ICE Created A Fake University To Trick Indian Immigrant Students And Arrest Them

first_imgThe “university,” which began “admitting” applicants in 2015, involved a total of at least 600 students.On Jan. 30, the sting operation was disclosed to the public, including the arrest of eight Indian recruiters who were charged of faking visas and harboring aliens for profit.Additionally, a total of 146 students were arrested — 145 Indians and one Palestinian.Read it at NextShark Related Itemslast_img

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James Harden still unstoppable, rallies Rockets past Warriors in OT

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Harden shot five free throws in the first quarter Thursday and nine in all.His jumper with 5:37 left in regulation cut Golden State’s lead to 112-111. He also got the Rockets close by knocking down two 3-pointers and assisting on another basket in the final 1:26 of the third as Houston cut its deficit to 98-92 going into the final quarter.Thompson scored 26 points and hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the first half. After struggling to find his stroke from deep, Thompson is 10 for 17 on 3-pointers the past three games.With his first 3 at the 7-minute mark of the opening period, Durant became the 32nd player in NBA history to reach 22,000 points.Falling backward as he released the ball over Harden, Durant swished a 3 with 59.2 seconds left in the first half.The cold-shooting Rockets fell behind 70-53 at halftime. Houston was just 6 of 23 from long range, 3 for 9 by Harden, while the Warriors shot 62.8 percent.TIP-INSRockets: F James Ennis, who had been questionable with a strained right hamstring, returned after missing the previous 10 games. … G Eric Gordon sat out a second straight game with a bruised right knee.Warriors: C Kevon Looney scored in double figures for the ninth time this season. … Durant is one of six active players in the 22,000-point club, joining LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Carmelo Anthony, Vince Carter and Dwyane Wade. … Durant has 12 straight games with 20 or more points. … Golden State dropped to 10-3 when dishing out 30 or more assists.RUN TMC TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As part of the final season at Oracle Arena, the Warriors honored the “Run TMC” era featuring the trio of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin.They were recognized on the big screen during a first-quarter timeout and Hardaway was shown sitting courtside next to Warriors owner Joe Lacob.UP NEXTRockets: At Portland on Saturday.Warriors: At Sacramento on Saturday looking for a fourth straight road win vs. the Kings.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Houston Rockets’ James Harden, right, is defended by Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California — James Harden hit a contested 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in overtime and finished with his second triple-double of the week and fifth straight 40-point game, rallying the Houston Rockets past the Golden State Warriors 135-134 in a thriller between Western Conference powers Thursday night for their sixth straight victory.Kevin Durant’s long 3-pointer missed as the buzzer sounded in what will go down as one of the best games this regular season — a rematch of the seven-game Western Conference finals won by two-time defending champion Golden State.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Stephen Curry put the Warriors ahead with 23.1 seconds remaining in OT on the way to 35 points — a basket that shouldn’t have counted because Durant was clearly out of bounds when he flung the ball back in.Harden, however, had one more improbable, acrobatic moment still in him. He released the ball with at least four hands in his face for the game-winner.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe reigning MVP finished with 44 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds, while Clint Capela contributed 29 points and 21 rebounds for Houston.Harden also hit 3-pointers at the 3:52 and 2:02 marks of OT in a game featuring dazzling displays on both ends by some of the game’s biggest stars. View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES DeMar DeRozan’s triple-double lift Spurs past Raptors in Kawhi Leonard’s return MOST READ Klay Thompson made a go-ahead layup with 40.6 seconds left in the extra period, then Harden tied it at 132 on a pair of free throws with 33.5 seconds left.Durant added 26 points and seven rebounds.Harden also had a triple-double Monday against Memphis of 43 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists but he was disappointed with nine turnovers he thought gave the Grizzlies too many transition opportunities.Including his 50-point game Dec. 13 against the Lakers, Harden has scored at least 30 in 11 straight.Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s simple message about defending Harden, who went to the line 27 times Monday: “Don’t foul him!”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

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Barcelona says Neymar staying, Dani Alves leaving

