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first_imgGalicia-based fast fashion retailer Zara has launched a lungi-styled skirt in the market and the price tag will leave you jaw-dropped.Described as a “check mini skirt”, Zara is selling this garment for £69.99, $89.90 and Rs 4990 in the United Kingdom, United States, and India respectively.Read it at IB Times Related Itemslast_img


first_imgChakat Aboh, the consensus candidate of five major political parties in Arunachal Pradesh, on Monday filed her nominations for the byelection to the Khonsa West Assembly constituency in Tirap district. She is the widow of Tirong Aboh, who was gunned down by extremists in May soon after winning the seat on a National People’s Party (NPP) ticket.Three others — Yumsem Matey, Wangchu Lowang and Azet Homtok — filed nominations as independent candidates too.“I filed the nomination as an independent candidate as suggested by all the political parties of the State,” she said after submitting her papers on the last day of nomination for the bypoll slated for October 21.Ms. Aboh said she could not disappoint the people of the constituency who wanted her to take her husband’s place in the Assembly. “I am indebted to Chief Minister Pema Khandu and the leaders of five political parties for being chosen the consensus candidate,” she said.last_img read more


first_imgSYDNEY (AP) — Ashleigh Barty broke Simona Halep’s serve in the final game to beat the No. 1-ranked Halep 6-4, 6-4 in a second-round match Wednesday at the Sydney International.It was Halep’s first match since October after a lengthy layoff due to a herniated disc in her back. Halep won last year’s French Open and lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the Australian Open final.“I think it was a great match after almost four months since I played one full match, the U.S. Open,” Halep said. “I think I played a good level of tennis. She played really well. Her slice was great today, so she deserved to win this match.“But also I was very close to win. I had so many chances to break her and to take advantage, but I couldn’t.”Halep said she was pain-free but would wait to see how she pulls up on Thursday before declaring that she is over the back injury.“No pain at all. I’m happy about that. It’s a great sign,” she said. “I will recover now, and I will see how I wake up tomorrow morning.”Barty served five aces, no double-faults and broke Halep three times to reverse two previous losses to Halep last August.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece plays a forehand to Guido Andreozzi of Argentina during their men’s singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)“I finally learned my lesson,” Barty said. “She gave me a belting in Montreal. I learned a little bit more in Cincinnati, but today I knuckled down and really thought about it and really gave myself a chance.“The biggest thing, I believed that I could I win. We’re both out here on the same court. Just very happy I was able to come out and execute.”The 27-year-old Halep will be at the Australian Open next week in Melbourne without a coach after parting ways with Australian mentor Darren Cahill, who can longer commit to Halep due to family reasons. Cahill had coached Halep for four years.In first-round matches, 10th-seeded Elise Mertens beat qualifier Katerina Siniakova 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2 and Anett Kontaveit defeated Monica Puig 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.In the second round, Timea Bacsinszky beat Samantha Stosur 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.In men’s play, Alex de Minaur beat American qualifier Reilly Opelka 6-4 7-6 (4) in a match suspended by rain after just one game on Tuesday night to advance to the quarterfinals against fellow Australian Jordan Thompson.“I think I got lucky today. Reilly’s an incredibly tough opponent,” de Minaur said. “I took care of my chances. I would have loved to get the break in the second. I had a couple of chances, but I did well to focus on my serve and I’m glad things went my way today.”In other second-round matches, top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Guido Andreozzi 6-3, 6-4, third-seeded Diego Schwartzman beat qualifier Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 6-3, Yoshihito Nishioka defeated Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-1 and No. 8 Andreas Seppi beat Martin Klizan 7-6 (2), 6-2.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece prepares to serve to Guido Andreozzi of Argentina during their men’s singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgNew Zealand head coach Gary Stead has insisted that the Black Caps can do better against spin than their performances in the first two ODIs of the ongoing five-match series.Stead added New Zealand aren’t used to facing left-arm wrist spinners and that they will be able to find a way to combat Kuldeep Yadav and the fellow Indian spinners in the remainder of the ODI series.The New Zealand coach’s comments come after India handed a 90-run thrashing to India in the second ODI in Mount Maunganui on Saturday. Kuldeep Yadav starred once again as he picked up four wickets and helped India restrict New Zealand to 234 in chase of a 325-run target.Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and part-time spinner Kedar Jadhav chipped in as the spinners picked up seven wickets between them to decimate New Zealand and help Virat Kohli’s men take a 2-0 lead.”He [Kuldeep] is a clever bowler – you don’t see the left arm leg spinner too often. He uses his googly very well, and we have to find a way to combat him,” Gary Stead said, as quoted by NZ Herald.Stead added: “In the first game, after seven overs he was 0-30 and I thought we actually played him pretty well, and maybe we’ve just got to pull back the throttle a little bit around our scoring and just be happy with 0-45 if we can.”Ranji Trophy semi-final, Day 4 live score – Karnataka vs SaurashtraThe majority of the New Zealand batsmen have been unable to read Kuldeep Yadav, who has been willy and fearless in the ongoing series. Trying to read the left-arm spinner off the pitch and playing cross-bat swipes far too often, the Black Caps batsmen have failed to gain any kind of momentum, especially in the middle overs.advertisementKuldeep Yadav has picked up 8 wickets from two matches at 16.5 and has conceded at an average of 4.78 per over. Yuzvendra Chahal has picked up four wickets and Kedar Jadhav two as the India spinners have taken 14 of the 20 New Zealand wickets in the series so far.Despite their uninspiring show against the India spinners, New Zealand coach Stead believes the team should take confidence from the way they had handled the spinners from Sri Lanka earlier this year.The Black Caps crushed Sri Lanka 3-0 in a ODI series at home in January but have struggled to find form against the second-ranked ODI side in the ongoing series.”It’s not that we can’t play spin bowling, we’ve just taken some options that haven’t been the best options at times,” Stead said.”I have faith in our guys – we played the spin bowling very well against Sri Lanka and they had a lot of spinners as well, so it’s not like we can’t, we just haven’t done it effectively. The two wrist-spinners they have here are very effective bowlers – our challenge is to find a way to be better.”India will be hoping to clinch an unassailable lead when the two teams meet in the third ODI on Monday, January 28 in Mount Maunganui.Also Read | Jason Holder, Roston Chase shine as West Indies demolish England in 1st TestAlso Read | Mohammad Azharuddin praises India’s dominant performance vs New Zealand in 2nd ODIAlso Read | Good that lot of guys are competing for one all-rounder’s slot: Kedar JadhavAlso See:last_img read more


