Separatists call for strike to mark Afzal Guru’s sixth death anniversary

first_imgNormal life in Kashmir was affected on Saturday due to a strike called by separatists to mark the sixth death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged on this day in 2013.Shops and other business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads due to the shutdown called by the separatists, officials said.Separatists Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), consisting of both factions of Hurriyat Conference and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), called for a shutdown to press for their demand that Afzal Guru’s mortal remains be returned for burial in Kashmir.Authorities have placed Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and several other separatist leaders under house arrest to prevent them from holding any protest marches, the officials said. Security personnel have been deployed in strength at vulnerable places across the valley for maintaining law and order, they said.Afzal Guru was hanged and buried inside New Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 9, 2013.last_img read more

Flood situation improves in Odisha districts

first_imgThe flood situation in Odisha has shown signs of improvement as rain has stopped in almost all districts. Except for Malkangiri and Kalahandi, there was hardly any rain in any other district on Thursday. The floodwater flowing towards the delta region in the Mahanadi river was not likely to pose any major threat as its level was decreasing. People in low-lying areas close to the coast are, however, worried about possible overflowing of floodwater before discharge into the sea. At Naraj, the water level was gradually dropping. The water discharge at Kharimal into the Mahanadi was measured at 3.35 lakh cusecs and at Barmul, it was 5.88 lakh cusecs. In most major rivers, the water level has been found either falling or steady.Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said 64,354 people were evacuated and sheltered in 173 relief camps. Of them, 83 camps with 23,383 evacuees were operating on Thursday. An estimated 2.96 lakh people in 11 districts were hit by the floods. Balangir has so far been the worst-hit district where 2 lakh people have been affected.last_img read more

Andy Murray stunned by Delbonis at Indian Wells

first_imgAndy Murray squandered a 4-1 lead in the third set before losing a tiebreaker to world number 53 Federico Delbonis and exiting the BNP Paribas Open third round 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(3) in California on Monday.World number two Murray let his commanding lead evaporate on a warm, windy day at Indian Wells and needed to break the Argentine left-hander in the 12th game just to force the tiebreaker, which Delbonis won 7-3. Delbonis took advantage of a series of Murray errors to run off the last five points of the decider to end the two hour, 46 minute struggle in Stadium 1.”Thanks to everybody here for such an amazing match. It was a very intense match , very passionate, I think,” the Argentine said.Delbonis, who reached the quarterfinals this year in Rio and Sao Paulo, varied his strategy against Murray and took advantage of some weakness in the Scot’s serve. Murray failed to register an ace and won less than 50 percent of his second serves.”I know it was a challenge,” said Delbonis. “I have to mix (my shots) all the time.”In the end, I can do my job and this is what I get.”It was a short appearance in only the second tournament of the year for Murray, who lost in the final of the Australian Open to world number one Novak Djokovic.Delbonis will meet Frenchman Gael Monfils in the fourth round after the 13th seed dispatched Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3. In another day match, 12th seed Milos Raonic of Canada advanced to the fourth round 6-3 3-0 when Australian Bernard Tomic retired in the second set.advertisementTomic had complained about an injured wrist before the match against the hard-serving Raonic, who will meet Czech Tomas Berdych in the fourth round. The sixth seed beat Croatian Borna Coric 6-1, 7-6(3).Eighth seed Richard Gasquet of France advanced past Ukraines Alexandr Dolgopolov 2-6, 6-2, 6-1. His fourth-round opponent will be Croatian Marin Cilic, who defeated Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 6-3.German David Goffin defeated Argentine Guido Pella 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 and will meet the winner of the late third-round match between third seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland and Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.last_img read more

