Hyderabad to host PBL 2 opening ceremony, final in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 27 (PTI) Hyderabad will host the opening ceremony of the Premier Badminton League season 2 on January 1, 2017 while the final is scheduled to be held here on Janauary 14, the organisers announced today. The event features six teams vying for a prize purse of Rs 6 crore and will see Hyderabad Hunters and Chennai Smashers kickoff the season at the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad. The tie is being billed as the clash of titans with Olympic champion Carolina Marin (Hyderabad) and Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu going against each other on the opening day. After two days of action in Hyderabad, National Sports Club of India, Mumbai and BBD Uttar Pradesh Badminton Academy will host the second and third leg respectively. Koramangala Indoor Stadium will host the Bangalore leg as well as be the home stadium of Chennai Smashers. Chennai has not been included in the schedule this year due to unavoidable circumstances. “We were very keen to extend PBL to Chennai this year, as it is one of the key markets for badminton in India. But unfortunately we have not been able to do it this year and we hope that from next year, Chennai and Tamil Nadu will become one of the key stops for PBL in the calendar,” Atul Pande, the Managing Director of SportzLive said. The most coveted Badminton League in the country, PBL will then come to the capital for the last league match before hosting the semifinals (January 12 and 13) and the grand finale of January 14. “We are excited to bring the PBL season 2 which is bigger, better and more exciting than the previous edition. With the kind of line-up that we have for this years edition, it has indeed given a rise to the popularity of the league even before it started. And it has been overwhelming to see the kind of response we have received so far in terms of ticket sales and we are expecting a full house at every venue,” Prasad Mangipudi, director of SportzLive said. Detailed schedule: Jan 1: (Hyderabad)?Hyderabad Hunters v/s Chennai Smashers (Hyderabad)?Bengaluru Blasters v/s Delhi Acers Jan 2: (Hyderabad)?Awadhe Warriors v/s Hyderabad Hunters Jan 3: (Mumbai)?Bengaluru Blasters v/s Chennai Smashers (Mumbai)?Delhi Acers v/s Mumbai Rockets Jan 4: (Mumbai)?Hyderabad Hunters v/s Mumbai Rockets Jan 5: (Lucknow)?Awadhe Warriors v/s Delhi Acers Jan 6: (Lucknow)?Awadhe Warriors v/s Mumbai Rockets Jan 7: (Bangalore)?Bengaluru Blasters v/s Hyderabad Hunters Jan 8: (Bangalore)?Delhi Acers v/s Chennai Smashers Jan 8: (Bangalore)?Bengaluru Blasters v/s Mumbai Rockets Jan 9: (Bangalore)?Awadhe Warriors v/s Bengaluru Blasters Jan 10: (Bangalore)?Mumbai Rockets v/s Chennai Smashers Jan 11: (Bangalore)?Awadhe Warriors v/s Chennai Smashers Jan 12: (Delhi)?Delhi Acers v/s Hyderabad Hunters Jan 13: (Delhi)?Semifinal 1 (Delhi)?Semifinal 2 Jan 14: (Delhi)?Final. PTI SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

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R Ashwin experimented too much but now he is a complete bowler: Sachin Tendulkar to India Today

first_imgWhile off-spin bowling has struggled with the threat of chucking, Ravichandran Ashwin has rocketed himself to the top of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test bowling rankings on the back of seven man-of-the-series performances.Apart from skipper Virat Kohli, nobody has been more important to India’s Test success on home soil than the 30-year-old Ashwin.Many off-spinners have come under the radar for chucking and have received lengthy bans. However, Ashwin has managed to fox the batsmen without ever needing to bend the rules. Ashwin, who bowls with half-sleeves, is a rarity at a time when many slow bowlers look to hide the extent of their elbow bend under the cover of full sleeves.(Watch Video Here)Ashwin, who debuted in 2011, has transformed himself as India’s leading off-spinner. (Bangladesh wary of R Ashwin, Jadeja ahead of one-off Test)Former India captain Sachin Tendulkar, in an exclusive conversation with India Today, said Ashwin has changed completely as a bowler in the last two years to become a matured off-spinner.”In the last two years, Ashwin has changed completely as a bowler. He has become a complete bowler, who has control over the situation and how he wants to approach a spell is completely different,” Tendulkar told India Today during the launch of Boria Majumdar’s Fanattic Sports Museum, India’s first multi-sports museum which opened in Kolkata recently.”Earlier, I thought he was experimenting too much but now he is a matured off-spinner. We need to see how he goes abroad and wins matches for India and I am sure the way he has been performing, he will be able to do so,” Tendulkar added. (Kevin Pietersen’s warning to Australia: Can’t play spin? Don’t go to India)advertisementAshwin’s success with the bat – he has four Test centuries and eight fifties – has given Kohli the luxury of playing five bowlers and Ashwin has been promoted to number six in the Indian order, ahead of wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.”I think we have a very good team, a balanced side. The strength lies in our batters being able to bowl little bit and the bowlers being able to bat. If R Ashwin, who is batting at No.7 or No.8, has four Test hundreds, then we surely feel that we have enough strength in our batting. Then the bowlers, both him and Ravindra Jadeja, have done very well,” said the batting maestro. (Ravichandran Ashwin, champion Test bowler, struggling in ODIs: Why’s that?)Tendulkar also said that the current Indian team was playing an aggressive brand of cricket and lauded captain Kohli for his consistency.”We are playing aggressive cricket, attacking cricket and producing good results. It is not up to individuals. India as a team needs to play well. Of course you need a good leader, which I see in Virat Kohli. Obviously, his consistency in batting has been remarkable but you need team to win matches to bring back the crowds and we have been doing that,” he said. (My best is yet to come, says Ravichandran Ashwin)(The full show with Sachin Tendulkar, Abhinav Bindra, Deepa Malik and Devendra Jhajharia will be aired today at 6.30 pm on India Today)last_img read more

