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Lopez, Markkanen power Bulls to easy win over Hawks

first_imgRobin Lopez scored 20 points, Markkanen added 19 and Chicago easily beat the Hawks 113-97 on Saturday night.The Bulls, coming off a 7-point home loss to defending NBA champion Golden State three days ago, have won four of five and 15 of 23. They never trailed, taking an 11-point lead midway through the first quarter on Lopez’s dunk and going up 17 on Markkanen’s dunk in the closing seconds of the first half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe closest Atlanta got in the third was 10 points on John Collins’ dunk. The lead swelled to 25 midway through the fourth on Portis’ 3.“I thought that we really played a complete game tonight,” Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I thought that we played with the right mentality.” Read Next 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 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) scores against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — Lauri Markkanen wasn’t feeling his 3-point shot against Atlanta’s perimeter defense, so the Bulls’ big man decided to attack inside.“That was their game plan, but I can do much more than just shoot from the outside,” he said. “I missed I don’t know how many 3s, but that wasn’t going for me tonight. I had to figure out something else.”ADVERTISEMENT Hawks: Host Utah on Monday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Dennis Schroder scored 18 points and Dewayne Dedmon had 11 for Atlanta, which showed why it’s spent the season at or near the bottom of the NBA standings.The Hawks began the game ranked seventh in 3-point shooting, but they had little chance of competing after missing 34 of their first 38 shots beyond the arc. Atlanta, coming off a dramatic late victory over New Orleans, was attempting to win three straight for the first time this season.“The shot isn’t falling, but you have to find another way to win the game,” Schroder said. “We didn’t do it tonight. We have to keep moving on to the next game.”With the Hawks poorly defending inside, Markkanen took his game to the rim. The 7-foot, 227-pound Finn, a prolific 3-point shooter, had five dunks. He went 0 for 4 beyond the arc, marking the first time in 17 games that he didn’t hit a 3.Markkanen hit 100 3s in his first 41 games, faster than any rookie in NBA history, but he wants to make the adjustment inside when teams focus on taking his perimeter game away.ADVERTISEMENT “I know I can’t just shoot 3s,” Markkanen said. “I’ve got to get to the rim. Eventually that’s going to open a lot more space for 3-pointers and stuff like that. I just try to mix it up.”TIP-INSBulls: Hoiberg said G Kris Dunn, in the NBA’s concussion protocol, will not join the team Monday in New Orleans. Dunn is still suffering headaches, dizziness and soreness from losing two front teeth after his face hit the floor. … Chicago is 7-16 on the road but has won four of its last six away from the United Center. … The Bulls have hit at least 10 3s in 10 straight games.Hawks: The team’s best 3-point veteran shooters, F Ersan Ilyasova and G Marco Belinelli, were a combined 0 for 12 beyond the arc. Atlanta finished 11 for 48. … The Hawks have dropped three straight in the Bulls series after winning seven in a row.BULLISH STARTChicago did as it pleased in the first half, dishing out 18 assists on 21 field goals to begin the third quarter with a 55-38 lead. They scored the game’s first 14 points in the paint on five dunks, and Atlanta had no one capable inside to defend Lopez, who had 16 before intermission on 8 for 9 shooting.Portis finished with 14 points and Justin Holiday had 13 for the Bulls.“We knew it was going to be an important game for us after a tough loss against Golden State,” Nikola Mirotic said. “I think that game gave us confidence that we can beat any team in the league.”UP NEXTBulls: Visit New Orleans on Monday.center_img Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Miocic, Cormier set to defend titles at UFC 220 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READlast_img read more

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Gerrard rallies Rangers’ European ‘warriors’

first_imgSteven Gerrard has called for “heroes and warriors” to emerge at Ufa next week as Rangers seek to protect a 1-0 advantage in the Europa League play-offs.Connor Goldson’s first-half goal at Ibrox on Thursday gave the Scottish side a valuable advantage in their bid to reach the group stage.The margin would have been wider had Alfredo Morelos made the most of several opportunities, while the hosts also had appeals for a late penalty turned down. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Rangers are attempting to reach the main draw of a European competition for the first time since 2011 and Gerrard is desperate not to let the opportunity slip.”I’d like a bigger advantage, of course I would. Listen, we’ve got another tough game next week,” the former Liverpool player told a media conference.”The clean sheet might be important, that’s certainly a positive. We won’t be getting carried away. We understand and respect the opposition and we need a performance full of heroes and warriors next week.”But we’re capable of going there, being hard to play against and defending well like we’ve shown before. We’re also capable of getting an important away goal.”It would be a shame [if we didn’t reach the group stage]. We’ve got to go there and make sure it’s not a shame. We have to put in a performance where we do all it takes to get over the line.”I’m not for going there and coming away with regrets and it being a shame.”Rangers, unbeaten under Gerrard, will look to maintain their positive momentum in a Scottish Premiership trip to Motherwell on Sunday.last_img read more

