first_imgLos Angeles: After getting separated from actor Liam Hemsworth, singer Miley Cyrus’ closeness with blogger Kaitlynn Carter has spawned a lot of rumours. There were reports of Miley and Kaitlynn dating each other, and latest buzz is that both of them have moved in together in the Hidden Hills area in Los Angeles since last week, reports hollywoodlife.com. “You never spot one without the other at the home. The couple was seen moving into a home last week in the same gated community as the Kardashians, The Weekend and Drake who they now live very close to,” a source told the portal. They have not confirmed that they’re dating, but have consistently seen spending time with each other. Miley and Liam announced their separation on August 10 this year. The news came hours before photographs surfaced of the ‘Wrecking Ball’ hitmaker making out with Kaitlynn in Italy.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsAboriginal hockey fans all over the country love to cheer on players with indigenous roots who make the big leagues.Carey Price is a good example.But not everyone knows that his teammate, playoff hero Rene Bourque is Metis.APTN’s Tom Fennario reports.last_img

first_imgGhaziabad: The body of a 40-year-old female teacher, who went missing from home around five days ago, was found stuffed inside a suitcase from a forest along Gangcanal in Muradnagar area of Ghaziabad on Wednesday.Police have arrested her male friend who was found accused of strangling her to death and then dumping the body in forest. Geetika Verma, a resident of crossing republic society of Ghaziabad and worked as a teacher with Silver Line Prestige School in Kavi Nagar, went missing from her home on the afternoon of March 8 while her mother had also lodged a missing complaint with police soon after she went untraceable. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsPolice said that the woman engaged herself into relationship with one Deepak Chaudhary (24), a resident of Modinagar area of Ghaziabad and worked with a private company, after she got divorced with her husband. “Soon after the woman went missing from her home, police teams were conducting search at various locations to trace her while a few suspects were also held for questioning. Deceased’s call details indicated involvement of Deepak into the case while the CCTV footage established a strong evidence against him. Deepak was held for questioning by police on Tuesday afternoon where he broke up and confessed to have committed the crime,” said Shlok Kumar, Superintendent of Police (city), Ghaziabad. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderKumar informed that Deepak murdered Geetika after she forced him to marry her and threatened to file a rape case against him if he refuses. “During sustained interrogations, Deepak told police that he first met Geetika on Instagram while both of them decided to get into relationship around nine months ago. The couple had been meeting frequently at his rented flat at Brave Heart Residency in Raj Nagar extension area of Ghaziabad. Even on March 8, she went to Deepak’s flat after taking a half day from school to meet him. He further told police that on the day of incident a heated argument broke out between them after she started forcing him to marry her while Deepak strangled her to death in a fit of anger,” added Kumar. The officer further said that after murdering the woman, accused Deepak, went to Noida to meet a friend leaving behind the dead body at his flat. “The accused further told police that after committing the crime he called one of his friends and went to meet him in Noida where they watched a movie. On the morning of 9th March, he returned to his flat along with a black coloured suitcase which he had purchased from a mall in Mohan Nagar area of Ghaziabad. Deepak stuffed the body and other belongings of the deceased into it and dragged the bag to his car after which he drove to gangcanal and dumped the bag containing the body in the forest along the canal” said Shlok Kumar. Police said that the body has been recovered while the accused is being sent to jail after producing before the court.last_img read more

first_imgBargari (Pb): Congress President Rahul Gandhi Wednesday lashed out at Narendra Modi, saying the Prime Minister thinks “only person can run the country while actually it is the people who run the nation. Gandhi noted that Modi used to make “fun” of former PM Manmohan Singh “but after five years now Modi ji does not make fun of Manmohan ji.Today the country is making fun of him (Modi)”. Addressing a poll rally at Bargari in Faridkot in favour of Congress candidate Mohd Sadique from Faridkot Lok Sabha seat, Gandhi referred to sacrilege incidents in 2015 and promised strict action against those involved in desecration of religious scriptures. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework I recall coming here when your ‘dharam’ (Sikh holy book Guru Granth Sahib) was disrespected. And those who did wrong, strict action will be taken against them and I give you guarantee on this, said Gandhi. On Tuesday, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, while addressing a poll rally in Bathinda, had lashed out at the BJP’s ally SAD over the sacrilege issue. Attacking Modi, Gandhi said here, “The PM thinks only one person can run country, but actually it is people who run it. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Gandhi also raised the Rafale jet deal issue and dared Modi to hold a debate with him on corruption. Criticising the BJP government for demonetisation and Gabbar Singh Tax , he claimed these two decisions of Modi government had destroyed the economy and left lakhs jobless. The Congress President also hit out at Modi for not crediting Rs 15 lakh in accounts of every citizen, saying the prime minister “lied” to people on this and on giving two crore jobs.last_img read more

