Yuvraj Singh blasted a chanceless century in the second one day international after making his comeback following a three-year absence from the 50-overs format.Playing his 295th ODI, Yuvraj reached his 14th hundred off 98 balls after the hosts were put into bat by England in the second match of the ongoing series, which India already lead 1-0.Yuvraj came to the crease after India were reduced to 22/2 in the third over following a rare Virat Kohli (8) failure. However, the 2011 World Cup Player of the Tournament overcame the testing phase and took the attack back to the opposition as he hit 21 fours and three sixes in his first century since March 2011.Yuvraj Singh in ODIs14th 1004th 100 v Eng7th at homeLast 100 came in 2011 World Cup#IndvEng Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 19, 2017Yuvraj was also involved in a 256-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who himself registered his 10th century. It was also the duo’s 10th century-plus stand in the 50-overs cricket. Yuvraj was eventually caught behind on 150 off Chris Woakes.Yuvraj had last played ODIs for India in 2013 during the tour of South Africa. With new, younger batsmen coming in from the assembly line, it looked like Yuvraj would only feature in the T20 format before earning a comeback after Virat Kohli took over as limited-overs captain from Dhoni.Yuvraj, who made his debut in 2000, continues to be a major crowd-puller. He was key to India’s triumph in the 2007 World T20 and starred with both bat and ball as Dhoni’s team lifted the World Cup in 2011.advertisementAn emotional moment for @YUVSTRONG12 as he brings up his 14th ODI ton #TeamIndia #INDvENG @Paytm pic.twitter.com/cX88vImx0v BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2017It was later learnt that Yuvraj had battled a rare form of cancer throughout the tournament. Though he came out of a turbulent period, thanks to treatment in the United States of America, he struggled to be the same fluent run-maker.Returning to the T20 side in 2013, Yuvraj cemented his place for the 2014 World T20 but his sluggish knock in the final against Sri Lanka put him out of favour with the selectors again. He returned for the 2016 edition at home and after some gutsy performances, pulled a hamstring in the final league game against Australia.Yuvraj did not play any more cricket in 2016 but it was a special year for him nevertheless. First, he scored loads of runs in the Ranji Trophy and then married Hazel Keech in a glittering ceremony.
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The Manual Podcast Celebrates 100 Episodes With a New Name Do you have a delicious recipe you would like to share? Is there something else you would like to know about barbecue? Give us a shout at email@example.com or hit up Chad on his Instagram — he’s always down to help others make the most of their meat.Further ReadingMouth-Watering Coffee Rub Brisket Barbecue Recipe from TraegerLesser-Known Cuts of Beef that Are Great for GrillingBest Grill Accessories of this SeasonGreat Smokey Whiskeys to Drink at Your Barbecue Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary Olympia Provisions’ Elias Cairo on Making Charcuterie and More 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard What new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming.For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table — Food and Drink Editor Sam Slaughter, Managing Editor Nicole Raney, and host Greg Nibler — meet up with Chad Ward, professional pitmaster and director of “BBQ Marketing” for one of The Manual’s favorite brands, Traeger Grills, to talk all things barbecue.First, Chad sheds some light on what it takes to become a pitmaster and how he got into the game, from his young start at the helm of his family’s grill to his eventual and impressive barbecue competition success. He then shares some expert tips and tricks to take to your grill, including how to keep meat from sticking to your grate, why the “redneck sous vide” is the best way to keep your steaks juicy, and how best to achieve an award-winning brisket. Chad also fills us in on his delicious dreams to eventually barbecue a bear and the weirdest thing he’s ever put on a grill (hint: it involves gator, and we might start a petition to officially call this dish the “Florida State Flag”).Stay tuned for our barbecue-themed metal rock album with Chad. Confused? Don’t be. Just listen to this hilarious episode to learn more about grilling (and meaty music): Editors’ Recommendations How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know
Hong Kong: Pro-democracy protesters were expected to take to the streets of Hong Kong on Saturday in defiance of a police ban on a major rally, a day after several leading activists and lawmakers were arrested in a sweeping crackdown. The demonstration had been due to mark the fifth anniversary of Beijing’s rejection of a call for universal suffrage in the semi-autonomous city, sparking the 79-day Umbrella Movement in 2014. Police banned Saturday’s rally on security grounds after last weekend saw some of the most violent clashes in three months of political turmoil, but still warned residents to expect “severe disruption”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The warning came after at least five high-profile activists and three lawmakers were arrested one after the other on Friday on accusations linked to the protests, in a sweep that lasted late into the night. Two of the Umbrella Movement’s leaders, Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow — both still well-regarded among the city’s youth — were arrested in early morning swoops and appeared later in court accused of “inciting others to take part in unauthorised assembly” among other charges. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Wong railed against the “chilling effect” of the round-up of opponents of Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed government, but vowed to continue fighting. Authorities are “trying to create white terror” to scare people away from participating in the movement, he said — using a phrase that has gained traction among protesters accusing the government of using harassment to suppress dissent. The European Union’s diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said the developments were “extremely worrying”. And US President Donald Trump said Washington’s economic pressure on China was responsible for preventing the authorities from carrying out a harsher crackdown against demonstrators. Amnesty International decried the “ludicrous dawn swoops”, describing them as “scare tactics straight out of Beijing’s playbook”. Despite organisers of the banned march cancelling Saturday’s rally, protesters have said they will still take to the streets. “The mass arrests yesterday were an obvious tactic to scare us off. Instead, (the government) lures us to come out today and then they can start their second round of mass arrest,” said a protester online. As demonstrators were arranging how to sidestep the ban, some called for mass “shopping trips”, while a YouTuber with 800,000 followers called a fan meeting. However, in a blow to those efforts, LIHKG, the Reddit-like forum used by protesters to communicate, reported via Twitter that its app had suffered the “largest attack it has ever seen”. The demonstrators, who have earned a reputation for their creativity, have also said they will hold small religious gatherings, which do not require permission for groups of up to 30 people, for the “sinners of Hong Kong”. A senior police official said the force remained braced for the possibility of renewed clashes with a hardcore minority of the mainly student protesters. Friday saw rolling arrests of leading pro-democracy voices, including three members of the city’s parliament — Cheng Chung-tai, Au Nok-hin and Jeremy Tam. Cheng’s arrest was announced by his Civic Passion party, while police confirmed a 35-year-old man surnamed Cheng had been held over “conspiracy to cause criminal damage” linked to the storming of the city’s parliament in July. Police confirmed the arrests of lawmakers Au and Tam for their roles in “obstructing” officers when riot police cleared protesters from the streets of the densely populated Mong Kok neighbourhood on July 7-8. Au is also accused of assaulting a police officer. Pro-democracy campaigner Rick Hui — a district councillor — and former student leader Althea Suen were also arrested separately on Friday, while vocal independence campaigner Andy Chan was detained at Hong Kong’s airport. Police spokesperson John Tse denied the slew of arrests were timed specifically to de-fang the weekend’s protests. More than 900 people have been arrested since June in connection with protests, which were sparked by opposition to a now shelved bill allowing extraditions to mainland China that quickly morphed into wider calls for democracy. Hong Kong’s crisis-hit government has refused to back down over the protests, which have seen millions march peacefully through the streets but also hardcore groups of radical protesters hurl bricks and petrol bombs at police armed with tear gas and rubber bullets. The violence has damaged Hong Kong’s reputation for stability and prosperity. China has responded with a campaign of intimidation. State media on Friday reported that fresh military anti-riot drills were held across the border in Shenzhen.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office says he has spoken with the man Canada and many of its allies consider the legitimate leader of Venezuela.Trudeau’s office says he spoke with Juan Guaido about the need for countries to send a clear message about what the PMO calls “the illegitimacy of the Maduro regime.”A statement from the PMO says the two also discussed the need to respect Venezuela’s constitution and to have free and fair presidential elections.The call comes a day before Canada and its allies in the so-called Lima Group are set to meet in Ottawa.The gathering of more than a dozen of Canada’s Western Hemisphere allies is meant to find new ways to support the Venezuelan opposition and ease the refugee crisis in neighbouring Brazil and ColombiaThe agenda was still being finalized on Friday, in part because of the speed at which the Venezuelan crisis is unfolding.Canada has already contributed $2.2 million for the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela that has forced three million people from their homes.Trudeau’s office says he told Guaido that Monday’s meeting will look at any ways countries can “can further support the people of Venezuela, including through immediate humanitarian assistance.“The prime minister commended Juan Guaido for his courage and leadership in helping to return democracy to Venezuela and offered Canada’s continued support,” the statement says.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The Liberals have used their majority on a House of Commons committee to block an attempt to launch an inquiry into the failed prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.Opposition members on the Commons defence committee forced a special meeting Thursday afternoon, aiming to start an investigation of how the military’s former second-in-command came to be prosecuted on breach-of-trust charges.The case fell apart last week, when Crown prosecutors told the judge that new evidence they’d received from Norman’s defence team had led them to conclude they stood no reasonable chance of convicting him.The admiral been accused of leaking government secrets to Quebec’s Davie shipyard, supposedly to help it nail down a $700-million contract for a navy supply ship.That deal had been negotiated under the previous Conservative government and in 2015 the Liberals paused before finalizing it.The opposition has repeatedly accused the Liberals of persecuting Norman through the courts for political reasons, which both the governing party and prosecutors have vehemently denied.The Canadian Press
