Its official Rahul will no longer be Cong prez

first_imgNew Delhi: It’s finally official! Rahul Gandhi will no longer be Congress president. The Gandhi scion on Wednesday said in a letter that it had been an honour to serve the party whose values and ideals have served as the “lifeblood of this beautiful nation”.As president of the Congress, he held himself responsible for the loss of the 2019 Lok Sabha election. “Accountability is critical for the future growth of our party. It is for this reason that I have resigned as Congress president,” he said in an open letter shared on Twitter. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefMeanwhile, there is a buzz that Congress may choose either Sushil Kumar Shinde or Mallikarjun Kharge as new party president. The names emerged after Gandhi posted an open letter on his decision to resign from the top post. Gandhi, who suggested that the Congress Working Committee be entrusted with the task of finding a new party president and it would not be correct for him to select his successor, also said that he owes the country and his organisation a debt of tremendous gratitude and love. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoCGandhi said that at times he felt “alone” in his fight against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the RSS but is proud of it. “Rebuilding the party requires hard decisions and numerous people will have to be made accountable for the failure of 2019. It would be unjust to hold others accountable but ignore my own responsibility as president of the party,” he said. One must shed power to defeat opponents, Gandhi, who has been firm on his decision to quit as party president, said. “We will not defeat our opponents without sacrificing our desire for power,” he said, adding that Congress must radically transform itself as it’s the party’s duty to defend people’s voices that BJP is crushing. “I was born a Congressman, this party has always been with me and is my life’s blood and forever that way it shall remain,” he said in his letter. Many of his colleagues suggested he should nominate the next Congress president, “While it is important for someone new to lead our party, it would not be correct for me to select that person,” he noted.last_img read more

Man charged with Mamata murder bid acquitted after 29 years

first_imgKolkata: Lalu Alam, a former CPI-M youth leader, was acquitted by a court here on Thursday in a case of attempting to murder West Bengal Chief Minister, who was then state youth Congress chief, Mamata Banerjee 29 years ago after the state government requested that the matter be closed. Banerjee had sustained severe head injuries after being hit multiple times on August 16, 1990, while leading a Congress rally at Hazra crossing in South Kolkata in support of a bandh called by her party. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja It was alleged Alam hit Banerjee repeatedly with a stick, leaving her with a fractured skull. Banerjee had to be hospitalised and the incident created a political storm that put the state’s then CPI-M-led Left Front government on the backfoot. During the day, government pleader Radhakanta Mukherjee argued before the Alipur Court that he saw no future in the case as none of the witnesses were alive. Also of the 12 people charge-sheeted, all except Alam were either dead or absconding. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “The government has decided that by pursuing the case nothing can be achieved expect wastage of money and time. So the case should be closed,” the government lawyer argued. The defence counsel didn’t object to the government stand. The judge then acquitted Alam for want of witnesses and lack of proof that he had assaulted Banerjee. Banerjee had deposed in the case in 1994. After his acquittal, Alam was in tears. “I can’t express my feelings. A 30-year-old issue has been resolved,” he said flashing the V sign. Alam admitted he had panicked after Banerjee became the Chief Minister in 2011, ending the 34-year-long LF rule. “Of course, I was afraid that after becoming the Chief Minister she will punish me. But had she taken this decision eight-nine years ago, I could have concentrated more on expanding my business,” he said.last_img read more

