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This Dangal-Powerpuff Girls mashup is so good even Aamir Khan is cheering

first_imgDangal is being hailed as the next feminist film of Bollywood. Hailing from the hinterlands of Haryana which are known for their heavily skewed sex ratios, Mahavir Phogat (a retired wrestler himself) produced three women wrestlers who went on to represent India. Now, if that didn’t get you choked enough, YouTube channel Screen Patti came up with their mashup of the trailer with Powerpuff Girls.ALSO READ: Aamir’s dangal with his parents over a profession in acting Yes yes, the same girls who have saved Townsville from the wrath of the evil Mojo Jojo. And the trailer of Dangal is played brilliantly in sync with Professor Utonium’s procedure of making the Powerpuff girls.So as Aamir Khan’s voice over starts that champions aren’t grown on trees, they’re made with effort, patience and love. This playing in sync with Professor Utonium’s opening montage of mixing sugar, spice and everything nice… And as the trailer goes on the animation is almost just too real. If you’ve seen the trailer and the cartoon series, chances are you might reach out for tissues at the sheer brilliance of this mashup.Dangal directed by Nitesh Tiwari and produced by Aamir Khan, Siddharth Roy Kapur is all set to release all across India on December 23.last_img read more

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Chelsea v Watford: match preview

first_imgChelsea have dropped eight points at home this season, already two more than last season, and confront fourth-placed Watford with only one fully fit senior midfielder. Antonio Conte’s side are clearly struggling to adapt to the fixture clutter generated by the Champions League. The visitors’ start will be fuelling their own European desires, with Watford having taken 10 points from four away games to date. This suddenly feels a distinctly awkward fixture for the defending champions. Dominic FifieldKick-off Saturday 12.30pm Share on Twitter Read more The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Topics Share on Messenger news Match previews Share on Pinterest Chelseacenter_img Share on Facebook Venue Stamford BridgeLast season Chelsea 4 Watford 3Live Sky Sports PLReferee Jonathan MossThis season G6, Y20, R1, 3.67 cards per gameOdds H 4-11 A 10-1 D 9-2ChelseaSubs from Caballero, Eduardo, Zappacosta, Christensen, Scott, Sterling, Ampadu, Clarke-Salter, Kenedy, Batshuayi, Musonda, MorataDoubtful Bakayoko (groin), David Luiz (calf), Morata (thigh)Injured Drinkwater (calf, Nov), Moses (hamstring, Nov)Suspended NoneForm WWDWLLDiscipline Y14 R3Leading scorer Morata 6WatfordSubs from Bachmann, Okaka, Gray, Sinclair, Dja Djédjé, Hughes, Watson, Janmaat, Pereyra, Kamezis, Wagué, ZeegelaarDoubtful NoneInjured Kaboul, Prödl (both hamstring, 5 Nov), Success (knee, Dec), Cathcart, Chalobah (both knee, unknown)Suspended NoneForm DWLWDWDiscipline Y9 R1Leading scorers Doucouré, Richarlison 3 Watford Share via Email Premier League Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

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Report: Swansea 0 Tottenham 3

first_imgSwansea City 0 Tottenham 3: Eriksen leads Kane-less Spurs into FA Cup semis Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 22:17 17/3/2018 eriksen-cropped Getty Images Harry Kane was absent through injury, but Christian Eriksen stepped up with two goals as Tottenham beat Swansea City 3-0 in the FA Cup. Christian Eriksen took charge in the absence of Harry Kane as he scored twice in a straightforward 3-0 win at Swansea City, booking Tottenham’s place in the FA Cup semi-finals.Kane suffered ankle ligament damage against Bournemouth that is expected to keep him out until April, but on the evidence of Spurs’ display at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, they should be able to cope without him for the time being.Mauricio Pochettino said in his pre-match news conference that lifting the trophy would not help breed a “winning culture” at Spurs, but their challenge was boosted inside 11 minutes when the excellent Eriksen found the net in stunning fashion from just outside the area. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Although the visitors were frustrated by having a Son Heung-min goal disallowed for offside shortly before Eriksen struck the crossbar, a second goal arrived in first-half stoppage time when Erik Lamela scored in style.Swansea responded positively at the start of the second half, but they could not find a way past their former goalkeeper Michel Vorm and Spurs took advantage just after the hour when Eriksen doubled his tally.63 – @LucasMoura7 tees up @ChrisEriksen8 on the edge of the box and our great Dane hammers home his second of the day!#SCFC 0-3 #THFC pic.twitter.com/l4q44uD8dT— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 17, 2018Any chance of a Swansea comeback was long gone as the match entered its final stages, allowing Spurs to ease to successive FA Cup semi-final appearances for the first time since 1981-82, when they won the competition.After a tight opening 10 minutes, the indications were it was going to take a moment of individual brilliance to break the deadlock.And that was exactly what happened, as Eriksen marched towards the penalty area and bent a left-footed effort past Kristoffer Nordfeldt from 25 yards.The Swansea goalkeeper was beaten again in the 24th minute, but Son was adjudged to be marginally offside – a decision upheld by the video assistant referee – just before firing past Nordfeldt.Eriksen was proving a real nuisance to Swansea and he almost doubled his tally seven minutes prior to the break, though this time his long-range, left-footed strike was tipped onto the bar by Nordfeldt.Lamela was not to be denied on the stroke of half-time, however, as he evaded a challenge in midfield and then coolly swept home from 20 yards, finding the bottom-right corner.Cool. Calm. Composed.Coco #COYS pic.twitter.com/Zo2rGCXNwv— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 17, 2018Swansea started the second half in encouraging fashion and tested Vorm twice in quick succession – the Dutchman pushing away Martin Olsson’s rasping drive and parrying Tammy Abraham’s header on the rebound.That was not the start of a Swansea onslaught, though, as the visitors nearly added a third when Nordfeldt just about kept Eric Dier’s 30-yard drive out of the top-left corner.But Nordfeldt was arguably at fault as Spurs went 3-0 up; he managed to get a touch to Eriksen’s low shot from the edge of the area but could not keep it out.Pochettino introduced Dele Alli and Fernando Llorente from the bench late on and the Spaniard went close to scoring towards the end during a goalmouth scramble, but his failure to do so against his former team had no impact on the outcome as Spurs march on in the FA Cup. read morelast_img read more

