Share on LinkedIn World Cup stunning moments: the Miracle of Bern Read more Jürgen Klopp Maribor Read more Champions League Topics Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Long before Istanbul there was the Miracle of Bern and Jürgen Klopp believes Liverpool should heed a warning from history when they host Maribor on Wednesday. In the Champions League, the Liverpool manager insists, there are no foregone conclusions, even against an opponent humiliated 7-0.Liverpool recorded the biggest away win in their European history against the Slovenian champions two weeks ago – indeed the biggest by any English team away in the European Cup – but Klopp claims he will be content with a 1-0 victory in the return. He cited West Germany’s 3-2 win over Hungary in the 1954 World Cup final as a reason why. Germany secured their first World Cup not only after trailing 2-0 in Bern but having lost 8-3 to the Mighty Magyars in the first round of the tournament. Klopp will use a 63-year-old history lesson to guard against complacency at Anfield. Share on WhatsApp “We have to do like we did in the first game. Two or three of the goals were because of our pressing situations, when they played and we jumped in, the first goal especially when Mo [Mohamed Salah] put the left-back under pressure with his speed. I don’t expect a lot of easy spaces. We will have to work for this. If anyone is expecting something like this [7-0 again] I cannot change that.“We have three more games, nine points, we had the first two games with good performances but not enough points, so there is nothing to waste now. We have to be and we will be 100% serious. I will make sure of that. If we win at the end 1-0 I am completely happy about it because it means we have three more points.”Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren did not train with the rest of the Liverpool squad on Tuesday due to an abductor and thigh injury respectively. Share via Email “I am from Germany so I know in 1954 we lost against Hungary in the group stage really clear and then won the World Cup final,” he recalled with unmistakable pride. “Nobody would have expected that. That’s football. That is how I learned it pretty early in my life. It’s always possible. It’s all about our performance.“We have to use the little advantage of being the home team, using the crowd, being spot-on again, but we did so well in Maribor and that was the reason for the result – not the quality of the opponent. At the end it looked like a big difference but it was only because of our start. We have to do that again. Being there from the first second should be easy to understand for the boys because we lost points in the first two games of the group. Everybody is close together. Nobody knows how the other game will be so we need to use this opportunity for us to win the home game and be in a better position.”The Liverpool manager believes a more recent event – Saturday’s 3-0 defeat of a defensive Huddersfield Town – should serve as ideal preparation for facing Maribor, who had to train late at Anfield on Tuesday due to a delayed flight. Darko Milanic’s team conceded seven goals in 86 minutes to Liverpool having conceded only four times in 10 domestic home matches all season. And Klopp claims their domestic form – unbeaten after 14 games and joint-top of the league with Olimpija Ljubljana – is a more accurate reflection of their quality than the chaotic, careless display served up in the first encounter with Liverpool.Klopp added: “Since we played them they won and they are first, level on points. They are usually really well organised but it is a football playing side and I don’t think they can change this much. The last game against Huddersfield will be a good reference for us. Yes, they will be organised, they will not open any gaps for us, they will not make it easy for us, they will fight for each yard and that’s clear. Share on Facebook Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren hits out at ‘disgusting’ death threats Liverpool news Share on Pinterest Reuse this content
Fàbregas Fabregas still amazed by timeless Iniesta Joe Wright 17:21 2/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea v Barcelona Barcelona Chelsea UEFA Champions League The World Cup winner turns 34 this year, but his former Barcelona team-mate believes he has the intelligence and quality to keep going strong Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas says the danger posed by Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta has not diminished with age.Fabregas will face his former team-mate and compatriot when the Catalans visit Stamford Bridge for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.AdChoices广告Iniesta, 33, has been used with caution by head coach Ernesto Valverde, having only completed 90 minutes twice this season in all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Spain star was substituted in the second half of Saturday’s 2-0 LaLiga win at Eibar and is almost certain to start against Chelsea, with January signing Philippe Coutinho ineligible.And Fabregas has no doubt Iniesta remains a fine player, especially as he has rarely had to rely on physical qualities in his career.”He’s still good; for this type of player, age doesn’t really matter,” said Fabregas.”Once you have a talent, once you have the class that he and so many other ‘big’ players have, they can play until their late 30s.”Physically, it’s important, obviously because the game nowadays depends a lot on that. But when you have the quality, when you have the intelligence, it can sometimes compensate.”Asked if Iniesta was an idol for Fabregas as a Barca youth product, he replied: “You’re making him very old! He’s only three years older than me.”We played with the Spain Under-21s together. We’ve played together from when I was 18 years old.”I never saw him as an ‘idol’ because we always played together. I saw him as a team-mate. A person obviously that I admire, but in a different way from an idol I looked up to when I was young.”I used to look up to [Pep] Guardiola because he was playing in my position; I used to love Luis Figo when he was at Barcelona. These two were probably the ones I looked up to most when I was little.”But this generation of Spanish players, and not only Spanish players, in Barcelona has been fantastic.”
