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Lets Defend Religious Freedom For All Says Mike Pompeo

first_imgNEW DELHI: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is on a two-day visit to Delhi, today said the US and India should “stand up for religious freedom”. The comment is likely to raise eyebrows, coming on the heels of a US State Department report on the matter that was critical of India on that score. In his India policy speech at the India International Centre, Mr Pompeo said: “India is the birthplace of four major world religions. Let’s stand up and defend religious freedom for all. Let’s speak up strongly together in favour of those rights. For whenever we do compromise those rights, the world is worse off.” Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in France The “Report on International Religious Freedom 2018”, available on the website of the US State Department, alleged that the “authorities often failed to prosecute perpetrators of ‘cow vigilante’ attacks, which included killings, mob violence, and intimidation”, a charge that the government denied. Foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Sunday that India sees no credibility in a “foreign entity or government” pronouncing “on the state of our citizens’ constitutionally protected rights”. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize “India is proud of its secular credentials, its status as the largest democracy and a pluralistic society with a longstanding commitment to tolerance and inclusion,” Mr Kumar said. The Constitution, he added, “guarantees fundamental rights to all its citizens, including its minority communities”. The BJP has said the US report is “biased” against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. “The basic presumption in this report that there is some grand design behind anti-minority violence is simply false,” BJP media cell chief and parliamentarian Anil Baluni said in a statement. India has deep-rooted democratic institutions, including fiercely independent and pro-active judiciary. “Unfortunately, this fact is completely ignored in this report,” he said.(With Inputs from read more


Andres Iniesta becomes La Liga Icon

first_imgTokyo: Andrés Iniesta has been named the latest ‘La Liga Icon, a La Liga initiative to continue growing worldwide driven by the popularity of players like the FC Barcelona legend. The 35-year-old currently playing his football in Japan becomes the newest star to be named a ‘La Liga Icon’ after his Spanish teammate Iker Casillas. “We are delighted to have Andrés Iniesta on board as a La Liga Icon” said La Liga President, Javier Tebas. “He is a player who inspires millions and is a fantastic representative for what La Liga stands for across the globe.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The La Liga Icons initiative aims to expand the La Liga brand through a strategy focused on digital dissemination, maximising La Liga content and taking advantage of synergies between social networks, allowing La Liga to connect with fans globally. Also in attendance at the presentation gala held in the Japanese capital Tokyo were Fernando Sanz, Director of Institutional Relations and La Liga Ambassadors programme and Samuel Eto’o, a former teammate of Iniesta at FC Barcelona and the current La Liga Ambassador.last_img read more


Voice recordings of former DIG Nalaka and Namal match

Details of the plot emerged from a telephone conversation between former DIG Nalaka de Silva and activist Namal Kumara. Nalaka de Silva was suspended from his post till the investigations are completed. (Colombo Gazette) Police are investigating a claim of a plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The voice recordings of former DIG Nalaka de Silva and activist Namal Kumara match, the Government analyst department informed court today.Court was told that 123 of 124 voice clips recorded off a conversation held between former DIG Nalaka de Silva and activist Namal Kumara had found to match their voices. read more


With UN help parliamentarians resource centre for women opens in Afghanistan

The parliamentarians’ resource centre, established by the Parliament and the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), will give female leaders tools to influence the political agenda, said agency Director Meryem Aslan. “The centre will allow women to network amongst themselves and with members of provincial councils and civil society and debate the issues of the day in an environment focused on mutual support.” With a library, computer room with internet access, a media room, an area for members to exchange ideas over tea, and conference rooms for meetings with their constituents and key players from political and the wider civil society, the centre will serve Afghanistan’s more than 20 female Members of Parliament, UNIFEM said. read more


Flawed science lack of consultation cited as ruling ends fracking water licence

by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 8, 2015 7:00 am MDT Last Updated Sep 8, 2015 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Flawed science, lack of consultation cited as ruling ends fracking water licence VICTORIA – A First Nation with a treaty in the heart of British Columbia’s oil and gas territory says the provincial government can’t allow energy companies to dry up streams and lakes to support fracking operations.Fort Nelson First Nation Chief Liz Logan said B.C.’s Environmental Appeal Board sided with her members and overturned a water licence granted to Nexen Inc.(TSX:NXY), no longer allowing the Calgary-based company to pump water from Tsea Lake.“We want sustainable, maintainable development that’s going to be there for a long time, and they have to do it right,” Logan said. “They’ve got to use good science. They’ve got to use good data. They’ve got to talk to us. They just can’t arbitrarily say, ‘I’m flashing this licence, I can do whatever I want.’”The First Nation appealed the decision almost two years ago after Nexen was permitted to use billions of litres of water for shale gas fracking in northeast B.C.The three-member board ruled the licence was based on “serious technical flaws,” and “serious flaws in the consultation process.”Nexen can use water it has stored in area pits, but can no longer take water from the lake.“The ministry appeared to take the view that further consultation with the First Nation would simply delay the inevitable issuance of the licence,” said the decision issued last week.The Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Ministry said it was reviewing the decision and considering a B.C. Supreme Court judicial review.“Government takes its duty to consult seriously and remains committed to working closely with local First Nations throughout the province on resource development,” it said in a statement.Nexen also said it is reviewing the decision to determine its next steps.“Responsible water management is a priority across all of our operations,” the company said in a statement. “Specifically, in northeast B.C., we’ve emphasized the development and implementation of new processes and technologies to reduce our water use and our impact, and protect water sources.”Nexen, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China’s CNOOC Ltd., was recently permitted to reopen some of its Alberta pipelines after a leak at its Long Lake operations of about five million litres of a mixture of bitumen, produced water and sand.Logan said the appeal board ruling reinforces aboriginal rights that governments and resource developers have a duty to consult with First Nations about projects that could impact their territory.The appeal report said there was evidence that water withdrawals in 2012 contributed to observed changes in shoreline vegetation and fish habitat.“Our people work in the oil patch, but they are our eyes out there,” Logan said.Northern B.C. First Nations leaders, including Logan, sent a letter to Premier Christy Clark on Tuesday saying the government has ignored significant legal victories and blocks them from managing their own territories.They cited decisions such as one granted to the Tsilhqot’in Nation in June 2014, when the Supreme Court of Canada ruled for the first time that First Nations have title to land they call their territory. read more

