Expelled BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui floats new outfit

first_imgExpelled Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui floated a new outfit called the Rashtriya Bahujan Morcha on Saturday.While Mr. Siddiqui is the convenor of the front, Brahma Swarup Sagar and O. P. Singh are the co-convenors.Mr. Siddiqui and his supporters decided to float the new outfit at a time when there was a “concerted move by vested interests to serve their personal motives,” stated a release issued by the Morcha, adding that the outfit would work towards providing a new political alternative.“It would work towards providing political and social representation to all sections of society, and establishing amity and brotherhood,” the release said.When contacted, Mr. Singh said more people from the BSP are expected to join the outfit soon. A public contact programme would also be launched for the party in future, he added.Mr. Siddiqui, the Muslim face of the BSP, was expelled from the party on May 10 for “anti-party” activities, prompting him to hit back at BSP supremo Mayawati.He came out with audio tapes of his alleged conversation with the BSP chief to support the allegation that he was asked for money. “Whatever charges have been levelled against me, applies to her [Ms. Mayawati]. I can prove it with evidence,” he had said.Mr. Siddiqui claimed to have over 150 audio clippings of Ms. Mayawati but desisted from releasing them saying he would strike back only when the BSP initiated the attack.He had also held Ms. Mayawati’s “wrong policies” responsible for the BSP’s poor performance in the 2009, 2014 Lok Sabha elections and 2012, 2017 UP Assembly polls.He alleged that the BSP chief had levelled “false and misleading” allegations against Muslims and also made objectionable comments against them, especially during the 2017 elections. Mr. Siddiqui alleged that Ms. Mayawati had used abusive language against the upper castes, the backwards classes and the Muslims.Mr. Siddiqui, who hails from Banda, was removed as party in-charge of Uttar Pradesh and was appointed as the MP unit in-charge after the Assembly poll debacle.last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 launched, comes with 10-core CPU, 4100mAh battery

first_imgXiaomi launched the Redmi Note 3 successor, aka the Redmi Note 4 in China on Thursday.  In typical Xiaomi fashion, the Redmi Note 4 boasts of top-tier specs at mainstream prices. The Redmi Note 4 will be available in two variants: one with 2GB RAM and 16GB memory, and another with 3GB RAM and 64GB memory. Expandable storage is also supported. Prices start at CNY 899 (roughly Rs 9,000) and go all the way up to CNY 1,199 (roughly Rs 12,000). Both the variants will be available for buying in China, starting from August 26, via the company’s online store, Mi.com. There is however no word on global availability and pricing for now.Also Read: Redmi 3S Prime review: Xiaomi’s greatest hit Xiaomi’s new Redmi Note 4 has a full-metal unibody, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing purposes. It comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD IPS display with a 1080p resolution and curved 2.5D glass. The phone is powered by a 10-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor with support for expandable storage of up to 128GB via microSD card.The dualSIM phone runs Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE (and VoLTE-ready).The Redmi Note 4 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with phase detection autofocus and dualLED flash. There is also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera on-board the device.The phone is backed by a 4,100mAh battery and will be available in the colours: Gold, Grey, and Silver.Notably, the Redmi Note 3 also hovered around the same price point as the new Redmi Note 4. While the Redmi Note 3 did have good hardware, the Redmi Note 4 really blows its spec-sheet out of the ball park. A 10-core CPU at under Rs 10,000 alongside USB Type-C for fast data transfers (and charging) is certainly a big deal. So is its massive 4,100mAh battery. At the same time the phone also runs Xiaomi’s latest MIUI version, which means the phone comes with the latest and greatest of hardware and software. Having said that Xiaomi has been reluctant in bringing its MediTek-powered phones to India. Hopefully, the company would release a Qualcomm-powered version soon enough.advertisementAlso Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review: Mr dependable like Rahul Dravidlast_img read more

How Kidambi Srikanth is swiftly emerging from shadow of his illustrious colleagues Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu

