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The Latest Ukraine says ships were in international waters

first_imgMOSCOW — The Latest on raised tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local):12:30 p.m.Ukraine has released what it says is the exact location near Crimea where its vessels were fired on and seized by Russia over the weekend, showing that they were in international waters.The statement by Ukrainian officials contradicts Russia’s argument that it was chasing the ships because they were violating its territorial waters. Russia considers Crimea, which it annexed in 2014, part of its country.The Ukrainian ministry in charge of occupied territories on Wednesday published what it claimed were the exact co-ordinates of where the military vessels “Berdiansk”, “Nikopol”, and “Yany Kapu” were when they were attacked by Russia, putting them outside the 12-mile zone of territorial waters.Russian border guards have captured the vessels and the crews. Officials say they will try the seamen for violating the Russian border and that they do not consider them prisoners of war.___10:20 a.m.A military official says Russia will boost the defence of the occupied Crimean peninsula with more anti-aircraft missiles.The Interfax news agency on Wednesday quoted Col. Vadim Astafyev, the top Defence Ministry official in Russia’s south, as saying that Russia will add one S-400 anti-aircraft missile system to the three already deployed in the peninsula.The announcement comes three days after Russian border guards fired on three Ukrainian vessels and seized them and their crews. The first overt military confrontation between the two neighbouring countries has raised the spectre of a major conflict.Ukraine said its vessels were operating in line with international maritime rules, while Russia alleged they had failed to get permission to pass.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Forest cover in Bengal has gone up by 429 Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Marking the International Day of Forests on Thursday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said forest cover in the state has gone up by 4.29 per cent. “Today is #InternationalDayOfForests. In #Bangla, the forest cover has been growing — between 2010 and 2015, it has gone up by 3,810 sq km, one of the highest in the country, up by 4.29 per cent. My best wishes to all,” Banerjee tweeted. On March 21, the International Day of Forests is celebrated worldwide to increase public awareness about the values, significance and contributions of forests to balance the life cycle on the earth. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAlso, the day also celebrates the arrival of spring with the World Planting Day. This day gives an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the world’s plant species. “Today is World Planting Day. In Bangla, we distributed 15 lakh saplings to every new born child. This is done under the unique Sabujshree scheme to inculcate emotional bonding between the child and nature,” Banerjee wrote. The Chief Minister further mentioned how the above initiative “provides an incentive for the future.”last_img read more

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Oppn parties will fall flat in LS polls PM