Advertisement Advertisement Rupert’s self-mandated mission to control the power in the house – and backdoor Samantha Picco – was abruptly terminated upon discovering the season’s newest twist: the Head of Household cannot play for the POV.With the new rules in play, Adam Pike – whose budding showmance with Picco is starting to reveal itself – secured Picco’s safety by choosing not to use the POV, ultimately sending Maki Moto out the door, and rocking a visibly divided and emotional house.With no opportunity to take Maki Moto or Shenker off the block, Rupert’s new mission was to eliminate wildcard Shenker. But in a candid conversation during the week, Maki Moto mistakenly told Rupert he would nominate him next in retaliation. SPOILER ALERT: Do not read on unless you’ve watched Thursday night’s episode of Big Brother Canada.In a jaw-dropping house shocker, Toronto’s peaceful poet, Maki (Mac Daddy) Moto, was evicted from the Big Brother Canada (BBCAN) house in a rare tie vote broken by Head of Household Dane Rupert.Nominated by Rupert earlier in the week, Maki Moto was on the block with Montreal’s Kyra Shenker.Global / Corus (L-R): Kyra Shenker and Maki (Mac Daddy) Moto. – Global / Corus Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:
Since latest estimates show that 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans every year and cost the world up to $2.5 trillion (Rs 162 lakh crore), Nordic countries, in a declaration, called for a global treaty to tackle the crisis. The declaration was made on April 10, 2019, at a gathering of environment ministers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden at the Nordic Council in Reykjavik. According to the Nordic Cooperation, this demand has also been sent to the European Union, United Nations Environment Programme, the G7, and the G20 groups. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe World Wildlife Fund had just last month, warned that plastic pollution will double worldwide by 2030 unless major changes are made in how the waste is managed. The WWF has also called upon all nations to agree upon a global treaty on plastic waste, similar to the Montreal Protocol, to protect the ozone layer. The Nordic nations reiterate the importance of a UN resolution aimed to eliminate discharge of plastic litter and microplastics into the oceans. Also, just six years are left to achieve a Sustainable Development Goal, which calls upon the world to work towards preventing and significantly reducing marine pollution. Also Read – Insider threat managementDespite gaining global recognition, the issue of marine plastics pollution lacks focus on the need for stricter and more committal governance, said Ola Elvestuen, Norway’s minister of climate and environment, who initiated the new Nordic declaration on plastics. “We need a change of course where discussions should start with the question ‘what can the world achieve together?’ as no country can solve this problem on its own,” said Elvestuen. Iceland approved the declaration. “The Nordic region must be a pioneer in reducing the environmental impact of plastics. With this declaration, we are continuing to take the lead globally,” says Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, minister for environment and natural resources of Iceland. The fourth UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) held last month had stressed upon an intergovernmental process to address marine litter and the proliferation of microplastics. But nothing much had happened on the policy front, said the WWF International in its response to this declaration. It said, “It is an important declaration after world leaders failed to agree on meaningful policy decisions on the issue at the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi last month.” The declaration also asks the Nordic Council of Ministers to prepare a report on the specific elements that should be included in a global agreement to curb marine plastics pollution, which will also be useful in presenting the position of European Union ahead of the fifth UN Environment Assembly in 2021. (The author is Programme Director, Environment Resource Unit, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi. Views expressed are strictly personal)
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Researchers say Indonesia’s air quality has deteriorated from among the cleanest in the world to one of the most polluted over the past two decades, shaving five years from life expectancy in some regions.The University of Chicago study says an increase in coal-fired power stations, burning of land for plantation agriculture and rising car ownership are responsible for the worsening pollution.It said the greatest spike happened in the last few years with air pollution more than doubling between 2013 and 2016.According to the researchers, sustained high concentrations of particulate matter in the air people breath will cut 2.3 years from lifespans in the capital Jakarta, 4.8 years in the Sumatran city of Palembang and 5.6 years for the city’s neighbouring Ogan Komering Ilir district.The Associated Press
