The competition to be named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2013 was fierce.Kangana Ranaut – PETA India’s Sexiest VegetarianCredit/Copyright: R. Burman via PETAEarly leaders Jacqueline Fernandez and Shahid Kapoor as well as Amitabh Bachchan, R Madhavan, Kareena Kapoor and Vidya Balan put up a real fight. But after thousands of votes were cast to help PETA India choose the winners, the results are in, and Bullett Raja hottie Vidyut Jammwal and Krrish 3 star Kangana Ranaut have taken top honours.Vidyut Jammwal – PETA India Sexiest Vegetarian“Bollywood stars are truly shining for animals by choosing to go meat-free, and Vidyut’s six-pack abs and Kangana’s beauty are proof that a great way to get a killer body and looks is by not eating animals”, says PETA UK Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi. “All of PETA India’s nominees are winners for animals because they do not eat them.”Jammwal recently appeared in a PETA India ad promoting the health benefits of vegetarian foods. “I believe that everybody should be vegetarian because it has a lot of benefits”, he says. “Being a vegetarian keeps you agile, keeps you on your toes and doesn’t make you feel lazy. I personally believe that being vegetarian is the way because I have felt the changes – I have seen myself evolve as a human being, mentally as well as physically.” And Ranaut, who recently went vegetarian, says, “We must not eat other animals. Besides, vegetarian organic food is far more healthy minus all the toxins”.In addition to causing animal suffering on a massive scale, eating meat has been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer and obesity. And a United Nations report concluded that a global shift towards a plant-based diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.PETA India selected the winners based on several factors, including vote count. For more information on healthy and compassionate vegetarian food or to order your free vegan starter kit, please visit PETA.org.uk.
APTN National NewsPrince William and his new bride Kate Middleton arrived in Yellowknife for the second last leg of their Canadian tour.While there, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were treated to a number of events.Each event meant to showcase Northern culture and tradition.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier was there.
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has requested authorization to open an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Côte d’Ivoire following the presidential run-off held last November. At least 3,000 persons were killed, 72 persons disappeared and 520 persons were subject to arbitrary arrest and detentions in Côte d’Ivoire during the post-election violence, according to the sources quoted by the Prosecution in its application. There are also over 100 reported cases of rape, while the number of unreported incidents is believed to be considerably higher, a news release issued by the Court stated. The violence erupted when former president Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down after he lost the United Nations-certified election to Alassane Ouattara, who was eventually sworn in after Mr. Gbagbo surrendered in April. If the judges grant the Prosecutor’s request, it will be the first time the ICC, which is based in The Hague, opens a case in a State that is not party to the Rome Statute, which set up the Court. Côte d’Ivoire has, however, accepted the jurisdiction of the Court, and Mr. Ouattara sent a letter urging the Prosecution to open the investigation. He is also working closely with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to make sure that crimes committed in the West African nation do not go unpunished. All ICC investigations so far related to crimes committed on the territory of States parties to the Rome Statute, or were carried out following a referral from the Security Council. If authorized, Côte d’Ivoire will be the seventh investigation in Africa for the ICC, in addition to the Central African Republic (CAR), Darfur, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Uganda, Kenya and Libya. Regarding Libya, the ICC announced today that it is scheduled to render its decision on 27 June in relation to the Prosecution’s application for the issuance of three arrest warrants for Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi, one of his sons, Saif al-Qadhafi, and the head of the country’s intelligence forces, Abdullah al-Senussi, for alleged crimes against humanity committed during the ongoing conflict in the North African nation. Cote 23 June 2011The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has requested authorization to open an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Côte d’Ivoire following the presidential run-off held last November.