China’s CCTV suspends Houston Rockets broadcasts

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label PLAY LIST 01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label01:41Video captures shooting by Hong Kong police01:44Opposition heckles lead Hong Kong leader to abandon policy speech02:11Makabayan 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ The Rockets have been in damage control mode since Morey posted a tweet Friday featuring the message “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” that was subsequently deleted.READ: Rockets GM says Hong Kong tweet not meant to offendFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manHong Kong has been rocked by months of pro-democracy protests.Sponsors including sportswear brand Li Ning and the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank (SPD) announced Sunday they would stop cooperation with the team. This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “We express our outrage and strongly condemn Houston rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s wrong remarks on his personal social media platform,” said Li Ning in a statement.“The Li Ning company firmly opposes and resists all actions that harm national interests.”Rockets sponsor SPD Credit Card Center said in a statement that it will suspend all marketing and publicity and that “the sovereignty of the motherland can not be challenged”.It called for the Rockets to carry out a thorough investigation.ADVERTISEMENT Houston Rockets GM says Hong Kong tweet not meant to offend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical HOUSTON, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 30: Houston Rockets during the National Anthem before playing the Shanghai Sharks at Toyota Center on September 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFPChinese broadcaster CCTV has said it will stop showing Houston Rockets games as the backlash in China grows over a tweet backing Hong Kong protests.CCTV’s sports channel said in a statement on its Weibo channel Sunday night that it was “strongly opposed” to the “improper remarks” posted by the basketball team’s general manager Daryl Morey.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Former England defender Ehiogu dies after cardiac arrest

first_imgFormer England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu has died in hospital aged 44 following a cardiac arrest, Tottenham Hotspur said on Friday.Ehiogu, who worked as Tottenham’s under-23 coach, had collapsed at the North London club’s training ground on Thursday.He passed away in the early hours of Friday, the Premier League title contenders said in a statement.”Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the Club,” said Tottenham’s head of coaching and development John McDermott. “Ugo’s immense presence will be irreplaceable.”It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu, our Under-23 coach. Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 21, 2017Ehiogu, who started out as a trainee at West Bromwich Albion but spent most of his career at Aston Villa, was capped four times by England.He would doubtless have won more caps but for injury and competition from younger defenders like Rio Ferdinand and John Terry.As well as playing more than 200 times in nine years for Villa, London-born Ehiogu played 126 games for Middlesbrough after becoming their then-record signing for eight million pounds ($10.24 million) in 2000.He won the League Cup with both Villa and Middlesbrough.Also playing for Rangers in the Scottish Premier League, Ehiogu scored a winner against Celtic in the 2007 Old Firm derby with a spectacular overhead kick that was later voted the club’s goal of the season by fans.He ended his professional career at Sheffield United in 2009 and joined Tottenham’s coaching staff in 2014 after a spell with the England under-20 side.advertisementChampionship side Villa said they would be holding a minute’s applause before their home derby with Birmingham City on Sunday with both sets of players wearing black armbands as a mark of respect.Tributes poured in from across the soccer community expressing shock and sadness.”Everyone at the FA is devastated to hear the news that Ugo Ehiogu has sadly passed away,” the Football Association said in a statement.”This is an absolute shock, to think this could happen to a man of his fitness and age. It is devastating, crazy,” former Villa team mate Lee Hendrie told Sky Sports television.”He was such a character, bubbly and would help anyone. He was a great guy to have around and never had problems with anyone. He was a gentle giant.”last_img read more

World Cup 2019: India already have one foot in the final, feels Michael Clarke

first_imgFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke feels India will storm into the final of the World Cup 2019 without much trouble even though they have to deal with New Zealand in the semi-finals in Manchester on Tuesday.India have been the best team in the tournament so far with seven wins out of 8 matches while one game was washed out. India topped the points table in the league phase and thus, were drawn to face New Zealand, who finished as the fourth-best team after nine matches.Coming to the semi-final at Old Trafford, India are heading into the game on the back of three successive wins against West Indies, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. New Zealand on the other hand, lost their last three matches against Pakistan, Australia and England.Kane Williamson’s team therefore, are low on confidence and will be under pressure in the big-ticket clash against Virat Kohli’s India, reckons Michael Clarke.”No-brainer for me, India is in the final. In cricket you should never say that, if I was an Indian player I wouldn’t be thinking like that or if I was Virat Kohli I wouldn’t be thinking like that.”But from outside, India is on fire they are playing unbelievable cricket at the moment and in my opinion they already have one foot in the final.”But they cannot take anything for granted and play good, hard cricket they have been the whole tournament,” Michael Clarke told India Today on the eve of the first semi-final.”New Zealand at the moment are really low on confidence because of their most recent performances. That is what is going to make the game so hard against India. India are flying with confidence because of their most recent performances.”advertisementOne of the major reasons behind India’s success has been the form that vice-captain Rohit Sharma is in at the moment.Rohit is the leading run-scorer in the tournament at the moment with 647 runs from 8 matches at an average of 92.42 with five hundreds and couple of fifties.Last week he became the only batsman in World Cup history to hit five centuries in a single edition after his match-winning 103 against Sri Lanka in India’s final league game.Looking at the way Rohit has been batting in this tournament, Clarke feels there is no bowler at present who can stop the Hitman.”At the moment no one vs Rohit. He is in a different league, how do you get him out? He is a batting genius at the moment, he’s been the batsman of the tournament. Him and David Warner have been the two standouts for me,” Clarke said.Also Read | Virat Kohli on meeting Kane Williamson in another World Cup semi-final: Quite a nice memoryAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India’s road to semi-finalsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Hope Rohit Sharma scores 2 more hundreds, says Virat KohliAlso Read | My respect for MS Dhoni will always be sky high, says Virat Kohlilast_img read more