first_imgKushinagar/Deoria: As campaigning for Lok Sabha polls entered its final phase, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday predicted the defeat of the opposition parties, saying the people were voting for an effective government. “Opposition parties will fall flat in polls. This is because people are voting for an effective and honest government,” he said at an election rally in Kushinagar and later in Deoria in eastern UP which go to polls in the last phase on May 19. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Attacking the SP-BSP alliance, Modi said he had been the chief minister of Gujarat more than the terms of Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati combined as Uttar Pradesh chief ministers, and there was no blot of corruption on him. “Now these people have started demanding a certificate of my caste. I never indulge in caste politics and by your blessings, it was never needed. But when they are demanding a certificate, I tell them that I may have been born in an extremely backward caste, but my dream is to make India a frontrunner (in the world). Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “To all casteist leaders I would like to say my only caste is poor, my only identity is poor. I have faced poverty, felt its pain and came out of poverty. And with the blessings of the poor, I have got the opportunity to serve the country,” Modi said. “I held the post of chief minister of Gujarat for a long time and the post of prime minister has been given by you. But neither I nor my family ever misused the post or the power. I have been CM for a longer time when compared to the combined stint of ‘bua’ (Mayawati) and ‘babua’ (Akhilesh Yadav),” he said. Modi said he never transformed the poverty of his family to richness. “The post of power was used to serve the poor and work for their welfare and interest. Those who are demanding my caste certificate, they have accumulated wealth and property for themselves when they were in power. “I have been the CM of Gujarat and prime minister for five years and my record is an open book, which is in front of the entire country,” he said. Hitting out at BSP chief Mayawati for her remarks on the Alwar gangrape case, the prime minister asked her “not to shed crocodile tears” for the victim. “If you are serious, why don’t you withdraw support from the Congress government in Rajasthan,” he asked. Even the Congress government wanted to suppress the incident involving a Dalit woman, he said, adding that the party thought “hua toh hua”, a reference to Sam Pitroda’s remark on 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Hitting out at the opposition, Modi said, “The biggest example of how the ‘mahamilawat’ of SP-BSP-Congress actually works is Rajasthan. “A Dalit daughter was gang-raped and there is the government of Congress and ‘naamdaar’. And the Rajasthan government is not a government which enjoys full majority. It is working with the support of BSP. It is busy in hushing up the matter.” Intensifying his attack on the Congress, he said, “The Congress which chants nyay, nyay, nyay, its naamdaar has been silenced by the rapists. Today, the daughters of UP are asking Behenji (Mayawati), and Behanji you have to answer why you have not withdrawn your support to the Congress government (in Rajasthan). You are shedding crocodile tears by only indulging in issuing statements. “When the (Lucknow) guest house incident happened, the entire country was pained. What is the reason that you are not feeling pained. If you are so honest about the dignity of the daughters, then you should immediately write a letter to the Rajasthan Governor and withdraw your support from the Congress government,” he said. “To punish those who commit crime on women, this chowkidaar of yours had made provisions for the capital punishment. If the intention of the Congress government was right, it would not have suppressed the Alwar incident, but they have only one answer ‘hua toh hua’. Be it corruption, price rise or the 1984 anti-Sikh genocide, their answer is ‘hua toh hua’,” he said. Referring to the encounter in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir Sunday morning, Modi wondered, “Will our jawans take EC’s permission before opening fire at militants? Opposition ne kya khel bana rakha hai? (What drama is the opposition enacting).” In both Kushinagar and Deoria, he said it was surprising that opposition parties were saying that elections were on and the security forces were opening fire on militants. “In the morning when reports and news come, I learn that terrorists have been gunned down in Kashmir. Now some people are perturbed over the fact that when polling is going on today, then why did Modi kill the terrorists? They (terrorists) are standing with guns toting, will my jawan go to seek the permission of the Election Commission whether I should fire at the terrorist or not. “Since, we have come to power every second-third day, terrorists are killed. This safai abhiyaan is my work,” he said. Seeking votes, he said it was time to make the victory historic in such a way that the ‘mahamilawat’ (grand adulterated) people stop thinking about facing the people in future. He also said, “They are unable to understand why the people of the country are showering their love on the chowkidaar… It is for the fight against terror that the country is voting for the BJP and Modi. Those who used to threaten India have fallen flat, they are feeling afraid.” Modi said the SP and the BSP were incapable of taking on terrorists. About the Congress, he said, “Congress ne pahley jawan ka sar katwaya (jawan was beheaded during Cong rule), now the party has become ‘vote katwa’ (vote cutter).last_img read more

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UNAIDS teams up with Brazilian footballer David Luiz ahead of World Cup