MONTREAL — Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. expects to strengthen its position as a global leader in dermatology products with the $2.6-billion acquisition of U.S.-based Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp.Valeant has agreed to pay $44 per share for Medicis in a $2.6-billion cash deal, the Quebec-based company said Tuesday. That’s a 39% premium over Friday’s closing price of $31.87 for the Scottsdale, Ariz. company.Shares in Valeant surged 14.6%, or up $7.35, to $57.82 in morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Valeant CEO Michael Pearson said his company had been looking at acquiring Medicis for the last 18 months.“Importantly, this combination represents a significant next step in our journey to become a global leader in dermatology, strengthening our presence in medical dermatology and bringing us to critical mass in esthetics,” Pearson said during a conference call.This combination represents a significant next step in our journey to become a global leader in dermatology, strengthening our presence in medical dermatology and bringing us to critical mass in estheticsMedicis’ portfolio complements Valeant’s portfolio, he said, citing the areas of acne medication and injectable dermal fillers in esthetic products.“We look forward to leveraging Medicis, a well-known and respected name in dermatology, to drive long-term growth,” Pearson told analysts.The boards of both companies have approved the deal but the takeover needs the approval of Medicis shareholders as well as regulatory clearance. The companies hope to complete the transaction in early 2013.[np-related]The combined company’s commercial dermatology operations would be based in Scottsdale and will operate under the Medicis name, the companies said. Its research and development operations would operate in Canada, Arizona and California. Corporate support functions would be based mostly in New Jersey.The chairman and CEO of Medicis, Jonah Shacknai, called the offer compelling and said the combined portfolio of products under the Medicis name would be enable the combined company to capitalize on opportunities in the markets for dermatology and esthetic treatment products.Medicis’ prescription brands include Solodyn, Perlane, Ziana and Dysport.Valeant said it expects the deal to immediately add to its earnings and begin producing annual cost savings of at least $225-million within six months of the deal closing.Pearson said when Valeant starts integrating Medicis’ personal, “we intend to select the best-of-the-best in order to build a stronger organization.” Valeant, Canada’s largest publicly traded drug company formed from the combination of California-based Valeant and the former Biovail, reported a $21.6-million net loss in the second quarter, largely as a result of restructuring and acquisition charges.The results also included a $53.6-million charge related to the settlement of a class-action anti-trust complaint.Valeant has now made more than a dozen acquisitions this year, including iNova, which sells and distributes a range of prescription and over-the-counter products in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and South Africa. It also acquired Dermik, a dermatological unit of Sanofi in the U.S. and Canada that manufactures, markets and sells a range of therapeutic and aesthetic dermatology products.Last year, it bought Edmonton-based Afex Life Sciences, maker of the over-the-counter cold and flu remedy Cold-FX.In April, Valeant announced it would move its global headquarters to Quebec to focus on over-the-counter dermatology products. It’s also setting up a research and development centre for consumer dermatology in Laval, which is north of Montreal.Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. is a multinational specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of products primarily in the areas of neurology, dermatology and branded generics.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Maxime Bernier argued to a crowd of flag-waving, cheering candidates and supporters that not inviting him to take part in the official election debates means excluding the only political party leader who has anything different to say.“It won’t be a real debate if I’m not there,” Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, said in his closing speech to his first national convention in Gatineau, Que., on Sunday, where candidates and campaign teams spent three days learning how to attract and motivate voters.“It will be a phoney discussion where they attack each other on their superficial differences.”The Quebec MP, who represented the Conservatives for a dozen years and placed second in its 2017 leadership race, said the Liberals, NDP, Greens, Bloc Quebecois and his former party all share similar views on things like immigration, climate change and supply management in the dairy sector.He also dismissed those political rivals as espousing varying degrees of left-leaning views.