French Montana and DVBBS headlining iHeartRadio FanFest in Toronto

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We are excited to bring this incredible lineup together for an unforgettable night of music,” said Rob Farina of iHeartRadio Canada, in a statement.“At iHeartRadio we’re committed to connecting fans with the music they love, and we can’t wait to celebrate CMW with them at iHeartRadio FanFest.”Tickets for the May 11 show, priced at just $25, are available online starting March 23 at 10 am.The news of the festival comes days after iHeartMedia announced its bankruptcy.iHeartRadio FanFest 2018 lineupFrench MontanaShawn HookRia MaeMarianas TrenchBellyiHeartRadio FanFest 2018Where: Rebel, 11 Polson StreetWhen: May 11 at 7 pmTickets: Available online at $25 starting March 23 at 10 am. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement There’s nothing like an affordable music festival to ring in the sounds of spring. The 2018 iHeartRadio FanFest has been announced, and it’s hitting Rebel on May 11.This year’s iHeart headliners include French Montana, DVBBS, Shawn Hook, Ria Mae and Marianas Trench.Taking place during Canadian Music Week (CMW), the one-day music event will also include Allie X, Belly, Tyler Shaw, and Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine. Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Thousands of Haitians find Mexican dream near US border

first_imgTIJUANA, Mexico – Jose Luis Millan found a new crop of star employees at an upscale Tijuana car wash where customers cross the border from the U.S. to pay up to $950 to have their prized possessions steamed and scrubbed for hours. They’re never late, always hustle and come in on days off to learn new skills, traits that he says make them a model for their Mexican counterparts.They are among several thousand Haitians who came to Mexico’s northwest corner hoping to cross the border before the U.S. abruptly closed its doors last year. The Mexican government has welcomed them, with a visa program that helps them fill the need for labour in Tijuana’s growing economy.In a country whose population is 1 per cent black, Tijuana’s Haitians stand out. They share tight living quarters, sending much of their meagre wages to support family in Haiti. Haitians earn far less than they would in the United States but enough to forsake the risk of getting deported by heading north.Two new Haitian restaurants downtown serve dishes with mangoes and mashed plantains. Dozens of Haitian children attend public schools. Factories that export to the U.S. recruit Haitians, who can also be found waiting tables and worshipping at congregations that added services in Creole.“It’s the Mexican dream for many of them, a sense that they belong,” Millan said. “Mexico has given them opportunity. Mexico has opened up and let them achieve their dreams.”Millan, who lived in the Los Angeles area for two decades until he was forced to leave last year for employing dozens of people illegally at his party planning company, sees parallels to Mexicans in the U.S. Their teamwork sets an example. Some customers ask for them.Haitians, he says, “fight hard, fight strong, and they don’t stop.”The Haitians took an accidental route from their impoverished Caribbean homeland to Tijuana, a city of about 2 million that borders San Diego and also has large pockets of Chinese and Korean immigrants.Brazil and its neighbours took in the Haitians after that country’s 2010 earthquake. As construction jobs for the 2016 Summer Olympics ended and Brazil descended into political turmoil, they crossed 10 countries by plane, boat, bus and on foot to San Diego, where U.S. authorities let them in on humanitarian grounds.Then President Barack Obama shifted course in September and started deporting Haitian arrivals. Many decided to call Mexico home.After struggling as a schoolteacher in Haiti, Abelson Etienne moved to Brazil in 2014 to work at a factory that made cable for lighting products. He arrived in Tijuana in December after a harrowing journey with his wife who, despite the U.S. policy shift, was allowed in on humanitarian grounds, presumably because she was seven months’ pregnant.Etienne, a 27-year-old who studied chemistry in college in Haiti, settled into a routine of six-day weeks and three double shifts, earning him 1,900 pesos (a little over $100), mostly for his wife in New York City and the infant son he hasn’t seen. On Sundays, he sleeps until the afternoon and goes to church.“There’s so much work in Tijuana,” he said while a pot of fish stew with mangoes and tomatoes simmered on an electric burner in the two-room apartment that he rents with three other Haitians. “I’ve been treated very well in Mexico.”The Mexican government is giving Haitians one-year, renewable visas that allow them to work but not bring family. Rodulfo Figueroa, the region’s top immigration official, says Mexico is practicing what it asks of the U.S. and other countries.“We believe that there’s a humanitarian case to be made for these people to find better lives in Mexico,” said Figueroa, the National Migration Institute’s delegate in Baja California state, which includes Tijuana. “Our policy is to have the Haitian population do what they need to do to have status in Mexico.”The new arrivals, currently numbering around 3,000, are manageable in a country of 122 million. Central Americans, who come illegally in much larger numbers, are typically deported, although Mexico is granting asylum more often.Rodin St. Surin, 36, is among hundreds of Haitians who found work at Tijuana’s export-oriented factories. CCL Industries Inc., a Toronto-based company that makes Avery office products for retailers including Staples, Wal-Mart, Target and others, needed help after moving manufacturing from Meridian, Mississippi, last year.The plant hired St. Surin and 15 other Haitians in May for its workforce of 1,700 during peak back-to-school season. They inspected and packaged binders at the back of a giant, spotless floor where machines also churn out labels, folders and markers around-the-clock.“I’m very comfortable with these people,” said Mario Aguirre, the plant’s operations director and a 43-year industry veteran. “They have given us very good results. They don’t miss work, they always arrive on time. We’d like to see the same attitude in everyone.”The factory offered 1,500 pesos (about $85) for a six-day week, with health coverage, paid vacation and a free shuttle to work. St. Surin, who left Brazil with hopes of joining a cousin in Miami, sends earnings to a caretaker for his three children in Haiti, whom he hopes to bring to Tijuana.“Mexico could become my home,” he said outside a crowded, graffiti-covered building where a nun allows about 50 Haitians to live rent-free on a street shared by cars and stray dogs. They tap a neighbour’s hose for water to bathe, and cook meals on a campfire under a large canopy.The Ambassadors of Jesus Church, which sits on a rugged dirt road lined by agave and used tires, housed up to 500 Haitians last year on floors strewn with mattresses, making it perhaps the largest religious or civic aid group. Its pastor, Jeccene Thimote, wants to build a “Little Haiti” of 100 houses nearby at the bottom of a canyon where the sound of peacocks and roosters and smell of pigs permeate the air. He built three houses before the city halted construction for lack of flood controls.Thimote, 32, survives on two hours’ sleep, rising to pray at 5 a.m., serving as foreman for a crew of 10 Haitians building a house in one of Tijuana’s wealthiest neighbourhoods, and working the night shift at RSI Home Products Inc., a California-based company that makes cabinetry for The Home Depot and Lowe’s.Thimote, who was among 160 Haitians still living rent-free at the church this summer, sends his earnings to Haiti to settle family debts and support a 3-year-old daughter. He hoped to join a cousin in New York when he left Ecuador last year, but considers Mexico better than Haiti, saying, “There’s more poverty there than here.”The church has adapted. Every Wednesday night, Haitians gather for a rousing sermon in Creole. Mexicans attend a Sunday service in Spanish. A Haitian and Mexican recently announced plans to marry at the church.last_img read more