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Weve a good chance of winning medal at World Cship: Srikanth

first_img(EDS: Repeating a correcting spelling in para 7) New Delhi, Jul 1 (PTI) Indian shuttlers have a great chance of winning a medal at next months World Championship provided they play consistently well throughout the prestigious tournament, feels Kidambi Srikanth, who won back- to-back titles at Indonesia and Australia. Three Indians — Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth and Ajay Jayaram — qualified in mens singles category for the BWFs World Championship slated to be held at Glasgow from August 21-27. “I think we all are playing well. I cant really say if we will definitely win a medal. We have a chance for sure but we have to be 100 per cent on that day and every match,” Srikanth told reporters on the sidelines of a felicitation program by Sports Minister Vijay Goel. “We have to play consistently well, because it is such a big tournament and everyone prepares really hard.” Talking about the level of competition, Srikanth said: “I think everyone in top 30-35 are playing well. If you actually see HS Prannoy was 29 before Indonesia Open and see how he beat Chen Long and Lee Chong Wei in successive matches. So everyone in the top 35 are playing well.” “The game now is definitely physical for sure. You have to be really alert on the court, move well, for an hour, so it is more physical then skills. But I think the level of the game is growing in the other players as well.” Srikanth, who reached three successive Super Series finals, believes he is peaking at the right time for the prestigious World Championship. “It has been fantastic the last one month. Right from Singapore Open, it has been great. I have received more than what I have asked for, so I am very happy. I dont know how to express,” said Srikanth, who also won the 2014 China Super Series Premier and 2015 India Super Series. “Im picking at the right time. I am really happy how I played last one month. I really want to train hard for the next few weeks ahead of the tournament and play consistently at the World championship,” he said. The 24-year-old said he never stopped believing in himself during the injury lay-off after the Rio Olympics and it helped him make a successful comeback. “I never lost the chance of being in team. After winning the China Open I won the India Open in 2015. I managed to win the Syed Modi in 2016 and then lost the Olympic quarters by just a point. So I have been playing well in the important tournaments,” he said. “The matches I lost were very close one, three sets. It is not easy but I always believed that if I can continue working hard, I can do well and I am happy everything worked for me,” he added. The Guntur-lad, however, said the post-Olympics injury changed his life and he thanked chief coach Pullela Gopichand and Indonesian coach Mulyo Handoyo for the turnaround. “The injury part changed me. My approach towards training and the way I trained with Gopi sir and our new Indonesian coach Mulyo, it really worked for me,” Srikanth said. “I think we only had Gopi sir before and now we have Mulyo, who has seen the highest level of badminton and with both of their inputs, it has really helped me. “Now two people are working to improve Indian badminton and it is really working for us.” Talking about his match against Chen Long in the Australian Open final, Srikanth said: “Against Chen Long, I think how I was playing before that match gave me the confidence. “Our last few matches were close, so I thought to give 10 per cent more. All earlier matches helped me to give that 10 per cent.” Srikanth considers the semifinal clash against World No. 1 Son Wan Ho of Korea as one of the toughest match. “Semifinal match in Indonesia Open was a tough match. Son Wan was playing well. It was challenging. My strategy worked. Everything worked well for me,” he said. PTI ATK SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

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Take a Tour of Tennessee’s Most Notorious Penitentiary

