Government keen to sustain good governance

As part of his keynote address during the Code4Good Sri Lanka forum, the Deputy Minister of State Enterprise Development articulated that another prominent aspect of democratic governance was to ensure that those appointed as legislators acted with responsibility and commitment.“Democracy is a dynamic and continuous process, not something that should be invoked every 4 or 5 years when there is an election. A process of reasoning and responding should happen all the time. Until a couple of years ago, democracy was limited to elections; but that’s changing rapidly”.In conclusion commending the Code4Good Sri Lanka Initiative Deputy Minister of State Enterprise Development Eran Wickramaratne stated that “the overall idea of Code4Good is to bring tech teams together with social causes. Just because somebody has a technical education, it shouldn’t mean they are removed from civic responsibilities. Whatever their field of study, everyone has something to contribute in making society better. I am pleased to see the manifestation of that today”. (Colombo Gazette) Moreover remarking on the fundamental aspects of democratic governance Deputy Minister Eran Wickramaratne noted that the process by which political leaders are appointed should be legitimate and credible. The Government says it is keen to establish and sustain good governance within Sri Lanka.Delivering the keynote address during the Code4Good Sri Lanka forum which was held in Colombo today, Deputy Minister of State Enterprise Development Eran Wickramaratne stressed that in order for governance to be good, it needs to be democratic. Deputy Minister Wickramaratne also opined that the balance of legislators should represent the different and diverse interests of the island nation’s population.“A government can’t just be comprised of those representing the majority of the population. All segments of the population, including the minorities, need to be adequately represented and their views voiced”. “As you know, there are leaders being appointed at every level. I remember the time when the story was that of stuffing election boxes. That phenomenon has largely been eliminated; it’s being done through a more legitimate process. But in my view we still haven’t used ICT in the electoral process. Maybe the time will come we will all be voting from home. Hopefully all Sri Lankans living abroad too can be involved in the democratic process” he said. read more

Judge blocks New Hampshire Medicaid work requirements

CONCORD, N.H. — A federal judge has blocked Medicaid work requirements in New Hampshire, ruling for a third time that the Trump administration hasn’t adequately addressed the potential loss of health coverage.The ruling Monday by U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg in Washington comes four months after he blocked similar work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky.The judge said “we have all seen this movie before” and criticized the federal Health and Human Services Department for acknowledging the potential impact without analyzing it.New Hampshire officials recently delayed implementation of the requirements after finding only a third of the 25,000 people subject to them were in compliance.Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is calling the decision disappointing but not surprising and says he is confident the requirements ultimately will be upheld.Holly Ramer, The Associated Press read more