Photo of Abdelilah Benkiran and the Late Abdellah Baha Goes Viral

Marrakech – A photo of Head of Government Abdelilah Benkiran and his friend and colleague, the late Abdellah Baha, has gone viral on Moroccan social media.The photo shows the close relationship the two leaders had with each other. It depicts Abdellah Baha pouring water over the Head of Government’s hands before the start of a prayer group.The death of Abdellah Baha was an especially poignant loss for Mr. Benkiran, with the Prime Minister considering the late minister as one of his own brothers. While many ministers claim his death is a hard reality for all, it’s seen as a particularly devastating loss for Abdelilah Benkiran. The funeral ceremony of the late Abdellah Baha, who died in a train accident last Sunday, took place at the Prime Minister’s home. The service was attended by Prince Moulay Rachid and a majority of Moroccan political figures. read more

Nugegoda brothel busted

On a tip-off recieved by the Mirihana police the raid was carried out at the location and several people were arrested.Among those arrested was the Manager of the premises, four women and another man, the police media unit said. The police busted a brothel operating in Nugegoda in the guise of an Ayurvedic center, the police media unit said today.The police said that the brothel had been operating on the top floor of the two storied building at Pagoda road in Nugegoda. The suspects were to be produced before the Gangodawila Magistrate today. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Japan to send technical team to Sri Lanka following disaster

A technical team from Japan is likely to visit Sri Lanka at the earliest to take stock of the situation and assist in remedial measures. Details are currently being worked out. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has received a message of condolence, addressed to the Government and people of Sri Lanka, from the Prime Minister of Japan, Hon. Shinzo Abe, expressing his heartfelt condolences, and that of his Government and people, on the recent disaster at a garbage dump in Sri Lanka, which has led to the unfortunate loss of life and property.In the aftermath of this disaster, Abe has offered Japan’s assistance to recovery efforts. read more

