Military bomb sat in Manitoba basement for more than 25 years RCMP

first_imgWINNIPEG – When Manitoba RCMP put out a call for unwanted firearms and ammunition, they weren’t expecting to come across a decades-old military bomb being stored in a basement.A month-long amnesty program began in June so people could safely get rid of firearms and ammunition.On Monday, officers received a surprising call about a bomb which had been stored in a basement in Portage la Prairie, Man., for more than 25 years.“It’s not something that we see every day that’s for sure,” RCMP spokeswoman Tara Seel said Wednesday.Bomb experts determined it was not operational and it was taken into custody.Seel said they aren’t sure exactly how long — or why — the person kept the bomb.During the amnesty period, a person can dispose of unwanted guns and ammunition, even if they are not legally entitled to own them, without facing a weapons-related charge. There is no amnesty if the weapons have been used in a crime, Seel added.She said the old explosive was certainly an unusual call for RCMP but it shows the importance of the amnesty to get dangerous devices off the streets — and out of basements.“Gun amnesty, the whole point of it is to get rid of unwanted firearms, weapons, ammunition in a safe way that ultimately enhances public safety,” Seel said.Anyone who wants to dispose of a firearm or ammunition is asked to contact the local police detachment’s non-emergency phone line to arrange for a pickup.last_img read more

Energy and materials lead stocks in Toronto higher US markets also surge

first_imgA broad rally in Toronto allowed Canada’s main stock index to close the quarter with a triple-digit gain Thursday as U.S. markets also posted strong results.Strong performances from the four main North American indexes came despite no clear triggers for the gains, said Kash Pashootan, CEO and chief investment officer at First Avenue Investment Counsel Inc.“What’s interesting is there’s no real catalysts to the market going up today, compared to the pessimism and concerns that have led to the enhanced levels of turbulence in the last few weeks.”He said some of the gains could potentially be attributed to the end of quarter practice of dumping underperforming stocks and buying rising stocks to improve portfolio appearances at quarter end ahead of the Easter holiday weekend.“A pessimist may look at this market and say the rise today is rooted in window dressing from portfolio managers given the quarter is ending, given that really the news and the sentiment has not changed in any significant way.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 197.35 points at 15,367.29, led by rebounding energy and materials stocks. The late-week gains still left the index down 0.21 per cent for the week and down 5.2 per cent so far this year.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 254.69 points at 24,103.11. The S&P 500 index ended up 35.87 points at 2,640.87 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 114.22 points at 7,063.45 as technology stocks saw broad gains.The markets can expect continued wide swings as the sources of volatility, including trade war uncertainty and heightened valuations, are still present, said Pashootan.The Canadian dollar closed at 77.56, up 0.05 cents US even as the Canadian economy posted lower-than-expected January GDP numbers.Statistics Canada said the economy contracted 0.1 per cent in January, compared to the 0.1 per cent gains expected according to Thomson Reuters, on unscheduled maintenance shutdowns in the oilpatch and weakness in the real estate sector following mortgage rule changes.The dip didn’t move the loonie lower because it’s already seen downward pressure lately, said Pashootan.“The fact is it’s one report, and so the market is not reacting to the lower GDP number that we saw, partly because the loonie has been under quite a bit of pressure.”“We were starting from a much more realistic point than when the Canadian dollar was over 80 cents, being its 30-year average. And the other part of it too is we’re seeing some strength with oil prices.”The May crude contract closed up 56 cents at US$64.94 per barrel and the May natural gas contract was up three cents at US$2.73 per mmBTU.The June gold contract ended down US$2.70 at US$1,327.30 an ounce and the May copper contract was up two cents at US$3.02 a pound.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly stated S&P 500 closing figure as 2,650.87last_img read more