8 Hard Apple Ciders to Check Out This Season

first_img How to Shave With a Straight Razor Editors’ Recommendations The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider As this year’s apple crop hits store shelves around, let’s take this seasonal event as a reminder to drink some hard cider.Hard cider, of course, is available all year long, but it sometimes gets lost in the shuffle of the thousands of beers and tasty spirits. Hopefully, by now, the sweet reputation of hard cider has been shed and its delicious versatility and complexity are better known. If not, here’s your chance! Don’t think of cider as an alternative to beer, but rather as another fantastic beverage to keep in your rotation.Let’s take a look at some of the best hard cider available on the market.Angry OrchardNew YorkAngry Orchard/FacebookThanks to a national advertising campaign, head cider maker Ryan Burk might look familiar. As the largest cider maker in the U.S., Angry Orchard might take some lumps with its mass-market, beer-alternative, sweet hard cider, but the Boston Beer-owned company kicks out some seriously awesome product.Farnum HillNew HampshireFarnum Hill Cider/FacebookFarnum Hill is one of the pillars of the American cider movement, making delicious hard cider since the 1980s. Cider-maker Steve Wood is a legend in his own right and a modern Johnny Appleseed. Many aspiring cider makers and cider apple growers head to his New Hampshire orchard for his cuttings to revive inedible cider apples.Shacksbury CiderVermontShacksbury Cider/FacebookThe Northeast is a great place to sample cider and Shacksbury is one of the best examples of Vermont cider. Shacksbury is one of several cider makers across the country hoping to revive many of the nearly extinct apple varieties that made hard cider a drink of choice in the 1800s and before. Vermont is full of awesome small beverage producers, so check out Eden Specialty Cider as well, which makes incredible and well-recognized ciders.Seattle Cider CompanyWashingtonSeattle Cider Company/FacebookOne of the many great cider-makers in Washington state — the nation’s largest apple producing state — Seattle Cider’s product is widely distributed, making it a fairly easy to find. Along with a standard Dry and Semi Sweet, the core lineup has Tangerine Turmeric and Basil Mint. Keep an eye out for seasonal, limited, and harvest flavors too. For more Washington cider, check out Tieton Cider Works.E.Z. OrchardsOregonE. Z. OrchardsA longtime family orchard in Oregon, E.Z. Orchards started making cider apples in 2000 and hasn’t looked back. Today, the orchard grows a huge array of heirloom apples. Cider- maker Kevin Zielinski ensures each cider is full of the best apple aromas and flavors.Virtue CiderMichiganVirtue Cider/FacebookMichigan, like Washington, is a major apple-growing state. Therefore, it is home to a plethora of cider producers. Virtue Cider, started by former Goose Island brewmaster Greg Hall, is likely the most available and makes an excellent assortment. If you’re in Michigan, be sure to also check out Blake’s Hard Cider, Vander Mill, Farmhaus, and Tandem Ciders.Oliver’s Cider and PerryUnited KingdomOliver’s Cider and Perry Ltd./FacebookThis U.K. cider-maker is the cream of the crop when thanks to Tom Oliver, one of the most renowned people in the craft. Cider consumption didn’t historically dip in the U.K. like it did in the U.S. and Oliver’s Cider shines among the large market. Don’t count out the perry, which is cider made with pears.Romilly CidreFranceRomilly Cidre/FacebookMany American hard cider makers look to France for cider inspiration and apple varieties. It’s for good reason, too, as French cider is delicious. With more than 25 heirloom varieties on a 1,000-year-old farm and a crisp Champagne-like effervescence, Romilly Cidre is worth a try. All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked last_img read more

