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The best Norwegian player at the Final Sander Sagosen Torbjorn Bergerud Magnus Rod Bjarte MyrholView Results  Loading … DENMARK VS NORWAY? Denmark win +3 and more Norway win +3 and more Denmark win with 1 or 2 goals Norway win with 1 or 2 goals Denmark win after penalty shot-out Norway win after penalty shot-outView Results The best Danish player at the Final? Mikkel Hansen Niklas Landin Rasmus Lauge Anders ZachariassenView Results  Loading …  Loading … Give us your opinion about the big final of the 26th IHF World Handball Championship in Herning between Denmark and Norway (Sunday, 17.30). ← Previous Story HANDBALL TV MANIA: Almost 12.000.000 in Germany, 2.600.000 in France! Next Story → #HANDBALL19: Sweden 5th, Spain take last ticket for Olympic qualification read more

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Four matches to decide TOP 8 teams on Saturday

← Previous Story HC Tatran Presov angry after Cup Final defeat: “Officials didn’t know the rules” Next Story → Handball discussion before SEHA Final4 in Brest Four matches of the VELUX EHF Champions League knock-out stage will be played on Saturday afterward will be known which teams will qualify for the TOP8.PGE Vive Kielce – Motor Zaporozhye (first match 33:33) – 16.00Veszprem – Sporting (first match 30:28) – 17.30 HBC Nantes -Rhein Neckar Lowen (32:34) – 18.00RK Vardar – RK PPD Zagreb (27:18) – 19.30  EHF Champions League 2018/2019 read more

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I wanted to get it done and get out of here Rory

first_imgRORY MCILROY WON his second straight major championship and fourth of his young career, rallying on the back nine in the PGA Championship.The tournament finished in near-darkness Sunday at Valhalla Golf Club, with the final two groups essentially morphing into a foursome as they raced to beat nightfall. A nearly two-hour rain delay set up the possibility of a Monday finish, especially if there had been a three-hole playoff.McIlroy took care of that by shooting 3-under 68, beating Phil Mickelson by one stroke. McIlroy rallied from a three-shot deficit at the turn, setting up an eagle at the 10th with a brilliant second shot. He built a two-stroke lead with a 10-foot birdie putt at the 17th.McIlroy finished at 16-under 268. Here’s the winning putt:https://vine.co/v/MVVZbr9DL1XRickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson tied for third, two shots behind.Before McIlroy thanked Fowler and Mickelson for their sportsmanship on the last hole, the Holywood native managed to save the top of the Wanamaker.https://vine.co/v/MVVAM9ezFriRain threatens to delay McIlroy’s back-to-back major quest until MondayMillimetres from a hole in one, Thorbjorn Olesen ends up with a bogeylast_img read more

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Some EU countries will be arming Kurdish fighters in Iraq but Ireland

first_imgEUROPEAN UNION FOREIGN Ministers have agreed to back the arming of Kurdish fighters in north-western Iraq in the face of an onslaught from Islamic State jihadists.The emergency meeting in Brussels came to no overall agreement that the EU should provide armed assistance to Iraq’s Kurdish forces but said that individual states are free to do so.France and the United States have already agreed to provide arms to forces in the region with Britain also prepared to do so as IS violence has driven over 1.2 million Iraqis, mostly minority Yazidis and Christians, from their home.Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said that he intervened to ensure that the European Council’s conclusions today reflected the “individual legal and political positions of member states” in responding to requests for arms.A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson confirmed that Ireland, which has adopted a long-held position of neutrality, will not be providing arms to Kurdish authorities.Generally within the EU defence matters are strictly the purview of member states but European Council approval for member states to send arms to a conflict zone is rare.Ireland has already indicated it will take in a small number of families who are fleeing the violence in the region. Flanagan also said in a statement issued after the meeting: “Ireland is actively supporting the international relief effort currently underway, including through the provision of €500,000 in support of the work of UNICEF and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Iraq.”‘True catastrophe’Earlier, the German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Iraq is “on the brink of a true catastrophe. “A million people in Iraq are fleeing their homes. In northern Iraq, in the Kurdish part, Yazidis and Christians are being persecuted and slaughtered,” he said.In their conclusions the ministers said they welcomed “the decision by individual member states to respond positively to the call by the Kurdish regional authorities to provide urgently military material”.“Such responses will be done according to the capabilities and national laws of the member states, and with the consent of the Iraqi national authorities,” it said.A diplomat told AFP the agreement was “strong and sends the desired political message” to the world.Alarming images of Iraqi minorities, including Christians, under siege by jihadists have struck chords in European capitals.Earlier this week, the European Commission announced it would boost humanitarian aid to Iraq to €17 million and gave the green light to special emergency measures to meet the crisis.- with reporting from AFPRead: Ireland will take in a small number of families fleeing the violence in IraqRead: Iraqi PM throws in the towel on his bid to stay in powerlast_img read more