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The 5 Best Man Crates to Gift Yourself

first_imgSometimes, we all need a little treat. Maybe you made it through a particularly tough week at work or maybe you finally finished a home improvement project that took way too long. Or, maybe you won the office football pool and your pockets are a little fuller and you’re feeling good.To some, it’s called treating yourself. To others, it’s as simple as self-care. Whatever you want to call it, in the end, you’re coming out of it a little better off.While there are plenty of ways to practice self-care, one company is making it easy to treat yo’ self without having to put much thought into it. Man Crates is a box service that creates — well, it’s called Man Crates, what do you think they make?It doesn’t matter if you’re a fisher, a golfer, a voracious carnivore, or a leather smith in training, Man Crates has created a box for you. Each box features a variety of tools or items related to the subject at hand. In the Bass Whisperer Crate, for example, you get lures, a cooler, a scale, a pair of pliers, and sunflower seeds (because you need something to do while you wait).There are a lot of Man Crates to sort through, though, so it may seem a little overwhelming if you’re looking for something to treat yourself with. Below, we’ve culled five of the best Man Crates the site has available. Order one or more of these now, and thank us later.Knife-Making Kit – $135It’s one thing to master how to sharpen a knife (or how to use it properly), but what about mastering the art of making your own knife? Every man should carry a knife (or at least have one handy), so instead of going to the store and buying one, make one instead. This kit provides you with everything you need to do so. If the first knife goes well, you can always get a refill kit or step up to making your own Bowie knife.Buy It HereExotic Meats Kit – $110If you’re like the staff of The Manual, eating your way around the world is a goal you hope to accomplish sooner rather than later. With such a bounty of proteins available to our ever-ready stomachs, the question then becomes where to start. Well, you could start here, with this exotic meats kit.  Featuring nine different types of meat from around the world (Biltong beef, a South African staple, for example), you can get your global carnivore on without having to leave your living room.Buy It HereGrill Master Crate – $110Being a grill master should be — if it is not already — one of the things you aspire to be in life. Just like being able to change a tire, it’s an essential skill that will stay with you always. If you’re just getting started, or are looking to up your game from the simple Hibachi you had in college, picking up this Grill Master Crate is a great way to go. With the addition of four steak thermometers, a cast iron smoker box, and a brass knuckle meat tenderizer, you’ll be grilling up great dinners in no time (and looking like a badass doing it, thanks to the meat tenderizer). As an added bonus, you’ll get hickory wood chips, multiple barbecue sauces, and a seasoning blend.Buy It HereStraight Edge Shaving Kit – $50First, we have to say that this box, once $175, is a steal at $50. If you’ve ever wanted a straight razor shave and didn’t want to pay barbershop prices (or if have an obsession with Sweeney Todd), then this kit is for you. You get everything you need to BYOB (be your own barber, obviously): a straight razor, leather strop, shave cream, after shave, and an alum bar. The only thing missing is a striped barber pole, but you can pick one of those up here.Buy It HereZombie Annihilation Crate – $150Does this crate really serve a purpose? In the long-run no (or will it?), but you can’t deny that it’s just plain fun. Contained in this kit, you’ll get everything (minus a gun) that you could potentially need for a zombie apocalypse. Not only do you get a machete and an axe (and what guy doesn’t need a machete and a knife in his life?), but you’ll also receive: a Gorge folding shovel, a combination paracord knife with built-in fire starter, and “combat essentials” (the book Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks, a flashlight, first aid kit, duct tape, and a can of SPAM). Zombies on the horizon? You’ll be ready.Buy It Here How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide Editors’ Recommendations 9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits How to Shave With a Straight Razor last_img read more

