In Jodhpur, a tableau on Mohammed Afrazul’s alleged killer Shambu Lal Raigar

first_imgA tableau on Shambhu Lal Raigar, who had allegedly hacked and burnt to death a 48-year-old Muslim labourer from West Bengal, Mohammed Afrazaul, at Rajsamand in December last year, was taken out during a Ram Navmi procession in Jodhpur on Sunday. The tableau depicted a Raigar lookalike man with a pickaxe in his hand.Dressed in clothes similar to what Raigar was wearing when he appeared on a video footage while killing Afrazul, a man bearing a striking resemblance with him sat on a throne-like chair in the tableau. For a brief duration, the tableau also showed a man lying in front of the Raigar look alike and the latter making a gesture of hitting him.A huge banner hung at the tableau called upon Hindus to “protect [their] sisters and daughters and liberate the country from Love Jihad”. It stated: “Hindu bhaiyon jago, apni bahan beti bachao. Love Jihad se desh ko azad karana chahiye.”The banner also carried pictures of the tableau’s sponsor, Shiv Sena leader Hari Singh, with folded hands, and Raigar along with a pickaxe.Raigar, lodged in the Jodhpur Central jail pending his trial, had filmed the act of killing Afrazul and posted the video on social media.Police were yet to take any action against the organisers. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Jodhpur East) Amandeep Singh said the police had not received any complaints. However, he said he had learnt about the tableau from the local media persons.The procession marking Ram Navmi has been taken out in Jodhpur for the last 35 years. For more than a decade, it has been organised under the banner of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). The organisers claim that the tableaux generally depict the subjects of public interest and current affairs.This is not the first instance of Raigar getting support from the hardline groups. A week after he was convicted, hundreds of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and VHP activists had taken out a protest march in Udaipur and clashed with the police at the Court Circle. The protesters had also unfurled a saffron flag on the District Court building.last_img read more

6 ultras, soldier killed in Shopian

first_imgNine people, including seven militants, one soldier and a civilian, were killed during operations by security forces against militant outfits in south Kashmir on Sunday, ending the Valley’s bloodiest week this year with 26 casualties.A senior police officer said six militants, including Hizbul Mujahideen’s district commanders for Kulgam and Shopian, were surrounded by an operation team of the Army, the police and the CRPF in a pre-dawn offensive in the Batagund area of Kapran village in Shopian following specific inputs.The dead were identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Mir alias Hammad from Lashkar-e-Taiba, Mohammad Abass Bhatt, Umar Majeed Ganaie alias Maaz alias Abu Hanzalla, Muhammad Waseem Wagay alias Saifullah and Khalid Farooq Malik alias Rafi alias Talha, all from the Hizb.Massive protests broke out as news of the death of militants spread. A civilian, Nouman Ashraf Bhat, among 15 injured during clashes between locals and security forces in Shopian, was declared brought dead at a hospital. Bhat had firearm injuries. Four other critically wounded protesters were admitted to Srinagar hospitals. A two-year-old baby, Hiba, was among those admitted to Srinagar’s Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital for pellet injuries.In a separate operation, a Jaish-e-Muhammad militant was killed in a brief encounter in Pulwama’s Pampore area on Sunday evening.“With the elimination of the six local militants, all notorious terrorists of the [Shopian-Kupwara] belt have been successfully eliminated,” said the police spokesman.The police claimed Mohammad Abass Bhatt was involved in the brutal decapitating of 19-year-old civilian Huzaif Ashraf. A video of the killing had been posted online. “Bhatt was also wanted in the killing of Army officer Lt. Omar Fayaz, advocate Imtiyaz Khan and four police personnel in Shopian,” police said. The slain Pakistani militant was behind the gruesome killing of civilians, including slitting the throat of a local and uploading a video of it on the social media, said the police.Ganai, whose clicked pictures at Srinagar’s commercial hub Lal Chowk recently and uploaded them online, had earlier escaped from the Batamaloo encounter site in the city. The soldier killed in the encounter was identified as Nazir Ahmad of 162 Territorial Army from Kulgam.In a separate operation, one Jash-e-Muhammad militant was killed in an encounter in Pulwama’s Pampore area on Sunday evening. “Slain militant, Waseem, was a resident of Pakistan,” said the police.The separatist Joint Resistance Leaders (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, called for a total shutdown on Monday.last_img read more