first_imgHe is swiftly emerging from the shadow of his illustrious colleagues Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu. And given his current form, it seems that Kidambi Srikanth, 24, will become the first Indian male to do what India’s female shuttlers have already done-rise to the top by beating the world’s best,He is swiftly emerging from the shadow of his illustrious colleagues Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu. And given his current form, it seems that Kidambi Srikanth, 24, will become the first Indian male to do what India’s female shuttlers have already done-rise to the top by beating the world’s best in badminton.On June 18, Srikanth won the Indonesia Open Super Series championship at Jakarta, the first time an Indian male had done so. He did so by outplaying Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai (21-11, 21-19), having already defeated the world champion, South Korea’s Son Wan-Ho, in the semi-final. Srikanth’s reward-aside from the $75,000 tournament prize-was his new status as India’s most successful badminton player, after Saina Nehwal, in the Super Series events.”And it’s Super Series Premier title,” Srikanth wrote on Instagram after he won. “I had to wait two years for this…. Special thanks to my coaches and physiotherapist.” With this, he becomes the first Indian male to clinch a Super Series, a Super Series Premier and a Grand Prix Gold title.But his road to success has been a bumpy one. “Returning to the international circuit after nursing an ankle injury and a long break is tough,” he remarked, “[especially] given the keen competition.” In 2014, Srikanth’s rise to the top had seemed all but assured. That year, he won the China Open by defeating local hero and then world champion Lin Dan in a historic upset. This had assured sky-high expectations for Srikanth’s 2016 Olympics outing. But it was not to be-at Rio, Dan had his revenge, edging Srikanth out of the running by defeating him in the quarter-finals. Srikanth admits that it was difficult for him to come to terms with that loss. Worse, he then suffered an ankle injury in the Japan Super Series last September, which kept him away from the sport for the longest spell since he began playing. It took some “very rigorous” training by Indonesian coach Mulyo Handoyo for Srikanth to get back in the groove. “There are [also] emotional challenges he has to overcome to gain greater confidence,” says India coach Pullela Gopichand, who says he is relieved that Srikanth’s parents will be shifting to Hyderabad (and closer to their son) in another month. Such was Srikanth’s emotional state that he had become superstitious, even taking to wearing a rudraksh locket, given to him by his mother to help “ward off challenges”.advertisementBefore the Indonesia Open, Srikanth was also on track to win the Singapore Open. However, he lost to compatriot B. Sai Praneeth, who is also his sparring partner at the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad. “There was a phase of immaturity-it was difficult to get his intensity up after the Olympics,” recalls Gopichand. “Attacking players like him go through these ups and downs. [But] for Srikanth, age is on his side. A couple of years later it would be even more difficult to handle [emotional upheavals].”The Indonesia Open win has served as a defining moment in clearing mental barriers for Srikanth, from which, he says, he hopes there is no looking back. “Srikanth has a good attacking game, is quick to the net and has lot of deceptive shots. He is one of the most exciting players to watch when in full flow,” says former international player-turned- coach U. Vimal Kumar. Unlike in the past, Srikanth played a patient game against Sakai, preventing him from engaging in any fast-paced rallies. He dictated the pace of the game, using precisely angled returns and smashes to down his rival. “There has to be a constant effort to improve,” says the shuttler, on the most important lesson he has learned since his journey to the Olympics. But the success has not gone to his head-he is quite aware of how ephemeral such triumphs can be. “There is hardly any difference among the top 20,” he says. “Any one can beat [the others] on their day.” That said, Srikanth is not resting on his laurels either-his immediate goal is to gain entry into the Glasgow World Championship in August.For Srikanth, another journey now begins, a journey to first reclaim his career-high ranking of World No. 3-which he held in June 2015-and then, hopefully, to claim the top spot. Given his speedy, aggressive style of play, Srikanth’s rise to glory, one imagines, has only just begun.last_img read more