Egypt UN chief urges peaceful transition after Mubarak resignation

According to media reports, Vice-President Omar Suleiman announced on state television that Mr. Mubarak, who has been in power for 30 years, had resigned on Friday and had handed over power to the military.“I respect what must have been a difficult decision, taken in the wider interests of the Egyptian people,” Mr. Ban told reporters at United Nations Headquarters in New York.“At this historic moment, I reiterate my call, made as recently as last night, for a transparent, orderly and peaceful transition that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Egyptian people and includes free, fair and credible elections leading to the early establishment of civilian rule. “I urge the interim authorities to chart a clear path forward with the participation of all stakeholders,” he added. In a statement issued by his spokesperson last night, Mr. Ban had emphasized that it is for the Egyptian people to determine their future.“The voice of the Egyptian people, particularly the youth, has been heard, and it is for them to determine the future of their country,” he stated today. “I commend the people of Egypt for the peaceful and courageous and orderly manner in which they have exercised their legitimate rights. I call on all parties to continue in the same spirit.” He added that it is vital that human rights and civil liberties are fully respected, and that genuine and inclusive dialogue is assured, and reiterated the UN’s readiness to assist the country. In a related development, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today that amid the continuing political turmoil in Egypt, the agency has been working through key partners to provide financial support and medical help to refugees in Cairo while its staff have been manning telephone hotlines from their homes.UNHCR’s partner on the ground in Egypt, Caritas, is distributing financial help and offering medical support to refugees in Cairo who are particularly vulnerable at this time. There are 107,000 refugees and asylum-seekers in Egypt of which 39,680 are registered with UNHCR. Most refugees come from Sudan, Iraq, Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea. 11 February 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called again for a transparent, orderly and peaceful transition in Egypt after hearing of President Hosni Mubarak’s decision to step down after weeks of anti-government protests, and commended the Egyptian people for making their voices heard. read more

Kosovo UN envoy applauds Pristinas decision to attend Vienna talks

“I, along with the rest of the international community, applaud President Rugova’s decision, which is an act of a truly responsible leader,” said Harri Holkeri, the Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for Kosovo and head of the UN Interim Administration Mission (UNMIK).Mr. Holkeri yesterday reacted to reported reluctance of the provisional institutions of self-government to go to the 14 October meeting with Belgrade officials, by urging Kosovo to attend.Also scheduled to attend are ranking diplomats from the so-called Contact Group – the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and the Russian Federation – as well as NATO Secretary-General Lord Robertson, European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana and Chairman-in-Office Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). read more

The Warriors Are Making The Cavs Beat Themselves

The Cavs aren’t alone: Golden State’s playoff opponents have shot a combined 34 percent on open and wide-open looks from 3. Attempting to keep pace with the Warriors up and down the court seems to take so much out of teams that making the easy ones isn’t so easy.That shouldn’t be a comforting thought for the Cavs, because slowing the pace isn’t exactly a great alternative. Golden State has the best half-court defense in the league; it gave up just 88.3 points per 100 plays in the regular season, according to Synergy Sports Technology, and has given up 88.1 in the postseason, both No. 1 in the league. There are tactics Cleveland could explore, such as forcing Curry to defend pick-and-rolls on every half-court possession, a technique the Cavs got away from in Game 2, but the Warriors are better prepared for that than they have been in the past.It’s possible that a shift back to Cleveland will help the Cavs recover some of their form, but the team actually shot slightly better on the road than at home on its open looks this season, so it’s not like the Cavs turn on the aimbot once they get back to Quicken Loans Arena.Simple as it sounds, the Cavs probably just have to hope their shooters find a second wind, tired legs or not. Coming into the series, Love had been 35-for-69 (51 percent) on open or wide-open 3s in the playoffs; Smith had been 16-for-36 (44 percent). In the Finals, Love is down to 2-for-9 and Smith is 1-for-2. Even Kyle Korver is shooting just 1-for-5 on these looks, though his playoffs have been more uneven than Smith or Love’s. Eleven Cavaliers are shooting 35 percent or better from 3-point range in the playoffs, but James, Love and Kyrie Irving are the only Cavs who’ve made more than one open or wide-open 3 in the Finals.Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said Tuesday that Smith will get the start over Shumpert in Game 3, but it’s unlikely there will be drastic lineup changes. The Cavaliers need to play better, not different. Thompson must find a way to insinuate himself into a game he’s been schemed out of, LeBron must find a way to ration his energy so he has something in reserve late in the game, and the Cavs as a whole must do something about all these missed shots. They have the shooters, and they have the open looks. They just need make them. Two games into the NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers face a set of seemingly unsolvable problems. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant are scoring at will, key role players like J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson have been erased from the series, and the pace of play has been so frenzied that even LeBron James seems to be tiring. Other teams have had similar issues with the Warriors in these playoffs, and none came up with a remedy. But there’s one thing Cleveland can do that may be a start: Hit the open shots.The Cavs are missing the gimmies. They’re generating 14 “open” 3-point shots1Meaning the nearest defender is between 4 and 6 feet away. per game and hitting just 32 percent of them. When they get “wide open” 3s,2Nearest defender more than 6 feet away. they’re even worse, shooting 22 percent on nine attempts per game. Both percentages have fallen off steeply from the Cavs’ playoff numbers on these shots before this series (42 percent and 49 percent, respectively, on a similar number of attempts per game) and from their less spectacular but still very good regular-season figures (37 percent and 42 percent). In a series in which every missed Cavaliers shot seems to bring the end of the season one possession nearer, and in which long rebounds from missed jump shots summon the deadly Golden State fast break into existence, these are shots the Cavs really can’t afford to miss.But it’s not as though these percentages are being pulled out of a random-number generator. The shots may be designated as “open,” but in context against the Warriors, they take on a far different meaning. Other teams aren’t as capable of relentlessly attacking Kevin Love on pick-and-rolls, robbing him of the energy he brings at the beginnings of quarters. Other teams can’t field a scorer like Durant to overwhelm Smith and Iman Shumpert and force LeBron to anchor the defense in addition to the the offense. And other teams can’t chase the Cavs over off-ball flare screens so easily, forcing extra passes instead of in-rhythm shots. Simply put, other teams can’t run the Cavs so ragged, and ragged legs miss jumpers.VIDEO: How the Cavs can push back in Game 3 read more