Her close aide Sasikala and Sasikala’s relatives Sudhakaran and Elavarasi were fined Rs 10 crore each. The lower court had convicted them after a trial lasting 18 long years. The AIADMK chief, along with aides N Sasikala, VN Sudhakaran and J Elasvarasi, was held guilty of holding unaccounted for income during her tenure as chief minister from 1991-96 by the trial court in September last year. Rabi Bernard, an AIADMK Rajya Sabha MP and a party spokesperson, said Jayalalithaa will become the chief minister. The Karnataka high court acquitted on Monday former Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa in a corruption case, clearing the decks for her return to the state’s top job, the Hindustan Times reported.Jayalalithaa had appealed against her conviction in the Rs 66.64-crore disproportionate assets case by a Bengaluru trial court, which had sentenced her to 4 years in jail and slapped a fine of Rs 100 crore. “It will be a big blow to all opposition parties,” said C Lakshmanan, a professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies.“It will be a nightmare for all of them. The AIADMK might have a cakewalk in the 2016 elections. The BJP may not be able to even imagine a hold in Tamil Nadu in their lifetime unless they completely surrender to Amma,” he said.The AIADMK will now want their Amma back in the chief minister’s seat as soon as possible. Along with Jayalalithaa, all three others were also acquitted by the high court.There is consensus across party lines in the state that after her acquittal, Jayalalithaa will now be back with a bang. “There are only 9 to 10 months to go for elections. The state will go into election mode. Madam will take charge of all election and campaign activities,” said Bernard.The BJP, despite having little presence in the state was confident that it will emerge as an alternative, was watching closely said the judgement will be a game changer.“It would boost the morale of the AIADMK cadres and the public,” said H Raja, a BJP national secretary. “She enjoyed public support when she was chief minister. That is why this judgement will be a watershed judgement in Tamil Nadu politics.
Sitting in a corner of a Regina Police Service interview room on the evening of Aug. 13, 2017, Gerald McDormand denied having had anything to do with the stabbing death of 39-year-old Blaine Katz the night before.“I didn’t touch the guy,” he said. “I didn’t kill him … This is f*****g b******t.”McDormand remained in the seat for close to three hours, but continued to refute allegations he orchestrated or participated in what turned into a fatal attack on Katz.The video of the interview was played on Wednesday during 46-year-old McDormand’s manslaughter trial. McDormand is one of two people ultimately arrested and charged in connection with the homicide.Steven St. Pierre, 41, previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter and received a 12½-year sentence.McDormand’s trial has heard so far from a variety of witnesses who testified about events leading up to and following the incident that led to Katz’s death, but no one who directly witnessed the event.McDormand told Sgt. Pierre Beauchesne he did witness the attack — but from a side stairwell, not at the spot where the assault happened.He initially claimed to know nothing about the incident, telling the Major Crimes detective, “I wasn’t even there.”Confronted with surveillance video stills showing him and St. Pierre entering and leaving the apartment building at 2105 Cornwall St. and the suggestion others had provided detailed statements already, McDormand acknowledged he was, in fact, inside the building but insisted he stayed in the stairwell.“(I was) waiting for Blaine to come over because Steve was going to beat him up,” he said.He told Beauchesne that St. Pierre was inside an apartment and began the assault as soon as Katz entered the suite. McDormand said he heard a “commotion” and came out at that point, but left without touching Katz.“I come out of there, Blaine was getting beat …,” he said. “I saw blood so I left.”“Where’d you see blood?” Beauchesne asked.“All over,” McDormand replied.McDormand said he was positive the clothing he was wearing wouldn’t come back with Katz’s DNA on it. But court previously heard DNA evidence revealed several articles of clothing said to have been McDormand’s contained Katz’s blood.Co-defence counsel Jeff Deagle, in cross-examining a DNA expert on Wednesday, questioned whether it was possible Katz’s blood could have transferred onto McDormand’s clothing through contact with someone else’s bloody clothes. The expert said it was possible, though more likely if the blood was still wet.McDormand also denied having had a “beef” with Katz that led to the assault, although he acknowledged the two had once had a brief altercation at the courthouse.“He didn’t owe me nothing,” he told Beauchesne, speaking to a suggested motive involving a debt.He said if St. Pierre told police McDormand was involved in the beating, “he’s lying.” And he denied having changed his clothes despite video and physical evidence suggesting otherwise.As the interview continued, McDormand acknowledged certain details, some of which he later attempted to back away from: that St. Pierre agreed to help him out in exchange for drugs and that McDormand had intended to use a T-shirt as a mask.He insisted he didn’t know St. Pierre had a knife.McDormand told Beauchesne he believed he would be cleared in court.“I’m not going to admit to something I didn’t do,” he firstname.lastname@example.org/LPHeatherP