Mudiay Scores 28, Knicks Top Bucks 136-134 in OT

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — In one locker room, the New York Knicks spoke about the fight they displayed over 53 minutes against the NBA’s highest scoring team.Down the hallway, the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo was fighting mad.“One thing about our team is that we’re always going to fight,” Emmanuel Mudiay said after he scored 28 points to lead the Knicks to a 136-134 overtime win over Milwaukee on Saturday.“We don’t play the scoreboard. That’s the one thing coach (David Fizdale) always preaches.”Rookie forward Kevin Knox scored a career-high 26 points as New York snapped a two-game losing streak. Damyean Dotson and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21 points each. Noah Vonleh contributed 15 points.“It was good to see the ball go in the net,” said Knox, who had been the subject of criticism for his play. “It felt good. Just (have) to keep working (and) never get too high, never get too low.”While the Knicks were reveling in one of their most satisfying wins of the season, Antetokounmpo was vowing vengeance for an act he perceived as disrespect.Antetokounmpo was angry at Knicks forward Mario Hezonja, who early in the first quarter dunked on the Milwaukee star, then stared and stepped over him — much to the delight of the Madison Square Garden crowd.“I’m going to punch him in the (groin) next time,” said Antetokounmpo, who had 33 points and 19 rebounds.The teams next meet Christmas day in New York.Hezonja, who was unaware of Antetokounmpo’s words, did note the crowd reaction to his only bucket of the game.“Honestly, if you’re afraid, this is not for you,” Hezonja said. “I don’t want to be disrespectful but if you feel fear, this is not the place for you. New York Is not a place for you and this team is not a place for you.”Eric Bledsoe added 27 points for Milwaukee, which has lost three of its last five. Malcolm Brogdon finished with 22 points, Brook Lopez had 13, and Khris Middleton and Tony Snell each chipped in with 10.“We got up a couple different times but didn’t have the focus or determination to take it to the next level,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.New York took its first lead since Hardaway’s 3-pointer midway through the first quarter on Enes Kanter’s jumper from the wing 3:13 into the third period, giving the Knicks a 71-70 advantage.But that lead didn’t last long as Milwaukee went on a 17-0 run before Knox hit a 3-pointer. The Bucks led by as many as 16 points before the Knicks rallied, scoring the last seven points of the quarter and cutting the deficit to four at 97-93.Mitchell Robinson opened the fourth quarter with a layup as the Knicks closed within two, but Antetokounmpo converted a three-point play, Sterling Brown added a four-point play and Brogdon hit a 3-pointer as Milwaukee pushed the lead to eight, 107-99. Moments later, Brown scored on a layup and extended the lead to 113-99.“We’ve been competing a lot throughout this whole year. We lost a lot of games that have been down to one, two, three (points), so we’re going to compete to the end of the game,” Knox said. “We just kept fighting, competing and we just made sure that we kept chopping at the lead.”Indeed. The Knicks outscored Milwaukee 25-11 in the final 6:39 to force overtime. Mudiay hit a 3-pointer that tied the game at 124-all before the Knicks forced Antetokounmpo into a shot-clock violation, setting up the extra session.“We’re just trying to get the best shot available,” Mudiay said. “That’s a part of growing up.”Antetokounmpo hit a free throw that started the scoring in overtime, and New York responded with a 3-pointer by Mudiay that gave the Knicks a 127-125 lead. Bledsoe tied the game with a layup, but Mudiay answered again with another 3. Bledsoe hit a 3-pointer that tied the game at 130-all, then Antetokounmpo scored Milwaukee’s next four points, sandwiched around a Hardaway jumper as the Bucks to a 134-132 lead.Following a timeout, Dotson knocked down a 3-pointer that gave the Knicks a 135-134 edge. Antetokounmpo missed a runner in the lane, and a Mudiay hit a free throw that pushed New York’s advantage to 136-134.“He kind of took it on himself and really willed it,” Fizdale said of Mudiay. “He shared the game, but he really willed that for us.”On the next possession, Robinson blocked Bledsoe’s driving layup, forcing a jump ball. Antetokounmpo won the tip, and Lopez was fouled. He missed both free throws, and Antetokounmpo’s last attempt under the basket was blocked by Kanter.“I was just trying to get inside … and shoot over the guy guarding me,” Antetokounmpo said. “The guy was coming from the baseline, so I tried to go middle and raise up.”TIP-INS:BUCKS: Antetokounmpo also recorded a team-high seven assists. He has led Milwaukee in assists nine times this season. Antetokounmpo was three assists away from recording his third triple-double of the season, and the 12th of his career.KNICKS: During his pregame press briefing, Fizdale said Courtney Lee could make his 2018-19 debut against the Bucks, depending on circumstances in the game. However, Lee did not step onto the court and has missed the first 24 games of the season with neck spasms. “He’s gotten a few days under his belt with real contact,” Fizdale said of Lee, who began practicing with the Knicks last week. “I think all of us feel comfortable with it. Honestly, either way, it’s not like I’m throwing him out there for a lot of minutes.” . New York lost guard Trey Burke Jr. for the game with 4:54 left in the first quarter with a sprained right knee after he landed awkwardly on a layup attempt. A team spokesman said X-rays were negative.GROWING PAINS:In the first season under Fizdale, the historically quick-fix Knicks are undergoing the early stages of a rebuilding process. And they appear to have a fan in Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer.“They’re a hard-working, competitive group,” Budenholzer said in his pregame media availability. “Got a mix of, you know, a few veterans and some young guys. They play hard. Well coached. I think Tim Hardaway Jr. can get going. Put a lot of buckets up. (Enes) Kanter inside is a physical presence. Trey Burke and different guys — (rookie guard Allonzo) Trier has had a great rookie year — so I think different nights can be different guys. Impressed with what they doing.”While Budenholzer was praiseworthy, Fizdale was more straightforward in his analysis of his team.“Get better,” Fizdale said. “We (have) one message (and) it (doesn’t) matter where we are: Are we getting better? Are we competing at our highest levels? Are we growing each game from what we’ve been through before?”ETC.Prior to the national anthem, there was a moment of silence for George H.W. Bush, who passed away Friday night. . Among the 19,812 in attendance were former Knicks Dick Barnett, Latrell Sprewell, Michael Ray Richardson; actors Dustin Hoffman, Emily Ratajkowski, Kelly AuCoin and Ben Sinclair; radio host Howard Stern; comedian Jon Stewart; and rappers GZA, Biz Markie and Vinnie Brown.UP NEXT:Bucks: Host Detroit on Wednesday in the first of four regular-season matchups between the Central Division rivals.Knicks: Host Washington on Monday night.By DENIS P. GORMAN , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Michigan Football Announced Some Big Michigan Stadium News Today

