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Now, Bahraich BJP MP Savitri Bai Phule says Lord Hanuman was a “slave of ‘manuwadi’ people”

first_imgBJP MP from Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh Savitri Bai Phule on Tuesday said Lord Hanuman was “a Dalit and a slave of ‘manuwadi’ people.” Only recently, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said at a poll rally in Malakheda of Alwar district, Rajasthan, that ”Bajrang Bali was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit, who worked to connect all Indian communities together, from north to south and east to west.”.Ms. Phule alleged that Dalits and Backward Class people were being called ‘bandar’ (monkey) and ‘rakshas’ (demon). “Lord Hanuman was a Dalit and a slave of ‘manuwadi’ people. He was a Dalit and a human. He did all for Lord Ram then why was he given a tail and his face was blackened. Why was he made a monkey?,” she said.“When he did all for Lord Ram with devotion, he [Lord Hanuman] should have been made a human and not a ‘bandar’ [monkey]. At that time also he had to face humilation due to being a Dalit. Why can’t we Dalits be considered humans?” she told PTI over phone.Bhim Army chief’s callAfter Mr. Adityanath’s statement, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar asked members of his community to take over all temples belonging to Lord Hanuman. “Dalits should take over all Hanuman temples in the country and appoint Dalits as priests there,” he said.When asked about the Ram temple issue, which is pending in the Supreme Court, Ms. Phule said the BJP was raking up the matter as it had no other issues.“The country does not need a temple. Will it end unemployment and other problems of Dalits and backwards? The temple will benefit Brahmins, who are only 3%. The money offered in temples are used by them for their gains and make our community [Dali]) their slave,” she said.“We want rights given to us in the Constitution. “Hamko adhikar chahiya warna kursi khali karo [Give us our rights or leave the government],“ she said.Phule’s praise for JinnahMs. Phule had raised questions on BJP leaders dining at houses of Dalits and termed the founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah, “a mahapurush” (great personality). When asked to comment on the statement of Ms. Phule, BJP spokesman Chandra Mohan said, “It seems she didn’t have much knowledge of Indian tradition.” On her attacking the BJP on the Ram temple issue, he said he would not like to comment and people know what she was doing.last_img read more

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New twist to Narsingh Yadav doping scandal

first_imgEven as Narsingh Yadav continues to wrestle with the ghosts of doping scandal that rocked the nation last month and ruined his Olympic dreams, new facts seem to have emerged in the story. The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), who still continues to back dope-tainted Narsingh’s theory of sabotage, has sought information from the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), regarding a letter that was written by one Ramesh on July 1 to test the wrestler again. So far, NADA had, off the record, said that it was because of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA’s) direction that Narsingh’s sample was collected on July 5. However, WFI claims that it is still to get a response from NADA. (Also read: Wrestler Narsingh Yadav took banned substances knowingly: Court of Arbitration for Sports) FOUR-YEAR BAN Narsingh was handed a four-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last week after he failed to produce any “real evidence” regarding the sabotage theory he had presented. The 27-year-old wrestler maintains that he has been framed and a lobby is working against him. Narsingh also said the door is still open for him to return to wrestling as the CAS, in its order, has said if he is able to furnish any proof (police finds someone guilty) that he was framed, his case will be reconsidered.  ‘NARSINGH KNOWINGLY TOOK BANNED SUBSTANCES’ Interestingly, this comes a day after CAS made its ruling public, saying Narsingh took the banned substances knowingly.  CAS, with reasonable doubt, said that he orally took the banned substance intentionally in tablet form on more than one occasion. (Also read: If I’m the culprit, hang me: Narsingh Yadav) In its full ruling, the ad hoc panel of the CAS relied on expert evidence that Narsingh’s dope offence was not due to one-time ingestion of the prohibited substance and its concentration in the first test result (of June 25) was so high that it had to come from an oral ingestion of one or two tablets of methandienone, rather than from a drink where the powder had been mixed with water.advertisementlast_img read more

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Everton vs Apollon Limassol: Team news & TV

first_imgUEFA Europa League Everton vs Apollon Limassol: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Goal 15:15 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Wayne Rooney Everton Getty Images UEFA Europa League Everton v Apollon Everton Apollon Ronald Koeman’s side are looking to get their Europa League campaign back on track after defeat to Atalanta on matchday one Everton return to European action having rediscovered the way to win in recent weeks.Victories over Sunderland and Bournemouth have eased the pressure on Toffees manager Ronald Koeman as he looks to justify his big summer of spending.Defeat to Atalanta on matchday one has left the Merseyside outfit facing an uphill task in the Europa League as they play host to Cypriot underdogs Apollon Limassol. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Game Everton vs Apollon Limassol Date Thursday, September 28 Time 20:05 BST / 15:05 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Ronald Koeman, Everton, Premier League, 05062017In the UK, the game will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD, as well as being available to stream live on the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2/BT Sport 4K UHD BT Sport app In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on a number of regional networks listed below and nationally via Fox Sports Go and ESPN3 live streams. US TV channel Online stream FS West, FS Arizona, FS Midwest, FS Carolinas, FS Ohio, FS Tennessee, FS Southwest, FS South, MASN, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh Fox Sports Go / ESPN3 SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Everton players Goalkeepers Pickford, Stekelenburg, Robles Defenders Martina, Kenny, Holgate, Williams, Baines Midfielders Schneiderlin, Gueye, Besic, Klaassen, Davies, Sigurdsson, Lennon Forwards Rooney, Calvert-Lewin, Sandro, Mirallas, Lookman, Vlasic Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka are both still out after missing the win over Bournemouth with foot and hamstring injuries respectively.Wayne Rooney’s eye injury that he picked up against the Cherries should not be enough to keep him out, but long-term absentees Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley, Yannick Bolasie, James McCarthy and Ramiro Funes Mori are all still on the sidelines.Oumar Niasse, who has scored three goals in his last two appearances, is not eligible having not been named in Everton’s squad for the Europa League group stages.Potential starting XI:  Stekelenburg; Kenny, Holgate, Williams, Baines; Davies, Besic, Gueye; Vlasic, Sandro, Calvert-Lewin. Position Apollon Limassol players Goalkeepers Kissas, Vale Defenders Jander, Roberge, Angeli, Stylianou, Yuste, Kyriakou, Vasilou Midfielders Sachetti, Martinez, Alex, Makridis, Allan, Pedro, Reynolds, Papoulis, Hadjivasili, Pitian, Sardinero, Jakolis, Alef Forwards Zelaya, Schembri, Pittas, Silvestros, Maglica Apollon head into the match high on confidence after holding Lyon to a creditable draw on matchday one.Manager Sofronis Augousti is set to name an unchanged XI from the side that played in the Group E opener as they look to take a furter step towards the knockout stages.Potential starting XI:  Vale, Pedro, Yuste, Roberge, Jander; Sachetti, Alef; Jakolis, Alex, Schembri; Maglica.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton 09202017Everton are 2/7 favourites to emerge victorious on Spanish soil, according to dabblebet , with visitors Apollon rated at 10/1 to claim all three points. A draw is priced at 4/1.Sandro Ramirez, Wayne Rooney and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are the 16/5 favourites to open the scoring at Goodison Park, with Gylfi Sigurdsson 7/2 and Kevin Mirallas 5/1. In terms of Apollon, player Andre Schembri is among those listed at 12/1 to shock the home crowd and open the scoring.Click here to see all the available markets and related odds for the game. GAME PREVIEW Gylfi Sigurdsson EvertonAfter a disappointing start to the campaign, Everton are looking to get their season back on track.Defeats to Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United in the Premier League were compounded by an embarassing 3-0 defeat to Atalanta in the Europa League as pressure began to mount on manager Ronald Koeman.Wins over Sunderland and Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup and the league respectively have taken the heat off the Dutch coach for the time being, with Oumar Niasse the unlikely hero having been frozen out of the team this time last season.Apollon, meanwhile, have qualified for the Europa League group stages for the third time since 2013, but failed to reach the knockout stages in either of their previous two attempts.A draw against group favourites Lyon on matchday one, however, has given them hope that they could spring a shock and secure European football heading into the new year.last_img read more

