Pakistan trying to escalate violence along border ahead of UNGA Official

first_imgNew Delhi: Ahead of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Pakistan is trying to escalate violence along the International Border and the Line of Control to draw attention of the world community on J&K, officials said on Thursday.Quoting intelligence inputs, a security official said terrorist infiltrations and firing from across the border are expected to increase in the coming days so that Islamabad can paint a picture of trouble in Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Security forces were directed to be on extra alert along the border as well as in the hinterland so that any misadventure by the Pakistan Army and Pakistan-backed terrorists could be foiled, the official said. The UNGA begins on September 17 and will be attended by most of the world leaders which, according to intercepted intelligence inputs, Pakistan thinks gives it the right opportunity to highlight the issue of J&K. Even since the special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 was abrogated on August 5, Pakistan has been approaching world powers to speak in its favour and against the Indian government’s decision. “However, barring China, no country has supported Pakistan. Hence, Islamabad will try its best to raise the Kashmir issue through escalation of violation along the border as well as in the hinterland,” another official said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe Union Home Ministry has also issued a general advisory to all states and Union Territories asking them to strengthen security in sensitive places under their jurisdiction. PM Narendra Modi will attend the UNGA session. Pakistan PM Imran Khan will also attend the annual event. Khan has been repeatedly warning the possibility of a military confrontation between the two nuclear-armed neighbours over the Kashmir issue. On Wednesday, General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the Army’s 15 Corps Lt General K J S Dhillon and Additional Director General of J&K Police Munir Khan accused Pakistan of pushing infiltrators into Kashmir to carry out terrorist activities.last_img read more

Donald Trump in his own words after meeting with the G7 in

first_imgLA MALBAIE, Que. – Donald Trump held a free-flowing news conference as he departed the G7 summit on Saturday. It was his first visit to Canada as president of the United States, and he stayed about 24 hours. Here are some highlights from his comments:On Canada and the summit: “It has worked out to be so wonderful. The people of Canada are wonderful, and it’s a great country, and a very beautiful country.”On the state of global trade: “From the standpoint of trade and jobs and being fair to companies, we are really, I think, committed. I think they are starting to be committed to a much more fair trade situation for the United States, because it has been treated very, very unfairly….And I don’t blame other leaders for that. I blame our past leaders. There was no reason that this should have happened.”On the North Korea summit: “I’ll be on a mission of peace, and we will carry in, really — in my heart, we’re going to be carrying the hearts of millions of people, people from all over the world. We have to get denuclearization. We have to get something going. We really think that North Korea will be a tremendous place in a very short period of time. And we appreciate everything that’s going on. We appreciate the working together with North Korea. They’re really working very well with us.”On bringing Russia back into the G7: “I think it would be an asset to have Russia back in. I think it would be good for the world. I think it would be good for Russia. I think it would be good for the United States. I think it would be good for all of the countries of the current G7.”On the ultimate goal for global trade rules: “You want a tariff-free, you want no barriers, and you want no subsidies, because you have some cases where countries are subsidizing industries, and that’s not fair. So you go tariff-free, you go barrier-free, you go subsidy-free. ….“It’s got to change. It’s going to change. I mean, it’s not a question of ‘I hope it changes.’ It’s going to change, a hundred per cent. And tariffs are going to come way down, because people cannot continue to do that. We’re like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing. And that ends.”On renegotiating NAFTA: “So two things can happen on NAFTA. We’ll either leave it the way it is, as a threesome deal with Canada and with the United States and Mexico, and change it very substantially — we’re talking about very big changes. Or we’re going to make a deal directly with Canada and directly with Mexico. Both of those things could happen.”On rating G7 friendships: “I would say that the level of relationship is a 10. We have a great relationship. Angela and Emmanuel and Justin. I would say the relationship is a 10.”last_img read more