first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Waqar Younis questioned the Indian cricket team’s “sportsmanship” after the two-time champions’ first defeat of the ongoing World Cup to England left Pakistan’s chances of making the semifinals hanging in balance.Pakistan was banking on neighbors and arch-rivals India, who have enjoyed an unbeaten run in the tournament, to get the better of England. The favorable result would have increased the chances of Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men to make the semifinals.However, chasing 337 on Sunday, India could manage 306/5 in their full quota of 50 overs for their maiden defeat of the tournament to England.Taking to Twitter, the commentator and former coach of Pakistan cricket team said: “It’s not who you are.. What you do in life defines who you are. Me not bothered if Pakistan gets to the semis or not but one thing is for sure.. Sportsmanship of few Champions got tested and they failed badly.”It’s not who you are.. What you do in life defines who you are.. Me not bothered if Pakistan gets to the semis or not but one thing is for sure.. Sportsmanship of few Champions got tested and they failed badly #INDvsEND #CWC2019Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) June 30, 2019Earlier, former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali and Sikander Bakht had alleged that India might lose to England on purpose to oust Pakistan from the tournament.England has 10 points, one more than Pakistan, and are back in the top four.They next play New Zealand in their last group game on Wednesday while the 1992 winners take on Bangladesh in their final group stage match.advertisementAlso Read | Attacking Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav changed the game for England: Eoin MorganAlso Read | You all wanted Rishabh Pant to play, there he is at No. 4: Rohit Sharma’s epic reply to journalistAlso Seelast_img read more