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Mourinho: ‘We should’ve been 5-0 up’

first_imgManchester United ‘We should have been 5-0 up’ – Mourinho unimpressed with wasteful Man Utd Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 06:57 11/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) mouriinho-cropped Getty Images Manchester United UEFA Champions League Basel v Manchester United Basel José Mourinho The Red Devils slumped to a 1-0 Champions League defeat to Basel on Wednesday, but the manager believes his side should have won easily Jose Mourinho was left frustrated with Manchester United’s profligacy as they wasted a host of chances in their 1-0 Champions League defeat to Basel on Wednesday.United needed only a point to secure qualification and progress to the knockout phase as Group A winners, but it was not to be midweek.Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku, Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo all came close in a first half which was dominated by United — with the latter two denied by the woodwork. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Basel took full advantage, improving immeasurably after half-time and eventually stealing a late win in the 89th minute through Michael Lang, leaving Mourinho understandably frustrated.FT: FC Basel 1 #MUFC 0. A late goal for the hosts condemns United to defeat in Switzerland. #UCL pic.twitter.com/VSSh8xfS8r— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017″We lost because we should have been 5-0 up at half-time and could not score after being so dominant,” Mourinho told BT Sport.”We were in an easy way for many periods — it looked almost impossible not to win.”But experience tells you that when you miss so many chances you put yourself in this position. In the second half, maybe we think the position at 0-0 was okay, but then they score the last minute.”Basel’s winner saw Lang sneak in behind Daley Blind and convert, with the Dutchman accepting responsibility in a separate post-match interview.But Mourinho was eager to ensure he did not blame himself, as he would rather fault “everyone on the pitch” for not wrapping up what should have been a straightforward win.”No, I don’t think it’s fair to blame himself,” Mourinho added. “He had a positive game.”We must blame everyone on the pitch. We missed so many chances and put ourselves in this position. It’s always risky when you waste chances.”last_img read more

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Dwayne Haskins Reacts To Ohio State’s College Football Playoff Snub

first_imgDwayne Haskins after the TCU win.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field after beating the TCU Horned Frogs 40-28 during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Despite a Playoff-caliber performance against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game, the Ohio State Buckeyes ultimately failed to make it to the College Football Playoff. But Buckeyes QB Dwayne Haskins – fresh off a record-setting title game performance – is taking the snub in stride.Ohio State’s absence from the College Football Playoff locked them into a Rose Bowl Game showdown with Washington in Pasadena.Haskins quickly took to Twitter and wrote “I like LA.”The Buckeyes QB set numerous school and conference records this past year, and made even more history in Saturday’s 45-24 win over Northwestern.I like LA— Dwayne Haskins, Jr? (@dh_simba7) December 2, 2018Haskins had 499 passing yards and five TDs while completing 82.9-percent of his passes in the Big Ten Championship Game.The last time Ohio State played in the Rose Bowl Game was in 2010, when they beat Chip Kelly’s Oregon Ducks in a 26-17 win.Haskins is in his first year as a starter for the Buckeyes.last_img read more

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When R Ashwin Mankaded Sri Lankan batsman in 2012, Sehwag and Sachin withdrew appeal

