Insider Look at a Danish Cell That Groomed Two Suicide Bombers

By Kevin KriedemannLondon – Warriors From The North premieres on Al Jazeera on 26 August 2015. This is the chilling but courageous first-person account of a Danish-Somali boy who fell victim to recruiters from the militant group Al Shabab.With his back to the camera and his voice disguised, “The Shadow” describes the conditions in Copenhagen that led him to join a militant cell of  other Danish-Somali youth. Of the six other members, two died as suicide bombers in Somalia, where a third is still fighting for Al Shabab – to the dismay of his father in Copenhagen.The Hollywood Reporter hailed Warriors From The North as “a convincing portrait of disenchanted youths who’d prefer to die for a cause back home rather than lead meaningless lives in their adopted nations…  a rare and intimate account of what exactly drives such youngsters to action.”The documentary estimates there are about 40 Danish-Somalis fighting with Al Shabab. It also includes interviews with Al Shabab militants and deserters from other European countries like Finland, The Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom.The complex, multi-layered documentary has been widely praised, winning Best Mid-Length Documentary at this year’s Hot Docs International Documentary Festival and the Student Jury Award from One World International Film Festival.“We chose this film for the way it skilfully weaves complex story lines from multiple perspectives without losing its visual poetry; ultimately delivering a shocking, immediate and personal film that transcends recent headlines,” said the Hot Docs jury citation, while the One World student jury commended “the fact that the documentary is not judgmental and does not jump to simplistic conclusions,” calling it “authentic and totally absorbing.”Warriors from the North is co-directed by Søren Steen Jespersen and Nasib Farah, himself a Somali immigrant to Denmark. read more

TimorLeste successful weapons recovery operation concludes in Dili district

The United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) today announced that its police officers, working alongside their Timorese counterparts with support from the International Security Forces (ISF) have completed a successful weapons recovery operation in a troubled district in the capital city.The Dili district of Bairro Pite is often the scen of fighting between gangs. Police and army officers have recently seen weapons being used during fights, according to UNMIT.“Operation Weapons Sweep” began on Wednesday and concluded on Saturday after recovering an assortment of weapons ranging from bows, arrows, machetes, sling shots, knives, spears and homemade guns.Community officials also participated in the Operation by assisting police in searching homes based on the written authorization of their owners, UNMIT said.“Involving community officials in police work is essential for reducing the incidence of gang violence on Dili streets,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Timor-Leste, Atul Khare.“It sends a strong message to those indulging in the violence that it will not be tolerated by the community itself, or by law enforcement authorities, and collectively we will move to confiscate the weapons needed to execute violence,” he said. 26 November 2007The United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) today announced that its police officers, working alongside their Timorese counterparts with support from the International Security Forces (ISF) have completed a successful weapons recovery operation in a troubled district in the capital city. read more

Top UN envoy condemns terrorist attack on Iraqi pilgrims

At least 50 people are reportedly dead following the suicide attack that took place at a checkpoint en route to a Shia Muslim mosque.“Today’s terrorist attack claimed the precious lives of Iraqis who were gathering on the occasion of Arbaeen to practice their religion. I am saddened by these horrific crimes that continue to target defenceless civilians,” said Martin Kobler. “I call on all Iraqis to maintain the shared bonds that are so deeply rooted in their collective memory to break the vicious circle of violence. “It is time for Iraq to reconcile and heal, not to continue to bleed,” added Mr. Kobler, who is the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).He extended his condolences to the bereaved families and his wishes for a full and speedy recovery to the wounded. He also expressed his full support for Iraqis in their resolve to continue advancing peace, stability and national reconciliation. 14 January 2012The top United Nations envoy in Iraq has strongly condemned the terrorist attack that occurred on Saturday on pilgrims in the southern city of Basra, resulting in a large number of deaths and injuries. read more

Mattel shares fall on disappointing holiday quarter weak Barbie sales

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 31, 2014 4:30 am MDT Mattel shares fall on disappointing holiday quarter, weak Barbie sales In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, photo, Barbie dolls, a Mattel product, are displayed in a Walmart store in Robinson Township, Pa. Mattel Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market open on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Mattel says it was a tough time in toyland this past holiday season.Shares of Mattel dropped more than 9 per cent in premarket trading Thursday after the world’s largest toy maker said sales of key toys like Barbie and Fisher-Price preschool items dropped in its fourth quarter.CEO Bryan Stockton called 2013 a “challenging and transformative year at retail.”Toy makers count on the November and December holiday season to make 40 per cent or more of annual revenue. But traditional toy makers are struggling as kids turn more toward electronic devices and video games.While fourth-quarter net income climbed 21 per cent from year-ago results depressed by a litigation charge, Its quarterly performance missed both analysts’ estimates and the company’s own expectations.For the three months ended Dec. 31, Mattel Inc. earned $369.2 million, or $1.07 per share. That compares with $306.5 million, or 87 cents per share, a year ago. The prior-year period included an $87.1 million litigation charge.Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected earnings of $1.19 per share.Revenue dropped 7 per cent to $2.11 billion from $2.26 billion. Analysts expected $2.37 billion.Barbie and Fisher-Price sales both declined 13 per cent. Sales for Hot Wheels fell 8 per cent.One bright spot was American Girl, which reported a 3 per cent sales increase. Mattel said the performance was mostly helped by sales of the 2013 Girl of the Year, Saige.CEO Stockton said weakness was mostly in the U.S. and the El Segundo, Calif.-based toy maker is continuing to invest in emerging markets like China and Russia.Mattel’s full-year net income increased to $903.9 million, or $2.58 per share, from $776.5 million, or $2.22 per share, in the previous year.Annual revenue edged up 1 per cent to $6.48 billion from $6.42 billion.Shares fell $4.11, or 9.6 per cent to $38.90 in premarket trading about an hour ahead of the market open. The stock has fallen 10 per cent so far this year. read more

Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 51 many

Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 51; many other claims will have to wait by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Feb 2, 2015 8:04 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Friday, May 16 2014, file photo, shows the General Motors logo at the company’s world headquarters in Detroit. More than 1,100 claims were filed in the week before the Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, deadline to seek payments from the General Motors ignition switch compensation fund, with 51 death and 77 injury claims being granted. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) DETROIT – The families of 51 people who died in crashes caused by faulty ignition switches in small General Motors cars will get payments from a company fund, but others will have to wait months for decisions on thousands of new claims.Compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg has also deemed 77 people injured in crashes as eligible for payments from the fund, which received at least 4,180 claims by a Saturday deadline, including more than 1,100 in the past week.But attorneys, lawmakers and at least one family member say some were forced to settle with Feinberg rather than run the risk that they would not be able to sue GM because of its 2009 bankruptcy agreement.Camille Biros, deputy administrator of the fund who has worked with Feinberg to compensate victims of the 9-11 terrorist attacks and the BP oil spill, said the last-minute flurry of activity is common in compensation cases. She says the number of claims could rise, because those filed by mail had to be postmarked by Jan. 31.More death and injury claims are likely to be granted, Biros said, but it could take until late spring to sort through all of the paperwork.GM was aware of faulty ignition switches on Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars for more than a decade, but it did not recall them until 2014. On 2.6 million GM vehicles worldwide, the switches can slip out of the “on” position, causing the cars to stall, knocking out power steering and turning off the air bags.Plaintiff’s attorneys and some lawmakers have said the fund deadline should have been extended because victims do not know yet whether they can sue General Motors Co., the new company that emerged from bankruptcy protection in July 2009.The bankruptcy agreement sends claims from pre-bankruptcy crashes to “Old GM,” which has few assets. Some lawyers are seeking to overturn that, claiming that GM deceived the bankruptcy court by hiding the switch defect. GM has asked the court to enforce the bankruptcy order, and a hearing is scheduled for later this week.Ken Rimer, whose 18-year-old stepdaughter, Natasha Weigel, was killed with two other women in a 2006 Cobalt crash in Wisconsin, felt the legal system was stacked against his family, almost forcing them into a “take-it-or-leave-it” situation with Feinberg.The family, he said, was not sure if the bankruptcy ruling would prevent a lawsuit against the new General Motors. Also, the case could have been caught up in the federal court system, avoiding a hometown jury. Then it would be returned to Wisconsin to set damages, and he says that state has a cap on the amount that can be awarded in a child’s death.“You either take it or you’re done,” he said. “That was our best opportunity with the cards that we had been dealt.”Once he got to Feinberg, though, he felt the family was treated fairly. The family has not disclosed how much money it received.Bob Hilliard, a Texas attorney who represented Weigel’s family and has more than 1,100 other clients suing GM, said there was no way he could advise those with post-bankruptcy crashes to reject Feinberg’s offers.“You’re not playing at a fair table when you don’t know the consequence of your turning down an award,” he said.Although Biros said the settlements were comparable to what people would get in a lawsuit, Hilliard disagreed, saying a jury verdict would be substantially higher.She said that families often want closure rather than worrying about the uncertainty of a lawsuit. She said the deadline was previously extended by a month, and more than 1,600 claims were filed in January, the most of any month.As of Sunday, the fund had received 455 death claims and 3,447 for injuries. Of the total, Feinberg has decided that about 12 per cent, or 482, aren’t eligible for payment. Another 965 have deficient information, while 1,502 were turned in without documentation. Another 1,103 claims are under review, according to a posting on the fund’s website.People will be given several chances to provide information to back up their claims, Biros said. Most of the denied claims were not models covered by the fund, or the air bags inflated in the crashes. If the air bags deployed, that means the cars had power and the ignition switches were working and not at fault, Feinberg has said.About 40 claims have been paid thus far, but Biros and GM would not say how much money had been awarded.Around half the death and injury claims granted so far involve people 25 years old or younger, Biros said. The Cobalt and other small cars with the bad switches were sold largely to younger people because they were inexpensive and marketed by GM as being safe. But experts say younger, inexperienced drivers would be less able to handle a car that had stalled and lost its power steering.Initially, GM had said at least 13 people had died in crashes caused by the switches, but the company has always said the toll would rise. Legislators have estimated that at least 100 people were killed.Last year GM set aside $400 million to make payments, but conceded that could grow to $600 million. Compensation for deaths starts at $1 million. GM has placed no cap on the amount of money he can spend, Feinberg has said. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 22, 2017 2:35 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 22, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,984.96, up 33.08 points):IC Potash Corp. (TSX:ICP). Agriculture. Unchanged at two cents on 7.6 million shares.Hydro One Ltd. Instalment Receipts (TSX:H.IR). Utilities. Up five cents, or 0.14 per cent, to $36.85 on 5.5 million shares.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TECK.B). Miner. Up 29 cents, or 0.97 per cent, to $30.18 on 2.3 million shares.Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Loyalty programs. Down five cents, or 2.66 per cent, to $1.83 on 2.3 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down six cents, or 1.73 per cent, to $3.40 on 2.22 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up four cents, or 0.16 per cent, to $24.50 on 2.19 million shares.Companies reporting major news:CGI Group Inc. (TSX:GIB.A). Application software. Down 24 cents, or 0.38 per cent, to $62.57 on 394,805 shares. Canada’s largest publicly traded IT services business is moving to expand its presence in Europe through the acquisition of Helsinki-based Affecto PLC in a friendly $146-million cash deal that would add about 1,000 staff in the Nordic region. read more