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‘Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri don’t want a day-night Test in Australia’

first_imgIt’s now looking highly unlikey that India will be playing a day-night Test in Australia during the four-match series slated for later this year.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has internally decided on the following consultations with the team management.”The BCCI COA (Committee of Administrators) had sought opinion of coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli on the matter. And they are not keen to give any advantage to Australia.”Adelaide may well host the first Test of the tour and the moving pink ball would become their best bet to win,” a BCCI source confirmed to India Today.Australia has won all the four day-night Test matches they have hosted including three at the Adelaide Oval.But they currently find their batting might severely weakened in the absence of suspended Steve Smith and David Warner.India and Bangladesh remain the only leading Test nations not to have hosted or even featured in a day-night Test.BCCI’s stand against day-night Test in Australia also puts in jeopardy the proposed home day-night Test against West Indies this October.The BCCI tours and fixtures committee, which also included former skipper Sourav Ganguly, had proposed to the BCCI that one of the two Tests vs West Indies this winter be a day-nighter.A report has quoted BCCI Secretary Amitabh Choudhary saying he had consulted all concerned parties about playing a day-night Test this season.That statement one understands could be attributed to the ongoing power struggle in the BCCI. There has been a lot of to-and-fro between the BCCI COA and Secretary on the matter.advertisementDwindling Test crowds remain an issue in India like a lot of other parts of the world. But with the ICC leaving it upto the home and away boards in scheduling a bilateral series, playing conditions will continue to remain a bargain ploy amongst administrators.last_img read more

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GasLog Partners Secures Refinancing Loan

first_imgzoom GasLog Partners LP GLOP announced today that the partnership’s vessel owning subsidiaries have signed the previously announced USD 450 million credit facility to refinance the USD 486.7 million outstanding under the existing three credit facilities.The lenders and arrangers are Citibank, N.A., London Branch, Nordea Bank Finland plc, London Branch, DVB Bank America N.V., ABN Amro Bank N.V., Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB and BNP Paribas, the LNG carrier-owner said.Andrew Orekar, Chief Executive Office of GasLog Partners said, “I am very pleased to have signed this financing, at what I believe are attractive rates, six months after completing our initial public offering in May. This financing simplifies the Partnership’s funding arrangements, bringing the existing loans into one single facility.”GasLog said that the new facility will be payable over five years in 20 equal installments of USD 5.6 million with a balloon payment of USD 337.5 million payable together with the final quarterly payment.Press Releaselast_img read more

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Impairments Hurt FSL Trusts Q2 Earnings

first_imgzoom Singapore-based First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust) posted a net loss of USD 21.8 million in the second quarter of 2017 due to USD 24.1 million of non-cash impairment on eight ships in its fleet.The loss was reported against a USD 7.7 million profit booked for the corresponding quarter in 2016.Revenue declined 17.4% year-on-year, primarily due to softening of rates across all sectors which resulted in the renewal of bareboat agreements for vessels Speciality, Seniority, and Superiority at lower rates.In addition, the trust’s both Aframax tankers went into drydocking during the period.The trust’s revenue stood at USD 20.9 million, down from last year’s USD 25.3 million. The revenue decrease was mainly ascribed to pressure on some spot/floating bareboat rates.Furthermore, the trust said it repaid more than USD 62 million of debt in 12 months.Separately, the trust signed a short-term time charter for FSL Shanghai for minimum 40 days to maximum 120 days at charterer’s option.FSL Trust said it has four vessels slated for redelivery in FY2017, FSL Hamburg, FSL Singapore, Cumbrian Fisher and Clyde Fisher.The charterer has the option of extending the time charters for FSL Hamburg and FSL Singapore threemonths prior to the end of the base period, while talks are underway for the renewal of bareboat charters for Cumbrian Fisher and Clyde Fisher.Speaking of the outlook, the trust said the financial effects of pressures across the shipping market should be mitigated by its charter book, while its business performance in the third quarter of this year is expected to be affected by the dry docking of one MR.FSL Trust owns over 2o oceangoing vessels comprising containerships and tankers.last_img read more

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Film Production Announced

first_imgNova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced a newly approved production through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, May 28. Documentary, History’s Horrible Humans, produced by Underfoot Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $272,935 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $941,155. More details about productions approved for incentives through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund are available on the NSBI website at http://www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding . the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia-based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues an incentive agreement which can be used for the financing process when the production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI Quick facts:center_img To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at http://www.nsbi.ca . -30-last_img read more

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Trial date set in farm shooting that ignited racial tension in Saskatchewan

first_imgBATTLEFORD, Sask. – A trial date has been set for a Saskatchewan farmer accused of fatally shooting an Indigenous man.Gerald Stanley’s second-degree murder trial in the death of Colten Boushie will take place from Jan. 29 to Feb. 15 in Battleford, Sask.Stanley has pleaded not guilty and is out on bail.Details from a preliminary hearing in April are under a publication ban, however it is known that Boushie was shot and killed last August while riding in an SUV that went onto a farm near Biggar, Sask.Boushie’s family has launched a petition calling for a new Crown prosecutor and an out-of-province lead investigator for the case, saying they believe people from outside the province would be less biased.Boushie’s killing ignited racial tension in Saskatchewan and there have been rallies outside court when Stanley made previous appearances.last_img read more

