As it happened: 18 feared killed as flyover under construction in Varanasi collapses

first_imgTwelve people are feared killed after a flyover under construction collapsed in Varanasi on Tuesday. Many vehicles are buried under the collapsed bridge near the railway station in Cantonment, PTI  said.Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister and PWD Minister Keshav Maurya is heading for the accident spot. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to take all necessary steps for rescue people, said a government spokesperson.(This is a developing story. We will update it as further reports come in). 25 persons have been rescued from the site so far, out of which 14 are seriously injured, UP police says. More bodies are feared to be trapped in debris. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister of the State is reportedly leaving for Varanasi. According to the NDRF, 18 bodies have been recovered so far and “three live persons rescued from the bridge site”. Five of the injured persons are said to be out of danger, two recovered persons are seriously injured. A National Highways Authority Of India crane has cleared all the vehicles from the site.The span of the bridge which collapsed was laid in February. The 2261-meters-long flyover was about 56 per cent complete.Read more  The incident is reported to have occurred post noon.  The NDRF team rescues three victims from collapse site. Five NDRF teams are on the ground.A three-member committee has been formed to probe the incident. The report to be submitted within 48 hours to Mr. Adityanath. Government announces ₹5 lakh ex-gratia compensation to kin of the dead and ₹2 lakh each to the injured. Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to the district magistrate of Varanasi who has apprised him of the incident. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team members have been rushed to the spot.Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses grief tweets, “Extremely saddened by the loss of lives due to the collapse of an under-construction flyover in Varanasi. I pray that the injured recover soon. Spoke to officials and asked them to ensure all possible support to those affected.”The Prime Minister said he spoke to the Chief Minister and promised that the “UP Government is monitoring the situation very closely and is working on the ground to assist the affected.”center_img   Senior police and administration officers also have reached the site of the incident. “It is feared that several people are buried under the rubble,” a source told PTI.”Shri Rajnath Singh has expressed his deep anguish over the death of several people due to collapse of an under construction bridge in Varanasi. He conveys his condolences to the families of the deceased and prays for the speedy recovery of the injured,” the Home Ministry tweets.last_img read more

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Andy Murray a Doubt for Great Britain’s Semi-final Clash with Spain in Davis Cup

first_imgMadrid: British Davis Cup captain said Andy Murray may be left out of Saturday’s Davis Cup semi-final against Spain as the former world number one is not in his best condition.The 32-year-old Murray, who returned from hip surgery in June, made heavy weather of beating 79th-ranked Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor on Wednesday in Britain’s opening group match. But he did not feature the next day against Kazakhstan and was again only cheering on from the sidelines as Britain beat Germany 2-1 to reach the semi-final by beating Germany on Friday.Kyle Edmund, who has returned to form after a slump, has won both his singles in place of Murray while Dan Evans secured the winning point by beating Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(6) 3-6 7-6(2) at La Caja Magica on Friday.Murray, who almost single-handedly took Britain to Davis Cup glory in 2015, admitted on Wednesday he had put on 5 kg (11 lb)since winning the European Open in Antwerp last month – his first title since returning to action.”I thought that where Kyle and obviously Evo are at is ahead of where Andy’s just now,” captain Leon Smith said when asked whether Murray would return for the semi-final.”That’s where it is in terms of how he’s feeling and whatnot. And when you’ve got two very, very good players like Kyle and Evo that are ready to go, then that’s what we do.”He could play, but I wouldn’t say he’s in his best condition. He says that’s how he’s feeling.”Evans, 29, is now the highest-ranked British player at 42nd but lost his opening two matches in Madrid, having won the first set. Struff pegged him back on Friday but Evans hung tough.”The last two days for me after losing was pretty tough,” Evans said. “With Kyle doing a great job, it made it way easier for me to be in such a tight situation tonight.”His next task is likely to be trying to stop Rafael Nadal in front of a Madrid crowd on a Saturday night.”If it happens I’ll go on the court believing I can win otherwise there’s no point in walking on,” Evans said. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. andy murrayGreat Britainspaintennis First Published: November 23, 2019, 11:10 AM ISTlast_img read more

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RS passes Bill to remove anomalies in HC judges pension

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 2 (PTI) Rajya Sabha today passed a bill seeks to remove anomalies in the pensionary benefits of High Court judges elevated from the bar. The High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2015 will also simplify some of the provisions relating to determination of leave allowances of judges of High Courts and the apex court. Introduced in Lok Sabha on the last day of the Monsoon session last year, the bill was passed in the Lower House during the Winter session in December 2015. The bill says that the practice of 10 years as advocate will be added as qualifying service for High Court judges elevated from the bar, as ordered by the Supreme Court in a judgment in March 2014. The measure seeks to give effect to this judgment. In the judgement, the apex court had said in order to remove arbitrariness in the matter of pension of High Court judges elevated from the bar, the relief should be reckoned from April one, 2004. It sought to amend the High Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1954 and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1958. “With the passage of time, certain provisions in the aforesaid acts have become spent and outdated. A review has been undertaken and it has been decided to remove the same for clarity and provide for the added years of service in view of the judgment given by the Supreme Court,” the Bill said. PTI RNK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Chelsea Takes Wild Ride Back to Summit of English Soccer

