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first_imgBJP leader Mukul Roy on Tuesday filed an anticipatory bail application before the Calcutta High Court after being named in an FIR in the killing of a Trinamool Congress MLA in Nadia district. Mr. Roy claimed that he was booked out of “political vendetta” and was in no way linked to the murder of Krishnaganj MLA Satyajit Biswas on Saturday. Biswas (41), who represented Krishnaganj constituency in the West Bengal Assembly, was shot dead from point-blank range by unidentified assailants on Saturday evening inside a Saraswati puja marquee at the Phoolbari area in the district, bordering Bangladesh. Mr. Roy’s lawyer Subhasish Dasgupta said the anticipatory bail plea is likely to come up for hearing on Wednesday before a division bench presided over by Justice Joymalyo Bagchi.Mr. Roy has been charged with “criminal conspiracy relating to the murder”, his lawyer said.“Roy has been implicated in about 25 criminal cases since he changed his affiliation from Trinamool Congress to BJP,” Mr. Dasgupta said. The BJP leader is one of the four persons named in the FIR relating to the killing of Biswas. Two accused — Kartik Mondal and Sujit Mondal — were arrested on Sunday and have been remanded to 14 days’ police custody. Mr. Roy, a former number two in the Trinamool Congress, joined the BJP in November 2017 following differences with party supremo Mamata Banerjee. Mr. Roy has denied the allegation of his involvement, saying the decision to name him in the FIR was “politically motivated”.last_img read more

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first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong “It was a hard-fought game and it’s nice that we ended up with a win,” TNT coach Nash Racela said after getting six players in twin digits. “But all we did was tie the series, cut it down to a best-of-three.”“It will be war (in Game 5),” added the rookie coach. “I don’t expect them (Beermen) to back down. We just have to find ways to win, like we did tonight.”Meanwhile, playmaker Chris Ross used his all-around talent to nail his first Player of the Conference award on Wednesday night. Charles Rhodes was named Best Import.ADVERTISEMENT Smith finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds as TNT squared the series at 2-2 and grabbed some sort of momentum heading into Game 5 on Friday also at the Big Dome.There was a lot of commotion on the floor, with TNT board representative Patrick Gregorio charging onto the court in the second quarter because of an inadvertent whistle that gave San Miguel two free points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutReferee Jimmy Mariano was relieved for the rest of the game and is facing suspension for the error that he later owned up to.Jason Castro fired 10 of his 17 points in the payoff period, eight of them when the Texters put the Beermen away. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Soon-to-be dad Smith gets added inspiration to go home a champ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith a big game befitting his mammoth frame, Joshua Smith prolonged meeting his newborn daughter.Smith’s girlfriend, Kristy Ochoa, was scheduled to give birth Wednesday in the United States and the wide-bodied import was half-a-world away giving TNT KaTropa the lift it needed to scuttle San Miguel Beer, 102-97, in Game 4 of their best-of-seven series for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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first_imgPhillip Hughes would not have been sufficiently protected from the ball that struck and killed him during a cricket match 18 months ago even if he had been wearing the highest-standard helmet, a report into the Australian’s death said on Wednesday.Hughes was struck on the back of the head by a rising delivery when batting for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield game at the Sydney Cricket Ground in November 2014.He died two days later in a Sydney hospital at the age of 25.”The helmet was compliant with an Australian standard, which has since been withdrawn, but was not compliant with the more recent British standard,” the report, led by barrister David Curtain, said.”In any event … I do not believe the new helmet would have afforded additional protection against the blow given the location of where Phillip was struck, as the protection to the neck, at the rear, is no different.”The report also said the slow arrival of the ambulance that provided medical treatment to the test cricketer played no part in his death.”Although there was apparently a delay in the ambulance arriving, Phillip was being cared for appropriately in the interim,” it added.”I am of the opinion the attention received by Phillipafter being struck had no role whatsoever on his subsequent demise, due to the nature and severity of his injury.”Hughes’s death shocked the cricketing world and ignited a debate about safety standards, particularly for batsmen, who can face fast bowling that exceeds 150 kilometres per hour (93 mph).advertisementThe report recommended that all first class cricketers should be required to wear the highest British standard (BS 7928:2013) helmets available when batting against fast and medium pace bowling in matches and during practise.It also recommended wicket keepers keeping up to the stumps should wear helmets and protective eye-wear.Players fielding close to the stumps, excluding slips fieldsmen, should also wear helmets, the report said.The report noted that more international players had adopted the use of stem guards, which are attached across the back of the helmet, as “they see it providing additional safety”.”I would recommend that this device be properly evaluated for functionality and comfort as well as to determine if it materially increases player safety, before making any recommendation as to its use,” it said.Cricket Australia (CA) said it had received the Curtain review last year and would enact new safety measures.The global cricket community was deeply saddened by the tragic death of Phillip Hughes and the great loss his family suffered,?? CA CEO James Sutherland said.We have been considering (Curtain’s) recommendations and discussing with relevant bodies as to how we best make changes necessary to prevent an accident of this nature happening again.While there will always be a small risk we believe that the measures we have already taken and will enact following this review will reduce that risk even further.??last_img read more