first_img The observatory was initially slated for piloting in 12 Inner City Basic Services Project communities The move will ensure standardisation and accessibility to timely and reliable crime statistical data The Ministry of National Security on September 19 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with several government agencies to facilitate collaboration and information exchange for the Jamaica Crime Observatory.The move will ensure standardisation and accessibility to timely and reliable crime statistical data, to support government’s efforts at reducing the incidence of crime and violence, particularly in high risk and vulnerable inner-city communities in Jamaica.Speaking at the signing, held at the Ministry’s Oxford Road offices, Permanent Secretary, Major General (retired) Stewart Saunders, welcomed the partnership, stating that the MoU would “allow us in many ways to not only understand more about the crime that we have to confront everyday in our society, but most importantly, to assist us to have a more informed strategy, as we move forward to tackle the problem”.The Crime Observatory or Integrated Crime and Violence Information System (ICVIS) is a web-based crime and violence statistics databank covering the five parishes with the highest incidence of crime. These are Kingston, St. Andrew, St. James, St. Catherine and Clarendon. It was set up in 2011 through a grant from the Japan Social Development Fund, with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) implementing and managing activities under the grant.The observatory, which is hosted by the National Security Ministry, was initially slated for piloting in 12 Inner City Basic Services Project communities, but following consultation with government stakeholders, it was recommended that it be more broadly adopted across the five targeted parishes.In her remarks at the signing, Managing Director of the JSIF, Scarlette Gillings, said that the Crime Observatory is an empowering tool.“Stakeholders in crime and violence can analyze the data and feed results to the policy level to ensure that targeted decisions are made about responding in the immediate to long-term to security risk factors, while strengthening the capacity of first responders to violence,” she stated.Meanwhile, Acting Director, Research and Evaluation in the National Security Ministry, Rochelle Clarke-Grey, stated that the observatory is a part of the Government’s strategic drive for evidence-based approach in crime fighting, and is articulated in the Vision 2030 National Development Plan, as well as the Ministry’s National Crime Prevention and Community Safety Strategy.The observatory captures data for homicides, sexual assaults, traffic fatalities, and suicides. The data is presented either once or twice per month, depending on volume, and the information is then processed and standardised in variables of gender, age, and incident context.Now in its third year, Ms. Clarke-Grey said the observatory can provide reliable and accurate data, in which the Ministry has confidence. “We are (focusing on) presenting bulletins, trying to assist requests for community data – and as such, we are moving from strength to strength,” she stated.The signatories to the MoU are: the Ministry of Justice; Registrar General’s Department (RGD); Ministry of Education; JSIF; Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN); Forensic Science Laboratory; JCF; Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing; Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP); Court Management System; Child Development Agency (CDA); Bureau of Women’s Affairs; Ministry of Local Government and Community Development; Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ); Violence Prevention Alliance; and the Insurance Association of Jamaica. Story Highlights ICVIS is a web-based crime and violence statistics databank covering the five parisheslast_img read more


first_imgLagos: The death toll from a fuel pipeline blast in Nigeria’s commercial hub Lagos has risen to 12, a senior official said, after ten victims died of their injuries from last week’s explosion. A huge fireball was sparked by vandals who broke open a state-run pipeline in order to steal petrol in the Ijegun area of the city on Thursday, in the latest in a string of similar tragedies. Two people were killed immediately in the inferno, which consumed more than 30 vehicles as it tore through the area, with a further 20 admitted to hospital, many with severe burns. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Ten of those injured have since died “due to the high degree of burns suffered by these victims, which is almost 100 percent”, said Titilayo Goncalves, the permanent secretary in the state health ministry, on Monday. “We are doing everything possible to ensure that no other life is lost,” she added. She said the remaining victims in hospital intensive care were responding to treatment. Emergency officials said security agents intercepted thieves as they were transferring the petrol to their trucks on Thursday. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang The vandals then allegedly spilled the fuel into drainages and set it on fire in a bid to escape arrest. Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer and exporter, runs a network of pipelines that transport crude and petrol across the vast nation. Hundreds of lives have been lost in recent years from fuel theft that culminates in a fire or explosion. On July 1, at least 45 people were killed and more than 100 injured in Ahumbe, in the central state of Benue, when a petrol tanker crashed and then exploded as a crowd gathered to scoop up leaking fuel.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: A 20-year-old man involved in the cases of child abuse was arrested from Baprola area in Dwarka district. The investigating agency said that the accused had sexually abused three girls.Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse said that further investigation is going on. Police identified the accused as Pawan Kumar, a resident of Ranhola. He was working as a tailor. A senior police officer, elaborating more about the case, said, “They have registered a case on August 24. A 10-year-old victim had gone to buy sugar from a shop suddenly the accused came there on a motorcycle and told her that her mother is calling her.” Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAdding further, the officer said that the Kumar took her on his bike to an isolated place and physically assaulted her. The minor girl objected and started crying for help. Later the accused person dumped the child near a hospital. A public person alerted the law enforcement agency about a missing girl. When police personnel reached the spot, the victim had returned to her home. She was counselled and got medically examined. A case has been registered into the matter. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsA team under inspector Sunil (SHO Najafgarh) was formed and they started scanning the CCTV cameras. The accused along with his motorcycle was captured in one of the CCTVs. “Information about the accused was collected through sources by a head constable Prem Prakash and identity of Pawan was zeroed down. Later the accused was nabbed,” police added. The investigating agency further added that on inquiry accused admitted that he has assaulted 3-4 minor girls in the same manner from the last 4-5 days. The other two victims aged around 14 and 12 years. Three cases under POCSO Act and various IPC sections were registered in the concerned police station.last_img read more