first_imgWEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — Chelsea is back at the summit of English soccer, completing a wild roller-coaster ride over the past three years.After cruising to the Premier League trophy by eight points in 2015, the London club finished in 10th place the following year in the worst title defense in league history.On Friday, Chelsea regained the title under new coach Antonio Conte, with two matches to spare, by winning at West Bromwich Albion 1-0.Here are the key factors behind the turnaround:CONTE’S IMPACTThe first year of the “super coach” era in the Premier League belongs to Conte.Most of the preseason chatter circled around the arrival of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho at the helm of the Manchester clubs. The power in English soccer was supposed to shift back to the north, but Conte had other ideas.The Italian arrived in July with a reputation as a master tactician, after winning three straight Serie A title with Juventus and then guiding one of the most underwhelming Italy sides in a generation to within a penalty shootout of the 2016 European Championship final.Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte celebrates after the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea, at the Hawthorns in West Bromwich, England, Friday, May 12, 2017. Chelsea won the match 0-1 meaning they win the Premier League title. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)Chelsea was in eighth place after six games following losses to Liverpool and Arsenal, but a switch of formation from 4-2-3-1 to 3-4-3 — the system favored by Conte — returned stunning results. Chelsea won the next 13 matches, laying the foundations for an eventual title triumph.Animated and often uncontrollable in his technical area during matches, Conte is clearly a lucid thinker about the game. He has quickly become a favorite with Chelsea’s fans because of his obvious passion. There’s also been no sign of the dressing-room discord that sparked the abrupt end of Jose Mourinho’s second spell in charge.A title-winner in two countries now, there’s an argument for calling him one of the most sought-after coaches in world soccer.RECRUITMENTIf recruiting N’Golo Kante from Leicester was a no-brainer, bringing in David Luiz looked fraught with danger.Both have turned out to be inspired signings.Kante has bestrode the midfield, breaking up opposition attacks with his perfect anticipation and positional skills and then starting Chelsea’s own with his vision and directness. It came as no surprise that he was voted English soccer’s player of the year by both his fellow professionals and the country’s soccer writers.Luiz left Chelsea for Paris Saint-Germain in 2014 for 50 million euros (then $57 million), making him the world’s most expensive defender even though many pundits said he couldn’t really defend. He has returned a completely new player, eliminating the mistakes and lapses in concentration for which he was often ridiculed.Playing as the libero at the heart of Chelsea’s three-man defense has suited his game, leaving him free to act more as a sweeper than a touch-tight marker.FORMATION CHANGEChelsea started the season with its tried-and-trusted back four. But with the team having been outplayed in a home loss to Liverpool and then 3-0 down at halftime at Arsenal, Conte decided to switch things up.He went to a three-man defense — Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill — and played with wing backs for the final 35 minutes, and Chelsea became a different prospect. They stuck with the 3-4-3 for the rest of the season.Wing backs Victor Moses (right) and Marcos Alonso (left) have been revelations, Azpilicueta has made up for his lack of height with his positioning and tenacity as the right-sided center back, and Luiz is the ideal sweeper.Further forward, Eden Hazard has relished his freedom in a three-man strike force, which limits the requirement for him to track back and meant he has returned to the kind of form that saw him become England’s player of the year in 2015.Central striker Diego Costa has flourished with pacey forwards Hazard and Pedro Rodriguez flitting around, scoring 20 goals.NO INJURIESNo player in Chelsea’s first-choice starting XI picked up a long-term injury, allowing Conte to field close to his strongest team each week. Seven of the players have started at least 30 league games.Only minor tactical switches have been necessary, mainly swapping Willian for Pedro in attack on occasions and sometimes giving the more attack-minded Cesc Fabregas a start ahead of Nemanja Matic in midfield.Without the extra demands of playing in European competition and an early elimination from the League Cup, Chelsea has been able to focus solely on the Premier League and FA Cup — giving Conte usually a week to prepare for each game and his players ample time for recovery.They could end up winning the double.SIGNIFICANT WINSThere were some key results at key times in Chelsea’s title-winning campaign: The 4-0 win in mid-October over a Manchester United side led by former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, three games after Conte’s conversion to a 3-4-3; the 5-0 win over Everton on Nov. 5 that was perhaps Chelsea’s best all-round display of the season; the 2-1 win over Man City that was ground out on April 5, showing Chelsea can beat a major opponent when not at its best; and the 3-0 win against Everton at fortress Goodison Park in late April, just when second-place Tottenham had closed to within four points, that allowed Conte’s side to freewheel to the title.STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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India vs England: We need to pick wickets in first session on Day 4, says Jadeja

first_imgRavindra Jadeja scored an entertaining unbeaten 86 to lead India’s fightback against England on Day 3 of the fifth and final Test against England at The Oval, on Sunday.Jadeja, who wasn’t part of the Indian side in the first four Tests, has been in a sensational form. He also took four wickets in the first innings.Asked about his superb counter-attacking knock, Jadeja said plan was to build the innings ball-by-ball.”It’s all about pride whenever you represent your country. After a long time I was playing today so I was looking to play normally – not thinking about how I’m going to play my innings, just trying to focus ball-by-ball,” said Jadeja after the end of day’s play.DAY 3 REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD | PICSJadeja’s knock helped India to recover from being 160/6 at one point to score 292 as they were bowled out 40 runs short of England’s first innings total.He also treated the audience with his typical sword celebration after scoring his fifty.The all-rounder was ably assisted by Hanuma Vihari, who scored a half-century on debut. The duo stitched together a 77-run partnership for the seventh wicket before Vihari got out on 56.India’s hopes for a comeback in the match however were dampened after Alastair Cook scored an unbeaten 46 to help England build a commanding 154-run lead.Also Read – Hanuma Vihari becomes 26th Indian to score 50 on Test debutThis is Cook’s final international innings as he announced ahead of the match that he will retire after The Oval Test. Thirty more runs on Monday would take him past Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara’s 12,400 and into fifth on the all-time list.advertisementCook and Joe Root (29) were unbeaten as England finished Day 3 on 114/2.Jadeja said India will need to pick wickets early on Day 4 to save the Test match.”I think we need to restrict England as early as possible – we need to get wickets in the first session tomorrow; around 250 is a par score,” Jadeja said.Read – India need to be mentally stronger to win overseas: Adam Gilchristlast_img read more

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Hope Anderson continues to terrorise batsmen: Root