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 14:24 IST Ravichandran Ashwin had mankaded Lahiru Thirimanne in an ODI in 2012.HIGHLIGHTSJos Buttler was not the first player who Ravichandran Ashwin mankadedAshwin had mankaded Thirimanne in 2012 in an ODI but Sehwag and Tendulkar had withdrawn the appealAshwin mankading Buttler has opened up a massive debateRavichandran Ashwin mankading Jos Buttler during an Indian Premier League 2019 match between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals has opened up a huge debate but this was not the first time Ashwin mankaded a batsman. He had done it back in 2012 in international cricket as well but then, stand-in captain Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar withdrew the appeal and the batsman stayed on the crease.On Monday for the first time in the history of the IPL, a batsman was mankaded when Ashwin run out Buttler at the non-striker’s end. Kings XI Punjab captain Ashwin was set to bowl the last ball of his final over when it looked like he stopped in his stride and ran Buttler out, who was outside the crease.KXIP went on to win the match by 14 runs and a varied opinions came out on the act of Ashwin. While Shane Warne labelled Ashwin’s act as “embarrasing and disgraceful”, Rahul Dravid said Ashwin was within his rights to mankad Buttler but he would have preffered a warning first.Right after the controversy erupted, Mohammed Kaif has tweeted that he remembered Ashwin doing the same in an international match but he did not get the wicket then.It was in 2012 in a one-day international against Sri Lanka at the Gabba when Ashwin mankaded Lahiru Thirimanne but Sehwag and Tendulkar did not let the appeal stand and Thirimanne stayed on.After Ashwin had mankaded Thirimanne and appealed to the umpire, he walked towards Sehwag, who seemed like he was taken aback by the turn of events.advertisementThe two on-field umpires discussed the event amongst each other before calling Sehwag to ask whether he wanted to stand with the appeal. While Sehwag was having a conversation with the umpires, Tendulkar walked up to them and said something to Sehwag and the two withdrew the appeal and walked away to continue with the game.Watch the video of the incident:Following the uproar over Ravi Ashwin’s IPL ‘Mankad’, here’s a look back at an incident from a 2012 ODI against Sri Lanka at the Gabba pic.twitter.com/IRR528s0hacricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 27, 2019The mankad law allows a bowler to run out a batsman at the non-striker’s end if he leaves the crease before the bowler has bowled his delivery. The law does not specify that the bowler is required to warn the batsman if he is seeing the batsman cross the crease and that decision is left to the bowler.Also Read | Ashwin Mankading: Stop judging him already, he’s not a disgraceAlso Read | R Ashwin on Mankad controversy: I did not plan it, was within rules of the gameAlso Read | Mankading is like back-stabbing: BCCI official on R Ashwin’s run out of Jos ButtlerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Ravichandran AshwinFollow Mankad controversyFollow Jos ButtlerFollow IPL 2019Follow RR vs KXIPFollow Sri LankaFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow Virender Sehwag When R Ashwin Mankaded Sri Lankan batsman in 2012, Sehwag and Sachin withdrew appealRavichandran Ashwin had mankaded Sri Lankan batsmen Lahiru Thirimanne in an ODI against Sri Lanka at the Gabba in 2012 but Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar had withdrawn the appeal then.advertisementlast_img read more

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Bus Donated To Jamaica Constabulary Force Anti-Trafficking In Persons Unit

first_imgStory Highlights Victims of human trafficking now have a convenient and secure mode of transport to take them to safe shelters. Mr. Chuck further stated that the JCF’s investigative capacity is being bolstered as they seek to protect victims and bring perpetrators to justice. Jamaica has been upgraded to Tier 2 from the Tier 2 Watch List in the United States Department of State 2016 TIP report.center_img Victims of human trafficking now have a convenient and secure mode of transport to take them to safe shelters.This follows the donation of a 16-seater Toyota bus, valued approximately $6 million, to the Anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP)/Intellectual Property Squad of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) by the Ministry of Justice.The presentation was made by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, during a ceremony at the Ministry at 61 Constant Spring Road in Kingston on June 2, where he reiterated the Government’s undertaking to curtail human trafficking.“We will continue to enact laws, provide the necessary budgetary support and strengthen the capacities of state entities, including law enforcement agencies, to maintain and scale up actions against trafficking in persons,” he said.The Minister said the broad-based multi-sectoral National Task Force against Trafficking in Persons, which was established in 2005, continues to provide strategic direction for the enactment of legislation, development of an anti-TIP policy framework and planning and execution of major interventions.“We have sought to strengthen the prosecutorial arm with the establishment of a Specialised Unit at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions,” he said.Mr. Chuck further stated that the JCF’s investigative capacity is being bolstered as they seek to protect victims and bring perpetrators to justice.For his part, National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, said human trafficking has been prioritized under the Ministry’s Five-Pillar Strategy, which ultimately aims to make Jamaica safer and more secure for citizens and visitors. He said since the enactment of the Trafficking in Persons Act, its provisions have been strengthened through amendments, adding that collaboration between the JCF and Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has resulted in several convictions.Mr. Montague pointed out that Jamaica is a signatory to the United Nations (UN) Palermo Protocol to prevent and suppress the incidence of human trafficking, especially targeting women and children, and punish the perpetrators.Among the Protocol’s provisions are guidelines for the protection and support of victims. Additionally, it provides a framework that will bring the Government of Jamaica in compliance with the TIP Act and its international obligations.Mr. Montague said Jamaica has also established two new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to proactively identify victims.He lauded the Anti-TIP Unit, which has launched Operation Uplift that aims to strengthen its capacity to counter human trafficking.In his remarks, Head of the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Branch, JCF, Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifford Chambers, said the Anti-TIP Unit has assisted in the investigation and repatriation of victims of human trafficking from several countries.These include: Burma, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Guyana, Haiti, India, Italy and Panama.He said to date, the Unit has helped to rescue 74 victims, while arresting and charging several persons in connection last year.Jamaica has been upgraded to Tier 2 from the Tier 2 Watch List in the United States Department of State 2016 TIP report.last_img read more

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Hollande Thanks King Mohammed VI for Effective Assistance After Paris Attacks

Rabat – French President thanked Morocco’s King Mohammed VI for the “effective assistance” provided by Morocco after the Paris terrorist attacks, said the French Presidency in a statement following a meeting between both heads of state on Friday in Paris.The two leaders expressed the “shared determination of France and Morocco to carry out together the fight against terrorism and radicalization, and to work towards the resolution of regional and international crises,” the statement went on.The two heads of state also “reaffirmed their full mobilization for the preservation of the planet and the success of the COP21 in Paris and COP22 in Morocco in 2016,” the statement added. The French President and the Moroccan monarch hailed the “vitality of exceptional French-Moroccan partnership and its ability to renew itself to address common challenges.”The meeting comes a week after the Paris terrorist attacks and following an eventful week in which Moroccan intelligence services played a pivotal role in helping French authorities to foil other potential terrorist attacks on French soil.Thanks to the information provided by Moroccan intelligence services, French authorities were able to locate the whereabouts of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, suspected mastermind of last Friday’s carnage.On Wednesday morning, French special forces cornered the Belgian national along with a female terrorist in the apartment where they were hiding in Saint-Denis, in Paris suburb. They were both killed in the assault.On Thursday, French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said in a press conference that a country outside of Europe provided French intelligence services with key information that helped locate Abaaoud.“It was only on November 16, after the attacks in Paris, that the Intelligence Services of country outside Europe reported that it was aware of his presence in Greece,” said today French Interior Minister.“An intelligence service outside Europe suggested that he could be in France,” he added. read more

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Demobilization in northern Afghanistan about half way finished UN says