Ohio State honors veterans with Military Appreciation nights

Ohio State junior defenseman Matt Miller (50) warms up against Minnesota in the Schottenstein Center for Military Appreciation Night on Feb. 15. Ohio State lost 4-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternWhile other hockey coaches may have spent their pregame drawing X’s and O’s on a whiteboard, Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik instead presented a $13,000 check to the United Heroes League to provide sports equipment and game tickets to military families across the U.S. and Canada.Instead of looking up to a flag in the rafters during the national anthem, the hockey crowd saluted a 20-by-36-foot garrison flag, unfurled by 41 Ohio State student veterans, military and ROTC members, honoring the military for Ohio State’s Military Appreciation Night.The Buckeyes’ Feb. 15 game against Minnesota was the second year in a row that the hockey team honored the armed forces, which Rohlik said was indicative of the team’s desire to recognize veterans and their sacrifices. “We’re pretty thankful to be able to do what we do because of what they do,” Rohlik said. Honoring the military has become a tradition at Ohio State, according to Mike Carrell, director of the Office of Military and Veteran Services. The first recognitions came at basketball and football games, but is now branching out toward other sports, Carrell said. “With the start of our office in October 2011, we really began to include student veterans much more prominently with athletics,” Carrell said.Carrell said men and women who are serving or have served are invited and recognized for their engagement. The Ohio State Athletics’ Fan Experience and Promotion division sends out an announcement to all military-adjacent students before a sporting event. The Veteran Community Advocate program and Ohio State Athletics Fan Experience arrange all appreciation events, said Devin Zeisset, a veteran community advocate. Ohio State has roughly 2,200 student veterans, military dependents, military and ROTC members, and about 1,400 faculty members who have served in the armed forces. Those who are interested in an event RSVP to receive further information. The coordination is then done through a liaison with Ohio State ROTC. The Veteran Community Advocate program helps promote military participation for these occasions. Carrel said that since 2012, the participation has continued to improve year after year.The importance of honoring service members, especially during a hockey game, was not lost on members of the Ohio State team. Ronnie Hein, a junior forward, said he knows that the work of the armed forces impacts everyone at some level.“Whatever they do over there lets us come out here and play a game,” Hein said.The honor of representing the entire Ohio State veteran population comes from everyday student veterans. Zeissest said these events are meaningful to him. “It’s a humbling experience to have the athletic department manufacture these events for student veterans and military members in which we’re recognized by the fans, coaches and players,” Zeisset said. This past fall when Ohio State took on Nebraska on Nov. 3, 25 student veterans took the goal line after the first quarter to represent and honor the 2,200 student veterans at Ohio State. There will be 14 military appreciation games this fall and spring semesters, according to Chris Oswalt, a student Veteran Community advocate. There are also events called Scarlet and Gray Salutes, which honor military members, veterans and first responders from the community. Oswalt said Ohio State has about 40 Scarlet and Gray Salutes planned for the 2018-19 school year. The military appreciation has caught the attention of the student population as well. Nicolas Moore, a student veteran at Ohio State, said it feels good that veterans get the recognition they deserve. “It gives me a sense of joy to see that the hard work that veterans put in doesn’t go unnoticed by the leaders of Ohio State,” Moore said. “It’s nice to know that as a whole, veterans are appreciated here.” read more

It felt like Fatal Attraction says wife stalked by her hedge fund

“Your conduct was born from genuine thoughts of a relationship, but I do not find this a mitigating factor. There was a degree of sophistication to it. You planned interactions to cause significant distress.”You have demonstrated no remorse.”Doyich, of Parsifal Road, West Hampstead, admitted stalking causing serious alarm or distress in respect of the wife. She denied a second stalking charge in respect of the husband and the offence was ordered to lie on the file.She was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, ordered to complete a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement and to pay costs of £750.Peter Caldwell, defending Doyich, said she had “invested a great deal of emotional hope” in her relationship with the husband and was “carried away” with the affair.He added: “She was a person who had hoped for so much and had it dashed. The response from the man was very cruel.”This was not a sophisticated offence, it is all too easy to cause harm on Twitter.” It was the chilling 1987 blockbuster about a spurned lover who wreaks revenge on a married man by launching a terrifying stalking campaign against him and his family.But when the wife of a hedge fund manager discovered her husband was having an affair – and his jilted mistress began viciously harassing her online – she said it felt like she had walked onto the set of Fatal Attraction.The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was subjected to a barrage of abusive Twitter posts from Simin Doyich, who had been meeting up with her husband for sex after they met on dating site ‘Illicit Encounters’.He had liaisons with the 45-year-old at his office and in five-star hotels when he was away on business trips in Paris and Zurich, Inner London Crown Court heard.But when she told him she was carrying his child, the wealthy 55-year-old broke off their affair, sparking a barrage of abuse towards his wife, the court heard.The terrified woman said it was like “emotional GBH” and a “nightmare”.Giving evidence in court, she added: “It was as if I had walked onto the set of the film Fatal Attraction. Paul Casey, prosecuting, said: “In 2017 the couple had been married for 19 years and together for much longer and had two sons.”He met the defendant through a website and began an affair for two to three months. He did not intend to leave his wife and he made this very clear from the beginning.”When Doyich fell pregnant the cheating hedge fund manager offered to pay for a private termination, but said he would fulfil his financial obligations if she kept the child.The man then told his wife about the affair and the pair sought legal advice.Mr Casey said: “On 7 March 2017 he asked if she would stop contacting him when she accused him of abusing his wife.”There were a number of phone calls made to his wife and she began to employ the social media site Twitter in order to stalk her.”Sentencing, Judge Benedict Kelleher told Doyich: “You had become consumed with jealousy. You used the Twitter account to post numerous tweets attacking her.”You also made threats to appear at events she would be attending, though you did not follow through. It was only after your arrest that the harassment stopped. “I was subjected to a total barrage of abuse – I had Twitter tentacles in every part of my life. I was in a state of extreme trauma, I developed a fear of using the internet.”I withdrew from social life. There was not one day I did not worry. I have experienced some of the most awful parts of my life.”Doyich tweeted intimate messages she and the husband had exchanged, pixelated photos of them together, and an alleged ultrasound of her unborn child.The prosecution argued that this was intended to expose the husband’s affair to people he knew and cause the couple harm and distress.Doyich called the wife “ugly” and branded her family “trashy” on the social networking website. She also posted links to articles which discussed couples trapped in sexless marriages, and published emojis of faeces and pig faces.One of her tweets read: “People never change, like X – he has no balls at all, born miserable and dying miserable, sad man.”Another said: “You cannot keep him with force # HeWillLeaveOneDayJustWaitingFo rXXToGrowUp *baby emoji* Your bed has shared with me too.”Doyich admitted stalking the wife and walked free from court today after being handed an 18-month sentence suspended for two years. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Womens WT20 tournament will have positive impact on female cricket locally