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first_imgBy Tariq A SofiJammu, Dec 25 (PTI) Nepal national womens cricket team captain Rubina Chhetri was initially unenthusiastic about joining Chief Ministers T20 premier league here due to fear factor but after spending time with local players she has developed a desire to play in Kashmir as well.Chhetri is among a dozen international women cricketers from Nepal and Bangladesh who are taking part in the first such tournament in Jammu and Kashmir, jointly organised by Jammu and Kashmir police and state Sports Council.”When I got an invitation for this league, I was scared to come here (because of militancy). After overcoming my fear, I feel I have made a right choice and I am enjoying my game. I wish I could visit Kashmir as well,” Chhetri told PTI.Besides the international women cricketers, 70 players from 15 different states of the country and 45 state players, including a half from Kashmir, are taking part in the tournament, Organising secretary and former Ranji Trophy player Rajesh Gill said.”We have mixed the players and formed eight teams with vice-captain and coach of each team being from the state as part of our efforts to provide an opportunity to the local girls to interact with national and international players to boost their morale,” Gill, who is also a member of state Sports Council, said.He said this was the first time in the history of women cricket in the state that international players are taking part in a tournament and “we hope their presence will ensure proper exposure and boost the confidence of our players”.advertisementChhetri said violence was the first thing which struck her mind on seeing the invitation for womens T20 tournament in Jammu and Kashmir.”I came to know that Jammu and Kashmir are different regions and violence is restricted to Kashmir region. After meeting the girls from Kashmir and coming to know about its scenic splendour, I am looking for the day when I visit that part too for a game of cricket,” she said.She said she has been to different states of India including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Haryana and this was her first visit to Jammu and Kashmir.Chhetri said she was highly impressed by the cricketing skill and talent of the local girls.”I am sure one day they will represent India. They have capability to excel but need proper grooming and better infrastructure,” she said.Shathirya Jakir Jesy, former vice captain of Bangladesh national womens cricket team, said she is returning to the game after missing the tournaments back home due to pregnancy.”I became the mother of my first child 11 months back and started practicing four months ago. The tournament came as an opportunity and I availed it,” the right-arm off break bowler and right-handed batsman, said adding she has a dream to play cricket in Kashmir.”I have heard that Kashmir is known as paradise on earth due to its natural beauty. It is my dream to visit the place and I am hopeful that we will soon be part of the game there,” she said.Abida, a BCCI and National Cricket Academy certified coach from Srinagar, said womens cricket in Kashmir needs more focus and grooming to bring forth the hidden talent of the valley girls.”I have been in coaching for the last nine years and I am fully aware of the talent the girls in the valley possess. They are second to none but given the prevailing situation there, the focus need to be given in such a way that the women cricket do not suffer and the players be properly groomed to expose the hidden talent,” she said.She hailed the police and sports council for organising such a tournament and said it would definitely have a positive impact on the players.”This is the best tournament of my life in the state for the promotion of women cricket, where players were given an opportunity to interact with their counterparts from other states of the country and international players as well,” Abida said, demanding a similar tournament in the valley.Jammu and Kashmir police Chief SP Vaid said such tournaments help build comradeship among the players who become the goodwill ambassadors of the state.”It was�a joy to watch the girls playing and excelling in different fields. The youth, particularly the women, are bringing laurels to the state in the field of sports and also by passing civil service examination,” he said. PTI TAS PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic and the LA Galaxy have put to rest any rumors about his future.The team announced on Tuesday that the Swedish superstar has signed a new contract that will make him one of the club’s three designated players. Major League Soccer’s designated player rule allows a club to sign up to three players to higher salaries that do not count against the salary cap.Ibrahimovic, who made $1.5 million in 2018, was already under contract for next season, but there were some rumors about whether he would return to Europe.”There were a lot of talks, rumors and whispers, but I never left. I have stayed here and I’m not finished,” Ibrahimovic said in a video supplied by the club.Ibrahimovic was named the MLS Newcomer of the Year after scoring 22 goals and 10 assists in 27 games this season. He was just the third player in league history to record a 20-goal, 10-assist season. The Galaxy were 9-2-4 in matches where he scored a goal. He was also named to the league’s Best XI team and won the league’s Goal of the Year award.The Galaxy surged into playoff contention late in the season, but lost on the final day of the regular season to miss the postseason.Ibrahimovic joined Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the third active player to score 500 goals for club and country with a goal against Toronto FC on Sept. 15.”I was told I did good but I was not satisfied about the outcome,” Ibrahimovic said. “I know the opponents and the league more. I know my team more. Physically I feel better.”advertisementGalaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese, who was named to the post last week, still has to make a decision about a head coach for the upcoming season, which begins in March.The Galaxy also announced on Tuesday that they have signed midfielder Juninho after acquiring right of first refusal from Chicago in exchange for $75,000 in general allocation money.The Brazilian was with the Galaxy from 2010-15 and scored 17 goals in 208 games. He has spent three years with Club Tijuana of Mexico’s Liga MX and was on loan for a year with Chicago.last_img read more

