Haryana Assembly elections: RPI to contest 10 seats, support BJP in 80

first_imgRepublican Party of India (RPI) chief Ramdas Athawale on Friday said that his party would contest 10 Assembly seats in Haryana and support the BJP on the other 80 seats.Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Mr. Athawale was here to review schemes pertaining to his Ministry.“In Haryana, we are not very strong but we want to contest at least 10 seats in the upcoming Assembly polls. We will be contesting against the Congress and by fielding our candidates, we will only be helping the BJP. Also, all our candidates who will win, would support the BJP government,” he told reporters.Calling Narendra Modi a “dashing” Prime Minister, Mr. Athawale said the decision to abrogate Article 370 was historic and one which Pakistan could not digest. “Pakistan has been unsuccessfully trying to rake up the Kashmir issue. It (Pakistan) should now hand over PoK to us as it would be in Pakistan’s interest.”There is complete peace in the Valley since the Article 370 decision, he said, adding “The decision would help remove all obstacles in the path of development in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Development will now speed up as many of the central schemes and laws, which earlier could not be enforced will now be implemented.”He said that the Union Territory status given to Jammu and Kashmir was only “temporary”. “Once the situation returns to full normalcy, statehood will be given to J&K,” he said.last_img read more

Ricky Ponting calls for regulation of bat size in Test cricket

first_imgExpressing concern over the size and weight of bats used in Test cricket, former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting on Tuesday said he will take up the matter at the next meeting of the Marylebone Cricket Club’s world cricket committee at Lord’s early next week.The World Cup-winning skipper called for regulation of size to ensure a greater balance between bat and ball as the current laws only limit the length and width of bats, not the depth or weight.Ponting said he had no problem with such bats being used in the shorter formats but believed they should be banned from Test cricket.”I think it will happen. I am going in a couple of weeks for a world cricket committee meeting and that will be one of the topics talked about. I don’t mind it for the shorter versions of the game,” Ponting was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.”I would actually say you’ve got a bat you can use in Test cricket and a certain type of bat you can use in one-day cricket and T20 cricket. The short forms of the game survive on boundaries – fours and sixes – whereas the Test game is being dominated too much now by batters because the game is a bit easier for them than it was.”Ponting argued that the main issue was the use of lightweight materials with extremely thick edges, like the ones used by Aussie opener David Warner.The Tasmanian, however, has no problems if players use big bats as long as they were also heavy.advertisement”I don’t know how they are doing it to make the size of bats they are making now. The modern day bats and weight in particular — it’s just a completely different game. Full credit to them. If they are there use them, if there’s a better golf club or tennis racquet everyone will use it. It’s nothing against the players.””If you are strong enough to use them that’s fine, but you should not get a bat that’s bigger in size than Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s but a whole lot lighter. Chris Gayle’s the same. Everyone talks about Gayle’s bat size, but it’s three and half lbs. He’s big enough and strong enough to ulast_img read more

Ballon d’Or organizer explains why Neymar was left off list

first_imgBallon d’Or organizer explains why Neymar was left off listNeymar was suspended for PSG’s first two Champions League group-stage games this season for insulting the match officials who gave Man United a decisive stoppage-time penalty.advertisement Associated Press ParisOctober 23, 2019UPDATED: October 23, 2019 07:42 IST Brazil’s Neymar in action during the Brazil Global Tour 2019 international friendly. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPSG forward Neymar was left out of the Ballon d’Or shortlistThe organizers said the black years justified Neymar’s failure to be nominatedNeymar has never won the Ballon d’OrToo many injuries. A Champions League ban for insulting match officials. Hitting a fan after losing the French Cup final. Agitating for a transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.Neymar’s absence from the list of 30 Ballon d’Or candidates was explained Tuesday by France Football magazine which organizes the prestigious award.The magazine said events in what it called Neymar’s “année noire” (black year) justified his failure to be nominated for the first time since 2010.On the field, Neymar was injured and missed many key games, including Brazil’s Copa America title run and PSG’s Champions League Round of 16 exit against Manchester United.Neymar was suspended for PSG’s first two Champions League group-stage games this season for insulting the match officials who gave Man United a decisive stoppage-time penalty.The Paris-based magazine also criticized the “summer soap opera” of Neymar’s failed attempts to force a move from PSG back to his former club Barcelona.Neymar has never won the Ballon d’Or. He was third in 2015 and 2017.Also Read | Ballon d’Or 2019: Ronaldo, Messi and Van Dijk on longlistAlso Read | Jurgen Klopp criticises VAR after Liverpool draw at Manchester United: This is an issue we have to discussFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Nextlast_img read more

Predatory fish in decline study

first_imgAPTN National NewsA new study from scientists at the University of British Columbia has made an alarming discovery.The study found that predatory fish in the world’s oceans are disappearing, including sharks, bluefin tuna and swordfish.This is creating a growing imbalance in the food chain, the study found.APTN National News reporter Tina House has this story.last_img

20K shortfall threatens heavily used Iqaluit Food Bank

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National News Nunavut faces the highest grocery costs in the country. So, it probably comes as no surprise that plenty of people in the territory simply can’t afford to eat.Now, that problem is growing into a crisis.70 percent of Inuit families in Nunavut are food insecure, which is eight times higher than the national rate.A $20,000 shortfall in the capitol’s food bank could mean a hungry spring for some Iqaluit families in 2017.kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img