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Published on There is an immediate impact when a star performer leaves: Footballer Neymar There is an immediate impact when a star performer leaves: Footballer Neymar June 03, 2016 Neymar is set to renew his contract with Barcelona, while Dani Alves is leaving after winning 23 titles in eight years with the Spanish champion.Barcelona director Robert Fernandez on Thursday put an end to speculation about Neymar’s possible departure, saying that the Brazil striker was close to signing a new and lengthy contract.“Neymar will stay,” Fernandez said. “He will reach an agreement with Barca and he will be here for a long time. The club will make it public when the extension is to be made.”There have been rumours about the star striker wanting to leave Spain, especially after recent problems with the country’s tax office.Media reports in Brazil said teams in England were ready to make huge offers for the 24-year-old player after his Barcelona contract ends in 2018.Neymar scored 31 goals in 48 games for Barcelona this season.‘A personal decision’As for Alves, Fernandez said that the player made a “personal decision” to leave and the club would respect it. The Brazil defender was reportedly close to a transfer to Italy’s Juventus, although the deal had not been made official.“Alves is a much loved player and his behaviour on and off the field has been fantastic,” Fernandez said. “But it is his decision and we have to respect that.”The outspoken Alves won 23 titles with the club since moving from Sevilla in 2008, becoming the foreign player with the second-most appearances as a Barcelona player.More changesThe club also said that the 20-year-old forward Sandro was leaving, while goalkeepers Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Claudio Bravo will remain with the club for next season.Fernandez said there were ongoing negotiations about the future of Marc Bartra and Douglas, and the club was also in talks with Villarreal for the return of attacking midfielder Denis Suarez.The director said there had been no negotiations to sign Paris Saint-German defender Marquinhos, and admitted that the club was not able to reach a deal with Celta Vigo for Spain striker Manuel “Nolito” Agudo.Barcelona won its second straight Spanish league title this year, and its sixth in the last eight seasons. The club also won the Copa Del Rey, but failed in its attempt at the treble when it was eliminated by Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. There is an immediate impact when a star performer leaves: Footballer Neymar Dani Alves (file photo)   –  Reuters SHARE Dani Alves (file photo)   –  Reuters football Dani Alves (file photo)   –  Reuters 2/2 × 1/2 COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Maharashtra government may bring in ordinance to end restrictions on dahi handi celebrations

first_imgThe Maharashtra government is likely to follow into the footsteps of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. In the wake of growing demands seeking removal of restrictions on Dahi Handi celebrations, the state government may promulgate an ordinance to make the festivities legal.The tall human pyramids beyond 20 feet, banned by the High court may once again become legal if the Maharashtra government brings in an ordinance to this effect.After meeting the aggrieved dahi handi and ganpati mandals, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday assured the mandals that if needed, the Maharashtra government would bring in an ordinance to permit festivities to take place the same way they have been for years in the past.”We want the restrictions on height and age limit to be removed. The state has assured us that the festivities will go on smoothly”, said Abhishek Surve, convenor of the Dahi Handi Co-ordination Committee.BOMBAY HC RESTRICTED HEIGHT OF HUMAN PYRAMIDS TO 20 FEET  So far, Dahi Handi is the most popular street festival in Mumbai where thousands take to the streets. But citing growing numbers of accidents particularly involving minors, the Bombay High Court restricted the heights of human pyramids to 20 feet. The Maharashtra government had moved the Supreme Court against the order. The apex court too upheld the high court’s decision in 2016, calling it a scary practice to involve minors in the ritual.No wonder then that the political parties are bringing up the matter to score brownie points. We are of the opinion that festivals must be celebrated the way they are. So this government has taken a stand that if needed, we will bring in an ordinance and change laws so that celebrations like Ganeshotsav or dahi handi do not suffer”, said Mumbai BJP President Ashish Shelar, who was part of the meeting.advertisementLast year, parties like the MNS had openly called for defiance of the court’s orders and the festival was celebrated under police surveillance. This year, the Shiv Sena too has taken up the issue. This also goes on to show that apart from the concern for safety of children, it is the political parties tug-of-war over festivities in Maharashtra that is at work.Also read | Dahi Handi: Unhappy, but will abide by SC’s order, says Shiv Sena’s Pratap SarnaikAlso read | Dahi Handi: MNS workers defy Supreme Court, string up matki over 40 feet in Thane  Also read | Maharashtra declares Dahi-handi an adventure sportlast_img read more

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Ashes 2017: Deserved criticism after Perth Test defeat, says Stuart Broad

