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Two held for murder of MBA student in Odisha village

first_imgAn anonymous letter and guilty conscience of one of the two accused led the police solve a murder case of a 24-year-old MBA student who was missing from Bhogara village in Odisha’s Ganjam district since August 28.The police have arrested Pravanjan Tripathy, the business partner of the victim, Jitendra Pradhan, and Bansidhar Gouda, who allegedly assisted Tripathy in disposing of Pradhan’s body and motorbike.The arrests were made following the discovery of the body and the motorbike earlier this week. The Bhanjanagar Sub-Divisional Police Officer received an anonymous letter hinting at the murder and the names of the persons allegedly involved in the crime. A police team searched for the body and the bike based of the hints given in the letter and found the charred remains of the vehicle buried inside Kiriamba forest on September 17. A day later, the decomposed body of Pradhan was unearthed from a waterbody meant for wild elephants inside the same jungle. On Wednesday, the police arrested the two accused and during interrogation, Gouda allegedly confessed to helping Tripathy in disposing of the body.According to sources, Gouda had earlier confessed about the murder and the disposal of the body before some inhabitants of Bhogara. It is suspected that he only sent the anonymous letter to the police.Dispute over money Financial dispute between the deceased and Tripathy is suspected to be the reason behind the murder. The two had started a poultry farm together at Bhogara. According to sources, As Pradhan was studying in Bhubaneswar, Tripathy used to manage the farm. The victim is said to have invested ₹2 lakh in the farm. Pradhan had come to Bhogara on August 26 and was scheduled to return to Bhubaneswar on August 28. On the day he went missing he had told his mother that he would return home after collecting money from Tripathy. According to the police investigation, Tripathy and Pradhan allegedly consumed liquor inside Kiriamba jungle on August 28. When the victim got too drunk, Tripathy allegedly hacked him to death. On August 29, Tripathy, with help of Gouda, allegedly disposed of the body and the bike.last_img read more

KL Rahul bumps into Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante

first_imgAdvertisementImage Courtesy: NDTV SportsAfter a satisfying victory over the hosts in the third test match, the Men In Blue have a lengthy break before their outing at Southampton. While several members of the team are spending their time experiencing England, KL Rahul managed to cross the cricketing border to catch up with Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante. Advertisement An avid football aficionado, Rahul has revealed in a talk with BCCI in the past that he admires Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Having represented the All Hearts club in the celebrity football exhibition games, the 26-year-old is one of Team India’s heart in the football sessions during warm-ups.With the scores of 4,13,8,10,23 and 36, Rahul is desperate to make a statement in the whites for India after having a good outing in the limited overs series. The inclusion of Prithvi Shaw in the side brings competition to KL Rahul who is in danger of losing his opener’s spot in the series which lies at 2-1 with two games more to play.On the other side, another blue, Kante has gone from heights to heights ever since his historic Premier League victory with Leicester. The 27-year-old has managed to become one of the leading midfielders in the world and is expected to be an integral part in manager Sarri’s plans this season.Read Also:Cricket: West Indian great doubts Jasprit Bumrah’s skill with the new ballCricket: Virat Kohli obliges to a young fan’s request in a heartwarming gesturecenter_img The wicket-keeper batsman revealed the meeting through Instagram, where the pair are seen to have a talk about how they made into their respective national sides. Kante also went on to reveal his euphoric World Cup-winning experience with France earlier this year to the Kings XI Punjab batsman.Rahul divulged in his post that the French International was not too pleased with the fact that the former Royal Challengers Bangalore stalwart is not a Chelsea fan.last_img read more