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first_img Asian News International ImphalApril 27, 2019UPDATED: April 27, 2019 18:04 IST Born and raised in Sagolband Moirang Hanuba village, Singh’s journey to cricket began with a tennis ball in a tiny ground near his house (Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSLeft arm pacer Rex Singh is the 1st from the state to feature in an Indian side everThe region has produced many players who have participated globallySingh made headlines in December 2018 after claiming all 10 wickets in an inningsManipur is not only known for its scenic beauty but has also given some incredible sports stars who have made the nation proud with their commendable performances. Rajkumar Rex Singh is one such person who has made the region proud by becoming the first cricketer to be selected in the Indian cricket team’s under-19 squad. Singh was recently picked for a test match against South Africa.Manipur is known as a powerhouse of sports. The region has produced many players who have participated globally and have made the nation proud through their achievements. Away from the glitz and glamour of the Indian Premier League, history is being written in one of the newest centers of Indian cricket.The 18-year-old left arm pacer is the first cricketer from the state to feature in an Indian side ever.”I got a call from the BCCI for verification and after that, I got an official call from Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). I am very happy and proud to be part of the Under-19 team,” said Singh.Born and raised in Sagolband Moirang Hanuba village, Singh’s journey to cricket began with a tennis ball in a tiny ground near his house at the age of 11 years. However, his talent was first noticed by Ph Rohendro Singh, who is also Singh’s current coach.It was not long before Singh’s first notable performance came in. In 2014 in Ranchi, he picked up a five-wicket haul against Bihar U-16 (Associate and Affiliated Tournament). Singh said he is thankful to his father, who is a truck driver in Imphal, for supporting him financially. Though he feels that cricket is an expensive game, the budding player says he is happy that he made his parents proud.advertisement”I was expecting that someday he will do great. At a very tender age, he started practicing cricket and I am really happy that my son is now doing great in Cricket. He would often practice in the tiny ground,” said R.K. Doren, father of Singh.Singh recalled that bowling at the age of 10-11 years with a leather ball helped him a lot and said that his coach guided him well on how to hold the ball and the importance of wrist position.”I was supposed to leave school but I will complete my education. So I will finish my 12th standard and graduation. I belong to a poor family so sometimes I struggle,” said Singh.Singh made headlines in December last year after claiming all 10 wickets in an innings in the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy match against Arunachal Pradesh in Ananthpur which he says is his favourite cricketing moment. His ability to swing the ball was also compared with veteran Indian pacer Irfan Pathan.”Being a mother, I put a lot of effort to train him. Like ensuring that he comes back and eat on time. Being a mother, I feel that the role of a mother is very important to train a child,” said Singh’s mother Renubala Devi.Also Read | 10 wickets in an innings: Manipur teen Rex Rajkumar Singh achieves rare featAlso Read | Pakistan U-19 tour of Sri Lanka cancelledFor 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 Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow India U-19Follow Rex Singh Meet Rex Singh, 1st cricketer from Manipur to be selected in India U-19 teamAway from the glitz and glamour of the Indian Premier League, history is being written in one of the newest centers of Indian cricketadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgOther Galleries 4 images Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Free Fire India Today League: Team Nawabzade win final and Rs 8.5 Lakh 4 images Thu, 10 Oct, 2019 IND vs SA, 2nd Test: Mayank Agarwal hundred put India on top on Day 1Other Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoSportsCricketGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source:  Courtesy by BCCICaption: Chasing 96 for victory, India kept on losing wickets at regular intervals but eventually managed to reach the target with 16 balls to spare to take a 1-0 lead in the 3 match T20I series.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: AP PhotoCaption: Sheldon Cottrell took two crucial wickets by sending back Shikhar Dhawan (1) and Virat Kohli (19). Keemo Paul and Sunil Narine, too, took two wickets each for the Windies as India managed to gun down 96 runs for victory.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source:  Courtesy by BCCICaption: Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed opener Evin Lewis and later took wicket of Keemo Paul to finish with 2/19 in his 4 overs.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source:  Courtesy by BCCICaption: Navdeep Saini, who made his international debut on Saturady, was adjudged the Man of the Match for a fiery spell of 3/17, including bowling a maiden-wicket 20th over of the West Indian innings.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: Kieron Pollard was the highest run scorer before departing for 49. Pollard stitched 34-run stand for the 6th wicket with captain Carlos Brathwaite (9). Nicholas Pooran (20) was the only other West Indies batsman to score double digit figures.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Tags: India VS West IndiesNavdeep SainiSource type: photogalleryShort description: Navdeep Saini starred on his international debut on Saturday as India overcame a spirited effort from the West Indies to win the first T20 international by 4 wickets in Lauderhill and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Preview_unique_id: preview_5d480f6db997b1565003629_1576925_editCommentContent Publish date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 – 23:45Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDg1MjEiLCIxMjA2NTUwIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDcwMzUiXX0=770×433: Short Headline: 1st T20I: Navdeep Saini scripts India’s victory over West IndiesApp headline: 1st T20I: Navdeep Saini scripts India’s victory over West Indies1200x675:last_img read more