Rabat- The 2018 baccalaureate examination results were accessible to students on their “taalim.ma” accounts on Friday, June 22, at 10 a.m. Concerned educational institutions will display the result boards at 5:00 p.m.The Ministry of Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education, and Scientific Research had announced that the result for the final baccalaureate exams’ ordinary June session would be available on their official website, www.men.gov.ma and the student accounts on taalim.ma.“Free baccalaureate” candidates need to access “tarchihat“website. “Free” baccalaureate candidates are those who do not attend classes during school year for health reasons, work, or a prison sentence.In 2017, the baccalaureate had a 62.5 percent pass rate.A total of 49,490 students graduated during the July second session, scheduled for exam retakers.According to Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi, out of the 440,000 students enrolled in the baccalaureate 2017-2018 school year, 329,395 sat for the examination, which represented an increase compared to 2017 when approximately 325,000 students took the exam. read more


10 April 2010Tomorrow’s historic presidential and parliamentary elections in Sudan must be conducted peacefully and credibly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging the country’s Government, electoral authorities and political parties to play their part to ensure the polls take place free of violence or intimidation. Sudanese go to the ballot box for the first time in 24 years to elect a national president, and they are also being asked to cast a vote for a southern president, state governors and for members of national and local assemblies. These elections are “an important milestone in the implementation of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA)” that ended the long-running north-south civil war in Sudan, Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson in which he welcomed the poll and called on all Sudanese to exercise their right to vote. “For the international community, the holding of peaceful and credible elections is of paramount importance,” Mr. Ban added. The lead-up to the election, which will take place over three days beginning tomorrow, has been marked by international concerns over the conduct of the vote. European Union (EU) observers had withdrawn from the war-scarred Darfur region because of security concerns and some opposition parties reportedly said they would boycott the poll. Mr. Ban said he hoped the election would “contribute to the opening of political space in Sudan” in advance of two critical referenda scheduled for next January that will determine whether southern Sudan will secede and the status of a disputed region in the centre of the country. “The Secretary-General encourages the Government, the National Elections Commission (NEC) and political parties to ensure that the elections are conducted in a peaceful atmosphere, free of violence, harassment or intimidation and to engage in dialogue to address outstanding concerns.” The UN has provided technical assistance and limited logistical support to the NEC following a request from the Security Council, but both Mr. Ban and the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy have stressed this week that the polls are a nationally-owned process. On Thursday Mr. Le Roy, who briefed the Council on the status of preparations for the polls, told the press that while he was encouraged by some steps regarding political freedom and ensuring candidates have equal access to the media, some concerns remain. “It will be for observers – 750 international and 18,000 domestic – to assess the elections,” Mr. Le Roy said. “It will be important that the process and results be regarded as legitimate by the Sudanese population.” read more


TORONTO — Sears Canada has appointed Ronald Boire as its president and CEO, a position he has held on an interim basis since he was moved in last October by the company’s U.S. parent.Boire had previously been chief merchandising officer and president of the Sears and Kmart stores in the United States.During his career he has also held senior positions at Toys R US, Best Buy and Sony Electronics.Boire stepped in after Douglas Campell announced in September that he would leave for personal reasons.Canada’s retail exodus: Here’s who’s closed stores in CanadaCan Sears be saved? CEO’s REIT plan faces complicationsQuebec-based Simons to open five stores in Vancouver, Calgary, Mississauga, Ont., Ottawa and Gatineau, QueSince then, Target has announced that it will close all its 133 Canadian stores — which have been competing against Sears Canada, Walmart and other retailers since the Minneapolis-based company made its first international move in early 2013.Sears Canada responded to its rival’s retreat by offering discounts to about 17,600 Target Canada employees for 16 weeks from Jan. 21 and announcing they’ll be invited to special events such as job fairs across the country. read more


by Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2013 3:49 pm MDT WASHINGTON – Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel put the Pentagon and Congress on notice Wednesday that he is considering fundamental changes to the size of the military’s management and command structures, requiring sweeping and dramatic spending cuts that are likely to hit programs favoured by lawmakers.Hagel said in a speech to the National Defence University at Fort McNair that escalating spending to maintain benefits, existing military structures and replacements for aging weapons programs are devouring funding needed for critical operations, training and equipment.The Pentagon, he said, must reevaluate the size of its management and military command structures, which continue to grow even as the overall force numbers decline.“I am concerned that despite pruning many major procurement programs over the past four years, the military’s modernization strategy still depends on systems that are vastly more expensive and technologically risky than what were promised or budgeted for,” Hagel said.Hagel also echoed other administration officials in calling North Korea’s recent rhetoric a real, clear danger and threat to the U.S. and its Asia-Pacific allies and says America is doing all it can to defuse the situation.The U.S. has dispatched bombers, stealth fighters and ships to the region, in a show of force to deter any action by Pyongyang. And on Wednesday the Pentagon announced it will deploy a high altitude ballistic missile defence system to Guam in the coming weeks to strengthen the region’s protections against the North Korean threat.The land-based system includes a truck-mounted launcher, tracking radar, interceptor missiles, and an integrated fire control system.But Hagel said he believes there is a path to peace on the troubled Korean peninsula, although it doesn’t include making nuclear threats or taking provocative actions.While his speech focused on the need for the Pentagon to do much more to slash its spending, Hagel also made it clear that any budget cuts should not erode America’s ability to be a force for global leadership.The Pentagon is already grappling with a $487 billion, 10-year reduction in projected spending as part of the budget law that Obama and congressional Republicans agreed to in August 2011. In addition to that, the military is now facing $41 billion in across-the-board cuts for this fiscal year that went into effect on March 1.The changes, he said, will involve “not just tweaking or chipping away at existing structures and practices but, where necessary, fashioning entirely new ones that are better suited to 21st century realities and challenges.”In his first major address as Pentagon chief, Hagel embraced what is likely to be his major challenge in his term: shrinking the U.S. military despite persistent congressional mandates that slash funding but forbid the elimination of favoured bases and programs that must be cut in order to achieve the required savings.Lawmakers have resisted Pentagon pleas for another round of base closures and to trim unwanted aircraft, or proposals to adjust military health care benefits as too politically risky. Closing bases and ending contracts can cost jobs in members’ districts.“Much more hard work, difficult decisions and strategic prioritizing remains to be done,” Hagel said, noting that “deep political and institutional obstacles to necessary reforms will need to be engaged and overcome.”While both his predecessors launched reviews to identify hundreds of millions of dollars in savings, Hagel is taking over just as the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts are taking effect. In light of those reductions, he has already ordered a re-evaluation of the defence strategy that President Barack Obama announced early last year.That strategy called for a greater emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region, a continued focus on the Middle East and an increase in cybersecurity, missile defence and special operations forces.Asked specifically about the unpaid furlough days that civilians will be forced to take, Hagel acknowledged that the cuts will be painful but unavoidable. As many as 700,000 of the department’s civilian workers will have to take 14 unpaid days off in the coming months to save about $2.5 billion.But he said officials are also looking at cutting layers of upper and middle management, including in the military commands, and are weighing whether the department has the right mix of military and civilians, and the correct balance of officers and enlisted troops.He also said he will ask Congress to look at ways to increase various fees, including those for health care and retirement programs.“We need to be steely-eyed and clear-headed in our analysis, and explore the full range of options for implementing our national security strategy,” he said.But, despite the budget cuts, Hagel said the U.S. does not have the luxury of choosing to withdraw from the world.“If we refuse to lead, something, someone will fill the vacuum. The next great power may not use its power as responsibly or judiciously as America has,” he said. “America has helped make a better world for all people with its power. A world where America does not lead is not the world I wish my children to inherit.”___Lolita C. Baldor can be followed on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lbaldor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hagel warns of deep, new spending cuts to personnel, health care, weapons systems read more