These Broncos Look Nothing Like The Broncos Of Two Years Ago

19Minnesota Vikings199838.353.3+14.975.0 TOTAL POINTS/GAME 5Buffalo Bills1975571.4752.9+181.460.7 21Carolina Panthers2013767.4618.1-149.456.3 2St. Louis Rams200041.463.2+21.843.8 25New York Jets197749.435.1-14.321.4 17Cleveland Browns200733.349.0+15.750.0 12Oakland Raiders2006693.1531.0-162.121.9 6St. Louis Rams200263.242.8-20.453.1 14Washington Redskins200151.334.9-16.356.3 20New England Patriots198247.933.3-14.559.0 22Washington Redskins2001729.4580.1-149.356.3 23Chicago Bears201343.457.7+14.350.0 24Kansas City Chiefs197530.244.5+14.346.4 20Atlanta Falcons1980530.8682.1+151.365.6 12Washington Redskins198554.638.1-16.575.0 3Buffalo Bills197755.433.8-21.639.3 18Washington Redskins197742.927.5-15.460.7 5Buffalo Bills197534.955.4+20.460.7 TOTAL YARDS/GAME 7Denver Broncos201343.762.8+19.165.6 9Chicago Bears199529.047.0+18.050.0 8San Diego Chargers198756.438.0-18.451.7 11San Diego Chargers1987800.0636.1-163.951.7 A Super Bowl statistics special from our sports podcast Hot Takedown. Listen above, or subscribe on iTunes. 16Atlanta Falcons197737.822.0-15.839.3 In an interesting bit of symmetry, the 2013 Broncos show up twice on the list: Not only do they form the first leg of the 2013-2015 Broncos row, but they form the back end of the Tebow Broncos, the 2011 Denver team that snuck into the playoffs despite a very inefficient offense. Most impressively, Denver ranks as the team with the largest swing in total scoring since the merger while being excellent both years, with an average winning percentage of 0.781. Teams like the 2000 Rams made the list courtesy of some terrible years in ’98 and ’02; Denver’s appearance wasn’t due to a massive dip in quality, but from a complete transformation of its identity.YardsIf we look at total yards per game, Denver once again stands out as the team that has suffered the biggest decline. However, the Broncos are no longer the most extreme team, as the ’82/’84 Dolphins had an even larger move, albeit in the direction of more yards. In 1982, there were 552.2 total yards of offense per game — combined among the two teams — in Miami games. Two years later, that number was a whopping 772.3, which represents an increase of 220 yards per game in just two seasons. There were 813.3 total yards of offense per game in Broncos games in 2013, but just 638.6 yards of offense in Denver games this year; that difference of 174.7 yards per game is the seventh-largest shift in a two-year period since 1970. And, given the general movement toward offensive efficiency, it also stands out as the largest decline in total yards per game during this period: 1Denver Broncos201562.840.7-22.178.1% 6San Diego Chargers1981627.4805.0+177.668.8 In the strike-shortened 1982 season, the Miami Dolphins made it to the Super Bowl on the strength of an incredible defense that allowed the NFL’s fewest yards, first downs, passing yards and net yards per pass attempt. The offense wasn’t very good, but the defense — known as the Killer Bees because the last names of six starters began with the letter B — guided the team to the Super Bowl, as Miami ranked second in points allowed and third in takeaways.Just two years later, the Dolphins were back in the Super Bowl, and once again, the team was one-dimensional. But, remarkably, it was the offense that was the dominant unit, as Miami led the NFL in points, yards, first downs and net yards per pass attempt, while a second-year quarterback named Dan Marino set single-season records for passing yards and passing touchdowns.It’s rare for a team to be incredibly dominant on one side of the ball, and then similarly dominant on the other side just two years later. By selecting Marino in the first round of the ’83 draft, Miami became one of those teams. The first overall pick in that draft, John Elway, is now the architect of another. The 2013 Broncos were a lot like the ’84 Dolphins: Peyton Manning, like Marino, set single-season records for passing yards and touchdowns, while Denver, like Miami, led the NFL in points, yards, first downs and net yards per attempt. This year’s Broncos led the NFL in yards allowed, while becoming just the fourth defense since 1970 to lead the league in both net yards per pass and yards per rush.That sort of transformation is remarkable. After losing to Seattle in Super Bowl XLVIII, Denver added three Pro Bowl players in outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward the following offseason. Denver then added safety Darian Stewart in March, and it has turned nose tackle Sylvester Williams and linebacker Brandon Marshall — role players on the 2013 Broncos — into starters. As a result, the 2015 Broncos defense doesn’t look or feel all that similar to the 2013 one. Only Von Miller (who missed seven games because of injury or suspension in 2013), Chris Harris Jr., Malik Jackson, Danny Trevathan and Derek Wolfe played at least 45 percent of the team’s snaps in both 2013 and 2015; of course, that’s a pretty excellent core to build around.1Miller, Harris and Wolfe missed Super Bowl XLVIII because of injury, leaving only Williams, Jackson and Trevathan as Denver defensive starters in both Super Bowl XLVIII and, presumably, Super Bowl 50. And the Broncos added defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, long respected as one of the game’s top defensive minds.On the offensive side, the turnover has been even more drastic. The team has turned over four of its five starting offensive linemen (only guard Louis Vasquez remains), while losing starting wide receivers Eric Decker and Wes Welker, tight end Julius Thomas and running back Knowshon Moreno. And offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who earned great praise for his coaching in 2013, has moved on. That means just three of the team’s offensive starters from Super Bowl XLVIII are still around, and all three — quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and Vasquez — were playing a lot better two years ago. The difference is most stark with Manning, of course, who has gone from having one of the best seasons ever by a Super Bowl quarterback to one of the worst.As a result, Denver has had a remarkable turnover from an unbalanced team with an offensive identity to a one-sided team with a defensive identity. This can be seen clearly even with basic stats such as points and yards.PointsBroncos games were extremely high-scoring in 2013, as Denver and its opponents combined to average 62.8 points per game (Denver averaged 37.9, while allowing 24.9). This year, only 40.7 points are being scored in the average Broncos game, courtesy of 22.2 points by Denver and 18.5 points by opponents. That’s a decrease of 22.1 points per game in Broncos games, the largest swing, positive or negative, in any two-year stretch following a given season since 1970. 15Detroit Lions199033.349.1+15.831.3 1Miami Dolphins1984552.2772.3+220.082.6% 4Atlanta Falcons197922.043.0+21.043.8 4San Francisco 49ers1979503.6685.4+181.724.1 19Green Bay Packers2011663.5816.7+153.281.3 7Denver Broncos2015813.3638.6-174.778.1 17Pittsburgh Steelers2014608.6764.4+155.959.4 25Philadelphia Eagles1991638.4490.7-147.765.6 TEAMENDING YEARSTARTINGENDINGDIFF.WIN % 8New Orleans Saints2012678.8851.0+172.356.3 3St. Louis Rams2000584.5785.6+201.143.8 11New Orleans Saints198248.632.1-16.525.3 13Green Bay Packers1983627.8785.9+158.250.0 10Kansas City Chiefs200657.440.4-17.050.0 14Baltimore Colts1971651.9494.5-157.466.1 24Pittsburgh Steelers1990688.1540.0-148.143.8 13Oakland Raiders200647.631.3-16.421.9 16Minnesota Vikings2006765.1609.1-155.943.8 Biggest two-year differences in total yards per game 18Cincinnati Bengals1995566.9721.3+154.431.3 10Kansas City Chiefs1975507.9674.5+166.646.4 TEAMENDING YEARSTARTINGENDINGDIFF.WIN% 21Minnesota Vikings199535.449.8+14.453.1 23Detroit Lions1995582.9732.0+149.162.5 2Atlanta Falcons1979463.4668.0+204.643.8 9Chicago Bears1995523.1694.7+171.650.0 15Atlanta Falcons1977619.5463.4-156.139.3 While yards and points are hardly perfect measures of performance, they do the job in this instance. Using Football Outsiders DVOA and Estimated DVOA, I measured similar swings in team imbalance — i.e., going from heavily slanted toward offense or defense in one season, and then the other way two years later — and the ’13/’15 Broncos also stood out as the most extreme team since 1970 by this measure. The ’82/’84 Dolphins had the fourth-largest swing using this methodology, behind the ’04/’06 Vikings and ’91/’93 Eagles.By any metric, Denver’s turn from an offensive powerhouse to a defensive colossus is among the most extreme makeovers since the merger. The only question left is whether the Broncos can avoid the fate suffered by those ’80s Dolphins teams: losing both Super Bowls, with the second game coming against a 17-1 team.Check out our live coverage of Super Bowl 50. 22Cincinnati Bengals198540.554.9+14.443.8 read more