The report, released to the Security Council today, is the second in the series of the Secretary-General’s three-month updates on the situation in Liberia, dominated most recently by the insurgency mounted by the rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD).While he reports that LURD has apparently consolidated its grip on large areas within the country – the fierce clashes with Government forces sending thousand fleeing from their homes – the situation has been made worse by the emergence of an apparent LURD splinter faction, known as the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL). That new group has now reportedly gained ground in several southeastern counties.“The deteriorating security situation has resulted in widespread violations and abuses of international human rights and humanitarian law by all parties,” Mr. Annan writes, citing credible reports of extrajudicial killings, torture, rape, abductions, mutilations and forced recruitment of child soldiers and displaced persons. “The humanitarian community is concerned that government security forces are increasingly unequipped to offer protection to civilians,” he adds.Importantly, however, the Government and LURD have now agreed to hold direct talks and both have pledged to cooperate with the mediator representing the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The Liberian parties have also agreed that upon signing a ceasefire agreement, an international force should be deployed to monitor compliance by the parties. The mandate of that force is expected to be determined during peace talks currently underway in Accra, Ghana.“It is therefore imperative to encourage the warring parties to end fighting immediately and to give serious thought to the idea of deploying a mechanism to monitor such a ceasefire once it is declared,” Mr. Annan says. Further, there is a need to warn the various parties that violations of human rights must end, and that those who violate international humanitarian law will be prosecuted.As to elections, the Secretary-General acknowledges that the ongoing war, the legal and constitutional impediment, the lack of funds and the absence of structural reforms areas hardly conducive to efforts to hold the planned ballot.
Urban Meyer talks to the media on National Signing Day Feb. 5 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAnother National Signing Day, and another top recruiting class for Ohio State.Football coach Urban Meyer announced Wednesday 23 players who signed National Letters of Intent to become Buckeyes this fall.Meyer’s most recent recruiting class is currently ranked third by rivals.com and Yahoo! Sports and seventh by ESPN.Among the signees are seven players who enrolled in classes early and have been on campus since January. Those players include quarterback Stephen Collier, wide receiver Johnnie Dixon, offensive lineman Marcelys Jones, linebacker Raekwon McMillan, kicker Sean Nuernberger, H-back Curtis Samuel and offensive lineman Kyle Trout.McMillan is the lone five-star commitment, according to rivals.com, and the top-ranked linebacker in the country. He is looked to bring stability to a unit that lost a first-team AP All-American in junior Ryan Shazier, who led the Big Ten in tackles this past season with 143.McMillan is one of four linebackers Meyer brings to Columbus, the others being Kyle Berger, Dante Booker and Sam Hubbard.“The linebacker position is one that we’re going through an overhaul. Too many mistakes have been made due to lack of development or whatever,” Meyer said Wednesday. “I’m putting pressure on myself and (defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke) Fickell to (have them ready to) play next year. They have to be ready to play for us.”In all, OSU’s class includes four wide receivers, three defensive linemen, five offensive linemen, four defensive backs, one quarterback and one H-back in Samuel.This is the third year in a row Meyer has signed a top 10 class.“I think we won today,” Meyer said. “I’m very pleased with their effort today. This isn’t a good class, it’s a great class.”The 2014 Ohio State Recruiting Class:-Kyle Berger — linebacker, Cleveland-Dante Booker — linebacker, Akron, Ohio-Noah Brown — wide receiver, Sparta, N.J.-Parris Campbell — wide receiver, Akron, Ohio-Stephen Collier — quarterback, Leesburg, Ga.-Johnnie Dixon — wide receiver, West Palm Beach, Fla.-Jalyn Holmes — defensive lineman, Norfolk, Va.-Malik Hooker — safety, New Castle, Pa.-Sam Hubbard — linebacker, Cincinnati-Jamarco Jones — offensive lineman, Chicago-Marcelys Jones — offensive lineman, Cleveland-Demetrius Knox — offensive lineman, Fort Worth, Texas-Marshon Lattimore — cornerback, Cleveland-Terry McLaurin — wide receiver, Indianapolis-Raekwon McMillan — linebacker, Hinesville, Ga.-Sean Nuernberger — kicker, Buckner, Ky.-Curtis Samuel — H-back, Brooklyn-Darius Slade — defensive lineman, Montclair, N.J.-Erick Smith — safety, Cleveland-Brady Taylor — offensive lineman, Columbus-Dylan Thompson — defensive lineman, Lombard, Ill.-Kyle Trout — offensive lineman, Lancaster, Ohio-Damon Webb — cornerback, Detroit