first_imgIn its 113-year history, the prison was home to some of the country’s most notorious criminals. Escape attempts were uncommon; none were ever successful. The most infamous involved James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassin, and six other inmates who attempted to hop the back wall in 1977. One was shot dead and the rest were rounded up and returned to confinement within 72 hours. The north side of the prison abutted a massive natural stone wall, while an 18-foot hand-carved stone wall surrounded the rest. For many, especially those serving life sentences, there was quite literally no escape.Brushy Penitentiary opened its doors to public tours in August 2018. The grounds feature a variety of interactive displays, a documentary film room, and fascinating relics from the prison’s history, including homemade tattoo guns and the ladder Ray used during his ill-fated prison break. Former guards are on-site to answer visitor questions and provide color through their first-person accounts. If a day-time tour isn’t exciting enough, paranormal tours are also available, during which guests can wander the grounds until after midnight or even stay overnight in the prison. Take a Tour of Tennessee’s Most Notorious Penitentiary Close Next The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races Editors’ Recommendations To Find Beauty In Yosemite, Just Whip Out Your (Honda) Passport 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World center_img How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail 1 of 16 Thailand’s WARchitect Design Studio is Elevating Home Design Previous Among historical prisons, Alcatraz, Attica, and San Quentin may garner all the media attention, but the U.S. has experienced far worse. Eastern Tennessee’s Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary may have been the worst of them all and the one you’ve likely never heard of. Now, you can explore its sordid past on a self-guided tour that’s dark, shocking, and fascinating.“Brushy” opened in 1896 as a convict-lease prison. Through the revolutionary concept, the state leased its prisoners to local mining companies for a pittance compared to the wages being paid to professional miners at the time. The program lasted only a short while before local laborers revolted. A bloody battle war was fought and many on both sides died in small arms shootouts. Ultimately, the program ended but prisoners’ sentences were no less agonizing and inhumane in the years that followed.Conditions inside were abhorrent, at one time compared to those in Siberian prisons. At its worst, it held 30 percent more prisoners than it was designed for. Disease — particularly syphilis, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, and pneumonia — was rampant and medical treatment was all but nonexistent. Prisoners and guards frequently settled scores through brutal violence, sometimes leading to death. All were forced into hard labor (cruelly enough, to fortify the walls around them) and work-related “accidents” were frequent.last_img read more

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ZOSOS Extended for Further 60 Days

first_imgStory Highlights The House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 12) approved two Resolutions for the extensions, which were moved by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness. Prime Minister Holness said that the extensions are necessary, as the progress made in the two communities must be allowed to continue. The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mount Salem, St James and Denham Town in West Kingston will be extended by a further 60 days. The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Mount Salem, St James and Denham Town in West Kingston will be extended by a further 60 days.The House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 12) approved two Resolutions for the extensions, which were moved by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.This is the fifth extension for the Mount Salem Zone, the first to become operational on September 1, 2017, while it will be the fourth for Denham Town.Prime Minister Holness said that the extensions are necessary, as the progress made in the two communities must be allowed to continue.He noted that in Denham Town, which was declared as the second ZOSO in October 2017, the joint security forces have, to a significant extent, maintained security within the boundaries of the community.He said there have been a few incidents, “which have reminded us that the focus on this community must continue, so as to ensure that it would never return to the state prior to the establishment of the Zone”.Prime Minister Holness said that as the community continues to be guided through the ‘build phase’, the joint force will maintain the security of the Zone in order to ensure that a suite of social-intervention programmes can be effectively and safely implemented to benefit the residents.For Mount Salem, Prime Minster Holness noted that implementation of the ZOSO has been seen as a success by the residents, “who have been the largest supporter of the intervention”.“Nevertheless, there is continued work that must take place. A measure of progress and sustainability of the strategic intent of the Zone was always meant to ensure that the community is in charge of its peace. To a significant extent, much has been achieved in this mission,” he noted.He added that the process of citizen empowerment is ongoing and has received the support of the residents, who are fully aware that there is no restriction on their rights and freedoms in the space.“In fact, it is the citizens themselves, who have been the main drivers of the transformational processes. While this takes place, the presence of the security forces continues to be necessary to ensure an enabling environment,” the Prime Minister said.The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act gives the Prime Minister power to declare an area a ZOSO in order to tackle increased crime and volatility and implement social-intervention measures. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The Zone can only be established after the Police Commissioner and the Chief of Defence Staff make a request for such a declaration in writing to the Prime Minister.last_img read more

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Peter Herrndorf on his illustrious career in the arts

first_imgDuring his tenure, the NAC — the premier artistic venue in the nation’s capital — became accessible and relevant to Canadians across the country. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Peter Herrndorf will be leaving his post as president and CEO of the National Arts Centre in June. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press)center_img Peter Herrndorf studied law and his first job was as a journalist for the CBC, but his lifelong passion has been for the arts. Over the course of his storied career, he has left an indelible mark on Canadian television, magazines, music, theatre, dance, film and arts education.He has sat on the boards of about sixty arts organizations, ranging from the Stratford Shakespearean Festival to the National Magazine Awards and the International Choral Festival. He is co-creator of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards and, for the past two decades, he has been the visionary president of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. He will step down from that post in June.The chair of the Centre describes Peter Herrndorf as “the most successful, influential and beloved leader in the performing arts in Canada.” Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Moroccos National Phosphate Company Ramps Up Production to Meet Demand