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Heartbroken Humphries thanks Canada for support after BCS release

first_imgCALGARY –  Kaillie Humphries has written Canadians a thank-you note a day after being released from the Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton (BCS) program.The Olympic champion has had a tense relationship with the organization which oversees her sport over, first taking a hiatus a year ago and then filing a harassment claim. BCS said that claim was forwarded to an independent investigator but no wrongdoing was found.Humphries filed a lawsuit and a court injunction to be released from Team Canada in order to try out for a spot on the U.S. team. A Calgary judge denied that injunction last week.Saturday, BCS announced it would be granting Humphries’ request to be released.READ MORE: BCS releases Kaillie Humphries allowing her to try out for US teamSunday, the 34-year-old hometown hero said she didn’t know how to feel.“While I am very happy this purgatory has ended after over a year of trying to get my concerns and the concerns of other athletes taken seriously, I am also very sad to not compete under my flag any longer,” reads a statement from the athlete on social media.“Heartbroken, actually.”She says no words will be able to express her gratitude and deep love for her fellow Canadians and all the people who supported her along her way.“Some of my greatest memories and triumphs have been standing on top of the podium, singing the words to our national anthem,” she writes. “The support of this nation is not lost on me.”Humphries also goes on to say there are a number of other athletes under BCS who are no longer competing as a result of similar experiences and points to a culture of abuse and harassment in amateur sports.RELATED: Bobsled athlete not shocked by Humphries allegations “I feel the biggest issue is safety in amateur sports for athletes, being able to compete free from abuse and harassment. The need to be able to speak up without fear of retribution within the system or the public eye when things aren’t right is so desperately important,” she said.“While I am heartbroken that I felt my only available option for a safe environment was tor refrain from competition and ultimately leave, others have more grave consequences when facing the reality of their own situations.”She ends her emotional letter to Canada wishing other athletes the best in their endeavours and asking those who may be upset with her actions to try to understand it’s been a difficult process.“I would have loved to continue to compete for Canada.”last_img read more

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Prince William Tackles Mental Health Stigma

first_imgPrince William spoke to GQ for the magazine’s July issue. As a teaser, GQ says that “in a wide-ranging conversation the Duke reveals his determination to get the nation talking more about emotions and feelings.”Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have all three attached themselves to the Heads Together campaign, which aims to “change the national conversation on mental health and wellbeing” in a concerted effort to tackle stigma, to raise awareness and to provide help to those with mental health challenges.“I cannot understand how families, even behind closed doors, still find it so hard to talk about [mental health],” says Prince William to GQ. “I am shocked we are so worried about saying anything about the true feelings we have. Because mental illness is inside our heads, invisible, it means others tread so carefully, and people don’t know what to say, whereas if you have a broken leg in plaster, everyone knows what to say.”Heads Together works with a group of charity partners that William, Catherine and Harry view as linked in that they are all addressing mental health challenges at their core, and the three royals believe that conversation is the key to recovery.“People can’t access services till they feel less ashamed,” says Prince William, “so we must tackle the taboo, the stigma. For goodness sake, this is the 21st century.”Copyright ©2017Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Genoa Interested in Taking AC Milans Hachim Mastour on Loan

Rabat – Italy’s Genoa is interested in taking AC Milan’s wonderkid Hachim Mastour on loan for next season.Having made numerous exchanges over the recent years, Genoa is hoping to use its ties with AC Milan to convince the club to allow the 17-year old rising star to leave on loan.A report by Football Italia said the Genoa is negotiating a possible offer of EUR 5 million for the midfielder. Multiple reports suggest that AC Milan may consider Mastour’s leave on loan, in order to gain experience without losing him altogether.The Moroccan national seems to get much playing time at San Siro. Last week, Coach Sinisa Mihajlovi decided to leave him out of AC Milan’s pre-season tour in China.Hachim Mastour made six appearances for Italy’s under-16 division, and he’s yet to make his senior debut for Milan in a competitive game.Moreover, AC Milan had previously expressed its intention to let him go for around EUR 5 million as he has been on the radar of many great teams in Europe.On Thursday, a report said Ajax Amsterdam is preparing a move for Hachim Mastour who is under contract with AC Milan until 2017.Earlier reports suggested that the French giants Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and FC Monaco were interested in signing the Moroccan prodigy. Real Madrid is also reportedly interested in Mastour. read more

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More than 110000 explosive devices destroyed in Afghanistan this year – UN

“It only takes $277 to clear each mine, so in reality it is not very expensive,” Haider Reza, Programme Director of the Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (MACCA), told reporters in Kabul. He added an area of around 600 square kilometres still needs to be cleared of mines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW). At a rate of 120 kilometres annually, that would take up to six years at a cost of $500,000. In January and February this year, the centre cleared 1,727 anti-personnel mines, 135 anti-tank mines and more than 110,000 different types of ERW in 19 communities. In addition, 50,000 people, including women and children, received mine risk education.The majority of the mines are from the former Soviet Union, but some originated in Italy, Iran and the United Kingdom. Mr. Reza said he also noted that incidents involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have been on the rise, especially in the south and in Helmand and Kandahar provinces, where the Taliban has strong ties.In the first months of the year, 74 people were either killed or injured by explosions. Mr. Reza said his office’s priority for this year is to expand its community-based mine clearance operations throughout the country.“By training the youth from the community, by providing a small salary and by hiring vehicles from the community, we are actually injecting cash into the community and that’s of course a kind of encouragement and incentive so the youth will not turn to the opposition.”MACCA also oversees a mine risk education programme and a traditional mine action programme that it has carried out for the last 20 years.The press conference comes ahead of International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, which is marked around the world on 4 April. 29 March 2010The United Nations-supported mine action centre in Afghanistan destroyed nearly 112,000 different types of explosives in the first two months of this year and could do much more with additional funding, one of its top officials said today ahead of next week’s International Mine Action Day. read more