MDA president says having parent firm in United States wont affect Canadian

first_imgMONTREAL – The president of Canadarm-builder MDA says setting up the company’s parent firm in the United States won’t have any impact on jobs in Canada.In October 2017, MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, based in Richmond, B.C., became Maxar Technologies Ltd. after it acquired DigitalGlobe, an American satellite imaging company.Maxar’s headquarters were in San Francisco before recently moving to Westminster, Colo.At the time, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates was also rebranded simply as “MDA”.The move came almost 10 years after the Conservative government moved in 2008 to halt the sale of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates’ space technology division to Alliant Techsystems, an American company.Then-industry minister Jim Prentice said he was not satisfied the sale would be a net benefit for Canada.Mike Greenley, the head of the new MDA, says the company has been “very transparent and talked openly” about shifting the head office south of the border.He oversees all of the MDA lines of business and its 1,900 employees in Canada.“Nothing has moved and nothing is moving,” Greenley told The Canadian Press in a recent interview.“My job is to run it and grow it bigger in Canada, for Canada, and exporting from Canada to the rest of the world.“You have to export and access foreign markets in order to grow to scale,” because “Canada’s economy is only so big.”MDA’s Canadian operations include its surveillance and intelligence facilities in Richmond, Ottawa and Halifax; its robotics and automation plants in Brampton, Ont; and its satellite subsystems in Montreal.In an email to The Canadian Press, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Department spokesman Hans Parmar said, “MDA has indicated for several years its desire to grow in the U.S. market, which is the largest market.”But NDP science critic Brian Masse is worried about what he calls “the hollowing-out of decision-making” in Canada.“This has happened to some degree in the auto industry as we don’t even have Canadian presidents in some sectors anymore,” the MP for the Ontario riding of Windsor West said in an interview.Conservative science critic Matt Jeneroux says he’s seen the story before.Jeneroux pointed to the 2016 takeover of COM DEV International, a Canadian satellite equipment provider, by New Jersey-based aerospace giant Honeywell.“The same promises are made by Honeywell when it bought out COM-DEV, (but) 35 per cent of their employees at their Cambridge plant lost their jobs,” he noted.“In the fall of 2017, they announced they were laying off COM DEV employees due to a downturn in the space and satellite industry.”Jeneroux does not appear to be comforted that Greenley has said no jobs would leave Canada.“The Liberals seem to take this at face value, but just you look at what’s happened in the past and we’ve been losing jobs to the States,” he said.Greenley also said in the interview that finding growth for MDA in Canada would be helped by a new space strategy.“For that to happen something would have to move . . . in terms of folks trying to get an updated, documented, discussable space strategy,” he said.But the email from the federal department gave no indication as to when the Canadian space sector could expect to see a new plan.“Space is a critical part of Canada’s infrastructure and a strategic sector of our economy, so it is important that we take the time necessary to get it right,” Parmar wrote, adding that “more work needs to be done.”Jeneroux says the Canadian space industry is frustrated waiting for Bains to unveil a national strategy.“He made an announcement in November 2016 that a space strategy would be forthcoming and said the strategy would be released in June 2017,” he noted.“They (the Liberals) make these promises, but then they end up disappointing an entire industry.”Note to readers: This is a corrected version; a previous story said Hans Parmar was a spokesman for the ministerlast_img read more

White House spokesman No theres not going to be a trade war

first_imgWASHINGTON – The White House is downplaying talk of a U.S. trade war with Canada, with President Donald Trump’s spokesman brushing off the notion when asked about it Monday.”No,” Sean Spicer said when asked whether he sees a north-south trade war escalating.He said regular trade remedy procedures are simply doing their job. The U.S. has slapped tariffs as high as 24 per cent on Canadian lumber, as part of its long-standing view that Canadian logging companies get unfair subsidies.The Canadian government is now considering retaliation in two areas: one is a possible ban on exports of U.S. coal from B.C., and government sources say the other is a study of potential duties against products from Oregon.The targeting of Oregon is related to the fact that Canadian officials see that state’s Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden as a particularly obstinate opponent of a softwood lumber settlement.Sources tell The Canadian Press that federal officials are poring through examples from Oregon state of subsidies for businesses, and exploring grounds for an investigation that could result in duties on Oregon plywood, flooring, wood chips, packing and wine.U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said over the weekend that he won’t be pressured into making a lumber deal.The president’s spokesman said Monday that the U.S. is merely following its legal, legitimate trade-dispute practices. Domestic law allows U.S. lumber producers to seek an investigation and punitive duties if they feel unfairly undercut; the U.S. government agrees with them that Canadian rivals’ low-fee access to public land comprises a subsidy.”That’s why we have dispute-settlement mechanisms to do this in a responsible way,” Spicer said. ”Let’s let it play out. But I think secretary Ross took appropriate action to protect the U.S. industry and we’re going to let the process play out.”He was also asked when NAFTA renegotiations might start.The earliest it could happen is August, if the Trump administration immediately sent a 90-day notice to the U.S. Congress. But that letter has not been sent. Lawmakers have been slow to approve the contents of the letter and have not yet confirmed Trump’s trade czar.The confirmation of that trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, could happen soon. Yet negotiators could be pressed for time, if they want to get a deal before the Mexican election enters full swing next spring.Spicer said there would be updates, but not right away: ”Right now there’s nothing to share.”last_img read more

APTN nominated for several Canadian Association of Journalists awards

first_imgAPTN NewsAPTN National News and APTN Investigates are again nominated for top honours by the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ).The annual list was released Tuesday and includes the names of seven APTN staffers.The award winners for stories broadcast or published in 2018 will be announced at the CAJ gala and conference in Winnipeg on May 4.APTN was recognized in six categories:1) Journalist Trina Roache, who is based in Halifax, was nominated for two stories she produced for APTN Investigates History Decolonized (in the Open Media category) and The Law of the Land (in Open Broadcast Feature).2) Journalist Willow Fiddler, who helms the network’s Thunder Bay bureau, received the nod for It’s Going to Reopen Again (Open Broadcast News).3) Laurie Hamelin, with APTN Vancouver, and Kathleen Martens, of aptnnews.ca, were nominated for their coverage of the Unist’ot’en protest camp in northern B.C.4) Tamara Pimentel, of the Calgary bureau, and Lucy Scholey, now with Amnesty International, are recognized for their Travelling the Pipeline stories.5) Veteran Rob Smith, with APTN Investigates in Vancouver, is a finalist in the Journalists for Human Rights (JHR)/CAJ Award for Human Rights Reporting for his documentary Justice for Colten.6) Pimentel, originally from Winnipeg, is also up for the JHR/CAJ Emerging Indigenous Journalist Award.last_img read more