Rabat – Morocco’s national company for the mining of phosphate, OCP, has been planning for an elevation in demand for phosphate-enhanced fertilizer as the world population increases by more than 53 percent by the year 2050, according to an article by Alyaoum24. The extra provisions will double the company’s mining capabilities. OCP, which also participates in Meknes’ International Exhibition of Agriculture, said the firm was one of the first African companies interested in reducing the carbon footprint from its activities by reducing its emissions of polluting gases and adopting an environmentally responsible way to manage waste. In 2014, the Moroccan company recycled more than 19 tons of metal waste. OCP’s strategy to improve its operational use of water includes the firm’s desalination plant Jorf Lasfar and initiatives in many Moroccan cities.The company said its plans to continue green practices correspond with King Mohammed VI’s Green Morocco program, which employs farmers in the kingdom and other African countries through its soil study, which has gathered 26,000 samples from 6.8 million hectares of land to evaluate the farmland’s fertilizer needs.Mostafa Terrab, CEO of the OCP, said earlier this year that his company would be the world’s largest producer of fertilizers by the year 2017 as result of contributions from four new complexes tasked with creating the product essential for the world’s agriculture industry.Morocco holds nearly 75 percent of the world’s phosphate reserves, according to the United States Geological Survey.ONP was founded in the year 1920 and its managers run operations from Casablanca. read more

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UN urges increased social spending in AsiaPacific to sustain robust economic growth

“Governments must embrace this opportunity to secure the gains of the economic rebound by investing in social programmes that directly benefit people hardest hit by the crisis, act to reduce poverty, and create a more sustainable economy,” said Noeleen Heyzer, Under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), when she launched the report in Bangkok.The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2010 report, an annual publication of ESCAP, provides governments in the Asia-Pacific region, where 62 per cent of the world’s population live with a road map towards a more inclusive and sustainable development path.According to the survey, even at the height of the economic crisis, Asia and the Pacific was still the fastest-growing region in the world, a trend supported mainly by fiscal stimulus packages made available by the region’s biggest economies.The economic growth outlook for 2010 has improved significantly, with the region’s developing economies forecast to expand by seven per cent. China will be ahead of the pack with 9.5 per cent growth followed by India’s 8.3 per cent, according to the report.The survey, however, points out that rising inflationary pressures, especially concerning food products, and asset price bubbles in a number of countries make 2010 a complex year for policy makers who will have to balance sustaining the momentum of growth with financial stability.While monetary tightening measures may be necessary to restrain inflationary pressures, policymakers must be cautious about withdrawing fiscal stimulus packages lest the fledgling recovery process is disrupted, according to the report.It also recommends the use of capital controls to moderate short-term capital inflows – the result of a massive expansion of liquidity in Western countries – which have created asset bubbles, inflationary pressures and exchange rate increases in the region’s developing economies.“We know from experience following the 1997 Asian financial crisis that it may be years before the poorest people are able to recover from the past two year’s global crisis; governments need to maintain programmes to help people recover their assets and livelihoods,” Dr. Heyzer added.According to the survey, a sustained, long-term development for all economies within the region will have to rely on creating new engines of growth by rebalancing the region with greater regional consumption through increased intra-regional trade, accelerating the development of an Asia-Pacific consumer market.“This is the moment when the Asia-Pacific region can assure the long-term benefits of the recovery by creating a sustainable, inter-connected, greener, regional economy, while reducing the social and economic disparities which left it vulnerable to such [a] crisis,” said Dr Heyzer. “The region has the opportunity to strengthen its economy, its environment, its society, and better connect itself,” she added.The report makes a number of regional policy recommendations for inclusive and sustainable growth, such as strengthening social protection and enhancing financial inclusion.Increased social spending would directly support income security for households by providing food security, education and access to health care, reducing the need by poorer families to maintain precautionary savings to protect against adversity. These families would then be able to contribute more to local economies and invest more in their own development, the report notes.“The region has close to one billion people living in poverty at this very moment. The more people we lift out of poverty today, the larger consumer class and developed markets we create for the future,” said Dr. Heyzer.Jomo Kwame Sundaram, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, said Asian and Pacific countries also needed to invest more on the improvement of their infrastructures..He noted that more social spending should go to programmes aimed at boosting food production and to projects that promoted the use of environmentally-friendly technologies..Mr. Sundaram also called for initiatives that promoted “financial inclusion” to ensure that poorer people were benefiting from the economic growth. Microcredit lending schemes would help make capital available to the poor, he told reporters in New York. 6 May 2010Governments in Asia and the Pacific should raise spending on social programmes to sustain the region’s robust economic recovery and ensure that the benefits of the revived growth trickle down to people most affected by the global financial crisis, according to a United Nations report released today. read more

