US charges Chinese tech giant Huawei top executive

first_imgWASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department is filing charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei.A 13-count indictment was unsealed Monday in New York charging Huawei, two of its affiliates and a top executive at the company.The charges include bank fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.A separate case filed in Washington state charges Huawei with stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile.Meng Wanzhou, the company’s chief financial officer, was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1. Prosecutors allege she committed fraud by misleading American banks about Huawei’s business deals in Iran.Prosecutors charge Huawei used a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment in Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.Huawei is the world’s biggest supplier of network gear used by phone and internet companies.Michael Balsamo, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Tokyo court rejects Ex-Nissan chair Ghosn’s bail request

TOKYO — A court in Tokyo on Tuesday rejected former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn’s latest request for bail, made more than two months after his arrest.The decision by the Tokyo District Court came a day after Ghosn promised to wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, give up his passport and pay for security guards approved by prosecutors to gain release from a Tokyo detention centre.The court announced its decision in a written statement.Ghosn, 64, has been in custody since Nov. 19. He was due for a bail hearing Monday. A Tokyo court rejected an earlier request for bail last week. His lawyers were expected to appeal the decision, as they have earlier rejections of Ghosn’s requests to get out of detention.Ghosn, who led Nissan Motor Co. for two decades, has been charged with falsifying financial reports, in underreporting his compensation from Nissan over eight years, and with breach of trust, centring on allegations Ghosn had Nissan shoulder investment losses and pay a Saudi businessman.Ghosn says he is innocent as the compensation was never decided, Nissan didn’t suffer losses and the payment was for legitimate services.Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press read more

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Moroccan-Born Israeli Singer Maya Casabianca Dies At 78

Rabat – The Moroccan-born Israeli singer Maya Casabianca 78, died on Sunday, December 31, in the village of Kfar Tavorv village in Israel.Casabianca was born in 1941 in Casablanca, Morocco, as Margalit Azran. Her birth city inspired her stage name.She moved to France with her family in the 1950s where she became a famous singer after she signed a contract with the Philips record company. Casabianca performed with renowned French singers like Yves Montand and Georges Brassens.Read Also: Moroccan Singer of ‘Lalla Fatima’ Hamid Zahir Dies at 81Casabianca’s music was popular in the Arab world, especially in Syria and Lebanon, and even in the Soviet Union. The singer had kept her Jewish identity concealed from the general public and her fans in Russia and the Arab world. Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that some of Casabianca’s most memorable performances were in Moscow when she sang the Israeli national anthem, Hatikva, back when Israel and the Soviet Union did not have diplomatic relations.“The Russians of course didn’t know that I was Israeli; for them I was the French star,” she told Haaretz in 2001. Casabianca later moved with her family to Israel and left her singing career and fame behind. read more

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Washington is 1st state to allow composting of human bodies

SEATTLE — Ashes to ashes, guts to dirt.Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation Tuesday making Washington the first state to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains.It allows licensed facilities to offer “natural organic reduction,” which turns a body, mixed with substances such as wood chips and straw, into about two wheelbarrows’ worth of soil in a span of several weeks.Loved ones are allowed to keep the soil to spread the same way they might spread the ashes of someone who has been cremated.Supporters say it’s more environmentally friendly than embalming or cremation, and it makes sense in cities where land for burials is scarce.The law takes effect in May 2020.Gene Johnson, The Associated Press read more

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Migiro calls for practical ideas in fight against HIVAIDS in Africa