first_imgFans attend the game between Eastern Michigan University Eagles and the University of Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 17: Fans attend the game between Eastern Michigan University Eagles and the University of Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan defeated Eastern Michigan 31-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan Stadium is, arguably, the best stadium in college football. It will be getting a minor makeover before the 2018 season.The Wolverines announced today that the turf at Michigan Stadium is being replaced.“The turf at Michigan Stadium and Schembechler Hall are being replaced this summer,” the Wolverines announced.Michigan tweeted out a video of the makeover in progress.Check it out:The turf at Michigan Stadium and Schembechler Hall are being replaced this summer.Watch this week’s time lapse of The Big House turf removal. ?#GoBlue pic.twitter.com/qrgriVQxBw— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) June 14, 2018Michigan’s football team opens its 2018 season on the road. The Wolverines are taking on Notre Dame in South Bend in Week 1.That game will kick off at 7:30 p.m E.T. It’ll be televised on NBC.Michigan’s first home game is Sept. 8 against Western Michigan.last_img read more

Urban Meyer’s Daughter Goes After Jim Rome Over Critical Rant

first_imgGigi Meyer and her fiance.Urban Meyer’s daughters GiGi and Nicki have been very active in supporting their father as he draws criticism from those in the media.On Tuesday, CBS Sports host Jim Rome took aim at the Buckeyes head coach, a day after he held a press conference to signal his return to the sidelines.From Rome’s show:“Urban Meyer thinks the problem in this whole situation was that Urban Meyer was trying to be too good of a guy. The problem was not that he was covering up for a piece of crap on his staff. The problem was Urban was trying to be a saint.That’s all you need to know.After being suspended for three games. After repeated attempts at press conferences, and interviews, and Twitter statements, Urban Meyer thinks that he’s the victim. Urb still thinks that he’s the good guy. And the only person that could possibly believe that at this point is Urban Meyer.This guy’s a liar. He’s flat out lied. The only thing that this attempted rehab tour has proven is that he’s a liar and he still has no idea what time it is. This guy’s garbage. And this attempt to rehab his image is ridiculous. It’s insulting. And nobody should believe what this guy says.”Urban Meyer’s attempt to rehab his image is ridiculous and insulting. pic.twitter.com/wHwxt60HwT— Jim Rome (@jimrome) September 18, 2018On Wednesday, Gigi Meyer replied to Jim Rome on Twitter in defense of Urban Meyer.If only u knew the amount of impact he has had in making this world a better place. I’m sorry your perception has been swayed by the media (so reliable), but you’re only degrading someone who has actually made a difference in this broken world. You dream to be half the man he is.— Gigi Meyer (@GG_40) September 20, 2018She had a few tweets along those lines, as Meyer continues to draw criticism upon his return from his three game suspension.I know #BuckeyeNation knows… but if only the rest of you truly knew the type of person this man is. He’s my father. One of the most loving, caring, selfless individuals out there and I will live by that forever. pic.twitter.com/LC4g1GgTkz— Gigi Meyer (@GG_40) September 19, 2018Meyer returns to the sideline on Saturday, when Ohio State hosts Tulane. The game is set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET.last_img read more

Woman charged after allegedly driving 60 kmh under limit on Highway 401

first_imgFRONT OF YONGE TOWNSHIP, Ont. – Police say an Ottawa-area woman is facing charges for allegedly driving 60 km/h under the speed limit on Highway 401 in eastern Ontario.Ontario Provincial Police say they received numerous calls Wednesday night about an eastbound car travelling at 40 km/h in Front of Yonge Township, about 25 kilometres west of Brockville.They say the callers said the car was in the fast lane with its high beams on.OPP made several attempts to get the driver to pull onto the right shoulder, but eventually had to make a tandem stop with cruisers at the front and rear of the vehicle to move it off the highway.They say the driver told officers she believed the speed limit was 50 km/h.A 47-year-old woman is charged with unnecessary slow driving, failing to obey signs and not having an insurance card.last_img read more

Weather aids in ending evacuation alert for Waterton Lakes National Park

first_imgWATERTON, Alta. – Significant rainfall on Monday was enough to lift an evacuation alert sparked by a wildfire near Waterton Lakes National Park in southwestern Alberta.Parks Canada spokesman John Stoesser says the area received 32 millimetres of rain, which is sufficient to rescind the alert that was issued last week.“It absolutely is very nice to hear the sound of raindrops coming down. It helps immensely,” said Stoesser.“Enough has fallen for Parks Canada to be able to lift the evacuation alert which was issued for Waterton Lakes National Park.”The 860-hectare blaze remains entirely on the U.S. side of the border in Glacier National Park, about seven kilometres away. Stoesser said the area isn’t out of the woods yet.“The fire does remain active. This hasn’t extinguished the fire,” Stoesser said.“We will continue to work closely with Glacier National Park and the other partnering agencies to manage this wildfire, to protect the key infrastructure and resources in the area but we are happy to say some areas have opened back up.”Stoesser says despite the evacuation alert, the park’s townsite was still quite busy.Waterton was devastated by a wildfire last September which consumed more than 190 square kilometres within the park and led to a two-week mandatory evacuation.Stoesser said that is still fresh in the minds of both park residents and staff.“The community had a really great event last weekend commemorating the Kenow wildfire from last year,” he said.“It was interesting to have that happening at the same time as this incident.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Parks Canada originally said there had been 18 millimetres of rain.last_img read more