Renewable Energy Morocco Signs Joint Declaration with 4 EU Countries

Rabat – Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco signed a new declaration Wednesday, to lift barriers, especially regulatory and physical, to renewable electricity exchange.According to a press release from the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN), the declaration aims to facilitate cross-border exchange between renewable electricity producers and electricity-consuming companies. The five countries have reached a “milestone” with the declaration to gradually integrate their renewable electricity markets, said Masen. Read Also: Energy Minister: Morocco to Invest $30 Billion in Renewable Energy by 2030MASEN President Mustapha Bakkoury announced his commitment to create the conditions for an integrated electricity market between Morocco and the four countries.The countries will launch a consultation exercise in 2019 with potential producers and buyers of renewable electricity in the five countries.The exercise’s purpose is to highlight opportunities for investment and cost reduction to achievement each country’s climate change goals in line with the Paris Agreement. read more

Moroccan Artist Hassan Megri Dies at 77

Rabat – Hassan Megri, creator of the Megri brother band died on Sunday, July 14  at the age of 77, his family announced.Hassan’s son, Nassr, announced the death of his father on Facebook.“With great sadness and sorrow, we were informed of the death of my beloved father, the musician  Hassan Megri on Sunday morning.” Born in 1942 in Oujda, Megri had several talents in his repertoire. Megri was an author, composer, performer, and painter. He was also a researcher in Persian iconographic calligraphy .Megri was also the founder of the National Music Committee.He received numerous awards for his pure and calm music, including the Gold Medal from the Academy of Arts-Sciences-Literatures in Paris and the “World Medal of Paris” from the American Biographical Institute.With his siblings Younes, Mahmoud, and Jalila, Hassan left indelible footprints in Morocco’s artistic scene with the iconic songs they composed in 1970’s, including “Lili Touil”  (my night is long), and “Ya Mraya (mirror), and “Galouli Ensaha” (they told me to forget her).The deceased will be buried on Sunday after the Al Asr prayer at the Chouhada cemetery in Rabat, his son announced on Facebook. read more

Ontario lowers its deficit from 117B to 74B partly due to more

TORONTO — Ontario’s deficit now stands at $7.4 billion, down from the $11.7 billion stated in the spring budget.The government says the 2018-19 deficit improved due to higher-than-expected tax revenues and lower spending.The deficit is still projected to be $10.3 billion in 2019-20.Expenses last year were lower than anticipated in education, children’s and social services and justice.Today’s public accounts financial update also says household disposable income increased by 5.4 per cent.The government says that’s due to a number of factors, including the previous Liberal government’s minimum wage increase.The Canadian Press read more

Shareholders increasingly concerned about impact of climate change Teck exec

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 7, 2017 11:51 am MDT Last Updated Mar 7, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Teck Resources has received a growing number of inquiries from shareholders about how climate change and carbon pricing will affect its operations, an official with the Canadian mining giant said.Speaking at the world’s largest annual gathering for the mining industry, currently underway in Toronto, Chris Adachi said the company is receiving “very detailed inquiries” about climate change from investors and other stakeholders.Adachi, who helps manage Teck’s (TSX:TECK.B) carbon strategy, told attendees at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention that the inquiries have been ramping up in recent years.For example, stakeholders are asking how the company thinks about carbon pricing and various climate change scenarios during the project design process, he said.Teck is a mining and mineral development company headquartered in Vancouver, B.C. that focuses on copper, coal, zinc and energy.It owns or has interests in mines in Canada, the U.S., Peru and Chile.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. Shareholders increasingly concerned about impact of climate change: Teck exec read more

UN health agency urges speeding up efforts on noncommunicable diseases

Without greater effort, the majority of countries will also fail to meet their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of reducing premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases by one-third. The findings come from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global survey, “Assessing national capacity for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases”. “Countries, including some of the poorest, are showing it is feasible to make progress and reduce premature deaths from NCDs,” said Dr. Oleg Chestnov, WHO Assistant Director-General. Some countries have put measures into place protective measures, which include taxing tobacco and alcohol. “But that progress, particularly in low and middle-income countries, is insufficient and uneven,” Dr. Chestnov concluded. WHO based its findings on four time-bound commitments, such as whether countries set national NCD reduction targets or developed policies and plans for how to achieve those targets. To date, 60 per cent of countries have set national time-bound targets for NCDs indicators and 92 per cent have integrated them into national health plans. Among its recommendations, WHO suggests that greater attention be paid to policymaking in non-health sectors, such as trade and marketing of unhealthy or harmful products. read more