Jamaicans Encouraged To Engender Greater Love of Family, Community and Country

first_img Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is encouraging Jamaicans to engender greater love of the family and community. According to Ms. Grange, it is love of family, home, community and country that inspired the nation’s forefathers to engage in the struggles leading to Jamaica’s Emancipation from slavery 180 years ago. Story Highlights “Let us say thanks to our people of all ages and eras who have been motivated by love of family to make their contribution to the development of Jamaica, Land We Love,” she added. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, is encouraging Jamaicans to engender greater love of the family and community.She said that it is love of the immediate family that will prompt love of the community and, ultimately, country.Ms. Grange was speaking at Sunday’s (August 5) National Emancipation and Independence Thanksgiving Service at the Constant Spring Road Church of God, Kingston, which was held under the theme, ‘Jamaica 56: One Love…One Family’.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, headed the dignitaries attending, who included South West St. Andrew Member of Parliament, Dr. Angela Brown Burke, who represented Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips. Both read Old and New Testament scriptures during the service.According to Ms. Grange, it is love of family, home, community and country that inspired the nation’s forefathers to engage in the struggles leading to Jamaica’s Emancipation from slavery 180 years ago.“It was that same love of family, in the broadest sense, that led to the efforts that resulted in Independence for Jamaica from Britain ,which we mark for the 56th time on Monday, August 6. It is the love of family that underlines the deeds of our National Heroes and the sacrifices that they made, which were, in some cases, the ultimate sacrifice,” the Minister added.Ms. Grange thanked Jamaicans who are serving the nation in various ways and giving of their best “continuously and selflessly for the good of all of us”.“Let us say thanks to our people of all ages and eras who have been motivated by love of family to make their contribution to the development of Jamaica, Land We Love,” she added.last_img read more

LG has agreed to join antidengue campaign says CM Kejriwal

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal has agreed to take part in the city government’s anti-dengue campaign, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday. “I am so glad that he happily agreed to participate in ’10 hafte, 10 baje, 10 min’ anti-dengue campaign. From this Sunday, LG will also check his residence,” Kejriwal tweeted. Baijal and Kejriwal were not on the same page for a number of initiatives of the Aam Aadmi Party government, so much so that the Delhi Chief Minister went for a sit-in for 10 days at the LG office in 2018. The Delhi government has launched anti-dengue campaign from this Sunday where it has urged all the residents of the city, including MLAs and other officials, to check for stagnant water in and around the house. Under the campaign, people have to give 10 minutes for 10 week on Sunday at 10 am for inspection.last_img read more

Justin Trudeau talks to APTN from Whitehorse

first_imgAPTN National NewsLiberal party leader Justin Trudeau attended the Assembly of First Nations annual summer meeting in Whitehorse.Trudeau said he wasn’t there to speak to the chiefs but to listen.He joined APTN National News Wednesday.last_img

Global land temperatures for January and April likely warmest ever recorded –

Global land surface temperatures for January and April will likely be ranked as the warmest since records began in 1880, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported today, adding that it is working with its partners to set up a multi-hazard early warning system to tackle the extremes brought on by climate change, such as violent storms, floods and heatwaves.“Weather and climate are marked by record extremes in many regions across the world since January 2007,” WMO said in its update, noting that global temperatures were 1.89°C warmer than average for January and 1.37°C warmer than average for April. It noted that the most recent assessment report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found that the warming of the climate system was unequivocal and most likely due to human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels. Among the latest extremes WMO cited four monsoon depressions, double the normal, which caused heavy floods in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, killing more than 500 people, displacing over 10 million others and destroying vast areas of croplands, livestock and property; the first documented cyclone in the Arabian Sea hitting Oman and Iran; and the wettest May to July period in England and Wales (406 milimetres) since records began in 1766. Others included a powerful storm system in much of northern Europe in January; abnormally heavy and early rainfall in Sudan since the end of June; a series of large swell waves (estimated at 3-4.5 metres) that swamped 68 islands in the Maldives in May; two extreme record-breaking heat waves in south-eastern Europe in June and July; and a heat wave that swept across western and central Russia in May, breaking several records. “Recognizing the severe health impacts of heat waves, the WMO and the [UN] World Health Organization (WHO), are at an advanced stage of preparing Guidance on the implementation of Heat Health early Warning Systems,” the agency said. Nor was the southern hemisphere spared extremes. An unusual cold southern winter brought winds, blizzards and rare snowfall to various parts of South America with temperatures reaching as low as -22°C in Argentina and -18°C in Chile in July. In June South Africa experienced its first significant snowfall since 1981 with 25 centimetres registered in parts of the country. By contrast, in the northern hemisphere winter many European countries had their warmest January on record, with The Netherlands reporting the highest since measurements were first taken in 1706, averaging about 7.1°C (2.8°C above 1961-1990 average) while in Germany the temperatures were 4.6°C above the 1961-1990 average. An increase in intense tropical cyclone activity in the North Atlantic since about 1970 has also been observed. “WMO and the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of its 188 Members are working with other UN agencies and partners towards the establishment of a multi-hazard early warning system,” the agency declared. “Furthermore, they are putting in place sustainable observation systems needed for monitoring and assessing the impacts of climate change and determining the adaptation priorities for the most vulnerable countries.” 7 August 2007Global land surface temperatures for January and April will likely be ranked as the warmest since records began in 1880, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported today, adding that it is working with its partners to set up a multi-hazard early warning system to tackle the extremes brought on by climate change, such as violent storms, floods and heatwaves. read more

