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first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Environment Minister Peter Kent said a Haida-owned company was in “apparent” violation of Canadian environmental law after initiating an experiment to dump 100 tonnes of iron dust into the Pacific Ocean to boost plankton levels.Kent, responding to a question from the NDP during question period, said his department had not approved the experiment.“Environment Canada was not asked to approve this apparent violation of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act,” said Kent. “Anyone who contravenes environmental law should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”Kent only found out about the project three days ago, said his spokesman.The Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation launched the $2.5 million experiment to boost the level of available plankton for salmon and create a carbon sink to tap into the potentially lucrative carbon credit market. The experiment was carried out under the direction of Russ George, a businessman who has been hounded by environmentalists for years.The experiment, the largest geoengineering project in the world, was carried out in July, in an area around 320 kilometres from the Haida Gwaii islands of British Columbia’s coast. It has been roundly criticized by some environmental groups who say it violates at least two UN moratoria and that it’s a dangerous to artificially alter ecosystems.John Disney, head of the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation and economic development officer for the Old Massett Village, said the experiment is simply recreating natural conditions to boost the survival rates for Pacific salmon which form one of the cornerstones of Haida diet and culture.Disney says he has also met several times with Environment Canada officials who have known about it for several months. Because the experiment fell outside Canada’s jurisdiction, there is little Environment Canada can do about it, he said.“We have lawyers watching our back,” he said. “I kept (Environment Canada) in the loop on this.”A spokesperson for Kent said in an email that officials informed the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation that its experiment violated Canadian environmental law whether it happened inside or outside Canada’s 200 mile limit if it was done without a permit, which was never issued.Environment Canada has been investigating since Aug. 30, said Adam Sweet.“Canada does not condone the practice of ocean dumping unless the proper procedures are followed first,” said Sweet, in the email.last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsSo much is unknown about First Nation economic development zones or urban reserves.A discussion was held in Winnipeg to help dispel myths and educate.Urban reserves are not uncommon in Saskatchewan, so who better to inform the people.With more on this story here is APTN National News reporter Matt Thordarson.last_img

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Rabat – France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit Morocco on Monday, September 10.The French ministry’s website listed the visit as part of Le Drian’s official agenda.The ministry did not give more details about Le Drian’s visit. However, local and international news outlets reported that Le Drian will meet his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita and other officials.The news platforms also speculated that Le Drian’s main objective is to prepare for a future visit of French President Emmanuel Macron in early 2019.Maghreb Confidential reported on August 30 that Macron is expected to visit Morocco in November.The newspaper added that Macron agreed to a prospective visit to Morocco after King Mohammed VI invited him to the launch of Morocco’s first high-speed train, expected to be completed by November. Morocco’s high-speed train project entered the pre-operation phase in June, and total completion was scheduled towards the end of the year.During his visit to Morocco, Le Drian, along with Moroccan senior officials, is also expected to discuss migration.Le Drian’s latest visit to Morocco was in October 2017, when he held talks with Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani.Both the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its French counterpart describe the partnership between Paris and Rabat as “exceptional.”In his October visit, Le Drian’s ministry called Morocco a “strategic partner for peace and stability” in the region.“With its return to the African Union and its plan to join the Economic Community of West African States, Morocco plays a growing role in Africa,” said the ministry, noting that cooperation in Africa is a critical issue for Morocco and France.With more than $4.72 billion-worth of exports, France was Morocco’s biggest buyer of goods in 2016 and its second-biggest supplier with Morocco importing goods worth $5.18 billion from France in 2016. read more

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Wickremanayake entered politics in 1960 winning the Horana seat in the March General Election as a member of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP). Later in 1970, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and went on to be the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in 1977. In the 1994 General Election, he won the Kalutara District seat and was appointed as the Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs and Plantation Industries and the Leader of the House in President Chandrika Kumaranatunge’s Cabinet. (Colombo Gazette) Former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake passed away today. He passed away after falling ill and while he was receiving treatment in hospital. He was 83 years old.Wickremanayake was Prime Minister in the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government in 2005. He had earlier held the position of Prime Minister from August 2000 – December 2001, succeeding then Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike. read more

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The Attorney General has informed court the disappearance of the two documents must be investigated. (Colombo Gazette) An investigation has been sought into the missing passport and National Identity Card (NIC) of Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa’s wife Shashi Weerawansa.The passport and NIC were in the possession of the court when it went missing.