9 September 2008Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today urged HIV/AIDS experts to focus their efforts on studies leading to practical conclusions that directly contribute to the fight against the lethal disease in Africa, at a United Nations-sponsored academic seminar. Ms. Migiro noted that the pandemic is eroding the gains in economic development across the continent, where some 1.6 million died from AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa in 2007 alone and over 22 million are living with HIV.“The epidemic strikes at the core of human development, killing young adults at the prime of what should be their most productive year,” Ms. Migiro told participants of the symposium on the social and economic dimensions of HIV/AIDS in Africa, held in New York.“The epidemic systematically deprives sectors, such as health, education and agriculture, of skilled workers, thus reducing overall national productivity,” she told the symposium, organized by the UN University and Cornell University.“Many of these sectors heavily impacted are already struggling, and the multiplied effect is crippling,” she added.In her speech the Deputy Secretary-General encouraged academics attending the meeting to draw conclusions from their research that would be useful for organizations such as the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in Africa to strengthen their work on the ground and help local governments to plan.“Research efforts should recommend policies for inclusion in national strategies for dealing with the disease,” she said.Noting that HIV/AIDS has a different impact between and within countries across Africa, Ms. Migiro said that greater efforts should be made to gather information on the exact nature of the disease in a particular area. “Use local universities and local research centres to systematically document information. They are based in Africa, are working in Africa and living in affected communities. This will improve the quality of information available.”Using the example of the relative economic success of Botswana, Ms. Migiro said there are many questions that remain unanswered to effectively combat the disease.“Botswana’s annual GDP growth averaged around 13 per cent from independence in 1966 to 1989. Yet… from 1990 onwards, average annual GDP growth dropped by more than half to 6 per cent [due to the effects of HIV/AIDS on the population],” she said.“Life expectancy at birth also fell sharply from 65 years in the 1990 to 1995 period, to less than 40 years between 2000 to 2005,” she added.She asked researchers to discover how individuals and households respond to an environment where life expectancy drops so dramatically, and whether people are willing to invest in the future or if they feel they have no future.Ms. Migiro also used the opportunity to speak with the HIV/AIDS scholars to draw attention to the role stigma plays in preventing people affected by the disease from seeking treatment. She argued that stigma is a significant factor allowing the epidemic to continue devastating societies across the globe. “Stigma helps make AIDS a silent killer because people fear the social disgrace of speaking openly about the disease, or taking easily available precautions,” she said.“We can fight stigma with enlightened laws and policies. But more importantly, these policies have to be vigorously enforced,” she added.The HIV/AIDS meeting is the third symposium in the UNU-Cornell “Africa Series”, which will help inform the high-level meeting on Africa’s development needs to be held during the General Assembly, starting later this month. read more

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UN calls for restraint following violent clashes in Afghan capital

14 August 2010The United Nations mission in Afghanistan today expressed concern about violent clashes that erupted in the capital on Friday and called on all parties to cease hostilities and exercise restraint. According to media reports, at least two people were killed in the ethnic clashes that broke out in Kabul when Hazara villagers allegedly burnt down the hilltop homes of Pashtun nomads. The UN mission, known as UNAMA, issued a statement voicing concern about ongoing tensions in parts of Kabul, and the reports of loss of life, injuries and damage to property. “The United Nations calls on all parties to cease violence, to exercise restraint and to maintain law and order,” the mission stated.UNAMA, a political mission set up by the Security Council to assist the Government and the people of Afghanistan in laying the foundations for sustainable peace and development, also offered its good offices to all parties to assist them in resolving disputes. read more

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East Timor parliament OKs sea border treaty with Australia

DILI, Indonesia — East Timor’s parliament has voted in favour of ratifying a maritime boundary treaty with Australia that governs how the two countries will share billions of dollars of oil and gas riches lying beneath the Timor Sea.East Timor, one of the world’s youngest and poorest nations, and Australia, one of the richest, signed a historic treaty in March last year drawing their maritime borders, ending years of wrangling. It paves the way for development of the offshore Greater Sunrise gas field.East Timorese independence hero Xanana Gusmao said Tuesday his country was losing $5 million a month while the agreement remained unratified.He said the treaty will be ratified when Australia’s prime minister visits East Timor on Aug. 30, the 20th anniversary of a referendum that granted independence from Indonesia.Oki Raimundos, The Associated Press read more

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Kerry announces new security aid to SE Asia as US rivalry with