West Indies batting legend Shivnarine ChanderpaulLegendary Guyanese batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is looking forward to the next few days of cricket in Guyana, as he believes that the upcoming Women’s World T20 tournament will have a positive impact on female cricket in Guyana.The West Indies Test stalwart, who has recently received an honorary doctorate from the University of West Indies, noted that he was looking forward to the competition that will run from November 9 to 24 as it will showcase some high-class cricket.“It’s the first time we’re having something as big as this in the Caribbean, we’ve had regular World Cups but this is the first time for women. I’ve seen them play all over the globe already and I’ve seen the standard of cricket they’re playing and this is very good for us in the Caribbean, it’s really exciting,” Chanderpaul stated.More so, the former West Indies batsman shared a little story of his childhood where he would engage in cricket games with his sister. ‘Devi’ as he affectionately called her, was said to have been a better player than the West Indies star. When questioned about his sister’s career, “Tiger” explained that there weren’t any opportunities for female players at that time.“There was no women’s cricket at that time in Guyana that much for her to carry on, when we were kids playing together she was actually better than me, it was just that there was no women’s cricket for her to continue playing,” Chanderpaul explained.In this light, the batting legend went on to explain why he is of the opinion that the 11 preliminary games in Guyana will give young female cricketers a pattern to follow suit.“We already have a lot of young female cricketers in Guyana and this inter-county tournament that just finished playing, the Essequibo girls won it. This is the perfect thing to have for them to see that there is a future for them if they want to pursue a career in cricket,” Chanderpaul noted.He even had a bit of encouragement for those who have already been involved in the sport, but have put their careers on hold.“This is the perfect opportunity for them to have a look and see how they can take their career forward.”As such, “Tiger” encouraged cricket fans in Guyana to take the opportunity to witness the historic standalone Women’s World Cup at Providence Stadium, which begins today with three matches.“It’s exciting and I think this is something everyone needs to see, the world needs come out and see what this is all about. I know it’s going to be broadcast around the world. You cannot miss it, you have to come and look at it,” Chanderpaul noted. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedChanderpaul: I was forced to retireFebruary 2, 2016In “latest news”Chanderpaul on board as Ambassador for Windies women T20September 14, 2018In “latest news”Chanderpaul snapped up by LancashireJanuary 28, 2017In “Sports” read more

Shocking racist messages to be removed immediately from N7

first_imgImages: Eileen Covney and Immigrant Council of Ireland. – First published 11.10amRead: Local election candidate born in Turkey has posters defaced with pig imagery for a second timeMore: 30% of Irish people ‘think Jews talk too much about the Holocaust’Read: BBC issues “final warning” to Jeremy Clarkson after racism allegations A guest at a nearby hotel said it was “not the best thing to wake up to on what was a great summer morning”.The symbol is the same as the one seen with similar messages outside the Immigrant Council of Ireland offices and the Bank of Ireland on College Green in Dublin earlier this year.It represents an encircled St Bridget’s Cross and is used by white supremacist groups across the country. Updated 11.17pmUpdated 3.40pmTHE NATIONAL ROADS Authority has told that graffiti scrawled on hoardings at the N7 roadworks overnight will be removed immediately.Head of Communications, Sean O’Neill, said the group were “shocked” to find the messages this morning and noted that the contractors, BAM, were dealing with the issue.The messages and symbols were written on construction hoardings in place around roadworks on the N7 at Newlands Cross.last_img read more