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Brock University is partnering with Niagara Region Public Health to hold a free sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening clinic on campus for all members of the Brock community.The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. just behind the Hungry Badger in South Block. Participants will produce confidential urine samples in nearby bathrooms, which will then be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia.“Unfortunately up to 80 per cent of people who have Chlamydia show no signs or symptoms,” said Brock’s Health Promotion Educator Julie Fennell. “We want to remind students that even though they may feel great, they may still test positive and pass on the infection to others.”If left untreated, both chlamydia and gonorrhea can have effects on future fertility.As an added incentive, participants will receive a free slice of pizza. read more

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201515711658-8747%3 199915901531+59670 YEARAVERAGE HOME ELOAVERAGE ROAD ELODIFFERENCEAVERAGE HOME WIN PROBABILITYHOME UNDERDOGS 200116121589+22620 200315791573+5601 200015661617-50522 Since the NFL postseason expanded to 12 teams in 1990, home teams have won 65 percent of the time on wild-card weekend — an even better rate than the league’s 59 percent home field advantage in the regular season. For teams that can’t lock down a bye week, playing at home has traditionally been a solid consolation. This year, though, it could be that none of that will matter once the games begin.As of Tuesday morning, three of the four home teams in this weekend’s games are underdogs in Vegas, and you can make a good case that the fourth — Washington, which hosts Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers — should also be expected to lose. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, our favorite measure of a team’s strength at any given moment, this is the first time since 1990 that three home teams have been underdogs in the wild-card round: This year’s group is also the second-most-overmatched batch of home teams since 1990, the only impediment to No. 1 being 2010, when the 7-9 Seahawks hosted (and won!) a wild-card game. That year’s crop of home teams was exceptionally weak; in addition to Seattle, Kansas City was a below-average team according to both Elo and Pro-Football-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System, and the Eagles and Colts were helped by good fortune (they exceeded their Pythagorean expectations).While this year’s wild-card home teams aren’t great, they’re not all that bad — that three-quarters of them are underdogs owes more to the strength of their opponents. By Elo, this is easily the strongest group of road squads that wild-card weekend has seen since 1990. It includes teams ranked Nos. 1 (Seattle), 4 (Kansas City), 7 (Pittsburgh) and 9 (Green Bay) in the league. Those are the kinds of teams that typically host wild-card games, not travel to other cities as guests.Back in October, my colleague Andrew Flowers and I wrote about how downright weird the season was shaping up to be, in the sense that the distribution of wins was out of whack compared with historical norms. Now, on the eve of the playoffs, that weirdness is manifesting itself another way: Each conference’s lowest-seeded teams are among its strongest. It’s a phenomenon that could pay big dividends for road teams on wild-card weekend.Check out our Super Bowl odds for every playoff team. 200715701570+0590 199216161615+1590 201315641593-29551 199015681582-15570 201115521578-25551 199515571545+12601 199715851535+50660 200415951530+65680 199815941542+52660 199315531547+6600 200915891617-28552 200215911524+67680 199415761543+34640 201415961578+18620 201215991580+19611 199115971541+55660 199615981506+92710 Pregame Elo ratings and odds for wild-card round, 1990-2015 200815541628-74492 200616031522+81700 200515841615-31551 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 201015181638-120432 read more

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Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The long-running BBC topical quiz Have I Got News For You was pulled from the air last night in an apparent wrangle over the appearance of Change UK leader Heidi Allen MP.A BBC spokesman said last night: “The BBC has specific editorial guidelines that apply during election periods. “Because of this it would be inappropriate to feature political party leaders on entertainment programmes during this short election period, which does not allow for equal representation to be achieved. “So we will not broadcast the scheduled episode of HIGNFY featuring Heidi Allen, leader of Change UK. We will look to broadcast this episode at a later date.”A message on the programme maker’s Twitter feed said: “Sorry everyone. The BBC have pulled tonight’s edition of #HIGNFY – no, we didn’t book Danny Baker.“We booked Heidi Allen, a member of a party no-one knows the name of (not even the people in it), because the Euro elections, which nobody wants, may or may not be happening. Sorry.”Trying to see the funny side, the programme added: “BBC issues urgent advice not to look at pictures of Heidi Allen in case she influences Euro election result.”And then: “Tune in on Monday for Have I Got Less News For You.” The programme – hosted this week by comedian Jo Brand and featuring Ms Allen on Ian Hislop’s team and comedian Phil Wang on Paul Merton’s team – was recorded on Thursday night.Ms Allen told The Telegraph last night that she was given just two hours’ notice of the cancellation.She said: “I had been booked for ages.” She added that she had been told it was because of the “closeness to the EU elections”.Ms Allen added: “Maybe I am just not as funny as Nigel Farage – he is on the BBC all the time.” read more