A spokesman for UNAMA said in the capital Kabul that in the four-day programme at Afghanistan’s New Beginnings Programme (ANBP), the ex-combatants are shown motivational films about life as a civilian, briefed on their responsibilities as civilians, and encouraged to participate in interviews in which they talk about their background, skills and education and what they would like to do next.They are also given identity cards and receive a cash benefit, a food package and a shalwar kamiz, one of the traditional suits of Afghanistan.They have all sworn a seven-point oath promising not to take up arms and to obey the laws of the country, spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said. The oath also calls on the ex-soldiers not to get involved in drug trafficking or production, and not to take part in criminal activities.Of the different opportunities available through the demobilization programme, the most popular so far is agricultural work. Very few ex-combatants had opted to join either the Afghan National Army or the police, UNAMA said. read more

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Nothing can grow without water warns UNICEF as 600 million children could

All of these factors force children to use unsafe water, exposing them to deadly diseases like cholera and diarrhoea. Many children in drought-affected areas spend hours every day collecting water, missing out on a chance to go to school. Girls are especially vulnerable to attack and sexual violence during these times. However, the impact of climate change on water sources is not inevitable, noted the report, recommending actions to help curb the impact of climate change on the lives of children. One of the points it raised is for governments to plan for changes in water availability and demand in the coming years and to prioritize the most vulnerable children’s access to safe water above other water needs to maximize social and health outcomes. It also called on businesses to work with communities to prevent contamination and depletion of safe water sources as well as on communities to diversify water sources and to increase their capacity to store water safely. “Water is elemental – without it, nothing can grow,” said Mr. Lake, urging for efforts to safeguard children’s access to water. “One of the most effective ways we can do that is safeguarding their access to safe water.” “Water is elemental – without it, n In its report, Thirsting for a Future: Water and children in a changing climate, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) explores the threats to children’s lives and wellbeing caused by depleted sources of safe water and the ways climate change will intensify these risks in coming years. “This crisis will only grow unless we take collective action now,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in a news release announcing the report, launched on World Water Day. “But around the world, millions of children lack access to safe water – endangering their lives, undermining their health, and jeopardizing their futures,” he added. According to the UN agency, 36 countries around the world are already facing extremely high levels of water stress. Warmer temperatures, rising sea levels, increased floods, droughts and melting ice affect the quality and availability of water as well as sanitation systems. These combined with increasing populations, higher demand of water primarily due to industrialization and urbanization are draining water resources worldwide. On top of these, conflicts in many parts of the world are also threatening access to safe water. According to a recent UN-Water report, about two-thirds of the world’s population currently live in areas that experience water scarcity for at least one month a year. Source: World Water Development Report 2017 read more

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UK automotive to top the bill again as See Inside Manufacturing returns

Following the extraordinary success of the very first ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ scheme that the automotive industry piloted in 2011, SMMT is pleased to confirm a highly impressive level of commitment from UK automotive that will once again deliver captivating events up and down the country throughout June.Supported by the Automotive Council and announced by Business Secretary, Vince Cable, around thirty companies from across UK automotive have already signed-up to deliver a broad range of activities set to inspire Britain’s bright young talent and enlighten teachers and careers advisors of the challenging, rewarding, and highly skilled roles available within industry.The hugely positive response to last year’s automotive-led initiative prompted Secretary of State Vince Cable to announce its return earlier this year, expanding the scheme to include the food and drinks, defence and aerospace industries. Aiming to build on its brilliant start, companies keen to be involved can still register their interest by e-mail to jharris@smmt.co.uk.Designed to give young people from across the UK a glimpse of what it is like to work in one of the most innovative and vibrant manufacturing sectors, the initiative also informs participants about the sector’s important economic and social role. Industry employs more than 730,000 people, across design, engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, aftermarket and retail sectors and takes-on around 14, 000 apprentices every year.The sector skills council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies (SEMTA) conducted a ‘See Inside’ participant survey last year, results included:Over 85% of teachers and young people thought the overall event and contact with the automotive sector was excellent.85% of young people said their knowledge of a career in the automotive sector was better following the event.More than half of all young people would now consider a career in automotive following the event.82% of teachers were likely to advise a career in automotive following the event.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Football Ohio State stays at No 4 in latest AP Poll

The Buckeyes line up to sing “Carmen Ohio” after the game against TCU on Sept. 15. Ohio State won 40-28. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State stayed as the No. 4 team in the latest AP Poll after defeating TCU 40-28 on Saturday. The Buckeyes failed to earn a first place vote. Ohio State began the season as the No. 5 team in the nation according to the preseason AP Poll, but had failed to earn a first place vote after defeating both Oregon State and Rutgers in the first two weeks of the season. Ohio State did earn a first place vote in the USA Coaches Poll released Sunday, which had the Buckeyes as the No. 4 team in the nation as well. The Buckeyes defeated the Horned Frogs on Saturday, which fell to No. 17 after the loss. Ohio State is one of five teams from the Big Ten represented in the latest AP Poll along with Penn State (No. 10 along with Washington), Wisconsin (No. 18), Michigan (No. 19) and Michigan State (No. 24). The AP Poll: Week 41. Alabama (58)2. Georgia3. Clemson (3)4. Ohio State5. Oklahoma6. LSU7. Stanford8. Notre Dame9. Auburn10. Washington10. Penn State12. West Virginia13. Virginia Tech14. Mississippi State15. Oklahoma State16. UCF17. TCU18. Wisconsin19. Michigan20. Oregon21. Miami22. Texas A&M23. Boston College24. Michigan State25. BYU read more

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Mortar bomb found near Strabane police station callous attempt to kill officers

first_img Image: PA Archive/PA Images This is not the first time a deadly device has been left in a public space recently and serves to remind us all how little the terrorists responsible care for the lives of local people.                                                            Sinn Féin MP Órfhlaith Begley said those responsible “have nothing to offer”.“It only served to bring disruption and fear to the local community in Strabane who reject this dangerous and futile actions.“Those responsible have nothing to offer society and need to end their attacks against the community,” the West Tyrone MP said. The PSNI said it is linking the security incident to the hijacking of a delivery driver’s car in the Mount Sion area at around 9.40pm on Friday evening. A fake order was placed with a pizza outlet from a phone box on Bridge Street and when the driver arrived at the stated address, his orange coloured Fiat Sedici was taken from him by three men. It was subsequently discovered on fire at Evish Road around 45 minutes later.The PNSI says it is continuing to conduct enquiries in the area today. The 33-year-old man under terrorism legislation remains in police custody. Mortar bomb found near Strabane police station ‘callous attempt to kill’ officers A 33-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of the morning under terrorism legislation. 8,949 Views Short URL File image 11 Comments Share4 Tweet Email Sep 8th 2019, 1:41 PM Sunday 8 Sep 2019, 1:41 PM By Adam Daly A MAN HAS been arrested under terrorism legislation following the discovery of a bomb near a Co Tyrone police station yesterday. A 33-year-old man was arrested in the early hours of the morning after the discovery of an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Church View area of Strabane. PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne described the incident as “another callous attempt to kill or maim our officers” after the device found in close proximity to a police station.  Source: TwitterLocal residents were asked to evacuate from their homes after a suspicious object, placed on a wall close to a number of houses, was discovered by a resident at around 8.30am. After being examined by police and ATO it was found to be a viable mortar type device. The device was later made safe and removed for further examination.In a statement today, Detective Inspector Andrew Hamlin said it is the view of the PSNI that this device was placed in order “to attack police officers at the nearby police station but it had the capacity to kill or seriously injure anyone in the vicinity”.  File image Image: PA Archive/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4800586 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Simone Missiroli happy to be at SPAL