Transport News Brief – Monday 28 April 2008

Transport News Brief Week 18, Monday 28 April 2008 UK fleet grew 3.7% last year The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has just released its Motorparc census data for 2007. “It’s a real achievement to have it ready earlier than in previous years, without having compromised our data quality standards,” said Martin Taylor, census database manager for the SMMT. The UK total car fleet has grown just 1% over 2006, down from a peak of 3% annual growth ten years ago. In contrast the nation’s van and light truck fleet grew 3.7% last year and by 34% over the last decade. The SMMT’s Automotive Data Services team is already busy producing tailored reports for existing customers and dealing with enquiries from new customers. “We can slice the data in virtually any way you want it, says Taylor.” SMMT member firms get a 25% discount on data deals. More from Martin Taylor on + 44 (0)2 073 441 613 or parcweb@smmt.co.uk Vive la difference First time CV Show exhibitor E.M.Rogers Trucks & Trailers says being different really worked for the firm at the event. “Every other stand was selling something, so it’s hard to stand out,” said John Rogers, managing director. “But as soon as people realised we wanted to buy and we weren’t selling anything, we grabbed their attention.” The firm was there to buy all makes of used trucks, of any age, for its export markets. “We made some great contacts and hope that everyone we met at the Show remembers us when they’ve trucks to sell. We’ll quote for everything.” More from John Rogers on +44 (0)1 604 593 440 or rts@emrogers.co.uk Partners in Reducing Crime Maple Fleet Services says it had a good reaction to the integrated trailer security solution it was selling with GE VeriWise at the CV Show . “This delivers a complete ‘end-to-end’ security system for trailers,” said Jonathan Richards, group marketing manager. “Operators can track and trace their trailers and can remotely control when, where and who can open the trailer doors.” Richards says the firm leads world with its IQ range of truck & trailer access control locking solutions and “the GE VeriWise partnership is testimony to this.” The firm says some of the CV Show leads it is following up were from very big operators and may prove particularly significant. More from Jonathan Richards on +44 (0)8 706 062 753 or jonathan.richards@maplefleetservices.co.uk CitySprint ups the security stakes CitySprint, which says it is the UK’s largest privately owned same-day Courier network, has introduced a secure data courier service. It says its SecureData Courier service offers reliable, secure transport for valuable and sensitive data in the UK. The new service uses a single courier for each delivery and a specialist support team to help with bookings and ensure the job is done to the customer’s requirements. Packages are delivered to the addressee only, rather than a firm’s receptionist or office and the entire process can be tracked on-line in real time. Customers get a time-stamped PDF detailing the entire journey and a copy of the recipient’s signature within minutes of the successful delivery. More from Sarah Roberts on +44 (0)1 737 821 890 or sarah@vanepercy.com Waste tyre deal Sapphire Energy Recovery has won a waste tyre collection contract from Cooper Tire and Rubber Company Europe Ltd at Melksham, Wiltshire. The deal will cut waste handling mileage as Sapphire takes most of the waste tyres to the nearby Lafarge Cement’s Westbury Works in Melksham, where they are burnt in a cement kiln. More from Kirsten Parrish on +44 (0)1 295 670 160 or kirsten@kdpr.co.uk Go out in style Wiltshire-based Vintage Lorry Funerals uses a 1950 Leyland Beaver flatbed for funerals throughout the UK. “We bring some colour to a dark day,” says David Hall. “We carry the coffin surrounded by flowers and in a tiered display or we can build a theme to depict the type of lorry the deceased loved or the type of loads that he carried.” Hall says his truck attracted a lot of interest when it visited the recent CV Show as part of the historic vehicle display there. “A lot of people said they hadn’t realised that anyone offered a service like ours and clearly like the idea.” Since the show he’s had a lot more traffic to his website www.vintagelorryfunerals.co. More from David Hall on +44 (0)1 225 865 346 or hall3@which.net Kelly to publish megatruck report at last Answering a parliamentary question last week, Ruth Kelly, transport minister said she aimed to publish the long awaited report into megatrucks, or in snappy, governmentspeak, Extra Long Heavy Vehicles “in a matter of months” and “before the summer recess”. Her aim is to give the House of Commons the opportunity to form its own views on the subject. But she said she “would need a huge amount of persuasion” that megatrucks are the answer to traffic congestion.” It seems unlikely that 25m long, 60 or 80 tonne trucks will make it onto UK roads any time soon. More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Smoking pays Premier Diagnostics has just delivered the first 25 of a near 100 strong smoke meter order to Poland. The Polish government will equip its border police with smoke meters with which to check trucks and other vehicles as they enter the country. “We expect more and more countries to adopt similar measures to help control emissions from visiting vehicles,” says Mavis Connell, managing director. The Banbury-based firm is acknowledged as one of the leaders in the design, development and production of gas and smoke meters. More from Mavis Connell on +44(0)1 295 271 985 or mlc@premierdiagnostics.ltd.uk Orders and leads at CV Show Leading trailer maker Schmitz Cargobull says it had a highly successful CV Show, with significant new orders taken throughout the three day event. It even sold the curtainsider and refrigerated trailers that featured on its stand and got lots of interest in the its Euroliner and Curtainsider trailers, reefers and tippers. “The CV Show was a great opportunity to highlight the products and services that have helped to make the Schmitz Cargobull Group the biggest manufacturer and supplier of semi-trailers in Europe,” said Andrew Morley, UK sales and marketing director. “We took high quality leads that we expect to convert into significant new business in the months ahead.” More from Lloyd Arkil on +44 923 777 897 or lloyd@am-pr.net Successful CV Show debut for BP BP marked its debut at the CV Show by offsetting the travel emissions of each visitor to its stand during the three-day event. The firm calculated each visitor’s CO2 emissions from their journeys to the NEC and then offset them, using its not-for-profit carbon offsetting scheme, targetneutralâ„¢. “We were delighted with the success of our CV Show debut, which proved an ideal platform to highlight the strength of the BP network, as well as the development and enhancement of the BP PLUS fuel cards,” said Kathleen Callender, business to business marketing manager for BP UK Fuels Marketing. More from Jo Dain on +44 (0)2 077 583 900 or jod@launchgroup.co.uk Krone success One of Europe’s leading trailer manufacturers, Krone, believes that the recent CV Show in Birmingham was its best yet, with more quality leads gained than in any other year. “We had a lot of enquiries over the three days of the show, with a number of potential customers who were already quite well informed about our products,” said Jason Chipchase, UK sales manager for the firm. “Many people we spoke to who were also aware of the growing importance of purchasing European Type Approved trailers and we’re confident that a good number of these leads will turn into orders.” More from Niky Keane on +44 (0)1 326 560 403 or niky@m1marketing.co.uk ‘Fantastic’ CV Show gives TEK Seating it’s best ever year “The CV Show just goes from strength to strength – this year was one very busy, one very successful show,”‘ said Paul Fleming, MD at TEK Seating after yet another excellent CV show. The firm says it is the UK’s largest independent OEM and aftermarket vehicle seating company. “Last year I said it couldn’t get any better, but it did. It was fantastic; we didn’t stop for three days solid. We took a record-breaking amount of enquiries that should keep the sales guys busy for some time. Attendance was good, our stand position was perfect and the quality of visitor was as high as ever. We had large OEMs, engineering directors, fleet managers and end users visiting our stand. We were particularly excited by a big potential new client who is a big UK vehicle maker.” More from Paul Fleming on +44 (0)1 892 515 028 or sales@tekseating.co.uk New metal brings twice as many leads to Peugeot Van maker Peugeot said it “did really well” at the recent CV Show. Chris Cheetham, marketing manager for the firm says it was a “Great show, with twice as many leads as last year, due to our great new great new products. We want to sign up for ’09.” More from Chris Cheetham on +44 (0)2 476 884 169 or chris.cheetham@peugeot.com AutoAlert delighted at CV show results Huge interest despite competitors and great support from customers was the message from this year’s CV Show for vehicle tracking specialists AutoAlert. “We had another fantastic year at the show with strong support from our partners and customers,” said Richard Harris, managing director. “We were delighted at the massive interest, particularly given the increased number of competitors who exhibited this year. We offer users so much more than a basic ‘tracking’ device yet the system remains very simple and easy to use. This is something many people at the show mentioned along with its excellent value for money.” More from Richard Harris on +44 (0)2 073 947 457 or richard@autoalert.me.uk Jost’s bigger, better and stronger CV Show Fifth wheel, landing legs and coupling manufacturer Jost says it had a record number of enquiries at this year’s CV Show. The firm says this validated its decision to strengthen it sales and marketing activity. “With more visitors coming on to our stand than ever before, this response very much reflects the organic growth being enjoyed by Jost in the UK,” said Mike Johnson, sales and marketing director “To continue the development of our business and capitalise on our broader product portfolio we are now in the process of expanding our sales team.” The firm recently acquired specialist trailer steering systems maker Tridec. More from Mike Johnson on +44 (0)1 617 630 200 or mjohnson@jostgb.co.uk Eclipse shines at CV Show 2008 Diagnostic equipment specialist Eclipse Automotive Technology is already planning its return to the CV Show at the NEC next year after three days of business set the company on target for record sales in 2008. “Last year we left with a list of high quality contacts that generated a steady stream of business for our Eclipse Test Pad throughout the year,” said Richard Parkin, director. “This year we increased the stand size and extended the product range with a new Test Pod for passenger cars. We could have sold the equipment on display several times over and have a follow-up list that means we will definitely be looking for new distributors.” More from Steve McQueen on +44 (0)1 335 300 292 or steve@smqmedia.co.uk Successful CV Show for Penny Hydraulics “This was our most successful show ever for visitors and leads,” says Richard Short, sales director at Penny Hydraulics. The firm launched new 500kg and 1,200kg capacity vehicle mounted Swing Lift cranes at the NEC. Both feature powered hydraulic slew with full hydraulic boom raise, lower and extension and Short believes they are the first of their type with this performance on the market. Penny also announced a deal with Nissan Commercial Vehicles that allows customers to specify load-handling equipment when buying vehicles through local Nissan LCV dealerships. More from Richard Short on +44(0)1246 811475 or sales@pennyhydraulics.com Best ever Show for Avia The 2008 CV Show was the best ever for Avia Trucks, the firm says. “Interest in our truck range is at its highest,” said John Armitage, sales manager. “And there is particularly strong interest in the urban artic versions. We showed those with the factory-fitted sleeper cab and Hendrickson rear air suspension.” Based on the Avia D120-185 chassis, the model gives up to 22 tonnes GCW. “Operators are looking for more efficient ways to work in restricted and congested city centres and that is exactly what we offer.” Armitage also says he can deliver from stock or with very short lead times, to customer’s specification, all with a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty. More from John Armitage on +44 (0)1 642 806 008 or johnarmitage@aviatrucks.co.uk Schmitz Cargobull and Wincanton work for Transaid Holly Porter, group marketing director of Wincanton plc, presented Chris Saunders, chief executive of the logistics industry’s charity, Transaid, with a cheque for £3,000 at the recent CV Show. The donation came after Schmitz delivered a new, Harelaw-built trailer to Wincanton. The cheque is part of the rental value of the trailer, which Wincanton will run for 12 months on routes across mainland Europe to help promote Transaid and its charitable work throughout Africa. “Schmitz Cargobull is delighted to work with our friends from Wincanton for the benefit of Transaid,” said Tom Macallan, UK managing director of Schmitz Cargobull. More from Lloyd Arkil on +44 923 777 897 or lloyd@am-pr.net Hino dealer wins bank’s Dubai trip Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank just announced that Graham Paterson, at Hino truck dealer WTC has won a trip for four-night trip for four to Dubai following a prize draw held on the bank’s stand at the CV Show. This follows training days held between the bank and Hino dealers around the UK to introduce Alliance & Leicester’s Hino Procare contract hire deal. More from Andrew Homer on +44 (0)1 162 003 401 or andrew.homer@alliance-leicester.co.uk Ring lights the way A new range of LED vehicle lamps from lighting specialist Ring Automotive attracted keen interest on the firm’s stand at the CV Show. “It was a busy and productive show, said Nick Cameron,” Ring’s technical and marketing director. “As well as enquiries about our new LED range, many visitors wanted to know more about our TruckMaster bulbs.” New products included two powerful LED work-lamps and LED five-function trailer lamps, combining brake, indicator, reversing, backlight and number-plate light in one unit. “All are designed to cut maintenance time and costs,” says Cameron. More from Sara Lamper on +44 (0)1 423 701 147 or sara@saralamper.co.uk Great result for Manitou A record level of enquiries made the recent CV Show the best ever for rough terrain forklift truck maker Manitou. “It was a great result,” said the firm’s Paul Bidwell. “We’ll be back again next year.” The firm, which says it is the world leader in rough terrain mechanical handling kit, came away from the CV Show with a valuable range of leads. More from Paul Bidwell on +44 (0)1 202 825 331 or p.bidwell@manitou.co.uk Fantastic Show “It was a fantastic show and our first time but we’ll now do it every year,” said David Davis, sales and technical manager for Pershore-based Pick-Up Tops. The firm, which says it is the largest independent importer of pickup tops. Davis says the firm used the CV Show for the highly successful launch of its Ambassador ll model, complete with side-opening doors to fit the Mitsubishi L200. More from David Davis on +44 (0)1 386 555 787 or info@pickuptops.co.uk Best ever CV Show for Everquip Everquip Inspection Pits, at the CV show for its ninth straight year say the recent show was the best ever show. “Not only were there more visitors to our stand this year but the number of sales leads we generated was the highest ever,” said John Branton, business development manager for the firm. We confirmed a number of orders at the show as well as making appointments for site visits throughout the UK and Ireland.” The show also saw the very successful launch of the Pitsafe Cover system and generated ‘significant’ interest in Everquip’s entire range of pit accessories. More from John Branton on +44 (0)1 430 449 480 or john.rs.branton@everquip.co.uk LDV wins first AVP sport van order LDV says it won an order for 30 Maxus for conversion to AVP Sport Vans as the vehicle made its debut at the recent CV Show. The new motorhome is collaboration between LDV Group and Prestige Motor Homes, a specialist motorhome maker and dealer, based in Droitwich. Blurent, a European motorhome rental specialist will take 10 left hand drive model while its sister company Prestige will take 20 right hand drive models. More from Steve Miller on +44(0)1 213 223 089 or smiller@ldv.com And finally New Scientist’s Feedback column reports that when Judy Castelino took a flight in a nine-seater plane from Invercargill to Stewart Island in New Zealand, she was relieved to read the notice stating: “The minimum flight crew is one pilot.” More from www.newscientist.com Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