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US politics keeping Canadians attention off African famine aid group

first_imgOTTAWA – International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says a federal program to match donations for the East African famine generated $21.3 million from Canadians.The amount is one of the smallest responses to a Canadian government matching donation program since they initiated the idea for the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 — and at least one aid agency thinks the distraction of the political drama in the United States might bear some of the blame.An estimated 20 million people face possible starvation in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen in a drought and conflict-induced famine that a United Nations official has called the worst humanitarian crisis since the Second World War.After the United Nations sought nearly $6.3 billion in urgent aid for the region, Bibeau announced the Famine Relief Fund would match dollar for dollar all donations to eligible organizations between March 17 and June 30.The total raised was less than one-third of the $70.4 million Canadians donated in 2011 to the East Africa Drought Relief Fund, when about 9.5 million people were affected.Nevertheless, Jessie Thomson, senior humanitarian director for CARE Canada, says the appeal worked and fundraising did spike thanks to the visibility the matching program added.“I do think the matching fund served as a really powerful tool in mobilizing attention to the crisis that wouldn’t have been there otherwise,” she said.The $21.3 million was actually more than she expected would be raised. CARE Canada was part of a group of seven Canadian aid groups which joined forces as the Humanitarian Coalition to raise funds, bringing in $8 million of the $21.3 million.She said she is “pleasantly surprised” by the result.The 2011 fund matched donations over about a two-month period, while this year the matching funds were provided for donations made over 3.5 months.Visuals of Somali refugees pouring over the border every day into Kenya helped drive attention to the disaster in 2011, Thomson said. This time, getting people’s attention has been a lot harder as the daily dramas in U.S. politics are drowning everything else out.“I think we’re competing with a lot of, you know, difficult and attention-grabbing stories coming out south of the border and I don’t know how you counter that,” she said. “That’s a reality but that is dominating the headlines.”Canada has run matching donation programs for international disasters 12 times since 2004. The biggest response to date was for the Haiti earthquake in 2010 when Canadians donated $220 million which was matched by Ottawa.The 2004 tsunami raised $213 million.Only two of the 12 raised smaller amounts than the latest famine fund – $11 million in about five weeks for the Burma Cyclone Relief Fund in 2011 and $6.9 million for the Sahel Food Crisis Relief Fund over eight weeks in 2012.Kira Froese, a senior communications manager with the Canadian Red Cross, said the agency refrains from comparing responses to different appeals.“It can be difficult for us to say why some disasters raise more funds or get more attention than others,” she said.A spokesman for Bibeau said the $21 million is a substantial amount and that “Canadians showed great generosity.”The matching programs do not mean any organization that raises money will receive an exact matching amount. Rather organizations have to apply for the matching funds with detailed program plans.Ten different aid agencies will share the $21.3 million in matching funds, Bibeau’s office said.Thomson said CARE Canada is getting more than $4 million and will use it for a number of existing programs, including to help aid the cholera outbreak in Yemen and to help refugees in Uganda who have fled South Sudan.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

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US wanted AG Fraser for top UN job US diplomatic cables