Pensioner drowns attempting to remove tricolours from island at Armagh pond

first_imgAccording to UTV News, the man was was taken from the water and brought to Daisy Hill Hospital at around 5pm this evening.It’s understood he was from the area.Local Sinn Féin politicians have been calling for the removal of the flags, with MLA Mickey Brady telling the BBC last week that they could be seen as intimidating by the Protestant community in the village.“These flags, some may consider them as overtly sectarian, intimidating and threatening, and I think what we do not want to do in relation to this is perpetuate division,” Brady said.Read Three more children have been killed in Israeli raids on Gaza tonightRead Detectives appeal to Polish community for help investigating Patryk Krupa murder He said in a statement:As a native of Bessbrook, I know the family of the man who drowned this evening and my thoughts and prayers at with them at this very difficult and sad time. A MAN HAS drowned at a village in Co Armagh, after apparently swimming across a pond to try and remove two tricolour flags from an island.The two flags were erected sometime last week, according to locals.The man is believed to have been a pensioner.According to SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Dominic Bradley:It would appear that the man attempted to swim across Bessbrook Pond with the intention of removing two Tricolour flags that had been placed on an island there and replace them with a Union flag.center_img Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweetlast_img read more

Real Super Mario Coin Block Spits Money When You Hit It

first_img[via Make] Anyone who’s ever played a Super Mario Bros. game is familiar with coin blocks. Move under one, jump and hit it with your head, and coins come out. If it’s on the ground, hit it with a shell to get the same effect. The moral of the story is to hit question mark blocks whenever you see them and good things will come out of them. One how-to fan over at Instructables decided to apply the premise to real life, and came up with a way to make a real Super Mario coin block that not only makes the appropriate sounds when you smack it, but it also dispenses money. If you’re wondering how he did it, he’s posted the instructions and all of the parts you’ll need to make your own coin block, but be warned: you’ll have to provide your own money. Unlike the blocks in Super Mario Bros, these ones don’t come pre-stuffed with coins. Check out a video of the coin block in action behind the jump.last_img read more

Foroyaa One On One Exclusive With President Barrow Civil Servants Must

first_imgBy Kebba JeffangGambian President Adama Barrow has stressed that civil servants must exercise patience on salary and pension increments as the economy is being fixed. In this ‘One on One’ exclusive interview with Foroyaa held at the State House on January 24th, the President discusses finance, national security, and youth unemployment.Foroyaa: Mr. President, congratulations on your first year anniversary.President Barrow: Thank you Mr. Jeffang once again.Foroyaa: The Finance Minister during budget speech, said your administration had inherited a D56 Billion debt. How are you working to shrink this huge amount?President Barrow: That is a very staggering issue. It’s about 120 to 125% of our GDP. That is very serious. But I think for the past one year, we have worked very hard to see that we stabilize our economy. Donors like the World Bank, European Union and other institutions have helped us to stabilize our economy in the form of grants and budget support. We inherited less than one month import cover, today we have four months import cover. That is very good. The lending rates also has gone down. Borrowing has gone down. Combined, this is helping our economy because it has gone down by 12%.  Also our income has increased because the traffic at the port has increased and the revenue has also increased. I think we are on the right track.Foroyaa: There are two projects for youth currently. The 11M Euros Youth Empowerment Project YEP and the 3.9 M Euros IOM project. These projects are meant to address the youth unemployment burden in the country. Taking into consideration that in every 12 years, the school systems according to the department of education’s statistic, produce 400, 000 students. What is government’s own commitment for youth in this country?President Barrow: If you look at our statistics, about 60 to 65% Gambians are youth. That means we have the man power and that is fundamental. I think there is future for this country. As far as this government is concerned, this youth matter is top in our agenda and we are really committed to creating jobs for these youths to win their confidence. So the mind sets will change so that they can stay and work to develop the country.Foroyaa: But how?President Barrow: That’s why we have created the environment so that the private sector can contribute in creating jobs. The environment is freedom of the press, independence of the judiciary which has created the environment for people to invest in this country. If you look around now, in this country, there are a lot of new arrivals. There are a lot of new businesses that are emerging in this country and they are creating jobs. Right now, in the construction sector, even to get a mason will take time because a lot of people have confidence and have started building. When I travelled to China, I had a very good meeting with the Chinese president that the main backbone of this country used to be farming. But now for the past years, because of climate change, it has affected the farming and irrigation sector and we don’t have the knowledge. We don’t have the money but we have the man power, the land, the market and we need to partner with China on irrigation. Partnership with China so that they can bring experts and the finance and we go in for irrigation. This irrigation is a yearly thing and if we are really serious in this area and we are seriously partner with those developed countries, I can tell you, we can create a lot of jobs. We can grow the economy and the area of food security. We will do very well in that area. We are also encouraging tourism to be on an yearly basis. It used to be six months or half yearly and this year I cannot give you statistic but we have created jobs as far as tourism is concerned and we are expecting more hotels coming up next year. Even FTI, they are ready to construct two new hotels and those if I don’t forget, will have 10, 000 beds and these are areas where we can really create jobs.Foroyaa: Many People expected that your administration will improve the general welfare in terms of earnings. Take the civil servants into consideration, who are poorly paid and vulnerable to corruption. Are there plans to increase salaries and pension allowances?President Barrow: Managing a government is a system and a process. You have to start from somewhere and get to somewhere. Stabilizing the economy, reducing the lending rate, increasing our income, I think that will balance our books. Maybe sometime in next year, we will think of increasing but as at now we have to look at the situation of the economy. We have to face the reality.Foroyaa: Are you asking for patience from civil servant?President Barrow: They have to exercise patience. Hands on deck. ‘In Sha Allah,’ I think we can turn the corner.Foroyaa: But your administration has discovered an amount of D187 Million after your staff audit that indicated the presence of ghost workers. Is it not wise to put this money and address the conditions of civil servants in terms of salary?President Barrow: That is true. But if you look at our debt burden, we want to bring that down because it represents 70% of GDP. That is the time they will consider you for other loans. Without that you are above the ceiling. And we are working very hard to reduce the debt to that percentage. That will put you in a very stronger position. It will create that freedom and we will have the support of the IMF. We are working with the IMF because the IMF is the gate way. You cannot do these things without the confirmation of the IMF because they know what you can do and what you cannot do and we want to be on the same wave-length with the IMF.Foroyaa: Mr. President, the general expectation before you came to power was, there will be national unity. You should unify the country against differences in political affiliation, religion, gender, ethno-linguistic or any form of discrimination. Are you confident that we are on the right track taking into consideration the recent incidents in Busumbala and Mankamang-Kunda, your home village?President Barrow: That is why yesterday, I spelt it out clearly that business cannot be as usual, (referring to his meeting with civil servants). If the business remains so, the purpose of our new government will be defeated. No doubt, I think everybody has seen that at the top level, the political will is there. Twenty-two years is not a short period. It will take time but because the political will is there, it is very possible to make it and I think we are on the right track because we are creating that environment for people to feel that they are secured and they have that freedom. I think it is very clear.Foroyaa: One key message you have been carrying along during your campaign was the promise of transparency and accountability. Vehicles were donated to national assembly members and no clear explanation was given regarding how they were acquired. Can you elaborate on this matter?President Barrow: I think this message was very clear. I was not there to give the message but it was given through my Minister of Tourism. I think the message was clear. When we were going into politics, we had people who were there to support us. During the transition process, we get support from people, from business individuals who supported us. There is no political person who doesn’t have a financier or somebody who supports them. Based on those people who were supporting us, we appealed to them that our National Assembly members, some of them use ‘gele geles’ and some of them will stand on the road side to beg for lift. When we were having our campaign, it was the same people who supported us and their interest is to support The Gambia. It is based on that that we want them to continue helping our country because they have the country at heart.Foroyaa: Are you going for five years or three years as agreed?President Barrow: That is left to The Gambian people.Foroyaa: How?President Barrow: (LOL)……..Well I think The Gambian people have a very important say as far as our period in office is concerned. We were few parties that came together in a room and decided something. But I think if you look at things in a wider context, you cannot look at it in a narrow context. You have to look at it in a wider context and that is, is the Gambian people who are important. Let see what the Gambian people will say.Foroyaa: Women constitute more than half of the population but remain the lowest in the rank of the economic ladder. If you visit Serekunda market today, you find their vegetables rotten due to lack of proper storage or processing facilities. Others in the field (agriculture) lack fertilizer, good road networks and storage facilities. Tell me are there plans in place to address the constraints?President Barrow: We have been discussing with a lot of investors in this area especially with mangoes and other perishable products. We have a lot of investors who want to invest in these areas. There is a lot of talk going on as to what certain quantity we produce. We want to create the market for the women and in this thing, you have to get people who are very serious, who have contacts, knowledge and the money. We are discussing with a lot of people who are interested in this area and we will end up creating a very good market for them.Foroyaa: Thank you for your time Mr. President.President Barrow: It’s a pleasure.last_img read more