Ohio State womens basketball holds on for 9793 win at Michigan

OSU sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) drives to the hoop while Purdue freshman guard Tiara Murphy (3) drives to slow her down in a game on Jan. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 90-70. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Photo EditorBeing questioned as one of the nation’s true elite teams for its paltry 2-3 record on the road before Thursday, No. 7 Ohio State came into Ann Arbor, Michigan, wanting to prove to the country, the conference and more importantly, itself that it can play as well away as it can in Columbus.While it wasn’t an entirely convincing performance, the Buckeyes (14-4, 6-1) were able to overpower Michigan (11-7, 3-4) 97-93 behind a very efficient 27 points from sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell.The game belonged to the Buckeyes at the beginning. Coach Kevin McGuff incorporated a full-court press to the Scarlet and Gray’s defensive scheme, which helped force a total of 18 turnovers that led to easy baskets.In the first quarter, along with having problems against the press, Michigan was unable to produce strong defensive possessions. When the high-scoring Buckeyes were able to move the ball around, they had no trouble finding open looks.The Wolverines woke up in the second quarter, making smarter decisions and slowing down OSU. Senior forward Kelsey Mitchell — of no relation to OSU’s Kelsey Mitchell — dropping 12 points in the first half fueled their offense.Michigan was able to keep the Buckeyes from making a shot for nearly four minutes, propelling the Wolverines to a scoring run. Once the Wolverines were able to produce on offense, they were able to focus and decrease the deficit to seven points going into the locker room.The Buckeyes first-half scoring was led by their typical leader, Mitchell, who was on fire and dropped 20 points with a slew of 3-pointers. Although the sophomore was the overall leader, OSU had five players that surpassed double-figure scoring, showcasing the depth of its roster.Michigan continued to battle in the second half, but the Buckeyes weren’t planning on letting another road game slip away. Each time the Wolverines began to cut down the lead, OSU would turn around and come right back with its attack.When Michigan began to shut down OSU’s Mitchell, OSU junior forward Shayla Cooper picked up the scoring load. Cooper attributed her fifth double-double of the season, the 12th of her career, and finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Nineteen of those points Cooper scored came in the second half. The two rivals went back and forth throughout the third and fourth quarters, exemplifying strong defense and sinking shots from all over. When the final buzzer went off, the Buckeyes were the ones celebrating the victory. Only winning by four, it might have been a little too close for comfort for McGuff and OSU, but it stood as a solid win on the road nonetheless.Along with Mitchell’s and Cooper’s strong performances, senior guard Ameryst Alston and sophomore guard Asia Doss each netted 15 points, and sophomore forward Alexa Hart chipped in 10.Sharpshooting sophomore guard Katelynn Flaherty was the top scorer for the Wolverines, netting five of eight attempts from downtown and tallying 22 points.The Wolverines received a hefty contribution from another underclassman in freshman center Hallie Thome, joining Cooper in the double-double club. Thome piled up 22 points and 12 rebounds on the night.With the win, the Buckeyes are tied for first in the Big Ten with the No. 5 Maryland Terrapins. They are set to continue their road trip Sunday at Rutgers, with tip-off set for 3 p.m. read more

£35bn UK Disneyland theme park due to open in 5 years

first_imgWhat the theme park might look likeCredit:Paramount It will also feature rides from BBC Worldwide shows, along with Aardman Animations, so there could be Doctor Who-themed rollercoasters.The park will contain zones such as Adventure Isle, Land of Legends, Cartoon Circus, Starfleet Command, Action Square, Port Paramount and Entertainment City.  According to Essex Live, the plans for the park will be approved when a development consent order (DCO) is submitted to the government in November. 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. What the theme park might look likecenter_img Access to the park won’t be cheap; a full-priced day ticket is expected to cost £57.Humphrey Percy , group CEO of the project’s parent company Kuwaiti European Holdings, said he is confident that plans will be approved and affordable.”We have the financial backing to take us all the way through that process,” he added.If approved by the government, building will start in 2019. A theme park dubbed ‘the UK Disneyland’ is set to open in five years according to those behind the plans.It’s due to be the first of its kind in the UK and is set to feature more than 50 rides and attractions, as well as 2,000-seat theatre.The Paramount theme park, due to be based in Dartford, Kent, will feature rides based around the films the company has produced.Paramount is behind  films such as Titanic, the Transformers series, Iron Man and Forrest Gump.  last_img read more