Report: Bayern 3 Augsburg 0

first_imgBayern Munich 3 Augsburg 0: Lewandowski double sends leaders six points clear Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 00:21 11/19/17 robert lewandowski - cropped Bongarts Bayern Munich stretched their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to six points as they defeated Augsburg in ruthless fashion. Robert Lewandowski’s double helped Bayern Munich to a 3-0 victory over Augsburg at the Allianz Arena on Saturday as the champions capitalised on RB Leipzig’s failure to win.The Poland star took his tally for the season to 13 goals in as many league games, with Arturo Vidal also on the scoresheet, as Jupp Heynckes’ side made it five top-flight wins in a row.The hosts struggled initially to break down an Augsburg side who had won only one of their previous six matches, but an incorrect offside call went Bayern’s way to allow Vidal to lash home a loose ball in the box. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lewandowski struck following a fast break just before half-time and the 29-year-old netted his second at the end of a superb passing move early in the second half, as Bayern cruised to another three points and put more pressure on Augsburg boss Manuel Baum.The victory also gives the champions a six-point lead at the top of the table, with Borussia Dortmund having lost to Stuttgart on Friday and Leipzig held to a 2-2 draw by Bayer Leverkusen.This team #FCBFCA 3-0— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 18, 2017Bayern threatened from the outset, Niklas Sule and Mats Hummels both missing headers from James Rodriguez deliveries and Lewandowski seeing a close-range effort stopped by Marwin Hitz.Augsburg’s good pressing game was keeping the home side frustrated despite their dominance of the ball, but the breakthrough came in the 31st minute, albeit in questionable fashion.Lewandowski looked to be offside as he challenged for a header from a James free-kick, and when the loose ball broke to Vidal in the area, the Chilean lashed it high into the net on the turn.Kevin Danso should have done better with a free header he sent straight into Sven Ulreich’s grasp and Bayern punished that miss seven minutes before the break. Caiuby was dispossessed by Vidal in the centre circle and he sent Lewandowski clear into the box, where the striker slotted confidently past Hitz.6 – Robert #Lewandowski is only the second @FCBayernEN player to score in each of the first 6 home games of a Bundesliga season after Gerd #Müller 1972-73. Record. #FCBFCA @FCBayernUS— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) November 18, 2017Bayern’s third came four minutes after the break at the end of a quite brilliant passing move. The home side, under heavy pressure from Augsburg, worked the ball from James in midfield to the back and eventually to Joshua Kimmich down the right wing, and his cross was expertly volleyed into the bottom-right corner by Lewandowski.Vidal was just about denied by Hitz on the line after a glorious chipped pass from James, and the Augsburg keeper got fingertips to a fizzing Arjen Robben strike to keep the scoreline looking respectable, as Bayern eased through the closing stages to extend their run to nine games without defeat since Heynckes took charge.The veteran had the added joy of celebrating his 500th Bundesliga win, 174 as a player and 326 as a coach. Key Opta facts:- Arturo Vidal was involved in two goals (one goal, one assist) – the last time he managed that in Bundesliga was in a 3-0 win against Schalke in April 2016.- Robert Lewandowski has scored in each of Bayern Munich’s six home games this season – the only Bayern player before who scored in the first six home games of a season was Gerd Muller in 1972-73.- It was Robert Lewandowski’s 44th Bundesliga game with more than one goal scored, levelling Klaus Fischer and Manfred Burgsmuller. The only players with more of these games are Gerd Muller (87) and Jupp Heynckes (51).- It was Jupp Heynckes 500th win in Bundesliga as player and manager (in total 1016 games). No other person has reached this milestone.- Joshua Kimmich has won 50 of his 62 Bundesliga games – no other German player has reached this milestone so early. The old record was held by Sven Bender and Andreas Ottl (50th win in game number 71). read morelast_img read more