Trans puppet named Julian to help young kids exploring gender issues

first_imgMONTREAL – The young school-age puppet named Julia feels in her heart she’s a boy and wants to be called Julian.Trans advocates say for many very young children and their families, tackling such gender-related questions are real and can be complicated.Enter Julian, the marionette at the heart of three bilingual videos designed to help provide youngsters and their families with the necessary tools to navigate such questions.Julian (the puppet goes by Julien in French) is the brainchild of the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation, a Montreal-based organization dedicated to fighting bullying, which unveiled the free video capsules and educational booklets Wednesday.The videos, which tackle issues like gender identity, self-expression and acceptance, star Julian and his fellow puppet friends Leo and Annie in addition to a human female character named Alex.The foundation’s Jasmin Roy said the intended audience is very targeted.“We need to develop emotional and social skills for educators, parents and other children who are around those children exploring their gender or expression,” Roy said.“Now, every time you have a child in your community who’s dealing with that reality, you’ll have a tool to help you.”Roy said the inspiration for Julian came in part from Sesame Street, the popular children’s television show which introduced an autistic character named Julia in 2015.“I said we should do the same thing for a child who is exploring because some children will just explore, and that doesn’t mean they are going (to grow up) to be trans,” Roy said.But a child expressing that need to explore shouldn’t be ignored either, he added.A survey commissioned by Roy’s foundation about the LGBTQ community last year found that 98 per cent of trans respondents had periods where they felt helpless, lonely or discouraged in relation to their gender identity or expression.Julien Leroux-Richardson, president of Aide aux trans du Quebec, a support organization, added that 43 per cent of the trans community will attempt suicide.Leroux-Richardson, for whom Roy named the Julian puppet, said the trans community’s position has evolved considerably, but the foundation’s initiative is about continuing that trend.“They (kids) always asked but, before, we didn’t talk about it,” Leroux-Richardson said.“We’ve stopped being blind about it and we said let’s create resources to help people, to interact, to know what to do if people have a gender variance or are just exploring their gender identity or expression.”Roy recounted meeting an Indigenous couple in Sept-Iles who were at a loss as their young daughter was exploring her gender issues.That’s where the resources will come into play.“Maybe if you have a child (going through this) you can show them the videos and say, ‘Is that how you feel? What do you need? How can I help you?’,” Roy said.“And, I love you.”On the web: https://fondationjasminroy.com/en/initiative/social-and-emotional-learning-to-help-children-with-the-process-of-identity-affirmation/last_img read more

Feds quiet on why Cindy Blackstock investigated by bureaucrats

first_imgAPTN National NewsOver a year ago APTN National News first told the story of how the federal government had been keeping a close eye on Cindy Blackstock.This happened after Blackstock, head of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, filed a human rights complaint against the government for allegedly discriminating against First Nation children.It got so bad the politicians promised an investigation.But Blackstock hasn’t heard a thing.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has the story.last_img read more

35000 donation by Tourmaline Oil allows Womens Resource Society to buy new

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society got a big boost last month after Tourmaline Oil donated the proceeds from its Annual Golf Tournament.The event, which took place at Lakepoint Golf and Country Club on July 19th, featured entertaining live and silent auctions, a 50/50 ticket draw, and a call for participants to “Fill-A-Truck” with non-perishable donations for the food pantry at the Centre.Society Board members Jen Pimm and Kelsey Dawley attended the tournament’s dinner, where Pimm spoke on behalf of the organization. “We are a front-line organization dealing with violence against women and children, community outreach, poverty, advocacy, harm reduction, food security, and much more. Your donation stays in our community and directly impacts local people. Without the support of our community, we could not do this important work, so thank you, we are very grateful.”After the tournament’s fundraising total was added up, Tourmaline said that it would like to match the donation, bringing the donation total to an incredible $35,150.“This means so much to us,” said Pimm. “We need a new furnace, and we have been trying to find room in the budget for this kind of capital expenditure. Thank you Tourmaline, the sponsors, and everyone who came out to golf!”Executive director Amanda Trotter explained that the donation was much-needed by the Society, which is currently seeing upwards of 500 clients each month.last_img read more