Canadian Tire adds 33 types of Holiday Collection lights to safety recall

TORONTO — Canadian Tire is expanding a recall of Christmas lights sold under the Holiday Collection brand for safety reasons.It says the lights should not be used and can be returned to Canadian Tire stores for a refund.Health Canada says it has received one report from a consumer who received a minor electric shock from the coloured lights.Canadian Tire Ltd suing Wal-Mart Canada Corp for allegedly copying clip-on Christmas lightsThe agency also says the affected lights may pose a fire hazard.The recall includes another 33 types of Holiday Collection lights sold by Canadian Tire after Aug. 1, in addition to 12 types identified two weeks ago. A complete list is on Health Canada’s website recall does not include Noma lights — which are another brand carried by the national retailer. read more

Mangala goes to CID over fake latter addressed to Pope

Samaraweera’s office said that action has been taken to lodge a complaint with the Criminal Investigation Department of the Sri Lanka Police requesting that this matter be investigated immediately. (Colombo Gazette) Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera has complained to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over a fake letter with his signature addressed to the Pope.Samaraweera’s office said that the letter dated 03 June 2019 on a Parliament Letterhead addressed to His Holiness the Pope, which is attributed to the Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera, MP, is fake. The fabrication of a Parliament Letterhead and the Minister’s signature are serious matters as is the fabricated content of the letter, Samaraweera’s office said. read more

UN releases report on Iraqs chemical weapons programme

“On 7 April, the Permanent Representative of Iraq wrote to the Acting Executive Chairman (of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC)) stating that the Government of Iraq intended to accede to the Chemical Weapons Convention,” the report, transmitted by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the Security Council, notes.It describes how Iraq first started exploring chemical weapons in 1971, and reviews developments through the establishment of a “large-scale chemical weapons programme” in 1981. The capacity expanded from there to the point that “according to Iraq, the use of chemical weapons achieved its major purpose and made a significant impact on the outcome of the Iran-Iraq war.”According to declarations made by Iraq, in the period from 1981 to 1991 the chemical weapon programme produced approximately 3,850 tons of the chemical warfare agents mustard, tabun, sarin and VX, the report states.Of the total of some 3,850 tons of chemical warfare agents produced, approximately 3,300 tons of agents were weaponized in different types of aerial bombs, artillery munitions and missile warheads.In the period from 1981 to 1991, Iraq weaponized some 130,000 chemical munitions in total. Of these, over 101,000 munitions were used in combat, according to Iraq, in the period from 1981 to 1988.Iraq declared that some 28,500 chemical munitions remained unused as of January 1991; about 5,500 filled munitions were destroyed by coalition forces during the war in 1991, while another 500 filled munitions were declared destroyed unilaterally by Iraq. “These last two figures were partially verified by United Nations inspectors,” the report states.The bulk of the destruction of some 22,000 filled munitions occurred under the supervision of the UN inspectors in accordance with Security Council resolution 687 (1991) – the “ceasefire resolution” which ended the war – in the period from 1991 to 1994. During the collection of chemical weapons for destruction after the 1991 war, Iraq stated that it was not able to locate some 500 chemical munitions.“Although a number of issues relating to the Iraqi chemical weapon programme remain unresolved, the United Nations inspectors were able to identify the major parameters of the programme, its scope and the results achieved,” the report states. read more