Gracia I prefer to speak about the penalty

first_imgWatford manager Javi Gracia deflated talks on the controversial decisions that marred his side’s 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday.The Hornets came from behind to secure a draw on the south coast, which saw Gracia’s side climb above Manchester United into seventh on goal difference in the Premier League.“I prefer to speak about the penalty,” the Spaniard disclosed to Sky. “It was first when there were more than 30 minutes left, it could be the second yellow card for that player, a penalty and after that, maybe the game could change.“I didn’t see it from my position, it’s impossible to know what happened.What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“But after asking Chalobah he told me it was clear and maybe changed the game from that moment. But I prefer to support the referee’s decision, it’s difficult their job.”Gracia thought it was a fair result after his team rallied round for a point.“We have won a point,” he said. “It is true, we were improving and at the end of the game we created some chances to win. But I think a draw is fair and Southampton created some chances to score in the first half as well.“And we tried to compete and in the second half we showed character and ambition to get this point and it is important after the game we played today to go back home with one point.”last_img read more

Integrity Commission meets with potential candidates in the upcoming General Elections

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 13, 2016 – Last night at the VIX, the Integrity Commission met for a second time with potential candidates based mainly in Provo for the upcoming General Elections.A Kit was provided, a video presentation was played and there was extensive, robust exchange on the area of “treating” which was addressed by the Elections Supervisor – Dudley Lewis – who was also at the public meeting.Deputy Director of the Integrity Commission, Richard Been lead the session last night tailored to the Independent Candidates. Related Items:last_img

Perez Art Museum hosts interactive soccer exhibit

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Perez Art Museum Miami is introducing a new exhibition that’ll score with soccer fans.The South Florida museum will host the event called The World’s Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art.Visitors will be able to create their own jersey, flags and other gear.The exhibit comes just in time for the 2018 World Cup.The opening match is next Thursday. You can watch that on 7News.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