Germany wins Davis Cup tie against Australia

first_imgJokic hits go-ahead triple, Nuggets take down Warriors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s tough to go out there and not be able to put in your best performance.” He also returned well, getting many of Kyrgios’s thunderbolts back in play and then winning the battle from the back of the court.“It’s awesome, it’s an amazing feeling and without my teammates it wouldn’t have been possible,” Zverev said.“Obviously we’re happy but hopefully this is just the beginning for us.”Kyrgios went into the match full of expectation after an impressive win over Jan-Lennard Struff in Friday’s opening singles.Zverev, on the other hand, had looked out of touch on Friday and was pushed for almost four hours before seeing off 18-year-old Alex de Minaur in five sets.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ But following the Germans’ win in the doubles on Saturday to give them a 2-1 lead, all the pressure was on Kyrgios, who had to win to keep the tie alive.The mercurial Australian opened brilliantly, holding his serve to love much to the delight of the boisterous home crowd.But that was almost as good as it got for the Australian team, as Kyrgios lost two of his next three service games to surrender the opening set in just 23 minutes.Kyrgios appeared troubled by an elbow problem in the first set and it became more noticeable in the second, the Australian often shaking his right arm between points.He served better in the second set, firing down eight aces, but at 4-3 he had a medical timeout for treatment on his arm.The Australian continued to serve well and had two set points on Zverev’s serve at 6-5, but the German saved both then played a superb tiebreak to take a stranglehold on the rubber.Once Zverev broke to go ahead 3-1 the result was never really in doubt and at 2-5, Kyrgios was broken again to give Germany the tie. Kyrgios said he felt a problem with his elbow after Friday’s match.“It obviously affected me a lot,” a downcast Kyrgios said.“My serve is my biggest strength — I mean I thought he played great today — but my serve was not really there and that affects the rest of my game.center_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “(To win) against a very strong Australian team makes us very confident for the next round, for the upcoming years,” German captain Michael Kohlmann said.“We showed we have a lot of good players, a lot of strong players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We showed that we are able to go further than this.”Zverev served beautifully throughout, only facing two break points in the match, both at the end of the second set and both of which he saved. FILE – Germany’s Tim Puetz, right, plays a shot past Australia’s Matt Ebden, left, in the doubles match between Germany and Australia at the Davis Cup World Group first round in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, Feb.3, 2018. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)German number one Alexander Zverev beat Nick Kyrgios in straight sets to give his country a 3-1 win over Australia in their Davis Cup World Group tie in Brisbane on Sunday.Zverev produced some superb tennis to down Kyrgios 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 in one hour, 48 minutes and put Germany into a quarter-final against either Spain or Great Britain.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Thai league acquires 9 PH booters

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Unbeaten Mighty-PH gains QF Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Reigning Thai League champion Buriram United has three Filipino internationals—defender Stephan Palla, Javier Patiño and Luke Woodland.The three were part of the Azkals’ squad that competed in the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAnother Asian Cup veteran, goalkeeper Michael Falkesgaard, starts his second season with Bangkok United, which he helped to an AFC Champions League last year.The others are former Ceres-Negros star Manny Ott and Amin Nazari (Ratchaburi Mitr Pohl), Iain Ramsay (Sukhothai), Marco Casambre (Chainat Horbill) and Mark Hartmann (Suphanburi). A record number of Filipino players are seeing action in the Thai League 1 this season, including several national team members signing with clubs vying in what is widely considered as Southeast Asia’s top football league.With the Thai league expanding its quota for Southeast Asian players from one to three for each squad, the Philippines will have nine players in the competition that starts on the third week of February.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

DU admissions: Rush for offline forms slows down

first_imgDelhi University offline form filling that started on June 2 for its four-year undergraduate programmes for academic session 2014-15 has witnessed a dip on June 6.The sale of Delhi University online admission forms on Friday however surpassed the previous year’s record. According to official data, about 240,000 (online and offline) forms have been sold by the varsity till the fifth day, reported IANS.Starting on Monday, 68,827 students have registered online and made payment for the optical mark registration (OMR) forms. Last year on the fifth day, 54,311 students had registered themselves.On the fifth day, 10,621 offline forms were received from 18 different centres across Delhi.On the first, second, third and fourth days — 32,460, 29,693, 82,454 and 13,864 offline forms — were sold respectively.The reason for the dip in sales is mostly the soaring temperature and the hassle free online form filling system which is motivating more and more students to accept the online mode over offline.The candidates should know the following points while filling up OMR sheets:   The candidates should fill the form meant for their category only. No incomplete form will be accepted.    The OMR form is printed on a special paper and the information given by the candidates will be scanned. Thus, the candidates are required to fill the forms carefully. Mutilated and damaged forms will be rejected by the scanner.    The candidates should ensure that the form is not folded, crumpled or mutilated in any manner. The candidates should not mark anything anywhere except wherever required. The black marks on the margin of the OMR form are important. The candidates should not tamper it with marker.    Only blue or black pen should be used to fill forms.    The candidate can select as many courses as they wish to by darkening the bubbles. They should ensure that the bubbles are darkened properly.    The pre-admission form or OMR sheet has two sides. After filling both the sides, the candidates are required to take the photocopy of the form on a single page i.e. both sides after which the candidates should submit their forms to any of the designated centers and get the photocopy as acknowledgement. The candidates are not required to attach the photocopies of certificates/ documents or photographs along with the OMR forms.    It is not mandatory to submit the OMR form at the centre from where it was purchased.    The candidates seeking admissions on the basis of sports or extra curricular activities may contact the respective colleges directly.    There are two separate common pre-admission forms viz General/ OBC and SC/ ST/ PWD. The candidates are advised to fill the form whichever is applicable.The admission process to DU began on June 2 and ends on June 16. DU is conducting admission for 54,000 seats in 61 colleges.advertisementlast_img read more