5000 evacuated after Mexico pipeline spews gasoline geyser apparently caused by fuel

by Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press Posted Oct 30, 2013 10:32 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MEXICO CITY – A geyser of gasoline spewed into the sky from a state-owned pipeline in western Mexico, forcing officials to evacuate about 5,000 people Wednesday. Authorities blamed the accident on fuel thieves tapping into the pipe.Gasoline plumed above a field close to a housing development in Tlajomulco, a town near Guadalajara, which is Mexico’s second-largest city and the capital of Jalisco state.The fuel did not catch fire, and crews were able to shut down the flow of gasoline in the pipeline, which was leaking about 150 yards (meters) from some homes. There were no reports of injuries.“There’s a lot of odour of gasoline in the entire area,” Jalisco state Interior Secretary Arturo Zamora said, adding that the evacuation area was “approximately in a radius of 1 kilometre (half mile).”On its Twitter account, the state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos oil company, known as Pemex, wrote that the leak “was caused by a clandestine tap.”Emergency personnel erected a sand-bag barrier around the leak to contain the gasoline and prevent it from contaminating more soil or entering storm drains. In 1992, gasoline leaked into Guadalajara’s drains and ignited, effectively creating a bomb 6 miles (10 kilometres) long that demolished 1,000 homes and killed at least 210 people.Pemex said it closed the nearest valves to isolate the leak and reduce pressure. Jalisco Gov. Aristoteles Sandoval said later that the leak “is now 100 per cent controlled.”“This was due to a fuel robbery, and we are going to go after the thieves” Sandoval said. “We have already detained several organized gangs” and “are calling on the public not to buy stolen gasoline, not to buy gasoline outside official gas stations.”On some Mexican highways, vendors known as “huachicoleros” stand under palm-frond shacks selling stolen gasoline or diesel to passing motorists.“Clearly, organized crime is behind this,” Sandoval said of the latest incident. He said investigators had found fuel containers in a nearby abandoned house.Pemex has suffered a huge problem with illegal taps drilled into fuel pipelines. In July, the company said 1,421 illegal fuel taps were discovered in the first six months of this year, almost twice the 722 taps uncovered in the same period of 2012.Experts say that given the skill and timing required to tap into high-pressure pipelines, it is likely thieves are getting advice and inside information, if not outright help, from people inside the company.Pemex announced Wednesday that 39 company employees and nine subcontractor drivers of fuel delivery trucks had been arrested on suspicion of fuel theft in the neighbouring state of Guanajuato.In a statement, Pemex said the drivers and Pemex employees were accused of falsifying weight measurements on loaded tanker trucks at a Pemex distribution facility in the city of Salamanca.Prosecutors seized 10 tanker trucks, it said. 5,000 evacuated after Mexico pipeline spews gasoline geyser apparently caused by fuel theft read more