Researchers name lonely bird after Marcel from Love Island

first_imgThe lonely bird “We had no idea that he had been on such an adventure until we downloaded the GPS tag data.” Dr Kathryn Arnold, a Senior ecology lecturer, who is tracking the breeding habits of the bird, told York Vision:  “Last month, we were shocked when the satellite tracking data came back from bird 16840 – or Marcel as we have nicknamed him, in honour of Love Island.“After four days of searching and not finding a mate, Marcel then did a tour of England. In less than a week he flew over 600 miles. Although Marcel in the hit reality television show Love Island managed to find love in the end, he spent the first part of the show living vicariously through the angst and romances of the other contestants.Researchers at the University of York evidently became as hooked on the show as much of the UK – naming one of their birds after the then-hapless lover.The Nightjar the scientists were studying left them gobsmacked when it turned out he flew 600 miles without finding a mate.He looked across the nation for a bird, and his tour for love included Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Milton Keynes, and Birmingham. But I found love???— Marcel Somerville (@marcel_rockyb) August 10, 2017 The lonely bird has now come home to roost in the Humberhead Peatlands but still hasn’t found a partner – and only has a few weeks left of mating season remaining. Marcel was the only bird being tracked in the expirement to travel more than several miles from home.He is still being tracked by the University of York researchers – who are still holding out hope he may find love.The reality television contestant, and the bird’s namesake was confused by the decision to name the desperate creature after him.He told York Vision: “But I found love???” The lonely bird 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


Captured jihadi Beatles should suffer long painful death says victims daughter

first_imgMiss Haines, from Scotland, said: “My personal opinion is that they die a long, slow, painful death and a lot of people will understand that they should not be allowed to live.“Realistically that is not going to happen and the best thing that could happen is they are locked up and they throw away the key.” Alexanda Kotey Mohammed Emwazi  El Shafee Elsheikh Three Americans were also murdered – journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and aid worker Peter Kassig – and two Japanese citizens Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto. Members of the Syrian armed forces were also executed.The beheadings of Western hostages shocked the world, the gruesome killings filmed and then broadcast online as propaganda for the so-called Islamic State. Alexanda Kotey Diane Foley, the mother of James Foley, said the men’s detention would “hopefully protect others from this kind of crime”.She added: “Their crimes are beyond imagination. They really have not done anything good in the world, so I think they need to spend the rest of their life being held.”center_img Nicolas Henin, a French journalist who was held hostage by Islamic State for 10 months, called for the men to be tried in Britain.Mr Henin told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I would like to see them brought back to Britain, just like I would like to see all other European jihadis brought back to their home countries, to be judged fairly in their home country.“Because the worst thing we can do with a terrorist is to deprive him from his right because then you make the terrorist a victim.” Mohammed Emwazi 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. The two captured members of the jihadist execution squad dubbed the Beatles should be subjected to “a long, slow, painful death”, according to the grieving daughter of one of their victims.But Bethany Haines, who was just 17 when her father David was murdered in September 2014, accepted it was unlikely the two men would be sentenced to death. Instead she pleaded for them never be freed from jail.The capture of Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh was welcomed by the families of their victims.The men were part of the so-called Beatles, who brutalised hostages and who were executed by Mohammed Emwazi, nicknamed ‘Jihadi John’.Emwazi was killed in a drone strike while the fourth member Aine Davis is languishing in a Turkish jail.It is reckoned the gang executed  about 25 people, including Mr Haines and Alan Henning, a Manchester taxi driver kidnapped on an aid convoy to Syria.  El Shafee Elsheikhlast_img read more