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HALF MOON BAY, Calif. – Fisherman Jake Bunch leans over the side of the fishing boat “Sadie K,” spears his catch, and reels it aboard: an abandoned crab pot, dangling one limp lasagna noodle of kelp and dozens of feet of rope, just the kind of fishing gear that has been snaring an increasing number of whales off U.S. coasts.Confirmed counts of humpbacks, blue and other endangered or threatened species of whale entangled by the ropes, buoys and anchors of fishing gear hit a record 50 on the East Coast last year, and tied the record on the West Coast at 48, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The accidental entanglements can gouge whales’ flesh and mouth, weaken the animals, drown them, or kill them painfully, over months.This year, Bunch is one of small number of commercial fishermen out of Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco, and five other ports up and down California who headed to sea again after the West Coast’s Dungeness crab season ended this summer.The California fishermen are part of a new effort using their cellphones’ GPS and new software pinpointing areas where lost or abandoned crabbing gear has been spotted. They retrieve the gear for a payment — at Half Moon Bay, it’s $65 per pot —before the fishing ropes can snag a whale.Especially stormy weather this year has meant more wayward crabbing gear than usual, Bunch said recently on a grey late-summer morning at sea.“Makes it all the more important to pick it up,” he says.Bunch spots the algae-blackened buoy of his first derelict crab pot of the day just after a humpback surfaces near the Sadie K.Leaning out the window of his boat’s cabin, Bunch uses his phone to snap a picture of the spot, capturing its location via the GPS setting. Then he hauls in the crab pot, the size and shape of a giant truck tire, and removes the owner’s tag inside that California mandates. He tosses the lone live crab inside the pot back into the water — it’s the off-season.The crab gear goes back to Bunch’s port, which charges the original owners $100 for returning the lost gear — a bargain, compared to the $250 a new pot costs.California fishermen and port officials working with the Nature Conservancy environmental group developed the program, designed to be affordable and easy enough for ports to manage on their own.West Coast fishermen annually lose thousands of pots for Dungeness crabs, which are a staple of Thanksgiving dinners and community crab feeds across California.Dungeness bring in tens of millions of dollars in revenue in a good year. But they also are the single-largest identifiable source of fishing gear entangling whales on the West Coast. Crab pots and the lines can get carried away by waves or by vessels that accidentally snag them. Sometimes fishermen abandon their pots or lose them.On the East Coast, meanwhile, lobster traps and gillnets are among the culprits in whale entanglements.On both coasts, fishermen and others regularly join missions to cut free whales found tangled in gear. Last July, a Canadian fisherman was killed while rescuing an Atlantic right whale snagged by lines.Clearly, “taking gear off the whales is not the solution to the problem. At all,” said Justin Viezbicke, who tracks West Coast entanglements for NOAA federal fisheries. The answer is “prevent these things from happening in the future.”Off the West Coast, changes in ocean temperatures in recent years mean fishermen and whales increasingly have found themselves in the same waters.The surge in whale entanglements has fueled tensions in California between commercial fishing operators eager to show they are trying to tackle the problems and some conservationists.Some environmental groups say the state should put in place more mandatory protection measures, such as blocking fishermen from especially important waters for whales.One group, the Center for Biological Diversity, filed notice this summer that it plans to sue California for allegedly not doing enough to keep the Dungeness crab fishery from killing protected whale species.“We’ve been hearing for years now from both the state of California and fishermen that they care about the problem and want to address it,” said Kristen Monsell, a staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity.“But nothing has changed other than more whales are getting tangled off our coast and dying painful, tragic deaths,” Monsell said.On this morning, Bunch quickly reels in nine derelict crab pots in fewer than two hours.Back at Half Moon Bay port, Lisa Damrosch, executive director of the local seafood marketing association, has taken in about 450 recovered crab pots so far this year, stacking them behind a fence to return them to their owners before the crucial holiday season for Dungeness crab.“No one wants to entangle a single whale,” Damrosch said. But “the best fishermen in the world are going to lose a pot.”