David Luiz teamed up with a butterfly sign to support Zero Discrimination. He says you can make a difference by joining the winning team of #zerodiscrimination. Credit: UNAIDS. More info http://ow.ly/t6q8V“During the World Cup, everyone’s eyes will be on Brazil and David will be an inspiration both on and off the pitch,” Mr. Sidibé added.Also today, the Government of Brazil announced a carbon neutral goal for the World Cup that would inspire other organizers to make high-profile climate action.The Government is encouraging holders of carbon credits from the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) – called certified emission reductions (CERs) – to donate them to the World Cup organizers to offset emissions from construction and renovation, consumption of fossil fuels from official and public transport, and other sources.Each CER is equivalent to one ton of carbon dioxide. An estimated one million CERs or more is needed to offset the World Cup, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said, depending on what was covered in the calculation. That would be equivalent to taking nearly 300,000 passenger cars off the road for a year.“Brazil’s call for carbon credits to offset emissions from the world’s largest mass spectator event is a welcome move and part of a global trend by organizers to green big sporting events like football tournaments and the Olympics,” said Christiana Figueres, the UN’s top climate change official and Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC.According to the UNFCCC, all donated credits must originate from Brazilian CDM projects.Nearly 150 Brazilian CDM projects have issued more than 90 million CERs, of which an estimated 14 million could be available for donation. “The smallest accepted donation is 5,000 CERs and donors will receive an official certificate acknowledging their contribution to offsetting the FIFA World Cup in Brazil,” UNFCCC reported.It also cited media reports that FIFA is planning to offset the emissions of officials and fans by perhaps buying carbon offsets. “I want to use this position to spread the word about how to overcome AIDS around the world,” said Mr. Luiz, who plays in the Premier League team Chelsea, and who will be the vice-captain of the national Brazilian football team in the sporting event that starts in June.“People will be looking to my country Brazil to see great football at the World Cup and this is a great opportunity for [the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) ] and I to speak out—and I want to help make UNAIDS the winning team,” said the footballer, who is already part of the UNAIDS ‘Protect the Goal’ campaign.The head of UNAIDS said Mr. Luiz’s “heart and compassion” will make a big difference in reaching millions of young people with important messages calling for an end to discrimination, advocating for HIV prevention and access to treatment. “In football, players come together to produce results. In the same way we must unite, and, as a team, get to zero new HIV infections,” said Executive Director Michel Sidibé.An estimated 780,000 of the total 2.3 million new HIV infections worldwide are among adolescents and young people aged 15–24 years, according to UNAIDS. Of the total estimated 35.3 million people living with HIV around the world, an estimated 5.4 million are young people, many unaware of their status. Mr. Luiz will also be promoting UNAIDS’ #zerodiscrimination campaign, which calls on people to celebrate everyone’s right to live a full life with dignity – no matter what they look like, where they come from or whom they love. read more

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Prof pens new book about asexuality

Prof. Tony Bogaert has a written a new book called Understanding Asexuality.Many of us have had that morning-after revelation that sex can, indeed, occur without candlelight, flowers and moonlit serenades.But romance… without sex?That would be par for the course for someone who has no sexual attraction whatsoever to either a man or a woman.So says Anthony Bogaert, professor of community health sciences and psychology.“There’s evidence that many asexual people are in fact romantically inclined, that they do want to have a love bond with a partner, they do want to have some kind of affectionate intimacy that we define in a romantic kind of way, but not have any need or interest in any kind of sexual bonding with their romantic partner,” he says.Bogaert is on the cusp of releasing his book, “Understanding Asexuality.” In it, he expands upon his previous work and other researchers’ findings as he explores two groups of people: those who experience no sexual attraction or desire whatsoever and those who experience no sexual attraction to others but still have a “non-specific” sex drive that is typically satisfied in solitary sex.He says that asexual people tend to de-couple romance and sex.Tony Bogaert’s new book, Understanding AsexualityBut that does not mean that asexual people are unable or even unwilling to perform when required. Bogaert says some asexual people are happily married with children.“They could have certain physical sensations and know that this is pleasurable on some physical level,” says Bogaert. “But it doesn’t mean that they are sexually attracted to whoever or whatever stimulates those sensations. It would just be like, I could have done that with anything or anyone.”Bogaert argues that asexuality is actually a fourth category of sexuality – gay, straight, bisexual, and asexual – complete with an “epiphany” and identity process similar to what many gay people go through.“There is a recognition that one is different and then, if you have enough knowledge and information based on the Internet or books you’ve read or friends, you may actually attach a label to yourself and say, ‘Ah ha! That’s what I am. I am asexual,’” says Bogaert.“And then you may even have a coming out experience where you actually profess in a public way that you are this.”He estimates that between 0.5 to one percent of the population might be asexual.In his book, Bogaert talks about how asexuals view sex, art and other aspects of life through a non-sexual lens, seeing sex as being “mad.”“Understanding Asexuality” is scheduled for release August 15. read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball extends win streak grabs 1st place in Big