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first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — Growing tired or frustrated having to remember countless computer passwords?According to Okta Research, many employees are password fatigued and are ready to embrace fingerprint or retina scanning methods.Randy Connolly, a professor of computing at Mount Royal University, says there are some legal and ethical issues that need to be worked out first.“Where’s that data being stored? Is it being stored within the company? Is it being stored on a company server? Is it being handled by a third party?”Connolly says biometric logins won’t completely replace digital passwords.And he cautions it’s one thing to lose your wallet or passport, but if your biometric information is stolen that can create a new kind of headache for the victim.“If you lose your driver’s license or maybe your wallet’s stolen, you can phone the appropriate agency they can cancel it and you can get a new one,” he pointed out. “You lose your fingerprint data, you’re in big big trouble — that’s devastating from an identity theft perspective.”Connolly worries employees may not have a lot of rights in this area but expects that will change as lawmakers catch up to the changes.last_img read more

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first_imgMegadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has announced that he is funding a soup kitchen in Haiti.“I really am trying to live my life differently today, and part of that was in finding something to believe in,” he wrote on Facebook. “One of the things that has happened since I started this transformation is getting involved with helping widows and orphans, and helping the homeless.“I was approached with an opportunity, and thanks to your unwavering support, my family and I have been able to fund a soup kitchen in Haiti with a ministry called, “Outside The Bowl,” and you will be proud to know that when it is started (which will be very soon), we will be feeding up to 8,000 meals a day to the less fortunate.“I am so very grateful, and I love you all so very much, because even when I am being vilified and having my character assassinated, I can find comfort knowing up to 8,000 meals will be served each day, along with a healthy serving of love and some spiritual nourishment as well.”last_img read more