first_imgThe Italian midfielder played for six years with Sassuolo but then suddenly he had to find a new club after last season in the Lega Serie AItalian midfielder Simone Missiroli joined Lega Serie A club Sassuolo in 2012.Since then he scored 16 goals in 189 matches.But last season, he did not find his place into coach Roberto De Zerbi’s team, and he decided to leave the team to go to SPAL.“I really appreciated De Zerbi’s clarity,” Missiroli was quoted by Football Italia.Mazzarri believes the Serie A is unpredictable Manuel R. Medina – August 25, 2019 According to Torino coach Walter Mazzarri this year the Italian competition will be fascinating again as his team is ready to take on Sassuolo.“He came to me and he told me very honestly that I wasn’t part of his plans. He was sincere.”“Sassuolo was part of my life for years, and I’ll never forget my goal which won us promotion to Serie A and the dressing room that year,” he added.“It was superb, I’m still firm friends with everyone. I still play ‘Fortnite’ with [Domenico] Berardi, [Francesco] Cassata and [Andrea] Consigli. We have great battles.”“I have to say though that I’ve found almost the same climate here at SPAL,” he commented.last_img read more

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Crime update from The Royal Bahamas Police Department

first_imgHIGH POWERED ASSAULT WEAPON SEIZED, ONE MAN IN CUSTODYAn adult male is in custody following the seizure a high-powered assault weapon during a raid on a home on Sunday 5th November 2017.   According to reports, shortly after 4:00pm, South Central Division officers acting on intelligence executed a search warrant on home located at White’s Addition off Kemp Road where they uncovered an AK – 47 Assault Rifle.Mobile Division officers later arrested a male occupant of the home in connection with this incident. POLICE ARE APPEALING TO THE PUBLIC TO SHARE INFORMATION ON ANY ILLEGAL/SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR INSIGNIFICANT (THE TIP) MAY SEEM, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO ANONYMOUSLY CONTACT THE POLICE AT 919 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 328-TIPS (8477) (NEW PROVIDENCE) OR 1-242-300-8477 (FAMILY ISLANDS)CRIME PREVENTION TIP OF THE WEEK – If a crime occurs – report it!Everyone should consider it his/her responsibility to report crime. Many criminals target favorite areas and have predictable methods of operation. When you report all the facts about a crime, it helps the police assign officers in the places where crimes are occurring or where they are most likely to occur. If you don’t report crime, this allows the criminal to continue to operate without interference.In many cases, it is the information provided by victims and witnesses that leads to the arrest of a criminal. So tell the police as much as you can; no fact is too trivial. The police need the eyes and ears of all citizens.Please visit the Royal Bahamas Police Force Website at www.royalbahamaspolice.org or facebook page at www.facebook.com/rbpforce for Latest News, Daily Crime Reports and additional Crime Prevention Tips.Press Release: RBPF MALE AND FEMALE IN CUSTODY FOR ARMED ROBBERYReports are that shortly after 5:00pm, Mobile Division officers took an adult male and an adult female into custody for questioning reference to armed robbery on Sunday 5th November 2017.The two suspects were found in possession of two cell phones taken during an armed robbery sometime in October 2017. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 6, 2017 – Nassau – This is an update from the Royal Bahamas Police DepartmentSUSPECT SHOT IN BOTCH ARMED ROBBERY ATTEMPT DIES IN HOSPITALA male suspect, who was hospitalized on Friday 27th October 2017 after being shot in the middle of an attempted armed robbery, has died.   The wounded man was pronounced dead in hospital shortly after 4:00pm this afternoon (Sunday 5th November 2017)The wounded man and another suspect attempted to rob a man, as he was about to enter his home in Yellow Elder Gardens around 11.30pm Friday 27th October 2017.   However, the victim fought back, struggling with the suspect with the gun. During the struggle, the gunman suffered a gunshot wound and fled on foot along with his accomplice into a waiting blue Honda vehicle with gold rims. Related Items:last_img read more

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Reward Gateway appoints Hicks

first_imgRobert Hicks, previously head of HR (interim) at Reward Gateway, has been appointed group HR director on a permanent basis.Hicks will be responsible for internal communications, learning and development and HR operations across the firm’s global workforce.His previous experience includes HR director at Exponential-e and an interim HR role at Cognizant.last_img

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UPDATE Mueller Using DC Grand Jury In Russia Probe Source

first_img Share APSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election and possible connection to the Trump campaign, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Special counsel Robert Mueller is using a grand jury in Washington, D.C., in connection with his investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Russia and top aides to the Trump campaign, a source with knowledge of the investigation confirms to NPR’s Peter Overby. The source did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.The Wall Street Journal first reported that Mueller, a former FBI director, was using a grand jury. The latest development signals the former FBI director’s investigation is “growing in intensity,” with the grand jury beginning work in recent weeks, the Journal reported.A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment to NPR.Ty Cobb, a recently appointed White House special counsel focused the on Russia probes, said in a statement provided by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that he wasn’t aware Mueller had started using a grand jury.“Grand jury matters are typically secret,” Cobb said. “The White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly….The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller.”President Trump has maintained there was no collusion between Russia and his campaign during the 2016 election. And Trump has, at times, cast doubt on the determination of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia was behind various efforts to interfere in the election, including the hacking of emails belonging to Democratically-aligned individuals and organizations and the strategic release of those emails at key points in the campaign last year.But in a statement Wednesday announcing he had signed into law a bill imposing sanctions on Russia, Trump said he supported “making clear that America will not tolerate interference in our democratic process and that we will side with our allies and friends against Russian subversion and destabilization.”Trump has repeatedly called Mueller’s probe a “witch hunt” and some media reportshave indicated the president has looked into ways to undercut or even fire Mueller.“With respect to the impaneling of the grand jury, we have no reason to believe that the President is under investigation,” Jay Sekulow, a lawyer on the president’s outside legal team, told NPR’s Tamara Keith.The revelation that Mueller’s investigation is utilizing a grand jury comes as CNNreports investigators have zeroed in on “Trump and his associates’ financial ties to Russia as one of the most fertile avenues for moving their probe forward,” with sources telling them that the “web of financial ties could offer a more concrete path toward potential prosecution than the broader and murkier questions of collusion in the 2016 campaign.” That includes ongoing investigations into former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.But Mueller dipping into Trump’s own personal finances is exactly what the president argued to the New York Times last month would be a “violation” of the scope of investigation delineated at the time Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department.Reuters is also reporting that grand jury subpoenas have been issued regarding Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney who Trump Jr. was told would have incriminating information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.last_img read more

