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Cyber-security workshop held successfully, despite police harassment

first_imgNews April 22, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 7, 2021 Find out more Held from 31 July to 2 August in a hotel on Cat Ba Island, 160 km east of Hanoi, the workshop consisted of training provided by DTD member Ton Phi in how to protect against viruses and the pro-government malware that increasingly targets activists.Uniformed and plainclothes police kept the three-day workshop under constant surveillance and repeatedly tried to interrupt it.“It is unacceptable that Vietnamese citizens who are not breaking any law should be spied on, harassed and threatened in this manner by the police,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“We urge the Vietnamese authorities to apply the constitution, article 25 of which guarantees freedom of expression and the media, access to information and the right to form associations. It is time to end the government crackdown on bloggers.”A group of policemen burst into the conference room on the first day and tried to end the workshop but gave up after participants protested and pointed that the police had no official document ordering its termination. One of the participants, Thuy Nga, filmed the police intervention: to go further Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Follow the news on Vietnam Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information center_img Organisation News Thereafter around ten policemen, some of them in civilian dress, kept a close watch on the rest of the workshop. The police ordered the hotel’s owner to cut the Internet connection and to deny further use of the conference room, after which the workshop continued in the room of one of the participants.The police continued to harass them, carrying out an “administrative check” on the rooms of the activists in the middle of the night, during which they manhandled Nguyen Huu Vinh, a blogger known as JB who is a member of the Association of Vietnamese Journalists.The authorities meanwhile continue to intensify their crackdown on bloggers. The blogger Me Nam (Mother Mushroom) was attacked and detained for several hours by police on 25 July while on her way to a demonstration to demand the release of Vietnamese political prisoners.Trinh Anh Tuan, a blogger known by the pseudonym of Gio Lang Thang, was attacked and badly beaten by three individuals in civilian address a few days before that 40th anniversary on 30 April of the end of the Vietnam War. He said his assailants were police officers.Three bloggers – Le Thi Phuong Anh, Do Nam Trung and Pham Minh Vu – were given sentences ranging from 12 to 18 months in prison on 12 February for posting information on Facebook about an anti-Chinese demonstration by South China Sea oil rig workers.Vietnam is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en August 7, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyber-security workshop held successfully, despite police harassment News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns repeated attempts by local police to harass and interrupt a digital security workshop that RSF and Defend the Defenders (DTD), a Vietnamese human rights group, successfully organized for 23 Vietnamese rights activists near Hanoi last weekend. VietnamAsia – Pacific last_img read more

‘Don’t blame the parlous state of the property industry on Brexit’

first_imgHome » Guest Blogs » ‘Don’t blame the parlous state of the property industry on Brexit’ ‘Don’t blame the parlous state of the property industry on Brexit’The difficult middle and upper slices of the UK property market, particularly in London, are the fault of George Osborne’s 2014 Stamp Duty changes, not the UK’s decision to leave the EU, writes veteran agent Trevor Abrahmsohn.Trevor Abrahmsohn2nd March 20180774 Views Even intelligent observers of the residential property market, particularly in London, are being fooled into believing that Brexit and its uncertainty is responsible for the slump in activity to date, when the cognoscenti know full well, that it is all down to the ‘fall out’ from Stamp Duty.When Mr Osborne imposed these draconian hikes in this tax in 2014, he thought, somewhat stupidly, that it was the Tory’s version of a Mansion Tax. Like all myopic politicians, he had no idea of the devastating effect it would have on other parts of the economy, such as retail spending and the UK growth rate.Grabbing the Election victory in 2015 from the clutches of Labour was all that mattered at the time and he naturally thought that his strategy of ‘Project Fear’ would win the Referendum vote that would take care of any downfall. How wrong could he be?With, effectively, 15% SDLT rates at the middle to top end of the market, mainly in London, six out of ten potential buyers have been dissuaded from purchasing altogether, leaving just three to four ‘needs driven’ buyers who are prepared to ‘weather the storm’ and commit themselves.Although it’s good news for the Treasury, where Stamp Duty Receipts are up, I am quite sure that when you look holistically at the Budget Deficit, the receipts from VAT and Corporation Tax, for example, will be down and therefore, represent a net loss.Rather than Brexit hindering this property market with uncertainty until a deal is done with the EU, paradoxically, it’s depressing effect on the Sterling Exchange Rate has been de facto, an unexpected bonus to help lure international investors wanting to buy a piece of ‘English heritage’ in London at a good price.In fact, the more problems associated with the EU negotiations, the lower the Pound and the more incentive there is to buy. However, this only affects the market in excess of £5million, but one hopes that it will have a cascading effect on the lower sectors of the market as well.Estate agents and associated businesses are in a parlous state, as can be seen from the appalling results from companies such as Foxtons. They need all the help they can get at the moment to survive.Read more comment from Trevor Abrahmsohn. George Osborne Brexit stamp duty Trevor Abrhamsohn 2018-03-02Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