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Matthew Lee And Matthew Pennington, The Associated Press Posted Dec 16, 2013 1:30 am MDT Kerry announces new security aid to SE Asia as US rivalry with China intensifies HANOI, Vietnam – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered harsh words for China and new maritime security assistance for Southeast Asia on Monday to bolster countries facing growing Chinese assertiveness in a region where the two world powers are jockeying for influence.Tensions are running high after a near-collision of U.S. and Chinese naval vessels this month and an air defence zone China has declared over an area that includes territory controlled by Japan, a U.S. ally. Those actions have raised fresh alarm as Beijing modernizes its military and claims a wide swath of ocean and disputed islands across the East and South China Seas.Kerry used his first visit to Vietnam as America’s top diplomat to reiterate support for diplomacy between Southeast Asia’s regional bloc and Beijing over the territorial disputes, and to provide aid for Southeast Asian nations to defend waters they claim as their own.Kerry pledged $32.5 million, including up to $18 million for Vietnam that will include five fast patrol boats for its Coast Guard. With the new contribution, U.S. maritime security assistance to the region will exceed $156 million over the next two years, he said.“Peace and stability in the South China Sea is a top priority for us and for countries in the region,” Kerry told reporters at a news conference with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. “We are very concerned by and strongly opposed to coercive and aggressive tactics to advance territorial claims.”The next stop on his Asian trip will be the Philippines, which lost control of a disputed reef in the South China Sea last year after a standoff with China. The U.S. is also helping equip the Philippines with ships and radar, and is in negotiations with Manila to increase the American military presence there.Kerry said the new assistance was not a “quickly conceived reaction to any events in the region” but rather a “gradual and deliberate expansion” of U.S. support as part of the Obama administration’s broader decision to refocus attention on the Asia-Pacific.But the step is almost certain to anger Beijing, which bristles at what it sees as U.S. interference in areas it views as China’s “core interest.” Beijing looks dimly on Washington’s push to increase the U.S. military presence and strengthen its alliances in Asia as it ends a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, calling it an attempt to contain China.In a reminder of the high stakes in play, U.S. and Chinese naval vessels came close to colliding in the South China Sea on Dec. 5, the most serious incident between the two navies since 2009.The U.S. Pacific Fleet said Saturday that USS Cowpens was operating in international waters and had to manoeuvr to avoid hitting China’s lone aircraft carrier. The Liaoning, a symbol of China’s ambition to develop a navy that operates further from its own shores, only entered service last year and was on its first-ever sea trials in the South China Sea.Beijing has not formally commented on the incident, but the state-run Global Times newspaper reported on Monday that the U.S. ship had first harassed the Liaoning and its group of support ships, getting too close to a Chinese naval drill and entering within 30 miles of the Chinese fleet’s “inner defence layer.”As China expands its navy’s reach and starts to challenge decades of American military predominance in the region, it’s becoming more common for vessels of the two nations to operate in close proximity. The Obama administration has made it a priority to seek closer military co-operation with China to prevent misunderstandings that could spark a clash — part of a broader push to foster friendly ties between the established world power and the emerging one.Beijing’s unilateral declaration in late November of its East China Sea air defence identification zone was a setback, and has ratcheted up tensions with Japan over disputed islands within that zone. All aircraft entering the zone must notify Chinese authorities beforehand, and China has said it would take unspecified defensive measures against those that don’t comply.The U.S., Japan and South Korea have said they will not honour the new zone, and in a show of defiance soon after China announced it, the U.S. flew two B-52 bombers through the area.The issue loomed large during meetings in Beijing between Vice-President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping in early December, and Kerry offered harsh words about the zone in Hanoi Monday. He said it “clearly increases the risk of a dangerous miscalculation or an accident.” He called for intensified diplomacy to address the issue.“The zone should not be implemented, and China should refrain from taking similar unilateral actions elsewhere, particularly in the South China Sea,” Kerry said, reiterating that such moves by Beijing would not affect U.S. military operations in the region.Three years ago, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also in Hanoi, raised hackles in Beijing by declaring that the U.S. had a national interest in the peaceful resolution of disputes in the South China Sea, where China, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam have competing claims. Those disputes have occasionally flared, including a 1988 naval battle between China and Vietnam that left 70 Vietnamese sailors dead.Washington has supported efforts by Southeast Asia’s regional bloc to negotiate collectively with their larger neighbour China on a legally binding code of conduct to manage the disputes. Stressing U.S. neutrality on the competing sovereignty claims, Kerry again called for quick agreement on the code and peaceful resolution of disputes.Those efforts have made some headway in the past year, but Beijing would still prefer to negotiate with each country separately. It regards the entire South China Sea and island groups within it as its own and interprets international law as giving it the right to police foreign naval activity there.____Pennington contributed to this report from Washington. Associated Press writers Chris Brummitt in Hanoi also contributed. read more

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Sri Lanka groundsman Make sure England Test ends within four days I