Cabinet clears changes to Aadhaar Amendment Bill

first_imgNew Delhi: The Cabinet on Wednesday approved official changes to Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill 2019 that incorporates a clause to allow use of Aadhaar data for state schemes and subsidies.The amendment to the Aadhaar Act entails use of India’s national biometric ID by states governments for their schemes that are funded through the ‘Consolidated Fund of the State’. “The states had demanded (this). As per Supreme Court order, Aadhaar is allowed where the funds are going for beneficiary schemes coming straight from the central government. It will enable the use…the way subsidies to the central schemes are transferred from the central fund, Aadhaar can be used for transferring state subsidies,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters while briefing about the Cabinet decisions. Earlier this month, Parliament had approved amendments to the Aadhaar and other laws to allow voluntary use of the 12-digit unique number as ID proof for obtaining mobile phone SIM cards and opening bank accounts. The government also inserted a new clause allowing the use of Aadhaar data by states for implementation of their schemes. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A government official, who did not wish to be named, explained that since the particular clause was included after the Bill was introduced in Parliament, the Cabinet nod is in the nature of a ‘post facto’ approval. According to the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 – posted by the Lok Sabha after its passage in the house – a new section 5A was inserted. “In section 7 of the principal Act, after the words ‘the Consolidated Fund of India’, the words ‘or the Consolidated Fund of State’ shall be inserted,” it had said. Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act pertains to targeted delivery of financial and other subsidies, benefits and services funded from the Consolidated Fund of India.last_img read more

Canadian Chamber of Commerce critical of proposed tax reforms by Ottawa

first_imgFREDERICTON – Members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce say proposed tax changes by the federal government are casting business people in a negative light and the finance minister shouldapologize.Chamber members got to put their concerns directly to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau Saturday at their annual meeting in Fredericton.There was a round of applause when Morneau was asked if he’d consider an independent royal commission to take a broader look at tax reform, but Morneau said the government has been talking about tax reform since the summer of 2015, and expects the current input will lead to changes in what’s being proposed.The tax proposals include restrictions on the ability of business owners to reduce their tax rate by sprinkling their income to family members in lower tax brackets, even if those family members don’t contribute to the company.Morneau also proposed limits on the use of private corporations to make passive investments that are unrelated to the company.Another change would limit business owners’ ability to convert regular income of a corporation into capital gains, which are typically taxed at a lower rate.last_img read more

Orphan Black Just Killed Off Spoiler And We Are Definitely Not OK

first_imgAdvertisement [Warning: This article contains spoilers. Read at your own risk!]It was bound to happen ,but we weren’t ready for it.The second episode of Orphan Black’s fifth and final season marked the death of one of our favorite clones –M.K. (Tatiana Maslany). The expert hacker was killed by former Topside cleaner Ferdinand Chevalierin (James Frain) in a disturbing scene that was graphic enough to make even Quentin Tarantino blush. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement The surprising thing isn’t so much the fact that she died but the way in which it happened. Her demise was teased earlier in the episode when she revealed to Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) that she’s suffering from the same respiratory illness which already claimed the lives of Katja (Tatiana Maslany) and Jennifer Fitzsimmons (Tatiana Maslany), and has Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) desperately working to find a cure.READ MORE Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

A look back at Ipperwash and Dudley Georges death

first_imgAPTN National NewsThis week, APTN honours Aboriginal history month and takes a look back at a call for justice.For 40 years the Stoney Point band lobbied successive governments to return land that was expropriated from them during World War II.In 1995 a small group of protestors occupied the land at Ipperwash Provincial Park. In September of that year, the Ontario Provincial Police moved in, shooting and killing Dudley George.In May 2007, a public inquiry found the OPP, former Ontario premier Mike Harris and the federal government responsible for George’s death.APTN remembers George and presents a look back at the coverage of the inquiry and its fallout.last_img read more

Dawson Creek wins BC SPCA Award

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The City of Dawson Creek was awarded with the BC SPCA’s Humane Community Award at the society’s annual awards ceremony in Richmond on May 4th. The award was presented by the SPCA in recognition of the city’s approach to humane welfare for animals. BC SPCA CEO Craig Daniell said that in 2015, the city introduced an animal responsibility bylaw designed to address cat overpopulation by encouraging spay/neuter and permanent identification.“It takes a strong community effort to address the suffering of animals, and the mayor and council of Dawson Creek have shown outstanding leadership in working with the BC SPCA and other partners to create a better life for animals in their region,” said Daniell. “The city’s mandatory cat licensing bylaw has also made a significant impact. In 2017 nearly 800 cats were licensed – more than the number of dogs licensed that same year – which has enabled the BC SPCA’s South Peace Branch to increase the return rate of lost cats to their guardians from 10 to 40 per cent.”Licensing fees are $5 for a fixed cat and $200 for an unfixed cat. Thanks to the generous support of PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, the South Peace SPCA has been able to provide free spay and neuter surgeries to the city’s residents. The grant program led to a significant increase in bylaw compliance. In 2015, 73 percent of kittens coming into the care of the South Peace Branch came from the city of Dawson Creek. This number decreased to 31 percent last year. All of the 2018 BC SPCA Award winners. Supplied photo.“The leadership demonstrated by the city of Dawson Creek has made a life-saving difference for animals in their community and is a model for other communities across B.C.,” added Daniell.last_img read more