BISMARCK, N.D. — An heir to the Walmart fortune, a wealthy governor and oil companies could fund a big chunk of the private money needed for a Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in North Dakota’s western Badlands.It’s unclear how much might come from the Roosevelt family.North Dakota lawmakers recently approved $50 million in public money for the project, but it must be matched by $100 million in private money.The library foundation says it has $52 million in pledges. It’s widely believed most of that is from former Walmart Chairman Rob Walton and his wife, Melani. She declined comment.North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness expects “substantial” money from the energy industry.A spokesman says Gov. Doug Burgum also will contribute. Burgum sold a company to Microsoft in 2001 for $1.1 billion.Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press
Identifying the need to uplift the fishing industry as a whole, the Colombo Port City has decided to grant Rs. 500 Million to the Fishermen Livelihood Support Society set up under the direction of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development. Under the Livelihood programme, plans are underway to provide several other Fishery Associations in the Negombo and Wattala fishing regions with financial aid & other facilities to uplift the livelihood of fisher families and the industry in general. Colombo Port City says there had been baseless propaganda in the past, spread by civil society organisations, leading to negative reactions by several fishery associations towards the Colombo Port City project.Allegations were made, stating that fisher folk were loosing fish breeding grounds, due to sand dredging in the Negombo area. “However, investigations made by NARA proved that the manner in which the dredging was done had no impact on fish breeding grounds nor were the dredging locations in areas where there was coral and other marine life,” Colombo Port City said in a statement today. A number of development programs to improve the livelihood of fisher folk and provide them with financial benefits have been launched by the Colombo Port City in collaboration with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development. The programs were launched earlier this month at a ceremony attended by Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera as Chief Guest.The Minister laid the foundation stone for the first phase of the project, which included a number of development programmes such as Community Halls in Dikkowita and Uswetakeiyawa; and two shelters for the boat landings in Keppungoda and Aluthkuruwa The first phase of the development programme would benefit fisher families in the Wattala, Uswetakkeiyawa, Seeduwa, Keppungoda and Negombo areas. 17 fishery associations representing these areas were awarded Rs. 2,000,000/- each at the ceremony, so that the money would be distributed amongst fishermen in the form of interest free loans, so that they would have the opportunity to either purchase equipment or otherwise invest in their professions to better their livelihoods. (Colombo Gazette)
In a communiqué signed yesterday in the southern town of Bo by Solomon Berewa, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, and Omrie Golley, Chairman of the Revolutionary United Front’s (RUF) Political and Peace Council, the Government of Sierra Leone and the rebels agreed that disarmament in Kono District would resume as of 18 July with a view to completing the process in that area by the end of the month. The signing was witnessed by the head of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), Oluyemi Adeniji.The parties further agreed that all checkpoints erected by the RUF or Civil Defence Force (CDF) in Kono District will be dismantled as of 18 July. In order to allow a smooth completion of the disarmament process, a total moratorium on all mining activities in Kono District will also come into force the same day. No combatants will be allowed to carry weapons except on their way to reception centres under the supervision of their commanders, to prevent future clashes between armed combatants in the district.A joint committee comprising representatives of the CDF, the RUF and UNAMSIL will be established on the ground to monitor implementation of the agreement. The meeting also agreed on the next steps and locations for the disarmament process countrywide.
One month after the United Nations Security Council called for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is reporting that this work continues, and it can make no further progress in determining whether the country is carrying out illicit nuclear activities because it lacks the cooperation of the Government.“After more than three years of Agency efforts to seek clarity about all aspects of Iran’s nuclear programme, the existing gaps in knowledge continue to be a matter of concern,” IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei told the Security Council in a report released today.“Any progress in that regard requires full transparency and active cooperation by Iran – transparency that goes beyond the measures prescribed in the Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol – if the Agency is to be able to understand fully the twenty years of undeclared nuclear activities by Iran,” the report adds.According to the report, Iran’s uranium conversion campaign “is still ongoing.” Iran has continued to feed UF6 gas – used for uranium enrichment – into large-scale machinery built for that purpose in March. The report was requested by the Security Council on 29 March, in its first official action after the matter was referred to it by the Agency, as the Council called on Iran to re-establish full and sustained suspension of all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development.That action followed Iran’s decision to resume it s efforts to produce enriched uranium, a substance that can be used for peaceful purposes, such as generating energy, or for making nuclear weapons. The Tehran Government denies claims by the United States and other countries that it is trying to develop nuclear weapons.Today’s report recalls that, until February, Iran had agreed to some transparency measures requested by the Agency, including access to certain military sites.However, it says, additional measures, including access to documentation, dual use equipment and relevant individuals, are still needed for the Agency to be able to verify the scope and nature of Iran’s enrichment programme, the purpose and use of the dual use equipment and materials, and alleged studies which could have a military nuclear dimension.“Regrettably, these transparency measures are not yet forthcoming,” Mr. ElBaradei states, concluding that “the Agency cannot make a judgement about, or reach a conclusion on, future compliance or intentions,” although it will keep pursuing its investigation.