Federated Coop says 2018 was record year largely thanks to Regina refinery

SASKATOON — Federated Co-operatives is reporting that 2018 was a record year for earnings, saying it made nearly $1.1 billion from nearly $10.7 billion in sales.CEO Scott Banda says profits from Co-op’s refinery in Regina were a big contributor to the record year, noting Co-op spent a lot of time at their refinery to improve their processes, safety and management of expenses.Banda did not, however, know about the exact impact a strike in Saskatchewan has had on the greater Co-op brand throughout Western Canada.Close to 900 unionized Co-op workers in Saskatoon have been on strike since Nov. 1 over a dispute that’s focused on the company’s push for a second-tier wage scale for new employees.Banda says Federated Co-operatives is committed to supporting all their co-ops across the Prairies and British Columbia.In 2018, FCL returned $789 million dollars to 170 local co-operative associations.He says all the earnings will remain in Western Canada and that over the past 10 years, FCL has shared $4.7 billion of its profits with local Co-ops.Banda says that in 10 years, he expects Co-op’s presence in western Canada will continue to grow and that they’ll remain in communities where other businesses have decided to leave.(CJWW) The Canadian Press read more

Supporters of Chinese billionaires accuser decry censorship

BEIJING — Six Chinese social media accounts have been shut after advocating support for a woman who accused JD.com founder Richard Liu of rape.Chen Chun, a writer in southern China, said WeChat informed him this week that his public account was permanently closed because a petition he shared in defence of Jingyao Liu “violated regulations.”Another five accounts were also disabled.University of Minnesota student Liu sued billionaire Richard Liu last month, claiming he raped her inside her Minneapolis apartment. He denies it.The lawsuit says Jingyao Liu was 21 at the time. She has come forward publicly with her identity and accusation.She and the 46-year-old Internet tycoon are not related.The case has stirred intense debate, as China’s #MeToo movement grapples with the first accusation against a high-profile businessperson.The Associated Press read more

Quebec forestry company Tembec to be bought by Florida cellulose supplier Rayonier

MONTREAL — A Florida-based company is moving to buy Tembec Inc. in a friendly takeover deal that values the Quebec-based forestry company at US$807 million, including assumed debt.Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla., says the proposed deal announced this morning would create a more diversified company with a Canadian headquarters in Montreal.Tembec shareholders are being offered $4.05 in cash or 0.2302 of a Rayonier share, subject to a cap on the total amount of cash or shares that will be issued.The purchase price is 37 per cent above Wednesday’s closing price for Tembec on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Tembec is a diversified forestry company that produces lumber, paper, pulp for paper and specialty cellulose pulp that is used to make certain types of fabrics and other products.Rayonier Advanced Materials is primarily a supplier of high purity cellulose, used in applications such as cell phones, computer screens, filters, textiles and pharmaceuticals. Its plants are in Florida and Georgia.The proposed takeover requires approvals from courts, regulators and shareholders and is expected to close in the second half of 2017.“This transaction advances our growth objective to pursue strategic acquisitions where we can leverage our core competencies to provide significant long-term shareholder return,” said Paul Boynton, Rayonier’s chairman, president and CEO.“By joining forces, we are diversifying our product offering in high purity cellulose and expanding into the adjacent packaging and forest products markets with significant scale.”Tembec CEO James Lopez said Rayonier is an ideal partner, given the complementary nature of their products, expertise and resources.“They are committed to our operations and employees in Canada and France and — above all — to the values we share,” Lopez said in a joint statement issued by the companies before North American stock markets opened Thursday.Rayonier shares closed Wednesday at US$13.25 on the New York Stock Exchange. Tembec shares closed at $2.95 in Toronto. read more