“Our paramount goal must be ensuring that all Haitian people attain their dignity and rights in full,” she told a special session of the Human Rights Council on the aftermath of the 12 January earthquake.“The pursuit of this objective cannot be postponed until more favourable conditions prevail. It must be made part and parcel of our action right now.”The Haitian Government has confirmed that 150,000 people have perished, with thousands more still buried under the rubble. An even larger number have been made homeless by the 7.0-magnitude quake, which devastated the capital, Port-au-Prince.The effects of the quake “were further exacerbated by pre-existing inhuman conditions of poverty, instability and feeble institutions,” the High Commissioner said, pointing to practices including the forced movement from rural to urban areas to provide cheap labour for Haiti’s elite under the Duvalier regime between 1957 and 1986.“The congestion of urban centres has ever since been a cause of abuse and heightened vulnerability to natural disaster and to conflict over scarce jobs and resources,” she noted. “At the same time, living conditions in rural areas remained and continue to be culpably neglected.”The aid effort is well under way in Haiti, already the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country before the disaster. “To sustain effective development policies, bolster good governance and ameliorate the delivery of, and access to, services including health and education, we must anchor our initiatives in human rights,” Ms. Pillay stressed.A human rights approach to the recovery process will help tackle the root causes of vulnerabilities, such as poverty and discrimination, she added.Protecting the vulnerable – especially the disabled, the elderly, women and children – who are more likely to face dispossession, arbitrary arrest, violence and trafficking is essential, the High Commissioner stressed.She also voiced concerns over reports of summary executions of prisoners who escaped from Haiti’s jails following the earthquake by angry mobs. “The rule of law must be quickly re-established in the capital and elsewhere.”The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), along with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has dispatched a five-person team to Haiti to lead and help coordinate protection efforts in partnership with the Government. The mission will assess the immediate rights needs of the population.Ms. Pillay called for rebuilding Haiti’s national human rights protection systems through an effective and independent judiciary as well as a law enforcement system that respects human rights. Yesterday, top UN humanitarian officials underscored that Haitians must have leadership of the post-earthquake recovery process, as aid agencies are making important progress in reaching people affected by the disaster.Significant steps forward are being made in the areas of water and food distribution, among others, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told reporters in New York.But he added that “we are conscious it’s a very long way to go to get to all the people in need with basic items.”The World Food Programme (WFP) said that it has reached almost 450,000 people with nearly 10 million meals since the 12 January earthquake, with more food set to arrive.The $575 million UN flash appeal for Haiti launched on 15 January, three days after the quake, is only 49 per cent funded, Mr. Holmes said, expressing concern that certain crucial sectors – including early recovery – remain under-funded. 27 January 2010Not only must Haiti’s infrastructure be built back better in the wake of the devastating earthquake, but its human rights mechanisms must also be enhanced, the top United Nations rights official said today. read more

About two thirds of all couples around the world – or some 650 million people – use some form of contraception, according to new statistics released by the United Nations.Worldwide, 62 per cent of the more than 1 billion married or ‘in-union’ women of reproductive age are using contraception, but there are great variations among regions. In Africa, only 25 per cent of married women use contraception, while in Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean that figure is between 66 and 69 per cent. These statistics are featured on a new wall chart entitled “World Contraceptive Use 2001,” issued by the UN Population Division as part of its ongoing monitoring of world use of family planning.”These data continue to show good news in terms of couples being able to choose the number and spacing of their children,” Joseph Chamie, the Director of the Population Division, told the UN News Service. “We’ve seen dramatic increases and our best projections for the future indicate that these trends will continue.””This news is particularly important for women, as they are responsible for childbirth,” he noted. “It also means we have to continue building upon this progress.” The welcome trend, while certainly a product of diverse factors including education and urbanization, could also be attributed to efforts by the UN, other international organizations and national governments, he said.The wall chart presents the most recent data available on current contraceptive practices for 153 countries and areas. Among the major findings, the chart shows that in the developed world 70 per cent of married or in-union women – numbering some 170 million – are using contraception. In comparison, 60 per cent of the 880 million married or in-union women in the less developed regions are using contraception. Nine out of 10 contraceptive users worldwide rely on modern methods, according to the chart. The most commonly used modern methods are female sterilization, at 20 per cent, followed by IUDs at 15 per cent, and oral pills at 8 per cent. Traditional methods – such as “rhythm,” or periodic abstinence, and withdrawal – are used by 11 per cent of married couples in developed countries, compared with just 5 per cent in the developing countries. Asked about this gap, Mr. Chamie attributed it to the “leapfrog” factor, noting that “in many countries the latest arrivals to the contraceptive scene are picking up the most recent modern methods,” while those who have already established their contraceptive practices are less open to new technologies. read more