first_imgBy Chetan Narula London, Sept 12 (PTI) Skipper Joe Root paid rich tribute to James Anderson for becoming the most successful fast bowler in Test history and hoped he will continue to spearhead the English attack and terrorise batsmen in future. Anderson overtook Australia’s Glenn McGrath to become the most successful fast bowler in Test history, with 564 wickets. He is behindMuttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and India’s Anil Kumble (619) in the list of Test bowlers with most wickets. “What Jimmy has achieved and what he’s capable of achieving still is astounding really. He looked very determined – and when he’s in that mood, you want to just keep him going as long as possible,” Root said on Tuesday. “For him to be in the same league as McGrath, and now chasing the big two spinners, is phenomenal. I think the most exciting thing is he’s bowling at his best and I can see that carrying forward for a long time still. “I hope there’s going to be a number of series in the future where he is leading the attack, and terrorising batters,” Root said. Anderson snapped the last wicket as India lost the fifth Test by 118 runs to hand England a 4-1 win in the five-match series. Root said the series win over World No. 1 India signifies England are on an upward curve and hoped his Test team will emulate the ODI side and show consistency during the winter tours of Sri Lanka and West Indies. “I think we are on an upward curve and have shown a lot of improvement throughout this summer. When we have had tough days and tough moments we have responded well to that,” he said.advertisement “This winter will pose a lot of challenges and we can show some growth as a team and show some consistency like the one-day side have. It is a great chance to do that now. It has been a brilliant summer of Test cricket and it’s been a fabulous win. “There are always areas where you are looking at improvement. Both sides top order have found things very difficult. It proves more than anything it has been challenging against the new ball on these surfaces. We have been very smart and made sure we have got to totals,” he added. KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant scored centuries and put on 204 runs for the sixth wicket to raise visions of a fighting draw and an improbable Indian victory. However, Rahul was bowled by a massive leg break from Adil Rashid to trigger a collapse. “It was a brilliant delivery. Rashid has that in him that’s why we have him in the side, because he has the ability to change games, turn situations like that on their head,” Root said. “Credit has to go to those two guys for the way they played in that middle session, they made it very difficult for us. We came off at tea with all three results still possible which for me shows Test cricket is in a really good place. “I say that for the whole series, not just this game. It shows it’s very exciting, and for me it’s still the pinnacle of our sport,” said Root. While Anderson took 564 wickets, Alastair Cook scored his 33rd Test century to finish his international career on a high and Root said it was a fitting end to the series. “For Alastair to go out like that, and Jimmy to finish the game off in real style was so fitting for those two guys – who are really close mates. They’re going to miss playing with each other,” Root said. “Few times this week I have asked him (Cook) whether he is sure he is making the right decision. I am just so pleased that he can go out in real style. I’m sure whatever he chooses to do next he will be great.” Cook’s century was one of the many moments of celebration for England. Root said: “It was an amazing reception (on his hundred) and a very fitting one as well. You could see how much it meant to him and his family. You saw his kids on the screen clapping and he nearly started tearing up,” he said. “It all got a bit emotional in the middle. It shows how much he has meant to English cricket. To be out there and see that up and close I will savour that forever,” said the skipper. PTI CN ATKATKlast_img read more

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ICC bars Zimbabwe women players from travelling to England

first_imgInternational Cricket Council on Monday barred four players and a coach from the Zimbabwe women’s cricket team selected for the Women’s Global Development Squad, from travelling to England.Zimbabwe women’s captain Mary-Anne Musonda and squad members Anesu Mushangwe, Tasmeen Granger, and Sharne Mayers and coach Adam Chifo has been barred from travelling to England to feature in series of T20 games.”Unfortunately this also extends to their participation in the Women’s Global Development Squad program, and so it is with great regret that I write to inform you that Adam as Head Coach and the four Zimbabwe players will no longer be able to take part in the UK edition of the tour next week,” ESPNcricinfo quoted ICC Women’s Cricket Manager Holly Colvin as saying.ICC on Thursday suspended Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect for failing to fulfill their obligation of ensuring that there is no government interference in its administration.Earlier, ZC canceled their Bangladesh tour to play T20 tri-series in September that includes Afghanistan and the home side.”As I’m sure you are aware, the ICC Board has taken the decision to suspend Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect and place a restriction on the Zimbabwe national team participating in ICC events,” Colvin added.Apart from this, Sikandar Raza and Solomon Mire took retirement from international cricket.Also Read | ICC ran out of patience with Zimbabwe cricket: Grant FlowerAlso See:last_img read more

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‘I prepared not to come back’: the woman who finished the world’s hardest swim

first_imgReuse this content Twitter Read more features Facebook Topics But the allure of the Farallones remained. She described her first swims at the islands as like being “in a wonderland, like another world”. “We would go out there and jump in like it was some tropical destination, and fishermen would look at us like we were absolutely crazy. It became a place of pushing myself.” It’s easy to understand the Farallones’ uncanny pull. Its skeletal form haunts San Francisco like a ghost, appearing and disappearing with the fog. To approach by boat takes hours, as waves pound like fists and seasickness grips your guts. The waters around the islands, which sit on the edge of a continental shelf, sink down to more than 10,000ft deep at spots. In that vast space, a swimmer seems naked and out of place. The vulnerability was not lost on Chambers. Just 10 days before her attempt, a fellow swimmer took the same route only to have his swim cut short by a circling great white shark. As she rode out that night, she wondered if she would have the courage to get in. “The adrenaline was indescribable.” English Channel rules – the marathon swimmers’ code – stipulated she must wear only a bathing suit and goggles and could not touch her support boat. She paused every 30 minutes to tread water and drink a liquid “feed” thrown overboard in a bottle on a rope. Under a black sky in August 2015, Kim Chambers boarded a boat and headed out beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. She took a support team that included her mother, a film crew, and her swimming coach. Their destination was the Farallon Islands, a remote outcrop about 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco. Once there, Chambers would attempt something no woman had ever done: an unbroken, solo swim from the islands back under the Golden Gate. With the area’s icy waters, strong winds, heavy swells and one of the largest concentrations of great white sharks, it’s been called the toughest swim in the world. She said it started with an accident. “It was just a regular day,” explained Chambers, who moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from her native New Zealand when she was 17. “I was wearing heels that were probably too high. I slipped down the staircase on my way to work, and I hit my leg.” At the hospital, Chambers was diagnosed with acute compartment syndrome as a result of blunt force trauma. Skin was grafted from her thigh to patch over the wounds on her swollen shin. “The doctors said I was 30 minutes from amputation and had a 1% chance of ever walking unaided again,” she said. “You wouldn’t think that [fall] would be a defining moment in your life. You think it would be a car crash or something. But I learned what I was made of.” We would go jump in like it was some tropical destination, and fishermen would look at us like we were absolutely crazyKim Chambers Pinterest Facebook Experience: I swim to work What does one think about while swimming for 17 hours? Chambers says there are periods she can’t recall – “You enter this dream state. I tell people it’s like being in space” – but that she calmed her nerves by thinking of those she loved on the boat beside her. “I’ll run through a scenario where I was hanging out with each of them. I’ll replay that day in my head. People say these swims are 80% psychological and 20% physical.”She admits it’s a lonely sport. More than 4,000 climbers have summited Everest; Chambers was just the fifth person to complete the Farallones swim. Her training regimens are brutal. In preparation for the North Channel, between Ireland and Scotland, she gained 65lb and refused to take a hot shower for six months; before her unsuccessful 2016 attempt to swim 93 miles down the Sacramento river, she swam the equivalent of an English Channel every Friday night for three months, staying up through Saturday to prepare for sleep deprivation.Despite the extraordinary endurance, Chambers says she doesn’t consider her swims athletic events. “They are personal journeys of the self. When I get out of the water, I’m a different person than the one who jumped in.” “Crazy” is a word she hears a lot. “I don’t see myself as crazy,” she says. “I’m just Kim and I like to swim.”Kim Swims debuted at the Mill Valley film festival, where it won the audience choice award for best documentary. It will next screen at the Portland film festival and the Rocky Mountain Women’s film festival, in Colorado Springs. Share via Email Twitter San Francisco Support The Guardian Kim Chambers crosses from the Farallon Islands to San Francisco. Photograph: Kate Webber Fitness Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter The boat motored out in a little over two hours, arriving at the rocky islands at 11pm. Ten minutes later, Chambers jumped. “It sounds completely nuts,” she recalled, “but when I went to the Farallones, I prepared not to come back. I did my laundry because I wanted my place to be decent when they came to collect my stuff.” But she did come back, 17 hours and 12 minutes later. It was a triumph that made headlines and prompted Outside Magazine to dub her “the world’s most badass swimmer”.Now, a documentary, Kim Swims, chronicles Chambers’ Farallones swim, and tells the story of how a 38-year-old who had only been swimming seriously for four years became one of the world’s top marathon swimmers. Chambers spent two years in physical therapy and started swimming to find “a sense of freedom”. The pool let her hide the scars left from the fall. “I was so self-conscious, especially about my thigh,” she says. “I didn’t want to be labeled as disabled. But standing in the shallow end, people would talk to me and no one was looking at my scars.” Soon Chambers met members of the Dolphin Club, a group of hardcore swimmers who have traversed the frigid waters of the San Francisco Bay since the club’s founding in 1877. “It was like this secret society of adventurers,” she recalls. “I was just alive.” In the film, Chambers’ swimming coach, Vito Bialla, jokes about how terrible she was in those early days. “He said I couldn’t swim my way out of a paper bag with flippers on, which was true.” But she persisted, beginning with a crossing to the famous Alcatraz prison. As years passed she notched up bigger victories, eventually becoming the third woman, and only the sixth person, to complete the Oceans Seven – a series of hazardous straits and channels around the world that is considered marathon swimming’s equivalent of mountain climbing’s Seven Summits. California Swimming The Farallon Islands, a remote spot some 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco. Photograph: Kate Webber Facebook Share on Facebook Pinterest Share on Messenger Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