Europe agency grounds Airbus helicopters after Norway crash

Europe agency grounds Airbus helicopters after Norway crash by The Associated Press Posted Jun 2, 2016 11:25 am MDT Last Updated Jun 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BERLIN – The European Aviation Safety Agency is grounding Airbus helicopters similar to one that crashed in April near the Norwegian city of Bergen, killing 13 people.The Cologne, Germany-based agency said Thursday that the “precautionary measure” applies to Airbus Helicopters EC 225 LP and AS 332 L2 models.The exact cause of the April 29 accident hasn’t been established, but preliminary findings by Norway’s Accident Investigation Board indicate that it could have been caused by a faulty gear box. The main rotor came loose from the aircraft just before it crashed.Airbus Helicopters said on its website that it “supports EASA’s cautious approach.” read more

Commentary Urban Meyer Ohio State football might have its next Percy Harvin

Even after an undefeated season, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer concedes that his team was missing something last year. Meyer said the 2012 Buckeyes lacked speed, particularly on the perimeter of his spread offense. Granted, the Buckeyes weren’t completely deficient at wide receiver. If they were, then OSU likely wouldn’t have finished the season at 12-0. Rather, the Buckeyes lacked dynamic athletes at the position, and Meyer’s spread offense couldn’t reach its full potential without an electrifying speedster who could make plays in open space. “We didn’t have the home run hitter,” Meyer said. “We didn’t have enough make-you-miss guys on offense.” It’s never a good thing when a team lacks playmakers, regardless of offensive philosophy. But in Meyer’s spread, which is designed to create mismatches with explosive athletes, it can be extremely detrimental. Without such playmakers on the perimeter, OSU’s aerial attack faltered in 2012, and the team finished the season ranked 105th nationally in passing yards per game. “We felt like we were pretty deficient last year in terms of getting the ball in space,” said offensive coordinator Tom Herman. “We get one-on-one with a safety or one-on-one with a corner, or even a linebacker at times, and we can’t make that guy miss.” It’s not a problem that Meyer has dealt with much in his coaching career. His teams at Florida were stacked with ‘make-you-miss’ talent, the most prominent being Percy Harvin, who is now a receiver for the Minnesota Vikings. In college, Harvin hardly played a defined, traditional position. Instead he lined up all over the field. In 2008, his final year at Florida, Harvin led the Gators in receptions and was second in rushing yards. Meyer calls the unorthodox role in which Harvin thrived the “hybrid,” but others simply refer to it as the “Percy Harvin position.” Harvin, who reportedly might be traded by the Vikings, could not be reached for comment. Thus, it wasn’t surprising to hear Harvin’s name mentioned several times Feb. 6 – National Signing Day – when Meyer and his coaching staff addressed their 2013 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 1 by, No. 2 by and No. 3 by and features plenty of much-needed speed. In fact, Meyer believes the newest crop of Buckeye talent contains multiple players that fit the Harvin-position mold. On Feb. 6, the most talked about prospective Harvin-type playmaker was Dontre Wilson. Wilson, ranked by Scout, Rivals and ESPN as a four-star prospect and ESPN’s No. 5 athlete, originally committed to Oregon, but announced that he would sign with OSU just days before National Signing Day. Wilson caught the OSU coaching staff’s attention while playing for DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas, because of his ability to make an impact as a running back and a receiver. According to ESPN, Wilson accumulated more than 2,600 total yards of offense and 46 touchdowns in 2012. “There are not too many people in the country that can do that,” Meyer said. “That’s a very unusual athlete.” After the Buckeyes won the battle with Oregon to acquire Wilson’s services, running backs coach Stan Drayton and receivers coach Zach Smith began fighting for the rights to personally coach the multi-talented athlete. “We’re so excited to have him in this system,” said Drayton, who coached Harvin with Meyer at