India vs England: Hardik Pandya reveals the secret behind his inspiring spell

first_imgRead Also:India vs England: Twitter showers praise on Rohit Sharma for a historic tonIndia vs England : India cruise to series win after Rohit smashes a century Cricket – England v India – Third International T20 – The Brightside Ground, Bristol, Britain – July 8, 2018 India’s Hardik Pandya in action Action Images via Reuters/Ed SykesAdvertisement Image Courtesy: Indian ExpressAll-rounder Hardik Pandya had an instrumental role in India’s 7-wicket victory over England in the 3rd T20I. Pandya managed to pick his best figures of 4-38 and scored a quickfire 33 with the bat to reach the total comfortably.It was not all smooth sailing for the Mumbai Indians star initially, as he leaked 22 runs in his very first over. The all-rounder revealed that it was Kohli’s words of wisdom that helped him get the spell on track. He said:“When I went for 22 in an over I thought the T20 is a funny format and the only thing to do was to come back and bowl my best balls. Virat Kohli (captain) asked me and I told him I was okay – if you come and take wickets on this type of wicket and ground it will stop the runs. I just had to make sure I kept it simple.”Pandya also went on to say that the squad is in a learning groove and is upbeat about their chances in the ODI Series. He added:“We are just enjoying the game rather than thinking about what has got to happen. We are just playing our best cricket and when you do that you end up doing well.” Advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2016: Suryakumar Yadav stars in KKR’s thrilling win over Pune Supergiants

first_imgSuryakumar Yadav’s 49-ball 60 was the backbone of the Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) run chase as they hunted down Rising Pune Supergiants’ 160/5 with two wickets and three balls to spare in a closely-fought Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Sunday.With the win, KKR go atop the points table with four wins from five matches. Yusuf Pathan (36) and Andre Russell (17) were the other major contributors for KKR. Albie Morkel and Rajat Bhatia picked up two wickets each for the hosts.Chasing a target of 161, KKR got off to a disastrous start as Robin Uthappa was adjudged leg-before-wicket off Albie’s very first delivery of the innings. But then skipper Gautam Gambhir and Suryakumar got together to put on a breezy 31-run partnership of just 2.3 overs.Unluckily for KKR, Gambhir was run out as he misjudged a double. His desperate dive to make the ground was not enough as Mahendra Singh Dhoni took the bails off in a flash. (This is how Suryakumar Yadav sealed the game for KKR in thrilling chase )But the visitors kept the scoreboard ticking at a rapid pace and with six overs gone, they were 59/2. Shakib Al Hasan (3) then played on a Rajat Bhatia delivery in the next over which helped Pune pull back things a little.KKR thereafter managed just 19 runs till the 10th over. But then Suryakumar and Pathan, who finally found some rhythm in the competition, put on a pacy 51-run partnership. Pathan hit two huge sixes en route to his 36 but then was trapped right in front of the stumps by Rajat.advertisementThough it dented KKR a bit, West Indies all rounder Andre Russell once again brought down the asking rate by hitting Ankit Sharma for two sixes in the 17th over.Although Russell holed out in the deep thereafter, KKR was within touching distance and they finally got home with Umesh Yadav hitting the winning runs.Earlier, a late cameo from Mahendra Singh Dhoni (23) and Ajinkya Rahane’s 52-ball 67 helped Rising Pune Supergiants manage a challenging total.For the Knights, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Rajagopal Sathish and Umesh Yadav bagged a wicket each. Pune got off to a brisk start with 11 runs coming off the third over. But with 24 runs on the board Faf Du Plesis was cleaned up by left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan.The wicket put the brakes on the scoring rate and the Supergiants only managed to score 31/1 by the end of the powerplay. But then Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith together tried to knit a partnership. The duo ran hard between the wickets and picked up the occasional boundary even though KKR kept them on a tight lease.However, after a stand of 56, Smith – who was looking dangerous – was run-out with Rajagopal Satish taking the bails off at the non-striker’s end in the 13th over.Satish then picked up Thisara Perera and Narine got rid off Rahane as Pune were left struggling at 119/4.With a few big shots from Albie Morkel and Dhoni’s late fireworks the Supergiants got to a fighting total with the last over from Morne Morkel yielding 17 vital runs.Brief scores:Rising Pune Supergiants: A160/5 (Ajinkya Rahane 67, Steve Smith 31; Shakib Al Hasan 1/14) vs Kolkata Knight Riders: 162/8 (Suryakumar Yadav 60, Yusuf Pathan 36; Rajat Bhatia 2/19)last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton takes pole for Canadian Grand Prix