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Web Portal for Cybercrime Reports by Month-End

first_imgStory Highlights Head of the Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (Ja-CIRT), Dr. Moniphia Hewling, who made the disclosure on Friday (April 12), said that her team is getting the portal ready with the domain name system (DNS) being ironed out. A web portal for victims to report cyber crimes or cyber incidents will become operational by month-end. A web portal for victims to report cybercrimes or cyber incidents will become operational by month-end.Head of the Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (Ja-CIRT), Dr. Moniphia Hewling, who made the disclosure on Friday (April 12), said that her team is getting the portal ready with the domain name system (DNS) being ironed out.Once completed, the portal will make it easier to report cyber incidents as well as increase the number of reports received.“People complain about having to email or call (when these incidents occur) so a portal will be online soon where you can just put in a report,” Dr. Hewling said, noting that, where necessary, the information will be forwarded to the Communication Forensics and Cybercrime Unit (CFCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).She noted that the portal will also provide alerts about any cybersecurity issues that are looming internationally which have the potential to pose a threat to systems in Jamaica.Dr. Hewling was participating in a panel discussion on cybersecurity held as part of a technology conference hosted by tTech Limited, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.Head of the Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (Ja-CIRT), Dr. Moniphia Hewling (right) speaks with Head of the Communications Department of the Communications Forensics and Cybercrime Unit (CFCU), Deputy Superintendent of Police, Warren Williams, at a techology conferece hosted by tTech Limited, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on April 12.center_img Once completed, the portal will make it easier to report cyber incidents as well as increase the number of reports received. Ja-CIRT, which is housed in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, is mandated to safeguard government information technology systems against cyberthreats.Head of the Communications Department of the CFCU, Deputy Superintendent of Police Warren Williams, who was also on the discussion panel, said that more than 10 cyberthreats have been reported since the start of 2019.He noted that the most common cybercrime in Jamaica is electronic fraud.“It affects people conducting business transactions online. People input their debit and credit card information online and lose money,” he pointed out.The senior policeman is of the opinion that cybercrime in Jamaica is under-reported and is urging more people to come forward.“It is important (to report it) just like any other crime… so that it can properly be investigated,” he said.For his part, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of tTech Limited, Christopher Reckord, is encouraging more local companies to invest in cybersecurity awareness training for staff in order to mitigate the effects of cyber breaches.Held under the theme ‘IT: A Business Enabler, supporting and driving growth’, the conference provided attendees with key insights on optimising their businesses by having the right information technology strategy.It also examined the legal framework governing the use and storage of data, as well as the pervasive risks of cybersecurity threats.last_img read more

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Join Alicia Keys For A Watch Party Twitter Conversation

first_imgGather your girlfriends, your book club, your church group, your sorority sisters and claim the living room for a Girls’ Night In!Fourteen time Grammy Award-winning artist and HIV advocate, Alicia Keys, is joining with Greater Than AIDS to host a National Watch Party and Twitter Chat about women and HIV/AIDS in America Sunday, January 19th.Ms. Keys is urging women and their loved ones to come together on Sunday, January 19th between 8-9 pm ET (5-6 pm PT) and log on to VH1.com to watch “We Are Empowered,” an intimate and inspiring half-hour conversation that she had about friendship, love and strength with five women living with HIV in the U.S. Ms. Keys will be live tweeting throughout the hour at #WeAreEmpowered.Clear Channel Radio will make available an audio version of the program for broadcast across its stations nationwide (check local stations for airtime). And Walgreens is helping to amplify the message through social media efforts by engaging popular bloggers to encourage their followers to take part and host their own watch parties.As a force in the global fight against AIDS, Keys has dedicated her work in philanthropy to help bring awareness to the urgency of HIV/AIDS. Now through Empowered, she is once again highlighting the power of women – as mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, partners and people living with HIV – to change the course of this disease through every day actions. “I was so moved by the strength, passion and messages of hope of the women of Empowered and I know you will be too,” said Alicia Keys. “The power is within all of us – whether HIV positive or negative – to make a difference in this fight.”Of the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States today, one in four is a woman. Women of color have been especially hard hit, accounting for the majority of new infections occurring among women in this country. If current trends continue, it is estimated that one in 32 Black women will contract HIV in her lifetime.“We Are Empowered” features five HIV positive women from different parts of the country in conversation with Ms. Keys: Cristina, a graduate student from the San Francisco Bay Area who was born with HIV; Eva, a home health care worker living in Atlanta with her family; Kym, a young professional living in Texas who learned she was positive after her new husband became sick and died as a result of HIV; Jen, a wife and mother in Portland (OR) who has being living with HIV for over 20 years; and Stephanie, a recent college graduate from North Carolina who appeared in an MTV special on youth and HIV. They share their stories in the hopes of reaching other women and showing how, whether positive or negative, we are all empowered in this fight.The event is presented as part of Empowered, a national public information campaign Ms. Keys launched with Greater Than AIDS last year to reach women in the U.S. about HIV/AIDS. Through targeted media messages, community outreach and special promotions, the campaign promotes specific ways women are empowered in the face of HIV/AIDS, including:• EMPOWERED to know the facts about HIV/AIDS, including the impact of HIV on women • EMPOWERED to speak openly about HIV/AIDS with family, friends and others in our lives • EMPOWERED to protect ourselves and our loved ones • EMPOWERED to ask to be tested and to know doing so is an act of pride, not shame • EMPOWERED to live full and healthy lives and help prevent spread of disease if positive by staying on treatmentFor more information about Greater Than AIDS and the Empowered campaign, including for more details about the Empowered Watch Party & Conversation, visit: www.greaterthan.org/empowered.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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New rules to cut greenhouse emissions from trucks phased in over four