Florida. Like Harvin during his time with the Gators, Wilson will likely receive most of his tutelage directly from Meyer, while spending some time with both Drayton and Smith as well. Drayton, though, didn’t seem too upset about this arrangement. He beamed while talking about Wilson on National Signing Day, the first day coaches can speak about incoming talent. It’s easy to understand why OSU coaches are so enthusiastic about Wilson. Many athletes are fast, but few possess world-class speed. Wilson is in the second category. “You sit there and look at his track time. His track times are national times,” Drayton said. “He can be a collegiate track athlete and be an All-American. He is that fast. “That’s probably one of the missing pieces to the puzzle that we were looking for to complete the spread type of philosophy that we run here.” Wilson isn’t the only incoming freshman with speed who can help complete OSU’s spread offense, though. In fact, the staff seems just as excited about Jalin Marshall,’s and’s four-star and’s five-star wide receiver. Marshall was a quarterback for Middletown High School in Middletown, Ohio, but was recruited by OSU to play the hybrid-receiver role. Because Marshall committed to OSU more than a year ago, he likely didn’t receive as much fanfare as other last-minute additions, such as Wilson, on National Signing Day. Meyer believes that had Marshall drawn out his recruiting process, Buckeye Nation would have been on pins and needles, waiting for his signature. “He’s certainly, we think, if not the best player in Ohio, one of them,” Meyer said. Finally there is James Clark, a consensus four-star receiver from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., who committed to OSU on National Signing Day. Clark is another ideal fit for Meyer’s spread offense, and the hybrid role in particular, given his combination of speed and agility. How much of an impact will Wilson, Marshall and Clark make next year in Columbus? Last year some of OSU’s highest ranked recruits were defensive linemen, but they received sporadic playing time as freshmen. The coaches seem to believe, however, that this particular trio will contribute early and often. For one thing, it might be easier for a skill position player to adjust to the college level than, say, a defensive lineman. “The farther you get away from the ball, the easier it is for you to play early,” Herman said. Meyer agreed. “We’ve had great success with skill guys (playing early),” Meyer said. “Especially these guys, I think they’re going to help us.” Playing the young talent early might also come out of necessity. OSU’s freshmen defensive linemen played sparingly last year, in part because the Buckeyes already had a veteran group in the trenches. On the other hand, Wilson, Marshall and Clark are entering a program in need of their athletic abilities. “We wanted to get some playmakers,” Meyer said. “I think with Dontre, Jalin and James Clark, we have three guys that we would put in that category.” It would be unrealisticto say OSU will rely entirely on the group of freshmen. Though the Buckeyes struggled making big plays in 2012, the offense boasted the 10th most prolific rushing attack and averaged 37.2 points per game. Almost all of OSU’s current offensive talent is returning, too. Rising-senior Carlos Hyde emerged as one of the best running backs in the country toward the end of last season. He will also benefit from four other 2012 offensive line starters returning with him: rising seniors Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, Corey Linsley and Marcus Hall. Rising-junior quarterback Braxton Miller is a preseason contender for the Heisman trophy and should continue to progress in his second season as part of Meyer’s spread, a spread tailor-made for dual-threat quarterbacks such as Miller. It’s no wonder the staff believes that with the addition of the freshmen playmakers, alongside the returning talent already on the roster, OSU’s offense could reach untold heights in 2013. “We were a little bit one-dimensional this year because we didn’t have that (speed),” Drayton said. “We always felt that if we could bring that type of athlete in this system, in the Big Ten, we can have some incredible success in the future.” And in the end, OSU didn’t bring in just one of those athletes. It signed three. read more