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Driver shoots at tourist bus in Athens after argument over priority rules

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A car driver in central Athens shot a tourist bus at 7pm on Monday night (local time). The incident happened following a quarrel over priority rules.The bus had an unspecified number of South Korean passengers on board and was driving down Vasileos Alexandrou Avenue, near Caravel Hotel, at the time of shooting. The bus driver was in a state of shock following the shooting, however nobody was injured as a result of the incident.READ MORE: Your survival guide to driving in GreecePolice allege that the car driver stepped out of his vehicle before shooting at the side of the bus before fleeing from the scene.A manhunt has been launched to find the suspect.READ MORE: Aussie shooting victim in Greece assessing options for compensationlast_img read more

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Déchets toxiques du Probo Koala Trafigura écope dune amende de 1 million

first_imgDéchets toxiques du Probo Koala : Trafigura écope d’une amende de 1 million d’eurosAmsterdam, Pays-Bas – Trafigura a été condamné à une amende d’un million d’euros vendredi. La multinationale avait affrété un cargo qui après une escale aux Pays-Bas, avait répandu une cargaison de déchets toxiques en Côte d’Ivoire.Le tribunal d’Amsterdam a condamné Trafigura à une amende d’un montant de un million d’euros pour avoir enfreint la législation européenne sur l’importation et l’exportation de déchets, ainsi que pour avoir caché le caractère nocif des déchets transportés à bord du Probo Koala.La multinationale a exporté ses déchets “sans avoir mené d’enquête approfondie pour savoir si la ville portuaire d’Abidjan avait les installations adéquates pour traiter de manière responsable des déchets originaires d’un processus chimique opéré à bord du Probo Koala”, a également reproché le tribunal. Toutefois la société a été acquittée de faux en écriture.L’employé de Trafigura qui avait coordonné l’escale, Naeem Ahmed, a quant à lui été condamné à six mois de prison avec sursis et 25.000 euros d’amende, tandis que le capitaine ukrainien du Probo Koala, Sergiy Chertov, a écopé de cinq mois de prison avec sursis.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueTrafigura n’avait jusqu’ici encore jamais été condamnée au sujet de cette affaire. C’est la première condamnation pour la multinationale qui avait affrété le cargo, des accords d’indemnisations de 33 et 152 millions d’euros ayant entraîné l’abandon de poursuites pour le déversement de déchets toxiques en Côte d’Ivoire.Le Probo Koala avait accosté le 2 juillet 2006 dans le port d’Amsterdam afin que les déchets y soient traités. Mais l’opération avait été annulée, après que le coût du traitement a été augmenté, les slops, à savoir, les résidus de nettoyage des cales, s’avérant plus toxiques qu’annoncé. Trois jours plus tard, le cargo a quitté Amsterdam et les déchets ont été déversés quelques semaines plus tard dans des décharges aux alentours d’Abidjan.Ces déchets auraient selon les autorités ivoiriennes, entraîné 17 morts et des milliers d’intoxications.Le 26 juillet 2010 à 09:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Japon le sudouest de Tokyo touché par un nouveau séisme