iOS 5 might be getting its first patch rushed out after a major security oversight has been discovered relating to its use on the iPad 2.It turns out that just by attaching a Smart Cover to an iPad 2 you can bypass the passcode protection screen and unlock the device. It doesn’t give you full access to iOS, but you can view and use any apps that were left open when it was locked, e.g. the Safari web browser.If you have an iPad 2 and a Smart Cover to hand it’s easy to see this security flaw in action. Just lock your iPad 2, then hold down the power button to bring up the screen that allows you to swipe to turn off the device. Instead of doing that, attach the Smart Cover, open it, then tap Cancel. Magically you will have access to the iPad 2 interface again.If this causes you concern, it is possible to stop the passcode being bypassed until Apple issues a fix by disabling Smart Cover unlocking in settings. As to when it will be fixed, I doubt Apple will wait long to roll out a patch as it is a bit of an embarrassing oversight on their part.This isn’t the first security issue Apple has experienced since rolling out iOS 5. On the brand new iPhone 4S it has been discovered you can use Siri when a device is locked. Even if a passcode is required, Siri doesn’t care and allows you to carry out functions such as sending email and text messages.Read more at 9to5Mac
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The Argentina National Team manager, Lionel Scaloni, wanted to clear the doubts about the decision to leave Lionel Messi’s number ’10’ shirt alone.Recently in Argentina, there was a lot of controversy surrounding the number ’10’ shirt from the national team as the decision to leave the number alone was made recently until Lionel Messi returned. The local press went nuts over this decision, they feel like the Barcelona star doesn’t deserve such honor and they don’t want this to become a constant thing for Argentina. But there is a large number of journalists and fans who do understand why this decision was made, they want Lionel Messi back to the national team as soon as he has taken a proper break because they know he is still one of the best players in the world who still has a lot to give to Argentina. As a way to clear the doubts there were about this decision, interim manager Lionel Scaloni decided to come out and publicly explain how this decision was made before the international break and how all the players agreed on it.DECISIÓN | Lionel Scaloni: “La número ’10’ es exclusiva de Messi” @marca https://t.co/8GhqpmXrmq pic.twitter.com/qEm8uUZmLu— MARCA Claro Argentina (@MARCAClaroARG) September 10, 2018“The answer to this is very easy, the players who went to the last World Cup and came to these matches kept their number. Argentina’s number ’10’ shirt is Messi’s until he says whether he will stay in the national team or not, it’s as simple as that. The first sensation is that we still haven’t gotten a negative response in regards to that. I was the one who made that decision about the numbers, nobody suggested it but me. We will have to wait but in the meantime, the number ’10’ shirt is only Messi’s and I was the one who decided it. When the best player in the world is not on the field, the team loses, there is no doubt about that. The idea is to form the best possible squad that can make Messi feel comfortable when he is in it. But meanwhile, we will prepare a squad that understands what it means to play with this shirt and then we will see what happens with Lionel,” said Scaloni during a press conference this Monday.#SelecciónArgentina Scaloni: “La 10 es de Messi hasta que decida si sigue o no”: https://t.co/lcTS9dnkrz pic.twitter.com/Lmw4kDQ1H8— TyC Sports (@TyCSports) September 10, 2018Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Contacts with new managers.As the situation stands right now, there are still a few managers who are being contacted by AFA for the job as the National Team boss. The options are few but they are important, the most likely scenario right now could be that they won’t make a decision until 2019 and they are not still sure about the top candidate. One of the latest names who has been mentioned in the Argentina press is Gerardo Martino, a manager who already took the squad a few years ago and wasn’t able to take them to a title success back in 2015 and 2016 when Argentina reached two consecutive Copa America finals and lost both of them against the Chile national team. Martino is arguably one of the best options for the job due to his experience in major tournaments, but it’s still unclear if he would entertain the idea of taking the position again after the way he was sacked last time. Certainly, Lionel Messi would like this manager to take the job, because both have a very good relationship that dates back to their time in Barcelona.