first_imgThe Ashes series might be a dead rubber now but the spirit of England’s old horses have not dampened coming into the festive season.Under fire veterans Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad rose above the criticism and showed their mettle at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday.Broad bowled with purpose on Day 2 of the Boxing Day Test and returned with figures of 4/51 to help his side bowl out a dominant Australia for 327. The hosts were only able to add 83 runs to their overnight total of 244. Cook followed that up with a strong and resolute innings of his own to shut the doubters, who raised questions about his technique and movement in the crease.The Essex opener, who came into the fourth Test with only 83 runs behind him in the series, strode off at stumps unbeaten on 104, having driven England to a position of strength at 192 for two.  The pair’s revival came too late for England, with the urn already surrendered after the third Test in Perth. But it was a case of better late than never for Joe Root’s rebuilding team, who are desperately counting on the experienced trio of Cook, Broad and James Anderson to avoid the trauma of a second successive whitewash in Australia.The performances would provide the duo much needed time after some critic demanded they be axed midway through the series.Stuart Broad back on form in Melbourne.SCORECARD: https://t.co/ZMP3jBQinI pic.twitter.com/AD2PwqyxCF- England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 27, 2017Former England captain Michael Vaughan was among them and said Broad should have been dropped for Melbourne after he went wicketless for 142 runs in Perth, his worst ever Test figures.Speaking about the criticism and about Vaughn’s comments, he said that he is not aware of anything like that and maybe they deserved such criticism after their performance at the WACA.advertisement”It was only two weeks ago that I was on holiday with (Vaughan), so I don’t know what he’s been saying,” Broad told reporters with a smile.”To be honest I’ve had one of those weeks where you get your tin hat on and duck down and don’t really see much, so I’ve been very unaware about things being written and things being said.”You’ve got to say your opinion, you’ve got to be critical at times and I deserve criticism after the Perth test defeat for sure.”I am not going to hold any grudges or get too disappointed if people slag me off because at the end of the day in 15 years’ time I might be doing the same. Not six months.”Our best day of the series? RECAP: https://t.co/qfmhQR0wVt#Ashes pic.twitter.com/wl4qVSQGfS- England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 27, 2017Former captain Cook was already under the microscope before arriving Down Under, with doubts swirling about his motivation to carry on for the long haul.He struggled through 10 innings without a half-century before his breakthrough on Wednesday, his highest test score in Australia since a knock of 189 in the final match of the 2010-11 series in Sydney.A stroke of luck helped him on his way, with Australia captain Steve Smith dropping him on 66 when he nicked all-rounder Mitchell Marsh to slip.Two days after Cook’s 33rd birthday on Christmas Day, Smith then gift-wrapped the opener’s century by bowling a profligate final over before stumps.Cook smashed him for 11 runs, pulling his 15th four to the fence to bring up his 32nd test ton, leaving his team mates jumping in joy in the dressing room.Cook, who moved past Allan Border to ninth in the all-time test runs list during his innings, raised his bat in an understated celebration.”He’s not someone who gets particularly fazed or down,” Broad said of his team mate’s form slump.”He went through so much stuff with his captaincy I don’t think a bit of stick about scoring runs is going to bother him too much.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Special Bharat team to leave for Unified Football Cup on July 15

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 11 (PTI) A women’s football team including six players with intellectual disability and five mainstream athletes will be representing India at the Special Olympics Unified Cup to be held in Chicago from July 17-20. The five day tournament is being organized to mark the 50th Anniversary of Special Olympics. With regular training camps being held since March, the team is ready to face global competition at the Unified Cup.Speaking at the send-off event for the athletes, five-time World Champion Mary Kom, said, “Special Olympics Unified Sports is a great initiative and it is amazing that the women from our country will be representing our nation at the Unified Cup 2018. Wishing the entire team all the very best fro the game.””This is a glorious year for Special Olympics as it marks 50 years of the global inclusive movement. It gives me immense pleasure to be able to prepare a Unified Football female team to face global competition at this phenomenal platform. manifesting football as a medium of accelerating inclusion,” founder and CEO of SO Bharat, Air Marshal (Retd) Denzil Keelor, said.The tournament will feature 24 teams (16 male and 8 female) including India, Brazil, Canada,United States and Uruguay. The male teams will be playing the 11-a-side competitions, while the Unified female teams will clash in seven-a-side matches. The participation of the Indian contingent is being supported exclusively by Herbalife Nutrition. PTI APA KHS KHSKHSlast_img read more

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20-year-old Rishabh Pant becomes India’s 291st Test player

first_imgRishabh Pant was handed his maiden Test cap on Saturday during India’s third Test versus England at Trent Bridge. Pant replaced an injured Dinesh Karthik in the playing XI for the Test match.Pant, who made the Test squad for the first three Test matches on the back of a fantastic Indian Premier League followed by a decent string of scores in England with India ‘A’, became India’s 291st Test player.He was handed the Test cap by India captain Virat Kohli in Nottingham on Saturday.Pant’s inclusion doesn’t come as a surprise as Karthik, who replaced Wriddhiman Saha in the Afghanistan Test and the England tour thereafter, has been struggling with both bat and with the gloves.Karthik has managed scores of 0, 20, 1, 0 from four innings and has failed to impress behind the stumps as well. Karthik also injured his finger during the second Test at Lord’s and has failed to recover from it yet. Thus, paving the way for the swashbuckling Pant to make his debut in the longest format of the game.Also read: Now or never for Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant can wait: Gautam GambhirPant has only played 23 first-class matches and his international experience is limited to four T20Is. However, he can take comfort in his impressive outing in England with the India ‘A’ team in July this year.In two first-class matches, Pant scored 189 runs at an average of 67 and score two fifties in two innings in the match against England A. The other match was played against West Indies A.Also read – Virat Kohli fires Team India up before 3rd Test: Only option is to winadvertisementPrior to his success in England, Pant smashed 684 runs from 14 matches for the Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018, hitting one century and eight fifties in the process.Primarily considered a limited-overs specialist, Pant’s exploits in red-ball cricket for India ‘A’ earned him praise from pundits. India ‘A’ coach Rahul Dravid also praised Pant for his abilitity to adapt to situations.”Rishabh has shown he could bat differently. He has the temperament and skills to bat differently,” said Dravid.”He is always going to be an attacking player, but reading of the situation when one is playing red-ball cricket is required. We are glad he has been picked in the national team and I hope he takes this maturity and builds thereon.”Soutav Ganguly and Sunil Gavaskar also batted for Pant to be included in the third Test ahead of Karthik.”I think Rishabh Pant has to come into this side as Dinesh Karthik looks woefully out-of-form. I saw him (Karthik) in the nets and he couldn’t put bat to ball. I think a left-hander in the side will help the team and Pant isn’t scarred by India’s losses and he is also capable of changing the course of a game,” Ganguly told the official broadcaster after India’s humiliating defeat at Lord’s.However, Gavaskar said that if not as a keeper, Pant should play as a batsman down the order.”It is an opportunity for sure and for the third Test he might get into the team. In fact, he might get in the team as a batsman down the order rather than as a wicket-keeper,” Sunil Gavaskar said.last_img read more