He will not bowl a ball or face one with the bat when England’s cricketers play their first Test against Sri Lanka later this year. It is no idle boast, according to an undercover investigation that has exposed a form of match-fixing arguably even more devious than those that have come before. But Tharanga Indika has the power to destroy the integrity of their entire tour before a single shot is played. The senior groundsman claims to be able to produce a pitch that would determine the outcome of the game – making it impossible for the match, at Galle, to end in a draw. Footage secretly filmed by Al Jazeera’s investigative unit as part of a programme that will be broadcast on Sunday night shows… read more

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The Pebble project the future of US mining and metals

first_imgThis headline is the latest message from Ronald W. Thiessen, President and CEO of Northern Dynasty Minerals. He notes that “even in the midst of the worst global recession since the 1930s, demand for metals hasn’t slowed all that much. Take copper. Worldwide demand for the red metal has grown by an average of 4% annually since the beginning of the 20th century – from just 500,000 t in 1900 to ~18 Mt today. “While growth in global consumption of copper and other metals will take a breather this year, the long-term demand trend remains intact. In fact, the current economic slowdown may actually exacerbate a growing gap between future metal supply and demand.“The reason is pretty straightforward. While the developed and developing countries of the world continue to demand greater quantities of metal each year to build and modernise their economies, the identification and development of new mineral resources simply isn’t keeping pace. The western or developed regions of the world operate primarily on the availability and use of energy, a crucial driver for the developing economies of the world. Energy in the form of electricity is a key factor in maintaining or improving our economies, and the production of energy in the form of electricity, and its transportation and usage is fundamentally based on the use of mineral resources; from carbon based energy (oil, gas, coal) to transmission or consumption of electricity which uses copper, aluminum, and other metals and minerals. Even production of green energy in the form of solar panels (silicon metal), and wind turbines (steel towers) uses substantial minerals in the production phase, and more again in the transmission and consumption phase.”He then turned his focus on the availability of the mineral resources noting that “base and precious metal deposits are rare and finite. The truth is most of the accessible orebodies on the planet have already been developed. As recently as the 1980s, 100% of mineral deposits brought into production had a surface expression – that is, they were close to surface and easy for geologists to find. That figure dropped to 60% in the 1990s and to less than 20% this decade. Not only are the vast majority of new deposits entirely covered. They’re also much deeper, more remote and therefore more difficult to find and more expensive to exploit.“Even when an orebody is discovered, permitting and building a new mine is risky, expensive and time-consuming. Mine developers confront a range of challenges wherever they operate around the world; Political and regulatory instability, Lack of infrastructure, Uncertain land tenure, Security risks, Labour shortages and Environmental and political activism. These are all risks the global mining industry accepts and has become expert at managing. But it takes time and costs a lot of money, often billions of dollars and 10 years (or more), to advance a mineral prospect to an operating mine.“One of the ways metal producers have sought to maintain or enhance production while minimising risk is by focusing on ‘brownfield’ expansions of existing mines rather than ‘greenfield’ development of new resources. In the case of gold producers, some 90% of new reserves identified between 1997 and 2007 were the product of brownfield expansions or upgrades of previously discovered deposits. Not surprisingly, world gold production has been falling steadily since 2001.“The same dynamic has affected copper producers – so much so that 75% of the largest copper mines on the planet have no further expansion potential. They can exploit the resource in fewer years but there is no room for growth in the total resource, and many will be depleted by 2015. On average, we are now exhausting the equivalent of one of the world’s largest copper deposits each year. One analyst suggests global copper demand will outstrip known supply by 6 Mt by 2016 – the equivalent of 10 or more projects the size of Northern Dynasty’s Pebble project.“There’s at least one more factor contributing to the dearth of new mineral deposits coming on line, and this one is related to the global recession itself. Over the past five years, investment in grassroots mineral exploration had been at or near record levels. But all that changed dramatically when commodity prices and equity markets plunged late last year. Mine operators responded by curtailing exploration activities and focusing on profitable operations, while exploration companies went into survival mode – conserving cash, idling crews and hoping to ride out the financial storm. These are reasonable and prudent business responses to an immediate economic crisis. But in the long run, they will only serve to exacerbate the shortage of new mineral resources being developed to replace rapidly depleting reserves.“The net effect of all these factors should ultimately be a positive one for resources companies (and their shareholders) that own significant late-stage mineral prospects in copper, gold and a range of other metals. Unfortunately, they may also lead to a shortage of raw materials and escalating commodity prices just as countries around the world seek to recover from the current economic crisis.”last_img read more