INTERVIEW: Derek Trucks Talks New Album, 2017 Losses, & The New Generation

first_img[Video: Jar-Jar]SH: And it was against the Titans too! Maybe you can perform the national anthem on guitar for a game this year.Derek Trucks: That would be fun, man. We’ve talked about it. I have to think about the right way to do it. It’s a tough one. I’ve heard so many bad versions on guitar that I’d really have to get my head right for it.SH: What are you most excited about for a tour like this, especially in regards to being on the road with the same bands, the Drive-By Truckers and Marcus King Band, throughout?DT: This is kind of the first time we’ve gone on the road with the Drive-By Truckers. We’ve done a show or two with them years back with the Allmans, but I don’t really know them that well. It’s more being an admirer from afar and just knowing them by reputation and through their songwriting and reading an article or interview here and there and feeling like it’s going to be a good fit. I’m excited for it.We’ve gotten to know Marcus pretty well the last handful of years from playing on his record and sitting in and being a part of shows together. I’ve never really seen his band do its thing, so I’m excited for that. I know how talented he is and what he can do.It’s always nice to get out on the road with groups for a month or so. You really get to see what people are capable of. You see the growth as it goes. I’ve noticed on this tour especially that it’s always brought out the best in each band. You watch one do their thing and they’re just lighting it up and everyone in the band goes, “Oh, shit. We better serve it up tonight.”It just puts a fire under all the other bands. I feel like our band has the ability to do that, too. It brings the best out in everybody. It’s never a competitive thing. You just do what you do. It does add a little edge to the thing and it makes you want to pull out more tunes and just do your thing. This tour we always look forward to for that reason. I feel like it brings out different parts of what the band can do.SH: These days you’re NOT the young talented guy looking up to everyone else, is it strange for you to see someone else on the road, in this case Marcus King, in that spot you were once in? DT: It totally is. It’s a strange thing. For the longest time, I was always the youngest guy in the room and the youngest guy in the band by a decade. Then all of a sudden, you’re like, “Oh, that’s done. That’s not the case. You have kids that are almost their age now.” Yeah, it’s a different feel. This band was the first time I was ever in a band with somebody younger than me.That was the first time it dawned on me that I wasn’t a child anymore. But yeah, having Marcus out, there’s definitely, there’s some of that. It’s I think the same feeling I had when I was his age is you find people you connect with. For me, it was people like Jimmy Herring and Doyle Bramhall and a few other people where you’re just instant friends.You feel like you grew up together and you’re contemporaries. I feel like with Marcus, he’s probably of that mindset, too. You can still respect somebody who’s playing and look up to them and admire them. You don’t feel like you’re worlds apart. At a certain point, you’re all just in it trying to make it happen. I feel like that’s where we are and I know that’s where he is.SH: Are there any other younger players besides Marcus King you admire or would like to be a help to? Or already enjoy helping out?DT: There’s guys that I certainly admire. There’s that guy Blake Mills who I met through Eric at the Crossroads. Not that he needs my helping out. He’s a full-on producer and crushing shit out there. I think he lives on the West Coast. He’s a really interesting player, just the way he hears things, and he’s an amazing producer. I feel like he’s a bit younger. I met him when he was even younger. He’s great.I just got a chance to play with Taz for the first time when we were in Atlanta. That was a good hang. I’ve known him for a long time, but that’s the first time he ever sat in with us. I feel like with him, especially through the Colonel, we’re forever connected. We’re all part of the same alumni at this point. That was fun. I look forward to seeing what he ends up doing.Tedeschi Trucks Band With Taz – “Statesboro Blues” – SweetWater420 Festival 2018 Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Wheels of Soul tour kicked off over the weekend in Jacksonville, Florida—hometown of band leaders Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. 