Prince Harry reveals Meghan Markle will take on Commonwealth role

first_imgThe Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) is intended as an “opportunity for the young people of the Commonwealth to build cross-cultural connections and networks, debate the challenges facing its young people, and agree youth-led initiatives to influence decision makers and ensure young people have a voice in its future”.The 2018 Youth Forum’s theme is “Powering Our Common Future”, with an agenda set by young representatives.The Commonwealth’s 53 member countries have a combined population of more than 2 billion, of which more than 60 per cent are under 30 years of age. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to undertake overseas tours of the Commonwealth Credit:Samir Hussein /WireImage  Prince Harry opened his speech with a tribute to his grandmother, saying: “When I was reflecting on how to make the biggest impact with this new role, I turned to the ultimate source of guidance on all things Commonwealth: the words of The Queen herself. Prince Harry and Theresa May The speeches were delivered on the first day of forums leading up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. Arriving at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre on Monday morning , the Prince was joined by Theresa May, the Prime Minister, to meet 18 youth delegates from the Commonwealth. Prince Harry And Meghan Markle “On the day of her 21st birthday, the then Princess Elizabeth gave an extraordinary radio address from Cape Town. With an eye on the future, and an already unflinching sense of duty, she made a commitment. “She said that whether her life be long or short, it would be dedicated to the service of the people of The Commonwealth. All of us here today can be grateful that it is a long life The Queen is still enjoying. “Her Majesty’s commitment has meant that The Commonwealth is a thriving family of nations, a common link between nearly two and a half billion people, and a defender of democracy, justice, and peace.” Prince Harry told the group their generation had “inspired” him, after seeing their hard work and passion during his travels throughout the Commonwealth, adding his saw his role as to “support them, listen to them and make sure they are heard”. The Prince concluded: “In my new role, I will work to support The Queen, my father The Prince of Wales, and my brother William, all of whom know that young people are the answer to the challenges of today. “I am also incredibly grateful that the woman I am about to marry, Meghan, will be joining me in this work, of which she too is hugely excited to take part in.”Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, later said the Queen could have given no “greater gift” than her grandson to champion the youth of the Commonwealth. Meghan Markle is to join her future husband in his work as youth ambassador to the Commonwealth, Prince Harry has revealed, as he says she is “hugely excited” to help young people’s voices be heard.The Prince, delivering his first speech since being appointed as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, said he was “incredibly grateful” that the “woman I am about to marry” will be joining him in his new job. In a heartfelt speech that included tributes to both his grandmother, the Queen, and his father, the Prince of Wales, Harry told a room of Commonwealth youth representatives that he would strive to “listen” to their concerns and ideas.Adding that he is now planning his first year in the job, he joked: “I know that serving as an ambassador to young people I am going to have to try to keep up with you.”Prince Harry and Ms Markle are now expected to undertake overseas tours of the Commonwealth as well as convening young people to hear their ideas on how to give them a bigger platform. Theresa May and Prince Harry Telling a hall full of young people that they would be the ones to change the world, Prince Harry said: “As I travel around the Commonwealth in my work on behalf of The Royal Family, it is striking to see just how different today’s generation of young adults are.“You are connected. You have made positive use of technology to build relationships within your communities, nations and across the globe.“You care. You want your nations to be cleaner, your planet to be greener, your friends and neighbours to be treated fairly and with respect, no matter their ethnicity, their religion, or their status.