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Government Invests in Innovative Arts and Culture Centre

first_imgA new culture hub in Halifax will strengthen small business development, drive economic growth in the culture sector and be a place for artists to gather and perform. Today, Dec. 10, the Government of Nova Scotia, Invest Nova Scotia, the Government of Canada and other partners announced funding to establish the Link Arts Centre in the former World Trade and Convention Centre. The Link Performing Arts Society will redevelop the former convention centre into a state-of-the-art performing arts hub for theatre, dance, film, television and music with additional space and programming for cultural entrepreneurs. “Thanks to some great collaborative partnerships, this exciting new project will bring an unprecedented number of creative sector entrepreneurs under a single roof in the heart of Halifax’s downtown core,” said Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “The Link Arts Centre will be transformative for the arts and cultural industries in Nova Scotia and an economic driver for both Halifax and the province.” The province is investing $2.79 million in the project. The Government of Canada is contributing $4.5 million. Armco Capital is also a contributor and is providing more than $2 million. “Cultural spaces like the future Link Arts Centre are outstanding gathering places that allow people from different backgrounds to come together,” said Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism. “Our government is proud to help make the Link Arts Centre a reality, which will make arts and culture accessible to all members of the community.” The Invest Nova Scotia Fund, a provincial fund with an independent board of directors, is also contributing $2.9 million to help establish the new centre and support business incubation for cultural entrepreneurs, including ten new office spaces, hot desks, workshops and business advisory services. “This is exactly the kind of project Invest Nova Scotia was designed to support,” said Colette O’Hara, vice-chair of Invest Nova Scotia. “The Link Arts Centre will grow our cultural sector and help cultural entrepreneurs build strong businesses.” “We wanted this landmark property to remain a destination for the people of Halifax and that would also leave a legacy to the city,” said Sam Armoyan of Armco Capital Inc. “Culture Link’s combination of performance, production and studio space is a great use of the former convention space. With major funding arrangements in place, we’re excited to keep working on design and construction of this unique and important venue for Halifax’s cultural and arts communities”. “The Link Arts Centre will be a multi-disciplinary centre of creativity that will inspire artists and audiences alike. It will cement Halifax as the cultural capital of Atlantic Canada and help nurture the next generation of creative entrepreneurs in our region,” said Rob Power and Marc Almon, founders of Culture Link. “We are excited to get started on final designs and construction of the Link, which will supercharge the downtown entertainment scene and enrich the cultural sector of Nova Scotia.” In 2016, Nova Scotia’s culture sector was valued at $874 million and supported almost 14,000 jobs. The establishment of the Link Arts Centre aligns with Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan: Creativity and Community themes. More information is available at novascotia.ca/culture.last_img read more

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Jawan from Jalpaiguri attains martydom in ceasefire violation along LoC in Kashmir

first_imgDarjeeling: Mechpara Tea Estate in the Jalpaiguri district was shrouded in sorrow with news of the martyrdom of a brave heart.Naik Rajib Thapa attained martyrdom in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. A PIB (Defence Wing,) Government of India, press release stated that the Pakistan Army had resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the line of control in Naoshera Sector, District Rajaouri, Jammu and Kashmir on August 23. In the exchange of fire Naik Rajib Thapa, aged 34 years attained martyrdom. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Indian Army responded strongly and effectively. Heavy damage to the Pakistan Army posts and casualties to Pakistan soldiers have been inflicted claimed the release. “Rajib Thapa was a brave, highly motivated and sincere soldier. The Nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty,” stated the release. Army sources stated that the mortal remains of the brave heart will be flown to Bagdogra Airport near Siliguri and is scheduled to arrive at around 10:30 am on Saturday and then by road to Mechpara, Jalpaiguri. He will be laid to rest amidst full military honours. “It is a very sad day for us. He was the only earning member of the family. He is survived by his wife Khusbu Mangar Thapa, 8-month-old daughter and elderly parents. He was a valiant man,” stated Ajay Kumar Alay, uncle of the deceased.last_img read more