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team during a game against Nebraska on Oct. 3 at St. John Arena. OSU won 3-2. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternComing into the 2015 season, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team was picked by Big Ten coaches to finish eighth in the conference.The team has talked about using that as motivation all season long, and with victories against No. 18 Purdue (15-4, 6-2) and Indiana (12-8, 2-6) in St. John Arena over the weekend, the No. 7 Buckeyes (18-2, 7-1) now find themselves tied for first place in the Big Ten.With the wins, OSU also extended its winning streak to seven. The Buckeyes haven’t lost since their first conference game of the year against Minnesota on Sept. 23.In Game 1 of the weekend on Friday, OSU staged a comeback victory over the Boilermakers, who were previously undefeated in conference play.After a hot start by the Buckeyes, they dropped the second and third sets to the Boilermakers, and looked to be in danger of having their five-game winning streak snapped when Purdue jumped out to an 8-2 advantage in the fourth. OSU was able to close the gap, however, forcing a fifth set, which it won decisively.“We fought and we executed well in that last set,” junior libero Valeria León said. “Our tempo was really good. We got them a little bit off balance. It was a fight that game; it was not pretty at all.”Senior middle blocker Andrea Kacsits said it was huge for the Buckeyes to escape with a win after not playing their best volleyball.“Every win matters, but those are the ones that build your character and build your résumé,” she said. “Those ones are incredibly important in the end.”Coming into the game, coach Geoff Carlston emphasized serving as a key to slowing down Purdue, and OSU responded with its best game of the season from the service line, racking up 13 aces. Sophomore outside hitter Luisa Schirmer led the Buckeyes with a career-high five aces, while freshman setter Taylor Hughes also set a personal-best with three.The Buckeyes were also powered by a stout defensive performance, holding Purdue — which came into the game leading the Big Ten in attack percentage and kills per set — to a .197 attack percentage.OSU tallied 12 total blocks, six coming from senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson (one solo) and four each from junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (two solo) and senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell. León picked up 16 digs, while Schirmer and Hughes added to their big serving nights with 15 apiece.“People always notice the blocking and the hitting, but the little things like coverage and serving (are also important),” Sandbothe said.To complement her blocking efforts, Sandbothe also led the OSU offense — which was held to a .232 attack percentage — with 16 kills and two aces. Campbell added to her four blocks with 11 kills and one ace. Sophomore outside hitter Ashley Wenz, who had appeared in only 12 sets all year, tied a career-best with six kills, four coming in OSU’s fourth-set comeback.Against the Hoosiers on Sunday, the Buckeyes rebounded from a slow start to take home their seventh straight win (22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-18).Behind seven kills from junior outside hitter Amelia Anderson, Indiana took an early lead as it fought off OSU in the first set. The Buckeyes would bounce back, never trailing in the second set to tie things up at the intermission. After winning a closely contested third set, OSU dominated the final set by leading the whole way.Similarly to Friday’s match, the Buckeyes didn’t have their best game offensively with a .218 attack percentage, but dug in on defense to hold Indiana to a .160 mark.León once again led OSU with 17 digs, while Schirmer and freshman outside hitter Audra Appold contributed 13 and 12, respectively, as the Buckeyes out-dug the Hoosiers 77-62.OSU had 7.5 blocks — four coming in the final set of the match — led by Sandbothe’s three and two each from Campbell, Richardson and Wenz.Sandbothe had 14 kills on offense, and did not make an error until the final set as she hit at a .565 attack percentage. Campbell (15 kills, two blocks) was the only other Buckeye to reach double-digit points.After Wenz stepped up to lift the OSU offense in Friday’s match, senior setter Emily Ruetter did the same on Sunday. Ruetter took over for Hughes midway through the third set and picked up 19 assists, seven digs, one block and one kill.It will be a quick turnaround for the Buckeyes, as they are scheduled to travel to East Lansing, Michigan, on Wednesday to take on Michigan State. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. read more