“You are optimistic. The complicated challenges we face – climate change, inequality, conflict – they do not discourage you. Rather, they inspire you to persevere and effect change.”center_img Prince Harry is joined by Theresa May at the Commonwealth youth meetingCredit:SIMON DAWSON /Reuters Prince Harry delivering his speech on Monday morningCredit:SIMON DAWSON /REUTERS Prince Harry gave his first speech since being appointed as Commonwealth Youth AmbassadorCredit:SIMON DAWSON /Reuters Prince Harry attending a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Youth Forum in London He also made reference to the Prince of Wales as he pledged to listen to concerns about climate change, explaining: “The young adults I have met across the Commonwealth have shown me time and again that your generation understands something very important: that to tackle a big challenge, you need to focus on the root causes, not the symptoms – something my father has believed for years, yet something society still struggles with.” The role of youth ambassador is considered particularly important because of the Commonwealth’s demographic, with 60 per cent of the population of its 53 member nations being under the age of 30. In a meeting room, they greeted elected Youth Council representatives from Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago, Kenya, Namibia, India, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, and members of the International Youth Taskforce from all five regions of the Commonwealth.Prince Harry asked each of them how long they had been part of the council, whether they enjoyed the role, and what they hoped to get out of the Commonwealth forums this week.“Do you feel like people are listening to your generation?” he asked.After shaking hands, the group moved to a roundtable meeting led by Kishva Ambigapathy, Commonwealth Youth Council chairman, where they spent around half an hour in discussion with delegates. “I wanted to make sure youth and young people are a priority at this meeting.,” Mrs May told them. “You are the future of the Commonwealth and it’s meant that we listen to you, we hear your ideas.“You have already shaped the agenda with the issues you want to be discussed, whether that’s youth unemployment or the environment.” Prince Harry Prince Harry and Theresa May meet delegates at the forumCredit:SIMON DAWSON /REUTERS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Macarthur Coal outlines expansion plans

first_imgSpeaking at the Fifth Annual Australian Resources Conference in June, Ian McAleese, VP Corporate Development of Macarthur Coal (MCC) explained his company’s 73.3% ownership of the Coppabella and Moorvale mines in Queensland with 6.2 Mt of managed production (4.5 Mt/y attributable installed production capacity). McAleese noted the PCI market has been the fastest growing segment of the market since the early 1990s, and MCC is a global leader in low volatile PCI coal. He said demand for PCI coal is quite strong as steel producers increase the use of lower priced coals in the blast furnaces. But, coal production costs around the world continue to increase and high cost producers are under pressure, especially with foreign currencies strengthening against the US dollar.The port allocation at DBCT will increase progressively from the existing 4.4 Mt/y to up to 8.8 Mt over the next few years. MCC intends to fill that capacity with production from existing and/or new projects.The immediate Macarthur production increases focus on the Moorvale open pit edxpansion with its Coal Handling and Preparation Plant (CHPP) throughput capacity to be increased by an additional 1.0 Mt/y of ROM capacity. The expansion is timed for completion by the end of 2007, when extra port capacity at DBCT (Phase 1, MCC share 0.73 Mt) becomes available. Open-pit extensions at the Moorvale mine will provide the first coal for the increased CHPP capacity.Also, the Mining Leases at Olive Downs and Pit F at Moorvale are expected to be granted later this year. Development of the Olive Downs satellite pit will follow later in the mine life as the strip ratio is higher than at the Moorvale mine. Furthermore, recent 3D seismic work at Moorvale has confirmed the potential of developing an underground mine.last_img read more