2017 had its share of lows for Derek Trucks personally and professionally: The passing of Gregg Allman, the passing of Derek’s uncle and Allman Brothers bandmate Butch Trucks, and the passing of Colonel Bruce Hampton, a guiding light, musically and spiritually, to Derek and several of Tedeschi Trucks Band members. Bandmate of nearly 20 years, Kofi Burbridge, had a serious health scare. Kofi has since made a recovery, rejoined touring with the band, and is making key contributions to the band’s upcoming album.However, 2017 also had its share of high points as well. Last year, TTB gave birth to a psychedelic free-jazz side project: Whose Hat Is This? featuring TTB drummers Tyler ‘Falcon’ Greenwell and JJ Johnson, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and saxophonist Kebbi Williams. Tedeschi Trucks Band had a successful summer tour; epic stands at legendary venues such as Red Rocks, The Ryman, and six nights at the Beacon Theatre, culminating with a legendary sit-in from Phish’s Trey Anastasio.TTB has wasted no time in 2018 with a run at the Chicago Theater in January featuring some of the band’s best playing yet and a full spring tour. All the while, Derek has been overseeing the creation of the band’s forthcoming album. I had a chance to speak with Derek Trucks about the band, the Wheels of Soul tour, the album, honoring the memories of loved ones, and more.Scott Horowitz: First things first. How’s the new album coming along? How far into the process are you?Derek Trucks: We’ve been writing and working towards this record for probably close to a year now. In between tours, you try to get a few days here and there just to throw down ideas and write, and then you work towards it. Some of the tunes we started playing live—”Shame” and “All the World” and there’s a few others that we’ve tried—you want to save most of the tunes because once everyone’s heard it, if you release a record, nothing feels new. I think the band’s chomping at the bit to hit them, but we’ll save it ’til the release.Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Shame” – Count Basie Theatre – Red Bank, NJ – 2/13/2018[Video:  Sean Roche]SH: Are you working with a producer on this one?Derek Trucks: We brought in Jim Scott, who worked on the first few records with us. This is the first one we’ve recorded everything to 24-track two-inch tape. We’re just going about it a little differently. It feels pretty amazing. The sounds feel right. It feels warm, and it’s a slower process, but it certainly feels like the right way to go.SH: Where have the songwriting contributions for the album come from?DT: It’s all in the band. Mike had a few tunes, and Susan had a few tunes. Some of them were songs that Kofi or the band came up with in rehearsal or sound check. Me and Doyle wrote a few tunes together. Oh, and Oliver Wood. He came down for a day and me, Sue, and Oliver wrote one tune. There’s probably 16 or so tunes that we wrote and recorded, and we’ll probably trim it down to a dozen or so that will end up making the record.We just had Kofi down the last two days, and he wrote these amazing string charts. We had a string quartet from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra come over yesterday, and we recorded them. That was pretty special getting to see Kofi out there with his conductor’s hat on. Oh man, it was so good. He has such amazing ears, and he has the knowledge and the ability to articulate exactly what he wants to hear. It was a cello and a viola and two violins. They sounded just amazing.It was great to hear ideas that he had come up with on a program on his laptop with these shitty string sounds. Then you hear it right, and it’s a pretty beautiful thing. You could feel it. It was a proud moment for Kofi. He was out there in his element, and it’s not something you get to do very often. It was a special day. It was. There were a lot of smiles in the studio.SH: Its rare for a band of four or five people to stay together for more than several years. Tedeschi Trucks Band has 12 members, the roster has stayed consistent for several years, and the majority core of the group has been the same from the very start. How does that happen, and how do you keep the momentum going? DT: It has to be a personality fit, first of all. You got to be able to survive and function in tight quarters with a lot of people. With a band this big, it has to be a selfless thing. Everyone has to step back at times. And a lot of it is just chemistry. Everyone’s lives, you’re dealing with different things. Some people are in their twenties, and they can just float around and do whatever they want. There are other people in the band that have children—teenage children or young children. Being on the road as much as we are, it can be stressful.With any group, at least a group that’s on the up, you’re constantly trying to figure out what’s going to make it better musically and what’s going to make it feel better. We’ve spent a lot of our time together, and you want to really enjoy it. You want to show up to work and see people that want to be there. You do everything you can to make that happen. We’ve been incredibly fortunate. To have a group this big and even to have the small amount of turnover that we’ve had has been pretty amazing; that it’s been as steady as it has. The group now is a pretty amazing place.SH: And how about the band within your band: ‘Whose Hat Is This’?DT: Oh, yeah. That’s fun! When