Caravan park evacuated after guest mistakes hand grenade found on beach for

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. A Royal Navy bomb disposal team has retrieved an “old hand grenade” that was found in a holiday resort on the Isle of Wight.Away Resorts Management (ARM), which runs the centre at Bembridge, Whitecliff Bay, said the device was discovered on Thursday night.Local media reported that a guest staying at the park found the device on a beach and carried it back to their caravan, thinking it was a fossil.Guests were evacuated from the area.In an update on Friday morning, ARM said: “The hand grenade has been retrieved by the Royal Navy Bomb Disposal team.”Thank you for your patience, we are all very grateful.”If you are staying with us at the moment it is now safe to return to your accommodation.”Earlier, the company had said an “old hand grenade” had been found at Whitecliff Bay but that all customers were safe.The authorities were alerted to a potential unexploded ordnance at around 11.30pm on Thursday. read more

Quakehit TT farmers seek relocation relief

(Trinidad Guardian) Demanding relocation and compensation, a handful of irate farmers confronted Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat yesterday, as he braved rains and potential floods to meet them after their farmlands were devastated by Tuesday’s earthquake.However, the majority of the 40 farmers eventually expressed satisfaction with Rambharat’s visit, saying they only wanted him to assist them as soon as possible to get back on their feet.Farmers assist Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat, right, up a precipice during his tour of Re Road in Los Iros which was destroyed during Tuesday’s earthquake.Los Iros Hill View Farmers Association president Reshinand Ramraj said the farmers lost 20 irrigation ponds and 40 acres of farmlands. He said hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of crops, including hot pepper, tomato, ochro, bodi and eggplant, were buried in the dirt, while a plough and a tractor fell into the cracks created by the 6.9 quake.“Many farmers are afraid to be on the area because the land is shifting at an alarming speed,” Ramraj said.When Guardian Media returned to the area yesterday, the RE Road was impassable. The crew had to climb up and down steep precipices about 12 to 14 feet high to get fresh photos of the devastation.Simone Cooper and her sister Akiesha Adams said they walked for an hour to get to the Erin volcano. They reported that there were several new active cones with fresh mudflows emerging off RE Road.Farmer Nobbie Mathura trudged through cracks, slopes and embankments to get to his pimento crop.“I cannot let this crop go to waste. I picked 10 bags of pimento and we managed to get it out. I lost over $400,000 worth of crops and equipment,” Mathura said.Lopsided tomato trees ready for harvest were inaccessible. Irrigation ponds which were once 20 feet deep were also filled up with slush.Farmer Anil Maraj said at least 10 farmers were in immediate need of relocation. He said although some farmers faced minimal loss, the Government should assist in giving compensation to everyone so they could go back to productive farming.Farmers assist Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat, right, up a precipice during his tour of Re Road in Los Iros which was destroyed during Tuesday’s earthquake.One of the oldest farmers in the community, George Ramdath, said much of the landslips triggered by the earthquake could have been exacerbated by the destruction of the forested buffer zone which was cleared for agriculture by new farmers in 2014.In an interview during his visit, Rambharat said he will move as quickly as he could to assist the farmers. With regard to compensation, he said he will prepare a report and take it to Cabinet and Government will determine whether this can be paid.“So far, RE Road is the only farming community affected. From what I’ve seen, I am recommending that some of these farmers be immediately relocated because they can no longer use the land to farm,” Rambharat said.Saying Los Iros was a highly productive farming community, Rambharat said in 2016-2017 he spent $3 million to rehabilitate the RE Road.“The soil type is clay and there is a lot of movement towards the sea. There are some places where the land cannot be restored to productive agricultural use and we will be looking to relocate farmers to other areas so they can continue productive farming,” he said.Saying it did not matter whether the farmers had leases or not, Rambharat said all farmers who can prove they were doing productive farming will get assistance. He also said the Los Iros farmers will get leases in three phases, the first of which will be given by December. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLand fraud rampant across T&T – Agri MinisterJune 6, 2018In “latest news”Guyana still awaiting word from T&T officials on land dealApril 9, 2016In “latest news”Minister Trotman to seek emergency intervention for Region Two rice farmersMay 15, 2017In “latest news” read more

New Amazon service offers unlimited ebook access

first_imgBEING HERALDED AS ‘Netflix for books’, Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited service has been launched for the US market.The e-book subscription service is available at a price of $9.99 (€7.50) a month. It follows the Netflix and Spotify model of offering unlimited streaming for a set monthly subscription fee.The service is expected to be launced in other countries in the coming months.Users of the service will have access to over 600,000 e-books and several thousand audio books. The titles available to users of the service will include ‘Life of Pi’, ‘The Hunger Games’ and both the ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ series.Despite these big titles, it appears that some big publishers are still holding back from the service. Titles by HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House are not yet offered by the service.Books by Hachette will also not be available on the new service. Amazon are currently involved in a dispute with Hachette over the pricing of physical and digital books.News of Amazon’s new service broke last week when the company accidentally posted a webpage previewing it.Read: Amazon applies for US delivery drone testingRead: Amazon challenges Google with new document sharing servicelast_img read more

iPhone 5 teardown reveals why it is so light

first_imgToday is iPhone 5 release day, and iFixit have been very quick out the blocks grabbing one and taking it apart. How did they get the phone so quickly? A quick trip to Melbourne, Australia and a night of sitting outside an Apple Store.Although the iPhone 5 Best Price at Amazon looks distinctly iPhone-ish, it has in fact been completely redesigned from the larger display to the new dock connector, but what iFixit is most interested in is what’s inside, and they weren’t shy about showing us exactly what’s at the heart of Apple’s latest smartphone.The great news is, if you are accident prone or are buying the iPhone 5 on a 2-year contract, it’s much easier to repair yourself compared to previous generation iPhones. This is due to the way in which the iPhone 5 is constructed that means the most common part to break: the display, is accessible as soon as you open the case. In the iPhone 4S %displayPrice% at %seller% , for example, you had to remove all the other components to get to the display, which meant a very complicated and time-consuming dismantling process.iFixit also figured out how Apple managed to save so much weight while still making the display larger and adding the extra electronics to support LTE. It all comes down to the back casing, which weighs almost the same as just the glass in the 4S. Mystery solved.As for the new dock connector and the frustration it is causing for those who own 30-pin accessories, apparently Apple had to make the connection smaller otherwise it wouldn’t have fit inside the iPhone 5. Apple would have been forced to make the phone bigger.So there is now another reason to select the iPhone 5 over previous generations. Not only are you getting a larger display, faster software experience, and a lighter, thinner handset, you can also rest easy that if something does break you can probably easily fix it yourself rather than paying Apple to sort it out.Read more at iFixitlast_img read more