Jewish Extremist Wants Christians out of Israel Calls Them BloodSucking Vampires

New York – Benzi Gopstein, the leader of an extremist Jewish group, called for the expulsion of Christians from Israel, calling them “blood-sucking vampires.” Gopstein, head of the far-right Israeli group Lahava (Flame) posted a comment on the ultra-Orthodox website Kooker last week calling Christians “impure” and demanding their expulsion from Israel, according to Israeli media.The extremist also wants Christmas celebrations banned from the region. “Christmas has no place in the Holy Land,” Gopstein was quoted as saying. “Missionary work must not be given a foothold. Let’s throw the vampires out of our land before they drink our blood again,” he added.According to Al Jazeera which   contacted Gopstein after he made his racist remarks, he tried to justify his remark by saying that he had only accused Christian missionary groups of being “vampires.”Ahmad Tibi, Arab member of the Israeli Knesset, condemned the Lahava organization as a “hate group” that spreads “racist violence against Muslims and Christians.” “The Israeli government is complicit [in and is] aiding and abetting racists and terrorists like Gopstein,” said Tibi commenting on why the Israeli authorities do not react to bigotry.According to the same source, Gopstein and his terrorist organization were accused of inciting the burning down of Christian churches in Israel, last August.Moshe Klein, rabbi of Israel’s Haddash medical centers quoted Gopstein as saying, “That’s the last thing that concerns me. If this is truth, I’m prepared to sit in jail 50 years for it,” he answered when told he could face arrest for his incendiary comments.Gopstein’s group Lahava, which is the Hebrew acronym for “preventing assimilation in the Holy Land” also opposes marriages between Jewish women and Arab men. They chant “death to the Arabs” during these weddings, U.K.’s The Telegraph reported.Al Jazeera quoted an Israeli researcher as saying that Gopstein is “even despised by the Israeli right-wing establishment” and regarded as “dangerous” by Israeli security.According to the same source, the two Jewish terrorists who were arrested last August for the arson attack to the home of a Palestinian family, which burned their 18-month old baby alive, were members of Gopstein’s Lahava group.Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu described the firebombing of the home that took the lives of four innocent Palestinians as a terrorist act that would not be tolerated and would be prosecuted.However, both alleged Lahava terrorists were released and set free uncharged less than five months after the attack. read more

India offers scholarships to children of estate workers

Application forms could also be obtained from the High Commission of India, 36-38, Galle Road, Colombo-03 and the Assistant High Commission of India, No.31, Rajaphilla Mawatha, Kandy. The Indian High Commission in Colombo said that students who have passed G.C.E. Ordinary Level (with minimum 6 credit passes) or Advanced Level examination and below 25 years of age are eligible to apply. The completed applications forms must be accompanied by photocopies of birth certificate, result sheet of G.C.E ‘O’ Level or ‘A’ Level, latest salary slip of parents and Estate Superintendent’s certificate regarding parent’s occupation. Application forms could be downloaded at the High Commission of India, Colombo website www.hcicolombo.org. The Indian Government has invited applications from children of estate workers, who are resident on estates, for award of scholarships by the Ceylon Estate Workers’ Education Trust (CEWET).These scholarships are available for G.C.E. Advanced Level, Undergraduate courses and for students undergoing Vocational/ Technical education in any other Government Technical Colleges in Sri Lanka. Duly completed forms should reach the Honorary Secretary, CEWET c/o High Commission of India, P.O. Box 882, Colombo-03 on or before 30th August, 2016, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Asian stocks rise as trade war worries worsen

BEIJING — Asian stocks gained Monday amid investor jitters the U.S.-China trade war might be worsening.Benchmarks in Shanghai and South Korea rose while Hong Kong and Australia were unchanged. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday.Investors were encouraged by hopes global central banks will keep interest rates low to shore up economic growth. But they worry President Donald Trump’s impending Sept. 1 tariff hike on more Chinese imports will scuttle talks aimed at ending their trade war.Wall Street’s benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 index dropped as much as 1.3% Friday after Trump said it would be “fine” if trade talks next month don’t happen.”Safe havens are “still in demand on trade war anxiety,” said Alfonso Esparza of Oanda in a report. “Headwinds remain strong as a deal in the short term between the U.S. and China is a long shot.”The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.7% to 2,793.67 points while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was little-changed at 25,937.44.Seoul’s Kospi added 0.5% to 1,947.05 and Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 was flat at 6,582.60. Markets in Taiwan and New Zealand declined. Exchanges in Singapore and Thailand were closed for holidays.On Wall Street, the S&P 500 ended down 0.7% on Friday at 2,918.65. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.3% to 26,287.44 and the Nasdaq lost 1% to 7,959.14.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 18 cents per barrel to $54.33 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $1.94 on Friday to close at $54.40. Brent crude, used to price international oils, shed 13 cents to $58.40 per barrel in London. It gained $1.15 the previous session to $58.53.CURRENCY: The dollar edged down to 105.47 yen from Friday’s 105.66 yen. The euro gained to $1.1208 from $1.1201.Joe McDonald, The Associated Press read more