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first_imgIn what looks, sounds, and is written like a rated-G April Fools’ joke, Netflix has announced Max, a recommendation engine that sits on top of Netflix’s already established recommendation services, except with a “personality.” Essentially, Netflix has brought the infamous Microsoft Office tutorial mascot, Clippy, back from his spreadsheet grave.Netflix’s current recommendation services are easy to use, and does the best it can even when it seems like it’s intentionally recommending TV shows you absolutely hate. There’s nothing wrong on sprucing them up, though, so the idea of Max, in theory, is sound. In Netflix’s announcement, however, the idea comes off as totally bonkers, thanks largely to the writing.Max is “rumored to be the child or Siri and HAL 9000,” and will employ some new strategies to help you find something you’d enjoy watching. In one scenario, Max presents you with a simple either-or choice; the provided example has you choose either “monkeys or UFOs.” Presumably, if you pick UFOs, you’ll be presented with History Channel documentaries or perhaps something like Fire in the Sky.However, with the attempt at being amusing but coming up more like an April Fools’ joke, the announcement notes that Max sometimes becomes “intoxicated by past success,” gets “a little cocky,” and offers a suggestion without even asking your opinion. However, the suggestion is a mystery, and “you’ll just have to trust him” and press Play.Max will be launching on the PS3 version of Netflix starting today, only available to US members. Netflix will be rolling the Clippy-esque service out to more members in the upcoming weeks, and if it is received well, will be coming to more Netflix devices in the future. The iPad, the announcement noted, will be the next target.last_img read more

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first_imgLe syndrome de Lynch : symptômes, dépistage, prévention, qu’est ce c’est ?Le syndrome de Lynch est une maladie héréditaire rare qui touche aussi bien les hommes que les femmes. Les personnes atteintes de ce syndrome ont un risque plus élevé de développer un cancer colorectal, de l’utérus ou de l’ovaire avant l’âge de 50 ans.Qu’est-ce que le syndrome de LynchLe syndrome de Lynch est une maladie génétique héréditaire qui se transmet sur le mode autosomique. Un enfant dont l’un des deux parents en est atteint a donc un risque sur deux d’en être lui aussi atteint.Aussi appelé cancer colorectal héréditaire sans polypose, le syndrome de Lynch est responsable d’environ 2 à 5% des cas de cancers colorectaux. Le risque pour un homme atteint d’un syndrome de Lynch de développer ce type de cancer est beaucoup plus élevé que dans la population en général. Chez les femmes, le risque d’être atteint d’un cancer de l’utérus est également plus grand. Chez les personnes vivant avec un syndrome de Lynch, ces cancers surviennent souvent à un plus jeune âge, habituellement avant 50 ans dans le cas d’un cancer colorectal.Le syndrome de Lynch est dû à une mutation génétique. Cette anomalie touche l’un des quatre gènes qui contrôlent et corrigent les erreurs survenant lors de la duplication de l’ADN, pendant la division cellulaire.Comment dépister le syndrome de Lynch Le syndrome de Lynch étant héréditaire, les médecins ont recours à ce qu’on appelle les critères d’Amsterdam afin de déterminer si une mutation du gène est présente au sein d’une même famille. Il y a suspicion de syndrome de Lynch si au moins trois parents sont atteints d’un cancer colorectal, de l’intestin grêle, de l’endomètre (utérus), du rein, de l’estomac ou de l’ovaire et si l’un des ces parents est uni aux deux autres par un lien au 1er degré (père, mère, frère, sœur, enfant). Il faut aussi que ces cancers soient observés sur deux générations successives et qu’au moins un des parents ait eu un cancer avant l’âge de 50 ans. Une personne atteinte du syndrome de Lynch est en effet souvent entourée d’une famille dont plusieurs de ses membres ont développé un cancer colorectal ou un autre cancer lié à au syndrome.Pour une personne à risque, il est possible de diagnostiquer le syndrome de Lynch par un dépistage génétique. Ce dépistage permettra alors de confirmer une suspicion de syndrome de Lynch chez un patient et de déterminer si d’autres membres de la famille sont également à risque. Prévention et traitement des cancers liés au syndrome de LynchLorsque le diagnostic du syndrome de Lynch a été confirmé par un dépistage génétique, le patient devra être très attentif vis-à-vis les recommandations de son médecin. La prévention est souvent la clé afin de réduire le risque de cancer et surtout, afin de le détecter à un stade précoce.À lire aussiACC (anticoagulants circulants) : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Un homme atteint d’un syndrome de Lynch devra souvent passer des tests de dépistage de cancer colorectal dès l’âge de 20 ou 25 ans, alors que dans la population en général, le dépistage pour ce type de cancer est recommandé à partir de l’âge de 50 ans. Le patient devra aussi se soumettre plus fréquemment à une coloscopie, soit de 1 à 2 fois par an. Dans certains cas, une chirurgie prophylactique pourra être envisagée. Cette opération consiste à retirer des éléments anormaux bénins comme des polypes intestinaux afin de prévenir l’apparition d’une tumeur maligne. Chez la femme, le dépistage pour le cancer de l’utérus et le cancer de l’ovaire devra aussi se faire à un âge plus précoce. Des interventions chirurgicales consistant à enlever l’utérus (hystérectomie), le col utérin, une trompe de Fallope ou un ovaire peuvent aussi être proposées dans certains cas. L’hystérectomie est une grosse opération qui peut être difficile à vivre pour plusieurs femmes puisqu’elles ne pourront plus jamais tomber enceinte. Le 30 juin 2016 à 13:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgBayern Munich boss Niko Kovac expects that they will be in for a difficult time ahead of tonight’s Group E clash with AEK Athens in the Champions LeagueThe Bavarians ended a four-game winless run over the weekend by defeating Wolfsburg 3-1 in the Bundesliga.It marked a welcome return to form for Bayern, who now hope to claim three points in Greece tonight to edge a step closer towards qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.But Kovac believes that they will not have it all their own way against an Athens side, who desperately need a win to maintain their own hopes of progressing past the group stages.“I have personally been preparing for two or three weeks for this game,” Kovac told reporters on Twitter.“The task tomorrow is very clear – we want to win the game, but we know that will not be easy.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“Victories are always important. For Athens, it could be their last chance and they will be highly motivated.”It was announced on Monday that Franck Ribery had not travelled with the Bayern squad to Greece due to a back injury.Although Kovac did confirm that David Alaba will be ready for tonight’s game, despite being withdrawn at half-time against Wolfsburg.🏆 @ChampionsLeague⚽ #AEKFCB🏟 Olympiastadion Spyros Louis⌚ 18.55 Uhr 💪 #packmas pic.twitter.com/dl5sjQPoc4— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) October 23, 2018last_img read more