Des biberons jetables stérilisés avec un gaz toxique

first_imgDes biberons jetables stérilisés avec un gaz toxique Selon une enquête menée par le Nouvel Observateur, plusieurs millions de biberons et tétines jetables seraient aujourd’hui toujours stérilisés avec de l’oxyde d’éthylène, un gaz hautement toxique et considéré comme cancérigène depuis 1994. C’est une information pour le moins préoccupante qu’a divulguée le Nouvel Observateur dans son dernier numéro qui parait aujourd’hui. D’après une enquête qu’il a lui-même mené (lien non disponible), le magazine révèle que depuis des décennies, “des millions de tétines mises à disposition des mamans et de leurs nouveaux-nés dans les hôpitaux français ont été stérilisées en infraction avec la réglementation en vigueur”. Plus concrètement, ces biberons et tétines jetables seraient en fait stérilisés avec un gaz hautement toxique appelé oxyde d’éthylène. Or, depuis 1994, le Centre international de Recherche sur le Cancer a classé ce gaz comme cancérogène avéré. Une découverte qui a poussé les autorités françaises comme européennes à exclure ce composé des procédés de stérilisation tant qu’il s’agit de “matériaux au contact des denrées alimentaires” (MCDA), des matériaux dont font partie les biberons et tétines. Pour s’assurer que le gaz était bien exclu des protocoles, le Nouvel Observateur a donc décidé de mener l’enquête au sein de la centrale d’achats de l’Assistance publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) qui fournit des dizaines d’hôpitaux en France, dont les maternités de Robert-Debré, Necker-Enfants malades et la Pitié-Salpêtrière. 4 millions de tétines vendues et stérilisées à l’oxyde d’éthylène Et les résultats se sont avérés probants : les deux fournisseurs de l’AP-HP, le groupe belge Bledico et le groupe français Cair, utilisent tous les deux une méthode “exclusive” de stérilisation justement basée sur l’usage d’oxyde d’éthylène. Une utilisation clairement énoncée dans les documents que s’est procuré le magazine. Or, s’il est impossible de chiffrer le nombre de nourrissons, ni le nombre d’établissements concernés, le Nouvel Observateur note que “sur les 800.000 enfants qui naissent quasiment tous (98%) dans les maternités, 400.000 ne sont pas nourris au sein mais exclusivement aux biberons fournis par l’hôpital”. Plus inquiétant encore : interrogé par les journalistes, Philippe Jacquin, directeur du développement du groupe français Cair a donné un ordre de grandeur édifiant : “Pour l’année 2010, nous avons vendu en France 4 millions de tétines et 300.000 téterelles.”À lire aussiUne femme donne naissance à un bébé cyclope en Egypte”Comment peut-on prendre le risque de mettre dans la bouche des bébés une tétine qui recèle des résidus de substances mutagènes ultra agressives ! C’est en 1994 que le Centre International contre le Cancer de Lyon (OMS) a classé cette molécule dans le groupe 1 des agents cancérogènes chez l’homme. L’interdiction est donc formelle et je ne comprends pas que les autorités sanitaires ne parviennent pas à la faire respecter. Que l’on ait proscrit l’utilisation des biberons contenant du bisphénol A, c’est excellent. Mais il faut savoir que l’oxyde d’éthylène est sans doute une molécule un million de fois plus active que ne l’est le Bisphénol en tant que perturbateur endocrinien !”, explique au Nouvel Observateur André Picot, toxicochimiste (lien non disponible) qui a été le premier Directeur de Recherche de l’Unité de Prévention du Risque Chimique au CNRS.Un risque de mutation génétique Il poursuit également : “L’oxyde d’éthylène est par définition un cancérogène actif dès les premières molécules […] il s’attaque aux plus grosses molécules : les protéines des globules rouges, mais aussi les globules blancs en prenant l’ADN pour cible à l’intérieur du noyau. L’oxyde d’éthylène est alors en mesure de modifier le message ADN et de provoquer une mutation génétique. Le risque extrême, c’est que le dérèglement du message génétique conduise à une prolifération des globules blancs ainsi déréglés et provoquent éventuellement une leucémie”.Au cours de l’enquête, les industriels du secteur ont refusé de s’expliquer sur ce sujet auprès des journalistes. Tandis qu’André Picot souligne qu’il n’y a aujourd’hui plus aucun doute sur la nocivité de l’oxyde d’éthylène, le Nouvel Observateur incite donc les autorités sanitaires à se pencher sur la question afin de rassurer les parents qui “sont tout de même bien en droit de savoir si le caoutchouc qu’ils leur glissent entre les lèvres cinq à huit fois par jour est oui ou non conforme à la réglementation”.Le 17 novembre 2011 à 11:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Russia Fines Facebook 50 for Violating Data Privacy Law

first_img Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service A judge in a Moscow courtroom brought the gavel down hard on Facebook this week, ruling that the social networking giant had violated a local data law. The company was also slapped with a fine. Of about $50.Yes, that’s five zero and no, it’s not a typo. Facebook, which posted revenues of almost $56 billion in 2018 and paid more that $22 million for Mark Zuckerberg’s security detail, basically owes the Russian court a crisp, green portrait of Ulysses S. Grant.As you no doubt figured out already, the amount of the fine isn’t really important. What Russian authorities are more interested in is getting the legal ball rolling. The ruling could be the first step on the road to Facebook being totally banned in Russia.That’s exactly what happened to everyone’s favorite source of work-related inbox clutter, LinkIn. Russia has been blocking access to LinkedIn for more than two years now for the same offense.It all started back in September of 2015 when Russia’s data localization law came into effect. The law requires service providers to store the data of Russian users on servers that are physically located within Russia’s borders.According to ZDNet’s Catalin Cimpanu, the law isn’t enforced all that often. Early in 2017, however, authorities gave both Facebook and Twitter an  ultimatum: comply or face the consequences.Twitter promised to get with the program but reportedly still hasn’t taken any meaningful steps. They were also slapped with a token $50 fine last week as a result.It may now just be a matter of time before both sites are blocked in Russia. Presumably exceptions will be made for troll farm workers who need access in order to carry out their disinformation campaigns. Regulators don’t want to inadvertently make it harder for them to do their jobs. That’d just be wrong.More on Geek.com:Researchers Discover Two More Cases of Facebook Data ExposureFacebook Charged With Housing DiscriminationOops: Facebook Stored ‘Hundreds of Millions’ of Passwords in Plain Text Stay on targetlast_img read more

2 schoolboys drown in Ramna Lake

first_imgTwo schoolboys drowned in the Ramna Lake in the city on Sunday afternoon, reports UNB.The deceased were Adnan, 15, and Mahfuz, 15, class-IX students of Willes Little Flower School and College.The two students drowned while taking bath in the lake around 4:00pm, said sub-inspector Bachchu Mia, in-charge of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) police camp.Local people rescued the teenage boys and took them to DMCH where physicians declared them dead around 4:20pm, he said.last_img