first_imgJapon : le sud-ouest de Tokyo touché par un nouveau séismeAprès le violent séisme de magnitude 8,9 qui a frappé vendredi le territoire nippon, un nouveau tremblement de terre de magnitude 6 s’est fait ressentir aujourd’hui au sud-ouest de Tokyo. Un fort séisme a une nouvelle fois ébranlé le Japon. L’épicentre a été localisé à Shizuoka, à 120 kilomètres au sud-ouest de Tokyo. Le tremblement de terre de magnitude 6 s’est fait ressentir jusqu’à la capitale faisant trembler les immeubles. À lire aussiCe village grec est devenu un symbole de l’addiction du pays au charbonActuellement, le bilan des victimes du séisme s’élève à 3.373 décès, 6.746 disparus et 1.897 blessés, selon la police. Un constat qui s’alourdit de jour en jour par la découverte de nouveaux corps. Les sauveteurs continuent toutefois leurs recherches grâce auxquelles deux personnes ont pu être retrouvées vivantes sous les décombres. La menace nucléaire plane plus que jamais sur les Japonais. L’accident de la centrale de Fukushima a été classé au niveau 6 sur une échelle en comptant 7, selon le président de l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN), André-Claude Lacoste.Le 15 mars 2011 à 15:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Seagate lance un disque dur sans fil pour les smartphones et tablettes

first_imgSeagate lance un disque dur sans fil pour les smartphones et tablettesLe constructeur américain Seagate vient de présenter son GoFlex Satellite. Il s’agit d’un disque dur sans fil destiné aux smartphones et aux tablettes dont les capacités de stockage sont limitées.Seagate vient de développer un disque dur externe autonome avec WiFi intégré. Baptisé GoFlex Satellite, il est destiné aux utilisateurs de smartphones et de tablettes, qui pourront transmettre films, photos, et autres données, sans nécessiter aucun fil. D’une capacité de 500 Go, le disque dur pourra être relié aux appareils compatibles via un navigateur Internet. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Par ailleurs, le GoFlex Satellite est doté d’une batterie interne qui se recharge à l’aide d’une connexion USB. Connexion grâce à laquelle il peut communiquer aussi avec des ordinateurs. Le disque dur dispose ainsi d’une autonomie de cinq heures en fonctionnement, et de vingt-cinq heures en veille, rapporte le site Génération-NT. Le GoFlex Satellite, qui sera compatible avec tous les appareils fonctionnant sous l’iOS d’Apple et sous Android, devrait être commercialisé dès le mois de juillet aux Etats-Unis avant un lancement en Europe et dans le reste du monde. Son prix devrait tourner autour de 200 dollars. Le 17 mai 2011 à 19:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Lobjet Geek du Weekend Play and connect la raquette connectée

first_imgL’objet Geek du Week-end : Play and connect, la raquette connectéeAvec Roland Garros, le tennis est sur toutes les lèvres. C’est l’occasion de présenter la raquette connectée.Envie d’être geek et sportif ? C’est possible grâce à la raquette de tennis connectée créée par Babolat. Cette smart raquette vous permettra de frimer sur le court. Elle intègre des capteurs qui enregistrent des données tels que la puissance de frappe, les statistiques de jeu (coups droits, revers, services), le point d’impact de la balle sur le tamis et l’angle d’attaque. Les informations sont ensuite directement transmise sur votre ordinateur, et représentées sous forme de graphique.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Présentée en avant première à Roland Garros, elle a déjà été testée par plusieurs joueurs dont Rafael Nadal. Petit bonus, vous pourrez comparer vos performances avec d’autres joueurs geeks, mais aussi avec des joueurs professionnels enregistrés dans la base de données. Il est aussi possible d’étudier les différents profils pour établir des stratégies avant d’affronter vos adversaires. La raquette Play & Connect devrait être disponible en 2013 pour environ 250 euros. Pour compléter la panoplie, ou pour patienter, il est toujours possible d’investir dans les chaussure communicante, les adizero f50.Le 9 juin 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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NASAs InSight Lander Snaps Dreamy Sunrise and Sunset on Mars