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The Experts Known As Ice Meisters Create Perfect Olympic Skating Surfaces

first_imgFrancois-Xavier Marit/AFP/Getty ImagesRussian athletes compete with Britain during the curling women’s round-robin session on Feb. 14. Curling ice is textured with tiny dots called pebbles.In the Winter Olympics, where races can be won or lost by thousandths of a second, tiny imperfections can make all the difference.Nowhere is this more true than in the ice venues, where skilled technicians called “ice meisters” have honed their expertise over years of crafting the perfect surface.Make that surfaces: It turns out that all ice is not created equal.Depending on the sport, the ice might need to be softer or harder, colder or warmer, textured or smooth.Take long track speedskating, raced on the 400-meter rink at the Gangneung Oval, where ice meister Mark Messer is in charge.Messer, from Calgary, Alberta, explains that long track speedskating requires the coldest ice of any Olympic sport: between 14 and 21 degrees Fahrenheit.It’s also the hardest ice.“We’re trying to get as little friction as possible,” he explains, “so we have to make a balance between grip and glide. We need to have enough grip so that the skate can get a good push off it. But then we want them to glide as far as possible, so that there’s less effort expended for the long distance.”Long track ice is built to be about 1 inch thick, and, Messer says, it needs to be as dense as possible to make it stronger. To accomplish that, the ice team filters the water to take almost all the minerals out.Ed Jones/AFP/Getty ImagesSouth Korea’s Cha Jun-hwan competes in the men’s single skating short program. Figure skaters need warmer, thicker, more supple ice so they can dig in for jumps.“We leave a little bit in there to kind of hold everything together,” he says, “and the other thing that we have to get out is air.”Standing rinkside as skaters take practice runs around the pristine, gleaming Oval, Messer has the look of a satisfied craftsman.“Yeah, it looks good,” he says, noticing a dusting of what looks like light snow kicked up in the corners. “When they’re skating and the ice is hard, you get a little puff of snow, and if they’re goin’ in there and there are chunks comin’ out, then we know we’ve gone a little bit too hard.”Good ice, he says, has a certain sound, too: “Very nice and quiet. If it’s not good ice, the blades will kinda grind in the ice. And it’s a nice and clean sound here.”Messer, who has made ice in five Olympics, strives for perfection.“Our mantra is that we don’t say, ‘That’s good enough.’ It’s always, ‘Is that as good as it can be?’ And that’s what we try to do here.”So far in the Pyeongchang Olympics, long track speedskaters have set six Olympic records on the Oval. Nothing makes Messer happier.“I still get a thrill when I see people crossing the finish line with a good time,” he says. “That’s incredible. We take a huge pride in that.”Skaters will tell you they know instantly if the ice is great or not.“One of the first things we do when we step on the ice is, like, ‘How’s this ice?’ ” says Lana Gehring, who’s on the U.S. short track speedskating team.Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty ImagesSkaters compete in the 1,500-meter women’s short track. The ice for short track speedskating is thicker and warmer than long track ice. Hockey ice is warmer still.Speedskaters get a lot of information transmitted through a blade that’s just a millimeter thick.“All that input is coming directly up to our body,” she says, “so we’re able to tell right away if it’s dense, if it’s grippy, if it’s breaky, if it’s too rough.”The ice for short track speedskating is thicker and warmer than long track ice. Hockey ice: a bit warmer still.But in the games, short track speedskating shares a rink with figure skating. Two totally different sports with different ice needs are holding competitions in the same ice arena.The arena’s ice meister, Remy Boehler of France, explains that figure skaters need warmer, thicker, more supple ice so they can dig in for jumps. If the ice is too hard and cold, it will “explode” when they land, he warns. But short track speedskaters need colder, faster ice in that same venue.It takes about three hours to adjust the temperature from one sport to the other.The best way for Boehler to tell if he’s got it right? “What I use most are my ears,” he says. “I use them all the time. When I arrive, I take off my cap so I can really listen to the sound of the blades, if they’re gliding or cracking.”Roland Harrison/Action Plus via Getty ImagesThe Gangneung Oval, the venue for speedskating, is prepared before competition begins.And when the ice is great, he can tell by the skaters’ faces. They’ll take to the ice — and smile.“That’s the best feeling of all,” he says.And then there’s ice for curling — a totally different animal.Look closely at the ice sheets, and you’ll see they’re not smooth. They’re textured with tiny dots called pebbles.The ice meister of the Winter Olympics curling venue, Hans Wuthrich of Gimli, Manitoba, says his team uses pebbling cans with 25 different pebble heads to sprinkle the ice with droplets. The idea is to reduce friction.“Those wee little water droplets,” he says, “they’re the thing that touches the bottom of the curling stone. That’s what the rock actually rides on and makes it go easy. And that’s also what makes it curl.”So when you’re watching these Olympics, think for a moment about the ice meisters. They devote their lives to creating ice that’s so perfect, you’ll never notice it at all.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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WATCH 55 Palestinian Protesters Killed As US Opens Jerusalem Embassy