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first_imgDehradun: Congress president Rahul Gandhi launched his party’s campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Uttarakhand on Saturday, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi was posing for cameras at the Corbett National Park for a documentary when CRPF jawans were being killed in Pulwama.At a rally here, in which BJP veteran and former Uttarakhand chief minister Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri’s son Manish Khanduri joined the Congress, Gandhi also said his party would introduce a scheme of guaranteed minimum income for the poor if elected to power. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Immediately after the Pulwama attack, in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed, the Congress had said it was with the government and the country. I had cancelled all my programmes. “Everyone knows what Narendra Modi was doing when our jawans were being killed in Pulwama. He was posing for the cameras to shoot for a National Geographic documentary,” Gandhi said to loud cheers from a large gathering at the Parade Ground. “Modi shoots for three-and-a-half hours on a day something like Pulwama happens and he still talks about patriotism,” the Congress president added. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had rejected the charges when they were first levelled by the Congress. On the issue of the Rafale fighter jet deal, Gandhi reiterated his charge of Modi backing industrialist Anil Ambani in getting a related offset contract, a charge repeatedly denied by the government. “All of you must have heard of Anil Ambani. Can he make an aeroplane? He cannot even make a paper aeroplane as children do,” he said, holding up a piece of paper. “Still, Modi took him along with him as part of his delegation to France to ensure that he got the deal worth Rs 30,000 crore,” he added. Gandhi asked why the defence deal, negotiated by the previous UPA regime at Rs 526 crore per aircraft, was finalised by the Modi government for Rs 1,600 crore apiece. Reiterating the “chowkidar chor hai” (the watchman is a thief) barb, the Congress president said he had posed four questions to the prime minister in Parliament on the Rafale deal. “The prime minister delivered a long speech lasting one-and-a-half hours in Parliament, but failed to answer even one of my questions. All he did was keep looking up, down and sideways. Why? Because he is guilty,” he said and asked the youth of the state to pose the same questions to Modi when he comes to Uttarakhand for campaigning.last_img read more

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27 October 2008Some 35 Sudanese media professionals have completed a United Nations-sponsored journalism training programme in the eastern city of Kassala to improve their skills in such areas as reporting, interviewing, covering elections and operating in hostile environments. The 10-day course, organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), began earlier this month with a discussion of Sudan’s media landscape and then focused on enhancing practical skills for journalists.The course also covered issues ranging from the coverage of disasters and HIV/AIDS, the management of media institutions and voice delivery training for radio and television staff.This month’s course is part of the UNDP project known as Transfer of Knowledge Through Expatriates, which has sponsored 32 highly qualified and professional Sudanese emigrants to return to their homeland to share knowledge and expertise with local institutions.The returning expatriates include Mohammed Khaled, who works for the BBC Arabic Radio service in London and led this month’s course. read more

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On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 25.06 points to 15,198.09.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 81.96 points to 22,350.30.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 6.37 points to 2,506.60.The Nasdaq composite index was up 26.32 points to 6,474.79.The Canadian dollar was trading at 81.81 cents US, down from Friday’s average price of 82.09 cents US.

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Perry’s children, Jack and Sophie, fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, and his siblings, Tom Perry and Amy Coder, were with him when he passed, publicist Arnold Robinson said in a statement.“The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning,” Mr Robinson said. “A father figure and mentor to the show’s young cast, Luke was incredibly generous, and he infused the set with love and kindness. Our thoughts are with Luke’s family during this most difficult time.”Last Wednesday, US media reported that paramedics had been called to the actor’s home in Sherman Oaks.Perry, a native of Ohio, was famous for starring in Beverly Hills 90210 from 1990 to 2000. A reboot of the series was also announced on Wednesday, though it was not clear whether Perry planned to make any guest appearances. The family has not provided additional details at this time.Riverdale has stopped production following news of Perry’s death, US media reported.In a statement, Riverdale’s executive producers, WBTV and the CW network, said Perry was “a beloved member of the Riverdale, Warner Bros and CW family”. He was taken to hospital on Wednesday in Los Angeles, where he had been shooting scenes for Riverdale at the Warner Bros film lot. Perry rose to fame on Beverly Hills, 90210 and had been starring as Fred Andrews on the CW show Riverdale. His former 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty – who played Perry’s love interest on the show – told Entertainment Tonight on Sunday in an emotional interview that she had been in touch with him after his stroke.“I can’t talk about it here ’cause I will literally start crying but I love him and he knows I love him. It’s Luke, and he’s my Dylan.”Perry also starred in television show Oz, as well as films including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Seconds and The Fifth Element.His most recent role was on the hit television teen drama series Riverdale, based on the Archie comics, where he played the titular character’s father. (Courtesy BBC) US actor Luke Perry has died in California at the age of 52, less than a week after suffering a massive stroke.His publicist said Perry died surrounded by his family and friends. “Luke was everything you would hope he would be: an incredibly caring, consummate professional with a giant heart, and a true friend to all. read more