Police going door to door in northern Manitoba hunt for BC homicide

first_imgGILLAM, Man. — More personnel and equipment are being poured into the gruelling hunt for two B.C. homicide suspects in the bug infested and bog strewn landscape surrounding the tiny northern Manitoba community of Gillam.As the nearly week-long search for Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and 19-year-old Kam McLeod continued Sunday the RCMP said there had been no new sightings of the pair and no new information to indicate they have left the area.The two Port Alberni, B.C., residents are wanted in connection with three homicides earlier this month in northern British Columbia.Police, aided by tracking dogs and drones, have been going door to door, checking every residence and abandoned building in and around Gillam as townsfolk maintain their own stressful vigil for the fugitives.The aerial search effort got a boost Saturday with the arrival of a Canadian Air Force CC-130H Hercules aircraft equipped with high tech thermal detection gear.In addition, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said that it had requested help from the Bear Clan Patrol, an Indigenous-led neighbourhood watch group, and was co-ordinating teams to fly to First Nations communities including Fox Lake Cree Nation, York Factory First Nation, and War Lake First Nation.Schmegelsky and McLeod are charged with second-degree murder in the death of University of British Columbia professor Leonard Dyck and are also suspects in the fatal shootings of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese.A burned-out Toyota RAV4 the teens were travelling in was found near Gillam last week and police have said there have been no reports of stolen vehicles since then.However, the RCMP are still asking anyone who may have unwittingly helped the two in their travels to come forward.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

AntiMuslim Protester in Ohio Receives Warm Reception from Muslims Lets Go

Miami – An Ohio woman manipulated by media, arrived outside Noor Islamic Cultural Center in Columbus, Ohio to protest Muslims presence in the US.On Saturday morning, the American woman (Annie) arrived with two placards condemning Islam’s Shia law “No to Islam” and pronouncing her dislike for Muslims and the Holy Koran by calling it a “book of Satan”.The protest was part of a national call by the Islamophobic group “Global Rally for Humanity” to demonstrate their negative feelings toward Muslims in front of all Islamic institutions across the country. In a video posted on YouTube, Annie was met by a group of Muslims whom for nearly 40 minutes tried to make sense with her and clear up her misconceptions. However, her rage and continuous verbal attacks towards Islam made it for them hard to convince her of the opposite.The protester kept repeating and affirming that Muslims will “behead everybody” and that she was horrified by the murders and abuse that according to her, Muslims do to children and defenseless people.However, when other Muslim worshippers arrived in the scene and invited Annie to visit the mosque and share with them, things started to change for the woman who found no anti-Muslim support on the streets and instead found demonstrations of tolerance and generosity from Islam believers.After much bickering from Annie, Muslim woman, Cynthia Boutinkhar approached and hugged her.“I could feel that she was relaxed, she let slip all this anger and fear,” Cynthia said after Annie surrendered to the hug.To the surprise of observers, Boutinkhar invited Annie into the mosque and she accepted “without resistance”.“Astonished, the president of our mosque asked me how did you get to do that? We had tried to convince her to come inside for 40 minutes,” Cynthia said but it was not until the human touch and the hug that Annie was moved.The American woman remained inside the mosque for two hours, took selfies with her new Muslim friends, received gifts, had lunch, and engaged in peaceful discussions about Islam and the Koran.The president of the Noor Islamic Center, Imran Malik, said he was very pleased with the result because it helped to correct Americans’ misconceptions about Islam.“You could feel when she left her perception of Islam and the Muslim community had changed,” he noted.Cynthia Boutinkhar said that Annie left joyful and grateful to her new friends and said, “I did not know the Muslims could be nice to me, despite the signs [Islamophobia] I have made. […] I will read this book [the Koran].” read more

Hirunika says what Ranil does at home is his business

Premachandra said that she has proof to make allegations against others but she will not do so. “Someone’s personal life is irrelevant to us. That will not solve our issues,” she said.She said that what needs to be looked at is National issues and nothing to do with someone’s personal life. (Colombo Gazette) She asked if the President went to Wickremesinghe’s house and held a light in his room and looked for proof to back the claims made against the former Prime Minister. Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra says what happens at former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s home should not be of concern to anyone else.Speaking to reporters today, Premachandra condemned the comments made by President Maithripala Sirisena accusing Wickremesinghe of going behind butterflies. read more