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-Apparently impressed with her work, the U.S. government tried to entice Auditor General Sheila Fraser to take a job as the United Nation’s top auditor, according to a “confidential” diplomatic cable obtained by APTN National News.The U.S. nominated Fraser as their choice to run the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services, but she declined, according to the cable, dated Feb. 25, 2010.“Auditor General of Canada Sheila Fraser said that she was ‘deeply honoured’ that the USG had nominated her as a candidate,” said the cable. “She asked, however, that the USG withdraw her nomination. She explained that she was wholeheartedly committed to serving out her current mandate as Auditor General through May 2011.”The cable said Fraser planned to take six months after her term expired before deciding what to do next.APTN National news obtained hundreds of confidential and secret cables from whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. CBC-Radio Canada also received the same batch of cables.WikiLeaks released a large quantity of unclassified cables originating from the U.S. embassy and consulates in Canada last week and posted them on its website.The cable said Fraser met with a U.S. official on Feb. 25 and that she was surprised by the nomination.“She added that no one from the UN had yet contacted her about this nomination, so our request to meet came as quite a surprise,” said the cable. “She reiterated a deep appreciation that the USG had thought highly enough of her and her agency to consider this nomination.”The cable does not say whether the Canadian government was aware of the American’s decision to promote Fraser for the UN job.A spokesperson for Fraser said she would not be commenting on the cable.“We can’t speculate on the cable you are referring to. This is new information. I am not even sure if the offer was made to the Auditor General,” said Ghislain Desjardins.Fraser told APTN in a recent interview her job as Auditor General would be her last full-time job.“I have to say, this is my last full time job. I’m planning to take at least six months, do a little travelling, maybe clean some closets, things that I’ve put off for a while, and to take the time to reflect on what I want to do next, and, you know, try to get back into shape and all the things we are supposed to do. So, thank you, but, no, not interested,” said Fraser.According to its website, the Office of Internal Oversight and Services is tasked with preventing fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement and general corruption along with finding efficiencies within the UN’s bureaucracy and programs.Fraser became a household name during the sponsorship scandal where her findings, along with investigative reporting, eventually toppled the Liberal government and severely damaged the federal Liberal brand in Quebec.She again nearly changed the course of the last election after draft reports of her pending report on G8 and G20 spending were leaked to the media. Fraser issued a statement cautioning against drawing conclusions from the draft reports.Fraser also gained the respect of First Nations leaders and she was invited to speak at the special chiefs’ assembly this past December.The Auditor General told First Nations chiefs that Ottawa had failed First Nations people. After 10 years issuing reports on the performance of government departments, Fraser said the existing system dealing with First Nations was not working.“I believe that First Nations, the federal government, and in some cases the provinces, have to rethink their relationship with each other,” said Fraser at the time. “First Nations people have waited far too long to have the quality of services Canadians receive every day and take for granted.”Fraser said she has done 29 audits that directly or indirectly dealt with First Nations people and has seen very little change in the social conditions afflicting reserves.She said reserves have fallen behind over the last 40 years and the federal government has failed to do anything about it.“The conditions on many reserves remain poor and progress is slow. Some communities are making significant progress, but they are the exception rather than the rule,” said Fraser. “Services on reserves have not kept pace with services in municipal governments…The federal government has not been identifying and funding comparable services on reserves in any systemic fashion.”jbarrera@aptn.caThe CableDownload (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more

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CID team in Hong Kong to recover Namal Kumaras phone recordings

Two officers from the CID and an official from the Government Analyst’s Department are in Hong Kong to obtain expert assistance to recover the data. A special team from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is in Hong Kong as part of ongoing investigations into the alleged plot to kill President Maithripala Sirisena.The CID team is in Hong Kong to recover the voice recordings related to the case, deleted from the mobile telephone of activist Namal Kumara. Namal Kumara had revealed details of the plot to kill the President following a telephone conversation he had with former Terrorist Investigations Department (DIG) Nalaka de Silva. Nalaka de Silva was later arrested and remanded. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Hudak skips northern debate

For his part, PC leader Tim Hudak went ahead with the events scheduled for today that he says prevented him from taking part in the northern debate, and he pounded home his message of government restraint and cutbacks. Instead of heading for a northern region where there are no Conservative MPPs and Tory support might be hard to find, Hudak began his campaign day in Peterborough. He was looking for votes in a key Southern Ontario riding that’s voted with the party forming the government in every election since 1977, and usually reflects the province-wide popular vote.From there, on top of his plan to cut 100,000 jobs, Hudak was in Toronto promoting his idea of a two-year wage government freeze for everyone in the provincial public service.“For so many governement workers, they never had it so good. Gold plated pensions, unaffordable pay increases, job security. The problem is that people have been falling behind not on the government payroll and have had to pay higher and higher taxes,” Hudak said. CHCH spoke to communications consultant Allan Bonner, who told us that skipping the northern debate was a missed opportunity for Hudak. An opportunity for voters see him with the other leaders and hear what he has to say.And even though he had a few cameras to himself for his events, Hudak is missing all the TV viewers who might be looking to the debate to make up their minds.Hudak sidestepped questions from reporters about whether his strategy was wrong.“I’m not slowing down. I hoped that it would work out with scheduling, it didn’t as you know. But I’ve got a job to do. We are in a debt and jobs crisis and what’s the first thing you’d do if you were deep in crisis in debt, you’d stop spending. I think it’s fair and balanced to say that begins with an across the board wage freeze for all of us in government.”Throughout the day, Hudak stayed on message about a government wage freeze.“No more wage increases. We’ve got to shut the door, we’ve got to lock the vault. We’ve got to balance the books and get our economy going again.” read more

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Man dies after taking part in botched French clinical trial