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Sri Lankan navy ships in Visakhapatnam for war games

The exercise will commence with a harbour phase during which the participating navies will engage in professional, cultural and social interactions.The harbour phase will be followed by the sea phase which will commence on September 11. Sri Lankan naval ships Sayura and Sagara entered Visakhapatnam harbour on Thursday to participate in the fifth edition of SLINEX 2017, a bilateral naval exercise between India and Sri Lanka, from September 7 to 14, Deccan Chronicle reported.The exercise will be conducted in two phases, with the harbour phase from September 7 to 10 at Visakhapatnam and the sea phase that will be from September 11 to 14 in the Bay of Bengal. The sea phase will include complex operations including anti-piracy exercises, gun firings, cross-deck helicopter operations and anti-surface exercises.SLINEX series of bilateral maritime exercises were initiated in 2005. Over the years they have helped the two navies to understand each other’s procedures and enhance inter-operability.The benefits of operational interactions under the aegis of SLINEX are clearly visible as both the navies today have an improved and steadfast understanding. SLINEX 17 will further enhance the capability of the two navies to work together at sea and contribute towards maritime security in the region. (Colombo Gazette) The two Sri Lankan naval ships Sayura and Sagara are Indian built Off-shore Patrol Vessels. From the Inian side, INS Gharial, an amphibious ship, INS Kora, a missile corvette  and Chetak helicopter will be participating in the war games on behalf of the Eastern Fleet. read more

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January new car preregistration figures

Today, SMMT released figures for January pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in January 2016 that were defined as pre-registrations.CLICK HERE: Download the January 2016 release.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Isis has blown up the mosque where its own leader declared himself

first_img 17 Comments 20,528 Views Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 6:57 AM Mosul has been the scene of ferocious fighting. Source: Alexandra HowlandThe “Hadba” was completed in 1172 and had distinctive ornamental bands of brickwork wrapping around its cylindrical shaft. It started listing centuries ago and has long been considered an endangered monument.The minaret, with its unmistakeable shape, was the symbol of the city and featured in many local shops signs and advertisements. It gave its name to countless restaurants, companies and sports clubs.When IS imposed its tyrannic brand of sharia, or Islamic law, in the early stages of its “caliphate”, it destroyed several key heritage sites in Mosul, including the main museum and shrines to Jonah and Seth.It reportedly rigged the “Hadba”, which it sees as the subject of a cult that transgresses its own regressive and ultra-conservative brand of Islam, but had been prevented from blowing it up by the local population.Foretold disaster“The minaret of Al-Hadba has been here forever, it is part of the history of Mosul, it is the symbol of the city,” Ahmed Thilij Hamed, a 49-year-old resident of a neighbourhood near the Old City, told AFP on Monday.It had become clear to most in Mosul that IS would not give up its last redoubt in the city without destroying landmarks whose capture by the Iraqi forces would have dealt them a massive symbolic blow.“When the minaret is destroyed, it will be the final blow to Mosul’s heritage because all the other landmarks are gone,” Hamed said. “I will be very sorry, I cannot imagine such a moment.”Staff Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saadi, one of the top commanders of the Counter-Terrorism Service that has spearheaded the fighting against IS, explained why he thought the Nuri mosque and nearby “Al-Hadba” would almost inevitably be destroyed.“The mosque has some symbolism for the terrorist gangs, being the mosque where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gave his first sermon” as IS leader, he told AFP on Monday from his command post on the edge of Mosul.“Perhaps they won’t want to leave this place that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi took to the security forces and maybe they’ll send a message accusing Iraqi units of of destroying them,” he predicted.The US-led coalition which carries out daily air strikes and has advisers on the ground supporting the Mosul operation condemned the destruction.“This is a crime against the people of Mosul and all of Iraq, and is an example of why this brutal organisation must be annihilated,” said Major General Joseph Martin.- © AFP 2017Read: Constable charged with having indecent images of children is dismissed from Met PoliceRead: Prime Minister demands ‘immediate answers’ as forest fires continue to rage in Portugal Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 22nd 2017, 6:57 AM Share7 Tweet Email JIHADISTS YESTERDAY BLEW up Mosul’s iconic, leaning minaret and the adjacent mosque where their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014 declared himself “caliph” in his only public appearance, Iraqi officials said.The Islamic State group swiftly issued a statement via its Amaq propaganda agency blaming a US strike, but the US-led coalition condemned the destruction as a crime against “the people of Mosul and all of Iraq”.Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the destruction of the sites was “an official declaration of defeat” from the jihadists in the eight-month-old battle for Mosul.“Our forces were advancing toward their targets deep in the Old City and when they got to within 50 metres of the Nuri mosque, Daesh (IS) committed another historical crime by blowing up the Nuri mosque and the Hadba” mosque, Staff Lieutenant General Abdulamir Yarallah, the overall commander of the Mosul offensive, said in a statement.The destruction of two of Mosul’s best-known landmarks comes on the fourth day of an Iraqi offensive backed by the US-led coalition to take the Old City, where holdout jihadists are making a bloody last stand.It adds to a long list of Iraqi heritage sites and monuments the jihadist organisation has destroyed in Iraq and Syria since Baghdadi created his “caliphate” straddling both countries, almost exactly three years ago.IS proclaimed its self-styled “caliphate” in June 2014, after sweeping across Iraq’s Sunni Arab heartland, an unprecedented experiment in jihadist statehood.The Iraq-born Baghdadi appeared at the Nuri mosque in Mosul, Iraq’s second city, days later to declare himself “caliph” and urge the world’s Muslims to move in.It remains the last public appearance to date for the jihadist supremo, whose fate and whereabouts are currently unclear and whose “state” has been shrinking for two years.‘Iraq’s Tower of Pisa’Iraqi forces on Sunday launched an assault on the Old City of Mosul, eight months into a huge offensive to take back the northern city from the jihadists, who had made it their de facto Iraqi capital.The ancient minaret known as “Al-Hadba” (Hunchback) lies next to the Nuri mosque and was the most loved and recognisable landmark in Mosul, sometimes referred to as Iraq’s Tower of Pisa.center_img By AFP Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/3457035 Short URL Isis has blown up the mosque where its own leader declared himself ‘caliph’ Jihadists also destroyed an iconic, leaning minaret. last_img read more