first_imgLewis Hamilton doesn’t think he got every last millisecond from his Mercedes Silver Arrow in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday.No matter, he’ll be in good position to squeeze out every last bit of speed in the race on Sunday.The defending champion claimed his fifth pole in seven races so far this Formula One season, completing the completing the 2.71-mile (4.36-km) Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 1 minute, 12.812 seconds. He finished 0.062 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate and championship leader Nico Rosberg, who will start next to him in the front row.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel also beat 1:13 by just one-hundredth of a second at 1:12.990. In all, eight cars were within one second of Hamilton’s time.”It doesn’t matter how far you were ahead, as long as you’re ahead,” said Hamilton, who will be on the pole in Montreal for the fifth time. “It was great to see how close we all were. I think that’s great for the fans. It could be interesting tomorrow.”Hamilton’s true goal on a track where he’s won four times already is to cut into Rosberg’s lead in the championship standings. After winning the first four races this season, the German has 106 points to 82 for Hamilton, who closed the gap with a victory last week in Monaco (Rosberg was seventh).”The team was on, to show that we’re the fastest,” Rosberg said. “Tomorrow, everything is possible. The weather is all over the place. We’ll see.”Vettel, who posted the fastest lap in Saturday’s practice, was third in qualifying.advertisement”I wanted to get below the 13-(second) mark because I knew it would be very close with the Mercedes,” said Vettel, the four-time world champion who won here in 2013. “Maybe I was not greedy enough.”Daniel Ricciardo was fourth two weeks after his Red Bull team squandered a chance at a victory in Monaco by not having his tires ready when it called him in for a pit stop. Teammate Max Verstappen, who with his victory in Spain is the only non-Mercedes to take the checkered flag this season, will be fifth on the grid on Sunday.Kimi Raikkonen, in the other Ferrari, was sixth.The day was not all easy for Hamilton: He skidded off course during his first lap of the final qualifying session, but he was able to avoid hitting anything.Others weren’t so lucky.Early in the second qualifying, Carlos Sainz hit the “Wall of Champions” in the final turn, bringing the session to a pause. The wall takes its name from crashes that in 1999 claimed the cars of Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve. More recently, Jenson Button, Juan Pablo Montoya and Vettel have all hit the wall.Vettel radioed in late in qualifying that he brushed the wall and took “a little bit off the rims” but said his car was fine. Ricciardo also rubbed the wall slightly.”I brushed the Wall of Champions,” Vettel said afterwards. “So I’ve done that. Don’t have to tomorrow.”Intermittent rain may have led to the biggest crash of the day, when Kevin Magnussen hit the wall in Turn 7, cutting the session 8 minutes short; he was not able to make it back in time for qualifying.”What can you say? Obviously I wanted to be driving rather than watching qualifying,” he said. “The damp conditions caught me out in the morning and the walls are pretty unforgiving, as we saw. I feel for my crew as they have a lot of work to do. I’ll be doing everything I can to make amends in the race tomorrow.”last_img read more

Parks trade yet to reach PBA office

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial admits to having heard of it, but said that the trade proposal that would send Ray Parks, this year’s second overall Draft choice, to TNT from Blackwater has yet to reach the league’s offices.“We haven’t received any papers yet,” the executive told the Inquirer over the phone on Thursday as the league took a break in observance of All-Saints’ Day and will resume operations on Sunday with the regular Governors’ Cup doubleheader at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Duathletes also aiming for SEAG sweep Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Reports of the trade made rounds on social media late Wednesday, shortly after Parks and the Elite lost to crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra.And until an official trade transaction among the teams is forwarded to the Commissioner’s Office, Marcial, obviously, cannot act on it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“The earliest the trade committee can examine the proposal is either on Sunday or Monday,” added Marcial.A TNT official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the transaction is “not (yet) official.” Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Rice industry paralysis View commentslast_img read more

Brazil’s Senate decides not to bar impeached President Rousseff from public office

first_imgBrazil’s Senate decided that former President Dilma Rousseff, who was removed from office earlier on Wednesday, should not be barred from holding public office.Senators voted 42-36 to allow Rousseff to maintain her political rights, short of the two-thirds needed to bar her. Under Brazilian law, a dismissed president is prevented from holding any government job, even teaching posts at state universities.Rousseff’s impeachment brought an end to 13 years of leftist rule in South America’s largest country. She is charged with manipulating the budget during her tenure and taking illegal state loans which forced Brazil to plummet into recession. However, she denied the charges against her and insisted that they were the right-wing party’s attempt to malign her.Rousseff was sworn in as Brazil’s first female president in 2011 and re-elected to a second term in 2014.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

5 Easy Tips for Protecting Your Digital Data While Traveling

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Protecting yourself and your physical valuables while traveling is straightforward. However, protecting your digital data — your identity, social media details, and passwords — seems a little less so. Unfortunately, in our ever-connected world, the latter has become far more important. Nowhere are you more vulnerable than while visiting a foreign country. Here are five tips for protecting your virtual self while traveling abroad.Pack an RFID-blocking WalletThis is one of the most straightforward defenses against identity theft while traveling. Many new passports, credit cards, and driver’s licenses rely on embedded radio frequency identification (RFID) chips that readily emit your sensitive electronic data. Savvy thieves can use RFID “skimmers” to sniff out this data, capture it, and use it for nefarious purposes like impersonating you at the border of some foreign country. RFID-blocking wallets work to — wait for it — block those transmissions. For a streamlined solution, the Nite Ize RFID Blocking Tactical Wallet is an affordable bet. For a more substantial alternative that can also hold your passport and boarding passes, the Obstructures Aluminum Passport Wallet will do the trick.Invest in a Good Travel RouterThis isn’t as technical or geeky as it sounds. At home, most anyone with an internet connection uses a router to get online. This physical device serves as a secure intermediary between your connected devices and the outside world. The problem is, that same security doesn’t exist when you’re traveling and connecting to public networks at hotels, airports, and coffee shops. The fix is to invest in a good portable travel router. Devices like Keezel or TP-Link’s AC750 Travel Router are great, affordable solutions that set up in minutes. Most are one-button devices to which you simply connect all your personal devices, then pair the router with any new public network you wish to use while traveling. The process takes less than 30 seconds and your internet surfing will be just as safe abroad as it is at home.Turn on “Find My Phone”Nothing is as potentially catastrophic to your identity as losing your phone. Many users are unaware of the “Find My Phone” feature. For those who are, they often assume it’s turned on by default for every new phone. In most cases, however, it must be manually enabled. For both Android and iOS users, this can be done in the phone’s list of Settings. For Apple users, the feature will send the phone’s location to iCloud whenever the battery is critically low. Android users who’ve activated the feature can test and confirm it’s working by visiting Google’s Find My Device page. Plus, if it becomes clear you’re not getting your phone back, you can remotely wipe the memory from any web browser.Customize Your Lock ScreenThe lock screens for almost every smartphone can be customized not only with fancy wallpaper and animations but a few lines of text as well. Add a contact email or phone number to your phone’s screen so that anyone who finds it knows how to reach you. You’re gambling, of course, that the person who finds your phone won’t use that additional piece of information against you, but we like to think most people are reasonably honest, right?Shield Your Web Browsing with a Privacy ScreenModern web browsers offer plenty of ways to shield your private data, like starring out passwords as you type. But diligent criminals can still surf online sessions over your shoulder to glean your login information. Take your protection one step further with a simple privacy screen. If you’re going to buy a screen protector for your phone or tablet anyway (and you should), opt for one with privacy tinting. This unique film ensures that your phone’s screen is only visible to those looking directly at it. Anyone to the side of you — say, a stranger on an airplane — will see nothing but black. Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul Will You Need a Passport to Fly Within the U.S. Next Year? How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker The Best Wireless Charging Pads and Stands, No Strings Attachedlast_img read more