Restructuring costs weigh on American Express’ 4Q earnings; adjusted results beat Street views by Alex Veiga, The Associated Press Posted Jan 17, 2013 6:55 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email American Express on Thursday said its fourth-quarter net income fell 47 per cent, as the credit card issuer racked up hefty charges related to restructuring costs and other one-time expenses. But adjusted results beat Wall Street expectations.The New York-based company had previously alerted investors that its earnings would be taking a hit in the October-December period as a result of booking roughly $594 million in after-tax charges.The biggest portion of the costs pertains to a restructuring plan that involves cutting some 5,400 jobs, mostly from the company’s travel business. The strategy aims to reduce costs and put the company in better position to cater to customers increasingly turning to online and mobile devices to shop, pay bills and make travel plans.The rest of the charges were related to the company’s cardholder rewards program and for reimbursements of interest and fees to customers.Expenses aside, American Express was buoyed by an 8 per cent increase in cardholder spending during the quarter, which coincided with the holiday season, traditionally a time when consumers spend more.Steady job growth and lower gas prices kept U.S. consumers shopping for the holidays, despite worries about potential tax increases. Retail sales rose 0.5 per cent in December from November, according to the Commerce Department.On a conference call with Wall Street analysts, American Express Chief Financial Officer Dan Henry said that spending growth by cardholders continued to be healthy in a “very uneven economy.”Even with the impact of Superstorm Sandy, which devastated much of the Northeast in late October, the rate of growth in the company’s billings was consistent with the third quarter, he noted.“We continue to feel positive about our performance, especially given the uncertain economic environment,” Henry said.Revenue at the company’s U.S. card services segment rose 4 per cent to $4.1 billion, as cardholders spent more. And net interest income grew 7 per cent, as borrowers took on more debt, on average.At the same time, loan losses remained near all-time lows. The company’s provision for losses grew 56 per cent to $638 million, but that reflected higher loan loss reserve releases a year earlier.An increase in cardholder rewards helped drive American Express’ expenses 18 per cent higher to $6.6 billion.American Express cardholders tend to be more affluent than other credit card users, and the company has done well in the slow, bumpy recovery from the recession.For the three months ended Dec. 31, American Express reported net income of $637 million, or 56 cents per share. That compares with net income of $1.2 billion, or $1.01 per share, in the same period last year.Excluding the after-tax charges, American Express’ earnings amounted to $1.09 per share. Analysts polled by FactSet expected adjusted earnings of $1.06 per share.Revenue for the quarter grew 5 per cent to $8.14 billion, in line with analysts’ forecast.For the full year, American Express net income fell 9 per cent to $4.48 billion, or $3.89 per share, compared with net income of $4.94 billion, or $4.12 per share, in 2011.Revenue for 2012 grew 5 per cent to $31.6 billion from about $30 billion.American Express shares ended regular trading up 12 cents at $60.74. The stock lost 64 cents at $60.10 in after-market trading.Rival credit card issuer and lender Capital One Financial Corp. also reported fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday.The McLean, Va.-based company said its net income rose to $825 million, or $1.41 per share. That compares with $381 million, or 88 cents per share, in the same period a year ago.Revenue jumped 38 per cent to $5.62 billion from $4.05 billion.The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. Analysts polled by FactSet expected earnings of $1.58 per share on revenue of $5.76 billion.Capital One shares fell $4.41, or 7.2 per cent, to $57.18 in extended trading. The stock ended the regular session down 16 cents at $61.59. read more

WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit widened in April, as demand for foreign cars, cellphones and other imported goods outpaced growth in U.S. exports.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the trade gap rose 8.5 per cent in April from March to $40.3 billion.Exports increased 1.2 per cent to $187.4 billion, the second-highest level on record. Companies sold more telecommunications equipment, industrial machinery and airplane parts, while U.S.-made autos and auto parts also rose to an all-time high of $12.8 billion.But imports grew an even faster 2.4 per cent to $227.7 billion. Sales of foreign cars increased to $25.5 billion. Americans also bought more consumer goods, led by big gain in foreign-made cellphones.The report showed a weaker global economy continues to reduce demand for U.S. exports. That’s likely to weigh on growth in the April-June quarter.A wider trade gap can restrain growth because it means U.S. consumers and businesses are spending more on foreign goods than U.S. companies are taking in from overseas sales.Europe’s recession continues to be a problem for U.S. companies. The deficit with the 27-nation European Union grew 25.6 per cent to $12.4 billion. U.S. exports to the region declined 7.9 per cent, while imports from the region rose slightly.The politically sensitive deficit with China surged to $24.1 billion, the highest level since January and the largest with any single nation. Imports jumped 21 per cent, while exports fell 4.7 per cent. The March deficit had been artificially lowered by shipping disruptions caused by the Chinese New Year holiday.The April deficit with South Korea climbed to a record $2.4 billion. Imports from that country rose to an all-time high of $5.6 billion.Fewer exports have slowed activity at American factories, according to a measure of U.S. manufacturing released Monday.The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its index of manufacturing activity fell to 49 last month from 50.7 in April. It was the lowest reading since June 2009 and the first time the index had slipped below 50 since November. A reading under 50 indicates contraction in manufacturing.A measure of export orders in the ISM report fell to its lowest level since January.The weakness abroad has coincided with less investment in the U.S., as businesses have also held back, possibly out of concern that government spending cuts could hobble economic growth.The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.4 per cent in the January-March quarter. Many economists think growth is slowing in the April-June quarter to an annual rate of around 2 per cent.The deficit so far this year is running at an annual rate of $491.9 billion, down 8 per cent from the revised annual deficit of $534.7 billion for 2012. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 4, 2013 8:38 am MDT US trade deficit widens 8.5 per cent to $40.3 billion in April as imports outpace exports AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

“Improving the system is the only way for us to be prepared for the long journey ahead toward fulfilling and honouring the promise of peace, security, and human rights for all,” he said during his first speech at the annual General Debate.Moreover, he said that the UN’s principles have guided the Organization’s work since its foundation. But it is yet to ‘respond to the aspirations of all peoples in all nations of the world.’He also added that notwithstanding the progress achieved since the establishment of the United Nations, there remains much to do to fulfil the promise anf potential of the Organization. “Conflicts and crises still persist in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. The Saharawi, Palestinian, and many other people continue to be denied their fundamental rights,” he stated.The Prime Minister also commented on the rising refugee crisis in Europe and pointed out that the world is now seeing the largest number of refugees since World War II.“We are seeing thousands of people arriving in Europe every day, trying to escape threats to their lives, which they face in the conflict zones in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, among several other countries,” he said. “We cannot forget that [these] crises, wherever they crop up, can drag on and spread indiscriminately, affecting the economy, social life, peace and stability in the regions and in the world,” he added.Prime Minister Rui, elected recently after the country underwent a government transition announced Timor-Leste’s desire to join Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to boost progress in fragile States through the G7+ group and to ‘adopt the international mechanisms for the promotion of peace, democracy, justice, and human rights.’Further, he spoke of climate change and urged the international community to act promptly and judiciously to tackle the impacts of the phenomenon, especially at opportunity provided by the the upcoming climate change conference in Paris. “The discussions that will take place at the end of this year in Paris must produce universal, ambitious, and legally binding results. It is time to act with respect to climate change,” he said. He also pointed out that the effect of climate change is even more pronounced in developing small island States, which are on the frontlines of this struggle.“Our neighbouring islands in the Pacific have been assailed by the same storms and by an increase in the number of natural disasters, which are compounded, as if they were not enough, by soil erosion and the rise of sea levels,” he added.Regarding the recently adopted Agenda 30 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Prime Minister remarked that the new Agenda embodies balance of interests and priorities with a set of goals that are profoundly interlinked and indivisible. He specifically commended the inclusion of Goal 16, which strengthens the essential elements of peace, justice, and institutions. “We know from our own experience that these elements are crucial to our joint commitment ‘to leave no one behind’ on our path toward sustainable development. Goal 16 is the basis for a truly inclusive agenda and, together with Goals 5 and 17, serves as the cornerstone for the achievement of the other goals,” he explained. read more