Man appears in court charged with possession of gun silencer and ammunition

first_img Share4 Tweet Email No Comments By Tom Tuite Oct 31st 2016, 2:19 PM Man appears in court charged with possession of gun, silencer and ammunition John Fitzsimons, with an address at Old Tower Crescent, Clondalkin, has been remanded in custody. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: PA Archive/PA Images Image: PA Archive/PA Images 11,785 Views Monday 31 Oct 2016, 2:19 PM A 49-YEAR-OLD man has been remanded in custody after he was charged with possessing a semi-automatic pistol with a silencer and bullets at his west Dublin home.John Fitzsimons, with an address at Old Tower Crescent, Clondalkin, was charged with three offences under the Firearms Act for having a Makarov semi-automatic pistol along with 35 rounds of ammunition and a silencer at his home.Armed gardaí responded to a 999 call on Saturday afternoon and recovered a firearm along with almost three dozen rounds of ammunition at a house in Clondalkin.Fitzsimons was brought to appear before Judge John Coughlan at Dublin District Court today.Det Sergeant Martin Geraghty of the Special Detective Unit told told Judge Coughlan that Mr Fitzsimons made “no reply” when charged with the offences.CustodyDefence solicitor Michael French said an application for bail was not being made. Det Sgt Geraghty applied for a remand in custody.French asked the court to note that his client has been in garda custody since Saturday afternoon and that the man required immediate medical attention.Dressed in a green polo neck shirt and black tracksuit bottoms, Fitzsimons remained silent throughout the hearing.Judge Coughlan remanded the defendant, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on 3 November.Judge Coughlan also granted him free legal aid and he acceded to French’s request to make a direction for the defendant to get medical attention while in prison custody.Comments have been disabled for legal reasons.Read: ‘We have people watching Ros na Rún in Brisbane’ : TG4 boss on two decades of Irish language TV >Read: Minister announces 430 new resource teachers to help children with special education needs >last_img read more

Dupas loses bid to stop TV portrayal

first_imgSerial killer Peter Dupas has lost bid to prevent a TV drama series that features a character based upon him from being broadcast. Dupas is serving three life sentences for murder. He has appealed, for the second time, against his conviction for the killing of Mersina Halvagis. Ms Halvagis, 25, was stabbed multiple times at Fawkner cemetery on November 1, 1997 as she tended to her grandmother’s grave. Dupas was found guilty after a retrial last year. His first conviction for the crime dates back to 2007. In a writ lodged in the Supreme Court last week, Dupas’ lawyer wanted two episodes from the Channel Seven drama series Killing Time to be banned from broadcast. The first episode of Killing Time aired on Seven last Sunday, and is based on the life of Andrew Fraser, the disgraced lawyer sentenced to jail in 2001 for drug offences. Dupas’ lawyer claims that two episodes of the series in which Dupas is portrayed will damage a retrial, if the serial killer’s latest appeal in the Halvagis case is successful. But Justice Emilios Kyrou refused to grant an order banning the episodes from being shown, saying if Dupas was granted a retrial it would be unlikely to take place until well into next year. He is already serving two life sentences for the murder in 1999 of Nicole Patterson and the 1997 stabbing of 40-year-old Margaret Maher. Long-time friend of the Dupas family and head of the Victims of Crime Support Association, Noel McNamara told reporters that Dupas’ latest court application was “a waste of taxpayers’ money.” “I don’t know why the courts put up with him. He’s a convicted triple murderer who’s probably done others,” Mr McNamara said. “Now he’s trying to stop people watching a television show that might be mean about him. “Well, tough. He should have thought about that before killing those women.” George Halvagis told the Herald Sun this week he did not know about the show or Dupas’ application, but he was disappointed his daughter’s killer continued to use the court system. “He seems to have all the rights. He seems to be able to say whatever he wants,” Mr Halvagis said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Akshay Kumars wife Twinkle Khanna compares Arvind Kejriwal with kid covering face