DHL Kicks Off Regular Autonomous Drone Deliveries in China

first_img Like most of its competitors, Germany-based international shipping giant DHL is bullish on autonomous drones. The company eagerly shared some big news this week: the start of a regular drone delivery service in China.DHL partnered with the drone specialists at EHang. EHang, you might recall, is the same company that broke a drone weightlifting record and showed off a 1-seater autonomous flying taxi.The Falcon drones EHang supplied for this particular project aren’t quite as sensational as those examples. They measure about 3 feet across, weigh 21 pounds and are capable of carrying a maximum load of 12 pounds.Introducing the world’s first regular fully-automated and intelligent urban #drone #delivery service – operated by #DHLExpress in Guangzhou, China, in partnership with EHANG, Inc. #sustainability #logistics— DHL Express NL (@DHL_NLexpress) May 20, 2019EHang rates the Falcon’s flight time at about 18 minutes with a load and 38 when empty. Maximum flight speed is just over 40MPH.DHL says that the drones will cut delivery times on their 8-kilometer route from 40 minutes down to just 8. Costs are cut by a whopping 80% and the carbon footprint is slashed, too.The drones will pick up their cargo at one of the big, yellow “smart cabinets” you see at the top. They’re essentially strategically-placed mini-warehouses. DHL workers load it up with parcels and then the drone takes over.The drone, which has been docked and waiting patiently for a task, receives its cargo, and then heads out to make the delivery. The Falcon is equipped with GPS and optical sensors to help guide it to its destination. It’s also fitted with eight rotors to ensure it can keep flying even if a few happen to quite while it’s in the middle of a run.Drops are made at a second smart cabinet. The cargo is unloaded from the drone and the smart cabinet moves it to an empty locker. To make a pickup, a customer scans a code and verifies his or her identity using facial recognition.Back in the states, Google recently received regulatory approval to start delivery trials using its Wing drones. Residents of Montgomery County, Virginia will be able to try out the service later this year.More on Drone Footage Captures School of Stingrays in AustraliaResearchers Rediscover ‘Extinct’ Hawaiian Plant With DroneThank DJI Drones for Helping Notre Dame Firefighters Watch: Drone Captures Incredible View of Sheep on Colorado PeakGeek Pick: DJI RoboMaster S1 Is an Educational Land Drone Stay on targetlast_img read more