BOURNEMOUTH, England — Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his eighth Premier League goal of the season to earn Arsenal a hard-fought win at Bournemouth on Sunday.The Gunners had drawn their last three league games but Aubameyang’s second-half strike was enough to extend their unbeaten run to 17 matches in all competitions.Jefferson Lerma scored a remarkable volleyed own-goal to give the visitors the lead at the Vitality Stadium, with Joshua King levelling for Bournemouth before Aubameyang scored to seal a 2-1 victory.Unai Emery sprung a tactical surprise by starting with a three-man defence and it paid off as Sead Kolasinac, playing as a wing-back, laid on both Arsenal goals as they moved to within a point of Chelsea in fourth place.Alexandre Lacazette missed out with a tight groin, while the change in system meant Mesut Ozil was only among the Arsenal substitutes.The hosts thought they were ahead early on but David Brooks was flagged offside as he slotted home King’s through ball.Arsenal went up the other end and Lucas Torreira rattled the foot of the post with an arrowed shot, with Alex Iwobi only able to lash the rebound high and wide.Bournemouth was certainly the better team as the visitors struggled to adapt to a new formation, with Callum Wilson heading at Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno as the Cherries continued to push for the opener.King’s pace was causing problems for the recalled Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who was shown a yellow card for hauling the Bournemouth man to the ground on the edge of the penalty box.But it was Arsenal which took the lead with a half hour on the clock, Lerma accidentally turning Kolasinac’s cross past Asmir Begovic with a finish any top Premier League striker would have been proud of.Iwobi drew a smart stop out of Begovic as the visitors looked to double their advantage before the break — but instead Arsenal’s run of not leading at halftime this season continued.Cardiff is the only other top-flight side yet to hold a halftime lead in the league this season and King’s smart finish with the last meaningful kick of the opening 45 minutes ensured Bournemouth went in level. Arsenal was again pushing for a second goal but, having lost possession in the Bournemouth box, a rapid counterattack ended with King converting past Leno.Neither side could create anything of note at the start of the second half. The Arsenal fans began to call for the introduction of Ozil but were soon celebrating the lead as Aubameyang slid in to score from six yards in the 67th after another Kolasinac cross.Lerma almost atoned for his own-goal but struck the same post as Torreira with a low drive before Leno had to be alert to push the ball behind after it looped toward goal off the foot of Sokratis.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Buckeyes practice ahead of OSU invite this weekend at McCorkle Acquatic Pavilion. Credit: Sydney McNulty | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s swimming team is set to host several non-conference opponents at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, one week before the Big Ten Championships.However, this week is not about the opponents but it’s all about the team. More importantly, the Buckeyes trying to qualify for Big Ten’s next week.“For the guys focused on invite, this is their last meet of the season so they are focused solely on this weekend,” sophomore Mossimo Chavez said. “For myself and all the guys that have already qualified for Big Ten’s, we are maybe swimming one or two events as a tune up but otherwise we are just resting.”Despite the split focus of the team heading into the meet this weekend, one thing is clear and that is the Buckeyes are ready to race.With a decrease of intensity in training, sophomore Austin Mortimer is hoping that he stamps his ticket to the championships with some fast swims this weekend, in particular the one mile freestyle.“Right now everyone is starting to feel a lot better, mentally and physically,” said Mortimer. “But everyone is getting excited for their end of the season meets. For me personally the goal is to make the Big Ten team and go best times.”There is no question that support from the seniors and the guys who have already made the Big Ten team, will be felt by the younger guys trying to qualify for one of the important meets of the season next week in Columbus.“Our seniors are really good leaders, and as always they will lead by example,” said Chavez. “For the people tapering this meet, this is really where they focus on themselves but for the Big Ten people, we just go in there and cheer them.”A little rest, along with great senior leadership for Ohio State has put the team in a great position to swim fast and with confidence, to have a successful remainder of the season.The OSU Winter Invitational is set to start on Saturday morning and continue into Sunday afternoon. read more