Conservative MP apologises to Jeremy Corbyn for claims about his links to

first_img Image: PA 10,342 Views 50 Comments CONSERVATIVE MP BEN Bradley has apologised to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for a tweet in which he alleged Corbyn had “sold British secrets to communist spies”.The tweet followed newspaper reports which claimed Borbyn gave information to a spy during the Cold War – claims the Labour leader has rejected as “ridiculous smears”.Today the Labour Party said Bradley, who is Conservative Party vice chair, had apologised “unreservedly” and has agreed to make a substantial donation to charities of Corbyn’s choosing.“I fully accept that my statement was wholly untrue and false. I accept that I caused distress and upset to Jeremy Corbyn by my untrue and false allegations, suggesting he had betrayed his country by collaborating with foreign spies,” the apology said.“I am very sorry for publishing this untrue and false statement and I have no hesitation in offering my unreserved and unconditional apology to Jeremy Corbyn for the distress I have caused him.”A spokesperson for Corbyn said he was pleased Bradley admitted what he said was entirely untrue.“Following the botched smear campaign against Jeremy, this case shows we are not going to let dangerous lies go unchallenged.”Corbyn will be splitting the donation between a homeless charity and a foodbank in Bradley’s constituency of Mansfield.Read: Jeremy Corbyn hits back at The Sun’s ‘commie spy’ claims, calling them ‘a little bit James Bond’> Image: PA Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 6:04 PM Share14 Tweet Email Short URL Feb 24th 2018, 6:04 PM Conservative MP apologises to Jeremy Corbyn for claims about his links to Cold War spies Ben Bradley has agreed to make a substantial donation to charities of Corbyn’s choosing. By Michelle Hennessy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Guardiola admitted that getting rid of Hart was difficult

first_imgPep Guardiola insisted that it was probably the toughest decision of his career to let Joe Hart go after he took over at Manchester City – and decided to replace him afterwards.The Spaniard brought Claudio Bravo to replace the Englishman between the posts but the Chile international wasn’t that successful – however, Ederson, who joined the club before this season, has been doing really well since then and Guardiola can be happy with this decision.The former Bayern Munich or Barcelona coach spoke about this decision as he said, according to Standard:norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“I think it was the toughest decision I ever made as a manager [to let him go]. Because he is an incredible professional when we worked together and there are no doubts about his quality.”“I don’t know what happens in that situation, I think West Ham is going to talk with the club, he is our player and if he is not going to continue here [West Ham] next season I don’t know, now is the first I am hearing that information.”last_img read more

I1098 defeat a boon to business

first_imgCamas is still in the running as a potential headquarters for Fisher Investments, and Hayward, Calif.-based Telemark will follow through on plans to move its headquarters to Battle Ground, following the defeat Tuesday of Washington’s ballot Initiative 1098. The measure, which would have introduced a state income tax on those making more than $200,000 per year to pay for education and health care programs, failed with about 65 percent of voters opposed and 35 percent in favor. But while Clark County businesses are celebrating the election results, educators are concerned that voters’ recent assault on new taxes means the state won’t be able to fulfill its constitutional obligations. Several out-of-state businesses had hinged their plans for Clark County on the outcome of the election. The defeat of I-1098 clears the way for those businesses that had put expansions on hold, including Fisher Investments and Telemark, to commit to relocating here.“We’re very happy with the results, to have it go down with a large majority like that,” said Brent Erickson, executive director of the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce, which campaigned against the measure. “For any economic development organizations and businesses that want to come to Clark County, it makes it easier for them (to move here). They won’t shy away and consider other states.”San Francisco-based Fisher Investments in October oversaw the groundbreaking of its new $30 million office complex in Camas, where it employs 325 workers. The company is also considering moving its entire headquarters to Washington — but it would have nixed that possibility if I-1098 had passed, according to President Ken Fisher. Clark County is now still in the running with income-tax-free states Texas and Florida for the business.last_img read more

Water advisory lifted off Julia Tuttle Venetian causeways

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Officials have lifted the water advisory off Julia Tuttle and Venetian causeways.The Florida Department of Health said Thursday it’s now safe to swim, boat and do other recreational activities between the Julia Tuttle and Venetian causeways after an advisory was previously issued on Monday.Repeated water samples have come back clean after a sewer spill happened in the area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT North Intermediate Announces May Students Of The Month