US official examines future role of army

DASD Searight placed a priority on meeting with human rights activists and emphasized the “key role civil society plays in informing military policy and defense relationships.” DASD Searight paid office calls upon the Chief Defence Staff, and the respective Tri-Service Commanders, to stress the need for land returns, reconciliation and a credible transitional justice mechanism, and to discuss future security requirements. She had dinner with the Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr. Harsha De Silva, the State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene; and the Deputy Minister of State Enterprise Development Eran Wickramaratne. She raised their concerns about accountability and reconciliation efforts in discussions with senior military leaders.In discussions with the NGOs involved in de-mining, DASD Searight discussed ongoing demining work in northern and eastern Sri Lanka and reaffirmed “the United States is committed to addressing the land mine problem in Sri Lanka,” which since 1993 has received U.S. assistance worth 6 billion rupees ($43 million). She concluded her visit by travelling to the Institute for Peace Support Operations Training – Sri Lanka, where forces are trained prior to joining UN peace-keeping missions. (Colombo Gazette) US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for South and Southeast Asia Dr Amy Searight, who just concluded a three-day visit to Sri Lanka, examined the future role Sri Lankan security forces could play in humanitarian assistance, responding to natural disasters, and increased participation in overseas peacekeeping operations, the US Embassy in Colombo said today.DASD Searight met with Defence Secretary Engineer Karunasena Hettiarachchi as well as Foreign Secretary Chitranganee Wagiswara to discuss the Sri Lankan government’s efforts on security sector reform, as well as training and vetting personnel for United Nations peacekeeping operations. read more

One planet one ocean – together we must protect them urges UN

“We have to ensure that oceans continue to meet our needs without compromising those of future generations,” stressed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message marking the Day, adding “their depths hold current and future solutions to humanity’s energy needs.” Oceans regulate the planet’s climate while providing a significant source of nutrition and essential passage for global trade. World Oceans Day is an opportunity to celebrate the importance of the oceans for life on earth and to stand up for their protection. Oceans generate most of the oxygen we breathe, absorb a large share of carbon dioxide emissions, and are important economically for countries that rely on tourism, fishing and other marine resources for income, and serve as the backbone of international trade. Unfortunately, human pressures, including overexploitation, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, destructive fishing, as well as unsustainable aquaculture practices, marine pollution, habitat destruction, alien species, climate change and ocean acidification are taking a significant toll on the world’s oceans and seas. In her message, Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), emphasized that “at a time of rising threats, ‘business as usual’ is no longer acceptable – we must change how we understand, manage and use ocean resources and coastal areas. For this, we need to know more about the ocean and draw on stronger science to craft sustainable, ecosystem-based policies for the ocean and coasts.” The UN General Assembly has recognized oceans and seas as an important part of sustainable development – as envisioned by the Millennium Declaration and it landmark anti-poverty Goals (MDGs). Looking now to craft a successor post-2015 sustainable development agenda, Member States have identified protecting oceans as one of the keys to creating a better, cleaner future for the planet. “Billions of humans, plants and animals depend on our oceans each and every day,” said General Assembly President John W. Ashe in his message. “I call on Member States and other stakeholders to continue to take action to protect our oceans by reducing pollution, and protecting marine life for present and future generations.” he added. Since 2009, the UN family has come together each year, urging communities to ensure that our oceans remain clean and healthy. This year’s theme “Together we have the power to protect the ocean!” underscores the power of collaboration. This year, the observance coincides with the 20th anniversary of the entry-into-force of the landmark UN Convention on the Law of the Sea – known as “Constitution for the Oceans” – that provides a comprehensive legal regime for all ocean activities. It is also the International Year of Small Island Developing States. The ocean is essential to our well-being and the future of our planet. World Oceans Day is an occasion for all Governments and societies to join forces in ensuring its protection. “One planet, one ocean – together, we have the power to protect them both,” exhorted Ms. Bokova. Nuclear Science and Ocean Acidification. Credit: UNTV read more