#Selección La camiseta de #Messi no se la puso nadie. ¿Y las del resto? Mirá quién cambió su número con respecto al Mundial y quién usa el del Kun, el de Di María, el de Otamendi y muchos más ➡ https://t.co/MiCbtQqTEO pic.twitter.com/1REXRlh2aB— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) September 10, 2018Messi right now is only focused on the Catalan club, where he is practicing every day for next weekend when his squad travels to San Sebastian to face Real Sociedad in Anoeta Stadium. This visit has proved to be one of the most difficult matches for the Catalan club in recent years, which is why getting a victory is so important for Messi and his teammates. Just a few days after that game, Barcelona will begin its new Champions League journey as tournament favorites when they face Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven at the Camp Nou. It will be a busy week for FC Barcelona after the international break, but they will fortunately have many of their most important players well-rested like Lionel Messi because they didn’t travel with their national teams. As far as the number ’10’ controversy goes, the press from Argentina will keep complaining because they still don’t feel like Lionel is worthy of playing for his national team and they will forever feel offended when he gets compared with Diego Maradona.#Seleccion La respuesta de Scaloni sobre por qué no usan la 10: “Es exclusiva de Messi hasta que diga si va a seguir o no…” ➡ https://t.co/kMPW4pdYnO pic.twitter.com/mo8tSSuWbw— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) September 10, 2018What do you think about the decision Scaloni made to retire Argentina’s number ’10’ shirt for the moment? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews #Rutherforresigns Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 4, 2017 – Executives of Invest Turks and Caicos Agency do not believe the loss of its lead player will hurt operations, but they are hailing departing CEO, John Rutherford as having been a tremendous asset. A media release Friday confirms that John Rutherford is departing the office of CEO of the Invest Turks and Caicos Agency after just 13 months on the job.Rutherford, is reportedly departing for personal reasons and explains that he regrets leaving. “I am sad to leave these beautiful islands and it has been a pleasure having such a great product to promote to prospective investors. I have also very much enjoyed being involved in the support the Agency provides to local entrepreneurs and businesses and it has been very rewarding to see the success of some of our MSME applicants,’’ said Mr. Rutherford, who adds that the Agency has a very supportive Board and a strong team.” The Agency was recently rebooted after the dismantling of the former concept by the British under former Governor, Damian Ric Todd. Rutherford, who will remain on until May 2017 is credited with getting the ball rolling, Chairman Anton Faessler had these words, “The Board has been extremely grateful for the hard work and dedication he has shown during his time as CEO and we wish him well in the future.’’ Among the objectives of the Investment is to give a red carpet approach to foreign investment interest, support the development and opportunities of and for local business and to promote the Turks and Caicos as a good place to do business. The Agency was also given the responsibility of overseeing the Ministry of Finance’s MSME programme offering grants of up to $10,000 to qualified applicants. Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Rutherforresigns
Employee Benefits poll: More than a quarter (29%) of respondents believe that financial benefits, such as employee share schemes, motivate employees the most.A straw poll of www.employeebenefits.co.uk readers, which received 143 responses, also found that 25% of respondents think that holiday purchase is the employee benefit that most motivates staff, while 22% state that health and wellbeing benefits are the most motivational for employees.17% of respondents cite family-friendly initiatives as the benefit most likely to motivate employees, compared to 6% who feel that retail discounts and cashback provide the most motivation for staff.A report published in June 2018 by HR management software provider ADP, The workforce view in Europe 2018, found that of the 9,908 employees surveyed across France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, 47% of respondents are motivated and engaged by pay and remuneration, compared to 22% who are most motivated by having a good work-life balance and 18% who find praise and recognition from management as the component that motivates them the most.Only 6% of overall respondents claim that nothing motivates or engages them. Under half (45%) of female respondents are motivated by money, compared to 50% of male respondents.Who do you think has ultimate responsibility for providing pre-retirement advice to employees? Have your say in our newest poll today…
The state board of education will consider regulations surrounding how students can test-out of courses they have mastered.Download AudioLawmakers this year passed legislation allowing secondary school students to test-out of and receive credit for courses offered in math, language arts, science, social studies and world languages.The proposed regulations would require districts to provide testing at least twice a year and develop standards regarding the degree of mastery needed.In public comments, Ron Fuhrer, president of NEA-Alaska, said the regulations, if implemented properly, would allow students to take more advanced classes.But he said if the testing requirements are too lax, it won’t prepare students for long-term success. He also said he didn’t want new testing days added to the school calendar.The board meets this week in Anchorage.