German MP facing child porn charges for alleged downloads to work computer

first_imgA GERMAN LAWMAKER who resigned earlier this year is now facing criminal charges for allegedly downloading child pornography onto his work computer, prosecutors said today.The prosecutor’s office in the northern city of Hanover said that it had charged Sebastian Edathy, a former high-flying member of parliament known for his fight against far-right extremists, on Tuesday.“The former deputy is accused of downloading videos featuring child pornography onto his Bundestag laptop from the Internet on six days between November 1 and 10, 2013,” it said in a statement.It added that he was suspected of being in possession of a photo book and a CD deemed by prosecutors to contain illicit material featuring minors.A court in nearby Verden must decide if the case against Edathy, a member of the Social Democrats, partners in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s left-right coalition government, will go to trial.Edathy, 44, resigned citing health reasons in February after the allegations against him surfaced, touching off a major political scandal at the start of Merkel’s third term.The case subsequently prompted a cabinet minister to resign under pressure over suspicions he leaked confidential information about the probe while he held the interior portfolio.Edathy, who has not been remanded in custody and is reportedly lying low somewhere in southern Europe, had gained prominence for heading a parliamentary panel into the shock 2011 discovery of a neo-Nazi killer cell.He has vehemently denied the child pornography charges, for which he could face two years in prison.- © AFP, 2014last_img read more

Brie Bella backs off retirement statements, says WrestleMania 32 was “just my last match…

first_img is featuring a lengthy interview with former WWE Divas Champion Brie Bella where she addresses comments she made on social media regarding retirement and her appearance at WrestleMania 32 being her last match with the company. Brie was quick to state that she isn’t officially retired yet and is instead making plans to start a family with husband Daniel Bryan.“WrestleMania 32 was my last match. I wouldn’t say my last match forever, just my last match that you’ll see in a while. I am here at home because Daniel Bryan and I want to start a family soon. Or I shouldn’t say soon — we want to start it now! We’re going to start having babies, so I have to put my career on hold. The hardest part is that it takes a while to have a baby. So, I hate saying retirement because after I have kids, I would love to make a comeback into the ring. I feel like I could bring a whole army with me, like Trish Stratus, who’s a mother. Michelle McCool, who’s a mother. Beth Phoenix, who’s a mom. It’s a good bunch of us who could come back and have one hell of a career. I just don’t know the timing of it. I don’t know if it will be a year and a half, two years or three years. So, it feels like a retirement. At the same time, I’m just not going to close that door.”You can check out the full interview at the link below.WWE: Brie Bella on WrestleMania 32 and her future in WWE Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR April 8, 2016 at 3:41 am April 8, 2016 at 9:07 am April 8, 2016 at 2:51 am Cameron Huff Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Who knows? Maybe someday their kids might decide to give wrestling a shot… … …Might be a good idea not to let them watch WrestleMania XXVIII. XD Oh,great now she’s contradicting herself. dknight xs Jeffery Adam Phillips Kind of hard to make a comeback when the shelf life of a (female) wwe superstar is much smaller than that of their male counterparts age wise. WhatsApp Demond Theepitomeofsarcasm Jso April 7, 2016 at 9:44 pm April 7, 2016 at 11:26 pm April 7, 2016 at 10:08 pmcenter_img IF DB AND BB WILL HAVE BABY ??? IS DB HAVE A JOB NOW ???? SINCE DB ALREADY RETIRED AS ACTIVE WRESTLER WHAT DB DO NOW ???DON’T HAVE MONEY BUT HAVE A BABY WILL BE HARD YOU KNOW !!!! Google+ Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte JFJ Facebook April 8, 2016 at 9:43 am April 8, 2016 at 2:22 pm I wouldn’t mind her coming back not winning the Women’s title though her nor her twin I need a translater for this comment. Daniel Bryan has at least a million saved up. roaster? The King of Kings Comments are closed. 8 COMMENTS Vince Pinterest best of luck to her in starting a family with DBbut i doubt she or niki are worth being on the roaster now as the women from NXT who have been “demoted” (yeah NXT>RAW) to the main roaster are much much better performers than the bellas. Steven Herreralast_img read more

Charlotte Flair reflects on her WWE debut 3 years ago, Kurt Angle throws out…

first_img Pinterest Twitter Google+ WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Charlotte Flair noted on Twitter that she made her WWE main roster debut three years ago on Monday Night RAW, noting her many accomplishments ever since.#flashbackfriday 3 years ago today I debuted on #Raw. Since then main events, ladder matches, Hell In a Cell, Titles, Brand Splits, robes & co-workers that become family. Wrestling has changed my life 4 the better in so many ways & cant wait to see where it continues to go!— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) July 13, 2018Kurt Angle throws out first pitchRAW GM and Hall of Famer Kurt Angle threw out the first pitch at the Pittsburgh Pirates game on Saturday. Pittsburgh is the site of tonight’s Extreme Rules PPV. WhatsAppcenter_img Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Boil water notice issued in Hollywood after water main break

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Hollywood officials have issued a boil water notice, one day after a water main ruptured.7Skyforce hovered above the scene near Wilson Street and North 19th Avenue, where a large sinkhole opened up, Wednesday afternoon. According to Hollywood Police, the 12-inch pipe ruptured underground.Crews continue working on repairs. Area residents are being told to boil their water until further notice.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Woman gangraped in Lakshmipur

first_imgRapeA woman was allegedly raped by her former husband and his three friends in Kamalnagar upazila of Lakshmipur on Friday night. The victim alleged that her husband and his friends kidnapped her from Torabganj Bazar area of Kamalnagar upazila while she was travelling to her brother’s place in an auto-rickshaw on Friday night. They locked her into a deserted house and raped her before cutting her lock.Her family members took her to a hospital around 4:00pm on Saturday. She then underwent some medical tests, said Anwar Hossain, a physician at the hospital.The 24-year-old victim told Prothom Alo that they had been married for 10 years before she divorced him six months back after years of torture over dowry. The man could not take her decision to part ways, and was threatening her to teach a lesson, she alleged.They had two children, a girl of eight and a boy of six years, she added. Akul Chnadra Bishwas, officer-in-charge of Kamalnagar police station, said they were trying to catch the four.last_img read more