first_imgIn a note the MoD had told personnel: “It remains possible that the perpetrator may attempt to place further devices.”British Transport Police confirmed that they had increased security arrangements because of the discovery and would be stepping up patrols.The discovery of the suspect device and the subsequent arrest came 11 years after the 7/7 bombings when the London transport network was targeted in a terror attack that killed 52 passengers. Police in attendance on Holloway Road Police on Holloway Road arrest a 19-year-old after Greenwich bomb find Another witness, a man called Ali, 30, said: “The armed police, I think five of them, ran behind him and put him on the floor.”He was struggling not to get arrested for like a good five minutes. They were shouting ‘armed police, don’t struggle’. Everything happened so quick.”Emi Koizumi, 42, added: “We saw loads of police, including armed [police] and also plain-clothed [officers] with their faces covered.“The plain-clothed police ran off down the street towards Highbury Corner right as we walked up.“No one would tell us what was going on under the railway bridge.” Police on Holloway Road, north London 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. Officers came from behind him and tasered him. They jumped on him. He was on the floor.Witness on Holloway Road Police on Holloway Road, north LondonCredit:PA WIRE One onlooker said the police appeared to be waiting for the suspect.The suspect, described as Asian in appearance with black hair, was tasered in the back as he walked along.A shop worker who did not wish to be named said: “He was just walking down the street doing his business.”He was just a normal guy walking along slowly.”He was definitely Asian and he definitely had black hair and I think he was in his 20s.”Officers came from behind him and tasered him.”They jumped on him. He was on the floor.”They checked him. They put him in a car and took him away.”I saw the whole thing from where I work.” Specialist forensic officers will examine the suspect package over the weekend and sources said it would be early next week before they could determine exactly what it was.Scotland Yard said the arrest came “following the discovery of a suspicious item on a tube in north Greenwich”.A statement said: “The 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorism acts, under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000. He has been taken to a London police station where he remains in custody.”Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the suspected device.The arrest came as security experts warned that militants from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) may try to attack the UK as a reprisal for its support for the offensive on Mosul.Hundreds of battle-hardened jihadists are also expected to return to Europe as Isil’s caliphate in Iraq and Syria shrinks in the face of the Western-backed offensive. Police arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of terrorism offences after the suspect device was found A terror plot to target the London Underground has been foiled after police found what they suspect to be a viable bomb on a tube train, planted by a terrorist planning further attacks.A 19-year-old man was tasered and arrested by armed counter-terrorism officers on Friday, a day after the suspect device was found on board a train near the O2 centre.On Friday it emerged that security officials had contacted the Ministry of Defence after the find, to warn serving military personnel, and the threat level for transport in London had been raised to severe to reflect that an attack was highly likely. Details of the suspected plot emerged in the memo sent to serving military personnel, forwarding a warning from the security agency that monitors terror threat levels.The memo said the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre “has raised the threat level for transport in London to severe: an attack is highly likely”.It said: “This increase is in response to the discovery of a suspected viable improvised explosive device (IED) on a London Underground train yesterday.“It is unknown who placed the device and what their motivation was. Therefore it remains possible that the perpetrator may attempt to place further devices. The threat level will continue to be reviewed as further information is received.”It is understood the threat level for transport outside London remains unchanged at moderate. The scene on Holloway RoadCredit:PA WIRE The Home Office declined to comment on the threat level and other bodies including Transport for London and Network Rail also refused to comment.The teenage terror suspect was later arrested outside London Metropolitan University on Holloway Road, around 10 miles from where the suspected bomb was discovered in north Greenwich.Witnesses described the young man being dragged to the ground by plain-clothed masked officers carrying machine guns.last_img read more

first_imgAn 800-year-old coffin was damaged when a family lifted a child over a museum barrier and into it for a photograph.Part of the coffin, which was already in three pieces, fell from its stand and a chunk came off it.The people who caused the accidental damage were caught on CCTV at Prittlewell Priory Museum in Southend, Essex, but fled without reporting it. The incident happened on August 4.The sandstone coffin was found in the grounds of the priory in 1921 and had a skeleton inside, which could have been a monk.Conservator Claire Reed, who has been tasked with repairing the coffin, said: “The care of our collections is of paramount importance to us and this isolated incident has been upsetting for the museums service, whose staff strive to protect Southend’s heritage for the benefit of our visitors and enrichment of their experience within our historic sites.”In a statement Ann Holland, executive councillor for culture at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, said the cost of repairing the coffin would be “negligible”.She said she felt the coffin needed to be completely enclosed to prevent future damage, and that the affected part of the museum would re-open “as soon as possible”. 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. “In the meantime we would like to remind all visitors that they should observe and respect any barriers and signs in place that are there to protect our important heritage and history,” she said.last_img read more

