Catalonia’s President Sued for ‘Rebellion’ Against Spain, Risks 30 Years in…

Rabat – Spain‘s public prosecutor’s office will begin legal proceedings against Catalan President Carles Puigdemont next week for “rebellion,” said a spokesman for the public prosecutor, after the Catalan Parliament declared its independence this Friday, reports the AFP.“The prosecution will file a complaint next week for rebellion against Carles Puigdemont,” an offense punishable by a prison term of up to 30 years, the spokesman told the AFP, adding that this procedure could “perhaps be extended to the rest of the Catalan government and the office of presidents” of the Catalan assembly.The resolution proclaiming Catalonia an “independent state taking the form of a republic” was approved Friday afternoon by 70 votes out of 135. The parliament member who opposed independence left the hemicycle and for the most part boycotted the ballot. Puigdemont then announced that the Catalan parliament’s decision was “legitimate,” assuring that he had received a “validated mandate from the ballot box.” Soon after the news broke out, Spain’s senate gave Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy unprecedented powers to impose direct rule on the region.Rajoy is expected to start dissolving the Catalan government by firing President Puigdemont.On October 22, Rajoy revealed his plans to impose direct rule on the region. He also promised to fire elected leaders, including Puigdemont. After his announcement, over half a million Catalans took to Barcelona’s streets to protest the announced measures.Puigdemont described Rajoy’s plans as the “worst attacks against the people of Catalonia since General Franco’s dictatorship.” Puigdemont was alluding to a time during the Civil War (1936-1939) in which the military dictator Francisco Franco dissolved Catalonia’s autonomy for resisting his rule.Puigdemont also accused the Spanish government of attempting to “eliminate the Catalan self-government and its democracy.” read more

Security Council calls on Iran to comply with nuclear obligations

The Security Council today called on Iran to comply fully and immediately with its previous resolutions ordering the country to stop uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities and to cooperate with inspectors from the United Nations atomic watchdog. In a resolution adopted unanimously, the 15-member Council also reaffirmed its commitment “to an early negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue” and welcomed continuing efforts on that front. The text calls on Tehran “to comply fully and without delay with its obligations” under a series of Council resolutions between 2006 and this year, and to meet the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It also notes the statement in March from China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, with the support of the European Union, outlining the dual-track approach to resolving the issue involving negotiations and sanctions. The Middle Eastern nation’s nuclear programme – which its officials have stated is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend is driven by military ambitions – has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). A Council resolution in December 2006 banned trade with Iran in all items, materials, equipment, goods and technology which could contribute to the country’s enrichment-related, reprocessing or heavy water-related activities, or to the development of nuclear-weapon delivery systems. In March 2007, the Council tightened the sanctions by imposing a ban on arms sales and expanding the freeze on assets, and then it imposed further sanctions this March. These included the inspection of cargo suspected of carrying prohibited goods, the tighter monitoring of financial institutions and the extension of travel bans and asset freezes, over its nuclear programme. Speaking before the vote during today’s Council meeting, Indonesian Ambassador Marty Natalegawa said it would not have been able to support today’s resolution if it had contained language specifying additional sanctions against Iran. He stressed the need for a negotiated solution to the nuclear issue that protects multilateral arrangements, including the NPT and the IAEA. On Monday, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei told his agency’s Board of Governors – which was meeting in Geneva – that Iran needs to be more transparent about its nuclear activities. 27 September 2008The Security Council today called on Iran to comply fully and immediately with its previous resolutions ordering the country to stop uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities and to cooperate with inspectors from the United Nations atomic watchdog. read more