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US stocks move higher on the last day of 2013 SP 500

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are moving higher on the last day of trading for 2013 as investors close out their portfolios and prepare for the New Year.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 53 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 16,557 at midday Tuesday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose six points, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,847 and the Nasdaq composite rose 17 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 4,171.The S&P 500 is headed for its best year since 1997. The index is up 30 per cent in 2013, or 32 per cent with dividends included.In the government bond market, the 10-year Treasury note continued to hover near the 3 per cent mark.U.S. financial markets will be closed Wednesday for New Year’s Day. Trading will reopen on Thursday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US stocks move higher on the last day of 2013; S&P 500 is headed for its best year since 1997 by The Associated Press Posted Dec 31, 2013 9:56 am MDT read more

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How Anjem Choudary the firebrand cleric linked to a string of terror

first_imgIn December 2001, Richard Reid, a criminal who had converted to Islam while in prison, boarded an American Airlines flight from Paris bound for Miami.While the aircraft was high above the Atlantic he attempted, unsuccessfully, to detonate explosives that were packed into his shoes.He was subdued by the crew and other passengers and was later sentenced to three life terms plus 110 years without parole.It later emerged that he had attended the Finsbury Park mosque where members of al-Mahoujiroun had operated.The Ricin Plot As he faces his spell in prison, we examine the life and times of the 49-year-old father of four and explore the terror plots he is alleged to have been associated with.Choudary’s early lifeBorn in Welling, south east London, Choudary’s father was a market trader and he had an unremarkable and generally happy childhood.His parents were from Pakistan, but were not particularly devout and he had many white non-Muslim friends growing up.Bright and ambitious, Andy, as he was known to his friends, won a place at Southampton University to read medicine. For more than a decade Anjem Choudary has gleefully fulfilled the role of radical Islam’s pantomime villain, spouting a stream of controversial rhetoric deliberately designed to wind up his detractors.Jailed on Tuesday for five and a half years, Choudary has revelled in his role as Sharia Law’s agent provocateur, whether he was calling for the Queen to wear a burkha, or for drunks to receive 40 lashes.But behind the rabble rousing headlines, Choudary’s malign influence on disillusioned and impressionable young Muslim’s has had deadly consequences, with some experts claiming around half of all terror attacks carried out by Britons can be linked in some way to him or the Al-Muhajiroun organisation that he fronted. Hindu convert Dhiren Barot was arrested in 2004 and charged with plotting to blow up the New York Stock Exchange, the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington and the World Bank using limousines carrying radioactive dirty bombs.There were also plans to blow up London underground trains as they travelled under the River Thames.He was charged alongside Luton based Abdul Aziz Jalil, who was an al-Muhajiroun activist.The 7/7 Bombings Siddhartha Dhar was a close associate of ChoudaryCredit:LNP Emdadur Choudhury leaves Wesminster Magistrates’ CourtCredit:AFP/Getty Choudary became Omar Bakri Mohammed’s right hand man He fell completely under Bakri’s spell and the pair went on to found the al-Muhajiroun organisation, which campaigned to unite Muslims across the world and see the global imposition of Sharia Law.Along with a zealous group of devotees they travelled around the country setting up market stalls radicalising young Muslims and even encouraging some to go abroad and fight.In 1999 Choudary told a Telegraph investigation that: “The volunteers are trained in Britain and some of the training does involve guns and live ammunition.”Al –MuhajirounDespite its increasingly outspoken stance, Al-Muhajiroun was largely ignored until after the September 11 attacks on the United States.While the world condemned the atrocity, Bakri Mohammed helped organise a seminar at the Finsbury Park Mosque entitled: September 11 2001: A Towering Day in History.Choudary was among those who attended and the hijackers were praised as the “Magnificent 19”.With it influence quietly building within some communities, the security services began to note that young men had approached al-Muhajiroun “slightly radicalised” and had emerged a short time later “very radicalised”.Choudary became a regular in the media spouting increasingly extreme opinions.He was a fixture at all major Islamic demonstrations, able to whip up the crowd with his well rehearsed rants.But despite calls for him to be arrested for incitement  he used his training as a lawyer to ensure he remained on the right side of the increasingly stringent terrorism legislation. (Clockwise from top left) Zahid Iqbal, Mohammed Ahmed, Syed Hussain, Umar Arshad all British and from Luton, all admitted a series of terrorism offences Kamel Bourgass Earlier this year delivery driver Junead Khan from Luton was jailed for life for plotting to kill US servicemen outside an airbase in Suffolk.The 25-year-old used his job to scout for potential victims and had planned to stage a road accident outside the Lakenheath base and then attack people who came to help.At his trial the court heard he had also intended to go to Syria to join Islamic State.Detectives believe