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Man who raped exwife in dungeon jailed for 13 years

first_img Jun 23rd 2017, 4:27 PM By Órla Ryan Friday 23 Jun 2017, 4:27 PM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3460697 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 17 Comments Share116 Tweet Email File photo Source: Shutterstock/YAKOBCHUK VIACHESLAVWarning: Some readers may find aspects of this case distressingA MAN WHO kidnapped his ex-wife, tied her up and raped her in a hidden ‘dungeon’ in London has today been jailed for 13 years.The man was found guilty following a retrial in what is a rare ‘victimless prosecution’ for rape – where the trial was held without the woman’s testimonial – following an investigation by detectives from the Metropolitan Police Service.Following the retrial at Snaresbrook Crown Court, the man was found guilty yesterday of two counts of rape, kidnap and false imprisonment and was sentenced to a total of 13 years’ imprisonment.The offences took place at a premises in Hackney on 15 October 2014. The court heard that the victim had arranged to meet her ex-husband so she could take her granddaughter out. Once at the venue, he sprayed her with a substance – believed to be mace – which left her unconscious.Police said he then bound her hands, feet and mouth before carrying her into a hidden office room. She was then dropped into the dungeon.Once there the defendant cut off the victim’s clothes and raped her twice. She was then left alone, before eventually cutting herself free and calling police.Pressure from family The 999 call, lasting over 20 minutes, was played to the court during the trial. Officers who came to the woman’s aid had to call for further assistance in order to break into the premises.Once inside they could hear the victim screaming and found her in a distressed state in the dungeon, which had been heavily concealed. Access was from a small hatch concealed within the base of wardrobe.The victim was interviewed by specially trained detectives. Officers believe she came under significant pressure from family members to withdraw the allegations, however legislation enabled prosecutors to continue the trial without her testimonial.During the retrial, the defendant did not give evidence.Detective Inspector Neil Rawlinson of the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse (SOECA) Command, said: “It is important to note that the victim in this case was fully engaged throughout the police investigation but at the point of the original trial, felt unable to attend.Due to the overwhelming evidence gathered by my officers, which supported all aspects of the victims account, the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) agreed to proceed with the trial without the victim – something which is extremely rare for rape. My officers worked tirelessly with forensic experts to gather and present the best evidence possible, with their tenacity being reflected in this outstanding outcome at court.“Offenders often exert power and control to silence their victims but this sentence shows that we can give scared victims a voice and bring offenders to justice despite their perceived power. I would urge anyone who has been the victim of sexual assault to report it to police – we can provide specially trained officers to support victims and obtain the best evidence possible.”A second defendant, Steven Hill, 53, was found not guilty of rape and false imprisonment at the original trial. The jury was unable to reach a decision on one charge of kidnap, for which he stood trial again. He was subsequently found not guilty of kidnap yesterday.Read: North Korea says it is the ‘biggest victim’ in US student’s deathRead: Man sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his partner’s two-year-old son Man who raped ex-wife in dungeon jailed for 13 years Police officers believe the woman came under significant pressure from family members to withdraw the allegations. 34,015 Views last_img read more