Man dies after taking part in botched French clinical trial by Angela Charlton, The Associated Press Posted Jan 17, 2016 8:07 am MDT Last Updated Jan 17, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARIS – A man died in a French hospital Sunday after taking part in an experimental drug trial for a painkiller, and five other participants remain hospitalized after one of France’s most troubling medical incidents.French prosecutors have launched a manslaughter investigation into the unusual case, which shined a spotlight on the practice of testing drugs on paid, healthy human volunteers. Scores of others were also given the drug.The Portuguese pharmaceutical company testing the drug, Bial, said in a statement that it’s working with health authorities to determine what caused “this tragic and unfortunate situation.”The Rennes University Hospital in western France announced the death in a statement, but didn’t identify the patient, who had already been in a state of brain death.He was among six male volunteers between 28 and 49 hospitalized last week after volunteering to take the drug. French health authorities have said three of the hospitalized volunteers face possible brain damage.The Paris prosecutor’s office said the investigation was expanded after the death to include potential manslaughter charges.The trial, which began Jan. 7, involved 90 healthy volunteers who were given the experimental drug in varying doses at different times.The hospital said it has contacted the 84 other volunteers exposed to the new painkiller. Ten of those volunteers underwent medical exams Saturday, but the hospital found no anomalies, the statement says. It said another five will have medical exams closer to their homes, but didn’t say whether the others are being monitored or tested.The drug was given orally to healthy volunteers as part of a Phase 1 trial by Biotrial, a drug evaluation company based in Rennes, on behalf of Bial.Health Minister Marisol Touraine said that in addition to treating pain, the drug was intended to ease mood and anxiety troubles as well as motor problems linked to neurodegenerative illnesses by acting on the endocannabinoid system. In this system, natural brain compounds act on specific receptors to exert their effects. Touraine said the drug was not based on marijuana or cannabis, as some reported.Bial said clinical trials started last June following toxicology tests and that 108 healthy people had already taken part in trials with no moderate or serious reactions.It’s rare for volunteers to fall seriously ill during Phase 1 trials, which study safe usage, side effects and other measures on healthy volunteers, rather than drug effectiveness. read more

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Russian convicted in masterminding global online theft ring

SEATTLE – A federal jury convicted the son of a Russian lawmaker Thursday of hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card information and orchestrating an international online theft scheme that netted him millions of dollars.Jurors deliberated over two days before finding Roman Seleznev guilty of 38 charges, including nine counts of hacking and 10 counts of wire fraud. He could face up to 40 years in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 2, and he still faces similar charges in federal courts in Nevada and Georgia, his attorney said.Seleznev hacked into businesses, mostly pizza restaurants in Washington state, and stole millions of credit card numbers that he sold on underground internet forums, authorities said. The thefts led to almost $170 million in credit card losses around the world and made him “one of the most prolific credit card traffickers in history,” prosecutors said.His lawyer, John Henry Browne, vowed to appeal, saying a key issue will be Seleznev’s 2014 arrest by U.S. Secret Service agents in the Maldives that he called a kidnapping. The defence had tried to challenge the arrest, but the judge banned the issue at trial.Agents captured Seleznev as he and his girlfriend arrived at the island country’s airport on their way to Russia. They flew him by private jet to Guam and then to Seattle, where he is in custody.Seleznev was indicted in 2011, but a month later, he suffered a brain injury in a terrorist bombing in a cafe in Morocco. He was in a coma for two weeks and underwent a series of operations, according to a previous lawyer.Prosecutors added 11 new counts in 2014, including wire and bank fraud, hacking and identity theft.Sitting at his keyboard in Vladivostok, Russia, and using the online nicknames “Track2,” ”Bulba” and “2Pac,” Seleznev masterminded a scheme dating to 2008, Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman Barbosa said during closing arguments Wednesday.The defence focused on challenging the evidence from Seleznev’s laptop, seized by Secret Service agents during his arrest. His lawyers claim the agents mishandled the computer and failed to adequately secure it.The defence’s only witness testified that the machine may have been tampered with, and the attorneys said any evidence from it was suspect. They also said prosecutors failed to make a solid link between the hacks and Seleznev.The investigation started in 2010 when an Idaho deli was hacked. Over time, agents linked the computer viruses used to steal the credit card data to computer servers where the numbers were stored. They connected those servers to Seleznev through online nicknames and other sites he frequented.When he was arrested, agents found 1.7 million stolen credit cards on his laptop, along with the passwords to access the servers, prosecutors said.___Follow Martha Bellisle at https://twitter.com/marthabellisle___This story has been corrected to show that prosecutors say the scheme dates to 2008. Lawyer John Henry Browne talks with reporters in Seattle, Wash, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, after his Russian client, Roman Seleznev, was convicted in U.S. District Court of hacking into U.S. businesses. Seleznev could face more than 30 years in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Martha Bellisle) Russian convicted in masterminding global online theft ring by Martha Bellisle, The Associated Press Posted Aug 25, 2016 2:44 am MDT Last Updated Aug 25, 2016 at 5:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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UN rights expert urges Thailand to loosen restrictions around monarchy defamation law