that Choudary was behind his radicalisation. Britain’s youngest convicted terrorist was just 14 when he was found to be orchestrating a plot from his bedroom in Blackburn that would have seen an Australian jihadist carry out a massacre on Anzac Day.He was jailed for life with a recommendation that he serves at least five years after a court heard that the plot was shocking in its “brutality and scope”.Inspired by Islamic State, the teenager, who cannot be named, is understood to have had contact with Choudary prior to hatching the plot.Siddhartha Dhar On Remembrance Day 2010 members of the al-Mahajiroun offshoot, Muslims Against Crusades gathered near the Royal Albert Hall to burn poppies.Throughout the two minute silence they could be heard shouting ‘British soldiers burn in hell’.The following March, Emdadur Choudhury, 26, from east London was convicted of a Public Order Offence.Despite the offence and upset caused, Choudhury was fined just £50 which he refused to pay.The fine was paid for by his good friend Anjem ChoudaryToy Car Bomb Plot Former bouncy castle salesman Siddhartha Dhar emerged as the unlikely narrator in a chilling Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) video released earlier this year in which a number of suspected spies were executed.The 32-year-old from Walthamstow, east London, changed his name to Abu Rumaysah after converting from Hinduism to Islam.A spokesman for al-Muhajiroun, he was a close associate of Choudary, who lived nearby in Walthamstow.RAF Lakenheath Plot Choudary was known for his party lifestyle at universityCredit:Solent News and Photo Agency Emdadur Choudhury leaves Wesminster Magistrates' Court Omar Khyam was convicted in connection with the Bluewater shopping centre plot Junead Khan was convicted of planning a terror attack on RAF Lakenheath Adebolajo was filmed standing behind Choudary at a Muslims Against Crusades protest in London in 2007.After their murderous attack on Drummer Rigby, Choudary persistently refused to condemn their actions and was even seen in one video saying the killers would go to paradise.Plot to Behead British Soldier Adebolajo (L) and Adebowale (R) had attended al-Muhajiroun events Dhiren Barot plotted to blow up the New York Stock Exchange The London bombings left 52 people dead and hundreds injured Michael Adebolajo was a supporter of ChoudaryCredit:BBC News Choudary is thought to have influenced Britain’s youngster convicted terrorist In December 2010 police uncovered a plot by an al-Qaeda gang to detonate a bomb at the London Stock Exchange.The men had planned to send five mail bombs to various targets including the stock exchange and the home of the then London Mayor, Boris Johnson, in the run up to Christmas.The group had also discussed carrying out a Mumbai style marauding attack.Mohammed Chowdhury, Shah Rahman,  Gurukanth Desai and Abdul Miah later pleaded guilty to preparing for acts of terrorism, while Mohammed Shahjahan, Omar Latif, Nazam Hussain, Usman Khan and Mohibur Rahman admitted other terrorism offences.Six of the nine men had been personally taught by Choudary, who later said their plans had been “taken out of context”.Poppy Burners Nine men admitted various terror charges connected to the Stock Exchange plot Dhiren Barot plotted to blow up the New York Stock Exchange While some chose to dismiss Choudary as an ludicrous figure of fun, the security services became increasingly alarmed at how many British jihadists were citing him as a direct influence.HOPE not hate, the pressure group, published a report in 2013 that suggested Choudary and his acolytes had been implicated in as many as 30 terrorist act or plots around the world.The organisation’s chief executive, Nick Lowles said: “Justice has been a long time coming. For far too long, Anjem Choudary has played a key role as a cheerleader for ISIS, and been allowed to demonise the Muslim community.”He added: “Over the last 15 years he has influenced and inspired over 100 Britons who have carried out or attempted to carry out terrorist attacks at home and abroad. Finally Choudary can now pay for his actions.”Here we examine some of the terror plots Choudary and al-Muhajiroun have been implicated in. The shoe bomber Just over a year after the murder of Drummer Rigby, a teenager who had been inspired by their actions was arrested with a knife en route to behead a soldier.Ziamani, 19, from Camberwell in south London, was turned into an Islamic extremist by Choudary after he was kicked out of his Jehovah’s Witness family home.Homeless he was offered a place to stay at a flat in Camberwell that was a meeting place for Choudary and members of his banned al-Mouhajiroun group.Anzac Day Plot Brusthom Ziamani was jailed for life for plotting to behead a soldiercenter_img The London bombings left 52 people dead and hundreds injuredCredit:Eddie Mulholland Siddhartha Dhar was a close associate of Choudary Choudary was known for his party lifestyle at university Adebolajo (L) and Adebowale (R) had attended al-Muhajiroun events (Clockwise from top left) Zahid Iqbal, Mohammed Ahmed, Syed Hussain, Umar Arshad all British and from Luton, all admitted a series of terrorism offences In April 2013 four men were jailed for plotting to blow up a Territorial Army base by sending in a remote controlled toy car packed with explosives.Zahid Iqbal, Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, Umar Arshad and Syed Farhan Hussain, all from Luton had discussed making a homemade bomb based on instructions provided in an English language jihadist magazine.The men, who had undergone physical training exercises in Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons, had attended numerous al-Muhajiroun events in Luton.The Royal Wooten Bassett Plot Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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In 