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Mario Replaces the Google Maps Arrow for National Mario Day

first_imgDid you know there’s a holiday dedicated to Super Mario? That’s right! Everyone’s favorite plumber gets his own day to shine on March 10 (MAR10). To celebrate the occassion, Google and Nintendo have teamed up to give fans of the Italian plumber something truly special. Starting today, the arrow in Google Maps will be replaced by a kart-riding Mario. If there’s a sudden spike in people going outdoors this weekend, now you know why.Getting Mario to show you where to go is easy. You’ll need to update your app from either the Google Play or the App Store. After that, you’ll have to click on the yellow “?” icon located on the bottom right of your Google Maps app. Once this is done, you’ll get a prompt to enable “Mario Time.” After that’s turned on, you’ll see that the navigation arrow has been replaced by Mario. Google encourages all users to practice safe driving while out on the road. You don’t want to get into an accident because you were too busy staring at Mario riding his little kart.Mario will be your Google Maps guide from now to March 17. If you’re so inclined, you can share screenshots of your route and share it on Twitter and Instagram by tagging @GoogleMaps with the hashtag #MarioMaps. Make sure not to post any personal details like where you live or work. Mario won’t be there to rescue you from any crazy stalkers. Post responsibly, people!Do any other Nintendo characters have holidays? If so, I’d like to see icons like Link, Samus, Donkey Kong, and more get turned into the Google Maps arrow. Or… perhaps Nintendo and Google should make this into an official app? Having something so cool be related to just a week seems like a crime. I’m just saying, Nintendo. It’s something to consider.last_img read more

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Gian Piero Ventura speaks for the first time

first_imgThe former Italian national team manager was presented with Lega Serie A club Chievo Verona and talks about his motivation for taking this jobGian Piero Ventura has managed teams since 1976. He knows most of the Italian Lega Serie A clubs.He even managed to coach Italy from 2016 to 2017.And now, he’s been selected to be the new Chievo Verona boss.Juventus and Bayern Munich chasing Ibrahim Karamoko Taimoor Khan – June 26, 2019 Ibrahim Karamoko is getting a lot of attention from the likes of Juventus and Bayern Munich following some excellent displays for Chievo Verona.Aged just…“I have a ferocious desire to start again. It wasn’t hard to say yes to Campedelli, I know this isn’t an easy challenge but I have a lot of adrenaline,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.“I live this beginning with the enthusiasm of a child. Will we use a three-man defense? It’s possible, we’ll try to find the formation that gets the most out of the players”“After a defeat, it wasn’t possible to keep going with my work. Too bad, now I look forward. I have a big regret since I wasn’t able to do what I set out to do,” he answered when he was questioned about his time managing the national team.last_img read more

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Digicel NBA Youth Jumpstart Clinic

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Sept 2015 – Digicel & NBA Youth Jumpstart Clinic was a two-day event in Provo, which started on Monday. The official opening and press conference was held on Sunday at the Graceway Sports Centre in Providenciales.Two NBA coaches from the league’s International Basketball Operations were in country, here to oversee the clinic which focused on player development, as well as developing local coaching expertise. Thanks to Digicel, the Turks & Caicos was one of six countries selected to host the clinic, which will return next year, according to Sports Minister Akierra Missick and perhaps take place on another island. Thousands without power in TCI Related Items:akierra missick, digicel, jumpstart clinic, nba Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islands TCI Govt meets with Digicel and Carnival Cruise Lineslast_img read more

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Waterfront Renaissance Trail section has reopened

first_imgVancouver’s Waterfront Renaissance Trail reopened near Columbia Shores condominiums Tuesday. The section of the trail along the Columbia River had been flooded since late last month.On June 20, the river levels receded below flood levels for the first time this month. The National Weather Service predicts that the river levels will slowly drop and stay at normal levels for the rest of this week and into the next. Crews finished working Tuesday clearing mud and reported no damage to the trail. Grant Eells, who comes to walk on the trail often, said that he was happy the section was opened. “I had to go around,” Eells said. The section closure changed a lot of people’s normal course.Danielle Colwell and Molly Smith, both of Camas, normally don’t walk on the trail but came to “escape school” and enjoy the weather. “It’s a gorgeous day,” Colwell said. A section of the trail near Tidewater Cove is still closed due to extensive damage from the flooding. There is a detour set up near Columbia Way for those using that portion of the trail. Jane Kleiner, an official with Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation, said crews are still assessing the level of the damage and are unsure of when it will be opened for the public.last_img read more

