first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 23 (PTI) Hero Cycles today announced picking up of 60 per cent stake in Sri Lankan bicycle manufacturer BSH Ventures, its third major acquisition within six months, for an undisclosed sum.”The acquisition comes in line with the companys aggressive intent to strengthen its global presence and to spruce up its manufacturing proficiency to feed a rapidly rising global demand,” Hero Cycles said in a statement.”This is a major strategic acquisition for us as we work to expand our presence globally ? both in terms of sales as well as presence,” Hero Cycles Chairman & Managing Director Pankaj Munjal said.Hero Cycles will further invest into ramping up the plant capacity in Sri Lanka to half a million units per year with clear plans laid out to fuel the domestic as well as ever growing global demand, he added.BSH Ventures is an export-oriented bicycle manufacturing company located in the Biyagama Export Zone in Sri Lanka.Earlier, the company had acquired UK-based Avocet Sports and Firefox Bikes.Avocet Sports was Hero Cycles first overseas acquisition and marked its entry into mass segment of European bicycle market. On the other hand, the acquisition of Firefox Bikes helped it cement its position in the fast-growing premium bicycling segment in India.The company said the acquisition of BSH Ventures has enabled Hero Cycles to actively build this facility as a key hub for manufacturing its premium bicycles to meet the global demand, and double up exports to Avocet.Simultaneously, it will also feed the ever growing demand for premium bicycles to the South Indian market, given its geographical proximity to Sri Lanka, it added.advertisementAt present, Hero Cycles has a manufacturing capacity of 7.5 million bicycles per year, with its units in Ludhiana (Punjab), Bihta (Bihar) and Ghaziabad (UP). PTI RKL ANUlast_img read more

first_imgAfter being part of the now-suspended Rajasthan Royals for first eight seasons, Shane Watson will play play for a Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League this year. The Australian all-rounder is excited to be part of a new team and is looking ahead to playing alongside skipper Virat Kohli and burly West Indian Chris Gayle.Watson had a few run-ins with Kohli and Gayle both in the past but the former Australia international said he has burried all differences now and has moved on.Here are the players in their brand new avataar for #IPL 9! Don’t they look just stunning? #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/owtOrDjmrO Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 9, 2016″It is exciting to be playing leagues like Big Bash, Pakistan Super League, the IPL. I get the privilege to play with a number of players against whom I played international cricket. For example, I will get to play with Virat and that’s a huge buzz for me. I have had a few battles with him on the field and always had the utmost respect for him,” he said. Watson said that he and Chris Gayle had few run-ins in the past, but have buried their differences for the sake of playing for RCB.”It’s amazing how the world works and how life works. Chris Gayle and myself have certainly had a few run-ins throughout our international careers. The day I got picked up by RCB in the auction, I saw Chris during the PSL. That was the day we had to bury the hatchet (laughs), knowing that I was going to be playing with him,” he told reporters here.advertisementGayle and Watson have had on-field clashes in the past. They once clashed during a Test match at Perth in 2009 when the mighty West Indian was given an angry send-off by the Aussie, and later in an interview, Gayle was quoted to have said, “He (Watson) only looks big and strong but he is soft.”Watson said as soon as a player finds himself in the same team with whom he had on-field issues, he puts everything in the back burner and moves forward.”You are competing on the field, (and then) as soon as things change and you are on the same team, everyone puts everything aside and moves forward. I have always had the utmost respect for him as a player. So it is nice to get to know him personally off the field, and you move forward,” Watson said.Watson said he has batted in different positions and is ready to play wherever required.”I have batted in different positions. I have opened, batted at No. 3 and here I am happy to fit in wherever I am required with Chris, Virat and AB (de Vlliers) as well,” he said.We’ve upgraded our armour for #IPL with @ShaneRWatson33! He’ll give #RCB an all-round edge! #PlayBoldCourtesy: @IPLhttps://t.co/q5Crj3I3i2 Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 11, 2016(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

first_imgSergio Aguero will still not be guaranteed a starting spot despite extending his Manchester City contract, according to Pep Guardiola.City announced on Friday that the club’s all-time leading goalscorer Aguero agreed to add another year to his deal, tying him to the club until June 2021.The 30-year-old established himself as one of the Premier League’s top strikers following his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2011, but Guardiola demanded he do more work for the team shortly after taking over two years ago. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Gabriel Jesus joining from Palmeiras provided Aguero with serious competition, and the Catalan will continue to have no qualms about taking the Argentine out of his line-up when he believes it is required.Asked if he ever worried Aguero would leave City, Guardiola told a news conference: “Never. You all asked me many times, especially in the first year when we didn’t win, and sometimes he didn’t play, ‘What’s the problem with Sergio?'”I understand when you take that decision – it happened in Barcelona many times – I always know the reaction [will be bad] when the result is not good, but I have to take decisions.”But the relationship [with Aguero] was always top, was perfect, and I’m delighted he can continue playing here.”Always when he didn’t play few, few, few times it’s because I believed Gabriel could play, or play with a false nine or whatever. That is going to happen the next three years.”Now he knows me better, I know him better, like a football player, like a human being, and that is the most important thing.”A very happy @aguerosergiokun on contract signing day! #mancity pic.twitter.com/7I0NU5ioo4— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 21, 2018After a disappointing World Cup with Brazil, Jesus has just one City goal to his name this season and was replaced by Aguero after 63 minutes in their surprise 2-1 Champions League defeat to Lyon on Wednesday.Guardiola pointed out the 21-year-old still has a lot to learn and feels he and the team as a whole can emulate the best athletes and teams in sport by responding to their recent adversities positively.”His first high pressing is the best in the world but he’s still a young player and they have gaps to improve,” said Guardiola.”We are going to help in the final third, in taking decisions, in the short spaces, but the most important thing from Gabriel is the desire to improve and always he’s paying attention in training sessions to know what he can improve and he will get it.”I was not there [the World Cup] so I can’t speak about that, but they are young and that is a challenge.”In a good moment you have to be stable, in the bad moments you have to be ‘OK, I am here again.’ You have to learn [from] the best athletes in the world, always they have a new challenge … you have to face it. You have to learn from that and improve.”When we analyse how good we are it’s always the past, it’s never what [just] happened. The game is over and the day after you never know what’s going to happen.”The most nice thing and the reason I like to be here again and again is now it’s a new challenge. After what we have done it’s a new challenge.”The contenders are better, Europe every time is better and we’re going to see if we can handle that situation. If done, OK, improve with that.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgKarim Benzema ‘Benzema the best No.9 in Europe’ – Marcelo Patric Ridge Last updated 2 years ago 06:32 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) KarimBenzema - Cropped Getty Images Karim Benzema Real Madrid Marcelo Real Madrid v Eibar Eibar Primera División The former Lyon forward came off the bench to lay on the third goal against Eibar amid some questioning his importance to Zinedine Zidane’s side Karim Benzema is the best centre forward in Europe, according to his Real Madrid team-mate Marcelo.Marcelo netted the final goal in Madrid’s 3-0 victory over Eibar, as Zinedine Zidane’s side moved back to within five points of Liga leaders Barcelona.Real 7/5 to win La Liga with dabblebet 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 Madrid’s lead came courtesy of a sparkling first-half display from Marco Asensio, who created the opener before hammering in the second 10 minutes later.Benzema replaced Asensio on the hour, providing an outstanding assist for Marcelo’s goal during a superb cameo performance, and the Brazil full-back was quick to heap praise on the Frenchman, who was defended by Zidane following a poor miss against Tottenham in the Champions League.”Karim is a fantastic footballer. We have Cristiano [Ronaldo] who scores so many and Asensio who chips in,” Marcelo said.”It’s a logical thing that people want more goals from Benzema and the strikers, but you saw today is what else he offers.”His movement, his passing and his control – he’s the best number nine in Europe.”3 – Strikers with the most assists in La Liga since 2009/10:Lionel Messi 113Cristiano Ronaldo 83KARIM BENZEMA 59Monsieur. pic.twitter.com/pZ8NSSFip3— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 22, 2017Madrid’s win keeps them within touching distance of Barca, and though they were not at their best, the margin of victory would have been extended had Ronaldo – who only broke his duck for the Liga season with the winner against Getafe last time out – converted a glut of golden opportunities.Despite Ronaldo’s woes, however, it proved a comfortable triumph, and Marcelo believes Zidane’s side are getting close to recapturing their best form.”We’re in good shape. The people forget it’s difficult to play here against a defensive team – against good teams,” Marcelo continued.”It costs to win, you need patience. We scored three goals but what got us here is how we pushed together and now we have got back to within five points of the top.”We will all give everything, from the bench or from the start. It’s not one guy, it’s everyone working together.”last_img read more

first_imgNapoli ceded control of the Serie A title race to reigning champions Juventus after failing to beat Inter at San Siro.Maurizio Sarri’s Azzurri led the table by a point on Sunday morning but were deposed when Juve defeated Udinese 2-0 in the afternoon. Three points from their evening trip to Milan would have restored Napoli’s status as front-runners for the Scudetto, which they have not won since 1990, but Inter held firm to force a goalless draw. Following Juve’s dramatic Wembley comeback against Tottenham in the Champions League, spirits were still high and Paulo Dybala opened the scoring against Udinese with his free-kick in the 20th minute. Gonzalo Higuain missed a 38th-minute penalty that had been won by Dybala but the latter cheered up his fellow Argentinian by sweeping in his assist for a second goal shortly after the break. Paris Saint-Germain Metz La Liga roundup: Barcelona win at Málaga while Ronaldo secures Real win news European club football Bayern Munich Football Share on Pinterest The Observer Read more Read more Topics Share on WhatsApp Fiorentina paid emotional tributes to their captain Davide Astori before and during their 1-0 win over Benevento at Stadio Artemio Franchi. The Florence side were playing their first game since Astori died suddenly in his sleep at the team hotel last week. Fans unveiled banners in Astori’s honour and players warmed up in shirts bearing his name and number, while the match was halted in the 13th minute for a sustained round of applause. Paris Saint-Germain bounced back from their Champions League defeat by Real Madrid by trouncing Ligue 1’s bottom side, Metz, 5-0.The last-16 exit has led to speculation about Unai Emery’s future but they continued their march towards another domestic title. Christopher Nkunku made it three goals in two games with a double while Thomas Meunier, Kylian Mbappé and Thiago Silva also found the net.PSG had to wait less than five minutes for the opening goal, Meunier finding the bottom corner after Mbappé’s shot was blocked. Ligue 1 Cristiano Ronaldo ensures Real Madrid ease past PSG into last eight Bundesliga Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Nkunku then struck twice in nine minutes and Mbappé made it four before half-time, with Thiago heading in a late fifth to complete a resounding win that restored PSG’s 14-point lead at the top.Metz are now eight points adrift at the bottom after Lille secured a morale-boosting point with a 1-1 draw against Montpellier. Nicolas Pépé put Lille ahead in the 41st minute but Jérôme Roussillon equalised after 64 minutes.Robert Lewandowski hit a hat-trick as Bayern Munich restored their 20-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a comfortable 6-0 victory over Hamburg.In Hamburg’s last three league visits to the Allianz Arena Bernd Hollerbach’s side had shipped 21 goals and Franck Ribéry set up another difficult afternoon with a tap-in on eight minutes.Lewandowski hit a quickfire double to put the hosts 3-0 up inside 18 minutes before Arjen Robben curled in a shot after the restart.A stunning solo goal from Ribéry moved Bayern 5-0 clear before Lewandowski blazed over a late penalty, only for the Poland international to slot home a second spot-kick in the 90th minute to seal his treble and landmark 100th Bundesliga goal for the Bavarian club.Hamburg, who have competed in every season of the Bundesliga, remain seven points from a safe position after Wolfsburg fell to a 3-0 defeat at Hoffenheim. Goals by Nico Schulz, Serge Gnabry and an own goal from Josuha Guilavogui helped Hoffenheim seal all three points. Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_img French Open men’s form guide: the players to watch at Roland Garros 0:36 … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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Nick Kyrgios throws chair and walks off court during Rome Open match – video Read more Read more Topics Share on Pinterest Nick Kyrgios, who pulled out of the French Open on Friday through illness, three days before his match against Cam Norrie and a few days after saying the tournament “absolutely sucks”, has not improved his popularity in certain parts of the game through deed or word lately.Norrie, however, is not about to join the lynch mob perennially on the prowl for the Australian’s hide.From chair-throwing and storming off court in Rome last week, to ripping mercilessly into Novak Djokovic for his peace-and-love victory celebrations, Kyrgios is ticking like a time bomb. However Norrie, who was one win away from playing him in the final in Acapulco this year, is relaxed about it.