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — The federal government says new regulations for heavy-duty trucks will cut greenhouse-gas emissions and give truckers a break on fuel costs to boot.The Environment Department says the regulations will be phased in between now and the 2018 model year and will produce a cumulative reduction of 19.1 megatonnes of greenhouse emissions over the life of 2014-2018 model year vehicles.The regulations will cover vehicles such as full-size pick-ups, semi-trucks, garbage trucks and buses and will align with U.S. standards.“With these tough new measures, GHG emissions from 2018 model-year heavy-duty vehicles will be reduced by up to 23 per cent,” Environment Minister Peter Kent said in a news release.The department says improved fuel efficiency will mean an average saving of up to $8,000 a year for a semi-truck operator in a 2018-model vehicle.For heavy-duty pick-ups and vans, the department estimates fuel savings of up to $1,200 a year for the 2018 model-year, while vehicles such as buses, freight, delivery, service, cement, and dump trucks, could save up to $1,000 a year.The news release doesn’t say how much these regulations will cost manufacturers.However, it does say truck makers will be able to use currently available, off-the-shelf technologies such as fuel-efficient engines and aerodynamic cab designs to meet the standards.And it says the fuel savings will offset any vehicle price increase.“For all classes of heavy-duty vehicles, the payback period will be less than one year,” the department said.It said the regulations are structured to allow more powerful vehicles to proportionally emit more greenhouse gases “to ensure that vehicles such as buses, garbage trucks and snow removal trucks can continue to perform at a high level.” read more

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INTERPOL turns down Red notice request for Sandaruwan

The Gampaha Chief Magistrate ordered that the warrant be issued via INTERPOL as Senadheera is overseas.Sandaruwan Senadheera has been accused of contempt of court and a complaint had been filed against him. However the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) informed court today that INTERPOL has refused to issue the Red notice as charges have not been filed in court. (Colombo Gazette) The international police, INTERPOL, has turned down a Red notice request to arrest the Chief Editor of Lanka E-News Sandaruwan Senadheera.An arrest warrant was recently issued for the founder and Chief Editor of Lanka E-News Sandaruwan Senadheera. read more

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The United Nations is with you Ban tells people of Haiti after

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets representatives of the UN Country Team (UNCT) and the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon travels to Les Cayes by helicopter overflying Camp Perrin, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits a temporary shelter for victims of Hurricane Matthew in High School Philippe Guerrier in Les Cayes, Haiti. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speakes to journalists in Haiti. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe People living at a temporary shelter for victims of Hurricane Matthew in High School Philippe Guerrier in Les Cayes, Haiti. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his wife, Yoo Soon-taek, arrive in Toussaint L’Ouverture Airport, Port au Prince (PAP), Haiti, to meet with communities affected by Hurricane Matthew, Government officials and humanitarians working in the country. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe “It is one thing to read about the damage caused by the hurricane. It is another thing to see it for oneself,” Mr. Ban told reporters in the Haitian capital at the end of his mission to show solidarity with the people, many of whom had very little and now, he said, have lost everything in the aftermath of the powerful storm. The Category 4 storm slammed into the island on 4 October and, according to UN relief wing, caused extensive flooding and mudslides, damage to road infrastructure and buildings, and electricity and water shortages, particularly in Haiti’s south-western departments where it made landfall. The UN estimates that 546 have been killed, 438 injured, and 128 are missing, with some 2.1 million people affected throughout the country. “Today, in Les Cayes, I saw utter devastation. I have heard from many victims. I have felt their pain. I understand their frustrations, even anger,” the Secretary-General stated, noting that some families have lost their homes, crops and livelihoods. “It is heartbreaking,” he said.Any attack against a humanitarian convoy is an attack against suffering, against those who are most needy At the same time, Mr. Ban strongly condemned all attacks against humanitarian convoys, telling the press conference that he had witnessed such an attack today in Les Cayes where World Food Programme (WFP) trucks were attacked at the base of the UN Stabilization Mission in the country, known as MINUSTAH. “Any attack against a humanitarian convoy is an attack against suffering, against those who are most needy. I understand the impatience and anger of the people waiting for emergency relief,” the Secretary-General stressed, adding: “We do our best to open roads and allow these help to arrive as quickly as possible.” “But when [trucks carrying medicines] are attacked and looted, when food and water are plundered, this can only increase the distress of all and discourage international aid. I implore you: let the aid through,” he emphasized. And while many might feel alone, Mr. Ban stated that while in Les Cayes, one of the hardest-hit areas along with Jérémie, he had said loudly and clearly: “The United Nations is with you. I am with you.”’The hurricane upended people’s lives’ ‹ › In the face of this humanitarian disaster, he recalled that just days after Hurricane Matthew hit, the UN launched an emergency appeal of $120 million dollars. “I urge all friends of Haiti around the world to step up and give. Provide the resources the people of Haiti so desperately need. This is a matter of life and death,” underscored the UN chief.The so-called ‘Flash Appeal,’ launched by the UN on behalf of the international humanitarian community, seeks to respond to “the most urgent needs” of people impacted by the storm, now estimated to be some 750,000. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the appeal targets vulnerable groups in identified priority sectors, and it takes into account the national-level capacities and those of humanitarian partners on the ground. “The Hurricane upended people’s lives. It also disrupted the elections,” continued the Secretary-General, stating that he is pleased the Provisional Electoral Council has announced new dates for the polls, with the first round to take place on 20 November. “This shows the Government’s commitment to a return to constitutional order despite the challenges faced by the hurricane,” he added.Fight against cholera made even more difficult by hurricane Turning to what he cited as another “vital challenge” made even more difficult by the hurricane – the fight against cholera, the Secretary-General said: “I deeply regret the loss of life and suffering. I wish it could have been avoided.” Deeply regretting that the epidemic is continuing, “adding to the misery caused by the hurricane which has raised the risk of disease transmission,” he, announced: “The United Nations is intensifying actions on cholera. We are stepping up efforts to contain cholera and ensure all have access to clean water, sanitation and health systems.” Just yesterday at UN Headquarters in New York, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson briefed Member States on the issue, saying the first track of the new UN approach to tackling cholera involves intensifying efforts to treat and eliminate the disease; and the second track aims to develop a framework proposal to Member States for material assistance to those Haitians most affected by cholera after the 2010 outbreak. Mr. Ban said today that he is pressing the international community for support on both fronts. “We must fulfil our moral duty,” he underscored. Concluding his remarks, the Secretary-General again pledged his full support and solidarity with the people of Haiti and pledged to “work hard to ensure that the world remembers – and acts.” read more