Udhagamandalam(TN): A 35-year-old woman was gored to death by a bison in a tea estate in Kotagiri, about 30 km from here Thursday, police said. The woman identified as Baby was plucking tea leaves, when the animal suddenly appeared from the bushes and attacked her, resulting in grievous injuries on her shoulder and abdomen, police said. Though she was rushed to the government hospital, she died on the way, they said. Meanwhile, a group of residents staged a protest against the failure of forest department personnel to prevent the wildlife from entering the estate, despite repeated pleas.
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US student Otto Frederick Warmbier (R), who was arrested for committing hostile acts against North Korea, speaking at a press conference in Pyongyang.North Korea allowed an American student who fell into a coma while imprisoned in a labor camp to be flown home on Tuesday as Washington stepped up efforts to halt Pyongyang’s nuclear program.The release of Otto Warmbier, 18 months into a 15-year sentence, came as US President Donald Trump invited South Korea’s new leader Moon Jae-In to Washington for talks on the nuclear standoff.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said his agency had “secured” the 22-year-old’s release in talks with North Korea and is pushing for three more Americans to be freed. It was not immediately clear if he had made any concessions.The news came as flamboyant retired NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman-a former contestant on Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” reality show-flew to Pyongyang to resume his quixotic quest to broker detente between his US homeland and Kim Jong-Un’s authoritarian regime.But State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the visit “had nothing to do with the release.”“Otto has left North Korea,” his parents Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement to CNN.“He is on a medivac flight on his way home. Sadly, he is in a coma and we have been told he has been in that condition since March of 2016. We learned of this only one week ago.”Fox News reported that Warmbier was on a military plane expected to land in Cincinnati late Tuesday, after which he would receive urgent hospital treatment.Warmbier’s parents were told their son was given a sleeping pill soon after his trial in March last year and never woke.US officials refused to comment on Warmbier’s condition, but former ambassador and New Mexico governor Bill Richardson said he had spoken with the family.“Otto has been in a coma for over a year now and urgently needs proper medical care in the United States,” said Richardson, who has previously served as a special envoy to North Korea and still works on prisoner issues.“We received a call from Cindy and Fred Warmbier early today to update us on Otto’s condition. In no uncertain terms, North Korea must explain the causes of his coma.”Tillerson told US senators at the start of a budget hearing that the State Department had no comment on Mr Warmbier’s condition, “out of respect for him and his family.”The United States had accused the North of using Warmbier as a political pawn, and condemned the sentence as far out of proportion to his alleged crime.The announcement came amid tension between Washington and Pyongyang following a series of missile tests by the North, focusing attention on an arms buildup that Pentagon chief Jim Mattis on Monday dubbed “a clear and present danger to all.”Almost immediately on taking office in January, Trump and his team-having been briefed by outgoing leader Barack Obama-declared the North’s attempts to build, test and arm a nuclear-capable ballistic missile to be Washington’s biggest threat.Washington has stepped up pressure on China and other foreign powers to enforce existing UN sanctions, and has deployed increased military assets of its own in the region.Now, parallel to this track, basketball showman Rodman has arrived in Pyongyang, wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the logo of a cryptocurrency set up for marijuana marketers.The star has visited the Stalinist state at least four times before, most recently in 2014, when he attracted a deluge of criticism after being filmed singing happy birthday to his “friend for life,” leader Kim.Before arriving this time, Rodman told reporters that Trump would be happy with the trip, since he was “trying to accomplish something that we both need,” sparking speculation that he may be operating as an unofficial envoy.US officials dismissed this, saying he was traveling as a private citizen, but the basketball icon is probably Kim and Trump’s only mutual friend.“I have not spoken to Mr Rodman. I don’t know why he is there,” Nauert said. “We strongly, strongly suggest that Americans do not go to North Korea. I’m not aware of any message that was sent.”‘Worst mistake’Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia, was arrested for removing a political banner from a wall at a North Korean hotel.He was detained at the airport as he was leaving the country with a tour group in January 2016.At a press conference before his trial, a sobbing Warmbier said he had made “the worst mistake of my life” and pleaded to be released.The North has occasionally jailed US citizens and released them only after visits by high-profile political figures, including former president Bill Clinton.Meanwhile, the White House said Moon and Trump will meet on June 29 and 30 to discuss ways of building on what America frequently calls its “ironclad” alliance with South Korea.Moon, a center-left politician who was sworn in last month after a landslide election win, wants to engage with the North to bring it to the negotiating table, rather than continuing the hardline stance taken by his ousted predecessor Park Geun-Hye.