Glaring social inequalities impede Latin American Caribbean development UN

“In the current context of globalization, competitiveness is crucial for growth and development,” the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Jacques Diouf, told senior government officials attending the agency’s 28th Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean in Guatemala City yesterday. “However, productivity should not conceal the inequalities of access to economic factors and the inequalities of income that affect millions of inhabitants of Latin America and the Caribbean, especially those living in rural areas,” he said, noting that the richest 5 per cent receives 25 per cent of income, compared to 13 per cent in developed countries. Latest figures show poverty rising to 64 per cent in rural areas, with more than 74 million rural poor, but Mr. Diouf noted that the proportion of undernourished fell from 13 per cent in 1990-1992 to 10 per cent in 1999-2001. “If the countries continue their efforts to combat food insecurity, this proportion could fall to 6 per cent by 2015,” he said. “The initiatives undertaken by individual countries, notably the ‘Zero Hunger’ programme of Brazil and the ‘Campaign against Hunger’ recently launched by Guatemala, are very encouraging developments.” The weeklong conference will decide the main thrust of the work to be carried out by FAO’s regional office during 2004 and 2005 in a bid to consolidate gains and remedy shortfalls as part of the global effort to halve hunger levels by 2015. read more

Freedoms of religion and expression twin rights in fighting intolerance – UN

“There is widespread perception that the rights to freedom of religion or belief and to freedom of opinion and expression are in opposition to each other,” said Heiner Bielefeldt, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, during the presentation of his latest report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.While freedom of expression seems to signal a “green light” to all sorts of provocation, freedom of religion or belief seems to give a “stop sign” instead, he said.In his report, the expert considers that both rights are closely related in law and practice, and they both protect unconditionally a person’s inner realm of thinking and believing without any restrictions.Mr. Bielefeldt explained that some problematic restrictions include blasphemy laws, unclear anti-hatred laws and criminalization of ill-defined superiority claims.He also noted that the synergies between both rights exist in different formats, such as interreligious communication, frank public discourse and policies of the government and other actors, to publicly condemn incitement to acts of hatred.The expert called on all States to proactively share their experiences and best practices when implementing the Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 to fight intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of persons based on religion or belief, as well as discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against them.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