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Sony is shutting down Star Wars Galaxies

first_imgAfter eight years of serving Star Wars fans, Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts have decided to shut down the Star Wars Galaxies MMO and associated Trading Card Game later this year.No specific reasons have been given for why both parties have decided to do this. Sony has just stated it was a really tough decision, but now it’s set in stone. However, the game is set to go out in style, and Sony have a number of things in mind for existing players.The game servers will be turned off on December 15. Before then, on September 15 you will no longer be able to purchase the trading card game or anything to do with the MMO. This will be followed by an end to all paid subscriptions on October 15, but SOE will allow those users to continue to play for free until the final hours on December 15.SOE has already removed the longer-term subscription plans from the site (3, 6, and 12 month options). Digital card packs for the Trading Card Game have also been removed, If you were signed up for a long-term subscription then expect a pro-rated refund in the next 90 days for whatever time you have left from October 15 onwards.If you do have an existing subscription then it’s worth hanging around until the end in December. SOE is planning a galaxy-ending event of which details will appear in the coming months. SOE is making it clear this will be an event to remember and one it wants all players to be present for.As an added bonus, and an attempt by SOE to get you to switch subscription next year, any player with an active Star Wars Galaxies account can start playing any and all of the following games from October 15 to December 31 for free, but with the same status as a paying subscriber: Free RealmsStar Wars: Clone Wars AdventureEverQuestEverQuest IIDC UniverseStar Wars Galaxies players will no doubt be upset by this news, but they can get their gaming fix elsewhere for a while safe in the knowledge a replacement Star Wars MMO is on the way. BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic is set for release hopefully before the end of this year, and if not then definitely next year.Keep an eye on the SWG Forums for more details about the death of the game and what to expect in the run up to it happening.last_img read more

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Sarri reveals Hazard will continue as false 9

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed Eden Hazard will continue in the role of a false striker for the club despite the Belgian’s unhappiness in that position.The Belgium captain has played the false 9 position in Chelsea’s last two Premier League games against Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion.Hazard has revealed that he does not enjoy playing in that position and would rather play in his more natural position as an attacking midfielder.However, Sarri revealed that the Belgium international will probably have to carry on playing as a false 9, as the former Lille man was substituted in the closing stages after picking up a knock.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…He said, according to Mirror Football:“Eden is okay. It’s only a knock, only a knock. I spoke with the doctor five minutes ago and it’s not a big problem. Maybe one day to rest, two days at most.”“I think that, for us, he could be very important in this position. He’s very able to come out and play with his team-mates, very able to create spaces. Now I think that, in that position, he has to improve in attacking the box.”last_img read more

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Worlds Largest PrivatelyOwned Star Wars Collection Was Just Robbed