2 JSS leaders shot dead in Rangamati

first_imgJSSTwo leaders of Jana Sanghati Samity (MN Larma reformist faction) were shot dead at Babupara in Baghaichhari upazila on early Monday.The victims were identified as Shatosiddhi Chakma, 38, general secretary of JSS-backed Jubo Samiti’s central committee, and Eno Chakma, 35, general secretary of its upazila unit.Jasi Chakma, a leader of the faction, said the two were resting after dinner when cadres of Santu Larma faction shot and killed them around 12:30am.But the attackers could not be traced yet.Police recovered the bodies and sent them to Khagrachhari Sadar Hospital for autopsy, said AM Manjurul Alam, officer-in-charge of Baghaichhari police station.last_img read more

UPDATE ExMarine IDd As Gunman Who Shot 3 Officers Dead Wounded 3

first_img Share Courtesy YouTubeOfficials gather in Baton Rouge on Sunday after a gunman shot and killed 3 law enforcement officers and wounded 3 more.UPDATE 10:00 p.m.: The man who killed two police officers and a sheriff’s deputy in Baton Rouge Sunday was a former Marine sergeant who served in Iraq and had no known ties to any extremist groups.Gavin Eugene Long, whose last known address was in Kansas City, Missouri, carried out the attack on his 29th birthday. Police say he also wounded three officers before he was killed him in the latest in a string of violent incidents involving police and the black community.According to military records, Long was a Marine from 2005 to 2010 and rose to the rank of sergeant. He served in Iraq from June 2008 to January 2009, and records show he received several medals during his military career, including one for good conduct. Long, who received an honorable discharge, was listed as a “data network specialist” in the Marines.After the Marines, he attended the University of Alabama for one semester, in the spring of 2012, according to university spokesman Chris Bryant. University police had no interaction with Long during that time, Bryant said.Oren Segal, director of the Center on Extremism for the Anti-Defamation League, said there was no information linking Long, who was black, to any known extremist group or movement, but the ADL and others were investigating Long’s possible use of aliases.Sunday’s incident was the latest in a series of deadly encounters in the United States involving police and black men that have sparked a national debate over race and policing. It also came less than two weeks after 37-year-old Alton Sterling, a black man, was fatally shot by police in Baton Rouge in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests and has reverberated nationwide. Police-community relations in Baton Rouge have been especially tense since Sterling’s death.In Kansas City, police converged on a small turquoise frame house listed under Long’s name. An Associated Press reporter said some officers had weapons drawn from behind trees and others were behind police cars and unmarked cars in the residential neighborhood in the southern part of the city.Missouri court records show that a Gavin Eugene Long filed a petition for divorce from his wife in February 2011. The online court records don’t say why the couple divorced, but the petition indicates they had no children and that Long had represented himself. Three months after the divorce petition was filed, his ex-wife was granted restoration of her maiden name. Last month, on June 7, a case against Long by the city of Kansas City over unpaid city earnings taxes was dismissed.UPDATE 6:10 p.m.: Three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers investigating a report of a man with an assault rifle were killed Sunday, less than two weeks after a black man was fatally shot by police here in a confrontation that sparked nightly protests that reverberated nationwide.Three other officers were wounded, one critically. Police said the suspect was killed at the scene. The dead gunman was believed to be the only person who fired at officers, but authorities were unsure whether he had some kind of help, a state police spokesman said.“We are not ready to say he acted alone,” Major Doug Cain said. Two “persons of interests” were detained in the nearby town of Addis. The shooting — which took place just before 9 a.m., less than a mile from police headquarters — came amid escalating tensions across the country between the black community and police. The races of the suspect and the officers were not immediately known.It was the fourth high-profile deadly encounter in the United States involving police over the past two weeks. The violence has left 12 people dead, including eight police officers, and sparked a national debate over race and policing.President Barack Obama urged Americans to tamp down inflammatory words and actions.“We as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies attacks on law enforcement,” Obama said in remarks from the White House. “Every one right now focus on words and actions that can unite this country rather than divide it further.”Authorities initially believed that other assailants might be at large, but hours later said that no other active shooters were on the loose. They did not discuss the gunman’s motive or any relationship to the wider police conflicts.The shooting began at a gas station on Airline Highway. According to radio traffic, Baton Rouge police answered a report of a man with an assault rifle and were met by gunfire. For several long minutes, they did not know where it was coming from.The radio exchanges were made public Sunday by the website Broadcastify.Nearly 2½ minutes after the first report of an officer getting shot, an officer on the scene is heard saying police do not know the shooter’s location.Almost six minutes pass after the first shots are reported before police say they have determined the shooter’s location. About 30 seconds later, someone says shots are still being fired.The recording lasts about 17 minutes and includes urgent calls for an armored personnel carrier called a BearCat.A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said the shooter was identified as Gavin Long but had no details. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.In Kansas City, police converged on a house that was listed for a Gavin Long. Some officers had weapons drawn from behind trees. Others took cover behind cars.Gov. John Bel Edwards rushed to the hospital where the officers were taken. They were from the Baton Rouge Police Department and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.“There simply is no place for more violence,” Edwards said. “That doesn’t help anyone. It doesn’t further the conversation. It doesn’t address any injustice perceived or real. It is just an injustice in and of itself.”A witness told television station WAFB that he saw a masked man in black shorts and shirt running from the scene where the three officers were killed.Brady Vancel said the man looked like a pedestrian running with a rifle in his hand, rather than someone trained to move with a rifle.Vancel said he had gone to work on a flooring job near the gas station when he heard semi-automatic gunfire and perhaps a handgun. He saw a man in a red shirt lying in an empty parking lot and “another gunman running away as more shots were being fired back and forth from several guns.”Of the two officers who survived the shooting, one was hospitalized in critical condition, and the other was in fair condition. Another officer was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, hospital officials said.Each of the officers was married and had a family, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said.The Baton Rouge attack unfolded hours after a domestic violence suspect opened fire early Sunday on a Milwaukee police officer who was sitting in his squad car. The officer was seriously wounded, and the suspect fled and apparently killed himself, authorities said.Police-community relations in Baton Rouge have been especially tense since the death of 37-year-old Alton Sterling, a black man killed by white officers July 5 after a scuffle at a convenience store. The killing was captured on widely circulated cellphone video.It was followed a day later by the shooting death of another black man in Minnesota, whose girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath of his death on Facebook. The next day, a black gunman in Dallas opened fire on police at a protest about the police shootings, killing five officers and heightening tensions even further.Thousands of people have protested Sterling’s death, and Baton Rouge police arrested more than 200 demonstrators.Sterling’s nephew condemned the killing of the three Baton Rouge officers. Terrance Carter spoke Sunday to The Associated Press by telephone, saying the family just wants peace.