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High Voltage artwork on show at SMMT

Chevrolet is the latest vehicle manufacturer to showcase its products in SMMT’s modern exhibition space located in the heart of Westminster. However, the cars are not the only stars on show: alongside the company’s Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) – Volt, and a Camaro Convertible, innovative automotive artist Ian Cook (also known as ‘Popbangcolour‘) is SMMT’s artist in residence for the week.As well as creating a painting of his own car, a Chevrolet Spark known as the ‘SpART’, during the week, last night Ian revealed a unique artwork of the Volt that was created with fluorescent paint. The ‘world-first’ artwork was unveiled at an exclusive evening reception at SMMT, where the painting was uncovered under ultraviolet light to showcase the new technique.The finished image, along with a time-lapse video of its creation can be viewed on Chevrolet’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/chevroletuk.The Chevrolet Volt is eligible for the full £5,000 from the government’s Plug-In Car Grant. It qualifies for exemption from Vehicle Excise Duty and the London Congestion Charge, and benefits from a 50% discount on Benefit in Kind.SMMT has published the Electric Car Guide to help motorists make more informed decisions when purchasing an electric vehicle (EV). Presented in an easy to understand Q&A-style format, the free publication addresses some of the common queries relating to EVs including information about batteries, charging, vehicle performance, on-the-road costs, government incentives and safety.Click through to download the SMMT Electric Car Guide.Those interested in finding out more about the Chevrolet Volt can visit www.chevrolet.co.uk/cars/volt/.Click through the slideshow below to see all the photos from SMMT’s exhibition space.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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How its made A colorful look inside the DayGlo factory

first_imgBack in middle school (or now when you go out to a rave) you might have painted either your room (or yourself) in DayGlo paint. As with Band-Aids and the Frisbee, the term “DayGlo” is actually a registered trademark, and technically doesn’t describe an actual product. Even so, we all know that DayGlo is fluorescent paint that glows under a black light, but how does this amazing paint get made? It goes through a process that’s actually more interesting than a video about a factory tour paints it out to be.Fluorescent dyes are combined with a plastic resin, which is then ground down into a mixture resembling a traditional ink. The factory doesn’t stop producing pigment, and the company produces around 4.5 million pounds of pigment each year. The facility is filled with standard factory accouterments — machines, tubing, vats, fencing — but everything is amusingly covered in the neon pigment.In one production method the powdered pigment is mixed with the plastic resin in a big vat, then melted down to the consistency of taffy, which in turn is cooled and ground up two more times. This results in particles that are about 3 to 5 microns in diameter, which are sent through tubes for blending, then packaged and sent off to the warehouse.The video also walks us through another DayGlo facility, where big containers of water receive little injections of a pigment that isn’t water soluble. The result is sent into a centrifuge, which removes the water from the pigment. The pigment material is then put into a dryer, which also grinds it down, and the powder is sent back to the first facility. This method seems complex, but it requires no grinding to get micron-scale pigment powders.Give the video a watch — it’s actually quite entertaining, and the colorful facilities look like something from a video game.Read more: How the Raspberry Pi is madelast_img read more

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Time Inc Nabs Matt Bean From Rodale

first_imgStarting in September, Matt Bean (pictured) will leave his vice president of product development role at Rodale to become managing editor of Time Inc.’s SI.com. Bean spent eight years at Rodale.SEE ALSO: Matt Bean, A 2012 FOLIO: 40Bean largely contributed to the digital strategy at Rodale, in addition to creating and maintaining relationships with partners like Apple, Adobe, MSN, YouTube, Google and others.Bean helped to guide the digital growth of the Men’s Health brand, helping to launch more than 30 mobile applications, winning a National Magazine award in 2010 for best interactive tool, and creating two YouTube channels for Google’s new premium content initiative. “As digital grew in importance, and the news business as a whole embraced new platforms, my job transitioned from covering the next big thing to trying to help us develop a strategy around it,” Bean told FOLIO: in April. “We needed to re-platform our digital magazine editions away from the home-grown solution that allowed us to be first-to-market, and onto a more sustainable, long-term solution. We needed something that could help us reach customers across multiple screen sizes, resolutions, devices and more.”Sports Illustrated’s franchise reaches a weekly audience of nearly 22 million adults, and the title was one of the first magazines to ever be on the iPad. In his new position of SI.com managing editor, Bean will run editorial strategies and operations for the website and for FanNation.com as well. “There’s no place I’d rather be to help set a course for the digital future of publishing,” Bean says in a release.last_img read more