UNICEF calls for better enforcement against child traffickers in South Asia

“There should be no hiding place for those selling and trading children for sex,” said Sadig Rasheed, UNICEF’s Regional Director. “While governments and law enforcement agencies must do whatever they can to protect children, a lot of problems could be stopped tomorrow if men in South Asia said ‘no’ to child sex.” The three-day meeting in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, is drawing representatives from eight South Asian governments along with children from the region and officials from nearly a dozen UN and non-governmental agencies to assess progress since the 2001Yokohama Global Commitment, which called for greater worldwide efforts to protect children. Because of links with organized crime it is extremely difficult to get reliable figures on trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children, but UNICEF said an estimated 300, 000 women and children from Bangladesh have been trafficked to India and another 200,000 to Pakistan. In addition between 100,000 and 200,000 Nepali women and girls are said to be working in India’s sex industry, the agency added. While not all those trafficked will be employed as prostitutes, a considerable proportion will have become involved in this form of exploitation. read more

Baseballs Hot Stove Has Gone From Cold To Basically Turned Off

“We’ll closely monitor developments,” an MLB Players Association spokesperson said to FiveThirtyEight last month. “If 30 clubs are competing for a pennant, the free-agent market for players will be robust.”But fewer teams seem interested in competing.The Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks, 2018 contenders, are retooling. The American League Central champion Cleveland Indians have shed payroll in a weak division they can likely win without spending on free agents.And teams seem to have learned, collectively, to wait out free agents. Thirty-five free agents signed guaranteed major league deals last year between Feb. 1 and opening day,2Excluding players who signed with one team earlier in the offseason, were released and signed with another team within the February-to-April period. compared with 18 in 2017, 13 in 2016, 10 in 2015 and 13 in 2014. The longer free agents wait, the fewer dollars they’re typically awarded.Even the star free agents are having to wait.Consider that in the not-so-distant past, top players had usually signed by now. Just look at the contracts inked before Christmases past: On Dec. 1, 2015, David Price signed the richest deal ever for a starting pitcher (seven years and $217 million) with the Boston Red Sox, and he was followed three days later by Zack Greinke, who signed a six-year, $206.5 million deal with Arizona. On Dec. 10 of the previous year, Jon Lester signed a $155 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. And in 2013, Robinson Cano signed a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Seattle Mariners on Dec. 6, just three days after Jacoby Ellsbury signed a seven-year, $153 million deal with the Yankees.But the five richest contracts of last offseason were awarded after Jan. 24. And only one contract so far this offseason has topped $100 millionThere are other factors behind the slow down, said Chaim Bloom, vice president of baseball operations for the Tampa Bay Rays. His club reportedly signed pitcher Charlie Morton on Dec.12.“I’m hesitant to call something a trend before having [enough] information to really say this is a new normal — it might just be a slight shift in the timetable,” Bloom said to FiveThirtyEight last week. “There is a lot more information available. Teams increasingly like to have more and more information before making decisions. That may push some things later in the calendar. I also think — and this offseason is a good example of it — staff movement and staff [hirings] are taking up a larger chunk of offseason. … The more coaching staffs and front offices grow, the more time that is going to take [in early offseason].”Have teams learned to wait out the market?