New season same mission for Ohio State football

Braxton Miller’s offseason and first day of spring football Rising junior quarterback Braxton Miller worked out one day during OSU’s winter break with “quarterback guru” George Whitfield Jr., well-known for his work with many prominent quarterbacks including current NFL starters Cam Newton, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck.  Meyer said he was glad Miller took time in his offseason to work toward becoming a better player. “I’m glad Braxton did it … instead of sitting there playing video games, he’s out there working on fundamentals at quarterback,” Meyer said.  Meyer said that training showed in Tuesday’s practice. “I thought Braxton Miller had one heck of a day,” Meyer said. “His fundamentals and his footwork were not very good last year, but it was fantastic today.” Meyer made it clear, however, that Miller’s learning still comes from his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. “The quarterback guru working with Braxton is a guy named Tom Herman,” Meyer said. Early start to spring football The Buckeyes will practice twice this week before resuming practice after OSU’s spring break.  Meyer said it is the first time he has scheduled practices prior to a school’s spring break, but said the schedule is working out well thus far. “So far I love it,” Meyer said. “We felt it was really important, especially with this outfit, to get the 20-hour work week as often as we can. So we have a 20-hour work week this week, that means Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we get a significant amount of meeting time. Then when we get back, we’re going to go Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday again. Why? Because we get three days of a lot of meeting time … Monday, Wednesday, Friday will be four-hour meeting days.” OSU’s Spring Game is set for April 13 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.  Finding a punter The early choice to replace Ben Buchanan at punter appears to be rising senior Drew Basil, who is also the Buckeyes’ kicker. Basil split repetitions with rising redshirt freshman Frank Epitropoulos during punting drills Tuesday, but Meyer said he likes what he has seen from Basil thus far. “Drew could have punted last year,” Meyer said. “The only thing he’s lacking is consistency and experience. Fundamentally, I felt he was maybe our best punter (last year) … I feel good with Drew.” More notes Rising senior wide receiver Corey Brown did not practice Tuesday due to what Meyer said is a knee sprain. Meyer said Brown is “fine,” and should be able to practice Thursday. Like Shazier, incoming freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett and rising redshirt senior safety Jamie Wood also practiced wearing orange non-contact jerseys Tuesday. Barrett is recovering from a torn ACL, while Wood is recovering from shoulder surgery.  One of the highlights of Tuesday’s practice came when rising redshirt senior running back Jordan Hall lined up wide for a pass, ran about 40 yards up the seam and made a tough catch away from his body in traffic. Hall, who received a medical redshirt to return for the 2013 season after only playing three games due to injuries in 2012, received high praise from Meyer after practice. “Boy, was he great today,” Meyer said. “I love that guy.” Two former Buckeyes, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and safety Orhian Johnson, watched portions of practice from the sidelines on Tuesday. Hankins and Johnson will both be participating in OSU’s Pro Day for NFL hopefuls on Friday. After finishing 12-0 in 2012, Urban Meyer’s second season as Ohio State’s football coach is underway. The Buckeyes kicked off their first practice of the spring football season Tuesday, practicing for two and a half hours on the indoor fields at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Meyer said his players had “good attitudes” Tuesday. “I knew we would have good attitudes. What I’m concerned with is just development of some players,” Meyer said. “After day one, I can’t give you a whole lot because I don’t know.” Tuesday’s first practice, which the media was allowed to watch, gave a preliminary glimpse into what the depth chart could look like this fall before OSU opens the season against Buffalo on Aug. 31.  Defensive realignment The Buckeyes are replacing seven starters from last season on defense. One of the four returning starters, rising junior outside linebacker Ryan Shazier, was limited in Tuesday’s practice as he recovers from what Meyer said he is “99 percent sure” is a sports hernia. That meant eight new players took the field with the first-team defense Tuesday. The Buckeyes ran a 4-2-5 nickel defensive formation Tuesday, a formation Meyer said the Buckeyes will use often on defense this year. “If you look at our schedule, we’re going to be in a lot of nickel,” Meyer said. With many starters being replaced, Meyer said the defensive line and linebackers are the areas of his roster that must develop the most this spring. The Buckeyes will have four new starters on the defensive line in 2013. The first-team line Tuesday consisted of rising sophomore defensive ends Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington and rising junior defensive tackles Michael Bennett and Joel Hale. With Shazier limited, the two linebackers on the field with the first-team defense were rising junior Curtis Grant and rising sophomore David Perkins.  The Buckeyes have three returning starters in the secondary: rising redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby, rising senior Christian Bryant and rising redshirt senior C.J. Barnett. They were joined on the first-team defense Tuesday by rising junior cornerback Doran Grant and rising redshirt freshman Tyvis Powell, who played the “star” defensive back position in the nickel. Meyer said Powell, who redshirted last season, “earned the right” to start the spring season getting work with the first-team defense. “I really like him,” Meyer said of Powell. “He’s a 6-foot-2 guy that’s done everything right.” On the offensive side of the ball, the Buckeyes have 10 returning starters, only needing to fill a hole at right tackle. On Tuesday, rising sophomore Taylor Decker took first-team reps at the position.  read more

British ballerina moves to Bavarian State Ballet for more exciting repertoire

Laurretta Summerscales, the 27-year-old dancer from Surrey, has revealed her decision to leave the English National Ballet all came down to its “repeated repertoire” and her need to “live a bit” outside the confines of the ENB. But for one British ballerina it was time to grand jete on to “more exciting” pastures than those being performed on the English dancing circuit. And after just one year of being at the Bavarian State Ballet she said the move had unquestionably been “good for my soul”. When most people think of going to the ballet, productions of the Nutcracker and Swan Lake often spring to mind as family favourites. “I needed to experience something different and the repertoire of ENB… read more

Poll Are charity bosses deserving of large salaries

first_imgTHE SALARIES OF the bosses of charities have been the subject of much scrutiny over the last few weeks.Many charities are reporting a drop off in donations as the scandal that surrounds the Central Remedial Clinic continues to rage.However, columnist Aaron McKenna today makes the argument that the wages are necessary to attract top staff.We’re asking: Are charity bosses deserving of large salaries? Yes (83) No (1343) I don’t know (1118) YesNoYes, but not to the level they are atI don’t knowVoteRead: Aaron McKenna: A functioning charity sector needs to pay well Yes, but not to the level they are at (2590) Poll Results:last_img read more