Chris Gayle hints at unretirement after sixladen 162

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWI batsman Chris Gayle to retire from ODI cricket after 2019 World CupFebruary 17, 2019In “latest news”Chris Gayle signs off (or does he?) in vintage Gayle fashionAugust 14, 2019In “latest news”ODI series against England a glimpse of Windies’ greatness to comeMarch 5, 2019In “latest news” Chris GayleChris Gayle never was the retiring sort, really. And so much did he enjoy the run-soaked fourth ODI in Grenada that he confessed afterwards he just might be rethinking his decision to retire from the format at the end of the World Cup.Gayle struck 14 sixes in his innings of 162 – the second-highest score of his ODI career – on the way to leading West Indies to their highest total in this form of the game. It was his second century of a series in which he has now amassed 347 runs from three innings at an average of 115.66 and a strike rate of 120.06. During the innings, he became the 14th man, and second from the Caribbean after Brian Lara, to reach the milestone of 10,000 ODI runs.As a consequence, he has proved to himself he still has the ability to contribute at this level. So while it is only ten days since Gayle announced he intended to retire after the tournament, he has suggested that, if he were able to regain some fitness, he might decide to extend his career.“I think this is one of the most entertaining games I’ve ever played in,” Gayle said. “It was a fantastic game of cricket. I’ve been playing a lot of T20 cricket so it’s always going to be a difficult coming back into 50-over cricket. But eventually the body gets accustomed to the 50-over format.“I just have to work on the body and then maybe you can see a bit more Chris Gayle, maybe. Things change quickly. Hopefully the body can change in the next couple of months and we can see what happens.“To get the 10,000-run milestone is a great feeling. I’ve done it in T20 as well. It’s a fantastic achievement from my point of view. Doing it for West Indies as well, that makes it even more superb.“What’s the matter with the body? I’m nearly 40. But could I un-retire? We’ll see. We’ll take it slowly.”While Gayle enjoyed the game, he felt West Indies could have won if they had played “a bit smarter”. They allowed England to put on a century opening stand and then plunder 154 from the final ten overs, then fell away with the bat from a position of strength at 220 for two.“We didn’t utilise that new ball well,” Gayle said, referring to England’s opening stand of 100 within 14 overs. “If we had, we would have been chasing 380.“I’m sure the team are all disappointed. I can see the expression on their faces. It’s a learning process for the young players. If they do things differently they could have won. So it’s good to see that body language when you lose. When that situation comes again I’m sure it will be totally different.” (ESPNCricinfo) read more

Another De Gea howler costs United priceless points in Chelsea draw

first_img By AFP 73 Comments Apr 28th 2019, 6:36 PM Marcos Alonso pounces on De Gea’s error. Sunday 28 Apr 2019, 7:58 PM Marcos Alonso pounces on De Gea’s error. Image: Mike Egerton 37,175 Views center_img Another De Gea howler costs United priceless points in Chelsea draw It finished 1-1 at Old Trafford this afternoon. Share Tweet Email Image: Mike Egerton Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Updated Apr 28th 2019, 7:58 PM ANOTHER COSTLY ERROR from David de Gea dealt Manchester United’s chances of Champions League football a potentially fatal blow as Chelsea consolidated their place in the Premier League top four with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.De Gea spilled Antonio Rudiger’s long-range effort to allow Marcos Alonso to equalise just before half-time and cancel out Juan Mata’s early opener.A point halts a run of seven defeats in nine games for United, but does little for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men’s chances of overhauling Chelsea, who remain three points ahead of the Red Devils and with a superior goal difference.Arsenal’s defeat by Leicester earlier on Sunday means Maurizio Sarri’s men move two points ahead of the Gunners with two games of the campaign to go.Solskjaer made five changes from the side beaten comfortably by Manchester City in midweek.However, it was the one the Norwegian did not make, and insisted he would not countenance, in dropping De Gea that came back to haunt him after a positive start from the hosts.Romelu Lukaku was one of those recalled to the starting line-up and should have rewarded his manager inside five minutes with the opener as he got in behind the Chelsea defence, but allowed Kepa Arrizabalaga to narrow the angle and block.Lukaku quickly made amends as United scored from open play for the first time in two minutes short of nine hours.The Belgian’s lofted pass picked out the run of Luke Shaw from left-back and his cut-back found Mata to roll into an unguarded net against his former side.Eric Bailly then headed inches wide from a corner as Chelsea seemed destined to complete a clean sweep of five defeats away to top six opposition this season.However, they were given a lifeline two minutes before half-time as De Gea’s miserable run continued.The Spaniard was at fault in heavy defeats recently at Barcelona and Everton, as well as for City’s two goals in midweek.And his loss of confidence was evident as he spilled Rudiger’s speculative effort and Alonso reacted quicker than the United defence to turn home the rebound off the inside of the post.That blow appeared to drain United’s belief after the break for what Solskjaer had termed a “must-win” for his side.Both sides were hit by defensive injuries in a disjointed second half as Rudiger and Bailly hobbled off.Bailly’s replacement Marcos Rojo came closest to grabbing a winner when his header was cleared off the line by Pedro Rodriguez in stoppage time.Sarri claimed before the game that his side were “incapable” of playing for a draw, but they were happy to wind the clock down, knowing that wins in their remaining two games against Watford and Leicester will be enough to secure a return to the Champions League next season.And they could have grabbed all three points with virtually the last kick of the game when the ineffective Gonzalo Higuain shot straight at De Gea from a narrow angle.- © AFP 2019last_img read more