The MayweatherMcGregor Fight As Told Through Emojis

1😂25.2%– 4👏3.3– I’m crying😭 #MayweatherVsMcGregor— Macaela Marin (@MacaelaMarin) August 27, 2017 We were monitoring Twitter on fight night, pulling tweets that contained fight-related hashtags — those that included #MayweatherVsMcgregor, for example. In the end, we collected about 200,000 fight-related tweets, of which more than 12,000 contained emojis. (To be clear, that’s a small enough sample that this emojinalysis might not make it through peer review.)1We used the Twitter Streaming API which provides a sample of all the tweets that matched our search terms: #MayMac, #MayweatherMcGregor, #MayweatherVMcGregor, #MayweatherVsMcGregor, #McGregor and #Mayweather. Of the 197,989 tweets we collected between 12:05 a.m. and 1:15 a.m. EDT, 12,118 had emojis.There were the likely frontrunners for most-used emoji: the 🥊, the 👊, the 💪. But the emoji of the fight was far and away the 😂. (“Face with tears of joy.”)2That’s certainly appropriate for this spectacle, but it should be noted that 😂 is also the most tweeted emoji generally.Here’s how the night unfolded, emoji-wise. (All of the charts below show them on a four-minute rolling average.) 2🥊5.6– They laughed. They cried. And they laughed some more. And they cried some more. 10💰1.8– It ended just over 37 minutes after it began. Five seconds later, Mayweather leapt up on the corner ropes, victorious — 50-0. Some observers declared it a satisfying spectacle. Others, McGregor chief among them, were frustrated with the finish. The emoji users on Twitter appeared to think the fight was, for the most part, 🔥 — especially as it heated up toward the end. While the result may never have been in question, this was a welcome outcome for many who viewed Mayweather’s last megafight against Manny Pacquiao as an epic 😴😴😴😴. The biggest punchlineHow the megafight played out on Twitter For one thing, the fight was a sharply partisan affair. The majority of people in the arena appeared to be McGregor fans — he hails from Dublin and an Irish flag, worn cape-style, almost seemed like the evening’s dress code. But other fans were members of TMT — The Money Team — and loyal to “Money” Mayweather. Twitter’s loyalties came and went as the match progressed, with enthusiasm from either camp seemingly matching each fighter’s success. 8🔥2.3– 9😭2.1– 5🤣2.5– 6💪2.5– By the sixth round, it seemed like only a matter of time until the old pro dismantled the newcomer. By the ninth it was clear Mayweather was going for the knockout. It came soon thereafter. Mayweather unleashed a vicious flurry of punches in the 10th and the ref stepped in, declaring Mayweather the victor and saving McGregor, who was somehow still on his feet, from further damage. 3👊3.4– 7🇮🇪2.4– EMOJIPERCENT To the surprise of many (of the neutral and pro-Mayweather viewers, anyway) McGregor won the first round. The next couple were washes, and a quarter of the way into the scheduled 12 rounds … the Irish underdog may have been winning! The Irish flags and shamrocks followed on Twitter. Things slowly (perhaps even 😴ly) turned around as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in history took control of the man making his pro debut — an outcome which was predicted by precisely everyone. Out came the emoji money bags. The most-used emoji in over 240,000 tweets collected during the Mayweather-McGregor fight broadcast, from 12:05 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. EDT on Aug. 27.Source: Twitter Streaming API For the nearly 15,000 people in Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night, and the millions more huddled around TVs across the world, the Floyd Mayweather–Conor McGregor fight was a roller coaster of emotions. They were anxious as pay-per-view technical problems pushed back the fight’s start. They were full of anticipation when the combatants finally emerged after months of hype. They were surprised when McGregor held his own, or seemed to hold his own, for a couple of rounds. They were thrilled when Mayweather finally started fighting. And they were exhausted by the end.How do we know all this? Emojis. read more