first_imgTwinkle Khanna’s tweet involving Arvind KejriwalIANS/TwitterAkshay Kumar’s wife Twinkle Khanna is known for his witty self, but the former actress’ recent tweet may not go down well with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and his supporters.She shared a photo on Twitter that shows a kid covered his face and head with a men’s underwear. While the picture is rather cute as it reflects the small boy’s funny gesture, it is Twinkle’s caption to it that might create a controversy.”When you are a Kejriwal supporter but don’t have a monkey cap! P.S. I swear I didn’t make him do this #cutiepie #littlemonster [sic],” she captioned the image.The tweet from Akshay’s wife received a lot of comments. While some found it funny, some others called it inappropriate to mock the Delhi CM. Twinkle Khanna’s tweetThe idea of comparing Kejriwal with a kid having his face covered with underwear appeared to be derogatory to many, who expressed the same in their comments. However, a lot of them just took it in a funny manner.Twinkle is popular for her sarcasm and outspoken nature. She hardly thinks twice before putting forward her viewpoints, and that often puts her in an uncomfortable situation.Although the star kid did not have a successful acting career, she certainly has made a name for herself as an author. However, we wonder what Akshay’s reaction would be to Twinkle’s latest tweet involving Kejriwal.last_img read more

Kotak Mahindra Bank beats SBI to become Indias 2nd most valuable lender

first_imgKotak Mahindra Bank pips SBIReuters filePrivate lender Kotak Mahindra Bank Monday surpassed country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) to become India’s second most valuable bank for the first time.HDFC Bank Ltd is country’s most valuable bank with a market capitalization of Rs 5.04 trillion.Shares of the Kotak Mahindra Bank managed by billionaire Uday Kotak surged 1.8 percent to a record high of Rs 1170.05 Monday. The market capitalization of Kotak Mahindra Bank was Rs 2.23 trillion, while SBI’s market value was Rs 2.22 trillion Monday.At the starting of 2018, SBI’s market value was 44 percent more than that of Kotak Mahindra Bank. Since then, shares of SBI have declined nearly 19 percent due to the posting of loss in December quarter and bad loan problems faced by state-run banks, while that of Kotak Mahindra Bank have risen 16 percent.After a $2 billion fraud allegedly committed by Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi was detected at the Punjab National Bank’s Mumbai branch, public sector banks in the country have been hobbled by bad loans and rising defaults across the corporate sector and have cut back on big-ticket lending.Since then many banks reported exposure to financial scams and CBI booked various public sector officials and top management staffs.ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, IndusInd Bank, YES Bank, Bandhan Bank, Punjab National Bank are in the top 10 positions according to market capitalization.last_img read more

Eisenhower Theater Kennedy Center Presents Lost in the Stars Musical

first_imgThe Washington National Opera is premiering “Lost in the Stars,” the musical drama by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson at the John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F Street, NW, on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p. m. The musical is based on Alan Paton’s classic novel “Cry, the Beloved Country” and is set during the apartheid era in South Africa. The production stars bass-baritone Eric Owens and features a cast of more than 40 singers and actors, including three who have just been nominated for the Helen Hayes Awards. Tickets start at $69. For more information, visit or call 202-467-4600.last_img read more

Suburban DC Baseball Standout Khalil Lee a Perfectionist Among His Peers

first_imgOn any given weeknight, Khalil Lee is likely to be dancing around the house with his mother, Kisha. From two-stepping to Motown hits, and doing “the dougie” to rapping with Fetty Wap, the Flint Hill School senior knows how to have fun.Lee’s fun-loving personality follows him on to the field as well—according to the 17-year-old, baseball games should be enjoyable.“I like to make the game fun. I might even tell a couple jokes on the baseball field, just to keep everything light,” said Lee, a Centreville, Va. native. “I don’t want to be stern the whole time. I think I’m really composed and calm during the games.”His confidence and poise on the field can be credited to his outlook on practice. Lee, who grew up playing youth sports with his sister, Hana, places heavy emphasis on following a routine over and over again, to the point where it almost becomes second nature. His perfectionist mindset dates back to his toddler years, when Lee would spend hours in the front yard, hitting pitches thrown by his father, Robert.“It was fun, but I was like, ‘man, this boy can really hit the ball. He’s got good hand eye coordination at such a young age,’” said the elder Lee.The 5-foot, 11-inch centerfielder also serves as a left-handed pitcher for Flint Hill under head coach Tom Verbanic, clocking in at more than 90 mph. Although he’s known for his easygoing attitude, when he’s at the plate, a more aggressive side of Lee is revealed. Just ten games into the spring 2016 season, his keen batting eye and superior speed propelled him to the forefront of high school players to watch in the Washington metropolitan area. In fact, Lee currently leads his peers with five home runs, and has 23 runs, good for second place.After a strong showing last fall, winning the World Wood Bat Association World Championship as a member of the Evoshield Canes, Lee established himself as a force to be reckoned with heading into this season. He was named a 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason All-American and 2016 Louisville Slugger Preseason High School All-American.Committed to Liberty University, Lee has his sights set on becoming a professional baseball player. However, his backup plan speaks volumes to his eagerness to confront challenges, both on and off the field.“I’d be an electrical engineer, because I really enjoy math and science. In math, it’s just like on the baseball field. There’s always a problem that really challenges you,” said Lee. “I like challenges, and it’s been pretty good for me to learn how to figure out problems using critical thinking.”Despite being a top high school prospect, Lee hasn’t let the pressure get to his head. In fact, his recent success can partly be credited to his tendency to welcome a challenge with a smile. “My ideal game situation would be bases loaded, bottom of the seventh inning, 3-2 count and we’re down by at least one or two runs. I’m up at the plate, and that’s when the most pressure is on,” said Lee. “You either get out or you hit the game-winning hit. Either way, whatever happens is on you.”last_img read more