Encana cuts 15 of workforce and 35 of executives after buying Newfield

CALGARY — The CEO of Encana Corp. says it cut its total workforce by 15 per cent and reduced its ranks of executives by 35 per cent in just over a week after closing its deal to buy U.S. rival Newfield Exploration Co. in mid-February.The move has put Calgary-based Encana, which reports its results in U.S. dollars, on track to realize its vowed annual savings of $250 million from the acquisition, CEO Doug Suttles said on a conference call on Thursday.“Eight days — once again, eight days — after closing, we completed reorganizing the combined company,” he said.“In total, we reduced the executive and senior management roles by 35 per cent and total positions by 15. The senior team of the combined company today is smaller than Encana’s senior team was before the merger.”The company hasn’t said how many employees were laid off, but in U.S. regulatory filings early last year, Newfield reported having 1,010 employees, almost all in the U.S., while Encana had 1,160 staff in Canada and 950 in the U.S.A 15 per cent cut would represent a total of about 470 lost jobs.Related Stories:Wall St Week Ahead-Data will show damage of tariffs, strong dollar on U.S. goods exportersBlackberry plunges to 4-year low in first five minutes of trading on earnings miss, outlook cutThe majority of the reductions occurred in the U.S., said spokeswoman Cindy Hassler in an email that confirmed staffing reductions took place in Calgary, Denver and Houston offices. She wouldn’t comment on total numbers or specify how many jobs were lost in Canada.Suttles said employee cost reductions account for half of the savings — the other half will come by cutting at least $1 million from the cost of each future unconventional well drilled into the Anadarko basin of Oklahoma, formerly owned by Newfield.When announced in November, Encana said the deal was worth about $5.5 billion in shares, but its stock has since fallen by more than 20 per cent. It also adopted $2.2 billion of Newfield debt.Encana has adjusted its exploration priorities in the wake of the Newfield acquisition to focus on three basins — the Anadarko, the Montney of Western Canada, and the Permian of West Texas and New Mexico — because they produce more valuable petroleum liquids and less natural gas than its other prospects.It said it will focus 75 per cent of its 2019 capital budget of $2.7 billion to $2.9 billion on those three plays.Encana reported a fourth-quarter profit of US$1.03 billion or $1.08 per share for the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a loss of $229 million or 24 cents per share in the last three months of 2017.Operating earnings for the quarter amounted to $305 million or 32 cents per share, up from an operating profit of $114 million or 12 cents per share a year earlier.Revenue for the quarter was $2.38 billion, up from $1.21 billion.Total production in the fourth quarter of 2018 was 403,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from 335,200 a year ago.Encana shares rose by 5.2 per cent at $9.52 in afternoon trading Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange as analyst reports indicated its fourth-quarter results were largely in line with expectations. read more

VIDEO Jon Snow performs Park Life on stage at charity lunch

first_imgCHANNEL 4′S JON Snow is a badass at the best of times, but last week, he took it to a new level.At a lunch for The Amy Winehouse Foundation to mark the singer’s 30th birthday, the newsreader took to the stage and performed Parklife.Yes, this actually happened.He needed a bit of help with the words, but it has to be said he played an absolute blinder.  The singing starts at 1:20. Source: Friday I’m in Love via BuzzfeedThere was some magnificent dancing there at the end too.Does he get better?  Can he?11 Instagram accounts sure to make you drool>Fan yanks Beyoncé off the stage in Brazil>last_img read more

Troika keeps up the pressure

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The fact that Greece’s fragile government appeared to have survived a political crisis that led to the withdrawal of its junior partner was reportedly a source of cautious relief on Friday to European officials meeting in Luxembourg who however stressed that the implementation of Greece’s reform program, and the continued release of rescue loans, was in the hands of Greek government officials.“It is very important to stabilize the political situation in Greece immediately and really concentrate all energy on the implementation of the program,” European Monetary and Economic Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn told reporters on Friday. He said troika inspectors were due to return to Athens in early July, adding that the review could be completed shortly after, “depending on Greece.” Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem expressed similar cautious optimism after a Luxembourg summit where Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras was said to have been questioned by his eurozone peers about Greece’s political upheaval. Stournaras reportedly described it as “turbulence,” saying, “It will pass.” He is said to have had one-on-one talks with his German counterpart Wolfgang Schaeuble, who is to visit Athens in the second half of July.A spokesman for the International Monetary Fund, one of Greece’s three international creditors, also pressed Greek authorities “to deliver on the program quickly.” “If the review is concluded by the end of July, as expected, no financing problems will arise because the program is financed till end-July 2014,” Gerry Rice said in a statement issued late on Thursday.last_img read more