The Legendary Chief Who Almost Unified All Native Americans

first_imgJames Alexander Thom’s book, Panther in the Sky, tells the story of the night the future leader of the Shawnee Nation and creator of a multi-tribal Indian Confederation was born. At the moment of his birth a falling meteorite lit up the night as it streaked across the sky, so his father named the child Tecumseh, meaning panther in the sky, after this potent birth sign. Tecumseh was born in Southern Ohio in 1768. Some sources say his birthplace is near Old Piqua in Miami County, but others say near Chillicothe in Ross County, Ohio’s first capital.A version of Lossing’s engraving (in wood) of Shawnee chief Tecumseh with water colors on platinum print after a pencil sketch by French trader Pierre Le Dru at Vincennes, taken from life about 1808.His father, Puckeshinwa, was a minor Shawnee chief, and his mother, Methoataske, was possibly a Creek from Alabama or a Shawnee from the Pekowi division of the Shawnee Nation in Alabama.This was the time of westward expansion, and the Shawnee were already embroiled in battles with the white men trying to take their lands. The American Revolution was being fought, as well as the Northwest Indian War which occurred between 1785 and 1795.Tecumseh by Hamilton MacCarthy, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. Photo by Deinocheirus CC BY-SA 3.0Tecumseh’s father was killed in Lord Dunmore’s War at the Battle of Point Pleasant. The Virginia militia led by John Murray, Lord Dunmore, the royal governor of Virginia, was attempting to drive the Indians out of the area which is now the state of West Virginia, and his troops and nearly one thousand Shawnee warriors clashed in October of 1774.The New Madrid earthquake was interpreted by the Muscogee as a sign to support the Shawnee’s resistance.The Indians were quickly subdued and chased across the Ohio River as far north as Circleville, about fifteen miles north of Chillicothe.His brother, Chiksika, was killed in a raid on a fort in Tennessee. Another brother, Sauwauseekau, was killed at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794, in which General Anthony Wayne defeated the Indian Confederation and took most of the lands in Ohio and parts of Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana.Soon after the death of Puckeshinwa, Methoataske gave birth to triplets, with the weakest one dying soon after birth. The other two boys survived — one of whom, Lalawethika, would make a very big difference in the fate of Tecumseh.Purported portrait of Tecumseh acquired by William Clark c. 1820.In 1779, Methoataske had to follow her husband’s family as they moved to Missouri in response to an invasion of Chillicothe by the militia under Colonel John Bowman.All of her children apart from one daughter stayed in Ohio. Tecumseh was raised by his older sister, Tecumpease, and older brother, Chiksika. As a child, Tecumseh was always a leader and excelled in sports and hunting, but grew up having no doubt the white settlers were his enemy.Tecumseh illustration.As a teenager, he witnessed his first war party as he joined Chiksika in a Shawnee attempt to stop George Rogers Clark and Benjamin Logan from bringing white settlers into Ohio from Kentucky.It was a small skirmish with intense firing, causing Tecumseh to flee in fear. When he returned to the village, he was excused from any discipline but never forgot his embarrassment.Benjamin LoganEventually Tecumseh proved himself a brave and able warrior. The years after Chiksika’s death saw him and a party of warriors roaming throughout Kentucky and Tennessee, meeting with other tribes, hunting, and occasionally attacking white settlements. By the time he had returned to Ohio in November 1790, he had established a reputation as a cunning warrior and skilled diplomat.While Tecumseh was gone, his brother Lalawethika had grown into an overweight ne’er do well who was jealous of his sibling who was becoming famous among the tribes in the eastern part of North America.Death of Tecumseh, Frieze of the United States Capitol rotunda.He had no coordination or skills with Shawnee weapons or tools and accidentally put his own eye out with an arrow. He discovered the white man’s whiskey as a teenager and quickly became a full-fledged alcoholic.In 1805, Lalawethika fell into a trance so profound everyone thought he was dead. As his family began preparations for his funeral a few hours later, he suddenly woke up and told a tale of his death that included a journey to the Master of Life where he received his word and was reborn to lead the Shawnee to Paradise.At Vincennes in 1810, Tecumseh accosts William Henry Harrison when he refuses to rescind the Treaty of Fort Wayne.He renamed himself Tenskwatawa, eschewed the use of alcohol, guns, and violence and preached a return to the old ways. After reporting several more visions, Tenskwatawa gained quite a following and was called “The Prophet.” Tenskwatawa and his followers moved to the White River near Greenville, Ohio and called it Prophetstown.Tecumseh joined his brother at Prophetstown, and it soon became a central hub with some tribes coming for spiritual reasons and others to meet with Tecumseh on military matters. Tecumseh had the idea of unifying all of the Eastern tribes to fight the white man as a whole rather than being slaughtered, tribe by tribe, by the army and white civilians.Tecumseh had become a master in the art of oratory and made many speeches attempting to unify the Indians and whites so they could all live in harmony. But there were many tribes that were intent on destroying the white man.Johnson’s engagement with the savages (commanded by Tecumseh) near Moravian Town, October 5, 1812.When they ignored Tecumseh’s teachings and white men were killed, all of the Indians were blamed. Rumors were spread of impending attacks which frightened the settlers and caused itchy trigger fingers towards Indians. White men could not fathom living next to Indians that weren’t “Americanized.”In 1810, Tecumseh was summoned by William Henry Harrison to Vincennes, Ohio for a meeting. The meeting was tense, but Harrison promised to relay the Indian’s requests to the President. Tecumseh and his men knew it would make no difference.Tecumseh commemorative Shawnee Nation dollar.Tecumseh began his journeys up into Canada, New York, and into the south trying to recruit Indian tribes. However, there were Indians who had not yet been affected by the white settlers, and there was mistrust between the tribes making many reluctant to join.While Tecumseh was gone, Harrison believed it was a good opportunity to attack Prophetstown. Tenskwatawa took it upon himself to promise the inhabitants that an attack against Harrison’s forces would be completely successful.Tecumseh’s younger brother, Tenskwatawa, by George Catlin.He said the Master of Life promised the Indians would be invulnerable to bullets, and the soldiers would be frightened enough to run. While the soldiers were initially surprised, they rallied, and fighting continued for several hours.When the Battle of Vincennes was over it was somewhat of a draw according to the numbers, but Harrison claimed American victory.The Indians turned against Tenskwatawa and abandoned Prophetstown. The soldiers found the supply of food the Indians had hidden and brought it back into the town and burned everything. The defeat ruined Tecumseh’s dream of a unified Indian Confederation and Tenskwatawa was left alive only because he was Tecumseh’s brother.The War of 1812.As the War of 1812 approached, the British courted Eastern Indian tribes with promises of weapons, ammunition, and food. After Vincennes, Tecumseh was more than willing to fight on the side of the British but retained a healthy distrust of any white men.The Shawnee, and other tribes who had joined with the British, participated in many small battles and skirmishes, but because of broken promises, they decided to fight with the Americans or simply abandon the fighting.Turtle-shell Tecumseh Monument at the site of the Battle of the Thames. Photo by Adam Bishop CC BY SA 4.0In 1813, a decisive battle at the mouth of the Thames River ended the dream of the Indians who wanted to live quietly on their lands. A line of British and Indians faced Harrison’s troops and, when the fighting got heavy, the British retreated, leaving the Indians with no backup.Tecumseh led his men into battle without the British, and in the frenzy he was shot in the chest and killed. Without Tecumseh, the Indian movement fell apart.There was no shortage of men who claimed to be the one who had killed Tecumseh, and there was doubt about the body that was supposedly his. Several Indian bodies had been mutilated either by the whites or by the Indians to keep the identities secret.Tecumseh Stone, Fort Malden National Historic Site. Photo by Dwight Burdette – CC BY 3.0The Indians claimed they had taken the body of Tecumseh and buried it in a secret location, but several American soldiers claimed he was buried along with other fallen Indians by the British.While Tecumseh is not as well known as Indians such as Sitting Bull, Chief Joseph, and Geronimo, he achieved a legendary status which is always accompanied by fanciful tales.It is doubtful that Tecumseh ever proposed marriage to the white daughter of one of his friends as is portrayed in the outdoor drama Tecumseh!. There are also reports that Tecumseh was clairvoyant and saw his own death, which is probably another tall tale.Read another story from us: He Came From the Woods: The Story of the Last “Wild” Native AmericanWhatever the truth is, there is no doubt that Tecumseh devoted his life to the cause of Native Americans living in an increasingly hostile world.last_img read more

Update Madras Road shooting victim named

first_imgThe shooting of 21-year-old Shivan Singh in Madras Road sent shock waves through the community on Saturday evening.While police have named the victim now and released no further information, the Ladysmith Gazette can confirm that a security guard who worked at Dave’s Panelbeaters was arrested in connection with the shooting.A firearm has been recovered from the scene as well.It is alleged that the firearm is the murder weapon.Police press release:On Saturday evening at about 9.45pm, Ladysmith police received a call of a person lying on the ground in Madras Road.On arrival at the scene, they discovered a 21-year-old man had been shot and killed. The motive of the killing is not known at this stage and police are investigating a murder case.The deceased has been identified as Shivan Singh. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more