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TCS HDFC Bank ONGC add Rs 34256 crore to market cap last

first_imgMarket valuation of India’s top-10 most valued companies collectively stood at Rs. 25,65,656.6 crore for the week ended April 29, according to the Bombay Stock Exchange data.Leading the pack was the information technology major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) with a market capitalisation of Rs 4.98 lakh crore. Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and HDFC Bank occupied the second and the third spot with market capitalisations of Rs. 3.18 lakh crore and Rs. 2.86 lakh crore, respectively.TCS, HDFC Bank and ONGC together added Rs. 34,256 crore to the combined valuation, while the rest of the seven companies witnessed erosion in their market capitalisations. The seven companies — RIL, Infosys, ITC, Sun Pharma, Hindustan Unilever, Coal India and HDFC — together lost Rs. 32,714.19 crore.The stock market too saw a snap in its two weeks of rallying, losing 231 points to hover just around the psychologically comforting number of 25,000 points. It stood at 25,606 points at the end of the week.TCS, which added Rs. 22,236 crore to its market capitalisation during the week, was the biggest gainer of the week. The company recently reported a 64.4 percent rise in net profit and 17.5 percent growth in revenues for the fourth quarter ended March 2016 on a year-on-year basis.last_img read more

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UN investigator finds US sanctions on Myanmar military leaders inadequate

first_imgUN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Situation in Myanmar Yanghee Lee speaks during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 18 July 2019. Photo: ReutersSanctions imposed this week by the United States on Myanmar’s military leaders over human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims do not go far enough, UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee said on Thursday.The United States banned Myanmar military Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, three other senior commanders and their families from entering the United States in the strongest steps yet taken by Washington in response to the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.Lee said a travel ban was not enough and called for the commanders’ assets to be frozen.”They were never going to travel to the U.S … let’s be realistic,” she told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.A US State Department spokeswoman defended the actions taken against members of Myanmar’s military and called on others to do the same.”We remain focused on actions that will change the behaviour of the Burmese military, hold those responsible for atrocities and other abuses to account, provide justice to victims, and support democracy and prosperity in Burma,” the spokeswoman said.Lee said the sanctions – applied, in addition to Min Aung Hlaing, to his deputy Soe Win and brigadier generals Than Oo and Aung Aung – should be extended to two more military leaders identified in a UN investigators report in 2018.The report, compiled by the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, had called for the six generals to be tried for genocide.A military crackdown in Myanmar in 2017 drove more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, according to UN figures.UN investigators have said Myanmar’s operation included mass killings, gang rapes and arson and was executed with “genocidal intent.”Myanmar denies the charge.The US State Department so far has stopped short of calling the abuses genocide. Such a declaration could require Washington to impose stronger sanctions on Myanmar, where the United States has competed for influence with China.At a separate news briefing in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital, the International Criminal Court (ICC) deputy prosecutor James Stewart said Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda earlier this month sought permission from the ICC judges to open an investigation into alleged crimes committed against the Rohingya.”The outcome of this request is still pending and is before the court’s judges,” said Stewart, adding that he was visiting Bangladesh as part of a delegation from the Hague-based ICC to explain the judicial process to the government and other parties.Bensouda said last month she would ask ICC judges for permission to investigate crimes that had “at least one element” in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a member of the ICC, but Myanmar is not.The UN’s Lee, speaking in Kuala Lumpur, said reports from Myanmar in recent weeks suggested that human rights violations and abuses committed by the army and insurgents against civilian populations may be getting worse.Last month, Lee said the army may be committing gross human rights violations under cover of a mobile phone blackout in Rakhine and Chin states.On Thursday, Lee said the blackout had left many villages unprepared for severe monsoon floods in the area, and has hampered disaster relief and humanitarian responses to the floods.last_img read more

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The Historic Chapel At The Heart Of A Legal Fight Over The