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Veteran supreme court judge named head of Nova Scotias police watchdog agency

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia has appointed retired judge Felix Cacchione as director of the province’s independent police watchdog agency.Cacchione will be heading the Serious Incident Response Team after 32 years on the bench, having recently retired from the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.He replaces interim director John Scott, who was appointed to replace the agency’s first director, Ron MacDonald.The agency started up in 2012.Cacchione’s appointment comes into effect Monday.The Montreal-born former judge studied law at Dalhousie University and has been a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society since 1975.He practised criminal law throughout his career and was appointed a Nova Scotia county court judge in 1986 and a Supreme Court judge in 1993 when the courts merged.last_img read more

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SANDRA OH MAKES HER TRIUMPHANT RETURN WHEN SEASON 2 OF KILLING EVE

first_imgKilling Eve TORONTO – Beginning March 28, Bravo delivers a nationwide freeview packed with highly anticipated new and returning series, including the second season of the critically acclaimed, award-winning drama, KILLING EVE, airing exclusively on Bravo in Canada, day and date with the U.S.. Additionally, the all-new irreverent drama IN THE DARK and the new movie series CHRONICLE MYSTERIES starring Alison Sweeney (DAYS OF OUR LIVES) debut, along with all-new episodes from Season 17 of fierce fashion competition series PROJECT RUNWAY.The Bravo freeview is available through participating television service providers across the country, including but not limited to Bell, Bell Aliant, BellMTS, Cogeco, Eastlink, Rogers, SaskTel, Shaw, Shaw Direct, Telus, Videotron, and participating members of the CCSA. In addition, subscribers and non-subscribers alike can sample select Bravo programming during the freeview period online at Bravo.ca, via the Bravo GO app, and on demand via set-top box with participating TV providers.See below for premiere dates and descriptions for new and returning series available during Bravo’s freeview. All dates are subject to change. Visit Bravo.ca to confirm local broadcast times. IN THE DARK * Series Premiere* (13 episodes x :60)Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET, beginning April 4IN THE DARK follows Murphy (Perry Mattfeld, SHAMELESS), a hard-living, hard-drinking, disaffected twenty-something with a penchant for cigarettes and casual sex – she’s also blind. Murphy lives with her supportive best friend, Jess (Brooke Markham, Dude), and – more reluctantly – her trusty guide dog, Pretzel, whose presence she resents. Her parents own a guide dog school, a venture they opened hoping it would give Murphy a job with some purpose, but so far it’s just another place where she sleeps off her hangovers.Murphy’s life comes crashing down when she stumbles upon what she’s sure is the lifeless body of her closest friend, Tyson (Thamela Mpumlwana, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY), the sweet teenager who she befriended after he saved her from a violent mugging. When the police arrive and there is no body to be found, and with Murphy not exactly sober, they aren’t especially inclined to investigate. Murphy is devastated, and is only held back from spiraling downward even further by her resolve to learn what happened to Tyson. Murphy is determined to find the truth, no matter the risk… even if it means she has to sober up a little.IN THE DARK also stars Rich Sommer (GLOW), Casey Deidrick (DRIVEN), Keston John (BOSCH), Morgan Krantz (YOU’RE THE WORST), Derek Webster (RAY DONOVAN), and Kathleen York (OUTCAST).IN THE DARK is from CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Red Hour Films, with executive producers Corinne Kingsbury, Jon Collier, Ben Stiller, Jackie Cohn, Nicky Weinstock, and Michael Showalter. The series is distributed internationally by CBS Studios International.KILLING EVE Season 2 (8 episodes x :60)Sundays at 8 p.m. ET, beginning April 7Starring Golden Globe® winner Sandra Oh, the first season of KILLING EVE was the most-watched television program in its timeslot for specialty networks among total viewers, making it Bravo’s #1 new series last broadcast year, and a Top 10 series on Canadian Entertainment Specialty channels. Season 1 was voted one of the best shows of 2018 by Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Vanity Fair.Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer (THE WHITE PRINCESS) return as MI6 operative Eve and psychopath assassin Villanelle in this story of two women, bound by a mutual obsession and one brutal act. In the second season, the action picks up just 30 seconds after the end of the final episode of Season 1. Villanelle has disappeared and Eve is left reeling, having no idea if the woman she stabbed is alive or dead. With both of them in deep trouble, Eve has to find Villanelle before someone else does… but unfortunately, she’s not the only person looking for her.Produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd for BBC America, the series is based on the Codename Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings and is executive produced by Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Gina Mingacci and lead writer Emerald Fennell. Sandra Oh and Francesca Gardiner are co-executive producers. Elinor Day serves as series producer. Damon Thomas returns to direct and is also executive producer, with Lisa Brühlmann and Francesca Gregorini also directing.Viewers can catch-up on Season 1 of KILLING EVE online at Bravo.ca, via the Bravo GO app, and on demand via set-top box.PROJECT RUNWAY Season 17New episodes continue to air Thursdays at 10 p.m. ETThe iconic fashion competition continues as new, supersized 90-minute episodes of PROJECT RUNWAY air Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET. This season, as the fashion industry evolves, so does the runway with a new design aesthetic and additions to the judging panel: supermodel and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss joins as host with former PROJECT RUNWAY champion and celebrated CFDA fashion designer Christian Siriano as the mentor. ELLE Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia returns as a judge, along with famed fashion designer Brandon Maxwell, and journalist and former Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth.CHRONICLE MYSTERIES *Movie Series* (3 x 1:20)Movies Premiere Sundays at 9 p.m. ET beginning April 7The CHRONICLE MYSTERIES stars Alison Sweeney as Alex McPherson, a novelist and podcaster who loves the chase of solving any puzzle or mystery. Set to inherit the local paper, The Harrington Chronicle, from her uncle, Alex returns to the small town where she spent her summers growing up.CHRONICLE MYSTERIES: RECOVERED – Sunday, April 7 at 9 p.m. ETAlex returns to the small town where she spent her summers as a girl to record the next episode of her true crime podcast about the cold case of childhood friend, Gina DeSavio, who disappeared 20 years prior. Alex teams up with the Harrington Chronicle’s editor (Benjamin Ayres, SAVING HOPE), who reluctantly agrees to help her retrace Gina’s last steps. When Alex links her inquiries about Gina’s disappearance to a recent murder, she quickly realizes that she might just be the killer’s next target.CHRONICLE MYSTERIES: THE WRONG MAN – Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. ETIn a new edition of her true crime podcast, Alex finds herself investigating the three-year-old murder of a woman whose body was only recently discovered.CHRONICLE MYSTERIES: VINES THAT BIND – Sunday, April 21 at 9 p.m. ETThe latest edition of Alex’s true crime podcast leads her and most of the Harrington Chronicle staff to nearby Macklin, where they investigate the suspicious death of a vintner. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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92,700 Moroccans Obtained Citizenship of an EU Member State in 2014