Development and alternative crops provide hope in war on illicit drugs –

Addressing a high-level event on “Sustainable Development and the World Drug Problem,” organized by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the importance of helping farmers grow alternative crops, work to stabilize markets and create decent jobs. “When we take these measures, we do more than fight drugs and crime – we promote progress and peace,” Mr. Ban said in his video message to the event.The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, stressed the UN agency’s successes in fighting drugs, but also reiterated the need to help communities build jobs and create infrastructure so that farmers could deliver their licit crops to markets. “Good roads, reliable bridges, and stable environments are as equally important to farmers as crops and market place,” said Mr. Fedotov in his video address to the participants. UNODC is active in Afghanistan, where opium poppy cultivation hit a record high in 2013, rising by 36 per cent, while production rose by almost half since 2012. In South-east Asia, opium poppy cultivation in the area known as the Golden Triangle, which includes Myanmar, rose for the seventh consecutive year, according to the UN agency. “Our goal must be to give farmers additional choices, so that they can move away from illicit drugs, and in so doing, live a life based equally on fairness and prosperity,” Mr. Fedotov added.Some 200,000 people are still victims of drug-related deaths, according to the latest UNODC ‘World Drug Report’. In 2012, between 162 million and 324 million people, corresponding to between 3.5 per cent and 7 per cent of the world population aged 15-64, had used an illicit drug – mainly a substance belonging to the cannabis, opioid, cocaine or amphetamine-type stimulants group – at least once in the previous year, the UN agency reported. The extent of problem drug use by regular drug users and those with drug use disorders or dependence remains stable, at between 16 million and 39 million people, spotlighting the need to treat drug addiction as a health problem. ECOSOC President Martin Sajdik highlighted the successes of national drug strategies in countries which include primary prevention, early intervention, treatment, care, rehabilitation, recovery and social reintegration measures, as well as measures aimed at minimizing the public health and social consequences of drug abuse.He also emphasized the importance of alternative development and tackling the drug problem through an integrated and balanced manner that respects the rule of law and human rights.Mr. Sajdik also noted the important role played by civil society, including the scientific community and non-governmental organizations to address the challenges, as well as cooperation between relevant UN bodies and entities.Today’s discussions are being held as the international community works to reach the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their 2015 deadline and shapes the future sustainable development agenda. The discussions will also contribute to preparations for the UN General Assembly’s Special Session on the World Drug Problem due to take place in 2016, the UN officials said. read more

Geoffrey Boycott undergoes quadruple heart bypass

Geoffrey Boycott has undergone a quadruple open heart bypass and will miss the first two India Tests, his family has revealed.The Daily Telegraph columnist and former England opening batsman, underwent surgery on June 27 and is now recovering at home in Yorkshire, his daughter, Emma, announced.He spent 10 days in a Leeds hospital, mostly in the cardiac critical care unit, before being discharged, she said.The operation was deemed a success by the surgeon, who has now allowed him home to recover.Boycott, 77, is hoping to return to his role as a commentator for BBC’s Test Match Special in time for England’s third Test against India at Trent Bridge next month.Messages of support quickly flooded in, with his BBC colleague Jonathan Agnew joking that his thoughts were with Boycott’s wife. Posted by @BabyBoycs: pic.twitter.com/CEYS3mJ3BU— Geoffrey Boycott (@GeoffreyBoycott) 10 July 2018 He got through the gruelling schedule of chemotherapy and radiation treatment in the same methodical fashion in which he played one-day cricket, when he counted how many runs he had scored and how many were needed each over. “I would count each and every one until we got to the halfway mark,” he once said.Throughout the treatment Boycott, who was awarded an OBE in 1980, likened the stages to a match to help him cope, as he went for check-ups over the next four years with his consultant before getting the all-clear.He added: “Sitting there waiting for the verdict is like waiting for the umpire to put up his finger or say ‘not out’. I was lucky she always said not out.” “I went to visit the old so and so this morning and can confirm that he’s in rude health and will probably outlive all of us,” he wrote on Twitter.“My sympathy lies with Rachael, who has to nurse him! (Great to see you looking so well, Fiery. Treat this convalescence like one of your innings….SLOW x).Boycott, who played 108 Test matches and was England’s leading Test run scorer when he retired in 1982, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2002. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Which were the most visited regions in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Bank of Greece has revealed that based on final data, January-September 2017 saw an increase of eight percent in visitors to Greece. According to their data, the January-September period saw 26,790 visits to Greece (all 13 regions combined), and more specifically, airport visitors increased by almost 10 percent, similar to the increase in visitors through road boarder-crossing points. Visitors from within the EU accounted for 61.9 percent, and visitors from outside of the EU accounted for 28.9 percent of total visitors. And the most popular destinations? Well, the data suggests the six most popular regional destinations, accounting for 88.2 per cent of total visits, were: Central Macedonia (6,413 thousand visits) Southern Aegean (5,083 thousand) Crete (4,152 thousand) Attica (4,090 thousand) Ionian Islands (2,785 thousand) Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (1,115 thousand) The remaining regions (Thessaly, Epirus, the Peloponnese, Western Greece, the Northern Aegean, Central Greece and Western Macedonia) together accounted for 3,151 thousand overnight stays.In fact the most popular place for overnight stays was the Southern Aegean with 41,215 thousand nights.According to the most recent figures, the total contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP was EUR32.8bn (USD36.6bn), 18.6 per cent of GDP in 2016.Earlier this week dozens of tourism projects were among 70 large-scale investment ventures in Greece were included in the government’s “general entrepreneurship” scheme under the latest development law, passed by the economy ministry’s General Directorate for Investments and Development.last_img read more