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LOréal sacks its first transgender model for all white people are racist

first_imgThe company said in a statement: “L’Oréal supports diversity and tolerance towards all people irrespective of their race, background, gender and religion.”The L’Oréal Paris True Match campaign is a representation of these values and we are proud of the diversity of the Ambassadors who represent this campaign. The model had only had the job for a few daysCredit: Hannah Young/REX/Shutterstock “Come see me when you realise that racism isn’t learned, it’s inherited and consciously or unconsciously passed down through privilege. She also said she had made the remarks in response to the events at Charlottesville.Ms Bergdorf wrote: “I stand for tolerance and acceptance – but neither can be achieved if we are unwilling to discuss WHY intolerance and hate exist in the first place.”The model also advised people boycott the company, writing: “‘Sit still and smile in a beauty campaign ‘championing diversity’. But don’t actually speak about the fact that lack of diversity and is due to racism. Or speak about the origins of racism. It’ll cost you your job’. “This makeup brand cares about nothing but MONEY. I urge you to boycot L’Oréal Paris. I can’t express how disappointed I am in the entire team in dealing with misquotes that were entirely placed out of context.” “Once white people begin to admit that their race is the most violent and oppressive force of nature on Earth… then we can talk.”Until then stay acting shocked about how the world continues to stay f—— at the hands of your ancestors and your heads that remain buried in the sand with hands over your ears.”She defended her comments in a Facebook post, where she wrote: “When I stated that ‘all white people are racist’, I was addressing that fact that western society as a whole, is a SYSTEM rooted in white supremacy – designed to benefit, prioritise and protect white people before anyone of any other race. Unknowingly, white people are SOCIALISED to be racist from birth onwards. It is not something genetic. No one is born racist.” L’Oréal champions diversity. Comments by Munroe Bergdorf are at odds with our values and so we have decided to end our partnership with her.— L’Oréal Paris UK (@LOrealParisUK) September 1, 2017 “We believe that the recent comments by Munroe Bergdorf are at odds with those values, and as such we have taken the decision to end the partnership with her.”L’Oréal remains committed to celebrating diversity and breaking down barriers in beauty.”Ms Bergdorf had previously said: “Because most of ya’ll don’t even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour. Your entire existence is drenched in racism. From micro-aggressions to terrorism, you guys built the blueprint for this s—.  Hannah Young/REX/Shutterstock L’Oréal has sacked its first transgender model after comments surfaced where she had described all white people as racist.Munroe Bergdorf said: “Honestly I don’t have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people.”Her contract with the beauty giant was ended just days after she landed it. 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.last_img read more

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Meghan OSullivan warns of darker downside to Northern Ireland stalemate

first_imgTHE VICE-CHAIR of recent talks in Northern Ireland has warned of a “darker downside” to not finding a way forward on political issues.Meghan O’Sullivan was speaking to RTÉ’s Prime Time programme this evening and said that it’s already been seen that the inability of parties to compromise has led to violence:There could be an even darker downside. Which is the fact we’ve seen issues around parades and flags lead to political and social unrest, and even violence in some cases. And a conditioned stagnation or stalemate on these issues could fuel more protests and could fuel rejectionists on both sides of the spectrum.O’Sullivan said that if there isn’t compromise on the three issues of “the past, flags and emblems and issues of identity, and parades” then it would be ”a major loss for Northern Ireland”. Failure could, “bog down that society and prevent it being prosperous and free”, she said.O’Sullivan made a plea to all parties to look at the draft deal put forward by her and talks chair Richard Haass as a whole, and not focus on the areas to which they disagree.“There was not a single party that got everything it wanted and there certainly wasn’t a single party that didn’t get a good bit of what it wanted,” she said.There needs to be on the part of every single party a willingness to say ‘We got what we needed here, we didn’t get what we wanted here. But we can look at this package as an overall package and we can make the case both to the people of Northern Ireland and to our particular constituencies that overall this is a good agreement.’“Obviously not all parties were willing to do that,” she added.O’Sullivan’s direct intervention comes a day after she and Haass released a joint statement saying that they felt that some elements in the process were being “unrealistic in the extreme”.They urged parties to keep working towards compromise and this point was reiterated by O’Sullivan tonight saying that, “I’m not yet ready to acknowledge failure per se. These talks and the agreement is still open and in play.”O’Sullivan described the negotiation process as “different to the Good Friday Agreement process”. This she explained to Miriam O’Callaghan was primarily because, although the Irish and British governments were kept informed of the talks, the talks were “about internal political issues”.Read: Richard Haass says some in Northern Ireland are being ‘unrealistic in the extreme’ >Column: Failure of Haass talks highlights two serious problems in modern Northern Ireland >last_img read more