2006 police interrupted a plot by Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaeda to bring down seven transatlantic airliners using liquid explosives carried on board disguised as soft drinks.A total of 24 suspects were arrested in a series of raids, with seven eventually convicted of conspiracy to murder.The ringleader of the plot, Abdulla Ahmed Ali, from east London, became involved with al-Muhajiroun while studying at City University.London Stock Exchange Plot On the morning of July 7 2005 coordinated suicide attacks across the London transport network claimed the lives of 52 people and injured 700 more.The terrorists, Mohamed Sidique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer, Jermaine Lindsay and Hasib Hussain had links to al-Muhajiroun.Khan had met with Omar Khyam the ringleader of the fertilizer bomb plot, who had been radicalised by Bakri.On the eve of the first anniversary of the attacks, the Choudary said Muslims in Britain were oppressed and had the right to defend themselves by any means necessary.He later refused to condemn their actions.Transatlantic Bomb Plot Terrorist Richard Dart with Choudary Nine men admitted various terror charges connected to the Stock Exchange plot On the afternoon of May 22 2013 two Muslim converts, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, attacked and killed British army sergeant Lee Rigby close to his barracks in Woolwich, southeast London.Drummer Rigby, 25, who was off duty at the time but was wearing a Help for Heroes sweatshirt, was run over by their car and then partly decapitated in the street.On December 19 2013, both men were found guilty of murder and were jailed for life with Adebolajo told he would never be released and Adebowale told he would have to serve at least 45-years.Both men converted to Islam at around the same time and after falling under the spell of al-Muhajiroun activists, who had a considerable presence around Greenwich. Michael Adebolajo was a supporter of Choudary Junead Khan  Abdulla Ahmed Ali plotted an attack on airlines bigger than 9/11 Terrorist Richard Dart with Choudary Choudary is thought to have influenced Britain's youngster convicted terrorist Brusthom Ziamani was jailed for life for plotting to behead a soldier Richard Reid In March 2004 police acting on intelligence intervened to prevent a terror plot that had been ordered by al Qaeda against a number of high profile targets across Britain, including the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent and the Ministry of Sound nightclub in London.More than 1,300 pounds of fertilizer, that can be used in bomb making was seized from a storage unit in west London.Omar Khyam, Waheed Mahood, Jawad Akbar, Anthony Garcia and Salahuddin  Amin were eventually found guilty of conspiring to cause explosions and endanger life.It later emerged that Khyam, a 24-year-old computer studies student and a key ringleader of the plot had been radicalised by Bakri.The Dirty Bomb Plot Choudary became Omar Bakri Mohammed's right hand man Abdulla Ahmed Ali plotted an attack on airlines bigger than 9/11 In 2002, Kamal Bourgass, an Algerian born asylum seeker with links to al Qaeda, began plotting to unleash a deadly chemical attack on the streets of Britain.At his flat in Wood Green in north London, the 31-year-old set up a laboratory where he planned to manufacture ricin and other deadly chemicals.It was thought his plan was to smear the chemicals on car door handles in a busy part of the capital but the plot was interrupted and he fled to Manchester before his flat was raided.Tragically when the police moved in to capture him in January 2013, Bourgass stabbed to death Detective Constable Stephen Oake.While it is not known if Choudary and Bourgass ever had any direct contact, the Algerian was a follower of al-Muhajiroun.The Fertilizer Bomb Plot Kamel Bourgass planned a ricin attack and murdered a police officer Omar Khyam was convicted in connection with the Bluewater shopping centre plot In April 2013 former BBC security guard, Richard Dart, a white Muslim convert from Dorset, was one of three men jailed for their part in a plot to bomb Royal Wooten Bassett where mourners gathered to pay their respects to British troops killed in Afghanistan.Dart, who had appeared in a documentary entitled, My Brother The Islamist, had travelled to Pakistan for training and had provided information for others looking to do the same.Dart converted to Islam in the summer of 2009 under the tutelage of Choudary and became a key figure in the al-Muhajiroun spin off Muslims against Crusades.The Murder of Lee Rigby ‘Shoe bomber’, Richard Reid, is serving life in prison in the United States But his reported fondness for drink, drugs and pretty girls meant his studies took a back seat and he failed his first year exams.One university contemporary said: “I can’t keep a straight face when I see ‘fundamentalist Muslim Anjem Choudary in the papers, attacking the British for drinking and having girlfriends.”When I knew him he liked to be called Andy, would often smoke cannabis spliffs all day, and was proud of  his ability to down a pint of cider in a couple of seconds.”Responding to the claims, Choudary said: “I admit I wasn’t always practising. I committed many mistakes in my life.”After flopping in his medical studies he subsequently switched to law and after qualifying as a solicitor became chairman of the Society of Muslim lawyers.His radicalisationBy his late 20s Choudary had begun to tire of his decadent lifestyle and had started to show more interest in religion, becoming a regular at the Mosque.Choudary’s journey from fun loving party animal to Muslim fundamentalist was swift once he met the Syrian born Islamist, Sheik Omar Bakri Mohammed at a mosque in Woolwich.last_img read more