Take On The Universe With These Guardians of the Galaxy Gifts

first_imgGuardians of the Galaxy is a universally-liked movie and comic franchise. Whether you’re into Star-Lord or Gamora or the adorable little Groot, there’s a ton of awesome stuff out there you can buy to show your love. Everything, from puzzles to soundtracks to talking Groot figures is waiting for you to pick it up and go take it to your own collection, a la Tivan. Check out what we’ve rounded up for you here below.Dancing Groot FigureThis adorable little Groot figure is dancing in his own little planter, and if it doesn’t bring a smile to your face then we’re not sure what will. Keep Groot close until he’s finally all grown up again, and he’ll even dance for you! Bring him home for $19.99.Awesome Mix Vol. 2 Soundtrack VinylIf you enjoyed all the classic oldies from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, you can get them all on this “Awesome Mix” compilation, just like Star-Lord (Peter) had in the movie. Only this time you can listen to much higher fidelity mixes of the music than he had to, with better headphones. Probably. Get it now for $29.98!Rocket Raccoon Plush Backpack Take Rocket with you wherever you go. He might not approve of how cute this method is, but you can always tell him how awesome and amazing he is, and he might forgive you. Just don’t call him vermin or a rodent or anything related to those words and you’ll be totally fine. Make rocket yours for $55.99.StarLord Tiki MugWho doesn’t love an adorable tiki design?! With this beautiful mug, you can sprinkle some celestial magic to your favorite beverage. Let ceramic Quill bring joy to your kitchen. $23.99Knowhere Escape Mission Building Lego SetBring home the adventure of the galaxy and create your own missions with your favorite space misfits. Play with friends. Play with family. Then play with enemies! Grad this today for $64.00Gamora Rock Candy FigureGamora the badass and sole lady fighter in the Guardians. Funko has quite a few of her over their most popular lines including POP, Dorbz, and of course Rock Candy.  Here she is in Rock Candy form, and she can be all yours! $7.23Star-Lord Electronic HelmetThis puppy is only for the serious fans. Yeah, it looks just like Star-Lord, but it also has lights, a fully-functional Bluetooth headset, and plenty of other awesome features to make you feel like you’ve truly stepped into another world. Just don’t go try saving the galaxy without help. We all want one of these. Set aside 100 bones your next payday and pre-order it now!Retro Star-Lord T-shirtWhat better way to tell the world how excited you are for the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy?! This shirt. Obviously. It’s got the heart of the gang on it too. What more could you ask for? Add to your wardrobe for just $19.99.Rocket Raccoon PlushRocket is arguably the cuddliest thing in the galaxy (aside from other animals) and now you can take him with you wherever you go in plush form in case a backpack is a little much. Look at him. So non-threatening. So small. So adorabl–URGH! HE’S GOT ME BY THE THROAT!! Snuggle up with him for $19.85.Drax & Groot PVC FigureThe strong man with a heart of gold and no concept for metaphors. Drax will look over you an make you smile no matter where you put him. He even comes with a sweet baby Groot to keep him company. Add this to your collection for $45.00.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

WWE announces King of the Ring Tournament Matches for Monday Night RAW

first_imgFacebook Pinterest Videos Articles Twitter WhatsApp WWE has announced the following 1st Round King of the Ring Tournament Matches set for tomorrow night on Monday Night RAW live from Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.– Cedric Alexander vs. Sami Zayn.– Cesaro vs. Samoa Joe.Wrestleview.com will have a live ongoing RAW recap Monday night beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 CT.Live Post-Show Monday night on YouTubeBe sure to join Mike and Victoria Tedesco for another edition of Post-RAW this Monday night on YouTube.Also this Monday on #RAW, a FIGHT will go down when @WWECesaro battles @SamoaJoe in the #KingOfTheRing Tournament! https://t.co/P2d7ecPF4w pic.twitter.com/Xlao7npNUx— WWE (@WWE) August 17, 2019 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Videos Articles Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Cesaro Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Seth Rollins Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Kurt Angle WWE Smackdown Results – 9/10/19 (The Undertaker returns, Clash of Champions build) WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injurylast_img read more

Third VanMall homicide suspect appears in court

first_imgThe suspected gunman in a Feb. 4 homicide in the VanMall neighborhood appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court after being extradited from Oregon.Zacheriah A. Douglas, 22, of Vancouver is accused of fatally shooting Craig Moritz early Feb. 4 after luring him to a van under the pretense of a drug transaction and trying to rob him.Douglas also attempted to shoot Moritz’s friend Aaron Smith, but the pistol he was using either jammed or ran out of ammunition, Deputy Prosecutor Michael Vaughn said Tuesday.Judge David Gregerson held Douglas in lieu of $1 million bail, as requested by prosecutors.“That’s based on the aggravated nature of the charges, as well as the defendant’s criminal history,” Vaughn told the judge.Gregerson appointed Vancouver attorney Therese Lavallee to defend Douglas. He’s scheduled to be arraigned May 15 on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder.According to a court affidavit, Moritz and Smith left a friend’s apartment at about 2 a.m. and went to Northeast Vancouver Mall Drive to sell some marijuana to Shawn Fortner, 19, of Bend, Ore. Fortner and Fortner’s cousin, Jonathan Hensey, 21, of East Wenatchee picked up Moritz and Smith in a purple minivan and drove them a short distance to a parking lot in the same block.In the parking lot, a masked man, later identified as Douglas, emerged from the back of the minivan and held Moritz and Smith at gunpoint, the affidavit says. Smith told police that the masked man threatened to shoot them and demanded that they hand over all of their belongings.last_img read more