Woman arrested over Jeremy Vine cycle rant footage

first_imgJeremy Vine starts his new role on Crimewatch in September Jeremy Vine starts his new role on Crimewatch in SeptemberCredit: Lorenzo Agius/BBC The woman was arrested on September 2 after police assessed the footage.Scotland Yard said: “The 22-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of common assault and a public order offence. She has been bailed to return to police on a date in early September.”The clip shows the driver of a black Vauxhall getting out and shouting at Vine after he had stopped in the middle of the road. She said: “Why the f*** would you stop in front of a car? You don’t respect your f****** life. Move your bike, move your bike.”The presenter claimed that she began kicking the bike off camera and, later at a set of traffic lights, she was filmed again getting out of the car and saying: “If you take a picture of my car again I’m going to knock you out because that’s my personal belongings. Don’t f****** take a picture.”Off camera, Vine claimed that, as he pulled alongside the car, she then made her hand into the shape of a gun and mimed firing it at him.But the woman denied this in an interview with The Sun and claimed she had been provoked.Giving her name only as Shayna, she said: “He made me look impatient but he was riding on the pavement and came out on to the road in front of me, with no hand signals.”The road had parking on either side. He was dangerous. He pulled out in front of me, making me have to make an emergency stop.”Then he had the arrogance and cheek to block me in the middle of the road. That’s what set me off.” A 22-year-old woman has been arrested after broadcaster Jeremy Vine posted footage online of a confrontation with a driver on his cycle home.The clip, which has been viewed more than 500,000 times via the 51-year-old’s Facebook page, showed a row in a street in Kensington, west London, on August 26.Vine, who has a regular slot on Radio 2 as well as presenting TV shows including Crimewatch, Panorama and Eggheads, commutes by bike from his home in Chiswick to BBC offices near Oxford Circus, and wears a helmet camera for the journey. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

BBC bias row as viewers criticise Newsnight for labelling John Bercows antiTrump

first_imgImpartiality is supposed to be the cornerstone of the BBC’s news coverage, but viewers took to social media after the programme to describe the segment as “bare faced bias”.However another viewer described the choice of music as “perfectly fitting”. Mr Bercow’s comments have drawn criticism from government sources, who say he has breached the convention of the Speaker’s political neutrality. He told MPs: “We value our relationship with the United States. However, as far as this place is concerned I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons. The BBC has raised eyebrows for its “lack of impartiality” in describing John Bercow’s bid to stop Donald Trump speaking in Parliament as “magisterial”.Current affairs programme Newsnight also set the Speaker of the Commons’ comments, in which he accused the US president of racisim and sexism, to the soundtrack of the patriotic hymn Jerusalem.Ending Monday evening’s show with a clip of Mr Bercow’s speech, presenter Naga Munchetty said: “He was asked about the prospect of Donald Trump addressing Parliament during his upcoming state visit. The Speaker’s response was typically magisterial.” Earlier in the programme, Republican Congressman Joe Wilson described Mr Bercow’s stance as “disappointing”.”If ever in recent years there’s been a more pro-British President of the United States, it’s Donald Trump,” he said. “I consider it too a slap to the Republican Party. It was the leaders of our party that actually placed the bust of Winston Churchill in the US Capitol Building and we urge all persons to come visit our Capitol Building.”They will be welcomed, but they will be particularly welcome to know that there is a bust of Winston Churchill in the US Capitol Building showing our great affection for the people of the United Kingdom.” Absolutely disgraceful lack of impartiality from BBC on the close of #Newsnight. Describing Bercow as “magisterial” . . . bare faced bias.— Paul B (@deeph2o1300) February 6, 2017 “Before the imposition of the migrant ban, I would myself have been strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall.“After the imposition of the migrant ban by President Trump I am even more strongly opposed to an address by President Trump in Westminster Hall.” #Newsnight “Magisterial”. BBC has now officially turned into the Guardian. Usually you make some effort to hide your bias.— equalityscoutUK (@equalityscoutUK) February 6, 2017 Why are @BBCNewsnight playing Jerusalem alongside Berkcow making his stupid anti-Trump speech – a shameful abuse of his position! #Newsnight— iamnewts (@iamnewts) February 6, 2017 GOP congressman @RepJoeWilson says John Bercow refusal to allow Trump to speak to parliament was “a slap at the Republican Party” #Newsnight— Ian Katz (@iankatz1000) February 6, 2017 Wtf #Newsnight playing Bercow’s Trump outburst with “Jerusalem” – not even trying to be impartial!— Charlie (@charliejoseph24) February 6, 2017 @BBCNewsnight Ah, England’s green and pleasant land playing you out tonight. Hello from Scotland, not England. #Newsnight— Donald Kerr (@DonaldIainKerr) February 6, 2017 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. Yes #Newsnight! Playing Jerusalem over #JohnBercow’s speech is perfectly fitting. Britain resists!— Russell Benson (@russellbenson) February 6, 2017 Mr Trump returned the Churchill bust to the Oval Office after his inauguration.But his invitation to make a state visit to the UK has prompted consternation in some quarters.Over 1.8 million people have signed a petition calling for the US president’s state visit to be cancelled, because of the risk it would “embarrass” the Queen. Parliament will debate the petition on 20 February.A BBC spokesman said: “Most viewers know that Newsnight playouts are frequently a wry take on a story of the day.”Alas not everyone gets every joke but we doubt Mr Bercow took setting his words to the hymn Jerusalem as an endorsement.” oh for cryin’ out loud ~ do we really need the strains of Jerusalem drowning the little fellow out? #newsnight— Steve Fx ©2017 (@bitgit) February 6, 2017last_img read more