At issue is the concept of lèse-majesté – the defaming, insulting or threatening of the royal family – which in Thailand carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.“Lesè-majesté provisions have no place in a democratic country,” said David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of freedom of opinion and expression. “The lèse-majesté provision of the Thai Criminal Code is incompatible with international human rights law.”The expert underlined that public figures, including those exercising the highest political authority, may be subject to criticism.“The fact that some forms of expression are considered to be insulting to a public figure is not sufficient to justify restrictions or penalties,” he stressed.The comments were sparked by a case against Jatupat Boonpatararaksa, a student activist, who shared a BBC news article on the new King, Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, on his private Facebook page.Mr. Boonpatararaksa is being held in detention after an appeals court revoked his bail on 27 December, reportedly justified by the case’s sensitive matter and on public order and national security grounds. He is expected back before a judge on 10 February. In 2015, three people were sentenced to decades in prison for criticizing the monarchy on Facebook.Mr. Kaye has repeatedly urged the Thai Government to allow free speech, including in July of last year when authorities clamped down on public and social media expressions ahead of a constitutional referendum later in the year.Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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La Nasa indique que les lacs terrestres se réchauffent

first_imgLa Nasa indique que les lacs terrestres se réchauffentLes plus grands lacs de la Terre se sont réchauffés au cours des 25 dernières années à cause du changement climatique, indique l’Agence spatiale américaine.Les scientifiques Philipp Schneider et Simon Hook de la Nasa, ont pu mesurer la température de 167 lacs à travers le monde grâce à un satellite. Ils ont rapporté une hausse de 2°C en moyenne. Cette température pourrait, selon d’autres sources, continuer à augmenter de 7°C d’ici 2100.À lire aussiPlastique, oiseau et calamar porcelet, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 24 juilletLes résultats sont conformes aux attentes prévues à cause du changement climatique. Selon les chercheurs, la plus importante zone de réchauffement se situe en Europe alors que “la tendance au réchauffement est légèrement plus faible autour de la mer Noire, de la mer Caspienne et au Kazakhstan”. Ils ajoutent : “La tendance au réchauffement augmente davantage dans l’est sibérien, en Mongolie et au nord de la Chine”.La Nasa indique également que la zone du sud ouest des Etats-Unis montre une tendance en légère hausse comparée à la région des grands lacs. Au niveau des tropiques et dans l’hémisphère sud, la température n’augmente que très faiblement.”Notre analyse fournit une nouvelle source de données pour évaluer l’impact du changement climatique à travers le monde, explique Philipp Schneider. “Les résultats prennent en compte les écosystèmes des lacs qui sont très durement touchés par des variations de températures, même minimes”. De plus, le stress thermique causé aux organismes vivant dans les bassins d’eau douce va favoriser l’installation, d’un autre côté, d’espèces exotiques habituées à des eaux plus chaudes.Le 24 novembre 2010 à 13:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Concrete debris left on I8 causes crashes and car damage

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Concrete debris left on I-8 causes crashes and car damage June 10, 2018 Posted: June 10, 2018 Updated: 12:16 PMcenter_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – On Sunday, California Highway Patrol officers were trying to determine who is responsible for leaving concrete debris on Interstate 8 in East County that damaged several cars early Saturday morning.Around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, eight to 10 cars reportedly struck a concrete object on westbound I-8 near Dunbar Lane, east of El Cajon, causing bent wheels and flat tires.CHP officers at the scene determined the cars had all struck a concrete parking stop, which they believe might have been left there intentionally, CHP Officer Travis Garrow said.Four more concrete parking stops and three cinder blocks were also found on the shoulder.No one reported seeing who left the debris.Officers suspect the case is connected to a string of similar incidents from the beginning of January to Feb. 7, Garrow said. The CHP received four reports of landscaping wall blocks in traffic lanes, causing moderate to major damage to cars, during that period, each time between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.Anyone with information on who is responsible for leaving the debris on the freeway was urged to call the CHP at (619) 401-2000. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Tea party win stuns Republican establishment