Denmark Ratifies Wreck-Removal Convention

first_imgzoom The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks will enter into force on 14 April 2015 following the deposit, on 14 April 2014, of an instrument of ratification by Denmark, with the International Maritime Organization (IMO).Among several provisions, the convention will place financial responsibility for the removal of certain hazardous wrecks on shipowners, making insurance, or some other form of financial security, compulsory.Denmark became the 10th country to ratify the convention, thereby triggering its entry into force exactly 12 months later.The Convention will fill a gap in the existing international legal framework by providing the first set of uniform international rules aimed at ensuring the prompt and effective removal of wrecks located beyond a country’s territorial sea. The convention also contains a clause that enables States Parties to ‘opt in’ to apply certain provisions to their territory, including their territorial sea.The convention will provide a sound legal basis for States to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks that may have the potential to affect adversely the safety of lives, goods and property at sea, as well as the marine and coastal environment.It will make shipowners financially liable and require them to take out insurance or provide other financial security to cover the costs of wreck removal. It will also provide States with a right of direct action against insurers.Articles in the Convention cover:reporting and locating ships and wrecks – covering the reporting of casualties to the nearest coastal State; warnings to mariners and coastal States about the wreck; and action by the coastal State to locate the ship or wreck;criteria for determining the hazard posed by wrecks, including depth of water above the wreck, proximity of shipping routes, traffic density and frequency, type of traffic and vulnerability of port facilities. Environmental criteria such as damage likely to result from the release into the marine environment of cargo or oil are also included;measures to facilitate the removal of wrecks, including rights and obligations to remove hazardous ships and wrecks – which sets out when the shipowner is responsible for removing the wreck and when a State may intervene;liability of the owner for the costs of locating, marking and removing ships and wrecks – the registered shipowner is required to maintain compulsory insurance or other financial security to cover liability under the convention; and settlement of disputes.Although the incidence of marine casualties has decreased in recent years, mainly thanks to the work of IMO and the persistent efforts of Governments and industry to enhance safety in shipping operations, the number of abandoned wrecks has reportedly increased and, as a result, the problems they cause to coastal states and shipping in general have become more acute.There are a number of problems: first, and depending on its location, a wreck may constitute a hazard to navigation, potentially endangering other vessels and their crews; second, and of equal concern, depending on the nature of the cargo, is the potential for a wreck to cause substantial damage to the marine and coastal environments; third, in an age where goods and services are becoming increasingly expensive, is the issue of the costs involved in the marking and removal of hazardous wrecks; and fourth, most of the dangerous wrecks lie in shallow coastal waters, within the territorial sea, where coastal states have unrestricted rights to remove them, without engagement of the shipowner. The convention attempts to resolve all of these and other, related, issues.The convention was adopted by a five-day International Conference at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), Kenya, in 2007. imo, April 16, 2014last_img read more

Calcutta HC gives Rajeev Kumar protection from arrest till July 10

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Thursday granted former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, now under the CBI scanner in connection with the multi-billion rupee Saradha ponzi scam, protection from arrest till July 10 but asked him to cooperate with the investigation agency and deposit his passport. A vacation bench of Justice Pratik Banerjee granted the relief to Kumar after he submitted a petition peading for quashing of the notice served on him by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with an allegation of suppression of facts in the ponzi scam case. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga The bench gave Kumar a month’s protection from arrest from June 10, the date on which the court is set to reopen after the summer holidays. He has been asked to deposit his passport within 24 hours of the passing of the order and be present before the CBI whenever the agency needs his cooperation. A designated CBI officer would visit Kumar’s residence daily to mark his attendance. The petition would be heard by a regular bench on June 12. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Kumar on Monday did not present himself before the CBI, which had summoned him for questioning related to the scam, but instead sent a letter seeking seven days’ time to present himself. On Sunday night, the West Bengal government reinstated Kumar as Additional Director General, CID – a post from which he was shunted out by the Election Commission and sent on central deputation on May 15. The CBI on Sunday gave notices at Kumar’s residence and his office summoning him to be present at its Salt Lake office at 10.30 a.m. on Monday for interrogation. The notices came after they failed to locate him. The CBI has also issued a lookout notice against the senior IPS officer and alerted all airports to scuttle any effort on his party to escape abroad. The Supreme Court on May 17 had withdrawn the protection from arrest granted to Kumar by its February 5 order. But the court gave him seven days time to approach the competent court for relief. Kumar last Monday had moved a plea before the apex judiciary seeking extension of the protection from arrest in view of the lawyers’ strike in Kolkata, but the court rejected it on May 24, the same day the seven-day time frame given to him for seeking legal recourse ended.last_img read more