Teaching assistant confined to wheelchair after being kicked in the back by

Mrs Shaw claimed Dr Stead (pictured) failed to spot the telltale signs of her condition “On this occasion, his standard of care fell below that to be properly expected of a reasonable GP.”Earlier, the court heard that Mrs Shaw was working at Humberston Church of England Primary School when the accident occurred. The freak accident had caused a back injury, leading to nerve damage which has Mrs Shaw seriously disabled A teaching assistant was left confined to a wheelchair after being kicked in the back by a five-year-old pupil, the High Court heard as she successfully sued her GP for failing to spot her injuries.Kerry Shaw, 40, was crouched down in the classroom at Humberston Church of England Primary School in Grimsby, Lincs, when she was booted from behind by the youngster.The mother-of-six told the High Court she was left in severe pain immediately following the incident and became so weak afterwards that she felt “like Bambi”.The freak accident had caused a back injury, leading to nerve damage which has left her seriously disabled.She is in constant pain and now needs a wheelchair to get around. “She was squatting down on the floor at the school to pick something up when she was kicked in the back by a five-year-old pupil,” said barrister, Grahame Aldous QC.”As a result of the blow, she was in considerable pain for the rest of the day.”On the next day, 24 May 2013, she was still in pain, but went to work.”She was, however, unable to cope and undertake her duties.”After leaving work, Mrs Shaw was given painkillers by a doctor, but went to see Dr Stead at Grimsby’s Princess of Wales Hospital the next day when her condition deteriorated.However, she was not referred for further investigation and it was two days after that that a third GP realised the gravity of her situation.She had suffered a prolapsed disc in her spine, which compressed and damaged the nerves at the bottom of her back.She was transferred to A&E and, after an MRI scan, was sent to the neurosurgical unit at Hull Royal Infirmary for emergency surgery to decompress her nerves. Mrs Shaw claimed Dr Stead (pictured) failed to spot the telltale signs of her conditionCredit:Champion News “I find that I can accept her account that she felt unsteady on her feet, like Bambi, when she left to see Dr Stead,” she said.”Weighing everything in the balance, I find as a fact that she was experiencing some weakness in her legs at the time of the consultation.”Dr Stead genuinely believed he would not have missed the symptoms, said the judge.But they were there, and he missed them, meaning he had breached the duty he owed to her.Although Mrs Shaw has won this battle, the court heard that Dr Stead’s lawyers still dispute whether he is actually liable to pay her compensation.A further hearing will take place to decide how much of her disability, if any, could have been avoided if she had been treated sooner.No date was set for the next hearing.Lawyers said the exact value of her claim had not yet been calculated, but the severity of her injuries means that a substantial payout is inevitable should she win on a full liability basis. However, she had already suffered permanent damage.In her damages claim, Mrs Shaw claimed Dr Stead failed to spot the telltale signs of her condition, known as cauda equina syndrome.Those include severe or progressive weakness in the lower legs.From the witness box, she told the court that, when she left her home with husband Paul to go to see Dr Stead, she had struggled to walk at all.”I felt like Bambi when I was trying to walk, like I couldn’t properly coordinate my legs,” she said.And when she arrived, she had to be wheeled into the room to see the doctor, she claimed.”If he had asked me, I would have said I had shooting pains in both legs and pins-and-needles,” she added.Denying negligence, Dr Stead said he did not remember seeing Mrs Shaw, but insisted he would have referred her for scans if it was necessary.The “red flag warning signs” of her condition must not have been there at the time, because he would have referred her if they were, he said.But the judge ruled in Mrs Shaw’s favour, saying that Dr Stead had breached the duty of care he owed her because “immediate referral to hospital was required”. Mrs Shaw sued out-of-hours GP, Dr Andrew Stead, claiming he was negligent in not referring her for further tests when he saw her two days after the accident.And now a High Court judge has found that the doctor missed the “red flag” symptoms of her condition, meaning she could be in line for substantial compensation.”She did have red flag symptoms at the time of the consultation. Necessarily that means that he missed them,” said Mrs Justice Yip.”The red flags were there to be found, but were unfortunately missed. The freak accident had caused a back injury, leading to nerve damage which has Mrs Shaw seriously disabledCredit:Champion News 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. read more

Over 100000 HP visitors opened 1000000 pages in first part of 2012

We are proud to announce that Handball-Planet.com has significant rise of visits in the first half of 2012. Handball-Planet.com has 100.640 unique visitors since January 2012, which is 39% more than in the same period od 2011 (72.747). Over 100.000 visitors made 226.054 visits, 45% more than in six months of 2011 (155.140). Finally, for the last six months, almost a million pages was open – 932.001. In comparation with 2011 (340.410), that number rise almost three times!TOP 10 HANDBALL-PLANET.COM COUNTRIES (JANUARY – JUNE 2012, number of visits):1. Hungary 33.1412. Poland 31….3. Macedonia 21…4. Denmark 12….5. Spain 12….6. Serbia 11…7. Germany 11…8. Croatia 9…9. Romania 7….10. Slovenia 6… handball fansHandball-Planet.com fans ← Previous Story Women’s Junior WCh begins in Czech Republic! Next Story → Ivano Balic is now free as a Bird read more

New app lets you verify your taxi driver

first_imgA NEW APP has been launched that enables taxi customers to verify who their driver is.Public and Commuter Transport Minister, Alan Kelly, launched the new Taxi Driver Check Smartphone app, which was devised by the National Transport Authority.Free appThe free smartphone app means that passenger can check the licence details of both the vehicle and the driver, and to see an ID photo of the authorised driver.They can then forward these details (minus the photo) to a friend, which Kelly said will “reassure taxi customers that they are travelling safely, and that there is a record of their trip”. All details can be checked by a customer before they get in the vehicle.Minister Kelly said: He said that he promised a safety and security measure so the public would feel safer when travelling in taxis as part of the Department’s recent Taxi Regulation Review, and this app will address those concerns.Using the appTo use the app, once it is downloaded to their phone the consumer just has to launch it, and then input one of the following: Ordinary vehicle registration numberVehicle licence number – displayed on roof-sign and on door signsDriver licence number (displayed on the ID card on the dashboard of the vehicle); orScan the QR code on the vehicle which is located on a disc on both the front and rear windscreens.On first use, consumers will be asked to register their own contact details, to enable sending a quick message to a friend from a cab, and to assist in following up any subsequent reports they may submit.Approximately 70 per cent of taxi vehicles are registered with the database and members of the public are being asked to help make this 100 per cent.“The fact is that people will begin walking away from taxis which return a “No details available” screen on the app so I would call on drivers to ensure they are on the database,” said the Minister.The NTA is imposing a fixed charge fine of €40 on drivers who have not registered. Consumers can press the “report” button option on any “no details available” screen they get on the app.The app is free to download from Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play Store.The app joins Hailo and TaxiFair, two other taxi-related apps. Hailo enables customers to book taxis, while TaxiFair shows customers how much they should be charged for a trip and the route the taxi should have taken.Read: App for taxi customers monitors route and average fare> We are using technology to give consumers more confidence in the taxi sector and make the public feel safer when travelling in a taxi. For drivers it will promote greater professionalism and accountability and the data is already public record but being made accessible to the public in an easy way.last_img read more