first_imgStay on target NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019 NASA’s InSight lander recently captured a ‘Martian’ sunrise and sunset, and it makes the Red Planet look incredibly dreamy in space.On April 24 and April 25, also known as the 145th Martian day, or sol, of the mission, a camera on the probe’s robotic arm snapped the gorgeous photos, said a NASA press release. The shots were taken starting at approximately 5:30 a.m. and then again starting at approximately 6:30 p.m. in local Mars time. A camera under the spacecraft’s deck also caught some fluffy clouds drifting across Mars’ sky at sunset.Just a blissful day on #Mars as feathery clouds roll by me and the Sun shines on the horizon.More: https://t.co/1SSsYjsNjzMars Weather: https://t.co/gqGuWiEtbx pic.twitter.com/q9UooHuqKQ— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) May 1, 2019The InSight lander’s photos are available in “raw” and color-corrected versions. Some details pop out more in the raw versions, however, the color-corrected versions show the photos as the human eye would see them. What’s cool about the photos is that the sun only appears roughly two-thirds the size that it does when spotted from Earth, because Mars is much further from the sun than our planet.A sunrise on Mars. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)This isn’t the InSight lander’s first time capturing ‘Martian’ activity: On March 2 and March 10, the lander took practice shots of the Red Planet’s sunrise and sunset. “It’s been a tradition for Mars missions to capture sunrises and sunsets,” Justin Maki, InSight science team co-investigator and imaging lead at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in the press release. “With many of our primary imaging tasks complete, we decided to capture the sunrise and sunset as seen from another world.”A sunset on Mars. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)The first mission to send back Mars sunrise and sunset images was the Viking 1 lander, which snapped a beautiful sunset on August 21, 1976, while the Viking 2 captured a sunrise on June 14, 1978. Since the Vikings’ trips, multiple sunrises and sunsets have been recorded by the Curiosity, Opportunity, and Spirit rovers.More on Geek.com:NASA’s InSight Lander Captures First Audio of ‘Marsquake’InSight Probe ‘Pushes Aside’ Stone, Continues Hammering MarsNASA’s InSight Lander Is Mars’ New Weather Forecast Providerlast_img read more

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The 3DS Is Dead Long Live the Portable Nintendo Switch