first_img– / 20THE LATEST on the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and Palestinian protests (all times local):4:15 p.m.U.S. officials say several dozen additional Marines are being deployed to beef up security at embassies in Israel, Jordan and Turkey amid outbreaks of violence since the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.The officials say the increases are temporary and will involve roughly a dozen more Marines in each location. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss troop movements.It was not clear how many Marines would be at the new embassy in Jerusalem and how many would remain at the Tel Aviv facility, which is still operating.Capt. Ryan E. Alvis, Marine Corps spokeswoman, said a number of troops from the Marine Security Guard Security Augmentation Unit were requested as a result of current events. She did not provide numbers or location details.—Lolita C. Baldor__6:20 p.m.Tens of thousands of Palestinians are protesting the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, and Israeli army forces have killed 55 protesters, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. The ministry also said some 2,770 people have been hurt in demonstrations and clashes.More than 35,000 people are protesting along the Gaza border, the Israel Defense Forces say. The army said it killed three protesters who were trying to set a bomb next to the security fence in Rafah. It’s the most deaths in one day the area has seen since the summer of 2014, when more than 2,000 Palestinians died.The number of casualties rose steadily on Monday, as the opening of the American embassy at 4 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET) neared. The health ministry published a list of the dead, showing that their ages ranged from 14 to 39 years old. Share #USEmbassyJerusalem https://t.co/f1SFvrkcAH— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2018The world’s largest body of Muslim-majority nations said it “strongly rejects and condemns” the White House’s “deplorable action” to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.The 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation said it considers the U.S. move an “illegal decision” and “an attack on the historical, legal, natural and national rights of the Palestinian people.” The organization said the move Monday also represents “an affront to international peace and security.”The OIC said the U.S. administration has “expressed utter disdain and disrespect to Palestinian legitimate rights and international law” and shown disregard toward the sentiments of Muslims, who value Jerusalem as home to one of Islam’s holiest sites, the al-Aqsa mosque complex.The statement comes as at least 41 Palestinians, including five minors, were killed by Israeli forces Monday. More than 770 Palestinians were wounded in protests in the Gaza Strip___5:45 p.m.A top Turkish official has condemned Israel for deadly clashes along the Israeli-Gaza border, while the foreign ministry blasted the U.S. decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem.Taking to Twitter, the spokesman to the Turkish president called Monday’s clashes that killed at least 41 Palestinians “another dark spot, another crime added to Israel’s wall of shame.”Ibrahim Kalin criticized the international community for its silence “in the face of this systematic barbarism.” He tweeted: “Palestine is not alone. Jerusalem is not alone.”The Turkish foreign ministry condemned in a statement the U.S. decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem, saying it violated international law and damaged the peace process. It also slammed Israel: “We curse the massacre carried out by Israeli security forces encouraged by this step on the Palestinians participating in peaceful demonstrations.”The foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, called Israel’s actions “state terror.”___5:40 p.m.Egypt has condemned the killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters by Israeli fire near the Gaza boarder.Monday’s statement by Foreign Ministry condemned what it said “the use of force against peaceful marches.”It has also warned of the “negative repercussion of such serious escalation in the Palestinian occupied territories.”The statement did not mention today’s relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem.Gaza’s Health Ministry said the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli army fire amid mass protests near the Gaza border has reached 41, making it the deadliest day since a 2014 war with Israel.The violence made it the deadliest day in Gaza since the devastating cross-border war between the territory’s Hamas rulers and Israel four years ago.___5:30 p.m.The European Union’s foreign policy chief is calling on Israel to respect the “principle of proportionality in the use of force,” after Israeli soldiers shot and killed at least 41 Palestinians during mass protests along the Gaza border.Federica Mogherini said Monday that all should act “with utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life” and added that “Israel must respect the right to peaceful protest.”At the same time, she insisted that Hamas must make sure demonstrators in Gaza are peaceful and “must not exploit them for other means.”___5:25 p.m.The pan-Arab satellite news network Al-Jazeera said one of its reporters has been wounded while covering demonstrations in Gaza.Qatar-based Al-Jazeera reported Monday afternoon that journalist Wael Dhadouh was “injured by live ammunition from Israeli forces.”It did not elaborate in a tweet announcing Dhadouh’s injury.___5:20 p.m.Israel’s prime minister said Jerusalem will always be the “eternal, undivided” capital of Israel.Addressing the opening ceremony of the new American Embassy in Jerusalem, Benjamin Netanyahu called it a “glorious” day.Netanyahu thanked President Donald Trump for showing the “courage” to keep a key campaign promise and said relations with the U.S. have never been stronger.He said Mideast peace must be founded on what he said is the “truth” recognized by the U.S.“The truth is that Jerusalem has been and always will be the capital of the Jewish people, the capital of the Jewish state,” he said.The Palestinians claim Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital and have strongly objected to Trump’s move.___5:15 p.m.Israel’s military said it has carried out five airstrikes in Gaza after militants exchanged fire with soldiers.Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said the military struck training camps of the militant Islamic group Hamas that rules Gaza and has been leading protests along the border with Israel.He said troops exchanged fire with militants on 3 separate occasions.Manelis said turn out by Monday afternoon was about 40,000. He said the army views that number as a “failure for Hamas.”He said the army noticed there were more women at the front of the protest than in past rallies and accused Hamas of paying people to protest.At least 41 Palestinians were killed by Israeli army fire Monday making it the bloodiest day there since a 2014 war with Israel___5:10 p.m.Jared Kushner said Palestinians participating in Gaza border protests are “part of the problem and not part of the solution.”Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son in law and chief Mideast adviser, expressed hope for forging Mideast peace as he addressed the opening ceremony for the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.As he spoke, deadly protests continued along Gaza’s border with Israel. With over 40 dead, it was the deadliest round of cross-border violence since a 2014 war and left Kushner’s peace efforts in tatters.“As we have seen from the protests of the last month and even today those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution,” he said.He said the “journey to peace started with a strong America recognizing the truth.”___5 p.m.Hundreds of Arab citizens of Israel, including five members of parliament, are staging a protest near the site of a new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem.The protest coincided with the inauguration of the embassy Monday afternoon, attended by a high-powered delegation from the Trump administration.Dozens of police blocked the street near the compound, preventing the protesters from getting closer.The demonstrators raised Palestinian flags and held signs reading “No to moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.”The embassy was moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December. The decision infuriated Palestinians, who seek east Jerusalem as a future capital.In Gaza, at least 41 Palestinian were killed by Israeli fire Monday in a mass protest against the embassy move.