Game of Thrones Actor Vladimír Furdík Bids Farewell to the Night King

first_imgStay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3 was very intense (note: major spoilers ahead), and many favorite characters perished during the “Battle of Winterfell.” Vladimír Furdík, the actor who played the Night King on the series, discussed why filming the villain’s final scene was incredibly “emotional.”In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Furdík talked about the Night King’s death and why he enjoyed playing one of the show’s creepiest characters. He also highlighted what he will miss about playing the Night King, including the cool prosthetic makeup and costumes he had to wear to transform into the chilling character.“When I heard that it was going to be a three-month shoot, I said, ‘Oh my god. This will be crazy.’ Then I went to the set, where we did one month’s preparation before shooting,” Furdík told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was a three-month shoot, and one month before. Then we did another month on a stage inside, reshooting some small pieces. This was one of the hardest jobs of my life.”Furdík, who is also a stuntman, said filming the Night King’s final scene was extremely draining, since him and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), had to practice the epic kill moment multiple times before they nailed it.“It was a very emotional day and night. It was so strong. I spent all my energy playing it, and she as well. It was not an easy day,” Furdík explained. “It was cold. There was rain. She was on a wire, in a harness, jumping many times. It wasn’t just the one time; it was maybe 15 times.”He added, “It wasn’t easy for me to [pretend to] hurt her. When I grabbed her under the jaw, it wasn’t easy [on a practical level]. If you make a bad move — if you don’t grab her well — she could have an injury. So I was under pressure and she was under pressure. It was not an easy day.”#MondayMotivation: #NotToday— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) April 29, 2019Furdík also noted how he will miss the individuals who helped turn him into the Night King, since the character required hours of prep time on and off the screen.“You know what I will miss? The people. I will miss the people who helped me to be the Night King,” Furdík added. “This was the costume and make-up departments who helped me to be the man who was out in front of the camera.”With the amazing #AryaStark (@Maisie_Williams) A girl who kills with a smile!#ValarMorghulis #GameOfThrones #NightKing— Vladimir Furdik (@Vladimir_furdik) April 30, 2019Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 will air on HBO on Sunday, May 5 at 9 p.m. EST.More on Show Night King’s Chilling ‘Game of Thrones’ Transformation‘Game of Thrones’ Stars Say Goodbye to ‘Battle of Winterfell’ Fallen Heroes‘Game of Thrones’ Star Maisie Wiliams: Arya’s Major Kill Was ‘Unexpected’last_img read more

Two Properties Up For Demolition To Make Way For KABATA

first_imgThe state Department of Transportation has announced plans to demolish two Anchorage properties to make way for Knik Arm Bridge construction.Download AudioDOT has opened the bid process for the work, which gives the contractor the option of removing the houses to another location.Shannon McCarthy, a spokesperson for DOT, says the state purchased the two homes more than a year ago. She says the demolition work saves the state money in property management and home repairs.“There are some issues, there’ve been some attempted break-ins which of course, we discovered right away, and having a vacant house in the neighborhood does affect the safety of the neighborhood. So, we have owned these houses for a while. It makes sense at this time, it is cost effective, because we know we will need this property for the future Crossing.” An old motel is also slated for demolition. McCarthy says after the work is done, the land will be used for access to the proposed Knik Arm Bridge.“This is for the cut and cover tunnel that goes underneath Government Hill. It’s an 800 long foot tunnel, and there will be a lid on top of it so it can be reseeded with grass and there will be some park-like amenities on top of that. “She says the contract for the demolition and removal of the structures has a deadline in mid-November. Leveling and seeding must be complete by June of next year.But the Government Hill Community Council opposes the demolition. Stephanie Kesler, president of the community council says the two homes could be used as rentalsIn the last days of the legislative session, the Knik Arm Bridge project was handed over to the state DOT, taking authority for building away from the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority, or KABATA. McCarthy, a former KABATA employee, says federal funds needed to begin construction are not in place yet, but the legislature’s change is bringing the bridge a step closer.“The state legislature also passed the $55 million capital increment for the project and they passed operating funds as well for the project. So they solidified the financial plan and they began funding. So I think it was really a huge step forward in seeing the bridge built.”The bill transferring the Knik Arm Bridge project to DOT also forbids the state from selling bonds to support the project before federal highway funds are secured to pay for at least 30 percent of the costs.last_img read more