Middle East UN envoy presses efforts to defuse current tension

Earlier this week, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed Larsen, visited Ramallah. According to a UN spokesman, the envoy has also talked on the phone with Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, whose headquarters has been under siege for the past week. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday evening, Mr. Roed-Larsen called attention to the growing gap between diplomatic developments on the Israeli-Palestinian dispute – such as last week’s high-level meeting of the Quartet and the resolution adopted by the Security Council early Tuesday morning – and the situation on the ground, embodied by the siege of President Arafat’s headquarters. The envoy cautioned that the international community’s attempts to foster a political process leading to a viable Palestinian State were being stymied, and warned that the coming period could lead to the death of the two-State solution. At the same time, he reiterated the UN’s unequivocal condemnation of terror. Mr. Roed-Larsen echoed these themes in a speech on Tuesday to a meeting in Amman of the directors and deans of diplomatic academies and institutes of international relations. Rejecting terrorism “in simple and straightforward language” as murder, he said Israel had the legitimate right to defend itself, but questioned whether the current siege against President Arafat – or the broader one against the Palestinian people – would achieve that end. Palestinians, he stressed, need hope. “They need to see that an end to occupation is palpable, that a viable Palestinian State is probable, and that it is possible to plan for a future for themselves and their children,” he said. Recalling that the diplomatic Quartet – the UN, European Union, Russian Federation and United States – had outlined a roadmap for achieving a final settlement within three years, the envoy said both Palestinian and Israeli aspirations could be reconciled in one common vision. “What we need now, however deep our distress and pain, is to summon the will to turn our vision into a concrete reality,” he said. read more

Mens soccer rebounds with pair of wins

After two rough games last week, the Ohio State men’s soccer team rebounded well, getting a tough win against Oakland last Wednesday and a 2-0 win Friday night against Cleveland State. “We stumbled a little last week, but to respond from the two bad games and to get back on the right track was very good,” coach John Bluem said. “I am proud of the guys. It was a good team effort in both of our wins this week, so I am very happy right now for the team.”Under cloudy and rainy conditions at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Buckeyes struck early, two minutes into the game.After a great pass from Buckeye forward Chris Hegngi, who crossed the ball to Austin McAnena, McAnena got the ball and drilled it into the upper-right corner of the goal to give OSU a 1-0 advantage.“That was all Chris,” midfielder Austin McAnena said. “I was just on the back end of that. It was a great pass right on the money. I give the credit to Chris and the rest of the team.”Midfielder Matt Gold was the player who initially started the play with an outlet pass to Hegngi. For the freshman McAnena, it was his third goal of the season. “They’ve done that a couple of times this year,” Bluem said. “Those two freshmen are really good players, and they play more like upperclassmen.”OSU added another quick goal in the 19th minute of play when senior co-captain Doug Verhoff scored his fourth goal of the season.Verhoff launched a free kick from 25 yards out that bent around and went into the goal, which gave OSU its 2-0 score.From start to finish, the Buckeyes dominated, playing much more aggressively and very physically. Cleveland State displayed a sense of frustration, with five yellowcards by the end of the game.For goalie Matt Lampson, it was his fifth shutout of the season. The redshirt freshman had five saves on the day and he improved his record to 5-1-2 on the year.Last Wednesday saw the Buckeyes matched up against Oakland, a rematch of last year’s second-round tournament game. OSU defeated Oakland 1-0 after sophomore Joshua Breto scored the game’s only goal.The Buckeyes will remain at home when they return to action Wednesday against the University of Illinois-Chicago. Game time for the non-conference matchup is 7 p.m. read more