WASHINGTON – Fewer Americans signed up for unemployment benefits last week, the second straight week that claims have declined.THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly claims for jobless benefits dropped by 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 254,000, the lowest level in three weeks. The less-volatile four-week average rose by 5,250 to 257,750. Overall, 2.02 million Americans are collecting unemployment checks, down 10.1 per cent from a year ago.THE TAKEAWAY: Claims have come in below 300,000 for 93 straight weeks, the longest such streak since 1970 when the population and labour force were much smaller. The applications are a proxy for layoffs and the low numbers suggest that the labour market remains healthy. Unemployment in November fell to a nine-year low of 4.6 per cent.The continued low number for benefit applications suggest that employers are confident enough in the economy to hang onto their workers.KEY DRIVERS: The job market is robust. The economy generated a solid 178,000 jobs in November. Overall growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, expanded at a solid 3.2 per cent annual rate in the third quarter after turning in a lacklustre performance in the first half of the year. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Dec 15, 2016 6:36 am MDT Last Updated Dec 15, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Claims for unemployment benefits fall to 254,000 read more


first_imgThe family of the Lockerbie bomber found guilty of Britain’s worst ever terrorist outrage have lodged a new bid to clear his name, five years after his death.Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi died in 2012 still protesting his innocence, after being controversially freed from a Scottish prison.Megrahi was convicted in 2001 of the 1988 atrocity which killed 270 people. He was jailed for 27 years, but was released on compassionate ground three years before his death from prostate cancer. Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, left, and son of the Libyan leader Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, right, gesture on his arrival at an airport in Tripoli, Libya Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, left, arrives at an airport in Tripoli  in 2009 after being released from Scotland.Credit:AP His family and his lawyer, Aamer Anwar, on Tuesday handed in files to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) in Glasgow.The SCCRC will now decide whether there are grounds to refer the case to the appeal court.The move has the support of several UK family members of those killed on the flight, who have long called for a full public inquiry into the bombing.Mr Anwar said the truth about what happened on December 21, 1988 “remains elusive”.”The reputation of Scottish law has suffered both at home and internationally because of widespread doubts about the conviction of Mr al-Megrahi.”It is in the interests of justice and restoring confidence in our criminal justice system that these doubts can be addressed. However the only place to determine whether a miscarriage of justice did occur is in the appeal court, where the evidence can be subjected to rigorous scrutiny.”Megrahi lost an appeal against his conviction in 2002, with the SCCRC recommending in 2007 that he should be granted a second appeal.He dropped the second attempt to overturn his conviction in 2009, ahead of his return to Libya, but his widow Aisha and son Ali met Mr Anwar late last year to discuss a posthumous appeal to overturn the murder conviction. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more


first_imgThe Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) considers Australia will have significant prospects to export more coal to India. In a statement from the MCA this week, Greg Evans, Executive Director – Coal, said the MCA welcomed the release of the government’s Coal in India report. “It provides an authoritative account of domestic coal production circumstances in India and the overall demand outlook.“While India is already Australia’s fourth-largest coal export market, our supply has mostly consisted of metallurgical coal for steel production.  The Government’s report details additional opportunities for Australia to become an important supplier of high quality thermal coal.  The total export market was worth approximately at A$5.0 billion in 2013/14.“The findings also flatly contradict claims by anti-mining activists that India is turning away from coal.“The report details a range of issues which have significant implications for Australia both as an economic partner and more specifically as a provider of high quality thermal coal.“India represents a welcome opportunity for Australian producers especially in the medium to longer term. It is a growing economy, has an expanding energy market and Australia is well placed to provide a product to meet those requirements.“Prime Minister Modi has outlined objectives to improve the growth outlook for India including significantly expanding its manufacturing base. Providing access to electricity for 300 million people currently without adequate energy provision is also a major social and economic objective.“Electricity an essential building block of economic and human development accordingly India is now embarking on a large scale effort to increase electricity generation which will include an array of technology options. Coal fired generation remains a centre piece of this expansion, and in 2012 coal fired power represented 71% of electricity generation.“According to the report India’s coal fired generation more than doubled in from around 390TWh in 2000 to 800TWh in 2012.“Technology is also set to change the coal generation fleet in India where less efficient sub-critical power plants dominate and from 2017 all new coal fired plants in India will be required to use super-critical technology.“Operating at higher temperatures and pressures these plants are cleaner and produce fewer emissions including CO2. These modern plants are also much better matched to the higher quality and lower ash coal which Australia produces; furthermore these coals are not readily available locally.“India is the world’s third largest coal producer but due to a range of internal constraints it also relies on imported coal to meet current and expected demand, and this is especially the case in relation to specified coal for electricity generation.“India represents a significant and growing potential thermal coal market for Australia which grew from only 1.7 Mt in 2013 to 6.7 Mt in 2014. Even at this level it remains a very small market albeit with a significant upside.  To put this into perspective, our largest thermal customer Japan imported 77.7 Mt in 2014.“The positive outlook for thermal coal exports to Indian has also been confirmed by the International Energy Agency, which expects India’s coal imports to continue their rising trend, more than tripling by 2040.  Before 2025, India overtakes China as the largest world importer of coal.“Australian producers are optimistic about the export growth potential to India and welcome the opportunity to help deliver affordable and accessible energy.“We also have the expertise to assist with the efficiency and productivity of Indian mining operations, including the provision of mining equipment and other technology related services.”last_img read more