Apollo Crews gets a name change in WWE, Video of Sami Zayn accepting Humanitarian…

first_img February 19, 2018 at 11:15 pm Twitter February 20, 2018 at 5:15 pm Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar dlillib WhatsApp Andrade and Elias advance to the Quarterfinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament Videos Articles WWE Smackdown Live Preview: King of the Ring continues, Daniel Bryan vs. Buddy Murphy Seth Rollins Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list 3 COMMENTS WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Google+ At this point, they may as well take Vince McMahon and shorten it to just his middle name – Kennedy. No “Mr.”, and no microphone dropping from the ceiling. Pinterest Rob Giles Jon Moxley: AEW Was Bigger Than WWE Title Jon Moxley Joins AEWcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey WWE RAW Results – 8/19/19 (King of the Ring Tournament begins, United States Title match) Shawn Michaels Apollo Crews gets a name change in WWEWWE.com is now listing Apollo Crews as only Apollo on his official roster page.He was still being referred to his original name on television as of last week. Apollo joins a long list of other talents have who’ve had quiet name changes including Erick Rowan, Luke Harper, Antonio Cesaro, Elias Samson, Adrian Neville, Big E, Alexander Rusev and more.Video of Sami Zayn accepting Humanitarian AwardWWE has posted video of Sami Zayn accepting a Humanitarian Award on behalf of the Syrian American Medical Society this past weekend in Orlando. Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions February 19, 2018 at 10:28 pm Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Good job Sami Anonymous Videos Articles WWE should just shorten their company name to “Retarded” cause that’s what it is anyhow. They view their fans as retards also. Raw and Smackdown are both unwatchable. You can call Apollo Crews whatever you want. The character will still suck and go nowhere, just like ALL the other names mentioned in this article that had their names shortened. Comments are closed.last_img read more

Vehicle strikes, injures juvenile bicyclist in Camas

first_imgCamas police say a juvenile driver was at fault for hitting a bicyclist Wednesday morning.Police and Camas-Washougal Fire responders were dispatched about 8:30 a.m. to Northeast 15th Avenue and Division Street for a report of an injury traffic crash.The caller reported that a vehicle struck a child on a bike, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian. The first responder to arrive at the scene reported that “one person (was) down in the road,” according to the scanner.Both the driver and cyclist are younger than 18, according to Camas Police Department Sgt. Scot Boyles.The cyclist was in a crosswalk when they were hit, Boyles said. They injured their hip, thigh and ankle, but the injuries were not life threatening, according to the sergeant.Police found the driver at fault for the crash, but no citations were issued.Police temporarily blocked traffic on northbound Division Street during the response.last_img read more