Hepatitis A outbreak caused by fecal matter in swimming pool

first_img By Gordon Deegan MEDICS SUSPECT THAT a swimming pool in the HSE South area was the cause of an outbreak of Hepatitis A last year.A new paper in the current edition of the Irish Medical Journal (IMJ) shows that last summer five people, including three children – two aged 10 – fell ill with the disease.The disease is extremely rare here and there were only two other cases of the bug confirmed in the HSE South area in 2016, and both were people returning from travel overseas.However, the medics at the Public Health Office HSE South state that the outbreak could have been contained and illnesses prevented if there had not been a 13-day delay in notifying it of the first case.They stated that the case “illustrates the public health consequences of delayed notification”.“Timely notification would have facilitated prompt contact vaccination and may have prevented illness in subsequent contacts. Improved communication with clinicians and laboratory staff should improve the speed of notification in the future,” they said.The five Hepatitis A cases were notified over a four week-period between 9 August and 7 September last.The public health office there detected a link between two of the victims attending a swimming pool which had sub-optimal chlorine levels. People can contract Hepatitis A by swallowing water with fecal content.In very rare cases, it can result in death but, for the vast majority, the symptoms of fever, nausea, fatigue and jaundice usually last less than two months, although some people can be ill for as long as six months.Swimming pool linkIn the first case in the HSE South area, a 10-year-old child was hospitalised in July 2016 for investigation of jaundice, anorexia and vomiting and was diagnosed with Hepatitis A on 27 July. However, the public health office was not notified until 13 days later – on 9 August.The onset of symptoms for another 10-year-old going to the same school commenced on 6 August and the child was diagnosed on 8 August. The public health office was notified of the Hepatitis A case on 12 August. Prompt notification would have prevented the parents of the first child contracting the disease.The 38-year-old mother of the first child contracted the bug and was diagnosed on 22 August with the public health office notified the following day while the child’s 38-year-old father got the bug and was diagnosed on 29 August, with the public office notified the same day.A fifth case was confirmed on 21 August of a 13-year-old girl but there was an 18-day delay in the public health office being notified. The girl went to a secondary school in a different geographical area.However, the medics found a potential link between the first child to contract the bug and the 13-year-old girl “via a visit to a swimming pool with suboptimal chlorine levels”.InvestigationIn response to the suspected outbreak, the public health office launched a comprehensive investigation consisting of epidemiological, environmental and microbiological investigations.The investigators found that swimming pool attendance in early July 2016 was the only ascertainable link between the first child and the 13-year-old girl.To avoid contracting the bug, a vaccine must be administered within two weeks of exposure. However, the medics point out that the contacts of the first child’s case and the teenage girl’s “were outside the window of vaccination due to delayed notification”.Dr Helena Ferris, Specialist Registrar in Public Health Medicine, said yesterday: “A swimming pool with suboptimal chlorination levels was identified as one possible source.”She said the investigation by the outbreak control team included a site inspection and repeat water sampling at the pool.“The findings were discussed with the management of the swimming pool and the outbreak control team was satisfied that the sub-chlorination had been addressed and a satisfactory management plan put in place by swimming pool management to prevent a recurrence.”Read: Today’s the day: Leo Varadkar set to become TaoiseachRead: At least 30 injured as massive fire engulfs west London tower block File photo Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 48,926 Views Wednesday 14 Jun 2017, 7:30 AM 22 Comments center_img Share378 Tweet Email8 Image: Shutterstock/UnderTheSea File photo Image: Shutterstock/UnderTheSea Hepatitis A outbreak ’caused by fecal matter in swimming pool’ Five people, including three children, fell ill with the disease last year. Short URL Jun 14th 2017, 7:30 AM last_img read more

Lighthizer Tapped for USTR

first_imgPresident-elect Donald Trump named former Ambassador Robert Lighthizer as his nominee for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) earlier this week. Lighthizer served as deputy U.S. trade representative during the administration of President Ronald Reagan, and oversaw USTR’s work on agriculture.Additionally, Lighthizer served as vice chairman of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), which promoted economic growth in developing countries through U.S. investment.The American Soybean Association (ASA) will continue to monitor and evaluate how Lighthizer’s and other nominations in the Trump Administration will impact soybean farmers.last_img read more