“He likes acting like that and he’s allowed to act like that if he wants to,” the British No 2 and world No 41 said. “For me, I think it’s pretty entertaining for fans.” Nor was he bothered about Kyrgios’s late withdrawal. Kyle Edmund Norrie, Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans are the only British players in the men’s draw – all in the same half.Evans, not a fan of clay, has a serious challenge in the 23rd seed, Fernando Verdasco – despite Kyrgios’s view that the Spaniard has “an average backhand” – and pointed out: “Everyone knows he’s got a big forehand.”The straight-talking Evans, who has risen more than a thousand ranking places to 77 in the world since his comeback from a drugs ban, had an update on the recovering Andy Murray too, after practising with him at Wimbledon. “I hit with him twice. He’s obviously hitting the ball great. I’m sure he won’t mind me saying that he wasn’t moving that day: I’m not sure if that was because he couldn’t or didn’t want to. Australia sport Nick Kyrgios Support The Guardian “He seemed pretty happy, if I’m honest, a bit happier than normal, which is a bit strange considering he’s injured – or not injured. I don’t know. We played golf as well. He was good, and he seemed pretty happy in himself. Hopefully he can come back and get going again.”Evans said he also learned a lot spending time with Roger Federer recently, on and off the court. He was surprised, he said, how simple the owner of 20 majors kept his training and practice routine, and said British tennis spends too much time and money on deep analysis.“It was just so basic,” he said. “So let’s maybe get the basics right, walk before we can run would be good for me. In our country you can’t be a tennis player when you have no money or you’re from a bad area. It’s impossible unless your mum and dad remortgage their house. Why should people do that when there’s six analysis guys?”For now, Edmund is leading the thinnest of red lines, and he arrives here having lost five matches in a row. He is determined to fix his tennis quietly rather than “panic”, as he pointed out before his first-round match against Jérémy Chardy. “My game is not firing on all cylinders,” Edmund admitted.And he agreed with Evans that tennis is a sport that risks losing young players for the wrong reasons. “The bottom line is that it is an expensive sport. I needed help with funding. I started off having help from my parents, but there was no way that I could have done it all just with their funding. I would have had to stop.” French Open 2019center_img Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Share on Facebook news Tennis Play Video French Open Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Katie Boulter makes clumsy, belated withdrawal from French Open Reuse this content Share on Twitter “I think it’s probably smart from him just to get ready for the grass,” Norrie said, adding that he did not agree with the call for a six-month ban by Casper Ruud, who won his match against Kyrgios by default in Rome.Norrie, who now plays the French qualifier and world No 273, Elliot Benchetrit, said: “I don’t agree with that at all. I think that was pretty harsh of him to kind of celebrate how he did after getting a default when Nick could have easily turned up on the day and chopped him probably in straight sets. That was a bonus for him.“I think [Kyrgios] is great. There’s endless things on Twitter about the way he’s acting and stuff. I’m not saying it’s correct but I like that he’s his own person and does whatever he wants. He’s not trying to follow someone else.”Backtracking slightly, he added: “I don’t know if I agree with the way he’s going about it. I don’t know … I think he does attract a lot of fans and he is good for tennis in a way.”last_img read more

first_imgThe parish of St. Elizabeth is set to see a boost in economic activity from the parish’s hosting of the West Indies Under 15 Cricket Competition from July 11 to 26.The event is expected to bring in millions of dollars for hotels and guest houses, restaurants, transport operators, among others.The regional competition will bring together, 96 students from six countries across the Caribbean in exciting competition. The match venues are the BREDS Treasure Beach Sports Park; Alpart Sports Club in Nain; Manley Horne Complex at Ballards Valley; and the St. Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) in Santa Cruz.At a recent function held at the BREDS Treasure Beach Sports Park, to open a football field, Chairman of the BREDS Foundation, Jason Henzell, said that the parish was able to successfully bid for the hosting of the cricket competition, which is the first regional tournament ever to be kept outside of the Corporate Area.“It is bringing millions of dollars into the area. Monroe College, alone, is going to earn over $3 million (from accommodating teams), at a time when they would have been closed. Bus operators, restaurants; they are going to all the different attractions, so it is not just about the competition, it is about showcasing Jamaica,” Mr. Henzell stated.Member of Parliament for South West St. Elizabeth, Hugh Buchanan, said the decision to give the regional tournament to St. Elizabeth, is an expression of confidence in the offerings of the parish.“There are so many territories in the Caribbean that the West Indies Cricket Board could have gone to…why not to St. Elizabeth, when we have such a rich cricketing history.”He said that all the major players “must ensure that it leads to other developments that can benefit the parish.”Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, welcomed the Treasure Beach Sports Park and the new football field.“I have every confidence that in the next few years, this will be a premiere destination to host other regional competitions,” she stated.Contact: Garfield L. Anguslast_img read more

first_imgThere are fresh Intelligence warnings about Islamic radicals attempting to enter into India through the sea route off the coast of Kerala. Investigations into the horrendous terror attacks made on Easter Sunday congregations in and around Colombo, resulting in a huge loss of life and limb, are meanwhile unravelling the scale of foreign and domestic planning as well as resource mobilisation that had gone into a covert offensive. The Islamic radicals chose soft targets but gave a message loud and clear that they were set to take on their US-led adversaries outside of the two theatres of ‘war on terror’ – Syria and Afghanistan. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe Colombo blasts are linked with the geopolitical scene of South Asia and India must now go deeply into all that could possibly threaten the future of peace on the Indian subcontinent. A disquieting trend here is that the numerous groups of Islamic fundamentalists in the region that earlier existed in parallel with the radicals operating under the umbrella of Al-Qaeda or ISIS are giving their silent endorsement to the latter’s call for Jihad. There is no criticism of the radicals – who are Wahabis – from within the Muslim world beyond an occasional repeat of the parroted line that ‘terrorists were not true Muslims’. Also Read – Insider threat managementIt is a matter of deep concern for India that there is a rapid rise of Salafism in the region, which in terms of extremism can match Wahabism. Salafism basically calls upon the Muslims to go back to the fundamentals of Islam that prevailed in the puritanic period of the Pious Caliphs and shun the ‘unIslamic’ practices that had developed under the influence of other religions. It is opposed to the tradition of Mazar and Dargah worship that Sufism had brought with it in some distant past. This is the transition that is now visible in Kashmir in particular. As already mentioned, Salafism and Wahabism both represent the same degree of Islamic extremism except that the latter is staunchly anti-West as it carries the historical memory of the first Jihad of the modern period that some leading Ulema, including Abdul Wahab of Arabia, had launched in the nineteenth century to oppose the Western encroachment on the Muslim lands. These Ulema were the first to call for a return to the golden period of Islam and declare that the political decline of the Muslim world was due to the deviation of Muslims and their rulers from the true faith. Islamic radicals of today are still motivated by that recall and consider the US-led West and their allies as their prime enemies. Saudi Arabia which earned the ire of radicals for its deep collaboration with the US pursued the strategy of funding a pan-Islamic movement through the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) that promoted Salafism to compete with the Wahabi appeal of the revivalist radicals. Salafism derives from al-Salaf – the companions of the Prophet. The ‘war on terror’ launched by the US following 9/11 underlined the divide in the Muslim world between these two streams of extremism – one differing from the other only on the issue of political opposition to the US-led West. The Islamic fundamentalists backed by the Saudis, who are on the right side of the US, advanced the line originally taken by the likes of Hasan al Banna of Egypt and his admirer Maulana Abul Ala Maudoodi on the Indian subcontinent that an Islamic State could live in ‘competition not conflict’ with the West. This did not, however, come in the way of Salafism pursuing the cause of puritanic Islam with full force. From the point of view of the democratic world, the thrust of extremism in the Muslim world is a problem of geopolitical dimension – for India, it represents an imminent threat. The Sri Lanka blasts highlight the new reality that the Salafi outfits including Lashkar-e-Taiba as also Hizbul Mujahideen of Pakistan that is now subservient to LeT had no inclination to go along with the US any more in the battle against the Islamic radicals represented by the Al-Qaeda-Taliban combine in Afghanistan and the ISIS in Syria and Iraq. This was primarily because the radicals or Wahabis did have a place on the Islamic spectrum that could not be disregarded. When President George Bush declared ‘war on terror’ he wanted the allies in the Muslim world to combat radicals at home and heavily funded countries like Pakistan to encourage them to take to the path of democracy. Pakistan had to be coerced to join in. It took money but only pretended to be fighting the Al-Qaeda-Taliban combine – after all, it was Pakistan that had installed the Taliban in Kabul to lead the Afghan Emirate in 1996. Trouble had soon arisen at Kabul, however, as the Al-Qaeda-Taliban combine showed its anti-US fangs and invited retaliation from the West, which laid the run-up to 9/11. Pakistan’s main focus, meanwhile, was on replication of Afghan Jihad in Kashmir for settling scores with India. It lost no time in sending in the Mujahideen belonging to outfits under its control such as LeT, JeM and HuM into the Valley. These, as mentioned earlier, had been funded by Saudi Arabia during the Afghan war and had no particular quarrel with the US. With this, a phase began in Kashmir when Salafi hardline would supplant the Sufi traditions of Kashmiriyat. A telling change in the atmospherics of the Valley saw leaders of the two major fronts of Jamaat-e-Islami in Kashmir – Burhan Wani of HuM and Asiya Andrabi of Dukhtaran-e-Millat – taking orders directly from Hafiz Sayeed, the Pak-based supremo of the Lashkar-e-Taiba. The Pentagon, on its part, continued to believe, however, that the Pak army was serious about putting down the Taliban-Al-Qaeda axis – as an ally in the ‘war on terror’ – and the US, therefore, ignored for long India’s concerns on cross border terror in Kashmir. It is only under the regime of President Donald Trump that the duplicitous role of Pakistan was called out and in the process the distinction between ‘good terrorists’ and ‘bad terrorists’ abandoned for good -to India’s great relief. As India under Narendra Modi’s leadership decided to take Pakistan head on and isolate this rogue neighbour in the world community, the Pak army-ISI duo took to manoeuvring both Salafi extremists and the Wahabi radicals for destabilising India. Pakistan’s strategy of using extremists of all hues across the Islamic spectrum needs a deeper probe and analysis. This is a major security challenge for the Modi government in its second tenure. The collision of Sri Lanka’s National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) in the Colombo blasts that were owned by ISIS, is of significance for us. NTJ is an offspring of Sri Lanka Thowheeth Jamaat (SLTJ) – a known Salafi fundamentalist organisation openly supporting the Jihad of ISIS. SLTJ had close organisational links with Tamil Nadu Thowheet Jamaat(TNTJ) – the two outfits hosting each other’s leaders. The Pak High Commission in Colombo is known to have acted as a conduit between ISI and ISIS and also attempted to instigate Islamic militancy in South India. Al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) headed by a former member of Darul Uloom Deoband operates out of Pakistan under the patronage of ISI. Pak ISI has had a hand in propping up ISIS flags in Kashmir Valley. Zakir Musa of South Kashmir, since eliminated by security forces, had transited from being a commander of Hizbul Mujahideen to becoming the head of Al-Qaeda in Kashmir. ISI is using Jaish-e-Mohammad, a friend of the Taliban, to raise Fidayeen against India – the Pulwama attack on the CRPF convoy was a suicide bomber operation of JeM. In Kerala, many youth influenced by the Salafi preacher Dr Zakir Naik were reported to have proceeded to Syria to join in the ISIS battle. All of this has had the effect of making South Asia extremely vulnerable to faith-based radicalisation. Buddhist-Muslim conflict in Myanmar and Sri Lanka has obviously fuelled a unity between the Wahabi radicals and other Islamic fundamentalists following Salafism. There is every likelihood of IS protagonists of Syria-Iraq region and the Al Qaeda-Taliban in the Pak-Afghan belt working for the common mission of spreading to other parts of the Muslim world. Some ill-informed analysts earlier projected Al Qaeda and ISIS as political rivals – little knowing that in Islam, politics is rooted in faith and the belief that ‘Quran is the best Constitution’ runs through the Muslim psyche. South Asia represents the largest chunk of the Muslim world and it is particularly important for India to insulate the people here from the permeating radicalisation that turns the mind of even the educated and well to do people. The faith-based terror that Islamic radicals use in the name of Jihad targets the US-led West for historical and political reasons. However, Mujahideen of both Wahabi and Salafi streams also attack the Shiites for ideological opposition as well as the historical memory of the Kharijite revolt against Caliph Ali that provided the foundation for Sunnism. And, finally, these extremists take on the world of idolatrous people wherever they can. The destruction of Buddhist statues at Bamiyan by the Taliban is not a distant memory. India is a democratic republic that