“I don’t know if it’s ideal for clubs, necessarily,” Bloom said of the slower markes. “You want to go into spring training knowing who you have.”Free agency has become more and more a battleground between teams and players. Clubs are accused of suppressing the service time of potential stars so as to control their prime years at cheaper salaries. Teams also seem to be wary of allocating a large share of their payroll to one player. Alex Rodriguez’s $275 million deal with the Yankees — signed Dec. 13, 2007 — remains the record for a free-agent contract even as MLB revenues have increased from $6 billion in 2007 to exceeding $10 billion in 2017.Regardless of whether free-agent superstars Harper and Manny Machado set contract records, they are expected to receive guaranteed dollars well into nine figures. The greater concern for the union is what another slow-to-develop market means for the middle class of free agents — which represents the vast majority of players.A slow-to-develop market forced unsigned players to create their own spring training camp last year in Bradenton, Florida. David Freese knows this trend well. After the former World Series MVP finished the 2015 season with 2.2 wins above replacement, he sought a lucrative, multiple-year contract. But he had to settle in March for a one-year, $3 million deal with the Pirates.“It was a tough situation to handle,” Freese said in 2016. “The waiting, it challenges your heart. Sitting around while guys are out playing [in spring training] … seeing games, seeing guys in the field.”Rather than test free agency this winter after the Dodgers were likely to turn down his $6 million club option, he re-signed with the club on a one-year, $4.5 million deal.Freese isn’t the only player to take that approach. Josh Donaldson — the 2015 A.L. MVP — agreed to a one-year, $23 million deal with Atlanta on Nov. 26. He was joined by 18 other free agents signing contracts for just one year, making up 67.9 percent of the 28 signings so far through Monday. That’s the greatest share of one-year contracts signed through the first 50 days of the offseason over the past six winters. (The next closest was 52 percent in 2016-17.)Some of these players may have decided to bet on themselves on shorter-term deals in the hopes of maximizing their future earning potential. Or perhaps they are responding to seeing players with hopes of signing lucrative multi-year deals last offseason, like Mike Moustakas and Neil Walker, languish on the market until spring training had started.Free agents across the game appear to be in store for another longer wait. Perhaps this is the new normal.Sara Ziegler contributed research. LAS VEGAS — The Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino was, in some ways, the most appropriate host for baseball’s winter meetings: After all, this offseason was once expected to be punctuated by announcements of record-setting, high-dollar free-agency deals. Bryce Harper, a premier free agent, is a Las Vegas native. But away from the din of the casino floor, a podium set up for press conferences in a vast ballroom was largely quiet last week. After last winter marked the slowest signing period in at least the previous 18 years, this offseason is starting even more slowly, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis of free-agent data.Teams already seemed less interested in giving time on the field to players over the age of 30 — the time frame in which many players first become eligible for free agency. But now, early in the offseason, teams also seem increasingly less willing to spend on any free agent.Consider that through Monday, 50 days after the World Series concluded, only 5.2 percent of available free-agent players1Our pool of available free agents includes any player with major league experience who was granted free agency or released in October and November of each season. That excludes players signed internationally or those waived by a club before the season ended or later in the offseason. had signed major league deals for guaranteed money, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis of data from The Baseball Cube. Fifty days after the end of the 2017 World Series, 5.5 percent of available free agents had signed. Two years ago that number was 9.2 percent. In the three offseasons prior to that winter — 2015-16, 2014-15 and 2013-14 — it was 9.2, 7.8 and 10.9 percent respectively.Through Monday, $442.5 million had been spent on free agents. That’s down from $469.8 million at the same point last year, which was down from $976.5 million in the winter of 2016-17, $1.401 billion in 2015-16, $1.173 billion in 2014-15 and $1.229 billion through the middle of December 2013. read more