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The North Intermediate School recently announced its latest Students of the Month.  The students below were recognized for their classroom performances during the month of May. Congratulations to all!Grade 4:Sarah D’Angelo nominated by Ms. TenerAidan Largenton nominated by Ms. DruryAlexandra Erler nominated by Ms. FayJessica Santini nominated by Mrs. WoodLindsay Broussard nominated by Mrs. BarryGrade 5:Ghina Said nominated by Mrs. BurkeIvone Airoso nominated by Mrs. DiVacriGianna Rago nominated by Mrs. PasternakRaina Raposa nominated by Mrs. IasconeSpecialists:Summer Sands nominated by Mrs. FerraraGracie Augustine nominated by Ms. DiLulloEthan Schoenholtz nominated by Ms. DiLulloErin Cornell nominated by Mrs. FerraraCameron Kelley nominated by Ms. McNamaraMay Students Of The MonthLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: North Intermediate Announces May Students Of The MonthIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: North Intermediate Announces April Students Of The MonthIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: North Intermediate Announces March Students Of The MonthIn “Education”last_img read more

First encounter in JK since abrogation of Art 370

first_imgSrinagar: An SPO of Jammu and Kashmir police was killed while another cop was injured in an encounter with terrorists in Baramulla district on Tuesday night. Cops also gunned down a terrorist during the encounter whose identity is yet to be established. The martyred SPO has been identified by the police as Billal. The police said the injured sub-inspector, Amardeep Parihar, has been admitted to a hospital for treatment. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us The gun battle between security forces and armed militants, which had begun on Tuesday evening, had continued into the night. At 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the Jammu and Kashmir police tweeted that the encounter was over. “Encounter is over. One terrorist killed. Identity being ascertained. Arms and ammunition recovered. Our colleague SPO Billal attained martyrdom. SI Amardeep Parihar injured in the incident is being treated at Army Hospital,” stated the police in the tweet. Also Read – BJP launches anti-AAP campaign to save Delhi Advertise With Us Security agencies were involved in heavy exchange of gunfire with the terrorists in the encounter. The firing had begun with the militants at around 5 p.m. in Old Baramullah and the area was cordoned off for the public. This was the first encounter between security forces and terrorists ever since the Union government abrogated special category status to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 by reading down Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. Kashmir valley has been by and large peaceful apart from stray incidents of stone-pelting and protests since August 5. The number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan across the LoC have increased, however, over the past week after a lull in the first fortnight of August.last_img read more

Costa Rican rapper Nativa releases new album

first_img Facebook Comments 5 questions for Costa Rica’s indigenous Jirondai Project Related posts:5 questions for Costa Rican artist Alejandro Villalobos PHOTOS: International Museum Day in Costa Rica Costa Rican artist Elizabeth Argüello designed a Google doodle for Sunday 5 questions for a Costa Rican musician, dancer and modelcenter_img Costa Rican rapper Nativa has released her second album, “Semilla Nativa” (“Native Seed”), which combines rap with Latin American rhythms and activist lyrics.The album is released by the record label Resistencia Subversiva (Subversive Resistance). and includes songs inspired by Nativa’s personal growth. Her lyrics provide social analysis of our times and focus on Latin American identity, politics, the environment and gender, according to a news release from the label. Costa Rican rapper Nativa released her new album Semilla Nativa. Artwork by Colombian muralist Gleo. Courtesy of NativaAccording to a press release, the album’s name is a tribute to the indigenous, afrodescendant and campesino (farmer) communities who are working to preserve their native seeds.“The seeds are nodes of relationships, pathway crossings, synthesis of history, starting points, knowledge that gives life. That’s what this album is about: the gathering of many Latin American artists who believe in the appropriation of our roots,” Nativa said in the statement.Listen to the album here:Nativa is not only a musician, but also a cultural manager and activist. Her album includes 12 tracks that feature six renowned creators of rap instrumentals from Costa Rica, Venezuela and Mexico. She also collaborated with Costa Rican musicians including Funka, Fabián “Choc” Vargas, and Tania Casarrubias, and Proyecto Jirondaí‘s indigenous Cabécar singer Luis Salazar.This musical homage to Costa Rica’s native seeds is now available on different digital platforms such as Spotify, SoundCloud and Resistencia Subversiva’s website. For more information follow Nativa on Facebook.last_img read more