Employees using Workday may notice several changes over the next month.Beginning in June, data from Brock’s current human resources systems will be imported into Workday. Faculty and staff using Workday’s financial services modules (Workday Finance) will see additional information, including their own employee data such as personal and contact information.Changes are expected to come in waves and once Workday’s human resources component (Workday HR) goes live, records will be accurate. An important feature of Workday HR is its rigorous safeguards for employee data security. Training sessions scheduled throughout June will offer guidance on using different modules in Workday, including how employees can directly access and update their own personal information.Workday’s new ‘Canvas’ user interface features large icons and colours to match Brock’s brand.Employees may also notice a new Workday design. Launched Monday, May 21, Workday’s new ‘Canvas’ design features large, clean icons that allow for more intuitive navigation. The new interface reflects Brock’s branding and is more adaptable to varying screen sizes.Employees are encouraged to visit the Workday SharePoint site on a regular basis between now and July 1 to register for upcoming training events and to view important dates focused on job postings, contracts, time sheets and vacation balances. Click “Contact Us” to ask questions and provide feedback.Once launched, Workday HR will allow real-time access to data, reduce duplication and provide a unified system of record for improved analytics, reporting and forecasting for planning and operational decisions. The cloud-based human resources management system will give employees direct access to their personal employment information and online requests for time away, and will provide management with team information and reports for analytics.Workday HR will provide several benefits to people and departments across Brock University.
TWO OF IRELAND’S most prominent and controversial figures have been brought closer together – on a stamp just issued by An Post.The stamp marks the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Government of Ireland Act 1914, better known as the Home Rule Act.The 60 cent stamp, designed by Ger Garland, features John Redmond, Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, and Unionist politician Edward Carson. The two had a good personal relationship, but butted heads on the act.The so called ‘Home Rule Act’ was passed by parliament in 1914 and was intended to provide a measure of self government for Ireland then under British rule.The Act emerged after Catholic Emancipation and the emergence of a strong Irish Party. The two key figures of the time were Redmond, a Wexford politician who pushed the cause of Irish Home rule, and Carson, from Dublin, who opposed it.Redmond led the Irish Parliamentary Part from 1900 to 1918 while Carson was the leader of the Unionist Alliance and Ulster Unionist Party from 1910 until 1921.An accompanying first day cover features the stamp and a reproduction of a satirical cartoon of the time. Both are available at www.irishstamps.ie, main post offices or the Irish Stamp shop in Dublin’s GPO.Read: One post office made stamps to mark the Battle of Clontarf anniversary, can you guess where?