first_img Two years ago I got to try out the New Nintendo 2DS XL, and by any metric it was the best dual-screen portable Nintendo had ever made. It dropped the dumb 3D gimmick but kept the upgraded processor. It had a sturdy clamshell body and from a certain angle even looked like a premium mobile phone. And of course it could leverage the massive library of great 3DS (and DS) games. I wanted to love it.But I couldn’t because in 2017 I was already fully onboard with the Nintendo Switch, not only Nintendo’s next-generation console but also a next-generation handheld thanks to its hybrid design. Not only was the Switch technologically superior to the 3DS but it also promised a grand unified library of Nintendo software no longer split across two devices. The last roadblock to this glorious future was the 3DS, and the longer the aging handheld kept getting new cool games like Metroid: Samus Returns or WarioWare Gold the longer the Switch would be arbitrarily hamstrung.It was frustrating, especially since the only reasons to keep the 3DS on life support were financial, not beneficial to players. And for two whole years Nintendo kept up the charade that the 3DS could co-exist with its clear successor. But at last, it seems the jig is up. The 3DS was a fantastic device. It helped keep Nintendo going during the Wii U dark days. But it’s dead. Long live the portable Nintendo Switch.We’ve felt the tide change these past few months as 3DS sales dried up and Nintendo simply stopped announcing games for the system. Nintendo Directs became entirely focused on Switch. The last big 3DS game, the Kirby’s Epic Yarn remake, conveniently came at the end of the fiscal year. And now based on comments at a recent investors briefing, the 3DS firmly seems like a thing of the past, much to my relief.The good news is that for a company as conservative as Nintendo to make this risky transition they must believe the Switch is fully ready to step up. And they’re right. The Switch is massively popular. It’s built up a great game library even while having to share software with its weaker sibling. And with big new consoles versions of Mario and Zelda out of the way, the rest of the Switch’s 2019 seems poised to fill that 3DS-shaped handheld hole in your life.Super Mario Maker 2 can use a stylus for easy portable level editing. Franchises like Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem, and Luigi’s Mansion were huge 3DS and now they’re coming to Switch. Rumors persist that Nintendo is planning a smaller, handheld-only version of Switch for release soon. Combine that with the next-gen Pokemon games, Pokemon Sword and Shield, being Switch-only and that should put the final nail in the 3DS coffin.You don’t even need to point to these big games though to make the case that Switch really is Nintendo’s next-generation handheld. Since its launch the Switch, like the PlayStation Vita before it, has proved how cool portable indie gaming is. Take something like Duck Game, a recent game I’ve been playing. On consoles it might seem a little slight. The single-player modes are sparse and the retro radical 80s graphics are… definitely retro. But a portable game about quacking and blasting your friends in frenetic fast-paced Smash Bros-esque battles feels totally right. You can even make your own levels with the touch screen. Being able to play on TV too is just a bonus.And we’re also starting to enjoy the fruits of all Nintendo games, big and small, coming to one device. In 2017 the 3DS saw its last BoxBoy game, Bye-Bye BoxBoy. It’s a quintessential handheld game, a clever but modest little puzzle-platformer about spawning boxes off of your cube body to traverse levels, filling in gaps or blocking lasers. The straight lines and monochrome art style would work on the original Game Boy, the revolutionary device which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. And now the newest BoxBoy game, BoxBoy + BoxGirl, is on Nintendo Switch. It looks prettier and has more complex gimmicks like a new co-op mode. But this is a handheld game through and through, so of course it’s on Nintendo’s new handheld system, the Nintendo Switch.For more on Nintendo Switch here are some other cool new games to play this year and check out our review of the Nintendo Labo VR Kit. Stay on target ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPG last_img read more

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California Wants to Limit Storage of Smart Speaker Recordings

first_img Easily Assign Tasks With Google AssistantGoogle Defends Letting Humans Listen to Virtual Assistant Queries Stay on target California lawmakers introduced a bill that would limit how manufacturers of smart speakers and digital assistants collect recordings.The Anti-Eavesdropping Act, which cleared its first committee this week, prohibits saving, storing, or sharing of audio recordings without explicit consent from the user.“Recent revelations about how certain companies have staff that listen in to private conversations via connected smart speakers further shows why this bill is necessary to protect privacy in the home,” Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo), the bill’s author, said in a statement published by The Mercury News.Bloomberg last month shocked no one with the news that thousands of Amazon employees around the world listen in on Echo owners’ conversations (allegedly to improve the technology).More troubling is the fact that workers can also access location information of Alexa users and look up their home or office address.The California bill—introduced in February by Cunningham—defines “smart speaker devices” as a wireless speaker and voice command device with an integrated virtual assistant “that offers interactive actions and hands-free activation.”Should the legislation pass, it would severely handicap services like Amazon’s Alexa, Siri from Apple, and Google Assistant (among a handful of others).“We’re monitoring this developing legislation,” a Google spokeswoman told Geek in an emailed statement. “That said, we believe that the combination of strong and balanced regulations, with products that are designed with privacy in mind, will help provide individuals with confidence that they’re in control of their personal information.”As Digital Trends pointed out, California is not the first state to try to limit digital eavesdropping: Illinois previously attempted to pass a similar law, which Google and Amazon lobbied against.More on Geek.com:Stop Ignoring Your Smart Speaker’s Privacy FunctionsUK Gov’t Uses Alexa, Google Assistant to Dispense InfoAmazon Accidentally Sent 1,700 Alexa Recordings to a Random Person9 Times Your Smart Speaker Got WeirdEditor’s note: This article was updated on May 7 with comment from Google.last_img read more