British ship in Cuba to mark battle anniversary

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements HAVANA, Cuba (AP) – A British fleet-support ship has docked in Havana’s harbor as Cuba and the U.K. prepare to mark the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Havana.The gray RFA Fort Rosalie arrived Wednesday morning with more than 100 crewmembers aboard. It tied up at the cruise ship terminal and was greeted by a band playing both countries’ national anthems.British forces laid siege to Havana in June 1762 during the Seven Years’ War. At the time, the city was an important base for Spanish military power in the Western Hemisphere. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Havana remained under British control until the following year, when Spain ceded Florida under a treaty. The Fort Rosalie usually aids British Navy operations. Its visit coincides with British cultural week, which includes cinematic, theatrical and musical events.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

S Korean violinist wants border concert with North Korea

first_img Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Violinist Won Hyung Joon wants to bring North and South Korean musicians together next month to perform on each side of the world’s most heavily armed border. Standing in the way is the rivals’ long, frustrating inability to move past their painful shared history.Won says North Korean diplomats in Berlin have tentatively signed off on a plan for a renowned German conductor to lead a 70-member South Korean orchestra through Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the Korean folk tune “Arirang” while accompanied by a choir of 70 North Koreans just across the border on Aug. 15, the 70th anniversary of the 1945 liberation of a single Korea from Japan’s 35-year colonial rule. Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility In this June 24, 2015 photo, South Korean violinist Won Hyung Joon performs during an interview at his office in Seoul, South Korea. Violinist Won wants to help the bitterly divided Korean Peninsula by bringing North and South Korean musicians together next month to perform on each side of the world’s most heavily armed border. Standing in the way is the rivals’ long, frustrating inability to forget their painful shared history. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationcenter_img Won and some outside analysts believe the concert will likely happen. Pyongyang may see it as a way to improve ties with Seoul, which could then stimulate a flow of aid and investment that the impoverished country needs to help revive its decrepit economy. Better relations with Seoul could also help offset North Korea’s fraying ties with China, its only major ally.German maestro Christoph Poppen, who has agreed to do the conducting on Aug. 15, called music the only “language which you can understand all across barriers.”“It’s simply much stronger than language, and it can overcome also emotional conflicts and problems,” he said.Still, Won, 39, knows that bitterness over the Koreas’ tangled past can easily get in the way. In May, for instance, Pyongyang, on the eve of a planned trip by U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon to a jointly run factory park across the border in North Korea, canceled the invitation.If the North-South concert on the border doesn’t happen, Won plans to gather the South Korean musicians and play someplace else, possibly near a South Korean border check-point or a former frontline U.S. army base.Won, executive director of Seoul-based Lindenbaum Music, said the concert idea was inspired by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a troupe of Israeli and Arab musicians founded in 1999 by Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim and late Palestinian academic Edward Said as a gesture of peaceful coexistence in the Middle East. Won is working this time with Uwe Schmelter, a Korea expert and retired regional director of the Goethe-Institute in East Asia, who has persuaded the North Korean Embassy in Berlin to sign off on the concert. Now it is a matter of winning an endorsement from a higher-level organization in Pyongyang. Schmelter said last week he’s acting as a mediator but declined to provide details about the delicate negotiations.“With a project of this magnitude, there really is no easy or ideal time,” said violinist David Kim, concertmaster at the Philadelphia Orchestra and a member of Won’s team. “Relations between the two Koreas are always complicated and everyone knows that. But music itself is not complicated at all — it touches and softens people’s hearts.”“In order to pull this off, there has to be a visionary, a dreamer … who believes in the cause with all their heart and is unwilling to accept no for an answer. That person is Won.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Wary South Korean officials, however, want a more formal endorsement from Pyongyang before they give their agreement to a concert at the border village of Panmunjom, where an armistice ended the three-year Korean War in 1953. Won and his German partners are pushing for that formal go-ahead from Pyongyang.Dozens of Korean musicians joining their instruments and voices in harmony across the border, Won says, could dramatically illustrate the continuing tragedy of the Korean Peninsula, which, after liberation from Japan, was divided into a pro-U.S South and Soviet-backed North and remains in a technical state of war because a peace treaty formally ending the eventual Korean War has never been settled.“We won’t be able to talk to each other or hug each other. We’ll just stand face to face and commune through music,” Won said. “We want to do something meaningful at a meaningful place on a meaningful day.”First, though, he has to win support from two governments whose reluctance to cooperate, even on the most seemingly mild proposals, is often ingrained.The countries, which enjoyed a period of rapprochement in the 2000s, bar their citizens from exchanging visits, phone calls, letters and email without government permission. Naval skirmishes occasionally happen. And Pyongyang, which faces global condemnation for its nuclear bomb program, has recently responded with fury to the opening of a U.N. office in Seoul meant to monitor what defectors, activists and many countries call an abysmal human rights record. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Arts, sports and other non-political events have sometimes helped smooth relations between rival countries.In 1989, for instance, Soviet exile and renowned cellist Mstislav Rostropovich played Bach suites below the crumbling Berlin Wall before making a return to Russia to perform with Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra the next year.A previous flurry of cultural and sports exchanges between the Koreas largely ended when conservatives took over from previous liberal governments in Seoul in 2008, though there have been sporadic exchanges between Pyongyang and the West. The New York Philharmonic held a concert in Pyongyang in 2008, while a North Korean and a French orchestra performed together in Paris in 2012 under the baton of noted South Korean-born conductor Chung Myung-Whun.In 2011, Won partnered with then Philadelphia Orchestra chief conductor Charles Dutoit to push for a joint youth orchestra performance, also on Aug. 15, but in Pyongyang.Dutoit visited North Korea, conducted the country’s symphony orchestra and earned support from culture officials for the project. But the plan fell apart after Pyongyang wanted to reschedule the concert for October 2011 because of annual summertime military drills between Washington and Seoul that it sees as invasion rehearsals. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