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Elizabeth Dowdeswell is former Executive Director of the UN Environment Program.Less than three months after taking office, the Honorable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will visit Brock on Dec. 10 to meet with students and researchers immersed in the University’s increasingly renowned environmental sustainability activities.The centerpiece of the afternoon visit will be a dialogue with faculty and students from Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC). The visit caps off a year in which Brock was awarded a UNESCO Chair for sustainability research, and also launched the new Sustainability Science and Society graduate program that grants a Master’s in Sustainability.Before she became Queen’s representative in Ontario this fall, Ms Dowdeswell had a distinguished career as an internationally-recognized executive, including terms as Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program.Ryan Plummer, Director of the ESRC and driving force behind the new graduate program, said the Lieutenant Governor’s visit so early in her term is an honour for Brock, and sends a strong signal about the importance of sustainability initiatives.He said Brock’s “privileged location” in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve highlights “the imperative of reconciling economic and social development with ecosystem integrity, conferring a mandate for sustainability.”=“Sustainability is a core value of Brock University,” said Plummer. “The ESRC is our flagship transdisciplinary hub regarding environmental sustainability, and the prestigious UNESCO Chair distinguishes us among 18 institutions in Canada and connects us as part of an exclusive international network. “ read more

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United Nations staff members have raised over $150,000 for a special relief fund for victims of the 11 September terror attack in New York, and most of that money has already been disbursed directly to those affected by the tragedy, the UN Staff Union said today. The fund was set up in September with an initial contribution of $25,000, which was later matched by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who urged UN staff to contribute as generously as possible. His call drew an enthusiastic approach from UN staff around the world, including a donation of over $4,000 from personnel serving with the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor. During a series of meetings, the UN Staff Relief Committee for the Victims of the Terrorist Attack on the City of New York decided to disburse the funds to those directly affected by the tragedy and to organizations that need it most. To date, the Committee has distributed $143,500 to be sent directly to victim families or to organizations that were asked to distribute the funds as soon as possible, UN staff representatives said. Most of the funds were distributed between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The largest disbursement – $43,000 – went to the families of restaurant workers lost at the top of the World Trade Center. In addition, $24,000 was allocated for various service employees lost, $20,000 for electrical workers lost, $25,000 for families of UN-related individuals lost, $9,000 for municipal members lost and $22,500 made to victim families through special requests by various staff members and other UN affiliates. So far, the Committee has helped 97 individuals and families from over 30 countries. In addition, the Committee has identified another group of victims’ families that need help and hopes to send the balance of the funds to them in the near future. All administrative costs for disbursing the monies were borne by the UN Staff Union, with the UN Federal Credit Union waiving all fees connected with the account established for the Fund. read more

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first_imgTHE NUMBER OF patients stuck on trolleys at the country’s hospitals is at the highest in almost a year.Figures collected by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show there are 374 people on trolleys today. The last time the figure was this high was at the end of April 2013.The biggest number is in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin which has 43 patients on trolleys, followed by Mercy University Hospital in Cork with 30. Portiuncula Hospital in Galway is the only hospital in the country to have no patients at all on trolleys.A further 93 people are waiting for admission to a bed in a hospital ward.The surge in figures has been put down to a post-Christmas surge and an increase in the number of elderly people requiring care.The organisation representing nursing homes in Ireland said that hospitals have become the default for many elderly people who are sick.“Many of these older persons will have no other option but to remain within the acute hospital sector or present at their local A&E,” said Tadhg Daly of Nursing Homes Ireland.The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation collects the figures every day for the number of people on trolleys.Read: Just 42 people on trolleys but ‘one snowflake doesn’t make a white Christmas’ > Read: Nurses to track hospital overcrowding >last_img read more