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8 hypnotic GIFs of chemical reactions with everyday objects

first_imgCHEMISTRY, YOU BLOW our minds. All GIFs via the wonderful chemicalreactiongifs on Reddit.1. This GIF of what happens when you dab a 9V battery on a simple piece of steel wool Source: Imgur2. Or hold a fluorescent bulb close to a plasma globe Source: Imgur3. Putting Alka-Seltzer in water… in zero gravity Source: Imgur4. What happens to a pencil when you run electrical current through it Source: Imgur5. ‘Cutting’ a single water droplet… with a superhydrophobic knife on superhydrophobic surfaces Source: Imgur6. Putting an incredibly strong magnet up to an old-style TV screen Source: Imgur7. Hitting a carnation, frozen in liquid nitrogen, with a hammer Source: Imgur8. And finally, just lighting a match Source: ImgurAll images via the incredible chemicalreactiongifs on RedditMore: Girl could be banned from graduation because of rude science joke>last_img read more

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UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson cancels Russia trip after US bombs Syria

first_img Image: Nick Ansell/PA Wire Updated at 4.05pmBRITAIN’S FOREIGN SECRETARY Boris Johnson has cancelled a scheduled visit to Moscow next week, saying “developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally”.“My priority is now to continue contact with the US and others in the run up to the G7 meeting on 10-11 April,” said Johnson, who was due to travel to Moscow on Monday.“We deplore Russia’s continued defence of the Assad regime even after the chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians,” added Johnson.He then called on Russia to do “everything possible to bring about a political settlement in Syria and work with the rest of the international community to ensure that the shocking events of the last week are never repeated”.“I discussed these plans in detail with Secretary Tillerson,” Johnson said, adding that the US foreign minister would still visit Moscow as planned following the G7 meeting to “deliver that clear and co-ordinated message to the Russians”.USEarlier, the US warned it is ready to hit Syria again after the missile strike that infuriated Moscow and fueled calls for a push to end the six-year war.US Ambassador Nikki Haley delivered the warning at an emergency session of the UN Security Council called after the US strikes, which were launched to punish an alleged chemical weapons attack by Bashar al-Assad’s regime.Russia, meanwhile, declared President Donald Trump’s first strike against the Damascus regime a violation of international law and an “act of aggression.”“The United States took a very measured step last night,” Haley told the council.We are prepared to do more, but we hope it will not be necessary.Haley said the strike destroyed an air field from which Washington believes Damascus launched the attack on rebel-held Khan Sheikhun, where 86 people including 27 children died this week.Rights monitors warned, however, that Syrian jets were already flying sorties from the base again as night fell yesterday.The United States fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from warships in the Mediterranean at the Shayrat airfield near Homs in central Syria.Assad’s office called the strike “foolish and irresponsible,” and Moscow announced a series of retaliatory steps including plans to strengthen Syrian air defenses.“The United States will no longer wait for Assad to use chemical weapons without any consequences,” Haley said.Those days are over.Russia accuses US United States’ Ambassador United Nations and current Security Council President Nikki Haley. Source: Mary AltafferThe United States did not seek UN Security Council authorisation for the military action that followed days of global outrage at images of dead children from the suspected sarin gas attack.It was Trump’s biggest military decision since taking office and marked a dramatic escalation in American involvement in Syria’s protracted war.“The United States attacked the territory of sovereign Syria,” Russian Deputy Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov told the council, denouncing a “flagrant violation of international law and an act of aggression.”US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in Florida to attend a summit between Trump and China’s Xi Jinping, is due in Moscow next week for talks with President Vladimir Putin.“I’m disappointed in that response from the Russians because it indicates their continued support for the Assad regime,” said Tillerson.“In particular,” he said, the response showed the Kremlin’s “continued support for a regime that carries out these kinds of horrendous attacks on their own people.“I find it very disappointing but — sadly, I have to tell you — not all that surprising.”In Washington, a senior US official said Syria may have had help carrying out the alleged chemical attack, but stopped short of accusing Russia of complicity.© – AFP 2017Read: Syria airstrike: Donald Trump’s 180 degree shift on attacking the Assad regime Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 4:00 PM Short URL UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson cancels Russia trip after US bombs Syria “The United States will no longer wait for Assad to use chemical weapons without any consequences.” 93 Comments Share3 Tweet Email By AFP Apr 8th 2017, 4:00 PM Image: Nick Ansell/PA Wire 25,445 Views http://jrnl.ie/3330358 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Deezer pourrait lever jusquà 100 millions de dollars dinvestissement