Brussels – In 2014, 889,100 people obtained citizenship of an EU-28 Member State, including 92.700 Moroccans, the EU’s statistical office Eurostat said on Monday.Viewed in terms of original citizenship, as in previous years, the largest groups were Moroccans (92,700, or 10.4 percent), followed by Albanians (41,000, or 4.6 percent), Turks (37,500, or 4.2 percent), Indians (35,300, or 4.0 percent), Ecuadorians (34,800, or 3.9 percent), Colombians (27,800, or 3.1 percent) and Pakistanis (25,100, or 2.8 percent), Eurostat added.The majority of Moroccans acquired citizenship of Spain (38 percent), Italy (31 percent) or France (20 percent), the source noted. In 2014, 889,100 people obtained citizenship of an EU-28 Member State, a decrease of 9 % compared with 2013, Eurostat said.This was mainly caused by the decreases in absolute terms in the United Kingdom (81,900 fewer persons were granted British citizenship than in 2013), followed by Spain (19,900), Belgium (16,000), Greece (8,600) and Sweden (6,700).By contrast, the largest increases in absolute terms were observed in Italy (29,200 more persons were granted Italian citizenship compared with 2013), followed by France (8,300) and Netherlands (6,800 more).The top five citizenship-granting countries accounted for 76 percent of new citizenships granted in the EU in 2014: Spain (205,900 or 23 percent), followed by Italy (129,900 or 15 percent), the United Kingdom (125,600 or 14 percent), Germany (110,600 or 12 percent) and France (105,600 or 12 percent), according to the same source.With MAP read more

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International Criminal Court charges former DR Congo leader with war crimes