uses two powerful instruments of secularism – development of all and protection of law for every citizen – and if we have to stand up to a hostile neighbour who was out to meddle into our domestic politics by playing the card of religion, we must haul up any organisations or individuals who tended to endorse this mischief of Pakistan in any manner of speaking. Thowheeth or Unity of God is a welcome part of faith in Islam but if its exclusivism generates an acute ‘rejectionist’ outlook towards others then a democratic dispensation will have a problem. India has no place for this form of extremism entering the arena of politics. The bulk of all communities in India shares the common problem of livelihood and economic uplift. Law enforcement in general, as well as the CEC in the context of elections in particular, must unleash their power in a fuller measure against those who in print or by word of mouth projected militant religion into politics. Social media scan should be stepped up to detect exposure to Islamic radicalism and outreach to parents expanded to help a timely correction of young minds trapped by it. The 2019 General Election saw the opposition indulging in the play of identity politics – its message clearly is that this will not work any more in India.(The writer is a formerDirector of Intelligence Bureau. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

first_imgLondon: The WTI oil price jumped back above USD 60 per barrel on Monday after OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia and non-cartel producer Russia said they would extend caps on crude output. WTI, the New York benchmark, rallied to USD 60.13 per barrel around 0650 GMT, climbing above USD 60 for the first time since the end of May.last_img

first_imgWINDSOR, Ont. – A woman who was found unresponsive in her cell at a detention centre in southwestern Ontario has died.A spokesman with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services says the woman was found by staff at the South West Detention Centre near Windsor, Ont., on Sunday.In a statement to The Canadian Press, Andrew Morrison says correctional staff performed first aid until an ambulance arrived. The inmate was then transported to hospital where she was later pronounced dead.Morrison says the Office of the Chief Coroner will investigate the death and the ministry will also conduct an internal investigation to ensure all policies were followed.Windsor police will investigate to determine whether the death was connected to criminal activity.If the death wasn’t a result of natural causes, an inquest is mandatory.“It would be inappropriate to comment further out of respect for a person’s right to privacy, especially where personal health information is involved,” Morrison says.last_img read more

first_imgREGINA – Saskatchewan’s first budget under new Premier Scott Moe is to be tabled April 10 in what some political observers have suggested will be his first big test.Moe announced the date — which is two weeks later than planned — while making his first public speech as premier at the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association convention on Monday.The new premier told delegates the government will review the grants-in-lieu program that was cut in last year’s budget.Before the grants were cut last spring, the government gave cities money instead of paying property taxes on provincial buildings or infrastructure. Urban municipalities argued they would be short about $36 million as a result.“As we move forward, it’s incumbent on us and municipalities … to get back to the table over the course of the next number of months, and year or two, to ensure that we can come up with the same type of stable, predictable funding formula for our municipalities, so they can meet their needs into the future,” Moe told the convention.But he urged municipalities to keep looking for efficiencies to save money because times are still tough across the province.“We’ve worked very hard at the provincial level to ensure that we are making the very best and most … financially responsible decisions … but also continuing to try to provide the services that people expect of their provincial government.“My ask is that other levels of government ensure that they have the very same discussions.”Moe was sworn in last week after winning the Saskatchewan Party leadership Jan. 27 to replace the retiring Brad Wall.The budget will need to keep the fiscal conservatives in the party happy, but also assuage voters who were angry after last spring’s austerity budget, which was intended to help tackle a $1.3-billion deficit from the year before.The deficit was due in large part to low resource prices and the Sask. Party made a number of moves to try to recoup some of the shortfall. It increased and expanded the provincial sales tax to six per cent from five and shut down the Crown-owned Saskatchewan Transportation Co.The government also slashed funding to libraries, community-based organizations and to funeral services for people on social assistance, although it eventually backtracked on those plans after a poll in May suggested the party had dropped steeply in voter support.A financial update presented in November projected the deficit going in the right direction — down to $679 million. But the update also indicated that the province had drained its $300-million contingency fund and was expecting to bring in $53 million less than it had anticipated from taxes and non-renewable resources.Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said at the time that the budget was still on track because of increases in other revenue sources, such as a fuel tax, and a strong economic outlook.(CJME, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Rabat – Saad Lamjarred will make his comeback to the music scene with a song entitled “Let Go”.Let Go’s video clip was shot in Paris, where Lamjarred is living under electronic police surveillance following his arrest earlier this year for suspected sexual assault.The song will be released on August 8 at 7 p.m., announced the artist on his Instagram page, promising his fans, whom he “misses a lot,” live footage on his Instagram starting at 6:45 a.m. Lamjarred’s new song will recount the artist’s perspective on being accused of sexual assault.On October 31, just before he was about to take to the stage at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, Lamjarred was arrested for the second time on charges of sexual assault.He was jailed in France for the “aggravated rape” of a 28-year-old French-Moroccan woman.The singer denied any knowledge of the incident and denied ever having met the woman accusing him.On April 13, Lamjarred’s lawyer, Eric Dupond-Moretti revealed that the singe rwould be released from prison under electronic surveillance, but would have to remain in France. read more