first_imgStay on target Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… I’m sad to report that Steve Sansweet’s privately-owned Star Wars memorabilia collection, known as Rancho Obi-Wan has slowly been robbed over the last two years. Sansweet is best known for owning the largest privately owned Star Wars collection in the world. On Monday Stan reported that the items stolen from the rare collection equal up to a staggering $200,000 and was supposedly done from the inside.Although these days the collector community is stronger than ever. Philip Wise, a good friend of Steve’s posted about an extremely rare rocket firing Boba Fett action figure that was stolen from his warehouse in Texas. Zach Tann, another popular collector in Southern California instantly notified Philip that he purchased the same figure from 45-year-old Carl Edward Cunningham, an R2-D2 builder from Marietta, Georgia. Tann reported that he bought many extremely rare Star Wars collectibles from Carl and turned in a detailed list. It didn’t take long for Sansweet to figure out these were all the missing gaps from his Rancho Obi-Wan collection.After many leads, Carl surrendered after an arrest warrant was put out from the Sonoma County, California Sheriff’s Department in late March. He was charged with a felony and grand theft. He is currently free on bail with a hearing scheduled for a later time. Sansweet had this to say after the incident.AdChoices广告“I have known Carl for many years, considered him a good and trusted friend, and played host to him at my home numerous times. I, and the staff at Rancho Obi-Wan are devastated that he is the alleged perpetrator of the thefts. Not only have important items were stolen from the collection, but also our time, energy and ability to trust unconditionally have taken a blow.”I was lucky enough to meet Steve at Star Wars Celebration this year. He is one of the kindest and most humble collectors you could ever meet, and it is a shame that something like this could happen right under his nose. Luckily the collector community is a strong one, and we’re always looking out for our fellow conventionites! Below is a list of items that are still not accounted for. If you have any information about Carl Cunningham’s activities or items that he may have sold, please contact you bought any of these, especially on eBay (user name: winterceltic) or through the forum in the last year from Carl Cunningham, please let us know at tips@ranchoobiwan.orgBelow are the items that haven’t been accounted for with pictures to help. May the force be vigilant.View as: One Page Slides1. Han Solo (Large Head) 12 Back2. Death Squad Commander 12B back Palitoy3. Jawa 12 Back Palitoy4. Sand People 12A-back Palitoy5. Ben Kenobi 12 Back-B Takara Sticker6. Hammerhead SW 21-back card7. Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot SW 21 back8. R5-D4 SW 21-back card9. R2-D2 ESB 31-back card10. Darth Vader ESB 41 Back-A11. Luke Skywalker (Bespin) Brown hair 47-back12. R2-D2 with Sensorscope ROTJ 65-back Palitoy13. Chewbacca POTF 92 Back14. Amanaman Palitoy Tri-Logo15. Hammerhead Palitoy Tri-Logo16. Luke Skywaker (brown hair) Palitoy Tri-Logo17. Princess Leia Organa Palitoy Tri-Logo18. Yak Face Palitoy Tri-Logo19. LEGO Millenium Falcon Set Sealed #1017920. LEGO Super Star Destroyer #1022121. LEGO Rebel Snowspeeder #1012922. LEGO Imperial Shuttle #1021223. Death Star Spherical Cardboard Playset Toltoys box with Palitoy innardslast_img read more

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Celebrate The classics

first_imgDaughter and disciple of (Padmashri) Geeta Chandran, Sharanya has been learning Bharatanatyam from the age of four. She presented her formal solo debut performance, the Arangetram at the age of 13.Sharanya is the Vice President of the Natya Vriksha, an organisation aimed at the preservation and promotion of Indian culture and dance. She is an integral part of Natya Vriksha Dance Company as a senior dancer and choreographer. She also assists with cultural management, curating festivals, events and media outreach. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Sharanya is empanelled with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) as a solo artiste and is also nationally graded by Doordarshan. Sharanya has performed to diverse audiences in India and overseas across multiple festivals and forums – both as a soloist and in group choreographies as part of the Natya Vriksha Dance Company.Across the years, Sharanya has performed in several major group productions across India’s best festivals such as the Ananya Dance Festival, Parampara festival of the Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai, 16th National Festival of Creative Arts, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, Taj Mahotsav, Sankatmochan Music and Dance festival, Ananda Mahotsav, India International  Film Fest, Sharad Poornima Festival, Delhi International Arts Festival, National Choreography Festival and more.last_img read more

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Mexico deploys military to sever key ports drug ties