we were in Berlin, they had a gig on one of the off days. Me and Susan went and saw them. I’ve been down to the 55 Bar in New York City when we do the Beacon Run to see them. It’s a great outlet for those guys. Any time you get full Kebbi, it’s a good day. I’m always happy to see him do his thing. When you get Kebbi in his element, there’s nothing quite like it.SH: The Wheels of Soul tour is kicking off in Jacksonville Florida at the Daily’s Place Amphitheater, as it did last year and was the venue’s first concert. Though that must have been exciting opening up a hometown venue, it was also the day Gregg Allman passed away. What was that day like for you and what’s bringing you back to the venue?DT: When we did Daily’s last year for the first time, I didn’t really know what to think. I mean, the idea of a theater connected to a football stadium. I’m a Jaguars season ticket holder, I love it down there, but it didn’t fully make sense to me. It was such a good show and such a good audience. But yeah, it was a tough day. When we found out Gregg passed, there were mixed emotions, but it was a pretty magical gig. It sounded really good in there. You never know until you set up and play how a room’s going to sound. It felt really good. We had such a good feeling there last year, we thought it’d be a good place to kick off the run this year and maybe turn that into a tradition. We’ll see.SH: I’m a Jaguars season ticket holder too, so I have to ask: are the Jags winning the Super Bowl this year or what?DT: Man, I got my fingers crossed and a small wager placed on it.SH: Maybe Susan can help? The Jaguars are 2-0 when she sings the national anthem DT: I know. She has a good track record. 2 and 0 here. One of the games that she sang for, it was the only home win of the season. That was heavy lifting that time.Susan Tedeschi Sings “The National Anthem” [Video: nugs.tv]SH: What did you learn from those you leaned on when you were younger that you’ll be sure to pass down to the next generation? Do you go out of your way to dispense wisdom, or do you just make yourself available in case someone wants to reach out?Derek Trucks: It’s a little bit of both. With someone like Jimmy Herring, he felt like a sibling, even when I was a kid, but in the best sense. There were certain things that I learned from him, just straight musical things. He’s a great teacher. Any questions you had musically, he would answer without it ever feeling condescending. He was always wide open and still, Jimmy’s just a wealth of knowledge and a total badass.I think, for me, it was Colonel. He was the teacher. He was to everybody in a lot of ways. When I see someone like Marcus or I see Taz, he’s the one I always think about—the lessons that I learned from the Colonel when I did and just about making sure your head’s on right and you’re listening to the right stuff. Your intention is right, always asking why are you doing it. Why are you making music? What are you trying to convey to people? Just making sure you keep things in check.I think what would the Colonel’s one-liner be, or what would his general sense of things be? In a lot of ways, he’s the musical moral compass for a lot of us in this band. Certainly, I know Falcon from playing with him for years and Susan and me. The Colonel is very much our compass and is pointed at a true Hampton. North is H.SH: When you’re thinking about Colonel Bruce and missing him or other recently departed loved ones like Butch Trucks or Gregg Allman, what are ways you feel best honors your memories of them? DT: I think the most direct way is the way you play and the way you protect the integrity of what you try to do. When I think about Butch at his best, I think about him on the drum kit, just giving it every ounce that he had. To me, that’s him at his best. Just wide open, totally tapped into the thing and just giving it. He would just as soon drop on stage. That’s the feeling I always got from him.Gregg just had that thing, man. He was a part of this Southern gothic story. He kind of was the keeper of the mojo in a way. When he went, it was kind of the last chapter in a lot of ways. He was such a gentleman. He was a quintessential rock star in a lot of ways, and there’s thousands of stories about him, but I think about the way he was with my kids on the tour bus when they were young, and the way he always was around my wife or the way he was around my mom. He was always such a gentleman.The Colonel’s thing is more all-encompassing, where you just think about certain things with a certain kind of depth. It’s uncompromising. I’ve known him so long, and he was such a part of the family that when I think of him, it’s his presence and just his humanity. When I think of him, that’s the feeling I always get where you just miss him. There’s the outlandish stuff certainly, when you first meet him or when you’re around him, the things that just kind of blow your head open. There’s tons of those, but it’s really all the stuff underneath that