Trinny Woodall faces £300000 divorce battle from beyond the grave

first_imgA High Court registrar initially threw out the case, but the ruling is now being appealed.A spokesman for Ms Woodall, who is in a relationship with millionaire art collector Charles Saatchi, said: “This is a nightmare for an innocent spouse who received nothing on divorce, yet years later is sued by a trustee in bankruptcy, asserting an unheard-of claim to spousal rights of her deceased ex-husband.”Her barrister, Caroline Hely Hutchinson, said the trustee had no standing in law to bring a “personal claim” on behalf of Mr Elichaoff, arguing that any such right ended when he died.She said that the trustee’s claim was “factually outrageous” and targeted “a single mother who received no property from her husband either during the marriage or afterwards, and who has alone provided for their child.”She told the High Court: “My client had a five-year-old daughter and she was entirely responsible for the pastoral and financial care of that daughter.”The husband was a drug addict and these debts have been accrued post-separation. As it is, that man never made a further contribution to his wife and never repaid the £1.4m.”The court heard Ms Woodall, who now gives regular fashion advice on ITV’s This Morning, and Mr Elichaoff married in 1999 and divorced in 2009 on grounds of two years’ separation.A bankruptcy petition was presented in March 2009 for non-payment of rent and Mr Elichaoff was officially made bankrupt on July 7 of that year. Nine days later, a court approved their divorce settlement, under which he was to pay £24,000-a-year each to his daughter and wife.For the trustee, barrister James Pickering told Judge Robin Dicker QC that instead of being ordered to pay maintenance in the divorce settlement, Mr Elichaoff should have been awarded a six-figure sum from his former wife.Describing his case as “innovative”, he said: “At the time, the bankrupt was relatively poor and had little or no assets or income.”Miss Woodall, on the other hand, was relatively wealthy and had capital resources approaching £1.5m and a six-figure annual income.”Evidence at the time suggested Miss Woodall was on a £350,000-a-year salary, while Mr Elichaoff earned only £30,000 a year, he added.He said that the issue of whether Mr Elichaoff’s entitlement to support from his ex-wife was “property” that passed on to his trustee at the time of the bankruptcy could now be settled, adding: “It would be wholly bizarre if such a valuable right did not pass to a bankrupt’s trustee.”Mrs Hely Hutchinson argued that the trustee had failed to recognise that Ms Woodall herself was owed £1.4m by her former husband.She also said there had not been an example in 200 years of divorce law in which a trustee in bankruptcy had taken on a deceased spouse’s case. At the inquest into Mr Elichaoff’s death last year, a police officer who had driven him to a mental health unit two weeks before he died said that he had been told by the businessman that he was depressed because he had lost “a lot” of money “through some terrible investments in oil.”Judge Dicker reserved judgment on the case until a later date. Trinny Woodall in April Trinny Woodall in AprilCredit: Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock 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. Trinny Woodall and Jonny Elichaoff after announcing their engagementcenter_img Trinny Woodall is being pursued through the courts for debts of almost £300,000 left behind by her dead ex-husband.The former What Not to Wear presenter is facing a “nightmare” battle after the trustee in Johnny Elichaoff’s bankruptcy has claimed that she should have been paying her husband maintenance after their marriage ended.The couple, who had a daughter together, had agreed a divorce settlement in 2009 which stated Mr Elichaoff should pay the fashion adviser £24,000 a year in maintenance as well as repaying £1.4m that she had lent to him over their ten-year marriage. Trinny Woodall and Jonny Elichaoff after announcing their engagementCredit:Eleanor Bentall However, it later emerged that Mr Elichaoff had been declared bankrupt shortly before the divorce was finalised, prompting a judge to invalidate the original settlement earlier this year.Now creditors owed almost £300,000 by his estate claim that, as the wealthier party, Ms Woodall should have been ordered to make payments to her former partner, and have taken their case to the High Court in a bid to force her to settle his debts.Mr Elichaoff, who became addicted to painkillers after suffering serious injuries in a road traffic accident, took his own life in 2014 having never paid Ms Woodall any of the money agreed in the original settlement.The former drummer, who later managed Tears for Fears, was believed to have been depressed following a series of failed oil investments.The trustee in Mr Elichaoff’s bankruptcy, Ian Robert, now wants to “step into his shoes” to pursue Ms Woodall through the courts to try and force her to pay his £285,000 debts, plus legal bills.last_img read more

Largest known prime number discovered is rare and larger than youd expect

first_imgThe newest largest prime number was recently discovered on the computer of a Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) volunteer, Curtis Cooper. The number, as one would expect from something noted to be the largest of something, is quite large: 257,885,161-1. The fully expressed form has 17,425,170 digits, much larger than the previously discovered largest prime number, which measures in at 12,978,189 digits long. If kept in a plain text file, the new number results in a file size of 22.45MB.GIMPS is a collaborative research project performed over the internet where volunteers download some software and let their computers perform calculations. The current incarnation of the GIMPS network sports around 360,000 CPUs operating at 150 trillion calculations per second. The method GIMPS uses is similar to Folding@home, another collaborative internet research project that is arguably more popular thanks to the help of the software being freely available on the PlayStation 3.The newly discovered number isn’t just a standard prime, but a Mersenne prime, and only the 48th of which ever discovered. Whereas a standard prime number is one that can only be divided by one and itself, a Mersenne prime takes the form of 2P-1, where P is a prime number.Large prime numbers require a lot of computing power to verify, and Mersenne primes are more complicated than a standard prime. So, aside from being just a fun thing to do with numbers, the Mersenne prime can be an effective tool to use when developing encryption.For all of Curtis’ computer’s hard work, he is eligible for a $3,000 prize. To check out the number, head on over here, where you have a choice to download the number in the full, in plain text or in gzip. The digits that bombard you on that page aren’t actually the full number, as 304,705 lines are left out. If you really want to see what your computer is made of, try copy-pasting portions of the number into text boxes. Better yet, see if you can send large portions of the numbers to friends through an instant message client.last_img read more