first_imgOn the city streets, soldiers now man checkpoints and patrol in camouflaged trucks. Navy officials now have the top jobs in port administration and security. Federal police have commandeered the Hotel Vina del Mar. Military patrol boats chase away fishermen who come too close to the docks. More than 100 municipal police were removed and sent away for training, and even more customs officials are to be replaced.“We have been waiting for this for more than a year,” Michoacán’s governor, Fausto Vallejo, said of the troop deployment in an interview.But locals worry that the changes may be more cosmetic than substantive, and that the Knights Templar’s ties to local business and government might be too deep to uproot. Taxis and buses here went on strike for two days to protest the military’s arrival, a move that some residents insist was ordered by the Templars.“Fear is a business, and it is a good business,” said a journalist who lives in town and said he was afraid to speak publicly.The recent slow days also might be a coincidence, other port officials said, or the result of rival ports up the coast trying to capitalize on the takeover by saying Lazaro Cardenas was closed.A local manager for Kansas City Southern of Mexico, the branch of the U.S.-based railroad company that moved more than 20,000 containers out of the port last month, said customs inspections are now “a little more rigorous” than before. His boss, company President Jose Zozaya, visited the port last this week and came away impressed with the new security measures.“I feel the port is going in the right direction, and these measures will only help to improve the image of the port,” Zozaya said. He noted that his company had not noticed any unusual decline in commerce.The new port administrator, Vice Adm. Jorge Luis Cruz Ballardo, said it was “possible” that illicit drug products moved through the port, but so far the new customs officials have not found any. His goal, he said, is to keep moving goods as quickly as possible.“It is not possible to inspect all the containers,” the mustachioed 41-year veteran of the Mexican marines said. “Nor is it convenient, because the flow of commerce would be greatly interrupted. Christmas lights and trees wouldn’t arrive until January.”Washington Post correspondent Gabriela Martínez in Mexico City contributed to this report.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Comments A member of the Mexican Marines keeps watch Nov. 15, 2013 at the port in Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico. Photo for The Washington Post by Dominic Bracco II  A commercial fisherman prepares for a night of work seeking red snapper Nov. 14, 2013 in Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico. Photo for The Washington Post by Dominic Bracco II Other port officials and businessmen hope the opposite ultimately will be true. They say the military intervention should improve the reputation of the port and ultimately attract more investors.Over the past decade, cargo business to Lazaro Cardenas, the deepest port in Mexico, has more than doubled, reaching an estimated 36 million tons this year and putting it in the top 10 of Latin American ports. Japanese cars, Chinese clothes and toys, and giant steel beams are shipped in and run by train through Mexico, north to Texas. Ships laden with Mexican oil and minerals motor out to Asia.But amid that trade, mafias have earned soaring profits from extortion and illicit business, in particular from moving precursor chemicals for methamphetamine, much of which makes its way to the United States.The Knights Templar, a pseudo-religious group, is believed to wield the most influence at the port.“The Knights Templar have enormous control over Lazaro Cardenas,” said a security official in Michoacán, the western Mexican state that contains Lazaro Cardenas, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the matter candidly. “They are less involved in drug trafficking than they are in charging for each container that enters.”In April, two men walked into an import-export business at the port and calmly delivered their demand to a receptionist: $2,000 a month for protection, according to the business’ owner, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the extortion attempt. When the company refused to pay, the men persisted, returning five or six times and calling so often that the owner said he changed the number.“It’s very intimidating, that they would arrive directly to the office and demand money,” the owner said. “I think they’ve been coming to all the businesses.”“This has always been a port with crime, but in the last few years it has gotten much worse,” he added. “The problem is the army can’t be here forever.”center_img LAZARO CARDENAS, Mexico — This strategic port has been a major moneymaker for the powerful Knights Templar drug gang, which extorts millions from the city’s businesses and smuggles in meth-making chemicals from Asia.But President Enrique Peña Nieto’s decision last this month to deploy troops to Lazaro Cardenas marks a new attempt to sever the cartel’s economic lifeline by putting a stop to its criminal activities here.By replacing hundreds of local police and customs officials, many suspected of collaborating with drug cartels, and installing soldiers in top port positions and at highway checkpoints, the government hopes to improve the international image of a port that in recent years has become a key transit point for Asian goods heading to the United States.But some port officials and residents in this Pacific seaside city worry that the presence of the troops, patrolling roads and waterways in camouflage, could scare off trade and investors in the short term, at a time when port business is booming.From his perch 145 feet above the waterways, control tower chief Mario Villalvazo oversees cranes and container-stacked freighters steaming in from around the world. Since the military moved in, Villalvazo’s view has changed quickly.“Today, five. Yesterday, only three,” he said on a recent day, scanning his white-board tally of cargo ships, which had previously reached 15 to 20 per day. “Yesterday was the slowest day of the year.”“For the city, this has been good. For the port, no,” Villalvazo said. “The port is an area of business, not a military area.” No related posts.last_img read more