first_imgHere’s a cool little product that’s new for ces. Iomega’s new Superhero stand charges your iPhone and backs important data like contacts and photos to an SD card. The upright docking station is compatible with the iPhone 4, 3G, 3Gs, and the fourth generation iPod touch.You can actually pick the device up now for a suggested $69.99. The Superhero ships with a 4GB SD card, to get you started. AdChoices广告last_img


first_imgJuly 1st has come and gone, and sales of the HP TouchPad have officially kicked off. Not everyone is quite as excited as Russell Brand, however — reviews of the TouchPad have been mixed so far. One of the common knocks against it is the fact the tablet’s performance felt a bit sluggish at times, which is a bit of a surprise considering that there’s a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor under the hood.Help could be on the way, however, if a leaked presentation slide is an accurate indication of what HP has up its sleeve. As soon as August, there could be two additional TouchPad models to choose from. Apart from a 4G enabled version that will ride on AT&T’s cellular network (which features 32GB of internal storage), there’s also a beefed-up 64GB model coming.AdChoices广告The 64GB TouchPad features a pair of additional tweaks apart from that increased storage capacity. A second leaked slide indicates that the model will sport a glossy white back as opposed to the original black one — which is notoriously bad for attracting fingerprints.But it’s not what’s outside that really counts. Inside, the new white, 64GB TouchPad will pack a 1.5GHz processor. That’s a pretty substantial bump from the original 1.2GHz and one that should make a world of difference in terms of the device’s overall performance.There’s also mention of HP’s OPAL tablet in the presentation, which is reported to be a 7″ TouchPad. HP has managed to keep the more diminutive version relatively hush-hush up till now. No hardware specs have been revealed and no leaked images have appeared, though that will no doubt change as launch day approaches. OPAL is due to arrive sometime this fall.Read more at PreCentrallast_img read more


first_imgUbisoft has been more than happy to show off footage of its next-gen titles, and in particular Watch Dogs. We’ve already got to see some extended gameplay, but last night Jimmy Fallon continued his Video Games Week by getting to play the game on PS4, and so giving us a fresh look at it.What you see is 5 minutes of the gameplay we already know exists in the title–a mix of hacking, surveillance and action sequences. But what this quick demo does show off quite nicely is how it all flows together.The whole sequence of watching a mugging take place and then giving chase demonstrates how open the world of Watch Dogs actually is. It also shows you the choices on offer. You can decide to do nothing and watch the crime happen to its conclusion, you could intervene and let the guy run off and just receive the woman’s thanks, or, you can do what Fallon does and give chase on foot and then in a car.I think some people were concerned this game might turn out to be a bit boring due to the focus on hacking, but gameplay clips like this paint a different picture. It looks like you can make the game as exciting and tense as you want it to be, or take a step back and focus more on the less action-based gameplay. If anything, hacking is more of an auto-action for mundane tasks like controlling cameras or gaining access to a building.The other thing to notice is how great the game looks, and there’s no loading or noticeable slowdown on display even though you seem to be covering quite a large distance by the end of the demo. Yes, Ubisoft would have made sure the gameplay wasn’t interrupted knowing millions of people are watching, but hopefully that’s going to be the case for the entire game.last_img read more