that I really think about all the time.Those are the things that when I think about those guys, you try to implement those things. You try to carry those parts of them, the best of who they were. You try to keep that stuff intact. When you do, if you do play their music, you try to do it with the right amount of gravity. You want to make sure that you mean it and you’re not doing it because the crowd wants to hear it. You just never want it to be cheap. I feel like anytime you touch certain things, there needs to be some reverence. It always needs to have that whiff of sacred, and I don’t want to ever overdo it. I feel like that gets done more often than it should a lot of times. But, yeah, it’s an ongoing thing, it’s not a picture you can put on your amp or something. You got to mean it. It’s a practice.SH: I’ve heard you mention before that one of the more important things Colonel Bruce turned you onto was the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti. What is it about Krishnamurti’s teachings you value so much, and what is the common ground between him and someone like the Colonel? DT: I think the thing that originally struck me about Krishnamurti, and still does when I jump back into it, is he never lets you off the hook. There’s never this thing you can do and then you’re just fine, you go about your business. You have to constantly be on it, and you have to constantly be present and in the moment. You have to constantly reinvent yourself. You can’t get hung up on whatever it is, status or any part of it.I feel like his thing was just setting fire to all the dogmas, and everything that a lot of people end up basing their life on. I feel like with almost any religion, any great music, there’s this seed that gets you into it. There’s these moments that you have, these great epiphanies, and it’s really pure in the beginning. And then you just hang your hat on the fact that that’s there. You get further and further away from the whole point, you don’t realize the piece of shit that you turned into.I feel like with Krishnamurti and with the Colonel and those people of that mindset, you’re never realized. You always have to do it. You’re not a good guy and then you’re always good. You have to work at it. I appreciate that sentiment. You got to get up every day and you got to make it happen every day. You have to re-tap in.With a band, you have to think about that all the time. There’s times where this band gets to a place where you know it’s really good, but you can’t just assume that it’s going to remain that way. You have to change it up. You got to shake it up. You got to do things here and there. It’s constant work. You have to remind yourself that doesn’t stop. If it did, well, you can tell when that happens. You can feel when people throw in the towel.SH: Shifting gears a bit, last year, Trey Anastasio sat in with TTB at the beacon. How did that come about, and what prompted choosing a mammoth tune like “Mountain Jam” for the occasion?DT: He’s always been great to be around and just a super, super humble guy. I remember when he sat in with the Allman Brothers, it was a good hang. When we talked about having him come and sit in at the Beacon with us, I think we had the notion of doing “Mountain Jam” early on. I was just waiting to pick out the right time to do it. He seemed into the idea. Knowing his pedigree and what he does and knowing he had just gone through the Grateful Dead ringer and all that stuff, it felt like it’d be the right guy to step in and do it. I knew he’d give it a hard listen and give it the respect it deserved.It was fun. We rehearsed maybe parts of it at sound check and just let it fly. That was a pretty special show and definitely that moment was great. We thought about breaking it back out again, but I feel like that’s one you got to pick and choose. Like we were talking earlier, you got to be ready for it and you got to mean it. He certainly showed up.Tedeschi Trucks Band With Trey Anastasio – “Mountain Jam”center_img [Video: TTBFromTheRoad]SH: Finally, what music have you been listening to and loving lately? Derek Trucks: I think the last six months, we’ve been so far down the making-a-record rabbit hole that I’ve been listening to that pretty exclusively. When I do step away from it, it’s been a lot of classical music just for a change of pace in melody and sound. There’s some pretty amazing stuff. Any of the Mahler Symphonies, especially 4 and 5 are great. I’ve been listening to a lot of the masses. There’s a Schubert mass that’s just beautiful.Really, any of the great composers, they usually wrote a few masses. For some reason, that’s some of my favorite stuff. I guess it’s a little more languid. It’s religious—those guys were trying to stay employed—but they were just writing great melodies. Some of that stuff is amazing, man. That’s what I’ve been listening to the last handful of months when I have to step away from this. They’re worth checking out for sure.last_img read more