Sandvik Mining and Construction signs iron ore project order in Latin America

first_imgSandvik Mining and Construction has signed a major materials handling contract with a major mining company in Latin America. The contract value exceeds SEK1,200 million and will be executed and contribute to SMC business during the years 2011 until 2013. The start of the operation is scheduled for 2013. The order includes design and supply of a long distance belt conveyor system, for downhill transportation, with designed capacity of 19,200 t/h of iron ore. “The importance and complexity of the system and the impressive performance data demonstrate Sandvik Mining and Construction´s capability to provide high-tech solutions in the area of bulk materials handling systems for mining applications”, says Lars Josefsson, President of the Sandvik Mining and Construction business area.last_img read more

ASOBAL Buzzerbeater in Leon Barca scores 50 goals

GranollersQuabit Guadalajara26 : 23 TeucroBM Sinfin23 : 23 AlcobendasBarcelona24 : 50 ASOBAL 2018/2019 began last weekend all around Spain with 50 goals scored by defending champions FC Barcelona Lassa in Alcobendas 50:24 and very interesting clash in Leon, where La Rioja took a point in the last second of the match after outstanding solo-action of Serbian left wing Vanja Ilic.27 – Abanca Ademar León: Biosca (Slavic); Mario López (2, 1p.), S. Simonet (1), Vieyra (1), Jaime Fernández (5,2 p.), Juanjo Fernández (6); Caoru (1), Rodrigo Pérez (1), David Fernández (3), Acacio (1), Mosic (4), Pesic (1).27 – Logroño La Rioja: Sergey Hdez. (Gurutz Aginagalde); Sánchez-Migallón, Ilic (8, 1p.), Kusan (2), Muñoz (5), 2 p.); Del Arco (4), Kukic (1), Garciandía (1); Scott, Moreira (1), Eduardo Cadarso (3), Fekete.RESULTS: CuencaAtl. Valladolid33 : 34 AdemarLa Rioja27 : 27 Puente GenilBenidorm26 : 26 HuescaMorrazo Cangas25 : 21 ASOBALFC Barcelona LassaLa Rioja handballVanja Ilic CD Bidasoa IrunAnaitasuna26 : 24 ← Previous Story Nedim Remili to stay in Paris until 2022 Next Story → Legendary GDR coach Peter Kretzschmar passes away read more

Govt took no precautions

first_imgMembers of fire service along with the local people conduct rescue operation. Photo: Prothom AloThe deadliest landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains have already claimed at least 140 lives in the hilly districts in southeast Bangladesh.The government had took no preventive measures to tackle the natural calamity that hit Rangamati, Bandarban, Khagrachhari and Chittagong districts.The district administration does not even have a list of areas at risk of landslides.Experts said, given the geographically unique character of the region, it is important to have a list of places suitable for human habitat in the hilly areas.Scientific mapping and surveys must be carried out, the experts added.They also blamed the unplanned settlements and massive deforestation in the hill tracts for the great loss of lives in the districts.Professor of Dhaka University geography department, Syed Humayun Akhtar, said, “We must have a map of risk-prone areas. If we had that, lives could have been saved.”Asked about the government’s precautions, the additional deputy commissioner of Rangamati, Prokash Kanti Chowdhury, told Prothom Alo that the district administration has no list of unsafe residential areas. The roads and highway department has a list in this regard, he said.Khagrachhari district was the least affected by the landslides. A body of one person so far been recovered from the district.The additional deputy commissioner of Khagracchari, Gofran Faruki, said the authorities warned the residents after the heavy rains in the areas.He said the district administration has no list of the vulnerable areas.Bandarban’s additional deputy commissioner, Didar Alam M Maksud Chowdhury, said every year the authorities make a list of the unsafe areas and a list was prepared this year too.”People of the hazardous areas were removed after the rains began,” he said.He confessed that the landslide-hit places were not on the list.Director general of the disaster management directorate Mohammed Riaz Ahmed said a list was made after the deadly landslide in 2007 that killed 127 people in Chittagong district.But the list was not updated. “It would have been good if we had an updated one.”Disaster management expert Gawher Nayeem Wahra told Prothom Alo the administration has no list of the unsafe parts of the hilly districts.”The administration does not bother to make people aware of risks involved in living there. The hill dwellers face endless disaster due to the administration’s failures and limitations.”*The piece is rewritten in English by Toriqul Islamlast_img read more