Hey Dummy Dont Bite a Smartphone Battery

first_img I may not know much about the inner workings of electronics. But I know not to take a bite out of a smartphone battery.Last week, while reportedly shopping for a replacement iPhone battery in China, a man chomped down on the gadget, causing a small-but-startling explosion.Perhaps he wanted to test the battery’s quality … like a pirate would test the quality of gold?Video of the incident was captured on the store’s security camera and posted online last week, garnering millions of views since Saturday.Keep an eye on the left side of the screen (screenshot via Miaopai video)As you can see in the short clip, the man stands over a counter, holding the battery to his mouth. And while the biting action is not overt, it’s not hard to see what happens next.No sooner has the customer sunk his teeth into the power unit then it detonates in his face, scattering shocked onlookers, none of whom seem too concerned about the fireball.According to Taiwan News, the blast miraculously left the madman and his presumed female companion (in the white coat and grey purse) unscathed. (Though I can only hope his ego was burned.)The Internet was quick to respond, calling the guy out for gnawing on a lithium-ion battery like a steamed bun. But, as Taiwan News pointed out, Chinese electronics stores are notorious for selling fake goods. So, while the unidentified man was rightfully skeptical, this was a pretty dumb move.And kabloom! (screenshot via Miaopai video)“In his defense, Apple’s logo does have a bite out of it,” one Redditor theorized, as reported by Taiwan News. “Had this been a real battery it would have performed flawlessly.”Cupertino recently landed in hot water when the company admitted it deliberately slows older iPhones to prevent damage.To “address customer concerns,” the tech giant has reduced the price of out-of-warranty iPhone 6 and higher battery replacements and promised an iOS software update “that gives users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery.” Study: Teen Tech Time Not to Blame For Poor Mental HealthRugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits Kickstarter Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Governor flags off mobile dental unit in Vijayawada

first_imgVijayawada: Governor Biswabhushan Harichandan flagged off a mobile dental care unit, an initiative by Child Welfare Committee of Vijayawada in association with Dr Sreedhar Reddy, chairman of Dr Sridhar Oral Health Foundation at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday. The Governor appreciated the efforts of BVS Kumar, chairman of Child Welfare Committee and Dr Sreedhar Reddy for their initiative to offer dental care to orphan and semi-orphan children staying at various Child Care institutions in Vijayawada and other places in the district. Also Read – 10 injured as school bus falls off bridge in Nellore district Advertise With Us BVS Kumar, chairman of Child Welfare Committee, explained to the Governor how they rescue orphan children and child labour and rehabilitate them by providing them shelter at 92 child care institutions located in various places Krishna district. He said that the dental care programme for orphan children will go on for three months covering all the child care institutions in the district offering necessary examination and treatment and providing clips costing around Rs 2,000 wherever required. Mukesh Kumar Meena, Secretary to Governor, Arjuna Rao, Joint Secretary to Governor and other officials of Raj Bhavan were also present on the occasion.last_img read more

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Cloak and Dagger Investigate Their Own Pasts Through Others