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first_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Refined Jeep Grand Cherokee gains fuel economy with EcoDiesel (pictures) More From Roadshow Diesel Cars Car Industry Trucks SUVs Enlarge ImageThose who bought or leased 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 models with diesel engines can expect a little check in the mail. Jeep It’s easy to forget that it wasn’t just Volkswagen that got caught up in the whole Dieselgate scandal. Plenty of other carmakers got outed for cheating on diesel emissions testing as well, like Fiat Chrysler.Once FCA was exposed for installing emissions defeat devices in its diesel vehicles, owners were pretty pissed. Over 100,000 of them went and filed a class-action lawsuit against the company, and now, according to a story published on Friday by Reuters, those owners are about to get paid.FCA offered to settle with the owners involved in the lawsuit for the princely sum of $307.5 million, and a federal judge in San Francisco accepted that settlement. That means that owners and lessees of 2014-2016 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel models can expect a check in the mail for around $3,075.If that doesn’t sound like a lot, that’s because it’s not. It’s less than the upcharge on most vehicles to opt for a diesel engine. Still, owners have been enjoying sweet torque and decent fuel economy in the meantime, so it’s not all bad. Current owners and lessees can submit a claim to be a part of the class action suit until February of 2021, while former owners and lease-holders only get until August of 2019 to get theirs in.The civil suit settlement is only a portion of the giant chunk of change that FCA has had to lay out as a result of its diesel trickery. It was obligated to extend vehicle warranties to owners of affected diesel vehicles as well as pay fines to the US and State of California. In all, it works out to an additional $311 million.Still, this experience hasn’t put the company off of its diesel models, because the Ram 1500 is getting a new EcoDiesel unit in the near future.FCA didn’t immediately respond to Roadshow’s request for comment. Tags Post a comment 0center_img Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Jeep Ram 28 Photos Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Ram Jeeplast_img read more

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first_imgRepresentative Bill Stoltze, a Republican from Chugiak, announced a new political path at the Mat Su Senior Center in downtown Palmer on Friday.Stoltze told the audience that his heart has always been in Palmer, and now he’d like to represent that city in a new state Senate district. He said he’d done “a lot of soul-searching” before making the announcement.Download Audiolast_img