SPD Issues Public Safety Notice For the City Of Soldotna

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna Police Department has issued a public safety notice for the City of Soldotna for possible littered drug paraphernalia. If you find any suspicious items in one of the local Parks, notify a park attendant immediately. And if anywhere in the City, contact the Soldotna Police Department at 262-4455 and an officer will respond. According to the notice, the melting snow and ice is exposing items which have been hidden through the winter. Some of those items include discarded needles, and other drug paraphernalia.center_img SPD wants to remind you that if you come across drug paraphernalia, do not touch these items due to health risks. This is especially true of discarded needles.last_img read more

CIA plans to join Instagram

first_img Share your voice 0 Tags Internet Post a comment CIA Director Gina Haspel says the agency will soon have an official presence on Instagram. CIA via Twitter The CIA’s getting ready to transmit some photos — on social media.The usually secretive intelligence agency plans to launch an Instagram page in the near future, CIA Director Gina Haspel said during a national security forum Thursday at Auburn University. Haspel declassified the agency’s plans while discussing its social media-savvy recruits and the challenge of trying to be transparent about its activities.”Just to talk a moment about transparency, of course CIA does have a Twitter account,” Haspel said. “Our office of public affairs is getting ready to launch our Instagram account.”Haspel acknowledged that some at the agency’s Langley, Virginia, headquarters aren’t eager to spill too many details about what it does, as noted by Mashable, which previously reported on the development.”We try and be as open as we can, and to protect the secrets that we must protect,” Haspel said.As Haspel noted, the CIA already has an official account on Twitter, with more than 2.5 million followers, but the account appears to be mostly used to recruit new agents and offer history on the agency and some of its key figures over the years.There’s no word on when the account will begin sharing snaps — or whether the pics come from those tiny spy cameras you see in the movies. A CIA representative declined to comment further beyond Haspel’s remarks. Haspel’s speech: Instagramlast_img read more

Democratic ethos prevailed over authoritarian mindset Narendra

first_imgNew Delhi: On the 44th anniversary of the Emergency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tributes to “all those greats who fiercely and fearlessly resisted” it, adding that the country’s “democratic ethos successfully prevailed over an authoritarian mindset”. The Emergency refers to the period from June 25, 1975 to March 21, 1977, when then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had declared a state of Emergency, a political environment leading to the suspension of election and curbing civil liberties, on the nation. Also Read – Chandrayaan-2 reaches nearer to moon with orbit change Advertise With Us Gandhi proposed the imposition of the Emergency, which agreed by then President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, and thereafter, the proposal was ratified by the Cabinet and simultaneously by Parliament, on the explanation that the nation was under imminent external and internal threats. “India salutes all those greats who fiercely and fearlessly resisted the Emergency. India’s democratic ethos successfully prevailed over an authoritarian mindset,” Modi said in a tweet, which also included a 90 second video detailing on the various aspects of Emergency, from newspapers to justice delivery, referring it to a “dark period” that trampled over democracy. The Prime Minister in the video said: “During emergency, many top leaders were jailed… Internal vigilance is the price of liberty.”last_img read more

The original rogue trader 20 years on

first_imgThe original rogue trader: 20 years on1.3K viewsThe original rogue trader: 20 years on1.3K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00The original rogue trader: 20 years on1.3K viewsBusinessHe is the original rogue trader. The man who single-handedly brought down Britain’s oldest bank. Nick Leeson’s losses at Barings totalled a staggering 1.4 billion dollars. But 20 years on, he saysVentuno Web Player 4.50He is the original rogue trader. The man who single-handedly brought down Britain’s oldest bank. Nick Leeson’s losses at Barings totalled a staggering 1.4 billion dollars. But 20 years on, he sayslast_img read more