Can Black Lightning Make Me Care About CWs DC TV Universe

first_img I have a very complicated relationship with DC these days. I love the characters and universe the comic book giant has cultivated over the past century. On most given days, I probably prefer them to their Marvel counterparts. DC cartoons like Teen Titans and Justice League and Batman: The Animated Series have made me understand the awesome innate appeal of superheroes more than anything else outside of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies. Plus Injustice is a dope fighting game.But man, the DC movies have just been such nightmares after Christopher Nolan’s excellent Batman trilogy. Man of Steel is like pretty okay, and Wonder Woman is legitimately awesome. But disasters like Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, and Justice League anger me not just because of their awfulness but because they make the mediocre machine work of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (outside of Black Panther) look like art by comparison.There is one live-action arena where DC characters are getting respect, or so I keep hearing. For years folks have insisted that the suite of live-action DC shows on the CW (Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow), also known as the “Arrowverse,” are actually pretty good. Besides, they can’t be worse than some of Marvel’s own shows like Iron Fist and Inhumans.However, just the very thought of watching 22 hours a year of sub-network budgeted live-action superhero antics (multiplied by four shows) already exhausts me, despite how jazzed I am by the idea of seeing King Shark on my TV. That’s just so much questionable content, even if Grant Gustin is the only true Flash.That’s why I was so intrigued by Black Lightning, the latest edition to Greg Berlanti’s CW DC TV empire. He’s no Static or Black Manta, but Jefferson “Black Lightning” Pierce is a fascinating Black character to build a show around, what with his unusually traditional family dynamic for a superhero setup. Plus, it’s not connected to the rest of the Arrowverse, so even if I did somehow get hooked I wouldn’t suddenly by obligated to keep up with the other adventures of Leonard Snart and the gang.For more in-depth Black Lightning thoughts, you can catch up with Nick Mangione’s ongoing episode reviews. But I just wanted to share some stray thoughts, especially while a different Black superhero is about to have his time in the sun. I appreciate how lived in and real Black Lightning’s vision of Black community in Freeland is. Like Luke Cage, you could tell this was made by actual Black people.However, also like Luke Cage, Black Lightning at times features a distressingly large amount of respectability politics, blaming Black people for our own self-inflicted gang violence while (initially at least) downplaying larger socio-economic factors. I’m starting to fear this Booker T. Washington-esque model is just the easiest way to make noble Black (male) superheroes safe and palatable to the mainstream.Fortunately, Black Lightning is progressive in its own ways. The very first scene features some good old-fashioned racist cops getting called out. Meanwhile, Black Lightning’s soon-to-be superpowered daughters (including one who is queer) call him out on his more antiquated patriarchal habits. And perhaps Jefferson Pierce’s arc from retired superhero to respected principal back to superhero is about him learning that respectability alone won’t save us. A Black version of older folks becoming radical or “woke” if you will.Plus there’s enough off-the-wall comic book insanity interspersed throughout the more grounded vibe. Actor Cress Williams does an admirably cheesy job growling in his glowing costume while levitating punks with dodgy CGI electric powers. Albino villain and 100 Gang Leader Tobias Whale shoots lackeys with a harpoon gun. Jill Scott shows up in an episode straight-up called “Black Jesus.” James Remar plays Black Lightning’s super tailor. It’s all good stuff. The serialized storytelling and blend of cop show bad guy busting with well-worn divorced Black family drama keep Black Lightning comfortably within the realm of “TV show,” but its fantastical superhero pedigree isn’t wasted.So did it work? Did Black Lightning strike me hard enough to fully get invested in the CW DC TV universe? Not yet. I haven’t stayed current with this first season, and I’ll probably only be curious enough once the whole thing is available to stream. But however I feel about the Arrowverse I’m glad it’s been successful enough that a Black show has been able to now ride its wave. Hopefully this is just the next step in DC getting its live-action shit together. My Black Manta anti hero drama isn’t going to produce itself.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Trailer Shows Bawdy Blaxploitation Biopic Stay on targetlast_img read more

When bingewatching means freedom

first_imgDoes boredom makes you snuggle in your bed and finish a complete season of your favourite TV series in one day? Then, my friend, you’re addicted to binge-watching.Binge watching as a term was often used in the 90’s where the DVD’s comprised of all the seasons of a particular TV show. But now with the coming of Netflix, the prevalence of torrent downloads and YouTube where seasons are available, one is easily able to watch their favourite shows in one go. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’But why is it that some people watch the whole season consisting of more than 10 episodes (half an hour long episodes) in one go? Ayush Madan, a third year college student from Indraprastha University said: “I have the patience to see the whole season in one day. The anticipation of what happens next in the plot of the particular series makes me impatient. It is hard to even wait for the next day’s sun to rise.”For some, priorities are set where they have fixed their time for fun. Akash, an IT professional has fixed half an hour everyday to see his favourite TV show ‘Game of Thrones’. He said: “I do not want to fall sick binge watching TV shows for hours. I love watching the TV series but it is hard to just lay in your bed and watch them all in your laptop. I take my time and watch a TV series like it comes on TV, the only difference being that I pause and play when I like.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWeekends are people’s only hope for some fun as the weekday’s grinding takes a toll on the soul. College students, office-goers and some of the enthusiasts are willing to give up on their sleep to watch certain shows. According to senior Psychologist Dr Vasantha R Patri, parents are to be blamed for such behaviour in their kids. She said: “When the child’s travelling and socialising becomes expensive for the parents and they refuse to send their adult dependent children to explore some other entertainment options, this continuous TV-series watching becomes the source of their entertainment and such exposure makes them addicted.” It is also assumed that some TV shows create a kind of crisis in the heads of those binge viewers after a season ends and the new one is awaited and to this Dr Patri said: “TV show producers always have something new to give to the viewers so that they can get hooked on again and hence it becomes easy for an individual to move on from one TV show to another.”But for a young DU student like Aishwarya, binge watching is the only source of freedom. She says, “I don’t care what people say but I feel a sense of loss when a series ends. Like people are still waiting for a Harry Potter Prequel, I am waiting for my favourite TV show. I don’t like to socialise much and hence my laptop with unlimited internet is my happiness.”last_img read more