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Sohan Roys Aickarakkonathe Bhishaguaranmaar nominated for Rome Independent Prisma Awards

first_imgAickarakkonathe BhishaguaranmaarPR HandoutSohan Roy’s Aickarakkonathe Bhishaguaranmaar has been nominated for Rome Independent Prisma Awards. It has become the first Indian movie to get this rare honour.Rome Independent Prisma Awards is a monthly award ceremony. Its winner will be declared on April 4, 2019 and awards will be distributed in 20 categories like Best Feature Film, Best Director etc. There is no need of multiple submission for film to compete in different categories. One submission is valid for all the 20 awards.Aickarakkonathe Bhishaguaranmaar is the only Indian movie selected for the Rome Independent Prisma Film Festival in Italy. The makers of the movie are hoping that it will win some honours in the award ceremony.Aickarakkonathe Bhishaguaranmaar is the second Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) movie initiative by UAE-based Aries Group. Movie develops from the basic thread of picturizing the life of common people in a village named Aickarakkonam. It emphasises on the 5,000-year-old system of natural healing called Ayurveda which is enjoying a major resurgence in both its native land and all over the world.Besides the theme, Aickarakkonathe Bhishaguaranmaar utilized 100% of its revenue for flood relief and rehabilitation activities in Kerala, which witnessed one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the state recently, and for the support those in the film industry, who were affected by the floods.Aickarakkonathe Bhishaguaranmaar, which features 175 new faces, is a complete family entertainer has become the year’s first Indian feature movie to view for Oscar 2019 and to be nominated.Aickarakkonathe Bhishaguaranmaar has been directed by Biju Majeed and produced by Abhini Sohan under the banner of Aries Telecasting PVT LTD. Project Designer, Lyrics -Sohan Roy Story, Screenplay, Dialogue: K. Shibu Raj, Co-Production-Prabhiraj Natarajan Camera: P.C Lal Editing: Johnson Iringol Music Director: Biju Ram Production Controller- Anil Angamaly Stills- Saji Aleena, P.R.O- A.S Dinesh.Sohan Roy is the founder of Aries Telecasting Private Limited and had produced its first CSR movie Jalam which was accepted by the audience well. His second CSR movie Aickarakonathe Bhishaguaranmaar was also shortlisted for Oscars. He is also into making big budget movies to uplift Indian movies to Hollywood standard with his $10 billion project Indywood.last_img read more

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Alleged gunfights kill 2 more

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationTwo more suspected drug traders were killed in separate incidents of what the law enforcement calls gunfights in Kushtia and Mymensingh early Monday, reports UNB.In Kushtia, Shahar Ali, 38, son of Monwar Box of Mazampur, and an accused in several drug-related cases, was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Haripur Sheikh Russell Link Road Bridge in the district town around 2:00am.Tipped off that a gang of drug traders gathered under the bridge, a team of police conducted a drive there, said Atiqur Rahman, a sub-inspector (SI) at Kushtia model police station.Sensing presence of the law enforcers, the ‘drug traders’ opened fire on them forcing them to fire back in self-defence, the SI added.After the gunfight, police recovered the bodies of Shahar along with a shooter gun, three bullets and 600 yaba pills from the spot, he claimed.Five policemen were also injured, said the SI.In Mymensingh, Noman Khan, 45, an accused in several drug cases, was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Raghunampur area of Sadar upazila around 1:45am.Two policemen were also injured during the gunfight, said Mahmudul Islam, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.With the latest deaths, at least 139 people were killed in ‘gunfights’ with members of law enforcement agencies while 37 bodies of suspected drug traders were recovered after reported gun battles between rival groups during the countrywide anti-narcotic drives since 15 May.last_img read more

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BSE surveillance Jet Airways shares circuit limit tweaked

first_imgLeading stock exchange BSE on Tuesday revised the permissible daily trading limit for shares of Jet Airways and 19 other companies, as part of a surveillance action.The new limits, which ensure that stock prices do not go up or down beyond a level during a trading session, will be effective from Wednesday. In a circular, BSE said the price of Jet Airways cannot change by more than 10 per cent in a day. The stock price of Jet Airways has spurted by 48 per cent in the last five trading sessions. The company’s shares on Tuesday closed at Rs 376.95 apiece on the BSE, up 8.29 per cent.last_img read more

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