first_imgChristine O’Donnell, a tea party-backed long shot, stunned the Republican establishment Tuesday night by defeating nine-term Rep. Michael Castle in Delaware’s GOP Senate primary.O’Donnell’s victory, which was almost unthinkable a few weeks ago, provided tea party and grass-roots activists one of their biggest victories of the year. But the defeat of Castle, a former governor and one of the most popular politicians in the state, jeopardized the GOP’s hopes of winning the Democratic-held seat in November. O’Donnell is widely viewed as a far weaker candidate and too conservative for the state.Castle has been a fixture in Delaware politics for two decades. He served two terms as governor and nine in the House and was once considered not just a shoo-in for the nomination but also the favorite in November to take away the seat Vice President Joe Biden once occupied.But an endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and support from the Tea Party Express gave O’Donnell a late burst of energy. Despite a strong counterattack from Castle and the national and state Republican leaders, O’Donnell won easily, with 53 percent of the vote to Castle’s 47.O’Donnell, who declared “no more politics as usual” in her victory speech, said, “This is more of a cause than a campaign.”Shortly after her victory was projected, Castle told supporters that “the voters in the Republican primary have spoken, and I respect that decision.”The outcome was the latest in a string of embarrassments for the Republican establishment this year, underscoring the civil war that continues to rage in the party. Only a month ago, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska lost her primary to political newcomer Joe Miller, who like O’Donnell had the support of Palin and tea party activists. Last spring, tea party forces defeated Sen. Robert Bennett of Utah at the Republican state convention.last_img read more

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Mans ashes stolen from car out of Miami Sedanos parking lot

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A family in mourning just suffered another loss after their loved one’s ashes were stolen out of a car in a Sedano’s parking lot.Mercedes Borges told 7News about how her sister’s car was broken into after she made a quick stop at a Sedano’s Supermarket near 167th Avenue and 88th Street in West Miami-Dade, last Friday.“She worked all week here last week, and then on Friday, she was going back home [to Tampa], and she stopped here before going home to get a few things from Sedano’s,” Borges said.While Borges’ sister was inside the store, someone smashed into the rear passenger window of her rental car and stole her father’s ashes, which were inside a white box in a T-Mobile bag.“They were hoping they had it you know: laptops — what have you, inside the T-Mobile bag,” Borges said.The sisters’ 87-year old father passed away on Feb. 25, and Borges just wanted to take her father home so her family could spend some time with him.“It’s hard because we lost my mom in November, and three months after, we lost him, and I wanted to keep his remains,” Borges said. “I have his mother’s remains and I was hoping to put them together with his brother, somewhere when his brother passed, and now we’re incomplete.” The Borges family is now asking for help so they can be reunited with their loved one.“I’m missing my father’s remains. That’s the only thing I had left of his,” Borges said.The Borges family said Sedano’s has surveillance video showing the suspect driving away in a black truck.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.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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People With Disabilities Find Independence Through Skiing

first_imgIt was Gilbert’s idea to start securing herself to the chairlift as a way to be more independent. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)For 18 years, ORCA has been teaching people with disabilities how to ski at Juneau’s Eaglecrest Ski Area. Its Adaptive Ski and Snowboard program is helping people discover their own potential.Download AudioWhen Jessica Gilbert skis, she wears a harness that gets clipped to the chairlift, a precaution in case she has a seizure. The job of securing Gilbert is usually one for her ski partner, an ORCA staff member or volunteer. On this day, the 30-year-old is practicing how to do it herself.“I felt like I wanted to do it for independence,” she says.Gilbert is autistic. She’s been skiing with ORCA for 15 years and continues to push herself to learn new skills.Jessica Gilbert, 30, has been skiing with ORCA for 15 years and continues to push herself to learn new skills. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)ORCA Team Leader Lindsay Hallvik says helping Gilbert with the harness was just part of the routine, but Gilbert wanted to own her ski experience.“She asked us last year actually, ‘Hey, is there a way that I could do this by myself?’ And we actually were unsure at the time,” Hallvik says.After talking with Eaglecrest ski patrol and other ski areas down south, Hallvik says ORCA came up with a system and felt comfortable with Gilbert doing it herself.“Once you go through the research, go through the investigation and we practiced it ourselves, then I know it’s all set up ready to go for her,” Hallvik says.Brainstorming solutions for how to make skiing enjoyable for everyone is part of what Hallvik loves about her job. ORCA works with a wide range of clients – people with Down syndrome, autism, people who’ve lost a limb or have spinal cord injuries. Ages have ranged from 4 to 82.“Everyone comes in with a different life story, a different disability, so it’s fun for us to problem solve all the time, like ‘This didn’t work, but that’s going to work. Maybe next time we can try this, and this will make them even more successful,’” Hallvik says.ORCA stands for Outdoor Recreation and Community Access and is part of the organizationSoutheast Alaska Independent Living. Its adaptive ski and snowboard program relies on volunteers who go through training. This season, there are 40. Hallvik says having patience is key.“We don’t have a formula for working with people with disabilities. It’s never going to be the same lesson, even with the same person. It’s a different day, different conditions, they’re in a different space. And so we just really advocate, ‘Do some investigation, like, how are you feeling this morning? Where are you at?’ And you can meet them there,” Hallvik says.ORCA Program Director Tristan Knutson-Lombardo and Gilbert wait on the Porcupine chairlift line. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)On this day, Gilbert is having a great time.“My best run was when I held my hands up like I’m driving a car and I was making turns really fast,” Gilbert says.She says that helps her balance. Besides adaptive skiing, Gilbert participates in other ORCA programs as well.“I do kayaking, snowshoeing, biking, hiking, different activities like that,” she says.If it wasn’t for ORCA, Gilbert says her life would be drastically different. She’d likely spend more time at home surrounded by caregivers and family. At ORCA programs, Gilbert is with friends.“It’s really good for me because I can get out and socialize,” Gilbert says.And that’s really the point. Program Director Tristan Knutson-Lombardo says ORCA tries to dismantle the barriers people with disabilities face.“So I think it’s empowering and I think it’s also just fun. It doesn’t have to be all work and serious. It’s just fun to get out,” he says.At the top of Porcupine chairlift, Gilbert and Knutson-Lombardo get off by counting, “One, two, three, lift off.”They decide which way they’ll go and who’s leading.“All right, my turn,” says Knutson-Lombardo. “Let’s do it.”“Alrighty,” says Gilbert.And off they go.Sunday is Learn to Adapt Day at Eaglecrest. ORCA staff will be doing demonstrations of adaptive ski and snowboard equipment from 10-2, and everyone is invited to try them out for free.last_img read more