Priest in UP booked for holding 10yearold hostage and sexually

first_imgBANDA: The police have registered a case against a priest who allegedly held a 10-year-old boy hostage and sexually abused him, officials said on Monday. Based on the complaint of the boy’s uncle, a case under IPC 377 (unnatural offences) and POCSO Act has been registered against the priest, they said. The incident took place under the Tindwari police station area. The case was registered on Sunday. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us “The 10- year-old boy was missing for the past one week. On Saturday, he managed to escape from the place where the priest – Chandrashekhar Baba – had kept him as hostage,” Neeraj Kumar Singh, Station House Officer (SHO) of Tindwari police station said. The priest is absconding and efforts are on to nab him, the police added.last_img read more

Catch Me If You Can – The Real Story of Conman Extraordinaire

first_imgParts of Frank Abagnale’s incredible life were depicted in the 2002 movie Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Both the film and a Broadway play in 2011 were based on Abagnale’s own memoir with the same title, written in 1980. Born on April 27, 1948, Frank Abagnale Jr. was raised in upstate New York. One of four children, Abagnale’s parents divorced early on. Living only with his father, Abagnale started shoplifting in his early teens.His father allowed him to use a credit card. Abandoning shoplifting, Abagnale decided to take advantage of his father’s card. He would buy things, and then get part of the sale back in cash, sharing some of the money with the clerks doing the transactions.Frank Abagnale at an event. Photo by Abagnale & Associates CC BY-SA 4.0The scam worked until Abagnale’s father started getting big credit card bills. Shortly after being caught and sent to a school for “wayward boys”, Abagnale ran away from home at the age of 16.With little money or formal education, young Abagnale had to figure out a way to survive in the world. One of the first acts was to tamper with his driver’s license to make him seem ten years older.Leonardo DiCaprio with airline stewardess surrounding him in a scene from the film ‘Catch Me If You Can’ (2002). Photo by DreamWorks SKG/Getty ImagesAbagnale also exaggerated his education credentials. Next, he started writing out bad checks to himself, overdrawing on his tiny bank account by thousands of dollars.When that scheme was blocked, Abagnale would open other accounts under different false identities. This would be Abagnale’s main source of income while he went on new adventures.American ex-forger and security expert Frank W. Abagnale Jr. at the CEDIA Expo, 2007. Photo by Marcus JB CC BY 2.0One of Abagnale’s dreams was to become a pilot. So he faked an ID card and license, then called Pan Am airlines and claimed that he was an employee who had lost his uniform at a hotel. Pan Am immediately sent a free replacement to Abagnale.Airlines at the time had a policy known as “deadheading,” where professional pilots could hop on plane rides for free. The only company to avoid was Pan Am.Pan American at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in 1967. Photo by RuthAS CC BY 3.0Abagnale took full advantage of the opportunity and flew hundreds of thousands of miles, with access to free hotel stays and meals. Still in his teens, Abagnale got to hang out with pilots in the cockpit and date flight attendants. Apparently, he was even asked to steer some planes, which he thankfully left on autopilot.Between false checks and identities, police started to investigate the source. Abagnale decided to leave flying and enter the world of law. He moved to Louisiana where he forged Harvard Law transcripts and passed the state bar exam. At 19, he was employed at the office of the Louisiana State Attorney General.It turned out that one of Abagnale’s colleagues had actually gone to Harvard Law School and started asking questions about the new employee. Sensing trouble, Abagnale fled Louisiana and traveled on to Georgia.Harvard Law School is one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1817, it is the oldest continually-operating law school in the United States and is generally considered to be one of the most prestigious in the world.In applying for an apartment in Georgia, the application form asked for occupation. Abagnale wrote down “doctor”. He soon befriended a physician that happened to live in the same building.The real doctor asked Abagnale to take a job supervising interns at a local hospital. Luckily, mostly the position didn’t require doing actual medical procedures, just supervision and administration. However, there were still a few medical emergencies that the fake doctor managed to muddle through.Fearing police and the FBI getting closer to discovering his identity, Abagnale decided to flee the United States and start a new life in France. However, a French flight attendant, who was also an ex-girlfriend, spotted Abagnale’s face on a wanted poster and called police in 1969.Tom Hanks photographed at New York’s JFK Airport on location for Catch Me If You Can. Photo by James Devaney/WireImageThe imposter was arrested and jailed for six months. Then he was extradited to Sweden where he spent another six months in prison. Finally, Abagnale was sent back to the United States to face trial.Abagnale never made it to the courtroom, as he somehow slipped off the plane after landing. He then took a train to Montreal, with the intention of flying out of Canada to Brazil. He was caught in Montreal and taken back to America. Abagnale was sentenced to 12 years of prison in Atlanta for forgery.But he even managed to escape prison in 1971. Attempting again to get to Brazil, Abagnale was apprehended in New York City and sent back to prison in Virginia.In 1974, the FBI offered Abagnale a deal. In exchange for his freedom, Abagnale would need to use his years of experience to help the FBI solve other fraud and scam crimes. He agreed to the deal.Read another story from us: The Real-Life Sisters Behind the Classic Novel ‘Little Women’He worked with the FBI for decades. Abagnale also started his own company which educated people on how to avoid becoming victims of fraud.last_img read more