Van with 140m of meth smashes into police car

first_imgSydney: Australian authorities have uncovered a USD140 million stash of amphetamines after an alleged criminal’s run-in with the law saw his drug-filled van crash into an officer’s car outside a police station. Security camera footage released on Tuesday showed a white van ploughing into the front of a vehicle parked outside a suburban Sydney police station before speeding off down the street. Police said the alleged 26-year-old driver was pulled over about an hour later, less than a 10-minute drive away from the accident scene. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe van was said to be packed with moving boxes containing 237 kilograms of methylamphetamine, an illegal drug commonly known as “ice’, with a total estimated street value of AUS 200 million. Australia has a growing problem with meth, with a government report released last year showing the country has proportionally more users than most nations. The van driver has been charged with large commercial drug supply, negligent driving, and not giving particulars to police. He was due to appear in a Sydney court later on Tuesday. No one was injured in the incident.last_img read more

Security Council debates legal options for pursuing pirates off Somali coast

25 August 2010Commending the efforts undertaken so far to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed that more can be done, as the Security Council debated legal options to help bring the perpetrators of such crimes to justice. Commending the efforts undertaken so far to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed that more can be done, as the Security Council debated legal options to help bring the perpetrators of such crimes to justice. “Over the past three years, the international community has made concerted efforts to combat the problem, including by establishing a Contact Group and deploying significant naval assets to the region,” he told the Security Council as it met to discuss the issue. “Nonetheless, we can do more,” he added. “In particular, we need to implement the existing legal regime, so the fight against piracy in international waters is effective. In a report released last week, Mr. Ban identified seven options for furthering the aim of prosecuting and imprisoning persons responsible for acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea, which has been a growing problem in recent years.In the past seven months there have been 139 piracy-related incidents off the coast of Somalia, he noted. Thirty ships have been hijacked, and 17 ships and 450 seafarers are being held for ransom.The first option presented in the report is to enhance ongoing efforts to assist regional States to prosecute and imprison those responsible for acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea.The second would involve locating a Somali court, applying Somali law, in a third State in the region. The third and fourth options would involve assisting a regional State or States to establish special chambers, embedded in the State’s national court structure, to conduct piracy trials. Option five would require active engagement by the States of the region and the African Union to establish a regional tribunal to address the scourge of piracy.Option six would be an international tribunal – analogous to existing “hybrid” tribunals – with national participation by a State in the region.Option seven would be a full international tribunal, established by the Security Council acting under Chapter VII of the Charter.Mr. Ban emphasized that achieving substantive results in combating piracy – whether through a new or existing judicial mechanism – will require political and financial commitment from Member States.“We will need both to establish the mechanism and ensure that it has the capacity and resources to prosecute a large number of suspects, while ensuring due process,” he stated. “Furthermore, in considering the establishment of such a mechanism, a host State will need to be identified.“This, in turn, will require adequate arrangements for transferring those convicted to third States for their imprisonment. This is particularly relevant given the large number of suspects apprehended at sea.” To further explore these issues, the Secretary-General announced that he intends to appoint a Special Adviser on Legal Issues Related to Piracy off the Coast of Somalia.UN Legal Counsel Patricia O’Brien noted a number of challenges associated with achieving and sustaining substantive results in the fight against piracy off the Somali coast. These include the large number of suspects, the fact that any judicial mechanism would be addressing a symptom of the situation in Somalia, not its causes, and the lack of any defined completion date for the mechanism’s work.“It is for these reasons that sufficient political and financial commitment by States would be necessary, not only to establish a new mechanism, but also to sustain it.” The Council welcomed the report containing the possible options, and deemed it vital to find long-term solutions to the problem of prosecuting suspected, and imprisoning convicted, pirates.“The Security Council strongly believes that persons responsible for acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, including those who incite or intentionally facilitate such acts, should be brought to justice,” the 15-member body said in a presidential statement adopted at today’s meeting. Speakers at the meeting also stressed that effectively tackling piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia will require a sustained response, not only at sea, but also on land where piracy originates. Therefore, it is vital to support efforts to achieve peace and stability in Somalia, which continues to be plagued by fighting between Government forces and rebel groups, and remains the scene of one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world with 3.2 million people – more than 40 per cent of the population – in need of aid. read more

UN officials urge collective action to save Central African Republic from current