By: Dave LeeSteve Stephens could be anywhere, say police (Handout)(BBC) Facebook has launched a review of how it deals with violent content on its network.The announcement came after a video showing a killing was posted to Facebook on Sunday and remained there for more than two hours.“We know we need to do better,” a company executive said.Police are still looking for Steve Stephens, 37, who posted a video of the attack on Robert Godwin, 74, who was picked apparently at random.Later Mr Stephens took to Facebook Live to discuss the killing, saying he had killed 13 people – though police say they are unaware of any other deaths.Facebook has faced considerable criticism due to the length of time the violent video spent published on the network.“As a result of this terrible series of events, we are reviewing our reporting flows to be sure people can report videos and other material that violates our standards as easily and quickly as possible,” wrote Justin Osofsky, Facebook’s vice-president of global operations.“In this case, we did not receive a report about the first video [which featured the suspect saying he intended to murder], and we only received a report about the second video – containing the shooting – more than an hour and 45 minutes after it was posted.“We received reports about the third video, containing the man’s live confession, only after it had ended.”What was reported when11:09AM PDT (19:09 GMT) – first video, of intent to murder, uploaded. Not reported to Facebook.11:11AM PDT – second video, of shooting, uploaded.11:22AM PDT – suspect confesses to murder while using Live, is live for 5 minutes.11:27AM PDT – Live ends, and Live video is first reported shortly after.12:59PM PDT – video of shooting is first reported.1:22PM PDT – suspect’s account disabled; all videos no longer visible to public.Mr Osofsky pointed out that the video showing the killing was on Facebook for an hour and forty-five minutes before it was flagged by a user. The video, and the user account, was taken down 23 minutes later, according to Facebook’s statement.The company said as well as human moderation, artificial intelligence would be a useful tool in combating the sharing of this kind of material.Facebook’s annual developers’ conference takes place in San Jose, California, on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.Mark Zuckerberg will open the event with a keynote address – though it is not yet known if he will address this controversy. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Facebook killer’ Steve Stephens found dead after car chaseApril 18, 2017In “World”Facebook Live: Will Zuckerberg, Bhogle rule cricket broadcast ?April 11, 2016In “Internet”T&T man murdered after Facebook threatsNovember 14, 2018In “latest news” read more

← Previous Story PSG Handball win strong Eurotournoi 2018 – Veszprem fourth, RK Vardar at the bottom Next Story → DKB BUNDESLIGA 18/19 START: Four host – four visitors’ wins handballMads Mensah LarsenRhein Neckar Lowen Mads Mensah Larsen signed the most important contract in his life at the court of SAP Arena. The home place of Rhein Neckar Lowen has seen a boring intro to the season against TBV Lemgo Lippe 28:21 (16:8), in which victory of the “Lions” wasn’t in question since the first minute. However, it was much more interesting after the match when Danish left back took the microphone in his hand.“Line, would you come on the floor, please”, said Mads and miracle happened… read more

first_img17-YEAR-OLD Kim Nangle, who had been missing since 15 March, has been located.Gardaí confirmed that the teenager had been found “safe and well”, thanking the public for their assistance over the last number of days.Kim had been missing since she was last seen at Blanchardstown Shopping centre at approximately 10pm on 15 March.Gardaí in Ashbourne had issued appeals for information regarding her safe return.last_img

first_img Dec 5th 2016, 10:04 PM 74 Comments 58,242 Views Share1507 Tweet Email1 THE ESB HAS said it will step up security around its Poolbeg site in Dublin, after video emerged of a teenager climbing to the top of one of the towering chimneys. Source: Screengrab/YouTubeThe towers, which stand 207m above ground, were climbed by a Danish daredevil who goes by the name ‘Oliver’.The teenager filmed his ascent with a selfie stick, and the resulting video has been going viral.A spokesperson for the ESB, which operates the site, said the incident had been reported to gardaí at Irishtown.He said the ESB condemned the “reckless nature of the acts shown” and was mindful of the risk that it could prompt copycat acts.Youtube has also been contacted about the video, the spokesperson said. Additional security measures are also being taken at the site.Read: ‘It’s car park by 4.30pm’: Vital upgrades and a third lane needed on N11, report finds > By Daragh Brophy http://jrnl.ie/3122004 Short URL ESB to step up security after teenager climbs Poolbeg chimney A video has emerged of a Danish teenager climbing one of the landmark towers. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 5 Dec 2016, 10:04 PMlast_img read more