Prominent conservative voice Charles Krauthammer dies

first_imgIn this 31 March, 2015, file photo, Charles Krauthammer talks about getting into politics during a news conference in Corpus Christi, Texas. Photo: APCharles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and pundit who helped shape and occasionally dissented from the conservative movement as he evolved from “Great Society” Democrat to Iraq War cheerleader to denouncer of Donald Trump, has died at age 68.His death Thursday was announced by his long time employers The Washington Post and Fox News. Krauthammer had announced a year ago he was being treated for a cancerous tumour in his abdomen and earlier this month revealed that he likely had just weeks to live.”I leave this life with no regrets,” Krauthammer wrote in the Post, where his column had run since 1984. “It was a wonderful life – full and complete with the great loves and great endeavours that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”Sometimes scornful, sometimes reflective, he was awarded a Pulitzer in 1987 for “his witty and insightful” commentary and was an influential voice among Republicans, whether through his syndicated column or his appearances on Fox News Channel. He was most associated with Brit Hume’s nightly newscast and stayed with it when Bret Baier took over in 2009.Krauthammer is credited with coining the term “The Reagan Doctrine” for president Reagan’s policy of aiding anti-Communist movements worldwide. He was a leading advocate for the Iraq War and a prominent critic of President Barack Obama, whom he praised for his “first-class intellect and first-class temperament” and denounced for having a “highly suspect” character.Krauthammer was a former Harvard medical student who graduated even after he was paralyzed from the neck down because of a diving board accident, continuing his studies from his hospital bed. He was a Democrat in his youth and his political engagement dated back to 1976, when he handed out leaflets for Henry Jackson’s unsuccessful presidential campaign.But through the 1980s and beyond, Krauthammer followed a journey akin to such neo-conservative predecessors as Irving Kristol and Norman Podhoretz, turning against his old party on foreign and domestic issues. He aligned with Republicans on everything from confrontation with the Soviet Union to rejection of the “Great Society” programs enacted during the 1960s.”As I became convinced of the practical and theoretical defects of the social-democratic tendencies of my youth, it was but a short distance to a philosophy of restrained, free-market governance that gave more space and place to the individual and to the civil society that stands between citizen and state,” he wrote in the introduction to “Things That Matter,” a million-selling compilation of his writings published in 2013.He was attacked for his politics, and for his predictions. He was so confident of quick success in Iraq he initially labelled the 2003 invasion “The Three Week War” and defended the conflict for years. He also backed the George W. Bush administration’s use of torture as an “uncontrolled experiment” carried out “sometimes clumsily, sometimes cruelly, indeed, sometimes wrongly. But successfully. It kept us safe.” He was sure that Obama would lose in 2008 because of lingering fears from the 11 September, 2001 attacks, and foresaw Mitt Romney defeating him in 2012.But he prided himself on his rejection of orthodoxy and took on Republicans, too, observing during a Fox special in 2013 that “If you’re going to leave the medical profession because you think you have something to say, you betray your whole life if you don’t say what you think and if you don’t say it honestly and bluntly.”He criticized the death penalty and rejected intelligent design as “today’s tarted-up version of creationism.” In 2005, he was widely cited as a key factor in convincing Bush to rescind the Supreme Court nomination of the president’s friend and legal adviser Harriet Miers, whom Krauthammer and others said lacked the necessary credentials. And he differed with such Fox commentators as Bill O’Reilly and Laura Ingraham as he found himself among the increasingly isolated “Never Trumpers,” Republicans regarding the real estate baron and former “Apprentice” star as a vulgarian unfit for the presidency.Krauthammer married Robyn Trethewey, an artist and former attorney, in 1974. They had a son, Daniel, who also became a columnist and commentator.last_img read more

After Katrina Missteps Texas Pushes To Get Harvey Evacuees Their Prescriptions

first_imgGABRIEL CRISTÓVER PÉREZMedical supplies at an Austin shelter for Harvey evacuees at LBJ High School.Almost exactly 12 years ago today, Texas was sheltering people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The relief effort hit a lot of snags, and relief workers learned from those snags. Now, those lessons are being applied to treating people dealing with the aftermath of Harvey.One of the lessons is how to take care of hurricane evacuees who are separated from their medications.Dr. Christopher Ziebell has been treating patients coming in from the Gulf Coast, as well as planning what to do if hospitals in storm-affected areas must close. As the medical director for the emergency room at Ascension’s Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, he says he’s been through this before.KUT’s Ashley Lopez reportsThis is his fourth major hurricane since he took the job, so he’s learned what works and what doesn’t. He also knows to prepared for things he didn’t see coming the last time around.“Now, we know that from Hurricane Katrina that people that have been caught up in a storm for a while often are separated from their medications,” he said, “and often have health needs that are at a rate greater than the general population.”State and local officials are working to help evacuees who don’t have their medications. It’s a situation that Texas Department of State Health Services spokesman Chris Van Deusen says the state planned for before Hurricane Harvey made landfall a week ago.“We’ve been getting contracts set up and executed with a number of different pharmacy providers,” he said. “So, at this point, it is HEB, Kroger, CVS and Brookshire Brothers that all have pharmacy units in their stores, of course. And so anybody who needs medication – whether or not you are in a shelter or whether or not you’ve been evacuated somewhere – if you have been affected by Harvey, you have lost your medication or you are running out of medication and you can’t get back to your regular pharmacy, you can go to any of those locations.”Van Deusen said people can present an old pill bottle, an old prescription; pharmacists can even track down a prescription for you. There are also doctors on site at shelters who can assess and write prescriptions, if needed.In Austin, Community Care Clinics have sent out a mobile unit to help evacuees with meds. Van Deusen said the state is also working to get more providers set up to work with evacuees.Copyright 2017 KUT 90.5. To see more, visit KUT 90.5. Sharelast_img read more