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) today formally charged a former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with multiple counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the Central African Republic (CAR).Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, who was the President and Commander in Chief of the Mouvement de libération du Congo (MLC), is accused of directing his militia to commit murder, torture and rape against civilians as well as to commit outrages upon personal dignity and pillaging in an attempt to suppress support for anti-government rebels during the 2002-2003 bloody power-struggle in the CAR.The ICC alleges that in 2002 the MLC was leased to the then embattled President of the CAR, Ange Felix Patassé, to engage in a systematic and wide-spread assault on the civilian population across the country, including its capital, Bangui. Over the next four days, the Court’s pre-trial chamber will hear evidence on five counts of war crimes and three counts of crimes against humanity committed on the territory of the CAR from 25 October 2002 to 15 March 2003. The Chamber will decide whether there is a legitimate basis for the charges the ICC Prosecutor has brought against Mr. Bemba and whether to commit him to trial within two months of the end of the confirmation hearings which started today.Mr. Bemba was arrested on 24 May 2008 by the Belgian authorities and transferred to the ICC in The Hague, where he has been in custody since July. The ICC is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern – namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The situation in CAR is one of four situations currently under investigation by the ICC Prosecutor. The others are the Darfur region of Sudan, the DRC and Uganda. 12 January 2009Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) today formally charged a former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with multiple counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in the Central African Republic (CAR). read more

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Karu has no regrets standing up to the President

“As the custodian of Parliament, I have watched over the last two weeks as the Executive Branch has seized the rights and usurped the powers of Members of Parliament who were elected to represent the people. The willful disregard demonstrated by the Executive towards Parliament, the engine of Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, leaves the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens at grave risk of similar abuse,” he said.Jayasuriya urged all public servants who have sworn an oath to defend the Constitution to revisit that oath, remember their obligations to the supreme law of the motherland, and safeguard the independence of the public service, police and the judiciary. Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today defended the actions he took after the political crisis erupted in the country, and strongly defended the allegations raised against him.In a statement, Jayasuriya said that the Constitution must be defended and it has been his privilege to stand up to the Executive and defend the rights of Parliament, the supremacy of the Constitution and the sovereignty of the people. He also slammed comments made by Foreign Minister Sarath Amunugama who had accused him of attempting to prevent the President from delivering the Statement of Government Policy when Parliament was set to reconvene on 14th November.He said no member made a request that the Statement of Government Policy be prevented nor would he have entertained such a request. (Colombo Gazette) He said that since the President has prevented Parliament from ruling on the legitimacy of the President’s recent actions, it will be up to the Supreme Court to determine the legality of these actions. “As a former military officer, I have always been prepared to make whatever sacrifice that my country may require of me. It has been my privilege to stand up to the executive and defend the rights of Parliament, the supremacy of our Constitution and the sovereignty of the people. For the record I am prepared to face any consequences for these actions without hesitation,” he said. read more

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Business Highlights

___Trump’s inconsistent messages on China trade heighten risksWASHINGTON (AP) — The communications on China from Trump and his administration since late last week — erratic, inconsistent, sometimes contradictory — are complicating their high-stakes talks with Beijing and elevating the risks to the fragile global economy. The messaging has been confusing not just for Chinese officials as they formulate a response to whatever stance the administration is taking. It’s also a problem for American businesses.___Oklahoma judge rules against drugmaker, orders $572M paymentNORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge has found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state’s opioid crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million to help clean up the problem. Cleveland County Judge Thad Balkman issued the decision Monday in the nation’s first state trial against the companies accused of contributing to the widespread use of the highly addictive painkillers. The company is expected to appeal.___US stocks rally on optimism for a US-China trade war thawNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Monday as investors found reason to be cautiously optimistic again about the potential for progress in the costly trade war between the U.S. and China. The rally got its start early after President Donald Trump said his negotiators had received encouraging calls from China on Sunday, though China’s foreign ministry denied knowledge of any such calls. The gains reversed some of the major stock indexes’ hefty losses from last Friday.___China lets yuan sink, Trump says serious talks to startBEIJING (AP) — China has allowed its yuan to sink while President Donald Trump said the two sides would talk “very seriously” following tit-for-tat tariff hikes. A weaker yuan would help Chinese exporters cope with Trump’s punitive duties in a war over trade and technology. Beijing allowed the yuan to decline to an 11-year low against the dollar after both sides announced new tariff hikes and Trump said he would order American companies to stop doing business with China.___As summit ends, Macron expresses hope for US-China dealBIARRITZ, France (AP) — With clouds growing over growth, French President Emmanuel Macron ended the Group of Seven summit Monday with a sparse declaration committing leaders of half the world’s economy to “open and fair global trade and the stability of the global economy.” The declaration lands amid uncertainty caused by the U.S.-China trade conflict that has slowed trade among nations and held up industrial production and investment.___KFC partners with Beyond MeatLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — It’s finger lickin’ fake chicken. Kentucky Fried Chicken plans to test a plant-based chicken nuggets and boneless wings Tuesday at one of its restaurants in Atlanta. Depending on customer feedback, the chain could expand the test to other markets.___Trump pushes for G-7 summit at his resort; critics pounceMIAMI (AP) — President Donald Trump is touting the features that would make the Doral golf resort the ideal place for the next G-7 summit — close to the airport, plenty of hotel rooms, separate buildings for every delegation. There’s just one detail he left out: He owns the place. Critics have long railed against the perils of Trump earning money off the presidency and hosting foreign leaders at his properties. But they say the Doral proposal is at a whole new level.___US orders for long-lasting goods rises 2.1% in JulyWASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for large manufactured goods rose for the second straight month, but the strength again came from a big increase in the volatile aircraft category. A category that tracks business investment also rose for the second straight month, though last month’s reading was revised down significantly.___Banana industry on alert after disease arrives in ColombiaLA GUAJIRA, Colombia (AP) — The banana industry is on high alert after a dreaded fungus was confirmed in Colombia. The finding is alarming because Latin America is a major exporter of bananas. For years, scientists have said the fungus that has already hit Asian countries would continue spreading and that the industry needs to find a new banana variety that’s resistant to the disease. While many types of bananas are produced around the world, most the ones that are exported are Cavendish varieties.___Kraft Heinz brings back former CFO amid strugglesCHICAGO (AP) — Kraft Heinz Co. is bringing back its former chief financial officer amid accounting problems and falling sales. Paulo Basilio, 44, joined H.J. Heinz as CFO in 2013 and remained in the job after the company’s 2015 merger with Kraft. He most recently served as Kraft Heinz’s chief business development officer. He replaces David Knopf, 31, who will return to Brazilian private equity firm 3G Capital. 3G and investor Warren Buffet engineered the Kraft Heinz merger in 2015.___The S&P 500 rose 31.27 points, or 1.1%, to 2,878.38. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 269.93 points, or 1.1%, to 25,898.83. The Nasdaq, which is heavily weighted with technology stocks, rose 101.97 points, or 1.3%, to 7,853.74. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies picked up 16.52 points, or 1.1%, to 1,476.The Associated Press read more