Young Entrepreneur Yatendra Meghwal is all set to give us 2019 Chartbuster

first_imgWith the changing trend, the taste of music is becoming more abundant in India, solo songs and Albums are catching the eyes of people. Yatendra Meghwal, a well-known Entrepreneur, is ready to utilize this trend and coming up with a new song in 2019.In this Project, we will see the music of very talented music composer Vivek Varma, who has worked with famous music director Himesh Reshammiya. Vivek is well known for his work. Vivek can sing, he is a music producer and music composer too. Vivek has worked with many B-town top stars and given his soulful music and singing to many movies in recent time.As an actor in this song, we are going to see the stunning beauty of Anchal Bhardwaj who has worked with T-series in Punjabi songs before, and another lead actor in this song is one of the Handsome Man of India Lokendra Ranawat. Woohoo, that’s going to be entertaining two beautiful in one song with one of the best music composer and singer Vivek Verma. Surely the first promo of this song will get the highest views and why not when you get so many good things in one song deserves to be hit.According to the sources suit, location and everything is finalized, and Yatendra Meghwal is all set and ready to launch 2019’s best song with stunning actors and genius composer-singer.Yatendra Meghwal has been in the news for multiple projects in recent time. This guy is hugely talented, and he just loves music, when we see talent like Yatendra Meghwal it feels excellent as our Music future is in safe hands.After this song, Many big projects are in the pipeline for Yatendra Meghwal’s incoming time with top Singers and Rappers. Rituraj Mohanty, Aman Trikha, Darshan Raval, Mohit Gour, Sagar Bhatia, Shravan Nair, Aryan Tiwari, Yash Wadali, Dino James, Nawaz Rapper, Shezreal, Priyanka Negi, Crazy vibe and many more. UFF ! it is going to be a busy year for Yatendra Meghwal as he is going to with many big projects with top class artists singers in 2019-20.So all the music lovers get ready to see stunning Anchal and Macho man of India Lokendra Rawat and Multitalented Vivek voice in Yatendra Meghwal’s new song. We wish all the best to the entire team of Yatendra Meghwal for new Project. Just give us the most beautiful song of 2019-20 Rainy season.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

German leader EU visionary Kohl dies

first_imgThis file photo taken on 27 September, 2012 shows former German chancellor Helmut Kohl unveils a poster showing a stamp featuring him at the German Historical Museum (Deutsches Historisches Museum) in Berlin, during a ceremony celebrating the 30th anniversary of Kohl being elected Chancellor, by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in honor of his political achievements. Photo: AFPGermany’s longest serving post-war leader, Helmut Kohl, the father of German reunification and an architect of European integration, died Friday at the age of 87.Kohl, a passionate European, helped long-divided Germany navigate the traumatic transition to a reunified country, and later worked with France’s Francois Mitterand to put Germany at the core of the European project.Tributes poured in for the man US former president George H.W. Bush hailed as “one of the greatest” postwar leaders, and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker called the “very essence of Europe”.“We are mourning. #RIP #HelmutKohl,” said his conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), on Twitter, with a photo of the former leader, who served as chancellor for 16 years.Kohl died in his house in Ludwigshafen, in the southwestern state of Rhineland-Palatinate, said Bild daily, whose management had close ties with the conservative politician.Juncker, mourning the loss of Kohl, “a great European and a very close friend”, said: “Helmut Kohl filled the European house with life – not only because he built bridges to the west as well as to the east, but also because he never ceased to design even better blueprints for the future of Europe.”Also underlining his contributions, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel called Kohl “a great statesman, a great German politician, and above all a great European, who did much not only to bring German unity but also for Europe to become one”.“This is his great legacy. This is what we will remember him for. Our thoughts are with his family and children. A truly great German has died,” said Gabriel in a statement.Chancellor Angela Merkel was due to speak around 1700 GMT in Rome. She learnt of the death of her one-time mentor while en route to Rome, on the eve of a meeting with Pope Francis on Saturday.‘Mantle of history’ -Born a Catholic on April 3, 1930 in the western industrial city of Ludwigshafen, Kohl rose quickly through the ranks of the CDU, his ever-smiling blonde wife Hannelore, with whom he had two sons, by his side.He became chancellor of West Germany in 1982 and oversaw its reunification with the East.As the Cold War ended with the Berlin Wall coming down in November 1989, he moved to “grab the mantle of history,” as he later said, forging a political stature commensurate with his towering height.Former protegee Angela Merkel lauded Kohl’s contribution to German and European integration in 2012, on the 30th anniversary of his becoming chancellor, declaring that Europeans were “united in our luck” thanks to Kohl’s efforts.Kohl, who served as chancellor for 16 years, considered Konrad Adenauer-West Germany’s visionary first chancellor, who allowed the nation to make a fresh start after World War II-as an ideological forefather.Mentor to Merkel, Kohl was later ousted by his protege, who urged their party to drop the self-declared “old warhorse” when he became embroiled in a campaign finance scandal in 1999.After retiring from politics, he suffered from health problems, and following a serious fall in 2008, was rarely seen in public in recent years.last_img read more