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Senate bill that honors late Vancouver woman gets hearing

first_imgJaime Miller, the Vancouver mother of two who died of complications from triple-negative breast cancer at age 42 last year, is still promoting change in Clark County. Miller’s widower Andy lives in Vancouver with their son Alex and daughter Jillian.This week, the family received promising news with a piece of legislation crafted in Miller’s honor and an endowment fund named after her.On Monday, Senate Bill 5345 had a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care. The bill could help ensure patients who receive a mastectomy on one breast can also get insurance coverage for the same procedure on their other breast, even if it is healthy at the time. The procedure is called a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy.“It’s been nice. In this healing process, this grieving process. It’s ‘How do you keep her memory alive?’” Andy Miller said. “This is something that will go and benefit people we’ve never met. … Seeing people want to attach her name to something important and having people follow through and fight for it in her honor has been nice for our family.”The bill calls for health plans issued or renewed after Jan. 1, 2020, to provide benefits for a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy to patients who are determined by their medical provider to be at high risk of developing breast cancer in their healthy breast, have a genetic defect that predisposes them to breast cancer or have a desire for symmetry through reconstructive surgery following the removal of one breast.last_img read more

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Alligator Alley reopens amid efforts to put out brush fire

first_imgWEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida Highway Patrol has reopened Interstate 75 after it was shut down due to a brush fire in far Western Broward County, Monday. Troopers leading the way as traffic on I75 is being reopened! Thank you for your patience! #FHP pic.twitter.com/qHUpF5CAFA— Lt. Gregory Bueno (@FHPTrooper_SWFL) May 30, 2017According to the FHP, the highway was shut down due to smoke between mile markers 41 and 46.The “Dragonfly Fire,” as it is called by the Florida Forest Service, has burned about 24,000 acres since it sparked over the weekend.The Dragonfly Fire is burning about 30 miles west of Weston into eastern Collier County. The fire is about four miles long and five miles wide. — PIO Mike Jachles (@BSO_Mike) May 29, 2017Westbound lanes were closed at U.S. 27 and eastbound lanes were closed at mile marker 80 in Collier County. #traffic #alert @fl511_i75 #Alligator Alley closed @ US Hwy 27 @BrowardSheriff #FireRescue #brushfires @FLForestService #FHP @FLHSMV pic.twitter.com/WjHWiRyadt I 75 (Alligator Alley) remains closed.EB traffic is back up to the 83 mile marker currently. Reduce speed / expect delays. Updates to come pic.twitter.com/k1FRLzqj6K— Lt. Gregory Bueno (@FHPTrooper_SWFL) May 29, 2017The Florida Forest Service and FHP said they will continue to monitor the situation and will shutdown the road again if necessary.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Nepali national jumps off hotel in Hyderabad dies

first_imgA 30-year-old man hailing from Nepal jumped to death from the second floor of a famous hotel here at Abids on Friday morning. It is learned that Mothi, who was working as a waiter at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Abids has committed suicide due to family and financial constraints. He joined in the hotel two months ago. The incident has occurred around 1 am on Friday. The victim is said to be in an intoxicated state when he had taken the extreme step. He was dead on the spot due to serious head injuries. The police who were alerted by the hotel staff reached the spot and registered a case. His body was sent to Osmania General Hospital for post-mortem.last_img read more

