries including the very popular Simple Directmedia Layer (SDL).Can an unknown platform with no real guarantee of a healthy gaming library break into a market dominated by Nintendo, Sony, and increasingly Apple? It’s doubtful, but a very strong line up of classic games running as they were intended on their original systems may gain a few sales. I’d much rather see the cost of the hardware below $100, though.More at GameGadget, via Kotakulast_img read more