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JDAV School holds Investiture ceremony

first_imgJaggaiahpet: The investiture ceremony was organised on a large scale on the campus of the JDAV School here on Wednesday with the regional officer of the South Zone of JDAV Schools Seetha Kiran as chief guest, principal N Madhusudana Rao said in a statement here on Thursday. She conferred the elected school cabinet with badges and sashes. The Regional officer addressing the students advised them to develop leadership qualities along with meritorious studies. The students had great time while receiving the badges with responsibility. The principal said that this event would be a memorable event in the history of the JDAV School.last_img read more

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Police foil BNP procession in capital

first_imgBNP activists bring out a procession from Purana Paltan area in the capital on Saturday in protest against the imprisonment of their chairperson Khaleda Zia.Police foils BNP procession in capital. Photo: CollectedThe law enforcers charged batons on a procession the BNP activists brought out from Purana Paltan area in the capital city on Saturday in protest against the imprisonment of their chairperson Khaleda Zia.The law men also detained several BNP activists from the procession.The BNP men brought out the procession from opposite to Kakrail Mosque area around 1:20 pm chanting slogans for the release of their leader, reports UNB.When they reached Fakirapool water tank area police chased the protesters around 1:30 pm and dispersed them.They also arrested several leaders and activists from the area.The BNP men brought out the rally as part of their 2-day protest programme against Khaleda’s conviction.Earlier on Friday, they staged demonstrations across the country protesting at Khaleda Zia’s imprisonment and demanding her release.On Thursday, a Special Court here convicted former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the much-talked-about Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.last_img read more

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Initiative to curb trafficking Project Swayamsiddha rolls out in all districts

first_imgKolkata: Having rolled out project Swayamsiddha through out the state by the end of September, the state police will began training sessions for the cops following ground work at the district level soon after Durga Puja.The project, an initiative taken by the South 24-Parganas district police in the April 2016 to curb trafficking and early marriage, has seen a reasonable success and prompted the state police to start the project in all the 23 districts. The entire project is being supervised by the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeInspector General of Police (IG), CID (I) Ajey Mukund Ranade has already held a meeting in the third week of September with nodal officers of every district who will oversee the programme and has given them an idea about the implementation of the project. Superintendents of police and various NGOs which have been working in the area of trafficking were also present in the meeting,”We will be holding awareness campaign involving teachers, students, panchayat members and parents whereby every stakeholder will be informed about the modus operandi of the trafficking agents, the evils of trafficking. The flow of information in regards to crime against women is of utmost importance which we have learnt from our experience in South 24-Parganas,” Ranade said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedEvery school and Panchayat will be equipped with a swayamsiddha box, which will provide the opportunity to girls to provide clues to the administration about suspicious movements of people in their neighbourhood.”Identity of the person providing such information would be protected. It is heartening to see that girls these days are so interactive and are coming out to tell their issues without any hesitation,” a senior CID official said.He added that if the time gap of dissemination of information of trafficking or similar crimes is lessened, the chances of rescue as well as nabbing the offender increase. In South 24-Parganas, more than 70 traffickers have been arrested and around 150 child marriages have been prevented. The districts that have the highest number of human trafficking include South and North 24-Parganas, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Murshidabad. The state investigating agency is laying a lot of emphasis on rehabilitation of the rescued victims by involving various government departments including the state Women & Child Development department.”The Swayamsiddha project, aimed at awareness of school girls that has seen a lot of success in South 24 Parganas, is helping immensely in our efforts to prevent child marriage and trafficking,” said Shashi Panja, Minister of State for Women & Child Development and Social Welfare.last_img read more