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“While the other parties look at polls and focus groups to decide what they stand for, and pander to every special interest group, we follow our principles,” said Bernier, adding that his party does not do any polling.Those other parties have all qualified for the debates, to be held Oct. 7 and Oct. 10, under criteria established by the federal government.Any party wishing to participate had to meet two of three conditions, which include having one sitting MP elected under the party banner, as well as candidates running in 90 per cent of the 338 federal ridings in the Oct. 21 election.The PPC plans to run a full slate, but Bernier was elected as a Conservative.The third condition requires a party to have earned either 4 per cent of the vote in the 2015 election, or have candidates with a “legitimate chance” of being elected this fall.David Johntson, the former governor general who is now heading up the Leaders’ Debates Commission, said the PPC did not, at that time, meet the threshold, but would give the party until Sept. 9 to argue its case.Bernier said he is confident Johnston will change his mind and allow him to join the others onstage.He also said he plans to win the election and form government, but suggested he would be satisfied with having enough seats to give him leverage over whichever party forms the government.“I think if we are not winning, and that is the goal, the worst-case scenario is to have the balance of power,” said Bernier, who ruled out a merger with the Conservative party but otherwise said he did not want to talk about what would happen to his party if he does not win.Benjamin Dichter, who ran for the Conservatives in downtown Toronto in 2015, pumped up the crowd earlier on Sunday by arguing that Canada is heading in the wrong direction when it comes to how it is dealing with Islamic extremism.“Canada is ill and suffering and it is suffering from the stench of cultural relativism and political Islam,” said Dichter, a founding member of the group LGBTory.ca, the Rainbow Conservatives of Canada.He went on to accuse both the Conservatives and Liberals of getting too close to those elements.When asked whether he agrees with that assessment, Bernier said he is glad Dichter was raising the question.“I think it’s important to have this debate and have this question,” Bernier told reporters.He said it connects to his policy on immigration, which would require everyone wishing to immigrate to Canada to undergo an in-person interview about whether their views align with Canadian “societal norms.”The convention also saw the party unveil another portion of its campaign platform, this time aimed at veterans.The policy proposal, which was announced with 44 veterans associated with the party on stage, would include reinstating the long-standing disability pension that was replaced with the current system in 2006.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter
In a statement issued from Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), Sergio Vieira de Mello, said he continues to receive credible reports of serious abuses and violations of human rights and humanitarian law by both parties to the Liberian conflict. These violations include extra-judicial killings, torture and rape. Civilians, including children, have also been deliberately targeted and forcibly recruited for fighting. “Parties to the conflict should ensure respect for human rights and humanitarian law in areas under their control and in the conduct of hostilities,” Mr. Vieira de Mello said. “Where these abuses and violations occur, parties have an obligation to bring perpetrators to justice.”The High Commissioner urged all parties to the conflict to commit themselves immediately to the protection of civilians, especially their physical integrity and the means necessary for their survival. He stressed that there can be no impunity for violations of human rights and differences should be resolved peacefully within the context of the rule of law and democratic principles.Mr. Vieira de Mello also endorsed the appeal made by the UN to the Government of Liberia and the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) to enter into cease fire negotiations.
Abbott Labs recalls blood glucose meters over inaccurate memory for dangerously high readings ABBOTT PARK, Ill. – Abbott Laboratories is recalling its FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Meters after finding that they display and store incorrect test results for dangerously high blood sugar levels.The Abbott Park, Ill., company says the meters will display and store readings for blood glucose levels of 1,024 milligrams per decilitre or higher at much lower levels. That’s an extremely high and rare level that requires immediate medical attention.The inaccurate readings can lead to a delay in identifying the problem or incorrect treatment. Abbott says that can lead to serious injury or death.Abbott says customers with the meter should contact its diabetes care customer service or download a software update that resolves the issue.Johnson & Johnson announced a similar recall last month for several types of its blood glucose meters. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 15, 2013 7:35 am MDT