Amazon revenue grew 43% in the quarter. Backing out the $1.6 billion favorable impact from changes in foreign exchange rates during Q1, Amazon’s sales increased 39% compared with Q1 of 2017.The company also issued upbeat guidance for Q2, projecting sales between $51 billion and $54 billion (up 34%-42% year over year) and operating income in the range of $1.1 billion to $1.9 billion (compared with $628 million in second quarter 2017).Amazon Web Services, the cloud-based computing, storage and streaming division, once again showed stellar growth. AWS revenue of $5.4 billion in the quarter was up 49%, and operating income swelled 57% to $1.4 billion. Customers using AWS include Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video (naturally), as well as Disney’s BAMTech, Lionsgate, PBS and Hearst, among thousands of others.Bezos called out AWS in remarks included with Amazon’s Q1 earnings announcement. “AWS had the unusual advantage of a seven-year head start before facing like-minded competition, and the team has never slowed down,” he said.Amazon’s boffo earnings come after Donald Trump’s Twitter-fueled attacks on the ecommerce giant a few weeks ago. His vague threats to make life difficult for Amazon, based on his claim that Amazon doesn’t pay its fair share of taxes as well as his untrue assertions about the company’s deal with the U.S. Postal Service, drove the stock down as much as 13% but shares have since rebounded. Amazon has not commented on Trump’s attacks, which appear to be spurred by Bezos’ ownership of the Washington Post. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Amazon reported $51.0 billion in sales for the first quarter and a net profit of $1.63 billion for the first quarter of 2018, dramatically topping already-high Wall Street expectations.The company’s stock soared as much as 8% in after-hours trading, climbing above $1,600 per share to all-time highs. That came after Amazon shares closed up 4% prior to the earnings release.Amazon’s net income, which more than doubled from the year-earlier period, translated into earnings of $3.27 per share. Wall Street consensus estimates had pegged Amazon’s Q1 revenue at $49.79 billion and EPS at $1.26.Last week, CEO Jeff Bezos announced in his annual letter to investors that Amazon had surpassed 100 million members worldwide for Prime, the free-shipping program that includes Prime Video and other perks.
Kolkata: The last rites of Matua community matriarch Binapani Devi, popularly known as ‘Boro Ma’, will be held on Wednesday at Thakurnagar in North 24 Parganas district, where her body would shortly arrive from Kolkata. Boro Ma, 100, passed away at a state-run hospital here on Tuesday evening after prolonged illness. The body was taken in a flower-bedecked hearse from S S K M Hospital in presence of West Bengal minister Jyotipriyo Mallick and Trinamool Congress MP Mamata Bala Thakur, a family member of Boro Ma. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose Thakurnagar is the headquarters of the Matua Mahasangh, an organisation of the community. Many members of the scheduled caste community visited the hospital throughout the night to pay their last respects to Boro Ma, who breathed her last at 8.52 pm, after being on ventilator support at the hospital since Sunday. Her body is expected to reach Thakurnagar by 11 am, as thousands of followers await to catch a last glimpse of their beloved Boro Ma. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Tuesday condoled the death of Binapani Devi, considered a significant political force in the state. Modi had met Boro Ma this February during his visit to Thakurnagar, where he had addressed a rally. Banerjee has announced that Boro Ma will be accorded a state-funeral with gun salute. The Matuas originally hail from erstwhile East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, and began migrating to West Bengal at the beginning of the 1950s, mostly due to religious persecution. With an estimated population of 30 lakh in the state, Matuas can influence results in at least five Lok Sabha seats in North and South 24 Parganas districts.