“My uncle wouldn’t want this,” Carter said. “He wasn’t this type of man.A few yards from a police roadblock on Airline Highway, Keimani Gardner was in the parking lot of a warehouse store that would ordinarily be bustling on a Sunday afternoon. He and his girlfriend both work there. But the store was closed because of the shooting.“It’s crazy. … I understand some people feel like enough is enough with, you know, the black community being shot,” said Gardner, an African-American. “But honestly, you can’t solve violence with violence.”Michelle Rogers and her husband drove near the shooting scene, but were blocked at an intersection closed by police.“I can’t explain what brought us here,” she said. “We just said a prayer in the car for the families.”UPDATE 11:41 a.m.:  Three officers are confirmed dead and three others wounded after a shooting in Baton Rouge, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman said Sunday. One suspect is dead and law enforcement officials believe two others are still at large, the spokeswoman said.Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement that the public should call 9-1-1 immediately if they see anything suspicious.The shooting — which happened just before 9 a.m., less than 1 mile from police headquarters — comes amid spiraling tensions across the city — and the country — between the black community and police. The races of the suspect or suspects and the officers were not immediately known.Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola told The Associated Press earlier that the officers were rushed to a local hospital. Coppola said authorities are asking people to stay away from the area.Multiple police units were stationed at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, where stricken officers were believed to be undergoing treatment at a trauma center. A police officer with a long gun was blocking the parking lot at the emergency room.Officers and deputies from the Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office were involved, according to Hicks.An Associated Press reporter on the scene saw police vehicles with lights flashing massed about a half mile from the police headquarters on Airline Highway. Police armed with long guns on the road stopped at least two vehicles driving away from the scene and checked their trunks and vehicles before allowing them to drive away.Police-community relations in Baton Rouge have been especially tense since the killing of 37-year-old Alton Sterling, a black man killed by white officers earlier this month after a scuffle at a convenience store. The killing was captured on cellphone video and circulated widely on the internet.It was followed a day later by the shooting death of another black man in Minnesota, whose girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath of his death on Facebook. Then on Thursday, a black gunman in Dallas opened fire on police at a protest about the police shootings, killing five officers and heightening tensions even further.Over the weekend, thousands of people took to the streets in Baton Rouge to condemn Sterling’s death, including hundreds of demonstrators who congregated outside the police station. Authorities arrested about 200 people over the three-day weekend.Michelle Rogers, 56, said the pastor at her church had led prayers Sunday for Sterling’s family and police officers, asking members of the congregation to stand up if they knew an officer.Rogers said an officer in the congregation hastily left the church near the end of the service, and a pastor announced that “something had happened.”“But he didn’t say what. Then we started getting texts about officers down,” she said.Rogers and her husband drove near the scene, but were blocked at an intersection closed down by police.“I can’t explain what brought us here,” she said. “We just said a prayer in the car for the families.”Below is the full statement from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office:“Three law enforcement are confirmed dead, three others injured. One suspect is dead, law enforcement believes two others may be at large. Asking the public if they see anything suspicious please call 911 immediately.At approximately 9:00 this morning Baton Rouge Police officers and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies were involved in a shooting incident on Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway. Multiple officers from both agencies sustained injuries and were transported to local hospitals. Please be advised Airline Highway both lanes is currently shut down from Goodwood to Old Hammond. Old Hammond is closed to Tara Boulevard. At this point in time the scene is still active. We are advising the public to please take an alternate route and steer clear of the area. Those in the area are asked to remain indoors and contact law enforcement immediately if they see anything suspicious.” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement Sunday morning:#lagov on the shooting of law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge today: pic.twitter.com/BU3B4Iznbe— Gov John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) July 17, 2016PREVIOUSLY: Several officers have been shot in Baton Rouge Sunday morning while on duty less than a mile from police headquarters, police said.The shooting happened early Sunday morning just before 9 a.m. CT, less than 1 mile from police headquarters.Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola, speaking on local television station WAFB, did not know the extent of the injuries or give the precise number of officers injured. He said they were rushed to a local hospital. Coppola said authorities are asking people to stay away from the area.Courtesy Baton Rouge Police DepartmentThe logo of the Baton Rouge Police Department.He said that authorities believe the “scene is contained,” meaning that a shooter was unlikely on the loose.An Associated Press reporter on the scene saw police vehicles with lights flashing massed about a half mile from the police headquarters on Airline Highway. Police armed with long guns on the road stopped at least two vehicles driving away from the scene and checked their trunks and vehicles before allowing them to drive away.Police-community relations in Baton Rouge have been especially tense since the killing of 37-year-old Alton Sterling, a black man killed by white officers earlier this month after a scuffle at a convenience store. The killing was captured on cellphone video and circulated widely on the internet.It was followed a day later by the shooting death of another black man in Minnesota, whose girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath of his death on Facebook. Then on Thursday, a black gunman in Dallas opened fire on police at a protest about the police shootings, killing five officers and heightening tensions even further.Over the weekend, thousands of people took to the streets in Baton Rouge to condemn Sterling’s death, including hundreds of demonstrators who congregated outside the police station. Authorities arrested about 200 people over the three-day weekend.This story will be updated as new details become available.last_img read more