ITALIAN JUDGES WILL decide today whether to uphold or overturn American Amanda Knox’s conviction for the savage murder of her British housemate, in the case’s fourth verdict in six years.Knox and former lover Raffaele Sollecito spent four years in prison for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, before being freed on appeal in 2011.The 26-year-old has been in the United States ever since but has been unable to shake off an assiduous Italian justice system, which saw the supreme court quash her acquittal and order a fresh appeal trial in 2013.She has not returned to Italy for fear of being “wrongly convicted”. Both Knox and Sollecito insist they are innocent.The case was sent to a fresh court in Florence, where Knox and Sollecito are re-appealing against their original convictions amid intense media coverage.A verdict is expected later today, once Knox’s lawyers have presented their final rebuttals.Raffaele Sollecito, left, and his father Francesco leave court [Image: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni]Two judges and eight jurors will decide whether Knox and Sollecito played a part in the brutal sexual assault and stabbing of the Leeds University student, found partially naked with her throat slit in the house she shared with Knox.Kercher’s brother and sister are expected to be in court for the verdict and the family’s lawyer Francesco Maresca said they “still have faith in Italy’s justice system”.Sollecito’s father has said his son will be present “to show respect for the court”, while Knox will wait for the news in her home town of Seattle.Experts doubt Knox could ever be extradited even if definitively convicted, but she has said she fears “becoming a fugitive” from Italian justice.Whatever the outcome, an appeal by either side will send the case back before the supreme court again before the verdict is considered final.A guilty verdict now, however, could see Sollecito, 29, back in jail or stripped of his passport to stop him fleeing Italy while the appeal process is exhausted.WeaponThe Florence court has focused largely on the presumed murder weapon — ordering fresh DNA tests on a kitchen knife found in Sollecito’s apartment.Local drug dealer Rudy Guede, whose DNA was found at the scene, is the only person currently serving time for the murder, but investigators say the knife wounds suggest there was more than one killer.A previously untested sample of DNA was shown to belong to Knox, but a tiny sample on the blade which the original forensic tests said belonged to Kercher was too small to retest and is considered inconclusive by the defence.Prosecutors claim Knox’s DNA on the knife and Sollecito’s DNA on a bra clasp ripped off during the attack prove they stabbed Kercher while Guede raped her.The prosecution say Knox then removed traces of herself and Sollecito from the crime scene — a thesis ridiculed by the defence, which insists she could not have cleaned up some DNA traces while leaving those incriminating Guede.The judges and jury have been urged by the supreme court to look at the evidence as a whole rather than examining each individual element on merit, and give greater weight to witnesses discarded in the last appeal trial.- © AFP, 2014Read: Ukraine opposition refuses to back bill that would free activistsRead: Edward Snowden has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize
Share Tweet Email1 Nov 1st 2016, 2:45 PM File image. Image: Jens Meyer Image: Jens Meyer A GERMAN EX-POLICE officer convicted of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists goes on trial again today after the verdict against him was overturned on appeal.Detlev Guenzel, 58, was last year sentenced to eight years and six months in jail by a regional court in the eastern city of Dresden, which found him guilty of killing Polish-born Wojciech Stempniewicz in 2013.Guenzel had cut the body into small pieces in a slaughter chamber he built in his cellar, before burying them in his garden, the court found. There was no evidence that he ate any part of his victim.But the Federal Court of Justice overturned the verdict, arguing that the regional court had failed to sufficiently probe whether the victim had actually killed himself through strangulation – as the accused had claimed.It also disputed the sentence imposed by the Dresden court as too lenient for a murder conviction, and ordered a retrial.The Dresden court had taken into account the death wish of the victim and imposed a sentence that is just above half of the maximum 15 years for murder.The victim’s wish “did not open the possibility to reduce the penalty”, said the appeal court.Guenzel’s retrial in Dresden starts today and a verdict is expected in January at the earliest.‘S&M slaughter studio’ Guenzel, a three-decade veteran of the police force, had met Stempniewicz in October 2013 on a website for slaughter and cannibalism fantasies billed as the “#1 site for exotic meat” and boasting more than 3,000 registered members.His defence team argued that Stempniewicz had hanged himself in Guenzel’s custom-designed “S&M studio” before Guenzel took a knife, then an electric saw, to the gagged-and-bound man.Soon after the death, Guenzel admitted to detectives that he killed the victim by cutting his throat. But he later retracted his confession.Investigators had testified in the first trial that they could not definitively determine the cause of death due to the state of the corpse.Guenzel and Stempniewicz had had extensive contact online and by telephone before finally arranging the fatal date on 4 November, 2013.Their emails bore the title “Schlachtfest”, the German word for a country feast after the slaughter of a pig. Guenzel called himself “Caligula 31″, Stempniewicz logged on as “Heszla-Longpig”.A 50-minute video Guenzel made was played during the trial and showed him at one point covered in blood as he mutilated the corpse, muttering, “I never thought I would sink so low”.The presiding judge at the Dresden court had said that the expression of faint regret seen in the video made it unlikely Guenzel would repeat such an act.She said this differed from the infamous case of German cannibal Armin Meiwes, who admitted to killing, mutilating and eating the flesh of a lover in 2001 after meeting him on the Internet via an advertisement looking for a “slaughter victim”.He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2006.