Ghacks in 2017 and a look back

first_imgGhacks in 2017, and a look back by Martin Brinkmann on December 31, 2016 in ghacks – Last Update: December 31, 2016 – 50 commentsIt is the last day of the year, a good time to look ahead at what is in store for Ghacks in the year 2017, and to look back at the last year.I’d like to begin with the last year, but before I do, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for making this site what it is.I was overwhelmed by the support I got when I wrote about this site potentially dying in 2015. I cannot thank each and everyone enough for their support.I’d like to update you on that. First, things are better right now as Google seems to have made some tweaks that for once benefited this site. I also did make some choices in regards to advertisement here on this site that helped improve revenue generation.While that is very positive, things may and probably will turn to the worse eventually again. My drive to make this site independent from search engine traffic continues because of that.The ad-blocking situation has not gotten any better, as more than 46% of visitors of this site block ads currently. My take away from this is that I have to concentrate my efforts on other means of revenue, as this will probably only get worse with any passing year.For now, you can support Ghacks with a PayPal or Bitcoin donation, or by becoming a supporter on Patreon. I’d like to explore other options, especially since I’m not that fond of how Patreon is handling things (and they get a cut as well). If you have any suggestions in this regard, let me know.Ghacks in 2017The financial outlook is quite good. Again, this may change any moment, but assuming that it does not, this site will do well in 2017 and won’t just disappear from the Internet.I have a couple of plans for 2017 which I would like to discuss with you. Also, I would like to hear your opinion on how things are, and what you would like for the site in the coming year.New ThemeYes, that reads almost like a joke right now. We have been working for a long time on the theme, and if things don’t get complicated, it will be rolled out in January 2017. It is a modern remake of the classic theme of this site, optimized for speed by cutting most third-party connections, images, and other code that is not required. So, no third-party fonts, emojis and stuff like that.Once it is up, I have to monitor the site’s metrics to make sure the theme change did not affect them.  If that is not the case, it will be the new theme for the site from that point going forward.Article Updates17295 articles are currently published on Ghacks Technology News. I try my best to keep important ones up to date, but this is quite difficult as Ghacks is not backed by a multi-million or even billion Dollar company that has dozens of staffers for that.I want to update articles, and will do so continuously throughout the year. You may have noticed the new “recent updates” section in the sidebar already. This will feature important updates only.I’m looking for help with improving older articles on the site. You have two options for that. First, you can contact me about any article you came upon that you think needs an update. Ideally, you’d let me know why you think it needs an update (e.g. new version out with new functionality, broken links, software is commercial now, no longer needed..)I put it on the list, and it will be updated eventually.Second, you could update articles yourself, and mail me the updated version. This would be of tremendous help, especially if you are proficient when it comes to a topic. Many of you are probably more proficient than I’m, so getting your input on topics would be invaluable.HTTPSThe main reason why HTTPS is not the default on Ghacks right now is because of advertisement. Or more precisely, because of a single advertiser who has yet to support HTTPS fully. A test revealed that advertising revenue from ads by that company dropped by 50% after switching to HTTPS.For now, both HTTP and HTTPS are available. I removed the enforcement of HTTP recently. You should be able to browse the site via HTTPS by changing the protocol in the address bar, or by using a browser extension like HTTPS Everywhere.I’m waiting for this advertiser to support HTTPS fully, and will make it the default afterwards. If the advertiser happens to wait too long with that, I’ll enable HTTPS anyway as companies like Google and Mozilla will make life difficult for non-HTTP sites in 2017.SuggestionsI’m always open for suggestions. If you have ideas for this site, let me know. I plan to write more Linux articles in 2017 for one.I’m also always interested in your articles. If you like to write articles, and their quality is good, I would be more than happy to publish them here on this site. Obviously, they had to fit with the content but that is the only restriction.I’m especially interested in someone taking over the Linux section. Jack wrote more than a thousand articles in the past, but they have not been updated for years. It would be great if those articles would be updated if necessary.Anyway, if you have suggestions, I would love to hear them.I wish you a great 2017.SummaryArticle NameGhacks in 2017, and a look backDescriptionIt is the last day of the year, a good time to look ahead at what is in store for Ghacks in the year 2017, and to look back at the last year.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