first_imgPresident Vladimir Putin says he’s shared Russian intelligence data on Islamic State financing with his G20 colleagues: the terrorists appear to be financed from 40 countries, including some G20 member states.During the summit, “I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) units by private individuals. This money, as we have established, comes from 40 countries and, there are some of the G20 members among them,” Putin told the journalists.Putin also spoke of the urgent need to curb the illegal oil trade by IS.“I’ve shown our colleagues photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products,” he said.“The motorcade of refueling vehicles stretched for dozens of kilometers, so that from a height of 4,000 to 5,000 meters they stretch beyond the horizon,” Putin added, comparing the convoy to gas and oil pipeline systems.It’s not the right time to try and figure out which country is more and which is less effective in the battle with Islamic State, as now a united international effort is needed against the terrorist group, Putin said.Putin reiterated Russia’s readiness to support armed opposition in Syria in its efforts to fight Islamic State.“Some armed opposition groups consider it possible to begin active operations against IS with Russia’s support. And we are ready to provide such support from the air. If it happens it could become a good basis for the subsequent work on a political settlement,” he said.“We really need support from the US, European nations, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran,” the president added.Putin pointed out the change in Washington’s stance on cooperation with Moscow in the fight against the terrorists.“We need to organize work specifically concentrated on the prevention of terrorist attacks and tackling terrorism on a global scale. We offered to cooperate [with the US] in anti-IS efforts. Unfortunately, our American partners refused. They just sent a written note and it says: ‘we reject your offer’,” Putin said.“But life is always evolving and at a very fast pace, often teaching us lessons. And I think that now the realization that an effective fight [against terror] can only be staged together is coming to everybody,” the Russian leader said.According to Putin, first of all it should be decided which groups in Syria can be considered terrorist organizations and which can be attributed to an armed, but still legitimate part of the Syrian opposition.“Our efforts must be concentrated on the battle with terrorist organizations.”Putin also disagreed with Western criticism of Russia’s actions in Syria, where the country has been carrying out a large-scale air campaign against Islamic State and other terror groups since September 30.“It’s really difficult to criticize us,” he said, adding that Russia has repeatedly asked its foreign partners to provide data on terrorist targets in Syria.“They’re afraid to inform us on the territories which we shouldn’t strike, fearing that it is precisely where we’ll strike; that we are going to cheat everybody,” the president said.“Apparently, their opinion of us is based on their own concept of human decency,” he added.Putin told the media that Russia has already established contact with the Syrian opposition, which has asked Moscow not carry out airstrikes in the territories it controls.Meanwhile, there is still no conclusion on what caused Sinai plane crash.It’s too early to make conclusions about the reasons for the crash of the Russian A321 jet over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in late October, as all possible reasons are still being considered by the investigators, Putin said.“We know about all the possible scenarios, all of the scenarios are being considered. The final conclusion can only be made after the implementation and completion of the inspection,” he stressed.“If there was an explosion, the traces of explosives would have remained on the liner’s cover and on the belongings of the passengers. It’s inevitable. And we have enough equipment and skilled, world class experts, capable of finding those traces. Only then would it be possible to speak about the reasons for this tragedy,” the president added.With 224 people dying in the crash, Putin said that “it’s a huge emotional pain for all of us; for all Russian people, no matter what the cause of the crash was.”Source: RT, AP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A 23-metre long vessel, has been discovered by a team of maritime archaeologists, scientists and marine surveyors, which has been on a three-year mission to explore the depths of the Black Sea.The shipwreck that was found intact with the mast, rudders and rowing benches is thought to be an ancient Greek trading vessel as according to researchers, it is identical to the ship seen “on the side of ancient Greek pottery such as the ‘Siren Vase’ in the British Museum” and is estimated to have been at the bottom of the Black Sea for more than 2,400 years.The researchers took a small piece of the vessel to have it carbon dated by the University of Southampton who confirmed the ship is the oldest intact shipwreck known to mankind.“A ship surviving intact from the classical world, lying in over 2km of water, is something I would never have believed possible,” said Professor Jon Adams, the principal investigator with the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (MAP).The ship similar to the one on the famous vase depicting Odysseus tied on the mast while resisting the sirens “will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world”.All the data from more than 60 shipwrecks found by the international team will be published at the Black Sea MAP conference at the Wellcome Collection in London later this week where experts will try to better comprehend and analyse the impact of prehistoric sea-level changes.last_img read more