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Floods force 190000 people to flee homes in Bangladesh

first_imgHouses are seen flooded in Kurigram, Bangladesh, 15 July, 2019. Photo: ReutersFloods have forced more than four million people from their homes across India, Nepal and Bangladesh and killed more than 100 people as torrential rains in the initial days of monsoons wreaked havoc.The poor Indian states of Assam and Bihar have been among the worst hit. Some 4.3 million people have been displaced from their homes in Assam in the last 10 days due to rising waters across the mostly rural northeastern region, according to a government release on Monday.Television channels showed roads and railway lines in Bihar submerged, with people wading through chest-high, churning brown waters, carrying their belongings on their heads.Floods in South Asia cause mass displacement and deaths annually, and the death toll and damage from the current monsoon season, which has just begun, is likely to increase in coming weeks.An impoverished agrarian province with rickety infrastructure and poor healthcare services, Bihar has a history of flooding in its northern areas bordering Nepal.Flood waters in Assam rose overnight with the Brahmaputra River, which flows down from the Himalayas into Bangladesh, and its tributaries still in spate. Most of the Kaziranga National Park, home to the rare one-horned rhino, was underwater, authorities in Assam said, adding that four people drowned on Monday.”The flood situation has turned very critical with 31 of the 32 districts affected,” Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal told reporters. “We are working on a war footing to deal with the flood situation.”Assam, known for its tea industry, is hit by seasonal flooding each year, and the state and federal governments have spent millions of rupees on flood control.Army and paramilitary personnel have been deployed across the state for rescue and relief operations and makeshift shelter camps have been set up, while the airforce is on standby, Keshab Mahanta, Assam’s water resources minister, told Reuters.The Indian weather office has forecast widespread rains across Assam and Bihar over the next two days.LANDSLIDES SWEEP HOMES AWAYIn neighbouring Nepal, 64 people were killed and 31 were missing, with around a third of all districts hit by heavy rains, authorities said. Many of the deaths were caused by landslides that swept away houses.In southeast Nepal, water levels on the Kosi river, which flows into Bihar, had receded, an district official said.In 2008, the Kosi broke its banks and changed course, inundating huge tracts of land and killing 500 people.“Our analysis is that the danger is over now that the water level has come down,” Chiranjibi Giri, assistant district administrator of Sunsari district, told Reuters.In Bangladesh, floods forced an estimated 190,000 people out of their homes, government officials said.In Cox’s Bazar district, shelter to some 700,000 Rohingya refugees who fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar, more than 100,000 people have been displaced.Since early July, flooding and landslides have damaged thousands of shelters at the refugee camps, killing two people, including a child, Human Rights Watch said in a release last week.last_img read more

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Searchers Find Human Remains Believed To Be Third Victim Of Plane Crash

first_img Share NTSB PhotoNTSB investigators, along with representatives from Boeing and a Texas Game Warden, searching Trinity Bay for recorders from the cargo jet crash in Texas using pinger locator equipment to listen for the underwater locator beacon. The airplane crashed on Feb. 23, 2019.A cadaver dog that’s part of the team searching the site where a cargo jet crashed on Saturday has found human remains that authorities believe are those of a third victim. The accident happened in Trinity Bay, in the Anahuac area, about 60 miles east of Houston.Emergency workers recovered two bodies over the weekend and sent them to a medical examiner’s office for autopsies.Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said during a press conference on Tuesday the partial remains were found at approximately 2 p.m. Hawthorne emphasized the body hasn’t been found yet but added authorities may be closer to recovering it after Tuesday’s discovery. “We will not stop looking for the third body until we have that third body recovered,” Hawthorne said.Hawthorne said the size of the debris field is about three quarters of a mile long and the crews deployed by the National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB) have already identified the four corners, as the agency calls them, of the site where the airplane crashed. An FBI evidence recovery team is also on site.The mud and the depth of the water where the aircraft sank are making the search operations difficult, including the search for the black box.Hawthorne explained the tides are also a challenge. “We’ve had two pretty hefty tides where the wind has blown the water back in and it has moved some of the debris.”Heavy equipment that can operate in shallow water is being brought in to rake through the mud, and a contractor will dredge the area where the plane crashed.Dive teams from the Houston Police Department and the Baytown Police Department are on standby.last_img read more