Javalin 200 is now stable

first_imgEarlier this month, the launch of Javalin 2.0 RC3 was announced. The team has now removed the “RC” tag and made Javalin 2.0.0 stable. Javalin is a web framework for Kotlin and Java, which is simple, lightweight, interoperable, and flexible. With ~5000 additions and ~5500 deletions reflecting in the gitlog, major changes have been introduced in this version. Most of the changes include the removal of abstraction layers and the completely rewritten implementation of WebSocket and test-suite. To summarize, here are few of the major changes: Additions ETag support and a method for auto-generating ETags Support for WebJars, client-side web libraries packaged into JAR ( Java Archive) files. Javalin now has a pac4j implementation. It is an security library for Javalin web applications which supports authentication and authorization. RequestLogger interface ({ ctx, executionTime -> …}) An option to return 405 instead of 404, listing available methods for the path A set of default responses, so you can throw BadRequestResponse() A CrudHandler to remove some boilerplate from creating standard CRUD APIs Improvements Improved support for Single Page Applications Improved exception handling for async requests You can now easily plug in your own mappers/rendering engines, as JSON and Template functionalities has been modularized. The ctx.render() function now contains all the Template functionality. Default value changes All requests run through an AccessManager now with the default implementation, NOOP URL matching is now case-insensitive by default. You can call app.enableCaseSensitiveUrls() if you want to disable it. Request-caching is now limited to 4kb Server now has a LowResourceMonitor attached To know more on the Javalin 2.0.0 updates head over to their official website. If you are planning to migrate from 1.x to 2.x, you can refer to the migration guide. Read Next Javalin 2.0 RC3 released with major updates! Kotlin 1.3 M1 arrives with coroutines, new experimental features like unsigned integer types Kotlin/Native 0.8 recently released with safer concurrent programminglast_img read more

Georgiades to present cabinet with fiscal stability programme

first_imgFinance Minister Harris Georgiades is to present his fellow ministers on Monday with two important economic documents on fiscal policy and public debt management for cabinet approval.Sources from the finance ministry told CNA the Stability Programme for 2017 – 2020 would reaffirm the government`s commitment to reform efforts and maintaining fiscal policy.Fiscally, the lengthy document will stipulate a continuation of the policy followed with essentially the same goals and in particular maintaining a balanced budget during the period in question which will provide, as in 2016, for a high primary surplus so that the public debt can follow a downward trend.As with the last year`s programme, this years document abides fully with EU fiscal rules.Once the programme is approved by the cabinet it will then be submitted to the European Commission, which will review it and issue special recommendations for each country.The same official told CNA that the Public Debt Management Strategy which will also be presented at the cabinet on Monday, does not include significant changes compared with last year.Among others, the strategy determines the strategic guidelines for government funding, the framework of quantitative and qualitative targets, as well as the use of analytical tools which facilitate strategic decision making.According to the same source, the overall strategy on Cyprus` borrowing from international markets would include a bond issue, if the conditions call for it. However with available liquidity close to €2 billion which more than covers the debt maturing in 2017, there is no need to seek funds on that account.Since there is not need to raise funds for liquidity purposes a bond issue might not be necessary. At the same time however an increase in the depth of Cypriot bonds in the markets might constitute a reason favourable to going ahead with a bond issuance as well as the further normalisation of the maturity profiles through repurchasing or exchanging short term bonds with longer term bonds.“If a (bond) issue takes place it will be small, but the scenario of not having one given that it will not be necessary is also still on the cards,” the official said.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img