Fox News Unveils Fox Nation Slogan Opinion Done Right EXCLUSIVE

first_imgAnd now from the people who brought you the venerable Fox News Channel slogan “We Report. You Decide,” a new motto: “Opinion Done Right.”Fox News Channel will use that tagline for its new streaming-video subscription-based Fox Nation service, slated to launch in the fourth quarter of the year. The slogan would suggest the new service, said to be aimed at Fox News “superfans,” will emphasize the opinion programming that brings top ratings to the 21st Century Fox cable-news network’s primetime lineup.The new catchphrase will debut Thursday night in a promo (watch here) for the steaming-video outlet slated to appear during Fox Broadcasting’s “Thursday Night Football.” The broadcast marks the debut of a New York-based studio team for Fox football broadcasts.Many of Fox News’ best-known personalities, including hosts from primetime and the “Fox & Friends” morning show, are expected to appear on Fox Nation. Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren will host segments of her own. Popular on Variety Fox News has yet to detail how much the service will cost consumers.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Killjoys sneak peek What the hell is a mossologist

first_imgThanks to #Killjoys I have my new favorite gif ever.— Bridget Liszewski (@BridgetOnTV) July 9, 2016After all, when you have a show based on a fictional universe in which nine families control a four-planet system that’s policed and supplied by a conglomerate called The Company, having someone describe a bad smell as “decaying, moldy, tainty taint” brings you back to what makes the show work so well: the characters.Take this sneak peek clip of next week’s episode in which John Jacobis creates a new field of scientific study.I wanna be a mossologist. That sounds cool!Killjoys banter feels like something so many of us do when we’re put in dangerous situations. Cracking jokes to ease tension is such a human reaction and one that feels more real to me than someone being cool, calm, and collected when they’re faced with the unknown.Maybe that’s one of the reasons I’ve always loved Hudson in Aliens more than any of the other marines. Because Hudson is that guy who you know is scared, but he gets the job done anyway. If he has to crack jokes to do it, or if he’s the one who’s sense of humor takes the edge off the rest of the squad, that’s a good thing. The thing that makes Bishop so frightening to me is his utter lack of emotion in the face of death everywhere.So I’m 100% happy to have John Jacobis quip about tech arousing him or have Pawter blow off the fact that she’s royalty with a snarky “Yes, I’m a pretty, pretty princess” because it makes them all the more relatable.Fights like this don’t hurt either. One of my favorite things about Killjoys is how showrunner Michelle Lovretta and writers Sean Reycraft and Jon Cooksey play with dialogue.last_img read more

Delhi swoons to Bullas tunes

first_imgThe stage was set, instruments tuned and the mike set at the right frequency. A while later in comes the Indian rockstar, Rabbi Shergill. As he crooned in his mesmerising voice, the crowd went berserk and was left craving for more.Shergill performed at Blue Frog in the capital after more than a year and cast his magic over a jam packed audience of more than 700 Rabbi- lovers.He dedicated the show to his homeland Delhi and like a true music lover emphasised on the message of bringing back peace and humanity through music, brotherhood and love. His brilliant renditions of popular numbers like Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dilli, Ganga, Tere Bin and the all time hit Bulla struck the right chords and enthralled evryone present there.Rabbi was supported by a collection of other talented musicians who created a symphony in sync with the ambience and the evening blended in beautifully with some great music and food. Names like Andrew Ferrao on keyboard, Steve Valte on drums, Mahesh Subramoni on bass guitar and Amit, the Percussionist formed the best ever band who entertained successfully.last_img read more