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Progress but few rulings in Sept 11 case at Gitmo

first_img Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice Associated PressGUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) – A weeklong hearing into the legal framework for the Sept. 11 terrorism military tribunal came to an end Friday without a ruling on the most significant motions but progress on some issues that must be resolved before the eventual trial.After hours of often arcane debate at the U.S. base in Cuba, the military judge presiding over the case deferred most decisions until later. Notable among them were proposed rules for handling classified evidence that prosecutors said are necessary to protect national security and defense lawyers argued are overly broad and restrictive. Sponsored Stories The week’s hearing was repeatedly interrupted by defense complaints that their office space on the U.S. base is so contaminated with mold and rat and mouse droppings that it has been making them sick. Military officials eventually agreed to conduct a major cleanup of the buildings and to bring in a health expert to evaluate any health risk.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Army Col. James Pohl heard arguments on nearly 20 motions and did resolve some matters, including issuing a ruling that the five men charged with planning and aiding the Sept. 11 attacks may sit out their pretrial hearings. While the extent of the progress was in dispute, both the chief prosecutor and defense lawyers agreed the case was unlikely to be ready for trial in 2013.“We just scratched the very surface of the trial this week,” said James Connell, a lawyer for Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, a Pakistani national accused of transferring money to the Sept. 11 hijackers.The chief prosecutor, Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, insisted there had been significant forward motion in the long-stalled case, notably hearing all the arguments on the proposed security rules so the judge can issue what are known as protective orders that will allow the defense to begin reviewing classified evidence in the case.“There are some important motions that we didn’t get to, but I would submit that’s the nature of litigation,” Martins said.The five defendants facing charges that include terrorism and murder include Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a self-styled terrorist mastermind who grew up in Kuwait and attended college in North Carolina. He condemned the U.S. in a lecture to the court on Wednesday as he wore a camouflage vest that had been approved by the judge. The judge heard lengthy arguments on a motion from the defense asking the judge to decide that the constitutional rights recognized in civilian criminal trials will apply in the special tribunals for war-time offenses. Prosecutors argued it was too soon to make that determination and the judge deferred a ruling.Most of the arguments centered on the proposed security rules, including provisions that the defense said will prevent the five prisoners from publicly disclosing what happened to them while detained in secret CIA prisons overseas. The U.S. government says they were subjected to “enhanced interrogation”; critics say it was torture.Lawyers for the defendants said the proposed rules would prevent them from using what happened in the CIA prisons to challenge statements the men made to authorities or to argue that they shouldn’t get the death penalty. It would also prevent the public from learning details about the harsh interrogations.“If the military commission adopts the government argument it will mean that things that are critical to you as members of the public will never be known,” Connell said.Pohl also heard arguments without ruling on a defense motion to grant public access to all closed-circuit television transmissions of the proceedings in the U.S. and not just at Fort Meade, Maryland. Check your body, save your life None of the defendants appeared in court Friday. Lawyers for the men cited several reasons, including that Friday is traditionally set aside by Muslims for prayers or that they did not recognize the proceedings as legitimate.In the spectator section of the court the entire week were nine relatives of people who were killed in the Sept. 11 attacks. Several said they were pleased to see some movement in the case, which was stalled by legal challenges and a political fight over whether the case should be tried in a civilian court in the U.S. or at Guantanamo.“They will carry this to a conclusion, whatever that conclusion might be,” said Gordon Haberman of Farmington, Wisconsin, whose 25-year-old daughter, Andrea, was killed in the World Trade Center. “But I’m comfortable that the process is finally on its way.”Al Acquaviva, whose 29-year-old son, Paul, was killed in the World Trade Center, said he has been frustrated by the slow pace of the proceedings.“I believe in our judicial system. I’m a reasonable person. But what happened to: “Justice delayed is justice denied.’,” said Acquaviva, who lives in Wayne, New Jersey. “For 11 years now, where’s the justice for my boy? He hasn’t gotten any justice yet.” Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. 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A commissioner call

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The series win lift

The series win lifted Pakistan one place to eighth in the current rankings and relegating the West Indies to ninth in the fight for a direct berth at the World Cup finals in three years’ time. Reuters Injury-prone 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro led a spectacular final day comeback against the hosts that delighted the massed ranks of Argentine fans, Arjun will next be seen in the thriller film ‘Farzi’ along with Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

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It was all expected to change with the arrival of ? The Maharashtra-cadre officer asked his junior counterpart to hand over the phone to the person. he added. Special Public Prosecutor Raja Thakare admitted that Sanap could say there was no circumstantial evidence against him, He asked Pandit Prasad Shukla if he could reform him. They have had three close Tests since. “We took paragraphs from each source, said P K Taneja, In the 1950s. read more

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