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first_imgStay on target Report: Facebook Developing ‘Threads’ App For Close FriendsFall For the Viral Instagram Hoax? So Did Lots of Celebs Facebook’s popular fundraiser function appears to be rolling out to Instagram users.New code pulled from the photo-sharing service’s Android app highlights a new “Donation” sticker and the ability to search for nonprofits.Reverse-engineering specialist Jane Manchun Wong on Monday tweeted a screenshot (above). Instagram later confirmed it is testing the feature and hopes to bring it to all users “later this year.”“Instagram is all about bringing you closer to the people and things you love, and a big part of that is showing support for and bringing awareness to meaningful communities and causes,” a spokeswoman told Geek.com.“Later this year, people will be able to raise money and help support nonprofits that are important to them through a donation sticker in Instagram Stories,” the statement continued. “We’re excited to bring this experience to our community and will share more updates in the coming months.”But, as TechCrunch tells it, the charitable feature may hide nefarious intentions.“Back in 2013 when Facebook launched its Donate button, I suggested that it could add a ‘remove credit card after checkout’ option to its fundraisers if it wanted to make it clear that the feature was purely altruistic,” TC’s Josh Constine wrote this week.“Facebook never did that,” he continued. “We’ll see if Instagram is any different.”The filtered-photo platform already handily includes shopping links that redirect consumers to a third-party website. There is currently no in-app purchasing process.That may soon change, though, as Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg recently revealed plans to boost commerce this year across the social network’s family of apps.“In Instagram, one of the areas I’m most excited about this year is commerce and shopping,” Zuckerberg said during last month’s Q4 2018 earnings call, as reported by TechCrunch. “There’s also a very big opportunity in basically enabling the transactions and making it so that the buying experience is good.”In other words: Once we obtain your payment details, you become a slave to your digital cart.More on Geek.com:Instagram’s Latest Bug Might Alter Your FollowersInstagram Direct Messaging Might Be Coming to Your DesktopInstagram to Hide Self-Harm Images Behind ‘Sensitivity Screens’Editor’s note: This article was updated at 11:25 a..m. on Feb. 19 with a statement from Instagram.last_img read more

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first_imgSid Nayar, chief financial officer of Nautilus since 2014, has resigned, the Vancouver-based exercise equipment brand announced Friday.The board of directors accepted his resignation Monday and it becomes effective July 12, the company said in a regulatory filing.Nayar is “moving on to a new opportunity” in California, Nautilus spokesman John Fread said.Nayar becomes the latest top executive to depart Nautilus, which has had a bumpy first half of 2019.Former CEO Bruce Cazenave announced his resignation in March. M. Carl Johnson III, who has been the Nautilus board chairman since 2010, took over as interim chief executive as Cazenave moved on to be CEO of Bluestem Group, a direct-to-consumer retailer based in Eden Prairie, Minn.Nayar had been responsible for overseeing financial, accounting, information technology, risk management and investor relations activities for all brands in the Nautilus portfolio, according to the company website. Prior to joining Nautilus, Nayar served as chief financial officer of Congoleum Corp. of Mercerville, N.J., from 1999 to 2014.Nautilus this year has seen its stock price plunge following consecutive quarters of subpar performance. Company officials have cited an unexpectedly poor rollout for a digital exercise program that, for a fee, paired with certain Nautilus products.Since January the company’s stock price has plunged to depths not seen since 2011. On Friday, shares closed at $2.35 on the New York Stock Exchange, compared with about $16 at this time last year.The board expects to engage an executive search firm to assist in identifying and evaluating candidates to be Nayar’s successor, the company said in its regulatory filing.Meanwhile, Nautilus is committed to an “aggressive and active” search for a permanent chief executive, said Fread.last_img read more

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first_imgNORTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Publix Super Markets’ Miami division donated $1.1 million to non-profit organizations in South Florida.The donation made Wednesday will benefit more than 70 organizations that help those in need.“These are the folks that are on the front lines, making a difference every day in our communities,” said Nicole Krauss, the media and community relations manager. “For Publix to be able to have an extension through the very generous customer base that we have to make an impact on these organizations, and support the important work they’re doing, is truly phenomenal, and we are honored to do it.”The donation was collected during the company’s 2018 holiday campaign.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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