What Ecologists Can Learn From Memes

first_imgTo better understand what happens inside it, Fidino and his coauthors analyzed more than 50,000 comments left on the most-watched YouTube videos depicting three common species of North American mammals—coyotes (Canis latrans), opossums (Didelphis virginiana), and raccoons (Procyon lotor).The videos illustrate a range of scenarios: Some show the mammals being coddled as pets, while others picture them sparring among themselves or being hunted by humans. Each averages more than a million views plus a slew of comments, which the researchers coded into various categories based on an existing typology of attitudes towards animals. These include “humanistic” (cooing over the creatures and wanting to snuggle them as pets), “dominionistic” (emphasizing turf and control), and “negativistic” (the idea that certain animals are simply gross). To control for spammers skewing the results, the researchers only counted a user’s first comment on each video.Most of the top-viewed coyote videos showed humans hunting them, while the majority of the opossum videos depicted the animals as pets or in captivity. Half of the videos of raccoons cast them as bandits stealing food or otherwise stirring up shenanigans. Dominionistic comments were the most common type on coyote videos. (“Destroy all coyote who ruin deer hunts,” read one.) Humanistic comments were the common responses on the videos of raccoons and opossums—though a sizable share of the latter were negativistic, too. Some people were pretty grossed out by the beady-eyed marsupial. This story originally appeared on Atlas Obscura and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.A meme of two angry men recently stampeded across the internet. It’s a scene from the reality show American Chopper, broken out into stacked panels, like a comic strip. The still images are pulled from a scene in which one man is firing the other. Things escalate quickly: Fists are pounded, faces are flushed, fingers are jabbed, chairs are flung.Like many memes, its particulars matter less than its elasticity. There are zillions of permutations, and one especially notable riff came courtesy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.In their version, the meme asks how a conservation agency ought to reach out and connect with people—particularly folks who don’t spend much time worrying about the ocean. “We have to reach people where they are for conservation to break through the noise!” the first panel reads. “This is a really popular meme right now—maybe it can generate a non-zero amount of ocean awareness!” screams another. Fidino acknowledges that YouTube commenters are a self-selected and notoriously vocal bunch, and their views aren’t necessarily representative of everyone else’s. But getting a handle on the prevailing, pervasive ideas that viewers have about different animal species, he says, could help wildlife organizations think about messaging and misconceptions.“How do we encourage people to be like, ‘Okay, you can take a photo of this animal, but you don’t want this raccoon to be a pet,’” Fidino asks. “Whereas, conversely, with coyotes, it seems like the biggest hurdle that you have to overcome with that is that people are afraid of them.”The paper doesn’t make any specific recommendations about how wildlife officials should go about becoming more internet-savvy, but Fidino thinks they should give it a shot. “If I went into these [comments] and said, ‘Oh, hi, I’m Dr. Mason, the ecologist, and you probably shouldn’t say that you want raccoons as a pet, and here are some reasons why,’ that probably wouldn’t have much of an impact,” Fidino says. His vision involves messaging on a larger scale—and maybe a more playful one. “Should there be a science center that crafts memes or something?” he says. “I don’t know, but it would be pretty cool, I think.”The meme approach worked out pretty well for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Their take—which Fidino describes as “a really awesome example”—was retweeted 44,000 times. Afterwards, the account managers hopped back in to try to redirect some of those eyeballs to the institute’s more-rigorous, less-punny efforts. “Wow, this really blew up,” they tweeted. “Here’s a link to our newest sea otter research paper and a bonus otter gif! Thanks for the love and for doing your part for the ocean!” Fidino’s training is in statistics, computer programming, and ecology, but he also runs his group’s Twitter account—a side project that no one quite taught him how to do. When the UWI played around the idea of a social media presence, he says, they decided, “Hey, let’s make this thing, and Mason will be in charge of it.” In a new paper, published this week in Human Dimensions of Wildlife, Fidino and his collaborators advance the idea that the nooks and crannies of the web hold useful data points, and maybe a bit of a roadmap.“When we think about humans interacting with the environment, I think we’re at a point now where we cannot ignore the internet,” Fidino says. “That’s the way that so many people learn about the world around them.” If a raccoon is ambling around your fire escape and peering in your window, for instance, you’d probably consult Google before seeking out a friendly neighborhood zoologist. “As humans and the environment are incontrovertibly linked, so too then are the internet and the environment,” the authors write. That is to say, the web and the offline world coexist as one ever-growing ecosystem. On the other side of the country, Mason Fidino, a quantitative ecologist at the Urban Wildlife Institute at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, was wondering something similar: How should ecologists and wildlife management teams be thinking about the internet, both as a source of information and as a tool to harness in order to get their message out?last_img read more


Peru business mission seeks deals with Costa Rican companies

first_imgA trade mission formed by 75 Peruvian business executives from the food, services and manufacturing sectors will visit Costa Rica next week to promote trade negotiations.The ExpoPerú Centroamérica conference will be held Aug. 12-13 at the Hotel Real InterContinental in Escazú, southwest of the capital.Peru’s Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry is promoting the event, in which Peruvian business managers and owners will meet with 160 Costa Rican importers during the two-day event.A free trade agreement between Costa Rica and Peru entered into force on June 1. It eliminates up to 80 percent of tariffs on products and provides better access to the Peruvian market for Costa Rican products such as meat, palm, palm oil, tea, chocolates and cocoa.Peruvian asparagus, olives, oranges, tangerines, grapes, cocoa, textiles, jewelry and precious metals now enter the country with better trade conditions.According to Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office, trade with Peru reached $64.4 million in 2012.Peruvian business owners also will hold a similar meeting in Panama, on Aug. 15-16. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more


Russia says Iran essential for finding Syria peace

first_img Check your body, save your life The vital role family plays in society Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Syria sent a letter to the U.N. confirming its participation in the conference, U.N. associate spokesman Farhan Haq said Thursday. He wouldn’t comment on the contents when asked about conditions reportedly included in the letter.___Edith Lederer at the United Nations contributed to this report.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) MOSCOW (AP) – Iran will “inevitably” become part of attempts to end Syria’s civil war, Russia’s foreign minister said Thursday, as Moscow strongly urged the West to invite Tehran to participate in next week’s peace conference.Sergey Lavrov met with Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif, and they were later joined by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem. Lavrov will also have a separate meeting with al-Moallem on Friday. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Comments   Share   center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Iran “must be and inevitably will become part of complex efforts to settle the Syrian problem,” Lavrov said.He reaffirmed Moscow’s view that Tehran must be allowed to join the Syria conference, dubbed Geneva 2, which opens Wednesday in Montreux, Switzerland.The U.S. has opposed the involvement of Iran, the strongest regional ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.Later in the day, Zarif met with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, who hailed the Iranian leadership for the success of last November’s agreement that commits Tehran to curbing its nuclear program in exchange for international sanctions relief. Putin also called for boosting Russian-Iranian trade.Asked Thursday about a report alleging that Iran is negotiating a deal to provide Russia with oil in exchange for Russian goods that caused the U.S. concern, Zarif told the Interfax news agency only that Russian-Iranian relations “don’t violate any international norms and aren’t directed against any other country.”Zarif said he wasn’t involved in such talks and was unaware if there are any such talks between Russian and Iranian companies, Interfax reported.Lavrov said Russia trusts U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who sends out invitations to the peace conference, as a “man who understands the realities of the region and is aware of his responsibility for the success of the Geneva 2” conference. Lavrov insisted the talks in Moscow between him and his counterparts from Iran and Syria “have no hidden agenda” and share the goals of settling the Syrian conflict set by the United Nations.“Russia, the Syrian people and Iran are interested in uprooting terrorism on Syrian territory,” he said at a news conference.Russia has been the key supporter of Assad’s regime throughout the nearly 3-year old war that has killed more than 120,000 people, shielding Syria from the U.N. sanctions and continuing to provide it with weapons. In September, President Vladimir Putin helped avert a U.S. military attack against Syria by helping broker a plan for Assad to surrender his chemical weapons.Lavrov said the launch of the Syrian peace conference should mark the beginning of a long negotiation process between the Syrian parties.Prospects for the talks, the first between the warring sides in Syria since the start of the conflict, are dim as each party shows no inclination for compromise.The opposition says the talks should lead to a transitional government that would see Assad step down. The government rejects the demand and has indicated Assad may run for re-election in June. Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Amid new IS offensive scores die in Syrian town