Best Scary Podcasts to Get You Ready for Halloween

first_imgStay on target Creepy stories are the lifelines of Halloween tradition. Whether it’s a traditional campfire tale, a paranormal activity memory, or a psychological horror narrative, there are many types of fiction and nonfiction that give us the creeps. But, if you need a break from your books, movies, or TV, a scary podcast can get you in the Halloween spirit.Unlike other storytelling mediums, podcasts provide a different perspective. You’ll get to listen to eerie accounts while hearing voices and sounds. It will almost feel like you’re right there in the action, minus the fact you’ll be tuning in on your morning commute or on the couch. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a surge in horror story podcasts, as these audio programs have become more streamable on iTunes, Pocket Casts, and other digital hubs. Regardless of when and where you decide to hear something new, there’s a creepy podcast out there for everyone’s entertainment needs.Ready to sleep with the lights on? Here are the best scary podcasts to satisfy all your Halloween fears.AdChoices广告‘Let’s Not Meet: A True Horror Podcast’Let’s Not Meet 68: Ignorance is Not Bliss https://t.co/pRumwRkiSF— Andrew Tate (@letsnotmeetcast) October 22, 2018Not all horror stories are fake, and the “Let’s Not Meet: A True Horror Podcast,” addresses the nonfictional monsters in our lives: people. Hosted by Andrew Tate, this podcast shares real encounters with creeps, psychos, and murderers in a campfire narrative format. These eerie stories hail from Reddit’s Let’s Not Meet forum, which demonstrates that we all experience creepy, weird, and mysterious life situations.Listen Here‘The Dark Verse’Many horrific worlds have been created and many souls have been doomed, and now #thedarkverse #podcast has had over 1 million downloads! pic.twitter.com/3xEwE7ua3J— The Dark Verse (@TheDarkVerse) September 27, 2018Short tales of fantastical, metaphysical, and occult horror come together for “The Dark Verse” podcast. This isn’t your typical fright fest though, considering that you’ll hear about demented entities, undead troubles, and terrorizing places. Narrated by M. Amanuensis Sharkchild, this podcast is guaranteed to mess with your sleep before and after Halloween.Listen Here‘Haunted Places’The whispers started before turning into screams in the forest of Aokigahara, “COME DOWN TO US!” Join Greg for a new Haunted Places episode here https://t.co/LoFQXvcxnd pic.twitter.com/bVQX9cvoEK— Parcast (@ParcastNetwork) August 10, 2018Eerie locations don’t gain their paranormal status overnight. Leave it up to “Haunted Places,” a podcast hosted by Greg Polcyn that gives you the 411 on creepy folklore. You’ll hear the backstories of numerous ghostly places worldwide, including the Palacio de Linares in Spain and the Harvey Public Library in Harvey, North Dakota. From flickering lights to spirit sightings, you’ll want to know more about some of the most haunted places on Earth.Listen Here‘Lore’Episode 99 is finally here! Download it, enjoy it, and share it with your friends. And when you’re done, swing over to https://t.co/wI3tOpNOHb to leave a review.Enjoy it, but be careful…this episode has a bit of a bite.https://t.co/HYDYAKnrW5[•] pic.twitter.com/QIO0h0CUmO— Lore Podcast (@lorepodcast) October 22, 2018What do you get when you pair history and horror together? A real-life nightmare. “Lore,” a podcast created and hosted by Aaron Mahnke, highlights creatures, individuals, and atrocities that changed humanity’s past. You’ll learn about the Black Plague, grave robbers, and Countess Elizabeth Báthory, a royal serial killer.Listen Here‘Limetown’SPREAD THE NEWS FAR AND WIDE:Limetown Season 2 launches this Halloween. Subscribe now on iTunes, spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.https://t.co/BGetwgwfEG pic.twitter.com/mggAeGTBAW— Limetown (@limetownstories) October 17, 2018A good mystery narrative will keep you on your toes for hours (or days), and “Limetown,” crafts a fictional narrative focused on a small Tennessee town, the disappearance of its residents, and a student journalist who won’t give up on explanations. Hosted by Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie, the first season “Limetown” is available now and we can’t wait for Season 2 to premiere on Halloween.Listen Here‘Spooked’If you are feeling unnerved, if you have a sinking feeling that something is not right, take our advice, turn and run. Do not go back and investigate.Spooked episode 13 is here! #beafraidhttps://t.co/CEVUJ0ojFd pic.twitter.com/gTWBHAKwde— Spooked Podcast (@SpookedPod) October 20, 2018What if you grew up in a family allegedly haunted by spirits? Well, that’s the base storyline of Glynn Washington, the executive producer and host of the podcast “Spooked.” Washington shares his personal accounts and global travels for divine, strange, and unexplainable occurrences. You’ll get to listen to Washington’s eerie narratives and see creepy main images that come with the podcast’s episodes.Listen Here‘Alice Isn’t Dead’“This isn’t a story. It’s a road trip.”We loved every minute of @AlicePodcast, the sensational #audiodrama about one truck driver’s search for her wife. Binge the full series now.https://t.co/Fut3PKJQVs pic.twitter.com/HLveeofOZf— Apple Podcasts (@ApplePodcasts) August 28, 2018A truck driver conducts a nationwide search for her assumed dead wife, yet her personal loss turns into one of the most horrifying tales yet. “Alice Isn’t Dead” is a podcast that will scare the living wits out of you, because it involves towns stuck in the past, creature serial murderers, and a potential conspiracy dilemma. If you can’t get enough of this creepy story, you can read the novel, Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink, which will be available on Oct. 30.Listen Here‘The Wrong Station’“No… please don’t mistake me as being blase, this work really is my passion. As are the pigs.”—“A Long Slice of Ham”, the 3rd episode of season 3, is now available for download.https://t.co/aaSTpoqTQt— Wrong Station (@TheWrongStation) October 22, 2018Radio horror has never been creepier with “The Wrong Station” podcast. Created by Anthony Botelho and Alexander Saxton, this creepy series offers a diverse lineup of stories. From shady bars to island isolation, “The Wrong Station” won’t disappoint you when it comes to an engaging listening experience.Listen HereMore on culture:Most Ridiculous Knock-Off Costumes Trending on TwitterPhotos: Eerie Ghost Towns to Visit (If You Dare)Best Spooky Comics for Halloween Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall last_img read more