“Supporting States in addressing large movements of refugees and migrants is an issue ripe for more concerted multilateral action,” the Secretary-General told the 93rd meeting of the Development Committee. He was joined by President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong King, and Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. “We must strengthen international cooperation mechanisms, and boost our collective work,” he said, noting that Governments are struggling for solutions and often responding by shutting borders, detaining asylum seekers and migrants, and other measures. To strengthen support, the UN will hold a high-level discussion on 19 September in New York to discuss ways to address large movements of refugees and migrants. In addition, next month, Mr. Ban will convene the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, for world leaders to come together with the private sector, civil society, academia and others, to find new ways to address the root causes of humanitarian challenges. As part of the Summit, there will be a high-level round table on forced displacement, and a special session on migration. In today’s speech, Mr. Ban pointed to six areas for “immediate action” to share challenges and obligations while maintaining the international community’s commitment to sustainable development. He called for countering xenophobic narratives and sharing responsibilities in a more equitable, predictable and transparent way. “We must better support countries that are hosting large numbers of refugees, including through your excellent new initiative of offering concessional loans to middle-income countries hosting large refugee populations,” he said. This includes, for example, the World Bank’s recent announcement that it will offer Jordan $100 million in financing at rates usually reserved for poorest countries, to create some 100,000 new jobs for Jordanians and Syrian refugees over the next five years. Mr. Ban also highlighted the need to create “safe, orderly and regular pathways” for refugees and migrants, enhancing cooperation to fight traffickers and smugglers, and continuing to fund humanitarian and development projects hand-in-hand. Calls for investment in infrastructureEarlier today, Mr. Ban spoke at an inaugural meeting of the Global Infrastructure Forum on the need for more investment to close gaps in electricity, water and sanitation access. The Forum is one of the major deliverables of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development held last year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was created to identify and address infrastructure gaps, highlight opportunities for investment and cooperation, and work to ensure that projects are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Mr. Ban said that together, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Paris Climate Change Agreement which will be signed in New York this Friday, and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda are international commitments “to transform the global economy, expand opportunities, and leave a healthier planet for future generations.” The Forum’s role is to improve alignment and coordination among established and new infrastructure initiatives, bringing together multilateral and national development banks, UN agencies, development partners and the private sector. All of which allows “for a greater range of voices to be heard,” he underscored. Mr. Ban urged international support to bridge existing infrastructure gaps, particularly in vulnerable developing countries. He noted also that the Forum should also work to ensure that all infrastructure investments are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Least Developed Countries have ‘untapped potential’Also today, Mr. Ban addressed the Ministerial Meeting of the Least Developed Countries. Addressing the so-called LDCs, which also include a group known as the Small Island Developing States, Mr. Ban called for their voice to be heard in all global decision-making and norm setting processes.The LDCs “are disproportionately affected by environmental challenges, health emergencies, natural disasters, poverty and hunger, and youth unemployment,” Mr. Ban said, but they also represent “enormous reservoirs of untapped potential.”The UN chief urged the participating Governments to attend a high-level meeting in Antalya, Turkey, at the end of May, which will focus on the development of LDCs. read more

CINCINNATI — Speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton became a free agent when the Cincinnati Reds failed to offer a 2019 contract by Friday’s deadline.The 28-year-old hit .236 with four homers and 29 RBIs this year as his stolen bases dropped to 34. He swiped 56 bases and in 2014 and increased his total by one annually in each of the next three seasons.Hamilton had a $4.6 million salary on the last-place Reds, who went 67-95. He would have been eligible for free agency after next season.Cincinnati also failed to offer contracts to outfielder-first baseman Jordan Patterson, outfielder Aristides Aquino and catcher Juan Graterol.___More AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Editor’s note: This article is adapted from previous articles about how our March Madness predictions work.We’ve been issuing probabilistic March Madness forecasts in some form since 2011, when FiveThirtyEight was just a couple of people writing for The New York Times. Initially, we focused on the men’s NCAA Tournament, publishing a table that gave each team’s probability of advancing deep (or not-so-deep) into the tournament. Over the years, we expanded to forecasting the women’s tournament as well. And since 2016, our forecasts have updated live, as games are played. Below are the details on each step that we take — including calculating power ratings for teams, win probabilities for each game and the chance that each remaining team will make it to any given stage of the bracket. Men’s team ratings We calculate power ratings for the women’s tournament in much the same way as we do for the men’s. However, because of the relative lack of data for women’s college basketball — a persistent problem when it comes to women’s sports — the process has a few differences:Three of the six power ratings that we use for the men’s tournament aren’t available for women. Fortunately, that means three of them are: Sagarin’s “predictor” ratings, Sokol’s LRMC ratings and Moore’s ratings. We also use a fourth system, the Massey Ratings.The NCAA doesn’t publish the 68-team S-curve data for the women. So we use the teams’ seeds instead, with the exception of the four No. 1 seeds, which the selection committee does list in order.For the women’s tournament, there isn’t much in the way of injury reports or advanced individual statistics, so we don’t include injury adjustments.Turning power ratings into a forecastOnce we have power ratings for every team, we need to turn them into a forecast — that is, the chance of every team reaching any round of the tournament.Most of our sports forecasts rely on Monte Carlo simulations, but March Madness is different; because the structure of the tournament is a single-elimination bracket, we’re able to directly calculate the chance of teams advancing to a given round.We calculate the chance of any team beating another with the following Elo-derived formula, which is based on the difference between the two teams’ travel-adjusted power ratings:1.01.0+10−travel_adjusted_power_rating_diff∗30.464/4001.01.0+10−travel_adjusted_power_rating_diff∗30.464/400Because a team needs to win only a single game to advance, this formula gives us the chance of a team reaching the next round in the bracket. The probability of a team reaching a future round in the bracket is based on a system of conditional probabilities. In other words, the chance of a team reaching a given round is the chance they reach the previous round, multiplied by their chance of beating any possible opponent in the previous round, weighted by their likelihood of meeting each of those opponents.Live win probabilitiesWhile games are being played, our interactive graphic displays a box for each one that shows updating win probabilities for both teams, as well as the score and the time remaining. These probabilities are derived using logistic regression analysis, which lets us plug the current