WWE thrills fans with RAW Reunion as all-time & ‘Attitude Era’ greats return, Championship changes hands 9 times

first_imgHowever, what was more interesting about this historic event was that the WWE 24/7 Championship had changed hands nine times. Yes, that’s correct. In fact, this incident might have ended up taking the fans back to the Attitude Era where the WWF Hardcore Championship used to change hands at house shows back in the early 2000s.So how did it all transpire? Let’s take a look.READ: As Legends Gear Up For The Massive RAW Reunion, 16-time World Champion John Cena Answers The Query On His ParticipationR-Truth was the champion when the show had started and he ended up retaining the title in the end.  LIVE TV Karthik Nair July 22, 2019, saw the return of legendary wrestlers like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, “The Million Dollar Man”, Kurt Angle, Diesel, Mick Foley, Razor Ramon,  Booker T, Christian, Boogeyman, Santino Marella, Rikishi, The Hurricane, Mark Henry,The Godfather, X-Pac, DX (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) and more. Meanwhile, the divas who had made their presence felt included the likes of Lilian Garcia, Kelly Kelly, Alicia Fox, Melina Perez, and Candice Michelle. COMMENT It all happened when R-Truth was sneak attacked by  Drake Maverick as there was a new winner. Patt Patterson pinned Maverick when he had injured his leg while trying to escape from the Boogeyman. A little later, Gerald Briscoe was spotted celebrating with the title. The celebrations did not last for too long as he was pinned by Kelly Kelly who became the first diva to win the 24/7 title. The title was then won by another diva. Candice Michelle.  Alundra Blayze then applied the submission move to be crowned the new champion. She was the only person who was neither pinned nor made to submit. While Blayze was about to throw the title in the trash can, “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase saved the day and took the title by paying her a certain sum of money.While the yesteryear superstar was about to leave, once again came out of nowhere to win the title. Finally, it all ended when R-Truth rolled him from behind for a three count to retain back the title. Session ID: 2020-09-09:e38af80625badf697b6b1807 Player Element ID: video_player_5f585dcb68f6b OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Last Updated: 24th July, 2019 17:57 IST WWE Thrills Fans With RAW Reunion As All-time & ‘Attitude Era’ Greats Return, Championship Changes Hands 9 Times However, what was more interesting about this historic event was that the WWE 24/7 Championship had changed hands nine times. Yes, that’s correct. In fact, this incident might have ended up taking the fans back to the Attitude Era where the WWF Championship used to change hands at house shows back in the early 2000s. As we have seen these interesting title changes, the question is did John Cena show up on the eventful episode of RAW? The answer is ‘Yes’. The 16-time World Champion had kickstarted the show and that too by making a surprise appearance. He also entertained the audience with his ‘Doctor of Thuganomics’ avatar by turning rapper. READ: The Next Big Thing? Meet The New Wrestler Who Is Bigger Than The Great Khali And The Big Show center_img World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) finally managed to enthrall its audience with the RAW Reunion at the  Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on Monday. It was indeed a special episode as all the past superstars and divas including the all-time greats made a comeback on this one-night special episode.  First Published: 24th July, 2019 13:04 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. 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So Much to Be Thankful For