first_imgOuch. #CloakAndDagger__________@olivia_holt pic.twitter.com/g6cbt0MACG— Cloak & Dagger (@CloakAndDagger) July 6, 2018The plot may not move forward all that much, but we got a couple touching character stories. Tyrone decides to try another tactic in his investigation. His reading of the drug runner’s fears doesn’t prove too useful, aside from scaring the dude away. It does give us a nice little horror scene in the middle of all the intrigue, though. We don’t know what that ghostly white figure is, and I guess we’ll have to wait and see if we ever find out. It is a nice little summer scare, though. It’s scary enough to make the drug runner drop his backpack, which Tyrone uses to join up with Duane. It’s an educational drive where Duane tries to paint a sympathetic picture of his business. He’s just doing whatever he needs to do to survive.Tyrone understands that but only to the point where he finds out that Duane also saw his brother get shot. That means he knows Connors is responsible, and he still chooses to work with him. Tyrone is an understanding dude, but that’s a few steps too far. He confronts Duane about working with the cop that killed his best friend, but Duane argues he had no choice. The show doesn’t really get to unpack this though. As interesting as really hashing out this argument could have been, that’s not the story this show’s telling. Before they can get into it, they’re interrupted by the sudden arrival of Connors.(Freeform/Skip Bolen) EMMA LAHANA, J.D. EVERMORESee, our titular superheroes aren’t the only ones investigating either. Detective O’Reilly is digging into the coke ring she uncovered when she picked up that club girl last week. Her hookup buddy is getting worried about her, though. He warns her that her investigation is attracting attention from some dangerous people in the department. That discussion adds a nice sense of danger to her scenes this episode. When Connors takes a sudden interest in her investigation, it’s concerning. The scene starts to feel dangerous when he offers to ride along with her to investigate a lead.After a shakedown of Duane’s drug runners that’s all for show, Connors leads her right to Duane’s warehouse. Only he goes in first and tells Duane to kill O’Reilly right as she walks in the door… all while Tyrone hides behind a wall, hearing the whole thing. He tries to warn her, but she doesn’t pick up her phone. Fortunately for her, she’s got quick reaction times. Unfortunately for Tyrone, that means he has to see yet another young black man, someone he used to look up to, gunned down by the police. O’Reilly must know she’s onto something now. The question is will Tyrone be able to trust her after reliving the worst moment of his childhood? Every show has a setup episode. An hour of television whose main purpose is to set things up for the next one. To get all the characters and storylines where they need to be for some event. This isn’t the first time Cloak and Dagger has had one of these, but it’s the most its felt like it’s only purpose was to put pieces in place for something else. It’s a necessity in serialized storytelling, but there’s a way to do them well. And Cloak and Dagger found it. In getting us ready for what’s to come, it focused on its biggest strength: Its characters.Tyrone and Tandy are still going about their own independent investigations, but they have similar methods. Tandy poses as an intern to Mina Hess, and talks her way into working alongside her. Tyrone tries to find work in his brother’s friend Duane’s warehouse. The one, you’ll remember, is secretly trafficking drugs throughout the city for Detective Connors. Unlike Tandy, he doesn’t get hired. He tries to follow one of the suspicious characters wandering the shop, but he’s not so stealthy when he’s not using his teleportation powers. The drug runner notices he’s being followed, and Tyrone ends up with a gun in his face.(Freeform/Skip Bolen) AUBREY JOSEPH, DALLON J. HOLLANDFortunately, the episode doesn’t waste too much time getting them back together. After his brief scare, Tyrone heads to the abandoned church to think things over. Tandy arrives shortly afterward to change into her rubber wading gear. Even for this one brief scene, the two indulge in some fun banter. They get each other up to speed on their respective marks, and Tandy gives Tyrone some good advice. He has superpowers, why not use them? Use the drug runner’s nightmares against him to get some leverage. What he should do with that leverage, we won’t find out until later.Tandy’s investigation isn’t turning out to be as easy as she hoped. Mina Hess is incredibly nice, but suspiciously cagey when it comes to her past or her exact dealings with Roxxon. To be fair, Tandy’s questioning is a little bit on the blunt side. She couldn’t be any more obvious in fishing for information if she had a pole and lure. Still, it’s a little strange that every time Tandy asks about Mina’s father, the oil rig explosion or her exact job with Roxxon, she changes the subject immediately. It’s only when they’re out of earshot, and when she confirms Tandy signed an NDA, that she tells part of the truth. Roxxon isn’t drilling for oil. There’s another element under the city that burns a lot hotter.(Freeform/Skip Bolen) OLIVIA HOLTAs much as Tandy insists Mina’s her mark and not her friend, it’s fun to watch the two women get to know each other. Sure, it’s based on a lie, but there’s a genuine admiration and respect forming here. Especially when, after a Roxxon employee named Stan calls Mina a bitch for pointing out a costly and potentially dangerous mistake, Tandy uses her dagger to slash his tires. What’s the good of having superpowers if you don’t use them for petty revenge? The more Tandy talks to her, the more she starts to like her. It sounds like Mina really is trying to do some good. She’s just working under the wrong people. She also sees right through Tandy. She knows too much about how to read schematics. Her questions get too specific and personal. Mina figures out exactly who Tandy is, and calls her out as soon as they’re alone.Fortunately, Mina actually is the good person she appeared to be. Once she realizes who Tandy is and what she wants, she’s sympathetic and obliging. She takes Tandy to see her father. He’s catatonic, unresponsive, and humming the same melody over and over. Tandy uses her power to look into his hopes. All she sees is a yellow metal door. When she tries to open it, a shadow that looks a lot like Tyrone’s power repels her. She’s going to need Tyrone’s help to see what’s inside. All this was to set things up for next week’s episode. But hey, for a set-up episode, it’s a very well-constructed one. Cloak and Dagger’s First Season Sails AwayCloak and Dagger Takes the Heroes to Their Lowest Point Stay on target I would also have liked more than a single scene and an ending cliffhanger of Tandy and Tyrone together. We’re six episodes in, and Cloak and Dagger are still operating solo. Even though we know how good they are together. On the bright side, it looks like that’s all changing next week. Tandy needs Tyrone to see what’s locked away inside Mina’s dad’s mind. The entire point of this episode was to get us there. It’s an exciting premise, and this show has already proven it has the cast and directing it needs to capitalize on it.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. A run for his life. #CloakAndDagger__________@aubreyomari pic.twitter.com/nnBd83jUQW— Cloak & Dagger (@CloakAndDagger) July 6, 2018Tyrone’s story this week is heartbreaking. Because even though Duane was working for the cop who killed his best friend, he did have a point. Justice wasn’t an option for him. He took the only path life gave him. And Tyrone is not OK after witnessing Duane’s death. He’s clearly traumatized, even more so by having the same cop that shot is brother now firing shots at him. He teleports out of the way of the bullets, and eventually ends up back at the church. Even Tandy, wrapped up in her own world as she often is, immediately spots that something’s wrong. Tyrone is silent and unmoving. When she tries to touch him, the same mix of light and shadow that blocked her from the door in Mina’s dad’s mind pushes her back. That’s a nice little tease for next week to leave us on.There was only one element of last night’s episode that really didn’t work: The framing device. Every segment is introduced by a conversation between Evita and her aunt. After her rendezvous with Tyrone, her aunt can sense his energy on her. So we spend the entire episode watching one long, slow voodoo reading. All to tell us that there’s some kind of threat approaching the town, and just as before, two linked people are the only hope of stopping it. Wasn’t there some way to show us this, rather than just telling us? It’s nice to know that the story has grander designs than Tandy and Tyrone correcting the systems that led to their childhood trauma, but this sequence doesn’t really tell us anything. It lets us know that Evita will pry deeper into what Tyrone’s been up to, but we figured that anyway. “The world keeps on pushing us together.””The world keeps on pulling us apart.” #CloakAndDagger__________@olivia_holt & @aubreyomari pic.twitter.com/4jcCbQWk6b— Cloak & Dagger (@CloakAndDagger) July 6, 2018last_img read more

ARod Documented Losing 6 12 Pounds In Two Days to Make Weight

first_imgAlex Rodriguez doesn’t have to get into shape for the grueling baseball season anymore, but he still needs to stay in shape for the grueling gala season as the arm candy to always amazing looking Jennifer Lopez.A-Rod recently found himself in an extreme weight cutting situation before last week’s high fashion Super Bowl Met Gala – where people intentionally dress like human acid trips – needing to drop 6 1/2 pounds in two days so he could fit into his pink tuxedo. He went on a strict diet and worked out an insane amount, even taking to the streets wearing a sweat-inducing batting practice pullover to help the process, and documented the whole thing for Versace.Needless to say, A-Rod was miserable after two days of not eating, but ended up squeezing into the pink tux, which, in this scenario, is oddly the win. The moral of this story is: Keep J-Lo happy. She’s J-lo. If she says starve yourself to fit into a pink tux, the only question you ask is, “When do we start?”last_img read more