first_img No Comments By Tom Tuite A YOUTH HAS been given a 10-month sentence for his part in a drug-fuelled gang robbery of a man who was beaten to the ground and left concussed in Dublin’s Temple Bar.The victim, who was left afraid to go to that part of the city afterwards, was attacked and robbed after he refused to hand over his wallet and phone, the Dublin Children’s Court heard.His attacker is already serving a three-year sentence for other violent offences and was due to be released in mid-2020. Judge John O’Connor imposed a 10-month term consecutive to the teen’s current term of detention but he suspended it on condition he does not re-offend over first 10-months after his release.The 17-year-old boy, who was under the influence of a “large concoction of substances” at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children’s Court to robbery.It happened at 12.10am on 24 September 2016 at Fownes Street after the man was chased from the Central Bank Plaza.EvidenceIn evidence, Garda O’Mahoney told the court that he had been attached to a public order unit which had received a call to go to the Central Bank Plaza. The injured party informed him that “he had been beaten up and robbed by a number of youths”.Garda O’Mahoney said the man had cuts and bruises to his arms, legs and his face, and he was bleeding. His Samsung phone and his wallet containing his Leap card and €10 had been taken. Witnesses described how a group of youths approached the man and demanded his phone and wallet and when he refused they chased him to Fownes Street.The defendant was one of the group who had chased the man and beat him on to the ground and took his wallet and phone, the garda said.He was identified by witnesses at the scene and on arrest was taken to Pearse Street Garda Station.Garda O’Mahoney agreed with the defence that the boy “was highly intoxicated and agitated” and “was clearly under the influence of a large concoction of substances”.He also agreed that the youth, who cannot be named because he is a minor, now appeared drastically different in terms of his respect to the gardaí compared to when the incident happened.The victim recovered from his physical injuries which were not long-lasting but the garda said the man still had mental injuries.“Last time I spoke to him he was still worried about going into town,” Garda O’Mahoney said.‘Traumatic experience’At an earlier stage, the garda accepted that the teen has since “turned his life around” since he was taken in and began living with a close friend’s family. The court was told the teen had no prior criminal convictions and was abstaining from drugs.A victim impact statement was furnished to the court. The man stated that when he goes out he was afraid if he saw a group of young adults. He said he had never suffered such a traumatic experience in his life.He sustained a scar and abrasions but because he suffered concussion he had no idea how he got them, he said. He also avoids the area where the robbery happened, the court was told.The teen also pleaded guilty to other less serious public order, bike theft and criminal damage charges.SentencingPleading for leniency his lawyer said the boy’s home life at the time of the incidents was considerably different and there had been a lack of support from his own parents.He had been taken in by his girlfriend’s family and her mother begged the judge not to impose another custodial sentence on the youth.Judge John O’Connor had said that while drug use was an explanation for what happened it was not a mitigating factor but he accepted the teen had turned his life around. However, when the case resumed he noted the teenager had been detained for three years for other crimes.Defence counsel Damian McKeone, pleading for leniency the teenager asked the judge to note that the youth has been taking part in educational courses and carrying out chores in custody and encouraged other young people detained there to do the same.However, the teen became irate demanding the judge to finalise the case.“Give us the sentence, three I don’t give a fuck, three years 10 months. I’m almost 18 now. I don’t give a fuck if I’m serving a sentence on it, I’m in an out of court the whole fucking time.”The case resumed 24 hours later and the teenager remained composed as the judge imposed an additional suspended 10-month sentence. Teen given 10-month sentence for involvement in drug-fuelled gang robbery in Temple Bar The victim was attacked and robbed after he refused to hand over his wallet and phone. 6,748 Views Share3 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/4086961 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Chodyra Mike via Shutterstock Jun 23rd 2018, 6:00 AM Image: Chodyra Mike via Shutterstock Short URL Saturday 23 Jun 2018, 6:00 AMlast_img read more

first_imgFour years after missing a European Union deadline for meeting quality standards for its lakes, rivers and underwater reserves, Greece has finally created a viable system for monitoring bodies of water, but the pending merger of state bodies threatens to scupper the project from going ahead, according to a report in Kathimerini.This week, the Government Gazette published a unique bi-ministerial decision, paving the way for the creation of a national network to monitor the quality and size of Greek water reserves with the aim of combating pollution and drought.The problem is that the two state bodies tasked with running the network -the Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration (IGME) and the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)- might cease to exist due to the government’s plans to merge and abolish state companies as part of a broader cost-cutting drive.Andreas Andreadakis, a general secretary at the Environment Ministry, told Kathimerini that 25 million euros in EU funding already had been set aside for the project. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more