first_imgLiberia’s mere survival over all these tumultuous 16 and one half decades is alone an achievement for which we must give immense thanks to the Almighty.But there are many other reasons why we should render thanks to our Creator.  He has blessed us with a small, but growing and manageable population and with abundant resources that could make everyone well off.  These resources include gold, diamond, iron ore and now oil.He has also blessed us with abundant rainfall and vast green acreage.  The Atlantic Ocean which washes our shores gives us 350 miles of coastline and abundant seafood for our protein.  There is also fish in our numerous rivers and creeks.In addition to all of these, Liberia has many friends around the world.  From 1848 when Great Britain became the first to recognize Africa’s first independent Republic, to the latest Letters of Credence which President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf received from the Ambassadors of Denmark and Holland, Liberia has always been blessed with foreign friends.  Yes, there have been difficult times when some of them, notably Britain and France, chopped off huge chunks of our land that are now part of Guinea, La Cote d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone.  But that is all now in the distant past.  Today these nations are friends of Liberia, joining with many others to help us in our development.But today we are living in horribly difficult times, when the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has been ravaging Liberia.  Since March 2014 when the first case spread to Liberia from neighboring Guinea, thousands of our people from almost every area of the country have died from the virus, presenting us with the worst health crisis in our history.  But here again, we must quickly say thank God  that in spite of the pessimistic, Judgment Day predictions of global medical organizations, the infection rates have been consistently going down. Part of this Thank You goes to our many health and medical workers, some of whom, being on the frontline in the anti-Ebola fight, have paid the supreme sacrifice to save lives; and others who have successfully treated many of the infected and are spreading awareness among the general population. This Thank You goes also to our many international partners who, though belatedly, have come concretely to our rescue.  They include our Chinese, American and European Union partners; our African Development Bank, German, Norwegian, Japanese, Nigerian, ECOWAS and African Union partners and many others.  The Chinese have sent in several plane loads of health and medical supplies, and are now building an Ebola Treatment Unit at the S.K.D. Sports Complex; while the Americans who, following an order by President Barrack Obama, have deployed over 3000 troops on the ground building 16 or more ETUs and rendering many other kinds assistance.Because of all these local and international interventions, the virus spread has in many places waned over the past few weeks.  Today many of the ETUs show very low occupancy, including one of the newest in Congo Town.  It was opened last Friday and as at this Wednesday evening, November 5, thank God, there were yet no patients there!The good Lord has delivered us from many calamities in the past, and clearly now, He is delivering us from this one, too.But in addition, He has led many of our international partners, notably the Chinese and the Americans, to pledge massive support to help us develop an efficient, nationwide healthcare delivery system in the post-Ebola era.This, we submit, is a very serious and invaluable opportunity.  Should we Liberians be prepared to make the utmost use of this opportunity, we could extend it to other areas of national need, other segments of our infrastructural development, including energy, roads, water and tourism ventures that will saturate this country with jobs.  For our partners know disease thrives in poverty and underdevelopment.  They could, depending on how serious we become and how prepared we are to challenge them—our development partners could take the long view and engage in long-term, many faceted development undertakings that could at last place Liberia on the road to full recovery and national development.But first, all Liberians have to get serious, and if we do, we could one day say Thank God for Ebola, for it was out of its ashes that we could see a truly new day in Liberia.  But everything depends upon us, with the help and direction of God.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

High Court switches to Donegal for a rare sitting

first_imgDonegal is to host a rare sitting of the High Court at Letterkenny’s new courthouse.The court was due to sit in Sligo November for two weeks in November. However, the Courts Service has announced that the second week of the scheduled sittings will take place in Letterkenny.The High Court will sit in Sligo from November 4th to 8th and in Donegal from the 11th to the 15th.There are now suggestions that future High Court sittings in the North-West will be held in Letterkenny because of its state-of-the-art €20million courthouse which opened in February, 2018.High Court switches to Donegal for a rare sitting was last modified: June 8th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bochy explains why Shaw isn’t playing regularly

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–When the Giants traded Andrew McCutchen to the Yankees at the end of August, it cleared the way for the franchise to promote power-hitting prospect Chris Shaw to the major league roster.Giants fans were eager to see Shaw after the left fielder smashed 24 home runs at Triple-A this season, but vice president of baseball operations Brian Sabean admitted he didn’t think Shaw was ready for the promotion.So far, Sabean’s scouting report appears to be correct.Shaw is 1-for-22 with …last_img read more