Software Developer Launches Two Apps for Black History

first_imgBy Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire ContributorHugh Smith, the owner of Quikthinking Software, has released new apps featuring quotes and oral histories from important Black figures.Quikthinking’s Black History Quotes Express app offers several thousand inspiring, motivational, and reflective author quotes. A second app by Quikthinking is an audio narrative app “voiced by the educated, the soothsayers, the griot, and our elders.”Hugh Smith, the owner of Quikthinking Software. (Courtesy Photo)Black History Express features stories about historic African Americans within 26 chapters and featuring several hundred people. Both apps were made for the Android platform but Apple iOS versions will be released in the future. The apps were released as part of the 20-year anniversary of Quikthinking Software.“Both apps gather together well researched factual information and thought-provoking anecdotes that offer a time slice into our culture. Getting history right is the most important thing an informed citizen can do,” says Smith. He adds that these two apps are a way to “memorialize and acknowledge the past.”Quikthinking Software focuses on apps, teaching tools, and games with diverse themes. After creating Windows apps and video DVDs in the early 1990’s the company embraced the app revolution in 2011 by creating Android and IOS apps. Quikthinking Software’s apps have been downloaded a quarter of a million times from various app stores with two of their apps receiving attention from Black Enterprise magazine.Software programmer Hugh Smith started as a radio program director and announcer for WBLS FM in New York and NPR in Washington, DC. He created Quikthinking Software in 1989 and is a graduate of Rutgers University.Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist and writer for NNPA as well as a political analyst and communications strategist. She may be contacted at and on twitter at @LVBurkelast_img read more