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first_imgIf Donald Trump doesn’t have the presidential nomination in the bag by July, the Republican National Convention could be the most exciting in decades. 28 Alaskans get to participate, and this week Alaska Republicans will choose who gets to go. APRN’s Liz Ruskin looks at what’s ahead for the state convention in Fairbanks, which runs Thursday through Saturday, and beyond that, at the big show in Cleveland.Download AudioDonald Trump and Ted Cruz at an ABC Republican debate in New Hampshire in February. (Creative Commons photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC)Republicans don’t want any trouble from the fire marshal when they gather at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel. State party communications director Suzanne Downing said they already have 400 people registered and paid, so they’re nearly at room capacity already, and Downing said people are excited.“That’s the thing that I’m getting from most people that are going to the state convention: They feel like they’re part of history,” Downing said. “They feel like they’re part of creating America.”The convention will pick a new state party chair and decide the party platform. But the big buzz now is about which Alaskans will be delegates to Cleveland in July. The Fairbanks convention will choose 12 delegates for Ted Cruz, 11 for Trump and five for Marco Rubio. (Rubio suspended his campaign, but asked to retain the five delegates he won in Alaska on Super Tuesday.) Downing says more than 150 Alaskans have applied to fill those spots at the national convention, and they’re lobbying hard.At the same time, the presidential campaigns are scrambling to vet the potential delegates. Or, Downing said, the Cruz campaign is.“Oh, yeah. The Cruz campaign has been very active,” Downing said. “They’ve been scouring the delegate sheets, for people who want to represent Cruz at national convention. And then the national Cruz campaign has been calling each of those delegates and interviewing them and seeing what their true interest is in him as a candidate. They really want to find people who are true blue Cruz supporters.”The Trump campaign? Not so much, Downing says.“We haven’t actually had much contact from the Trump campaign,” said Downing. “We haven’t seen them in the office.”But Anchorage Trump campaign volunteer David Morgan says Trump IS active in Alaska. Morgan says he’s helping party stalwart Jim Crawford and former state senator Jerry Ward as they go through the lists, deciding who’d make the best Trump delegates.“And in real truth, the local, the statewide Trump people have been doing a lot of stuff through social media, talking to people,” Morgan said. “But (just) in the last two weeks have we actually been getting active in a traditional sense, on the ground.”All Alaska delegates in Cleveland will be bound to their candidate for at least two rounds of balloting before they become free agents. That’s per Republican Party rules adopted a few elections ago, when Randy Ruedrich was party chairman.“At the end of the second round the lowest vote getter would be released, and at the third round the next lowest,” said Ruedrich. “So, for all Alaska delegates to get released, it might take five rounds of voting.”Ruedrich said he helped write the delegate-binding rules, to encourage more Alaska Republicans to the polls on Super Tuesday, and he says they’ve worked, by giving voters “a direct influence” on what happens at the national convention. “I think it’s very important for the voters to have that direct tie to the national nomination process,” he said.As bound delegates, though, the Alaskans are unlikely to be showered with attention in Cleveland, the way — it’s rumored — unbound delegates from other states may be treated. And Trump may win 1,237 delegates before the national convention even starts.Regardless, if you’re a political junkie, a national convention is the place to be. Morgan, the Trump supporter, has been to a few conventions, and he says the opportunities to mix and mingle are fantastic.“From former presidents, secretaries of state, major key individuals you see on Fox News or on Morning Joe, they’ll be there,” Morgan said, “and they’ll be walking around and talking to people.”Morgan has a tip for people who are vying for a convention spot: Aim to be one of the 25 alternates. Like the regular delegates, you have to pay your own way to Cleveland but he says alternates have more freedom and more fun.“You can socialize, and you can go up and look at the booths, buy a stuffed elephant or whatever.” Morgan said. “It’s just kind of cool.”Three of Alaska’s delegates to Cleveland are already chosen, because they hold party offices. They are National Committeewoman Cynthia Henry, National Committeeman Ralph Seekins and outgoing Party Chairman Peter Goldberg. That leaves just 25 delegate slots to fill, and a lot of people hoping to get one.last_img read more