Une baleine morte de 18 mètres s’échoue aux Sables-d’OlonneUn rorqual de 18 mètres a été découvert à cinq heures du matin vendredi sur une plage des Sables-d’Olonne. L’animal était déjà mort et un cordon sanitaire a été établi autour de sa carcasse. Le centre de recherche des mammifères marins de la Rochelle étudie divers prélèvements afin de déterminer les causes du décès de la baleine. Alors que les Sables-d’Olonne se préparent à accueillir le vainqueur du Vendée-Globe, c’est un invité de taille qui a débarqué en premier. Des promeneurs ont découvert très tôt vendredi le corps, hélas sans vie, d’une baleine de 18 mètres le long de la plage des Présidents. Il s’agirait d’un rorqual selon les pompiers.À lire aussiUne carcasse de baleine découverte à l’orée de la forêt amazonienneLa zone a été sécurisée pour éviter que les curieux viennent toucher et escalader l’infortuné cétacé. Cela pourrait propager des germes alors que des analyses sont prévues pour mieux comprendre pourquoi cette baleine s’est ainsi échouée. Cette étude sera menée par le centre de recherche des mammifères marins de la Rochelle.Les membres de ce centre ont entamé hier après-midi le découpage de l’animal en vue de réaliser des prélèvements. Les restes seront envoyés à l’équarrissage. D’après les chercheurs le rorqual serait en fait mort avant de s’être échoué. Reste à déterminer les causes de son décès.Le 26 janvier 2013 à 17:23 • Maxime Lambert
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QUESTION OF THE DAYHow will Gambia’s 1 December 2016 presidential election conclude?The APRC and its presidential candidate did file an election petition and are waiting for an outcome. They also want the whole Gambian nation to wait for that outcome.President-Elect Barrow has been declared the winner of the presidential election. He is also preparing to be sworn in as President on 19th January after the expiration of office of Outgoing President Jammeh.Different views are being expressed on either side of the political spectrum. Negotiations are said to be on but time is of essence. Such negotiation should lead to acceptance of the truth.Remarks being made that inauguration will not take place is the opinion of those on the losing side of the election. They should be respected but not given more value than their worth. The truth is already known to those who care to know. Such truth cannot be reversed or distorted.We are sure that the verdict of the people will ultimately prevail.
The Premier, Sharlene Robinson, who was also celebrating her birthday on Monday September 4 addressed concerns about tourists during the media debriefing yesterday. By Deandrea Hamilton Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIPremier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp OECD listed but never informed of concerns on TCI investor policy, Premier calls clarity and proof of any breach Recommended for you Turks and Caicos Statutory Board review report released, Government to embark on vigorous reforms Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 5th, 2017 – Providenciales – Guests to the Turks and Caicos are being asked, if they can, to leave early and the plan of the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports authority is to keep the airports open for as long as possible.FAA and CAA requirements are that all airports close though when wind speeds get to around 45mph.
Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp insists talks about England lacking talented players are garbage.After watching Jadon Sancho’s impressive rise at Borussia Dortmund, Redknapp brought back the debate over lack of opportunities for young English talents, whilst insisting more managers need to be brave when turning to academy prospects.Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson recently followed Sancho’s lead by swapping the Premier League for the Bundesliga when he joined Hoffenheim on loan and the worry for Redknapp is that too many young players who are not getting opportunities might have to leave the country.“It’s a major problem in this country,” he said, according to Daily Mail. “The kids don’t get the chance. There will be so many players who get wasted, don’t get opportunities who are as talented as these two (Sancho and Trent Alexander-Arnold) but just aren’t getting the opportunities.”Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“You need a manager who is going to throw you in. And not just throw you in for one game if it doesn’t go well, keep persevering with this young talent because I’ve always said it.”“It drives me crazy when people say ‘we haven’t got the players’ in this country. Absolute rubbish, complete garbage. We’ve got proper players in this country who can play and are talented.”“I think the academy system from eight, nine, 10 years of age, I see it weekly. Every time I go and watch these young players they have got the talent. They need the opportunity, that’s what it is about now.”Meanwhile, a young and relatively inexperienced England line-up defeated the USA 3-0 on Thursday night.
International terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda is stepping up their activities in the Indian subcontinent. The activities of the organisation is also increasing in Bangladesh, said a report of a research organisation presented during the hearing of a US House of Representatives sub-committee related to Homeland Security.During the hearing it was also said that the terrorist organisation has appointed a hundred of its members in the subcontinent this year.Speaking on the issue, a senior official of Dhaka metropolitan police’s counter terrorism unit seeking anonymity said according to the reports collected from other intelligence agencies, they are also sure that the activities of the Al Qaeda followers has increased in India and Pakistan. However, information about activities of the terrorist group in Bangladesh is not correct in the present scenario.RAND Corporation, an organisation that provides research and analysis to the US military, presented the report before the House of Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence on Thursday.Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation, Seth G Jones attended the hearing on behalf of the organisation.The US formed the Homeland Security Department after the 9/11 attack. The mission of this influential department is to secure the nation from the many threats US faces and to look after the immigration related issues of US to counter the threat of terrorism.During the hearing, Seth G Jones said Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has recruited hundreds of members this year. They have a number of cells in different provinces of Afghanistan. They are in large numbers in Afghanistan compared to the last 5 to 10 years.According to the expert, Al Qaeda is particularly active in Bangladesh. They are carrying out a steady propaganda campaign from its media arm As-Sahab.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan has said, “There is nothing as such. All this is made up by them only. There is no Al Qaeda in Bangladesh. Some misguided people write on the Facebook and social sites. There is nothing to worry about them.”Local militant group Ansar Al Islam has declared themselves to be the Bangladesh section of AQIS. The group was earlier known to be Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT).The militant group first came to light after they killed blogger Rajib Haidar in front of his home in Dhaka in February 2013.They also came to attention for killing a number of other bloggers and dissident writers. The most recent activity of the group was to kill LGBT activist Julhas Mannan and artist Mahbub Tanay in Kalabagan last year.The militant group acknowledged killing a total of 11 people and to be involved in a number of other attacks.A senior official of DMP’s Counter Terrorism Unit said continuous drive against the group has made them cornered. The remaining members and leaders of the group are using the ‘online platform’ for recruiting new members.The members of law enforcement agencies have killed a total of 64 people in different drives following the Holey Artisan Bakery militant attack on 1 July last year. The list includes senior leaders of the militant group Jamaatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB) as well women and children of their family.Meanwhile, law enforcers are yet to arrest a number of leaders of Ansar Al Islam, which is also the follower of Al Qaeda’s ideology. The list includes Ansar al Islam’s military wing commander Major Syed Ziaul Haque.Al Qaeda vs ISArguments between the supporters of IS and Al Qaeda are reflected in the social media sites. This came up after a number of Bengali websites of these two so-called Islamist and Jihadi groups were under surveillance. Both of the groups call each other’s supporters ‘kharizi’ (meaning one who deviates from Islam). Al Qaeda supporters say the IS has ‘sumrahi’ (amiss) among them. They also accuse IS for killing hundreds of Muslims.*The article originally came up in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Saimul Huda
Myanmar’s army chief on Saturday blamed Rohinyga militants for an explosion outside a mosque in Rakhine state, as a rights group accused the military of starting fires in the region to prevent refugees from returning.The unrest comes days after Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi declared troops had ceased “clearance operations” in the border area that have forced more than 430,000 Rohingya refugees to flee for Bangladesh in under a month.The army claims it is targeting Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on August 25. But its operation has been so sweeping and brutal that the UN says it likely amounts to “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya Muslim minority, a group reviled by many in the mainly Buddhist country.On Saturday Myanmar’s commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing posted a statement on Facebook saying Rohingya militants planted a “home-made mine” that exploded in between a mosque and madrasa in northern Rakhine’s Buthidaung township on Friday.The army chief accused the militants of trying to drive out around 700 hundred villagers who have remained in Mi Chaung Zay-an argument analysts have said makes little sense for a group whose power depends on the networks it has built across Rohingya communities.“As our villagers did not want to leave their homes, the terrorists blew up the bomb during the prayer time as a way of terrorizing the villagers,” the army chief’s statement said.“It is the act of ARSA terrorist group,” it added, using an acronym for the Rohingya militant group whose raids on police posts in August triggered the military backlash.No one was reported injured in the explosion.With the government blocking access to the conflict zone, it is difficult to verify the swirl of claims and counterclaims over who is driving the unrest, which has also displaced tens of thousands of Buddhists and Hindus.But rights groups say there is overwhelming evidence that the army is using its crackdown on militants to systematically purge the 1.1-million strong stateless Rohingya from its borders.Fires and land mines -On Friday Amnesty International said new videos and satellite imagery confirmed fires were still ripping through Rohingya villages, scores of which have already been burned to the ground.“Not satisfied with simply forcing Rohingya from their homes, authorities seem intent on ensuring they have no homes to return to,” said Tirana Hasan from Amnesty.According to government figures, nearly 40 percent of Rohingya villages in nothern Rakhine have been completely abandoned over the past month.Many of those who stayed behind are now living in isolated Muslim communities, gripped by fear and cut off from crucial aid, according to the UN’s humanitarian coordination office, UNOCHA.“Following continuous threats from local Rakhine people to leave, many of these vulnerable people are so terrified that they are calling the Government, the UN and others asking for additional measures to protect them,” UNOCHA said in its latest update.Human Rights Watch on Saturday also echoed allegations from Bangladeshi officials that Myanmar security forces were laying landmines along the border, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have crossed in the largest mass refugee movement in recent decades.“The dangers faced by thousands of Rohingya fleeing atrocities in Burma are deadly enough without adding landmines to the mix,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, HRW’s South Asia director.“The Burmese military needs to stop using these banned weapons, which kill and maim without distinction.”