______Deadly clashes erupt at Gaza-Israel border protests ahead of the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. At least 18 people have been killed. https://t.co/KyOiWxtENq pic.twitter.com/MIVbnjEEbR— ABC News (@ABC) May 14, 20184:50 p.m.President Donald Trump says the U.S. remains “fully committed” to pursuing a Mideast peace deal as it opens its controversial new embassy in Jerusalem.In a videotaped message to the opening ceremony Monday, Trump said the new embassy has “been a long time coming.” Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv was one of Trump’s key campaign promise that was welcomed by Israel.But the move has infuriated the Palestinians, who claim east Jerusalem as their capital and have said that the move disqualifies the U.S. as a Mideast peace mediator.Trump said his “greatest hope” is for peace. He said the United States “remains fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement.”______”On December 6th, 2017, at my direction, the United States finally and officially recognized Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel. Today we follow through on this recognition and open our embassy in the historic and sacred land of Jerusalem.” #USEmbassyJerusalem pic.twitter.com/lne5FB7sB8— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 14, 2018Israeli fire killed at least 18 Palestinians during mass protests along the Gaza border on Monday, in a violent burst of bloodshed that cast a cloud over Israel’s festive inauguration of the new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem.It was the deadliest single day of protests since the Palestinians began staging weekly border demonstrations on March 30 in an attempt to break an Israeli-Egyptian blockade. Protesters set tires on fire, sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air, while the Israeli military accused protesters of trying to break through the border fence and plant a bomb, and said troops had come under fire.By midafternoon, at least 18 Palestinians, including a 14-year-old boy, were killed while over 500 were wounded by Israeli fire, Palestinian health officials said.In the West Bank, several thousand people gathered in the center of Ramallah, while hundreds marched to the Qalandiya crossing on the outskirts of Jerusalem, where protesters threw stones at Israeli troops.The protest in Gaza was to be the biggest yet in a weekslong campaign against a decade-old blockade of the territory. The march was also directed at the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem later Monday. The relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv, a key campaign promise of President Donald Trump, has infuriated the Palestinians, who seek east Jerusalem as a future capital.“A great day for Israel!” Trump tweeted early Monday.Monday marked the biggest showdown in recent weeks between Israel’s military and Gaza’s Hamas rulers along the volatile border.It is the culmination of a campaign, led by the Islamic militant Hamas and fueled by despair among Gaza’s 2 million people, to break the decade-old border blockade of the territory imposed by Israel and Egypt after Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007. Since weekly border marches began in late March, 60 Palestinian protesters have been killed and more than 2,300 wounded by Israeli army fire.Hamas leaders have suggested a border breach is possible Monday, while Israel has warned it would prevent protesters from breaking through the barrier at any cost.Most of the casualties were in the southern Gaza towns of Khan Younis and Rafah. Israeli forces were firing volleys of tear gas to disperse the crowds, and the sound of heavy gunfire could be heard. Sirens were constantly wailing as the wounded were evacuated on stretchers to nearby ambulances. Groups of young activists repeatedly approached the fence, but were quickly scattered by gunfire and tear gas.Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, said the army had set up additional “layers” of security in and around communities near the border to defend Israeli civilians in case of a mass breach. He said there already had been several “significant attempts” to break through the fence.AP/ Via NPRPalestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth near the Israeli border fence, east of Khan Younis, in the Gaza Strip, Monday, May 14, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians are protesting near Gaza’s border with Israel, as Israel prepared for the festive inauguration of a new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)“Even if the fence is breached, we will be able to protect Israeli civilians from attempts to massacre or kidnap or kill them,” he said.In a statement, the army said troops had shot and killed three Palestinians who attempted to plant a bomb along the fence. It also said an aircraft had targeted a Hamas post in northern Gaza after Israeli troops came under fire.The timing of Monday’s events was deeply symbolic, both to Israel and the Palestinians.The U.S. said it chose the date to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s establishment.But it also marks the anniversary of what Palestinians call their “nakba,” or catastrophe, a reference to the uprooting of hundreds of thousands who fled or were expelled from what is now Israel during the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s independence.A majority of Gaza’s 2 million people are descendants of refugees, and the protests have been billed as the “Great March of Return” to long-lost homes in what is now Israel.In one of the border areas east of Gaza City, Mohammed Hamami, a 40-year-old civil servant, joined a crowd of hundreds of protesters, along with his mother and five children.“Today we are here to send a message to Israel and its allies that we will never give up on our land,” he said.“We will cross the border and impose new realities like the reality Trump imposed in Jerusalem,” he added, referring to President Donald Trump’s decision in December to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and then move the U.S. Embassy there.Some protesters moved to within about 150 meters (yards) of the border fence. A reporter saw two men who tried to advance further being shot in the legs by Israeli troops.Clouds of black smoke from burning tires rose into the air. Earlier Monday, Israeli drones dropping incendiary material had pre-emptively set ablaze some of the tires collected in advance by activists.Protesters have used the thick smoke as cover against Israeli snipers perched on high sand berms on the other side of the border. The army accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover to plan or carry out attacks.Leaflets dropped over Gaza by army jets warned that those approaching the border “jeopardize” their lives. The warning said the army is “prepared to face all scenarios and will act against every attempt to damage the security fence or harm IDF soldiers or Israeli civilians.”Trump’s decision to go forward with a campaign promise to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was welcomed by Israel and condemned by the Palestinians.Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it in a move not recognized by the international community. The Palestinians seek the city’s eastern half as the capital of a future state.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cut ties with the Trump administration and declared it unfit to remain in its role as the sole mediator in peace talks.Saeb Erekat, a senior Abbas aide, blasted the Trump administration Monday, saying Trump had violated a promise to hold off on moving the embassy to give peace talks a chance and that his administration is “based on lies.”Erekat said the Trump administration has “become part of the problem, not part of the solution.”Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Trump’s “bold decision” in upending decades of U.S. policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “It’s the right thing to do,” a smiling Netanyahu told the jubilant crowd at a reception in Jerusalem late Sunday.Although Trump has said his declaration does not set the final borders of the city, his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has been perceived by both Israel and the Palestinians as taking Israel’s side in the most sensitive issue in their conflict.Only two countries, Guatemala and Paraguay, have said they will follow suit. Most of the world maintains embassies in Tel Aviv, saying the Jerusalem issue must first be resolved.In a reflection of the deep sensitivities, dozens of countries — including Britain, France and Germany — skipped a celebration Sunday night at the Israeli Foreign Ministry.Monday’s opening will be attended by Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who both serve as White House advisers. Kushner leads the Trump Mideast team.center_img Big day for Israel. Congratulations!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2018last_img read more

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