first_img Share Dana Cronin/NPRTwo men pray at an early morning service at La Lomita chapel, a historical landmark in Mission, Texas.Before sunrise and illuminated by lantern light, the faithful gathered to pray, as they have many times before, at La Lomita chapel in Mission, Texas.The chapel is made of simple white adobe, and Roy Rogers’ song “Blue Shadows On The Trail” plays from a battery-operated radio in the chilly pre-dawn gloom as Rev. Roy Snipes makes his way down the aisle to preside over the Mass.The choice of processional music is an unusual one, but this congregation expects it. Father Snipes is known around here as the cowboy priest. He normally wears his wide-brimmed hat, and on the altar with him are two of his rescue dogs.On Friday, his prayers are politically pointed.Dana Cronin/NPRFather Roy Snipes with his dogs outside of La Lomita chapel.He intones, “Oh Lord, you made our hearts and you know us and you know our affliction and our astonishment at the arrogance of our own government desecrating the sanctuary of our homeland … ignoring our rights as free Americans and sons and daughters of Texas, South Texas. We pray to you.”The local Catholic diocese is mired in a legal battle with the U.S. government over the chapel’s land, which is right next to the Rio Grande River. 25 miles of President Trump’s proposed border wall, funded in 2018 when Republicans still held a majority in the House, are slated to go through Hidalgo County, where Mission is located.La Lomita — which means little hill — has been here almost since the southern border was created, following the Mexican-American War in the mid-19th century. It’s part of a series of missions established by the Catholic Church to maintain a presence on the U.S. side of the new border. The town of Mission — now with a population of around 80 thousand people — grew up around it.In last year’s appropriations bill, money was allocated for “levee fencing” on the land at La Lomita – a massive 30-foot wall on the north side of the property, complete with access roads and cameras. After the Mass, Snipes says he believes a wall will desecrate this place. Those who came to pray here agree.The Mass ends outside the chapel with a hymn in Spanish, and the congregation gathers around a bonfire amid the twisted mesquite trees.Rene Villarreal is a 51-year-old electrical contractor and a father of five sons. He says this is more than just a spiritual place. Generations have prayed here.“I mean you’re here in the mornings,” Villarreal says. “And you just wonder how many of your ancestors have been here praying for the same things we’re praying, and asking our God to help us and give us the strength to go through another day.”Like many residents here, he has deep roots on both sides of the border. People here switch easily between Spanish and English: The town of Mission is in Hidalgo County which is 92 percent Latino, and many of the residents have family in Mexico.“Well, look around,” says Armando O’Caña, mayor of Mission, who attended the service. “Look at people just eating breakfast here… under some of these trees here in this nice park here in Mission. You know. There’s nothing unusual. You know it’s normal. It’s a normal event. So there’s no crisis here on the border.”It was the same message he delivered to President Trump when he met him last month during Trump’s border visit. O’Caña says once the wall is built, it will cut off access to city services, like 911, for Mission’s residents on the other side.“That’s not right,” he says. “How can I protect them? How can we get even water and sewer on the other side? Yeah, they say they will have some gates and all that, but you know when seconds count, you still have to go through the gate.”The latest legal battle over the land between the government and La Lomita took place last week. The local diocese tried and failed to stop the government from surveying the chapel land.Dana Cronin/NPRThe altar inside La Lomita chapel.Mary McCord is a senior litigator at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, and she’s one of the lawyers representing the diocese. She says the government has the right to claim private property for public use — but La Lomita is a chapel, not just private land.“What’s different about this,” she says, “Is that government can’t take action that substantially burdens the free exercise of religion and that is not only part of the First Amendment, but it’s also part of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”She says the church argues that the wall is inconsistent with Catholic teachings, “which includes this principle of universality that all people are equal and need to be treated as such, and provided with basic necessities of life. Whether it’s food and shelter… and according to the teachings of the pope migration is an important piece of this.”The next court battle will be over the government’s plan to actually seize the land and start building.Driving down the proposed path of the border wall, there’s an RV park where Texans come to enjoy the warmth in the winter. There’s also a riverside restaurant and a lot of farms and houses. It’s peaceful. But there’s also the constant presence of Customs and Border Protection, with watchtowers and helicopters, as well as sensors dotting the river bank.The area encapsulates the debate over border security — specifically, what kind does this part of Texas need?Monika Evstatieva /NPRMonty Awbrey, pictured here in his home office, is a businessman and supporter of President Trump’s proposed border wall.For businessman Monty Awbrey, the answer is clear.“Our national security is at risk,” he says. He runs his construction business from his ranch, where he also raises horses and cattle.He also met with President Trump when he was down here last month. And he made quite the impression.“When I asked President Trump to sign my name tag,” he says, “I asked him, you know, would be OK if I gave him a gift. And he said yes, and I just kind of reached out and started undoing my belt.”Imagine the scene: Monty Awbrey, a really big guy, digging around his pants in front of the president.“Everybody kind of lost their head like whoa. And [Trump] looked at me like, what are you doing?” he recounts, laughing.He was actually going for his rodeo championship buckle, which reminds him of his late father. He wanted Trump’s son Barron to have it.It’s no surprise Awbrey was invited, since he’s a vocal supporter of the president’s signature campaign promise.Last month, he threw a barbecue for border patrol agents working without pay during the shutdown.“Each one of those agents I got to meet, I shook their hands and talked to them, thanked them for their service, and I asked them their opinion of the wall,” he says. “Out of all those 250 agents, not one of them was against it.”He believes walls work.“It is a humanitarian crisis,” he says. “Whether the mayors or local law enforcement want to say so. They’re not in the rural areas out here. They don’t see what goes on, on a day to day basis. … They’ve never had [migrants] walk up on their doorstep at three in the morning begging for help.”After his meeting with the President, Awbrey says he got a lot of hate on social media, where he was called a racist. He says those labels don’t work on the border. His wife is Latina and he speaks fluent Spanish. And he’s friends with Father Snipes — he was even baptized at La Lomita six months ago, when he became a Catholic at his wife’s request.“Father Roy [Snipes] and I discussed this,” Awbrey says. “And he knows what side I stand on and he understands my views and I understand his as well. You know Father Roy is a very compassionate man. I love him to death and I’ll do anything in the world for him.”Monika Evstatieva/NPRA bumper sticker on Father Roy Snipes’ car.It’s the border way, Awbrey says. You can stand on different sides of an issue and still respect each other.Customs and Border Protection declined to comment for this story. They did confirm that no work has begun yet on the Mission section of the border wall.Back at La Lomita chapel, the post-Mass meal is winding down. And 72-year-old Leonor Ochoa is sitting at the table enjoying the food and company.“We live in a neighborhood where everyone shares,” she says. “Like right now, in this moment, we’re a lot of different families, and all of us are coming together and sharing our tacos, and our lunch. We are united.”She says wall or no wall, that won’t change.NPR’s Francesca Paris produced this story for Digital.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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Anantara Hotels and Resorts worldwide is celebrati

first_imgAnantara Hotels and Resorts worldwide is celebrating a magnanimous 26 Wine Spectator 2016 Awards, making it the largest recipient of any individual hotel brand to be awarded with these sought-after accolades for the year.The coveted Wine Spectator Award of Excellence is granted to wine lists which satisfy discerning wine lovers with at least 90 selections, comprising an assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in price and style.The even more prestigious Wine Spectator Best Award of Excellence recognises destinations for serious wine lovers. Showing a deep commitment in terms of cellar selection, service offering and superior presentation, these wine lists feature 350 or more labels that display excellent breadth across multiple wine growing regions from top producers.Anantara’s expertise in the world of fine wines is held in high esteem by guests, and also by the industry, with 26 Wine Spectator 2016 Awards a testament to the diversity and sophistication. An industry benchmark of excellence, Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards recognise restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.In Thailand, an impressive 11 restaurants at Anantara resorts have been presented with a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence including: Baan Dhalia at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort; The Service 1921 and The Restaurant at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort; Madison Restaurant at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel; Sea.Fire.Salt. at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas and Tree Tops Sky Dining at Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort.In Vietnam, Riverside Café at Anantara Hoi An Resort provides a charming terrace to sample distinguished wines with gourmet Western and Vietnamese favourites. In Bali, MoonLite Kitchen & Bar at Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort showcases contemporary Asian cuisine with a premium wine list of over 100 labels. At the newly opened Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort along Sri Lanka’s southern coast, Il Mare serves delectable Italian cuisine with exquisite wine pairings on a cliff edge with astonishing Indian Ocean views.In the UAE, six Anantara restaurants have been honoured with a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort scooped three of these for its Australian grill restaurant Bushman’s, Mediterranean restaurant The Beach House, and specialty Asian dining venue Mekong. In the vast Liwa Desert, guests of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara’s Suhail steakhouse and rooftop lounge. While at the Sir Bani Yas Island Resorts, seafood specialties at Amwaj are enjoyed with an Arabian Sea view, and sumptuous grill dishes at Savannah are served in the heart of the Arabian wildlife park, each with a generous global wine selection.Fine wines elevate dining in paradise, with six restaurants at Anantara resorts in the Maldives given Wine Spectator Awards, including two boasting the Best Award of Excellence. Descending to the exclusive underwater restaurant and wine cellar Sea at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, wine aficionados are regaled with 360 labels, allowing diners to indulge in extraordinary gastronomy with a surreal panorama of tropical marine life.last_img read more

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