state of a game into a model to produce the probability that either team will win the game. Specifically, we used play-by-play data from the past five seasons of Division I NCAA basketball to fit a model that incorporates:Time remaining in the gameScore differencePregame win probabilitiesWhich team has possession, with a special adjustment if the team is shooting free throwsThe model doesn’t account for everything, however. If a key player has fouled out of a game, for example, the model doesn’t know, and his or her team’s win probability is probably a bit lower than what we have listed. There are also a few places where the model experiences momentary uncertainty: In the handful of seconds between the moment when a player is fouled and the free throws that follow, for example, we use the team’s average free-throw percentage to adjust its win probability. Still, these probabilities ought to do a reasonably good job of showing which games are competitive and which are essentially over.Also displayed in the box for each game is our “excitement index” (check out the lower-right corner) — that number also updates throughout a game and can give you a sense of when it’ll be most fun to tune in. Loosely based on Brian Burke’s NFL work, the index is a measure of how much each team’s chances of winning have changed over the course of the game.The calculation behind this feature is the average change in win probability per basket scored, weighted by the amount of time remaining in the game. This means that a basket made late in the game has more influence on a game’s excitement index than a basket made near the start of the game. We give additional weight to changes in win probability in overtime. Values range from 0 to 10, although they can exceed 10 in extreme cases.FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratingsIf you’ve been a FiveThirtyEight reader for really any length of time, you probably know that we’re big fans of Elo ratings. We’ve introduced versions for the NBA and the NFL, among other sports. Using game data from ESPN, Sports-Reference.com and other sources, we’ve also calculated Elo ratings for men’s college basketball teams dating back to the 1950s. Our Elo ratings are one of the six computer rating systems used in each team’s pre-tournament rating.Our methodology for calculating these Elo ratings is very similar to the one we use for the NBA. Elo is a measure of a team’s strength that is based on game-by-game results. The information that Elo relies on to adjust a team’s rating after every game is relatively simple — including the final score and the location of the game. (As we noted earlier, college basketball teams perform significantly worse when they travel a long distance to play a game.)It also takes into account whether the game was played in the NCAA Tournament. We’ve found that historically, there are actually fewer upsets in the tournament than you’d expect from the difference in teams’ Elo ratings, perhaps because the games are played under better and fairer conditions in the tournament than in the regular season. Our Elo ratings account for this and weight tournament games slightly higher than regular-season ones.Because Elo is a running assessment of a team’s talent, at the beginning of each season, a team gets to keep its rating from the end of the previous one, except that we also revert it to the mean. The wrinkle here, compared with our NFL Elo ratings, is that we revert college basketball team ratings to the mean of the conference.And that’s about it! (Congratulations if you made it this far.) While we make no guarantee that you’ll win your pool if you use our system, we think it’s done a pretty good job over the years. Hopefully, you’ll have fun using it to make your picks, and it will add to your enjoyment of both NCAA tournaments. Our men’s model is principally based on a composite of six computer power ratings:Ken Pomeroy’s ratingsJeff Sagarin’s “predictor” ratingsSonny Moore’s ratingsJoel Sokol’s LRMC ratingsESPN’s Basketball Power IndexFiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings (described below)Each of these ratings has a strong track record in picking tournament games. We shouldn’t make too much of the differences among them: They are all based on the same basic information — wins and losses, strength of schedule, margin of victory — computed in slightly different ways. We use six systems instead of one, however, because each system has different features and bugs, and blending them helps to smooth out any rough edges. (Those rough edges matter because even small differences can compound over the course of a single-elimination tournament that requires six or seven games to win.)To produce a pre-tournament rating for each team, we combine those computer ratings with a couple of human rankings:The NCAA selection committee’s 68-team “S-curve”Preseason rankings from The Associated Press and the coachesThese rankings have some predictive power — if used in moderation. They make up one-fourth of the rating for each team; the computer systems are three-fourths.It’s not a typo, by the way, to say that we look at preseason rankings. The reason is that a 30- to 35-game regular season isn’t all that large a sample. Preseason rankings provide some estimate of each team’s underlying player and coaching talent. It’s a subjective estimate, but it nevertheless adds some value, based on our research. If a team wasn’t ranked in either the Associated Press or Coaches polls, we estimate its strength using the previous season’s final Sagarin rating, reverted to the mean.To arrive at our FiveThirtyEight power ratings, which are a measure of teams’ current strength on a neutral court and are displayed on our March Madness predictions interactive graphic, we make two adjustments to our pre-tournament ratings.The first is for injuries and player suspensions. We review injury reports and deduct points from teams that have key players out of the lineup. This process might sound arbitrary, but it isn’t: The adjustment is based on Sports-Reference.com’s Win Shares, which estimates the contribution of each player to his team’s record while also adjusting for a team’s strength of schedule. So our program won’t assume a player was a monster just because he was scoring 20 points a game against the likes of Abilene Christian and Austin Peay. The injury adjustment also works in reverse: We review each team to see which are healthier going into the tournament than they were during the regular season.The second adjustment takes place only once the tournament is underway. The FiveThirtyEight model gives a bonus to teams’ ratings as they win games, based on the score of each game and the quality of their opponent. A No. 12 seed that waltzes through its play-in game and then crushes a No. 5 seed may be much more dangerous than it initially appeared; our model accounts for this. On the flip side, a highly rated team that wins but looks wobbly against a lower seed often struggles in the next round, we’ve found.When we forecast individual games, we apply a third and final adjustment to our ratings, for travel distance. Are you not at your best when you fly in from LAX to take an 8 a.m. meeting in Boston? The same is true of college basketball players. In extreme cases (a team playing very near its campus or traveling across the country to play a game), the effect of travel can be tantamount to playing a home or road game, despite being on an ostensibly neutral court. This final adjustment gives us a team’s travel-adjusted power rating, which is then used to calculate their chance of winning that game.Women’s team ratings March Madness Predictions: FiveThirtyEight’s men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament forecasting models calculate the chance of each team reaching each round. See our predictions for 2018 » read more