The Latest Wearable Tech Buzz Its For the Bees

first_imgJanuary 27, 2014 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Wearable tech is the next big thing, with everything from smart rings to fitness monitors built into clothing creating buzz. Scientists in Australia, however, already have a jump on the trend. The tiny sensors they’ve created are hovering around flower gardens all over the state of Tasmania, attached to honeybees.Measuring just 2.5mm square, the sensors work much like the E-Z Pass toll-road mechanisms used around the U.S. An RFID sensor on each bee tracks when it passes a particular checkpoint and that data is then passed to a central location and will be compiled with data from other bees. The scientists will then be able to build a model of where, when and how the bees move about their environment.Why all the concern about the movements of bees? Dr. Paulo de Souza, a scientist at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and leader of the project, explained in a press release. “Using this technology, we aim to understand the bee’s relationship with its environment. This should help us understand optimal productivity conditions as well as further our knowledge of the cause of colony collapse.”Colony Collapse Disorder is a poorly-understood phenomenon that has been causing the destruction of bee colonies around the world, raising concern among scientists and farmers alike as bees serve an incredibly important role in the pollination of crops.“Bees are social insects,” said Dr. de Souza, “that return to the same point and operate on a very predictable schedule… we’ll be able to recognize very quickly when their activity shows variation and identify the cause.”One might wonder how a scientist would go about attaching anything to a tiny, buzzing insect. The answer might surprise you. The bees are actually refrigerated for a short time, which puts them in a state of rest, essentially sending them into hibernation long enough for the sensors to be affixed to their backs with adhesive.Dr. de Souza assured anyone potentially concerned for the bees’ safety that neither the process nor the sensor itself is harmful, and neither affects how the bees fly or act in their day-to-day activities.Now imagine if someday we could affix super-tiny GoPro cameras to bees. That would be one frenetic video clip.What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at FarOutTech@entrepreneur.com or by telling us in the comments below. 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Filipino devotees reenact crucifixion of Christ

first_imgSAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines (AP) – Devotees in villages in the northern Philippines took part in a bloody annual ritual to mark Good Friday, a celebration that mixes Roman Catholic devotion and Filipino folk beliefs and sees some reenact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.The crucified devotees spent several minutes nailed to crosses in Pampanga province while thousands of tourists watched and took photos of the spectacle, which the church discourages. Earlier in the day, hooded male penitents trudged through the province’s villages under the blazing sun while flagellating their bleeding backs with makeshift whips. Others carried wooden crosses to dramatize Christ’s sacrifice. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Devotees undergo the hardships in the belief that such extreme sacrifices are a way to atone for their sins, attain miracle cures for illnesses or give thanks to God.Alex Laranang, a 58-year-old vendor who was the first to be nailed to a cross Friday, said he was doing it “for good luck and for my family to be healthy.”It was the 27th crucifixion for sign painter Ruben Enaje, 52, one of the most popular penitents from San Pedro Cutud village. He began his yearly rite after surviving a fall from a building.Enaje screamed in pain as men dressed as Roman soldiers hammered stainless steel nails into his palms and feet. A wireless microphone carried his voice to loudspeakers for everyone watching to hear.His cross was raised and he was hanged there for several minutes under the searing afternoon sun before the nails were pulled out and he was taken on a stretcher to a first aid station.“It’s intriguing and fascinating what makes people do something like this, how you can believe so much that you make yourself suffer to that extent,” said Dita Tittesass, a tourist from Denmark.Remigio de la Cruz, the chief of San Pedro Cutud village, explained that the practice began in his village in the 1950s. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Archbishop Jose Palma, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, told the church-run Radio Veritas that the practice is “not the desire of Jesus Christ.”“We are aware that this has been practiced long before … but we still hope that this will not be done any more,” he said. “We should all concentrate on prayers.”_____Associated Press writer Oliver Teves contributed to this from Manila.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Sep 15, 2018 10:07 am PDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A protestor with Rise and Resist holds up a sign while President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon speaks during an ideas festival sponsored by The Economist, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in New York. Bannon said he’s surprised the #MeToo movement hasn’t had more impact on corporate America. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Steve Bannon: Time’s Up is most powerful political movementcenter_img WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist says he’s surprised the #MeToo movement hasn’t had more impact on corporate America.Steve Bannon says he thinks Time’s Up is “the single most powerful potential political movement in the world.”Bannon spoke Saturday in New York during an ideas festival sponsored by The Economist. His comments came the same week Les Moonves (MOON’-vehz) stepped down as head of CBS Corp. and the network fired “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager. Both men deny sexual misconduct allegations against them.Asked about Time’s Up, Bannon said: “I’m quite shocked that the #MeToo movement hasn’t cut through corporate America with a bigger scythe, because I think there’s a lot of potential there.”Time’s Up is a movement against sexual harassment that Hollywood celebrities created last year.last_img read more

Man in hot water over false beating statement

first_imgA 48-year-old could be in hot water after he had falsely claimed he was beaten by Turkish Cypriots at the village of Agridia in Limassol some 10 days ago.Limassol police spokesman Ioannis Soteriadis told the Cyprus Mail that the man has given a new statement with a different version of the August 21 events.“He was not beaten, and has already given a new statement with a different version of events,” the spokesman said. “It is now up to the attorney-general to decide how the case will proceed based on the new information given by the 48-year-old.”The spokesman said: “there is a possibility that the 48-year-old will be charged for giving a false statement.”Based on his initial account, police detained three Turkish Cypriots and a Romanian man who have been released.The 48-year-old had claimed that he had been beaten after he spotted four men in a car with Turkish Cypriot number plates driving past his orchard and confronted them on suspicion of potential theft.He said it was followed by an altercation during which the men wrested a crowbar he was holding and beat him with it.Despite his claims, medical tests, including a CT scan, found that he had no serious internal or external injuries.The suspects also denied his claims, saying they did not even get into a fight with the man.They told police they were working on a construction site in the area and they had driven by the area and had also waved but there was no fight. Their account was verified by police.In his new statement, the 48-year-old insists that he was beaten by four men, just not the ones the police arrested.According to the new version of events, police said, the 48-year-old saw a group of four men descending a mountain slope on foot as he was driving in his car at a 10-minute distance from his orchard on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 21.He said that he found their presence suspicious since there had been thefts in the past from his and other people’s orchards.He asked the four men to stop and asked them what they were doing in that area and if they are thieves, but he received no answer.He then chased them with a crowbar, which caused the four men to flee, but, according to the 48-year-old’s account, after running a distance of 100 meters, they turned around and ran towards him.When he approached them, one of the men took him by the shirt and another took the crowbar from his hands, hitting him once on the head. He managed to get hold of the crowbar again, but it was once more taken out of his hands after which he received another blow to the nose.In his statement, the 48-year-old said that in addition to this incident, he had also reported the car with Turkish Cypriot number plates on suspicion of possible theft, since cabbage and beans had recently been stolen from his orchard, while the area had also recently seen fires started by arsonists. You May LikeNewRetirementThe Number 1 Reason Banks Don’t Recommend Reverse MortgagesNewRetirementUndoMoneyBuddy17 Jobs Robots Will Take From Us SoonMoneyBuddyUndoSimpliSafeWhat Not to do if a Burglar is Inside Your HomeSimpliSafeUndo Data is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoRussian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more