The Undervalued East Meets the Overvalued West

first_imgThe Undervalued East Meets the Overvalued West in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News If you could fold the United States in half, simply looking at the east or west would tell you where the most under- and overvalued residential markets are‒‒if, of course, you’re reading Forbes.The magazine Thursday published its list of the five most undervalued and overvalued markets in America, and the results show that the most undervalued markets are between the Atlantic Ocean and Detroit, while the most overvalued begin in Texas and head toward the Pacific.In overvalued markets, Texas lead the way with a tie for first place between Austin and San Antonio. Both markets suffered the recession only to bounce back with vengeance as the economy started to heal. According to Forbes, both markets are 19 percent overvalued, but that number belies an even greater disparity between gross economic growth and growth in each city’s real estate market.After busting in the recession, the economies of Austin and San Antonio recovered by 18 and 9 percent, respectively. But home price appreciation rose 41 percent in Austin through the end of 2015, and the current median home price in the capital city is $278,000. Meanwhile, San Antonio’s home prices grew 21 percent during the same time, and the median home price there is now $190,400.Phoenix, Las Vegas, and San Francisco rounded out the top five most overvalued markets on Forbes’ list. In each of those cities, overall economic growth in the single digits has met with home price appreciation percentages of 49, 52, and 58, respectively.On the other side of the equation and the other side of the country, New Haven came in as the most undervalued market in America through 2015. According to the magazine, the hometown of Yale University saw its economy and home prices each grow at a flat 2 percent, and the city is considered to be 23 percent undervalued. Also 23 percent below where it should be is Detroit, which still has a glut of inventory and slow economic recovery.Rounding out the top five undervalued markets are Hartford, where homes are 21 percent below fair market value, Providence (17 percent), and Cleveland, where a 9 percent economic improvement has outpaced the city’s 2 percent growth in housing prices. Cleveland is considered to be undervalued by 16 percent.According to Forbes, these markets are no surprise when you look at jobs. Where job growth is booming, like in San Antonio’s tech and health sectors, markets inflate; where jobs are down and inventory is plenty, like in Cleveland, prices remain below where they ought to be. Affordability Forbes Housing Markets 2016-06-10 Scott_Morgancenter_img June 10, 2016 470 Views Sharelast_img read more