Dobrivoje MarkovicEHF Champions Leagueppd zagrebRhein Neckar Lowen PPD Zagreb made a sensation in Mannheim by eliminating Rhein Neckar Lowen 30:28 (first match 23:24) from the VELUX EHF Champions League 2015/2016.Take a look on the decisive goal scored by left wing Dobrivoje Marković and reaction of Croatian TV commentator.EHF CL quarter-finals:THW Kiel – FC BarcelonaHC Vardar Skopje – MVM VeszpremRK Zagreb – Paris St. GermainFlensburg – KS Kielce ← Previous Story SENSATION IN MANNHEIM: PPD Zagreb at EHF CL TOP 8! Next Story → Baltic Handball League F4 in Estonian Polva on April 16/17 read more

first_imgGoogle + : le démarrage le plus fulgurant jamais observé Un mois après son lancement, le réseau social de Google a attiré quelque 25 millions d’internautes. Un seuil que Facebook avait mis trois ans à atteindre. Aujourd’hui, Google + se targue de compter chaque jour un million de nouveaux membres.En un mois, Google + a atteint le seuil qui avait demandé trois ans à Facebook : 25 millions de membres, si l’on en croit les chiffres que vient de publier ComScore. Le réseau social de Google, qui menace de détrôner celui de Mark Zuckerberg, se targue ainsi d’attirer chaque jour un million de nouveaux utilisateurs. À lire aussiVaricelle, perturbateurs endocriniens et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 13 juinParmi les 25 millions membres de Google +, 6 millions vivent aux Etats-Unis, précise ComScore. L’Inde est le deuxième pays le plus adepte du réseau du géant de Mountain View, avec 3,6 millions d’utilisateurs. Viennent ensuite le Canada, le Royaume-Uni, l’Allemagne et le Brésil. Quant aux Français, ils sont seulement un demi-million à s’être laissés séduire par Google +.Malgré cette ascension fulgurante, Google est encore bien loin des 700 millions d’adeptes que compte Facebook. Après avoir surfé sur la popularité des réseaux sociaux, et profité de son statut de géant d’Internet, Google + pourrait déjà connaître un léger ralentissement. Comme l’explique en effet le service d’analyse concurrentielle en ligne Experian Hitwise, cité par Mashable, le nombre de visites enregistrées aux Etats-Unis a chuté de 3% pendant la semaine du 16 au 23 juillet, après avoir augmenté tout au long des trois premières semaines. La même diminution a été observée sur le temps moyen passé sur le réseau social.Le 3 août 2011 à 15:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target On Aug. 11, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials tracked down the mountain lion and killed it, KCNC-TV noted. Officials said the mountain lion was acting very aggressive and didn’t run away when they spotted it in the woods. A necropsy showed that the animal only had some grass in its stomach, so it’s possible that it was really hungry at the time of the attack.Mike Porras, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson, said Marriott did everything right during the time of the attack, including slowly walking backwards from the animal. Porras also said the agency prioritizes human safety, and if wildlife is aggressive towards humans, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has to unfortunately put those animals down.Marriott was thankful no one else was hurt in the mountain lion incident, however, he said he will always carry his pistol with him from now on.“I think I would have been able to give it a warning shot and hopefully it would have ran off. That’s what I kind of take from all of this,” Marriott added. “When I go into the field now, I need to make sure I have my sidearm.”More on Geek.com:Hunters’ Illegal Yellowstone Lion Kill Caught on Social MediaMountain Lion Found Dead in California May Have Been PoisonedWatch: Colorado Runner Who Killed Mountain Lion Describes Attack A hunter was able to escape from an aggressive mountain lion after he stabbed it with his pocket knife, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials.Richard Marriott, who was attacked by the mountain lion on Aug. 10, wasn’t expecting the large animal to show up during his outdoor trip, Sky-Hi News reported. Marriott only sustained minor injuries from the attack, however, he is still in shock from the scary encounter.“I can’t believe it actually happened,” Marriott told Sky-Hi News. “I’m lucky it didn’t get a lot worse.”Marriott was scouting elk in the woods near Kremmling, Colorado, when he noticed something creeping up on the trail behind him: a mountain lion. Marriott faced the mountain lion and slowly walked backwards, in hopes that it would go away. The animal then picked up its pace and started to swerve back and forth through the trees, following Marriott for about 10 minutes.Marriott was almost safe from the mountain lion until he tripped over a log and fell onto his backside. At that moment, Marriott thought he was done for, however, the mountain lion just swiped his leg. Marriott didn’t bring his pistol on the hunting trip and only had his pocket knife on him for self-defense. He managed to hit the mountain lion in the face with the weapon’s small blade, however, the animal wasn’t completely injured. Marriott then continued to throw rocks at the mountain lion and shout at it.People heard Marriott screaming at the animal and called 911. Authorities then arrived at the scene and met Marriott at the bottom of the mountain. Marriott told the wildlife officers that he thought the mountain lion was “curious,” however, they told him that the animal had to be put down for safety reasons.center_img Mountain Lion Known for Crossing LA Freeway Is Fatally Struck By CarMountain Lion Found Dead in California May Have Been Poisoned last_img read more

first_imgWarangal: A 15-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide on Sunday, a day after she was raped in Telangana’s Warangal district, police said. According to the police, the two accused including a minor, who belong to the same locality as the victim have been arrested. “The duo took the teenager to a secluded place and raped her. Next morning, her body was found hanging from the ceiling of her room,” Circle Officer (CO), David Raju told ANI. Further investigation is underway in the case, added the circle officer.last_img read more

first_img Share Photo via FlickrHouston police say a little boy is dead after he accidentally shot himself Sunday morning.Houston police say a 6-year-old boy has died after locating an unsecured gun in a bedroom and accidentally shooting himself.According to the Houston Police Department,  the shooting happened Sunday morning around 11:20 a.m. at an apartment as the boy’s mother ran errands and he was being watched by a teenage sibling. Other siblings were also home.Sgt. Anthony Turner said a teenage sister heard what sounded like a firecracker and discovered the victim, who died at a Houston hospital. Turner said an adult sister told police she kept a gun to protect against crime.“She heard what she believed to be a fire cracker and when the 14-year-old when to check, they saw the 6-year-old laying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head.” said Sgt. Anthony Turner with the Houston Police Department.It’s the third such child death in less than a week.Texas City police say a 4-year-old boy was killed Saturday after accidentally shooting himself while with his grandmother. Fort Worth police say a 3-year-old boy died Wednesday after accidentally shooting himself. last_img read more