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Probe closed of police officers connected to deadly shootings in Kosovo UN

The investigations into the shooting incident at Mitrovica Detention Centre, in which three officers were killed and another 11 injured, had centred on four Jordanians from the mission’s Special Police Unit (SPU) for “refraining from providing help,” a spokesman for the police and justice sectors of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) said. One of the officers was additionally investigated for “assistance to commit aggravated murder” and “assistance to commit grievous bodily harm.”The international prosecutor has concluded there were “no reasonable suspicions” that any of the four officers committed any offence, spokesman Neeraj Singh said. The investigation against the four was terminated and the remaining officer in detention has been released – the three others had been released earlier after 15 days. read more

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Creating the Carl Lewis of robots Researchers at Penn give latest project

by Keith Collins, The Associated Press Posted Aug 13, 2013 12:01 pm MDT Creating the Carl Lewis of robots: Researchers at Penn give latest project legs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PHILADELPHIA – A new robot at the University of Pennsylvania has a leg up on its predecessors now that researchers have outfitted it with jumping and climbing abilities — something that could make it particularly useful for such tricky propositions as military search missions or supply transport.The RHex robot project began about 15 years ago when researchers at several universities began asking what it would take for robots to traverse rugged terrain as well as animals do.“You look at any machine that’s been built today, and almost any animal that you can imagine will outperform that machine,” said Penn engineering professor Daniel Koditschek, who’s been involved in the development of RHex (pronounced Rex) since the beginning.Legged robots, unlike wheeled ones, have the animal-like ability to overcome obstacles like stairs and ledges. But until the latest iteration of RHex, developed by Koditschek and fifth-year doctoral student Aaron Johnson, legged robots couldn’t negotiate gaps in terrain any better than robots with wheels.“Quite frankly, what the leg robots were doing was going over terrain that a good wheeled robot could probably handle,” said University of Michigan engineering professor Jessy Grizzle. “What RHex is doing now is something that you couldn’t imagine doing with wheels.”Johnson has developed mechanisms that allow the robot to jump over gaps and holes in terrain that it previously would have fallen into. And where tall ledges would typically block such a robot’s path, RHex can manoeuvr onto platforms more than four times its own height.“Those are the things that are just kind of blowing our minds,” Grizzle said. “It can do multiple types of missions now, and that’s pretty cool.”Koditschek and Johnson designed the latest version of RHex — X-RHex Lite — using lightweight carbon fiber. This allows it to perform its leaping and climbing functions without consuming too much power, so the robot can keep moving after clearing an obstacle.The RHex project was originally funded by the Department of Defence division that’s in charge of developing military technology, and the latest version is funded by the U.S. Army.But according to Roger Brockett, a professor of engineering at Harvard University, there is a wide range of research happening in robotics, and it’s difficult to know which approach will ultimately be the most useful.“This is just one big quest from people all over the place who are trying to see if their particular take on this is going to be effective,” he said. “It’s unlikely that any of us have such a pipeline to God that we know which is going to be important in 10 years.”___Online:University of Pennsylvania robot lab: http://bit.ly/1eEe8U9 read more

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