© – AFP, 2016 (Comments closed as legal proceedings are under way) Read: “I don’t see any possible future” – 15,000 people left homeless by Italy’s most powerful earthquake in 36 yearsRead: Thousands attend funeral of fishmonger whose gruesome death in a rubbish truck provoked outrage Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 2:45 PM http://jrnl.ie/3056496 By AFP No Comments File image. Short URL Ex-policeman accused of cannibalism website killing is back in court The verdict against 58-year-old Detlev Guenzel was overturned on appeal. 9,226 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Fuite de gaz en mer du Nord : deux plateformes de forage sur les lieuxLe groupe pétrolier français Total a annoncé que deux plateformes de forage étaient arrivées samedi au large de l’Ecosse pour tenter de stopper la fuite de gaz de la plateforme d’Elgin. Les opérations avancent au niveau de la plateforme d’Elgin située en mer du Nord et victime depuis plus de deux semaines d’une fuite de gaz. Le groupe pétrolier Total à qui appartient l’installation a en effet indiqué que deux plateformes de forage étaient à présent sur place pour tenter de stopper la fuite. Dans un communiqué, il a ainsi affirmé “avoir fait des progrès significatifs cette semaine en vue de stopper la fuite de gaz” détectée le 25 mars sur le puits G4 de la plateforme.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Cela inclut un travail préparatoire en vue de l’opération de contrôle du puits et du forage” de deux puits de secours, a encore ajouté le groupe qui envisage deux actions pour stopper la fuite : l’injection de boue et le forage de deux puits de dérivation. C’est dans le cadre de ces deux opérations de colmatage que les deux plateformes de forage sont arrivées sur zone dimanche et mercredi. L’une doit être utilisée pour contrôler le puits G4, et l’autre creusera des puits de secours. D’ici peu, le dispositif sera également complété par un bateau et une autre plateforme, qui ont été mobilisés mais ne sont pas encore sur place, rapporte l’AFP.Après avoir envoyé en hélicoptère le 5 avril, des experts pour une première de reconnaissance sur la plateforme, Total a aussi mené deux autres vols cette semaine, qui ont permis de “recueillir de précieuses informations” en vue de stopper la fuite, selon le groupe français. Mais plusieurs autres vols risquent d’être encore nécessaires, a précisé Total. Le 17 avril 2012 à 19:04 • Maxime Lambert
News Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 31, 2018 – 1:30 pm 311’s Nick Hexum On Getting Creative In Nature Twitter 311’s Nick Hexum Talks Getting Creative In Nature location-la-311s-nick-hexum-talks-music-nature “On Location: L.A.”: 311’s Nick Hexum Talks Music & Nature 311’s frontman and host Charlie Travers take a nature hike in Santa Monica, Calif., where he goes to be creativeJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Aug 31, 2018 – 1:30 pm In the latest episode of the Recording Academy’s music and travel series “On Location: L.A.” vocalist/guitarist and frontman of 311, Nick Hexum shows us the Santa Monica’s outdoorsy side where he talks inspiration and reflects on L.A.’s music scene. Email Hexum brings along his dog and takes host Charlie Travers on a walk through a natural parkland in Santa Monica, Calif., where he likes to get creative during his music making process. “For me, it’s always been a combination of being outside and creativity. I like to get out to a place where I have no distractions,” he shares. Being able to go from the outdoors to city-life is just one thing he loves about the place he calls home.Hexum, who has lived in L.A. since the early ’90s, also talks about L.A.’s music scene and what makes it a special place for music making.”To me, L.A. is the Mecca. It’s the center of great music, but we like to have influence from all over the place and basically it’s all here, whether its hip hop or punk or reggae or Latin music, jazz. It’s all here.”Watch the full episode of “On Location: L.A.” to learn more about how nature helps Hexum create music and relax.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”
A 19-year-old Tanana man has been arrested in connection with the murder of two Alaska State Troopers on Thursday. The bodies of the two slain law officers were brought to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage on Friday, accompanied by a Trooper escort.Download AudioTrooper Sergeant Patrick “Scott” Johnson and Trooper Gabriel “Gabe” Rich were in Tanana on Thursday at the request of the village VPSO. They didn’t leave the village alive. Nineteen-year-old Nathanial Lee Kangas has been charged with two counts of first degree murder in the shooting death of the two Troopers. Friday in Anchorage, a shaken Trooper Colonel James Cockrell said members of the department are still in shock over the killings.“The department is totally focused on the families involved,” Cockrell said. “This is a tragedy for them, it is totally unexpected, and this will take a long time to heal.”Cockrell described what law enforcement officials know so far about the killings.Johnson and Rich were stationed at the Fairbanks Rural Unit, and had experience with the villages in their jurisdiction. They were in Tanana Thursday afternoon to serve an arrest warrant on Arvin Morse Kangas, 58, the father of Nathanial Kangas. The elder Kangas had been involved in an altercation with the village VPSO the previous night and had brandished a shotgun at the village officer while driving by the officer’s house. That act prompted VPSO Mark Haglin to call for support.