WikiLeaks source Manning sentenced to 35 years

first_imgFORT MEADE, Maryland – A military court sentenced U.S. Army soldier Bradley Manning to 35 years in jail Wednesday for passing WikiLeaks the biggest leak of official secrets in United States history.Manning could be freed on parole within a decade and his lawyer David Coombs said he would ask President Barack Obama to pardon him “or at the very least commute his sentence.”An emotional Coombs read a message Manning addressed to Obama: “If you deny my request for a pardon I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society.”The White House sidestepped the appeal.“If there is an application that’s filed by Mr. Manning or his attorneys, that application will be considered … like any other application,” spokesman Josh Earnest said.Manning supporters protesting outside Fort Meade, the U.S. Army base that hosted his trial, were dismayed at the sentence, despite it being much lower than the 60 years demanded by prosecutors.But Manning’s most high-profile champion, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, declared Wednesday’s ruling a “significant tactical victory” for his anti-secrecy cause.He said Obama’s administration had intended to intimidate other “people of conscience,” like fugitive U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, and that this had “spectacularly backfired.”“As a result, there will be a thousand more Bradley Mannings,” Assange said in London, where he is holed up in the Ecuadoran Embassy to avoid questioning in a Swedish sex crime inquiry.WikiLeaks recently also lent its support to Snowden, a former U.S. National Security Agency contractor who passed secret documents to Britain’s Guardian newspaper.Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia as he flees a U.S. bid to prosecute him.Manning appeared ashen-faced moments before he heard his fate in a courtroom at Fort Meade, which is located in Maryland, close to the U.S. capital.Military judge Col. Denise Lind delivered her verdict in a less than two-minute statement in which she said the soldier would be demoted to the Army’s lowest rank.He is to serve his sentence in military custody before being dishonorably discharged.Under military law, Manning is eligible for parole on completion of one-third of his sentence. His jail time will be shortened by a total of 1,293 days for time already served.Manning’s sentence will automatically be reviewed in the Army Court of Criminal Appeal.The baby-faced private was convicted of espionage and other crimes last month, having earlier admitted being the source of hundreds of thousands of battlefield reports from the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and confidential diplomatic cables.Publication of the documents caused deep embarrassment to the United States and rankled allies, prompting warnings from U.S. officials that troops and intelligence sources had been jeopardized.Army lawyers had pressed for a much longer sentence, arguing that significantly more jail time would send a message to people contemplating the theft of classified information.Coombs, however, had appealed for leniency. He said Manning had expressed remorse, cooperated with the court and deserved a chance to have a family and one day walk free.Manning was a junior intelligence analyst at a U.S. base near Baghdad when he handed over the data – about 700,000 documents – to WikiLeaks.He was arrested in Iraq in 2010 and has since been held in military custody.The most notorious material that he brought to light was graphic cockpit footage of two U.S. Apache attack helicopters opening fire and killing 12 people in Baghdad in 2007.Manning, a hero to supporters who regard him as a whistleblower who lifted the lid on U.S. foreign policy, said he had been offended by the callous remarks of the pilot.Though found guilty of 20 of the 22 offenses leveled against him, Manning was cleared of the most serious charge, that of “aiding the enemy” – in this case, Al-Qaeda.The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday’s sentence was sad for Manning but also sad “for all Americans who depend on brave whistleblowers and a free press for a fully informed public debate.”“When a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished far more harshly than others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians, something is seriously wrong with our justice system,” they added in a statement.Expert witnesses testified during the sentencing phase of Manning’s trial that the soldier was confused about his gender and sexuality and under enormous psychological stress at the time he committed the leaks. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