IS chief Baghdadi may have been killed Russian army

first_imgThis image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, adressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. AFPThe Russian army on Friday said it hit Islamic State leaders in an airstrike in Syria last month and was seeking to verify whether IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed.In a statement, the army said Sukhoi warplanes carried out a 10-minute night-time strike on May 28 at a location near Raqa, where IS leaders had gathered to plan a pullout by militants from the group’s stronghold.”Senior commanders of the military groups of the so-called IS military council, 30 mid-ranking field commanders and up to 300 militants who provided security for them were eliminated,” it said.”According to information which is being checked through various channels, the leader of ISIL Ibrahim Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi was also present at the meeting and was eliminated by the strike,” it said.ISIL is an acronym for the so-called IS group, also known as ISIS and Daesh.The US has been informed about the attack, the statement added.Elusive IS supremo Baghdadi has not been seen in public since proclaiming himself “caliph” in the Iraqi city of Mosul three years ago.His group has earned global notoriety for imposing a hardline form of Islam that has included stonings, beheadings and amputations.The Iraqi-born world’s most-wanted man has been rumoured wounded or killed a number of times in the past.He has been nicknamed “The Ghost” as he has been reportedly spotted around the Syrian-Iraqi border but his whereabouts have never been confirmed.US-backed Arab and Kurdish forces broke into the IS bastion of Raqa last Tuesday for the first time since it became a hub of the group’s self-declared caliphate and the scene of its most gruesome atrocities.last_img read more

PS Vita games priced at 77 for Japanese launch

first_imgThe launch of the PS Vita is fast approaching with Japan getting the handheld first on December 17. With a little over two months to go, Sony has revealed the price it expects to sell PS Vita titles for in its home territory, which if it keeps for the U.S. and European launch won’t see many games fly off the shelves.For the top tier games, for example, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Sony has applied a price tag of 5,980 Yen. That’s $77 for a boxed copy of the title. The download version is slightly cheaper at 4,900 Yen ($65).Before gamers outside of Japan get too concerned about that high pricing, take into account the exchange rate and pricing already announced for the hardware in the U.S. In Japan, the PS Vita will cost $390 (3G) or $325 (Wi-Fi). In the U.S. it will be $299 and $249 respectively. If we apply the same price difference to games, then boxed copies should cost no more than $59 and download versions no more than $50 when they launch in Western markets.We also need to consider that this is launch pricing and what Sony recommends the games should sell for. Retailers will discount those prices if they need or want to, and other launch titles are already expected to be cheaper. For example, Everybody’s Golf Next will be $65 boxed and a $52 download.The real losers in all of this are those gamers who have decided to import the Vita and its games before the February launch in the U.S. With supplies of the Japanese model sure to be stretched, you could easily end up paying $600+ for it. Games could also go for $100 each. In other words, don’t expect much change from $1,000 for the device and a couple of games if you want one in time for Christmas.via Andriasanglast_img read more

Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine ready to open Nov 1

first_img MIAMI — Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts says its rebranded Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine, the first adults-only hotel under the Grand Bahia Principe brand, is getting ready to welcome guests starting Nov. 1.Back in May 2018 Bahia Principe announced it was making the move to rebrand one of its top properties in Punta Cana, the Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Green, into Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine.As an adults-only resort the 498-suite property will feature rejuvenated day and nighttime entertainment for guests 18 years and older.Lobby at Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine“At Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, we pride ourselves on providing upscale yet approachable hospitality in the Caribbean and we’ve recently taken the initiative to clearly segment and develop each one of our property’s personalities,” saus Lluisa Salord, Senior VP Global Sales, Contracting and Distribution, Grupo Piñero.“With the opening of Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine, we hope to strengthen our adults-only business while ensuring consistent quality across our accommodations, amenities and distinct entertainment program. We experienced a demand for an adults-only Grand property in Punta Cana, and we are confident that Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine will exceed our guests’ expectations.”More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoFrom wine tasting classes to rum mixology lessons, from card and board game tournaments to themed parties with live music and shows, the all-inclusive resort will be a well-rounded entertainment destination within the Bahia Principe Bavaro complex, she added.Rendering of the new bar at Bahia Principe’s Bavaro complexOther events to be hosted at the property include burlesque performances, foam parties and DJ socials at the hotel lobby. For fitness aficionados, new wellness and sports activities will be held throughout Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine, including TRX workouts, CrossFit, Zumba, HIIT training and merengue and salsa dance lessons.Guests of Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine will be allowed unlimited a la carte dinners and access to the three other Grand Bahia Principe hotels of the complex. The complex offers a la carte dining establishments that serve dishes from across the globe, including traditional Dominican fare, Italian specialties and Japanese-Peruvian cuisine.Rendering of the new gym at Bahia Principe’s Bavaro complexFor use by guests of Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine and all Luxury brand properties, Bahia Principe’s Bavaro complex will also receive some upgrades of its own, including a new sports bar and fitness centre exclusively for adults. Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine ready to open Nov. 1 Friday, August 24, 2018 Share Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach “We definitely would love to have him back.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Comments   Share   When March 8 rolls around, expect the Arizona Cardinals to be very busy.That’s the day NFL teams can begin contacting and negotiating with free agents and make qualifying offers to restricted free agents.According to Arizona head coach Bruce Arians, the team’s general manager, Steve Keim, will be busy calling players when the clock strikes 12:01.“We probably have five,” Arians told Doug and Wolf Friday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM when asked if there was a specific early target for the Cardinals. “Steve and I have the same philosophy, ‘here it is, do you want it? I’m going to ask this guy in about a half an hour. If you don’t want it, I’m going to ask him. If he wants it, you’re out.’ Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “It’s easy. We don’t play games.”Of course, the second-year head coach didn’t offer names of players the team is targeting, but did talk about areas where he’d like to see the Cardinals improve.“I think we need to get bigger and stronger on both sides of line with more depth — offensive line and defensive line. We need to get some depth because of our division — you’re going to win at the line of scrimmage in our division, you have to be physical,” he said. “And we can never, never stop getting speed, everywhere. Whether it be a linebacker, pass rusher, corner, safety or wide receiver.”Then there’s the matter of the Cardinals bringing back free agents of their own. Arizona has 14 players in that category, but none more important to re-sign than veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby, who led the team with 122 total tackles and was named a second team All-Pro.Arians knows how vital Dansby is to the Cardinals’ defense.“There’s no doubt — we offered Karlos a contract the day after the season ended,” he said. “We’re still in the negotiating process, but he’s a major part because of what he brought to the table for us as a leader.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Malaysia Airlines and Emirates have announced a new partnership that will give their customers a seamless international network connecting Malaysia to more than 90 destinations on the Emirates network across Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Americas, exclusive frequent flyer benefits and world-class travel experiences.Under the agreement signed by Emirates’ President Sir Tim Clark and Malaysia Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer Christoph Mueller, Malaysia Airlines will add its code on flights of Emirates to Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Americas. In return, Emirates will add its code on flights of Malaysia Airlines to domestic routes in Malaysia, South East Asia and selective cities across the Asia Pacific region. The codeshare will be implemented progressively throughout 2016 subject to regulatory approvals.With the Emirates partnership, Malaysia Airlines’ customers will have access to 38 European, 15 Americas and 38 destinations in the Middle East and Africa and Indian Ocean, whilst Emirates’ customers will have access to Malaysia Airlines’ extensive Asia Pacific network with up to 300 daily departures in the region. Sales under this codeshare agreement will commence from February 1 2016.Malaysia Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer Christoph Mueller said: “The strategic partnership paves the path towards an integrated customer proposition offering for both airlines.The improved connectivity will enable Malaysia Airlines customers to reach up to 38 destinations in Europe on a daily and even double daily basis for key European cities such as Zurich, Rome, Munich, Frankfurt, Madrid, and Barcelona.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more