“Troopers arrived in Tanana about 2:45 yesterday afternoon,” Cockrell said. “Troopers made contact with Arvin Kangas near the front door of his residence. While attempting to place Kangas under arrest, a struggle ensued. This resulted in all three entering the residence. While inside the residence, both troopers were shot and killed by Nathanial, the son of Arvin.”Cockrell said that events are still being investigated, and that he was unsure of who witnessed the crime, other than those involved. Cockrell said that after Johnson and Rich were shot, it appears that VPSO Haglin took Nathanial Kangas in.“We’re not totally certain,” Cockrell said. “We do know that approximately 15 minutes after the shooting, we had a report that Nathanial Kangas was in custody in back of the VPSO patrol vehicle.”Troopers were notified by a phone call at 3:10 Thursday afternoon by the VPSO that there was one Trooper dead and another possibly dead.Backup Troopers reached the village about 6 p.m. Thursday. Arvin Kangas turned himself in around 10:30 last night. He and Nicholas Kangas are now being held in Fairbanks. Cockrell said Friday that Nathanial Kangas committed the killings with a semi-automatic rifle, but would not comment on the number of rounds fired. He said it appears that Johnson and Rich had not fired their guns. “To my knowledge, it doesn’t appear so,” Cockrell said.Law enforcement officials are preparing charging documents in the case with the help of the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals, Cockrell said. The younger Kangas is being charged with two counts of murder, and one count of assault. The elder Kangas is being charged with assault and driving with a revoked license. Investigators remain on scene in Tanana to collect evidence and interview members of the community in regards to the killings of Johnson and Rich. Johnson was 45 years old and had 21 years with the Troopers. He leaves behind his wife and three daughters. Rich was 26 and had been on the force for three years. He leaves behind his fiancee and their one year old child. Separate memorial funds have been set up for the families of both men.
Alia Bhatt in KalankTwitterActress Alia Bhatt believes she lacks the grace of yesteryear heroines, but says Kalank has given her a chance to play a “full-on” Hindi film heroine which she was dying to essay.Excerpts from the interview:Q. Why does “Kalank” look so much like a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film?A. You are saying that because this is a world only he (Bhansali) has entered so far. But trust me, it’s very different from what Bhansali sir does.Q. Tell me about your own character and what we should expect to see?A. Everyone is reacting to the way I look. I’ve never really gone this way… the full-on Hindi film heroine look which I’ve been dying to do ever since I became an actor. This is the kind of heroine I grew up watching and savouring. This is why I wanted to act in Hindi films. And for me, this ‘heroine look’ is a big challenge, because I’ve always considered myself a bit of a tomboy.Q. I don’t think you are a tomboy at all. You are very feminine and graceful.A. I am very feminine, I agree. But my body lacks the grace of a typical heroine. I lack the ‘adaa’ (grace) of the heroines of yesteryears.Q. That’s because you were not born back then.A. I know, maybe it’s a generation thing. And I always want what I don’t have (laughs). So it was very challenging for me to assume all the personality traits of my character Roop. For a week before I started shooting, I was wondering and trying to master how Roop would walk. How would her body move? How would she react even when angry? You know, I tend to use a lot of expressions while emoting. I had to cut down on that drastically. I had to control my expressions because Roop is not a woman prone to be demonstrative.Q. Not like the outspoken girl you played in “Gully Boy”?A. Not at all. Roop is fighting a constant battle. She’s fighting a thought, she’s fighting herself. That required a certain amount of vulnerability and maturity. It wasn’t easy. But that’s the fun part.Q. What about the Kathak dancing?A. I have to give the credit to my dance coach Tejaswini. She was instrumental in modulating my body line for the dancing. Also, Birju Maharajji who taught me the facial expressions. My face looks very different in “Kalank”.Q. Have you preserved some of Roop’s grace for yourself?A. I think I have. I’ve become less hurried now. I wanted Roop to not walk on screen. I wanted her to glide like a sparrow. There is so much one can tell about a person’s personality just by the way she walks.Q. I see you winning all the popular awards this year for “Kalank” and for Sanjay Bhansali’s “Inshallah” next year.A. (laughs) Slow down, slow down, please.
Logo of fire IllustrationA fire broke out at a high-rise building of Biswas Builders near the New Market in the capital city on Friday night, reports UNB.The fire ensued at the 2nd floor of the 22-strorey building around 10:50pm, said Md. Azad, an operator at the fire service and civil defence control room.On information, seven firefighting units rushed to spot and doused the fire around 11:58pm, he added.However, no casualty was reported, he said adding that the reason behind the fire could not be ascertained immediately.