FDA Inadequate cleaning testing at Ohio ice cream plant

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The Food and Drug Administration released the results of its investigation after a Freedom of Information request from The Associated Press. The report says Jeni’s managers did not have an adequate sampling and testing program and were not sufficiently sanitizing some surfaces, including the floors.Listeria can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature labor, and serious illness or death in newborn babies.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top Stories Top holiday drink recipes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WASHINGTON (AP) — A government investigation of Ohio-based Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams says there was inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant before listeria was found in some of its ice cream.The ice cream company recalled all of its products last month. There are no illnesses connected to the recall, and Jeni’s says it is making ice cream again and re-opening shops Friday after intensive cleaning.center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Princess Cruises partners with Aussie chef

first_imgSource = Princess Cruises Princess Cruises today announced a new exclusive partnership with esteemed restaurateur, New York Times bestselling author and television personality Chef Curtis Stone.This collaboration will serve up new culinary offerings designed by Chef Stone, dedicated to fresh flavorful cuisine, ultimately creating memorable experiences as guests travel the world.Internationally known, Chef Stone began his cooking career at the age of 18 in his homeland of Australia and later honed his skills at Michelin-starred restaurants in London.Curtis is also a New York Times bestselling author, having written six cookbooks, his most recent Good Food, Good Life.Guests will be invited to enjoy three special offerings developed by Chef Stone, available only on a Princess cruise vacation, including:“Crafted by Curtis” menu items available in the main dining room across the entire fleetA new specialty restaurant concept and menu designed by Chef StoneA special Chef’s Table by Curtis Stone experience“Crafted by Curtis” menu items offered in the main dining rooms will debut aboard Golden Princess in the fall and roll out fleet-wide through the end of 2015.Chef Stone’s first restaurant at sea will debut in December aboard Emerald Princess, sailing from Ft. Lauderdale to the Caribbean and Ruby Princess, sailing from Los Angeles on cruises to Hawaii and Mexico.The rollout will continue on Coral Princess cruising the Panama Canal and then Sun Princess, which will bring Chef Stone’s restaurant to his home country, Australia.Curtis Stone’s Chef’s Table experience will debut across the fleet beginning in early 2016.“We take tremendous pride in preparing and serving our guests freshly made dishes served with passion and care,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president.“This partnership will appeal to Princess guests around the world and most certainly to those enjoying Australia-based cruises since Chef Stone hails from Oz and is incredibly popular in his homeland.”“Princess Cruises is known for visiting great worldwide destinations – I’m set on bringing a new culinary experience to the sea to enhance and complete a cruise vacation,” said Chef Curtis Stone.“It’s important to me that guests have the experience that I would want and food that I’d be thrilled to eat myself, at sea or anywhere else in the world,” added Stone. Find out morelast_img read more

Thailand posts increased visitor numbers

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Nearly two million Brits have booked a lastminute

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The 5th annual Jerusalem Beer Festival will showca

first_imgThe 5th annual Jerusalem Beer Festival will showcase more than 100 breweries from around the world at Independence Park in Jerusalem, August 26-27.The festival will feature mainstream, local and boutique breweries including Erdinger (Germany), Beamish (Ireland), Lindemans (Belgium), Belhaven (Scotland) and John Smith (England). Travelers and beer aficionados will taste unique brew flavors such as strawberry and caramel.“The Jerusalem Beer Festival is a highly-anticipated event that attracts the world’s top breweries to Israel in celebration of the delicate art of beer-crafting,” says Arie Sommer, Tourism Commissioner, North and South America. “This year’s festival will include brews for both the adventurous and traditional beer drinkers.”Visitors to the festival will also experience a wide array of Israeli foods, crafts and live brewing demonstrations by local beer artisans. Also, popular Israeli band Hadag Nachash and top Israeli DJs will perform.www.goisrael.com.last_img read more

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