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first_imgEver since Arbaaz Khan and Salman Khan have announced their most anticipated film, Dabangg 3, the buzz around the film has refused to die down. More so, because of the speculations revolving around the item number in the film and who would finally get to shake a leg to it.While the song ‘Munni Badnaam Hui’ in the first franchise became an overnight hit, the song ‘Fevicol Se’ emerged as an even big number in Dabangg 2. Both the songs continued to dominate the chartbusters for a good number of months and even won several awards. Kareena Kapoor and Malaika Arora’s dance moves too grabbed eyeballs and became one of the important highlights of the film. Owing to the buzz around the item numbers in the franchise, the curiosity over who would grab the item number this time kept making headlines.Several names started floating around and whether or not Malaika Arora would be a part of the film was a question that kept popping up. Now, in an interview with TOI, Malaika has revealed that she is not a part of the project. The diva, who is in news for her style statements and for being in a relationship with Arjun Kapoor has said, “No my dear, I am not involved with the film. Everyone involved with the project has moved on and I only wish each and everyone all the best for the venture.”A couple of days ago, Arbaaz Khan had rubbished the rumours of approaching Kareena Kapoor Khan for an item number in his upcoming production Dabangg 3 featuring Salman Khan in the lead. And now, rumours are rife that director Prabhudeva is the reason behind Kareena’s ouster but due to their inamicable relationship, Prabhu wasn’t ready to work with Mrs Khan.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Brigette White, Special to the AFROLooking to spice up your workout routine and dust off those resolutions in a fabulous and energizing environment? Joy Copeland, of The Joy of Styling, and her team has the answer.TJOS is a fashion company consisting of four women who offer de-cluttering and organizing services, personalized style consulting, slay the runway lessons, style parties, dress for success workshops and healthy lifestyle events.Joy Copeland, founder and CEO of The Joy of Styling, after February’s Fit & Fab ‘90s edition.Since February 2018, The Joy of Styling, also known as TJOS, has provided the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with the opportunity to learn how to get fit in fabulous new ways, with the monthly series, “Fit & Fab.”What makes TJOS’s “Fit & Fab” classes different from other programs is that it offers different kinds of workout techniques with varying musical vibes for women and men. The series kicked off with a 1990s Zumba class, taught by Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. editor, using music from artists such as New Edition and TLC. In March, TJOS hosted an Irie Yoga workout session to the calming sounds of Jamaican reggae classics. This month’s class is an Afrofusion dance fitness course.“Afrofusion is a dance class focusing primarily on fusing ‘whining’  [a well known and used Caribbean dance move] with basic forms of cardio, so you can enjoy your very own workout party,” Copeland said.Copeland, an image consultant by trade, is the mastermind behind the “Fit & Fab” workout sessions.Students during Fit & Fab: Irie Yoga.“It was my idea to implement the ‘Fit & Fab’ events. I came up with the idea in college and it became my go-to event,” Copeland told the AFRO. These events were one of the reasons I wanted to start TJOS because fashion is a lifestyle and we should all have fun while working out.”The Joy of Styling plans to continue bringing “Fit & Fab” to the community in an effort to empower and strengthen self-esteems.“I want men and women to leave feeling uplifted and start to make healthy choices a part of their regular routine. Fashion is a lifestyle. When you look better, you feel better. That is what I want for people,” the CEO said.Each session is $12 for an hour and a half of exercise and can be booked on her website, https://tjoyofstyling.com/events.The Afrofusion class will start with stretching, and then over an hour of blended African dance moves to a contemporary combination of music infused with traditional rhythms of Africa.The “Fit & Fab” classes are also a platform for established instructors to teach and reach a new audience.On Sunday, April 8, Iziegbe ‘Izzy’ Odigie, is coming to Joe’s Movement Emporium, in Mount Rainer, Md., to demonstrate the moves that are propelling her career as a Nigerian choreographer and performer. Izzy is currently an Instagram star known for posting a variety of dance related content for her 80,000-plus followers.“I went to school with Izzy in New York at St. John’s [University in Queens]. She is from this area and loves to dance and share that with others. I’m excited to work with her again as we are both doing what we love,” said Copeland.The 24-year-old Bowie, Md. native and entrepreneur wants people to try “Fit & Fab” even if dance workouts are not their preferred form of fitness.“I hope that people try something new. You don’t have to be a dancer to enjoy this class. We are all here to have fun and get active. Afrofusion is all about the energy and this class is going to be just that, amazing energy,” she said.Editor’s Note: Founder and CEO of The Joy of Styling, Joy Copeland, is the first cousin to AFRO Washington, D.C. editor, Micha Green. Brigette White covered Copeland’s first Fit & Fab, ‘90s Zumba Edition prior to meeting Green and officially contributing as an AFRO reporter.last_img read more

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first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day “I can tell you that as a commander in Afghanistan in the year 2010, I was able to use my cyber operations against my adversary with great impact,” Mills said. “I was able to get inside his nets, infect his command-and-control, and in fact defend myself against his almost constant incursions to get inside my wire, to affect my operations.”Mills, now a deputy commandant with the Marine Corps, was in charge of international forces in southwestern Afghanistan between 2010 and 2011, according to his official biography. He didn’t go into any further detail as to the nature or scope of his forces’ attacks, but experts said that such a public admission that they were being carried out was itself striking.“This is news,” said James Lewis, a cyber-security analyst with the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. He said that while it was generally known in defense circles that cyberattacks had been carried out by U.S. forces in Afghanistan, he had never seen a senior officer take credit for them in such a way.“It’s not secret,” Lewis said in a telephone interview, but he added: “I haven’t seen as explicit a statement on this as the one” Mills made. Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Comments   Share   Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Damien Pickart declined to elaborate on Mills’ comments, saying in an email that “for reasons of security . we do not provide specific information regarding our intentions, plans, capabilities or operations.”The email said that the Pentagon’s cyber operations were properly authorized and that they took place within the bounds of international law and the “confines of existing policy.”U.S. defense planners have spent the past few years debating that policy, asking how and under what circumstances the Pentagon would launch a cyberattack against its enemies, but it’s only recently become apparent that a sophisticated program of U.S.-backed cyberattacks is already under way.A book by The New York Times reporter David Sanger recently recounted how President Barack Obama ordered a wave of electronic incursions aimed at physically sabotaging Iran’s disputed atomic energy program. Subsequent reports have linked the program to a virus dubbed Flame, which prompted a temporary Internet blackout across Iran’s oil industry in April, and another virus called Gauss, which appeared to have been aimed at stealing information from customers of Lebanese banks. An earlier report alleged that U.S. forces in Iraq had hacked into a terrorist group’s computer there to lure its members into an ambush. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Check your body, save your life Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Herbert Lin, a cyber expert at the National Research Council, agreed that Mills’ comments were unusual in terms of the fact that they were made publicly. But Lin said that the United States was, little by little, opening up about the fact that its military was launching attacks across the Internet.“The U.S. military is starting to talk more and more in terms of what it’s doing and how it’s doing it,” he said. “A couple of years ago it was hard to get them to acknowledge that they were doing offense at all _ even as a matter of policy, let alone in specific theaters or specific operations.”Mills’ brief comments about cyberattacks in Afghanistan were delivered to the TechNet Land Forces East conference in Baltimore on Aug. 15, but they did not appear to have attracted much attention at the time. Footage of the speech was only recently posted to the Internet by conference organizers.___Online:Mills’ speech: http://slidesha.re/RJHtXkRaphael Satter can be reached at: http://raphae.li/twitter Sponsored Stories (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated Press (AP) – The U.S. military has been launching cyberattacks against its opponents in Afghanistan, a senior officer says, making an unusually explicit acknowledgment of the oft-hidden world of electronic warfare.Marine Lt. Gen. Richard P. Mills’ comments came last week at a conference in Baltimore during which he explained how U.S. commanders considered cyber weapons an important part of their arsenal. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