“The crisis that continues to unfold in the Central African Republic poses a test for the entire international community,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his remarks to the Security Council, as he outlined a set of measures to address the greatest risks facing the country. “The situation in the country has been on the agenda of the Security Council for many years now. But today’s emergency is of another, more disturbing magnitude. It is a calamity with a strong claim on the conscience of humankind,” said the United Nations chief. He noted that over the past year, CAR has witnessed, in quick succession, the violent overthrow of the Government, the collapse of State institutions and a descent into lawlessness and sectarian brutality. The crisis has already claimed thousands of lives, uprooted almost one million people and left more than 2.5 million people in need of immediate humanitarian assistance.The conflict erupted when mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks in December 2012 and has taken on increasingly sectarian overtones as mainly Christian militias known as anti-Balaka (anti-machete) have taken up arms. With whole populations being moved, Mr. Ban said “a creeping de facto partition of the country” is setting in, with Muslims in one part and Christians in another. “This separation is laying the seeds of conflict and instability for years, maybe generations, to come.”The UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, who wrapped up a visit to CAR today, said she was “shocked” by burned homes and people so scared by violence that they sleep in the bush at night. She noted that tensions between communities are high, and stressed the need for more troops on the ground to provide security and protection across the country.Echoing the call for security and protection was Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), who also witnessed the desperate conditions facing the people of CAR as he travelled with Ms. Amos. Prior to the current crisis, the country was already struggling with its AIDS response. Since the violence began, two-thirds of people living with HIV on treatment have fled their homes and are no longer able to access the medicines and care they need. The African Union and France have deployed troops to CAR to help stem the violence, and Mr. Ban voiced his gratitude to them for saving many lives and providing protection where they can. “However, given the scale and geographic breadth of the violence, the security requirements far exceed the capabilities of the number of international troops now deployed,” he stated. “In places where there are no international forces, the choice for far too many civilians is to flee or be killed.“The human family must not shy away from what is happening today in the Central African Republic, or from our responsibilities – both yours and mine – under the United Nations Charter,” he stressed. “Events in the CAR have implications across the region, and summon us to defend universal values as well. This complex security, humanitarian, human rights and political crisis demands a comprehensive and integrated response.”The Secretary-General is expected to report soon to the Security Council on the outlines of a future UN peacekeeping operation with a robust mandate to protect civilians and promote stability in CAR. However, he noted, the deployment of a peacekeeping operation, if authorized, will take months. “The people of the Central African Republic do not have months to wait. The international community must act decisively now to prevent any further worsening of the situation and to respond to the dire needs of the country’s people.”Therefore, he proposed a six-point initiative to address the greatest risks being faced by the people of CAR, beginning with a call for the rapid reinforcement of the AU and French troops now on the ground with additional deployments of at least 3,000 more troops and police.He also proposed that all international forces in CAR be brought under a single coordinated command, and that the mission of these forces be focused on the most urgent priorities. These include containing the violence, protecting civilians, preventing further displacements, and creating a secure environment for the delivery of humanitarian assistance. In addition, the African troops that join this force should be provided with logistic and financial support.Further, Mr. Ban called for rapid, tangible support to the Government of CAR, led by Acting Head of State Catherine Samba-Panza, to help it establish a minimum capacity to function. “This support should include the financial assistance necessary to get police back on the streets, judges back in the courtrooms, and prison guards back on the job,” he stated. In addition, he called for the acceleration of a political and reconciliation process to prevent a “further fraying of the communal bonds,” as well as for urgent funding for humanitarian aid, which is currently insufficient to address the crisis.“We know what is happening in the Central African Republic. We know why it is different from previous outbreaks of violence. We know why it matters to all of us and what we must do,” said Mr. Ban.“Knowledge is not all we have. Through collective action, as envisaged by the United Nations Charter, we have the power to stop the killing and save the Central African Republic from its current nightmare.” read more

The Music Business Sucks—So Does the Magazine Business

first_imgThe music business sucks. At least that’s what everyone tells me. You hear the same thing about the magazine business. “That’s a tough business,” people say.Is there such a thing as an “easy” business? Being a pro athlete might seem easy, but try throwing a 20-yard pass with a 300-pound lineman ready to separate you from your shoes. No thanks, I was never good with pain. If I get a paper cut I call in sick.So if I detest pain, why am in the music magazine business? (My company, Zenbu Media, publishes Relix, Metal Edge, Metal Maniacs and Global Rhythm.) It would seem to be a double whammy. Fortunately, it’s not. Music is not going away and neither is the printed page. Picture yourself on the beach trying cuddling up to a great article or novel on your PC. It doesn’t feel the same. It’s kind of like a Stepford wife. Sure the PC is a fantastic way to connect, socialize, learn and listen but it lacks one thing. Tangibility. People flock to concerts and music festivals in record numbers to see the artists, feel the vibe and experience something real. Tangible. It is easier (and cheaper) to sit at home and watch the Rolling Stones on YouTube, but you miss the energy, the camaraderie and the feeling of true artistry. Music has never been more accessible (legally or not). Myspace and other social networks have made it easier for garage bands to be heard. Hundreds of thousands of them. From all over the world. How do you choose what to listen to? How do you cut through the crap and find the gem? Ask the people who live for music. Those who are out every night and are never without pods in their ears.Fortunately they write about it, too.last_img read more