first_imgDeezer pourrait lever jusqu’à 100 millions de dollars d’investissementLe site de streaming souhaite lever 100 millions de dollars pour développer son service à l’international, l’objectif étant d’être présent dans 200 pays.Deezer souhaite passer à la vitesse supérieure concernant son développement économique et son implantation à l’international. Au mois de décembre dernier, l’entreprise avait annoncé que le mois de février 2012 serait le premier pas vers un déploiement sur le continent africain et océanique. D’ici le mois de juin, c’est sur 200 pays que Deezer souhaite être accessible.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour cela, la société cherche à lever entre 50 et 100 millions d’investissement indique Les Echos. La société serait ainsi valorisée à hauteur de 500 millions d’euros et pourra avoir les moyens de ses ambitions. Mais cette, c’est vers des investisseurs étrangers que Deezer prospecte. Orange, qui détient aujourd’hui 11% du capital de l’entreprise, ne remettra pas la main à la poche.Cette association avec l’opérateur français lui est néanmoins profitable puisque Orange est déjà bien installé dans de nombreux pays, en nom propre ou par des filiales, et pourra proposer un accès illimité au contenu du service de streaming comme il le fait actuellement chez nous via son offre mobile Origami Style.On estime aujourd’hui à 1,5 millions d’utilisateurs la base française de Deezer et cette internationalisation est désormais obligatoire pour contrer son principal concurrent Spotify, qui lui, dispose d’un partenariat avancé avec le réseau social Facebook, ce qui lui confère un avantage considérable en terme de visibilité. Le 26 février 2012 à 18:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Mental facility worker mail truck driver injured in Opalocka crash

first_imgOPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a mental facility employee and a mail truck driver to the hospital after, officials said, their vehicles collided in Opa-locka, Friday morning.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the employee was driving out of the Jackson North Community Mental Health Center when her Toyota sedan collided with a mail truck near Northwest 27th Avenue and 151st Street.Firefighters had to extricate the postal worker, who became trapped underneath the truck.Paramedics transported the mail truck driver to Jackson North Medical Center and the employee to Aventura Hospital.Both vehicles were later towed from the scene.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Boys Girls Club of MiamiDade to hold annual gala on new Norwegian