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first_img Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Associated PressDUSHANBE, Tajikistan (AP) – A woman in the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan says security services held her 12-year-old son for three days and beat him to coerce details on individuals detained on extremism charges.Inobat Yakubova told the respected Tajik newspaper Asia-Plus on Monday that her son was picked up in late August while at the home of his Arabic language tutor, who is suspected of being a member of banned Islamist group Hizb-ut-Tahrir. Yakubova said she was later visited by the security services official and warned not to go public with the allegations of abuse.Tajikistan, an impoverished nation of 7 million people, lies along the supplies distribution route for the U.S-led military operation in Afghanistan.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology The State Committee for National Security could not be reached for comment.Tajikistan, a Muslim nation that assists U.S. military operations in neighboring Afghanistan, has sought to stamp out radical religious movements it says threaten its stability.Rights activists say mistreatment of suspects in custody is commonplace, but a case involving an underage boy will likely still provoke outrage.Yakubova said she had not spoken out about the mistreatment of her son, Nusratullo, earlier for fear of reprisals from the authorities.Her lawyer, Shukhrat Kudratov, said he has petitioned state prosecutors to investigate the security services officer responsible. The General Prosecutor’s office confirmed it had received the request.Yakubova said that she looked for her son in the hospitals of the capital city, Dushanbe, before he finally reappeared at home with bruises and scratches on his face and body.Nusratullo Yakubov told Asia-Plus that he was questioned by several officers.“(One) told he wanted to me say that the teacher was distributing banned literature,” Yakubov said. “He hit me in the face and stomach. He picked me up and threw me to the ground. I was terrified and it hurt.” New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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first_imgFILE – This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Members of the Islamic State group have captured the ancient town raising fears that the extremists will destroy its archaeological sites that have stood for two millennia. Palmyra, home to one of the Middle East’s most famous UNESCO world heritage sites, was under full control of militants on Thursday after troops withdrew to nearby bases. (SANA via AP, File) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Baghdad says preparations are underway to launch a wide-scale counteroffensive in Anbar province involving Iranian-backed Shiite militias, which have played a key role in defeating the Islamic State group elsewhere in the country. The presence of those militias could, however, fuel sectarian tensions in the Sunni province, where anger and mistrust toward the Shiite-led government runs deep.___El Deeb reported from Beirut. Associated Press writer Sameer N. Yacoub in Baghdad contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Quick workouts for men Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The Islamic State group captured Palmyra on Wednesday, raising concerns around the world they would destroy priceless, 2,000-year-old temples, tombs and colonnades located in the town’s south.The strikes would appear to help the embattled forces of forces of President Bashar Assad, which have had a succession of recent defeats to IS group and other rebels. But experts and archeologists said the airstrike, coming days after the group overwhelmed the city, was too little too late.“It is like closing the doors after the horses have bolted,” said Amr Al-Azm, a former Syrian antiquities official and currently a professor at Shawnee State University in Ohio.A picture circulated on Twitter accounts of Islamic State supporters showed the black flag used by the extremists raised over the town’s hilltop Islamic-era castle, a structure hundreds of years old. Al-Azm said the fact that the castle dates back to an Islamic civilization may protect it from the kind of destruction IS members have inflicted on pre-Islamic heritage sites such as the ancient cities of Hatra and Ninevah in Iraq.The group says the ancient relics promote idolatry, but, it also maintains a lucrative business by excavating and selling such artifacts on the black market, according to antiquities authorities. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Islamic State fighters broke into the museum of Palmyra, though a Syrian official said its artifacts have been removed and are safe while the U.S.-led coalition conducted airstrikes on the group’s installations near the captured ancient town — the first such reported attack in the central province of Homs.The Department of Defense said in a statement that U.S.-led coalition aircraft had attacked an IS position near Palmyra, which goes by the modern name Tadmur, destroying six anti-aircraft artillery systems and an artillery piece. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Aymenn al-Tamimi, a researcher of Islamic militant groups, said the coalition airstrikes technically represents an intervention on behalf of Assad’s regime to expel the group, adding that similar strikes in the northern province of Deir al-Zour, where IS is advancing on a major regime military base, can be also perceived as such.“However, in the end airstrikes don’t mean much if the ground forces are so ineffective in resisting — as has been the case in Palmyra,” he said.The city’s museum and artifacts have been damaged and looted earlier during Syria’s four-year civil war. In a 2014 government report prepared for the U.N.’s cultural agency, damage already was recorded because of fighting in the area around the Temple Bel. Bullets and shells hit the temple’s columns, while two of its southern columns had collapsed. The report also recorded looting.Abdulkarim said some 6,300 artifacts from Syria were seized and smuggled out of the country in the last four years.The Islamic State group holds a large stretch of territory across Syria and neighboring Iraq. In Iraq, police Col. Aziz al-Shihawi said that Iraqi troops and Shiite militias recaptured the town of Husseiba in Anbar province Saturday. He said Iraqi allied forces killed several militants before they withdrew from the town, some 7 kilometers (4 miles) east of the Islamic State-held city of Ramadi. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories One activist in the city of Palmyra, who goes by the name of Khaled al-Homsi because of security concerns, told The Associated Press that the militants smashed a statue in the museum’s foyer — a replica that depicts ancient residents of Palmyra.Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of the Antiquities and Museums Department in Damascus, told the AP that militants entered the museum in the town’s center Friday afternoon, locked the doors and left behind their own guards. He said that the artifacts earlier had been moved away to safety.“We feel proud as all the museum’s contents were taken to safe areas,” he told reporters. But Abdulkarim warned that the Islamic State group’s control of the town remains a danger to its archaeological sites.Al-Azm said he doubts the museum was totally emptied because larger pieces would be hard to move. He said the museum also contained at least two mummies, and carvings from the nearby tombs, mostly dating to the 1st, 2nd and early 3rd centuryAl-Azm said he fears that the “real looting” will take place at the site itself, adding that the group will take its time to recruit local antiquities experts to help in running the illicit trade. But he worried that the Temple of Bel, the majestic structure in the heart of this desert oasis, will ultimately be destroyed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes “It is the poster child of an IS cultural heritage atrocity,” he said, saying the temple in later years was used as a church and has walls covered in frescos.Al-Azm said the only way to save the ancient site is by driving the Islamic State group out of the town.So far, the IS militants have been primarily concerned with consolidating their control over the city, conducting house-to-house searches for government soldiers and pro-government militiamen and, in some cases, publicly killing those that they find, according to activists and government officials. They have also restored electricity partially to the town, and urged government employees to return to work.On Saturday, commercial trucks were allowed to travel to the city of Raqqa in northern Syria, the self-declared capital of the IS group, and they returned to Palmyra with fresh produce for the city that has been besieged by the fighting since May 13, al-Homsi said. The group offered the truck drivers free fuel, he said.The Defense Department statement didn’t specify where the strikes took place. Activists said they heard of no airstrikes in the immediate vicinity of the town, but that the battles between IS fighters and government forces have continued in a mountainous area containing oil fields northwest of the town.last_img read more