Heres Your LiveAction Master Chief for Halo TV Show

first_imgStay on target Toy Tuesday: The Coolest Car Toys‘Halo: Infinite’ Is Probably a Game as a Service In the Halo video games Master Chief can get away with being a blank slate in faceless space soldier armor because players just project themselves onto him anyway. It’s hilarious that it’s a big deal when more recent games give us the briefest glimpses of his fleshy human face and eyes. But the Halo TV show needs to put a real dude in that outfit. And now we know who that dude is. Pablo Schreiber, who you may remember from Orange is the New Black or American Gods, is your live-action Master Chief for the upcoming Showtime Halo series.We keep saying it but it’s true, the relative disappointment of the Xbox One hardware has really shifted Microsoft’s future gaming strategies is some truly fascinating ways. What other company is spending Super Bowl commercial money promoting a controller designed specifically for accessibility? And with this generation likely wrapping up pretty soon, we probably have no clue what Microsoft’s full future plans are. But as more tidbits keep trickling out it’s clear those plans are bigger than the Xbox.AdChoices广告First we got some more details on the upcoming live-action Halo TV series on Showtime. Despite being the biggest Xbox #brand, and one of the biggest names in shooters in its heyday, like most video games Halo hasn’t had an easy time transitioning into other mediums. Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 is built on the ashes of his failed Halo project with Peter Jackson. And does anyone remember that weird Halo: Nightfall series starring Luke Cage himself Mike Coulter?But the Halo TV series is still happening. After losing previous director Rupert Wyatt Showtime announced that the new lead director and executive producer will be Otto Bathurst, who previously directed episodes of Peaky Blinders and Black Mirror. He also directed that bad Robin Hood reboot last year but let’s not talk about that. The nine-episode first season, with an original story, goes into production this June in Hungary.As exciting as watching Halo on TV sounds, what’s even crazier is potentially playing Halo on your Nintendo Switch. But that might be happening according to new, credible rumors. We recently reported that Microsoft is primed to announce Xbox Live support on Switch as soon as GDC next month. But along with that online service Microsoft may also be bringing its Netflix-esque Game Pass subscription, currently available on Xbox and eventually PC, to Nintendo’s console/handheld hybrid.Xbox Game Pass, combined with Microsoft’s Project xCloud, could allow Switch owners to simply stream the biggest Xbox games too powerful for the tablet’s own hardware. That means possibly getting Forza, Gears of War, Crackdown, and yes even the upcoming Halo: Infinite on the same device you use for Mario and Pokemon games. What a world! In addition to Game Pass the Switch also might be getting straight up ports of Microsoft games like Cuphead and Ori and the Blind Forest. Newly purchased Microsoft studio Ninja Theory is already bringing Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice to Switch so it’s not impossible.Not since Halo (and Viva Pinata) on Nintendo DS have we been this excited for the joint future of Nintendo and Microsoft. Microsoft doesn’t have to pretend to care about making hardware. Nintendo doesn’t have to pretend to care about making online services. Sony doesn’t have to pretend to care about cross-play. Everyone wins! Banjo-Kazooie, Master Chief, and Minecraft Steve better get Super Smash Bros. Ultimate invitations after all this.last_img read more

Santragachhi stampede SSKM gives fresh lease of life to 44yrold

first_imgKolkata: Abhijit Roy (44), who had his rib fractured during a stampede that took place on the foot over-bridge at Santragachhi in October, has been given a new lease of life by SSKM Hospital where he was undergoing treatment for nearly a month.The family members of Roy almost gave up hope of his improvement after his ribs broke into 30 pieces. It was the relentless efforts of the doctors at SSKM that made it possible. Roy was released from the hospital on Tuesday. The victim was initially rushed to Howrah State General Hospital after the incident. He was later shifted to SSKM Hospital. The patient was kept in the ITU of the hospital. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA senior official of SSKM Hospital said the condition of the patient has improved. The victim would take around 5-6 months to lead a normal life. The patient has been advised not to undertake heavy work and lift any substance. The official also said the victim had blood clots around his chest. His lung was affected during the accident. As a result the victim had tremendous respiratory distress after the incident took place. There were some infections in his lungs after it was badly damaged in the accident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe patient was in trauma when he was brought to SSKM Hospital. According to the hospital sources, the patient is yet to recover the shock he had gone through. While being released from the hospital, the patient was advised to visit the hospital for check up from time to time. There is nothing to worry as he has recovered well. The patient has also been asked to follow some restrictions. The patient is walking normally and taking normal food. He is not physically fit completely, the official said. The family members of the victim expressed their gratitude towards the doctors of SSKM Hospital, who according to them have done a commendable job. The victim was returning home when the incident occurred. Two persons were killed and many others were injured when the stampede took place on the foot over-bridge at Santragachhi railway station.last_img read more

VIDEO Clemsons Ben Boulware savagely pranked sleeping teammates on bus by cramming

first_imgClemson linebacker Ben Boulware is considered a tweener by NFL Draft experts, but if their was a draft for ruthless pranking, he would be the first overall pick.Boulware posted a video – date uncertain – of him preying on sleeping teammates on the team bus by cramming their open mouths with as many Sour Patch Kids as possible while they sleep.Setting aside the safety concerns for choking on the candy, the video is the funniest thing you’ll see all day. It’s definitely not a fraud.Here’s the video of Boulware flawlessly executing his championship pranking gameplan:The Clemson University Football Team. The official sponsors of @SourPatchKids— Ben Boulware (@benboulware7) February 15, 2017last_img read more