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School dropout arraigned with murder of Whim labourer

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related14-year-old arraigned for friend’s murderJuly 2, 2019In “Court”High drama outside Court as 15-year-old girl charged with murderMay 20, 2016In “Court”Poisoning of key witness: Family bracing for the worst as teen criticalJuly 22, 2017In “Crime” The teenager who was accused of murdering 29-year-old during a drinking spree at Whim Village, Corentyne Berbice on Saturday last was arraigned with the heinous crime.The 15-year-old made his appearance at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and was not required to plead to the indictable charge.  He was remanded to prison by Magistrate Rabindranauth Singh.Murdered, Desmond SewdatIt was reported that the now dead man and the teenager were imbibing when an argument ensued between them. This quickly escalated into a scuffle.However, sometime after, Dewdat was discovered lying motionless with a single stab wound to his stomach.He was picked up and rushed to the Port Mourant Hospital but he succumbed to his injuries on his way.The teenager was arrested and later charged for the murder. The now dead man and the teenager were said to be friends. read more

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Trine launches for Mac Steam knocks 75 off price

first_imgFrozenbyte, developers of fantasy action platformer Trine has today announced tha availability of the Mac version.Mac owners have two reason to celebrate, though. The first is the release, but the second is an announcement by Frozenbyte that Steam has decided to offer the game as part of a Midweek Madness sale meaning 75% has been knocked off the price. If you download the game through Steam it comes in both PC and Mac formats so everyone is happy.Head on over to Steam and pick it up before the super-cheap $5 price disappears.Read more at Steamlast_img read more

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Handson Seagate GoFlex Slim external hard drive is just 9mm thick

first_imgSeagate’s FreeAgent GoFlex external hard drives have been out for some time now and they’ve proven to be functional, versatile storage options. The modular ends on the drives mean that you can use USB 2.0 today and update to USB 3.0 (or Firewire) down the road, making for a product that is as clever as it is functional. Up until today the GoFlex drives were available in a 2.5-inch model, the GoFlex Ultra-portable, a premium 2.5-inch model, the GoFlex Pro Ultra-portable, and the 3.5-inch GoFlex Desk. Now there is a fourth model–no it’s not a premium 3.5-incher, it’s another premium portable, the GoFlex Slim.The GoFlex Slim is a high-end (320GB, 7200RPM) 2.5-inch hard drive in an extremely slim aluminum enclosure. Where the GoFlex Ultra-portable is 14mm thick, the Slim is just 9mm. That’ thinner than the iPhone 4, which measures 9.3mm. What’s more is that the Slim comes with USB 3.0 connectivity, which means super high transfer speeds if you have the new standard on-board and backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 if you don’t.Like the other GoFlex drives it includes a USB 3.0 modular end piece (though it’s not clear that others will be sold). The Slim does not include a dock like the Pro, but it does get the premium backup and encryption software for Mac and Windows computers.The 320GB Slim drive will sell for $99 which means that the GoFlex Slim isn’t super expensive, but it does come in at a premium. On Amazon.com $99 will currently get you a 1TB GoFlex portable in USB 2.0 so you are definitely making a trade-off for the upgraded enclosure and USB 3.0 connection. It’ll be worth it for some people, after all 320GB is a lot of space, but it’s not for everyone.At 4.91 x 3.07 x 0.35-inches there is no question that the GoFlex Slim is mobile, easily fitting in a pocket or bag. The 0.36 pound weight is excellent as well, making it a no-brainer to bring this thing along with you. That said, users will have to keep in mind that it doesn’t include a carrying case, the SuperSpeed cable is not interchangeable with the standard USB cables we’ve all collected over the years, and the thin enclosure might not offer the same protection as something bulkier, even if it is aluminum. Also, the drive has no rubber feet on the bottom so it does tend to slide on the desktop, which is something to be careful about.In using the Slim, it felt a lot like a standard USB hard drive. I’m not running any USB 3.0 computers currently (I’ll update this with speeds soon (probably some time today) but USB 2.0 speeds are just what you’d expect from a USB 2.0, 7200RPM external drive. (You can learn more about USB 2.0/3.0 transfer speeds here.) I will note that upon arrival the drive is formatted to NTFS, so it’s read-only for a Mac, and my Windows computer can’t see the drive. I’m not sure if this is a widespread issue or not and Seagate has an app for this, but it did make it annoying to get started with the GoFlex. After installing the included software (ugh) everything was fine.Aside from a high price tag and a less-than-ideal setup, the GoFlex Slim ended up being a nice product. The hardware is top-notch and if you want a drive that is nicer (and slimmer) than the one you already have, the Slim fits the bill. The 320GB storage limit isn’t going to be a problem for everyone, but it is a limitation considering there are portable drives 3x the size on the market and the GoFlex modular tip is useless as it seems that only USB 3.0 is available, but for the right person this is a good drive. At $99 it’s not an amazing deal, but it’s easy to travel with and it will look great next to that expensive laptop of yours.goflex_slim_geek_03goflex_slim_geek_03goflex_slim_geek_02goflex_slim_geek_01The GoFlex Slim eval unit used in this article was provided by Seagate.last_img read more

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Garda whistleblower report will not be published in full

first_img 39 Comments JUDGE IARFHLAITH O’NEILL’S garda whistleblower report will not be published in full today.Only the terms of reference, conclusion and recommendations from the report will be published.The former High Court judge was tasked with reviewing the disclosures made by members of An Garda Síochána to the Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald in early October.The report, which was delivered to the minister last year, deals with claims that senior gardaí mounted a smear campaign against a prominent whistleblower in the force.Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has denied involvement in any such black propaganda.On foot of the report, Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced yesterday that Supreme Court judge Peter Charlton will chair a Commission of Inquiry.Upon legal advice from the Attorney General’s office, it’s understood the full O’Neill report cannot be published due to the allegations being made under the Protected Disclosure Act 2014.Government sources state it is not possible to put the entire report in the public domain at this time in view of the nature of the allegations.While there has been disagreement over the validity of the Attorney General’s advice in the past (in relation to abortion), there is complete agreement with the current direction by all government members, including those in the Independent Alliance.Following yesterday’s announcement, there have been calls for the Commissioner to stand aside.Independent4Change TD Clare Daly, who has raised the issues of the whistleblowers’ cases under Dáil privilege on numerous occasions, said O’Sullivan should be removed from her position while the inquiry is being carried out.Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan welcomed the establishment of a formal inquiry, but did not call for O’Sullivan to stand aside.It’s understood there were no discussions in Cabinet yesterday about the Commissioner stepping aside while the inquiry was held.Read: High Court judge to investigate allegations of wrongdoing related to whistleblower disclosuresRead: Explainer: What exactly does Ireland do to protect whistleblowers? Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 6:25 AM Feb 8th 2017, 6:25 AM Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald Image: Sam Boal By Christina Finn Short URL Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald center_img 8,727 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Sam Boal http://jrnl.ie/3227886 Share314 Tweet Email3 Garda whistleblower report will not be published in full The former High Court judge was tasked with reviewing the situation after two protected disclosures were made to Frances Fitzgerald by gardaí in last October.last_img read more