Slipknot Announce Summer Knotfest Roadshow And New Studio Album

Slipknot Announce Summer Knotfest Roadshow And New Studio Album

first_img https://twitter.com/KNOTFEST/status/1102614803393077248 News The Roadshow kicks off on July 26 in California, heads east and then south until its final performance at Texas’ The Woodlands on Sept. 8. Also appearing are Behemoth, Gojira and Volbeat. The Aug. 10 performance at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is the sole exception, with only Slipknot and Gojira appearing.Pre-sale tickets become available to fans and Citi cardholders on March 5 and will go on sale to the general public on March 8 at Live Nation’s website. Slipknot’s Outside The 9 fan club is encouraging would-be purchasers to join now for early access to seats. Exclusive GRAMMY.com Interview With Corey TaylorRead more Slipknot Announce Summer Knotfest Roadshow And New Studio Album Twitter Email With a packed summer tour ahead as well as their new hit “All Out Life,” Slipknot will hit the road in July with Behemoth, Gojira and VolbeatPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 4, 2019 – 4:03 pm GRAMMY winners Slipknot announced that in late July through early Sept., their Knotfest Roadshow will take them across the U.S. with an Aug. 20 stop in Toronto, Canada. Their next studio album is scheduled for release on Aug. 9 and purchasers of two seats for their tour will receive a digital version.More details are anticipated about the band’s new album, but its single “All Out Life” has already received more than 30 million views on YouTube since its release on Halloween. The single reached No. 3 in Nov. 2018 on Billboard’s Rock Digital Song Sales. Facebook Slipknot Announce Summer Tour And New Studio Album slipknot-announce-summer-knotfest-roadshow-and-new-studio-albumlast_img read more

New Mormon policy no longer calls samesex marriage apostasy

New Mormon policy no longer calls samesex marriage apostasy

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietana Bob Smietana @bobsmietana Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS)  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday (April 4) that church members in same-sex marriages will no longer be considered apostates. The policy change also clears the way for children of LGBT members to be baptized.“Previously, our Handbook characterized same-gender marriage by a member as apostasy,” the church said in a statement posted on its online newsroom. “While we still consider such a marriage to be a serious transgression, it will not be treated as apostasy for purposes of Church discipline. Instead, the immoral conduct in heterosexual or homosexual relationships will be treated in the same way.”LGBT parents can request that their children be blessed under the new policy. Their children can also be baptized “if the custodial parents give permission for the baptism and understand both the doctrine that a baptized child will be taught and the covenants he or she will be expected to make.”Church leaders said the new policy does not change the church’s position on marriage. Same-sex marriage will still be considered a “transgression.”Still, they hope the changes will be seen as an act of goodwill.“We want to reduce the hate and contention so common today,” the statement read. “We are optimistic that a majority of people — whatever their beliefs and orientations — long for better understanding and less contentious communications.”In 2015, the LDS church announced that children of LGBT parents could not be blessed or baptized. Church President Russell M. Nelson reaffirmed the policy in 2016, calling it a “revelation from God,” according to The Salt Lake Tribune.The new policy will be sent to Mormon leaders around the world and will be included in an update to the church handbook. The church’s statement also referenced comments made by President Henry B. Eyring at a General Conference Leadership Session.Eyring spoke about the church’s belief in continuing revelation, according to the release.“One reason is that we need the Lord’s direction to meet changing circumstances, and He has guided changes in practice and policy throughout the history of the Church,” the statement said. Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietana Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Catholicism As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 TagsChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints homepage featured same-sex marriage,You may also like News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week Bob Smietana Bob Smietana is a veteran religion writer and editor-in-chief of Religion News Service.,Load Comments,German military to appoint Jewish chaplains and open forces to Muslim imams, too New LDS domain name may spark brand war over ‘Church of Jesus Christ’ By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietanalast_img read more

HPD West Houston Shooter Discharged Rifle More Than 200 Times

HPD West Houston Shooter Discharged Rifle More Than 200 Times

first_imgListen 00:00 /01:28 Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Facebook/Dionisio GarzaDionisio Garza was an army veteran from California.Authorities have confirmed Sunday’s West Houston shooter was 25-year-old Dionisio Garza, a U.S. Army veteran, who arrived from California on Saturday to visit friends and look for work.Houston Police Department Lt. John McGalin said the first call came in at 10:15 Sunday morning.“Our officers were dispatched at 10:17. They arrived five minutes later. At 11:10, the threat was eliminated,” he said.He said a police sniper shot and killed Garza from a residence more than 100 yards away after the shooter killed one man and wounded three bystanders, two officers and an armed resident, John Wilson, who tried to confront him.Police previously identified that man as a second suspect.Acting Chief Martha Montalvo said in active shooter situations, residents are urged to shelter in place.“What (Wilson) did was very brave, but officers are trained in these active shooter situations, and obviously he wasn’t able to engage,” she said. “He was outgunned and probably outmaneuvered and, as far as his tactical training, wasn’t at the same speed as our suspect. Just call the police and let us do what we have to do, and not put yourself in a situation where you become a victim.”Florian MartinHPD homicide Lt. John McGalin says Dionisio Garza fired 212 rounds from an AR-15 assault weapon, injuring six. He killed one man with a pistol.McGalin said Garza fired 212 rounds from an AR-15 military-style rifle, including at passing vehicles, patrol cars and even a police helicopter.And he had more ammo in a backpack.Montalvo said police destroyed the bag because they weren’t sure if it posed a threat.“We, in essence, blew it up. It should have been collected. It was not,” she said. “There was an assumption made by two different units that the other was going to take care of that. Obviously, that will not occur again.”She said HPD is still interviewing witnesses and processing evidence.Apparently, Garza suffered from depression, but McGalin said they have not determined a motive, and there seems to be no connection between the shooter and his victims or the location he chose.last_img read more