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first_imgFinance minister Harris Georgiades said that the euro area’s finance ministers have accepted Cyprus’s position that the government doesn’t need to take additional fiscal measures, and withdrew earlier recommendations that sparked a war of words with the European Commission months ago.Georgiades, who was commenting on state radio CyBC a day after the meeting of the euro area’s finance ministers, widely known as Eurogroup, said that a member state with a balanced budget and the highest primary fiscal surplus cannot be asked to take measures which could negatively affect economic growth.“Let me clarify that this in no way means that we asked for and got fiscal relaxation,” Georgiades said. “We remain committed, we are the first to realise the need of continuing the very prudent fiscal management”.On December 5, the Eurogroup said that the draft budgets submitted by Cyprus and seven other member states risked being non-compliant with the provisions of the stability and growth pact and asked them to take action to address the situation. In October, Georgiades described the Commission’s recommendations to further increase the primary balance, which is the difference between government revenue and expenditure excluding net interest payments, as “absurd”.The chairman of the euro area finance ministers collegium, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, said on Monday that the Eurogroup will follow up in May with reviewing the implementation of member states’ budgetary plans “to make sure that all of us remain under the framework of the stability and growth pact”.Georgiades said that the Eurogroup will speed up the revision of the current methodology of the fiscal rules which prompted the Commission’s recommendations.The finance minister also said that the government, which faces elections in 11 months and weeks ago agreed to make concessions to medical workers after they held a prolonged strike a year ago, will continue with its reform agenda. The government, he said, has prepared a draft bill on the partial privatisation of state-telecom company Cyta by “approaching the positions of opposition parties”, which ensure that the government remains majority shareholder and that current staff will see no change in their employment status.He said that the government removed provisions that would allow Cyta employees to be transferred to other government departments and added that the bill also provides for the hiring of staff by Cyta on private sector terms.You May LikeCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more