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Réduire le braconnage des tortues marines collaborer avec les autochtones

first_imgRéduire le braconnage des tortues marines : collaborer avec les autochtones Une étude qui sera bientôt publiée dans Animal Conservation, menée par des universitaires britanniques, a estimé que 10 à 16.000 tortues marines sont – illégalement – capturées chaque année à Madagascar. Une évaluation qui s’appuie sur la collaboration des populations locales.  Rémunérer un représentant de chacun des 12 villages côtiers de Madagascar concernés par l’étude pour qu’il recense, photos à l’appui, toute capture de tortue de mer effectuée dans sa région : c’est la méthode inaugurée par le Dr Annette Broderick, du Centre d’écologie et de conservation de l’université d’Exeter et par l’ONG Blue Ventures Conservation. Non pour dénoncer aux autorités, mais pour documenter la pêche artisanale à la tortue, pourtant interdite sur l’île.Résultat : 10 à 16.000 de ces reptiles, essentiellement des tortues vertes (Chelonia mydas), sont ainsi capturés chaque année. “Cette étude est un bon moyen d’impliquer les communautés locales dans la recherche d’une solution durable. Evidemment, nous ne pouvons être certains que toute tortue capturée soit signalée, c’est pourquoi nous considérons ces chiffres comme une estimation minimale, néanmoins très valable pour notre politique d’information”, explique Frances Humber, de Blue Ventures Conservation. Les chercheurs espèrent qu’une réglementation et un suivi de cette chasse traditionnelle s’avèreront plus efficaces que l’interdiction pure et simple, non respectée. Le 21 novembre 2010 à 11:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Des cristaux de graphène découverts dans lespace

first_imgDes cristaux de graphène découverts dans l’espaceLa Nasa a annoncé que le télescope Spitzer avait détecté dans l’espace des traces de graphène, le plus fin cristal connu à ce jour. Celles-ci ont été détectées dans deux galaxies naines appelées Nuages de Magellan. Le graphène a été découvert par Andre Geim et Konstantin Novoselov en 2004, ce qui leur a notamment valu le prix Nobel en 2010, alors que ce matériau s’est révélé être le plus fin cristal connu. Encore produit en toutes petites quantités sur Terre, il se trouve à l’état naturel dans le graphite et il est à la fois ultra-résistant, transparent, excellent conducteur d’électricité et très dense (même l’atome d’hélium ne passe pas à travers). Très intéressant en électronique, ses propriétés font de lui un matériau idéal pour la nouvelle génération de transistors.Et c’est justement ce matériau si rare sur Terre que le télescope Spitzer a découvert dans l’espace, a indiqué la Nasa dans un communiqué. Bien qu’il ne puisse pas être récupéré pour être utilisé, cette découverte intéresse énormément les astronomes qui cherchent à savoir comment il a pu être créé dans les deux galaxies naines appelées Nuages de Magellan où il a été repéré. D’après les images collectées, le graphène serait en fait assez répandu à proximité des étoiles en fin de vie, et serait certainement relâché par celles-ci. Une autre molécule de carbone découvertePar ailleurs, Spitzer a aussi identifié dans la même région une autre molécule composée d’atomes de carbone en forme de ballon de rugby, la C70. Comme le graphène, celle-ci appartient à la famille des fullerènes, des molécules composées uniquement de carbone. Elles peuvent prendre une forme géométrique rappelant celle d’une sphère, d’un ellipsoïde, d’un tube (appelé nanotube) ou d’un anneau, explique Sciences et Avenir. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALes fullerènes ont été découverts dans des météorites transportant des gaz extraterrestres, et de l’eau a été très récemment encapsulée dans du C60 (une molécule en forme de ballon rond cette fois) grâce à de nouvelles techniques développées en laboratoire. Ces nouveaux résultats, réalisés en parallèle, suggèrent que les fullerènes ont pu transporter des matériaux de l’espace vers la Terre. Selon les scientifiques, ils auraient alors pu, peut-être, participer à l’apparition de la vie sur notre planète.Le 20 août 2011 à 10:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Polar Bear Recovery Plan

first_imgSome Polar bears in the Arctic can swim in excess of 200 miles. (Photo by Mike Lockhart/USGS)New reports are painting a grim picture for the future of polar bears. Studies looking at climate change impacts clarify that without ice, polar bears will have difficulty surviving. Polar bears in Alaska are particularly vulnerable and at risk of disappearing. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have just released a polar bear conservation management plan that identifies arctic warming as the largest threat to the bear’s survival.Listen now:HOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Todd Atwood, research wildlife biologist, USGS lead on Polar Bear Recovery TeamJenifer Kohout, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regional program manager and co-chair of the Polar Bear Recovery TeamEric Regehr, wildlife biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceMargaret Williams, director, World Wildlife Fund’s arctic programCallers statewidePARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVElast_img read more

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