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Wright Foundation Appoints New ED

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFROThe Hurston/Wright Foundation has been shaping the lives of Black writers for decades. Founded in 1990. The organization’s core mission is “to discover, mentor, and honor Black writers.” And living up to legends like Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright, whom the organization was named after, can seem like a daunting task. However, Executive Director, Kesha Lee said to the AFRO, “Our goal is to preserve the legacy of bhlack writers,” Lee continued, “I have the role of ensuring the legacy that the founders and the previous executive directors have put forth the past three decades.”Kesha Lee is the new executive director of the Hurston/Wright Foundation. (Courtesy Photo)Lee came on board after an extensive five month search, and more than 80 applications. “We are thrilled for Kesha to lead the Hurston/Wright Foundation as its new executive director,” said board chair Audrey Hipkins, in a press statement. “ Kesha brings an exceptional commitment to Black literary communities and proven leadership in building partnerships and creating organizational sustainability.”The board was particularly excited by Kesha’s vision. We are confident that Hurston/Wright will thrive under her leadership.”The organization has a bevy of programs and activations to engage the writer, reader, and community. There are writers workshops for adults and teenagers, The 18th annual Legacy awards which honors writers from poetry to fiction, and even debut fiction. There is also the annual Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers, plus several public readings and a bounty of information on their website. Lee said that as she researched how to approach the position, she took into account what the foundation has done and where it wants to go.“We’re thinking about how, do we do our work at the highest quality possible in service of the Black writers that are here and to come,” Lee said.  “How do we get there? What resources do we need?”“There is so much talent in our community and the onus is on us to celebrate it and create space for those voices to be heard,” Lee said. While the foundation engages with their audience on an array of platforms including social media, Lee said she found the simple act of communing together can be transformative. “Technology is very important. We do a good job of consuming and then twisting around technology to fit our needs,” Lee said. “But what we have also found is that, that’s just the catalyst for us to engage in person.”“There’s something about being in a Black audience experience. There is nothing like being in that space.”  Lee has a long history working in the arts, education, and empowering Black communities to engage with literature, books and reading. She is the founder of #Ward8Reads, a D.C. based organization that provides books to families, where the community could see themselves in the works they brought home.It was during this time that Lee understood her larger purpose. “My life’s mission is really around making sure that all of our kids have access to culturally responsive books and resources that light their world on fire,” Lee said That mission continues into the Hurston/Wright Foundation. For more information on the organization and upcoming events and workshops please go to: hurstonwright.orglast_img read more

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14th Chiang Rai Flower Festival and Music in the Park

first_imgThe cool weather and hilly climate of the Northern Province of Chiang Rai make it the perfect place to grow…Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Blast in Chiang RaiAn intriguing, exciting blend of ancient and modern Lanna is rising in Chiang RaiFired Up for Success at Ban Rai Kong Khing, Chiang Mai SAWASDEE:last_img

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first_imgairportsCaribbeanSt Maartentourist A 57-year-old female tourist, believed to be from New Zealand, has been killed after being hit by a jet blast on the Caribbean island of St Maarten, famous for the low-flying planes that appear to almost skim the sand as they approach Juliana International Airport.Despite signs warning of the danger, and constant police patrols, it’s a tourist ritual for some thrillseekers who flock to the beach and road, and hang onto the dividing fence to take selfies, with aircraft looming so low the images appear to show people touching the planes.On Wednesday at around 6pm [local time] police say the woman was among a group of people who were holding onto the airport fence during the take off of a large jet aircraft. During the take off the woman ‘…was blown away by the jet blast…’. She later died from her injuries. IMAGE: File image – Maho beach in St. Maarten is known for its views of airliners on approach to Princess Juliana airport. (STEINGRÄBER/ULLSTEIN BILD VIA GETTY IMAGES)/nydailynews.com via NY Daily Newslast_img read more

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