first_imgFor information about sponsorships and underwriting, visit the gala’s website or contact Rhia Hunter at 305-446-9910 ext. 30 or through email at rhunter@bgcmia.org.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Norwegian Cruise Line announced that it will hold an annual gala that supports the Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade on board its newest ship.The 13th Annual Wild About Kids Gala will take place on Nov. 16 and 17 on board the Norwegian Encore, a yet-to-launch, $1 billion cruise ship.During the gala, attendees will have access to the cruise line’s attractions that include a two-level go-kart race track and an over 10,000 square-foot indoor virtual reality complex. Attendees can also enjoy entertainment on the ship, which will include a performance of “Kinky Boots,” a Tony Award-winning musical.Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Andy Stuart and his wife Allison Stuart are both avid supporters of the Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade. Stuart will co-chair this year’s gala, organizers said.“This year’s Wild About Kids Gala is the hottest ticket in town,” Andy Stuart said. “Taking place on our brand new billion-dollar ship, which sets sail on her first revenue cruise after this epic Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade fundraising celebration, the gala provides attendees access to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity while doing a world of good for thousands of local children. I implore both loyal and first-time Boys & Girls Club supporters to take part in this truly meaningful experience!”Organizers said the goal of the 2019 gala is to double the attendance of the 2018 gala and raise over $1.5 million. All money raised during the gala will help fund programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade.Gala sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are now available. Sponsorships and tickets range from $1,750 to $100,000. last_img read more

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Royal divorce confirmed ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markles relocation to

first_imgLady Davina Windsor (2nd L) walks arm in arm with her newly wed husband, Gary Lewis, outside the chapel at Kensington Palace.Getty imagesAs Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make preparations to move to Frogmore Cottage, Buckingham Palace has confirmed that there will be a royal divorce.Palace officials have announced that Lady Davina Windsor and Gary Lewis have decided to part ways after 14 years of marriage. Though the reason behind the separation has not been revealed, it is speculated that Lady Davina and Lewis’ different background is one of the causes, Hello! reported.Lady Davina Windsor is the elder daughter of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and his wife Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester. She was 30th in the line of succession to the British throne as of June 2018. Duke of Gloucester is the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.The couple met each other during a trip to Bali in 2000 and got married at the private chapel in Kensington Palace in 2004. They have two kids – Senna Kowhai, 8, and Tane Mahuta, 6. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesDavina and Lewis used to stay in Auckland for some time during their marriage and lived a low-key lifestyle. The couple seldom comes out in public but appeared at the Trooping the Colour ceremony and were also present at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s royal wedding.Prince Harry and Prince William used to have a lot of fun with Lady Davina and her sister Lady Rose Windsor and they were all photographed together many times.The news of their separation comes ahead of Prince Harry and Markle’s move. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to receive support from Kensington Palace until they have settled. And because of this separation, it has been rumoured that the charity, Royal Foundation which is Prince Harry, Prince William, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s will be affected.It has also been reported that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s marriage is in trouble. The couple also had their first ‘out and out disagreement’ when Meghan’s friend defended her from her critics in an American celebrity magazine, a gesture that Harry would have disapproved if he knew about it before.last_img read more

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ALs polls phobia leads to Gazipur election postponement BNP

first_imgLogo of BNPBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that the government has got the Gazipur City Corporation election stayed by the court resorting to tricks sensing the sure defeat of the ruling party mayoral candidate.He came up with the observation at a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.”The government could realise the defeat of its candidate. That’s why they’ve got a writ filed by their party man, and stayed the Gazipur city polls,” the BNP leader said.Fakhrul said Savar upazila Awami League labour and manpower affairs secretary ABM Azharul Islam filed the writ with the High Court “at the behest of the government. This incident has once again exposed that the government has got totally isolated from people.”Earlier in the day, the High Court stayed the Gazipur City Corporation election scheduled to be held on 15 May.An HC bench of justice Naima Haider and justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order following a hearing on the writ petition.The HC also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the inclusion of six moujas of Dhaka district into GCC should not be declared illegal.Fakhrul said BNP considers the stay order on the Gazipur polls as a victory of the party. “The government was forced to stop the polls to avoid its sure defeat.”He strongly condemned and protested the arrest of party vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman and other party leaders and activists at Tongi, Gazipur.The BNP secretary general demanded the government immediately release those were arrested, including Noman.He said the government is getting the election stayed as it suffers from an ‘election phobia’.Fakhrul also criticised the election commission, saying it is not playing an impartial role. “Our senior leader Moudud Ahmed has already demanded that the commission be reconstituted.”He said the EC has failed to take proper steps for holding fair and credible polls. “So, we’re also worried about the national election.”BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury were present.last_img read more

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