Yakuza Team Announces Fist of the North Star Yakuza Kiwami 2 And

first_imgStay on target Hands-On: Sega’s ‘Judgment’ Is ‘Yakuza’ Me…9 Games With Way Better Names in Japan Sega’s Yakuza team promised it would announce new projects at the end of August and boy did they deliver. New Yakuza games were a given, but one particular announcement took everyone by surprise. Yakuza 6 is supposedly the final entry starring series protagonist Kiryu Kazuma, but it’s clear the franchise still has a long future ahead of it.The major reveal was that team Yakuza is developing a Fist of the North Star game. This all-new story will have Kenshiro visiting a city called “Eden” as he searches for his love, Yuria. Eden will be much like Yakuza‘s Kamurocho in that it is an entertainment capital filled with various activities for players to partake in. And like Kamurocho, there will be tons of shady characters looking for a fight. Kenshiro will be voiced by Takaya Kuroda, who also provides the voice for Kazuma. This title is expected to release in Japan sometime in 2018.Next up is Yakuza Kiwami 2. Thanks to a Taiwanese site, this game was actually leaked prior to the official announcement. Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a remake of the original Yakuza 2. This version will use Yakuza 6‘s Dragon Engine. Aside from updated graphics, Kiwami 2 will have all-new stories, including Truth of Goro Majima, where players take on the role of Yakuza‘s infamous one-eyed madman. Yakuza Kiwami 2 is expected to launch on December 7, 2017, in Japan.Two of the revealed titles will take place after the events of Yakuza 6. Yakuza Online is (as you’ve surmised from the title) an online game. This title is for both PC and mobile devices. Unfortunately, it appears that Yakuza Online will have microtransactions. The other project is called Shin Ryu Ga Gotoku. Not much is known about this game, but like Yakuza Online, it will star a new protagonist called Ichiban Kasuga. Yakuza Online will release in 2018, but there is no word on when the other project will land.As a fan of the Yakuza series, I’m pretty stoked about these announcements, particularly the Fist of the North Star project. There is no word yet on Western releases for any of these titles. If things follow the trajectory of recent Yakuza games, we should see some (or all) of these land on Western shores in six months to a year after their Japanese releases.Sega has released a survey to gauge Western interest in these games. If you want more Yakuza games brought over to the West, you may want to pop over to that page and fill out the survey.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Udate Threequarters of town without power

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite It is believed that about three-quarters of town is currently without electricity.Electricians suspect that the outage is the result of a power overload.Power is slowly coming on in certain parts of town.last_img