first_imgErrorOK ErrorOK Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Syria’s official SANA news agency said some 120 civilians were killed by IS fighters since Thursday in Kobani, describing the killings as a “massacre.” It gave no details, but Kobani-based activist Mustafa Bali told The Associated Press that as many as 142 were killed, mostly civilians shot dead in cold blood, and 183 were wounded. At least 40 IS militants were also killed, their bodies left unclaimed on the town’s streets, said Bali.IS militants remained fortified in buildings in several districts of this northern Syrian town on the Turkish-Syrian border, he added. They were holding hostages in three locations, he said. A fourth location, a restaurant, was stormed by Kurdish fighters who freed the hostages and killed several IS fighters earlier in the day, Bali said.Also Friday, a suicide car bombing targeted a security building in the northeastern town of Hassakeh, which also came under a surprise IS attack on Thursday. The Syrian news agency said there were casualties, without giving a figure, while the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 20 troops were killed and the building was badly damaged.No one immediately claimed responsibility for the Hassakeh bombing, which bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State group. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ___Associated Press writer Bassem Mroue contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Patients with chronic pain give advice IS fighters are now holding hostages in a house near the Mashta Nour hospital, another near the town’s cultural center and a third one close to the Mahdathe school, said the officials.Bali said some IS snipers have also taken up positions on the roofs of buildings and were randomly firing at people on the streets below.After the clashes in Kobani broke out, the main Kurdish militia, the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, closed the primary border crossing point between Turkey and Tal Abyad for security reasons, said YPG spokesman Redur Khalil.Simultaneously with the attack on Kobani, IS on Thursday launched the push on Hassakeh, which is jointly controlled by Kurdish fighters and government troops, and captured parts of it.SANA said government warplanes attacked IS positions near Hassakeh, killing and wounding dozens of militants. And the director of the Syrian Observatory, Rami Abdurrahman, told the AP on Friday that the U.S.-led coalition has stepped up airstrikes targeting IS positions in and around the town.“Warplanes and helicopters have been attacking their (IS) hideouts since the early morning,” Hassakeh governor Mohammed Zaal al-Ali told state Syrian TV on Friday. He called on residents who fled the fighting to safer areas to return to their homes, saying that “the situation today is better than yesterday.” Comments   Share   Turkish soldiers stand as smoke billows from the Syrian town of Ayn al-Arab or Kobani following the attacks by IS militants as seen from the Turkish side of the border in Suruc, Turkey, Thursday, June 25, 2015. Islamic State militants launched two major attacks in northern Syria on Thursday, storming government-held areas in the mostly Kurdish city of Hassakeh and pushing into Kobani — the Syrian Kurdish border town they were expelled from early this year — where they set off three cars bombs, killing and wounding dozens, activists and officials said.(AP Photo) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img The surprise twin attacks on Kobani and Hassakeh came after the Islamic State group suffered a series of setbacks over the past two weeks, including the loss of the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad — one of the group’s main points for the transfer of foreign fighters and supplies.Kobani has become a symbol of Kurdish resistance after the town. Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, the town’s defenders endured a months-long siege by the Islamic State before they broke the siege and drove the IS forces out.Kurdish officials said IS militants wearing Syrian rebel uniforms and carrying the flags of the Western-backed Free Syrian Army sneaked into the town before dawn on Thursday as everyone slept. Just before sunrise, they set off three car bombs and quickly took up fortified positions inside buildings, they said.“Honestly, their plan was very smart,” said Bali. “We believe they came from the north and that they had been inside the city for at least two hours before the fighting began. ““It is evident that they are experienced fighters, but it is a suicide mission aimed at killing as many people as possible before they die,” he said. Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories “There is relative quiet in Hassakeh tonight,” Kurdish defense official Nasser Haj Mansour told the AP. He said of the town’s 20 neighborhoods, IS fighters operated in just two.The simultaneous attacks on Kobani and Hassakeh underscores a well-known IS strategy — in June last year, the group launched a blitz, capturing large parts of both Syria and Iraq and subsequently declared an Islamic caliphate on the territory under its control. A major IS attack was widely expected during Ramadan, now in its second week.The attacks followed an audio message by IS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, who urged Sunni Muslims to use the holy month of dawn-to-dusk fasting and piety to wage jihad and seek martyrdom.“Blessed be the one who spends Ramadan conquering for God’s sake and lucky is the one who is selected and taken as a martyr by God during this month,” he said in the Tuesday audio message.“You Muslims, take the initiative and rush to jihad, rise up you mujahideen everywhere, push forward and make Ramadan a month of calamities for the nonbelievers.”Meanwhile, the pan Arabic satellite TV station Al-Jazeera reported on Friday that its cameraman Mohammed al-Assfar was killed while covering fighting between Syrian troops and rebels in the southern city of Daraa, the birthplace of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad in March 2011. BEIRUT (AP) — Fighting raged into the night Friday between Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in the Syrian border town of Kobani, as reports mounted that at least 120 civilians, including women and children, have been killed by the extremist group since it launched a new offensive on the strategic town the previous day.The fighting came amid deadly terror attacks across continents — from shootings in a Tunisian beach resort, to an attack on a U.S.-owned factory in France and a suicide bombing by an Islamic State affiliate at a Shiite mosque in Kuwait that killed at least 27 worshippers — all following the IS group’s call for violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more