00:00 /01:12 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Flickr/Kumar AppaiahAustin-based Texas Commission on the Arts and Texas Cultural Trust awarded 15 Texas high school students grants as part of their Young Masters Program.This week, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust gave grants to 15 Texas high school students studying the arts. Of those, there are four from the Houston area, one from Lubbock, and ten from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.So, why is there such a disparity?TCA’s Executive Director Gary Gibbs says they received more applicants from north Texas this year, but adds that the challenge is getting the word out to the students. TCA relies on the teachers. “Then (teachers) have to take it upon themselves to let their students know about it,” Gibbs explains.The news could lead to the question of whether Houston-area students are represented well enough in the arts.“I would love to see the proportion of Houston applicants for this honor go up,” says Troy Scheid.Scheid is the Arts Education Initiative Specialist at Young Audiences of Houston. The organization works with Houston-area schools to bring more arts programming into the classroom. “The benefits of the arts go across all subjects, so I know we’d be seeing more outstanding students in all fields from our region,” Scheid says. Each recipient of the Young Masters grant receives $5,000 for two years to pursue their studies. Three of the Houston students will be studying visual arts; the fourth is studying theater. Share X Listen
Actor Kubbra Sait, who is playing a pivotal role in the upcoming youth-oriented web series ‘Rejctx’, says that the language of parenting has to be upgraded to understand the mindset of youngsters. Kubbra is playing a student counsellor in the show, who listens to students’ problems and tries to get solutions. As the show addresses teen problem, asked what kind of problems she faced while growing up, Kubbra said: “I think when I was growing up, for me, the only way to show rebelling is to bunk classes for no reason actually. Today’s rebellions are different. They are into drugs and porn. Today’s challenges are identified with sexuality. I think today’s challenges have a lot to do with parenting of the past as well. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”If parents are not evolving with their children, they really would not be able to understand the internal problems that children are going through. Children will live in suppression. That will make them depressed and they will remain misunderstood by the elders,” shared the “Sacred Games” fame actor. Created by Goldie Behl, “Rejctx” features Sumeet Vyas, Masi Wali, Anisha Victor, Ayush Khurana, Prabhneet Singh, Ridhi Khakhar, Saadhika Syal and Pooja Shetty among others. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”It is important to understand that youngsters rebel because they are trying to tell us something,” Kubbra added. The show has started streaming on the OTT platform ZEE5 from Friday. Before this, Kubra marked her presence on the web space with the much loved show ‘Sacred Games’. Featuring the actor as a transgender named Kuku, the show also stars Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Sacred Games is based on Vikram Chandra’s 900-page thriller from 2006, set mainly in the Mumbai of the 1980s and ’90s, when encounters between gangsters and the police were common and film actors paying obeisance to gangsters was routine. The crime drama, co-directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap, has received positive reviews from critics around the world.
Travelweek Group Tags: Geckos Adventures << Previous PostNext Post >> Former Canadian travel agent named as Geckos Adventures’ first fitness consultant Posted by Share Friday, February 17, 2017 TORONTO — For fitness buffs, going on holiday often means sacrificing their daily workout sessions. But Geckos Adventures’ new fitness consultant is helping to ensure that vacations are focused just as much on fitness as they are on fun.The tour company, which provides affordable adventure travel for clients ages 18-29, has added this new service to help guests stay on track with their fitness goals during their travels. The fitness consultant is a free service for anyone who books a trip with Geckos Adventures. After signing up for a trip, guests can email the consultant with their fitness goals to receive a personalized workout plan tailored to the destination.Brent Price, an experienced Canadian travel agent turned personal trainer, will serve as Geckos’ fitness consultant. He also leads spin classes at Spin Society, trains at CrossFit and runs boot camps at Vancouver-based athletics apparel company RYU.A sample fitness itinerary for Geckos’ Northern Thailand at a Glance’ trip might include biking in Chiang Mai, running laps around the Doi Suthep Temple in Chiang Mai, or for the more ambitious, running up all 719 steps of the town’s Buddhist temple.More news: Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perks“It’s notoriously easy to get off your regular fitness regimen during travel and we know being healthy is important to our Gen Y travellers,” said Leigh Barnes, North America Regional Director for Geckos Adventures. “This free option can help them plan ahead, know they’ll still be getting in a good workout and maybe even burn a few more calories than they will at home – all while seeing some amazing destinations!”For more information go to GeckosAdventures.com/Fitness.