Moto Z2 Play to launch in India on June 8, confirms Motorola teaser

first_imgMotorola announced Moto Z2 Play, the successor of last year’s Z Play, on June 2 in the US. Now that phone is coming to India. The Moto Z2 Play with four new Moto Mods will be launched in India June 8. Moto India on Sunday tweeted that the recently announced Moto Z2 Play would be up for pre-orders starting June 8. This is the successor of the last year’s Moto Z Play, and is much improved in terms of performance, camera, processor and more at least in terms of the specifications. Moto India on Sunday tweeted: “Bid Goodbye to a bulky phone & Say Hello to re-defined sleekness on the #MotoZ2Play!” To recall the new Moto Z2 Play is priced at $499 in the US. In India the smartphone will likely to be priced somewhere in between the Rs 25,000 and Rs 30,000. The smartphone can be pre-booked via the company’s official website. Visit this link to book yours. However, there are no words on when the device will be available to the consumers in actual shops or online retail stores. In terms of specifications, the Moto Z2 Play comes with a 5.5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top. The device was announced in two storage options – 32GB and 64GB, both of which are expandable via a microSD card of up to 2TB.Bid Goodbye to a bulky phone & Say Hello to re-defined sleekness on the #MotoZ2Play!For pre-booking offers, visit: https://t.co/Jzch7gqsKv pic.twitter.com/EfDwV2nLTuadvertisement- Moto India (@Moto_IND) June 4, 2017On the optics front, Z2 Play comes with a much improved camera set up and comes with a 12-megapixel primary camera and sport a 5-megapixel front facing camera coupled with LED flash. Further, the successor of last year’s Moto Z2 Play will run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and will be powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 626 processor clocked at 2.2GHz coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM memory. Moto Z2 Play is backed by a 3,000mAh battery, which is expected to last for 30 hours on a single charge.Last week, Motorola also launched the Moto C in India. The smartphone manufacturer announced a new variant of the Moto C for the Indian market. Moto C in India comes with 4G VoLTE support, 1GB of RAM, 16GB storage. Now, the company is expected to announce the rumoured Moto E4 and E4 Plus on July 17. However, this is just a rumour, and the company is yet to announce the launch date of the devices. Ahead of the official launch, both Moto E4 and E4 Plus have been subjected to several leaks and rumours which reveal almost all the specs of the devices.Now, a new leak reveals the expected price of the Moto E4. If the new leak is to be believed, the upcoming Moto E4 will be priced at $205, which is roughly around Rs 13,190. However, as of now, this pricing information should be taken with a pinch of salt. But what is almost confirmed is that the upcoming Motorola phones, including the Moto E4, will fall under the mid-range category. A popular tipster — Ronald Quandt — a few days ago confirmed that the E4 would be launched on July 17. Other rumours on the web suggest that E4 Plus will be announced alongside the E4, so it is likely that E4 Plus can also be launched on July 17. Ronald also shared the specs sheet of the Moto E4.Also Read: Moto Z2 Play: Full specs, new Moto Mods, price and everything you need to knowAlso Read: Moto Z2 Play with Snapdragon 626, 4GB RAM launched with four new Moto Modslast_img read more

Two women investigated for antiIndigenous comments given conditions by mediation circle

first_imgOPASKWAYAK CREE NATION, Canada — Two Manitoba women arrested over online comments that threatened violence against Indigenous people have been given seven conditions following a mediation circle on a First Nation.The recommendations include sending handwritten apologies to news outlets, 80 hours of community service on a First Nation, and to attend a cultural awareness camp on residential schools.The two women were arrested on suspicion of uttering threats and public incitement of hatred after posts calling for “shoot a Indian day” and another suggesting a “24-hour purge” appeared on Facebook last summer.The comments were quickly condemned by many people and a hair salon in Flin Flon said one of the women who posted was no longer an employee.The women were never formally charged and instead took part in a meditation circle on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation.In a news release, the First Nation says if the women don’t accept the conditions they will be referred back to the criminal justice system.The Canadian Presslast_img read more